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Re: Christmas Bird Count Online Map

Stacy Robinson
 

There is also a handy little app available for CBC use. It's called Count Circle and shows you where you are located within any CBC circle. We used it while we were just out birding and found count week and count day birds in nearby circles we didn't personally participate in. I really appreciated knowing where I was within the circle boundaries while I was out Owling in the dark. I believe it cost $2.99 to download from the app store.

Stacy Robinson
Port Henry, NY


Christmas Bird Count Online Map

Cassandra Davis
 

Hi All,

At one of the previous CBC compilations, there was interest in seeing a map of all the CBC areas in NY. I was curious too and I found an interactive map of all the active Christmas Bird Count Circles. 

Link: https://arcg.is/1LjG44 

Best,
Cassie


NY Breeding Bird Atlas III begins tomorrow!

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

Hi All,

The third New York State Breeding Bird Atlas is nearly upon us–it officially starts on January 1, 2020! We hope that you will join thousands of other birders in documenting the state's breeding species over the next five years! 

Working together with the Atlas Steering Committee, Atlas Project Coordinator Julie Hart, and a team of regional coordinators, I will be coordinating Atlas activities in Albany, Schoharie, Greene, Fulton, Montgomery, Schenectady, Warren, Rensselaer, Washington, and Saratoga Counties.

Our area is home to a wonderful and distinct group of breeding birds, but it is also a vast region, so if you ever watch birds in our area, we will need your help! We encourage birders of all backgrounds, from new birders to experienced Atlasers, to help document the breeding birds of our region.

The New York Breeding Bird Atlas III website (https://ebird.org/atlasny/about) contains a lot of great information about the Atlas, and we encourage you to explore the many resources on the site. As the breeding season of many species starts later in the spring, there will be Atlas training workshops and other opportunities to learn more about Atlas goals and how atlasing works. If you're eager to get started right away in January, here are a few key points:

All of the data entry for the project will be via a dedicated eBird portal for New York Breeding Bird Atlas III. eBird offers real-time data entry and outputs, so you’ll be able to follow along with results throughout the breeding season and across the entire project period.

For this Atlas, New York State has been divided into 5,710 blocks, each roughly 3 miles by 3 miles in size. From these 5,710 blocks covering the entire state, the Atlas Team has selected a subset of *priority blocks* that are evenly distributed across the state to ensure broad coverage. To complete the Atlas, we need to adequately survey all of the priority blocks, which make up 1/3 of all Atlas blocks. Priority blocks contain many popular birding spots and great breeding habitats in our region, and are where the focus should be. But if your backyard or favorite birding destination does not fall within a priority block, you are encouraged to submit your breeding observations for those areas, too.

This map (https://lab.nynhp.org/bba/) allows you to search for priority blocks near you and download detailed block maps. This is also where you will be able to sign up for blocks starting January 1, 2020. Anybody can atlas in any Atlas block, so it is not necessary to sign up for a block. But if you are especially interested in atlasing in a certain block, signing up for that block is a great way to indicate your interest in documenting the breeding birds in that block.

Although the Atlas starts on January 1, only a very small number of species in our region might be demonstrating signs of breeding behavior in January. These species are Great Horned Owl and Red Crossbill.  This great chart (https://s3.amazonaws.com/is-ebird-wordpress-prod-s3/wp-content/uploads/sites/79/2019/11/Breeding-Guideline-Chart.pdf) provides very detailed information about when species are breeding in New York. In general, breeding codes should only be used for a species if the species is in the "E" or "B" portion of its breeding calendar.

We realize that for some of you, either atlasing or using eBird will be new for you, but don't worry–there are lots of resources to help you learn more! The Atlas III website is a great place to start, and then we will be scheduling community training workshops in the coming months. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at zachsw@...

Good Atlasing,
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein

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HMBC Field Trip reminder- Wed., Jan. 1st

trwdsd
 

Wednesday, January 1, NEW YEAR’S DAY BIRD COUNT AT FIVE RIVERS EEC (Albany County; morning)

Coordinators: Five Rivers EEC 518-475-0291 (daytime)

Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, located on Game Farm Rd., in Delmar, NY, is a large area of fields and forest and is one of the premier birding locations in the Capital District.

This year marks the 38th Annual New Year’s Day Bird Count at Five Rivers. The goal of the count is to identify all the bird species present on January 1st. This also marks the start of Five Rivers’ annual bird list. HMBC joins the event again this year and encourages members to participate. Groups will go out at 9:00 a.m., but birders are welcome to come earlier to get a head start. Everyone will meet up at the Visitors Center for a compilation of species-observed at 11:00 a.m.

Call ahead to Five Rivers in case of inclement weather.

Meet at 8:45 a.m. at Five Rivers EEC in Delmar.

map:  https://hmbc.net/event-3673849


Tom Williams
Colonie


Awareness - Site Fidelity

Richard Guthrie
 

There's lots of knowledge out there about site fidelity among birds - same individuals returning each spring for nesting, and identifiable individuals returning to the same wintering grounds.

There are some notable examples, such as an individual of a particularly rare species that returned each year. From around our area, there are these: Lesser Black-backed Gull, Iceland Gull, Barrow's Goldeneye, Eared Grebe, and so on.

Bird banders know that from returning birds banded years earlier.

The reason I bring this up here is that we can anticipate similar visitors.

The Pink-footed Goose comes to mind.

Naomi Lloyd found the one in Columbia County a couple of years ago. Then one (ok here's the stretch - maybe the same one ! ?) appeared right across the river in The Greene County last year.

So are there others?

Sure there are...

Do you know of a particular, individually identifiable bird, that has returned to your yard, patch, beach, park, etc. ?

Let me know by sharing the info - privately for now..

I hope to put together a compilation - with appropriate acknowledgments, in a upcoming edition of Kingbird, the birding journal of the NYS Ornithological Association.

Let's keep the page turners at the edge of their seats by sharing your information to me directly rather than putting it out piecemeal on line.

Of particular interest are also those nesting, slightly out of range, long distant migrants, such as returning Orchard Oriole, as well as the better known (or not) examples as mentioned.


Fun-on, Folks
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Richard Guthrie
New Baltimore,
The Greene County,
NY


Re: Posting for ID help - MIssissippi Kite?

kernscot
 

Looks like a leucistic Red-tailed Hawk. Definitely not a Mississippi Kite.

Nancy Kern
Austerlitz, NY



From: hmbirds@groups.io <hmbirds@groups.io> on behalf of John Loz via Groups.Io <stellersjayjohn@...>
Sent: Monday, December 30, 2019 5:04 PM
To: HMBirds <hmbirds@groups.io>
Cc: hmbirds@groups.io <hmbirds@groups.io>
Subject: [hmbirds] Posting for ID help - MIssissippi Kite?
 
Hello HMBird Friends,

I'm posting a picture of a bird with this email, that was sent to me by a fellow HMBirds follower and rehabber. She said she has not been able to post pictures using her HMBirds account, so hoping that I can for her here!

She shared with me a picture from a friend of hers of a white-ish bird seen in the vicinity of Farm-to-Market Road and Smith Road within the last day. She and a couple other birders thought that it could be a Mississippi Kite, but would like some help with ID and if anyone went out to that road intersection to look for it, confirm that it is still there.

Also, a note about birds that find their way into our area from one of our known rehabbers. If you do see a bird that does look unhealthy or is in trouble, especially a bird that might be way out of it's regular range, please don't hesitate to call a rehabber to come out and assess the situation. Our local rehabbers want to help a bird that needs assistance and release it back into the wild in the appropriate habitat of course!

Thanks everyone!
John Loz





Re: Posting for ID help - MIssissippi Kite?

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

Looks better for a Leucistic Red-Tailed Hawk to me.  The wings are too short for a MIKI.

On Mon, Dec 30, 2019 at 5:04 PM John Loz via Groups.Io <stellersjayjohn=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hello HMBird Friends,

I'm posting a picture of a bird with this email, that was sent to me by a fellow HMBirds follower and rehabber. She said she has not been able to post pictures using her HMBirds account, so hoping that I can for her here!

She shared with me a picture from a friend of hers of a white-ish bird seen in the vicinity of Farm-to-Market Road and Smith Road within the last day. She and a couple other birders thought that it could be a Mississippi Kite, but would like some help with ID and if anyone went out to that road intersection to look for it, confirm that it is still there.

Also, a note about birds that find their way into our area from one of our known rehabbers. If you do see a bird that does look unhealthy or is in trouble, especially a bird that might be way out of it's regular range, please don't hesitate to call a rehabber to come out and assess the situation. Our local rehabbers want to help a bird that needs assistance and release it back into the wild in the appropriate habitat of course!

Thanks everyone!
John Loz




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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


Posting for ID help - MIssissippi Kite?

John Loz
 

Hello HMBird Friends,

I'm posting a picture of a bird with this email, that was sent to me by a fellow HMBirds follower and rehabber. She said she has not been able to post pictures using her HMBirds account, so hoping that I can for her here!

She shared with me a picture from a friend of hers of a white-ish bird seen in the vicinity of Farm-to-Market Road and Smith Road within the last day. She and a couple other birders thought that it could be a Mississippi Kite, but would like some help with ID and if anyone went out to that road intersection to look for it, confirm that it is still there.

Also, a note about birds that find their way into our area from one of our known rehabbers. If you do see a bird that does look unhealthy or is in trouble, especially a bird that might be way out of it's regular range, please don't hesitate to call a rehabber to come out and assess the situation. Our local rehabbers want to help a bird that needs assistance and release it back into the wild in the appropriate habitat of course!

Thanks everyone!
John Loz





[osbirds] DEC adopts regulations that could affect bird feeding

Richard Guthrie
 

Thanks to Andy Mason of Delaware-Otsego Audubon Soc. for this information

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From: Andrew Mason andymason@... [osbirds] <osbirds@...>
Date: Sun, Dec 29, 2019 at 10:41 PM
Subject: [osbirds] DEC adopts regulations that could affect bird feeding
To: Osbirds <osbirds@...>


 

The NYS Dep't. of Environmental Conservation has announced new regulations on feeding deer that could impact backyard bird feeders.  The regs prohibit feeding deer--expanding and clarifying an earlier prohibition.  The main purpose is to reduce the likelihood of transmission of Chronic Wasting Disease, which could have a major impact on the state's deer herd and can be transmitted when multiple deer are in close proximity.  Other reasons include protecting wildlife habitat, reducing human-deer interaction, and not artificially raising deer populations.

Where bird feeding comes in are incidental situations where deer congregate at feeders, potentially creating the effects above.  In such cases, DEC will issue a written warning to the responsible individual asking that the feeding be halted.  If it continues, it will be considered a violation of the law.

This is similar to regulations addressing bears at bird feeders put in place a few years ago.  Again, if a bear is persistently visiting a bird feeder (or garbage cans, etc.), a warning is provided and a citation issued if the situation is not remedied.

For further information, see http://www.dec.ny.gov/press/119082.html.

Andy Mason

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Catskill CBC 12-19-19

birderlarry
 

The Catskill-Coxsackie CBC was held on Thursday, December 19th instead of the historical first Tuesday of the count period, Dec 17th, due to the snowy and icy conditions on that day. It was the right decision to postpone for a couple of days.
 
All the territories were covered, thanks to the “regular participants” availability and some last minute stand-ins for a couple of territories.
 
The species count was a little lower than average at 61 species, but the overall number of birds was 13,399 – almost twice the number from last year’s low of 7,657.  Weather conditions were similar this season to last, with an early large snowfall and unusually early extreme cold temps. 
 
Like last year, waterfowl species and numbers were lower than average with only the hardiest of birds around – Mallard, Black Duck, Common Merganser, and Canada Goose were represented.  A couple of CW duck species were tallied – Bufflehead and Hooded Merganser.
 
A few oddities/rarities/better than half-hardies were tallied.  2 Hermit Thrushes and an almost breeding-plumage-bright Chipping Sparrow were seen.
 
Bald Eagles, 48 tallied was on the higher end for the area. Over the last decade, their numbers ranged from a low of 6 in 2009 to a high of 67 in 2018.
 
An modest increase was the number of Black Vultures tallied, at 6, over the previous year’s 5 birds.
 
Thanks to everyone who participated. And thanks to Red’s Restaurant – they, too, were flexible in moving our compilation dinner from Tuesday to Thursday.
 
Happy Holidays and here’s to a Healthy, Happy, and Birdy New Year.
 
Larry Federman
 
P.S. Don’t forget to participate in the Breeding Bird Atlas Project!


Fw: Light junco.

kernscot
 




Clare Bracken of Spencertown had this junco in her yard and her son Francis got these cell phone photos. Interesting color.

Nancy Kern



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From: francis Corey <fran_corey@...>
Sent: Wednesday, December 25, 2019 3:36 PM
To: kernscot@...
Subject: Light junco.


Happy birdy holidays!

Naomi Lloyd
 

No destination this week - I haven't decided about next week yet. Enjoy your family and friends!

Naomi





Greater White-fronted Goose

Scott Varney
 

Currently on the outlet of Cossayuna Lake as viewed from Cossayuna Road, where the outlet crosses the road in the hamlet of Cossayuna. Also, 2 River Otters on the ice next to a hole in the ice. Very close to shore. 

Scott Varney
Salem NY


Re: Lesser Black-backed Gull?

Robert Nash
 

We only have another shot with its head turned





On Wed, Dec 25, 2019 at 1:27 PM, zach schwartz-weinstein
<zachsw@...> wrote:
Robert (Nash) a did you get any shots of the bird with its wings spread?

On Wed, Dec 25, 2019 at 1:17 PM zach schwartz-weinstein via Groups.Io <zachsw=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Thus far the consensus seems to be a subadult Great Black-Backed.

On Wed, Dec 25, 2019 at 1:15 PM zach schwartz-weinstein via Groups.Io <zachsw=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Overlook Park is at the end of School Street in Cohoes.  

I’ve send this image to Agull expert and also posted it on the North American Gulls Facebook group.  I’ll report what they say.

On Wed, Dec 25, 2019 at 1:10 PM Robert Lewis <rfermat@...> wrote:
Interesting.  Might be Slaty-backed, might be hybrid Herring X Great Black-backed.

Where exactly is this?  Precise directions?


Bob Lewis
Sleepy Hollow NY



On Wednesday, December 25, 2019, 12:32:53 PM EST, Robert Nash via Groups.Io <rjn23=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:


Seen just now at Overlook Park in Cohoes.  Could it be a Lesser?
Rob





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Re: Lesser Black-backed Gull?

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

Robert (Nash) a did you get any shots of the bird with its wings spread?

On Wed, Dec 25, 2019 at 1:17 PM zach schwartz-weinstein via Groups.Io <zachsw=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Thus far the consensus seems to be a subadult Great Black-Backed.

On Wed, Dec 25, 2019 at 1:15 PM zach schwartz-weinstein via Groups.Io <zachsw=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Overlook Park is at the end of School Street in Cohoes.  

I’ve send this image to Agull expert and also posted it on the North American Gulls Facebook group.  I’ll report what they say.

On Wed, Dec 25, 2019 at 1:10 PM Robert Lewis <rfermat@...> wrote:
Interesting.  Might be Slaty-backed, might be hybrid Herring X Great Black-backed.

Where exactly is this?  Precise directions?


Bob Lewis
Sleepy Hollow NY



On Wednesday, December 25, 2019, 12:32:53 PM EST, Robert Nash via Groups.Io <rjn23=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:


Seen just now at Overlook Park in Cohoes.  Could it be a Lesser?
Rob





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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774

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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774

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203 500 7774


Re: Lesser Black-backed Gull?

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

Thus far the consensus seems to be a subadult Great Black-Backed.

On Wed, Dec 25, 2019 at 1:15 PM zach schwartz-weinstein via Groups.Io <zachsw=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Overlook Park is at the end of School Street in Cohoes.  

I’ve send this image to Agull expert and also posted it on the North American Gulls Facebook group.  I’ll report what they say.

On Wed, Dec 25, 2019 at 1:10 PM Robert Lewis <rfermat@...> wrote:
Interesting.  Might be Slaty-backed, might be hybrid Herring X Great Black-backed.

Where exactly is this?  Precise directions?


Bob Lewis
Sleepy Hollow NY



On Wednesday, December 25, 2019, 12:32:53 PM EST, Robert Nash via Groups.Io <rjn23=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:


Seen just now at Overlook Park in Cohoes.  Could it be a Lesser?
Rob





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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774

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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


Re: Lesser Black-backed Gull?

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

Overlook Park is at the end of School Street in Cohoes.  

I’ve send this image to Agull expert and also posted it on the North American Gulls Facebook group.  I’ll report what they say.

On Wed, Dec 25, 2019 at 1:10 PM Robert Lewis <rfermat@...> wrote:
Interesting.  Might be Slaty-backed, might be hybrid Herring X Great Black-backed.

Where exactly is this?  Precise directions?


Bob Lewis
Sleepy Hollow NY



On Wednesday, December 25, 2019, 12:32:53 PM EST, Robert Nash via Groups.Io <rjn23=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:


Seen just now at Overlook Park in Cohoes.  Could it be a Lesser?
Rob





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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


Re: Lesser Black-backed Gull?

Robert Lewis
 

Interesting.  Might be Slaty-backed, might be hybrid Herring X Great Black-backed.

Where exactly is this?  Precise directions?


Bob Lewis
Sleepy Hollow NY

On Wednesday, December 25, 2019, 12:32:53 PM EST, Robert Nash via Groups.Io <rjn23=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:


Seen just now at Overlook Park in Cohoes.  Could it be a Lesser?
Rob


Re: Lesser Black-backed Gull?

kernscot
 

Hmmm- Slaty-backed!??

Happy Holidays!

Nancy Kern


From: hmbirds@groups.io <hmbirds@groups.io> on behalf of zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw@...>
Sent: Wednesday, December 25, 2019 12:54 PM
To: rjn23@... <rjn23@...>
Cc: HMBirds <hmbirds@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Lesser Black-backed Gull?
 

Not a LBBG - pink feet.  Can I send this to a gull expert?  It looks very interesting for Slaty-Backed.

On Wed, Dec 25, 2019 at 12:32 PM Robert Nash via Groups.Io <rjn23=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Seen just now at Overlook Park in Cohoes.  Could it be a Lesser?
Rob




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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


Re: Lesser Black-backed Gull?

zach schwartz-weinstein
 


Not a LBBG - pink feet.  Can I send this to a gull expert?  It looks very interesting for Slaty-Backed.


On Wed, Dec 25, 2019 at 12:32 PM Robert Nash via Groups.Io <rjn23=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Seen just now at Overlook Park in Cohoes.  Could it be a Lesser?
Rob




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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774

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