Birdwatching, Raptors on Library Slate in August

A northern harrier searches for prey. Photo by Ryan Morrill.

Are you thinking of taking up bird watching? You’ll get a primer at the Long Beach Island branch of the Ocean County Library in Surf City on Thursday, Aug. 15, at 2 p.m. when Susan Puder, founder and president of the Southern Ocean Birding Group, will discuss the basics of this outdoor hobby.

The author of New Jersey Birds and Beyond, Puder will teach participants how to identify birds, why New Jersey is such an important state to view birds, what equipment you need, hot spots in the area to see birds, and why birdwatching is such a fast-growing outdoor activity.

When it comes to bird watching sites, Puder said Barnegat Inlet is one of the best places to look for such species as 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 common goldeneye.

On Monday, Aug. 26, at 6:30 p.m. Puder will present “Raptors of New Jersey” at the Stafford branch library in Manahawkin. She will discuss and show pictures of the various raptors that call New Jersey home or visit as migrants.

Puder will talk about where and how these birds of prey can be seen, some perhaps even in your own backyard. Raptors include eagles, hawks, ospreys, harriers, buzzards, falcons and vultures.

To register for the programs, call the LBI branch at 609-494-2480 or the Stafford branch at 609-597-3381.

—E.E.

Reposted from The Sandpaper