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  1. Had some success the week before Christmas in bergen/Hudson counties. But went out on 26th and 27th in North Zone and upper parts of coastal zone.... and it was pretty dead. There are buffies around, but not much else. Even the local parks and nature preserves seem pretty of void of birds. There are some, but definitely not the numbers you'd normally expect to see
  2. Nope, along East Saddle River Road near the border of Saddle River and Upper Saddle River
  3. They are in Saddle River. went for a bike ride today and there were a bunch gobbling their heads off. Nice BIG toms too. As for me, I'm waiting for May and NY season.
  4. Thanks for the replies everyone, and thanks for the compliments on the shots.
  5. Thanks, I was initially thinking coopers when I saw it... but it seemed a bit too 'stocky' and like Bonefreak mentioned I thought the tail just seemed a little too short. I was then also on the immature red-shouldered path like Buck154. But I just don't have enough experience with hawks to tell. Looking forward to seeing what other suggestions come in. Not that it's relevant to the ID, but just as an FYI, I saw this guy while I was setting up on a bank to photograph some rafts of Ring Neck ducks just over the border in Rockland County NY.
  6. Was out today and took some pics of this guy and I'm not sure what he is. I did a little internet searching.... but that only left me more confused. So I was hoping some of our NJWW experts could help out. Thanks in advance.
  7. True in absolute numbers those are high, but those states also have very high relative populations in general so of course the numbers are going to be bigger even if they had 'welfare' recipients at the same or lower rate of general welfare occurrence, and while you are correct that the "Fed" kicks in a portion of those payments... where did the feds get the money from in the first place. So for California (since it is at the top of the list) if you look at it at it's highest level of aggregation, California is actually a slight net contributor to the Federal Gov't (pretty close to brea
  8. Plenty of public waterfowl options within striking distance of Bergen and appropriate to use a kayak or canoe in. For years I only did walk in or canoe in hunting. Check out the list of WMAs and you'll see several options in Morris, and Sussex. I even think there is a list on the DEP site which indicates which WMA's and state forests have waterfowl hunting opportunities, at least there used to be. In Bergen, there are some towns with public waterfowl spots, BUT... you really have to do your homework to find them and you will have to register yourself and your gun with the police in
  9. When I go out to the marsh duck hunting early in the morning, several times I've run into guys at the ramp feeding the cats. They put out food, stick around and watch them with their headlights. When the cats are pretty much done, they clean up the dishes and whatnot, and head out. I'm fairly certain it's illegal in that town and also fairly certain no knows (or cares) they do it since it's done under cover of dark.
  10. I'm no expert, but I do put in a few thousand miles a year riding bikes. So take the following for what it's worth. First off, the answer will depend on in which manner the seat is killing you (chafing, soreness on the 'taint, soreness on the back of buttocks, ….). When riding for exercise and 'cranking out' some power, I find less is more in the seat comfort arena and I have very low profile unpadded seats on my mountain bike and road bikes (which would sound counter-intuitive to most people). Too me that seat looks a bit bulky for my tastes for anything other than a gentle cruise ar
  11. Bergenguy

    Is It Fair?

    I believe that if they want to be registered as a thoroughbred in the US (and race in the US), foals need to be bred through live cover, per the "Jockey Club" They mitigate the risk of a kick from an unwilling mare by using a stand-in stallion with his junk covered by a barrier. If she is deemed to be receptive and doesn't kick the stand-in off, they remove him and bring in the prize stallion. Being the stand-in has to be the worst job in the world... eternal blue balls.
  12. I have a Weber 6 burner for grilling that I bought in 2002 and it is still going strong. Customer service and warranty replacements have been outstanding. Prior to that, I had a big box grill which lasted all of three seasons. The Weber was pricey at the time, but it owes me nothing now. (BTW. I do take care of it. Yearly cleaning and keep it covered in the winter. If you just buy a grill, stick it in the back yard and let it sit without any TLC... any brand grill will ultimately fall apart) For smoking I have a Johnson Custom 2D patio. My business partner has a big gr
  13. Ha! Thanks for pointing that out. I actually hadn't even noticed. That small fish is really dwarfed by those massive talons. I'll have to update the tags in my lightroom collection. I do like pics of birds with fish, although it's usually easier to see them with Ospreys :-)
  14. I had been trying this winter to get some decent Bald Eagle shots, but it never worked out. Well I was out with the camera and Bald Eagles weren't even on my radar.... but then this guy shows up. Seems like when you're trying to get them it just never works out, and then one day you get a pleasant surprise. Never can get enough of looking at these guys.
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