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April 2010

My 'Bird Watcher' Column This Week

NJMC baltimore oriole   This week "The Bird Watcher," my column in The Record and Herald News, is all about Baltimore Orioles, including a great place to see them in Bergen County.

   The link is here.

   I see by one report that one has already been seen in the area, on Van Buskirk Island in Oradell, and I am figuring these beautiful birds will be arriving elsewhere in the region, including the Celery Farm any day now. (The shot at right was taken along Disposal Road by DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst); the photo is courtesy of the N.J. Meadowlands Commission.

   In years past, I have seen them just south of the Warden's Watch, including my backyard, and along Warbler Alley (the southeastern part of the path around the CF).

   I am putting out grape jelly and oranges this year as an experiment. I'll post the results here.

The Rob Fanning Report 042810

    Decided to brave the cold and wind this morning. It is, after all, April 28th! Amazing how each year is so different. Last year I had Blackpoll Warblers at CF on the 27th--this year still waiting for my first of year N. Waterthrush, Warbling Vireo, Baltimore Oriole, Green Heron, etc.
    Highlight of the day was a flock of 5 GREAT EGRETS. This may be my highest spring count for CF. Also present were 4 GREAT BLUE HERONS, a SPOTTED SANDPIPER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, and a few CEDAR WAXWINGS (which have been hanging around the Point for the last several days).
 The good news is that May 1st and 80+ degrees are but a few days away. Bring on the migrants!

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