I spent about three hours on the south jetty of Manasquan Inlet, hoping the light east winds would bring some seabirds close to shore. The highlights were a Glaucous Gull, Common Loons in breeding plumage, many adult Northern Gannets, and Double-crested Cormorants migrating north. In addition, there were some Purple Sandpipers flying around the jetties. I first saw the Glaucous Gull a little before 1:30 p.m., flying in off the ocean. I first noticed the spectacular white wings, and then watched it fly in and land amongst the group of gulls roosting on the beach.
Full Species List:
Great Black-backed Gull
Can you pick out the Glaucous Gull?
Common Loon in spectacular breeding plumage; note especially the green iridescence on the neck
TURN YOUR SOUND DOWN FOR THE VIDEOS; the wave noise is a little overwhelming
The first two videos are migrating Double-crested Cormorants. The first shows some of the flight style of the group as a whole. The second focuses on a few individuals.