NJMC Naturalist Mike Newhouse was at Losen Slote Creek Park today and reports that it was the best songbird day he's ever had in the Meadwowlands.
Here's a sample: Ovenbird, Worm-eating Warbler, Northern Waterthrush,
Black-and-white Warbler, Common Yellowthroat (photograph at right
taken at Losen Slote earlier this month), American Redstart, Cape May Warbler, Northern Parula, Magnolia Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler and Canada Warbler. (Thanks, Mike!)
Full list, with numbers, follows — including a rare birdie from the walk earlier this month. (Not sure if Mike saw this one, but he doesn't miss much.)
Mill Creek Marsh is one of our very favorite spots, and this time of year is especially delightful — we just never know what to expect.
We could see anything from unusual shorebirds to ducks to egrets to Bald Eagles, as well as those centuries-old Atlantic White Cedar stumps.
Join the Meadowlands Commission and the Bergen County Audubon Society for a free guided walk next Tuesday morning at 10 a.m.
Full details follow.
On a recent boat trip down the Hackensack River, we saw a promising Osprey nest on the Lift Bridge.
Last year an Osprey "starter nest" was in that same location.
At last count, we have four active nests — still need to check on a fifth. A sixth nest appears to be lost in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.