Owners of the land that includes cul de sac off Valley Brook Avenue in Lyndhurst -- where birders like to hang out in hopes of seeing raptors of all sorts -- have locked the gates, at least for the time being.
The owners want to cut down on the illegal dumping occurring back there, and who can blame them. The site will in all likelihood be locked at night.
If the gate is open during the day, you should be able to drive into the cul de sac and do some bird-watching -- so long as you stay near the road and do not trespass.
If the gate is locked, you may drive over to DeKorte Park and park there, then walk (careful of traffic) over to the cul de sac.
NOTE: It is illegal -- and often dangerous -- to park on Valley Brook, and you may be ticketed by Lyndhurst police.
We expect to have a key to the gate so we can look for raptors on the Bird Walk on Friday.
Questions? E-mail us.
From Disposal Road in North Arlington around 9 this morning, we saw three harriers working the Erie Landfill.
When we looked over the photographs we took (from quite a distance), we noticed a falcon perched on a rock on top of the landfill.
Not long after, NJMC naturalist Michael Newhouse saw seven distant accipiters gaining altitude to the south of Harrier Meadow.
With winds out of the northwest this morning, today should be a solid migration day.
Footnote: Just before lunch, we saw two ospreys hunting the tidal impoundment by NJMC Headqurters in DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst.
A great raptor morning.
Monday (Sept.8), the William D. McDowell Observatory in DeKorte Park, Lyndhurst,
The viewings are free.
The observatory will be open for two hours each night, with 8 and 9 p.m. viewing sessions.
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Birder Mike Britt, a friend of this blog, today reported the immature white ibis, three marbled godwits, two Caspian terns and 10 kestrels in the DeKorte Park area of Lyndhurst.
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New Jersey Audubon's Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes had a nice column in the Star-Ledger on Saturday that highlighted birding along the Meadowlands' mud flats. Read it here.
In mid-July, we reported that Meadowlands Commission naturalists had installed perches in the tidal impoundment by the Marsh Discovery Trail in Lyndhurst, in hopes that egrets would perch there when the water levels were high.
Although the egrets were a little slower on the uptake than we had hoped, we are now happy to report: Bingo.
We saw this hummingbird moth outside the Meadowlands Environment Center in DeKorte Park this afternoon around 1:30 p.m.
By the time we got our video camera, it was gone. For now.
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