Date: Sun, 08 Apr 2001 17:58:24 -0400
From: Paul Lehman
To: NJ Birds Mailing list
Subject: Black-bk. Woodpecker CLOSE to NJ
A Black-backed Woodpecker (male) has been within a mile of New Jersey now for several weeks (since mid-March), although news and confirmation did not come out until late yesterday. It was seen again this morning (Sunday). The bird is at the Pocono Env. Education Center (PEEC) in northeast PA, just across the Delaware River. From Dingman's Ferry go south on Route 209 for approximately 5 miles to a right turn where there is a large brown sign pointing that way to "PEEC". Go on that road about a mile to the top of a hill, and the entrance to PEEC will be to the right. From the parking lot in front of the main building, walk on the road to the right of the building and check the red pines, power poles, and even sometimes the deciduous trees. It may take some time to find the bird, but once found it can provide excellent views.
Also today, a "Black" Brant was found at Brigantine NWR in with a mass of (a thousand or so) regular Brant along the south dike near the tower. The geese are usually on the south side, in the marsh and bay, but periodically fly across the dike into the corner of the West Pool. A Eurasian G-w Teal was also still there a few days ago.
In Salem County, a Ruff was seen at Pedricktown, the Marbled Godwit was still at Mannington Marsh, and one Ross's Goose, at least, remained as of a couple days ago.
In Atlantic County we have not heard any positive news on the Cinnamon Teal since Friday, other than a report of a miss of it today. The bird has been missed before and then seen again. Fishing season started there on Saturday, so disturbance levels are certainly up--not that that might have much of an effect on this bird!!
A wintering Dickcissel was refound in Cape May.
The Black-tailed Godwit on eastern Long Island was present at least through Saturday.