Monthly Archives: April 2017

Hanging Around

It’s not common to find a Red-breasted Nuthatch in these parts at this time. They’re usually here in the fall and gone by spring. But Ron Shields caught this guy on the Lyndhurst Nature Reserve this morning. He either doesn’t know it’s time to leave or has arrived really, really early. Ron also sent in a couple beautiful shots of a Baltimore Oriole. Enjoy!

Don Torino’s Life in the Meadowlands: Birding Is All About The Journey

There is no more incredible time to be outside than spring. Millions of birds as we speak are making an incredible, arduous journey from as far away as Central and South America which at times defies our own comprehension.

Imagine a bird like a Black-throated Blue Warbler weighing no more 8 grams flying from the Caribbean to southern Canada while stopping off in your backyard for a short rest, an achievement hard to understand in human terms.

And as amazing as this journey is, there is another important excursion happening in the birding world, one that goes hand in hand  along with the birds , no less amazing and adventurous, it is our very own personal lifelong journey.

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Forster’s Terns in the Spotlight Part 1 of 2

We’ll turn our attention to Forster’s Terns today. Mickey Raine got a bunch of great shots of the migratory birds at DeKorte this past Sunday. Mickey writes: THE FAMILIAR LOUD GROUP YAPPING SOUNDS OF THE FORSTER’S TERNS IS ALWAYS A WELCOMING ONE, FOR IT IS A REMINDER OF MORE WARM WEATHER BIRDS TO ARRIVE SOON.¬†

He’s right about the warmer weather arriving soon. Temps this weekend are supposed to be in the low to mid-80s!

Losen Slote Park Walk and Cleanup Sunday May 7!

The Bergen County Audubon Society is leading a walk and cleanup at Losen Slote Creek Park in Little Ferry on Sunday, May 7, letting you enjoy the park’s natural beauty while acting as a steward for the park’s upkeep!

Losen Slote is one of the last upland forests in the Meadowlands and a great spot for bird watching and enjoying nature at its best. The walk is from 8:30 to 10:30 am, followed by the cleanup. Please bring your own work gloves.

For more information contact Don Torino at or 201-230-4983.