Birder Ray Duffy visits the Meadowlands’ parks and marshes regularly. His recent sightings include a peregrine falcon and an Egyptian goose at Mill Creek Marsh in Secaucus and a least bittern and a willow flycatcher at the Kearny Marsh.
We’d like to think that Pleasantview Terrace in Ridgefield was named for the view of Skeetkill Creek Marsh, a nice natural oasis amid a commercial district. This 16-acre marsh was once all phragmites, and heavily littered.
The Meadowlands Commission overhauled the site a decade ago, creating tidal channels, open water, and islands of vegetation.
It is now owned by the Meadowlands Conservation Trust.
Local volunteers, with the help of a nearby Ridgefield business that has adopted the site, keep the site clean. The Riverkeeper has done clean-ups here as well.
Peeps and other shorebirds love Skeetkill Creek Marsh at low tide, and egrets and great blue herons fly in to feed as the tide rises.
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