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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

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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

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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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eBird -- US-New York-Valatie-2200 Pine Drive - 42.416x-73.683 -- Aug 23, 2017

kernscot
 

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

Aug 23, 2017

2:38 PM

Stationary

15 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature 77 F overcast breeze


97 Canada Goose -- Many feathers shed in the creek birds preening

2 Common Merganser

9 Cedar Waxwing -- Hawking insects over creek


Number of Taxa: 3



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eBird -- Eichybush Rd. Grassland, Kinderhook -- Aug 23, 2017

kernscot
 

Eichybush Rd. Grassland, Kinderhook

Aug 23, 2017

3:28 PM

Traveling

3.00 miles

30 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature 78 F sunny


1 Turkey Vulture

10 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)

2 Mourning Dove

3 American Kestrel -- Watched one catch a good sized snake

1 Eastern Phoebe

2 Eastern Kingbird

16 American Crow

12 Tree Swallow

35 Barn Swallow (American)

6 Eastern Bluebird

1 Gray Catbird

1 Northern Mockingbird

32 European Starling

2 Bobolink

16 American Goldfinch


Number of Taxa: 15



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eBird -- Kinderhook NY (42.386, -73.727) -- Aug 23, 2017

kernscot
 

Kinderhook NY (42.386, -73.727)

Aug 23, 2017

4:45 PM

Traveling

1.00 miles

20 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature 78 F sunny at a large dairy farm with manure piles and pools of water


5 Killdeer

1 Semipalmated Sandpiper

1 Spotted Sandpiper

1 Greater Yellowlegs

6 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)

3 Mourning Dove

3 European Starling


Number of Taxa: 7



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Tomorrow's destination, 8/24

Naomi Lloyd
 

Bill is having some computer issues, so he asked me to let you all know that tomorrow's meeting place will be at Clark Street off Ontario in Cohoes, behind the UHaul lot, at 8:00am. There has been some ongoing work to repair the access walk down to the Flats. So if we get there and they're working, we'll move over to the parking lot for Falls View Park. Scopes and waterproof footgear are recommended!

See you there --

Naomi


Counting Common Nighthawks- 8/22

trwdsd
 

Four birders braved threatening skies on Tuesday evening, looking for migrating nighthawks ahead of the approaching storms. We counted only six, as individuals and two group of two. The best bird swooped in at 7:55pm below tree top level, coursed around the parking lot area just off the ground, and left after a minute in the fading light. We will observe again tomorrow beginning at 6:00pm at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center on New Karner Rd. (Rt. 155) in Albany. Bring a chair and binoculars. The Preserve is hosting their annual "Drop-in Nighthawk Watch" program at 5:30pm, so expect a good group of skywatchers.

Tom Williams 
Colonie 




Tuesday AM shorebird report

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

At Cohoes Flats, 1 Lesser Yellowlegs and at least 1 killdeer.  They're doing more work on the path, this time with bigger rocks.  

At Falls View, no shorebirds but plenty of habitat.
--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


Common Nighthawks, Colonie-8/19

trwdsd
 

Thirty-two Common Nighthawks in one loose group heading SSE over Colonie at 7:10 this evening. Get outside if you can and watch the sky.

Tom Williams 
Colonie 



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