Daily Archives: April 24, 2009

Neat stories and video on the Meadowlands’ comeback


    Colleen Reynolds of The Leader Newspaper did an informative article on the wonders of the region's wetlands — with some photos by her Leader colleague Alexis Tarazzi.

   "It was high tide as our watercraft ventured along the Hackensack River, and we were treated to an avian show of splendor," she writes. "Ink-black double-crested cormorants perched regally atop wooden pilings, northern harriers swooped past and graceful snowy egrets waded at water’s edge. Tree swallows, a type of aerial feeder, were munching on midges while gliding through the air…."

   The link to story is here.

   The Star-Ledger did a solid video on the river's comeback, here.

   And Celeste Regal of The Observer did a fine story on the palliative powers of spending time on the river. Link is here.

   Link to post about the Meadowlands Commission's Pontoon Boat Eco-Cruises is here.

The Barn Swallows Are Back — Bigtime

    Next time you visit DeKorte Park, take a walk on the marsh Discovery Trail.  There are swallows galore.
     Although the Tree Swallows tend to get the m
ost attention because they perch so cutely on their nestboxes, their cousins  the Barn Swallows may be even more handsome.
   In the shot above, four Barn Swallows perch on tIMG_4019he same branch.
    On that same tree, Barn Swallows and Tree Swallows often perch together.

   At right, a Barn Swallow takes off from the branch, showing his beautiful wingspan.  Note the forked tail.
   The Barn Swallows have been known to nest in the observation blinds along the trail — if you get too close a nest this summer, you may get dive-bombed.
    More on Barn Swallows here.