Mid-January Birds – Jan. 13, 2017

Sandhill Cranes, Franklin Twp., NJ, Jan. 12, 2017 (photo by Chuck Hantis)

Sandhill Cranes, Franklin Twp., NJ, Jan. 12, 2017 (photo by Chuck Hantis)

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This is a mid-month wrap up for Morris and Somerset Counties. Thanks to Chuck Hantis for the wonderful Sandhill Crane photos from yesterday, January 12.

Yes, the Sandhill Cranes continue in Franklin Township, lately seen near the American Water Company corn field on Randolph Road, Franklin Township.

The Rock Wren was last reported on January 7. eBird has reports of people searching through January 11 without success. Did what is probably the most photographed Rock Wren in history succumb to the bitter cold?

The Pink-footed Goose of the Veterans Administration Hospital in Lyons was last reported on January 6. It is not known whether any attempts have been made since then to view the goose.

If searching through hundreds of Canada Geese for Cackling Geese is your thing, North Branch Park, Duke Island Park and Selody Sod Farm in Somerset County are good bets. Up to 7 Cackling Geese were at North Branch Park earlier in the week. A Greater White-fronted Goose and a Cackling Goose were at Selody on Jan. 8 (Jeff Ellerbusch).

The Mew Gull of January 3 proved to be a one-day wonder. This is only the second record of this species in New Jersey if accepted by the New Jersey Bird Record Committee.

A Canvasback drake and a Redhead hen continue at the Bernardsville Quarry throughout the week.

A Redhead hen and two Greater Scaup hens were at Nolans Point, Lake Hopatcong on Jan. 7.

Alan Boyd found a Lesser Black-backed Gull at Lake Musconetcong today, Jan. 13.

Multiple Red-headed Woodpeckers continue at the usual locations at both Glenhurst Meadows and Troy Meadows.

Sandhill Cranes, Franklin Twp., NJ, Jan. 12, 2017 (photo by Chuck Hantis)

Sandhill Cranes, Franklin Twp., NJ, Jan. 12, 2017 (photo by Chuck Hantis)

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