Friday is National Public Gardens Day, and the Bleeding Hearts and other flowers are in bloom at DeKorte Park. See for yourself!
Jill Homcy writes that she stopped by Laurel Hill to check on the ravens at lunch on Monday and saw two birds outside on the cliff just below the nest branching and croaking up a storm.
From what we can gather, the nest has failed this year but the ravens can still be seen nearby, despite the presence of a Peregrine.
Tuesday and Wednesday after work we went to DeKorte Park to see what was going on. The Glossy Ibis was present amongst other birds, but at a great distance, so the photos are as much landscape as is a bird shot.
The Great Egrets have been consistently around, and the smaller shorebirds are aplenty, and the Greater Yellowlegs, given the larger stature for shorebirds, are easier to capture nicely with the camera
The Glossy Ibises we saw yesterday were chased away by several Black Crowned Night Herons, and later it certainly appeared to be a case of some kind of organized containment and/or watch. When the two were forced away in different directions being nearly attacked by separate BCNH’s independently, one flew toward the Saw Mill area and the other to the dense reeds near the short stretch of boardwalk off of Transco Trail. Continue reading
Found a Prothonotary Warbler at DeKorte today. Last had it along Transco Trail by the weather station/interpretive sign.
Also had 2 Bonaparte’s Gulls (non-breeding) sitting in the water by the boardwalk. A strange female Merg looked like a Red-breasted to me–but not 100% sure.
Note: Prothonotary still being seen as of 11:45 a.m.
Last seen at 9:30 a.m. on Transco Trail in shrubs by weather station as you walk toward Turnpike. Found by Rob Fanning. (Thanks, Rob!)
Pix to follow.
Tomorrow (Saturday is the Big Day for the Marsh Hawks!
The Meadowlands Commission is pleased to announce a new “Yoga for Turtles” class, weekdays near the MEC.
The Painted Turtle above is practicing a position officially known as “Teetering Terrapin,”