The end of February and the
beginning of March gave us some very warm days, making
us think spring would arrive soon. But just to
make us not forget that winter is still around we had
days that left the ground covered with the white stuff.
But it did not last. As the lakes and ponds
open, the duck are arriving. There have been Canvasback,
Ducks and Green-winged Teals on the river. Green-winged
Teals, Wood Ducks, Ring-necks, and both Hooded and Common
Mergansers are in some of the lakes and ponds. So
be on the lookout as they arrive in their breeding plumage.
On January 21st Art Jones found 2 White-fronted Geese
at Hunn’s Lake, just in time to be counted in
the Waterfowl Count.
by Gary Zylkuski
14th David and Jeanne Arner found a Saw-whet Owl in the hemlock
grove at Thompson Pond Preserve. Roger Cohn has taken
the time to check on the owl to see how long it will stay
It was still seen there through March 9th by Chet Vincent
and Roger Cohn. Thank you Chet and Roger for keeping
me informed about this cute little owl.
On February 27th Chet was told by the
farmers at Domin Farm that there were owls that flushed up
while they were working near a cedar grove. To Chet’s
surprise, he found 5-6 Long-eared Owls the next morning.
Chet took many members over to the area that the owls
He reported that on March 9th he could only find 1
owl. A special thanks goes to Chet for taking the time
to show so
many members these secretive owls.
On Sunday February 29th I got a call
from a Mr. Sweeney (not a member) about another Saw-whet
Owl he had found. He was hiking in Pawling Nature Reserve
and found the owl. Again, when I called Chet about
this owl, he went on Tuesday to confirm that the owl was
He said it was not an easy hike. The trail was
mostly uphill and it was still icy. I did not put this
out on the
hot line because of the rough trail. If anyone is interested
in the spot where it was last seen and wants to go see if
it is still there, please call me.
The 30 Common Redpolls at Barbara Mansell’s
home and at Carena Pooth‘s home plus the Pine Siskins
at my feeders will soon be leaving.
There have also been a few reports of
the Woodcocks heard displaying. So good birding to
you all and keep me posted on what you are finding.