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Re: Need help with ID—possible northern bobwhite

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

Yes, it's a bobwhite.  Hunting clubs release them for sport and several farms in the area raise them.  


On Tue, Oct 6, 2020 at 4:55 PM Marne Onderdonk via groups.io <marne37=icloud.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hello fellow birders,

I hope this email finds you well and healthy. A friend in the Saratoga Springs area shared some pics of unfortunately a deceased bird she found in her yard. I think it is a male northern bobwhite—is that what this looks like?

Thank you,

Marne







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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


Need help with ID—possible northern bobwhite

Marne Onderdonk
 

Hello fellow birders,

I hope this email finds you well and healthy. A friend in the Saratoga Springs area shared some pics of unfortunately a deceased bird she found in her yard. I think it is a male northern bobwhite—is that what this looks like?

Thank you,

Marne


This week's destination: 10/8

Naomi Lloyd
 

(sorry - did it again!)

Let's meet at Vischer Ferry for late passerine migrants and maybe early waterfowl, 8:00am, at the Whipple Bridge parking lot.

https://www.google.com/maps/dir//Whipple+Truss+Bridge/@42.7968113,-73.7952067,15z/data=!4m9!4m8!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x0:0x171382585076b2d3!2m2!1d-73.7958229!2d42.7926947!3e0?hl=en&authuser=0

BTW duck season at VF will be r - 23 this year.

Naomi





Re: This week's destination: 9/17

Naomi Lloyd
 



Naomi


On Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 02:15:59 PM EDT, Naomi Lloyd via groups.io <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






first Dark-eyed Junco

kernscot
 

I was looking out back this morning and saw my first Dark-eyed Junco feeding in the grass. It is my harbinger of cold weather and the sign that winter is coming.

Nancy Kern
Austerlitz, NY


Re: 1st White-crowned Sparrow of the fall in our yard!

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

I just had one at five Rivers as well

On Mon, Oct 5, 2020 at 7:06 AM scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Loudonville, Albany County.-Scott and Denise



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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


1st White-crowned Sparrow of the fall in our yard!

scottjstoner
 

Loudonville, Albany County.-Scott and Denise



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Reminder - HMBC program - Monday October 5 via Zoom - info and link below - Birding Southeast Arizona

scottjstoner
 


hope you can join us tomorrow (Monday) evening at 6:30 PM ! - Scott and Denise


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Date: 9/30/20 17:36 (GMT-05:00)
To: hmbirds@groups.io
Subject: [hmbirds] HMBC program - Monday October 5 via Zoom - info and link below - Birding Southeast Arizona

Hi everyone, we hope you can join the HMBC for its second virtual program of the fall:

  • REMINDER
  • HMBC Program Notice:
  • Birding Southeast Arizona
  • Monday, October 5, 2020, 6:30PM via Zoom meeting

See below for link (where it says "join Zoom meeting) and please note there is also a telephone call-in option.


FROM DESERT VALLEYS TO ISLANDS IN THE SKY: BIRDING SOUTHEAST ARIZONA
Southeastern Arizona, with its deserts, canyons, grasslands, riparian areas, and mountains close to Mexico, has long been a mecca for birders. From common species in the lovely Sonoran desert to hummingbirds, flycatchers, trogons, and passerines whose range just barely enters the USA, the region entices birders in every season.  The several "sky island" mountains allow the exploration of desert scrub to coniferous forests in a single day!  This slide-illustrated program focuses on the unique birds and key birding destinations in the splendidly scenic beauty of southeast Arizona! 

Speakers: Scott Stoner and Denise Hackert-Stoner

The award-winning nature photography of Scott Stoner and Denise Hackert-Stoner has been exhibited in galleries across New York’s Capital Region.  Their work has appeared in  Birder’s World, National Wildlife, New York State Conservationist, the Kingbird, the Albany Times Union, the books, “New York Wildlife Viewing Guide,” “In Praise of Poison Ivy” by Anita Sanchez, and  “Birding the Hudson Valley” by Kathryn J Schneider, and is on display at the NYS Museum and Five Rivers Environmental Education Center.  To view their images, please see www.naturelogues.com 
Scott and Denise are avid birders as well as photographers. Scott began birding in his childhood on Long Island and birded extensively in southeast Arizona as a graduate student at the University of Arizona in the 1980s, a place he and Denise have subsequently visited many times. Scott is a past president of both the Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club and the Audubon Society of the Capital Region, Denise is a field trip leader, and past director and vice president of the HMBC.

HOW TO JOIN THE MEETING:
    Use the meeting link below to join the meeting as a participant. 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.
    NOTE: The first time you use Zoom on a device, you will be prompted to download the Zoom app when you click on the meeting link below. Follow the prompts to download the app and then launch the meeting using the meeting ID from the invite. (If you prefer, there is also an option when you open the link below to join the meeting via a web browser window, but with limited capabilities.) Audio connections can be through the app on your device or through a separate dial-in phone number given below.
    Meeting details:
    Time: Oct 5, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
    Join Zoom Meeting
    Meeting ID: 851 8679 3211
    Passcode: 431295
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    Dial by your location
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    Meeting ID: 851 8679 3211
    Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kdl8YgdQvA

    • Scott Stoner, Program Chair
    • Gregg Recer, Membership Chair


    Sunday Birders- Week 2 @ Five Rivers

    trwdsd
     

    Eleven birders turned up for another morning of birding at Five Rivers EEC in Delmar. Once again, everyone chose option #2, "let's hike the trails." We dispersed to several different trailheads, walked for a bit over two hours, and returned to the meet-up area for some conversation and a compilation of birds observed. Our species list totaled 62, the same number as the previous Sunday. Some notable sightings were: Great Horned Owl (before sunrise), American Kestrel and Merlin, many Purple Finch (continuing), eight sparrow species including Lincoln's, and ten species of warbler. There were a surprising number of Tennessee Warblers foraging near the parking lot, including in the plantings right outside the buildings by the Visitor Center. Thanks to everyone that participated today for a morning of socially-distanced birding!

    Next Sunday, Oct. 11th, we will move to Ann Lee Pond in Colonie at 8:30am and do it again, weather permitting. We hope to see some more birders on that date. See you then!


    Tom & Colleen Williams
    Colonie


    Our mystery warbler at Cohoes

    Naomi Lloyd
     

    I found this useful note in The Warbler Guide (print edition): "Yellow tail with yellow undertail coverts is unique among US warblers," also mentioning the 'beady-eyed' look on an unmarked face.
    So Yellow Warbler it was!

    Here's my group list for the walk:
    https://ebird.org/checklist/S74333893

    Naomi


    Sunday Birders- Five Rivers 10/4

    trwdsd
     

    This week we're back at Five Rivers EEC in Delmar, with a meet-up scheduled for 8:30am. Birders can socialize and do stationary observing at Five Rivers, from the grounds near the Visitors Center, or from any of the benches or pavilions throughout the property. You can also hike the various trails as well. Everyone should meet back at the parking lot area at 11:00am for a compilation. Early birders can get out on the trails at sunrise. If you can't get there by 8:30am, come later and join us at 11:00am. Please practice social-distancing when in the company of others, and wear a face mask when appropriate. Hope to see some familiar faces!

    Tom & Colleen Williams
    Colonie


    HMBC program - Monday October 5 via Zoom - info and link below - Birding Southeast Arizona

    scottjstoner
     

    Hi everyone, we hope you can join the HMBC for its second virtual program of the fall:

    • REMINDER
    • HMBC Program Notice:
    • Birding Southeast Arizona
    • Monday, October 5, 2020, 6:30PM via Zoom meeting

    See below for link (where it says "join Zoom meeting) and please note there is also a telephone call-in option.


    FROM DESERT VALLEYS TO ISLANDS IN THE SKY: BIRDING SOUTHEAST ARIZONA
    Southeastern Arizona, with its deserts, canyons, grasslands, riparian areas, and mountains close to Mexico, has long been a mecca for birders. From common species in the lovely Sonoran desert to hummingbirds, flycatchers, trogons, and passerines whose range just barely enters the USA, the region entices birders in every season.  The several "sky island" mountains allow the exploration of desert scrub to coniferous forests in a single day!  This slide-illustrated program focuses on the unique birds and key birding destinations in the splendidly scenic beauty of southeast Arizona! 

    Speakers: Scott Stoner and Denise Hackert-Stoner

    The award-winning nature photography of Scott Stoner and Denise Hackert-Stoner has been exhibited in galleries across New York’s Capital Region.  Their work has appeared in  Birder’s World, National Wildlife, New York State Conservationist, the Kingbird, the Albany Times Union, the books, “New York Wildlife Viewing Guide,” “In Praise of Poison Ivy” by Anita Sanchez, and  “Birding the Hudson Valley” by Kathryn J Schneider, and is on display at the NYS Museum and Five Rivers Environmental Education Center.  To view their images, please see www.naturelogues.com 
    Scott and Denise are avid birders as well as photographers. Scott began birding in his childhood on Long Island and birded extensively in southeast Arizona as a graduate student at the University of Arizona in the 1980s, a place he and Denise have subsequently visited many times. Scott is a past president of both the Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club and the Audubon Society of the Capital Region, Denise is a field trip leader, and past director and vice president of the HMBC.

    HOW TO JOIN THE MEETING:
      Use the meeting link below to join the meeting as a participant. 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.
      NOTE: The first time you use Zoom on a device, you will be prompted to download the Zoom app when you click on the meeting link below. Follow the prompts to download the app and then launch the meeting using the meeting ID from the invite. (If you prefer, there is also an option when you open the link below to join the meeting via a web browser window, but with limited capabilities.) Audio connections can be through the app on your device or through a separate dial-in phone number given below.
      Meeting details:
      Time: Oct 5, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
      Join Zoom Meeting
      Meeting ID: 851 8679 3211
      Passcode: 431295
      One tap mobile
      +16465588656,,85186793211# US (New York)
      +13126266799,,85186793211# US (Chicago)
      Dial by your location
      +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
      +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
      +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)
      +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
      +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
      +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)
      Meeting ID: 851 8679 3211
      Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kdl8YgdQvA

      • Scott Stoner, Program Chair
      • Gregg Recer, Membership Chair


      Pine siskins

      Ellen
       

      Just saw about a half-dozen Pine Siskins in my overgrown, weedy perennial garden.  A nice surprise! 

       

      Ellen P.

      West Charlton


      This week's destination: 10/1

      Naomi Lloyd
       

      Good morning Thursday birders! I'm hoping we see some migrant activity after that soaking rain. How about we try Peebles Island - adequately spacing on the trails and generally not sodden underfoot. Meet at the parking lot at 8:00am - there is no charge for parking. Maybe the river will have gone down enough for shorebirds to return as well.

      https://www.google.com/maps/dir//Friends+of+Peebles+Island+State+Park+Wooded+riverside+area+with+trails/@42.783792,-73.6807931,17z/data=!4m9!4m8!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x89de103b956b55d5:0x833a40993e6f9bec!2m2!1d-73.6807722!2d42.7839111!3e0?hl=en&authuser=0

      Naomi





      Un Parulaed Success: eBird Report - Peebles Island SP, Sep 25, 2020

      Ronald Harrower
       

      Peebles Island SP, Saratoga, New York, US
      Sep 25, 2020 8:00 AM - 11:45 AM
      Protocol: Traveling
      2.25 mile(s)
      Checklist Comments: As John H hinted. at, I am finally following up on his report on the day itself. I had been following the HMBC site and other sources as people went to look for the pair of American Golden Plovers on Cohoes flats. As an almost exclusively Saratoga County guy, I was psyched to hear that they were hanging out one a spit on land off of Peeble's Island. I told John that I want to go see them, he told me that he already had. We, what so you need?! Pectoral Sandpiper. Well okay, let's meet there and search.
      We headed off intrepidly the trail down the middle of the island. Quickly, we were reminded that there are other things to look for at this time of year as chip notes and flashes of yellow came from the mainly oak woods. The first of many Northern Parulas flitted around, soon joined by others of his species and genus mates. We started snapping photos right, left and center, often taking in 3 or more birds in one view. We had the aforementioned Parulas, Black-throated Green Warbler, Chestnut-sided, and Blackburnian.
      But urgency to see a new species for the county propelled me on, like Christmas morning when you're 8. John stopped at a couple of places before the spot we were likely to see the birds. C'mon! When we got there, we had to reconstruct the view form the Albany side close to the middle of the flats, Found plenty of Killdeer, a Semipalmated Plover, a few Greater Yellowlegs, then finally the pair of AMGPs. So cool , just strolling around the spit of land. It was a humbling moment when a rare species to your area makes an appearance. I was lucky.
      But birding marched on. We saw the back of a largish shore bird with a down curved bill. I thought it was a Dunlin, but checking with a regional Bird "checker" revealed that it was a Pectoral Sandpiper and why it was so. So, John got his bird. The Warblers continued up the East side of the Island with Black and White, Blackpoll, Blackburnian, BTGWs and tons of Parulas again, Common Yellowthroat, Pine Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Magonolia Warbler and Redstart. Similar outbreaks of Warblers were found in a few more places. Thus, not huge numbers of different. species, but. over 100 individual warblers, with. more in one spot than I have seen. since Cape May many years ago. We were. also treated to an Osptrey flying across the flats and a. great Egret standing. in the middle of rapids.
      The weather was "perfect" in the mid 70s and no wind or clouds. Wee encountered many non birders who either asked us what we were looking for, or implored us to. find THE EAGLE, as if no other birds existed (which. probably isn't far from the truth as anyone who thinks back. to pre-birding days can attest. You. don't see most birds. until you are looking for them.
      (Note: I mentioned that we saw over 100 individual. warblers. We did, but we only indentified the ones listed here. As. anyone who experiences fallouts, you are lucky to get 1 in 10. I wish we could magically id them all
      56 species

      Canada Goose X
      Blue-winged Teal 7
      Mallard X
      Common Merganser 15
      Pied-billed Grebe 1
      Mourning Dove 7
      American Golden-Plover 2
      Semipalmated Plover 1
      Killdeer X
      Least Sandpiper 3
      Pectoral Sandpiper 2
      Greater Yellowlegs 4
      Lesser Yellowlegs 1
      Ring-billed Gull X
      Herring Gull 2
      Great Blue Heron 8
      Great Egret 2
      Osprey 1
      Belted Kingfisher 1
      Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
      Downy Woodpecker 3
      Pileated Woodpecker 1
      Northern Flicker 1
      Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
      Eastern Phoebe 3
      Blue-headed Vireo 2
      Red-eyed Vireo 6
      Blue Jay 25
      American Crow 16
      Fish Crow 2
      Black-capped Chickadee 35
      Tufted Titmouse 4
      Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
      Red-breasted Nuthatch 15
      White-breasted Nuthatch 8
      Carolina Wren 1
      Gray Catbird 7
      American Robin 12
      House Finch 2
      American Goldfinch 8
      Song Sparrow 1
      Red-winged Blackbird 2
      Common Grackle 40
      Black-and-white Warbler 2
      Common Yellowthroat 1
      American Redstart 2
      Northern Parula 17
      Magnolia Warbler 2
      Blackburnian Warbler 2
      Chestnut-sided Warbler 1
      Blackpoll Warbler 2
      Pine Warbler 1
      Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
      Black-throated Green Warbler 8
      Scarlet Tanager 1
      Northern Cardinal 2

      View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S74182866

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


      Vox-Pop Bird Show tomorrow at 2

      Richard Guthrie
       

      Here's a heads-- up. I'll be doing the somewhat regularly scheduled Vox-Pop call in show at 2 tomorrow afternoon on WAMC. Tune in on 90.3 in Albany, on one of the many repeater frequencies around the area, or online at www.wamc.org.

      Richard Guthrie


      Rose-breasted Grosbeak

      Alison Van Keuren
       

      Three Rose-breasted Grosbeak on the north section of Wrights Loop this AM as rain was stopping
      Alison Van Keuren


      Night Hawks - Burden Lake

      Brian Smith
       

      Saw 5 common night hawks flying over Burden Lake in Averill Park as it got dark last night. Looked like they were hunting. I haven’t seen many this year, so it was good to see them. They put on a real show with their swoops and irregular flapping.

      This weekend there seems to have been a number of hawks in the area, some of which were probably migrating, including sharp shinned and Cooper’s. There has been at least one red shouldered hawk around for the past week or two.

      Bald eagles also were flying about, and osprey, turkey vulture and spotted sand piper.

      Last week I saw a least sandpiper on the shore of a small island which I figured was migrating since it looked especially tired. That’s the first I’ve seen on the lake.

      Brian Smith
      Averill Park


      Sunday Birders- Week 1 @ Five Rivers

      trwdsd
       

      In spite of the late notice, eight people turned up for a morning of birding at Five Rivers EEC in Delmar. Everyone chose option #2, "let's hike the trails." We dispersed to several different trailheads, walked for a bit over two hours, and returned to the meet-up area for some conversation and a compilation of birds observed. Our species list totaled 62. Some notable sightings were: Ruby-throated Hummingbird (getting late), a surprise Killdeer that flew right over us at the parking lot, Green Heron (at Sunfish Pond), at least a dozen E. Phoebes, Warbling Vireo, many Purple Finch (continuing), and nine species of warbler including Canada (Bob & Nettye). There hasn't been a strong nocturnal migration since Sept. 22-23 so it was a pleasant surprise to encounter that kind of diversity. Thanks to everyone that participated today, that was a lot of fun and gave folks time to catch up as well.

      Next Sunday, Oct. 4th, we will return to Five Rivers at 8:30am and do it again, weather permitting. We hope to see some more birders on that date, with better advanced notice. See you then!


      Tom & Colleen Williams
      Colonie




       


      Re: The apparent demise of an American Golden Plover

      zach schwartz-weinstein
       

      (Though the fact that Rich White had the same number of Pectorals at the flats six hours later and no Golden Plovers doesn’t bode well for the plover.)

      On Sat, Sep 26, 2020 at 6:54 PM zach schwartz-weinstein via groups.io <zachsw=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
      Early this morning at Cohoes Flats, I saw a peregrine Falcon chasing the adult American Golden Plover that Gregg found earlier this week.  A few seconds later, I saw the Falcon fly off holding a shorebird.  I can’t be 100% certain that the bird it caught was the AMGP and not one of the nearby pectoral sandpipers, but the glimpse I had of the prey through my scope gave the impression of the plover.  I’d be interested in any further reports from the flats today.--
      Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
      203 500 7774










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