Stay tuned to this blog next week for the announcement of a big free event slated for early December in DeKorte Park's Meadowlands Environment Center. Really!
NJMC staffer Jim Wright's column in The South Bergenite today is about the gowing problem of released/escaped pet birds:
The Meadowlands Commission’s DeKorte Park is known for drawing all sorts of unusual birds, but the one-square-mile park has been attracting the “wrong” kind of bird of late – exotic pet birds that have either escaped from their owners or have been intentionally released.
Either way, the birds face a likely death sentence in the wild.
We'd like to thank Bergen County Audubon Society for donating a huge bag of Milkweed seeds. We are planting them in several sites. As you likely know, Milkweed is a Monarch Butterfly's best friend.
More on Milkweed here.
Those who arrived at Harrier Meadow were treated to an up-close look at an American Kestrel. The rest of us got several (more distant) views of the kestrels, Northern harriers, Sharpie, Osprey, and Cooper's Hawk…
If anyone would like to put a list together, I'd love to post it.
More pix have been posted on this Facebook Page.
Clue and answer follow.
Mike Britt reports: "Best birds [Sunday] were 3 Caspians on the flats at DeKorte. Also, both Yellowlegs, Long-billed Dowitchers, all three peeps, Semipalmated Plovers, Pectoral, dozens of Snowy & Great Egrets, Green Heron, several Osprey, Kestrel, Harrier, GW Teal, Shoveler, etc." (Thanks, Mike!)