This is Jim Wright's Typepad Profile.
Join Typepad and start following Jim Wright's activity
Join Now!
Already a member? Sign In
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
Image
Barbara Dilger reports: On Sunday, Stiles and I saw what looked to be a blue and silver Mylar balloon (maybe they are trying to tell us that the baby hawk will be a boy) that kept moving in the Red-shoulders'... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
Image
Alice Leurck shared a few of her photos from Saturday's walk -- one is of the charismatic Yellow Warbler. The other is of a Ruby-crowned Kinglet showing his crown (not easy to get). (Thanks, Alice!) Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Celery Farm and Beyond
Image
Last week I asked folks which bird this feather came from. Rob Fanning and Patrick Carney had the correct answer: Wild Turkey feather. (Congrats to Patrick and Rob, and a thank you to all who participated!) Footnote: Turkey feathers were... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Celery Farm and Beyond
Image
Last Monday I posted a feather mystery from the Celery Farm. Thought I'd come back today with one from seven years ago. I found this feather by the fox den in 2008. What is it? Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Celery Farm and Beyond
Image
Participants on today's walk were greeted at Green Way by at least seven Wild Turkeys. Highlights included a Yellow Warbler, a Catbird, Ring-necked ducks and more. Our next walk is Saturday, May 2. Full list and another pic follow. The... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
Here is a video compilation of the Wood Duck vs. American Crow action on Thursday, April 23, at the Celery Farm. The attacks and counter-measures went on for a half-hour. At one point, four crows were on or flying around... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
Image
Marsh Warden Mike Limatola and I are leading our free Celery Farm guided walks again this spring. The first is tomorrow -- Saturday, Apr. 25 -- at 8 a.m. The 90-minute walks, open to nature lovers of all ages and... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
Image
I took this shot Thursday morning after looking out my window and seeing a large black bird perched on one of the Wood Duck nesting boxes. I grabbed my camera and started photographing. It turned out that there were six... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
Image
Photographed the other day at Stateline. Can you find the Peregrine? Answer follows. It's in the middle, toward the left, in the top picture, dead center in the photo above. This is why binoculars were invented. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
Image
My latest column fo The Record and Herald-News is on five ways to hone your birding skills. The link is here. (The photo above of a Pine Warbler is by Tom Stephenson, co-author of "The Warbler Guide.") Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
In my latest post for the Duke Farms blog, Conserve Wildlife Foundation's Larissa Smith explains what you might see in coming weeks on Duke Farms' Eagle Cam. (In the photo above, the two eaglets are being served a turtle breakfast... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
Image
Don Torino's latest post for wildnewjersey.tv is in honor of Earth Day. Here's the beginning: I am about to turn 60 years old this year, hard to believe. I love to tell the young people I work with that I... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
Image
Alice Leurck writes: Had a great walk on Sat. We saw some very cooperative Palm Warbers. Yellow Rumps not so cooperative. Also saw a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. Cabbage White and Mourning Cloak butterflies, dragonflies, snapping turtles galore -- including a HUGE... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
A new interactive map of the Hackesack River, as it passes through the Meadowlands District, is now available online. Take a virtual tour of the river and learn about the special places of interest along the way. The map includes... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
Image
I found this dangling from a tree in the Celery Farm, along the Franklin Turnpike, last Thursday. I have a pretty good idea what it is -- a bird feather -- and I even think I know from which bird.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
Image
Had two first-ever birds for me at the Celery Farm today -- the wonderful Chipping Sparrow that flitted between my backyard and the CF, and a dynamic Brown Thrasher that Mary Lane found singing maniacally by Butterfly Garden. (Thanks, Mary!... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
Image
Perfect weather, warblers starting to arrive, a Common Raven gathering nesting materials, a (briefly seen) adult Bald Eagle, Red-winged Blackbirds singing, and turtles galore. Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
Image
Marsh Warden Mike Limatola and I have been clearing some of the invasive underbrush (and overbrush) that has been getting out of hand near the Butterfly Garden. Today, some yellow flowers were in bloom. I wish I could remember their... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
Image
As I walked past the first bench along Lake Appert heading counter-clockwise along the Allendale Brook at 7:10 a.m. tiday, I saw a Bald Eagle leave a perch along the lake and fly toward Phair's Pond. Previous days, I have... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
Bob Lalevee, a friend of this blog, passed along a link to this YouTube video of an Imperial eagle descending over 2,700 feet (830 m) from the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, in Dubai. For a link with all... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
Image
Marsh Warden Mike Limatola and I are leading our free Celery Farm guided walks again this spring-- on Saturday Apr. 25 and Saturday May 2 at 8 a.m. The 90-minute walks, open to nature lovers of all ages and abilities,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
Image
Saw eight -- count 'em, eight -- Rusty Blackbirds this a.m. near Wood Duckling Pond (southeast corner). Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
Jill Homcy took this video of Al and Alice, the Ridgefield Park Bald Eagles, and their two nestlings. Thanks, Jill! Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
Image
Check out the color in that tail. This Ruddy was incredibly close to the Warden's Watch this morning. We may ask her to pay rent. Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
The Duke Farms Eagle Cam surpassed 10 million views on Tuesday. My latest post for the Duke Farms blog is a look at folks both far-flung and nearby who have watched this eagle family over the years. The link is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond