Monthly Archives: May 2018

Pipers, Loons and Much More!

Red-throated Loon

After Tuesday’s Bergen Audubon Harrier Meadow Walk Mickey Raine headed to DeKorte Park, where got some great photos of a variety of species. Thanks Mickey!

Red-throated Loon


Great Egret

Spotted Sandpiper

Spotted Sandpiper

Least Sandpipers


Forster’s Tern

Forster’s Tern

Tree Swallow

Dunlins, Dowitchers and More


Thanks to Mickey Raine for more photos from the Bergen Audubon’s Harrier Meadow walk this past Tuesday. Our first batch from Mickey focused on birds in flight. Now we’ve got some great ground photos. Check out the Dunlins above hanging with a group of Least Sandpipers. They’re the two large reddish ones in the back with the black bellies.

The two Long-billed Dowitchers below are on the front–left end –with a more reddish tone, with one standing and the other sitting down in the water.

Thanks Mickey!

Long-billed Dowitchers


Lesser Yellowlegs

Lesser Yellowlegs

Soaring Over Harrier


Mickey Raine sent these photos taken during Tuesday’s Bergen County Audubon Harrier Meadow walk, along with some interesting background information detailing the circumstances behind the shots. Many thanks Mickey!

The Osprey way high up in the sky was spotted as soon as I got there, flying overhead and then once more later, but even farther up the second time.  Less than 30 seconds after seeing the Osprey, the Great Blue Heron flew overhead. You can see the fade-away of the nearby tree that almost obstructed the full view.

The Black-Crowned Night Heron had suddenly flew up from where it must have been resting down along the embankment, spooked by the movement and sounds of the visitors walking along the path.  By the time I was able to lock in, it was already far across the water and near the southern landscape.


Great Blue Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron

Don Torino’s Life in the Meadowlands: The Monarch Butterfly Still Needs Our Help!

All photos by Don Torino

Sometimes important environmental issues seem to go by the wayside, usually because there are just so many critical problems we need to deal with on a daily basis. But some very important ones get forgotten and set aside for another day or time. We do what we think we can and then move on to the next issue and concern, not looking back and hoping that our mission is complete.

But the Monarch butterfly, strong, undaunted and fearless, is still extremely vulnerable and on the brink of being lost forever.

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More Mother’s Day Walk Photos: Fabulous Flora in DeKorte Park

Syringia vulgaris, common lilac (common ornamental used around homes like hydrangea)

Thanks again to Dee De Santis for providing a great array of photos from this past Sunday’s Bergen County Audubon Society Mother’s Day Walk at DeKorte Park. Yesterday we posted some of Dee’s fauna photos. Now it’s time for the flora to shine! Captions about the plants by the NJSEA’s own Gaby Bennett-Meany.

Calycanthus floridus, eastern sweetshrub, allspice (native shrub with highly fragrant twigs, leaves, and flowers. The flowers are deep red to maroon in color)

photinia pyrifolia, red chokeberry (deciduous shrub, native to eastern North America, beneficial to wildlife)

Barbarea vulgaris, garden yellow-rocket (common weed along highways and in fields noticeable for the bright yellow flowers one of the first spring bloomers)

Hesperis matronalis, Dame’s rocket (same as yellow rocket – common weed along highways and in fields noticeable for the bright purple flowers one of the first spring bloomers)

Mother’s Day DeKorte Walk Photos

Common Yellowthroat

Thanks to Dee De Santis for these fantastic photos of a variety of species taken during Sunday’s Bergen County Audubon Society Mother’s Day Nature Walk at DeKorte Park. And thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate mom, and Mother Nature!

Yellow warbler

Gray Catbird

Savannah Sparrow

Least Sandpiper



Least Tern

Greater Yellowlegs



Reminder: Double Your Fun: BCAS Walks Tomorrow and Thursday!

The Bergen County Audubon Society will lead nature walks in the Meadowlands tomorrow and Thursday. On Tuesday, May 15, explore Harrier Meadow in North Arlington, an amazing 70-acre natural area that is normally closed to the public.

Then, on Thursday, May 17, check out Losen Slote Creek Park in Little Ferry, one of the last remaining parcels of woodlands in the Meadowlands District.

Each walk lasts from 10 am to noon. For more information contact Don Torino at or 201-230-4983.