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Re: Question about Wilson's Snipe

ConserveBirds
 

Thanks, Lindsey.  Cold and wet is how I’ve been a lot lately so no problem there!

Mona

 

From: Lindsey Duval [mailto:lindsey.duval@...]
Sent: Monday, March 30, 2020 11:14 AM
To: ConserveBirds <conservebirds@...>
Cc: HMBirds <hmbirds@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Question about Wilson's Snipe

 

The best chance of getting them displaying is very early in the morning around or before sunrise, or just after sunset (I've helped grad students with snipe surveys and found myself standing in cold swamps and marshes just before sunset and up to almost two hours after and that's when they became most active for displaying purposes). 

 

 

 

On Mon, Mar 30, 2020, 11:10 AM ConserveBirds <conservebirds@...> wrote:

I have several areas in my BBA blocks that look like good habitat for snipe.  Does anyone have any idea what time of day they start displaying?  I would assume after sunset like woodcock, but…?  I have seen them feeding during the day but have never seen courtship displays. 

 

Mona Bearor

South Glens Falls

 

 


Re: Question about Wilson's Snipe

Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval@...>
 

The best chance of getting them displaying is very early in the morning around or before sunrise, or just after sunset (I've helped grad students with snipe surveys and found myself standing in cold swamps and marshes just before sunset and up to almost two hours after and that's when they became most active for displaying purposes). 



On Mon, Mar 30, 2020, 11:10 AM ConserveBirds <conservebirds@...> wrote:

I have several areas in my BBA blocks that look like good habitat for snipe.  Does anyone have any idea what time of day they start displaying?  I would assume after sunset like woodcock, but…?  I have seen them feeding during the day but have never seen courtship displays. 

 

Mona Bearor

South Glens Falls

 

 


Question about Wilson's Snipe

ConserveBirds
 

I have several areas in my BBA blocks that look like good habitat for snipe.  Does anyone have any idea what time of day they start displaying?  I would assume after sunset like woodcock, but…?  I have seen them feeding during the day but have never seen courtship displays. 

 

Mona Bearor

South Glens Falls

 

 


Vischer Ferry Waterfowl

jhershey2
 

The HMBC field trips for April have been cancelled, as you may know, including Vischer Ferry Preserve.  I've been visiting there almost daily for the exercise and for the ducks.  I've never seen the place as busy with people as it's been for the last couple weeks usually with parking lot overflow even on week days.  Anyway, there has consistently been a good variety of waterfowl.  This morning I had the following with guess-timates: American Wigeon (12), Gadwall (16), Northern Shoveler (2), Green-winged Teal (18), Wood Duck (16), Bufflehead (2),  Ring-necked Duck (40), Pied-billed Grebe (2).  I counted what I saw along the west towpath plus the back ponds.  I didn't see it this morning but on previous days it was interesting to watch the shoveler pairs doing their "mating dance".  They will bow heads alternately (like Mallards) or turn in a circle with head under water but no actual mating so far.  The main trails are wide enough to keep 6 feet from others coming the other way.  I've attached a few pics from previous days. 

John H.


fox sparrow in the yard

scottjstoner
 

One of the benefits of being home most  of the time is increased observations of the birds of our backyard. This morning, 3-30-2020, we had a first of year (FOY) Fox Sparrow, only the 3rd time, and earliest, in the past dozen years. Scott and Denise, Loudonville



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Horned Grebe & Red-brested Merganser - Coxsackie

Richard Guthrie
 

Today on the Hudson River - 1 each.

Also Double-crested Cormorants, and a Bald Eagle sitting on a nest.

Rich Guthrie

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Richard Guthrie


Yellow-headed Blackbird

Scott Varney
 

Here's a couple of today's photos of the Yellow-headed Blackbird on Mahaffey Road in Fort Edward.  

Scott Varney
Salem, NY


WC Grasslands. Blackhouse Road Trail

Scott Varney
 

I had a beautiful hike into the wilderness of solitude today along the Washington County Grasslands Trail on Blackhouse Road in Fort Edward.  Birds were sparse, but I took time to enjoy an Eastern Phoebe's songs, a continual influx of Turkey Vultures in drift-mode, a family of Song Sparrows making their Chimp sounds, a Northern Harrier drifting across the Grasslands in search of a meal, a pair of Vesper Sparrows near the outer platform, and my first beetles of the season...it was so peaceful!  The day was topped off with a true avian hint of the Spring season, a solitary Eastern Meadowlark in full-on song.  I love Spring!

Acclimating to the new "normal". 

Scott Varney 
Salem, NY



Turkey Vulture Colony

Scott Varney
 

For all the bad rap they receive from most people, Turkey Vultures are fascinating creatures!  Our Salem roosting colony has returned this Spring.  Tonight, it is an absolute spectacle as all 70+ vultures are flying over my house. Their amazing sense of smell and a body size nearly that of a Bald Eagle are impressive. Check out the enclosed link for an article regarding their amazing odoriferous superpowers. 
Also, in the spirit of social distancing, Montezuma NWR had this picture to offer. 


5 Rivers Yesterday March 26

scottjstoner
 

Denise and I birded a portion of the grounds yesterday, staying far away from the many other people who were also enjoying the springlike afternoon. Highlights included a pair of Eastern Bluebirds, and a flock of American Robins devouring the fruits in the apple orchard near the visitor center.  Full ebird list with a few photos (at link) below. 

Stay safe everyone

Scott

Five Rivers EEC, Albany, New York, US
Mar 26, 2020 2:04 PM - 4:23 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.58 mile(s)
17 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  6
Mourning Dove  6
Killdeer  1    on roof of visitor center where it has nested in recent years
Buteo sp.  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
American Crow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Eastern Bluebird  2
American Robin  20
House Sparrow  10
Dark-eyed Junco  2
White-throated Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  5
Red-winged Blackbird  8
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
Common Grackle  5
Northern Cardinal  1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S66249501


Yellow-headed Blackbird

Scott Varney
 

The Yellow-headed Blackbird on Mahaffey Road in Fort Edward is still hanging out and today, he is posing beautifully right next to the road, showing off spectacular colors in full sunlight. Amazing shade of yellow-orange on the head and neck!

Killdeer and Brown-headed Cowbirds are providing amazing vocal performances. 

Happy Birding,

Scott Varney
Salem, NY


Breeding Bird Atlas webinar link

Andy Mason
 

Folks--

Last week's NYS Breeding Bird Atlas III webinar with State Coordinator
Julie Hart is now online at
https://doas.us/the-joys-of-atlasting-with-julie-hart-march-20-2020-webinar/.

Andy Mason

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


Great Blue Herons

Sue Rokos
 

Hi, so excited to see a Great Blue Heron in the marsh down our road by the tracks in Duanesburg. Then, on our way back tucked in the back of a large drained pond, where we have noticed four empty nests, and thought a rookery? And yes! Three herons in two nests....very tucked back. Until the leaves come we can just see them from the road farther up. Taking the scope tomorrow.

Sue and Dennis Rokos


FOS sparrows

Nancy Castillo
 

During yesterday’s snow, we had our first of season Song Sparrow and today in a snow-covered yard, our FOS Fox Sparrow. The Fox Sparrow was visiting our birdfeeders, a rare behavior here at least.

 

Town of Providence, western Saratoga County.

 

Nancy Castillo


Song Sparrow

Alan
 

A single Song Sparrow under my feeders just now.

Clear skies, Alan
Glenville


Re: Purple Finch - Saratoga

birderlarry
 


We have a male and female at our feeder today - currently actively feeding along with a WTSP, SOSP, HAWP, DOWP, RBWP, AMGO, and many juncos. 
Larry Federman 
Palenville, Greene County


On Mar 23, 2020, at 2:39 PM, scottjstoner via Groups.Io <ScottJStoner@...> wrote:


we also had one female at our feeders, yesterday and the day before, but not today. Scott and Denise, Loudonville



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From: Alan Mapes <alanmapes@...>
Date: 3/23/20 13:19 (GMT-05:00)
To: HMBirds <hmbirds@groups.io>
Subject: [hmbirds] Purple Finch - Saratoga

We had one female purple finch around noon time today at our feeders. She did not really feed that I could see, but sat on top of a feeder quietly as the goldfinch hoard swirled around her.

Alan Mapes
Saratoga


Re: Purple Finch - Saratoga

Nancy Castillo
 

We have had 16 Purple Finches enjoying the safflower seed on a snowy day in western Saratoga County. 1300ft elevation.

 

Nancy

 

From: hmbirds@groups.io [mailto:hmbirds@groups.io] On Behalf Of scottjstoner via Groups.Io
Sent: Monday, March 23, 2020 2:40 PM
To: Alan Mapes <alanmapes@...>; HMBirds <hmbirds@groups.io>
Cc: hmbirds@groups.io
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Purple Finch - Saratoga

 

we also had one female at our feeders, yesterday and the day before, but not today. Scott and Denise, Loudonville

 

 

 

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From: Alan Mapes <alanmapes@...>

Date: 3/23/20 13:19 (GMT-05:00)

To: HMBirds <hmbirds@groups.io>

Subject: [hmbirds] Purple Finch - Saratoga

 

We had one female purple finch around noon time today at our feeders. She did not really feed that I could see, but sat on top of a feeder quietly as the goldfinch hoard swirled around her.

 

Alan Mapes

Saratoga


Re: Purple Finch - Saratoga

Barb, Rod and Jill
 

We’ve had purple finches in our yard in Schoharie County for weeks. Some house finches too. Many on this snowy day.
 
Barb Palmer
 

From: scottjstoner via Groups.Io
Sent: Monday, March 23, 2020 2:39 PM
To: Alan Mapes ; HMBirds
Cc: hmbirds@groups.io
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Purple Finch - Saratoga
 
we also had one female at our feeders, yesterday and the day before, but not today. Scott and Denise, Loudonville
 
 
 
Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
 
 
-------- Original message --------
From: Alan Mapes <alanmapes@...>
Date: 3/23/20 13:19 (GMT-05:00)
To: HMBirds <hmbirds@groups.io>
Subject: [hmbirds] Purple Finch - Saratoga
 
We had one female purple finch around noon time today at our feeders. She did not really feed that I could see, but sat on top of a feeder quietly as the goldfinch hoard swirled around her.
 
Alan Mapes
Saratoga


Re: Purple Finch - Saratoga

scottjstoner
 

we also had one female at our feeders, yesterday and the day before, but not today. Scott and Denise, Loudonville



Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: Alan Mapes <alanmapes@...>
Date: 3/23/20 13:19 (GMT-05:00)
To: HMBirds <hmbirds@groups.io>
Subject: [hmbirds] Purple Finch - Saratoga

We had one female purple finch around noon time today at our feeders. She did not really feed that I could see, but sat on top of a feeder quietly as the goldfinch hoard swirled around her.

Alan Mapes
Saratoga


Purple Finch - Saratoga

Alan Mapes
 

We had one female purple finch around noon time today at our feeders. She did not really feed that I could see, but sat on top of a feeder quietly as the goldfinch hoard swirled around her.

Alan Mapes
Saratoga

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