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Owl species correction to Long-Eared Owl

Scott Varney
 


Saratoga Lake and area

Ronald Harrower
 

Joe Brin and I continued our birding adventure from Northumberland to Saratoga Lake. Had a great look at a Merlin just East of the lake on Turner Road.
Went straight to Brown's Beach where the waterfowl is still in abundance. Northward along the shore, 6 Gadwalls were mixed with Mallards and Blacks. The huge raft of mixed ducks is off south shore. At least 800 Common Mergansers, 350 mixed Scaup (could see lots of both i viewed photos later) At least 200 Hooded Mergansers and significant numbers of Buffleheads, mallards, Blacks. Though i did see at least two Redheads at the time, my review of photos this evening revealed at least 5. There were 4 more Gadwalls, and 2 Canvasbacks.
Farther out in Lake were 20 Snow Geese and another 300 Common Mergansers and 300 Common Goldeneyes.
The warmish weather has kept water open. Will keep checking as this is an amazing assemblage

Ron Harrower


Montgomery County

eddyandtroymike@...
 

At around 1:00pm today there were two Snow Geese along with the hundreds of Canadas at Fonda/Fultonville Bridge.   Edward Donnan


Eastern Meadowlark

Ronald Harrower
 

After a couple hours of birding boredom, Joe Brin and i just found an Eastern Meadowlark on West River Road near The south part of Harris Road in Northumberland
Ron Harrower


Green Island - Common Loon

Craig Driggs
 

I saw what I believe was a Common Loon at the Tibbits Ave overlook today. I haven't seen one in winter plumage before, but after researching a bit, I think I made the right ID.

It sat low in the water with it's bill angled slightly upwards. The bill and throat were light gray. The neck was darker below the throat but bright white farther down. The crown and back of the neck were black and it's back was dark gray.

Other possibilities that I ruled out were a juvenile Cormorant or Red-throated Loon, or a Red-necked Grebe.


Craig D


Fort Miller & Fort Edward 12/18

Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval@...>
 

Today was a quieter drive around these areas than of late so it was easier to take joy in spotting some of our more common, though not seen as often species, including a Pileated Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, and a Common Raven (the crows were very upset to find the raven had food) in the Fort Edward Grasslands. There were also 3 Red-tailed Hawks along Rt 42, and a 4th on Rt 197 on the "MX" platform. 

My best sighting in the grasslands for the day was a dark morph Rough-legged Hawk perched atop a ridiculously tiny shrub at the south end of Plum Road. 

There was nearly nothing on the river along Fort Miller - a group of male Common Goldeneyes was notable, and a group of mostly male Common Mergansers as well. Best sighting along there was a Merlin

Also spotted was an adult Bald Eagle upriver, just north of Roger's Island, which did not seem to disturb any of the waterfowl there. 

Happy Birding!
- Lindsey D. 


Austerlitz- Golden Eagle

kernscot
 

Nancy Kern

Will be part of the Chatham Christmas Count week.
Austerlitz, Columbia, US-NY
Dec 18, 2014 9:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Protocol: Stationary

Comments: Ground was bare yesterday and received about 6" of snow overnight. Overcast, 31.8 F, some light snow, fairly calm.
18 species

Golden Eagle 1 chased off 10 Common Ravens and a Red-tailed Hawk that were feeding on deer offal left by hunters in our back field. It came back again and perched in a large tree and watched the ravens feed. Did not have a camera handy to take photos and the tree is too far distant.

Red-tailed Hawk (Eastern) 1
Mourning Dove 4
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Blue Jay 6
American Crow 4
Common Raven 10
Black-capped Chickadee 8
Tufted Titmouse 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
American Tree Sparrow 2
White-throated Sparrow 2
Dark-eyed Junco 7
Northern Cardinal 4
House Finch 1 eyes looked normal
American Goldfinch 9

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20945031

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



Alcove Reservoir

Louis J. Suarato
 

Four Eagles over the Alcove Reservoir this morning; 2 adults, 2 juveniles. Also a common merganser and a hooded merganser and 4 Canada geese.

Louis Suarato


Birdline for December 17

philwhitney17
 

Birdline summary for week ending December 17:

23 reports; 70 species reported

 

Best of the week:

SURF SCOTER: Hudson Falls 12/13.

BLACK VULTURE: New Scotland 12/13.

NORTHERN GOSHAWK: SSCBC

ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK: Fort Edward 12/14.

MERLIN: Fort Edward 12/12; ACCBC.

LARK SPARROW: Fort Edward 12/14.

LAPLAND LONGSPUR: ACCBC; Ravena 12/14 (4)

SNOW BUNTING: Fort Edward 12/12, 12/14; ACCBC; SSCBC; Delmar 12/14.

BALTIMORE ORIOLE: Athens 12/11; Normanskill Farm 12/15..

PINE SISKIN: Providence 12/12; Queensbury 12/12.

 

Other notables:

Snow Goose: Fort Edward 12/12 (55); Five Rivers 12/12 (60) ; ACCBC

Mute Swan: Clifton Park 12/12 (6).

Northern Pintail: Hudson Falls 12/13 (2); Fort Miller 12/14 (3).

Northern Shoveler: Glens Falls 12/14.

Greater Scaup: SSCBC.

Lesser Scaup: SSCBC

Common Loon: South Glens Falls 12/14.

Bald Eagle: ACCBC (25); Basic Creek 12/14.

Northern Harrier: ACCBC.

American Kestrel: Normanskill Farm 12/15.

Peregrine Falcon: ACCBC.

Belted Kingfisher: Catskill 12/13.

Common Raven: Austerlitz 12/11 (20); ACCBC; Fort Miller 12/14.

Horned Lark: Fort Edward 12/12; ACCBC; SSCBC; Fort Edward 12/14; Ravena 12/14 (7).

Winter Wren: ACCBC.

Hermit Thrush: ACCBC; SSCBC

American Pipit: SSCBC.

Swamp Sparrow: Normanskill Farm 12/15.

 

ACCBC: Albany County Christmas Count 12/14.

SSCBC: Saratoga Springs Christmas Count 12/15.

 

Thanks to Larry Alden (New Scotland), Mona Bearor (Glens Falls), Nancy Castillo (Providence), Rob Chapman (Hudson Falls), Lindsey Duval (Fort Edward, Fort Miller, South Glens Falls), Larry Federman (Catskill), Rich Guthrie (Coxsackie), Ken Harper (Clifton Park), John Hershey (SSCBC), Nancy Kern (Austerlitz), Heidi Klinowski (Troy), Tristan Lowery (Normanskill Farm, ACCBC), Alan Mapes (Five Rivers, Saratoga, ACCBC), Ellen Pemrick (West Charlton), Jim Ries (Queensbury) , Jeanette Roundy (Fort Edward), Zach Schwartz-Weinstein (Delmar, Basic Creek, Ravena), and  Jeremy Taylor (Athens)


Albany County CBC - Section B

Tristan Lowery
 

Al Mapes already provided a complete review of Sunday's (12/14) Albany County Christmas Bird Count, but in the interest of reporting notable birds to HMBirds, I'll offer the highlights of Section B (covered by me, John Kent, and Zach Schwartz-Weinstein).

We found a particularly vociferous Winter Wren before sunrise at the new and as-of-yet unnamed Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy property on Van Dyke Road, just off of Meads Lane in Delmar. We first noticed the wren as it made its explosive "chimp chimp" call, a sound sometimes also made by Carolina Wrens, but the bird popped up out of the brush a few times for diagnostic silhouette views in the dim twilight.

A Peregrine Falcon was a somewhat unexpected find at Elm Avenue Park, also in Delmar, if only for the location.

We found seven Horned Larks mixed in with European Starlings just off the runway at South Albany Airport in Selkirk.

We also saw three Northern Harriers hovering over various plowed fields around Delmar.

Tristan Lowery
Albany


Normanskill Farm - 12/16 (Baltimore Oriole, Swamp Sparrow, American Kestrel)

Tristan Lowery
 

I found a late BALTIMORE ORIOLE at Normanskill Farm in Albany this morning. I was picking my way through a mixed flock of chickadees, titmice, and sparrows that was feeding on the brushy hill above the National Grid gas facility there, when a bright orange bird caught my eye. The oriole was busy feeding on berries and gave me very few good looks (and almost no opportunity for photographs), but I'm certain it had no black on the throat, and very little on the head; I did have the possibility of Bullock's in the back of my mind during all this. I followed the rather uncooperative bird for a few minutes up the hill, before finally losing it. I spent another fifteen minutes trying to relocate it, before everything went quiet and it became obvious the flock had moved on.

When I got home, I checked eBird and saw that Deb Ferguson reported a Baltimore Oriole at the same location on 11/23. I wonder if this is the same bird.

While searching for the oriole, I found a Swamp Sparrow feeding with the White-throated and Song Sparrows. A Cooper's Hawk made a brief overhead appearance flying over the old farm buildings, and I spotted an American Kestrel on a wire over the large field behind the gardens.

Formerly uncommon winter residents like Northern Mockingbird and Carolina Wren were also present in good numbers, as they are seemingly everywhere these days.

I got to the farm fairly early this morning with the hope of finding owls, but heard none.

My complete eBird checklist and poor photographs of the oriole can be found here.

Good birding!

Tristan Lowery
Albany


Northern Shoveler in Glens Falls

ConserveBirds
 

A single male on the "pond" nearest the entrance gate at the Glens Falls Wastewater Treatment plant at the end of Shermantown Rd. CBC count week bird!

 

Mona Bearor

South Glens Falls, NY

 

 


Saratoga Springs Bird Count (CBC)

jhershey2
 


Sunday was a great day for birds in Saratoga! Our relatively small group of 12 was out early and working late. We had 54 species with, sadly, no owls as Larry Rowland our chief owler was not with us. Since I took over at the last minute there was some confusion about dates and past volunteers which led to the smaller number of participants.Those who did show up, however, came to bird. Other than owls we had some great sightings. Bill, John and Jamie on the Hudson had plenty of horned larks and a couple of lapland longspurs. There was also a mysterious white bird that escaped without identification. Naomi's and I had a pair of hermit thrushes in the battlefield, Wally Elton chased down a Goshawk at Loughberry Lake and Ray and his group ended the day with an American Pipit in the SPAC parking lot.

Because the farmers got out in the afternoon and spread manure we got a number of late day small flocks of Snow Buntings with good overall numbers. As with the Albany count there were also lots of Cardinals around. Since I donʼt have immediate access to past counts I canʼt make an overall comparison of numbers, however one bird of note was turkeys. We had a few years of no turkeys but this year 44 were seen in three sectors. Also Saratoga Lake was open and yielded up a lot of ducks. There was a large raft of mixed Scaup, 300 Common Goldeneye and close to 900 Common Mergansers among others.

Thanks to all my hard working volunteers! Already looking forward to next year. 


Jean Holcomb, compiler



Chukar in Fort Edward?

Scott Varney
 

I was just reviewing my photos for 2014 and looking for any neat finds that I discovered this year, but had neglected to post. So for a little holiday fun, I thought I'd share my most intriguing photo of the year...a Chukar that I took a photo of in a culvert on West River Road in Fort Edward, NY.  The photo quality isn't great (camera phone), but all the ID characteristics are visible. I trust that this is someone's escaped exotic bird, but as of yet and with diligent inquiry, I can't locate the place of origin. It's been a great year of birding and wish everyone the happiest of holidays!  Don't forget to leave a gift under the trees for the birdies!  


Chukar Photo Link is here or check my Varney's Ventures photo album. 


https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/hmbirds/photos/albums/1230698685/lightbox/1867979996?orderBy=ordinal&sortOrder=asc&photoFilter=ALL#zax/1867979996



Scott Varney

Moreau, NY


Albany Co. Christmas Count - Results

Alan Mapes
 

Twenty-two people took part in the 28th annual Albany County Count yesterday, 12/14/14. With one party yet to report, the species total stands at 72. Blue-winged teal was the new species for the count, with one male found on Alcove Reservoir. The other headline for the day was the 25 bald eagles found, more than double the previous high count.

Record high numbers were also found for eastern bluebird, dark-eyed junco and northern cardinal. Species with second-highest numbers ever included snow goose, ring-necked duck, red-tailed hawk, common raven, and house sparrow.

Besides the blue-winged teal, some unusual species found included green-winged teal, merlin, peregrine, hermit thrush, gray catbird and Lapland longspur (3rd time for the count). 

Also posting high numbers were Canada goose, red-bellied woodpecker, downy woodpecker, blue jay, horned lark, white-breasted nuthatch, and snow bunting.

Low in numbers were American black duck, sharp-shinned hawk, golden-crowned kinglet, cedar waxwing, and white-throated sparrow. Missing entirely were purple finch and ruffed grouse.

Thanks to everyone who participated!

Alan Mapes, Compiler NYAC
New Scotland


Lark Sparrow - no

Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval@...>
 

Just a heads up - I've been out in the area the Lark Sparrow was seen and haven't seen it. John H.also looked and Tom W.is still camped out there (I'm on Plum looking at a Savannah). No luck so far!

- Lindsey D.

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Albany County this AM

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

I checked a couple spots early this morning. On Mead's Lane in Delmar, I flushed a bunch of Juncos and a few Snow Buntings shortly after turning off Delaware. Also present were a Red-tailed Hawk and the same Wild Turkey mob that John Kent, Tristan Lowery, and I found at the south end of the lane during yesterday's Albany County CBC.

From there I went to Marshall Rd outside Ravena, and re-found the horned lark/Lapland Longspur flock that Will and Danika Raup found there yesterday. There were 4 longspurs and ~7 larks, and they were staying pretty close to the side of the road.

Finally I checked the causeway at Basic Creek Reservoir for more Snow Buntings, but didn't see any. I did, however, have a flyover adult bald eagle. The entire north side of the reservoir is unsurprisingly frozen. The south side has a big patch of open water, but it was empty when I passed by.

ZSW
Albany.


Lark Sparrow location

roundywaves35@...
 

I tried to post this earlier, twice.


I saw the lark sparrow as I turned onto Blackhouse rd from hwy 46/Durkeetown Rd. around 10:30am.

Sorry for the delayed response.

Jeanette 



Re: Fort Edward Lark Sparrow today

Richard Guthrie
 

It is surely a Lark Sparrow. 

Good Find.

So can you provide a more precise location? 

A lot of folks would like to follow up on it.

Rich Guthrie
New Baltimore

On Sun, Dec 14, 2014 at 7:55 PM, 'Larry Federman' birderlarry@... [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply@...> wrote:
 

Excellent find – indeed a Lark Sparrow! I hope you entered your sightings on eBird!
 
Larry Federman
Education Coordinator
Audubon New York
Rheinstrom Hill, Buttercup Farm, and RamsHorn-Livingston Sanctuaries and Centers
 
Sent: Sunday, December 14, 2014 7:27 PM
Subject: Re: [HMBirds] Fort Edward today
 
 

Wow!  Sure looks like a lark sparrow to me!  Very unusual bird in New York. Good thing you got video.
 
Larry Alden


On Dec 14, 2014, at 6:17 PM, roundywaves35@... [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply@...> wrote:

 

I had a pretty good day at Fort Edward.  I saw two new birds for me.


Saw horned larks and some regulars (n. mockingbird, n. cardinals, hairy woodpecker, n. flicker, American tree sparrows, mourning doves, white-breasted nuthatch, crows, blue jays, dark-eyed juncos, eastern bluebird, rock pigeons, Canada geese, some ducks(?), and A. goldfinches.


Also, I saw what I believe is a lark sparrow.  Here is a video:  http://vid380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/roundywaves6/M4H08244_zpsyqnywzd4.mp4

 

Also, although not 100% sure, I saw what looked like a dark morph rough-legged hawk and a flock of snow buntings.

 

Jeanette Roundy



--
Richard Guthrie


Re: Fort Edward Lark Sparrow today

birderlarry
 

Excellent find – indeed a Lark Sparrow! I hope you entered your sightings on eBird!
 
Larry Federman
Education Coordinator
Audubon New York
Rheinstrom Hill, Buttercup Farm, and RamsHorn-Livingston Sanctuaries and Centers
 

Sent: Sunday, December 14, 2014 7:27 PM
Subject: Re: [HMBirds] Fort Edward today
 
 

Wow!  Sure looks like a lark sparrow to me!  Very unusual bird in New York. Good thing you got video.
 
Larry Alden


On Dec 14, 2014, at 6:17 PM, roundywaves35@... [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply@...> wrote:

 

I had a pretty good day at Fort Edward.  I saw two new birds for me.


Saw horned larks and some regulars (n. mockingbird, n. cardinals, hairy woodpecker, n. flicker, American tree sparrows, mourning doves, white-breasted nuthatch, crows, blue jays, dark-eyed juncos, eastern bluebird, rock pigeons, Canada geese, some ducks(?), and A. goldfinches.


Also, I saw what I believe is a lark sparrow.  Here is a video:  http://vid380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/roundywaves6/M4H08244_zpsyqnywzd4.mp4

 

Also, although not 100% sure, I saw what looked like a dark morph rough-legged hawk and a flock of snow buntings.

 

Jeanette Roundy

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