Tiny guy. Over-caffeinated. Blackish with white trim on wing edges.
We didn’t say the ID would be easy.
Still being seen in DeKorte Park as of Tuesday, Aug. 19. That’s 44 days and counting.
We’ll walk around parts of the park, looking for shorebirds, raptors and other birds, and we’re offering prizes to the first people who see any bird species with the same name as a pro-football team: Cardinal, Raven, Falcon, Eagle, Seahawk (osprey), Giant (great) egret and Giant (great) blue heron. All seven team bird species can be seen in the park.
The walk is run by the N.J. Meadowlands Commission and the Bergen County Audubon Society. Check meadowblog.net for last-minute weather updates. You will have to sign a standard liability release that is good for NJMC/BCAS events throughout the year. To rsvp, contact Don Torino of the BCAS at firstname.lastname@example.org or 201-230-4983.
Saw lots of butterflies around Jill’s Garden and elsewhere in DeKorte Park this past week — including scads of skippers (“scads” is the official term for many skippers, possibly from the Latin word for “many,” in case you were wondering).
Viceroys (above), Monarchs, Ladies, Red Admirals, various swallowtails, a Comma… you get the idea
I don’t know if Hackberry Emperors are seen all that often, but I wanted to pass along this photoof a rather tattered one from Aug. 15. Also note the Snowberry Clearwing in the background.
More information follows.
The participants picked a total of 33 dates, ranging from tomorrow to Oct. 30 of this year.
If no one picks the correct date, the person who picks the closest date will be the winner.
In case of a tie, we will draw a name out of a Meadowlands Marsh Hawks cap, and the winner will win the pontoon boat trip for two. Others will win something theoretically fairly nifty, as well as our eternal admiration. But we get ahead of ourselves — More than 20 people chose a date all their own.
Good luck, everyone, and thanks for entering!