Dennis Cheeseman reports seeing an elusive Nelson’s Sparrow yesterday around lunch at Mill Creek Marsh. He saw it in the second cul de sac — see map below. (Enter from Bob’s Discount Furniture parking lot and take the first right, then follow map.)
This is where Chris Takacs saw an Orange-crowned last month.
Dennis also got a nice Hoodie shot at MCM yesterday, which follows. (Thanks, Dennis.) Continue reading
The plant in yesterday’s Losen Slote Creek Park Tuesday Teaser-o-rama is a Gray Birch catkin.
More on Gray Birch here.
“A Golden-crowned Kinglet is much smarter than me when it comes to navigation,” writes Don Torino.
Photo Credit: Patrick Carney
Don Torino of the Bergen County Audubon Society, who co-leads many of our walks, also writes a weekly column for wildnewjersey.tv. His latest is about avian intelligence.
Here’s a sample:
As I sat myself down on nearby bench and stretched out my tired legs on a beautiful cold crisp Meadowlands morning, my tired eyes were drawn to an ever so slight movement in a close by shrub.
Before I knew it, a delightful tiny Golden-crowned Kinglet burst out of the foliage and decided to use my shoe as its crow’s nest for finding its next meal.
As I froze in place trying to make this almost magical experience last as long as possible, I thought of how far this little visitor had traveled on such a perilous journey to honor my hiking boot with its presence.
The link is here.