We did some good birding despite the unrelenting cold weather and seemingly endless snowstorms. The Common Murre in Wildwood was our best rarity in quite a while, and while we missed the Smith's Longspur in Stone Harbor we did get Lapland Longspurs and Snow Buntings there. Our winter trip to Barnegat Light yielded up beautiful Harlequin Ducks and Purple Sandpipers and we didn't even have to climb on the jetty to get them. Common Goldeneyes were much easier to find this winter than at any other time I can remember. In fact, with all the frozen water, ducks were concentrated in good numbers wherever there was open water--I saw a couple of hundred Hooded Mergansers along Great Bay Blvd., not a place they usually congregate in large flocks. Another highlight of the month was the trip we made to the Bridge to Nowhere after we'd been to Barnegat Light, both for the birds (Snowy & Short-eared Owls) and for the camaraderie of the group that ended a long day of birding there.
|American Tree Sparrow|
|Carolina Wrens like peanut butter, too.|