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Acadian Flycatcher- Rensselaerville State Forest 6/8

trwdsd
 

This morning I found an Acadian Flycatcher singing infrequently, but regularly, along CCC Rd. just past the Scutt Rd. intersection, in Rensselaerville SF, Albany County. This is the same location a singing bird was found in 2020 by Zach S-W, and continues the general site-fidelity for this species since at least 2013 (eBird reports in 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2020, 2021). The bird had gone quiet by 9:00am on my way back past the initial encounter spot, so it may be moving around the area. I was basically roadside birding, parking and walking, repeatedly. I did park at the Scutt Rd. (North) log landing, and continued down the hill on foot, turning west into the forest along the normally-wet, rocky, two-track road into the forest (it was wet!) Many Blackburnian Warblers and Golden-crowned Kinglets were singing, along with Magnolia Warblers, Black-throated Blue Warblers, and even a Prairie Warbler at one of the recently logged open areas. You will also not go wanting for singing Blue-headed Vireos, Brown Creepers, or Winter Wrens. Oddly enough, one species I didn't detect was Red Crossbill. I'm considering an HMBC field trip to this area some time this month, keep an eye out for details. 


Tom Williams 
Colonie  


Re: Prothonotary Warbler - Schuylerville

scottjstoner
 

The Prothonotary Warbler continues along the Surrender March Trail in Schuylerville, Saratoga Co. This morning, Gregg Recer and I heard it from the southern end of the trail parking lot, at the "Hemlock" sign on rt US 4. walk in the short connector trail, then right on the towpath for a closer listen/look. Gregg recorded some audio and we both got documentation photos which will be added to oir ebird list shortly -Scott Stoner, Loudonville



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-------- Original message --------
From: zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw@...>
Date: 6/7/21 14:17 (GMT-05:00)
To: Alan Mapes <alanmapes@...>
Cc: HMBirds <hmbirds@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Prothonotary Warbler - Schuylerville

A reminder - Surrender March trail spans multiple atlas blocks, and the ebird hotspot is located in a different block from the Prothonotary Warbler.  If you've been entering eBird checklists through the atlas portal, remember not to cross a block boundary without starting a new checklist!

On Sun, Jun 6, 2021 at 8:29 AM Alan Mapes <alanmapes@...> wrote:
Surrender March Trail

On Sun, Jun 6, 2021 at 8:14 AM Alan Mapes <alanmapes@...> wrote:
Male singing and well seen, about 50 yards from the south end of the trail. Use the parking area with the Hemlocks historic sign, off Rt 40. 

Alan Mapes 
Saratoga 



--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


Reminder - HMBC -- June Program meeting invite. starts at 630 tonight

scottjstoner
 





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-------- Original message --------
From: Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club <admin@...>
Date: 6/3/21 16:48 (GMT-05:00)
To: Scott Stoner <scottjstoner@...>
Subject: HMBC -- June Program meeting invite


Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club


  • HMBC Program Notice

  • 101 Great Birds from Around the World

  • Monday, June 7, 2021, 6:30PM via Zoom meeting

  •  

Hello HMBC Members:

    This is a reminder that the HMBC June program will be held via a Zoom meeting on Monday June 7th at 6:30 PM. Use the meeting link below to join the meeting as a participant. All participants will enter the "waiting room" until the meeting host opens the meeting. Participants' audio lines will be muted on entry. We ask that participants keep their lines muted except when prompted for Q&A during the program.

    NOTE: The first time you use Zoom on a device, you will be prompted to download the Zoom app when you click on the meeting link below. Follow the prompts to download the app and then launch the meeting using the meeting ID from the invite. (The app is recommended, but if you prefer, there is also an option when you open the link below to join the meeting via a web browser window, but with limited capabilities.) Audio connections can be through the app on your device or through a separate dial-in phone number given below.

    Program details:

    Mark Garland is a naturalist based in Cape May, New Jersey. This program will celebrate the incredible diversity of birds featuring some birds that are beautiful, some that are less so, and some that have interesting stories to tell. 

    full details here:

    https://hmbc.net/event-4163578


    Meeting details:

    Topic: HMBC June Program Meeting

    Time: Jun 7, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

    Join Zoom Meeting

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    Meeting ID: 814 4739 9609

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    Re: Prothonotary Warbler - Schuylerville

    zach schwartz-weinstein
     

    A reminder - Surrender March trail spans multiple atlas blocks, and the ebird hotspot is located in a different block from the Prothonotary Warbler.  If you've been entering eBird checklists through the atlas portal, remember not to cross a block boundary without starting a new checklist!


    On Sun, Jun 6, 2021 at 8:29 AM Alan Mapes <alanmapes@...> wrote:
    Surrender March Trail

    On Sun, Jun 6, 2021 at 8:14 AM Alan Mapes <alanmapes@...> wrote:
    Male singing and well seen, about 50 yards from the south end of the trail. Use the parking area with the Hemlocks historic sign, off Rt 40. 

    Alan Mapes 
    Saratoga 



    --
    Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
    203 500 7774


    HOME, GBHE with young - Surrender March Trail

    Alan Mapes
     

    Two broods with Young near the south end of the trail. One female with six, one with 22 (of two different sizes). 

    Great Blue herons feeding young at the rookery - near the picnic table north from Hemlocks. 

    Alan Mapes
    Saratoga 


    Re: Prothonotary Warbler - Schuylerville

    Alan Mapes
     

    Surrender March Trail

    On Sun, Jun 6, 2021 at 8:14 AM Alan Mapes <alanmapes@...> wrote:
    Male singing and well seen, about 50 yards from the south end of the trail. Use the parking area with the Hemlocks historic sign, off Rt 40. 

    Alan Mapes 
    Saratoga 


    Re: Prothonotary Warbler - Schuylerville

    Alan Mapes
     

    Yes - forgot to put that in!

    On Sun, Jun 6, 2021 at 8:18 AM Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval@...> wrote:
    Surrender March trail?

    On Sun, Jun 6, 2021, 8:15 AM Alan Mapes <alanmapes@...> wrote:
    Male singing and well seen, about 50 yards from the south end of the trail. Use the parking area with the Hemlocks historic sign, off Rt 40. 

    Alan Mapes 
    Saratoga 


    Prothonotary Warbler - Schuylerville

    Alan Mapes
     

    Male singing and well seen, about 50 yards from the south end of the trail. Use the parking area with the Hemlocks historic sign, off Rt 40. 

    Alan Mapes 
    Saratoga 


    Re: Fun bird outings

    Christopher J. McCarthy
     

    Great tips, Cindy! As a relative newcomer (26 years) to the 518, I am proud to be able to pronounce Oh -nes -qua- thaw.
    Does the group confirm pronunciation as well as bird sightings? 
    Kathy



    Sent from my phone. Please excuse typos etc.! 


    -------- Original message --------
    From: Cynthia Edwardson <Cjredwardson@...>
    Date: 6/5/21 4:36 PM (GMT-05:00)
    To: HMBirds <hmbirds@groups.io>
    Subject: [hmbirds] Fun bird outings

    Hi Fellow Birders,
    Chris and I wanted to encourage you to check out a new park in Bethlehem called the Normans Kill Ravines Park if you enjoy a hiking challenge while birding. It's already a Hot Spot on eBird. On Weds it was slippery, steep and a challenging 4 mile hike but it's a super cool area for birds. I'm sure in May we would have found more migrants but we heard or saw 37 species including a Barred Owl -see attached photo. There is a map of the trails on the Town of Bethlehem website if you are interested. It is a multi-use trail but we didn't run into any bicycles. Hiking poles helped me stay upright! 

    Today we walked at Hollyhock Hollow Sanctuary, a MHLC Preserve in Selkirk. This is another wonderful spot and easy to hike while looking for birds. Even with a late morning start, we had 36 species there including a briefly singing Louisiana Waterthrush and great looks at a Yellow-billed Cuckoo foraging along the Onesquethaw Creek (I can't pronounce this yet).

    Finally, is anybody planning to hike in the Catskills or other places to look for the Bicknell's Thrush?  Or have you already? We're interested in trying to locate what would be a life bird for us. We tried Plateau Mountain last June but were not successful. 

    Stay cool.
    Cindy Edwardson


    Fun bird outings

    Cynthia Edwardson
     

    Hi Fellow Birders,
    Chris and I wanted to encourage you to check out a new park in Bethlehem called the Normans Kill Ravines Park if you enjoy a hiking challenge while birding. It's already a Hot Spot on eBird. On Weds it was slippery, steep and a challenging 4 mile hike but it's a super cool area for birds. I'm sure in May we would have found more migrants but we heard or saw 37 species including a Barred Owl -see attached photo. There is a map of the trails on the Town of Bethlehem website if you are interested. It is a multi-use trail but we didn't run into any bicycles. Hiking poles helped me stay upright! 

    Today we walked at Hollyhock Hollow Sanctuary, a MHLC Preserve in Selkirk. This is another wonderful spot and easy to hike while looking for birds. Even with a late morning start, we had 36 species there including a briefly singing Louisiana Waterthrush and great looks at a Yellow-billed Cuckoo foraging along the Onesquethaw Creek (I can't pronounce this yet).

    Finally, is anybody planning to hike in the Catskills or other places to look for the Bicknell's Thrush?  Or have you already? We're interested in trying to locate what would be a life bird for us. We tried Plateau Mountain last June but were not successful. 

    Stay cool.
    Cindy Edwardson


    Five Rivers highlights this afternoon- YB cuckoo and more

    scottjstoner
     

    Denise and I birded parts of Five Rivers EEC in Delmar this afternoon; highlights were a yellow-billed cuckoo up in the treetops at Fordham's crossing, and a White-throated sparrow and a Louisiana Waterthrush with a mouthful of food, both along the Vlomankill. 

    FYI, the bridge over the Vlomankill has been rebuilt, and the visitor center is reopened as of today, with limited hours. 

    Scott Stoner, Loudonville



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    HMBC -- June 7 Program meeting invite - 101Great Birds from Around the World

    scottjstoner
     

    The Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club invites you to our last program meeting of the spring. Monday June 7 at 6:30 PM . Details and zoom link below. 

    Programs will resume in September. 

    -Scott Stoner, Program Chair
    Gregg Recer, Membership Chair


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    -------- Original message --------
    From: Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club <admin@...>
    Date: 6/3/21 16:48 (GMT-05:00)
    To: Scott Stoner <scottjstoner@...>
    Subject: HMBC -- June Program meeting invite


    Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club


    • HMBC Program Notice

    • 101 Great Birds from Around the World

    • Monday, June 7, 2021, 6:30PM via Zoom meeting

    •  

    Hello HMBC Members:

      This is a reminder that the HMBC June program will be held via a Zoom meeting on Monday June 7th at 6:30 PM. Use the meeting link below to join the meeting as a participant. All participants will enter the "waiting room" until the meeting host opens the meeting. Participants' audio lines will be muted on entry. We ask that participants keep their lines muted except when prompted for Q&A during the program.

      NOTE: The first time you use Zoom on a device, you will be prompted to download the Zoom app when you click on the meeting link below. Follow the prompts to download the app and then launch the meeting using the meeting ID from the invite. (The app is recommended, but if you prefer, there is also an option when you open the link below to join the meeting via a web browser window, but with limited capabilities.) Audio connections can be through the app on your device or through a separate dial-in phone number given below.

      Program details:

      Mark Garland is a naturalist based in Cape May, New Jersey. This program will celebrate the incredible diversity of birds featuring some birds that are beautiful, some that are less so, and some that have interesting stories to tell. 

      full details here:

      https://hmbc.net/event-4163578


      Meeting details:

      Topic: HMBC June Program Meeting

      Time: Jun 7, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

      Join Zoom Meeting

      https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81447399609


      Meeting ID: 814 4739 9609

      One tap mobile

      +16465588656,,81447399609# US (New York)

      +13126266799,,81447399609# US (Chicago)


      Dial by your location

              +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)

              +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

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              +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

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      Meeting ID: 814 4739 9609

      Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kdZDVsZF21


      • --

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      • Gregg Recer, Membership Chair

      • gregg.recer@...







      Re: Yellow-breasted Chat - Saratoga Battlefield - no

      gregg_recer
       

      tried for the chat this morning, scouring the area around W trail stop B a couple of times between 8:30 and 10:30. no luck. on the return, I heard some jumbled song way on the far side of the field south of stop B. it was intriguing with some squeaks and repeated whistled notes, but no harsh gutteral phrases I could hear. it was really distant and probably just an odd catbird, but? nothing visible. the chat could certainly still be in the area somewhere - there's a lot of what seems like good habitat. hopefully others have better luck.
      --
      gregg recer
      malta NY


      This week's destination: 6/3

      Naomi Lloyd
       

      Hey Thursday birders! I was planning to bird in my part of the region this week, but the chance of a Yellow-breasted Chat is too good to pass up.

      Let's meet at the Saratoga Battlefield parking lot at 8:00am and walk the Wilkinson trail.
      https://www.google.com/maps/dir//43.0131135,-73.6493323/@43.0029449,-73.6419067,15z/data=!4m2!4m1!3e0?hl=en&authuser=0

      Naomi





      Yellow-breasted Chat - Saratoga Battlefield

      Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval@...>
       

      There's a YB Chat lurking near the Wilkinson Trail in the Saratoga Battlefield (National Historical Park). I incidentally just came back from down south where there were a few around so their odd chatters and whistles are still fresh in my memory (I swear I didn't bring the bird back with me) and ended up with deja vu with what I was hearing, even though i tried writing it off as a lazy Thrasher or creative Oriole. Then got a brief visual as it flew across the trailing front of me to land in shrubby stuff, but I couldn't find it again and it hasn't sung for a half hour, despite my searching. 

      This is the main section of the trail, walking from office through the woods and down the hill. It was in the stand of about 10 birch and flew across to where the horse trail intersects, just past the sign post with the letter B inset on pink.


      Orchard Oriole at 5 Rivers

      scottjstoner
       

      imm male singing at the research ponds now. common raven also present. Scott Stoner, Loudonville NY



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      Sorry...Virginia rails continuing

      Sue Rokos
       

      Continuing, we saw two Virginia Rails in the water, and dipping and scurrying up and down the little pond path. We went up on bridge, and behind the beaver deceiver among the reeds we could see a parent, and then four little rails scurried one at a time across the side (a tiny bit of open land there) over into the other side. Sorta like little moving chocolate puffball cupcakes! 
      The beaver deceiver (which we learned about from the Saratoga Plan volunteer working at the other end) is in this picture, next to the bridge, the reeds beyond it was housing the rail clan.

      Worth the raindrops!

      Sue and Dennis Rokos
      Duanesburg


      Rail Babies

      Sue Rokos
       

      Rainy greetings,
      This morning we birded the Bog Meadow Trail beginning 10 ish at the Lake Road trailhead, finishing in the rain 2 ish. Going up we saw a green teal duck, two killdeer, a greater yellow leg and canada geese in the bog. Moving on found an earful.of Cedar Waxwings, song and white throated sparrow, Eastern Phoebe, red winged blackbirds, two mallards, tree swallows, robins, common yellow throat, yellow bellied sapsucker, Downey and hairy woodpeckers, veery, peewee, chickadee and blue Jay. Once we got back to the Big pond/bog in the rain, saw some tiny shorebirds touch down and disappear among the hillocks
       Then right before the bridge, we chanced on two Virginia Rails, 


      Mourning Warbler - Vischer Ferry

      jhershey2
       

      This morning at Vischer Ferry Preserve it was cloudy and breezy and I didn't notice any warblers other than the usual summer residents.  However, at the canal area on the west side of the Lock 19 Historic Area I heard a Mourning Warbler singing loudly.  As usual the warbler was very secretive and did not show itself. The song was cut short at the end.  I attached an iphone recording of the song.  

      John H.


      This week's destination: 5/27

      Naomi Lloyd
       

      Hey Thursday birders! Here's hoping tonight's storms aren't too wild. Let's meet at the Picnic Table Graveyard, aka Carlsbad Pavilion at Saratoga Spa SP. I believe there's no admission charge before 8:00 so be prompt!

      The parking lot is on the south side of East-West Rd.
      https://www.google.com/maps/dir//43.0442567,-73.8091845/@43.0443351,-73.8095224,18z/data=!4m2!4m1!3e0?hl=en&authuser=0

      Naomi




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