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Winter Visitors

Call me Crazy, but when the damp, drizzly November in my soul becomes a hard, frozen December, I account it high time to go birding as soon as I can, even if that means watching what comes to my feeders. Not all migrants leave New Jersey when the days sh...

Geocache Me If You Can

By Margo D.Beller (@MargoDBeller) The treasure hunt has gone high-tech. The Northern New Jersey Cachers (NNJC) held a “meet and greet” at Scherman Hoffman on May 31, a unique partnership between a group dedicated to expanding interest in using satellite...

Snowy Owls

By Margo D. Beller This has been a particularly good year for seeing Snowy Owls in New Jersey. Island Beach State Park, Brigantine and Sandy Hook have had lots of Snowy Owls. A few days before my husband and I saw a Snowy Owl at Island Beach late last y...

Birding vs. Bird Watching

By Margo D. Beller It’s funny how one can have all the media in the world at your fingertips and still miss important news. I was looking up information before a recent trip to Cape May and found an off-hand reference to “Pete Dunne’s st...

They Came From Brood II!!!

By Margo D. Beller They’ve been waiting for a long time to emerge. They’ve waited for the right conditions, when the soil is about 63 degrees in the northern U.S. Then they rise from the ground where they’ve hidden for 17 years. What hav...

The ‘Glittering Fragment of the Rainbow’

By Margo D. Beller It is dusk in New Hampshire. It is raining and unusually cold for late May and I am sitting on my brother-in-law’s wide, covered porch. As it darkens, a Ruby-throated Hummingbird comes to one of the two feeders hung from a support...

The WSB and the Return of the Waterthrush

By Margo D. Beller Thirty years ago, in early May, Pete Dunne and his team – with a special guest appearance by Roger Tory Peterson – went out to find as many birds as possible in the state of New Jersey in one day.  Pete, then as now, was based in C...

My Search for Spring

On Thursday, March 21, 2013, the first full day of spring, I took an early-morning walk not far from my home and found an Eastern phoebe, my first of the season. It caught me off guard but shouldn’t have. The Eastern phoebe, a member of the flycatc...

A Really BIG Bird

By Margo D. Beller Whether you are walking in a forest or park or sitting in your suburban backyard, there is nothing more distinctive than the sound of a pileated woodpecker whacking a hole in a tree, seeking the carpenter ants within. Scherman Hoffman p...

Feed the Birds

This morning, after watching the cardinals, chickadees, titmice, house sparrows, white-throated sparrows, juncos, house finches, downy woodpecker and mourning doves jostling over my various feeders, I went upstairs to my office, turned on my computer and ...