Sunday, December 07, 2014

December 7 - Monmouth County Rare Geese

We headed down to Sandy Hook this morning and found the very strong winds were keeping the birds out of view.  However, we did locate a Snowy Owl here, which was a female.

Next we headed farther south to Spring Lake's Wreck Pond for the Ross' Goose which had been reported here the past few days, as well as less than 1 hour before we arrived.  Surprisingly the Small White Goose was nowhere to be seen despite searching by many.  As we were already on borrowed time, we then started heading home going westbound on Allaire Road toward the highway.  It was then that I noticed a white goose in flight above a small horse farm.  We pulled over at the Wall Intermediate School and went over to the horse field where we saw the target birds of Ross' Goose.

credit: Alyssa Della Fave

While I was posting about the Ross' Goose being refound, Bill E. stated that he may have a Greater White-Fronted Goose in the flock, however when we all got onto that bird we realized it was a Pink-Footed Goose !  I then called friends Rob F. and Lisa F.  as they too had been over at Wreck Pond looking for the Ross' Goose.  This is the first record of Pink-Footed Goose for this year in New Jersey, so hopefully many will get to see this bird over the next few days.

credit: Alyssa Della Fave

Finally we had to get back on the road, yet we found a few minutes to stop along Randolph Road in Somerset County to get a quick glimpse of the 8 Sandhill Cranes there.

After a quiet start to our day, we made the most of the second half so it turned out to be a productive, and fun, day !

Saturday, September 13, 2014

September 13 - Whiskered Tern at Cape May

Today I saw an extremely rare bird for North America in the Whiskered Tern

1 Cape May, CAP 12-13 Jul 1993
2 Cape May, CAP 8-12 Aug 1998

Sunday, May 25, 2014

May 25 - Lord Stirling & Great Swamp

At Lord Stirling we had a Prothonotary Warbler and a very cooperative Mourning Warbler. We heard Alder Flycatcher and another Mourning Warbler

At Great Swamp Overlook we had another Alder Fly, and a flyby Sandhill Crane

Saturday, May 24, 2014

May 24 - Doodletown

Out with the regular group for a half-day so we chose Doodletown, NY which is just south of the Bear Mountain Bridge.  Today we saw 4 Kentucky Warblers, so it seems as though there are two separate breeding pairs !  It's not often that you mention a warbler before the beautiful Cerulean Warbler, however the Kentucky is rarer, as evidenced by the almost dozen Ceruleans we saw, including one female bringing food to it's nest !

Friday, May 16, 2014

May 16 - Swainson's Warbler !!

Finally, after waiting to see this bird for more than 12 years I got to see one at my local spot of Garret Mountain.
I received the Rare Bird Alert at work and immediately left to go the 15+ miles to the location.  Fortunately the bird remained there for me to enjoy for over an hour.

Credit: Jim Kuehlke

Photo: Larry Scacchetti

Monday, May 12, 2014

May 12 - Cuckoos & Nighthawk

A brief visit for one hour before work today yielded a pair of Yellow-Billed Cuckoos & a single Black-Billed Cuckoo.  A flyover Common Nighthawk eventually landed and showed quite well on it's perch.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

May 11 - Garretus Borealis

Today was another fine day, topped off with the boreal birds of Bay-Breasted, Blackpoll, Cape May, and Yellow-Bellied Flycatcher.

Today's slightly different mix of 24 warblers were: Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush, Blue-Winged, Black-and-White, Tennessee, Orange-Crowned, Nashville, Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart, Bay-Breasted, Cape May, Northern Parula, Magnolia, Blackburnian, Yellow, Chestnut-Sided, Blackpoll, Black-Throated Blue, Pine, Yellow-Rumped, Prairie, Black-Throated Green, Canada, and Wilson's all being seen.