Author Archives: Janet Markman


Painted Bunting – A New Jersey Rarity

Heads up birders! A Painted Bunting (Passerina Ciris) was actually spotted in the Hatfield Swamp (a freshwater wetland area right here in Western Essex County, New Jersey) on December 18, 2015. This Neotropical bird (one native to the regions […]


Dark-eyed Junco

(Junco hyemalis) As I stroll through the parks in late October and November on my bird walks, I have observed the transitory return of the Dark-eyed Junco, a member of the sparrow family. Identification of […]


Fall Color

Fall to some, is a fun season to take pictures, with the trees displaying a gorgeous array of colors. The process that allows us to enjoy these magnificent colors is quite interesting. Trees get their […]


Hilltop Reservation Meadow

Summer is the perfect time to observe butterflies in action. A favorite spot of mine is the Hilltop Reservation, which is nestled in between North Caldwell and Verona, in Essex County, New Jersey. The Hilltop […]