Barnacle Goose, Sandhill Cranes in Somerset County, Jan. 2, 2015

Barnacle Goose and Friends

Be aware that Somerset County’s first record Barnacle Goose now frequents North Branch Park which is approximately 2 miles and 5 minutes from Duke Island Park.

It is very doable to see the Greater White-fronted Goose and Cackling Goose (or geese) at Duke Island Park, hop in your car, take Old York Road west to Milltown Road, travel north, cross over Rt. 202 and you are there. Simple. You can pick the Barnacle Goose out of 1,200 Canada Geese.

Today, the Greater White-fronted Goose was at Duke Island Park in the late morning; the Barnacle Goose was at North Branch Park at noon (Vicki Schwartz).

Sandhill Cranes

The 8 Sandhill Cranes of Franklin Township were, once again, seen in the corn fields along Randolph Road (many observers). If not there, they may be in the fields west of the intersection of nearby Mettlers Road and Weston Road. To get there from Randolph Rd., take Randolph south to Schoolhouse; turn right on Schoolhouse and then left on Mettlers; right on Weston. The fields are on your left (south side of the road).

Other Field Notes

2 Pine Siskins were noted this morning at Loantaka Brook Reservation (Simon Lane).

A Common Loon was reported from Boonton Reservoir (Kevin Browne).


People walked, jogged and rode bicycles on the Columbia Trail in Long Valley in close proximity,  but this “stealthy” Great Blue Heron did not budge.

Great Blue Heron, Long Valley, NJ, Jan. 2, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Great Blue Heron, Long Valley, NJ, Jan. 2, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

(Click on the photo for a larger image.)

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