Daily Archives: June 27, 2013

Pizza Land Today

DSCN9099“The Sopranos” have been part of Meadowlands lore since the opening credits of the first episode. Here’s how this North Arlington Pizzeria looked this afternoon, on the day of James Gandolfini’s funeral, with several candles in the window under a photo of the actor.

The fourth episode of Season One was entitled “The Meadowlands.”

Owners still have not decided how to spell their restaurant, as one word or two.

Our Latest South Bergenite Column: Black Skimmers

IMG_0469-1Jim Wright, who maintains this blog for the Meadowlands Commission, also writes a column for the South Bergenite on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. His latest is on this year’s bumper crop of Black Skimmers.

Now is the time of year to see an amazing bird called the black skimmer in the Meadowlands, and this is a year when they seem to be incredibly plentiful.
Considering that these large black-and-white shorebirds are an endangered species in New Jersey, the frequent sightings being reported across the Meadowlands are all the more impressive.
Last week alone, these birds were seen fishing in DeKorte Park and the Clay Avenue Wetlands in Lyndhurst, in Mill Creek Marsh in Secaucus, and along the Hackensack River from Carlstadt to Kearny.
But these guys, with their bright red and black bills, don’t fish like most other avian anglers.  Herons and egrets, for example, wade in the water and grab fish with their pointy bills. Belted kingfishers hover, then crash into the water to seize their prey. Ospreys hover as well, then dive into the water and grab the fish with their talons.
Black skimmers, on the other hand, live up to their name. They skim. Continue reading

Roy Woodford’s Latest

Attached are a few shots from this week.
I found a pair of Eastern Kingbirds (one is pictured above) in the Lyndhurst Nature Reserve.  They were very active and didn’t mind my presence at all.  I only got a few shots though … they don’t sit still for long.
The almost ubiquitous Killfawn of Disposal Road was found near the puddles behind the abandoned trailer.  If you stay in your car, they’ll basically walk right up for a close up (I had to remove the teleconverter).
The Indigo Bunting was found near the retention pond on Disposal Road.
Pix of Killfawn and bunting follow. (Thanks, Roy!) Continue reading