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Greater white fronted goose

Susan
 

Thanks to David DiSiena, I am looking at a greater white fronted goose. It is in the town of Schaghticoke just across the bridge from Stillwater. Go past River Road heading east from the bridge. There is a large flock of Canada geese in front of a farm. It is on the left-hand /west side of this group. From where I am standing it’s to the left of the blue silo and directly in front of the broken down barn. 

Susan Beaudoin


Covid - birding

Christoph Randler
 

Happy New Year
Dear Birders,

Hope you all are fine; we are doing a short study how COVID-19 has changed birding. Please help us and answer a few questions, that take some minutes. You can also forward the link to others.
 
https://www.soscisurvey.de/birdwatchers/
 
The study is in several languages and we would be happy for your participation. The study is hosted by the University of Tübingen, and run by a team of people, also being birders.
Stay healthy and good birding,
Christoph

Christoph Randler eBirdprofile: https://ebird.org/profile/NTM0NTM1/world


Re: White Red-tails

Naomi Lloyd
 

I found one Dec. 2018 in the Ft Edward grasslands. It was subsequently banded by Bob Yunick

Naomi Lloyd



On January 7, 2021, at 9:44 PM, Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie@...> wrote:


I saw yet another report of an all-white Red-tailed Hawk. This one in Ulster County - away from where one that had been previously reported.

So. Are all-white Red-tails increasing in number and distribution?

Seems so to me. 

Do you know of the location of one? Without giving specific location, can you provide a general idea where it is/was?

I know for example that there were the following:
Millbrook, Dutchess County - nesting female which was around for about 15 years, at least; not recent
Stone Ridge, Ulster County - another nesting female around for maybe 20 years; no recent reports;
New Paltz, Ulster County - recent
Near Columbia County Airport - Ghent, Recent but no reports in the last few years;
Near Hoosick, Rensselaer County; few sightings from about 10 years ago

Did I miss any?

Current ones?

Rich Guthrie
New Baltimore






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Richard Guthrie


negative results, winter finches

scottjstoner
 

Denise and I checked several previously reliable places today. Jan 7: Chris's Coffee, se part of Albany International Airport - negative for redpolls. Pine View Cemetery, Queensbury - negative for winter finches; Salem, by the large white church, w. Broadway - still some fruit on thecrabapples, but no pine grosbeaks (possibly a few flyovers that I was unable to confirm). Scott Stoner, Loudonville



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White Red-tails

Richard Guthrie
 

I saw yet another report of an all-white Red-tailed Hawk. This one in Ulster County - away from where one that had been previously reported.

So. Are all-white Red-tails increasing in number and distribution?

Seems so to me. 

Do you know of the location of one? Without giving specific location, can you provide a general idea where it is/was?

I know for example that there were the following:
Millbrook, Dutchess County - nesting female which was around for about 15 years, at least; not recent
Stone Ridge, Ulster County - another nesting female around for maybe 20 years; no recent reports;
New Paltz, Ulster County - recent
Near Columbia County Airport - Ghent, Recent but no reports in the last few years;
Near Hoosick, Rensselaer County; few sightings from about 10 years ago

Did I miss any?

Current ones?

Rich Guthrie
New Baltimore






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Richard Guthrie


Fort Edward grasslands today

scottjstoner
 

This afternoon, January 7, Denise and I had flocks of about 90 Horned Larks and 125 Snow Buntings on Cary Road, just east of rt. 4, at the first manured field, on the south side. The only raptors we had were several red-tailed hawks, also along Cary Rd. 

Scott Stoner, Loudonville



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Longspur

Alan Mapes
 

Stonebridge north of Callahan, patch of manure west side.


Longspur - Stonebridge Road

Alan Mapes
 

One Lapland longspur with a flock of horned larks and snow buntings on Stone Bridge Road, north of 32.

Alan Mapes


Snow Bunting, Savannah Sparrow - Schuylerville

Alan Mapes
 

Three snow buntings and a Savannah sparrow along the shoulder of Degarmo Road, just south of Burgoyne Road. 

Alan Mapes
Saratoga 


pine grosbeaks - wilton, exit 15

gregg_recer
 

5 pine grosbeaks present working the crab apples along the north side of sr50 in the tj Maxx parking lot. 
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gregg recer
malta NY


Re: field birds - Northumberland

gregg_recer
 

more of the same on Goff Rd, plus well over 120 wild turkies 
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gregg recer
malta NY


field birds - Northumberland

gregg_recer
 

another group of roughly 50 snow buntings and 30 horned larks here on Williams lane now. despite decent viewing conditions and much scoping, no longspurs. 
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gregg recer
malta NY


Re: Thursday Birding on hiatus

Naomi Lloyd
 

(doing this on my phone sucks)

AS I was saying --

Covid rates are shooting up frighteningly - 42% increase in the Capital Region in the past 14 days, 24 cases and two deaths since 1/1 just in my small town.
I'm sad to say I think it wise to put our Thursday group on hiatus for a while and bird safely and solitarily. Let's keep in touch by sharing sightings, hot spots, etc through social media and traditional methods, until we can meet together again. Check out:

hmbirds@groups.io

Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club on Facebook

Albany Birders on WhatsApp (contact Rich Guthrie richardpguthrie@... to sign up)

The 2021 Fun Run has just started - it's an annual informal challenge to see as many species as possible in your 11-county Region 8 area. Contact Gregg Recer to join up!  gregg.recer@...

Hope you all are enjoying our special winter visitors this year and remember -- only three months until warblers!

Keep well, and good birding --

Naomi







Thursday Birding on hiatus

Naomi Lloyd
 

Hey folks - 24 cases and two deaths since 1/1 just in my small town.



On December 9, 2020, at 10:49 AM, "Naomi Lloyd via groups.io" <naomi_kestrel@...> wrote:


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





Snow Buntings

Jeffrey Schoonmaker
 

We explored the dirt roads through farmland off of King Rd - Northway Exit 15, Rt. 50 north, right on King Rd. (Rt. 39), Right onto Route 40 (toward Grangerville), left onto Goff Rd which ends where Starks Knob begins.  A short ways along Starks Knob on the right my wife spotted a flock of Snow Buntings that flew up.  We pulled over and enjoyed them repeatedly flying up and around and landing again at about the same spot.  I walked closer as they were hidden by a shallow rise (knob?) and got a couple of photos (not very good, but a thrill for my own purposes.

Thanks, Susan, for encouraging me to explore the area.  What a success!

Jeff schoonmaker


Snow Buntings, Horned Larks

Susan
 

Between three and 400 snow buntings flying around King Road and Williams Road in Eastern Saratoga County. Also about it dozen Horned Larks on Williams Road. 
Susan Beaudoin 


snow buntings - Easton

gregg_recer
 

watching a group of about 60 snow buntings now on Wilbur Ave in the easton/Greenwich area; near hand melon farm 
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gregg recer
malta NY


pine view cemetery and Albany Intl Airport

scottjstoner
 

Gregg Recer and I scoured the Pine View cemetery in Queensbury this morning, but did not relocate the previously reported Northern Shrike, Red Crossbill, or the vocal flock of White-winged Crossbills. We did have a Pileated WP and Green-winged Teal along with many juncos and chickadees. 

Appreciate any further reports from the cemetery...

On my way home I briefly checked the east side of the Albany International Airport, vicinity of Chris's Coffee at 348 Old Niskayuna Rd, but did not locate the flock of Common Redpolls. 

Scott Stoner, Loudonville



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Re: Albany County Christmas Bird Count - Results

Larry & Penny Alden
 

The snow cover, coupled with bare ground on roadsides has to account for the record sparrow and cardinal numbers. In one spot I had a group of ~50 white throated sparrow scratching in the leaves at the shoulder of the road!

Larry Alden


What caused so many species to be found in higher numbers? Much of this effect might be explained by the dividing up of sectors of the circle. We had more birding parties afield, even though each party was just one person, or in some cases two family members. It is hard to say how this effects final results, though. I’m sure that many birds in my sector were missed because I did not have the usual two excellent birders with me. Whatever the cause, we had a very good count. Thanks go out to all the dedicated participants!

Alan Mapes
Saratoga


Glaucous Gull, Snow Buntings, Snow Goose and Pine Grosbeaks

Susan
 

This morning my sister and I observed the previously reported immature Glaucous Gull amongst a large group of more common gulls from the first pull out on Crescent Cohoes Rd along the Mohawk River. Yesterday we had over 20 Pine Grosbeaks at the Saratoga National Cemetery. They were feeding in crab apples across from the Information Center as you exit. In the corn fields across from the cemetery was a flock of Snow Buntings. Earlier in the day I had about 30 Pine Grosbeaks in the trees across the parking lot from Wild Birds Unlimited. By the time I left the store, they had left. We also had snow buntings on route 67 across from Hanahan's Dairy Farm in Saratoga Springs. Earlier my sister had a flock of Horned lLarks there as well. In this same field was one Snow Goose in a flock of close to 200 Canada Geese. It was very well camouflaged in the snow. I've also been seeing Pine Siskins on a daily basis in my yard in the town of Stillwater. I've been to the Clifton Park Library a couple of times to look for the previously reported Red Crossbills without success. 
Susan Beaudoin

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