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December 2016

1st Bergen Christmas Bird Count, 1900

CBC Engewood 1900 Screen Shot 2016-12-22 at 3.53.43 PMEnglewood's Frank M. Chapman, creator of the annual Christmas Bird Count, also did the first CBC in Bergen County on Dec. 25, 1900.

He saw 18 species and 320 individuals in four hours. Highlights (for me) included  3 Bob-white, 1 Red-shouldered Hawk, 1 Barred Owl, 150 Tree Sparrows, 55 Myrtle (Yellow-rumped) Warblers and a Bluebird.  (This information was gleaned from the CBC archives.)

Chapman also saw a Tufted Titmouse on Dec. 1 and Dec. 20, the first winter records for this species.  How times change...

Merry Christmas!

Don Torino's Wonderful Holiday Column


Don Torino has a perfect message for nature lovers in his latest column for the Meadowblog.

Here's the beginning:

On Saturday I received a wonderful photo from friend and colleague Chris Takacs. Chris was participating in the Christmas Bird Count and sent over a beautiful Christmas card like photo of two adult Bald Eagles on the snowy Passaic River.

As far as I was concerned this was the perfect holiday photo, something you print the family name on and mail to friends and relatives. It was majestic image if there ever was one.

But it was much more than a nice photo. To me it was a symbol of hope and faith for the future of wildlife and the human spirit.

The link is here.

Monday Mystery Answered


On Monday I asked:

An easy one....What are we looking at?

Just liked the way the morning light hit the trail, so to speak.

Marianne Hermann answered correctly.

It is indeed "that pipe thingy that I stand on after the little garden with the birdhouse on the pole," a.k.a. "No Name Culvert."