Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 2/22/2013
E-mail reports: sightings (at) njaudubon.org Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes Web: http://www.njaudubon.org

This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Friday February 22, 2013 with reports of PINK-FOOTED GOOSE, BARNACLE GOOSE, NORTHERN LAPWING, CRESTED CARACARA, RUFOUS/ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD, seasonal and local reports of interest.

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The PINK-FOOTED GOOSE continues through Feb 21 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.

One of the roving BARNACLE GEESE was found in Dayton, Middlesex County in a field near 250 Ridge Road. Two BARNACLE GEESE and 3 hybrid Barnacle X Canada type Geese were photographed on the lake at Thompson Park in Jamesburg Feb 16.

The BARNACLE GOOSE at Lincoln Park West in Jersey City was seen again Feb 22.

The WESTERN GREBE was seen again off Seven Presidents Park in Long Branch Feb 16. Other North Shore reports this week included a RED-NECKED GREBE off Pullman Ave, 10+ RAZORBILLS at scattered locations from Sea Bright to Shark River, and 5 RED CROSSBILLS at Seven Presidents Park. More information about birding this area can be found at: http://ebird.org/content/nj/news/birding-the-northern-north-shore

Three NORTHERN LAPWINGS continue through Feb 21 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 as well and an adult male YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was gleaned from a blackbird flock in the pasture Feb 17. 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.

A CRESTED CARACARA was seen again in Salem County Feb 16. The bird was along Kings Highway between Black Rd and Haines Neck Rd.

The RUFOUS/ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD continues at Palmyra Cove Nature Park through Feb 20. The bird frequents the feeder to the left of the visitor center entrance.

A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was seen along Featherbed Lane in Salem County Feb 20.

Brigantine Island/Absecon Inlet continues to host 50+ WESTERN WILLETS and 10+ MARBLED GODWITS this week.

A RAZORBILL was a surprise in Barnegat Bay at Bayside Park in Surf City Feb 18.

A flock of up to 29 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS continue on the Princeton University Campus this week. The birds move around and seem to be less reliable, but have been found in sweetgums near Guyot Hall and the Lewis Library near the intersection of Washington and Ivy Roads.

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was found along Imlaystown Rd just south the intersection with Rte 195 Feb 17. At nearby Assunpink WMA 1,000 COMMON MERGANSERS, a RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, and CACKLING GOOSE were noted that day.

Two COMMON REDPOLLS were noted at the feeders at Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center Feb 19.

Two COMMON REDPOLLS were found Feb 16 & 20 at NJ Audubon's Plainsboro Preserve.

A male YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was found in a flock of 70 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS at Donaldson Park in Highland Park Feb 22.

An adult ICELAND GULL was observed at the Morgan Mudflats (South Amboy) Feb 18. Further information about this site can be read here: http://ebird.org/content/nj/news/birding-the-morgan-mudflats-south-amboy

Two EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL were noted at DeKorte Environment Center near the Carillon Feb 16.

A BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen in Bayonne from Port Terminal Rd Feb 22.

Two GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were found at Assiscong Marsh near Flemington through Feb 21.

Three LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were tallied on Budd Lake Feb 16. A REDHEAD was there Feb 13.

Rattlesnake Bridge Road in Bedminster continues to host 2 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS this week.

Sussex County reports included a light-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK along Phil Hardin Rd in Fredon Twp Feb 15 and at the Wallkill River NWR's Liberty Loop trail 3 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, 14 NORTHERN HARRIERS, and 3 SHORT-EARED OWLS were found Feb 17. Another ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was noted along Owens Station Road Feb 18.

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