President’s Message

Jan 19, 2021 | The Sandpiper

Hello my little birding friends! Hope you are all well and safe. I’m so glad the election
is over and can’t wait until it and Covid really are over. I went outside at 10am to
look for something, (Nov. 7th) with a t-shirt on! I couldn’t believe how warm it was.
I saw and heard a bird that I couldn’t identify singing a great song, directed to me.
Then I went to my son’s to do some work outside and heard and saw a red-bellied
woodpecker calling to another one, and a blue jay with his squawk.

It felt so good to hear that in the peace and quiet, until some guy in a hot rod went
down the street with his motor blasting. It really is calming and healthy to sit and listen
to the birds. When I go out to fill my feeder, a little black capped chickadee comes
out of nowhere to greet me! The same day, some kind of sparrow I think, came right
to the feeder when I didn’t even leave yet. I don’t know what it was and don’t think
I will ever know all the sparrows. I think I know two. Some of our members know so
many. I guess I have to study.

We had a nice cleanup at Brookside in October. About ten people showed up,
including a couple from Nassau County, whom I’ve never met. We got a lot done with
cleaning the pond and other debris that our little darling teenagers leave behind, and
cleaning out brush and weeds, but still had a lot more to do. The County had a big
limb from a tree over the shed cut and taken away. It broke from the last big storm
we had. Thank you County! One of our Brookside “sitters” are snowbirds and have
left for Florida. We could use a few more people to help out on Wednesdays and
Sundays from 1pm-3pm.

Please email Steve at steinbaumsteven@gmail.com if you can help. It doesn’t have to
be every Wednesday or Sunday. Even once a month is good.

We’ve had more people joining our Zoom meetings. I think some of us are getting
the hang of how to sign on now. Hopefully we will be able to have our meetings at
Seatuck soon. I know how you all miss my homemade chocolate chip cookies, Lisa’s
nice cakes, Annette’s breads, and Helen’s fabulous fruit! We are also hoping to have our bird walks again
next year. We haven’t had any due to the Corona virus and bad turnouts. Keep
checking our news blast and facebook pages. We’ve had a few council meetings via
Zoom. It was hard to attend all of them due to the time frames. Hopefully we will be
together again and back to normal. Enjoy your birds and nature and stay safe!

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