Could be another great weekend for raptor action on Disposal Road.
Ron Shields writes:
"High winds Thursday had the Red-tailed Hawks kiting all afternoon on Disposal Road. As many as three at one time hunted the side of the landfill.
"In addition, a lone adult Bald Eagle was sighted flying over the retention pond on its way toward Harrier Meadow.
"But the highlight was the late afternoon appearance of two peregrine falcons that, after buzzing a red-tail, put on an aerial display to the delight of all.
"Harriers were nowhere to be found perhaps due to the windy
conditions. All in all, this week has been very good at Disposal Road.
"Needless to say, photographic opportunities have abounded." (Thanks, Ron!)
Two more Peregrine shots follow — worth the look.
We have been asked by the state Osprey Project to chart our local Osprey nests on a new website, Osprey Watch (the link is here). You can help us by letting us know if you see any activity at the three existing nests — or at a new nesting site.
Last year, three Meadowlands nests produced eight fledglings. The nests are located:
* in Carlstadt, on a radio transmission tower in the Marsh Resources Inc. wetlands — can be viewed via spotting scope from Mill Creek Point Park in Secaucus.
* in Kearny, on a small radio antenna by the Hackensack River Swing Bridge, across from Laurel Hill County Park in Secaucus (below).
* in Jersey City, by the PSE&G Plant — best seen from the water.
You can read the NJDEP's 2011 Osprey Report here.
Save the date! As part of National Moth Week, the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission and Bergen County Audubon are pleased to announce that we will be holding the Meadowlands' first ever Moth Night on Wednesday, July 25.
The event, featuring nationally recognized moth expert (and New Jerseyan) David Moskowitz, will run from 8:30 to 11 p.m. at the Meadowlands Environment Center at DeKorte Park.
We will set up a mercury vapor light and white sheet to see how many different kinds of moths we can attract, and then set out to identify them.
More on National Moth Week here.
We will be posting more information as the event approaches, so stay tuned.
Full information follows.
Several photographers sent us Disposal Raod Snow Bunting shots from last weekend — including these from Bruce Harman. (Thanks to all!)