eBird -- American Oil Road -- May 22, 2017


American Oil Road

May 22, 2017

4:42 PM


2.00 miles

30 minutes

All birds reported? Yes


Temperature 57 F windy light rain.

6 Canada Goose

1 Semipalmated Plover

4 Killdeer

2 Least Sandpiper

1 Semipalmated Sandpiper

2 Spotted Sandpiper

3 Solitary Sandpiper

1 Mourning Dove

1 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)

1 Great Crested Flycatcher

1 Yellow-throated Vireo

1 Warbling Vireo (Eastern)

1 American Crow

1 Tree Swallow

2 Bank Swallow

10 Barn Swallow

1 American Robin

2 Common Yellowthroat

1 Yellow Warbler

2 Song Sparrow

1 Northern Cardinal

1 Indigo Bunting

5 Red-winged Blackbird

2 Common Grackle

2 American Goldfinch

Number of Taxa: 25

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eBird -- Staats Island Rd., Schodack -- May 22, 2017


Staats Island Rd., Schodack

May 22, 2017

4:10 PM


1.00 miles

15 minutes

All birds reported? Yes


Temperature 61 F

8 Canada Goose

1 Spotted Sandpiper -- Fields drying up.

1 Mourning Dove

1 Great Crested Flycatcher

2 Tree Swallow

3 Barn Swallow

1 Carolina Wren

1 Gray Catbird

1 Ovenbird

1 Common Yellowthroat

1 American Redstart

2 Yellow Warbler

2 Red-winged Blackbird

1 Common Grackle

3 Brown-headed Cowbird

Number of Taxa: 15

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eBird Report - Wrights Loop North, May 22, 2017

Ronald Harrower

Wrights Loop North, Saratoga, New York, US
May 22, 2017 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.2 mile(s)
Comments: very carefully scrutinized the field as plants, peeps camouflage and gray day made it harder to see
28 species

Canada Goose 8
Mallard 19
Turkey Vulture 1
Semipalmated Plover 6
Killdeer 2
Least Sandpiper 18
Pectoral Sandpiper 1
Semipalmated Sandpiper 2
Solitary Sandpiper 1
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Lesser Yellowlegs 2
Ring-billed Gull 2
Mourning Dove 4
Belted Kingfisher 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Yellow-throated Vireo 2
Warbling Vireo 2
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 4
Tree Swallow 14
Barn Swallow 12
House Wren 1
American Robin 4
European Starling 2
Red-winged Blackbird 6
Common Grackle 15
Baltimore Oriole 2

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Semipalmated Plovers at Wrights Loop


Six semipalmated plovers are present at Wrights loop in front of the mallards. There are also tons of least sandpipers and at least one semi-palmated sandpiper. No Dublin's, however, which I was hoping for. The Dunlins were not present at the marina at the north end of the lake, nor did I see them on any of the docks on the east shore.

Re: Dunlin at Saratoga Lake


At 7:05 there were no Dunlin at Brown's Beach. There was, however, a tractor raking the beach. Grrr.
Susan Beaudoin

On Mon, May 22, 2017 at 6:48 AM, Lindsey Duval lindsey.duval@... [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply@...> wrote:

I currently have about 14 Dunlin huddled together on a near side dock at the Saratoga Lake Marine Park (the major boat launch on the north end by Stewart's)!

Lindsey D.

Dunlin at Saratoga Lake

Lindsey Duval

I currently have about 14 Dunlin huddled together on a near side dock at the Saratoga Lake Marine Park (the major boat launch on the north end by Stewart's)!

Lindsey D.

Century Run - Albany County

Tristan Lowery

Yesterday, Tom Williams and I birded our fourth consecutive Century Run together, electing - as we have for each of the last three years now - to conduct our big day entirely within Albany County. This year's effort was our best so far by a good margin: we managed to identify 124 species between 4:20 and 19:00, besting our previous high mark of 114 (set in 2015). We also got to 100 species by noon for the first time in four tries; though getting the next 24 proved much more difficult.

We didn't make any specific owling efforts, but our first three species were nocturnal observations nonetheless: American Robins and Chipping Sparrows singing in the dark, followed by a peenting American Woodcock Tom had staked out at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center parking lot. We also ended our day at the Albany Pine Bush, picking up both Downy Woodpecker and Red-breasted Nuthatch in a last-ditch effort for these two species that had managed to elude us all day.

Highlights as follows (by family and location):

6 shorebird species
2 gull species
6 woodpecker species
6 flycatcher species
4 vireo species
4 swallow species
3 wren species
6 thrush species
18 wood warbler species
7 sparrow species
3 finch species

Alcove Reservoir: White-winged Scoter (2), Greater Scaup (hen), Common Loon (2), Broad-winged Hawk

Ann Lee Pond: Orchard Oriole

Basic Creek Reservoir: Common Merganser (2)

Black Creek Marsh: American Bittern (2), Least Bittern (2), Virginia Rail, Common Gallinule, Ruffed Grouse, Wilson's Warbler

Corning Preserve: Osprey, Peregrine Falcon

Deer Mountain: Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Worm-eating Warbler. Louisiana Waterthrush

Five Rivers: Wilson's Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush

John Boyd Thacher State Park: four thrush species (Veery, Hermit Thrush, Wood Thrush, Swainson's Thrush), Louisiana Waterthrush, Nashville Warbler

Mohawk River: Mute Swan

Stanton Pond: Least Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Semipalmated Plover

Tracy Road swamp (Coeymans): Bank Swallow

We recorded several usually common species only once or twice over the course of an entire day birding, an odd experience I've come to expect on Century Run efforts. We also missed Least Flycatcher for the first time in four years. Other notable misses included Brant, Hooded Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Northern Harrier, all accipiters, Cliff Swallow (not at Alcove), Winter Wren, and Grasshopper Sparrow (at Albany International Airport, a landscaper was pruning hedges with a chainsaw during our visit, making sparrow detection especially difficult).

Good birding,

Tristan Lowery (and Tom Williams)


Vischer Ferry


This morning at Vischer Ferry Preserve I got to watch a LEAST BITTERN in flight for about 3 seconds which is usually about the longest you see them.  This one was only about 30 feet from the trail when it took off and is the first one I have seen or heard in the back pond this year.  At the end of the main path to the river where a new trail goes west I heard a TENNESSEE WARBLER.  I don't hear this song very often.  It's hard to miss because, unlike a Cape May, it is loud, lower-pitched, and snappy.  And, this time it sang off and on for at least 10 minutes and probably continued after I moved on.  It was also a treat to see a Hooded Merganser female with 7 or 8 fledglings in tow.  It was also interesting to watch a Wood Duck mother with 10 fledglings flush as I walked by.  The mother swam frantically in a zigzag manner which was hard to follow with bins until they reached a "safe" spot a little further away.  One of the fledglings got lost in the confusion but eventually caught up to the mother and siblings. 

John H.   

eBird -- Saratoga Lake--East Shore (9P) -- May 21, 2017


Saratoga Lake--East Shore (9P)

May 21, 2017

4:36 PM


4.00 miles

20 minutes

All birds reported? Yes


Observed the eastern shore.

4 Mallard

7 Common Loon -- 2 loons had light bills but were definitely Common Loonsm

Number of Taxa: 2

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eBird -- Wrights Loop -- May 21, 2017


Wrights Loop

May 21, 2017

4:18 PM


1.00 miles

15 minutes

All birds reported? Yes


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


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

May 21, 2017

4:14 PM


2 minutes

All birds reported? Yes


2 Mallard

3 Purple Martin -- 1 at MARTIN house

Number of Taxa: 2

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Lake Lauderdale and Saratoga Lake


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


Lake Lauderdale
May 21, 2017
9:01 AM
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


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

May 21, 2017

2:10 PM


10 minutes

All birds reported? No


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


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.

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


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


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
To: Hmbirds@...
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

Posted by: 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


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

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