Birding in Bayonne
November to December 2010
Christmas Bird Count, 
December 2009:
Bayonne Nature Club was assigned to Lincoln Park and Bayview Cemetary in Jersey City.

Belted King Fisher (sex unknown, Adult)
Rudy Ducks (male and female)
Mallards (both sexes)
Gadwall (both sexes)
Canada Geese (both sexes)
Hooded Mergansers (both sexes)
Great Blue Heron
(both sexes)
Buffle Heads (both sexes)
Double Crested Cormorant (sexes unknown)
Greater Black Back Gull (Male, Adult)
Herring Gulls, (1 Mature, 2 Immature, sexes unknown)
Cardinal (Male, Adult)
Hairy Woodpecker (sex? Adult)
Song Sparrow (Male, Adults)
Juncos (flock, both sexes)
Rock Doves
Canvasback Ducks
Red Breasted Mergansers

September 10, 2009
A Clapper Rail (pictured right) was seen at South Cove Commons Walkway by the last bridge.  Other sightings include Great Herons, Black Crown Night Herons, S.P. Plovers and Sandpipers and 4 American Widgeons.
Also a resident Redtailed Hawk was seen in the Rutkowski park perched in the locust trees along the fence. (See picture further down) Could it be the same hawk from last February, 2009?

August 13, 2009: From South Cove Commons Walkway:  2 Adult Clapper Rails and 2 immatures in the wetlands under the big bridge.  Also a fly-over Osprey.  Yellow Warblers, S.P. and Black Bellied Plovers, Sandpipers and Yellow Legs.

May 6, 2009: A day between heavy rains when the sun finally broke through, we went to S. Gregg Bayonne Hudson County Park. We saw warblers like crazy:  Black Throated Blue warblers, Yellow Rumped, Black and White warbler, Blackburnian, Magnolia, Northern Parula, Palm warbler, Pine and Blue Headed (Solitary) Vireo and Ruby Crowned Kinglet. Along with Catbirds, Red Winged Blackbirds, Brown Thrasher, Ovenbird, Fish Crows, Scarlet Tanager and Balitmore Orioles. 
Feb. 18, 2009: A cloudy and windy day in S. Gregg Bayonne Park. We saw Brant, Canada Geese, Red-breasted Mergansers and Bufflehead Ducks. 100's of Canvasback Ducks and Greater Scaup. A resident Red-tailed Hawk (photo at right) continued to hunt over the Rutkowski grasslands. A Turkey Vulture glided over in the wind, heading north.

January 8, 2009 - Snowy Owl seen from South Cove Commons walkway. The owl was seen on the jetty on the rocks across from the long green bridge.  (A Snowy Owl was also seen in Liberty State Park up to March 3, 2009)

January 1, 2009: It was a chilly day, but 7 of us went for a walk at South Cove Commons shopping mall on Route 440 in Bayonne, NJ.   Some of the birds we saw:  Northern Harrier Hawk, Buffleheads (ducks), Herring Gulls and a Great Blue Heron.  The cold wind kept us from going out further.  We will have to try this again. Stay tuned for more events. 

December 14, 2008: Christmas Bird Count for the Audubon Society: Coopers Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Great Blue Heron, Mallards, Ca. Geese Mockingbird, Black-crowned Night Heron, Belted Kingfisher, Canvasback Ducks, Gadwalls, Mallards, Downy Wood Pecker, Robins, Woodcock, Great Egret, Bufflehead, Herring Gulls, Black Back Gulls, Towee, White Throated Sparrows, Song Sparrows Great Crested Cormorant. 

November 29, 2008:  Seen on Lefante/South Cove walk:  American Widgeons, Red-breasted Mergansers, Buffleheads, Gadwall, Great Blue Herons, Black-crowned Night Herons and Ruddy Ducks and Horned Grebes.  Sorry no owls or hawks. 
May 5, 2010:  At Stephen Gregg Park in Bayonne, we saw our first Red-Headed Woodpecker! (See picture above.) Also seen were many Warblers: Northern Parula, Magnolia, Black and White, Yellow, American Red Start, Kinglets, Baltimore Orioles, Wood Thrush, Towee, White-breasted Nuthatch.

April 22, 2010:  We walked Lefante Route 440 and saw lingering Red-breasted Merganzers, Buffleheads and a small flock of Ruddy Ducks. There was also one Snowy Egret, one Great Egret, one Yellow-legs (shore bird).  The summer migration season has just begun.  At S. Gregg Bayonne Hudson County park we saw a Red-bellied Woodpecker, two Cardinals (male and female), a Brown Thrasher, a Grackle, many Robins and White-throated Sparrows.  Some Hermit Thrush and possible Veery were sighted.

At right:  over 200 Convasback Ducks were seen on Newark Bay from Steven Gregg Hudson County Park during Jan. and Dec. 2010. Pictured at left. 
November 3, 2010: 30 Species of birds all seen in SG Hudson County and Rutkowski Parks.

Here are the birds that were seen in Stephen Gregg Hudson County Park and its connecting park, Rutkowski board walk and the meadow near Route 440. Habitats of forest, marsh and meadow, along with the migration season, account for the large number of birds seen on one day.

 1. Cardinal
 2. Tufted Titmouse
 3. Goldfinch
 4. Chickadees
 5. Eastern Bluebirds
 6. White-throated Sparrows
 7. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
 8. Song Sparrows
 9. Oven Bird
10. Hermit Thrush
11. Wood Thrush
12. Carolina Wren
13. House Finch
14. Kestrel
15. Red-tailed Hawk
16. Northern Harrier
17. Belted Kingfisher
18. Great Blue Heron
19. Cormorant
20. Am. Wigeons
21. Black Ducks
22. Mallards
23. Gadwalls (ducks)
24. Canada Geese
25. Yellow Legs (shore bird)
26. Brant
27. Yellow-rumped Warblers
28. Red Breasted Merganzers
29. Buffle Heads (ducks)
30. Belted Kingfisher

September 23, 2010: Seen while kayaking Newark Bay, 1 Belted Kingfisher, 2 Great Blue Herons and 2 Great Egrets along burm of marshland.  A Pied-billed Grebe was seen from the wood walkway in Rutkowski park.

September 16, 2010: Again at Lefante Way and Rt. 440: Pied Billed Grebe, Osprey, Green Heron, Snowy Egrets, Northern Parula in Sycamore Trees along walk. Laughing Gulls and American Wigeons.  At Rutkowski Park on the other side of the penninusla, Great Egrets, Great Blue Herons, Yellow Legs, Marsh Wren, Osprey, Black & White Warblers - in S.Gregg Park, Also American Red Start, Nuthatch.

September 14, 2010 - At the corner of Route 440 where you turn into the cruise port, we saw about 6 Dowitchers along with these were many Yellow Legs, Snowy Egrets, Great Egrets, Great Blue Herons, S.P. Plovers, Kildeer, American Wigeons and a Marsh Wren.

August 11, 2010: The unusual sightings were Common Terns and 2 Swimming Horsehoe Crabs.  

August 3, 2010:  Seen on Lefante/South Cove walk:  Black-crowned Night Herons, Semipalmated Sand Pipers and Plovers, Black Bellied Plovers, 2 Osprey, and 3 Snowy Egrets. On August 11, Common Terns were seen. 

July 20, 2010: From Lefante Walkway, Route 440, Bayonne, NJ.  4 Black Skimmers were seen flying up and down the canal.  Also seen were 3 Great Blue Herons, 1 Great Egret and 2 Black-crowned Night Heron
Above: Blending in with the grass is an Immature Black-crowned Night Heron, seen Spring 2010.

Below: Two Dowitchers poking in the mud for worms, seen Summer 2010.
Below, a rare siting of a Red-Headed Wood Peck in S.Gregg Hudson County Park, May 2010.
Horseshoe Crabs:  Above, on June 14, 2009 Horseshoe Crabs were seen and photographed off Lefante Walkway.  Horseshoe Crabs are an endangered species.  They are protected by NJ law.

Above and below:  This Red-tailed Hawk is  probably a year-round resident.  He is frequently seen in the Rutkowski park meadow off Rt. 440  and in the trees of Stephen Gregg Hudson County Park.
Below: Two Yellow Legs (a common shorebird) search the water for fish or worms.  Summer 2010.  Seen from a viewing point off Route 440, on MOTBY road near the little brick house. Park in spaces provided.
Below, a rare and shy Clapper Rail was photographed from the green bridge on Lefante Walk, across from the golf course.  August 2009.
Below, two Night Herons pose on the old barge in the water off the big green bridge of Lefante Walkway.  August 2010.
Above: Two Snow Buntings, male and female, seen in Rutkowski Park, November 25, 2010.
December 30 a Merlin was seen in SG Hudson County Park. Pictured at right.

December 19, 2010 Christmas Bird Count:
American Widgeon, Black Ducks, Blackback Gulls, Blue Jay, CA Geese, Canvasback Ducks, Cormorants, Domestic and Wild Mallard, Downy Woodpecker, Gadwalls, Great Blue Heron, Herring Gulls, Hooded Mergansers, House Sparrows, Mocking Bird, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Red-breasted Mergansers, Red-tailed Hawk, Ring-billed Gulls, Starlings, Yellow-bellied Sap Sucker 
American Coot-Newark Bay, Nov. 2010 taken by Ed Rumin.