Monthly Archives: August 2008

BIRD FEST: Around the corner

    The big banner went up in DeKorte Park’s Butterfly Garden last week — letting everyone know that the big Meadowlands Festival of Birding is less than two weeks away now.
   For more information about this event, sponsored and hosted by the Meadowlands Commission, click here.

   Coming soon, a video of Harrier Meadow, one of the many attractions of the fest.

SECAUCUS: Schmidt’s Woods



A lot of warblers are heading south again, and Schmidt’s Woods in Secaucus is a good Img_0562_2 place to see them.
   Last week, just beyond the park’s parking lot, we saw a black-and-white warbler (below) and a redstart high in a tree (right).
   Img_0554 The park is on the small side, but the woods provide a great rest stop for the warblers.
   The trails are nice and wide, with  an exercise circuit along the way.
   In years past, yellow-crowned night herons, a threatened species, have nested there.
   All in all, a nice oasis for birds and humans alike.




     The Meadowlands Commission is adding another weapon in its battle to increase Bulrush_2_img_6195biodiversity in the 30.4-square-mile district.
     This week, Commission naturalists  reintroduced saltmarsh bulrush, a valuable wetlands plant, at several sites in the Meadowlands.

    The sites
included the the Mill Creek Marsh in Secaucus and Harrier Meadow in North Arlington, with more sites planned down the road.

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BIRDS, plus

     More Tuesday Sightings from DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst and the AMVETS Carillon area along Disposal Road in North Arlington:
 Don Torino had a "real nice Peregrine Falcon on the power line tower across from the veterans memorial [in North Arlington]. It kept circling and calling, pretty cool."
Ray Duffy reports: 
    "I got the 3 Marbled Godwits around 2:45pm Tuesday at DeKorte.
    "A White-rumped Sandpiper (speckled along the flanks, longer wings) along the Marsh Discovery Trail.
    "Three Western Sandpipers mixed in with the Semipalmated sandpipers around the Marsh Discovery Trail.
    "A magnolia warbler and an american redstart along the Lyndhurst Nature Reserve trail.
    "One short-billed dowitcher hanging out with a group of yellowlegs in the phragmites cluster by the nature center.
    For non-birds, I got a hummingbird moth and a likely hairstreak butterfly (<link to Ray's photo here) at the Butterfly Garden.



   We’ve noticed this plant starting to bloom in a fewImg_0549 places in the Meadowlands — such as Secaucus High School Marsh and the Marsh Discovery Trail in Lyndhurst.

   We asked one of our experts at the Meadowlands Commission, Dr. Ross Feltes, and he identified it as saltmarsh fleabane — a.k.a. sweetscent or Pluchea odorata.

  Feltes, a naturalist, reports that "it commonly colonizes disturbed brackish wetlands."

   He adds: "In past years it has grown on top of the cedar stumps in the impoundments at Mill Creek Marsh, making for an unusual, but pretty, feature."

   We saw it there this week (below).