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Cattle Egret

Joan L Cipriani <jlcip@...>
 

Stopped by Collins Lake about 7 am this morning (4/6) to check out the
ducks and lo and behold I saw 4 white birds in a tree on the island
point in the middle of the lake. When I put my bins on them I was
surprised to find 4 Cattle Egret in breeding plumage. Buff on the crown
and belly with a pinkish orange bill. They were great! This was on the
beach side. I then went over to the Quinlan Park side. The sun from
this angle dulled the color.

-- Joan
Joan Cipriani
jlcip@prodigy.net
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Hudson Pointe

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At Hudson Pointe's nature trail* yesterday (Easter), I THINK I heard a northern parula off in the distance.(In the new Bull's Birds of NYS, though, it says the earliest record for them is April 27 - ?) Also noted: a red-breasted nuthatch vigorously excavating a tree hole(nest site?),eastern phoebe,a small flock of golden-crowned kinglets; flock of goldfinches singing and whining.

(*Hudson Pointe is west of Northway Exit 18, at end of the housing development, follows a ridge overlooking the Hudson; run by Open Space Institute & So. Adk. Audubon.)

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Palm Sunday

F Murphy <thrush@...>
 

Vischer Ferry - 4/4/99 - Palm Warbler (my first New York one for the year),
1 BW Teal, GW Teal, Fox Sparrow, Rusty Blackbird, Pileated.

Always nice to see my favorite warbler.

Lou - you should have heard the Fox Sparrow on the baby monitor.

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Vischer Ferry

F Murphy <thrush@...>
 

Vischer Ferry 4/3/99 Fox Sparrows, Rusty Blackbirds, Am Wigeon. At the
Tomhannock Reservoir I saw a Common Raven chasing a bird of prey larger
than the raven, possibly a goshawk but it didn't have as long a tail as
expected, maybe some buteo... I'll never know. Had a White-throated
Sparrow at VF 4/1. The sound of the spring peepers at the main entrance
just after dusk is really deafening.

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Fort Edward 4/3/99

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April 3 - Fort Edward
14 American kestrels (they're back!), eastern bluebird, eastern phoebe, song sparrow, great blue heron, killdeer, eastern meadowlark, blue-winged teal, green-winged teal, common snipe, American tree sparrow

Saratoga county (Hudson River near Ft Edward): dark-eyed junco, common merganser, wood duck, ring-necked duck

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Music? & Woodcock

Joan L Cipriani <jlcip@...>
 

I stopped in at Vischers Ferry Last night (6-6:45pm). First I heard the
peepers, the red-winged Blackbirds, Grackles, Robins and a couple of
Song Sparrows singing in unison. Music to my ears.
As I was leaving, I heard a Woodcock several times, but I didn't see it
fly up and at this point I think every creature that was there started
making its own sound. It was a symphony, louder than I've ever heard,
even in jungle movies.

Also had a Mocking Bird in my yard in the AM.

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jlcip@prodigy.net
Schenectady, NY



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notes from NYC RBA 4/2/99

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Highlights - painted bunting, Harris' sparrow, tufted duck, Eurasian wigeon, little gull, black-headed gull - YIKES!

See full report:
http://www-stat.wharton.upenn.edu/~siler/hotmail/EAST.220734.html

or call the RBA:
212 979-3070

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from Lower Hudson Valley RBA 4/2/99

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In case you are traveling this weekend:

"A male YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was discovered Tuesday
evening near the town of Liberty in Sullivan County feeding with a
mixed flock of blackbirds by house number 227 on Grants Road
off Rt. 55 about 3 miles east of where it crosses Rt. 17. The flock is
present early mornings (departing shortly after 8) and late
afternoons and evenings only and disappears the rest of the day."

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monthly featured bird sites

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4/2/99 4pm

Just wanted to let you all know that I just changed both the featured site on my home page and the one on the HMBC page. Take a peek :)

Maybe I should not assume you have those urls. Here they are "just in case":
http://members.xoom.com/Barbolink/ (Barbo's BirdLinks)
http://members.xoom.com/hmbc/featured.html (HMBC Featured Site)

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From the 4/2/99 Vermont RBA

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Some of you may be interested in this from the Vermont RBA:

"A PINK-FOOTED GOOSE has been located among feeding flocks of SNOW GEESE in Grand Isle, north of Burlington. The bird was found on Wednesday morning and subsequently relocated on late Thursday afternoon. The are hundreds if not thousands, of geese and locating the bird is problematic."

For more information, try this website:
http://www-stat.wharton.upenn.edu/~siler/hotmail/EAST.264634.html
and/or call the Vermont RBA at:
(802) 457-2779


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on the Vermont RBA 4/2/99

bputnam@...
 

Vermont is close and this may be of interest to some of you:


common gull (mew gull) - Newport (however, this one has not been relocated in a few days)


pink-footed goose with snow geese in Grand Isle, north of Burlington -
see the Vermont RBA for directions http://www-stat.wharton.upenn.edu/~siler/hotmail/EAST.264634.html
or call Vermont RBA at (802) 457-2779

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birdline report - 4/1/99

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This is not a transcription of the Birdline tape. It is summary of some of the sightings that were called in to birdline during the past week. Please call the birdline (518-439-8080) for the full report.

Fort Edward 3/23 & 24 - eastern meadowlark, eastern phoebe, northern shrike

Schodack 3/26 - fox sparrow, song sparrow, American woodcock

Collins Lake (Scotia) 3/23 & 26- American wigeon, ring-necked duck, hooded merganser, common merganser, Canada goose, wood duck, rusty blackbird

Stillwater 3/27 - Barrow's goldeneye

Greenwich 3/27 - Savannah sparrow, American woodcock

Five Rivers 3/27 - golden-crowned kinglet, pileated woodpecker, American kestrel, dark-eyed junco

Coxsackie 3/27 - green-winged teal, greater scaup, bald eagle, northern harrier, American kestrel, American coot, American woodcock, iceland gull, belted kingfisher, eastern phoebe, fox sparrow, eastern meadowlark, 3/28 - screech owl, brown creeper, Carolina wren, golden-crowned kinglet, eastern bluebird, yellow-rumped warbler

Saratoga Lake (Silver Beach) 3/27 - gadwall, bufflehead, ring-necked duck, northern pintail, canvasback, common mergansr, common goldeneye

Hudson River (between Fort Edward and Schuylerville)3/27 - ring-necked duck, common merganser, hooded merganser, bufflehead, wood duck, mallard, American black duck, common goldeneye, American wigeon, green-winged teal, pied-billed grebe, Canada goose, snow goose, ring-billed gull

Fort Edward 3/27 - 3 short-eared owl

New Baltimore 3/28 - bald eagle

Gansevoort 3/28 - Eastern Bluebird, Common Snipe, Mallard, Brown-headed Cowbird, Common Grackle, American Tree Sparrow

New Baltimore 3/28 - great egret, 3/30 - common loon, double-crested cormorant

Albany 3/29 - fish crow, sharp-shinned hawk

Princetown 3/29 - eastern meadowlark, American kestrel, sharp-shinned hawk

Albany 3/30 - turkey vulture

Schoharie Crossing 3/30 - killdeer, song sparrows, red-winged blackbirds, Canada geese, green-winged teal, downy woodpecker

Fort Edward 3/30 - green-winged teal, wood duck, northern pintail, killdeer, American woodcock, northern harrier, 4 short-eared owls

Catskill Creek 3/31 - horned grebe

Basic Creek Reservoir 3/31 - hooded and common merganser, American wigeon, ring-necked duck, bufflehead, horned grebe

Saratoga Sod Farm 4/1 - 8 great blue heron, 1 snow goose

Five Rivers 4/1 - fox sparrow, hooded merganser



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Basic Resevoir

LTS <dlsam@...>
 

Basic had a lot of Common Mergansers and Hooded Mergansers, a smaller number
of American Widgeons and Ring-necked Ducks, a very small number of
Buffleheads, and a single Horned Grebel, and many Canada Geese. At Stanton
Pond, the only bird we saw was a single Great Blue Heron!

LTS




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Pass the word

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Hi all - I guess this list is working ok, so... I will encourage you to let others know about it. Invite them to join. The more the merrier!

BTW, "my" great horned owl was sitting at the top of the blue spruce in the back yard in the bright almost-full moon light again last night:)

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Sunday at 5 Rivers

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Fox Sparrow and a pair of Hooded Mergansers were welcome sights at the Center Sunday...Fox Sparrow showed up a week earlier at my feeder next door to the Center.

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Fort Edward 3/30/99

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3/30/99 Fort Edward: green-winged teal, wood duck, northern pintail, killdeer, woodcock, northern harrier, 4 short-eared owls (5:30pm - 6:30pm)

Note: I saw a very unusual teal today on Town Line Rd (at the spot where there is wetland on both sides of the road). Here is my untechnical description. It evidently is some sort of hybrid or partial albino - there is no such duck shown in the waterfowl book - interesting, none the less. It seemed to be about the same size as the green-winged teal he (?) was chasing. The sides and back were gray and the chest was brownish (a hint of chestnut). It had the same white vertical line on the shoulder as the green-winged teal. On the rear end, it had white (not yellow as the green-winged teal) and black. The most unusual part was the head: it was all white with a black bill and black "chin area".

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Meadowlark

Joan L Cipriani <jlcip@...>
 

Even with the wind howling through my open car window, I could hear the
clear notes of the Eastern Meadowlark today as I was driving through
Princetown. Also saw a Kestral and a Sharpie. In Rotterdam a TV was
being buffeted around by the wind.

Joan

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jlcip@prodigy.net
Schenectady, NY



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Spring arrivals at Wolf Hollow

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Eastern Phoebe and Tree Swallow at Wolf Hollow yesterday (Sunday)

Ray Perry
RWilPerry@aol.com

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snipe, se owls, ducks... 3/28/99

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Sunday, March 28 -

Gansevoort yard birds: eastern bluebird, common snipe, mallard, brown-headed cowbird, common grackle, white-breasted nuthatch, American crow, American tree sparrow, American goldfinch, European staroing, red-winged blackbird, blue jay, mourning dove, house sparrow, black-capped chickadee

Hudson River (between Fort Edward and Schuylerville): ring-necked duck, common merganser, hooded merganser, bufflehead, wood duck, mallard, American black duck, common goldeneye, American wigeon, green-winged teal, pied-billed grebe, Canada goose, snow goose, ring-billed gull

Fort Edward (Fitzpatrick): 3 short-eared owls at 3pm

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Vischer Ferry 3/27/99

F Murphy <thrush@...>
 

VF Area 3/27/99 1 Gr Yellowlegs, 13 GW Teal, 4 Ring-necked Ducks, 6 Tree
Swallows, 1 Phoebe, Pileated, Flicker, Bluebirds, PB Grebe, Woodcock, Wood
Ducks.

Those baby monitors are great. We had a nice chorus this morning.

Looks like another early spring. Our Century Day, May 22, will be more
like a Breeding Bird Survey.

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