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Location
Liberty SP, Hudson County, New Jersey, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Sat May 30, 2015 5:54 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
1
Duration:
1 hour(s), 53 minute(s)
Distance:
1.0 mile(s)
Observers:
Michael Britt
Species
42 species (+1 other taxa) total
24
Canada Goose
10
Gadwall
20
Mallard
15
American Black Duck
X
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
1
Mourning Dove
3
Chimney Swift
1
Clapper Rail
6
American Oystercatcher

Resident plus a flyover flock of five.

9
Semipalmated Plover
3
Killdeer
50
Semipalmated Sandpiper
2
Spotted Sandpiper
X
Ring-billed Gull
X
Herring Gull
X
Great Black-backed Gull
10
Common Tern
15
Double-crested Cormorant
1
Snowy Egret
1
Cooper's Hawk/Northern Goshawk

I was unable to gain a full appreciation of this bird's size, although it was certainly a large-ish, long-tailed accipiter. I first spotted it soaring fairly low, over the intersection of Freedom Way & Morris Pesin. It wound up heading over Liberty National, which fits within the overwintering Goshawk's pattern. The bird was molting and the wingbeat cadence, deep and rapid, with virtually no gliding was quite perplexing. Goshawk has a deep wingbeat but both species glide often and do not normally flap as fast as this bird did. The molt obviously affected the flight style. I'm really interested to know if the young Gos is summering after the 5/9 sighting but I was too mystified by the flight style, to check carefully for all relevant fields marks. Cooper's Hawk has nested in recent years. A young Coop passing through is not out of the question but neither is Gos considering the 5/9 sighting.

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female
Sex Unknown 1
1
Belted Kingfisher
4
Willow Flycatcher
1
Eastern Kingbird
2
Warbling Vireo
1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
6
Barn Swallow
1
House Wren
8
American Robin
12
Gray Catbird
2
Northern Mockingbird
X
European Starling
12
Cedar Waxwing
2
American Goldfinch
4
Song Sparrow
2
Baltimore Oriole
5
Red-winged Blackbird
2
Brown-headed Cowbird
2
Common Grackle
1
Boat-tailed Grackle
1
Common Yellowthroat
2
American Redstart
6
Yellow Warbler
2
Northern Cardinal
 

Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?

Yes