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May 22 Big Day

F Murphy <thrush@...>
 

On Century Day, May 22, 1999, our group got 129 species exclusively in
Saratoga County from 3:15 AM to 9 PM. Hilites include a Golden-winged
Warbler at the Battlefield; Olive-sided Flycatcher and Mourning Warbler at
Tower Road; Common Snipe courting at Desolation Road; a pair of Am Wigeon
on the Mohawk at Halfmoon (still there on 5/23); a pair of Green-winged
Teal at Ferry Drive; 200 Brant flying over Vischer Ferry at 8:45 PM; Least
Bittern at VF (2 still there on 5/25, one is now much closer); Whip Poor
Wills and Barred Owl at Cold Spring Road, which is being developed; Purple
Martins and 2 Ruddy Ducks on Saratoga Lake.

See it before they saw it.

Frank Murphy
Clifton Park, NY

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Backyard Visitors

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Our inground swimming pool in Latham had unexpected visitors this AM. A Mallard pair came gliding in for a short swim. They then waddled out and proceded to survey the ground under the bird feeders--hoping to find breakfast? After another dip in the pool for a quick bath, they flew off---Maybe to Ann Lee Pond for more suitable habitat!!




















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Battlefield blues

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A check on the great blues at the saratoga battlefield this weekend revealed at least 9 occupied nests, with chicks in at least 8 of those nests (the 9th nest had a sitting heron in it, so not sure in babes out yet). Isn't spring great?!

What's happening at the Spa park rookery? Apparently it's still a possible option to cut thru the park (& the rookery) to create the new by-pass around Saratoga Springs. Julie Stokes at the park needs to hear from all you birders objecting to this ridiculous proposal and objecting to any disturbance of wetlands in the park.


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oops - I forgot...

bputnam@...
 

I forgot to write down least bittern (thanks to Frank)


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Century Run

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Century Run (May 22, 1999)

I broke my record for getting up early for the Century Run. I started counting birds at 5:15am (not as early as many of the other participants, but earlier than I have ever started before). I started unpacking the car this evening at 9pm. Here was my route: Gansevoort - Fort Edward - Hadley Mountain area - Moreau Lake State Park - Gansevoort - Saratoga National Historical Park - Stillwater - Cold Spring Rd - Saratoga Lake - Saratoga County airport - Saratoga Spa SP - Ballston Lake outlet - Vischer Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve - Mohawk River (Crescent/Cohoes) - Gansevoort. The places I spent any amount of time at: Fort Edward, Hadley Mtn area, and Vischer Ferry. The rest of the spots were just quick checks for a few specific birds.

Was I successful? I feel happy with my efforts, although there were some glaring holes in the list. Total species for the day was 115 (I think this is my second best list). I may still run outside to see if I can grab an owl, but most likly, I am finished.

Highlights: (in order of sighting) American bittern, Henslow's sparrow, grasshopper sparrow, upland sanpiper, spotted sandpiper, Swainson's thrush, purple martin, horned lark, vesper sparrow, greater yellowlegs, least sandpiper, lesser yellowlegs, solitary sandpiper, fish crow, and Virginia rail

I hope everyone else is happy tonight, too! Good birding, all


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White-winged Tern in Connecticutt

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This is quoted from the eastern Mass RBA (dated May 21st)

"A WHITE-WINGED TERN was reported yesterday from Milford Point in
Connecticut. For further information on this report call the
Connecticut hotline at (203)-254-3665"


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Re: birdline report 5/20/99

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oops - "red-headed vireo" ?

That's what I get for mechanically copying and pasting a report without paying attention to what I am doing! I bet it was supposed to be red-eyed.

Thanks to Amy for bringing this to my attention. BP


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birdline report 5/20/99

bputnam@...
 

Schodack 5/13: whip-poor-will, indigo bunting, rose-breasted grosbeak, Baltimore oriole, magnolia warbler, black-and-white warbler, common yellowthroat, black-throated blue warbler, Nashville warbler, ruffed grouse

Blossom Hill Rd 5/14: worm-eating warbler

Saratoga Springs 5/14: white-crowned sparrow

Guilderland 5/14: white-crowned sparrow; 5/15: common snipe, willow flycatcher, yellow-throated vireo, common raven, veery, brown thrasher, white-throated sparrow, eastern wood-pewee, red-eyed vireo, ruby-crowned kinglet, blue-winged warbler, Nashville warbler, chestnut-sided warbler, magnolia warbler, yellow-rumped warbler, black-throated green warbler, prairie warbler, black-and-white warbler, eastern towhee

Troy 5/15: wood thrush, yellow-rumped warbler

Five rivers 5/16: green heron, great blue heron, ruby-throated hummingbird, Swainson's thrush, veery, wood thrush, scarlet tanager, Baltimore oriole, rose-breasted grosbeak, white-crowned sparrow, bobolink, magnolia warbler, black-throaed green warbler, yellow warbler, blue-winged warbler, common yellowthroat, yellow-rumped warbler, chestnut-sided warbler, ovenbird, Louisiana waterthrush, willow flycatcher

Willie Road Marsh 5/15: black-throated green warbler, yellow-rumped warbler, common yellowthroat

Vischer Ferry 5/15: American redstart, red-bellied woodpecker, least sandpiper, solitary sandpiper, American bittern, Virginia rail, greater yellowlegs, lesser yellowlegs, marsh wren, blue-gray gnatcatcher, white-crowned sparrow

Cohill State Forest (Burn) 5/15: blue-headed vireo, golden-crowned kinglet, hermit thrush, magnolia warbler, blackburnian warbler, dark-eyed junco, purple finch

Basic Creek Reservoir 5/15: pied-billed grebe, ring-necked duck, northern goshawk

Crescent Dam 5/15: fish crow; Halfmoon 5/15: American wigeon

Fort Edward 5/15: yellow-rumped warbler, blackpoll warbler, northern parula, American redstart, common yellowthroat, northern flicker, bobolink, spotted sandpiper, least sandpiper, American kestrel, least flycatcher, wood thrush, brown thrasher, eastern phoebe, swamp sparrow, willow flycatcher, marsh wren, green heron, northern waterthrush, broad-winged hawk, American bittern, eastern bluebird, field sparrow, eastern kingbird, wild turkey, Savannah sparrow, eastern meadowlark, northern harrier, great crested flycatcher.

Fort miller 5/15: bufflehead, spotted sandpiper, blue-gray gnatcatcher, wood thrush, yellow-throated vireo, red-eyed vireo.


Nott Road Park 5/16: wood duck, spotted sandpiper, great horned owl, ruby-throated hummingbird, red-bellied woodpecker, pileated woodpecker, eastern wood-pewee, yellow-throated vireo, warbling vireo, red-eyed vireo, brown creeper, winter wren, blue-gray gnatcatcher, veery, blue-winged warbler, black-throated green warbler, pine warbler, Wilson's warbler, scarlet tanager, Lincoln's sparrow, rose-breasted grosbeak, Baltimore oriole

Desolation Lake/Albia Pond 5/15: wood duck, broad-winged hawk, killdeer, belted kingfisher, northern flicker, pileated woodpecker, eastern wood-pewee, willow flycatcher, great crested flycatcher, blue-headed vireo, red-headed vireo, common raven, tree swallow, bank swallow, red and white-breasted nuthatches, brown creeper, winter wren, golden and ruby-crowned kinglets, blue-gray gnatcatcher, hermit thrush, wood thrush, northern parula, magnolia, cape may, black-throated blue, yellow-rumped, black-throated green, blackburnian, blackpoll, black & white, redstart, ovenbird, common yellowthroat, and Canada warbler, song sparrow, swamp sparrow, white-throated sparrow, dark-eyed junco

Hadley Mountain area (No. Saratoga county) 5/16: common yellowthroat, red-breasted nuthatch, yellow warbler, white-throated sparrow, gray catbird, least flycatcher, house wren, American goldfinch, barn swallow, red-winged blackbird, song sparrow, ovenbird, swamp sparrow, purple finch, red-tailed hawk, black-capped chickadee, eastern towhee, chestnut-sided warbler, prairie warbler, rose-breasted grosbeak, downy woodpecker, eastern phoebe, red-eyed vireo, black-throated blue warbler, black-throated green warbler, pileated woodpecker, bay-breasted warbler, American redstart, scarlet tanager, yellow-bellied sapsucker, American robin, dark-eyed junco, wood thrush

Niskayuna 5/18: bald eagle

Ft Ed 5/20: Henslow's sparrow, Savannah sparrow, vesper sparrow, Lincoln's sparrow, upland sandpiper, northern harrier


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Fort Edward area - 5/20/99

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Ft Ed birds: American bittern, wood duck, northern harrier, spotted sandpiper, green heron, marsh wren, swamp sparrow, American kestrel, white-crowned sparrow, Henslow's sparrow


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VF 5/19/99

F Murphy <thrush@...>
 

Vischer Ferry 5/19/99 7:45 PM - Least Bittern still calling from its
reliable spot along the towpath. Also Moorhen, Marsh Wren, Willow/Alder
Fly (I'm not certain) and shorebirds and Bank Swallows. It was rainy and
noisy as usual.

Lots and lots of frogs callling - peepers, bull frogs, and many gray tree
frogs.

Frank Murphy
Clifton Park, NY

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Spa State Park

sdi.aeh@...
 

quick morning trip:
Warblers: yellow, redstart, tennessee, magnolia, lots of chestnut-sided's
Veery & wood thrush
Rose br. grosbeak, orioles, sc. tanager
WoDu
Bluebirds
House wrens (nesting in bluebird box on road to dump)
E. Kingbird, phoebes
Misc. usual suspects but kinda a quiet a.m.


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check out the Syracuse RBA

bputnam@...
 

This sounds great, check it out:
http://www-stat.wharton.upenn.edu/~siler/NYSB.html#1885540


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It's eggciting!

bputnam@...
 

I just checked my nestboxes:

37 eggs, about 12 nestlings (hard to count the bodies), 1 frog/toad, 2 1/2 nests with no eggs, 2 empty boxes

The eggs are from tree swallows with 2 bluebird eggs. The nestlings are starlings and house sparrows. I don't know my amphibians, sorry.


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VF 5/16/99

F Murphy <thrush@...>
 

Vischer Ferry - 5/16/99 - C Moorhen, V Rail, Marsh Wrens. I did not hear
the L Bitterns today after hearing them all week, but Joe Carey heard an Am
Bittern this evening. The White-crowned Sparrows are on their merry way
north.

The ponds on both sides are dried up, so it doesn't bode well for breeding
bitterns and moorhens.

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rookery

Barbara Casey <barbc@...>
 

Went to check out the heron rookery north of Ballston Lake today. Counted
17 nests, most with herons on them, and three or four with young visible in
the nest. Spectacular sight.

Also at Five Rivers on Saturday, saw or heard: blue-winged warbler, field
sparrow, least flycatcher, bluebird, bobolink, great-crested flycatcher,
ruby-throated hummingbird, yellow warbler, oriole, peewee, red-eyed vireo,
chipping sparrow, song sparrow, white-crowned sparrow, white-throated
sparrow, oriole, kingfisher, turkey, red- and white-breasted nuthatch,
red-tailed hawk, solitary sandpiper, pileated woodpecker, downy woodpecker,
hairy woodpecker, wood thrush, common yellowthroat, phoebe, tree swallow,
rough-winged swallow, brown thrasher, yellow-rumped warbler, goldfinch.


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northern Saratoga county

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Went up to the Hadley Mountain-Tower Rd area in northern Saratoga county (at 1pm! - due to the hour, we didn't get as many birds as expected): common yellowthroat, red-breasted nuthatch, yellow warbler, white-throated sparrow, gray catbird, least flycatcher,house wren, American goldfinch, barn swallow, red-winged blackbird, song sparrow, ovenbird, swamp sarrow, purple finch, red-tailed hawk, black-capped chickadee, eastern towhee, chestnut-sided warbler, prairie warbler, rose-breasted grosbeak, downy woodpecker, eastern phoebe, red-eyed vireo, black-throated blue warbler, black-throated green warbler, pileated woodpecker, bay-breasted warbler, American redstart, scarlet tanager, yellow-bellied sapsucker, American robin, dark-eyed junco, wood thrush


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A birding moment (ten minutes?)

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Actually, two birding moments today:

On Cary Rd, I saw what I thought were two turkeys copulating in the field. Upon closer inspection, it was two males battling. The were chest to chest, outstretched neck to neck, heads slightly intertwined. They were embroiled in a "dance" that went like this: push-o'-war with one turkey moving backwards then the other alternating with rotating clockwise for 10 seconds and then counterclockwise for 10 more and repeating this pattern about 10 times before going back to push-o'-war. The whole time, they kept their chests, necks, heads together and their tails were alternately spreading out and raising and lowering. It was fun to watch.

My second moment almost became "grilled turkey" (if you get my drift). About 200 yards from my driveway I came around a curve and a tom turkey was standing in the middle (I mean middle - like on the yellow lines) of the road with his tail fanned and his head/neck a very bright blue and red. Luckily, he quickly flew/ran to the right at the same time another turkey (female?) went left. Luckily, no contact was made by my car and the turkey.


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Fort Edward +

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"Just everywhere": warbling vireo, yellow warbler, Baltimore oriole

Townline Rd (officially Argyle, but I usually call it Fort Edward): yellow-rumped warbler, blackpoll warbler, northern parula, American redstart, common yellowthroat, northern flicker, bobolink, spotted sandpiper, least sandpiper, American kestrel

Towpath Rd (also, not officially Fort Edward, but I usually include it): least flycatcher, wood thrush, brown thrasher, eastern phoebe, swamp sparrow, willow flycatcher, marsh wren, green heron, northern waterthrush, broad-winged hawk, American bittern, eastern bluebird

Cary Rd (Ft Ed): brown thrasher, yellow-rumped warbler, field sparrow, eastern kingbird, American kestrel, wild turkey, Savannah sparrow, eastern meadowlark, bobolink

Mahaffy Rd: northern harrier
Lock 8 (Ft Ed): great crested flycatcher
Stone Bridge Rd (Saratoga county): wood duck
Fort Miller: bufflehead, spotted sandpiper, blue-gray gnatcatcher, wood thrush, yellow-throated vireo, red-eyed vireo


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birdline repport 5/13/99

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.

Several reports: cedar waxwing, black-throated blue warbler, redstart,
green-winged teal, greater yellowlegs, solitary sandpiper, rose-breasted
grosbeak, gray catbird, indigo bunting, chimney swift

Many reports: Baltimore oriole, eastern kingbird, warbling vireo,
yellow warbler

Rotterdam 5/6: ruby-throated hummingbird

SUNY Albany 5/6: 12 fish crows

Vischer Ferry 5/6: wood thrush, white-crowned sparrow, 5/11: bittern,
Virginia rail, least sandpipers, lesser yellow-legs, solitary
sandpipers, red-bellied woodpecker, yellow-throated vireo, warbling
vireo, marsh wren, veery, yellow warbler, yellow-rumped warbler,
common yellow-throat, black-throated blue warbler, black-throated
green warbler, red-start, Louisiana waterthursh, ovenbird, swamp
sparrows, white-crowned sparrows, rose-breasted grosbeak, Baltimore
oriole; 5/10: least bittern, marsh wren, bank swallow, yellow-rumped
warbler, Virginia rail, least sandpiper, solitary sandpiper, greater
yellowlegs, warbling vireo, white-crowned sparrows, Canada goose,
veery; 5/12: greater and lesser yellowlegs, wood duck, Virginia rail,
white-crowned Sparrow, palm warbler; 5/13: Wilson's warbler


Rotterdam 5/7: catbird, black & white warbler

Moreau Lake state Park 5/7, 5/8: pine warbler, yellow-rumped warbler,
least flycatcher, osprey, scarlet tanager, black-throated green
warbler, red-eyed vireo, ruffed grouse (near the park)

Fort Edward 5/7: kestrel, meadowlark, red-tailed hawk, upland
sandpiper, bobolink, wood thrush, brown thrasher; 5/12: American
bittern, least sandpiper, lesser yellowlegs, greater yellowlegs,
common snipe, spotted sandpiper, solitary sandpiper, semipalmated
plover

Poestenkill 5/8: evening grosbeak

New Baltimore 5/8: laughing gull; 5/12: yellow-rumped warblers,
solitary Sandpiper, osprey

Five Rivers 5/8: blue-winged warbler, chimney swift, common
yellow-throat, wood thrush, white-crowned sparrow, rose-breasted
grosbeak; 5/12: black-billed cuckoo

Saratoga Nat'l Historical Park 5/8: blue-winged warbler
(heard 18+ from the loop road), gray catbird, great crested
flycatcher, eastern towhee, prairie warbler, field sparrow, house
wren, eastern meadowlark, bobolink, northern flicker, black-and-white
warbler, ovenbird, American kestrel, chipping sparrow, brown creeper,
pileated woodpecker; 5/11: bobolink, common yellow-throat, prairie
warbler, black-throated green warblers

Thatcher Park 5/8: yellow-bellied sapsuckers, northern rough-winged
swallows, common raven, yellow-throated vireo, blue-headed vireo,
winter wren, wood thrush, black-throated blue warblers, ovenbird,
Louisiana waterthrush, Canada warbler, Purple finch

New Salem 5/9: evening grosbeak, barn swallow

Black Creek Marsh 5/7: wood duck, Virginia rail, yellow-throated
vireo, blue-gray gnatcatcher, eastern bluebird, brown thrasher,
prairie warbler; 5/9: scarlet tanager, rusty blackbird, American
bittern, sora, blue-winged warbler, Tennessee warbler

Stanford Pond 5/9: snow geese

Albany Pine Bush 5/9: field sparrow, towhee, prairie warbler

Nott Rd Park 5/9: red-bellied woodpecker, eastern kingbird

Gansevoort 5/9: Savannah sparrow, ovenbird, yellow-bellied sapsucker,
white-crowned sparrow

Guilderland 5/9: solitary sandpiper, white-crowned sparrow, scarlet
tanager, winter wrens, pileated woodpecker

Saratoga Lake 5/9 common loon, green heron, red-breasted merganser,
Bonaparte gulls, common tern, great-crested flycatcher, bank
swallows, cliff swallows, blue-gray gnatcatcher, ruby-crowned
kinglet, Nashville warbler, American redstart, white-crowned
sparrows, bobolink

Indian Meadows 5/10: blue-winged warbler, common yellowthroat,
Savannah sparrow

Schoharie Creek Nature Trail 5/11: eastern wood-pewee, belted
kingfisher, wood thrush, northern flicker

Schodack 5/12: American woodcock, wood thrush, great crested
flycatcher, ruffed grouse

New Scotland 5/12: blackburnian warbler, white-crowned sparrow,
Louisiana waterthrush, ovenbird, chestnut-sided warbler

Watervliet 5/12: redstart, magnolia warbler, Wilson's warbler

Castleton Island SP 5/12: northern parula warbler, American woodcock,
red-bellied woodpecker, chimney swift, fish crow

Schodack Marsh 5/12: solitary sandpiper, least sandpiper, lesser
yellowlegs, greater yellowlegs, spotted sandpiper, redstart,
chestnut-sided warbler, yellow-throated vireo, wood duck, osprey,
blue-winged warbler


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Callahan Rd.

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Seen along Callahan Rd. in Washington County (Northumberland area, between West River & Colebrook Rd.), late Wed. afternoon (5-7 p.m.):

boblink, meadowlark, flicker, kestrel, red-winged blackbird, northern oriole (seeing & hearing lots of those all over lately), song sparrow, tree swallow, barn swallow, goldfinch, downy woodpecker, wood thrush (singing beautifully), eastern kingbird, three Canada geese (who scattered a flock of ring-billed gulls from a newly-plowed field), crow, killdeer, yellow warbler, yellow-rumped warbler.

Also, green frogs making their rubber-band sounds.

Chimney swifts (around 7:30) were twittering around downtown Glens Falls.


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