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eBird -- Wrights Loop -- May 21, 2017

kernscot
 

Wrights Loop

May 21, 2017

4:18 PM

Traveling

1.00 miles

15 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature 73 F overcast


29 Mallard

3 Green-winged Teal (American)

2 Killdeer -- 1 had 4 chicks

1 Solitary Sandpiper

2 Lesser Yellowlegs

1 Alder Flycatcher

1 Warbling Vireo (Eastern)

2 Tree Swallow

1 American Robin

1 Gray Catbird

5 Brown-headed Cowbird

1 Baltimore Oriole

2 American Goldfinch


Number of Taxa: 13



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eBird -- US-New York-Saratoga Springs-162 Franklin Beach Road - 43.051x-73.724 -- May 21, 2017

kernscot
 

US-New York-Saratoga Springs-162 Franklin Beach Road - 43.051x-73.724

May 21, 2017

4:14 PM

Stationary

2 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:


2 Mallard

3 Purple Martin -- 1 at MARTIN house


Number of Taxa: 2



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Lake Lauderdale and Saratoga Lake

Susan
 

After reading Scott's posts, Tom and I headed to Lake Lauderdale. Google Maps took us to the Lake Lauderdale Campground, which was not the correct location. The sign for the correct location says Washington County Park and is off Rt 22. Scott's hidden trail to the left of the leftmost cabin lived up to his description. We had great looks at not only  CANADA WARBLERS, but also BLACKPOLLS.  Both species were at the end of this very short trail. The whole park was  birdy with swamp, lake and woodland habitats. There were several trails off the main road that I would have explored if it hadn't been so cold and damp this morning.


On returning home, we attempted to find Naomi's flock of loons. While we saw a couple of individuals there was no flock. We did see 5 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS from Riley's Cove and 5 female RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS from Brown's Beach. After not seeing Blackpolls for several years, I saw them twice more today, once just north of Riley's Cove and again at the parking area at the end of Arrowhead Rd which has a trail leading to the northwest end of Saratoga Lake. Also in this area was a TENNESSEE WARBLER and both BLACK-THROATED BLUE  and GREEN WARBLERS. The other highlight was a PEREGRINE FALCON flying along Nelson Ave Extension.


Susan Beaudoin

Stillwater

Lake Lauderdale
May 21, 2017
9:01 AM
Traveling
1.40 miles
94 Minutes


4 Spotted Sandpiper -together on the beach
1 Chimney Swift
1 Belted Kingfisher
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
1 Downy Woodpecker
1 Hairy Woodpecker
2 Eastern Wood-Pewee
4 Least Flycatcher
1 Eastern Phoebe
2 Great Crested Flycatcher
2 Blue-headed Vireo
2 Warbling Vireo
6 Red-eyed Vireo
2 Blue Jay
4 American Crow
1 Barn Swallow
3 Black-capped Chickadee
2 Tufted Titmouse
1 Red-breasted Nuthatch
3 Veery
1 Hermit Thrush
1 Wood Thrush
6 American Robin
4 Gray Catbird
3 Ovenbird
1 Black-and-white Warbler
1 Common Yellowthroat
2 American Redstart
5 Yellow Warbler
2 Blackpoll Warbler
2 Canada Warbler
4 Chipping Sparrow
3 Northern Cardinal
1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
1 Indigo Bunting

2 American Goldfinch
2 Baltimore Oriole

Number of Taxa: 38



eBird -- US-New York-Ballston Spa-140-216 Manning Road - 43.019x-73.758 -- May 21, 2017

kernscot
 

US-New York-Ballston Spa-140-216 Manning Road - 43.019x-73.758

May 21, 2017

2:10 PM

Stationary

10 minutes

All birds reported? No

Comments:

Temperature 65 F breeze sunny lots of. Boat traffic caused birds to fly.


5 White-winged Scoter


Number of Taxa: 1



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Orange-crowned warbler, Charlton

Jeff Nadler
 

I just had a wonderful view and continuous song of an orange-crowned warbler in Sweetman Cemetary in Saratoga County, Charlton. No photo taken but visual and song for identification.  It did fly off and could not relocate the song but will try again later today. No other warblers present.


Jeff Nadler


Strawberry Fields preserve

Ellen
 

Saturday morning I went to the grand opening of a new nature preserve, privately owned but open to the public in association with the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy: Strawberry Fields Farm & Nature Preserve. Located at 240 Cranes Hollow Road in the Town of Amsterdam, it offers views of the Mohawk Valley, open fields, woods, and wetlands, and features over 200 plant species. I walked the southern portion of the perimeter trail with a group. Bird species included Field Sparrow, Eastern Towhee, Blue-winged Warbler, Ovenbird, Chestnut-sided and Yellow Warbler, Eastern Wood Pewee, Scarlet Tanager, Bobolink, Red-eyed Vireo, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, and Pileated Woodpecker. I look forward to exploring the rest of the trail, and hope that other birders will check it out.

Please note that while the nature trail is open to the public from dawn to dusk, it is closed on 4th of July weekend. Also, visitors are asked to stay on designated trails and respect the privacy of the homeowners. More info is available at a kiosk near the parking area.

Ellen
West Charlton


Century Run

Larry & Penny Alden
 

Jackie Bogardus, Steve Chorvas, and I did a Century Run yesterday and identified 121 species all across Albany County. 

Highlights were: White-winged Scoters and Common Loon on the Alcove Reservoir, Hooded Mergansers and Bald Eagle on Lake Miosotis, Ruddy Ducks and Osprey on Basic Creek Reservoir. American and Least Bitterns and Whip-poor-will (on both ends of the day!) at Black Creek Marsh, Northern Harrier, American Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Golden-crowned Kinglet, 5 shorebirds, 2 gulls, 6 woodpeckers, 7 flycatchers, 4 vireos, 4 swallows, 3 wrens, 5 thrushes, just 15 warblers, 9 sparrows (including towhee), and 3 finches. 

Misses: Brant, shorebirds, owls other than Barred, White-breasted Nuthatch, Winter Wren, warblers, Orchard Oriole. 

Other teams who were out please report your results to me for compilation in Feathers. 

Larry Alden 


Century Run- mostly Albany County

roundywaves35@...
 

Fransje and I met at 6 am at Five Rivers


First thing I heard this morning after waking was a barred owl in my yard.


We attempted to find the worm-eating warbler at Deer Mountain Trail with no success- both of us were hoping for a new lifer.  We heard things, but couldn't find the bird and thus we didn't count anything.


We ended up with 90 species, 88 positively identified

Here are our highlights-


Deer Mountain- 

Scarlet Tanager

Black-throated Green warbler

Ruby-throated hummingbird

Magnolia Warbler


Stanton Pond-

Spotted Sandpiper

Watched a bald eagle go fishing


Five Rivers, before noon-

Orchard Oriole- male

Blackpoll warbler

Alder flycatcher

Swainson's Thrush


Black Creek Marsh-

Virginia Rail

Brown Thrasher

Green Heron


Thacher Park Overlook-

Cooper's Hawk

Black-throated Blue warbler


En Route highlights

Northern Parula

Indigo Bunting

American Kestrel

Cliff Swallow

a pair of Red-tailed hawks


Five Rivers evening-

woodcock- at least 2

2 wood thrushes were singing together- made a nice little chorus 

and we finally heard a veery


Unexpected Misses- downy woodpecker, wood duck, cedar waxwing, purple finch, common raven, northern mockingbird, least flycatcher


Unexpected common bird- great-crested flycatcher: we heard them everywhere


We also saw a strange bird at Five Rivers that we couldn't identify.  Hopefully, we will figure it out.


Is there someone who wants our full list?  I couldn't put it all into ebird due to finding so many birds in transit.

Jeanette Roundy



Re: Nighthawks

kernscot
 

There were lots of large dragonflies along the Hudson River this evening. One of their favorites.


Nancy Kern


 

 




From: hmbirds@... on behalf of Eric Molho molhoe@... [hmbirds]
Sent: Saturday, May 20, 2017 8:52 PM
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Subject: [HMBirds] Nighthawks
 
A beautiful spring day ended with a pair of nighthawks peenting faster than I'm used to hearing and moving fast and low over bender lane at dusk. I can count my local spring nighthawk sightings one one hand with 3 fingers missing now.
Eric Molho




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Loons on Saratoga Lake

Naomi Lloyd
 

If anyone is birding on the lake tomorrow -- This afternoon I saw a flock of 8 loons, 7 Common in breeding plumage and one looking different. Probably just in alternate plumage but it actually looked a bit bigger than the others, the bill was very pale and seemed a bit uptilted. If you have more powerful optics or they're not in the exact middle of the lake, it might be worth looking at them.
Also five White-winged Scoters flew by headed for the north end of the lake.

Naomi Lloyd
West Sand Lake


Nighthawks

Eric Molho
 

A beautiful spring day ended with a pair of nighthawks peenting faster than I'm used to hearing and moving fast and low over bender lane at dusk. I can count my local spring nighthawk sightings one one hand with 3 fingers missing now.
Eric Molho


Tennessee Warbler at Lake Lauderdale

Scott Varney
 

Had an amazing day of Birding yesterday at Lake Lauderdale, thus, it warranted another visit. New this morning was a Tennessee Warbler about 100 yards from the parking lot. Vocalizations of so many birds was amazing at 8:45 am. Next to the cabin furthest on the left (as you are looking at the Lake), there is a little hidden trail that hosted some very vocal and observable Canada Warblers and Northern Waterthrush. They were completely unafraid of my presence. This location has been a real Mecca for Neotropical Spring migrants. The close views of the last 2 mentioned were absolutely stunning! I've included my ebird checklist for those interested in a visit. Get there before Memorial Day!

Scott Varney
Salem, NY

Lake Lauderdale, NY, Washington, New York, US
May 18, 2017 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: Lake Lauderdale has some wonderful birdwatching trails through mixed deciduous/conifer habitat. This is the first place I have ever seen Olive-sided Flycatcher in southern Washington County of New York State.
40 species

Canada Goose 1
Mallard 2
Turkey Vulture 1
Black-billed Cuckoo 1
Chimney Swift 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 2
Olive-sided Flycatcher 1
Least Flycatcher 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 4
Eastern Kingbird 1
Warbling Vireo 2
Red-eyed Vireo 3
Tree Swallow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Brown Creeper 1
House Wren 1
Carolina Wren 1
Veery 1
American Robin 1
Gray Catbird 3
Ovenbird 1
Northern Waterthrush 1
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 2
American Redstart 5
Yellow Warbler 2
Blackpoll Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 3
Canada Warbler 1
Chipping Sparrow 2
Eastern Towhee 1
Red-winged Blackbird 3
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
Baltimore Oriole 2
Purple Finch 1
American Goldfinch 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36988600

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


eBird -- Corning Preserve -- May 20, 2017

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

13 brant currently swimming north from Jennings Landing. Basically everything else was a redstart.


Corning Preserve
May 20, 2017
2:20 PM
Traveling
4.20 miles
282 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: NB, this checklist covers a stretch that is much longer than the actual Corning Preserve. I started at Jennings Landing and birded north to the 378 overpass.
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.4.2 Build 114

13 Brant
10 Canada Goose
6 Mallard
4 Double-crested Cormorant
1 Osprey
2 Bald Eagle
1 Killdeer
1 Spotted Sandpiper
5 Ring-billed Gull
1 Mourning Dove
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker
1 Alder Flycatcher
1 Willow Flycatcher
1 Least Flycatcher
5 Warbling Vireo
1 Fish Crow
1 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
5 Tree Swallow
1 Bank Swallow
1 Barn Swallow
1 Black-capped Chickadee
1 Carolina Wren
3 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
1 Veery
1 Wood Thrush
20 American Robin
10 Gray Catbird
12 European Starling
5 Cedar Waxwing
1 Common Yellowthroat
20 American Redstart
2 Blackburnian Warbler
15 Yellow Warbler
3 Song Sparrow
1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
1 Red-winged Blackbird
2 Common Grackle
4 Baltimore Oriole
3 House Finch
2 House Sparrow

Number of Taxa: 41


eBird -- American Oil Road -- May 20, 2017

kernscot
 

American Oil Road

May 20, 2017

4:26 PM

Traveling

2.00 miles

60 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature 72 F Windy sunny


4 Mallard

1 American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid)

2 Semipalmated Plover -- Located in the pool of water on the west side south of the Gypsum Plant. Birds actively feeding working in and out of the corn stubble. Finally getting these birds.

3 Killdeer

6 Least Sandpiper

1 Pectoral Sandpiper

4 Spotted Sandpiper

5 Solitary Sandpiper

1 Greater Yellowlegs

3 Lesser Yellowlegs

4 Mourning Dove

1 American Kestrel

1 Willow Flycatcher

1 Least Flycatcher

1 Great Crested Flycatcher

1 Yellow-throated Vireo

1 Warbling Vireo (Eastern)

2 Tree Swallow

1 Bank Swallow

2 Barn Swallow

1 Common Yellowthroat

2 Yellow Warbler

2 Song Sparrow

2 Northern Cardinal

4 Red-winged Blackbird

1 Common Grackle


Number of Taxa: 26



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eBird -- Town of Schodack -- May 19, 2017

kernscot
 

Town of Schodack

May 19, 2017

7:39 PM

Stationary

5 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature 66 F calm.


35 Bank Swallow -- Holes in large sand banks on east side of Rt. 9J. Birds calling and flying in and out.


Number of Taxa: 1



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eBird -- Schodack Island SP IBA -- May 19, 2017

kernscot
 

Schodack Island SP IBA

May 19, 2017

4:27 PM

Traveling

2.00 miles

125 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature at start was 82 F went down to 70. Windy sunny boats out fishing.


8 Canada Goose -- 1 pair with goslings

1 Double-crested Cormorant

5 Great Blue Heron (Blue form) -- Watched a GB Heron catch a foot long fish that looked like a herring. It took a few minutes to swallow it which could be seen as a good sized bulge in the birds neck. One was flying while chased by 3 crows.

2 Turkey Vulture

1 Osprey -- On nest on high power line tower over the Hudson river.

1 Bald Eagle -- Adult flying over the Hudson river

1 Herring Gull (American)

2 Mourning Dove

3 Red-bellied Woodpecker

1 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)

2 Eastern Wood-Pewee

2 Great Crested Flycatcher

2 Yellow-throated Vireo

1 Warbling Vireo (Eastern)

2 Blue Jay

3 American Crow

2 Fish Crow

1 Common Raven

2 Black-capped Chickadee

1 Carolina Wren

1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

6 Veery

3 Wood Thrush

11 American Robin

6 Gray Catbird

4 European Starling

3 Ovenbird

1 Louisiana Waterthrush

3 Black-and-white Warbler

3 Common Yellowthroat

8 American Redstart

1 Cape May Warbler

1 Cerulean Warbler -- Found near kayak launch area

2 Yellow Warbler

1 Chestnut-sided Warbler

2 Chipping Sparrow

1 Song Sparrow

6 Eastern Towhee

2 Northern Cardinal

1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak

1 Common Grackle

2 Brown-headed Cowbird

1 Baltimore Oriole

7 American Goldfinch


Number of Taxa: 44



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Century Run Tomorrow!

Larry & Penny Alden
 


This is a reminder that tomorrow is the HMBC’s 72nd Guy Bartlett Century Run, where teams of birders try to find as many species of birds as they can in a single day within the eleven county NYS Region 8.  This is a great club tradition and it looks like the weather will be very cooperative.

 

Anyone taking part in this event is asked to please report your results to me at overlook@....  Also feel free to post your highlights to this group.

 

Please report the participants in your team (even if you were a team of one), hours afield, species identified, and a general idea where you went (e.g., if you restricted your search to a certain county or counties, “hot spots” you visited, etc.)  

 

Please send me your results by May 28 so that I can compile them and get a timely article out in Feathers. 

 

Good Birding!

 

Larry Alden


eBird Report - Bog Meadow Brook Nature Trail, May 19, 2017 Great Egret, Canada Warbler

Ronald Harrower
 

Bog Meadow Brook Nature Trail, Saratoga, New York, US
May 19, 2017 9:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments: Took a very slow walk out to the bench at the 3/4 mile mark. Sat there until I heard the Canada Warbler and slowly walked back Enjoyed Birds, butterflies, flowers and dragonflies.
34 species

Canada Goose 4
Great Egret 1
Virginia Rail 2 grunting near bridge
Mourning Dove 8
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Alder Flycatcher 5
Willow Flycatcher 2
Least Flycatcher 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 3
Common Raven 1
Black-capped Chickadee 2
House Wren 2
Veery 2
Wood Thrush 1
American Robin 17
Gray Catbird 14
Ovenbird 1
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 5
Yellow Warbler 4
Chestnut-sided Warbler 1
Canada Warbler 1
Song Sparrow 1
Swamp Sparrow 5
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
Red-winged Blackbird 15
Common Grackle 12
Baltimore Oriole 4
American Goldfinch 7

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36987724

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eBird -- Eichybush Rd.--Grassland, Kinderhook -- May 19, 2017

kernscot
 

Eichybush Rd.--Grassland, Kinderhook

May 19, 2017

2:06 PM

Traveling

2.00 miles

15 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature 84 F windy cloudy some sun.


1 Great Blue Heron (Blue form)

1 Red-tailed Hawk

1 Killdeer

3 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)

4 Mourning Dove

1 Warbling Vireo

2 Blue Jay

2 American Crow

4 Barn Swallow

1 House Wren

3 American Robin

4 Brown Thrasher

1 Northern Mockingbird

1 Common Yellowthroat

1 American Redstart

1 Yellow Warbler

1 Field Sparrow

3 Savannah Sparrow

2 Bobolink

2 Red-winged Blackbird

1 Common Grackle


Number of Taxa: 21



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HMBC field trip-Schodack Island SP 5/21- clarification

trwdsd
 

Colleen and I, along with Bernie and Chris G., will be leading this Sunday's field trip, while Naomi convalesces. If you are attending the trip, be advised that you can meet the group at the park, or at the Big Lots plaza on Rt. 9/20 in E. Greenbush. We want to be at the park well before 8 a.m., when the contact station starts to collect fees. Do not be late, we will leave Big Lots at precisely 7:30 a.m. Stragglers can meet up at the park, but we will be on the trails before 8:00 a.m. Thanks for your consideration. If the group is big enough, we may split into two smaller parties. Lastly, please wish Naomi a speedy recovery!

Tom Williams
Colonie

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