Great Swamp/Watchung Ridges Christmas Bird Count, Dec. 14, 2013

The 67th Great Swamp/Watchung Ridges Christmas Bird Count took place today in snowy conditions. The cold weather plaguing northern New Jersey since November froze most bodies of water creating a low diversity in waterfowl. Snow began falling shortly after sunrise and continued steadily throughout the day in varying degrees of intensity. The highlight of the day, and one of the all-time highlights in the history of the count, was a continuing Rufous Hummingbird in Fanwood, Union County. Besides being a first record for the count, it becomes the 160th cumulative species in the history of the count.

Here are some highlights prepared by the compiler of the count, Simon Lane. As of this writing, slightly more than half of the count areas have reported their data. The full details of the count will be posted when available.

  • Rufous Hummingbird in the Union Co. section becomes the 160th cumulative species seen in the 67 years of the count.
  • Good numbers of ducks but low diversity in the Great Swamp Management Area.
  • Red-headed Woodpeckers seen in at least 5 different sections of the circle.
  • Nocturnal Owls were a tough proposition.
  • Long-eared Owl, Brown Thrasher and Marsh Wren amongst 60 species tallied in the Great Swamp Management Area.
  • Good numbers of American Tree Sparrows and Common Mergansers in the Basking Ridge section.
  • Common Ravens and Eastern Phoebe at the Watchung Reservation.
  • American Woodcock in Chatham.
Snow Goose 169
Canada Goose 2569
Mute Swan 1
Wood Duck 43
Gadwall x
American Wigeon 1
American Black Duck 504
Mallard 243
Northern Pintail x
Hooded Merganser 1
Common Merganser 121
Wild Turkey 2
Great Blue Heron 2
Black Vulture 1
Bald Eagle 1
Cooper’s Hawk 2
Red-tailed Hawk 11
American Kestrel 1
Merlin 1
American Woodcock 1
Ring-billed Gull 76
Herring Gull 9
Rock Pigeon 25
Mourning Dove 60
Eastern Screech-Owl 1
Great Horned Owl 1
Barred Owl 2
Long Earred Owl 1
Red-headed Woodpecker 10+
Red-bellied Woodpecker 97
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 5
Downy Woodpecker 49
Hairy Woodpecker 20
Northern Flicker 18
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue Jay 219
American Crow 25
Common Raven 2
Black-capped Chickadee 30
Tufted Titmouse 62
White-breasted Nuthatch 25
Brown Creeper 4
Carolina Wren 14
Winter Wren 11
Marsh Wren 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 3
Eastern Bluebird 54
Hermit Thrush 2
American Robin 45
Northern Mockingbird 2
Brown Thrasher 1
European Starling 434
Cedar Waxwing 4
Yellow-rumped Warbler 27
Eastern Towhee 4
American Tree Sparrow 188
Field Sparrow 1
Fox Sparrow 8
Song Sparrow 171
Swamp Sparrow 22
White-throated Sparrow 224
Dark-eyed Junco 287
Northern Cardinal 60
Red-winged Blackbird 72
Rusty Blackbird 5
Common Grackle 36
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
House Finch 4
American Goldfinch 20
House Sparrow 31
Rufous Hummingbird 1
TOTAL SPECIES 72 (so far)
TOTAL INDIVIDUALS 6896 (approx., so far)
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One Response to Great Swamp/Watchung Ridges Christmas Bird Count, Dec. 14, 2013

  1. The full details of the count will be posted when they become available.

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