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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 4/7/2011
E-mail reports: sightings (at) njaudubon.org Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes, Sandy Hook Bird Observatory Web: http://www.njaudubon.org

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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: 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

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500 or email sightings AT njaudubon.org Please submit reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown Dr, Warren NJ 07059 or report AT njbrc.net Good Birding and thanks for reporting.

 
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