May 17 Birdline


Birdline summary for week ending May 17:

43 reports; 116 species reported


Best of the week:

AMERICAN BITTERN: Vischer Ferry 5/16

LEAST BITTERN: Vischer Ferry 5/12

COMMON GALINULE: Vischer Ferry 5/14

LITTLE GULL: Saratoga Lake 5/13 (2), 5/14, 5/15 (2)

BLACK TERN: Saratoga Lake 5/17

WHIP-POOR-WILL: Hillsdale 5/17 (2)

ORCHARD ORIOLE: Five Rivers 5/13; Pine Bush 5/17 (2)

EVENING GROSBEAK: Chatham 5/11 (2)


New arrivals and transients:

Brant: Hudson River 5/17

Red-Breasted Merganser:  Saratoga Lake 5/13 (2)

Common Loon: Saratoga Lake 5/13 (4)

Black-billed Cuckoo: East Hoosick 5/13; Stillwater 5/16; Vischer Ferry 5/17

Eastern Wood-Pewee: Saratoga Spa SP 5/11; Vischer Ferry 5/17 (3)

Alder Flycatcher: Five Rivers 5/17; Vischer Ferry 5/17 (2)

Willow Flycatcher: Five Rivers 5/17; Hillsdale 5/17

Swainsons Thrush: Five Rivers 5/17

Tennessee Warbler: Pine Bush 5/12, 5/14; Ballston Spa 5/17 (2); Saratoga Spa SP 5/17

Bay-breasted Warbler: Pine Bush 5/11, 5/12, 5/14, 5/16; Saratoga Spa SP 5/17

Wilsons Warbler: Pine Bush 5/12, 5/16; Vischer Ferry 5/12; Five Rivers 5/17

Canada Warbler: Vischer Ferry 5/16; Ballston Lake 5/17

Indigo Bunting: Chatham 5/11


Thanks to Larry Alden (Meadowdale), Mona Bearor (Saratoga Lake), Susan Beaudoin (Stillwater, Pine Bush, Saratoga Lake),  Lindsey Duval (Saratoga Spa), Alan French (Glenville), Rich Guthrie (Saratoga Lake, Hudson River), Ron Harrower (Saratoga Spa, Daketown Forest, Lake Desolation SF, Saratoga Lake),  John Hershey (Vischer Ferry, Saratoga Lake), Fransje Holloway (Amsterdam), John Kent (Pine Bush, Selkirk), Nancy Kern (Chatham, Saratoga Lake, Nutten Hooke, Hillsdale), Alan Mapes (Saratoga Lake), Jeff Nadler (Fort Edward, Ballston Spa, Ballston Lake), Ellen Pemrick (West Charlton), Rita Reed (East Hoosick), Zach Schwartz-Weinstein (Pine Bush, Saratoga Lake, Five Rivers), Scott Stoner (Shaker Heritage), Scott Varney (Salem),  and Tom Williams (Pine Bush)

eBird Report - Saratoga Spa SP, May 17, 2017

Ronald Harrower

Saratoga Spa SP, Saratoga, New York, US
May 17, 2017 7:15 AM - 8:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.2 mile(s)
Comments: Parked in Carlsbad Picnic area lot and saw the Lindseymobile. Found her near old landfill with binoculars on a Tennessee Warbler. It was a good start. She was heading out so I continued down far trail. Many warblers way up high, bringing on warbler neck. Was worth it!
42 species

Canada Goose 8
Wild Turkey 2
Great Blue Heron 2 Flew over
Mourning Dove 4
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2
Downy Woodpecker 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Eastern Kingbird 1
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 4
Common Raven 1
Tree Swallow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 1
House Wren 2
Carolina Wren 1
Eastern Bluebird 2
Veery 2
Wood Thrush 2
American Robin 7
Gray Catbird 5
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Tennessee Warbler 2
Common Yellowthroat 3
American Redstart 1
Magnolia Warbler 2
Bay-breasted Warbler 2
Blackburnian Warbler 1
Yellow Warbler 2
Blackpoll Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 14
Chipping Sparrow 2
White-crowned Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 4
Scarlet Tanager 4
Northern Cardinal 2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2
Red-winged Blackbird 5
Common Grackle 8
Baltimore Oriole 2

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eBird -- US-New York-Hillsdale-284 Rodman Road - 42.205x-73.567 -- May 17, 2017


US-New York-Hillsdale-284 Rodman Road - 42.205x-73.567

May 17, 2017

8:19 PM


2.00 miles

30 minutes

All birds reported? Yes


On private property where they have been for over 30 years.

4 Canada Goose

1 Killdeer

1 American Woodcock

2 Eastern Whip-poor-will

1 Willow Flycatcher

1 Great Crested Flycatcher

5 American Crow

1 Wood Thrush

1 Gray Catbird

1 Northern Waterthrush

1 Blue-winged Warbler

1 Common Yellowthroat

1 Yellow Warbler

1 Black-throated Blue Warbler

1 Field Sparrow

1 Savannah Sparrow

1 Song Sparrow

2 Eastern Towhee

1 Scarlet Tanager

1 Northern Cardinal

1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak

2 Bobolink

1 Red-winged Blackbird

1 Eastern Meadowlark (Eastern)

1 Common Grackle

Number of Taxa: 25

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Brant, Selkirk

John Kent

A flock of about 100 Brant just passed Henry Hudson Park in Selkirk. They were flying very low over the river (around 15 feet).

John Kent

John Kent

Ann Lee Pond, Coyote

Liz C

Perhaps most of you already see them in your travels, but I was a little unnerved this morning just before 10AM by a coyote at Ann Lee Pond. Thankfully it pounced on some animal bigger than a rabbit with reddish fur that kept it busy. I guess when out in the "wild" it is not unexpected to come upon wild animals, but I sure wouldn't want to be staring at a bird and turn around to find a coyote right next to me.

The coyote was so startling that it made me forget about the phantom of the opera Goose in the pond. I put it under Canada Goose, but maybe it is a hybrid, photos on eBird.

Liz Curley



Jeff Nadler

The creek is properly spelled,  Kayaderosseras. Spell check messed up that one bad.


Jeff Nadler

Saratoga County-Two singing Tennessee warblers up high along Kayakdeross Creek in Ballston Spa at 1PM along Rock City Road.  At Ballston Lake fishing dock area, multiple singing Northern Waterthrush and a  visual of a non-singing Canada Warbler. The Tennessees and waterthrush are certainly high volume singers.

Jeff Nadler

Five Rivers

Craig Driggs

I ran into Scott & Denise this morning at Five Rivers at about 7:00. We has a good start with a SCARLET TANAGER singing near the parking lot. There were lots of birds around, and we saw many of the species Zach mentioned earlier, except that migrant warblers were scarce. However, we did have a male WILSON'S WARBLER flitting around like crazy on the old field trail and a pair of NORTHERN WATERTHRUSHES at the far end of the beaver pond.

Great May birding!


bonaparte's, but no little gull at saratoga lake


cathy graichen and I spent and hour or so at the south end of saratoga lake this morning. we counted 20 bonaparte's gulls on the docks out in front of brown's beach, including several adults in full alternate plumage. But, no little gull was present among them.

gregg recer


Pine Bush Orchard Orioles, Black Terns and Buffleheads - Saratoga Lake


I bucked the morning commuter traffic this morning in hopes of finding at least some of the  Pine Bush warblers Zach reported, but no such luck. They were  having a burn this morning, and I was turned away at the parking lot. I then tried the trail off of Columbia Circle where all the warblers were last spring. No luck there either, as there was a construction crew with bulldozers where the trail used to be. I did manage to get on the red trail off of Pitch Pine Rd, and while most of what I saw and heard was to be expected, I did see and hear two male ORCHARD ORIOLES. They were located at the intersection of the red and white trails.

On the way home, I stopped near the mailboxes at the beginning of Stony Point Rd hoping to find the Little Gulls. I was out of town when they were found literally two minutes from my house. While I did see several Bonaparte's Gulls, and saw some that looked smaller, they were too far away to identify. Much easier to pick out was a single BLACK TERN. Closer to the shore, I was surprised to see three Buffleheads still hanging around.

Susan Beaudoin



Richard Guthrie

It's Brant moving day.

Flocks are streaming up the Hudson this morning.

this will likely occur through the day and into the evening.

Great stuff.


Richard Guthrie

Five Rivers 5/17

zach schwartz-weinstein

I birded Five Rivers this morning starting just before 6:00.  Highlights were at least 4 Canada Warblers, a personal record, two blackpolls, the arrival of Alder and Willow flycatchers, a Swainson's Thrush, and several other FOY birds, like Ruby-throated Hummingbird and Eastern wood-pewee.  Full checklist with photos here
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774

Vischer Ferry - New Arrivals


I walked the 3.5 mile western loop at Vischer Ferry Preserve starting at 6:30 am.  Some FOY's for me: 1 Black-billed Cuckoo, 3 Eastern Wood-Pewee, 2 Alder Flycatcher, 1 Willow Flycatcher, 1 Blackpoll Warbler. It's great to hear familiar songs again.  Others worthy of mention: Virginia Rail, Great Crested Flycatcher, Least Flycatcher, Yellow-throated Vireo, Marsh Wren, Wood Thrush, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Northern Waterthrush, Scarlet Tanager.  Flycatchers were well-represented with 3 of the 4 regularly occurring Empids in our area and 7 of the 9 flycatchers for Region 8. 

John H.

Raptor Fest at Schodack Island State Park- Saturday May 20th


Raptor Fest - May 20, 2017 : 8:00am - 4:00pm

Audubon Society of the Capital Region will co-host Raptor Fest at Schodack Island State Park on Saturday, May 20. Guests will have a chance to learn about raptors and their conservation by interacting with live birds, building nest boxes, watching eagles, and even dissecting owl pellets. Speakers at the event will include National Geographic-featured videographer, Mike Lemery, who will show stunning bald eagle footage, as well as local author, Darryl McGrath, who will talk about her book, Flight Paths: A Field Journal of Hope, Heartbreak, and Miracles with New York's Bird People. The day will begin with bird walks at 8am and 9:30am, and the main event will be from 10am until 4pm. 

Raptor Fest will be fun and educational for all ages, with kids' activities, including a bounce house and arts and crafts. Lunch will be available all day from the Schodack Landing Fire Department Barbecue. There is no cost for admission to Raptor Fest; however, there will be a fee of $6 per vehicle to enter the Park. 

For more Information about Schodack Island State Park events, or to apply as a vendor at Raptor Fest, please call the Park Office at (518) 732-0187, check out our Facebook Page Schodack Island State Park, or visit

Black-billed Cuckoo


Heard calling on Luther Rd in the town of Stillwater.

Susan Beaudoin


Vischer Ferry - Canada Warbler


I stopped at Vischer Ferry Preserve early around 6 am and walked for about 45 minutes.  I didn't find very much of interest so I left and headed for the Pine Bush where we had a pretty good chorus of warblers.  But, I did spot a Canada Warbler (at VFP) by using Tom W.'s mnemonic which ends with "time for TV".  Other birds of interest include several chebek-ing Least Flycatchers, a pumping American Bittern in the back pond, and a Black-throated Green Warbler. 

John H.

eBird -- Albany Pine Bush Preserve--Karner Barrens East -- May 16, 2017

zach schwartz-weinstein

Started out slow, picked up later. Most birds in the corner where they have been the last few days (the "eastern leg" near the marsh and ponds.). At one point John H., Deb. S, and Donna Z. And I had Cape May, Blackburnian, Nashville, Parula, and Magnolia all singing in the same spot.

Albany Pine Bush Preserve--Karner Barrens East
May 16, 2017
6:01 AM
1.70 miles
220 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.4.2 Build 114

1 Mallard
1 Killdeer
4 Mourning Dove
2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
2 Downy Woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker
1 Pileated Woodpecker
1 Least Flycatcher
5 Great Crested Flycatcher
9 Blue Jay
1 American Crow
1 Common Raven
1 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
2 Tree Swallow
1 Barn Swallow
6 Black-capped Chickadee
2 Tufted Titmouse
3 Red-breasted Nuthatch
7 House Wren
1 Wood Thrush
5 American Robin
8 Gray Catbird
1 European Starling
3 Nashville Warbler
5 Common Yellowthroat
2 American Redstart
2 Cape May Warbler
1 Northern Parula
2 Magnolia Warbler
1 Bay-breasted Warbler
1 Blackburnian Warbler
1 Yellow Warbler
1 Chestnut-sided Warbler
1 Blackpoll Warbler
2 Black-throated Blue Warbler
5 Yellow-rumped Warbler
5 Prairie Warbler
2 Black-throated Green Warbler
1 Wilson's Warbler
5 Song Sparrow
1 Swamp Sparrow
15 Eastern Towhee
5 Northern Cardinal
2 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
1 Bobolink
6 Red-winged Blackbird
2 Common Grackle
7 Baltimore Oriole

Number of Taxa: 48

eBird -- Nutten Hooke -- May 15, 2017


Nutten Hooke

May 15, 2017

6:47 PM


15 minutes

All birds reported? Yes


Temperature 67 F Hudson river high water very windy sunny

1 Double-crested Cormorant

1 Bald Eagle -- Adult flying

Number of Taxa: 2

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Pine Bush this morning

zach schwartz-weinstein

The "eastern" section of the Karner Barrens East Yellow Trail continued to be birdy this morning despite the rain.  Highlights included Magnolia Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, Black-Throated-Green Warbler and Cape May Warbler.  Eventually, I met up with Tom Williams and we had a Swainson's Thrush singing and a Hermit Thrush calling and perching out in the open.  (Tom also saw the Swainson's before I met up with him.)  Three Indigo Buntings were all perched in the same tree further down past the ponds, and it was interesting to hear bobolink song on the landfill.  Some photos here  

Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774

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