We have two more great bird walks this month — including a visit to Harrier Meadow (usually closed to the public), with a bird-banding demonstration by the NJMC's Mike Newhouse next Tuesday at 10 a.m.
We also have an Earth Day Walk at 10 a.m., beginning with a brief talk and slide show about the endangered raptors of the Meadowlands.
Both events are sponsored by the Meadowlands Commission and the Bergen County Audubon Society.
More information on the two events follows.
Cliff Peterson writes:
"On Saturday, I was at DeKorte Park trying to hone my Bird photography and learn new techniques when I saw this raptor with a rodent in his left claw.
"I had just parked and started to take pictures of some ducks but the ducks kept quacking. I stopped to see what the ducks were quacking at and when I looked over my left shoulder I saw this raptor siting at the lowest tree branch. The raptor just stood there while I was taking photos but then it eventually flew to another tree."
Cliff figures the rodent for a muskrat, and we figure the hawk for a Red-tail.
Thought we'd post this as a food-chain-in-action shot. Please e-mail Jim Wright at jim.wright (at) njmeadowlands.gov if you think this sort of photo is a little too "raw" — we do not want anyone to be grossed out. :- )