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.
Audubon Magazine's blog, The Perch, has a nice post on the Snowy Owls that have been appearing in spots like the Meadowlands where they are infrequent fliers. Better yet, it offers some basic rules of owl etiquette, including this one: "Do not disturb a sleeping owl, or chase it to get a better view or a
photograph. This can be extremely harmful to owls, many of which are
already stressed from their arduous journeys to unknown territories." The post is here.
If you missed the Meadowlands Commission's free Raptor Prowl and Nature Walk this morning, you missed a great show -- beginning with a Snowy Owl perched on a utility pole. We also had the unusual Eurasian Green-winged ( aka Common) Teal.
We will post more pix and a complete list of the 25.5 species tomorrow.
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Several weeks ago, after a Snowy Owl was seen (and photographed) at Liberty State Park, New Jersey birders got into a lively debate about the wisdom (or lack thereof) of using flash photography when taking pictures of owls. Now that Snowy Owls have been seen regularly in the Meadowlands, the debate takes on a little more immediacy. We asked David Johnson, head of the Global Owl Project, for his thoughts. Here's the word:
"From a biological perspective, I would not think that the camera flash
would be much of an issue," says David. "There is lightning where many of the owls
live, and such a flash is very short-lived. The focus should not be on
the flash, per se, but rather on the general disturbance of people
being close to the owl. " ...
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This morning there were two Snowy Owls in the Meadowlands. The photo above, taken this morning, is courtesy of Jerry Barrack. If you do see one of these amazing raptors, please keep your distance and do not trespass. These shots were taken through a telephoto lens.
SATURDAY & MONDAY: MORE SNOWY OWL PIX AND INFO
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