We had a great walk and cleanup Sunday at Losen Slote Creek Park. Highlights include great looks at a Baltimore Oriole and Brown Thrasher, a Scarlet Tanager (seen by some), Solitary Sandpiper and many warbler species.
The full list follows. (Thanks to all who participated, and a special thanks to Denise Farrell for providing the list.)
Don Torino of Bergen County Audubon Society and the Meadowlands Commission's Jim Wright did a scouting trip yesterday in advance of Sunday's free guided walk.
A few quick observations:
* A lot of good birds are moving in, including Baltimore Orioles, Eastern Towhees and a variety of warblers. We even had several Solitary Sandpipers — and heard a Ring-necked Pheasant, not far from its ancestral home.
* The trails are very muddy (and partly underwater in places), so wear waterproof boots if you can.
* We didn't see as much litter as in years past, but we still plan to police the area and trim the trails, so bring work gloves and clippers if you've got them.
* The flora (including the ferns above) is going great guns, with lots of native plants to be discussed on Sunday.
Full list of birds follows.