Monday Mystery Answered

On Monday, Deb Endresen wrote:

What made these holes? A woodpecker? They were on a dead tree in upstate PA.

The answer is either Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, suggested by Joanne Appert, or Eastern Red-headed Cribbager, suggested by Rob Harold.

You decide. (Thanks to all!)

Terrific Exhibit at the Blauvelt Art Museum

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Don't' miss  the nifty article in The Record about nature artist James Fiorentino, whose traveling watercolor exhibit highlighting New Jersey's endangered birds, frogs, turtles and more is at the Hiram Blauvelt Museum in Oradell now through the end of July.

My favorite painting of the 25 on display is a bird's-eye view 636306384957690399-peregrinegwbridgeof Peregrine Falcon patrolling the George Washington Bridge, but you should really see for yourself.

The free exhibit by this talented artist is sponsored by Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey. The museum, on a hill overlooking on Kinderkamack Road, is excellent as well.

The Record article, by James O'Neill, is here.

The Blauvelt Museum is open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. It's located at 705 Kinderkamack Road, Oradell.

A link to the museum's web page is here.

(Photos of watercolors: James Fiorentino/Courtesy of Conserve Wildlife Foundation)

My New Column: Birding Olana

My latest column for The Record is about birding Olana, the amazing estate of Hudson River School artist Frederic Edwin Church.

The site, near Hudson, N.Y., is historic and spectacular, and the birding is excellent.  I birded Olana with William Cook, Kathryn Schneider, Marian Sole and another excellent birder from the Alan Devoe Birding Club of Columbia County, N.Y. 

The column, with a link to a video about Olana, is here.

A terrific song about Olana, by Marc Cohn, is here.

The town of Hudson is worth a visit as well -- great restaurants and shops.

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3rd Graders See John Fell Arrest Reenacted

DSCN3035One of coolest things the Fell House group does every spring is invite Hillside School third-graders and their teachers to watch a reenactment of John Fell's arrest by British Loyalists back in 1777. (Boo!)

The students were also treated to several lessons about local history and the Revolutionary War.

The Heard's Brigade did their usual great job.  

Photos below include Army veterans Stiles Thomas and Jack Granowitz leading the students in the Pledge of Alliance. So glad they were on our side! 

(Thanks for joining us, Hillsiders!)

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TNC Tuesday: The Kay Center

If you haven't been to the Kay Center and environs in Chester,  now is a great time. Upcoming butterfly season is excellent, too.

I went on a guided walk there last Thursday led by  The Nature Conservancy's state director, Barbara Brummer and took some pix on the go. 

Nesting Eastern Bluebirds were among the attractions.

The link to a blog post about the walk is here.

Fascinating Mother's Day Walk in Ridgefield

Yesterday I was lucky to join Bergen County Audubon's Mother's Day Nature Walk in Ridgefield, now in its ninth year.

Led by Don Torino and hometown anchors Bruce and Karen Riede, IMG_3082the walk was once again a treat.

Although tree-removal work made some trails at the Ridgefield Nature Center off-limits we still managed to see some good birds (and May Apples) there.

We then waked over to the Community Garden, where we saw nesting Baltimore Orioles, Cedar Waxwings and other great species.

I also joined the group  to watch the nesting Monk Parakeets put on a show and make a racket.

A great morning.

(In the photos below, the hanging oriole nest is hidden in the foliage. The oriole is trying to sneak away undetected, as they are wont to do.