Daily Archives: December 9, 2010

Bird Report: Kearny Marsh 120810 (and 120910)

Hung out by Gunnell Oval yesterday to see what was cookin' in the (then) unfrozen Kearny Marsh.

Saw plenty of American Coots and Northern Shovelers up-close, and distant looks at plenty of Green-winged Teal and a pair of Hooded Mergansers.

Also present: Northern Harrier, Great Blue Heron, Red-winged Blackbirds, assorted gulls. No Common Moorhen today that we could see.

IMG_8274 Note: Much of the marsh was frozen this morning (Thursday) at 10:30 a.m..

Birsd were congregating in open water near Gunnell Oval — coots, Green-winged Teal, shovelers, a Great Blue, a white domestic duck, a young cormorant, and assorted gulls and Mallards and Canada Geese. IMG_8261

See a Full Lunar Eclipse at DeKorte!

The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission invites the public to an up-close view of the first total lunar eclipse in nearly three years on Monday, Dec. 20, at the Commission’s William D. McDowell Observatory.

The free, all-ages program begins at 11:30 p.m. with an information session on eclipses. Visitors will have a chance to view the eclipse and the night sky through the Observatory’s state-of-the art 20-inch-diameter telescope.

A total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon completely passes behind the earth so that the earth blocks the sun’s rays from striking the moon. As a result the moon is cast in spectacular shades of red and orange.

More information folllows.

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