We have been getting a wide variety of unusual bird sightings for the past 11 days or so, beginning with a briefly seen American Avocet in DeKorte Park.
Since then we have had reports of a Glossy Ibis, Caspian Tern, Stilt Sandpiper, White-rumped Sandpipers, Wilson’s Phalarope (above), and more near or in DeKorte Park, so keep an eye out.
The Caspian Tern and White-rump were seen on the guided walks on Saturday’s Kevin Karlson Shorebird Day.
We learned over the weekend that the young banded Peregrine that we saw on Friday was a female from Pennsylvania. We’ll post more details as they become available.
Last week, we posted a Regina Geoghan pic of a butterfly we couldn’t ID. Steve Buckingham has come to the rescue.
Looks like a Hackberry Emperor. I see them each year out at the Water Gap, High Point or the Appalachian Trail. Seems kind of unusual to see one in the Meadowlands since they are typically forest dwellers.
(Thanks, Steve, and thanks, Regina for the new pic above).
*TWKO (that we know of.)