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Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday April 5, 2012 with reports of EARED GREBE, EURASIAN WIGEON, RED-NECKED GREBE, LITTLE GULL, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.
A major waterbird fallout occurred on Mar 31 across northern New Jersey when strong overnight rainfall grounded many loons, grebes, and waterfowl at inland lakes and reservoirs.
Spruce Run Reservoir hosted a winter-plumaged EARED GREBE off the main boat launch area Mar 31-Apr 1. Other waterbirds noted during that time frame included 75 BRANT, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, 17 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 5 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, 29 RED-THROATED LOONS, 5 RED-NECKED GREBES, and 25 BONAPARTE'S GULLS. Also noted at Spruce Run this week were BLACK SCOTER on Apr 2, ICELAND GULL on Mar 30, and a VESPER SPARROW Mar 30-31.
A LITTLE GULL was gleaned from a small flock of BONAPARTE'S GULLS at Merrill Creek Reservoir Apr 4.
Sussex County sightings this week included 8 RED-NECKED GREBES and 19 HORNED GREBES at Culver's Lake Apr 2; at Swartswood Lake 15 LONG-TAILED DUCKS and 2 FORSTER'S TERNS were noted Mar 31 and a RED-NECKED GREBE was there Apr 1.
An immature GOLDEN EAGLE was seen over mile marker 9.5 along Old Mine Road in the Delaware Water Gap Apr 4.
Lake Musconetcong hosted 2 RED-NECKED GREBES and 26 HORNED GREBES Apr 1.
Lake Parsippany had 2 CANVASBACKS, 3 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, and 2 RED-NECKED GREBES Apr 1.
Green Pond in Rockaway hosted 3 RED-NECKED GREBES, 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, and 7 BONAPARTE'S GULLS Apr 2. Another RED-NECKED GREBE was on Split Rock Reservoir the same day.
Liberty State Park/Ocean Terminal birds noted on Apr 1 included SURF SCOTER, 30 RED-THROATED LOONS, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, and WILSON'S SNIPE.
Two ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were found along the Lyndhurst Nature Preserve Trail at DeKorte Environment Center Mar 30. Another ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was noted at Borg's Woods in Maywood Apr 4. Also in Bergen County was a RED-THROATED LOON at Lake McHenry off Halifax Rd Mar 30-31.
One hundred RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were tallied at Troy Meadows Mar 31.
Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were noted in Lord Stirling Park Mar 30.
An AMERICAN BITTERN was detected at Glenhurst Meadows in Warren Apr 1.
A LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH was noted at South Mountain Reservation Apr 4.
Sandy Hook reports this week included a RED-NECKED GREBE off the ferry terminal Mar 31, two RED-NECKED GREBES and 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS Apr 1. Other birds noted at the hook this week included 400+ NORTHERN GANNETS, 138 AMERICAN KESTRELS Apr 2 and 32 COOPER'S HAWKS Apr 3 at the Sandy Hook Migration Watch, peenting AMERICAN WOODCOCKS and the resident BARRED OWL at the scout camp; BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, and PALM WARBLER. The Sandy Hook Migration Watch has begun; visitors are always welcome--come see what's flying by! For directions and further information see http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionCenters/SectionSHBO/SandyHookMigrationWatchSiteGuide.aspx
A drake EURASIAN WIGEON was noted at the Corbin City impoundments at McNamara WMA in Atlantic County Mar 31-Apr 2.
Two SANDHILL CRANES were seen along Sunset Road at Mannington Marsh Apr 1.
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