Monthly Archives: October 2009

Christmas Bird Count 2009


    Mike Britt reports:

     "The Lower Hudson Christmas Bird Count [which includes the Meadowlands] will be held on Sunday, Dec. 20.

   "For those that have never participated before and would like to…please consider that this is a 'great escape' from the masses doing their last minute  Christmas shopping. 

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  Click here for posts from the 2008 local count.

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Sneak Preview: 40th Anniversary Gala Slide Show

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     There's a big black-tie event tonight in East Rutherford to celebrate the Meadowlands Commission's 40th anniversary, and we were asked to put together a slide show (mostly of nature shots) that will appear on video monitors at the event.

   But you don't have to wear a tux or pearls to see the show. A preview is here.

   We hope you like it.

Bird Report 102209

IMG_0289      Linda Gangi reports that she "took a short walk thru the Lyndhurst Reserve at  DeKorte [on Wednesday afternoon].

   "There was a flock of Ruby-crowned Kinglets, along with a good selection of sparrows– White-throated, Song, Chipping, Savannah, Swamp, House and Field.

   "Yellow-rumps were everywhere, and the Kingfisher was out fishing."

    On a later walk along the Transco Trail and Marsh Discovery Trail, we were invaded by Yellow-rumps everywhere.

    There was still a Snowy Egret or two around as well.


Grasshopper Afternoons


    We all know the fable of the Ant and the Grasshopper, and how the ant saved food for the winter while the Grasshopper goofed.

   But given the sunny weather of the past few days, who can blame this Grasshopper for chilling out on the Transco Trail in DeKorte Park? 

Mystery Warbler


IMG_0200   NJMC Naturalist Michael Newhouse and his ace band of bird banders banded this warbler this morning.

   It appears to be a classic "confusing fall warbler." 

Mike and Co. have their hunches.  

What do you think?   

   E-mail blog-keeper Jim Wright here.


Upcoming BCAS/NJMC Events


     We now have the November and December schedule for our First Sunday of the Month and the Third Tuesday of the Month walks with the Bergen County Audubon Society, and do we have some neat things in store.

    Highlights include Tuesday walks in two new spots — Mill Creek Marsh in Secaucus (above) and Mehrhof Woods in Little Ferry — and Sunday walks at DeKorte that include a "Winter Hawk Talk (and slide show)." 

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Today’s Ridgefield Walk


  We had a great walk with the Bergen County Audubon Society in Ridgefield today — nice weather, nice birds and a nice bunch of people. 

   Don Torino of BCAS and Karen Riede of the Ridgefield Nature Center led the way. 

IMG_0070    Highlights included a Hermit Thrush at the Ridgefield Nature Center, lots of Ruby-crowned Kinglets at the Ridgefield Community Garden, the delightful (but loud) Monk Parakeets of Railroad Avenue (below), plus  an American Kestrel (left) and (immature) White-crowned Sparrows at the Skeetkill Creek Marsh.

  Attendance was more than two-dozen birders of all experience levels.

   Thanks to all who participated, and a special thanks to Bruce and Karen Riede for all their help.


DeKorte Is Nifty This Time of Year


      There may not be as many birds at DeKorte these days, now that the water levels in the Shorebird Pool are on the rise again, but for a late afternoon walk, DeKorte is still amazing — especially on a sunny autumn day.

   We walked around at 4:30 p.m. the other day, just as a Northern Harrier hunted above the tops of the Phragmites and yellowlegs and a few other lingering shorebirds worked the shallows.

   Yes, the one photo is in black-and-white. Just making sure you're paying attention.