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.
This is egg-laying season for turtles, so please be on the lookout.
If you see a Snapping Turtle in the road, please do not try to move it. They bite, and they move much faster at close range than you might think. Never pick one up by the tail -- could damage their spine.
Ron Shields took the photo above -- always a nice result when Ron and wildlife see eye to eye. (Thanks, Ron!)
The Meadowlands Commission is pleased to host a free screening of a Bergen County Audubon Society event, the PBS documentary "Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air," on Thursday, May 30 at 7 p.m. in the Meadowlands Environment Center auditorium.
The event will also include information on how to get involved in Audubon’s new
citizen science program, Hummingbirds
In the meantime, would love to post a photo of a hummingbird taken in the Meadowlands if anyone has a good one....
More information on Thursday night's documentary follows.
We plan to look for the Little Blue Heron this afternoon from 4 to 5 p.m., weather permitting. Did not see the bird this morning yet but lots of heavy machinery out there, including Hurricane Sandy repair work.
Please call Jim Wright at 201-469-7349 after 3 p.m. if you plan to attend...
Jim Wright, who keeps this blog, also writes a twice-monthly column for the South Bergenite. His latest is on DeKorte Park's recovery from storm damage:
The past half-year has been trying for all of us who love DeKorte
Late last October, Superstorm Sandy walloped our
region and knocked the park for a loop, wrecking boardwalks, destroying trails
and causing extensive electrical damage.
I am happy to report that after an unprecedented
repair effort – including cleanups by volunteers -- the park is now open again
to the public, free of charge, seven days a week.
The recovery efforts have been difficult and
expensive, but they have been fruitful. Our gardens are in bloom, and our
wonderful butterflies are returning.
Iridescent blue tree swallows are nesting
throughout the park, and majestic ospreys, which catch fish in the park’s tidal
impoundments, are nesting again nearby. Many trails have reopened. Our
educational programming is moving full steam ahead, and our observatory is open
for free viewing by the public every Monday and Wednesday night.
The rest of the column, and a status report on our trails, follow.
We're starting to get more and more butterflies, though nothing like last year by this time, when we were already a week into our Red Admiral invasion.
Had this skipper (Zabulon?), an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail and some Cabbage Whites on Monday afternoon on the Kingsland Overlook. Yikes -- time to get out the butterfly field guides again.
(Also saw a Rose-breasted Grosbeak and a hard-to-diagnose flycatcher.)
For the NABA checklist for DeKorte Park (with frequency and season), click here. Whichever butterfly is pictured above does not appear to be on the list, unless we overlooked something (always a possibility).
Ace environmental reporter Jim O'Neill of The Record writes:
When the 17-year cicadas actually emerge in our North Jersey area, I want to do a
follow-up on the story that The Record published last Friday.
If any of you see cicadas, please send me a quick email about how many, location, etc? That would be
Given how warm it was today, I'm thinking the soil temp
could have gotten pretty close to the magic 64 degrees and we could have them
emerge tonight or tomorrow night. Thanks for any help!! My email is email@example.com