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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. 



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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




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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




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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




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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




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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 


Re: No destination this week 8/12

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

I'll let you know if anything shows up on said rocky flats.


On Wed, Aug 11, 2021 at 12:49 PM Naomi Lloyd via groups.io <naomi_kestrel=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hey Thursday birders! Tomorrow looks blazingly hot and horribly humid, just the kind of weather I don't want to be melting on rocky flats. Enjoy a cool beverage and and watch your backyard or a nest cam, maybe. See you next week!

Naomi






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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


No destination this week 8/12

Naomi Lloyd
 

Hey Thursday birders! Tomorrow looks blazingly hot and horribly humid, just the kind of weather I don't want to be melting on rocky flats. Enjoy a cool beverage and and watch your backyard or a nest cam, maybe. See you next week!

Naomi





Purple Martins Massing

Alan Mapes
 

Paddled past Fish Creek Marina (Stafford's Bridge) and had 31 purple martins on the wires. Also great egret along the creek. 

Alan Mapes
Saratoga 


Re: Cohoes flats this morning

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

Correction: the LBBG looks better for a 2nd cycle bird

On Tue, Aug 10, 2021 at 10:20 AM zach schwartz-weinstein via groups.io <zachsw=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Today’s highlight was a third? cycle lesser blacked-back gull mixed with the ring-billed gulls.  A semipalmated sandpiper landed with a few Leasts on a rocky spit, and the Black-bellied plover and semipalmated plover both continued.  Several solitary and spotted sandpipers were also present.--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774

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203 500 7774


Cohoes flats this morning

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

Today’s highlight was a third? cycle lesser blacked-back gull mixed with the ring-billed gulls.  A semipalmated sandpiper landed with a few Leasts on a rocky spit, and the Black-bellied plover and semipalmated plover both continued.  Several solitary and spotted sandpipers were also present.--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


Re: Possible Little Blue Heron

gregg_recer
 

now 2 immature little-blues present on the east side above the dam. greenish legs, heavy-ish bill with blue-grayish base grading into darker tip. 

at 8:30 this morning none was in view here. I ran down to Cohoes briefly, and returning at about 10:00 Alison v-k was just leaving and had the birds along with a great blue for size comparison. I was able to get right on them the 2nd try. 

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gregg recer
malta NY


Possible Little Blue Heron

Naomi Lloyd
 


Distant looks from Champlain Canal Lock 2. Bird is on the RensCo side.

Naomi 


Re: Black-bellied Plover, Cohoes Flats- 8/9

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

I’ll post some photos of the BBPL to eBird later.  It was an interesting-looking adult female (I think) that had lost most of its dark plumage.  

In addition to the BBPL this morning, I found a semipalmated plover and several least sandpipers.  Yesterday a semipalmated sandpiper was present in a small flock of leasts, as were four lesser yellowlegs.  Caspian Terns have been moving through the region over the last few days, and we should be on the lookout for Black Tern as well.

On Mon, Aug 9, 2021 at 9:44 AM trwdsd via groups.io <trwdsd=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
This morning Zach S-W and I observed a Black-bellied Plover fairly close to shore on the Cohoes side of the Flats. It later relocated to the far side of the water along Second Island, where it was foraging with Killdeer. It had a very pale head color, some retained black patches on the underside, and showed black 'armpits' during short flights. 


Tom Williams 
Colonie

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203 500 7774


more egrets at wright's loop

gregg_recer
 

viewing 20 great egrets currently at far end of the field north of the loop. (alas, no storks or spoonbills in evidence.)

the only shorebirds visible presently are killdeer 

Gregg Recer
gregg_recer@...

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gregg recer
malta NY

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