Spent a chilly couple of hours on the Hackensack River earlier this week, and saw Osprey on their nests in both Kearny (below) and Jersey City — confirming that all three established nests in the Meadowlands are occupied so far this spring.
We also saw two first-year Osprey nests. Due to their location and the newness of the nest, we are not that confident that they will succeed in 2012, but one never knows.
In addition, we saw a brand-new, occupied Red-tailed Hawk nest just north of River Barge Park.
Along the way, from River Barge Park to the southern end of the district on the river, we also an adult Bald Eagle, a juvenile Bald Eagle (above the docks at River Barge Park), a perched Peregrine Falcon and Forster's Terns. A nice preview of NJMC's pontoon boat rides later this spring.