With the help of Julie McCall, we have compiled a list of 36 bird species seen on our Harrier Meadow Nature Walk on Sunday.
As so often happens, the walk was noteworthy for some birds we expected to see but didn't — including a Belted Kingfisher and a Great Blue Heron. Also forgot to check the distant telephone poles in North Arlington for Rock Pigeon, but so it goes.
We did get some great views of raptors, including this Northern Harrier photographed during the walk.
We compiled the list through eBird, which made the process simple. "Meadowlands IBA," by the way, stands for "Meadowlands, Important Bird Area."
The walk was sponsored by the Meadowlands Commision and the Bergen County Audubon Society.
Full list follows.
Location: Meadowlands IBA–Harrier Meadow
Observation date: 11/7/10
Number of species: 36
Mrs. Kingfisher was working the retention pond across Disposal Rd. from the carillon Sunday around 9:00. We saw her shortly before Bald Eagle #1. Maybe that’s why she wasn’t at Harrier for the walk. Some nerve, huh?