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Re: Short-billed dowitcher, pectoral sandpiper, falls view park

Jeremy Collison
 

not sure about the short-billed dowitchers now, good time to come as one is acting more like a stil sandpiper and one is rather large-looking.

Re: Short-billed dowitcher, pectoral sandpiper, falls view park

Jeremy Collison
 

Two of each now. Viewing from next to the fishing access site by the water's edge.

Short-billed dowitcher, pectoral sandpiper, falls view park

Jeremy Collison
 

Currently feeding on the extensive rockflats below the falls directly across from the water outflow.
-Jeremy Collison

Common Nighthawk

Larry & Penny Alden
 

Single bird headed south at 6:30 tonight.

Larry Alden
Meadowdale

: eBird Report - Lock 2 Mechanicville, Aug 14, 2017

Ronald Harrower
 

Lock 2 Mechanicville, Saratoga, New York, US
Aug 14, 2017 3:35 PM - 4:10 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.2 mile(s)
Comments: Didn't find any unusual birds, but a good observation none the less
16 species

Canada Goose 400
American Black Duck 15
Mallard 120
Wild Turkey 5
Double-crested Cormorant 3
Great Blue Heron 3
Great Egret 1
Osprey 1 Took off from trees near parking area
Bald Eagle 2 Adult flew high over lock area, juvenile landed in a tree in land across from end of dock
Spotted Sandpiper 3
Lesser Yellowlegs 1
Ring-billed Gull 45
Mourning Dove 5
American Crow 17
American Robin 2
Yellow Warbler 1 In bushes near parking lot

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38646206

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Wilson's Phalarope

John Kent
 

I found an apparent Wilson's Phalarope above Cohoes Falls this afternoon, viewing from Falls View Park. It was very distant, but Zach and I watched it for quite a while. Even with a 65x scope we weren't able to get useful photos. It is in nonbreeding plumage, and has yellow legs. I first saw it with some Lesser Yellowlegs, and it was about 75% of their size. It is bright white below with a gray mantle. The face is white with a very small darker area behind the eye. It did swim at one point, but was mostly picking at food from the water's edge.

John Kent
Selkirk

eBird Report - 147 Church Avenue, Ballston Spa, Aug 13, 2017 Common Nighthawk!

Ronald Harrower
 

Very happy this evening as one of my favorite birds flew over my house and came over me a couple of times before flying on. 
Ron H


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147 Church Avenue, Ballston Spa, Saratoga, New York, US
Aug 13, 2017 7:20 PM
Protocol: Incidental
Comments:     Noting a nice sunset in the making, I walked out of my house and was met with a Common Nighthawk flying over and going to he area over Saint Mary's Cemetery. Am very happy I have thus far missed nighthawks.
1 species

Common Nighthawk  1     About 50 feet over my head and zigzagging over my house and cemetery

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Dickcissel Washington County

Stacy Robinson
 

Sorry for the lateness of this post. I had some technical difficulties with email from my phone today. Around 9am we first heard and then viewed a DICKCISSEL when it finally perched briefly approx.100' from Lower Road just north of Putnam.


The bird moved about the hayfield and swale calling repeatedly and then we lost track of it. I checked back at 2:30pm on my way homeward and did not hear it calling. I realize it's kind of lame to report a bird that may not be easy to relocate but if someone is in the area it might be worth stopping by. My checklist pins the spot.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38619963


Stacy Robinson

Port Henry, NY


 

Re: Little Blue Heron, Cohoes-Crescent Road Pulloff

Jeremy Collison
 

LBHE still present as of 5:00pm, same location.

Little Blue Heron, Cohoes-Crescent Road Pulloff

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

The bird that Frank Mitchell found last night and that Naomi relocated today was present 20 minutes ago feeding in the vegetation in the mohawk.  http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38626377

--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774

Bonaparte's Gull

Lindsey Duval
 

While this bird is no longer where I found it as it startled terribly due to a big rig driving by and flew off in the general direction of Galway, keep your eyes peeled! I found this little one in the parking lot of Walmart in Wilton hanging out with a gradually increasing number of young Ring-billed Gulls. There's usually nothing interesting outside of this store.

Lindsey D.

Small white heron/egret- 8/12

trwdsd
 

Frank Mitchell asked me to relay a report of a small white heron/egret visible from the pull-off along Cohoes-Crescent Rd. Not sure of ID, but no obvious yellow lores or feet.

Tom Williams
Colonie



Re: Cohoes shorebirds

jhershey2
 

I posted 4 pics of shorebirds at Cohoes Flats this morning.  There is a poor, overexposed pic of the Black Tern described by Zack which does show the dark shoulder spot just in front of the wings.  Also, I included a Least Sandpiper showing the bright, rufous feathers of a fresh young bird.  Also, a pic of the one Pectoral Sandpiper and a Semipalmated Plover.  They can be seen at the Hmbirds website or hopefully with this link. 

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/hmbirds/photos/albums/77752785/lightbox/401285956#zax/401285956


John H.

Re: Cohoes shorebirds

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

Naomi, John H., Lindsey and I all just saw a young black tern fly back and forth over the Mohawk at Cohoes Flats.  It flew over the dam a few minutes ago but may still be in the area.  It was not a very dark bird, but had the telltale facial and shoulder pattern.  


On Sat, Aug 12, 2017 at 8:50 AM John Kent k2ent76@... [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply@...> wrote:
 

This morning at Cohoes Flats there were more shorebirds than I ever recall seeing there. Counts of Lesser Yellowlegs, Semipalmated Plovers, and Least Sandpipers were in the double digits. Also present were Semipalmated Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Killdeer, and Solitary Sandpiper. They were all viewable right from the shore at the base of the path from the Clark Avenue parking area.

John Kent
Selkirk

--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774

Cohoes shorebirds

John Kent
 

This morning at Cohoes Flats there were more shorebirds than I ever recall seeing there. Counts of Lesser Yellowlegs, Semipalmated Plovers, and Least Sandpipers were in the double digits. Also present were Semipalmated Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Killdeer, and Solitary Sandpiper. They were all viewable right from the shore at the base of the path from the Clark Avenue parking area.

John Kent
Selkirk

West Charlton report

Ellen
 

It was almost startlingly quiet when I went for a walk this evening, with the notable exception of American Goldfinches.  Still, I had some great sightings, including a female Scarlet Tanager, Black-and-White Warbler, Indigo Bunting (male), and Purple Finch, as well as multiple Cedar Waxwings and Eastern Kingbirds.  I briefly heard Common Yellowthroat and Eastern Wood-Pewee, too.

 

Ellen P.

West Charlton

Increased shorebird activity at Cohoes Flats

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

Lots of least sandpipers and semipalmated plovers, a very obliging pectoral sandpiper, and plenty of both yellowlegs and killdeer.  Also a larger calidrid that I couldn't refund after spotting it far away.  Might have been the pectoral.

ZSW
--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774

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