We also had the ususal suspects, including peeps, yellowlegs, egrets and a few dowitchers.
Julie McCall reports: Spent some time out on Disposal Road and at DeKorte Park today, and although it seemed at the time to be quieter than I expected, I still finished off the trip with around 40 species.
With water levels down in the Shorebird Pool in preparation for the
Festival of Birding this weekend, it was much easier than usual to find a Sora – I had one just wander out of the phrags about ten feet in front of me while I was trying to get a better look at a Northern Waterthrush. ull
The bird was seen on the Marsh Discovery Trail (MDT) after the second outdoor classroom. [See map above.] Soras have been spotted several times lately.
I also saw a good number of Northern Waterthrushes today – at least ten or twelve, along the MDT and near the Lyndhurst NatureReserve. I also had Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, Kestrel, Peregrine, and Northern Harrier.
Shorebirds included Dowitchers (Short-billed?), both Yellowlegs, and scattered groups of peeps. The wind kept a lot of the birds huddled near phrag islands. (Thanks, Julie!)
Full list follows.
(Photo at right is from the NJMC archives.)
The memorial features two wooden piers suggesting the fallen towers. Each pier is composed of 110 boards, each symbolizing a floor of the buildings.
Nearby, a steel silhouette of the pre-9/11 skyline recalls the view before the attacks.
A plaque with the follwoing quote accompanies the memorial:
"In the night of death, hope sees a star, and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing." — Robert Ingersoll.
Click "Continue reading …" to see a time-lapse photo of the Memorial Cove at night, featured on the NJMC 2009 40th anniversary calendar.