World Series of Birding: The Marsh Hawks’ 127 species

As you can see, things were really looking up for the Meadowlands Marsh Hawks on Saturday.

The team placed second out of 13 "one-county-only teams," seeing or Blog header2 copyhearing 127 species in roughly 18.5 hours. They placed second, by two percentage points, to the Rancocas Conservancy Brown Creepers, who covered Camden County like  Meadowlands midges in late April. (Congrats to the Creepers!)

Among the Marsh Hawks' many highlights: Clapper Rail, Sora, Black Skimmer, Hooded Merg, Barn Owl and Boat-tailed Grackle.

Full list follows, including the Bergen towns we visited.

Location:     Bergen
Observation date:     5/14/11
Notes:     This is the World Series of Birding tally for the Meadowlands Marsh Hawks, who did a Bergen County only count. Towns included Mahwah, Allendale, Alpine, Tenafly, Fort Lee, Edgewater, Leonia, Carlstadt, East Rutherford, Rutherford, Lyndhurst and North Arlington. The four Marsh Hawks are Mike Newhouse, Chris Takacs, Mike Britt and Vincent Koczurik.
Number of species:     127

Canada Goose     X
Mute Swan     X
Wood Duck     X
Gadwall     X
American Black Duck     X
Mallard     X
Northern Shoveler     X
Green-winged Teal     X
Hooded Merganser     X
Ruddy Duck     X
Ring-necked Pheasant     X
Wild Turkey     X
Double-crested Cormorant     X
Great Blue Heron     X
Great Egret     X
Snowy Egret     X
Green Heron     X
Black-crowned Night-Heron     X
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron     X
Turkey Vulture     X
Osprey     X
Northern Harrier     X
Cooper's Hawk     X
Red-shouldered Hawk     X
Red-tailed Hawk     X
American Kestrel     X
Peregrine Falcon     X
Clapper Rail     X
Sora     X
Common Moorhen     X
Semipalmated Plover     X
Killdeer     X
Spotted Sandpiper     X
Greater Yellowlegs     X
Lesser Yellowlegs     X
Semipalmated Sandpiper     X
Least Sandpiper     X
Dunlin     X
Short-billed Dowitcher     X
Wilson's Snipe     X
American Woodcock     X
Ring-billed Gull     X
Herring Gull     X
Great Black-backed Gull     X
Forster's Tern     X
Black Skimmer     X
Rock Pigeon     X
Mourning Dove     X
Monk Parakeet     X
Yellow-billed Cuckoo     X
Barn Owl     X
Eastern Screech-Owl     X
Common Nighthawk     X
Chimney Swift     X
Belted Kingfisher     X
Red-bellied Woodpecker     X
Downy Woodpecker     X
Hairy Woodpecker     X
Northern Flicker     X
Pileated Woodpecker     X
Eastern Wood-Pewee     X
Willow Flycatcher     X
Eastern Phoebe     X
Great Crested Flycatcher     X
Eastern Kingbird     X
Warbling Vireo     X
Red-eyed Vireo     X
Blue Jay     X
American Crow     X
Common Raven     X
Northern Rough-winged Swallow     X
Tree Swallow     X
Bank Swallow     X
Barn Swallow     X
Black-capped Chickadee     X
Tufted Titmouse     X
White-breasted Nuthatch     X
Carolina Wren     X
House Wren     X
Marsh Wren     X
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher     X
Veery     X
Swainso n's Thrush     X
Wood Thrush     X
American Robin     X
Gray Catbird     X
Northern Mockingbird     X
Brown Thrasher     X
European Starling     X
Cedar Waxwing     X
Northern Parula     X
Yellow Warbler     X
Chestnut-sided Warbler     X
Magnolia Warbler     X
Black-throated Blue Warbler     X
Yellow-rumped Warbler     X
Black-throated Green Warbler     X
Blackpoll Warbler     X
Black-and-white Warbler     X
American Redstart     X
Worm-eating Warbler     X
Ovenbird     X
Northern Waterthrush     X
Louisiana Waterthrush     X
Common Yellowthroat     X
Wilson's Warbler     X
Canada Warbler     X
Eastern Towhee     X
Chipping Sparrow     X
Savannah Sparrow     X
Saltmarsh Sparrow     X
Song Sparrow     X
Swamp Sparrow     X
White-throated Sparrow     X
White-crowned Sparrow     X
Scarlet Tanager     X
Northern Cardinal     X
Indigo Bunting     X
Red-winged Blackbird     X
Common Grackle     X
Boat-tailed Grackle     X
Brown-headed Cowbird     X
Orchard Oriole     X
Baltimore Oriole     X
House Finch     X
American Goldfinch     X
House Sparrow     X


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