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Minerva CBC

rmacdonald@...
 

The Minerva CBC will be held January 2nd. The Count includes areas in Essex,
Hamilton, and Warren Counties, centered in Minerva, it includes North Creek
and Johnsburg. This is an historic Count. It was first held in 1933 by six
individuals, including the late Vince Schaefer (father of cloud-seeding and
founder of the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center in Albany).

The Count was done that one time. While pouring through old issues of
_Bird-Lore_ and other sources for information on Adirondack CBCs, I visually
stumbled across it! I resurrected this Count and this will be the third
consecutive year it has run. Anyone wishing to participate, or more
information, please contact Rich MacDonald at 518/576-2082 or
rmacdonald@tnc.org.


Richard W. MacDonald
Adirondack Nature Conservancy & Adirondack Land Trust
P.O. Box 65 - Keene Valley - New York - 12943
518/576-2082 (w); 518/576-4203 (f); rmacdonald@tnc.org


your backyard birds

Barb Putnam <bputnam@...>
 

Hi all -

When I was researching for my trip last summer to Montana, I began
corresponding with a gentleman who lives there. His name is Wayne Tree.
He was very helpful to me and although I never met him face-to-face, we
have kept up our communication. Wayne has a once-a-month list that he
calls "Best Backyard Birds". At the end of each month he collects a "best
yard bird" from anyone who wishes to participate and then sends the whole
list to everyone. He has asked me to invite you all to join in. If you
would like to be included, just send him your name, city, state and best
bird name. He address is:
wetree@montana.com

Hope you all have had or will have great Christmas Bird Counts. Have a
nice holiday. Barb

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Galway CBC

rlharrow@...
 

Hello one and all,

The Galway CBC will be held on Sunday, January 2nd in the circle
centered on the main intersection in galway, (Rtes 147 and 45). For those
wishing to know more, or to hopefully jump in, contact Ron Harrower at
rlharrow@global2000.net or call 882-6253.

With a good incursion year, this could be a good count. Past goodies
have included: Bohemian Waxwing, Northern Shrike, Northern Goshawk,
Long-eared Owl, Saw-whet Owl, and others. The more coverage we get, who
knows what else will turn up.

Thanks for your interest, Ron harrower


birdline report 12/16/99

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 (5184398080) for the full report.

Guilderland 12/5: hoary redpoll, common redpoll; 12/12: hoary redpoll, gray
catbird, 3 red crossbills

Albany 12/9: merlin at Forrest/New Scotland, then at Hacket/Sycamore, sharp
shinned hawk, redtailed hawk

Watervliet Reservoir 12/10: 6 ruddy duck, Canada goose, northern pintail,
horned grebe, piedbilled grebe

Vischer Ferry 12/10: lesser blackbacked gull

Saratoga Lake 12/11: snow geese, Canada geese, common merganser, hooded
merganser, mallard, American black duck, American, coot, ringbilled gull,
great blackbacked gull, common redpoll, tufted titmouse, downy woodpecker,
darkeyed junco, brown creeper, blackcapped chickadee

Malta 12/11: sharpshinned hawk

Coxsackie 12/11: glaucous gull; 12/12 2nd year glaucous gull, 1st year iceland
gull

Rexford 12/12: common redpolls

New Salem 12/12: great blue heron, eastern bluebirds, common redpolls

Nott Road Park 12/12: northern harrier, 1 redbellied woodpecker, 1 northern
flicker, 13 eastern bluebirds, 1 flyover whitewinged crossbill, 34 American
goldfinches

Town of Bern 12/13: 100 wild turkeys, American kestrel

Basic Creek Reservoir 12/13: American coot, 90 hooded mergansers

Alcove Reservoir 12/13: bufflehead, common goldeneye, ringnecked duck,
gadwall, greenwinged teal

Schenectady 12/13: darkeyed junco with a report of an Oregon junco in the
flock; 12/13: peregrine falcon on police radio tower

Castleton Bridge 12/13: bald eagle, peregrine falcon

Town of Brunswick 12/14: pileated woodpecker

12/15: rare bird alert: MacGillivray's Warbler on Staten Island (call NYC RBA
for info: 212 9793070)


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Fort Edward 12/12

Barbolink <bputnam@...>
 

I just ran over for about an hour late this afternoon. Birds seen: 3
red-tailed hawks, 1 rough-legged, 7 northern harriers, 1 American
kestrel, 50 common redpolls, and at least 6 short-eared owls.


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(o&#92; /o) Gansevoort (Dutch for Goose Crossing), New York
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Saratoga Lake birds

Barb Putnam <bputnam@...>
 

Birds of December 11, 1999
Saratoga Lake: snow geese, Canada geese, common merganser, hooded
merganser, mallard, American black duck, American, coot, ring-billed gull,
great black-backed gull, common redpoll, tufted titmouse, downy woodpecker,
dark-eyed junco, brown creeper, black-capped chickadee
Malta: sharp-shinned hawk

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(o&#92; /o) Gansevoort (Dutch for Goose Crossing), New York
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eGroups maintenance time

Barb Putnam <bputnam@...>
 

Just want to let you all know that HMBirds will not be accessible
(scheduled maintenance) on Sunday, Dec 12th from 1pm - 4pm. Barb

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(o&#92; /o) Gansevoort (Dutch for Goose Crossing), New York
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birdline note 12/9/99

Barbolink <bputnam@...>
 

Somehow, I lost my hyphens when I posted. The 1820 hooded mergansers
on Saratoga Lake should be 18-20 hooded mergansers.

Barb


birdline report 12/9/99

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 (5184398080) for the full report.

Helderbergs 11/30: 1 redtailed hawk, 2 common raven, 1 great blue
heron

Glens Falls 12/1: 200 cedar waxwing and 1 Bohemian waxwing

Gansevoort 12/1 & 12/4: common redpolls

Guilderland 12/1: gray catbird, red crossbill

Fort Ann 12/2: 15 common redpoll

Fort Edward 12/2: 2 roughlegged hawk, 8 shorteared owl, 1 northern
harrier, 1 American kestrel; 12/3 redtailed hawk, American kestrel,
northern harrier, shorteared owl; 12/5 roughlegged hawk, American
kestrel, American tree sparrow, northern harrier, shorteared owl,
great horned owl

Round Lake 12/2: 150 common merganser, 1 common loon

Saratoga lake 12/2: 4000+ Canada goose, 300 common goldeneye, common
merganser, 1820 hooded merganser, 4 canvasback, scaup, bufflehead,
American coot, common loon

Stillwater 12/2: eastern bluebird, 150 common goldeneye, 20+ common
merganser, American black duck, mallard, 3 snow geese, 500+ Canada
geese

Mechanicville 12/2: roughlegged hawk

Waterford 12/2: peregrine falcon, Cooper's hawk

Watervliet Reservoir 12/2: 1 Richardson's Canada goose, 1700 Canada
geese, 1 snow goose, 2 gadwall, 1 bufflehead, 19 hooded mergansers,
64 common mergansers, 1 piedbilled grebe, 4 northern flickers, 2
redbellied woodpeckers, 2 brown creepers, 15 cedar waxwings, 1 great
blue heron, and a belted kingfisher

Chadwick Rd off Schoharie Turnpike 12/5: possible albino redtailed
hawk

Delmar 12/4: 10 common redpoll

New Baltimore 12/5: northern shrike

Albany 12/5: snow goose (Buckingham Lake)

Schenectady 12/6: probable peregrine falcon; 12/8 white-breasted
nuthatches, downy woodpeckers, cardinals, blue jays, tufted titmice,
darkeyed junco, house sparrows, and blackcapped chickadees

Clifton Park 12/9: Cooper's hawk

Stillwater 12/9: sharpshinned hawk, common loon, common goldeneye,
Canada goose, mallard, American black duck

Mechanicville 12/9: common merganser, Canada goose, bufflehead

Clark's Mills 12/9: hooded merganser, pileated woodpecker, Canada
goose, eastern bluebird

Fort Miller 12/9: wood duck, snow goose, Canada goose, hooded
merganser


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(o&#92; /o) Gansevoort (Dutch for Goose Crossing), New York
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Fort Edward 12/5

justlookitup@...
 

Hi - Seen Sunday in Fort Edward area:

West River Rd., along Hudson R. in Saratoga Co.:
Common merganser

Fort Miller:
hooded mergansers (3)
Canada geese (100s or maybe 1000s)
Snow geese (100s)
rough-legged hawk

Fitzpatrick Rd.:
Am. kestrel
Am. tree sparrow
northern harrier (2 males, one female, midway along the road near the
high grass)
short eared owls (two, starting at 4:35 p.m.; one kept diving at the
other and screaming a loud drawn-out "yip!" call that at one point
sounded like an enraged Chihuahua)

Blackhouse Rd.:
great horned owl (on top of telephone pole on side of road at 4:50
p.m.; after I hit the brakes next to the pole, it flew right over me
then over to a large tree on the other side of the road where I got to
observe its silhouette for a while!)

-Joyce Miller
Queensbury


an HMBirds reminder

Barb Putnam <bputnam@...>
 

Hi all -

I'd like to remind everyone to sign their postings to HMBirds (not all
email programs display the name of the sender). Thanks. Barb

PS We had a flock of common redpolls on and off all day yesterday at our
feeders

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HMBC gull trip

Ken Able <kpa@...>
 

Six of us assembled in the rain at Cohoes this morning with a high,
muddy and rather barren river before us. Fortunately the rain stopped
in a hour or so. Presumably due to the mild, open weather, gulls are
few and far between on the river. The intermittent blasting at the
landfill also probably does not help. At Cohoes Falls we found an
interesting bird that had the earmarks of an adult Thayer's gull, but
it disappeared before we had a really good study. Later we found
probably the same bird at the park at Lock 6 on the north side of the
Mohawk. The bird was sitting on the water with a number of herring,
ring-billed and g b-b gulls and even obligingly raised its wings a
couple of times. Our conclusion was that it was a Thayer's gull,
whatever that is. It was an adult bird, very slightly smaller in all
dimensions re herring. Head streaking light, i.e., the bird was
light-headed relative to most of the herrings. Streaking heavier on
the nape. Mantle VERY slightly lighter than the average herring
present, but not nearly so light as in Iceland. Although smaller than
most herrings, not a diminutive or delicate bird like most Icelands
are. Not long-winged when sitting; in fact, shorter-winged than
herrings. Upper surface of primaries marked with black (as black as
herring), but much reduced in extent (especially noticeable in flight,
but also apparent on sitting bird). Underside of wing entirely silvery
white except for very small black tips to the outermost five or so
primaries. The wing pattern was nearly identical to that shown on the
adult in flight in Nat. Geog. In flight at eye level, the bird was
striking and suggestive of a white-winged gull because of the
underwings. Bill slightly smaller than herring, but not diminutive as
in typical Iceland. Iris pale; yes, pale. Seen well. This is the
only feature of the bird that is not classic. It might be possible to
locate this bird because there are not very many gulls around at the
moment for it to hide amongst.


SHRIKES!

Jeffrey Scherer <grackle@...>
 

I didn't see the Northern Shrike at 5 rivers this morning. Just two
grumpy flickers and a bluebird. I did catch a very close look at a
Coopers Hawk behind the Times Union's parking lot. It is actually a
good location for hawk watching.


Fort Edward 12/3

Barbolink <bputnam@...>
 

Hi all - I went over to FE late this afternoon. I saw 5 short-eared
owls and at least 6 northern harriers at the end of Fitzpatrick. Also,
we had a flock of redpolls at our feeder yesterday. Have a good
weekend! Barb


Troy Christmas Bird Count

Larry & Penny Alden <overlook6@...>
 

I just wanted to advertise for the upcoming Troy Christmas Bird Count, for which I am the compiler.  I know there are a lot of other counts out there to do, but I'm putting in my plug for this one.  Bear with me.
 
It's sheduled this year for Sunday, January 2, 2000, which makes it the first area count of the new millennium.  So after your electricity, bank accounts, and other services which crashed in Y2K have been restored, and you're sick of watching football, it'll be time to get out and count birds!
 
The areas covered are the Cities of Troy, Cohoes, and Mechanicville; Towns of Brunswick, Schaghticoke, Waterford, Halfmoon, and parts of northern Colonie and eastern Clifton Park.  There are lots of interesting birding areas and newcomers are more than welcome - in fact, they're needed and encouraged!
 
I should have sector leaders for all seven sectors, but need people to fill up those cars!  More eyes see more birds!  Also, if you live in the count circle, you can be a feeder watcher.  So, if you're interested, let me know via e-mail or call me at 456-7115.
 
We now return you to your regularly scheduled surfing.

Larry Alden
overlook6@...


birdline report

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 (5184398080) for the full report.

Grafton 11/24: common raven

Brunswick 11/25: common redpoll, redbreasted nuthatch, fox sparrow

Nassau 11/25: redbellied woodpecker

Waterford 11/25: redbellied woodpecker

Schoharie Turnpike 11/27: northern shrike (just south of the
Schoharie Turnpike near the first house past the intersection as you
are going away towards Saugerties, in a field on the left hand side

Fort Edward 11/27: shorteared owl (Fitzpatrick Rd); 11/28 9
Redtailed hawks, 2 roughlegged hawks, 10 northern harriers, 1 ruffed
grouse, 1 shorteared owl, 26 horned larks, 43 American tree
sparrows, 4 eastern bluebirds, 1 Lapland longspur

Charlton 11/28: pine siskin

Guilderland 11/30: 1 gray catbird, 1 pileated woodpecker, 1
redbellied woodpecker

New Baltimore 11/29: common redpoll

Five Rivers 11/30: northern shrike (field north of the big barn)

Saratoga Lake 12/1: snow geese


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(o&#92; /o) Gansevoort (Dutch for Goose Crossing), New York
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Happy Holiday

Barb Putnam <bputnam@...>
 

I put up this page for all my birding buddies - ENJOY!
http://members.xoom.com/Barbolink/happyholiday.html

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(o&#92; /o) Gansevoort (Dutch for Goose Crossing), New York
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Five Rivers 11/27/99

Barb Putnam <bputnam@...>
 

Scott and Denise asked me to post this report. At Five Rivers
Environmental Ed Center on November 27th they had a northern shrike, purple
finch, red-bellied woodpecker and 2 northern harriers.



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(o&#92; /o) Gansevoort (Dutch for Goose Crossing), New York
(|:.v.:|) http://www.geocities.com/TheTropics/6874 (homepage)
&#92;.:.:./ http://members.xoom.com/Barbolink/ (birding page)
====;;=;;==== Undernet irc chat #birding Fri 9pm & Sun 8pm (EST)


birdline report 11/25/99

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 (5184398080) for the full report.

Helderbergs 11/19: peregrine falcon, redtailed hawk, snow bunting, white
winged crossbill; 11/23: sharpshinned hawk, red crossbill, pileated woodpecker

Near Black Creek Marsh 11/20: northern shrike, eastern bluebird, redtailed
hawk, Canada goose, redbellied woodpecker

Intersection of I90 and I787 11/20: peregrine falcon

Guilderland 11/21: common redpoll, gray catbird

Tomhannock Reservoir 11/21: 2600 Canada goose, 1200 snow goose including 10
blue phase, ringnecked duck, common merganser, hooded merganser, ruddy
duck, common goldeneye, common loon

Lake George 11/23: common merganser, common goldeneye, rednecked grebe

Gansevoort 11/23: snow buntings

Fort Edward 11/24: northern harrier, redtailed hawk, American tree sparrow,
and on Lamos Road, there was a northern shrike

Featherstonebaugh lake, Mariaville 11/24: ringnecked duck


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(o&#92; /o) Gansevoort (Dutch for Goose Crossing), New York
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Re: hawkwatch

A.E. Hanigan <sdi.aeh@...>
 

Sunday, 11/28/99 Pinnacle Hawkwatch birds included 1 Bald Eagle and
2 Golden Eagles and lots of cold wind and snow.

--
A.E. Hanigan
sdi.aeh@netheaven.com