Monthly Archives: July 2014

‘Banded’ Sandpiper @ Mill Creek

Flickr-SESABand01Ray Duffy writes:

On Sunday morning, I got the Semipalmated Sandpipers lining the driftwood at Mill Creek Marsh.

In their midst, I found one with a Semipalmated Sandpiper with a yellow leg flag.  I’ve sent in the report to USGS, I’ll let you know if I get info on the bird.

(Thanks, Ray!  The goal for photographers now is to get a photo of a young banded Peregrine going after a flagged Semipalmated Sandpiper.)

Thank You to Our Butterfly Day Partners!

DSCN9547The Meadowlands Commission would like to thank all our partners who helped make Butterfly day 2014 so memorable.

Here are the groups and individuals, and a link to their websites (where available:

Bergen County Audubon Society.

The North Jersey Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association.

The Lyndhurst Police Emergency Squad.

Children’s Book Author Illustrator Tom Yezerski.

Face Painter Myra Tang. (Please e-mail Jim Wright at jim.wright (at) for contact info.

Folk musician Steve Kelman.

Coolest Wasp Ever?

NAT_6271Last week, we posted a photo of a Cicada Killer, a wasp that preys on (you guessed it) Cicadas.

At Butterfly Day, folks witnessed a wasp dragging a spider all the way across the road, for similar nefarious motives — and managed to get photos of same. Good times again.

According to Bergen County Audubon Society’s bug consultant, Hadel Go, this gal “looks like Tachypompilus ferrugineus,” a spider wasp (aptly named, though “spider killer” might be better if she wanted to jazz up her image).

More on this wasp here.

Natalie Gregorio took the above photo of the wasp in action. Roy Woodford took the photo below. (Thanks, Hadel, Natalie and Roy!)

wasp dragging spider roy

New Dock for Shorebird Pool

DSCN9429While Marsh Discovery Trail are under way, contractors are also building a new observation dock for the Shorebird Pool, just off the Transco Trail.

Should be done in the near future.