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This week's destination: 3/12

Naomi Lloyd
 

Have you noticed how noisy it's getting in the morning lately?
Let's meet at Vischer Ferry by the Whipple bridge at 9:00am to check the newly-open ponds.

In non-avian nature notes, the mild weather and rainy evenings this week may get amphibians moving towards their breeding spots. If you're driving near vernal pools after dusk, watch for frogs and salamanders crossing the road and give them a hand if it's safe to do so. Consider reporting sightings to the Amphibian Migration and Road Crossings project, too.
https://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/51925.html

Naomi
(birdgal married to a herpguy)





Hudson Pointe and Bolton Landing Waterfowl

David Harrison
 

Early this morning into early this afternoon, I found 18 species of waterfowl at the above named locations in southern Warren County. Hudson Pointe Nature Preserve (Big Bay) had the lion's share with 17 species, including a Cackling Goose, a Snow Goose (flyover with a flock of Canadas), 2 Northern Pintail, 8 American Wigeon, 3 Green-winged Teal, a Redhead, a Lesser Scaup and a Red-breasted Merganser. Most of the other more common species were in double or triple (Canada Goose) figures. Passerines were also evident in good variety, leading to a 42 species total for the 3 and a half hours I was there. Anyone who goes should be prepared for icy trails (although maybe not as much after today's warmth), distant waterfowl (a scope is essential) and trails that, in some areas, are in need of maintenance (particularly down by the river).
Bolton Landing was challenging, due to the intense shimmer over the ice and water. The highlights there were a pair of Northern Shovelers and a flock of about 25 Fish Crows. Again, the ducks were at quite a distance, making a scope a necessity.
David Harrison
Milford, NJ


Turkey Vulture-palooza!

Heidi
 

As I drove over Tibbits Avenue in Troy around 10:30 this morning, there were at least 8 or 9 Turkey Vultures all feasting and fighting over the remains of what looked to be a Red Fox. This is right near St Mary's Cemetery and I know there is a red fox family there, as I live right around the corner. I'm guessing the fox was hit by a car and the TVs are doing the clean up.  They were still there 2 hrs later when I made my return trip.

Heidi Klinowski
Troy/Brunswick line


Great greedy grackles

Ellen
 

This morning a flock of what appeared to be several hundred grackles showed up en masse in our yard and on the property across the street.  I’ve always seen these big flocks in late fall, never during spring migration.

 

Ellen P.

West Charlton


Great Cormorant, Germantown

Naomi Lloyd
 

A single Great Cormorant continues on the upriver channel marker at Ernest R Lasher boat launch. There are many waterfowl on the Greene Co side but shimmer is pretty thick already. 
Best to come here early in the day.

Naomi


Germantown- Great Cormorant

kernscot
 

Nancy Kern

Germantown Lasher Park

1 Great Cormorant seen on Hudson River green channel marker north of Lasher Park. White flank patch and face visible.

2 adult Bald Eagles, one on a large nest on the island, and another nearby.


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




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