My Column: Rare Hummingbird by CF

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A feeder near the Celery Farm has had a rare visitor for more than a week -- a female Rufous Hummingbird for the West Coast - only the second one ever reported in Bergen County and the first for Allendale.

You can read all about it in today's (Thursday's) Record and Herald-News in the Better Living section.

Announcing a Weekly Birdy 30

IMG_9781Stiles Thomas, his family, and Patty and I hope to have a weekly Birdy 30 every Saturday this winter, and all are welcome to participate any week you like.

For those unfamiliar with the free contest, here’s what you do: Just look out your home or office window for 30 minutes straight before noon on Saturday, count the number of bird species you see, and then send your best 30-minute bird list to me by 9 a.m. the next morning.

The Birdy 30 is on the honor system, so please don’t get creative with your sightings. And if you see something unusual, please take a photo. I’d love to share them.

With the Birdy 30, you can pick a convenient time and window, have a cup of coffee, and chill.

Need to make a phone call or text somebody? No worries. Rainy or snowing? Try later. Skunked? Make sure your feeders are full and try again.

Rule No.1: Have fun.

First Prize: Bragging rights!



Monday Morning Mystery 111119

IMG_4196This milk bottle, donated to the Fell House by Stiles and Lillian Thomas, is from Allendale in the good old days. 

The dairy is Woodland Dairy. The bottle is a quart, In the middle is a big "R."

What does the "R" stand for?  (I do.)

Anybody know anything about the dairy, such as where it was located?