The lake is bifurcated by the NJ Transit railroad tracks. We decided to look into that part of the lake, so we walked under a rather dilapidated underpass and started to look around. First I saw a few Gadwalls, then a few wigeons and in with those wigeons I saw a Eurasian Wigeon, FOY and rare in NJ.
There always seems to be at least one Eurasian Wigeon in Monmouth County. The trick is to find it on the many artificial lakes and ponds that dot the seashore towns. This is the 3rd location reported for the species so far this year, but whether it is the same bird or multiple birds is unknown.
Even though the wigeon isn't as rare as the goose, it is more satisfying to find a rarity on your own then to just chase one down. And it is easily the Bird of the Day.
|American Wigeon with Eurasian Wigeon for comparison|