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Re: follow up info - Mohawk-Hudson Land Conservancy preserves and birding request

Ellen
 

I used to lead HMBC trips to Ashford Glen Preserve when we lived in Colonie.  And I’ve also led HMBC trips to Mosher Marsh in the past, until I got scared off by the ticks!

 

I would consider leading a trip (or joint trip) to Strawberry Fields Nature Preserve in the future… preferably before the grass grows tall (or after it’s been mowed).  These are all great places to bird.

 

Ellen

 

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Subject: [hmbirds] follow up info - Mohawk-Hudson Land Conservancy preserves and birding request

 

We appreciate our September speaker, Sarah Walsh of the Mohawk-Hudson Land Conservancy (MHLC) providing information on their 18 preserves in Albany, Schenectady, and Montgomery Counties, and her request for HMBC members to bird these locations and provide MHLC with our observations. She has set up ebird hotspots at all of them, for those who use ebird (which I recommend!). . 

 

We are also looking at some joint trips to these properties with MHLC for next year. Sarah provides the following information:

 

To get the MHLC newsletter, please visit: https://mohawkhudson.org/news/newsletter/

 

 

To read more about MHLC preserves, click here.

 

Our website has some great resources to help you make an impact in your own backyard for birds and wildlife, which you can find here.

 

I also wanted to include the eBird link to Albany, which is here. To learn more about MHLC preserves and the data cataloged there, you can click the map in the upper right hand corner of that link and then scan around and select different eBird hotspots to read more.

 

Here is also a link to our Bozen Kill Preserve, so you can see the extensive data each hotspot provides, in case you haven’t checked out the eBird statistics or website before.

 

I would also be remiss if I didn’t share our website to read more about some of our specific fundraising campaigns underway as well as information on our upcoming fall fundraiser and donate button listed at the top of the page. Links to our facebook, twitter and Instagram can be found at the bottom of the homepage😊

 


follow up info - Mohawk-Hudson Land Conservancy preserves and birding request

scottjstoner
 

We appreciate our September speaker, Sarah Walsh of the Mohawk-Hudson Land Conservancy (MHLC) providing information on their 18 preserves in Albany, Schenectady, and Montgomery Counties, and her request for HMBC members to bird these locations and provide MHLC with our observations. She has set up ebird hotspots at all of them, for those who use ebird (which I recommend!). . 

We are also looking at some joint trips to these properties with MHLC for next year. Sarah provides the following information:

To get the MHLC newsletter, please visit: https://mohawkhudson.org/news/newsletter/


To read more about MHLC preserves, click here.
 
Our website has some great resources to help you make an impact in your own backyard for birds and wildlife, which you can find here.
 
I also wanted to include the eBird link to Albany, which is here. To learn more about MHLC preserves and the data cataloged there, you can click the map in the upper right hand corner of that link and then scan around and select different eBird hotspots to read more.
 
Here is also a link to our Bozen Kill Preserve, so you can see the extensive data each hotspot provides, in case you haven’t checked out the eBird statistics or website before.
 
I would also be remiss if I didn’t share our website to read more about some of our specific fundraising campaigns underway as well as information on our upcoming fall fundraiser and donate button listed at the top of the page. Links to our facebook, twitter and Instagram can be found at the bottom of the homepage😊
 


HMBC Field Trips reminder- Sat. 9/14 & Sun. 9/15

trwdsd
 

Saturday, September 14, HAWK WATCHING AND SONGBIRDS AT THACHER STATE PARK (Albany County; morning)

Coordinator: Gary Goodness 518-862-9260 goodness@...

We will be looking for migrating Broad-winged Hawks that use the warming air thermals along the face of the escarpment to continue their migration south. Other raptors may be seen using the thermals for similar reasons. Osprey, Bald Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks, Sharp-shinned and Coopers Hawks are among those that can be seen soaring over the Helderbergs. Ruby-throated Hummingbirds also migrate over the escarpment very low and fast, and sparrows and warblers can also be found along the trails around the overlook.

Meet at 9:30 a.m. in front of the Key Bank at the southwest corner of Routes 20 and 155 in Guilderland.


Sunday, September 15, FALL MIGRANTS AT ALBANY PINE BUSH PRESERVE (Albany County; morning)

Coordinators: Tom and Colleen Williams 518-857-2176 trwdsd@...

We will explore the Karner Barrens East unit of Albany Pine Bush Preserve, via the "yellow" perimeter trail, and "blue" dune overlook trail. We will be looking for warblers, vireos, and flycatchers. The dune overlook trail has a moderate climb and descent. This is approximately a three-mile loop. Take proper precautions to avoid ticks.

Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center parking lot, located at 195 New Karner Rd. (Rt. 155) in Albany.

 


Re: This week's destination: 9/12 - note change of time

Naomi Lloyd
 

It's drizzling up here. Don't think it will be productive but I'll hang out for a while.


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<naomi_kestrel@...> wrote:
This week: choose your own adventure!

Wind is supposed to be light but steady from the north so maybe hawk migration is starting to start? Let's have a preview of Saturday's club trip and meet at Thacher Park Overlook at 10:00am to raise our eyes to the skies. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast for a change!

OR you can meet me at Hennessey Rd at 8:00 to check Black Creek Marsh just to see what (if anything) is going on at the bottom of the Escarpment, then up to the Overlook.

Naomi Lloyd






Re: Bird books anyone?

ConserveBirds
 

Only “Living on the Wind” is still available.  Others spoken for.

 

Mona Bearor

South Glens Falls

 

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Subject: [hmbirds] Bird books anyone?

 

I’m reducing the size of my library and have a couple books that need new homes.  Please email privately if interested.  The books are FREE and I will mail them to you.

 

“The Complete Birder” by Jack Connor  Although an older book it has lots of great information for those like me who are still learning!  Somehow I managed to accumulate two copies.

 

“Seabirds – an identification guide” by Peter Harrison 1983  This is from an online site: “Expedition Leader Peter Harrison Peter Harrison has led expeditions throughout the world, from the Arctic to the Antarctic and everywhere in between. Peter has written and illustrated over a dozen books, of which Seabirds: An Identification Guide, is considered the bible of seabird identification.”

 

“GULLS – a guide to identification” by P.J. Grant – this is a second edition 1986  You can look inside at this Amazon link:

https://www.amazon.com/Gulls-Second-Guide-Identification-Poyser/dp/0856610445

 

“Living on the Wind” by Scott Weidensaul

 

I will be away from home from 9/15 through 9/21, so if I don’t reply during that time, bear with me.

 

Mona Bearor

South Glens Falls


Bird books anyone?

ConserveBirds
 

I’m reducing the size of my library and have a couple books that need new homes.  Please email privately if interested.  The books are FREE and I will mail them to you.

 

“The Complete Birder” by Jack Connor  Although an older book it has lots of great information for those like me who are still learning!  Somehow I managed to accumulate two copies.

 

“Seabirds – an identification guide” by Peter Harrison 1983  This is from an online site: “Expedition Leader Peter Harrison Peter Harrison has led expeditions throughout the world, from the Arctic to the Antarctic and everywhere in between. Peter has written and illustrated over a dozen books, of which Seabirds: An Identification Guide, is considered the bible of seabird identification.”

 

“GULLS – a guide to identification” by P.J. Grant – this is a second edition 1986  You can look inside at this Amazon link:

https://www.amazon.com/Gulls-Second-Guide-Identification-Poyser/dp/0856610445

 

“Living on the Wind” by Scott Weidensaul

 

I will be away from home from 9/15 through 9/21, so if I don’t reply during that time, bear with me.

 

Mona Bearor

South Glens Falls


Hawk watch at Thacher Park

roundywaves35@...
 

Does anyone know the dates for the Hawk Watch at Thacher park, is it this week or next?  They are there all week, right?  What times?

Thanks for any help.
Jeanette Roundy


This week's destination: 9/12 - note change of time

Naomi Lloyd
 

This week: choose your own adventure!

Wind is supposed to be light but steady from the north so maybe hawk migration is starting to start? Let's have a preview of Saturday's club trip and meet at Thacher Park Overlook at 10:00am to raise our eyes to the skies. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast for a change!

OR you can meet me at Hennessey Rd at 8:00 to check Black Creek Marsh just to see what (if anything) is going on at the bottom of the Escarpment, then up to the Overlook.

Naomi Lloyd





reminder - HMBC program 7 pm tonight Boght Community Firehouse

scottjstoner
 

see hmbc.net for details 



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Bluebirds

Alan
 

Four Bluebirds just visited the bird bath, so they'll be clean for bed tonight.

Clear skies, Alan
Glenville


any update on columbia county dickcissel?

gregg_recer
 

will yandik reported a dickcissel from southern columbia county on ebird yesterday. Anyone have any updates on the bird's status today?
thnx

--
gregg recer
malta NY


Carter's Lake, Greenwich migrants

Scott Varney
 

Birded in the misty rain at Carter's Lake and was treated to a group of 3 Yellow-throated Vireos, 2 Black-throated Green Warblers, 2 Eastern Wood Pewees, 1 Yellow Warbler and a M/F pair of Common Yellowthroats.  Also found 3 Ospreys sitting on 3 different nests and 1 adult Bald Eagle keeping vigil on a tree.  The lake and marsh areas were very quiet aside from a group of 4 Wood Ducks. 

Happy Fall Migration,

Scott Varney
Salem, NY


HMBC program Monday Sept 9 - NOTE NEW LOCATION - Boght Community Firehouse

scottjstoner
 

Our fall program series begins Monday Sept. 9 at our new location - Boght Community Firehouse. To reduce carbon emission, carpooling is encouraged!


Program: Mohawk-Hudson Land Conservancy

  • When
    9 Sep 2019
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Location
    Boght Community Firehouse, 8 Preston Drive, Cohoes (Colonie)
Speaker: Sarah Walsh
Come learn about Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy (MHLC), who we are, what we do and more about our public and private lands. In 2018, MHLC expanded our volunteer programming to include citizen science initiatives such as wildlife cameras and eBird surveys of our lands. Learn about these initiative and how HMBC members can help us do more for birds in the Capital Region. 
Bio:  Sarah is Conservation Director for MHLC, responsible for oversight of land stewardship and assisting with property acquisitions. Sarah brings nearly ten years’ experience in habitat restoration initiatives for bird habitat, riparian and wetland areas as well as experience in protection of conservation lands, non-profit program development, and trail planning. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Science from SUNY ESF and her Master’s degree in Science Education from the University of Albany in 2012. Sarah is an avid outdoor enthusiast who enjoys back-country skiing, mountain biking, hiking, paddling, sailing, and bird watching.



For a map of the location, please see the HMBC website at hmbc.net 


Lincoln's Sparrow, WSL

Naomi Lloyd
 

I just had a Lincoln's Sparrow hop out of cover in my RenssCo yard. This is just slightly early - I've had them pass through on 9/7 and 9/10 in previous years. Start double-checking those LBJs!

Naomi Lloyd
West Sand Lake


HMBC Field Trips reminder- Sat. 9/7 & Sun. 9/8

trwdsd
 

Saturday, September 7, ALBANY RURAL CEMETERY (Albany County; morning)

Coordinator: Tristan Lowery 646-323-8914 tristanlowery@...

Albany Rural Cemetery in the Town of Colonie is one of the most historic burial grounds in the United States – and it’s also a great place for birding in a beautifully-landscaped, park-like setting.

We’ll visit Albany Rural Cemetery at the very onset of the peak weeks for fall songbird migration, so a variety of southbound warblers, vireos, kinglets, and flycatchers may be possible, in addition to many year-round species. Depending on where the birding takes us along the cemetery’s meandering trails, we may also find ourselves by the graves of such national and local luminaries as 21st President of the United States Chester A. Arthur, Erastus Corning and Erastus Corning 2nd, Daniel Manning, Erastus Dow Palmer, Stephen Van Rensselaer, and Thurlow Weed.

Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the cemetery chapel and mausoleum. From Broadway (NY-32) HEADING north through Menands, turn left onto Cemetery Avenue at the prominent Albany Rural Cemetery gate. Continue west on Cemetery Avenue, keeping right at the St. Agnes Cemetery gate and continue past the Albany Rural Cemetery office to the chapel. There is adequate visitor parking at the chapel. 

Sunday, September 8, HAND HOLLOW CONSERVATION AREA (Columbia County; morning)

Coordinator: Marion Sole 203-710-9096 mrnsole7@...

Columbia Land Conservancy owns and manages 433 acres at Hand Hollow Conservation Area for the protection of wildlife and open space. The property has an active beaver pond and two lakes, and trails that pass by ponds, creeks, wet meadows and a hemlock ravine. We will be looking for migrant songbirds as well as lingering residents.

Meet 8:00 am at the parking lot. From the intersection of Route 22 and 20 in New Lebanon, take US 20 4.5 miles to CR 9. Take CR 9 south 1.2 miles and turn west (right) into a parking lot at the farmhouse just past the pond.



 


Albany Pine Bush this morning

scottjstoner
 

Tim Colborn and I had several red-tails, a Cooper's Hawk, and our first migrant warbler of the fall, a Black-throated Green this morning along with remaining summer residents in the Karner Barrens East section of the Albany Pine Bush preserve. -Scott Stoner, Loudonville



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This week's destination: 9/5

Naomi Lloyd
 

Reports are starting to straggle in of fall migrants around, so let's try the Picnic Table Graveyard and other Saratoga Spa Park locations.

Meet at 8:00 at the Carlsbad parking lot - take East West Rd and it's the parking lot nearly across from the Peerless Pool.

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/43.0443546,-73.8090818/43.0443523,-73.8090756/@43.044477,-73.8090633,167m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!4m1!3e0?hl=en&authuser=0

Naomi





The Crossings in Colonie - Killdeer and Cormorants

scottjstoner
 

this morning we had about 30 Killdeer spread out in the farm field along the east side of The Crossings, 5 Double-crested Cormorants at the large pond, and a mixed flock of about 600 cowbirds and starlings. Scott and Denise, Loudonville



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West Charlton warblers, etc.

Ellen
 

Although my yard has been relatively quiet lately, there are noisy families of Tufted Titmice around, and by following them, I’ve found a couple of warblers and other birds.

 

Sunday morning the highlights were a gorgeous male American Redstart and a Cape May Warbler, plus one confusing fall warbler that I didn’t see long enough for an ID.  In the evening, I spotted two Black-Throated Green Warblers, a Black and White and a Magnolia Warbler.  I also saw an immature male Rose-Breasted Grosbeak, the first grosbeak I’ve seen in weeks; they visit my feeders in large numbers in the spring, then seem to disappear.  This one was in the tree next to the feeders, but didn’t even stop by for a snack.

 

In addition to the family of Tufted Titmice, I’m still seeing Chipping Sparrows and cardinals with young.  One of the immature cardinals looks like someone splashed red-orange paint on him.  Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds are still here.

 

Ellen P.

West Charlton

 

 


St Mary's Cemetery delight

Ronald Harrower
 

 

It was good to get out this evening and have the triple treat of Common Nighthawk, Red-shouldered Hawk and Olive-sided Flycatcher. With my Dad's health going down and finally his passing, I haven't had as much time to get out. Despite the fun challenges of identifying and listing birds in the field, there is a spiritual element that lifts the spirits and helps one feel a deeper connection to Nature and the force behind that. I love seeing Common Nighthawks butterflying around. Thank you...

t Mary's Cemetery, Saratoga, New York, US
Sep 1, 2019 6:22 PM - 7:07 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments:     I was talking to a friend and walking around the roads in St Mary's Cemetery, next to my home in Ballston Spa. I was mostly looking for Common Nighthawks, and was grateful to find three butterflying around, only one flew close enough to get good(wish) photos. Checked a hawk flying over and saw it was a Red-shouldered Hawk. A pair has been in the area all Summer. The coolest bird of the night I almost missed. I saw a flycatcher on a snag in the woods at he back of the cemetery, I was hearing an Eastern Wood Pewee, but decided to check this one out. Photos confirmed an Olive-sided Flycatcher. A good evening.
18 species

Mourning Dove  2
Common Nighthawk  3
Ring-billed Gull  15     I don't see gulls of any kind very often around my house, so was surprised to see a flock heading Northeast (probably to Saratoga lake which is 4-5 miles in that direction
Red-shouldered Hawk  1     Have been around all Summer. More often hear them calling. See them more often on Him Smith Trail near trailhead  at Oak Street
Olive-sided Flycatcher  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
European Starling  4
Eastern Bluebird  5     Have been around the cemetery al Summer. Have seen young grow up
American Robin  1
American Goldfinch  1
Chipping Sparrow  15     Flock has been coming together more in past couple of weeks They have been around cemetery and our neighborhood on general since early Spring
Common Grackle  4     Been in neighborhood more lately. Had 20 in my yard this morning
Northern Cardinal  2

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St Mary's Cemetery, Saratoga, New York, US
Sep 1, 2019 6:22 PM - 7:07 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments:     I was talking to a friend and walking around the roads in St Mary's Cemetery, next to my home in Ballston Spa. I was mostly looking for Common Nighthawks, and was grateful to find three butterflying around, only one flew close enough to get good(wish) photos. Checked a hawk flying over and saw it was a Red-shouldered Hawk. A pair has been in the area all Summer. The coolest bird of the night I almost missed. I saw a flycatcher on a snag in the woods at he back of the cemetery, I was hearing an Eastern Wood Pewee, but decided to check this one out. Photos confirmed an Olive-sided Flycatcher. A good evening.
18 species

Mourning Dove  2
Common Nighthawk  3
Ring-billed Gull  15     I don't see gulls of any kind very often around my house, so was surprised to see a flock heading Northeast (probably to Saratoga lake which is 4-5 miles in that direction
Red-shouldered Hawk  1     Have been around all Summer. More often hear them calling. See them more often on Him Smith Trail near trailhead  at Oak Street
Olive-sided Flycatcher  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
European Starling  4
Eastern Bluebird  5     Have been around the cemetery al Summer. Have seen young grow up
American Robin  1
American Goldfinch  1
Chipping Sparrow  15     Flock has been coming together more in past couple of weeks They have been around cemetery and our neighborhood on general since early Spring
Common Grackle  4     Been in neighborhood more lately. Had 20 in my yard this morning
Northern Cardinal  2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59446147

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



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