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Thu Jun 27, 2013, 01:05 PM

Skimming the surface on the astounding birds of the Meadowlands

Skimming the surface on the astounding birds of the Meadowlands

Thursday June 27, 2013, 12:37 PM

BY JIM WRIGHT

Now is the time of year to see an amazing bird called the black skimmer in the Meadowlands, and this is a year when they seem to be incredibly plentiful.

Considering that these large black-and-white shorebirds are an endangered species in New Jersey, the frequent sightings being reported across the Meadowlands are all the more impressive.

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Herons and egrets, for example, wade in the water and grab fish with their pointy bills. Belted kingfishers hover, then crash into the water to seize their prey. Ospreys hover as well, then dive into the water and grab the fish with their talons. Black skimmers, on the other hand, live up to their name. They skim.

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What's more, black skimmers tend to fly in groups (in tight formation) and in silence. Thus, the sight of skimmers quietly gliding along is an experience not unlike watching the U.S. Air Force's Blue Angels flight team.

More:
http://www.northjersey.com/news/213263471_Skimming_the_surface_on_the_astounding_birds_of_the_Meadowlands.html#sthash.1JSN50Iv.dpuf

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Judi Lynn Jun 2013 OP
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locks Jun 2013 #3
dbackjon Jun 2013 #5
BlancheSplanchnik Jun 2013 #4
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TNNurse Jun 2013 #7

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 01:14 PM

1. a short video:

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 01:40 PM

2. Wow!

Thanks for posting.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 01:41 PM

3. Thank you

for these beautiful photograph and video of these graceful birds. We do not get to see them in the west.

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Response to locks (Reply #3)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 05:27 PM

5. Love Skimmers!

 

They do occur in the San Diego area - I have seen them there

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 02:39 PM

4. Wow! I grew up not far from there...back then it was PO-LUUUTED!

Driving through the Jersey Meadows on the way to NYC was like driving through a Heironymous Bosch painting of Hell. Only with SMELL!

Yecch!

This is wonderful, now!!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 05:29 PM

6. One of my favorite birds

 

Ornithological quibble - they are not shorebirds as defined (which are limited to sandpipers, plovers, etc), but are terns.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Jun 29, 2013, 08:56 PM

7. Thank you, thank you

for sharing. Have never been able to see them this close. The video is an extra treat.

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