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Compiler: Scott Barnes
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday March 21, 2013 with reports of BARNACLE GOOSE, PACIFIC LOON, WESTERN GREBE, NORTHERN LAPWING, RED PHALAROPE, CRESTED CARACARA, seasonal and local reports of interest. The next installment of the VONJA will be on Wednesday April 3, 2013.
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The BARNACLE GOOSE at Lincoln Park West in Jersey City was still present there Mar 15.
An amazing three PACIFIC LOONS were found in a relatively small area of Morris County this week. A juvenile continues at the American Road pond in Morris Plains through Mar 20. 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. A second PACIFIC LOON was discovered at Lake Parsippany and remains through Mar 20. A third PACIFIC LOON was found on Boonton Reservoir and was last seen Mar 20. To look for the Boonton loon, access the reservoir from the north end and look eastward from the footbridge (the old Rte 202 structure). Also there that day was a GREAT CORMORANT.
Additional information and photos of the loon are available at http://mocosocobirds.com
A map showing the location of all three Morris County Pacific Loons can is here:
A fourth PACIFIC LOON continues this week off the Allenhurst boardwalk along the North Shore through Mar 17. The WESTERN GREBE was seen off Seven Presidents Park in Long Branch Mar 17. Also noted in the area that day was an adult GLAUCOUS GULL and a first-cycle ICELAND GULL on the jetties at Roosevelt Ave in Deal. An adult BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen on the beach off the Monmouth Beach Cultural Center Mar 17. More information about birding this area can be viewed here:
One NORTHERN LAPWING continues through Mar 20 in the farm pasture in New Egypt, Ocean County. The bird was 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. Nine PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were seen here Mar 20. 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 Salem County CRESTED CARACARA continues along Featherbed Lane and adjacent Sharptown-Auburn Rd through Mar 18-20. Also in that area were 2 YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS (one adult male, one female). At Mannington Marsh a drake EURASIAN WIGEON was found off Sunset Rd Mar 17 and 2 SANDHILL CRANES continue along Seabrook Rd through Mar 18. Single ROSS?S GEESE were gleaned from the large SNOW GOOSE flock along Rte 540 one mile east of Sunset Rd and near the intersection of Seabrook and Halltown Roads Mar 18.
A RED PHALAROPE was found on Round Valley Reservoir Mar 19. Other Hunterdon County reports this week included 163 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS and a second-year ICELAND GULL on Spruce Run Reservoir Mar 14 and up to 5 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS continue near the stone gazebo there through Mar 17. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was found at South Branch WMA Mar 15.
A light-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen at Franklin Parker Preserve near Chatsworth Mar 17 and 15 TUNDRA SWANS were noted there Mar 16. Also in Burlington County was a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER along Bulltown Rd near Batsto Village in Wharton State Forest Mar 20.
Ocean County reports this week included 400+ AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS at Great Bay Blvd WMA Mar 16 and a first-cycle GLAUCOUS GULL at Barnegat Light State Park Mar 15.
A COMMON REDPOLL continues to visit the feeders at Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center through Mar 18.
Middlesex County sightings this week included the GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE at Circle Drive North in Piscataway through Mar 17, another GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE at Johnson Park Mar 20, a VIRGINIA RAIL and 10 AMERICAN WOODCOCKS at Plainsboro Preserve Mar 14, and a first-cycle BLACK-HEADED GULL at the Morgan Mudflats Mar 17. More information about birding the Morgan area can be found at: http://ebird.org/content/nj/news/birding-the-morgan-mudflats-south-amboy
Budd Lake continues to host 8-11 REDHEADS through Mar 17.
Early migrants noted at Garret Mountain Mar 15 included 5 AMERICAN WOODCOCKS, 5 EASTERN PHOEBES, and 5 FOX SPARROWS.
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