Roger or Margaret Higbee at
New Jersey 2013
Mon, March 18, 2013, 5:00 am
Indiana, PA to Sea Girt
Monday, March 18, 2013 We left home at 5:08 with Emily Hughes, Derek Clawson, and Tom Glover riding with us. It didnt get light until we reached Clinton County along I- 80. Birds seen in Clinton included:
Union County yielded:
Red-tailed Hawk (2)
In Montour we listed:
Northern Cardinal Red-tailed Hawk
We stopped at McDonalds in Danville for a pit stop and breakfast for Roger and me. Our friends had eaten before 5:00 a.m.! Here Fish Crows were calling from atop the golden arches.
Columbia County yielded:
The only species seen in Luzerne were:
We drove through Carbon without seeing one bird while Monroe produced only American Crows and one Red-tailed Hawk.
We reached New Jersey where we spotted a raft of 6 Common Mergansers on the Delaware River. A little farther along we noted another two. Other species seen en route to the lake on American Road, Morris Plains, were:
Great Blue Heron
The lake on American Road did not yield our target species, Pacific Loon, but we did see:
Great Blue Heron
Canada Geese (9)
Hooded Merganser (5)
Ring-billed Gull (1)
Black Vulture (6)
Downy Woodpecker (1) Belted Kingfisher (1)
We finally gave up and decided to head to Lake Parsippany. We stopped at several accesses before we successfully spotted the adult *Pacific Loon. Here, too, were:
Great Black-backed Gulls Ring-billed Gulls
Hooded Mergansers Red-breasted Merganser
En route to Lincoln Park Tom spotted a Northern Mockingbird atop a pole. I got to see it, too. We could not find Lincoln Park West in Lincoln Park, so Roger stopped at the police station for directions. He learned that the park was in Jersey City. I had goofed. We stopped at McDonalds in Lincoln Park, NJ, for lunch, then headed to Jersey City. At Lincoln Park West we listed:
Canada Geese (~300)
Dark-eyed Junco (2)
Fish Crows (10)
Black-crowned Night-Heron (2)
Hooded Mergansers (6)
Double-crested Cormorant (3)
Great Black-backed Gulls
European Starlings (20)
We fizzled on the Barnacle Goose.
Our next destination was High Street in Carteret for the Monk Parakeets. We were immediately successful and spotted at least 3 individuals. We left Carteret and drove to Monmouth Beach. En route we listed Turkey Vultures and a Red-tailed Hawk. By the time we reached Monmouth Beach, the winds were extremely brisk. Here we spotted a flock of about 120 Brant in flight. The only birds on the ocean were Red-breasted Mergansers while both Ring-billed and Bonapartes Gulls were flying about.
At Seven Presidents, we found heated bathrooms. What a bonus. As Em commented, Its like a sauna in there! It was a welcome warmth!!! On the water here were Common Loons and a large flock of scoters, too distant to ID. A *Northern Gannet flew by, and we watched three gull species Bonapartes, Ring-billed, and Herring.
Lake Takanassie yielded:
American Wigeons (5) Mallards
American Coots (6)
Lesser Scaup (1)
Deal Lake produced:
Long-tailed Duck (1)
Common Loon (1)
Red-breasted Merganser (8)
Lesser Scaup (3) Great Black-backed Gull (10)
We had reservations at the Sea Girt Lodge in Sea Girt. After we checked in, we headed north to the Suma Hibachi for dinner.
We ended the day with 46 species.
Submitted by Margaret Higbee
I spotted a red tailed hawk in Jersey City's Lincoln Park this morning on the ground stalking a squirrel, just off the running track near the rotunda on the hill.
Submitted by Rodney Terry
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