Great view of a Merlin perched in a Cottonwood tree at Collins Park around 4pm.

Donna Wright

Re: Not sure what bird this is.

Tristan Lowery

​Sounds like a Dark-eyed Junco singing.

Tristan Lowery

On Mon, Mar 16, 2015 at 5:10 PM, jeremybirdwatcherpi@... [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply@...> wrote:

Heard this song among the woodpeckers and chickadees nearby, not sure what species it is. Any help would be appreciated. It is the upward trilling song.

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Definitely signs of spring, caught a bluebird flying away in backyard before hearing the song.


Jeremy Collison 

Not sure what bird this is.

Jeremy Collison

Heard this song among the woodpeckers and chickadees nearby, not sure what species it is. Any help would be appreciated. It is the upward trilling song.
Heard weird buzzing song with quiet chirping between buzzes, repeated over and over again.

Definitely signs of spring, caught a bluebird flying away in backyard before hearing the song.


Jeremy Collison 

Red Winged Blackbird


I have two males in the yard.

C'mon spring!


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Red-necked grebes

Jeff Nadler

I also enjoyed seeing the ducks and grebes at Tibbits Ave. today.  Their far distance did not have me optimistic about good photography, that is until while looking away, the male grebe surprised me and swam a few feet away from me right along the shore. I never expected to get a capture of this desired species like this during the visit.  Full frame - minor compositional crop, tripod, set two feet off the ground for low angle.  The female was equally close later on and got similar images.

Jeff Nadler

3/15 Turkey Vultures- Hudson

Chad Witko


After a wonderful brunch in Hudson with my girlfriend who was visiting from out of town we spotted a small kettle of 10 TURKEY VULTURES (First of Year) adjacent to Cedar Park Cemetery on our way out of town. They were close overhead affording great views but were quickly making their way north around 3 pm.

For those of you unfamiliar with the cemetery, it is usually a wonderful place to spot vultures during this time of year, especially if you're seeking out Black Vultures.

Good Birding,

Chad Witko

"I came to believe birds are the most vivid expression of life. It made me aware of the world in which we live."
Roger Tory Peterson

Tibbetts & cohoes

Robert S Pastel

This morning we saw a canvasback, red neck grebes, hooded and common mergansers, Iceland gull, long-tail, black ducks, lesser scaup, common golden eye.

At mohawk st parking lot in cohoes, we added buffleheads, redhead and greater scaup.

Robert S. Pastel

Sharpie and Others

Bernie & Chris Grossman

A Sharp-shinned Hawk just made a brief stop at our feeder stand on Nott Rd., Rexford, NY. We are still getting at least 2 pair of Eastern Bluebirds, and a small group of Common Redpolls stopped by this past Friday. They were the first we've seen this season.

Crescent Gulls


There was a modest sized group (about 300) of gulls on the ice visible from the Halfmoon-Crescent Park this morning around 11 am. I spotted one Lesser Black-backed and 4 Iceland Gulls.  The Lesser was hard to spot because it was hard to see the now less smudgy head.  It eventually stood up showing the yellow legs. 

John H.

Tibbitts Ave - Friday the 13th


Went to Tibbitts Ave early Friday and observed both the Red-necked Grebes, the Canvasback and the Longtailed Duck as well as many Common Goldeneye and a few Common Mergansers and a lone adult Bald Eagle but no Barrows Goldeneye which I later learned had gone back up near the falls overlook area.

Here are a few shots of the Grebes, the Canvasback and the Longtailed Duck:

The Bald Eagle too a couple of runs at the water and scattered the gulls that were there but the Goldeneye seemed to not care as they just kept swimming and displaying. Maybe it was the displaying that distracted them enough to ignore the eagle....

Signs of spring are coming but with spring it will mean a lot more open water and probably more birds but we will have to travel a bit more to see them. Right now it seems it is "go to Tibbitts Ave, go to Cohoes" ;and we've seen what is around.... lol

take care all and good birding

Ken H.

Gull-watching tomorrow?


Is anyone planning to go see the gulls at Crescent Power Plant or Tibbits Ave tomorrow (Sunday, March 15) or anywhere near Albany on the Mohawk River?

I'm looking for someone to assist me in finding/identifying the less common gulls.

Anytime between 7am-5pm.



Jeanette Roundy


Common Grackle today


Denise and I had one common grackle in our yard this morning, first of the year. Scott Stoner, Loudonville, Albany County.

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Common Grackle


I had a single Common Grackle near Washington Ave in the Stockade about 5 or so with at least 1 American Robin in the area also.

Fonda/ Fultonville Bridge


There was a Graylag Goose associating with the Canada's underneath the bridge. An escapee from a local farm-who can say?   Edward Donnan

Gulls at Crescent Power Plant- 3/14


At noon Saturday, there were roughly 2500 gulls on the ice just downriver from the Crescent Power Plant, and above the spillway on the Waterford side. They are well spread out allowing for good views of nearly every bird. If you ever wanted to comb through gull flocks to compare ages, sizes, and plumages, this is a great opportunity. We turned up eight Iceland Gulls among them. It seems that Ring-billed Gull numbers are way up, perhaps they've just arrived from downriver?

Tom Williams

Tree Swallows - Bradley Beach

Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval@...>

Currently at Bradley Beach in Fort Edward (Riverside Drive) are two Tree Swallows flying around the edge of the ice at the end of the island. I was surprised that I was actually able to snap a photo of one of them, considering how quick they are!

Waterfowl numbers are way down here today, with a bunch of Ring-billed Gulls taking their place.

- Lindsey D.

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Goldfinch turning!



I was thrilled yesterday to see my first American Goldfinch with some bright yellow feathers as it came to my birdbath for a drink.

Ah, Spring....



Mona Bearor

South Glens Falls, NY



Re: No Barrow's

zach schwartz-weinstein

I didn't see the Lesser black-backed above the power station this afternoon, but there was a young Glaucous Gull when I stopped by around 3:20, in addition to several Icelands and the continuing two male redheads in the open water. 

At Tibbits, the long-tailed duck, red-necked grebes, and male canvasback all continue. 

On Mar 13, 2015, at 2:26 PM, Alison Van Keuren aev12159@... [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply@...> wrote:


Spent the part of the morning viewing Tibbetts Avenue, Cohoes Commons Parking and the Crescent Power Plant.  There were many Common Goldeneyes and other great Ducks but no Barrow's.  Above the Crescent Power Plant eight Iceland  and one Lesser  Black-backed made looking at Gulls worth the effort.

Alison Van Keuren

Crescent Power Plant - Lesser Black-backed Gull, Redheads


Around 3 pm this afternoon I spotted 2 drake REDHEADS in the water just below the Crescent Power Plant.  I didn't see anything else interesting in that area.  I did hear a gun firing from a location somewhere behind the ducks and toward the road.  I remember that last year around this time shots were heard in that same general area and the origin turned out to be a crow hunter.  We found out that crow hunting in that particular area is perfectly legal in upstate New York on weekends until the end of March.  

On the upper side of the power plant I saw an estimated 500 gulls on the ice.  I was able to pick out several Iceland and 1 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL.  The Lesser had a smudgy head like ones I observed on 1/10, 1/19, and 1/24.  This one today seemed less smudgy than the previous ones but this may be because the adults lose the smudgy head at this time of year.  So, the first 3 and likely this one are the same bird.  I posted one pic from today.  The three previous ones in January can still be found in the photo section with the above dates. 

John H.




The field trip scheduled for tomorrow, March 14, Washington County Waterfowl has been cancelled.  I just returned from checking the Hudson River from Schuylerville north to Fort Edward, and although the ice is beginning to break up, there are more areas iced over than open, with little diversity in duck species.  The weather forecast for tomorrow sounds like it will be a cold wet day to be out.

I'm looking forward to open water and the arrival of waterfowl!

Mona Bearor

South Glens Falls



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