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Re: Canada warblers- link corrected

Jeff Nadler
 

--- In hmbirds@..., "Jeff Nadler" <jnphotonet@...> wrote:

In the wet shrubby woods adjacent my backyard (one) and in wet shrubs along a nearby road (one), plus early AM on Lake Desolation road today (four), I've seen or heard a total of 6 Canada warblers today. Lake Desolation Road offered a total of 10 warblers in breeding habitat this morning, all the same species being reported by others in migration. But I've not noticed too many observations of Canada warblers posted so I thought it worth noting. Also at Lake Desolation, American bittern vocals (not seen) in a wetland, Swainson's thrushes more common than hermit thrushes as deciduous woods changed to mixed,common loons wailing from distant waters, and more moose tracks. Least flycatchers very common in open woods areas, and nice views of a swamp sparrow perched in the open and singing. A common and loud songster in the right wet habitat, but rarely seen in the open. Here is a Canada warbler portrait, perhaps after Cerulean . . .my second favorite warbler species, although it's very vocal singing this morning is not exactly thought of as pretty.

http://img827.imageshack.us/img827/6079/051212029.jpg

Jeff Nadler


Canada warblers this morning

Jeff Nadler
 

In the wet shrubby woods adjacent my backyard (one) and in wet shrubs along a nearby road (one), plus early AM on Lake Desolation road today (four), I've seen or heard a total of 6 Canada warblers today. Lake Desolation Road offered a total of 10 warblers in breeding habitat this morning, all the same species being reported by others in migration. But I've not noticed too many observations of Canada warblers posted so I thought it worth noting. Also at Lake Desolation, American bittern vocals (not seen) in a wetland, Swainson's thrushes more common than hermit thrushes as deciduous woods changed to mixed,common loons wailing from distant waters, and more moose tracks. Least flycatchers very common in open woods areas, and nice views of a swamp sparrow perched in the open and singing. A common and loud songster in the right wet habitat, but rarely seen in the open. Here is a Canada warbler portrait, perhaps after Cerulean . . .my second favorite warbler species, although it's very vocal singing this morning is not exactly thought of as pretty.

http://img827.imageshack.us/img827/6079/051212029.jpg

Jeff Nadler


Malta Tech Park trip report

Susan
 

The HMBC trip to the Malta Tech Park took place this morning, May 19h, with 16 birders in attendance and a total of 48 species seen or heard. It was a mostly cloudy day with some breaks of sun early on, but it drizzled and temperatures cooled towards the end of the trip. We walked on two trail systems and along the wide sidewalks that are found throughout the park. The day started on the trailhead found on Hermes Road, across from the Hudson Valley Nanotech Campus. Large green circles painted on trees that run along the ridge of a hill marked the way. To the right are additional trails that descend into a ravine. This is a narrow trail, also used by dirt bikers, that goes through deciduous woods and empties out onto Stonebreak Road, just east of the 100 Acre Trail parking area. While lovely, these woods were, at first, rather quiet. Near the end we did hear what would be the first of many singing Veeries, Wood Thrushes, Gray Catbirds, Oven birds and Eastern Towhees. We broke off from the trail to walk along a clearing that parallels it. Here we had good views of a Chestnut-sided Warbler and an Indigo Bunting, the later arriving only yesterday. The group was treated to even closer looks of these two species later on Stonebreak Road, along with Field, Song, and Chipping Sparrows, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Eastern Kingbirds with nesting material, and Scarlet Tanagers.

Continuing up Stonebreak Road, we entered the 100 Acre Wood trail head. This is a lovely section of the Tech Park with broad wood-chip lined paths leading through deep woods and ravines. Stairs and bridges are found in the steeper sections and several stone benches are situated along the trail. Black-throated Blue Warblers and Great Crested Flycatchers were heard in this area. A cooperative Veery in the middle of the path was seen by most participants.

After exiting the trails we continued on the sidewalks along Luther Forest Blvd, 100 Acre Wood Rd and back to Stonebreak. A Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Eastern Bluebirds, Northern Rough-winged Swallows, Tree Swallows, a Pileated Woodpecker, Northern Flickers, and a Baltimore Oriole made appearances. Unfortunately, so did several Brown-headed Cowbirds. Flyovers included a Red-tailed Hawk, Double-crested Cormorant, Killdeer, Turkey Vulture and a Great Blue Heron. Wile doing our compilation, a singing House Wren signaled its presence.


All in all, after a slow start, it turned into a rewarding day with many lovely bird sounds, several good looks at some beautiful species, and walks through pleasant trails with an enthusiastic group of birders.

Susan and Tom Beaudoin


tower road, hadley

gregg_recer
 

cathy and I covered the loop around eddy and tower roads, plus the hudson at corinth and saratoga airport this morning. highlights included:

c. merganser (corinth)
c. loon (calling in flight)
broad-winged hawk
alder flycatcher
veery, hermit and wood thrushes
10 warbler species including nashville, magnolia and blackburnian
purple finch

horned lark & savannah and grasshopper sparrows at the airport

gregg recer
malta


Our Century Run Results

jhershey2
 

We completed our Century Run yesterday, covering primarily Albany and Saratoga Counties, starting at 5:30 am and finishing about 9 pm. The five-member team consisted of Bill Lee (field leader), Hank Stebbins, George Shaw, Nancy Slack, and myself. Our preliminary total of 106 was a bit lower than previous years, which I will attribute to missing former members. I will list just some of the highlights below for us in general order of the itinerary:

Black Creek Marsh area: VIRGINIA RAIL, SORA, COMMON GALLINULE

Thacher Park Area: BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, Louisiana Waterthrush

Basic Creek Reservoir: Mute Swan

Alcove Reservoir: Common Loon

Stanton Pond: BLACK TERN, GADWALL

Dunn Memorial Bridge: Peregrine Falcon

Cohoes Flats: Semipalmated Plover

Saratoga Airport: Horned Lark, Savannah Sparrow, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, VESPER SPARROW (all 4 seen within a minute of arriving)

Saratoga Lake: BONAPARTE'S GULL

Malta Tech Park: WHIP-POOR-WILL, American Woodcock (heard at the same time at Rocket and Stonebreak)

There wasn't a lot of time for digiscoping but I did post one pic of a very plain-looking Grasshopper Sparrow perched on a runway light at Saratoga Airport. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hmbirds/photos/album/77752785/pic/265163750/view?picmode=large&mode=tn&order=ordinal&start=401&dir=asc

John Hershey


Century Run - Schenectady County Only

dharriso57
 

Yesterday I did a solo Century Run in Schenectady County with a goal of surpassing the 100 species mark within the county boundaries. The pre-dawn weather was spectacular, with no wind to impair hearing and the rest of the day continued with pretty good viewing and listening conditions. Migration was minimal and, as Will mentioned, it seemed pretty quiet overall. My route covered Glenville, Niskayuna and Sheldon Rd. in Duanesburg for pre-dawn birds. Daylight stops were at Featherstonhaugh State Forest, Mariaville Lake, the highlands around Mariaville (Reynolds and Sterling Rds.), meanderings between Mariaville and Duanesburg, West Glenville, Scotia, Collins Park/Lake, and, in Niskayuna, Blatnick Park, Lock 7, Ferry Drive and the Railroad Station Park. At dusk I returned to Glenville for some additional attempts at night birds. I was in the field from 1:25 AM to 9:30 PM and ended the day with 109 species plus an adult male Scaup sp. I had hoped for about 115-120. The list:
Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Mallard
Scaup sp.- across the river at Lock 7. I thought Greater Scaup, but couldn't be sure.
Common Merganser
Wild Turkey
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Osprey- Featherstonhaugh Lake
Northern Harrier- a pair was soaring overhead at Sterling Rd.
Bald Eagle- Lock 7/an adult
Broad-winged Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk (oddly, this was my 100th species for the day)
Virginia Rail- 2 at a marsh in Glenville that I "discovered" via Google Maps satellite imagery and another at Niskayuna RR Station
Sora- one each at the places I had Virginia Rail
Killdeer- fledgling at the foot of the Western Gateway Bridge in Schenectady. Sounded like a normal adult Killdeer, but had the long, spindly legs with a tiny body perched on top and a single breast band
Spotted Sandpiper
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Eastern Screech-Owl
Great Horned Owl
Barred Owl- a pair came in close in response to my hoots at Featherstonhaugh. Good thing I saw them; turkey hunters were using both Turkey calls and Barred Owl calls later in the day
Chimney Swift
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Alder Flycatcher- 2 at Sterling Road where I saw them last summer
Willow Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Yellow-throated Vireo- my last bird of the day at Niskayuna
Blue-headed Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Tree Swallow
Bank Swallow
Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
House Wren
Winter Wren- Featherstonhaugh State Forest
Marsh Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Ruby-crowned Kinglet- Reynolds Road which was probably my best spot for migrants
Eastern Bluebird
Veery
Swainson's Thrush- Featherstonhaugh State Forest
Hermit Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Ovenbird
Louisiana Waterthrush
Northern Waterthrush
Blue-winged Warbler- Sterling and Reynolds Road where I had hoped for Golden-winged
Black-and-White Warbler
Tennessee Warbler- Reynolds Rd
Nashville Warbler- Reynolds Rd
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart
Magnolia Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow- Glenville
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Bobolink
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole- one each at Blatnick Park and at the Railroad Station Park
Baltimore Oriole
House Finch
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin- a calling flyover at Featherstonhaugh
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

David Harrison
Milford, NJ (but in Glenville, NY this AM)


Re: Century Run Results 5/18/13

Tom Salli <tsalli@...>
 

After 6 years of having bluebird boxes, I finally got a pair this week. So Happy!!!


Century Run Results 5/18/13

Will Raup
 

HMBC Supreme Ruler Jory Langner, Rich Guthrie and I did a bit of a Century Run yesterday.  We certainly were not in it, to win it and as such we let a lot of "easy" birds go.  Even still we had a few good birds, good weather and good company.  Migrants, especially Warblers were tough to come by.  Most of the warblers we encountered were already on territory.  Many areas seemed quieter than usual.

We birded:  Black Creek Marsh (where we saw many of the other groups), Mysotis Lake, Partridge Run WMA, Bear Swamp, Basic Creek Reservoir, Alcove Reservoir, Stanton Pond, Holt Preserve, Deer (tick) Mountain Preserve, Coeymans Landing, Coxsackie Grasslands, Coxsackie Boat Launch, Henry Hudson Park.  We were in the field form about 5:30am to 5pm.  We finished with 103 species.  

List below:

1.  Canada Goose
2.  Mute Swan
3.  Wood Duck
4.  Gadwall
5.  Mallard
6.  WHITE-WINGED SCOTER (3) - Alcove Reservoir
7.  Hooded Merganser
8.  Common Loon (Alcove)
9.  Double-crested Cormorant
10. Great Blue Heron
11. Green Heron
12. Black Vulture
13. Turkey Vulture
14. Bald Eagle
15. Northern Harrier (Male, Coxsackie Grasslands)
16. Broad-winged Hawk
17. Red-tailed Hawk
18. American Kestral
19. Virginia Rail
20. Sora
21. Common Gallinule (Cox. Grasslands)
22. Killdeer (including a bird with a nest at Black Creek Marsh.  Careful where you walk)
23. Spotted Sandpiper
24. Solitary Sandpiper
25. Lesser Yellowlegs
26. Least Sandpiper
27. Ring-billed Gull
28. BLACK TERN (Stanton Pond!  Absolutely stunning bird!)
29. Rock Pigeon
30. Mourning Dove
31. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
32. Downy Woodpecker
33. Northern Flicker
34. Pileated Woodpecker
35. Willow Flycatcher
36. Least Flycatcher
37. Eastern Phoebe
38. Great Crested Flycatcher
39. Eastern Kingbird
40. Yellow-throated Vireo
41. Warbling Vireo
42. Red-eyed Vireo
43. Blue Jay
44. American Crow
45. Fish Crow
46. Common Raven
47. Tree Swallow
48. Northern Rough-winged Swallow
49. Bank Swallow
50. Cliff Swallow
51. Barn Swallow
52. Black-capped Chickadee
53. Tufted Titmouse
54. Red-breasted Nuthatch
55. Carolina Wren
56. House Wren
57. Marsh Wren
58. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
59. Golden-crowned Kinglet
60. Eastern Bluebird
61. Veery
62. Swainson's Thrush
63. Hermit Thrush
64. Wood Thrush
65. American Robin
66. Gray Catbird
67. Northern Mockingbird
68. Brown Thrasher
69. European Starling
70. Cedar Waxwing
71. Blue-winged Warbler
72. Yellow Warbler
73. Chestnut-sided Warbler (abundant and common)
74. Magnolia Warbler
75. Black-throated Blue Warbler
76. Yellow-rumped Warbler
77. Black-throated Green Warbler
78. Black-and-white Warbler
79. American Redstart
80. WOrM-EATING WARBLER (Deer Mountain)
81. Ovenbird
82. Louisiana Waterthrush
83. Common Yellowthroat
84. Eastern Towhee
85. Chipping Sparrow
86. Song Sparrow
87. Swamp Sparrow
88. White-throated Sparrow
89. Dark-eyed Junco
90. Scarlet Tanager
91. Northern Cardinal
92. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
93. Indigo Bunting
94. Bobolink
95. Red-winged Blackbird
96. Common Grackle
97. Brown-headed Cowbird
98. Baltimore Oriole (also very, very abundant)
99. Purple Finch
100.House Finch
101.American Goldfinch
103.House Sparrow


Good Birding!

Will Raup
Albany, NY


Thrashers

Ellen
 

Saturday morning I spotted a Brown Thrasher in my yard, carrying nesting
material! When it flew, it joined a second thrasher (presumably its mate)
on the ground near our driveway. I wonder if they will nest in the shrubs
in that area.

Ellen P.
West Charlton


Black Tern - Stanton Pond (Albany County)

Richard Guthrie
 

Just a quick heads-up - there was a nice BLACK TERN at Stanton Pond this
afternoon. At least two groups out running their respective Century Runs
happened upon this beautiful, delicate bird. With luck, it will be there
tomorrow.



We did not find the Yellowlegs that Tom had there, but there were Solitary
Sandpiper, Least Sandpipers and several Gadwalls among the more expected
bird species when we arrived.



Also, the Worm-eating Warbler was at the Deer Mountain Preserve in Ravena.



Rich guthrie

New Baltimore


Century Run results- Sat., 5/18

trwdsd
 

I did a solo run today, beginning at Black Creek Marsh, and ending at Ann Lee Pond. I observed from my yard before and after the field segment. First bird was actually a Gray Catbird singing at 4:15AM, beating the robins to the punch. Last bird was a female Ruby-throated Hummingbird at my feeder. My total was 108 species, improving from 100 each of the last two years. With a better warbler count I could have beaten my goal of 110, but it was not to be. Some highlights:

Black Creek Marsh- Virginia Rail, Sora, Northern Waterthrush

Normanskill Farm- Blackpoll Warbler, White-throated Sparrow, Orchard Oriole

Thacher Park Rd.- HOODED WARBLER

Thacher Park- Common Loon (flyover), Winter Wren, Blackburnian Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, Indigo Bunting, SWAINSON'S THRUSH

Alcove- Cliff Swallow

Stanton Pond- Greater Yellowlegs

Cohoes Flats- Semipalmated Plover

Saratoga County Airport- Vesper and Grasshopper Sparrows, Horned Lark

Vischer Ferry NHP- White-crowned Sparrow


Tom Williams
Colonie


great egreat

Joan Dobert
 

My husband & I were leaving Tupper Lake headed to Lake Placid on
Rte 30&3 this afternoon about 3pm when we spotted a large white Heron
on our left in some backwater about 2 miles out of tupper Lake
just before the Racquette River boat Launch on the right. It had
dark legs, very yellow bill . We were so surprised we turned around
and went back to study it. I can't think of anything else but a Great
Egret. Quite exciting. Certainly a long way off course. Joan Dobert


Black-billed Cuckoo at Schodack Island - 5/18

Tristan Lowery
 

I forgot to mention that we also heard a Black-billed Cuckoo giving its
"cu-cu-cu-cu" call at Schodack Island this morning.

Tristan Lowery


Crested Flycatcher

earthday49
 

FOS Crested Flycatcher at Schenectady Central Park today 5/18/13

Alan Schroeder
Guilderland


Black Creek Marsh, Schodack Island, and Cohoes Flats - 5/18

Tristan Lowery
 

John Kent, Zach Schwartz-Weinstein, and I began a very full morning of
birding at Black Creek Marsh, where we began the day greeted by the
familiar faces of many Century Run participants. Sora and Virginia Rail
were heard by all, and I was lucky enough to catch a brief but identifiable
glimpse of a LEAST BITTERN flushing out the reeds. Five Green Herons were
spotted in a single flyover, along with two Great Blue. We picked out
sneezy Willow and Least Flycatchers from the gurgling chorus of Marsh Wrens
and Swamp Sparrows. Some of the more wooded patches yielded Warbling and
Yellow-throated Vireo, Chestnut-sided and Magnolia Warbler, Veery and Wood
Thrush, and we had good looks at Eastern Kingbird, Great Crested
Flycatcher, Baltimore Oriole, and Brown Thrasher.

The three of us continued on to Schodack Island State Park, where we
finished the morning with thirteen species of warblers, including Yellow,
Common Yellowthroat, Northern Parula, Nashville, Magnolia, Chestnut-sided,
Blackpoll, Black-and-White, Black-throated Blue, American Redstart, and
Ovenbird. A number of Blue-winged Warblers were seen and heard as well,
including one that was doing an absolutely spot-on Golden-winged Warbler
song that really got our hopes up - enough for us to trudge through
tick-infested brush to get a better (though certainly disappointing!) look
at the impostor. Other notable birds included Great Crested Flycatcher,
three vireo species (Yellow-throated, Red-eyed, and Warbling), and a good
number of both Wood Thrush and Veery. The highlight of the day however, was
a bird which we had long given up hope for, after three-and-a-half hours of
walking, craned necks, and auditory fatigue. After a whole morning of
tuning out so many Redstarts and Yellow Warblers, a quick trill followed by
a rapidly ascending buzz awakened our tired ears just before we reached the
parking lot. After some desperate searching for movement in the canopy
above, we all got some decent looks at a male CERULEAN WARBLER flitting in
the leaves high above us. A Lifer for me and a very good bird for anyone, I
reckon. Never give up hope, I guess.

John and I continued on to Cohoes Flats after lunch, where the most notable
birds were a single Solitary and Least Sandpiper, probably the only time
I've seen just one of the latter. Maybe it was taking a cue from the
former. All three locally common gulls were present as well, though it
feels like ages since I entered any of their names on a checklist.

Good birding and good luck to all the Century Runners!

Tristan Lowery
Albany


Bobolink

Alan
 

We often see Bobolinks in the fields along Ridge Road just north of Washout. While we did not see one on today's walk, we did hear one.

Clear skies, Alan
Glenville


Black-billed Cuckoo, Saratoga NHP

Susan
 

While walking on the Wilkerson Trail, Tom and I heard a Black-billed Cuckoo calling from what sounded like the area below Stop 1. This is the same area a B-b Cuckoo spent the season a few years ago. Other notable species included Broad-winged Hawk, R-t Hummingbird, Least Flycatcher, Great Crested Flycatcher, Phoebe, Eastern Kingbird, my FOS Red-eyed Vireo, Wood thrush, Blue-winged, Yellow and Chestnut-sided Warblers, E. Towhee, Baltimore Oriole, Scarlet Tanager Bobolink And E Meadowlark.
Susan Beaudoin
Stillwater,NY

NY, Saratoga National Historical Park, Saratoga, US-NY
May 18, 2013 9:43 AM - 12:18 PM
44 species

Mallard 4
Turkey Vulture 1
Broad-winged Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 2
Black-billed Cuckoo 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2
Downy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Least Flycatcher 1
Eastern Phoebe 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Eastern Kingbird 1
Red-eyed Vireo 3
Blue Jay 7
American Crow 4
Tree Swallow 8
Black-capped Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
House Wren 1
Eastern Bluebird 3
Wood Thrush 6
American Robin 6
Gray Catbird 5
European Starling 4
Ovenbird 5
Blue-winged Warbler 2
Common Yellowthroat 18
Yellow Warbler 3
Chestnut-sided Warbler 1
Eastern Towhee 5
Chipping Sparrow 6
Field Sparrow 11
Song Sparrow 12
Scarlet Tanager 2
Northern Cardinal 4
Bobolink 20
Red-winged Blackbird 9
Eastern Meadowlark 6
Common Grackle 1
Baltimore Oriole 2
American Goldfinch 4


Re: Bobolink question

Peter Doherty
 

Greetings. Please my tardy reply, Naomi. My farm in Sharon, Schoharie County hosts a large breeding population of Bobolinks. Some of the farm is enrolled in the LIP Grassland Bird Program administered by NYSDEC. The farm is on the rim of the Mohawk Valley (~1500') nearly to the Montgomery County line.
BOBO arrive historically at the farm on the Sunday after The Kentucky Derby--which is the 1st Saturday in May. This year a single male arrived on April 30th, the earliest observed arrival in 30+ years. Courtship flights and nest-building begin quickly thereafter. I have found nests with partial clutches during the last week in May, but I do not make a point of looking for them. They are difficult to find and easy to trample.
To answer your question, as of May 17th, I doubt that the mowing destroyed any nests with eggs in them. The interesting question is whether or not your BOBO will move to "suitable" habitat elsewhere to nest.
Under the LIP program, mowing is not allowed until after 15 August each year. Some fields are only mowed every other year. Hedgerows are also removed to eliminate predator edge use and to create grasslands of larger contiguous acreage. This spring much of the BOBO acreage was burned.
Should you like to view and hear hundreds of breeding BOBO you may drive to and park along some of my fields on Staleyville Road. The best views of BOBO can be had ~one mile after turning east on Staleyville off Route 10 just south of Sunnycrest Orchards in the Town of Sharon, Schoharie County. Staleyville makes a 90 degree turn at this point and there is a perfect spot to pull over at this spot. Bring a spotting scope along with your binoculars. Please do not walk into the fields nor let your dog off the leash.
It is a spectacle to behold. But, BOBO are on a tight annual schedule; Argentina beckons and they need to breed, raise their chicks and undergo a complete body and wing molt before their fall migration. Visit this month or very early in June.
Best, Peter



Peter Doherty
leastternathotmail.com

CC: naomi_kestrel@...; hmbirds@...
To: alanmapes@...
From: birderjory@...
Date: Fri, 17 May 2013 07:29:00 -0400
Subject: Re: [HMBirds] Bobolink question

Audubon is in alignment with Al.

Nonetheless If you google "Audubon mowing" there are some suggestions for farmers to lessen the impact of mowing.

Jory Langner
Delmar

Sent from my iPhone

On May 17, 2013, at 6:49 AM, Alan Mapes <alanmapes@...> wrote:

My guess - they are paired, have built nests, and might even have some eggs
layed - but no young hatched yet. Unfortunately, getting the best nutrition
value from hay is not compatible with the nesting of most hay field birds.

Alan Mapes
New Scotland


On Fri, May 17, 2013 at 5:11 AM, Naomi Lloyd <naomi_kestrel@...>wrote:

**



Does any one know if Bobolinks are nesting already, or if they're still
forming pairs and setting up territory? I've been seeing them in my
neighbor's hayfield for a week or so, and he mowed the fields yesterday.
I'd hate to think the nests were lost. I know there's a suggested schedule
for haying to avoid disturbing nests, but unfortunately he's not very
approachable.

Naomi Lloyd
West Sand Lake

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Shenentaha Park this morning...

Neil Manning
 

Seen:
Red-eyed Vireo (many), Yellow Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Blue-winged Warbler, Scarlet Tanager

Heard:
Common Yellowthroat, Black-throated Green Warbler, Eastern Towhee, Great-crested Flycatcher, Wood Thrush

-Neil


vischer ferry - some migrant warblers

gregg_recer
 

cathy and I spent about 3 hours this morning doing the large VF loop. highlights included:

green heron
yellow-bellied sapsucker (drumming on a speed limit sign)
eastern wood-pewee
great-crested flycatcher
yellow-throated vireo (several singing males along towpath)
wood thrush
scarlet tanager (heard only)
white-crowned sparrow
innumerable rose-breasted grosbeaks and baltimore orioles

a few migrant warblers including:
northern waterthrush
magnolia
blue-winged
black-and-white
BT green

rails again failed to make their presence known

gregg recer
malta

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