This is Pete Bacinski with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday, May 1, 2014 with reports of TUNDRA SWAN, BLUE-WINGED TEAL, LONG-TAILED DUCK, HOODED MERGANSER, COMMON MERGANSER, RED-NECKED GREBE, NEOTROPIC CORMORANT, AMERICAN BITTERN, CATTLE EGRET, YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, VIRGINIA RAIL, SORA, WHIMBREL, BAR-TAILED GODWIT, WILSON?S SNIPE, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, GULL-BILLED TERN, CASPIAN TERN, COMMON NIGHTHAWK, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, LEAST FLYCATCHER, COMMON RAVEN, CLIFF SWALLOW, PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, VESPER SPARROW, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, RUSTY BLACKBIRD and seasonal reports of interest, and announcements.
There has been a report of a BAR-TAILED GODWIT at Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR along the loop drive April 30. This is about the time this species has appeared in New Jersey in recent years.
The NEOTROPIC CORMORANT continues at DeMott Pond and other Clinton Locations as of April 28. An AMERICAN BITTERN visited Assiscong Marsh April 27, while Spruce Run Reservoir featured a CASPIAN TERN April 25, six LONG-TAILED DUCKS and an AMERICAN BITTERN April 26 and a RED-THROATED LOON April 28
Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR was productive April 27-28 with a lingering TUNDRA SWAN, six BLUE-WINGED TEAL, 70+ WHIMBREL, three WILSON?S SNIPE, two CASPIAN TERNS and two GULL-BILLED TERNS. An early COMMON NIGHTHAWK was reported in Barnegat Township April 27, while five RUSTY BLACKBIRDS visited Assunpink WMA also April 27.
In the unusual category was a CATTLE EGRET at the Conackmack Middle School in Piscataway April 27-29. The Colonial Park in Somerset YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was still present as of April 29, while a Red-headed Woodpecker also continued there as of April 28. Another YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was discovered at Ravine Lake in Far Hills April 25. Five post storm alternate plumaged RED-NECKED GREBES along with a SPOTTED SANDPIPER were present at Lake Parsippany May 1.
Lord Stirling Park in Basking Ridge was a hotspot this week with the PROTHONOTARY WARBLER and a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER tallied April 26-27, a YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER April 26, RUSTY BLACKBIRDS April 28 and a YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON April 29. The Great Swamp NWR was also productive with reports of two AMERICAN BITTERN, SORA, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and a RUSTY BLACKBIRD April 28 along Pleasant Plains Road. Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue at the Linden Hawk Rise property as of April 25.
Earnest L. Oros Park in Woodbridge recorded a RUSTY BLACKBIRD April 27, while two COMMON RAVENS were observed along Mill Road in Edison April 25 and another at the Melanie Lane Wetlands in Hanover, along with a RUSTY BLACKBIRD April 28.
A late COMMON MERGANSER was observed at Cheesequake SP April 27, while two were still present at Johnson Park Piscataway April 28. A VESPER SPARROW and three GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were present at Negri Nepote in Franklin April 26.
Schmidt?s Woods in Secaucus was home to a MONK PARAKEET April 27, while the Ridgewood Duck Pond had a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER April 28 and Garret Mountain Reservation another May 1. Another for the unusual column was a BOAT-TAILED GRACKLE discovered at the Vince Lombardi Service Area on the NJ Turnpike April 25. A VESPER SPARROW was discovered on the grounds of Indian Hills High School in Oakland April 24.
Hyper Humus in Paulinskill WMA in Lafayette April 27 produced three VIRGINIA RAILS, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, BLUE-WINGED TEAL and CLIFF SWALLOW. Two VIRGINIA RAILS were detected at the Wallkill River NWR April 29 and a LEAST FLYCATCHER at the Flatbrook WMA April 25. YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS were present at Stokes SF April 26.
A late RED-NECKED GREBE was observed at Riverwinds in National Park April 25, while three CASPIAN TERNS were at the National Park dredge spoils the same day. Another CASPIAN TERN was discovered at Floodgates April 27.
Birds arriving this week include: GREEN HERON, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, WARBLING VIREO, BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER, PRAIRIE WARBLER, HOODED WARBLER, SCARLET TANAGER, BOBOLINK and PURPLE FINCH.
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