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Re: This week's destination: 8/5

Naomi Lloyd
 

Nice! I haven't been to Nutten Hook in two years. The changes sound interesting.

I think if we park in on an angle, we could get a dozen cars in at Swyer. People tend to park kind of sloppy.


Naomi


Naomi


On Tuesday, August 3, 2021, 10:43:59 PM EDT, Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie@...> wrote:


Nutten Hook is a whole "new" place. They've changed the riverfront part and it is now a very "sophisticated" timber platform with railings, large enough for a group to gather on. It promises to be a very good river watch viewing location. From my observations from across the river, it is very under-utilized with only the occasional angler or two or car parked. (It seems to be a favorite for local cops and sheriff deps. to hang out).

(I hope to join y'all on Thursday. As I recall, the number of available parking spots at the Sawyer Preserve are very limited)

Rich Guthrie
New Baltimore
The Greene County

On Tue, Aug 3, 2021 at 9:35 PM naomi lloyd <naomi_kestrel@...> wrote:
Hey Thursday birders! I don't think we've ever gone to Lewis A Swyer Preserve in Columbia Co before. It's a 1/2 mile boardwalk along a freshwater tidal wetland feeding into the Hudson. Parking is along 9J *exactly* where the GPS point is dropped, about 500 feet north of the actual start of the trail. If you go under an old RR trestle, you've gone a bit too far south. Meet at 8:00am

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Lewis+A.+Swyer+Preserve/@42.4179843,-73.7713505,779m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x89dde93f8f50304b:0xdcba7219587c158f!8m2!3d42.4179804!4d-73.7691565?hl=en&authuser=0

If people want we could then go 5 miles further south and check out Nutten Hook, where we will have a HMBC field trip on Sept 25. Tide permitting, we might be able to get to the riverside.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Nutten+Hook+Tidal+Wetlands+Area/@42.3573523,-73.7882374,1552m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m22!1m16!4m15!1m6!1m2!1s0x89dde93f8f50304b:0xdcba7219587c158f!2sLewis+A.+Swyer+Preserve,+1599+NY-9J,+Stuyvesant,+NY+12173!2m2!1d-73.7691565!2d42.4179804!1m6!1m2!1s0x89ddeba0cc9fc88f:0x6d639ca1bc2e2544!2sNutten+Hook+Tidal+Wetlands+Area,+New+York!2m2!1d-73.7874983!2d42.356795!3e0!3m4!1s0x89ddeba0cc9fc88f:0x6d639ca1bc2e2544!8m2!3d42.356795!4d-73.7874983?hl=en&authuser=0

Naomi







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Richard Guthrie


Re: This week's destination: 8/5

Richard Guthrie
 

Nutten Hook is a whole "new" place. They've changed the riverfront part and it is now a very "sophisticated" timber platform with railings, large enough for a group to gather on. It promises to be a very good river watch viewing location. From my observations from across the river, it is very under-utilized with only the occasional angler or two or car parked. (It seems to be a favorite for local cops and sheriff deps. to hang out).

(I hope to join y'all on Thursday. As I recall, the number of available parking spots at the Sawyer Preserve are very limited)

Rich Guthrie
New Baltimore
The Greene County


On Tue, Aug 3, 2021 at 9:35 PM naomi lloyd <naomi_kestrel@...> wrote:
Hey Thursday birders! I don't think we've ever gone to Lewis A Swyer Preserve in Columbia Co before. It's a 1/2 mile boardwalk along a freshwater tidal wetland feeding into the Hudson. Parking is along 9J *exactly* where the GPS point is dropped, about 500 feet north of the actual start of the trail. If you go under an old RR trestle, you've gone a bit too far south. Meet at 8:00am

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Lewis+A.+Swyer+Preserve/@42.4179843,-73.7713505,779m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x89dde93f8f50304b:0xdcba7219587c158f!8m2!3d42.4179804!4d-73.7691565?hl=en&authuser=0

If people want we could then go 5 miles further south and check out Nutten Hook, where we will have a HMBC field trip on Sept 25. Tide permitting, we might be able to get to the riverside.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Nutten+Hook+Tidal+Wetlands+Area/@42.3573523,-73.7882374,1552m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m22!1m16!4m15!1m6!1m2!1s0x89dde93f8f50304b:0xdcba7219587c158f!2sLewis+A.+Swyer+Preserve,+1599+NY-9J,+Stuyvesant,+NY+12173!2m2!1d-73.7691565!2d42.4179804!1m6!1m2!1s0x89ddeba0cc9fc88f:0x6d639ca1bc2e2544!2sNutten+Hook+Tidal+Wetlands+Area,+New+York!2m2!1d-73.7874983!2d42.356795!3e0!3m4!1s0x89ddeba0cc9fc88f:0x6d639ca1bc2e2544!8m2!3d42.356795!4d-73.7874983?hl=en&authuser=0

Naomi







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Richard Guthrie


This week's destination: 8/5

Naomi Lloyd
 

Hey Thursday birders! I don't think we've ever gone to Lewis A Swyer Preserve in Columbia Co before. It's a 1/2 mile boardwalk along a freshwater tidal wetland feeding into the Hudson. Parking is along 9J *exactly* where the GPS point is dropped, about 500 feet north of the actual start of the trail. If you go under an old RR trestle, you've gone a bit too far south. Meet at 8:00am

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Lewis+A.+Swyer+Preserve/@42.4179843,-73.7713505,779m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x89dde93f8f50304b:0xdcba7219587c158f!8m2!3d42.4179804!4d-73.7691565?hl=en&authuser=0

If people want we could then go 5 miles further south and check out Nutten Hook, where we will have a HMBC field trip on Sept 25. Tide permitting, we might be able to get to the riverside.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Nutten+Hook+Tidal+Wetlands+Area/@42.3573523,-73.7882374,1552m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m22!1m16!4m15!1m6!1m2!1s0x89dde93f8f50304b:0xdcba7219587c158f!2sLewis+A.+Swyer+Preserve,+1599+NY-9J,+Stuyvesant,+NY+12173!2m2!1d-73.7691565!2d42.4179804!1m6!1m2!1s0x89ddeba0cc9fc88f:0x6d639ca1bc2e2544!2sNutten+Hook+Tidal+Wetlands+Area,+New+York!2m2!1d-73.7874983!2d42.356795!3e0!3m4!1s0x89ddeba0cc9fc88f:0x6d639ca1bc2e2544!8m2!3d42.356795!4d-73.7874983?hl=en&authuser=0

Naomi






Fall Migration in Troy

Heidi
 

Have seen evidence of fall migration the past few days:
In Oakwood Cemetery, 3 days in a row I’ve counted at least 21 KILLDEER all in Section S just inside the Oakwood Avenue entrance east of the pond.

In my yard (near St Mary’s Cem) I’ve had several HUMMINGBIRDS fattening up with multiple feeder visits
A large flock (est 2 dzn) of Common Grackles incl several juveniles

And today had a juvenile ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK at the sunflower feeder.
Also the RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH has returned.

Heidi Klinowski
Troy/Brunswick line


great egrets - wright's loop

gregg_recer
 

5 great egrets here this morning, with 1 each great blue and green heron. field on the north leg is heavily flooded, but no shorebirds present yet. 

Gregg Recer
gregg_recer@...

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Re: Great Egret on Burden Lake in Averill Park/Nassau

Cynthia Edwardson
 

Sorry about that. My little finger hit some random key and a message was sent. Chris and I had a Great Egret today in the water under the bridge west of the old railroad station along the bike trail from Lion's Park in Niskayuna. A great blue heron was close by acting a bit territorial. Two green herons in the water near the railroad station.

Cindy Edwardson
Albany


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On Wed, Jul 28, 2021 at 2:13 PM Cynthia Edwardson <cjredwardson@...> wrote:
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On Wed, Jul 28, 2021 at 10:35 AM Brian Smith <brijsmith@...> wrote:
Good morning,

Saw a single great egret on Burden Lake two days running. I assume it was the same one. Both times it was in a tree.

I also assume it's part of the migration.

Brian 
Web Services


From: hmbirds@groups.io <hmbirds@groups.io> on behalf of Alan Mapes <alanmapes@...>
Sent: Wednesday, July 28, 2021 9:09 AM
To: HMBirds <hmbirds@groups.io>
Subject: [hmbirds] Egret at Wright’s Loop
 
One great egret at Wrights this morning. One adult at the bald eagle nest. 

Alan Mapes
Saratoga 


Re: Great Egret on Burden Lake in Averill Park/Nassau

Cynthia Edwardson
 

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On Wed, Jul 28, 2021 at 10:35 AM Brian Smith <brijsmith@...> wrote:
Good morning,

Saw a single great egret on Burden Lake two days running. I assume it was the same one. Both times it was in a tree.

I also assume it's part of the migration.

Brian 
Web Services


From: hmbirds@groups.io <hmbirds@groups.io> on behalf of Alan Mapes <alanmapes@...>
Sent: Wednesday, July 28, 2021 9:09 AM
To: HMBirds <hmbirds@groups.io>
Subject: [hmbirds] Egret at Wright’s Loop
 
One great egret at Wrights this morning. One adult at the bald eagle nest. 

Alan Mapes
Saratoga 


This week's destination: 7/29

Naomi Lloyd
 

Hey Thursday birders! Looking through eBird shows nothing particularly exciting in the area (except Spoonbills, ugh), Vischer Ferry is still buggy, and water levels are still high at Cohoes, so let's just enjoy a walk at Five Rivers tomorrow. Meet at 8:00am

Naomi





Great Egret on Burden Lake in Averill Park/Nassau

Brian Smith <brijsmith@...>
 

Good morning,

Saw a single great egret on Burden Lake two days running. I assume it was the same one. Both times it was in a tree.

I also assume it's part of the migration.

Brian 
Web Services


From: hmbirds@groups.io <hmbirds@groups.io> on behalf of Alan Mapes <alanmapes@...>
Sent: Wednesday, July 28, 2021 9:09 AM
To: HMBirds <hmbirds@groups.io>
Subject: [hmbirds] Egret at Wright’s Loop
 
One great egret at Wrights this morning. One adult at the bald eagle nest. 

Alan Mapes
Saratoga 


Egret at Wright’s Loop

Alan Mapes
 

One great egret at Wrights this morning. One adult at the bald eagle nest. 

Alan Mapes
Saratoga 


Great Egrets

John Kent
 

There are at least 18 Great Egrets in the field south of Staats Island Road in Rensselaer County.

John Kent
Selkirk


This week's destination: 7/22

Naomi Lloyd
 

Hey Thursday birders! Are you dried out yet? Thursday is supposed to be perfect and they're not forecasting more Biblical floods for Wednesday, so let's give last week's destination another try.

Btw if you're doing any birding in RensCo, particularly downslope of the Plateau, be careful where you pull off the road. What looks like a washed-out shoulder may be in fact undercut pavement. Still closures and a lot of repairs in my area.

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Hey Thursday birders! It's supposed to be the nicest day of the week (what luck!) but after this week+ of monsoons I'd rather stay off muddy slippery trails. Let's explore part of the new Albany-Hudson Electric Trail, starting in the Village of Nassau. Meet at the Village Commons off John Street at 8:00am and we'll walk south from there on a paved path. Plenty of parking in a gravel lot.

https://www.google.com/maps/dir//42.5144858,-73.6122449/@42.5148318,-73.6128323,18z/data=!4m2!4m1!3e0?hl=en&authuser=0

Checklist from this (last) weekend:
https://ebird.org/checklist/S91629864
(Past results are no guarantee of future performance.)

Info on the whole 36-mile trail:
https://hudsongreenway.ny.gov/albany-hudson-electric-trail



Naomi





Re: UPDATE NO DESTINATION This week's destination: 7/15

Naomi Lloyd
 

Repeat for the morning crowd:


On Wed, Jul 14, 2021 at 10:37 PM, naomi lloyd
<naomi_kestrel@...> wrote:
CANCELLED DUE TO ROADS WASHED OUT ETC

There are lots of roads damaged by the rain, creeks are still rising. I think it best to stay off the roads and let emergency crews do their job. Sorry!

Naomi


On Wednesday, July 14, 2021, 06:49:27 PM EDT, naomi lloyd <naomi_kestrel@...> wrote:


Heads up folks! All of RensCo is under a State of Emergency. We've had 3" to 6"of rain in a few hours, roads are flooded, trees are down, culverts washed out. I have no idea what the road conditions will be like by tomorrow morning.

If I know anything by about 6am, I'll let you all know. Otherwise check 511NY for info. On the positive side, the rain is supposed to be ending soon and with luck my sump pump will stem the tide...

See you tomorrow, maybe.


Naomi











UPDATE NO DESTINATION This week's destination: 7/15

Naomi Lloyd
 

CANCELLED DUE TO ROADS WASHED OUT ETC

There are lots of roads damaged by the rain, creeks are still rising. I think it best to stay off the roads and let emergency crews do their job. Sorry!

Naomi


On Wednesday, July 14, 2021, 06:49:27 PM EDT, naomi lloyd <naomi_kestrel@...> wrote:


Heads up folks! All of RensCo is under a State of Emergency. We've had 3" to 6"of rain in a few hours, roads are flooded, trees are down, culverts washed out. I have no idea what the road conditions will be like by tomorrow morning.

If I know anything by about 6am, I'll let you all know. Otherwise check 511NY for info. On the positive side, the rain is supposed to be ending soon and with luck my sump pump will stem the tide...

See you tomorrow, maybe.


Naomi











Re: This week's destination: 7/15

Naomi Lloyd
 

Heads up folks! All of RensCo is under a State of Emergency. We've had 3" to 6"of rain in a few hours, roads are flooded, trees are down, culverts washed out. I have no idea what the road conditions will be like by tomorrow morning.

If I know anything by about 6am, I'll let you all know. Otherwise check 511NY for info. On the positive side, the rain is supposed to be ending soon and with luck my sump pump will stem the tide...

See you tomorrow, maybe.

Naomi











This week's destination: 7/15

Naomi Lloyd
 

Hey Thursday birders! It's supposed to be the nicest day of the week (what luck!) but after this week+ of monsoons I'd rather stay off muddy slippery trails. Let's explore part of the new Albany-Hudson Electric Trail, starting in the Village of Nassau. Meet at the Village Commons off John Street at 8:00am and we'll walk south from there on a paved path. Plenty of parking in a gravel lot.

https://www.google.com/maps/dir//42.5144858,-73.6122449/@42.5148318,-73.6128323,18z/data=!4m2!4m1!3e0?hl=en&authuser=0

Checklist from this weekend:
https://ebird.org/checklist/S91629864
(Past results are no guarantee of future performance.)

Info on the whole 36-mile trail:
https://hudsongreenway.ny.gov/albany-hudson-electric-trail


Naomi





Re: Granville CE Block

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

One way to deal with situations like this is to download mapping apps like Avenza or Google Earth onto your smartphone and then download the free atlas block map layers from the atlas website.  This lets you see block boundaries without a data connection, but in my experience they aren’t particularly reliable and will periodically forget that you’ve installed the layer.

On Sat, Jul 10, 2021 at 8:00 PM Susan <smbeaudoin1@...> wrote:

If you attempt to bird the Granville CE Priority Block, be sure to bring a road map with you and bring a copy of the block map. There is no internet/cell service out there, so no Google maps, no Atlas map, no phone  calls or messaging . Fortunately I was able to find the Mettawee Cemetery off of Rt 24. It’s a delightful place surrounded by mixed deciduous and evergreen woods. There were some mown paths behind the plots in the “J” section, a cornfield at the entrance and a small pond. Despite not arriving until 1:30, I had a nice assortment of birds. The first two I saw were phoebes going in and out of a nest. Great to start off with a confirmation. 

We went up and down Rt 24, but never did see the Granville Airport shown on the map. I had written down the names of some other roads I wanted to try, but without GPS, gave up on finding them. It was also frustrating 

not knowing which block I was in. 

It’s a beautiful area and I’d recommend a trip out there as long as you come prepared with your own maps. would be fun to bird as long as you knew ahead of time in wn Rt 24, but never did see the Granville Airport shown on the map. I had written down the names of some other roads I wanted to try, but without GPS, gave up on finding them. It was also frustrating 

not knowing which block I was in. 

It’s a beautiful area and I’d recommend a trip out there as long as you come prepared with your own maps. would be fun to bird as long as you knew ahead of time


Susan Beaudoin

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203 500 7774


Granville CE Block

Susan
 

If you attempt to bird the Granville CE Priority Block, be sure to bring a road map with you and bring a copy of the block map. There is no internet/cell service out there, so no Google maps, no Atlas map, no phone  calls or messaging . Fortunately I was able to find the Mettawee Cemetery off of Rt 24. It’s a delightful place surrounded by mixed deciduous and evergreen woods. There were some mown paths behind the plots in the “J” section, a cornfield at the entrance and a small pond. Despite not arriving until 1:30, I had a nice assortment of birds. The first two I saw were phoebes going in and out of a nest. Great to start off with a confirmation. 

We went up and down Rt 24, but never did see the Granville Airport shown on the map. I had written down the names of some other roads I wanted to try, but without GPS, gave up on finding them. It was also frustrating 

not knowing which block I was in. 

It’s a beautiful area and I’d recommend a trip out there as long as you come prepared with your own maps. would be fun to bird as long as you knew ahead of time in wn Rt 24, but never did see the Granville Airport shown on the map. I had written down the names of some other roads I wanted to try, but without GPS, gave up on finding them. It was also frustrating 

not knowing which block I was in. 

It’s a beautiful area and I’d recommend a trip out there as long as you come prepared with your own maps. would be fun to bird as long as you knew ahead of time


Susan Beaudoin


Re: Even MORE capital region priority blocks that need Atlasing

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

Thanks for that information, Scott.  Maybe it will be possible to negotiate access to these areas next spring.  But Inman Pond is on public land, as is the Pilot Knob Gazebo.


On Fri, Jul 9, 2021 at 2:50 PM Scott Varney <scottvarney1968@...> wrote:
Just for the record, Crossett Pond and the Three Ponds are entirely private access only.  I will speak with the Camp Ranger at Camp Wakpominee about any possible admittance to the Three Ponds...highly unlikely, as their youth camp season is in full swing and doesnt finish until the end of August. 

Scott Varney
Salem, NY

On Fri, Jul 9, 2021, 11:54 AM zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw@...> wrote:
Due to popular demand, here are some other atlas blocks no one has visited yet.  These three blocks are in Washington County, and they aren't the only unvisited blocks in Washington County, but all three have some public lands that makes them easier to atlas than some of the other unbirded blocks in the region.

Granville CE - No visits.  Multiple cemeteries, an airport, and several ponds should make for a good diversity of habitats and species.  

West Pawlet CE - This block hosts the Pember Nature Preserve and a lot of riparian habitat along Black Creek, as well as farmland.  It hasn't been atlassed at all.  

Putnam Mountain NW - This block, near the eastern shore of Lake George, hosts Inman Pond and the trail to it from Sly Pond Road.  The Inman Pond trail also continues to the far end of the block and crosses into the adjoining non-priority block, and could be useful for covering a fairly large section of the block.  The south end of Crossett Pond is in-block, as are the Three Ponds (though I'm not sure how these are accessed.)  So is the Pilot Knob Gazebo (but not Pilot Knob itself.)

As noted above, there are many more unvisited blocks in Warren, Washington, and Fulton Counties, as well as in Greene and Schoharie counties, and even more blocks that only have a few hours logged and few if any species confirmed.  I will continue to highlight some of these blocks as fledgling season continues.  I'm happy to report that the merlin nest i have been monitoring all spring in Albany has three nestlings who have spent the last few days working their way down the branches of the tree where the nest is, and it looks like they'll fledge any day now if they haven't already done so today.
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203 500 7774



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203 500 7774


Re: Even MORE capital region priority blocks that need Atlasing

Scott Varney
 

Just for the record, Crossett Pond and the Three Ponds are entirely private access only.  I will speak with the Camp Ranger at Camp Wakpominee about any possible admittance to the Three Ponds...highly unlikely, as their youth camp season is in full swing and doesnt finish until the end of August. 

Scott Varney
Salem, NY

On Fri, Jul 9, 2021, 11:54 AM zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw@...> wrote:
Due to popular demand, here are some other atlas blocks no one has visited yet.  These three blocks are in Washington County, and they aren't the only unvisited blocks in Washington County, but all three have some public lands that makes them easier to atlas than some of the other unbirded blocks in the region.

Granville CE - No visits.  Multiple cemeteries, an airport, and several ponds should make for a good diversity of habitats and species.  

West Pawlet CE - This block hosts the Pember Nature Preserve and a lot of riparian habitat along Black Creek, as well as farmland.  It hasn't been atlassed at all.  

Putnam Mountain NW - This block, near the eastern shore of Lake George, hosts Inman Pond and the trail to it from Sly Pond Road.  The Inman Pond trail also continues to the far end of the block and crosses into the adjoining non-priority block, and could be useful for covering a fairly large section of the block.  The south end of Crossett Pond is in-block, as are the Three Ponds (though I'm not sure how these are accessed.)  So is the Pilot Knob Gazebo (but not Pilot Knob itself.)

As noted above, there are many more unvisited blocks in Warren, Washington, and Fulton Counties, as well as in Greene and Schoharie counties, and even more blocks that only have a few hours logged and few if any species confirmed.  I will continue to highlight some of these blocks as fledgling season continues.  I'm happy to report that the merlin nest i have been monitoring all spring in Albany has three nestlings who have spent the last few days working their way down the branches of the tree where the nest is, and it looks like they'll fledge any day now if they haven't already done so today.
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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774

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