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Monday Morning Mystery 112717

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When giants of yore roamed the Celery Farm, it is said that they used this Limbo Tree (not to be confused with Belize's Gumbo Limbo Tree) for sport.

Where is this Limbo Tree located in the Celery Farm? (There's a smaller one over the main path as well, for shorter giants.

It's Coyote Scat!

IMG-3813Yesterday, I asked readers to identify some scat that a visitor to Allendale found in her parents' side yard.

Two readers responded and confirmed our suspicion: Wile E. Coyote scat.

Thanks to the Teschons and Diane Van Kempen for their I.D. help.

I am a big fan of coyotes -- they area nice addition to our often sterile suburban environs.

You can learn more about Eastern Coyotes in New Jersey, including how to coexist with them, from this NJ DEP web page, located here.

I especially liked this sentence:

"Coyotes play an important role in the ecosystem, helping to keep rodent populations under control. They are by nature wary of humans. However, coyote behavior changes if given access to human food and garbage."

The photo below of two young coyotes was taken by a reader named Pedro a decade ago in Mahwah. (Thanks, Pedro!)

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Allendale Scat I.D. Question

A visitor to Allendale found this scat in her parents' side yard and asks your help in identifying it.

(Hope no one finds it gross, but she really wants to know ... I figured it was not worth suggesting to her that she place a quarter next to it so we'd have a sense of scale.)

GB Heron & a CF Life Bird

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Patty and I looked out at the Celery Farm this morning and were treated to a Great Blue Heron.

After our 30 minutes ended, we saw two Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers -- a Celery Farm life bird for us, believe it or not.

My Celery Farm total is now 160 species -- only 85 behind some guy named Rob Fanning.