Liberty Valance writes:
"Last night while Jeanie and I were walking around MCM about 6:30 we spotted this unusual bird in the area by the turnpike bridge …my first thought was…is this the Little Blue Heron???
BUT the bill was longer and curved…then I realized that it might be an IBIS…we were so excited and I did have the camera….so we took as many photos as we could.
The Glossy Ibis was busy having it's evening meal and wasn't bothered by us. It did move to the other side on the pond though…it is really interesting to watch…it puts it's head completely under water to get at the things it's eating!
(Thanks, Liberty and Jeanie, and thanks to Mickey Raine for editing the pix!)
NJMC Naturalist Mike Newhouse reports a Horned Grebe at DeKorte Park, near the beginning of the Marsh Discovery Trail. Full breeding plumage. We hope someone can take a photo — pic above is by Ron Shields, from last year).
And we hope the bird stays till Sunday and our Earth Day walks!
We have a great free, family-friendly lineup at DeKorte Park this Sunday:
10 – 10:25 a.m. "Rebounding Raptors of the Meadowlands," slide show and talk by Jim Wright, who keeps this blog. Meadowlands Environment Center.
10:30 – noon. Bird walk along the Marsh Discovery Trail and Transco Trail, looking for Ospreys, other raptors and other birds. Starts inside the Meadowlands Environment Center.
12:20 – 12:50 p.m. "Meadowlands, a Wetlands Survival Story," slide show, talk and book signing with the acclaimed children's author Tom Yezerski. Meadowlands Environment Center.
1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. "Birding for Beginners," slide show and talk on birding optics. Meadowlands Environment Center.
1:30 – 3 p.m.: 10:30 -noon. Bird walk along the Marsh Discovery Trail, looking for Ospreys and other birds. Starts inside the Meadowlands Environment Center.
In case of rain, we'll go to Plan B.
Here's a sampling of Ron Shields' latest pix — a Savannah Sparrow and a Black-crowned Night Heron.