Still on the lookout for the illusive and beautiful roseate spoonbill. Will post a pic when I see one. Forgot to mention I saw a pair of green parrots while on a mtb with Bob ride 2 weeks ago. Too far away to get a decent pic but apparently these "invasive" birds are common around here.
I hear the chicadees when I'm mtbing, there call stands out more in the winter when not many other birds are around.
Gold finches are around but they not bright yellow in winter, there kind of a muted grayish yellow. I think some migrate but some stay as well.
While xc skiing a local golf course yesterday, I came upon a secluded pond and found several pair of Hooded Merganser's.
The males look similiar to Bufflehead, however the white peak is more prominent on Merganser and this area is colapsable, making it's white peak less noticeable. One male had his white head down, while the other displayed his. The other ID marker was the female, they have cinnamon tones on there head.
Male raised head.
saw this yesterday on the drive home in the snow.
They are particularly pretty with the white background, I know NJ has lots of them, but this is only maybe the 2-3 I've ever seen and funny to see it walking around the neighborhood