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.
The area by DeKorte Park continues to be Raptorville, with frequent sightings of Rough-legged Hawks (the photo above was taken early Friday afternoon), American Kestrels, Red-Tails, and Northern Harriers. Peregrines, Bald Eagles, a Cooper's Hawk and assorted owls have been seen fairly regularly as well. That's eight or more raptor species...
We don't want to make anyone feel bad if they missed Monday morning's Raptor Ramble and Duck Walk near DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst, but the 11 souls who braved the freezing weather did get great looks at a Peregrine Falcon that was perched on a nearby light stand.
Soon after, the Peregrine flew into the field and harassed a Snowy Owl. Some show.
We also had good looks at an American Kestrel, Northern Harriers, Rough-legged Hawks and Redtails.
Later, because the impoundments at DeKorte were frozen over, walk leader Mike Newhouse took the group to Gunnell Oval in Kearny to see a Northern Shoveler and a lot of American Coots.