Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 4/7/2005
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday April 7, 2005 with reports of EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL, SWALLOW-TAILED KITE, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, BLACK-NECKED STILT, ROSS'S GOOSE, seasonal and local reports of interest and announcements.

PAINTED BUNTING and SNOWY OWL continue in the Cape May region this week -- call the CMBO Hotline for details.

A SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was photographed over Huber Woods Park in Monmouth County Apr 6; no further reports (DeLorme P. 44, B-16).

A BLACK-NECKED STILT was present Apr 3-4 at Dorbrook Park off Route 537 in Colt's Neck, Monmouth County. The bird was found in rain puddles near athletic fields and a model airplane range, in the park section south of Route 537. Also present there Apr 3 was an early SOLITARY SANDPIPER (DeLorme P. 44, H-10).

The LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was still at Big Brook Park in Marlboro through Apr 5. From the intersection of Rte 79 & 520 head east on Rte 520 about a half mile and turn right into the park, which is signed "Camp Arrowhead." (Big Brook Park is undeveloped and has no signage). Park near the fork in the road but do not block the gate. Follow the right fork (a paved path) on foot for about a mile to a T intersection and a collapsed darn foundation. The bird tends to hunt the fields east and south of the T (DeLorme P. 44, F-4).

Sandy Hook birds this week included a first-year GLAUCOUS GULL at Plum Island Apr 1, a first-year ICELAND GULL near the end of the fisherman's trail Apr 3, and one adult and one first-year LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at north beach Apr 4. A good hawk flight Apr 5 included 2 NORTHERN GOSHAWKS, 20 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, and a BALD EAGLE. An excellent passerine flight Apr 6 included large numbers of both KINGLETS, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, PALM WARBLERs, PINE WARBLERS, and CHIPPING SPARROWS. A free birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.


Salem County sightings this week included 2 ROSS'S GEESE along Featherbed Lane and 54 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS in Elsinboro Township Apr 3.

Garret Mountain birds reported this week included AMERICAN WOODCOCK, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, a high count of 24 WINTER WRENS, 2 LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSHES, and RUSTY BLACKBIRDS.

A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was a flyby at Merrill Creek Reservoir Apr 3.

Reports from Sussex County this week were of 4 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS and a RED-THROATED LOON on Swartswood Lake Apr 3-6; a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at Great Meadows, and over 70 WILSON'S SNIPE along Decker Rd in Lafayette.

Migrant species reported this week ahead of schedule included a RED-EYED VIREO at Brigantine and a BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER at Allaire State Park.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: See Life Paulagics is running a pelagic trip out of Belmar on Saturday April 23 for alcids, gulls, fulmar, and others, cost $110. For information call 215-234-6805 or visit their website http://www.paulagics.com

The New Jersey Audubon Society will host "An Evening with David Sibley" on Friday, April 29 at the Fair Winds in Basking Ridge. A 6:30 p.m. cocktail hour with cash bar will be followed by 7:30 p.m. dinner, then David Sibley's program, "Birdwatching in the 21st Century." Seating will be limited, and is going fast. More information can be found at http://www.njaudubon.org/Centers/Scherman/Sibleydinner, or call the New Jersey Audubon Society at (908) 766-5787.

An overnight pelagic is scheduled out of Barnegat Light May 21-22; cost is $119. Contact font@focusonnature.com or call 1-800-721-9986

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Reports of Review List Species go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.

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