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Last week, there were two sightings of the Snowy Owl on the Jersey Shore, so yesterday I went to the southern tip of Long Beach Island to find and photograph it. After walking for almost four hours, I failed to find the visitor from the Artic. There were only Seagulls and some birds which flew by too fast for identification.

Juvenile Ring-billed Gull.

Juvenile Ring-billed Gull.

The above Ring-billed Gull had just walked out of a fairly large sea water pond on the beach. The pond banks, shaped by wind,looked intriguing.

Sea water pond on beach at southern end (Holgate section) of Long Beach Island.

Sea water pond on beach at southern end (Holgate section) of Long Beach Island.

Back home, it was cloudy today as the sun obstinately refused to come out. Our bird feeder, however, attracted the usual crowd of small birds, even after one of them was attacked and carried away by a hawk. I didn’t have a chance to capture the hawk, but here are some photos of the small birds.

Junco on magnolia branch.

Junco on magnolia branch.

House Finch on magnolia branch.

House Finch on magnolia branch.

House Finch looking at bird feeder.

House Finch looking at bird feeder.

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