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arrivals today

scottjstoner
 

in our yard in Loudonville, 3 first of year (FOY) birds for us, bringing the yearly total up to 43 species: black-and-white warbler, white-crowned sparrow, and ruby-crowned kinglet. 

in addition,  yellow-bellied sapsucker continues, along with white-throated sparrows (10 today); the juncos have been gone for more than a week.  

Good birding everyone and stay safe! Scott Stoner and Denise Hackert-Stoner


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New arrivals in Charlton

Ellen
 

I paid an early morning visit to Galway Nature Preserve on Saturday, where the highlight for me was finding a Black-Throated Blue Warbler – my first warbler of the season! 

 

This morning (Sunday) a walk in my neighborhood yielded some other great birds, including two male Yellow Warblers competing for territory, Common Yellowthroat, multiple Gray Catbirds and singing Field Sparrows, Tree Swallows, and two Bobolinks, which was a big surprise – usually they arrive here a little later in the month.  I also flushed a Ruffed Grouse as I walked along the road.

 

Good birding!

 

Ellen P.

West Charlton

 

 


stillwater & schuylerville

gregg_recer
 

Cathy Graichen and I did a few short trails this morning in eastern saratoga county. FOY (for us) baltimore oriole and warbling vireo at the stillwater school trail. Also there, about 6 occupied great blue heron nests, a raccoon and a river otter. The siege trail from the schuyler house produced new ovenbird and yellow-throated vireo; and the victory trail from the saratoga monument produced new red-eyed vireo plus a woodpecker 6-pack. No big migrant fallout yet, but there are at least a smattering of new things arriving every day.

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gregg recer
malta NY


Vischer Ferry

jhershey2
 

I walked the 3.5 mile western loop at Vischer Ferry Preserve this morning and saw or heard a few new arrivals including Least Flycatcher (1), Wood Thrush (3), Gray Catbird (8), Warbling Vireo (4), Rose-breasted Grosbeak (10), Yellow Warbler (3), Northern Waterthrush (3).  Others not so new include Yellow-rumped Warbler, Palm Warbler, Ruby-crowned Kinglet.   The Northern Waterthrushes were along the main path and heard.  The song can be hard to identify but it seems to have a "chew, chew, chew" or "cha cha cha" in it. 

John H.


Re: Golden-winged Warbler (probable) @ Normanskill Farm - 5/3

Tristan Lowery
 

Coordinates of the approximate Golden-winged Warbler area:

42.6406214, -73.8078472

There's brushy hillside right of the last hole of the golf course (when facing the rest of the course). If you prowl along the edge of the thickets there, there's an opening to an informal trail up the hill. The warbler was a few dozen yards up the trail.

Good luck if you go for it.

Tristan Lowery
Albany

On Sun, May 3, 2020, 08:36 emberiza_tristrami via groups.io <tristanlowery=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Currently viewing what looks and sounds like a Golden-winged Warbler at Normanskill Farm in Albany, in the thickets uphill from the end of the Capital Hills golf course. 

Good birding.

Tristan Lowery
Albany


Gray Catbird

Earthday49@...
 

The first Catbird appeared in the yard, here in Guilderland, early this morning.
Everything is busy, Cardinals and Blue Jays feeding each other,  Robins gathering wet leaves, at the pond, for her nest, Titmice carrying nest material off into the woods, deer nearby browsing on Multiflora Rose shoots, Doves mating, and even had a Garter Snake warming up in the sun.  Lots of activity !

Alan S
Guilderland


Golden-winged Warbler (probable) @ Normanskill Farm - 5/3

Tristan Lowery
 

Currently viewing what looks and sounds like a Golden-winged Warbler at Normanskill Farm in Albany, in the thickets uphill from the end of the Capital Hills golf course. 

Good birding.

Tristan Lowery
Albany


BT Green Warbler, Salem

Scott Varney
 

Observed my FOY Black-Throated Green Warbler from my front deck at my home in Salem, both visually and auditorily.  What a nice, sunny day!  

Scott Varney
Salem NY



Golden Eagle

birderlarry
 

At 11:30 this morning, May 2nd, over Bogart Road in Palenville, I observed a juvenile Golden Eagle riding a thermal, then “jumping off” and heading off to the north.
Also FOS Eastern Towhee singing and scratching the ground and recently, numerous Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers calling.

Larry Federman
Palenville, Greene County

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snowy egret

gregg_recer
 

still present at ualbany pond at 2:40. last seen on edge of North shore close to the platform dock just off the loop trail. 

thanks Tristan 

Gregg Recer
gregg_recer@...

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gregg recer
malta NY


Snowy Egret @ UAlbany main campus - 5/1

Tristan Lowery
 

A Snowy Egret reported this morning at the UAlbany main campus pond/wetland mitigation project continues this afternoon. The egret is on the east edge of the pond, near the Liberty Terrace dorms.

Good birding.

Tristan Lowery
Albany


Warbling Vireo, Carter's Lake

Scott Varney
 

So far, just a single of this species...beautifully singing. 

Scott Varney
Salem NY


Solitary Sandpiper, Carter's Lake, Greenwich

Scott Varney
 

A single Solitary Sandpiper next to the dam at the outlet of Carter's Lake. 

Scott Varney
Salem, NY


bog meadow trail this morning

gregg_recer
 

Dodged rain showers for a couple of hours this morning at bog meadow trail. As others have observed recently, passerine migrant activity seems to be slow in developing. The only new species for the year for me were gray catbird, green heron, and rusty blackbird. The only warblers were yellow-rumps and ruby-crowned kinglets still seemed to be very numerous.

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gregg recer
malta NY


Late arrivals - West Charlton

Ellen
 

The arrival of migrants in my neighborhood seems to be slower than usual, but I just heard my FOS Wood Thrush and Gray Catbird. 

 

Other species heard and/or seen this rainy morning include Eastern Towhees, White-Throated Sparrows, Chipping Sparrows, and House Wren.  I think the juncos have finally departed for the season.

 

Ellen P.

West Charlton 


Black-crowned Night Heron - Lions Park

Craig Driggs
 

It was very birdy this morning at Lions Park, with the highlight being an adult Black-crowned Night Heron that flushed from the reeds along the trail East of the parking area. It perched in the trees briefly before flying to the East. What a sight!

I also heard a Virginia Rail grunting as well as singing Marsh Wrens and Swamp Sparrows, Gray Catbird and Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

Craig Driggs


HMBC - REMINDER - NO PROGRAM on Monday May 4

scottjstoner
 

The HMBC program on Birding Southeast AZ, scheduled for Monday May 4 at the Colonie Library, is canceled, Stay tuned to HMBirds and the club website, hmbc.net for information on upcoming programs. - Scott


Birding yesterday at Thatcher State Park

Cynthia Edwardson
 

Yesterday Chris and I spent several hours hiking and birding on the blue and yellow trails at Thatcher Park.  There were very few people and very muddy trails but the birding was fun.  A few highlights of interest included a singing black-throated green warbler, 5 fox sparrows together, 3 hermit thrushes, a winter wren, a broad-winged hawk, and two barred owls (see attached photo).  The owls were calling and although we didn't find a nest, the photographed owl did not seem to want to leave the area where we spotted it.

Also, at Swift Preserve in Delmar (in our NYBBA Priority Block) yesterday we found a waterthrush.  Having recently moved from Northern MN, we don't have a lot of experience identifying Louisiana waterthrushes but attached are two photos that we think show that this is a Northern waterthrush.  Please let me know if you think this is an incorrect conclusion.

Thanks.
Cindy Edwardson

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new arrivals

John Kent
 

At Henry Hudson Park in Selkirk, Rose-breasted Grosbeak arrived yesterday morning, and I there were two of them around this morning. Other new arrivals this morning were Baltimore Oriole, and a singing Black and White Warbler in a spot where they have bred in past years. Otherwise, no warblers this morning other than Yellow-rumped. In the tidal portion of the Vlomankill I saw three river otters together, just below the waterfall at the head of tide.

The Bald Eagle nest across the Hudson from the park failed this year. They appeared to be on eggs briefly back at the usual time, but then within a few days it became clear that they were no longer incubating. This nest was built in October 2019 after their previous nest fell to the ground in August. Maybe they picked a spot that is vulnerable to nest-raiding raccoons. On the bright side, I discovered a new (at least to me) eagle nest not far away, on the west side of River Road across from Moh-He-Con-Nuck Nature Preserve. It's at least a half mile from the river, an indication that all the prime territories are already occupied.

John Kent
Selkirk


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.
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