Info on Last Night's Speaker -- and the Next

Gabriel Willow of New York Audubon  was last night's speaker at the monthly Fyke meeting. You can follow him on Facebook here.

The next speaker is the legendary Kevin Watson ...

Falkland Islands and South Georgia:

Antarctic wildlife spectacular, by Kevin Watson

  They may be earth’s greatest but least-known wildlife destinations: the remote Falkland Islands and South Georgia are the breeding and nesting grounds for many of the bird and mammal species that inhabit the rich but stormy waters surrounding Antarctica.
   We’ll see glacial plains filled with countless thousands of King Penguins, majestic albatrosses gliding a few feet overhead, huge Elephant Seals battling on the beaches, and much more.
   Join photographer Kevin Watson for an unforgettable wildlife voyage to the other end of the earth!

March 24, 2017 - 8 PM Allendale Borough Hall


Cool Story on Our Warm Weather

Crocuses, one of the early harbingers of spring, in                         Crocuses, one of the early harbingers of spring, in bloom this month
                           in Teaneck. (Photo: Jim Norman/

Environmental Writer Jim O'Neill wrote an informative article about our recent warm weather and its effect on plants and animals. It's in the Friday edition of The Record and online here.

Celery Farm Marsh Warden Mike Limatola is quoted.

An interesting read.


The Waldwick Train Tower

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Or enjoy Joyce Kilmer's poem about riding  "The Twelve-Forty-Five" to Suffern, with stops in Mahwah and Allendale and elsewhere along way.

Here's a sample:

Subtly and certainly I feel
That Glen Rock welcomes us to her
And silent Ridgewood seems to stir
And smile, because she knows the train
Has brought her children back again.
We carry people home—and so
God speeds us, wheresoe’er we go.
Hohokus, Waldwick, Allendale
Lift sleepy heads to give us hail.
In Ramsey, Mahwah, Suffern stand
Houses that wistfully demand
A father—son—some human thing
That this, the midnight train, may bring.

You can read the whole poem here.

You can learn more about the train station and tower here.

Birdy 30 Photo Gallery

1-Red-tailed Hawk B30 MG_4253We had lots of cool photos submitted for the Birdy 30 contest, including the one of a Red-tailed Hawk looking into a Hackensack window, taken by Arlene Romoff. 

My caption for the photo didn't make the newspaper, so I thought I'd share it here, for better or worse.

This Red-tailed Hawk apparently competed in a “Human 30” competition in Hackensack -- he looked in a window to see how many mammal species he could identify in 30 minutes.

The photos below are:

European Robin by Ned Mueller, Wild Turkey by Dave Kaplan, female Northern Cardinal by Susan McTigue, Blue Jay by Laraine Fergenson, Blue Tit by Ned Mueller, and Tufted Titmouse and male Northern Cardinal by Susan McTigue. 

An earlier post on the winners, including a link to the column online, is here:

A big thanks to all!

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Announcing the 2017 Birdy 30 Winners!

The results of the fourth annual Birdy 30 are in -- The Record today.

This could have been the best yet in terms of participation and pix -- including some from as far away as Italy. (I thought all the photos were great, though I also especially love the photo of the Tufted Titmouse and Nothern Cardinal pictured above, by Susan McTigue and played big on the front.) 

Also featured was a photo by Ned Mueller, of a Blue Tit from Italy (below).

The link to the column and lots of photos is here.

A link to a photo gallery of Birdy 30 shots is here.

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New: Friends of the Celery Farm & Fell House

The Fyke Nature Association and the Fell House are pleased to announce a new volunteer group, the Friends of the Celery Farm & Fell House.

We need volunteers to pitch in at guided walks and other events, and thought we'd create an e-mail list so we can let folks know when we need their help -- and when we hDSCN0004ave cool events, like upcoming talks on the Celery Farm and the  historic John Fell House.

The group is free to join. 

For example, the annual Celery Farm cleanup is Saturday, April 1 (no joke!) at 9 a.m., and we'd love some help picking up litter and doing some light trail work that morning.

The Fell House, meanwhile, is sponsoring a free reenactment of John Fell's arrest by local Loyalists (boo, hiss!) -- it's scheduled for Sunday, April 23.

Fyke hopes to have a monthly work morning at the Celery Farm to remove Garlic Mustard and other nasty invasives.

The Fell House and the Celery Farm have been connected ever since Founding Father John Fell owned the property that contained both. The Fell House, with its beautiful barn, is located across Franklin Turnpike from the Celery Farm in Allendale.

On old maps, by the way, the Celery Farm area is labeled "Fell's Meadows."

Just email to sign up for the e-mails.


Great Black-backed Gull Pic &More

Barbara Dilger was able to get an "I.D. shot" or two of the distant Great Black-backed Gull yesterday, as well as this shot of a Peabody Sparrow and a Red-tailed Hawk that had just finished a meal 0r stolen someone's lipstick.

A GBBG had not been seen at the Celery Farm in more than 11 months.

(Thanks, Barbara!)

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Longspur & More @ DeKorte Park

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Joined the incomparable Gabriel Willow and a group from NYC Audubon at DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst for a morning of birding.

Highlights included the Lapland Longspur, who was celebrating the three-month anniversary of its arrival by hanging out along the Transco Trail by the Weather Station, the first break in the trail on the left as you head from the parking lot toward the turnpike. (Chris Takacs first saw the bird on Nov. 18.)

Other highlights included more than 250 Canvasbacks, the most Northern Pintails I've ever seen, and a Pied-billed Grebe that has been hanging around for much of the winter.

In the first photo below, you can see why the Lapland Longspur is called a "long spur," with that extended rear toe.

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