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October 2015

Fox and Deer at the Celery Farm on Halloween

Fox and Deer
This morning while doing a counter-clockwise circuit of the Celery Farm, just past the Pirie-Mayhood Platform, I thought I saw a Red Fox trotting down the path, which was in shadows.

In the distance, I saw a couple of White-tailed Deer headed toward me.

I figured I should just aim my camera in the right direction and fire away.

A big thank you to Jerry Barrack for tweaking the low-light photo to make it look better!

Incredible Celery Farm Bald Eagle Shots by Walt Staab

BdEagle2(1)Walt Staab writes:

Taken on Oct 30, 2015 at the Celery Farm:

American Bald Eagle: Made a morning flight over the Celery Farm consisting of a couple low circles and a couple very high circles.  Needless to say, this was very exciting.  I kept hearing about the Bald Eagle at the Celery Farm but this is the first time that I saw one there.

Thanks, Walt!  (Click to enlarge the pix below.)
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My Review of "The Kiskadee of Death"

I reviewed a new mystery called "The Kiskadee of Death" The-Kiskadee-of-Deathby Jan Dunlap for Birding Magazine, set in a prime birding area in Texas.

Here's the beginning of my review:

"The seventh in Jan Dunlap’s Bob White Birder Murder series, The Kiskadee of Death is a light confection of a mystery, the sort of book you might read on the plane on your next big birding adventure when you get tired of perusing the field guide.

"In fact, the book’s action takes place on just such a week-long birding trip. The aforementioned Mr. White—high-school guidance counselor, ardent birdwatcher, and amateur sleuth—has persuaded his lovely wife, Luce, to escape a brutal Minnesota January and search for life birds and rarities in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas.

"Think of them as the Nick and Nora Charles of the Swarovski set."

The full review is on the ABA blog, here.

Coot, Mon ... at the Celery Farm Yesterday

1-IMG_3402Not sure if the accent in the headline is Scottish or Jamaican, but the coot is all-American.

The two Celery Farm coots now seem totally oblivious to humanoids.

This guy swam right past the Warden's Watch yesterday afternoon while three of us were looking for the Redhead (didn't see him).

The coot and his pal gave us great views of their red eyes, goofy motions and all-around cootliness. More on American Coots here.

Last Chance to Hear My Halloween Ghost Story, 'The Drownling'

DSCN9406Join me tonight (Wednesday, Oct. 28) at 7 p.m. at the Mahwah Public Library as I read:

*My chilling new ghost story, “The Drownling,” set at the John Fell House in Allendale on Halloween night in 1944. (The story is also in the current issue of Autumn Years magazine.)

  • “Phantoms of the Ramapos,” based on actual events in 1938, including a car race at the Ho-Ho-Kus Speedway, an armed bank robbery in Allendale, and a getaway at the Darlington Schoolhouse in Mahwah. (Includes a slide show of archival photos.)

On Thursday night at 7 p.m., I'll read the two stories at the Franklin Lakes Public Library.  

Both events are free and open to the public. Free popcorn courtesy of Popcorn Indiana, and ginger snaps and apple cider courtesy of John Fell will be served.

The Mahwah Public Library is located at 100 Ridge Rd, Mahwah.

The Franklin Lakes Public Library is located at 470 De Korte Drive.