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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 4/6/2001
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for FRI Apr 6 with reports of Review List CINNAMON TEAL, BREWER'S BLACKBIRD, ROSS'S GOOSE, and other reports of SNOWY OWL, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, RUFF, MARBLED GODWIT, LITTLE GULL, EURASIAN WIGEON, EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL, SANDHILL CRANE, and local and seasonal reports of interest.

A CINNAMON TEAL of unknown origin has been off and on at Birch Grove Park in Northfield (Atlantic Co.) and was still present Apr 3. See the bird first and worry about origin later! From Garden State Parkway exit 36, take Tilton Road south, go right on Burton Av at an auto shop/Boston Market and take Burton several blocks to the park entrance on the right. In the park, go to the parking lot at the end and check the pond on the right. If the bird is not there, check other ponds.

Once again, Salem generated the bulk of reports: BREWER'S and YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS were seen this week at the cattle pens on Featherbed Lane and on Kings H'way between Featherbed and Rte 40. At least 4 ROSS'S GEESE were in the Featherbed Lane area Apr. 1 as were the blackbirds, and another ROSS'S was on the Nuke Road with SNOWS. EUR. WIGEON continues at the Rte 45 crossing of Mannington Marsh. The RUFF north of Salem hasn't been reported since Mar 31. A MARBLED GODWIT was on the Pedricktown causeway Apr 3 & 4. A BARN OWL is visible from the car on Mason Point Road in a yard full of refrigerators thru the large open window on the front of the barn. The owl was roosting with HOUSE SPARROWS! Two SANDHILL CRANES were at Bostwick Lake Apr 3.

A SNOWY OWL was seen flying over the Montclair Hawk Lookout Apr 2, the first and only there, and one of the few reports of a migrant overhead bird in NJ! No report this week of the SNOWY OWL at Liberty State Park.

Four EUR. GREEN-WINGED TEAL were at Brig this week and two more were at the Bivalve boardwalks.

Sandy Hook Apr 2 had a LITTLE GULL, 3 ICELAND GULLS and a GLAUCOUS at North Beach and 2 VIRGINIA RAILS on North Pond.

Allendale Celery farm hosted AM. BITTERN, LESSER SCAUP and RUSTY BLACKBIRDS this week.

Lake Parsippany Apr 1 had hundreds of RING-NECKED DUCK, and also had GREATER SCAUP, LESSER SCAUP, REDHEADS and 5 LONG-TAILED DUCKS.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report, please call 908-766-5787 or fax 908-766-7775. Documentation of review list species goes to NJBRC at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Good birding and thanks for calling, surfing and reporting.

 
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