The total species (42) and range of species were impressive. Herb Houghton contributed the pics that accompany this report — including Caspian Tern (above), and Black-bellied Plover (With the list). (Thanks, Herb!)
Also wanted to thank Ken Emerson for filing the following report of a Merlin chasing a Belted Kingfisher around 10:15 a.m.: "At the north end of the park, a juvenile (probably) or female (possibly) Merlin pursued a kingfisher. Chattering in alarm, the kingfisher was driven or fled from some 25 feet up in the air to the water. Ignoring the hundreds of Semipalmated Sandpipers in the immediate vicinity, the Merlin stooped at the kingfisher 4-5 times, and each time the kingfisher narrowly escaped by skittering, half-swimming and half-flying, over the water's surface. The chase continued until both birds were out of sight, so I don't know how it ended."
Full list and Herb's pic of Black-bellied Plover follow.
Richard W. DeKorte Park, Bergen, US-NJ
Aug 20, 2011 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Comments: These were two group walks led by Kevin Karlson and Lloyd Spitalnik for the NJ Meadowlands Commission and Bergen County Audubon.
Great Blue Heron
Stilt Sandpiper Seen in Shorebird Pool many times
Great Black-backed Gull