Tundra Swans in Somerset County; Field Notes, Mar. 15, 2014

Tundra Swans, Branchburg, NJ, Mar. 15, 2014 (photo by Jeff Ellerbusch)

Tundra Swans, Branchburg, NJ, Mar. 15, 2014 (photo by Jeff Ellerbusch)

4 Tundra Swans were in a field at Opie Road in Branchburg this morning. Thanks to Chris Thomas, Andrew Lucas and Bobby Skrabal for reporting them. The swans were gone by late afternoon. This is a rare species for Somerset County and the first reported since 2011 when one Tundra Swan spent approximately 10 days on Opie Road.

Also on Opie Rd.: 28 American Pipits were recorded (B. Skrabal). Thousands of Canada Geese are in the area but no rare species were detected. Northern Pintails are making a push through Somerset as 127 were found in a field just north of Opie Road by Jeff Ellerbusch. Other smaller groups of Northern Pintails were found throughout the area.

A Horned Grebe was on the Raritan River opposite Duke Island Park this afternoon (J. Ellerbusch). Red-breasted Mergansers continue to be reported on the Raritan River.

Horned Grebe, Hillsborough Twp., Mar. 15, 2014 (photo by J.Ellerbusch).

Horned Grebe, Hillsborough Twp., Mar. 15, 2014 (photo by J.Ellerbusch).

3 Cackling Geese were at Duke Farms (J. Ellerbusch).

3 Red-headed Woodpeckers continue at Colonial Park (Chris Thomas).

A drake Blue-winged Teal was found at Ravine Lake in Far Hills (J. Ellerbusch).

Blue-winged Teal, Ravine lake, NJ, 03152014 (photo by J. Ellerbusch).

Blue-winged Teal, Ravine lake, NJ, 03152014 (photo by J. Ellerbusch).

A Redhead continues on Osborn Pond along Lees Hill Road in Harding Township (J. Klizas)

Redhead, Harding Twp., Mar. 15, 2014 (photo by J. Klizas)

Redhead, Harding Twp., Mar. 15, 2014 (photo by J. Klizas)

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