This is for those who remember and those who wish
they had know both Mary and Nathan Hoose. Nathan died July 6,
1999 and Mary died May 6, 2003. They were Ralph T. Waterman Bird
Club members for many years. They owned and operated Agway in
Fishkill and many of us got to know them from buying our bird
supplies there and we learned about their birding observations.
By feeding birds heavily, they brought
in large numbers of birds and often very special species like
the Red-headed Woodpecker now and then and one time a very, very
special bird: the Yellow-headed Blackbird.
They were very "down to earth" people
being avid gardeners, interested in flowers and trees and were
proven excellent birders. They were always ready to
accommodate our unexpected visits to their home, especially on
our May and Christmas Census days. They traveled in their camper
and could relate to us their many experiences as they enjoyed
life and their friends. We sure enjoyed them.
I too, remember and miss Mary and Nathan Hoose.
For many years they would be feeder watchers for me on the Christmas
and May Census days. They always had good birds to report from
After Nathan died Mary called me to ask if I would be interested
bird plate collection. I said I would and to let me know when I should pick them
up. We had a very nice visit the day I went. Each time I look and admire Nathan’s
plates I think of both Mary and Nathan.
— Barbara Michelin
Over Dutchess, June