February 2014 and myself Glyn, Tony and Mike, set off for Heathrow. After a dreadful 4 hour trip, we parked and eventually got on the American Airlines flight to New York [JFK]. Arriving, after a good flight, we picked up a giant Ford 4×4, which soon filled up with 4 chaps and all their luggage and photography gear – never underestimate how much space all this takes up!
Struggling to get out of New york, on the crappest roads since Bulgaria, we eventually ended up at the lovely Holiday Inn, Manahawkin, New Jersey [NJ]. We ended up staying here all 7 nights and a very good base it was and at £70 per night, B and B, and meals about $20 per day beer included, it wasnt too bad.
Our target destination for this trip, was Barnegat Jetty, over at Barnegat Light, about 30 mins away from the hotel. The jetty, in our parlance, was really a man made sea defence, made up of hundreds of gigantic square granite blocks, place about a foot apart, and stretching for at least a mile out. It was dubbed a dangerous place, by Arthur Morris and Denise ippolito, and having visited it, I now know it should be treated with respect – it can be very slippery and potentially dangerous, if you don't watch what you're doing. Watch you step if you go !!
This is a very good guide by Denise – worth buying. – Barnegat Jetty guide.
On the jetty, we had, 100's of Black Scoters, quite a few Surf Scoters, loads of Long-tailed Ducks, quite a few Harlequin ducks and shed loads of Great northern divers. All of our target species.
During the week we also visited the Cape May coast, looking for sparrow species and also the Snowy Owls, which was one of the birds we were hoping to catch up with, after their irruption south for the bad winter. Sadly, we were not to see any Snowies on this trip.
A very enjoyable week, although we all caught a lurgy [cough/cold], which dampened a couple of the days.
See below for trip images.