Our very snowy Third-Tuesday Walk at Harrier Meadow featured 10 brave souls and 22 species, including our friend the shrike, a Ring-necked Pheasant, a Meadowlark, a Tree Sparrow, six duck species and three raptor species.
Said Don Torino of Bergen County Audubon Society, which co-sponsored the trip: "Bad weather + good people + good birds (still) = great trip."
The full list and another pic or two are below.
We have been a tad behind the eightball of late (some of us were on vacation, scouting out future migrants in Belize), and are now trying to catch up.
Marco Lips took some great shots at DeKorte during last week's storm, so we thought we'd post them today, when we have another nice wintry mix.
Says Marco: "We did not see any people (I wonder why…),just ducks, and snowflakes flying horizontally."
(Thanks, Marco!) More of Marco's pix below.
Sunday's Great Backyard Bird Count/Valentine's Walk at DeKorte Park drew two dozen people looking for birds and a little fresh air.
The birds cooperated big time — including eight duck species and four raptor species, a Northern Shrike and a Ring-necked Pheasant.
Just a reminder that the Third-Tuesday-of-the-Month Nature Walk is at Harrier Meadow in North Arlington on Feb. 16 at 10 a.m.
We will also likely do a little birding along Disposal Road, which produced a nice little highlight reel on the Sunday Walk — including some nice looks at the Northern Shrike.
(The photo above is from the Christmas Bird Count, but it's a reminder to dress for snow and other nasty weather — birders go out in most conditions.)
The guided walk is free.
What can you say about a bird walk that included a Bald Eagle, a Rough-legged Hawk, Fox Sparrows and White-crowned Sparrows — topped off with a Northern Harrier and a Northern Shrike?
Those were the highlights from today's Great Backyard Bird Count/Valentine's Walk sponsored by the Meadowlands Commission and Bergen County Audubon Society.
The shrike photo above is from today, just past noon on Disposal Road.
We will post the full list (courtesy of Bergen County Audubon) and more pix later in the week.
A big thank you to the two-dozen people who came out to the snow-covered Meadowlands for this walk!
This free two-hour guided nature walk starts outside the Meadowlands Environment Center in DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst, and runs from 10 a.m.
We’ll walk in the square-mile park as time allows, looking for (and counting) wintering waterfowl and other birds of note.
The walk is run by the N.J. Meadowlands Commission and the Bergen County Audubon Society.
To rsvp, contact Don Torino of the BCAS at firstname.lastname@example.org or 201-636-4022.