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Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club - Program -- Sprucing-up the Adirondacks: Managing Populations of the Endangered Spruce Grouse in New York’s Lowland Boreal Forests

scottjstoner
 

program reminder - Monday evening Nov 2
A notice with the Zoom link will be sent soon.

https://hmbc.net/event-3924392




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Re: This week's destination: 10/29

Katherine Storms
 

Naomi,

Nelson's?  Was that the final determination?

I don't think I'm going to make it tomorrow because I have been able to get help to finish up some work in my yard.  If any of you are in the City of Albany, I encourage you to drive by my yard at the corner of Park Avenue and Eagle Street.  I am quite proud of the way it looks at this moment, and it may never look this good again.  I think if I had it to do all over again, I would be a landscape architect.

Kate



Kate

On Wed, Oct 28, 2020, 2:10 PM naomi lloyd <naomi_kestrel@...> wrote:
Hey Thursday birders! Let's try Collins Lake and the nearby Mohawk bike path at 8:00am tomorrow. We didn't have much luck on Saturday, but the weather looks more promising -- no 25mph wind gusts forecast and a dry slot until midday. We may have to drive around to the Freeman's Bridge fishing access at the east end of the trail depending on whether the solar panel guys are working on the western end.
Who knows - maybe we'll find another Nelson's Sparrow!

https://www.google.com/maps/dir//42.8246331,-73.9540705/@42.8240115,-73.954446,17z/data=!4m2!4m1!3e0?hl=en&authuser=0

Naomi





This week's destination: 10/29

Naomi Lloyd
 

Hey Thursday birders! Let's try Collins Lake and the nearby Mohawk bike path at 8:00am tomorrow. We didn't have much luck on Saturday, but the weather looks more promising -- no 25mph wind gusts forecast and a dry slot until midday. We may have to drive around to the Freeman's Bridge fishing access at the east end of the trail depending on whether the solar panel guys are working on the western end.
Who knows - maybe we'll find another Nelson's Sparrow!

https://www.google.com/maps/dir//42.8246331,-73.9540705/@42.8240115,-73.954446,17z/data=!4m2!4m1!3e0?hl=en&authuser=0

Naomi





red-necked grebe - round lake

gregg_recer
 

in view from the rt 9 boat launch. smattering of other migrant waterfowl including bufflehead, 1 pr c. goldeneye and a few am. wigeon
--
gregg recer
malta NY


surf scoters - Saratoga lake

gregg_recer
 

currently 2 surfs in view from waterfront Park. both first year/basic plumage type. 
--
gregg recer
malta NY


Black Scoters, Selkirk

John Kent
 

There was a group of ten Black Scoters on the Hudson River at Henry Hudson Park in Selkirk this morning. I was able to see another group of waterfowl upriver that may have been more scoters, but they were too distant to identify. The Bald Eagles across the river from the park have begun building a new nest. Their previous nest, and the tree it was in, were destroyed in the October 7 storm. This is the second year in a row they have had to start from scratch after losing a nest. They built one in October last year as well, but their nest failed this year. It appeared that some predator got the eggs soon after they were laid.

John Kent
Selkirk


Survey on a possible Songbird Stamp

ConserveBirds
 

There is no date on this that I could find, but hoping it is current.  This is a link to an American Bird Conservancy survey about requesting the  Federal government begin a new Songbird Stamp program.  From their website,

 

“If proposed and enacted, the Songbird Stamp could feature different migratory songbirds on a new stamp each year, just as the Duck Stamp features waterfowl. Funds from Songbird Stamp sales could be used to support migratory songbird conservation and the National Wildlife Refuge System.”    http://bit.ly/SongbirdStampSurvey

 

Personally, I would love to see this happen.

 

Mona Bearor

Stuart’s Draft Hwy, Staunton, VA

 

 


Re: Burden Lake Birds - White Wing Scoter

gregg_recer
 

Cathy Graichen and I also had a single white-winged scoter on Round Lake yesterday early afternoon.

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gregg recer
malta NY


Burden Lake Birds - White Wing Scoter

Brian Smith <brijsmith@...>
 

Took a cold paddle around Burden Lake in the late afternoon.

Several wood ducks, ring billed gulls, yellow rumped warblers.

Saw first group I've seen of bufflehead this season, there was a group of around 7.

Also had a single white winged scoter. Went in for decent looks and got within twenty yards or so. Think this one was female. White wing was apparent. Had white on face/neck behind the eye. 

Brian Smith
Averill Park



Recent Sightings

Alan
 

Quite a few Bluebirds around. A morning walk south turned up a group of 5 and an afternoon walk north featured a group of 6 last week. Almost every walk features a couple. On many days a few are out front by my Bluebird boxes.

Two Red-winged Blackbirds were at the feeders several days ago and there are four here this morning.

It has been mostly House Finches, but two Purple Finches have been at the feeders a couple of times.

My wife spotted and we had a nice view of a Ruby-crowned Kinglet on yesterday's walk.

While I was checking the feeders a while back I had a nice fly-through by a Pileated. Tomorrow my new, extra-long suet feeder goes up. Pileateds are fairly common here, but I've never had one visit the small suet feeder.

Clear skies, Alan
Glenville


Evening Grosbeak

Heidi
 

I have a friend in Lansingburgh (North Troy) who had an Evening Grosbeak at her feeder today. Positive ID
She sent me a photo.
None here in Sycaway yet.

Heidi Klinowski


Re: Red-headed woodpecker

Susan
 

I spent an hour looking unsuccessfully for it yesterday. I parked at the south entrance  to the National Park and walked west. On the north side of 32, near Durham road is an access gate to SNHP land that leads to a horse/XC ski trail. I walked this trail. There were several dead trees along it and think  it would be a good area for further search. The same trail can also be accessed from the top of the gravel road leading to the park loop road.   If you could manage to park near, but not blocking, the access gate, it would be a shorter walk to the area Jeff saw the bird. 
Susan Beaudoin 

On Sat, Oct 24, 2020 at 11:50 AM Christopher J. McCarthy via groups.io <mccdelmar=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Any further sightings? 



Sent from my phone. Please excuse typos etc.! 


-------- Original message --------
From: Jeff Nadler <jeffnadler01@...>
Date: 10/23/20 7:44 AM (GMT-05:00)
Subject: [hmbirds] Red-headed woodpecker

A red-headed woodpecker landed on a tree trunk as I drove by on Route 32 about a half mile west of the southern access And parking are to Saratoga National Historical Park.  In addition to the large red area, the white patches on black wings were clearly visible.  The lack of road shoulders and traffic made it unsafe to pull over so I turned around and parked on a side road. I did stay long to relocate the bird.

Thanks,
Jeff Nadler
Jeffnadler01@...





Re: Red-headed woodpecker

Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval@...>
 

I just sat at the top of Durham Rd for 5 minutes and listened and looked around but nothing. It's an awkward spot in front of a house and right next to their mailbox and 32 there is really bad.


On Sat, Oct 24, 2020, 11:50 AM Christopher J. McCarthy via groups.io <mccdelmar=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Any further sightings? 



Sent from my phone. Please excuse typos etc.! 


-------- Original message --------
From: Jeff Nadler <jeffnadler01@...>
Date: 10/23/20 7:44 AM (GMT-05:00)
Subject: [hmbirds] Red-headed woodpecker

A red-headed woodpecker landed on a tree trunk as I drove by on Route 32 about a half mile west of the southern access And parking are to Saratoga National Historical Park.  In addition to the large red area, the white patches on black wings were clearly visible.  The lack of road shoulders and traffic made it unsafe to pull over so I turned around and parked on a side road. I did stay long to relocate the bird.

Thanks,
Jeff Nadler
Jeffnadler01@...





Lock 3 Coots, Gadwall

Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval@...>
 

I just stopped at Lock 3 and in the marshy part had two American Coots foraging on the edge. A drake Gadwall also briefly showed in a bunch of Mallards. 

Also, two noisy Greater Yellowlegs and a female type Purple Finch.

Also had a flyover Evening Grosbeak at Lock 2!


Surf Scoters

Susan
 

Just now had four surf scooters near the entrance to Manning Cove Road on the west side of Saratoga Lake. They were fairly close to shore, visible with the naked eye and easily identifiable with a scope. 
Susan Beaudoin


Re: Red-headed woodpecker

Christopher J. McCarthy
 

Any further sightings? 



Sent from my phone. Please excuse typos etc.! 


-------- Original message --------
From: Jeff Nadler <jeffnadler01@...>
Date: 10/23/20 7:44 AM (GMT-05:00)
To: hmbirds@groups.io
Subject: [hmbirds] Red-headed woodpecker

A red-headed woodpecker landed on a tree trunk as I drove by on Route 32 about a half mile west of the southern access And parking are to Saratoga National Historical Park.  In addition to the large red area, the white patches on black wings were clearly visible.  The lack of road shoulders and traffic made it unsafe to pull over so I turned around and parked on a side road. I did stay long to relocate the bird.

Thanks,
Jeff Nadler
Jeffnadler01@...





Re: Nelson’s sparrow

Eric Molho
 

Nelson sparrow, No, this afternoon. 


On Oct 23, 2020, at 7:52 AM, Craig Driggs via groups.io <billdcat333@...> wrote:

I saw the Nelson's Sparrow briefly at the same location just now. It was not far out jn the tall grasses.

Craig Driggs

-------- Original message --------
From: Susan <smbeaudoin1@...>
Date: 10/22/20 1:28 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: HMBC Posts <hmbirds@groups.io>
Subject: [hmbirds] Nelson’s sparrow

Thanks to Naomi’s sharp eyes, the Thursday group had quite a surprise. We started from Lions Park in Niskayuna and walked west. Just before the Ferry Road bridge, Naomi spotted an unusual looking sparrow. At  that point what we all noticed was a yellow orange wash across the top of the chest with very fine dark streaks and a clear, white belly.   We considered  Le Conte’s and Nelson’s, but no one had noticed the crown color, which turned out out to be a distinguishing feature. We weren’t able to see the side of their head which would have helped with identification. We dismissed Henslow’s because it did not have a flat head. After trying to relocate the bird for quite some time, we gave up and continued down the trail. On our walk back, I was able to relocate the bird in the same clump of reddish grasses, close to the path, where it has been seen before. When it first landed,  I saw a large gray nape and gray patch behind the eye separated  by a buffy-orange color. When it popped up again, everyone was able to see the dark, wide stripe on the crown and again the unusual coloring on the upper breast- a Nelson’s Sparrow!
We also had a fox sparrow, two Lincoln’s sparrows a blackpoll warbler, many yellow rumps and a palm warbler. All in all a great day.
Thanks, Naomi. 
Susan Beaudoin 


Re: Nelson’s sparrow

Craig Driggs
 

I saw the Nelson's Sparrow briefly at the same location just now. It was not far out jn the tall grasses.

Craig Driggs

-------- Original message --------
From: Susan <smbeaudoin1@...>
Date: 10/22/20 1:28 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: HMBC Posts <hmbirds@groups.io>
Subject: [hmbirds] Nelson’s sparrow

Thanks to Naomi’s sharp eyes, the Thursday group had quite a surprise. We started from Lions Park in Niskayuna and walked west. Just before the Ferry Road bridge, Naomi spotted an unusual looking sparrow. At  that point what we all noticed was a yellow orange wash across the top of the chest with very fine dark streaks and a clear, white belly.   We considered  Le Conte’s and Nelson’s, but no one had noticed the crown color, which turned out out to be a distinguishing feature. We weren’t able to see the side of their head which would have helped with identification. We dismissed Henslow’s because it did not have a flat head. After trying to relocate the bird for quite some time, we gave up and continued down the trail. On our walk back, I was able to relocate the bird in the same clump of reddish grasses, close to the path, where it has been seen before. When it first landed,  I saw a large gray nape and gray patch behind the eye separated  by a buffy-orange color. When it popped up again, everyone was able to see the dark, wide stripe on the crown and again the unusual coloring on the upper breast- a Nelson’s Sparrow!
We also had a fox sparrow, two Lincoln’s sparrows a blackpoll warbler, many yellow rumps and a palm warbler. All in all a great day.
Thanks, Naomi. 
Susan Beaudoin 


Red-headed woodpecker

Jeff Nadler
 

A red-headed woodpecker landed on a tree trunk as I drove by on Route 32 about a half mile west of the southern access And parking are to Saratoga National Historical Park. In addition to the large red area, the white patches on black wings were clearly visible. The lack of road shoulders and traffic made it unsafe to pull over so I turned around and parked on a side road. I did stay long to relocate the bird.

Thanks,
Jeff Nadler
Jeffnadler01@...


Collins Lake informal field trip, Saturday 10/24

Naomi Lloyd
 

Meet at Collins Lake parking lot at 8:00am. We'll check out the lake from two vantage points, then head to the Freeman's Bridge boat launch to walk the bike path there. We will not be carpooling. Please wear a mask and keep a safe social distance.
If you're wondering why we're not walking the bike path from Washington Ave as we used to, it's because a large solar array is being installed over the former farm fields.

Collins Park:
https://www.google.com/maps/dir/42.8250025,-73.9542852//@42.8251757,-73.9526115,16z/data=!4m2!4m1!3e0?hl=en&authuser=0

Naomi

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