In early October, the Newtown Historical Society hosted a walking tour of Mount Olivet Cemetery. This tour was focused on fall birding and was led by renowned birder Rob Jett. Accompanying Rob was Dr. Andrew Greller, professor emeritus of botany at Queens College. The group of about a dozen people made their way over the hills and along the paths of the cemetery and identified 42 species of birds as well as several tree and wildflower species. One of the highlights was the sight of a pair of Red-Tailed Hawks atop an evergreen tree. The group was able to spot many warblers, sparrows and woodpeckers. NHS president Christina Wilkinson pointed out some of the historic graves, such as that of Prince Matchabelli and Gloria Rubenstein. There will be more birding tours planned for the spring, but Mount Olivet is a quiet, relaxing place to visit any time of year.
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SERVING MIDDLE VILLAGE AND MASPETH SINCE 1938.