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More half-hardies by the Hudson

John Kent
 

I have been at Hannacroix Creek Preserve in New Baltimore for twenty minutes. So far I've seen Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, and Gray Catbird, and heard a singing Winter Wren.

John Kent
Selkirk

Dark Morph Rough-legged Hawk

Scott Varney
 

Observed very well on Dowmont Road off Route 197 in Fort Edward at approximately 2 pm today.  A very, very dark Ruffy!

Scott Varney
Salem NY

Beautiful Rough-legged Hawk. eBird Report - Westline Rd. & Western Ave., Charlton, Jan 21, 2020

Ronald Harrower
 

Westline Rd. & Western Ave., Charlton, Saratoga, New York, US
Jan 21, 2020 12:05 PM - 12:35 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
Checklist Comments: Wally and I drove down from the end of Western Avenue in Charlton. After a brief frenetic pace on nearby rte 67, it was very peaceful, and we could stop and observe birds without fear of getting run over or having irate pick-up truck drivers letting us know where birders stood in their world view! The highlight was definitely the Rough-legged Hawk just West of DeGraff Rd. (I am including the birds seen on a brief jaunt up DeGraff) Nice variety of Sparrows in one little flock by the side of the road. Again, only one vehicle went by while we were watching them, so it was a good chance to really see what was there.
13 species

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 2
Rough-legged Hawk 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 5
American Crow 4
European Starling 63
House Finch 1 at feeder
American Tree Sparrow 3
Dark-eyed Junco 22
White-throated Sparrow 5
Song Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S63726243

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

Tons o Horned Larks, Tons on Snow Buntings 1 Lapland Longspur e Bird Report - West River Road, Jan 23, 2020

Ronald Harrower
 

West River Road, Saratoga, New York, US
Jan 23, 2020 11:55 AM - 12:25 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Checklist Comments: John H and I had looked around the quadrants defined by Wall Street and King Rd (rtes 39 and 40) with a few birds on Williams Lane and distant few birds behind barn on Wall Street. I had noticed fresh manure on West River Rd the day before when I passed through with my non-birding stepson. We went to the spot just North of Welcome Farm and the farmers had added manure to the other side of the road. We saw a few Horned Larks so pulled over and striated walking up the road. Soon, a huge flock of Snow Buntings went up and flew all over, settling in tight grassy spots by the side of the road, going out into the fields and feeding and sometimes flying right over us. It was an amazing spectacle. While this was going on, we checked the fields on both sides. There were birds feeding whenever I brought my camera to focus on a spot in the field. So as impressive as the flying flock was, it occurred to us that there were many more Horned Larks and Snow Buntings just walking around feeding in the fresh manure. After counting the flying birds (at one point there were two huge flying flocks with over 100 Snow Bunting in one and over 100 Horned Larks in the other that came together to feed on the side of the road) and exstrapolating the samples of birds in the field, there were at least 300 Horned Larks and 300 Snow Buntings! We spotted at least 1 Lapland Longspur, perhaps 2 (And who knows in the field!) An amazing sight, particularly after recent times when I would find nothing or just one small flock of 20-30 birds.
9 species

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 35 Around barns at Welcome Farm just South
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 6
Horned Lark 300
European Starling 45
Lapland Longspur 1
Snow Bunting 300

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S63726825

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

Re: Northumberland Field Birds

gregg_recer
 

ps. group of nearly 70 wild turkeys on Williams ln now 
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gregg recer
malta NY

Re: Northumberland Field Birds

gregg_recer
 

Cathy Graichen and I out here in Northumberland right now. found about 150 horned larks in several places including w. river Rd near welcome stock farm. 2 Lapland longspurs in that group. one adult peregrine falcon near the wall st and king st intersection. finding no snow buntings out here today. 
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gregg recer
malta NY

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:
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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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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:
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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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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:



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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
 

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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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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.