Daily Archives: October 31, 2013

Mill Creek Marsh Coot & More

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Dennis Cheeseman photographed this coot earlier this week at Mill Creek Marsh. (Thanks, Dennis.)

Jill Homcy also reports:

Just wanted to let you know I stopped at Mill Creek Marsh on the way home Wednesday night and there were a lot of birds. Lots of Green Winged Teal,  Northern Shovelers, greater/lesser yellowlegs and various terns/gulls etc. No herons or egrets. But there was an American Coot there.

Also saw some neat looking juvenile male Red-winged Blackbirds.  (Thanks, Jill.)

Meadowlands Halloween Flotsam

DSCN2755As Liberty Valance pointed out in e-mail, The New York Times on-line had an interesting feature on “The Peculiar Beauty of Flotsam” from a spot along Newtown Creek in New York. She  added: “I have some great photos of the trash from the Marsh…as do all of us…”

Actually, what some of us have are semi-disturbing-looking dolls that just seemed perfect to post for Halloween.

What especially came to mind was all the strange objects we found on our post-Sandy cleanups last November and December — since donated to the Bergen County Audubon Society. (Thanks again to all who participated in those cleanups!)

Part of the nature of the Meadowlands is you never know what you’ll find along the shore.  Just see below.

Happy Halloween!

The link to The N.Y. Times story is here.

We Need Your Big Year Totals

DSCN9973Get out your binoculars — and send us your Meadowlands Big Year totals as of Oct. 31.

The goal is to see as many different bird species as possible in the 14 towns of the Meadowlands District over the course of 2013 — and also to have fun birding.

To ensure a level playing field, all birds must be seen in areas open to the public, or on guided walks or banding events in such places as Harrier Meadow or the back of the Kingsland Landfill.

Due to scheduling hurdles, we will post the results in mid-November.