NJMC Naturalist Gabrielle Bennett-Meany took this photo on the Mill Creek Marsh Trail. She writes:
They are quite abundant, so anyone who is walking along the trail quietly and hears rustling in the vegetation, it could be a muskrat feeding.
Valerie Knipping writes: "Sunday morning searched very hard for the Avocet. at DeKorte. No luck. Lots of Least Sandpipers and 1 semi-palm plover. Also a few Laughing Gulls sprinkled about along with many Snowy and Great Egrets. Also one male Black-throated Blue Warbler in a Scholar Tree near the buildings.
On Monday at DeKorte, NJMC staff had Short-billed Dowitchers and lots of Least Sandpipers (above) and Yellowlegs, plus a Forster's Tern or two, the usual Ospreys and a Kestrel (by the Erie Landfill). We do have some mud flats in places, but water levels are still a bit up. And no American Avocet.
Did not see the Avocet as of 1 p.m. Friday, but it could easily be out of sight. Had dowitchers, both yellowlegs, Ruddies, Osprey, a few Forster's Terns and lots of egrets.
Water levels in the Shorebird Pool are up due to recent rains but a few spots of mud are around. Also had an American Kestrel off Disposal Road.
The exhibit, “Looking In/Looking Out,” includes landscapes and portraits and runs from Monday, Aug. 30 through Thursday, Sept. 30. A reception for the artist is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 26 from noon to 2:30 p.m.
Lots of butterflies by the Environment Center today, including Viceroy, Monarch, Black Swallowtail, Red Admiral, Pearl Crescent, Common Buckeye, Wild Indigo Duskywing, Broad-winged Skipper, Silver-spotted Skipper, Peck's Skipper, Cabbage White and Orange Sulphur. Also had our buddy, the Snowberry Clear-winged Moth.
Should be a great weekend for birds and butterflies at DeKorte.
The NJMC's Jim Wright wrote this column for The South Bergenite. It appears in today's editions.
New to bird-watching and want to learn about the abundant wonders in our own backyard?
The N.J. Meadowlands Commission is hosting the seventh annual Meadowlands Festival of Birding, a great way for beginners and experts alike to see a variety of great birds and butterflies.
The two-day event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 11, and Sunday, Sept. 12, this year. Saturday’s programs, headquartered at the Environment Center in DeKorte Park, feature such p
opular events as pontoon-boat birding cruises on the Hackensack River, a bird-banding demonstration, a butterfly session, plenty of bird walks and a keynote address by Richard Crossley, a co-author of “The Shorebird Guide.”
This is one of the best times to go birding in the Meadowlands, and BirdFest is a great way to participate.
We saw the American Avocet at 4:45 p.m. today (Wednesday), chilling with Mallards at the north end of the Shorebird Pool, way in the back. Almost missed it, but the 12x binoculars helped. The above shot is with a 400mm lens, enlarged to a fare-thee-well.
Also had Belted Kingfisher, a few Ospreys and (by the side of the Environment Center) two clear-winged moths on the butterfly bush.