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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 5/1/2003
This is the voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, May 1, 2003 with reports of ANHINGA, AMERICAN BITTERN, YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON, BROAD-WINGED HAWK, SWAINSON'S HAWK, RUFFED GROUSE, VIRGINIA RAIL, SORA, COMMON MOORHEN, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, LONG-BILLED CURLEW, LEAST SANDPIPER, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, RUFF, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, GULL-BILLED TERN, CASPIAN TERN, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, CHUCK-WILLS-WIDOW, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, ACADIAN FLYCATCHER, GREAT-CRESTED FLYCATCHER, EASTERN KINGBIRD, BANK SWALLOW, COMMON RAVEN, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, HOUSE WREN, WINTER WREN, VEERY, SWAINSON'S THRUSH, WOOD THRUSH, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, BLACKPOLL WARBLER, PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, KENTUCKY WARBLER, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, SCARLET TANAGER, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, BOBOLINK, WESTERN MEADOWLARK (possible), RUSTY BLACKBIRD, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, PURPLE FINCH, and EUROPEAN GOLDFINCH (Escape) and seasonal and local reports of interest.

An ANHINGA was observed flying over Turkey Point Road just west of Dividing Creek April 27 and continued southeast over Delaware Bay. An Immature SWAINSON'S HAWK was discovered over the Sandy Hook migration watch April 28 and was observed kettling up and out of sight. A bird believed to be a WESTERN MEADOWLARK was observed calling near the Spizzle Creek blind at Island Beach SP April 29 and not found subsequently.

AMERICAN BITTERNS were tallied this week at North Pond at Sandy Hook, the Celery Farm in Allendale and at the Great Swamp NWR. Single YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS were present at the Great Swamp April 28 and 30 at the furthest blind off Long-hill Road and at Sandy Hook April 28.

BROAD-WINGED HAWK arrived at the Sandy Hook migration watch and the State Line Lookout in Alpine April 24. RUFFED GROUSE were drumming at the Kuser Bog at High Point SP April 26.

VIRGINIA RAIL, SORA and COMMON MOORHEN were all present at Hyper Humus April 27, while SORAS were calling at Conaskonk Point April 29.

SOLITARY SANDPIPERS finally arrived at Island Beach SP April 28 and Eatontown and Sandy Hook April 29. LEAST SANDPIPERS first appeared at Brigantine (Forsythe) NWR April 27. A RUFF was discovered April 24 at High Hill Road (Delorme P.53, J-20-21) near Pedricktown and was last reported April 28. PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were also noted this week from this location. The LONG-BILLED CURLEW continues at Wildwood as of April 27.

A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was discovered at South Amboy/Morgan April 29. A pair of GULL-BILLED TERNS returned to Brigantine (Forsythe) NWR April 27, while CASPIAN TERNS were observed at Wreck Pond April 29 and Island Beach SP April 30.

Two YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS were present at Glassboro Woods April 24. A CHUCK-WILLS-WIDOW was discovered at Island Beach SP April 28. YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was noted at Garrett Mt. April 28.

ACADIAN FLYCATCHER was present at Bear Swamp in Medford and GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER was noted at Glassboro Woods April 29. EASTERN KINGBIRD arrived at Sandy Hook April 28 and BANK SWALLOW April 25.

A COMMON RAVEN was tallied at the State Line Lookout at Alpine April 24. Sandy Hook was home to a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH April 29 and HOUSE WREN April 25. WINTER WRENS appeared at Garrett Mountain April 29 and Tenafly Nature Center April 30. SWAINSON'S THRUSH and WOOD THRUSH and VEERY all returned this week and a HERMIT THRUSH was in full song at Sandy Hook April 29.

Thirty species of warblers were reported in the month of April with the week's highlights as follows: GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER at the Great Swamp April 30; ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, rare in spring was at Sandy Hook April 28 and Schiff Preserve in Mendham April 29-30; an early BLACKPOLL WARBLER at Garrett Mountain April 29, along with a PROTHONOTARY WARBLER; other PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS were at Lucent in Holmdel April 29, Bear Swamp-Hawkins Rd., Medford April 29 and Glassboro Woods April 24 and 30; Glassboro Woods was also home to a KENTUCKY WARBLER April 30; and a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was discovered at Colliers WMA April 30.

SCARLET TANAGER stopped at Sandy Hook April 28, while a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was located there at K Lot and two at 6 Mile Run in Franklin Township April 29.

The vanguard of BOBOLINKS arrived April 28 at Conaskonk Point. RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were still present at Sandy Hook April 29 and at the Watchung Reservation April 30. BALTIMORE ORIOLE appeared at Sandy Hook April 25.

A PURPLE FINCH was noted at Sandy Hook April 28, while EUROPEAN GOLDFINCHES appeared at feeders in Union April 25-26 and Kearny April 28. These birds are probable escaped caged birds.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds, please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of review list species goes to the NJ Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman, NJ 08558. This is Pete Bacinski wishing you the best birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.

 
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