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belated report, 5 Rivers last Friday

scottjstoner
 

apologies for the delay...last Friday Aug 20 I birded Five Rivers Env Ed Cntr in Delmar, focusing on the beaver and heron pond areas. Highlights included Virginia Rail, Common Raven, Double-crested Cormorant, and Great Egret. -Scott Stoner, Loudonville

 



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today at Round Lake

scottjstoner
 

Denise and I paddled Round Lake and its outlet, the Anthony Kill, in Saratoga Co. Biridng highlights included an adult Bald Eagle, Osprey, and Great Blue and Green Herons. Scott Stoner, Loudonville



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Re: Terns sp?, Nassau Lake

Naomi Lloyd
 

Update: Rich Guthrie ID'd them as Black Terns. Still pretty nice for RensCo!

Naomi


On Monday, August 23, 2021, 01:33:17 PM EDT, Naomi Lloyd via groups.io <naomi_kestrel@...> wrote:


Squinting through the rain and mist I made out at least 6 Terns feeding on Nassau Lake. Not Caspian or Black, too big for Least, too small for Royal, pretty sure not Sooty. So, Common or Forster's? Middle of the lake but closer to the east side - my best bad look was from Lake Shore Circle Drive. Hope they stick after the rain ends!

Point is where I had the best look:

Also many swallows.

Naomi






Terns sp?, Nassau Lake

Naomi Lloyd
 

Squinting through the rain and mist I made out at least 6 Terns feeding on Nassau Lake. Not Caspian or Black, too big for Least, too small for Royal, pretty sure not Sooty. So, Common or Forster's? Middle of the lake but closer to the east side - my best bad look was from Lake Shore Circle Drive. Hope they stick after the rain ends!

Point is where I had the best look:
https://www.google.com/maps/dir//42.5397973,-73.5986384/@42.5382084,-73.6031339,16z/data=!4m2!4m1!3e0?hl=en&authuser=0

Also many swallows.

Naomi


HMBC Field Trip reminder- Counting Common Nighthawks 8/24-8/26

trwdsd
 

Tuesday, August 24 - Thursday, August 26, COUNTING COMMON NIGHTHAWKS (Albany County; evenings)

Coordinators: Tom and Colleen Williams twill0526@...

The Common Nighthawk is an aerial insectivore that feeds at dusk and dawn. It breeds throughout much of North America, although in decline as it is no longer observed during the summer in many urban and suburban areas. A long-distance migrant, Common Nighthawks travel in large flocks, on one of the longest migration routes of any North American bird. Most travel over land through Mexico and Central America to reach their wintering grounds in southern South America. Common Nighthawks are among the last migrants to return to their breeding grounds in spring. In the Capital Region, the bulk of southbound migration occurs from mid-August until early September with a peak around the end of August.

We will conduct our viewing from the parking lot at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, located at 195 New Karner Rd. (Rt. 155) in Albany. Bring a chair and binoculars. We will begin each night at 6:00 p.m. Check the expected weather conditions, and visit this website before venturing over, in case of a cancellation.

Please note that Colleen and I will not be present for the Thursday session. We have arranged for other experienced observers to be there that evening.


Tom Williams 
Colonie 


Re: cowbirds and redstart in our yard today

Sheree <Shereemeow@...>
 

Last fall that would happen on our property; they were bronzed grackles. Incredibly noisy but fascinating. They would usually come through twice a day. Some red-winged blackbirds and brown-headed cowbirds would be tagging along. The grackles, though, reminded me of a scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds. I am hoping they come back again this fall.

Sheree Hipwell

Schodack Landing

 

 

 

"We are asking kids to get hooked on kindness, not killing." Ingrid Newkirk
 
"When it comes to having a central nervous system and the ability to feel pain, hunger, and thirst, a rat is a pig is a dog is a boy." Ingrid Newkirk



 

From: hmbirds@groups.io <hmbirds@groups.io> On Behalf Of Shelley Gum via groups.io
Sent: Wednesday, August 18, 2021 9:35 AM
To: ScottJStoner@...; hmbirds@groups.io
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] cowbirds and redstart in our yard today

 

A large flock of grackles just flew in and filled all of our trees.  After a brief conversation (apparently), they all departed.  No idea how many, but for me too many to count. 



-----Original Message-----
From: scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner@...>
To: hmbirds@groups.io
Sent: Tue, Aug 17, 2021 9:19 pm
Subject: [hmbirds] cowbirds and redstart in our yard today

this morning Denise and I had a brief stopover of about 50 mostly young brown-headed cowbirds and, separately, one American Redstart in our backyard.-Scott Stoner, Loudonville NY

 

 

 

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Nighthawks

Eric Molho
 

A dozen silently feeding over Slingerlands plaza tonight between 6:45 and 7:10pm.
Eric


No destination this week, 8/19

Naomi Lloyd
 

The remains of Hurricane Fred will be visiting us this week bringing an inch and a half or more of rain tonight and tomorrow. When it passes by, keep your eyes to the skies and to the water for tropical strays that might get caught up and need a day's rest before turning around.

Shorebirds are just beginning to drop in but shore conditions have not been favorable so far - either too much water or too little. We're seeing post-breeding waders - two Little Blue Herons and a Black-crowned Night-Heron at Lock 2. Who knows what else is out there at your favorite creek or lakeside?

Always be birding --

Naomi


On Tuesday, June 15, 2021, 07:01:27 PM EDT, naomi lloyd <naomi_kestrel@...> wrote:


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





Black-crowned Night-Heron - Lock 2

jhershey2
 

I found an adult Black-crowned Night-Heron late this morning at Lock 2 of the Champlain Canal in Mechanicville.  It was perched on a rock below the dam very near the parking lot after crossing the bridge.  I also spotted the 2 Little Blue Herons previously reported. One was on the Rennselaer side of the river and the other on the Saratoga side. I posted a photo of the Night-Heron. 

John H. 


Re: cowbirds and redstart in our yard today

Shelley Gum
 

A large flock of grackles just flew in and filled all of our trees.  After a brief conversation (apparently), they all departed.  No idea how many, but for me too many to count. 



-----Original Message-----
From: scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner@...>
To: hmbirds@groups.io
Sent: Tue, Aug 17, 2021 9:19 pm
Subject: [hmbirds] cowbirds and redstart in our yard today

this morning Denise and I had a brief stopover of about 50 mostly young brown-headed cowbirds and, separately, one American Redstart in our backyard.-Scott Stoner, Loudonville NY



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cowbirds and redstart in our yard today

scottjstoner
 

this morning Denise and I had a brief stopover of about 50 mostly young brown-headed cowbirds and, separately, one American Redstart in our backyard.-Scott Stoner, Loudonville NY



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common nighthawk at Five Rivers tonight

scottjstoner
 

Denise and I visited Five Rivers EEC in Delmar this evening; highlights included chimney swift, Great Horned Owl, a.great blue heron, and one Common Nighthawk flying northeast around 7:30 pm. We also saw muskrat and beavers! -Scott Stoner, Loudonville NY



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Common Nighthawks in Albany

Cynthia Edwardson
 

Sixteen Common Nighthawks just flew over heading toward the SE while I was walking in my Albany neighborhood near McCormack Rd and Meadow Lane. They were not making any discernable sound.

 Earlier in the day we had a small kettle of both Turkey and Black Vultures moving  overhead in the same direction.

Cindy Edwardson
Highfield Lane


Little Blue Heron, Lock 2

John Kent
 

A juvenile Little Blue Heron continues at Champlain Canal Lock 2 this morning. It is with a Great Egret and a Great Blue Heron at the north tip of Quack Island.

John Kent
Selkirk


Re: Songbird mystery disease

vickstry
 

Thank you 


On Aug 12, 2021, at 8:44 PM, Heidi <hocka1@...> wrote:


Thanks for both responses. 

On Aug 12, 2021, at 8:38 PM, Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie@...> wrote:


It looks like The disease was confined to the states south of us and has run its course. I suspect that it was related to the cicada hatch. There haven’t been reports of disease related deaths for several weeks. Indiana is now stating that it is okay to resume feeding the birds. But there is plenty of natural food out there. So the birds shouldn’t go hungry. Hummingbirds weren’t affected anyway. So I think it’s okay to continue feeding them. 



On Aug 12, 2021, at 7:02 PM, zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw@...> wrote:


I haven’t seen reports that the disease has been detected in NY yet, but taking down your feeders for the summer at least seems like a good idea

On Thu, Aug 12, 2021 at 6:45 PM Heidi <hocka1@...> wrote:
Not sure if this has been addressed here. What are local bird experts’ opinions on whether we should take down our feeders?
ASAP?
Permanently for this year?

I have a sunflower seed feeder and a Hummingbird feeder, both new in May to replace aging ones.

I scrub both weekly or more but don’t want to be spreading anything. Should they come down?

I heard several dead songbirds were found on Peebles last week. Any connection?

Thanks

Heidi Klinowski
Troy/Brunswick




--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


Re: Songbird mystery disease

Heidi
 

Thanks for both responses. 

On Aug 12, 2021, at 8:38 PM, Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie@...> wrote:


It looks like The disease was confined to the states south of us and has run its course. I suspect that it was related to the cicada hatch. There haven’t been reports of disease related deaths for several weeks. Indiana is now stating that it is okay to resume feeding the birds. But there is plenty of natural food out there. So the birds shouldn’t go hungry. Hummingbirds weren’t affected anyway. So I think it’s okay to continue feeding them. 



On Aug 12, 2021, at 7:02 PM, zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw@...> wrote:


I haven’t seen reports that the disease has been detected in NY yet, but taking down your feeders for the summer at least seems like a good idea

On Thu, Aug 12, 2021 at 6:45 PM Heidi <hocka1@...> wrote:
Not sure if this has been addressed here. What are local bird experts’ opinions on whether we should take down our feeders?
ASAP?
Permanently for this year?

I have a sunflower seed feeder and a Hummingbird feeder, both new in May to replace aging ones.

I scrub both weekly or more but don’t want to be spreading anything. Should they come down?

I heard several dead songbirds were found on Peebles last week. Any connection?

Thanks

Heidi Klinowski
Troy/Brunswick




--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


Re: Songbird mystery disease

Richard Guthrie
 

It looks like The disease was confined to the states south of us and has run its course. I suspect that it was related to the cicada hatch. There haven’t been reports of disease related deaths for several weeks. Indiana is now stating that it is okay to resume feeding the birds. But there is plenty of natural food out there. So the birds shouldn’t go hungry. Hummingbirds weren’t affected anyway. So I think it’s okay to continue feeding them. 



On Aug 12, 2021, at 7:02 PM, zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw@...> wrote:


I haven’t seen reports that the disease has been detected in NY yet, but taking down your feeders for the summer at least seems like a good idea

On Thu, Aug 12, 2021 at 6:45 PM Heidi <hocka1@...> wrote:
Not sure if this has been addressed here. What are local bird experts’ opinions on whether we should take down our feeders?
ASAP?
Permanently for this year?

I have a sunflower seed feeder and a Hummingbird feeder, both new in May to replace aging ones.

I scrub both weekly or more but don’t want to be spreading anything. Should they come down?

I heard several dead songbirds were found on Peebles last week. Any connection?

Thanks

Heidi Klinowski
Troy/Brunswick




--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


Re: Songbird mystery disease

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

I haven’t seen reports that the disease has been detected in NY yet, but taking down your feeders for the summer at least seems like a good idea

On Thu, Aug 12, 2021 at 6:45 PM Heidi <hocka1@...> wrote:
Not sure if this has been addressed here. What are local bird experts’ opinions on whether we should take down our feeders?
ASAP?
Permanently for this year?

I have a sunflower seed feeder and a Hummingbird feeder, both new in May to replace aging ones.

I scrub both weekly or more but don’t want to be spreading anything. Should they come down?

I heard several dead songbirds were found on Peebles last week. Any connection?

Thanks

Heidi Klinowski
Troy/Brunswick




--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


Songbird mystery disease

Heidi
 

Not sure if this has been addressed here. What are local bird experts’ opinions on whether we should take down our feeders?
ASAP?
Permanently for this year?

I have a sunflower seed feeder and a Hummingbird feeder, both new in May to replace aging ones.

I scrub both weekly or more but don’t want to be spreading anything. Should they come down?

I heard several dead songbirds were found on Peebles last week. Any connection?

Thanks

Heidi Klinowski
Troy/Brunswick


Little Blue Heron

Susan
 

The immature Little Blue Heron is still present at Lock 2 in Waterford. It’s is above the falls on the right hand/south side  of the small backwater area.
Susan Beaudoin 

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