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Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday February 6, 2013 with reports of PINK-FOOTED GOOSE, BARNACLE GOOSE, PACIFIC LOON, NORTHERN LAPWING, COMMON MURRE, DOVEKIE, RUFOUS/ALLEN?S HUMMINGBIRD, seasonal and local reports of interest.
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Three PINK-FOOTED GEESE were reported in the state this week. A ?new? bird was found at Overpeck Creek Park in Bergen County Feb 2-5. The bird has moved around various sites in the park; check the jerseybirds listserve for updates.
Another PINK-FOOTED GOOSE was detected at Assiscong Marsh near Flemington, Hunterdon County Feb 1. Also at Assiscong Marsh were GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE and a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW Jan 31.
The PINK-FOOTED GOOSE in Toms River was seen at the Bey Lea Golf Course through Feb 4. On Feb 6 the bird was back on Marshall?s Pond at the Ocean County Mall.
The roaming flock of BARNACLE GEESE teamed up (all 3) at Assunpink Lake Feb 2; also there were 35 TUNDRA SWANS. The NORTHERN SHRIKE continues at Assunpink WMA through Feb 6. 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 in bright clothing.
Two BARNACLE GEESE were seen at Conine?s Mill Pond in Allentown Feb 4.
The BARNACLE GOOSE continues at Lincoln Park (eastern section) in Jersey City through Feb 6.
A PACIFIC LOON was detected among a large COMMON LOON flock at Manasquan Inlet Feb 2. Also at Manasquan Inlet that day were COMMON EIDER and PURPLE SANDPIPER. A RED-NECKED GREBE and ICELAND GULL were found at Shark River Inlet Feb 3. Other North Shore reports included a 3rd cycle ICELAND GULL and a GLAUCOUS GULL at Deal Lake, 2 RAZORBILLS and a RED-NECKED GREBE off Sea Bright, all Feb 5.
The trio of NORTHERN LAPWINGS continues through Feb 5 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 5. 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 2. The bird frequents the feeder to the left of the visitor center entrance. Other birds noted at Palmyra this week included RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, 3 WINTER WRENS, and a flock of 12+ SNOW BUNTINGS along the Delaware River.
The inshore pelagic trip from Belmar Feb 3 recorded 5 ICELAND GULLS, 2 GLAUCOUS GULLS, 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, 57 RAZORBILLS, 7 DOVEKIES, and 12 COMMON MURRES.
Two SANDHILL CRANES were seen at Emley?s Hill Rd in Upper Freehold Twp Feb 4.
Brigantine Island hosted 200+ AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS, 36 WESTERN WILLETS, 12 MARBLED GODWITS, and a WESTERN SANDPIPER Feb 2.
Forty TUNDRA SWANS were tallied at Stafford Forge WMA Feb 5.
Four RED CROSSBILLS, 2 PALM WARBLERS, and 3 PINE WARBLERS were found at Franklin Parker Preserve near Chatsworth Feb 2. Also in Burlington County were 2 SANDHILL CRANES at Pemberton Lake WMA Feb 3.
A flock of 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 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE continues in Piscataway in the Canada Goose flock along Circle Drive North Feb 3.
Two ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were found Feb 4-6 along Rattlesnake Bridge Rd, Bedminster Twp. The birds were hunting on the eastern side of the road close to Burnt Mills.
A ROSS?S GOOSE and a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE continue around the Lyons VA Hospital through Feb 4. Look for the geese from Valley Rd or from Pleasant Valley Park.
Two ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS continue along Pleasant Plains Road in Great Swamp NWR through Feb 3.
An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN has been seen in Kearny Marsh from the end of Midland Ave and from the Gunnel Oval area through Feb 4.
A male WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL was seen at Losen Slote Creek Park in Little Ferry Feb 2.
An ICELAND GULL was seen at Global Terminal in Bayonne Feb 3.
Liberty State Park had 40 COMMON REDPOLLS feeding in birches opposite the interpretive center Feb 4.
A NORTHERN SHRIKE was found in Allamuchy Twp in Warren County Feb 5. The bird was seen across the street from the Riverwind Greenhouses along Long Bridge Rd just after crossing the Pequest River.
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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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