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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
In advance of a talk I am giving to the Teaneck Camera Club on April 4, I wrote a column about my 10 commandments of bird photography -- for better worse. It's in the Better Living section of The Record... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Celery Farm and Beyond
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This really neat mystery is brought to you by Eric and Deb Endresen. Eric took the photos. Deb wrote: Eric took these pix in the woods in northeast PA earlier this winter. He said that the tree was long dead,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
Feeling a bit embarrassed about my American Woodcock video of the other day, although I filmed looked healthy, because.... This from The Raptor Trust on Facebook: Winter Storm Stella - Tough on Birds. With the unusually warm weather in February... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Join nature photographer Kevin Watson for an unforgettable wildlife voyage to the other end of the earth! Kevin is giving a talk and photo presentation about the Antarctic 's Falkland Islands and South Georgia on Friday, March 24 at 8... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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The Superstorm Stella Birdy 30 results are in, and I am pleased to announce the winners. Boy, was it close. In all, at least 18 people submitted one or more lists. (Thanks, all!) The Blue-footed Booby Prize goes to Tom... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
The Celery Farm cleanup is April 1, and that's no joke. Meet at 9 a.m. at the end of Green Way for a few hours of active conservation. We hope you will join us to spruce up the preserve. Many... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Saw this outside of Sedona. Could not decide if this was from a Javelina or a color-blind Leprechaun. Can you help? You have to admit it's strange. Colorful, but strange. Patty's brother Thom asked if I would post some photos... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Have had a great response to the Birdy 30 event, and hope to post the results tomorrow (Thursday) morning. To be included in the tally, please send me your totals by 6 p.m. today. Above is a photo taken by... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Yes, that is a raven atop a metal raven silhouette and a raven sign. They were as ubiquitous as Dark-eyed Juncos, but much bigger and far more charismatic. (No offense, Juncos.) Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
(Reposted with music and more info) The American Woodcock I accidentally flushed during Tuesday morning's snow returned later in the day and put on a show. I shot this from the window -- have never seen one from our window... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Thinking of taking a mule ride along the canyon's rim? If you are assigned a mule named Cher, I advise running as fast as possible in the opposite direction. She has a mind of her own. Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
Jim O'Neill of The Record included the Birdy 30 in his advance story on the snowstorm. The link is here -- you'll have to scroll down a ways. Now get counting. Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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The Birdy 30 is on -- for today and tomorrow! You know the rules -- see how many species of birds you can see from one window in one continuous 30-minute period. Winner is the person who sees the most... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
Not looking good for eggs as far as I can tell, but pretty awesome that Duke Farms got the cam running again.
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And there really was snow on the ground. Pictures do not do this place justice. Don't jump, Little Frosty! Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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With a big storm predicted, how about a Birdy 30 if/while we are all snowed in? Thought I'd make it for Tuesday and Wednesday, since not sure how much birding will be happening on Tuesday. You know the rules --... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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The place we stayed in Sedona offered this activity. Doe anybody know how it goes? We were afraid to ask, and couldn't stick around till Friday. Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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What is this, and where was it taken? Another clue follows. Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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We spent two nights in Sedona, a high-end New Age kind of place. Great scenery if you like lots of red rocks. Great hiking if you like red rocks, too. We like red rocks. The formation above was a real... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Patty and I made a quick trip to Sedona and the Grand Canyon earlier this month, and I thought I'd post a few shots. Our first stop after landing in Phoenix was Taliesin West, my Great-uncle Frank Lloyd's place in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
Stiles Thomas wants to know if you see any Red-shouldered Hawks in Allendale or nearby Ramsey -- especially if they are carrying sticks. As is their wont, it looks like Allendale's Red-shoulders are again moving their nest site. If you... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Frank Smith writes: Caught the mink playing on the ice this morning 3/6/17. Had to use super zoom so a bit grainy. But hope you like them. It was fun watching him/her check out the wood duck houses. Like 'em?... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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My latest column for The Record is the incredible story of a hummingbird that lost its way in New Jersey. The link is here. Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Jon Benoit writes: I have had this hawk or falcon in my yard about 5 times over the past few weeks. I think it might be two different types of birds. In the picture with the bird on the ground,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond