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Re: [EXT] Re: [hmbirds] Greater white fronted goose

Jeffrey Schoonmaker
 

Doris and I missed the goose flock as well, at close to that same time period.  There was a large flock that was in the river across the road from the blue silo, though.  We, perhaps wrongly, drove down the farm driveway to get a better look at that flock, but we didn't see the G. White-f.  Needless to say, we didn't stay there long, or get out of the car to get a closer look.  Whew!


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as of 12:20 the goose flock is not present. however, I had a large flock w/o the white-fronted here 2 days ago, so hopefully they'll be back 
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gregg recer
malta NY


Re: White Red-tails

kernscot
 

For over 10 years there was a very white leucistic Red-tailed Hawk in the Ghent to Chatham, NY area. A few years ago, it appeared to have been shot and couldn't fly. It was taken to a rehabilitator and I did not hear its fate, probably didn't survive. These incidents make me so angry. In nature different birds like this may be picked from flocks as targets by predators, so maybe a few hunters have this instinct. I have seen this happen to partially white deer.

There have been others in the 6 miles away Spencertown-Austerlitz, NY area, over 30+ years ago.

I attached a photo of this hawk taken by me in 4-2017 over the Price Chopper in Chatham. It is OK to use this photo, just please credit me.

Good Birding and stay well -

Nancy Kern
Austerlitz, NY




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Subject: Re: [hmbirds] White Red-tails
 
*  There is still one at the golf course on Route 196 in Hartford, NY.  I have distant photos, but saw it again a few weeks ago. 

* I have nice photos of one at the WC Grasslands on Route 4 at thg he end of Cary Road.  This may be the same individual as previously reported. 

Scott Varney 
Salem, NY

On Thu, Jan 7, 2021, 10:10 PM Naomi Lloyd via groups.io <naomi_kestrel=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

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


Redpolls, Red-winged Blackbirds

Steve Mesick
 

There was a large flock of Redpolls on American Oil Rd this AM. Also at least 3 male Red-winged Blackbirds on Staats Island Rd.

Steve Mesick, East Greenbush


Re: Greater white fronted goose

gregg_recer
 

as of 12:20 the goose flock is not present. however, I had a large flock w/o the white-fronted here 2 days ago, so hopefully they'll be back 
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gregg recer
malta NY


Re: White Red-tails

Scott Varney
 

*  There is still one at the golf course on Route 196 in Hartford, NY.  I have distant photos, but saw it again a few weeks ago. 

* I have nice photos of one at the WC Grasslands on Route 4 at thg he end of Cary Road.  This may be the same individual as previously reported. 

Scott Varney 
Salem, NY

On Thu, Jan 7, 2021, 10:10 PM Naomi Lloyd via groups.io <naomi_kestrel=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

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


longspur - Northumberland

gregg_recer
 

found one Lapland longspur just now in a large flock of snow buntings and horned larks on Stonebridge rd; south of Callahan and just north of the tiny Ballard Rd connector to west river. this is not far from where Al had one yesterday. there were only crows at the manure spread north of Callahan today. lots of fresh manure on both sides of Stonebridge at this spot further south and the flock was actively moving around between different patches, but good views especially when they came out to the road shoulder. 
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gregg recer
malta NY


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




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