Our next walk is the amazing Harrier Meadow in North Arlington — kicked off with a bird-banding demonstration by the Meadowlands Commission's Mike Newhouse.
This is a great double-header: Harrier Meadow is a 70-acre natural area typically closed to the public, and bird-banding is a rare chance to see wild birds up-close and learn about how banding birds helps research in the Meadowlands and beyond.
As of this morning, the American Avocet (above, from today) and a Forster's Tern were still hanging out in one of the Harrier impoundments.
The walks are sponsored by the Meadowlands Commission and Bergen County Audubon Society.
Full info follows.
This moth, roughly the size of a quarter, was looking into the Meadowlands Environment Center on Saturday during BirdFest, and hung around for the folks at the 11:30 a.m. Butterfly Walk and well into the afternoon.
We knew it was a moth, albeit an unlikely one, but did a brain freeze trying to remember what kind. We promised we would post the answer.
Here goes: The answer is… It is a Plume Moth.
A link with more info on Plume Moths is here.
Another photo of this T-shaped moth from Saturday follows.
We saw this mystery plant on our Harrier Meadow walk last month.
Anybody know what it is?
This guy had quite a few people scratching their heads at NJMC Naturalist Mike Newhouse's bird-banding demonstration by Harrier Meadow at Saturday's Meadowlands Festival of Birding.
Any idea? Full frame shot follows. Send in your answer as a comment.