Need Help I.D.ing This Bug

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A friend found a bunch of these tiny buggers in a box.  Any idea what they are? 

They are approx. the size of the head of a pin.

(I tried to put a quarter next to one, but the bug was about the size of George Washington's nose and did not photograph well.)

And yes, they are free to a good home.


Ramsey Christmas Bird Count Totals

I participated in the annual Christmas Bird Count for a couple of hours yesterday. But the birding was sparse but I was with a couple of good friends, so that made up for my numb toes ( which are now thawed).

Others doing the Ramsey Count, which included parts of Allendale, Ramsey, Mahwah, Ringwood, Oakland, Suffern and Greenwood Lake, were far more dedicated.

Rob and Lisa Fanning were in charge. Their  report follows, along with the birds that were seen by the many participants.

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Why We See So Few Wild Turduckens..

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Joe Koscielny writes to say that he has seen recipes and advertisements for "Cajun Turducken," which leads him to believe these large birds migrate.

The company whose cooked bird is picture above calls them Tur-Duc-Hen. A little more elegant, spelling-wise.

So that explains it, at least this time of year. 

Sounds like a recipe for extinction to me. (Thanks, Joe!)


My Column: Bad News--Bears&Feeders

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My latest column for The Record is all about the bad-news combination of Black Bears and Bird Feeders this time of year, and tips from experts on how you can reduce the problem.

The column is online early because of the need to get the word out.

Bears have destroyed several feeders in Allendale alone in the past two weeks.

The link is here.