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Compiler: Scott Barnes
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday April 3, 2013 with reports of TUFTED DUCK, PACIFIC LOON, NORTHERN LAPWING, CRESTED CARACARA, RUFOUS/ALLEN?S HUMMINGBIRD, BREWER?S BLACKBIRD, LITTLE GULL, BLACK-HEADED GULL, seasonal and local reports of interest.
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A drake TUFTED DUCK continues at Thundergust Lake in Parvin State Park through Apr 2. Look for the bird among the LESSER SCAUP & RING-NECKED DUCK flock. Four REDHEADS and 3 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were reported there Apr 1.
The CRESTED CARACARA was most recently reported Apr 2 in the fields near the intersection of Featherbed Lane and Kings Highway. The cattle feed lots along Kings Highway just south of Featherbed Lane hosted 2 YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS (one male, one female) through Mar 30 and 3 BREWER?S BLACKBIRDS (two males, one female) were found there Apr 1.
The adult PACIFIC LOON was last reported on Boonton Reservoir Mar 31.
Three NORTHERN LAPWINGS were still present in the fields along Brynmore/Big Woods Road in New Egypt through Mar 29. Also noted there this week were 2 SANDHILL CRANES, 6+ PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, and 16 WILSON?S SNIPE. Please note that all land here is PRIVATE property and birders must stay on the road only.
The RUFOUS/ALLEN?S HUMMINGBIRD continues at Palmyra Cove Nature Center through Apr 2.
A first-cycle BLACK-HEADED GULL continues at the Morgan Mudflats (South Amboy) through Apr 2. An adult basic LITTLE GULL was detected there the same day. A first-cycle ICELAND GULL was noted on the mudflats Apr 1. More information about birding this area can be viewed at http://ebird.org/content/nj/news/birding-the-morgan-mudflats-south-amboy
The GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE continues through Apr 1 opposite the Humanscale building along Circle Drive North in Piscataway. A second GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE continues at Johnson Park in Piscataway through Mar 28.
Spruce Run Reservoir birds noted this week included RED-THROATED LOON, RED-NECKED GREBE, and multiple ICELAND GULLS.
A RED-NECKED GREBE was noted Mar 29 in West Hudson Park in Kearny. A COMMON REDPOLL and 9 FOX SPARROWS were noted at Losen Slote Park in Little Ferry Mar 31.
Birds reported at Trenton Marsh Mar 31 included 2 REDHEADS, 5 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, 8 WINTER WRENS, and 2 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS. Eleven BLUE-WINGED TEAL were noted there on Spring Lake Mar 30.
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