Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 4/3/1991
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday, April 3, 1991, at 12 pm, with reports of Eared Grebe, Sandhill Crane, Ruff, Snowy Owl, Iceland Gull, Short-eared Owl, Long-billed Dowitcher, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Redhead, seasonal and unseasonal arrivals, and local reports of interest. The Eared Grebe at Jersey City continues at Caven Pier, Liberty State Park, often at the base of the pier on the north side, often at the base of the pier. Take Exit 14B from the NJ Turnpike. No report of the Eared Grebe at Sandy Hook this week; but it has been getting harder to find among the changing-plumage Horned Grebes. An early Chimney Swift was reported at Sandy Hook on Marck 26, and Winter Wren and Gnatcatcher March 31; a great Gannet show took place there over the weekend. A Sandhill Crane was seen and heard Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, March 29-31, in the early morning and late in the day. The crane is near Allaire State Park, off Rt. 524 near Spring Meadow Golf Course. From the entrance to Allaire State Park on Rt. 524, go southeast toward the Parkway, to a point just past Spring Meadow Golf Course and before Hospital Road. There is a large pond on the right; pull over on the shoulder; look in this area; don't drive out on to the farm. No report since Sunday; during the day the bird fed elsewhere and returned in late afternoon. Allaire State Park had Louisiana Waterthrush on March 9, and Palm and Pine Warbler, Hermit Thrush and Sapsucker during the week, At least one Ruff and one Reeve were at Pedricktown this week on all tides, rising and falling; also there March 30-31, a remarkably early Stilt Sandpiper, 3 Long-billed Dowitchers, Vesper Sparrow, Barn and Rough-Winged Swallows. Short-eared Owls continuie on the Pedricktown spoil banks off Rt. 130 opposite the B.F. Goodrich tire place. Also in Salem, a Lesser-black-backed Gull was on Compromise Rd. March 30-31 and three Redheads were at Artificial Island the same days. No report of the Black-headed Gull there. A Snowy Owl was reported several times, most recently April 2, between Pittstown and Baptistown off Rt. 12 in Hunterdon County. An Iceland Gull continues on Poverty Beach, Cape May. All the herons are in at Stone Harbor. Five Yellow-throated Warblers were in at Jakes Landing in Cape May County on March 31. Short-eared Owls continue in Thompson Park in Lincroft, Monmouth County, opposite the Christian Brothers academy, where the Shrike was. For the first time since the "Mother of all winters", no Shrikes were reported to the tape this week. Common Loon arrived at Merril Creek Reservoir along with Ring-necked Duck April 2. Great Swamp on March 29 had 4 Palm Warblers, Palm Warblers, Myrtles, and most seasonal arrivals such as Blue-winged Teal, Snipe, Rusty Blackbird, and Ring-necked Duck. Scherman-Hoffman Sanctuary in Bernardsville March 29 had Sapsucker and Fox Sparrow, Pine Warbler March 30, and Winter Wren March 31 to April 3 along the river. Buffleheads have been seen on Woodland Pond on Woodland Road (Mendham Township, Morris County) for two weeks, near Clyde Potts Reservoir. The Voice of NJ Audubon [(908) 766-2661] is a regular weekly report on birding in New Jersey. The tape is changed regularly on Wednesdays, more often when necessary. [Compiled by R. Kane, NJ Audubon; transcribed for National Birding Hotline Cooperative by L. Larson, llarson@ pucc.princeton.edu.] To report birds to the tape, call (908) 766-5787, or fax (908) 766-7775. For updates between tapes call the NJ Audubon Bird Mailbox, (201) 983-9152. Good birding, and thank you for calling.

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