NJ Audubon

Osprey Run On Fish

Outside my window is an empty Osprey nest.  Occupied for three years.  The nest’s tenants are at this very moment winging their way north, after five months in the Amazon Basin.  I’m speculating, here, neither bird is fitted with a transmitter, but many birds from this region spend the northern…...

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Raccoon Ridge

March 1,  marked the anniversary of the beginning of my Spring Hawk Count on Raccoon Ridge in 1976.  I still have the letter from then NJAS Research Director, Rich Kane,  welcoming me to the post. I recall it was an inauspicious start, we were in a cold weather pattern and migrating…...

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Eagles Are Back

We were on Rt 47 southbound to attend an 11:00 am meeting in Cape May.  The car consisted of wife Linda and myself. “Bald Eagle,” she announced. Following the line of her sight, I immediately saw the adult perched on the tree-line. Two hours later on our return trip we spotted two more, both…...

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Tracking Stations in Brazil

NJ Audubon and its partners from Tulane University, the University of Para, CEMAVE (Brazil’s bird management and conservation agency) and ICMBio (Brazil’s protected area management agency) installed the first two automated tracking stations in Brazil.  These stations will detect transmissions from Semipalmated Sandpipers (SESA) marked with digital VHF radio tags. …...

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Fall Delmarva Van Tour Recap

Fall Delmarva Van Tour by Scott Barnes Nov 9-12, 2018 Our annual late fall foray to the bird-rich Delmarva Peninsula began at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge. Bombay Hook is one of the best places on the East Coast for large numbers and diversity of shorebirds. A flock of some…...

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Try Ducks

I know, I know, I know, Wait. You are suffering from post migration depression.  There’s  a cure. Ducks.  Yes ducks, waterfowl.  Winter means ducks, Hardy cold impervious birds that get you out, gratify you with their colors and tantalize you with possibility. Every flock of geese you scan holds the…...

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Freeze

We in New Jersey live in that iffy “between zone.”  The zone between sure survival and getting a good pole position for Spring migration.  The strategy for many birds is migrate just far enough south to insure survival but get a head start on the competition come Spring.  It’s a…...

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Suet Cake

Say it: sue it. It is the backyard bird feeder’s secret ingredient. No matter how much seed you put out, you’ll still not attract the variety of species that you can with suet, the processed energy rich fat deposited around beef kidney. You won’t get the numbers you do at…...

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Bird Feeding Dos and Don’ts

You like feeding birds.  Who doesn’t? A winter landscape without the color and animation birds bring is just a still life. Different seed types attract different species, each one a dab of paint on your winter canvas.  Of course you’ll want cardinals.  This big showy sparrow is a favorite of…...

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Time For Seed

Hey New Jersey Resident, it’s time to put out your bird feeders. Our hungry winter minions have arrived and this year purports to be a banner year for colorful northern finches.  You can expect hordes of Purple Finch, a smattering of Evening Grosbeaks and hordes of siskins.  The seed crops…...

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