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Common Redpolls - Ferry Drive

jhershey2
 

This morning I was walking the trail between Ferry Drive and the Vischer Ferry Power Plant and found a mixed group of about 15 Common Redpolls and 15 American Goldfinches.  They were feeding on cones on the many Alder trees along the path next to the river.  They moved around from tree to tree but stayed in the same general area.  After turning around at the power plant and going back toward Ferry Drive I saw them again.  The light was poor for photos but I attached a few anyway of the redpolls. 


This week's destination: 12/10 - NOTE WINTER START TIME

Naomi Lloyd
 

Hey Thursday birders! Tomorrow looks not-bad (above freezing by 9:00), so let's meet at the Albany Pine Bush visitor center on New Karner Rd. Masks and social distancing please!

Next Thurday 12/17 is the Saratoga Christmas Bird Count - if you're interested in participating contact Jean Holcomb jeanh46@...

Good birding!

Naomi





Five Rivers today

scottjstoner
 

I walked some of the trails at the Five Rivers Env. Ed. Cntr in Delmar today from mid morning to early afternoon; the Red-winged Blackbird(s) continue near the visitor center. Five Bluebirds were beingnchased around by a mockingbird at the research ponds, and two large flocks of a total of avoit 600 Snow geese flew overhead, just below the overcast, heasing south. Scott Stoner, Loudonville



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Peregrine - Schuylerville

Alan Mapes
 

Had a peregrine falcon flying over the orchard at Saturday Apple this afternoon, chasing a flock of starlings - just west of Schuylerville. 

Alan Mapes
Saratoga 


ft edward grasslands

gregg_recer
 

I spent a few hours covering secondary roads on both sides of SR 197 in the FE grasslands this morning, mainly prospecting for redpolls or other finches. Found none, but wintering raptors do seem to be picking up there -- in addition to numerous rt hawks, I found 1 dark-morph rough-legged hawk and 2 n. harriers along Cary rd, a cooper's hawk on Mahaffey rd and an A. kestrel on Townline rd. Also a single large group of roughly 20 A. tree sparrows on Townline.

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gregg recer
malta NY


Re: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Surprise

Marne Onderdonk
 

I’ll add that I just had my first juvenile yellow-bellied sapsucker enjoying peanut butter suet here in Halfmoon. 


On Dec 8, 2020, at 9:09 AM, Robert S Pastel <rspastel@...> wrote:

It is funny, in our last number of outings 5 Rivers, Pascanee, Emma Treadwell we’ve seen sapsuckers (first of year).  Also, brown creepers also at Pinebush and all those places.  

Robert S. Pastel


On Dec 8, 2020, at 8:50 AM, Alan <adfrench@...> wrote:

 Spotted a woodpecker on the suet that looked different from the usual suspects. The bird quickly flew to a nearby true, and binoculars revealed a female Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.

In my years of feeding birds, I've never had a sapsucker visit my feeders.

I see 3 percent of New York's Feederwatch reports for the first two 2020-2021 season periods report Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. (Last year it was 3 and 2 percent.)

Clear skies, Alan
Glenville


Flickers+

Heidi
 

Had 2 nice-looking Northern Flickers on my suet and in lilac yesterday (12/8).

Carolina Wren and Red-breasted Nuthatch continue to visit.

Heidi K in Troy (Sycaway)


Re: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Surprise

Robert S Pastel
 

It is funny, in our last number of outings 5 Rivers, Pascanee, Emma Treadwell we’ve seen sapsuckers (first of year).  Also, brown creepers also at Pinebush and all those places.  

Robert S. Pastel


On Dec 8, 2020, at 8:50 AM, Alan <adfrench@...> wrote:

 Spotted a woodpecker on the suet that looked different from the usual suspects. The bird quickly flew to a nearby true, and binoculars revealed a female Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.

In my years of feeding birds, I've never had a sapsucker visit my feeders.

I see 3 percent of New York's Feederwatch reports for the first two 2020-2021 season periods report Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. (Last year it was 3 and 2 percent.)

Clear skies, Alan
Glenville


Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Surprise

Alan
 

Spotted a woodpecker on the suet that looked different from the usual suspects. The bird quickly flew to a nearby true, and binoculars revealed a female Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.

In my years of feeding birds, I've never had a sapsucker visit my feeders.

I see 3 percent of New York's Feederwatch reports for the first two 2020-2021 season periods report Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. (Last year it was 3 and 2 percent.)

Clear skies, Alan
Glenville


Re: Pine Grosbeaks continue in Salem

Christopher J. McCarthy
 

Cool. Has anyone been up to the Washington Co. Grasslands? Any activity there? 
Kathy McCarthy



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-------- Original message --------
From: "scottjstoner via groups.io" <ScottJStoner@...>
Date: 12/7/20 3:51 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: hmbirds@groups.io
Subject: [hmbirds] Pine Grosbeaks continue in Salem


Denise and I just had about 40 Pine Grosbeaks in Salem, Washington county, feeding in the crabapple trees by the old white church on west Broadway, block west of rt. 22,  including at least two beautiful males with fully pink undersides (and probably full bellies as well). Also had YB Sapsucker and several cedar waxwings, common ravens, and flyover flocks of Canada geese. Scott Stoner, Loudonville


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Pine Grosbeaks continue in Salem

scottjstoner
 


Denise and I just had about 40 Pine Grosbeaks in Salem, Washington county, feeding in the crabapple trees by the old white church on west Broadway, block west of rt. 22,  including at least two beautiful males with fully pink undersides (and probably full bellies as well). Also had YB Sapsucker and several cedar waxwings, common ravens, and flyover flocks of Canada geese. Scott Stoner, Loudonville


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Pine Grosbeaks in Salem, NY

Scott Varney
 

I met up with a couple friends today and we scanned the trees at the big white church today, as well as some other local Crabapple hotspots in the village of Salem.  There are clearly well over 100 Pine Grosbeaks and include at least 5 males seen in 2 different locations within 1/2 mile. 2 subadult males were found on East Broadway and 2 adult males and 1 subadult male at the church on West Broadway.  We also encountered at least 1 Pine Siskin at the church in the morning and I found 3 of them in the late afternoon.  Its panning out to be a great irruption year in Salem!

I've enclosed a couple of my own photos of male Pine Grosbeaks seen today. 

Happy Birding,

Scott Varney


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



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-------- 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


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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.
    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. (The app is recommended, but 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.
    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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