Pete’s Corner

36th World Series of Birding

This weekend marks the 36th World Series of Birding–a 24 hour Easter Egg Hunt for mature eggs of a feathered kind.  Hosted by New Jersey Audubon, played out in New Jersey’s Green Arena.  Over 250 species will be tallied by all participants, a princely sum. As the event’s founder I…...

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Remembering the Great Bacinski – by Pete Dunne

Having just learned about the passing of my long time friend and birding companion, Pete Bacinski. I feel compelled to express my thoughts regarding the passing of this natural history legend.  I first met “The Great Bacinski,” in May, 1977.  Cape May Bird Observatory’s founding director, Bill Clark and I…...

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Mink by deduction

We were approaching the end of my Monday Morning Medadows walk, when a patron announced that there was a perched hawk up ahead.  The bird, seated eye-level and thirty yards away proved to be an immature Red-tailed and it was feeding on prey. A muskrat, some deduced, noting the dark…...

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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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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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