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Herons

Louis J. Suarato
 

I saw this Great Blue Heron at the Restifo Preserve on Thursday and returned today to see a Green Heron close to the road.

http://m.flickr.com/#/photos/lsuarato/8831708988/

Louis Suarato


Craig Thompson retiring from Five Rivers - potluck on June 6

scottjstoner
 

It is with very mixed feelings that I share the news that Craig Thompson will soon be retiring from DEC as Director of the Five Rivers Environmental Education Center in Delmar. Five Rivers has been the "home" of the Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club for several decades and we've been proud to associate with a series of great directors - first Bob Budliger, then Alan Mapes, and, for the past 18 years, Craig Thompson. Bob and Alan's reputation as top field birders preceded them, while Craig, always modest, proclaims himself an eternal beginner. Nothing can be further from the truth! In his 18 years as Director, Craig substantively and effectively welcomed the birding community to Five Rivers, and through his hundreds of bird walks, enthusiastic modesty, incredible speaking, leadership, and writing ability, has furthered the environmental literacy of the adults and young people of the Capital Region beyond measure. From eternally popular New Year's Day counts to December Owl prowls, Craig filled each year with activities that have made all of us better naturalists and better stewards of this earth. It is an honor to know him. - Scott Stoner


And, you are all welcome to celebrate his service at Five Rivers on June 6; details are below.

















The Friends of Five Rivers and the NYS DEC invite you to participate in a pot-luck dinner to celebrate Craig Thompson, Five Rivers Center Director's 35 years of service and 18 years as Center Director.

The pot-luck dinner will be held outside at the Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar on June 6th from 5 pm to 7 pm.


Cape May Warblers - Vischer Ferry

jhershey2
 

This morning I walked the 3-mile western loop at Vischer Ferry Preserve. The biting insects are back which means that it's best not to stand too long in one place. Birding by ear is better. I was expecting to hear Blackpoll Warblers. I heard two different birds with high, thin song notes that I first thought were Blackpolls but they didn't have the crescendo in the middle. I'm lucky to be able to hear these high notes so I later went to the Cornell Lab website and listened to a lot of high, thin songs at the Macauley Library including Blackpoll, Cape May, Black-and-white, Bay-breasted Warbler, Golden-crowned Kinglet, and Brown Creeper. What I was hearing at VFP were definitely CAPE MAY WARBLERS, though I didn't see them. I think I need to add Cape May to my growing list of "uncommon birds that are more common than we think." Other than these there weren't very many migrant songbirds passing through this morning except the usual ones that have already set up territories.

John H.


City of Albany - 5/22 & 5/23

Tristan Lowery
 

A quick walk around Buckingham Pond this morning was quiet for the most
part, but I did find two Blackpoll Warblers and a Swainson's Thrush.
Notable summer residents included pairs of Red-eyed Vireo, Warbling Vireo,
and Baltimore Oriole.

I've had at least one Blackpoll Warbler in my backyard each of the last
three days. I have no way of knowing if it's the same bird, but yesterday
afternoon it was joined by an American Redstart, a Black-and-White Warbler,
a Swainson's Thrush, and a male Canada Warbler, which were all yard firsts.

Tristan Lowery
Albany


May 22 Birdline

philwhitney17
 

Birdline summary for week ending May 22, including highlights from five Century Runs on May 18 with total counts of 103 to 126 species.

Best of the week:
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER: Alcove Reservoir 5/18 (3).
AMERICAN BITTERN: Albany County 5/18; Lake Desolation Road 5/19; Kingsbury 5/20.
LEAST BITTERN: Black Creek Marsh 5/18.
GREAT EGRET: Niskayuna 5/20.
VIRGINIA RAIL: Glenville 5/18 (2); Niskayuna 5/18; Black Creek Marsh 5/16 (8-10), 5/18.
SORA: Livingston 5/17; Glenville 5/18; Niskayuna 5/18; Black Creek Marsh 5/18; Kingsbury 5/20.
COMMON GALLINULE: Coxsackie Grasslands 5/18; Black Creek Marsh 5/18.
BLACK TERN: Stanton Pond 5/18; Niskayuna 5/20.
COMMON NIGHTHAWK: Guilderland 5/21.
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER: Albany 5/22.
CLIFF SWALLOW: Albany County 5/18; Alcove 5/18.
SWAINSON'S THRUSH: Featherstonhaugh SF 5/18; Thacher Park 5/18; Lake Desolation Road 5/19; Normanskill Farm 5/22; Albany 5/22.
TENNESSEE WARBLER: Clifton Park 5/16, Albany 5/17, 5/20; Mariaville 5/18.
CAPE MAY WARBLER: Albany 5/16, 5/17. 5/20.
BAY-BREASTED WARBLER: Albany 5/16; Schenectady 5/20; Normanskill Farm 5/22.
CERULEAN WARBLER: Schodack Island SP 5/18.
WORM-EATING WARBLER: Ushers Road SF 5/17; Deer Mountain 5/18.
HOODED WARBLER: Selkirk 5/17; Thacher Park 5/18; Albany 5/21.
WILSON'S WARBLER: Albany 5/17; Normanskill Farm 5/17; Five Rivers 5/18.
CANADA WARBLER: Albany County 5/18; Burnt Hills 5/19 (2); Lake Desolation Road 5/19 (4); Colonie 5/22; Albany 5/22 (2).
VESPER SPARROW: Saratoga Co. Airport 5/18; Knox 5/18.
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW: Glenville 5/18; Saratoga Co. Airport 5/18.
ORCHARD ORIOLE: Niskayuna 5/18 (2), 5/20 (3), 5/22; Normanskill Farm 5/18, 5/22; Kingsbury 5/20 (2).

Recent arrivals – and still some Siskins.
Black-billed Cuckoo: Meadowdale 5/16; Normanskill Farm 5/17; Saratoga Battlefield 5/18; Schodack Island SP 5/18; Albany County 5/18; Selkirk 5/21.
Eastern Wood-Pewee: Normanskill Farm 5/22; Albany 5/22.
Alder Flycatcher: Normanskill Farm 5/17. Five Rivers 5/18; Mariaville 5/18; Black Creek Marsh 5/18; Hadley 5/19; Kingsbury 5/20.
Willow Flycatcher: Normanskill Farm 5/17 (2), 5/22; Five Rivers 5/18; Black Creek Marsh 5/18.
Pine Siskin: Albany County 5/18; Kingsbury 5/20 (7).


Thanks to Larry Alden (Albany County, Meadowdale, Knox), Mona Bearor (Kingsbury), Susan Beaudoin (Saratoga Battlefield), David Harrison (Glenville, Niskayuna, Mariaville, Featherstonhaugh SF, Niskayuna, Schenectady), John Hershey (Clifton Park), John Kent (Selkirk, Bethlehem), Bill Lee (Black Creek Marsh, Niskayuna), Tristan Lowery (Albany, Black Creek Marsh, Schodack Island SP, Normanskill Farm), Alan Mapes (Five Rivers), Thomas McClenahan (Guilderland), Jeff Nadler (Burnt Hills, Lake Desolation), Will Raup (Albany, Coxsackie Grasslands, Deer Mtn., Alcove Reservoir, Stanton Pond), Bob Ricketts (Ushers Road SF), Alan Schroeder (Guilderland), Zach Schwartz-Weinstein (Albany), Tom Williams (Colonie, Normanskill Farm, Black Creek Marsh, Thacher Park, Alcove, Saratoga County Airport), and Will Yandik (Livingston).


Brant

Larry & Penny Alden
 

A flock of about 40 Brant was flying north over Indian Ladder Farms this evening at 8:45. I watched from my yard a little while later for about 20 minutes but did not see or hear any more Brant. An American Woodcock was flying around, though.

Larry Alden
Meadowdale
(on the border of southern Guilderland
and northern New Scotland)


Albany Migrants 5/22/13

Will Raup
 

After several days of virtually no migrants in my yard, last nights storms knocked quite a few down.  As expected there were a number of late migrants.

Starting just after 6am, was a number of Blackpoll Warblers singing.  With a little more patience heard the song of a Scarlet Tanager and Red-eyed Vireo.  

Checking the weedy edges of the yard, I quickly heard then saw at least 2 Canada Warblers.  A number of Eastern Wood-Pewee's were also singing.

There were a number of Empidonax Flycatchers moving through the yard, as I mentioned earlier I originally passed them off as Least Flycatchers.  However, one bird remained quite close to the ground in some overgrown shrubbery, its then that I heard the chu-wee call (sounding like a short Pewee song), but then I found the bird calling and it wasn't a Pewee.  A closer examination, showed a faint yellow wash on the bird's breast and belly as it called constantly, my first spring record of Yellow-bellied Flycatcher in my yard.  The bird was quite tame and I actually got a decent photo:

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Then a number of Swainson's Thrushes appeared, with several singing.  A female American Redstart (rare in my yard believe it or not, I have had more Cape May's than Redstarts) and Common Yellowthroat rounded out the warblers for the day.

Tonight doesn't look quite as promising unless some more storms fire up, but migration isn't done yet!

Good Birding!

Will Raup
Albany, NY


Normanskill Farm - 5/21

Tristan Lowery
 

I birded Normanskill Farm this morning, arriving just before 6:30, not too
long after the rain finally stopped. Normanskill Drive was buzzing with
birds as I walked down the slope; I heard both Wood and Swainson's Thrush
right away, a number of Eastern Wood-Pewees mewling in the background, and
a Scarlet Tanager high in canopy. Blackpoll Warblers were singing
everywhere - but seemed especially concentrated around a willow tree about
halfway down to the whipple-truss bridge. They had to pick the highest tree
along the road, but in its uppermost branches I also found two male
Blackburnian Warblers and a male BAY-BREASTED WARBLER. Yellow-rumped
Warblers and American Redstarts were present, as was a lone Cedar Waxwing,
my first sighting of this species in some time.

Down by the farm buildings I ran into Tom W. and after telling him about
the Bay-breasted, we headed back up the hill where, after much squinting
and neck craning, we were able to relocate the bird. Elsewhere on the farm
we found Chestnut-sided and Black-and-White Warbler (and of course Yellow
Warbler and Common Yellowthroat) but nothing like the mostly Blackpoll wave
we encountered earlier on. Other notable birds included a number of Least
and Willow Flycatchers, both orioles, and at least two singing Bobolinks.
The Eastern Meadowlark I've seen there every time for two weeks now was
nowhere to be found.

Afterwards, some careful scoping of Cohoes Flats turned up two Semipalmated
Plovers but no other migrating shorebirds.

Good birding!

Tristan Lowery
Albany


Tuesday's Normanskill Farm Oriole

Barbara Beebe
 

Pair of Cedar Waxwings chased by Male Baltimore Oriole

Great view of female oriole in nest-

Not able to disclose, but watch the orioles

Other highlights:

Great Blue Heron
Red-tail Hawks, pair soaring over garden area
Boblink-one
Goldfinches- too many to count
Yellow Warblers present by their songs

Thanks,
Barb Beebe
Delmar, NY


Re: Canada Warblers, Colonie 5/22

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

At Washington Park this morning, several Swainson's Thrushes, a few tanagers, blackpolls, BT Greens, pewees, Leasts - a couple turee calls that may or may not have been YBFL (didn't get a good look) and some dude who had his schnauzer wrap me in its leash for reasons which elude me.

ZSW

On May 22, 2013, at 8:28 AM, Will Raup <Hoaryredpoll@hotmail.com> wrote:

Double check those Least sounding flycatchers. I too thought I had Least flycatchers this morning, but upon closer inspection, it turned out at least one of them was a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher. YB Flycatchers in addition to giving a similar che-bek call like a Least, also give an alternate call that sounds likes a short Pewee song (chu-we).

Also several Canada Warblers in the yard + some other stuff. More later! Looks like the storms last night did put birds down!

Will Raup
Albany, NY








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To: hmbirds@yahoogroups.com
From: trwdsd@yahoo.com
Date: Wed, 22 May 2013 10:46:15 +0000
Subject: [HMBirds] Canada Warblers, Colonie 5/22



At least two Canada Warblers singing in my yard at 6:40AM. Others
including Least Flycatcher that aren't normally here, many Cedar
Waxwings. Check for fallout birds this morning.

Tom Williams
Colonie
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Re: Canada Warblers, Colonie 5/22

Will Raup
 

Double check those Least sounding flycatchers.  I too thought I had Least flycatchers this morning, but upon closer inspection, it turned out at least one of them was a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher.  YB Flycatchers in addition to giving a similar che-bek call like a Least, also give an alternate call that sounds likes a short Pewee song (chu-we).

Also several Canada Warblers in the yard + some other stuff.  More later!  Looks like the storms last night did put birds down!

Will Raup
Albany, NY








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To: hmbirds@yahoogroups.com
From: trwdsd@yahoo.com
Date: Wed, 22 May 2013 10:46:15 +0000
Subject: [HMBirds] Canada Warblers, Colonie 5/22



At least two Canada Warblers singing in my yard at 6:40AM. Others
including Least Flycatcher that aren't normally here, many Cedar
Waxwings. Check for fallout birds this morning.

Tom Williams
Colonie



Re: Canada Warblers, Colonie 5/22

Will Raup
 

<div>Double check those Least sounding flycatchers. &nbsp;I too thought I had Least flycatchers this morning, but upon closer inspection, it turned out at least one of them was a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher. &nbsp;YB Flycatchers in addition to giving a similar che-bek call like a Least, also give an alternate call that sounds likes a short Pewee song (chu-we).</div><div><br></div><div>Also several Canada Warblers in the yard + some other stuff. &nbsp;More later! &nbsp;Looks like the storms last night did put birds down!</div><div><br></div><div>Will Raup</div><div>Albany, NY</div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div>

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To: hmbirds@yahoogroups.com
From: trwdsd@yahoo.com
Date: Wed, 22 May 2013 10:46:15 +0000
Subject: [HMBirds] Canada Warblers, Colonie 5/22



At least two Canada Warblers singing in my yard at 6:40AM. Others
including Least Flycatcher that aren't normally here, many Cedar
Waxwings. Check for fallout birds this morning.
&gt;
Tom Williams
Colonie



Canada Warblers, Colonie 5/22

trwdsd
 

At least two Canada Warblers singing in my yard at 6:40AM. Others including Least Flycatcher that aren't normally here, many Cedar Waxwings. Check for fallout birds this morning.

Tom Williams
Colonie


Brant

jw.kent@...
 

I have been outside for 10 minutes near Henry Hudson Park in Bethlehem. Two flocks of Brant totaling about 400 have gone by, traveling up the Hudson. As far as other birds, so far I am only hearing/seeing the local breeders. Late yesterday I saw a Black-billed Cuckoo from Cedar Drive.

John Kent
Selkirk


Fall-out Potential Tomorrow AM

Will Raup
 

Fascinating radar this evening!  In between rather spectacular Thunderstorms is heavy bird migration.  With more storms likely to pass through during the overnight hours, these storms will tend to knock many birds down.  If you look at the Binghamton Radar you can even see the birds "pooling" ahead of the storms as they can't go any further north and likely drop to the ground.

This evening Storms were mostly from Albany and points north, and storms look to continue from Albany and points south during the overnight.  It would appear the best chances of any kind of fall out would be from Albany south.

It is late in the migration season, but wouldn't surprise me to see an increase in Blackpoll Warblers, Gray cheeked Thrush and some of the other later migrating warblers, such as Canada and Mourning.

Good Birding!

Will Raup
Albany, NY


Call for Century Run Results

Larry & Penny Alden
 

If anyone did a Century Run on Saturday, please e-mail or send Bob Yunick your lists directly. He is not getting them off HMBirds. He is at: AnneBobY@aol.com or Bob Yunick 1527 Myron Street, Schenectady, NY 12309. In addition to the species seen, provide your times in the field, members of your field party, and areas covered.

Bob compiles all lists for publication in Feathers, so make your sightings count even if you didn't reach 100 species. This effort gives a one-day snapshot of what birds are in our eleven county NYS Region 8 and over time can identify long-term trends in bird populations and migratory patterns, much like Christmas Bird Counts.

Larry


Help Black throated sparrow like bird and strange gray bird

marlene vidibor <mvidibor@...>
 

Has black thick bill, black mask from bill down throat.  Other parts of face light and belly light.  Back and rump sparrow like streaking, head tan on top down towards back, sides almost but not quite rufous.  Some kind of grosbeak? but not reddish at all.
At my feeder for past 15 minutes or so. Don't remember seeing it before.
Yesterday had a strange gray bird with long dark tail and tan head.  Didn't really look like a catbird. thought it might be juvenile of some sort.


Marlene Vidibor
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Mute Swan

earthday49
 

There are still 2 MUTE SWANS at the Watervliet Reservoir. The water is low but they are visible from Rt. 20. Also, 4 WOOD THRUSHES in Guilderland.

There is a lot of nest activity now - CAROLINA WRENS carrying food to the nest in Guilderland, and another pair building a nest in a hanging plant in Voorheesville. MOURNING DOVE on the nest, Guilderland. BLUEBIRDS feeding 4 nestlings, Schenectady. KILLDEER escorting 3 young around a field, Guilderland., and HAIRY WOODPECKER parents hauling huge chunks do suet off into the woods all day long, also Guilderland.

Alan Schroeder
Guilderland


Re: Hooded Warbler at UAlbany Campus - 5/21

Will Raup
 

This would be just off Western Ave.

Will Raup
Albany, NY


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To: hmbirds@yahoogroups.com
From: tristanlowery@gmail.com
Date: Tue, 21 May 2013 08:05:52 -0400
Subject: [HMBirds] Hooded Warbler at UAlbany Campus - 5/21



Currently viewing a singing male Hooded Warbler on the UAlbany campus in
the woods behind the Boor Sculpture Studio.

Tristan Lowery
Albany

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Hooded Warbler at UAlbany Campus - 5/21

Tristan Lowery
 

Currently viewing a singing male Hooded Warbler on the UAlbany campus in
the woods behind the Boor Sculpture Studio.

Tristan Lowery
Albany

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