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Red-eyed Vireo Five Rivers

Barbara Beebe
 

Today around 2ish- down on Volmankill Trail ( north side of creek where 3 benches are- great place to see migrants).
I heard other migrants but didn't have equipment to scale the trees for a better look. Also had 5-6 young turkeys.
Happy Birding, Barb Beebe


Olive-sided Flycatcher

Susan
 

I saw an Olive-sided Flycatcher late this afternoon on the Spring Run Trail in Saratoga Springs. It was part of a mixed flock that included Magnolia, Chestnut-sided, and Black-throated Green Warblers, N. Parula, Redstart, Brown Creeper, and Yellow-throated and Red-eyed Vireos.
Earlier today at Shenentaha Park in Ballston Spa, the Thursday Group had an even larger migrant flock with most of the above birds plus Philadelphia Vireo, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Ovenbird, Black-and-White, Pine and Cape may Warblers.
Every time I've gone birding this week, I've seen migrating warblers.  Fall birding has been much more exciting than this past spring was. It's a good time to get out there and bird.
Susan Beaudoin 


FW: HMBC -- September Program Notice - Shorebird ID workshop - with zoom link

scottjstoner
 

please see the information below. We hope you can join us live for this highly informative workshop with expert birder Shai Mitra. 

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From: Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club <admin@...>
Date: 9/9/21 11:13 (GMT-05:00)
To: Scott Stoner <scottjstoner@...>
Subject: HMBC -- September Program Notice


Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club


  • HMBC Program Notice

  • Finding and Identifying Shorebirds in NYS

  • Monday, September 13, 2021, 6:30PM via Zoom meeting

  •  

Hello HMBC Members:

    This is a reminder that the HMBC September program will be held via a Zoom meeting on Monday September 13th at 6:30 PM. Use the meeting link below to join the meeting as a participant. All participants will enter the "waiting room" until the meeting host opens the meeting. Participants' audio lines will be muted on entry. We ask that participants keep their lines muted except when prompted for Q&A during the program.

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    Program details:

    New York State hosts an exceptional variety of shorebirds every year, with a real potential, anywhere, almost any time, for many additional vagrant species. This talk will focus on tactics for finding and studying these beautiful birds, using clues such as season, local conditions, weather, and location. This workshop will be presented by Shai Mitra, editor of the Kingbird, the quarterly publication of the New York State Ornithological Association; co-compiler of bird records for the New York City and Long Island region; and chair of the Rhode Island Avian Records Committee.  He has studied birds in the northeastern United States and around the world for more than 40 years. 

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    HMBC program Monday Sept 13-.Shorebird ID workshop with Shai Mitra

    scottjstoner
     

    zoom program, 6:30 PM link to follow. mark your.calendars for this opportunity to learn from an expert! 



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    This week's destination: 9/9

    Naomi Lloyd
     

    Hey Thursday birders! After a lot of indecision, I settled on the Zim-Smith Trail. With the possibility of heavy rain tonight and light drizzle tomorrow, I figured once again it might be best to stick to a paved tail rather that slosh through the woods. Let's meet at 8:00am at the Shenantaha Creek Park lot. From there we can walk the trail, and check out Ballston Creek Preserve as well.

    https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Shenantaha+Creek+Park,+376+Eastline+Rd,+Ballston+Spa,+NY+12020/42.9643492,-73.8246364/@42.964427,-73.8253804,386m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m9!4m8!1m5!1m1!1s0x89de3f920f66fa03:0x23dba619fc087a9e!2m2!1d-73.823901!2d42.9646903!1m0!3e0?hl=en&authuser=0

    (I'm still hoping the Mohawk at Cohoes Flats will go down some time before it freezes over...)

    Updates if needed due to weather.


    Naomi








    HMBC Field Trip reminders- Sat./Sun., Sep. 11th-12th

    trwdsd
     

    Saturday, September 11, FALL MIGRANTS AT ALBANY PINE BUSH PRESERVE (Albany County; morning)

    Coordinators: Tom and Colleen Williams twill0526@...

    We will explore the Karner Barrens East unit (subject to change if habitat management is ongoing), via the "yellow" perimeter trail, and "blue" dune overlook trail. The dune overlook trail has a moderate climb and descent. This is approximately a three mile loop.

    Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center parking lot, located at 195 New Karner Rd. (Rt. 155) in Albany. Map and full information at this link:  https://hmbc.net/event-4381052

    Sunday, September 12, HUYCK PRESERVE/MYOSOTIS LAKE (Albany County; morning)

    Coordinator: John Kent jwkent@...

    We will walk the shore of Myosotis Lake looking for migrating warblers, vireos, kinglets, and flycatchers in the shrubby habitat of the Lake Trail. Bald Eagles, all three local falcon species, and several species of hawks have been seen on some of the past years' trips. Depending on the water level, the mudflats at the north end of the lake often host migrating shorebirds. It may be necessary to walk through some mud to get a view, so be prepared. From there we will continue through the woods to Lincoln Pond, where we will check for waterfowl and herons. The total walking distance is around 1.5 miles.

    Meet at 8:00 a.m. at New Scotland Town Hall ("Tax Collector" on the map) on Route 85 for carpooling. Parking at Myosotis Lake is limited. Map and full information at this link:  https://hmbc.net/event-4381063


    Saratoga spa SP this morning

    gregg_recer
     

    a walk around the Carlsbad picnic area trail this morning turned up just a smattering of migrants, including many red-eyed vireos, one Philadelphia vireo, lots of cedar waxwings, and northern parula. 


    Gregg Recer
    gregg_recer@...

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    Hummingbird Feeders and Other Visitors

    Alan
     

    I have been feeding the hummingbirds for more than 3 decades here. I've only noticed one other species make brief attempts to use the feeder, two visits by Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers. Yet I hear reports of quite a few other visitors, and even know someone who took the feeders down because Red-bellied Woodpeckers had taken over. I wonder if it's a difference in feeder style.

    Mine had long been Aspects Hummzingers, with smaller feeder ports in the top. The feeders that were taken over had tubes extending downward at an angle.

    I wonder if the folks reporting other species visiting their hummingbird feeders might tend to have the downward style feeding ports?

    Thanks and clear skies, Alan


    Re: Hummers, et al

    Ellen
     

    We sometimes have chickadees at our hummingbird feeder.  They like to sip the water in the ant moat! 

     

    We still have a lot of hummingbirds visiting the feeder and chasing each other around the perennial garden and yard.  Our last male was seen on August 30th.

     

    Ellen P.

     

    From: hmbirds@groups.io <hmbirds@groups.io> On Behalf Of Jeffrey Schoonmaker
    Sent: Monday, September 6, 2021 7:16 PM
    To: HMBirds <hmbirds@groups.io>
    Subject: [hmbirds] Hummers, et al

     

    I've had Ruby-throats daily for a few weeks.  First it was only females.  A few days ago a male finally visited the feeder.

     

    Also hitting up the sweet water multiple times a day are at least 2 male Baltimore Orioles and a couple of Downies.  It's cool to watch the hummingbird approach, see the other birds there, and fly around but not landing on the other side of the feeder.  They often perch nearby waiting for the interloper to leave.  Do any of you have other birds that come to your hummingbird feeders?

     

    One with a distinctly streaked throat showed up one day, obviously different from all the other plain white throated females I was often seeing.  Was it a first year bird?

     

    Jeff


    Hummers, et al

    Jeffrey Schoonmaker
     

    I've had Ruby-throats daily for a few weeks.  First it was only females.  A few days ago a male finally visited the feeder.

    Also hitting up the sweet water multiple times a day are at least 2 male Baltimore Orioles and a couple of Downies.  It's cool to watch the hummingbird approach, see the other birds there, and fly around but not landing on the other side of the feeder.  They often perch nearby waiting for the interloper to leave.  Do any of you have other birds that come to your hummingbird feeders?

    One with a distinctly streaked throat showed up one day, obviously different from all the other plain white throated females I was often seeing.  Was it a first year bird?

    Jeff


    Re: Ruby-throated Hummingbird

    Barb, Rod and Jill
     

    Hummers are still around in Jefferson in Schoharie Co. Even arguing still.

    Barb

    On Mon, Sep 6, 2021, 5:56 PM Mary Comley <mcomley57@...> wrote:
    Still hangin on in Schenectady. My cousin has a trumpet vine and they are hitting it all day. 
    The chimney Swifts are gone though. 

    On Mon, Sep 6, 2021, 5:16 PM James Elbrecht <elbrecht@...> wrote:

    In the last couple of weeks I've been seeing two on my Scarlet runner beans and at the feeders that they mostly ignored all summer.     

    No telling if the cold will come next week or next month but great to see them while they're here.

    Jim

    On 9/6/2021 4:03 PM, Scott Varney wrote:
    While sitting on my upper deck just a moment ago, I got a quick visit from a Ruby-throated Hummingbird with great looks (2 times) as he (she?) hovered next to one of my buoy bells 4 feet away!  I'm guessing I wont be seeing that again until Spring.

    Beautiful breezy day,

    Scott Varney 
    Salem, NY


    Re: Ruby-throated Hummingbird

    Mary Comley
     

    Still hangin on in Schenectady. My cousin has a trumpet vine and they are hitting it all day. 
    The chimney Swifts are gone though. 

    On Mon, Sep 6, 2021, 5:16 PM James Elbrecht <elbrecht@...> wrote:

    In the last couple of weeks I've been seeing two on my Scarlet runner beans and at the feeders that they mostly ignored all summer.     

    No telling if the cold will come next week or next month but great to see them while they're here.

    Jim

    On 9/6/2021 4:03 PM, Scott Varney wrote:
    While sitting on my upper deck just a moment ago, I got a quick visit from a Ruby-throated Hummingbird with great looks (2 times) as he (she?) hovered next to one of my buoy bells 4 feet away!  I'm guessing I wont be seeing that again until Spring.

    Beautiful breezy day,

    Scott Varney 
    Salem, NY


    Re: Ruby-throated Hummingbird

    James Elbrecht
     

    In the last couple of weeks I've been seeing two on my Scarlet runner beans and at the feeders that they mostly ignored all summer.     

    No telling if the cold will come next week or next month but great to see them while they're here.

    Jim

    On 9/6/2021 4:03 PM, Scott Varney wrote:
    While sitting on my upper deck just a moment ago, I got a quick visit from a Ruby-throated Hummingbird with great looks (2 times) as he (she?) hovered next to one of my buoy bells 4 feet away!  I'm guessing I wont be seeing that again until Spring.

    Beautiful breezy day,

    Scott Varney 
    Salem, NY


    Re: Ruby-throated Hummingbird

    Alan
     

    Yes, a fine day. A nice, noisy Pileated flyover this morning and a young Northern Flicker.

    There were at least two Ruby-throats at my window feeder today.

    Clear skies, Alan

    On 9/6/2021 4:03 PM, Scott Varney wrote:
    While sitting on my upper deck just a moment ago, I got a quick visit from a Ruby-throated Hummingbird with great looks (2 times) as he (she?) hovered next to one of my buoy bells 4 feet away!  I'm guessing I wont be seeing that again until Spring.

    Beautiful breezy day,

    Scott Varney 
    Salem, NY


    Ruby-throated Hummingbird

    Scott Varney
     

    While sitting on my upper deck just a moment ago, I got a quick visit from a Ruby-throated Hummingbird with great looks (2 times) as he (she?) hovered next to one of my buoy bells 4 feet away!  I'm guessing I wont be seeing that again until Spring.

    Beautiful breezy day,

    Scott Varney 
    Salem, NY


    Great Horned Owl Fledgling at Five Rivers

    Barbara Beebe
     

    Noon today, Debra and I spotted a Great Horned Owl Fledgling sitting in the western part of Heron Pond up in the tree where the Great Blue and Egrets have perched this past month.  A kingfisher was trying its best to knock it off the branch.  We had great views including an almost 360 head turn :-).  I went home to get my camera and returned within 1/2 hour to find the Great Blue Heron sitting on the adjacent branch, no owl in sight, and the Kingfisher enjoying its usual water way flights.  Searched but no luck.  Keep your eyes open.
    Happy Labor Day.  Barb Beebe


    Wright's Loop and Saratoga battlefield

    scottjstoner
     

    Denise and I stopped at Wright's Loop in Stillwater mid-afternoon today; no shorebirds visible but one Great Egret was in the tall wet grass north of the north leg of Wright's loop, along with a Great Blue Heron. About 40 tree swallows milled about overhead. 

    Before that we checked most of the numbered stops at Saratoga battlefield; no through-migrants. 

    Scott Stoner, Loudonville NY



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    Early evening grosbeak

    Susan
     

    Late this morning, I saw an evening grosbeak on the Bog Meadow Trail, close to Meadowbrook Road in Saratoga County. It was perched and had its back to me, but I was able to see the wide, bight yellow eyebrows and the large white wing patch. When the bird turned its head briefly, I was able to see a very large pale bill. It didn’t stay long, flying off to the east. 
    Susan Beaudoin


    This week's destination: 9/2

    Naomi Lloyd
     

    Hey Thursday birders! Another week another monsoon... but it looks like the rain should be over by early morning tomorrow. Let's meet at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center at 8:00am. We'll walk the usually birdy stretch from the parking lot to the landfill. Looks like there's been a good migrant push, and maybe the rain will have held them in place. If the forecast changes dramatically, I'll update. Hope to see you!

    Keep an eye out for any storm-trapped vagrants too!

    https://www.google.com/maps/place/Albany+Pine+Bush+Preserve/@42.7190687,-73.8641946,17z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x89de74ae0451a73f:0x10e3ed25d957150a!8m2!3d42.7193564!4d-73.8644145?hl=en&authuser=0

    Naomi








    Canada Goose hunting season opens Sept. 1st

    Richard Guthrie
     

    Just a reminder: Canada Goose hunting starts September 1st in much of New York  State. Upstate, it runs till Sept. 25th; and on Long Island until Sept. 30th (eastern) or Oct. 24th (western)

    In September, hunting is permitted from 1/2 hour before sunrise till 1/2 hour after sunset.

    [These are not intended to be specific details. If those are needed, refer to the regulations published by NYS DEC   https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28888.html

    --
    Richard Guthrie
    New Baltimore,
    The Greene County,
    New York


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