eBird -- US-New York-Cohoes-21 Clark Avenue - 42.775x-73.693 -- Oct 03, 2017


US-New York-Cohoes-21 Clark Avenue - 42.775x-73.693

Oct 03, 2017

2:59 PM


15 minutes

All birds reported? Yes


Temperature 75 F windy sunny

6 Double-crested Cormorant

1 Least Sandpiper

22 Ring-billed Gull

2 American Crow

Number of Taxa: 4

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Yellow Billed Cuckoo, Vischer Ferry

Liz C

There was a Yellow Billed Cuckoo at Vischer Ferry at about 11:00 AM this morning. If you walk straight out on the gravel path from the Whipple Bridge, then where the gravelly path veers left, go right. There’s the rusty pole low barricade with two paths behind it,  kind of in a “V”. Take the leftish one, the bird was in the first grassy intersection in a tree. There were a bunch of Robins flying around there too. Photos on eBird.

This was the second new bird of the day for me, there was an American Woodcock in the yard in Cohoes this morning!

Liz Curley

Carter's Lake Greenwich

Scott Varney

Beautiful day today at Carter's Lake in Greenwich. Highlights included 2 Common Ravens, 2 previously-reported Common Gallinules, 2 Greater Yellowlegs, and a very vocal Pied-billed Grebe. The Blue-winged Teal I was hoping to see again chose not to make an appearance. However, at 6 pm, a massive influx of thousands of Red-winged Blackbirds settled in directly in front of the 1st Observation Deck on the trail. Quite the spectacle!

Scott Varney
Salem, NY

Woodlawn Preserve, 10/1/2017

Naomi Lloyd

Six birders enjoyed a perfect fall day at the Woodlawn Preserve in Schenectady. The sky was blue, the breeze was light, and warblers and other migrants abounded. The most productive spots were anywhere the sun touched young locusts, aspens, and birches, especially in the stretch between the pond and railroad tracks where the birds foraged at just above eye level. We were treated to 10 warbler species. Yellow-rumped have arrived in large numbers and BT Green remain very common. We also had BT Blue (including a couple of gorgeous males), Northern Parula, some singing a wispy song, Palm, Nashville, Tennessee, Magnolia, Blackpoll, and Common Yellowthroat. Both Kinglets and Blue-headed and Red-eyed Vireos gave good looks. Sparrows were less numerous with White-throated, Song, and Swamp seen.No waterfowl except flyover Canadas. Due to beaver activity, the water level is very high.

My thanks to Jamie Taft whose familiarity with the Preserve was a big help, and also to him and Neil Reilly for sharp eyes and ears to take birds out of the dreaded CFW category. And best wishes to Don Gresens, that you'll soon be out enjoying the fall!

eBird list for today's trip:

Naomi Lloyd
West Sand Lake

bb plover Cohoes flats


2 basic black-bellied plovers still present, visible from the Cohoes flats access in Cohoes and from canal road in Waterford. they are hanging out in company of rb gulls. 

Gregg Recer

Nutten Hooke, September 30, 2017

Kathryn Schneider

Six birders, including three from Columbia County, braved threatening skies, cool temperatures, and a cold north wind to search for fall migrants at Nutten Hooke in the Town of Stuyvesant. The wind made it difficult to hear bird vocalizations and kept most of the birds low, but despite these difficulties the group tallied 32 species including Osprey, Belted Kingfisher, Common Loon, Marsh Wren, Brown Creeper, and Swamp Sparrow.

Kathy Schneider

Stuyvesant Falls 

Southern Albany County, 10/1

John Kent

Waterfowl numbers and diversity are beginning to build. At Basic Creek Reservoir in Westerlo this morning, I counted 66 Ruddy Ducks. Otherwise, there were Green-winged Teal, American Wigeon, Canada Geese, Wood Ducks, Mallards, a couple of Hooded Mergansers, and the three Mute Swans that have been there for weeks. No Ring-necked Ducks yet. I had both species of kinglets and about five Eastern Phoebes, otherwise there wasn't a lot of songbird activity. Kingfishers and Great Blue Herons continue.

From the Alcove spillway the only waterfowl visible were a couple of Canada Geese.

At Stanton Pond, there were three Northern Shovelers, two Northern Pintails, at least one Gadwall, and plenty of American Wigeon, Green-winged Teal, Mallards, and Canada Geese. Numerous Killdeer continue, and two Pectoral Sandpipers flew in while I was there. I believe there was a falcon around, based on seeing a few pigeon panics, but I never saw it. When we had the big snowstorm in March after Killdeer had arrived, I was wondering whether we would notice a population decrease. Based on what I've been seeing lately, their numbers seem at least as high as usual.

John Kent

Merlin. eBird Report - Rte 9P near Exit 14 of Northway, Sep 30, 2017

Ronald Harrower

Rte 9P near Exit 14 of Northway, Saratoga, New York, US
Sep 30, 2017 12:45 PM
Protocol: Incidental
Comments: Was driving into Saratoga Spring after checking Saratoga Lake. I noticed size and posture of Merlin and stopped. While there, a Blue swooped at it, and Merlin lost its balance as seen in photo as it regains balance.
2 species

Merlin 1
Blue Jay 1

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They're Back!!! eBird Report - Loughberry Lake, Sep 30, 2017

Ronald Harrower

Loughberry Lake, Saratoga, New York, US
Sep 30, 2017 1:30 PM - 1:45 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments: Was stopping by Loughberry Lake to check for Sassafras leaves and cast an eye on the lake. I'm glad I did. The "real" ducks are coming back. The first Ring-necked Ducks have arrived and based on previous years' observations, the number should rise until the lake freezes. There were a few Lesser Scaup as well.
12 species

Canada Goose 7
Mallard 6
Ring-necked Duck 35 As mentioned in note, the Ring-necked Ducks come here every Autumn, slowly building numbers into the high hundreds in some years. These ducks were in the Northern end of the lake. There are a lot of snails in Loughberry lake, a favorite food of Ring-necked Ducks
Lesser Scaup 4 One female hanging out with Canada Geese opposite Howe Street The others were with Ring-necked Ducks at Northern end
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 5
Black-capped Chickadee 3
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
American Robin 2

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Sparrow bonanza at Black Creek Marsh- 9/30


Sparrows were the highlight of a walk this morning at Black Creek Marsh in Voorheesville. Despite the cool, damp, and breezy conditions, birds were quite numerous and active. The default sparrow was Swamp, and there were many present, upwards of fifty at least. We also observed Field, two White-crowned juveniles, White-throated, two Savannah, Song, three Lincoln's, and two Eastern Towhees. Other species of note included Green Heron, Virginia Rail (5), Sora (3), and Marsh Wren (15).

Tom Williams 

Black-bellied Plovers, Cohoes

John Kent

There were still two Black-bellied Plovers present at Cohoes Flats this morning. They were along the edge of the flowing water just below the dam, close to the Cohoes side. Also present were 17+ Killdeer, a couple of Semipalmated Plovers, and 3 or more Greater Yellowlegs. A single American Pipit flew over. I also saw a Bald Eagle grab a young Ring-billed Gull for breakfast.

John Kent

Monday Oct 2 HMBC Program - Birding Australia - at Five Rivers at 7 PM


Birding Eastern Gondwana, Part 2: East Coast Australia

Leader or Speaker: 
Gregg Recer and Cathy Graichen
Location of Event: 
Five Rivers Interpretive Building
October 2, 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
The second segment of this two-part program focuses on birds, wildlife, and sight-seeing in the Australian states of Queensland and New South Wales. Queensland is tropical east-coast Australia, home to the Wet Tropics World Heritage zone, the Great Barrier Reef, Atherton Tablelands, and the northern end of the Great Dividing Range. The birding and wildlife highlights here range from the odd Magpie Goose, Southern Cassowary, lyrebirds, and a large variety of parrots, honeyeaters and thornbills, to iconic and bizarre mammals including duck-billed platypus, tree kangaroos, wallabies, and flying foxes. In the area around Sydney in NSW, we'll explore the dramatic coastal areas and rainforests of Royal National Park, the historic location of Kamay Botany Bay National Park, and the iconic Sydney cityscape including Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.
Gregg Recer and Cathy Graichen have been HMBC members for nearly 30 years and over that time have become avid world birders. Gregg is the current HMBC President.

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)


I posted one photo taken this morning of a Black-bellied Plover at Cohoes Flats on this group.

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


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


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.

Naomi Lloyd
West Sand Lake

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