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New Video about Hawk-Watching

Tom Nicastri did a cool new video about Hawk-watching,  featuring a lot of familiar faces -- including that Red-shouldered Hawk above.

He writes:

It is my hope this will be passed around electronically and the fun aspect will bring more participation in hawk watching and birding. 

Local Hawk Watching (A Zero Dollar Production)

Digitally recorded on location  at Montclair, Raccoon Ridge, Mount Peter and State Line Lookout in New Jersey, and in Pennsylvania at Hawk Mountain in Pennsylvania.

Featuring “friends of the birds”

0:00:27  -  Mother Nature’s  Migration Timeline

0:01:53  -  Liam Hart (Montclair)  intro to hawk watching and the finer points of being a successful bird

0:10:59  -  Jack McCormack and Brian Butler field notes from the top of Raccoon Ridge

0:16:25  -  Ajit Antony and Linda at  Mount Peter describe the rewards for persistent hawk watching.

0:20:28  -  Gil Hawkins intro to the Alpine State Line hawk watch and the mysteries of birding. This is a wheelchair friendly hawk watch

0:22:07  -  Chris Takacs   Chasing the birds and “the birding vibe”

0:26:26  -  Kevin Watson photography - On location counting and capturing the photos we love.

0:30:52  -  Jim Wright  with Hawk Mountain history and unstoppable heroine Rosalie Edge

0:33:30  -  David Barber and the Hawk Mountain migration experience

Feel free to distribute this video link to other potential hawk watchers.

 ** No birders were injured making this video. 

New Improved Search Engine for This Blog

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I noticed a while back that it was easier to search the contents of this blog by doing the search on Google.

Now I've installed a better search engine -- Google -- on the blog itself, in the upper right-hand corner.

The illustration above  of the upper right-hand column on the blog shows another great feature, "Subscribe to this blog's feed."  You'll receive automatic notifications of new posts. Click it -- you'll like it.

CF Calendars for Sale on Sunday

The fabulous 2019 Celery Farm Calendar is now available!

Not only filled with lovely photographs taken at the Celery Farm by members of Fyke Nature Association, the calendar contains a ton of information on the expected arrival of birds and other wildlife back at the Farm.

How else will you know when the Black-crowned Night Herons are due, so you can get out there and see and/or photograph them?

I'll be selling them this Sunday morning (9/30/18) from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the little parking lot on Franklin Turnpike.

It's a lovely calendar and an awesome way to show your support for our beloved Celery Farm. Only $15; cash or check only please.

I will have Stiles Thomas' carving of an Ivory-billed Woodpecker on display, along with the first-ever crocheted Wild Turducken by Carol Flanagan. 

My Celery Farm children's books also will be available for $10 each (signed and inscribed), with the proceeds going to the Center for Food Action in Mahwah.

Stiles Thomas' New (Rare) Carving

Last night, Stiles Thomas unveiled his latest carving -- an Ivory-billed Woodpecker.

When I brought it outside to photograph it just now, a Blue Jay flew to a nearby tree and started shouting at it.

Pretty awesome. 

(A big thank you to all who attended the unveiling and my talk for Fyke last night.)

More on Ivory-billed Woodpeckers here.