This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday March 20, 2014 with reports of BARNACLE GOOSE, TRUMPETER SWAN, EURASIAN WIGEON, SANDHILL CRANE, BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, SNOWY OWL, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, seasonal and local reports of interest.
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Two BARNACLE GEESE were discovered on Fairview Hill Rd in Fredon Twp, Sussex County Mar 18. The previously reported pair of SANDHILL CRANES continued there through Mar 18. Also in Sussex County this week was a drake EURASIAN WIGEON and 2 REDHEADS on Paulinskill Lake Mar 14-18 and the continuing RED-NECKED GREBE on the farm pond at the corner of Statesville Quarry & Little Roads Mar 14.
Sightings from the NJ Meadowlands DeKorte Environment Center area included 2-3 SNOWY OWLS this week.
Another SNOWY OWL was noted at Liberty State Park this week.
Three SANDHILL CRANES flew over Round Valley Reservoir Mar 14.
Three SANDHILL CRANES were found at the Pleasant Plains overlook in Great Swamp NWR Mar 16. Also there this week were BARRED OWL and RUSTY BLACKBIRD.
Troy Meadows had 35 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS Mar 16.
Duke Island Park hosted a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE and CACKLING GOOSE Mar 15-18.
Duke Farms had a light-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK Mar 16.
Finderne Wetlands had a EURASIAN WIGEON Mar 20.
A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was found at Green Brook Park in Plainfield Mar 17-18.
In Union County, the EURASIAN WIGEON continues at Arthur Kill Park through Mar 18 and 2 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were at Lenape Park in Cranford the same day. Hawk Rise Sanctuary in Linden continues to host a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER.
Middlesex County sightings were of a "Nelson's Gull" (hybrid HERRING GULL X GLAUCOUS GULL) at the Morgan Ave Mudflats Mar 15, a SNOWY OWL at the Edison Boat Ramp Mar 15 and ICELAND GULL and COMMON RAVEN there Mar 15.
The three TRUMPETER SWANS (of unknown provenance) continued this week on Lake Assunpink. Among the 21 species of waterfowl noted there this week were a Eurasian GREEN-WINGED TEAL and a EURASIAN WIGEON Mar 14.
Sandy Hook had 3 RED-NECKED GREBES, 18 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 5 PIPING PLOVERS, and SNOWY OWL Mar 15. A REDHEAD and 3 PURPLE FINCHES were noted Mar 18.
North Shore reports included a RED-NECKED GREBE on Deal Lake and EURASIAN WIGEON at Shark River Estuary Mar 15 and GLAUCOUS GULL at Roosevelt Ave in Deal Mar 17. A BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE put in a brief appearance on a Spring Lake beach Mar 19 and 2-3 ICELAND GULLS have also been present in that area this week. A SNOWY OWL was seen in Sea Girt Mar 15 and a probable WESTERN GREBE was found off Washington Ave in Spring Lake the same day.
A PIPING PLOVER was noted at Barnegat Light State Park Mar 15.
Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR had 108 TUNDRA SWANS, RED-NECKED GREBE, and a SNOWY OWL this week.
Taylor's Refuge in Cinnaminson had 90 CANVASBACKS, 4 RED-NECKED GREBES, and 10 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS; at nearby Palmyra Cove 3 RED-NECKED GREBES were noted and 15 RED-NECKED GREBES were tallied along the Delaware at Fieldsboro, all Mar 16.
Seven RED-NECKED GREBES were found at Malaga Lake Mar 18.
Mannington Marsh hosted a ROSS'S GOOSE, RED-NECKED GREBE, and 5 SANDHILL CRANES this week. Also in Salem County was an immature male YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD at the Kings Highway feedlots near Featherbed Lane in Sharptown Mar 15. Pedricktown Marsh had 2 SANDHILL CRANES and Rusty Blackbirds that day.
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