Date   
Re: No destination 11/14 and a question

Lindsey Duval
 

Some of you may have seen this on WhatsApp, but be careful in the parking lot of Brown's Beach tomorrow! It is very icy under the snow in the whole thing. I also have had very few birds there in the past few weeks. Please don't fall and land on your gear!

Any time works for me when I'm free!

On Wed, Nov 13, 2019, 10:17 AM naomi lloyd <naomi_kestrel@... wrote:
Hey folks, I'm a bit under the weather this week so no formal destination. If anyone wants to gaze over Saratoga Lake and tell me what I'm missing, feel free. With luck this big chill will finally send the winter birds our way.

And the question -- I'm tossing around the idea of meeting at 9:00am in the winter months. That extra hour can make a big difference in temps and road condition. Any thoughts? Let me know! (btw I'm also open to meeting at 7:00 in spring migration!)

Naomi




No destination 11/14 and a question

Naomi Lloyd
 

Hey folks, I'm a bit under the weather this week so no formal destination. If anyone wants to gaze over Saratoga Lake and tell me what I'm missing, feel free. With luck this big chill will finally send the winter birds our way.

And the question -- I'm tossing around the idea of meeting at 9:00am in the winter months. That extra hour can make a big difference in temps and road condition. Any thoughts? Let me know! (btw I'm also open to meeting at 7:00 in spring migration!)

Naomi




Tomhannock Reservoir and Vicinity - 11/11/19

Larry & Penny Alden
 

I continued my annual Veterans’ Day trip circumnavigating Tomhannock Reservoir, this time with Jackie Bogardus accompanying me (thanks, Jackie!).  The traditional route has two inland excursions on Nortonville and Tomhannock-Johnsonville roads [Northern Turnpike] solely for the purpose of padding the list.  Searching between 8:30 and 3:00 today, we found 49 species.  Weather was cloudy with light wind and temperatures ranging from 37 F, dropping to 34 F.  For the second straight year, water levels were very high, so there were no mudflats.  Fortunately, the rain/snow held off for our time afield.

 

Highlights included 2 Common Loons (one of which we heard calling across the water), 5 Pied-billed Grebes (3 in one group), 2 Tree Swallows over the water at the north end of the reservoir, and a Field Sparrow off Nortonville Road, where we also got an Eastern Screech-Owl (new to the count!) unexpectedly responding to an owl recording.

 

I have species records for 20 of the last 21 years (trip totals for all 21) and I know I’ve done this count for at least five years before that.  Adding Eastern Screech-Owl brings the 20-year cumulative list to 104 species.

 

Here’s today’s list of 49 species (To add to the ignominy of getting an un-round number of species this year, upon meeting back at our car-pooling location at the Brunswick Walmart, we had a Fish Crow on a light pole, alas, too far out of the territory to even consider trying to count as number 50.

 

Canada Goose

American Black Duck

Mallard

American Green-winged Teal

Ring-necked Duck

Bufflehead

Common Goldeneye

Hooded Merganser

Common Merganser

Ruddy Duck

Common Loon

Pied-billed Grebe (6th time)

Double-crested Cormorant

Great Blue Heron

Bald Eagle

Northern Harrier

Cooper's Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Ring-billed Gull

Herring Gull

Rock Pigeon

Mourning Dove

Belted Kingfisher

Eastern Screech-Owl

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

Blue Jay

American Crow

Tree Swallow (5th time, found the last 3 years - becoming an expected species)

Black-capped Chickadee

Tufted Titmouse

White-breasted Nuthatch

Eastern Bluebird

American Robin

Northern Mockingbird

European Starling

American Tree Sparrow

Field Sparrow (3rd time)

Song Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)

Northern Cardinal

Red-winged Blackbird

Brown-headed Cowbird

House Finch

American Goldfinch

House Sparrow

 

Totals for past year’s 11/11 counts are as follows:

 

2018 - 50

2017 - 51

2016 - 43

2015 - 49

2014 - 44

2013 - 51

2012 - 51

2011 - 50

2010 - 51

2009 - 57

2008 - 57

2007 - 47

2006 - 51

2005 - 57

2004 - 58

2003 - 48

2002 - 52

2001 - 48

2000 - 46

1999 - 47

 

Larry Alden

Meadowdale

Birding trip to Ecuador in 2020

ConserveBirds
 

Southern Adirondack Audubon is sponsoring a birding trip to Ecuador, April 17-26, 2020. 

 

Here is a link to more information if interested.

http://www.southernadirondackaudubon.org/Ecuador2020/Ecuador%202020%21.html

 

Mona Bearor

South Glens Falls

"Blue" Snow Goose

John Kent
 

There is a dark morph Snow Goose among hundreds of Canada Geese on the pond at the Clapper Road water treatment plant in Selkirk.

John Kent
Selkirk

This week's destination: 11/7

Naomi Lloyd
 

It sure is quiet out there!
The only waterfowl activity seems to be in the lower Albany hills, at Stanton Pond and the two reservoirs. Zach had Red Phalarope on the Alcove and there's been a continuing Coot on Stanton Pond. Let's meet at 8:00 at the Park&Ride at the end of Rt 32 (the Delmar bypass) and carpool from there. Bring a scope if you have one - birds on the Alcove are often very distant.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Park%26ride/@42.6054819,-73.8421671,17z/data=!4m13!1m7!3m6!1s0x89dde06a1fb51287:0x72d0773095b9d0a0!2sDelmar+Bypass,+Delmar,+NY!3b1!8m2!3d42.6063782!4d-73.822308!3m4!1s0x89dddfd5d7a85e8b:0x22702c4440320850!8m2!3d42.6053296!4d-73.8430971?hl=en&authuser=0

Naomi




Red Phalaropes, Alcove Reservoir

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

2 gray-backed shorebirds swimming in the middle of the reservoir.  Distant scope views from near the spillway (across the road) on Albany County Route 111.
--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774

Bluebirds

Alan
 

Three Bluebirds out front when I went out to the mailbox.

Clear skies, Alan
Glenville

HMBC Vischer Ferry Field Trip

jhershey2
 

 

It was my pleasure this morning to be the coordinator for the HMBC Vischer Ferry Preserve field trip.  It was not exactly the best day for a field trip at Vischer Ferry because nearly all trails at the Preserve were flooded in different spots; and even before the flooding began there was a pronounced dearth of waterfowl, usually the main target for this trip!  Cancelling was an option but I decided that we could have a pleasant walk from Ferry Drive going east on the towpath as far as the trail was clear and dry for us.   We had an especially large turnout of 20 birders, all very congenial, including several beginners and several newcomers to HMBC field trips.  After carpooling to Ferry Drive from the main entrance we had a very nice walk along the river and the west pond for almost 2 miles until we encountered some high water just ¼ mile from the main entrance where we had cars parked.  So then we were faced with just two choices: either walking through a very short stretch of ankle-high water or walking 2 miles back to Ferry Drive.  We all chose the ankle-high water and some of us got a little water in our boots! 

 

Birds for the morning were a little scarce.  Perhaps the best bird was a lonely Gadwall that we found among a small group of Canada Geese somewhere west of the deep water.  Just after the high water we had good  looks at 4 or more Eastern Bluebirds. We had many Pileated Woodpeckers and a total of 5 woodpecker species for the morning.  A little east of Ferry Drive we found a very cooperative Golden-crowned Kinglet and a Yellow-rumped Warbler.  We also had several good looks at White-throated Sparrows.  The trip leader spotted a Pied-billed Grebe from the Whipple Bridge before any of the other participants arrived, and the group spotted a flock of 8 Wood Ducks overhead while we were gathering in the parking lot.  The final species count was 33.  Thanks to all who made this morning walk so enjoyable!  We hope to see all the beginners and newcomers at HMBC field trips and programs in the future. 

 

John Hershey, trip coordinator

 

Re: White Morph Mallard?

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

Domestic Mallard of some sort.  Not correct to call it leucistic since it isn’t a naturally occuring pigment mutation.

On Sat, Nov 2, 2019 at 7:46 PM <dannyboy67leonard@...> wrote:
This afternoon, at the "pond" just north and west of the Twin Bridges in Crescent, NY, Scott and Anne Horgen and Dan Leonard were looking at the below and subject bird.

Might this be a leucistic Mallard (eye was black -- not pink)?

Might this be a leucistic Mallard?

--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774

White Morph Mallard?

Dan Leonard
 

This afternoon, at the "pond" just north and west of the Twin Bridges in Crescent, NY, Scott and Anne Horgen and Dan Leonard were looking at the below and subject bird.

Might this be a leucistic Mallard (eye was black -- not pink)?

Might this be a leucistic Mallard?

HMBC program Monday Nov 4 - Birding Ghana - LOCATION IS AT FIVE RIVERS

scottjstoner
 

PLEASE NOTE LOCATION - FIVE RIVERS ENV. ED. CENTER IN DELMAR

USE CAUTION DRIVING IN THE AREA - MANY DEER ALONG THE ROADS!!

7:00 PM MONDAY NOVEMBER 4

Speaker: Gregg Recer
Birding Ghana
West Africa is a regional avian endemism hot-spot, and Ghana is a favored country in the region for organized birding tours. The country spans a diverse range of habitats from coastal wetlands to Afro-tropical rainforest to wet and dry savannas, all in a package roughly the size of Minnesota. This travelogue program will cover the gamut, highlighting birds, mammals, and cultural aspects seen during a 3-week tour of the country.
Gregg Recer is a former HMBC president. He and his wife, Cathy Graichen, have been HMBC members for 30+ years and over that time have become avid world birders.  

FOR DIRECTIONS PLEASE SEE  https://www.hmbc.net/event-3549767 

Robins and Bluebirds

Alan
 

It's very busy in the front yard. A bunch of Robins flying hither and yon and at least three Bluebirds.

A Bluebird took exception to a Junco landing on one of the nest boxes.

Clear skies, Alan
Glenville

This week's destination: 10/31

Naomi Lloyd
 

We might pull out some dryish weather tomorrow morning, so let's check Saratoga Lake for waterfowl. Meet at Brown's Beach at 8:00. Bring a scope if you have one.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Stillwater,+NY+12866/@42.9856617,-73.7464456,650m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x89de3c21d7b05e85:0xd0d5f8f53e277233!8m2!3d42.985917!4d-73.7442921?hl=en&authuser=0

Naomi




free lecture Nov 1 at Bennington College re 3 Billion birds lost

scottjstoner
 


Free and open to the public. Dr. Kenneth Rosenberg from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology this Friday, November 1st at Bennington College!

https://bit.ly/2MTYFuv  


Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

Eagles rebuilding

John Kent
 

The Bald Eagle pair across the Hudson from Henry Hudson Park in Selkirk is building a new nest. Their old one, which was about nine years old, fell to the ground in August. It appears that they started building in one tree, then changed their mind and started over in another tree. The new nest is visible from the park, and is very close to the old site. On my walk through the park this afternoon I saw 15+ Yellow-rumped Warblers and a Blue-headed Vireo.

John Kent
Selkirk

Great-Horned Owls in Salem...still!

Scott Varney
 

I reported recently about a pair of Great-Horned Owls in my backyard.  They are still hanging out in the same general area...but a 3rd one appeared this morning at 6 am. This is so exciting...I have an audio clip that demonstrates the unique voices of each of the 3 birds...so cool!

Happy Birding,

Scott Varney
Salem NY

This week's destination: 10/24

Naomi Lloyd
 

It's going to be sunny tomorrow! *throws confetti*

Bill wants to scout for his field trip Saturday, so let's meet at Collins Lake at 8:00 and from there we can move on to the bike path along the river (and under Amtrak, hoping it's not too wet there).

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Collins+Park/@42.82412,-73.9588849,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x89de6e1455626ed3:0x93e94aa4984baaaf!8m2!3d42.8241161!4d-73.9566962?hl=en&authuser=0

Naomi




Carolina Wren and friends

Ellen
 

A Carolina Wren stopped at my kitchen windowsill this afternoon to say hello, and I just heard him singing outside. 

 

I also saw a group of White-Throated Sparrows in my yard today.  Otherwise it’s been very quiet.

 

-Ellen P.

West Charlton

Pipits at Five Rivers

Alan Mapes
 

Flock of around 40 in the newly mowed south end of the Wild Turkey field just now. 

Alan Mapes
Delmar