Daily Archives: April 3, 2012

Three Raptors, Three (semi-) Rarities

Ron Shields writes:

"Although the action at Disposal Road has slowed, there are still some remarkable moments if you put in the time. Throughout last week, Turkey Vultures (a rarity?) were seen regularly flying low over the Kingsland Landfill. 

"In addition, the Gray Ghost (above) has been patrolling Disposal Road for food and what seemed to be nesting materials. He has been quite consistent and predictable in his movements. 

"Kestrels have become common again, with as many as three birds perching and hunting from the various pipes/trees. 

"On Sunday, I saw the 'lost" falconer's Red-tailed Hawk for the first time in about a month perched along Valley Brook Road."

American Kestrels are a threatened species in New Jersey; they breed here. Breeding Northern Harriers are an endangered species; they breed here as well. And Turkey Vultures just aren't seen that much around here.

Photo of an American Kestrel and of a Turkey Vulture follow. (Thanks, Ron!)

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Tuesday Teaser: The April Fool’s Day Walk Fake Birds

Sure, you can identify most of the species of birds you see in the Meadowlands — but what about the April Fool's Day Bird Walk  Challenge collection? 

We asked participants on Sunday's walk to ID up to seven species of bogus birds placed along the Marsh Discovery Trail. Any "heard only" species were disallowed.

Answers tomorrow…

Five more mystery pix follow, some tough, some goofy.

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