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Re: Ballston Lake Rookery

adkayaker
 

Dennis/all:

I believe your nesting osprey sighting is a significant breeding find
for the Hudson-Mohawk region. The nearest traditional nesting Osprey I
was aware of has been on a small lake in Queensbury. The latest
book, "Birds of New York State" book by Budliger and Kennedy show a
range that I immediately thought of when you posted, the
Adirondacks/St. Lawrence valley and Long Island. The Hudson-Mohawk
region and mid-Hudson Valley shows a complete void for breeding.

Hopefully, the occasional canoers that travel down the creek from
Outlet Road will not disturb this new treasure.

Great photos!


Jeff Nadler
Town of Ballston


Baltimore Oriole

F Murphy <thrush@...>
 

April 22 - This morning I saw a male Baltimore Oriole at the
Rensselaer Tech Park. As Matt M posted yesterday about the
Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, this is the earliest I have ever seen an
oriole up here. The vegetation and insect life seem to be at least 10
days ahead of average, but this doesn't usually affect bird migration,
especially those birds that winter in Central and South America.
Maybe we're witnessing a gradual adaptation to global warming ? Just
a thought for Earth Day.

Also a Louisiana Waterthrush has taken up residence again in the
backyard here in Rensselaer.

Frank Murphy
Rensselaer NY


Ballston Lake Rookery

mrchips
 

I visited the Rookery last evening and found only a small group of
herons. I saw 4 occupied nests with only one bird sitting on eggs.

The largest tree in the rookery that had 4 nests last year has none
this year because a Red-tailed hawk has taken up nesting in one. A
pleasant suprise was one of the larger nests was taken over by a pair
of Osprey. While I was there they brought numerous sticks to enlarge
the nest and copulated. It looks like the raptors have forced some of
the birds to look elsewhere for a nesting site.

A few picks from last evening.

http://www.through-my-lens.com/rookery.htm

Regards,
Dennis

Dennis Donohue
Freelance Nature and Equine Photographer
Watervliet, NY


Earlier today - near Hudson

reneebur61 <reneebur61@...>
 

Hi there -

At Oakdale Lake/park in Hudson at 7am, within walking distance from
my apt, but driving since I'm heading up to Stockport:
Hermit thrush

At Stockport flats:
Wild Turkey
Bald Eagle
Wood Duck
Belted Kingfisher, being chased by a...
Common Grackle, feeding with
RW Blackbirds, and
Common Pigeon by the tracks

Activity everywhere, as we're all experiencing, lots of beautiful
common birds...but a few I had a hard time positively ID'ing:

American Crow or Fish Crow? a small group, vocalizing nasal sound as
opposed to 'caw'

American Kestrel or Merlin? Blue-jay sized, dark grey back

Northern rough-winged or Bank Swallow? on the move too fast for me to
tell!

I have to get out with some experienced birders and get a scope!
Good birding!
Renee Burgevin


Westerlo marsh birds

David Martin <dlsbmartin@...>
 

Sandy and I made our first visit to the marsh on Maple Avenue Ext in Westerlo this am. Best birds were a pair of northern harriers coursing over the marsh. Also, 2 female hooded mergansers.

At Bear Swamp we had ruby-crowned kinglet, singing brown creeper and heard blue-headed vireo among the more common birds.

David Martin


Re: common loon question

adkayaker
 

I have frequently heard the tremelo call of a loon, as it flys over a
wilderness lake. The Common loon has three main calls: the tremelo,
the wail, the yodel, and a lesser sound- a hoot.

To specifically answer the question, I'll quote from my well used copy
of the book Loon Magic: "Loons often use the tremelo to communicate
while flying; in fact, the tremelo is the only call loons can give
while in flight."

This is the same sound the loon gives when an intruder arrives,
including fly over planes.

To most Barb, the tremelo sounds like a crazed laugh. As an avid canoe
and kayak camper on Adirondack wilderness lakes, my most favorite loon
sound is not this one, but the wail. It defines an evening on a wild
Adirondack lake. OK, time to go north!

Jeff Nadler


Rose-breasted Grosbeaks in Glenville

Matthew Medler
 

I was very surprised to look out the window just now (21 April 2006) and see two Rose-breasted Grosbeaks at the feeder. Based on my experiences in the Cayuga Lake Basin, where I compiled a list of average first arrival dates for migrants http://www.birds.cornell.edu/cayugabirdclub/firstrecords/medlerarrivals.html,
this is more than a week early for this species, which I think of as a classic May 1st arrival. Even more suprising was the fact that both birds were females (I tend to see males of this species before females when they arrive back).

Lest anybody think that I observed two female Purple Finches, which are probably more expected on this date, I had good, close-range looks at the birds through binoculars for a few minutes. I clearly saw the massive, pale-colored bill, the very "clean" white eyeline extending to the front of the head, and the two white wingbars.

Good birding,
Matt Medler
Glenville
Schenectady County


Snowy Egret

Gerry Colborn <gcolborn@...>
 

A walk out onto the flats from the Clarke Ave parking area here in Cohoes ( Lower Mohawk chapter in birdfinding guide) turned up a Snowy Egret with a bright yellow cere and boots. First I've seen here in 4 years and first ever in spring. It flew up and over the spillway but may very well return. Other birds included:

Double-crested Cormorant
Canada Goose
Wood Duck
American Black Duck
Mallard
Blue-winged Teal
Common Merganser
Killdeer
Greater Yellowlegs
Ring-billed, Herring and Great Black-backed Gull
Tree and Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Gerry Colborn
Cohoes


Re: common loon question

Barb Putnam <barbolink1@...>
 

Thanks to Frank M for pointing out the common loon has a bunch of
vocalizations. I am not sure that what I heard is technically called a
"yodel" but it was a loon.

Thanks also to Ian H who said he has heard loons vocalizing during flight,
so I now don't think I am nuts (having never experienced that before).

I hope you all hear a loon this year! B

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Gansevoort (Dutch for Goose Crossing), New York
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HMBC trip - Black Creek Marsh Wild Turkey Parcel 4/30/06

Barb Putnam <barbolink1@...>
 

The Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club is holding a morning field trip to the Wild
Turkey Parcel of the Black Creek Marsh on Sunday, April 30. DEC and the
Wild Turkey Federation maintain this parcel adjacent to the marsh which
provides a different approach to the marsh and adjoining areas. Birds of
interest seen and heard here include Golden and Ruby-crowned Kinglets,
Eastern Towhee, Ruffed Grouse, Brown Thrasher, Pileated Woodpecker as well
as Field, Swamp, and White-crowned Sparrows. In addition to Wood Duck and
Green-winged Teal, we'll also be watching for early migrating warblers.
Blue-winged, Yellow-rumped, and Black-throated Green Warblers are found
here, and on one occasion, a Hooded Warbler. Waterproof boots are
recommended as the trail goes down to the edge of the marsh. Meet at 7:30
am at the parking lot approximately 1/4 mile west of the Voorheesville
Public Library on the south side of School Rd. (County Rt. 209). Note: The
parking area has a large sign, but it is somewhat hidden behind a row of
trees.


SGF yard birds 4/21/06

Kinglet <kinglet@...>
 

Purple Finch - 2 striking males
PineSiskins - 3
White-throated Sparrow - just one, but a real beauty!
Dark-eyed Junco
Sharp-shinned Hawk looking for lunch
..plus the "regulars"


Scout Camp - Wilton P&P

Barb Putnam <barbolink1@...>
 

Here is a report of the more interesting birds seen this morning (4/21/06)
at the Scout Camp property of the Wilton Wildlife Park & Preserve. There
was a lot of song and sightings 8-9am and then very little afterwards. The
"best" birds, IMHO: yellow-bellied sapsucker, yellow-rumped warbler,
eastern phoebe, eastern towhee, field sparrow, hermit thrush, brown
creeper, winter wren, pine warbler, ruffed grouse, ruby-crowned kinglet,
Cooper's hawk and a fly-over common loon.

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Gansevoort (Dutch for Goose Crossing), New York
http://barbolink.net (homepage)
http://barbolink.net/BrdLnks/ (birding page)


common loon question

Barb Putnam <barbolink1@...>
 

HMBirders -

Has anyone heard a loon yodeling during flight? I was at the Scout Camp at
the Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park in Saratoga county this morning. At
about 9am, I was on a small trail next to the shallow pond (not a place to
expect a loon) when I very distinctly heard a loon yodeling. The sound
did not come from the pond area but from the opposite direction. It
sounded fairly close and the the sound came from over the woods. The only
thing I can figure is that the loon was flying by but it must have been
pretty low. I saw nothing through the tall trees. There was just one yodel
which seems to fit with a flying over scenario.

Thanks for any comments (either privately or to the group). Barb

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Gansevoort (Dutch for Goose Crossing), New York
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Papscanee Island 4/20

here471
 

Yesterday's wonderfully warm evening gave Daisy and I a chance to go explore Papscanee Island from the south entrance. On the way in through the farm fields several Killdeer were calling.
When we started along the trail along the railroad tracks we heard and saw several White-throated Sparrows and Song Sparrows. Then a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher started vocalizing. While trying to get the gnatcatcher in the binoculars I spotted a Ruby-crowned Kinglet.
Next we went through the woods to the river hoping that maybe some shorebirds might be in the mud but instead we were rewarded with a single Osprey flying just above treetop level directly over us heading north and a Fish Crow vocalizing. As we walked to the fields near the north entrance we had two Red-bellied Woodpeckers and a Downy WP. Near the storage shed (if that is what it is) we came across two more gnatcatchers, and then about 100 yards further on another two.
Walking back to the south entrance we got a brief look at a Sharp-shinned Hawk before he flushed. Finally, driving out we saw three pairs of Green-winged Teal feeding in the muck along the creek.
Then, this morning from my apartment in the south side of Albany I added two new yard (actually parking lot) birds; a singing Chipping Sparrow and an Eastern Phoebe.

Good Birding!

Corey Finger



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Black Creek Marsh at Meadowdale Road

Larry & Penny Alden
 

Heard along Meadowdale Road on 4/19 - "kidick" calls of at least two Virginia Rails.

Along Meadowdale Road on 4/20 between Overlook Lane and Black Creek - two American Bitterns, one heard, one seen.

Larry Alden
Meadowdale


Upcomming program, So. Adirondack Audubon, April 26

Paul Saffold <capasa@...>
 

"Wildlife rehabilitation" by North Country Wild Care, will be the program for the April 26th meeting of the Southern Adirondack Audubon Society at Crandall Library in Glens Falls, NY. The meeting starts at 7:00 PM.

Crandall Library, located on Glen and Maple Streets is handicapped accessible.

The program is free and everyone is welcome to attend.


HMBC field - Utica Marsh - April 29

Barb Putnam <barbolink1@...>
 

Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club members are encourage to make reservations by April
24th if interested in the Utica Marsh trip to be held on April 29. See
your field trip brochure for more details.


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Gansevoort (Dutch for Goose Crossing), New York
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Hudson-Mohawk Birdline 4/20/06

Barb Putnam <barbolink1@...>
 

This is a summary of some of the sightings that were sent to the
Birdline of Eastern New York this past week. Call the birdline
(518-439-8080) for the full report. Please call in YOUR sightings
or email to birdline@...

On the Coxsackie Flats 4/13: GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET and at the Coxsackie
Boat Launch: 6 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS and a BALD EAGLE

At the Wilton Wildlife Preserve 4/13: RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, BROWN
CREEPER, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, PINE WARBLER and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER

In Gansevoort 4/13: SAVANNAH SPARROW

In Coeymans 4/14: EASTERN TOWHEE

In Germantown 4/14: GREAT BLUE HERON, CANADA GOOSE, RING-NECKED DUCK,
2 RED-TAILED HAWKS, WILD TURKEY, KILLDEER , MOURNING DOVE, DOWNY
WOODPECKER , BLUE JAY, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE, AMERICAN ROBIN, NORTHERN
CARDINAL, COMMON GRACKLE, DARK-EYED JUNCO, HOUSE SPARROW

In New Scotland 4/14: VESPER SPARROW and PINE SISKIN

At Stanton Pond 4/14: AMERICAN WIGEON and GADWALL; also LOUISIANA
WATERTHRUSH on Stanton Road

At Five Rivers EEC 4/14: RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET AND GOLDEN-CROWNED
KINGLET

At Black Creek Marsh 4/14: VIRGINIA RAIL, SORA, MARSH WREN, BLUE-GRAY
GNATCATCHER, 1 EASTERN MEADOWLARK, 2 EASTERN TOWHEES

At 5-Rivers EEC 4/14: BROWN THRASHER, AND 2 PINE SISKINS

In Gansevoort 4/14: WILSON'S SNIPE, CHIPPING SPARROW, SAVANNAH SPARROW,
EASTERN MEADOWLARK

At Four mile Point 4/15: CAROLINA WREN

In Coxsackie 4/15: 4 RED-NECKED GREBES and a singing BROWN THRASHER

In New Salem 4/15: 4 pair WOOD DUCK, RING-NECKED PHEASANT, PILEATED
WOODPECKER, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, EASTERN PHOEBE, TREE SWALLOWS,
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, EASTERN BLUEBIRDS, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH,
CHIPPING SPARROW, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, NORTHERN CARDINAL, RED-WINGED
BLACKBIRDS

At Capital District WMA and Cherry Plains State Park 4/15: BLUE-HEADED
VIREO, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER

In East Greenbush 4/15: EASTERN TOWHEE

In Clermont 4/15: DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, COMMON MERGANSER, RED-TAILED
HAWK, RING-BILLED GULL, DOWNY WOODPECKER, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS,
PILEATED WOODPECKER, EASTERN PHOEBE, BLUE JAY, AMERICAN CROW, 24+ TREE
SWALLOWS, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE, WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH, AMERICAN
ROBIN, EASTERN BLUEBIRD, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, SONG SPARROW, DARK-EYED
JUNCO, NORTHERN CARDINAL, COMMON GRACKLE, HOUSE SPARROW

At Partridge Run WMA 4/15: BROAD-WINGED HAWK, WINTER WREN, 4 HERMIT
THRUSHES, 3 BLUE-HEADED VIREOS, 2 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, 4 FOX
SPARROWS, 3 PURPLE FINCHES

In Best, Rensselaer Cty 4/16: LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH

At Black Creek Marsh 4/16: GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 4 VIRGINIA RAILS, SORA,
BLUE-GREY GNATCATCHER, 65 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS

In New Baltimore 4/16: NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW; BARN SWALLOW, GRAY
CATBIRD, CHIPPING SPARROWS

In the Burnt-Rossman State Forest, Schoharie Co. 4/16: LOUISIANA
WATERTHRUSH

At Vischer Ferry NHP 4/17: 4 pair AMERICAN WIGEON, 1 pair RING-NECKED
DUCKS, MALLARDS, PALM WARBLER

In Gansevoort 4/17: 1 male PURPLE FINCH

In Guilderland 4/18: BROAD-WINGED HAWK

At Vischer Ferry NHP 4/18: AMERICAN WIGEON, RINGED-NECK DUCK, BALD
EAGLE, BELTED KINGFISHER, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, WHITE-THROATED
SPARROW, SWAMP SPARROW

In New Baltimore 4/18: SPOTTED SANDPIPER AND PURPLE FINCH

In Gansevoort 4/18: AMERICAN TREE SPARROW

In Vosburgh's Marsh 4/18: 4 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, 12 GREEN-WINGED TEAL,1
AMERICAN WIGEON, 1 RING-NECKED DUCK, AND 1 MUTE SWAN


Yard sapsucker

Ellen
 

For the last two days, a Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker has been drumming on our
metal bird feeder and making quite a racket. I pointed out that this
behavior is designed to help him attract a mate. At least he's not drumming
on the house.

This morning, upon hearing his distinctive squeaky calls, I found our
resident rapper in the tree closest to the metal feeder. He and a female
Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker chased each other around the tree playfully before
flying off together. I guess his metal drumming technique was effective!

Ellen
Colonie


Central Park birds

David Trachtenberg <datrac2000@...>
 

FYI- I was impressed by this list (not by me) from Central Park from April 16, 2006

Double-crested Cormorant
Great Egret
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Gadwall
Ruddy Duck
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Blue-headed Vireo
Black-capped Chickadee
Brown Creeper
Winter Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Hermit Thrush
Northern Mockingbird
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Pine Warbler
Palm Warbler
Louisiana Waterthrush
Savannah Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Brown-headed Cowbird

http://www.philjeffrey.net/Sightings2006.html

-David


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