(We know the answer if you don't.)
Field notes on Friday included a report of 11 wood ducklings seen near the Warden's Watch, so I looked closely at a group we saw at the boy scout platform. I think there's 14 or even 15.
How many do you see? (Thanks, Tom!)
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!)
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.
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)
For some terrific recent shots of the Celery Farm, check out Tom Mitchell's blog here (great poem, too!)
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.
This weekend's webinar, "Identifying Warblers by Smell," has been cancelled by popular demand.
Please see March Warden Emeritus Stiles Thomas for a full refund.
One 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!)
Nice going, and thanks, Barbara!
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.
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.
Here's another puzzler. What made these holes? A woodpecker? They were on a dead tree in upstate PA.