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Field trip report - Galway Nature Preserve

Ellen
 

Ten of us visited Galway Nature Preserve Sunday morning for an HMBC field trip.   The first birds of the day were right in the preserve parking lot:  an Eastern Phoebe with a large insect in its bill, a swooping Tree Swallow, and a vocal Red-Bellied Woodpecker.  Oddly enough, the Red-Bellied Woodpecker and a Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker seen by some members of the group were the only woodpeckers we encountered all day. 

 

Warbler species were rather sparse.  We heard several Ovenbirds, Common Yellowthroats, and Chestnut-Sided Warblers, and enjoyed nice views of the one of the Ovenbirds on a snag.  We heard but did not see Indigo Bunting, and most of the group observed a singing Scarlet Tanager.

 

For the second year in a row, an Eastern Wood-Pewee’s nest was found, albeit in a different location from last year. 

 

Other highlights included a Broad-Winged Hawk flying over a pond; singing Veery and Wood Thrush; and a Bobolink in the adjacent farm fields.

 

Thanks for Naomi for compiling the eBird report below.

 

Galway Nature Preserve, Saratoga, New York, US

Jun 17, 2018 8:00 AM - 10:20 AM

Protocol: Traveling

1.5 mile(s)

Comments:     HMBC field trip

33 species (+2 other taxa)

 

Mallard  5

Great Blue Heron  2

Turkey Vulture  1

Northern Harrier  1     circling high over fields

Broad-winged Hawk  1

Mourning Dove  3

Red-bellied Woodpecker  1

diurnal raptor sp.  1

Eastern Wood-Pewee  3

Empidonax sp.  1

Eastern Phoebe  1     Nesting in eaves of shed

Red-eyed Vireo  3

Blue Jay  2

American Crow  2

Tree Swallow  3

Black-capped Chickadee  2

Tufted Titmouse  3

White-breasted Nuthatch  1

House Wren  1

Veery  2

Wood Thrush  2

Gray Catbird  7

European Starling  2

Ovenbird  6

Common Yellowthroat  4

Chestnut-sided Warbler  4

Song Sparrow  3

Scarlet Tanager  1

Northern Cardinal  3

Indigo Bunting  1

Bobolink  1

Red-winged Blackbird  9     Estimated

Brown-headed Cowbird  3

Common Grackle  2

American Goldfinch  6

 

-Ellen P.

West Charlton

Whip-poor-will, Albany Pine Bush

Naomi Lloyd
 

Following a report by Tom Williams, I went out to the Madison Ave Pinelands this evening. At about 9:15 an Eastern Whip-poor-will began calling. It sang steadily for 5 minutes and was still whipping intermittently when I left after 9:30. Also seen were several smallish bats and a galaxy of fireflies.

Naomi Lloyd
West Sand Lake


June 13 Birdline

philwhitney17
 

Birdline summary for week ending June 13:

6 reports; 76 species reported

 

Best of the week:

CLIFF SWALLOW: Saratoga Lake 6/5 (3)

VESPER SPARROW: Saratoga County AP 6/10

GRASSHOPPER SPARROW: Saratoga County AP 6/10

 

Other notables:

Bald Eagle: Lock 2 6/6

Red-shouldered Hawk: Fox Hill 6/10

Hermit Thrush: Amy?s Park 6/9 (2); Fox Hill 6/10

Wood Thrush: Garnsey Park 6/6 (5)

Brewsters Warbler (hybrid): Garnsey Park 6/6

Northern Parula: Amys Park 6/9

Canada Warbler: Amys Park 6/9; Fox Hill 6/10

Savannah Sparrow: Saratoga County AP 6/10

Purple Finch: Fox Hill 6/10; Providence 6/13

Pine Siskin: Providence 6/13 (4)

 

Thanks to Nancy Castillo (Providence), Ron Harrower (Saratoga Lake, Lock 2, Garnsey Park), John Hershey (Saratoga County AP, Fox Hill) and Colleen Williams (Amys Park)

Tomorrow's destination, 6/14

Naomi Lloyd
 


Hi, All,

After two relatively "good" days in which my unpleasant symptoms have almost disappeared, I'm encouraged to get out birding tomorrow. With migration pretty much over, (I've missed most of it for the 2nd year running!), I don't have a hot spot to propose, and better stick fairly close to home, in case my troubles aren't over. Let's try Ann Lee Pond  and include the Albany Airport and the Crossings if time allows. Meet at the parking area across from the old orchard at Shaker Village at 8:00 am. Hope to see you there.

Bill Lee


Pine Siskins

Nancy Castillo
 

Town of Providence, western Saratoga County:

After a winter with nary a winter finch, I was surprised to see 4 Pine Siskins at the bird feeders amongst the Purple Finches and goldfinches.

Nancy Castillo

 

 

[MidHudsonBirds] Fwd: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Town of Esopus, Ulster County

Richard Guthrie
 

Forwarding from a ulster county source:

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Date: Tue, Jun 12, 2018 at 11:05 AM
Subject: [MidHudsonBirds] Fwd: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Town of Esopus, Ulster County
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Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Town of Esopus, Ulster County

A Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was observed on private property around 8:00 this morning. Photos were taken but the bird has gone missing currently. The bird was located in the general area of the east end of Union Center Road between Poopletown Road and Rt. 9W.




--
Richard Guthrie

HMBC Field Trip Summary - Desolation Lake/Fox Hill Rd.

jhershey2
 

The HMBC field trip to Desolation Lake/Fox Hill Rd. began this morning at Saratoga County Airport with 8 participants altogether.  The weather for the day was warm and sunny.  Besides being a convenient place to meet, the airport is a birding destination in itself.  Before heading for Fox Hill Rd. we found Vesper Sparrow singing loudly near the driveway fence and at least one Grasshopper Sparrow perched on the blue lights on the runway.  Other birds seen here  include Killdeer, Barn Swallow, and Eastern Bluebird. 

The first stop on Lake Desolation Road was Archer Vly.  The highlight here was getting good looks at a Blackburnian Warbler (thanks to Steve), an Eastern Wood-Pewee, and maybe the Pink Lady Slipper.  We also heard our first sounds from Least Flycatcher (“che-bek”), Ovenbird (“teacher, teacher, teacher”), Hermit Thrush, Red-eyed Vireo, and Black-throated Blue Warbler (“beer, beer, bee”).  Although we heard these songs many times over the morning we never managed to actually see these birds in the thick foliage.  Next stop was the bog at West Vly Creek.  In addition to lots of shotgun shells and a bowling pin for target practice, we got good looks at a Black-throated Green Warbler and a Purple Finch.  At this point we had begun to hear Alder Flycatchers singing something like “free beer”.  We were unsuccessful in spotting the American Bittern that Bruce found earlier in the morning.   

The last stop was the Mulleyville Trail on Fox Hill Rd. where we took a longer walk up the hill.  Among the highlights here that we saw include: Chestnut-sided Warbler, Black-and-White Warbler,  2 or more Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, and a Wild Turkey.  The big miss here was the 2 Mourning Warblers that had been singing loudly and clearly just 2 days ago.  Two of us did manage to spot a Canada Warbler and others heard it.  Getting close to noon we called it quits and started back to the airport.  Near Rt. 29 one of the cars (not mine) unexpectedly spotted a singing Prairie Warbler near the road.  Upon returning to the airport we were able to add Savannah Sparrow for our airport sparrow trifecta (along with Grasshopper and Vesper).  Thanks to Naomi we also spotted a soaring Red-shouldered Hawk as a last minute bonus.  Other highlights that I failed to  mention yet for the morning include Broad-winged Hawk, Eastern Kingbird, Veery, Northern Mockingbird, Common Raven, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Dark-eyed Junco, and 2 gliders soaring over the airport.  The final count was 53 species.  Thanks to all the participants.

John Hershey, trip coordinator

HMBC field trip summary- Amy's Park

trwdsd
 

Seven birders spent about three-and-one-half hours exploring this Lake George Land Conservancy property this morning. We spent most of our time in the northern section of the park, on various trails in the forested areas surrounding the North Pond. It was quieter than we expected for that time of day, in fine weather, and many more birds were heard-only than seen well. After much positioning and perseverance, we were able to get nice views of a singing Canada Warbler on his territory. A Northern Parula was singing higher in the canopy in the same area. Black-throated Blue Warbler was the most common warbler we encountered, with at least four heard singing in separate locations. A complete list of the birds observed can be found here:  https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46422930

A description of the property and trail map can be found here: http://www.lglc.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/AmysPark_3FOLD_201608.pdf

Thanks to everyone who turned out for the trip, and especially to Steve and Bob for getting us on the Canada Warbler. We hope to see you all on future trips!


Tom and Colleen Williams

Colonie   

Brewster’s Warbler, eBird Report - Garnsey Park, Jun 6, 2018

Ronald Harrower
 

Garnsey Park, Saratoga, New York, US
Jun 6, 2018 8:20 AM - 9:35 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: Wally and I headed to Garnsey Park in hopes of finding a Blue-Winged Warbler. Alas, we did not find one directly, but did find a Brewster's Warbler hybrid. It responded tooth Blue-winged and Golden-winged Warbler songs. We walked on the short grass trails and encountered many scrub birds in numbers such as House Wren and Eastern Towhee. We also walked a bit in the woodland section at the back of the park where Wood Thrushes and an Eastern Wood Pewee were found.
32 species (+1 other taxa)

Wild Turkey 9 We found the hen hunkered down into the edge of the grassy area next to trail. As we realized what is was, we briefly saw chicks huddled together in the middle of the trail, then the hen went wild, squawking and flapping and trying to round upper her chicks. She reassembled them in the brush on the other side of the trail
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Willow Flycatcher 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Eastern Kingbird 1
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 2
Tree Swallow 10
Barn Swallow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 1
House Wren 8
Eastern Bluebird 2
Wood Thrush 5
Gray Catbird 4
Ovenbird 3
Golden-winged/Blue-winged Warbler 1 As mentioned in opening, the bird responded to both Blue-winged and Golden-winged Warbler songs. It has the color and feature pattern of a "Brewster's" hybrid.
Common Yellowthroat 2
Yellow Warbler 2
Chestnut-sided Warbler 2
Field Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 4
Eastern Towhee 3
Scarlet Tanager 2
Northern Cardinal 1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 3
Red-winged Blackbird 4
Common Grackle 1
American Goldfinch 25 Eating grass seeds in one large flock. They took off a couple of times and one could understand the term, exaltation of goldfinches
House Sparrow 3

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46415213

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

Bald Eagle. eBird Report - Lock 2 Mechanicville, Jun 6, 2018

Ronald Harrower
 

Lock 2 Mechanicville, Saratoga, New York, US
Jun 6, 2018 10:05 AM - 10:35 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.3 mile(s)
Comments: Wally and I made a stop at Lock 2 in hopes of catching a a glimpse of passing Brants. As with Garnsey stop. our main objective wasn't met, but as always, (well nearly) a day of birding is fun in itself. Am further observing swallows, which are still plentiful here skimming over the water, particularly by the dam. Many Rough-winged, many Banks, many Trees, but not many Barn.
16 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 26 Lots of families with different aged goslings. Some reminded me of teenagers, getting ready for adulthood, but not quite there yet
Mallard 20
Double-crested Cormorant 3
Bald Eagle 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 12
Warbling Vireo 1
American Crow 2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 20
Tree Swallow 15
Bank Swallow 15
Barn Swallow 2
swallow sp. 10
American Robin 3
European Starling 4
Cedar Waxwing 2
Yellow Warbler 1
Common Grackle 3

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46415721

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

Cliff Swallow and Friends. eBird Report - Saratoga Lake, Jun 5, 2018

Ronald Harrower
 

Saratoga Lake, Saratoga, New York, US
Jun 5, 2018 3:25 PM - 3:45 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.1 mile(s)
Comments: Did quick broad check of Saratoga Lake and then decided to see if I could "slow down" swallows that zoom over the water in large numbers. I was able to identify individual swallows better and see aspects of their behavior and angles they take with their wings. I could see how a Tree Swallow keeps his head level with the surface, but angle the wings in a very different way from each other. I also found a Cliff Swallow or rather Cliff Swallows which had previously evaded me.
19 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 2
Mallard 4 Family right by the shore
Double-crested Cormorant 1 flying
Mourning Dove 1
Warbling Vireo 2
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 3
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1
Tree Swallow 12
Bank Swallow 14
Barn Swallow 4
Cliff Swallow 3
swallow sp. 15
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Tufted Titmouse 1
Carolina Wren 1
Eastern Bluebird 1
European Starling 4
Northern Cardinal 1
Baltimore Oriole 2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46381475

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

June 6 Birdline

philwhitney17
 

Birdline summary for week ending June 6:

10 reports; 100 species reported

 

Best of the week:

AMERICAN BITTERN: Fox Hill 5/30

LEAST BITTERN: Black Creek Marsh 6/2 (2)

SNOWY EGRET: Cohoes Flats 6/1

WORM-EATING WARBLER: Old Chatham 5/31

MOURNING WARBLER: Fox Hill 5/30 (2)

CANADA WARBLER: Cherry Plain 6/3

GRASSHOPPER SPARROW: Saratoga County AP 5/30 (2)

 

Other notables:

Brant: Selkirk 6/2 (35)

Osprey: Lock 2 5/29; Troy 6/4

Bald Eagle: Selkirk 6/2

Red-shouldered Hawk: Cherry Plain 6/3

Virginia Rail: Old Chatham 5/31; Black Creek Marsh 6/2 (2)

Semipalmated Plover: Lock 2 5/29 (35)

Yellow-billed Cuckoo: Saratoga NHP 5/31

Barred Owl: Saratoga NHP 6/3 (3)

Horned Lark: Saratoga County AP 5/30 (2)

Winter Wren: Cherry Plain 6/3

Brown Thrasher: Old Chatham 5/31

Scarlet Tanager: Fox Hill 5/30 (5)

Indigo Bunting: Delmar 6/2; Selkirk 6/2 (3); Cherry Plain 6/3 (2); Saratoga NHP 6/5

Purple Finch: Cherry Plain 6/3 (3)

 

Thanks to Ron Harrower (Lock 2, Fox Hill, Saratoga County AP), John Kent (Black Creek, Delmar, Selkirk), Nancy Kern (Hudson, Old Chatham, Troy), Naomi Lloyd (Cherry Plain), Marne Onderdonk (Saratoga NHP) and Zach Schwartz-Weinstein (Cohoes Flats)

HMBC Field Trip to Fox Hill Road on Sunday, 6/10

jhershey2
 

Contact me to make reservations for this field trip on Sunday.  We will carpool and need to limit the number of cars and participants for safety reasons. 

Coordinator: John Hershey 518-371-3114 hersheyj@...


On this trip we will travel through the remote forested and wetland areas along Desolation Lake Rd. and Fox Hill Rd. in Saratoga County. We will bird from the roadside, and explore areas recently acquired by New York State for conservation and recreation. Higher elevation breeders will be the main target. As many as 15 or more breeding warbler species are possible including Nashville, Canada, and Mourning Warbler. Other breeding species that have been seen in the past include American Bittern, Northern Goshawk, Broad-winged Hawk, and Swainson’s Thrush.


Meet at Saratoga County Airport parking lot at 7:30 am. 


John Hershey, trip coordinator










Re: Nighthawks?

Lindsey Duval
 

I have never tried B. Spa specifically, but I bet it is worth a try since I have in recent years had Common Nighthawks on and off on the northern end of Saratoga Springs (Wilton Walmart, trailhead of Spring Run Trail). One of those was a flock of decent number just foraging while migrating through. 


On Wed, Jun 6, 2018, 7:44 PM 'Mona Bearor' conservebirds@... [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply@...> wrote:
 

Has anyone ever looked for Common Nighthawks in Ballston Spa?  There seem to be a lot of old, flat top buildings…just wondering if they might still nest there.  None in Glens Falls since they rebuilt the Crandall Library.

Mona Bearor

S. Glens FAlls

Nighthawks?

ConserveBirds
 

Has anyone ever looked for Common Nighthawks in Ballston Spa?  There seem to be a lot of old, flat top buildings…just wondering if they might still nest there.  None in Glens Falls since they rebuilt the Crandall Library.

Mona Bearor

S. Glens FAlls

Re: Chatham birding

birderlarry
 

Here’s the link to eBird submissions for the Powell Sanctuary: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L357262
 
For grassland birds, consider nearby Ooms Conservation Area at Sutherland Pond – Bobolinks, meadowlarks, Savannah Sparrow, as well as wetland species since there is a large pond on the site.
 
Here’s the link to the local bird club – the Alan Devoe Bird Club – an active club with great members and resources: http://www.alandevoebirdclub.org/ResourcesWhere.htm
 
Happy Birding!
Larry Federman
 

From: tara.knable@... [hmbirds]
Sent: Wednesday, June 06, 2018 12:55 PM
To: hmbirds@...
Subject: [HMBirds] Chatham birding
 
 

I am heading to Chatham NY tomorrow. I am planning on birding the Wilson M Powell Sanctuary. Wondering what birds I can expect to see or if there's a better hot spot in the area to check out? Thanks
PS I'm a long time follower of this group but a first-time poster!

Tomorrow's destination, 6/7

Naomi Lloyd
 



Hi all -

Bill has a conflicting schedule tomorrow so he won't be heading out. We discussed destinations and decided Fox Hill Road/Lake Desolation is a spot we haven't visited in a long time. Ron Harrower had some excellent sightings up there last week and he gave me directions to a new-to-me trail just past the Mulleyville snowmobile trail.

Let's meet at Saratoga Airport (to pick up sparrows) at 8:00 am and head out from there.

Naomi Lloyd
West Sand Lake


Tomorrow's destination, 6/7

Naomi Lloyd
 



Hi all -

Bill has a conflicting schedule tomorrow so he won't be heading out. We discussed destinations and decided Fox Hill Road/Lake Desolation is a spot we haven't visited in a long time. Ron Harrower had some excellent sightings up there last week and he gave me directions to a new-to-me trail just past the Mulleyville snowmobile trail.

Let's meet at Saratoga Airport (to pick up sparrows) at 8:00 am and head out from there.

Naomi Lloyd
West Sand Lake


Chatham birding

tara.knable@...
 

I am heading to Chatham NY tomorrow. I am planning on birding the Wilson M Powell Sanctuary. Wondering what birds I can expect to see or if there's a better hot spot in the area to check out? Thanks
PS I'm a long time follower of this group but a first-time poster!

Re: RFI: Chuck-wills-Widow??

Larry & Penny Alden
 

One of the groups doing the Century Run on May 19 was successful in finding it. 


On Jun 5, 2018, at 11:08 PM, Richard Guthrie richardpguthrie@... [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply@...> wrote:

 


Has anyone tried for the Chuch-wills-Widows at West Mountain lately? Positive/Negative reports?

An out of area visitor is asking.

Thanks,

Rich
--
Richard Guthrie