Birding Meet-Up Groups

September 25, Celery Farm   —  October 23, State Line Hawkwatch

November 13, Sandy Hook —  December 11, Shark River Inlet —


In addition to our leader-led trips, one Saturday a month the Montclair Bird Club will offer members and friends the opportunity to be part of a “birding meet-up group.” The birding locations will all be within an hour or so of Montclair. This group will explore NJ parks and reserves, looking to see whatever birds are there. If you’ve ever gone out birding with a group of friends, that’s what these trips will be like. Registration is not required, but it would be helpful to text your name to Beni, at 973 202-5579, if you are planning to come. The same rules for Covid safety apply to these trips as to trips with a leader.



Saturday, September 25, 2021

The Celery Farm, Allendale, NJ. Meet at 8:00 a.m.

The Celery Farm, located in Allendale, NJ, (Bergen County) is a 107-acre freshwater wetland surrounded by woodland, and boasts a list of more than 240 species of birds. Meet on Green Way at 8:00 a.m. See map at their website:








Saturday, October 23, 2021

State Line Lookout, Alpine, NJ. Meet at 9:00 a.m.

State Line Hawk Watch is located on the highest point in the Palisades, 532 feet above sea level, just half a mile south of the New Jersey–New York border.   The hawk watch is staffed by volunteers. Even if the hawks are slow, the views should be great, and other birds will likely be around. Meet in the parking lot at 9:00 a.m. For travel directions and a map:

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Saturday, November 13, 2021

Sandy Hook (Gateway National Recreation Area) Meet at 9:00am in parking lot B. GPS address: 128 South Hartshorne Drive, Highlands, NJ

Sandy Hook in Monmouth County is a 5-mile-long peninsula that juts into New York harbor.  It is the top hotspot in Monmouth County with a November eBird list of 237 observed species.  We can expect to see a good variety of birds including sea ducks, Northern Gannets, passerines and, hopefully, hawks.   Bring binoculars, a scope if you have one, lunch and a drink.   Dress warmly.

Saturday, December 11, 2021

Shark River Inlet, Monmouth County. Meet at 9:00am in the southernmost parking lot of the Belmar Marina, 905 NJ Hwy 35 in Belmar, NJ. 

Shark River Inlet is a National Audubon Society Important Bird Area.  It’s a tidal bay with mudflats, salt marshes and, of course, the Shark River, which empties into the Atlantic Ocean. We will begin by exploring the estuary and then move on to the inlet at Ocean Ave in Belmar.  If time allows, we may bird other nearby areas.  We can expect to see a variety of waterfowl, passerines, and maybe some sandpipers. Fingers crossed that some rarities will be in the area, too.   Bring binoculars, a scope if you have one, lunch and a drink.   Dress warmly and wear sturdy shoes if you are interested in walking out on the jetty.

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