|One of the many bad angles to view ducks at Riverfront Landing|
I moved up the block to the area of the private marina (don't even think about entering here), standing on the high ground of the sidewalk and was finally able to locate the Canvasbacks. Of course, I couldn't get a picture of them, but what a nice duck! Big, with a red head and huge, slooping, swan-like bill, black & white body. 100 pts if you shoot one, which means you're done for the day. Read any Edith Wharton novel, or really any American novel of manners set in the late 19th century and you're sure to come across Canvasbacks on the menu when dinner is described.
|Eastern Bluebird on mysterious measuring devices|
From there I was going to go over to Cattus Island for my vigorous walk, but the park was closed today for prescribed burning, so I continued north a little bit and walked the trails at the Ocean County Parks Offices. The bay was pretty much frozen, so there wasn't a lot of variety on the water, and the woods were fairly quiet. However, when I came out of the woods and walked the large open field, birds were actively feeding in the grass including this female Eastern Bluebird. Lots of of yellow-rumps, robins, and blackbirds around the offices too.
|Ruddy Duck, Marshall's Pond|
Next stop was Marshall's Pond, just for the heck of it and too see if the Redhead was still there. It was, completing the aythya sp sweep. I didn't spend a lot of time sorting through the geese, which were all standing on the frozen eastern end of the pond. That cut back on the number of ducks in the pond; a single Ruddy Duck seemed out of place and a bit lonely considering the big flocks of them that are around>
I was on my way home when I decided one more stop was in order, so I continued along Dover Road over to Bamber Lake. Apparently, earlier in the day the place was loaded with birds, but by noon, all I found were 18 Tundra Swans and 4 Hooded Mergansers. I'm keeping track of the Tundra Swans whereabouts so I can use them in a pinch for Bird A Day. I totaled 36 species for the morning, which considering we found 40 all day in Cape May yesterday, seems pretty good to me.
|Tundra Swans, Bamber Lake|