SEVEN PRESIDENTS PARK

November 8, 2022

a birder's meet-up 

 

The open waters off this Monmouth County park are a well-known but relatively little-birded highway for southbound seabirds each autumn. On a good day, scoters, gannets, and gulls pour past in impressive numbers, some of them settling on the water’s edge for good views. There is very little vegetation in the park, but the scrub pines often harbor red-breasted nuthatches, hermit thrushes, or even red crossbills, and horned larks and snow buntings are possible in the dunes. Meet in the Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park parking lot at 9:00 am (directions here). Dress for very cold, windy weather, and bring a notebook and pencil, binoculars, and water and a snack; if you have a scope, you will probably find it helpful. Expect to finish by noon. No registration needed.

 

KEN BUCHANAN RIVERFRONT PARK

December 20, 2022

a birder's meet-up 

 

This wide spot in the Raritan River, just upstream from Raritan Bay, is a regular wintering area for great and double-crested cormorants, bald eagles, northern harriers, and the occasional short-eared owl. The great attraction for birds and for birders is the active landfill on the north shore of the river, which has recently made the park one of New Jersey’s most productive gull-watching sites; lesser black-backed, Iceland, and glaucous gulls are regular here, though the white-winged species are, as expected, scarce. We will watch from a picnic shelter on the edge of the water, protected from any precipitation. Meet in the Ken Buchanan Riverfront Park boat ramp parking lot at 9:30 am (directions here). Dress for very cold, windy weather, and bring a notebook and pencil, binoculars and water and a snack; if you have a scope, you will probably find it helpful. Expect to finish around noon.  No registration needed.

 
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