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Black-bellied Plovers

Ronald Harrower
 

Took a look from the Canal Park in Waterford and found both Black-bellied Plovers standing together on a rock in the middle.
Wanted to be absolutely sure before posting, so checked photos. Glad they wandered back to Saratoga side after Nancy's mention of a fisherman scaring them towards Cohoes!
Ron H


Re: Black-bellied Plovers - Cohoes Flats (Photo)

jhershey2
 

I posted one photo taken this morning of a Black-bellied Plover at Cohoes Flats on this group.  https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/hmbirds/photos/albums/77752785/lightbox/1636350385#zax/1636350385


John H.


First flakes of winter - Snow Goose over Troy

Naomi Lloyd
 

While birding the Vanderheyden Preserve in Troy, I looked up at a flock of 100+ Canada Geese with a single Snow Goose tagging along. They were flying high and fast southbound.

Naomi Lloyd
West Sand Lake


Cohoes Flats- Black-bellied Plover

kernscot
 

Nancy Kern

Cohoes Flats, Albany, New York, US
Sep 28, 2017 6:00 PM - 6:50 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     Windy, sun until dusk. Water level low with many pools of water between the rocks and gravel areas. A fisherman walked out to the main water stream which caused birds to fly in closer to the end of Clark Ave. Made viewing much easier.
7 species

Canada Goose  12     flying
Double-crested Cormorant  8
Black-bellied Plover  1
Killdeer  14     some vocal while flying
Greater Yellowlegs  3
Ring-billed Gull  100
Great Black-backed Gull  1

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Black-bellied Plovers - Cohoes Flats

jhershey2
 

The 2 Black-bellied Plovers reported yesterday were still at Cohoes Flats this morning.  I lost track of them around 11:30 so I'm not sure if they are still there.  There was 1 Lesser Yellowlegs and about 7 Killdeer.   The biggest surprise was actually a lone Horned Lark.  If I have any good pics, I will post them later.


John H. 


eBird Report - Zepko Road,Ballston Spa, Sep 28, 2017

Ronald Harrower
 

Zepko Road,Ballston Spa, Saratoga, New York, US
Sep 28, 2017 8:30 AM - 10:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.8 mile(s)
Comments: Cool and windy day. Hit one patch of warblers and vireos with Tufted Titmice on Zim Smith Trail
28 species

Canada Goose 12
Mourning Dove 2
Downy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue-headed Vireo 3
Red-eyed Vireo 5
Blue Jay 12
American Crow 2
Tree Swallow 1
Black-capped Chickadee 5
Tufted Titmouse 11
White-breasted Nuthatch 7
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Eastern Bluebird 4
American Robin 3
Gray Catbird 3
Cedar Waxwing 2
Common Yellowthroat 1
Northern Parula 1
Magnolia Warbler 2
Black-throated Green Warbler 4
Song Sparrow 1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
Red-winged Blackbird 25
Rusty Blackbird 1 Probably more, but sure of one male
Common Grackle 130 Flying in trees feeding. Probably more.
American Goldfinch 4

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eBird Report - Saratoga Spa SP, Sep 27, 2017

Ronald Harrower
 

Saratoga Spa SP, Saratoga, New York, US
Sep 27, 2017 8:05 AM - 10:40 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: Foggy at first, but burned off in an hour. Little groups of warblers and vireos at picnic table graveyard and at end of main road at big leaf piles.
34 species

Canada Goose 6
Turkey Vulture 1
Mourning Dove 8
Belted Kingfisher 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 4
Northern Flicker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue-headed Vireo 3
Red-eyed Vireo 3
Blue Jay 11
American Crow 4
Black-capped Chickadee 23
Tufted Titmouse 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
House Wren 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
American Robin 17
Gray Catbird 4
Cedar Waxwing 5
Common Yellowthroat 2
Northern Parula 1
Magnolia Warbler 3
Pine Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Black-throated Green Warbler 5
Wilson's Warbler 1 This one took me a long time to be sure of. Finally the tiny black remnant on forehead and pale grey wing insides convinced me.
White-throated Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 2
Indigo Bunting 5
Red-winged Blackbird 4
American Goldfinch 5

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Hawks on the move, Thacher Park

Naomi Lloyd
 

Following a cold front and brisk NW winds, the Thursday birders headed up to the Helderbergs to hawkwatch. The big Broadwing movement is over, but we saw all three local falcons - Kestrel, Merlin, and Peregrine, both Black and Turkey Vultures, and Ospreys. In the hawk category we found Sharpie, a pair of Cooper's, resident Redtails, and one Red-shouldered Hawk. Only a few passerines, most notably Yellow-rumped Warblers. Flocks of Canada Geese flew south and, surprisingly, north.

Here is the eBird list for today - feel free to make additions, deletions, and add photos.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39442983

Naomi Lloyd
West Sand Lake


Black-bellied Plovers Still Present

Susan
 

The B-b Plovers were still at Cohoes Flats at 2:00. We had to walk all the way out to the edge of the flats to find them as they were hidden by rocks and bushes. They were to the left of a large log out there with a bunch ok Killdeer.
Susan Beaudoin


September 27 Birdline

philwhitney17
 

Birdline summary for week ending September 27

7 reports; 64 species reported

 

Great Egret: Vischer Ferry 9/21 (2)

Carolina Wren: Vischer Ferry 9/21

Golden-crowned Kinglet: Vischer Ferry 9/23

Ruby-crowned Kinglet: Vischer Ferry 9/21, 9/23; Wilton 9/22; Austerlitz 9/26 (2)

Nashville Warbler: Vischer Ferry 9/23; Pine Bush 9/24; Chatham 9/25

Pine Warbler: Pine Bush 9/24; Ballston Spa 9/24

Northern Parula: Vischer Ferry 9/21; Wilton 9/22; Pine Bush 9/24; Chatham 9/25

Blackburnian Warbler: Ballston Spa 9/24; Chatham 9/25

Prairie Warbler: Pine Bush 9/24

Blackpoll Warbler: Wilton 9/22; Vischer Ferry 9/23

Scarlet Tanager: Vischer Ferry 9/23

Wilsons Warbler: Pine Bush 9/24

 

Thanks to Susan Beaudoin (Wilton), Ron Harrower (Ballston Spa), John Hershey (Vischer Ferry),  Nancy Kern (Austerlitz, Chatham), Naomi Lloyd (Vischer Ferry),  Eric Molho Pine Bush)


Warblers at Carlsbad area of SPA park

Susan
 

More warblers then I can keep track of are buzzing around the road to the landfill from the Carlsbad pavilion parking lot. So far Wilson's, Parula, blackpoll, Black throated blue, Pine, black throated green, Also Scarlet Tanager, lots of blue headed versions and some warbling vireos.
Susan Beaudoin


Black-bellies Plovers, Cohoes Flats- 9/28

trwdsd
 

Currently observing at least two Black-bellied Plovers at Cohoes Flats. Water level is very low, many shorebirds present, mostly Killdeer so far.

Tom Williams 
Colonie 




Chatham- Vireos, Warblers

kernscot
 

Nancy Kern

Chatham, Columbia County, NY, US, Columbia, New York, US
Sep 25, 2017 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Temp. 88 F, sunny
27 species

Wild Turkey  4
Turkey Vulture  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  20
Mourning Dove  2
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern)  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1
American Kestrel  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Yellow-throated Vireo  1
Blue-headed Vireo  2
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  6
Black-capped Chickadee  1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern)  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
American Robin  2
Gray Catbird  2
Cedar Waxwing  8
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Nashville Warbler  1
Northern Parula  1
Blackburnian Warbler  1
Black-throated Green Warbler  1
Song Sparrow  1
Eastern Towhee  1
Northern Cardinal  1
House Sparrow  3

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Austerlitz- Warbling Vireo

kernscot
 

Nancy Kern

Austerlitz, Columbia, New York, US
Sep 26, 2017 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Temp. 76-89 F, sunny
33 species

Wood Duck  1
Wild Turkey  2
Great Blue Heron (Blue form)  1
Turkey Vulture  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Killdeer  1
Mourning Dove  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern)  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  3
Eastern Phoebe  3
 Warbling Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  6
Common Raven  1
Black-capped Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  2
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern)  3
House Wren  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
American Robin  1
Gray Catbird  2
European Starling  50
Cedar Waxwing  2
Chestnut-sided Warbler  2
Black-throated Green Warbler  1
Chipping Sparrow  9
Song Sparrow  1
Eastern Towhee  3
American Goldfinch  1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39410013

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Fw: Destination this Week

Naomi Lloyd
 

--- On Tue, 9/26/17, William J. Lee <bileej@hotmail.com> wrote:

From: William J. Lee <bileej@hotmail.com>
Hi, All,


     As I will be out of town tomorrow, I'm sending this out a day early, The weather
forecast is that this record breaking heat and humidity will depart the region late tomorrow with the passage of a front
bringing us N/NNW winds and cooler temperatures. This should bring a major migratory flight of raptors
over the Helderberg escarpment.

Let's meet at 8:00 a.m. at Thacher State Park's Indian Ladder Overlook parking
area and see what the winds blow in. Bring a folding chair
and a spotting scope if you have one. Dress warmly as it will not be 90 degrees up there
with brisk winds in the teens. Hope to see you there.

Bill Lee


Upcoming HMBC field trips reminder

trwdsd
 

Nutten Hook- (Columbia Co.) Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 8:00am - 12:00pm

Coordinator: Kathy Schneider 248-8665 falline@... 

Nutten Hook is part of Stockport Flats, a Hudson River Estuarine Research Reserve site in Colombia County. The area includes the remains of the largest ice house on the Hudson as well as a loop trail that borders the river for a quarter mile. The return path cuts inland through oak woods, abandoned farmland, and tidal marshes. Bald Eagles and early fall migrants are expected. 
Meet at 8:00 AM in the parking area by the pavilion, which is west of the railroad tracks, and the buildings on Ice House Rd. Ice House Rd. is off Route 9J in Stuyvesant. 

Woodlawn Preserve- (Schenectady Co.) Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 8:00am - 12:00pm 
Coordinator: Bill Lee 374-3426 bileej@...
The Woodlawn Preserve is located in the Southeast corner of Schenectady County abutting the western edge of the Pine Bush. The area contains a flood control pond, forested sand dunes and general wetland habitat. Trips in prior years have seen migrating warblers and sparrows. The pond may attract various waterfowl. 
Meet at 8:00 a.m. in front of Petsmart in Mohawk Commons at the corner of State Street and Balltown Road (Balltown Rd. side) in Schenectady. We will carpool the short distance to the Preserve. 

Five Rivers Environmental Education Center- (Albany Co.) Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 8:00am - 12:00pm
Coordinator: John Kent 424-2234 jwkent@...
We’ll walk about 2 miles over generally flat terrain with some small hills, passing through a variety of habitats. Migrating sparrows are often abundant at this time of the year, with a good chance of Lincoln’s and White-crowned as well as more common species. Both species of kinglet may be present, as well as Yellow-rumped Warbler, Palm Warbler and Blue-headed Vireo. A late Nashville, Black-throated Green, Blackpoll or Magnolia Warbler might be found. Wood Duck and other waterfowl are possible, as well as Cooper’s and Sharp-shinned Hawks and Merlin. Wet grass and muddy spots may be encountered, so waterproof footwear is recommended.
Meet at 8:00 a.m. at Five Rivers Environmental Education Center on Game Farm Road in Delmar.

Collins Lake- (Schenectady Co.) Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 8:00am - 12:00pm
Coordinator: Bill Lee 374-3426 bileej@...
We will visit Collins Lake in Scotia to view late migrating waterfowl from the beach and the east side of the lake. We will also take a walk east along the north side of the Mohawk River for fall sparrows. Fox Sparrows have been seen in previous years. Foliage will be off of the trees to make finding LBJ’s (Little Brown Jobs) a bit easier.
Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the western end of the Gateway Bridge at Jumpin’ Jacks in Scotia. Bring a scope if you have one.


Tom Williams 
Colonie  
HMBC Field Trip Chair


eBird Report - Zepko Road,Ballston Spa, Sep 24, 2017

Ronald Harrower
 

Zepko Road,Ballston Spa, Saratoga, New York, US
Sep 24, 2017 5:05 PM - 5:50 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.4 mile(s)
Comments: 90 degrees when I started walk at the bottom of Zepko Lane 100 yards above railroad track Walked to tracks and 200 yards up Zim Smith trail toward Oak Street.
22 species

Canada Goose 12 Came in to land in pond beyond Zim Smith Trail
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 4
American Crow 1
Black-capped Chickadee 9
Tufted Titmouse 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
American Robin 9
Gray Catbird 1
Cedar Waxwing 1
Magnolia Warbler 2
Blackburnian Warbler 2
Pine Warbler 1
Black-throated Green Warbler 4
Song Sparrow 1
American Goldfinch 11

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Pine bush 9/24

Eric Molho
 

Got out to the pine bush early Saturday. Secretly hoping for the mythical Connecticut warbler, I was greeted by a fall warbler palooza none of which were Connecticut. Among those I was able to ID were warbling and blue headed vireo, Nashville, wilson's, pine, magnolia, yellowthroat, black and white, black-throated green and blue, parula, prairie, palm and redstart. I suspect all those warblers flitting through the trees were on a mission to distract me from the Connecticut that must have been skulking through the undergrowth.
Eric
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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

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