Sunday’s Harrier Meadow Bonus Walk: The List

We had a quick bonus walk on Sunday to Harrier Meadow to see the American Avocet — at that point it had been there for 35 days. We got nice looks at the avocet (above, photographed on Sunday), and saw plenty of other birds, including three Bald Eagles.

When we told one birder/photographer who was intent on the a that an adult Bald eagle was soaring directly above, her replied: "To heck with the eagle — we've got an avocet here."

We believe that's call an embarrassment of riches.

The walk was sponsored by the Meadowlands Commission and Bergen County Audubon Society.

(P.S.: The avocet is still there.)

Full list is below.

Meadowlands IBA–Harrier Meadows (restricted access), Bergen, US-NJ Oct 2, 2011 12:10 PM – 12:45 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     Bergen Audubon and Meadowlands Commission walk stopped at Harrier to see the Am. Avocet, present for 35 days now
28 species

Canada Goose  X
Gadwall  X
Mallard  X
Northern Shoveler  X
Northern Pintail  X
Green-winged Teal  X
Double-crested Cormorant  X
Great Blue Heron  X
Great Egret  X
Snowy Egret  X
Osprey  X
Bald Eagle  X
Northern Harrier  X
Cooper's Hawk  X
Red-tailed Hawk  X
American Kestrel  X
Greater Yellowlegs  X
Lesser Yellowlegs  X
Ring-billed Gull  X
Mourning Dove  X
Belted Kingfisher  X
Northern Flicker  X
Blue Jay  X
American Crow  X
Gray Catbird  X
Northern Mockingbird  X
Common Yellowthroat  X
Song Sparrow  X

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