Yesterday on JerseyBirds Mike Gochfield posted a report of 100-150 Bonaparte’s Gulls on the Raritan River in Piscataway in Middlesex County. Mike remarked: “I don’t recall seeing Bonaparte’s Gulls this far upriver before.”
Jeff Ellerbusch took it one step further today tallying 327 Bonaparte’s Gulls on the Raritan River while walking along the section of the Delaware and Raritan Canal towpath that lies in Franklin Township, Somerset County. This remarkable total is also the first documentation known for this species in Somerset County. This becomes species number 286 on the List of the Birds of Somerset County. (Steve Byland sent me a record for White-winged Scoter from 1996 which is number 285).
Also the first Chimney Swifts of 2012 for Somerset County were also witnessed.