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Re: Feeder visitor mystery birds

Richard Guthrie
 

Good guesses (mostly) so far, everyone:
White-winged Crossbills is the leader - numerically
Redpolls come in also
And yeah one "typical flock of Northern Shrikes" um - no.

Not saying, yet.

R.


On Tue, Feb 10, 2015 at 12:54 PM, Ron Dodson igolfnbird@... [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply@...> wrote:
 

White Winged Crossbill




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Richard Guthrie


Re: Feeder visitor mystery birds

Ron
 

White Winged Crossbill


Re: Feeder visitor mystery birds

Robert Lewis <rfermat@...>
 

I'll bite.  Redpoll?   (Size is easy to confuse.)
Bob Lewis

Sleepy Hollow NY



From: "Richard Guthrie richardpguthrie@... [hmbirds]"
To: "hmbirds@..." <hmbirds@...>
Sent: Tuesday, February 10, 2015 12:35 PM
Subject: [HMBirds] Feeder visitor mystery birds

 

I received a report from a backyard bird feeder operator but not an experienced birder. And no - she does not have a bird book.

The information went something like: Yesterday; there was a flock of them; about the size of a robin; showing red/beige on the head and neck; white on the wings; and flew from the feeder area to perch on the fence.  That's about all I got.

I urged her to get pictures. She did, but now the birds are gone.

I got the pictures this morning.

Any guesses?

OK beat up on me but I'm not going to say what they were - just yet. 

Just for fun, I thought I'd leave it at that for now and let you have some fun trying to figure out what they were.

Ha

-- 
Richard Guthrie
New Baltimore




Feeder visitor mystery birds

Richard Guthrie
 


I received a report from a backyard bird feeder operator but not an experienced birder. And no - she does not have a bird book.

The information went something like: Yesterday; there was a flock of them; about the size of a robin; showing red/beige on the head and neck; white on the wings; and flew from the feeder area to perch on the fence.  That's about all I got.

I urged her to get pictures. She did, but now the birds are gone.

I got the pictures this morning.

Any guesses?

OK beat up on me but I'm not going to say what they were - just yet. 

Just for fun, I thought I'd leave it at that for now and let you have some fun trying to figure out what they were.

Ha

-- 
Richard Guthrie
New Baltimore


Re: Boreal Owl - Saratoga County

Will Raup
 

I just spoke with Jeff Nadler who has spoken with the home owner.  The owl was only seen for a few minutes on Saturday and not seen since.  If it returns, the owners will pass that along.

There are way too many places for it to hide and with deep snow, the searching will be that much harder.  That being said, I'm sure some locals will do some searching in the next day or so.  One potential spot is the McGregor Golf Course.  But as Jeff pointed out, the area from Wilton to pratically Glens Falls is just stand after stand of White Pines.

If anything changes, I'll be sure to pass it along.

Good Birding!

Will Raup
Glenmont, NY



To: hmbirds@...; nysbirds-l@...; northern_ny_birds@...
From: hmbirds-noreply@...
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 10:44:40 -0500
Subject: [HMBirds] Boreal Owl - Saratoga County

 

A report was made this weekend February 7, (with photographs) of a BOREAL OWL in a backyard (sitting on a feeder!) in Gansevoort, Saratoga County.

The person who made the e-bird report was not the home owners.  There are efforts being made on multiple fronts to get more details on this bird to see a) if the bird is still present and b) if the owners are willing to have visitors.

I know a lot of people are interested in this bird (I'm one of them!), but lets please be patient as we try and get the OK for people to chase.

This is perhaps the 2nd Region 8 record and the 2nd Saratoga County record, the last being also about this time in February in the late 1970's!

Good Birding!

Will Raup
Glenmont, NY 


Boreal Owl - Saratoga County

Will Raup
 


A report was made this weekend February 7, (with photographs) of a BOREAL OWL in a backyard (sitting on a feeder!) in Gansevoort, Saratoga County.

The person who made the e-bird report was not the home owners.  There are efforts being made on multiple fronts to get more details on this bird to see a) if the bird is still present and b) if the owners are willing to have visitors.

I know a lot of people are interested in this bird (I'm one of them!), but lets please be patient as we try and get the OK for people to chase.

This is perhaps the 2nd Region 8 record and the 2nd Saratoga County record, the last being also about this time in February in the late 1970's!

Good Birding!

Will Raup
Glenmont, NY 


White-throated sparrow

Marne Onderdonk
 

Among the juncos I spotted a white-throated sparrow (def not a house sparrow) a few minutes ago in my yard in Saratoga Springs.

The red-bellied woodpecker was here yesterday--waiting to see (or hear) him/her again today.

This in addition to The Usual Suspects (sans Kevin Spacey)

I love winter but I'm so ready for spring. Anyone else???

Happy Birding (& snow day from work)

Marne


Common Redpolls back

Jeff Nadler
 

Along with the snow, 1 to 2 dozen common redpolls frequenting feeders. That is, after the neighborhood Cooper's hawk left. This AM photo:


http://www.jnphoto.net/New/New/i-RPLHcHV/A


Jeff Nadler

Burnt Hills, NY


Field Birds in Charlton

Ronald Harrower
 

Took brief swing through Charlton this afternoon (got a pie at Smith's Orchard Bake Shop) near intersection of Rte 67 and Jockey Street, i saw a huge flock of birds briefly alight. Several cars and trucks zoomed by and chased them off. They did land in a long strip of manure and cruised around. Altogether, about 100 Horned Larks, and 40+ Snow Buntings.
On Eastern Road, near a very large dairy farm, there was another long strip of manure. At least 80 Horned Larks, 50 Snow Buntings and a Lapland Longspur.
Pie is delicious!
Ron Harrower


Crescent Power Plant yesterday

"kharper@nycap.rr.com
 

Spent about 3 hours at the Crescent Power Plant yesterday watching gull and eagles. The gulls were mainly staying up in the air flying between the power plant and the landfill probably due to a lot of eagle activity and also the presence of a couple of Red-tailed Hawks.

I did manage to get this flyover shot of a Glaucous :

http://www.kenharperphotos.com/Gulls/Glaucous-Gull/i-jhRPcNr/0/L/glaucousgull8911cohoes2-6-15sm-L.jpg

This adult Bald Eagle gave a nice opportunity for good flight shots as it made about a 20 second flyover our heads in the parking lot:

http://www.kenharperphotos.com/Category/Cohoes-Eagles-2015/i-mqxM6LF/0/L/eagleflight8937cohoes2-6-15sm-L.jpg

There has also been a female Scaup (Lesser I believe) hanging with a group of Mallards there for the last few days. No good photos yet, it stays a little out of good camera range but will post a photo if I get one.

Ken Harper

 

 


Single Redpoll at feeders

"kharper@nycap.rr.com
 

I have one single Common Redpoll coming to my feeders. It seems to be hanging with a group of House Finches as it comes at the same times that they do. Other years when I have had Redpolls there have always been a small flock of them but this year just the one, so far at least.

http://www.kenharperphotos.com/Grosbeakis/Redpolls/i-RsHDFHJ/0/L/redpoll8525home2-2-15-L.jpg

Ken harper

 


Question on posting photo links

"kharper@nycap.rr.com
 

Can anyone tell me how to post a link to a photo without getting a thumbnail of the photo in the message.

I never used to get this but now whenever I post a link to a photo there is a thumbnail of the photo at the bottom of the message. thanks in advance for any help.

Ken harper


Tree Sparrows and wintering eagles at Crescent Power Plant

"kharper@nycap.rr.com
 

There has been a small flock of Tree Sparrows hanging out in the bushes next to the upper parking lot at the Crescent Power House for the last few days.

Also it appears that we are starting to see a small influx of wintering eagles in that area also as the number of adults and juvis I am seeing there pretty regularly are getting greater.

http://www.kenharperphotos.com/Sparrows/Tree-Sparrow/i-2GRXjgb/0/L/treesparrow8611cohoes2-4-15sm-L.jpg

http://www.kenharperphotos.com/Category/Cohoes-Eagles-2015/i-2scZzGL/0/L/eaglejuvi8589cohoes2-4-15sm-L.jpg

Ken Harper

 

 


Austerlitz Golden Eagle

Chad Witko
 

Greetings,

Tonight while driving up the Taconic State Parkway en route to NH just before dark (515 pm) I spotted a single GOLDEN EAGLE flying just west of the TSP in the town of Austerlitz (best I could tell). I observed the bird briefly before it soared out of view over the adjacent tree line.

Good Birding,
Chad Witko
Claverack, NY


Rough-legged hawk

Louis J. Suarato
 

There's a rough-legged hawk soaring over the fields in New Scotland on New Scotland South Road between New Scotland Ave (RT 85) and the railroad tracks.

Louis Suarato


RFI: Purple Finches

Will Raup
 


Does anyone currently have Purple Finches at their feeders?

Thanks in advance,

Will Raup
Glenmont, NY


HMBC Field Trip Sat, 2/7/2015

idgres
 

 

Saturday, February 7, BIRDING BY SNOWSHOE AT FIVE RIVERS (Albany County; morning)

Coordinator: Ray Perry 475-0291 raymond.perry@...

Joint trip with the Audubon Society of the Capital Region

 

Join Ray for a special outing of birding by snowshoe. Meet at the Visitor Center at 9 a.m. for a brief introduction to snowshoeing, then strap on the waffle stompers and go over the meadow and through the woods in search of winter specialties. The program is geared for the birding/snowshoeing novice and is open to the public, but space is limited. The snowshoes are provided through the Friends of Five Rivers. They have changed their policy on snowshoe rentals. There must be at least 8 inches of snow and a $5 per pair rental charge for non-members of Friends of Five Rivers. Please call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 by Wednesday, February 4th to register. If there is insufficient snow, we will go on foot. In the event of severe weather, this program may be cancelled.

 

"When attending HMBC’s field trips and programs, please consider carpooling with neighbors, friends and others on your way, especially if you are driving a longer distance.”

Don Gresens

dgresens@...

518 269-9161


Fort Edward Grasslands - This morning

jhershey2
 

The Thursday group headed north along the river from Schuylerville this morning but found very little in or around the mostly frozen river.  We then headed to Fort Edward hoping to find the Snowy Owl photographed there on Monday but our search did not turn up any.  We did see 3 Rough-legged Hawks: one on Cary Rd, one at Rt. 197 and Plum, and a dark-phase on Rt. 42.  At a manure spread on Durkeetown Rd. we found an estimated 70 Snow Buntings, 50 Horned Larks, and 1 LAPLAND LONGSPUR. 


John H. 


Birdline for February 4

philwhitney17
 

Birdline summary for week ending February 4:

21 reports; 45 species reported

 

Best of the week:

BLACK VULTURE: New Scotland 1/30 (6).

ICELAND GULL: Crescent Power Plant 1/30.

GLAUCOUS GULL: Crescent Power Plant 1/30.

MERLIN: Schodack 1/30; Stuyvesant 2/1.

LAPLAND LONGSUR: Stuyvesant 2/1 (5).

SNOW BUNTING: Colonie 1/29; Stuyvesant 1/30 (8), 2/1 (14);

COMMON REDPOLL: 6 reports.

PINE SISKIN: Malta 1/30 (2).

EVENING GROSBEAK: Stony Creek 1/29 (5).

 

Other notables:

Bald Eagle: Albany 2/1; Stuyvesant 2/1

Northern Harrier: Slingerlands 1/29

Common Raven: Burnt Hills 1/29; Stony Creek 1/29; Austerlitz 1/30 (2); Riparius 2/1 (2)

Horned Lark: Schodack 1/30 (20); Stuyvesant 1/30 (50), 2/1 (600).

Eastern Bluebird: 5 reports.

Northern Mockingbird: Troy 2/1

Carolina Wren: Burnt Hills 1/29; Loudonville 1/30; Troy 2/1 (2).

American Tree Sparrow: Stuyvesant 1/30 (45), 2/1 (10).

Savannah Sparrow: Schodack 1/30 (6); Stuyvesant 2/1 (2).

 

Thanks to Mona Bearor (Riparius, South Glens Falls), Ron Dodson (Feura Bush), Alan French (Glenville), Ken Harper (Crescent Power Plant), Nancy Kern (Austerlitz, Schodack, Stuyvesant), Sue Klein (Clifton Park), Heidi Klinowski (Troy), Naomi Lloyd (Stony Creek),  Alan Mapes (New Scotland), Marne Onderdonk (Saratoga), Gregg Recer (Malta), Jeanette Roundy (Colonie), Brian Smith (Albany), Susan Stewart (Burnt Hills) and Alison Van Keuren (Slingerlands).


Re: Brown-headed Cowbird

Gerianne Carillo
 

Mona,

I have a following at my feeders of 4-5 Cowbirds this winter.  I count for Project Feederwatch and, between 12/1 and present, counting weekly, I have had Cowbirds in 5 of 7 counts.  Mostly males, but if they’d all show up at once, there would probably be more like 8, with about 3 females.  These Cowbirds are hanging with a sizable flock of House Sparrows that frequent our neighbor’s feeder.

I’ve never had them overwinter before, at least not visibly, visiting the feeders; I always assumed they migrated elsewhere for the coldest months.   What is different this year?

Gerianne


Gerianne Carillo
Milford Village
Elevation:  approx. 1016'






2a. Brown-headed Cowbird
   Posted by: "Mona Bearor" conservebirds@... ramonabearor
   Date: Tue Feb 3, 2015 8:11 am ((PST))

I was surprised to see a male Brown-headed Cowbird on the Towpath Rd. this
morning.  The temperature was -30F.  It was hanging out with doves in a
shrub at a residence that maintains feeders.
Mona Bearor
South Glens Falls








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