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some more Red Crossbills and Great Horned Owls

Lindsey Duval
 

Had some more Red Crossbills, this time at the Corkscrew Rail Trail! I don't think they are hanging around there as much as the Rensselaer Plateau-y spots. 

If anybody is out Stephentown, NY way I totally suggest going to the Corkscrew Rail Trail, it's still very birdy, had about 51 species this morning, including some fledgling Chestnut-sided Warblers and 3 singing Canadas (can't seem to find a fledgling for them yet) and a woodpecker 6 pack. 

Also, yesterday evening I birded the Cemetery of the Evergreens in New Lebanon, NY. Also decent for birds. I heard a loud repeated screeching call near the north side and a Great Horned Owl flew up into a spruce and looked down at me. A much larger Great Horned Owl also flew into the same tree soon after. It was pretty late so they were probably getting ready to hunt the cemetery grounds and nearby farm. 

- Lindsey D.
New Lebanon, NY 


White Pelican - no

omoo3
 

At 4:30 PM (7/22), the pelican was not visible from the City of Hudson "Furgary" boatclub.


Albert Family Community Forest - RECR, EVGR

Lindsey Duval
 

I spent all morning hiking all the trails at Albert Family Community Forest in Renss. Co. Had another flyover "jip jip jip"ing Red Crossbill. 

While hiking the white trail I got to a clearing at almost the highest elevation there (I think it's around 1100', not too far from the hemlock swamp on the trail map) and took a break, and ended up hearing an Evening Grosbeak singing its loose, husky-ish short trill repeatedly. Couldn't find the bird in the horrible overcast lighting, much to my annoyance, because I won't count it as my lifer without a good visual, but I've learned the song and call over time so I can at least add the species to my checklist for record keeping. It flew while I was trying to find it and called as well, giving a flat clear "chewp" sort of like a House Sparrow call. 



white pelican - no

gregg_recer
 

no luck with the reported pelican right now viewing from the derelict fishing village in Hudson (Google maps labels it furgary fishing village).

Gregg Recer
gregg_recer@...

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gregg recer
malta NY


Cohoes flats SBDO yes

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

A short-billed dowitcher continues (or maybe it’s a different bird) this morning at Cohoes Flats.  It was feeding in a tiny pool on the rocks with a Least Sandpiper and some Killdeer and is now resting on a rock in the middle of the river.
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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


Hudson White Pelican

kernscot
 

Saw the White Pelican this afternoon in Hudson with Rich Guthrie, Bill Cook and Will Yandick. Seen from the north end fishing shacks and community gardens along the railroad tracks. The pelican was sitting on rocks at the edge of the river near the tracks. In the scope it looked like white debris until it moved, and the large orange bill and white neck were seen.

Nancy Kern
Austerlitz, NY


[MidHudsonBirds] White Pelican in Hudson

Kathryn Schneider
 

I checked this area today and didn’t see it but I could have just been unlucky. Tim is  good birder and a reliable source.

Kathy Schneider


Begin forwarded message:

From: "omoo3 via groups.io" <omoo3@...>
Date: July 21, 2020 at 2:46:10 PM EDT
To: MidHudsonBirds@groups.io
Subject: [MidHudsonBirds] White Pelican in Hudson
Reply-To: omoo3@...

A White Pelican is hanging out at the north end of the Middle Ground Fats (island) north of Hudson (technically in Greenport), and just downriver from Stockport Flats. Today I observed it from the City of Hudson as preened on the railroad embankment upriver. For a good view upriver, go to the northwest corner of the city to a group of city-owned, dilapidated fishing shacks (next to the wastewater treatment plant), then pull up to the train tracks.

In early August 2011, I found a White Pelican on the Middle Ground Flats immediately opposite of Hudson's state boat launch. A week later it turned up in Cohoes. Same bird? We'll never know.

T. O'Connor


Re: White Pelican in Hudson

Tom Lake
 

Love them!

Photos?

Last May 2, Jim Yates had one at the Kingston Lighthouse (river mile 92)

Tom


Tom Lake
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Estuary Naturalist, Region 3, Hudson River Estuary Program
with New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission
21 South Putt Corners Road New Paltz NY 12561—1696
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From: omoo3 via groups.io <omoo3@...>
To: hmbirds@groups.io
Sent: Tue, Jul 21, 2020 2:51 pm
Subject: [hmbirds] White Pelican in Hudson

A White Pelican is hanging out at the north end of the Middle Ground Flats (island) north of Hudson and immediately downriver from Stockport Flats.

It can be seen from the City of Hudson, about a mile-and-a-half upriver.

Go to the northwest corner of the city to a group of city-owned, dilapidated fishing shacks (next to the wastewater treatment plant), then pull up to the train tracks. 

In early August 2011, I observed a White Pelican on the Middle Ground Flats immediately opposite Hudson's state boat launch. About a week later it flew upriver and ended up in (I think) Cohoes. Nobody checked the record, though, to see that it had traveled from points south. 

Timothy O'Connor
Hudson


White Pelican in Hudson

omoo3
 

A White Pelican is hanging out at the north end of the Middle Ground Flats (island) north of Hudson and immediately downriver from Stockport Flats.

It can be seen from the City of Hudson, about a mile-and-a-half upriver.

Go to the northwest corner of the city to a group of city-owned, dilapidated fishing shacks (next to the wastewater treatment plant), then pull up to the train tracks. 

In early August 2011, I observed a White Pelican on the Middle Ground Flats immediately opposite Hudson's state boat launch. About a week later it flew upriver and ended up in (I think) Cohoes. Nobody checked the record, though, to see that it had traveled from points south. 

Timothy O'Connor
Hudson


Red Crossbills - Rensselaer Co.

Lindsey Duval
 

This morning I hiked at both Robert Ingalls Preserve and Chestnut Hill Nature Preserve in Renss. Co. and had Red Crossbills flying low over Robert Ingalls giving their "jip jip jip" call. At Chestnut Hill I was bent down looking at a mushroom when a bird I didn't even know was nearby erupted into a song I wasn't familiar with. I looked up to see a Red Crossbill take off! 

I noticed on eBird that the whole area south of Cherry Plain SP has no records of RECR so I am glad to add a few. 

Lindsey D. 


Short-bilked dowitcher cohoes flats

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

Working the edge of the flats by the county line.  Just flew but likely still here
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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


Re: Hummingbird question

Lindsey Duval
 

Hummingbirds should visit your Hostas as they do like them (they're also on a Birds and Blooms recommended list for hummers), perhaps they are just preferring another food source over the Hosta blooms (maybe higher sugar content in something else). 

I'm glad to hear some hostas are nice enough to be blooming too, I'm renting a room and the poor hostas in the garden here look terrible! (A neighbor has a million feeders and Scarlet beebalm though.)

Lindsey D. 
New Lebanon, NY

On Sat, Jul 18, 2020 at 8:57 AM ConserveBirds <conservebirds@...> wrote:

I have hummingbirds visit my yard – mostly for the flowers, occasionally for the feeders – but have never seen one feed at the Hosta blooms, of which there are hundreds.  Does anyone know if they visit Hosta flowers?

 

Mona Bearor

South Glens Falls

 

 


Hummingbird question

ConserveBirds
 

I have hummingbirds visit my yard – mostly for the flowers, occasionally for the feeders – but have never seen one feed at the Hosta blooms, of which there are hundreds.  Does anyone know if they visit Hosta flowers?

 

Mona Bearor

South Glens Falls

 

 


Round Lake and the Anthony Kill - Least Bittern

scottjstoner
 

Denise and I birded this part of our Atlas block in Saratoga County by boat today; the highlight was a young Least Bittern in a marsh area that practically posed for us 100s of photos), and confirmed breeding Marsh Wren. We.also enjoyed views of Bald Eagle, Osprey, Great Blue Heron, and about 30 other species. Scott Stoner, Loudonville



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Young Barn Swallows

kernscot
 

Austerlitz, NY

My recently fledged Barn Swallows are out zipping around my field after juicy dragon flies and other goodies. Their short tails distinguish them from the adults. They still perch on the house roof. Happiness!

Nancy Kern


OT: Comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE

Alan
 

OT, but perhaps of interest to folks with an interest in the natural world and equipped with binoculars and spotting scopes. The head of Comet NEOWISE was easily visible by eye when it was in the predawn sky and some folks reported seeing some of the tail. It was quite pretty through binoculars.

This chart shows where it will be one hour after sunset. From Schenectady sunset is at 8:32 PM on the 15th and 8:28 on the 20th. As it gets later it will move lower, but the sky will get darker. My guess is that it might be best seen about 90 minutes after sunset, but would require a better view to the NW and nice clear skies near the horizon. Now if we only get some clear nights.

Although tonight is not shown, it will just be a bit below the position on the 14th and closer to the horizon. Clear skies, however, look unlikely, although there are some breaks.

Clear skies, Alan


Great- horned Owl pair eBird Report - Zim Smith Trail, Oak Street to Underpass Road starting at Ballston Spa US-NY (42.9973,-73.8396), Jul 3, 2020

Ronald Harrower
 





Begin forwarded message:

From: ebird-checklist@...
Date: July 5, 2020 at 6:38:05 PM EDT
To: rharrower@...
Subject: eBird Report - Zim Smith Trail, Oak Street to Underpass Road starting at Ballston Spa US-NY (42.9973,-73.8396), Jul 3, 2020

Zim Smith Trail, Oak Street to Underpass Road starting at Ballston Spa US-NY (42.9973,-73.8396), Saratoga, New York, US
Jul 3, 2020 7:05 PM - 7:50 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Checklist Comments:     I went to the end of Zepko Road and parked near where the Zip Smith Trail parallels the railroad tracks. I walked to the beginning of the ZST and back, noting birds, but keeping to original purpose of collecting wildflowers for my art projects. My focus changed completely when I heard the unmistakable hoot of a Great-horned Owl and an answering call. I joined in the "conversation" and we all hooted for 20 minutes. The wind was blowing a bit as showers got started and stopped and some thunder was heard a ways off. One of the owls took off from a tall Pine tree in the forest about 1000 feet away across a large field. It flew to a tree about halfway up on the side of the field, seemingly checking me out. I got a dim view of hime or her just as it flew back to the woods. I was finally able to see the white throat patch and aimed my camera towards it. I was pleasantly surprised that I got something recognizable as an owl. I recorded the calls as well.It is cool that this spot is about a mile from my house, so I plan to go back. Very cool.
27 species

Mourning Dove  2
Great Horned Owl  2     One higher voice, one lower, suggesting male and female in that order. I thought I heard other owls calling farther away, but couldn't verify that. I will come back to this spot to "talk" and listen again.
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  4
Fish Crow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
House Wren  2
Gray Catbird  2
Eastern Bluebird  1
Veery  2
Wood Thrush  4
American Robin  6
American Goldfinch  3
Chipping Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  1
Common Grackle  2
Common Yellowthroat  2
Scarlet Tanager  2
Northern Cardinal  4
Indigo Bunting  1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S71174010

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)


eBird Report - Zim Smith Trail, Oak Street to Underpass Road starting at Ballston Spa US-NY (42.9973,-73.8396), Jul 3, 2020

Ronald Harrower
 




Begin forwarded message:

From: ebird-checklist@...
Date: July 5, 2020 at 6:38:05 PM EDT
To: rharrower@...
Subject: eBird Report - Zim Smith Trail, Oak Street to Underpass Road starting at Ballston Spa US-NY (42.9973,-73.8396), Jul 3, 2020

Zim Smith Trail, Oak Street to Underpass Road starting at Ballston Spa US-NY (42.9973,-73.8396), Saratoga, New York, US
Jul 3, 2020 7:05 PM - 7:50 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Checklist Comments:     I went to the end of Zepko Road and parked near where the Zip Smith Trail parallels the railroad tracks. I walked to the beginning of the ZST and back, noting birds, but keeping to original purpose of collecting wildflowers for my art projects. My focus changed completely when I heard the unmistakable hoot of a Great-horned Owl and an answering call. I joined in the "conversation" and we all hooted for 20 minutes. The wind was blowing a bit as showers got started and stopped and some thunder was heard a ways off. One of the owls took off from a tall Pine tree in the forest about 1000 feet away across a large field. It flew to a tree about halfway up on the side of the field, seemingly checking me out. I got a dim view of hime or her just as it flew back to the woods. I was finally able to see the white throat patch and aimed my camera towards it. I was pleasantly surprised that I got something recognizable as an owl. I recorded the calls as well.It is cool that this spot is about a mile from my house, so I plan to go back. Very cool.
27 species

Mourning Dove  2
Great Horned Owl  2     One higher voice, one lower, suggesting male and female in that order. I thought I heard other owls calling farther away, but couldn't verify that. I will come back to this spot to "talk" and listen again.
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  4
Fish Crow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
House Wren  2
Gray Catbird  2
Eastern Bluebird  1
Veery  2
Wood Thrush  4
American Robin  6
American Goldfinch  3
Chipping Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  1
Common Grackle  2
Common Yellowthroat  2
Scarlet Tanager  2
Northern Cardinal  4
Indigo Bunting  1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S71174010

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)


Mourning Warbler

Steve Mesick
 

Really sorry to everyone who asked me specifics about this bird. I’ve been without email for a few days. The fire Tower Road that I’m talking about is off of Route 43 in Rensselaer County. If you search for fire Tower Road in Dunham Hollow, New York you will get the correct road. The bird was a hike in from the end of the road. If anyone wants to go for it call or text me at 518-8590973 (call or text) or 603-323-7 300 (call only) and I will send you more specific directions. The bird was singing constantly at about 9 AM so as long as you get to the right general area YOU should hear him. By the way I did post a recording of it on the eBird list today. If you don’t get me on either line text the first number because I will eventually get that.

Steve Mesick


Mourning Warbler

Steve Mesick
 

Alison Van Keuren and I had a Mourning Warbler singing repeatedly Fire Tower Rd extension today. Very difficult to see but sang repeatedly at mid morning. Will post the recording on ebird when I figure out how.

Steve Mesick