Daily Archives: November 1, 2013

Sunday: Free Harrier Meadow Walk

DSCN7740This Sunday at 10 a.m. is a free guided walk in Harrier Meadow, normally closed to the public.

You’ll also be able to see the new native plant plantings provided by a grant from Bergen County Audubon Society and the National Audubon Society.

(We have been seeing lots of “good birds” in Harrier Meadow this week. See next post below for more.)

Full listing for Sunday’s Harrier Meadow walk follows. Continue reading

Harrier Meadow Scouting Report — Trifecta

IMG_8313We did a lunchtime walk in Harrier Meadow on Tuesday as a bit of a scouting trip for Sunday’s free guided walk with Bergen County Audubon Society. Lots of nifty birds, including a female Wood Duck, three Pied-billed Grebes and a Wilson’s Snipe.

Later this week we had a Bald Eagle, Buffleheads, Northern Harriers and more.

Tuesday’s list follows (and we’re sure we missed quite a few). Continue reading

Disposal Road: Clay-colored Sparrow, Dickcissel

Greg Miller writes:

I spent a couple hours on Disposal Rd. Thursday afternoon & in addition to the Harriers, Redtails, Kestrels & a Merlin I saw a Dickcissel & a Clay-colored Sparrow. Both were located behind the white trailer near the Retention Pond. I’m attaching a couple pictures in case you want to use them for the blog, not my best work but nice birds though.  (Thanks, Greg.)

Black Scoter @DeKorte

Mike Newhouse reported a Black Scoter in he Saw Mill Creek Mudflats at DeKorte at 8:45 a.m. today from the Dock to Nowhere area. I did not see at 9:45 but the rains came down and visibility was limited. Did not see it again.

A big thank you to Chris Takacs for finding the bird!


The Observatory’s November Schedule

IMG_5829The William D. McDowell Observatory in DeKorte Park has an exciting month of programming in November.

Free public access is from 7 to 10 on Monday and Wednesday nights this month — weather permitting, of course.

Dress for the weather; with the dome open, you are basically outside.

Each evening at least two major objects in the night sky will be viewed, plus one or two other celestial objects or events depending on the observing conditions.

For a South Bergenite column by the NJMC’s Jim Wright about the observatory, click here.

For more information about Observatory programming, click here.