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HMBC Field Trip - Fox Hill Road

jhershey2
 

Six birders met at the Saratoga Airport this morning at 7:30 after which we birded along Desolation Lake Rd. and Fox Hill Rd. for the rest of the morning.  Highlights from the airport include Wild Turkey, Horned Lark, Barn Swallow, Eastern Bluebird, Savannah Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, and Indigo Bunting.  Moving on to the higher elevation habitat on Fox Hill Rd. we found 11 warbler species: Chestnut-sided, Magnolia, Black-throated Blue, Black-throated Green, Yellow-rumped, Blackburnian, Black-and-white, Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush, Common Yellowthroat, and Canada Warbler (2).  These warblers were mostly heard and not seen.  Other species included Ruffed Grouse, Broad-winged Hawk, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Alder Flycatcher, Least Flycatcher, Great Crested Flycatcher, Blue-headed Vireo, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Winter Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Scarlet Tanager, Eastern Towhee, Dark-eyed Junco, and Purple Finch.  Big misses for the trip were Mourning Warbler and Swainson's Thrush which we had earlier in the week while scouting.  Counting Killdeer at the airport, the final tally for the morning was 60 species.  Further details will be reported soon by other participants on ebird. 


John Hershey 


 

Grasshopper Sparrow, Albany Int. Airport- 6/11

trwdsd
 

At least one Grasshopper Sparrow at AIA late this morning, as observed from Sicker Rd. on the NE side of the airport, across from Republic Waste Services. Many Savannah Sparrows, Barn and Bank Swallows, and Eastern Meadowlark. Also, a very friendly sheriff's deputy, who told us about Killdeer chicks he'd recently seen while patrolling the property.

Tom Williams
Colonie

Cliff Swallows- 6/11

trwdsd
 

Colleen and I found at least four Cliff Swallows swirling around, and under, the CR 111 bridge over the spillway at Alcove Reservoir this morning. Also of interest, a pair of kingfishers, a lone Gadwall, and the resident Common Raven.

Tom Williams
Colonie

NOT a White-winged Dove- 6/9

trwdsd
 

After sharing some (poor) photos of the bird in question, the unanimous consensus is an oddly plumaged Mourning Dove. Other observers at the scene saw the prominent white wing patches, but came to the MODO conclusion as well.

Tom Williams
Colonie

WHITE-WINGED DOVE UPDATE

Will Raup
 

With more eyes on the bird and some decent photographs, the bird was determined to be a juvenile Mourning Dove. While this bird has a bit more white than a typical Mourning Dove, there were several key field marks that rule out White-winged Dove.

Still an interesting bird and a good identification challenge.

Will Raup
Glenmont, NY



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-------- Original message --------
From: "Tom Williams trwdsd@... [hmbirds]" <hmbirds-noreply@...>
Date: 6/9/17 3:10 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: hmbirds@...
Subject: [HMBirds] WHITE-WINGED DOVE- Black Creek Marsh 6/9

 

Frank Mitchell has found a White-winged Dove at Black Creek Marsh. Bird is still present at 3:05 pm. East of Hennessey, north side of tracks, in vicinity of farm.

Tom Williams
Colonie

WHITE-WINGED DOVE- Black Creek Marsh 6/9

trwdsd
 

Frank Mitchell has found a White-winged Dove at Black Creek Marsh. Bird is still present at 3:05 pm. East of Hennessey, north side of tracks, in vicinity of farm.

Tom Williams
Colonie

Re: eBird -- Crane Mountain Trail -- Jun 9, 2017

Will Raup
 

I believe Boreal Chickadee was detected there on the last atlas.

Will Raup
Glenmont, NY



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-------- Original message --------
From: "zach schwartz-weinstein zachsw@... [hmbirds]"
Date: 6/9/17 1:19 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: hmbirds@...
Subject: [HMBirds] eBird -- Crane Mountain Trail -- Jun 9, 2017

 

The highlight of my walk up Crane Mountain this morning were two Yellow-bellied Flycatchers calling from opposite sides of the summit. Some cool habitat up there.

Crane Mountain Trail
Jun 9, 2017
7:36 AM
Traveling
4.50 miles
233 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.5.0 Build 136

1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
2 Hairy Woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker
1 Eastern Wood-Pewee
2 Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
6 Blue-headed Vireo
7 Red-eyed Vireo
6 Blue Jay
4 Red-breasted Nuthatch
1 Winter Wren
3 Golden-crowned Kinglet
2 Hermit Thrush
2 American Robin
4 Ovenbird
6 Black-and-white Warbler
3 Nashville Warbler
2 Common Yellowthroat
3 Magnolia Warbler
9 Blackburnian Warbler
2 Black-throated Blue Warbler
2 Yellow-rumped Warbler
8 Black-throated Green Warbler
2 Canada Warbler
5 Dark-eyed Junco
1 White-throated Sparrow
2 Scarlet Tanager
1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
1 Purple Finch

Number of Taxa: 28

eBird -- Crane Mountain Trail -- Jun 9, 2017

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

The highlight of my walk up Crane Mountain this morning were two Yellow-bellied Flycatchers calling from opposite sides of the summit. Some cool habitat up there.


Crane Mountain Trail
Jun 9, 2017
7:36 AM
Traveling
4.50 miles
233 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.5.0 Build 136

1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
2 Hairy Woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker
1 Eastern Wood-Pewee
2 Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
6 Blue-headed Vireo
7 Red-eyed Vireo
6 Blue Jay
4 Red-breasted Nuthatch
1 Winter Wren
3 Golden-crowned Kinglet
2 Hermit Thrush
2 American Robin
4 Ovenbird
6 Black-and-white Warbler
3 Nashville Warbler
2 Common Yellowthroat
3 Magnolia Warbler
9 Blackburnian Warbler
2 Black-throated Blue Warbler
2 Yellow-rumped Warbler
8 Black-throated Green Warbler
2 Canada Warbler
5 Dark-eyed Junco
1 White-throated Sparrow
2 Scarlet Tanager
1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
1 Purple Finch

Number of Taxa: 28

eBird Report - Bog Meadow Brook Nature Trail, Jun 7, 2017

Ronald Harrower
 

Bog Meadow Brook Nature Trail, Saratoga, New York, US
Jun 7, 2017 8:35 AM - 11:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.5 mile(s)
Comments: After getting Lindsey's texts when I was in Galway, I scooted back to try and find the Yellow-bellied Flycatcher and the Grey Cheeked Thrush. I totally struck out on the flycatcher, but I did find the Grey-cheeked Thrush 100 feet closer up the trail. The walk back took forever as fatigue rolled in like fog in London
40 species

Canada Goose 25 In a Vee. I hoped for Brant, but no luck!
Ruffed Grouse 1 Drumming in the woods about 5/8 mile in
Great Blue Heron 1
Black Vulture 2
Virginia Rail 3 One near bridge, one near 3/4 mile mark and another near 1 3/4 mile marker
Mourning Dove 7
Belted Kingfisher 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 3
Alder Flycatcher 1
Willow Flycatcher 4
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Yellow-throated Vireo 2
Warbling Vireo 6
Red-eyed Vireo 4
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 5
Common Raven 1
Tree Swallow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 2
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Veery 4
Gray-cheeked Thrush 1 I heard call note. I played song on my phone so I would recognize it if I heard it as Lindsey had. The bird whizzed by my head and landed in a tree in the woods. Autofocus went crazy on my camera, so no photo.
Wood Thrush 2
American Robin 6
Gray Catbird 6
Ovenbird 2
Common Yellowthroat 4
American Redstart 1
Yellow Warbler 2
Canada Warbler 1
Song Sparrow 2
Swamp Sparrow 5
Scarlet Tanager 1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
Red-winged Blackbird 24
Common Grackle 8
Baltimore Oriole 4
American Goldfinch 3

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37478175

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

eBird Report - Lake Desolation SF, Jun 8, 2017

Ronald Harrower
 

Lake Desolation SF, Saratoga, New York, US
Jun 8, 2017 9:30 AM - 11:10 AM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
Comments: I made a bee line for the Mulleyville Trail hoping to find Mourning Warbler after many no shows in past two weeks. My ears were successful, but photo hopes were dashed by his skulking
34 species

Great Blue Heron 1
Mourning Dove 5
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1 Heard in bushes almost at the top of hill before it bends.
Northern Flicker 1
Alder Flycatcher 4
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Blue-headed Vireo 2
Red-eyed Vireo 3
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 3
Common Raven 1
Tree Swallow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
Wood Thrush 1
American Robin 2
Gray Catbird 4
Ovenbird 6
Northern Waterthrush 1
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Mourning Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 2
Chestnut-sided Warbler 5
Black-throated Blue Warbler 4
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Black-throated Green Warbler 1
Canada Warbler 1
White-throated Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 1
Scarlet Tanager 2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
Red-winged Blackbird 2
Common Grackle 1
American Goldfinch 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37477856

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

eBird -- American Oil Road -- Jun 08, 2017

kernscot
 

American Oil Road

Jun 08, 2017

3:12 PM

Traveling

1.00 miles

20 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature 80 F overcast calm


2 Canada Goose

1 Killdeer

1 Red-bellied Woodpecker

1 Eastern Wood-Pewee

1 Gray Catbird

1 Common Yellowthroat

1 Yellow Warbler

1 Song Sparrow

1 Common Grackle


Number of Taxa: 9



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June 7 Birdline

philwhitney17
 

Birdline summary for week ending June 7:

20 reports; 119 species reported

 

Best of the week:

AMERICAN BITTERN: Lake Desolation SF 6/2, 6/5

LEAST BITTERN: Black Creek Marsh 6/6 (2); Vischer Ferry 6/7

SNOWY EGRET: Five Rivers 6/5

COMMON GALLINULE: Black Creek Marsh 6/6

YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO: Hudson Crossing 6/1

WHIP-POOR-WILL: Queensbury 6/2 (3)

CHUCK WILLS WIDOW: Queensbury 6/2

YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER: Bog Meadow 6/7

GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH: Bog Meadow 6/7

SWAINSONS THRUSH: Lake Desolation SF 6/2, 6/3, 6/5 (2); Bog Meadow 6/7

WORM-EATING WARBLER: Hudson 6/2

MOURNING WARBLER: Albany 6/1, 6/3

HOODED WARBLER: Coeymans 6/1, 6/3

GRASSHOPPER SPARROW: Fort Edward 6/3

ORCHARD ORIOLE: Hudson Crossing 6/1

 

Other notables:

Ring-necked Pheasant: Saratoga NHP 6/3

Black Vulture: Hudson 6/2 (5)

Osprey: Saratoga NHP 6/3; Fort Edward 6/3

Virginia Rail: Black Creek Marsh 6/6  (2)

American Woodcock: American Oil Road 6/3

Great Horned Owl: Saratoga NHP 6/3

Barred Owl: Lake Desolation SF 6/5

American Kestrel: Kinderhook 6/6

Winter Wren: Lake Desolation SF 6/3 (2)

Canada Warbler: 5 reports

Savannah Sparrow: Fort Edward 6/3 (10)

Indigo Bunting: 5 reports

Purple Finch: Lake Desolation SF 6/5

 

Thanks to Mona Bearor (Hudson Crossing), Susan Beaudoin (Saratoga NHP, Wrights Loop, Coeymans), Jeremy Collison (Black Creek), Lindsey Duval  (Bog Meadow), Ron Harrower (Lake Desolation), John Hershey (Lake Desolation, Vischer Ferry), Drew Hopkins (Five Rivers), Nancy Kern (Hudson, American Oil Road, Kinderhook), Alison Van Keuren (Queensbury), Naomi Lloyd (Stephentown), Eric Molho (Albany), Jeff Nadler (Lake Desolation ), Marne Onderdonk (Saratoga NHP), Ellen Pemrick (Galway Preserve), Zach Schwartz-Weinstein (Coeymans, Albany) and Scott Stoner (Fort Edward)

 

Strange sight in Washington Park

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

I'm watching an immature Cooper's hawk repeatedly carry nesting material to an old nest that was used by merlins last year.  I've heard of immature coops
mating with adults before, but it's odd to see an immature bird carrying nesting material.  It also seems pretty late in the season, but I don't know much about Cooper's nesting behavior.

Zach S-W
--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774

Least Bittern - Vischer Ferry

jhershey2
 

This morning while mostly looking at wildflowers at Vischer Ferry I flushed a Least Bittern from a spot right next to the main path on the east side.  It flew just a short way east and disappeared.  Not enough time to up the camera's shutter speed, so this pic is blurry.  https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/hmbirds/photos/albums/77752785/lightbox/794546919#zax/794546919


John H.

Bog Meadow Brook Trail goodies 6/7

Lindsey Duval
 

Happy that it finally stopped raining and hoping a few migrants were taking the opportunity to move again, I wandered Bog Meadow Brook Trail for a few hours this morning. I found the trail quite flooded, even from the Lake Avenue/Rt 29 side and the other side is not passable at all - I didn't even dare wade through the water around the other boardwalk. The flooded trail was great for seeing a NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH carrying food! However, I could not find any of the Virginia Rails - if they had nests they certainly do not now.

I did find some movement! I had a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER flycatching in the transitional zone (from marsh to woods) where the Canada Warblers hang out (they were there), doing both vocalizations. A BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER could be found by the spur trail. Deeper into the woods I had a SWAINSON'S THRUSH call. A YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER came by briefly. Those woods are loaded with resident Veerys right now, and in a group of them I heard a GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH sing! 

Otherwise, things are as they should be there, very birdy overall with some fledglings here and there and Wood Ducks out of nowhere to nearly give me a heart attack.

- Lindsey D. 

eBird -- Eichybush Rd. Grassland, Kinderhook -- Jun 06, 2017

kernscot
 

Eichybush Rd. Grassland, Kinderhook

Jun 06, 2017

7:54 PM

Traveling

3.00 miles

41 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature 52 F calm some light rain


180 Canada Goose -- Suprised to see this flock feeding on a wet planted cornfield

2 Mallard

2 Killdeer

2 Mourning Dove

1 Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern)

2 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)

1 American Kestrel

1 Eastern Phoebe

2 Eastern Kingbird

1 Tree Swallow

1 Carolina Wren

1 Veery

1 Wood Thrush

6 American Robin

2 Gray Catbird

2 Brown Thrasher

4 Northern Mockingbird

1 European Starling

1 Ovenbird

2 Common Yellowthroat

4 Yellow Warbler

1 Chestnut-sided Warbler

1 Chipping Sparrow

1 Savannah Sparrow

1 Song Sparrow

2 Eastern Towhee

4 Bobolink

1 Red-winged Blackbird

2 Eastern Meadowlark (Eastern)

2 American Goldfinch


Number of Taxa: 30



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Common Gallinule, Least Bitterns, Black Creek Marsh

Jeremy Collison
 

I heard the common gallinule that is still alive at Black Creek Marsh today. Also had stellar views of a least bittern in flight at close range twice and poor views of another further off. The rain probably kept other marsh birds quiet as I only heard two virginia rails and a handful of marsh wrens.
Happy birding,
Jeremy Collison

Snowy Egret- Five Rivers 6/5

trwdsd
 

I haven't seen this widely reported, so I thought I'd make folks aware. eBird report from Five Rivers EEC on Monday. Snowy Egret at the Beaver Pond. Several searches this morning were negative for the bird. First report of the species there in thirty years. Pictures in eBird report below:


Tom Williams 
Colonie

Fox Hill Rd, Saratoga County this morning

Jeff Nadler
 

First mentioning a common nighthawk peenting over my house at 11PM last night briefly, then Fox Hill Rd highlights this morning as follows . . .


Lake Desolation State Forest adjacent the boundary but outside the Adirondack Park abutting Archer Vly - Swainson's thrush -1, purple finch,  least flycatcher, warblers: black-throated blue, Nashville, yellow-rumped, blackburnian, but surprisingly not heard this year-magnolia. Common raven, barred owl, and Swainson's thrush vocals simultaneously.


Mulleyville snowmobile trail (assumed public access via easement but private land) - alder flycatcher-2, warblers-Canada, black-throated blue, common yellowthroat, magnolia; broad-winged hawk, not heard-Mourning.


Wilcox Lake Wild Forest (DEC)  (the wetland before Albia Pond) - northern waterthrush and Canada warbler along road, finally a singing Swainon's thrush at this former reliable location.


Wilcox Lake Wild Forest (DEC) at West Vly - American bittern, alder flycatcher, least flycatcher.


About the quietest bird song I've ever experienced this specific higher elevation area in early June. But the overabundant ovenbird population this year - the loud song does make it harder this year to hear other species.


Jeff Nadler





Catbird and bluebird pairs

Lidia Daley
 

Don't know if the grey catbird is uncommon or common... But this is the first year we have a nesting pair in our yard... Also have nesting bluebird pair...4 eggs laid so far. Quite a joy....
Lidia
Glenmont.ny