Mike Britt reports:
DeKorte this morning had 100+ Yellowlegs (mix of Greater and Lesser), 1000+ peep which was a fairly even mix of Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers.
Also around were Wilson's Snipe, Green-winged Teal (pair), Blue-winged Teal (pair), Northern Pintail (drake) Ring-necked Pheasant, Northern Harrier (hunting 1-E), plenty of Savannah Sparrows, 5 adult White-crowned Sparrows, Northern Parula, Northern Waterthrush, Yellow warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Brown Thrasher, etc.
Sandy McNicol adds:
DeKorte in the afternoon, we had in addition Common Moorhen, Forester's Tern, Osprey and Gadwall pair.
(Thanks, Mike and Sandy!)
Julie McCall reports:
Some notes on Sunday. Denise Farrell and I hit DeKorte early before heading up to Ridgefield for the Mother's Day walk. Highlights included at least 10 Bank Swallows congregating on Disposal Road, 2 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, and a Warbling Vireo making a bit of a racket.
Warblers included Northern Parula, Yellow, Yellow-rumped, Common Yellowthroat, and a probable, heard-only, Blackpoll. A Northern Waterthrush was photographed by another birder, but we didn't manage to track it down.
After the Ridgefield walk, we dropped by DeKorte again to see if we could dig up any Cliff Swallows. No luck with that, but we did get an immature Bald Eagle, making it well worth the second trip.
Full list follows.
We had a great Mother's Day Walk in Ridgefield yesterday, with more than 50 people enjoying the beautiful weather and cooperative birds.
We had a few photographers with us as well, including Patrick Carney, who took the shot of the Chestnut-sided Warbler above at the Ridgefield Nature Center and the Snowy Egret at left at Skeetkill Creek Marsh.
We also had TV coverage from NY1. Link is here.
Full lists from both sites, plus more pix, including Monk Parakeet and a partial group shot, follow. (thanks to Denise Farrell and Julie McCall for the lists!)
We saw this male Ruddy Duck in bright blue breeding beakage along the Marsh Discovery Trail on Friday. Look out, Lady Ruddies.
NJMC Naturalists Gabrielle Bennett-Meany and Brett Bragin brought a boat to Kearny Marsh on Thursday to install Tree Swallow Boxes.
They added another two down or so boxes to a bunch that were already there, so the Kearny swallows should be in business.
New boxes have been added throughout the Meadowlands in the last 10 weeks.
Scroll down this blog for previous and plentiful Tree Swallow box reportsl.
(A big thanks to all who contributed, including to Brett Bragin, who also took these photos!)