Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 4/5/2007
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday April 5, 2007 with reports of WHITE-WINGED DOVE, BREWER'S BLACKBIRD, LITTLE GULL, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

A WHITE-WINGED DOVE has been present Mar 30-Apr 2 in Cape May Point: call the CMBO Birding Hotline for details.

Up to 9 BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS (8 males & a female) were still present along Freas Rd near the intersection with Supawna Rd in Pennsville, Salem County through Apr 4 (DeLorme P. 60, H-13). Other birds noted in Salem County Apr 2 included 2 ROSS'S GEESE and 3 CACKLING GEESE along Sharptown-Auburn Rd; CATTLE EGRET, 12 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, and 200+ WILSON'S SNIPE at Mannington Marsh.

Barnegat Light State Park had 31 HARLEQUIN DUCKS, 25 PURPLE SANDPIPERS, and a RAZORBILL at the end of the south jetty Apr 1.

Sandy Hook sightings this week included 50+ WOOD DUCKS, 150 NORTHERN GANNETS, 20 GREAT CORMORANTS, and a VESPER SPARROW along the Fisherman's Trail Mar 31. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO: check the sightings log there for daily reports.

A SANDHILL CRANE was an unexpected find at Wolf Hill Park in Oceanport Mar 29.

Along the North Shore a RED-NECKED GREBE was viewed at Manasquan Inlet and an adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was found at Wreck Pond, both Apr 1.

Spruce Run Reservoir hosted an adult LITTLE GULL among 150 Bonaparte's Gulls Apr 1-2. A RED-NECKED GREBE was detected there Apr 5. A TUNDRA SWAN, 2 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, a first-winter GLAUCOUS GULL, and ICELAND GULL were noted there Mar 29.


An exceptional flock of 400 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS was tallied at Great Piece Meadows in Fairfield, Essex County Mar 31-Apr 1.

Allendale Celery Farm reports this week were of 2 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, AMERICAN BITTERN, WILSON'S SNIPE, and 4+ RUSTY BLACKBIRDS.

In Sussex County a TUNDRA SWAN and RED-NECKED GREBE were noted on Swartswood Lake and a LONG-TAILED DUCK was found on Culver's Lake Apr 1-2. Five RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS were noted on Little Swartswood Lake Apr 2.


The Sandy Hook Migration Watch welcomes visitors and is open to the public daily, weather permitting. This 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

Your help is needed! New Jersey Audubon Society is currently recruiting volunteers for bird surveys in grassland and Piedmont areas of the state. Data is used for conservation priorities and shared with the NJ DEP. 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 Mike Bisignano at 908-766-5787 or mike.bisignano@njaudubon.org For more information about Piedmont Surveys please contact Nellie Tsipoura at 908-837-9063 or nellie.tsipoura@njaudubon.org

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey written by Scott Barnes and/or Pete Bacinski. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation go to the NJ Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.

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