On Thursday as I was finishing up work, I got a text from my birding partner in crime suggesting we head to the Meadowlands for a break between work and evening plans.
We got down there around 4 and had a pleasant walk around the pools. It wasn’t too buggy because there was a bit of a breeze blowing.
We had views of a Bald Eagle soon after our arrival. Too far to get photos, but still nice views. We found a Marsh Wren! Well, we had someone point out the song to us. That was pretty exciting.
We frequently have Snowy and Great Egrets at the Meadowlands. In general, I find the lack of neck and the Mohawk of feathers to be important identification tools.
Visiting the Meadowlands is a good opportunity for working on identifying differences between Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs. As the beak is ramrod straight, I’ll go with a Lesser Yellowlegs. Greater Yellowlegs have a slight upturn to their bill.
As we were heading out we had one more surprise: a Black Skimmer. We had wonderful views of the skimmer flying back and forth. It even swooped down to skim while we watched.
Great Black-backed Gull