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Birdline for January 1

philwhitney17
 

Birdline summary for week ending January 1:

(SRCBC = Southern Rensselaer Christmas Count)

 

Best of the week:

BLACK VULTURE: Albany 12/26 (14).

RED-SHOULDERED HAWK: SRCBC.

MERLIN: Stuyvesant 1/1.

ICELAND GULL: Crescent 12/27 (5), 12/31(3); Halfmoon 12/30.

LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL: Crescent 12/27.

GLAUCOUS GULL: Crescent 12/27 12/31 (2); Halfmoon 12/30 (2); Lock 6 1/1 (2).

SNOWY OWL: Fort Edward 12/26, 12/28, 12/31; Livingston 12/27; Albany Airport 12/27-1/1 (4); Fort Plain 12/28.

SHORT-EARED OWL:  Fort Edward 12/27 (2), 12/28 (3); Albany Airport 12/31 (2), 1/1; Florida 12/31 (2); Stuyvesant 1/1 (2).

LAPLAND LONGSPUR: Albany Airport 12/29 (2), 12/30 (3), 1/1.

SNOW BUNTING: Fort Edward 12/27; Albany Airport 12/28, 12/30 (4), 1/1(12); Northumberland 1/1 (110+).

 

Other Notables:

Mute Swan: Forts Ferry 12/27; SRCBC (3).

Lesser Scaup: Stillwater 1/1 (4).

Ring-necked Pheasant: Fort Edward 12/27.

Great Blue Heron: SRCBC; Burnt Hills 12/28; Lake George 12/28 (3).

Bald Eagle: Lock 7 12/27 (2);  Niskayuna 12/27; SRCBC (6), Fort Edward 12/28; Cohoes 1/1 (3).

Northern Harrier: SRCBC (2); Albany Airport 1/1; Northumberland 1/1; Five Rivers 1/1.

Rough-legged Hawk: Niskayuna 12/27 (2); Albany Airport 1/1

American Kestrel: Fort Edward 12/27, 12/28, 12/31.

Peregrine Falcon: SRCBC (2).

Eastern Screech-Owl: Thompsons Lake 12/31

Great Horned Owl: SRCBC.

Horned Lark: Fort Edward 12/27, 12/28, 12/31; Albany Airport 12/29 (30), 12/30 (4), 1/1 (15) .

Fish Crow: SRCBC (12); Crescent 12/31 (2).

Carolina Wren: West Charlton 12/28.

Eastern Bluebird: SRCBC (86); Troy 12/31 (2).

American Robin: SRCBC (2029).

Gray Catbird: Brunswick 12/31

Northern Mockingbird: SRCBC (12); Troy 12/27.

Fox Sparrow: SRCBC.

White-throated Sparrow: Troy 12/27; Saratoga 1/1..

Purple Finch: SRCBC (4); Five Rivers 1/1.

 

Thanks to Ken Beckley (Fort Edward), Barb Beebe (Albany Airport ), Lindsey Duval (Fort Edward), Deb Ferguson (Albany Airport ), David Harrison (Lock 7, Forts Ferry, Niskayuna, Crescent), Ron Harrower (Stillwater, Northumberland), John Hershey (Albany Airport, Halfmoon), John Kent (Thompsons Lake, Crescent, Stillwater), Nancy Kern (Albany Airport , Stuyvesant, Lock 6), Charles Kieweg (Livingston), Mark Kirker (Albany Airport ), Heidi Klinowski (Troy, Albany Airport), Heather Labore (Albany Airport ), Jory Langner (Albany Airport ), Russ Loeber (Albany Airport ), Neil Manning (Albany Airport ), Melissa Maslanka (Albany Airport), Rich Merritt (Albany Airport), Jeff Nadler (Albany Airport ), Robert Nash (Albany Airport ), Marne Onderdonk (Fort Edward, Albany Airport, Saratoga), Ellen Pemrick (West Charlton), Ray Perry (Albany), Will Raup (Fort Edward, Fort Plain, Albany Airport), Gregg Recer (Fort Edward), George Steele (Florida), Susan Stewart (Burnt Hills, Lake George), Brenda Stiffen (Albany Airport ), Scott Stoner (Albany Airport, Five Rivers, Cohoes), Louis Suarato (Albany Airport), Brad Walker (Brunswick), Tom Williams (Albany Airport, Fort Edward) and Chad Witko (Albany Airport).


Franklin Mt. Hawkwatch--2013 wrapup

Andy Mason
 

The 2013 season at the Franklin Mt. Hawkwatch came to a quiet end today, with no raptors recorded on light to moderate westerly winds.  This marked the 25th consecutive year of counting at the site.

 

The season began on August 20, and in between, 674 hours of coverage were put in on 111 days by our team of dedicated counters, including Andy Cooper, Larry Dake, Fred Fries, Becky Gretton, Steve Hall, Andrea Lodovice, Randy Lynch, Andy Mason and Tom Salo.

 

The total count of 4859 raptors is below the 12 year average of 5335, since full time counting began at the site.  This number would have been lower if not for a good count of 1993 Broad-winged Hawks, 40% above the 12 year average.  Broad-wings provided two excellent days at the lookout.  On Sept. 14, Larry Dake tallied 523; this was followed on Sept. 17 by 916 broad-wings counted by Becky Gretton—breaking the previous high daily count of 900 for the species at Franklin Mt.  The day’s total raptor count of 962 birds fell just short of the record of 975 set in Oct., 1990.

 

The only other positive species was Bald Eagle at 157 birds for the season, just slightly above average.  Notably low counts included Osprey, at 49 the lowest count in 17 years; Northern Harrier, 33 birds—down 53% from average; and Red-tailed Hawk, down 23% with 1427 counted.

 

Golden Eagles came in at a low 129 birds, 29% below average.  However, these Franklin Mt. favorites did provide four double-digit days—Nov. 3—16 birds; Nov. 12—11; Nov. 19—15; and an excellent late season flight of 18 on Dec. 7.

 

Another notable sighting was the second Black Vulture ever at Franklin Mt., spotted on Sept. 16 by Randy Lynch.

 

Thanks to all who helped out this season, including sharp-eyed spotters and all our visitors.  Aug. 2014 is not that far away!

 

 

Andrew Mason

1039 Peck St.

Jefferson, NY  12093

(607) 652-2162

AndyMason@...

 


Waterford Flight Lock Rd.- Glaucous Gulls

kernscot
 

Nancy Kern

Lock 6 State Canal Park, Saratoga, US-NY
Jan 1, 2014 12:15 PM - 12:55 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
Comments: Sunny, 21 F temp., calm. Most water frozen, but some areas open where water running between locks on Flight Lock Rd.
14 species

American Black Duck 6
Mallard 85
Common Merganser 15
Bald Eagle 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Herring Gull 9
Glaucous Gull 2 Flying above one of the locks together and apart, and sometimes with Herring and Greater Black-backed Gulls. Same size or slightly bigger than the G B-b gulls, all white, heavy bills.
Great Black-backed Gull 4
Belted Kingfisher 1
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 12
Eastern Bluebird 4
American Robin 25
European Starling 15

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S16173084

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)


Town of Stuyvesant- 2 Short-eared Owls, Merlin

kernscot
 

Nancy Kern

Town of Stuyvesant, Columbia, US-NY
Jan 1, 2014 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
10.0 mile(s)
Comments: Drove Columbia County Rt. 21 and Ridge Rd. Temp 20 F, fairly calm, some sun but mostly overcast.
12 species

Canada Goose 200
Mallard 2
Red-tailed Hawk 3
Short-eared Owl 2 one perched on a bent cornstalk about a foot off the ground a 100 yards west off Co. Rt. 21. Another larger one was flying side of Ridge Rd.
Merlin (Taiga) 1 Was perched on top of a 20 ft. high spruce tree along a highway overlooking an apple orchard.
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 3
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Eastern Bluebird 1
Northern Mockingbird 2
European Starling 8
House Sparrow 3

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S16171852

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)


Albany Airport- 4 Snowy Owls at 10 am

kernscot
 

Nancy Kern

Albany International Airport, Albany, US-NY
Jan 1, 2014 10:10 AM - 11:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
Comments: 20 F temp., some sun
14 species

Red-tailed Hawk (Eastern) 3
Herring Gull (American) 3 flyovers
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 5
Mourning Dove 2
Snowy Owl 4 Along the eastern runways seen from Sicker Rd. where it dead ends. Appeared to be 2 young owls that were darker barred on white, one very white possible male and one slightly darker white owl, possible female. Seen on the patchy snow and grass ground, and also flying. One narrowly missed a small jet taking off. Airport staff in a truck have attempted to scare off
the owls with loud noises like shots. Mostly ignored by the owls.
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 6
Horned Lark 3
American Robin 10
European Starling 6
Snow Bunting 20 Very white as they flew and seen running on the grass at the south end of the airport.
Dark-eyed Junco 2
Northern Cardinal 1
House Sparrow 5

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S16172728

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Snowy & Longspur

woodthrush46@...
 

Happy New Year everyone!
Around 1:00 today Carl & I joined the many other HMBC birders at the Albany Airport (Sicker Rd. off Wade Rd from Rt 7) where we had great views of 3 different Snowy Owls. An airport employee told us that 5 have been seen!
Then with guidance from John Hershey we found the large group of Horned Larks which were a Lifelist bird for Carl. After careful searching and then reviewing our photos at home, we were able to confirm our sighting of a Lapland Longspur in the group. That one is a Lifelist bird for both of us. What a great way to start 2014.
Thanks John!
Heidi Klinowski

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Five Rivers, Albany airport, and Mohawk river

scottjstoner
 

It was a great first day of birding 2014. The annual Jan 1 bird count at five rivers, led by Craig Thompson, had over 35 species including common raven, yellow-bellied sapsucker, purple finch, northern harrier. At Albany international airport (KALB) we had the much reported snowy owls, horned larks, and Lapland longspur. Along the Mohawk river from about rt 9 to Cohoes we had 3 adult bald eagles, common goldeneye, common merganser but few gulls (no white-winged). Scott Stoner, Loudonville (with Gregg Recer and Cathy Graichen after Five Rivers).

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A start to 2014 Saratoga County List

Nycap <rlharrow@...>
 

Though not quite to the Tom Williams' level, I did have 196 species in Saratoga County for 2013, a personal best.
I started my 2014 list today by looking along the Hudson River and nearby roads from Stillwater to Northumberland. Had 33 species. No "marquee" species, but some interesting ones nonetheless. A Great Blue Heron on Fish Creek, 2 drake Wood Ducks near Purinton Road along river. A female Northern Harrier flew over while I was checking out ducks. Had at least 85 Snow Buntings on King Road and 25+ on Callahan Road. Had a Flicker, 9 Cedar Waxwings and a Song Sparrow.
4 Lesser Scaup behind Admiral's Marina in Stillwater. At least 45 Common Goldeneye, 30+ Common Mergansers and 8 Hooded Mergansers near Blockhouse.
Still looking for "good" owls in countryside.
Ron Harrower


Snowy Owls, Lapland Longspurs, Snow Buntings, Northern Harrier, Rough Legged Hawk, and Red Tailed Hawk at ALB airport 1/1/13

moose_lover12345
 

Today (1/1) my husband and I decided to head out to the airport (an hour drive) to try to see the snowy owls. We weren't disappointed. We headed for Sicker Rd, and found a group of birders who helped us find them! We spotted the first snowy owl in somebody's scope on the RQ runway sign , and then somebody found another one on the roof of a warehouse. A couple Red Tailed Hawks, Ravens, and pigeons were also observed. The snowy owl on the roof of the building was being assaulted by two or three ravens, who were vocalizing loudly as they dive bombed the owl.
On the other side of the airport, by parking lot E, we found another birders and immediately saw a group of LAPLAND LONGSPURS, and SNOW BUNTINGS flying around. I then spotted a Red Tailed Hawk flying across route 7, and also spotted a dark phase ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK (ID'd with help) and a NORTHERN HARRIER in the reeds across the road.  I added the LL, SB, RLH, and SO to my life list! MANY THANKS to those who helped me today! I was in such a rush I forgot my binoculars, but my camera saved me, due to the long telephoto lens. A great trip.

Melissa Maslanka


Livingston Gray Catbird

Chad Witko
 

Greetings,

After taking the trip this morning for the Snowy Owls at Albany International, I spent the afternoon hiking around the woods in Livingston (Columbia Co.). While passing through an area thick with brambles and briars I had a single GRAY CATBIRD mewing at me from within.

I've had Gray Catbirds in the winter before, but this certainly represents the earliest date for me.

Good Birding,
Chad Witko
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Snowy Owls at ALB 1/1/14

Marne Onderdonk
 

Came down this afternoon and found group incl John Hershey at bend on Sicker Road. We found the adult and two younger snowy owls hanging around the runways. With planes landing and taking off it's easy to see how precarious the situation is, both for the owls and the planes. We also hope one day that bins and scopes are equipped with eye warmers--it's cold out!

Back home in Saratoga Springs, in addition to the usual suspects, had a white-throated sparrow under the feeders this afternoon.

Happy New Year's and birding to all,

Marne


Re: Snowy at ALB, video and 2 photos

Neil Manning
 

 Rough-legged Hawk at the airport, not Osprey.  (turn the page, Neil...)


Neil
 

To: jnphotonet@...
CC: hmbirds@...
From: nfmanning@...
Date: Wed, 1 Jan 2014 14:02:19 -0500
Subject: Re: [HMBirds] Snowy at ALB, video and 2 photos

 
The adult currently sits atop the Mobil Air Transport building just off Sicker Rd East. Also, a possible Osprey is hanging around the airport grounds...


On Jan 1, 2014, at 1:46 PM, jnphotonet@... wrote:

 



Here is a short video and 2 newphotos of the darker snowy owl at ALB from today. . . given using 2 converters with slow focus, shooting through the fence, a shaking tripod from the wind, and sun backlighting, I am surprised these came out. During my quick stop, I did not see the whiter adult.




http://www.jnphoto.net/New/New-Images


Jeff Nadler



Re: Snowy at ALB, video and 2 photos

Neil Manning
 

The adult currently sits atop the Mobil Air Transport building just off Sicker Rd East. Also, a possible Osprey is hanging around the airport grounds...


On Jan 1, 2014, at 1:46 PM, jnphotonet@... wrote:

 

Here is a short video and 2 newphotos of the darker snowy owl at ALB from today. . . given using 2 converters with slow focus, shooting through the fence, a shaking tripod from the wind, and sun backlighting, I am surprised these came out. During my quick stop, I did not see the whiter adult.



http://www.jnphoto.net/New/New-Images


Jeff Nadler


Snowy at ALB, video and 2 photos

Jeff Nadler
 

Here is a short video and 2 newphotos of the darker snowy owl at ALB from today. . . given using 2 converters with slow focus, shooting through the fence, a shaking tripod from the wind, and sun backlighting, I am surprised these came out. During my quick stop, I did not see the whiter adult.



http://www.jnphoto.net/New/New-Images


Jeff Nadler


Re: Snowy Owls @ Albany Airport

Chad Witko
 

Greetings,

In addition to the 3 Snowy Owls previously reported by Will off of Sicker Rd., there was a nice flock of at least 15 Horned Larks and a dozen Snow Buntings along with at least one LAPLAND LONGSPUR at the previously described location near the parking area for the airport off of Albany Shaker Rd.

Cheers,
Chad Witko


On Wed, Jan 1, 2014 at 12:20 PM, Will Raup <Hoaryredpoll@...> wrote:
 

All 3 Snowy Owls were present at the Albany Airport from Sicker Road this morning.  They at times all came together and interacted with one another, doing aerial battles, locking talons and generally chasing each other.  This however, was also nearly tragic as they nearly forced one of the birds into the propellers of a landing plane.

Some folks also reported Short-Eared Owl as well.

Cohoes lacked gulls.  I don't know where they were, but not at the power station or along the Mohawk.  Also, there have been several reports of the Sandhill Cranes at the Klamsteam Tavern last few days.  Keep an eye out for them!

Good Birding!

Will Raup
Albany, NY




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Snowy Owls @ Albany Airport

Will Raup
 

All 3 Snowy Owls were present at the Albany Airport from Sicker Road this morning.  They at times all came together and interacted with one another, doing aerial battles, locking talons and generally chasing each other.  This however, was also nearly tragic as they nearly forced one of the birds into the propellers of a landing plane.

Some folks also reported Short-Eared Owl as well.

Cohoes lacked gulls.  I don't know where they were, but not at the power station or along the Mohawk.  Also, there have been several reports of the Sandhill Cranes at the Klamsteam Tavern last few days.  Keep an eye out for them!

Good Birding!

Will Raup
Albany, NY


Brunswick Catbird

Brad Walker
 

Hi all,

I took a walk around Cooper's Pond this morning and found a nice number of common birds for the start of the year. The highlight was a (less common) GRAY CATBIRD that was hanging out with some cardinals on the edge of the marsh at the north end.

- Brad


Snowy@airport - wing plumage

Jeff Nadler
 

Here's an image(thru the fence)  from today of a landing snowy owl . . .quite white compared to other snowy owls I have seen during this irruption. For an image gallery of snowy owls from 4 different counties the past couple weeks, my New gallery has an assortment of dark and lighter owls.  Almost all images were taken from the car as a blind using a beanbag rest. Airport snowy:


http://img706.imageshack.us/img706/9694/yir6.jpg


Other snowy owls: from Saratoga, Washington, Herkimer, and Addison County, Vt. this week and and week earlier.


http://www.jnphoto.net/New/New-Images


Jeff Nadler


Snowy Owls @ Albany International Airport and E-Bird

Will Raup
 

HM Birders who use e-bird:

A new "hotspot" has been created called Albany Airport Sicker Rd (East of Runways).  I ask that all future sightings of the owls from that location use this hotspot and that those who have already put reports in, merge them into this hotspot. The reason for this is to cut down on the "splatter" effect of having many individual locations.  It also helps to clean up the map, so that we don't have 100 markers for just 3 birds.  If you have any questions/concerns about this, please contact me off list. (Note: It may take up to 12 hours for it to show up on phone apps, but it's currently on the web). 


To merge your checklist into this new hotspot:

You can merge a personal location, and all of its associated checklists, with an existing eBird hotspot by doing the following.  Go to "My eBird" and then select "Manage my locations."  Next to the location you wish to merge click "Edit."  On the resulting mapping page click the "Merge" radio button.  This will activate the eBird hotspots (red balloons) and display them on the map, as well as show you all your personal locations (blue balloons).  To merge your location with another existing location simply select the destination location by clicking on it. A message will pop up above the map that says "Merge all XX checklists with XX location?". If you want your personal location to be deleted after the merge (recommended) check the "Delete after merging" box. When you're satisfied that you've got it right click the "Merge" button.  Important!--This action cannot be undone!

Thank you for your help!

Will Raup
Hudson-Mohawk E-bird Reviewer
Albany, NY


ft edward snowy(s)

gregg_recer
 

striking an unintended contrarian tone to all the reports from the airport, cathy and I tooled around farm fields in northumberland and ft edward this afternoon.  we encountered a very dark snowy owl, presumably an immature female, at two different locations -- south and west of the rt 197/plum rd intersection, and then after sunset on fitzpatrick.  probably the same individual -- it eventually flew east along blackhouse rd..  a small group of birders that we originally crossed paths with on rt 197 said they had also seen a much whiter individual, but we did not locate it.


other notables were a small group of horned larks on plum rd and one male a. kestrel near the intersection of durkeetown and blackhouse rds.  notable by their absence were any rough-legs, harriers or short-eared owls.

speculating that several inches of hard crusty snow cover up here north of the mohawk may have forced many raptors to relocate to places with more open ground.

gregg recer
malta 

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