EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The East Brunswick Winter Birding Day tour, sponsored by the EB Environmental Commission and the Friends of the EB Environmental Commission was held on Saturday, January 11th.  With balmy, spring-like temperatures and bright sun, 48 species of birds were seen, a new record for the annual winter event. 

The group hit the town’s birding hotspots:  Dallenbachs Lake, Heavenly Farms, Edgeboro Landfill, Duhernal Lake and Bicentennial Park.  According to the group’s leader, Steven Albert, East Brunswick has a many habitats and hosts a wide variety of bird species. 

This year’s highlights included a huge flock of Common Grackles at Heavenly Farms, nine Bald Eagles at the landfill, six Harriers, including a male “Gray Ghost”, and a Red-headed Woodpecker at Duhernal Lake.  Oh, and of course, lots of gulls at the landfill. Next up: The Commission will hold a similar tour in the Spring.