Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 4/9/2009
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for April 9, 2009 with reports of BOHEMIAN WAXWING, BREWER?S BLACKBIRDS, SANDHILL CRANE, SUMMER TANAGER, seasonal and local reports of interest. Most locations mentioned can be found in Bill Boyle?s ?A Bird Finding Guide to New Jersey? available at New Jersey Audubon Society Bookstores.

Four BREWER?S BLACKBIRDS continued this week in the pasture along Freas Rd off Rte 49 South of Pennsville Apr 5. Also in Salem County that day was a CATTLE EGRET along Compromise Rd, several LITTLE BLUE HERONS, and 3-4 SANDHILL CRANES at the Rte. 45 bridge over Mannington Marsh.

Brigantine NWR reports this week were of a RED-NECKED GREBE and a CASPIAN TERN Apr 6.

A SUMMER TANAGER was an unusual ?overshoot? migrant at a Belmar residence Apr 5.

The elusive BOHEMIAN WAXWING was observed again at Sandy Hook Apr 7 at the east end of the scout camp. Other hook sightings this week included a good hawk flight Apr 4 that included 93 AMERICAN KESTRELS and 33 NORTHERN HARRIERS. Thirty-eight RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS were tallied Apr 8. Nine species of gulls at the hook Apr 4-5 included a first-cycle BLACK-HEADED GULL off SHBO, first-cycle GLAUCOUS GULL at north beach pavilion, first-cycle ICELAND GULL at C-lot, and a first- cycle LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at Spermaceti Cove. Other migrants at the hook this week included 400 NORTHERN GANNETS in the bay off SHBO, an AMERICAN BITTERN at north pond, a CASPIAN TERN north of Horseshoe Cove, and a NORTHERN PARULA. A free detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the bird sightings log there for daily reports.

A RED-NECKED GREBE was a nice find at Prospertown Lake in Jackson Apr 4.

An adult alternate-plumaged BLACK-HEADED GULL was detected at South Amboy Apr 7. An ICELAND GULL was noted near the mouth of Cheesequake Creek Apr 4. More information about birding here can be found at http://www.njaudubon.org/Centers/SHBO/RaritanBirding.html

At New Jersey Audubon?s Scherman-Hoffman Sanctuary in Bernardsville 150 PINE SISKINS and a flyover BALD EAGLE were noted April 4. A WINTER WREN was there Apr 5. Nearby at Great Swamp NWR a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was still present near the closed bridge on Pleasant Plains Rd Apr 8.

Garret Mountain reports this week included 2 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS Apr 7, 15 PINE WARBLERS, 18 PALM WARBLERS, and a LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH Apr 8.

Spruce Run Reservoir had 39 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS Apr 5 and a VESPER SPARROW near the entrance Apr 8. Also there this week were 1-2 RED-THROATED LOONS.

The Allendale Celery Farm hosted an early LITTLE BLUE HERON Apr 5. Also in Bergen County was a YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON at White?s Pond in Waldwick the same day.

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