Rough-legged Hawk, Field Notes, Jan. 30, 2014

Rough-legged hawk, Great swamp NWR, NJ, Jan. 30, 2014 (photo by Mitch Van Beekum)

Rough-legged hawk, Great swamp NWR, NJ, Jan. 30, 2014 (photo by Mitch Van Beekum)

After not being reported since Jan. 25-26, a dark-morph Rough-legged Hawk was photographed by Mitch Van Beekum at 12:30 p.m. today as it soared over the Bluebird parking lot on Pleasant Plains Road, Great Swamp NWR.
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From Alan Boyd at Lake Musconetcong:
On Wednesday morning (Jan. 29) there were two Bald Eagles feasting on a dead Mute Swan within 100 feet of 50-60 other Mute Swans that were sleeping on the ice near a patch of open water. Also on the water were 15 Ring-necked Ducks and 1 Ruddy Duck.

Bald Eagle feasting on a swan at Lake Musconetcong, NJ, Jan. 29, 2014 (photo by Alan Boyd).

Bald Eagle feasting on a swan at Lake Musconetcong, NJ, Jan. 29, 2014 (photo by Alan Boyd).

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55 Horned Larks were in the same field as approximately 1,500 Canada Geese on the Norz farm fields along River Road in Hillsborough, NJ. No other species were found among the Horned Larks or Canada Geese (J. Klizas).
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From Jennifer Brooks at Loantaka Brook Reservation:
The drake Northern Pintail was seen again today at Loantaka, along with 4 Hooded Mergansers, the group of resident Green-wing Teal, and the other regulars including Black Ducks, Mallards, Canada Geese and the Mute Swan.
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From Jimmy Lee at Colonial Park on Jan. 28:
One adult Red-headed Woodpecker in the area of the nature trail at Colonial Park about 2:40 pm.
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Jacob Socolar found a Pine Warbler near Negri-Nepote Grasslands on Jan. 25. You can read his comments on his eBird checklist here.

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One Response to Rough-legged Hawk, Field Notes, Jan. 30, 2014

  1. The Editors of Garden Variety says:

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