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rt loon & rn grebe - round lake

gregg_recer
 

cathy graichen and I did some water birding around central saratoga county today. In addition to the caspian tern at the saratoga lake marine park (reported there also by naomi 2 days ago -- presumed same bird?), highlights were at round lake where we had a basic-plumage red-throated loon and an impressive group of 9 alternate-plumage red-necked grebes. Also present at RL, an osprey pair seeming to stake claim to a nest there. We were able to dig out a few wilson's snipe at wright's loop, including hearing a calling bird doing what sibley calls the grinding-ticks call.

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gregg recer
malta NY


Carter's Lake Birding

Scott Varney
 

Relatively quiet with birds with cold temps and blustery winds. Highlights included a male Northern Harrier, 8 Great Blue Herons all on nests, 3 Pine Warblers, and about 50 Ring-necked Ducks. Brown Creeper songs are the most vocal in the woods here.  Lots of Swamp Sparrows singing on the other side of the lake as I travelled Ferguson Road.  Also had another Eastern Towhee on Kilburn Road on my way home. 

Happy Birding,

Scott Varney
Salem NY


Vischer Ferry Ducks

jhershey2
 

I walked around the ponds at Vischer Ferry Preserve this afternoon.  The overall number of ducks there has dwindled quite a bit from a few weeks ago, but there are still a pretty good variety of species.  I counted 3 Northern Shovelers, 6 Blue-winged Teal, 6 American Wigeon, 5 Wood Ducks, 2 Ring-necked Ducks, 1 Hooded Merganser, and 1 Pied-billed Grebe. The main entrance parking lot was pretty full but it's possible to walk the trails without passing many people at all.  The migrant songbirds should be arriving in big numbers soon. 

John H.  


Caspian tern

gregg_recer
 

present now at Saratoga marine park. sitting on dock across from boat launch and south of the bridge. 

Gregg Recer
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gregg recer
malta NY


Re: Atlas reminder

gregg_recer
 

Thanks Zach, good reminder. The atlas online handbook provides some tools to use in the field for knowing where you are relative to the block boundaries, even if you don't have phone signal (only need GPS) using a free app (Avenza Maps).https://ebird.org/atlasny/about/atlas-blocks -- scroll down to Block Maps for the Field 

I've been trying it with free topo quads (blocks are defined from the quads - 1 quad = 6 blocks), and the free block boundary layer kmz file. It is helpful to have the real-time GPS position especially when trails run very close and nearly parallel to block boundaries, so the block you're in is only to one side of the trail. A couple of examples I've come across already are Bog Meadow Brook trail in Saratoga, and the 100 Acre Woods loop trail in Malta.

One tip about Avenza - the free version only allows 3 maps uploaded at a time; the block boundary file is added as a separate layer, not a map file per se, so it is there no matter what maps you have uploaded.

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gregg recer
malta NY


Atlas reminder

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

A reminder for folks participating in the Breeding Bird Atlas.  Many of our local hotspots, like black creek marsh and vischer ferry, are spread across two or more atlas blocks.  If you’re atlasing from a location like that make sure you’re starting your checklist in the atlas block where you actually are, then start a new checklist when you enter a new block - don’t just assume you can select the default hotspot location, or you may be submitting a checklist in the wrong block.  The mobile apps now show atlas blocks on their maps if you’re using the atlas portal, which makes knowing which block you’re in and where the boundaries are much easier, but it’s still on us to know which block we are in and to remember to start a new checklist if/when we enter a different block.
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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
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Corona Birdwatching / COVID

Christoph Randler
 

Dear fellow birdwatchers,
Corona has changed our lives and we want to study its influence on birdwatching activities in different countries. Please help us and answer a few simple questions. The questionnaire is in seven different languages and takes 2 (two) minutes. The study is run by Piotr Tryjanowski (University of Poznan) and Christoph Randler (University of Tuebingen).


https://www.soscisurvey.de/birds_corona/


Stay healthy,
Christoph & Piotr

 

More information:

It is a scientific study, and you can check my profiles on the website of the University of Tübingen/MNF, researchgate, eBird, facebook (BioDidaktik Tübingen), etc.; I am a birder myself, working at the intersection of biology & social sciences, so thank you all for helping us getting a clearer picture how corona impacts on social/psychological aspects of a leisure activity.
Please take care and stay healthy,
Christoph


Saratoga National Historical Park Birding

Scott Varney
 

I hiked the Wilkinson Trail (4 mile trail) today and found 20 different species. Highlights included Eastern Towhee, American Kestrel, lots of Field Sparrows, 2 Barred Owls, and 2 Pine Warblers. I stopped at Wright's Loop along Route 4 in Stillwater and found 50+ Green-winged Teal, 2 drake Northern Shovelers, 2 Black Ducks, a few Mallards, and 1 Bald Eagle. The 7 Wilson's Snipe from the day before were absent, likely as a result of the flooding from Monday rains. What a great hike at SNHP!  I hiked the entire trail and had no troubles social distancing...I had the whole trail to myself!  Wear waterproof boots, as the entire trail is very sloggy!  

Happy Birding,

Scott Varney
Salem, NY


First Louisiana Waterthrush

ConserveBirds
 

While atlasing this morning I found a Louisiana Waterthrush singing at the Ora Phelps Nature preserve.  Same spot I found one last year.

 

Mona Bearor

South Glens Falls

 

 


Eastern Towhee

Earthday49@...
 

Just had a male Eastern Towhee in the yard, Guilderland.  FOS


First Field Sparrow in Austerlitz

kernscot
 

Weird but great start to Easter Sunday at home today. Woke up to the song of the first Field Sparrow of the year just outside my window in the field. In the front yard, in the sun, was a magnificent tom turkey displaying to 2 unimpressed hens. All chased out by a group of feeding deer. I love living in the country!

Stay well and Happy Birding-

Nancy Kern
Austerlitz, NY


Delmar

Eric Molho
 

This morning brought several ruby crowns and their urgent accelerating song, a few golden crowns and for a change of pace a raven squawking at a crow that was trying to send it back to Thatcher Park.
Hang in there everyone.
Eric


Pine Warblers, Lake Lauderdale

Scott Varney
 

Found 3 so far on the Blue Trail. Vocalizing and visuals. 

Scott Varney
Salem NY


Re: harris' sparrow at Buckingham lake

Christopher J. McCarthy
 

And right now, same spot, Milner and Raft. Clear views. 



Sent from my phone. Please excuse typos etc.! 


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From: gregg_recer <gregg_recer@...>
Date: 4/10/20 2:33 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: Hmbirds <hmbirds@groups.io>
Subject: [hmbirds] harris' sparrow at Buckingham lake

still present this afternoon at same location near Milner and raft intersection. flushed shortly after I got there so no photos. 

Gregg Recer
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gregg recer
malta NY


Barrows correction

gregg_recer
 

nortonville Rd pulloff 

Gregg Recer
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gregg recer
malta NY


Barrows.

gregg_recer
 

was able to locate near Northville Rd pulloff. in with a group of about 8 commons. the group is moving a a lot along a couple of coves on the eastern shore. 

1 immature long-tailed duck also in the area, more in the middle of the lake. 

Gregg Recer
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gregg recer
malta NY


Barrow's Goldeneye - Tomhannock Reservoir

Richard Guthrie
 

For info:

Report of a Barrow's ~9 AM,  just north of Nortonville Rd, half-way to Croll Rd.

Rich Guthrie

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Richard Guthrie


harris' sparrow at Buckingham lake

gregg_recer
 

still present this afternoon at same location near Milner and raft intersection. flushed shortly after I got there so no photos. 

Gregg Recer
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gregg recer
malta NY


Re: Golden-crowned Kinglets

kernscot
 

Yes I have Cedar Waxwings in Austerlitz, Columbia Co.

Nancy Kern


From: hmbirds@groups.io <hmbirds@groups.io> on behalf of suzy nealon <suzy.nealon@...>
Sent: Thursday, April 9, 2020 3:26 PM
To: hmbirds@groups.io <hmbirds@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Golden-crowned Kinglets
 
Thank you! Has anyone seen Baltimore Orioles or Cedar Waxwings yet?




Re: Golden-crowned Kinglets

suzy nealon
 

Thank you! Has anyone seen Baltimore Orioles or Cedar Waxwings yet?

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