Sunday, January 19, 2014

Birding the Jersey Shore



  I am linking up with Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday 

January 19, 2014

On Thursday, hubby and I went on an overnight visit to the Jersey shore. We drove as far as Barnegat Lighthouse Beach, then we headed south to Edwin Forsythe NWR and our somewhat of a free night at Trump's Taj Mahal in Atlantic City.


At the Barnegat Lighthouse beach  we saw the Common Loon, Long-tailed Ducks and Harlequin Ducks. Lots of Scoters, Brants and Sanderlings and gulls.



Two Long-tailed Ducks with a Harlequin duck in the middle.. This was one of the only Harlequins I sighted at Barnegat this visit. In past years I have seen higher counts.  I wonder if something is happening to them?



At Barnegat the Mergansers were plentiful..


Snowy Owl on the roof of the Edwin Forsythe NWR visitor center.



This is this third Snowy Owl I have seen since late November. The first sighting was in Delaware, second sighting was in Maryland and this last Snowy Owl was in New Jersey.. They seem to be everywhere  this winter..

 Above is a view of the sunset from our room, a shot of the Trump tower and the almost full moon.

I am sure I will be doing more on our Jersey shore visit..Including some beautiful sunrise shots for Skywatch Friday..

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88 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

congrats on another snowy! awesome! and love the long-tailed and harlequins. so pretty!

Our photos said...

Your photography is beautiful as always!
Greetings, RW & SK

Gail Dixon said...

The snowy owl is beautiful!!! Lucky you spotting the harlequin duck. So many wonderful waterfowl here and that sunset! Wow.

Brian King said...

Gorgeous waterfowl! The owl is awesome! I'd love to see one someday. Love the lighthouse! Reminds me of the lighthouses on the Great Lakes.

Mary said...

Oh how I would love to see a snowy owl! Your photos are fabulous, Eileen! Thanks so much for sharing at MM, and have a great week! xo

Crafty Green Poet said...

lovely photos, specially the one of the two long tailed ducks and the harlequin,. I hope nothing is happening to the harlequins to reduce their numbers,

Nancy J said...

Super photos, but the snowy owl, stunning, looks like a great place to stay. Cheers from Jean.

Poppy said...

Eileen,

I cannot believe the show Jersey put on for you: from the lovely lighthouse and the winged water babies, to that gorgeous Snowy Owl, one of my favourite birds, and that piercing moon! WOW! All your images are spectacular!

Have a great week, my friend!

Poppy

DawnTreader said...

Oh I love that owl :) And the other views are lovely too!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

A nice trip away with lots of birds and pleasant views.

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

I'm in love with that snowy owl Eileen!
The one and only one I've ever seen was while on a trip to England years ago.
The local Bird Protection Society had some in cages on display in Bournemouth - it was love at first sight for me!
Wonderful photos!
Shane

Montanagirl said...

Nice photos! Love your Snowy Owl shots.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

That snowy owl is so precious!

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Oh that snowy owl is so precious!

Cathy Keller said...

Such a handsome owl! Very nice post!!Have a grand week!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love the big moon and would love to visit that lighthouse! Looks like a nice trip. Enjoy your week!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

PS AND the snowy owl is magnificent! What a fabulous sighting!

DIMI said...

What a great post Eileen!!Lucky you!!!Another snowy owl!!Wonderful pictures of the lighthouse the lovely birds that you saw on your walk,and the beautiful sunrise well captured from your camera!I really enjoyed all your pictures!Wish you a nice week!!Hugs!!
Dimi...

podso said...

That white owl is amazing. And I always love a picture of a lighthouse.

George said...

Your pictures of the Snowy Owl are fantastic.

Giga said...

Śnieżne sowy są śliczne. Piekny spacer. Pozdrawiam.
Snowy owls are beautiful. Beautiful walk. Yours.

Debbie said...

ooohhhh that's a real "jackpot"!! I need to go back to barnegat, it's only about a half hour south of me!!

Have I told you about the seals at sandy hook. I have read there are about 100 there!!

Merlesworld said...

Love the Snowy Owl not seen here, or I never seen one.
Merle............

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Hi Eileen, a great treat to see a snowy owl. Glad you shared.
Joy

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Wonderful mosaics and pictures; I can't believe that beautiful snowy owl just sitting there unconcerned on the roof of the visitor center; amazing!

Art and Sand said...

the lighthouse . . . the sweet face of the owl . . . the sunset . . . all wonderful.

R. Mac Wheeler said...


pretty shots :o)

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

The snowy owl is such a beautiful bird. I have seen lots of photos of them on google + this year. Valerie

Stephanie said...

Wow on the owl shots!

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

i love the lighthouse & the snowy owl. what a gorgeous bird. ( :

Pondside said...

We see Harlequin Ducks from time to time - rather exotic among the ordinary mallards.
I like the blues and greys in your first collage - so real that I get a sense of the cold and wind on your coast.

Linda W. said...

I love your snowy owl photos! So neat that you got to see another one.

Mama Zen said...

I love the shots of the owl!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Another great series of photos, especially the snowy owl. There was one in the area where we used to live that attacked a Jack Russell Terrier, and I was shocked at how many people wanted 'revenge' on the owl--I'm hopeful none carried through with their threats, they are really amazing and so beautiful!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Love the photo of the snowy owl! I've never seen one. Also love the lighthouse. They are one of my favorite things to visit.

Carole M. said...

wow Eileen you do it in style. Dinner out and all those fabulous photos in the deal? I LOVED the Snowy Owl especially; what a treat.

betchai said...

oh, that snowy owl is so cute

Wandering Wren said...

Hi Eileen
How perfect was that a light house Snowy Owl and full moon? Those three always add a little magic to the photos. Looks a dead posh place for a free night and what a bonus taking all those wonderful photos.
Wren x

Irma said...

The pictures of the snowy owl are fantastic, Eileen.
A nice week desired, Irma

Noushka said...

A superbe series of pictures here Eileen!
How I wish I could see Common Loons, Long-tailed and Harlequin Ducks!
Wonderful sightings too for the Snowy owl, this won't happen soon again!!
Cheers!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Wow...impressive bird spotting Eileen. Love the lighted Trump Tower.

Linda Gross said...

Snowy Owl pictures always bring a smile to my face, as does pictures of the lighthouse. The lighthouse reminds me of when I lived in New Jersey.

Lynne said...

The Snowy Owl sightings must be a thrill! Great photos!

Tammy said...

Looks like a GREAT trip! So many awesome sighting; look the Harlequin duck! Those Snowy Owls sure do seem to be everywhere this year!

Blackberry Lane said...

What a treat for me to view your awesome photos. HOpe you have a lovely Monday!

EG CameraGirl said...

How cool that you are seeing so many snowy owls!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Good for you Eileen, getting another shot of the snow Owl!! I'm afraid I'd stay right there until he/she flew off!! Amazing!!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I love the Snowy Owl picture. and I really love that lighthouse as well!

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Lovely and soft photos in this subtle grey tones. Amazing !
Best regards, Synnöve

DeniseinVA said...

Looks like you had a lovely trip Eileen. I am learning a lot of different varieties of birds thanks to your photos, and how exciting to see the snowy owl again. I would definitely fall out of my shoes if I saw one of those :)

Icy BC said...

Absolutely beautiful photos, Eileen and the snowy owl is so amazing to see!

Faye said...

How lucky you are to see and photograph the snowy owl. Birders have spotted a couple here in Louisville. Sadly one was injured on the expressway and rescued for rehabilitation but died suddenly. Wonder if your bird populations have been affected by Sandy? Can't wait to see your sunrises/sets over Taj Majhal.

Nancy Claeys said...

I saw my first and only loon in Minnesota when we vacationed there some years ago. Just beautiful!

Bob Bushell said...

Snowy Owl is the best, love it.

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, I have never been to NJ. Your assortment of birds spotted is amazing! Nice photographs. I sure do hope to see those Harlequin Ducks and also the Snowy Owls. Have a fantastic coming week and thanks for your always great comments on my blog! I do appreciate your expertise and blogger friendship!

Rajesh said...

Wonderful shots of the place. The snowy owl is cute.

Forest Dream Weaver said...

The snowy owl is amazing,at first glance I thought it was ceramic!

Happy Monday!
Ruby

Carver said...

Great shots of the birds. The snowy owls are so beautiful.

Marcia said...

I have climbed that lighthouse in years past. It's on Long Beach Island? Love the photo of the snowy owl.

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Those ducks are so cute! And the snowy owl is just lovely. Great shots!

Party of 5 said...

Wow, lovely shots. We were out trying to get snaps of birds today (my 3yr old and I).

NatureFootstep said...

what kind of world do you live in? Jersey, Tai Mahal? Interesting! But there are some great birds in the area. :)

Carol L McKenna said...

Magnificent photography ~ as always ~ love the snowy owl ~ they have been seen on Cape Ann MA as well ~ carol, xxx

www.acreativeharbor.com

Photo Cache said...

beautiful owl.

Penelope Puddlisms said...

The Snowy Owl has my vote, as does its slightly prim expression. :)

luisa said...

Hi,
I like your pictures. Sometimes I try to photograph birds but its really difficult. :)

A Quiet Corner said...

You truly are fortunate seeing those birds and fowl!!...:)JP

Fun60 said...

Great photos of that owl. I'm so jealous that they are so frequently seen in your area.

islandwonder said...

Your snowy owl photos are great. I have wanted to see one in person but I have not had such luck yet.

Al said...

That's a nice sunset view. I've never been to Atlantic City.

Leovi said...

Wonderful , exquisite beauty in these pictures!

Lee@A Guide to Northeastern Gardening said...

Your photographs are beautiful especailly the pictures of the Snowy Owl. He looks like he is posing for you! Looks like a wonderful visit.

WordsPoeticallyWorth said...

An interesting post with some nice pictures.

Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

edenhills said...

The snowy owl is just so beautiful! I can't get enough.

Judy SheldonWalker said...

Gorgeous shots. I used to visit NJ when I lived in NY.

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Wonderful photos. I love the harlequin and the Snowy owl.

ladyfi said...

Gorgeous shots! Love love that snowy owl.

Stewart M said...

Nice set of pictures - I wonder if the radiation from the satellite dish is keeping the owl warm!!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Elaine said...

Beautiful! Great shots of the Snowy!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Beautiful Eileen, and is it not just great to travel somewhere and share the beauty. You have done a fine job...oh to see a Snowy Owl, must be amazing and such a thrill. Glad to see you on FB.

Indrani said...

I liked the snowy owl very much, it has such a cute look.

Lew said...

Great collection of images. Love the snowy owls!

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen;
Yes, I DO remember the snowy owl you posted; aren't they beautiful(*^_^*)
How I wish to see this luck bringing (in Japan they are thought to be) bird with you, my friend!
Oh, how great to have this wonderful trip. I enjoyed the pictures of lovely ducks others♡♡♡ Thank you SO much for sharing your great trip with gorgeous pictures(^_^)v

Sending you lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

Life Images by Jill said...

I wonder do the birds get cold bobby on the cold water? The snowy owl looks content with his lofty post.
Have a wonderful week and thank you for stopping by my blog. Always great to hear from you.

Helma said...

Ohhhh ...... snowy owl that I find really great!!
Wonderful to see and also very nice pictures!

Kirsten said...

Those last 3 photos are beautiful! You captured shadows of the moon quite well. I absolutely love birds, but where I live, there isn't much variety. I love the chance to see new species!

Huldra said...

Oh.. I love the owl! Nice pictures :)

Maria said...

What a character that Snowy owl is.