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pluvialis at cohoes

gregg_recer
 

got to the flats at about 9:40 and found an adult basic plumage Pluvialis plover right away in with several killdeer. overall somewhat buffy and spangled on wings and back, not very prominent cap or eyeline. watched for over an hour before finally getting a decent flight view clearly showing black axillars and white tail contrasting with back color, I.e. black-bellied. apparently birds were scattered by an eagle before I arrived, so possibly a different individual from the earlier bird? 

Gregg Recer
gregg_recer@...

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gregg recer
malta NY


American Golden-Plover, cohoes flats

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

Showing nicely on the north side of the flats now.--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


Re: This week's destination: 9/17

Naomi Lloyd
 

I am reminded I usually include map locations for our meeting points. Sorry, got to get back into the groove!

Hennessey Rd 8:00am
https://www.google.com/maps/dir//42.6654176,-73.9679933/@42.6653861,-73.9650536,15z/data=!4m2!4m1!3e0?hl=en&authuser=0

Thacher Park Overlook 10:00am
https://www.google.com/maps/dir//42.6512475,-74.0070356/@42.6503794,-74.0058876,16z/data=!4m2!4m1!3e0?hl=en&authuser=0

See you there!


Naomi


On Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 02:15:53 PM EDT, naomi lloyd <naomi_kestrel@...> wrote:


(Sorry for the previous mistake)

Hello Thursday Birders - long time (March 12 to be precise) no see! Hope you are weathering these difficult circumstances. I'm curious if there's interest in starting up again, masked and socially distanced of course! While some of our usual birding spots are too close-packed, and carpooling is Right Out now, there are still places where we can gather with reasonable confidence.

For example, hawkwatching at Thacher Park should be OK. I suggest we meet at the Overlook at 10:00am, parking in the upper end of the lot. I can't promise 1200+ Broadwings like we had Monday, but there should be some still moving through, as well as other raptors. If anyone wants to join me earlier, I'll be at Black Creek Marsh for a while looking for passerines or leftover marsh birds. Meet at the Hennessey Rd rail crossing at 8:00am.


Naomi


This week's destination: 9/17

Naomi Lloyd
 

(Sorry for the previous mistake)

Hello Thursday Birders - long time (March 12 to be precise) no see! Hope you are weathering these difficult circumstances. I'm curious if there's interest in starting up again, masked and socially distanced of course! While some of our usual birding spots are too close-packed, and carpooling is Right Out now, there are still places where we can gather with reasonable confidence.

For example, hawkwatching at Thacher Park should be OK. I suggest we meet at the Overlook at 10:00am, parking in the upper end of the lot. I can't promise 1200+ Broadwings like we had Monday, but there should be some still moving through, as well as other raptors. If anyone wants to join me earlier, I'll be at Black Creek Marsh for a while looking for passerines or leftover marsh birds. Meet at the Hennessey Rd rail crossing at 8:00am.

Naomi


Re: This week's destination: 1/23

Naomi Lloyd
 



Naomi


On Monday, March 16, 2020, 10:40:47 AM EDT, naomi lloyd <naomi_kestrel@...> wrote:




Naomi


On Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 12:42:51 PM EST, Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel@...> wrote:


Bill and I were the only birders last week and got skunked on grasslands birds, despite others finding good stuff later that day and in the week. So let's try the Washington/Saratoga grasslands again and hope for better luck (and more eyes!)

Meet at Hudson Crossing park at 9:00. I might spend the rest of the day up there and look for SEOW in the afternoon.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Hudson+Crossing+Park/@43.113797,-73.579937,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x89de2ebeef77c4ef:0xcdfc181530ee1425!8m2!3d43.113797!4d-73.577743?hl=en&authuser=0

Naomi





Carlsbad picnic area, Saratoga Spa Park

Susan
 

The gravel road and picnic graveyard area were very busy this morning. I encountered the same mixed flock several times.The most obvious birds were red eyed vireos, at least five of them foraging together. Also with this group I saw Magnolia, Cape May, and Northern Parula. The warblers were more difficult to spot and were seen at different times and locations. Also heard red-breasted nuthatches. 
Susan Beaudoin


HMBC program Birding Ecuador - Monday Sept 14 at 6:30 PM via Zoom

scottjstoner
 

Folks, below are the details on participating in this program. This is our first online Zoom program so please bear with us!  We look forward to seeing you online!


  • HMBC Program Notice:
  • Birding Ecuador
  • September 14, 2020, 6:30PM via Zoom meeting

  • In January 2020,  a group of  HMBC members embarked to Quito, Ecuador for a 10-day professionally-guided tour hosted by Tropical Birds, Inc. in search of Choco Endemics.  With 1691 reported species (4th highest in the world), Ecuador is on the bucket list of destinations for many birders.  The presentation recounts the travel and birding experiences of the group with an arranged montage of the voluminous catalogue of photos collected by the group with the hope of helping you visualize and appreciate our experiences.
     The presenter Kevin McGrath, PG, CPG was the organizer for the Trip.  Kevin is an active club member, past president and has been a birder for over 50 years.  He is a Professional Geologist, an environmental scientist, and professional consultant who has invested his 30 years career reversing the damage to the Hudson River and the Hudson Valley from 100+ years of industrial pollution.

  • You are invited to the first HMBC program of the fall to be held remotely via Zoom meeting. Use the meeting link below to join the meeting as a participant using your computer, tablet, or smartphone. Participants can use their device for an audio connection, or dial in on one of the available phone lines given below. All participants will enter the "waiting room" until the meeting host opens the meeting. Participants' audio lines will be muted on entry. We ask that participants keep their lines muted except when prompted for Q&A during the program.

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Warblers at Saratoga Spa S. P.

jhershey2
 

Ron H. and I spent a few hours this morning at the Carlsbad Picnic Area at Saratoga Spa SP.  My main interest was warblers and butterflies.  I wasn’t keeping track of numbers but I had the following warblers: Cape May, Tennessee, Blackburnian, Magnolia, Black-throated Green,  Chestnut-sided, and Nashville.  I’m sure we missed a few as well.  Other birds include Yellow-throated, Warbling, Red-eyed Vireo;  Scarlet Tanager, and many Red-breasted Nuthatches.  Also, a Chickweed Geometer Moth.  Ron may have a more complete list later. 

I added a few pics mainly for I.D. purposes. 

John H. 


Buff-breasted sandpiper cohoes flats

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

In addition to continuing Blue-Winged Teal and a Bonaparte’s Gull, just now I found a Buff-Breasted Sandpiper sitting on the rocks by the full flock at cohoes flats.  A Merlin flushed it, and the bird flew off to the southwest, where I lost it high in the sky above downtown Cohoes.--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


Re: Ruddy turnstone at cohoes flats

Christopher J. McCarthy
 

Thanks, Zach.
For the whole group - any good warbler sightings out there? 
Kathy McCarthy



Sent from my phone. Please excuse typos etc.! 


Ruddy turnstone at cohoes flats

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

Also Bonaparte’s gull, pied-billed grebe, semi plover--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


Correction- not BCNH

John Kent
 

Sorry, it moved into better light and it's a Green Heron. Nevermind.

John Kent 


Black-crowned Night Heron, Mechanicville

John Kent
 

I am viewing a distant juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron from Champlain Canal Lock 2. It's on the west shore, to the north of the lock. Scope necessary. 

John Kent 
Selkirk


September 14 HMBC program is ON, via Zoom

scottjstoner
 

Please hold your calendars for the evening of Monday, September 14, for the HMBC's first program of the fall, which is also our inaugural online Zoom program. 

The speaker will be our own Kevin McGrath, who organized the Club's trip to Ecuador. Kevin will be presenting Birding Ecuador, based on that exploration of this bird-rich country.

Details on connecting will be sent out next week.

Expect subsequent fall programs to be via Zoom as well. 

Scott Stoner, HMBC Program Chair, and members of your club's board and technical committee





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Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Lake Lauderdale

Scott Varney
 

Hiking in the rain today at Lake Lauderdale, just outside the village of Cambridge. A wave of migrants flew in right next to the parking lot of the Lake Lauderdale County Park.  Mixed in were Least Flycatchers, Black&White Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, American Redstart, both Kinglet species, and a single, very wet Yellow-bellied Flycatcher. Great day in the rain!

Happy Birding,

Scott Varney
Salem, NY


bog meadow trail this morning

gregg_recer
 

had a smattering of landbird migrants from the meadowbrook end of bog meadow trail this morning. highlights included swainson's thrush, yellow-bellied flycatcher, canada warbler.

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gregg recer
malta NY


Egret, Burden Pond, Troy

Janet Wolkenstein
 

Stopped by Burden Pond on my way home last evening (Sun), and there was a solitary Egret, busy fishing for dinner there.


Great Horned Oels, Salem, NY

Scott Varney
 

Currently listening  to the incredible sounds of 3 Great Horned Owls in my backyard. I should be sleeping right now, but was awakened by the sounds of 3 Great Horned Owls.  Not an every day occurence, but was impressed by the vocalizations of 3 different individuals, all within my backyard. I will post the sound clips tomorrow. 

Scott Varney,
Salem, NY



bc night-heron - Cohoes

gregg_recer
 

immature night-heron continues near the south end of the dam above Cohoes flats. viewed from New st overlook as it flew across to the north end 

Gregg Recer
gregg_recer@...

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gregg recer
malta NY


Re: Baird's Sandpiper, Cohoes

gregg_recer
 

Cathy Graichen and I were at cohoes flats from about 11:30 - 1:00. We had a good candidate for the bairds sand. when we first arrived -- broad, complete buffy breastband, and fairly pale-buffy overall, no streaking below, on the large-ish size compared to nearby Calidris. Couldn't study for a long time as a merlin chased the entire group of 2-dozen or so peeps down river south of peebles island, eventually landing but out of view. As birds eventually trickled back to the main channel closer to the dam, all were semis and least, and unlike the bird we saw early on, but that bird did not reappear while we were there.

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gregg recer
malta NY

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