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Northumberland Field Birds

jhershey2
 

Field birds were putting on a show yesterday in Northumberland mostly at the Welcome Stock Dairy Farm on River Rd. a little north of the intersection with Rt. 32.  Ron H. and I saw about 300 each of Horned Larks and Snow Buntings there yesterday along with 1 or 2 Lapland Longspurs.  They were on both sides of the road and sometimes flew by us as we were standing along the road.  I went back this morning and found maybe half as many as we saw yesterday at the same farm.  I usually can spot the Lapland Longspurs in a photo because of the dark frame on their cheek.  I posted 4 pics mostly for i.d. purposes from yesterday and today in the photo section of this group.  Click the right arrow to see each of them.  https://groups.io/g/hmbirds/photo/76888/0?p=Created,,,20,2,0,0

John H. 


Re: Niskayuna Bike Path today

Craig Driggs
 

Yesterday around noon I found a group of at least 30 snow buntings in the same farm fields next to the bike path west of Ferry Rd. Sparrows were active also with song, white-throated and probably american tree sparrow.

Craig Driggs


Grasslands wanderings

Naomi Lloyd
 

After striking out last week, the Thursday group had somewhat better luck this time. We started on the Northumberland side checking manure spreads around King Farm where we found a single flyover Snow Bunting and a few Horned Larks. More small flocks showed up as well as American Tree Sparrows. Raptors were limited to a Cooper's Hawk and almost a dozen Redtails.

After noon most of the group went their way and I decided to try the Washington County side. Not many waterfowl and the river is starting to freeze up. In the fields I found more buntings and parks, and three Rough-legged Hawks. I wandered until 4pm when I stopped at Fitzpatrick Rd. Despite watching until 5:25, no Short-ears or Harriers appeared. I did find a Mockingbird which I tried hard to turn into a shrike (didn't work) and a pair of Great Horned Owls hooting sweet nothings to each other.

Naomi Lloyd


Pileated Woodpeckers

Alan
 

On today's walk we saw a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers.

Clear skies, Alan
Glenville


Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Niskayuna- 1/22

trwdsd
 

I walked the Mohawk-Hudson bike path from Lions Park towards Lock 7 in Niskayuna this morning. At the Ferry Rd. bridge a short stretch of the Lisha Kill was open just wide enough for a Great Blue Heron to be fishing in the shallow water. I didn't find any field birds at Burger's Farm, but there was a large flock of Song Sparrows feeding along the grassy edges there. On the way back to Lions Park I heard, and then viewed, two Ruby-crowned Kinglets foraging in the tangled brush and vines along the frozen backwater adjacent to the bike path. The Mohawk River is almost completely frozen over after the last few days of very cold weather, so there were no waterfowl around.

Later in the morning I drove around Altamont and Knox looking for roadside birds, to no avail. There was a male Belted Kingfisher perched on a branch over Beaverdam Creek at the Knox Wetland on Street Rd.


Tom Williams
Colonie


This week's destination: 1/23

Naomi Lloyd
 

Bill and I were the only birders last week and got skunked on grasslands birds, despite others finding good stuff later that day and in the week. So let's try the Washington/Saratoga grasslands again and hope for better luck (and more eyes!)

Meet at Hudson Crossing park at 9:00. I might spend the rest of the day up there and look for SEOW in the afternoon.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Hudson+Crossing+Park/@43.113797,-73.579937,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x89de2ebeef77c4ef:0xcdfc181530ee1425!8m2!3d43.113797!4d-73.577743?hl=en&authuser=0

Naomi





Southern Rensselaer CBC report (belated)

Naomi Lloyd
 

The Southern Rensselaer Christmas Bird Count was conducted Saturday December 29 2019. Thirty participants in nine field parties tallied 63 species and 13,786 birds. This is the third-highest number of species in the past 20 years, topped only by 2001 and 2007 with 68 species both years, and well above the 20 year average of 57 species.

All major bodies of water were mostly open, with creeks and rivers flowing at a moderate rate while most still water was mostly frozen. The weather was more pleasant than it had been for the past few years, with no precipitation, light winds, and temps in the mid-30s to mid-40s. Only an inch or so of snow remained.

With lakes frozen and running water moving fast, we didn't have any surprises in the waterfowl department. Single Northern Pintail and Green-winged Teal were the only standouts. Some half-hardy species hung out in the mild weather -- Great Blue Heron, Belted Kingfisher, Hermit Thrush, and Gray Catbird. A single Iceland Gull stood out in the flocks. Early owling parties found Eastern Screech and Great Horned Owls. Good numbers of raptors were seen, including all three falcons and the usual Black Vulture roost at HVCC. Six species of sparrows were found.
Given the bleak Finch Forecast, it was not surprising to strike out on Purple Finches, Common Redpolls, and Pine Siskins. Red-Breasted Nuthatches are still lingering up in the hills and were not seen on the count.

We wrapped up with our usual congenial compilation dinner at the Lakeview. I'm looking for quieter quarters for next year!

Thank you to everyone who participated in field parties or feederwatching. I hope to see you again next winter on December 26 2020 - mark your calendars!

A more detailed report will appear soon in FEATHERS.

Naomi Lloyd
compiler


Re: Mystery Bird in Galway

Scott Varney
 

If nothing else makes your friend feel better, there's this...It's a great decoy!

Scott
Salem, NY

Sent from my Verizon Motorola Smartphone

On Jan 20, 2020 7:51 PM, Heidi <hocka1@...> wrote:
From: "Heidi via Groups.Io" <hocka1@...>
Date: January 20, 2020 at 7:47:04 PM EST
To: HMBirds <hmbirds@groups.io>
Cc: hmbirds@groups.io
Subject: [hmbirds] Mystery Bird in Galway

Well, the skeptics were right about the bird 😊 but this was NOT a set up or prank by my friend. She sent me the message below about an hour ago:

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https://groups.io/mt/69947013/1367984
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Re: Mystery Bird in Galway

Scott Varney
 

If nothing else makes your friend feel better, there's this...It's a great decoy!

Scott
Salem, NY

Sent from my Verizon Motorola Smartphone

On Jan 20, 2020 7:51 PM, Heidi <hocka1@...> wrote:
From: "Heidi via Groups.Io" <hocka1@...>
Date: January 20, 2020 at 7:47:04 PM EST
To: HMBirds <hmbirds@groups.io>
Cc: hmbirds@groups.io
Subject: [hmbirds] Mystery Bird in Galway

Well, the skeptics were right about the bird 😊 but this was NOT a set up or prank by my friend. She sent me the message below about an hour ago:

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https://groups.io/mt/69947013/1367984
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Re: Any ideas?

Ron
 

How about a Ferruginous Hawk.


Re: Any ideas?

Richard Guthrie
 

The dark brown helmet, and blotchy spots on the side view of a belly band say immature Red-tailed Hawk to me.

Rich Guthrie
New Baltimore
The Greene County
NY


On Mon, Jan 20, 2020 at 9:40 PM Jane McCloskey <janemccloskey@...> wrote:



Begin forwarded message:

From: Jane McCloskey <janemccloskey@...>
Date: January 20, 2020 at 9:01:08 AM EST
To: Hudson-Mohawk Birding <hmbc.distribution@...>
Subject: Any ideas?

Hello,  Solicit thoughts on this bird, which was feasting on the grounds of a Kansas City museum in early November.   It was not wearing the usual Kansas City Chiefs jersey, unlike most other city residents.



--
Richard Guthrie


Any ideas?

Jane McCloskey
 




Begin forwarded message:

From: Jane McCloskey <janemccloskey@...>
Date: January 20, 2020 at 9:01:08 AM EST
To: Hudson-Mohawk Birding <hmbc.distribution@...>
Subject: Any ideas?

Hello,  Solicit thoughts on this bird, which was feasting on the grounds of a Kansas City museum in early November.   It was not wearing the usual Kansas City Chiefs jersey, unlike most other city residents.


Mystery Bird in Galway

Heidi
 

From: "Heidi via Groups.Io" <hocka1@...>

Date: January 20, 2020 at 7:47:04 PM EST
To: HMBirds <hmbirds@groups.io>
Cc: hmbirds@groups.io
Subject: [hmbirds] Mystery Bird in Galway

Well, the skeptics were right about the bird 😊 but this was NOT a set up or prank by my friend. She sent me the message below about an hour ago:  

SCROLL WAY DOWN FOR MESSAGE

https://groups.io/mt/69947013/1367984
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Re: Mystery Bird in Galway

kernscot
 

What a laugh! Mystery solved!

Nancy Kern


From: hmbirds@groups.io <hmbirds@groups.io> on behalf of Heidi <hocka1@...>
Sent: Monday, January 20, 2020 7:46 PM
To: HMBirds <HMBirds@groups.io>
Subject: [hmbirds] Mystery Bird in Galway
 
Well, the skeptics were right about the bird 😊 but this was NOT a set up or prank by my friend. She sent me the message below about an hour ago:

Mystery Solved.




Mystery Bird in Galway

Heidi
 

Well, the skeptics were right about the bird 😊 but this was NOT a set up or prank by my friend. She sent me the message below about an hour ago:

Mystery Solved.


Re: Galway bird

Heidi
 

Here’s a screenshot of the original Facebook post of this bird and my friend’s comment.


Re: What is this?

Heidi
 

Yes definitely Galway NY. 
She is a long time birder and I know this isn’t a prank photo. That’s why I asked for help. 
I will send you a screenshot of her original Facebook post but it’s a cellphone pic so details aren’t great. 
Thankyou for all the opinions. 

Heidi

On Jan 20, 2020, at 7:59 AM, zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw@...> wrote:


That doesn’t look like any North American vulture species.  Are you sure your friend took this in Galway?

On Mon, Jan 20, 2020 at 12:01 AM Heidi <hocka1@...> wrote:
A friend took this picture on Sunday of a large bird sitting in a tree near her home in Galway.

We agree it looks like a Vulture but what about all that white?

Could it be partially leucistic (sp?)
Any other ideas?

Thanks
Heidi Klinowski




--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


Re: What is this?

Richard Guthrie
 

It doesn’t look legit 

Rich 


On Jan 20, 2020, at 7:58 AM, zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw@...> wrote:

That doesn’t look like any North American vulture species.  Are you sure your friend took this in Galway?

On Mon, Jan 20, 2020 at 12:01 AM Heidi <hocka1@...> wrote:
A friend took this picture on Sunday of a large bird sitting in a tree near her home in Galway.

We agree it looks like a Vulture but what about all that white?

Could it be partially leucistic (sp?)
Any other ideas?

Thanks
Heidi Klinowski




--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


Rough-legged Hawk, Northumberland

Alan Mapes
 

Made a pass through Williams Lane and other roads near King Dairy in Northumberland yesterday, late afternoon. The new snow had covered any manure spreads and the only snow bunting I found flew over the car as I was leaving Williams. On the lane, a beautiful rough-legged hawk was perched in a tree south of the lane. Several horned larks were along this road, also four of them on the road edge at the north end of Homestead. 35 wild turkeys were feeding in a cornfield near the intersection of Wall and Goff.

On Fish Creek at Stafford’s Bridge, the large number of waterfowl continue. No sign of the canvasback, but a wood duck and a bufflehead were there, also a pair of scaup (greater?). There were also a few hooded mergansers among the many Canada geese, mallards, blacks and common mergs. 

Alan Mapes
Saratoga


Re: What is this?

David DiSiena
 

I was thinking the same thing. Looks like an escaped Ruppells. 


On Jan 20, 2020, at 7:59 AM, zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw@...> wrote:


That doesn’t look like any North American vulture species.  Are you sure your friend took this in Galway?

On Mon, Jan 20, 2020 at 12:01 AM Heidi <hocka1@...> wrote:
A friend took this picture on Sunday of a large bird sitting in a tree near her home in Galway.

We agree it looks like a Vulture but what about all that white?

Could it be partially leucistic (sp?)
Any other ideas?

Thanks
Heidi Klinowski




--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774

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