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Greater Scaup, Ring-necked Ducks. eBird Report - Mohawk River between Crescent Bridge and Klamsteam Tavern, Mar 6, 2020

Ronald Harrower
 

Mohawk River between Crescent Bridge and Klamsteam Tavern, Saratoga, New York, US
Mar 6, 2020 10:25 AM - 10:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Checklist Comments: Drove from Crescent Bridge to Klamsteam Tavern. After seeing the Pintails and variety of Gulls, I was hoping to find more. I did find a good variety of ducks but the gulls were limited to Ring-billed
17 species

Canada Goose 45
Wood Duck 4
Mallard 6
American Black Duck 7
Ring-necked Duck 20
Greater Scaup 2
Hooded Merganser 2
Common Merganser 15
Mourning Dove 4
Ring-billed Gull 26
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Red-winged Blackbird 6
Common Grackle 5
Northern Cardinal 2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S65509490

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


Pintails, iceland Gull eBird Report - Mohawk River between Crescent Bridge and Klamsteam Tavern, Mar 4, 2020

Ronald Harrower
 


Mohawk River between Crescent Bridge and Klamsteam Tavern, Saratoga, New York, US
Mar 4, 2020 2:05 PM - 2:25 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Checklist Comments: There was still a strip of ice just West of the Crescent Bridge which had a lot of gulls sitting on it. Mostly Ring-necked Gulls with a couple of Herring Gulls and a very light gull which was clearer in binocular sight than camera sight. I will say Iceland. There were a a couple of others I though might be Iceland juveniles.
Oddly, the most excitement for me were three Pintails, 2 drakes and a hen beyond the Ice strip.
Farther up were 5 bright drake Wood Ducks. a bit of drama ensued when one took exception to another and chased him off, even biting him!
















































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13 species

Canada Goose 34
Wood Duck 5
Mallard 17
American Black Duck 9 packed together in lagoon near Klamsteam Tavern
Northern Pintail 3
Common Merganser 25
Ring-billed Gull 56
Herring Gull 5
Iceland Gull 1 maybe 2 more immature
American Crow 9
European Starling 14
Song Sparrow 1
Red-winged Blackbird 6

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S65510286

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


American Woodcock at Five Rivers

Julie Hart
 

Last night (3/5) Daniel and I went for an evening walk at Five Rivers and saw our first of the year American Woodcock displaying. We were with the winter raptor counters (Alan Mapes and others) at the Grassland Overlook when we heard the peenting just after sunset. It peented for a while and then started doing it's elaborate courtship display. We all got great looks.

Earlier on our walk we also had Barred Owl caterwauling (courtship display).

Here is our complete checklist with breeding codes entered for the Breeding Bird Atlas:

For more info on the atlas, see ebird.org/atlasny

Happy atlasing,
Julie


Singles Bar

Larry & Penny Alden
 

We woke up a little early yesterday (3/3) and found our back field, now snow-free, was hosting a big flock of at least 45 turkeys.  There were no fewer than 16 toms in full display.  After a few minutes of puffing and strutting, the action slowly worked its way into the woods and out of sight, but at least for a moment, it was like a big turkey singles bar in our back yard! 

 

Larry Alden

Meadowdale

(southern Guilderland on the New Scotland border)

 

 


Re: Cackling Goose?

Richard Guthrie
 

A bit of caution, as Alan points out with the question mark following Cackling Goose title to his post, Canada Geese come in many sizes. So it is not a sure bet to assign a smaller goose identification to Cackling Goose. Since the split of Cackling Goose, giving it "full species status", interest in and reports of Cackling Geese (CACG) have increased dramatically. Before that fateful day, we simply would note "Canada Goose (small size)" or something similar to that; or simply ignore the littler one and move on. Since the elevation to species level,finding CACG in an enormous flock of Canada Geese has become a quest in itself. And here is where that caution should prevail. As it turns out from careful scrutiny of CACG reports with sufficient documentation (usually photos), we can now assume that most small size "white chin" geese in our area are indeed Cackling Geese. But not always. So it is still important to look for, note, and document any smaller white-chin geese to see if, and how often, the smaller subspecies of Canada Geese occur in our area. Yeah, not as exciting as adding another species to the day's trip list, but, for the record, just as important.

Rich Guthrie
New Baltimore
The Greening County,
New York


On Wed, Mar 4, 2020 at 8:23 AM Alan Mapes <alanmapes@...> wrote:
In a flyover group of Canada geese yesterday, there was a very small bird - half the body size of the geese near it. Keep an eye out in the Saratoga County area - this was a little east of Saratoga Springs along Fish Creek. The flock was headed toward Schuylerville.

Alan Mapes
Saratoga



--
Richard Guthrie


Cackling Goose?

Alan Mapes
 

In a flyover group of Canada geese yesterday, there was a very small bird - half the body size of the geese near it. Keep an eye out in the Saratoga County area - this was a little east of Saratoga Springs along Fish Creek. The flock was headed toward Schuylerville.

Alan Mapes
Saratoga


Carolina Wren at Hudson Crossing Park

Scott Varney
 

It's so nice to sit outdoors and hear the hints of Spring, fast-approaching. On my way to work, dozens of strands of Canada Geese were all over the Hudson River in the village of Schuylerville. I'm guestimating thousands of birds. A single Red-winged Blackbird on a tree in the Hamlet of Battenville. 

Then during my lunch break, I'm hearing several Eastern Bluebirds and a solitary, but very vocal Carolina Wren at Hudson Crossing Park...I think it's going to be a good week for early migrants!

Happy Birding,

Scott Varney
Salem, NY


This week's destination: 3/5

Naomi Lloyd
 

Happy meteorological spring! Let's take advantage of the pleasant weather while it lasts and get out of our cars for a change.
Meet at Lion's Park in Niskayuna at 9:00am where we can scan the river for waterfowl and check the area for passerines. It's a paved path so you can shed those heavy winter boots!

Good birding --

Naomi

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Lions+Park/@42.7769317,-73.8264853,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x89de0d44840ee243:0x80a6c8e2a8e08a90!8m2!3d42.7769317!4d-73.8242966?hl=en&authuser=0





Re: HMBC program reminder - Monday March 2 at 6:30 PM at the Colonie town library

scottjstoner
 

Program starts at 6:30 PM



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-------- Original message --------
From: Marne Onderdonk <marne37@...>
Date: 3/2/20 17:03 (GMT-05:00)
To: ScottJStoner@...
Cc: hmbirds@groups.io
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] HMBC program reminder - Monday March 2 at 6:30 PM at the Colonie town library

Hi Scott, is it 6:30-8? The library website has it scheduled to start at 6 pm

Thanks!

Marne


On Mar 1, 2020, at 9:21 PM, scottjstoner via Groups.Io <ScottJStoner@...> wrote:



Program -- The Changes I've Seen in 60 Years of Birding

  • When
    2 Mar 2020
  • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Location
    William K. Sanford (Colonie) Library
Program: "The Changes I've Seen in 60 Years of Birding - and What's New and Different
Speaker: Rich Guthrie


for more details and directions: https://www.hmbc.net/event-3615773


Re: HMBC program reminder - Monday March 2 at 6:30 PM at the Colonie town library

scottjstoner
 

Program starts at 6:30 PM



Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: Marne Onderdonk <marne37@...>
Date: 3/2/20 17:03 (GMT-05:00)
To: ScottJStoner@...
Cc: hmbirds@groups.io
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] HMBC program reminder - Monday March 2 at 6:30 PM at the Colonie town library

Hi Scott, is it 6:30-8? The library website has it scheduled to start at 6 pm

Thanks!

Marne


On Mar 1, 2020, at 9:21 PM, scottjstoner via Groups.Io <ScottJStoner@...> wrote:



Program -- The Changes I've Seen in 60 Years of Birding

  • When
    2 Mar 2020
  • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Location
    William K. Sanford (Colonie) Library
Program: "The Changes I've Seen in 60 Years of Birding - and What's New and Different
Speaker: Rich Guthrie


for more details and directions: https://www.hmbc.net/event-3615773


Re: HMBC program reminder - Monday March 2 at 6:30 PM at the Colonie town library

Marne Onderdonk
 

Hi Scott, is it 6:30-8? The library website has it scheduled to start at 6 pm

Thanks!

Marne


On Mar 1, 2020, at 9:21 PM, scottjstoner via Groups.Io <ScottJStoner@...> wrote:



Program -- The Changes I've Seen in 60 Years of Birding

  • When
    2 Mar 2020
  • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Location
    William K. Sanford (Colonie) Library
Program: "The Changes I've Seen in 60 Years of Birding - and What's New and Different
Speaker: Rich Guthrie


for more details and directions: https://www.hmbc.net/event-3615773


Lesser Black-backed Gulls- 3/2

trwdsd
 

I birded the Hudson River--Mohawk River corridor between Green Island and Latham this morning. From the Crescent Power Plant I could see a small group of gulls collected on the ice just above the spillway on the Waterford side. Among them was an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull. There was also a pair of Lesser Scaup swimming in the Mohawk just downriver from the power plant. I then moved just upriver to the pull-off along Crescent Rd., to where the edge of the ice shelf on the Mohawk has receded. In the large group of gulls at the water's edge there was an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull. I couldn't be sure this wasn't the same bird, but only ten minutes time had elapsed between sightings. Subsequently, another birder confirmed that there were indeed two present. The main channel of the Mohawk River appears to be completely ice free now, as far westward as the Niskayuna Train Station area at Lions Park, and perhaps much farther. Expect a lot of movement this week with waterfowl and gulls.

Tom Williams
Colonie


HMBC program reminder - Monday March 2 at 6:30 PM at the Colonie town library

scottjstoner
 


Program -- The Changes I've Seen in 60 Years of Birding

  • When
    2 Mar 2020
  • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Location
    William K. Sanford (Colonie) Library
Program: "The Changes I've Seen in 60 Years of Birding - and What's New and Different
Speaker: Rich Guthrie


for more details and directions: https://www.hmbc.net/event-3615773


This week's destination: 2/26

Naomi Lloyd
 

Still apologising for last week's dearth of Short-eared Owls when they have been seen every day before and after... but onwards to a new week.

The weather looks moderately sucky but seems we might get a dryish slot. There was some action on the river around Stillwater today and geese have been on the move, so let's meet at the the Mechanicville Price Chopper at 9:00am and we can check the river up and down from there -- Lock 2, River Rd, etc.

Good birding and stay dry!

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Price+Chopper+Plaza,+Stillwater,+NY+12118/@42.9100473,-73.6872968,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x89de17c4d0038d6f:0xfc26c2b79e8fc201!8m2!3d42.9102339!4d-73.6851213?hl=en&authuser=0

Naomi


On Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 12:42:51 PM EST, Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel@...> wrote:


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





HMBC program Monday evening March 2 - Rich Guthrie

scottjstoner
 

Join us on Monday March 2 at 6:30 PM at the Colonie Library for a presentation by Richard Guthrie, "The Changes I've Seen in 60 Years of Birding - and What's New and Different"

For directions and more information, please see



Black Vultures

jeffdeal
 

I had a great sighting of two black vultures flying through my back yard in North Greenbush this morning, just south of HVCC.  The white wingtips were unmistakable!


Turkey Vultures

Ron
 

Just saw 2 Turkey Vultures soaring near the intersection of Creble Road and 9W, Selkirk.


Crows

Ron
 

My wife and I went to Troy on Saturday around 5 pm and we noticed hundreds and hundreds of crows that filled the sky and nearly all the trees along the West Bank of the Hudson where Highway 7 crosses were full of crows. Not sure if that is a regular site or not, but we were amazed by the numbers.


Re: Herring/Glaucous Gull Hybrid Schoharie Crossing Yesterday

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

This seems to be the first ebird record of this hybrid in region 8.  I haven't checked the kingbird for older records.


On Mon, Feb 24, 2020 at 1:35 PM marianne friers <threecollie@...> wrote:
Not sure if this is of interest and sorry it isn't timely...I didn't realize what we had found until I asked experts for ID. Couldn't make it look right for a Glaucous.



--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


Signs of spring!

Heidi
 

At 10:35 this morning I saw my FOS V of about 25 Canada Geese flying high and NORTH over the Hudson River near Troy.

Also spotted 3 Turkey Vultures circling over Pawling Avenue near Emma Willard School.

And at home in Sycaway.... happy to see my first crocus poking up.

I know we’re not out of the woods yet but I’m encouraged.

Heidi Klinowski
Troy

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