Took you a second, right? (Photographed on Disposal Road by Ron Shields last week. (Thanks, Ron!)
The Meadowlands Commission is considering creating a new free color brochure called “Common Birds of the Meadowlands,” with an emphasis on frequently seen birds that can be seen in DeKorte Park and along the Hackensack River.
We are thinking of dividing the birds into three sections — colder months, warmer months and year-round — with a total of 25 birds altogether.
The idea is produce a pamphlet for young people, new birders and folks on our popular pontoon boat cruises.
(For example, we have omitted two very common birds — the Northern Cardinal and the American Robin — because we figure almost everybody recognizes them. And such rarities as Snowy Owls, Tri-colored Herons and Cinnamon Teal are just too uncommon.)
A preliminary list follows. What do you think should be added — or subtracted?
Our next walk with Bergen County Audubon Society is at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at Losen Slote Creek Park in Little Ferry, where we’ll look for fall migrants and take a gander at the new butterfly garden (right).
To see what we saw on October Losen Slote walk last fall, click here.
(We saw the thrush, above, on our October Losen Slote walk two years ago.)