Jim Wright, who maintains this blog, also writes a twice monthly column for the South Bergenite. His latest column is on Red-winged Blackbirds — and our upcoming nature walks:
You will be happy to hear that spring has arrived. Sure, the calendar says three more weeks of winter remain, but the birds don’t lie.
Last week, on a guided nature walk in North Arlington, bird-lovers were treated not only to three Killdeer — the first Meadowlands sighting of these eccentric shorebirds this year — but they also saw a tree filled with male red-winged blackbirds. Can our ospreys and tree swallows be far behind?
The male red-winged blackbirds typically arrive a few weeks before the females so they can lay claim to their nesting areas — each male with a “harem” of several female red-wings and nests.
In the months to come, you’ll hear the males’ distinctive call — “cong-a-reeeeee” — resounding throughout the Meadowlands.
The story continues below.
New on our Meadowlands history blog are some archival photos from Secaucus from the days when it was a farming community.
To figure out what we might be seeing in the Meadowlands in March, we thought we'd look back to last year.
Here are some highlights (click on text to see the full post):
March 7: Tree Swallows Are Here (photo above by Chris Takacs)
March 9: Disposal Road Action
March 14: New Meadowlands Frog Species
March 20: First Day of Spring Walk: The Full List
March 23: The Ospreys Are Here
March 26: Full list of Meadowlands Birds on the State Watch Lists
March 30: April Fool's Day Walk Preview
For March 2011 highlights, click here.
For March 2010 highlights, click here.