Congrats to all for competing. We hope you are having fun close to home, and seeing lots of great birds.
Keep in mind that some birders are in the Meadowlands all the time, and others get here occasionally, so their birdage may differ.
(These are unofficial numbers, and obviously change all the time.)
If you're name's not on the list, please e-mail Jim Wright at jim.wright (at) njmeadowlands.gov. It's not too late to participate!
Here is the leader board:
1. Julie McCall: 87 species (lives in district)
2. Mike Newhouse 86 (NJMC naturalist, setting a target number for competitors)
3. Chris Takacs: 84 (lives in district; counting birds within district boundaries, not district towns)
4. Ray Duffy: 83 (lives in district)
5. Doug Morel: 80 (out of district)
6. Ramon and Lillian Gomez of West New York: 79 (out of district)
7. Jim Wright: 78 (NJMC staff)
8. Roy Woodford: 69 (out of district)
9. Dennis Cheeseman: 64 (out of district)
10. Rob Fanning: 47 (out of district)
Still time to join the fun! (Congrats to all!)
P.S. If any competitors would like to join Mike Newhouse for his daily morning bird-banding, let us know. You can reach him via Jim Wright at the e-mail address above.
As part of Sunday's April Fool's Day Bird Walk, we challenged participants to find and ID as many as seven bogus birds or bird groupings placed along the Marsh Discovery Trail, including the Upland Sandpiper (in a somewhat wooden pose, above) and the egret species (below).
Four more photos and IDs follow — including one obscure bird from Central America that (not surprisingly) nobody correctly ID'd.