Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Harlequin Romance Trip Report

We had a great time on the CMBO Special Field Trip to the Barnegat area on Saturday, December 8th. The weather cooperated with lots of sun and light winds as we gathered at Barnegat Light State Park and proceeded to explore the jetty and beach areas. Waterfowl and loons were very much in evidence, with close looks at Common Loons, Long-tailed Ducks, Brant, Black Scoters, and Common Eiders. At least 7 Harlequin Ducks (males and females) were feeding in the waves, along with Bufflehead, Surf Scoters, and Red-throated Loons, while a couple Northern Gannets glided by in the distance. Several groups of shorebirds passed by, involving Dunlin, Sanderlings, and Ruddy Turnstones (one Purple Sandpiper was seen on the distant jetty). Away from the water, our attention was grabbed by a lone Ipswich Sparrow, 3 Horned Larks, Merlin, and Sharp-shinned Hawk. After lunch, we visited some nearby areas to view the back bay waters, and were rewarded with both species of Scaup, Common Goldeneyes, an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull, lots of Bufflehead, Red-breasted Mergansers, and even a Horned Grebe. Two very close Purple Sandpipers were a highlight of the trip. All together, we enjoyed 48 species and the camaraderie of fellow birders. 

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Purple Sandpipers at Sunset Park
Atlantic Brant along the jetty
Long-tailed Ducks
Merlin watching at Barnegat SP

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