Daily Archives: July 15, 2010

Least Terns at DeKorte and Harrier Meadow


   We saw three Least Terns yesterday afternoon over one of the impoundments at Harrier, and another was seen near the entrance to the Saw Mill Creek Trail earlier in the day.
   We are also seeing Greater Yellowlegs and assorted sandpipers, including the Solitary Sandpiper below. Fall migration appears to be under way…


Bald Eagle(s) at Keegan Landfill

Copy of Copy of IMG_0101-1     For the past week or so, we have been getting reports of one or more Bald Eagles hanging out at the Keegan Landfill in Kearny.
   Alas, we have not had the opportunity to get dwon to the landfill and see for ourselves.
   Fortunately, Ron Shields took a few shots from his kayak in the Kearny Marsh. He writes that the two shots were taken roughly 30 minutes apart, but that he thinks the photos are of the same bird.
   At least one other Bald Eagle has been seen at Keegan of late — a mature Bald Eagle. (Thanks, Ron!)

   We do get Bald Eagle sightings at DeKorte from time to time, including this one from March, when Bald Eagles and gulls were competing for fish. They are always awesome to see in the wild.

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Nesting Cliff Swallows at DeKorte!

    The NJMC's Jim Wright wrote this nature column about nesting Cliff Swallows for the current editions of The South Bergenite.

   Ever since the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission began a nesting-box program more than a decade ago, DeKorte Park has been  an attractive neighborhood for hundreds upon hundreds of Tree Swallows, those fast-flying iridescent-blue marvels that zip back and forth across the open water  in search of insects.
    This year, we have had a new type of swallow for a tenant – nesting Cliff Swallows. But these birds aren't taking up residence in the wooden nest boxes — they've made their own mud-walled homes under the Meadowlands Environmental Center’s Marshview Pavilion.
“The Cliff Swallows are our ‘bird of the year’,” says NJMC Naturalist Gabrielle Bennett Meany. “We occasionally see these unusual birds as they pass through in the spring, but this is our first record of a nesting pair.”
    Bennett-Meany explains why it’s significant that the birds are nesting: “This is big news because these beautiful birds are listed on the state’s ‘birds of special concern’ list – which means that they warrant special attention because of evidence they’re vulnerable or in decline.”

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