Posted by: DarkEyedJunc0 | January 21, 2014

Bird ’till we drop weekend 2014

Traditionally, we take MLK weekend to kick off our year list. This year, the plans were a little aggressive bit doable. Unfortunately, some production issues at work threw a wrinkle in our plans. But all things considered, we did well.

Hindsight: we needed to make it to Cape May to break triple digits.

Day1: Central to North NJ
We started off by listening for Great Horned Owls in the woods behind our home with no luck.
Next, we made our way north to Somerset for our annual Sandhill Crane viewing. We watched as all six flew into the field just after 0730.

Next, we continued to the Lyons area for an unsuccessful Greater White Fronted Goose search.
The Great Swamp was our next stop in hopes of Barred Owl, but all we saw was a pretty snow scene (unexpected.) We also got to check the feeders at The Raptor Trust.

Onward to Bergen County on yet more wild goose chases – the continuing Greater White-Fronted Goose at Overpeck Park gave great looks –

Next stop – Monk Parakeets!
When the ones at Overpeck didn’t show themselves, we made our way to Edgewater without initial success, so we parked our cars, got a snack at Whole Foods and walked back to the main street when 2 noisy flocks totaling 70 birds flew overhead. (Monks- Check)

Horrendous traffic on route 4 put a cramp in our plans, but we did manage to see 2 Bald Eagles while sitting in traffic.
After detouring, we finally made it to Ramsey where a Barnacle Goose continues with 2 hybrid offspring.
Finally, over to DeKorte for the continuing Barn Owl show. (Thanks to those who helped with the lesson of Barn vs SEO ID in the dark.)

Day2: Central NJ – Monmouth with a twist of Middlesex
We started off by heading west to Assinpink for a look at the continuing imm. Trumpeter Swans. Some Bluebirds joined us for cheer as well!

After taking a conference call in the car, we made our way to Manasquan for Loons, a surprise Red-Necked Grebe, a surprise Iceland Gull and other goodies.

Onward to the ponds of the North Shore for the usual suspects and lunch pickup before heading home for football playoffs.
While at home, I saw Pat Belardo’s post about Canvasbacks in Sayreville. I headed out, on my own, as these beautiful ducks have eluded me lately. I also got to enjoy 2 Redheads and a Coopers Hawk that landed in the tree above me. I really enjoyed this new-found spot.



Day3: South
More conference calls shaped today’s schedule, so we decided to sleep in and headed over to Brig with our friend Linda. No Cape May for us, as planned. 😦
But we did have some great birds at Brig, including Tundra Swan, Peregrine Falcon, the usual waterfowl, thousands of Snow Geese and the highlight, one of three reported Snowy Owls – after all, how could we conclude our 2014 kickoff without the year’s mascot?

After a lunch and social stop, we hit Motts Creek Road just to see what’s out there, we picked up Boat-Tailed Grackle for the weekend and were pretty satisfied with our 85 species, given the hand we were dealt for the weekend.


Report follows:
Date range: Jan 18, 2014 – Jan 20, 2014

Total # of Species: 85

Total # of Checklists: 18

Location(s):   Assunpink WMA; Burlington; Disposal Rd.; Edgewater (Whole Foods); Edwin B. Forsythe NWR (Brigantine Unit); Edwin B. Forsythe NWRMotts Creek; Freehold; Great Swamp NWR; Majors Pond; Manasquan; Monmouth; Morganville; North Shore Ponds; Ocean; Overpeck County Park; Ramsey; Randolph Road and Schoolhouse Rd; Teaneck

Species Name

  1. Greater White-fronted Goose
  2. Snow Goose
  3. Brant
  4. Barnacle Goose
  5. Barnacle x Cackling Goose (hybrid)
  6. Canada Goose
  7. Mute Swan
  8. Trumpeter Swan
  9. Tundra Swan
  10. Wood Duck
  11. Gadwall
  12. American Wigeon
  13. American Black Duck
  14. Mallard
  15. Northern Shoveler
  16. Northern Pintail
  17. Green-winged Teal
  18. Canvasback
  19. Redhead
  20. Ring-necked Duck
  21. Greater Scaup
  22. Long-tailed Duck
  23. Bufflehead
  24. Hooded Merganser
  25. Common Merganser
  26. Red-breasted Merganser
  27. Ruddy Duck
  28. Common Loon
  29. Horned Grebe
  30. Red-necked Grebe
  31. Double-crested Cormorant
  32. Great Blue Heron
  33. Black Vulture
  34. Turkey Vulture
  35. Northern Harrier
  36. Cooper’s Hawk
  37. Bald Eagle
  38. Red-tailed Hawk
  39. Clapper Rail
  40. American Coot
  41. Sandhill Crane
  42. Black-bellied Plover
  43. Killdeer
  44. Sanderling
  45. Dunlin
  46. Ring-billed Gull
  47. Herring Gull
  48. Iceland Gull
  49. Great Black-backed Gull
  50. Rock Pigeon
  51. Mourning Dove
  52. Barn Owl
  53. Snowy Owl
  54. Belted Kingfisher
  55. Red-bellied Woodpecker
  56. Downy Woodpecker
  57. Hairy Woodpecker
  58. Northern Flicker
  59. Merlin
  60. Peregrine Falcon
  61. Monk Parakeet
  62. Blue Jay
  63. American Crow
  64. Carolina Chickadee
  65. Tufted Titmouse
  66. White-breasted Nuthatch
  67. Brown Creeper
  68. Carolina Wren
  69. Golden-crowned Kinglet
  70. Eastern Bluebird
  71. American Robin
  72. Northern Mockingbird
  73. European Starling
  74. Yellow-rumped Warbler
  75. American Tree Sparrow
  76. Song Sparrow
  77. White-throated Sparrow
  78. Dark-eyed Junco
  79. Northern Cardinal
  80. Red-winged Blackbird
  81. Common Grackle
  82. Boat-tailed Grackle
  83. Brown-headed Cowbird
  84. American Goldfinch
  85. House Sparrow
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