Chris Takacs writes:
"Here's our list from the Christmas count, including DeKorte, Kingsland Landfill, Avon Landfill, Clay Ave. Wetland, Ball Fields, Meadowlands Corporate Park, a couple of feeders and cemeteries. Linda and I had some help along the way from Ramon Gomez and Fred and Billy Kaselow." (Thanks, Chris!)
Full list follows.
It was so windy that Dennis Cheeseman labeled his photo of the Hooded Merganser pictured above "Bad Hair Day." (Thanks, Dennis!)
A trip down Disposal Road and back this morning found:
*A Peregrine (zipping between Harrier Meadow and Disposal Road)
*2 Red-tails kiting or perched
*A female N. Harrier hunting on Kingsland near the Carillon
*A perched Am. Kestrel on Kingsland up the hill from Detention Pond
* A Sharpie perched on Kingsland near DeKorte
* 2 Common Ravens by the entrance to DeKorte.
Strong winds seemed to help. Will put battery back in camera next time.
Meadowlands Commission Naturalist Mike Newhouse covered Harrier Meadow, the 1-E Landfill, the Erie Landfill and the MRI wetlands on last Sunday's Lower Hudson Christmas Bird Count.
His team saw 55 species, including a Semipalmated Plover, Horned Lark, and a Barn Owl.
Full list follows.
The year 2012 in the Meadowlands marked the opening of River Barge Park in Carlstadt, Butterfly Day and Moth Night, lots of great nature sightings, our continued partnership with Bergen County Audubon Society, and (alas) Hurricane Sandy.
We thought we'd remember 2012 by looking back, month by month.
Here are some highlights from February (click on the text to link to the post):
Feb. 1: Butterfly in February Is a Real Question Mark
Feb. 6: Smithsonian Magazine Blog: The Meadowlands by Train
Feb. 13: Laurel Hill Ravens
Feb. 20: Not Just Another Pretty Face (pic is above)
Feb. 24: Bird Report, Kearny Marsh
Feb. 25: American Kestrel on Disposal Road