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Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday February 13, 2013 with reports of BARNACLE GOOSE, PINK-FOOTED GOOSE, PACIFIC LOON, NORTHERN LAPWING, CRESTED CARACARA, RUFOUS/ALLEN?S HUMMINGBIRD, seasonal and local reports of interest.
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At least one BARNACLE GOOSE continues in the Plainsboro area, seen on Grover?s Mill Pond Feb 10.
The BARNACLE GOOSE continues in Jersey City through Feb 8, seen on the west side of Lincoln Park.
The PINK-FOOTED GOOSE was seen again as recently as Feb 11 in Toms River. The bird has been seen on Long Swamp Creek/Pond aka ?Marshall?s Pond.? This is the small water body due north of the Marshall?s Store off Hooper Ave, Toms River. The PINK-FOOTED GOOSE has also been seen at the St. Joe?s Athletic fields off Witting Rd and at the Bey Lea Golf Course off North Bay Ave.
Another PINK-FOOTED GOOSE was detected at the Hamden Pumping Station in Clinton Twp, Hunterdon County Feb 10-12. From Rte 31, take Allerton Rd west for about .6 miles to Lilac Dr; turn left (south) on Lilac Dr for about .4 miles to River Rd; turn right (west) on River Rd for about .6 miles until it dead-ends at a foot bridge over the Raritan. You can view the impounded section of the river from the footbridge.
The PACIFIC LOON was reported again along the North Shore, this time seen off Clem Conover Blvd in Deal Feb 9. Also along the north shore this week was a single RED CROSSBILL in Long Branch Feb 11, and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and 6 RED CROSSBILLS were noted at Shark River Inlet Feb 12. More information about birding this area can be viewed here:
Three NORTHERN LAPWINGS continue through Feb 12 in the farm pasture in New Egypt, Ocean County. The birds were in the field on the north side of Big Woods Rd (also labeled as Brynmore Rd on some maps) just east of the intersection with Inman Rd. For GPS devices, use 143 Brynmore Rd as an address to find the location. Look for the lapwings at the back edge of the fenced cattle pasture. Two SANDHILL CRANES continue in the fields here through Feb 10. Please note that this is an active farm: birders should always yield to farm equipment and try to pull as far to the road shoulders as possible. While the road is public, all the land in this area is PRIVATE and no trespassing is allowed.
The RUFOUS/ALLEN?S HUMMINGBIRD continues at Palmyra Cove Nature Park through Feb 10. The bird frequents the feeder to the left of the visitor center entrance.
A CRESTED CARACARA was discovered Feb 9 near Cologne, Atlantic County. The bird favors cornfields at the intersection of Duerer St and Odessa Ave and has been seen there as recently as Feb 12. Please view the bird only from the road; the farm is private property.
Brigantine Island hosted 19 MARBLED GODWITS, 73 WESTERN WILLETS, 240 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS, and 5 WESTERN SANDPIPERS Feb 10.
Burlington County reports this week included a huge roaming flock of 15,000-20,000 SNOW GEESE in the Pemberton area; in that flock were 3 ROSS?S GEESE and one Snow Goose X Ross?s Goose hybrid. The flock has been seen along Birmingham Rd and along Fort Dix Rd just north of North Pemberton Road. Also along Birmingham Rd Feb 10 was a flock of 126 HORNED LARKS and a PILEATED WOODPECKER along Rancocas Creek. At nearby Pemberton Lake WMA 3 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were noted Feb 10. At Taylor?s Refuge along the Delaware, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER and RUSTY BLACKBIRD were noted Feb 10.
A RED KNOT highlighted the usual winter ?rockpipers? at Barnegat Inlet Feb 10. At the nearby bayside park in Barnegat Light off 25th St that day were TRICOLORED HERON and 25 AMERICAN PIPITS.
A flock of up to 21 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS continue on the Princeton University Campus this week. The birds move around, but have been seen regularly in sweetgums near Guyot Hall and the Lewis Library near the intersection of Washington and Ivy Roads.
The NORTHERN SHRIKE continues at Assunpink WMA through Feb 7. It has been seen in the grassy swale south of the western-most parking area. To reach this spot turn left (west) off Imlaystown Road just before you reach the paved boat launch parking area at Lake Assunpink. Follow the dirt road up a small hill and park under the large trees overlooking the lake. With your back to the lake, walk through the hedgerow across the harvested field to the grassy swale and look for the bird here. NOTE: It?s currently small game hunting season at Assunpink WMA, so if you look for the bird it?s best to dress wearing bright clothing. Also at Assunpink Feb 10 were 3 COMMON REDPOLLS near the Roosevelt entrance to the WMA.
A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was found along Imlaystown Rd just south the intersection with Rte 195 Feb 10.
A SORA was an unexpected find at the South Amboy waterworks pond Feb 10. More information about birding this site can be viewed at:
Two GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were noted at Assiscong Marsh near Flemington Feb 11.
A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was found with a HORNED LARK flock Feb 9-10 along Hillsborough Rd opposite Hillsborough Farm. A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was also seen in this general area. Also in Somerset County this week were 2 continuing ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS (one light morph, one dark morph) off Rattlesnake Bridge Rd in Bedminster Twp through Feb 10; on Feb 8 one ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen over nearby Lamington Rd.
Another ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen at Black Meadows in Morris County Feb 10.
The light-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK continues in the Great Swamp along Pleasant Plains Rd through Feb 12.
Sightings from the NJ Meadowlands (DeKorte area) Feb 10 included a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK over Valley Brook Ave and a mixed flock of HORNED LARKS, SNOW BUNTINGS, and one LAPLAND LONGSPUR; an unseasonal GRASSHOPPER SPARROW along Disposal Rd, and a flock of 40 COMMON REDPOLLS.
Liberty State Park hosted 29 COMMON REDPOLLS and 3 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS Feb 11.
A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was noted at Troy Meadows Feb 10.
A NORTHERN SHRIKE was found at Flatbrook-Roy WMA near Layton Feb 5. The bird was hunting in the fields northeast of the intersection of Bevans and Ennis Roads. Also there was a light-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and a SHORT-EARED OWL.
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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. 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.
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