Several good birds were seen over the weekend, including this sora along the Marsh Discovery Trail in Lyndhurst on Saturday. Photographer Kevin Watson got this distant shot.
After three marbled godwits were seen at Harrier Meadow on Friday, Birder John Workman reported 4 juvenile moorhens at Kearny Marsh the same morning, and birder Ray Duffy got a photo of one there later that day (Click here). Duffy also had a Caspian tern over Mill Creek Marsh in Secaucus on Saturday.
No recent white ibis sightings, but stay tuned.
There’s just enough information in this photo (taken last week) to identify the location.
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Birder Michael Britt reports:
I birded DeKorte for about 4 hours today…no White Ibis for me [but three Kestrels].
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Environmental reporter Scott Fallon of The Record had an excellent story in The Record today about the Meadowlands Commission’s efforts to measure changes in sea levels.
Read it here.
Previous post on monitoring sea levels is here.
We did see three marbled godwits (thanks to birder Fred Weber), a semi-palmated plover, two peregrine falcons, an osprey, and a diamondback terrapin (below) — among other sightings on two trips to Harrier Meadow today.
The Meadow will be open to the public on a limited basis during the Meadowlands Festival of Birding, and we are in the process of setting up some guided tours of the site.
Click here for more on Harrier Meadow and birding festival.
In mid-July, we reported that Meadowlands Commission naturalists had installed perches in the tidal impoundment by the Marsh Discovery Trail in Lyndhurst, in hopes that egrets would perch there when the water levels were high.
Although the egrets were a little slower on the uptake than we had hoped, we are now happy to report: Bingo.
Secaucus birder Ray Duffy got the first shot of the immature white ibis this morning — way across a tidal impoundment at Harrier Meadow. Naturally, a gull tried to steal the show by surfing on a tire.
Birder Ray Duffy of Secaucus went with NJMC Naturalist Michael Newhouse to see the white ibis yesterday afternoon to no avail, but as reported, he did see two female bobolinks (one pictured at right).
Later, he walked around the Marsh Discovery trail and the Saw Mill Creek trail south along the powerline trail. He found a Caspian tern out of the mudflats.
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Coming up: Report on white ibis hunt today
Meadowlands Commission Naturalist Michael Newhouse reports:
Yesterday, Kate Ruskin of New Jersey Audubon spotted a juvenile White Ibis in Harrier Meadow [see description of this North Arlington site in next post].
Commission staffers saw the bird again this morning.
This area is restricted to the public, but if anyone would like to try for the bird during working hours, please contact me at 201-460-1095 or email me at michael.newhouse (at) njmeadowlands.gov
Click "Continue reading" to see a list of other birds seen at the site this morning.