Monthly Archives: May 2012

Question Mark?

We photographed this Question Mark on Saturday morning at DeKorte, with wings open and wings closed. Also has a Mourning Cloak, Silver-spotted Skipper, a dozen+ American Ladies, several Red Admirals, sulphurs, Cabbage Whites  and a Black Swallowtail.

Photo pointing out the "question mark" symbol on the butterfly's wing follows.

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Sunday’s Ridgefield Walk: the Full list


We had a great Mother's Day Walk in Ridgefield, with walks at the Ridgefield Nature Center and Skeetkill Creek Marsh and stops DSCN0159to see the nesting Monk Parakeets (above) and the nesting Bald Eagles.

In all four dozen of us participated in the event, including a budding birder or two (right).

Highlights included five warbler species and those majestic Bald Eagles.

The next event brought to you by the N.JU> Meadowlands Commission and the Bergen County Audubon Society is River Barge Park Day this Saturday in Carlstadt. Check this blog for the latest info.

Full list and pic of a Red-belled Woodpecker from the Ridgefield Nature Center follow.

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Tomorrow’s Free Walk: Mill Creek Marsh + Laurel Hill

We have a blockbuster walk scheduled for tomorrow — starting at 10 a.m. at Mill Creek Marsh. At the walk's conclusion (noonish), we'll drive down to Laurel Hill County Park (bring your own lunch) and to see if we can see the new (?) tenants of the Common Ravens nest.

Very exciting.

Event info follows. Note: We'll walk in a light rain but lightning cancels.

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A (pretty-close-to) Perfect Mother’s Day Walk

We had great weather, a great group of 48 folks (including 10 children), and great birds on our four-stop Mother's Day event in Ridgefield.

(Although we all decided that we had a great time, this Baltimore Oriole was still sitting on the fence.)

We will post a full list of birds later in the week — birds that included Bald Eagles, a Black-and-white Warbler, a Redstart and Semipalmated Sandpipers.  (Thanks to everyone who particpated!)IMG_2281

Congratulations, Marsh Hawks!

We are proud to announce that the Meadowlands Marsh Hawks have won their division in the World Series of Birding!

Blog-header2The team of Mike Newhouse of the N.J. Meadowlands Commission, Chris Takacs and Mike Wolfe tallied an unofficial 139 species in one day for Bergen County, and raised money for our new native plant garden and New Jersey Audubon as well.

Congrats to the team, and to all the folks who competed in the World Series yesterday!

Some results can be downloaded  here:

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 We hope to publish a full list of the Marsh Hawks' 139 birds later in the week.

Bird List from DeKorte Park Saturday Morning

Three-dozen nature photographers visited DeKorte Park this morning as part of a seminar and field trip featuring Moose Peterson.

Between us, we had at least 43 species.

The Great Egret above was probably the most photographed Great Egret in the world for a minute or two this morning. Is that a small eel in its mouth?

Some of us were lucky to get a Marsh Wren singing, plus a bunch of other nice shots. 

(Thanks to Peggy O'Neill, Ramon Gomez and Doug Morel for their sharing their sightings!)

Full list follows.


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