NJAS – All Things Birds: Glacial Lake Passaic

I intercepted my friend Mike leading a local trip for New Jersey Audubon Society in search of newly arrived Spring birds and potential Winter lingerers in Morris and Essex Counties today.

Photography equipment used includes my Tamron 18-270mm VC Lens, Tamron 90mm VC Macro Lens, Tamron 150-600mm VC Telephoto Lens, Canon DSLR’s, Canon Speedlite 270exII flash, and my Manfrotto 055xProB Tripod with 498rc2 Ballhead.

Wildlife sighting highlights for the group today: American Kestrel, Rusty Blackbird, American Mink, and several Shrews.


Looking for Sparrows and Blackbirds in the tall vegetation


Scanning for songbirds

rusty macro

Random object along the trail

Dekay's Snake

A fairly large sized Northern Brown Snake found basking on the road.

Deer Skull

Old remnants of a Two-pointed White-tailed Buck

Snake Flicking Tongue

A typically long and slender Ribbon Snake found along the trail

Turtle detail.

Close-up detail view of an adult Snapping Turtle

Pod details along rode.

Many Sweetgum trees in the area.

Yellow wildflower macro

Yellow Buttercup wildflower seen near forest entrance.

Spring Blooms

Blooms seen on mature trees lining the meadow

Meadow Scenery

An old lifeless tree in front of a wall of Phragmites.

NJAS 2014 Field Trip

The birding group takes a break to discuss the habitat.

NJ nature scenery

The trees that dot the meadow are starting to show their Spring coloration.

NJ Spring foliage

Trees showing their fresh green on a warm Spring day.

Swamp detail

Typical plant life in a flooded section of the forest

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