Yesterday afternoon, the raptor action along Disposal Road atop the former Kingsland Landfill was incredible.
In a 30-minute spane, we saw multiple American Kestrels, a Northern Harrier, three Red-tails, at least one (banded) Peregrine Falcon and what we think was a Cooper's Hawk.
The raptors were strafing one another and, believe it or not, at times apparently working together to drive a flock of Canada Geese off the landfill.
Included above are shots of a Northern Harrier going after the Peregrine Falcon. (Both are endangered species in New Jersey.
Below are photos of the Northern Harrier with the Peregrine upside-down below her, as well as a Red-tail harassing the Canada Geese.
TOMORROW: Greg Gard's pix of the Peregrine eating prey in flight, plus a duel between the Peregrine and (likely) Cooper's Hawk.
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Don Torino of the Bergen County Audubon Society reports:
"On Sunday, Four of us cleaned up 3 bags of garbage and cleared the trail through the meadow that was completely grown over — 3 volunteers plus me.
"Jackie, Mary and Jack all worked real hard . I just need to get back there with a hedge clipper to finish it off."
(Thanks, Don and crew. Great job!)
"Here are some images of several close encounters in the Kearny Marsh on Sunday afternoon.
"The Northern Harrier was a fly-by right off my bow and the plovers were photographed within an oar's reach of my lens. The Black-bellied Plover was extremely cooperative.
"The Keegan landfill held at least seven kestrels both hover-hunting and perched on the surrounding poles.
"Wading birds abounded, including several Green Herons."
Plover pix follow. (Thanks, Ron!)
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After much deliberation and consultation, the NJMC bird-banding team determined that this is an Eastern Wood pewee.
More on Eastern Wood-Pewees here.