MONK PARAKEETS, Ridgefield When you reach Railroad Avenue, head south under Hendricks Causeway Bridge. Park car near the bridge and listen; Monk Parakeets live in nests on underside of the bridge.
KEARNY FRESH-WATER MARSH, Kearny Camman Drive is the road the loops around Gunnell Oval; the marsh is to the east of the easternmost corner of the drive. You can launch kayaks and canoes at this location.
NJMC Naturalist Mike Newhouse was at Losen Slote Creek Park today and reports that
it was the best songbird day he's ever had in the Meadwowlands.
Here's a sample: Ovenbird, Worm-eating Warbler, Northern Waterthrush,
Black-and-white Warbler, Common Yellowthroat (photograph at right taken at Losen Slote earlier this month), American Redstart, Cape May Warbler, Northern Parula, Magnolia Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler and Canada Warbler. (Thanks, Mike!)
Full list, with numbers, follows -- including a rare birdie from the walk earlier this month. (Not sure if Mike saw this one, but he doesn't miss much.)
We had a total of 45 species on our fifth annual Mother's Day Walk in Ridgefield last Sunday, at a variety of places -- Ridgefield Nature Center, Ridgefield Community Garden, the Monk Parakeet Colony, Skeetkill Creek Marsh and the Bald Eagle nest observation site.
(Great time, great group, great birds.)
Highlights included great looks at plenty of warblers, including the Yellow Warbler pictured here. Full list follows...
NJMC Naturalists Gabrielle Bennett-Meany, Mike Newhouse and Brett Bragin install one of the new Canada Goose exclosures at Anderson Creek Marsh. It's part of a pilot program to see if the exclosures help keep marsh grasses away from hungry geese.
Our fifth annual Mother's Day walk in Ridgefield was a big hit -- more than 40 bird species (including lots of warblers and an appearance by Alice the Bald Eagle -- we could see her antenna in some of the photos).
A big thanks to Karen and Bruce Riede from the Ridgefield Environmental Commission for hosting the walk.
The walk was sponsored by the environmental commission, Bergen County Audubon Society and the Meadowlands Commission.
We'll post more pix and the full species list later this week.
For the second year in a row, the Meadowlands Marsh Hawks have won their division in The World Series of Birding.
The team racked up a record-setting 145 species -- or 84 percent of the possible birds -- in less than 24 hours.
The team's previous best was 139 species, set last year.
Congratulations to the Marsh Hawks -- NJMC Naturalist Mike Newhouse and his teammates, Chris Takacs and Mike Wolfe -- and congratulations to all the other teams that participated and raised money for worthy causes.
Full results of the 2013 WSB are here. We'll post the winning tally sheet later this week.
Because of Hurricane Sandy-related electrical repairs, DeKorte Park is closed until approximately 4 p.m. today -- even to World Series of Birding participants. The park will reopen in time for the Saturday night concert at the Meadowlands Environment Center. If you need to contact Jim Wright, who maintains this blog, use his home account -- wrightjamesb (at) gmail.com.
Valley Brook Ave. also will be closed near DeKorte Park until roughly 4 p.m. as part of the landfill-closure work. Thank you for your patience.