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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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When I got word of a rare Great Black Hawk, a non-migratory raptor I'd seen and photographed in Belize several years ago, had somehow magically appeared in Portland, Maine, I thought it might be worth a column in The Record.... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Once again, I have been flooded with calls, texts and e-mails all week, more or less, from folks asking: "Are Fyke and Bergen County Audubon vying for the Crowphy again during the Christmas Bird Count this year? The answer is... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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I went to fill the feeder and it wouldn't leave me alone. Has been there three days now. May have to call the marsh warden. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Don Torino's latest column for the Meadowlands Nature Blog is all about the vanishing Rusty Blackbird. You can read it here and see why it was great to have a flock at the Celery Farm last month. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Celery Farm and Beyond
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This Red-breasted Nuthatch hung out in the pine tree near by feeder for an our yesterday, doing his best to remain just out of view. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Can anyone ID this bird box in River Vale? I like the unusual corner entrance construction. Thanks to Deb Endresen's husband for the photo. She writes. "He didn’t have a quarter for scale. but it’s pretty large. Any idea what... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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While photographing the Mink yesterday, I saw this guy hop onto a branch, and then he was gone... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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A big thank you to Julie McCall for pointing out this American Mink this morning by the Spillway. I saw him (or her) twice in the morning, running around like a maniac, falling through the thin ice, swimming and putting... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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I hiked for an hour yesterday at High Mountain in hopes of photographing the Pileated I heard there last week. No luck. But this guy was waiting for me just beyond my backyard when I got out of my car.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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On Monday I wrote: Luisa Gallego-Zuluaga, a student at William Paterson University, photographed this snake in High Mountain's Franklin Clove in September. Can you ID it? What's the best way to tell if a snake is venomous? The answer: Luisa... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Earlier this week, I set off with camera in hand in hopes of photographing one (or both) of the bluebirds seen out my window. I failed to find the bluebirds, but I did come upon a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers.... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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I don't have a Screech Owl in my owl box anymore, but this is one of the times of year that squirrels like to move in for the winter. Since I get a few page views daily from folks around... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
Saw a pair, looking at nesting boxes, in the Celery Farm behind my house just now. They were gone by the time I tried to photograph them. Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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With the recent rash of bear sightings, the Fyke Board has suggested everyone get the word out about what to do if you encounter a bear. Great idea -- especially since a neighbor on Louis Court put their trash out... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Luisa Gallego-Zuluaga, a student at William Paterson University, photographed this snake in High Mountain's Franklin Clove in September. Can you ID it? What's the best way to tell if a snake is venomous? (Thanks to Pat W. for catching my... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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On Thursday night, the historic John Fell House in Allendale is hosting an open house and its second Antiques Appraisals, featuring Dean Klein, owner of Vintage Roots. (That's Dean, above, at the first Fell House event in April 2015.) Dig... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Last Monday I asked: Can you ID the bird above, photographed in Cajun Country? Why is this type of duck noteworthy? Tom Mitchell answered correctly: That is a Muscovy Duck, notable as an invasive species originating not from Moscow but... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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The past couple of weeks I've featured Monday Mysteries from a trip to New Orleans and Cajun Country. I photographed the above arachnid mystery at a nature preserve in Lafayette, Louisiana. Deedee Burnside correctly identified it as a Banana Spider.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Northjersey.com's John Ensslin just posted a podcast about Central Park's resident Mandarin Duck, who just might be the most-famous waterfowl in the world at this point. He went to see the duck at the pond near 60th St. and Fifth... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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At my urging, The Record posted my Mandarin Duck column last Friday, almost a week early but waited till its normal print schedule to run it. I updated it on Monday to reflect the fact that the duck had been... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
The column appeared on line last week at my request because I thought it was time-sensitive... When I then said it had been seen in NJ, The Record did a quick story and interviewed me... Thanks for noticing!
Toggle Commented Nov 27, 2018 on Mandarin Duck News at Celery Farm and Beyond
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It turns out that Central Park's famed Mandarin Duck was seen in Edgewater and North Bergen last month -- the latter at a spot where another male Mandarin was seen in 2010. I updated my column, which The Record had... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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I started my posts from Louisiana with a little mystery, so I thought I'd end with one as well. Can you ID the bird above? Why is this type of duck noteworthy? Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Not to be gross, but a friend pointed me to what we think is Black Bear scat by Phair's Pond off Green Way. Any thoughts (serious or otherwise)? It is near the woods. (I know, I should have put a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2018 at Celery Farm and Beyond