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Collins Lake mergansers

Matthew Medler
 

I stopped by Collins Lake in Scotia earlier today (Thanksgiving Day 2019) and was excited to see good numbers of waterfowl on the water. I counted 170 Common Mergansers, including 51 males. There were also five Hooded Mergansers mixed in amongst the Common Mergansers. Also of note was a calling Common Raven–only the second time I've heard/seen this species at this site, and just my third ever in Schenectady County.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Good birding,
Matt Medler


NNYBirds has moved

Dana Rohleder
 

Hi all. FYI, NNYBirds has also migrated to io.groups.

https://groups.io/g/NNYBirds

Have a nice Meleagris gallopavo day!

-- 
Dana Rohleder Owner/moderator NNYBirds
Port Kent, NY


Rough-legged Hawks - Montgomery County

Alison Van Keuren
 

Found two Rough-legged Hawks today in Montgomery County.  One seen from Van Epps Road and one fly over on Denice Road.

Alison Van Keuren


No destination this week, and upcoming event

Naomi Lloyd
 

Enjoy that turkey on Thursday, and be sure to get out for a walk and watch our other birds!

The Saratoga CBC will be on Thursday 12/19. Contact Jean Holcomb at jeanh46@... for details. All Thursday Birders and others are welcome!

Naomi Lloyd





Bald Eagles along Battenkill River

Scott Varney
 

This seems to be the time of year when the Bald Eagles start lining up on their favorite high perches along the Battenkill River. I found 3 today, all adults, between Salem and Greenwich on my way to work while travelling along Route 29 to work in Schuylerville. 

Scott Varney
Salem NY


Grebes & warbler

John Kent
 

At Corning Riverfront Park in Albany around noon today I saw two Red-necked Grebes. They were together on the water, then took off and headed south. A few minutes later, just south of the RR bridge, I found a Pine Warbler associating with chickadees in the trees.

John Kent
Selkirk


Ecuador with Sthrn ADK Audubon Society

rob snell
 

Join the Southern ADK Audubon Society for nine days of birding in Ecuador, April 17-26, 2020.  

I just returned from this trip, and recorded over 320 species.  This is only a small percentage of the 1700+ species to be found in Ecuador, the most biodiverse country in the world.  My list included 52 species of Hummingbird, and 39 species of the most colorful Tanagers nature could create.  The trip is well priced at $2750 for 9 days of birding, which includes the guide, driver, and fabulous lodging, food and friendships.  I highly recommend this trip for all experienced birders, novice and above.  Please review the attached flyer, or visit the website holbrook.travel/saas-ec20.  Act soon, commitments are due by 12/16.

Thanks,

Rob Snell


Bluebirds

Alan
 

Five Bluebirds out by the boxes just now.

Clear skies, Alan
Glenville


Northern Flicker

Heidi
 

Had a big Northern Flicker at my suet feeder twice today. 11/20/19

Heidi Klinowski 
Troy


Hermit Thrush

Earthday49@...
 

A Hermit Thrush showed up at our feeder, in Guilderland, this afternoon.  Was present for approx. 10 minutes.


This week's destination: 11/21 and NEW MEETING TIME

Naomi Lloyd
 

It's around peak Golden Eagle migration and I *really* wanted to hit Franklin Mountain this week, but I need to be home by 1:00 for a rescheduled appointment. Boo.

So instead, I'm suggesting meeting at the Thacher Park overlook at 9:00am. They've had several Goldens this fall, one just last week, and hope springs eternal, right? The 5mph wind is from the northwest which is the hawk-driving direction. If you're on facebook, check out these pics from a few weeks ago - this GOEA flew directly under the escarpment!
https://www.facebook.com/HelderbergEscarpmentHawkWatch/posts/1179585642211753?__xts__[0]=68.ARBgtLUJlBEZHmVcRHLnO6X7KqJ0TJzORpzITEm-oouveM9smF6zvHzXVaJGkxxQDHu25fkLjKgUbhJuefJj9xg7Mb-M5noH-AfJ4wmyUHcsIkzGLR7yEdRkKo_S1s70P8iH9OtmRZJ-jwS6h17A3K2M_BGUR3QzKgStGRjCWuBf2WZmYA6kitJy3M1CQo5rZBSfLj3LgyXlcc0OCH1VqgbVz55oB2-o4JAsHcy52jmwkKENZx2AJutQhHknA-HHReXhHTFbed3EDZOSw82sYSrkXB4OlVeCwhnbMmT0VdPLwKd2JcSz3r5sLH7O0dxCcqQH6Ub6x4xXq1jj2SsNw1eP7w&__tn__=-R

I got about a dozen replies last week about changing the winter meeting time to 9:00am, all positive. So for the cold months, we'll assemble at 9:00 and run until noonish as usual. Come spring we can go back to 8:00 until the big migration weeks, when I'll float the "meet at 7:00" proposal.
Enjoy your extra hour!

Naomi





Re: FW: Taking Flight youth bird art exhibition

Marne Onderdonk
 

Thank you Mona

I passed this along to my *peeps* at Franklin Community Center which runs a wonderful program called Project Lift out of all elementary schools and middle school in the Saratoga Springs school district

Best,

Marne


On Nov 20, 2019, at 10:49 AM, ConserveBirds <conservebirds@...> wrote:



Just to pass the word…

Mona Bearor

So. Glens Falls

 

From: Daniel Boudreau [mailto:dboudreau@...]
Sent: Wednesday, November 20, 2019 10:28 AM
To: info@...
Subject: Taking Flight youth bird art exhibition

 

Hi,

 

My name is Dan Boudreau and I’m the youth education coordinator for Mass Audubon’s Museum of American Bird Art in Massachusetts. Each year, we host a juried youth bird art exhibition for children ages 4-18 called Taking Flight. We receive submissions from all over the United States and have even had a few international entries. This is our fifth year hosting the exhibit, and we hope to have even broader participation. The exhibition will be on display at the Museum of American Bird Art and we hope it will foster the next generation of artists who love birds and wildlife. I’m reaching out to spread the word!

 

If you know of any young artists who might be interested in submitting, I’d really appreciate it if you could pass this information along to them and share it with your members. This year’s theme is “Your favorite bird, or what birds mean to you,” and most non-digital mediums are allowed. We’ll be accepting entries from January 1st through June 15th 2020. The show will be up in the museum in the fall of 2020. I’ve attached a PDF flier and here is a link to our website with more information.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions!

 

Best,
Dan

 

Daniel Boudreau

Youth Education Coordinator

Pronouns – He/Him

Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon

963 Washington St, Canton, MA 02021

781-821-8853 / fax 781-821-8733

dboudreau@... / www.massaudubon.org/maba

 

 

 

 

<TakingFlightFlier.pdf>


Re: FW: Taking Flight youth bird art exhibition

Richard Guthrie
 

Nice idea. My thinking is that given the skills and new media available to kids these days, it could be interesting to open a new category for entries in this contest - digital art - and see what happens. We could be pleasantly surprised   Or not. 


On Nov 20, 2019, at 10:48 AM, ConserveBirds <conservebirds@...> wrote:

Just to pass the word…

Mona Bearor

So. Glens Falls

 

From: Daniel Boudreau [mailto:dboudreau@...]
Sent: Wednesday, November 20, 2019 10:28 AM
To: info@...
Subject: Taking Flight youth bird art exhibition

 

Hi,

 

My name is Dan Boudreau and I’m the youth education coordinator for Mass Audubon’s Museum of American Bird Art in Massachusetts. Each year, we host a juried youth bird art exhibition for children ages 4-18 called Taking Flight. We receive submissions from all over the United States and have even had a few international entries. This is our fifth year hosting the exhibit, and we hope to have even broader participation. The exhibition will be on display at the Museum of American Bird Art and we hope it will foster the next generation of artists who love birds and wildlife. I’m reaching out to spread the word!

 

If you know of any young artists who might be interested in submitting, I’d really appreciate it if you could pass this information along to them and share it with your members. This year’s theme is “Your favorite bird, or what birds mean to you,” and most non-digital mediums are allowed. We’ll be accepting entries from January 1st through June 15th 2020. The show will be up in the museum in the fall of 2020. I’ve attached a PDF flier and here is a link to our website with more information.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions!

 

Best,
Dan

 

Daniel Boudreau

Youth Education Coordinator

Pronouns – He/Him

Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon

963 Washington St, Canton, MA 02021

781-821-8853 / fax 781-821-8733

dboudreau@... / www.massaudubon.org/maba

 

 

 

 

<TakingFlightFlier.pdf>


FW: Taking Flight youth bird art exhibition

ConserveBirds
 

Just to pass the word…

Mona Bearor

So. Glens Falls

 

From: Daniel Boudreau [mailto:dboudreau@...]
Sent: Wednesday, November 20, 2019 10:28 AM
To: info@...
Subject: Taking Flight youth bird art exhibition

 

Hi,

 

My name is Dan Boudreau and I’m the youth education coordinator for Mass Audubon’s Museum of American Bird Art in Massachusetts. Each year, we host a juried youth bird art exhibition for children ages 4-18 called Taking Flight. We receive submissions from all over the United States and have even had a few international entries. This is our fifth year hosting the exhibit, and we hope to have even broader participation. The exhibition will be on display at the Museum of American Bird Art and we hope it will foster the next generation of artists who love birds and wildlife. I’m reaching out to spread the word!

 

If you know of any young artists who might be interested in submitting, I’d really appreciate it if you could pass this information along to them and share it with your members. This year’s theme is “Your favorite bird, or what birds mean to you,” and most non-digital mediums are allowed. We’ll be accepting entries from January 1st through June 15th 2020. The show will be up in the museum in the fall of 2020. I’ve attached a PDF flier and here is a link to our website with more information.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions!

 

Best,
Dan

 

Daniel Boudreau

Youth Education Coordinator

Pronouns – He/Him

Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon

963 Washington St, Canton, MA 02021

781-821-8853 / fax 781-821-8733

dboudreau@... / www.massaudubon.org/maba

 

 

 

 


2 red-necked grebes, black bridge

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

Seen from the black bridge in Cohoes.
--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


FOS American Tree Sparrow

adir46er
 

An American Tree Sparrow (first of season) visited our yard this morning. It’s been 11 days (11/5) since we last saw a Chipping Sparrow here.

Rita Reed
East Hoosick, Rensselaer County


Horned Grebe's and Bald Eagles, Greenwich and Lake Lauderdale.

Scott Varney
 

While driving to and from work this week, I was noticing increasing numbers of waterfowl on the Battenkill River along Route 29 between the Village of Greenwich and east toward Battenville. Canada Geese are the predominant species, but today, I managed to pick out a solitary winter-plumaged Horned Grebe just west of the Greenwich Town Beach. 

Also today at about 4pm, there was a second, similarly-plumaged Horned Grebe drifting along the Route 22 shoreline of Lake Lauderdale. 

I should add that Bald Eagles have been observed routinely along the Battenkill from Greenwich to Salem every day this week. 'Tis the season!

Scott Varney
Salem NY


Golden Eagles at Franklin Mt.

Andy Mason
 

The Golden Eagle migration is peaking at the Franklin Mt. Hawkwatch near Oneonta in the northern Catskills.  Thirty-nine were tallied on Nov. 8, 43 on Nov. 12, and 23 yesterday.  These flights were welcome after a very slow October with only one golden spotted.  The season total now stands at 125.

Movement of Golden Eagles should continue through the month on days with good conditions--winds from the NW, N, or W, particularly following passage of a cold front.  NW winds are forecast for Friday, but the weekend does not look promising.  Wed. and Thurs. of next week look good at this point.

There is an email alert available 2 or 3 days in advance of anticipated good days at Franklin Mt.  Anyone interested in being added to the list can contact me.

More information, and directions to the hawkwatch can be found at www.franklinmt.org (signup for alert list is also available here).  If you do visit, be sure to dress warmly, especially with northerly winds.  One or two extra layers more than expected are recommended. 

Andy Mason
Delaware-Otsego Audubon Soc.
--
Andrew Mason
13 Boylston St.
Oneonta, NY  13820
(607) 652-2162
AndyMason@... 


Bluebirds

Alan
 

Three Bluebirds out by the boxes just now.

Clear skies, Alan
Glenville


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




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