Date   

Vireo

Steve Mesick
 

Got home from church today to hear and see a Blue-headed Video singing in the woods outside my house.


Ann Lee pond

Robert S Pastel
 

Six palm warblers just past pontoon bridge. Also, kingfisher. Nesting great blue heron on far, far end of marsh south side of pond.

Forgot to mention hermit thrush at 5 rivers yesterday near the very active northern waterthrushes (Vlomanskill).

Robert S. Pastel


Virginia Rail, Eastern Meadow Lark - eBird -- Five Rivers EEC -- Apr 23, 2017

Alan Mapes
 

In addition to the rail, I had three Meadowlarks at the Wild Turkey field, all flying together. 

Alan Mapes 
Delmar 

Five Rivers EEC
Apr 23, 2017
7:44 AM
Traveling
2.50 miles
175 minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:

2 Canada Goose
1 Wood Duck
2 Green Heron
4 Black Vulture
2 Turkey Vulture
1 Red-tailed Hawk
1 Virginia Rail -- Gave grunt display call twice from cattail marsh. This is only the second record for this site I know of (I'm a former director of the site and live next door).
4 Mourning Dove
3 Red-bellied Woodpecker
3 Downy Woodpecker
2 Northern Flicker
3 Eastern Phoebe
1 Blue-headed Vireo
1 Blue Jay
5 American Crow
20 Tree Swallow
3 Black-capped Chickadee
4 Tufted Titmouse
1 Red-breasted Nuthatch
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
2 House Wren
15 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
3 Eastern Bluebird
10 American Robin
1 Gray Catbird
1 Brown Thrasher
3 European Starling
3 Chipping Sparrow
2 Field Sparrow
4 Dark-eyed Junco
14 White-throated Sparrow
5 Song Sparrow
2 Eastern Towhee
3 Northern Cardinal
15 Red-winged Blackbird
3 Eastern Meadowlark
6 Common Grackle
1 House Finch
7 American Goldfinch
6 House Sparrow

Number of Taxa: 40


Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Vischer Ferry

John Kent
 

I arrived at Vischer Ferry Preserve early this morning and heard an American Bittern before I opened my car door. It was just southeast of the Whipple Bridge, but I didn't see it. I also had a singing male Rose-breasted Grosbeak out near the river. There were lots of Ruby-crowned Kinglets, and several each of Palm and Yellow-rumped Warblers. I heard two Rusty Blackbirds. Full list is at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36193947

John Kent
Selkirk


Virginia Rail - Five Rivers

Alan Mapes
 

A Virginia Rail called twice from the cattails at Heron Pond around 8:30 this morning. Also a green Heron at the Beaver Pond. The rail is only the second record I know of for the center. 

Alan Mapes 
Delmar 


Re: 8 Purple Finches - Averill Park

scottjstoner
 

Denise had 2 male purple finches at our feeders in Loudonville on the 20th. And we heard a great horned owl in our neighborhood the night of the 21st. 



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-------- Original message --------
From: "Eric Molho molhoe@... [hmbirds]" <hmbirds-noreply@...>
Date: 4/22/17 5:41 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: naomiking@...
Cc: hmbirds@...
Subject: Re: [HMBirds] 8 Purple Finches - Averill Park

 

Purples at my delmar feeder as well. 


On Apr 22, 2017, at 5:34 PM, naomiking@... [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply@...> wrote:

 

4 Males, 4 Females at my feeders this morning


eBird Report - Saratoga NHP--grasslands (southern entrance), Apr 22, 2017

Ronald Harrower
 

Saratoga NHP--grasslands (southern entrance), Saratoga, New York, US
Apr 22, 2017 2:05 PM - 3:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: Walked a loop broadly around Neilson House
16 species

Turkey Vulture 2
Mourning Dove 4
Northern Flicker 1
Blue Jay 1
Tree Swallow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 1
American Robin 2
European Starling 5
Field Sparrow 5
Savannah Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 2
Eastern Towhee 2
Red-winged Blackbird 6
Eastern Meadowlark 3
Common Grackle 4
American Goldfinch 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36187186

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)


eBird Report - Wrights Loop North, Apr 22, 2017 Pectoral Sandpiper

Ronald Harrower
 

Wrights Loop North, Saratoga, New York, US
Apr 22, 2017 1:20 PM - 1:45 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.2 mile(s)
Comments: Not many birds on the big pond, but the ones I wanted to see were initially well camouflaged in the mud and pond edges.
26 species

Canada Goose 17
Mallard 3
Green-winged Teal 15
Turkey Vulture 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Killdeer 5
Pectoral Sandpiper 1 Was far off on edge at first, then obliged me by flying close to the road near me
Greater Yellowlegs 4
Lesser Yellowlegs 3
Ring-billed Gull 14
Mourning Dove 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 3
Tree Swallow 4
Black-capped Chickadee 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
American Robin 3
European Starling 8
Song Sparrow 1
Red-winged Blackbird 9
Common Grackle 15
House Finch 4
Evening Grosbeak 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36187077

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)


Re: Five Rivers Meadowlark

Robert S Pastel
 

We had a pair of palm warblers at Fordham crossing at 5 rivers.  Also a blue header (solitary) vireo. 

Robert S. Pastel


On Apr 22, 2017, at 7:14 PM, babeebe@... [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply@...> wrote:

 

Five Rivers 11:20-12:45, 53 degrees, partly cloudy to sun :-)


FOY


Eastern Meadowlark ( flying- before fence line as you look out east from bobolink platform)

Eastern Towhees 5

Louisiana Waterthrushes- pair chasing each other

Chipping Sparrows -2


Others:


American Robins

White- throated Sparrows

Song Sparrow

Brown-headed Cowbirds

Northern Cardinals

Eastern Bluebirds 

Tree Swallows

Ruby-crowned Kinglets all over

Eastern Phoebe

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Northern Flickers-2

American Goldfinches

House Finch

Common Grackle

American Crows

Blue Jay

Black-capped Chickadee

Red-winged Blackbirds

Canada Geese


Happy Birding

Barb Beebe

Delmar, NY




Re: Black Creek Marsh - Least Bittern

Will Raup
 

Typical arrival of Least Bittern is about May 1st, give or take about 7 days, which means this report is, slightly, but not significantly early.  

Will Raup
Glenmont, NY (currently in Trinidad)



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-------- Original message --------
From: "John Shea jdshea01@... [hmbirds]"
Date: 4/22/17 9:50 PM (GMT-04:00)
To: HMBirds Yahoogroups
Subject: [HMBirds] Black Creek Marsh - Least Bittern

 

The highlight of an evening walk at Black Creek Marsh was hearing the repeated "coo-coo-coo-coo" of a Least Bittern. As is usual with this species, I wasn't able to see the bird, but heard it well. I realize this is a couple of weeks early for this species. I may go back in the morning to see if it is still around.

I also saw an American Bittern flying over the marsh, and heard at least three Virginia Rails.


John Shea


Black Creek Marsh - Least Bittern

John Shea
 

The highlight of an evening walk at Black Creek Marsh was hearing the repeated "coo-coo-coo-coo" of a Least Bittern. As is usual with this species, I wasn't able to see the bird, but heard it well. I realize this is a couple of weeks early for this species. I may go back in the morning to see if it is still around.

I also saw an American Bittern flying over the marsh, and heard at least three Virginia Rails.


John Shea


Five Rivers Meadowlark

Barbara Beebe
 

Five Rivers 11:20-12:45, 53 degrees, partly cloudy to sun :-)


FOY


Eastern Meadowlark ( flying- before fence line as you look out east from bobolink platform)

Eastern Towhees 5

Louisiana Waterthrushes- pair chasing each other

Chipping Sparrows -2


Others:


American Robins

White- throated Sparrows

Song Sparrow

Brown-headed Cowbirds

Northern Cardinals

Eastern Bluebirds 

Tree Swallows

Ruby-crowned Kinglets all over

Eastern Phoebe

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Northern Flickers-2

American Goldfinches

House Finch

Common Grackle

American Crows

Blue Jay

Black-capped Chickadee

Red-winged Blackbirds

Canada Geese


Happy Birding

Barb Beebe

Delmar, NY




Thrasher, Harrier in WSL

Naomi Lloyd
 

I was scraping the mud off my pants and listening to my FOY Brown Thrasher, when a Killdeer call alerted me to the male Northern Harrier coursing over the fields next door. Nice yard birds!

Naomi Lloyd
West Sand Lake


Re: 8 Purple Finches - Averill Park

Eric Molho
 

Purples at my delmar feeder as well. 


On Apr 22, 2017, at 5:34 PM, naomiking@... [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply@...> wrote:

 

4 Males, 4 Females at my feeders this morning


8 Purple Finches - Averill Park

naomiking
 

4 Males, 4 Females at my feeders this morning


Montezuma, anyone?

Naomi Lloyd
 

I'm planning a run out to Montezuma NWR Sunday in search of the rarities as seen on this checklist:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36173112

Black-necked Stilt, Amer. White Pelican, Eura. Wigeon, Eura. GW Teal, Little Gull, Amer. Golden-Plover...

If anyone would like to join me, drop me a line.


Naomi Lloyd


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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