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Pine Grosbeaks, Redpolls eBird Report - Neighborhoods near Goode Road, David's Lane and Jenkins Road, Feb 10, 2021

Ronald Harrower
 

Neighborhoods near Goode Road, David's Lane and Jenkins Road, Saratoga, New York, US
Feb 10, 2021 8:15 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Checklist Comments: John and I went to Jeff's house in the neighborhood within parameters listed. As it is a private home and some of the birds seen can only be seen from the backyard, I don't want to offer an experience that others in the birding community can't have. I can tell where many suitable crabapples are currently and if observant where a current flock of about 25 Pine Grosbeaks can be found. In the general intersections of Jenkins, Woodsode and Katherine Rds, one can see a lot of crabapples. The Pine Grosbeaks are traveling freely between them. The Hoary and Common Redpolls are on the private property.
22 species

Mourning Dove 4
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 8
American Crow 3
Black-capped Chickadee 7
Tufted Titmouse 4
Red-breasted Nuthatch 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
European Starling 41
Eastern Bluebird 1
American Robin 2
Cedar Waxwing 15 in crabapple tree in friend's yard
Pine Grosbeak 25 At least. They were going from crabapple tree to another to another in the Jenkins/Woodhill and Katherine Rds area. True to form they would go to the top of Pine Trees and rest for a while before returning. Only one adult male which was beautifi in the brief moment that I saw it. The rest were females or immature males. They were amazingly tame. I was very cold after waiting outside to see Hoary Redpoll earlier. so stayed in the car. I had great shots, my friends were too close at one point when three birds landed on the road and gritted. Magical time.
Common Redpoll 35
Hoary Redpoll 1 This was the bird that I went to look for in the snow on the 9th and missed (mostly due to worry about heavy snow, so didn't stay long. I did see it today, but did not get a photos. Our host described its actions over his 4 days of observations. It finally came out on a branch as the host said it would. Alas, I was on the other side of a small bush. Great view of the bird with my eyes, but couldn't get around bush and ask the other two friends to move before bird went back in hidden spot. I saw the white rump, no streaks, short bill and overall white look. It was also by itself
Pine Siskin 3
American Goldfinch 2
Dark-eyed Junco 18
White-throated Sparrow 4
Northern Cardinal 4

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S80846852

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)


Re: Great Backyard Bird Count - this weekend

Tristan Lowery
 

Technically, you can start counting at midnight - though that might be morning to some.

Tristan Lowery
Albany

On Thu, Feb 11, 2021 at 7:01 PM Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie@...> wrote:
Join the GBBC starting tomorrow morning (Feb. 12) through Monday evening. 

Go to:


 to join and to monitor the count progress..

--
Richard Guthrie
New Baltimore


Great Backyard Bird Count - this weekend

Richard Guthrie
 

Join the GBBC starting tomorrow morning (Feb. 12) through Monday evening. 

Go to:


 to join and to monitor the count progress..

--
Richard Guthrie
New Baltimore


Common Redpolls (Glenville)

Alan
 

I was happy to find at least 24 Common Redpolls on and under the feeders a few minutes ago.

The first I've seen this winter.

Clear skies, Alan
Glenville


Redpolls - Washington Park, Albany

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

5ish redpolls were feeding with some goldfinches in the larches near Englewood Place in Washington Park.  I’ll check my photos later.--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


Re: redpolls and red crossbills at 5 Rivers EEC, Delmar

Richard Guthrie
 

Seems that Redpolls are showing up in lots of places lately. I had a flighty flock at the Coxsackie Boat Launch this afternoon. There were a few Snow Buntings joining them. 

And a Snow Goose in with 2500 Canada Geese. 


Rich Guthrie 
New Baltimore 


On Feb 8, 2021, at 6:00 PM, scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner@...> wrote:

Several Common Redpolls continue at the feeders today; also heard one or more flyover red crossbills near the fox marsh this morning. Scott Stoner, Loudonville



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Re: red head ducks on Hudson

brendastiffen
 

2 Red head ducks on Hudson river, end of Tibbits Ave 


redpolls and red crossbills at 5 Rivers EEC, Delmar

scottjstoner
 

Several Common Redpolls continue at the feeders today; also heard one or more flyover red crossbills near the fox marsh this morning. Scott Stoner, Loudonville



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Hoary Redpoll behavior

Jeff Nadler
 

My backyard common redpoll count rose to over 50 yesterday afternoon, but the continued Hoary Redpoll was easy to pick out due to its pure white rump, unmarked undertail coverts, and small bill.  More so though was its behavior vs. the other birds.  As the common redpolls flew back and forth for cover with any disturbance, the Hoary always remained, alone at times.  She always fed on the ground and never on a feeder.  She stayed alone in my deck side spruce and not with the other birds. She was also aggressive at times while feeding close to common redpolls. All interesting behavior being observed from my deck.

Jeff Nadler
Saratoga County, Ballston


Short-eared Owl - Coxsackie Grasslands and other sightings

Richard Guthrie
 

A neighbor sent me photos of a Short-eared Owl battling two Northern Harriers at the Coxsackie Grasslands in Greene County today.

Also, there were 5 Bald Eagles perched in one backyard tree along the Hudson River in New Baltimore and a Belted Kingfisher in Coxsackie. 

And a Merling perched on a tree by the barn at the Scenic Hudson Longview Park on the River Road just south of the Hamlet of New Baltimore.

The Mute Swan is spending its second winter at the Coeymans Landing Boat Launch site.

--
Richard Guthrie


Re: Kingfisher - Staffords Bridge

Cynthia Edwardson
 

Chris and I had two belted kingfishers yesterday. One was hanging out in Collins Creek, near Collins Lake (Scotia); a great blue heron flew away from us in that same area.  At least 150 crows flew overhead after being disturbed by a red-tailed hawk late in the morning in this general location. The other kingfisher was near Gateway Landing Park in Schenectady.  A small area of open water had many mallards and common mergansers.  At least 4 bluebirds were seen nearby.

Cindy Edwardson

On Sun, Feb 7, 2021 at 4:41 PM Alan Mapes <alanmapes@...> wrote:
Still a male belted kingfisher hanging around the marina on Fish Creek, Saratoga area this afternoon. Saw it at Bryant’s Bridge a few days ago. 

Alan Mapes


Kingfisher - Staffords Bridge

Alan Mapes
 

Still a male belted kingfisher hanging around the marina on Fish Creek, Saratoga area this afternoon. Saw it at Bryant’s Bridge a few days ago. 

Alan Mapes


Waterfowl at Crescent Power Plant- 2/7

trwdsd
 

There was a fairly diverse group of ducks in the limited open water just downriver from the Crescent Power Plant this morning. Three male Redheads, first found by Rich W. yesterday, were still present. They were in loose company with a male Greater Scaup, a female Lesser Scaup, a male Ring-necked Duck, a female Hooded Merganser, and a female Red-breasted Merganser. Also present were larger numbers of Common Mergansers, Common Goldeneyes, Am. Black Ducks, and Mallards. Also notable were five Wild Turkeys at the top of the hillside on the landfill across the road. A gull flock was loafing of the ice shelf above the power plant, but a scan didn't reveal anything beyond Herring and Greater Black-backed Gulls.

Tom & Colleen Williams
Colonie


Re: this afternoon, Ft Edward grasslands

Robert S Pastel
 

None for us either.  

Robert S. Pastel


On Feb 6, 2021, at 6:13 PM, scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner@...> wrote:


Couple of light morph rough-legged, couple of harriers, and a meadowlark behind the little theater on plum rd on a windy and bitterly cold afternoon. No owls as of the time we left. Scott and Denise



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this afternoon, Ft Edward grasslands

scottjstoner
 

Couple of light morph rough-legged, couple of harriers, and a meadowlark behind the little theater on plum rd on a windy and bitterly cold afternoon. No owls as of the time we left. Scott and Denise



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Four winter finch species at home today.

Jeff Nadler
 

The most incredible winter finch irruption at home today . . .  12 female pine grosbeaks, 20 pine siskin, 30 common redpoll, and a stunning hoary redpoll offering all of the positive identification traits.  Just an amazing experience having four of the eight winter finches in one morning in the yard.

Jeff Nadler
Town of Ballston, Saratoga County



Deck visitor

Mary Comley
 

After walking a couple trails in the pine bush unsuccessfully looking for crossbills I came home. Shortly after this guy showed up. I've lived here near Ellis hospital for 35 years, first time visitor!

Mary


Re: Pine Bush winter finches

Craig Driggs
 

Sorry, that was the long and noisy untrimmed version!  These are the two good parts of the recording.

Craig

On Fri, Feb 5, 2021, 5:01 PM Craig Driggs <777216@...> wrote:
I stopped at the Albany Pine Bush this afternoon looking for crossbills and was not disappointed. There was a nice group of Red Crossbills hanging around the Madison Ave trailhead calling and giving good looks. 

I also heard, and briefly saw, a flock of 6-8 finches at Blueberry Hill East, beyond the first fork in the trail. Some were overhead and then they assembled in the upper parts of some bare trees before they flew off.  The calls sounded like Common Redpolls or maybe White-winged Crossbills. I attached two short recordings - wind noise is loud in the second one. I'm curious what others think.

Craig Driggs


Common Redpoll Loudonville, Albany County

scottjstoner
 

1, under our feeders late morning. First winter finch in 6 years! -Scott and Denise



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Re: Red Crossbills, Salem, NY

Tom Lake
 

Hi Scott.... Love your plethora of winter finches.

Lack of eagle on the Battenkill may be the result of ice. (It may be, but we have learned to be careful trying to look inside the motives of eagles.)

Many of the flyway's winter eagles are down here (there was 100 in just a 20-mile reach of the lower Hudson River today). 
Climate Change has given us relatively mild winters and during those wintering eagles need not travel so far to find consistently open water.

Keep us updated.... 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: Scott Varney <scottvarney1968@...>
To: HMBirds <hmbirds@groups.io>
Sent: Fri, Feb 5, 2021 6:36 pm
Subject: [hmbirds] Red Crossbills, Salem, NY

I came home from work today and in the lower level of deciduous trees along my driveway, I found a group of Red Crossbills flitting between these trees and 2 very tall Eastern White Pine trees.  The group of birds made their presence known with continuous vocalizations for about 6 minutes.  So nice to be able to list them as a "Yard Bird".

Also, at Hudson Crossing today at 11:00 am, there was a group of 12-15 Common Redpolls in the shrubbery along the parking lot.  They've been hanging out here for at least a week now.

A group of approximately 20 Snow Buntings has been hanging out along the fields and roadside on Cemetary Road in Salem.

I'm a bit bummed by the relatively low number of sightings of Bald Eagles along the Battenkill River this year.  Since I moved here 5 years ago, I've sighted at least 1 Bald Eagle every day from Dec 15-March 15....this year has proven to be the exception. 

Scott Varney
Salem, NY

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