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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
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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.

Cyclobirding: Is this phrase copyrighted yet?

Scott Varney
 

I've been combining my passions for birding and biking all Summer long and I am having a blast. A bit of cycling fitness with interjections of birding along the way. Today, I cyclo-birded through Saratoga National Historical Park and managed 27 species of birds, 12 White-tailed Deer, and 4 "black" Grey Squirrels. 

Highlights included these:

1 Blue-headed Vireo

1 Merlin with a Goldfinch in it's claws. (Viewed the attack)

1 Tennessee Warbler

1 Yellow-rumped Warbler

1 Barred Owl calling "Who cooks for Y'all" next to the visitor center. 

Flock of 500+ Common 
Grackles feasting on Beech nuts and dropping acorns (it was literally raining acorns, so I recorded it).  It was interesting that about 50 percent of these birds were all missing the central tail feather!

1 very vocal Carolina Wren

6 Ruby-crowned Kinglets loosely hanging out with Chickadees and Titmice. 

Best experience today:

The multitude of natural fragrances of the Autumn season, ranging from spicy and sweet to Adirondack perfumes mixed with Balsam-like fragrances after a light mist.  It was like a holiday for the nose!

Happy Fall birding,

Scott Varney
Salem, NY

Note: If anyone else is interested in a cyclobirding trip, contact me off list at scottvarney1968@.... I'd love to get together with a group of folks willing to try it out!







This week's destination: 10/3

Naomi Lloyd
 

There's a north wind forecast for tonight, and a dry slot in the morning. Let's check Bog Meadow Brook for migrants -- maybe some waterfowl will start moving in.

Meet at 8:00 at the Lake Ave end of the trail.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Bog+Meadow+Brook+Nature+Trail/@43.084814,-73.7370012,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x89de30a44467d77b:0xd6c00413e4340508!8m2!3d43.0848101!4d-73.7348125?hl=en&authuser=0

Naomi




HMBC program - Birding Northern India - October 7

scottjstoner
 

Monday October 7 at 7:00 PM
Birding Northern India
Speaker: John Hershey
location: Boght Community Firehouse, Off Rt N in 
For details and a link to directions, please see 

https://hmbc.net/event-3501804 





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Iceland Gull Saratoga

rob snell
 

I do not have my binos, but I am quite confident there was an adult Iceland Gull flying around my parking area by CVS in Saratoga Springs at around 915 this morning. NO BLACK, light gray back, clear white tail. I could not get a good look at it’s bill. Medium sized. 

Hudsonian Godwit Cohoes

Naomi Lloyd
 


Water is high rockks are slick be careful!

Bird is currently below the leftmost rock outcrop in SaraCo

Naomi Lloyd

Re: Iceland Gull Saratoga

Christopher J. McCarthy
 

Is there only 1 CVS in Saratoga Springs? 



Sent from my phone. Please excuse typos etc.! 

-------- Original message --------
From: "rob snell via Groups.Io" <snell.rob@...>
Date: 10/3/19 9:56 AM (GMT-05:00)
To: hmbirds@groups.io
Cc: hmbirds@groups.io
Subject: [hmbirds] Iceland Gull Saratoga

I do not have my binos, but I am quite confident there was an adult Iceland Gull flying around my parking area by CVS in Saratoga Springs at around 915 this morning. NO BLACK, light gray back, clear white tail. I could not get a good look at it’s bill. Medium sized.