Daily Archives: January 17, 2013

2012 Big Year Awards Ceremony!

The Bergen County Audubon Society and the Meadowlands Commission gave out their Meadowlands Big Year awards last night.

The big winners were Chris Takacs of Lyndhurst  (who saw the most species of birds overall — 211) and  the Meadowlands Commission's park lands, which received a wonderful donation of $211 ($1 for each species) from BCAS in Chris' name.

In the photo above, BCAS president Don Torino (left) has presented Chris (center) with his first-place plaque and a check for $211 to Chris and the NJMC (represented by Jim Wright (right).

Congrats, Chris, and thanks again to the BCAS!

But wait! There's more.

Three other award winners also present were Doug Morel, who tied with Ramon Gomez for first place in the out-of-district residents category, Ray Duffy, who placed second in the in-district category, and Julie McCall, who placed third in the in-district category.

Not able to attend: Ramon Gomez (tied for first place, out-of-district) and Mike Wolfe, third place out of district.

We will post the winning totals by out-of-district residents Ramon Gomez and Doug Morel tomorrow  — 171 species each.

A photo of the four winners from last night follows.

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Horned Larks Still @ Laurel Hill

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Dennis Cheeseman reports that the Horned larks are still in the field Lark-001between Xchange Place and the Hackensack River by Laurel Hill.

He had a little better luck/patience/skill today than the photographer on the guided walk did on Tuesday!

Fortunately, Tuesday's photog is not a sensitive chap.

(Thanks, Dennis!)

Tuesday’s Laurel Hill Walk: The Full List


We saw pretty cool birds on Tuesday’s free guided nature walk at Laurel Hill — topped off with a look at approx. 30 Black-crowned Night Herons IMG_3990at a roost nearby (a big thank you to NJMC Naturalist Emeritus Don Smith for telling about it).

Speaking of the night herons, be sure to look for next Tuesday’s Teaser!

Other highlights included those Horned Larks, a Peregrine divebombing the Horned Larks and strafing a Red-tail, Great Cormorants (left) and a small forest’s worth of Tree Sparrows.

Full list follows. (Thanks to everyone who participated!)

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