What has one beak, two eyes, ten legs and squawks like heck?
Answer: A very loving Killdeer mom with four chicks underneath.
Wishing you an early Happy Mothers' Day!!!
Link to what it used to look like, and more about the stuff, is here. (Thanks to Ray Duffy and Mickey Raine.)
Help the legendary Meadowlands Marsh Hawks!
They are preparing for their second World Series of Birding this Saturday. They will be competing in the county-wide category, trying to see as many species of birds in Bergen County in 24 hours as they can — and raise money for a new native butterfly/bird garden planned for the Carillon area on Disposal Road.
Last year, the Marsh Hawks raised hundreds of dollars for bird research in the Meadowlands.
For more information on supporting the Marsh Hawks, download the Pledge Sheet here: Download Pledge sheet
Or e-mail Team Captain Mike Newhouse at michael.newhouse (at) njmeadowlands.gov.
If you contribute $25 or more, you will have a chance to win a spiffy official Meadowlands Marsh Hawks cap and T shirt.
Make checks payable to the N.J. Meadowlands Commission.
We had a nice Meadowlands Environment Center guided walk Sunday afternoon that featured 32 species of birds, including two great birds that begin with "bal" — Baltimore Oriole and Bald Eagle.
Also saw butterflies galore — Red Admirals, American Ladies and Question Marks by the dozens.
Full list of birds follows.
Ron Shields asks:
"What has one beak, two eyes, ten legs and squawks like heck?"
Will post the answer this afternoon.
* Our fourth annual Mother's Day walk in Ridgefield features a nature tour of the 5.4-acre Ridgefield Nature Center, the nearby community gardens, a stop to see the Monk Parakeets (above), and a visit to the Skeetkill Creek Marsh.
* On Tuesday, may 15, we visit the Mill Creek Marsh in Secaucus, then drive to Laurel Hill County Park for lunch and a look for the ravens.
Details of both walks follow.