Re: YBSA Saratoga


likewise, at least 6 sapsuckers drumming and calling this morning at SNHP (also several at Ballston Spa CC couple of days ago). other FOY here at the battlefield today included multiple chipping and field sparrows. 

gregg recer
malta NY

5 Rivers today


5 Rivers EEC, Albany County. 

palm warbler, meadowlark, sapsuckers on wild turkey trail

singing brown thrasher old field/orchard area

Scott Stoner, Loudonville NY

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YBSA Saratoga

Alan Mapes

Not rare, but had my first drumming of the season from yellow-bellied sapsucker. They nested here last year outside Saratoga at only 300’ elevation. 

Alan Mapes

Clifton Park Osprey, others

Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval@...>

After spending a full day birding the far reaches of Columbia and Rensselaer Counties and seeing numerous species in natural settings it was quite amusing to finally roll into Clifton Park and watch an Osprey hunting the man made pond at Hannaford, surrounded by plenty of traffic! The Fish Crows made a big show of running it out of the site. I've seen a few other flyover Osprey in previous days.

No year species in the far reaches of Region 8 and I couldn't even find previously reported Savannah Sparrows at Ooms (Field Sparrows are leaking in), but there are still Red Crossbills at Hand Hollow. That whole area seems loaded with Sapsuckers and GC Kinglets and I had a RC Kinglet each at Hand Hollow and the Corkscrew Rail Trail, which had the highlight of a rufous Ruffed Grouse by some chickens.

Lindsey D.

Five Rivers today - Delmar, NY


No new arrivals, but plenty of bird song and activity; Ruby-crowned kinglets very active around the Wood Duck Marsh (which also had wood ducks), our first Field Sparrow of the year, and song sparrows seemingly everywhere. Frog vocalizations continue, with bullfrogs now joining the spring peepers and wood frogs, and the research ponds were full of tadpoles of various sizes, and even several salamanders!  Complete ebird list below. - Scott and Denise

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To: Me <scottjstoner@...>
Sent: Wed, Apr 7, 2021 4:11 pm
Subject: eBird -- Five Rivers EEC -- Apr 07, 2021

Five Rivers EEC
Apr 07, 2021
9:39 AM
1.65 miles
226 minutes
All birds reported? Yes
wood and bull frogs, spring peepers. salamanders, many tadpoles,

3 Canada Goose
2 Wood Duck
1 Mourning Dove
1 Turkey Vulture
1 Red-tailed Hawk
5 Eastern Phoebe - NB
2 American Crow
3 Black-capped Chickadee - S1
25 Tree Swallow
6 Ruby-crowned Kinglet - S1
4 Carolina Wren
4 Eastern Bluebird
15 American Robin
10 House Sparrow
4 American Goldfinch
1 Field Sparrow - S1
5 Dark-eyed Junco
13 Song Sparrow - S1
10 Red-winged Blackbird
5 Common Grackle
2 Northern Cardinal

Number of Taxa: 21

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Huyck Preserve today

Cynthia Edwardson

This morning Chris and I hiked at the Huyck Preserve in Rensselaerville.  The first bird we heard singing was a Louisiana Waterthrush along the river by the visitor center parking lot.  We had twenty-five species including wood ducks, ring-necked ducks, bufflehead, common and hooded mergansers, and a pied-billed grebe on Lincoln Pond.  A few golden-crowned kinglets and a brown creeper were vocalizing as well as at least 5 Eastern phoebes.

Beautiful hiking weather!
Cindy Edwardson

Atlas Year 2 Kickoff Tonight!

zach schwartz-weinstein

Hi All,

Just a quick reminder that the New York Breeding Bird Atlas Year 2 Kick-off Event is tonight (7 April 2021) at 6:30 pm. More information, including access to the meeting's Zoom link, can be found here:

Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774

This week's destination: 4/8 - NOTE REGULAR START TIME

Naomi Lloyd

Hey Thursday birders! Spring is moving in fast and so are the birds! Five Rivers reports Louisiana Waterthrush and Pine Warbler along the Big Pine trail this morning, in addition to both Kinglets, Winter Wren, Eastern Meadowlark and other recent arrivals. Let's meet at the Visitor Center at 8:00am and see what's singing.

Note: I'm getting my second Moderna shot this afternoon so there's a good chance I won't be with you tomorrow - if I'm not there by 8 head out without me.

Good birding!


Louisiana Waterthrush and Pine Warbler, five rivers

zach schwartz-weinstein

Both singing near the junction of the Big Pine and North Loop trails along the Vlomankill.--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774

HMBC -- April Program meeting invite via Zoom - April 12 at 7:30 PM - California Gnatcatchers


Hope everyone can join us on Monday April 12.  Brought to you free of charge by the Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club. If you're not a member, please consider joining and supporting us! 

program and zoom link details below

-Scott Stoner, Program Chair; Gregg Recer, Membership Chair

Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club

  • HMBC Program Notice

  • The California Gnatcatcher Story

  • Monday, April 12, 2021, 7:30PM via Zoom meeting (Note Special Time)


Hello HMBC Members:

    This is a reminder that the HMBC April program will be held via a Zoom meeting on Monday April 12th at 7:30 PM. Use the meeting link below to join the meeting as a participant. All participants will enter the "waiting room" until the meeting host opens the meeting. Participants' audio lines will be muted on entry. We ask that participants keep their lines muted except when prompted for Q&A during the program.

    NOTE: The first time you use Zoom on a device, you will be prompted to download the Zoom app when you click on the meeting link below. Follow the prompts to download the app and then launch the meeting using the meeting ID from the invite. (The app is recommended, but if you prefer, there is also an option when you open the link below to join the meeting via a web browser window, but with limited capabilities.) Audio connections can be through the app on your device or through a separate dial-in phone number given below.

    Program details:

    In the 1990’s, the most publicized debate over the US Endangered Species Act concerned protections for the Northern Spotted Owl, with timber companies and loggers pitted against owls living in stands of old forest located mainly on National Forest lands. Yet there was also a concurrent argument over proposed listing of the coastal California Gnatcatcher. Unlike the owl, this small gray songbird occurs on some of the country’s most expensive private real estate, introducing a very different dynamic to the Endangered Species Act debate. 

    This presentation will explore the background of this contentious issue, including how Atwood’s seemingly esoteric study of gnatcatcher taxonomy turned into a conservation discussion that continues to this day. Has protection of the California Gnatcatcher catalyzed a new way of accomplishing the goals of the Endangered Species Act?

    Jon Atwood is Director of Bird Conservation at Mass Audubon in Lincoln, Massachusetts. He has been a practicing ornithologist and conservation biologist for 40 years,

    Further details available at:

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    pine bush Trailhead closures April 7 and 8


    Please be advised that the Madison Avenue and Great Dune trailheads will be CLOSED April 7 and 8 while the Pine Bush conducts controlled burns. 

    Here are the details from the Pine Bush website: 


    The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission will be conducting prescribed fires on Wednesday April 7 and Thursday April 8, 2021. We will be located near the intersection of Willow Street and Tera Court in the Town of Guilderland. We will begin at 10am each day and will be finished by dark. The Madison Avenue Pinelands Trailhead #7 and Great Dune Trailhead #8 will be closed through April 8.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Fire Manager, Tyler Briggs at tbriggs@...

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    A Testimonial

    Jeffrey Schoonmaker

    There were no Red Crossbills by the kiosk puddle or visible from trees we scanned between 8:30 and 9 a.m.  There were no W-w Crossbills across the lake from the red brick building in Central Park between 9:30 and 10 a.m., despite multiple birders searching.  Doris and I couldn't keep looking in case they showed up due to fixed commitments.  It was disappointing.

    At 12 o'clock she went off to her luncheon date with friends, and I went next door to let out my neighbor's dog and watch him in the yard for 15 minutes.  Once the dog was loose, I walked to the edge of the back yard and stood on a little mound where I had a good vantage point to see down the back hill and to the little run-off stream that meandered by.

    Within minutes a motley red bird flew onto a bare branch below my line of sight.  It looked a little different, so I got my binoculars right on it.  It was facing away from me, but its back and head didn't look like a House Finch, (its back was red) and it seemed a little larger than that, as well.  A crazy thought flashed through my head.  "Could it possibly be . . . ?!  I've got to see its bill!"  Just then if flew to another clear branch and struck a sideways view.  Its bill had a distinctive hook!  Oh my!  I was seeing a Red Crossbill right behind my neighbor's house!  It flew down to the stream for a drink, was joined by a second male, and then a third bird joined them that wasn't red but had an obvious hook to its bill. Good heavens!  I was seeing both the male and the female Red Crossbill, a first in NYS for me and only the second time in my life.  

    After satisfying their thirst, the three birds flew up and over the trees diagonally across the yard and also across my yard next door.  There were 4 pine trees across the street laden with cones, and, after letting the dog back in the house, I scanned them for a few minutes.  I only barely caught the most fleeting of glimpses of a bird flitting from one hidden spot to another.  Not being able to identify it, I couldn't justify adding that species to my yard list.  Rats!

    Then it hit me.  "Wait a minute.  I watched them fly across my yard!  That counts!"  They are now proudly my 128th yard bird.  What a turnaround in my day!


    Pinebush Red Crossbills - Yes


    Observed at least half a dozen Red Crossbills around 11:45 this morning drinking from the puddle by the #7 Kiosk at the Pinebush. Definitely 1 male in the group.

    We also saw several flitting back and forth between 2 pines far in off the right side of the deadend road about 40 feet before the puddle.

    A Lifelist bird for both of us!

    Heidi Klinowski

    red crossbills reported at Madison Avenue Pinelands again this morning


    (multiple 2nd and 3rd hand reports)

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    Re: White-winged Crossbills, Central Park, Schenectady-Yes

    David Halm

    Yes, I can attest I was there at 8:30 this morning and didn’t see them. Thanks to posts from Neal and others, I went back at 11:00 and there they were!


    White-winged Crossbills, Central Park, Schenectady-Yes


    Hi all,
    A flock of at least 12 White-winged Crossbills has been hanging around Central Park in the City of Schenectady.  I went down there this morning about 900am and found them in a grove of White Pines directly across Iroqouis Lake from the red brick park building.  The birds even came down to the ground near a foot path either for grit or fallen pine seeds.  900am to early afternoon seems to be the best time to find them. Thanks to everyone who posted on these great birds!

    Neal Reilly

    White-winged Crossbills, Schenectady Central Park

    Naomi Lloyd

    Following reports earlier today and for the last week, I went to Central Park in search of WWCR. Found a flock of 14 on the ground opposite the main park buildings by the pond actively foraging. They were within 10 feet of me at times and seemed undisturbed by passers-by. Great looks at a lifer - thanks to all who posted!

    Naomi Lloyd

    Red Crossbills at Madison Avenue Pinelands, with images from yesterday


    Folks, this is a great opportunity to view and photograph this irruptive species from fairly close range...they continue (as of yesterday afternoon) to frequent the area of Trailhead #7, the Madison Avenue Pinelands, of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve, often heard from the end of the paved road (Madison Ave. Extension, which is a continuation of Washington Ave. Extension) in the City of Albany. The crossbills intermittently come down to drink at the large puddle at the end of the road, near the trailhead kiosk. Our ebird report from yesterday is below; the link includes some of Denise's images from yesterday. - Scott Stoner and Denise Hackert-Stoner, Loudonville NY

    -----Original Message-----
    From: ebird-checklist@...
    To: scottjstoner@...
    Sent: Mon, Apr 5, 2021 8:25 am
    Subject: eBird Report - Albany Pine Bush Preserve--Madison Ave. Pinelands, Apr 4, 2021

    Albany Pine Bush Preserve--Madison Ave. Pinelands, Albany, New York, US
    Apr 4, 2021 2:57 PM - 4:12 PM
    Protocol: Stationary
    Checklist Comments:    50s, sunny
    5 species

    Downy Woodpecker  2
    American Crow  2
    Black-capped Chickadee  1
    Red Crossbill  10    flock of 10 in the pitch pines;  several females and ay least 1 male came down to the large puddle at the end of the road.
    Song Sparrow  5

    View this checklist online at

    This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (

    FW: Salmonella Outbreak Is Linked to Wild Birds and Feeders, C.D.C. Says



    Subject: Salmonella Outbreak Is Linked to Wild Birds and Feeders, C.D.C. Says

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    Correction to my last

    Alison Van Keuren

    I have been informed that the image is of a Bald Eagle not Golden.  

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