Daily Archives: May 1, 2011

DeKorte Bird Report: 043011

Julie McCall reports:

In addition to the surprise of a male Eastern Bluebird  Saturday morning, some other highlights at DeKorte today included Indigo Bunting (male and female all morning near the entrance to the park), a gorgeous male Blackburnian Warbler, a Brown Thrasher, and some flyover Common Loons early in the morning.

Double-crested Cormorants put on a good show with a swimming group of 50+ in the West Pool near the Marsh Discovery Trail, before breaking up into smaller groups throughout the park.

No luck with signs of a kite or a phalarope, but there were plenty of good birds to go around: 65+ species. (Thanks, Julie!)

The Observatory: May Schedule

IMG_5829 The William D. McDowell Observatory in DeKorte Park begins a new month of programming tonight with free public access from 8:30 to 10 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday nights — weather permitting, of course.

Dress for the weather; with the dome open, you are basically outside.

Each evening at least two major objects in the night sky will be viewed, plus one or two other celestial objects or events depending on the observing conditions.

For more information about free public viewing nights and to check out the observatory's new website, click here.

For a South Bergenite column by the NJMC's Jim Wright about the observatory, click here.