Greater White-fronted and Cackling Geese in Somerset Co., Dec. 1, 2014

Greater White-fronted Goose and 9 Cackling Geese

Greater White-fronted Goose, Duke Island Park, NJ, Dec. 1, 2014 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Greater White-fronted Goose, Duke Island Park, NJ, Dec. 1, 2014 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

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The front lawn of Duke Island Park (Old York Road and the main entrance to the park) played host to a Greater White-fronted Goose and 9 Cackling Geese this afternoon found by Jeff Ellerbusch. They and the 450-500 Canada Geese were still present at 3:00 p.m. 11 American Pipits were feeding in a puddle along the entrance drive.

Greater White-fronted Goose is annual at Duke Island Park since at least 2011.

9 Cackling Geese is a healthy number but doesn’t come close to the 33 Cackling Geese that Jeff Ellerbusch counted at Duke Island on January 2, 2012. This remains the highest single count in the state of New Jersey according to the eBird database.

A Ross’s Goose spent the day of December 5, 2011 on the same front lawn as today’s geese.

9 Cackling Geese, Duke Island Park, NJ, Dec. 1, 2014 (photo by Jeff Ellerbusch)

9 Cackling Geese, Duke Island Park, NJ, Dec. 1, 2014 (photo by Jeff Ellerbusch)


Other Field Notes

Neither the Snow Buntings seen yesterday nor the Vesper Sparrow seen the previous two days were found today at Melanie Lane Wetlands (Roger Johnson).


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One Response to Greater White-fronted and Cackling Geese in Somerset Co., Dec. 1, 2014

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