Jim Wright, who keeps this blog, also writes a twice-monthly column for The South Bergenite. Here's his latest.
If you love beautiful birds and butterflies, now is the time to visit DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst.
The one-square-mile park is a jewel just about any time of year, but late August is particularly awesome.
The fall shorebird migration is in full swing, and when the tide is out, the mudflats at DeKorte Park are filled with thousands of shorebirds feeding on the little critters that live in the mud.
These long-distance fliers need to chow down and bulk up for the rest of their trip — all the way to South America in some instances.
Here's your chance to attend a free September screening of the acclaimed new documentary film, "The Lost Bird Project,"about the stories of five birds driven to extinction in modern times and sculptor Todd McGrain’s project to memorialize them.
The event is on Thursday, Sept. 13, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Meadowlands Environment Center in DeKorte Park, Lyndhurst, New Jersey.
The Meadowlands Commission, Bergen County Audubon Society, Ramapo College and the New Jersey chapter of The Nature Conservancy are proud to sponsor this special screening, along with a question-and-answer session afterward.
More information follows.
We are getting reports from all over North Jersey confirming what we already knew at DeKorte Park — the region is awash in Painted lady butterflies.
Sandy Sorkin took this photo at DeKorte on Tuesday. (Thanks, Sandy!)
The Meadowlands Commission's Angelo Urato is reporting an adult Bald Eagle just north of River Barge Park in Carlstadt. Says Angelo:
"Around 4:30 I spotted a Bald Eagle flying over River Barge Park. It flew over the lower Kane site and rested in one of the trees where the Red-tail nest is.
"After a few minutes it took off toward the Secaucus High School took an fish out of the river and returned back to the tree. Wish I had my better camera but here is one of my photos ." (Thanks, Angelo!)
Let's hope it hangs around for tonight's NJMC Pontoon Boat cruise!
Ron Shields writes:
"I happened upon this guy Wednesday afternoon on Disposal Road. My apologies to Dennis Cheeseman for spooking this bird the other day."
(Thanks, Ron– but Sorry, Dennis!)
Tomorrow: Some amazing Kestrel News! Seriously!
Lots of great birds on Tuesday's combined guided walk at Harrier Meadow and DeKorte Park's Marsh Discovery Trail.
We saw the Tricolored Heron (yawn) and several Least Bitterns (ho hum) as well as the Little Blue (left) and a Pied-billed Grebe (seen by some at harrier on Tuesday but photographed today).
Full lists follow.
Thanks to the dozens of genial folks who joined us!
Hope Abrams noticed that the Sand Wasps on DeKorte Park's Teal Pool beach were bringing prey into their nesting holes — snacks for their larvae.
Hope thinks the prey in these photos may be some sort of shield bug. Any thoughts?
We just got our advance copy of "The Nature of the Meadowlands," and we have to say that it looks pretty cool.
With a foreword by N.J. Governor Thomas H. Kean, the lavishly illustrated, 128-page coffee-table book illuminates the region's natural and unnatural history — from its darkest days of a half-century ago to its environmental revival.
It also celebrates the amazing landscapes and parks to be found here, including DeKorte Park, the Kearny Marsh and Secaucus’s Laurel Hill.
And it features some striking images, frompresent-day nature and landscape photography to pictures of an old Secaucus pig farm, a "Sopranos" landmark, a Harp Seal in Carlstadt, an Eastern Coyote on a Meadowlands landfill, and rare Laurel Hill minerals. In short, expect the unexpected.
To reserve your signed copy (copies) now and get a 20 percent discount good through October 1, 2012, e-mail Jim at jim.wright (at) njmeadowlands.gov. He will be happy to notify you by e-mail when the book arrives.
More information follows.
Our latest "Focus on the Meadowlands" post for wildnewjersey.tv features the first Osprey fledged in Secaucus (above) in decades, plus a Least Bittern and a new shot of the Tricolored Heron (What else?)
The link is here.
Brandon Caswell writes:
I have been down to DeKorte quite a bit lately and I am getting some good advice and pointers from a bunch of the regular bird photographers in the area.
Ron Shields h gave me the idea of this picture as his lens was too big for it. I got lucky and at one point there were two juvenile Forster's Terns, the Tricolored and what appears to be a juvenile Herring Gull. Using a higher aperture I was somehow able to get them all in focus.
I just think it is funny because all the birds are juveniles and they are all successively alternating their points of view (viewer's right, left, right, left starting with the front tern). There is never a dull moment at DeKorte.
Brandon calls the photo "Juvenile Row." Thanks, Brandon!