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Shorebirds starting to move - Cohoes and Tomhannock

Naomi Lloyd
 

The Thursday group checked out Cohoes Flats this morning. Lots of open rock, but the water levels continue to fluctuate. We found at least 10 Lesser Yellowlegs who flew and landed within feet of us. Further away we saw Semipalmated Plovers, Least Sandpipers, and numerous Killdeer. Three Osprey peeped overhead. Fromm there we went to the Falls which had Ring-necked Gulls and not much else. An attempted stop at the Crescent power plant was thwarted by road closure.

Later I swung by the Tomhannock. Water levels are still high but some mud is exposed at the north end by Otter Creek. I saw a family of Killdeer, a bunch of Leasties, and a scattering of Spotted and Lesser Yellowlegs. I also had a Yellow Warbler, the first one I've heard singing in a while.

Naomi Lloyd
West Sand Lake


August 9 Birdline

philwhitney17
 

Birdline summary for week ending August 9:

13 reports; 68 species reported

 

Best of the Week:

LEAST BITTERN: Stillwater 8/3 (4)

SNOWY EGRET: Cohoes Flats 8/3; Lock 2 8/6

VESPER SPARROW: Kinderhook 8/5

ORCHARD ORIOLE: Shenantaha Creek Park 8/9

 

Other notables:

Great Egret: Lock 2  8/3  (11), 8/6 (2); Five Rivers 8/7

Osprey:  Lock 2 8/3 (2)

Bald Eagle: Lock 2 8/3 (3)

Lesser Yellowlegs: Cohoes Flats  8/3 (4-5)

Northern Harrier: Kinderhook 8/5

Coopers Hawk: Shenantaha Creek Park 8/9

American Kestrel: Stuyvesant 8/5 (2)

Eastern Bluebird: Kinderhook 8/5; Shenantaha Creek Park 8/9

Wood Thrush: Shenantaha Creek Park 8/9

Scarlet Tanager: Shenantaha Creek Park 8/9

Savannah Sparrow: Kinderhook 8/5 (7)

Indigo Bunting: Kinderhook 8/5 (5)

Bobolink: Kinderhook 8/5 (4)

 

Thanks to Ron Harrower (Shenantaha Creek Park),  John Kent (Lock 2), Nancy Kern (Stuyvesant, Kinderhook), Bill Lee (Stillwater, Lock 2), Jim de Waal Malefyt (Stillwater), Zach Schwartz-Weinstein  (Cohoes Flats), John Shea (Cohoes Flats)and Louis Suarato (Five Rivers)


Fw: Destination This Week

Naomi Lloyd
 

Hi, All,

Almost no reports to follow up this week, so we'll have to find some birds on our own. Shorebird migration should be picking
up, and while the water level at Cohoes Flats is unknown, we can move elsewhere if water level is too high.

Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the end of Clark Ave. behind the U-Haul on Ontario St. Hope to see you there.



Bill Lee


eBird Report - Shenantaha Creek Park, Aug 9, 2017

Ronald Harrower
 

Shenantaha Creek Park, Saratoga, New York, US
Aug 9, 2017 8:30 AM - 9:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: We went to Shenantaha Creek Park this morning so Carla could run and I could enjoy nature along the Zim Smith trail as it passes through. For August, some birds were still chatty. Usual catbirds and Red-eyed Vireos but had some less common sightings. Had a Giant Swallowtail at the end of the walk, pretty cool
36 species

Turkey Vulture 3
Cooper's Hawk 1 Chasing some small bird through woods near trail.
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 4
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Eastern Phoebe 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Red-eyed Vireo 4
Blue Jay 7
American Crow 3
Black-capped Chickadee 3
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
House Wren 1
Carolina Wren 1
Eastern Bluebird 1
Veery 1
Wood Thrush 1
American Robin 8
Gray Catbird 7
Blue-winged Warbler 1 Not calling, but showed up when I was pishing other birds
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 2
Chipping Sparrow 4
Song Sparrow 1
Eastern Towhee 1 Doing "drink your tea"
Scarlet Tanager 1 calling, can see beginning of molt
Northern Cardinal 2
Red-winged Blackbird 2
Common Grackle 1
Orchard Oriole 1
American Goldfinch 5

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38559313

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


Birding location on the Hudson River

Louis J. Suarato
 

I've discovered a very convenient location right on the Hudson in Albany. It's called Springers Marina at 5 Broadway. The marina is south of the Albany Yacht Club, on the opposite shore. There's parking along the river, public restrooms and a breakfast and lunch food stand called H&L on the Hudson. I've seen the usual Hudson River birds, so far, including eagles, cormorants, gulls, terns, various ducks. It's also a perfect location for sunrises and moonrises. https://instagram.com/p/BXigirUnH27/

Louis J. Suarato


Great egret at Five Rivers

Louis J. Suarato
 

Here's the great egret flying into a tree high above the Goose Pond. I saw it later perched in the Sunfish Pond. It remained there for about an hour.

https://flic.kr/p/WgQavP



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Louis J. Suarato


Sunfish Pond at Five Rivers

Louis J. Suarato
 

The Sunfish Pond at Five Rivers is featuring two green herons, a belted kingfisher, and a great egret. There's also a great blue heron on the edge of the north side of the Goose Pond.

Louis J. Suarato


Egrets

John Kent
 

There is an immature Snowy Egret as well as two Great Egrets this morning at Champlain Canal Lock 2, south of Mechanicville. They are currently on the Saratoga County side, northwest of the lock.

John Kent
Selkirk


eBird -- 3047 Main Street, Valatie, New York, US (42.413, -73.674) -- Aug 05, 2017

kernscot
 

3047 Main Street, Valatie, New York, US (42.413, -73.674)

Aug 05, 2017

3:16 PM

Stationary

5 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature 75 F Rain cloudy


11 Mallard

2 Hooded Merganser

5 Chimney Swift

3 Northern Rough-winged Swallow


Number of Taxa: 4



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eBird -- US-New York-Kinderhook-184 Best Road - 42.399x-73.717 -- Aug 05, 2017

kernscot
 

US-New York-Kinderhook-184 Best Road - 42.399x-73.717

Aug 05, 2017

2:25 PM

Traveling

2.00 miles

26 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature 71 F humid sunny


2 Red-tailed Hawk

13 Killdeer

6 Tree Swallow

11 Barn Swallow

1 Eastern Bluebird

1 Field Sparrow

1 Vesper Sparrow

4 Savannah Sparrow

1 Song Sparrow

4 Indigo Bunting

4 Bobolink

3 House Finch

10 American Goldfinch


Number of Taxa: 13



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Fw: eBird Report - Eichybush Rd. Grassland, Kinderhook, Aug 5, 2017

kernscot
 



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Eichybush Rd. Grassland, Kinderhook, Columbia, New York, US
Aug 5, 2017 1:30 PM - 1:43 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Temperature 80 F rain light to heavy wind
15 species

Northern Harrier  1
Killdeer  3
Mourning Dove  16
Eastern Kingbird  2
Bank Swallow  20     Flying around field in rain
Barn Swallow (American)  14
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  4
Cedar Waxwing  2
Savannah Sparrow  3
Song Sparrow  3
Indigo Bunting  1
Red-winged Blackbird  4
American Goldfinch  2
House Sparrow  2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38490963

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eBird -- US-New York-Stuyvesant-396 Schoolhouse Rd - 42.438x-73.746 -- Aug 05, 2017

kernscot
 

US-New York-Stuyvesant-396 Schoolhouse Rd - 42.438x-73.746

Aug 05, 2017

12:50 PM

Traveling

3.00 miles

33 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature 84 F cloudy windy lots of cicadas


1 Great Blue Heron (Blue form)

2 Turkey Vulture

5 Red-tailed Hawk

2 Killdeer

6 Mourning Dove

2 American Kestrel

2 Eastern Phoebe

2 Eastern Kingbird

5 Blue Jay

36 American Crow

32 Tree Swallow

7 Bank Swallow

14 Barn Swallow (American)

1 House Wren

2 American Robin

3 Gray Catbird

5 Northern Mockingbird

1 Song Sparrow

2 Common Grackle

19 American Goldfinch

5 House Sparrow


Number of Taxa: 21



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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

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