White-crowned @ White's Pond

Barbara Dilger writes:

I went to White's Pond this morning for a look around and had some pretty good birds there.

Besides Purple Finch, Palm and YR Warblers, the Kingfisher being harassed by the Blue Jay, I was also happy to see an immature WC Sparrow!

My first ever in Waldwick.

Although they have torn down so many trees near the waterfall, you can still get some nice birds there, in the trees and grasses and in the water.

More on White-crowned Sparrows here.  (Thanks, Barbara!)

My Column: All about Snipe -- and Snipers

IMG_5289My latest column is all about Wilson's Snipe, featuring an interview with ace birder/author Rick Wright (no relation) of Bloomfield.

Rick leads tours for Victor Emanuel Nature Tours --  including birds and art tours in Guatemala, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Russia, Denmark, and Austria next year.

I took this photo a year ago on Oct. 18 at Crestwood Lake, a great spot to spot snipe.

The column explains why snipe are such a cool bird, and how snipers got their name.

The link is here.

A Trip to Losen Slote

Made a stop at Losen Slote Natural Area in Little Ferry last week, one of my favorite spots in the Meadowlands and currently one of the wettest and wildest. 

Amazingly, it still has a fairly healthy under story  (but then I saw only one deer while I was there).



Chatty Fish Crow in Action

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Gotta love Fish Crows, because North Jersey sure has a ton of them these days.

Bob Leafe, a friend of this blog who provied the photo for my recent column on Fish Crows, writes:

Last Friday afternoon, I started hearing a very close-by fish crow doing calls and responses with a distant bird.
It turns out that this bird was on my bedroom A/C - Hammy's old perch.

I didn't dare stick my head out of the other bedroom window because I knew he'd book. There was no good light on him and I was guessing where he was, getting only side views.

When I had enough, I went through the pix and noticed that - in some off the pictures - the bird apparently noticed my camera and part of my arm sticking out the window and directed his comments towards them. The responses continued.

I really wish this happened in the morning when the sun would have been on him.............what a cool shot that would have been! That mouth!

I did what I could without completely washing it out, but when I think of what it could have been . . .
As a Fish Crow might say, "Uh-huh!"

American History on the Menu -- Nov. 1

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The Northwest Bergen History Coalition's Fall Luncheon wants you!

The Northwest Bergen History Coalition invites you to join them at their annual Fall History Luncheon at Ramsey Country Club, Nov. 1 at 11:30 a.m.

Elaine Weiss, author of "The Women’s Hour," will be the guest speaker. Weiss will discuss her book that depicts a moment in history that changed our lives.

In the summer of 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution granting women the right to vote was near to passing.

The amendment had been ratified by 35 states, but needed one more state in order to become law. Tennessee was the suffragists’ last chance.

That August, the suffragists and those opposed to women suffrage descended upon Tennessee for a political fight that by the slimmest of margins resulted in ratification of the 19 th amendment.

Weiss brings together all the elements of this turbulent time in which “the core themes of American History – race, class, money, gender, states’ rights, power and democracy – all come to play in Nashville.”

Tickets are on sale now for $50 per person. Checks can be made payable to the Upper Saddle River Historical Society and mailed to U.S.R. Historical Society 245 Lake Street, Upper Saddle River NJ 07458.

For more information call 201-995-0171 or email smbrogan@aol.com.

Last Week's Monday Mystery Solved

IMG_9489Last week's Monday Morning (Mammal) Mystery was no mystery to folks who have seen skunks dig up their yards in search of grubs.

Congrats to all who answered correctly!

Attempts to photograph the skunk with a motion-sensitive camera yielded images of two other mammals instead -- a White-tailed Deer and lawn owner Stiles Thomas, neither of whom appeared to be behaving suspiciously.

Red-breasted Nuthatch at CF

IMG_9639I've had a Red-breasted Nuthatch at my feeder this morning, visible from the trail as you walk in from Franklin Turnpike.  He darts to feeder, grabs a seed and splits.

It's been a great autumn to see these guys. The last one I had in my yard was Oct. 18, 2012.

Also a White-breasted Nuthatch. Pic of latter for size comparison.




Red-tail w/Mouse Meal

As I got out of my car at Allendale Town Center parking lot over the weekend, a Red-tail flew past my shoulder and swooped down along the sidewalk in front of the stores, grabbed a small rodent, and then flew across the street and perched on a telephone pole to chow down.

Thought the coloration on the chest was unusual (the hawk, not the mouse).