Previous month:
December 2013
Next month:
February 2014

January 2014

CF Memories: Part Three

Snake 2

Five and a half years ago, I asked friends of this blog to send in their favorite memories, moments and images.

Here's the third of three posts that resulted.

Sally Teschon writes: "I miss the snakes."

   Sad to say, I had grown so used to looking at the marsh warden's wonderful whimsical carved snakes that I didn't realize that almost all of them had disappeared.

   I called the warden, who sometimes calls himself Joe King, and said the snakes were great but he has moved on. "I used to collect stamps, too."

  Say it ain't so, Joe. The snakes are the best.

  Click here for more of Sally's snake shots -- good thing Sally photographed many of them!

Continue reading "CF Memories: Part Three" »

'Birdy 30' Results for Wednesday

Wow! A big thank you to everyone who took the time to participate in the second  and apparently not-so-little "Birdy 30" competition.

Twenty folks participated -- including a birder from North Carolina. We did not have that many unusual birds today, but we did have a three-way tie for first place.

The winners are David Kaplan, Betty McDonnell, and that darned Stiles Thomas guy, who attributes his success to filling his feeders regularly since 1946. The birds "have it in their genes" to visit his feeders, he says. 

All three had an excellent 15 species in 30 minutes -- or one every two minutes.  Just think how many they would have gotten in an hour ... if you want to waste your time.

Congrats to the winners!

Full lists follow in alphabetical order of thee birders' last names.

Continue reading "'Birdy 30' Results for Wednesday" »

'Birdy 30': The Sequel

By popular demand, we are having another "Birdy 30" Wednesday morning.

Here are the rules. You must bird at one window for no more than 30 minutes (contiguously) and count the number of species you see.  In other words, you can count from 7 to 7:30 a.m. or 10:30 to 11 a.m, etc... 

 Mail your total to by 5 p.m.

Winner posted on tomorrow (Wedneday) night. Photos welcome. 

You don't have to live in North Jersey to compete, but why would you be anywhere else?
The goal is simple: to have fun.