pine bush Trailhead closures April 7 and 8


Please be advised that the Madison Avenue and Great Dune trailheads will be CLOSED April 7 and 8 while the Pine Bush conducts controlled burns. 

Here are the details from the Pine Bush website: 


The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission will be conducting prescribed fires on Wednesday April 7 and Thursday April 8, 2021. We will be located near the intersection of Willow Street and Tera Court in the Town of Guilderland. We will begin at 10am each day and will be finished by dark. The Madison Avenue Pinelands Trailhead #7 and Great Dune Trailhead #8 will be closed through April 8.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Fire Manager, Tyler Briggs at tbriggs@...

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A Testimonial

Jeffrey Schoonmaker

There were no Red Crossbills by the kiosk puddle or visible from trees we scanned between 8:30 and 9 a.m.  There were no W-w Crossbills across the lake from the red brick building in Central Park between 9:30 and 10 a.m., despite multiple birders searching.  Doris and I couldn't keep looking in case they showed up due to fixed commitments.  It was disappointing.

At 12 o'clock she went off to her luncheon date with friends, and I went next door to let out my neighbor's dog and watch him in the yard for 15 minutes.  Once the dog was loose, I walked to the edge of the back yard and stood on a little mound where I had a good vantage point to see down the back hill and to the little run-off stream that meandered by.

Within minutes a motley red bird flew onto a bare branch below my line of sight.  It looked a little different, so I got my binoculars right on it.  It was facing away from me, but its back and head didn't look like a House Finch, (its back was red) and it seemed a little larger than that, as well.  A crazy thought flashed through my head.  "Could it possibly be . . . ?!  I've got to see its bill!"  Just then if flew to another clear branch and struck a sideways view.  Its bill had a distinctive hook!  Oh my!  I was seeing a Red Crossbill right behind my neighbor's house!  It flew down to the stream for a drink, was joined by a second male, and then a third bird joined them that wasn't red but had an obvious hook to its bill. Good heavens!  I was seeing both the male and the female Red Crossbill, a first in NYS for me and only the second time in my life.  

After satisfying their thirst, the three birds flew up and over the trees diagonally across the yard and also across my yard next door.  There were 4 pine trees across the street laden with cones, and, after letting the dog back in the house, I scanned them for a few minutes.  I only barely caught the most fleeting of glimpses of a bird flitting from one hidden spot to another.  Not being able to identify it, I couldn't justify adding that species to my yard list.  Rats!

Then it hit me.  "Wait a minute.  I watched them fly across my yard!  That counts!"  They are now proudly my 128th yard bird.  What a turnaround in my day!


Pinebush Red Crossbills - Yes


Observed at least half a dozen Red Crossbills around 11:45 this morning drinking from the puddle by the #7 Kiosk at the Pinebush. Definitely 1 male in the group.

We also saw several flitting back and forth between 2 pines far in off the right side of the deadend road about 40 feet before the puddle.

A Lifelist bird for both of us!

Heidi Klinowski

red crossbills reported at Madison Avenue Pinelands again this morning


(multiple 2nd and 3rd hand reports)

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Re: White-winged Crossbills, Central Park, Schenectady-Yes

David Halm

Yes, I can attest I was there at 8:30 this morning and didn’t see them. Thanks to posts from Neal and others, I went back at 11:00 and there they were!


White-winged Crossbills, Central Park, Schenectady-Yes


Hi all,
A flock of at least 12 White-winged Crossbills has been hanging around Central Park in the City of Schenectady.  I went down there this morning about 900am and found them in a grove of White Pines directly across Iroqouis Lake from the red brick park building.  The birds even came down to the ground near a foot path either for grit or fallen pine seeds.  900am to early afternoon seems to be the best time to find them. Thanks to everyone who posted on these great birds!

Neal Reilly

White-winged Crossbills, Schenectady Central Park

Naomi Lloyd

Following reports earlier today and for the last week, I went to Central Park in search of WWCR. Found a flock of 14 on the ground opposite the main park buildings by the pond actively foraging. They were within 10 feet of me at times and seemed undisturbed by passers-by. Great looks at a lifer - thanks to all who posted!

Naomi Lloyd

Red Crossbills at Madison Avenue Pinelands, with images from yesterday


Folks, this is a great opportunity to view and photograph this irruptive species from fairly close range...they continue (as of yesterday afternoon) to frequent the area of Trailhead #7, the Madison Avenue Pinelands, of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve, often heard from the end of the paved road (Madison Ave. Extension, which is a continuation of Washington Ave. Extension) in the City of Albany. The crossbills intermittently come down to drink at the large puddle at the end of the road, near the trailhead kiosk. Our ebird report from yesterday is below; the link includes some of Denise's images from yesterday. - Scott Stoner and Denise Hackert-Stoner, Loudonville NY

-----Original Message-----
From: ebird-checklist@...
To: scottjstoner@...
Sent: Mon, Apr 5, 2021 8:25 am
Subject: eBird Report - Albany Pine Bush Preserve--Madison Ave. Pinelands, Apr 4, 2021

Albany Pine Bush Preserve--Madison Ave. Pinelands, Albany, New York, US
Apr 4, 2021 2:57 PM - 4:12 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Checklist Comments:    50s, sunny
5 species

Downy Woodpecker  2
American Crow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Red Crossbill  10    flock of 10 in the pitch pines;  several females and ay least 1 male came down to the large puddle at the end of the road.
Song Sparrow  5

View this checklist online at

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (

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Correction to my last

Alison Van Keuren

I have been informed that the image is of a Bald Eagle not Golden.  

red crossbills continue at Madison Avenue Pinelands


albany pine bush preserve, end of Madison Ave Extension,.city of Albany. in the woods by the trailhead and coming to the puddle at the end of the road -Scott and Denise

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Golden Eagle Flyover

Alison Van Keuren

Vista Boulevard, behind Shop Rite, Slingerlands.  A high flyover Golden Eagle and FOY Brown Thrasher.

Alison Van Keuren

Red-necked Grebe, Myosotis Lake

John Kent

There is a Red-necked Grebe at Huyck Preserve. No other birds on the lake.

John Kent

eBird -- 483 Rigor Hill Road, Ghent, New York, US (42.294, -73.565) -- Apr 02, 2021


--Pine Warbler

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White winged crossbills


Central Park Schenectady, along path adjacent to lake, foraging in a pine grove , was a flock of males and females numbering 20+ At 1:30 pm.
Vicki Gold


Jeffrey Schoonmaker

Hi all,

A Golden-crowned Kinglet just graced my back yard!  Some years I don't see one at all, but on April 2 at 2:45 p.m., just because I happened to be out filling feeders and looking in the right direction at the right moment?  WOW!  What a thrill!


5Rivers today


3 miles, 4 hours, 5 Rivers, 28 degrees, cold, windy, snow showers, and lots of birds... Fox Sparrow, Am. Kestrel, RC Kinglet, several groups of high single digits of GC kinglets, 45 Juncos including one flock of 35 on the ground on the service rd loop east of the Skeeter River, Canada goose on a nest, several Eastern Phoebes. Scott Stoner with Drew Hopkins

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Vischer Ferry Ducks


I checked out several of the ponds at Vischer Ferry Preserve this morning for ducks.  As usual most of them were in the pond west of the Whipple Bridge. I saw the following: Blue-winged Teal (5), Gadwall (3), American Wigeon (10), Ring-necked Duck (27), Wood Duck (14), Hooded Merganser (2).  I also had 7 Northern Rough-winged Swallows (FOY) and a Winter Wren (FOY).  I attached 2 photos below both taken in the small pond directly across the road from the main parking lot.  

John H.

Chipping Sparrows in Troy


5:45pm Thursday
2 Chipping Sparrows on my sunflower seed feeder in the snow!
FOS for me
Sorry photo color isn’t clear but their little rusty caps were.

Also had an Eastern Phoebe FOS in Oakwood Cemetery on Wednesday.

Heidi Klinowski

Fox Sparrows (location added)

Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval@...>

Pardon me, that is the tour road at Saratoga National Historical Park.

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