battlefield 5/30


early afternoon hi-lites: Indigo buntings (including some aerial combat over territory), blue-winged warbs., red-tail and broad wing hawks, kestrels, eastern bluebirds, many many east. kingbirds, ovenbirds, orioles, bobolinks & meadowlarks & other usuals.

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Grafton 5/29/99

F Murphy <thrush@...>

The HMBC trip to Grafton on 5/29/99 yielded 55 species incl Am Bittern,
Ravens, BW Hawk, many warblers incl a Blackpoll.

There are dueting Least Bitterns at Vischer Ferry just over the bridge on
either side. They are definitely having a good year there so far, contray
to what I expected. You don't even have to get out of the car now to hear
them. Which is good, because the deer flies just started appearing as well
as the many jet skis on the river.

Frank Murphy
Clifton Park

See it before they saw it

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birdline report 5/27/99


This is a summary of some of the sightings that were called in to birdline during the past week. Please call the Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club birdline (518-439-8080) for the full report.

New Baltimore 5/19, 5/20, 5/22, 5/24: black-billed cuckoo, scarlet tanager, yellow-throated vireo, sharp-shinned hawk, osprey, bald eagle, common raven, Louisiana waterthrush, red-bellied woodpecker, ruffed grouse, wild turkey; 5/25: 250 brant, gadwall

Parkers Grove Run WMA (Burn, NY) 5/15 & 5/18: barred owl, hermit thrush, bay-breasted warbler, winter wren

Meadowdale Rd 5/21: American woodcock, common snipe, black-billed cuckoo, willow flycatcher, yellow-breasted chat, white-crowned sparrow; 5/22: alder flycatcher, willow flycatchers, American bittern, common snipe, yellow-breasted chat

Altamont 5/21: alder flycatcher, mourning warbler

Voorheesville 5/21: a pair of Carolina wren

Black Creek marsh 5/21: marsh wren, willow flycatcher, blue-gray gnatcatcher, yellow-throated vireo, warbling vireo, Virginia rail, sora, blackpoll warbler, green heron; 5/22: brown creeper, Virginia rail, marsh wren, American bittern, willow flycatcher, least flycatcher, common moorhens, Wilson's warbler, blackpoll warbler, solitary sandpiper

Relyea Rd 5/21: pileated woodpecker, Canada warbler, bay-breasted warbler, blackpoll warbler

Guilderland 5/22: flock of 300 brant flying over

Ft Edward 5/20: American bittern, wood duck, northern harrier, spotted sandpiper, green heron, marsh wren, swamp sparrow, White-crowned sparrow, Henslow's sparrow; 5/22: upland sandpiper, Henslow's sparrow, grasshopper sparrow, vesper sparrow

Hadley Mountian area 5/22: olive-sided flycatcher, mourning warbler

Nott Road 5/22: pine warbler

Moe Rd 5/22: cliff swallow

Thatcher State Park 5/22: red-shouldered hawk, red-tailed hawk, common raven, winter wren, purple finch, Louisiana waterthrush, blue-headed vireo, dark-eyed junco, hermit thrush, golden-crowned kinglet, blackburnian warbler, Canada warbler, yellow-rumped warbler, pileated woodpecker, barred owl

Holt Preserve 5/22: hooded warbler; 5/24: eastern wood-pewee, wood thrush, scarlet tanager, magnolia warbler, indigo bunting, yellow-bellied sapsucker

near Alcove reservoir 5/22: olive-sided flycatcher

Basic Creek Reservoir 5/22: pied-billed grebe

Cold Spring Rd 5/22: whip-poor-will, barred owl

Cohoes 5/22: Caspian tern, greater yellowlegs, lesser yellowlegs, least sandpiper, white-rumped sandpiper, semipalmated plover; 5/24: snowy egret

Albany county 5/22: least bittern, bald eagle, orchard oriole, yellow-breasted chat, least sandpiper, semipalmated sandpiper, spotted sandpiper, semipalmated plover

Canal Road in Halfmoon 5/22: glossy ibis, American wigeon, short-billed dowitcher, semipalmated plover, lesser yellowlegs

Vischer Ferry 5/22: least bittern, ruby-throated hummingbird, greater yellowlegs, lesser yellowlegs, solitary sandpiper, least sandpipers, white-crowned sparrow, green-winged teal

Saratoga Nat'l Historical Park 5/22: golden-winged warbler

Saratoga County airport 5/22: vesper sparrow, horned lark

Saratoga Lake 5/22: purple martin, Bonaparte's gull, common loon, golden-winged warbler, ruddy duck

Birds seen on Saturday's Century Run (5/22) with no location given: blue-winged teal, osprey, all 3 accipiters, 2 northern goshawks, broad-winged hawk, American kestrel, peregrine, wild turkey, sora, common moorhen, pectoral sandpipers, great-horned owl, worm-eating warbler, Swainson's thrush, fish crow

Ann Lee Pond 5/23: indigo bunting

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yard nestboxes


I just checked my nest boxes and I have a candidate for "Super-Mom". I have a tree swallow nest with 10 eggs in it!

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Blackhouse Rd

Joan L Cipriani <jlcip@...>

Hi all,

I was up at Ft. Edward Sun. In responce to Frank's "see it before they
saw it", "see it before they sell it" As I pulled into the turnaround
on Blackhouse Rd,, there was a van there. I assumed it was birders.
Not so. A truck followed me. A landowner showing land to potential
buyers. He also mentioned to them that the land at the end was posted
and had already been purchased by some developer.

Joan Cipriani
Schenectady, NY

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least bittern

jeff scherer

Where along the towpath is the Least Bittern being heard? I walked along the towpath about a half mile (or so) where the reeds came up to the path and didn't hear coo-coo-coo or whack-whack-whack. Any info would be appreciated.

Was in Cape May for weekend... Missed the Miss. Kite but saw lots of Warblers (Bay-breasted, lots of Blackburnians) a bunch of Gannets, 3 Red-necked Phalaropes. More Indigo Buntings and Blue Grosbeaks than I could count. An Orchard Oriole and the hordes of Shorebirds on Delaware Bay

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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


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


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...


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

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Century Run


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


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


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


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


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

Frank Murphy
Clifton Park, NY

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Spa State Park


quick morning trip:
Warblers: yellow, redstart, tennessee, magnolia, lots of chestnut-sided's
Veery & wood thrush
Rose br. grosbeak, orioles, sc. tanager
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


This sounds great, check it out:

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It's eggciting!


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

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

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