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HMBC field trip summary- Fulton/Montgomery/Schoharie Counties Tour 4/22

trwdsd
 

Cloudy, cool weather conditions greeted nine birders on this morning's Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club outing. There was little sunshine, but the wind was light, and the birds were active.

The first stop was the marsh along Cline Rd. near Oppenheim, Fulton County. Virginia Rails were calling from both sides of the road, and several were in view along the edge of the cattails, including one that flew across the road, legs dangling. Wood Ducks and a hen Hooded Merganser were swimming at the far side of the water. Other birds of note were Brown Creeper, Ruby-crowned Kinglet (everywhere lately), and a Yellow-rumped Warbler.


At the horse farm along W. Ames Rd. in Montgomery County, two sharp-eyed birders picked out an Upland Sandpiper foraging in a grassy pasture. Canajoharie Creek held a drake Hooded Merganser, a Savannah Sparrow hopping along fence posts, and numerous swallows of three species (Tree, Barn, and N. Rough-winged.)


Our final stop was Cobleskill Reservoir in Schoharie County. Waterfowl were absent, save for Canada Geese. A Common Loon called from the upper reservoir pool, attracting our attention. We also observed flyover Green Heron, Osprey, and Peregrine Falcon. An adult Bald Eagle was fishing from a tree between the pools. We tried to make one of the numerous swallows into a Cliff Swallow, but couldn't get a good enough look as it flew through the swirling mass of Tree Swallows. Two birders who decided to test the slippery, muddy embankment as a shortcut back to the parking area incurred predictable results. Happy to report my camera and scope are fine; laundry currently underway.


Thanks to everyone who turned out for today's trip. It was a lot of fun, and Upland Sandpiper was a life bird for several attendees. We hope to see you all on future club trips!


Tom and Colleen Williams
Colonie

Chimney Swift, American Bitterns

John Kent
 

This morning as I drove across the Delaware Avenue bridge over the Norman's Kill (Albany/Bethlehem line), I saw at least one Chimney Swift in flight. It was with some other birds which may have been either swallows or swifts.

Earlier this morning, at Black Creek Marsh, I heard at least two and probably three American Bitterns, as well as three Virginia Rails. I didn't see any of them. Marsh Wrens are back. Other birds present included Brown Thrasher, American Kestrel, Barn Swallow, House Wren, Common Ravens, and several Ruby-crowned Kinglets.

John Kent
Selkirk

Grebes

donna
 

A pair of Rednecked Grebes were present on Collins Lake this morning at 8:30am

Fiver Rivers Friday Morning - vireos, warblers, water

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

I birded five rivers after the rain stopped this morning.  It was quite birdy in places, with numerous palm and "myrtle" yellow-rumped warblers (including my first female of the year). Pine warblers were singing along the vlomankill and the beaver pond, and the Louisiana Waterthrushes could be heard well even over the roaring creek, which is at about twice the water level of Tuesday. Brown Thrasher, Eastern Towhee, and Ruby-Crowned Kinglet were ubiquitous, and a blue-headed video was singing south of the sunfish and goose ponds.  No sign of the catbird.



On Fri, Apr 21, 2017 at 10:58 AM Tom Williams trwdsd@... [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply@...> wrote:
 

Colleen and I visited Saratoga Sod Farm and Wrights Loop this morning. As Ron H. has mentioned, the flooded field at the north end of Wrights Loop is great habitat for shorebirds right now. We saw two Greater Yellowlegs, one Lesser Yellowlegs, and a Solitary Sandpiper.

Tom and Colleen Williams
Colonie

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Shorebirds at Wrights Loop- 4/21

trwdsd
 

Colleen and I visited Saratoga Sod Farm and Wrights Loop this morning. As Ron H. has mentioned, the flooded field at the north end of Wrights Loop is great habitat for shorebirds right now. We saw two Greater Yellowlegs, one Lesser Yellowlegs, and a Solitary Sandpiper.

Tom and Colleen Williams
Colonie

Re: Gray Catbird - Five Rivers

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

That seems about a week and a half early for that species.  Interesting.  I wonder if it was one of the small number of birds that overwinters on the Mid-Atlantic coast.

Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
Albany

On Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 9:16 PM, John Shea jdshea01@... [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply@...> wrote:
 

I had my first Gray Catbird of the year today at Five Rivers.


John Shea




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Gray Catbird - Five Rivers

John Shea
 

I had my first Gray Catbird of the year today at Five Rivers.

John Shea

Three ospreys @ Livingston train bridge downtown Albany right now

Marne Onderdonk
 

While out on my lunchtime walk I spotted John Loz with his scope at the Corning Preserve. We watched 3 ospreys and one had a fish in its talons. Another was bringing nesting material to the top of the left side of the bridge (looking north). A gentleman passing by commented that any nest would likely be removed.

Happy birding,

Marne

Town of Providence

Nancy Castillo
 

The White-throated Sparrows have been thick here the past 2 days with up to 11 of them at a time alongside the Dark-eyed Juncos and a single Chipping Sparrow.

Lots of song coming from the trees as well, including 3 Pine Siskins and many Purple Finches.

Nancy

Morning Duo: Purple Finch and Pine Siskin

Alan
 

The male Purple Finch that continues to visit the feeders was joined by a Pine Siskin this morning.

A very nice surprise!

I've had a trio of Northern Flickers around who have been making a terrible ruckus at times.

Clear skies, Alan
Glenville

April 19 Birdline

philwhitney17
 

Birdline summary for week ending April 19:

38 reports, 90 species reported

 

Best of the week:

RED-THROATED LOON: Saratoga Lake 4/18

RED-NECKED GREBE: Round Lake 4/13 (6)

AMERICAN BITTERN: Black Creek Marsh 4/15, 4/16

RED-SHOULDERED HAWK: Schodack 4/12 (2)

BONAPARTES GULL: Round Lake 4/13 (5); Colonie 4/14; Saratoga Lake 4/18

RUSTY BLACKBIRD: Niskayuna 4/18

 

Other notables:

Pied-billed Grebe: Black Creek Marsh 4/15

Great Egret: Saratoga 4/18

Green Heron: Black Creek Marsh 4/16

Black Vulture: Troy 4/15; Valtatie 4/15 (9)

Osprey: Schodack Island SP 4/13, 4/15; Hudson 4/17; Coxsackie 4/17, 4/18 (2); Albany 4/18

Bald Eagle: Staats Island Road 4/15 (2); Hudson 4/17 (2); Loudonville 4/18 (2)

Broad-winged Hawk: Wilton Wildlife Preserve 4/14

Virginia Rail: Bog Meadow 4/15 (2); Black Creek Marsh 4/15, 4/16 (5), 4/18

Greater Yellowlegs: Wrights Loop 4/18 (2)

Lesser Yellowlegs: Wrights Loop 4/18 (5)

Barred Owl: Wilton Wildlife Preserve 4/14; Salem 4/16 (2)

Wilsons Snipe: American Oil Road 4/15 (4)

Merlin: Coxsackie 4/18

Horned Lark: Saratoga County AP 4/14

Carolina Wren: Hudson 4/17

Marsh Wren: Black Creek Marsh 4/12 (2+)

Ruby-crowned Kinglet: Ballston Creek Preserve 4/13 (5); Bog Meadow 4/15 (2); Troy 4/18 (2)

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher: Black Creek Marsh 4/15; Five Rivers 4/16

Eastern Bluebird: Clifton Park 4/14 (2)

Hermit Thrush: Wilton Wildlife Preserve 4/14

Brown Thrasher: Five Rivers 4/16

Pine Warbler: Ballston Creek Preserve 4/13 (2); Providence 4/18; Albany 4/19 (2)

Palm Warbler: Ballston Creek Preserve 4/13 (2); Clifton Park 4/14; Black Creek Marsh 4/15; Five Rivers 4/16

Eastern Towhee: Troy 4/13; Wilton Wildlife Preserve 4/14; Black Creek Marsh 4/15

Eastern Meadowlark: Coxsackie 4/17; Black Creek Marsh 4/18

Purple Finch: Schodack 4/12; Hudson 4/17 (3); Coxsackie 4/18

 

Thanks to Susan Beaudoin (Round Lake, Saratoga Lake),  Barb Beebe (Albany), Nancy Castillo (Providence), Drew Cashman (Schodack), Ron Harrower (Ballston Creek, Round Lake, Wilton Wildlife Preserve, Saratoga County AP, Bog Meadow, Wrights Loop), Brenda Inskeep (Coxsackie), Nancy Kern (Schodack Island SP, American Oil Road, Staats Island Road, Valatie, Hudson, Black Creek Marsh, Wrights Loop, Saratoga Lake, Saratoga), Heidi Klinowski (Troy), Naomi Lloyd (Black Creek Marsh), Tristan Lowery (Albany), Alan Mapes (Delmar), Ellen Pemrick (Clifton Park), Zach Schwartz-Weinstein (Five Rivers), Rob Snell (Niskayuna), Scott Varney (Salem) and Tom Williams (Colonie, Black Creek Marsh)

eBird -- Niskayuna Railroad Station at Lions Park -- Apr 18, 2017

rob snell
 

Niskayuna Railroad Station at Lions Park
Apr 18, 2017
8:00 AM
Traveling
2.00 miles
180 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Walked from RR station to parking lot on Lock 7 Rd. Cloudy changing to partly cloudy. Temp in 40's. Breezy. Notables included Bald Eagles, Ruby crowned Kiinglets, Bluebirds, Wood Ducks. GW Teal, and a Rusty BB. No Warblers
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.4.2 Build 114

12 Canada Goose
7 Wood Duck
3 American Black Duck
7 Mallard
8 Green-winged Teal
10 Common Merganser
1 Great Blue Heron
1 Turkey Vulture
1 Red-tailed Hawk
1 Mourning Dove
2 Belted Kingfisher
2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
2 Downy Woodpecker
2 Hairy Woodpecker
3 Northern Flicker
4 Blue Jay
9 American Crow
10 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
10 Tree Swallow
1 Barn Swallow
3 Black-capped Chickadee
2 Tufted Titmouse
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
2 Eastern Bluebird
12 American Robin
5 European Starling
1 American Tree Sparrow
2 White-throated Sparrow
9 Song Sparrow
11 Northern Cardinal
25 Red-winged Blackbird
1 Rusty Blackbird
10 Common Grackle
2 Brown-headed Cowbird
8 American Goldfinch
1 House Sparrow

Number of Taxa: 37

landis arboretum spring hawk watch

george steele
 

Anyone want to join me on my Spring Hawk Watch at the Landis Arboretum in Esperance this Saturday, the 22nd. Celebrate Earth Day scanning the sky for raptors migrating northward to their nesting territories. I'll start the watch at 10:00 AM and be there until 4:00 PM with a Hawk Identification session at 1:00. Come and go at any time. We'll set up at the Meeting House. Hoping for a sunny day filled with hawks, eagles, ospreys, falcons and vultures. 

White throat in yard

Heidi
 

My FOS White throated sparrow today. 
Also a pair of Brown headed cowbirds Ugh

Heidi Klinowski 
Troy

Re: Osprey nest in Albany - 4/19

Drew C
 

There is one other nest at Schodack Island State Park.  One of the pair was perched on the nest when I drove into the park on Sunday.  I believe they have been nesting there for at least one season.  

Drew C



From: "Richard Guthrie richardpguthrie@... [hmbirds]"
To: Tristan Lowery
Cc: "hmbirds@..."
Sent: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 8:55 AM
Subject: Re: [HMBirds] Osprey nest in Albany - 4/19

 
For some reason, Ospreys have been missing as nesting species in the Hudson Valley. A group of us put out several nesting platforms thinking it would encourage them to nest. That didn't happen. The first recent attempt was a nest down in southern Columbia County several years ago. That one was abandoned after one of them was shot. Then they started down in Saugerties, Athens, and Catskill. I guess the word is out. Welcome back.

Rich Guthrie

On Wed, Apr 19, 2017 at 7:34 AM, Tristan Lowery tristanlowery@... [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply@...> wrote:
 
An Osprey was building a nest this morning on the Livingston Avenue railroad bridge (Amtrak) between the cities of Albany and Rensselaer. As far as I know, this is the second nesting site of this species in Albany County in recent years (the first being along the Mohawk at the NYPA power station on Crescent Road in Colonie).

Tristan Lowery
Albany



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Albany Rural Cemetery

Barbara Beebe
 

Yesterday, April 18th, 4:40- 5:45 pm


5 FOYs:


Eastern Phoebe

Pine Warbler -2

Northern Flicker

Brown-headed Cowbird

American Tree Sparrows -2


14 other usual suspects, from the drive into where we mostly bird, the road between Sections 111 and 105 .


Just a reminder that Albany Rural is a spectacular place to bird 


See everyone out there soon, 


Barb Beebe

Delmar, NY

Re: Osprey nest in Albany - 4/19

Richard Guthrie
 

For some reason, Ospreys have been missing as nesting species in the Hudson Valley. A group of us put out several nesting platforms thinking it would encourage them to nest. That didn't happen. The first recent attempt was a nest down in southern Columbia County several years ago. That one was abandoned after one of them was shot. Then they started down in Saugerties, Athens, and Catskill. I guess the word is out. Welcome back.

Rich Guthrie

On Wed, Apr 19, 2017 at 7:34 AM, Tristan Lowery tristanlowery@... [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply@...> wrote:
 

An Osprey was building a nest this morning on the Livingston Avenue railroad bridge (Amtrak) between the cities of Albany and Rensselaer. As far as I know, this is the second nesting site of this species in Albany County in recent years (the first being along the Mohawk at the NYPA power station on Crescent Road in Colonie).

Tristan Lowery
Albany




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Richard Guthrie

Osprey nest in Albany - 4/19

emberiza_tristrami
 

An Osprey was building a nest this morning on the Livingston Avenue railroad bridge (Amtrak) between the cities of Albany and Rensselaer. As far as I know, this is the second nesting site of this species in Albany County in recent years (the first being along the Mohawk at the NYPA power station on Crescent Road in Colonie).

Tristan Lowery
Albany

Wagers Pond- Great Egret

kernscot
 

Nancy Kern

Wagers Pond, Saratoga, New York, US
Apr 18, 2017 1:00 PM - 1:10 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     Sunny, windy Debbie Shaw with me
3 species

Wood Duck  2
Mallard  2
Great Egret  1     in reeds at edge of water

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