On Wednesday Nov 23rd I picked up my son and his girlfriend at the Albany Train Station. I crossed over the Lake TomHannock Reservoir around 3:30 pm and spotted the Mute Swains. I caught them out of the corner of my eye and I saw five of them. I crossed the reservoir three more times and over the Thanksgiving Holidays and did not see them. I did see, on Monday, two common loons near the causeway.
Yesterday I saw my first Hairy Wood Pecker at my feeder and today the first female red bellied woodpecker. Yesterday I also had some crows visit, but fortunately they did not feed. The strangest visitor was a solitary bee to the suet feeder. I really do not know much about solitary bees, I am more familiar with the honey bee. The last strange sighting of the day was a dandelion blooming in my front yard.
Today a nice collection of birds along with the female red bellied woodpecker, Juncos, Titmouse, Chickadee, Cardinals, and mourning doves. No Nut Hatches at the feeder but there are a number of them in the area, yesterday three in an old crab apple tree.
Bob in West Arlington.