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August 30 Birdline

philwhitney17
 

Birdline summary for week ending August 30:

14 reports; 67 species reported

 

Best of the week:

OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER: Meadowdale 8/29

TENNESSEE WARBLER: Pine Bush 8/29 (12), 8/30

CAPE MAY WARBLER: Lake Desolation SF 8/26; Pine Bush 8/29, 8/30

WILSONS WARBLER: Saratoga 8/25; Pine Bush 8/29 (2); Colonie 8/30

CANADA WARBLER: Pine Bush 8/30 (2); Colonie 8/30

 

Other notables:

Pied-billed Grebe: Bog Meadow 8/30

Double-crested Cormorant: Schodack Island SP 8/24 (7)

Osprey: Old Chatham 8/29

Bald Eagle: Schodack Island SP 8/24

Semipalmated Sandpiper: Schodack Island SP 8/24 (20)

Common Nighthawk: Averill Park 8/25; Bog Meadow 8/30 (3)

American Kestrel: Saratoga 8/24; Old Chatham 8/29 (2)

Merlin: Old Chatham 8/29

Common Raven: Lake Desolation SF 8/26 (3)

Eastern Bluebird: Kinderhook 8/26

Wood Thrush: Bog Meadow 8/30

Northern Mockingbird: Kinderhook 8/26 (3)

Brown Thrasher: Schodack Island SP 8/24

Nashville Warbler: Pine Bush 8/30

Magnolia Warbler: Meadowdale 8/29

Blackburnian Warbler: Colonie 8/30

Black-throated Blue Warbler: Lake Desolation SF 8/26

Black-and-white Warbler: Lake Desolation SF 8/26

Scarlet Tanager: Providence 8/30 (2)

 

Thanks to Larry Alden (Meadowdale), Susan Beaudoin (Saratoga), Nancy Castillo (Providence), Lindsey Duval (Bog Meadow), Ron Harrower (Lake Desolation, Saratoga),John Hershey (Saratoga), Nancy Kern (Kinderhook, Valatie, Old Chatham), Brian Smith (Averill Park), Rob Snell (Schodack Island) and Tom Williams (Pine Bush, Colonie)


August 30 Birdline

philwhitney17
 

Birdline summary for week ending August 30:

14 reports; 67 species reported

 

Best of the week:

OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER: Meadowdale 8/29

TENNESSEE WARBLER: Pine Bush 8/29 (12), 8/30

CAPE MAY WARBLER: Lake Desolation SF 8/26; Pine Bush 8/29, 8/30

WILSONS WARBLER: Saratoga 8/25; Pine Bush 8/29 (2); Colonie 8/30

CANADA WARBLER: Pine Bush 8/30 (2); Colonie 8/30

 

Other notables:

Pied-billed Grebe: Bog Meadow 8/30

Double-crested Cormorant: Schodack Island SP 8/24 (7)

Osprey: Old Chatham 8/29

Bald Eagle: Schodack Island SP 8/24

Semipalmated Sandpiper: Schodack Island SP 8/24 (20)

Common Nighthawk: Averill Park 8/25; Bog Meadow 8/30 (3)

American Kestrel: Saratoga 8/24; Old Chatham 8/29 (2)

Merlin: Old Chatham 8/29

Common Raven: Lake Desolation SF 8/26 (3)

Eastern Bluebird: Kinderhook 8/26

Wood Thrush: Bog Meadow 8/30

Northern Mockingbird: Kinderhook 8/26 (3)

Brown Thrasher: Schodack Island SP 8/24

Nashville Warbler: Pine Bush 8/30

Magnolia Warbler: Meadowdale 8/29

Blackburnian Warbler: Colonie 8/30

Black-throated Blue Warbler: Lake Desolation SF 8/26

Black-and-white Warbler: Lake Desolation SF 8/26

Scarlet Tanager: Providence 8/30 (2)

 

Thanks to Larry Alden (Meadowdale), Susan Beaudoin (Saratoga), Nancy Castillo (Providence), Lindsey Duval (Bog Meadow), Ron Harrower (Lake Desolation, Saratoga),John Hershey (Saratoga), Nancy Kern (Kinderhook, Valatie, Old Chatham), Brian Smith (Averill Park), Rob Snell (Schodack Island) and Tom Williams (Pine Bush, Colonie)


Bog Meadow Brook Trail 8/30

Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval@...>
 

I haven't been to this spot in the morning in a long time, so can't yet report on warblers there (maybe tomorrow), but today I took a nice post-work walk and got 27 species, mostly the usual. The best birds were 3 Common Nighthawks flying over the pond for over an hour, a Pied-billed Grebe, and a Wood Thrush.

Happy birding!

Lindsey D. 


Warblers on the move- Albany Pine Bush Preserve

trwdsd
 

It has been a very busy couple of days at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. We opened our mist nets in Karner Barrens East for the first day of fall migration banding on Tuesday morning. Twenty nets produced nearly one hundred birds, including migrants that breed locally, and others more distantly. Highlights included a very dull hatch-year Cape May Warbler (female), a Least Flycatcher, a Magnolia Warbler, seven (!) Tennessee Warblers, an adult Wilson's Warbler (male), two Black-throated Green Warblers, and two American Redstarts. 

Around mid-morning, I came up over a rise to the sight of seventeen small birds awaiting extraction from one net. Among them were many warblers- Wilson's, three Chestnut-sided, five Tennessee, two American Redstarts, and Black-throated Green. I also extracted and released a hatch-year male Ruby-throated Hummingbird. Bird banders need a separate, special banding permit in order to conduct hummingbird banding. We do not do this at APB, but I've watched Bob Yunick perform this intricate work at Five Rivers. I'm amazed he can even get a band around their tiny legs! 

We had a remarkable event on Tuesday, also. We saw a Tennessee Warbler in one of our nets that already had an aluminum band on it, a recapture. The band number prefix looked familiar, and we looked it up on our laptop back at the banding station. We had banded this migrant 362 days earlier, captured in the exact same net location. Talk about site fidelity! This was the first through-migrant we have recaptured. 

This morning, I did a three-mile loop on the yellow perimeter trail around Karner Barrens East. I ran into seven groups of singing/calling birds containing chickadees, titmice, and nuthatches. Each one had warblers and vireos in tow. Highlights included two Canada Warblers, a Tennessee Warbler, a Nashville Warbler, and a Cape May Warbler. Follow the adage: "For warblers in fall, go where chickadees call."

Lastly, we have been seeing migrants at home in Colonie early each morning, and around 5-7pm in the evening, for the last three days. Wilson's Warbler, American Redstart, Blackburnian Warbler, and many others. We even had a Canada Warbler come down and investigate the fountain in our small water-feature, twenty feet from us! I am always surprised by what can be found when one birds their own property with the same vigor as on a field trip.

Enjoy fall migration,

Tom Williams 
Colonie 




Warblers at Carlsbad Pavilion SSP

Susan
 

While reading behind the Carlsbad Pavilion, hoping some migrants would pass through, I heard Chickadees, and sure enough there was a small mixed flock with them. Blackburnian, Nashville and Black-throated Green Warblers were present along with a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.
Susan Beaudoin


Town of Providence - Western Saratoga Co

Nancy Castillo
 

While late summer continues to hold firm with Black-capped Chickadee, Dark-eyed Junco, Tufted Titmouse, and Red-breasted Nuthatch fledglings still being fed by mom and dad, fall migration is pushing forward with some nice movement in our yard over the past few days.

(2) Scarlet Tanagers

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Red-eyed Vireo juvenile

American Redstart

Black-throated Green Warbler

(3) Yellow-rumped Warbler


Olive-sided Flycatcher

Larry & Penny Alden
 

I had an OSFL doing its thing from a good launching point in a dead elm on my property this afternoon. I thought it was early in the season but one of my sources says they migrate early in the fall.

I had a migrant Magnolia Warbler this morning, so migration is in fact gearing up.

Larry Alden
Meadowdale


eBird -- US-New York-Old Chatham-891 Highland Road - 42.418x-73.581 -- Aug 29, 2017

kernscot
 

US-New York-Old Chatham-891 Highland Road - 42.418x-73.581

Aug 29, 2017

2:44 PM

Traveling

2.00 miles

27 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature 62 F overcast calm farmland and ponds


5 Wood Duck

1 Osprey -- Flyover

25 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)

2 Mourning Dove

2 American Kestrel

1 Merlin -- Juvenile

3 Barn Swallow (American)

2 Black-capped Chickadee

1 Gray Catbird

8 Cedar Waxwing

2 Chipping Sparrow

1 Song Sparrow

6 American Goldfinch


Number of Taxa: 13



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Upcoming HMBC Field Trips reminder

trwdsd
 

Leader or Speaker: 
John Kent
Location of Event: 
Meet at New Scotland Town Hall
Date: 
September 2, 2017 - 8:00am - 12:00pm
Coordinator: John Kent 424-2234 jwkent@...
We will walk the shore of Myosotis Lake looking for migrating warblers, vireos, kinglets, and
flycatchers in the shrubby habitat of the Lake Trail. Bald Eagles, all three local falcon species,
and several species of hawks have been seen on some of the past years' trips. Depending on
the water level, the mudflats at the north end of the lake often host migrating shorebirds. It may
be necessary to walk through some mud to get a view, so be prepared. From there we will
continue through the woods to Lincoln Pond, where we will check for waterfowl and herons. The
total walking distance is around 1.5 miles.
Meet for carpooling at 8:00 a.m. at New Scotland Town Hall on Route 85. Parking at Myosotis Lake is limited.


Leader or Speaker: 
Gary Goodness/Tom Williams
Location of Event: 
Meet at bank, Rts 20 & 155, Guilderland
Date: 
September 16, 2017 - 8:30am - 12:00pm
Coordinator: Gary Goodness 862-9260 goodness@...

We will be looking for migrating Broad-winged Hawks that use the warming air thermals along the face of the escarpment to continue their migration south. Other raptors may be seen using the thermals for similar reasons. Osprey, Bald Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks, Sharp-shinned and Coopers Hawks are among those that can be seen soaring over the Helderbergs. Ruby-throated Hummingbirds also migrate over the escarpment very low and fast, sometimes making you feel like ducking down.
Meet in front of the bank at the southwest corner of Routes 20 and 155 in Guilderland at 8:30 a.m.


Leader or Speaker: 
Tom & Colleen Williams
Location of Event: 
Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center
Date: 
September 17, 2017 - 7:30am - 12:00pm
Coordinators: Tom & Colleen Williams 857-2176 trwdsd@...
We will explore the Karner Barrens East unit, via the "yellow" perimeter trail, and "blue" dune
overlook trail. We will be looking for warblers, vireos, and kinglets. The dune overlook trail has a
moderate climb and descent. This is approximately a three mile loop. Take proper precautions
to avoid ticks.
map: http://www.albanypinebush.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/1-KBarrensEW-2-...
Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center parking lot, located at 195 New
Karner Rd. (Rt. 155) in Albany.


We hope to see you at one, or all, of these upcoming events!

Tom Williams 
HMBC Field Trips 


eBird -- US-New York-Valatie-2200 Pine Drive - 42.416x-73.683 -- Aug 29, 2017

kernscot
 

US-New York-Valatie-2200 Pine Drive - 42.416x-73.683

Aug 29, 2017

3:35 PM

Stationary

4 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Overcast


4 Mallard

1 Great Blue Heron

5 Cedar Waxwing


Number of Taxa: 3



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morning bird walk

george steele
 

I will be leading a morning bird walk around the Mohawk Gateway Overlook this coming Saturday, Sept 2nd, 7:30 to 10:00 in partnership with the Amsterdam Recreation Department. I did this area with four other birders a few weeks ago and got 25 species. Wondering what we might get this Saturday. The walk will start at the boat launch on the South Side of Amsterdam. I'm trying to show case the Gateway Bridge and create some enthusiasm for birding among Amsterdam and area residents. If you have any questions or need directions email me directly at silphidae@.... George Steele


eBird Report - Farm to Market Road, Aug 24, 2017

Ronald Harrower
 

Farm to Market Road, Saratoga, New York, US
Aug 24, 2017 4:30 PM
Protocol: Incidental
Comments: Driving home after looking around Hudson River birding spots. Saw Kestrel sitting on wire.
1 species

American Kestrel 1 Sitting on telephone wire near corner of Farm to Market Rd and rte 1345

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38869019

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


eBird Report - Lake Desolation SF, Aug 26, 2017

Ronald Harrower
 

Lake Desolation SF, Saratoga, New York, US
Aug 26, 2017 11:20 AM - 1:45 PM
Protocol: Traveling
8.0 mile(s)
Comments: Lindsey and I drove along Lake Desolation/Fox Hill Road and stopped at Archer Vly and numerous pullovers along the way. Not many birds calling, but did run into a flock of Chickadees that revealed warblers at Archer Vly.
28 species

Canada Goose 8
Broad-winged Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 4
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Red-eyed Vireo 3
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 1
Common Raven 3
Tree Swallow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 15
Tufted Titmouse 2
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
American Robin 1
Gray Catbird 2
Ovenbird 1
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 2
Cape May Warbler 1 Immature female in flock of chickadees
Black-throated Blue Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Song Sparrow 2
Red-winged Blackbird 1
House Finch 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38868910

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


eBird -- Eichybush Rd. Grassland, Kinderhook -- Aug 26, 2017

kernscot
 

Eichybush Rd. Grassland, Kinderhook

Aug 26, 2017

12:41 PM

Traveling

3.00 miles

21 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature 72 F Sunny Breeze lots of purple loosestrife and goldenrod


1 Ring-necked Pheasant (Ring-necked) -- Cock

1 Turkey Vulture

2 Red-tailed Hawk

5 Killdeer

1 Downy Woodpecker (Eastern)

1 American Kestrel

3 Barn Swallow (American)

1 Eastern Bluebird

1 Gray Catbird

3 Northern Mockingbird

7 European Starling

1 Chipping Sparrow

1 Northern Cardinal

8 American Goldfinch


Number of Taxa: 14



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Single nighthawk Averill Park

Brian Smith
 

Saw a single nighthawk last night before nightfall. I've been looking for them lately, but haven't seen them. When I saw the single individual, I went into an open area and watched for about a half hour, until it got dark, without seeing any.


Brian Smith

Averill Park


Wilson's Warbler - Swamp Rd.

jhershey2
 

I spent about 90 minutes this morning walking on Swamp Rd. in the Town of Saratoga looking mostly for butterflies.  I saw only 2 vehicles (pick-up trucks) on the road during this time.  Both drivers were friendly and stopped to talk.  The one gentleman generously allowed me to walk along the stream on his property where I found a beautiful Cardinal Flower (my first).  I just read that Cardinal Flowers are mostly pollinated by Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the east. 


 Afterwards I discovered a Wilson's Warbler in the brush along the road.  Songbird migration is definitely in progress.  Other birds along the road that I remember include 2 Green Herons, 1 Great Blue Heron, Gray Catbird, American Goldfinch, Cedar Waxwing.  I posted a photo of the Wilson's Warbler for i.d. purposes and one of the Cardinal Flower on this yahoo group site. 

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/hmbirds/photos/albums/77752785/lightbox/1964383430#zax/1964383430

John H.


Shorebird habitat

rob snell
 

After reading a number of reports expressing disappointment with potential shorebird habitat in the area, I went to google maps. I located and visited expansive tidal mudflats over two days to the east of Schodack Island State Park. At low tide on Wednesday from Rt 9J just south of the I90 overpass there are expansive tidal mudflats (Probably 1 square mile). Access is difficult due to Amtrak (which I was asked to leave), but the area looks primo for shorebirds, and I had not seen any reports from the area on eBird. I did see a reasonably sized flock of medium sized shorebirds (10-30), at a distance, but they were too far away to id without a scope. On Thursday I hiked to a blind that overlooks the flats from the State Park. Tide was rising, but flats were still substantially exposed. Only saw a flock of about 20+ semipalmated sandpipers. I submitted a checklist.

Has anyone else visited this site with success?

Thanks.

Rob Snell


eBird -- Schodack Island State Park / mudflats -- Aug 24, 2017

rob snell
 

Schodack Island State Park / mudflats
Aug 24, 2017
2:56 PM
Traveling
2.00 miles
60 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: 1 hr after low tide / partly cloudy
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.4.2 Build 114

7 Double-crested Cormorant
4 Great Blue Heron
1 Bald Eagle
20 Semipalmated Sandpiper
1 Ring-billed Gull
2 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
1 Veery
2 American Robin
1 Brown Thrasher
4 American Goldfinch

Number of Taxa: 11


August 23 Birdline

philwhitney17
 

Birdline summary for week ending August 23:

11 reports; 58 species reported

 

Best of the week:

SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER: Cohoes Flats 8/17

COMMON NIGHTHAWK: Colonie 8/19 (32); Pine Bush 8/22 (6)

WORM-EATING WARBLER: Pine Bush 8/17

 

Other notables:

Great Egret: Hudson 8/16

Bald Eagle: Hudson 8/16 (2)

Semipalmated Plover: Cobleskill Reservoir 8/17

Greater Yellowlegs: Cobleskill Reservoir 8/17; Cohoes Flats 8/17; Kinderhook 8/23

Lesser Yellowlegs: Cohoes Flats 8/17, 8/22

American Kestrel: Kinderhook 8/23 (3)

Eastern Bluebird: Kinderhook 8/19 (5), 8/23 (6)

Northern Mockingbird: Kinderhook 8/19 (2), 8/23

Savannah Sparrow: Kinderhook 8/19 (2)

Bobolink: Kinderhook 8/23 (2)

Baltimore Oriole: Kinderhook 8/19

 

Thanks to Nancy Kern (Hudson, Kinderhook), John Roosenberg (Cobleskill Reservoir), Kathy Schneider (Cohoes Flats) , Zach Schwartz-Weinstein (Cohoes Flats) and Tom Williams (Pine Bush, Colonie)

 


corrected report

kernscot
 

Nancy Kern

Rich Guthrie emailed emailed me that a Red-necked Grebe has been reported in the Stockport Creek so I am deleting the Horned Grebe from my report. I will try to re-find this grebe and get another look.

corrected report:


22-2637 Station Road, Hudson, New York, US (42.315, -73.757), Columbia, New York, US
Aug 23, 2017 6:58 PM - 7:28 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Temperature 78 F Sunny Breeze Hudson river tide high
11 species

Great Blue Heron (Blue form)  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  5
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Eastern Kingbird  1
American Crow  4
Gray Catbird  2
Cedar Waxwing  20
Song Sparrow  1
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch  3

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38788331

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