Birder Neil Maruca reports: Pre-work stop by at Mehrhof Pond in Little Ferry this morning yielded 2 adult and an immature Bald Eagle in the tall deciduous trees on the western edge of the pond. No Ruddy Ducks, most likely because they being used as snack sized tidbits for the eagles. Also present were Great Cormorant, Hooded & Common Merganser, 46 Lesser Scaup in 2 rafts, and 3 Ring-Necked Ducks. (Photo was taken last week by the Hackensack River in Hackensack.)
Can you find a Long-Eared Owl in this photo? Two? Three?
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Science writer Dava Sobel, the best-selling author of “Galileo’s Daughter,” will give a talk and sign books at 1 p.m. on March 14 at the Meadowlands Environment Center.
Sobel will speak about her books and the International Year of Astronomy 2009, a year-long celebration marking 400 years since Galileo first pointed his telescope toward the stars.
The event is part of the NJMC’s 40th Anniversary celebration.
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We shot the above video last week when we checked in on our favorite Monk Parakeet colony, in Ridgefield, in the northeasternmost part of the district.
The video is just footage of the birds hanging out on and near their nests, located on a railroad bridge in a commercial district not far from the center of town.
They are delightful to watch, but not quite as delightful to hear — as you'll learn if you play the video with the audio up.
The birds seem incredibly social, flitting around the area and occasionally cuddling with one another == which may explain why the Monk Parakeet on the left is gathering nesting material.
One of the delights of seeing these birds — especially on a cold windy way — is to see their vibrant colors and think (for an instant) you are in the tropics.
Previous posts on the Monk Parakeets of Ridgefield are here.
The Bergen Record's Mike Kelly did a column on these amazing birds today. The link is here.