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Southern Albany County, 4/15

John Kent
 

Although far from nice, the weather remained dry all day here today. I spent almost three hours watching the Hudson River from Henry Hudson Park early this morning. It was fairly active, with triple-digit counts of Ring-billed Gulls and Double-crested Cormorants passing by. The highlights were three Long-tailed Ducks, one Bonaparte's Gull, one Greater Scaup, and at least three Common Loons. A hen Common Merganser flew into a tree cavity where she apparently has a nest. I was proud of my Bonaparte's Gull sighting for about ten minutes, then Tom Williams reported 105 of them! My eBird list is at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44589888


Around noon, I was at Moh-He-Con-Nuck Preserve (between Glenmont and Selkirk) and found 45 species. Highlights were 11 Palm Warblers, 5 Hermit Thrushes, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Barn Swallow, Pine Warbler, Rusty Blackbird, numerous kinglets, and a Barred Owl calling repeatedly. The list is at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44597958


In the late afternoon I checked Basic Creek Reservoir. Notable species included 2 White-winged Scoters, 3 Bonaparte's Gulls, 3 Long-tailed Ducks, and 5 Common Loons. There were 50+ of Ruddy Duck, Bufflehead, and Ring-necked Duck, and over 200 Common Mergansers. Four immature Bald Eagles were perched in one tree. That list is at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44604495


All in all, it was a very birdy weekend from my perspective. I've had 19 new species for the year since Friday.


John Kent

Selkirk



Carter's Lake: Long-tailed Ducks and 18 nesting Great Blue Herons

Scott Varney
 

For the first time ever, I found a male and female pair of Long-tailed Ducks at Carter's Lake in Greenwich. It was extremely exciting to see them at this location. Also a solitary Bonapartes Gull was hanging out next to them with a single male/female pair of Greater Scaup. Other notables included Canada Geese, Ring-necked Ducks, Wood Ducks, 2 Bald Eagles, 1 Osprey, and a Field Sparrow and 2 Ring-necked Pheasants near the boat launch parking. Great Day!
Eastern Phoebe's are everywhere!

Scott Varney
Salem NY


Mew Gull at Collins Lake--a bit of additional information

Matthew Medler
 

Hi All,

Just a bit of additional information about the Mew Gull at Collins Lake in Scotia. Ted Keyel is a very avid eBirder from Wisconsin who just moved to the Capital District this week. We were in touch earlier in the week about good birding sites there, and he's clearly wasted no time in getting out and making his mark in the area!

Here is his eBird checklist with a photo of the Mew Gull:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44602422

Ted isn't on HMBirds yet, so perhaps somebody could provide him with details on how to do so.

Good birding,
Matt Medler
Ithaca (wishing I were in Glenville)


Collins Lake— mew gull

Robert S Pastel
 

The mew gull is at Collins Lake, not Pond, that was my error, not Ted’s. Ted also has some pictures in flight after a dog gave chase. Also, the list serve does not support picture attachments, but can forward his picture on request. I know this is a rarity in this area, but I wanted others to be alerted ASAP.

Robert S. Pastel


Northern Shoveler Pair at The Crossings Pond Today 15APR2018

curtmorgan@rocketmail.com
 

I saw a pair of Shovelers, Rudy-crowned Kinglet, Eastern Phoebes, and 60+ American Robins.


Curt Morgan


eBird -- 80-2493 Station Road, Hudson, New York, US (42.312, -73.763) -- Apr 14, 2018

kernscot
 

80-2493 Station Road, Hudson, New York, US (42.312, -73.763)

Apr 14, 2018

5:26 PM

Traveling

1.93 miles

17 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature 43 F windy sunny


3 Canada Goose

40 Double-crested Cormorant

1 Bald Eagle - ON

1 Ring-billed Gull

4 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)

1 Pileated Woodpecker

1 Eastern Phoebe

1 American Crow

6 Northern Rough-winged Swallow


Number of Taxa: 9



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Mew Gull Collins pond.

Robert S Pastel
 

My nephew Ted is there now and snapped this picture. Collins Pond, scotia.


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Robert S. Pastel


Great Egret & Osprey at Livingston Brook Rookery

Scott Varney
 

Just started out today at 1:30 pm and I'm looking at a single Great Egret and 2 Osprey at the Rookery. It's so nice to see Osprey on native trees rather than platforms built on utility poles. Several Wood Ducks, Common Mergansers, and Canada Geese round out the notables. This year's wind storms have destroyed all but 1 of the trees with
heron nests... the Ospreys are apparently nesting at the top. On my way to Carter's Lake.

Scott Varney
Salem, NY


eBird -- Snell's Point -- Apr 15, 2018

rob snell
 

Snell's Point
Apr 15, 2018
12:14 PM
Traveling
0.10 miles
60 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Juncos Everywhere! A loose flock of at least 100 Juncos has been moving through our property. Song sparrows, a Chipping Sparrow, and Fox Sparrow were mixed in.
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.6.5 Build 36

2 Canada Goose
3 Common Merganser
1 Hairy Woodpecker
2 Northern Flicker
1 American Kestrel
2 Eastern Phoebe
2 Blue Jay
2 American Crow
2 Black-capped Chickadee
4 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 Golden-crowned Kinglet
8 American Robin
1 Chipping Sparrow
1 Fox Sparrow
100 Dark-eyed Junco
3 Song Sparrow
2 Northern Cardinal
8 American Goldfinch

Number of Taxa: 18


Re: Northern Goshawk?

Richard Guthrie
 

Agree - Northern Harrier - coursing over grassy fields or marshes.

For a goshawk, other than migrating over a hawk watch such as Camp Pinnacle or Derby Hill, one would be lucky if you get anything more than a fleeting glimpse as it zooms away from you through the forest canopy.

Rich Guthrie

On Sun, Apr 15, 2018 at 10:54 AM, zach schwartz-weinstein zachsw@... [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply@...> wrote:
 

Hi Louis, this behavior and description sounds much more like a male Northern Harrier to me.

On Sun, Apr 15, 2018 at 10:53 AM Louis Suarato lsuarato@... [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
 

While visiting the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy’s Restifo Preserve in Westerlo recently, I observed a greyish-white hawk circling the pond across the road from the Preserve. The medium, to large hawk, periodically dove down into the high grass surrounding the pond while circling. It dove into the grass at the far end of the pond and remained there for 15 minutes before circling again, flying at eye level, coming very close to the car I was in. I could tell by the wings it was an accipiter. Does this behavior sound like that of a northern goshawk?

Louis J. Suarato

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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774




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Richard Guthrie


Re: Northern Goshawk?

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

Hi Louis, this behavior and description sounds much more like a male Northern Harrier to me.


On Sun, Apr 15, 2018 at 10:53 AM Louis Suarato lsuarato@... [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply@...> wrote:
 

While visiting the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy’s Restifo Preserve in Westerlo recently, I observed a greyish-white hawk circling the pond across the road from the Preserve. The medium, to large hawk, periodically dove down into the high grass surrounding the pond while circling. It dove into the grass at the far end of the pond and remained there for 15 minutes before circling again, flying at eye level, coming very close to the car I was in. I could tell by the wings it was an accipiter. Does this behavior sound like that of a northern goshawk?

Louis J. Suarato

--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


Northern Goshawk?

Louis J. Suarato
 

While visiting the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy’s Restifo Preserve in Westerlo recently, I observed a greyish-white hawk circling the pond across the road from the Preserve. The medium, to large hawk, periodically dove down into the high grass surrounding the pond while circling. It dove into the grass at the far end of the pond and remained there for 15 minutes before circling again, flying at eye level, coming very close to the car I was in. I could tell by the wings it was an accipiter. Does this behavior sound like that of a northern goshawk?

Louis J. Suarato


105 Bonaparte’s Gulls, Crescent- 4/15

trwdsd
 

At 9:30a.m. there was a tight raft of 105 Bonaparte’s Gulls resting on the Mohawk River just upstream from the Crescent Power Plant.

Tom & Colleen Williams 

Colonie




Great Egrets

Steve Mesick
 

There were at least two Great Egrets at Vischer Ferry. Also Northern Shovelers, both Teals but no bitterns or rails yet.

Steve Mesick, East Greenbush


Caspian Tern, Crescent Power Plant- 4/14

trwdsd
 

At noon, there was a Caspian Tern perched on a partially submerged tree trunk located in the middle of the Mohawk River, just upstream from the Crescent Power Plant.

Tom Williams

Colonie


4/14 - City of Albany waterfront

Tristan Lowery
 

I birded the City of Albany waterfront this morning, from the Port of Albany north to just about the Village of Menands line at the north edge of Corning Riverfront Park, tallying a somewhat surprising 45 species. 

Highlights on and over the Hudson were a CASPIAN TERN flying north at the Livingston Avenue railroad bridge, a Common Loon in breeding plumage near the wastewater outfall east of Broadway, and a Greater Scaup and Hooded Merganser (both hens) down around the Port. Migrating landbirds included a Yellow-rumped Warbler at Island Creek Park, both kinglets, several phoebes, a Hermit Thrush, and half a dozen sparrow species (Chipping, Field, Dark-eyed Junco, Savannah, Song, and Swamp). 

Breeding raptors are setting up along the city waterfront, with a pair of Peregrine Falcons on the Dunn Memorial Bridge and a newly-arrived pair of Ospreys further north on the Livingston Avenue railroad bridge, the latter actively involved in nest-building today.

As I was arriving back at home, a Broad-winged Hawk sailed over my house in "midtown" Albany.

Full eBird checklist with photos here.

Good urban birding!

Tristan Lowery
Albany



Pine Warblers, Great Egrets - Vischer Ferry

jhershey2
 

I had a productive morning at Vischer Ferry Preserve today.  Most notable were 2 Pine Warblers that I found in the pine circle next to the field behind the large pond near the river.  I have to say that PIWA has been one of my nemesis species for my Vischer Ferry list, so these are my first Pine Warblers ever at Vischer Ferry.  They make species #209 on the list that I started in 2001.  I see this species at many other places each year but not at VFP.  Pine Warbler would be warbler #26 on my long term VF list.  The other outstanding find was 2 Great Egrets which were in one of the back ponds seen from the CPWA road. 


Other notable species include the following:   Hooded Merganser (1), Bufflehead (8), Ring-necked Duck (6), Northern Shoveler (2), Blue-winged Teal (6), Wood Duck (8), Green-winged Teal (6), Great Blue Heron, Northern Harrier, Osprey, Belted Kingfisher, Tree Sparrow (50), Winter Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Eastern Bluebird, Swamp Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow.  I also saw 2 or 3 shorebirds that appeared to have yellow legs but I was unable to see them well enough to be definitive. 


A field trip at Vischer Ferry is scheduled for tomorrow morning but I'm aware that there is a winter storm advisory for tomorrow as well.  I plan to be there at the scheduled time, and if anyone shows up, we can play it by ear according to conditions. 


John H. 



Caspian Terns and Canvasback. eBird Report - Saratoga Lake, Apr 13, 2018

Ronald Harrower
 

Saratoga Lake, Saratoga, New York, US
Apr 13, 2018 8:35 AM
Protocol: Incidental
Comments: Wally E and I checked the Lake before heading to Bog Meadow Trail. Biggest deal was 5 Caspian Terns on the ice at the North end of the lake just West of Fitch Road. The huge raft of ducks seems to be of the same composition as most recent report. Thus, an incidental.
I can say that I am still the Canvasback Whisperer as I found him again. John H came by and we scanned the raft for a bit.
2 species

Canvasback 1
Caspian Tern 5

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44543818

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


eBird -- 822 Eichybush Road, Kinderhook, New York, US (42.428, -73.729) -- Apr 13, 2018

kernscot
 

822 Eichybush Road, Kinderhook, New York, US (42.428, -73.729)

Apr 13, 2018

5:53 PM

Traveling

6.25 miles

77 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature 64 F sunny calm mosquitoes out


16 Canada Goose

4 Wood Duck

2 Mallard

1 Ring-necked Pheasant - S1

1 Great Blue Heron

1 Osprey

1 Red-tailed Hawk

8 Killdeer

21 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)

7 Mourning Dove

1 Downy Woodpecker

5 Northern Flicker

3 American Kestrel

2 Eastern Phoebe

2 Blue Jay

4 American Crow

5 Eastern Bluebird

8 American Robin

1 Brown Thrasher

4 Northern Mockingbird

16 European Starling

8 American Pipit

2 Palm Warbler

1 Chipping Sparrow

2 Field Sparrow

3 Dark-eyed Junco

1 White-throated Sparrow

1 Savannah Sparrow

7 Song Sparrow

3 Northern Cardinal

1 Eastern Meadowlark

25 Red-winged Blackbird

4 Common Grackle

1 Purple Finch

3 House Sparrow


Number of Taxa: 35



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Red-shouldered Hawk, Winter Wren

Steve Mesick
 

A friend and I walked the loop at the Stewart Preserve in Rensselaer County today and had a singing Winter Wren (only once), and a pair of Red-shouldered Hawks circling and calling back and forth, with good prolonged views. There is good habitat there so it is possible they may be looking for a nesting site.

Steve Mesick
East Greenbush.

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