We have placed a temporary sign at the beginning of the boardwalk warning folks that the bird is aggressively guarding his turf (and nests), and to keep walking when they see a male Red-winged perched nearby — no need to stress out the bird any more than he is already.
This is the second summer in a row that we have seen this behavior at this point on trail.
Julie McCall suggests calling the bird "the Defender." How about "Dennis the Menace" instead?
We saw a Least Sandpiper and a Spotted Sandpiper (literally) on the Marsh Discovery Trail yesterday.
Regina Geoghan reports seeing a hundred peeps at Mill Creek Marsh at low tide yesterday. (Thanks, Regina!)
Jim Wright, who keeps this blog for the N.J. Meadowlands Commission, aslo writes a column twice a month for The South Bergenite. His latest, on taking a pontoon-boat cruise of the Hackensack River and its marshes, follows.
If you are looking for a great local escape this summer, consider a guided pontoon-boat cruise of the Hackensack River and its marshes are the answer. These cruises are a great way to see nature up-close.
“So, far this has been an exciting year for our guided cruises, especially with the grand opening of River Barge Park in Carlstadt,” says Naturalist Gabrielle Bennett-Meany, the dean of the NJMC pontoon-boat narrators. “Ospreys are nesting in several locations along the river, and you can see them from the boat — and there is an active marsh-restoration project by the Hackensack River, right next to the new park.”
In fact, this summer has been a record season for osprey nests in the Meadowlands. In 2006 and the decades before, the region had no nesting pairs of this threatened species — the result of the overuse of the pesticide DDT. Fast-forward to last year, when three pairs nested along the river.
The link is here. (Thanks, Regina!)