Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 4/9/1991
hotline: Voice of NJ Audubon
date: April 9, 1991
number: (908) 766-2661
to report: (908) 766-5787
coverage: New Jersey statewide
compiler: Rich Kane, New Jersey Audubon Society
transcriber: Laurie Larson (llarson@pucc.princeton.edu)

This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Tuesday, April 9, 1991, at 6 PM, with reports of EARED GREBE, SWAINSON'S HAWK, BREWER'S BLACKBIRD, AVOCET, RUFF, BLACK-HEADED GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, GOLDEN PLOVER, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, seasonal and unseasonal arrivals, and local reports of interest. First, an announcement: the Tape becomes a 908 area code number on June 8. No extra charge to call it. Those out of area code note that after June 8, 201 will not work. The rest of the number remains the same. Now for the birds...

Both EARED GREBES continued this week: the one at Liberty State Park, Jersey City, at the base of Caven Pier, exit 14B New Jersey Turnpike; and the other at Sandy Hook at Horseshoe Cove. Both were present at least as of April 7. Also at Sandy Hook April 8: 2 AMERICAN BITTERNS and a VESPER SPARROW were at North Pond, along with a big flight of PALM and MYRTLE WARBLERS, GNATCATCHERS, KINGLETS, HERMIT THRUSH, PHOEBE, etc. Also there during the week, PINE WARBLER, CHIPPING SPARROW, and THRASHER.

A SWAINSON'S HAWK was seen heading north over Scherman-Hoffman Sanctuary, Bernardsville, at 4 PM on April 8, the first Spring record there in a while. Eight BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS were still on South Featherbed Lane in Salem on April 7. An AVOCET was at Mannington Marsh on April 6, on the Route 540 causeway. Two RUFFS are at Pedricktown, both dark birds; high tide Sat. April 13 will be 2:00 to 2:30 PM. On rising side watch the east side, north end, and on falling tide watch the duck blind down near the bridge.

A GOLDEN EAGLE was also at Pedricktown during the week. The BLACK-HEADED GULL is still coming off and on to the Nuclear Plant outfall in Salem. A GLAUCOUS GULL was at Sandy Hook April 6. In Brielle, A GOLDEN PLOVER was on the flats at Fisk Ave., off Rt. 71, at Antony's Restaurant near the bridge. It was with BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS and DUNLINS. RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue at Rahway River Park, Rahway, where they overwintered, just off Rt. 27, behind the Rahway Swimming Pool.

At least 200 PIPITS were at Alpha, Warren County at the 'T' at the south end of Oberly Rd. Parvin State Park April 7 had LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, HERMIT THRUSH, GNATCATCHER, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, and an imm. GOSHAWK. Troy Meadows April 3 had VIRGINIA RAIL, PINE WARBLER, and RUSTY BLACKBIRDS. Scherman-Hoffman, April 4-5, had LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, WINTER WREN, BLACK VULTURE, PALM WARBLER, both KINGLETS, and GNATCATCHER April 7, and a remarkably early BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER on April 9. Other early reports were of 2 CANADA WARBLERS on the Millstone River in Somerset County, also April 9; 5 TURKEYS were reported in Morris Township April 5 at Westlake Blvd., Burnham Park.

Black River April 6 had 40 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 4 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, lots of RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, PALM WARBLER, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, and ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW. ROUGHWINGS are also at Oldwick at the bridge on Arlington Rd. on April 7. Both KINGLETS and MYRTLE WARBLERS were in the hemlock grove at Swartswood State Park on April 6; and 200 RING-NECKED DUCKS were in the Swartswood duck pond the same day. L. Musconetcong on April 6 had 14 varietites of water birds inlcuding several HORNED GREBES, a number of PIED-BILLED GREBES, both SCAUP, and RING-NECKED DUCK, as well as a large flock of BUFFLEHEAD.

The Voice of NJ Audubon [(908) 766-2661] is a regular weekly report on birding in New Jersey. The tape is changed regularly on Wednesdays, more often when necessary. [Compiled by R. Kane, NJ Audubon; transcribed for National Birding Hotline Cooperative by L. Larson, llarson@ pucc.princeton.edu.] To report birds to the tape, call (908) 766-5787, or fax (908) 766-7775. For updates between tapes call the NJ Audubon Bird Mailbox, (201) 983-9152. Good birding, and thank you for calling.

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