Daily Archives: December 24, 2008


IMG_8532-1      The landfills around DeKorte Park are brimming with raptors these days.   

    Today we saw  Rough-legged Hawks, male and female Northern Harriers, American Kestrels and Red-tailed Hawks in Lyndhurst and North Arlington.

    Yesterday. birder Michael Britt reported seeing 6 Rough-legged Hawks (4 light, 2 dark) 3 Bald Eagles (2 adults, 1 Imm.) 3 Short-eared Owls, 3 Kestrels, several Northern Harriers including 2 gray ghosts), many Red-tails and 2 Great Cormorants 

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This weekly feature is brought to you by the Meadowlands Commission's Parks Department to give you some historical background on how local places, landmarks, and geographical features  got their name.

Little Ferry Brickyard-1905

 Mehrhof Pond and Mehrhof Road, Little Ferry

    During the late 19th century, Little Ferry was the second-largest brick making center in the U.S., producing 100 million bricks annually. 

    One of the Mehrhof Brothers clay pits remain – Mehrhof Pond, a freshwater pond at the end of Mehrhof Road.

   The pond is a great birding site, and the winter home of hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of Ruddy Ducks.

              (Reference: The Hackensack Meadowlands   — Kevin W. Wright)