Beautiful butterfly, still around at a time we are seeing mostly Monarchs, sulphurs and Cabbage Whites… (Thanks, Regina!)
The Meadowlands Environment Center in DeKorte Park will be closed Monday, Oct. 10, for Columbus Day. Additionally, there will be no restroom access due to maintenance repairs.
The McDowell Observatory will be open the usual hours for the free public viewing schedule on Monday night.
Last week, a Northern Harrier chased a Palm Warbler into one of the N.J. Meadowlands Commission's mist net. NJMC Naturalist Mike Newhouse, who runs the commission's bird-banding research, and his crew of volunteers banded the bird and allowed us to take several close-ups of this charismatic bird.
We thought we would share a few here. We will show more at the Montclair Bird Club next week. More details are here.
In case you are wondering, this first-year bird had a wing length of 320mm. The weight was literally off the scales.
More photos follow.