Try that again: This evening while zipping the parking lot in first gear at the Harriman State Office Building Campus on my third driving lesson, I saw two Common Ravens being chased overhead by an unidentified smaller bird (would've tried to ID the assailant, but I was trying not to kill any pedestrians or hit parked cars).

Tristan Lowery

Good birding.
Tristan Lowery

Common Ravens @ Harriman Campus - 6/30/14

Tristan Lowery

This evening while zipping the parking lot in first gear at the Harriman State Office Building Campus parking lot in first gear on my third driving lesson, I saw two Common Ravena

Re: Historic Champlain Canal Trail

Richard Guthrie

Thanks for sharing and regarding the waxwings, you bet there's a difference. 

One (the Bohemian) is very rare in northeast North America, but may be found some winters.. The other (Cedar Waxwing) is very common around these parts.

The main difference is size and some color differences. A quick check in a decent field guide will arm you for the next encounter. 

So I would say you saw the Cedar Waxwings. Not bad.

Keep those good reports coming. 

Rich Guthrie
New Baltimore

On Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 4:17 PM, queengeek1@... [hmbirds] <hmbirds@...> wrote:

Sunday bike ride, spotted waxwings (bohemian? cedar? Is there a difference?), belted kingfisher, green heron, and by it's song, veery.

Richard Guthrie

Historic Champlain Canal Trail


Sunday bike ride, spotted waxwings (bohemian? cedar? Is there a difference?), belted kingfisher, green heron, and by it's song, veery.

Re: Extralimital HMBC Field Trip summary, Adirondack Tour- 6/28/2014


For those who are interested, I added 4 more pics to Tom's fine album of the Adirondack Tour yesterday.  The first 2 are Gray Jays at Bloomingdale Bog.  Third is what I believe (correct me if I'm wrong) is a Pitcher Plant (carnivorous) flower.  Fourth, a view from Intervale Lowlands.

 John H.

Extralimital HMBC Field Trip summary, Adirondack Tour- 6/28/2014


Twelve hardy souls met at the appointed hour, embarking on a 14-hour journey through the heart of the Adirondack Park. Surprises were many, disappointments few, and the smiles lasted into the late afternoon, when fatigue started to get the upper hand. A quick chronology and highlights, with image links:

Little Tupper Lake (08:15AM)- A pair of Common Loons greeted us near the outlet of Little Tupper Lake.

Sabattis Circle Rd. bog (08:50AM)- We flushed a Broad-winged Hawk with a fresh kill as we arrived along the roadside. At least one BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER flew in and out a few times from the east side of the road, perching forty feet above our group in a dying tamarack (larch.) A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was perched even higher in a snag on the same side of the road. The first of the day's GRAY JAY sightings occurred when a group of three glided silently through the bog. Warblers observed included Nashville, Northern Parula, and Magnolia.

Pauls Smiths VIC (10:35AM)- The birding was quiet here, but a brief visit to the Heron Marsh Trail had some scenic views. We did see a hen Hooded Merganser with two ducklings.

Bloomingdale Bog (11:50AM)- a ninety-minute walk south of County Rt. 55, to the wooden bridge and back, resulted in two expected sightings and one unusual encounter. A family group of two adult and two juvenile GRAY JAYS found us, and our snacks, on the walk back to our vehicles. A LINCOLN'S SPARROW was seen by some of the group, low in the shrubs alongside a bog pocket. A sparrow in the middle of the trail, foraging in and out of the ankle-length grass as it moved ever closer to us, turned out to be a VESPER SPARROW! Technically, it was in appropriate habitat, except that the habitat is eight feet wide and two miles long.

Intervale Lowlands Preserve (2:50PM)- Larry Master graciously met our group and gave an overview of his property and the "bird inventory." I highly recommend that you visit and explore his website,

and view the planning and construction of his "Net Zero Home" in the six-part video available here-

Birds were fairly quiet in the afternoon heat and high sun, but we still managed to detect a CAPE MAY WARBLER and MOURNING WARBLER, out on the eastern spur trail. The habitat here is first-rate, and a return visit earlier in the season, and earlier in the day, is in order. In addition, the views are spectacular,

and there are interesting non-avian species, too, like this Leconte's Haploa Moth-

Thank you to everyone who participated on Saturday, that was a very long but satisfying day in the Adirondacks. We look forward to seeing you on future HMBC field trips.

Tom & Colleen Williams


Lake Desolation/Edinburg

Ronald Harrower

Went out this morning beyond Lake Desolation toward Sacandaga along Fox Hill Road. First stop was at "shotgun shell " pond right where dirt road changes to paved. I had missed American Bittern 3 previous trips, but this time it was standing in the reeds toward the left. It then flew to far side. Beautiful.
Hiked up a trail near biggest bridge. Had Mourning Warbler, many Chestnut-sided Warblers, Redstart, Alder Flycatcher, and a RT Hummingbird right where I saw it doing parabolic flight a month ago.
Going farther, had 3 Swainson's Thrushes, a Philadelphia Vireo, 2 Broad-winged hawks, another Alder Flycatcher, and a Common Raven. On way back, I stopped by little house with nice fence and had a Black-throated Blue Warbler and a Blackburnian Warbler right near me.
A great day weather wise and bird wise
Ron Harrower

Re: Great Blue Heron Rookery


Denise and I went up to this rookery this morning; this is a great photo opportunity! We counted 18 nests, most with good sized young; one had tiny young. Other species present included veery, wood thrush, ovenbird, yellow warbler, common yellowthroat, yellow-throated vireo, cedar waxwing, swamp sparrow, and yellow-bellied sapsucker. Scott Stoner, Loudonville

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"kharper@... [hmbirds]" <hmbirds@...> wrote:


Went up to the Great Blue Heron Rookery in Cossayuna last week and it is thriving with lots of nest and lots of herons with young of various ages. I think that within a few weeks they will be fledging as they are all getting quite big. The rookery seems in good shape with many nest and even several multi-nest trees.

Here is a link to a few photos I took while there:

I will be trying to get back up there one more time before the young leave.

Ken H.


Great Blue Heron Rookery


Went up to the Great Blue Heron Rookery in Cossayuna last week and it is thriving with lots of nest and lots of herons with young of various ages. I think that within a few weeks they will be fledging as they are all getting quite big. The rookery seems in good shape with many nest and even several multi-nest trees.

Here is a link to a few photos I took while there:

I will be trying to get back up there one more time before the young leave.

Ken H.


winter wren, warblers, Mountain Top Arboretum

Kathryn Schneider

Intrigued by the list on eBird, Carena Pooth and I went to the Mountain Top Arboretum in Tannersville on Thursday. What a lovely place! I say this from both the perspective of a birder and serious gardener—nice diversity of habitats at 2700 feet and an impressive collection of plants. There is a shrub bog with a boardwalk, meadows with deer exclosures, deciduous woods, an extensive forest and a beautiful graminoid fen/marsh with a boardwalk that takes you into it a little way. It wasn’t the best day weather wise and Carena got Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Wood Thrush and American Goldfinch, which I missed, but I think any single site with 40 species in late June is pretty nice. Here is my list for the morning.

Kathy Schneider
Stuyvesant Falls

Mountain Top Arboretum, Greene, US-NY
Jun 26, 2014 6:02 AM - 11:02 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: Cloudy, breezy, humid with intermittent drizzle after very heavy rain last night. With Carena Pooth. <br />Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.7.4
42 species

Broad-winged Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 4
Northern Flicker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Least Flycatcher 1
Eastern Phoebe 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Warbling Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 5
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 2 Carrying food
Tree Swallow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 5
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
House Wren 1
Winter Wren 2
Eastern Bluebird 1
American Robin 4
Gray Catbird 3
European Starling 1
Cedar Waxwing 9
Ovenbird 8
Black-and-white Warbler 3
Common Yellowthroat 9
American Redstart 1
Magnolia Warbler 1
Blackburnian Warbler 1
Chestnut-sided Warbler 4
Pine Warbler 1
Black-throated Green Warbler 4
Eastern Towhee 1
Chipping Sparrow 4
Song Sparrow 10
Swamp Sparrow 2
White-throated Sparrow 2
Scarlet Tanager 2
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
Purple Finch 1

Broad-Winged Hawk


I’m hearing a Broad-Winged Hawk calling from my backyard or somewhere close by.  Sounds exactly like the call on the Cornell Lab website – a high-pitched whistle.


Ellen P.

West Charlton

Rondout Reservoir Eagles

Louis J. Suarato

I didn't have any luck seeing the Fallsburgh whistling ducks, but not far from there, on the Rondout Reservoir, there was plenty of eagle activity. Red-winged blackbirds and Eastern Kingbirds were chasing juvenile and adult eagles. This a a photo of an adult eagle with a kingbird above. The Rondout Reservoir Eagle observation area is on Rt 55a in Grahamsville.

Louis Suarato

Birdline for June 25



Birdline summary for week ending June 25:

9 reports; 69 species reported.


Best of the week:

BLACK VULTURE: Moreau 6/22.

RED-SHOULDERED HAWK: Cherry Plain 6/21.

WILSONS SNIPE: Knox 6/24 (6+)


BARRED OWL: Cherry Plain 6/21.

GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER: Putnam 6/19, 6/22, 6/24.

HOODED WARBLER: Pine Bush 6/22.

ORCHARD ORIOLE: Five Rivers 6/22 (2).


Thanks to Susan Beaudoin (Putnam), Bruce Dudek (Putnam, Knox), Lindsey Duval (Putnam), Rich Guthrie (Pine Bush, New Baltimore), John Kent (Five Rivers) and Scott Varney (Moreau)

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Extra-limital = Black-bellied Whistling Ducks - Sullivan County, NY

Richard Guthrie

Ken McDermot called to relay that 6 BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCKS are being seen at Morningside Park in Fallsburgh, Sullivan County, NY.

These are a strikingly unusual duck (yes, fond of perching in trees - hence the older name Tree Duck). Could this be the same group that has visited new York State in several recent years?

Rich Guthrie
New Baltimore,

Richard Guthrie

Wilson's Snipe, Town of Knox


I ran across a sizable group of Wilson's Snipe in the farmlands of Knox this AM.  They were very vocal with several types of calls, both in flight and on the ground.  I saw a minimum of six, but there could have been double that number, based on all of the calls I heard in the distance.  It seems likely that they were a couple of family groups, although the only bird I got a close look at seemed to be an adult.  I first noticed one sitting on a fence post as I drove by.

The location is on Beebe Rd, about 200-300 yards south of the intersection with Middle Rd.  The owner of the field on the west side of the Rd stopped to chat and was happy to have someone find what she already knew was there.  She invited me to walk the fields of their property at the Octagon Barn around the corner.   This site hosts music events and stargazing/lectures in concert with the Dudley Observatory.  Nice fields with walking areas  and many wildflowers.  Bobolinks, Eastern Meadowlarks, and Savannah Sparrows everywhere.  I couldn't find any Grasshopper sparrows, but someone with better ears than mine might want to check it out.

Golden-winged Warbler


Tom and I drove up to Putnam this AM, arriving at 8:45 and staying for about an hour. The male Golden-winged Warbler was singing on and off the entire time we were there, right across from the driveway of the first house on the left on Hutton Square Rd. It flew to a dead tree about 100 feet east of the driveway, giving a clear, but brief view as another bird tore after it soon after it landed. The second bird was the same size & shape as the GWWA, but the lighting was poor and I couldn't see colors or field marks. The owner of the house, Richard Mulaney, came out and spoke to me for quite some time about birds in general and was very interested specifically about the Golden-winged. I had been concerned that the home owners might not appreciate all the traffic across from their house, and was pleased that he was not only friendly, but interested. He told me the area across from his house used to be a field. I'm glad it was allowed to grow over. The birds certainly love it. Other species we saw there included Yellow-rumped Warbler, Prairie Warbler,  Cedar Waxwings, Common Raven, Eastern Bluebirds and numerous singing Indigo Buntings. Bobolinks were in the field just to the east of the shrubby area. Within 2-3 miles we saw the Osprey on its nest, an American Kestrel and a Northern Harrier. It's a beautiful area once you get past Whitehall.

Susan Beaudoin

(sorry, Naomi)

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Richard Guthrie

Normally it's around the Forth of July before I start seeing this. And I don't want to be rushing the season any, but, this morning I saw two Ring-billed Gulls heading south These were not the loafing hang-around kind of flying down the river. These two birds had that get out of town look to them. Just saying. ..

Rich Guthrie
New Baltimore

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Re: Moreau Recreation Fields Black Vulture

Richard Guthrie

Continued range expansion of the Black Vultures, Hooded Warblers, Red-headed Woodpeckers, .... What next?

Rich Guthrie
New Baltimore

On Sun, Jun 22, 2014 at 9:34 PM, 'scottvarney1968@...' scottvarney1968@... [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply@...> wrote:

While driving into the Rec Fields today for some kite flying, my daughter spotted a peculiar large, soaring black bird above the pig farm. It soared closer and closer and perched right on a pine tree with some Turkey Vultures, however, it's head was entirely Gray and had conspicuous white wing patches on the tips of its wings. It was nice to see this Black Vulture in this area and not during migration. All credit goes to my daughter!

Scott Varney
 Moreau, NY

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Re: Hutton Square Rd "Golden-winged" Warblers


The "Golden-winged" warbler population at the Hutton Square Rd site, Town of Putnam may be a bit more complex than first reports suggest.  I went there early yesterday AM (June 21) before an ADK outing.  I was initially surprised at my luck when, as I pulled my car over at the site, a "golden-winged" warbler actually flew along side my car and perched in a bush (apologies to Naomi and Ellen).  I stayed for over an hour trying to get photos.  The bird was foraging on both sides of the road and although close, it only rarely perched long enough to photograph.  I was concentrating more on getting the shot than getting the ID.  Several times, I thought I saw a second Golden-winged, but wasn't sure. I did not hear much song - probably due to weak ears on my part.  When I shared two of my photos with Jeff N, he pointed out that the photographed bird was not a Golden-winged, but a Golden-winged, Blue-winged hybrid (lacking the black throat).  After consulting several guides and online sources, it appears that this photographed bird may have been a Golden-winged by Brewster's backcross, or some other hybrid that was not clearly an F1 Brewsters (no yellow wash on chest/belly but clear golden wings). Careful review of my pics did turn up a clear Golden-winged male, so I did see at least two different birds.   I didn't have the good fortune to see or hear a Blue-winged warbler as Lindsay and Naomi did.


This may explain why song heard in the area is not the typical Golden-winged song. The population may be varying degrees of hybrid golden-  and blue-winged's (not unexpectedly).   Pictures/video from John H., Tom and Colleen W., and other Ebird posts clearly show Golden-winged's.  The population might merit further study.


For those intending to look for these birds, please note that my observation location was slightly east of the map points of others registered in Ebird, perhaps 75 yards or so beyond the driveway to the first house on the north side.     See the Ebird range map for these locations (  My location was here: 43.7473878,-73.3896051.


I consulted Sibley's (2nd Ed) and several other guides, plus Shapiro (2005;


As others have noted, the whole area is full of bird song and there is somewhat diverse habitat along the length of Hutton Square Rd.  I heard one Black-billed Cuckoo at the "golden-winged site" and saw/photographed another in the NE segment of the Hutton Square Rd loop.  I also observed the red-winged blackbird harassing the Osprey on the nest platform as reported by Naomi/Ellen.


Pics here (two of the hybrid warbler in question, one of the "pure" golden-winged, plus one of the cuckoo):

Feedback on the backcross suggestion is  welcomed.



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