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Redpolls, Field Birds - Northumberland

jhershey2
 

I tried for the Greater White-fronted Goose at Stillwater this morning to no avail.  Then I explored some of the Northumberland fields with Ron H.  There were at least 200 Snow Buntings and some Horned Larks on Stonebridge Rd. near Purinton. We also checked a number of regular spots including River Rd., Callahan, King Rd. and Goff Rd. where we found smaller numbers of all three field birds including Horned Larks and Lapland Longspurs.  My favorite spot for field birds at Williams Ln. was the biggest surprise with no field birds at all but a flock of an estimated 200 Common Redpolls.  I attached a few pics below including many redpolls in flight. 

John H.  


Peregrines in Stuyvesant

scumming@...
 

There have been recent sightings of a merlin and a peregrine on Eichybush Road. On Monday I had a pair of peregrines on Gibbons Rd., about 1.5 miles west of Eichybush (42-23'-50"N, 73-45'-45" W). One was atop a utility pole, eating a bird, the other perched in a nearby tree. They split when a piece of loud farm machinery drove by. 
 
This is strange -- a flock of 30-40 Black Vultures on a house and nearby trees on Rte. 66 in Hudson. Very busy road. They've been there for more than a week. Glad it's not my house. 
 
 
On a cheerier note, had 17 cardinals at my feeder at one time last week -- 9 males, 8 females.
 
Sean Cummings
133 Gibbons Rd. 
Stuyvesant 
Email: scumming@...
 
 


Re: Mature bald eagle

Tom Lake <trlake7@...>
 

Dear Linda,

Likely (possibly) one of the adults from Bald Eagle nest NY329 at Ballston Lake (see atached).

Tom

Tom Lake
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Estuary Naturalist, Region 3, Hudson River Estuary Program
with New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission
21 South Putt Corners Road New Paltz NY 12561—1696
trlake7@...


-----Original Message-----
From: Linda M Wheeler via groups.io <geocachelinda66@...>
To: hmbirds@groups.io
Sent: Mon, Jan 25, 2021 11:51 am
Subject: [hmbirds] Mature bald eagle

I was looking out my window in Burnt Hills facing east toward Ballston Lake and I could see a bird soaring very high up.  I managed to get one shot before it was too high for me to find in my camera viewfinder.  It must have had a good thermal because it was soaring very high until it just headed north.  Not a great picture, but I got one!
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Happy Birding!


White-winged Crissbills

Scott Fackenthall
 

Had my first run in with a group of 9 white winged crossbills this morning at Normanskill East trail on the creek side. Beautiful birds. Initially heard the peet calls high up in the barren deciduous trees. As they approached the creek they descended to water level before lifting off and crossing over to Normanskill Farm.

Scott Fackenthall
Albany


Re: Bluebirds

adir46er
 

As daylight was fading and snow continued to accumulate, a pair of Eastern Bluebirds paid a brief visit at the nest boxes. Seventeen northern cardinals and two common redpolls were the final takers at our feeding station.

Rita Reed
East Hoosick

On Jan 26, 2021, at 5:14 PM, Alan <adfrench@nycap.rr.com> wrote:

I had three Bluebirds sitting on the wires near the Bluebird boxes during the snow.

Alan
Glenville





Bluebirds

Alan
 

I had three Bluebirds sitting on the wires near the Bluebird boxes during the snow.

Alan
Glenville


Five Rivers birds today

Cynthia Edwardson
 

Chris and I spent several hours this morning hiking all over Five Rivers looking for birds.  Highlights of our visit included a flock of eight American Tree sparrows with a Field and a Song sparrow, also two female red-wing blackbirds, all near the start of the Wild Turkey trail (off of the parking lot).  We had a total of 24 species including a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Northern Mockingbird, three Red-tailed Hawks and a Cooper's Hawk (hanging around the feeders).

Enjoy the fresh snowfall!
Cindy Edwardson


red crossbills - woods hollow preserve

gregg_recer
 

had a brief encounter with one group of 9 red crossbills today in the woods hollow preserve in milton as previously reported by ron h; 2 adult males. they were oddly quiet -- I initially heard just a couple of thin chips and doing a little spish brought them right in to a non-conifer where they appeared to be focused on eating snow. I was on the yellow trail near the reservoir dam, but there's a lot of pine-dominated habitat throughout the preserve where they could wander.

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gregg recer
malta NY


Woodpeckers

Alan
 

The Yellow-bellied Sapsucker continues to be an occasional visitor to my suet feeder and was there this morning.

Pleased to find a male Pileated Woodpecker climbing around on the phone pole out front a few minutes ago. Wish he'd get the memo about the new, extra long tailed suet feeder!

The usual Downy, Hairy, and Red-bellied Woodpeckers have also been visiting this morning.

Clear skies, Alan
Glenville


Greater White-fronted Goose - Stillwater

Alan Mapes
 


Greater white-fronted goose is being seen from the Blockhouse park, 1130 today. Snowgoose also.

Alan Mapes


red crossbills Albany Pine Bush today

scottjstoner
 

today, mid-afternoon, Denise and I encountered a flock of about 10 red crossbills along the red trail, about 0.1 miles west of the Blueberry Hill West trailhead (#5; searchable on google maps). They were quite vocal but difficult to see, and flew farther west before we had a chance to photograph or record audio. They, or others, later appeared well south of that part of the trail, affording another only distant flight view. We also had a yellow-bellied sapsucker. 

This morning I had a sapsucker, mockingbird, and pileated all in the woodlot at Five Rivers.

- Scott Stoner, Loudonville





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stillwater geese

gregg_recer
 

a few documentation-quality shots of the greater white-fronted goose and the apparent hybrid from bunce ln yesterday and today in these checklists:
https://ebird.org/checklist/S79829653
https://ebird.org/checklist/S79881826

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gregg recer
malta NY


Mature bald eagle

Linda M Wheeler
 

I was looking out my window in Burnt Hills facing east toward Ballston Lake and I could see a bird soaring very high up.  I managed to get one shot before it was too high for me to find in my camera viewfinder.  It must have had a good thermal because it was soaring very high until it just headed north.  Not a great picture, but I got one!
--
Happy Birding!


Re: possible WF x Canada hybrid + lt duck - stillwater

gregg_recer
 

greater WF goose continuing at stillwater this morning. it was swimming and then standing on the ice so more viewable than yesterday. scopable from blockhouse, but seems to favor the south end of the ice along bunce ln; closer views there. 
-- did not see the odd branta x Anser hybrid 
gregg recer
malta NY


Common Redpolls - Albany International Airport

scottjstoner
 

Denise and I found a group of about 10 common redpolls this afternoon along the fenceline of Chris's Coffee, 348 Old Niskayuna Rd, Latham. Scott Stoner, Loudonville



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Stonebridge Road - Merlin

Alan Mapes
 

At the manure field near the south end of the road, Merlin, harrier, snow buntings and horned larks. Nothing sitting down for long. 

Alan Mapes, Saratoga 


Re: possible WF x Canada hybrid + lt duck - stillwater

gregg_recer
 

found a second bird on bunce that is likely a gwf, but sleeping posture showing no head or leg colors. white line along folded wing and somewhat smaller than most adjacent canadas. 
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gregg recer
malta NY


possible WF x Canada hybrid + lt duck - stillwater

gregg_recer
 

at bunce lane now, Cathy and I have a goose that is largely an Anser type with orange legs, pale orange bill and grayish vermiculated pattern on back, but the face lacks the white at base of bill and has a clear Canada-type chin strap instead. would be easy to mistake for a WF if the head is tucked. will post photos later. 
checked ferry drive first and found no geese, but one immature long-tailed duck associated with 1 pair of hooded mergs. 
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gregg recer
malta NY


Re: Red Crossbills : eBird Report - Woods Hollow Nature Preserve, Jan 22, 2021

Tom Lake <trlake7@...>
 

Hi Ron,

I agree with you on the TAKTRAX ... in addition to walks in the forest, they are excellent for ice fishing.

TOM

Tom Lake
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Estuary Naturalist, Region 3, Hudson River Estuary Program
with New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission
21 South Putt Corners Road New Paltz NY 12561—1696
trlake7@...



-----Original Message-----
From: Ronald Harrower <rharrower@...>
To: hmbirds@groups.io
Sent: Sat, Jan 23, 2021 6:33 am
Subject: [hmbirds] Red Crossbills : eBird Report - Woods Hollow Nature Preserve, Jan 22, 2021


> Woods Hollow Nature Preserve, Saratoga, New York, US
> Jan 22, 2021 12:25 PM - 1:30 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.1 mile(s)
> Checklist Comments:    I went on a walk at Woods Hollow NP to test out my Taktrax, recently bought after Marne mentioned them in her Battlefield ramble. I also had in my mind that Woods Hollow might be good for crossbills with all the pines laden with cones. Both things proved to be good within minutes of my arrival. The Yaktrax are great in that they allow me to get a good footing on ice and snow, an important thing for one with balance issues. The crossbills showed up by flying over the parking lot on the Northline entrance. 25 Red Crossbills flew in and worked their way around the parking lot, going at the cones with gusto. After sa couple of minutes, they took off over the park. I tried to find them, but with so much selection, they could be anywhere in the preserve. Well worth looking again.
> 13 species
>
> Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
> Downy Woodpecker  1
> Pileated Woodpecker  1
> Blue Jay  4
> American Crow  7
> Black-capped Chickadee  21
> Tufted Titmouse  6
> Red-breasted Nuthatch  5
> White-breasted Nuthatch  5
> Brown Creeper  1
> Red Crossbill  25    This has been an irruptive year all around us. This many and more are seen  fairly often this Winter
> American Goldfinch  1
> Northern Cardinal  1    singing
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S79726540
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)







Greater White-fronted Goose, Blockhouse Park

Naomi Lloyd
 

Passing on Tom Anderson's report of a GWFG at Blockhouse Park now.

Naomi

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