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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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Did you know that the Celery Farm is an eBird hot spot? To see what other birders are reporting from here, click here or click the button at right (see above, big mustard-colored arrow, for location). Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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In Fred's Field, looking for lunch in all the right places. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Thought I should post the list of 41 species that Kevin Watson, Betsy Thomas, Suzanne Serafini, Patty Finn, I, and guides Galo Real and William Huaman saw last month during our hour on the tower at Amazonia Lodge in Manu,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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This year, instead of our annual Moth Ball, we are having a special event on Monday night, Aug. 10, at 8 p.m., featuring: * special moth-attracting lights. * a special moth-attracting rotten-fruit-and-stale beer concoction (taste tests available on request). *... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Brought my spotting scope to the Warden's Watch to look for the Sora, which had been seen as recently as Monday near the Pirie/Mayhood Tower. Had three species of Heron, Red-shoulder calling, and lots of Wood Ducks, but no Sora.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Although our consulting detective said the likely culprit was a screech owl, Record readers had no shortage of other suspects. Here’s a sample: * Crows: “This year our backyard had 3-4 Crows that were very disruptive to our bird population... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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My latest column is an expert consulting detective's take on "The Case of the Spurious Sparrows." A big thanks to Kevin McGowan, an ornithologist and project manager for distance learning in bird biology at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Also... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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A leisurely walk around the Celery Farm yielded Silver-spotted Skipper, Great-spangled Fritillary, Monarch, Spicebush Swallowtail, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Summer Azure, Cabbage White and Comma (?) -- pic below is for ID purposes. Not many butterflies, but a decent variety. Also... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Took this photo from the Warden's Watch three years ago. Still kinda like it. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
Thanks, Deedee! Meadow Fritillary it is.
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Julie McCall writes: Attached are 2 photos of the same Meadow Fritillary from July 12 - one taken on the mountain mint back in Fred's field, and one on the nearby Monarda. I'm pretty sure it's a Meadow Fritillary -... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Stopped by Butterfly Day at DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst yesterday-- a wonderful family-oriented event. The Record's coverage is here. More pix follow. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Folks know that Alice is the adult female at the Bald Eagle nest along Overpeck Creek Ridgefield Park because you can sometimes see the transmitter strapped to her back. But we've never been able to see a transmitter like hers... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Kayaked the Kearny Marsh on Saturday with Ron Shields and Roy Woodford. Highlights included Tri-colored Heron and many Least Bitterns. Tri-colored was too cooperative. Would not leave. And lots of Marsh Mallows. (Thanks, Ron and Roy!) Full list follows. Meadowlands... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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In honor of National Moth Week, which concludes tonight, I thought I'd post a few awesome hawk moths from Peru -- taken at Cock of the Rock Lodge and a field station a few hours away. The moths we saw... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Have seen quite a few butterflies and moths in Fred Field (Green Way entrance) this week, including an Indigo Duskywing, black swallowtail, Red Admiral, sulphurs, Cabbage Whites and Hummingbird Clear-winged Moths. The moths were by far the most cooperative, but... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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This year, instead of our annual Moth Ball, we are having a special event on Monday night, Aug. 10, at 8 p.m., featuring: * special moth-attracting lights * a special moth-attracting rotten-fruit-and-stale beer concoction (taste tests available on request) *... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Several folks on this morning's Third-Tuesday walk got fleeting glimpses of what was assumed to be a clear-winged moth of the Snowberry or Hummingbird variety that something didn't seem right. The moth had two yellow bands on its abdomen. Chris... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Last night's fourth annual Moth Night in the Meadowlands was a big hit, with a record turnout to see night bugs with the Manhattan skyline in the distance. The folks from National Moth Week provided the lights, sheets and expertise.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Marsh Warden Mike Limatola writes: "I was doing some work around the barn at the Fell House last Tuesday when I heard this awful screaming sound near the rhododendron bushes by the front of the driveway. "I looked over and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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In honor of National Moth Week, I thought I'd post pix of three moths I saw at Machu Picchu earlier this month, with the help of nature guide Erwin Rosa Alagon. Deedee Burnside, who saw a moth like the one... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
Tonight (Monday night) is the fourth annual Moth Night in the Meadowlands. It's free, and runs from 8:30 to 11 p.m. in DeKorte Park. Jim O'Neill's article about the event in The Record is here. (Butterfly Day at DeKorte Park... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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My latest "Bird Watcher" column for The Record is a murder mystery called "The Case of the Spurious Sparrow." Can you solve it? The column features detective work by the legendary Stiles Thomas, and a nifty House Sparrow pic by... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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Jut returned from a great two-week trip to Peru, including Machu Picchu. (Not much new there.) Birded just about every day. Highlights included lots of macaws, great views of Cock of the Rocks, and tons of tanagers and hummingbirds. Plus... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond
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In Fred's Field at the Celery Farm yesterday. Great year for Great Spangled Fritillaries so far. I think love might have been in the air. Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2015 at The Celery Farm and Beyond