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Re: Five Rivers Bicknell's

yugruguru@...
 

Sorry accidentally sent that before I wrote it. Just wanted to tell people also that you actually do not have to get up early in the AM because these birds also sing in the evening. I have been doing Bicknell's surveys over the past several years and I often have them singing in the evening. Of course then the issue is hiking down in the dark! 

Also there are spots where you can drive to see/hear them. Mt. Greylock has had them though they have not been reliable there, and there are spots in the Adirondacks where you can drive to an elevation that has them though I do not know those locations as well. If anyone wants to try to get them with less effort I can give them a little advice off list.

Steve Mesick, Slingerlands


On May 24, 2014, at 8:43 AM, "'Penny and Larry Alden' overlook@... [hmbirds]" <hmbirds@...> wrote:

 

I think with the recent sighting of Bicknell's Thrush at Five Rivers, it might be a good time for people to review the ABA Code of Ethics (http://www.aba.org/about/ethics.html).  In particular,
 
"To avoid stressing birds or exposing them to danger, exercise restraint and caution during observation, photography, sound recording, or filming.

Limit the use of recordings and other methods of attracting birds, and never use such methods in heavily birded areas, or for attracting any species that is Threatened, Endangered, or of Special Concern, or is rare in your local area."

The Bicknell's Thrush is just passing through our area on its way to its breeding grounds in the high elevations of the Northeast or Canada.  It's had a long trip from shrinking winter habitat in the Dominican Republic.  Now that its location has been publicly announced, treat it like an overnight guest and let it do its thing without being pestered by recordings of non-existent rivals.

There are places in New York State, not far from the Capital District, that you can see and hear this bird in its breeding habitat. Yes, it's inconvenient to get up early and hike to the top of a mountain in the dark, but it is an amazing experience to hear these rare and threatened birds singing in the pre-dawn darkness.  And isn't it far better to visit this bird in its own home, on its own terms, rather than disturbing it en route, when it most needs to refuel after a long and arduous migration?

Larry Alden
Meadowdale
southern Guilderland
between Thacher Park
and Black Creek Marsh


Fw: eBird Report - Five Combines Feeder Canal Park, May 24, 2014 Southern Adirondack Field Trip Report

jimries129
 

Four birders managed to remain dry on Saturday , the 24th, during our walk along the bike path starting at the Five Combines Feeder Canal park . While it seemed quiet , we managed to see or hear 44 species and locate 2 American Red-Start , and 1 Robin's nest. New species for trip were the Canada Warbles, Blackpoll, and solitary sandpiper spotted by our participants ! A really enjoyable morning, thanks to all,

Jim Ries and Carol Blackwell


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Subject: eBird Report - Five Combines Feeder Canal Park, May 24, 2014
Sent: Tue, May 27, 2014 9:48:22 PM

Five Combines Feeder Canal Park, Washington, US-NY
May 24, 2014 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:    SAAS Field Trip
44 species

Canada Goose  1
Mallard  1
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Green Heron  1
Osprey  1
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Solitary Sandpiper  1
Mourning Dove  2
Chimney Swift  5
Belted Kingfisher  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Least Flycatcher  1
Eastern Phoebe  3
Eastern Kingbird  1
Warbling Vireo  5
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  3
Common Raven  1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  3
Tree Swallow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Eastern Bluebird  2
Wood Thrush  1
American Robin  4
Gray Catbird  7
Cedar Waxwing  3
Common Yellowthroat  3
American Redstart  5
Yellow Warbler  2
Chestnut-sided Warbler  1
Blackpoll Warbler  1
Canada Warbler  1
Song Sparrow  6
Northern Cardinal  3
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1
Red-winged Blackbird  12
Common Grackle  4
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
Baltimore Oriole  6
American Goldfinch  4
House Sparrow  1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S18584122

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


Re: Bird song

Robert Lewis <rfermat@...>
 


house wren.


Bob Lewis
Sleepy Hollow




From: "'Louis J. Suarato' lsuarato@... [hmbirds]"
To: hmbirds@...
Sent: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 9:22 AM
Subject: [HMBirds] Bird song

 
Sorry about the previous attachment. I hope this link to a video is better. This bird started singing in the backyard a few days ago and sings continuously. I at first thought it was a pine warbler, but it doesn't perch in the pines.
 


Louis Suarato



Re: Bird song

Brian Smith
 

I agree with Alan here, posting it on YouTube or putting the audio file on a public Drop Box site would probably be best.

I would also pass on the install of the app/program since so many of them on the net have viruses and such.

Cheers!

Brian Smith
Averill Park, NY


To: lsuarato@...; hmbirds@...
From: hmbirds@...
Date: Tue, 27 May 2014 10:46:59 -0400
Subject: Re: [HMBirds] Bird song

 

Sorry, but I don't know anything about the required app to listen, and it wants to access all my contacts. I will pass on installing it. Could you just make a sound clip - or post on Youtube?

On May 27, 2014 9:22 AM, "'Louis J. Suarato' lsuarato@... [hmbirds]" <hmbirds@...> wrote:
 

Sorry about the previous attachment. I hope this link to a video is better. This bird started singing in the backyard a few days ago and sings continuously. I at first thought it was a pine warbler, but it doesn't perch in the pines.

 



Louis Suarato




Re: Bird song

Alan Mapes
 

Sorry, but I don't know anything about the required app to listen, and it wants to access all my contacts. I will pass on installing it. Could you just make a sound clip - or post on Youtube?

On May 27, 2014 9:22 AM, "'Louis J. Suarato' lsuarato@... [hmbirds]" <hmbirds@...> wrote:
 

Sorry about the previous attachment. I hope this link to a video is better. This bird started singing in the backyard a few days ago and sings continuously. I at first thought it was a pine warbler, but it doesn't perch in the pines.

 



Louis Suarato


Bird song

Louis J. Suarato
 

Sorry about the previous attachment. I hope this link to a video is better. This bird started singing in the backyard a few days ago and sings continuously. I at first thought it was a pine warbler, but it doesn't perch in the pines.

 



Louis Suarato


Backyard Bird

Louis J. Suarato
 

I haven't been able to get a view of this bird, but it sings all day in the backyard. Here's a recording. Can someone please help me identify it?


A recording from www.recordertheapp.com



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Louis Suarato


Cuckoo

Ellen
 

I was surprised to hear a Black-Billed Cuckoo calling early this morning.  It was probably in the wooded area that borders our property.  Yard bird #92!

 

Ellen P.

West Charlton


Re: Common Nighthawks

Alan Mapes
 

I had two common nighthawks over Five Rivers around 8:20 this evening. They were flying high and circling to feed, but working their way north.

Alan


On Mon, May 26, 2014 at 7:36 PM, hoaryredpoll Hoaryredpoll@... [hmbirds] <hmbirds@...> wrote:
 


About a dozen Common Nighthawks flew over my location in Coeymans Hollow, Albany County flying west at 7:15pm this evening.

Good Birding!

Will Raup
Albany, NY

Sent from the Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro, an AT&T LTE smartphone



Flycatcher Interaction

Larry & Penny Alden
 

While grilling at the end of the day today, I noticed a bird perched on the top of a dead tree.  Leaving the burgers for a minute, I set up my scope to see an Olive-sided Flycatcher doing its thing!  Shortly thereafter, a Great Crested Flycatcher chased it away from the tree.  A minute or two later, the Olive-sided was back and shortly after that the CG Fly chased it away again, this time for good.
 
This is only the second time I've had Olive-sided from my yard in over 14 years and it was good to compare size and shape with the more common Great Crested.
 
With the reports from Five Rivers today, it must be Olive-sided Flycatcher Day today instead of Memorial Day.  Who knows?  Maybe it was the same bird!
 
Larry Alden
Meadowdale
southern Guilderland
between Thacher Park
and Black Creek Marsh


Common Nighthawks

Will Raup
 


About a dozen Common Nighthawks flew over my location in Coeymans Hollow, Albany County flying west at 7:15pm this evening.

Good Birding!

Will Raup
Albany, NY

Sent from the Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro, an AT&T LTE smartphone


Re: Vischer Ferry-5/24 Yellow-billed Cuckoos, Hooded Mergansers

jhershey2
 

This morning I got a look at the fledgling Hooded Mergansers that Neal reported at Vischer Ferry. I posted 2 pics.  I also was happy to hear Blackpoll Warblers singing in the woods which sound about as loud as a pin dropping, and have a crescendo in the middle of a 4 or 5 note-song.  There also were about an equal number of Alder and Willow Flycatchers (estimating 4 each).  And, one Least.    https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/hmbirds/photos/albums/77752785/lightbox/1721356923


John H. 


central saratoga county -- 6 swallows

gregg_recer
 

thanks to sue's note from yesterday, cathy graichen and I took a quick walk at the malta tech park this morning to check out the active bank swallow colony.  hope the sand pile persists.  we also had a tennessee warbler in the 100 acre woods.

we checked a few other spots around saratoga/ballston -- crescent park on saratoga lake, saratoga airport and the county farm/public works facility.  between the lake and the county facility we had all 6 swallows -- martins at saratoga lake, a couple of cliff swallows at the county facility and more bank and rough-winged there too.

had scope views of grasshopper and vesper sparrows at the airport.  oddly, no savannah sparrow or horned lark, although they were in there last week.


gregg recer

malta



Re: Five Rivers Bicknell's

Alan Mapes
 

Larry makes good points on this topic. I very seldom use recorded bird calls in the field, not wanting to disturb breeding. In this instance, my rational was that the Gray-cheeked/Bicknell's Thrush was in migration, not nesting, and that the disturbance would be minimal. I played one single song of each species, very softly (cell phone), and no more. It looks like one other person attracted a thrush 8 hours later (possibly with a recording, we don't know) in the same location, taking good photos.

Will says that these two species will respond to each other's songs, so official ID can't come from the reaction of this bird. That said, the reaction I got from the bird seemed very clear to me. No reaction to Gray-cheeked; ready to rip my head off to Bicknell's.

Cheers, Alan


On Sat, May 24, 2014 at 8:43 AM, 'Penny and Larry Alden' overlook@... [hmbirds] <hmbirds@...> wrote:
 

I think with the recent sighting of Bicknell's Thrush at Five Rivers, it might be a good time for people to review the ABA Code of Ethics (http://www.aba.org/about/ethics.html).  In particular,
 
"To avoid stressing birds or exposing them to danger, exercise restraint and caution during observation, photography, sound recording, or filming.

Limit the use of recordings and other methods of attracting birds, and never use such methods in heavily birded areas, or for attracting any species that is Threatened, Endangered, or of Special Concern, or is rare in your local area."

The Bicknell's Thrush is just passing through our area on its way to its breeding grounds in the high elevations of the Northeast or Canada.  It's had a long trip from shrinking winter habitat in the Dominican Republic.  Now that its location has been publicly announced, treat it like an overnight guest and let it do its thing without being pestered by recordings of non-existent rivals.

There are places in New York State, not far from the Capital District, that you can see and hear this bird in its breeding habitat. Yes, it's inconvenient to get up early and hike to the top of a mountain in the dark, but it is an amazing experience to hear these rare and threatened birds singing in the pre-dawn darkness.  And isn't it far better to visit this bird in its own home, on its own terms, rather than disturbing it en route, when it most needs to refuel after a long and arduous migration?

Larry Alden
Meadowdale
southern Guilderland
between Thacher Park
and Black Creek Marsh



Olive-sided Flycatcher

jw.kent@...
 

Tom and Colleen Williams and I just saw an Olive-sided Flycatcher perching atop various trees around Fox Marsh at Five Rivers in Delmar. We have also seen several Blackpoll warblers and numerous Willow and Alder Flycatchers, as well as two Orchard Orioles. While I was busy typing this Tom just saw a Wilson's Warbler.

John Kent
Selkirk


Gone

Alan Mapes
 

Olive-sided just flew off to the north, over the woods and off the property of Five Rivers - sorry.


Olive-sided

Alan Mapes
 

Moved to a dead pine near the Skeeter bowl Pond


Olive-sided, Five Rivers

Alan Mapes
 

I just watched an olive- sided flycatcher working d brushy field north of the Vlomankill Pavilion. It was near the observation platform on that Western stretch of the service road.

Alan Mapes


Mourning Warbler, Albany

jw.kent@...
 

Tristan Lowery and I just saw a male Mourning Warbler along Normanskill Drive in Albany.

John Kent
Selkirk



Schodack Island SP

Eric Molho
 

Took a few friends to Schodack Island SP this morning.  The highlights were the reliable Peregrine on the bridge, several Cerulean Warblers on Red and Yellow trails, Black-billed Cuckoo, and several Warblers including many Blackpoll, a couple Canada and Tennessee in addition to the usuals.
Eric Molho

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