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Re: Rose-breasted Grosbeaks in Glenville

Brabetz, Barbara L
 

I also have had a female rose-breasted grosbeak at my home feeder. She
first arrived on Monday, April 24th.

Barbara Brabetz
Lost Valley, Montgomery County

-----Original Message-----
From: hmbirds@... [mailto:hmbirds@...] On Behalf
Of Matthew Medler
Sent: Friday, April 21, 2006 7:08 PM
To: hmbirds@...
Subject: [HMBirds] Rose-breasted Grosbeaks in Glenville

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







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Grosbeak

Ellen
 

A "first-of-season" male Rose Breasted Grosbeak showed up at my feeders this
afternoon. Beautiful!

Seems very early, doesn't it?? Of course, the tulips are blooming already,
too, so I guess it's simply an early spring this year.

Ellen P.
Colonie


Warbling Vireo New Baltimore

Richard Guthrie
 

One Warbling Vireo singing away this morning in New Baltimore.



Yipee!



Rich Guthrie

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Hudson-Mohawk Birdline 4/27/06

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@...

In Guilderland along Meadowdale Road 4/19: calls of at least two
VIRGINIA RAILS

In Troy 4/19: HOUSE WREN

In Troy 4/20: 2 HOUSE WRENS, CHIPPING SPARROW, WHITE-THROATED
SPARROW, DARK-EYED JUNCOS and NORTHERN CARDINAL

In Gansevoort 4/20: PALM WARBLER and 2 PURPLE FINCHES

In Guilderland on Meadowdale Road 4/20: two AMERICAN BITTERNS

At Papscanee Island 4/20: GREEN-WINGED TEAL, OSPREY, SHARP-SHINNED
HAWK, KILLDEER, 2 RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS, DOWNY WOODPECKER, FISH
CROW, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, WHITE-THROATED
SPARROW, and SONG SPARROW

In Albany 4/20: EASTERN PHOEBE and CHIPPING SPARROW

At Black-Creek Marsh 4/20: WOOD DUCK, MALLARDS, AMERICAN BLACK DUCK,
BLUE-WINGED TEAL, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, TURKEY VULTURE, 2 SHARP-SHINNED
HAWKS, 4 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 1 AMERICAN KESTREL, VIRGINIA RAIL, SORA,
COMMON MOORHEN, BELTED KINGFISHER, DOWNY WOODPECKER, HAIRY
WOODPECKER, NORTHERN FLICKER, EASTERN PHOEBE, BLUE JAY, AMERICAN
CROW, TREE SWALLOW, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE, BROWN CREEPER, 4
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, 3 BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS, EASTERN BLUEBIRD,
AMERICAN ROBIN, PALM WARBLER, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, SWAMP SPARROW,
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, NORTHERN CARDINAL, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, 4
RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, COMMON GRACKLE, BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD, AMERICAN
GOLDFINCH


Wilton Wildlife Park & Preserve 4/21: RUFFED GROUSE, a fly-over
COMMON LOON, COOPER'S HAWK, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, EASTERN PHOEBE,
BROWN CREEPER, WINTER WREN, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, HERMIT THRUSH,
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, PINE WARBLER, EASTERN TOWHEE, and FIELD
SPARROW

In South Glens Falls 4/21: SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, WHITE-THROATED
SPARROW, DARK-EYED JUNCO, PURPLE FINCH, and 3 PINE SISKINS

East side of Buck Mtn on the Hogtown trail 4/21: YELLOW-BELLIED
SAPSUCKER, BROWN CREEPER, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES, WHITE-BREASTED
NUTHATCH, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, SWAINSON'S THRUSH, AMERICAN ROBIN,
and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER

In Cohoes on the Mohawk River flats 4/21: CANADA GOOSE, MALLARD,
AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, WOOD DUCK, BLUE-WINGED TEAL, COMMON MERGANSER,
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, KILLDEER, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, RING-BILLED
GULL, HERRING GULL, GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL, TREE SWALLOW, NORTHERN
ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW

In Westerlo 4/21: HOODED MERGANSERS, NORTHERN HARRIER, BLUE-HEADED
VIREO, BROWN CREEPER, and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET

In Guilderland 4/21: 1 HOUSE WREN and 1 pr. of CAROLINA WRENS with a
nest

In Rensselaer Tech Park 4/22: BALTIMORE ORIOLE and elsewhere in
Rensselaer a LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH

At Five Rivers 4/22: LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH

In New Baltimore 4/23: BROAD-WINGED HAWK

In Albany near the municipal golf course 4/24: RING-NECKED PHEASANT

At Thacher State Park 4/25: NORTHERN GOSHAWK, AMERICAN KESTREL, BLUE
HEADED VIREO, HERMIT THRUSH, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, LOUISIANA
WATERTHRUSH, and FIELD SPARROW

In Burnt Hills 4/25: CANADA GOOSE, MALLARD, WOOD DUCK, RUFFED GROUSE
drumming, WILD TURKEY displaying with hens, GREAT BLUE HERON, TURKEY
VULTURE, OSPREY, AMERICAN CROW ,RED-TAILED HAWK, AMERICAN KESTREL,
ROCK PIGEON, MOURNING DOVE, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER , DOWNY
WOODPECKER, HAIRY WOODPECKER, NORTHERN FLICKER, EASTERN WOOD-PEEWEE,
EASTERN PHOEBE, BLUE JAY, TREE SWALLOW, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE,
TUFTED TITMOUSE, WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH, AMERICAN ROBIN, NORTHERN
MOCKINGBIRD, CHIPPING SPARROW, SONG SPARROW, DARK-EYED JUNCO,
NORTHERN CARDINAL, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, 2, EASTERN MEADOWLARKS,
COMMON GRACKLE, BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD, AMERICAN GOLDFINCH, PURPLE
FINCH, HOUSE SPARROW

At Vischer Ferry NHP 4/25: PEREGRINE FALCON

In Loudonville 4/25: 3 CEDAR WAXWINGS, 3 PURPLE FINCHES

In Schenectady 4/26: female EASTERN TOWHEE

At Vischer Ferry 4/26: CANADA GOOSE, MALLARD, WOOD DUCK, AMERICAN
BLACK DUCK, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, AMERICAN WIGEON, PIED-BILLED GREBE,
GREAT BLUE HERON, GREEN HERON, KILLDEER, MOURNING DOVE, RED-BELLIED
WOODPECKER, HAIRY WOODPECKER AND DOWNY WOODPECKER, NORTHERN FLICKER,
EASTERN PHOEBE, TREE SWALLOW, NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW,
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, AMERICAN ROBIN, YELLOW WARBLER, PALM WARBLER,
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, SONG SPARROW, SWAMP SPARROW, CHIPPING SPARROW,
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, COMMON GRACKLE,
BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD, RUSTY BLACKBIRD

In New Baltimore 4/26: WOOD THRUSH

At Peebles Island 4/26: SPOTTED SANDPIPER, NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED
SWALLOW, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, and FIELD SPARROW

Vischer Ferry 4/26: OSPREY, ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW, BLUE-GREY
GNATCATCHER, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD


New arrivals and spring temps

David Martin <dlsbmartin@...>
 

The reports of early migrant arrivals have been interesting in view of the warm weather we had a short while ago. I recently found an article reporting that there is a relationship between local temperatures and spring arrival dates.

The authors looked at records of spring arrival dates for 96 species of birds in Manitoba over a 63 year period. The spring arrival date of 44 species of birds was correlated with the average the monthly local temperature -- all arrived earlier in warmer years. For example, baltimore oriole arrived 1.13 days earlier for every deg C increase in the average monthly temp.

25 species showed a significant change in arrival date over the years --
they tended to arrive earlier in more recent years (global warming?). Interestingly, the two yellowlegs bucked the trend and tended to arrive later in more recent years.

Obviously, lots of factors influence spring arrival dates, but local temp appears to be one of them for many species.

David Martin


Wood Thrush - New Baltimore

Richard Guthrie
 

I heard a Wood Thrush singing this morning.



Happy Spring



Rich Guthrie

New Baltimore,

The Greener County

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Vischer Ferry 4/26/06

here471
 

I figured I would wake up early and get some birding in on my way to work this morning. I got to Vischer Ferry at 6:10 am and, initially, it was pretty quiet but as the sun warmed things up everything started moving. Highlights were f.o.s. Yellow Warbler and Green Heron (actually two Green Herons so f.o.s. and s.o.s.?). Also a Palm Warbler, a Yellow-rumped Warbler and several Ruby-crowned Kinglets.

The one big downer was a dead Robin hanging from fishing line wrapped around a tree branch. If you know any fishermen please encourage them not to leave fishing line behind!

I wish I could have stayed longer but even leaving at 8:15 I was 10 minutes late to work....my complete list is below.

Canada Goose, Mallard, Wood Duck, American Black Duck, Green-winged Teal, American Wigeon, Pied-billed Grebe, Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, Killdeer, Mourning Dove, Robin, Tree Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Red-bellied, Hairy and Downy WP, Northern Flicker, Eastern Phoebe, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Song Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Yellow Warbler, Palm Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, RWBB, Common Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Rusty Blackbird.

Corey Finger


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Re: Eastern Bluebirds, courting

David Trachtenberg <datrac2000@...>
 

Anyone have blue bird nests or eggs yet? I have got a
nest in progress.

David
Old Chatham

--- Jeff Nadler <adkayaker@...> wrote:

In the fields of rural Charlton, Saratoga County, I
captured the
courtship behavior of a male Eastern Bluebird giving
an insect to the
female. (It might look like more than that is
happening, but no.)

http://www.jnphoto.net/bluebird2.html

Jeff Nadler
jnphoto.net





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Eastern Bluebirds, courting

adkayaker
 

In the fields of rural Charlton, Saratoga County, I captured the
courtship behavior of a male Eastern Bluebird giving an insect to the
female. (It might look like more than that is happening, but no.)

http://www.jnphoto.net/bluebird2.html

Jeff Nadler
jnphoto.net


Purple finches and cedar waxwings in Loudonville

scottjstoner
 

3 waxwings, 3 purple finches (1 male, 2 female) today in our backyard! -
Denise and Scott Stoner


ceder waxwings

brendastiffen <Brenda.stiffen@...>
 

flock of 15 ceder waxwings styvasant plaza


Broad-winged Hawk New Baltimore

Richard Guthrie
 

I forgot to mention a Broad-winged Hawk flying and calling over New
Baltimore yesterday, April 23, afternoon.



Rich Guthrie

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Re: common loon question

tunabelly <tunabelly@...>
 

I 've heard them in flight in late Sept. while canoe camping on Little Tupper Lake in the ADKs. They were grouped together about 13 of them and every now and then a few would start flying around practicing for migation, I guess. They were vocalizing in flight. A loon Pow-Wow.

Susan ._/

---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: Barb Putnam <barbolink1@...>
Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2006 12:08:38 -0400

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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Re: Baltimore Oriole

tunabelly <tunabelly@...>
 

I heard an Oriole last week in Burnt Hills. My first one this year too.

Susan ._/

---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: "F Murphy" <thrush@...>
Date: Sat, 22 Apr 2006 14:41:13 -0000

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






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Evening Grosbeaks

Linda W. <naturegirlny10@...>
 

The Evening Grosbeaks that I have been reporting during the winter are
still here! I have a pretty poor picture posted in my photo section
under Linda's Photos. It is a Evening Grosbeak but the colors really
don't show up. Linda


Coxsackie Reservoir after the rains

Richard Guthrie
 

Waterfowl at the Coxsackie Reservoir in New Baltimore today.



Common Loons 3

Common Mergansers 3

Ruddy Ducks 12

Buffleheads 15

Greater Scaup 1

Greene-winged Teal 2

Dbl.-cr. Cormorants 12

Plus:

North. Rough-winged Swallows 2

Tree Swallows 50

Barn Swallow 1

YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS 3 (a ripple?)



Nearby:

Pileated Woodpecker

Ruby-cr. Kinglet

Field Sparrows 3

Eastern Towhee 2



Down at the Greene Grasslands Preserve:

Greater Yellowlegs 5

Spotted Sandpiper 1

Greene-winged Teal 2

North. Rough-winged Swallow 1

Rusty Blackbirds 4



Rich Guthrie

New Baltimore

The Greene County

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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