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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

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HMBC Huyck Preserve field trip

John Kent
 

A group of eight birders visited the Huyck Preserve in Rensselaerville
this morning for HMBC's annual field trip. The water level in Myosotis
Lake was surprisingly low, which means that there was a lot of excellent
shorebird habitat at the north end of the lake. Killdeer were the most
numerous, as usual, but we also had Lesser Yellowlegs, Solitary
Sandpipers, Spotted Sandpipers, and two Wilson's Snipes, which were
foraging in the shallow water with the other shorebirds. The other
highlights were a Great Egret, which was a new species for Huyck in
eBird, and a Green Heron, which is uncommon there. The list of raptors
was short this year -- Bald Eagle, Broad-winged Hawk, and a possible
Red-tailed Hawk. We saw little in the way of migrating songbirds, and
even the local breeding warblers were mostly absent, with just a single
Common Yellowthroat seen by some. We found one Bank Swallow mixed in
with the Tree and Barn Swallows that were foraging over the lake. Thanks
to all who attended.

John Kent
Selkirk


last night's nighthawk watch

scottjstoner
 

the HMBC's nighthawk watch in the parking lot of the Discovery Center at the Albany Pine Bush recorded 10 individuals between 6 PM and 8 PM. 

for the second night in a row, also had a flyby American Woodcock a few  minutes after 8 ! 

reminder- no count tonight due to weather.

HMBC's last night of counting is tomorrow, Thursday, starting at 6 PM. 

Scott and Denise



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Salem Nighthawks

Scott Varney
 

...my subject line sounds like a good name for a sport's team...

As the subject indicates, the Nighthawks have started moving through...counted 8 last night swooping, diving, and performing awesome aerial maneuvers over 2 conjoined yards over brick houses next to NAPA Auto Parts on West Broadway.  Best part of the show was that all of them were within 25 feet of the ground and in great light. 

I'm going to drive to the top of the hill at the Salem Art Works with my bins and lawn chair tonight if anyone else wants to join me in counting.  Feel free to contact me here for directions if interested. 

Scott Varney
Salem NY


This week's destination: 8/29

Naomi Lloyd
 

Cohoes Flats looks like it'll be underwater Thursday morning, so let's try the Albany Pine Bush and maybe some migrants will be brought down by the rain.

Meet at the APB visitor center on New Karner Rd at 8:00. See you there!

Naomi





HMBC nighthawk count CANCELED for Wednesday, 8/28

trwdsd
 

Based on the continuing forecast for showers/thunderstorms Wednesday afternoon and evening, we are dropping that day from the count this year. Interested parties can come over to the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center on Thursday evening, when the weather conditions should be ideal. Sorry for any inconvenience due to the late notice, but we wanted to give the forecast every chance to change (it didn't). Hopefully we'll have a big group of birds and observers on the final day!


Tom and Colleen Williams
Colonie


HMBC nighthawk count continues...early results below

scottjstoner
 

The HMBC nighthawk watch began Sunday at the Albany Pine Bush. We had one(1) on Sunday and 34 last night (Monday). 

Counting continues every evening through this Thursday Aug 29. We set up in the parking lot of the Discovery Center, and count from 6 pm to 8 pm.  bring a chair and water! -Scott, Denise, Tom, and Colleen



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