Northern Lapwings in New Jersey

couldn't resist a shot of a lapwing with the longhorns

couldn’t resist a shot of a lapwing with the longhorns

a really distant shot of all three lapwings

a really distant shot of all three lapwings

two of the three Northern Lapwings in New Egypt, New Jersey 2/20/13

two of the three Northern Lapwings in New Egypt, New Jersey 2/20/13

Renee Davis, Marge Gorton and I traveled to New Egypt, New Jersey today. Our goal was to see as many of the rarities as we could find. Our results were mixed. En-route, we found a field with thousands of Snow Geese. Sure that there must be a Ross’s among them, we searched for a place to view them from. It was right off the highway and there was no safe spot. At the farm on Big Woods Road we easily found the three NORTHERN LAPWINGS. Great birds! We found tremendous flocks of blackbirds including Red-winged, Brown-headed Cowbird, Common Grackle and Starlings. Birds numbered in the thousands. We could not however find the Yellow-headed Blackbird among them. The masses were so great, it was truly looking for a needle in a haystack. Since the Sandhill Cranes did not come in while we were there, we searched nearby areas with fields. No luck. After one more good look at the Lapwings, we headed to Tom’s River to try for the Pink-footed Goose. Again no luck. We found only two flocks of Canada Geese, and the PFGO was not among them. We did find Ring-necked Ducks and a Ruddy Duck on a nearby pond. While that was quite a few misses, we got the best bird of all, the Lapwings. Great birding!

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