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mute swans - Mohawk river

gregg_recer
 

1 pair viewed from the Mohawk bike path just east of the shaker creek mouth. they were back up-river to the west at about 11:00am. distant bin views were suggestive, and 1 very distant photo confirmed the neck profile and some red in the bill. took about 45 mins to get back to the car and then return with the scope by which time they were no longer in view. 

Gregg Recer
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Re: red crossbills - pine bush

David Halm
 

I think I had 2 flyovers around 3:30 at the red/yellow trail junction. And the black vulture count was up to 23 by then. 

David Halm


Wilton Wildlife - Pine Grosbeaks

Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval@...>
 

Delegan Pond at Camp Saratoga on Scout Rd in Wilton has a line of huge old spruce trees. I went crunching around in the snow below, looked up, and found at least 7 Pine Grosbeaks in one, all females or russets! They are absolutely silent. 


Re: red crossbills - pine bush

scottjstoner
 

none found around 2:30. Did have a pileated and 13 black vultures. Scott Stoner,.Loudonville



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From: Mark Silo <msilo89@...>
Date: 1/19/21 13:50 (GMT-05:00)
To: gregg.recer@...
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Subject: Re: [hmbirds] red crossbills - pine bush

Thank you, Greg. About 1:00 pm there were 10+ working the pitch pines on the dune just north of trail post 38 on the red trail. They eventually flew off to the west.

On Jan 19, 2021, at 9:51 AM, gregg_recer <gregg_recer@...> wrote:


a group of 14 red crossbills right now in the blueberry hill west section of the pine bush preserve. seen along the red/yellow trail segment 

Gregg Recer
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Winter Finches, Latham- 1/19

trwdsd
 

On a walk along the bike path in Latham, I encountered groups of finches in several locations. I heard at least two flyover Red Crossbills ("jip-jip") near the parking lot. The highest concentration, both heading eastbound and then on the return leg, was at the gravel pull off about 1000' east of Chrissie B's Farm & Greenhouse on River Rd. There are many ash and alder trees with catkins and last year's cones, which seemed to be the attraction for the birds. Two large flocks of redpolls were zooming back and forth from the open field on the south side the road to the trees surrounding the bike path. I also heard, and then located with binoculars, a half-dozen White-winged Crossbills atop an ash tree. At one point a group of finches settled in a stand of alders adjacent to River Rd., at eye level. At first it was a small flock of Pine Siskins, but they were soon joined by Common Redpolls. One of the redpolls was noticeably "frostier" than the rest, with no streaks on the flanks (or the rump when it hung upside down) and a different head/face shape. It was easy to follow this bird among the flock, even when they left briefly and returned. I marked it as a Hoary Redpoll, although the debate as to whether Common & Hoary are really distinct species continues. Visually, it was clearly cleaner and paler than its cohorts. There was also a Brown Creeper that flew in to investigate the ruckus. Finally, at the extensive wet/reedy area near the Buhrmaster Rd. intersection there was a flock of 38 Red-winged Blackbirds, which I presume to be "never left-ers" rather than "early returnees."

Tom Williams
Colonie


Re: red crossbills - pine bush

Mark Silo
 

Thank you, Greg. About 1:00 pm there were 10+ working the pitch pines on the dune just north of trail post 38 on the red trail. They eventually flew off to the west.

On Jan 19, 2021, at 9:51 AM, gregg_recer <gregg_recer@...> wrote:


a group of 14 red crossbills right now in the blueberry hill west section of the pine bush preserve. seen along the red/yellow trail segment 

Gregg Recer
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lesser black-backed gull - cohoes

gregg_recer
 

found an adult lbb gull on the Mohawk from the landfill pulloff area. may be the same individual that's been present for at least a couple of weeks either here or on green mtn Rd. despite much effort, no white-winged gulls found. 
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Champlain Canalway Trail, Waterford

Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval@...>
 

I just walked the section of the Champlain Canalway Trail from Brookwood Road to behind Momentive and found it quite birdy. Highlights include a Field Sparrow, Hermit Thrush, and 14 Common Redpolls. 

Lindsey D. 


DEC Accepting Applications for Annual Pheasant Release Program

Andy Mason
 

In light of the recent pheasant discussion, thought this might be of interest.

Andy Mason


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DEC Accepting Applications for Annual Pheasant Release Program

Applications for Cooperative Program Due March 25

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced that applications are now available for DEC's cooperative Day-Old Pheasant Chick Program, which allows people to participate in raising and releasing pheasants to enhance the state's fall hunting opportunities. The program is provided through DEC's partnership with hunters, 4-H youth, and interested landowners.

"For more than a century, volunteers have been working with DEC to successfully raise and release pheasant chicks to bolster hunting opportunities in New York State," Commissioner Seggos said. "The Day-OId Pheasant Chick Program is a great way to learn about animal husbandry and wildlife management."

The Day-Old Pheasant Chick Program began in the early 1900s. At that time, the state Conservation Department (precursor to DEC) distributed pheasant eggs and chicks to farmers and rural youth, a tradition that continues to this day. Day-old chicks are available at no cost to participants that can provide a brooding facility, covered outdoor rearing pen, and an adequate release site. Approved applicants will receive the day-old chicks in April, May, or June. No chicks obtained through the Day-Old Pheasant Chick Program can be released on private shooting preserves and all release sites must be approved in advance by DEC and be open for public pheasant hunting opportunities. The program is funded through the State Conservation Fund from license fees paid by hunters, trappers, and anglers.

Applicants are required to provide daily care to the rapidly growing chicks, monitor the birds' health, and ensure the chicks have adequate feed and water. The pheasants may be released beginning when they are eight weeks old and must be released no later than Dec. 1. Individuals interested in these programs should contact the nearest DEC regional office for applications and additional information.

In 2020, DEC distributed more than 31,500 day-old pheasant chicks to qualified applicants. Applications must be filed with a DEC regional wildlife manager by March 25 (contact information below). A "Pheasant Rearing Guide" and applications are available on the DEC website. For questions about the program or eligibility, email wildlife@... or call 607-273-2768.

Region 1 - Nassau and Suffolk counties:
SUNY at Stony Brook
50 Circle Road
Stony Brook, NY 11790
(631) 444-0310

Region 3 - Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester counties:
21 South Putt Corners Rd.
New Paltz, NY 12561
(845) 256-3098

Region 4 - Albany, Columbia, Delaware, Greene, Montgomery, Otsego, Rensselaer, Schenectady, and Schoharie counties:
65561 State Hwy 10, Suite 1
Stamford, NY 12167
(607) 652-7367

Region 5 - Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Saratoga, Warren, and Washington counties:
1115 Route 86, PO Box 296
Ray Brook, NY 12977
(518) 897-1291

Region 6 - Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida, and St. Lawrence counties:
317 Washington Street
Watertown, NY 13601
315-785-2263

Region 7 - Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga, Oswego, Tioga, and Tompkins counties:
1285 Fisher Ave.
Cortland, NY 13045
(607) 753-3095 x 247

Region 8 - Chemung, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, and Yates counties:
6274 East Avon-Lima Rd.
Avon, NY 14414
(585) 226-5380

Region 9 - Allegany, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Erie, Niagara, and Wyoming counties:
182 East Union, Suite 3
Allegany, NY 14706-1328
(716) 372-0645

https://www.dec.ny.gov/press/press.html


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red crossbills - pine bush

gregg_recer
 

a group of 14 red crossbills right now in the blueberry hill west section of the pine bush preserve. seen along the red/yellow trail segment 

Gregg Recer
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Austerlitz - Bald Eagle photos

kernscot
 

Nancy Kern

 
 
US-New York-Austerlitz - Columbia, New York, US
Jan 18, 2021 11:10 AM - 12:30 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Checklist Comments:     Overcast, Temp. 36 F, ground mostly bare of snow. Birds in the adjacent field and on bird feeders.
18 species

Mourning Dove  2
Bald Eagle  1     Adult flew around the field and landed in a tree
Red-tailed Hawk  1     Eating on a deer hide dragged into the field by coyotes. Deer and hawk ignored each other.
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern)  2
Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern)  1
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  3
Common Raven  1
Black-capped Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  3
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern)  1
Carolina Wren  1
European Starling  2
American Goldfinch  7
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  4
Northern Cardinal  1

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Kinderhook- Peregrine Falcon, Snow Goose, Horned Larks

kernscot
 

Nancy Kern


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Subject: eBird Report - 3508 County Road 21, Kinderhook, New York, US (42.428, -73.723), Jan 18, 2021
 
3508 County Road 21, Kinderhook, New York, US (42.428, -73.723), Columbia, New York, US
Jan 18, 2021 4:09 PM - 5:23 PM
Protocol: Traveling
12.62 mile(s)
Checklist Comments:     Temperature 36F dusk
12 species

Snow Goose  1     Immature
Canada Goose  1800     Most on cornfields  some flying
Mourning Dove  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Peregrine Falcon  1
Horned Lark  25     On cornfield
European Starling  200
White-crowned Sparrow  5     3 Adults in brush pile
White-throated Sparrow  11     Around a brush pile
Savannah Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  5

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eBird Report - US-New York-Valatie-3052 Main Street - C. Merganzers

kernscot
 


Oil soaked Canada Geese - Coeymans

Richard Guthrie
 

Doing the waterfowl count today, I saw two Canada Geese with substantial layer of oil on their feathers.

I will send a report to DEC tomorrow.

Keep an eye out for any other victims of an oil spill on the Hudson River.

Rich Guthrie


Redpolls, Snow Buntings - Northumberland

jhershey2
 

I made a quick trip to Northumberland to check for field birds this afternoon.  I saw less than 10 Snow Buntings at Williams Ln. and about 20 on Callahan Rd. east of Stonebridge.  About 10 Common Redpolls showed up along the road while I was watching the Buntings.  Then on King Rd. near Homestead I saw a flock of several hundred Snow Buntings and a few Horned Larks, as reported previously.  I posted a few pics below of the Snow Buntings and Common Redpolls. 

John H.


Saratoga Battlefield: American tree sparrows

Marne Onderdonk
 

Walked portions of the tour road via service road this afternoon. (Hoped for owls but none seen.) Did have a handsome group of 6-7 American tree sparrows feeding in weeds/brush along the side of the road near the Rockefeller monument. There was a chattery flock of feathered friends but too far/bad lighting for me to ID visually and not familiar with their calls. Other nice finds include pileated, hairy and downy woodpeckers, northern flicker, red-tailed hawks, red-breasted nuthatch, brown creeper and the Usual Suspects. Lots of white-tailed deer; counted over 20.

Very icy on roads and trails so yaktrax, microspikes or similar advised.

Happy New Year and stay safe,

Marne


Halfmoon Town Park

Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval@...>
 

This morning I had at least one small flock of Common Redpolls moving around the numerous birches at the Halfmoon Town Park. Snow Buntings also seem pretty reliable in or near the field adjacent to the park as I've easily had them the last two times I've gone. 

More common but enjoyable, the location also had a few White-throated Sparrows and a Northern Mockingborb. 

Lindsey D. 


eBird Report - County Road 21, Stuyvesant, New York, US, Jan 15, 2021

kernscot
 


eBird Report - Chatham, New York, Jan 15, 2021

kernscot
 


Princeton University Books 75% off many birding titles

Richard Guthrie
 

Several of my favorite books came from there.


I bought a couple and have a lot of the others.

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Richard Guthrie

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