Sunday Bird Notes: Geese, Jan. 4, 2015

Somerset County Geese

Barnacle GooseFrom Bob Auster: “The Barnacle Goose is in the corn fields off of the intersection of Studdiford Drive and South Branch Road, in Branchburg with a small group of Canada Geese today, 1/4/15 at 12:45 PM. Found by a nice lady from out of town who directed me to the bird.”

These are the expected locations and related map links for the Barnacle Goose:

Greater White-fronted Goose – no known reports from today, Jan. 4 , but was seen either at Duke Island Park or in the Raritan River on Jan. 3.

Cackling Goose – continues at Duke Island Park.

Cackling Goose in Morris County

Cackling Goose

Cackling Goose, Loantaka Brook Reservation – photo by Chris Thomas

Morris County’s second report of a Cackling Goose in 2015 occurred at Loantaka Brook Reservation (Chris Thomas). It was seen on the ball fields on the north side of park next to the Seaton Hackney Stables. It was not present later in the afternoon. Same goose as the Speedwell Cackling?

Other Field Notes

A drake Red-breasted Merganser is at Boonton Reservoir along with 6 Pied-billed Grebes and a small number of Common and Hooded Mergansers, Bufflehads, Gadwall and not much else.

Pileated Woodpecker at Great Swamp NWR – photo by Chuck Hantis

Pileated Woodpecker, Great Swamp NWR, NJ, Jan. 4, 2015 (photo by Chuck Hantis)

Pileated Woodpecker, Great Swamp NWR, NJ, Jan. 4, 2015 (photo by Chuck Hantis)

(Click on the photo for a larger image.)

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 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 this page. One can follow mocosocoBirds at Twitter or link to @mocosocoBirds.


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2 Responses to Sunday Bird Notes: Geese, Jan. 4, 2015

  1. Luke says:

    Do you have any idea if the pileated woodpecker was seen along the boardwalk trail?

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