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...