Daily Archives: October 24, 2012

Bird Alert: Red-throated Loon@Mehrhof Pond

NJMC Naturalist Emeritus Don Smith reports seeing a Red-throated Loon on Mehrhof Pond in Little Ferry this morning. You'll need a scope and look through the chainlink fence — it's toward the back of the pond.

To get to Mehrhof Pond, follow the directions to Losen Slote Park on the left-side of blog, but go straight for a block or so past the turn for the DPW.

If anyone gets a photo…   (Thanks, Don!)

More on that Sharp-tailed Sparrow…

Wanted to up date everyone on the ID of this above Sharp-tailed Sparrow, photographed along Disposal Road on Saturday.

Ron writes: "This sparrow was found at the bend in Disposal Road where everyone usually photographs raptors.

IMG_0075-001"There's been a ton of sparrows of all sorts feeding in the weeds in the drainage ditch (gully).

 "This guy popped out of the vegetation for only a few seconds before returning to cover."

 Chris Takacs writes that the bird may be a Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow, not a Saltmarsh (Sharp-tailed) Sparrow.

We have since gotten further confirmation for another sparrow expert — Nelson's Sharp-tailed it is.

(Thanks, all!)