Daily Archives: October 16, 2008

LITTLE FERRY: Ruddy ducks

Ruddies   The days may still be on the warm side, but fall has officially arrived now that the ruddies are back on Mehrhof Pond in Little Ferry.
   We saw more than 40 of the early arrivals there the other day.
   A month from now, there could be 1,000 or more.

   There is an entrance to the pond just before you get to the BCUA gatehouse.
   These ruddies were a shy bunch, so a spotting scope would be ideal for viewing.

  For an earlier post on Mehrhof Pond, click here.

HARRIER MEADOW: Wednesday’s walk


    We once again had great weather for the guided public walk through Harrier Meadow. Highlights included this common buckeye butterfly above (can anyone ID the other bug?), as well as a nice variety of raptors and ducks.

 The next Harrier Meadow public walk is Oct. 25. A couple of slots have opened up, first-come first-served. Watch this site for a list of November walks, or sign up for our e-mail list here.
   Click "Continue reading…" for Wednesday's full list and a couple more photos.

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If you've ever walked to the beginning of the Saw Mill Creek Trail in North Arlington or gone birding along Disposal Road, you're probably familiar with the AMVETS Memorial Carillon. 

Friday, Oct. 17, is the carillon's first anniversary, and the local AMVETS group is having a commemoration at the site at 11 a.m., followed by coffee at the Meadowlands Environment Center just down the road in Lyndhurst. The public is invited.

The carillon chimes on the quarter hour, with a lengthier anthem on the hour. Then first time you walk by when it chimes, it catches you by surprise but the pealing appealing once you get accustomed to it.

There are several AMVETS carillons nationwide, including one at Arlington Cemetery in Arlington, Va. For more information on the AMVETS Carillon program, click here.