Harlequin Ducks preening
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, LBI NJ
When engaged in behavioral interactions, the Harlequin Duck gives distinctly unducklike squeaks, the source of one of its local names: sea mouse. More info on Harlequins –https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Harlequin_Duck/overview
Tamron USA SP 150-600mm VC + Lumix GH4
Scenes from the 83rd Annual Boonton Christmas Bird Count
It was great to meet up with all of the passionate local birders this morning at the Empire Diner in Parsippany NJ before getting outside. We overhead stories of double digit Screech Owls and a Barn Owl being detected in the pre-dawn hours.
We had a sunny morning outdoors, tallied 29 species of birds for a total of 175 birds observed in our territory.
See our sighting checklist here – https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50892929
We will await the full Boonton CBC tally from mocosocoBirds