This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday January 15, 2015 with reports of PINK-FOOTED GOOSE, BARNACLE GOOSE, TRUMPETER SWAN, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, SANDHILL CRANE, BLACK-HEADED GULL, NORTHERN SHRIKE, LARK SPARROW, seasonal and local reports of interest.
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The PINK-FOOTED GOOSE continues in Wall Twp, Monmouth County this week. The bird is usually with the Canada Goose flock in the large field on the north side of 18th Ave opposite the Wall High School athletic fields. If not there, look for the bird on Allaire Rd (Rte 524) or along Bailey's Corner Rd.
Three TRUMPETER SWANS were still on a mostly frozen Lake Assunpink this week.
North Shore sightings this week included two drake EURASIAN WIGEONS on Shark River Estuary, generally seen on the north side off Riverside Dr. Another two drake EURASIAN WIGEONS and 20 REDHEADS were found in a small section of open water in the Shrewsbury River in Monmouth Beach off Seacrest Rd, opposite the Monmouth Beach Cultural Center. A hen HARLEQUIN DUCK and RAZORBILL were found at Manasquan Inlet Jan 11. Two LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were found on Shark River and a single was on Lake Takanassee this week.
The LARK SPARROW was still present at the Monmouth Corporate Park in Eatontown Jan 10, accessed off Eatontown Blvd.
The ROSS'S GOOSE at Marshall's Pond in Toms River was seen Jan 11.
A NORTHERN SHRIKE (possibly the same individual seen there late last year) was found at Whitesbog Jan 15.
Barnegat Light State Park hosted 300+ COMMON EIDERS, a hen KING EIDER, 4 HARLEQUIN DUCKS, a VIRGINIA RAIL (photographed in the rocks of the south jetty), and 50 PURPLE SANDPIPERS Jan 10-11.
A light-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen near the end of Cedar Run Dock Rd Jan 11.
Sightings at Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR this week included 200 TUNDRA SWANS, a light-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, SNOWY OWL, and SHORT-EARED OWL.
Raritan Bayshore Waterfront Park in South Amboy continues to host an adult BLACK-HEADED GULL; an immature ICELAND GULL and an adult GLAUCOUS GULL were seen there Jan 11. Also in Middlesex County was a EURASIAN WIGEON at the mouth of the Arthur Kill near the Perth Amboy Yacht Club Jan 10.
A BARN OWL was hunting over Ocean Terminal in Bayonne Jan 9 and a SNOWY OWL was seen there Jan 10. A juvenile NORTHERN GOSHAWK continues this week around Liberty State Park.
Somerset County reports were of the continuing 8 SANDHILL CRANES in Franklin Twp, usually seen along Randolph Rd or in the cornfield at the intersection of Mettlers Lane and Weston Rd. A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE continues at Duke Island Park, and it or another white-fonted goose was found at nearby North Branch Park, where a BARNACLE GOOSE was seen Jan 10.
Hunterdon County sightings included 6 REDHEADS and CANVASBACK at Round Valley Reservoir and 9 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS and an ICELAND GULL were found at Spruce Run Reservior.
A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen on Lake Tranquility in Sussex Count Jan 12.
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