Were the harlequins at the jetty?
I'm hoping to get back out to Barnegat on Thursday as the conditions appear to be ideal at present. Apparently there's flock of about 100 Snow Buntings in the dunes that I missed in both directions last week. I'd like to get a shot of those and the multitude of sea duck of course.Mike, your blog is an excellent recourse! It looks like we are going in the same spots, so it's very helpful for me to have recent illustrated experience of this places! Thank you for doing this!
Thursday is currently forecast to be sunny with light SW winds of 5-10 mph. Friday is mostly cloudy with winds from the SSW of 10-20 mph. It’s the higher wind speeds that I avoid due to the splash factor particularly nearer the end of the jetty where the Harlequins usually hang out. I particularly avoid days when it’s cold and windy. Previous visit to Barnegat Jetty.Unfortunately, I'm busy on Thursday, but I'm thinking of going there on Friday. The Snow Buntings are pretty interesting, and the Harlequin Ducks as well!
I was there last Thursday and I saw the same tracks. Warning! Graphic Images - Mike's PhotographsI was at Barnegat this past weekend. Although I was treated to views of some great stuff including a King Eider I did not see any Snow Buntings - even though I spent some time searching for them. Unfortunately, someone took a heavy tracked vehicle (like a bulldozer or similar) through the entire dune/plain area. It was pretty ripped up and there were tracks almost everywhere (outside of the ponds and the very tops of the dunes). In the past I’ve often found the Snow Buntings on the plain floor feeding in the scrub and grass, but most of that has been destroyed. Don’t know who authorized this as I always assumed that area was part of the State Park.
I was there last Thursday and I saw the same tracks. Warning! Graphic Images - Mike's Photographs
There was a big flock of Snow Buntings there on January 3rd when I was there. Last Thursday the folks I spoke to on the jetty told me there were about 100 on the way out and when I met them in the car park later they told me they had seen them on the way back too.
Last Saturday they were on Bear Swamp.Thank you, it's good to know. I'll spend a day tomorrow in Bombay Hook - 59F and sunny. It will be a bonus if I see Sandhill Cranes.
I called into Allens Camera in Levittown on my way home from Barnegat yesterday afternoon. Superb, wonderful bricks and mortar camera shop.Thank you, I'll check Bear Swamp. I leave in Levittown, PA, so it's much closer for me to drive. I took a ferry last year, when I has a family trip to Lewes and it was fun. But my experience with the food was same as yours