Daily Archives: July 25, 2011

Bird Report: Seaside Sparrow by Mill Creek Point

Ray Duffy reports:

After 2 failed attempts on previous days, Chris Takacs and I caught a glimpse of the Seaside Sparrow hiding out in the Secaucus High school marsh around 11 a.m. Sunday.

If you go on the boardwalk about a third of the way across the way prior to the first stream feeding into the marsh, scan the spartina across the channel to the right of the equipment in the marsh.  We did not hear the bird singing, a scope may be helpful. 

Tons of singing marsh wrens and occassional swamp sparrow calls.  Saturday morning, I spotted a male and female bobolink in the marsh.  The young osprey in the Carlstadt radio tower nest appear to be perching on the supports around the nest."

(Thanks, Ray!)

We Brake For Swallows!

If you're coming down to DeKorte, drive slowly. The Barn Swallows seem to be feeding on insects low to the ground, including the roadway and parking lots.

This flight pattern, according to NJMC Naturalist Gabrielle Bennett-Meany, means that rain is likely. ("Low flies the swallow, rain to follow," as the old poem goes.)

More on swallows and rain here.

How many places have a bird-friendly sign like ours, above?

Butterfly Day: The List

As promised, here’s the complete list of 15 butterfly species from Sunday’s 2nd annual Butterfly Day.

Red Admiral (above, photo by Bruce Harman), Cabbage White, Broad-winged Skipper, Viceroy, Silver-spotted Skipper, Orange Sulphur, Peck’s Skipper, Pearl Crescent, Common Buckeye, Gray Hairstreak, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Question Mark, American Lady, Monarch, Clouded Sulphur.

(Thanks, Bruce!)

Last year we had 16 species — link is here.