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HMBC Field Trip reminder- Five Rivers EEC, Sat., April 20

trwdsd
 

Saturday, April 20, EARLY MIGRANTS II, FIVE RIVERS EEC (Albany County; morning)

Coordinators: Scott Stoner and Denise Hackert-Stoner 518-785-6760 scottjstoner@... 

Join us for a walk through the varied habitats of Five Rivers as we explore fields, ponds, woodlands, and marshes.  More than forty bird species can be observed on a favorable day in mid-April. Be prepared for wet trails, waterproof footwear recommended.

Meet at 7:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Five Rivers EEC in Delmar.


April 17 Birdline

philwhitney17
 

Birdline summary for week ending April 17:

28 reports; 70 species reported

 

Best of the week:

RED-BREASTED MERGANSER: Snyders Lale 4/12; New Baltimore 4/13

COMMON EGRET (aka GREAT EGRET): Brunswick 4/12 (2)

VIRGINIA RAIL: Great Flats 4/13; Five Rivers 4/13

BONAPARTES GULL: 5 reports

CASPIAN TERN: Coeymans Landing 4/13 (2); New Baltimore 4/13                       

COMMON REDPOLL: West Charlton 4/11 (2)

 

Other Notables:

Northern Shoveler: Pittstown 4/12; Vischer Ferry 4/17

Pied-billed Grebe: Collins Lake 4/13; Vischer Ferry 4/17

Green Heron: Guilderland 4/15

Wilsons Snipe: Black Creek 4/15

American Kestrel: Watervliet Reservoir 4/16; Guilderland 4/17 (2)

Common Raven: Albany 4/16 (2)

Purple Martin: Lions Park 4/16, 4/17

Winter Wren: Five Rivers 4/13

Golden-crowned Kinglet: Vischer Ferry 4/17; Guilderland 4/17 (5)

Ruby-crowned Kinglet: Five Rivers 4/13; Guilderland 4/15

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher: Vischer Ferry 4/17

Hermit Thrush: Saratoga NHP 4/13

Brown Thrasher: Meadowdale 4/15

Louisiana Waterthrush: Five Rivers 4/12 (4), 4/13 (2)

Palm Warbler: Saratoga NHP 4/13; Five Rivers 4/13 (2); Vischer Ferry 4/17

Pine Warbler: Five Rivers 4/13 (2); Guilderland 4/14; Vischer Ferry 4/17

Yellow-rumped Warbler: Vischer Ferry 4/17; Lions Park 4/17 (2)

Fox Sparrow: Providence 4/11 (3), 4/14 (3); Guilderland 4/15 (2)

Eastern Meadowlark: Esperance 4/12; Five Rivers 4/13

Purple Finch: 5 reports

Pine Siskin: East Greenbush 4/13 (5); Providence 4/14

 

Thanks to : Larry Alden (Meadowdale, Black Creek), Nancy Castillo (Providence), Craig Driggs (Lions Park), Alan French (Glenville), Rich Guthrie (Coeymans Landing, New Baltimore), John Hershey (Vischer Ferry), Gabrielle Isenbrand (Esperance), Michelle Joyce (Coeymans), John Kent (Brunswick, Albany), Naomi King (Snyders Lake, Averill Park, ), Dan Leonard (Brunswick), Jim de Waal Malefyt (Brunswick, Pittstown), Marne Onderdonk (Saratoga NHP), Ellen Pemrick (West Charlton), Rita Reed (Lock 3), Alan Schroeder (Guilderland, Watervliet Reservoir, Ann Lee Pond), Jamie Taft (Collins Lake, Great Flats) and Tom Williams (Five Rivers, Lions Park)


Purple Martin, Lions Park Niskayuna- 4/17

trwdsd
 

This morning I observed what I presume is the same male Purple Martin found by Craig D. yesterday at Lions Park in Niskayuna. The bird was flying around the marsh pond that is split by Rosendale Rd. about 1/4 mi. west of the parking lot at Lions Park. It could be viewed at a distance from the bike path, with the patience and vertigo that accompanies tracking a swallow in flight. There was also a Barn Swallow and several Tree Swallows flying with the martin, the size difference was quite evident. There were also two snazzy Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warblers singing as they foraged in the brushy swamp behind the gazebo near the parking lot.


Tom Williams
Colonie


Re: Egg dates spreadsheet?

Julie Hart
 

You can download the egg dates sheet from BBA 2000 here: https://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/7312.html

We are producing additional, updated materials for the upcoming atlas, but they are still being worked on. 

Best,
Julie

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Julie Hart
New York Breeding Bird Atlas III, Project Coordinator
SUNY ESF | New York Natural Heritage Program
(518) 402-8965
 
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On Apr 17, 2019, at 07:20, ConserveBirds <conservebirds@...> wrote:

I have a copy of an egg date spreadsheet – early and late egg dates, fledgling dates, etc. for region 8 that I believe I received when I was working on Atlas 2000.  Does anyone know if there is a newer version?  I’d love to have a copy of the file if there is one.
Mona Bearor
South Glens Falls


Caspian Tern - Coeymans

Richard Guthrie
 


A lone Caspian Tern went by the Coeymans Boat Launch Park a little while ago. It didn't bother to join the 26 Ring-billed Gulls that were loafing on the navigation marker and breakwater..

There were also distant Bald Eagle, Turkey Vulture and Red-tailed Hawk way across the river in Rensselaer/Columbia Counties and a Fish Crow happily taking grapes tossed out for it.

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Richard Guthrie


Wednesday’s birds

Earthday49@...
 

Ann Lee Pond this morning, 4/17/19, 

Tree Swallow 6
Field Sparrow 2
Chipping Sparrow 4
Mockingbird 2

Also found in Guilderland

Kestrel 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet 5

Alan S.
Guilderland


Boneparte's Gulls

Richard Guthrie
 

A steady stream (trickle) of Boneparte's Gulls passing by New Baltimore this m orning.

Rich Guthrie

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Richard Guthrie


Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - Vischer Ferry

jhershey2
 

I had an FOY Blue-gray Gnatcatcher this morning at Vischer Ferry Preserve on the west towpath.  Also, 3 warblers: Pine (FOY), Palm, and Yellow-rumped.  Duck numbers are definitely down but I found a pair of Northern Shovelers in the back pond and along the towpath west I had American Wigeon, Blue-winged Teal, Gadwall, Pied-billed Grebe, and Wood Duck. 

John Hershey 


Re: Tree Swallows

Alan
 

Whoops! Left out Glenville.

On 4/17/2019 10:50 AM, Alan wrote:
I've been feeling a bit left out, but the Tree Swallows are finally back.

And, happily, the pair of English Sparrows that was here about a month back have been absent.

Now we'll see how long it takes the Tree Swallows and Bluebirds to straighten out the housing arrangements.

Clear skies, Alan



Tree Swallows

Alan
 

I've been feeling a bit left out, but the Tree Swallows are finally back.

And, happily, the pair of English Sparrows that was here about a month back have been absent.

Now we'll see how long it takes the Tree Swallows and Bluebirds to straighten out the housing arrangements.

Clear skies, Alan


Tomorrow's destination, 4/18

Naomi Lloyd
 

It looks like tonight's rain should be over by 6am and just the chance of a sprinkle after. Let's meet at Black Creek Marsh - rails and bitterns have been heard there this week, and migrants are making a strong push. Park where the tracks cross Hennessy Rd. See you there!

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/42.664914,-73.9675584/42.6649247,-73.9676004/@42.6667995,-73.9702645,16z/data=!4m2!4m1!3e0?hl=en&authuser=0

Naomi


Egg dates spreadsheet?

ConserveBirds
 

I have a copy of an egg date spreadsheet – early and late egg dates, fledgling dates, etc. for region 8 that I believe I received when I was working on Atlas 2000.  Does anyone know if there is a newer version?  I’d love to have a copy of the file if there is one.

Mona Bearor

South Glens Falls


Watervliet Reservoir

Earthday49@...
 

The winds today pretty much kept the birds from moving about a lot.  At Watervliet Reservoir birds were scarce.  Only a couple of geese, a pair of Green-winged Teal, a lone Cormorant and a Kestrel.  Didn’t fare much better at the feeders, although I did have three beautiful male Purple Finches.

Alan S.
Guilderland


REVISED HMBC May and June program schedule - see below

scottjstoner
 

Please note that the program on The Third New York  Breeding Bird Atlas,, with Julie Hart, will now be presented on Monday May 6 (not June 3 as originally scheduled)
  • 6 May 2019
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Location
    Five Rivers EEC


Also, the program, originally scheduled for May 6, on Weather and Birding, with meteorologist Jason Gough, will now be presented on Monday June 3 at 
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Location
    Five Rivers EEC

For more information on these programs, please visit the Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club's website at https://hmbc.net/Programs 

- Scott Stoner, Program Chair, HMBC


update on Albany ravens

John Kent
 

A couple of weeks ago I posted about a pair of Common Ravens building a
nest on the underside of a highway ramp in downtown Albany. Shortly
after I posted, they abandoned that half-built nest. However, they
didn't leave the area. Today I saw them on and around the Central
Warehouse, which is the big abandoned eyesore next to I-787. It seems
like it would be an ideal nesting spot for them, and I suspect they
already have a nest underway there. The building is dilapidated, with
lots of potential nooks for a nest.

John Kent
Selkirk


Purple Martin - Lions Park

Craig Driggs
 

There was a Purple Martin at Lions Park by the gazebo today at 12:50.  Also a pair of Bonaparte's Gulls out in the river.

Craig D


Video of Bonaparte 4/16/19

Michelle J
 


Re: Black-headed Gulls 4/16/19

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

Hi Michele,

Unless the bills are reddish or orangish, these are most likely Bonaparte’s Gulls, which have black heads in breeding plumage.  Black-Headed Gull is a rare European vagrant to North America.  A few show up on Long Island and in Brooklyn every winter, but six this far inland would be quite rare.

Best,

ZSW

On Tue, Apr 16, 2019 at 11:44 AM Michelle J via Groups.Io <mushka_81=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
There are currently 5 Black-headed Gulls at the Coeymans Boat Launch as of 11:35 a.m.  life bird :)  Michelle Joyce 

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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
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Black-headed Gulls 4/16/19

Michelle J
 

There are currently 5 Black-headed Gulls at the Coeymans Boat Launch as of 11:35 a.m.  life bird :)  Michelle Joyce 


Great Blue Heron

Ron
 

After last nights heavy rains, I was pleased to see 2 Great Blues wading through water in a flooded field to the east of highway 32 in Bethlehem, not far from where Meads Lane meets 32. 

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