October 28th Carena Pooth called saying she and Herb found
35 Black Scoters on Quaker Lake. After the relay was started
some of our members came to see them. What a great find!
In case you missed them, here's a photo. Thanks Carena!
It is starting to look like a good winter finch year. Purple
Finches have been visiting many feeders in Dutchess County
during the month of October and there are still some around
in the beginning of November. Some members have been lucky
to have Pine Siskins and/or Evening Grosbeaks stop by their
feeders since the end of October. Chet Vincent found Common
Redpolls on Nov. 6th along Mill Rd. near the Harlem Valley
Rail Trail near Millerton. He also found one of the Winter
Wrens which have been migrating south.
On October 27th Allan Michelin found two Gray-cheeked Thrush
at Reese Sanctuary in Wappingers Falls, a good find Allan!
Two Her- mit Thrushes with a Winter Wren and a late Parula
Warbler (seen by Carena) were found by a few people on the
Dennings Pt. field trip on Nov. 7th.
The ducks are starting to migrate and stopping at some of
our lakes and ponds. Binnie Chase and I went to a few lakes
after wonderful views of the Black Scoters. The Ruddy Ducks
and Coots are back at Sylvan Lake, Ring-necked Ducks are
back at Lake Walton. Chet Vincent found American Wigeons
on Nov. 6th at Round Pond. Wappingers Lake had a pair of
Pintails on Oct. 27 and two pair seen by Chet on Nov. 7th,
an American Wigeon on Nov. 3rd and eight Gadwalls from Nov.
3rd thru the 8th. Some of these ducks have been seen on the
east side of Rt. 9 with a Great Egret feeding along the edge
of the cove from Oct. 27th thru Nov. 8th. Buffleheads were
found at Quaker Lake and Sylvan Lake on Oct. 29th by Carena.
Check the October records for more detailed information.
So, get out to a lake or pond near you and see what you find.
Elaine Anderson called me on Saturday, November 10, about
a friend that had found an injured female White-winged Crossbill.
It was found on Overlook Rd. and might have hit a window.
Elaine made some more calls and went over to see the bird
but it died. Crossbills are starting to show up in our area.
Hopefully we will enjoy them this year.
DeDea e-mailed Barbara Mansell that a Snowy Owl reported
on Fri. (11/9) in Kingston was still present and seen by
Ken and Joan McDermott on Nov. 12. The owl was on the slope
between Pier One Imports and Wal-Mart/Toys"R"Us
at the Hudson Valley Plaza, located on Rt. 9W just south
of Rt.199. This is an immature owl and very active like the
one we had at K-Mart back in 1997. Hopefully this owl will
stay around for a while. To see a picture of the owl check
our web site.
Please let me know what you have found while birding your
yard or in Dutchess County. If you can not reach me call
Barbara Butler, Rosa Corbeels or Carol Fredericks to get
the relay started so our members don't miss a good find or
rare bird in our county.
As I write up this article on Monday, November 12, I would
like to wish you all wonderful holidays and good birding.
Over Dutchess, November