Pete Dunne

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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Still Fall

New Jersey Audubon’s Cape May Festival is over.  Autumn must be waning, you think. Think again.  There are still weeks of Autumn ahead.  Fact is bird migration continues until February.  November and December are migratory prime time for some species of raptors and water birds. Big burley buteos like Red-tailed…...

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Peak Migration

What ever happened to bird watching?  I remember when this was just a quaint little closet avocation, practiced by professorial types and other social misfits.  Just last weekend I was just one of the standing-room-only crowd at the Cape May Hawkwatch Platform.  Around mid-afternoon a trio of non-birders (identified by…...

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Outsiders

I had an interesting revelation the weekend of September 1st. While sitting on the hawk watch platform at Cape May Point State Park; a platform overflowing with raptor enthusiasts, I overhead a non-birding trio as they mounted the platform, who were expressing their astonishment over the number of bird watchers…...

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Falcon Fest and Hawks on High with Pete Dunne

Join Pete Dunne for this two-day workshop. Bird Cape May at the peak time for raptor diversity, with experts who know identification tips unavailable anywhere else! This workshop will be “just birding” no indoor workshop time (unless severe weather dictates otherwise), plus accipiters, buteos, harriers, ospreys and eagles. Though our…...

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Falcon Fest and Hawks on High with Pete Dunne

Join Pete Dunne for this two-day workshop. Bird Cape May at the peak time for raptor diversity, with experts who know identification tips unavailable anywhere else! This workshop will be “just birding” no indoor workshop time (unless severe weather dictates otherwise), plus accipiters, buteos, harriers, ospreys and eagles. Though our…...

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Heads up, it’s time for Broad-wingeds

Mid- September means migrating Broad-winged Hawks. Between September 10 ad 20 tens of thousands of these stubby forest buteos will migrate across mostly n. New Jersey heading for winter territories in Central and South America. Traveling in large aggregations called “kettles” in honor to the flock’s resemblance to water boiling…...

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