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March 2015

Answers to a Couple of Monday Mysteries

DSCN9364The shiny object next to the quarter is the scale from a carp at the Celery Farm.

Congrats to Carol Flanagan for getting the right I.D.

Lots of fish scales waiting to be had at the Celery Farm, though the sushi is getting a tad ripe.


IMG_1292 The other mystery was who made a series of holes in trees at High Mountain Preserve in Franklin Lakes.

I suspected Pileated Woodpeckers.

Louise Riccobene concurred, so I guess I was right.

(Congrats to Louise and Carol.)

LIkely Glaucous Gull at Celery Farm Today

Rob Fanning found a rare gull IMG_9230at the Celery Farm this morning. I was able to get a some photos.

Rob believes it is a Glaucous Gull, but wants to do more checking.

Rob writes: "I now believe this to be an adult Glaucous based on pure white wing tips/linings and size appearing slightly larger than most of the Herring Gulls.

"Iceland adult usually shows some light grayish wing tips. The head did not look particularly block-headed but not exactly rounded either.

"Either way this is a long-awaited first for the CF! The bird was still present at 9:05 a.m. when I had to leave for work."

At least one other expert is leaning toward Iceland Gull.

In the meantime, am posting some pix here and (soon) in a gallery on right.  What do you think?

Bird may still be at the Celery Farm, out fairly far on Lake Appert.


(Thanks, Rob!)





Celery Farm Is Vultureville

Because of the huge winter fish kill, the Celery Farm has turned into Vultureville.

On Saturday I counted at least 50 Turkey Vultures and four Black Vultures.

(Today had two Bald Eagles and two Red-tails overhead within a minute of each other.)

A good explanation of why we had such a huge fish kill is here.