HMBC Field Trip reminders- Sat./Sun., Sep. 25th & 26th


Saturday, September 25, NUTTEN HOOK (Columbia county; morning)

Coordinator: Kathy Schneider 518-248-8665 fallline@...

Nutten Hook is part of Stockport Flats, a Hudson River Estuarine Research Reserve site in Columbia County. The area includes the remains of the largest icehouse on the Hudson as well as a loop trail that orders the river for a quarter mile. The return path cuts inland through oak woods, abandoned farmland, and tidal marshes. Bald Eagles and early fall migrants are expected.

Meet at 8:00 AM in the parking area by the pavilion, which is west of the railroad tracks, and the buildings on Ice House Rd. Ice House Rd is off Route 9J in Stuyvesant.  Map and full info at this link:

Sunday, September 26, WOODLAWN PRESERVE (Schenectady County; morning)

Coordinator: TBA & James Taft  twill0526@...

This trip will be geared toward novice birders, but all are welcome.

The Woodlawn Preserve is in the southeast corner of Schenectady County abutting the western edge of the Pine Bush. The area contains a flood control pond, forested sand dunes, and general wetland habitat. Trips in prior years have seen migrating warblers and sparrows. The pond may attract various waterfowl.


Meet at 8:00 AM in front of PetSmart in Mohawk Commons at the corner of State Street and Balltown Road (Balltown Road side). We will caravan the short distance to the Preserve.  Full info and map at this link:

Re: Peebles Island Warbler I.D. pics

zach schwartz-weinstein

Hi John, all correct.  Looking at the baypoll again it has visible bay on the flanks, so I think it’s safe to call it bay-breasted.

On Tue, Sep 21, 2021 at 8:09 AM jhershey2 <hersheyj@...> wrote:
Oops! My visit to Peebles Island was Monday not Sunday.  

John H.

Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
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Re: Peebles Island Warbler I.D. pics


Oops! My visit to Peebles Island was Monday not Sunday.  

John H.

Peebles Island Warbler I.D. pics


There were warblers just about everywhere at Peebles Island Sunday morning.  Ron H. and I found about 10 different species altogether plus 4 vireo species. Many of them are tough to identify.  For i.d. purposes I believe I have below in order  Blackburnian, Blackpoll/Bay-breasted?, Chestnut-sided, Blue-headed Vireo, Black-and-White, Northern Parula, Philadelphia Vireo.  Others not shown: Yellow-rumped, Ovenbird, Black-throated Green, Magnolia.  

John H.


Round Lake today


A pleasant paddle on Round Lake in Saratoga County this afternoon turned up Bald Eagle, Great Egret, Great Blue Heron, Cedar Waxwings, and Yellow-rumped Warblers. Scott Stoner, Loudonville

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boice family park today


prompted by susan's report, cathy graichen and I did a walk on the blue & red trails at boice family park in milton this morning. It was our first time exploring the park and we had a couple of nice mixed-species migrant foraging flocks highlighted by 1 olive-sided flycatcher, rose-breasted grosbeak, 1 tiny "kettle" of 3 broad-winged hawks, and 8 warbler species including nashville, blackburnian, blackpoll.

gregg recer
malta NY

Migrants in W. Charlton


I’ve had an interesting day, bird-wise, and I didn’t even have to go anywhere! 


A little before noon, I heard a bunch of nuthatch, chickadee, and titmouse calls, and thought maybe we had a hawk in the yard.  But when I looked outside, I found that our crabapple tree had about two-dozen birds foraging in it.  They moved so fast, I wasn’t able to identify all of them, but they included Chestnut-Sided and Magnolia Warblers, Northern Parula, a Swainson’s Thrush making a little ‘wit’ call, Ruby-Crowned Kinglets, and Red-Eyed Vireos.  The tree is absolutely loaded with fruit, which I assume attracts insects as it ripens (or rots).


Later, when I went out to refill a bird feeder, I got a great look at a female Scarlet Tanager, and heard Gray Catbird and Northern Flicker.


After lunch, more birds came through, including a Black-Throated Green Warbler, American Redstart (I just looked out the window – he’s back!), Eastern Wood-Pewee, and more Ruby-Crowned Kinglets. 


We still have a couple of hummingbirds around, though the last male of the season was on 8/30.    And we have some very noisy Pileated Woodpeckers!


I also saw an American Kestrel perched on a wire this morning when I walked my dog.


Ellen P.

West Charlton

1000 broad-winged hawks at Five Rivers -and more


late.this morning, over roughly one hour, Drew Hopkins, Doug Steele, and several other birders observed multiple large kettles of Broad-winged Hawks flying south over the parking lot - visitor center area. Total of at least 1,000, could easily have been twice that. Other species overhead included turkey and black vultures, American kestrel, Osprey, Red-tailed Hawk, chimney swift, and many monarch butterflies! Scott Stoner, Loudonville

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Boise Family Park Migrants


I had a flock of about 20 migrants at Boise Family Park on Creekside Drive, just off of Rock City Rd in the Town of Milton around 8:30 this morning. Unfortunately the lighting was terrible and most birds weren't much more than a silhouette. I was able to identify Blackburnian, bay-breasted, parula, redstart, rose-breasted grosbeak and could hear yellow-throated vireo. White-throated sparrows were in a bush further down the path. They were located along the red Creekside Trail.
There was also a group of 6 common mergansers taking baths in  Kayaderosseras Creek.
Susan Beaudoin

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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Close enough for an iPhone picture

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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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


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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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