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Warblers in Sycaway area of Troy

Heidi
 

Saw and heard a NASHVILLE WARBLER in my apple tree this morning and heard but couldn’t see a YELLOW WARBLER in a large wild cherry tree near the edge of my yard while gardening this afternoon.

Heidi Klinowski
Troy
May 6


Ballston Lake Rec area

Linda M Wheeler
 

A quick visit to the Ballston Lake rec area and fishing pier resulted in many observations of Redwing Blackbirds, Common Grackles, 3 Canada Geese, a Waterthrush (unable to properly identify due to it moving quickly, I did see the long pinkish legs and striped breast). A fly over by a Great Blue Heron was also observed as well as swallows darting around above the water.  Too far out to ID.
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Happy Birding!


Chimney Swifts Schuylerville

Scott Varney
 

A group of 5 Chimney Swifts (cigars with wings) are flying above the school and campus pond right now.

Happy Spring,

Scott Varney
Salem, NY


Stockport Flats Wed. Am. Bittern

kernscot
 

Raining, cool 60F at 5 pm, Stockport Creek water muddy and tributaries roaring out to the Hudson River as the tide went out.

Very wet, young owl with yellow eyes, downy light feathered Great-horned Owl sitting in a tall white pine tree. Not revealing exact location off Station Rd.

Heard American Bittern "pumping", several Yellow Warblers, also seen Baltimore Oriole, Black-throated Blue also -green Warblers, numerous White-throated Sparrows and Red-winged Blackbirds. 1 pair Wood Ducks.

At least 400 swallows over the Hudson River: some Tree, Rough-winged and mostly Bank Swallows which are traditionally there.

Two adult Bald Eagles at the nest on the island. One feeding an eaglet. Difficult to see how many because of some intense rain.

21 Double-crested Cormorants and a few C. Geese north of the island.

Nancy Kern



Re: Common Gallinule - Vischer Ferry

Dan Leonard
 

Just there, saw TWO Common Gallinules, same location.

 

Dan Leonard

Scotia

 

From: hmbirds@groups.io <hmbirds@groups.io> On Behalf Of jhershey2
Sent: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 11:26 AM
To: hmbirds@groups.io
Subject: [hmbirds] Common Gallinule - Vischer Ferry

 

I made a brief stop at Vischer Ferry Preserve, main entrance this morning.  Walking on the main path after crossing the Whipple Bridge I heard a short call note in the reeds which is very similar to one I heard yesterday.  Then I eventually saw a Common Gallinule.  I posted 2 pics below of this bird.  After listening to the short, recorded "keep" note for Sora and the "keek" for Common Gallinule I believe that the Sora I reported yesterday (based on hearing the short note) is more likely the same Gallinule as today in the pics.  To make it even more interesting I heard a grunt call from a Virginia Rail just like yesterday morning in the same area.  

John H.


Common Gallinule - Vischer Ferry

jhershey2
 

I made a brief stop at Vischer Ferry Preserve, main entrance this morning.  Walking on the main path after crossing the Whipple Bridge I heard a short call note in the reeds which is very similar to one I heard yesterday.  Then I eventually saw a Common Gallinule.  I posted 2 pics below of this bird.  After listening to the short, recorded "keep" note for Sora and the "keek" for Common Gallinule I believe that the Sora I reported yesterday (based on hearing the short note) is more likely the same Gallinule as today in the pics.  To make it even more interesting I heard a grunt call from a Virginia Rail just like yesterday morning in the same area.  

John H.


This week's destination: 5/6

Naomi Lloyd
 

Hey Thursday birders - happy Cinco de Mayo! Tomorrow actually looks decent (knock wood) so let's meet at Black Creek at 8:00am for marsh birds and other migrants.

Meet by the train tracks at Hennessey Rd.

https://www.google.com/maps/dir//42.6650945,-73.9676937/@42.665276,-73.9680639,18z/data=!4m2!4m1!3e0?hl=en&authuser=0

Naomi





Vischer Ferry Migrants Today

jhershey2
 

I spent about 3 hours this morning at Vischer Ferry Preserve walking the western loop. It was a good morning for marsh birds including  Sora, Virginia Rail, and a chuckling Least Bittern.  I had my FOY Baltimore Oriole and  Magnolia Warbler.  Also I heard Northern Waterthrush in 3 places including by the Whipple Bridge. 

Other highlights for the morning: Wood Duck (4), Hooded Merganser (1), Great Blue Heron (1), Least Flycatcher (3), Blue-headed Vireo (1), Warbling Vireo (4), Tree Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Barn Swallow, Red-breasted Nuthatch (2), House Wren (4), Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (1), Veery (2), Wood Thrush (2), Gray Catbird, Cedar Waxwing (4), Yellow Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler (6), Yellow-rumped Warbler (everywhere), Black-throated Green Warbler (4), Palm Warbler (3), Common Yellowthroat (3), White-throated Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow (1), Rose-breasted Grosbeak (3)

John H.


Apple tree birds yesterday

Neil Manning
 

Blue-headed Vireo and Nashville Warbler in my crabapple tree in Clifton Park. The Nash is back today.


Re: Golden-winged Warbler, Albany Pine Bush- Great Dune 5/3

David Harrison
 

Delighted to see this report! My life Golden-winged Warbler was at the Pine Bush on a club trip - May 31, 1965
David Harrison
Milford, NJ


Re: Golden-winged Warbler, Albany Pine Bush- Great Dune 5/3

kernscot
 

What a wonderful surprise!! Let's hope it stays there. I haven't seen south of Washington Co. in many years.

Nancy Kern


From: hmbirds@groups.io <hmbirds@groups.io> on behalf of trwdsd via groups.io <trwdsd@...>
Sent: Monday, May 3, 2021 12:09 PM
To: hmbirds@groups.io <hmbirds@groups.io>
Subject: [hmbirds] Golden-winged Warbler, Albany Pine Bush- Great Dune 5/3
 
Earlier this morning, while running a route in one of my NYS Breeding Bird Atlas blocks, I came face to face with a Golden-winged Warbler. I was at the Albany Pine Bush- Great Dune unit, and had gotten around the yellow trail to the long, straight stretch behind the Great Dune. It abuts the dense, wet woodland along the southern edge of the property. So, clearly not the type of habitat to expect winged-warblers. With one exception, apparently. There are some apple trees growing there, scattered along the trailside for about a hundred yards. As I approached these flowering trees I could hear and see birds in and around them. Ruby-crowned Kinglets were flitting about, and a Nashville Warbler was singing. I raised my binoculars to eye level and the first bird that popped up, about twenty feet away, was a male Golden-winged Warbler. I nearly came out of my boots, and undoubtedly uttered some expletives. The bird turned from side to side, then moved back to the rear of the tree and moved along with the small flock of warblers and friends. I followed, and heard it sing once, "bee-buzz-buzz-buzzz." I quickly got my camera out and ready, but although I searched back and forth along that section of trail, I could not refind it. 

Blue-winged Warblers are hard enough to observe at the Albany Pine Bush. I've only see/heard five in a dozen years at APBP, and maybe one or two more captured at the banding stations. It's just not attractive habitat for them, even in migration. I asked Dillon about it, and she thinks there are some older records for GWWA, but they would be from a while back. Other new arrivals today were Magnolia Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler and Wood Thrush.

Enjoy birds!


Tom Williams 
Colonie
 


Re: Peregrine Falcon nesting at Thacher State Park

Sue Rokos
 

Maybe add the pictures??


On Mon, May 3, 2021, 1:36 PM Sue Rokos via groups.io <szrokos=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Afternoon! Just back from Thacher Park Hike, where we found a falcon nesting, walking from the visitor center, past first fall, and just before the second falls. Go past, up around the bend for a great view. She got off her nest and pooped, and the mate flew in quickly, then left soaring away. Went back to car for scope. Very cool! Also ruby crowned kinglets, eight turkey vultures soaring, two yellow bellied sapsucker s, robins, juncos, crows, and in the opposite direction from the vc, at the cliff end, a raven was going into the brush, possible nest?? The Indian Ladder trail is not open yet, but when it opens, wear a hat!

Sue and Dennis Rokos
Duanesburg


Peregrine Falcon nesting at Thacher State Park

Sue Rokos
 

Afternoon! Just back from Thacher Park Hike, where we found a falcon nesting, walking from the visitor center, past first fall, and just before the second falls. Go past, up around the bend for a great view. She got off her nest and pooped, and the mate flew in quickly, then left soaring away. Went back to car for scope. Very cool! Also ruby crowned kinglets, eight turkey vultures soaring, two yellow bellied sapsucker s, robins, juncos, crows, and in the opposite direction from the vc, at the cliff end, a raven was going into the brush, possible nest?? The Indian Ladder trail is not open yet, but when it opens, wear a hat!

Sue and Dennis Rokos
Duanesburg


Re: Golden-winged Warbler, Albany Pine Bush- Great Dune 5/3

gregg_recer
 

I have one historical record of seeing golden-winged in the blueberry hill section of the pine bush in June, 1991 (i.e., apparently on territory). Others might have better records, but my fuzzy memory is that occurred there more than one year in the early 90s.

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gregg recer
malta NY


Re: Golden-winged Warbler, Albany Pine Bush- Great Dune 5/3

Christopher J. McCarthy
 

Thanks, Tom!!! Last year there were some at Albany Muni and Hollyhock! 



Sent from my phone. Please excuse typos etc.! 


-------- Original message --------
From: "trwdsd via groups.io" <trwdsd@...>
Date: 5/3/21 12:22 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: hmbirds@groups.io
Subject: [hmbirds] Golden-winged Warbler, Albany Pine Bush- Great Dune 5/3

Earlier this morning, while running a route in one of my NYS Breeding Bird Atlas blocks, I came face to face with a Golden-winged Warbler. I was at the Albany Pine Bush- Great Dune unit, and had gotten around the yellow trail to the long, straight stretch behind the Great Dune. It abuts the dense, wet woodland along the southern edge of the property. So, clearly not the type of habitat to expect winged-warblers. With one exception, apparently. There are some apple trees growing there, scattered along the trailside for about a hundred yards. As I approached these flowering trees I could hear and see birds in and around them. Ruby-crowned Kinglets were flitting about, and a Nashville Warbler was singing. I raised my binoculars to eye level and the first bird that popped up, about twenty feet away, was a male Golden-winged Warbler. I nearly came out of my boots, and undoubtedly uttered some expletives. The bird turned from side to side, then moved back to the rear of the tree and moved along with the small flock of warblers and friends. I followed, and heard it sing once, "bee-buzz-buzz-buzzz." I quickly got my camera out and ready, but although I searched back and forth along that section of trail, I could not refind it. 

Blue-winged Warblers are hard enough to observe at the Albany Pine Bush. I've only see/heard five in a dozen years at APBP, and maybe one or two more captured at the banding stations. It's just not attractive habitat for them, even in migration. I asked Dillon about it, and she thinks there are some older records for GWWA, but they would be from a while back. Other new arrivals today were Magnolia Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler and Wood Thrush.

Enjoy birds!


Tom Williams 
Colonie
 


Golden-winged Warbler, Albany Pine Bush- Great Dune 5/3

trwdsd
 

Earlier this morning, while running a route in one of my NYS Breeding Bird Atlas blocks, I came face to face with a Golden-winged Warbler. I was at the Albany Pine Bush- Great Dune unit, and had gotten around the yellow trail to the long, straight stretch behind the Great Dune. It abuts the dense, wet woodland along the southern edge of the property. So, clearly not the type of habitat to expect winged-warblers. With one exception, apparently. There are some apple trees growing there, scattered along the trailside for about a hundred yards. As I approached these flowering trees I could hear and see birds in and around them. Ruby-crowned Kinglets were flitting about, and a Nashville Warbler was singing. I raised my binoculars to eye level and the first bird that popped up, about twenty feet away, was a male Golden-winged Warbler. I nearly came out of my boots, and undoubtedly uttered some expletives. The bird turned from side to side, then moved back to the rear of the tree and moved along with the small flock of warblers and friends. I followed, and heard it sing once, "bee-buzz-buzz-buzzz." I quickly got my camera out and ready, but although I searched back and forth along that section of trail, I could not refind it. 

Blue-winged Warblers are hard enough to observe at the Albany Pine Bush. I've only see/heard five in a dozen years at APBP, and maybe one or two more captured at the banding stations. It's just not attractive habitat for them, even in migration. I asked Dillon about it, and she thinks there are some older records for GWWA, but they would be from a while back. Other new arrivals today were Magnolia Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler and Wood Thrush.

Enjoy birds!


Tom Williams 
Colonie
 


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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