Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 4/29/2004
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday April 29, 2004 with reports of PURPLE GALLINULE, ARCTIC TERN, SUMMER TANAGER, seasonal and local reports of interest.

The Stone Harbor PURPLE GALLINULE was seen again this week; call the CMBO Hotline for details.

Spruce Run Reservoir had a good movement of terns Apr 26 & 28. Present were FORSTER'S TERN, COMMON TERN, BLACK TERN, 2 CASPIAN TERNS, and an ARCTIC TERN (4/28). Upon entering Spruce Run Recreation Area off Van Syckles Rd, drive past the fee booth and turn right into the first parking lot. The bird was feeding straight out from the parking lot. The bird also frequented the swimming beach cove to the south, which can be reached by walking along the paved path.

"Overshoot" SUMMER TANAGERS were reported at Sandy Hook Apr 23 & 27 from the locust grove and boy scout camp. Sightings from the Sandy Hook Migration Watch this week included 34 MERLINS Apr 24, 2 BALD EAGLES and 2 CASPIAN TERNS Apr 28, and an almost daily flyby ICELAND GULL. A VIRGINIA RAIL was detected at Horseshoe Cove Apr 25. A WORM-EATING WARBLER was found along the bike path north of the scout camp Apr 23.

The Great Swamp NWR continued to have AMERICAN BITTERN and SORA from the Heronry Overlook at the end of Pleasant Plains Road this week. A Golden-winged Warbler was noted near the Wildlife Observation Center Apr 25. Nearby Lord Stirling Park had a male Summer Tanager just north of the east observation deck Apr 23.

Duke Island Park near Raritan, Somerset County Apr 24-25 had good numbers of migrants including 50+ CHIMNEY SWIFTS, 4 PURPLE MARTINS, 1,000+ YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, and 3 "Western" PALM WARBLERS.

A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was discovered by the Griggstown Causeway of the D & R Canal Apr 28.

Garrett Mountain reports included a possible nesting RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH near the foot of Wilson Ave and Hooded Warbler Apr 28.

A VESPER SPARROW was noted at Liberty State Park Apr 28 in the company of several Savannah Sparrows.

An immature GLAUCOUS GULL was found at South Amboy Apr 28. A free "Where to Bird Along Raritan Bay" map is available at SHBO or on our website.

A KENTUCKY WARBLER was noted in Allaire State Park Apr 25.

CHUCK-WILLS-WIDOW and WHIP-POOR-WILL were heard at Dover Forge, Ocean County Apr 26. Both nightjars were found this week at Island Beach State Park along with a SUMMER TANAGER Apr 26.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of review list species goes to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ, 08558. Good Birding and thanks for calling and reporting.

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