Daily Archives: December 31, 2013

Ridgefield Updates: Eagles and Monk Parakeets

1-IMG_4370 Stopped by the Ridgefield Park Bald Eagle nest twice this morning, viewing it from across Overpeck Creek.

1-IMG_4370-001No activity on the first visit, but saw two immature birds preening near the nest on the second trip. (Photo above gives you a sense of where they were perched.)

Also saw hundreds of Common Mergs in the creek.

Monk Parakeet nest site along Railroad Avenue was quiet — just heard (and then saw)  three parakeets fly by the nest and perch on a distant utility pole.  They apparently head out to forage very early in the a.m.

Skeetkill Marsh (below) was even quieter — just a few of the usual suspects (Canada Geese, Mallards, gulls and sparrows).

Tuesday Teaser-o-rama 123113


Welcome to the fifth in a series of Tuesday Teaser’s devoted to Losen Slote Creek Park, the site of our fifth annual Super Bird Sunday Walk on Feb. 2.

Between now and then, we will offer a different Losen Slote-based Teaser presented by the Bergen County Audubon Society. To participate, just e-mail your answer to the Teaser each week to Jim Wright at jim.wright@njmeadowlands.gov by each Tuesday at midnight, with “Teaser” marked in the subject field. The person with the highest number of correct answers will win something or other.

Today’s Teaser-o-rama stumpers are pictured above. What are they?  And what better way to end 2013 (with an easy Teaser…)?

Peregrinating Young Peregrine

pefa-70AN-14In August, Mike Girone photographed a young banded Peregrine in DeKorte Park. Turns out it had been banded two months earlier in Atlantic City. Link is here.

Ben Wurst of the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey reports that the bird has now been resighted in Brigantine. That’s one peripatetic Peregrine.

To see the state’s full report for New Jersey’s Peregrines, click here.