Birds, squirrels, and other happenings in Englewood and Bergen County, NJ

Hi Everybody,

Welcome to PurpleChickadee.com, a site that features the goings-on in my yard, as well as some local Bergen County and other New Jersey locale birding news. Some have asked, why PurpleChickadee? Well, my nickname is Chickadee and my hair is purple. Simple as that. Enjoy!

Second day of Rusty Blackbird(s) in the yard (2/27/10)

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in the yard! Kinda blurry pics (1/26/10)

Ariel the Oriole is back! More photos of one tough cookie (1/22/10)

Red-tailed Hawk eating a squirrel (January 2010)

New Year's Day surprise: BALTIMORE ORIOLE in the yard! (1/1/10) And more photos added from 1/4/10

Monk Parakeets in the yard, 12/12/09 (eating at the suet feeders!)

Click here for weather and an eBird gadget to check for rare bird sightings in every state.


Test your skills:
click here to play the Irania Bird Counting Game.

TIPS FOR FEEDER WATCHING: Click here for some helpful tips when watching your bird feeders.

I had to do it. Click here to see my two cats. (R.I.P. Ruby Marie 7/22/09, my beautiful black and white girl.)


Birding Top 500 Counter

Who's in the Yard

Check out this page to see who has been in my yard recently: birds, squirrels, and other folks. Click here to see my most recent sightings.

Yard Regulars

Featured yard regulars include the fabulous Led-belly, Mrs. Led-belly, Redbaby, Harry, Nina, China, Jeeju, and more. Who are these guys? Click here and find out!

Past Yard Visitors

Click here to see photos and stories of yard friends who are no longer with us. A few (like Van the squirrel) have started generations of families that still live here.

Celery Farm

Celery Farm is a beautiful nature preserve in Allendale, NJ, and one of my favorite places to go birding. Click here to see all the action.

Sandy Hook

Sandy Hook is one of my favorite places to go birding in New Jersey. Click here for photos and trip descriptions.

More Daytrippin'

Click here for photos of some of my favorite places to bird watch in the area.

Archived Daytrippin'

This page features day trips taken around the area from winter 2007 to fall 2008. For lots of photos and stories, click here.

Trips We Took

Click here to see photos from and read details about vacations we've taken. Most are related to birding in one way or another.

Rarities Among Us

Click here to see some of the rare visitors to our area. Little beauties!

More Photos From Other Locales

Check out this page for pictures from other local and not-so-local places. Click here to view. (photo on left by Doug Morel)

Life and Year Lists

For all your bird listing compulsions. Click here to view other people's lists and submit your own!

Friends of PurpleChickadee

Click here for links to some of my favorite bird, nature, and animal organizations.