The N.J. Meadowlands Commission's next free guided nature walk with Bergen County Audubon is DeKorte Park this Sunday, Sept. 4, beginning at 10 a.m.
Although the Marsh Dicovery Trail will be closed, there still should be good birds around.
Full details follow.
The American Avocet is in Harrier Meadow for a third day.
We are taking folks out to see it at noon today.
The meadow is otherwise closed to the public.
Call Jim Wright at 201-469-7349 if you plan to attend.
Paula Dias writes:
"During my walk thru Dekorte Park on Thursday, I stumbled upon two pair of baby (snapping?) turtles.
At first they just looked like mud clumps, but then saw they were turtles! They were on the path, facing away from the water, headed for the road!
We picked them up and put them closer to the water, out of tire-tread harm. (Thanks, Paula! The baby snapping turtles thank you, too.)
Two more pix follow.
Chris Takacs writes: "On Sunday at DeKorte, we found a fledgling/ nestling Goldfinch blown out of a nest. We placed it under the nest in a sheltered area. The nest is the next photo. (Thanks, Chris! Goldfinches thank you as well!)
This young Peregrine Falcon is one of four birds on the State's Endangered Species List that nest in the Meadowlands.
Here's the full monte of nesting Meadowlands birds on the state's Endangered, Threatened, and Species of Special Concern lists:
Endangered ( 4): Pied-billed Grebe, Peregrine Falcon, Least Tern, Northern Harrier.
Threatened (4): Osprey, Savannah Sparrow, Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron.
Special Concern (10): American Kestrel, Barn Owl,Brown Thrasher, Common Gallinule (moorhen), Common Nighthawk, Horned lark, Least Bittern, Saltmarsh Sparrow, Spotted Sandpiper, Virginia Rail.