While doing a quick scan for raptors today in a restricted natural area near the Hackensack River, the NJMC’s Drew McQuade spotted this Solitary Sandpiper, rare for this time of year around here. (Thanks, Drew!)
Remember when we posted an item about a banded young Peregrine spotted by bird-bander Chris Takacs in Harrier Meadow on November 10?
We soon learned that Jill Homcy had photographed the same Peregrine two weeks earlier at River Barge Park, and that it had been banded in New York City on June 5 of this year.
Today, we heard from Barbara Saunders of the N.Y. State DEC:
[This Peregrine] indeed is one of our NY juveniles from this year. She was one of 2 PEFA chicks that hatched at our nest site atop the Manhattan Psychiatric Center on Wards Island. [See map below.]
Her male sibling didn’t survive fledging, so it’s great to know she’s been successful so far. She was banded at the nest site by Chris Nadareski on June 5, 2014.
Her USFWS band is as follows: 1947-21521. I’ve also attached a photo of her taken during banding. This is great news…!
BTW, this youngster comes from a long line of aggressive females, which means she’s got a lot of spunk!
Her mother is quite aggressive and was originally banded as a chick in June 2006 atop the Goliath Crane at Fore River Shipyard in Quincy, MA.
This youngster’s “grandmother” was also reported to be very aggressive.
Thought we’d follow up the well-received coyote sighting report on the blog last week with some links to previous sightings. The coyotes are out there, so keep your camera handy.
March 20, 2014: Disposal Road Coyote Pic!
June 25, 2013: Chris Takacs’ Wily Coyote Shot
Plus this link to an nj.com story: nj.com: Coyotes in New Jersey
Please enjoy the Mill Creek Marsh trails while time allows. Beginning on Dec. 1, the trails will be closed for repairs caused by damage from Superstorm Sandy in 2012.
The trails are expected to reopen next summer.
The work includes rebuilding portions of the 1.5-mile gravel walkway, installing stone curbing, and stabilizing the trail’s edges.
NJMC/BCAS free guided walks will continue as scheduled, although parts of the trail that are under repair will be off-limits. The next walk is 10 a.m. on New Year’s Day.
Questions? Please call 201-460-4667.
Looking for a great way to beat the “Black Friday” day-after-Thanksgiving shopping crush and work off that turkey dinner?
Visit the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission’s DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst for a free “Green Friday” guided nature walk beginning at noon inside the Meadowlands Environment Center.
The Nov. 28 event, sponsored by the NJMC and the Bergen County Audubon Society, will include a walk on DeKorte Park’s Marsh Discovery Trail and Lyndhurst Nature Reserve.
The walk runs from noon to to 1:45 p.m. Bring a brownbag lunch if you like.
The latest wildnewjersey.tv column by Bergen County Audubon President Don Torino is about the efforts of two local Eagle Scout candidates to restore and improve Losen Slote Creek Park.
As Don writes:
If we ever had any doubts concerning how our future generations would care for our environment, I am happy to report we can all rest easy because of young people like Patrick Carney and Thomas Holland.
“A couple of months ago I was looking for a project in my area in order to complete my Eagle Scout requirement for a service project” Thomas Holland of Troop 96 in Ridgefield told me.
“One of my biggest concerns when looking for an Eagle scout project was that it would serve the community. My Eagle coach, Mr. Kevin Dolce, contacted Bergen County Audubon Society and after a discussion they were kind enough to offer me this wonderful project helping to create a Butterfly garden and improving the trails of Losen Slote Creek Park in Little Ferry.”
The link is here.