Greater White-fronted Goose at Budd Lake
December 2014 is a becoming a banner month for rare geese in New Jersey. Barnacle Geese are reported from Middlesex, Mercer and Bergen Counties while a Pink-footed Goose is reported from Monmouth and Middlesex.
Greater White-fronted Geese are spread throughout the state in Hunterdon County, 3 in Salem County, 3 in Cape May, and 2 in Middlesex County. Somerset County’s Greater White-fronted Goose at Duke Island Park has been present for a few weeks. Not wanting to be left out, one was added to Morris County today as Alan Boyd located one at Budd Lake .
A Note about Florham Park Fields
Morris County birders, please note. Florham Park Fields on Columbia Turnpike has changed. The parking areas along the fields are blockaded with boulders for at least the past month. New signs are attached to the posts along the driveway stating: “No Trespassing”.
It is supposed that too many trucks using the gravel driveway for a truck stop, an increasing number of fishermen using the two ponds, dog trainers, ATVs and dirt bikers using the fields urged the owner to place these barricades and warnings. That is unfortunate as many interesting bird species have been found here over the years including Morris County’s only Pink-footed Goose in 2013.
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