This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday December 18, 2014 with reports of BARNACLE GOOSE, PINK-FOOTED GOOSE, Christmas Bird Count results/highlights, seasonal and local reports of interest.
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The PINK-FOOTED GOOSE continues in fields along 18th Ave in Wall Twp., Monmouth County through Dec 17; look for the bird around the high school athletic fields or across the street. The bird has also been seen in fields along nearby Bailey's Corner Rd and Allaire Rd (Rt 524). Also seen in this area has been a Ross's Goose.
Another PINK-FOOTED GOOSE was discovered Dec 13-14 on fields in Monroe Twp, Middlesex County along Wyckoff Mills-Applegarth Rd; also there was a BARNACLE GOOSE and 3 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE. The PINK-FOOTED GOOSE, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, and BARNACLE GOOSE were also seen this week at Lake Etra in Twin Rivers (near Hightstown).
A BARNACLE GOOSE was found at the Ramsey Golf Course in Bergen County this week.
Dec 14 was opening day of this winter's Christmas Bird Count season. Totals and highlights follow.
Sussex CBC had 85 species plus 5 count-week birds including CANVASBACK, LONG-TAILED DUCK, MERLIN, ICELAND GULL, EASTERN PHOEBE, and PURPLE FINCH.
Northwest Hunterdon CBC tallied 89 species with 25,777 SNOW GEESE, 2 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, 4 CACKLING GEESE, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, 2 ICELAND GULLS, 51 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, 27 EASTERN SCREECH-OWLS, LONG-EARED OWL, and 2 EVENING GROSBEAKS.
The NJ portion of the Lower Hudson CBC found 94 species plus one count-week bird including WILD TURKEY, "wild" RING-NECKED PHEASANT, AMERICAN BITTERN, 3 GREAT EGRETS, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, a juvenile NORTHERN GOSHAWK, BARN OWL, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, 5 PURPLE FINCHES, and 2 PINE SISKINS.
Sandy Hook CBC recorded 107 species plus 3 count-week birds with RED-NECKED GREBE, AMERICAN BITTERN, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, 7 NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWLS, 2 MARSH WRENS, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, and COMMON REDPOLL.
The Princeton CBC tallied 91 species plus 2 count-week birds including CACKLING GOOSE, LONG-TAILED DUCK, COMMON LOON, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, COMMON RAVEN, HOUSE WREN, and BLUE-HEADED VIREO.
The new Island Beach CBC found 87 species including 4 MARBLED GODWITS, LITTLE GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, and 2 SNOWY OWLS.
A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at the Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority (Landfill) Dec 16.
Budd Lake hosted a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE Dec 15-16; also in Morris County was a RED-NECKED GREBE at Boonton Reservoir Dec 14.
A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE continued this week at Duke Island Park in Hillsborough this week. Also in Somerset County was the wintering flock of 8 SANDHILL CRANES along Randolph Rd in Franklin Twp. and 2 COMMON REDPOLLS at Great Swamp NWR Dec 13.
Fourteen COMMON EIDERS and a BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE were noted off Monmouth Beach Dec 12.
Three TRUMPETER SWANS continue at Lake Assunpink this week.
Taylor's Refuge in Cinnaminson had RED-NECKED GREBE, 8 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, and 3 PINE SISKINS Dec 13.
Barnegat Inlet hosted 283 COMMON EIDERS and 8 HARLEQUIN DUCKS Dec 16.
A GOLDEN EAGLE was noted at Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR this week. A CACKLING GOOSE was seen on Lake Fred at Stockton College Dec 17.
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