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HMBC Monday Zoom program - workshop on Flycatcher ID with Chris Benesh of Field Guides

scottjstoner
 

  • HMBC Program Notice
  • Taking in Flycatchers
  • Monday, March 1, 2021, 6:30PM via Zoom meeting
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Hello HMBC Members:
    This is a reminder that the HMBC March program will be held via a Zoom meeting on Monday March 1st at 6:30 PM. Use the meeting link below to join the meeting as a participant. All participants will enter the "waiting room" until the meeting host opens the meeting. Participants' audio lines will be muted on entry. We ask that participants keep their lines muted except when prompted for Q&A during the program.
    NOTE: The first time you use Zoom on a device, you will be prompted to download the Zoom app when you click on the meeting link below. Follow the prompts to download the app and then launch the meeting using the meeting ID from the invite. (The app is recommended, but if you prefer, there is also an option when you open the link below to join the meeting via a web browser window, but with limited capabilities.) Audio connections can be through the app on your device or through a separate dial-in phone number given below.

    Program details:
    Tonight’s talk looks at breaking down the mystique of flycatchers. Taken as a whole, this group can be a bit overwhelming, and all but the most experienced birders can struggle with them. In tonight’s talk, we will consider structure, behavior, along with vocal clues in sorting out differences between types of flycatchers likely to be encountered in the United States and Canada. 
    Chris Benesh is a lifelong birder living in Tucson, Arizona and has been studying flycatchers for many years. He works for Field Guides as a professional birding guide and produces educational videos for OutBirding.com.

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    Redpolls & Mixed flock LALO, HOLA & CORE: eBird Report - Coveville Road, Feb 24, 2021

    Ronald Harrower
     




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    From: Ronald Harrower <rharrower@...>
    Date: February 25, 2021 at 10:10:23 PM EST
    To: hmbirds@groups.io
    Subject: [hmbirds] Redpolls & Mixed flock LALO, HOLA & CORE: eBird Report - Coveville Road, Feb 24, 2021

    

    shoulder. They were spooked a couple of times by cars passing and initially came back to same spot, then they took off and I thought that they were done, only to see them swing back to the roadies and land ten feet from my car. I carefully walked back, using the car as a block. It was fascinating to watch them so close by. Even when they saw me, they din't freak out. I got a full minute or more before another truck came by and they flew to a tree right behind someone's house. I know a national political figure lives somewhere in the area, so thought it best not to point cameras anywhere near houses. I got back in the car and headed East. I saw a few of the locals including a couple of Robins and Bluebirds.. As I approached Hanehan Road, Looked for a medium sized flock of field birds that has been pithing a 1/4 mile of the intersection of these two roads.. Sure enough, they flew up from the right side and settled almost immediately 20 feet on. I crept along and was glad of a hybrid (a good selling point for birders) They kept doing the fly up and down routine, with occasional sweeps way out over adjacent fields only to return to almost the exact spot they just left. I pulled over at the intersection of Hanehan and Coveville and took photos. I have been seeing one Lapland Longsput with this flock for a few weeks, and sure enough it was there. What surprised me was two Common Redpolls mixed in with the flock. I don't know when they joined the flock, or if they were originally with the flock of CORE 2+ miles back up the road. Fun the observe.
     As mentioned earlier, I had to go home, so that was that.
    19 species

    Canada Goose  8     Flew over the road toward the river while I was observi







    Redpolls & Mixed flock LALO, HOLA & CORE: eBird Report - Coveville Road, Feb 24, 2021

    Ronald Harrower
     


    shoulder. They were spooked a couple of times by cars passing and initially came back to same spot, then they took off and I thought that they were done, only to see them swing back to the roadies and land ten feet from my car. I carefully walked back, using the car as a block. It was fascinating to watch them so close by. Even when they saw me, they din't freak out. I got a full minute or more before another truck came by and they flew to a tree right behind someone's house. I know a national political figure lives somewhere in the area, so thought it best not to point cameras anywhere near houses. I got back in the car and headed East. I saw a few of the locals including a couple of Robins and Bluebirds.. As I approached Hanehan Road, Looked for a medium sized flock of field birds that has been pithing a 1/4 mile of the intersection of these two roads.. Sure enough, they flew up from the right side and settled almost immediately 20 feet on. I crept along and was glad of a hybrid (a good selling point for birders) They kept doing the fly up and down routine, with occasional sweeps way out over adjacent fields only to return to almost the exact spot they just left. I pulled over at the intersection of Hanehan and Coveville and took photos. I have been seeing one Lapland Longsput with this flock for a few weeks, and sure enough it was there. What surprised me was two Common Redpolls mixed in with the flock. I don't know when they joined the flock, or if they were originally with the flock of CORE 2+ miles back up the road. Fun the observe.
    As mentioned earlier, I had to go home, so that was that.
    19 species

    Canada Goose 8 Flew over the road toward the river while I was observi


    Common Redpolls- Lions Park,Niskayuna

    Cynthia Edwardson
     

    Chris and I walked along the Mohawk-Hudson Bike Trail from Lion's Park in Niskayuna this morning.  The trail is cleared for some distance so easy walking.  We saw at least 9 Common Redpolls feeding in a tree and then flying off, not far from the parking area.  20 species total including one skulky red-winged blackbird.  Most of the water areas are still iced over. We put our sightings in eBird if interested.

    On our way home, we saw our FOY Turkey Vulture flying over the Normanskill Fishing Access site, Slingerlands (just before Albany).  This might be the same bird spotted in Delmar yesterday.

    Cindy and Chris Edwardson


    Sharpie comes a knockin'

    scumming@...
     

    I have a Sharp-shinned Hawk nesting nearby -- have to chase him away from feeders regularly. Yesterday, he was parked 15 feet from my front door devouring a Mourning Dove  (I think). He didn't mind me shooting through a somewhat dirty window. 

    Sean Cummings 

    Stuyvesant


    yesterday afternoon at Fort Edward

    scottjstoner
     

    Yesterday afternoon (Feb 21) Denise and I enjoyed watching 7 Short-eared Owls at the Washington County grasslands, along with Rough-legged and Red-tailed Hawks. 

    Scott Stoner, Loudonville



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    Re: Vischer Ferry and Crescent Power Plants + Redpoll

    Sue Rokos
     

    Hi, we were there late afternoon, no bluebirds, but also saw hooded merganser couple, and a greater (or lesser) scaup couple, plus two bald eagles. There is one less duck, we saw one eagle keep dropping down and attempting to get a duck (up river, right by a snowy curve), could see the eagle swoop and drop, the rise up empty, fourth time the dark headed duck went down, then eagle swooped, duck rose and duck dinner. The eagle first took the duck across to the snowy river ice, tearing poor thing sort, then moved back to the tree where normally see them. Did not share with upper level eagle.

    Sue and Dennis Rokos


    On Sat, Feb 20, 2021, 3:27 PM Mark Silo <msilo89@...> wrote:
    This afternoon:

    Vischer Ferry: 74 common merganser, 100+ mallard, two immature and two mature bald eagles, great black backed gull, and four bluebirds in the sumac next to the parking lot.

    Crescent: one mute swan, one ring necked duck, a dozen or so common merganser, numerous Canada geese, mallard, and crows.

    My feeder in Colonie: one common redpoll and one Carolina wren








    Vischer Ferry and Crescent Power Plants + Redpoll

    Mark Silo
     

    This afternoon:

    Vischer Ferry: 74 common merganser, 100+ mallard, two immature and two mature bald eagles, great black backed gull, and four bluebirds in the sumac next to the parking lot.

    Crescent: one mute swan, one ring necked duck, a dozen or so common merganser, numerous Canada geese, mallard, and crows.

    My feeder in Colonie: one common redpoll and one Carolina wren


    late reports from Albany Pine Bush and Five Rivers

    scottjstoner
     

    sorry for the delay. Tuesday 16th we had Red crossbills at the Madison Ave. pinelands, trailhead 7, a group of 6 and a  single individual, all flyovers. Albany Pine Bush preserve. 

    yesterday 17th, 3 Black Vultures overhead at Five Rivers Env. Ed.Cntr in Delmar.

    Scott and Denise
    Loudonville 



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    Fw: eBird Report - 3567-3571 County Road 21, Stuyvesant, New York, US (42.43, -73.728), Feb 16, 2021

    kernscot
     



     Nancy Kern


    Pine Grosbeaks - Burnt Hills

    David Halm
     

    The Pine Grosbeak flock continues this morning (2/17) at the Katherine / Woodside intersection in Burnt Hills. They look even better in the bright sunlight! 

    David 


    Hoary redpoll Knickerbocker Rd Rens County

    adir46er
     

    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.

    Regards!

    Brian Smith
    Averill Park


    New Winter Feeder Visitor - Northern Flicker

    Alan
     

    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
    Glenville


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

    David Halm
     

    Ron,

    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

    kernscot
     



     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

    jhershey2
     

    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!  https://www.flickr.com/photos/85391626@N07/50942556901/in/dateposted-public/

    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

    scottjstoner
     

    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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