Daily Archives: June 3, 2010

Black Saddlebags Dragonflies


   Lyndhurst and North Arlington are getting an influx of nifty bugs called Black Saddlebags Dragonflies (cool name!).
   The shot above was taken at Harrier Meadow yesterday afternoon, but the dragonflies have been seen in numbers at DeKorte Park as well this week.
   In fact, we hope to see a few on the midday guided walk on the marsh Discovery Trail today.   
   The real trick is to get them to sit still long enough for a photo.

   More on Black Saddlebags Dragonflies here.


Great Article on NJMC Bird-banding

  Banding1 John Soltes, editor-in-chief of The Leader, wrote a great story on the bird-banding efforts of the Meadowlands Commission.
   Here's the opening:

   This traill’s flycatcher of undetermined gender weighs 16 grams, is 71 mm in length and was most likely hatched a couple of years ago. The fair colors of its plumage belie an avian normalcy — to the untrained eye, it looks like just another bird in the sky.
   But this winged creature, which calls the Meadowlands home for at least part of the year, is different. On the right leg of this flycatcher, who is smaller than the palm of one’s hand, is a little silver-colored metal band displaying its new name: 2610-14799.
   Looking like a person on probation sporting an ankle bracelet, this bird is part of a larger community of 8,000 friends who have been banded by the field specialists at the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission, the state agency that has zoning rights over the wetlands in the area.

  Read the full story here.
  Soltes also wrote a great story earlier this year about Harrier Meadow. Link is here.