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DVOC Field Trip Report
by Paul Guris

December 30, 2005 (Friday)
Pelagic Christmas Count

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See Life Paulagics ran its annual pelagic Christmas Bird Count on Friday, December 30 out of Belmar, NJ. Conditions were difficult, with high winds hampering any chance of getting far offshore. As a result, we ran a transect that run roughly one mile out from the beach from Shark River up to the southern part of Sandy Hook, turned out to about 6 miles off of the beach, ran back to just south of Manasquan Inlet, and returned to Shark River.

Highlights of the trip were 12 Razorbills, a 1st-winter Iceland Gull, and a 2nd-winter Glaucous x Herring Gull hybrid that came right to the back of the boat.

Trip List

Brant- 37
Canada Goose- 12
Surf Scoter- 48
Black Scoter- 26
White-winged Scoter- 11
"dark-winged" Scoter- 5
Long-tailed Duck- 241
Red-breasted Merganser- 103
Common Loon- 46
Red-throated Loon- 15
Northern Gannet- 22
Bonaparte's Gull- 66
Ring-billed Gull- 50
Herring Gull- 400
Iceland Gull- 1
"Glaucous-like" Gull- 1
Great Black-backed Gull- 150
Razorbill- 12
large alcid sp.- 6