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n. shrike - ft Edward

gregg_recer
 

I was able to locate a shrike on Fitzpatrick dr; I presume the same one reported here in ebird several days ago. it was on the west side of the road just a few hundred yards from the blackhouse intersection, between the first two houses. it gave a brief view on an exposed perch and then dove out of sight. trying again now to relocate, but nothing yet. 

Gregg Recer
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Re: eBird Checklist - 12 Jan 2021 - Staats Island Rd., Schodack - 3 species (+1 other taxa)

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

For what it's worth, Barnacle Geese are much smaller than Canada Geese - only slightly larger than a Cackling Goose - and their bodies are a frosty gray - especially on the back - not brown.

On Tue, Jan 12, 2021 at 3:25 PM Steve Mesick <stvmesick@...> wrote:
Here is the list with the Faux Barnacle.
Got taken by a pretty face!

https://ebird.org/checklist/S79134166





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eBird Checklist - 12 Jan 2021 - Staats Island Rd., Schodack - 3 species (+1 other taxa)

Steve Mesick
 

Here is the list with the Faux Barnacle.
Got taken by a pretty face!

https://ebird.org/checklist/S79134166


Goose

Steve Mesick
 

So looking at the pictures I’m thinking this is just a leicistic Canada goose. The pictures are on ebird now but right now the back doesn’t look right for a Barnacle havingseen the pictures on my computer. It is it in under goose species at present. Would welcome opinions.


Barnacle goose?

Steve Mesick
 

I believe I might have a Barnacle Goose at Staats Island Road in the large flock to the north of the road. I’m going home to put my pictures in because I can’t put them in the field but if anyone’s close by they might wanna go check it out. Feel free to call me for details - 5188590973


Fw: eBird Report - 559 Eichybush Road, Stuyvesant, New York, US (42.411, -73.739), Jan 11, 2021

kernscot
 



 
 
559 Eichybush Road, Stuyvesant, New York, US (42.411, -73.739), Columbia, New York, US
Jan 11, 2021 3:11 PM - 5:06 PM
Protocol: Traveling
24.05 mile(s)
15 species

Snow Goose  2     Juv
Canada Goose  2500     On cornfields
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  150     At farms
Mourning Dove  14
Northern Harrier  1
Cooper's Hawk  1     Chasing m. Doves
Red-tailed Hawk  8     2 sitting together
Black-capped Chickadee  5
European Starling  150
Northern Mockingbird  2
Eastern Bluebird  1
House Sparrow  10
Common Redpoll  15     Eating weed seed at roadside
Savannah Sparrow  7     at roadside
Northern Cardinal  2

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Short-eared Owls, Fort Edward grasslands

Naomi Lloyd
 

Tom Anderson reports nine, possibly ten SEOWs flying over the Plum Road fields at 2:35. Good viewing from the Little Theater parking lot.
He also had two Lapland Longspurs perched in a small tree on Stonebridge Rd an hour ago.

Good birding!

Naomi


Leucistic Cardinal & YB Sapsucker in Troy

Heidi
 

On Sunday morning I had a male leucistic Cardinal at my sunflower feeder. He had a red crest but pure white head and no black. His body was a blotchy combination of red with white patches.
I spent the rest of the day in the sunroom with my camera in hopes he would return. I also set up my TrailCam (w motion sensor) on a tripod aimed at the entire feeding area but no luck so far.
I will of course post any photo I might get.

Also I’ve had an immature Yellow -bellied Sapsucker working on the large spruce tree at the back of our property, for the past 4 days and the pair of Carolina Wrens continue daily visits.

Heidi Klinowski
Troy
(behind St Mary’s Cemetery & RPI)


Great Blue Heron

Jeffrey Schoonmaker
 

A Great Blue Heron flew past my house a short while ago, flying low and following the run-off stream from a pond hidden behind Inga's Diner on the north end of Fuller Road in Colonie.  It may have originated at Six-Mile Water Works, a large pond just off of Fuller Road and a part of the westernmost region of the Pine Bush.

Jeff Schoonmaker


Lapland long spurs

Susan
 

Thanks to Richard and Sunny I saw several Lapland Longspurs mixed in with Snow Buntings and Horned Larks on the east side of Stonebridge Rd. See the dropped pin for the exact location. 
Susan Beaudoin 



Bald eagles

Linda M Wheeler
 

I went to Flightlock Rd in Waterford today.  At the end of the road, I spotted a juvenile Bald eagle in a tree and another older juvenile out on the ice with a crow for company.  Also several other crows in the nearby trees and intermingling with Canada Geese.  One juvenile Bald eagle under the viewing area off School st. in Cohoes near the falls. I ran into a cou
ple of other photographers there as well.  Not sure who they are.
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Re: longspurs - Northumberland

Scott Varney
 

Finally, a teachable moment!  Thank you for this post and the challenge...this is how we learn the subtle differences between commonly-grouped birds. 

Scott Varney 
Salem, NY

On Sat, Jan 9, 2021, 5:08 PM jhershey2 <hersheyj@...> wrote:
I arrived at the same spot (manure spread) on Stonebridge Rd. in Northumberland south of Calahan Rd. sometime after Gregg and Cathy.  I joined Bob and Nettie and later Eric M. in watching Horned Larks, Snow Buntings, and a few Lapland Longspurs.  The larks outnumbered the other two species.  I was particularly interested in the Longspurs because they are a little tricky to find amongst the other birds.  There are a few things I look for to i.d. them.  First of all, unlike the larks and buntings, they look like a run-of-the-mill sparrow.  Also, they have a dark triangular frame on the face with some reddish or orange color surrounding it.  And they have an orange patch on the folded wing which is bordered by white.  I posted several photos (for i.d. or educational purposes only) below most of which have longspurs, horned larks, and sometimes snow buntings in them.  Can you find the longspurs?

John H.


Re: longspurs - Northumberland

jhershey2
 

I arrived at the same spot (manure spread) on Stonebridge Rd. in Northumberland south of Calahan Rd. sometime after Gregg and Cathy.  I joined Bob and Nettie and later Eric M. in watching Horned Larks, Snow Buntings, and a few Lapland Longspurs.  The larks outnumbered the other two species.  I was particularly interested in the Longspurs because they are a little tricky to find amongst the other birds.  There are a few things I look for to i.d. them.  First of all, unlike the larks and buntings, they look like a run-of-the-mill sparrow.  Also, they have a dark triangular frame on the face with some reddish or orange color surrounding it.  And they have an orange patch on the folded wing which is bordered by white.  I posted several photos (for i.d. or educational purposes only) below most of which have longspurs, horned larks, and sometimes snow buntings in them.  Can you find the longspurs?

John H.


longspurs - Northumberland

gregg_recer
 

Cathy and I found at least 6 Lapland longspurs just now in the same area on Stonebridge Rd south of Callahan. multiple large groups of buntings and larks are here. also had 3 black vultures fly over. 

Gregg Recer
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Larks & Buntings, Northumberland

Alan Mapes
 

A large flock of horned larks and snow buntings are near the corner of King Road and Homestead, Northumberland. Nice manure spread, but a bit far from the road for good viewing. 

Alan Mapes
Saratoga 


Re: Fort Edward grasslands today - Lapland Longspur

scottjstoner
 

ADDITION:  Review of photos revealed one Lapland Longspur in the flock of Horned Larks on Cary Rd., Ft. Edward, yesterday Jan 7 (please see below) -Scott and Denise



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Date: 1/7/21 19:39 (GMT-05:00)
To: hmbirds@groups.io
Subject: [hmbirds] Fort Edward grasslands today

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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Cohoes this afternoon

scottjstoner
 

Gregg Recer and I birded several locations along the Mohawk River, from the power station on Cohoes-Crescent Road to rt 32. A highlight was a total of 14 Bald Eagles, including 8 from Overlook Park (School St., Cohoes). Common Mergansers were present along with American Black Ducks. The only gulls along the river were the 3 common species. Scott Stoner, Loudonville



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Re: longspur - Northumberland

jhershey2
 

I also had at least one Lapland Longspur on Stonebridge Rd. this morning though I didn't run into Gregg while I was there.  I actually didn't see any Longspurs until I looked at my pics later.  I've attached a heavily cropped photo of one below. 

John H.


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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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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