Monthly Archives: August 2009

More Cormorant Antics


      This summer has been a bumper season for bizarre Double-crested Cormorant shots — from one being rescued after getting its neck wedged in an old  tide gate to one getting into a wrestling match with an eel.    

   This time around, we thought we'd show a sequence of what D.C. Cormorants do best — eat fish.

     The sequence was photographed last week at DeKorte Park out by the Saw Mill Creek Trail.    

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Bird Fest & More: Upcoming Meadowlands Events

IMG_6020-1        NJMC naturalist Mike Newhouse demonstrated bird-banding at Harrier Meadow at last year's Meadowlands Festival of Birding. He will reprise the demonstration on Sept. 12 and Sept. 22 at Harrier.

   We have a full slate of events over the next two months, including several walks and the big Bird Fest on Sept. 12 and 13.

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Raptor Day


     This was a good day for raptor sightings, including a Peregrine Falcon on the Route 3 Bridge (see next week's Tuesday Teaser).

   We also saw a Northern Harrier over the Saw Mill Creek Wildlife Management Area  and eight Ospreys flying over the Richard P. Kane Natural Area by the Hackensack River in Carlstadt.

    The day was topped off by this Red-tailed Hawk, on a Sycamore branch by the far parking lot at DeKorte Park.

   We figure he was keeping an eye out for an unsuspecting squirrel.

  (Thanks to Adam L. for pointing it out!)

Egret Turf Wars


    Now that the DeKorte Shorebird Pool water levels have been lowered, we're getting lots of birds fishing and mud-rummaging in there.

   Yesterday, we saw these two Snowy Egrets with Mohawk-hairdos have a little spat over fishing grounds — just like nations like to do.

When To Find Mudflats at DeKorte


   One of the tricks of finding shorebirds at DeKorte is timing the mudflats. Unfortunately, it's a bit of an art and a science. IMG_3868

   In this post, we'll try to suggest some ways of increasing your odds of  getting a good shorebird day.

   (Be advised that this week, we are trying to reduce the water levels in the Shorebird Pool to complete some building maintenance, so there should be  opportunities to see good birds — like the Lesser Yellowlegs above — all week long.)

  Here's the main rule of thumb for timing the other tidal impoundments:

   To find out roughly when the low tide at DeKorte is going to be, calculate the low tide at the Amtrak Swing Bridge on the Hackensack River, and add two hours.

   Click "Continue reading…" for links to the tide charts and another mudflat shot.

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Kevin Karlson Day: The Bird List


   Thanks again to everyone who took a flier on the weather and attended "A Day With Kevin Karlson" on Saturday.

   We had a spot or two of rain during the morning walk, IMG_3272 but we did have enough mudflats in the Shorebird Pool to get a lot of peeps and several other good birds.

   Thanks again to Kevin Karlson, ably assisted by NJMC Naturalist Michael Newhouse, NYC "Mega-birder" Lloyd Spitalnik and Ace North Jersey birder Rob Fanning.

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