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Re: Snow Geese movement- 12/11

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

Just overheard a group flying over my apartment in downtown albany, too.  Thanks for the tip!


On Mon, Dec 11, 2017 at 8:14 PM Kristin ksclemmy@... [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply@...> wrote:
 


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On Mon, 12/11/17, Tom trwdsd@... [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply@...> wrote:

Subject: [HMBirds] Snow Geese movement- 12/11
To: "Hudson Mohawk Bird Club" <hmbirds@...>
Date: Monday, December 11, 2017, 7:52 PM


 
I thought I saw some earlier today, I noticed a flock but they were too high and a bit too far to be sure on the ID. Now I'm sure it was since I'm also in Colonie! I'll be listening carefully when I take the dogs out.

As an aside, I have 2 Great Horned owls in the back woods. They've been hanging out atop the tree that is just at the fence line. Love seeing and hearing them.











Since 7:15p.m. tonight I’ve heard at least three groups of
Snow Geese migrating overhead here in Colonie. Anyone else
with a similar observation?

Tom
Williams. Colonie 


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Snow geese now 8:45pm

Jeff Nadler
 

Yes, outside with my dog now. Large movement of snow geese with "bark" like sound overhead at 8:45pm


Jeff Nadler


Snow Geese

K O
 

Sorry if this is a double post, Yahoo is not playing nice right now.

Anyway, I saw a flock of what I thought was Snow geese earlier today. They were very high and far off so I couldn't make a positive ID but now think they were.

I'll be listening when I take the dogs out later.


Re: Snow Geese movement- 12/11

Eric Molho
 

Just walked my dog and heard non Canada geese moving and calling in the dark.  You could talk me into snow. 


On Dec 11, 2017, at 7:52 PM, Tom trwdsd@... [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply@...> wrote:

 

Since 7:15p.m. tonight I’ve heard at least three groups of Snow Geese migrating overhead here in Colonie. Anyone else with a similar observation?



Tom Williams. 
Colonie 




Re: Snow Geese movement- 12/11

K O
 

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On Mon, 12/11/17, Tom trwdsd@yahoo.com [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

Subject: [HMBirds] Snow Geese movement- 12/11
To: "Hudson Mohawk Bird Club" <hmbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Monday, December 11, 2017, 7:52 PM


 
I thought I saw some earlier today, I noticed a flock but they were too high and a bit too far to be sure on the ID. Now I'm sure it was since I'm also in Colonie! I'll be listening carefully when I take the dogs out.

As an aside, I have 2 Great Horned owls in the back woods. They've been hanging out atop the tree that is just at the fence line. Love seeing and hearing them.









Since 7:15p.m. tonight I’ve heard at least three groups of
Snow Geese migrating overhead here in Colonie. Anyone else
with a similar observation?

Tom
Williams. Colonie 


Sent from
Yahoo Mail for iPhone











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Snow Geese movement- 12/11

trwdsd
 

Since 7:15p.m. tonight I’ve heard at least three groups of Snow Geese migrating overhead here in Colonie. Anyone else with a similar observation?


Tom Williams. 
Colonie 




eBird -- 184 Best Road, Kinderhook, New York, US (42.4, -73.716) -- Dec 11, 2017

kernscot
 

184 Best Road, Kinderhook, New York, US (42.4, -73.716)

Dec 11, 2017

4:18 PM

Stationary

10 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature 34 F birds feeding along the road


16 Horned Lark


Number of Taxa: 1



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eBird -- 3110 County Road 21, Kinderhook, New York, US (42.412, -73.704) -- Dec 11, 2017

kernscot
 

3110 County Road 21, Kinderhook, New York, US (42.412, -73.704)

Dec 11, 2017

3:54 PM

Stationary

12 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Birds on grassy field temperature 34 F.


1 Cackling Goose -- Probably the same one continuing from yesterday

150 Canada Goose

13 Wild Turkey


Number of Taxa: 3



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Black Vultures

Alison Van Keuren
 

Monday morning 11 December.

Black Vultures continue on Western Avenue in Guilderland.

Alison Van Keuren


eBird -- (42.413, -73.674) Valatie NY -- Dec 10, 2017

kernscot
 

(42.413, -73.674) Valatie NY

Dec 10, 2017

4:32 PM

Stationary

5 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature 34 F sun clouds 4 inch snowcover creek open


1 Cackling Goose -- Size of Mallard short bill steep forehead with Canada Geese

220 Canada Goose -- On Kinderhook Creek


Number of Taxa: 2



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livingston snowy owl status?

gregg_recer
 

anybody know the status of the snowy owl in livingston, columbia county? I heard second-hand that it could have been injured yesterday flying into a wire.

thnx


Update: NO - Pink-footed Goose - Coxsackie

Richard Guthrie
 

 Thursday, Friday and this evening, I checked the field where I found the Pink-footed Goose (PFGO) on Wednesday evening and other nearby fields.

On Thursday, there was the congregation of a thousand-plus Canada Geese, but no PFGO from what I could tell. I spoke with the neighbor lady to explain what I was doing there. Very pleasant and no problems. I couldn't stay very long since I had leave to help a friend elsewhere.

Consistent with Wednesday, the majority of geese flew in just prior to 4 PM with skeins continuing for 10 minutes more or so. Then it got too dark to see well enough to do any good.

On Friday, I checked that field. No geese at all. But there was a large gathering of Canada Geese feeding in a small cornfield off Rt. 9-W, between the computer store and Dollar General. There was one pie-bald Canada Goose that was in the Barrus Road field on Wednesday and Thursday, but no PFGO.

This evening, in the snow, I checked both those fields - no geese in either.

Tomorrow - who knows?

Rich



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Richard Guthrie


eBird -- 1485 Eleanor Drive, Castleton-on-Hudson, New York, US (42.503, -73.691) -- Dec 08, 2017

kernscot
 

1485 Eleanor Drive, Castleton-on-Hudson, New York, US (42.503, -73.691)

Dec 08, 2017

4:19 PM

Traveling

1.00 miles

15 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature 38 F calm cloudy birds on farm ponds


116 Canada Goose

13 Mallard

2 Green-winged Teal


Number of Taxa: 3



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Livingston Snowy Owl

Louis J. Suarato
 

The Snowy Owl in Livingston disregarded all ethic rules for flying too close to humans as it buzzed by me. After perching on the barn for hours, the owl flew to a nearby fence post, perched there for a few minutes, before circling the field. I used a Canon 7D (ISO 6400) with a Sigma 500mm lens for this shot.


Snowy owl - YES!

Louis J. Suarato
 

Thanks to all who reported this Owl. It’s sitting on the roof of the barn behind the white house on Wire Road across from Hermitage Road in Livingston.

Louis J. Suarato


Snowy Owl

Kathryn Schneider
 

I found a female Snowy Owl sitting on a fence in a field on Wire Road in Livingston this morning. It was viewed for some time by our birding group from Columbia County while if sat on a fence near a pond next to a house under construction. Tom Williams also saw the bird while we were there this morning and Naomi Lloyd viewed it this afternoon on a hay bale from Blue Hill Road  The bird is on private property and seems well protected by a fence that should not be crossed. It is clearly visible from the road, which is lightly traveled, but please pull off the road completely and give the bird and the property owners plenty of space. The bird is quite dark, presumably a young female. Ebird list http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40963029


Kathy Schneider
Stuyvesant Falls


December 6 Birdline

philwhitney17
 

Birdline summary for week ending December 6:

9 reports; 32 species reported

 

Best of the week:

PINK-FOOTED GOOSE: Coxsackie Flats 12/6

CACKLING GOOSE: Coxsackie Flats 12/6

GOLDEN EAGLE: Austerlitz 12/5

 

Other notables:

Northern Shoveler: Vischer Ferry 12/1 (9)

Northern Pintail: Vischer Ferry 12/1 (6)

Red-breasted Merganser: Saratoga Lake 12/5

Horned Grebe: Saratoga Lake 12/5 (2)

Bald Eagle: Salem 12/2 (7)

Eastern Bluebird: Glenville 12/4 (6)

Yellow-rumped Warbler: Albany 12/2

 

Thanks to Alan French (Glenville), Rich Guthrie (Coxsackie Flats), Ron Harrower (Saratoga Lake), John Hershey (Vischer Ferry), Nancy Kern (Hudson, Austerlitz), Alison Van Keuren (Nassau Lake), Scott Varney (Salem) and Tom Williams (Albany)


Pink-footed Goose - Coxsackie, The Greene County

Richard Guthrie
 

At around 4 o'clock this evening, while manning my station for the Winter Raptor Survey at the Coxsackie Flats I scanned through a large group (1,200 - 1,500 birds) of Canada Geese in a harvested cornfield on a short dead-end road: Barrus Road - which begins at the southern end of Bronk (same family as The Bronx) Mill Road and Old Plank Road (County Rt 9).

I spotted a mid-sized uniformly dark sooty-brown goose with a pale horizontal stripe along the flanks and silvery edges to the folded wing feathers. It had no white features on the head or neck and a smallish dark bill - a Pink-footed Goose.

The goose was about 360 ft. (110m) to the east of the road, actively feeding on scattered corn cobs along with the Canada Geese and one Cackling Goose. I watched it for about 15-20 minutes, easily picking it out again anytime after I had lost track of.

There is a small group of mobile homes along a short spur off Barrus Road and two other houses along the road. The house directly across (west) from the cornfield has a high fence around it, presumably to keep the two large dogs in. The dogs are very noisy if anyone is walking along the road but otherwise very friendly (at least when the homeowner is present). When I've met the homeowner in the past, I've found him to be very friendly and interested in my bird work that I've been doing. But those dogs....

I remained in my car as I was observing the geese since the nearest Canada Geese were very agitated. I was afraid that if I got out the whole bunch would lift off taking the Pink-footed Goose along with them. Because of roadside shrubbery, I could not get a clear photo of the goose. All the geese were still there when I went up the road to turn around and leave.

I suspect that the geese come into that cornfield to feed and roost for the night. I don't know for sure, but I believe they all go over to the nearby correctional facility grounds where there are some - restricted access - fields and ponds. A large group of geese flew in at around 4 o'clock. I can't say whether the Pink-footed Goose was already in the field by then or if it came in with that bunch.

In winters past, large groups of Canada Geese would first go from the correctional complex fields down to the Hudson River at the Coxsackie Boat Launch Park to hang out for a while before going to their night roost. This has not been happening this season so far, perhaps because hunting season is still open.

Bottom Line: I suspect that it will be difficult to see this goose, if it does return to that field, unless you stay in your car and hope that none of the few neighbors inadvertently disturbs the larger flock of Canada Geese. But I also believe that if everyone stays in their cars, all will be good. Let's just hope that the Pink-footed Goose returns.

Rich Guthrie
New Baltimore
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Richard Guthrie


Fw: Destination This Week & a Heads- Up on Next Week

Naomi Lloyd
 

Hi, All,

No hot sighting reports this week, so we'll have to work to find our own. Let's do the Hudson north and east (East
River Rd.)  and Northumberland. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the Price Chopper parking lot at the Junction of NYS Rts. 4,
32, and 67 in Mechanicville. 
                           
Next Thurs., Dec. 14th is the Saratoga Springs Christmas Bird Count, which Jean Holcomb is compiling. I'll be
doing the Count so won't be leading the usual Thurs. Birding Group outing, but if you'd like to get out
for some or all of the day, contact Jean at (518)935-3353 or jholcomb@nycap.rr.com.
She can assign you a small section of a sector like Saratoga Battlefield for more intensive
coverage than a sector field party can or place you with a field party if you wish
to make a day of it.


Bill Lee


eBird Report - Saratoga Lake, Dec 5, 2017

Ronald Harrower
 

Saratoga Lake, Saratoga, New York, US
Dec 5, 2017 10:25 AM - 11:05 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
Comments: Just stopped by Manning Cove, Riley Cove and Silver Beach. Very strong wind. I noted that there weren't any passerines on my drive. The drake Red-Breasted Merganser was with two drake Common Mergansers just offshore at Riley Cove. They both are good looking birds even at this time of the year. Silver Beach had Buffleheads and Black Ducks in a raft 250 yards out then flew closer. It was funny to see the big dabbling ducks close by tiny diving ducks.
11 species

Canada Goose 45
Mallard 55
American Black Duck 25
Bufflehead 80
Common Merganser 5
Red-breasted Merganser 1
Horned Grebe 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Ring-billed Gull 25
Herring Gull 3
American Crow 6

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40936778

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