Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 4/4/2002
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday April 4, 2002 with reports of EARED GREBE, AMERICAN SWALLOW-TAILED KITE, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, RED CROSSBILLS, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS, seasonal and local reports of interest.

An EARED GREBE continues through at least April 3 at Sandy Hook in Horseshoe Cove. Look for the bird from the sand spit along the north side of the cove or by walking south along the main road and scanning near the snow fence. Light conditions are best early or late in the day. An AMERICAN SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was seen briefly at the hook April 1no reports since. Other birds at Sandy Hook this week included 1000 Gannets feeding in the bay off SHBO April 3; an adult NORTHERN GOSHAWK at Spermaceti Cove April 2; 6 BLACK VULTURES, CLIFF SWALLOW, and a flyby WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL at the Sandy Hook Migration Watch April 3.

Another basic-plumaged EARED GREBE was discovered at Merrill Creek Reservoir March 30-31 near the Tower Outlet/Parking Area in the shallow cove to the left. From Rte. 78 westbound take the last exit in NJ (Exit 3) to Rt. 22 to Rte. 519 and turn right. Proceed to a right turn on Fox Farm Road. The parking area will be on the right (DeLorme Atlas P. 28, I8). Also at Merrill Creek this week were RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, and WINTER WREN.

Three RED CROSSBILLS were near Harrisville Lake off Rte. 563 in Wharton State Forest March 30. Park at the lake, walk across the road to a trail that leads to a power line cut and look for the birds near a group of large boulders (DeLorme Atlas P. 65, C15).

Six to eight WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS and a COMMON RAVEN continued at Kuser Bog, High Point State Park April 1. The birds were found in Cedars along the boardwalk trail (DeLorme Atlas P. 19, B21).

Thirteen WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were reported from downtown Princeton on Chambers and Robeson Streets March 29.

Two PINE SISKINS visited the Scherman-Hoffman Sanctuaries feeders April 4.

A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was found among 40 Horned Larks at Alpha Grasslands (Oberly Road) March 28.

GLAUCOUS, ICELAND, and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were found at Florence this week and two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS remain at Pleasant Plains Road in Great Swamp.

Very early migrants reported this week were a BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER in New Vernon April 2 and a VEERY at Sandy Hook April 3. Widely reported migrants this week were GLOSSY IBIS, SNIPE, CHIMNEY SWIFT and PALM WARBLER.

Sandy Hook Bird Observatory will begin its regular weekend hours (Sat. 10-5, Sun. 1-5) on April 6. The Sandy Hook Migration Watch runs daily through May 15.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds, please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of review list species goes to the NJ Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. This is Scott Barnes wishing you good birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.

Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes

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