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Saturday, July 27, at 1:00 pm*

Mill Creek Marsh, Secaucus

Saturday, July 27, 2024

 




* Please text Alex at 973 202-7977 to register and to confirm the starting time, which may change

Meet in the parking lot at 3 Mill Creek Marsh Drive, Secaucus.

 

Less than a month after the last northbound semipalmated sandpipers have left us, the first returning birds appear. Their numbers slowly increase through July, then explode in the last days of the month, when many thousands of adult semipalmateds gather at high tide on the ancient cedar stumps of Mill Creek Marsh. Presenting the most impressive wildlife spectacle in our area, these birds are often joined by numbers of least sandpipers, greater and lesser yellowlegs, solitary sandpipers, and short-billed dowitchers, and there is always the possibility of a surprise rarity. 

 

Meet in the parking lot at Bob’s Discount Furniture, Secaucus, at 1:00 pm; *this time may change if the weather is adverse. We will walk a leisurely mile on wide, level trails. The shorebirds are often very close to the path on the rising tide, but binoculars or a spotting scope will give you the best views. Dress for what may well be hot and humid weather; a broad-brimmed hat and sunscreen are advised. Insects are rarely a problem here, though there may be a mosquito or two if the day is unusually calm. Bring plenty of water and a snack; restrooms are available in the adjacent strip mall. 

 

Driving directions to Mill Creek Marsh Trail, 3 Mill Creek Drive, Secaucus, are here

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