Harlequin Romance – December 12, 2020

Leaders: Melissa Roach

Temp: 57F

Winds: South winds 10-13mph (gusts up to 22)

Weather Conditions: Cloudy, cool, and windy. The day started with dark, overcast skies with a period of heavy fog, but became mostly cloudy with some blue sky later.

Scoters were few and far between during this year’s trip, but this adult male Black Scoter was exceptionally confiding. Photo by Melissa Roach

Barnegat State Park Lighthouse – 9:55 a.m.

22 species

Green-winged Teal1
King Eider2
Common Eider100
Harlequin Duck6
Black Scoter1
Long-tailed Duck8
Ruddy Turnstone2
Purple Sandpiper3
Ring-billed Gull10
Herring Gull200
Great Black-backed Gull75
Common Loon2
Great Cormorant2
Double-crested Cormorant7
American Crow1
Northern Mockingbird1
American Robin1
Savannah Sparrow (Ipswich)1


Common Eiders were foraging along the jetty in droves, including this immature male. Photo by Melissa Roach

Adult male Common Eiders are certainly show stoppers. Some were close enough that we could see the faint blush color on the breast. Photo by Melissa Roach

There may not have been very many Purple Sandpipers, but the ones we did find gave great looks! Photo by Melissa Roach

And just when we were about to call it quits, two King Eiders appeared in the distance! The orange base on the bill really stands out on this immature male. Photo by Melissa Roach

Barnegat Light – Bayview Ave Park – 1:59 p.m.

8 species

Greater Scaup3
Black Scoter1
Red-breasted Merganser4
Herring Gull1
Great Black-backed Gull1
crow sp.3


Harvey Cedars – Sunset Park – 2:39 p.m.

13 species

Mute Swan4
Common Goldeneye4
Red-breasted Merganser9
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)2
Common Loon1
Double-crested Cormorant2
Peregrine Falcon1
American Crow4
European Starling22
Northern Mockingbird2
New Jersey Audubon