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More Photos from Mehrhof

Black-capped Chickadee

As promised, here are some more great photos taken by Joe Koscielny at the Bergen County Audubon Society’s Mehrhof Pond Wildlife Observation Area/BCUA Walk in Little Ferry led by David Hall on Dec. 1. Thanks again Joe!

Orange-crowned Warbler

Orange-crowned Warbler

Ring-necked Duck

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

White-throated Sparrow

Don Torino’s Life in the Meadowlands: Eagle Watching Time Is Now!

Courtesy Dee De Santis

It’s cold outside for sure. The Winter winds are already blowing and it is a time when many folks tend to huddle inside and wait for the warmer days ahead to venture outdoors. But if you choose keeping your toes warm over having a real adventure then you will be missing one of the most spectacular winter shows nature has to offer: the arrival of the Bald Eagles.

As we speak Bald Eagles are gathering in places from the Meadowlands to the Highlands, from the Hackensack to the Hudson rivers. From our reservoirs to our lakes Bald Eagles are assembling to spend the winter. And if that is not enough to stir your ancient primeval spirits our resident Eagles are now working on their nests. They’re gathering sticks and grasses in their never ending  quest to bring forth our next generation of the symbol of our nation.

Of course this was not always the case. In fact there are more Eagles in our area now than in more than 100 years. But their comeback  was no accident.

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Photos from Mehrhof Pond Wildlife Observation Area

Double-crested Cormorants buzzed by a Green-winged Teal

Thanks to Joe Koscielny for these awesome photos taken earlier this month from the new Mehrhof Pond Wildlife Observation Area in Little Ferry. Haven’t been there yet? Join the Bergen County Audubon Society this Sunday, Dec. 16, for a guided walk through the Observation Area and the adjacent Losen Slote Creek Park. The walk runs from 10 am to noon. For more information contact Don Torino at or 201-230-4983. We’ll have more from Joe tomorrow!

Red-tailed Hawk

Bald Eagles

Immature Bald Eagle

Cedar Waxwing and American Robin

Lesser Scaup and Ruddy Ducks

European Starlings

Hermit Thrush

American Coot

Fox Sparrow



Upcoming BCAS Meadowlands Walks

Losen Slote Creek Park

Join the Bergen Audubon Society for two great upcoming Meadowlands walks!  This Sunday, Dec. 16, they’ll be in Little Ferry at Losen Slote Creek Park and the new Mehrhof Pond Wildlife Observation Area. Losen Slote is one of the last remaining lowland forests in the Meadowlands. The Observation Area, which opened this Spring, offers stellar views of waterfowl and other birds. 

Then, next Tuesday,Dec. 18, they’ll be at Laurel Hill Park in Secaucus, on the lookout for ducks, cormorants and wintering birds.

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

Don Torino’s Life in the Meadowlands: The Vanishing Rusty Blackbird

Courtey Jim Macaluso

We have seen some great success stories in the birding world in recent years. The Bald Eagle has made a triumphant recovery from the edge of extinction. The Peregrine Falcon, once gone from the Eastern United States, has now returned. The Osprey has become almost common place where it once had disappeared.

Yet today there are many birds much less known that are in serious decline. One of those special birds has become close to my heart: The Rusty Blackbird.

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