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Barrow's Goldeneyes

Louis J. Suarato
 

Correction: the previous report should read Common Goldeneyes.

Louis Suarato


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From: Louis Suarato <lsuarato@...>
Date: March 16, 2014 at 10:13:16 EDT
To: HMBirds <hmbirds@...>
Subject: [HMBirds] Barrow's Goldeneyes

 

About a dozen Barrow's Goldeneyes can be see from parking lot located between the Cohoes Falls and railroad bridge. The access road and the parking lot are icy. Please be careful.

Louis Suarato


Barrow's Goldeneyes

Louis J. Suarato
 

About a dozen Barrow's Goldeneyes can be see from parking lot located between the Cohoes Falls and railroad bridge. The access road and the parking lot are icy. Please be careful.

Louis Suarato


yesterday stillwate swan pictures

pnew40
 

Well..we finally figured out how to send photos to the group.  I now have an album in photo area.  we put six what we think are tundra swans in there for the group to see.    It was really neat to see them fly in .    Pat newman Glenville


Re: Lesser Black-backed Gull - Crescent Power Plant

gregg_recer
 

encourage by john's post, I tried late saturday afternoon to re-locate the LBB gull at the crescent power plant without success.  the gulls were not in a cooperative mood and kept moving en-masse between the air above the dam and the area upriver where the edge of the ice was -- requiring a sizeable walk from either direction where one could safely park.  seemed like each time I got to a reasonable viewing position they decided to move again, but there were very few adult black-backed gulls at all, and the ones I could view well were all greaters.

I did find 2 male and one female redheads in with a group of mixed scaup and ring-necked ducks on the upriver side of the power plant, in the first little cover near the road.  also 2 adult bald eagles and at least 3 immatures; 2 turkey vultures were the first I've seen up in our area this spring.

gregg recer


Stillwater swans

jhershey2
 

Following up on the report from yesterday, I'm looking at 2 swans from admirals marina in Stillwater.  They are both sleeping but the one glimpse I had when one looked up showed an all black bill which looks to me most like a Tundra Swan.  I'll post some pictures later if they show more of their bills.

John H.


Stillwater swans

pnew40
 

Late afternoon today bill and I witnessed a pair of very white black billed swans land on the river in Stillwater. We know they were not mutes as they had very black beaks. Different in general from the mute swans seen this fall. In the water the pair held their necks up long and straight. We have photos of the pair and can post if anyone wishes to see them. They were beautiful flying in for a landing. At first we thought they must be snow geese.. Any thoughts on which would be more likely, trumpeter or tundra?

Pat n


Mute Swans

Larry & Penny Alden
 

As I drove on Krumkill Road today, before descending down to the Normanskill I was floored to see two Mute Swans walking along the roadside!!  No open water. No estates. Nothing. Of all the places to find Mute Swans, this is about  the least likely spot I'd expect them. 

Larry Alden 
Meadowdale


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Rusty Blackbird- Claverack

Chad Witko
 

Greetings,

This evening in a large flock of mixed blackbirds of about 150 I was able to score a single Rusty Blackbird before the skittish flock flew off. Sweet.

Good Birding,
Chad Witko
Claverack, NY


Battlefield road

Naomi Lloyd
 

Has anyone been out on the loop road at Saratoga Battlefield? Has it been plowed to a walkable state?


 
Naomi Lloyd

http://kestrelhill.wordpress.com/


Fort Edward - minor correction

Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval@...>
 

As much as I would like a species such as Ring-billed Ducks to exist, those are supposed to be Ring-necked Ducks! Ah, the joys of autocorrect.

- Lindsey

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Hudson River - Fort Edward to Hudson Crossing

Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval@...>
 

Fort Edward Yacht Basin was quiet today (Ring-billed Ducks increased by one, and only a few Common Goldeneye) due to an adult Bald Eagle flying around. I also saw the river otter again. I then saw another adult Bald Eagle at the Hudson River end of Blackhouse Rd (Fort Edward Grasslands).

Hudson Crossing had all the Goldeneye crammed at the south end, as a Bald Eagle was there as well. North of Dix Bridge had 6 hawks - 4 Red-taileds over the river and 2 Red-shouldereds in the nearby trees, all making plenty of noise!

- Lindsey

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Albany Black Vultures

Jory
 

Around noon today, a pair of Black Vultures were circling over New Scotland Ave where it crosses the Normanskill ... by the old Blue Cross / Blue Shield building.

Jory Langner
Delmar


Northern Harrier

teri spadafora
 

Just spotted 2 northern harriers on Consaul Rd inColonie at the Soccer Fields at 2:00.


Re: Lesser Black-backed Gull - Crescent Power Plant

jhershey2
 

I posted 3 pics of the Lesser Black-backed Gull in my folder.  Amazing to think that this is a European (well, Icelandic) visitor.  Here is a link to the first one conveniently sitting next to a Great Black-backed.    https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/hmbirds/photos/albums/77752785/lightbox/1191693358


John H.



---In hmbirds@..., <hersheyj@...> wrote :

Around 12:00 I spotted a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at the Crescent Power Plant on the parking lot side. It was an adult and so was missing the smudgy head but the yellow legs and small size were clear.  It was among an estimated 500 gulls, mostly Herring and Ring-billed and a few Great Black-backed.  I also counted about 3 Iceland Gulls.   I took a few pics before the flock scattered, and I couldn't find it again.  I found 2 immature and a mature Bald Eagle.  Also, a drake Red-breasted Merganser.  I could find no Redheads.  Further along Cohoes-Crescent Rd. toward route 9 were many more gulls but I didn't get a good look.  I will post a few pics of the Lesser Black-backed shortly. 


John H.


Lesser Black-backed Gull - Crescent Power Plant

jhershey2
 

Around 12:00 I spotted a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at the Crescent Power Plant on the parking lot side. It was an adult and so was missing the smudgy head but the yellow legs and small size were clear.  It was among an estimated 500 gulls, mostly Herring and Ring-billed and a few Great Black-backed.  I also counted about 3 Iceland Gulls.   I took a few pics before the flock scattered, and I couldn't find it again.  I found 2 immature and a mature Bald Eagle.  Also, a drake Red-breasted Merganser.  I could find no Redheads.  Further along Cohoes-Crescent Rd. toward route 9 were many more gulls but I didn't get a good look.  I will post a few pics of the Lesser Black-backed shortly. 


John H.


Tufted Ducks in Essex?

Russell Loeber
 

The last sighting of the Tufted Duck was 5 days ago per ABA, http://birding.aba.org/maillist/NY07
ebird lists 7days ago.
Does anyone know of another up to date resource? I wanted to make the drive tomorrow but it is a distance if the bird has left. Is anyone else interested?
Russ Loeber


grackles and red-winged blackbirds

scottjstoner
 

They have returned! Two Common Grackles in our yard on March 13, on our snow-covered feeder, and several Red-winged Blackbirds March 14. And both species in a mixed flock this morning. Scott Stoner and Denise Hackert-Stoner, Loudonville


Singing White-throated Sparrows etc.

Jeff Nadler
 

Various . . .

We've had 4 white-throated sparrows at our feeders all winter long- not uncommon.  But today is the first day they have started singing. Brings me hope for spring. This afternoon, three common ravens circled over my house in Burnt Hills, while a smaller crow chased one. It seems even the tiniest patch of open water attracts waterfowl.  Now a tiny area of open water at the bridge on Outlet Rd adjacent Ballston Lake had two hooded mergansers. Checking open water along the Mohawk River, the wintering sub-adult bald eagles were not seen but the local resident adult breeders are active. Saw one bird carrying branches for nest material. A nice fly-by close-up offered this photo op.

http://www.jnphoto.net/New/New-Images/i-DDkWfc2/A


Jeff Nadler


carolina wren and grackles

annem122
 

Yesterday a very hungry Carolina wren sat on the feeder for quite a long time. 3 grackles showed up on the ground feeder today. Redbelly WP a frequent visitor, occasionally the brown creeper comes to the suet, depends what kind of suet is out. White crowned sparrow and fox sparrow frequent with song sparrows ,goldfinches and purple finches. Hear the belted kingfisher fly up the Onesquethaw creek almost daily. Pileateds are vocal in the woods. Family of 5 fish crows visit the feeders too. Spring is coming!

Anne Phelan

Clarksville,NY


Geese on Clapper Road, Bethlehem

Mike Cavanaugh <cavcomm@...>
 

Saw a flock of 200-250 Canada Geese on a farm field (corn stubble) on Clapper Road - East of 9W.  First large flock I've seen inland this season.  There is hope for spring!

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Mike Cavanaugh
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