A brief walk after lunch yielded no Bald Eagles, but we did get a Boat-tailed Grackle by the Administration Building, and an American Kestrel on the DeKorte Park Osprey Platform.
The Grackle was making an incredible racket — heard it from 50 yards away.
A full complement of ducks is still hanging out in the impoundments.
Tree Swallows are invading the Meadowlands these days and snapping up all the available housing. NJMC naturalists are erecting more nesting boxes the marshes, starting this week.
The two Bald Eagles were definitely the stars of Wednesday's early afternoon walk along the Transco Trail at DeKorte Park — especially when the gulls challenged them — but we also saw plenty of ducks in the Shorebird Pool.
These included a raft of at least 30 Buffleheads (part of the raft is below) with a Ring-necked Duck thrown in, and another raft of 100+ Ruddy Ducks way in the back. Also had Tree Swallows and a Killdeer or two.
Later in the Saw Mill Creek Tidal Impoundment, we had a raft of 40+ Canvasbacks.
Although the Marsh Discovery Trail is closed, the Transco Trail is currently open from end to end, and affords solid views of several impoundments.