This has been a good winter
for owls. I reported last month on the 2 Northern Saw-whet
owls that were found in the county. Three Northern
Saw-whet Owls were
found on March 14 by Chet Vincent, Barbara Butler, Valerie
Freer and Renee Davis at Thompson Pond. The last
date one was found was March 24th by Barbara Butler.
was birding there on April 5 and did not find any Saw-whet
Owls. The one found at Pawling Nature Reserve Chet
saw on March 1 was gone on the 28th when he returned
it. Thanks to all and especially Roger Cohn for
checking on the owls dates here. The
Long-eared Owls Chet has been watching were down to one
during the month. The last date he saw it was April
also found 2 Long-eared Owls at Baird Park on March
22. The last date he found one there was March
26th. Thanks again to Chet for keeping a watch on
by Jim Clinton
A Horned Grebe in breeding plumage was
found by Allan and myself on March 15 at Redwing Lake in
Beekman. It was seen by several observers thru March
20th. And Chet found a Horned Grebe at Vanderburgh
Cove on March
15 still in winter plumage.
Allan and I also found 8 Redheads at
Redwing on March 15th.
This is the second time this winter that Redheads
were reported at Redwing - the last time was on the Christmas
Census in December. They were observed by several members and the last
date seen was one
on March 21st by Ken & Carol Fredericks. John Ike saw a Short-eared
Owl (a rare sighting on our side of the river) on March 28 over the fields near
equestrian center on Pugsley Hill Road. Jim Clinton went to Thompson Pond
April 5th and found a Golden Eagle. I think this is the latest date they
been reported. Usually they are gone by the end of March.
Spring has arrived, the early flowers
are blooming and it is time to look for shorebirds migrating
Snipe, Phoebes, Winter Wrens, and Chipping
Sparrows are back. Some of the lakes and ponds still have Ring-necked
Ducks and Pied-billed Grebes have been seen in the past two
weeks. Soon we will be enjoying
the warblers and other breeding birds that come back to nest in our area.
On our April 14 Tymor field trip we found both Ruby-crowned
and Golden-crowned Kinglets. It was nice to hear the
bubbly song of the Ruby-crowned Kinglet. Please if you see a bird you think may be rare to the
county. Thanks to everyone who called or emailed to
let me know how long these birds stayed. Good birding
to you all.