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Mike Ward <Mik7w@...>
 

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Normanside Drive near Normanskill Fishing Access Site Albany

Cynthia Edwardson
 

Continuing flock of about 40 Red-winged Blackbirds hanging out on Normanside Drive off of New Scotland.  They've been there off and on all winter.  Feeders nearby.  Today they were singing.  Nearby were two Common Grackles.  FOY for me.  Heard a Song Sparrow singing too.  Spring is getting closer!

Even more exciting was spotting at least 3 Red Crossbills in our backyard on Highfield Lane in Albany, this am.  They were on the ground checking out pine cones and didn't stay long.  At least one immature. New yard bird for us.  

Cindy Edwardson


winter finches heading back north

scottjstoner
 

FYI, an update from the Finch Network and a heads up that Matt will be our May program speaker!

https://finchnetwork.org/winter-finch-forecast-update-the-return-begins

Scott Stoner, HMBC program chair

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Re: flicker abundance at Washington Park, Albany

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

Hi Cynthia, 

There have been several flickers overwintering in the park this winter.  My daughter and I also saw a Merlin in the park last week.  Between 2015 and 2017 a pair of Merlins nested in the park - successfully in 2016 (the nest was knocked down during a thunderstorm in 2017.). They may still be nesting locally, so keep an eye out as the spring progresses.  I’ve also been seeing small groups of Common Redpolls in the park, mostly across from the Broderhof complex on Englewood Place

On Mon, Mar 1, 2021 at 2:26 PM Cynthia Edwardson <Cjredwardson@...> wrote:
Yesterday Chris and I were surprised to see at least 4 Northern Flickers while walking around Washington Park in the afternoon.  I wondered if these might be early migrators or winter hardies?  We had 15 species there including a Merlin and a Northern Mockingbird.  We did have to walk carefully to avoid the dog poop bombs everywhere!

Turkey Vulture just flew over our house in Albany (Highfield Lane) and we have a continuing Brown Creeper near the feeders since at least January 1st.  It explores the same pine trees over and over for hidden tidbits.  So many new things for us after 34 years in Northern MN.  Fun!!

Birds may be blowing in the wind tonight!

Cindy Edwardson

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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
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flicker abundance at Washington Park, Albany

Cynthia Edwardson
 

Yesterday Chris and I were surprised to see at least 4 Northern Flickers while walking around Washington Park in the afternoon.  I wondered if these might be early migrators or winter hardies?  We had 15 species there including a Merlin and a Northern Mockingbird.  We did have to walk carefully to avoid the dog poop bombs everywhere!

Turkey Vulture just flew over our house in Albany (Highfield Lane) and we have a continuing Brown Creeper near the feeders since at least January 1st.  It explores the same pine trees over and over for hidden tidbits.  So many new things for us after 34 years in Northern MN.  Fun!!

Birds may be blowing in the wind tonight!

Cindy Edwardson


field birds - quaker springs (sara co.) area

gregg_recer
 

following up on Ron H's report, Cathy G and I took a spin this afternoon through some of the farm roads south of SR 29 and east of saratoga lake down to US 4. We had one large flock of roughly 150 horned larks and 50 or so snow buntings along CR 67 in a very aged-looking manure spread. They lifted up and circled very high over the field for some time, eventually returning to the manure, but never came in close enough to make searching through for longspurs possible.

In the stillwater/schaghticoke area we also re-found the curious hybrid goose (canada x Anser sp?) associated with several hundred canadas at the river rd/stillwater bridge rd intersection just on the east side of the river. No sign of other unusual geese though.

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malta NY


Saratoga National Historic Park

Robert S Pastel
 

Outside the entrance we saw an immature eagle (5 others along the way, 2 across the Hudson at the blockhouse which scared many of the ducks away). As we walked we saw a barred owl, it was there several hours later. We saw several pileated woodpeckers.

Robert S. Pastel


Statts Island Road on Saturday afternoon

Alison Van Keuren
 

The pleasant surprise on Statts Island Road this afternoon was the presence of two Killdeer.

Alison Van Keuren


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
     




    Begin forwarded message:

    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

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