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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 4/7/1998
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon at 4:00 on Wed. April 7 with reports of a possible YELLOW-LEGGED GULL, RUFF, ROSS'S GOOSE, RED CROSSBILL, BLUE GROSBEAK, COMMON REDPOLL, seasonal and local reports of interest.

A possible YELLOW-LEGGED GULL at the Longport sod banks, has been looked at by a number of people. Positive ID is still under consideration. [All photographs or written details are sought by the NJBRC]. Directions: Take the Garden State Parkway south to Exit 36, Tilton road. Go straight thru several lights to Margate which is on the island. After paying the toll, continue straight to a T intersection (Ventnor Ave.) and turn right. Make the first left you can to Atlantic Ave., turn right and go straight again to Longport. The street eventually doglegs, but continue on until the road ends at the jetty. You can park on the right at the very end but do not park illegally, as the police will ticket and tow quickly. The bird is usually seen along the short beach between the two jetties, best reached by walking up the last street towards the ocean.

April 2 RED CROSSBILLS were reported at Oradell Reservoir in the red pines and sycamore trees. April 5 High Point State Park 250 COMMON REDPOLLS were at Saw Mill Campground. April 7 EVENING GROSBEAK and PINE SISKIN were still present at 1069 West Veterans Highway aka Route 528 in Jackson.

Pedricktown on April 4 had RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, 2 RUFF one at Harrisonville bridge and one on the Causeway, ROSS' GOOSE, AMERICAN BITTERN, SNIPE, GLOSSY IBIS and FORSTER'S TERN.

April 4 a BLUE GROSBEAK was reported in Sea Bright, on Ocean Ave across from Sea Bright Beach Club. On April 6, at Sandy Hook, TRICOLORED HERON, CLAPPER RAIL, BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, RED-NECKED GREBE, GANNETS, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, PALM and PINE WARBLERS, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, 5 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, in addition to a good hawk flight including numbers of KESTRELS, SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, MERLIN, COOPERS HAWK, and N. HARRIER. Two Harbor seals were still in Spermaceti Cove.

April 1, In Tewksberry BROWN THRASHER and PALM WARBLER were in. On Lamington road also in Tewksberry good numbers of EASTERN MEADOWLARK were in. At Round Valley on April 5, 18 HORNED GREBE, N. ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW, GREATER SCAUP, PINE WARBLER and PALM WARBLER were seen.

April 5 at the blinds in the Great Swamp: SAVANNAH SPARROW, HOODED MERGANSERS and WOOD DUCKS were present. Also in the Great Swamp at the observation area on Pleasant Plains road: RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, KESTREL, RING-NECKED DUCKS, COMMON SNIPE and GREEN-WINGED TEAL. The BARRED OWL was seen on Pleasant Plains Road on April 6.

April 3 South Amboy BOAT-TAILED GRACKLE was in as were 3 SNOWY EGRETS, PIED-BILLED GREBES, and SNIPE. April 6 Perth Amboy, OSPREY and HORNED GREBE were present. In the Avenel section of Woodbridge near Rahway Prison 43 GLOSSY IBIS were seen.

April 7 HMEC in Lyndhurst; PINTAIL, GADWALL, SHOVELER, RING-NECKED DUCKS, BUFFLEHEAD, RUDDY DUCK, RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, COMMON MERGANSERS, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, SNOWY EGRET, WILLET, BROWN CREEPER, TREE SWALLOW, SAVANNAH SPARROW, RING-NECKED PHEASANT, BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON.

Allaire State Park: CHIPPING SPARROW, HERMIT THRUSH, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, and PHOEBE are in.

Be on the lookout! April 4 on South Branch of the Raritan 4 suspicious looking waterfowl were reported with a group of Canada geese.

At Scherman-Hoffman Sanctuaries, RUFOUS-SIDED TOWHEE, CHIPPING SPARROW, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, LA. WATERTHRUSH, PALM and PINE WARBLERS have been reported. The Sanctuaries will be closed this Friday, Saturday and Sunday for Easter.

THE VOICE OF NJ AUDUBON is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. Sponsored by New Jersey Audubon Society, the tape/web page changes Wednesday. To report birds to the tape, call (908) 766-5787, or fax (908) 766-7775. After hours calls can be routed to the voice-mail box at ext. 18. For updates between tapes call the NJ Audubon Bird Mailbox, (908) 647-2357. Good birding, and thank you for calling/faxing/surfing.

 
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