WALKER AVENUE WETLANDS, WAYNE, NJ

Friday, August 26, 2022

a birder's meet-up

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Rain Date: Friday, September 5, 2022

Walker Avenue Wetlands is a marsh habitat bordering the Pompton River in nearby Passaic County.  EBird lists a total of 220 species observed there throughout the year and 138 species for August.  It is a great place to see herons and egrets, as well as ducks, swallows and sandpipers.  In years past, a number of rarities have been found at Walker as well.  August should be a good time for rarities, so we can keep our fingers crossed for that.

 

Join us for this half day trip.  Meet at Vincent Street at 8:00 a.m.  Wear waterproof shoes or boots.  Bring binoculars, a scope, if you have one, bug spray and sunscreen.  Be sure to wear a hat and carry some water. There are no bathrooms at this location. Contact Beni, at 973-202-5579, for further information and in case of inclement weather.

 

Directions from Montclair area: From Route 23 north, exit at Newark Pompton Turnpike.  Make a left onto Ryerson Avenue, a right onto Walker Avenue and a left onto Vincent Street.  Park there. 

SEVEN PRESIDENTS PARK

November 17, 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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