Monmouth County, NJ
11:55am; mostly sunny/partly cloudy; winds WNW at 20-25mph (gusts at 30+); 40 degrees. Incidental sighting while birding a wind sheltered scruby/dune habitat bordered by pines to the west with grassy dunes followed by beach/ocean to the east. Initially seen in a short relocating flight in response to me nearly stepping on it, it then settled onto a sunlit patch of sand till I left it. Apparently this is the first known December record for northern NJ.
[moderator]: New late date for northern NJ by 2 weeks.
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