Why We See So Few Wild Turduckens..

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Joe Koscielny writes to say that he has seen recipes and advertisements for "Cajun Turducken," which leads him to believe these large birds migrate.

The company whose cooked bird is picture above calls them Tur-Duc-Hen. A little more elegant, spelling-wise.

So that explains it, at least this time of year. 

Sounds like a recipe for extinction to me. (Thanks, Joe!)

My Column: Bad News--Bears&Feeders

My latest column for The Record is all about the bad-news combination of Black Bears and Bird Feeders this time of year, and tips from experts on how you can reduce the problem.

The column is online early because of the need to get the word out.

Bears have destroyed several feeders in Allendale alone in the past two weeks.

The link is here.

Morning Bear Mystery Answered

DSCN0217On  Monday I asked a why bear (apparently) mangled my suet feeder to get at the suet, but did not eat the suet.

The answer, provided correctly by Mary Kostus:  hot pepper suet. 

I liked the other comments as well.

BTW, the hot-pepper suet was squirrel-resistant, and the bear didn't like it either (after he ripped down the feeder).

Crestwood Lake's Secret Swallow Nests

Visited Crestwood Lake in Allendale today to discuss ways to possibly relocate the resident Barn Swallows, who nest in the eaves of the Red Barn and, in so doing, poop on visitors to the open-air pavilion underneath.

The borough loves the Barn Swallows but would like to provide housing without the fallout. 

Marsh Warden Emeritus Stiles Thomas (above right), Marsh Warden Mike Limatola (above left) and I (lurking somewhere) have offered to help.

Stiles mentioned that he always suspected that Barn Swallows also nested under the swim platforms in the lake itself.

Since the artificial lake has been drained for the winter, we thought we'd investigate. At least two of the platforms had a nest (one is pictured below) left over from last summer, and there were remnants of at least two more nests. Who knew?

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Bears and Feeders

My next column for The Record explains why you should take down your feeders at night -- or not put them up -- until the colder weather sets in.

I will let you know when the column is online. It will also appear in the paper next week.