Daily Archives: September 12, 2013

Orange-crowned and Bobolink at Mill Creek

Orange-Crowned WarblerPatrick Carney writes:

I was  in Mill Creek Marsh on Saturday and I came across both an Orange-Crowned Warbler and a Bobolink!

The Orange-Crowned Warbler was found at around 8:45 towards the very beginning of the trail, and the Bobolink was found flying around the general area of the first fork in the trail around noon. A good bird at the start, and at the finish!

Thanks, Patrick! Sorry for the delayed reporting — still catching up on e-mail during a hectic week.


Sept. 11 Twin Beams of Light

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Yesterday evening was too a bit too hazy for an eye-catching Tribute in Lights in Lower Manhattan as part of the Sept. 11 commemoration, but you could see the twin beams from Lower Manhattan, just south of the new One World Trade Center.

The memorial wreath stood vigil at DeKorte Park’s World Trade Center Memorial Cove.

Roughly 18 folks came to see the lights from DeKorte Park — a few of us were lucky to also see a Black Skimmer working the Shorebird Pool after dark, and three raccoons crossing the shallows to one of the islands.

We could not confirm whether the phalarope was here to see the lights, but it was still here this morning.

Wilson’s Phalarope Continues

Rob Fanning saw the Wilson’s Phalarope in the Shorebird Pool at DeKorte as of 8:20 a.m. today. It has been confirmed as a Wilson’s after some wavering yesterday — difficult bird to ID at a distance on a hazy day with back-lighting. Earlier post give some idea of location.

(Thanks to Judy Cinquina for spotting the bird originally.)

Our South Bergenite Column: DeKorte in Autumn

Jim Wright, who maintains this blog for the Meadowlands Commission, also writes a twice-monthly column for the South Bergenite. His latest is on DeKorte Park:

More than 10 months ago, Superstorm Sandy ripped through the Meadowlands, leaving a wide swatch of destruction.

One of the region’s hardest-hit natural areas was the N.J. Meadowlands Commission’s DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst, which suffered roughly $2 million in damage.

Most of the square-mile park has made a remarkable rebound since then. Early fall — with its cooler temperatures, changing foliage and migrating birds — is a perfect time to see for yourself. Continue reading


9716651373_633347e87a_bMike Girone writes:

I was on Saw Mill Creek Trail late Saturday afternoon and observed a juvenile Peregrine wearing only a silver federal band (no color auxiliary band on this one).

I believe this brings the count up to 5 in the banded juvie Peregrine department! It had a huge (full) crop, and spent almost 2 and a half hours loafing on the tower.

When it flew off, it headed west along the trail and dove down, flushing an unbanded juvenile Peregrine!

The two chased each other up and down the trail and out over the tidal flats, with the unbanded falcon vocalizing angrily! The duo eventually split up near the Carillon on Disposal Rd, with the unbanded falcon claiming a set of towers. One of the pair later nailed a pigeon.

Link is here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/80696806@N06/sets/72157635472155930/ .

Not recommended for folks who love pigeons  (which, unfortunately for the pigeons, are a link or two down on the food chain).  Thanks, Mike!