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Re: Boice Family Park Note

rob snell
 


Above is a map of the park. The main parking area is just off Rock City Rd.  This area of the orange trail is where the steepness mostly occurs. A better entry is the parking area on Creekside Dr., as Susan mentioned.  From the main entry continue down Creekside, and make the next two right turns. Creekside dead ends, and you can park there.  A nice loop is the blue trail south, then right on the red trail. There is a short steep section as you approach the steam, but it has a rope “railing”.   Hope this helps. 

Rob


On May 23, 2021, at 12:50 PM, Susan <smbeaudoin1@...> wrote:


After having been contacted by a member who was discouraged by the steep path at Boice and decided to leave, I thought it might benefit the group to describe this site, especially since Rob had a Olive-sided Flycatcher there, and others may want to pursue it. The first time I went, after reading one of Lindsey's posts, I too was surprised by the park. The name would indicate an area with picnic tables and a playground, but there are no amenities except the trails.
The trail at the parking area at 2-10 Creekside Drive, just off Rock City Rd is very steep and leads down to the creek, following it, and then going steeply upward through deciduous woods. Last Friday the entrance to this trail  was obscured by tall plants, some of them stinging nettle. Volunteers keep the paths clear.
Fortunately, there is an alternate access point. If you drive down Creekside Dr you'll come to an area that, if I remember correctly, has a guard rail and a stop sign. Beyond those is a dirt road that looks like it was meant to be a continuation of the development. You can park here and can access the trails from either side. As you face the dirt road, take the road to your right. This is a level trail, and there is a map about a quarter of the mile in. From the map area you can either go straight or turn left to access the creek. If you go right, you'll go back to the area with the steep trail to the parking lot.
Susan Beaudoin



Boice Family Park Note

Susan
 

After having been contacted by a member who was discouraged by the steep path at Boice and decided to leave, I thought it might benefit the group to describe this site, especially since Rob had a Olive-sided Flycatcher there, and others may want to pursue it. The first time I went, after reading one of Lindsey's posts, I too was surprised by the park. The name would indicate an area with picnic tables and a playground, but there are no amenities except the trails.
The trail at the parking area at 2-10 Creekside Drive, just off Rock City Rd is very steep and leads down to the creek, following it, and then going steeply upward through deciduous woods. Last Friday the entrance to this trail  was obscured by tall plants, some of them stinging nettle. Volunteers keep the paths clear.
Fortunately, there is an alternate access point. If you drive down Creekside Dr you'll come to an area that, if I remember correctly, has a guard rail and a stop sign. Beyond those is a dirt road that looks like it was meant to be a continuation of the development. You can park here and can access the trails from either side. As you face the dirt road, take the road to your right. This is a level trail, and there is a map about a quarter of the mile in. From the map area you can either go straight or turn left to access the creek. If you go right, you'll go back to the area with the steep trail to the parking lot.
Susan Beaudoin



Re: Nighthawks

Robert S Pastel
 

Sounds like a good topic for a doctoral dissertation 

Robert S. Pastel


On May 22, 2021, at 4:52 PM, scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner@...> wrote:


continuing this theme...similarly in central Iowa, they were a constant presence on summer evenings circa 1980, flying low, calling, over the outdoor athletics courts at dusk. Scott Stoner, Loudonville



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From: Ron <igolfnbird@...>
Date: 5/22/21 16:22 (GMT-05:00)
To: BERNARD GROSSMAN <bgrossman4@...>
Cc: hmbirds@groups.io
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Nighthawks


When I was a kid growing up in Indiana we saw and heard Nighthawks during every night baseball game. Everyone called them Ballbats, back then. 😂 
On Sat, May 22, 2021 at 4:19 PM BERNARD GROSSMAN <bgrossman4@...> wrote:
We used to see Nighthawks flying above downtown Schenectady in the '70s and '80s. Chris used to see them when she taught night school at SCCC. One theory for their disappearance from the downtown was the slow conversion away for gravel covered flat roofs on the buildings to rubber membranes, which weren't as hospitable for roosting/nesting.


Re: Nighthawks

scottjstoner
 

continuing this theme...similarly in central Iowa, they were a constant presence on summer evenings circa 1980, flying low, calling, over the outdoor athletics courts at dusk. Scott Stoner, Loudonville



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-------- Original message --------
From: Ron <igolfnbird@...>
Date: 5/22/21 16:22 (GMT-05:00)
To: BERNARD GROSSMAN <bgrossman4@...>
Cc: hmbirds@groups.io
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Nighthawks


When I was a kid growing up in Indiana we saw and heard Nighthawks during every night baseball game. Everyone called them Ballbats, back then. 😂 
On Sat, May 22, 2021 at 4:19 PM BERNARD GROSSMAN <bgrossman4@...> wrote:
We used to see Nighthawks flying above downtown Schenectady in the '70s and '80s. Chris used to see them when she taught night school at SCCC. One theory for their disappearance from the downtown was the slow conversion away for gravel covered flat roofs on the buildings to rubber membranes, which weren't as hospitable for roosting/nesting.


Re: Nighthawks

Richard Guthrie
 

Continuing the thread and another thought: We could reliably count on nighthawks to wrap up our Century Run by going to Congress Park in Saratoga Springs right after dark. And I used to take the kids down to Coxsackie to see the nighthawks there. Always came through.

My thinking is that the proliferation of higher intensity night lights led to the demise of nocturnal flying insects including the large moths which were the mainstay for nighthawks and whip poor wills.

On May 22, 2021, at 4:19 PM, BERNARD GROSSMAN <bgrossman4@comcast.net> wrote:

We used to see Nighthawks flying above downtown Schenectady in the '70s and '80s. Chris used to see them when she taught night school


Re: Nighthawks

Ron
 


When I was a kid growing up in Indiana we saw and heard Nighthawks during every night baseball game. Everyone called them Ballbats, back then. 😂 

On Sat, May 22, 2021 at 4:19 PM BERNARD GROSSMAN <bgrossman4@...> wrote:
We used to see Nighthawks flying above downtown Schenectady in the '70s and '80s. Chris used to see them when she taught night school at SCCC. One theory for their disappearance from the downtown was the slow conversion away for gravel covered flat roofs on the buildings to rubber membranes, which weren't as hospitable for roosting/nesting.


Re: Nighthawks

BERNARD GROSSMAN
 

We used to see Nighthawks flying above downtown Schenectady in the '70s and '80s. Chris used to see them when she taught night school at SCCC. One theory for their disappearance from the downtown was the slow conversion away for gravel covered flat roofs on the buildings to rubber membranes, which weren't as hospitable for roosting/nesting.


Re: Nighthawk

Weiskotten, Kurt
 

Yesterday, 5/21, I had several (half dozen - one or two at a time) Nighthawks at various times of the day, flying over the house in Belleview section of Schenectady, calling repeatedly.

Kurt Weiskotten, M.S.
d 518.898.9553

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Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Nighthawk

In the late 1950s to early 1970s we visited my grandmother in Keene, NH, often. She lived close to the center of Keene for many of those years and I often walked around the area in the early evening. I loved hearing the Nighthawks.I don't see or hear them often now, but they always evoke memories of Keene.

Clear skies, Alan
Glenville





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Re: Nighthawk

Mark Silo
 

I played a lot of evening softball games on the SUNY Albany campus in the late 1970s. The sky was full of circling nighthawks.

On May 22, 2021, at 11:24 AM, rob snell via groups.io <snell.rob=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

In the 70’s several nighthawks nested on the tops of houses in the Stockade area of Schenectady. I remember admiring their beeps when I came back from bar hopping.

Rob
On May 22, 2021, at 8:10 AM, Alan <adfrench@nycap.rr.com> wrote:

In the late 1950s to early 1970s we visited my grandmother in Keene, NH, often. She lived close to the center of Keene for many of those years and I often walked around the area in the early evening. I loved hearing the Nighthawks.I don't see or hear them often now, but they always evoke memories of Keene.

Clear skies, Alan
Glenville









Re: Nighthawk

rob snell
 

In the 70’s several nighthawks nested on the tops of houses in the Stockade area of Schenectady. I remember admiring their beeps when I came back from bar hopping.

Rob

On May 22, 2021, at 8:10 AM, Alan <adfrench@nycap.rr.com> wrote:

In the late 1950s to early 1970s we visited my grandmother in Keene, NH, often. She lived close to the center of Keene for many of those years and I often walked around the area in the early evening. I loved hearing the Nighthawks.I don't see or hear them often now, but they always evoke memories of Keene.

Clear skies, Alan
Glenville





Olive-Sided Flycatcher and Brown Thrashers

rob snell
 

After Susan’s post on her success at the Boice Park, I decided to visit it this morning. I walked it with my sister and brother-in-law, who donated property to the park, and help maintain the trails. In addition to most of what Susan saw, I was lucky to hear a Brown Thrasher singing in the brambles near the stream. Another presented itself, uncharacteristically, at the top of a tree a little further. Most notably, however, was an Olive-Sided Flycatcher asking for a “Quick Three Beers“ not far from the first thrasher. He was perched clearly at the top of a dead tree near the Kayaderosseras singing.  I will be bringing my ALL groups there on Tuesday and Thursday next week. 


Re: Nighthawk

Alan
 

In the late 1950s to early 1970s we visited my grandmother in Keene, NH, often. She lived close to the center of Keene for many of those years and I often walked around the area in the early evening. I loved hearing the Nighthawks.I don't see or hear them often now, but they always evoke memories of Keene.

Clear skies, Alan
Glenville


Mourning warbler, Great Dune

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

This morning, in the great dune section of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve, I found a singing Mourning Warbler at roughly the identical section of the yellow trail to where Tom Williams found the Kentucky Warbler yesterday.  This seems to be a very productive parcel of the pine Bush for skulky migrants!  

Over the last few days I have mostly been birding in Washington Park (downtown Albany) where on Wednesday and Thursday I found multiple Tennessee warblers, Blackburnian, and a bay-breasted.  Yesterday morning, besides a magnolia warbler, the only noteworthy find was an Alder Flycatcher, which is a new bird for the park.
--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


Re: Nighthawk

gregg_recer
 

fwiw, Scott S's referring to Century Run day, 21 May, 2016. We also have a record in May from Vischer Ferry in 2003. Pretty sparse, but supports what Rich was saying.  Overall, we have many more spring/early summer records from travels to other parts of the country, mainly south and midwest.

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gregg recer
malta NY


Re: Nighthawk

scottjstoner
 

several years ago (and Gregg R and Cathy G would have the exact details) we had them in the evening at Blockhouse Park in Stillwater on Century Run -Scott Stoner, Loudonville



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From: Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie@...>
Date: 5/21/21 18:41 (GMT-05:00)
To: Scott Varney <scottvarney1968@...>
Cc: Jeffrey Schoonmaker <j.schoonmaker@...>, HMBirds <hmbirds@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Nighthawk

Although much fewer than years ago, Nighthawks regularly migrate through our area each spring.  It used to be that they nested in our city downtown areas. That’s not happening anymore. But a few do pass through on their way to the north. 

Rich Guthrie 

On May 21, 2021, at 5:43 PM, Scott Varney <scottvarney1968@...> wrote:


I observed 3 of them in Salem 2 evenings ago right over the village near the intersection of Rt 22 and West Broadway (feeding on insects above the US Post Office).  I also typically dont see them until Fall migration. I think you are on to something!

Scott Varney
Salem, NY

On Fri, May 21, 2021, 5:27 PM Jeffrey Schoonmaker <j.schoonmaker@...> wrote:
Something's going on with Common Nighthawks.  One just flew over my yard in Colonie!  I live near the intersection of Fuller Rd. and Central Ave.  One was reported earlier by a group member elsewhere.  Seems unusual.  I never expect them until August, but they must migrate in the Spring also, right?

Jeff


Re: Nighthawk

Richard Guthrie
 

Although much fewer than years ago, Nighthawks regularly migrate through our area each spring.  It used to be that they nested in our city downtown areas. That’s not happening anymore. But a few do pass through on their way to the north. 

Rich Guthrie 

On May 21, 2021, at 5:43 PM, Scott Varney <scottvarney1968@...> wrote:


I observed 3 of them in Salem 2 evenings ago right over the village near the intersection of Rt 22 and West Broadway (feeding on insects above the US Post Office).  I also typically dont see them until Fall migration. I think you are on to something!

Scott Varney
Salem, NY

On Fri, May 21, 2021, 5:27 PM Jeffrey Schoonmaker <j.schoonmaker@...> wrote:
Something's going on with Common Nighthawks.  One just flew over my yard in Colonie!  I live near the intersection of Fuller Rd. and Central Ave.  One was reported earlier by a group member elsewhere.  Seems unusual.  I never expect them until August, but they must migrate in the Spring also, right?

Jeff


Re: Nighthawk

Scott Varney
 

I observed 3 of them in Salem 2 evenings ago right over the village near the intersection of Rt 22 and West Broadway (feeding on insects above the US Post Office).  I also typically dont see them until Fall migration. I think you are on to something!

Scott Varney
Salem, NY

On Fri, May 21, 2021, 5:27 PM Jeffrey Schoonmaker <j.schoonmaker@...> wrote:
Something's going on with Common Nighthawks.  One just flew over my yard in Colonie!  I live near the intersection of Fuller Rd. and Central Ave.  One was reported earlier by a group member elsewhere.  Seems unusual.  I never expect them until August, but they must migrate in the Spring also, right?

Jeff


Yellow-headed Blackbird, Salem, NY

Scott Varney
 

Today, on my way home from work, I found a single adult female Yellow-headed Blackbird sitting on the telephone wires, 2 poles past Rexleigh Road while  heading North on Route 22 in Salem, NY.  This is within a quarter mile of the intersection of Rt 29 with Rt 22.  This is my 2nd of this species in southern Washington County.  The first was an adult male of the species at the Pember Nature Preserve.  It seems there has been a small influx of this species in the HMBC region this year

At Hudson Crossing today, I found 2 Blackpoll Warblers singing and flitting on large Cottonwood trees.

What a beautiful week it turned out to be!

Happy Friday,

Scott Varney
Salem, NY


Nighthawk

Jeffrey Schoonmaker
 

Something's going on with Common Nighthawks.  One just flew over my yard in Colonie!  I live near the intersection of Fuller Rd. and Central Ave.  One was reported earlier by a group member elsewhere.  Seems unusual.  I never expect them until August, but they must migrate in the Spring also, right?

Jeff


Red Crossbills, multiple locations Albany County

scottjstoner
 

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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