Our Next Free Walk: DeKorte Park, Sept. 7

FinalEgretFootball_MedOur next free walk is Sunday, Sept. 7, at 10 a.m. DeKorte Park, and it features a special football theme  — and nifty prizes.  (Stay tuned: there might be an added attraction.)

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 greatauk4@aol.com or 201-230-4983.

Semipalmated Plover @ DeKorte

IMG_0400Semipalmated Plover is on the right.  Semipalmated Sandpiper is on the left.

In case you were wondering, “semipalmated” means their toes are only partially palmated. Glad we could clear that up for you.

(Thanks to Patrick Carney for pointing out the plover last week.)

The Butterflies Are Back @ DeKorte

IMG_2990Saw 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


Hackberry Emperor at DeKorte

Hackberry Emperor(3)Patrick Carney writes:

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.

Thanks, Patrick! We had our first-ever reported one last year, just about this time. Link is here.

About Those Pelican Contest Entries …

IMG_7055We are happy to announce that more than 45 people entered our “When will George the Pelican Depart (DeKorte Park)?” contest.

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!