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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
A Bald Eagle is dining on something on the edge of the ice near the open water. Can see it from my window -- not a bad Birdy 30 entry. Continue reading
Posted 15 hours ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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In case you missed her post on the Fyke email list, Barbara Dilger writes: Today I stopped by White's Pond in Waldwick to see if there were any interesting ducks on the water. One fellow was mixed in and blending... Continue reading
Posted 17 hours ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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In conjunction with the Great Backyard Bird Count, Stiles Thomas and I are doing a Birdy 30 this weekend, and you're invited to join us. For those unfamiliar with the free contest, here’s what you do: Just look out your... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Celery Farm and Beyond
A friend passed along this video about an incredible Raven sculpture and its symbolism. Thought I'd share it here. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Earlier today, I posted photos I took at the Celery Farm in which there appeared to be a smaller ghost sun -- including one that was green (above, lower left corner). I recalled the phenomenon was called a sundog ,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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When I took some shots of the Celery Farm after last week's sleet storm, I noticed a weird phenomenon. What is it called, and how is it created? One of them is green! Will post answer later today (couldn't wait... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Celery Farm looks great with the trees covered with ice, which shows ice is good for something besides skating. (and emergency ward visits). Not venturing out there just yet. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Last week I asked what kind of crustacean was crawling around a fort in Old Sn Juan. I also wrote that I figured a bird must have carried it there since these guys don't handle steps well. Jennifer Browning and... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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In conjunction with the Great Backyard Bird Count, Stiles Thomas and I are doing a Birdy 30 this weekend, and you're invited to join us. For those unfamiliar with the free contest, here’s what you do: Just look out your... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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One of the problems facing the Celery Farm is stormwater run-off, and it's a problem statewide. Apparently state lawmakers are doing something about it. You can read the story here. You can read a post I did eight years ago... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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The annual Great Backyard Bird Count begins on Friday. This Op-Ed in The New York offers yet another reason to participate. The link is here. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
As you know, the Duke Farms Eagle Cam isn't the only game in town. You can see avian activity worldwide these days thanks to webcams. The trouble is, if you look at any of the cams at any given moment,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Near Pigeon Park in Old San Juan, came across this medium-sized lizard. Can anyone hep with an ID? (Same photo, wider angle below.). We saw all sorts of lizards of various sizes during our stay. I'll post the answer to... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Checked out the Duke Farms Eagle Cam this a.m. and saw both adults working on the nest. I rewound the action and learned that one eagle arrived around 6:34 (my guess is it was perched nearby) and the other arrived... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Celery Farm and Beyond
My latest column is all about the upcoming Great Backyard Bird Count, and why you might see a Sharpie or a Coop at your feeder as well. The link is here. The photo above, by Deborah Bifulco of Andover Township,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2019 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Not sure why they call this park "Pigeon Park," but it sure was filled with them. Also figured out where the term "pigeon hole" comes from. (Ignore the calling card on the sign.) The park sits atop part of a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2019 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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In Jamaica, Greater Antillean Grackles are known as Kling-klings, and make memorable cameo appearance in Ian Fleming's "Man with the Golden Gun." I saw them last week in Old San Juan, where they were mischievous as well. This guy was... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2019 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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My mystery question last week had a twist -- there's a crab inside the shell on a wall atop a fort in Old San Juan. What kind of crustacean is it? (I figure a bird must have carried it there... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2019 at Celery Farm and Beyond
Last Wednesday, while walking in the CF, I stepped onto some snow-covered black ice and went flying. The result: I broke five ribs and have a bone chip in my left wrist. Got out of the hospital yesterday and learned... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2019 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Saw this at the top of the steps along a fortress wall at Castillo San Cristóbal. What is it? Sorry but didn't have a quarter on me, although it was about that size. Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2019 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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Last Monday I asked: How many deer do you see in this photo, taken last week in the Celery Farm? (Click image to enlarge.) Not the greatest pic, I know, but there are at least eight deer in it, including... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2019 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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After being away for almost a week, I noticed that the Sun is rising a little more eastward (as opposed to more southward) now. Can spring be far behind? (Knock on wood.) Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2019 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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The Cool Green Science blog has a helpful post about the exotic (and/or domestic) ducks you might see at a local pond, including a few that have popped up at the Celery Farm and elsewhere in North Jersey. The link... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2019 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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As most of you may know, Stiles & Lillian Thomas moved to Massachusetts this month after living in Allendale for more than 70 years -- and more than 95 years in Stiles' case. To mark their departure, I wrote a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2019 at Celery Farm and Beyond
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How many deer do you see in this photo, taken last week in the Celery Farm? (Click image to enlarge.) Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2019 at Celery Farm and Beyond