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Goose update

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

No sign of the Bean-Goose yet this morning, but Jay McGowan found a Pink-Footed Goose at the southern end of Wright’s Loop in Stillwater (a county first for Saratoga.). Jay also found a Cackling Goose north of the bridge in Stillwater.  

Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
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Re: possible Pink-footed Goose, Saratoga lake

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

Continuing the ID discussion - Tom Johnson contacted me and agrees that this is likely the ON/PA bird.  Tundra/Taiga is a messy ID but that bird seems to have been accepted as Tundra by most.  The fairly strong grin patch and shortish bill with limited orange should point towards Tundra over Taiga.  (NYSARC may have to rule on this one.) Pink-footed goose is smaller than this bird, with a shorter bill, darker breast, grayer back, and whiter tail.  Kudos to David DiSiena for initially finding this bird and to Gregg and Cathy for relocating it and getting IDable photos.  This is a first state record.

On Sun, Mar 14, 2021 at 5:09 PM gregg recer <gregg.recer@...> wrote:
checking ebird photos from the tundra BG in the Philadelphia area over  dec 20 - jan 21; very similar looking in terms of the bill pattern and shape; possibly the same individual?

On Sun, Mar 14, 2021 at 4:53 PM gregg recer <gregg.recer@...> wrote:
wow, excellent. The best photos I could come up with included in this ebird checklist. Back and flank tone very similar and dark in full side-view photos. Hard to make much on the tail, but one side view seems to show very little white edging. All consistent with bean. Limited orange band on the bill indicative of Tundra? Forehead shape should be somewhat steeper/less sloped compared to Taiga; photos might be consistent with somewhat steeper forehead.

On Sun, Mar 14, 2021 at 4:32 PM zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw@...> wrote:
It’s a bean goose, probably tundra.  Being seen now in the trailer park next to state boat launch.  

On Sun, Mar 14, 2021 at 3:53 PM gregg recer <gregg.recer@...> wrote:
gotta admit that didn't occur to us. I'm going through the photos now; no flight shots, so views of tail or upper-wing surface are likely limited. Seems like back/folded wings contrast dark compared to chest color. I put this is ebird for the moment as goose sp., with discussion; and photos/further observations hopefully clarifying the ID.
Thanks Zach.

On Sun, Mar 14, 2021 at 2:49 PM zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw@...> wrote:
This looks suspiciously bean-gooseish.  Try to get photos of the tail if possible 

On Sun, Mar 14, 2021 at 2:38 PM gregg_recer <gregg_recer@...> wrote:
Cathy and I are now looking at another Anser goose at the state boat launch at the outlet of Saratoga lake. appears to be a Pink-footed, perhaps the same as reported a couple of days ago by David de Siena at lock 2? with canadas on shore edge north of the bridge on the east side close to the corner of the entry road. 

this one has a dark brown head and neck with dark striations on the side of the neck, no white on the face, a stubby dark bill with limited orangey toward the tip. the leg color is more orange than pink, but some pfgo photos seem to show the color as variable. close views of some photos show pink toes vs more orange tibio-tarus. preliminary back of camera and digiscope shots attached. 

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Re: Goose access info

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

If the goose isn’t at the lake tomorrow it’s worth checking nearby spots along the Hudson like Lock 2, where this bird was first seen on Friday by David DiSiena, or Saratoga Sod Farm, where several thousand Canada Geese have been congregating recently.

On Sun, Mar 14, 2021 at 6:28 PM Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie@...> wrote:
Despite the sign saying “Open to the public “ the RV trailer campground is not accessible.

The state boat launch is open but the goose has been playing nip and tuck amongst the trailers and has not been seen in about an hour. It is probably resting with the flock of 20 or so Canada Geese.

Rich Guthrie





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Goose access info

Richard Guthrie
 

Despite the sign saying “Open to the public “ the RV trailer campground is not accessible.

The state boat launch is open but the goose has been playing nip and tuck amongst the trailers and has not been seen in about an hour. It is probably resting with the flock of 20 or so Canada Geese.

Rich Guthrie


Tundra Bean Goose Saratoga Lake

Richard Guthrie
 

The Goose has been identified as a Tundra Bean Goose It was last seen, but likely still around, walking among the trailers in a RV cp next to the State Boat Launch on NY Rt. 9 P ( off Exit 14 of the Northway I-87)

Rich Guthrie


Re: possible Pink-footed Goose, Saratoga lake

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

I would think so

On Sun, Mar 14, 2021 at 5:09 PM gregg recer <gregg.recer@...> wrote:
checking ebird photos from the tundra BG in the Philadelphia area over  dec 20 - jan 21; very similar looking in terms of the bill pattern and shape; possibly the same individual?

On Sun, Mar 14, 2021 at 4:53 PM gregg recer <gregg.recer@...> wrote:
wow, excellent. The best photos I could come up with included in this ebird checklist. Back and flank tone very similar and dark in full side-view photos. Hard to make much on the tail, but one side view seems to show very little white edging. All consistent with bean. Limited orange band on the bill indicative of Tundra? Forehead shape should be somewhat steeper/less sloped compared to Taiga; photos might be consistent with somewhat steeper forehead.

On Sun, Mar 14, 2021 at 4:32 PM zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw@...> wrote:
It’s a bean goose, probably tundra.  Being seen now in the trailer park next to state boat launch.  

On Sun, Mar 14, 2021 at 3:53 PM gregg recer <gregg.recer@...> wrote:
gotta admit that didn't occur to us. I'm going through the photos now; no flight shots, so views of tail or upper-wing surface are likely limited. Seems like back/folded wings contrast dark compared to chest color. I put this is ebird for the moment as goose sp., with discussion; and photos/further observations hopefully clarifying the ID.
Thanks Zach.

On Sun, Mar 14, 2021 at 2:49 PM zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw@...> wrote:
This looks suspiciously bean-gooseish.  Try to get photos of the tail if possible 

On Sun, Mar 14, 2021 at 2:38 PM gregg_recer <gregg_recer@...> wrote:
Cathy and I are now looking at another Anser goose at the state boat launch at the outlet of Saratoga lake. appears to be a Pink-footed, perhaps the same as reported a couple of days ago by David de Siena at lock 2? with canadas on shore edge north of the bridge on the east side close to the corner of the entry road. 

this one has a dark brown head and neck with dark striations on the side of the neck, no white on the face, a stubby dark bill with limited orangey toward the tip. the leg color is more orange than pink, but some pfgo photos seem to show the color as variable. close views of some photos show pink toes vs more orange tibio-tarus. preliminary back of camera and digiscope shots attached. 

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Re: possible Pink-footed Goose, Saratoga lake

gregg_recer
 

checking ebird photos from the tundra BG in the Philadelphia area over  dec 20 - jan 21; very similar looking in terms of the bill pattern and shape; possibly the same individual?


On Sun, Mar 14, 2021 at 4:53 PM gregg recer <gregg.recer@...> wrote:
wow, excellent. The best photos I could come up with included in this ebird checklist. Back and flank tone very similar and dark in full side-view photos. Hard to make much on the tail, but one side view seems to show very little white edging. All consistent with bean. Limited orange band on the bill indicative of Tundra? Forehead shape should be somewhat steeper/less sloped compared to Taiga; photos might be consistent with somewhat steeper forehead.

On Sun, Mar 14, 2021 at 4:32 PM zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw@...> wrote:
It’s a bean goose, probably tundra.  Being seen now in the trailer park next to state boat launch.  

On Sun, Mar 14, 2021 at 3:53 PM gregg recer <gregg.recer@...> wrote:
gotta admit that didn't occur to us. I'm going through the photos now; no flight shots, so views of tail or upper-wing surface are likely limited. Seems like back/folded wings contrast dark compared to chest color. I put this is ebird for the moment as goose sp., with discussion; and photos/further observations hopefully clarifying the ID.
Thanks Zach.

On Sun, Mar 14, 2021 at 2:49 PM zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw@...> wrote:
This looks suspiciously bean-gooseish.  Try to get photos of the tail if possible 

On Sun, Mar 14, 2021 at 2:38 PM gregg_recer <gregg_recer@...> wrote:
Cathy and I are now looking at another Anser goose at the state boat launch at the outlet of Saratoga lake. appears to be a Pink-footed, perhaps the same as reported a couple of days ago by David de Siena at lock 2? with canadas on shore edge north of the bridge on the east side close to the corner of the entry road. 

this one has a dark brown head and neck with dark striations on the side of the neck, no white on the face, a stubby dark bill with limited orangey toward the tip. the leg color is more orange than pink, but some pfgo photos seem to show the color as variable. close views of some photos show pink toes vs more orange tibio-tarus. preliminary back of camera and digiscope shots attached. 

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Re: possible Pink-footed Goose, Saratoga lake

gregg_recer
 

wow, excellent. The best photos I could come up with included in this ebird checklist. Back and flank tone very similar and dark in full side-view photos. Hard to make much on the tail, but one side view seems to show very little white edging. All consistent with bean. Limited orange band on the bill indicative of Tundra? Forehead shape should be somewhat steeper/less sloped compared to Taiga; photos might be consistent with somewhat steeper forehead.

On Sun, Mar 14, 2021 at 4:32 PM zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw@...> wrote:
It’s a bean goose, probably tundra.  Being seen now in the trailer park next to state boat launch.  

On Sun, Mar 14, 2021 at 3:53 PM gregg recer <gregg.recer@...> wrote:
gotta admit that didn't occur to us. I'm going through the photos now; no flight shots, so views of tail or upper-wing surface are likely limited. Seems like back/folded wings contrast dark compared to chest color. I put this is ebird for the moment as goose sp., with discussion; and photos/further observations hopefully clarifying the ID.
Thanks Zach.

On Sun, Mar 14, 2021 at 2:49 PM zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw@...> wrote:
This looks suspiciously bean-gooseish.  Try to get photos of the tail if possible 

On Sun, Mar 14, 2021 at 2:38 PM gregg_recer <gregg_recer@...> wrote:
Cathy and I are now looking at another Anser goose at the state boat launch at the outlet of Saratoga lake. appears to be a Pink-footed, perhaps the same as reported a couple of days ago by David de Siena at lock 2? with canadas on shore edge north of the bridge on the east side close to the corner of the entry road. 

this one has a dark brown head and neck with dark striations on the side of the neck, no white on the face, a stubby dark bill with limited orangey toward the tip. the leg color is more orange than pink, but some pfgo photos seem to show the color as variable. close views of some photos show pink toes vs more orange tibio-tarus. preliminary back of camera and digiscope shots attached. 

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Re: possible Pink-footed Goose, Saratoga lake

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

It’s a bean goose, probably tundra.  Being seen now in the trailer park next to state boat launch.  

On Sun, Mar 14, 2021 at 3:53 PM gregg recer <gregg.recer@...> wrote:
gotta admit that didn't occur to us. I'm going through the photos now; no flight shots, so views of tail or upper-wing surface are likely limited. Seems like back/folded wings contrast dark compared to chest color. I put this is ebird for the moment as goose sp., with discussion; and photos/further observations hopefully clarifying the ID.
Thanks Zach.

On Sun, Mar 14, 2021 at 2:49 PM zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw@...> wrote:
This looks suspiciously bean-gooseish.  Try to get photos of the tail if possible 

On Sun, Mar 14, 2021 at 2:38 PM gregg_recer <gregg_recer@...> wrote:
Cathy and I are now looking at another Anser goose at the state boat launch at the outlet of Saratoga lake. appears to be a Pink-footed, perhaps the same as reported a couple of days ago by David de Siena at lock 2? with canadas on shore edge north of the bridge on the east side close to the corner of the entry road. 

this one has a dark brown head and neck with dark striations on the side of the neck, no white on the face, a stubby dark bill with limited orangey toward the tip. the leg color is more orange than pink, but some pfgo photos seem to show the color as variable. close views of some photos show pink toes vs more orange tibio-tarus. preliminary back of camera and digiscope shots attached. 

Gregg Recer
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Re: possible Pink-footed Goose, Saratoga lake

gregg_recer
 

gotta admit that didn't occur to us. I'm going through the photos now; no flight shots, so views of tail or upper-wing surface are likely limited. Seems like back/folded wings contrast dark compared to chest color. I put this is ebird for the moment as goose sp., with discussion; and photos/further observations hopefully clarifying the ID.
Thanks Zach.

On Sun, Mar 14, 2021 at 2:49 PM zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw@...> wrote:
This looks suspiciously bean-gooseish.  Try to get photos of the tail if possible 

On Sun, Mar 14, 2021 at 2:38 PM gregg_recer <gregg_recer@...> wrote:
Cathy and I are now looking at another Anser goose at the state boat launch at the outlet of Saratoga lake. appears to be a Pink-footed, perhaps the same as reported a couple of days ago by David de Siena at lock 2? with canadas on shore edge north of the bridge on the east side close to the corner of the entry road. 

this one has a dark brown head and neck with dark striations on the side of the neck, no white on the face, a stubby dark bill with limited orangey toward the tip. the leg color is more orange than pink, but some pfgo photos seem to show the color as variable. close views of some photos show pink toes vs more orange tibio-tarus. preliminary back of camera and digiscope shots attached. 

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Re: possible Pink-footed Goose, Saratoga lake

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

This looks suspiciously bean-gooseish.  Try to get photos of the tail if possible 

On Sun, Mar 14, 2021 at 2:38 PM gregg_recer <gregg_recer@...> wrote:
Cathy and I are now looking at another Anser goose at the state boat launch at the outlet of Saratoga lake. appears to be a Pink-footed, perhaps the same as reported a couple of days ago by David de Siena at lock 2? with canadas on shore edge north of the bridge on the east side close to the corner of the entry road. 

this one has a dark brown head and neck with dark striations on the side of the neck, no white on the face, a stubby dark bill with limited orangey toward the tip. the leg color is more orange than pink, but some pfgo photos seem to show the color as variable. close views of some photos show pink toes vs more orange tibio-tarus. preliminary back of camera and digiscope shots attached. 

Gregg Recer
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possible Pink-footed Goose, Saratoga lake

gregg_recer
 

Cathy and I are now looking at another Anser goose at the state boat launch at the outlet of Saratoga lake. appears to be a Pink-footed, perhaps the same as reported a couple of days ago by David de Siena at lock 2? with canadas on shore edge north of the bridge on the east side close to the corner of the entry road. 

this one has a dark brown head and neck with dark striations on the side of the neck, no white on the face, a stubby dark bill with limited orangey toward the tip. the leg color is more orange than pink, but some pfgo photos seem to show the color as variable. close views of some photos show pink toes vs more orange tibio-tarus. preliminary back of camera and digiscope shots attached. 

Gregg Recer
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gwf goose - Saratoga sod farms

gregg_recer
 

Cathy and I are watching a greater white-fronted goose among the thousands of canadas currently at the sod farms south of wright's loop. it's presently a needle/haystack challenge in the wet ditch running N-S through the field along the s leg of the loop. it was initially much easier to pick out in a small group way toward the east end of the fields. 

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Re: SundayVischers Ferry

Robert S Pastel
 

Forgot black ducks, am widgeons.

Robert S. Pastel

On Mar 14, 2021, at 1:27 PM, Robert S Pastel <rspastel@gmail.com> wrote:

Hooded mergs, gadwalls, pied billed grebe, gw teal, 3 eagles harrowing ducks (not very successfully), also many wood ducks in flooded area off of tall spruce trail near toll path.

Robert S. Pastel


SundayVischers Ferry

Robert S Pastel
 

Hooded mergs, gadwalls, pied billed grebe, gw teal, 3 eagles harrowing ducks (not very successfully), also many wood ducks in flooded area off of tall spruce trail near toll path.

Robert S. Pastel


Fox Sparrow in WSL

Naomi Lloyd
 

Light snowflakes and my FOY Fox Sparrow in my yard this morning.

Naomi Lloyd
West Sand Lake


Vishers Ferry

James Taft
 

I was over at Vishers Ferry for a few hrs, Got my FOY, Hooded Merganser,Gadwall, Green winged Teal, Wood Duck, Etc. Have not been birding in a while unlike some folks. Yes I wear a mask, have to.


Stillwater area- river and Wright's loop

scottjstoner
 

this afternoon, Denise and I birded the Hudson from mechanicville through Stillwater; waterfowl on the river were fairly sparse but included bufflehead, Am. goldeneye, hooded and common mergansers, and.mallard. 

Saratoga sod farm was chock full of Canada geese, which we estimated at 5,000. no obvious other goose species stood out.

the north leg of Wright's loop was flooded and had wood duck, mallard, Am. black duck, N. Pintail, Am. wigeon, and Ring-billed gulls.

Scott Stoner, Loudonville NY



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2 meadowlarks

Robert S Pastel
 

Near Nielsen’s Farm SNHP

Robert S. Pastel


Fox Sparrow - Canal Trail, Halfmoon

Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval@...>
 

Found a Fox Sparrow on the section of the canal trail in Halfmoon from Brookwood Rd to behind Momentive. There may be more than one based on a call I heard. 

Also saw a Hermit Thrush that had overwintered along the trail and am now being serenaded by Turkey sounds there. 

Lindsey D. 

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