Backyard birds are back!

Louis J. Suarato

Blue jays, cardinals, tufted titmice, downies, red-bellied woodpeckers, nuthatches, chickadees, sparrows, and finches have returned to the backyard feeders in large numbers. Also, a surprise visit from this northern flicker.

Louis J. Suarato

Saratoga Lake - White-winged Scoters, Long-tailed Ducks, etc.


Late this afternoon I checked on Saratoga Lake at Brown's Beach, the pump house, Silver Beach (quick drive-through without using scope), Riley's Cove, and the entrance to Manning Cove Rd.  Most all the interesting birds were seen from Riley's Cove.  I had 5 Long-tailed Ducks, 11 White-winged Scoters, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers, and at least 10 Common Loons.  The lake was relatively calm and without glare so these birds were fairly easy to find. I had some assistance from Stacy R. and a gentleman whose name I've already forgotten.  My apologies. 

John H.

Red Crossbills - YES


Following up on Zack's report of Red Crossbills at the Rensselaerville State Forest (Albany County) I arrived there later in the morning and found at least 3 Red Crossbills around 11 am.  The Scutt Rd. clearing is a little north of the intersection with Scutt Rd. and CCC Rd.  I didn't have a lot of other birds but there was a White-throated Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-breasted Nuthatch.  I heard the Crossbills first which sound a little like Chipmunks.  According to the Winter Finch forecast on ebird the cone crop in the northeast is the best in 10 years.  So, lots of Crossbills and Redpolls are predicted.  It was easy to see how plentiful the cones were at this spot. 

John H.  

greater white - fronted goose


currently in view at Hudson crossing park, Schuylerville, along north trail from the lock. 

Gregg Recer



I had a half-dozen Bluebirds out front by the boxes and fruit trees this morning.

One male had issues with a female Cardinal for some reason.

Clear skies, Alan

5 American Wigeon at Bog Meadow Brook Preserve

Scott Varney

Currently, 2 females and 3 males at 11:10 am on Saturday

eBird Report - Saratoga Lake, Oct 20, 2017

Ronald Harrower

Saratoga Lake, Saratoga, New York, US
Oct 20, 2017 2:50 PM - 4:35 PM
Protocol: Traveling
8.0 mile(s)
Comments: Sunny day, 70 degrees, light wind. Lake very calm. From Silver Beach, I saw a male Common Goldeneye and a female Canvasback. had some goodies, but had a lot of empy lake too.
12 species

Canada Goose 125
Mallard 55
American Black Duck 6
Canvasback 1 Hanging out with a male Common Goldeneye
Long-tailed Duck 6 in middle of lake seen from Riley Cove
Red-breasted Merganser 4 Fairly close to shore at Riley Cove
Ring-billed Gull 130
Herring Gull 3
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 4
American Crow 4
American Robin 7
Red-winged Blackbird 70

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Albany County waterfowl, 10/20

John Kent

I was at Basic Creek Reservoir in Westerlo this afternoon. There is an extensive blue-green algae bloom in progress there - in the past week it has gotten worse and appears to cover much of the reservoir. Duck numbers seem low. There are over 200 Ruddy Ducks, but they're scattered around, presumably in the spots without algae. There was an American Coot hanging out with Ruddys north of the causeway, and a Pied-billed Grebe way up at the north end. Also present were Ring-necked Ducks, Green-winged Teal, Hooded Mergansers, Wood Ducks, Northern Pintail, American Wigeon, American Black Ducks, Great Blue Heron, and Greater Yellowlegs. The three Mute Swans that have been there for a long time were not there today. There was very little land bird activity.

I checked Alcove Reservoir from the spillway and saw nothing but two Canada Geese and a very distant gull.

Stanton Pond in Coeymans had the usual - Mallards, Gadwall, Northern Pintail, American Wigeon, Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, and Canada Goose. No shorebirds, not even Killdeer.

John Kent

Snow Goose


While trying to locate the Greater White-fronted Goose on Rt 313/River Rd in Washington County, Tom and I turned down General Fellowship Road, and in a pond near a construction area there were between 109-200 Canada geese and amongst them was one immature Snow Goose.
Susan Beaudoin

Re: Re; Feather Photo


Good call. 
Sorry for the unwarranted exuberance

On Friday, October 20, 2017 11:05 AM, "jeremybirdwatcherpi@... [hmbirds]" wrote:

I'd suggest a mourning dove feather, probably from the outer rectrices.
Happy birding,
Jeremy Collison

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Re: Re; Feather Photo

Jeremy Collison

I'd suggest a mourning dove feather, probably from the outer rectrices.
Happy birding,
Jeremy Collison

Re; Feather Photo


The picture is posted in the HM Bird Yahoo group photos. 
Hope anyone interested can find it. 
What do you guys/gals think it might be? 

Re: Northern Shrike Feather

zach schwartz-weinstein

Email attachments don’t work on Hmbirds.  If you want folks to be able to view the photo, you’ll have to post it somewhere public and then post a link, or upload it to the group photos.

On Fri, Oct 20, 2017 at 7:45 AM Bob Ricketts rlr5528@... [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply@...> wrote:

I should have attached a photo.  Here it is. 

On Wednesday, October 18, 2017 3:36 PM, Bob Ricketts <rlr5528@...> wrote:

Found a Northern Shrike tail feather on my driveway yesterday (10/17). 
Seems early. 

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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774

Re: Northern Shrike Feather


I should have attached a photo.  Here it is.

On Wednesday, October 18, 2017 3:36 PM, Bob Ricketts <> wrote:

Found a Northern Shrike tail feather on my driveway yesterday (10/17). 
Seems early. 

[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

two good geese


Thursday, Oct 19

There was a White-fronted Goose today in a large flock of Canada Geese near Schuylerville in a field along route 113 (River Road) a little south of route 29 in Washington County.

Also today there was a Cackling Goose in another large flock of Canada Geese in the Hudson River in Stillwater at the Blockhouse (Saratoga County).
Barb Putnam 
barbolink2 AT

Costa Rica in March with SAAS

rob snell

Join the Southern ADK Audubon Society on a 7-day birding expedition to Costa Rica. This is a fabulous opportunity to be introduced to the Neotropical birds of Central America.  Despite its small size, more than 900 species have been recorded in the country. This well priced trip’s dates are March 11-17, 2018.  Sign up soon, space is limited to 12 birders, and deposits are due in the next few weeks. For more information visit, or open the attached pdf. 

We hope you can make it!

Rob Snell
Southern ADK Audubon Society 

Red Crossbills etc

zach schwartz-weinstein

I stopped at Rensselaerville State Forest this morning and found a group of red crossbills actively foraging along the overgrown logging trails that branch off of the Scutt Road clearing.  Also present were several pine siskins, at least one male purple finch, several singing blue-headed vireos, yellow-rumped warblers, a winter wren, white-throated and lincoln's sparrows, both kinglets, and the three expected corvids at that elevation.  Some mediocre photos here

A raft of Ring-Necked Ducks was swimming in the cove of Alcove Reservoir off route 143, and Stanton Pond had the usual mix of Gadwall, Shoveler, Widgeon, Mallard, and Canada Goose, plus an adult Red-tailed Hawk feeding on a roadkilled Eastern Cottontail on Biers Road.  Sadly, I saw no less than 4 dead porcupines along Route 32.

Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774

October 18 Birdline


Birdline summary for week ending October 18

16 reports; 65 species reported


Best of the week:

LONG-TAILED DUCK: Saratoga Lake 10/18 (5)


VESPER SPARROW: Meadowdale 10/12; Kinderhook 10/14; Coxsackie Grasslands 10/15

RUSTY BLACKBIRD: Bog Meadow 10/15 (5)


Other notables:

Snow Goose: Overlook Park 10/14

Ring-necked Pheasant: Schodack Landing 10/13

Ruffed Grouse: Bog Meadow 10/12, 10/15

Pied-billed Grebe: Selkirk 10/12

Bald Eagle: American Oil Road 10/13; New Baltimore 10/13 (2)

Northern Harrier: Coxsackie Grasslands 10/15

Greater Yellowlegs: Coxsackie Grasslands 10/17

Great Horned Owl: Troy 10/14; Coxsackie 10/14 (2)

American Kestrel: American Oil Road 10/13; Coxsackie Grasslands 10/15

Winter Wren: New Baltimore 10/13

Hermit Thrush: Bog Meadow 10/12

Cedar Waxwing: Glenmont 10/14 (50)

White-crowned Sparrow: Meadowdale 10/12; Bog Meadow 10/12 (51); American Oil Road 10/13


Thanks to Larry Alden (Meadowdale), Lidia Carnevale (Glenmont), Rich Guthrie (New Baltimore, Coxsackie Grasslands), Ron Harrower (Bog Meadow), John Hershey (Bog Meadow), Brenda Inskeep (Coxsackie), Nancy Kern (American Oil Road, Schodack Landing, Overlook Park, Kinderhook), John Kent (Selkirk), Heidi Klinowski (Troy),  and Scott Varney (Fort Edward)

Re: Northern Shrike Feather


this resource may help i d the feather:

Little York Rd. Wetland, Schoharie County

Richard Guthrie

On October 10th, I found a small group of 5 Rusty Blackbirds at the York Road Wetlands near Cobleskill (eBird Hotspot - with no prior checklists on record that I could find). Other species seen there were: 4 E. Phoebes, 2 C. Ravens, 1 Carolina Wren, 3 Yellow-rumped Warblers, and some more commoner stuff.

Richard Guthrie

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