Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 4/7/2004
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday April 8, 2004 with reports of 'BLACK' BRANT, ROSS'S GOOSE, SANDHILL CRANE, RED PHALAROPE, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, seasonal and local reports of interest.

In Salem County Apr 3 single GREATER WHITE-FRONTED and ROSS'S GEESE were found along Compromise Rd along with ICELAND GULL and 3 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS. The EURASIAN WIGEON was still at Mannington Marsh and the SANDHILL CRANE was a fly-by there.

A RED PHALAROPE was off Sandy Hook's north beach Apr 3. An ICELAND GULL was in Horseshoe Cove Apr 4. About 250 raptors passed the Sandy Hook Migration Watch Apr 6-7 including 38 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS. Lingering waterbirds Apr 3 included 50+ HORNED GREBES and 150 LONG-TAILED DUCKS.

The South Amboy mudflats hosted a LITTLE GULL Apr 5 and a 'BLACK' BRANT was in the waterfront park Apr 3. A SANDHILL CRANE was soaring over nearby Conaskonk Point Apr 7. A free "Where to Bird Along Raritan Bay" map is available at SHBO or on our website.

A female COMMON EIDER and 20+ HARLEQUIN DUCKS were found at Barnegat Light State Park Apr 3. Cedar Run Dock Rd had a light-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK the same day.

A female REDHEAD was observed at Trenton Marsh Apr 3.

An adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was found at Colonial Park in Franklin Township (Somerset Co.) Apr 3. The bird was found off Metler's Rd near the dog leash-free area (DeLorme P. 36, I-12).

Round Valley Reservoir Apr 4 had an adult LITTLE GULL, several LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, 4 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. A female REDHEAD was there Apr 3.

Kittatinny Valley State Park arrivals included PALM WARBLER and VESPER SPARROW Apr 4.

Directions to many of the sites mentioned above can be found in Bill Boyle's Guide To Bird Finding in New Jersey, available at NJAS Bookstores.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of review list species goes to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ, 08558. Good Birding and thanks for calling and reporting.

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