Can be seen from the path to the Warden's Watch. First house on your right.
Same day, just 20 minutes apart, looking north and then looking south.
... For those who need their Celery Farm "fix."
After a walk around the Celery Farm, I noticed something white on the stick pile by the Warden's Watch. As I rounded the corner at the Spillway, I saw motion -- a huge white tail -- and knew what I just missed. An adult Bald Eagle.
I finally located the bird perched in the distance to the left of the Warden's Watch. (Hence the bad photo.)
It was there when I left at 9:15 a.m.
That's the Bay of Pigs above -- spent two days in the nearby Zapata Swamp, the largest wetlands in the Caribbean.
A link to the column is here.
You can learn more about the Caribbean Conservation Trust here.
Gary Markowski, founder and executive director of the CCT, has been leading conservation-related trips to Cuba for two decades.
You can read his thoughts on Fidel Castro's passing here.
A link to my free on-line Cuba ebook (with awesome page-turning software, complete with sound effects) is here.
Below, a Cuban Bare-legged Owl.
Another juvenile red-tailed hawk has discovered my building. This one is overlooking Union St in Hackensack from my roof (and was first visible from my kitchen).
On Saturday,I had to sneak out onto the roof and hide behind something to get this shot from about 25-30 feet away.
A post featuring more of Bob Leafe's amazing Red-tail pix (and a link to a "Bird Watcher" column I wrote about Bob) is here.
This Sunday, Dec. 4, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the historic John Fell House is hosting a free holiday open house featuring cider and treats for all, crafts for the kids and a surprise appearance by local legend Stiles Thomas.
Many of the rooms in the classic house will be decorated for the season.
At 2 p.m., Thomas, the Marsh Warden Emeritus of the Celery Farm, will read "The Night Before Christmas" aloud in his native tongue, English (which he prefers since that's the only language he's ever bothered to learn).
Ginny Jones will translate the poem into German for any guests from the Motherland, including Herr Santa Claus and possibly Herr Rudolph.
Other highlights and activities include:
Story time with Allendale Mayor Liz White at noon.
Santa will also appear in the afternoon to hear your holiday wishes and grievances.
The Fell House, home to founding father John Fell, is at 475 Franklin Turnpike in Allendale.
The Celery Farm was once part of Fell's colonial estate and known as Fell's Meadows.
Yesterday, on a hike along High Mountain's Yellow Trail, my wife Patty and I reached the top of a large incline and discovered a dozen of these huge empty plastic containers hanging around and lying around.
Anybody know what they are doing up there?
Never know what you'll come across on High Mountain.
Everyone knows Stiles Thomas as ace birder, hawk-watch founder and Celery Farm Marsh Warden Emeritus, but how many know he also had his own insurance agency (In the Flat-Iron Building in center city Allendale), which featured one of the most celebrated advertising campaign's in Allendale history (or so he says.)
Under the assumption that everyone likes a good laugh (or groan), I am showcasing the ads here. (Sometimes you have to read closely.)
The ad in which Stiles claims to be an "insurance and celery broker" is from 1981, the year that Stiles, Mayor Fitz Patrick and their allies saved the Celery Farm.
Near the end are a couple of ads that reflect Stiles' concern for raptors.
The very last one of the bunch is the very first ad, and Stiles played it straight....
Thought I'd do a different hike at High Mountain this morning -- going from Scioto Drive through Franklin Clove and along the Yellow Trail all the way to the JVC headquarters -- about a half-hour each way.
Highlights included a quiet Red Fox (seen only), a loud Common Raven(seen and heard), and my High Mountain nemesis bird, the Pileated Woodpecker (heard only).
I am doing some research on High Mountain hydrology, and always thrilled to come across a little mountain stream, as well one of the Buttermilk Falls with water flowing.