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Jim Wright
Allendale, NJ
I am a writer with an environmental bent, deputy warden at the Celery Farm Natural Area in Allendale, NJ, and a trustee of the New Jersey Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.
Interests: Birds, nature, conservation, local history, photography, screech owls, the environment.
Recent Activity
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In my latest post for Duke Farms, Bill Streeter of the Delaware Valley Raptor Center discusses Bald Eagles' amazing vision and other senses. Both eggs have hatched, and the little fuzzballs can be seen from time to time on the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Celery Farm and Beyond
Following a long-standing policy established by Marsh Warden Emeritus Stiles Thomas, the Celery Farm Natural Area will be closed today, April 1, to give all newly arrived waterfowl time to plan for their upcoming stays at the sanctuary. Sorry if... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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In the past week or so, I have heard at least one report of a bear or moose sighting at the Celery Farm (perhaps the result of the fish kill). Adam Keeble now reports a possible Sasquatch-related sighting, based on... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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The shiny object next to the quarter is the scale from a carp at the Celery Farm. Congrats to Carol Flanagan for getting the right I.D. Lots of fish scales waiting to be had at the Celery Farm, though the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Rob Fanning found a rare gull at the Celery Farm this morning. I was able to get a some photos. Rob believes it is a Glaucous Gull, but wants to do more checking. Rob writes: "I now believe this to... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Found this near the Warden's Watch recently. What is it? (Quarter, on left, is to give you a sense of scale. The quarter is no longer there, so don't get any ideas.) Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Because of the huge winter fish kill, the Celery Farm has turned into Vultureville. On Saturday I counted at least 50 Turkey Vultures and four Black Vultures. (Today had two Bald Eagles and two Red-tails overhead within a minute of... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Jim O"Neill of The Record did an update for Sunday editions on the Red-shouldered Hawks of Allendale and the thwarted effort to install a videocam near their nest. The article is here. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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As the lake thaws and spring arrives, folks are seeing some pretty cool birds -- including the Ring-necked Ducks (above), a Brown Creeper (right, below) and Eastern Phoebe photographed in the past couple of days by Alice Leurck. (Thanks, Alice!) Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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This was sent out by e-mail today to folks who subscribe to the Fyke e-mail list. Dear Friends of the Allendale Red-shouldered Hawks, We at the Fyke Nature Association regret to inform you that the Laura and her mate have... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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I just posted a nine-photo sequence of yesterday's eagle egg hatching at Duke Farms, via their webcam. The photo above is of the eaglet taken at 7:09 this morning. The link is here. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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One of the Duke Farms eagle eggs is hatching. (pic above.) I interviewed biologist Larissa Smith of Conserve Wildlife Foundation to learn more about young eagle nestlings. The post on the Duke Farms blog is here. The cam is here. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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With the large winter fish kill at the Celery Farm, we are seeing fish and fish parts everywhere. The fish head above was on our front walk when we returned on Wednesday. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Was lucky to arrive home yesterday in time to see the most recent Bald Eagle way out on the ice at the Celery Farm, as Rob Fanning had reported. (Thanks, Rob!) The bird was distant, and not quite an adult,... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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My latest column for The Record features those two early spring warblers, Yellow-rumps and Palms, and an interview with Tom Stephenson of "The Warbler Guide" -- plus photos by John Pastore. (Thanks, John!) The link is here. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
In my new post for the Duke Farms, wildlife biologist Larissa Smith of Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey explains all about Bald Eagles' egg-hatching process. The Duke Farms Bald Eagles' two eggs should hatch this week. The link to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
My latest post for the Duke Farms blog is how the Eagle Cam video is streamed from a remote location along the Raritan River to a electronic device near you. (Hint: It sure wasn't easy.) The link is here. Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Mike Flom writes: Flock of Cedar Waxwings at Celery Farm last week near Allendale Brook. (Above.) Today the Bald Eagle returned and scared the daylights out of all the other birds. (Thanks, Mike!) Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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My latest post for the Duke Farms Blog is all about their Eagle Cam. It operates in similar fashion to the upcoming Allendale Red-shoulder cam. The link is here. Coming next Monday on the Duke Farms blog: Everything you ever... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
This 54-second video shows the release of a Laura, a rehabilitated Red-shouldered Hawk, on March 15, 2008. The female was found by the side of a road in Ramsey and taken to the Raptor Trust in Millington, where she was... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Who made these three holes? (Click to enlarge.) The one on the left and in the middle are from High Mountain in Franklin Lakes. The one on the right is from Frenchtown, N.J., and sent in by Thomas Sommo. Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Now that the snow is receding (finally), a Fox Sparrow has been dining under my feeder -- visible from the Celery Farm. Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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The Red-shoulder nest -- now in its fifth year. Earlier this month, Ben Wurst of Conserve Wildlife Foundation worked with Chris and Allan Fix of Chris Fix Tree Service in Midland Park to install a cam, microphone and infra-red light... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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My latest post for the Duke Farms blog in a brief history of Bald Eagle nests in the United States. A nest that could be the longest-lasting nest was first reported by Lewis and Clark in 1805 in Montana. One... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond