Monthly Archives: April 2016

Slow Going

Mickey Raine captured this snapping turtle traversing the Mill Creek Marsh on Wednesday at a glacial pace. Also included are some great photos of the Atlantic Cedar stumps that dot the marsh, a view of Manhattan taken from behind the bridge, and a photo of another intrepid photographer along the trail.

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Just in Time for the Weekend

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Chris Takacs spotted this Black-bellied Plover on the Transco Trail berm in DeKorte at lunchtime today. The bird is somewhat uncommon in DeKorte and usually on people’s list of shorebirds to see in the spring. So hopefully this guy stays around for the weekend, but I guess you’ll just have to come out and see for yourself!


Reminder: Losen Slote Walk This Sunday!

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Join the Bergen County Audubon Society this Sunday, May 1, for a nature walk through Losen Slote Creek Park in Little Ferry. The free walk through this scenic urban woodland is from 10 am to noon and we’ll be looking for warblers, spring migrants and other birds of interest. It will be muddy, so bring boots and bug spray.

Losen Slote Creek Park is one of  the last stands of hardwood lowland forest in the Meadowlands District and the last that is accessible to the general public. Check out BCAS President Don Torino’s column on Losen Slote, which was posted on Thursday.

Losen Slote Creek Park is located at the end of Mehrhof Road. For directions click here. Information: or 201-230-4983.

Mallard Family and More

Below are photos from Mickey and Elaine Raine’s trips to Mill Creek Marsh on Tuesday and Wednesday. We’ve got a momma mallard leading her charges, what we believe is a Cecropia Moth cocoon (correct us if we’re wrong), Tree Swallows, a Least Sandpiper and the mudflats at low tide. Enjoy!

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Tree Swallows In Action

A warm welcome to our newest contributor, Hector Vilches! Hector sent in these fantastic  Tree Swallow photos he took last weekend at DeKorte. It’s always great to have new contributors. Everyone is encouraged to send their photos, siting reports, observations and thoughts on the Meadowlands to the blog. Just drop me an email at

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Don Torino’s Life in the Meadowlands: Losen Slote Creek Park – A Unique Urban Wilderness

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The sweet smelling white flowers of the Summersweet glow like a woodland candelabra  through the Sweet gums, Oaks and Sassafras trees, the Mayapples are raised like tiny turtle umbrellas along the forest floor and the Ostrich ferns stand in tribute to a time long ago. A Hairy Woodpecker suddenly clings to a tree right over your head and a Red-Tailed Hawk watches your every move from its perch.

You are in Losen Slote Creek Park in Little Ferry, one of the last stands of hardwood lowland forest in the Meadowlands District and the last that is accessible to the general public. It is a 22-acre hidden gem in an otherwise congested part of Bergen County, where birders can see migrants such as Hooded and Blackburnian Warblers, where Wood and Swainsons Thrush  have the run of the forest floor and the Kingfisher’s rattling  call can be heard through the woods.

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