More Birding Festival Reports

  We are posting more bird reports from the Meadowlands Festival of Birding here. We will post a full list of birds when it becomes available.

   Click "Continue reading…" to read reports from Mike Britt and Scott Barnes.

   Scott Barnes of the Sandy Hook Bird Observatory reports:
  "A few details related to Edna Duffy's posting (next post here).
   "The Hudsonian Godwit was a fly-by over the impoundments south of the DeKorte Center.  Thankfully, we picked the bird up on its approach flight and had a really good look as it flew directly over us.  Close enough to see the bicolored bill, partial white wing-stripe centered around the "wrist," black wing-linings, and white rump with black tail.  We hoped that the bird might alight in the Kingsland Impoundment or the Harrier Meadow area, but was last seen headed northeast.
  "The winter/juvenile Red-necked Phalarope was detected on mudflats in the the same area, but did not linger very long–blast those phalaropes for such jumpy behavior!
   "There were also 2 Stilt Sandpipers visible from the DeKorte Center proper around noon [Saturday], along with decent numbers of both yellowlegs, Semipalmated Sandpipers, and Least Sandpipers.

    Birder Mike Britt  co-led a  field trip to Liberty State Park as part of Meadowlands Festival) with the SHBO crew …  Here's his list:

Great Egret (21), Snowy Egret (handful), Black-crowned Night Heron (handful), Yellow-crowned Night Heron (2; one adult, one Imm),Great Blue Heron (2), Semipalmated Plovers (small #s), Semipalmated Sandpipers (small #s), Least Sandpiper (1), Greater Yellowlegs (small #s), Lesser Yellowlegs (small #s), Black Skimmer, Blue-winged Teal, Osprey (2), Harrier (2), Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Peregrine,Warbling Vireo, Yellow Warbler (several), Redstarts, BT Blue Warbler, Common Yellowthroat (20+),Savannah Sparrow

Notes: The Great Egrets came out of roost on the Liberty National golf course. The Skimmer was working Caven Cove. We had great looks at an Immature Yellow-crowned munching on Fiddlers. Shorebirds were scattered between visitor center marsh and the flats by the boat launch. The meadow behind the I.C. was loaded with Yellowthroats early but no "Ole Bug Eyes" as Mike Hiotis would say…

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