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eBird -- US-New York-Valatie-3366 New York 9H - 42.427x-73.689 -- Aug 05, 2017

kernscot
 

US-New York-Valatie-3366 New York 9H - 42.427x-73.689

Aug 05, 2017

12:16 PM

Stationary

5 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature 77 F some sun clouds windy


2 Fish Crow -- Calling at MacDonald's

11 European Starling


Number of Taxa: 2



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Re: Cohoes Flats -Snowy Egret

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

There are no white Egrets at Cohoes Flats this morning, and the only shorebirds present are 4-5 lesser yellowlegs and a single least Sandpiper.  Perhaps more birds will come in if the water level drops.


On Thu, Aug 3, 2017 at 9:22 PM John Shea jdshea01@... [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply@...> wrote:
 

There was a Snowy Egret at Cohoes Flats this evening. Unfortunately, it took off and flew around the corner of Peebles Island State Park and out of sight before I could get a photo. 

John Shea

--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


Cohoes Flats -Snowy Egret

John Shea
 

There was a Snowy Egret at Cohoes Flats this evening. Unfortunately, it took off and flew around the corner of Peebles Island State Park and out of sight before I could get a photo. 

John Shea


August 2 Birdline

philwhitney17
 

Birdline summary for week ending August 2:

7 reports; 52 species reported

 

Best of the week:

LEAST BITTERN: Stillwater 8/1 (2)

SNOWY EGRET: Lock 2 8/1, 8/2

RED CROSSBILL: Bolton 7/27

 

Other notables:

Ruffed Grouse: Bolton 7/29

Great Egret: Wrights Loop 7/29; Lock 2 7/29 (6), 8/1 (10)

Virginia Rail: Round Lake NP 7/30 (2); Stillwater 8/1

Wilsons Snipe: Stillwater 8/1

Black-billed Cuckoo: Stillwater 8/1

Merlin: Stillwater 8/1

Easter Wood-Pewee: Stillwater 8/1 (5)

Yellow-throated Vireo: Stillwater 8/1

Bank Swallow: Round Lake NP 7/30 (40)

Winter Wren: Bolton 7/29

Wood Thrush: Stillwater 8/1

Magnolia Warbler: Bolton 7/29

Pine Warbler: Bolton 7/29

Northern Waterthrush: Round Lake NP 7/30

 

Thanks to Susan Beaudoin (Lock 2), Lindsey Duval (Round Lake), Ron Harrower (Stillwater, Lock 2), Naomi Lloyd (Bolton) and Stacy Robinson (Bolton)


(No subject)

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

Tom W, Lindsey D, and I all looked for the egret/heron at Lock 2 this morning without success.   Great egret numbers seem down a bit, so it may have moved elsewhere, or it could be hiding somewhere.  Probably worth looking some more.
--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


Updated eBird Report - Lock 2 Mechanicville, Aug 1, 2017 mistaken ID on Immature Little Blue Hero

Ronald Harrower
 

Rich's call for more detail made me look more closely at photos that I took of the bird in flight. Though not as clearly focused, I couldn't miss the yellow feet and must change my identification to Snowy Egret. I hope it is still a bird worth pursuing.
With chagrin,
Ron 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 Snowy Egret
16 species

Canada Goose 100
American Black Duck 10
Mallard 65
Double-crested Cormorant 3
Great Blue Heron 5
Great Egret 10
Snowy Egret 1
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

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38429819

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Heron/Egret(s)

Richard Guthrie
 

Can anyone get a good series of photos of this (these)bird(s)? Immature Little Blue Heron and Snowy Egret appear very similar. There are inconsistencies that would rule out Little Blue Heron in the photos I've seen.

Or there may be two birds, one of each species present.

Either way, some tasking by one or more of our very talented photographers would be much appreciated.
--
Richard Guthrie


Fw: Destination This Week

Naomi Lloyd
 

Date: Wednesday, August 2, 2017, 2:33 PM






Hi, All,


        Back from a
month on Martha's Vineyard and raring to add to my
regional year list. My thanks to Naomi Lloyd for taking
charge in my absence. The current local hot spots appear to
be Lock 2 at Mechanicville, (Little Blue Heron) and
Schylerville High
School's Natural Area (Least Bittern).

Mechanicville's Price Chopper is in between the two, but
provides a convenient place to leave cars and carpool. Meet
at 8:00 a.m. there at the Junction of NYS Routes 4, 32, and
67.


Bill Lee


Snowy Egret

Susan
 

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

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38429819

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


World Shorebirds Day 2017

Gyorgy Szimuly
 

Thanks for the admins' support!



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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
Ron


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!
Ron

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

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38424600

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


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

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38424666

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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.

Jim

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
Troy


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Oriole

Heidi
 

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
Troy

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