Have you ever seen a Snow Bunting? How about a Northern Harrier, a Yellow-rumped Warbler or a Long-tailed Duck?
These, and many other varieties of birds, will be sought when the Monmouth County Audubon Society hosts a bird walk on Sandy Hook on Sunday, February 9. This is a great opportunity to shake off the stuffiness of winter, get some sunshine, and enjoy the outdoors.
The trip will be led by accomplished birders who are very familiar with Sandy Hook and its birds. “Many species of ducks which breed in the Arctic spend the winter in the area,” explains Linda Mack, field trip leader and past president of the organization. “They seek protection in the coves along the Hook and usually remain most of the season. In addition, hawks continue to hunt here all winter, and they’re fascinating to watch. And we don’t discount the possibility of seeing some really rare birds” such as Snowy Owls, rare visitors from the Canadian Arctic are rarely seen along the East Coast.
Anyone interested in participating in the event can meet at 10:00 am in parking lot near the Visitor Center (which is closed) The lot is just south of the ranger's station, approximately 1.8 miles north of the entrance gate.
The trip is open to both members and non-members of the Monmouth County Audubon Society, and participation is free. Advance registration is not required. Participants should dress appropriately for cold temperatures and windy conditions, which are common along the coast. Binoculars are essential, and a field guide is helpful. In case of a questionable weather forecast, check the organization’s website after 6pm the evening before the trip for updates.