This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday January 8, 2015 with reports of PINK-FOOTED GOOSE, BARNACLE GOOSE, TRUMPETER SWAN, EARED GREBE, BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, BLACK-HEADED GULL, COMMON MURRE, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, NASHVILLE WARBLER, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, seasonal and local reports of interest and Christmas Bird Count results.
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Two PINK-FOOTED GEESE continue in the state. One bird remains in Wall Twp, Monmouth County and has been seen most regularly in fields along 18th Ave opposite the Wall High School athletic fields. It has also been seen along Allaire Rd (Rt 524) and Bailey's Corner Rd. Another PINK-FOOTED GOOSE was last reported from Twin Rivers in Mercer County Jan 3. That bird was found at Quad Lake and at nearby Etra Lake.
A BARNACLE GOOSE was found this week at North Branch Park in Bridgewater, and at nearby Duke Island Park a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE continues in the pond. Possibly a second BARNACLE GOOSE was seen in Branchburg along Studdiford Rd Jan 4.
The three TRUMPETER SWANS continue at Lake Assunpink.
A BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK was photographed at the F. Bliss Price Arboretum in Eatontown, Monmouth County Jan 2. The bird was in the southeast corner of the arboretum access off Rte 547 (Wykoff Rd).
A GOLDEN EAGLE was noted at Culver Gap in Sussex County Jan 1.
Two LAPLAND LONGSPURS were found in the Horned Lark flock along Oberly Rd in Alpha, Warren County Jan 7.
Eight SANDHILL CRANES continue this week in Franklin Twp, Somerset County. They are usually found in the cornfields along Randolph Rd or near the intersection of Mettler and Weston Rds.
A REDHEAD was seen from Society Hill in Jersey City this week and a SHORT-EARED OWL was at Ocean Terminal Jan 6.
A MARBLED GODWIT was found at DeKorte Environment Center in Lyndhurst Jan 3-5 and an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was also there. Another ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was found at Mill Creek Marsh in Secaucus.
A BLACK-HEADED GULL was found at Raritan Bay Waterfront Park in South Amboy Jan 4.
Sandy Hook had RED-NECKED GREBE, COMMON RAVEN, 55 SNOW BUNTINGS, and a NASHVILLE WARBLER Jan 1.
An EARED GREBE and BLACK-HEADED GULL were noted off the Monmouth Beach Cultural Center Dec 27.
A "inshore" Pelagic trip from Belmar found 2 BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES, 12 RAZORBILLS, and 3 COMMON MURRES Jan 2.
The Trenton Sewage Treatment Plant hosted 6 NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS, 3-4 PINE WARBLERS, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, 3-4 PALM WARBLERS, and a NASHVILLE WARBLER Jan 4. Also in Mercer County was a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE at Conover Fields across from Mercer Oaks Country Club in Princeton Junction Jan 4.
A ROSS'S GOOSE has been frequenting Marshall's Pond in Toms River through Jan 4. It has also been seen in athletic fields at nearby Whittly Rd. Three REDHEADS and two CANVASBACKS were noted at Riverfront Landing in Toms River Jan 3.
An AMERICAN BITTERN remained through Jan 5 at Taylor's Refuge in Cinnaminson, Burlington County.
Reports from Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR this week included 60 TUNDRA SWANS, EURASIAN WIGEON, BLUE-WINGED TEAL, SNOWY EGRET, GOLDEN EAGLE, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, a juvenile NORTHERN GOSHAWK, SHORT-EARED OWL, and SNOWY OWL.
Brigantine Island/Absecon Inlet hosted 300 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS, 106 WESTERN WILLETS, and 20 MARBLED GODWITS. Two HARLEQUIN DUCKS were found at the inlet Jan 3.
In Salem County, a SHORT-EARED OWL was found at Featherbed Lane near Sharptown Jan 6 and a YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was noted in a large blackbird flock at Rte 40 and Glassboro Rd in Upper Pittsgrove Jan 1.
CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT RESULTS:
Great Swamp CBC Dec 20 found 84 species including 4 REDHEADS, COMMON LOON, LONG-EARED OWL, NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL, RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, PURPLE FINCH, PINE SISKIN, and 6 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS.
Boonton CBC Dec 21 tallied 100 species including 4 REDHEADS, 91 WILD TURKEYS, GOLDEN EAGLE, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, 2 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS, 5 AMERICAN PIPITS, 4 PALM WARBLERS, 3 COMMON REDPOLLS, and 23 PINE SISKINS.
Barnegat CBC Dec 21 found 134 species plus 2 count-week birds including 6 REDHEADS, 505 COMMON EIDERS, KING EIDER, 12 RED-NECKED GREBES, AMERICAN BITTERN, 21+ BALD EAGLES, 7 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, PIPING PLOVER, 10 RAZORBILLS, 8 DOVEKIES, 3 SNOWY OWLS, LONG-EARED OWL, SHORT-EARED OWL, NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL, and SEDGE WREN.
Raritan Estuary CBC Dec 26 recorded 103 species including 3 RED-NECKED GREBES and SURF SCOTER at South Amboy, EURASIAN WIGEON in Perth Amboy, REDHEAD, VIRGINIA RAIL, EASTERN PHOEBE, and 5 COMMON RAVENS.
Long Branch CBC Jan 3 tallied 122 species plus two count-week birds including PINK-FOOTED GOOSE, EURASIAN WIGEON, MANX SHEARWATER off Spring Lake, RAZORBILL, BARN OWL, NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL, 2 COMMON RAVENS, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, PALM WARBLER, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, LARK SPARROW, an ammodramus sparrow species, and the count-week BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK.
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