Three Raptors, Three (semi-) Rarities

Ron Shields writes:

"Although the action at Disposal Road has slowed, there are still some remarkable moments if you put in the time. Throughout last week, Turkey Vultures (a rarity?) were seen regularly flying low over the Kingsland Landfill. 

"In addition, the Gray Ghost (above) has been patrolling Disposal Road for food and what seemed to be nesting materials. He has been quite consistent and predictable in his movements. 

"Kestrels have become common again, with as many as three birds perching and hunting from the various pipes/trees. 

"On Sunday, I saw the 'lost" falconer's Red-tailed Hawk for the first time in about a month perched along Valley Brook Road."

American Kestrels are a threatened species in New Jersey; they breed here. Breeding Northern Harriers are an endangered species; they breed here as well. And Turkey Vultures just aren't seen that much around here.

Photo of an American Kestrel and of a Turkey Vulture follow. (Thanks, Ron!)



2 thoughts on “Three Raptors, Three (semi-) Rarities

  1. Mike G.

    I was surprised to see Turkey Vultures, but I have seen them on Valley Brook and Disposal Road over the last week. Nice that the Kestrels are back after a short hiatus.

  2. Michael Britt

    This is the time of year when male Harriers do the courtship flight (skydance) over the nesting territory. When they bred at Liberty, I saw it on several occasions late in the day, with up to three males competing. I’d watch for the action over Berry’s Creek…


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