Jersey Birding…..Part 1

Happy Thanksgiving to all!  We drove down to Ocean City today, and stopped by Howard S. Stainton again.  It never ceases to amaze me.  My dad didn’t think that we would see anything, because at the time it was about 4:30.  He was wrong.  First, there didn’t appear to be anything on the pond, but then when we took a closer look, there were multiple duck species including Mallards, Northern Shovelers, and finally, Hooded Mergansers.  Hooded Mergansers are lifers for me, and a lifer that I really wanted.  They can be easily identified from any other duck by their large white hood (as you could have guessed)

Lighting was poor at 4:30 p.m

that is actually a large tuft of feathers rather than it’s actual head.  It has tan sides, a black back and face, and a white breast and stomach.  These are one of my favorite birds because of their amazing appearance, and they are typically easy to see in our region in the winter time.  I am excited beyond belief for Barnegat tomorrow, as long as the weather permits.

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