River rats

Heavy rains. Flooding on Esopus Creek. Dock called me early on Saturday morning. He was up until 4 AM moving stuff in his yard out of reach of flood tide and moving driftwood and detritus out of his yard with the ebb tide.  He was surviving on

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Signs of spring

A snowstorm at the first of the month was followed a few days later by heavy rains. The storm runoff combined with snowmelt swelled the tributaries to the Hudson, including Esopus Creek. The sudden switch from winter to spring weather has been accompanied by other signs of

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Red-winged Blackbird

In recent days, I heard red-winged blackbirds calling in the wetlands near the lighthouse. This morning, I noticed one scratching for seed below the bird-feeder. Male red-winged blackbirds arrive early to claim territory before females show up for breeding season.  Last year, I heard the first red-winged

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Cat update

Unfortunately, I have no conclusive news about the cat that visited the lighthouse last month. My neighbor Sylvia said that she was feeding it for awhile, but she hasn’t seen it lately. We are hoping that someone took it in.  Considering how friendly it was, that’s a

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Northern Harrier

A raptor swooped down near the jetty beyond the dock as if striking at something. It came up with empty talons. The raptor continued to glide and circle over the reeds and shoreline. Its distinctive white rump identified it as a Northern Harrier. Its brownish coloring suggested

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Knock, knock

Early this afternoon, I heard a knock at the front door. This baffled me because the trail was completely flooded and impassible. The lighthouse was surrounded by water, and the dock was submerged. How could someone possibly drop by the lighthouse in these conditions? I opened the

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Cat news

I received an email from Kate, who stayed here with her family on Thursday and took an interest in the cat wandering the premises that afternoon. Here’s what she has to say: I just spoke to the Saugerties Animal Clinic. They report that someone did indeed bring

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