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Town of Providence Saratoga Co.

Nancy Castillo
 

On a rainy yucky day, had our first Purple Finches (3) of the year, as well as 75 Dark-eyed Juncos and 2 Pine Siskins. Perhaps the same 2 who have been at feeders periodically over the last few weeks??

 

Nancy Castillo

Finally a Purple Finch!

adir46er
 

Finally today a lovely male Purple Finch showed up at our feeders. I've been watching all winter for one to drop by.


Rita Reed

East Hoosick, NY

Ruddy Duck

Deb Shaw
 

The Ruddy duck is still diving under the water at the Crossings as reported earlier.

Wright's loop and Riverfront Park flooded

Jeff Nadler
 


Video taken yesterday before even more rain, you can see the Riverfront park and Wright's loop fields in  Stillwater are flooded as one. You can hear the only two waterfowl species that I saw - wood ducks and mallards.  Further north around Ft Edward, I counted 15 American kestrel including several pairs together. No harriers. As noted, Osprey pair are back (Ft. Miller vs. Ft. Edward) and close to home . . .  rusty blackbirds in low numbers in the usual wet areas.


Video of flooding:




Jeff Nadler

Common Terns - Saratoga Lake

Lindsey Duval
 

This morning I stopped for a little while at the Marine Park on the north end (the major boat launch on 9P) and did not find too much going on there besides a raft of 20 Double-crested Cormorants. I stopped birding for a bit and sat reading a book and heard what is apparently the alarm call of a Common Tern briefly, to look up and see two Common Terns making their way south over the bridge. 

Happy birding!

Lindsey D.
Saratoga County, NY

Ruddy Duck - The Crossings

Craig Driggs
 

At 8:20 this morning there is a female Ruddy Duck on the pond at the Crossings. It's spending most of its time underwater, so I almost missed it.

I also had an American Woodcock fly right over my yard last evening!

Craig D

April 5 Birdline

philwhitney17
 

Birdline summary for week ending April  5:

32 reports; 51 species reported

 

Best of the week:

LONG-TAILED  DUCK: Alcove Reservoir 4/5 (10); Saratoga Lake 4/5

HORNED GREBE: Tomhannock 4/5

RED-NECKED GREBE: Niskayuna 4/1 (15); Crescent 4/1 (5); Schaghticoke 4/1; Vly Creek 4/5 (3)

AMERICAN BITTERN: Brunswick 4/5

RED-SHOULDERED HAWK: Greene County 3/30

SANDHILL CRANE: Kinderhook 3/30 (6); Pittstown 4/1 (4)

BONAPARTES GULL: Alcove Reservoir 4/4; Basic Creek 4/5 (6)

 

Other notables:

Snow Goose: Collins Lake 3/30; Kinderhook 3/30 (8); Colonie 4/5

Mute Swan: Vischer Ferry 3/30; Germantown 4/2 (4)

American Wigeon: Collins Lake 3/30 (2), 4/2); Vischer Ferry 4/2; Wrights Loop 4/2 (8)

Blue-winged Teal: Wrights Loop 4/2 (2)

Northern Shoveler: Vischer Ferry 3/30; Stanton Pond 4/4

Northern Pintail: Collins Lake 3/30; Staats Island Road 3/30 (18); Wrights Loop 4/2

Lesser Scaup: Germantown 4/2 (5); Stanton Pond 4/5 (3)

White-winged Scoter: Alcove Reservoir 4/5

Common Loon: Collins Lake 3/30, 4/2

Pied-billed Grebe: Germantown 4/2; Collins Lake 4/2

Double-crested Cormorant: Collins Lake 3/30; Germantown 4/2 (2)

Osprey: Crescent Power Plant 4/5; Fort Edward 4/5 (2)

Bald Eagle: Vischer Ferry 3/30; Troy 4/3

American Coot: Collins Lake 4/2 (2)

American Woodcock: East Greenbush 3/30

Eastern Phoebe: 7 reports

Northern Rough-winged Swallow; Collins Lake 4/2

Winter Wren: Five Rivers 4/1; Averill Park 4/5

Golden-crowned Kinglet: Five Rivers 4/5 (2); Pittstown 4/5 (5)

Eastern Bluebird: Collins Lake 4/2; Troy 4/2 (2), 4/3 (2)

Fox Sparrow: Averill Park 4/5

 

Thanks to Barbara Brabetz (Florida), Bernie Grossman (Vischer Ferry), Ron Harrower (Wrights Loop, Saratoga Lake), Michelle Joyce (Greene County), Nancy Kern (Austerlitz, Kinderhook, Germantown), Heidi Klinowski (Troy), Margaret Krolick (Averill Park),Steve Mesick (Staats Island Road), Ellen Pemrick (Collins Lake, Vischer Ferry), Gregg Recer (Crescent), Rita Reed (Schaghticoke, Pittstown, Brunswick, Tomhannock), Zach Schwartz-Weinstein (Five Rivers, Stanton Pond), (Debbie Shaw (East Grenbush), Louis Suarato (Fort Edward), Jamie Taft (Collins Lake) and Tom Williams (Collins Lake, Niskayuna, Crescent, Alcove Reservoir, Stanton Pond, Colonie, Crescent Power Plant, Vly Creek, Basic Creek)

 

Woodcock - Malta tech park

gregg_recer
 

One male bird heard peenting and doing display flight at usual site off of stonebreak rd, at about 7:50 Wednesday evening. 


gregg recer
gregg_recer@...
   

Long-tailed Duck

Ronald Harrower
 

Male Long-tailed Duck on edge of large raft of mixed Scaups and Buffleheads off Snake Hill on Saratoga Lake.
Will finish full e-bird report soon, but wanted to get the word out
Ron Harrower

American Bittern and Horned Grebe etc.

adir46er
 

Highlights from our partial tour of Rensselaer County today were (1) American Bittern on Tambul Pond (Brunswick), (1) Horned Grebe in breeding plumage on the Tomhannock Reservoir, (5) Golden-crowned Kinglets on Quaker Road (Pittstown), and (2) Gadwall on Lockrow Pond Road (Brunswick). Also saw some Wood Ducks and Ring-necked Ducks on Burden Lake.


Rita Reed

East Hoosick, NY


Osprey

Louis J. Suarato
 

The Osprey have returned to their Ft. Edward nest. 

Pileated Woodpecker

Alan
 

I was driving south on Swaggertown Rd in Glenville. Just as I passed Onderdonk a Pileated Woodpecker flew over in front of me and landed on a tree on the west side of the road.

Clear skies, Alan

Wood Ducks and Common Mergansers in Brunswick

Janet Wolkenstein
 

There's a drainage pond at the corner of McChesney Ave and McChesney Ave Extension in Brunswick that's a pretty nasty water body in the summer (lots of algae), and I normally only see Canada Geese there.  However, as I was driving by yesterday, I saw some smaller white-bodied birds, so I stopped to look, thinking they might be Buffleheads.  Well, they turned out to be Common Merganser pairs, but I got some photos of them anyway.  However, as I was looking at the shots in the camera, before I left, I noticed a bright red eye in the background brush in one of them...Wood Ducks!

So, I walked around to the other side of the pond, and waited for a bit.  After a few minutes a couple of them ventured out of the brush and onto the water, and I was able to get a few shots of them.  They were still pretty far, but I am really pleased to finally have gotten to see these guys as close as I was.  For a brightly colored bird, they are very hard to spy in the wild.


I've posted a few shots of them in the group album.


-J

Re: Around Albany County- 4/5

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

At five rivers this morning, notable birds included 2 golden-crowned kinglets, a pair of hooded mergansers, and a marked increase in Eastern phoebes.  Otherwise fairly quiet in terms of new arrivals.  

At Stanton Pond, 3 ring-necked ducks and 3 lesser scaup.  


On Wed, Apr 5, 2017 at 11:27 AM Tom Williams trwdsd@... [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply@...> wrote:

An Osprey was beginning construction of a nest on a power line tower behind the Crescent Power Plant this morning.

At Vly Creek Reservoir, three Red-necked Grebes were resting on the water.

Basic Creek Reservoir held mostly Ring-necked Ducks and Buffleheads, but there was a small group of gulls resting on an ice patch that contained six Bonaparte's and five Ring-billed.

Alcove Reservoir had a male White-winged Scoter, and about ten Long-tailed Ducks, these being located at the spillway end.

Water is running very high everywhere, with creeks out-of-bank, and the Mohawk flooding its backwater areas.

Tom Williams
Colonie

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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774

Around Albany County- 4/5

trwdsd
 

An Osprey was beginning construction of a nest on a power line tower behind the Crescent Power Plant this morning.

At Vly Creek Reservoir, three Red-necked Grebes were resting on the water.

Basic Creek Reservoir held mostly Ring-necked Ducks and Buffleheads, but there was a small group of gulls resting on an ice patch that contained six Bonaparte's and five Ring-billed.

Alcove Reservoir had a male White-winged Scoter, and about ten Long-tailed Ducks, these being located at the spillway end.

Water is running very high everywhere, with creeks out-of-bank, and the Mohawk flooding its backwater areas.

Tom Williams
Colonie

Snow Goose, The Crossings- 4/5

trwdsd
 

At 6:50 a.m., there is a Snow Goose feeding with Canada Geese on the flooded ground across from the Park Square at The Crossings of Colonie.

Tom Williams
Colonie

Bonaparte's Gull, N. Shoveler- 4/4

trwdsd
 

There was a Bonaparte's Gull at the Alcove Reservoir this morning, floating among some Ring-billed Gulls. At Stanton Pond it was quiet, but there was a drake N. Shoveler hanging around a pair of Mallards.

Tom Williams
Colonie

Turkeys at home and Eagle & more at Oakwood Cemetery

Heidi
 

Monday April 3- while looking out my kitchen window at a pair of EASTERN BLUEBIRDS who were considering my BB box, I had 3 WILD TURKEYS run through my yard. 
I also had my FOS EASTERN PHOEBE and FOS KILLDEER while walking in Oakwood Cemetery. 

The grounds keeper, who often tells me what birds he's seen, reported a BALD EAGLE at the top of a pine tree right across from the Earl Chapel this morning. 

Sunday 4/2 in Oakwood I saw a pair of EASTERN BLUEBIRDS, a beautiful RED-TAILED HAWK, and 7 TURKEY VULTURES soaring together overhead. 

Heidi Klinowski 
Troy

Common Loon etc at Collins Lake

j.taft69
 

I was over at Collins Lake earlier, Got my FOY Common Loon, Pied billed Grebe, Tree Swallow, N orthern Rough winged Swallow, Gadwall, American Wigeon, American Coot 2, and a pair of Green wined Teal flw in while I was there, Lots of Canada Geese flying over the Stockade.  Jamie Taft Schenectady.

eBird -- US-NY-Germantown-100-104 Dales Bridge Rd - 42.1483x-73.8576 -- Apr 02, 2017

kernscot
 

US-NY-Germantown-100-104 Dales Bridge Rd - 42.1483x-73.8576

Apr 02, 2017

4:11 PM

Traveling

3.00 miles

21 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:


100 Canada Goose

4 Mute Swan

12 Mallard

5 Ring-necked Duck

3 Hooded Merganser

1 Double-crested Cormorant

3 Killdeer


Number of Taxa: 7



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