Red Crossbills, multiple locations Albany County


This very hot afternoon, 3 of us heard and saw 2 Red Crossbills land in a pitch pine and feed at the cones, at the Truax pine barrens (trailhead 12, Albany Pine Bush). I got documentation quality photos only. Later after we got home, Denise and I heard 2 red crossbills flyover, a new yard bird! 

Tuesday 18th I heard one red crossbill at the Madison Avenue pine barrens, Trailhead 7, Albany Pine Bush. 

- Scott Stoner, Loudonville NY

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Re: Boice Family Park


Hi Susan,

I read the above and created a hotspot in eBird for the location. Give it 24 hours to update and then you can merge your checklist(s) with the hotspot. Thanks.

Tom W.

Mourning, Blackpoll Warblers, Cuckoos - Vischer Ferry


I spent several hours at Vischer Ferry Preserve this morning mostly birding by ear.  On the dead end trail (past the first pond) that goes west I heard Mourning and Blackpoll Warblers which I did not see but recorded with iphone.  I also heard Yellow-billed Cuckoo there.  Actually from the picnic table at the main entrance I heard Marsh Wren, Northern Waterthrush, and Least Bittern.  Other highlights include Black-billed Cuckoo and a seen Common Gallinule. (For a birder who was coming by in a bicycle this was a lifebird).  I mostly heard most of the species that regularly breed at Vischer Ferry  including the 4 main warblers: American Redstart, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow, and Northern Waterthrush; plus, the empid flycatchers: Least, Alder, and Willow. 

I still haven't located the Orchard Oriole that many people have reported now. 

John H. 

Boice Family Park


My sister, Janet, and I went to Boice Family Park in the town of Milton this morning. The parking area is off of Rock City Rd at 2-10 Creekside Dr. This is a lovely, little used park with deciduous forest and shrubby areas along Kayderosseras Creek. Surprisingly, it is not an ebird hotspot. It’s a very birdy place and the paths were alive with bird song. There were 3 Least Flycatchers calling and numerous Scarlet Tanagers, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Baltimore Orioles and Yellow-throated Vireos. We had ten warbler species including Blackburnian, Black-throated Blue, Pine, Yellow and Louisiana Waterthrush. Chestnut-sided warblers and Redstarts were everywhere. Wood Thrush and Veery were heard singing, and a male Common Merganser was swimming in the creek. A complete list is included below.


Susan Beaudoin

2–10 Creekside Dr, Rock City Falls US-NY 43.05127, -73.91986
May 21, 2021
7:57 AM
3.48 miles
197 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 2.5 Build 2.5.14

6 Canada Goose
1 Common Merganser
2 Great Blue Heron
1 Turkey Vulture
1 Broad-winged Hawk
1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Hairy Woodpecker
1 Pileated Woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker
5 Eastern Wood-Pewee
3 Least Flycatcher
2 Eastern Phoebe
1 Great Crested Flycatcher
5 Yellow-throated Vireo
1 Blue-headed Vireo
5 Warbling Vireo
10 Red-eyed Vireo
2 Blue Jay
1 American Crow
2 Black-capped Chickadee
5 Tufted Titmouse
2 Tree Swallow
3 White-breasted Nuthatch
13 Gray Catbird
5 Veery
7 Wood Thrush
6 American Robin
3 American Goldfinch
11 Song Sparrow
6 Baltimore Oriole -- Three males chasing each other
2 Common Grackle
5 Ovenbird
3 Louisiana Waterthrush
10 Common Yellowthroat
22 American Redstart
1 Blackburnian Warbler
5 Yellow Warbler
23 Chestnut-sided Warbler
1 Black-throated Blue Warbler
1 Pine Warbler
6 Yellow-rumped Warbler
7 Scarlet Tanager
4 Northern Cardinal
6 Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Number of Taxa: 45


Kentucky Warbler, Albany Pine Bush Preserve- Great Dune 5/21


While conducting a Breeding Bird Atlas survey in one of my blocks this morning, I stumbled upon a singing Kentucky Warbler. It sang repeatedly for an hour while i played cat and mouse with it, attempting to get a good view or a bad photo (good luck with that). It was actually in appropriate habitat for the species, namely the dense understory of a moist forest, which one normally does not encounter at the sandy Albany Pine Bush Preserve. However, there is a ravine that runs parallel to the backside (south side) of the Great Dune, along the yellow trail, which is up against the preserve boundary at the wooded area behind Prospect Hill Cemetery. It is usually quite wet throughout the year, and there is a small, swampy pond that serves as a mosquito factory in the warmer months. The bird moved around frequently, high and low, farther away then suddenly closer, and once thirty feet up in a vine-y tangle, but I could never get a good profile view of it. In the end it flew up to the nearest tree over my head, sang one last time, and moved quickly to the west along the trail. Or it just went quiet, but this was a bird that sang five to six times per minute, every minute, for an hour, persistently. 

I've posted a link to the eBird checklist that I created this morning:

Enjoy birding!

Tom Williams 

Common Nighthawk et al

Brian Smith

Good morning,

Saw a common nighthawk over Burden Lake yesterday early evening. I've seen them in early spring over the lake over the past few years. 

Also had spotted sandpiper, bald eagle, mallards. Buffleheads might all be gone at this point. The lake shore is very reliable for great crested flycatcher at the top of the treeline, I heard several, but didn't see one. Was hoping to find migrants, but didn't see any. 

Thanks to those who got us a chance to see a cerulean over the weekend at Schodack State Park Riverside campsite. That was a FOL for me and was especially gratifying!

Brian Smith
Averill Park

Century Run aka my Rensselaer Ramble

Naomi Lloyd

A day may come when I make a plan and stick to it, when I get all those songs memorized, and birds are where they're supposed to be, but it is not this day.

No Rails or Bitterns in several marshes.
I picked up a few lingering waterfowl: Green- and Blue-winged Teal, and a Ring-necked Duck.
Decent raptor day: both Vultures, nesting Osprey, Peregrine, and Cooper's Hawk, a late-day Broad-wing, and six American Kestrels.
RensCo is always tough for shorebirds, and I was happy enough to pick up Spotted, Solitary and Least.
I got the full usual complement of Woodpeckers and Vireos.
Warblers were tough this year, only 13 species, all local breeders. A Cerulean Warbler in the campground at SISP saved me a long walk. Both Waterthrushes sang out from their usual spots.
Standout Sparrows were Savannah and White-crowned.
Last bird of the day was our local pair of Barred Owls having a chat.

BEST bird of the day was at about 10:15am when a large heron-like bird flew across Rt 9J with its long neck extended. Of all the birds I hoped to see, a SANDHILL CRANE certainly was not on the list!

Total for the day, 4:45am to 6:45pm - 98 species which is average for me. eBird checklist for the entire day:

Naomi Lloyd
of the East-of-the-Hudson Lloyds

HMBC Field Trip- Birds 'n' BYO Breakfast @ Five Rivers EEC- Sat., May 22nd


Coordinators: Tom & Colleen Williams  trwdsd@...

This Saturday, May 22nd, Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club's annual celebration of the arrival of spring migrants will be held at Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, located along Game Farm Rd. in Delmar. The center has an excellent trail system through a variety of habitats. You can expect to see and hear many resident and some migrant species, including warblers, thrushes, vireos, and orioles, along with a few waterfowl and herons. A typical year results in about 70 species. Normally this event is held on the second Saturday of May, not the fourth one, but some species are running late this year so perhaps it will all work out for the good.

We will meet in the parking lot at 7:00 a.m. sharp and loop around the property. Plan on doing about 3 miles in three hours. Additional groups that arrive later can bird on their own, and we'll all rally at the pavilion near the parking lot by Game Farm Rd. at 10:00 a.m. for "bring-your-own" breakfast (sorry, next year the club will provide the usual food and drink, and hopefully utilize one of the indoor meeting rooms) and a list compilation. Hope to see you there!



bb cuckoo - halfmoon canal towpath trail


I tried the section of the champlain canal towpath trail running south from upper newtown rd in halfmoon to behind momentive in waterford for the first time this morning. It was quite birdy, albeit largely with residents birds. Main highlights included a black-billed cuckoo singing east of the trail roughly 1/2 - 2/3 of a mile south of upper newtown rd; a singing adolescent male orchard oriole (lacking full adult plumage and presumably a one-year old) near the large beaver lodge, pretty impressive numbers of baltimore orioles and chestnut-sided warblers; the lone through migrant I encountered was a singing tennessee warbler.

gregg recer
malta NY

Sunday Century Run


Because of a schedule conflict, Ron Harrower and I decided to do an “unofficial” Century Run on Sunday, 5/16, rather than Saturday.  It was basically an all Saratoga County Run starting at Malta Tech Park (Global Foundries) at 4:40 am and ending at Vischer Ferry Preserve at 7:30 pm.  As planned Ron left at 2:30 from Saratoga Battlefield and I continued solo from there.  The Tech Park was a great place to start where within what seemed like a few minutes in the dark we had heard not only Whip-poor-wills and Woodcocks sounding off, but at least 12 other species. Some of the highlights are as follows with the bird name mentioned usually at the first place observed:

Malta Tech Park: Eastern Whip-poor-will, American Woodcock, Brown Creeper, Wood Thrush, Pine Warbler

Saratoga Airport: Wild Turkey

Daketown State Forest:  Red-breasted Nuthatch, Cape May Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Indigo Bunting, Scarlet Tanager, Baltimore Oriole. 

Fox Hill Road: Ruffed Grouse, Broad-winged Hawk, Winter Wren, Least Flycatcher, Blue-headed Vireo, Yellow-throated Vireo, Louisiana Waterthrush, Black-and-White Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Dark-eyed Junco.

Wright’s Loop: Bald Eagle, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Saratoga Lake: Bonaparte’s Gull

Saratoga National Historical Park: Bobolink, Eastern Meadowlark

Cohoes Flats: Solitary Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper

Vischer Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve: Least Bittern, Marsh Wren, Wood Duck, Swamp Sparrow

Our total count was only 88 species partly because we spent a lot of time taking photos and looking at wildflowers (Pink Lady’s Slippers, Trout Lillies, Trilliums, etc.), butterflies, a fox, an unidentified snake, etc.  We also were frustrated by a lack of sparrows at Saratoga Airport, lack of waterfowl at Saratoga Lake, and a lack of shorebirds at Wright’s Loop (very dry).  I posted a few bird and other pics below to help make up for our shorter list of birds. 

John Hershey

Belated Century Run 2021 Report

Cynthia Edwardson

For anyone interested, Chris and I participated in the Century Run on Saturday for the 2nd time since moving from Duluth, MN. We decided to stay in Albany County where we've become familiar with some good birding spots!  Despite walking 13 miles over about 13 hours, we only managed 98 species and very sore feet.  At least we did better than our 91 species last year but I was still a little disappointed!  

We started our day at Five Rivers EC and ran in to Zach Schwartz-Weinstein who graciously pointed us to several birds and helpful locations. It was surprising to see a Red Crossbill and an FOY Swainson's Thrush. If only we'd heard the Meadowlark that Zach detected, we would have located 70 species there. We drove to Black Creek Marsh but left quickly when we heard nothing and realized we need help to learn the best secrets of birding here. Next we hiked the Thatcher Park South trail and happily found a Junco, Veery, Scarlet Tanager, Red-eyed Vireo and more. Not having walked enough, haha, we hiked the Albany Pine Bush Karner East main trail and added a few species including Black Vulture, Indigo Bunting and Orchard Oriole and our first "treehog" (groundhog hanging out in a tree). A brief stop at the Six-Mile Waterworks Park produced one Brant, a NY first for us!  While waiting for woodcocks to peent behind the ShopRite plaza in Slingerlands, we drove to Swift Preserve in Delmar in hopes of locating a Screech Owl. No owl but we heard two Eastern Wood-Peewees; they may have just arrived on territory.

We were surprised to find no accipiters, no Kestrel, or even one Chimney Swift! Clearly we need help with where best to locate water birds in Albany County. We didn't even see a ring-billed gull. We'll try again next year and perhaps reach 100!  Thanks to Larry Alden and others involved in organizing and compiling for this fun event!

Cindy and Chris Edwardson
Albany, NY

Glossy Ibis, Bog Meadow


A Glossy Ibis reported earlier today is still hanging out on the far side of the large pond in the direction of the tan house. Use the Rt 29/Lake Ave entrance to Bog Meadow , walk past the bridge until you get to an open viewing area of the pond, a little over half a mile. 
Susan Beaudoin  

This week's destination:

Naomi Lloyd

Hey Thursday birders! Let's try Bog Meadow Brook this week - maybe the Glossy Ibis will stick around, or the annual Canada Warblers will sing out.
Meet at the Lake Ave (Rt 29) trailhead at 8:00. I'm told the trail is dry!,-73.7346119/@43.0838567,-73.7336141,17z/data=!4m2!4m1!3e0?hl=en&authuser=0


Glossy Ibis Bog Meadow

rob snell

Today while birding with my Tuesday ALL Group we saw a beautiful Glossy Ibis on the far side of the main pond. It was about half way down the pond on the opposite side. 

Re: Yellow-headed Blackbird at Albany International Airport - images from yesterday and additional birds

zach schwartz-weinstein

I searched for the blackbird between 8:16 and 9:32 AM with no luck.

On Mon, May 17, 2021 at 9:44 AM scottjstoner via <> wrote:
Thanks to Frank M for finding, and Tom W, and John K for sharing info on this rare bird. I was able to run over there around 4 PM and, after about 15 minutes  it appeared in the grass near the end of Sicker Road on the east side of Albany International Airport, and subsequently flew up to the fence along the edge of the Airport property.  Photos are included in the ebird list below. Also heard a Savannah Sparrow. Later in the evening, Denise and I did not re-find the blackbird, but Denise did hear a Grasshopper Sparrow singing from somewhere in the fields beyond the fence. Appreciate any positive or negative updates today on the blackbird to this list serve. - Scott Stoner, Loudonville

Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774

Yellow-headed Blackbird at Albany International Airport - images from yesterday and additional birds


Thanks to Frank M for finding, and Tom W, and John K for sharing info on this rare bird. I was able to run over there around 4 PM and, after about 15 minutes  it appeared in the grass near the end of Sicker Road on the east side of Albany International Airport, and subsequently flew up to the fence along the edge of the Airport property.  Photos are included in the ebird list below. Also heard a Savannah Sparrow. Later in the evening, Denise and I did not re-find the blackbird, but Denise did hear a Grasshopper Sparrow singing from somewhere in the fields beyond the fence. Appreciate any positive or negative updates today on the blackbird to this list serve. - Scott Stoner, Loudonville

Pipits - Nat. Cemetery

Alan Mapes

American pipits galore on plowed field opposite the National Cemetary, Duell Road, Saratoga County. 

Alan Mapes 

Century Run 2021 - Albany County (Tom Williams and Tristan Lowery)

Tristan Lowery

For a seventh year (but not in a row, thanks to the public health situation last year), Tom Williams and I did the Century Run together on Saturday, restricting ourselves as we have for a few years now to Albany County.


Our experience was similar in some respects to that of Larry’s group. We also found 127 species, which is our new best effort after getting to 124 in both 2017 and 2019. But as in 2019, we found ourselves out to a promising start in the morning, only to stall in the afternoon and evening when several expected “set pieces” failed to happen. Among resident species, our notable “dips” included Ruby-throated Hummingbird (often but not always an easy target at Tom’s feeders), Black Vulture, Grasshopper Sparrow, and Orchard Oriole, as well as Herring Gull, Bank Swallow, and Hermit Thrush. These last three were missed for the first time Tom and I have been doing the Century Run together.


We heard both Eastern Whip-poor-will and American Woodcock well before sunrise, but no owls. As for diurnal shorebirds, we did better than in most years, with Semipalmated Plover, Least Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs (our first one of the day was a bit of a surprise at Black Creek Marsh), and Lesser Yellowlegs. American Pipits at Cohoes Flats were a nice byproduct of our shorebirding there.


Our only gull or tern species was Ring-billed Gull. We also found the four Buffleheads at Basic Creek Reservoir but had to work hard for a distant Common Loon obscured by heat shimmer on Alcove Reservoir. Of the cryptic marsh rails and herons, we heard Virginia Rail, Sora, Common Gallinule, and American Bittern at Black Creek Marsh, but missed Least Bittern. Willow Flycatchers are abundant there during breeding season and often our first tyranid of any Century Run, but we only heard their song twice on our way out of the marsh; Tom and I figured they may have only just arrived that morning and got off to a later start than usual. Given the early calendar date for this year’s Century Run, it also wasn’t a surprise when we ended up missing late-arriving Eastern Wood-Pewee and Alder Flycatcher – as well as Cedar Waxwing, which seems to be conspicuously scarce in our area this spring. But it was nice to pick up Swainson’s Thrush and Yellow-billed Cuckoo for the day, the cuckoo giving us a heard-only parting shot as we approached the parking lot at Deer Mountain in Ravena after a muddy slog on the ankle-breaking west trail which caused both me and Tom to bite the dust – er, mud – one time each.


We tallied 23 species of warblers, but only encountered anything approaching a varied and sizable mixed flock once. Otherwise, it was just here and there over the course of over fifteen hours of birding. Highlights from this family were Worm-eating Warbler, Northern Waterthrush, Hooded Warbler, Cape May Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, and a late-ish “Western” Palm Warbler. But we missed Bay-breasted Warbler and Tennessee Warbler, the latter of which was singing in my Albany yard the next morning.


A few of our favorite moments of the day:


Tom and I were finishing up a nice afternoon lunch on a bench at Coeymans Landing and casually discussing when Brant would migrate this; every year, these geese always seem to pick one day and move en masse at once. Tom mentioned that he felt this usually takes place a bit later than Saturday’s date, while I suggested that it typically happens right around it. Mere seconds after those words left my mouth, we looked up and saw a cloud of about 250 Brant winging their way up the Hudson, about 200 feet over the water. Sure, the occasional lucky break is part of the fun of any Century Run, but this was a little too uncanny. For the record, further attempts to summon new birds in a similar manner were unsuccessful.


Tom and I are particularly careful about getting Carolina Wren for the day, after the scarring experience of missing this bird on our very first Century Run. It’s surprising how quiet and difficult to detect this seemingly ubiquitous species can get by the middle of May – particularly when you’re not making a concerted effort to listen for it (and whoever does that?). A few minutes after the Brant sighting, we were ready to leave Coeymans Landing but Tom decided to avail himself of the porta potties before our departure. As I waited by the car, I gradually became aware that I was hearing a loud, repetitive bird song carrying over the hustle and bustle of the marina, emanating from some wooded area of the nearby park. After a couple of seconds (mental responses are occasionally slower this many hours into a Century Run), I finally grasped what I was hearing. I sprinted over to the porta potties – there are two at Coeymans Landing – picked the closest one without knowing at all whether it was the one Tom had entered, banged on the plastic wall, and yelled “CAROLINA WREN!” through the perforated screen installed around the top to provide some semblance of ventilation in these mobile privies. A muffled voice from within that sounded like Tom’s responded, “GOT IT!” At least I think it was Tom in there.


At the end of the day and after some disappointing late-in-the-day misses, we hadn't added anything to our list in a few hours and were striking out on hope-for hummingbirds at Tom's house, too. But with the light fading around eight o'clock, we glanced up from our tumblers of Basil Hayden’s to see a Common Nighthawk flying over the yard – with a loudly calling Merlin right behind it! Not a bad way to add a final two species to our day list simultaneously and to cap a fun but always exhausting day.




Finally, as Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club president, I’d like to add that it was good to hold the 76th annual Guy Bartlett Century Run under more “normal” conditions than last year, especially as this meant seeing a lot of familiar faces in the field throughout the day, some of which we haven’t seen in well over a year. But with the public health situation improving, the Club is working to resume its regular field trip schedule very soon, so please check back at and HMBirds for updates.


Good birding!


Tristan Lowery


Century Run 2021 - Greene County

Larry & Penny Alden

Mark Fitzsimmons, John Roosenburg and I opted for a Century Run in the Greene County this year. With the southern and western parts of the county up in the mountains and largely inaccessible, we decided to confine our run to the eastern and northern parts of the county. We did get up over 2500 feet at Mt. Pisgah in the northwestern corner, so did not entirely miss out on the beauty of the Catskills.
Migrants were largely absent yesterday, but we managed to count 123 species for our second best total since we've been doing single county big days. Highlights included Brant, American Black Duck, 7 shorebird species including both yellowlegs, Common Loon, American Bittern, Evening Grosbeak, White-crowned Sparrow and 19 warbler species including Worm-eating and Cape May. Our bigger misses were Broad-winged Hawk, Brown Creeper, Winter Wren and Hermit Thrush. All in all, a great day in a great county. Only 2 more counties to go before completing a Century Run in all 11 of the regional counties! What will next year bring?
David Harrison
Milford, NJ

(Posted by Larry Alden on behalf of David Harrison)

Re: Yellow-headed Blackird at Alb Airport Now


To clarify, there are two pieces of Sicker Rd; the bird is at the end of the part that is on the EAST side of Albany International Airport.

Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

-------- Original message --------
From: "scottjstoner via" <ScottJStoner@...>
Date: 5/16/21 16:24 (GMT-05:00)
To: trwdsd@...,
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Yellow-headed Blackird at Alb Airport Now

yellow-headed Blackbird here now, same general area as Tom W had it, many photos -Scott Stoner, Loudonville 

Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

-------- Original message --------
From: "trwdsd via" <trwdsd@...>
Date: 5/16/21 15:05 (GMT-05:00)
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Yellow-headed Blackird at Alb Airport Now

Still present at 3:00pm. Same location.

Tom W

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