"Birds of Dutchess County, unlike most regional books, promises
to have significance beyond the borders of the small area it covers.
Those interested in the history of North American birding and ornithology
will find the book a rich source of information on many of the most
influential figures of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The records
the book makes available are an equally important piece in the puzzle
of bird distribution in the inland northeast. And most significantly,
The Birds of Dutchess County, in the thoroughness of its research,
the honesty of its evaluations, and the care of its presentation,
provides an authoritative model for how a regional bird book should
be put together."
Rick Wright, professional guide and editor of Winging It,
the ABA newsletter
"It's a one-of-a-kind guidebook, written with the authority
of — by all appearances — every significant document penned
by a serious bird watcher in Dutchess since 1870. It is also a testament
to the power of citizen science, as the weekly, monthly and annual
bird counts performed for decades by enthusiastic bird club members
yield insights into the changes in the local bird population."
Dan Shapley, Environmental Editor, Poughkeepsie Journal
"Invaluably one of the greatest
decisions made by the early members of the [Waterman Bird] club was
to have members submit monthly accounts of their sightings. Now, nearly
50 years later, and with these records PLUS those uncovered of earlier
birders, the two co-authors had the benefit of the records but were
faced with the daunting task of studying, assembling, assessing, sorting
and making the records understandable and useful and all in a book
form. Still the end product is second to none and should stand as
the Standard by which all regional efforts of describing the avian
activities of an area are judged."
Ken McDermott, Edgar A. Mearns Bird Club
"Using records from the 1880s to the present, this remarkable
book documents the current and historic status of 312 species of birds
of Dutchess County. Ornithologically speaking it is now one of the
most thoroughly known counties in the state. The book is full of lively
writing and interesting anecdotes about the birds and the birders."
from Warblings, newsletter of Sullivan County Audubon
|Updates, Errata, and Notes (to printed book)
updates to the book (such as new earliest / latest migration dates
or new census maximum numbers) will not be listed here, changes such
as new species or first nesting will be shown below.
The Changing Status of Dutchess County Birds (updated 9/9/12)
Since the Birds of Dutchess County was published in 2006, many new sightings have been reported resulting in status changes for a number of species. Changes since that time are incorporated in our updated online version of the book (as of August 2012). These changes are generally first county sightings, confirmed sightings from Hypothetical, or sufficient sightings to be termed “regular.” Regular generally means more than ten accepted records since 1950 thus expected to be seen again. Species only recorded once or twice are usually termed Accidental. Species not reported for many years, generally last recorded well before 1950, are moved to a category of Historical.
Species names and taxonomic order have been updated in the online version to conform to the 53rd (2012) supplement to the American Ornithologists' Union (AOU) Check-list of North American Birds.
Rare Sightings Reported to NYSARC
For the text of NYSARC (New York State Avian Records Committee)
reports see the NYSOA (New York State Ornithological Association)
| Errata to printed book (added 1/15/11)
first entry under Eurasian Wigeon on page 53 includes “see
also p.10.” This should refer to page 51.
final sentence in the Common Moorhen account refers to Bashakill
in Orange County. It is in Sullivan County.
on page 127, for Long-eared Owl, add “no” before “details.”
on page 238, “Sarah Louise Wagstaff Schieffelin (1835
- ? )” should be “Sarah Minerva Kendall Schieffelin
(1834-1921),” the rest is correct.