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December 2018

Duke Farms Eagle Cam Is Back

In plenty of time for the start of the 2019 nesting season, the Duke Farms eagle cam is back in action.

No one can predict whether a pair of Bald Eagles will nest at the Hillsborough site this spring, but the past two years aside, the location has had an enviable record of success.

In 2015 and 2016, I wrote for Duke Farms' blog about the Bald Eagles and their nest, and watching the eagle cam was must-see television.  You just never knew what might happen next.

I'll try to post updates and reminders when something is going on at the nest.

These days, you might be looking at an empty nest one minute and watching an adult eagle bringing in a stick the next.

Knock on wood.

(You can watch the streaming YouTube video above by clicking on the triangle. Once you can see the nest on the YouTube page, you can click on the little square-like button in the lower right and see the cam full-screen. You can also read the comments on the right of the screen to learn about recent nest activity.)



The First Christmas Bird Count

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!