Greetings! I love this time of the year. The sounds of the peepers, all of the migrating bird activity, the greening of our gorgeous countryside. And soon, turtles on the move. Please take some time …
Greetings! I love this time of the year. The sounds of the peepers, all of the migrating bird activity, the greening of our gorgeous countryside. And soon, turtles on the move. Please take some time to enjoy our countryside.
Betty Neer called me from Callicoon Center with reports of Rose-breasted grosbeaks and hummingbirds. My sister Nancy Neumann had a hummingbird as did the Otto household on Pucky Huddle Road. Ours arrived on Sunday, May 2nd. My mother, Marguerite Brown had a Baltimore Oriole at her bird feeder. I have yet to see one Baltimore Oriole, even though I have my cut oranges out for them.
The rose-breasted grosbeaks have been enjoying the oranges. This morning I heard the first Wood Thrush of the year, the most melodic of our local songbirds. Last week, I saw a cormorant near the Toronto Reservoir. I was not quite sure what it was, as it stood there on the dock, looking for fish.
The Otto birdfeeder had a Northern Flicker show up, for just a few minutes. An awesome looking bird. For those birds that you are not familiar with, may I encourage you to look them up on the Internet or in a bird book.
Several folks are remarking that we seem to have an influx of Blue Jays. Rita Sheehan, Town of Bethel Town Clerk, reports having around 20 Blue Jays at her house. Carl Lindsley, Retired DEC Wildlife Biologist, told me that he has received calls from folks, asking why we have so many blue jays around. We don't know why this is the case.
Praise the Lord, Thomas Bickerton, the Bishop of the Kenoza Lake United Methodist Church, is lifting some of our Covid-19 restrictions and we will finally be able to sing in church for the first time, beginning with May 19th.
Big Kev's barbeque is now open in White Lake, next to Dollar General. Delicious food there. Also, Lisa and Larry Schick's L & M Greenhouses in Bethel is schedule to reopen this Saturday. A great place to get a Mother's Day present, your vegetables for your garden or outdoor plants.
Get well wishes and belated happy birthday wishes to Jane Fulton.
I am on the Sullivan County Renaissance distribution list. I was happy to see that Jess Brey, daughter of Dan and Nancy Brey, will be giving a gardening presentation for Sullivan County Renaissance on Wednesday, May 12th. By the way, many of the spring flowers by the Kenoza Lake United Methodist Church and post office are from Renaissance bulbs.
As you may know, Donna (nee Hassis) Schuelie has assumed responsibility over Helen Wachter's travel group. Donna has recently sent out some recent communications about upcoming travel trips. If you are not on Donna's distribution list, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. She has several excellent trips in the works.
Help support a local dairy farm. Check out the Myers Century Farm milk that is for sale in Peck's grocery store. Also, at the Jeffersonville Bakery. Congratulations to my Peter (my cousin), Dawn and Rianne Erlwein.
No column next week.
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