Belted Kingfisher, Greenwich


Scott Varney
 

A continuing Belted Kingfisher has been observed at the same location on Route 29 along the Battenkill River in Greenwich, NY.  

This same bird has been seen repeatedly throughout this winter season of both 2021 and now, 2022...on an almost daily basis and from the same perch location along telephone wires. Battenkill River has remained free-flowing thus far.

Scott Varney
Salem, NY


Richard Guthrie
 

Fish eating birds have an advantage in winter - provided they can find open water. Fish are very lethargic in the near freezing temperature water which makes them a lot slower and easier to catch. I presume this is why Common Mergansers on the Hudson River closely follow the receding ice in the spring ice-out. And many birds, like this kingfisher seems to be, are very loyal to a favorite spot they've found. 

Rich Guthrie

On Mon, Jan 3, 2022 at 9:20 PM Scott Varney <scottvarney1968@...> wrote:
A continuing Belted Kingfisher has been observed at the same location on Route 29 along the Battenkill River in Greenwich, NY.  

This same bird has been seen repeatedly throughout this winter season of both 2021 and now, 2022...on an almost daily basis and from the same perch location along telephone wires. Battenkill River has remained free-flowing thus far.

Scott Varney
Salem, NY



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Richard Guthrie


Tom Lake
 

Rich ---- This applies to Bald Eagles and gizzard shad as well, a fish that suffers in cold water, frequently succumbing to a phenomenon known as “winter kill” at water temperatures below 36 degrees Fahrenheit. TOM 


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From: Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie@...>
To: Scott Varney <scottvarney1968@...>
Cc: HMBirds <hmbirds@groups.io>
Sent: Mon, Jan 3, 2022 9:28 pm
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Belted Kingfisher, Greenwich

Fish eating birds have an advantage in winter - provided they can find open water. Fish are very lethargic in the near freezing temperature water which makes them a lot slower and easier to catch. I presume this is why Common Mergansers on the Hudson River closely follow the receding ice in the spring ice-out. And many birds, like this kingfisher seems to be, are very loyal to a favorite spot they've found. 

Rich Guthrie

On Mon, Jan 3, 2022 at 9:20 PM Scott Varney <scottvarney1968@...> wrote:
A continuing Belted Kingfisher has been observed at the same location on Route 29 along the Battenkill River in Greenwich, NY.  

This same bird has been seen repeatedly throughout this winter season of both 2021 and now, 2022...on an almost daily basis and from the same perch location along telephone wires. Battenkill River has remained free-flowing thus far.

Scott Varney
Salem, NY


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Richard Guthrie