This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday April 16, 2015 with reports of NEOTROPIC CORMORANT, PAINTED BUNTING, SWALLOW-TAILED KITE, LITTLE GULL, seasonal and local reports of interest.
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The NEOTROPIC CORMORANT continues this week at DeMott???s Pond in Clinton through Apr 12. At nearby Spruce Run Reservoir, up to 3 LITTLE GULLS were seen Apr 8-12, along with 3 ICELAND GULLS and 141 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS.
The male PAINTED BUNTING continues in Andover, Sussex County through Apr 14. The homeowners have asked that anyone who wants to see the bird do so from the Sussex Branch Trail, which runs right along the back edge of their yard. From ???downtown??? Andover on Route 206 turn on Smith Street at the light in the center of town. There is parking at Borough Hall on the left. Cross Smith St and walk 3/10 of a mile north on the Sussex Branch Trail. You will come to a green house on the right side of the trail with 2 large white pines in the yard. The house is directly across Route 206 from Jensen's Service Center.
Also in Sussex County were 28 PURPLE FINCHES at a Fredon Feeder Apr 13.
Reports from Garret Mountain Reservation in Passaic County this week included 2 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, 16 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, PRAIRIE WARBLER, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, VESPER SPARROW, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD.
Two VESPER SPARROWS were seen at DeKorte Environment Center in Lyndhurst Apr 9.
Hudson County sightings were of 5 RED-NECKED GREBES at Ocean Terminal and at Liberty State Park the wintering NORTHERN GOSHAWK was most recently seen Apr 11; a VESPER SPARROW was seen there Apr 8.
Morris County reports included 2 RED-NECKED GREBES and a CASPIAN TERN at Lake Musconetcong, RED-NECKED GREBES at Lake Hopatcong, a VESPER SPARROW at Troy Meadows, and 18 PURPLE FINCHES at a Roxbury Twp. feeder this week.
An AMERICAN BITTERN was detected at Great Swamp NWR Apr 12. Also in Somerset County were 30 PURPLE FINCHES at a Warren Twp. Feeder Apr 14.
A possible immature THAYER???S GULL was photographed at South Amboy Waterfront Park/Morgan Ave Mudflats Apr 11. Also there this week were BLACK-HEADED GULL and 1-2 LITTLE GULLS Apr 9-10.
Sandy Hook sightings this week were of an excellent raptor flight Apr 11 including 12 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 20+ OSPREYS, SWALLOW-TAILED KITE, 250+ AMERICAN KESTRELS, and 55 MERLINS; also there that day were 20 NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS and 2 CLIFF SWALLOWS. Five AMERICAN BITTERNS were noted at north pond Apr 12. Songbirds noted Apr 14 included 45 BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS, an early NASHVILLE WARBLER, 30 PALM WARBLERS, a late AMERICAN TREE SPARROW and 44 PURPLE FINCHES.
Other Monmouth County reports were of a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE on the lawns of IFF along Rte 36 in Union Beach Apr 13-16 and 2 YELLOW-THROATED WARBLERS at the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center Apr 10.
An adult LITTLE GULL was found among a flock of 100 BONAPARTE???S GULLS on the Delaware River at Arm & Hammer Waterfront Park in Mercer County Apr 12. An adult BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen in Trenton on the Delaware River Apr 10. An AMERICAN BITTERN was found at Rogers Refuge in Princeton Apr 15.
Burlington County sightings this week included a SANDHILL CRANE at Crystal Lake Park Apr 8. At Franklin Parker Preserve near Chatsworth AMERICAN BITTERN, an impressive 180 PINE WARBLERS, and 2 late AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were noted Apr 9.
Gloucester County reports this week were of 5 REDHEADS and YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER at Malaga Lake.
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