eBird -- Dutchmans Landing -- Oct 09, 2017


Dutchmans Landing

Oct 09, 2017

3:21 PM


30 minutes

All birds reported? Yes


Temperature 71 F light rain overcast Hudson river tide coming in river high

23 Mallard -- Around boats and docks

1 Bald Eagle -- Adult. Perched

68 Ring-billed Gull -- On a roof some flying some on docks

Number of Taxa: 3

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Cackling Goose in Greenwich.

Scott Varney

Currently viewing a single Cackling Goose at the Greenwich Village Recreational Park among hundreds of Canada Geese. They are all now moving upstream toward the village beach.

Forgot to mention a female Pine Warbler that flew into the glass door at Schuylerville School on Friday. I gave it some water and it ultimately flew off into the woods. Beautiful bird to see so close. She bumped her head and was dazed, but she lived to see another day.

Scott Varney
Salem, NY

Today's Five Rivers field trip

John Kent

The weather isn't looking good this morning. Based on radar, I am thinking it's likely to be raining pretty steadily from 8-10 AM, and also quite windy. I will show up in case anyone else does, and re-evaluate what to do at 8:00.

I birded at Five Rivers yesterday morning. The most notable birds were two Lincoln's Sparrows, one seen briefly and the other heard singing. There were lots of White-throated Sparrows, but overall it was fairly quiet. I did have a flyover Peregrine Falcon.

John Kent

eBird -- Eichybush Rd. Grassland, Kinderhook -- Oct 07, 2017


Eichybush Rd. Grassland, Kinderhook

Oct 07, 2017

1:21 PM


4.00 miles

47 minutes

All birds reported? Yes


Temperature 75 F Breezy Cloudy

2 Ring-necked Pheasant (Ring-necked) -- Large cock with small probably juv. hen

1 Turkey Vulture

4 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)

9 Mourning Dove

3 American Kestrel

1 Eastern Phoebe

3 Blue Jay

4 American Crow

1 Common Raven

4 Eastern Bluebird

1 American Robin

1 Gray Catbird

4 Northern Mockingbird

15 European Starling

6 Cedar Waxwing

1 Song Sparrow

10 Red-winged Blackbird

2 House Finch

Number of Taxa: 18

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eBird -- US-New York-Stuyvesant-396 Schoolhouse Rd - 42.438x-73.746 -- Oct 07, 2017


US-New York-Stuyvesant-396 Schoolhouse Rd - 42.438x-73.746

Oct 07, 2017

12:50 PM


3.00 miles

40 minutes

All birds reported? Yes


Temperature 75 F breezy cloudy some light rain

40 Canada Goose -- On a large house lawn and pond

2 Turkey Vulture

1 Northern Harrier

1 Cooper's Hawk

1 Red-tailed Hawk

1 Killdeer

2 Mourning Dove

1 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)

1 American Kestrel

5 Blue Jay

4 American Crow

4 American Robin

2 Gray Catbird

2 Northern Mockingbird

5 European Starling

11 Cedar Waxwing

1 Chipping Sparrow

1 Song Sparrow

20 Red-winged Blackbird

Number of Taxa: 19

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White-rumped Sandpiper- Cohoes Flats 10/7


There is a White-rumped Sandpiper among a large group of shorebirds at Cohoes Flats this morning. Many Pectorals, at least one BB Plover, both yellowlegs species. Also duck hunters across the way on Second Island.

Tom and Colleen Williams 

eBird -- US-New York-Germantown-276-298 Wire Rd - 42.143x-73.833 -- Oct 06, 2017


US-New York-Germantown-276-298 Wire Rd - 42.143x-73.833

Oct 06, 2017

5:56 PM


3.00 miles

15 minutes

All birds reported? Yes


Temperature 67 F Sunny calm

2 Canada Goose

1 Red-tailed Hawk

14 Mourning Dove

1 Downy Woodpecker

1 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)

5 Blue Jay

2 American Robin

1 Savannah Sparrow

11 Eastern Meadowlark (Eastern) -- Flew up from a pasture when I stopped to listen to them sing. This is a great large grasslands area.

Number of Taxa: 9

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eBird -- Dales Bridge Road farm pond -- Oct 06, 2017


Dales Bridge Road farm pond

Oct 06, 2017

5:32 PM


10 minutes

All birds reported? Yes


Temperature 67 F sunny calm

4 Domestic goose sp. (Domestic type)

150 Canada Goose

1 Mute Swan

2 Muscovy Duck (Domestic type)

1 Wood Duck

35 Mallard

1 Red-tailed Hawk

17 Killdeer

1 American Robin

15 European Starling

Number of Taxa: 10

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eBird -- Dutchmans Landing -- Oct 06, 2017


Dutchmans Landing

Oct 06, 2017

4:04 PM


30 minutes

All birds reported? Yes


Temperature 70 F light breeze sun clouds

5 Mallard

3 Double-crested Cormorant

1 Great Blue Heron (Blue form)

3 Turkey Vulture

3 Bald Eagle -- 2 Aldults 1 juv.

3 Ring-billed Gull

1 Peregrine Falcon -- Did high rapid dives at a Juvenile Bald Eagle near the Rip Van Winkle Bridge. Drove the Juvenile Eagle out of the area. It is always amazing to see the speed and maneuverability of these falcons.

17 House Sparrow

Number of Taxa: 8

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Fox Preserve opens on October 21 with guided hikes | The Altamont Enterprise

Louis J. Suarato

eBird Report - Saratoga Spa SP, Oct 5, 2017

Ronald Harrower

Saratoga Spa SP, Saratoga, New York, US
Oct 5, 2017 7:20 AM - 9:27 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: Walked main road back from Carlsbad Picnic area. Warmer today, sunny and slight breeze. Large flock of blackbirds in picnic table graveyard area.
34 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 15
Mallard 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 2
Mourning Dove 8
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 5
Northern Flicker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Blue-headed Vireo 2
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Blue Jay 17
American Crow 4
Common Raven 1
Black-capped Chickadee 16
Tufted Titmouse 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 5
Eastern Bluebird 2
American Robin 17
Gray Catbird 3
European Starling 55
Cedar Waxwing 2
Pine Warbler 1
Black-throated Green Warbler 1
White-throated Sparrow 5
Song Sparrow 7
Lincoln's Sparrow 1
Indigo Bunting 2
Red-winged Blackbird 45
Rusty Blackbird 2
Common Grackle 70
blackbird sp. 50
American Goldfinch 2

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Vischer Ferry - lingering warblers and Screech Owls!

Naomi Lloyd

On a perfect fall day the Thursday birders visited Vischer Ferry to see if the migration change of the guard had begun. Sparrows are starting to move in - we had many Song and White-throated and smaller numbers of Savannah, White-crowned, and Swamp. After some discussion, we decided some thrushes in terrible light were Swainson's and Wood. We picked up the full woodpecker six-pack, with lively families of Downies and Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers. Warblers are trickling down to an end. Yellow-rumps were abundant, and we also saw BT Green, Palm, and Nashville. One birder got a glimpse of an unexpected Mourning Warbler.

Waterfowl numbers are just beginning to build with small flocks of Wood Ducks and Green-winged Teal.

The big surprise of the day came while playing Eastern Screech-Owl calls in an attempt to bring in chickadees, etc. No little nosy birds, but two Screech-owls called back to us!

As a pleasant coincidence, as I was typing this I heard a Screech-owl tremolo several times in my yard - the first one I've heard here in several years, and the first time I've heard them in two spots in one day!

eBird list for today:

Naomi Lloyd
West Sand Lake

Eastern Screech Owl in Salem, NY 10/5/17 at 9 pm.

Scott Varney

Currently listening to the beautiful whinnies and trills of an Eastern Screech Owl in my front yard. I don't believe I've ever heard these vocalizations as loudly and crisply as I am hearing them tonight. One owl is calling in my front yard and another is calling from the direction of Cemetary Road in the village of Salem, at least a half mile away. Super cool!

Scott Varney
Salem, NY

Sanderling? at Cohoes Flats

Naomi Lloyd

I found a largeish peep, similar in color to the continuing Black-bellied Plovers but smaller and without the dark eye-mark. Couldn't see leg color in the brief glimpse I had but in flight the wings had a strong contrast pattern on the top. It took off and landed in the rock crevices and never flushed that I saw. I checked every group of Killdeer and did not hear or see it again.

The two BBPL are still present and a bit closer in as the water level is higher today, and three Pectoral Sandpipers.

Naomi Lloyd
West Sand Lake

October 4 Birdline


Birdline Summary for week ending October 4

28 reports; 107 species reported


Best of the week:

COMMON GALLINULE: Carter Pond 10/1 (2)

BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER: Cohoes Flats 9/28-10/1 (2)

PECTORAL SANDPIPER: Stanton Pond 10/1 (2); Cohoes Flats 10/2; Tomhannock 10/4


YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO: Vischer Ferry 10/3

AMERICAN PIPIT: Cohoes Flats 9/29; Tomhannock 10/4

TENNESSEE WARBLER: Woodlawn 10/1 (2)

WILSONS WARBLER: Saratoga Spa SP 9/27, 9/28

LINCOLNS SPARROW: Black Creek Marsh 9/30 (3)

RUSTY BLACKBIRD: Ballston Spa 9/28


Other notables:

Snow Goose: Troy 9/29

Gadwall: Stanton Pond 10/1; Bog Meadow 10/3, 10/4

American Wigeon: Basic Creek 10/1; Stanton Pond 10/1

Northern Shoveler: Stanton Pond 10/1 (3)

Northern Pintail: Stanton Pond 10/1 (2); Bog Meadow 10/3, 10/4 (2)

Ring-necked Duck: Loughberry Lake 9/30 (35)

Lesser Scaup:  Loughberry Lake 9/30 (4)

Ruddy Duck: Basic Creek 10/1 (66)

Common Loon: Nutten Hooke 10/1

Pied-billed Grebe: Carter Pond 10/1

Black Vulture: Thacher Park 9/28 (3)

Osprey: Thacher Park 9/28 (4); Nutten Hooke 10/1

Bald Eagle: Thacher Park 9/28; Cohoes Flats 9/29; Crescent 10/3

Red-shouldered Hawk: Thacher Park 9/28

Virginia Rail: Black Creek Marsh 9/30 (5)

Sora: Black Creek Marsh 9/30 (3)

Semipalmated Plover: Cohoes Flats 9/29 (2)

Greater Yellowlegs: Cohoes Flats 9/28 (3), 9/29 (3), 10/2 (2); Carter Pond 10/1 (2)

Lesser Yellowlegs: Cohoes Flats 9/29, 10/2 (2); Tomhannock 10/4

American Kestrel: Thacher Park 9/28 (4)

Merlin: Thacher Park 9/28 (3); Saratoga 9/30

Peregrine Falcon: Thacher Park 9/28 (2); Crescent 10/3; Bog Meadow 10/3

Horned Lark: Cohoes Flats 9/29

Marsh Wren: Black Creek Marsh 9/30 (15)

Golden-crowned Kinglet: Basic Creek 10/1; Woodlawn 10/1; Providence 10/3; Bog Meadow 10/3

Ruby-crowned Kinglet: 7 reports

Nashville Warbler: Woodlawn 10/1 (5)

Northern Parula: Saratoga Spa SP 9/27, 9/28; Ballston Spa 9/28; Woodlawn 10/1 (3)

Black-throated Blue Warbler: Woodlawn 10/1 (2)

Pine Warbler: Saratoga Spa SP 9/27, 9/28

Blackpoll Warbler: Saratoga Spa SP 9/28; Woodlawn 10/1 (3)

Scarlet Tanager: Saratoga Spa SP 9/28

Swamp Sparrow: Black Creek Marsh 9/30 (50)

White-crowned Sparrow: Black Creek Marsh 9/30 (2)

Indigo Bunting: Saratoga Spa SP 9/27 (5)


Thanks to Susan Beaudoin (Cohoes Flats, Saratoga Spa, Bog Meadow), Nancy Castillo (Providence), Liz Curley (Vischer Ferry, Colonie), Ron Harrower (Saratoga Spa, Loughberry Lake, Cohoes Flats, Saratoga, Bog Meadow), John Hershey (Cohoes Flats), John Kent (Cohoes Flats, Basic Creek, Stanton Pond), Nancy Kern (Cohoes Flats, Crescent), Bill Lee (Cohoes Flats, Niskayuna), Naomi Lloyd (Thacher Park, Troy, Woodlawn, Tomhannock), Gregg Recer (Cohoes Flats), Kathryn Schneider (Nutten Hooke),  Scott Varney (Carter Pond), and Tom Williams (Cohoes Flats, Black Creek)

Peregrine Falcon. eBird Report - Bog Meadow Brook Nature Trail, Oct 3, 2017

Ronald Harrower

Bog Meadow Brook Nature Trail, Saratoga, New York, US
Oct 3, 2017 8:36 AM - 11:21 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: Around 55 degrees to start, lots of sun and light breeze. Only one quick bust of activity just beyond the 3/4 mile bench.
39 species

Canada Goose 340 160 geese on the pond and at least 180 more flying over regularly
Gadwall 2
Mallard 12
American Black Duck 3
Northern Pintail 1
Green-winged Teal 2
Ring-necked Duck 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 4
Northern Flicker 5 3 together on the trail just before the big bridge
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Peregrine Falcon 1
Eastern Phoebe 3
Blue-headed Vireo 3 Came right down to see who was pishing and got so close that I couldn't focus my camera.
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 9
American Crow 4
Black-capped Chickadee 13
Tufted Titmouse 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 6
Brown Creeper 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4
Eastern Bluebird 1
American Robin 4
Gray Catbird 3
Cedar Waxwing 2
Magnolia Warbler 1
Palm Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 7
Black-throated Green Warbler 1
White-throated Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 4
Swamp Sparrow 6 4 were on top of a bush and dove in unison. Pretty cool
Red-winged Blackbird 35 females were more obvious this time, hanging out and chasing each other in bushes and reeds
American Goldfinch 4

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Snow geese


We stopped at the viewing area of the Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area on Route 17, in Vermont,  this afternoon and there were about 200 snow geese with several blues in the field directly in front of the kiosk.

Dorothy Kelliher

Ballston Spa

Bog Meadow Gadwall, Pintail


Waterfowl are moving into Bog Meadow. Tom and I were there late in the afternoon and among the 100+ Canada Geese and 30 or so Mallards were two Gadwall. A pair of Northern Pintails made a brief appearance and then disappeared. Two Green-winged Teal flew in as we were leaving. Other birds of note were a couple of Ruby-crowned Kinglets and a flock of about ten Yellow-rumped Warblers.
Susan Beaudoin

Tomhannock area - waterfowl moving in

Naomi Lloyd

I cruised around the reservoir and surrounding roads this morning. Canada Geese are moving in large numbers, particularly at the south end of the reservoir. Not many other waterfowl there except the usual clump of Wood Ducks at the Nortonville Rd inlet. Some shorebirds remain at the Otter Creek flats - one Pectoral and a handful of Lesser Yellowlegs and Killdeer. American Pipits foraged with them.
The farm pond on Rt 113 was all CAGO. No loons or winter ducks at the reservoir yet.

I found more variety at the wetland on Lockrow Rd with good numbers of Blue and Green winged Teal, and some Amer. Black Ducks and Gadwall. It must have been a bumper Bluebird year - at least 9 flushed out of a single tree.

Naomi Lloyd
West Sand Lake

Fw: Destination This Week

Naomi Lloyd

Hi, All,

        Seems that the shorebirds have mostly passed through. A visit to Cohoes
Flats on Mon. produced 2 each of Greater & Lesser Yellowlegs and a Pectoral Sandpiper plus Killdeer.

Lincoln Sparrows are being reported and White-crowned and Fox
won't be far behind. Lets try our luck with the "lbj"s at
Vischer Ferry. Meet at the Whipple Bridge entrance,
Riverview and VanVranken Rds at 8:00 a.m.

Bill Lee

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