Sandy Hook and above, below & beyond
"I've been a lot of places
Office Christmas Party Aftermath, May 1 2011
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
Common Yellowthroat in Poison Ivy
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
Tern & Skimmer flcok at Cape May Point
Forster's and Royal Tern
Willet (or wouldn't it?)
Black Skimmer and terns (Forster's and Common)
Common Tern (with black-ish bill)
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)
Kosteletzkya virginica, sea-shore mallow Rhexia virginica, common meadow-beauty
Blue Grosbeak Great Crested Flycatcher
Leaming's Run Gardens
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
Return to the Pine Lands - July 20, 2013
Oswego River near Martha
Eastern Wood Peewee
Eastern Fence Lizard
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
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
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
Golden Crest (Lophiola aurea/americana),
Haemodoraceae, Liliaceae, Tecophilaeaceae, Nartheciaceae ?????
Rubber Foot (mythical creature)
Cedar Waxwings in the rain
possible flyby Jersey Devil (or Common Nighthawk)
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 )
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
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.
Dylan, B. (1970): The day of the locust.
Cape May and Delaware Bay - May 17-18, 2013
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.
Upstate NJ! - May 5, 2013
Pileated Woodpecker looking for carpenter ants
(Myrtle)Yellow-rumped Warbler: eastern Form
Northern Water Snake
Remote controlled Wood Turtle
Newark, April 19, 2013 - Branch Brook Park
Forsythia x intermedia (Oleaceae),
named after William Forsyth (1737–1804) 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)
Ipswich subspecies of Savannah Sparrow
Red-throated Loon (the German and scientific name fits better in winter:
Bad hair day
Long-tailed Ducks (Oldsquaws)
The outlet (gat), New Jersey's longest rocky intertidal coast
Species list as submitted to eBird
Common Eider 10
Harlequin Duck 19
Surf Scoter 1
Black Scoter 10 (flybys)
Long-tailed Duck 300
Red-breasted Merganser 15
Red-throated Loon 6
Common Loon 12
Northern Gannet 2
Great Cormorant 6
Ruddy Turnstone 4
Purple Sandpiper 45
Ring-billed Gull 5
Herring Gull X
Great Black-backed Gull X
Savannah Sparrow (Ipswich) 1
Belmar pelagic, Feb.3, 2013
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)
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
Bronx Zoo, Jan.26, 2013
Young Siberian Tigers (several month old)
Ocellated Turkey: looking skinny and un-edible
Spur-winged Plover chick
Giant (?) Tree Frog
Hermit Thrush (free!)
Pere David Deer
Flying Streamer Duck
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.
Red (no: not headed)-bellied Woodpecker
A vole close under the feeders at the blind