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Big Atlas Weekend Kickoff Event Tonight at 7 pm!

Matthew Medler
 

Join atlasers in ME, MD/DC, NY and NC to kick off the Big Atlas Weekend with introductory notes from the four atlas coordinators and a guest speaker.

The Big Atlas Weekend is an exciting new event and a fun way for birders from across Maine, Maryland, New York, and North Carolina to document breeding birds and come together as a birding community. It’s a great time to confirm breeding and fill gaps in the Atlas data within each state. 

To attend this Zoom event at 7 pm on Wednesday, June 23, register here: 


This week's destination: 6/24

Naomi Lloyd
 

Hey Thursday birders! I fear the Upland Sandpipers may have deserted the horse farm in West Ames - no sightings in repeated checks the past two months. So instead let's do a Fort Edward Grasslands exploration, with a side stop in Schuylerville for the Prothonotary Warbler that as of yesterday was still singing away. In previous years we've had Sedge Wren, Clay-colored Sparrow, and Uppies in the area. No reports of any of those, either, but I'm not seeing a lot of eBirding going on around there. Maybe we'll be the lucky finders!

Meet at 8:00am at the south end of the Surrender March Trail ("The Hemlocks") and from there we can move on to Cary Rd, the Grassland trail, and maybe Dowmont Rd and the rocky flats back off Harris Road. You can decide if you're comfortable with carpooling or wish to drive alone, but parking is limited in some spots and I only have one pair of working walkie-talkies.

Hope to see you - good birding!

About .15 miles past the Garnsey Ln and all the empty trailers, on the right. Blue historical marker reads "The Hemlocks".
https://www.google.com/maps/dir//43.0751499,-73.5841882/@43.0766386,-73.5840397,1225a,35y,93.41h/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!4m1!3e0?hl=en&authuser=0



Naomi





Some Atlas Blocks In The Capital Region that need more attention

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

Hi everyone,   

As we're coming up on the Big Atlas Weekend, I wanted to highlight some blocks that need more attention in our region and that offer what is sure to be great atlasing/birding.  The catskills, southern adirondacks, and the taconics are all very underatlased at the moment, and I'll try to periodically send out suggestions of blocks to visit as the atlas progresses.  All three of these blocks have some pretty unique mixes of habitat and a lot of really cool breeding species.

The first block i'll highlight is Lexington CE -- This block includes West Kill, Rusk and East Rusk mountains and half of the spruceton trail up Hunter Mountain - (the actual peak of hunter is in a different block)  It's transected by Greene County Route 6 and part of the Devil's Path trail runs through it.  There's plenty of great habitat in this block for all kinds of forest birds, but it hasn't been atlased very much at all.  Only three species have been confirmed.

Ashland NW (Huntersfield State Forest)
This block, which has not been atlased yet, contains Huntersfield Mountain, the highest point in Schoharie County, as well as almost the entirety of Huntersfield State Forest and a large portion of Ashland Pinnacle State Forest.  The Long Path traverses the block, and there are several roads one can bird from as well.  This should be great habitat for a number of mid-elevation breeders.

Canada Lake CE - Fulton County is one of the least atlased counties in the state.  This block includes parts of several lakes and the Kane Mountain trail and firetower as well as several other trails and public roads.  At present zero species have been confirmed, though that will hopefully change after this weekend's field trips.  (I'm leading one at Nine Corner Lake at 7:30 AM on Sunday, for more information contact me or see Tom Williams' earlier email to this listserv.)  This and other similar blocks in Fulton County, like Jackson Summit CE, are prime atlasing.  

Those are three blocks that could especially use your attention this weekend and this breeding season, but if they're too far, you can always atlas closer to home!  Head to a priority block near you, or atlas from your home or nearby park.

good birding,

ZSW
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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


Screech Owling

Brian Smith <brijsmith@...>
 

Good morning,

Okay, this worked two years in a row. As the sun was going down yesterday, I heard a piercing call that robins make when they are alarmed at the edge of the forest. Earlier in the day I saw a fledging robin walking around. Last year I went out looking to see why the robins were alarmed and saw a family of screech owls, so last night I went out again looking for them.

At the edge of the forest, I thought I saw one, so I slowly walked into the forest. Luckily, it was windy, so there were only a few mosquitoes vs a cloud of them. As I walked into the forest, I flushed at least 3 screech owls and was able to watch one for a few minutes that stuck around as the robins kept their screeching up.

I believe I've heard that robins will continue to feed fledging birds from their nest and maybe that's why they are on alert since those baby robins would be really vulnerable to attack by the owls, some of which were likely young themselves, although I got close enough to see that they didn't have the fuzzy feathers that nestlings will sometimes have.

So robins are pretty good at tipping off the location of owls. Of course, crows are good at that too with their mobbing when they are around.

I did barely get to hear the odd cooing that screech owls make. They did it fairly quietly.

Brian Smith
Averill Park, NY 


HMBC Field Trip- Nine Corner Lake Atlasing, Sun., June 27th

trwdsd
 

Sunday, June 27

NINE CORNER LAKE
(Fulton County; morning)

Coordinator: Zach Schwartz-Weinstein zachsw@...

Join Zach Schwartz-Weinstein, NYS Breeding Bird Atlas Regional Coordinator for the Capital Region, for an atlasing walk at the 9 Corner Lake Trail. The trail and the lake are located in the Canada Lake CE block for the New York Breeding Bird Atlas , which has very little data at the moment. Help document breeding behaviors of nesting species, and get tips on atlasing and using eBird to enter data. Bring sturdy shoes, binoculars, and your smartphone with the eBird app installed. Be prepared for hiking through forest and wetland on the trails, and for biting insects. This walk will be slower than you may be used to as we will be watching the behaviors of individual birds. We may not get a long list of species, but we hope to witness some interesting breeding behaviors!

Meet at the parking area on 29A west of Landes Road at 7:30am.

Map: 
https://hmbc.net/event-4376191?CalendarViewType=1&SelectedDate=6/21/2021


HMBC Field Trip- Dyken Pond Atlasing, Sat., June 26th

trwdsd
 

Saturday, June 26

DYKEN POND (Rensselaer County; morning)

Coordinator: Julie Hart  julieannhart@...

Join Julie Hart, NYS Breeding Bird Atlas Project Coordinator, for an atlasing walk at the Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center. Many of the trails at Dyken Pond are located in the Taborton NW priority block for the New York Breeding Bird Atlas and pass through a variety of habitats. Help document breeding behaviors of nesting species including warblers, flycatchers, swallows, woodpeckers, and sparrows. Get tips on atlasing and using eBird to enter data. Bring sturdy shoes, binoculars, and your smartphone with the eBird app installed. Be prepared for hiking through forest and wetland on the trails.

This walk will be slower than you may be used to as we will be watching the behaviors of individual birds. We may not get a long list of species, but we hope to witness some interesting breeding behaviors!

Meet at the main parking lot by the education center at 8:00am.

Map: 
https://hmbc.net/event-4376184?CalendarViewType=1&SelectedDate=6/21/2021


Prothonotary Warbler Continues - Schuylerville

Alan Mapes
 

The warbler called strongly three times this morning around 930 along the surrender march trail, off Route 4, Schuylerville. I was not able to see the bird. From the south parking area, the bird was about 50 feet left of where the access trail hits the main north-south trail. 

Alan Mapes
Saratoga 


Cattle Egret seen last week

Naomi Lloyd
 

George Steele passed this on to me:

"After my Firefly Frolic program at the Landis Arboretum someone asked me to identify a bird they had seen this past Thursday at their farm on Junction Road in Central Bridge. I've attached the photo of a Cattle Egret. Thought club members might be interested is checking it out."

(this is not the exact location, just a general guide)
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Junction+Rd,+New+York/@42.7258038,-74.3247771,14z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x89de8222b0052d67:0x5931915155e49364!8m2!3d42.7257999!4d-74.3225831?hl=en&authuser=0

Naomi


Exciting Adirondack Opportunities for Big Atlas Weekend

Matthew Medler
 

Hi All,

If you're interested in participating in the upcoming Big Atlas Weekend, and you also like to travel to the Adirondacks each summer to enjoy that region's specialty breeders, we have a couple of exciting trip ideas to share!

The first-ever Big Atlas Weekend will be held next weekend, June 25-27, and offers a variety of ways to participate and be eligible to win exciting prizes from the Cornell Lab's Bird Academy. Some of the goals of the Big Atlas Weekend are to: encourage visits to priority blocks that are currently unvisited; increase coverage in priority blocks with only a few hours of coverage; and highlight the importance of nocturnal visits to priority blocks. 

The Moose River Plains in Hamilton County offer outstanding boreal birding opportunities for species like Boreal Chickadee, Canada Jay, Black-backed Woodpecker, Swainson's Thrush, and more. The Moose River Plains are also home to several priority atlas blocks that are completely unvisited or have just a few hours of effort after Atlas Year 1. There are over 100 primitive campsites in the area, so if you enjoy camping and birding, this is a great place to go. Note that these campsites are all available on a first-come first-served basis. There is also lodging available in nearby Inlet and Old Forge.

The DEC website has detailed information about the Moose River Plains here:

There are two unvisited priority blocks accessible from the main Limekiln Lake-Cedar River Road (a.k.a. the Moose River Plains Road) that traverses the area: Wakely Mountain CE and Mount Tom CE. This road also passes through the Snowy Mountain NW priority block, which is in need of additional diurnal effort (and nocturnal effort).

The popular Ferd's Bog birding hotspot is located a short distance from the Moose River Plains. Ferd's Bog is not located in a priority block, but if you're spending the weekend in the area, it's always worth a visit!

The Nature Conservancy's Spring Pond Bog Preserve is one of the crown jewels of the Adirondacks. It is one of the last strongholds of Spruce Grouse in New York State, and it also hosts other special boreal breeding species like Boreal Chickadee, Black-backed Woodpecker, Canada Jay, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, and Palm Warbler. Special permission is required to visit the preserve. To request a guest pass, please email adirondacks@.... Due to COVID-19 office closures, TNC's response may be delayed, so be sure to contact them as far in advance as possible.

A good portion of the Spring Pond Bog Preserve lies within the unvisited Derrick NW priority block. If you plan a trip to the preserve for atlasing and birding purposes, please be sure to pay careful attention to block boundaries and strive to create either stationary counts or short traveling checklists to make sure that all observations from a checklist fall within a single atlas block.

Spring Pond Bog is located a bit north of the Village of Tupper Lake, which offers restaurants and a few lodging options. The village is also located in the Tupper Lake NW priority block, so if you spend any time there, be sure to submit some checklists and keep an eye out for opportunities to confirm common species.

There are also two major DEC campgrounds in the Spring Pond Bog / Tupper Lake area: Rollins Pond and Fish Creek Pond. These two campgrounds both require reservations through the Reserve America website. The Rollins Pond campground is located in the Derrick CE priority block, so a weekend of camping at Rollins Pond and birding at Rollins Pond and Spring Pond Bog could yield excellent birding and a great contribution to atlas efforts!

If you have any questions about Big Atlas Weekend, or if you make plans to visit either of the areas that we've highlighted above, please email us at nybba3.northern@....

Good birding,
Matt Medler, Jeff Bolsinger, and Tom Wheeler
Atlas Regional Co-coordinators for Northern New York


HMBC Field Trip- Schenectady County, Sat., June 19th

trwdsd
 

Saturday, June 19, 2021 LEADER’S CHOICE
Coordinator: David Harrison 908-892-5495 david.harrison57@...
 
This trip will be Leader's Choice, exploring some of the lesser-visited sites in Schenectady County. Possible destinations include Plotter Kill Preserve, Featherstonaugh State Forest and the Christman Sanctuary.
 
Meet at the Rotterdam Kiwanis Park on Rte 5S just west of the western end of I890 and Thruway exit 26 at 7:00am.

Map:  https://tinyurl.com/3mbbrcsf
 


great egret round lake preserve

scottjstoner
 

Great egret visible now from end of boardwalk, round lake preserve, rt 67, round lake, Saratoga Co. -Scott and Denise



Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


This week's destination: 6/17

Naomi Lloyd
 

Hey Thursday birders! Things are getting quieter as nesting season comes into full swing. Interested in recording breeding bird behaviour? Check out the third NYS Breeding Bird Atlas and contribute to citizen science! https://ebird.org/atlasny/about

Let's meet this week at Peebles Island SP for local breeders and shorebirds, if the flats are exposed. See you in the parking lot at 8:00.

https://www.google.com/maps/dir//42.7847954,-73.6804016/@42.7824293,-73.6813688,3091m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!4m1!3e0?hl=en&authuser=0

Naomi





[VTBIRD] Northern Wheatear in Shaftsbury... again!

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

This is a few miles over line between Rensselaer County and Vermont.  

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Andrew Knafel <andrew@...>
Date: Sat, Jun 12, 2021 at 6:46 PM
Subject: [VTBIRD] Northern Wheatear in Shaftsbury... again!
To: <VTBIRD@...>


Good evening,
This afternoon while working in the same field that had the Wheatear a few years ago, I came across another. I will post a few photo or two on Ebird with my report in a moment. Eric Seyferth will also post much better pictures on eBird later as well.

If you decide to come look for the bird. Please enter through the gate on Depot Rd by the North Shaftsbury Community Club and PLEASE walk only on grass roads between fields and not in the cultivated fields… FYI we will be spreading dehydrated chicken manure pellets tomorrow at some point. Likely late morning.

Good luck!
Andrew



Andrew
Clear Brook Farm
Shaftsbury, VT 05262







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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


Be part of the first Big Atlas Weekend June 25-27!

Matthew Medler
 

The New York State Atlas team is planning an exciting new event for this June: the first-ever Big Atlas Weekend! This event will be a fun way for birders across the state to focus on breeding birds, build birding skills, and come together as a birding community. There will also be a chance to win prizes in different Atlas categories.


If you’re missing the big day competitions or you just love to bird with a purpose, this is the event for you! 


You don’t have to be an expert to participate. We have designed challenges and prizes (free courses of your choosing from Cornell’s Bird Academy) for birders of all skill levels designed to focus your atlasing where we need it most. 


Plus, there will be a friendly competition between four states that are currently conducting atlases: Maine, Maryland-DC, New York, and North Carolina. 


Mark your calendar and plan to go atlasing between June 25 and June 27 so New York can claim bragging rights for the inaugural Big Atlas Weekend!


Matt Medler


prothonotary warb

gregg_recer
 

continuing this morning at surrender March trail, southern end. 

Gregg Recer
gregg_recer@...

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gregg recer
malta NY


Vesper Sparrow at Battlefield

rob snell
 

While tracking down Bobolinks and Meadowlarks with my group at the Nielsen House in the Battlefield, we heard a Vesper Sparrow singing in the field below the monument. Unfortunately, he did not let us see him. 


BB Cuckoos - Glenville

David Halm
 

There’s a pair of Black-billed Cuckoos right at the start of the Glenville Bike Trail off Freemans Bridge Rd. Saw them flying back and forth across the power line cut, once carrying food. Lots of good views perched in the trees along the trail or in the shrubs across the cut. 


Re: This week's destination: 6/10

Naomi Lloyd
 

Sorry, I forgot to add my usual map! Point dropped is the main parking lot.
Entrance to the park of off Rt 9J.
Riverside campground is on the right about .3 mile after the entrance booth. There is no admission charge on weekdays.

https://www.google.com/maps/dir//Schodack+Island+State+Park/@42.5021141,-73.770882,1574m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m9!4m8!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x89ddefa4c31ce455:0xb4511b1d75d9e067!2m2!1d-73.7758755!2d42.4994129!3e0?hl=en&authuser=0

Naomi


On Wednesday, June 9, 2021, 01:55:29 PM EDT, Naomi Lloyd via groups.io <naomi_kestrel@...> wrote:


Hey Thursday birders! If you haven't gotten your Cerulean Warbler fix for the year, then meet up at Schodack Island SP tomorrow at 8:00 -- or earlier -- I'll be at the Riverside Campground (on the right before the big parking lot) at 7:30 looking specifically for the CERWs that have been there in the past few weeks, before moving on to the trails into the woods. Figure on about 3 hours. Biting bugs today were not a problem but lots of noseeums up my nose!

I'm hoping someone spots Upland Sandpipers in Montgomery or Washington Counties soon - that's a carpool trip and will depend on how comfortable people feel about ride sharing. Also, check out the Surrender March Trail south of Schuylerville - last year's Prothonory Warbler has returned and has been vigorously singing for several days. A beautiful bird!


Naomi










This week's destination: 6/10

Naomi Lloyd
 

Hey Thursday birders! If you haven't gotten your Cerulean Warbler fix for the year, then meet up at Schodack Island SP tomorrow at 8:00 -- or earlier -- I'll be at the Riverside Campground (on the right before the big parking lot) at 7:30 looking specifically for the CERWs that have been there in the past few weeks, before moving on to the trails into the woods. Figure on about 3 hours. Biting bugs today were not a problem but lots of noseeums up my nose!

I'm hoping someone spots Upland Sandpipers in Montgomery or Washington Counties soon - that's a carpool trip and will depend on how comfortable people feel about ride sharing. Also, check out the Surrender March Trail south of Schuylerville - last year's Prothonory Warbler has returned and has been vigorously singing for several days. A beautiful bird!

Naomi









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  

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