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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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gregg recer
malta NY


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



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  

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