Jack first came to the Catskills region in 1973, when he and his wife Nancy bought 10 acres near Hancock, where Jack and his son Kris enjoyed fishing together. Seeking more solitude and pristine space, in the preserved watershed lands, they bought their property in Andes, which eventually numbered over 300 acres.
Jack McShane has bid Adieu to his monthly Gazette column Field Notes after 12 years of faithful contributions chronicling the wildlife observed on his Bussey Hollow property, interspersed with his reminiscences and personal philosophies on the relationship of human life to the natural world, and on life in general
Another bird which we have taken note of—or he of us—is a really beautiful male Baltimore oriole, and now that Ladybird has taken to her family duties, he has taken to hanging around, but not attacking—just apparently admiring the reflection of himsel
Handfeeding a few pretty brazen chickadees I have taken note that once their beak is full they then launch off in search of an appropriate tree branch to land on and disect the sunflower seed.