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

Species Count
Brant 200
Mallard 9
Green-winged Teal 1
King Eider 2
Common Eider 100
Harlequin Duck 6
Black Scoter 1
Long-tailed Duck 8
Bufflehead 3
Ruddy Turnstone 2
Sanderling 5
Purple Sandpiper 3
Ring-billed Gull 10
Herring Gull 200
Great Black-backed Gull 75
Common Loon 2
Great Cormorant 2
Double-crested Cormorant 7
American Crow 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
American Robin 1
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

Species Count
Brant 150
Greater Scaup 3
Black Scoter 1
Bufflehead 20
Red-breasted Merganser 4
Herring Gull 1
Great Black-backed Gull 1
crow sp. 3


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

13 species

Species Count
Brant 26
Mute Swan 4
Mallard 9
Bufflehead 16
Common Goldeneye 4
Red-breasted Merganser 9
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 2
Common Loon 1
Double-crested Cormorant 2
Peregrine Falcon 1
American Crow 4
European Starling 22
Northern Mockingbird 2