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Colonie Bikepath

Pat & Al Palmer <patal17@...>
 

This AM [Tues. Oct 12th] the birds were active . Seen were chickadees, 3
RC kinglets, downy WPs, blue jays, Am crows, 1 brown creeper, many cedar
waxwings & yellow rumped W, song, w throat,& w crowned sparrows, Am
robins, catbirds, redwing BBs, many many Juncos and 1 Am redstart. On
the Mohawk was 1 Gr B Heron and ringbilled gulls also overhead flew a
flock of Canada G. In addition, our back yard birds today
were: red &white breasted nuthatches, mockingbird and a flock of
starlings, grackles and cowbirds.


Kingbird Update

Penny and Larry Alden <dowden@...>
 

Frank Murphy and I spotted the Western Kingbird again today around lunch time at the same location as yesterday.  Some birders in the morning were given permission by the road's owner to walk in and look for the bird, so if anyone wants to follow suit, I think it's OK.  Also feel free to drop my name if anyone asks.  Park at the end of Overlook Lane and walk in about 200 yards.  My property is on the left side, past the small wooded knoll (there's only a gray shed on the property).  Feel free to set up scopes there to view the bird, which we saw hawking insects from the power line on the left side of the kestrel box.

Larry Alden
dowden@...


Western Kingbird

Penny and Larry Alden <dowden@...>
 

I had a Western Kingbird today near Black Creek Marsh.  The bird was seen on the telephone wires and in adjacent fields west of Meadowdale Road in the Town of Guilderland.  Meadowdale Road (County Route 202) is presently closed just before the entrance to Black Creek Marsh for installation of salamander crossings beneath the road.  Take Meadowdale from the Guilderland Center side to be on the right side of the barrier.  I saw the bird on my property on Overlook Lane, which is a private, dead end road branching off to the west, just where the road is closed.  Since I don't have a house on the property yet and haven't said anything to my neighbors, please do not drive in Overlook Lane.  However, you may be able to see the bird from Meadowdale where the barriers are.  This was not a Great Crested Flycatcher, which I have also seen on my property, but not lately.  The bird was quite active, chasing Bluebirds and hawking insects.

Larry Alden
dowden@...


Barn Owls

Jackie Bogardus <jackieb@...>
 

We took a trip to Cornwall, NY last night to see the Barn Owls in the
church steeple. Only one owlet was seen (there were originally 4, but
3 may have already fledged.) The one we saw last night was sitting on
the edge of the opening in the steeple, squawking non-stop for the
entire hour that we stood and watched. We were hoping to get a look at
an adult bringing food to the nest, but no luck. If you're interested
in going and need directions, let me know.

Jackie Bogardus
North Greenbush, NY


birdline report 10/8/99

Barb Putnam <bputnam@...>
 

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.

Schenectady: fish crow

Snyder Pond, W Kopake: bald eagle, osprey, great blue heron

Castleton: peregrine falcon

New Baltimore: osprey, common raven

Five Rivers: 2 great blue herons, 2 red-tailed hawks, 2 American
kestrels, 1 belted kingfisher, 1 hermit thrush, yellow-rumped and
palm warblers, and a white-crowned sparrow

Saratoga Lake 10/3: osprey

Cohoes 10/3: great blue heron, northern pintail, osprey, American
kestel, dunlin, chimney swift, 4 lesser black-backed gull, American
wigeon, green-winged teal, American coot, pied-billed grebe

Peebles Island SP 10/3: 4 great blue herons, 2 sharp-shinned hawks,
1 osprey, 3 ruffed grouse, 1 spotted sandpiper, 1 Carolina wren, 1
hermit thrush, 3 blue-headed vireos, red-eyed vireos, 6 warbler
species including 1 Tennessee, 1 northern parula, 2 blackpoll, 24
yellow-rumped, 1 American redstart, and 5 white-throated sparrows


Scotia 10/5: blue-headed vireo, northern parula, yellow-rumped
warbler, magnolia warbler, fox sparrow, swamp sparrow, white-throated
sparrow, Lincoln's sparrow, northern flicker

Guilderland: wild turkey, dark-eyed junco, red-breasted nuthatch

Watervliet Reservoir 10/5: 6 great blue herons, 2 green-winged teal,
6 blue-winged teal, 2 white-winged scoters, 1 hooded mergansers, 2
ruffed grouse, 7 killdeer, 1 pectoral sandpipers, 1 red-bellied
woodpecker, 4 pileated woodpeckers, 4 brown creepers, 8 winter wrens,
2 golden-crowned kinglets, 7 ruby-crowned kinglets, 1 hermit thrush,
5 gray catbirds, 130 cedar waxwings, 8 warbler species including 5
Nashville, 2 black-throated blue, 1 black-throated green, 7 palm, 3
blackpoll, 1 American redstart, 1 rose-breasted grosbeak, 9 song
sparrows, 32 white-throated sparrows, 2 rusty blackbirds, and 2
purple finches

Vischer Ferry 10/3: great blue heron, pied-billed grebe, wood duck,
white-throated sparrow, song sparrow, dark-eyed junco, field sparrow,
marsh wren, eastern towhee, yellow-rumped warbler, eastern bluebird,
blue-headed viero, purple finch, yellow-bellied sapsucker, chimney
swift, ruby-crowned kinglet, snow goose, sharp-shinned hawk, Cooper's
hawk, red-tailed hawk, turkey vulture, osprey, peregrine falcon

Gansevoort 10/8: tufted titmouse, American goldfinch, house finch,
dark-eyed junco, turkey vulture, house sparrow, common grackle, downy
woodpecker, white-breasted nuthatch, black-capped chickadee,
white-crowned sparrow, mourning dove, blue jay, yellow-rumped
warbler, song sparrow, wild turkey, cedar waxwing, eastern bluebird,
and a vesper sparrow

Lake George 10/8: pileated woodpecker, great blue heron, wild turkey
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November hawkwatch date

Barb Putnam <bputnam@...>
 

Hi all -

I have filled in all the November hawkwatch dates except one. If any of
you are interested and available on Sunday, November 28th, please let me
know - Thanks. Barb
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VF Closed 10/9 - 10/15

F Murphy <thrush@...>
 

Vischer Ferry will be closed to all except duck managers (aka duck hunters)
from Saturday, 10/9/99 through Friday 10/15/99.


Frank Murphy
Clifton Park, NY


10/7/99 sightings

Barb Putnam <bputnam@...>
 

Gansevoort yard: tufted titmouse, American goldfinch, house finch,
dark-eyed junco, turkey vulture, house sparrow, common grackle, downy
woodpecker, white-breasted nuthatch, black-caped chickadee, white-crowned
sparrow, mourning dove, blue jsy, yellow-rumped warbler, song sparrow, wild
turkey, cedar waxwing, eastern bluebird, vesper sparrow
Lake George: pileated woodpecker, great blue heron, wild turkey
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Basic Reservoir

DLSAM <DLSAM@...>
 

On Sun Oct 3, at Basic there were an Am Bittern, 200-300 Canada Geese, 40 Am
Widgeon, 75 Ring-necked Ducks, a dozen or so Pied-billed Grebes, Song
Sparrows, Savannah Sparrows, a good sized flock of Juncos, a couple of
Ring-billed Gulls, and Cedar Waxwings. At Stanton Pond, there were several
hundred Canada Geese, a pair of Mallards (the only ducks we saw there), a
flock of Killdeer, Am Crows, Barn Swallows, Am Kestrels, Mourning Doves,
Blue Jays and a big flock of Starlings.

Lillian & Dale


birdline report 9/30/99

Barb Putnam <bputnam@...>
 

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.

Vischer Ferry (as reported by a birder from Tonawanda) 9/22 - 1
Philadelphia vireo, 2 purple finches, 1 blackpoll warbler, 1 magnolia
warbler, 1 sharp-shinned hawk, 1 white-throated sparrow; 9/23 - 1
Connecticut warbler, 1 yellow-bellied flycatcher, 1 broad-winged
hawk, 1 ruby-crowned kinglet, 1 ruffed grouse, 1 red-eyed vireo, 1
warbling vireo, 1 blue-headed vireo, 1 Carolina wren, 1 brown
thrasher, 1 northern harrier

Albany County on Crescent Road near Cohoes 9/23 - 3 green herons, 3
great egrets

Columbia County on Rt. 590 9/23 - bald eagle; Lake Taconic State Park
9/23 - 1 prairie warbler

Lake George 9/24 - red-necked phalarope, common merganser, common
raven

Poestenkill 9/26 - cedar waxwing, American robin, eastern phoebe,
northern flicker, yellow-bellied sapsucker, "many warblers"

Gansevoort 9/24 - white-crowned sparrow, Lincoln's sparrow, palm
warbler, eastern bluebird, Savannah sparrow, yellow-bellied
sapsucker, northern flicker, eastern phoebe, turkey vulture, Cooper's
hawk

Fort Edward area 9/25 - osprey, rusty blackbird, 20 American
kestrels, 6 northern harrier, great blue heron, eastern phoebe,
yellow-rumped warbler, cedar waxwing, red-tailed hawk, turkey
vulture, wild turkey, eastern meadowlark, killdeer

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Re: barn owls to our south

DLSAM <DLSAM@...>
 

----- Original Message -----
From: Barb Putnam <bputnam@global2000.net>
To: <hmbirds@egroups.com>
Sent: Saturday, September 25, 1999 11:18 AM
Subject: [HMBirds] barn owls to our south


I know that some of you do not receive NYSBirds and I thought you might
be interested in this: (a note from Claudia Perretti titmice@juno.com)

"I don't know how close you are to Cornwall, NY. Perhaps you have heard
about the barn owl family that is living in the steeple of the St.
John's Episcopal church one block off Main St. where Hazen St. meets
Clinton St. We visited them tonight at 11:30 PM on the way back from NY
City to Newburgh. The steeple is lit up brightly by two beacon ground
lights so the four barn owlets are very visible and just stand there in a
line - like the picture books - making their wheezing cries, waiting for
mom and a mouse or two. It is truly a wonderful sight to behold, with
the harvest moon and Jupiter as a backdrop."


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Gansevoort and Ft Edward 9/25

Barb Putnam <bputnam@...>
 

September 25 - Gansevoort yard: white-crowned sparrow, Lincoln's sparrow,
palm warbler, eastern bluebird, Savannah sparrow, yellow-bellied sapsucker,
northern flicker, eastern phoebe, turkey vulture, Cooper's hawk

September 25 - Fort Edward area: osprey, rusty blackbird, 20 American
kestrels, 6 northern harrier, great blue heron, eastern phoebe,
yellow-rumped warbler, cedar waxwing, red-tailed hawk, turkey vulture, wild
turkey, eastern meadowlark, killdeer


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barn owls to our south

Barb Putnam <bputnam@...>
 

I know that some of you do not receive NYSBirds and I thought you might
be interested in this: (a note from Claudia Perretti titmice@juno.com)

"I don't know how close you are to Cornwall, NY. Perhaps you have heard
about the barn owl family that is living in the steeple of the St.
John's Episcopal church one block off Main St. where Hazen St. meets
Clinton St. We visited them tonight at 11:30 PM on the way back from NY
City to Newburgh. The steeple is lit up brightly by two beacon ground
lights so the four barn owlets are very visible and just stand there in a
line - like the picture books - making their wheezing cries, waiting for
mom and a mouse or two. It is truly a wonderful sight to behold, with
the harvest moon and Jupiter as a backdrop."


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Woodrow Wilson ?

F Murphy <thrush@...>
 

Vischer Ferry - 9/24/99 5-7 PM Vischer Ferry is really alive with birds
lately. The ponds out back that turned to fields this summer, reverted
back to wetlands after the hurricane, and are now ideal for ducks,
especially teal. This evening there was a large flock of about 300 teal,
about 10 to 1 Green-winged to Blue-winged. Quite a sight watching them fly
around the marsh. They must love the flooded fields. Also 2 Shovelers,
lots of Wood Ducks in a row, and a few Blacks and Mallards interspersed.

Also had 2 Wilson's Warblers, a Blackpoll at minimum focus and eye level,
Winter Wren, Thrasher, RC Kinglet, Myrtles, BTG, Maggies, Redstart, a Swamp
Sparrow still singing, and last nite a Marsh Wren, REV, and a Blue-headed V.

There are no mosquitoes here. They're all at Crossgates and Colonie
Center, breeding in the water fountains.

See them before they spray them.


Frank Murphy
Clifton Park, NY


birdline report 9/23/99

Barb Putnam <bputnam@...>
 

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.

This week, the birdline tape might not be updated until Monday, Sept 27th.

Helderberg Hawk Watch 9/12: 4 turkey vultures, 3 osprey, 4 bald eagles, 3
northern harriers, 7 sharp-shinned hawks, 3 Cooper's hawks, 33 broad-winged
hawks, 7 Red-tails, 6 American kestrel, 1 merlin, 6 unidentified hawks, 77
total; 9/19: 386 raptors including, 316 broad-winged hawks, 3 turkey vultures,
2 bald eagles, 5 northern harriers, 9 sharp-shinned hawks, 1 Cooper's hawk, 1
northern goshawk, 12 red-tailed hawks, and 4 American kestrels; 9/23: immature
golden eagle, 2 American kestrels, 2 Cooper's hawks, 12 osprey, 12
sharp-shinned hawks, 135 to 140 broad-winged hawks, and a number of red-tails
and turkey vultures

Schenectady 9/13-9/23: great egret (in the Binnikill near the Schenectady
Community College and the Western Gateway bridge)

Vischer Ferry 9/15: eastern screech-owl; 9/19: great horned owl, Canada goose,
25 wood duck, 1 green-winged teal, mourning dove, 3 chimney swift, belted
kingfisher, 4 red-bellied woodpecker, pileated woodpecker, downy woodpecker,
northern flicker, eastern phoebe, red-eyed vireo, warbling vireo, blue jay,
American crow, black-capped chickadee, tufted titmouse, white-breasted
nuthatch, brown creeper, marsh wren, American robin, gray catbird, 50 cedar
waxwing, 3 chestnut-sided warbler, 5 magnolia warbler, 1 black-throated blue
warbler, 2 black-throated green warbler, 2 blackpoll warbler, 1 black and
white warbler, 2 American redstart, 3 common yellowthroat, song sparrow, swamp
sparrow, white-throated sparrow, northern cardinal, rose-breasted grosbeak,
red-winged blackbird, 3 rusty blackbirds, American goldfinch

Niskayuna train station 9/18: great egret, wood duck

Saratoga Lake 9/17: pied-billed grebe, ring-billed gull, great black-backed
gull, mallard, wild turkey

Gansevoort yard 9/17: winter wren; 9/18: yellow-bellied sapsucker, common
yellowthroat, palm warbler, killdeer, tufted titmouse, 8 eastern bluebirds,
ruby-throated hummingbird, cedar waxwing; 9/19: palm warbler, turkey vulture,
white-crowned sparrow, merlin

Saratoga National Historical Park 9/18: Canada goose, black-capped chickadee,
rufous-sided towhee, blue jay, American goldfinch, brown creeper, downy
woodpecker, golden-crowned kinglet, pine warbler, Philadelphia vireo, American
crow, cedar waxwing, northern flicker, white-breasted nuthatch, blackpoll
warbler, yellow-rumped warbler, magnolia warbler, grey catbird, blue-winged
teal, scarlet tanager, eastern phoebe, black-throated green warbler

Knott Rd, Rexford 9/21: eastern screech-owl

Waterford (GE plant) 9/21: red-bellied woodpecker

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Correction - Field Trip

Jackie Bogardus <jackieb@...>
 

This weekend's field trip to Wilson Powell Sanctuary in Columbia County
is on SUNDAY, September 26th. It was incorrectly noted in Feathers.
I'd appreciate it if you could let others know if they ask. Thanks.

Barb - maybe you can put a note on the HMBC web site? Thanks.

Jackie Bogardus
Rensselaer, NY


Bluebirds and late hummer.

Penny and Larry Alden <dowden@...>
 

I noted at least 10 eastern bluebirds on my property today between Black Creek Marsh (Meadowdale side) and the escarpment.  Also of interest was a late hummingbird which I caught a quick glimpse of near the Guilderland Middle School (Rte. 155, south of Route 20).  It had quite a bit of white on it, and I saw no green (it was a really quick glimpse)!

Larry Alden
dowden@...


Seek Warblers in The Fall

F Murphy <thrush@...>
 

Vischer Ferry 9/22/99 - Lots of GW and BW Teal (100 total), 2 PB Grebes,
and a Magnolia Warbler. I forgot to mention that on the Club trip on 9/19
we had a close look at a Marsh Wren on the main trail just on the other
side of the whipple bridge, the same place as last year this time.

I'm also happy to report that the furniture that was dumped at Lock 19 has
been cleaned up. The color console TV is still under the bridge, under
more water, but I'll make that an autumn project to get it out of there.
The kitchen sink - no kidding - a kitchen sink was dumped today or
yesterday along the main road, but at least it'll be easier to clean up.

I have to say that the preserve was quite spectacular this evening with the
deep ocean blue cloud front to the south and the subtle fall colors in the
foreground. I haven't seen such beautiful colors since the sixties !

Hope you all have a great autumn, and remember

SEEK WARBLERS IN FALL WHERE CHICKADEES CALL


Frank Murphy
Clifton Park, NY


Vischer Ferry Walk 9/19/99

F Murphy <thrush@...>
 

Field Trip Report

Vischer Ferry - 9/19/99, 8AM - 12PM

Highlights: Vischer Ferry had once again returned to wetland status
following the heavy rain from Hurricane Floyd three days ago. The
shorebird/heron/egret ponds out back that were bone dry a week ago were now
filled but no birds were using them yet. The group walked clockwise around
the three-mile long west loop, aka the jungle loop. Highlights of the walk
included Rusty Blackbirds, great looks at Pileated and Red-bellied
Woodpeckers, and a small assortment of warblers including Chesnut-sided,
Magnolia, and Blackpoll.

Birds observed: 39 species. C Goose, 25 Wood Duck, 1 GW Teal, M Dove, 3 C
Swift, Kingfisher, 4 Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy, Flicker, 2 Pileated,
Phoebe, Red-eyed Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Blue Jay, Am Crow, BC Chickadee,
Titmouse, WB Nuthatch, B Creeper, Robin, Catbird, 50 C Waxwing, 3
Chesnut-sided Warbler, 5 Magnolia Warbler, 1 Black-thr Blue Warbler, 2
Black-thr Green Warbler, 2 Blackpoll /Warbler, 1 Black and White Warbler, 2
Am Redstart, 3 C Yellowthroat, Song Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, White-thr
Sparrow, Cardinal, RB Grosbeak, Red-winged Blackbird, 3 Rusty Blackbird,
Goldfinch.


Frank Murphy
Clifton Park, NY


my yard

Barb Putnam <bputnam@...>
 

This was a banner weekend: two new yard birds - winter wren and a merlin
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