NJMC naturalists rescued a Snowy Egret by the Barge Club in Carlstadt today. It appeared to have an injured wing and was generally in sad shape.
With the help of Naturalist Michael Newhouse, Erica Mueller (pictured above with the egret) went into the marsh to recover the bird.
Erica took the bird to the Raptor Trust in Millington, where it is said to be resting comfortably.
Preliminary diagnosis: swollen elbow and dehydration. Prognosis: After it regains strength in several days, the egret will be X-rayed, assessed and treated accordingly.
Click here for more information on the Raptor Trust, a wonderful haven for orphanned and injured birds.
We hope to post an update next Wednesday.
The first Harrier Meadow guided walk for November is booked solid, but there's plenty of room left for the Saturday walk at 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 15 as well as a Wednesday walk at 9 a.m. on Nov. 19.
The North Arlington walks have been well-received so far, and participants seem to like that the groups are limited to 12 people or fewer. Small (and soft-spoken) groups make the walks more collegial, and there's a better chance of seeing birds.
So far in November, we have been seeing plenty of waterfowl and raptors of late — and a few egrets and great blue herons.
To reserve a spot on either walk, e-mail us.
For more on Harrier Meadow, including write-ups of previous walks, click here and scroll down.