My life lately has consisted of spending hours trying to make sense of local maps in hopes of finding a new nature/hiking/birding trail to explore. The plus side of living in the isolated rural area of New jersey is that there are plenty of such trails out there; the down side is that they’re nearly impossible to find among these massive expanses of farmland and forest.
I did manage to find one today on a wildlife management area that I never knew existed, so my friends and I went to check it out (luckily I have at least a few friends who tolerate my nature fancy). It turned out to be one of my favorite trails I’ve seen so far. It runs along a river on the left, and a huge open marsh on the right. Most places with such terrain are INFESTED with bugs, and therefore inhospitable for my taste, but this place is nearly bug-free thanks to the wildlife management; and by wildlife management I mean TONS OF BIRDS. Cedar waxwings, yellow warblers, house martins, Baltimore orioles, mute swans, red-winged blackbirds, blue herons, and song sparrows were most of the species I can remember seeing. I was so excited to see waxwings; I’ve only seen them once around where I live, but they’re all over this place. House martins too; I usually only see barn swallows.
Unfortunately, the batteries in my camera died halfway through our journey, so I missed out on a lot of good shots. I should be going back on Monday with fresh batteries to push even further down the trail, so I’ll post some of my findings next week.
Also, I bought a reed owl hooter today. Step one: learn how to use it. Step two: attract owls, not turkeys.