Friday, December 18, 2009

December 12 - Brigantine & Barnegat Light

With friends Bill E and John W a trip was made to two coastal spots to view some seasonal specialties. First up at Brigantine NWR we spotted a pair of Tundra Swans. Nearby we had very fine views of American Bittern, as well as, five Wilson's Snipe.
Later we saw Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, a late Osprey, numerous Dunlin, a lone Sanderling, a few Greater Yellowlegs, Long-Billed Dowitcher, and a Great Egret.

Barnegat Light produced several handsome male Harlequin Ducks, plenty of Common Eider - and possibly 3 King Eider females, but they were quite far away to be 100% certain. Also seen were Purple Sandpipers, Ruddy Turnstone, more Dunlin, Great Cormorant, both Loon species, and the Ipswich subspecies of Savannah Sparrow. A nice surprise was 3 American Oystercatchers, quite late to still be seeing these birds !