Scott Barnes reports:
> Rich Kane called Owl Haven and told us about a Black Guillemot at
> Manasquan Inlet today (Tues. 12/8) found by Allan Bernstein.
> Pete Bacinski and myself saw the bird at about 1:45, watching it
> feed, dive and fly around the upstream part of the inlet for
> about 40 minutes. We last saw the bird past the end of the
> seawalls (upstream or west of the actual inlet) floating and
> diving in the middle of the river. When the bird was near the
> seawall, it tended to favor the north (Manasquan) side. The bird
> was in winter plumage, with some dusky gray marks on the hindneck
> (possibly juvenile?), white oval wing patches, dark back and
> upper surface to the wings, white rump and black terminal band on
> the tail. It would often surface far away from where it would
In addition to the jetty itself, the Manasquan inlet can be viewed from several vantages between the buildings on Channel Drive in Point Pleasant NJ. From Rt. 35 southbound, turn left at the first light/jughandle after crossing the bridge over the Manasquan River.
There are fewer than ten documented previous records for New Jersey.
Thanks to Scott Barnes, Rich Kane, and Pete Bacinski for this information.
Laurie Larson 4:00 pm 12/8/98