Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 4/3/2008
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday April 3, 2008 with reports of EVENING GROSBEAK, LITTLE GULL, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

Three LITTLE GULLS were found at Spruce Run Reservoir Apr 1 along with 50 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS.

The four EVENING GROSBEAKS continued at Assunpink WMA through at least Mar 30. From the intersection of Herbert Rd and Cox's Corner/ Imlaystown Rd go north, pass the bait & tackle shop, and make the first left before the main boat launch at the lake. The birds have been viewed in the pines and second-growth woods just short of the famed "mulberry tree" which overlooks Assunpink Lake.

Four SHORT-EARED OWLS were hunting at the "Pole Farm" aka Mercer County Park Northwest Mar 30. Salem County reports this week included a ROSS'S GOOSE among the SNOW GOOSE flock around Featherbed Lane near Sharptown Mar 30. At the Raccoon Creek marshes in Gloucester County 35 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were tallied Mar 29.

An AMERICAN BITTERN, 4 CASPIAN TERNS, and up to 5 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were noted at Brigantine NWR Apr 3.

Sightings from the North Shore this week were a RED-NECKED GREBE at Lake Como Mar 30 and an ICELAND GULL off Long Branch Mar 31.

Sandy Hook reports this week included an adult NORTHERN GOSHAWK that appeared briefly Mar 29-30 near north pond, TUNDRA SWAN, 2 AMERICAN BITTERNS in north pond Mar 30, 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS Mar 31, and a first-cycle ICELAND GULL off north beach Apr 1. The resident BARRED OWL was heard several times this week near the rusty barn north of the scout camp. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

Two ICELAND GULLS were detected at South Amboy Apr 1. For information on birding this site see http://www.njaudubon.org/Centers/SHBO and click on Raritan Bay Birding.

Birds noted at Wallkill River NWR Apr 2 were 8 COMMON RAVENS and 25 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS at Bassett's Bridge, 100's of BLUE-WINGED TEAL and other dabbling ducks plus AMERICAN BITTERN and ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK at the Liberty Loop Trail. A SHORT-EARED OWL was noted along Wallkill Rd in Vernon Twp the same day. Other Sussex County sightings this week included 13 CANVASBACKS and 3 BONAPARTE'S GULLS at Culver's Lake; 10 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS and the continuing REDHEAD flock on Swartswood Lake both Mar 29.

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was found along Beech Rd at Long Pond Ironworks State Park Apr 1.

Garret Mountain reports this week included 7 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS and 15 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS Apr 2. A LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH was there Apr 1.


Your help is needed! The New Jersey Audubon Society is currently recruiting volunteers for bird surveys in grassland and Piedmont areas of the state through our Citizen Science Program. Participants must have prior experience in bird identification and be willing to commit one weekend day in April for training and 2 to 4 days for surveys. For more information about grassland surveys contact Kristin Mylecraine at 908-766-5787 x 15 or kristin.mylecraine AT njaudubon.org For more information about Piedmont Surveys please contact Nellie Tsipoura at 908-766-5787 x 20 or nellie.tsipoura AT njaudubon.org

The Sandy Hook Migration Watch welcomes visitors and is open to the public daily. The annual count of migratory birds is conducted at the North Pond Observation Deck adjacent to parking area K. For more information see http://www.njaudubon.org/Centers/SHBO

See Life Paulagics has rescheduled its pelagic trip out of Cape May to SUNDAY, APRIL 13. The boat is scheduled to leave at 6:00 AM and return around 6:00 PM. For more information, contact them at 215-234-6805 or go to their web site at http://www.paulagics.com

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500 or email sightings@njaudubon.org Reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown Drive, Warren NJ 07059. Thanks for calling and reporting.

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