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New pictures in my album

Linda W. <naturegirlny10@...>
 

I have posted some new pictures in my album. They are no Nadler's but
I like em! Linda W. Porter Corners


Interesting Site

Will Raup
 

You never know what you'll get when you google.

Here is an interesting site of local interest.

http://www.learner.org/jnorth/eagle/spring2006/Update050306.html

Good Birding,

Will Raup
Albany, NY

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Glens Falls PEFA 4 eggs!!!!

Paul Saffold <capasa@...>
 

I saw another exchange at the Peregrine Falcon nest this afternoon about 3:30. I had a much better view of the nest. The falcons stayed off to one side long enough for me to see that there are 4 eggs.

Paul Saffold
Hudson Falls, NY
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Glens Falls Peregrine w/eggs

Paul Saffold <capasa@...>
 

The PEFA have returned to nest again in the Jointa-Galusha quarry near Glen St. in Glens Falls. I saw the PEFAs switching incubation duties this afternoon and I was able to see 2 eggs. I could not see all of the nest so it is possible that there are other eggs.

Last year there were 2 chicks that fledged.

I will post updates as they occur.

Paul Saffold
Hudson Falls, NY
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Papscanee 5/22

here471
 

I birded Papscanee Island yesterday evening for about an hour. The
fields on the way in are getting more and more overgrown with
vegetation but I still found a couple Greater Yellowlegs (there were
probably more shorebirds around but I can only stand behind my scope
for so long). Along the trail a Yellow-throated Vireo was
singing...this was the first time I found one without someone else
pointing out its "Three-A, Three-A" song so I was pretty proud of
myself. I flushed a pair of Veerys that I am pretty sure have a
nest but I couldn't spot it. Also, a Yellow-billed Cuckoo (which
wasn't around on Saturday) let me get a brief, unsatisfying look
through the very thick undergrowth. Unfortunately, the Cerulean was
nowhere to be seen.
Be careful on the dirt road in...I have twice recently nearly run
over turtles (a baby snapper and a young painted) in the road even
though I was driving slowly.

I've had a couple of questions about some Century Run birds so here
goes...first off, the rails and bitterns at Black Creek Marsh are
pretty easy to get if you get there early in the morning and listen
(or, if it's dead quiet, play a tape of them)...I had never seen or
heard Virginia Rail, American or Least Bittern before this spring
but their voices are completely distinct. I am sure other people
have more experience and can probably offer more pointers than this.

Second, the Worm-eating Warbler (originally found by Tom Williams)
hangs out at the Deer Mountain Nature Trail in Coeymans just over
the little wooden bridge on the east trail (literally about 20 feet
beyond the bridge on the left). You can probably hear it from the
parking lot (and you might have to be happy with hearing it as it is
pretty shy about showing itself).

Good Birding,
Corey Finger


Re: O.-s. Flycatcher

Alan Mapes <aamapes@...>
 

Hope - it's time for these birds to migrate through to their nesting areas - bogs in the Adirondacks for the ones that nest in NYS. They are one of the later migrants, along with most of the other flycatcher clan. You could look on the atlas maps to see how close they nest to you. Go to www.dec.state.ny.us and search on "bird atlas".

Alan

----- Original Message -----
From: "Hope Batcheller" <saltospero@...>
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Sent: Monday, May 22, 2006 3:45 PM
Subject: [HMBirds] O.-s. Flycatcher


Hi all!
Earlier today (12:30ish) I had an Olive-sided Flycatcher here in
Petersburgh. Does anybody know how common they are around here at this time
of year? I've never seen one in this area before, so I don't know...
Happy birding!
~Hope Batcheller






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O.-s. Flycatcher

Hope Batcheller <saltospero@...>
 

Hi all!
Earlier today (12:30ish) I had an Olive-sided Flycatcher here in Petersburgh. Does anybody know how common they are around here at this time of year? I've never seen one in this area before, so I don't know...
Happy birding!
~Hope Batcheller


May 20 birding results -moorhen, least bittern, orchard oriole, and both cuckoos

scottjstoner
 

I hesitate to call this a true century run because (1) we did not break 100,
and (2) we thought of it more as a 13-hour day of intense birding, rather
than the frenetic pace of trying to 'get' as many species as possible. The
group composition was somewhat varied during the day and partially impacted by
baseball. However, we collectively tallied about 85 species in 13 hours,
beginning at 0600 at Vischer Ferry and ending at 1900 at Five Rivers, with visits
to Thacher Park and Thompson's Lake in between. Wind and cold certainly
hampered the birding, but highlights included:

- Orchard Oriole (first year male), Least Bittern, Common Moorhen, and YB
Cuckoo at Vischer Ferry

- BTG, BTB warbler, Ovenbird (seen well - which delayed us), and Scarlet
Tanager - enjoyed views at eye level from a higher elevation road, with further
delayed us)

- A family of Louisiana Waterthrushes along the Vlomankill trail at Five
Rivers in the early evening - with at least one fledged young, very active,
loud chipping... BBCuckoo, Prairie warbler and Blue-winged warbler at Five
Rivers as well.

- Participants: Denise Hackert-Stoner, Scott Stoner, Gregg Recer, Bryce
Recer, and Cathy Graichen


Re: 5/20 Century Run

Will Raup
 

Just to add on what Corey reported, we also had a very cooperative Eastern Screech Owl at Five Rivers and a single Great Horned Owl near Black Creek Marsh. We also had Solitary Sandpiper at several locations and a total of 5 Bald Eagles, including a great look at an adult at New St. in Cohoes.

We also missed Northern Waterthrush and Fish Crow. It should also be noted that both Northern Harriers we saw, were Males.

Will Raup
Albany, NY



From: Corey Finger <here471@...>
To: Bird Line <birdline@...>, Hudson Mohawk <hmbirds@...>
Subject: [HMBirds] 5/20 Century Run
Date: Sun, 21 May 2006 08:54:12 -0700 (PDT)

Tom Williams, Will Raup and I gathered 123 species in 18 hours (3 AM-9 PM) in the Century Run. Highlights included:

A single (juvenile) Common Loon at Lake Myosotis;
Virginia Rail, Sora, Least and American Bittern, Black-billed Cuckoo and Yellow-throated Vireo at Black Creek Marsh;
19 species of wood warbler, including a territorial Worm-eating Warbler singing at the Deer Mountain Nature Trail in Coeymans and a very territorial male Cerulean Warbler that came down out of the canopy to investigate us at Papscanee Island (definitely the best of the day as far as I am concerned);
All 6 expected species of Woodpecker;
6 species of Flycatcher (but no Pewees);
Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs at the flooded fields on the way into the south entrance of Papscanee Island;
A Savannah Sparrow, an Eastern Meadowlark and a Northern Harrier in the "high tundra" in (near?) Renselaerville;
Common Nighthawks (several) feeding on bugs attracted by streetlamps between the New St. Dam and the bridge above it in Cohoes;
Pied-billed Grebe and Comon Moorhen at Vischer Ferry.

We missed Common Raven, Indigo Bunting, Carolina Wren and could not find the Orchard Orioles at the Renn. Tech Park. Also, the lack of sunlight seemed to keep the raptors down--we only had 6 species.

Good Birding,

Corey Finger


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Big Day Results

Larry & Penny Alden
 

This is just a reminder to anyone who got out yesterday to do the HMBC Century Run. Please remember to send your list of sightings, observers, times, and localities to Bob Yunick for his compilation. If anyone needs Bob's address, reply to me off-line. Look for an article and table in Feathers in a couple months.

Larry Alden


Century Run

lbrowland
 

My wife Kathy and I did our 1st Big Day/Century Run here yesterday
(2AM-7PM). Our plan was to stick mostly to Fulton, Montgomery, and
Schoharie Counties and eventually finish in Schenectady County. The
cold, rain and wind in that higher elevation area eventually drove
us east to Albany and certainly contributed to our stopping early.
Our total was 105 species. I'm amazed by our misses--ours included
Hairy Woodpecker, White-Breasted Nuthatch, Common Raven, and Chimney
Swift. I think some birds took the day off, the few stakeouts we
did have were a mixed bag. Some more scouting and refining this
route probably would also help.

Our highlights:
13 warbler species including Canada, Nashville, N. Parula, and
Blackpoll along Pinnacle Rd., Bleecker Twp., Fulton Co.
Common Loon--Pine Lake, Caroga Twp., Fulton Co. (where they breed)
Grasshopper Sparrow--Kilts Rd., Sharon Twp. Schoharie Co.
Virginia Rail, Marsh Wren, Hooded Merganser, Common Moorhen at pond,
Gilmartin Corners, Root Twp., Montgomery Co.
Kahn Rd., Palatine Twp., Montgomery Co.--Harrier, Savannah Sparrow,
Sora, and a Wilson's Snipe that made me think it was a Upland
Sandpiper by sitting on a fence post 5' off the ground.
Peregrine Falcon (Albany)

Species totals:
3 rails
6 raptors
19 warblers
9 sparrows
3 swallows
6 flycatchers

Happy birding to all--
Larry Rowland
Glenville


Big Day (Century Run) Results

Larry & Penny Alden
 

Jackie Bogardus, Steve Chorvas, and I (Larry Alden) did the HMBC Century Run yesterday. We were in the field from 3:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and limited our birding to Albany County, exclusively. We ran into at least five other teams in the process (poaching our birds?)

114 species. Here are our highlights...

both cuckoos
six woodpeckers
seven flycatchers
four vireos
five swallows (anybody know of Purple Martins in Albany Co.?)
both nuthatches
three wrens
seventeen warblers
six sparrows

specifics:
Gadwall (two drakes and one hen) at Stanton Pond
Hooded Merganser in a small pond in Berne
Common Loon (one at Lake Myosotis and one flying over the escarpment at Thacher Park)
American Bittern, Least Bittern, Virginia Rail, Sora, Ruffed Grouse, Northern Waterthrush, Am. Black Duck, Alder and Willow flycatchers at Black Creek Marsh
Peregrine Falcon (Albany)
Common Raven, Winter Wren, Hermit Thrush, Junco, Blue-headed Vireo, Blackburnian, Yellow-rump, Magnolia, BTB, BTG warblers at Thacher Park
White-throated Sparrow, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Purple Finch, and more ravens at Partridge Run

We also had one Common Merganser (species 115) just over the county line in Saratoga County.

Weather was definitely a problem, with a steady cold wind in the hilltowns. The copious recent rains limited the shorebirds at the usually-productive Cohoes area.

Misses:

Green Heron, Bald Eagle (as well as some other raptors), shorebirds other than Spotted Sandpiper, all the owls, Belted Kingfisher, Carolina Wren.

Our memorable moment was having flyover American Bitterns (maybe the same one?) THREE separate times!

Larry Alden


5/20 Century Run

here471
 

Tom Williams, Will Raup and I gathered 123 species in 18 hours (3 AM-9 PM) in the Century Run. Highlights included:

A single (juvenile) Common Loon at Lake Myosotis;
Virginia Rail, Sora, Least and American Bittern, Black-billed Cuckoo and Yellow-throated Vireo at Black Creek Marsh;
19 species of wood warbler, including a territorial Worm-eating Warbler singing at the Deer Mountain Nature Trail in Coeymans and a very territorial male Cerulean Warbler that came down out of the canopy to investigate us at Papscanee Island (definitely the best of the day as far as I am concerned);
All 6 expected species of Woodpecker;
6 species of Flycatcher (but no Pewees);
Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs at the flooded fields on the way into the south entrance of Papscanee Island;
A Savannah Sparrow, an Eastern Meadowlark and a Northern Harrier in the "high tundra" in (near?) Renselaerville;
Common Nighthawks (several) feeding on bugs attracted by streetlamps between the New St. Dam and the bridge above it in Cohoes;
Pied-billed Grebe and Comon Moorhen at Vischer Ferry.

We missed Common Raven, Indigo Bunting, Carolina Wren and could not find the Orchard Orioles at the Renn. Tech Park. Also, the lack of sunlight seemed to keep the raptors down--we only had 6 species.

Good Birding,

Corey Finger


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HMBC field trip - Grafton Lakes 5/27/06

Barb Putnam <barbolink1@...>
 

The Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club will hold a morning field trip to Grafton Lakes
State Park on Saturday, May 27. Grafton Lakes State Park and the
surrounding areas include deciduous and coniferous woodland, open fields,
marshes, ponds, and a large, bird-rich patch of highbush
blueberries.Seventy or more bird species are present in summer, including
as many as 12-15 warbler species. Most of these should be present and
staking out nesting sites by now.The trip will include several short walks
totaling less than 2 miles. Black files will be out, so bug repellent is
strongly recommended. Meet at 7:15 AM. Directions: Take State Route 2 about
14 miles east from Troy to about 1/2 mile west of Grafton Village. Turn
right on the loop road that leads to the main park entrance and park off to
the side before reaching the flashing light.


Golden Eagle and More

Will Raup
 

5/18/06

Today my wife and I were out scouting in preperation for this weekends Century Run, we spent our time mostly in Southern Albany and Northern Greene Counties. The big high-lite of the day was a GOLDEN EAGLE at Stanton Pond, Coeymans, Albany County.

We arrived at the pond and immediately began searching the surrounding land for goodies. I first noticed 3 large birds flying from West to East. At first I passed them off as a group of the abundant Turkey Vultures which inhabit the area. As the drew closer, I could quickly tell that these were the wrong shape for Turkey Vultures and that Eagles were likely. As the drew even closer to our location, two of the birds we could clearly see were full adult BALD EAGLES, now rose into the air and began harrassing the 3rd bird. The 3rd bird now took our full attention and as we studied it, our excitment grew as we could find no white on the bird, then after a few minutes of being harrassed the 3rd bird rose into the air and the long neck and golden nape were clearly seen, showing an Adult GOLDEN EAGLE. At this point the Bald Eagle attack was broken, with one bird flying off to the north, the other flew off to the south, with the Golden Eagle right behind it, harassing it every opportunity it got.

All the other birds were quite normal. 5 large Flocks of BRANT were also seen through-out the day all flying North.

The List:

Canada Goose, Brant, Gadwall (Stanton Pond), Mallard, Wild Turkey, Double-Crested Cormorant (Coxsackie Res) Great-Blue Heron, Green Heron, Turkey Vulture (Proable nest site in Greene County based on bird agitation), Bald Eagle, Broad-Winged Hawk (Rt. 143 next to the Alcove), Red-Tailed Hawk, GOLDEN EAGLE, Killdeer, Rock Pigeon, Mourning Dove, Chimney Swift, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Red-Bellied Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Kingbird, Red-Eyed Vireo, Blue Jay, American Crow, Tree Swallow, Northern Rough-Winged Swallow (between Lowe's and Wal-mart in Glenmont), Barn Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, Wood Thrush, American Robin, Eastern Bluebird, Gray Catbird, European Starling, Yellow Warbler, Chestnut-Sided Warbler (they have arrived in force), Black-throated Green Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Ovenbird, Common Yellowthroat, Scarlet Tanager, Eastern Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Bobolink, Red-winged Blackbird (nest found and photographed), Common Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Baltimore Oriole, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow.

Good Birding,

Will Raup
Albany, NY

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Hudson-Mohawk Birdline 5/17/06

Barb Putnam <barbolink1@...>
 

- RBA
* New York
* Hudson-Mohawk Region
* May 17, 2006
* NYHM0605.17

- Highlights
=====================================================================
American Bittern
Great Egret
Bald Eagle
Black-billed Cuckoo
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Orchard Oriole
Purple Finch
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hotline: Birdline of Eastern New York
sponsor: Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club
phone: (518) 439-8080
coverage: Hudson-Mohawk Region, East-Central New York
compiled: May 17, 2006
homepage: http://hmbc.net

=====================================================================

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@...

Bog Meadow Brook, E of Saratoga 5/8: 2 GREAT EGRETS

Niskayuna 5/9: SHARP-SHINNED HAWK

Five Rivers EEC 5/10: GREEN HERON, EASTERN PHOEBE, EASTERN KINGBIRD,
HOUSE WREN, EASTERN BLUEBIRD, WOOD THRUSH, GRAY CATBIRD, BLUE-WINGED
WARBLER, YELLOW WARBLER, PRAIRIE WARBLER, OVENBIRD, COMMON
YELLOWTHROAT, CHIPPING SPARROW, FIELD SPARROW, NORTHERN CARDINAL,
ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, and BOBOLINK

Reist Sanctuary 5/11: SCARLET TANAGER and 2 INDIGO BUNTINGS

Thatcher Park 5/11: 6 TURKEY VULTURES, 2 RED-TAILED HAWKS,
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, PILEATED WOODPECKER, HERMIT THRUSH, and
DARK-EYED JUNCO

Cole Hill State Forest, Berne 5/11: YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER,
NORTHERN FLICKER, LEAST FLYCATCHER, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, ~10
BLUE-HEADED VIREOS, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, BROWN CREEPER,
GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, SWAINSON'S THRUSH, HERMIT THRUSH, WOOD
THRUSH, NASHVILLE WARBLER, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, MAGNOLIA WARBLER,
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN
WARBLER, BLACK-and-WHITE WARBLER, AMERICAN REDSTART, OVENBIRD,
LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, SCARLET TANAGER,
ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, and ~6 PURPLE FINCHES

Schodack Island 5/12: 6 immature BALD EAGLES

Coxsackie Creek Grassland 5/12: 1 adult BALD EAGLE

Troy 5/12: WOOD THRUSH and GRAY CATBIRD

ThompsonÆs Lake 5/13: 4 ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS, 2 male & 2 female

Five Rivers EEC (HMBC Birds & Breakfast) 5/13: GREAT BLUE HERON,
GREEN HERON, AMERICAN KESTREL, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, NORTHERN FLICKER,
EASTERN KINGBIRD, RED-EYED VIREO, NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW,
EASTERN BLUEBIRD, BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, YELLOW WARBLER, CHESTNUT-SIDED
WARBLER, BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, PINE WARBLER, PRAIRIE WARBLER,
OVENBIRD, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, SCARLET
TANAGER, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, and BOBOLINK

Vischer Ferry NHP 5/14: AMERICAN BITTERN, 4 GREAT BLUE HERONS, GREEN
HERON, WOOD DUCK, adult BALD EAGLE, COMMON MOORHEN, 6-10 SOLITARY
SANDPIPERS, 2 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, 1 LEAST SANDPIPER, YELLOW-THROATED
VIREO, WARBLING VIREO, RED-EYED VIREO, BANK SWALLOW, BLUE-GRAY
GNATCATCHER, YELLOW-WARBLER, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, AMERICAN
REDSTART, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, SWAMP SPARROW, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW,
and BALTIMORE ORIOLE

East Greenbush 5/15: A ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK at a feeder

Niskayuna 5/15: GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER

Schenectady, Central Park 5/16: GREAT BLUE HERON, NORTHERN FLICKER,
WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH, CHIPPING SPARROW, NORTHERN CARDINAL, and
BALTIMORE ORIOLE

Burnt Hills 5/17: YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO and WOOD THRUSH

Northern Saratoga County 5/17: AMERICAN WOODCOCK

Fort Edward 5/17: BLUE-WINGED TEAL, NORTHERN HARRIER, 6 RED-TAILED
HAWKS, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, COMMON RAVEN, MARSH WREN, BROWN
THRASHER, BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, and ORCHARD ORIOLE (on Cary Road)

=====================================================================

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Coxsackie Grasslands and environs today

Richard Guthrie
 

Interesting mix of birds in the fields and surrounding woods today.
Highlights included:



Greater Yellowlegs

Spotted Sandpiper (2 active courtship displays)

Killdeer 2 adults + 4 fledglings

Black-billed Cuckoo

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds (at least 7)

Alder Flycatcher

Northern Parula

Yellow-rumped Warblers

Yellow Warblers (15+/-)

Northern Waterthrush



Scarlet Tanager



Plus several Gray Treefrogs calling


Sightings from Meadowdale

Larry & Penny Alden
 

This morning I had a new yard bird when a Common Loon flew over, calling, heading north.

This evening, I saw several large flocks of Brant over Black Creek Marsh, also heading north.

Larry Alden
Meadowdale
(on the Guilderland-New Scotland border)


Fort Edward fun

Barb Putnam <barbolink1@...>
 

HMBirders -

I went over to Fort Edward for a while today and had three very interesting
sightings:

I saw an immature male orchard oriole on Cary Rd - just west of the
"Washington County outhouse". It is just about the same spot where I have
had them at least two other years. He was singing right next to the road.

Also on Cary Rd, I saw two ravens on a silo. One went into the silo and
came out with a white egg in its beak. I'm guessing it was a pigeon's egg
(?). The raven flew away carrying the egg and the other raven also flew
away in a slightly different direction.

I also saw a northern harrier (on Dowmont) carrying what I think was a
snake. He landed with it and after maybe 15 seconds took off without it
(feeding a female or young bird ?)

It was a fun time. Barb


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Re: indigo bunting

David Trachtenberg <datrac2000@...>
 

Thanks everyone for chiming in with tips for hearing /
seeing these beautiful birds-- so far I have only seen
pictures-- but this is my first Spring trying. It is
a great joy for me to learn so much in a very short
period of time. To give you sense of how far I've
come, I had never seen a hummingbird until last year
when I thought it was a large insect. I saw my first
oriole this Spring. Now I have bluebirds fledging in
my yard and can point out ovenbirds and (some)
warblers. Everyone is so generous sharing knowledge.
Much appreciated.

Best, David & family



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