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Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday January 10, 2013 with reports of PINK-FOOTED GOOSE, BARNACLE GOOSE, PACIFIC LOON, WESTERN GREBE, RUFOUS/ALLEN?S HUMMINGBIRD, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, ROSS?S GOOSE, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, NORTHERN SHRIKE, RED CROSSBILL, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, COMMON REDPOLL, seasonal and local reports of interest.
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Four PINE GROSBEAKS were found along the Gillette Trail in Washington Twp, Morris County Jan 8 but have been seen since. To look for the birds, park in the lot/trailhead on East Mill Rd in Long Valley opposite the Cornerstone Grill & Tavern.
A PINK-FOOTED GOOSE was found in a cornfield along Milford Rd in East Windsor Twp, Mercer County Jan 9; the field is located just north of Lake Etra and south of Rte 33. Later in the morning the PINK-FOOTED GOOSE was relocated along nearby Probasco Rd, north of Rte 33.
What may be the same PINK-FOOTED GOOSE appeared in a Canada Goose flock on Lake Assunpink (viewed from the boat launch) Jan 10. Also in that flock were 2 BARNACLE GEESE, possibly the same pair that was seen at Plainsboro Preserve back in December.
A PACIFIC LOON was photographed at Manasquan Inlet Jan 6. The WESTERN GREBE continued this week along the North Shore through Jan 5, most often seen off Seven Presidents Park in Long Branch, but also off streets in Deal. The adult GLAUCOUS GULL continues at Roosevelt Ave in Deal through Jan 5. In Asbury Park 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were on Deal Lake Jan 6. RAZORBILLS continue to be seen at various locations along the north shore from Monmouth Beach to Manasquan Inlet, with up to 12 in Shark River Inlet and 6 at Manasquan Inlet. Single DOVEKIES were noted off Marine Place in Deal Jan 4 and at Shark River Inlet Jan 9. Two HARLEQUIN DUCKS were noted at Shark River Inlet Jan 7. RED CROSSBILLS continue to be viewed at Seven Presidents Park in Long Branch through Jan 5 and a single WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL was there Jan 6. Two WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were in the black pines adjacent to the Manasquan Inlet parking lot Jan 6 and 9 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were feeding in the pines at Shark River Inlet Jan 9. More information about the ?Northern North Shore? can be read at: http://ebird.org/content/nj/news/birding-the-northern-north-shore
The RUFOUS/ALLEN?S HUMMINGBIRD continues at Palmyra Cove Nature Park through Jan 5. Note that the feeder it has been frequenting has been moved closer to the visitor center.
The Medford WMA ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER continues through Jan 9. Look for the bird in the field off Brace Rd near the large solitary tree.
Two SANDHILL CRANES were noted at Mannington Marsh Jan 6. WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS continue to appear sporadically in the spruce trees at Fort Mott State Park this week, with 23 birds noted there Jan 8.
Barnegat Light/Inlet week hosted 30 COMMON EIDERS, 15 HARLEQUIN DUCKS, BLACK SCOTER, SURF SCOTER, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, and RED KNOT. A TRICOLORED HERON was seen in the bay just outside the park entrance Jan 5 along with 10 RAZORBILLS in the inlet. A flock of 25 COMMON REDPOLLS were noted near the lighthouse Jan 5. A BROWN PELICAN was seen Jan 6.
The NORTHERN SHRIKE continues at Assunpink WMA through Jan 9. It has been seen in the grassy swale south of the western-most parking area. To reach this spot turn left (west) off Imlaystown Road just before you reach the paved boat launch parking area at Lake Assunpink. Follow the dirt road up a small hill and park under the large trees overlooking the lake. With your back to the lake, walk through the hedgerow across the harvested field to the grassy swale and look for the bird here. NOTE: It?s currently small game hunting season at Assunpink WMA, so if you look for the bird it?s best to dress wearing bright clothing. Other birds noted at Assunpink this week included CACKLING GOOSE, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, 50+ AMERICAN PIPITS, 3 WINTER WRENS, and 4 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS.
Seven WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were noted feeding in a sweet gum tree at the Manasquan Reservoir Visitor Center Jan 3. Nine WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were found at Thompson Park in Lincroft Jan 9.
A RAZORBILL was a bit far up Raritan Bay at Belford Jan 5.
A probable ROSS?S GOOSE was photographed in a flying flock of Snow Geese at the intersection of Old York Rd and the NJ Turnpike in Mercer County Jan 4.
The GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE continues this week at Circle Drive in Piscataway Jan 6. Also in Middlesex County was a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK seen in Sayreville Marsh from the boat ramp at Major Dr Jan 8.
Another GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE continues at the Lyons VA hospital grounds through Jan 5. Other Somerset County reports included yet another GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE and 2 CACKLING GEESE at Duke Island Park in Bridgewater Jan 4 and at least 2-4 SANDHILL CRANES at Randolph Rd in Franklin Twp through Jan 4.
Spruce Run Reservoir had a ROSS?S GOOSE, 2 CACKLING GEESE, and an ICELAND GULL Jan 6. At nearby Round Valley Reservoir 2 REDHEADS were fond in the swimming pond/beach adjacent to the main reservoir Jan 9.
Great Swamp NWR continues to host at least 1-2 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, viewed along Pleasant Plains Rd and a SHORT-EARED OWL was seen near dusk by the HQ building Jan 3. An EASTERN PHOEBE continues to hang on there through Jan 5.
A COMMON REDPOLL highlighted birds at Troy Meadows Jan 6. Also in Morris County on Jan 9 were 2 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS at Black Meadows (off S. Ridgedale Ave) in Hanover Twp and at Budd Lake CACKLING GOOSE and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL.
Up to 7 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, 3 SHORT-EARED OWLS, 2 BARN OWLS, and 4 SNOW BUNTINGS were found at Wallkill River NWR?s Liberty Loop trail this week. Another ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was noted along Owens Station Rd.
Over 50 COMMON REDPOLLS visited a feeder in Hewitt Jan 8. Smaller numbers of COMMON REDPOLLS have been seen this week at feeders across the northern third of the state.
Birds noted at DeKorte Environment Center in Lyndhurst Jan 6 were 123 CANVASBACKS, an unseasonal NASHVILLE WARBLER, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, 3 FOX SPARROWS, and White-crowned SPARROW. Up to 40 COMMON REDPOLLS were seen at Losen Slote Park in the Meadowlands Jan 8.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, many favored birding locations are currently closed to the public or have limited access. A partial list follows.
NJ Meadowlands/DeKorte Environment Center remains partially closed. The Mill Creek Marsh Trail in Secaucus is open. Check the meadowlands website for updates.
Sandy Hook (Gateway National Recreation Area) is closed.
Portions of Forsythe NWR (Brigantine and Holgate Units) are closed. See http://www.facebook.com/ForsytheNWR for updates.
Many coastal and some inland State Parks are closed or have limited access; for updates see http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/parks_open_close.html
A list of open and closed Morris County Parks can be viewed here: http://www.morrisparks.net/pdfs/121114closings.pdf
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