A follower of this blog writes:
Do woodchucks have longish tails and do they climb trees? I saw something that looked like a woodchuck in a tree on Chubb Ave. eating berries.
I didn't know they could climb trees. This young tree was slanting a bit and that may have helped it get up. When I stopped to get a better look it climbed down and ran away.
This blog follower clearly hasn't heard of the famous Meadowlands Treehog...
A link is here.
If you know of any specific locations where terrapins have laid eggs this spring, please e-mail NJMC staffer Adam Osborn at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can protect their nesting sites.
Congrats to all for competing. We hope you are having fun near to home, and seeing lots of great birds.
Keep in mind that some birders are in the Meadowlands all the time, and others get here occasionally, so their birdage may differ drastically.
If you're name's not on the list, please e-mail Jim Wright at jim.wright (at) njmeadowlands.gov. It's still not too late! Sign up now!
Here is the leader board as of May 31:
1. Chris Takacs: 177, (2012 reigning champion, ineligible for prizes
in 2013 as a result, lives in district)
2. Mike Newhouse 172 (NJMC, setting a target number for competitors.)
3. Ray Duffy, 163 (in district)
4. Jackie DeMarco, 151 (out of district)
5. Mike Wolfe, 139 species (out of district)
6. Dennis Cheeseman, 132 (out of district)
7. Jim Wright, 124 (NJMC staff, ineligible for prizes)
8. Mike Turso 114 (out of district)
9. Oliver Stringham, 110 (in district)
10. Roy Woodford 108 (out of district)
11. Julie McCall, 105 (in district)
12. Rob Fanning 101 (out of district)
Last month's totals and a link to last year's through-May totals follow.
Nick had found the moth's cocoon on a Gray Birch in DeKorte Park earlier this year, and released the moth after it hatched. We think it hunkered down in a grassy section of the park so it could wait for dusk. (Thanks, Nick!)
Yesterday's post on this moth -- and this year's Moth Night at DeKorte -- can be found here.
You can tell male Polyphemus moths from females by the males' feathery antennae. An outside photo of the moth's awesome antennae follows.
This chick actually did not hatch at this nest. It was fostered in from a nest in southern NJ last month, when the lone hatchling at Jersey City developed serious problems.
To read more, check out the web cam's Nestbox News here.
Link to my gallery of the banding on Flickr is here. The Jersey City pair sure has quality real estate on the waterfront! (Thanks, Mike!)
We were fortunate to get a quick look at a male Polyphemus Moth at DeKorte Park's Science Center, thanks to Nick Vos-Wein of Ramapo College (which operates the Science Center). Nick had found the moth's cocoon on a Gray Birch in DeKorte earlier this spring.
Much like the clear-winged moths, the Polyphemus has a clear panel on each wing (close-up on right).
The moth is named for Polyphemus, a Cyclops of Greek mythology and "The Odyssey". More on the Polyphemus moth here and here.
The moth's appearance is a great reminder that the Meadowlands Commission and Bergen County Audubon Society are once again part of National Moth Week this summer. We will be hosting a Moth Night featuring NMW's amazing crew and light set-ups at DeKorte Park on Tuesday, July 22, at 8:30 p.m.
Tomorrow: A couple of photos of the Polyphemus after it was released.
More Polyphemus moth photos -- including closeups of the wings, wing panels and antennae -- follow. (Thanks, Nick!)