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Compiler: Scott Barnes
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday March 14, 2013 with reports of BARNACLE GOOSE, PACIFIC LOON, WESTERN GREBE, NORTHERN LAPWING, CRESTED CARACARA, RUFOUS/ALLEN?S HUMMINGBIRD, seasonal and local reports of interest.
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The BARNACLE GOOSE continues at Lincoln Park West in Jersey City through Mar 13. Also there that day was a CACKLING GOOSE.
A PACIFIC LOON was discovered on a corporate pond in Morris Plains Mar 9 and was still present there Mar 14. Directions: upon turning onto American Road from Hanover Ave, make the first left into a parking area. It is a very short walk to the pond, located in the middle of the complex. PLEASE KEEP IN MIND that this is a corporate park and a more obvious presence of birders could become problematic. Please park sensibly, as far away from office buildings as possible, and use common sense. The following map shows the location of the pond:
Additional information and photos of the loon are available at http://mocosocobirds.com
The North Shore PACIFIC LOON was seen again off the Allenhurst boardwalk Mar 11. The WESTERN GREBE was seen off the Monmouth Beach bathing pavilion (Valentine Ave) Mar 11. Two adult BLACK-HEADED GULLS were at Seven Presidents Park in Long Branch Mar 9-10. Two ICELAND GULLS (one adult & 1 second-cycle) and a RAZORBILL were found there Mar 10. A large raft of sea ducks off Monmouth Beach Mar 11 included 2,000 LONG-TAILED DUCKS and 1,500 BLACK SCOTERS. More information about birding this area can be viewed here:
Another WESTERN GREBE was reported off the end of Cedar Run Dock Rd in Stafford Twp, Ocean County Mar 10. At nearby Manahawkin WMA a SHORT-EARED OWL was found at near the bridge to nowhere Mar 10-11.
Three NORTHERN LAPWINGS continue through Mar 13 in the farm pasture in New Egypt, Ocean County. The birds are 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. Also present here are 2 SANDHILL CRANES. 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 Mar 10. The bird frequents the feeder to the left of the visitor center entrance.
The Salem County CRESTED CARACARA was seen again Mar 9-10 along Featherbed Lane and adjacent Sharptown-Auburn Rd. Also in that area Mar 10 were 2 YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS (one adult male, one female). At Mannington Marsh a drake EURASIAN WIGEON was found off Sunset Rd and 2 SANDHILL CRANES continue near the Rte 45 bridge Mar 10.
An adult GOLDEN EAGLE continues through Mar 10 at the Corbin City unit of McNamara WMA in Atlantic County; also there this week were a drake EURASIAN WIGEON, VIRGINIA RAIL and SEDGE WREN. The SEDGE WREN was approximately three quarters of a mile as you walk south along the second (middle) impoundment from Gibson Creek Rd, near a large underground stump.
The RED-NECKED GREBE continued on Iona Lake in Gloucester County through Mar 9. Possibly the same bird relocated to Malaga Lake Mar 11.
Two GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were found Mar 9-10 in farm fields off Fort Dix Rd about a quarter mile north of Pointville Rd.
Up to 15 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS continue sporadically on the Princeton University campus through Mar 10; they are most often found feeding in sweet gum trees near the intersection of Washington St and Ivy Lane. A SHORT-EARED OWL was observed at dusk Mar 13 at Carson Road Woods in Lawrenceville.
A drake EURASIAN WIGEON was seen in the wetland/beaver swamp on the west side of Imlaystown Rd after the burned-down bait & tackle shop at Assunpink WMA Mar 10-13. Also noted at Assunpink were 7 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS.
Three COMMON REDPOLLS continue to visit the feeders at Manasquan Reservoir through Mar 10.
Middlesex County sightings this week were of the continuinG GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE at North Circle Drive in Piscataway through Mar 13, an adult GLAUCOUS GULL at the Morgan Ave Mudflats (South Amboy) Mar 11, and a COMMON REDPOLL at Plainsboro Preserve?s feeders Mar 7.
Three SANDHILL CRANES were seen in the fields off Randolph Rd in Franklin Twp, Somerset County Mar 9-12.
The GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was noted Mar 10 at the Lyons VA Hospital off Valley Rd.
Spruce Run Reservoir sightings this week included a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE Mar 9; TUNDRA SWAN, 2 CACKLING GEESE, 2 RED-THROATED LOONS, ICELAND GULL, and 9 SNOW BUNTINGS Mar 10; and 4 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS continue around the picnic area by the stone gazebo through Mar 13.
Budd Lake in Morris County continues to host 14 REDHEADS and 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS through Mar 11. The GLAUCOUS GULL was last reported there Mar 8.
A GOLDEN EAGLE was observed at Troy Meadows Mar 13.
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