This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday Apr 29 with reports of BLACK BRANT, BLACK-HEADED GULL, MONK PARAKEET, seasonal and local reports of interest.
A BLACK BRANT was found at Seven President's Park in Long Branch Apr 25. Also there was a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL. More information about this site can be found at http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionCenters/SectionSHBO/GuidetoBirdingtheNorthernNorthShore.aspx
A BLACK-HEADED GULL was found with 4 BONAPARTE'S GULLS at Merrill Creek Reservoir Apr 27 and viewed from Quarry Point.
Sandy Hook reports this week included 4 BLUE-WINGED TEAL at the salt pond and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at the end of the fisherman's trail, both Apr 25. A CASPIAN TERN and six CLIFF SWALLOWS were found at the north end Apr 27. Thirty-two MERLINS were tallied at the Migration Watch Apr 28. An exceptional hawk flight occurred Apr 29, with over 1200 raptors tallied, including 2 juvenile NORTHERN GOSHAWKS and 41+ MERLINS. Five CATTLE EGRETS passed the Migration Watch Apr 29. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.
Migrants and arrivals at Garret Mountain this week included hundreds of RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, 15 BLUE-HEADED VIREOS, 9 BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERS, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH and BALTIMORE ORIOLE Apr 26. BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER and HOODED WARBLER were noted Apr 23. Ten species of warblers were noted Apr 29 including BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER, and LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH.
Brigantine NWR sightings this week included a YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON Apr 25, 2 TRICOLORED HERONS, 8 WHIMBRELS, 4 CASPIAN TERNS, and GULL-BILLED TERN Apr 26.
An adult GOLDEN EAGLE was seen soaring over Great Bay Blvd in Tuckerton April 27.
Burlington County reports Apr 26 included PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, 2 HOODED WARBLERS, and WORM-EATING WARBLER at Dot & Evert Brooks Memorial Trail in Pemberton.
A VEERY and WORM-EATING WARBLER highlighted birds at Glassboro Woods Apr 28.
Hyper Humus Marsh in Sussex County Apr 24 hosted several VIRGINIA RAILS, SORA, WILSON'S SNIPE, and YELLOW WARBLER. Two RED-NECKED GREBES were found at Swartswood Lake Apr 28.
Hunterdon County reports this week included a loon fallout Apr 26 at Spruce Run Reservoir, with 108 COMMON LOONS and a RED-THROATED LOON tallied. Also at Spruce Run were 2 BONAPARTE'S GULLS. A COMMON TERN was found at Round Valley Reservoir Apr 25; also there were 2 GREAT CORMORANTS. One hundred and two AMERICAN PIPITS were found in a field 4 miles west of Pittstown on Pittstown Rd Apr 25.
Two ORCHARD ORIOLES were noted at Robert J. Stahl Natural Area in Bedminster Apr 29.
Four MONK PARAKEETS were seen in Carteret Apr 27. Two pairs were found: one at the old nest along Washington between Cook & High Streets and another pair has a nest in the back left corner of Alfredo's Pizzeria at 55 Washington. Public parking is available behind the pizzeria.
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