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Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes, Sandy Hook Bird Observatory
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday April 7, 2011 with reports of EURASIAN WIGEON, SANDHILL CRANE, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.
Sussex County reports this week included the drake EURASIAN WIGEON at Creek Rd in Green Twp Apr 5 and the continuing EURASIAN WIGEON at White Lake in Kittatinny Valley State Park through Apr 2. At Swartswood Lake 44 RED-THROATED LOONS, 100 COMMON LOONS, RED-NECKED GREBE, and 6+ HORNED GREBES were found Apr 5. Culver's Lake hosted 6 RED-NECKED GREBES, 10 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, and 4 BONAPARTE'S GULLS Apr 4.
Sandy Hook sightings this week included an adult male YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD at K-lot Apr 5, 3 SANDHILL CRANES over the Migration Watch Apr 3, single TRICOLORED HERONS at Spermaceti Cove Apr 4 and another passing the Migration Watch Apr 5, 22 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS and 13 MERLINS Apr 4, a NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL near Raccoon Alley Apr 5; CHIMNEY SWIFT, CLIFF SWALLOW, 6 BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS, and 20 PALM WARBLERS Apr 4-5. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.
Garret Mountain reports included LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH Apr 3; 20+ YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, 6+ WINTER WRENS, 25 PINE WARBLERS, 30 PALM WARBLERS, 10 FOX SPARROWS, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD Apr 4-5. On Apr 6 15+ WINTER WRENS, PRAIRIE WARBLER, and NORTHERN PARULA were noted.
A drake REDHEAD highlighted waterfowl at Mount Hope Lake Apr 2. Also in Morris County was the continuing RED-HEADED WOODPECKER in the beaver swamp at the Tourne in Boonton Apr 2.
A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary Mar 31. At nearby Lord Stirling Park a VIRGINIA RAIL was noted Apr 3.
Hunterdon County reports included an AMERICAN BITTERN at Assiscong Marsh Apr 6 and at Spruce Run Reservoir BLUE-WINGED TEAL, 18 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, and 2 RED-THROATED LOONS were noted Apr 5.
The first-cycle BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen again on flats off the Bayonne Golf Club close to Rte 440 near the entrance to Global Terminal Apr 4.
South Amboy hosted 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS and a first-cycle GLAUCOUS GULL Apr 3. More information about birding this area can be found at http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionCenters/SectionSHBO/SouthAmboy.aspx
Barnegat Light State Park hosted 33 HARLEQUIN DUCKS and 30 COMMON EIDERS Apr 4.
Brigantine NWR sightings this week included a CASPIAN TERN and SHORT-EARED OWL Apr 4, and ROSS'S GOOSE and BLUE-WINGED TEAL Apr 5.
A GOLDEN EAGLE was noted over Lower Bank in Burlington County Apr 3.
A LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH was noted at Glassboro Woods WMA on the north side of Stanger Ave Apr 4.
An overnight pelagic from Cape May is scheduled for May 19-20, in search of shearwaters, storm-petrels, jaegers, skuas, and phalaropes. For more information or to register contact http://www.birdcapemay.org/spring.shtml
The Sandy Hook Migration Watch is underway; visitors are always welcome--come see what's flying by! For directions and further information see http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionCenters/SectionSHBO/SandyHookMigrationWatchSiteGuide.aspx
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