Daily Archives: September 14, 2009

Don’t Miss Tomorrow’s Bird Walk!

        The Meadowlands Commission and IMG_6907Bergen Audubon are holding our monthly third-Tuesday walk at DeKorte Park tomorrow at 10 a.m.

   As you can read in the posts below (and see from the shot at right, taken moments ago), we have been getting some good looks at some very good birds at DeKorte lately. 

   If you missed the Meadowlands Festival of Birding this past weekend — or just cant get enough birding — meet us in front of the Meadowlands Environment Center. 

 We'll even keep an eye out for migrating Broadwings and Monarchs…

  More on tomorrow's walk and other upcoming events here.

Meadowlands Festival of Birding Report

IMG_6795      This weekend's Meadowlands Festival of Birding was a big hit.

      Edna Duffy of Secaucus summed up the first day nicely (Thanks, Edna!):

      "Two-hundred-plus people enjoyed themselves [Saturday] at the sixth annual Meadowlands Birding Festival.

   "Great birds, including flyover Hudsonian Godwit and Red-necked Phalarope. Early boat ride this morning on the Hackensack River had a Bald Eagle steal a fish from an Osprey. Yellow-Crowned Night-Herons and Common Moorhen seen as well."

     Staff Writer Rich Cowen of The Record had a great story on the event in the Sunday paper.

     We especially loved this part: "Birds know — and so do bird-watchers — that the best place to escape all that concrete, steel and glass is the 8,000-acre swamp-turned-sanctuary that we call the Meadowlands. This green oasis, a favorite stopover for nearly 300 species of birds, on Saturday played host to the sixth annual New Jersey Meadowlands Festival of Birding."

   The link is here.

    A big "Thank-you" goes out to all who participated.

Barn Owl Boxes For Harrier Meadow


     Harrier Meadow in North Arlington is getting three new Barn Owl nesting boxes, thanks to Matthew Schelhorn of IMG_4269Boy Scout Troop 65 in Cedar Grove.

   Schelhorn constructed the three boxes  as part of an Eagle Scout project.

   Barn Owls have been seen at Harrier Meadow during last year's Christmas Bird Count and other times, and are known to nest in a few spots in the Meadowlands.

  More on these spectacularly beautiful owls here.

  More on Harrier Meadow here.


IMG_6734     Jewelweed is blooming all along the trail by the Kearny Marsh at Gunnell Oval.

   The plant is also called a "Touch-Me-Not" or Popper.

   The reason: When you touch the seed pod  (lower right), the pod pops and the seed goes flying — an ingenious way to transport seeds away from the plant.

   Jewelweed is native, and very popular with Ruby-throated Hummingbirds.

  It is used to treat Poison Ivy.

  More Jewelweed here and here.