MONK PARAKEETS, Ridgefield When you reach Railroad Avenue, head south under Hendricks Causeway Bridge. Park car near the bridge and listen; Monk Parakeets live in nests on underside of the bridge.
KEARNY FRESH-WATER MARSH, Kearny Camman Drive is the road the loops around Gunnell Oval; the marsh is to the east of the easternmost corner of the drive. You can launch kayaks and canoes at this location.
Ramon Gomez reports seeing three grebes at Mehrhof Pond moments ago -- one larger one that's likely a Horned Grebe, and two smaller ones that are likely Pied-billeds. (He did-not see the Red-throated Loon reported there earlier this week.)
You'll need a strong scope if you go. Mehrlof Pond is at the end of Mehrhof Road in Little Ferry. You'll need to look through a chain-link fence. (Thanks, Ramon!)
Our exploratory trip atop the Kingsland Landfill and along the seldom-seen low areas on the other side from Disposal Road yielded a solid 38 species including a Bald Eagle (seen by several) that was too dang far away to photograph.
We also saw the above Merlin, which Roy Woodford photographed on Disposal Road -- likely still the best way to photograph raptors.
The full list follows, accompanied by an unusual panorama photographed by Greg Gard. As you'll see, we could have used another dozen birds or so... (Thanks, Roy and Greg, for the photos, and thanks to Ramon Gomez and Don Torino for the list!)
We had a full house for our first-ever birding/photography event atop the closed Kingsland Landfill.
We enjoyed the great 360-degree views of the Meadowlands and beyond (photo above by Bruce Harman), and we saw quite a few raptors -- though none as close as we would have liked.
Lots of American Kestrels perched and flying. (Dennis Cheeseman photographed the one below.)
The event was sponsored by the Meadowlands Commission and the Bergen County Audubon Society. If you want to be notified of future Kingsland events, e-mail Jim Wright at jim.wright (at) njmeadowlands.gov, substituting @ for (at)...
We will post a full bird list and another pic or two tomorrow if we can.
(Thanks, Bruce and Dennis, and thanks to all who participated!)
Just a reminder that except for these guided events, the Kingsland landfill is absolutely off-limits to the public for safety reasons!
If you see anyone trespassing, call the site's security
office at 201-896-8100.
Our latest wildnewjersey.tv blog post features photos of a Common Nighthawk from the old Kingsland Landfill, a stand of White Cedars and a Black saddlebags -- all featured in our new book, "The Nature of the Meadowlands."
NJMC Naturalist Emeritus Don Smith reports seeing a Red-throated Loon on Mehrhof Pond in Little Ferry this morning. You'll need a scope and look through the chainlink fence -- it's toward the back of the pond.
To get to Mehrhof Pond, follow the directions to Losen Slote Park on the left-side of blog, but go straight for a block or so past the turn for the DPW.