2018 has been another year of first-time-seeing for a number of species in the Meadowlands for us. In addition to the milestone return of harbor seals to River Barge Park in late winter, once the season officially started we logged sightings of Semi-Palmated Plovers, squadrons of Black Skimmers, and of course Great and Snowy Egrets in their gorgeous white plumage. Just upriver from our launch at River Barge Park, Raptor’s Point saw lots of drama this season, with the family of Red-Tailed Hawks apparently pushed out by a pair of Osprey after their young ones fledged (both species have been seen at the Point, but the Osprey are more frequent occupants now, unlike years past). Cromakill Marsh has been hosting large flocks of Least Sandpipers. Also seen: majestic Great Blue Herons, Terns, Red-winged Blackbirds, Tree Swallows, Barn Swallows, Cormorants, Gulls, Snapping Turtles, Muskrats, and a Red Fox.