The low water levels in the Shorebord Pool at DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst continue to attract good birds.
Among the many highlights:
Four Golden Plovers continue near the Transco Trail.
Nearly continuous looks at Soras, a Wilson's Phalarope, two Long-billed Dowitchers,a nd a look at a Least Bittern along the Marsh Discovery Trail.
200+ Great and Snowy Egrets, plus yellowlegs and sandpipers galore.
And did we mention the more than a dozen Black-crowned Night Herons?
(All photos taken today.)
Birder Ray Duffy Reports:
I walked the Marsh Discovery Trail this evening after work from about 6:40-7:30pm. The Wilson's Phalarope (above, photo by Mike Wolfe)was standing with a couple of yellowlegs and clearly had the thinner bill, smaller than the other birds and lacking the streaking of a yellowlegs with a clear difference between the white throat and the gray neck.
One sora was running around the phragmite "island" near the center. Pectoral sandpipers continued.
It was also spider city. Tons of them putting out webs for the evening in some of the blinds and on the railings. I also had two raccoon cross over the train line and a skunk cross the road near the Marsh Discovery Trail.
Birder Don DesJardines reports from yesterday's bird walk that the group's highlighst included four Golden Plovers and four Black-bellied Plovers.
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The Meadowlands Commission isn't the only agerncy in the region working wonders with former landfills. On Staten Island, the old Freshkills Landfill has been reborn as Freshkills Park.
This Sunday, Freshkills Park is sponsoring a bird walk along the site's wetlands and creeks.
The walk will be led by naturalists from the Staten Island Museum and park planners from the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. It will be travelled both by bus and by foot. The tour will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will last about two hours.
Space is limited. To register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading “September Bird Tour” or call (212) 788-8277.
The Web site is here.