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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 4/30/2009
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday April 30, 2009 with reports of BROWN PELICAN, SANDHILL CRANE, CERULEAN WARBLER, seasonal and local reports of interest. Most locations mentioned can be found in Bill Boyle?s ?A Bird Finding Guide to New Jersey? available at New Jersey Audubon Society Bookstores.

Sandy Hook sightings this week included a BROWN PELICAN seen from both B-lot and on the fishing nets off SHBO, YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON at Horseshoe Cove, and a COMMON RAVEN over the Migration Watch?all Apr 25. Seventeen species of warbler were recorded Apr 26 including 800+ YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, 40 PALM WARBLERS, PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT. Other passerines migrants noted that day were 100 BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS and 5 SALTMARSH SHARP-TAILED SPARROWS. The BARRED OWL continues to call early in the day from Raccoon Alley/Scout Camp area. An AMERICAN BITTERN and a LEAST BITTERN were found at the salt pond Apr 29. The raptor count at the Sandy Hook Migration Watch now stands at 2,823 birds. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

Reports from Garret Mountain this week included a flyover SANDHILL CRANE Apr 28 along with WINTER WREN, WORM-EATING WARBLER, HOODED WARBLER, and PURPLE FINCH. Seventeen species of warbler were tallied Apr 28 including BAY-BREASTED WARBLER and PRAIRIE WARBLER. BLACK- BILLED CUCKOO was found along Wilson Ave Apr 29.

Walker Ave wetlands in Wayne hosted an AMERICAN BITTERN and SORA this week.

Hofstra Park Apr 26 had a CERULEAN WARBLER, HOODED WARBLER, and GRASSHOPPER SPARROW.

Losen Slote Park in the Meadowlands district hosted 2 WORM-EATING WARBLERS, 2 BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS, 20 PRAIRIE WARBLERS, and 35 PALM WARBLERS Apr 26.

Tenafly Nature Center had YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, WORM-EATING WARBLER, and LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH Apr 27. A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was noted there Apr 24.

Celery Farm reports this week included 2 early BLACKPOLL WARBLERS Apr 27; VIRGINIA RAIL, NASHVILLE WARBLER, and 3 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS.

Hyper Humus WMA hosted AMERICAN BITTERN, VIRGINIA RAIL, COMMON MOORHEN, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, and YELLOW-THROATED VIREO Apr 25.

Old Mine Road/Worthington State Forest Apr 26 had GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, CERULEAN WARBLER, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, and HOODED WARBLER.

Troy Meadows sightings this week included 3 AMERICAN BITTERNS, 3 VIRGINIA RAILS, 10 WILSON?S SNIPE, and RUSTY BLACKBIRDS.

Lord Stirling Park had 2 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS Apr 26.

Rutgers Gardens Apr 27 had HOODED WARBLER, WORM-EATING WARBLER, WARBLING VIREO, and ORCHARD ORIOLE.

Brigantine NWR featured AMERICAN BITTERN, VIRGINIA RAIL, 200 WHIMBRELS, and CASPIAN TERN Apr 26.

Hawkin Rd in Burlington County had 4 PRAIRIE WARBLERS, 2 PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS, 7 WORM-EATING WARBLERS, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, and 7 HOODED WARBLERS 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 or email at sightings njaudubon.org Thanks for calling and reporting.

 
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