Monthly Archives: March 2016

Don Torino’s Life in the Meadowlands: The Bald Eagle Continues its Comeback: Now We Need to Make Sure it Stays

Alice and Al the Bald Eagles Along the Overpeck in Ridgefield Park

Alice and Al the Bald Eagles Along the Overpeck in Ridgefield Park Credit: Jill Homcy

About an hour before I sat down to write this week’s column, I was standing on the banks of the Overpeck in Ridgefield watching a pair of nesting Bald Eagles preparing to once again bring forth the next generation of the nation’s symbol into the world .

A truly magnificent thing to see, but one I never dreamed I would ever be able to witness , especially here in one of the most densely populated places in the nation. Yet they are here , back from the brink of extinction for everyone to see and witness. The Bald Eagle has returned.

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Outing Around the Meadowlands

We received this email from Mickey Raine last night:

We have been enjoying the nice weather recently, and for photography, the balance between sun and slight overcast has been ideal, even if not the special Magic Hour periods of early morning or late afternoon.

The fist sunset shot was captured during about a 30 second stretch when the sky was on fire when seen from Mill Creek Marsh on Saturday. The second photo was taken during a stop over on our way to visit our buddy, Angelo, yesterday. The Mute Swans were at their graceful best by the reeds across the way from the raised gazebo in DeKorte Park.

The most interesting find, however, was today, as we were returning from some shopping in Edgewater.  We drove over to River Barge Park and stepped out of the vehicle. The first thing Elaine noticed was the Harbor Seal (female).  Our friend, Richie Romano, had told us about some sightings of it when we ran into him yesterday.  So, although hearing such reports, we knew that the chances of actually seeing it ourselves was slim, and accordingly, no expectations  . . .

Well, what a pleasant surprise to see this pretty creature basking in the sun.  One of the gentlemen who was also there had stated that it was unusual to see the seal this early, for most of the fish it catches for its diet had not migrated north, yet.