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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
Saw one this morning perched on a Wood Duck Box during a Birdy 30 this a.m., and again this afternoon. Barbara Dilger got a shot. Will post when it arrives. Last seen during last spring's fish kill, on March 9. Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Joined the incomparable Gabriel Willow and a group from NYC Audubon at DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst for a morning of birding. Highlights included the Lapland Longspur, who was celebrating the three-month anniversary of its arrival by hanging out along the... Continue reading
Posted 16 hours ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Happened to be walking near the Pirie-Mayhood Tower near sunset yesterday and figured it might be worth hanging around. The photo above is from the tower. The one below is from the edge of Lake Appert -- accessible because of... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Celery Farm and Beyond
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This weekend is the Great Backyard Bird Count. I just do Birdy 30s, and send them via eBird. More on the GBBC, and how to participate, is here. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Saw this Skunk Cabbage yesterday near Pink Potty Bridge. Plus a Brown Creeper by the Brotherton Bridge. (Skunk Cabbage is easier to photograph, especially with an iPhone.) More on Skunk Cabbage here. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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On Monday, I asked: What made these tracks? Marianne Herrmann, Sally Teschon and Ginny Chucka answered correctly, with Ginny adding: "The foot of a'' tom'' Wild turkey. The males have the extra claw located high up on the leg. It... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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This is the best place I know to see and hear Winter Wrens in the Celery Farm. Saw and heard one yesterday afternoon. It might even be in the photo somewhere, though I doubt it. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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This guy was blocking the trail entrance by Phairs Pond -- rotted near the base. With a big assist from Tom White, I removed the fallen limbs. No pickup trucks were harmed. (Thanks, Tom!) Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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When Stiles Thomas bangs on your front door and shouts, "Quick, grab your camera and your coat," you do as he says. I hopped in his car, and after being assured I wasn't being driven somewhere to photograph a giant... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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I am not one to plug any companies or products, but I've probably owned my Leica spotting scope for 15 years and sure gotten my money's worth. Not only do I use it to spot and I.D. distant birds on... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
The Record's Scott Fallon has an excellent story in The Record today about the thoughtless design for the American Dream" mall that has taken seemingly forever to be built in the Meadowlands. The new redesign is big on windows --... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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What made these tracks? Hint: It's said to be the next Canada Goose. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Last Friday while touring the Celery Farm, I came across a dead deer (may it rest in peace) near the office parks on Commerce Drive. When I told Stiles Thomas about the find, he suggested I buy a trail cam.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Last Friday while touring the Celery Farm, I came across a dead deer (may it rest in peace) near the office parks on Commerce Drive. When I told Stiles Thomas about the find, he suggested I buy a trail cam.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Last Friday while touring the Celery Farm, I came across a dead deer (may it rest in peace) near the office parks on Commerce Drive. The remains, though fresh, had already proved popular with the local vultures and an American... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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My latest column in The Record is all about this weekend's fourth annual Birdy 30 competition, and how you can participate. The link is here. Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Debbie Endresen sent me this e-mail a few days ago -- sorry for not posting sooner: Still not sure if it's a Golden, or juvenile Bald eagle. Saw 5 adult balds and 4 juveniles. All the "bird people" got some... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
David Mizrahi of New Jersey Audubon holds a semipalmated sandpiper he captured in Suriname as part of a research project to determine why the species' population is in steep decline.(Photo: New Jersey Audubon) The Record's Jim O'Neill had a terrific... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Two terrific guest speakers will be appearing locally this month. Next Wednesday, Feb. 15, ace nature photographer Ron Shields will present a photographic essay of the birds of the Kearny Marsh during the spring, summer and fall of 2016 from... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Last week's mystery was a butterfly under glass photographed in low light at Olana, restored home of the great Hudson River School painter Frederic Church near Hudson, N.Y. The docent said that Church collected the butterfly specimen in Colombia and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Last Friday while touring the Celery Farm, I came across a dead deer (may it rest in peace) near the office parks on Commerce Drive. The remains, though fresh, had already proved popular with the local vultures and an American... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Gabrielle Schmitt writes: I wanted to let you know that the Celery Farm now has a Facebook page - facebook.com/theceleryfarm. It is intended as another way to communicate with our members and others, and will: - list events such as... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Sunday's Super Bird Sunday walk was a big hit. Lots of great folks (more than 50) and some cool birds. Lapland Longspur is still there. Incredible. Ditto the Pied-billed Grebe. Gyrfalcons should be so cooperative. Sorry for not posting sooner.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Irene Auleta writes: "Thought you might like to see the following photos. "Visited the Buttermilk Falls [at High Mountain Park Preserve] this weekend and was treated to a new and awesome view of the falls." (Thanks, Irene!) Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at Celery Farm and Beyond