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May 2008

CELERY FARM: B.O. woes

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On Memorial Day, my buddy Jerry Barrack and I walked around the Celery Farm in hopes of getting a decent bird photo or two.

   Although someone had written in the bird log that they had seen a tri-color heron, I figured they must have been new to birding or hallucinating.
   Everywhere we went on the loop, we were taunted by the calls of Baltimore orioles. We could hear them plain as day, but we saw mostly green leaves wherever we
looked.
   The one fleeting glimpse we got was through branches and vines. Jerry likely got a good shot, but me? Zippo maximus.

   I went home.
   Two hours later I looked out the window and saw -- a Baltimore oriole.  I grabbed a camera and managed the image above, through the window.
   Go figure.

   


THE OWLETS ARE COMING!

   

   Starting Tuesday, I will post a series of short videos on the amazing Ace Acefamily -- a pair of screech owls and their five latest offspring.

   The family lives near the Celery Farm in Allendale, NJ.

   The videos occur from late April to late May.

   The first video shows the five during the hatching days.

   The second video shows them when they are a little over a week old.

  Also on tap: A feeding frenzy or two, and a variety of nifty photos.


CELERY FARM: Crane

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   The Sunday Record has a story on the sandhill crane at the Celery Farm yesterday. They used a photo by Jerry Barrack, who is a great friend of this blog.
   
    Above is the shot. Some bird.

    They also quoted some guy named Stiles Thomas.

   The link to The Record article is here.