Jim Gilbert took this gorgeous photo of an osprey travelling with a fish. He was observing the hawk migration at Cape May, NJ, when he took this shot. On the day he was there, he saw many hundreds of raptors, and even the ospreys were kettling!
This past weekend, my sister and I joined some of our neighbors, and bird experts from the Bedford Audubon Society for the annual Hawk Watch at Chesnut Ridge. We went on Sunday: it was a beautifully clear day — the sky so deep and pristine a blue that it was actually difficult to make out distant birds. But an American Kestrel flew right over our heads, and later we saw a beautiful osprey, like this one.
For me, the most wonderful thing about the afternoon was how many young people — students in grade school and middle school — were up on the ridge that day. We had some awesome airplane identification going on. Besides which, they saw tons of birds, plus migrating butterflies and dragonflies! It was really noticable that kids can spot things in the air faster than older people — maybe because, unlike adults, they are very used to looking up.
So, some of the kids have spotted a recent visitor to our library, up near the ceiling. Here’s a picture, in case anyone missed him!
He was living a rather circumscribed life in a back closet (as wild things sometimes do), but we decided he’d be more comfortable on the top floor of the doll’s house. As you can see, the construction is coming along well! I will post more pictures soon.
The Hawk Watch at Chestnut Ridge will be continuing into October — if you go, I will probably see you there one day!
We are also starting a brand-new “Green Teen” program at the library, funded by GE! Please come by, or give us a call, if you’d like to find out more! The Mount Kisco Library number is (914) 666-8041!
And remember, “the environment” is right where you are, right now! (Our very own Branch Brook, right outside the library, feeds into the water supply for big cities further south, including New York City!) So, YOU always make a difference, no matter who or where you are.
And if you think you’re too small to make a difference — I bet you’ve never been in bed with a mosquito!
That’s it for today, everyone! Enjoy!