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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

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




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.

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

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 

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

emberiza_tristrami
 

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.


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

Re: WESTERN KINGBIRD

Larry & Penny Alden
 

This comes almost exactly 20 years after I found a WEKI on my property on Overlook Lane, off Meadowdale Road (October 11, 1999), approximately one mile away from this sighting! How remarkable!

Good luck to all searching tomorrow.

Larry Alden
Meadowdale

On Sep 21, 2019, at 8:41 PM, Frank Mitchell via Groups.Io <fjmitchell=ymail.com@groups.io> wrote:

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


Re: WESTERN KINGBIRD

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

Please tell this bird to stick until at least Monday.  

On Sat, Sep 21, 2019 at 10:34 PM Larry & Penny Alden <overlook@...> wrote:
This comes almost exactly 20 years after I found a WEKI on my property on Overlook Lane, off Meadowdale Road (October 11, 1999), approximately one mile away from this sighting!  How remarkable!

Good luck to all searching tomorrow.

Larry Alden
Meadowdale
> On Sep 21, 2019, at 8:41 PM, Frank Mitchell via Groups.Io <fjmitchell=ymail.com@groups.io> wrote:
>
> 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
>
>
>




--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774

Re: WESTERN KINGBIRD

Larry & Penny Alden
 

The one 20 years ago stayed around for nearly a week, as I recall!


On Sep 21, 2019, at 10:35 PM, zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw@...> wrote:

Please tell this bird to stick until at least Monday.  

On Sat, Sep 21, 2019 at 10:34 PM Larry & Penny Alden <overlook@...> wrote:
This comes almost exactly 20 years after I found a WEKI on my property on Overlook Lane, off Meadowdale Road (October 11, 1999), approximately one mile away from this sighting!  How remarkable!

Good luck to all searching tomorrow.

Larry Alden
Meadowdale
> On Sep 21, 2019, at 8:41 PM, Frank Mitchell via Groups.Io <fjmitchell=ymail.com@groups.io> wrote:
>
> 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
>
>
>




--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774

Re: WESTERN KINGBIRD

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

Per Jeremy Collison, the bird is continuing this morning.

On Sat, Sep 21, 2019 at 10:37 PM Larry & Penny Alden <overlook@...> wrote:
The one 20 years ago stayed around for nearly a week, as I recall!


On Sep 21, 2019, at 10:35 PM, zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw@...> wrote:

Please tell this bird to stick until at least Monday.  

On Sat, Sep 21, 2019 at 10:34 PM Larry & Penny Alden <overlook@...> wrote:
This comes almost exactly 20 years after I found a WEKI on my property on Overlook Lane, off Meadowdale Road (October 11, 1999), approximately one mile away from this sighting!  How remarkable!

Good luck to all searching tomorrow.

Larry Alden
Meadowdale
> On Sep 21, 2019, at 8:41 PM, Frank Mitchell via Groups.Io <fjmitchell=ymail.com@groups.io> wrote:
>
> 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
>
>
>




--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774
--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774

Which Redpoll in Clifton Park?

James Elbrecht
 

Was at the Grand-daughter's softball game this morning at the Miss
Shen fields in Clifton Park.

This guy landed right behind us- and Merlin ID's it from the photo as
a Hoary Redpoll. I'd lean towards 'Common', but welcome opinions
if this photo is any help. It was hanging around most of the
morning 'tjweet'-ing

I'm pleased with either-

Thanks,
Jim

Re: Which Redpoll in Clifton Park?

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

This appears to be a juvenile Eastern bluebird.  The bill is thin and dark, both of which aren’t right for any redpoll.  Either redpoll would be rare in September.  I think Merlin is having trouble due to the pixelation of your photograph.

On Sun, Sep 22, 2019 at 2:50 PM James Elbrecht <elbrecht@...> wrote:
Was at the Grand-daughter's softball game this morning at the Miss
Shen fields in Clifton Park.   

This guy landed right behind us- and Merlin ID's it from the photo as
a Hoary Redpoll.       I'd lean towards 'Common', but welcome opinions
if this photo is any help.       It was hanging around most of the
morning 'tjweet'-ing

I'm pleased with either-

Thanks,
Jim



--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774

Re: WESTERN KINGBIRD

Christopher J. McCarthy
 

Any update on WEKI's location? 



Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S7, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone

-------- Original message --------
From: zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw@...>
Date: 9/22/19 9:08 AM (GMT-05:00)
To: Larry & Penny Alden <overlook@...>
Cc: fjmitchell@..., hmbirds@groups.io
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] WESTERN KINGBIRD

Per Jeremy Collison, the bird is continuing this morning.

On Sat, Sep 21, 2019 at 10:37 PM Larry & Penny Alden <overlook@...> wrote:
The one 20 years ago stayed around for nearly a week, as I recall!


On Sep 21, 2019, at 10:35 PM, zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw@...> wrote:

Please tell this bird to stick until at least Monday.  

On Sat, Sep 21, 2019 at 10:34 PM Larry & Penny Alden <overlook@...> wrote:
This comes almost exactly 20 years after I found a WEKI on my property on Overlook Lane, off Meadowdale Road (October 11, 1999), approximately one mile away from this sighting!  How remarkable!

Good luck to all searching tomorrow.

Larry Alden
Meadowdale
> On Sep 21, 2019, at 8:41 PM, Frank Mitchell via Groups.Io <fjmitchell=ymail.com@groups.io> wrote:
>
> 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
>
>
>




--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774
--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774

Re: WESTERN KINGBIRD

Christopher J. McCarthy
 

Any update on WEKI's location? 



Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S7, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone

-------- Original message --------
From: zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw@...>
Date: 9/22/19 9:08 AM (GMT-05:00)
To: Larry & Penny Alden <overlook@...>
Cc: fjmitchell@..., hmbirds@groups.io
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] WESTERN KINGBIRD

Per Jeremy Collison, the bird is continuing this morning.

On Sat, Sep 21, 2019 at 10:37 PM Larry & Penny Alden <overlook@...> wrote:
The one 20 years ago stayed around for nearly a week, as I recall!


On Sep 21, 2019, at 10:35 PM, zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw@...> wrote:

Please tell this bird to stick until at least Monday.  

On Sat, Sep 21, 2019 at 10:34 PM Larry & Penny Alden <overlook@...> wrote:
This comes almost exactly 20 years after I found a WEKI on my property on Overlook Lane, off Meadowdale Road (October 11, 1999), approximately one mile away from this sighting!  How remarkable!

Good luck to all searching tomorrow.

Larry Alden
Meadowdale
> On Sep 21, 2019, at 8:41 PM, Frank Mitchell via Groups.Io <fjmitchell=ymail.com@groups.io> wrote:
>
> 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
>
>
>




--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774
--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774

Re: WESTERN KINGBIRD

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

It has not been seen since around 9 AM, AFAIK.

On Sun, Sep 22, 2019 at 4:25 PM Christopher J. McCarthy via Groups.Io <mccdelmar=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Any update on WEKI's location? 



Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S7, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone

-------- Original message --------
From: zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw@...>
Date: 9/22/19 9:08 AM (GMT-05:00)
To: Larry & Penny Alden <overlook@...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] WESTERN KINGBIRD

Per Jeremy Collison, the bird is continuing this morning.

On Sat, Sep 21, 2019 at 10:37 PM Larry & Penny Alden <overlook@...> wrote:
The one 20 years ago stayed around for nearly a week, as I recall!


On Sep 21, 2019, at 10:35 PM, zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw@...> wrote:

Please tell this bird to stick until at least Monday.  

On Sat, Sep 21, 2019 at 10:34 PM Larry & Penny Alden <overlook@...> wrote:
This comes almost exactly 20 years after I found a WEKI on my property on Overlook Lane, off Meadowdale Road (October 11, 1999), approximately one mile away from this sighting!  How remarkable!

Good luck to all searching tomorrow.

Larry Alden
Meadowdale
> On Sep 21, 2019, at 8:41 PM, Frank Mitchell via Groups.Io <fjmitchell=ymail.com@groups.io> wrote:
>
> 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
>
>
>




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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774
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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774

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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774

Re: Which Redpoll in Clifton Park?

James Elbrecht
 

I think you're right. Darn 'juveniles'-- I knew when I saw it, it
was ringing some bells-- but none loud enough.

It is the first time I've used Merlin with a photo and was a bit
surprised that it didn't have a 'might also be' section. It *did*
point out that it would be a rare sighting for Clifton Park.

I zoomed the photo in a bit more and Merlin thought it might be a
Great Blue Heron. [really] The photo option doesn't seems as
valuable as the description mode.

Next time I try that I'll be sure to have a better photo.

Thank you for your quick response-- This list is invaluable!

Jim

On Sun, 22 Sep 2019 14:54:37 -0400, you wrote:

This appears to be a juvenile Eastern bluebird. The bill is thin and dark,
both of which aren’t right for any redpoll. Either redpoll would be rare
in September. I think Merlin is having trouble due to the pixelation of
your photograph.

On Sun, Sep 22, 2019 at 2:50 PM James Elbrecht <elbrecht@...> wrote:

Was at the Grand-daughter's softball game this morning at the Miss
Shen fields in Clifton Park.

This guy landed right behind us- and Merlin ID's it from the photo as
a Hoary Redpoll. I'd lean towards 'Common', but welcome opinions
if this photo is any help. It was hanging around most of the
morning 'tjweet'-ing

I'm pleased with either-

Thanks,
Jim



--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774

This week's destination: 9/26

Naomi Lloyd
 

Albany Pine Bush seems as busy as anywhere, and it's central. So let's meet at the visitor center off New Karner Rd at 8:00 and hope for a flurry of warblers!

Naomi




Salem, NY Migrants

Scott Varney
 

It seems that the migrants are finally passing through Salem NY. Today, I observed a small group of Black-throated Green Warblers in my back yard along with a Common Yellowthroat pair. I also have an on-site pair of Common Ravens hanging out in my back woods and they are making some crazy weird noises...one call almost sounded like a 2-syllable dialect of the word "Hello", so naturally, I returned the greeting!  (Does this mean I'm getting OLD?)  A single Broad-winged Hawk has returned this Fall as well as a group of tree-roosting juvenile Wild Turkeys!

Gotta love the Fall season!

Scott Varney
Salem NY

Albany Pine Bush Warblers

jhershey2
 

This morning I went to the Albany Pine Bush - Karner Barrens East to check out the warblers on the yellow trail.  I had been there yesterday and Thursday as well and wanted to find as many warbler species as possible by taking photos of as many warblers as I could and then examining the photos later to identify them.  I have been amazed at how many warblers have been seen there in the last few days including the prized spruce budworm specialists: Tennessee, Cape May, and Bay-breasted.  After studying about 5 different field guides and enhancing the photos, my results from this morning include 14 warbler species, more than I would have guessed simply by looking through the viewfinder at every warbler I saw.  These are Tennessee (2), Nashville (2), Northern Parula (2), Chestnut-sided Warbler (2), Magnolia (2), Cape May (2), Black-throated Blue (heard one singing), Yellow-rumped (2), Black-throated Green (9), Blackburnian, Palm, Bay-breasted (2), Blackpoll (2), Black-and-white (2).  There were probably a lot more than I list here because there were too many birds to check out every one, and the camera more than half the time could not focus on the bird.  I encountered about 10 birders during the 4 hours I was there who were all very helpful. When I left around noon the warblers were still flitting around.

I can add two more species, Pine Warbler and American Redstart, from the 2 previous days at the yellow trail.  I posted several pics to illustrate some of the more difficult species even though the photo quality is not great.  For me this exercise helps to add to my long list of birds  that I’m learning are a lot more common than I usually think.   https://groups.io/g/hmbirds/photo/76888/0?p=Created,,,20,2,0,0

John H.