My Column: Audubon Mural Project

Avi Gltler and mural 1  JWDSCN0559My latest column for The Record  is about the Audubon Mural Project in Upper Manhattan.

Avi Gitler (above), who spent part of his childhood in Teaneck, is one of the main shakers and movers behind this ambitious project.

You can read the column online here.

The Better Living section gave it great display.



Along the Wissahickon

DSCN0674When I visit Chestnut Hill (part of Philly), I like to visit Wissahickon Valley Park.

DSCN0684An invigorating hike along a beautiful large creek.

Rock shelters, mica-gneiss schist, waterfalls and overflowing dams -- plenty to explore.

I think I am only scratching the surface so far -- this website has all kinds of cool stuff I have yet to see.

Herewith, some pix.



Celery Farm Dawn & Update

DSCN0724 (1)Looked out the window this morning.

First thing I saw was a Red Fox trotting down the path between the spillway and the kiosk.

Next thing I saw was this sunrise just getting under way.

I apologize to the Great Blue Heron and the two pairs of Wood Ducks I flushed en route to the Warden's Watch to take this photo, but I was in a bit of a hurry and didn't see 'em until they flew.

Yesterday, Patty and I saw a Red-shoulder near the spillway.

It flew to the Fell House, where it had a date with its mate in one of the conifers.

Spring is in the air. Now, if only we could find out where they're going to nest.


Fyke's Next Guest Speaker: Kevin Watson

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Kevin Watson, a terrific photographer and equally terrific speaker, will talk about the birds of the Himalayas and Bhutan this Friday night at the monthly Fyke meeting.

The event is free and open to the public.

The Himalayas are famous as the highest mountain range on earth, but the forested slopes and foothills also hold a dazzling diversity of bird life.

Nowhere is this more evident than in the remote Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan, where 70 percent of the land is pristine forest.

The Himalayan slopes in India also boast some fine birding habitat and spectacular scenery, including India’s oldest national park, the Corbett Tiger Reserve.

Where the mountains end, the vast Gangetic plain begins, with the bustle, noise and cultural mosaic of Indian farms, villages and cities, along with an impressive array of incredible wildlife. 

Kevin will present a visual tour of these distant landscapes and their remarkable birds and mammals.

The event will be at Allendale Borough Hall, 500 West Crescent Ave., Allendale. It will start immediately after a short business meeting at 8 p.m. Directions are here.

Mystery Answered

On Mnday I wrote:

This is one last mystery from Yellowstone -- a duck (left, above) seen on our trip that is considered rare for there this time of year.

What do you think it is?  Uncropped shot with Trumpeter Swans below.)

Photo by Lesley Hawkins. (Thanks, Lesley!)

Several folks said "Gadwall," so it must be true.  Congrats to all!


Look for Red-shoulders!

Our local Red-shoulders should be building a nest soon. I see one almost daily -- including one by the Warden's Watch yesterday -- but it was hard to see if it had any sticks in its mouth.

Your assignment: Let me know if you see any local Red-shoulders flying with nesting materials, where you saw them, and in what direction they were headed.

If you see a leg band, you will receive multiple bonus points.

Last spring, we never did find a nest, so we wonder if/hope that there is a new female nesting this year.

A leg-band sighting would likely mean that Laura the Red-shoulder is still around, which would be nice to hear.

(Above is one of my favorite videos, of Stiles Thomas releasing an rehabilitated Red-shoulder in May of 2008.)