This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday April 8, 2015 with reports of TRUMPETER SWAN, NEOTROPIC CORMORANT, THAYER?S GULL, PAINTED BUNTING, seasonal and local reports of interest.
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The most recent report of the trio of TRUMPETER SWANS at Assunpink WMA was Apr 1.
A NEOTROPIC CORMORANT was found at Clinton Mill Pond and at DeMott Pond in Clinton, Hunterdon County Mar 30-Apr 5, where one was present last spring/early summer.
A probable adult THAYER?S GULL was documented at Spruce Run Reservoir Mar 31. Also there were ICELAND GULL and 100+ LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS.
The PAINTED BUNTING continues in Andover, Sussex County through Apr 6. Also in Sussex County were 5 GLOSSY IBIS at Wallkill River NWR?s Liberty Loop impoundments Apr 2.
An AMERICAN BITTERN was seen at Liberty State Park Apr 5 and the wintering NORTHERN GOSHAWK was noted through Apr 4. Also in Hudson County was a SNOWY OWL at Ocean Terminal Apr 2.
Morris County reports this week included RED-NECKED GREBE, ICELAND GULL, and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL on Lake Parsippany, and PURPLE FINCH, 3 COMMON REDPOLLS, and 7 PINE SISKINS at the Tourne in Boonton Mar 30.
A light-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK passed the Montclair Hawk Watch Apr 6.
An adult BLACK-HEADED GULL was observed in the Delaware River at Riverfront Landing across from Lamberton Rd opposite the Trenton Sewage Authority Mar 26. Also in Mercer County was GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE at Mercer Corporate Park in Robbinsville, last seen Apr 6.
Raritan Bay Waterfront Park in South Amboy hosted a continuing adult BLACK-HEADED GULL this week and 2 LITTLE GULLS were noted Apr 6, increasing to 5 birds there Apr 7; also there were ICELAND GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL. At the far side of Middlesex County was a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE at NJ Audubon?s Plainsboro Preserve Mar 28.
Sandy Hook had a good early-season flight Mar 27 with 48 EASTERN PHOEBES, 2 PALM WARBLERS, 13 PINE WARBLERS, 60 FOX SPARROWS, 550 SONG SPARROWS, and 4 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS. Thirty RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS were noted Mar 30. Three VESPER SPARROWS were found near the lighthouse Apr 3 and one Vesper was noted by Guardian Park Apr 6.
A first-cycle GLAUCOUS GULL was found at Manasquan Inlet Mar 30. A drake EURASIAN WIGEON was still at Shark River Estuary Apr 4.
A drake EURASIAN WIGEON was seen at Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR Apr 5 and a EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL was there Apr 6.
Two SANDHILL CRANES were noted at Pedricktown Marsh Apr 6.
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