This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday April 8, 2010 with reports of SWALLOW-TAILED KITE, MISSISSIPPI KITE, BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH, SANDHILL CRANE, seasonal and local reports of interest.
A BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH, the second record for NJ, was found in Cape May at the Saint Peter's Church Apr 8; check birdcapemay.org for more details.
A SWALLOW-TAILED KITE appeared briefly at Sandy Hook over K-lot Apr 5. Another SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was photographed at the Migration Watch Apr 6. Other Sandy Hook sightings Apr 3-6 included up to 6 AMERICAN BITTERNS at North Pond, a SORA along Nine Gun Battery adjacent to K-lot, the STILT SANDPIPER at the pond at K-lot, a second-cycle GLAUCOUS GULL and 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS at the False Hook, SHORT-EARED OWL near the end of the fisherman's trail and another near the locust grove, BARRED OWL along Raccoon Alley, an all-time Sandy Hook high count of 4 COMMON RAVENS Apr 5, VESPER SPARROW at K-lot, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, and 2 PURPLE FINCHES at Raccoon Alley. An early EASTERN KINGBIRD was seen near north pond Apr 5 and an early OVENBIRD was along Raccoon Alley Apr 2-3. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports. The Sandy Hook Migration Watch operates 9-5, weather permitting, 7 days a week: visitors are always welcome.
Another SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was reported without details over the Garden State Parkway at exit 69 Apr 7.
A MISSISSIPPI KITE was reported from Merrill Creek Reservoir Apr 8.
A SANDHILL CRANE was viewed along Compromise Rd in Salem County Apr 3.
A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was a surprise at Tatum Park in Middletown, Monmouth County, Apr 6.
Garret Mountain sightings this week included a LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH Apr 1-2; also there this week were SPOTTED SANDPIPER, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, 2 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, 3 WINTER WRENS, 4 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, PALM WARBLERS, PINE WARBLERS, and 4 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS.
An early BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER was observed at Echo Hill Park in Hunterdon County Apr 4.
Palmyra Cove migrants this week included AMERICAN BITTERN, GLOSSY IBIS, BONAPARTE'S GULL, ICELAND GULL, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, FORSTER'S TERN, BROWN THRASHER, and LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH.
Oberly Rd at Alpha had 76 LESSER BLACK-BACKED Gulls Apr 2.
Two GLAUCOUS GULLS were seen at Deal Apr 6.
Reports from the Great Swamp NWR this week included BLUE-WINGED TEAL, BARRED OWL, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, PALM WARBLER, and PRAIRIE WARBLER.
An AMERICAN BITTERN was found at the pond at Negri-Nepote Grasslands in Franklin Twp Apr 7.
Two TRUMPETER SWANS of "unknown provenance" have been residing on the pond along Lloyd Rd in Bernardsville this week.
A SHORT-EARED OWL was found in the Danzenbaker pool at Brigantine NWR Apr 3.
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