Posted by: DarkEyedJunc0 | August 8, 2011

Noteworthy at the Meadowlands

This weekend was pretty much a rainout, although RF and I did manage to get some shorebirding in at the Meadowlands (well, he did, and I was OCD on trying to find a Moorhen.)

It was pretty much the same cast of characters at DeKorte – but the numbers are growing.  In recent days, the water levels have been lowered at the Shorebird pool “to provide daylong mudflats for migrating shorebirds.” The lowered water levels are planned through the month of August.

Highlights of Saturday’s walk on the boardwalk and surrounding trails produced 31 species:

Mallard Ring-billed Gull
Double-crested Cormorant Herring Gull
Great Blue Heron 2 Forster’s Tern 10
Great Egret 6 Rock Pigeon 1
Snowy Egret 3 Mourning Dove
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1 Im Downy Woodpecker
Bald Eagle 1 distant Northern Flicker
Red-tailed Hawk 1 Bank Swallow 1
Peregrine Falcon 1 Barn Swallow
Spotted Sandpiper 1 American Robin
Greater Yellowlegs Gray Catbird
Lesser Yellowlegs Northern Mockingbird
Semipalmated Sandpiper Song Sparrow
Least Sandpiper Indigo Bunting
Short-billed Dowitcher 70 Red-winged Blackbird
  American Goldfinch

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The third annual Kevin Karlson Shorebird day is planned for Saturday August 20th. Kevin, an amazing photographer, is considered one of the foremost experts in shorebirding. I have taken a few of his workshops, and thoroughly enjoy his style, and am looking forward to this event. READ HERE FOR MORE DETAILS

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Details for the Meadowlands Festival of Birding have been announced.  <<click on the ad for festival brochure>>

 The festival is a two day event, featuring field trips, boat trips, exhibits  and programs. This year’s keynote speaker is Sandy Komito, of “The Big Year” fame.

For a great resource about what is going on at the Meadowlands, check out the Meadowlands Nature Blog.

See ya at the Meadowlands!!!


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