Top o’ Kingsland: The Full Bird List

Roy Merlin
Our exploratory trip atop the Kingsland Landfill and along the seldom-seen low areas on the other side from Disposal Road yielded a solid 38 species including a Bald Eagle (seen by several) that was too dang far away to photograph.


We also saw the above Merlin, which Roy Woodford photographed on Disposal Road — likely still the best way to photograph raptors.

The full list follows, accompanied by an unusual panorama photographed by Greg Gard. As you'll see, we could have used another dozen birds or so… (Thanks, Roy and Greg, for the photos, and thanks to Ramon Gomez and Don Torino for the list!)

Disposal Road, Lyndhurst/North Arlington, Bergen, US-NJ
Oct 24, 2012 3:20 PM – 5:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:     First-ever birding event atop the closed-to-the-public Kingsland Landfill.Blog-dekorte-panorama-20121024-_B4A4908

38 species

Gadwall  X

Mallard  X
Ruddy Duck  X
Double-crested Cormorant  X
Great Blue Heron  X
Great Egret  X
Cooper's Hawk  X

Bald Eagle  X

Red-tailed Hawk  X
Ring-billed Gull  X
Herring Gull  X
Rock Pigeon  X
Mourning Dove  X

Downy Woodpecker  X

American Kestrel  X
Merlin  X
Peregrine Falcon  X

Eastern Phoebe  X
Blue Jay  X
Black-capped Chickadee  X
Tufted Titmouse  X
Brown Creeper  X
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  X

American Robin  X
European Starling  X
Cedar Waxwing  X
Yellow-rumped Warbler  X

Savannah Sparrow  X

Fox Sparrow  X
Song Sparrow  X
White-throated Sparrow  X
White-crowned Sparrow  X
Dark-eyed Junco  X
Red-winged Blackbird  X

House Finch  X

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