Back at Phairs Pond, I had another Green Heron and a waterthrush, below. Have been checking Sibley on line for help, and leaning toward Northern. What do you think?
What are they for?
It was in the farthest clump of tall foliage to the left of the platform... Pretty far away. This was with a 500mm zoom.
Never heard it make a sound.
The aggressive Red-winged Blackbird protecting a nest in the field by Phairs Pond has calmed down, and I don't think he will harass anyone.
I took down the caution tape.
That said, another male Red-winged Blackbird might scold you as you walk down the Green Way Path...
I've read that Red-winged Blackbirds will only strafe from behind you... In case it ever comes up on Jeopardy.
I figured that a nest location map was in order to see if any patterns have developed. (They have).
The blue markers denote sites. The one the Celery Farm was for 2002, and the nest failed.
It should be noted that the cluster of nest sites to the north were all 2010 or earlier. Since then, the Red-shoulders have been nesting closer and closer to downtown Allendale.
I don't know why this is, but I doubt that it is a good thing because of increased traffic and pets and other dangers that the downtown presents to raptors..
In some instances, I have tried to reconstruct the locations from notes. I can't swear the map is 100 percent accurate, but I believe it paints a pretty good overall picture
You can also see the map here:
I also suspect there may have been other nests in Allendale since then...
If you have hosted a nest in the past two decades, please contact me at email@example.com.
If you find a dead, injured or ill raptor, please contact me as well.
A decade ago, several of us Red-shouldered Hawk lovers put together a free eBook about Allendale's Red-shoulders. You can download it here:
Have seen next to none in the Celery Farm or during Sunday's Butterfly Day in the Meadowlands.
As for fritillaries, nada. Ditto Viceroys. The skipper above was by the house... A Dun Skipper perhaps?
What critter made these tracks last week in the Celery Farm?
Charlie West guessed Sasquatch. Deb Endreissn guessed Turducken.
So close!!! The correct answer is this guy:
Thank you, Allendale Garden Club!! Everyone appreciates all your dedication and hard work.
Tom Mitchell has included Rib Fanning's Celery Farm sightings from 1998 to 2008 and information on the Mount Peter Hawk Watch via Judy Cinquina as well -- with a link to the Hawk Count website's Mount Peter sit info, no less.
You can read about the Hour on the Tower and see the lists here.
You can read a "Bird Watcher" column I wrote about the Hour on the Tower here.
(Photo above from two decades ago by Jerry Barrack, from In the Presence of Nature, one of the Celery Farm books that Jerry and I did.)
After getting two more reports from Celery Farm regulars that they were strafed by the male Red-winged Blackbird likely defending his young-- and getting strafed again myself -- I closed off the milkweed field by Phairs Pond.
Please keep your distance. Should only be for a few more days.
Then Dennis the Menace Jr. will leave us be. (See next post.)
More about aggressive Red-winged Blackbirds here.
Michael Sterling's photo of Dennis Jr. is at the top of this post. (Thanks, Michael!)
When I worked for the Meadowlands Commission, a Red-winged Blackbird did the same thing to passersby on the Marsh Discovery Trail one summer.
We dubbed him Dennis Menace after Dennis Cheeseman, who first photographed him. It was roughly the same time of year.
I think Dennis Jr. might be at the Celery Farm.
More on Dennis the Menace Sr, here.