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Re: Nighthawks

Richard Guthrie
 

Continuing the thread and another thought: We could reliably count on nighthawks to wrap up our Century Run by going to Congress Park in Saratoga Springs right after dark. And I used to take the kids down to Coxsackie to see the nighthawks there. Always came through.

My thinking is that the proliferation of higher intensity night lights led to the demise of nocturnal flying insects including the large moths which were the mainstay for nighthawks and whip poor wills.

On May 22, 2021, at 4:19 PM, BERNARD GROSSMAN <bgrossman4@comcast.net> wrote:

We used to see Nighthawks flying above downtown Schenectady in the '70s and '80s. Chris used to see them when she taught night school


Re: Nighthawks

Ron
 


When I was a kid growing up in Indiana we saw and heard Nighthawks during every night baseball game. Everyone called them Ballbats, back then. 😂 

On Sat, May 22, 2021 at 4:19 PM BERNARD GROSSMAN <bgrossman4@...> wrote:
We used to see Nighthawks flying above downtown Schenectady in the '70s and '80s. Chris used to see them when she taught night school at SCCC. One theory for their disappearance from the downtown was the slow conversion away for gravel covered flat roofs on the buildings to rubber membranes, which weren't as hospitable for roosting/nesting.


Re: Nighthawks

BERNARD GROSSMAN
 

We used to see Nighthawks flying above downtown Schenectady in the '70s and '80s. Chris used to see them when she taught night school at SCCC. One theory for their disappearance from the downtown was the slow conversion away for gravel covered flat roofs on the buildings to rubber membranes, which weren't as hospitable for roosting/nesting.


Re: Nighthawk

Weiskotten, Kurt
 

Yesterday, 5/21, I had several (half dozen - one or two at a time) Nighthawks at various times of the day, flying over the house in Belleview section of Schenectady, calling repeatedly.

Kurt Weiskotten, M.S.
d 518.898.9553

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Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Nighthawk

In the late 1950s to early 1970s we visited my grandmother in Keene, NH, often. She lived close to the center of Keene for many of those years and I often walked around the area in the early evening. I loved hearing the Nighthawks.I don't see or hear them often now, but they always evoke memories of Keene.

Clear skies, Alan
Glenville





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Re: Nighthawk

Mark Silo
 

I played a lot of evening softball games on the SUNY Albany campus in the late 1970s. The sky was full of circling nighthawks.

On May 22, 2021, at 11:24 AM, rob snell via groups.io <snell.rob=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

In the 70’s several nighthawks nested on the tops of houses in the Stockade area of Schenectady. I remember admiring their beeps when I came back from bar hopping.

Rob
On May 22, 2021, at 8:10 AM, Alan <adfrench@nycap.rr.com> wrote:

In the late 1950s to early 1970s we visited my grandmother in Keene, NH, often. She lived close to the center of Keene for many of those years and I often walked around the area in the early evening. I loved hearing the Nighthawks.I don't see or hear them often now, but they always evoke memories of Keene.

Clear skies, Alan
Glenville









Re: Nighthawk

rob snell
 

In the 70’s several nighthawks nested on the tops of houses in the Stockade area of Schenectady. I remember admiring their beeps when I came back from bar hopping.

Rob

On May 22, 2021, at 8:10 AM, Alan <adfrench@nycap.rr.com> wrote:

In the late 1950s to early 1970s we visited my grandmother in Keene, NH, often. She lived close to the center of Keene for many of those years and I often walked around the area in the early evening. I loved hearing the Nighthawks.I don't see or hear them often now, but they always evoke memories of Keene.

Clear skies, Alan
Glenville





Olive-Sided Flycatcher and Brown Thrashers

rob snell
 

After Susan’s post on her success at the Boice Park, I decided to visit it this morning. I walked it with my sister and brother-in-law, who donated property to the park, and help maintain the trails. In addition to most of what Susan saw, I was lucky to hear a Brown Thrasher singing in the brambles near the stream. Another presented itself, uncharacteristically, at the top of a tree a little further. Most notably, however, was an Olive-Sided Flycatcher asking for a “Quick Three Beers“ not far from the first thrasher. He was perched clearly at the top of a dead tree near the Kayaderosseras singing.  I will be bringing my ALL groups there on Tuesday and Thursday next week. 


Re: Nighthawk

Alan
 

In the late 1950s to early 1970s we visited my grandmother in Keene, NH, often. She lived close to the center of Keene for many of those years and I often walked around the area in the early evening. I loved hearing the Nighthawks.I don't see or hear them often now, but they always evoke memories of Keene.

Clear skies, Alan
Glenville


Mourning warbler, Great Dune

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

This morning, in the great dune section of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve, I found a singing Mourning Warbler at roughly the identical section of the yellow trail to where Tom Williams found the Kentucky Warbler yesterday.  This seems to be a very productive parcel of the pine Bush for skulky migrants!  

Over the last few days I have mostly been birding in Washington Park (downtown Albany) where on Wednesday and Thursday I found multiple Tennessee warblers, Blackburnian, and a bay-breasted.  Yesterday morning, besides a magnolia warbler, the only noteworthy find was an Alder Flycatcher, which is a new bird for the park.
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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


Re: Nighthawk

gregg_recer
 

fwiw, Scott S's referring to Century Run day, 21 May, 2016. We also have a record in May from Vischer Ferry in 2003. Pretty sparse, but supports what Rich was saying.  Overall, we have many more spring/early summer records from travels to other parts of the country, mainly south and midwest.

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gregg recer
malta NY


Re: Nighthawk

scottjstoner
 

several years ago (and Gregg R and Cathy G would have the exact details) we had them in the evening at Blockhouse Park in Stillwater on Century Run -Scott Stoner, Loudonville



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-------- Original message --------
From: Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie@...>
Date: 5/21/21 18:41 (GMT-05:00)
To: Scott Varney <scottvarney1968@...>
Cc: Jeffrey Schoonmaker <j.schoonmaker@...>, HMBirds <hmbirds@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Nighthawk

Although much fewer than years ago, Nighthawks regularly migrate through our area each spring.  It used to be that they nested in our city downtown areas. That’s not happening anymore. But a few do pass through on their way to the north. 

Rich Guthrie 

On May 21, 2021, at 5:43 PM, Scott Varney <scottvarney1968@...> wrote:


I observed 3 of them in Salem 2 evenings ago right over the village near the intersection of Rt 22 and West Broadway (feeding on insects above the US Post Office).  I also typically dont see them until Fall migration. I think you are on to something!

Scott Varney
Salem, NY

On Fri, May 21, 2021, 5:27 PM Jeffrey Schoonmaker <j.schoonmaker@...> wrote:
Something's going on with Common Nighthawks.  One just flew over my yard in Colonie!  I live near the intersection of Fuller Rd. and Central Ave.  One was reported earlier by a group member elsewhere.  Seems unusual.  I never expect them until August, but they must migrate in the Spring also, right?

Jeff


Re: Nighthawk

Richard Guthrie
 

Although much fewer than years ago, Nighthawks regularly migrate through our area each spring.  It used to be that they nested in our city downtown areas. That’s not happening anymore. But a few do pass through on their way to the north. 

Rich Guthrie 

On May 21, 2021, at 5:43 PM, Scott Varney <scottvarney1968@...> wrote:


I observed 3 of them in Salem 2 evenings ago right over the village near the intersection of Rt 22 and West Broadway (feeding on insects above the US Post Office).  I also typically dont see them until Fall migration. I think you are on to something!

Scott Varney
Salem, NY

On Fri, May 21, 2021, 5:27 PM Jeffrey Schoonmaker <j.schoonmaker@...> wrote:
Something's going on with Common Nighthawks.  One just flew over my yard in Colonie!  I live near the intersection of Fuller Rd. and Central Ave.  One was reported earlier by a group member elsewhere.  Seems unusual.  I never expect them until August, but they must migrate in the Spring also, right?

Jeff


Re: Nighthawk

Scott Varney
 

I observed 3 of them in Salem 2 evenings ago right over the village near the intersection of Rt 22 and West Broadway (feeding on insects above the US Post Office).  I also typically dont see them until Fall migration. I think you are on to something!

Scott Varney
Salem, NY

On Fri, May 21, 2021, 5:27 PM Jeffrey Schoonmaker <j.schoonmaker@...> wrote:
Something's going on with Common Nighthawks.  One just flew over my yard in Colonie!  I live near the intersection of Fuller Rd. and Central Ave.  One was reported earlier by a group member elsewhere.  Seems unusual.  I never expect them until August, but they must migrate in the Spring also, right?

Jeff


Yellow-headed Blackbird, Salem, NY

Scott Varney
 

Today, on my way home from work, I found a single adult female Yellow-headed Blackbird sitting on the telephone wires, 2 poles past Rexleigh Road while  heading North on Route 22 in Salem, NY.  This is within a quarter mile of the intersection of Rt 29 with Rt 22.  This is my 2nd of this species in southern Washington County.  The first was an adult male of the species at the Pember Nature Preserve.  It seems there has been a small influx of this species in the HMBC region this year

At Hudson Crossing today, I found 2 Blackpoll Warblers singing and flitting on large Cottonwood trees.

What a beautiful week it turned out to be!

Happy Friday,

Scott Varney
Salem, NY


Nighthawk

Jeffrey Schoonmaker
 

Something's going on with Common Nighthawks.  One just flew over my yard in Colonie!  I live near the intersection of Fuller Rd. and Central Ave.  One was reported earlier by a group member elsewhere.  Seems unusual.  I never expect them until August, but they must migrate in the Spring also, right?

Jeff


Red Crossbills, multiple locations Albany County

scottjstoner
 

This very hot afternoon, 3 of us heard and saw 2 Red Crossbills land in a pitch pine and feed at the cones, at the Truax pine barrens (trailhead 12, Albany Pine Bush). I got documentation quality photos only. Later after we got home, Denise and I heard 2 red crossbills flyover, a new yard bird! 

Tuesday 18th I heard one red crossbill at the Madison Avenue pine barrens, Trailhead 7, Albany Pine Bush. 

- Scott Stoner, Loudonville NY



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Re: Boice Family Park

trwdsd
 

Hi Susan,

I read the above and created a hotspot in eBird for the location. Give it 24 hours to update and then you can merge your checklist(s) with the hotspot. Thanks.

Tom W.


Mourning, Blackpoll Warblers, Cuckoos - Vischer Ferry

jhershey2
 

I spent several hours at Vischer Ferry Preserve this morning mostly birding by ear.  On the dead end trail (past the first pond) that goes west I heard Mourning and Blackpoll Warblers which I did not see but recorded with iphone.  I also heard Yellow-billed Cuckoo there.  Actually from the picnic table at the main entrance I heard Marsh Wren, Northern Waterthrush, and Least Bittern.  Other highlights include Black-billed Cuckoo and a seen Common Gallinule. (For a birder who was coming by in a bicycle this was a lifebird).  I mostly heard most of the species that regularly breed at Vischer Ferry  including the 4 main warblers: American Redstart, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow, and Northern Waterthrush; plus, the empid flycatchers: Least, Alder, and Willow. 

I still haven't located the Orchard Oriole that many people have reported now. 

John H. 


Boice Family Park

Susan
 

My sister, Janet, and I went to Boice Family Park in the town of Milton this morning. The parking area is off of Rock City Rd at 2-10 Creekside Dr. This is a lovely, little used park with deciduous forest and shrubby areas along Kayderosseras Creek. Surprisingly, it is not an ebird hotspot. It’s a very birdy place and the paths were alive with bird song. There were 3 Least Flycatchers calling and numerous Scarlet Tanagers, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Baltimore Orioles and Yellow-throated Vireos. We had ten warbler species including Blackburnian, Black-throated Blue, Pine, Yellow and Louisiana Waterthrush. Chestnut-sided warblers and Redstarts were everywhere. Wood Thrush and Veery were heard singing, and a male Common Merganser was swimming in the creek. A complete list is included below.

 

Susan Beaudoin

2–10 Creekside Dr, Rock City Falls US-NY 43.05127, -73.91986
May 21, 2021
7:57 AM
Traveling
3.48 miles
197 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 2.5 Build 2.5.14

6 Canada Goose
1 Common Merganser
2 Great Blue Heron
1 Turkey Vulture
1 Broad-winged Hawk
1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Hairy Woodpecker
1 Pileated Woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker
5 Eastern Wood-Pewee
3 Least Flycatcher
2 Eastern Phoebe
1 Great Crested Flycatcher
5 Yellow-throated Vireo
1 Blue-headed Vireo
5 Warbling Vireo
10 Red-eyed Vireo
2 Blue Jay
1 American Crow
2 Black-capped Chickadee
5 Tufted Titmouse
2 Tree Swallow
3 White-breasted Nuthatch
13 Gray Catbird
5 Veery
7 Wood Thrush
6 American Robin
3 American Goldfinch
11 Song Sparrow
6 Baltimore Oriole -- Three males chasing each other
2 Common Grackle
5 Ovenbird
3 Louisiana Waterthrush
10 Common Yellowthroat
22 American Redstart
1 Blackburnian Warbler
5 Yellow Warbler
23 Chestnut-sided Warbler
1 Black-throated Blue Warbler
1 Pine Warbler
6 Yellow-rumped Warbler
7 Scarlet Tanager
4 Northern Cardinal
6 Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Number of Taxa: 45

 


Kentucky Warbler, Albany Pine Bush Preserve- Great Dune 5/21

trwdsd
 

While conducting a Breeding Bird Atlas survey in one of my blocks this morning, I stumbled upon a singing Kentucky Warbler. It sang repeatedly for an hour while i played cat and mouse with it, attempting to get a good view or a bad photo (good luck with that). It was actually in appropriate habitat for the species, namely the dense understory of a moist forest, which one normally does not encounter at the sandy Albany Pine Bush Preserve. However, there is a ravine that runs parallel to the backside (south side) of the Great Dune, along the yellow trail, which is up against the preserve boundary at the wooded area behind Prospect Hill Cemetery. It is usually quite wet throughout the year, and there is a small, swampy pond that serves as a mosquito factory in the warmer months. The bird moved around frequently, high and low, farther away then suddenly closer, and once thirty feet up in a vine-y tangle, but I could never get a good profile view of it. In the end it flew up to the nearest tree over my head, sang one last time, and moved quickly to the west along the trail. Or it just went quiet, but this was a bird that sang five to six times per minute, every minute, for an hour, persistently. 

I've posted a link to the eBird checklist that I created this morning:

https://ebird.org/atlasny/checklist/S88655512

Enjoy birding!


Tom Williams 
Colonie

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