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Re: Help with photo ID please

gregg_recer
 

female or juv HOSP was my thought too; might be missing a couple of tail feathers giving it a short spiky-tailed look
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gregg recer
malta NY


Re: Help with photo ID please

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

Female House Sparrow, with that very large pink bill.

On Sun, Jan 19, 2020 at 9:18 AM ConserveBirds <conservebirds@...> wrote:

A friend sent this to me for an ID and I am stumped. At first I thought maybe a Vesper Sparrow because of the light patch on the shoulder, but at closer inspection it looks like that is rally on the bird’s back and that the pattern continues across the back.  Another birder friend suggested Grasshopper Sparrow.

Any thoughts appreciated,

Mona Bearor

So. Glens Falls

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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


Help with photo ID please

ConserveBirds
 

A friend sent this to me for an ID and I am stumped. At first I thought maybe a Vesper Sparrow because of the light patch on the shoulder, but at closer inspection it looks like that is rally on the bird’s back and that the pattern continues across the back.  Another birder friend suggested Grasshopper Sparrow.

Any thoughts appreciated,

Mona Bearor

So. Glens Falls


Waterfowl Hudson River - Greene County

Richard Guthrie
 

I ran the Hudson River (Greene County) section of the annual waterfowl count today from 8 AM until the snow started at 2 PM.

The stretch covered was from Coeymans Landing in southern Albany County to Smith's Landing south of Catskill.

The day was cold but pleasant starting at 11 F and slowly going up to 20 F by noon. The wind was brisk at times, but not brutal.

The river was open, with no ice except a rim along the shoreline and in sheltered bays and marshes.

There was no snow on the ground. But it did start snowing at around 2 PM, reducing visibility significantly.

Given the forecast for snow starting from the south to north, I leap-frogged down to the southern end of the segment then worked northward.

Here's the totals:
Canada Goose 1,749
Mute Swan             3
Mallard               191 (a significant number of the Mallards were at an open pond behind Oakbrook Manor apartments in Ravena where some domestic ducks are fed)
Am. Blk Duck       19
C. Merganser        33

In addition, there were 10 Bald Eagles with two pairs sitting by nests;
and, 5 Red-tailed Hawks, and 3 C. Ravens (one pair displaying a bit of courtship type flying)

Richard Guthrie
New Baltimore
The Greene County
NY


Re: Northumberland field birds

gregg_recer
 

I was perhaps a little too terse in my post, as I was emailing from the car on my phone. The area in Saratoga County roughly centered on the segment of SR 32 that runs between Bacon Hill and Gansevoort has a lot of good open-field habitat and dairy farms with manure spreads to attract wintering field birds. This is the approximate location where the big flock has been seen recently:
https://goo.gl/maps/UPe7mUerUcaEVRL49

Obviously, with the new snow coming, the situation will be fluid and will depend on where the next nice manure spread appears on the new snow.


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gregg recer
malta NY


Northumberland field birds

gregg_recer
 

thanks to John h for posting earlier. still a big flock of snow buntings near wall and king intersection. I estimated about 400. also many horned larks. no obvious longspurs, but most viewing pretty distant. will need to scrunrize photos. other smatterings of larks and buntings on many local roads here. also 3 adult bald eagles. 

Gregg Recer
gregg_recer@...

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gregg recer
malta NY


Re: Northumberland Field Birds

Richard Guthrie
 

Thanks for the info, John.

As an addition, I was up by Lake George on Tuesday and found the lake open all the way up past Hague.

I checked a few viewing opportunities and found few waterfowl and nothing of special note.

Rich Guthrie


On Thu, Jan 16, 2020 at 4:30 PM jhershey2 <hersheyj@...> wrote:
Partly influenced by Naomi's plans and the promise of new snow on the ground,  I headed for Northumberland this morning mostly in search of field birds.  I drove by many of the dairy and horse farms but spent most of my time near the intersection of King and Wall.  I estimate there were 150 Snow Buntings and 100 Horned Larks feeding at the southeast sector of the intersection mostly along one narrow strip of manure. The birds were chirping and constantly flying but seldom got near the road.  After looking at my photos on a big screen, I was able to tease out at least 2 Lapland Longspurs among the others.  I also spotted a Northern Harrier and a Common Raven flying over the field.  I made a cursory check of the north end of Saratoga Lake but found solid ice and no waterfowl.    

John H.



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Richard Guthrie


Northumberland Field Birds

jhershey2
 

Partly influenced by Naomi's plans and the promise of new snow on the ground,  I headed for Northumberland this morning mostly in search of field birds.  I drove by many of the dairy and horse farms but spent most of my time near the intersection of King and Wall.  I estimate there were 150 Snow Buntings and 100 Horned Larks feeding at the southeast sector of the intersection mostly along one narrow strip of manure. The birds were chirping and constantly flying but seldom got near the road.  After looking at my photos on a big screen, I was able to tease out at least 2 Lapland Longspurs among the others.  I also spotted a Northern Harrier and a Common Raven flying over the field.  I made a cursory check of the north end of Saratoga Lake but found solid ice and no waterfowl.    

John H.


This week's destination: 1/16

Naomi Lloyd
 

Hey folks! I am not dead!

Let's meet at Brown's Beach on Saratoga Lake at 9:00am. We can check the lake to see if the warmer temps have opened water and brought ducks, then move up to the Northumberland farm country and look for winter birds. See you there!

Naomi





Henry Hudson half-hardies continue

John Kent
 

So far this morning at Henry Hudson Park in Selkirk I have seen a Yellow-rumped Warbler, a Rusty Blackbird, and at least one, probably two, Ruby-crowned Kinglets.

John Kent
Selkirk


Fish Creek Waterfowl - Canvasback

Alan Mapes
 

Stopped at the Fish Creek Marina, Stafford’s Bridge Road, Saratoga at noon time. Creek is mostly open, with perhaps 300 waterfowl present. A male canvasback was among the many mallards and American black ducks. Also present: hooded and common mergansers, one female bufflehead, a few greater and lesser scaup, and two female wood ducks.

Alan Mapes
Saratoga Springs


This week's destination: 1/9 and thoughts for next week

Naomi Lloyd
 

Thursday looks like it will be cold but clear, so let's take a run upriver. We can check for waterfowl at the usual places and if time permits look for winter field birds in Fort Edward or Northumberland. Meet at the Mechanicville Price Chopper at 9:00. If I'm not there by 9:05, leave without me -- I'm fighting a cold and may not be up to it. Hope to join you but I'm not optimistic.

The Alan Devoe Thursday group is travelling down to the Shawangunk Grasslands area next week for the Harrier/Short-eared Owl show, visiting Weston Rd swamp for Red-headed Woodpeckers along the way and checking the Blue Chip Farms for more winter visitors. This will be a midday into evening trip. We'll plan out meeting time and carpool arrangements next week.

Naomi





Re: Out of area rare bird sighting - Florida Scrub Jay

kernscot
 

I saw them there for years.

Nancy Kern


From: hmbirds@groups.io <hmbirds@groups.io> on behalf of Peter via Groups.Io <barvoepd@...>
Sent: Tuesday, January 7, 2020 9:13 PM
To: hmbirds@groups.io <hmbirds@groups.io>
Cc: hmbirds@groups.io <hmbirds@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Out of area rare bird sighting - Florida Scrub Jay
 
location: Johnathan Dickinson State Park, fl


Re: Out of area rare bird sighting - Florida Scrub Jay

Peter
 

location: Johnathan Dickinson State Park, fl


Out of area rare bird sighting - Florida Scrub Jay

Peter
 

Although rare (endangered, with only 4,000 pairs left), since they never travel far from the scrub areas they live, were actually easy to find, at least on the day I was there. A few were all around me, on branches and the ground no more than 2 feet away. They didn't seem to care that I was there at all. I posted two pics in my album (a few more on flickr). Here's one: 


Troy CBC - 1/4/2020 Preliminary Results

Larry & Penny Alden
 

Twenty-five birders in seven field parties found a total of 60 species yesterday, 1/4/20.  It was a rather soggy day, with light rain and fog most of the day.  There was no snow on the ground and rivers and streams were flowing while ponds and reservoirs were largely iced over.

 

Highlights (birds found by one or two field parties) included:

 

Snow Goose – 1

Northern Pintail – 1

Bufflehead – 1

Iceland Gull – 1

Sharp-shinned Hawk – 1

Cooper’s Hawk – 2

Eastern Screech-Owl – 2

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker – 2

Merlin – 1

Brown Creeper – 1

Winter Wren – 2

Golden-crowned Kinglet – 4

Cedar Waxwing – 4

Swamp Sparrow – 1

White-crowned Sparrow – 1

Red-winged Blackbird – 44

Brown-headed Cowbird – 36

 

Larry Alden - compiler

 

 


Re: Franklin Mt. Hawkwatch season wrapup

Andy Mason
 

My apologies for duplicate post.

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


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.
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> Rich Guthrie
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