Daily Archives: August 4, 2011

Semipalms vs. Least Sandpipers

Since this is the time of year when the peeps are arriving in great numbers, IMG_7201-6
we thought we would repost a couple of photos from last year about this  time, taken on the Marsh Discovery Trail.

The photo above is of a Semipalmated Sandpiper (left) and a Least Sandpiper (right).

The Semipalm gets its name for its partially webbed (semipalmated) toes.

See photo at left.

These were taken Aug. 5, 2010.

Our Latest South Bergenite Column

NJMC staffer Jim Wright, who keeps this blog, also writes a column every other Thursday for The South Bergenite. His latest, about a most unusual sign at DeKorte, is below:

   It might just be one of the strangest road signs in America. It’s located at DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst, and it only goes up once or twice a summer.

  The sign simply says, “Swallow Alert — Proceed with Caution.”

  That’s the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission’s way of warning drivers that the swallows are flying low in search of insects, and people should reduce their speed. We also post the sign on the Meadowlands Nature Blog, meadowblog.net, to let readers know in advance of coming to DeKorte.

  If you are a really savvy naturalist, you know the sign also means you should get out your raingear — but more on that later.

Rest of the column follows.

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