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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 4/7/2000
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Friday Apr 7 with reports of Review List BLACK-TAILED GULLS and THAYER'S GULLS, and other reports of MANX SHEARWATER, LITTLE GULL, COMMON EIDER, MARBLED GODWIT, EURASIAN WIGEON, seasonal reports and local reports of interest.

At Florence Mar 30, BLACK-TAILED GULLS and THAYER'S GULLS were reported among the 30 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, 2 ICELANDS, SOME BONAPARTE'S and other gulls present. No subsequent info on THAYER'S or BLACK-TAILED GULLS.

A MANX SHEARWATER was seen several times from the Hawk Watch platform at the north end of Sandy Hook by several observers on Apr. 4. On Apr. 3 at the Hook, an adult LITTLE GULL was seen from the North Beach pavilion, and a female COMMON EIDER was there Apr 6. On Apr 3, 189 GREAT BLUE HERONS went over the hawkwatch. An early BLUE-HEADED VIREO was at the Hook Apr 2, and during the week, ICELAND GULL, SURF SCOTER, BLACK SCOTER, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, PIPING PLOVER and the usual PALM WARBLERS, PINE WARBLERS and MYRTLE WARBLERS, GNATCATCHERS, CREEPERS and KINGLETS, as well as VESPER SPARROW and AMERICAN BITTERN at North Pond. Some 4,000+ BONAPARTE'S GULLS were off North Beach on Apr 6.

At Merrill Creek Res. Apr 3, an adult LITTLE GULL was in a flock of 200 Bonaparte's at 4:30 p.m.; also there this week, HORNED GREBES and RED-NECKED GREBES and an unidentified loon. Round Valley this week had BONAPARTE'S GULLS, CHIPPING SPARROW, PINE WARBLER and HORNED GREBE. Spruce Run Reservoir had a CATTLE EGRET at the boat launch Apr 4, BONAPARTE'S GULLS (up to 25), LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, RED-THROATED LOON and HORNED GREBE.

Great Swamp on Pleasant Plains Road this week had BLUE-WINGED TEAL and SHOVELER in the HQ pond, 2 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS at the heronry, and AMERICAN BITTERN at the Long Blind off Long Hill Road.

CATTLE EGRETS were at Ft Elfsborg, Salem Co. Mar 31. The EURASIAN WIGEON continues at Bivalve, Cumberland Co. off the boardwalk at Strawberry Lane. Tuckerton this week had MARBLED GODWIT, and LITTLE BLUE and TRICOLORED HERONS.

Reported moving this week were JUNCOS, CHIPPING SPARROW, PALM WARBLER, BARN SWALLOWS, ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, CREEPER, SAPSUCKER and BOTH KINGLETS.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report, please call 908-766-5787 or fax 908-7667775. Documentation of Review List rarities goes to NJBRC at 142 Moore St., Princeton 08540. Good birding and thanks for calling.

 
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