This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday January 29, 2015 with reports oF PINK-FOOTED GOOSE, TRUMPETER SWAN, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, COMMON REDPOLL, seasonal and local reports of interest.
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The PINK-FOOTED GOOSE continues this week in Wall Twp, Monmouth County, most often seen in fields along Allaire Rd (Rte. 524), Bailey's Corner Rd, or 18th Avenue.
The PINK-FOOTED GOOSE resurfaced in East Windsor this week, seen Jan 24 along Probasco Rd in the Twin Rivers section of town.
A female BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was seen again this week in the Delaware River along River Road near Phillipsburg in Warren County.
The trio of TRUMPETER SWANS returned to Lake Assunpink Jan 25 after a brief hiatus to Hamilton Marsh (AKA Trenton Marsh or Abbott Marshland) in Mercer County. The birds were seen off the end of Eldridge Rd near the model airplane field. Also at Assunpink was a RUSTY BLACKBIRD.
Other Monmouth County sightings this week along the North Shore included adult ICELAND GULLS at Lake Como and Sandy Hook, a first-cycle ICELAND GULL at Lake Takanassee Jan 26, and a second-cycle at Sandy Hook; LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were noted this week at Lake Takanassee, Deal Lake, Sylvan Lake, and Shark River Estuary. A first-cycle GLAUCOUS GULL was at Sandy Hook Jan 28 and a VESPER SPARROW was photographed there Jan 23.
Two BLACK-HEADED GULLS (one adult and one first-cycle) were seen at South Amboy Jan 28.
Barnegat Inlet/State Park had a hen KING EIDER, GLAUCOUS GULL and COMMON REDPOLL Jan 25.
Sightings from Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR this week included 150 TUNDRA SWANS, a drake EURASIAN WIGEON, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, GOLDEN EAGLE, and 2 COMMON REDPOLLS. At nearby Leed's Point a GOLDEN EAGLE was seen Jan 25 and 3 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were noted at Mott's Creek Rd the same day.
The south end of Brigantine Island/Absecon Inlet hosted 200 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS, 50 "WESTERN" WILLETS, 25 MARBLED GODWITS, and a COMMON REDPOLL Jan 25. At the north end of Brigantine Island, a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was noted the same day.
Ten COMMON REDPOLLS were found in Egg Harbor Twp Jan 23 near the intersection of Duerer & 4th.
The drake EURASIAN WIGEON was seen again Jan 25 in Perth Amboy; best place to look is off the yacht club.
Three COMMON REDPOLLS were found at Losen Slote in Little Ferry Jan 23.
Liberty State Park hosted a flock of 15-20 COMMON REDPOLLS this week, most often seen around the interpretive center or at the nearby birch tree stands. Also there were EURASIAN WIGEON, REDHEAD, the continuing juvenile NORTHERN GOSHAWK, and SNOWY OWL.
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