Butterfly Wak Is Saturday!

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Tom Burr Memorial Butterfly Walk at the Celery Farm

Our annual Celery Farm Butterfly Walk is held in memory of Tom Burr, the late Fyke member, naturalist, photographer, and friend.
 
Meet at the end of Green Way at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday for a 90-minute stroll.
 
The event is free and open to the public. Kids are welcome!
 
Dress for bright sun. Bring your binoculars, water and sunscreen. Rain cancels this walk.
 
Gaby Schmitt will lead but would appreciate some assistance, especially from folks with more butterfly ID skills.
 
Email her at gaby413@aol.com.
 
A downloadable guide to North Jersey butterflies is here.
 
Fred Weber has reported many butterfly sightings this week already.

CF Butterfly Walk Is This Saturday

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Tom Burr Memorial Butterfly Walk at the Celery Farm

Our annual Celery Farm Butterfly Walk is held in memory of Tom Burr, the late Fyke member, naturalist, photographer, and friend.
 
Meet at the end of Green Way at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 21, for a 90-minute stroll.
 
The event is free and open to the public.
 
Dress for bright sun. Bring your binoculars, water and sunscreen. Rain cancels this walk.
 
Gaby Schmitt will lead but would appreciate some assistance, especially from folks with more butterfly ID skills.
 
Email her at gaby413@aol.com.
 
A downloadable guide to North Jersey butterflies is here.
 

 


Can You Help I.D, Hackensack Birds?

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A Hackensack resident writes:

I live in a high-rise twin apartment building on Prospect Avenue between Beech Street & American Legion Drive.  

The air space in between  (see red arrow in photo above) is a wonderful wind canyon for birds to cavort in, and they seem to enjoy the altitude equivalent to the upper floors. 
 
I constantly see them flying horizontally very close to my windows on the 16th floor, before they zoom off in another direction & change altitudes.  And this 'Canyon' does not exist anywhere else behind Prospect Ave.

I'm not a birder, but I can discern three separate types of birds that participate in this daily aerofest. 

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Last Week's Mysteries Answered

Last week I asked if you could identify the colorful birds on the ceiling in the lobby of the Woolworth Building in Manhattan (above), and a young hawk perched near Ivers Road.

Nearly everyone ID'd the young buteo as a Red-shoulder, which is great news since we have not had any evidence of them nesting in Allendale the past two springs. (They are endangered when nesting in New Jersey.)

As for the Woolworth Building, Charely West ID'd the  bird as a "possible" Resplendent Quetzal. (See photo below, by Tyohar Kastiel from the Natural History Museum in the U.K.)

Thanks, Charley, and to all.

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Recently, at my place of employment in Wyckoff, I saw what looked like a beige-colored sparrow.

It seemed to act and move like the darker brown sparrows, but it was lighter in color.

The photo above is a poor cell phone photo enlargement, but I thought it would give you an idea of the bird.

A dark brown sparrow is to its left. Do you know what it is?

I told Anne what I think. What do you think?

 


Allendale Tree Question

A Schuyler Road resident writes:
 
 Years ago I was told by the Allendale shade-tree people that we have the tallest elm tree in Allendale here on our front lawn.
 
For these many years the tree has been very healthy and void of the dreaded Dutch Elm disease, my theory being that a maple tree growing VERY close to the elm, has protected it for some reason.
 
It has been suggested that I somehow report this theory, but to who, I am not sure.
 
Any suggestions?
 

To Botch a Mockingbird

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A couple of Sundays ago, the New York Times Book review ran a couple of articles related to "To Kill a Mockingbird," with the above illustration.

A sharp-eyed reader wrote that the bird in the illustration was not a titmouse, not a mockingbird. I tend to agree, though I live in a glass house myself.


CF Butterfly Walk, Sat. July 21!

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Tom Burr Memorial Butterfly Walk at the Celery Farm

Our annual Celery Farm Butterfly Walk is held in memory of Tom Burr, the late Fyke member, naturalist, photographer, and friend.
 
Meet at the end of Green Way at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 21, for a 90-minute stroll.
 
The event is free and open to the public.
 
Dress for bright sun. Bring your binoculars, water and sunscreen. Rain cancels this walk.
 
Gaby Schmitt will lead but would appreciate some assistance, especially from folks with more butterfly ID skills.
 
Email her at gaby413@aol.com.
 

 


More About Barbara Dilger's Banded Osprey

Osprey  cf 42318 aaaDSC_0092_cropBarbara Dilger, who photographed  a banded Osprey at the Celery Farm in April, writes:

I received an email from the gentleman who banded the baby osprey that I photographed recently at the Celery Farm - 04D.  
 
He said that they spotted him the other day back at the Barnegat Bay, where he (he thinks it is a male) was hatched two years ago. 
 
He also believes it is one of the birds that has a successful nest nearby, which he will try to confirm. 

It is exciting to think that he made it all the way up to Allendale from his migration south of the border and now is back to his birthplace and possibly starting his own family. 

The link to the original post is here.

Free Downloadable Butterfly Guide for North Jersey

Screen Shot 2018-07-10 at 12.11.43 PM     When I worked for the Meadowlands Commission, my colleague Mimi Sabatino and I put together a butterfly guide for DeKorte Park.

  I took all the photos on site and wrote the text, and Mimi did the design.

  It includes photos of the 18 most common butterflies and two common moths (inlcuding a clear-winged moth).

  The one-sheet is useful for the Celery Farm, too, and you can download it free right here.


My New Column: More Birding at the Shore

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My new column for The Record is about lesser-known spots to bird at the Shore, featuring advice from some top birders.

I'd like to thank .the following birders for their help with this column: Steven Albert,  James Armstrong, Pete Bacinski, Steve Buckingham, John Canoles, Gregory Cantrell, Marc Chelemer, Kyle Chelius, Bill Elrick, Brett Ewald, Judy Foulke, Becky Hedden, Ted Krzyzanowski, Andy McGann, Rick Radis, J. Reader, Yvonne Stecher and Ann Thompson. 

(The space allotted for the column is prohibitively tight, so I thought it best to thank them here.
 
The link to the column is here.