Daily Archives: May 27, 2011

Red Knot or Curlew Sandpiper?

Upon further review and more sets of eyes, we believe the Red Knot we saw in Harrier Meadow is a Curlew Sandpiper.

Your input most welcome. It was seen on a mudflat by Harrier Meadow, along with Semipalmated Plovers, Dunlin, and Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers. Two White-rumped Sandpipers were seen by some in our small group.

The photo above is not too hot, but the bird was quite distant — tough to see without a spotting scope. (Thanks, Rob, Ray, Mike and Co.)

Harrier Meadow is closed to the public, but the Meadowlands Commission and Bergen County Audubon are having a special free walk at Harrier Meadow from 11:30 to 12:30 tomorrow (Saturday) if you want to see for yourself. You will need to sign a standard 2011 liability waiver, which you can download from link in left-hand column.

Direcyions to Harrier Meadow are in the lefthand column as well.

Bring spotting scope, bug spray, and sunblock.

Our First Pontoon Boat Cruise of the Season

Osprey Silouette

Jana Brusich took this shot yesterday evening on the first NJMC pontoon boat ride of the season and was nice enough to share it with the blog.

She writes: " I just wanted to share with you a photo that I took last night, as I was on the Pontoon Boat ride.

"Just before we stopped to view the Osprey nest in Kearney, we saw the silouette of an Osprey eating fish on one of the power-line towers.

"There was also a Peregrine Falcon sitting one story up from him, though on the other side.  I enjoyed it so much, I'll be registering again!"

(Thanks, Jana!)

Download pontoon boat registration form and schedule here:

Download Pontoon Registration.

Summer Bat Count Begins

If you know of any place where bats are roosting in the Meadowlands, please contact the NJMC's Jim Wright at jim.wright (at) njmeadowlands.gov.

The Meadowlands Commission wants to know — and wants to count how many there are. (You can particpate as well if you like.)


Brant at DeKorte

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Ron Shields reports:

"A flock of brant at DeKorte Park photographed late Wednesday afternoon as they came, rested, and left.

"I've seen flocks like this overhead at DeKorte Park on several occasions this spring." (Thanks, Ron!)