Allendale Bald Eagle

A big shoutout to Theresa Jackson for posting about this Bald Eagle on Facebook.

Got there in time to take a few pix from afar. Did not want to trespass to get a closer shot, so these are quite cropped...

The bird was at Altin Ave. and East Crescent and stuck around for at least 20 minutes, sunning itself no doubt.

The 2020 Christmas Bird Count

The annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count -- invented by Frank Chapman of Teaneck back in 1900 -- will be held between Monday, Dec. 14, to Tuesday, Jan. 5. 

The COVID-19 pandemic may affect participation. Many counts will be done under special guidelines, while others may get canceled.

For more information on the count in your area, email me at For info on the count in general, go to

My Column: A Thanksgiving Buffet

My latest column for The Record is all about attracting birds to your feeders this holiday season -- including Pine Siskins if you're lucky. 

(Photo by Barbara Dilger, Thanks, Barbara!)

You can read it here:

By Jim Wright

    As I write this, I’m preparing a delicious Thanksgiving buffet for my backyaTheRecord Jim Wright Bird Watcher 20201126_LF03 (2)rd guests.  If I’m lucky, the visitors dining at my feeders will include not only the usual suspects but a surprise or two as wel l.

     By the usual suspects, I mean recent arrivals like juncos and white-throated sparrows as well as the year-’rounders -- cardinals, tufted titmice, chickadees, blue jays, white-breasted nuthatches, mourning doves, Carolina wrens and the woodpecker crowd.

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David Allen Sibley Zoom Bird Classes

What It's Like to Be a Bird: From Flying to Nesting, Eating to Singing--What Birds Are Doing, and Why

A friend passed this along, and I thought I'd share. I've heard Sibley speak in the Meadowlands, and he was terrific.

He was also gracious enough to write the foreword to the Celery Farm book (In the Presence of Nature),  for which I am forever grateful. He is one of the true good guys.

David Allen Sibley: What It’s Like to Be A Bird 

Online Class - 

Tue, Dec 8, & Dec 15, 2 pm ET, $40 for both sessions 

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a bird? Can birds smell? Is that the same cardinal that was at your feeder last year? What are backyard birds doing and why?

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