Daily Archives: March 13, 2013

Great Seal of New Jersey

We got such a great response to Tuesday's Harbor Seal photos — picked up by The Record, nj.com, The Associated Press and the South Bergenite, that we thought we'd run another photo today.

Link to previous rare Harp Seal sighting in Carlstadt is here. (It's also on Page 72 of The Nature of the Meadowlands.)

Link to April 2010 Harbor Seal sighting at River Barge Park (then under construction) is here.

Scroll down for Tuesday's Harbor Seal post, or click here.

We hoep to post more pix next week.


Our Next Free Walk: Next Tuesday @ Harrier Meadow

1-DSCN3937Our next free guided walk with Bergen County Audubon Society is next Tuesday  at Harrier Meadow, a 70-acre natural area in North Arlington that's usually closed to the public.

We'll look for and look for Ospreys, Killdeer, Wilson's Snipes and other spring arrivals, plus lingering winter waterfowl. Have been seeing Ring-necked Ducks, Hoodies, Buffleheads and more this week.

The two-hour walk begins at 10 a.m.

Details follow.

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Don Torino’s Column on the Arrival of Spring

Don Torino's latest column for wildnewjersey.tv is about the arrival of spring.

Here's a sample:

The first  Meadowlands Red-Winged Blackbirds of Spring had been back for a few weeks now. Tthe “Spirit of the Marsh” is always a longed-for sight for me since childhood and especially welcome after a  tough winter.

Their flashes of red and black felt even more special to see  this season. With all the devastation, loss and despair caused by Sandy, the Red-Wings did my heart good upon their cheerful homecoming.

The call of the Killdeer could now be heard almost daily and their dance is center stage on all the open grassy places they could find – a sure sign that Spring would come again.

The Sounds of Spring were heard on my humble morning quest also. The Downy Woodpeckers drumming could be heard like a Ginger Baker solo throughout the woods.

The Chickadees’ Fee-Beee call softly drifted among the trees to signal all was as it should be. The Song Sparrows  filled the meadows with music that could not help  make anyone smile lucky enough to hear them.

The link is here.