Barbour's Pond

Barbour's Pond
Barbour's Pond - November 11, 2013

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Spring has arrived at Garret

Garret Mountain's harbinger of spring Eastern Phoebe has arrived with as many as 7 seen in the reservation alone. Other highlights of spring so far have been Wood Duck, Red-shouldered Hawk, Osprey (3/24 arrival), American Woodcock, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Pine Warbler and Fox Sparrow. Hundreds of Juncos, Robins and Song Sparrows have been moving through as well as 20+ Northern Flickers. View March's complete list through 24th March bird list thru 24th

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Red-breasted Nuthatches on Wilson Ave.

I took a quick spin around the Wilson Ave area of Garret Mt. today. The trails are covered with a foot of snow in some places so I stayed along Wilson and Mountain Aves. 3 Red-breasted Nuthatches were low in the trees near Wilson Ave. 2 Black Vultures cruised over Barbour's Pond. The wintering Pine Warblers were not seen. 2 Pine Warblers were seen along Wilson and Mountain Ave pines in December, January and February. - Chris
Birds seen:
Canada Goose 20
Mallard 2
Ring-necked Duck 1
Black Vulture 2
Turkey Vulture 1
Mourning Dove 4
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 12
American Crow 18
Black-capped Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 2
Red-breasted Nuthatch 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Brown Creeper 1
American Robin 1
White-throated Sparrow 4
Northern Cardinal 4
Red-winged Blackbird 1
American Goldfinch 15
House Sparrow 6

Bob Busha - Trail Supervisor Garret Mountain

Bob Busha of Clifton passed away February 28, 2010. Bob was the creator of the "White" Trail at Garret Mountain Reservation. He was NY/NJ Trail Conference Trail Supervisor of Garret Mt. and Rifle Camp Park for 12 years before giving it up a few of years ago. He was still seen hiking through Garret frequently in his last years. Bob was a carpenter by trade. Bob's carpentry skills were used on trail blazes that can still be seen on the Yellow and White trails. His blazes are unique at Garret. His painted blazes were chiseled into the bark of many larger trees throughout the Garret Mountain trail system. His efforts will be remembered. Following is his obituary.

BUSHA Robert F. of Clifton on February 28, 2010. Beloved husband of the late Sara ( Esposito). Loving father to Robert B. Busha and his wife Donna of Clifton. Grandfather to Allison Busha. Brother of late Ruth Norton. Mr. Busha was born in Paterson and lived the last 43 years in Clifton. Mr. Busha was a World War II – Army Veteran. He was a Carpenter for 40 years with the Carpenter Union Local # 15 of Hackensack. He was involved in the scouting program serving with Troop #36 at St. Anthony's Church in Passaic as Assistant Scoutmaster and Scoutmaster. He was also a member of Ser-Vis-Plus and the Order of the Arrow with North Jersey Council BSA. He volunteered to provide trail maintenance with the Passaic County Parks and Morris County Parks. Funeral from the Marrocco Memorial Chapel, 470 Colfax Avenue, Clifton on Wednesday at 10 AM. Interment St. Mary's Cemetery . Visiting Tuesday 3-5 and 7-9 PM. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions to the Morris County Park Commission/Pyramid Mountain, c/o Pyramid Mountain Natural Historical Area 472A Boonton Avenue, Boonton, NJ 07005