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#ABArare – Northern Lapwings – New Jersey

You thought the Northern Lapwing show was over? Not yet! On Jan 14, Shari and Larry Zirlin found three of these Code 4 birds in a pasture in New Egypt, NJ while searching for Sandhill Cranes. This is the fourth record for New Jersey (the third was just last November), and the state’s first report of multiple individuals.

ABArare Northern Lapwing Jan 2013 NJ Galick 02Two of three Northern Lapwings and a Killdeer. Photo by Sam Galick

The lapwings were found at 134 Byrnmore Rd, New Egypt, about 15 miles southeast of Trenton. The location is marked by a green arrow on the map here. The birds are on an active cattle farm. Be careful driving as the roads have quite a bit of mud on them. Also watch out and park out of the way of farm and road traffic. Don’t make birders unwelcome.

If you’re in the area, you may also want to take a look for a Pink-footed Goose that’s been frequenting the area just east of East Windsor, which is about 15 miles north of New Egypt. The latest sightings have come from Rt. 33 just east of the town, near an abandoned factory and across from the Renaissance housing community (note that in this area Rt. 33 is a no-stopping area; there’s a road to the abandoned factory that you can park on). Check the New Jersey and New Jersey RBA listservs for the latest information. The goose has moved around some, and there have also been sightings of Barnacle Geese nearby as well.

 

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John Puschock

John Puschock

John Puschock reports ABA rare bird alerts and manages #ABArare for the American Birding Association. John is a frequent participant in rare bird forums around the web and has knack for gathering details necessary to relocate birds. He has been a birder since 1984 and now leads tours for Bird Treks, as well as for his own company Zugunruhe Birding Tours. He has led tours to locations across North America, from Newfoundland to New Mexico and from Costa Rica to Alaska. He specializes in leading tours to Adak in the Aleutian Islands.
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