Chris Takacs made it down to DeKorte Park yersterday in the aftermath of the storm and took some amazing photos — including the photo above of Valley Brook Avenue.
Several storm-related shots of DeKorte Park and nearby train tracks follow. (Thanks, Chris!)
The N.J. Meadowlands Commission has two free September guided nature walks planned with Bergen County Audubon — DeKorte Park on Sunday, Sept. 4, and Harrier Meadow on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Both begin at 10 a.m.
Full details follow.
Mike Girone reports: "I birded the Shorebird Pool today from about 2 – 6:15 p.m. During the first part of the afternoon on Marsh Discovery Trail, by the 2nd to last blind on the left, I saw up to 5 Black-crowned Night Herons (4 adults, 1 immature), and possibly an immature Yellow-crowned Night Heron. Also spotted 3 Great Blue Herons at various spots north of the boardwalk.
"By 4 p.m., with the tide quickly coming in at the Saw Mill Creek tidal flat, many birds gathered in the shorebird pool area between the boardwalk and Transco Trail. It was a mix of gulls, terns, egrets, peeps and yellowlegs (and an adult Black-crowned Night Heron briefly seen in-flight to the east). During the next 90 minutes, there were 4 Peregrine attacks (3 by a juvenile, 1 by an adult)!! The juvenile's 2nd attack concluded with a Forster's Tern actually chasing the falcon west over Transco Trail towards the lower parking lot! The juvenile falcon's return flushed everything except the egrets, and was the most prolonged. It flew north over the boardwalk, disappearing behind the phrags. Some additional small shorebirds popped up from that area, but whether the falcon caught anything is unknown. An adult Peregrine delivered the 4th attack, but didn't seem to catch anyone either, and disappeared heading northeast towards the turnpike.
"Glad the water levels were able to be lowered so much." (Thanks, Mike!)
Mike Britt says: "Took a walk on the boardwalk this evening…the standard mix of shorebirds plus an adult SORA and a single WESTERN SANDPIPER." (Thanks, Mike!)
Chris Takacs reports: "Missed the Western Sandpiper and Long-billed Dowitcher seen by others this evening, but probably because of the juvenile peregrine hunting the shorebirds. An adult Peregrine was perched atop one of the nearby towers. Did find a Sora but not in the area Mike saw his. Barn Owl flew over Valley Brook at 8 P.M. 10 or so Bobolinks this morning over the landfill near Harrier Meadow, seen from Disposal Rd. (Thanks, Chris!)
We have never seen so many young Peregrine Falcons before this summer.
The topper came on a pontoon boat cruise Wednesday morning, when we saw two Peregrines (above) perched near each other on trees overlooking the Hackensack River in Carlstadt.
Much to our surprise, neither bird was banded.
Due to the predicted inclement weather, Richard W. DeKorte Park and the Meadowlands Environment Center will be closed all day Sunday. The gates will be locked.
As promised, here's a full list of the birds we saw on our Tuesday Birding Cruise, sponsored by the NJMC and BCAS. We had 38+ species in all, including some real beauts.
Full list follows, with pix of Laughing Gull (in Sawmill) and Caspian Terns (in the Anderson Creek Marsh).
We're usually not ones to get excited by photos of plants in pots, but the photo above — a dozen butterfly-friendly plants — sure has us beezed up at the Meadowlands Commission.
The plants in question are a donation of the Bergen County Audubon Society, our partner in dozens of events, including Butterfly Day year-round.
To the BCAS, we say: Thank you!
Jim Wright, who keeps this blog for the N.J. Meadowlands Commission, also contributes the photo column "Focus on the Meadowlands" to the wildnewjersey.tv blog every Wdnesday.
This week's photos are two Ospreys with sushi, and a very unusual sparrow.
Link is here.
The Sandpiper is a Spotted Sandpiper. Congrats to all who got it right.
Ron Shields reports:
Here's a sequence of "action" shots taken immediately following the photography workshops held by Kevin Karlson on Shorebird Day.
I was trying to apply some of the terrific advice provided by Kevin and Lloyd.
The Peregrine Falcon was captured from the Discovery Trail just as it started its dive from the tower into the lowered impoundments.
It looks to be the banded juvenile we've been seeing of late. Sequence continues below.