The (New) Jersey Birder

Ruby-crowned kinglet at the Mercer Meadows Pole Farm.

Adventures in birding, radiating from central Jersey

This site is a compendium of observations on birds, birding and the flora and fauna inhabiting my world, with its axis in Area Code 609.

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Close-up of head of great blue heron

A futile search for the vesper sparrow, and a bad hair day for a heron

This past week was full of birding adventures close to home, with a typical mixture of highs and lows. I’ve just about given up my quest to spot a vesper sparrow this fall. One (or who knows how many) has been hanging out at the Mercer Meadows Pole Farm, spotted by several people over theContinue reading “A futile search for the vesper sparrow, and a bad hair day for a heron”

State-by-state birding guidebooks by Stan Tekiela

Through the wonders of online browsing, I discovered an outstanding series of birding books that are excellent guides to our avian friends in many, many states. The books are by Stan Tekiela, a naturalist and photographer from Minnesota who is building a one-person franchise of nature guides. The first of Tekiela’s books I picked upContinue reading “State-by-state birding guidebooks by Stan Tekiela”


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