Monthly Archives: March 2013

Last Tuesday’s Teaser Answered

This sparrow is significant because it was the subject of the first Teaser ever, posted on Labor Day 2008.

Oh, you want to know what kind of sparrow?  We believe it is a young Song Sparrow.  (Did not see that coming, did you?)  Fortunately, the 4.5 years of Tuesday Teasers since then have been for the most part easier.

Thanks to all who offered IDs, and to all who have followed the Teasers over the years.



Red-necked Grebe Continues W/Pic

Meadowlands 101-1
We received several Red-necked Grebe sightings at West Hudson Park yesterday — thanks, everyone. 

Mike Turso sent in this shot –will try to post Roy Woodford's pix of it diving later.  (Thanks, Mike!)

Dennis Cheeseman says the Grege was still at the park as of lunchtime today

Photographers Showcase: Greg Miller

Today's featured photographer is Greg Miller.

Greg writes:

In spite of growing up in North Arlington & living presently in Clifton, I didn't really "discover" The Meadowlands until about 5 years ago when I got into Birding.

My first trip over was to see a Snowy Owl. I was amazed to be able to find a bird like that here & it really sparked my interest in the area.

Since then I've grown to love the diversity that can be seen all around the Meadowlands & it's all all within sight of  major urban sprawl!

Also love the seasonality. It kind of serves as my natural calendar with the arrival of the Swallows in Spring, the Butterlies & Moths in summer, the Shorebirds in fall, & the Ducks & Raptors in winter. I do bird all over the state but always find myself coming back here & consider it my "backyard."

My Flickr page is . (Thanks, Greg!)

Two more of Greg's photos — of a wren and a Tree Swallow — follow.

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Red-necked Grebe in Kearny

Ron Shields writes:

Friday afternoon, I read on New Jersey Birding of a grebe sighting in Kearny.

I assumed the location of the bird to be the Kearny Marsh, however, it turned out to be West Hudson Park.

Since the pond sits next to our high school, I took a few students on a short field trip.

We located the grebe easily and it afforded extremely close looks.  Needless to say, the kids were thrilled and excited to take part in this "live" biology lesson.  The bird was still present at dusk.

Thanks, Ron!

Finding Old Posts on Our Blog

Google Search for blog
Trying to find something on the blog — an upcoming walk, a certain photographer's photos, posts on Harbor Seals, or sightings of a favorite butterfly?

Don't forget that you can search 4.5 years of blog posts by using the Google search engine in the upper-right part of this blog.

Let the searches begin.