Date   

Early-ish Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

Weiskotten, Kurt
 

Parked in the driveway and there he was - a sight for sore eyes - a beautiful early male Rose-breasted Grosbeak - right here in Belleview, Schenectady.  7:00pm, April 29th.
Per Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other Nondiscrimination statutes, Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. and its related companies will not discriminate on the grounds of race, color or national origin in the selection and retention of subconsultants, including procurement of materials and leases of equipment. Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. and its related companies will ensure that minorities will be afforded full opportunity to submit proposals and will not be discriminated against in consideration for an award. This communication and any attachments are intended only for the use of the individual or entity named as the addressee. It may contain information which is privileged and/or confidential under applicable law. If you are not the intended recipient or such recipient's employee or agent, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, copy or disclosure of this communication is strictly prohibited and to notify the sender immediately.


Potash Mountain Birding

Scott Varney
 

I hiked to the top of Potash Mountain today in Lake Luzerne  (The cascading waterfalls are gorgeous right now). On my trip, I observed a Broad-winged Hawk and 2 Turkey Vultures at the summit.  At a nearby lookout I found a single Yellow-rumped Warbler.
The deciduous and coniferous sections of the trail were very quiet with avian life, but the omni-present voices of running water and light breezes through the trees made for a wonderful experience.

Scott Varney
Salem NY


Schuylerville Birding

Scott Varney
 

Hiked the Surrender March Trail trail yesterday and found a FOY single Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher.  Also saw my second Northern Flicker for the year there.  At Hudson Crossing, found 2 more BG Gnatcatchers, several Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers (lots of drumming), several Wood Ducks, and a beautiful Yellow-rumped Warbler.  Nice day. 

Scott Varney
Salem, NY


this morning at Five Rivers

scottjstoner
 

22 species, including pine warbler, eastern Phoebe, Eastern Towhee, and belted kingfisher. We also had a Towhee in our yard yesterday morning!  Scott and Denise, Loudonville.





Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


Caspian Tern, Green Heron - Saratoga Lake

Alan Mapes
 

On a paddle from Waterfront Park on the north end of the lake, I had 11 Caspian terns mid-day today - one fishing near the mouth of the Kayadeross Creek and 10 on a private beach where the ring-billed gulls hang out (Water’s Edge). 

My first of year green heron flew out near the creek mouth. 16 buffleheads were also near that spot.

Alan Mapes
Saratoga


Re: Need help with a bird question

ConserveBirds
 

Thanks to everyone who responded to my Mallard hen post.  I wasn’t aware they would nest so close to people, so I’ve learned something, too.  That’s what I love about birding – always something new!

Mona Bearor

South Glens Falls

 

 

 

From: Steve M. Chorvas [mailto:schorvas@...]
Sent: Sunday, April 26, 2020 7:40 PM
To: 'HMBirds' <hmbirds@groups.io>; ConserveBirds <conservebirds@...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Need help with a bird question

 

Ask the writer to take a careful look around her porch for an active nest.  Mallards are notorious for nesting in odd locations, including under porches, in window wells, chimneys, etc.  Sounds like the hen is defending a nest site.

 

 

Steve

 

Steve M. Chorvas
Saugerties, NY  

----- Original Message -----

Sent: 04/26/2020 5:41 PM

Subject: [hmbirds] Need help with a bird question

 

We receive this question through our Southern Adirondack Audubon Facebook page.  I haven’t  a clue.  Anyone have an idea what’s going on here?

 

"I have a question about a female Mallard duck. I was standing on my porch yesterday in the late afternoon. I am in a second floor apartment overlooking a small lake in Southern Saratoga County. There were two  Mallard drakes on the shore and one in the water and one female in the water close to the shore. All of a sudden the female suddenly got out of the water and flew up straight at me. She was maybe two feet from me when I had to wave her away. I thought it was just a one off weird event. Now she was on the grass beneath my porch and began aggressively moving into an small area where a Canada Goose was feeding. The Goose warned her away but she persisted and it wasn't until the Goose became very aggressive that she moved aside but not that far. The next thing i knew she flew up at me again. Once more I had to wave her away when she got alarmingly close. She did once more. this time i used a cushion from my Chaise to wave her away.  The next thing I know some drakes were chasing her. Having had enough excitement for the day I went inside. I'm over80, am a life time bird watcher and never experienced anything like it! Have you heard of or seen such behavior? I will be eager to get your reply."

 

Any help for this lady appreciated.

 

Mona Bearor

South Glens Falls

 

 


Re: Need help with a bird question

Steve M. Chorvas
 

Ask the writer to take a careful look around her porch for an active nest.  Mallards are notorious for nesting in odd locations, including under porches, in window wells, chimneys, etc.  Sounds like the hen is defending a nest site.
 
 
Steve
 
Steve M. Chorvas
Saugerties, NY  

----- Original Message -----
Sent: 04/26/2020 5:41 PM
Subject: [hmbirds] Need help with a bird question

We receive this question through our Southern Adirondack Audubon Facebook page.  I haven’t  a clue.  Anyone have an idea what’s going on here?

 

"I have a question about a female Mallard duck. I was standing on my porch yesterday in the late afternoon. I am in a second floor apartment overlooking a small lake in Southern Saratoga County. There were two  Mallard drakes on the shore and one in the water and one female in the water close to the shore. All of a sudden the female suddenly got out of the water and flew up straight at me. She was maybe two feet from me when I had to wave her away. I thought it was just a one off weird event. Now she was on the grass beneath my porch and began aggressively moving into an small area where a Canada Goose was feeding. The Goose warned her away but she persisted and it wasn't until the Goose became very aggressive that she moved aside but not that far. The next thing i knew she flew up at me again. Once more I had to wave her away when she got alarmingly close. She did once more. this time i used a cushion from my Chaise to wave her away.  The next thing I know some drakes were chasing her. Having had enough excitement for the day I went inside. I'm over80, am a life time bird watcher and never experienced anything like it! Have you heard of or seen such behavior? I will be eager to get your reply."

 

Any help for this lady appreciated.

 

Mona Bearor

South Glens Falls

 

 


Re: Banded Canada Goose- Five Rivers

Jay Ciccone
 

Wow that is a really old bird!

Speaking of bands, right around the time that goose was banded is when they stoped using the old vinyl style neck bands that were shaped like a bib/cone and they began using the yellow and orange (in our region) cylinder shaped hard plastic neck tags instead. They made the switch as a result of the cone shaped neck collars icing up, and the geese could not fly because of the weight of the ice. Initially that bib style was created to actually prevent ice up on the collar, however it had the reverse affect instead. 

If anyone ever sees a Canada goose still sporting one of those bib shaped neck tags, that bird is likely at least around twenty years old. Or more!

Those neck bands were initially white, with a black alpha numeric combination on them, and over the years the collars had a tendency to fade to a solid black.  

I'm just curious, when was the last time any one has seen one of those? 


                             - Jason Ciccone 
                                Catskill   

 

On Sunday, April 26, 2020, 01:33:03 PM EDT, trwdsd via groups.io <trwdsd@...> wrote:


For as long as I have been birding at Five Rivers, there has been a leg-banded Canada Goose present. It spends its time during the breeding season roaming between Wood Duck Marsh, Fox Marsh and Goose Pond. I've never been able to read the band through binoculars, so during this past week I walked along with, around, behind and in front of the bird to get enough images to be able to capture the bard number. It is paired up with another goose again this season, but clearly they are not currently in a nesting situation. I submitted my findings to the Bird Banding Lab at USGS and they sent back the following reply:

INFORMATION FROM OUR FILES:
Species: Canada Goose
Date banded: 06/25/2002
Banding Location: FEURA BUSH, NEW YORK, USA
Age: HATCHED IN 2001 OR EARLIER
Sex: FEMALE
This female is therefore at least 18+ years old. Tip your hat next time you encounter her.

Photos of the band are attached.


Tom Williams
Colonie


Re: Need help with a bird question

scottjstoner
 

extreme breeding defensive behavior...?



Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: "Tom Lake via groups.io" <trlake7@...>
Date: 4/26/20 17:44 (GMT-05:00)
To: conservebirds@..., hmbirds@groups.io
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Need help with a bird question

Hormones? Breeding season.

Tom


-----Original Message-----
From: ConserveBirds <conservebirds@...>
To: 'HMBirds' <hmbirds@groups.io>
Sent: Sun, Apr 26, 2020 5:41 pm
Subject: [hmbirds] Need help with a bird question

We receive this question through our Southern Adirondack Audubon Facebook page.  I haven’t  a clue.  Anyone have an idea what’s going on here?
 
"I have a question about a female Mallard duck. I was standing on my porch yesterday in the late afternoon. I am in a second floor apartment overlooking a small lake in Southern Saratoga County. There were two  Mallard drakes on the shore and one in the water and one female in the water close to the shore. All of a sudden the female suddenly got out of the water and flew up straight at me. She was maybe two feet from me when I had to wave her away. I thought it was just a one off weird event. Now she was on the grass beneath my porch and began aggressively moving into an small area where a Canada Goose was feeding. The Goose warned her away but she persisted and it wasn't until the Goose became very aggressive that she moved aside but not that far. The next thing i knew she flew up at me again. Once more I had to wave her away when she got alarmingly close. She did once more. this time i used a cushion from my Chaise to wave her away.  The next thing I know some drakes were chasing her. Having had enough excitement for the day I went inside. I'm over80, am a life time bird watcher and never experienced anything like it! Have you heard of or seen such behavior? I will be eager to get your reply."
 
Any help for this lady appreciated.
 
Mona Bearor
South Glens Falls
 
 


Re: Need help with a bird question

Tom Lake
 

Hormones? Breeding season.

Tom


-----Original Message-----
From: ConserveBirds <conservebirds@...>
To: 'HMBirds' <hmbirds@groups.io>
Sent: Sun, Apr 26, 2020 5:41 pm
Subject: [hmbirds] Need help with a bird question

We receive this question through our Southern Adirondack Audubon Facebook page.  I haven’t  a clue.  Anyone have an idea what’s going on here?
 
"I have a question about a female Mallard duck. I was standing on my porch yesterday in the late afternoon. I am in a second floor apartment overlooking a small lake in Southern Saratoga County. There were two  Mallard drakes on the shore and one in the water and one female in the water close to the shore. All of a sudden the female suddenly got out of the water and flew up straight at me. She was maybe two feet from me when I had to wave her away. I thought it was just a one off weird event. Now she was on the grass beneath my porch and began aggressively moving into an small area where a Canada Goose was feeding. The Goose warned her away but she persisted and it wasn't until the Goose became very aggressive that she moved aside but not that far. The next thing i knew she flew up at me again. Once more I had to wave her away when she got alarmingly close. She did once more. this time i used a cushion from my Chaise to wave her away.  The next thing I know some drakes were chasing her. Having had enough excitement for the day I went inside. I'm over80, am a life time bird watcher and never experienced anything like it! Have you heard of or seen such behavior? I will be eager to get your reply."
 
Any help for this lady appreciated.
 
Mona Bearor
South Glens Falls
 
 


Need help with a bird question

ConserveBirds
 

We receive this question through our Southern Adirondack Audubon Facebook page.  I haven’t  a clue.  Anyone have an idea what’s going on here?

 

"I have a question about a female Mallard duck. I was standing on my porch yesterday in the late afternoon. I am in a second floor apartment overlooking a small lake in Southern Saratoga County. There were two  Mallard drakes on the shore and one in the water and one female in the water close to the shore. All of a sudden the female suddenly got out of the water and flew up straight at me. She was maybe two feet from me when I had to wave her away. I thought it was just a one off weird event. Now she was on the grass beneath my porch and began aggressively moving into an small area where a Canada Goose was feeding. The Goose warned her away but she persisted and it wasn't until the Goose became very aggressive that she moved aside but not that far. The next thing i knew she flew up at me again. Once more I had to wave her away when she got alarmingly close. She did once more. this time i used a cushion from my Chaise to wave her away.  The next thing I know some drakes were chasing her. Having had enough excitement for the day I went inside. I'm over80, am a life time bird watcher and never experienced anything like it! Have you heard of or seen such behavior? I will be eager to get your reply."

 

Any help for this lady appreciated.

 

Mona Bearor

South Glens Falls

 

 


Great Egret...Caspian Tern

Frank Mitchell
 

2:50 Great Egret at Watervliet Reservoir
2:30 Caspian Tern at Collins Lake

Safe birding,
Frank Mitchell


Re: Banded Canada Goose- Five Rivers

adir46er
 

Tom,

What a great story - she obviously likes it at Five Rivers! 

Robert and I have come across several banded Canada Geese this year. In each case the bird had an orange plastic neck band with a code consisting of 4 white-colored letters/numbers. Like you, I submitted the information to USGS and received certificates for each bird.

Although we didn’t consistently take photos of the geese, I would recommend doing so for reference purposes in case a person decides to submit the bird band codes.

Rita Reed
East Hoosick, NY



On Apr 26, 2020, at 1:32 PM, trwdsd via groups.io <trwdsd@...> wrote:

For as long as I have been birding at Five Rivers, there has been a leg-banded Canada Goose present. It spends its time during the breeding season roaming between Wood Duck Marsh, Fox Marsh and Goose Pond. I've never been able to read the band through binoculars, so during this past week I walked along with, around, behind and in front of the bird to get enough images to be able to capture the bard number. It is paired up with another goose again this season, but clearly they are not currently in a nesting situation. I submitted my findings to the Bird Banding Lab at USGS and they sent back the following reply:

INFORMATION FROM OUR FILES:
Species: Canada Goose
Date banded: 06/25/2002
Banding Location: FEURA BUSH, NEW YORK, USA
Age: HATCHED IN 2001 OR EARLIER
Sex: FEMALE
This female is therefore at least 18+ years old. Tip your hat next time you encounter her.

Photos of the band are attached.


Tom Williams
Colonie <004.JPG><007 _2_.jpg><021.JPG>


Banded Canada Goose- Five Rivers

trwdsd
 

For as long as I have been birding at Five Rivers, there has been a leg-banded Canada Goose present. It spends its time during the breeding season roaming between Wood Duck Marsh, Fox Marsh and Goose Pond. I've never been able to read the band through binoculars, so during this past week I walked along with, around, behind and in front of the bird to get enough images to be able to capture the bard number. It is paired up with another goose again this season, but clearly they are not currently in a nesting situation. I submitted my findings to the Bird Banding Lab at USGS and they sent back the following reply:

INFORMATION FROM OUR FILES:
Species: Canada Goose
Date banded: 06/25/2002
Banding Location: FEURA BUSH, NEW YORK, USA
Age: HATCHED IN 2001 OR EARLIER
Sex: FEMALE
This female is therefore at least 18+ years old. Tip your hat next time you encounter her.

Photos of the band are attached.


Tom Williams
Colonie


Woodlawn Preserve

j.taft69
 

I was up in the Woodlawn Preserve this AM had the following, at least 4 Hermit Thrushes, 2 Brown Thrashers, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Cedar Waxwing and Chipping Sparrow, also had a Mourning Cloak. Jamie Taft Schenectady


Pack Forest Preserve

Scott Varney
 

Hiked a 6.7 miler today at Pack Forest Preserve in Warrensburg, NY.  The trail basically follows along the perimeter of the lake. Highlights included a pair of Broad-winged Hawks, loads of singing Winter Wrens, Purple Finches, 1 Great Blue Heron, 3 Bufflehead, and one breeding-plumaged Common Loon. Fantastic day!

Scott Varney
Salem NY


Snipe

ConserveBirds
 

Finally found a pair of Wilson’s Snipe this morning when atlasing, accompanied by my first Lesser Yellowlegs of the year and a Killdeer.  All on the edges of a very small pond in a wet meadow in Gansevoort.

 

Mona Bearor

South Glens Falls

 

 


Slightly Extralimital Virginia Rail family on Rail Trail in Rupert, Vermont

Scott Varney
 

While hiking next to a small pond and marsh area today, my sister and I stumbled across a group of at least 3 adult Virginia Rails with several little babies. The adults began kiddicking and grunting at about 6 pm and we got lots of photos. Best looks I've ever had at this species!  The baby birds were clumsy little black balls of "fur"!  

Rupert, VT is literally just across the border from Salem, NY on County Route 153. 

Scott Varney
Salem, NY


Savannah Sparrow

Earthday49@...
 

I observed a Savannah Sparrow this morning,4/23, while birding at Ann Lee Pond in Colonie.
There were also some Tree Swallows and a Phoebe.  Nothing else notable was seen.

A Schroeder


Broad-winged Hawk, Saratoga

Alan Mapes
 

One broad-winged hawk circling over our house right now, east of Saratoga.

Alan Mapes

881 - 900 of 27153