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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 4/6/2006
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday April 6, 2006 with report of BREWER'S BLACKBIRD, "Black" BRANT, "Common" GREEN-WINGED TEAL, LITTLE GULL, LARK SPARROW, seasonal and local reports of interest and announcements.

At least three BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS were still present at the farm along West Supawna Rd just north of the intersection of Supawna & Freas Rd in Salem County Apr 2 (DeLorme P. 60, H-13). The LARK SPARROW was present Mar 31 along nearby # 23 Lighthouse Rd.

Three LITTLE GULLS were among 300 BONAPARTE'S GULLS at Spruce Run Reservoir Apr 3 during stormy weather, visible from the fishing pier, which is the first access/parking area on the right after entering the state park's main entrance from Van Syckles Ave. Also at Spruce Run were 16 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS and 8 NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS. At Round Valley Reservoir Apr 3 were 8 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, 2 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, and 2 HORNED GREBES.

Garret Mountain continues to host the RED-HEADED WOODPECKER near the horse stables on the upper roadway and a COMMON RAVEN was there Apr 3. Other birds noted at Garret this week were WILD TURKEY, PILEATED WOODPECKER, WINTER WREN, 15+ BROWN CREEPERS, 3 PALM WARBLERS, FOX SPARROW, and 2 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS. Also in Passaic County at the Walker Ave Wetlands this week was an adult LITTLE BLUE HERON and 18 WILSON'S SNIPE.

The Allendale Celery Farm hosted an AMERICAN BITTERN, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, 18+ WILSON'S SNIPE, NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW, BARN SWALLOW, FOX SPARROW, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD this week.

Great Swamp NWR Apr 1 had 2 BROWN THRASHERS, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, and 4 PINE WARBLERS.

An immature GLAUCOUS GULL was among 150 gulls at the Sussex County Landfill Apr 3. Also in Sussex County this week was a drake REDHEAD at the Liberty Loop Impoundments at Wallkill River NWR.

Sandy Hook reports this week included 8 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, 20 SURF SCOTERS, 10 BLACK SCOTERS off C-lot, 7 BLACK VULTURES, a subadult BALD EAGLE, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and PIPING PLOVER at the end of the fisherman's trail Apr 1. An AMERICAN PIPIT was over the hawkwatch Apr 4 and 80 AMERICAN KESTRELS were tallied there that day. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

At least one BLACK BRANT was sighted at South Amboy Waterfront Park Apr 5. For more information about birding this site see http://www.njaudubon.org/Centers/SHBO and click on Raritan Bay Birding.

Barnegat Light State Park had 30+ HARLEQUIN DUCKS, COMMON EIDER, ICELAND GULL, 2 RED KNOTS, and PURPLE SANDPIPERS Apr 2.

Manahawkin WMA Apr 5 had a "Common" GREEN-WINGED TEAL (a.k.a. "Eurasian Teal"), 2 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, and LEAST SANDPIPER.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Sea Life Paulagics is running a trip from Belmar Apr 8 in search of Northern Fulmar, late alcids, gulls, and early northbound seabird migrants. For more information call 215-234-6805 or see their website at http://www.paulagics.com

Sandy Hook Bird Observatory's annual Spring Migration Watch runs daily through May 15. Birders are encouraged to visit anytime between 9 am and 5 pm. Come by and see what's flying and say hello to this year's counter, Calvin Brennan of Michigan. For more information about the watch, see http://www.njaudubon/Centers/shbo and click on Sandy Hook Migration Watch.

New Jersey Audubon Society is currently recruiting volunteer Grasslands Monitoring Associates for its Citizen Science Program. Participants must have prior experience in grassland bird identification and be able to visit their assigned sites/routes approximately four times from May 1 through August 15. These surveys are intended to determine the distribution and abundance of grassland birds, and monitor the success of grassland habitat management programs. Those interested in participating in the project should contact Mike Bisignano, 11 Hardscrabble Road, PO Box 693, Bernardsville, NJ 07924, 908-766-5787 / fax 908-766-7775, mike.bisignano AT njaudubon.org.

New Jersey Audubon Society is currently recruiting volunteer Pinelands Bird Survey Associates for its Citizen Science Program. Participants must have prior experience in bird identification and be familiar with the Pinelands. Pinelands Associates will be required to make two visits to their assigned sites between May 20 and June 25, 2006. The purpose of these surveys is to determine the distribution and abundance of birds in private and public lands in the pinelands. Anyone interested in volunteering for this project or for more information should contact Nellie Tsipoura at 908-766-5787 or nellie.tsipoura AT njaudubon.org

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Observers are requested to submit documentation (photos, field sketches, written descriptions) of Review List Species to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.

 
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