I stayed after Sunday’s walk to look around more in the Lyndhurst Nature Reserve area and found a pair of Yellow-Billed Cuckoos! (Patrick, thanks for the report and photos.) Continue reading
Our next free guided walk with Bergen County Audubon is on Tuesday, Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to noon, and it’s a terrific Tuesday two-fer — a walk in Harrier Meadow, plus a bird-banding demonstration there by NJMC Naturalist Mike Newhouse.
Harrier Meadow — where we recently saw that wing-tagged Great Egret — is usually closed to the public, and Mike’s bird-banding demos are always the best. Mike banded the mystery warbler pictured above on Tuesday — the same day we saw the tagged egret.
Details — and ID of mystery warbler — follow. Continue reading
Earlier this week The Record published a fascinating article by staff environmental writer Scott Fallon about the Meadowlands marshes.
“Once covered with tall reeds that choked out other vegetation, the 31-acre site was given a major face-lift in 2007 by scientists at the Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute.
“The reeds, called phragmites, were removed and the first 1½ feet of soil was dug up. Different species of native grass were planted on high marshes and narrow channels were opened for better water flow.
“The result: an explosion of birds, fish and insects that now call the marsh home.”