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Franklin Mt. Hawkwatch season wrapup

Andy Mason
 

Susan, Kathryn--

This went out to the bird lists around the state and to our hawkwatch contacts today.  Feel free to use on the web site and/or Facebook.  It will also be in the next KF.

Andy

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January 5, 2019 ended the 39th consecutive season of monitoring migrating raptors at the Franklin Mt. Hawkwatch, near Oneonta in NY's northern Catskill Mountains.  No birds were tallied under overcast skies with gusty WNW winds.

Whereas the 2018 season was notable for a large concentrated movement of Golden Eagles in the second half of October, this year was the exact opposite.  Only one golden was counted in Oct., 2019, a great aberration from the norm.  This is even stranger considering the record-shattering 254 counted in Oct. 2018.  A typical October at Franklin Mt. would produce 50 or so Golden Eagles, so this represents two extremes in succeeding years.

Over half of last year's October tally came on one incredible date, Oct. 25, when counters and visitors spotted 128 GE's—a single day record for eastern North America.  Even setting aside this huge day, Oct., 2018 far surpassed any other October in site history.  The drop to one bird this year is inexplicable.  Will the species return to form next season?

Golden Eagles did recover in November though, with a good count of 157, including double-digit days of 39 on the 8th, 43 on the 12th, 23 on the 13th, and 14 on the 20th.  For the season, the GE total stood at 166, somewhat below the 19-year average of 183, since full time counting began at the site.

Red-tail Hawks totaled 922, only half of the average of 1727, continuing a downward trend for this stalwart of Franklin Mt. numbers.  All accipiters were notably down, as were Osprey and kestrels.  Record season highs were set for Turkey Vulture and Broad-winged Hawk.  No Black Vultures were spotted, throwing cold water on a hoped for regular appearance following last season's count of 15 and 2017's six.  Only two BVs had been recorded in the previous 28 years.

Total raptors were 5237, largely due to the excellent Broad-winged Hawk count in September.  This makes two seasons in a row above average for total birds.

All Franklin Mt. Hawkwatch data is available at www.hawkcount.org.

Thanks for their dedicated service goes to counters Peter Fauth, Becky Gretton, Steve Hall, Carol and Randy Lynch, Pam Peters and Tom Salo, and also to the spotters and visitors who helped out this year.

--
Andrew Mason
13 Boylston St.
Oneonta, NY  13820
(607) 652-2162
AndyMason@... 


Franklin Mt. Hawkwatch season wrapup

Andy Mason
 

Today ended the 39th consecutive season of monitoring migrating raptors at the Franklin Mt. Hawkwatch, near Oneonta in NY's northern Catskill Mountains.  No birds were tallied under overcast skies with gusty WNW winds.

Whereas the 2018 season was notable for a large concentrated movement of Golden Eagles in the second half of October, this year was the exact opposite.  Only one golden was counted in Oct., 2019, a great aberration from the norm.  This is even stranger considering the record-shattering 254 counted in Oct. 2018.  A typical October at Franklin Mt. would produce 50 or so Golden Eagles, so this represents two extremes in succeeding years.

Over half of last year's October tally came on one incredible date, Oct. 25, when counters and visitors spotted 128 GE's—a single day record for eastern North America.  Even setting aside this huge day, Oct., 2018 far surpassed any other October in site history.  The drop to one bird this year is inexplicable.  Will the species return to form next season?

Golden Eagles did recover in November though, with a good count of 157, including double-digit days of 39 on the 8th, 43 on the 12th, 23 on the 13th, and 14 on the 20th.  For the season, the GE total stood at 166, somewhat below the 19-year average of 183, since full time counting began at the site.

Red-tail Hawks totaled 922, only half of the average of 1727, continuing a downward trend for this stalwart of Franklin Mt. numbers.  All accipiters were notably down, as were Osprey and kestrels.  Record season highs were set for Turkey Vulture and Broad-winged Hawk.  No Black Vultures were spotted, throwing cold water on a hoped for regular appearance following last season's count of 15 and 2017's six.  Only two BVs had been recorded in the previous 28 years.

Total raptors were 5237, largely due to the excellent Broad-winged Hawk count in September.  This makes two seasons in a row above average for total birds.

All Franklin Mt. Hawkwatch data is available at www.hawkcount.org.

Thanks for their dedicated service goes to counters Peter Fauth, Becky Gretton, Steve Hall, Carol and Randy Lynch, Pam Peters and Tom Salo, and also to the spotters and visitors who helped out this year.

--
Andrew Mason
13 Boylston St.
Oneonta, NY  13820
(607) 652-2162
AndyMason@... 


Re: Snowy Owl - Albany

John Kent
 

2:30 PM: Snowy no, Peregrine no.

John Kent
Selkirk

On Jan 5, 2020 2:54 PM, "Eric Molho via Groups.Io" <molhoe@...> wrote:

Snowy-no.  Peregrine-yes on the Slater as of 2pm.  ? Chased it off.
Eric
> On Jan 5, 2020, at 1:27 PM, Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie@...> wrote:
>
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> There was one on the radar antenna on the USS Slater at about 11:30 this morning. Sorry for the delayed report.
>
> Rich Guthrie
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Re: Snowy Owl - Albany

Eric Molho
 

Snowy-no. Peregrine-yes on the Slater as of 2pm. ? Chased it off.
Eric

On Jan 5, 2020, at 1:27 PM, Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie@gmail.com> wrote:


There was one on the radar antenna on the USS Slater at about 11:30 this morning. Sorry for the delayed report.

Rich Guthrie



adult Bald Eagle - Loudonville

scottjstoner
 

Just had an adult Bald Eagle fly over our yard in nice light...Scott and Denise, Loudonville


Snowy Owl - Albany

Richard Guthrie
 

There was one on the radar antenna on the USS Slater at about 11:30 this morning. Sorry for the delayed report.

Rich Guthrie


Re: Large accipiter at Vischer Ferry

Naomi Lloyd
 

Field marks I didn't know to look for...

Naomi


On Thursday, January 2, 2020, 5:53:13 PM EST, zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw@...> wrote:


At this time of year, a goshawk at VF isn’t that out of the question.  Did you get a glimpse of tjrnUndertail coverts?  They‘re unstreaked on cooper’s but not on Goshawk.  Goshawks show buffy scaling on the upper shoulders, Cooper’s do not.  Gos would also look relatively small-headed in comparison with a Coop

On Thu, Jan 2, 2020 at 5:48 PM Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Not to go all Nelson Briefer on you, but I'd like to hear thoughts on the likelihood of a Northern Goshawk at Vischer Ferry. I saw the bird twice-- first in flight away from me maybe 10 feet off the ground. First impression was a LARGE female Coop, pretty uniformly gray on the back, but with no terminal band on the tail. In a few seconds I didn't have time to notice darkness of the head. About 3:20, shaded by trees, light not good.

About 25 minutes later I saw what I think was the same bird perched in a cottonwood. Size and posture (a bit "slumped") almost made me think Red-tailed at first until I got on the very long tail, gray back, pale chest and white eyebrow. When it took off the fanned tail was narrowly banded and looked even in length. No reddish tone to the breast.

Opinions? For now it's going into eBird as Acc sp with the description above. If I'd seen it at Cherry Plain I'd feel more secure in my ID but VF just seems an unlikely place.

(It did not at any time rip through the sky)

Naomi Lloyd



--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


Re: Large accipiter at Vischer Ferry

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

At this time of year, a goshawk at VF isn’t that out of the question.  Did you get a glimpse of tjrnUndertail coverts?  They‘re unstreaked on cooper’s but not on Goshawk.  Goshawks show buffy scaling on the upper shoulders, Cooper’s do not.  Gos would also look relatively small-headed in comparison with a Coop

On Thu, Jan 2, 2020 at 5:48 PM Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Not to go all Nelson Briefer on you, but I'd like to hear thoughts on the likelihood of a Northern Goshawk at Vischer Ferry. I saw the bird twice-- first in flight away from me maybe 10 feet off the ground. First impression was a LARGE female Coop, pretty uniformly gray on the back, but with no terminal band on the tail. In a few seconds I didn't have time to notice darkness of the head. About 3:20, shaded by trees, light not good.

About 25 minutes later I saw what I think was the same bird perched in a cottonwood. Size and posture (a bit "slumped") almost made me think Red-tailed at first until I got on the very long tail, gray back, pale chest and white eyebrow. When it took off the fanned tail was narrowly banded and looked even in length. No reddish tone to the breast.

Opinions? For now it's going into eBird as Acc sp with the description above. If I'd seen it at Cherry Plain I'd feel more secure in my ID but VF just seems an unlikely place.

(It did not at any time rip through the sky)

Naomi Lloyd



--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


Large accipiter at Vischer Ferry

Naomi Lloyd
 

Not to go all Nelson Briefer on you, but I'd like to hear thoughts on the likelihood of a Northern Goshawk at Vischer Ferry. I saw the bird twice-- first in flight away from me maybe 10 feet off the ground. First impression was a LARGE female Coop, pretty uniformly gray on the back, but with no terminal band on the tail. In a few seconds I didn't have time to notice darkness of the head. About 3:20, shaded by trees, light not good.

About 25 minutes later I saw what I think was the same bird perched in a cottonwood. Size and posture (a bit "slumped") almost made me think Red-tailed at first until I got on the very long tail, gray back, pale chest and white eyebrow. When it took off the fanned tail was narrowly banded and looked even in length. No reddish tone to the breast.

Opinions? For now it's going into eBird as Acc sp with the description above. If I'd seen it at Cherry Plain I'd feel more secure in my ID but VF just seems an unlikely place.

(It did not at any time rip through the sky)

Naomi Lloyd


HMBC Program and holiday party - Monday January 6 - COLONIE LIBRARY

scottjstoner
 

I wish everyone a Happy New Year - good birding in 2020!

Hope to see you Monday night - NOTE THE NEW TIME AND LOCATION !!!

Monday January 6: :Program at 6:30 PM Aerial Insectivorous Birds, with Joe Corra of Capital Region Audubon, this evening will also include the Holiday Party (rescheduled from December). Feel free to arrive as early as 6:00 PM and bring a dessert to share. Alcoholic beverages are NOT allowed at the Library.

Scott Stoner, Program Chair, Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club


Re: Posting for ID help - MIssissippi Kite?

John Loz
 

Thanks to everyone who responded and viewed this email.
I also thought it was a leucistic Red-tailed Hawk, but wanted to get the community to help confirm.
Much obliged and Happy New Year to all!
John

On Monday, December 30, 2019, 5:04:28 PM EST, John Loz via Groups.Io <stellersjayjohn@...> 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





Canvasback, American Pipit, no field birds. eBird Report - Northumberland farmland, Jan 1, 2020

Ronald Harrower
 


Northumberland farmland, Saratoga, New York, US
Jan 1, 2020 11:35 AM - 2:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
22.0 mile(s)
Checklist Comments: Once again, I choose to do a travelogue of a larger area with highlights of specific spots of birds observed. John and I started our Northumberland tour in Bacon Hill and went up River Rd. Easily 150 American Crows in large fields beyond Welcome Farm. There were other spots where crows were plentiful. There was one Common Raven on Harris Road, which was our next stop. Except for two Common Mergansers, the ducks were all Common Goldeneyes, flying to different spots and riding the river rapids downs and going back up again. There was a Carolina wren in the bushes near the shore.
It was significant that we had no filed birds, despite hitting all the favored spots in Northumberland. So Callahan Rd, Williams Lane, King Rd, Wall Rd, Purinton Rd, Austin Rd, Goff Rd all were devoid of field birds, with the field bird kid, John H on the case no less!
We hit an active spot on Kobor Rd. There were at least 8 Eastern Bluebirds, 2 American Golfinches, numerous Juncos, and a few Chickadees and WB Nuthatches. We enjoyed watching the Bluebirds eating the sumac berries. This dead end part of Kobor also had over 100 American Crows.
We zigzagged on Peters Rd and up and down Purinton and Austin Rd. We are about to give up when we spotted a small raft of Mallards on the Hudson 1/2 mile North of Purinton Rd. Also in the area were many Common Goldeneyes and a few Common Mergansers. I was checking out what at a distance seems to be more Goldeneyes when I saw the deep chestnut head and pure white body of a male Canvasback. I got some iffy photos before going back to get John's attention. Unfortunately, they flew off before he could see it, and despite our best efforts, we couldn't relocate it. I did have a single American Pipit fly over my head and it was calling.
Cold and lack of field birds, brought and end to the day's adventure. Hopefully more snow and more manure will bring the field birds back.
20 species

Canada Goose 14
Mallard 34
Canvasback 1 Male. Unmistakeable, hanging out with Common Goldeneyes. I am making a guess that it might be the same drake that was on Saratoga Lake up until it froze on December 20, 2019. Can'y t prove it without banding or other means, but it is unusual to have just one and The Hudson is a logical place for it to go after Saratoga Lake freezes. I did go up and down River Rd 3 weeks ago and there were no diving ducks then. Now, there are lots of Common Goldeneyes, Common Mergansers, and this Canvasback. All were on Saratoga Lake until it froze. There are also lots of Goldeneyes in Stillwater as well.
Common Goldeneye 28
Common Merganser 4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 56
Mourning Dove 2
Belted Kingfisher 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 4
American Crow 345
Common Raven 1
Black-capped Chickadee 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Carolina Wren 1
European Starling 112
Eastern Bluebird 16 We 8 on Kobor, 4 on the Williams Lane and 4 on River Rd
American Pipit 1 Call was distinctive as was size, coloring and shape.
American Goldfinch 2
Dark-eyed Junco 14

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S62892911

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)


Greater White-fronted Goose, Cossayuna

Scott Varney
 

Did a long drive on this wind-chilled day (January 1st, 2020) and found a bunch of birds...finally!  The Greater White-fronted Goose is still hanging out on the outlet of Cossayuna Lake and got great looks today. It flew off honking loudly and then circled back to the same open water on the outlet. Magnificent!

Then in the Washington County Grasslands, my sister and I found a male Northern Harrier followed immediately by a female of the same species. In an area near The Stovery in Argyle, we came across a flock of Robins that numbered at least 75 birds in 3-4 trees. Immediately adjacent to those trees, we found a single tree that held at least 45 Cedar Waxwings...but could not pinpoint a single, hopeful Bohemian Waxwing. At least a dozen Red-tailed Hawks were encountered in our travels. A very cool non-avian sighting was a lone Red Fox that walked from one side to the other on Cossayuna Lake, at the widest point and right behind 2 ice fishermen who had no idea what we were looking at!  If they turned 180 degrees, the fox would have been 20 feet from them!

Amazing 1st Day,

Scott Varney
Salem NY


Ulster/Dutches (NYUD) Christmas Bird Count 12/28/19 overview

forsythnature
 

Greetings All,
  The ninth annual Ulster/Dutchess (NYUD) Christmas Bird Count was conducted on Saturday, December 28th.  Conditions were favorable with temperatures ranging from a low of 30 degrees during pre-dawn owling to a very comfortable, sun-filled 47 degrees midday.  There was absolutely no breeze throughout the day which did keep a veil of fog in locations along the river making viewing difficult until late morning.   Black ice was reported in most sectors and the snow cover that was present had a slippery crust making early birding a bit treacherous.  The Hudson River was open and mirror like while her main tributaries in the circle ran freely.   Smaller bodies of water were frozen with shaded and protected areas still holding on to an inch or two of several week old snow.

  45 birders in 13 field parties, plus two feeder watchers covered the circle’s ten sectors.  These birders observed 79 species totaling 14,731 individual birds.  The species total represented our second lowest ( 78 in 2013) and the individual count was the third lowest we’ve tallied.  After nine years, the NYUD composite list stands at 128 species with no new additions this year. Through nine years we have averaged 85 species and 17,470 individuals on count day.  Only one count week species was observed with an Eastern Phoebe on the Bard College Campus.

  Highlights of this year’s count included Long-eared Owl, Blue-winged Teal, and Rusty Blackbirds in the Annandale-On-Hudson sector, Gray Catbird and Eastern Towhee in the West Saugerties sector, Northern Saw-whet Owl in the Kerley’s Corners sector, Purple Finches in the Rhinebeck sector, and a House Wren in the Kingston sector.  An exciting phenomenon may have truly been the highlight of the day with to my recollection of Ulster-centered CBC’s, a first with three different sectors observing Red-headed Woodpeckers (2 in the West Saugerties sector, 2 in the Woodstock sector, and 1 in the Rhinebeck sector).   Another unique occurrence were the 42 individual owls counted in five sectors with Kerley’s Corners leading the way with 16 birds and Annandale-On-Hudson with 14 birds.

  Thirteen species set high counts this year including  Red-bellied Woodpecker (54 seen in the Cheviot sector alone),  4 Common Loons and 12 of the 22 Swamp Sparrows observed in the Lake Katrine sector, and 160 Carolina Wrens (previous high was 102).  Six species set new low counts this year including typically abundant species like Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, and Dark-eyed Junco.  American Crow numbers this year were a alarming quarter of their 1279 in 2016. 

  Thank you again this year to Steve Chorvas for his data input and spreadsheet wizardry and to all those NYUDers who brought food, attended, and helped with clean-up of our post count compilation in Kingston.

  SAVE THE DATE FOR THE 10TH ANNUAL ULSTER/DUTCHESS(NYUD)CBC: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26 2020

Wishing All a Healthy and Bird-filled New Year,
Mark DeDea
NYUD co-compiler


This week's destination: 1/2/20

Naomi Lloyd
 

Happy New Year and new year list! did everyone stay up to watch your eBird list clear at midnight?

Let's meet at Tibbits Ave in Green Island at 9:00 and check the ice shelves along the Mohawk. Ron had an Iceland Gull yesterday. Bring your scope if you have one.

Naomi





Iceland Gull. eBird Report - Crescent Park, Dec 31, 2019

Ronald Harrower
 

Crescent Park, Saratoga, New York, US
Dec 31, 2019 12:42 PM - 12:56 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Checklist Comments: I drove down the river from Klamsteam Tavern to the Crescent Bridge. The shallow water was frozen. A small group of Common Mergs were near the little marina about halfway down. The next birds I saw were a bunch of Great Black-backed Gulls floating down the river, some riding little ice chunks like royalty. Therein group of gulls were near the Crescent Park proper. The "highlight" was an Iceland Gull. There was a mix of Black-backed, Herring and Ring-billed hanging out on the edge of the ice, taking off once when I first got out of the car, but they settled down.
7 species (+1 other taxa)

Common Merganser 9
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 7
Mourning Dove 2
Ring-billed Gull 25
Herring Gull 19
Iceland Gull 1
Great Black-backed Gull 29
gull sp. 14 I have difficulty figuring out years and plumages of gulls.

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S62826251

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)


Re: Christmas Bird Count Online Map

Tristan Lowery
 

I haven't used the Count Circle app but if you're cheap (as I am), you can just look up count circle center coordinates at the Audubon CBC map and then punch them into a circle-generating site like this one: https://www.fcc.gov/media/radio/circleplot. Then download the resulting KML file, which can then be opened in applications like Google My Maps and saved for mobile viewing in the field on Google Maps.

Tristan Lowery
Albany

On Tue, Dec 31, 2019 at 7:26 PM Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
If you want to maximise your participation in CBCs, NYSOA does a list of all the NY state counts every year. If you like travelling, it was possible to do 11 this year!

https://nybirds.org/ProjCBC.htm

Naomi Lloyd
a slacker with only 6 this year.


On Tuesday, December 31, 2019, 6:18:45 PM EST, Cassandra Davis <daviscass33@...> wrote:


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


Re: Christmas Bird Count Online Map

Naomi Lloyd
 

If you want to maximise your participation in CBCs, NYSOA does a list of all the NY state counts every year. If you like travelling, it was possible to do 11 this year!

https://nybirds.org/ProjCBC.htm

Naomi Lloyd
a slacker with only 6 this year.


On Tuesday, December 31, 2019, 6:18:45 PM EST, Cassandra Davis <daviscass33@...> wrote:


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


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

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