The annual New Jersey Bald Eagle Report for 2015 was published today via the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey.
The full PDF report is viewed here.
Following is a summary excerpted from the report: “One hundred ninety-one nest sites were monitored during the nesting season, of which 150 were documented to be active (with eggs) and eleven were territorial or housekeeping pairs. Thirteen new eagle pairs were found this season, nine in the south, two in central and two in northern NJ. One hundred twenty-two nests (81%) of the 150 known-outcome nests produced 199 young, for a productivity rate of 1.33 young per active and known-outcome nest. Including a foster chick from MD that was fledged from New Jersey the total fledged was 200. Twenty-eight (19%) nests failed to fledge young. The Delaware Bay region remained the state’s eagle stronghold, with 40% of all nests located in Cumberland and Salem counties.”
From George Eschenbach, Jan. 12:
“Red-headed Woodpecker observed today (Jan. 12) at Colonial Park in Somerset County – Lois Howe Nature Trail–Parking Lot E. Also, 11 Sandhill Cranes flew into the corn field behind the Zarephath water tower around 2 PM. This is behind Pillar of Fire International on the west side of Weston Canal Road. I assume this is private property but no one questioned my presence. The corn field itself is posted but you do not have to enter the field to observe the birds if they are present–stay on the top of the earthen dike.”
There is an eBird report today of the 11 Sandhill Cranes seen in the corn stubble on the north side of the Manville Causeway.
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