Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 2/28/2013
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 Thursday February 28, 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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A PINK-FOOTED GOOSE was discovered at the Florham Park fields along the Columbia Turnpike in Morris County Feb 24-25.

The PINK-FOOTED GOOSE continues through Feb 23 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 near the Toms River Police Dept. HQ and at the St. Joe's Athletic fields off Witting Rd and at the Bey Lea Golf Course off North Bay Ave.

One "pure" BARNACLE GOOSE and 3 hybrid Barnacle X Canada-type Geese continue on the lake at Thompson Park in Jamesburg through Feb 23. Also there was a CACKLING GOOSE.

The BARNACLE GOOSE at Lincoln Park West in Jersey City was seen again Feb 23.

One BARNACLE GOOSE and three hybrid Barnacle X Canada-type Geese were seen from the fishing pier at Spruce Run Reservoir Feb 26.

Three NORTHERN LAPWINGS continue through Feb 25 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. 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 continues in Salem County through Feb 25. The bird was along Kings Highway near Featherbed Lane and at Cloverdale Farms along Auburn Rd in Woodstown. Also in Salem County this week were 2 SANDHILL CRANES at Mannington Marsh Feb 24.

The RUFOUS/ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD continues at Palmyra Cove Nature Park through Feb 25. The bird frequents the feeder to the left of the visitor center entrance. GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE made quite a showing in the state this week. Five were found on the grounds of Lexicon Pharmaceuticals along Carter Rd in Hopewell Twp Feb 25, two continue at Assiscong Marsh in Flemington through Feb 26, and single GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were noted at Alcyon Park in Pitman Feb 24, North Circle Drive in Piscataway through Feb 28, and at the Lyons VA Hospital Feb 23-26.

REDHEADS were also plentiful this week, with a flock of 6 on Lake Parsippany, 5 at White Lake in Kittatinny Valley State Park, 2 at Trenton Marsh on Spring Lake, and 10 at Majors Pond in Sayreville; single birds were also reported at widely scattered locations.

Birds noted this week at the Corbin City Unit of McNamara WMA in Atlantic County included a GOLDEN EAGLE and a LITTLE BLUE HERON.

Six MARBLED GODWITS were noted at Brigantine Island/Absecon Inlet Feb 27.

A RED-NECKED GREBE was found at Barnegat Light State Park Feb 22.

Nine WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were found in Princeton, feeding on Sweet Gum seeds at 171 Broadmead, Feb 26-28.

Up to 3 COMMON REDPOLLS continue to visit the feeders at Manasquan Reservoir through Feb 26.

Spruce Run Reservoir has hosted an ICELAND GULL this week, RED-THROATED LOON & 20+ LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS Feb 26, and 9 SNOW BUNTINGS were found at the boat launch Feb 25.

Twelve thousand SNOW GEESE were tallied at Merrill Creek Reservoir Feb 26.

A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was noted at the Liberty Loop trail at Wallkill River NWR Feb 25. Also in Sussex County at Layton (Flatbrook-Roy WMA) Feb 26 were 17 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS and a flock of COMMON REDPOLLS.

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