Happy New Year’s Eve! It has been a few months since my last post and, yep, it has been busy. But I am missing my blog and that’s probably a good thing. As I make up the list of stuff I want to change for 2016, being here a bit more ranks very high.
Here’s a shot of one of my favorite lighthouses – Barnegat Light. I was there a few days ago with a group of friends, birding along the bay. The weather patterns of the past few weeks have been very unusual, unusually warm, and the “regular” winter birds were not there in the number or variety that we anticipated. Still, it was a very good day – a bad day of birding is better than a good day at work!
I will get deeper into the reasons for my absence in following posts. Until then – I hope you have a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!
A few more photos from my Sunday at the Shore. This little fellow kept running past me, as Sanderling will do.
This Greater Black-backed Gull was enjoying some fresh fish, while a Ruddy Turnstone stayed close by looking for any opportunity to run in for a quick bite. These Gulls are very, very large and will prey on smaller birds if given a chance. The Turnstone kept a respectful distance but didn’t run too far away.
It seemed to me that these folks were paying a lot of attention to this group of Turnstones. Then I noticed the smaller, darker birds.
A Purple Sandpiper was hanging out with this flock of Turnstones. Purple Sandpipers are rare visitors to the Jersey Shore, but can often be found at Barnegat Lighthouse.
My wife and I have traveled the east coast from Maine to Georgia to look at and photograph lighthouses. Barnegat Lighthouse is a very special place for us – we said our wedding vows at the base of the Lighthouse. We return there often and I have several photographs, including this one taken early last month. This lighthouse was designed in 1855 by Lt. George Meade (who went on to become the Union General who defeated Robert E. Lee at the Battle of Gettysburg) and was built for the extraordinary sum of $40,000. Extinguished in 1927, the light was re-lit on January 1st of this year with a beam that can be seen up to 22 nm at sea.