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Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday January 3, 2013 with reports of BARNACLE GOOSE, BLACK BRANT, WESTERN GREBE, RUFOUS/ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, SANDHILL CRANE, RED CROSSBILL, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, COMMON REDPOLL, seasonal and local reports of interest.
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The BARNACLE GOOSE continued at the Mercer Corporate Park in Robbinsville through Dec 31. Other Mercer County reports this week included a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and PEREGRINE at the Pole Farm Jan 1; also the stretch of the Delaware River between the Bordentown boat launch off Park Ave, and the Trenton rocks (park at Katmandu Restaurant), hosted ICELAND GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, and 12 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS Dec 30. An impressive flock of 1,100 COMMON MERGANSERS and one RED-BREASTED MERGANSER was noted on Lake Mercer Jan 2.
The WESTERN GREBE continues to float around the Northern North Shore area, with recent sightings at Allenhurst Dec 29 & Jan 1 and off Seven Presidents Park Jan 1. Other north shore highlights this week included a BLACK BRANT in Deal Dec 29, RED-NECKED GREBE off Deal & Allenhurst Jan 1, the continuing adult GLAUCOUS GULL at Roosevelt Ave in Deal, an ICELAND GULL at Deal Lake Dec 29, RAZORBILLS are numerous in the area, with recent totals in the 50-60 bird range; many sightings come from the Deal/Allenhurst/Monmouth Beach area; 3 RED CROSSBILLS at Seven Presidents Park Dec 31, three RED CROSSBILLS at Roosevelt Ave Jan 1, single RED CROSSBILL and WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL at Corlies Ave in Allenhurst Dec 29, and 4 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS at Seven Presidents Park Jan 2. More information about birding some of these areas can be viewed at:
The RUFOUS/ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD continues at Palmyra Cove Nature Park through Jan 2. Look for the bird at the hummingbird feeder placed along the entrance road in the small copse of trees on the right hand side at the start of the butterfly garden. Also at Palmyra Jan 1 were GREAT CORMORANT, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, 6 PINE SISKINS, and PURPLE FINCH.
Three SANDHILL CRANES were found at Mannington Marsh in Salem County Jan 2. Also that day a flock of 14 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS was found at Fort Mott State Park.
The GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE continues in Piscataway through Jan 1, seen at the intersection of Springfield Ave and Old New Brunswick Rd.
Duke Farms hosted a light-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK Dec 31. A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was also there that day.
Possibly the same GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE seen at Duke Farms was detected across the river at Duke Island Park in Bridgewater Dec 31. A flock of 10 CACKLING GEESE was at Duke Island Dec 28.
Two SANDHILL CRANES continue this week in the fields along Randolph Rd in Franklin Twp, Somerset County.
Yet another GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE continues through Dec 31 at the Lyons VA Hospital; view the fields from Valley Rd.
Great Swamp NWR sightings this week were of 3 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS (2 light morph, 1 dark morph) along Pleasant Plains Rd Dec 31, MERLIN, 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS, 25 AMERICAN PIPITS, EASTERN PHOEBE, and 3 COMMON REDPOLLS Jan 1.
A WILSON'S WARBLER was found at the blind at Passaic River Park in Berkley Heights Jan 2.
A light-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was found at Troy Meadows Jan 1.
Spruce Run Reservoir birds Jan 1 included 4 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, 2 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, ICELAND GULL, 10 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, and 20 HORNED LARKS.
Merrill Creek Reservoir had an impressive flock of 25-30,000 SNOW GEESE and a LONG-TAILED DUCK Jan 1.
The NJ Meadowlands had both light-morph and dark-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS along Disposal Rd Dec 30-31, a flock of 100+ AMERICAN PIPITS, and 50 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS. At Losen Slote Creek Park a flock of 59 COMMON REDPOLLS was detected Jan 2.
Small numbers of COMMON REDPOLLS were reported widely at feeders across north jersey this week; 2 COMMON REDPOLLS were noted at Flatbrook-Roy WMA in Layton, Sussex County Jan 1.
CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT RESULTS:
The Raritan Estuary CBC Dec 30 found 100 species including a RED-NECKED GREBE at South Amboy, 3 CANVASBACKS, AMERICAN BITTERN at Raritan Center, 5 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS at Edgeboro Landfill, 5 MERLINS, EASTERN PHOEBE, SNOW BUNTING, and 90 COMMON REDPOLLS at Raritan Center.
The Long Branch CBC Dec 29 found 110 species including GREAT EGRET, WESTERN GREBE at Allenhurst, ICELAND GULL, DOVEKIE off Spring Lake, 60+ RAZORBILLS, BROWN THRASHER, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, LARK SPARROW, RED CROSSBILL, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, and COMMON REDPOLL.
The Trenton Marsh CBC Dec 30 had highlights including 7 BALD EAGLES, ICELAND GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, 12 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS (see Mercer County report above for details), TREE SWALLOW, PALM WARBLER, 5 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS and a RED CROSSBILL. The crossbills were found in a spruce stand adjacent to the Burlington Twp municipal building on Old York Rd.
The Barnegat CBC Dec 30 found 118 species including 101 COMMON EIDERS, 16 HARLEQUIN DUCKS, 2 GREAT EGRETS, TRICOLORED HERON, ICELAND GULL, 18 RAZORBILLS, LONG-EARED OWL, EASTERN PHOEBE, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, and PALM WARBLER.
The Mizpah CBC Dec 29 found 86 species including 185 WILD TURKEYS, six species of owls (with BARN OWL, LONG-EARED OWL, AND NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL), 6 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS, 3 RED CROSSBILLS, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL and COMMON REDPOLL at Estelle Manor Park.
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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