BILL ZITEK PHOTO
Hungry chicks with mouths agape wait for parents to return to the nest with food.
Throughout the winter, hikers at Mashomack Preserve have come back to the Visitor Center exclaiming, “Could I have seen a bluebird out in the fields?”
The answer is yes! A few of New York’s state birds do stick around during the cold weather, eating fruits and berries instead of the normal insect diet of the warmer months.
The Reporter provides a weekly round-up of local kid-friendly programs that will get your little ones out of the house and into the sun, sand and sea. Here are some of our favorites.
JULIA BRENNAN PHOTO | Fifteen lucky birders got to stay overnight in the Manor House at Mashomack Preserve on the Saturday before Mother’s Day. Pictured here on the main stairway are (clockwise from far left): Jonathan Dey, Richard Quaglio, Mashomack volunteer host Peter Van Hensbroek, Amy Jacobus, Debra North, Walter and Katherine Chabla, Jeanne Merkel, David and Shirley Merle, and (center) Paul Merle.
Fifteen lucky birders had a rare treat recently at Mashomack Preserve — an overnight stay at the freshly restored Manor House.
They came to participate in the annual early morning “Birds and Breakfast” program run by naturalists at the preserve, and as they were among the first responders to an invitation issued last fall, got to sleepover night in one of the Manor House’s 10 bedrooms.
DON BINDLER PHOTO | Redstart and babies at Mashomack Preserve.
BIRDING AT MASHOMACK
Know the difference between cardinals and blue jays, but not much else? Like the outdoors and learning new things? On Sunday, April 30 from 8 to 10 a.m. Mashomack Preserve offers “Birding for Beginners.” (more…)
THURSDAY, APRIL 27
Great Decisions, discussion of “The Future of Europe.” 5:30 p.m., library. Call Jocelyn, (631) 749-0042 for details. (more…)