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Re: barn owls to our south

DLSAM <DLSAM@...>
 

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From: Barb Putnam <bputnam@global2000.net>
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Sent: Saturday, September 25, 1999 11:18 AM
Subject: [HMBirds] barn owls to our south


I know that some of you do not receive NYSBirds and I thought you might
be interested in this: (a note from Claudia Perretti titmice@juno.com)

"I don't know how close you are to Cornwall, NY. Perhaps you have heard
about the barn owl family that is living in the steeple of the St.
John's Episcopal church one block off Main St. where Hazen St. meets
Clinton St. We visited them tonight at 11:30 PM on the way back from NY
City to Newburgh. The steeple is lit up brightly by two beacon ground
lights so the four barn owlets are very visible and just stand there in a
line - like the picture books - making their wheezing cries, waiting for
mom and a mouse or two. It is truly a wonderful sight to behold, with
the harvest moon and Jupiter as a backdrop."


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Gansevoort and Ft Edward 9/25

Barb Putnam <bputnam@...>
 

September 25 - Gansevoort yard: white-crowned sparrow, Lincoln's sparrow,
palm warbler, eastern bluebird, Savannah sparrow, yellow-bellied sapsucker,
northern flicker, eastern phoebe, turkey vulture, Cooper's hawk

September 25 - Fort Edward area: osprey, rusty blackbird, 20 American
kestrels, 6 northern harrier, great blue heron, eastern phoebe,
yellow-rumped warbler, cedar waxwing, red-tailed hawk, turkey vulture, wild
turkey, eastern meadowlark, killdeer


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barn owls to our south

Barb Putnam <bputnam@...>
 

I know that some of you do not receive NYSBirds and I thought you might
be interested in this: (a note from Claudia Perretti titmice@juno.com)

"I don't know how close you are to Cornwall, NY. Perhaps you have heard
about the barn owl family that is living in the steeple of the St.
John's Episcopal church one block off Main St. where Hazen St. meets
Clinton St. We visited them tonight at 11:30 PM on the way back from NY
City to Newburgh. The steeple is lit up brightly by two beacon ground
lights so the four barn owlets are very visible and just stand there in a
line - like the picture books - making their wheezing cries, waiting for
mom and a mouse or two. It is truly a wonderful sight to behold, with
the harvest moon and Jupiter as a backdrop."


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Woodrow Wilson ?

F Murphy <thrush@...>
 

Vischer Ferry - 9/24/99 5-7 PM Vischer Ferry is really alive with birds
lately. The ponds out back that turned to fields this summer, reverted
back to wetlands after the hurricane, and are now ideal for ducks,
especially teal. This evening there was a large flock of about 300 teal,
about 10 to 1 Green-winged to Blue-winged. Quite a sight watching them fly
around the marsh. They must love the flooded fields. Also 2 Shovelers,
lots of Wood Ducks in a row, and a few Blacks and Mallards interspersed.

Also had 2 Wilson's Warblers, a Blackpoll at minimum focus and eye level,
Winter Wren, Thrasher, RC Kinglet, Myrtles, BTG, Maggies, Redstart, a Swamp
Sparrow still singing, and last nite a Marsh Wren, REV, and a Blue-headed V.

There are no mosquitoes here. They're all at Crossgates and Colonie
Center, breeding in the water fountains.

See them before they spray them.


Frank Murphy
Clifton Park, NY


birdline report 9/23/99

Barb Putnam <bputnam@...>
 

This is not a transcription of the Birdline tape. It is summary of
some of the sightings that were called in to birdline during the past
week. Please call the birdline (518-439-8080) for the full report.

This week, the birdline tape might not be updated until Monday, Sept 27th.

Helderberg Hawk Watch 9/12: 4 turkey vultures, 3 osprey, 4 bald eagles, 3
northern harriers, 7 sharp-shinned hawks, 3 Cooper's hawks, 33 broad-winged
hawks, 7 Red-tails, 6 American kestrel, 1 merlin, 6 unidentified hawks, 77
total; 9/19: 386 raptors including, 316 broad-winged hawks, 3 turkey vultures,
2 bald eagles, 5 northern harriers, 9 sharp-shinned hawks, 1 Cooper's hawk, 1
northern goshawk, 12 red-tailed hawks, and 4 American kestrels; 9/23: immature
golden eagle, 2 American kestrels, 2 Cooper's hawks, 12 osprey, 12
sharp-shinned hawks, 135 to 140 broad-winged hawks, and a number of red-tails
and turkey vultures

Schenectady 9/13-9/23: great egret (in the Binnikill near the Schenectady
Community College and the Western Gateway bridge)

Vischer Ferry 9/15: eastern screech-owl; 9/19: great horned owl, Canada goose,
25 wood duck, 1 green-winged teal, mourning dove, 3 chimney swift, belted
kingfisher, 4 red-bellied woodpecker, pileated woodpecker, downy woodpecker,
northern flicker, eastern phoebe, red-eyed vireo, warbling vireo, blue jay,
American crow, black-capped chickadee, tufted titmouse, white-breasted
nuthatch, brown creeper, marsh wren, American robin, gray catbird, 50 cedar
waxwing, 3 chestnut-sided warbler, 5 magnolia warbler, 1 black-throated blue
warbler, 2 black-throated green warbler, 2 blackpoll warbler, 1 black and
white warbler, 2 American redstart, 3 common yellowthroat, song sparrow, swamp
sparrow, white-throated sparrow, northern cardinal, rose-breasted grosbeak,
red-winged blackbird, 3 rusty blackbirds, American goldfinch

Niskayuna train station 9/18: great egret, wood duck

Saratoga Lake 9/17: pied-billed grebe, ring-billed gull, great black-backed
gull, mallard, wild turkey

Gansevoort yard 9/17: winter wren; 9/18: yellow-bellied sapsucker, common
yellowthroat, palm warbler, killdeer, tufted titmouse, 8 eastern bluebirds,
ruby-throated hummingbird, cedar waxwing; 9/19: palm warbler, turkey vulture,
white-crowned sparrow, merlin

Saratoga National Historical Park 9/18: Canada goose, black-capped chickadee,
rufous-sided towhee, blue jay, American goldfinch, brown creeper, downy
woodpecker, golden-crowned kinglet, pine warbler, Philadelphia vireo, American
crow, cedar waxwing, northern flicker, white-breasted nuthatch, blackpoll
warbler, yellow-rumped warbler, magnolia warbler, grey catbird, blue-winged
teal, scarlet tanager, eastern phoebe, black-throated green warbler

Knott Rd, Rexford 9/21: eastern screech-owl

Waterford (GE plant) 9/21: red-bellied woodpecker

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Correction - Field Trip

Jackie Bogardus <jackieb@...>
 

This weekend's field trip to Wilson Powell Sanctuary in Columbia County
is on SUNDAY, September 26th. It was incorrectly noted in Feathers.
I'd appreciate it if you could let others know if they ask. Thanks.

Barb - maybe you can put a note on the HMBC web site? Thanks.

Jackie Bogardus
Rensselaer, NY


Bluebirds and late hummer.

Penny and Larry Alden <dowden@...>
 

I noted at least 10 eastern bluebirds on my property today between Black Creek Marsh (Meadowdale side) and the escarpment.  Also of interest was a late hummingbird which I caught a quick glimpse of near the Guilderland Middle School (Rte. 155, south of Route 20).  It had quite a bit of white on it, and I saw no green (it was a really quick glimpse)!

Larry Alden
dowden@...


Seek Warblers in The Fall

F Murphy <thrush@...>
 

Vischer Ferry 9/22/99 - Lots of GW and BW Teal (100 total), 2 PB Grebes,
and a Magnolia Warbler. I forgot to mention that on the Club trip on 9/19
we had a close look at a Marsh Wren on the main trail just on the other
side of the whipple bridge, the same place as last year this time.

I'm also happy to report that the furniture that was dumped at Lock 19 has
been cleaned up. The color console TV is still under the bridge, under
more water, but I'll make that an autumn project to get it out of there.
The kitchen sink - no kidding - a kitchen sink was dumped today or
yesterday along the main road, but at least it'll be easier to clean up.

I have to say that the preserve was quite spectacular this evening with the
deep ocean blue cloud front to the south and the subtle fall colors in the
foreground. I haven't seen such beautiful colors since the sixties !

Hope you all have a great autumn, and remember

SEEK WARBLERS IN FALL WHERE CHICKADEES CALL


Frank Murphy
Clifton Park, NY


Vischer Ferry Walk 9/19/99

F Murphy <thrush@...>
 

Field Trip Report

Vischer Ferry - 9/19/99, 8AM - 12PM

Highlights: Vischer Ferry had once again returned to wetland status
following the heavy rain from Hurricane Floyd three days ago. The
shorebird/heron/egret ponds out back that were bone dry a week ago were now
filled but no birds were using them yet. The group walked clockwise around
the three-mile long west loop, aka the jungle loop. Highlights of the walk
included Rusty Blackbirds, great looks at Pileated and Red-bellied
Woodpeckers, and a small assortment of warblers including Chesnut-sided,
Magnolia, and Blackpoll.

Birds observed: 39 species. C Goose, 25 Wood Duck, 1 GW Teal, M Dove, 3 C
Swift, Kingfisher, 4 Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy, Flicker, 2 Pileated,
Phoebe, Red-eyed Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Blue Jay, Am Crow, BC Chickadee,
Titmouse, WB Nuthatch, B Creeper, Robin, Catbird, 50 C Waxwing, 3
Chesnut-sided Warbler, 5 Magnolia Warbler, 1 Black-thr Blue Warbler, 2
Black-thr Green Warbler, 2 Blackpoll /Warbler, 1 Black and White Warbler, 2
Am Redstart, 3 C Yellowthroat, Song Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, White-thr
Sparrow, Cardinal, RB Grosbeak, Red-winged Blackbird, 3 Rusty Blackbird,
Goldfinch.


Frank Murphy
Clifton Park, NY


my yard

Barb Putnam <bputnam@...>
 

This was a banner weekend: two new yard birds - winter wren and a merlin
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(o&#92; /o) Gansevoort (Dutch for Goose Crossing), New York
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new "featured" sites

Barb Putnam <bputnam@...>
 

Hello HMBirders -

I just wanted to let you all know that I changed both the Hudson-Mohawk
Bird Club and my personal "featured site" links today.

If you have a site that you feel might be appropriate for either page,
please do not hesitate to let me know.

HMBC's featured site:
http://members.xoom.com/hmbc/featured.html

My personal page:
http://members.xoom.com/_XOOM/Barbolink/index.html

Good birding, all. Barb
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Saratoga Lake, SNHP, Gansevoort

Barb Putnam <bputnam@...>
 

September 17 -
Saratoga Lake: pied-billed grebe, ring-billed gull, great black-backed
gull, mallard, wild turkey
Gansevoort yard: winter wren

September 18 -
Saratoga National Historical Park: Canada goose, black-backed chickadee,
rufous-sided towhee, blue jay, goldfinch, brown creeper, downy woodpecker,
golden-crowned kinglet, pine warbler, PHILADELPHIA VIREO (my first in the
48 states!), American crow, cedar waxwing, northern flicker, white-breasted
nuthatch, blackpoll warbler, yellow-rumped warbler, magnolia warbler, grey
catbird, blue-winged teal, scarlet tanager, eastern phoebe, black-throated
green warbler
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(o&#92; /o) Gansevoort (Goose Crossing in Dutch), New York
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birdline report 9/16/99

Barb Putnam <bputnam@...>
 

9/8 New Baltimore: bald eagle, black-throated green warbler, Canada
warbler, black-and-white warbler, common yellowthroat, Bicknells'
thrush, eastern screech-owl, great horned owl.

Albany 9/9: common nighthawk

Helderbergs 9/9: 3 sharp-shinned hawks, 1 merlin, 1 American kestrel,
1 imm. N. harrier, cedar waxwings, red-breasted nuthatch, 1 pileated
woodpecker and a northern flicker, 2 common ravens; 9/11: northern
harrier, osprey, red-tailed hawk, American kestrel, Cooper's hawk,
sharp-shinned hawk, broad-winged hawk, turkey vultures, common raven;
9/13: 76 broad-winged hawk, turkey vulture, red-tailed hawk, osprey,
northern harrier, sharp-shinned hawk, American kestrel; 9/14:
red-tailed hawks, a few accipiters, an osprey, 20 broad-wings,
chimney swifts, cedar waxwings

Karner Rd 9/10: rusty blackbird

Gansevoort 9/10: cedar waxwing, eastern bluebird, red-tailed hawk,
common raven, yellow-bellied sapsucker, gray catbird, common
yellowthroat, eastern phoebe, and a sharp-shinned hawk


Cohoes 9/10: 4 great blue herons, 37 blue-winged teal, 1 imm. Drake
hooded merganser, 1 adult female peregrine falcon harassing the water
birds, 1 greater yellowlegs, 7 lesser yellowlegs, 2 spotted
sandpipers, 2 least sandpipers, 3 juvenile sanderlings; 9/11: 200
chimney swifts

Town of Brunswick 9/11: rose-breasted grosbeak

Ferry Drive (Vischer Ferry) 9/11: 1 pied-billed grebe, 5 great blue
herons, 1 great egret, 7 blue-winged teal, 1 sharp-shinned hawk, 1
four-year-old bald eagle, 1 osprey, 20 chimney swifts, 1
ruby-throated hummingbird, 1 red-bellied woodpecker, 1 pileated
woodpecker, 2 rose-breasted grosbeaks, and 7 warbler species
including: northern parula, chestnut-sided, magnolia, black-throated
blue, bay-breasted, common yellowthroat, and a Wilson's warbler

Vischer Ferry 9/11: 1 ruby-throated hummingbird, 2 swamp sparrows, 1
bobolink

Nott Road Park 9/12: 6 species of woodpecker, 1 greater yellowlegs, 1
northern harrier, 2 sharp-shinned hawks, 1 broad-winged hawk, 20
turkey vultures, 31 wild turkeys, 8 chimney swifts, 2 cliff swallows,
1 barn swallow, 4 eastern bluebirds, 3 magnolia warblers, 1
black-throated green warbler, 1 field sparrow, 1 Lincoln's sparrow, 5
rose-breasted grosbeaks

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(o&#92; /o) Gansevoort (Goose Crossing in Dutch), New York
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Hawks

F Murphy <thrush@...>
 

9/15/99 - Pinnacle Hawk Watch Site (Albany County): Total of 320 hawks
migrating over including 296 Broad-winged Hawks, 9 Kestrels, 5 Red-tails, 3
Sharp-shinned, 2 Cooper's, 2 Osprey, 1 TV. The Broad-wings were the
definite highlight as they passed thru continuously from 10 AM - 2 PM. We
saw several kettles of them, the biggest being about 75 at 2 PM, and
another kettle of 40 birds at noon. Observers were Larry Alden, Brad and
Beth Bidwell, and me. Other birds in the area included Ravens, Purple
Finch, only one warbler - a Black-throated Blue, Pileated, RB Nuthatch, and
Juncos.

Vischer Ferry 6 PM - 1 Wilson's Warbler, Redstart, REV, BTB, Maggie, H
Wren, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Swamp Sparrows, and last but not least, 2
Great Blue Herons, which I note only because it irks one of the above
observers.


Frank Murphy
Clifton Park, NY


carter pond

SJStoner@...
 

Today at this site, mostly by canoe, we had 3 great blue, 5 green heron,
red-tail, blue winged and green winged teal, woodies, Am. black duck.


Vischer Ferry Grouse

F Murphy <thrush@...>
 

Vischer Ferry 9/10/99 5-6:30 PM - Woodies, GB Heron, C Swifts, RT Hummer,
Pileated, Phoebe, GC Fly, Warbling Vireo, House Wren, lots of Catbirds,
Magnolia Warbler, Common Yellowthroats (one singing), RB Grosbeak, Swamp
Sparrows (one singing).

Gigantic puffball mushrooms along the towpath.




Frank Murphy
Clifton Park, NY


birdline report 9/9/99

Barb Putnam <bputnam@...>
 

This is not a transcription of the Birdline tape. It is summary of
some of the sightings that were called in to birdline during the past
week. Please call the birdline (518-439-8080) for the full report.

Ann Lee Pond 9/1 - wood duck, green heron

Albany 9/1 - common nighthawk

Vischer Ferry 9/1 - green heron

Schenectady 9/2 - red-breasted nuthatch; 9/3 - common nighthawk; 9/5
- great blue heron, great egret; 9/6 (at the airport) - pine siskin

Glenville 9/3 - common nighthawk

New Salem 9/3 - probable flock of brant migrating over

Cohoes 9/4 - 3 great blue herons, 2 northern pintails, 1 gadwall, 71
blue-winged teal, 1 least sandpiper

Crescent 9/4 - 8 turkey vultures, 8 fish crows, 8 great blue herons,
3 great egrets, 3 green herons, and a second year immature lesser
black-backed gull among many other gulls including 1700 ring-billed
gulls

Ferry Drive (Vischer Ferry) 9/4 - 2 great egrets, 1 semipalmated
plover, 4 least sandpipers, 2 green-winged teal, 2 red-bellied
woodpeckers, 1 pileated woodpecker, 1 ruby-throated hummingbird, 1
blue-gray gnatcatcher, 4 red-eyed vireos, 2 Philadelphia vireos, and
8 warbler species including black-throated blue, black-throated
green, northern parula, bay-breasted, blackburnian, 8 magnolia,
American redstart, 1 common yellowthroat

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Connie & Phil

F Murphy <thrush@...>
 

I watched 8 or 9 Common Nighthawks feeding at Vischer Ferry this evening,
9/7/99, from 7 to 7:30 PM. Also a Virginia Rail calling, and a Green Heron
flew by. That color TV that some idiot dumped off the bridge is still
there. Driving home at 7:45 along Riverview Road I noticed a lot of fairly
large frogs crossing the road to the north side. The portion of the road
next to that large cove in Halfmoon near the Crescent bridges was
practically covered with them.

With all due apologies, I have to retract my previous report of a
Philadelphia Vireo near Cranberry Lake. I'm very sorry for the sloppy
reporting. I guess I was just trying to spruce up the report with a
northern specialty. Nonetheless, it really was good birding there. Thanks.


Frank Murphy
Clifton Park, NY


Cranberry Bog Weekend

F Murphy <thrush@...>
 

September 4-5, 1999 - Oswegatchie Wilderness area in St. Lawrence County,
just west of Cranberry Lake. We hiked 25 miles over level terrain, most of
which was good Adirondack bog-type habitat. We hiked the fire truck trail
from Wanakena to High Falls, then back along Dead Creek Flow arm of
Cranberry Lake. I always have a glimmer of hope that some day I would get
to see a Three-toed Woodpecker, but this was not to be one of those days.

Birding was good but the boreal specialties were not found. There was a
good migrant flight on the night of the 4th. I think I had a Spruce Grouse
with young ones but unfortunately I can never be sure. We were walking
along the trail when a grouse with young scurried into the impenetrable
forest. I heard the guttural sounds of the parent nearby and it reminded
me so much of the time I actually filmed one in Ontario. The habitat and
situation was so similar. As Dick Beeler says, "the higher your standards,
the lower your life list," so maybe I'll add it to my New York list !

Following are estimated numbers:

3 Great Blue Heron, 1 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, Spruffed Grouse family, 4 Turkeys
along Route 3, 1 Barred Owl at the Cranberry Lake campground, 2 Kingfisher,
1 Sapsucker, 3 Downy, 2 Hairy, 5 Flicker, 1 Blue-headed Vireo, 1
Philadelphia Vireo, 5 Red-eyed Vireo, 25 Blue Jay, 25 Black-capped
Chickadee, 1 RB Nuthatch, 3 WB Nuthatch, 3 Brown Creeper, 5 Winter Wren, 20
GC Kinglet, 3 Hermit Thrush, 2 Robin, 50 Cedar Waxwing, 1 Nashville
Warbler, 2 Chestnut-sided, 10 Magnolia, 5 Black-thr Blue, 100
Yellow-rumped, 10 Black-thr Green, 5 Blackburnian, 1 Blackpoll, 5
Black-and-White, 1 Am Redstart, 10 Common Yellowthroat, 2 Song Sparrow, 50
White-throated Sparrow, 3 Rusty Blackbird, 10 Goldfinch.


Frank Murphy
Clifton Park, NY


Vischer Ferry

SJStoner@...
 

at yesterday's field trip we had about 30 chimney swifts, 2 red eyed vireo, a
purple finch and a redstart. At Ferry Drive the water was up and no mudflats
visible, but did have 5 great blues and 3 great egrets.