Hoary redpoll Knickerbocker Rd Rens County


The hoary redpoll found this morning by David DiSiena is continuing at 80 Knickerbocker Rd - the first house with the big red cardinal bird feeder. We observed the bird in the trees and on the wire. The homeowner is very friendly, the road can be quite busy at times.

Rita Reed

Redpolls in Averill Park

Brian Smith

Since people have been reporting redpolls, I put out a finch feed with thistle seeds. We haven't had them in several years.

A couple days later they've arrived in groups and have been occasionally feasting away. 

Our suet feeder, also recently posted, has attracted a flicker as well! Also brought in a couple of the usuals as well as a carolina wren.


Brian Smith
Averill Park

New Winter Feeder Visitor - Northern Flicker


I put out a new, longer suet feeder this year in hopes of attracting a Pileated, which are frequently seen around here but have never visited our feeders in the winter.

So far, no luck, but, as reported, I've had at least two Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers visiting the suet this winter, the first such winter visits in the 35 years we've lived here.

This morning I had the first winter feeder visit by a Northern Flicker, a male enjoying the suet. I know they are around and see reports and photos, and Feederwatch data says they are visiting 8 to 11% of NY feeders this winter, but it's another winter first here and I'm thrilled.

Looking forward to the first Pileated.

As a bonus a Red-tailed Hawk was perched on the phone pole across the street. Although they are regulars here, all year, I always enjoy seeing them.

Clear skies, Alan

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

David Halm


Thanks so much for the Pine Grosbeak tip! After 3 days of trying (I live in Burnt Hills a few miles up Goode St) I finally lucked out and encountered the flock this morning right where you described it. I, too, only saw the one red adult male, but I may have been too overwhelmed by the spectacle to look more closely. A lifer for me. Thanks again!

David H
Burnt Hills

eBird Report - Wire Rd., Germantown, Feb 14, 2021


 Nancy Kern

Hoary redpoll, sad ending

Jeff Nadler

I have been thrilled to have a backyard hoary redpoll in my yard among the common redpoll. Finding one in my yard was amazing and I have shared several photos. Having it for 8 days out my door posing for me on snow and spruce branches was a birding miracle. I took hundreds of photos of her as she flew, ate, and interacted with common redpolls. I spent hours with her. Yesterday, a birding friend and I could not find her. Eventually, she hobbled out slowly from under a tree. Maybe that is why she seemed so puffy being ill. Something was clearly wrong. She moved slow. She stayed alone. I put her in a box and warmed her up inside and then released her. Initially seeming better, I found her later by my back door alone and not moving but breathing. Then she perished.  Having spent this time with her for 8 days out my back door makes the loss sad but a joy to observe her for so long.

Jeff Nadler
Burnt Hills

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


I posted 7 pics of some of the birds Ron mentions from February 10.  First one is the Hoary Redpoll.  Click right for 6 more of Pine Grosbeaks and Common Redpolls.  Three great irruptive finches!

John H.

Redpolls - Saratoga Friends Meeting

Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval@...>

For those seeking Redpolls, if you are up around Stillwater it may be worth trying the Saratoga Friends Meeting House just south of the intersection of Route 71 and 32. It is a small Quaker meeting place. I pulled in there yesterday, Feb 12th, to find about 60 Redpolls lounging around in there, and they also went out to the road to munch on stuff.

five rivers and crescent power station today


No redpolls at Five Rivers Env. Ed. Cntr this morning, perhaps because a Cooper's hawk made repeated but unsuccessful forays to the feeders. Several deer also continue to frequent the feeders. 

A brief stop this afternoon with Denise at the crescent power station (Cohoes) yielded 2 bald eagles, a male Northern Pintail, and 95 Common Mergansers. 

Scott Stoner, Loudonville 

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Eric Molho

I didn’t run into any redpolls in Northumberland today. I did see a flock of over 200 snow buntings with a few other scattered smaller flocks as well as a few scattered horn larks, tree sparrows, bluebirds and a single Merlin.
Eric Molho

Redpolls & Redheads

John Kent

Common Redpolls seem to be becoming more abundant in Albany County. Since yesterday, I have seen flocks of them in several places where I had never seen them before, including Henry  Hudson Park, Coeymans Landing, and Crescent Power Plant. This morning, I did the Green Island-Cohoes circuit and saw Redheads at two locations -- Cohoes Elks Club and Crescent Power Plant. There may have been more than one at Crescent, but sun glare made viewing difficult. There was also at least one Hooded Merganser there. Common Goldeneyes and Common Mergansers both lived up to their names. I had no luck finding flocks of gulls -- I saw about seven total. I did check Green Mountain Drive and only saw a couple gulls flying away from there.

John Kent

eBird Report - 3567-3571 County Road 21, Stuyvesant, New York, US (42.43, -73.728), Feb 12, 2021


3567-3571 County Road 21, Stuyvesant, New York, US (42.43, -73.728), Columbia, New York, US
Feb 12, 2021 3:47 PM - 5:17 PM
Protocol: Traveling
8.76 mile(s)
Checklist Comments:     Temperature 19 F overcast snow depth 10 inches
20 species

Canada Goose  600
Mallard  5
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  30
Mourning Dove  8
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Northern)  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  3
American Crow  50
Common Raven  2
Horned Lark  40
European Starling  400     At farms
American Robin  1
House Sparrow  4
Lapland Longspur  1     with Snow Buntings
Snow Bunting  125     At farms
American Tree Sparrow  2
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  7
Savannah Sparrow  8     at farms and roadsides
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  2

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Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers Continue


A Yellow-bellied Sapsucker has been a regular visitor to the suet feeder, the first winter I've had them at the feeders. Today I discovered there are two, one has a considerably larger patch of red on the head than the other.

I also have a pair of male Red-bellied Woodpeckers, who are not happy to share use of the suet feeder.

Yesterday's Common Redpolls did not linger and would have been easy to miss.

Clear skies, Alan

eBird -- Wire Rd., Germantown -- Feb 11, 2021


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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

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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

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)


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

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 <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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