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This week's destination: 12/2 and note winter meeting hours change!

Naomi Lloyd
 

Hey Thursday birders! Tomorrow isn't looking like the nicest day, but it'll be above freezing and only a light sprinkle. So let's meet at the Mechanicville Price Chopper and take our first trip upriver of the season. We'll look for waterfowl and check the fields of Fort Edward (Snowy Owl is continuing there).

See you at 9:00am!

Naomi








Kinderhook Snow Geese plus

kernscot
 

Location: west of Kinderhook light, corner of Rt. 21 and Eichybush Road at Hollyrock Farm.

About 3-4:30 pm I watched about 200 Snow Geese, several 100 Canada Geese. It was overcast, intermittent rain, and the geese were feeding on a harvested corn field. Most of the time they were moving and in and out of deep tractor ruts in the wet ground, and some would fly up and circle back to feed. My photos were mostly blurred, and the photo conditions were difficult.
Examining them at home, there may be a Greater White-fronted Goose and a collared Snow Goose, possibly # 17 E on light green. Could the dark goose be a young, dark, Greater white-fronted? It looks like it might have a partial white eye ring which seems odd.

There were also 2 geese that were very dark and looked larger than the Canadas. I couldn't get a good view or photo.

I am going back tomorrow to see if they are there, and lighting is better.

Nancy Kern



Snow geese at Five Rivers EEC in Delmar

Cynthia Edwardson
 

A flock of about 500 snow geese just flew high over Five Rivers EEC in Delmar. 
Heading South!

Cindy and Chris Edwardson


Re: Pink-footed Goose, Wappingers Falls Friday 11/26

brendastiffen
 

Went looking for this goose yesterday.  No luck.  Saw a birder that said the last time it was seen was about 7:15am on the 27th.


On Fri, Nov 26, 2021 at 4:40 PM, neal.reilly
<neal.f.reilly@...> wrote:
Hi all,
After a hearing report from Rich Guthrie, I hustled south and found a Pink-footed Goose on Wappingers Lake in the Village of Wappingers Falls, Dutchess County at 2:00pm Friday 11/26.  
Interesting that sightings of this bird have increased in North America.  
Email me off list for location details,

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Neal Reilly


Re: Eagles attacking geese

Tom Lake
 

John,

Interesting to note that once with Pete Nye at Neversink Reservoir we watched an Eagle "drown" a Canada Goose. They are just too big to handle otherwise.

Tom


-----Original Message-----
From: John Kent <k2ent76@...>
To: hmbirds@groups.io <hmbirds@groups.io>
Sent: Sat, Nov 27, 2021 1:23 pm
Subject: [hmbirds] Eagles attacking geese

Two days in a row at Henry Hudson Park in Selkirk I have seen adult Bald Eagles attempting to prey on Canada Geese. Yesterday there was a lone goose on the water and a single eagle repeatedly went after it, circling around at least seven times and trying again. The goose finally managed to fly off when the eagle was going away from it. Today the pair of eagles were both going after one goose on the water. The goose was diving completely underwater to evade them. Eventually it took off and flew out of sight with both eagles in hot pursuit.

John Kent
Selkirk





Eagles attacking geese

John Kent
 

Two days in a row at Henry Hudson Park in Selkirk I have seen adult Bald Eagles attempting to prey on Canada Geese. Yesterday there was a lone goose on the water and a single eagle repeatedly went after it, circling around at least seven times and trying again. The goose finally managed to fly off when the eagle was going away from it. Today the pair of eagles were both going after one goose on the water. The goose was diving completely underwater to evade them. Eventually it took off and flew out of sight with both eagles in hot pursuit.

John Kent
Selkirk


Pink-footed Goose, Wappingers Falls Friday 11/26

neal.reilly
 

Hi all,
After a hearing report from Rich Guthrie, I hustled south and found a Pink-footed Goose on Wappingers Lake in the Village of Wappingers Falls, Dutchess County at 2:00pm Friday 11/26.  
Interesting that sightings of this bird have increased in North America.  
Email me off list for location details,

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Neal Reilly


Long-tailed Duck, Selkirk

John Kent
 

There is a Long-tailed Duck on the Hudson at Henry Hudson Park in Selkirk this morning. 

John Kent 
Selkirk 


Re: No destination this week 11/25

kernscot
 

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Good Birding-

🦃

Nancy Kern




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Subject: [hmbirds] No destination this week 11/25
 
Hey Thursday birders! No destination the week (obviously) but if you have time for a ramble over the long weekend, check out the Fort Edward/Northumberland grasslands and farmlands. Ducks are starting to gather on the river, and Gordon Ellmer photographed the first Snowy Owl of the season today.

Happy Turkey!

Naomi







No destination this week 11/25

Naomi Lloyd
 

Hey Thursday birders! No destination the week (obviously) but if you have time for a ramble over the long weekend, check out the Fort Edward/Northumberland grasslands and farmlands. Ducks are starting to gather on the river, and Gordon Ellmer photographed the first Snowy Owl of the season today.

Happy Turkey!

Naomi







Cattle Egret

Alison Van Keuren
 

Hello all,

A Cattle Egret was sighted up the hill from the Farm Pond on CR-113, 160 Northern Turnpike, a bit east of Tomhannock Reservoir.  The bird was along the roadside next to the dairy cows.  It then east across the road and then started feeding in the uncut field.  It is likely this is the same bird sighted south of the Tomhannock causeway earlier today.

Alison Van Keuren


Yes, Cattle Egret in field near CR 113 Farm Pond

adir46er
 

Cattle Egret is currently in field across road from farm house on CR 113.

Thanks to all who relayed the siting.

Rita Reed


Re: No cattle egret as of 12noon at Tomhannock

adir46er
 

Not at CR 113 Farm pond now.

On Nov 20, 2021, at 12:24 PM, adir46er via groups.io <rita.reed2819@...> wrote:

Checked the south end of Tomhannock Reservoir, Rensselaer County at 11:40a. No sign of the Cattle Egret reported earlier this morning.

Rita Reed





Re: No cattle egret as of 12noon at Tomhannock

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

Hi Rita, Alison Van Keuren relocated at the pond on rote 113 (160 Northern Turnpike)

On Sat, Nov 20, 2021 at 12:24 PM adir46er <rita.reed2819@...> wrote:
Checked the south end of Tomhannock Reservoir, Rensselaer County at 11:40a. No sign of the Cattle Egret reported earlier this morning.

Rita Reed





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No cattle egret as of 12noon at Tomhannock

adir46er
 

Checked the south end of Tomhannock Reservoir, Rensselaer County at 11:40a. No sign of the Cattle Egret reported earlier this morning.

Rita Reed


Re: waterfowl at Schuylerville and ft Miller this morning

jhershey2
 

Ron H. and I checked out the Hudson River mainly from the Rt. 4 bridge to north of Fort Miller hoping to find Gregg's ducks from this morning.  We didn't have much time but did find one Long-tailed Duck above the falls.  Right before dark we found a Northern Shrike on Purinton Rd. which is on the west side of the River in Northumberland not far from Fort Miller.  I attached two highly cropped photos of the two birds.

  John H.



waterfowl at Schuylerville and ft Miller this morning

gregg_recer
 

found a cackling goose at Hudson crossing park in Schuylerville - it was with maybe 100 canadas in the canal well upstream of the lock. couldn't find anything else different among the many 100s more canadas near the lock. 
In the Hudson along river Rd and ft Miller Rd there were 2 female black scoters near where river Rd meets rt 4, and 2 long-tailed ducks both with groups of common goldeneye. 1 LT was near the south end of river Rd and the 2nd was in the pool above the falls at the north end of the village of ft Miller. 

--
gregg recer
malta NY


This week's destination: 11/17 and some notes

Naomi Lloyd
 

Hey Thursday birders! Tomorrow looks like as nice a day as we're likely to get in November, so I hate to waste it driving around - but everywhere is a swamp, so...? Let's try the Zim Smith Trail, starting from the Coons Crossing Rd trailhead off Rt 67 at 8:00am.

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Coons+Crossing+Rd,+New+York+12118/42.9194012,-73.7463742/@42.9197366,-73.7489185,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m9!4m8!1m5!1m1!1s0x89de1607e5f695e7:0x105b097864c20c3e!2m2!1d-73.7470608!2d42.9201791!1m0!3e0?hl=en&authuser=0

No Thursday group next week on Thanksgiving, of course. When we pick back up in December, we'll switch to winter hours and meet at 9:00am, allowing more time to clear the roads and our cars.

Nancy Kern spotted the first Short-eared Owl of the season on CR 21 in Schodack Landing last night - I know where I'll be tonight!
https://ebird.org/checklist/S97678413

And remember Christmas Bird Count season is just a month away. Important dates:
Thursday 12/16 Saratoga count, Jean Holcomb
Saturday 12/18 Schenectady count, Larry Alden
Sunday 12/26 SoRensCo, yours truly
Sunday, 1/2 Troy count, Larry Alden

Check this page for updating info on count circles everywhere:
https://audubon.maps.arcgis.com/apps/View/index.html?appid=ac275eeb01434cedb1c5dcd0fd3fc7b4

See you tomorrow!

Naomi





Short-eared Owl, 3751 County Road 21, Schodack Landing, New York, Nov 16, 2021- site correction

kernscot
 

 Seen at Gibson Farm-

Nancy Kern


 
3751 County Road 21, Schodack Landing, New York, US (42.446, -73.732), Columbia, New York, US
Nov 16, 2021 4:51 PM - 5:19 PM
Protocol: Traveling
9.58 mile(s)
Checklist Comments:     Temperature 43F, clouds, sunset.
2 species

Canada Goose  6 flying

Short-eared Owl  1     Seen flying across the road in front of my car, and over harvested cornfields and at marshy gullies. Football size buff colored owl with dark wrists, wings held above body, flew low over the fields with a rocking motion, quick turns back and few wing beats.  Turned and dropped down out of sight. Dusk, 4:40 pm. I have found them at this large Gibson Farm in previous years.


Short-eared Owl, 3751 County Road 21, Schodack Landing, New York, US (42.446, -73.732), Nov 16, 2021

kernscot
 



 
 
3751 County Road 21, Schodack Landing, New York, US (42.446, -73.732), Columbia, New York, US
Nov 16, 2021 4:51 PM - 5:19 PM
Protocol: Traveling
9.58 mile(s)
Checklist Comments:     Temperature 43F, clouds, sunset.
2 species

Canada Goose  6 flying

Short-eared Owl  1     Seen flying across the road in front of my car, and over harvested cornfields and at marshy gullies. Football size buff colored owl with dark wrists, wings held above body, flew low over the fields with a rocking motion, quick turns back and few wing beats.  Turned and dropped down out of sight. Dusk, 4:40 pm. I have found them at this large Gibbons Farm in previous years.

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