Passing this reminder along from the Hackensack Riverkeeper — the Meadowlands Commission is hosting the event, and the NJMC's Mike Newhouse (above) will be doing a bird-banding demonstration at Harrier Meadow. The festival is a great event for birders of all levels…
We hope you'll join us this weekend, September 10 & 11, at the 8th Annual Meadowlands Festival of Birding at the Meadowlands Environment Center in Lyndhurst, NJ. This is a really nice event that can either introduce you to the wonderful world of birds, or simply be an opportunity to search for migrating birds in a beautiful setting in the company of some of the region's best birders!
Full info follows. Link to Riverkeeper's Festival Page is here.
We had a great Labor Weekend Bird Walk on Sunday at DeKorte, with a nice turnout and lots of good birds — including three — count 'em, three — Bald Eagles and a Merlin (above). You can see from John Fagan's photos (above and "on the jump" ) how much Merlins resemble young Peregrine Falcons. Thanks, John!
And thanks to Denise Farrell, Julie McCall and Peggy O'Neill for the list, which follows!
To see what we might expect in the Meadowlands this month, here are a few highlights from last September — including a full list of birds seen at last year's Meadowlands Festival of Birding. (This year's fest is this weekend!)
Sept. 8: Carlstadt Egret: Radio-transmitter recording
Sept. 13: BirdFest, the Full List
Sept. 17: Caterpillar Lunch
Sept. 23: The Problem of Released Birds
Sept. 27: Losen Slote, Last Day of Summer
This was real toughie. NJMC Naturalist Mike N. decided it was a Mourning Warbler after much deliberation. Congrats to Rick W. for the pun ID, and Julie M. for mentioning the bird in the comments discussion.
Thanks to all for participating.