Sandy Komito and Elaine Raine
We had a very special visitor in the Meadowlands last weekend. Sandy Komito, who saw an at the time record 748 bird species in the 1998 Big Year, a record that stood for 15 years, was visiting our great blog photographers Mickey and Elaine Raine. They took in DeKorte Park and Mill Creek Marsh as well as Cape May and other birding locations in the state.
Komito was the inspiration behind Owen Wilson’s category in the movie “The Big Year” (2011). The Big Year is a competition among birders to see who can see and identify the greatest number of species of birds in North America (north of Mexico) in a calendar year.
Below are photos of Snowy Egrets that Mickey took at Mill Creek Marsh.
Thanks to Mickey Raine for a series of great photos of various species. All were taken this past weekend at DeKorte except for the mallard family above. That photo was taken in June but too cute not to include here! We’ll have more from Mickey soon.
Black-crowned Night Heron
Ron Shields got great photos of the rare-for-the-Meadowlands Buff-breasted Sandpiper at the Kearny Marsh last Friday. Great shots, Ron!
Courtesy M.E. Raine
Join the Bergen County Audubon Society for a guided nature walk next Tuesday (Sept. 19) at DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst! The walk goes from 10 am to noon and meets outside the Meadowlands Environment Center.
They’ll be looking for shorebirds, ducks and fall migrants such as Flycatchers. For more information email email@example.com or call 201-230-4983.
Many thanks to Chris Takacs for this great photo of a graceful Hummingbird approaching a Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis). The flower is one of more than 200 planted at the Lyndhurst Nature Reserve thanks to a generous donation by Michael Sherman.
Cardinal flowers produce tall spikes of bright red flowers between midsummer and early autumn that attract a variety of butterflies as well as hummingbirds. Cardinal flowers are native to wet meadows, marshes and stream banks, and prefer a wet soil.
As you may know, Alice the Eagle did not return to the nest this year to join her partner Al. Alice was banded but there are no photos we know of that have the numbers clearly identified.
Jim Wright of the Celery Farm Blog has put out a call to anyone who may have a photo of Alice with the band ID clearly legible. For more info click here and thanks for your help!
Dennis Cheeseman sent these cool photos he took at River Barge Park this morning. Great shots. Thanks Dennis!
The NJSEA’s William D. McDowell Observatory at DeKorte Park offers free public viewing nights every Wednesday from 8 to 10:30 pm, weather permitting. Take advantage of this awesome opportunity to view the moon, planets and stars up close through our research-grade telescope. Our astronomy experts will tell you all about what you’re seeing.
To read more about the Observatory, click here
For a complete schedule, including what should be visible each night, click here
Based on the weather conditions and forecast, tonight’s (Sept. 6) viewing session at the William D. McDowell Observatory in DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst has been cancelled. The next open public viewing night is Wednesday, Sept. 13, from 8 to 10:30 pm