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November 2017

My Column: Feeder Tales & Images

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My new column in The Record is really the work of a few readers. In a column earlier in the month, I asked for feeder stories.

The first two were mammal stories, about bears and a squirrel -- IMG_0336which I began the column with. The bear at Joe Koscielny's feeder is pictured at left.

The online column also features a video of one of those stories, about a "squirrel-proof" feeder, by Gary Losche.

The third reply was from Waldwick photographer Barbara beginning with Barbara Dilger, who was kind enough to share several of her wonderful backyard-in-winter bird photos.

The link is here.

I have also posted several of Barbara's shots above and below. See how many you can identify.

(Thanks, Barbara!)

Where to Buy Celery Farm Calendars

The 2018 Celery Farm calendars await you. They look beautiful, they make great holiday gifts, and they help support the Celery Farm,


They cost $15 and will be for sale at Friday night's (Dec. 1) Fyke meeting. You can also buy the calendars at Allendale's Lee Memorial Library.

Member's Night will feature all of the calendar photos projected on the big screen.

If you need to buy one (or more) in a pinch, email me at [email protected].


Your Favorite Celery Farm View

The other day, a friend asked me what my favorite view of the Celery Farm is.

Tough question!

I realized how many choices there are -- from the Butterfly Garden to the old tractor to Brotherton Bridge to  the view from the Warden's Watch, the Pirie-Mayhood Tower or the Troop 59 Look Out!

What's your favorite view, and at what time of year?  Are any birds or other critters in it?

(If you have a photo or artwork of that view that you'd like to share....)


Eagle Nesting Season Is Approaching

F Nest 112817 at 7.18.32 AMThought I'd check in on Duke Farms' live Bald Eagle Cam in Hillsborough this morning.

Happy to report that both adults were working on the nest. (See the screen shot above!)

The Ridgefield Park pair has been seen by their nest as well of late.

Both nests likely will have new females for the upcoming nesting season, so things should be interesting.

If the chemistry is right, the first eggs arrive in mid-February.

The Duke Farms is high-definition, and can be viewed around the clock. You can watch it here.

If the eagles aren't on the nest, they may be perched on an adjacent branch.

You can read the free e-book I did about the Duke Farms Bald Eagles here.