Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 4/5/1995
This is the voice of NJ Audubon for Wednesday, Apr. 5, 1995 at noon with reports of ROSS'S GOOSE, COMMON BLACK-HEADED GULL, HARLEQUIN DUCK, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, recent arrivals, local reports of interest, and NJ Audubon trip announcements.

The ROSS'S GOOSE was seen in Sharptown, Salem Co., on March 31, April 1 and 2. On Sunday April 2 both birds were well seen by a mob of people on the Sharptown-Auburn Rd. between Featherbed Ln. and Rt. 40. The flock moves between Kings Highway and the Sharptown-Auburn Rd.

HARLEQUINS continue at Barnegat Light, and the male at Sandy Hook was seen April 2 at the Auditorium. Also at Sandy Hook, 3 PIPING PLOVER at North Beach, lots of HORNED GREBES and NORTHERN GANNET.

In Salem County, in addition to the Ross's Geese, there was an adult COMMON BLACK-HEADED GULL at the Salem Nuclear Plant. Still no sign of RUFFS at Pedricktown as of April 2, despite lots of people looking at optimal tide. ]

An unidentified EAGLE was at Merrill Creek Reservoir on March 31. A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was in Scotch Plains on April 4, on Woodside Rd. near Brookside Park. Reach Scotch Plains from Rt. 22 and ask directions to Woodside Rd. or Brookside Park.

The Boonton Hawk Watch had 110 hawks this week, including 11 N. HARRIER, 29 AM. KESTREL, and also 2000 SNOW GEESE Mar. 29. SOLITARY VIREO and YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER were in Belleplain State Forest on April 3. EGRETS, GLOSSY IBIS, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, BARN SWALLOW, and GREATER YELLOWLEGS were widely reported in small numbers this week. PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were in the Hackensack Meadowlands Environmental Center pool April 4.

New Jersey Audubon upcoming trips that still have room are: Big Bend in May; Churchill in June; Montana in July, and Acadia National Park in August. For information and reservations contact Karl Anderson (609) 261-2495.

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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