Atlantic Highlands Herald: A Duck with Teeth in Raritan Bay


Common Sawbills
Photo courtesy of Atlantic Highlands Herald


After a few days of mid-winter warmth and one day of 60 degree plus temperatures, the Lower New York Bay environment was back into the freezer. It was frigid at first light on Saturday, Groundhog Day. It was 18 degrees Fahrenheit. By mid-day the temperature had climbed only about twelve degrees to the lower 30s.

Despite the freezing temperature (it is winter after all), the sky was bright blue and the sun was glowing yellow. A beautiful day to be out, not in. I ventured out along Raritan Bay for a walk at Cliffwood Beach in Aberdeen Township, located on the other side of the bay from Staten Island.  While seal sightings tend to dominate my attention this time of year, the day was marine mammal free.

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