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Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday December 13, 2012 with reports of PINK-FOOTED GOOSE, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, RUFOUS/ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD, seasonal and local reports of interest.
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The PINK-FOOTED GOOSE continues through Dec 12 at Cushetunk Lake in Whitehouse Station, Hunterdon County. The bird roosts on the lake at night with Canada Geese: best times to see the bird are early or late in the day. A map of the site can be viewed here:
Also in Hunterdon County at Spruce Run Reservoir this week were 2 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 4 CANVASBACKS, RED-THROATED LOON, ICELAND GULL, SNOW BUNTING, and COMMON REDPOLL.
The ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER remained at Medford WMA in Burlington County through Dec 11. The bird was in the field off Brace Rd by the big oak tree. Two RED CROSSBILLS were noted there Dec 10.
The RUFOUS/ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD continued at Palmyra Cove Nature Park through Dec 7.
A NELSON'S SPARROW was detected at Floodgates Dec 9.
Several SANDHILL CRANES continue this week at Mannington Marsh, most often viewed in the section between the Rte 45 bridge and Kings Highway.
Barnegat Light State Park hosted 20+ HARLEQUIN DUCKS, COMMON EIDER, MARBLED GODWIT, and RAZORBILL Dec 8.
Manasquan Inlet had a RED-NECKED GREBE Dec 8. Birders aboard fishing boats from Manasquan Inlet reported BLACK-HEADED GULL & LITTLE GULL, and 62 RAZORBILLS Dec 8. Another birder reported 15-20 DOVEKIES and 4 COMMON MURRES about a half mile off Point Pleasant Beach Dec 9.
Thirteen RED CROSSBILLS were found in pines at Seven Presidents Park in Long Branch Dec 8.
A CACKLING GOOSE was noted at Lake Etra near Hightstown Dec 7.
A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was observed in Piscataway at 40 Circle Drive North.
Five SANDHILL CRANES were seen in cornfields along Randolph Road in Franklin Twp, Somerset County this week.
The GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE continues at Warinanco Park in Roselle through Dec 9.
Ten TUNDRA SWANS were noted on the northeastern corner of Lake Hopatcong Dec 10.
Bergen County reports this week were of the continuing female EURASIAN WIGEON on Darlington Lake in Mahwah through Dec 12 and 2 COMMON REDPOLLS at the Allendale Celery Farm Dec 7.
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 is closed. The Mill Creek Marsh Trail in Secaucus is open.
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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