On March 8th Gary Zylkuski told me by e-mail of a Great
Horned Owl nesting on Noxon Rd. near Ehmer’s farm.
Rodney Johnson has a Great Horned Owl nesting on his property
also. Thanks Gary and Rodney for the information.
The first Woodcock sighting was reported by Jeff Lucas at
Norrie Point on Wednesday March 19th. Rodney Johnson also had
Woodcocks up in Rhinebeck. Thanks Jeff & Rodney for telling
me so I could pass on it on to club members.
On March 19th Jane Waters called to report
a nesting Barred Owl in a large tree hole on Winchell
Mtn. Road in Pine Plains.
As of March 27th the Northern Hawk Owl
was still being seen in the Town of Root, Montgomery
County off Rt. 20. By month’s end it was not found
and believed to have migrated north.
The Clay-colored Sparrow was still visiting Kristen
Smith’s feeders and yard as of March 24th.
On March 25th Carena Pooth called to report she found
a Glossy Ibis at the Plankenhorn Farm pond on Gretna Road
just south of Upper Kay’s Pond. The last time a Glossy
Ibis was found in the county was April 1991. They are on
the check list for sightings the end of April thru May.
This Ibis is an early sighting. Thanks Carena for calling.
Glossy Ibis, Gretna Road, 3/25/03
On Friday, March 28th Jeff Lucas called to report a Red-necked
Grebe at Norrie Point by the bridge in the cove of the marina.
It was seen that afternoon by several observers and a life
bird for 3 members. On Saturday morning it was observed by
Chet Vincent and Bud & Bonnie Fair. Our last club record
was Oct. 1997 at Mills Estate by the Wed. Field Trip. There
other records back to 1990 that Barbara Butler has on file.
Thanks again, Jeff for calling. Chet called on Apr. 4th to
tell me the grebe was still in the cove feeding. [See
our hotline page for a report and status of two more Red-necked
Grebes, found around the beginning of April at Madam Brett
Park by Sue Infante.]
On Thursday, April 3 Chet Vincent called to report he had
found a Bonaparte’s Gull in winter plumage on the Hudson
River at Waryas Park in Poughkeepsie with some Ring-billed
It may not stay around but is a gull we do not see in Dutchess
County very often.
Thanks Chet for calling.
Spring migrants are coming. Palm Warblers, Chipping Sparrows,
Towhees, and Winter Wrens have been observed. Be on the lookout
for shorebirds and early warblers. Good birding to all.