Snipe at the Celery Farm

As part of the annual Big Sit at the Celery Farm yesterday, Kevin Watson's team saw a Wilson's Snipe yesterday morning.

Marsh warden Mike Limatola and I volunteered for the 2-4 p.m. shift. We saw the snipe directly across from the Pirie-Mayhood Tower. It was visible through a spotting scope for at least 45 minutes, though very hard to see. The snipe is somewhere on the left behind the Canada Geese in the middle of the above photo.

Meaty McMeat Goose was there but did not show up on eBird. Total bumme, but Meaty took it well.

Other highlights included a Red-shoulder arguing with an Osprey at 3:59 p.m.  Kurt Muenz got us a Spotted Sandpiper while he was there. (Thanks, Kurt!)


Monday Mystery Correction

Last Monday I asked readers to I.D. this toothless skull from Harrier Meadow in the Meadowlands.

For the first time, I got six different answers. I ultimately went with muskrat, since so many have lived in the region's marshes for so long.

Yesterday, at the Meadowlands Birding Festival, I asked long-time naturalist Don Smith what he thought.

Don has been hunting and trapping muskrats in the area since he was a kid.

His verdict: Young woodchuck. Congrats to Mary Royce for answering correctly (or at least the same as the expert)!



Mystery Show-and-Tell


Here are six objects. What do they have in common? 

I'll explain at my talk tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. at the Environment Center at DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst.

It's part of the free  Meadowlands Birding Festival. 

Ace nature photographer Ron Shields will join me and talk about how he took some of his amazing Meadowlands images.

Monday Mystery Answered, & a New Mystery

On Monday I asked,  Who can I.D. this skull I found in  Harrier Meadow last month?

Never had so many different answers: Skunk, squirrel, muskrat, possum, raccoon and groundhog.

Since it came from Harrier Meadow in the Meadowlands, I'll go with muskrat for now. Too bad it had no teeth or lower jaw.

I will bring the skull to the birding festival on Saturday and see if I can get naturalist Don Smith's verdict. (Don has trapped thousands of muskrats over the years.)

I'll also bring an empty DDT can,  a chunk of Chert, a chunk of copper ore, a replica Bald Eagle egg and a "Krajewski for President" campaign button.

What do they all have in common?

(I love show-and-tell, don't you?)