This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday February 5, 2015 with reports of PINK-FOOTED GOOSE, TRUMPETER SWAN, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, PAINTED BUNTING, seasonal and local reports of interest.
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The female BARROW'S GOLDENEYE continues in the Delaware River through Feb 1, most easily seen from the Pennsylvania side, but arguably at times in Jersey waters.
The bird is generally found in the river along River Rd north of Phillipsburg.
Two "new" PINK-FOOTED GEESE were discovered Feb 1 in Burlington County. The bird was with thousands of CANADA GEESE in corn stubble fields near the intersection of Rte 206 and Rte 38 in Southampton Twp. They were also seen among thousands of Canada Geese near the intersection of Pemberton Rd and Rte 206. A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen opposite Waretown Farms on Rte 206 in Westhampton Twp.
The Wall Twp PINK-FOOTED GOOSE was seen Feb 4 on the soccer club fields across the street from the library/town hall.
Three TRUMPETER SWANS continue at Lake Assunpink through Feb 1.
A male PAINTED BUNTING is visiting a feeder in Andover Borough, Sussex County. The homeowners have asked that anyone who wants to see the bird do so from the Sussex Branch Trail, which runs right along the back edge of their yard. From "downtown" Andover on Route 206 turn on Smith Street at the light in the center of town. There is parking at Borough Hall on the left. Cross Smith St and walk 3/10 of a mile north on the Sussex Branch Trail. You will come to a green house on the right side of the trail with 2 large white pines in the yard. The house is directly across Route 206 from Jensen's Service Center. The PAINTED BUNTING comes to a feeder hanging on the side porch and rarely feeds on the ground. It comes and goes with a flock of JUNCOS and WHITE-THROATS and is very skittish.
Hudson County reports this week included the continuing juvenile NORTHERN GOSHAWK at Liberty State Park, two ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS at Laurel Hill Park in Secaucus, an ICELAND GULL on Newark Bay, and SNOWY OWL at Ocean Terminal in Bayonne.
The 8 SANDHILL CRANES continue in Franklin Twp, Somerset County, most often seen in the corn stubble along Randolph Rd or near the intersection of Mettlers La and Weston Rd.
A GLAUCOUS GULL was noted at Round Valley Reservoir Jan 31-Feb 1.
Two drake EURASIAN WIGEONS continue in Shark River Estuary this week, seen recently off the end of Marconi Rd and along West Riverside Dr. Also there were 2 REDHEADS, RED-NECKED GREBE, and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL. Several COMMON REDPOLLS were seen at Shark River Inlet Feb 3. Another COMMON REDPOLL was seen at parking area B on Sandy Hook Feb 4. A first-year ICELAND GULL was at Manasquan Inlet Feb 1 and a GLAUCOUS GULL was at Sandy Hook Feb 1.
Twenty or more COMMON REDPOLLS continue in the dunes/scrub-shrub habitat at Barnegat Inlet State Park, about half-way out the walk along the jetty. Also there this week were 8 HARLEQUIN DUCKS, 100 COMMON EIDERS, a SNOWY OWL seen on the north jetty of the inlet Feb 1, and ICELAND GULL. Thirty COMMON REDPOLLS were seen in the dunes at 23rd St in Barnegat Light Feb 4. Additional Ocean County sightings included an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and 30 COMMON REDPOLLS at Forsythe NWR (Holgate) and 35 COMMON REDPOLLS at Island Beach State Park.
Two ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were noted in corn fields along Probasco-Wyckoff Mills Rd north of Twin Rivers Feb 1.
An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was noted at the Trenton Sewage Plant this week.
A RED-NECKED GREBE was found at Red Bank Battlefield State Park in Burlington County.
Salem County reports included ROSS'S GEESE (in a massive SNOW GOOSE flock) and a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK at Mannington Marsh, and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at Pedricktown Marsh.
A SNOWY OWL continues this week at Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR. Also in Atlantic County were ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK at the Corbin City unit of McNamara WMA and a RED-NECKED GREBE on Brigantine Island.
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