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April 2010

Chickadees Setting up House All Over


    I'm seeing Black-capped Chickadees setting up house all over the Celery Farm, including this lop-sided old bird box in my backyard. 

    Chickadees have been flying in and out at a wacky pace for a couple of weeks now. I think something is up.

   Can't wait to photograph the nest after they leave -- last time, they left an amazing wall-to-wall carpet of a nest...

Monday Morning Mystery 042610

    Relax. I know that this is a Jack-in-the-Pulpit.

  The mystery is: What bug goes hand in hand with a Jack-in the-Pulpit? (Sort of an old joke.)

   BTW, Jack-in-the-Pulpits are all over the Celery Farm these days.

   Marsh Warden Mike Limatola says that it wasn't that long ago when there were few and far between.

   More on Jack-in-the-Pulpits here.

   But don't forget the mystery....

Celery Farm Report/Goose Update

    Sorry about the goose photo, but thought you'd like to a photo of the Mom that has had the nasty Canada Goose in major defense mode by the Warden's Watch. She's like the Helen of Troy of Canada Geese -- the face that launched a thousands snits.

    The good news is that you can now walk up to the Warden's Watch without being accosted. The bad news is it is raining today.

   A trip to the Warden's Watch and a walk around the farm yesterday brought a Cedar Waxwing or two, several Great Blue Herons feeding in the shallows, and lots of Tree Swallows and Yellow Rumps. Also had a few Brown-headed Cowbirds, everyone's favorite parasite.

Nifty Photography Show in Waldwick

  Preening-CormorantI have been totally remiss -- there is a first class photo exhibit by Bob Kane, one of the regular photographers at the Celery Farm, at the Waldwick Library.

   The show features 18 images taken at the Celery Farm in the past few years. I just wish there were more.  Shots of an American Bittern and a misty April morning were particularly memorable.

The awesome photo of the preening Double-crested Cormorant on the left gives you an idea of the quality of Bob's work.

   The exhibition is there another week, and definitely worth a visit if you're in the area. 

   Library hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., except Friday and Saturday when they close at 5.  The library, at 19 E. Prospect St., is closed on Sunday. Link is here.