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The Tools of Ignorance

By Margo D. Beller If you go to the store at Scherman Hoffman, or at any New Jersey Audubon center, you will probably find a case filled with optics – binoculars, spotting scopes -- and assorted accessories. Optics are part of the business of birdwa...

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 ...

Heard But Not Seen (Usually)

By Margo D. Beller There’s luck, and there’s listening. The average person walking down the street may be mildly curious why crows are in a tree cawing wildly, or flying around and making dives. That’s presuming that person isn’t ...

Counting Crows (and Everything Else)

Keeping count has never been my strong point. I start and then lose track and have to start again. This is a particular problem when it comes to birds. Every time I can go out to Scherman Hoffman with my binoculars and see or hear birds, it’s a gi...

Do You Know Who I Am?

It’s not every day a visitor comes to the Scherman Hoffman feeders that can’t be identified by director Mike Anderson. But this one was a puzzler. Take a look at this picture Steve Byland took as he looked below the feeders with Mike by his...