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Fall migration has begun


Posted By:   K. Merola

Though it is still summer, the birds are already preparing for their long journeys south. Northern breeding warblers are starting to be observed around the park, as well as flycatchers, terns and gulls. If you see anything of interest out in the park, please leave us a note in the outside kiosk or on the inside sightings list. Thank you!

Trumpeter Swan


Posted By:   K. Merola

Hi Everyone, As of Tuesday, May 5, 2015 there has been a Trumpeter Swan in the Dredge Cell Pond. I have not been able to put it on the Sightings Database because I still need to create a species write-up for it. I will update this message when the swan leaves, so if you are still seeing this message, it's still here. Thank you!

Bird Quest 2015


Posted By:   Kristina Merola

Congratulations to Burlington County Bird Quest winners the Burlington Raptors, with 65 species observed around Burlington County this morning. Some of the species they saw were: Green Heron, Wood Duck, Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Solitary Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, Sanderling, Least Sandpiper, Belted Kingfisher, Eastern Phoebe, Great Crested Flycatcher, Prairie Warbler, Swamp Sparrow, Baltimore and Orchard Orioles. Congratulations to all of the other teams, too. The competition was very close this year!

Spring Migration


Posted By:   K. Merola

Spring migration has started with Blue-gray Gnatcatchers arriving in the park this week. Palm Warblers, Yellow-rumped Warblers, and Common Yellowthroats have also been spotted. Make sure to visit our Falcon Camera often over the next couple of weeks - it has been a month since the female had laid her first egg and hatching should start next week, if all went well.

Spring 2014


Posted By:   K. Merola

Welcome to Palmyra Cove Nature Park's sightings page! Sightings of plants and wildlife, and photos of them taken in the park, are recorded so you can see what is in the park before your visit. This week, the Fowler Toad tadpoles can be observed swimming around the edges of Bullfrog Pond. Bullfrogs and Green Frogs can be heard calling around Bullfrog Pond, Dredge Retention Basin (also called the Big Pit), and Beaver Pond. Baltimore Orioles can be found along all the habitat edge trails, including Cove Trail, Perimeter Trail, and Red-winged Blackbird Trail. Many warbler species, including Black-throated Blue Warbler, Yellow Warbler, American Redstart, Ovenbird, Northern Parula, and Black-and-white Warbler, have been spotted in the park. Also observed have been Red-breasted Grosbeak, Blue Grosbeak, Scarlet Tanager, and Indigo Bunting. Canada Goose goslings are wondering around the park with their parents. Garter and Black Snakes are sunning along trail openings. The weather is perfect for an afternoon walk. Please list any Palmyra Cove Nature Park sightings in our information kiosk. Enjoy your walk in the park!

Wetland Wonders


Posted By:   Kristina Merola

Our Wetlands Family Hike concluded with participants collecting and observing Fowler's Toad, Green Frog, and Bull Frog tadpoles from Bullfrog Pond. Also observed in the pond were Water Boatmen and Backswimmers, dragonfly and damselfly nymphs, and small mosquito fish. Around the pond, Painted Turtles, Green Frogs and Bull Frogs sunned themselves until we came near, then plopped into the pond before we could reach them. The Dredge Retention Basin had a Killdeer feeding at the water's edge and Mallards and Canada Geese swimming around. At Beaver Pond, we found a single, tiny Fowler's Toad tadpole near enough for us to catch and observe, and a dragonfly nymph. We also heard loud Bullfrogs croaking along the edge. A small beaver and a few large turtles were swimming in the pond. An Eastern Kingbird was feeding on the flies above the water's surface and Rough-winged Swallows were gleaning the surface of the water for the same. If you are interrested in more of the birds of Palmyra Cove, we are going on a Beginning Birding for Adults walk on Saturday, June 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Please reserve a spot ahead of time if you are interested.

Rufous/Allen's Hummingbird


Posted By:   K. Merola

The Rufous/Allen's Hummingbind is still visiting the feeders and perching in the shrubs in front of the building. A Long Eared Owl had been spotted in the park by Tom Bailey the weekend of December 29, 2012.


Posted By:   K. Merola

There is a to see in the park right now. Herbs such as Lesser Celendine, Purple Deadnettle, and Slender Speedwll are in bloom, Stinging Nettle is starting to spread out in the shaded areas, and Japanese Knotweed's red shoots are poking up from the soil's surface. Callery Pear, with it's pungent fly-pollinated flowers, are also in bloom and on the ground you can find the long hanging flowers from Eastern Cottonwoods. American Robins are making their nests of mud and grass and can be seen collecting mud from the many wet areas around the park. Canada Geese are paired up and aggressive toward one another as they prepare to nest. Also, watch for the start of the spring bird migration. New species will be migrating in daily! The best time to find them is early in the morning.


Posted By:   K. Merola

March is a very exciting time at Palmyra Cove. The winds of March bring a welcome change to the cold days of February. Our Cove Caterpillar preschool program starts today with a natural/unnatural hike on River Trail. Look for the Peregrine Falcons nesting in their nest box by the end of the month. Please add any other sightings you discover around the park to out sightings log located at the outside kiosk, or right here at the sightings desks.

Long-eared Owl


Posted By:   Kristina Merola

A photo of a Long-eared Owl was taken in the park the weekend of February 12 and 13. Look to the tangles of vines along Honeysuckle and Fox Run Trails. If you take a good photo and would like to have it displayed on our Long-eared Owl sightings page, please e-mail the photo to with your name. Thank you!