Here's your chance to attend a free September screening of the acclaimed new documentary film, "The Lost Bird Project,"about the stories of five birds driven to extinction in modern times and sculptor Todd McGrain’s project to memorialize them.
The event is on Thursday, Sept. 13, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Meadowlands Environment Center in DeKorte Park, Lyndhurst, New Jersey.
The Meadowlands Commission, Bergen County Audubon Society, Ramapo College and the New Jersey chapter of The Nature Conservancy are proud to sponsor this special screening, along with a question-and-answer session afterward.
More information follows.
Our next walk with the Bergen County Audubon Society is Sunday at 10 a.m. in DeKorte Park. We'll be looking for birds, butterflies, you name it!
The NJMC's Jim Wright, who keeps this blog, is giving a free talk and slide show on a brief history of birds in the Meadowlands tomorrow (Tuesday, July 31), at 2 p.m. in the Meadowlands Environment Center in DeKorte Park.
Topics will include Meadowlands birds that have gone extinct and made remarkable comebacks.
Roy Woodford writes:
Mill Creek seems to be the place to be these days. At low tide, there are Sandpipers by the thousands … lots of Yellowlegs and a few Dowitchers if you look closely enough. There are a lot of recently fledged Mockingbirds and Cedar Waxwings as well. I also came across at least a dozen Snowy Egrets and one terribly cooperative Yellow-crowned NIght Heron. He didn't seem to mind me watching him eat his crab lunch.
Ray Duffy Reports:
I had a Caspian Tern flyover with a fish in its mouth on Sunday at Mill Creek Point. I've had some least sandpipers perching/feeding in the flooded lawns at high tide at the point and had three semipalmated plovers on one of the softball fields.
Carole Hughes reports:
Led a NJ Audubon All Things Birds trip on Sundayday around the De Korte Environmental Center. We got lucky with the weather. It was overcast enough to keep it from being blazingly hot… but we had no rain!
Highlights from the trip were:
Northern Waterthrush – great look on the boardwalk Caspian Tern – close flyover
1 Common Gallinule – in pond along rail road tracks Marsh Wren – many singing and 1 that sat up for group, 1 carrying what looked like more nesting material
3 American Kestrels
Black-crowned Night Heron
1 Ruddy Duck
Willow Flycatcher – singing from along Valley Brook Yellow Warblers – very active in multiple locations
2 Least Sandpipers – had a good side-by-side comparison with a semi-palmated sandpiper to show the group Spotted Sandpipers - seemed like they were everywhere!
Semi-Palmated Sandpipers – predominant shorebird on the mud flats
Western Sandpiper – a few scattered through the Semi-palmateds
Indigo Bunting – multiple singing males
This is sort of an easy one…
Adriana Rambay Fernandez of The Hudson Reporter wrote a nice story on last week's Butterfly Day, with many fine pix (including the one above).
The link is here.
Chris Takacs reports:
Took a few shots this morning at DeKorte Park — Bank Swallow (below) from Gazebo and Northern Waterthrush (above)on the Marsh Discovery Trail.
Mike Newhouse of the Meadowlands Commission and I also observed 2 Caspian Terns from the Transco Trail. Birds were flying over the Saw Mill Creek flats. 1 adult, 1 juvenile calling and following the adult. Also there today were 15+ Forster's Terns.
Also had Blue Grosbeak perched and singing from phone wires along Valley Brook Ave right at the Ball Fields entrance. Bird flew back towards the Snowy Owl field.
We will post some nifty weekend sightings from several folks (thanks, all!) as time allows.
On Sunday, August 12, from 6–8 p.m., the Meadowlands Museum will sponsor a celebration of the honeybee. The Museum's home and property were the site of an early farm that depended on the bees.
Link to South Bergenite story is here.
This moth may have been the most popular of Moth Night — a Spotted Datana (Latin: cigarettus buttus).
Many more pix follow — feel free to help us with the IDs.
Susan Elbin, Director of Conservation and Science for NYC Audubon. says that the tagged Great Egret seen yesterday in DeKorte Park's Shorebird Pool "was banded on 11 June 2012 (this year) at Elder's Point Marsh East, Jamaica Bay."