Last week, I made my first venture of the year into the Kearny Marsh by kayak and found numerous Great Blue Herons and plenty of coots throughout the impoundment.
A substantial raft of Ruddy Ducks was still around along with northern shovelers and a sprinkling of Green-winged Teal.The big surprise was an American Bittern which was flushed from the phragmites in back of Gunnell Oval and a half-dozen snipe that exploded off a mud flat right in front of me.
The Kearny Marsh also yielded a hunting Northern Harrier and a lone osprey. By the way, the wood duck boxes look great! [Ron is referring to new Wood Duck boxes that the Meadowlands Commission put up in the marsh. One is shown below.] (Thanks, Ron!)