Early Bird

Larry & Penny Alden

A Tree Swallow is right now perched on one of my bird boxes here in southern Guilderland. Not the earliest one I’ve seen here over the years, but the first I remember showing up while there was snow on the ground. And although the snow is melting, about 95% off my yard is still covered in it!

Larry Alden

This week's destination: 3/23

Naomi Lloyd

Hey Thursday birders! The forecast seems pretty consistent that we'll have only light sprinkles in the morning, so let's check out the southern end of our region. Meet at the Coxsackie Boat Launch at 9:00 and we can explore Four-mile Point and Vosburgh Swamp from there.,-73.7981486,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m6!3m5!1s0x89ddeae2859ccffd:0x50088f649778330d!8m2!3d42.3529224!4d-73.7959546!16s%2Fg%2F1tg87ndq?hl=en&authuser=0

Next week we will switch back to our usual starting time of 8:00am with the beginnings of migration!


White-fronted Goose at Collins Lake

Alan Schroeder

There were still two White-fronted Geese at Collins Lake on Monday 3/20/23.  

Red headed woodpecker, Jonesville


My SIL posted a picture from her backyard taken this week of a red headed woodpecker.  Ushers Road in Jonesville.

Re: Greater White-fronted Geese, Collins Lake

Yana Levchinsky-Grimmond

I saw a double-crested cormorant there as well later in the day (plus the GWFG).


Robert S Pastel

My First Killdeer of season seen at Albany pine bush office parking lot.

Robert S. Pastel

HMBC Annual banquet, annual business meeting and speaker, April 3


Reminder to HMBC members - dinner reservations are due NO LATER than Saturday March 25. 

schedule for the events and speaker info is below

there is no charge to just come to the business meeting (only Members may vote)

everyone is welcome to the program. This is an in-person event

Folks - this is a great time to join the Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club if you are not already members. Membership info is on our website,

Location: Century House
997 New Loudon Rd. (Route 9), Latham
Schedule (Come for any or all of these parts):
  • 5:30 p.m.            Social — Cash bar
  • 6:00 p.m.            Dinner served -- Payment and reservations due by March 25th (see registration and payment details below)
  • 7:00 p.m.            Annual Business Meeting
  • 8:00 p.m.            Program:
Audubon's Migratory Bird Initiative
Speaker: Chad Witko, Senior Coordinator, Avian Biology, National Audubon Society
The mission of the Migratory Bird Initiative is to secure the future of migratory birds in the Western Hemisphere by reducing direct threats and protecting key places across the Americas in coordination with science, conservation and policy partners.
The Initiative brings together the latest spatial information on species distributions and movements across their annual cycles to identify priority areas for 458 species of migratory birds that regularly occur in the United States and Canada. We will use this information to define where and how to focus Audubon’s conservation investments in order to protect, restore and manage key habitat and also mitigate threats along full migratory pathways for these species.
As Senior Coordinator, Chad Witko communicates about the Migratory Bird Initiative and other science programs within Audubon, working with data and knowledge holders across the Western Hemisphere to build relationships and acquire migratory bird datasets. Through this work, he is a principal contributor to the development of the Bird Migration Explorer.
As an expert birder and ornithologist, Chad provides a lifetime of birding knowledge and nearly twenty years of field experience to the National Science Division at Audubon.
Chad holds a BS in Environmental and Forest Biology from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and an MS in Conservation Biology and a Certificate in Applied Spatial Analysis for GIS from Antioch University New England. He currently resides in Vermont with his partner and daughter.
Dinner Reservations
To register for the dinner, complete the online registration form, including online payment by clicking on the Register button above or here:
Note: One member of a household can be the primary person to register, adding others in your party as "guests", whether or not those guests are other HMBC members from your household or non-members joining your party.
For whoever is the primary person registering, enter the number of "guests" in addition to yourself in the box provided in the form.
Ultimately, the payment form should charge you for the correct total number of people in your party. If there's a discrepancy between the number you expect and the amount being charged, go back and make sure the total of yourself plus your "guests" is correct.
There is no cost or registration required to attend just the program.
Payment for the dinner must be received no later than Saturday, March 25th. Cancellations after March 25th are not refundable. The meal will be buffet style including salads, beef tips, chicken caprese, and vegetarian ravioli entree options, sides, and dessert. Dinner cost is $46 per person.
If you prefer to pay by check, you can also access the registration form to print out and complete here:

Greater White-fronted Geese, Collins Lake

Naomi Lloyd

Passing on Tom Anderson's report of two GWFG on Collins Lake, in case you need them for your Schenectady county list!


Greater White-fronted Geese, Selkirk 3/19


Christina M. found a pair of Greater White-fronted Geese amongst a large flock of Canada Geese foraging on a farm field at the corner of Elm Avenue and Creble Rd. in Selkirk this afternoon. The group also contained two Snow Geese, and a Cackling Goose.

Tom Williams 

Re: greater white-fronted geese - staats Island

Dan Welch

Today on Nassua Lake: a pair of Buffleheads, 1 male Hooded Merganser, 40+ Ring-necked Ducks and 75+ Common Mergansers…
dan welch & lynn huntington 

On Mar 17, 2023, at 1:34 PM, gregg_recer <gregg_recer@...> wrote:

the 2 gr white-fronted geese found yesterday are still present here on the south side of staats Island rd, mixed into a group of canadas. 
gregg recer
malta NY

greater white-fronted geese - staats Island


the 2 gr white-fronted geese found yesterday are still present here on the south side of staats Island rd, mixed into a group of canadas. 
gregg recer
malta NY

Turkey Vultures in Salem

Scott Varney

The roosting colony of Turkey Vultures arrived back to their usual spot on Saturday, March 11th...a bit earlier than most previous years...and just in front of the big snowstorm!  I wonder if they are regretting their early arrival time!

Scott Varney
Salem, NY

No destination this week: 3/16

Naomi Lloyd

Hey Thursday birders! For obvious reasons, we're all gonna stay home, safe and warm, hopefully.

Be careful out there!


Bohemian waxwing


This afternoon a flock of cedar waxwings and one beautiful Bohemian landed in a tree in our yard. We had less than a minute to react to and process the siting, before the group flew away.

Extralimitally this winter, we have seen Bohemian waxwings in nearby North Bennington, VT as well as in Williamstown, MA. Finally, one showed up here in northeastern Rensselaer County!

Rita and Robert Reed
East Hoosick

Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club - March 2023 board meeting

Tristan Lowery

The March 2023 board meeting of the Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club will be held tonight, 3/13, at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. All club members are welcome to attend. Any committee reports or any other business to be considered may be emailed to president@....


Thank you.

Tristan Lowery

President, Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club

Topic: HMBC March Board mtg
Time: Mar 13, 2023 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Northern Flicker - Vischer Ferry - 3/11/23.

Joseph Krupitza


eBird lists the Northern Flicker as infrequent for this time of year.  

So, I am mentioning that I saw one at Vischer Ferry Nature & Historic Preserve today with attached photo.

This is the first one this year for me.


Joe Krupitza

Re: blackbirds in the snow


I have about 250 of them pillaging my feeders daily.  Be happy to send them your way.

blackbirds in the snow


We are enjoying repeated visits this morning from a large mixed flock of close to 50 Common Grackles, Red-winged Blackbirds, and European Starlings at our feeders and on the ground in our snow-covered backyard! - Scott and Denise, Loudonville

Re: Gray Catbird at Niskayuna RR station


I had a Gray Catbird at that same location back on January 2nd. Glad to know that it is still doing well.

Tom Williams 

Gray Catbird at Niskayuna RR station


This afternoon we had a catbird eating berries in a red cedar about 0.5 miles east of the Niskayuna RR Station, along the bike way along the Mohawk. Most likely an overwintering individual. 

Scott and Denise

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