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Vischer Ferry Migrants

jhershey2
 

I spent about 2 hours at Vischer Ferry Preserve this morning mostly in the interconnecting trails near the river and up to the Spruce Circle and back.  The 5-minute drive to the main entrance can't be beat and the birds were good too.  Highlights include the following:
Wood Duck (18), Ring-necked Duck (6), American Kestrel (1), Belted Kingfisher (1), Least Flycatcher (ch-bek) (4), Warbling Vireo (4), Common Raven (1), House Wren (3), Marsh Wren (1), Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Wood Thrush (3), Veery (3), Gray Catbird, Cedar Waxwing (1), Nashville Warbler (4), Yellow Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler (2), Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler (1), Northern Waterthrush (1), Common Yellowthroat (2), Black-throated Green Warbler (7), White-crowned Sparrow (2), Swamp Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow.  11 of these were heard-only partly to save the strain on the neck and back by searching. Species without number count were usually very numerous. 

John H. 


Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Alan
 

A male arrived at our hanging feeder about half and hour ago.

Time to put up the window feeder on the window next to my desk. Lots of fun.

Clear skies, Alan
Glenville


Baltimore Oriole

Alan
 

Just spotted a male Baltimore Oriole checking out my feeders.

Clear skies, Alan
Glenville


HMBC May 3 Zoom Program - winter finches - with Matthew Young - Monday 6:30 PM

scottjstoner
 

details and zoom link below!


From: "scottjstoner via groups.io" <ScottJStoner@...>
Date: 4/29/21 10:16 (GMT-05:00)
To: hmbirds@groups.io
Subject: [hmbirds] HMBC May 3 Zoom Program - winter finches - with Matthew Young

This winter has been a banner time for winter finches in the Capital Region and beyond. HMBC has booked finch expert Matthew Young to present to us for our next program, Monday May 3, via Zoom, at 6:30 PM sharp.

Below are the log-in details for the Zoom meeting. For more information on the program and speaker, please visit  https://www.hmbc.net/event-4140509  -Scott Stoner, Program Chair
Gregg Recer, Membership Chair
Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club

Topic: HMBC May Program Meeting
Time: May 3, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Re: RB Grosbeak & Blk-thr Blue in Troy

Jim de Waal Malefyt
 

Also FOY female Rose-breasted Grosbeak at our Poestenkill feeder.

On May 2, 2021, at 2:37 PM, Heidi <hocka1@gmail.com> wrote:

Crummy iphone photo in rain but FOS Rose-Breasted Grosbeak female at my feeder today 2:30pm
Heard one singing this morning but couldn’t locate it.
Also heard but couldn’t see a Black-throated Blue Warbler in one of the trees in our yard.

Heidi Klinowski
Sycaway area of Troy






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RB Grosbeak & Blk-thr Blue in Troy

Heidi
 

Crummy iphone photo in rain but FOS Rose-Breasted Grosbeak female at my feeder today 2:30pm
Heard one singing this morning but couldn’t locate it.
Also heard but couldn’t see a Black-throated Blue Warbler in one of the trees in our yard.

Heidi Klinowski
Sycaway area of Troy


Re: Five Rivers EEC -- May 02, 2021

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

Supplementing Scott's list, I didn't have Prairie Warbler or Baltimore Oriole, but I did have a singing Cape May Warbler along the western edge of the service road loop, a hooting barred owl near the skeeter bowl, a broad-winged hawk in the same area, and a Nashville Warbler.  A Blue-headed vireo was singing by the Jones Barn, and I heard Black-throated Blue Warbler sing once from the direction of the North Loop trail.  I was also able to finally obtain some photos of the extremely hormonal male Sapsucker who has been banging away on the gazebo at the Research Ponds for several weeks now.  Photos and checklist: https://ebird.org/atlasny/checklist/S86881655

Later, at Buckingham Lake in Albany while on a socially distanced playdate with my three-year old, I heard a Northern Waterthush, Nashville Warbler, and Black-and-White Warbler singing.

On Sun, May 2, 2021 at 12:05 PM scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Highlights of this morning's exploration of 5 Rivers EEC in Delmar included a singing male Baltimore Oriole by the parking lot, a Northern Waterthrush singing at the north end of the Fox Marsh, and FOY prairie, and Black-and-White Warblers, and Common Yellowthroat. Full list is below. Scott Stoner, Loudonville



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-------- Original message --------
From: scottjstoner <scottjstoner@...>
Date: 5/2/21 11:52 (GMT-05:00)
Subject: eBird -- Five Rivers EEC -- May 02, 2021

Five Rivers EEC
May 02, 2021
6:13 AM
Traveling
2.69 miles
232 minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:

13 Canada Goose - ON
1 Wood Duck
2 Mallard
3 Mourning Dove
2 Killdeer
2 Turkey Vulture
1 Red-tailed Hawk
1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - S7
2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
2 Downy Woodpecker - CC
2 Pileated Woodpecker - S1
2 Northern Flicker
4 Eastern Phoebe - S7
1 Eastern Kingbird
20 Blue Jay
4 American Crow
6 Black-capped Chickadee
8 Tree Swallow
9 Ruby-crowned Kinglet - S7
6 House Wren - S1
3 European Starling
1 Eastern Bluebird - VS
8 American Robin
10 House Sparrow
22 American Goldfinch
3 Field Sparrow - S7
2 Dark-eyed Junco
26 White-throated Sparrow - S1
2 Song Sparrow - S7
1 Swamp Sparrow - S1
4 Eastern Towhee - S7
1 Baltimore Oriole - S1
10 Red-winged Blackbird
7 Common Grackle
2 Ovenbird - S1
1 Northern Waterthrush - S1
2 Black-and-white Warbler
2 Common Yellowthroat - S1
9 Yellow Warbler - S1
2 Pine Warbler - S1
2 Prairie Warbler - S1
6 Northern Cardinal

Number of Taxa: 42




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Re: Saratoga County stuff

gregg_recer
 

to add one further highlight to lindsey's report from bog meadow, (cathy and I were there all morning, crossing paths with lindsey twice), we heard and watched an extended courtship session of a red-shouldered hawk pair toward the east end of the trail. Both members of the pair were very vocal doing a close circling flight together, and one (the male based on refs I found) also was doing a solo "sky dancing" flight calling while spiraling very high and then diving back down. very cool to see and hear.


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gregg recer
malta NY


Saratoga County stuff

Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval@...>
 

Today I started at Brown's Beach and was surprised by a Great Egret flying in who then disappeared behind the docks to the west. Not much else new there and apparently a Killdeer nest I've been watching failed.

I then stopped at Waterfront Park on Saratoga Lake and found 6 Purple Martins back at their house! The house was moved and now you get really easy views of the birds. There were a bunch of Black-and-White Warblers, Yellow-rumpeds, a Black-throated Green, Baltimore Oriole, and a Warbling Vireo.

I then wandered Bog Meadow and found other birders, and quite a lot of activity. Another Great Egret briefly visited the pond and there were 3 Greater Yellowlegs and a Spotted Sandpiper. I had a Magnolia Warbler singling near the conifers on the Meadowbrook side. Other Warblers included Black-throated Blue, lots of Black-throated Greens, Black-and-White warblers, Blackburnian, some Nashvilles, Northern Waterthrushes, Yellow Warblers, and Yellowthroats. Also had 3 Gnatcatchers, 3 Great Crested Flycatchers, and a handful of singing Purple Finches, among others.


Five Rivers EEC -- May 02, 2021

scottjstoner
 

Highlights of this morning's exploration of 5 Rivers EEC in Delmar included a singing male Baltimore Oriole by the parking lot, a Northern Waterthrush singing at the north end of the Fox Marsh, and FOY prairie, and Black-and-White Warblers, and Common Yellowthroat. Full list is below. Scott Stoner, Loudonville



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-------- Original message --------
From: scottjstoner <scottjstoner@...>
Date: 5/2/21 11:52 (GMT-05:00)
To: Me <scottjstoner@...>
Subject: eBird -- Five Rivers EEC -- May 02, 2021

Five Rivers EEC
May 02, 2021
6:13 AM
Traveling
2.69 miles
232 minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:

13 Canada Goose - ON
1 Wood Duck
2 Mallard
3 Mourning Dove
2 Killdeer
2 Turkey Vulture
1 Red-tailed Hawk
1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - S7
2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
2 Downy Woodpecker - CC
2 Pileated Woodpecker - S1
2 Northern Flicker
4 Eastern Phoebe - S7
1 Eastern Kingbird
20 Blue Jay
4 American Crow
6 Black-capped Chickadee
8 Tree Swallow
9 Ruby-crowned Kinglet - S7
6 House Wren - S1
3 European Starling
1 Eastern Bluebird - VS
8 American Robin
10 House Sparrow
22 American Goldfinch
3 Field Sparrow - S7
2 Dark-eyed Junco
26 White-throated Sparrow - S1
2 Song Sparrow - S7
1 Swamp Sparrow - S1
4 Eastern Towhee - S7
1 Baltimore Oriole - S1
10 Red-winged Blackbird
7 Common Grackle
2 Ovenbird - S1
1 Northern Waterthrush - S1
2 Black-and-white Warbler
2 Common Yellowthroat - S1
9 Yellow Warbler - S1
2 Pine Warbler - S1
2 Prairie Warbler - S1
6 Northern Cardinal

Number of Taxa: 42




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Vischer Ferry

Jeffrey Schoonmaker
 

Hello - Between 7:40 and 8:40 this morning at Vischer Ferry I saw a spectacular Nashville Warbler low and in the open and washed with the warm morning sun!  If only I'd had my camera!  I was thrilled to also see a Wood Thrush really well from all angles for a good amount of time.  Oh for a camera!  A House Wren, multiple Warbling Vireos, Palm Warblers, Catbirds, and a White-crowned Sparrow were firsts for me for this region.  It was a wonderful morning!  Now it's off to church to worship the Creator who is responsible for the beautiful birds we love to see and hear!

Jeff Schoonmaker


FOS Rose Breasted Grosbeak

Brabetz, Barbara L
 

A male rose breasted grosbeak was noted today on our feeder by my husband (thanks, Steve)!

Barbara Brabetz 

Lost Valley
Montgomery County
591' above sea level


HUMMER!

Heidi
 

FOS Ruby-throated Hummingbird (a male) at my feeder in Sycaway/Troy.

Also 5 Pine Siskins at the sunflower seed.

Heidi Klinowski
Troy


Re: this morning at 5 Rivers - flock of DC Cormorants etc.

scottjstoner
 

Let me further add that 92 species have been collectively reported at Five Rivers over the last few days, including 20 new for the year (16 new for the year on April 28 alone)! - Scott Stoner


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From: zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw@...>
To: Scottjstoner <ScottJStoner@...>
Cc: hmbirds@groups.io <hmbirds@groups.io>
Sent: Fri, Apr 30, 2021 5:07 pm
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] this morning at 5 Rivers - flock of DC Cormorants etc.

To Scott's list, I'll add - that I had a common yellowthroat singing by the fox marsh, a number of blue-winged warblers, including one doing a very strange version of the song, several gnatcatchers, an osprey over the beaver pond, a FOY wood thrush singing on the beaver tree trail, and a blue-headed vireo and ruffed grouse off the service road south of the skeeter bowl.  A couple photos here: https://ebird.org/atlasny/checklist/S86705693

On Fri, Apr 30, 2021 at 1:51 PM scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
At Five Rivers EEC in Delmar, Albany county, highlights on a cold, damp and windy morning included a northbound flock of 22 Double-crested Cormorants (species #120 for the year there), a Broad-winged Hawk, and recently arrived Yellow Warblers, Gray Catbirds, and Eastern Kingbird. Brown Thrashers continue to sing actively as do Eastern Towhee, two species which have become increasingly common over the past couple of decades. A pair of American Kestrels continue over the large field on the east side of the property, and the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker continues to pound away on, and near, the electrical box on the pavilion at the research ponds! - Scott Stoner, Loudonville. 


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203 500 7774


Re: this morning at 5 Rivers - flock of DC Cormorants etc.

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

To Scott's list, I'll add - that I had a common yellowthroat singing by the fox marsh, a number of blue-winged warblers, including one doing a very strange version of the song, several gnatcatchers, an osprey over the beaver pond, a FOY wood thrush singing on the beaver tree trail, and a blue-headed vireo and ruffed grouse off the service road south of the skeeter bowl.  A couple photos here: https://ebird.org/atlasny/checklist/S86705693


On Fri, Apr 30, 2021 at 1:51 PM scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
At Five Rivers EEC in Delmar, Albany county, highlights on a cold, damp and windy morning included a northbound flock of 22 Double-crested Cormorants (species #120 for the year there), a Broad-winged Hawk, and recently arrived Yellow Warblers, Gray Catbirds, and Eastern Kingbird. Brown Thrashers continue to sing actively as do Eastern Towhee, two species which have become increasingly common over the past couple of decades. A pair of American Kestrels continue over the large field on the east side of the property, and the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker continues to pound away on, and near, the electrical box on the pavilion at the research ponds! - Scott Stoner, Loudonville. 



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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


Breeding Bird Atlas is seeking regional coordinators

New York Breeding Bird Atlas
 

The New York Breeding Bird Atlas III is looking for additional Regional Coordinators. If you’re interested in directly supporting the atlas project in a leadership role as a Regional Coordinator, please tell us about yourself using this form.

Happy atlasing,
Julie

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Julie Hart, Project Coordinator
New York Breeding Bird Atlas III


this morning at 5 Rivers - flock of DC Cormorants etc.

scottjstoner
 

At Five Rivers EEC in Delmar, Albany county, highlights on a cold, damp and windy morning included a northbound flock of 22 Double-crested Cormorants (species #120 for the year there), a Broad-winged Hawk, and recently arrived Yellow Warblers, Gray Catbirds, and Eastern Kingbird. Brown Thrashers continue to sing actively as do Eastern Towhee, two species which have become increasingly common over the past couple of decades. A pair of American Kestrels continue over the large field on the east side of the property, and the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker continues to pound away on, and near, the electrical box on the pavilion at the research ponds! - Scott Stoner, Loudonville. 


Meet-up for birding, Five Rivers EEC, Delmar- Sun., May 2nd

trwdsd
 

Sunday, May 2, 2021- New Arrivals @ Five Rivers EEC, Delmar (7:00 am) 

The past few days have had Eastern Kingbird, Wood Thrush, Least Flycatcher, Baltimore Oriole, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, and at least 14 species of wood-warblers reported from Five Rivers, so let's meet-up there again at 7:00am sharp!

Parking lot is located off Game Farm Rd. in Delmar. Large groups of birders may be split into several smaller ones. 


Map: https://tinyurl.com/9u2hwwyc


Tom & Colleen Williams 
Colonie 


More Vischer Ferry Arrivals

jhershey2
 

It was windy and cloudy again this morning as I walked the 3.5 or so miles around the western loop from the main entrance at Vischer Ferry Preserve.  FOY's this morning were: Wood Thrush (1), Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (2), Northern Waterthrush(2), Northern Parula (1), and Black-throated Blue Warbler (1).  Other highlights include: Wood Duck, Wild Turkey, Turkey Vulture, Virginia Rail, Belted Kingfisher, Warbling Vireo, Tree Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Barn Swallow, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Gray Catbird, Yellow-rumped Warbler, and Rose-breasted Grosbeak. 

John H. 


Pine Siskin Continue - Saratoga

Alan Mapes
 

At least 7 siskins at our feeder this morning, going for the sunflower chips, ignoring the niger seed.

Alan Mapes

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