They come in all colors, shapes, and sizes. They inhabit wetlands, parks, and our backyards, where they announce themselves with their melodic songs. They’re the birds of northwest Bergen County, and during the pandemic, they delighted and occupied many who acquired birdwatching and photography skills. Residents are lucky to have several migratory stops, such as the Celery Farm in Allendale and Suraci Pond in Ramsey. The Irish writer, Robert Lynd, said, “In order to see birds, it is necessary to become a part of the silence.”
Nancy Motto has lived in Ramsey with her husband, Louis, for the past 33 years, where they raised their children, David and Maria. Nancy studied photojournalism at the University of Maryland and has had a longstanding interest in photography. But it wasn’t until she studied with professional photographer Hank Gans at The Art School at Old Church in Demarest that her interest became an abiding passion. She uses Olympus cameras, her Panasonic Leica 100 - 400 zoom lens, and her Tokina 300 macro lens. She loves living in northwest Bergen with its many nature preserves.