Daily Archives: September 27, 2011

Another Mystery Object

P1020198Can you solve a mystery?

Yesterday, John and Peggy Koney of Ringwood stopped by the Meadowlands Environment Center with a strange object they had found on their lawn under a tree. It resembled a very small brown derby, closed top and bottom, clearly hollow — it was as light as a feather.

The Koneys wondered what it could be.  So do we, though we suspect it might be some sort of insect nest. One theory they had heard was that it was some sort of puffball fungus.

Can anyone help?  Just post your answer in the "Comments" section below. 

Bird Report 092711

Don Torino reports: Good activity at Mill Creek this morning, Palm Warblers seemed to be all over as well as Common Yellow throats. Savannah Sparrows were numerous and my firs White-Throated Sparrow too. Green-winged Teal and Northern Shovlers also and about twenty Greater Yellow-legs. Large Flock of Red-winged Blackbirds were moving through.  and at least 15 Monarch Butterflies and two Buckeyes.

Ray Duffy reports:  I had a pair of yellow-bellied sapsuckers in Schmidt's Woods around 6 p.m. yesterday. I had a Sora in the High School Marsh about 3/4 of the way to the High School in that high muddy area between the river and the boardwalk around 6:45 p.m.

(Thanks, guys!)