Barnacle, Greater White-fronted and Cackling Geese at Duke Island Park, Dec. 26, 2014

Barnacle Goose, Duke Island Park, NJ, Dec. 26, 2014 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Barnacle Goose, Duke Island Park, NJ, Dec. 26, 2014 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

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Many observers were able to view the cooperative geese of Duke Island Park, Bridgewater Twp., today. Based on reports, the geese were present at the park for the entire day. Early in the morning the Barnacle Goose, 2 Greater White-fronted Geese, 4 Cackling Geese and 1,100 Canada Geese were stuffed into the small pond located inside the park, east of the parking lot on Park Drive.

Barnacle Goose, Duke Island Park, NJ, Dec. 26, 2014 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Barnacle Goose, Duke Island Park, NJ, Dec. 26, 2014 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

The Canada Geese left the pond, group by group, with most moving over to the large grass lawn along the entrance to the park and Old York Road. The diminishing Canada Goose numbers made viewing the target geese easier. An occasional Cackling and Barnacle Goose side-by-side photo opportunity was available as illustrated below.

Cackling and Barnacle Goose, Duke Island Park, NJ, Dec. 26, 2014 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Cackling and Barnacle Goose, Duke Island Park, NJ, Dec. 26, 2014 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Eventually, the Barnacle Goose left to join the others on the field. Those birders in attendance were treated to the Barnacle’s distinctive flight call as it flew off. As mentioned yesterday, Sam Galick’s finding of the Barnacle Goose represents a first record for Somerset County, assuming the New Jersey Bird Record Committee accepts it.

Two Greater White-fronted Geese (GWFG) doubles the previous total from Duke Island Park earlier this season. Jeff Ellerbusch recognizes one of them as the GWFG present this season based on the belly markings. The second boldly marked GWFG is a newcomer.

Greater White-fronted Goose, Duke Island Park, NJ, Dec. 26, 2014 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Greater White-fronted Goose, Duke Island Park, NJ, Dec. 26, 2014 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Duke Island Park continues to be a magnet for rare geese. Since 2011, the following goose species have appeared: Ross’s Goose, Snow Goose, Canada Goose, Cackling Goose (annual, as well as the highest count recorded in New Jersey, 33, on Jan. 2, 2012), Greater White-fronted Goose (annual) and now, Barnacle Goose. The eBird Hotspot data for Duke Island Park is here.

Barnacle Goose, Duke Island Park, NJ, Dec. 26, 2014 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Barnacle Goose, Duke Island Park, NJ, Dec. 26, 2014 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)


eBird Checklists for the mocosocoBirds region may be viewed via eBird’s Region Explorer. Use the following links:

The eBird Hotspot Primer is here and can also be accessed via the Hotspot menu item on the mocosocoBirds.com website.


@mocosocoBirds at Twitter is another communications stream. Instant field reports and links of interest are tweeted throughout the day. The latest tweets appear on the sidebar of the website’s page (on a browser). One can follow mocosocoBirds at Twitter or link to @mocosocoBirds.


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