Mill Creek Marsh (it’s for the birds)

I made my first visit to the Mill Creek Marsh in the NJ Meadowlands this weekend. The preserve is located a few miles from NYC next to the Mill Creek Mall. I really didn’t know what to expect, and I was initially a little put off by the place.

Mill Creek Marsh NYC Skyline

As you can see above, NYC is just a few miles away, and the area is bordered by a shopping mall, sewage treatment plant, and the NJ Turnpike. There was a distinctive “low tide” smell which I assume came from the actual low tide. The marsh itself was a bit strange looking, with cedar stumps poking out of the water. There is a good overview of the area at NJWildLifeTrails.Org

Mill Creek Marsh Cedar Stump

White Cedar Stump and Red Winged Blackbird

Mill Creek Marsh Mallard

The first signs of life I saw were seagulls, and the ducks. Since it is still early spring, the foliage was just beginning to fill in. The trail around the marsh seems fairly new, and there are signs along the trail that give an overview of the foliage and wildlife to be seen. The place seems to be a work in progress, as I also saw tires, and other refuse scattered about in the marsh.

Mill Creek Lesser Yellowlegs

Lesser Yellowlegs near the waters edge

Mill Creek Marsh Red Winged Blackbird

Red Winged Blackbird

Mill Creek Marsh Myrtle Warbler

Myrtle Warbler

As I wandered about, I began to appreciate the abundant bird life. Apparently, the recovery work at this site is already having a very positive impact.

Mill Creek Marsh Robin

American Robin

I’m not a regular Birder but I’ve added the Mill Creek Marsh to my list of places to return to. Check it out if you want to get a little taste of the NJ Wetlands. All of the photos were taken with a Nikon D200 and 300mm f/4 or 18-35mm lens.

9 Responses to “Mill Creek Marsh (it’s for the birds)”

  1. I really like the first shot, the NY landscape. It is probably more enjoyable from here without the smell.

  2. Sean says:

    Thanks Michael… The smell wasn’t too bad after a while :)

  3. April says:

    I’m sure this is the place that was featured on a Bill Oddie TV show last year that was on British TV. I think it’s so important that cities have an area for wildlife nearby. Personally I find the best wildlife watching is done in the cities where there is more food around for birds and other animals.

  4. Sean says:


    I believe it was also featured in “The Sopranos” as the place where they were dumping asbestos. Thanks for the comment!

  5. Versa says:

    Great photo.

  6. Zaba says:

    I really ike that American Robin picture. What lense are you using on these?
    I tried to read Exif but could not.
    Nice shots!

  7. Sean says:


    That image was taken with the older Nikon 300mm f/4. The wide shots were taken with the Nikon 18-35.

    Thanks for looking – Sean

  8. jeff says:

    Great post. I kinda stumbled upon your blog and now I’ve added it to my bookmarks. Interesting stuff.

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  10. Great Post! Check out take on Mill Creek Marsh!!

    Plenty of Pictures!!

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