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SoRensCo 2021 results

Naomi Lloyd
 

The 54th annual Southern Rensselaer CBC took place on a relatively pleasant day with temps at and above freezing, with no precipitation. The lingering mild weather ensured that most water was open, causing waterfowl to spread out. Lack of snow meant birds were not driven to road edges.

22 participants in seven field parties, plus one feeder watcher, spent the day day logging 66 species and 16,302 individual birds. That's well above our 10-year average of 57 species and is the second-highest count on record. We had no owling hours this time, but one observer had Great-horned Owls calling in their yard after dark.

As expected our highest individual numbers were of American Crow and European Starling. We had none of our winter passerines (Snow Bunting, Horned Lark, Pine Siskin etc) while Sparrow numbers in general were low except for Dark-eyed Juncos, with Swamp Sparrow seen in one sector. Black Vultures continue their strong winter roost move into the area, while a few Turkey Vultures lingered as well.

Raptors gave a strong showing with Cooper's Hawk outnumbering Sharpies again. All three Falcons were seen. Most notable sighting was a probable Broad-winged Hawk headed south in a hurry!

Saddest miss was a Cape May Warbler that frequented a feeder in Poestenkill for several weeks, last seen before count week and not since. Other occasional wintering birds we missed were Gray Catbird and Rusty Blackbird.

Thank you to all participants! The 2022 SoRensCo count will be held on Saturday December 24, and with luck we'll be able to meet for our annual compilation dinner.


Naomi Lloyd
Southern Rensselaer CBC compiler


Snow Buntings, Feura Bush

John Kent
 

There is a flock of 25-30 Snow Buntings in a field on Rowe Road in Feura Bush, just southwest of the one lane bridge.

John Kent
Selkirk


Austerlitz Purple Finches

kernscot
 

First pair of Purple Finches of winter at my feeders today.

Nancy Kern


Bluebirds and Song Sparrows

Alan
 

Six Bluebirds sitting in a tree near the next boxes.

Two Song Sparrows under the feeders today.

Clear skies, Alan
Glenville


ww gulls on Mohawk at crescent

gregg_recer
 

currently 1 probable 1st yr iceland and a pure white 2nd yr glaucous in a large group of gulls at the edge of the ice just upstream of the crescent power station. 

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gregg recer
malta NY


This week's destination: 1/20

Naomi Lloyd
 

Hey Thursday birders! Sorry I'm running late this week.

Let's meet at the Mechanicville Price Chopper at 9:00am to look along the river, on the Saratoga and/or Rensselaer and Washington Co banks. Don't know what we'll get but maybe we'll pick out a good goose or two.

A couple of people have asked me about HMBC checklists. As far as I know there won't be more printed, but you can get your own copies from the website under Members. Now that everyone is eBirding there's not as much demand, but I find it useful for doing a Big Day or Century Run.

In a few weeks we'll have actual working walkie-talkies again! Funds have been approved and I'm researching the best choices.


Naomi


Sunday - Cohoes

denisehstoner@aol.com
 

Brief stops this afternoon at two sites in Cohoes - Cohoes Flats (Clark Ave.) had one adult Bald Eagle and several Common Mergansers along with the Great Balck-backed Gulls, Mallards, and Canada Geese.

A bit upriver at Overlook Park (School St.) there were a total of at least 50 Common Goldeneye along with another (same?) Bald Eagle, Am. Black Ducks, and Mallards; about 40 Great Balck-backed Gulls flew in just as we were leaving.

Scott Stoner, Loudonville


Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club - January board meeting

Tristan Lowery
 

The next Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club board meeting will be held this Monday, 1/17 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. All HMBC members are welcome to attend; meeting information follows below:

Tristan Lowery
President, Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club

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Rough-legged Hawk

Alison Van Keuren
 

On our return, Sunday, from the Mountain Bluebird, Mark and I observed a dark morph Rough-legged Hawk soaring above the Greene County Sheriff's Office on 
9 W.

Alison Van Keuren


Woodlawn Preserve this afternoon

Sue Rokos
 

Brrrr, on the walk around the preserve found 1 chickadee, 1 goldfinch, 1 white throated Sparrow, one downy woodpecker, and one flyover bald eagle. Plus the precursor to the wolf moon, with accompanying ice howls.

Sue and Dennis Rokos


Re: Grackles galore, eagle photo

Sheree <Shereemeow@...>
 

I’ve had the same experience. I live in Schodack Landing, near Valatie and have been awaiting their return. When they show up here, they’re bronzed grackles. They’re very noisy, too, but fascinating!

 

Sheree Hipwell

 

 

 

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"When it comes to having a central nervous system and the ability to feel pain, hunger, and thirst, a rat is a pig is a dog is a boy." Ingrid Newkirk



 

From: hmbirds@groups.io <hmbirds@groups.io> On Behalf Of scumming@...
Sent: Thursday, January 13, 2022 5:16 PM
To: hmbirds@groups.io
Subject: [hmbirds] Grackles galore, eagle photo

 

I'm surrounded by farmland in Stuyvesant and have many field species. Yesterday I noticed 40-50 grackles at my feeders, unusual this time of year. Then went outside to see 400-500 of them covering my half-acre -- very Hitchcockian! 

Also caught a mature eagle departing a perch near the river at Newton Hook. 

Sean Cummings
Stuyvesant


Grackles galore, eagle photo

scumming@...
 

I'm surrounded by farmland in Stuyvesant and have many field species. Yesterday I noticed 40-50 grackles at my feeders, unusual this time of year. Then went outside to see 400-500 of them covering my half-acre -- very Hitchcockian! 

Also caught a mature eagle departing a perch near the river at Newton Hook. 

Sean Cummings
Stuyvesant


FW: Nature Bus Survey!

scottjstoner
 

DYI, please see the below release and survey from the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy about the Nature Bus. - Scott 



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-------- Original message --------
From: Sarah Walsh <Sarah@...>
Date: 1/13/22 11:43 (GMT-05:00)
To: scottjstoner <scottjstoner@...>
Cc: Carrie Stickan <carrie@...>
Subject: Nature Bus Survey!

Hi Scott,

I don’t know if you say this yet, but our Nature Bus project reached nearly 1,000 people in 2021! You can read more about it here: https://mohawkhudson.org/nature-bus-service-finishes-pilot-year-strong/.

 

We are also asking folks who utilized the service or are located in the Albany City Area to complete our survey to help provide feedback for shaping Nature Bus 2022. Could you circulate the survey link and press release with your group? https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NatureBus

 

Thanks so much and happy birding!

 

Sincerely,

 

Sarah M. Walsh (she/her/hers)

Conservation Director

Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy

www.mohawkhudson.org

Office 518-436-6346 x104

Mobile: 315-289-3963

 

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I respectfully acknowledge that I work and reside on the traditional lands of the Mohican people, now known as the Stockbridge-Munsee Community located in Wisconsin, and the traditional lands of the Mohawk people. To learn more about MHLC’s Indigenous Land Acknowledgement, please visit our website.

 

 


Golden Eagle

adir46er
 

While driving around some of the agricultural areas near Schaghticoke in northern Rensselaer County today, Robert and I found a Golden Eagle perched in a tree on Hayes Road. After a short while it flew after being repeatedly harassed by a Red-tailed Hawk. We happened to relocate the same eagle (presumably) a bit later on Verbeck Ave. eBird lists are here:
https://ebird.org/checklist/S100619387

Other nice birds of prey for the day included a pair of adult Bald Eagles, as well as 2 Northern Harriers, a Peregrin Falcon, and a Cooper’s Hawk.


Rita Reed
East Hoosick, NY (Rensselaer County)


Re: This week's destination: 1/13 - NOTE SPECIAL AFTERNOON MEETING TIME!

Raymond Perry
 

Naomi et. al.
I’m sure you have sone good intel but just to add a little, my wife and saw two Snowy Owls this afternoon
1. NE of intersection of 197/42. Near top of tree on far side of field
2. approximately 3/4 mile west on 197 from the first one we saw another on the peak if the roof of a blue house on the south side of 197
We also saw a male RN Pheasant on Blackhouse Rd. just south of 46 on the West side
A couple of Rough-legged Hawks , one dark, one light
We were out there from 2:30 to 4:00




On Jan 11, 2022, at 6:00 PM, Naomi Lloyd via groups.io <naomi_kestrel@...> wrote:


Hey Thursday birders! Looks like we'll luck out with the mildest temperatures of the week, light winds, and only a slight chance of snow showers. Short-eared Owls have been seen at both Black House and Fitzpatrick Roads before dusk, as well as a Long-eared Owl too! The Snowy Owl is continuing in the area and Harriers and Rough-legged Hawks are here.

Let's meet at the Washington County Grasslands Area AT 2:00 PM. Park in the lot there (390 Black House Rd) and we can travel around until the owls come out I hope!

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Washington+County+Grasslands/@43.2454551,-73.561531,578m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x89dfd47f6867f477:0xf12ad587a80b296e!8m2!3d43.2454551!4d-73.559337?hl=en&authuser=0

Plan a leisurely drive up - the river is beginning to freeze and concentrate the waterfowl.


Naomi





This week's destination: 1/13 - NOTE SPECIAL AFTERNOON MEETING TIME!

Naomi Lloyd
 

Hey Thursday birders! Looks like we'll luck out with the mildest temperatures of the week, light winds, and only a slight chance of snow showers. Short-eared Owls have been seen at both Black House and Fitzpatrick Roads before dusk, as well as a Long-eared Owl too! The Snowy Owl is continuing in the area and Harriers and Rough-legged Hawks are here.

Let's meet at the Washington County Grasslands Area AT 2:00 PM. Park in the lot there (390 Black House Rd) and we can travel around until the owls come out I hope!

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Washington+County+Grasslands/@43.2454551,-73.561531,578m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x89dfd47f6867f477:0xf12ad587a80b296e!8m2!3d43.2454551!4d-73.559337?hl=en&authuser=0

Plan a leisurely drive up - the river is beginning to freeze and concentrate the waterfowl.


Naomi





Fort Edward grasslands this afternoon

scottjstoner
 

I birded the Washington County grasslands this afternoon; raptors few but did end up with 1 Kestrel, 1 Rough-legged Hawk, 3 Short-eared Owls (distant), and 1 Snowy Owl, on the roof of a building on a busy highway. Scott Stoner, Loudonville NY



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Waterfowl - Staffords Bridge

Alan Mapes
 

At 3:45, 3 northern pintails and one lesser scalp among lots of the usual three suspects. One belted kingfisher also. 

Alan Mapes
Saratoga 


Albany pine bush

Robert S Pastel
 

Pleasant walk near Discovery Center. First bird, a hermit thrush. Later, the two nuthatches, a golden crowned kinglet, downy and harry woodpeckers, tufted titmice, chickadees, juncos, blue jays, at least 100 American crows and several fish crows, 4 song sparrows, one red tail, goldfinch and tree sparrows. One tufted titmouse near center that clearly sang/called “pretty bird, pretty bird”.

Robert S. Pastel


Field Birds - Northumberland

Alan Mapes
 

At 3 pm on Wall Road, .7 mile south of King, large flock of horned larks with a half dozen snow buntings and at least one Lapland longspur. They are on a manure spread on the east side. Across the road, 47 wild turkeys on the cornfield. 

Alan Mapes
Saratoga 

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