---Hadas' Edible Plants---

 

Sandy Hook and above, below & beyond

 

 

 

"I've been a lot of places
Seen pictures of the rest
But of all the places I can think of
I like Jersey best".

                                    John Pizzarelli

 

           

 

 

Office Christmas Party Aftermath, May 1 2011

   

 

2011     2012     2013   2014  2015  Liberty State Park      Garwood    New York

 

2013

Sandy Hook and
Osos Reserve
Nov. 3, 2013
   
Osos Reserve, Woodbridge
Nov. 2, 2013
 
Sandy Hook
Oct. 26, 2013
   
Sandy Hook
Sept. 29, 2013
Great Swamp
Sept. 28, 2013
 
       
       

 

 

Mindowaskin - Westfield, Sept. 27, 2013

Synchronized dabbling (in German: "Köpfchen unter's Wasser, Schwänzchen in die Höh")

 

Nomahegan Park - Cranford, Sept. 27, 2013

Immature Red-headed Woodpecker

 

 

Sandy Hook - Sept. 21, 2013

 

We have full moon and the spring tide is filling the lagoon at the False Hook.

 

Polygonella articulata (Sand Jointweed)

 

Palm Warbler on Solidago sempervirens: the former arrived en force

 

Laughing Gull immatures: soon they move south

 

Black Saddlebag (Traema lacerta)

 

Brown Thrasher: two of a least 15 at the point

 

Hawkmoth larvae on Euphorbia

 

Northern Waterthrush at Racoon Alley

 

 

Sandy Hook - Sept. 15, 2013

 

Opuntia humifusa

 

Common Yellowthroat in Poison Ivy

 

Field Sparrow

American Golden Plover

 

 

 

 

Marjo in action

 

Helianthus petiolaris (Plains Sunflower) with Chrysomelidae,

most likely Diabrotica undecimpunctata  (Spotted Cucumber Beetle)

 

 

American Redstart in Catalpa

 

Cape May - August 25-27, 2013

 

Immature Little Blue Heron - Brigantine

 

Osprey nest of the East Pool at Brigantine

Ruby-throated Hummingbird at the Visitors Center at Brig.

 

 

Sunset(!)  Beach at Cape May

 

Pectoral Sandpiper at the Dredge Spoils/Higbee Beach

 

 

very "lemony" Northern Waterthrush

 

 

Apios americana, groundnut






Carolina Chickadee

 

Tern & Skimmer flcok at Cape May Point

Forster's and Royal Tern

 

Royal Terns

 

 

 

Willet (or wouldn't it?)

Black Skimmer and terns (Forster's and Common)

 

 

 

 

Common Tern (with black-ish bill)

 

 

Common Terns

 

Sanderling

Eurasian Collared Dove at Cape May Point

 

South Meadow Beach

American Oystercatcher at South Meadow Beach

Ghostcrabs (Ocypode quadrata)at the Cove Beach in Cape May: 2 of hundreds spooking around after dark (and mostly  feeding on mole crabs (Emerita talpoida)

 

 

 

Lighthouse Pond

Kosteletzkya virginica, sea-shore mallow                 Rhexia virginica, common meadow-beauty

Blue Grosbeak                                                Great Crested Flycatcher

Viburnum dentatum

 

Leaming's Run Gardens

 

 

Bamboo thicket

 

 

Ruby-throated Humming bird on cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis)

 

 

Island Beach State Park

 

 

Lone Brown Pelican goeing south

 

 

 

Bayonne, August 23, 2013

 

 

Bayonne Golf Club

 

 

Black-crowned Night Heron

 

 

One World Trade Center, almost done

 

 

Sandy Hook, August 18, 2013

 

Immature Smithsonian Gull (North American Herring Gull)

with adult Great Black-backed Gulls

 

Lepiota mushrooms (Lepiota cf. rhacodes or Chlorophyllum molybdites))

 

 

 

Meadowlands - July 27, 2013

 

Willow Flycatcher

 

 

Return to the Pine Lands - July 20, 2013

 

Oswego River near Martha

 

Eastern Wood Peewee

Eastern Wood Peewee

 

Eastern Fence Lizard

Eastern Fence Lizard

Eastern Fence Lizard male

 

 

 

Martha (ghost town):

This Catalpa tree hosted the only cultural pastime once available in this long gone iron town.  Known as the 'Mouse Stage', it was here where tame and specially trained deer mice perfomed in public plays every Sunday afternoon. These tiny rodents, typically in full dress, were experts at parodies and farce plays. However, the full prerformance of  Hamlet with a cast of 35 different mice all in tiny historic costumes, performed on July 4 1812, was what made the 'Mouse Stage' a legend in history.

 All what is left from these days of splendor is this strange hole in the tree.  

 

Botany Bog (home of at least 6 carnivorous plant species)

 

Sarracenia purpurea and Drosera intermedia

 

Drosera intermedia

 

Drosera rotundifolia

 

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Sarracenia seedlings

 

Hadas having a major (bog)  breakthrough

 

Hm, le'mme think, where did I put my (many) glasses?

Yellow-sided Skimmer (Libellula flavida)

 

 

Elfin Skimmer (Nannothemis bella), with .8 "smallest dragonfly in NJ?

 

 

Newark - July 11, 2013

 

 

Lunch in Officio: Kohlrabi

that reminds me: Hadas does not only grows vegetables (and collects all kind of often edible plants - she also grows a website about this now (click on Kohlrabi)

 

 

Sandy Hook - July 4, 2103

 

Harvesting Salicornia maritima (=europaea)

 

Eastern Towhee on Ilex opaca

 

possible Arctic Tern (left) see link with documentation, note the brilliant alternate Sanderling

 

 

American Oystercatchers

 

 

 

Piping Plover: likely a female adult

 

Piping Plover: juvenile (all three following photos)

 

another edible plant here: Cakile edentula (Sea rocket).

 Piping Plovers are protected and therefore practically non-edible

 

 

 

 

Bob (the Builder) builds a countertop -  June 30, 2013

 

Four-century house (Lincoln Park, NJ) - bought by Bob Breitinger's grandfather in 1901

Ground level from early 18th century; 2nd floor added in 1793; 3rd floor added in the late 19th century

 

 

the wood is red oak; 1st step: picking similar-thickness wood from the pile in the shed on the other side of the road; 2nd step: transporting it in a small cart hitched to a tiny John Deere tractor; step 3: cutting each piece to 2 inches longer than the finished length.

 

step 3: planing one of the narrow sides

 

 

 

step 4: sowing the other side of the board so that the board is of constant width

 

 

sowing a wide board in the intention to use only the resulting board without a crack

(see the crack on the left side)

 

step 5: planing the other narrow side

 

step 6: planing the wide sides - very noisy machine

future steps (Bob will do them at another time):

step 7: correct the angle of the boards to a perfect 90 degrees

step 8: make 5 slots along the narrow sides of the boards.

step 9: insert "biscuits" (oval wooden chips) into the slots. Apply glue to the slots, biscuits, and board sides. Biscuits will expand as the glue dries.

step 10: cut the resulting wide board to its final size

next steps, we will come over and do ourselves:

step 11: sand the surfaces

step 12: round the edges

step 13: treat the wood with a finishing solvent

step 14: transport it home and place on the kitchen "island" cabinet

 

 

 

Manhattan from Hoboken - June 29, 2013

 

 

 

 

The cursed Hampton Furnace, June 23-24, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

Fowler's Toad

 

Golden Crest (Lophiola aurea/americana),

Haemodoraceae, Liliaceae, Tecophilaeaceae, Nartheciaceae ?????

 

 

 

Drosera intermedia

 

Rubber Foot (mythical creature)

 

Cedar Waxwings in the rain

 

 

possible flyby Jersey Devil (or Common Nighthawk)

 

Supermoon

 

diagnosis: vapor lock

 

 

Pelagic trip out of Highlands -  June 9, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

High Point - June 2, 2013

 

Sawmill Pond at High Point SP

 

Cerulean Warbler at Sawmill Pond (one of targets and #360 of year 2013 )

 

 

Cat Swamp

 

 

Blackburnian Warbler at Kuser Bog (#362)

 

Magnolia and Canada Warbler  (#  363) at Kuser Bog

 

Calla palustris at Kuser Bog

 

Painted Skimmer (?) Libellula cf. semifasciata

 

Distant bobcat staring down a squirrel .

When I tried to sneak up it stated to pounce on its prey and disappeared.

 

 

Belongs here: Common Raven at High Point

 

Subalpine vegetation at High Point Monument

 

Potentilla tridenta, Three-toothed Cinquefoil, mountaintop species

 

 

Indigo Bunting at High Point Monument

 

 

 

 

 

 

Negri-Nepote Grasslands, Franklin Tswp - June 1, 2013

 

A hot morning in the green prairies

 

 

Grasshopper Sparrow

 

 

 

 

Dickcissel, a rare breeder in NJ, since 2011 this species has attempted (or succeeded?) to breed here.

 

Greek Festival in Cranford, May 31, 2013

 

 

Liberty State Park, May 31, 2013

 

Killdeer nest on the soil fill area

 

Spotted Sandpiper at the soil fill area.

The behavior of this guy (broken-wing display) pointed to a nest nearby

 

 

Festuca pratenis in full flower!

 

Westfield, May 29, 2013

 

They are coming! No - they are here!

17-year cicada (brood II)

Bob Dylan (1970) could have made his famous mistake again.

 

References:

Dylan, B. (1970): The day of the locust.

 

 

 

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Cape May and Delaware Bay - May 17-18, 2013

 

May 18

 

 

 

May 17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brigantine - May 16, 2013

 

Another famous man: Sandy Komito,

who say the most birds in North America within a year, ever!

 

Rutgers - May 14, 2013

 

                                                                                                                Photo: H. Parag

Richard Leakey talked at the Wildlife Crime Symposium of the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice.

 

Semi-grim take home message: 

1. Ignorance: fight the ignorance of the ones who can afford to act on their enlightenment (don't buy fur and ivory, etc.).

2. Poverty: build 'good fences' to separate valuable wildlife from the ones who are too poor not to poach.

 

 

 

Newark-  May 10, 2013

 

any day now, Prudential will rock this down soon.

 

Ornithogalum

 

 

Upstate NJ! - May 5, 2013

 

Lake Wapalanne

 

Pileated Woodpecker looking for carpenter ants

                                                            Ovenbird

 

(Myrtle)Yellow-rumped Warbler: eastern Form

 

 

 

 

Northern Water Snake

 

Wood Turtle

 

Remote controlled Wood Turtle

 

 

 

 

Newark, April 19, 2013 - Branch Brook Park

 

 

 

Forsythia x intermedia (Oleaceae),

 named after William Forsyth (17371804) a Scottish botanist. The genus was named by Linne's student  Martin Henrichsen Vahl (1749 804) a Danish-Norwegian botanist and zoologist .

Now you know!

 

 

Even the sparrows are in full flower - White-throated Sparrow

 

"Urban Wilderness" at Branch Brook Park

 

Epimedium cf. versicolor (Podophyllaceae, former Berberidaceae) -

 that took me a while to figure out

 

 

 

Delaware April 13-14, 2013:  ESA Midatlantic Meeting and Bombay Hook

 

 

late Tundra Swan

 

 

scary  fiddle neck (right Kim?)

 

 

non-native spring: Muscari botryoides

 

the Painted Turtle we did not pancake

 

Purple Martin: they are back

 

 

 

Cheesequake SP & Morgan Flats, Apr. 7, 2013

 

Double-crested Cormorant at Cheesequake SP

 

Black-headed Gull at Morgan Ave. Flats, finally my first NJ bird

 

 

Barnegat Light, Mar.3, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

Harlequin Duck (and drake)

 

 

Atlantic Brant

 

 

Ruddy Turnstone

 

 

Ipswich subspecies of Savannah Sparrow

 

 

Red-throated Loon (the German and scientific name fits better in winter:

"stared", stellata

 

 

 

 

Red-breasted Merganser

 

 

Bad hair day

 

 

 

Long-tailed Ducks (Oldsquaws)

 

 

 

 

 

The outlet (gat), New Jersey's longest rocky intertidal coast

 

Species list as submitted to eBird

Brant  30

Common Eider  10

Harlequin Duck  19

Surf Scoter  1

Black Scoter  10   (flybys)

Long-tailed Duck  300

Bufflehead  98

Red-breasted Merganser  15

Red-throated Loon  6

Common Loon  12

Northern Gannet  2

Great Cormorant  6

Ruddy Turnstone  4

Purple Sandpiper  45

Dunlin  15

Ring-billed Gull  5

Herring Gull  X

Great Black-backed Gull  X

Razorbill  2

Savannah Sparrow (Ipswich)  1

 

 

Belmar pelagic, Feb.3, 2013

Scott Barnes' Report

 

The cold, gray-blue desert: an empty sea, almost.

 

Razorbill                                            Common Murre

 

 

Floating dead/dying herring: a blotched fishing operation (as some thought?)

 

Part of the dead fish slick:  Striped Bass

 

Scott Barnes (in his red-capped paulagic plumage) explains the sea world

 

Gulls like the chum slick: including a single Iceland Gull (center right)

 

Iceland Gull

 

 

 

A darker mantled "Herring Gull" in full alternate plumage, note the steeper forehead and the generally more rounded head in comparison to the Smithsonian (Herring) Gull in the front.

 

the same gull

 

 

Great Swamp, Jan.27, 2013

 

Rough-legged Hawk

 

Barred Owl

 

 

Bronx Zoo, Jan.26, 2013

 

Young Siberian Tigers (several month old)

 

Ocellated Turkey: looking skinny and un-edible

 

Spur-winged Plover chick

 

Racket-tailed Roller

 

Black-faced Ibis

 

Giant (?) Tree Frog

 

 

Hermit Thrush (free!)

 

Whooper Swan

 

Pere David Deer

 

Lesser Scaup

 

Bearded Reedling

 

Grizzly Bears

 

Indian Peacock

 

Malayan Tapirs

 

Capercaillie hen

 

Inca Terns

 

Flying Streamer Duck

 

Jerboa

 

 

A muddy pasture in New Egypt, Ocean County, Jan.17, 2013

 

 

 

 

preparations the night before

 

 

4th record for NJ and largest "flock" ever":  Northern Lapwing

 

two of them

all 3 of them

 

They were mostly foraging on the wet pasture, but this one balanced for some time on the bull's horn, obviously looking for parasites 

 

with 2 Sandhill Cranes on the pasture as well, a singing White-crowned Sparrow and passing American Pipit I am now at 105 species for 2013.

 

 

Historic Longstreet Farm & , Holmdel Park,

Holmdel NJ (Monmouth County) Jan.13,2013

 

 

 

Oncometopia cf. orbona  Broad-headed sharpshooter,

a species of Leafhopper, Hemiptera.

Holmdel Park, Monmouth Co, NJ. Jan.13,2013

 

 

 

Frank contractin' (photo Hadas Parag)

 

 

East German product:  shop in Westfield, Jan.12, 2013

 

 

Great Swamp - January 5, 2013:

                                        a failed attempt to reach 100 birds (for the year)

 

 

Closely failed (if that's a term) only: on a bright sunny and rather mild (above freezing) I dipped on the reported Rough-legged Hawks but got 12 "new year" birds: Tufted Titmouse, Black-capped Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch , Fox Sparrow, Northern Harrier, American Kestrel,  Eastern Bluebird, Northern Flicker , Hairy Woodpecker, Red-shouldered Hawk, Great Horned Owl (3 calling), and finished up with the highlight: a hunting Short-eared Owl at late dusk but rather close by. 99 birds in 2013 so far.

 

Eastern Bluebird

Red (no: not headed)-bellied Woodpecker

 

Fox Sparrow

 

A vole close under the feeders at the blind

 

 
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