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July 2018

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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