This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday March 13, 2014 with reports of TRUMPETER SWAN, BARNACLE GOOSE, EURASIAN WIGEON, SANDHILL CRANE, SNOWY OWL, BLACK-HEADED GULL, seasonal and local reports of interest.
Two SANDHILL CRANES have been present Mar 8-11 in fields along Fairview Hill Rd in Fredon Twp, Sussex County. A RED-NECKED GREBE was noted in a pond near the intersection of Statesville Quarry & Little Road Mar 11-12.
A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was noted along Oberly Rd in Alpha Mar 9.
Up to 5 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were tallied at Wickecheoke Creek Preserve in Hunterdon County this week.
Another RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues at Colonial Park in Franklin Twp, Somerset County this week.
Sightings from the NJ Meadowlands included 2 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS along Disposal Rd Mar 8, a SNOWY OWL along Valley Brook Dr, and a EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL at River Barge Park Mar 10.
A BARNACLE GOOSE appeared at Rahway River Park on Jackson's Pond Mar 8-11. Also there this week were 2 CACKLING GEESE and a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER. Other Union County sightings included the continuing EURASIAN WIGEON at Arthur Kill Park in Elizabethport through Mar 11, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and 2 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS at Hawk Rise Sanctuary in Linden, and 10 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS at Lenape Park Mar 11.
Middlesex County reports included 11 RED-NECKED GREBES and a GLAUCOUS GULL at Carteret Waterfront Park Mar 8-9 and RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and 2 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS at Oros Wildlife Preserve in Woodbridge.
Three TRUMPTETER SWANS of unknown provenance reappeared at Lake Assunpink this week.
North Shore sightings this week were of a second-year male KING EIDER off Monmouth Beach Mar 11; two to three male EURASIAN WIGEON, a dozen REDHEADS, and up to 7 RED-NECKED GREBES at Shark River Estuary through Mar 11; a BLACK-HEADED GULL at Monmouth Beach Mar 6; and single SNOWY OWLS at Sandy Hook Mar 6 and Allenhurst Mar 11.
A SNOWY OWL and SHORT-EARED OWL were found at Stafford Ave, Manahawkin WMA Mar 8.
Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR Mar 9-10 had EURASIAN WIGEON, RED-NECKED GREBE, GOLDEN EAGLE, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, and SNOWY OWL.
Whitesbog hosted 55 TUNDRA SWANS and a COMMON RAVEN Mar 10.
Taylor's Refuge in Cinnaminson had 110 CANVASBACKS, 4+ RED-NECKED GREBES, 5 GREAT CORMORANTS, and 2 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS Mar 8.
Riverwinds in Gloucester County had 24 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, 5 RED-NECKED GREBES, and RED-THROATED LOON Mar 11.
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