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birdline 6/17/99

bputnam@...
 

This is not a transcription of the Birdline tape. It is summary of
some of the sightings that were called in to birdline during the past
week. Please call the birdline (518-439-8080) for the full report.

NOTE: a DICKCISSEL was found on June 12 at Fort Edward (directions below).

Warrensburg 6/10 eastern bluebird

Vischer Ferry 6/10: "white egret" (snowy or cattle?)

Argyle-Hartford BBS 6/12: yellow-bellied sapsucker, red-bellied woodpecker,
willow flycatcher, least flycatcher, warbling vireo, red-eyed vireo, common
raven, eastern bluebird, veery, wood thrush, northern mockingbird, brown
thrasher, cedar waxwing, 6 species of warbler (yellow, black & white,
redstart, ovenbird, common yellowthroat, northern waterthrush), scarlet
tanager, Savannah sparrow, rose-breasted grosbeak, indigo bunting, bobolink,
Baltimore oriole, ruby-throated hummingbird, and a great blue heron

Fort Edward 6/12: singing male DICKCISSEL Directions: Take Northway (I-87)
exit 17N. Travel one mile north on route 9. Turn right onto rte 197 into
Fort Edward. At the "T" intersection, turn right onto route 4. From Rt. 4,
turn left (east) onto Durkeetown Rd. Follow the road to a pink-pig mailbox on
the left-hand side. The next mailbox, is # 2876, also on the left. Look on
the right-hand side of the road after the 2876 mailbox, before the next house
on the left. There is a large field of wild flowers on the left. On the
curb-side there is a large pole with a number "2" on it, which is in the
middle of a fence line where the birds were seen on the wires of the telephone
pole and, more often on the fence.


Troy 6/13: ruffed grouse

Eddy Rd/Tower Rd area 6/13: broad-winged hawk, ruffed grouse with young, wild
turkey with young, 4 pileated woodpeckers, alder and willow flycatcher,
scarlet tanager, rose-breasted grosbeak, indigo bunting, eastern towhee,
white-throated sparrow, evening grosbeak and several warblers: yellow,
chestnut-sided, black-throated blue, blackburnian, prairie, black & white,
ovenbird, common yellowthroat

Fort Edward 6/13: dickcissel, sharp-shinned hawk, bobolink, eastern
meadowlark, horned lark, Savannah sparrow; 6/15: dickcissel, bobolink,
American kestrel, turkey vulture, spotted sandpiper

Hunter NY 6/14: red-headed woodpecker

Schodack 6/15: scarlet tanager

Guilderland and Schenectady 6/15: red-breasted nuthatch



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Dickcissel

Jackie Bogardus <jackieb@...>
 

Greetings -- just wanted to let you know the DICKCISSEL is still hanging
out in the field in Ft. Edward. I went up this morning, found him
rather quickly and enjoyed watching and listening to him for quite a
while. I went back late this afternoon with a friend and although we
eventually did get a decent look, he wasn't nearly as cooperative as he
had been this morning. Perhaps it was the gale force winds which
deterred him tonight?!

I searched for a female, hoping perhaps they were nesting there, but I
did not see one. The male did, however, chase off a few other birds,
apparently in defense of his territory.

If you haven't already seen this bird, he's definitely worth the trip.

Jackie Bogardus
jackieb@capital.net





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Please and Thank You

bputnam@...
 

Hi all -

Please: (not necessary, but I got a request from one of our members) sign
your name at the end of your posts - I will try to remmeber to do that myself

Thank You: to Amy for the timely notice of the dickcissel at Fort Edward

Barb Putnam



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Dickcissel,Goshawk, (Lawrence's)

F Murphy <thrush@...>
 

We were very fortunate to see the Dickcissel at Fort Edward today, thanks
to Amy. This bird has eluded me for years, so it was extra special to see
a brilliant male singing at close range. A real nice sight indeed.

Earlier that day, 6/13/99, we did the Breeding Bird Survey for the Vischer
Ferry to Ballston Lake area. Nothing earth shattering, but we did have an
adult Northern Goshawk fly right by us as it was being pursued by a couple
of crows. This was off Sugar Hill Road near the Vischer Ferry Power Station.

In light of the recent sighting of a Lawrence's Warbler at the Saratoga
Battlefield, I'm wondering if anyone has seen a Golden-winged Warbler. I
reported one there on 5/22/99 during our big day. Based on all the brief
looks two of us got, and all of us hearing the song (three buzzes instead
of the typical 4 buzzes that I'm used to), we called it a Golden-winged.
Now I'm not so sure.

Mull it over before they mow it over (in honor of the Dickcissel)

See it before they saw it.

Frank Murphy
Clifton Park, NY

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Eddy/Tower Road

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6/13 Field Trip Report (Northern Saratoga County)

59 speices for the "official trip" - highlights: broad-winged hawk, ruffed
grouse with young, wild turkey with young, 4 pileated woodpeckers, alder
and willow flycatcher, scarlet tanager, rose-breasted grosbeak, indigo
bunting, eastern towhee, white-throated sparrow, evening grosbeak and
several warblers: yellow-rumped, yellow, chestnut-sided, black-throated blue,
blackburnian, prairie, black & white, ovenbird, common yellowthroat

After returning to our cars, we decided to go to Fort Edward to check out
the recent sighting of a rare bird in our area. We added 11 more species,
including: sharp-shinned hawk, bobolink, eastern meadowlark, horned lark,
savannah sparrow, and the rarity (a singing male dickcissel).


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dickcissel

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6/12/99: During our grassland bird study this morning we got Dickcissel! While we do have an occassional appearance every winter or two, have we ever had a summer one??
He was in beautiful breeding plumage singing his heart out, and we think he was on territory because several hours later we went back and he was STILL there singing away. Also heard at least one other one further into the field. Got excellent looks today (luckily had scope in backseat).
Directions: Ft Edward area: Rt. 4 to Durkeetown Rd., go east past "pink pig" mailbox on left side, past mailbox 2876 on left. Bird(s) on rt. side of road near the "curve" sign in large purple wildflower field. Sits on wires and on the old fence posts going out into field. Familiarize yourself with its song/call. Be careful on the road - you can see/hear bird from the road if he's there, no need to go into field.


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Argyle-Hartford BBS

bputnam@...
 

I did my BBS this morning. It was rather unremarkable, but here are some of the results: (62 total species)

1 yellow-bellied sapsucker, 1 red-bellied woodpecker, willow flycatcher, least flycatcher, warbling vireo, red-eyed vireo, common raven, eastern bluebird, veery, wood thrush, norhtern mockingbird, brown thrasher, cedar waxwing, 6 species of warbler (yellow, black & white, redstart, ovenbird, yellowthroat, northern waterthrush), scarlet tanager, Savannah sparrow, rose-breasted grosbeak, indigo bunting, bobolink, Baltimore oriole, ruby-throated hummingbird, great blue heron

Unusual misses: wild turkey, upland sandpiper, black-billed cuckoo, northern flicker, pileated woodpecker


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White Egret

F Murphy <thrush@...>
 

On June 10, 1999 at about 7 PM, I saw a small white egret flying west over
the Mohawk River at the Vischer Ferry Power Station. I didn't have my bins
with me (shame, shame) but it was the size of a snowy/cattle egret.

Birders in marshy areas like Vischer Ferry would do well to wear a hat with
fly paper on the top so they can help harvest those annoying deer flies.
It really works and you'll be proud of the accomplishments.

Frank Murphy
Clifton Park, NY

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Birdline report 6/10/99

bputnam@...
 

This is not a transcription of the Birdline tape. It is summary of
some of the sightings that were called in to birdline during the past
week. Please call the birdline (518-439-8080) for the full report.

Saratoga National Historical Park 6/3: upland sandpiper, olive-sided
flycatcher, Lawrence's warbler (unfortunately, I couldn't contact the
reporter to verify any of these sightings); 6/5: northern harrier, red-shouldered hawk, black-billed cuckoo, yellow-throated vireo,
eastern bluebird, blue-winged warbler, prairie warbler, ovenbird,
indigo bunting, eastern towhee, field sparrow, bobolink, eastern
meadowlark

Jenny Lake 6/3: northern goshawk, purple finch

Hadley Mountain area 6/3: turkey vulture, broad-winged hawk,
black-billed cuckoo, ruby-throated hummingbird, hairy woodpecker,
northern flicker, pileated woodpecker, eastern wood-pewee, alder
flycatcher, willow flycatcher, least flycatcher, eastern phoebe,
eastern kingbird, blue-headed vireo, red-eyed vireo, blue jay,
American crow, tree swallow, barn swallow, white-breasted nuthatch,
veery, hermit thrush, cedar wax-wing, warblers including, northern
parula, yellow, chestnut-sided, black-throated blue, yellow-rumped,
blackburnian, prairie, redstart, ovenbird, common yellowthroat,
Canada, eastern towhee, field sparrow, song sparrow, white-throated
sparrow, swamp sparrow, rose-breasted grosbeak, red-winged blackbird,
American goldfinch, house sparrow, European starling, brown-headed
cowbird; 6/6: turkey vulture, northern goshawk, red-tailed hawk,
ruffed grouse, wild turkey, mourning dove, ruby-throated hummingbird,
yellow-bellied sapsucker, northern flicker, eastern wood-pewee, least
flycatcher, tree swallow, American crow, black-capped chickadee,
golden-crowned kinglet, eastern bluebird, hermit thrush, American
robin, gray catbird, cedar waxwing, blue-headed vireo, red-eyed
vireo, Nashville warbler, yellow warbler, chestnut-sided warbler,
black-throated blue warbler, yellow-rumped warbler, black-throated
green warbler, blackburnian warbler, prairie warbler, American
redstart, ovenbird, mourning warbler, common yellowthroat,
rose-breasted grosbeak, chipping sparrow, field sparrow,
white-throated sparrow, red-winged blackbird, and purple finch

Fort Edward 6/3: American kestrel, bobolink, eastern meadowlark,
eastern kingbird, eastern bluebird, Savannah sparrow, brown thrasher,
killdeer, grasshopper sparrow, Henslow's sparrow

Lake George 6/4: black-billed cuckoo

Round Lake 6/6: bald eagle

Albany Pine bush 6/6: willow flycatcher, brown thrasher, blue-winged
warbler, chestnut-sided warbler, prairie warbler, scarlet tanager,
rose-breasted grosbeak, indigo bunting, eastern towhee, field
sparrow, Baltimore oriole


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Hadley Mtn area - June 6th

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Barb Putnam June 6th Hadley Mountain area (Hadley Mtn Rd/Eddy Rd/ Tower Rd): turkey vulture, northern goshawk, red-tailed hawk, ruffed grouse, wild turkey, mourning dove, ruby-throated hummingbird, yellow-bellied sapsucker, northern flicker, eastern wood-pewee, least flycatcher, tree swallow, american crow, black-capped chickadee, golden-crowned kinglet, eastern bluebird, hermit thrush, American robin, gray catbird, cedar waxwing, blue-headed vireo, red-eyed vireo, Nashville warbler, yellow warbler, chestnut-sided warbler, black-throated blue warbler, yellow-rumped warbler, black-throated green warbler, blackburnian warbler, prairie warbler, American redstart, ovenbird, mourning warbler, common yellowthroat, rose-breated grosbeak, chipping sparrow, field sparrow, white-throated sparrow, red-winged blackbird, and purple finch


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Fort Edward and Lake George

bputnam@...
 

June 3rd at Fort Edward: American kestrel, bobolink, eastern meadowlark, eastern kingbird, eastern bluebird, Savannah sparrow, brown thrasher, killdeer, grasshopper sparrow, Henslow's sparrow (missed upland sandpiper)

June 4th at Lake George Elem school: black-billed cuckoo


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birdline report 6/3/99

bputnam@...
 

This is not a transcription of the Birdline tape. It is summary of some of the sightings that were called in to birdline during the past week. Please call the birdline (518-439-8080) for the full report.

Buckingham Lake, Albany 5/27: snow goose

Saratoga Sod Farm/Fort Edward 5/27: yellow-throated vireo, warbling vireo, Baltimore oriole, Savannah sparrow, bobolink, eastern meadowlark, American kestrel, willow flycatcher, northern harrier, eastern bluebird, red-tailed hawk, eastern kingbird

Troy 5/29: common nighthawk

Grafton Lakes State Park 5/29:
Hicks Trail: swamp sparrow, winter wren, least flycatcher, ovenbird, red-eyed vireo
Shaver Pond Fishing Access: great crested flycatcher, ruby-throated hummingbird, hermit thrush, yellow-bellied sapsucker
Gartler Trail: American bittern, Baltimore oriole, bobolink, eastern meadowlark, chestnut-sided warbler, Nashville warbler
Long Pond Road: Canada warbler, black-throated green warbler, northern waterthrush, blue-headed vireo, common raven, broad-winged hawk

Ann Lee Pond 6/2: wood duck with 4 chicks and an immature orchard oriole by the bridge


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"Featured site" changes

bputnam@...
 

I just wanted to let you all know that I changed the "Featured Site" on both the HMBC website and my personal birding website. Check them out when you get a chance. I change them about once a month.

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

My personal featured site:
http://members.xoom.com/Barbolink/


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battlefield 5/30

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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

bputnam@...
 

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

bputnam@...
 

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
jlcip@prodigy.net
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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