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Re: Pine Grosbeaks, Salem

Brian Smith
 

Groups of pine grosbeaks present at church noted below in Salem NY this morning from 9 to 10am.

Brian Smith
Averill Park


-------- Original message --------
From: Scott Varney <scottvarney1968@...>
Date: 12/5/20 11:55 AM (GMT-05:00)
To: HMBirds <hmbirds@groups.io>
Subject: [hmbirds] Pine Grosbeaks, Salem

Currently, 32 Pine Grosbeaks in the Crabapple Trees at the big white church on West Broadway, near intersection with Main St. (Rt 22) Salem, NY.  They just arrived today. I've been checking all week.  I'm sure there are more to come. Mostly female type. 

Scott Varney
Salem, NY


Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk

Scott Varney
 

Driving home to Salem from Queensbury via Rt 196 out of Hudson Falls, I re-found a leucistic (albino?) Red-tailed Hawk that I first observed over 3 years ago (presuming it's the same individual bird).  He was perched in a large deciduous tree overlooking the golf course and on the east side of the open green. Kind of cool to re-find him today!  So beautiful!

Happy Birding,

Scott Varney
Salem, NY


Queensbury PIGR

Alison Van Keuren
 

Hello all,

Today, Saturday 5 December I visited the Queensbury School Campus to view the Pine Grosbeaks.  I parked in the lot between Aviation and the school.  Only two other cars were in the lot, and I walked around the campus and viewed the PIGR behind the Middle School, in the short crabapple trees.  I also walked to the athletic fields around the other school buildings.  There were people jogging and walking with no one in authority paying any attention to us.

Alison


Re: Pine Grosbeaks, Salem

Christopher J. McCarthy
 

Still there 3:20



Sent from my phone. Please excuse typos etc.! 


-------- Original message --------
From: Scott Varney <scottvarney1968@...>
Date: 12/5/20 11:55 AM (GMT-05:00)
To: HMBirds <hmbirds@groups.io>
Subject: [hmbirds] Pine Grosbeaks, Salem

Currently, 32 Pine Grosbeaks in the Crabapple Trees at the big white church on West Broadway, near intersection with Main St. (Rt 22) Salem, NY.  They just arrived today. I've been checking all week.  I'm sure there are more to come. Mostly female type. 

Scott Varney
Salem, NY


More Pine Grosbeaks Salem

Scott Varney
 

After seeing my first flock of 32 birds, I did a drive around the block and found 3 more PG's on Archibald Street, 2 more behind the old Trustco bank on Main Street, and watched a new wave of approx 25 birds land in a deciduous tree next to the beginning of the driveway of the big white church.  1 very beautiful red Male in this group was observed well.

I think this puts the total around  60ish birds. (Yes, I double checked to make sure the first flock was still in the original location)  

Happy Saturday,

Scott Varney 
Salem,  NY


Pine Grosbeaks, Salem

Scott Varney
 

Currently, 32 Pine Grosbeaks in the Crabapple Trees at the big white church on West Broadway, near intersection with Main St. (Rt 22) Salem, NY.  They just arrived today. I've been checking all week.  I'm sure there are more to come. Mostly female type. 

Scott Varney
Salem, NY


Redpolls- Crescent Power

Lindsey Duval
 

Just had about 30 Common Redpolls at Crescent Power Plant. Not much else interesting here or at Crescent Park but the lighting and rain sure doesn't help.


HMBC -- December Program via Zoom Meeting December 7 at 8:00 PM

scottjstoner
 


PLEASE NOTE 8 PM START TIME

Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club


  • HMBC Program Notice:
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  • Monday, December 7th, 2020, 8:00PM via Zoom meeting
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Hello HMBC Members:
    This is a reminder that the HMBC December program will be held via a Zoom meeting on Monday December 7th at 8:00 PM. 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.
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    Program details:
    This program is presented by licensed wildlife rehabilitator and environmental educator Kitty Rusch. Learn about the steps to take if you find an orphan baby rabbit, a fledgling bird or a snapping turtle in the middle of the road and the reasons why these steps are so important in the ultimate reintroduction the animal back into the wild.  
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    Re: Pine Grosbeaks - Queensbury OFF LIMITS ENTIRELY

    Robert S Pastel
     

    Behind the middle school at 10:30 

    Robert S. Pastel


    On Dec 4, 2020, at 1:11 PM, Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval@...> wrote:

    
    Soooo...is the school a go on weekends, as there are probably no events or functions due to Covid, or just not worth risking that? It was quiet up there last weekend but I also know how things can change when anybody is on to activity. 

    BTW looking at old records and checking recently, the Red Roof Inn in Queensbury had PIGR in the past and currently has lots of crabapples and those hotels are ghetto enough that nobody pays attention to the lots. 

    On Fri, Dec 4, 2020, 12:42 PM scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
    A group of us were in the church parking lot and the pastor explained where his house is and how disturbed he was by photographers outside his windows early in the morning. He politely asked that NO ONE enter the church property at all..Not even the parking lot, not for birding, not for photography. It is private and off limits. Please respect his wishes.-Scott Stoner  and Alan Mapes



    Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


    -------- Original message --------
    From: zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw@...>
    Date: 12/4/20 07:25 (GMT-05:00)
    To: jhershey2 <hersheyj@...>
    Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Pine Grosbeaks - Queensbury

    The man who lives in the home behind the church just told me he feels very uncomfortable with people taking photos in his backyard and asked me to leave.

    On Thu, Dec 3, 2020 at 4:36 PM jhershey2 <hersheyj@...> wrote:
    Ron H. and I also checked out the Pine Grosbeaks at Our Lady of the Annunciation Church in Queensbury this morning.  The birds were mostly hanging out in 2 Crabapple trees in the back of the church between the parking lot and the church building.  No other birders were there while we were there and the birds were very cooperative for photos.  I posted a few pics below of male and female birds. 

    John H.

    --
    Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
    203 500 7774


    Re: Tree Swallows in Greenwich

    zach schwartz-weinstein
     

    Hi Scott, any chance you got photos?  Any swallow this late is very unusual and it’s good to rule out some exotic possibilities.

    On Fri, Dec 4, 2020 at 8:08 PM Scott Varney <scottvarney1968@...> wrote:
    I stumbled upon a group of 8 Tree Swallows this afternoon on McClay Road, roadside to a large field with Bluebird boxes about 1/2 mile west of Hartshorn Road. Kind of odd seeing them this time of year in our area.  I'll blame it on our unusually mild weather. 

    Happy December,

    Scott Varney 
    Salem,  NY

    --
    Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
    203 500 7774


    Tree Swallows in Greenwich

    Scott Varney
     

    I stumbled upon a group of 8 Tree Swallows this afternoon on McClay Road, roadside to a large field with Bluebird boxes about 1/2 mile west of Hartshorn Road. Kind of odd seeing them this time of year in our area.  I'll blame it on our unusually mild weather. 

    Happy December,

    Scott Varney 
    Salem,  NY


    Lake George - WW Scoter, Goldeneye, Bufflehead, Loon

    Alan Mapes
     

    A walk along the shore at Lake George Village this afternoon yielded 16 common goldeneye, two bufflehead, one common loon and two white-winged scoters. 

    Alan Mapes 
    Saratoga


    Iceland gull - Cohoes falls

    gregg_recer
     

    near the power plant below the falls, viewed from the park off of school st. nice clean, fairly pale individual with two-toned bill. probably 2nd cycle, but with minimal gray in mantle. Also 2 adult bald eagles perched in the trees below the park. 

    Gregg Recer
    gregg_recer@...

    --
    gregg recer
    malta NY


    Re: Pine Grosbeaks - Queensbury OFF LIMITS ENTIRELY

    Robert S Pastel
     

    I agree with Lindsey, there are no school functions on the weekend, so that should not be a problem for the school, the sheriff or the church.  

    Robert S. Pastel


    On Dec 4, 2020, at 1:11 PM, Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval@...> wrote:

    
    Soooo...is the school a go on weekends, as there are probably no events or functions due to Covid, or just not worth risking that? It was quiet up there last weekend but I also know how things can change when anybody is on to activity. 

    BTW looking at old records and checking recently, the Red Roof Inn in Queensbury had PIGR in the past and currently has lots of crabapples and those hotels are ghetto enough that nobody pays attention to the lots. 

    On Fri, Dec 4, 2020, 12:42 PM scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
    A group of us were in the church parking lot and the pastor explained where his house is and how disturbed he was by photographers outside his windows early in the morning. He politely asked that NO ONE enter the church property at all..Not even the parking lot, not for birding, not for photography. It is private and off limits. Please respect his wishes.-Scott Stoner  and Alan Mapes



    Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


    -------- Original message --------
    From: zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw@...>
    Date: 12/4/20 07:25 (GMT-05:00)
    To: jhershey2 <hersheyj@...>
    Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Pine Grosbeaks - Queensbury

    The man who lives in the home behind the church just told me he feels very uncomfortable with people taking photos in his backyard and asked me to leave.

    On Thu, Dec 3, 2020 at 4:36 PM jhershey2 <hersheyj@...> wrote:
    Ron H. and I also checked out the Pine Grosbeaks at Our Lady of the Annunciation Church in Queensbury this morning.  The birds were mostly hanging out in 2 Crabapple trees in the back of the church between the parking lot and the church building.  No other birders were there while we were there and the birds were very cooperative for photos.  I posted a few pics below of male and female birds. 

    John H.

    --
    Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
    203 500 7774


    Re: Pine Grosbeaks - Queensbury OFF LIMITS ENTIRELY

    Lindsey Duval
     

    Soooo...is the school a go on weekends, as there are probably no events or functions due to Covid, or just not worth risking that? It was quiet up there last weekend but I also know how things can change when anybody is on to activity. 

    BTW looking at old records and checking recently, the Red Roof Inn in Queensbury had PIGR in the past and currently has lots of crabapples and those hotels are ghetto enough that nobody pays attention to the lots. 

    On Fri, Dec 4, 2020, 12:42 PM scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
    A group of us were in the church parking lot and the pastor explained where his house is and how disturbed he was by photographers outside his windows early in the morning. He politely asked that NO ONE enter the church property at all..Not even the parking lot, not for birding, not for photography. It is private and off limits. Please respect his wishes.-Scott Stoner  and Alan Mapes



    Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


    -------- Original message --------
    From: zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw@...>
    Date: 12/4/20 07:25 (GMT-05:00)
    To: jhershey2 <hersheyj@...>
    Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Pine Grosbeaks - Queensbury

    The man who lives in the home behind the church just told me he feels very uncomfortable with people taking photos in his backyard and asked me to leave.

    On Thu, Dec 3, 2020 at 4:36 PM jhershey2 <hersheyj@...> wrote:
    Ron H. and I also checked out the Pine Grosbeaks at Our Lady of the Annunciation Church in Queensbury this morning.  The birds were mostly hanging out in 2 Crabapple trees in the back of the church between the parking lot and the church building.  No other birders were there while we were there and the birds were very cooperative for photos.  I posted a few pics below of male and female birds. 

    John H.

    --
    Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
    203 500 7774


    Pine Grosbeaks - Queensbury OFF LIMITS ENTIRELY

    scottjstoner
     

    A group of us were in the church parking lot and the pastor explained where his house is and how disturbed he was by photographers outside his windows early in the morning. He politely asked that NO ONE enter the church property at all..Not even the parking lot, not for birding, not for photography. It is private and off limits. Please respect his wishes.-Scott Stoner  and Alan Mapes



    Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


    -------- Original message --------
    From: zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw@...>
    Date: 12/4/20 07:25 (GMT-05:00)
    To: jhershey2 <hersheyj@...>
    Cc: hmbirds@groups.io
    Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Pine Grosbeaks - Queensbury

    The man who lives in the home behind the church just told me he feels very uncomfortable with people taking photos in his backyard and asked me to leave.

    On Thu, Dec 3, 2020 at 4:36 PM jhershey2 <hersheyj@...> wrote:
    Ron H. and I also checked out the Pine Grosbeaks at Our Lady of the Annunciation Church in Queensbury this morning.  The birds were mostly hanging out in 2 Crabapple trees in the back of the church between the parking lot and the church building.  No other birders were there while we were there and the birds were very cooperative for photos.  I posted a few pics below of male and female birds. 

    John H.

    --
    Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
    203 500 7774


    Re: Pine Grosbeaks - Queensbury

    zach schwartz-weinstein
     

    The man who lives in the home behind the church just told me he feels very uncomfortable with people taking photos in his backyard and asked me to leave.

    On Thu, Dec 3, 2020 at 4:36 PM jhershey2 <hersheyj@...> wrote:
    Ron H. and I also checked out the Pine Grosbeaks at Our Lady of the Annunciation Church in Queensbury this morning.  The birds were mostly hanging out in 2 Crabapple trees in the back of the church between the parking lot and the church building.  No other birders were there while we were there and the birds were very cooperative for photos.  I posted a few pics below of male and female birds. 

    John H.

    --
    Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
    203 500 7774


    Pine Grosbeaks - Queensbury

    jhershey2
     

    Ron H. and I also checked out the Pine Grosbeaks at Our Lady of the Annunciation Church in Queensbury this morning.  The birds were mostly hanging out in 2 Crabapple trees in the back of the church between the parking lot and the church building.  No other birders were there while we were there and the birds were very cooperative for photos.  I posted a few pics below of male and female birds. 

    John H.


    Pine Grosbeaks

    Susan
     

    At least ten pine grosbeaks were in the crab apple trees  behind Our Lady of the Annunciation Catholic Church across from Queensbury Middle School on Aviation Rd. They took off around 2:00. I also checked behind the  middle school, but didn’t find any there. As previously stated, the church parking lot is a much more comfortable spot to view them than the school. 
    Susan Beaudoin 


    Re: follow up - ebird report and images of Pine Grosbeaks in Queensbury yesterday afternoon

    Robert Chapman
     

    Just an FYI to the group ... 

    If you are looking for an abundance of Pine Grosbeaks, there are roughly a dozen or more taking refuge in the ornamental fruit trees behind the Catholic Church on the opposite side of the road as the Middle School.  These are behind the building just off the rear of the parking lot.  

    This location is much easier to access than the Middle School.  If you spend too much time behind the middle school during the day, you will be greeted by either one of the Sheriff Dept. School Resource Officers or a member of the District staff.  Having just retired from the school district (as the Director of Facilities and Operations for 20 years - now able to do more birding!) I can pass along to all of you, that visits to the campus during the school day are seriously frowned upon.  Bring binoculars and a camera out and you will certainly be requested to leave. The church on the other hand is very accessible and the priest is aware of the rare birds that are eating his tree berries.  I spoke with him when I was there.  He enjoys the birds and was interested in finding out what kind they were and why I was interested.  

    Here are a couple of the birds I was able to watch and photograph in these trees yesterday.  With less foot traffic here, the birds seemed much more tolerable of humans.     
    Pine Warbler-7012.jpg
    Pine Warbler-7013.jpg

    Happy Birding!  
    .....Rob


    On Mon, Nov 30, 2020 at 3:18 PM scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
    Denise and I had about 20, voraciously consuming the crab apples from the trees on the north (back) side if the Queensbury Middle school on Aviation Rd., Queensbury, Warren County NY on November 29. We also saw two Black Vultures fly over.

    ebird report with images herein: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76912266

    Scott Stoner and Denise Hackert-Stoner, Loudonville

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