Don’s Jersey Birding: Time to learn my bird calls…again

Don’s Jersey Birding: Time to learn my bird calls…again

By Don Torino

Somewhere under a foot of snow, pot-hole filled roads, and my icy cold finger tips lies spring. And along with it means it is time for me to review, rather learn, my bird calls once again. Yes, I confess, unlike many of my much more talented birding brothers and sisters who can recognize a little “chip” of a bird 100 feet over their heads, I need to relearn many of my bird calls each and every spring. Just when I think I might have many of my Warbler calls down, it seems just on spite they decide to move on, I try not to take it too personally.

Don’s Jersey Birding: Wildlife Survives the Storm in the Backyard

Don’s Jersey Birding: Wildlife Survives the Storm in the Backyard

By Don Torino

It would be an immense understatement to say this has been a tough winter. We have had well over 50 inches of snow, temperatures far below normal, power outages and damage to our homes costing us and our economy over 50 billion dollars. And yet as bad as it has been for us it has been even more desperate for our wildlife. Snow much too deep and hard for many creatures such as Squirrels to gather food from the forest floor and at times too immense for even the White-tailed deer to walk through to browse for their next meal make this winter a fight for not only their survival but for many species in this particularly perilous winter as well. Birds desperate to find food as it disappears from the natural world are being driven more and more to backyard bird feeders, reports of flocks of 50 or more wild Turkey have been gathering in some Bergen County yards as the natural food dwindles or becomes almost impossible to find.

Don’s Jersey Birding: Until Spring…

Don’s Jersey Birding: Until Spring…

By Don Torino

I am told that Spring is out there somewhere. I have heard that it is just one more turn of the page on the calendar, the sight of the return of the Red-winged Blackbirds to the marshes or maybe even just the anticipation of a few warm days in March that we, even though very disbelievingly, feel like Spring truly lies in our future. Maybe it will be the first Robins feeding on your backyard Hollies or the visions of an Oriole weaving its intricate nest on a willow tree or the faith that the columbines and Milkweeds lie dormant waiting for the snow to melt and finally warm the ground that keeps us looking out our windows and dreaming of Springs arrival.

Don’s Jersey Birding: Children’s Letters ask Developer to Protect Eagles

Don’s Jersey Birding: Children’s Letters ask Developer to Protect Eagles

By Don Torino

I have been told that letter writing has become a lost art, gone the way of phone booths, road maps and the yellow pages but don’t tell that to the Elementary school students of the Bergen Blvd. School in Ridgefield and the Teaneck Community Charter School because they have written almost 300 letters to try to help and protect a pair of Bald Eagles that have been nesting almost in walking distance from their schoolyards.