Monthly Archives: February 2011

Bird Report: 021611

The Light-morph Rough-leg continues on Disposal Road, despite the landfill remediation work (above photo was taken today). Also saw plenty of harriers. (Please be careful of all the heavy equipment along Disposal Road and give it a wide berth).

Kearny Marsh had No. Shoveler, several Hooded Mergs and the usual array of Am. Coots.

Mill Creek 021511: Eurasian Teal, Bald Eagle, Gray Ghost


We had an extremely cold Third-IMG_4620Tuesday Walk at Mill Creek Marsh this morning — 7 hearty souls and 15 species. (Thanks to all who participated!)

Highlights included the elusive Eurasian Green-winged Teal (right) and a Bald Eagle (below).

We had looked for the Eurasian (or Common Teal) on several occasions this winter without success.

Sorry for posting Bald Eagle photos two days in a row. Those darned big birds keep getting in the way of the other stuff.

The free walk was sponsored by the New Jersey Meadowlands Commmission and the Bergen County Audubon Society.

Full list follows.


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Tuesday Teaser 021511

 With the Kingsland Impoundment (Shorebird Pool) frozen solid last month, we took the Dekorte_9151opportunity to look under the Visitor Center at DeKorte Park to check out some of the housing units when they are not being used.

What kind of nest is this above?

Also saw the nest below, which was "taller" than the eight others but probably more of same… Your input most welcome.

Answer tomorrow.


Valentine Sunday Walk: The Full List

We had a bracing walk on Sunday, highlighted by a few good looks at Northern Harriers and a couple of Brown Creepers.

In all we had just over two dozen species on the walk, which featured Transco Trail and Disposal Road.

It wasn't terribly cold — just windier and colder than the weather folks had predicted. Anyone who went down to the Kearny Marsh after the walk was treated to views of the Common Moorhen. (Thanks, Mike G!)

Full list follows. (Thansk, Denise!)

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Bird Report 021411: Bald Eagle over DeKorte

IMG_4443 Wouldn't you know: The day after our free nature walk, we had a nice but fleeting look at a Bald Eagle.IMG_4451

The bird  flew from the Kingsland Landfill over Disposal Road and Transco Trail past Teal Pool.

Got a couple of quick shots, above and right.

A Red-tail had flown in from the same direction just seconds earlier.

Also: American Wigeon have arrived and are in the Saw Mill Creek Tidal Impoundment.

Tomorrow’s Walk: Be Careful!

Bergen Audubon Society's Don Torino just got a thoughtful note from a Mill Creek Marsh regular, who advises:

"In spite of the rising temps, the [Mill Creek Marsh] trails, on many stretches, have been quite icy with uneven footing. I use Yak Trax attachments on the trail running shoes along with hiking poles for better balance while running on the densely packed snow and icy spots.

"You might want to forewarn the visitors for Tuesday."

Well said — thank you.

Forewarned is forearmed. Please be careful tomorrow. Should be a great day — as long as you watch your footing.


Reminder: Free Nature Walk Tuesday at Mill Creek

Reminder: The free nature walk originally IMG_1659 scheduled for Harrier Meadow in North Arlington tomorrow (Tuesday) at 10 a.m. has been moved to Mill Creek Marsh in Secaucus.

The walk meets at the entrance to the marsh, near the Mill Creek shopping Center (directions are on this blog in the left-hand column).

We’ll walk around the site, looking for wintering waterfowl, raptors and other birds – including a recently seen Eurasian Green-winged Teal. On a scouting trip last week we also saw Northern Pintails and Ruddy Ducks, plus plenty of American Green-winged Teal — and Red Fox tracks.

We also noted that the trails are still at least partly covered with slippery, hard-packed snow, so wear non-skid footwear if you can.

The walk is run by the N.J. Meadowlands Commission and the Bergen County Audubon Society.You will have to sign a standard liability release for this event.  Check the Meadowlands Nature Blog,, for last-minute updates.

To rsvp, contact Don Torino of the BCAS at or 201-636-4022.

Eagle Scout Project: Tree Swallow Boxes

For his Eagle Scout project, Michael Effner of Troop 120 in North Arlington supervised the construction of 15 Tree Swallow boxes for the marshes of the Meadowlands.

In the above photo, Michael (right) shows off a couple of the boxes with NJMC Naturalist Gabrielle Bennett-Meany (center) and fellow Troop 120er Michael Stringham (left).

Valentine Sunday Walk Highlights


A big thank you to the two dozen birders who braved the wind and cold to go on our Valentine's Day Sunday walk. P1070169

We knew it was going to be a cold day when a member of our group showed up wearing a parka with an Antactica patch.

Highlights included a Brown Creeper and a couple nice looks at Northern Harriers and Red-tails.

Full list later this week.