Chris Takacs and Ray Duffy boat report seeing/hearing a Boat-tailed Grackle yesterday. Chris had his bird at his house in Lyndhurst, off Schuyler Ave. Ray had his bird near Laurel Hill County Park in Secaucus.
This bird is ubiquitous in Florida, and we are told it may nest on Long Island, but it's it's a great bird, so be on the lookout. (Thanks, guys!)
Here's a link to Chris' photo.
Here is a link to Ray's video. Ray also had an Eastern Meadowlark.
We have some nasty photos of Mill Creek Marsh in Secaucus, taken in the wake of the weekend storm. Much of the vegetation has been washed away, and the entire site looks like a war zone.
To understand how extensive the damage is, we thought we'd post a few "before" and "after" shots. The shot above was taken in the fall, when everything was thriving. Below is this week — more pix follow "on the jump."
The shots aren't of exactly the same views, but you'll get the idea…