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Extralimital siting: Brown Booby

adir46er
 

Extralimital siting: First found yesterday by new birders, a Brown Booby is continuing today at Lake Paran in North Bennington, VT. Attached is the first eBird report submitted this morning. The bird was still being seen when we left around 1pm.


Rita Reed
East Hoosick, NY


Green heron fledgling at swimming pool

Robin Lyle
 

We have two spending most of the day staring into our pool. There are cricket and grasshoppers and the very occasional frog that get into the pool. But I don’t think enough to support two young birds. Should I try to discourage them and move them along?

Thanks,
Robin Lyle
Argyle


HMBC Field Trip synopsis - Counting Common Nighthawks 8/26

scottjstoner
 

On a very hot and muggy evening, a max of 7 birders tallied a total of 7 Common Nighthawks. All but one were between 7:10 and about 7:30 PM. They exhibited no consistent direction of travel, with nighthawks heading west, north, and south! 

Other species included goldfinch, red-tailed hawk, Am. Robin and Mourning Dove. 

Scott Stoner and Denise Hackert-Stoner, Loudonville

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-------- Original message --------
From: "trwdsd via groups.io" <trwdsd@...>
Date: 8/25/21 20:45 (GMT-05:00)
To: hmbirds@groups.io
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] HMBC Field Trip reminder- Counting Common Nighthawks 8/24-8/26

On Tuesday evening, our group of approximately 15 observers counted 15 Common Nighthawks, all from 7:00pm- 8:00pm. A few made very close approaches at low altitude, offering very good looks. This evening, we tallied seven nighthawks, with the last two at 8:06pm. Those birds flew across the parking lot at virtually ground level, apparently looking for insects under the lights. We had some novice birders show up too, which was very refreshing and allowed us to point out resident birds to them during the lull between nighthawks. Tomorrow evening is the final night, keep an eye on the weather before heading over.

Tom Williams 
Colonie  


Shorebirds at Stillwater Riverfront Park

Naomi Lloyd
 

Following Alison's report, the Thursday birders went looking for shorebirds at Wright's Loop and Stillwater River Front Park. In the grassy circle at the park, we found 15+ Least Sandpipers, several Greater & Lesser Yellowlegs, and Solitary sandpipers. We picked out two Pectoral Sandpipers that eventually gave good looks. Best bird of the morning was a beautiful pale SANDERLING among the Leasties. The shorebirds were fairly approachable and didn't spook easily.

One of the Lock 2 Little Blue Herons continues on the Rensselaer County shore.

Naomi Lloyd


Great Egret, Salem

Scott Varney
 

I very infrequently observe Great Egrets in Salem but today, I was driving home from the Cambridge transfer station and in Salem,  witnessed a gorgeous Great Egret flying low and gracefully along a length of the Battenkill River.  Absolutely serene!

Scott Varney
Salem, NY


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

trwdsd
 

On Tuesday evening, our group of approximately 15 observers counted 15 Common Nighthawks, all from 7:00pm- 8:00pm. A few made very close approaches at low altitude, offering very good looks. This evening, we tallied seven nighthawks, with the last two at 8:06pm. Those birds flew across the parking lot at virtually ground level, apparently looking for insects under the lights. We had some novice birders show up too, which was very refreshing and allowed us to point out resident birds to them during the lull between nighthawks. Tomorrow evening is the final night, keep an eye on the weather before heading over.

Tom Williams 
Colonie  


This week's destination: 8/26

Naomi Lloyd
 

Hey Thursday birders- welcome to the end (I hope) of summer!
It's tough to think of where to go this week - Cohoes is still under an entire river and the Hudson is high too, mosquitos are vicious and trails are sodden. So let's meet at the Price Chopper in Mechanicville at 8:00am. From there we can go to Lock 2 first for the Little Blue Herons that have lingered, then check Wright's Loop and Stillwater Riverfront Park which should be wet, and points in between. We can try Stillwater School trail before classes start too, and maybe the Wilbur Rd Towpath trail.
Use your own discretion if you wish to carpool.

Meeting place:
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Price+Chopper/@42.9096676,-73.6842422,17z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x89de17c4dae450e7:0x7b0c0c6bb6e79aef!8m2!3d42.910088!4d-73.68524?hl=en&authuser=0

Naomi









Little Blue Heron at Staats Island Road (Yesterday)

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

Yesterday morning shortly after sunrise, I found an adult Little Blue Heron foraging east of the tracks on Staats Island Road.  I forgot to alert this list.  My apologies.--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


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
 

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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