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Re: SoRensCo CBC - Saturday 12/26

Richard Guthrie
 

I’ll be around and willing to do the traditional section west of the river, but alone. If that works, I’m in.

Rich Guthrie

On Nov 24, 2020, at 6:11 PM, naomi lloyd <naomi_kestrel@yahoo.com> wrote:

Hey folks, it's been a crazy year and CBC season is no different. I've decided to go ahead with our count with the following changes:

No compilation dinner *sob*
I'm not looking for new volunteers this year, just reaching out to last year's participants. A couple of you have already let me know you can't be with us - you'll be missed!
If you feel comfortable travelling with someone, that's your decision. Otherwise, caravan, split up your territory into subsections, maybe have someone cover those walkable areas that always get a lick and a promise. Do what you feel safest with - I know I don't want to carpool with anyone in the holiday season.
If you break your group up, each individual subsection has to submit paperwork for effort/species seen. I don't mind doing the extra data entry if we have 16 teams this year instead of 8.
And if it just isn't going to work for you, please feel free to bow out. I'd rather miss you on the count and be able to see you in the field next year.

A Team: Tristan Lowery, John Kent, Zach S-W, Will Raup, Rich Guthrie

B Team: Naomi Lloyd, Jeanette Roundy, Lindsey Duval

B.2 Team: Ken McGrath and friends at RPI Tech Park

C Team: Julie Hart, Daniel Schlaepfer, Chuck Kiewig

E Team: Jim de Waal Malefyt, Arnold Ackerley, Gabrielle Isenbrand

G Team: Steve Mesick, Jackson and friends?

H Team: Bill Lee and Neal Reilly are not available this year. Gregg Recer & Jamie Taft were the rest of the team

J Team: Deb Shaw, Bill Ritz

I'll send you the paperwork soon. Return it to me as soon after the count as convenient by mail or email. If you have any great highlights and notable sightings, let me know so I can include them in my writeup.

Thanks for your help, and happy turkey day!



Naomi


SoRensCo CBC - Saturday 12/26

Naomi Lloyd
 

Hey folks, it's been a crazy year and CBC season is no different. I've decided to go ahead with our count with the following changes:

No compilation dinner *sob*
I'm not looking for new volunteers this year, just reaching out to last year's participants. A couple of you have already let me know you can't be with us - you'll be missed!
If you feel comfortable travelling with someone, that's your decision. Otherwise, caravan, split up your territory into subsections, maybe have someone cover those walkable areas that always get a lick and a promise. Do what you feel safest with - I know I don't want to carpool with anyone in the holiday season.
If you break your group up, each individual subsection has to submit paperwork for effort/species seen. I don't mind doing the extra data entry if we have 16 teams this year instead of 8.
And if it just isn't going to work for you, please feel free to bow out. I'd rather miss you on the count and be able to see you in the field next year.

A Team: Tristan Lowery, John Kent, Zach S-W, Will Raup, Rich Guthrie

B Team: Naomi Lloyd, Jeanette Roundy, Lindsey Duval

B.2 Team: Ken McGrath and friends at RPI Tech Park

C Team: Julie Hart, Daniel Schlaepfer, Chuck Kiewig

E Team: Jim de Waal Malefyt, Arnold Ackerley, Gabrielle Isenbrand

G Team: Steve Mesick, Jackson and friends?

H Team: Bill Lee and Neal Reilly are not available this year. Gregg Recer & Jamie Taft were the rest of the team

J Team: Deb Shaw, Bill Ritz

I'll send you the paperwork soon. Return it to me as soon after the count as convenient by mail or email. If you have any great highlights and notable sightings, let me know so I can include them in my writeup.

Thanks for your help, and happy turkey day!



Naomi


FW: [nysbirds-l] FinchFest 2020-21

scottjstoner
 

A bit extralimital but may be of interest! -Scott



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From: Matthew Young <grosbeak787@...>
Date: 11/23/20 10:23 (GMT-05:00)
To: NYSBIRDS-L@...
Subject: [nysbirds-l] FinchFest 2020-21

Hi all,

FinchFest 2020-2021 continues
I went to one of my local central NY patches yesterday, and ended the day with 120 Red Crossbills (all sounded like type 10; some recordings obtained), 11 White-winged Crossbills, 188 Common Redpolls, 12 American Goldfinches, a few Pine Siskins, 16 Purple Finches, 1 House Finch, 21 Evening Grosbeaks and a fairly close flyby immature/female type Pine Grosbeak -- Only dipped on Hoary Redpoll for the 10 eastern finches. A friend went to another local patch and also had a Pine Grosbeak and much of the same — So that makes for a few Pine Grosbeaks south of the Ontario lakeplain. I think there's a 70-75% a couple small flocks make it to northern PA.
Here's the main checklist from yesterday. https://ebird.org/atlasny/checklist/S76563061

stay safe everyone!
Matt

P.S. Here's a couple articles the Finch Research Network has published on this year's finch superflight.



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Goose flocks

Richard Guthrie
 

Heads up. Give those flyover geese skeins a close second look. A birder in western Massachusetts photographed a Barnacle Goose slipping by in the middle of one of those flocks. A few years ago one of our young birders got a photo of a Ross’ Goose in a flyover flock of Snows. Bird every bird.

Rich Guthrie
New Baltimore
The Greene County


Redpolls

Ellen
 

At about 11:30 this morning, I came across about 2 to 3 dozen redpolls feeding by the side of the road in Galway.  This was on Crane Road about ¼ mile west of the entrance to Galway Nature Preserve (at McConchie Road).  I stopped to take pictures, but a car went by and the birds took off.  I’m hoping to see some at my bird feeders this year. 

 

Ellen P.

West Charlton 


Evening Grosbeaks near Saratoga

Alan Mapes
 

We had a male and two females at our feeders this morning, a little east of Saratoga. Also bluebirds and our first juncos of the season. 

Alan Mapes


Re: Pine Grosbeak

adir46er
 

One female Pine Grosbeak briefly visited our back yard this morning. Our ornamental crabapple trees didn’t bear many fruit this year after the late spring frost so there wasn’t much to entice the bird to stick around for photos!

Rita Reed
East Hoosick, NY, (northeastern Rensselaer County)

On Nov 20, 2020, at 6:21 PM, Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie@gmail.com> wrote:

Today, I saw a small flock of Pine Grosbeaks feeding in ornamental crabapple trees along the entrance drive at Christ the King Center on Barton Road in Greenwich, Washington County.





Common Redpolls

Steve Mesick
 

There was a small flock of Common Redpolls at Bog Meadow Brook Nature Trail today. It was near the Meadowbrook Rd end of the trail.

Steve Mesick, East Greenbush


Pine Grosbeak

Richard Guthrie
 

Today, I saw a small flock of Pine Grosbeaks feeding in ornamental crabapple trees along the entrance drive at Christ the King Center on Barton Road in Greenwich, Washington County.


Pine Grosbeaks

Michael
 

10 Females. Feeding in apple trees. One was run over by a passing car which didn’t slow down. They were not skittish at all. 3:45PM

264 Big Brook Road
Indian Lake, NY

Mike and Wanda Moccio
Indian Lake


White-winged crossbills, Albany Pine Bush Preserve

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

At dawn this morning I had some flyover white-winged crossbills about a quarter mile down the purple trail at the Madison Avenue Pinelands section of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve.  Also present were a number of Pine Siskins and a fearsome assemblage of Dark-Eyed Juncos that seemed to be carpeting the entire trail.  Lindsey Duval had reported a White-Winged Crossbill yesterday morning in the discovery center parking lot (the trails in the Karner Barrens East section are apparently closed for mowing) so hopefully there are a few around and they’ll stick around these parts long enough for folks to get good looks at them.

Remember that eBird, Merlin, and all other Cornell Lab-adjacent projects are out of commission until 8:00 AM tomorrow, so if you see something good, get the word out.

Best,

ZSW
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No destination this week or next

Naomi Lloyd
 

A happy cold morning to you! We're still in voluntary quarantine for a few more days, so no specific destination this week. Keep your ears and eyes open wherever you go - our winter irruptive friends are showing up all over. There are reports of Siskins, Redpolls, both Grosbeaks and both Crossbills from many locations. Good luck!

I have also been reminded that next Thursday is Thanksgiving and most people are only interested in one kind of bird that day. Here's hoping you can be with the people you love in a safe and healthy way.

Naomi





White-winged Crossbills and Common Redpolls - Archer Vly

jhershey2
 

Ron H. and I took the Harrower birding route this morning from Ballston Spa to Galway to Batchellerville to Fox Hill Rd. and Archer Vly.  Our main objective was winter finches but we also stopped at Galway Lake where there was a variety of ducks including Ruddy Duck, Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, Ring-necked Duck, and Gadwall.  I assumed that winter finches were a long shot but after listening all along Fox Hill Rd. we got to Archer Vly where we heard and then saw about 35 birds flying with a dip overhead.  We followed a trail moreless through the woods in the direction the birds flew and then found them feeding in birch trees.  They were hard to see in the low light but we eventually concluded they were Common Redpolls. Walking back to the entrance near the dam, we heard some more birds flying over that landed in birch trees near the dam.  The light was better there and we could see quickly that they were White-winged Crossbills --about 14. 

My pictures of the crossbills (male and female) are really bad but I've posted some below for i.d. purposes only.  Ron may share a more complete report later with slightly better pics. 

John H.


Re: Horned Grebes?

David Halm
 

Oh, they can be seen from the Quinlan Park side if you look towards the left shoreline. 

David


Horned Grebes?

David Halm
 

I’m not completely sure, but I think there’s a pair of Horned Grebes at Collins Lake. Might be Red-necked but definitely not Pied-billed (thin pointy bill, black wings with large white patches). Distance and poor lighting made for a challenging ID, not to mention my general ignorance in this area. 

If anyone is nearby and can check it out I’d be grateful for a confirmation one way or the other. 

Thanks,
David Halm


5 Rivers noontime walk

Robert S Pastel
 

Surprising number of birds at 5 Rivers at other side of Beaver Pond near hill and boardwalk Many red breasted nuthatches, juncos, chickadees, brown creeper, robins, highlight 2 “red” fox sparrows, and 5 late season redwings.


Robert S. Pastel


Evening Grosbeaks - Schenectady

Weiskotten, Kurt
 

Had four beautiful Evening Grosbeaks (two male and two female) stop by my feeders in the Bellevue section of Schenectady yesterday, near Hillhurst Park.   Despite spreading sunflower seed everywhere, they moved on after half an hour.  Also had Carolina Wren, Red-breasted Nuthatch, and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at the feeders at the same time! … among the usual suspects.

 

Kurt Weiskotten


 

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Tomhannock Reservoir - 11/11/2020

Larry & Penny Alden
 

I did my annual Veteran’s Day Tomhannock Reservoir circumnavigation doing the customary counter-clockwise route with two traditional departures from the reservoir for the sole purpose of padding our list.  I was accompanied by Jackie Bogardus, as I have been for the last several years.  We found 46 species, with nothing earth-shaking.  The warmth was really different for this year, with high 60s to low 70s.  Unfortunately, it started raining at about 11:30 and didn’t really let up, so we finished the route but didn’t get out at a number of the usual spots.

 

Duck diversity was lower than usual, possibly due to the stretch of warm weather we’ve had recently.  We missed Ring-necked Duck and Tree Swallow at the north end where we’ve gotten both most often in recent years.  We also missed Belted Kingfisher, Pileated Woodpecker, and Northern Flicker.  Our biggest miss, however, was American Tree Sparrow, which was missed for the first time in the 23 years I have results for, going back to 1997.  I attribute this to the rain.

 

We got a couple good birds, though.  There was a late Greater Yellowlegs at Otter Creek (along with oodles of Green-winged Teal!), and we had a flyover Peregrine Falcon.  Most unexpected, we had an Eastern Screech-Owl responding to a recording from the exact same tree as last year.  I assume it’s the same bird.

 

We had no blackbirds, warblers, kinglets, or wrens.  We did have a group of 4 Pine Siskins, for our only “winter finch.”  46 species is three species below our ten-year average.

 

We added a species to the composite – Turkey Vulture – bringing the cumulative total to 108 species.  Until next year…

 

Larry Alden


More Redpolls - Bog Meadow

Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval@...>
 

Bog Meadow is loaded with birches on the Lake Ave side and I have 7 Common Redpolls right over the trail.


Common Redpolls in Queensbury

Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval@...>
 

I'm currently viewing 11 Common Redpolls munching on birch catkins at Hudson Pointe Nature Preserve in Queensbury, the trail leads down to a boardwalk at the river, that's where I found them!

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