|Winter Bird Watching on Raritan Bay
Waterfront Park in South Amboy in New Jersey
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Part of a large and paved hiking loop/trail around a baseball field, 2 softball fields, a soccer field, a football
field, a playground, and a performance Gazebo in this large waterfront park.
At sunset time, group after group of Brant are flying in to join the huge group at their evening
roosting area on the ball fields in this waterfront park.
Another group of Brant at sunset time in this waterfront park.
The sign at the entrance to the Raritan Bay Waterfront Park. It is located at the intersection of Keenan Way
and John T. O'Leary Blvd in South Amboy, New Jersey. The large parking lot is at the end of Keenan Way.
A view of the long board walk and one of the three jetties in the Old Bridge Waterfront Park at Laurence
Harbor in Old Bridge in New Jersey.
A pair of mallards and a horned grebe in Raritan Bay as viewed from the board walk
A group of several Brant in Raritan Bay at Old Bridge Waterfront Park. At sunset time, this group probably is
one of several groups of Brant that fly in from the Raritan Bay to their evening roosting place on the ball fields
in Raritan Bay Waterfront Park in South Amboy.
Another view of the Raritan Bay from the waterfront Park.
In summer time, these two waterfront parks probably are very busy with many people. But in winter time on
February 17, 2009, I saw only a few visitors strolling leisurely on these waterfront hiking trail and board walk.
Thus, these two waterfront parks, a few miles apart, provide good opportunity for hiking exercise in one
afternoon in the winter with nice views of the Raritan Bay plus bird watching and photography.
A nice view of the Raritan Bay from the hiking trail in this waterfront park.
More seagulls. However, the Nature Study Area (Morgan Mudflat) is not reached by the paved hiking loop/trail.
One has to walk south on the beach for about half mile to reach the sand bar and mudflat on the bay side and
the marsh area on the Nature Study Area to get close to these huge number of seagulls and Brandt. This area
is named Morgan Mudflat because the name of street on the land (across the railroad track) near this sand
bar and mudflat is Morgan Avenue in South Amboy. It is close to where Cheesequake Creek flows into the
In addition to the huge number of seagulls, there are also some Brant on the sand bar or on the Raritan Bay.
This picture shows several Brant with darker color taking off from the sand bar/beach at sunset time to fly to
their evening roosting, grassy area on the ball fields in this waterfront park.
Huge group of Brant gathered at sunset time on their evening roosting place on the ball fields in the middle of
this waterfront park.
Zoom in for a closer view of the huge group of Brant on the ball field.
The bayfront promenade as part of the large hiking loop in Raritan Bay Waterfront Park.
On the same sunny afternoon of February 17, 2009 and before I came to Raritan Bay Waterfront Park, I also
did some hiking and bird watching along the long board walk at Old Bridge Waterfront Park which is also on
the Raritan Bay and is only a few miles south of Raritan Bay Waterfront Park as shown in the following
The opposite view of the long board walk and another jetty in Old Bridge Waterfront Park
A nice view of the Raritan Bay from the board walk.
Two views of one of the three jetties off the board walk in Old Bridge Waterfront Park.
Zoom in for a closer view of the horned grebe
I came to Old Bridge Waterfront Park again on late afternoon of March 9, 2013 and saw a few Killdeers on
the beech and were making very loud sound.
Two killdeers on the beech of Old Bridge Waterfront Park.
However, the long and beautiful boardwalk at Old Bridge Waterfront Park was destroyed by recent severe
There were some gulls, sometimes flying near the beech and sometimes feeding on the beech of Old Bridge
The killdeer is much smaller than the gulls, but makes very loud sound on the beech. At first I saw many gulls
but heard the continuous loud sound of killdeer. It took me a while to find the small killdeer among the gulls
on the beech.
Two of many ducks seen at Old Bridge Waterfront Park on the windy and cold day of March 23, 2013.
Many winter seabirds very far away out on the Lower New York Bay and Raritan Bay on March 15, 2014. I
used my compact super-zoom camera with 50X optical zoom to zoom in to get such pictures. These may be
We went to Staten island, New York on March 15, 2014 to attend a wedding dinner party. We had about 30
minutes spare time before the starting time of wedding dinner party, so we drove to Great Kills Park on the
eastern shore of Staten Island to enjoy watching many winter seabirds on Lower New York Bay and Raritan
Bay. There are several parks along New Jersey shore and Staten Island shore for watching many seabirds
on Lower New York Bay, Raritan Bay and Sandy Hook Bay in the cold winter season.
The Great Kills Park is a unit of Gateway National Recreational Area and is located at 3270 Hylan Blvd.,
Staten Island, New York. The entrance to Great Kills Park is at the junction of of Hyland Blvd & Buffalo St., on
Staten Island. The name Great Kills originates from a Dutch word meaning "many creeks."
Map: Click here for interactive Google Map showing location of Great Kills Park
Many winter seabirds were flying very far away out over Lower New York Bay and Raritan Bay. The weather
was cold and very windy.
Large and long floating rafts of huge number of winter seabirds far away out on Lower New York Bay and
Raritan Bay. My camera can capture only a section of the long raft that extends very long to the right side
and to the left side.
In the cold winter season, Lower New York Bay, Raritan Bay and Sandy Hook Bay are often quite active
with a huge assortment of bird life such as Greater Scaup, Buffleheads, Mergansers, Coots, Brant, Scoters,
Ruddies, and Goldeneyes. These birds can be seen in these bays only during the winter. These seabirds
thrive well in biting winds, freezing temperatures, and lots of snow and ice. They are hardy, resilient birds.
I came to Raritan Bay Water Front Park again on the afternoon of April 2, 2015 and saw these two
Oystercatchers with bright orange colored bills.
I saw this gull in action diving from mid air down into the water.
The gull dived into the water with a splash.
When the gull re-emerged to the water surface, the gull caught something in its bills.
The gull took off into the air with something in its bills.
Then another gull came chasing the first gull, probably trying to steal something in the bills of the first gull.
There were also many shorebirds busily eating something in the mud.
However, the original boardwalk shown in the two pictures above was destroyed by the powerful Hurricane
Irene in 2011. When I came again in the afternoon of April 2, 2015, a new and wider boardwalk was re-built