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
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,
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
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)
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