Delmar Common Redpolls

Barbara Beebe

Today, first  Common Redpoll male at 1:15 pm at our feeders, 

at 2:30 the male was feeding a seed to a female  :-)

Barb Beebe


Deb Berry

More redpolls in Greene County - had 8 yesterday morning at the feeder and again in the afternoon there were 5. Today we only saw 3 at the feeder. Hope more will come and fill up before the storm !

Fort Miller Redpolls

Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval@...>

Today I followed up on Tom Williams's post and found that the Common Redpolls he saw at the south end of River Road have multiplied by a magnitude of about 3!

Lots of other bird activity there at feeders before the storm, and some Common Goldeneye and a Common Merganser are still on the only open spot of water.

Lindsey D.

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Glenville Redpolls


Finally! I have three Redpolls under my feeders.

I've seen reports all around me, so I've been keeping my eyes open and hoping for at least one. While three seems like an insufficiency of Redpolls compared to the hordes present during winter of 2012-2013, I'm happy to see them here again.

Clear skies, Alan


We got our first Common Redpoll at our feeders here in Loudonville at noon today. 
Denise Hackert-Stoner

Re: Common Redpolls, Averill Park


likewise on the c. redpolls here at our feeders in malta -- 1 last thursday, 3 yesterday, at least 5 so far today.

gregg recer

Common Redpolls, Averill Park

Naomi Lloyd

While out doing my pre-storm errands, I saw a flock of about two dozen Common Redpolls foraging in the treetops along Rt. 43. Fortunately I had my bins with me!
Naomi Lloyd
West Sand Lake

Common Redpolls


Joining the club, we have 4 visiting our feeders, as of noon today.  Palenville, the (not-so) Greene County.

Even more Common Redpolls


I'm watching about a dozen of them invading my feeders here in Loudonville.

They are new to my yard, I'm happy to see them.


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Austerlitz- Bald Eagle


Nancy Kern

Austerlitz, Columbia, US-NY
Jan 25, 2015 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
6.0 mile(s)

Comments: 21 F, sunny, clear, few inches on ground on top of ice.
18 species

Bald Eagle 2 Adult eagle had a satellite tracking device with an antennae on its back. The juv. eagle was very large and dark. Were feeding on a deer carcass along with about 6 Common Ravens.

Red-tailed Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 2 female very large
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 6
American Crow 4
Common Raven 6
Black-capped Chickadee 9
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
European Starling 5
American Tree Sparrow 2
White-throated Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco 5
American Goldfinch 7

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Schodack- Green-winged Teal


Nancy Kern

Schodack, NY, Eleanor Dr., Rensselaer, US-NY
Jan 25, 2015 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)

Comments: 25 F, sunny, clear, most of ground covered with a few inches of snow. Swartz Farm pond had open water kept moving by 350 Canada Geese.
9 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 350
American Black Duck 2
Mallard 150
American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid) 6 Male Mallards had blue heads

Green-winged Teal
1 with the Mallards and all feeding on a large pile of corn silage near a cattle barn. Could just see a glimpse of a creek over the pile. Ducks flew to it and back as they were scared up several times by a

Red-tailed Hawk.
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 20
Mourning Dove 12
Black-capped Chickadee 2
European Starling 3
Dark-eyed Junco 6

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Town of Stuyvesant- Merlin, Horned Larks, Kestrel


Nancy Kern

Town of Stuyvesant, Columbia, US-NY
Jan 25, 2015 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Protocol: Traveling
19.0 mile(s)

Comments: 25 F, sunny, clear, fields icy and with patchy snow a few inchs deep and some blown by wind.
18 species

Canada Goose 7000 Watched large flocks in V formation fly east to west for over 30 min. Incredible numbers that just kept coming overhead. Only usually open water to the east is Kinderhook Lake. I wasn't sure if there is any open water. I suspected they were heading to the miles of corn fields. Went west and found thousands of geese on these fields. Beautiful to see flock after flock land. the astonishing thing was there were no collared geese or anything unusual. Were they on their way south or what?

Mallard 15
Red-tailed Hawk 3
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 25
Mourning Dove 35
Downy Woodpecker 1
American Kestrel 1
Merlin 1 sitting on an electric pole along the road
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 2
Horned Lark 100 flushed from cornfields as geese landed
Black-capped Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 1
Eastern Bluebird 2
American Robin 1
European Starling 10
American Tree Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco 4

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Weekend Saratoga County birding

Ronald Harrower

Like others out in snow yesterday, i had to take it slow and didn't encounter a lot of species.
I went over Fox Hill Road and literally only had 5 Common Ravens and one male Hairy Woodpecker. Had a Red Fox trotting across the ice on a small pond on Glenwild Road in Providence.
A dark-phased Rough-legged Hawk was on rte 67 near DeGraff road in Galway. Around the corner were 30+ Wild Turkeys scratching in corn fields. On Western Road were 4 American Robins.
20 more Wild Turkeys on Donnan Road in Galway. Very striking with large, dark birds in heavily falling snow.
Today, i went up to Northumberland. Not many field birds, with only 5 Snow Bunting on Stone Bridge Road. 10 Eastern Bluebirds on Purinton Road.
Drive down to Stillwater. From Bunce Lane, I saw 70+ Common Goldeneyes, 10 Hooded Mergansers and 5 Buffleheads.
Ron Harrower

Bald Eagle in North River, NY

Scott Varney

Delaware County Golden Eagle Survey 7 February

Thomas Salo

I am trying to fill in a few remaining territories in SE Delaware County - the area between Roxbury and Andes- for the 7 February survey. I could use some skilled birders as help. I am especially in need of a couple of people who can ID eagle species from great distances by silhouette. In other words, hawk counter quality skills.

The poor visibility date is 8 February.

Details at

Tom Salo
5145 State Highway 51
West Burlington, NY 13482

Snowy day birding- 1/24


Seeking to escape the clutches of today's inclement weather, John Kent, Colleen, and I (Tom Williams) headed north to try our luck with winter grassland birds around Ft. Edward and Gansevoort. Naturally, the snow ended quickly around the Capital District, but a persistent band of light to moderate snow sat right over us most of the morning and early afternoon as we drove around. The Washington County Grasslands were decidedly quiet, with the only activity around the intersection of Cary Rd. and CR 46. The most notable species there were seven Wild Turkeys, and a Merlin gnawing on a snack atop a telephone pole. Our favorite sighting was non-avian, however; a photo is included in the eBird checklist below:

The Hudson River was almost completely frozen over in Fort Miller, and there was little in the way of waterfowl. Turning our attention to feeder birds instead, we hit pay dirt along River Rd. in Ft. Miller. A boisterous group of American Goldfinches attracted our interest at a very large feeder array, and with a bit of patience we picked out at least five Common Redpolls amongst the finches.

At Blockhouse Park in Stillwater, there were a few each of Hooded Merganser and Bufflehead swimming and diving with the Common Goldeneyes. An adult Bald Eagle soared overhead.

Back home in Selkirk, John took us down the road where he has been keeping tabs on an overwintering Hermit Thrush. Sure enough, Colleen picked up on the "whit" call note, and we were able to coax the bird into view. It was engaged in much wing-flicking behavior, and seemed very interested in our presence. We left it to its tangled underbrush and berries/fruits. 

Tom Williams

Savannah Sparrow, Harriers Coxsackie

Richard Guthrie

I stopped by and walked around the Coxsackie Creek Grasslands this afternoon to see what the snow might have brought in.

Not much.

There were 2 N. Harriers, 4 Red-tails, 2 Golden-crowned Kinglets, and 1 Savannah Sparrow, as well as 5 Song Sparrows and lots of juncos.

When viewing Harriers, watch for color marked individuals. There's an on-going study and reports of any sightings would help. Note the color and location of any markings. Reporting on hmbirds would be fine.

Richard Guthrie

Lesser Black-backed, Glaucous Gulls - Flight Lock Rd.


I was at the end of Flight Lock Rd. in Waterford watching gulls between 3:00 and 4:00 this afternoon.  There were an estimated 1,000 gulls.  Out of these I found an adult, nonbreeding GLAUCOUS GULL with gray back and white wing tips. I then drove across the lock and walked out closer to the Crescent Dam to get a closer look at the same gulls.  Here I found an adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL with a very smudgy head that extends even onto the back of the bill.  This may well be the same smudgy-headed gull that I photographed on 1/10 and then later and others have seen too.  I thank Rich M. for the tip since he saw this gull earlier in the day closer to the Crescent Power Plant.  I also saw at least 3 Iceland Gulls among this large group.  Driving into Cohoes and out N. Mohawk St. I found a smaller cluster of gulls near the Falls View Park and was able to see 2 Icelands in the group.  I've posted 3 pics: one of the Glaucous Gull at the back of the group (also notice there is a Herring Gull closer to the front with a green tag on the wing which I can't read and didn't notice at the time), one of the Lesser Black-backed, and one of an Iceland taken through the chain-link fence next to Falls View Park.

John H.


Common Redpolls, Burnt Hills

Jeff Nadler

4 at the feeders today in Burnt Hills, including a safflower feeder.  Tame enough for close photos:

Jeff Nadler

Burnt Hills, NY

Re: More Redpolls

Will Raup

I had a flock on the Southern Rensselaer Christmas Bird Count back in late December, they simply landed and then took off again, all in the matter of a minute!

A few days ago, e-bird got reports out of parts of Rensselaer County of flocks of upwards of 40-50 birds in some weedy fields near Valley Falls.

And last week big numbers were reported at feeders in the Adirondacks.  If we get some more snow, expect more to show up at feeders over the next couple of weeks.

Good Birding!

Will Raup
Glenmont, NY

To: hmbirds@...
From: hmbirds-noreply@...
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 14:45:40 -0500
Subject: RE: [HMBirds] Re: More Redpolls


Maybe they are all the same birds, just traveling from one feeder to another…


Funny that they are all showing up in the Capital Region today.





From: hmbirds@... [mailto:hmbirds@...] On Behalf Of gregg_recer@... [hmbirds]
Sent: Thursday, January 22, 2015 2:41 PM
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Subject: [HMBirds] Re: More Redpolls



apparently jan 22 was the scheduled date -- one c. redpoll appeared on our feeder today too


gregg recer


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