World Series of Birding: Congrats to the Meadowlands Marsh Hawks!


Congratulations to the Meadowlands Marsh Hawks! The team captured the World Series of Birding Limited Geographic Area category for counting 145 species in Bergen County during the 24-hour event that began at midnight on May 14.

The four-man team consists of Mike Newhouse, Mike Wolfe, Chris Takacs and Zach Batren. In the process the Marsh Hawks raised nearly $2,000 for NJ Audubon/NYC Audubon’s Harbor Herons survey project to help them purchase solar powered GPS/GSM transmitters to track Egret migration and to allow elementary school classrooms to follow and learn about their migration. Job well done gents!

Thirty-eight of the team’s 145 species were spotted only in the Meadowlands District. Below is the complete list of species.

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Canada Goose

Mute Swan
American Black Duck
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Ruddy Duck
Ring-necked Pheasant
Double-crested Cormorant
American Bittern
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Turkey Vulture
Northern Harrier
Red-tailed Hawk
Clapper Rail
Virginia Rail
Semipalmated Plover
Spotted Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Least Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Wilson’s Snipe
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Forster’s Tern
Black Skimmer
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
Mourning Dove
Barn Owl
Common Nighthawk
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
Monk Parakeet
Willow Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Fish Crow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Tree Swallow
Bank Swallow
Barn Swallow
House Wren
Marsh Wren
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln’s Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Boat-tailed Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow



represent the second most birds we have identified in 1 day in Bergen County.

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