Chris Takacs reports seeing a Little Blue Heron this a.m. at Harrier Meadow, where he fills feeders. That's his photo, above. (Thanks, Chris!)
The Meadowlands Commission and Bergen County Audubon Society are leading a walk at Harrier Meadow at 4 p.m., weather permitting, if the bird is still around on Thursday morning…
Will post either way by 10 a.m. If the bird's still there and you want to participate in the walk, call Jim Wright at 201-469-7349.
* Do not show up unannounced; the walk will be scrapped if no one rsvps.
* Harrier Meadow is closed to the public, and Hurricane Sandy repair work involving heavy equipment is underway. Do not trespass.
For shorebird junkies, and interesting post from Don Freiday on Short-billed (and Long-billed) Dowitchers.
From what Don writes, I'm guessing the dowitcher at the left (photographed last week in Harrier Meadow) is a Short-billed.
"In New Jersey, in May, they're ALL Short-billed Dowitchers.
Now I know that's an exageration, but only by a whisker, and yet there have been a high number of reports of Long-billed Dowitcher this spring.
"Having NEVER seen a Long-billed Dowitcher (LBDO) in May in NJ, I have to ask myself, is there something wrong with me?"
The link is here.
We're starting to get more and more butterflies, though nothing like last year by this time, when we were already a week into our Red Admiral invasion.
Had this skipper (Zabulon?), an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail and some Cabbage Whites on Monday afternoon on the Kingsland Overlook. Yikes — time to get out the butterfly field guides again.
(Also saw a Rose-breasted Grosbeak and a hard-to-diagnose flycatcher.)
For the NABA checklist for DeKorte Park (with frequency and season), click here. Whichever butterfly is pictured above does not appear to be on the list, unless we overlooked something (always a possibility).
No flies on you guys! Congrats to everyone who correctly ID'd this guy as a Yellow-crowned Night Heron.
Kudos to all who said it was a Yellow-crowned Night Heron photographed in Secaucus.
Huzzahs to all who ID'd it as Yellow-crowned Night Heron photographed in Secaucus by the Hackensack River.
And a zowee to Mike Gempp, who identified the name of the marsh — Anderson Creek Marsh.
Congrats to all for a fine job!