Wednesday Field Notes; List of NJ CBCs, Nov. 27, 2013

Hundreds of Ring-billed and Herring Gulls continue at the Norz farm fields along River Road south of Studdiford Drive. in Hillsborough Township. They are worth checking if you are in the area. Lesser Black-backed Gull was seen here on Nov. 19.

Elsewhere in Hillsborough, the gulls have not started congregating near Homestead and Hillsborough Roads between Rt. 206 and Willow Rd. yet, but the crow numbers are impressive. Both American and Fish Crows are abundant. Large Starling flocks can be present bringing Brown-headed Cowbirds and who knows what else with them.
Somerset County’s lack of lakes and other bodies of water is well understood by the local birders. What seems modest to others is precious to Somerset observers. 6 American Wigeon, 4 Am. Black Ducks, 44 Mallards, 1 No. Pintail, 1 Bufflehead and 1 Pied-billed Grebe were at Colonial Park in Franklin Township this afternoon. 1 Ring-necked and 1 Ruddy Duck were the only waterfowl at the Van Cleef Road ponds in Franklin Twp. (Jeff Ellerbusch).
From Jim Mulvey:
13 Killdeer at the Lord Stirling Stable field that had the Ross’ Goose earlier this year. Many Canada Geese and Gulls, nothing else noteworthy.
From Jennifer Books at Loantaka Brook Reservation yesterday, Nov. 26 :
I decided to check out Loantaka late this morning before the weather turned nasty, and was rewarded with seeing 4 Rusty Blackbirds at a relatively close distance. They were feeding under the trees near the shelter next to the pond. In addition, there were a large number of Gadwalls in the pond as well as about 10 Green-winged Teal and 3 Killdeer. Other usual suspects included many Mallards, some Ring-billed Gulls, and the resident Mute Swan.
The complete list of New Jersey Christmas Bird Counts is here.

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