Tuesday, June 30: Don Torino reports that "I was out doing a Late day heron Survey at Skeetkill Creek Marsh in Ridgefield on Sunday night, ands around 7:30 I had two beautiful Black Skimmers working the Marsh, it seemed in unison. Skimming the water flying just a few feet apart. Pretty cool!"
Monday, June 29: We found the Black-necked Stilt just before 1 p.m. near the beginning of DeKorte Park's Saw Mill Creek Trail, by the Carillon on Disposal Road, North Arlington. The bird with the bubble-gum pink legs was 50 yards in,
on the left. Photo is from today.
Continuing: Four Forster's Terns on the railing heading out to the Vistor's Center in the Meadowlands Environment Center in DeKorte Park.
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Jim O'Neill, the environmental writer for The Record, had a neat story over the weekend about the growing presence of Peregrine Falcons on bridges along the Hackensack River as far north as Little Ferry.
The story, picked up by The Associated Press, Star Ledger and Philadelphia Inquirer, was also mentioned on NPR. Link is here.
Recently, we took the photo above of a Peregrine Falcon youngster (right) ready to fledge under the Route 3 bridge.
We believe this is the first successful fledging of a Peregrine Falcon in the Meadowlands north of Jersey City.
DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst has it all: 3.5 miles of trails, great birding year-round, an environmental center, an observatory and a state-of-the-art science center.
And now it has a new pamphlet with trail map to make this 110-acre park more accessible and enjoyable.
To pick up your copy, just stop by the front desk at the Meadowlands Environment Center.
New features include: Mileage for each major trail segment, so you can calculate how far you've walked.
More-detailed names for the various tidal impoundments, so you locate rare birds more easily.
The pamphlet has also been updated to include information on the William D. McDowell Observatory and the Center for Environmental and Scientic Education.