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home, Moreau LSP, SNHP, other

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My yard today: wild turkey (one male had his tail fanned "forever"), goldfinch, grackle, tree swallow, house finch, song sparrow, starling, mourning dove, waxwing, red-winged blackbird, killdeer, yellow warbler, robin, blue jay, house sparrow, flicker, white-breasted nuthatch, downy, Savannah, chipping sparrow, bobolink, oriole, cowbird, ... no bluebirds :(

Moreau Lake State Park: scarlet tanager, osprey, black-throated green warbler, red-eyed vireo, yellow-rumped warbler, Baltimore oriole, eastern phoebe and on the road to park: ruffed grouse, blacn-and-white warbler

Saratgoa Nat'l Historical Park: blue-winged warbler (heard 18+ from the loop road), gray catbird, great crested flycatcher, eastern towhee, prairie warbler, field sparrow, house wren, eastern kingbird, yellow warbler, eastern meadowlark, northern oriole, bobolink, northern flicker, black-and-white warbler, overnbird, American kestrel, chipping sparrow, warbling vireo, brown creeper, pileated woodpecker - had to quit half way along the loop road due to hard rain.

Stillwater: mallard, common merganser, tree swallow, rough-winged swallow, ring-billed gull, bank swallow

Saratoga Lake: chimney swift


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Moreau, NOrthumberland & "the Forts"

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Moreau Lake State Park: eastern phoebe, pine warbler, northern flicker, yellow-rumped warbler, least flycatcher, osprey, chipping sparrow

Town of Northumberland: Canada goose, house wren, yellow-rumped warbler, wood duck, belted kingfisher, northern flicker, eastern kingbird, double-crested cormorant, yellow warbler, warbling vireo, blue-gray gnatcatcher, green heron, killdeer, bufflehead, eastern bluebird

Denton/Ft Miller: great blue heron, mallard, Baltimore oriole, blue-grey gnatcatcher, yellow-rumped warbler, wod duck, warbling vireo, yellow warbler, American black duck, red-tailed hawk, bank swallow, double-crested cormorant, killdeer, chipping sparrow, rough-winged swallow, cedar waxwing, sharp-shinned hawk

Ft Edward: American kestrel, eastern meadowlark, red-tailed hawk, upland sandpiper, bobolink, wood thrush, brown thrasher


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5/6/99

Joan L Cipriani <jlcip@...>
 

I haven't seen large numbers of Yellow-rumps nor Yellow warblers
either. I did see my first ruby-throated Hummingbird today, though. It
was perched in a dead tree...exactly where I've seen it the past three
years, although not this early.

Joan

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birdline report 5/6/99

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

Tomhannock Reservoir 4/27: eastern towhee; 4/28: evening grosbeak

Vischer Ferry 4/28, 5/1, 5/2: American tree sparrow, Savannah
sparrow, rusty blackbird, American bittern, least bittern, blue-gray
gnatcatcher, yellow-throated vireo, blue-winged teal, chimney swift,
house wren, yellow-rumped warbler, lesser yellowlegs, black-throated
green warbler, warbling vireo, swamp sparrow, Virginia rail, belted
kingfisher

Five Rivers 4/29: American woodcock, black-and-white warbler

Lake George 4/29: broad-winged hawk, chipping sparrow

Moreau Lake State Park 4/29, 5/1: common merganser, junco, ruby-
crowned kinglet, yellow-rumped warbler, pine warbler, golden-crowned
kinglet, red-eyed vireo

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

Gansevoort 5/1: cedar waxwing, wild turkey

Northumberland 5/1: blue-gray gnatcatcher, great blue heron,
double-crested cormorant, blue-winged teal, eastern bluebird, wild
turkey, purple finch, eastern phoebe, American kestrel, Savannah
sparrow


Cold Spring Rd (So of Saratoga Lake) 5/1: brown creeper, pine
warbler, yellow-rumped warbler, pileated woodpecker, red-breasted
nuthatch, broad-winged hawk, ruby-crowned kinglet.

Fort Miller 5/1: bufflehead, belted kingfisher, double-crested
cormorant, blue-gray gnatcatcher, yellow warbler, common merganser,
red-breasted merganser, ring-necked duck

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 Edward 5/1: upland sandpiper, wild turkey, red-tailed hawk,
Savannah sparrow, eastern meadowlark, American kestrel, killdeer,
brown thrasher, wood duck, common snipe, greater yellowlegs

Loudenville 5/1: raven, chipping sparrow

New Baltimore 5/1: Cerulean warblers, yellow warblers, black & white
warbler, warbling vireo, rusty blackbird, osprey, fish crow, common
loon

New Salem 5/1: bald eagle, house wren

Peebles Island SP 5/1: house wren, rough-winged and tree swallows,
wood duck, "a scaup", spotted sandpipers, killdeer.

Poestenkill 5/1: yellow warbler, blue-headed vireo, northern flicker,
ruby-crowned kinglet

Guilderland 5/1: common yellowthroat, yellow warbler

Black Creek Marsh 5/1: yellow warbler, yellow-rumped warbler,
Virginia rail, common snipe, least flycatcher, blue-gray gnatcatcher,
brown thrasher

Knott Road Park 5/2: green heron, spotted sandpiper, wood duck,
chimney swift, great-crested flycatcher, blue-headed vireo, blue-gray
gnatcatcher, winter wren, eastern bluebird, red-bellied woodpecker,
field sparrow, Savannah sparrow, rusty blackbird, Louisiana
waterthrush

Thatcher Park 5/2: broad-winged hawk, common raven, black & white
warbler

New Scotland 5/2: cliff swallow

Saratoga Lake 5/2: purple martin, bufflehead, belted kingfisher

Halfmoon 5/3: palm warbler


Black Creek Marsh 5/4: brown thrasher, brown creeper, yellow warbler,
blue-gray gnatcatcher, swamp sparrows, American bittern, Virginia
rail, phoebe, grackle, northern flicker

Lishakill Preserve 5/3: Louisiana waterthrush, brown creeper,
golden-crowned and ruby-crowned kinglet,

Niskayuna 5/3: sharp-shinned hawk

Ann Lee Pond 5/4: Baltimore oriole

Delmar 5/4: eastern kingbird

Voorheesville 5/6: rose-breasted grosbeak

Schenectady 5/5: chimney swift, Baltimore oriole


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VF Birds 5/6/99

F Murphy <thrush@...>
 

Vischer Ferry - 5/6/99 - first Wood Thrushes, White-crowned Sparrow, B Oriole.

As far as I'm concerned it's been a silent spring so far. I have never
seen such low numbers of Yellow-rumps in my life.

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Montezuma WR

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Hi - Just in case you have decided to head for Montezuma, the wigeon, ruff, and goose were still being reported and (from NYSBirds-L):

"... two possibly a third Cerulean Warblers singing at May's Point fishing
access Tuesday, May 4."


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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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Another Moment!!

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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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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

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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

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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

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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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