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May 2015

Sunday: Bird Walk @ Laurel Hill

One of my favorite spots in the Meadowlands is Laurel Hill County Park in Secaucus, currently home to nesting Peregrines and (nearby) Ospreys.

The Peregrines have apparently taken over the Common Ravens' nest for good (or bad) -- after taking over an Osprey nest along the Hackensack River previously.

Moral of story: Do not mess with Peregrines.

(See this meadowblog post from October 2014.)

Bergen County Audubon has a walk at lovely Laurel Hill this Sunday at 9 a.m. Directions to to this sometimes tough-to-find park are here.

Sunday, May 31 9AM Laurel Hill County Park -- Secaucus – Looking for nesting Peregrine Falcons and Osprey, meet at parking lot at end of park by ballfields. Don Torino [email protected] 201-230-4983

'Art of Birding' Event Is June 6: RSVP NOW

You are cordially invited to test your birding skills and powers of observation in  the world's first Art of Birding competition on Saturday, June 6, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the  Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum in Oradell.

The event is free, the museum is beautiful, and free refreshments and door prizes are provided.

Participants from the Fyke Nature Association and the Bergen County Audubon Society will be divided into teams, with the goal of finding and identifying the most birds and most bird species in the paintings and sculpture on display on the museum’s first floor and patio.

(Clue 1: There’s quite a few, but not at all overwhelming.)

(Clue 2: One of the countable birds is in the photo above.)

Cathy Sheeter, the museum’s wonderful artist-in-residence, will serve as referee and line judge.The Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum is located at 705 Kinderkamack Road, Oradell. ;

E-mail Jim Wright at celeryfarm(at)  to let him know if you are participating, or if you have any pressing questions about this event.

We hope to see you on June 6.

The Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum’s website is Cathy Sheeter’s website is



Meager Moth Turnout

IMG_2333I tried the moth lights last night behind my house, and there was pretty much nothing but small annoying bugs.

I took this quick photo of a tiny moth before running for cover.

Will try again next week.

ID help, anyone?

PS: have seen a Red Admiral and a Summer Azure butterfly in the CF.