Snowy Egret


Went to Lock 2 in search of the Little Blue Heron and thought I had found it next to a much larger Great Egret. When it took off I was seeing bright yellow feet. It landed closer to us and when it walked the feet were even more definite. The yellowish green legs indicated a juvenile Snowy.
Susan Beaudoin

Little Blue Heron and friends: eBird Report - Lock 2 Mechanicville, Aug 1, 2017

Ronald Harrower

Lock 2 Mechanicville, Saratoga, New York, US
Aug 1, 2017 11:50 AM - 12:20 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.2 mile(s)
Comments: Came down to check out the Egret situation, having seen 7 two days ago. I came into view of the marshes and could see immediately that there was a smaller white wader with the Great Egrets. With long lens, I was able to identify the bird as an immature Little Blue Heron.
16 species

Canada Goose 100
American Black Duck 10
Mallard 65
Double-crested Cormorant 3
Great Blue Heron 5
Great Egret 10
Little Blue Heron 1 When scanning the numerous Great Egrets, I saw immediately that there was a much smaller white bird. Closer examination revealed it to be an immature little Blue Heron. had one in same area last year at this time of year.
Spotted Sandpiper 3
Solitary Sandpiper 1
Ring-billed Gull 45
Herring Gull 2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 15
American Crow 2
American Robin 2
Cedar Waxwing 5
Song Sparrow 1

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World Shorebirds Day 2017

Gyorgy Szimuly

Thanks for the admins' support!

Dear Friends,

The 4th World Shorebirds Day is around the corner and in a month hundreds of birdwatchers are going out for counting shorebirds. The Global Shorebird Counting is a popular program of World Shorebirds Day that will take part between 1-7 September 2017. Registration is already open and available at this link:

For committed and returning counters a loyalty program was announced last year. I encourage you to register through the form embedded in our blogpost and give yourself a chance to win one of the fantastic prizes. Please find the post at this link:

It would be fantastic to hit an all time high record in the registered sites in 2017. Results of the previous year's counting will be published later (hopefully shortly).

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Looking forward to seeing you among the supporters of World Shorebirds Day.

Very best wishes, Szimi

Gyorgy Szimuly

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

Little Blue Heron at Lock 2

Ronald Harrower

An immature Little Blue Heron is hanging out with 10 Great Egret and 5 Great Blue Herons. They're in marshy area near Old Mechanicville Power Station

eBird Report - Stillwater School Nature Trail, Jul 31, 2017

Ronald Harrower

As with other Saratoga County birders who've chimed in lately, this spot is like finding Shangri-la. I walked down to the river, then parallel to river, then started up the far side of the swamp. You can tell that the trail was flooded by July's heavy rains. It became too difficult to go further, so I turned around. Lots of Wood Pewees, a Wood Thrush, and a Broad-winged Hawk. My main attention thereafter was the gravelly main path. Heard 2 Least Bitterns, saw and heard at least 3 Green Herons, had a flyover Wilson's Snipe calling and a beaver that splashed then swam around keeping an eye on me. I think the little openings in the vegetation on both sides if the trail are beaver "portages" between the two swamp parcels.
Like others, I am looking forward to migration!

Stillwater School Nature Trail, Saratoga, New York, US
Jul 31, 2017 8:10 AM - 9:50 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments: Beautiful morning with temps in mid 60's and a few clouds. Went all the way into the woods and started up the far side of swamp before water over trail made me turn back. Walked slowly on main swamp trail and had a great time, including having an eye to eye with a beaver.
38 species

Wood Duck 9
Least Bittern 2 Heard one on left shortly onto trail. The other was on the right almost at the woods. No views
Great Blue Heron 1
Green Heron 3 Heard and saw. Could have been more
Broad-winged Hawk 1 Flew right over me when I was coming back out of the woods
Virginia Rail 1
Wilson's Snipe 1 Flew parallel with the trail calling the whole time
Ring-billed Gull 1
Mourning Dove 4
Black-billed Cuckoo 1 Calling dense southern side of trail
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 5
Eastern Phoebe 7
Eastern Kingbird 2
Yellow-throated Vireo 1
Warbling Vireo 2
Red-eyed Vireo 3
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 6
Tree Swallow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Wood Thrush 1
American Robin 3
Gray Catbird 5
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 2
Song Sparrow 3
Swamp Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 1
Red-winged Blackbird 8
Common Grackle 5
Baltimore Oriole 1
American Goldfinch 8

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eBird Report - Merlin, Coveville Road, Jul 31, 2017

Ronald Harrower

Coveville Road, Saratoga, New York, US
Jul 31, 2017 11:30 AM
Protocol: Incidental
Comments: Driving back from birding along river. Merlin sitting on telephone pole spar.
1 species

Merlin 1

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Round Lake NP

Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval@...>

For birders heading near this area it is still with a stop. I just spent an hour here and got 41 sp even with missing a common one that should be there.

Highlights include a large number of swallows (Tree, Barn) that included about 40 Bank Swallows for a bit. Had two  grunting Virginia Rails, a singing Marsh Wren, and a preening Northern Waterthrush at the base of the boardwalk. 

- Lindsey D.

Great Egret blitz, Saratoga Co.

Naomi Lloyd

I took a run up north today to check out Amy's Park in Bolton, hoping to find the Red Crossbills being seen there. I dipped on them and it was generally very quiet (except for Red-eyed Vireos). Got nice looks at Magnolia and Pine Warblers and nearly suffered a Ruffed Grouse-induced heart attack. A singing Winter Wren at the end of my walk was a nice addition. Good trails, but habitat and species were not all that different from the Rensselaer Plateau closer to home.

On the way back I stopped at Wright's Loop which is overgrown and barely damp, but did find one Great Egret hunting. At Champlain Canal Lock 2 south of Waterford, six more GREG stalked the shores. Checked carefully but no Snowys or Little Blues - keeping my fingers crossed.

The water is finally going down at Cohoes Flats. Lots of exposed rock today, but nothing using it except several hundred RBGU and one Spotted Sandpiper. The new Rt 32 bridge is open and it appears there will be access to the good shorebird overlook at the Spillway once work is completed.

Good birding!

Naomi Lloyd
West Sand Lake

Red Crossbills

Stacy Robinson

Red Crossbills continue to be seen and heard along Padanarum Road and Amy's Park in Warren County.

Stacy Robinson
Port Henry, NY

Re: Oriole

James Elbrecht

Hehe-- They don't read 'the book'. 'My" orioles have never been
enticed to any feeder- orange, apple or jelly that I offer them. But
they [usually a half dozen or so] show up every year as the mulberries
begin to ripen.

This year a couple pairs and their young have been after the suet
feeders for a month or so.

The goldfinches seem to prefer sunflower to niger seed this year---
and none have mastered the upsidedown feeder that used to be more
popular than the right-side-up one.


On Thu, 27 Jul 2017 11:17:38 -0400, you wrote:

I had a female Baltimore Oriole in my yard on July 25, eating insects on a
hanging plant right next to my oriole feeder which she ignored.

Heidi Klinowski

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I had a female Baltimore Oriole in my yard on July 25, eating insects on a hanging plant right next to my oriole feeder which she ignored.

Heidi Klinowski

July 26 Birdline


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)


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

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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

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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!,-73.6386236,778m/data=!3m1!1e3?hl=en&authuser=0


Re: Littles Lake Menands Tern?

Will Raup

non-breeding Spotted Sandpiper.

Will Raup

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-------- 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?



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?

Brian Smith
Averill Park, NY

Littles Lake Menands Tern?

Brian Smith


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?

Brian Smith
Averill Park, NY

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


Eichybush Rd. Grassland, Kinderhook

Jul 25, 2017

3:36 PM


2.00 miles

40 minutes

All birds reported? Yes


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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