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Pemberton Preserve, Hebron

Scott Varney
 

Had a wonderful day birding the Pember Nature Preserve in Hebron, NY today.

Lots of warblers...
BT Blue
BT Green
Blue-winged
Yellow
Wilson's
Chestnut-sided
Black and White
Nashville
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart
Ovenbird

Best observation today was non-avian...I flushed a Grey Fox and for the first time in my life, witnessed it climbing a tree!  Super cool!

If heading to this preserve, take caution...tick concentration is exceptionally high in this location. 

Happy Day,

Scott Varney
Salem, NY


Red Crossbill Pics at Pine Bush

jhershey2
 

The Thursday Morning group checked out the yellow trail at Karner Barrens East today.  Despite leaving early I managed a few photos of Red Crossbills which I've posted below.  The pics show a mottled multicolored plumage.  I have 10 warbler species on my list but we had to work hard for most of them.  

John H.


bonaparte's gulls - Saratoga lake

gregg_recer
 

following up on an ebird report from yesterday, there are still dozens of bonaparte's gulls working over the water along the SW shore of the lake. I viewed them from brown's Beach with a scope, but they are closer to Riley cove area. 
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gregg recer
malta NY


am. pipits - wright's loop

gregg_recer
 

at least 6 am. pipits foraging on the drier ground between the near and far patches of water in the field north of the loop. both yellowlegs, solitary and least sandpipers, and killdeer also present. 
through migrant activity still seems low, but I've had white-crowned sparrow at bog meadow and Champlain Towpath near Saratoga battlefield the last 2 days, and FOY for me scarlet Tanager this morning on the Champlain Towpath trail. 

Gregg Recer
gregg_recer@...

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gregg recer
malta NY


Re: Help with species ID

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

Tail is too short for Mourning Dove.  It’s a domestic rock pigeon.  

On Wed, May 12, 2021 at 5:49 PM Scott Varney <scottvarney1968@...> wrote:
One of my friends just took a photo of what looks like a leucistic Mourning Dove.  Can anyone help identify this?  On Rugg Road in Schuylerville. Beautiful!

Thanks,

Scott Varney
Salem, NY

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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


Help with species ID

Scott Varney
 

One of my friends just took a photo of what looks like a leucistic Mourning Dove.  Can anyone help identify this?  On Rugg Road in Schuylerville. Beautiful!

Thanks,

Scott Varney
Salem, NY


This week's destination: 5/13

Naomi Lloyd
 

Hey Thursday birders! Spring migration is crawling along. Let's meet at the Pine Bush Visitor Center at 8:00 and walk the Karner Barrens East trail, which has had the usual suspects plus a family of Red Crossbills!

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Albany+Pine+Bush+Preserve/@42.7193564,-73.8666085,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x89de74ae0451a73f:0x10e3ed25d957150a!8m2!3d42.7193564!4d-73.8644145?hl=en&authuser=0

Naomi





Yesterday's Saratoga County Finds

Barbara Beebe
 

We found Greater (3) and Lesser Yellowlegs (8) continue at Wright's Loop with a Solitary Sandpiper thrown in
Also, American Redstarts, Warbling Vireo, pair of Sapsuckers, eagle returning as we left.

At SHNP: White- crowned sparrow talking to me off a lower branch, Baltimore Oriole, Eastern Meadowlark, Eastern Wood-Pewees

At Vischer Ferry: More Eastern Wood-Pewees, Baltimore Orioles, Male Wood Duck, Yellow Warblers, with huge carp flopping in the water

Not a bad day considering 25 mph wind gusts (guessing)....birds hunkered in and people blowing in the wind.

Barb Beebe


Orchard Oriole SNHP, Louisiana Waterthrush

Susan
 

This morning I spent a couple of hours at Saratoga National Historical Park. The Orchard Oriole was at Stop 6, singing in a large oak tree. I also had 10 warbler species, kestrels and a brown creeper. Warblers included Prairie, Blue-winged, Chestnut-sided, Black-throated Green, Parula, Redstart,Yellow-rumped,  Yellow, Ovenbird, and Common Yellowthroat. Eastern Towhees were everywhere.
Yesterday I went to Anchor Diamond Park in Ballston Spa. Almost immediately on entering the trail, I heard a Louisiana Waterthrush singing. It was located to the right of the bridge on the main path near a smaller bridge. I heard another more distant one further down the main path.
Susan Beaudoin


Schoharie Crossing

Ellen
 

I visited Schoharie Crossing with a friend this morning.  Walking mostly along the Towpath Trail, we tallied about 25 species of birds.  The highlight was a mated pair of Orchard Orioles, a species I’ve never seen there before.  Other birds included Warbling Vireo, Yellow Warbler (many), American Redstart, Common Yellowthroat, Baltimore Oriole, Killdeer,  and Wood Thrush.  We were surprised that we didn’t encounter more warbler species, nor did we find any ducks. 

 

Ellen P.

West Charlton


Re: HMBC field trip reminder - May 15

Tristan Lowery
 

CORRECTION: Century Run reports should be emailed to the compiler by May 22nd, not the 24th as originally posted.


On Tue, May 11, 2021 at 8:15 AM Tristan Lowery via groups.io <tristanlowery=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:

Saturday, May 15, CENTURY RUN (NYS Region 8; all day)

Compiler: Larry Alden 518-861-6087 overlook@...

This Saturday, the Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club is holding the 76th annual Guy Bartlett Century Run, an event in which birders try to find as many species of birds as they  can in a 24-hour period within the 11-county HMBC area (New York State Ornithological Association Region 8).  A good Century Run (so named for the goal of reaching a “century”, or at least 100 species) calls for proper planning to hit a wide variety of habitats at the right time. Coverage can include the whole HMBC area (Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Washington, Warren, Fulton, Montgomery, Schoharie, Greene, and Columbia counties) or can be limited to a smaller geographic area – a single county, town, etc. You decide where you want to go – and at what pace – to see what you can find.

Reports should be emailed to the compiler by May 24th, in order to be counted and published in the Club newsletter Feathers. Reports should include a list and count of total species observed, hours afield, team members, and geographical areas (counties) covered. Also, please send an email to the HMBirds group (https://groups.io/g/hmbirds/messages) with the total number of species observed and highlights for your group.

COVID-19 GUIDANCE: Should you choose to participate in the Century Run on Saturday, May 15th, your safety and the safety of the community are of the utmost importance.  Please follow all current New York State Executive Order directives and public health guidelines while out birding.  You could also consider visiting some of the less-birded locations in the club’s 11-county area, particularly more remote or rural parts of Schenectady, Schoharie, Greene, Columbia, Washington, Fulton, Warren, Rensselaer, and Montgomery counties.  An added bonus to visiting these areas could be to fill in some blank spaces in the latest New York State Breeding Bird Atlas effort


HMBC field trip reminder - May 15

Tristan Lowery
 

Saturday, May 15, CENTURY RUN (NYS Region 8; all day)

Compiler: Larry Alden 518-861-6087 overlook@...

This Saturday, the Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club is holding the 76th annual Guy Bartlett Century Run, an event in which birders try to find as many species of birds as they  can in a 24-hour period within the 11-county HMBC area (New York State Ornithological Association Region 8).  A good Century Run (so named for the goal of reaching a “century”, or at least 100 species) calls for proper planning to hit a wide variety of habitats at the right time. Coverage can include the whole HMBC area (Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Washington, Warren, Fulton, Montgomery, Schoharie, Greene, and Columbia counties) or can be limited to a smaller geographic area – a single county, town, etc. You decide where you want to go – and at what pace – to see what you can find.

Reports should be emailed to the compiler by May 24th, in order to be counted and published in the Club newsletter Feathers. Reports should include a list and count of total species observed, hours afield, team members, and geographical areas (counties) covered. Also, please send an email to the HMBirds group (https://groups.io/g/hmbirds/messages) with the total number of species observed and highlights for your group.

COVID-19 GUIDANCE: Should you choose to participate in the Century Run on Saturday, May 15th, your safety and the safety of the community are of the utmost importance.  Please follow all current New York State Executive Order directives and public health guidelines while out birding.  You could also consider visiting some of the less-birded locations in the club’s 11-county area, particularly more remote or rural parts of Schenectady, Schoharie, Greene, Columbia, Washington, Fulton, Warren, Rensselaer, and Montgomery counties.  An added bonus to visiting these areas could be to fill in some blank spaces in the latest New York State Breeding Bird Atlas effort


Re: VFNHP this morning

jhershey2
 

I too was at Vischer Ferry this morning but taking the western loop instead.  One highlight I should mention was seeing Julie's Hooded Merganser with a very regal-looking hairdo and 3 fledglings in tow - very fitting for Mother's Day.  I noticed the same dearth of passing-through migrant warblers but did hear many singing American Redstarts (FOY).  Finally I should mention that Gregg and Cathy's loop from the main entrance to Clute's Dry Dock is a walking route that is now possible because of the new bridge over the canal at the Clute's Dry Dock entrance. 

John H. 


Re: VFNHP this morning

Sue Rokos
 

We just got back from walking from the vischer ferry power plant to original lock 19 and back, found an indigo bunting, two ruby throated hummingbirds (not sure I have seen them.mentioned), three Baltimore Orioles way up high, an earful of cedar waxwings, and gross of rose breasted grosbeaks. We met a man who saw a juvenile night heron yesterday, but his camera on empty, noted the yellow legs. We looked but no luck.

Are the Dozers creating a new path to the river?

Sue Rokos

On Sun, May 9, 2021, 11:54 AM gregg_recer <gregg_recer@...> wrote:
Cathy Graichen and I did a walk around Vischer Ferry preserve this morning, covering the loop between the main entrance road and Clute's dry dock entrance. Highlights included 1 male orchard oriole, many rose-breasted grosbeaks and baltimore orioles, calling common gallinule, and a pair of copulating virginia rails.  Through-migrants were again pretty sparse today, with numbers of yellow-rumped warblers, and a few bt green, bt blue, and no. waterthrush.

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gregg recer
malta NY


Weekend migrants

Ellen
 

Friday evening, in my yard:  Blue-Winged Warbler and 3 Pine Siskins.

 

Saturday morning, I got great looks at a Veery as I was out walking the dog.

 

While visiting a cemetery in Loudonville this morning:  Northern Parula and Great-Crested Flycatcher.

 

Ellen P.

West Charlton


Virginia Rails and Warblers, Salem

Scott Varney
 

During my 20 mile bike ride today, I was completely alarmed by a single but exceptionally loud-grunting Virginia Rail in a marshy cattail section opposite White Creek on Route 153 in Salem.  It was so sudden and loud that it scared me enough to almost dump my bike!  Funny!

At home this morning, a small wave of Warblers pushed through the canopy in my front yard in the same manner as last year, from North to South. Each time the wind picked up, there was more movement. Included were 4 warbler species:

Magnolia Warbler
Black & White Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler

Happy Birding,

Scott Varney 
Salem,  NY


VFNHP this morning

gregg_recer
 

Cathy Graichen and I did a walk around Vischer Ferry preserve this morning, covering the loop between the main entrance road and Clute's dry dock entrance. Highlights included 1 male orchard oriole, many rose-breasted grosbeaks and baltimore orioles, calling common gallinule, and a pair of copulating virginia rails.  Through-migrants were again pretty sparse today, with numbers of yellow-rumped warblers, and a few bt green, bt blue, and no. waterthrush.

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gregg recer
malta NY


Bog Meadow Virgunia Rail

Susan
 

I heard a grunting Virginia rail near the observation platform off the boardwalk section of the trail. Didn’t have a lot of warbler action except for yellow-rumps, one blue-winged and the breeders. Did have yellow-throated  vireos, gnatcatcher, Eastern kingbird  and several Baltimore Orioles.
Susan Beaudoin


Re: Extraordinary Sighting

Larry & Penny Alden
 

Jeff,

While I haven’t personally witnessed the parade you describe, there are many videos of this routine on YouTube, many put to music. 

Larry Alden


On May 8, 2021, at 3:21 PM, Jeffrey Schoonmaker <j.schoonmaker@...> wrote:


At 12:30 p.m. this afternoon my wife and I rounded a curve on the drive through the Saratoga Battlefield and were delighted to see a family of plump brown birds crossing the road.  Our minds both said "Ruffed Grouse" before we had a chance to think about an ID.  Our minds were wrong.  In the next millisecond we realized we were seeing American Woodcocks!  Five of them!  And they were not in any hurry to cross the road.  We stopped the car, looked through our binoculars, and witnessed an amazing display.  They were all imitating Spotted Sandpipers.  All five of them were bobbing up and down as they meandered forward!  They were moving so slowly, with a straggler or two turning to go back the other way, that I had plenty of time to get my camera, open the car door, and take photos.  They didn't get spooked and flee away.  They kept up their slow, bouncing pace toward the other side.  I excitedly said to Doris, "Get a video of them!"  She had plenty of time to get her door open and get her smartphone on the right setting to get a generous amount of video footage as the five woodcocks bobbled their way across, onto the grassy shoulder, and down the hill where they finally disappeared into the brush.  

The lead woodcock seemed a bit larger, probably the parent.  I got a good close-up of that one.  Has any one of you witnessed this behavior or read about it?  We will never forget this extraordinary birding experience.  And it came after I made a couple of bone-headed and time-consuming wrong turns requiring much backtracking.  Had I made the correct turns on my way to the SBHP, we would have missed this display completely.  While my timing was way off, God's timing was perfect!  Thanks!

Two photos are obviously included here.  If I can handle the transfer of the video from my wife's smartphone to this computer and attach it to another email, I will do so.  Does the listserve have the capacity to accept and send videos?

Jeff Schoonmaker
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Extraordinary Sighting

Jeffrey Schoonmaker
 

At 12:30 p.m. this afternoon my wife and I rounded a curve on the drive through the Saratoga Battlefield and were delighted to see a family of plump brown birds crossing the road.  Our minds both said "Ruffed Grouse" before we had a chance to think about an ID.  Our minds were wrong.  In the next millisecond we realized we were seeing American Woodcocks!  Five of them!  And they were not in any hurry to cross the road.  We stopped the car, looked through our binoculars, and witnessed an amazing display.  They were all imitating Spotted Sandpipers.  All five of them were bobbing up and down as they meandered forward!  They were moving so slowly, with a straggler or two turning to go back the other way, that I had plenty of time to get my camera, open the car door, and take photos.  They didn't get spooked and flee away.  They kept up their slow, bouncing pace toward the other side.  I excitedly said to Doris, "Get a video of them!"  She had plenty of time to get her door open and get her smartphone on the right setting to get a generous amount of video footage as the five woodcocks bobbled their way across, onto the grassy shoulder, and down the hill where they finally disappeared into the brush.  

The lead woodcock seemed a bit larger, probably the parent.  I got a good close-up of that one.  Has any one of you witnessed this behavior or read about it?  We will never forget this extraordinary birding experience.  And it came after I made a couple of bone-headed and time-consuming wrong turns requiring much backtracking.  Had I made the correct turns on my way to the SBHP, we would have missed this display completely.  While my timing was way off, God's timing was perfect!  Thanks!

Two photos are obviously included here.  If I can handle the transfer of the video from my wife's smartphone to this computer and attach it to another email, I will do so.  Does the listserve have the capacity to accept and send videos?

Jeff Schoonmaker

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