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HMBC Vischer Ferry Field Trip

jhershey2
 

The HMBC Field Trip at Vischer Ferry Preserve began this morning with 10 eager participants.  (One birder, though not aware that an organized field trip was scheduled, was happy to join us for the whole morning.)  We walked the 3-mile western loop beginning at the main entrance hoping to see a variety of migrant birds including those confusing and frustrating fall warblers.  We encountered several small waves of warblers being able to identify Nashville, Magnolia, Black-throated Green, Common Yellowthroat, and Blackpoll Warblers.  Thanks to the good ears of at least one participant we found several Golden-crowned Kinglets, at least one Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and a Blue-headed Vireo.  All of the six regular woodpecker species in the HMBC area were found except for Hairy.  Except for a few Wood Ducks in the first pond and a few flyover Canada Geese, waterfowl were surprisingly scarce. Other noteworthy species included Cooper’s Hawk, Great Blue Heron, Belted Kingfisher, and Scarlet Tanager.  In the final tally we counted a modest 43 species.  I should also mention we enjoyed watching the exploding seed pods of the very abundant Jewelweed (Touch-me-not) flowers as well as a beautiful Question Mark Butterfly and several unidentified caterpillars.

John Hershey, trip coordinator


Wilton Wildlife Preserve Warblers

Susan
 

Tom and I went to the Wilton wildlife preserve on Scout Road and took the blue trail from the parking lot. We hit the jackpot near the field just before the blue trail turns left with birds flying around like crazy. The first group consisted mostly of Pine and yellow-rumped warblers and sparrows (chipping, field and white-throated). Chickadees, flickers and yellow bellied sap suckers were mixed in with this group. Once they move on, second more, interesting group of warblers came in. This group consisted of parulas, magnolias, black-throated greens, and blackpoll warblers , along with ruby-throated kinglets. I've had very good luck with this area over the past few years.
Susan Beaudoin


Warblers, new trail, new eBird group - Vischer Ferry

Naomi Lloyd
 

The Thursday group tried out the new trail at Vischer Ferry, starting out beneath the Twin Bridges and connecting up with the main trails after about 1/5 miles of canal-side walking. The new trail has Mohawk river access, a view over Wager's Pond, and lots of cattail and and reed habitat that will probably be good for rails etc in spring. I look forward to exploring it more.

We ran into a couple of migrant flocks tallying up eight species, including BT Green, Magnolia, Chestnut-sided, N Parula, Yellow, and Yellow-rumped. Other sightings included Red-eyed and Warbling Vireos, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and the Woodpecker six-pack.

I've created an eBird account just for the Thursday group called, unsurprisingly, HMBC Thursday Group and I'll be posting our observations there. If you want to share them so you can make your own additions or deletions, drop me a line. This week:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39317839

Naomi Lloyd
West Sand Lake


September 20 Birdline

philwhitney17
 

Birdline summary for week ending September 20:

15 reports; 85 species reported

 

Best of the week:

RED-SHOULDERED HAWK: Thatcher Park 9/16; Vischer Ferry 9/17

PECTORAL SANDPIPER: Tomhannock 9/15 (2)

LONG-EARED OWL: Queensbury 9/19

PHILADELPHIA VIREO: Bog Meadow 9/15 (2)

TENNESSEE WARBLER: Pine Bush 9/14; Guilderland 9/20

CAPE MAY WARBLER: Saratoga Spa SP 9/14; Pine Bush 9/14; Thatcher Park 9/16

BAY BREASTED WARBLER: Saratoga Spa SP 9/14; Pine Bush 9/14; Guilderland 9/14 (2), 9/17

WILSONS WARBLER: Bog Meadow 9/15; Vischer Ferry 9/17

CANADA WARBLER: Bog Meadow 9/15

 

Other notables:

Black Vulture: Hudson 9/13 (6); Thatcher Park 9/16

Bald Eagle: Thatcher Park 9/16; Vischer Ferry 9/17

Broad-winged Hawk: Thatcher Park 9/16 (137)

Lesser Yellowlegs: Tomhannock 9/15

Great Horned Owl: Salem 9/20

American Kestrel: Thatcher Park 9/16 (4); Kinderhook 9/19 (3); Fort Edward 9/20 (11)

Merlin: Thatcher Park 9/16

Yellow throated Vireo: Bog Meadow 9/15

Eastern Bluebird: Bog Meadow 9/15; Kinderhook 9/19 (11); Fort Edward 9/20 (3)

Swainsons Thrush: Bog Meadow 9/15

American Pipit: Pine Bush 9/17

Nashville Warbler: Vischer Ferry 9/17; Pine Bush 9/17

Northern Parula: Pine Bush 9/14, 9/17; Guilderland 9/14, 9/20

Palm Warbler: Saratoga Spa SP 9/14 (2)

Blackburnian Warbler: Saratoga Spa SP 9/14 (2); Pine Bush 9/14

Blackpoll Warbler: Saratoga Spa SP 9/14; Pine Bush 9/14, 9/17

Scarlet Tanager: Saratoga Spa SP 9/14

 

Thanks to Ron Harrower (Saratoga Spa, Bog Meadow), Nancy Kern (Hudson, Chatham, Kinderhook, Fort Edward), Naomi Lloyd (Pine Bush, Tomhannock), Gregg Recer (Vischer Ferry), Alan Schroeder (Guilderland), Scott Varney (Queensbury, Salem) and Tom Williams (Thatcher Park, Pine Bush)


Fort Edward- American Kestrel

kernscot
 

Nancy Kern

Fort Edward


Sep 20, 2017

5:15 PM

Stationary

175 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature 78 F sunny breezy clouds


2 Canada Goose

1 Ring-necked Pheasant (Ring-necked)

8 Wild Turkey

1 Killdeer

25 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)

22 Mourning Dove

1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

2 Downy Woodpecker (Eastern)

5 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)

11 American Kestrel -- One on a pole eating a small writhing snake

1 Eastern Phoebe

7 Blue Jay

6 Black-capped Chickadee

1 White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern)

3 Eastern Bluebird

10 American Robin

3 Gray Catbird

1 Northern Mockingbird

400 European Starling

1 Cedar Waxwing

1 White-throated Sparrow

1 Song Sparrow

2 Eastern Towhee

1 Northern Cardinal


Number of Taxa: 24



Great Horned Owl in Salem

Scott Varney
 

Currently listening to a Great Horned Owl across the street in my neighbor's yard in Salem. Owls seem to be very vocal right now in our area. This is my 3rd owl in 2 days after a Summer-long hiatus of vocalizations. Yee-Hah!

Scott Varney
Salem, NY


Re: Fw: Destination This Week

scottjstoner
 

Please be advised that you cannot get from the Riverview road entrance to clutes dry dock to the new towpath. It is on the other side of the water.



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From: "naomi lloyd naomi_kestrel@... [hmbirds]" <hmbirds-noreply@...>
Date: 9/20/17 4:21 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: Hudson Mohawk Bird Club <hmbirds@...>
Subject: [HMBirds] Fw: Destination This Week

 



Hi, All,

I'd like to explore the newly opened section of hike/bike path which has been extended from Towpath Rd.,
Halfmoon to the Clutes Dock area of Vischer Ferry N&HP, without walking the 3 miles or so both ways. The new
addition apparently offers access and views of Wager Pond and the Mohawk and has gotten
favorable comments from those few who have already explored it.

Let's meet at 8:00 a.m. at the Whipple Bridge entrance to the preserve, corner of Riverview and VanVranken
Rds. and stash cars at Clute's Dock and The Tow Path Rd. parking area at the old Clamsteam
Tavern site of the Sandhill Cranes of a few years ago. We can carpool between the two sites and skip a round trip
walk.

Bill Lee


Fw: Destination This Week

Naomi Lloyd
 

Hi, All,


I'd like to explore the newly opened section of hike/bike path which has been extended from Towpath Rd.,
Halfmoon to the Clutes Dock area of Vischer Ferry N&HP, without walking the 3 miles or so both ways. The new
addition apparently offers access and views of Wager Pond and the Mohawk and has gotten
favorable comments from those few who have already explored it.

Let's meet at 8:00 a.m. at the Whipple Bridge entrance to the preserve, corner of Riverview and VanVranken
Rds. and stash cars at Clute's Dock and The Tow Path Rd. parking area at the old Clamsteam
Tavern site of the Sandhill Cranes of a few years ago. We can carpool between the two sites and skip a round trip
walk.


Bill Lee


eBird Report - Zepko Road,Ballston Spa, Sep 19, 2017

Ronald Harrower
 

Road I can walk to from my house. Because it's a dead end, there isn't much traffic. You can also connect with Zim Smith Trail and walk as far as you want/can. Forest, small marshes, wet forest.

Zepko Road,Ballston Spa, Saratoga, New York, US
Sep 19, 2017 4:30 PM - 5:20 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: Temperature was 78 degrees, light wind. I parked on Zepko Road, 100 yards from railroad crosing. I walked down the rest of the road and down the Zim Smith Trail that passes along there. Light was difficult with Warblers bouncing around high up in trees with sun behind them. Did pack out about 25% of them.
24 species

Turkey Vulture 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 Flew parallel right over Zepko Road and turned op the railway line.
Mourning Dove 4
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 12
American Crow 1
Black-capped Chickadee 16
Tufted Titmouse 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Eastern Bluebird 1
American Robin 1
Gray Catbird 4
European Starling 8
Cedar Waxwing 2
American Redstart 2
Magnolia Warbler 1
Black-throated Green Warbler 1
Chipping Sparrow 12
American Goldfinch 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39289336

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


eBird -- Eichybush Rd. Grassland, Kinderhook -- Sep 19, 2017

kernscot
 

Eichybush Rd. Grassland, Kinderhook

Sep 19, 2017

5:19 PM

Traveling

5.00 miles

45 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature 76 F sun some clouds cornfields being harvested


30 Canada Goose

1 Wild Turkey

1 Turkey Vulture

13 Killdeer

3 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)

4 Mourning Dove

1 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)

3 American Kestrel

11 Eastern Bluebird

2 American Robin

1 Gray Catbird

2 Northern Mockingbird

18 European Starling

8 Cedar Waxwing

1 House Finch

2 American Goldfinch


Number of Taxa: 16



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Long-eared Owl

Scott Varney
 

Currently viewing a Long-eared Owl in the wooded section of the Meadowbrook Preserve in Queensbury. Owl is best observed along the trail with the round Green tree markers. Unable to get a photo yet.

Scott Varney
Salem, NY


HMBC field trip summary- Albany Pine Bush Preserve Sept. 17, 2017

trwdsd
 

On a very warm and humid September morning, seventeen birders slowly circled their way around the Karner Barrens East unit of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. The first ninety minutes produced much of what we observed, including two or three mixed groups of residents and migrants. Warblers were less numerous toady than in recent days. We did not detect any vireos, and very few sparrows. At the sandy, uphill corner where the trail turns East, we stopped for a while and let a group of birds, accompanied by chickadees and nuthatches, move across an open area that afforded decent viewing for a large group of birders. There we saw Nashville, Magnolia, Pine, Blackpoll, and Northern Parula warblers. The only other notable bird was a flyover American Pipit, heard by some of the group along the edge of the landfill. 

Thank you to everyone who participated this morning. I wish it had been more productive, but the birds had other ideas. We hope to see you all again on future HMBC field trips https://hmbc.net/calendar-date !


Tom Williams 
Colonie 



new vischer ferry halfmoon access

gregg_recer
 

After hearing from Bruce Dudek about the completion of the trail access to the east end of vischer ferry from towpath road in halfmoon, I tried walking that part of the trail this morning. Scott and Denise Stoner joined me for part of the time.


This trail looks like it has a lot of potential -- after a short stretch from the trailhead that parallels the northway, the trail turns west and then has a mix of wetland habitat and forested sections along its entire length. There are several places with good views of the Mohawk, and the trail crosses the connecting channel between the river and Wager's Pond. It eventually connects with the main VF circuit trail near the entrance off of Riverview road just east of the main (whipple bridge) entrance.  


It was very birdy, especially along the middle section between Wagers pond and Clute's dry dock. Most of the activity involved common resident species, but in substantial numbers, and I did run into a few small migrant foraging flocks that included magnolia, nashville, and wilson's warblers, and a couple of red-eyed vireos. There were numbers of wood ducks, great blue and green herons, and many catbirds. Although challenging, an immature buteo-type hawk perched along the canal and then eventually on the trail provided enough different views to convince me it was a red-shouldered.  As we were leaving, an immature bald eagle flew over.


This new VF access looks very promising.


gregg recer

malta



HMBC field trip summary- Thacher Park hawk watch Sept. 16, 2017

trwdsd
 

The hawk watch at the overlook of John Boyd Thacher State Park was a busy place this morning. As soon as the HMBC group arrived and got set up, we almost immediately began seeing Broad-winged Hawks rising up on updrafts and thermals. They were aloft before the local Turkey Vultures started circling, which is the opposite of what we normally see. Much of the action was completed by 10:30 a.m. Interesting observations included an American Kestrel trying to perch on a split-rail fence along the cliff face, drawing the ire of resident Blue Jays; a Common Raven interacting with a Broad-winged Hawk; an American Kestrel apparently catching and eating a dragonfly in flight; a young Bald Eagle trying to sneak by within a group of Turkey Vultures. The largest kettle of Broad-winged Hawks was approximately 39 birds. Also, a tip of the hat to Jeanette Roundy for staying on a bird that I had lazily dismissed as a Red-tailed Hawk, that when it finally drew closer turned out to be a Red-shouldered Hawk. Another hat tip to Colleen Williams, for picking out a Cape May Warbler at the top of a fifty-foot spruce.

Thanks to Gary Goodness for leading this annual event once again, he is always educational and keeps it fun.  Additional thanks to Will Aubrey and company for staffing the hawk watch each season, and for his interest in monarch butterflies. We saw over thirty monarchs migrating today, far more than have been seen in the last few years. Finally, thank you to everyone who turned out today for the event, including several new faces, we hope to see you all on future HMBC field trips https://hmbc.net/calendar-date !

An eBird checklist for the day is attached below.



Tom Williams 
Colonie 


Re: eBird -- Wilson M. Powell Wildlife Sanctuary -- Sep 16, 2017

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eBird -- Wilson M. Powell Wildlife Sanctuary -- Sep 16, 2017

kernscot
 

Wilson M. Powell Wildlife Sanctuary

Sep 16, 2017

9:51 AM

Stationary

123 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

70 F temperature slight breeze sunny peepers calling


1 Pileated Woodpecker

1 Eastern Wood-Pewee

1 Warbling Vireo (Eastern)

3 Blue Jay

1 American Crow

2 Black-capped Chickadee

1 White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern)

1 American Robin

1 Black-throated Green Warbler

2 American Goldfinch


Number of Taxa: 10



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Extralimital Northern Wheatear

John Kent
 

A Northern Wheatear continues this morning in Shaftsbury, Vermont. For location details see http://birding.aba.org/mobiledigest/VT#1330867

John Kent
Selkirk


Shorebirds, Tomhannock Reservoir

Naomi Lloyd
 

On my way home from a successful Northern Wheatear hunt, I stopped at Otter Creek inlet on the Tomhannnock. There were about a dozen shorebirds, the most notable being two Pectoral Sandpipers. Otherwise it was Lesser Yellowlegs, Spotted and Solitary, and a handful of Killdeer.

Naomi Lloyd
West Sand Lake


eBird Report - Bog Meadow Brook Nature Trail, Sep 15, 2017

Ronald Harrower
 

Splendid outing.

Bog Meadow Brook Nature Trail, Saratoga, New York, US
Sep 15, 2017 11:00 AM - 1:38 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: Decided to go to Bog Meadow Brook Nature Trail when the sun was starting to come out. It got warmer as I was there and more humid. Had first warbler and vireo flock within 100 feet of entrance. Had first Philadelphia Vireo there and Canada Warbler. Saw Swanson's Thrush hanging out with a Catbird halfway between bridge and half mile bench. It flew back into marshy woods. had another big flock of warblers and 2nd Philadelphia Vireo about 7/8 of a mile in. Saw 4 species of frogs, 1 toad, and 2 species of snake. And the ferns are golden with asters setting them off. Well worth the walk!
36 species (+2 other taxa)

Wood Duck 1
Mallard 16
American Black Duck 2 flew up suddenly from taller water plants at far end of pond
Mourning Dove 2
Belted Kingfisher 1
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
flycatcher sp. (Tyrannidae sp.) 1 I want to say that this is a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, but doesn't seem yellow enough
Yellow-throated Vireo 1
Philadelphia Vireo 2
Warbling Vireo 2 singing faint song
Red-eyed Vireo 3
Blue Jay 4
American Crow 2
Common Raven 2
Tree Swallow 1
Black-capped Chickadee 8
Tufted Titmouse 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Marsh Wren 1
Eastern Bluebird 1
Swainson's Thrush 1
American Robin 2
Gray Catbird 5
Cedar Waxwing 9
Black-and-white Warbler 1
American Redstart 2
Magnolia Warbler 3
Canada Warbler 1
Wilson's Warbler 1 in first flock, 100 feet in
Song Sparrow 2
Swamp Sparrow 1
Red-winged Blackbird 3
Common Grackle 1
blackbird sp. 2 A lot of blackbird gabbling out in woody marsh to right of trail. Didn't see any, but it reminded me of Rusty Blackbirds that have been in that general area before.
American Goldfinch 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39198963

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Albany Pine Bush - Warbler activity

Naomi Lloyd
 

The Karner Barrens East trail remains a hot spot for migrant activity. The Thursday birders walked the first half of the yellow trail today, running across several mixed flocks. Warbler species included Tennessee, Blackpoll, Bay-breasted, "Baypoll", Blackburnian, BT Green, Magnolia, Cape May and Northern Parula, plus a handful of mysteries.

Naomi Lloyd
West Sand Lake

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