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Black-crowned Night-Heron- yes

trwdsd
 

The previously reported juvenile Black-crowned Night-Heron is present again this morning (7/25) at the main pond by the Park Square of The Crossings of Colonie. It is fishing from the shallow edges along with four Green Herons.

Tom Williams
Colonie




Re: Crossings - ?young heron?

James Elbrecht
 

Thank you! Funny, I'd been trying to identify him for an hour or
two and was wondering why nobody had mentioned him here-

Thanks-
Jim

On Mon, 24 Jul 2017 22:35:05 +0000, you wrote:

Hi,

That's a juvenile Black-Crowned Night Heron, distinguishable from
Yellow-Crowned by the size of the spots and extent of yellow on the bill.
A good find for Albany County. Presumably this is the same bird Curt
Morgan reported earlier.

Best

ZSW

On Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 6:27 PM Jim Elbrecht elbrecht@email.com [hmbirds] <
hmbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:



https://drive.google.com/open?id=1523mXupzHE9nUaVPgVmeNhiKzRX082crrw
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1sCqdxDiVifwVP1aGImY1AYL-YyY3XvOywQ

These aren't the best photos - but he had a bright yellow beak and
orange eyes. We watched him fish for an hour or so Sunday
afternoon, right down by the pavilion.

Is there enough there to say what kind of heron-- or ??.

There was also a pair of cormorants thinning the goldfish 'herd' at
the other end of the lake.

Thanks,
Jim



Re: Crossings - ?young heron?

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

Hi,

That's a juvenile Black-Crowned Night Heron, distinguishable from Yellow-Crowned by the size of the spots and extent of yellow on the bill.  A good find for Albany County.  Presumably this is the same bird Curt Morgan reported earlier.

Best

ZSW


On Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 6:27 PM Jim Elbrecht elbrecht@... [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply@...> wrote:
 

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1523mXupzHE9nUaVPgVmeNhiKzRX082crrw
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1sCqdxDiVifwVP1aGImY1AYL-YyY3XvOywQ

These aren't the best photos - but he had a bright yellow beak and
orange eyes. We watched him fish for an hour or so Sunday
afternoon, right down by the pavilion.

Is there enough there to say what kind of heron-- or ??.

There was also a pair of cormorants thinning the goldfish 'herd' at
the other end of the lake.

Thanks,
Jim

--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


Crossings - ?young heron?

James Elbrecht
 

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1523mXupzHE9nUaVPgVmeNhiKzRX082crrw
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1sCqdxDiVifwVP1aGImY1AYL-YyY3XvOywQ

These aren't the best photos - but he had a bright yellow beak and
orange eyes. We watched him fish for an hour or so Sunday
afternoon, right down by the pavilion.

Is there enough there to say what kind of heron-- or ??.

There was also a pair of cormorants thinning the goldfish 'herd' at
the other end of the lake.

Thanks,
Jim


eBird Report - 147 Church Avenue, Ballston Spa, Jul 24, 2017

Ronald Harrower
 

147 Church Avenue, Ballston Spa, Saratoga, New York, US
Jul 24, 2017 3:30 PM - 4:05 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments: Staying in sight of my house I slowly wandered immediate vicinity and found birds to be active after this morning's rain. The Scarlet Tanager on the fence was the "coolest" to me
20 species

Ring-billed Gull 2
Mourning Dove 4
Downy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Eastern Bluebird 2
American Robin 3
Chipping Sparrow 4
Scarlet Tanager 1
Northern Cardinal 1
Common Grackle 2
House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 4
House Sparrow 5

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


Black-crowned Night Heron and Green Heron at The Crossings Park today at Noon

curtmorgan@rocketmail.com
 



Re: Least Bittern and Barred Owls -- stillwater elementary school trail

ConserveBirds
 

We all have Lindsey Duval to thank for finding this special spot. I wish I lived closer because I think this will prove to be a very productive birding place.

Mona



From: hmbirds@yahoogroups.com [mailto:hmbirds@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of gregg_recer@alum.rpi.edu [hmbirds]
Sent: Sunday, July 23, 2017 8:29 PM
To: hmbirds@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [HMBirds] Re: Least Bittern and Barred Owls -- stillwater elementary school trail





thanks susan and mona for cluing us in on this nice marsh access in stillwater. Cathy Graichen and I took a walk down there this evening for about an hour. We had glimpses of 2 least bitterns -- one briefly flying across the open marsh, and then one flying out of the marsh on the north side and crossing the trail to the heavier vegetation on the south side. Also of note were a green heron, and many E. pheobes and E. kingbirds.



remarkable that we had no idea this trail and marsh area existed. It has the look of a compact version of vischer ferry, with nice forest between the marsh and the river. Look like a good place to check out during migration.



gregg recer

malta


Re: Least Bittern and Barred Owls -- stillwater elementary school trail

gregg_recer
 

thanks susan and mona for cluing us in on this nice marsh access in stillwater. Cathy Graichen and I took a walk down there this evening for about an hour. We had glimpses of 2 least bitterns -- one briefly flying across the open marsh, and then one flying out of the marsh on the north side and crossing the trail to the heavier vegetation on the south side. Also of note were a green heron, and many E. pheobes and E. kingbirds.

remarkable that we had no idea this trail and marsh area existed. It has the look of a compact version of vischer ferry, with nice forest between the marsh and the river. Look like a good place to check out during migration.

gregg recer
malta


Least Bittern and Barred Owls

Susan
 

Thanks to Mona B., I went to the nature trail behind Stillwater Elementary, which is located off of Rt 4, in search of Least Bitterns. I was unsuccessful on my way out, but on my return, with the entrance gate visible, one flew past me headed towards the school. It veered north and landed on the edge of the pond. While I could no longer see it, it began calling and I could still hear it when I reached my car. I was very surprised to learn of the existence of this trail, as it's in my district and certainly wasn't there when my kids went to school. It's lovely. The large pond area to the north is filled with water lilies, small shrubs, large dead trees and the expected bird species. The wetland continues on the south side, but is not as open. The wide trail continues to the Hudson where it then turns left and follows the river through a deciduous forest. I didn't go to the end.


Last night around dusk I could hear the high pitched, raspy sound of Barred Owlets in my yard. When I went out it seemed like there were owls flying everywhere. There were at least four and at least two of them were immature. I had good looks as they were perched rather low. They still had some downy feathers on their shoulders, but otherwise looked like adults. I got to watch as a parent delivered dinner of a vole or mole to one of the young while the other continued screeching - very cool!


Susan Beaudoin

Stillwater


Stillwater School Nature Trail Stillwater NY, Saratoga, New York, US
Jul 23, 2017 8:05 AM - 9:14 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.8 mile(s)
20 species

Wood Duck  6
Least Bittern  1
Green Heron  2
Mourning Dove  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  2
Eastern Phoebe  4
Eastern Kingbird  3
Blue-headed Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Black-capped Chickadee  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
American Robin  2
Gray Catbird  2
Song Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  13
Common Grackle  3



West Charlton report 7/21/2017

Ellen
 

From a walk this evening:

A Chestnut-sided Warbler foraging in a tree, closely followed by a begging youngster - a much larger Cowbird!

Scarlet Tanager, the first one I've heard here in weeks

Veery - 2 singing

Wood Thrush singing

Eastern Kingbird with young

Barn Swallow

Multiple Eastern Wood-Pewees


-Ellen
West Charlton


July 19 Birdline

philwhitney17
 

Birdline summary for week ending July 19:

5 reports; 64 species reported

 

Best of the week:

BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO: Chatham 7/15 (2)

 

Other notables:

Ruffed Grouse: Austerlitz 7/16

Black Vulture: Austerlitz 7/16

Osprey: Cohoes Flats 7/15 (3); Fort Edward 7/17 (2)

Bald Eagle: Austerlitz 7/16

American Kestrel: Fort Edward 7/17

Bank Swallow: Staats Island Road 7/18 (50)

Eastern Bluebird: Austerlitz 7/16 (2); Fort Edward 7/17 (4)

Wood Thrush: Austerlitz 7/16; Fort Edward 7/17

Pine Warbler: Chatham 7/15

Scarlet Tanager: Austerlitz 7/16

Indigo Bunting: American Oil Road 7/18

Bobolink: Fort Edward 7/17 (30)

 

Thanks to Nancy Kern (American Oil Road, Staats Island Road, Fort Edward, Austerlitz) and Naomi Lloyd (Cohoes Flats, Chatham)


Thursday's destination, 7/20

Naomi Lloyd
 

Another week, another problem. I've whacked my knee up again, so I won't be doing any walking for a few days. If anyone else wants to take over, feel free. :-(

Naomi


eBird -- US-New York-Castleton-on-Hudson-2500-2546 Staats Island Road - 42.572x-73.741 -- Jul 18, 2017

kernscot
 

US-New York-Castleton-on-Hudson-2500-2546 Staats Island Road - 42.572x-73.741

Jul 18, 2017

2:32 PM

Traveling

1.00 miles

20 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature 85 F sun clouds air canon in use in cornfield birds seem to ignore it. Talked with the farmer who is concerned about crop losses and people driving on fields. He tried to convince me he was shooting and shot would come down on my car while i was on the road. I said it wouldn't be the first time. He said he didn't like people parking on the road.


2 Mourning Dove

50 Bank Swallow -- Perched on wires

1 Gray Catbird

2 Chipping Sparrow

2 Song Sparrow

1 Northern Cardinal

2 Red-winged Blackbird

3 American Goldfinch


Number of Taxa: 8



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eBird -- American Oil Road -- Jul 18, 2017

kernscot
 

American Oil Road

Jul 18, 2017

1:15 PM

Traveling

136.00 miles

31 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature 82 F +


1 Killdeer

2 Mourning Dove

3 Willow Flycatcher

1 Barn Swallow

2 Barn Swallow (American)

6 American Robin

2 Gray Catbird

2 Cedar Waxwing

2 Common Yellowthroat

1 Chipping Sparrow

4 Song Sparrow

1 Indigo Bunting

6 American Goldfinch


Number of Taxa: 13



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eBird -- US-New York-Fort Edward-1194-1490 U.S. 4 - 43.193x-73.581 -- Jul 17, 2017

kernscot
 

US-New York-Fort Edward-1194-1490 U.S. 4 - 43.193x-73.581

Jul 17, 2017

4:51 PM

Stationary

2 minutes

All birds reported? No

Comments:

Heavy rain


2 Osprey -- Seen flapping in nedt during heavy rain.


Number of Taxa: 1



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eBird -- Cary Rd., Ft. Edward -- Jul 17, 2017

kernscot
 

Cary Rd., Ft. Edward

Jul 17, 2017

4:00 PM

Traveling

3.00 miles

33 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature 83 F sky black from severe impending thunder showers wind


2 Red-tailed Hawk

10 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)

8 Mourning Dove

3 American Kestrel

2 Eastern Kingbird

6 Blue Jay

2 Tree Swallow

4 Barn Swallow (American)

4 Eastern Bluebird

1 Wood Thrush

5 American Robin

1 Gray Catbird

1 Northern Mockingbird

30 European Starling

2 Common Yellowthroat

1 Yellow Warbler (Northern)

1 Chipping Sparrow

1 Field Sparrow

2 Savannah Sparrow

2 Song Sparrow

3 Eastern Towhee

30 Bobolink -- Several flocks some calling from fields probably a low estimate.

11 Red-winged Blackbird

3 Brown-headed Cowbird

3 American Goldfinch


Number of Taxa: 25



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Black-billed Cuckoos, Old Chatham

Naomi Lloyd
 

I birded the Wilson Powell Sanctuary today with the Alan Devoe bird club. Things were as quiet as one might expect in mid-July, with the day's highlight being two Black-billed Cuckoos calling and moving around through the trees. I tallied 45 species (missed a few) including Blue-winged, Pine, and Chestnut-sided Warblers, Savannah Sparrows, and a flyover pair of Green Herons.

If you've never been there, the Sanctuary is on the south side of Hunt Club Rd. The extensive field across the road are owned by Little Brook Farm, and are open for public use. The landowner has mowed a system of trails to expose spectacular vistas across the Hudson Valley. It's well worth a walk through.

The water level is still high at Cohoes Flats with little exposed rock. A few Spotted Sandpipers and a Least/Semipalm foraged on the spillway and a family of three Ospreys are hanging out there too.

Naomi Lloyd
West Sand Lake


July 12 Birdline

philwhitney17
 

Birdline summary for week ending July 12:

5 reports; 55 species reported

 

Best of the week::

VESPER SPARROW: Kinderhook 7/10 (2)

GRASSHOPPER SPARROW: Kinderhook 7/10 (3)

 

Other notables:

Osprey: Hudson Crossing 7/7

Carolina Wren: Hudson Crossing 7/7

Eastern Bluebird: Hudson Crossing 7/7 (2)

Hermit Thrush: Austerlitz 7/9 (4)

Wood Thrush: Hudson Crossing 7/7 (2); Austerlitz 7/9 (2)

Pine Warbler: Five Rivers 7/6

Prairie Warbler: Five Rivers 7/6

Purple Finch: Austerlitz 7/9 (2)

 

Thanks to Mona Bearor (Hudson Crossing), Nancy Kern (Austerlitz, Kinderhook, Valatie),  and Naomi Lloyd (Five Rivers)

 

 


Re: Tomorrow's destination, 7/13

Katherine Storms
 

Sounds good. See you then.   Kate

On Jul 12, 2017 12:59 PM, "naomi lloyd" <naomi_kestrel@...> wrote:


Hi birders!

I won't have a car tomorrow, so there's no "official" trip this week - plus the weather doesn't sound good. If the Vehicle Gods and Weather Gods cooperate next week, I was thinking of Wilton Wildlife Preserve - similar environment to the Pine Bush, but with less active habitat restoration going on.

See you next week -

Naomi Lloyd

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