Date   

WESTERN KINGBIRD

Frank Mitchell
 

today @6:10PM walking west from Hennessey Rd. I found the WEKI flycatching from the tops of dead trees
across the track from the prominent, large, lone white pine about 1/3 mi from the road.
Good birding,
Frank Mitchell


HMBC field trip reminder: Saratoga Spa State Park - Sunday, 9/22

Tristan Lowery
 

Sunday, September 22, SARATOGA SPA STATE PARK (Saratoga County; morning)

Coordinator: Ron Harrower 518-744-2637 rharrower@...

Picnic table graveyard? Hardly! Explore this very productive area at the south end of Saratoga Spa Park. From weedy brush lot to capped landfill, and through woods, this spot has earned attention as a haven for migrants in its many edge habitats. Expect warblers, sparrows, flycatchers and vireos. The path is level and mostly gravel.

Meet at 8:00am at the Carlsbad parking area. From Rt. 50 or Rt. 9, take East-West Road through the south end of the Park. Carlsbad parking lot is just west of the Peerless Pool lot. Admission is charged after 8:30 so please be prompt.



Five Rivers Fall Festival TODAY 12-4pm

Cassandra Davis
 

Hi All,

Today is the 38th Annual Five Rivers Fall Festival. I will tabling the event from 12-4 pm with bird coloring sheets and information about the club. I apologize for the short notice!

"Join us for a family-oriented environmental celebration featuring hands-on educational activities, interactive exhibits, interpretive walks and more. Enjoy opportunities to meet live hawks, owls, snakes and turtles up close and personal. Meet Smokey Bear, cast for “backyard bass,” and enjoy staffed exhibits from a wide range of local conservation partners...all free of charge! There will also be live music from local band Hot Vox Trio, as well as sales of refreshments."

https://www.dec.ny.gov/calendar/ViewItem.html?integral=0&cal_item_id=6240&dtwhen=2458748 

Thanks!
Cassie Davis
Outreach Coordinator 


Saratoga Battlefield Field Trip tomorrow!

Marne Onderdonk
 

A quick reminder of tomorrow’s field trip at the Saratoga Battlefield in Stillwater, NY!

Please arrive as close to 9 am as you can; we will meet in the parking lot below the Visitors Center. No fees are charged by the park.

Please note the warmer weather forecast and be sure to dress accordingly. It does get warm out in the fields. You are also responsible for bringing sufficient water and snacks for yourself!

I expect the excursion to go until 1 pm or so and we will cover part of the Wilkinson Trail. Feel free to stay for as long as you like.

Thank you! Happy birding,

Marne


NY Times Editorial on Bird Losses

jhershey2
 

It isn't exactly good news, but this editorial today in the NY Times by John Fitzpatrick (director of the Cornell Lab) and Peter Marra may be of interest to some on this forum.  https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/19/opinion/crisis-birds-north-america.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage 

John H.


This week's destination: 9/19

Naomi Lloyd
 

Fall migration is moving along well and the Albany Pine Bush has been a hot spot lately, with many warbler species, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, and Philly Vireo seen this week. No guarantees, but let's meet at 8:00 at the Visitor Center Parking lot off New Karner Rd and see if the streak continues. From there it's a hop up the road to Thacher Park, if you're interested in the Hawkwatch. They've had up to almost 600 Broadwings on some days (not on the days I've been there, sadly).

Naomi Lloyd





HMBC Field Trip summary- Albany Pine Bush Preserve 9/15

trwdsd
 

The HMBC fall migrant field trip at The Albany Pine Bush Preserve this morning got off to a busy start. We had only just reached the trailhead when the group encountered a nice mixed flock of warblers. Cape May, Tenneessee, Northern Parula, Magnolia and Bay-breasted Warblers were among the birds foraging in birch and cherry trees. Thereafter, we alternated lulls and quick bursts of birds. A nice surprise for many, and a life bird for at least one participant, was a Yellow-billed Cuckoo hopping slowly through the upper branches of an oak tree.

 

The original plan of doing the full 3-mile loop trail around Karner Barrens East was abandoned about two hours into the trip, due to the time it took to sort through all the birds we were seeing- a nice problem to have! The group agreed to turn around when we reached the open area by the stump pond in the vicinity of the landfill. No sooner had we started to retrace our path than a second Yellow-billed Cuckoo was observed in the open, in excellent lighting, capturing and consuming caterpillars.

 

On the return journey we had occasional flurries of birds but things had quieted down for the most part. Pitch pine/scrub oak denizens such as Eastern Towhee and Red-breasted Nuthatch were quite vocal and visible. All the expected woodpecker species were present. Migrating vireos included Blue-headed and Red-eyed. The final warbler list consisted of:

 

Ovenbird

Black-and-white

Tennessee

Nashville

Common Yellowthroat

Cape May

N. Parula

Magnolia

Bay-breasted

Chestnut-sided

Blackpoll

Pine

Black-throated Green

 

Thanks to everyone that turned up this morning! We had good luck running into so many foraging flocks, and I heard several “warbler-neck” comments by the end of the trip. I hope to see you all on future HMBC trips!

 

 

Tom Williams

Colonie


Woodlawn Preserve

James Taft
 

I was up in the Woodlawn Preserve earlier, 10 species of Warblers including Wilson's Black-throated Blue, and Green, Magnolia lots, Bay-breasted etc nice looks at the Fringed Gentian too. Could have used  the help of Tom Williams, Colleen Williams or Naomi with plane Looking Warblers. Jamie Taft Schenectady


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

 

From: hmbirds@groups.io <hmbirds@groups.io> On Behalf Of scottjstoner via Groups.Io
Sent: Thursday, September 12, 2019 7:45 PM
To: hmbirds@groups.io
Cc: hmbirds@groups.io
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.


On Tue, Sep 10, 2019 at 1:06 PM, naomi lloyd
<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

 

From: hmbirds@groups.io [mailto:hmbirds@groups.io] On Behalf Of ConserveBirds via Groups.Io
Sent: Wednesday, September 11, 2019 10:38 AM
To: 'HMBirds' <hmbirds@groups.io>
Cc: hmbirds@groups.io
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

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