Greater White-fronted Goose in Hillsborough; Saturday Field Notes, Feb. 15, 2014

A Greater White-fronted Goose (GWFG) was seen this morning with Canada Geese on Woodfern Road, Hillsborough Township. The location is opposite the Woodfern Elementary School. The GWFG eventually took off and flew towards the river. All geese were absent from the location in the afternoon.

The Great Swamp NWR had a Common Raven calling and flying over the Wild Turkey in the tree pictured below near The Raptor Trust on White Bridge Road this morning. Pleasant Plains Road is slushy but passable (my Prius made it through without any major issues).

Wild Turkey, Great Swamp NWR, NJ, Feb. 15, 2014 (photo by Jonathan Klizas).

Wild Turkey, Great Swamp NWR, NJ, Feb. 15, 2014 (photo by Jonathan Klizas).

Chris Thomas had a flyover Bald Eagle in the Great Swamp NWR and an American Kestrel on White Bridge Road as well as the following Pileated Woodpecker.

Pileated Woodpecker

Today is day 2 of the Great Backyard Bird Count. Participants are asked to be careful identifying species. Please be especially observant regarding White-throated and White-crowned Sparrows. White-crowned Sparrows in Morris during February are unlikely.

From Steve Byland in Warren Township:
A bit of a surprise at the feeders in the snow today was a Brown Thrasher. Interesting – I have them every few years in the winter and I generally only see them when it is snowing, as it was when this one showed up.

Brown Thrasher, Warren Twp., NJ, Feb. 15, 2014 (photo by Steve Byland).

Brown Thrasher, Warren Twp., NJ, Feb. 15, 2014 (photo by Steve Byland).

From Terry Carruthers:
Local sightings today include a nice male Eastern Towhee on Whitebridge Rd, Meyersville, and a Red-shouldered Hawk at Van Doren’s Mill pond on Hardscrabble Rd. off Rt. 202 in Bernardsville.

From Jane Flynn, Morris Plains:
A lone Rusty Blackbird has been feeding under the bird feeders for the past three days. While multi-tasking yesterday (birding for GBBC and shoveling snow), I saw at least 86 Am. Robins in a flyover.

Amrican Robins, Great Swamp NWR, NJ, Feb. 15, 2014 (photo by J. Klizas).

Amrican Robins, Great Swamp NWR, NJ, Feb. 15, 2014 (photo by J. Klizas).

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One Response to Greater White-fronted Goose in Hillsborough; Saturday Field Notes, Feb. 15, 2014

  1. Pingback: Saturday Field Notes; Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz, Mar. 1, 2014 | mocosocoBirds

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