five rivers EEC yesterday


yesterday, September 16 at Five Rivers EEC in Delmar, highlights included Magnolia and Blackpoll warblers,.red-eyed vireos, and a continuing Great Egret. Scott Stoner , Loudonville

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Robert S Pastel

Robert S. Pastel


Robert S Pastel

We had a kettle of 30 plus broad wings at Park Ave heading towards Thacher at 9:30 am

Robert S. Pastel

HMBC Field Trip CANCELLATION- Sat., Sep. 18th


The scheduled field trip for Saturday, Sep. 18th at Thacher Park- Hawk Watch is cancelled. Weather conditions look unfavorable for hawk migration during the morning/early afternoon, with rain showers possible by noontime. Individuals can still meet directly at the Thacher Park Overlook on Saturday morning if they wish to have a go at it, but there will be no meet up beforehand in Guilderland. 

Tom Williams 

SNHP warblers


Wilson’s warbler, possibly two -along the tour road in tall plants,  between the east end of the service road near Stop 1 and Barber’s Field. 
3 Bay-breasted, 1 each Blackburniam and Nashville, 3 Phoebes- on the trail from the Chatfield Farm parking lot, Stop 4, all seen from the bridge at the bottom of the hill
Susan Beaudoin

Update on Song Bird Illness


FYI - Scott

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Subject: Update on Song Bird Illness

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For those of you concerned about putting out feeders and bird baths again, due to the songbird illness reported earlier this summer, the following  joint announcement was made by Cornell Lab of Ornithology & the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine:

Updated on September 13, 2021. All states affected by the mysterious bird illness of summer 2021 have lifted their do-not-feed recommendations (see below for links). No cause has yet been determined, but cases are no longer being reported.

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This week's destination: 9/16 - note time change!

Naomi Lloyd

Hey Thursday birders! Batten down the hatches for tonight's wild weather, but by tomorrow morning things should be calmed down. Let's see how the Hawkwatch is going. On Monday we had over 750 Broadwings and 225 yesterday - of course there's no telling what another day will bring. Raptors generally don't get moving until the sun warms up the thermals, so let's meet at the Thacher Park Overlook **AT 10:00AM.**

Normally I'd say start somewhere else to look for passerine migrants, but the heavy rain that's forecast will make everything sodden. Again...

So, sleep in a bit and meet up at the Overlook at 10:00AM!,-74.0070487/@42.6479887,-74.0040874,16z/data=!4m2!4m1!3e0?hl=en&authuser=0


This week's destination: 9/16 - note time change

Naomi Lloyd

Hey Thursday birders! Batten down the hatches for this afternoon's wild weather! But it should be cleared out by tomorrow morning. I suggest meeting at the Thacher Park Overlook to take part in the Hawkwatch. On Monday we had about 750 Broadwings stream through. Can't promise that kind of numbers again, but it's worth seeing what's moving through. The raptors don't start moving early in the morning, so we can sleep in a bit and meet at 10am.
Normally I'd suggest meeting somewhere else first to check for passerine migrants, but I think the rainfall that's forecast will saturate everything. Again...


Extreme Birding Competition / Scientific American

Sue Rokos

Here’s a fun article from next month’s Scientific American I Stumbled over this a.m.

(I tried to forward the article directly, but does not seem to have gone through, if it did, sorry to fill your in box)

Happy Birding!

Sue Rokos
Duanesburg, NY

HMBC Field Trip reminders- Sat./Sun., Sep. 18 & 19th


Saturday, September 18, HAWK WATCHING AT THACHER STATE PARK (Albany County; morning)

Coordinator: Tom and Colleen Williams twill0526@...

We will be looking for migrating Broad-winged Hawks that use the warming air thermals along the face of the escarpment to continue their migration south. Other raptors may be seen using the thermals for similar reasons. Osprey, Bald Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks, Sharp-shinned and Coopers Hawks are among those that can be seen soaring over the Helderbergs. Ruby-throated Hummingbirds also migrate over the escarpment very low and fast, so be ready to

Meet at 9:00 a.m. in front of the Key Bank at the southwest corner of Routes 20 and 155 in Guilderland. Map and full info at this link:

Sunday, September 19, SARATOGA SPA STATE PARK (Saratoga County; morning)

Coordinator: Naomi Lloyd naomi_kestrel@...

Picnic table graveyard? Hardly! Explore this very productive area at the south end of Saratoga Spa Park. From weedy brush lot to capped landfill, and through woods, this spot has earned attention as a haven for migrants in its many edge habitats. Expect warblers, sparrows, flycatchers and vireos. The path is level and mostly gravel.


Meet at 8:00am at the Carlsbad parking area. From Rt. 50 or Rt. 9, take East-West Road through the south end of the Park. Carlsbad parking lot is just west of the Peerless Pool lot. Admission is charged after 8:30 so please be prompt. Map and full info at this link:

FW: RE:[nysbirds-l] [cayugabirds-l] Snowy Plover and Common Ringed Plover, Sandy Pond (Oswego Co.)



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From: "Johnson, Alyssa" <Alyssa.Johnson@...>
Date: 9/14/21 10:19 (GMT-05:00)
To: Jay McGowan <jwm57@...>, Nysbirds-l@..., oneidabirds@..., Cayugabirds-L <Cayugabirds-L@...>, geneseebirds-l <GeneseeBirds-L@...>
Subject: RE:[nysbirds-l] [cayugabirds-l] Snowy Plover and Common Ringed Plover, Sandy Pond (Oswego Co.)

As I understand, just for the sake of giving credit where credit is due: Sarah Forestiere an SCA/NYS Parks Piping Plover Steward was the first to put eyes on the bird. She then asked Matt Brown for confirmation that it was not a Wilson’s but in fact a Snowy. Sarah is a personal friends and was a student at Finger Lakes Community College when I worked there several years ago. She is a budding conservationist who is ecstatic about this sighting and the experience as a whole.



Alyssa Johnson

Environmental Educator



Montezuma Audubon Center

PO Box 187

2295 State Route 89

Savannah, NY 13146

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers


From: bounce-125911115-79436705@... <bounce-125911115-79436705@...> On Behalf Of Jay McGowan
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To: Nysbirds-l@...; oneidabirds@...; Cayugabirds-L <Cayugabirds-L@...>; geneseebirds-l <GeneseeBirds-L@...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Snowy Plover and Common Ringed Plover, Sandy Pond (Oswego Co.)


Matt Brown found a SNOWY PLOVER on the beach at Sandy Pond in Oswego County this morning. The bird was still present this evening, on the lake side of the south spit. At about 6:04PM, it took off to join a passing flock of Sanderlings and they headed south out of sight down the beach. It's possible they stopped farther down, but they were definitely gone from the pond outlet area before dusk. Access to this area is best by boat, but you can reportedly also walk north from Sandy Island Beach State Park.


Then just before dusk I found a juvenile COMMON RINGED PLOVER on the sandy shoal on the west side of Carl's Island in the bay. I was checking out some of the array of shorebirds there, which included Red Knot, American Golden-Plover, and Long-billed Dowitcher. As it was getting dark, I got on a small plover giving melancholy calls in flight, quite unlike Semipalmated, and I immediately suspected it was a ringed. Once it landed I was able to get closer and call Drew Weber and Larry Chen who I had been birding with back over to the island, and we were able to get some documentation shots in the fading light. Plumage seemed consistent with a juvenile Common Ringed: overall noticeably larger and plumper than nearby Semipalmated. Dark breast band distinctly broken in center and bulging down on both sides. Lores dark and no white wedge at gape. Closeups on photos show no sign of paler orbital ring around eye. It continued to call occasionally when other shorebirds would vocalize. It was still present on the south side of the shoal when we left well after sunset. This flock would be visible by scope from the south spit of the pond outlet, but ID would be challenging at that distance. Otherwise access is by boat, putting in either at Greene Point marina (paddlecraft launch fee $7) or the public launch on Doreen Dr. at the far east side of the bay.


Checklist with photos and a recording of the ringed plover here:


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Lincoln's Sparrow at Five Rivers today


A Lincoln's Sparrow was along the trail behind the Fox Marsh at Five Rivers EEC in Delmar late this morning. The only through-migrant I found! Photos are in the ebird list, below. -Scott Stoner, Loudonville NY

Five Rivers EEC, Albany, New York, US
Sep 13, 2021 9:10 AM - 12:52 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.76 mile(s)
Checklist Comments:     monarch, viceroy, common green darner
16 species

Wood Duck  3
Turkey Vulture  1
Eastern Phoebe  2
Blue Jay  8
American Crow  4
Common Raven  2
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Red-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  1
Gray Catbird  16
American Robin  2
American Goldfinch  16
Field Sparrow  3
Song Sparrow  1
Lincoln's Sparrow  1     along trail behind the Fox Marsh; see photos
Northern Cardinal  2

View this checklist online at

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (

Re: yard birds today

David Halm

I’ve had an Ovenbird in my Burnt Hills yard the past few days also. It likes to chase the other birds. BAW and Blackpoll were here this morning. 

program reminder - Shorebird ID workshop with Shai Mitra Monday 6:30 PM via Zoom


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.
    NOTE: The first time you use Zoom on a device, you will be prompted to download the Zoom app when you click on the meeting link below. Follow the prompts to download the app and then launch the meeting using the meeting ID from the invite. (The app is recommended, but if you prefer, there is also an option when you open the link below to join the meeting via a web browser window, but with limited capabilities.) Audio connections can be through the app on your device or through a separate dial-in phone number given below.
    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. 
    full details here:

    Meeting details:
    Topic: HMBC September Program Meeting
    Time: Sep 13, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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    yard birds today


    In our small backyard this morning we had an Ovenbird, Nashville Warbler, and Eastern Wood-Pewee! - Scott and Denise, Loudonville 

    Swainsons thrush SNHP


    There was a Swainson’s thrush on the service road past stop one this morning. Also magnolia and black-throated green warblers near the apple trees in the fields well below the visitor center.
    Susan Beaudoin

    Vischer Ferry


    Highlights from a visit to Vischer Ferry yesterday:


    Green Heron (multiple)

    Great Blue Heron

    Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

    Belted Kingfisher

    Eastern Wood-Pewee

    Eastern Phoebe

    Great Crested Flycatcher

    Yellow-Throated Vireo

    Red-Eyed Vireo (multiple)

    Warbling Vireo

    Carolina Wren

    Cedar Waxwing (many)

    Common Yellowthroat


    -Ellen P.

    West Charlton


    Re: Red-eyed Vireo Five Rivers - Blackpoll Warblers and Great Egret


    a rather belated report but I also had Red-eyed Vireos at 5 Rivers on Thursday Sept.9, along with several Blackpoll Warblers along the service road loop. A Great Egret continues at the Beaver Pond. - Scott Stoner, Loudonville

    -----Original Message-----
    From: Barbara Beebe <babeebe@...>
    Sent: Fri, Sep 10, 2021 3:42 pm
    Subject: [hmbirds] Red-eyed Vireo Five Rivers

    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

    Warbler I.D. photos from Pine Bush


    There have already been several e-bird reports on the HMBC field trip this morning at Karner Barrens East. I’ve been making a practice of photographing as many “confusing” fall warblers as I can to help with identification.  I believe I have photos of 6 different warblers from this morning: Cape May, Bay-breasted, Prairie, Magnolia, Black-throated Green, and Palm.   These are not exactly my best photos just ones that show enough detail for identification.  Can you identify the warblers? 

    John H.

    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

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