On June 28 Sue Infante showed me a new area to bird at Beacon
Landing, Scenic Hudson's property, just south of the Beacon train
station. While scanning the Hudson River shoreline we found 2 Double-crested
Cormorants and to our surprise a lone Brant. On our way back to
our cars we heard a Black-billed Cuckoo but could not find it.
Instead, while looking at the nearby trees, Sue noticed a nest
and a bird coming to it. We stood and watched for a few minutes
and an Orchard Oriole came in and sat on the nest. There were also
Baltimore Orioles feeding young in a tree over our cars. We had
a nice variety of birds and some surprises. Thanks Sue. We will
now include this area in our field trip schedule.
bird, photographed several days later, may or may not
have been the Lesser Black-backed Gull that was seen
on June 30 and July 31.
Dot Fleury called me on June 30 to say she had been seeing a Lesser
Black-backed Gull at the Chelsea Yacht Club. It had been there
for about a week. Allan and I went down the next afternoon on July
1 to confirm the gull she had been seeing. Out in the river near
the south dock a gull was floating and preening on a warm, sunny
afternoon. We noticed the bill, the smaller head size and the slate
gray color of the body with white underparts. It came onto the
shoreline for a brief time while we went back to the car to get
our scope for a closer look. Just as we returned the gull went
back into the water and we were not able to see its yellow legs.
The leg color would have confirmed the gull. But from all we observed
we were sure it was a Lesser Black-backed Gull. When I got home,
I made some calls to some members living close to Chelsea. Gary
and Adrienne Zylkuski and Steve Golladay went over after work and
confirmed what they saw was a Lesser Black-backed Gull although
it was now much farther out in the river. Thanks Gary, Adrienne
and Steve for your help. Barbara Butler went the next morning but
the gull had moved on.
Egrets in Pawling, 7/21/02
Three Great Egrets were observed on July 21 in Pawling by Carena
Pooth and Pat Vreatt.
Two species were recorded for the first time as breeding in Dutchess
County this year--Common Merganser and Northern Parula. Eleanor
Pink saw a Common Merganser with young on Wappingers Creek in May.
On July 26, Carena Pooth also saw an adult Common Merganser with
one chick swimming on the Ten Mile River just east of Lime Kiln
Road in Dover (this was also the first ever July record of Common
Merganser in the county). On the June 12 field trip to Deep Hollow,
a Northern Parula nest was found and an adult was seen carrying
food to the nest. Barbara Butler again saw the pair taking food
to the nest on June 14.
In August, early migration will start. On Wednesday July 31 I
had 42 Killdeer at Stringham Town park on Stringham road. So be
on the lookout for shorebirds, as they heard south. Yellow Warblers
and Broad-winged Hawks will also be leaving soon.
Enjoy birding the rest of the summer and call Barbara Butler or
myself if you have a rare bird sighting.
Over Dutchess, August