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Greater White-fronted Goose - Fort Miller

Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval@...>
 

There is currently a Greater White-fronted Goose at Fort Miller, at the north end of River Road. Should anybody go, just listen for the loud bugling first if you can't find it, as it was being pretty noisy (and was how I found it). 

Not much waterfowl otherwise, a Ring-necked Duck here, some Bufflehead there, and a Wood Duck and very sparse with the Common Goldeneye, even. Just a huge amount of Canada Geese, as expected. 

Lindsey D.


Snow Goose on Battenkill River, Greenwich, NY

Scott Varney
 

While driving along the Battenkill River on Route 29 today, I spotted a white goose mixed in with the Canada Goose crowd close to the Greenwich Town Beach. Despite a relatively brief observation, I noticed the goose was significantly smaller than the surrounding Canada Geese. I initially thought a possible Ross's Goose candidate but couldn't stop with a string of traffic behind me. Therefore, on my way home today, I stopped in to search for it at the Greenwich Recreational Park and found it, but a larger Canada Goose was parked in front of it and not allowing steady good views. Eventually, it lifted it's head and I observed a smaller, more rounded head, smaller body size, shorter neck than Snow Goose, and a vertical line at the base of the bill...suggesting a Ross's Goose. However, a grin patch was visible although smaller than that of a Snow Goose. I ultimately decided to list it as a Snow Goose but it might be worth a second set of eyes. If anyone is interested, please take a moment to check it out. Snow Geese sightings at this location are quite uncommon so it's a win either way! Many other waterfowl species were present, including 2 tiny Cackling Geese.

Happy Birding,

Scott Varney
Salem, NY


March 14 Birdline

philwhitney17
 

Birdline summary for week ending March 14

17 reports; 53 species reported

 

Best of the week:

NORTHERN GOSHAWK: Poestenkill 3/10

AMERICAN WOODCOCK: West Sand Lake 3/7, 3/9 (5)

SHORT-EARED OWL: Selkirk 3/11 (5); Castleton 3/12 (3)

SNOW BUNTING: Selkirk 3/11 (30)

 

Other notables:

Mute Swan: Basic Creek 3/10 (2)

Northern Shoveler: Vischer Ferry 3/9 (2)

Northern Pintail: Wrights Loop 3/6 (100), Vischer Ferry 3/9, Alcove Reservoir 3/10

Bald Eagle: Hudson 3/10 (9); Selkirk 3/11; Castleton 3/12

 Northern Harrier: Selkirk 3/11 (3)

American Kestrel: Castleton 3/8

Merlin: Castleton 3/8; Ghent 3/11

Carolina Wren: West Sand Lake 3/8

Eastern Bluebird: Wrights Loop 3/6 (8)

Fox Sparrow: West Sand Lake 3/8,3/13; Stanton Pond 3/10; Ghent 3/11

Purple Finch: Lake Desolation 3/6 (4)

Pine Siskin: Lake Desolation 3/6 (5)

 

Thanks to Ron Harrower (Lake Desolation, Wrights Loop), John Kent (Selkirk), Nancy Kern (Castleton, Schodack, Ghent, Hudson), Naomi Lloyd (West Sand Lake, Poestenkill),  Curt Morgan (West Sand Lake) , Brenda Stiffen (Latham), and Tom Williams (Basic Creek, Alcove Reservoir, Stanton Pond)


Fort Edward Snowy Owl

Louis J. Suarato
 

Fort Edward is still hosting at least one snowy owl. (Canon 400D, Sigma 500mm lens, cropped image)

https://flic.kr/p/258Ec9w



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Louis J. Suarato


Fw: No Destination This Week

Naomi Lloyd
 

Hi, All,

Got out off my driveway o.k. this morning despite it not yet
being plowed and shouldn't have any trouble
tomorrow;.......but, unfortunately, I am having side effects
from an antibiotic for a persistent cough which makes being
very far afield unwise.
I'm reluctantly staying home tomorrow and will start on my income tax
return which will be a lot less fun than birding.

Bill Lee


Fw: No Destination This Week

Naomi Lloyd
 

Naomi

--- On Wed, 3/14/18, William J. Lee <bileej@hotmail.com> wrote:

From: William J. Lee <bileej@hotmail.com>
Subject: No Destination This Week
To: "jschoonmaker" <j.schoonmaker@hvcc.edu>, "goodale1966" <goodale1966@earthlink.net>, "naomi_kestrel" <naomi_kestrel@yahoo.com>, "ladeyss" <ladeyss@gmail.com>, "aev12159" <aev12159@gmail.com>, "katherinestorms" <KatherineStorms@gmail.com>, "naomiking" <naomiking@yahoo.com>, "richardpguthrie" <richardpguthrie@gmail.com>, "PDweyer333" <PDwyer333@aol.com>, "jorylangner" <jory.langner@gmail.com>, "NSlack" <NSlack@nycap.rr.com>, "antespaul" <antes.paul@verizon.net>, "ljpigalley233" <ljpigalley@yahoo.com>, "silphidae" <silphidae@aol.com>, "Stanphoto" <stanleywblanchard@gmail.com>, "honeyhol" <honeyhol@msn.com>, "dlkelliher" <dlkelliher@aol.com>, "goldfinch1" <goldfinch1@gmail.com>, "DeniseHStoner" <DeniseHStoner@aol.com>, "logiudik" <logiudik@union.edu>, "jtaft3" <j.taft3@hotmail.com>, "jholcomb5" <jholcomb5@nycap.rr.com>, "kharper" <kharper@nycap.rr.com>, "hersheyj" <hersheyj@nycap.rr.com>, "cblackwell" <cblackwell@nycap.rr.com>, "nancykarm" <nancy.karm@nycap.rr.com>, "goodness" <goodness@nycap.rr.com>, "beaudoinsusan" <smbeaudoin1@gmail.com>, "Tmarkops" <Tmarkops@yahoo.com>, "hhstebbins" <hhstebbins@msn.com>, "tristanlowery@gmail.com" <tristanlowery@gmail.com>, "egee1" <egee1@nycap.rr.com>, "shuang1" <shuang1@nycap.rr.com>, "fallline" <fallline@nycap.rr.com>, "trwdsd" <trwdsd@yahoo.com>, "snichols1" <snichols1@roadrunner.com>, "dgresens" <dgresens@nycap.rr.com>, "philnps" <philnps@aol.com>, "alanmapes" <alanmapes@gmail.com>, "emwboston" <emwboston@comcast.net>, "ingeo.zimmerman@gmail.com" <ingeo.zimmerman@gmail.com>, "markfitz" <mark15fitz@gmail.com>, "yugruguru" <stvmesick@gmail.com>, "dcowley99@gmail.com" <dcowley99@gmail.com>, "suestew68@gmail.com" <suestew68@gmail.com>, "drmortonmd" <drmortonmd@gmail.com>, "capteagleeyes1@hotmail.com" <capteagleeyes1@hotmail.com>, "twberne" <twberne@aol.com>, "gaeltic" <gaeltic@capital.net>, "cpkbh1" <cpkbh1@yahoo.com>, "pwhitney" <prmlwhitney59@nycap.rr.com>, "mushka_81" <mushka_81@yahoo.com>, "e1223468@yahoo.com" <e1223468@yahoo.com>, "Peter Feinberg" <peter.feinberg@gmail.com>, "Tom Anderson" <lamokavosburg@aol.com>, "Ken Roinos" <kroinos@nycap.rr.com>, "Deb Shaw" <ritzshaw@aol.com>, "Larry Alden" <overlook@nycap.rr.com>, "R Pine" <rpine56@yahoo.com>, "James Dewaalmalefyt" <dewaalmalefyt@gmail.com>, "Sheehan, Peter (DPS)" <Peter.Sheehan@dps.ny.gov>, "Bryan L. Swift" <bryanlswift@gmail.com>
Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 1:06 PM







Hi, All,



Got out off my driveway o.k. this morning despite it not yet
being plowed and shouldn't have any trouble
tomorrow;.......but, unfortunately, I am having side effects
from an antibiotic for a persistent cough which makes being
very far afield unwise. I'm reluctantly
staying home tomorrow and will start on my income tax
return which will be a lot less fun than birding.









Bill Lee












Fox Sparrow continues in WSL

Naomi Lloyd
 

Fox Sparrow is usually a one-and-done bird during spring or fall migration in my yard. This one has been visiting my feeders for seven days now. I guess it's decided to hang around for a reliable food source and brushy cover.

Naomi Lloyd
West Sand Lake


Fox Sparrow continues in WSL

Naomi Lloyd
 

In my yard Fox Sparrow tends to be one-and-done in spring or fall migration. This year I've had one under my feeders for seven days now. I guess it's sticking around for reliable food and lots of brushy cover.

Naomi Lloyd
West Sand Lake


Re: Latham Sharp shinned hawk

brendastiffen
 

Mill rd Latham NY
1 sharp shinned hawk

Watching my feeders in the front yard for some breakfast.

Sent from my Verizon LG Smartphone


eBird -- 22 Main Street North, Castleton-on-Hudson, New York, US (42.533, -73.756) -- Mar 12, 2018

kernscot
 

22 Main Street North, Castleton-on-Hudson, New York, US (42.533, -73.756)

Mar 12, 2018

7:08 PM

Stationary

20 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature 39 F dusk


1 Bald Eagle -- Adult perched on west side of Hudson RIver

3 Short-eared Owl -- Flying over fields on west side of Hudson RIver


Number of Taxa: 2



Sent from my LG Mobile


Re: Bluebird box dilemma

Alan Mapes
 

Hi Heidi - 1 1/2" is the right size. Im guessing that the birds are peeking into the box, but just not going inside yet. If the hole is much larger, starlings will get in. Tell her to be patient...

Best, Alan 

On Mar 12, 2018 8:45 AM, "H Klinowski hocka1@... [hmbirds]" <hmbirds-noreply@...> wrote:
 

I have a friend who recently put up a bluebird box, standard design, 1.5 inch hole etc. 
She has sent me pics of her Bluebirds on the pole and roof so I know she's making a correct ID. 

BUT she says they can't seem to fit thru the hole to get into the box. She says they squeeze and try and it looks almost painful to her. 
She even went out thru the snow and measured the hole again and it IS 1.5".  

What should she do? They seem to really want to nest there. Could she sand it off a tiny bit to enlarge it?

If this is not the appropriate place for this question I apologize. 

Thank you for any advice. 
Heidi Klinowski 


Bluebird box dilemma

Heidi
 

I have a friend who recently put up a bluebird box, standard design, 1.5 inch hole etc. 
She has sent me pics of her Bluebirds on the pole and roof so I know she's making a correct ID. 

BUT she says they can't seem to fit thru the hole to get into the box. She says they squeeze and try and it looks almost painful to her. 
She even went out thru the snow and measured the hole again and it IS 1.5".  

What should she do? They seem to really want to nest there. Could she sand it off a tiny bit to enlarge it?

If this is not the appropriate place for this question I apologize. 

Thank you for any advice. 
Heidi Klinowski 


Stockport- Bald Eagle

kernscot
 

Nancy Kern

Stockport Station Road, Hudson, New York, US (42.31, -73.772), Columbia, New York, US
Mar 10, 2018 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Protocol: Stationary

Comments:     Hudson River at low tide. The Bald Eagles were on sand bars over the railroad tracks. One adult was on the nest on the north end of the island, the 2nd adult flew down from that area and joined the 7 juvenile B. Eagles.
2 species

Canada Goose  4
Bald Eagle  9



Ghent- Merlin, Fox Sparrow

kernscot
 

Nancy Kern

Ghent, Columbia, New York, US
Mar 11, 2018 3:00 PM - 3:20 PM
Protocol: Traveling
6.0 mile(s)
Comments:     sparrows feeding at roadside
20 species

Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern)  3
Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern)  1
Merlin  1
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  6
Black-capped Chickadee  5
Tufted Titmouse  2
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern)  1
American Robin  2
European Starling  20
American Tree Sparrow  2
Fox Sparrow (Red)  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  4
White-throated Sparrow  7
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  3
Red-winged Blackbird  15
Common Grackle  3
American Goldfinch  6



Chatham- Turkey

kernscot
 

Nancy Kern

(42.415, -73.577) Highland Rd Chatham NY, Columbia, New York, US
Mar 11, 2018 4:45 PM - 5:10 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
Comments:     partially open farm pond, meadow and fields
3 species

Canada Goose  60
Mallard  45
Wild Turkey  6



Short-eared Owls, Selkirk

Naomi Lloyd
 

Deb Shaw and I looked across the Hudson from the Castleton waterfront to Selkirk just south of Henry Hudson Park in search of John Kent's SEOWs. At 6:50, just about dusk, five owls lifted from the treeline and hunted over the farm fields along the river. They were still active when I left shortly after 7. Thanks for a great find, John!

Naomi


update on Short-eared Owls

John Kent
 

Right after I posted earlier about seeing two Short-eared Owls at Henry Hudson Park in Selkirk, I was looking south from the south end of the park toward the area where the owls had disappeared into the trees. An immature Bald Eagle came by, and suddenly at least five Short-eared Owls flushed and began circling over the river. The eagle showed some interest, but didn't go after any of them. The owls circled until the eagle moved on, then they returned to the area along the west shore of the Hudson just south of the Vlomankill. Tom and Collen Williams and I went over to the end of Dinmore Road to try searching from there. There are very large fields along the river between the Vlomankill and the Thruway Berkshire Spur bridge. They look like appropriate habitat for Short-eared Owls. They are private property, but can be viewed somewhat from the end of Dinmore Road. We found three Northern Harriers hunting over the fields, but couldn't find the owls. We also saw about thirty Snow Buntings near the little cemetery there, and a Red-tailed Hawk on its nest.

John Kent
Selkirk


Short-eared Owls, Selkirk

John Kent
 

This morning at sunrise I was surprised to see two Short-eared Owls circling over the Hudson at Henry Hudson Park in Selkirk. They circled a few times, then went out of sight on the Albany County side of the river, just south of the Bethlehem sewage plant.

John Kent
Selkirk


Northern Goshawk, Poestenkill

Naomi Lloyd
 

While driving along Rt 351 towards Poestenkill this afternoon, I stopped to watch a large accipiter fly overhead. I was able to watch it for over a minute before it went out of sight, and I think based on its flight style that it was a Northern Goshawk. That's only a few miles from Grafton/Cherry Plain and the Rensselaer Plateau and they have been infrequently seen in the area.

Naomi Lloyd
West Sand Lake


Fox Sparrow, Mute Swans- 3/10

trwdsd
 

Birded a few spots in Albany County this morning, not much as far as new arrivals. Highlights:

Basic Creek Reservoir- mostly frozen, two Mute Swans.
Alcove Reservoir- mostly frozen, N. Pintail, 75 Am. Black Ducks.
Stanton Pond- Gadwall, Hooded Merganser. Also, a Fox Sparrow along the road edge with juncos and WT Sparrows on Stanton Rd.

Tom and Colleen Williams 
Colonie




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