Common Nighthawks have been seen in the Meadowlands of late.
We saw this guy (above) flying around the former 1-E Landfill in North Arlington last week, and birder Ray Duffy reported seeing one near an Office Building on Chubb Avenue in Lyndhurst a few days earlier.
Nighthawks and other members of the Nightjar family aren't seen that often in these parts — to the point where the New Jersey Audubon Society does not include the Meadowlands in its annual Nightjar study, a project done in cooperation with NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife's Endangered and Non-game Species Program.
That status could change if enough Nightjars are seen and reported here this year.
If you see a Nightjar in the Meadowlands, or want more information about the Nightjar survey, please e-mail Kristin Mylecraine at this e-mail address.
For more on the national Nightjar study, click here.
For a list of the existing Nightjar survey points in New Jersey, click "Continue reading…" immediately below.