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July 26 Birdline

philwhitney17
 

Birdline summary for week ending July 26:

12 reports; 73 species reported

 

Best of the week:

LEAST BITTERN: Stillwater 7/22 (2), 7/23 (2)

BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON: Colonie 7/24, 7/25

VESPER SPARROW: Saratoga County Airport 7/26

 

Other notables:

Green Heron: Colonie 7/24, 7/25 (4); Hudson Crossing 7/26

Barred Owl: Stillwater 7/22 (4)

American Kestrel: Kinderhook 7/25 (2)

Merlin: Glens Falls 7/21 (2)

Yellow-throated Vireo: Hudson Crossing 7/26

Winter Wren: Lake Desolation SF 7/26 (2)

Eastern Bluebird: Ballston Spa 7/24 (2)

Hermit Thrush: Lake Desolation SF 7/26 (3)

Wood Thrush: West Charlton 7/21; Kinderhook 7/25

Brown Thrasher: Kinderhook 7/25

Scarlet Tanager: West Charlton 7/21; Ballston Spa 7/24

Indigo Bunting: Kinderhook 7/25

Purple Finch: Lake Desolation SF 7/26

 

Thanks to Mona Bearor (Glens Falls, Stillwater), Susan Beaudoin (Stillwater), Jim Elbrecht (Colonie), Ron Harrower (Ballston Spa, Lake Desolation SF, Saratoga County AP), Nancy Kern (Kinderhook), Curt Morgan (Colonie), Ellen Pemrick (West Charlton), Gregg Recer (Stillwater), Zach Schwartz-Weinstein (Colonie), Scott Varney (Hudson Crossing),  and Tom Williams (Colonie)


eBird Report - Saratoga County Airport, Jul 26, 2017

Ronald Harrower
 

Saratoga County Airport, Saratoga, New York, US
Jul 26, 2017 8:20 AM - 8:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.4 mile(s)
Comments: Did slow once around. Kind of busy with track in full swing.
9 species

Killdeer 6
Mourning Dove 2
Eastern Kingbird 1
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Eastern Bluebird 2
Vesper Sparrow 1 On fence parallel to entrance road
Brown-headed Cowbird 9

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38337870

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


eBird Report - Lake Desolation SF, Jul 26, 2017

Ronald Harrower
 

Lake Desolation SF, Saratoga, New York, US
Jul 26, 2017 9:05 AM - 11:25 AM
Protocol: Traveling
8.0 mile(s)
Comments: Was fairly quiet except for Red-eyed Vireos who didn't get the quiet month memo. Still encounter a fair number of birds and enjoyed butterflies
33 species

American Black Duck 5 On Lake Desolation
Ruffed Grouse 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Broad-winged Hawk 2
Mourning Dove 7
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
Willow Flycatcher 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Eastern Kingbird 1
Blue-headed Vireo 4
Red-eyed Vireo 37 They were everywhere. This is probably a low count
Blue Jay 7
American Crow 2
Common Raven 2
Tree Swallow 4
Black-capped Chickadee 2
Red-breasted Nuthatch 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Winter Wren 2
Veery 2
Hermit Thrush 3
American Robin 9
Gray Catbird 1
Common Yellowthroat 5
White-throated Sparrow 4
Song Sparrow 1
Eastern Towhee 1
Northern Cardinal 1
Red-winged Blackbird 2
Purple Finch 1
American Goldfinch 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38337682

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


Hudson Crossing bird activity

Scott Varney
 

I promised my dog a little walk today, so I headed over to Hudson Crossing...I gotta get something out of this promise too! Birds were extremely vocal along the upper canal path and I was excited to get 3 warbler species and 3 vireo species...all with great looks. I was hoping for some hummingbirds to photo but they had different plans today. A beautiful sunny day!

American Redstart
Black and White Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Red-eyed Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Green Heron

Scott Varney
Salem, NY


Tomorrow's destination, 7/27

Naomi Lloyd
 

Hi folks!
I suggest tomorrow we meet and explore a spot that's probably new to most of us - the Stillwater Schools Nature Trail. It has an expansive open marsh on one side of the path, more water on the other, and woodlands between the wetland and the Hudson. Rather like a smaller Vischer Ferry. When I was there a few days ago the bugs were not too troublesome in the woods.

Recent visitors there have heard and seen Least Bittern, including one feeding young. From there we could go on to the Battlefield. Wright's Loop has been unproductive lately, overgrown and drying up.

Turn off Rt 4 in Stillwater at the road to the school complex, and drive to the end. The trail starts at a chainlink gate. See you there at 8am!

https://www.google.com/maps/search/stillwat+er+schools/@42.9481663,-73.6386236,778m/data=!3m1!1e3?hl=en&authuser=0

Naomi


Re: Littles Lake Menands Tern?

Will Raup
 

non-breeding Spotted Sandpiper.

Will Raup



Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S®6 active, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: "Brian Smith brijsmith@... [hmbirds]"
Date: 7/26/17 1:48 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: "HM Birds (Hmbirds@Yahoogroups)"
Subject: [HMBirds] Littles Lake Menands Tern?

 

Hi,


Was checking out FB when I saw a pic of this bird at Littles Lake in Menands.


What kind of bird is this? Some tern?


https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/20294025_1133738863423675_2060049974486652216_n.jpg?oh=f6ef2c4a4b904f2602c461f139fce432&oe=59FE3AA8


Brian Smith
Averill Park, NY




Littles Lake Menands Tern?

Brian Smith
 

Hi,


Was checking out FB when I saw a pic of this bird at Littles Lake in Menands.


What kind of bird is this? Some tern?


https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/20294025_1133738863423675_2060049974486652216_n.jpg?oh=f6ef2c4a4b904f2602c461f139fce432&oe=59FE3AA8


Brian Smith
Averill Park, NY




eBird -- Eichybush Rd. Grassland, Kinderhook -- Jul 25, 2017

kernscot
 

Eichybush Rd. Grassland, Kinderhook

Jul 25, 2017

3:36 PM

Traveling

2.00 miles

40 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature 66 F overcast sprinkles of rain.


4 Canada Goose

9 Wood Duck -- On a farm pond.

1 Wild Turkey

2 Great Blue Heron (Blue form) -- Flying

2 Red-tailed Hawk

3 Mourning Dove

1 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)

2 American Kestrel

2 Eastern Wood-Pewee

1 Eastern Phoebe

1 Great Crested Flycatcher

1 Eastern Kingbird

1 Blue Jay

3 American Crow

11 Tree Swallow

7 Barn Swallow (American)

1 Wood Thrush

4 American Robin

4 Gray Catbird

1 Brown Thrasher

30 European Starling

1 Common Yellowthroat

1 Savannah Sparrow

4 Song Sparrow

1 Northern Cardinal

1 Indigo Bunting

4 Red-winged Blackbird

1 Common Grackle

1 House Finch

9 American Goldfinch


Number of Taxa: 30



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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

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38305021

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

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