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Report by Sandra Keller
November 28, 2015
Barnegat Light and Mannahawkin, New Jersey
Our annual Barnegat trip had the warmest weather I can recall!
I was in a sweatshirt. Amazing! But the warm weather did bring out loads of
people in boats. The inlet seemed like a highway at times. This did of course
affect what we saw. Basically nothing in the inlet or on the jetty until we
managed to get near the ocean. As usual, Common Eiders were in the low tide
cove. Low tide is my best time at the inlet area - birds will concentrate here
for feeding. High tide and the birds can be anywhere - even further out in the
ocean somewhat. Both Surf, White-winged, and Black Scoters were seen well. The
usual shorebirds were around - Dunlin, Sanderling, Ruddy Turnstone, just a few
Purple Sandpipers though. Gannets and Red-throated Loons were close to the shore.
A very nice sight. Sparrows were non-existant during our walk back along the
sand. Not sure why. We were treated to two Harbor Seals in the inlet though.
Always a treat to see.
Here is the Barnegat Ebird list -
We hit the Road to Nowhere - Mannahawkin - for a late afternoon,
dusk watch - no Short-eared Owls this trip. And just a few Harriers. Many mosquitoes
though! That’s a new November natural history event for me! The bird highlight
here for me was the large flock of Boat-tailed Grackles - 80. I haven’t
seen that many in awhile. Meadowlarks were another treat.
Here is the Manahawkin Ebird list -
Any questions on this trip or the area in general, please
contact me. I am happy to answer if I can.