Stiles Thomas, his family, and Patty and I hope to have a weekly Birdy 30 every Saturday this winter, and all are welcome to participate any week you like.
For those unfamiliar with the free contest, here’s what you do: Just look out your home or office window for 30 minutes straight before noon on Saturday, count the number of bird species you see, and then send your best 30-minute bird list to me by 9 a.m. the next morning.
The Birdy 30 is on the honor system, so please don’t get creative with your sightings. And if you see something unusual, please take a photo. I’d love to share them.
With the Birdy 30, you can pick a convenient time and window, have a cup of coffee, and chill.
Need to make a phone call or text somebody? No worries. Rainy or snowing? Try later. Skunked? Make sure your feeders are full and try again.
Rule No.1: Have fun.
First Prize: Bragging rights!
The dairy is Woodland Dairy. The bottle is a quart, In the middle is a big "R."
What does the "R" stand for? (I do.)
Anybody know anything about the dairy, such as where it was located?
For location I put unknown. The first choice was Hawaiian Duck. Go figure.
The duck is huge. I am still thinking some sort hybrid.
More in the Hawaiian Duck here. Time to bid it aloha.
(A big thank you to Joanne Hart for all the work she has put into this project!)
The Fell House is located at 475 Franklin Turnpike, Allendale.
If you would like to have a flag named for a loved one, you can learn more here.
Do you believe all that open space?
Last week, Tom Mitchell asked folks on the Fyke email list what kind of duck he photographed recently at the Celery Farm. He said that the incomparable Fred Weber pronounced it a hybrid.
What do you think? If it's a hybrid, of what?
Sally T. suggested a female Redhead -- the head looks similar but I'm not sure about the rest of the plumage.
I think it might be a N. Shoveler/N. Pintail hybrid, but I'm just guessing. :- )
The talk, originally created by Pat Wardell, will be presented by Allendale Historian Joanne Hart.
Historical displays will be featured around the house.
This event is free and open to the public (but donations to the Fell House, a 501C3 non-profit, are appreciated).
More information about the Allendale Historical Society is here.
Copies of "Allendale, the Background of a Borough, " the detailed history of Allendale written for Allendale's Centennial celebration in 1994 by Pat Wardell, will be available for purchase.
The Fell House is located at 475 Franklin Turnpike. The Celery Farm was once part of John Fell's estate.
Stiles Thomas, who was the driving force behind creating the Celery Farm Natural Area and who founded the Mount Peter and Hook Mountain hawk watches, also was the Eastern Bluebird equivalent of Johnny Appleseed in North Jersey back in the 1950s.
He even supplied farmers with free bluebird boxes. The boxes were stamped:
... so, perhaps, that bluebirds knew they were moving into the correct birdhouse, and whom to thank.
Also pictured below is Mr. Thomas with a few of his incredible bird carvings. If anyone knows when and where the photo was taken, let me know.
Stiles was kind enough to share these old photos with me (and now you).
A surprising amount of water, too.
We parked in the Red Trail Parking Lot and hiked the Red Trail to the White Trail -- a new way for us.
We did not see or hear any Wild Turduckens, but they are typically found closer to the summit.
You can read more about High Mountain here.
You can read an article about High Mountain that I wrote for Autumn Years here.