||As winter arrives so do some of our winter
birds. Snow Bunting and Horned Larks have been
reported for November and December. Horned Larks
were found first at Greig’s Farm in Red Hook by
Chet Vincent in November. In December Carena Pooth
and Herb Thompson found the largest number of Snow Buntings
-- 300 on Dec. 21 along with 200 Horned Larks at Barton
Orchards in Beekman. Thanks Carena and Herb.
A Red-throated Loon was found from November 18th-25th,
at the Thorndale farm, Millbrook, by Alan Peterson. A
Common Loon was found at Redwing Lake on December 28-29 by
Carena. It is always nice to find a Loon.
Red-throated Loon in Millbrook
Photo by Alan Peterson
Chet found a Lapland Longspur at Greig’s
Farm on Dec. 4 with Horned Larks & Snow
Buntings. He also found a female Long-tailed Duck in South Bay, Tivoli
Blacks, Common & Hooded Mergansers that same day. The Long-tailed Duck
During the Christmas Count for Sharon Audubon on Dec. 14
Barbara Butler and Dot Fleury found a Glaucous Gull in
the Webutuck Creek, a Northern Shrike on Mill
Rd., and a Lapland Longspur on Taylor Rd. with Horned Larks in the Town of Northeast.
During our Christmas Count Allan Michelin
and Bill Case found a Redhead Duck, not seen in our county
very often, at Redwing
Lake on Greenhaven Rd. in Beekman.
Carena and Herb went over the next day to find it but it had left.
Carena found a late Pied-billed Grebe
on December 23 at Sylvan Lake with 60 American Coots, 13
Ruddy Ducks and
220 Ring-necked Ducks. Thanks Carena, plus Herb,
for keeping a close eye on Sylvan Lake.
On December 30 Dot Fleury found a Greater
White-fronted Goose in with a large number of Canada Geese
at Rudd Pond. On
January 7 another one or the same one
was found in Pine Plains. Thanks Dot for calling. Also on December
and Herb found a Red-breasted Merganser at Whaley Lake.
Unfortunately any ducks found did not
stay long as the arctic blast of cold air came into town
of January and froze most of the small lakes and
ponds up. This was not a good sign for our waterfowl count on January
10. Details will be in the February issue. Winter finches were
seen by a few members. Pine Siskins stopped at feeders of Ed Spaeth on
Nov. 8, Jeff
on Dec. 9,
and Barbara Butler on Dec. 4 & 18.
Purple Finches have been reported from several places throughout the winter.
Carena and Herb had 2 Common Redpolls at her feeder on Dec. 15 and they stayed
for about 15 minutes. Also a flock of Common Redpolls were seen at the
Pond Wednesday walk on Jan. 7th.
So keep your feeders filled and keep an eye out for winter finches. Good
birding to all.