early morning bird walk LANDIS ARBORETUM Sat May 19th

Brabetz, Barbara L

May 19, 6-9 a.m. (Saturday) EARLY MORNING BIRD WALK

A walk for the beginning to serious birder. We will explore Landis'
varied habitats on over 548 acres to find resident and migrating birds
as part of the "Century Run" for the Hudson-Mohawk Birdclub. The trip
will be led by George Steele, Science Educator.

Also, if you'd like a pdf version of the Arboretum's new bird list,
email me off-line at brabetbl@...

Directions from Albany and the East (about 1/2 hour from Albany)

Take Route 20 west to Duanesburg, or take the NYS Thruway west to exit
25A. Take I-88 west to exit 24 - Duanesburg. Take Route 20 west six
miles through Duanesburg to Esperance. Make your first right in
Esperance at the Town Hall. Follow signs to the Landis Arboretum.

See you out there!

Barbara Brabetz
Lost Valley
Town of Florida, Montgomery County

Century Run

Will Raup

Despite the forecast for bad weather on Saturday... My team and I are heading out. If any other groups would like to swap cell numbers in case anything interesting pops up, contact me off list.

Will Raup
Albany, NY

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Black Billed Cuckoo

Will Raup

I heard and saw 1 Black-billed Cuckoo in Menands this morning, in a very small shrubby patch. I was surprised to find any birds in it at all, let alone a Cuckoo.

Looks like Cuckoo numbers are going to be up this year...

Will Raup
Albany, NY

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FOS Yellow Warbler


I just saw my FOS Yellow Warbler in one of our apple trees.

This is my first try at an Oriole nectar feeder. It just has a sugar and
water mix, and I just found a female Ruby-throated Hummingbird at it. The
Orioles are around the yard all the time, but I have not seen one checking
out the feeder.

Clear skies, Alan
Upper Washout Road, Glenville

Hudson-Mohawk Birdline 5/16/07

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@...

Note: A few reports may have been missed due to a full answering
machine Sunday & Monday.

American Bittern: Vischer Ferry NHP 5/13.

Green Heron: Five Rivers EEC 5/9.

BLACK VULTURE: Albany, Rapp Rd. Landfill 5/14.

Sharp-shinned Hawk: Brunswick 5/12.

Cooper's Hawk: Vischer Ferry NHP 5/13; Pine Bush 5/14.

American Kestrel: Black Creek Marsh 5/9; Brunswick 5/13.

Ruffed Grouse: Saratoga National Historical Park 5/10.

Virginia Rail: Black Creek Marsh 5/9; Vischer Ferry NHP 5/13.

SORA: Black Creek Marsh 5/9.

Black-billed Cuckoo: Saratoga National Historical Park 5/10;
Meadowdale 5/15.

Yellow-billed Cuckoo: Vischer Ferry NHP 5/14; Meadowdale 5/15.

BARRED OWL: Saratoga National Historical Park 5/10.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird: Brunswick 5/12; Pine Bush 5/14.

Eastern Wood-pewee: Vischer Ferry NHP 5/14; Rotterdam 5/15.

Alder Flycatcher: Vischer Ferry NHP 5/15.

Least Flycatcher: Saratoga National Historical Park 5/10;
Ramshorn/Livingston Sanctuary 5/13; Vischer Ferry NHP 5/14;
Petersburgh 5/16.

Great Crested Flycatcher: Five Rivers EEC 5/9; Saratoga National
Historical Park 5/10.

Eastern Kingbird: Five Rivers EEC 5/9; Saratoga National Historical
Park 5/10; Brunswick 5/13.

Blue-headed Vireo: Deer Mtn. Preserve 5/13.

Yellow-throated Vireo: Saratoga National Historical Park 5/10;
Meadowdale 5/11; Deer Mtn. Preserve 5/13.

Warbling Vireo: Black Creek Marsh 5/9; Rotterdam 5/15.

Red-eyed Vireo: Deer Mtn. Preserve 5/13; New Salem 5/16.

Northern Rough-winged Swallow: Vischer Ferry NHP 5/13.

Bank Swallow: Vischer Ferry NHP 5/13.

Cliff Swallow: Vischer Ferry NHP 5/13.

Marsh Wren: Black Creek Marsh 5/9.

Winter Wren: Lisha Kill Preserve 5/14.

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher: Saratoga National Historical Park 5/10.

Veery: Ramshorn/Livingston Sanctuary 5/13; Lisha Kill Preserve 5/14;
Five Rivers EEC 5/15.

SWAINSON'S THRUSH: Lisha Kill Preserve 5/14; Five Rivers EEC 5/15.

Wood Thrush: Deer Mtn. Preserve 5/13; Lisha Kill Preserve 5/14;
Rotterdam 5/15.

Brown Thrasher: Black Creek Marsh 5/9; Five Rivers EEC 5/9;
Ramshorn/Livingston Sanct.5/13.

Blue-winged Warbler: Saratoga National Historical Park 5/10; Deer
Mtn. Preserve 5/13; Schodack Island SP 5/13; Five Rivers EEC 5/15.


"LAWRENCE'S WARBLER": Schodack Island SP 5/13.

Nashville Warbler: Albany 5/11.

Northern Parula: Schodack Island SP 5/13; Vischer Ferry NHP 5/13.

Yellow Warbler: Nearly everywhere.

Chestnut-sided Warbler: Pine Bush 5/14; Vischer Ferry NHP 5/14; Five
Rivers EEC 5/15; Rotterdam 5/15.

Magnolia Warbler: Saratoga National Historical Park 5/10; Vischer
Ferry NHP 5/13, 5/14.

Black-throated Blue Warbler: Saratoga National Historical Park 5/10;
Deer Mtn. Preserve 5/13; Vischer Ferry NHP 5/13; Schodack Island SP

Yellow-rumped Warbler: Numerous locations.

Black-throated Green Warbler: Saratoga National Historical Park 5/10;
Meadowdale 5/11; Deer Mtn. Preserve 5/13; Schodack Island SP 5/13;
Vischer Ferry NHP 5/14.

Blackburnian Warbler: Meadowdale 5/11.

Pine Warbler: Pine Bush 5/14.

Prairie Warbler: Meadowdale 5/11; Pine Bush 5/14; Five Rivers EEC

Palm Warbler: Schodack Island SP 5/13.

BAY-BREASTED WARBLER: Petersburgh 5/16.

Blackpoll Warbler: Vischer Ferry NHP 5/13.

CERULEAN WARBLER: Schodack Island SP 5/13.

Black-and-White Warbler: Schodack Island SP 5/13; Vischer Ferry NHP

American Redstart: Five Rivers EEC 5/15; Rotterdam 5/15; Petersburgh

WORM-EATING WARBLER: Deer Mtn.Preserve 5/13.

Ovenbird: Numerous locations.

Northern Waterthrush: Deer Mtn. Preserve 5/13.

Louisiana Waterthrush: Lisha Kill Preserve 5/14.

Common Yellowthroat: Numerous locations.

HOODED WARBLER: New Salem 5/16.

Wilson's Warbler: Saratoga National Historical Park 5/10; Vischer
Ferry NHP 5/13, 5/14.

Scarlet Tanager: Saratoga National Historical Park 5/10; Meadowdale
5/11; Deer Mtn. Preserve 5/13; Lisha Kill Preserve 5/14.

VESPER SPARROW: Five Rivers EEC 5/9.

Swamp Sparrow: Black Creek Marsh 5/9; Ramshorn/Livingston Sanctuary

Indigo Bunting: Pine Bush 5/14.

Bobolink: Five Rivers EEC 5/9; Saratoga National Historical Park

Eastern Meadowlark: Saratoga National Historical Park 5/10.

ORCHARD ORIOLE: Black Creek Marsh 5/9.

Baltimore Oriole: Numerous locations.

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Not exactly "hm" birds...

pzareta <pzareta@...>

...but hope you nonetheless don't mind the following reports
from east of the Great Sacandaga, ~ 1400 ft. elevation. Spring
has had a slow start here, with several of the typical warbler and
thrush species only now just trickling in (or at least vocalizing) at
a time of year when they had previously been pretty well-
established. Treats observed this a.m. included a Wood Thrush
in full song, and two male and one female Rose-Breasted
Grosbeaks in a spreading yellow birch. This tree had earlier in
the season hosted a similar trio of a favorite springtime stalwart,
the Red-Eyed Vireo... only the males in that case were far more
belligerent! (I read later that these birds are real scrappers and
will take on much larger birds). Also had the first hummer (a
male) at the feeder this morning, his throat patch flashing day-
glo orange as he flew off. I was starting to get worried that the
hummers weren't showing, after having the feeder up for several
days, as they are usually more precocious in finding the "good
stuff". I attributed it, along with the lack of some of the usual
species, to the offset winter/late spring this year (although this
could be yet another Aspergers moment on my part -- 'aspies'
live to systemize).
White-Throated Sparrows were an unusual pleasure this year. I
was delighted to observe a pair scratching in the leaf litter for
several days in a row and to listen to their distinctive song, which
I hadn't heard here in years. Their departure coincided with the
arrival of both warmer weather and Wood and Hermit Thrushes
and Ovenbirds early last week. Unusual visitors included a Red-
Winged Blackbird and Common Grackle, along with the usual
woodland species ( I won't go on - you already know), which
included a Pileated "explosion" of sorts this year.
Black and White Warblers have only been heard singing (it's
tough to get lucky enough to observe them creeping along a tree
trunk). Black-Throated Greens have returned, and the previously
ubiquitous Black-throated Blues only started singing a couple of
days ago. I heard something that sounded very much like a
Golden-Winged but, after reading Alan Mapes' post on Blue
Wingeds, it has me wondering. I also recently got to spend one
of those wonderful "unstructured" times in the woods listening to
A Broad-Winged Hawk calling rather plaintively (with a Red
Shouldered providing back-up in the distance). The same hawk
-presumably- was later seen splendidly circling.

That's it! So long from the north country!

Huyck Preserve and Partridge Run SWMA, 5/16 evening


Will Raup and I did some scouting for Saturday's Century Run. Of the 48 species in 2.5 hours the highlights were:

Bald Eagle (4: 2 adults, one near-adult, one 2nd year)
Spotted Sandpiper
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Barred Owl (vocalizing in daylight)
unidentified empid
Least Flycatcher
Winter Wren
Chestnut-sided Warbler (5)
Magnolia Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler (numerous in hemlocks)
Blackburnian (several)
American Redstart (female)
Ovenbird (all over)

The Magnolia, Wilson's, Canada, American Redstart, one of the Chestnut-sided, and a yellowthroat were all in one spot in Partridge Run.

The eagles were all at Huyck.

Good Birding,

Corey Finger

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One sweet bird...

Hope Batcheller

Hi all,

Just now (5-16) in my yard, I found a female BAY-BREASTED WARBLER. Both my
mom and I had great looks at it, and I managed to get some
worse-than-bad-quality pictures. Now where was that bird on the World Series
of Birding? Not on our checklist...

Also, there have been Am. Redstarts and Le. Flycatchers nest-building, and
Am. Robins and Mo. Doves with young in nests (all in my yard).

Gooooood birding!
--Hope Batcheller
Petersburgh, NY

Albany-Adirondack Birdathon


Rich Anderon, Sean Mahar and I completed our leg of the Audubon New
York staff birdathon this morning with a total of 144 species,
icluding 26 warblers. We began yesterday morning at Five Rivers,
Vischer Ferry and Cohoes Falls with an even 100 birds combined at
those three sites.

Highlights at Five Rivers included Eastern Meadowlark (first ever
there for me) La. Waterthrush and Wilson's Warbler. We nearly skipped
Vischer Ferry due to our success at Five Rivers, but decided to try
for Least Bittern. Although we didn't see or hear one of those, we
are very glad we decided to go there anyway. Things started slowly
until finding another Wilson's Warbler about halfway down the trail
to the river. Soon afterward, we were fortunate to find two singing
Cape May Warblers near the trail junction close to the river, as well
as White-crowned Sparrow. Along the east side between the bridge and
the road, we saw both Cuckoos, Orchard Oriole, No. Waterthrush,
Canada, Nashville and several more White-crowns. Also a heard-only
Mourning Warbler that true to form stayed frustratingly out of sight.
Damned skulker.

Our trip continued to Fort Edward, Wickham Marsh and Ausable Point.
Ausable Point was reasonably productive, and induded two Tenessee
Warblers, but a good-sized raft of ducks was too far out to
reasonably scope out field marks and remained unidentified (Scoters &
Scaup?). Stops in Wilmington, Whiteface and Bigelow Road/Bloomingdale
Bog were predictably productive. We has excellent looks at both
Crossbill species; a single male White-winged along Bigelow Road
(there was also yet another Wilson's Warbler there) and pair of Reds
at the juction of the Bog trail and Bloomingdale-Gabriels Road. A
Common Nighthawk was parrying with swallows in the bog in broad
daylight and an American Woodcock graciously walked right up to us.

Pouring rain kept us from any sucessful Owling and more rain and
deadlines kept us from adding much this morning. It was however, a
terrific 26 hours of birding (ok, so we use the metric day). Notable
misses were few but surprisingly we encountered no Indigo Buntings,
Hummingbirds, Black-backed Woodpeckers or Merlin. Also, our regular
haunts for Ring-necked Duck and Common Snipe let us down.

If anyone would like any specifics about where we found any of these
species, feel free to contact me, rmerritt@...

Rich Merritt
Albany, NY

Re: A Thank You to Barb Putnam


In a message dated 5/6/2007 11:06:42 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
kinglet@... writes:

"she must be
on-line all the time"

I second, or third, or fourth this sentiment - and a great big thank you to
Barb for posting all the HMBC program info over the many years! - Scott

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Re: Blue winged warbler

Alan Mapes <aamapes@...>


Blue-winged Warblers certainly do nest in this area. However, to be sure of what you have, it's good to seek out and see the bird. I've heard that Golden-winged Warblers (an uncommon nester in this area) and Blue-wings sometimes sing each other's song. There are hybrids between these two species, that may sing either song - Lawrence's and Brewster's Warblers.

In addition, the Blue-wings near my home in New Scotland have an alternate song they sometimes give. Instead of bizzzzzz-buzzzzzzz, they go buz-buz-buz-buz-bizzzzzz (final note higher in pitch).

Cheers, Alan

----- Original Message -----
From: Brabetz, Barbara L
To: hmbirds@...
Sent: Wednesday, May 16, 2007 12:26 PM
Subject: [HMBirds] Blue winged warbler

I have been tormented this past week listening to a warbler call from
the forest/meadow edge near my home. It sounds just like the song of a
BLUE WINGED WARBLER, however I haven't been able to locate the bird.
Has anyone else seen any in the area?

Can anyone think of another warbler song that I may be hearing if it's
not a Blue-Winged Warbler?


Barbara Brabetz
Town of Florida, Montgomery County

Blue winged warbler

Brabetz, Barbara L

I have been tormented this past week listening to a warbler call from
the forest/meadow edge near my home. It sounds just like the song of a
BLUE WINGED WARBLER, however I haven't been able to locate the bird.
Has anyone else seen any in the area?

Can anyone think of another warbler song that I may be hearing if it's
not a Blue-Winged Warbler?


Barbara Brabetz
Town of Florida, Montgomery County

Yard birds 5/16/07


Had some migrants and some FOS birds from 9:30-10:00AM in our yard in
Glenville (before and during the rain).
3 Tennessee Warblers
N. Waterthrush
Swainson's Thrush
FOS Scarlet Tanager, Indigo Bunting, Great Crested Flycatcher

It's always nice to see migrants coming through.

Larry & Kathy Rowland

Barred Owl


I heard a couple Barred Owl's calling back and forth last evening in
the woods behind my house. Linda W. Greenfield Ctr

Indigo Bunting, Ballston Lake

Priscilla Leonard

I was pleasantly surprised to see an Indigo Bunting at my backyard feeder this evening. I thought it was the resident male Eastern bluebird at first. His total blue plummage was beautiful! Also, after losing the first brood of baby bluebirds to the cold weather, I am happy to report a second brood is in the works. The bluebirds chose the nesting box with a bird cam in it. It has been very interesting to watch the nest being built from the comfort of my chair and to be able to videotape the happenings for the grandchildren to see. So far we have 2 eggs in the nest.
Priscilla, Ballston Lake

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Larry & Penny Alden

I had the best view of a Black-billed Cuckoo in my life in my yard this morning. Twenty feet, bird in the open. I watched it sing, then watched it while it ate a couple of tent caterpillars (plenty more where they came from). I had to go in after about 5 minutes and slowly backed away while it was still in the same location.

This evening, I got a good look at another cuckoo in the same area. This one turned out to be a Yellow-billed Cuckoo! Good looks at both cuckoo species - in the same day. Pretty spectacular.

Larry Alden
(on the border of southern Guilderland
and northern New Scotland)

5 Rivers 5/15 evening


Jory Langner and I hit up 5 Rivers this evening. Highlights were:

Spotted Sandpiper (at the Beaver Pond)
Alder Flycatcher (confirmed it by listening to Jory's tape)
Swainson's Thrush (2, one on the wooded hill behind the Beaver Pond, one along the Vlomankill)
Blue-winged Warblers
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Prarie Warblers
American Redstart

The Magnolia and the Chestnut-sided were foraging in the canopy at the edge of the Vlomankill. Some thrushes might have escaped us behind the Beaver Pond...seemed like a bunch were back there.

Good Birding,
Corey Finger

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Vischer Ferry 5/17

Lucy Newman <LJNew@...>

Nice early after noon walk at VF - very birdy from Ferry Drive to just
past Lock 19:
Canada Geese
Wood Duck
Turkey Vulture
Red-tailed Hawk
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Great Crested Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Yellow Warblers
Magnolia Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler (female, I believe)
Prairie Warbler
American Redstarts
Common Yellowthroat
Scarlet Tanager (gorgeous male)
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Lots)
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Baltimore Oriole (also lots)
American Goldfinches

Also a few unidentified peeps, sparrows, and warblers...


MHLC field trip Rensselaerville 5/20/07

Barb Putnam <barbolink1@...>

I'm just forwarding this from the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy...

From: Helen Smith <hsmithmhlc@...>
Come to the beautiful Rensselaerville area for an early morning bird walk
followed by a bagel breakfast this Sunday, May 20th. Birding will begin at
8:00 a.m. with expert birdwatcher Frank Murphy. Bagels will follow at the
home of Helene Goldberger and Paul Baitsholts. Please call Helene or Paul
at 797-3532 or 797-3139 to say you're coming and to get directions. Boots
are needed and bug spray, binoculars, and bird guides are
suggested. Please, no dogs (too noisy for the birds). We hope to see you


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NYSOA Seeks Volunteers for Whip-poor-will Monitoring Project

Matthew Medler

Dear HMBirders,

As part of a regional effort throughout the Northeast, the New York State Ornithological Association (NYSOA) is coordinating a Whip-poor-will monitoring project in portions of New York this year, especially in areas around the Adirondacks and in the Hudson Valley. This project aims to determine state and regional population trends for Whip-poor-will, which appears to be declining throughout much of the Northeast.

NYSOA is still looking for interested volunteers to cover survey routes in parts of the Hudson Valley and Eastern Adirondack Foothills. Participation in the survey involves listening for Whip-poor-wills on one 9-mile survey route for one hour on one moonlit night between May 24 and June 8. For safety and statistical reasons, surveys are conducted by two observers.

If you are interested in participating in the survey and would like more information about survey instructions and the location of survey routes, please contact me privately at mdm2@...

Thank You,
Matt Medler