This week's Tuesday Teaser was more like the Tuesday headache — proof positive of how hard it is to ID a bird sometimes — especially by photograph alone.
Followers of this blog offered three possible IDs, all flycatchers: juvenile Eastern Kingbird, Great Crested Flycatcher or of that family, or Willow Flycatcher (possibly a young one).
The Meadowlands Commission's Mike Newhouse thinks that the bird is probably a Willow or Alder Flycatcher.
Thanks to all who submitted IDs, and congrats to Jim Hayes for agreeing with Mike.
Starting today, the wildnewjersey.tv blog is featuring three resent nature photos each Wednesday from the Meadowlands Commission. NJMC's Jim Wright, who keeps this blog, is providing the photos.
Today's feature includes shots of a young Peregrine Falcon attacking a flock of Semipalmated Sandpipers on the Hackensack River, plus a photo of a tiny Peck's Skipper, which makes occasional appearances at DeKorte Park's Butterfly Garden.
Today is Landscape Architect Awareness Day. To mark the occasion, Lisa Cameron, a N.J. Meadowlands Commission Senior Landscape Architect, will spend her lunch hour out and about at DeKorte Park.
Lisa designed the new Sensory Garden and many of the park's other wonderful features.
Lisa has posted seven signs by Landscape Architecture around the park, and has placed flyers at the reception desks.
Receptionists will wear an “ask me” button in case people inquire about the signs.
If you'd like to meet Lisa or ask her about the design of DeKorte Park or about landscape architecture, please stop by.
If you can't find Lisa at lunchtime, give Jim Wright a call on his cellphone, 201-469-7349.
As promised, here the full list of birds from yesterday's walk, preapred by NJMC Naturalist Mike Newhouse. (Thanks, Mike!)
Plus photos from Ron Shields (Thanks, Ron!).
Full list, and pix of young Black-crowned Night Heron and Forster's Tern, follow.