We had a slightly wet but invigorating Third Tuesday of the Month walk at Mill Creek Marsh in Secaucus. Highlights of the 30 bird species we saw included several Forster's Terns, four types of shorebirds and some great looks at the often elusive Yellow Warblers.
Full list follows.
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.
We had a great Mother's Day Walk in Ridgefield, with walks at the Ridgefield Nature Center and Skeetkill Creek Marsh and stops to 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.
Marco Lips asks: How many Black-crowned Night Herons can you see in the photo?
No, not the above photo — the one that follows!
As of 6 p.m. Monday, we are still going to try for the Mill Creek Marsh walk Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. The lunch-time walk at Laurel Hill has been canceled.
You can check this blog Tuesday morning until 8:30 a.m. for an update, After that, you can call Jim Wright on his cell — 201-469-7349.
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.
Event info follows. Note: We'll walk in a light rain but lightning cancels.
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!)
We are proud to announce that the Meadowlands Marsh Hawks have won their division in the World Series of Birding!
The 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:
We hope to publish a full list of the Marsh Hawks' 139 birds later in the week.
The first time we counted the ducklings swimming with their Mom in the Shorebird Pool at DeKorte Park last week, we came up with 10.
A few frames later, we counted at least a dozen (picture below).
Busy Mom — but aren't they all!
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.