For anyone wishing to learn more about winter
birding, the Southern Ocean Birding Group will host the fifth annual
Wings Over Long Beach Island Day on Saturday, March 15, beginning at 10
a.m. at the Barnegat Lighthouse State Park visitors center. All are
The indoor-outdoor program is held in partnership with the Friends of
the Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, the Long Beach Island Foundation of
the Arts and Sciences in Loveladies and the Southern Ocean County
Chamber of Commerce.
Sue Puder, founder and president of the birding group, said that according to William J. Boyle, author of a Guide to Bird Finding in New Jersey,
Barnegat Inlet is one of the best places to look for species including
the northern gannet, common and king eiders, harlequin duck and
black-legged kittiwake. Other possible species that can be viewed are
the red-breasted merganser, scoter, purple sandpiper, long-tailed duck,
snow bunting, horned lark, Ipswich sparrow, red-throated grebe and
Puder said that at 10 a.m., she will be at the visitors center to welcome participants and outline the day’s activities
At 11 a.m., the group will host a bird identification workshop at
the Foundation as part of the LBIF’s Science Saturday program. There is a
$5 fee for Foundation nonmembers. Puder, who is author of New Jersey Birds and Beyond,
will be joined by Linda Gangi, master naturalist and birding group vice
president. They will show techniques on how to identify birds, using
size, shape, colors, patterns and behavior. After the presentation,
Puder will sell and sign copies of her book.
At 1 p.m. at the visitors center at the lighthouse, Fred Lesser of
the Ocean County Parks Department will talk about winter birds of the
Barnegat Inlet. Throughout the day at the park, birding group members
will be stationed along the concrete jetty with binoculars and scopes to
help people locate birds and be on hand to answer questions.
In addition, bird viewing will be available on the elevated platform
at the Foundation, which overlooks some of the last natural marshes
remaining on Long Beach Island.
The birding group meets on the first Thursday of each month at the
Hunting Shanty at the Tuckerton Seaport in Tuckerton at 7 p.m. The next
meeting is March 6.
For more information, call Puder at 609-698-2106. —E.E.
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