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Bike Path, Niskyuna

Joan L Cipriani <jlcip@...>
 

Between the raindrops this a.m, I found a Baltimore Oriole, Yellow
Warbler, Swamp Sparrows and Northern Flickers at the old train station.
Things are picking up.

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Joan Cipriani
jlcip@prodigy.net
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Another Moment!!

patal17@...
 

This sighting might not be as exciting as Lous', but today at noon we observed a male & female Downy Woodpecker on the branch of our Catalpa tree which holds our suet feeder. He proceded to mount her for several seconds then took off----leaving her fluttering & fluffing her wings. Spring is here!


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Blackcreek Marsh

Joan L Cipriani <jlcip@...>
 

Hi all,

Didn't get to Blackcreek Marsh till about 9:15am on the 3rd, but a Brown
Thrasher Greeted us as we approached the marsh. Also saw a Yellow
Warbler, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Swamp Sparrows, Brown Creeper, Flickers,
Phoebe and the blackbirds. Heard American Bittern and Virginia Rail.

Anybody planning a trip to Long Island or Montezuma?

Good birding!

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Joan Cipriani
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Montezuma WR

bputnam@...
 

Ooops, I hit the send key a little too soon - sorry.

Besides the ruff and the Eurasian wigeon, there also was a white-fronted goose at Montezuma TODAY (5/3/99)


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RBA: ruff, Eurasian wigeon at Montezuma

bputnam@...
 

The Finger Lakes RBA is reporting a male ruff and a male Eurasian wigeon at Montezuma WR

For more info:
http://www-stat.wharton.upenn.edu/~siler/hotmail/EAST.32313.html
or call:
(607) 254-2429


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Ann Lee Pond

patal17@...
 

On a brief stop here at 10:30 AM, the first bird to greet us was a beautiful male NORTHERN ORIOLE!!! Otherwise, not much seen but the Oriole made our day.


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May 2

Joan L Cipriani <jlcip@...>
 

Saratoga Airport: Vesper Sparrow, Horned Lark, Purple Finch, Song
Sparrow

I was up at Ft. Edward mid-afternoon and didn't see much: Savannah &
Song Sparrows, Eastern Meadowlarks, Mockingbirds, two Red-tailed Hawks,
House Finch, Goldfinch, Tree and Barn Swallows, Killdeer, Greater
Yellowlegs (1) and Red-winged Blackbirds..Robins, of course.

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VF 5/2/99

F Murphy <thrush@...>
 

Vischer Ferry 5/2/99 - I missed some of the ones Barb Putnam had but I can
add an Am Bittern calling, 10 GW Teal, Rusty BB's, one of which I tried to
make into a Brewer's - but didn't, and Yellow Warblers, Catbird, House Wren.

Moreau State Park 5/2/99 - BTG Warbler, Pine Warbler, Blue-headed Vireo,
Sapsucker. Not much, but I was there during the heat of the day.

Notes - Yellow-rumped Warblers seem to be scarce ? I usually have flocks
of them in late April but I've only seen two at a time this year so far. I
know I see the glass as half empty but this is pathetic.

Vischer Ferry is drying up fast, just like the rest of the area. This does
not bode well for the bitterns. There weere many Snapping Turtles out there
too.

The single Am Tree Sparrow at Vischer Ferry on 4/28/99 was an especially
late date, as they are reported to be rare here after mid-April.

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"Featured Sites"

bputnam@...
 

Hi all -

I just wanted to let you know that I just changed the "featured site" on both my personal birding webpage and the HMBC website. Check them out when you get a chance.

http://members.xoom.com/Barbolink/

http://members.xoom.com/hmbc/featured.html

Good birding! Barb

PS If you have a problem, try again tomorrow because xoom.com has been very slow today (perhaps they are working on the system)


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VF & Saratoga Lake 5/2/99

bputnam@...
 

Vischer Ferry: black-throated green warbler, yellow warbler, yellow-rumped warbler, warbling vireo, swamp sparrow, blue-gray gnatcatcher, Virginia rail, green-winged teal, belted kingfisher

Saratoga Lake: bufflehead, belted kingfisher, purple martin


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A Birding Moment

Louis J. Esch <lesch1@...>
 

At 6:25 this morning, I observed the copulation of a pair of PILEATED
WOODPECKERs. I first noticed the birds through my bay window. They were
on an upward slanting limb in a tree at the edge of the woods behind our
house. The female was in a crouched position with rump elevated. The male
moved up the limb from behind and mounted.

Afterward, the male flew off across the ravine to the south.

After a minute or so, the female flew down to the base of our Pitch Pine,
just 20 feet from my window. She worked up the trunk eight feet to a small
suet feeder, fed for about a minute, then flew off down our driveway and
across the street to the north, in the opposite direction from the male!

While the female was at the feeder, she was illuminated by the light of the
rising sun reflected from our bay window, as though she was in a brilliant
spotlight.

A great sight!

Lou Esch


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Rare Bird Alerts

bputnam@...
 

There are 1 or 2 ruffs on eastern Long Island as well as a little gull and a Harris' sparrow. (The sparrow has been there for quite some time now) for more info, try this website:
http://www-stat.wharton.upenn.edu/~siler/hotmail/EAST.30171717.html
or call: 212 979-3070

*****

There is a Little Egret in Delaware:
http://www-stat.wharton.upenn.edu/~siler/hotmail/EAST.30214130.html
or call: 302/658-2747

*****

BTW, the Kelp gull in Maryland is still being seen "on and off"


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mid-Saratoga and "the Forts" - 5/1/99

bputnam@...
 

Cold Spring Rd (So of Saratoga Lake): brown creeper, pine warbler, yellow-rumped warbler, pileated woodpecker, red-breasted nuthatch, broad-winged hawk, ruby-crowned kinglet

Saratoga Nat'l Historical Park ("the battlefield"): brown creeper, eastern towhee, field sparrow, eastern meadowlark, northern flicker, brown thrasher, eastern kingbird, great blue heron, pileated woodpecker, eastern bluebird, yellow warbler, eastern phoebe, blue-gray gnatcatcher

Fort Miller: bufflehead, belted kingfisher, double-crested cormorant, blue-gray gnatcatcher, yellow warbler, common merganser, red-breasted merganser, ring-necked duck

Fort Edward: upland sandpiper, wild turkey, red-tailed hawk, Savannah sparrow, eastern meadowlark, American kestrel, killdeer, brown thrasher, wood duck, common snipe, greater yellowlegs

I got a NEW YARD BIRD today - a brown thrasher visitied our mountain ash.


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Chimney Swifts

Joan L Cipriani <jlcip@...>
 

Around 7 pm I had Chimney Swifts flying over my yard for the first time
this year.

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jlcip@prodigy.net
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early evening birds 4/30/99

bputnam@...
 

Gansevoort: wild turkey, cedar waxwing

Moreau Lake SP: yellow-rumped warbler, pine warbler, golden-crowned kinglet, red-eyed vireo

Town of Northumberland: blue-gray gnatcatcher, great blue heron, double-crested cormorant, blue-winged teal, eastern bluebird, wild turkey, purple finch, eastern phoebe, American kestrel, Savannah sparrow


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some uppies are back!

bputnam@...
 

Gansevoort: wild turkey

LG Elem School: broad-winged hawk, chipping sparrow

Moreau Lake State Park: common merganser, dark-eyed junco, ruby-crowned kinglet

Fort Edward: wild turkey, green-winged teal, American pipit, barn swallow, American kestrel, upland sandpiper (2), northern harrier, brown thrasher, red-tailed hawk, killdeer, eastern meadowlark, northern mockingbird, Savannah sparrow, white-throated sparrow


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birdline report 4/29/99

bputnam@...
 

This is a summary of some of the birds called into the birdline this
past week. Please call 518-439-8080 for the full report.

New Baltimore 4/22 - spotted sandpiper, Bonaparte's gull, Forster's
tern, red-breasted merganser; 4/24 - great cormorant, double-crested
cormorant; 4/28 - green heron, osprey, bald eagle, sharp-shinned
hawk, chimney swift, barn swallow, fish crow, Carolina wren, house
wren, ruby-crowned kinglet, hermit thrush, American pipit,
blue-headed vireo, eastern towhee, field sparrow

Vischer Ferry 4/21 - Virginia rail, fox sparrow; 4/22 - American
bittern, yellow-rumped warbler, winter wren, green-winged teal, rusty
blackbird; 4/25 - Virginia rail, least sandpiper; 4/29 - Virginia
rail, rusty blackbird, blue-winged teal, American black duck,
solitary sandpiper

Niskayuna 4/24 - Carolina wren

Moreau Lake State Park 4/25 - pine warbler, brown creeper,
yellow-belied sapsucker, common merganser, turkey vulture, eastern
phoebe, kingfisher, hermit thrush

Schodack 4/29 - rose-breasted grosbeak, white-throated sparrow, tree
swallow, house wren


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No Subject

jeff scherer
 

A couple of sightings: 4-25 at Black Creek, there were about a dozen RUSTY BLACKBIRDS and I was lucky enough to see an American Bittern in flight. On 4-26 there were a few RUSTY BLACKBIRDS at Ann Lee Pond by the wooden bridge. I am going to Cascade Mt. this weekend anybody out there bird it ever?


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Falcon

Joan L Cipriani <jlcip@...>
 

Hi all,

Yesterday, I stopped by the Bike path to check out sparrows, etc.before
heading to Quinlan Park.
As I was about to leave, I turned around and there was a beautiful
Peregrine sitting in a tree only about 25' off the ground. Great Look!

Today on Rice Rd. (Rotterdam), I saw saw a Turkey Vulture, RC Kinglet
and the regulars.

Good Birding, Joan

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Joan Cipriani
jlcip@prodigy.net
Schenectady, NY



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Re: Niskayuna Red-tails nest

RWilPerry@...
 

Hi Barb and friends,

If I'm not mistaken, Lion's Park is the Nisky RR Station along the bike path.
I go there regulary but never refer to it by that name, but seems I've seen
a sign there indicating it is one the Lion's Parks.

For an easy look at a red-tailed nest check out the NEW RTHA nest at the
Gateway Bridge near Jumpin Jacks. Red-tails have nested there as long I've
been in NY but a couple of months ago they decided to build a newer
(smaller) nest on the power line tower. The two nest are close to each other
but the smaller, just built nest is the active one.

Nesting Red-tails, a JackBurger with fried onions and the obligatory stop at
Collins Lake make this a wothwhile trip.

If you go to the Lake check out the Canada Goose with the orange bill and
brown head (with diagnostic chin strap). Its rump rides high out of the
water like a domestic goose. Maybe a hybrid?

Also a brreding plumaged Black-crowned Night Heron this morning and early
Cliff Swllows on Saturday.



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