Date   
Longspurs etc, Northumberland

Naomi Lloyd
 

The Thursday group travelled the west side of the Hudson today stopping first at Bunce Lane and Blockhouse Park. Waterfowl were not plentiful except Canada Geese. The first Bald Eagle of the day sat on the ice off the near shore. A few miles south of Schuylerville an adult and juvie Bald Eagle argued over a deer carcass in a field.

We checked manure spreads throughout the Northumberland agricultural area, finding Wild Turkeys on Purinton Rd, Snow Buntings and Rough-legged Hawks on Goff Rd, and a large flock of Mallards foraging with American Crows off King Rd. We had driven a few miles away when we got John Hershey's message about Lapland Longspurs at King Rd so we hung a uey and returned. The half-dozen Horned Larks visible previously now numbered over 100, and moving among them were at least two Longspurs and a handful of Snow Buntings.

Heading back southward we stopped at Hudson Crossing Park, spotting distant Common Mergansers and Common Goldeneye, and a thin mangy Red Fox trotting across the ice.

On my way home I stopped at Lock 2, finding more Bald Eagles and two immature Mute Swans.

Good first-of-the-year birding, all!

Naomi Lloyd
West Sand Lake

Snowy Owls in FE Grasslands

Scott Varney
 

Following up on Ron H's report on Snowy Owls in the FE Grasslands area, I headed over after work with hopes. Many birders were observing a Snowy Owl at the Little Theatre on Plum Road with nice binocular views. A second Snowy was found directly below the bird observation area on St. James Road. A third Snowy was found on a hay bale on Mahaffey Road Extension, about a 1/2 mile down the hill.

Also had an American Kestrel on Durkeetown Road.

Scott Varney
Salem, NY

Lapland Longspurs -Northumberland

jhershey2
 

After many trips to Northumberland this year I finally found LAPLAND LONGSPURS (at least 3) on the north side of King Rd. between Williams Ln. and Wall Rd. this morning.  I will estimate 100 Horned Larks and 75 Snow Buntings at the same manure spread.  Fortunately, there is sufficient room to pull off King Rd. safely here.  The Longspurs were surprisingly easy to find with bins from inside the car. 


I went on to Fort Edward where I found the previously reported SNOWY OWL at the Grasslands observation area on Rt. 42 from the blind.  I failed to find the other one reported on Rt. 46 between Plum Rd. and Blackhouse.  It was a relief to have some milder winter temperatures this morning.   


John H.


6 Bald Eagles on Stewart's Pond

rob snell
 

This morning around 830 on CR 8, between South Shore Rd and the Conklingville Dam in Hadley, there were 6 Bald Eagles on the ice, just off shore, and in trees. They were feeding on deer carcasses provided by DMV. There were 2 adults and 4 juveniles as well as a half dozen ravens. They are consistently there when I drive past. I saw 4 on Tuesday morning, and 3 yesterday at 430 pm. It is just below the dam so there is turbulent open water providing consistent good forage.

January 10 Birdline

philwhitney17
 

Birdline summary for week ending January 10:

14 reports; 48 species reported

 

Best of the week:

ICELAND GULL: Crescent Power Plant 1/8

SNOWY OWL: Albany Airport 1/7, 1/9; Fort Edward 1/10

NORTHERN SHRIKE: Argyl 1/7 (2)

FOX SPARROW: Saratoga 1/7

SNOW BUNTING: 6 reports; 170 individuals total

 

Other notables:

Ruffed Grouse: Lake Desolation SF 1/10

Bald Eagle: White Creek 1/6; Green Island 1/8; Crescent Power Plant 1/8

Rough-legged Hawk: Cohoes 1/8; Fort Edward 1/10

Eastern Screech-Owl: Fort Edward 1/10

Peregrine Falcon: Crescent Power Plant 1/8; Lake Desolation SF 1/10

Common Raven: Northumberland 1/6 (5); Lake Desolation SF 1/10 (2)

Horned Lark: 8 reports, 1180 individuals total

Eastern Bluebird: Saratoga 1/5 (5); Northumberland 1/6 (4); Saratoga 1/7 (2)

Savannah Sparrow: Germantown 1/10 (9)

White-throated Sparrow: Germantown 1/10 (24)

Purple Finch: Lake Desolation SF 1/10 (2)

Pine Siskin: Lake Desolation SF 1/10 (4)

 

Thanks to  Ron Harrower (Northumberland, Saratoga, Lake Desolation SF, Fort Edward), John Hershey (Northumberland, Moreau, Easton), Nancy Kern (Germantown), Jim Meinhold (Saratoga), Curt Morgan (Albany Airport), Zach Schwartz-Weinstein (Crescent Power Plant, Cohoes, Green Island) , Scott Varney (Cambridge, White Creek, Argyl, Salem) and Tom Williams (Albany Airport)

 

 

Owls eBird Report - Plum Rd., Ft. Edward, Jan 10, 2018

Ronald Harrower
 

Plum Rd., Ft. Edward, Washington, New York, US
Jan 10, 2018 1:25 PM - 2:35 PM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
Comments: Having heard that there were 2 Snowy Owls in Ft Edward Grasslands area, I headed up and found two people looking at something I assumed to be a Snowy Owl on Plum Rd. It turned out to be a Grey Phase Screech Owl sunning and napping. Did not find Plum Rd/CR46 Snowy, but Laurie showed me where the other was on rte 42 at the observation post. Saw the owl and learned a lot about the good work being done for the grasslands, birds and people
8 species

Red-tailed Hawk 3
Rough-legged Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 4
Eastern Screech-Owl 1
Snowy Owl 1
Blue Jay 2
European Starling 145
Dark-eyed Junco 4

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41811680

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eBird Report - Ruffed Grouse Peregrine Lake Desolation SF, Jan 10, 2018

Ronald Harrower
 

Lake Desolation SF, Saratoga, New York, US
Jan 10, 2018 8:40 AM - 10:35 AM
Protocol: Traveling
7.0 mile(s)
Comments: In a very clear, calm, 5 degree morning, I headed up to Lake Desolation and drove to Edinburg Bridge. I was in search of Winter Finches as usual, and did find a few Pine Siskins mixed with Goldfinches. However, once I was underway, the birds I saw and heard filled me with happiness along with the deep quiet, not experienced much in the recent very windy weather. My first big surprise followed hearing some crackly noises at a place I stopped just beyond the big bridge. I looked all around the woods and finally look up to see a Roughed Grouse just before it coasted off into the woods. At the end of the road was is the Edinburg Bridge with a Peregrine Falcon as sentinel in a tree just before the bridge goes over Sacandaga Lake. The bird was initially looking out over the lake, but turned and looked at me. Moving.
17 species

Ruffed Grouse 1
Mourning Dove 4
Downy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 2 Flew across the road and landed in swampy woods where road bends through the wetlands (where calla lilies are in May)
Peregrine Falcon 1
Blue Jay 11
American Crow 1
Common Raven 2
Black-capped Chickadee 17
Tufted Titmouse 2
Red-breasted Nuthatch 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
European Starling 145
Dark-eyed Junco 13
Purple Finch 2
Pine Siskin 4
American Goldfinch 12

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41809706

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

Great Blue Heron in Salem, NY

Scott Varney
 

Just watched an awesome Great Blue Heron as it flew across Route 22 in the village of Salem, following open water on Blind Buck Creek. With today's warm spell, all 4 streams in Salem are at least partially open and flowing very well in some spots. These include Black Creek, White Creek, Blind Buck Creek, and the very wide open Battenkill River...makes me want to get geared up for some fly-fishing!

Also had great looks at a lone Snow Bunting on Shushan Road with perfect late day color absorption for spectacular photos.

Scott Varney
Salem, NY

eBird -- 104 Dales Bridge Road, Germantown, New York, US (42.148, -73.858) -- Jan 10, 2018

kernscot
 

104 Dales Bridge Road, Germantown, New York, US (42.148, -73.858)

Jan 10, 2018

4:15 PM

Traveling

4.78 miles

29 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:


43 Mallard -- On a small area of open water of a farm pond

17 Wild Turkey

3 Red-tailed Hawk

11 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)

2 Mourning Dove

8 American Robin

50 European Starling

4 American Tree Sparrow

7 Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)

24 White-throated Sparrow

9 Savannah Sparrow

2 Song Sparrow

1 Northern Cardinal


Number of Taxa: 13



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eBird -- 17-61 Anchorage Road, Germantown, New York, US (42.157, -73.884) -- Jan 10, 2018

kernscot
 

17-61 Anchorage Road, Germantown, New York, US (42.157, -73.884)

Jan 10, 2018

4:04 PM

Stationary

1 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature 39 F


1 Red-winged Blackbird


Number of Taxa: 1



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eBird -- 72 Anchorage Road, Germantown, New York, US (42.158, -73.887) -- Jan 10, 2018

kernscot
 

72 Anchorage Road, Germantown, New York, US (42.158, -73.887)

Jan 10, 2018

3:57 PM

Stationary

10 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature 38 F sunny calm Hudson river ice covered


3 American Crow

1 White-breasted Nuthatch


Number of Taxa: 2



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Snowy Owl At Albany Airport Today at 1 PM

curtmorgan@rocketmail.com
 

It was sitting on the runway 2 sign and photographed from Sicker Road (off of Wade Rd). 


https://www.dropbox.com/s/brpd6ssdgqmrc0e/IMG_8753.jpg?dl=0


Curt Morgan

 https:instagram.com/pcmjr/


Re: eBird Report - Field Birds Rte 39, Bacon Hill, Jan 8, 2018

kernscot
 

Hi Ron-

Sorry about your affliction. That is worse than "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious"!

Nancy

 

 


From: hmbirds@... on behalf of Ronald Harrower rharrower@... [hmbirds]
Sent: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 12:40 PM
To: Hmbirds
Subject: [HMBirds] eBird Report - Field Birds Rte 39, Bacon Hill, Jan 8, 2018
 

> Rte 39, Bacon Hill, Saratoga, New York, US
> Jan 8, 2018 12:29 PM - 12:49 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.1 mile(s)
> Comments:     Stopped to check out long manure spreading on rte 39 near rte 40 and Williams Lane (the latter had hundreds of field birds last year.) Horned Larks were everywhere and a flock of 75+ Snow Buntings was flying around in the filed and coming to the roadside. I took many photos in hope of finding a Lapland Longspur. Alas none, but I dd coin a new psychological term, Eremophilaalpestriscopophobia, the fear of being stared at by Horned Larks. In reviewing photos, I found many looking directly at me. If you suffer from such an affliction, you may want to avoid!
> 3 species
>
> American Crow  80
> Horned Lark  350
> Snow Bunting  75
>
> View this checklist online at https://nam01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Febird.org%2Febird%2Fview%2Fchecklist%2FS41770989&data=02%7C01%7C%7Cbf195e00486545e59e6508d55788abf5%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636511166867969284&sdata=r74Lfr%2BZc%2FyMw%2BTicjs0bbeMw0CUxtt0jwNlw3BbNts%3D&reserved=0
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> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://nam01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Febird.org&data=02%7C01%7C%7Cbf195e00486545e59e6508d55788abf5%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636511166867969284&sdata=UECCX%2FglXpDSwKgPJVDQdY0ge3o2sfrR%2FJ0imvQlYPk%3D&reserved=0)



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eBird Report - Field Birds Rte 39, Bacon Hill, Jan 8, 2018

Ronald Harrower
 

Rte 39, Bacon Hill, Saratoga, New York, US
Jan 8, 2018 12:29 PM - 12:49 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.1 mile(s)
Comments: Stopped to check out long manure spreading on rte 39 near rte 40 and Williams Lane (the latter had hundreds of field birds last year.) Horned Larks were everywhere and a flock of 75+ Snow Buntings was flying around in the filed and coming to the roadside. I took many photos in hope of finding a Lapland Longspur. Alas none, but I dd coin a new psychological term, Eremophilaalpestriscopophobia, the fear of being stared at by Horned Larks. In reviewing photos, I found many looking directly at me. If you suffer from such an affliction, you may want to avoid!
3 species

American Crow 80
Horned Lark 350
Snow Bunting 75

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41770989

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

Tibbits Ave to the power station, monday morning

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

This morning I checked the parking lot at the end of Tibbits Ave in Green Island and found an adult Bald Eagle, about 22 Common Goldeneye, and 6 or so Common Mergansers.  Cohoes Flats was frozen and empty, so I checked Green Mountain Drive, and saw an assortment of the usual species of gulls and red-tailed and rough-legged hawks.  A single Iceland Gull was roosting with the herrings, ring-billeds, and great-black-backeds at the power station.  Also present there were a third-year bald eagle, a juvenile peregrine falcon, and a red-tailed hawk.

--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774

Fox Sparrow. eBird Report - Hanehan Road, Jan 7, 2018

Ronald Harrower
 


Hanehan Road, Saratoga, New York, US
Jan 7, 2018 12:30 PM - 12:55 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: Drove whole length of Hanehan Rd from Coveville Rd to Rte 4. Horned Larks on first, open, stretch. Mostly House Sparrows at feeder that had larger variety on the 1st. Mix of Sparrows on road near where people have feeders and the first hill going down toward river, including Fox Sparrow. Very Cold and only stayed outside for short time. American Robins at far end of road right at intersection with Rte 4
21 species

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 42 Mostly on 1 silo
Mourning Dove 8
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
Blue Jay 6
American Crow 4
Horned Lark 5
Black-capped Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Eastern Bluebird 2
American Robin 4
European Starling 16
American Tree Sparrow 5
Fox Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco 14
White-throated Sparrow 7 5 were in one little flock. 2 of them were fighting
Song Sparrow 3
Northern Cardinal 2
American Goldfinch 2
House Sparrow 23

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41730712

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

Winter Field Birds

jhershey2
 

This afternoon I was checking some of the familiar spots where manure spreads can attract winter field birds.  I didn't have any luck at the usual places in the Northumberland and Schuylerville area, but with a previous report from Ron H. I found about 100 Horned Larks and just one Snow Bunting at Selfridge and Clark Rd. in the Town of Moreau.  Then I discovered another spread on W. River Rd. just north of Ballard in Northumberland with an estimated 100 Horned Larks.  Finally, on Sarle Hill Rd. (Town of Easton) at Sunset View Farm west of the intersection with Rt. 40 I found a feeding frenzy of about 300 Horned Larks.  Unfortunately, I found only one Snow Bunting and no Lapland Longspurs for the afternoon. 


John H.

Northern Shrikes in Argyle, NY

Scott Varney
 

After a Mom visit today in Hudson Falls, I decided to try a new route home via County Route 47. Right before this road drops down a hill and ends at Barkley Lake, I observed a single Northern Shrike in a shrubby area on the left side of the road. I had just begun driving and was surprised to see a second Northern Shrike, only 100 feet from the first. Both birds were actively moving and continued to return to their own respective perches Quite a surprise!

Happy Birding,
Scott Varney
Salem, NY

Re: Red-tailed hawk vs. Snowy-airport

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

We’re at the Hockey Facility now and an owl is perched on one of the runway signs.


On Sun, Jan 7, 2018 at 11:44 AM jeffnadler01@... [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply@...> wrote:
 

At 10 AM beyond the fence of Sicker Rd at the airport, a red-tailed hawk was chasing a snowy owl in flight along the runway.  The snowy owl took flight at an increasing height and flew north leaving the airport.  I could not find any additional owls including around the Hockey facility.


Jeff Nadler


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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774

Monday evening HMBC program - Jan 8 - Marvels of Avian Migration - Five Rivers at 7 PM

scottjstoner
 

The Marvels of Avian Migration

Leader or Speaker: 
Jenny Murtaugh
Location of Event: 
Five Rivers EEC, Delmar
Date: 
January 8, 2018 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
The Marvels of Avian Migration
Why do birds and other animals migrate? Which birds migrate at night and which by day? Did you know some species travel 700 miles per day during migration? Or that the Arctic Tern migrates as many as 22,000 miles each year (and to the moon and back over the span of its lifetime)? During this program, you will learn about different migration strategies and mechanics, the advantages and disadvantages migration, and the techniques used to study these marvelous travelers. The particularly impressive migration feats of some species will also be covered. Current techniques relating to the “why’s” and “how’s” of migration study are highlighted (e.g., birdbanding, radio telemetry, moon watching, radar tracking, and night flight calls), among other featured topics that provide an overview of the latest news and information relating to the always-evolving study of migration.
Bio
Jenny Murtaugh is a Biologist with the NYS DEC. She began working for DEC during her senior year of Wildlife Management at SUNY Cobleskill in 2009. She has done research through DEC, the NYS Museum and SUNY ESF related to coyote genetics and ecology, fishers, Karner blue butterflies, frosted elfin butterflies, grassland and marsh birds, and wintering raptors like the state-endangered short eared owl and state-threatened northern harrier. She also worked extensively in the development of NY’s current State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP).
Jenny’s current work is focused on coordinating the review of large scale energy projects throughout the state for fish, wildlife, and wetland impacts. During the breeding season, she is a bander at DEC’s Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship Program (MAPS) station here at Five Rivers. She also recently began banding at the Albany Pine Bush MAPS station, as well as at their fall migrant banding station. She is currently researching the declining eastern whip-poor-will with the goal of developing Best Management Practices (BMPs) that could be used to benefit the species in NY as part of her graduate work in SUNY Albany’s Biodiversity, Conservation and Policy program. In her free time, she trains and competes in the sport of dog agility with her border collie, Fly, and enjoys hiking in the Adirondacks.