There is no more incredible time to be outside than spring. Millions of birds as we speak are making an incredible, arduous journey from as far away as Central and South America which at times defies our own comprehension.
Imagine a bird like a Black-throated Blue Warbler weighing no more 8 grams flying from the Caribbean to southern Canada while stopping off in your backyard for a short rest, an achievement hard to understand in human terms.
And as amazing as this journey is, there is another important excursion happening in the birding world, one that goes hand in hand along with the birds , no less amazing and adventurous, it is our very own personal lifelong journey.
Due to cloud cover, tonight’s (April 26) viewing session at the William D. McDowell Observatory in DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst has been cancelled. The next open public viewing night is Wednesday, May 3, from 8 to 10:30 pm
We’ll turn our attention to Forster’s Terns today. Mickey Raine got a bunch of great shots of the migratory birds at DeKorte this past Sunday. Mickey writes: THE FAMILIAR LOUD GROUP YAPPING SOUNDS OF THE FORSTER’S TERNS IS ALWAYS A WELCOMING ONE, FOR IT IS A REMINDER OF MORE WARM WEATHER BIRDS TO ARRIVE SOON.
He’s right about the warmer weather arriving soon. Temps this weekend are supposed to be in the low to mid-80s!
The Bergen County Audubon Society is leading a walk and cleanup at Losen Slote Creek Park in Little Ferry on Sunday, May 7, letting you enjoy the park’s natural beauty while acting as a steward for the park’s upkeep!
Losen Slote is one of the last upland forests in the Meadowlands and a great spot for bird watching and enjoying nature at its best. The walk is from 8:30 to 10:30 am, followed by the cleanup. Please bring your own work gloves.
For more information contact Don Torino at firstname.lastname@example.org or 201-230-4983.
We’ve had several sightings of a Snow Goose at DeKorte over the past week. Here’s some photographic evidence courtesy of Ron Shields. Great photos!
Check out this shot Rich Brown got a couple days ago at DeKorte of a Great Egret with some smaller – and slower – friends, a pair of Painted Turtles. Rich also sent in photos of a Savannah Sparrow and an Osprey.
Is it just me or does this Tree Swallow have the disposition of a general? Thanks to Dennis Cheeseman for the photo from DeKorte today. Below, mating Tree Swallows, a White-Crowned Sparrow splish splashing and some blooming Dogwoods. Thanks Dennis!
Can’t get enough of those irrestible Tree Swallows! Here are some taken last week at Mill Creek Marsh by Mickey Raine, along with Green-winged Teal and a Greater Yellowlegs.
Happy Monday! We greet the new week with some great photos taken last week by Mickey Raine of Osprey at River Barge Park and photos from last year of those super-cute Harbor Seals that love to sun themselves on the docks. Here’s hoping they return soon! We’ll have plenty more from Mickey later today.