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.
Tuesday's Harrier Meadow Walk, led by Don Torino of the Bergen County Audubon Society, was a big hit despite the haze, heat and humidity.
We had 25 intrepid participants on the 100-minute walk, and several interesting birds, including several shorebirds, plenty of egrets, a Black-crowned Night Heron and a controversial dove. (More on the dove tomorrow.)
We will post a full list when it is available. To those who attended this oven-hot walk, all we can say is "well-done" -- in more ways than one.
We had a full-house for our Harrier Meadow walk last Friday morning. The weather was great, and so were the birds -- we had 42 species, including Orchard Oriole and Dunlin (above, amid sandpipers), plus some Diamondback Terrapins sunning themselves on an old truck tire (right). For the first time on one of these walks, we did not see a raptor -- until the very last minute, when one was seen perched in the distance, chowing down on something formerly animate. Click here for previous Harrier Meadow walk posts.
Click "Continue reading..." for the full list, compiled by birder Ray Duffy, and shots of the group, the Orchard Oriole and an irresistible Swan "under arm."
The weather could have been better, but the birds did not seem to mind. We had 31 species on yesterday's 90-minute walk, including a Barn Owl flying, a Sharpie, a Cooper's and a Redtail or two -- plus a whole lot of ducks. Click "Continue reading ..." for the full list.
We had said that given the dubious forecast, we'd hold the last Harrier Walk of the year if anybody showed up. A birder from Pennsylvania braved the elements to participate, so out we went. We'll print the full list tomorrow -- highlight was a Barn Owl flying.
The second Harrier Meadow walk for November was cold and a bit windy but sunny. Five hearty Harrier fans fought the chill for two hours to see more than 30 species. According to NJMC Naturalist Michael Newhouse, "We had an excellent view of an Orange-crowned Warbler. We also had 8 species of waterfowl, several Northern Harriers, a Bald Eagle, and Fox and Savannah Sparrows."
The first Harrier Meadow guided walk for November is booked solid, but there's plenty of room left for the Saturday walk at 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 15 as well as a Wednesday walk at 9 a.m. on Nov. 19.
The North Arlington walks have been well-received so far, and participants seem to like that the groups are limited to 12 people or fewer. Small (and soft-spoken) groups make the walks more collegial, and there's a better chance of seeing birds. So far in November, we have been seeing plenty of waterfowl and raptors of late -- and a few egrets and great blue herons. To reserve a spot on either walk, e-mail us.
Saturday was the first Saturday public guided walk at Harrier Meadow in North Arlington. Although the forecast called for showers, the 10 people joined us for the walk were rewarded with great views of Northern Harriers and some good looks at four other raptor species and seven species of waterfowl -- many in abundance.
Click "Continue reading..." below for the full list.