Daily Archives: August 5, 2014

Coyote Sighting at DeKorte Park

An NJMC colleague reports she saw a young coyote between the entrance to DeKorte and the guard booth on Thursday around 5:20 p.m., so be on the lookout (and have your camera ready).

We have seen them on Disposal Road and on nearby landfills but not in the park itself before.

Sunday’s Walk: The Full List

DSCN9944We had a wonderful Sunday walk, with lots of congenial people and lots of excellent sightings, including: Least Bittern, American White Pelican, Bald Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Ospreys,DSCN9969 Orchard Orioles, warblers, and more.

The walk culminated with a quick stop at Jill’s Garden, where we saw Monarchs, Silver-spotted Skippers, Peck’s skipper, Broad-winged Skipper, Eastern TigerĀ  Swallowtail, Black Swallowtail, Red Admiral and Snowberry Clearwing Moth.

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DeKorte Bird Report

American White Pelican is now at Day 31. Stilt Sandpipers in the Shorebird Pool, can be seen from the walkway between the guard booth and the MEC.

Had two Ospreys perched on the towers along the Saw Mill Creek Trail. On Sunday, a Bald Eagle, an Osprey and a Peregrine Falcon were all perched there at one point or another in the morning.

Have not seen the wing-tagged Great Egret today.

(Thanks to Rob Fanning for pointing out the Stilt Sandpipers.)

Insects Galore

072714 FTD I Caterpillar, Black Swallowtail 001aEf RchrdDKorte Park Mdwlnds NJ 072714 OK FLICKRMickey Raine writes:

On the NJMC’s recent Butterfly Day, Elaine and I saw three caterpillars that will eventually become the Black Swallowtail Butterfly.

Elaine discovered them toward the end of Transco Trail, the single early stage with more whitish tones, and the two very large ones ready to enter the pupa stage.

A new unknown Damselfly, along with the female Twelve-Spotted Skimmer Dragonfly were nearby.

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