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Re: Pine Bush winter finches

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

Redpolls.  Nice!

On Fri, Feb 5, 2021 at 5:08 PM Craig Driggs via groups.io <billdcat333=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
I stopped at the Albany Pine Bush this afternoon looking for crossbills and was not disappointed. There was a nice group of Red Crossbills hanging around the Madison Ave trailhead calling and giving good looks. 

I also heard, and briefly saw, a flock of 6-8 finches at Blueberry Hill East, beyond the first fork in the trail. Some were overhead and then they assembled in the upper parts of some bare trees before they flew off.  The calls sounded like Common Redpolls or maybe White-winged Crossbills. I attached two short recordings - wind noise is loud in the second one. I'm curious what others think.

Craig Driggs

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Pine Bush winter finches

Craig Driggs
 

I stopped at the Albany Pine Bush this afternoon looking for crossbills and was not disappointed. There was a nice group of Red Crossbills hanging around the Madison Ave trailhead calling and giving good looks. 

I also heard, and briefly saw, a flock of 6-8 finches at Blueberry Hill East, beyond the first fork in the trail. Some were overhead and then they assembled in the upper parts of some bare trees before they flew off.  The calls sounded like Common Redpolls or maybe White-winged Crossbills. I attached two short recordings - wind noise is loud in the second one. I'm curious what others think.

Craig Driggs


G-W Teal, Hudson Crossing Park, Schuylerville

Alan Mapes
 

One female green-winged teal was with the large flock of mallards at Hudson crossing this afternoon. Seen from the kayak launch trail.

Alan Mapes
Saratoga 


PEFA, BLVU Northumberland

Alan Mapes
 

At clear Echo Farms, just north of the intersection of Route 32 and Rugg Road, a black vulture was sitting on the tallest blue silo. I turned around for a better look, and it had been replaced by a Peregrine falcon.

Alan Mapes
Saratoga 


Bluebird sp

roundywaves35@...
 
Edited

This bird was seen today near the Rensselaer Tech park trail near Regeneron about 50 ft in.  My friend said it was only white and blue with no brown or rust color.   

If anyone would like to go see if it is more than an Eastern bluebird, that would be great!  Let me know if you see anything great!  I probably won't make it over there until Saturday.

Edit:  I think it was just an eastern.  Despite asking about the colors, I forgot to as if my friend actually saw the front of the bird.  I apologize to those who may have gone looking for a Mountain Bluebird.  I hope if you did you saw something nice.


Re: Hoary redpoll, Washington County

kernscot
 

So beautiful Jeff! Thank you for a good reference.

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06:45 AM from jeffnadler01@...:
Within fifty or more common redpolls on the ground, I had a hoary redpoll right next to me and photographed it . . .  Durkeetown Rd. southeast of Ft. Edward, Washington County.  Clean unmarked under-tail coverts, smaller bill, smaller red patch, minimal streaking, and frosty appearance. Sharing the photo for reference as common redpolls seem to be increasing in the area with my home feeders getting them yesterday.

https://www.jnphoto.net/GALLERIES/NEW-GALLERY/New-Images/New-Images/i-kNhVN2w/A

Jeff Nadler
town of Ballston


Hoary redpoll, Washington County

Jeff Nadler
 

Within fifty or more common redpolls on the ground, I had a hoary redpoll right next to me and photographed it . . .  Durkeetown Rd. southeast of Ft. Edward, Washington County.  Clean unmarked under-tail coverts, smaller bill, smaller red patch, minimal streaking, and frosty appearance. Sharing the photo for reference as common redpolls seem to be increasing in the area with my home feeders getting them yesterday.

https://www.jnphoto.net/GALLERIES/NEW-GALLERY/New-Images/New-Images/i-kNhVN2w/A

Jeff Nadler
town of Ballston


Meadowlark

barbolink2
 

Today, I saw a meadowlark on the west side of Plum Rd (in the Town of Fort Edward, Washington County) near the intersections with New Swamp Rd.  Sorry - No picture


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red crossbills today at Albany Pine Bush

scottjstoner
 

this morning, Feb 1, I had a flyover flock of about a dozen red crossbills about 0.1 miles up the red trail from the blueberry hill west trailhead, and subsequently heard a small flock near the first fence along the combined red and yellow trail. Scott Stoner, Loudonville



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Re: Northumberland on Sunday

Robert S Pastel
 

On Saturday we saw snow buntings, red polls and horned larks on Butler Road, a dead end off of route 32, not far from Stonebridge.  It dead ends into a farm.  Can pull over, get out and not be concerned about traffic.  

Robert S. Pastel


On Feb 1, 2021, at 10:12 AM, Ellen <lnmp@...> wrote:



I drove up to Northumberland on Sunday in search of Snow Buntings and Horned Larks.  I didn’t find any in the place where I found them in abundance a few weeks ago, on Stonebridge near Ballard Road, so I headed further north and turned onto Callahan Road, immediately flushing a large flock of birds that turned out to be redpolls.  Over the course of about an hour, though, flocks of Snow Buntings and Horned Larks came through, periodically stopping in the field or along the roadside to feed.

 

At one point, I saw a falcon fly overhead and land at the top of a nearby utility pole.  It turned out to be a Merlin with some sort of prey in its talons.  I watched with a few other birders while the Merlin dined on its catch, seemingly oblivious to our presence. 

 

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Ellen P.

West Charlton


Northumberland on Sunday

Ellen
 

I drove up to Northumberland on Sunday in search of Snow Buntings and Horned Larks.  I didn’t find any in the place where I found them in abundance a few weeks ago, on Stonebridge near Ballard Road, so I headed further north and turned onto Callahan Road, immediately flushing a large flock of birds that turned out to be redpolls.  Over the course of about an hour, though, flocks of Snow Buntings and Horned Larks came through, periodically stopping in the field or along the roadside to feed.

 

At one point, I saw a falcon fly overhead and land at the top of a nearby utility pole.  It turned out to be a Merlin with some sort of prey in its talons.  I watched with a few other birders while the Merlin dined on its catch, seemingly oblivious to our presence. 

 

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Ellen P.

West Charlton


Re: negative crossbill reports

Eric Molho
 

Yes on red crossbills at blueberry hill red trail on Saturday. No on white-winged on Sunday at Normanskill. 
Eric


On Jan 31, 2021, at 5:50 PM, scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner@...> wrote:

today I checked several previously (and some quite recently) noted locations for crossbills and despite searching carefully, found none. This includes Rudy Chase Drive in Glenville, behind the Clifton Park - Halfmoon Library, and the Blueberry Hill West area of the Albany Pine Bush. The flocks clearly move around a good bit and it takes perseverance and often multiple visits to track them down. I will keep looking, and encourage all to report negative and positive signs on HMBirds as well as ebird. - Scott Stoner, Loudonville


Adult Iceland Gull at Crescent Power Plant

Julie Hart
 

Daniel and I watched a beautiful adult Iceland Gull (kumlieni) at the Crescent Power Plant in Cohoes this afternoon. We’ve been stopping at various places along the river for a couple weekends now looking for rare gulls and finally lucked out. Most of the gulls were farther down the river on the solid ice, but this was one of the few gulls hanging out right in front of the power plant. In addition to the white wings, pale gray back, and “cute” face with small bill, this bird had very faint gray markings on the wing tips, indicating it was a Kumlien’s (the typical subspecies in this area). Photos on eBird: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80230879 

Julie & Daniel


negative crossbill reports

scottjstoner
 

today I checked several previously (and some quite recently) noted locations for crossbills and despite searching carefully, found none. This includes Rudy Chase Drive in Glenville, behind the Clifton Park - Halfmoon Library, and the Blueberry Hill West area of the Albany Pine Bush. The flocks clearly move around a good bit and it takes perseverance and often multiple visits to track them down. I will keep looking, and encourage all to report negative and positive signs on HMBirds as well as ebird. - Scott Stoner, Loudonville


Red-breasted Mergansers, Green Island-1/31

trwdsd
 

Pair of RB Mergansers continue this morning just below the Federal dam on the Hudson, as seen from the park at the end of Tibbits Avenue in Green Island. Nice find yesterday by Craig D.

Tom Williams 
Colonie 


HMBC -- Monday February 1 Program Meeting via Zoom - Birding the West Indies

scottjstoner
 

Details below on how to connect to our February meeting, on Birding the West Indies with Gregg Recer

Birding the West Indies  Gregg Recer
The West Indies comprises hundreds of islands spread throughout the greater Caribbean region. The whole area is an avian endemism hot-spot just a short plane ride from the US east coast. Many of the islands offer the opportunity to combine a relaxing tropical vacation with exciting birding. This travelogue program will be a broad composite overview from several trips to the region.
Gregg Recer is a former HMBC president. He and his wife, Cathy Graichen, have been HMBC members for 30+ years and over that time have become avid world birders. 



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  • HMBC Program Notice
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    This is a reminder that the HMBC February program will be held via a Zoom meeting on Monday February 1st at 6:30 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.
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    Program details:
    The West Indies comprises hundreds of islands spread throughout the greater Caribbean region. The whole area is an avian endemism hot-spot just a short plane ride from the US east coast. This travelogue program by past-president Gregg Recer will be a broad composite overview from several trips he and his wife, Cathy Graichen, have made to the region.
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    Saratoga and Washington Counties this afternoon

    scottjstoner
     

    This afternoon, January 30, Denise and I birded the farmlands of Northumberland in Saratoga County; highlights include a flock of 500 - 1,000 snow buntings near the intersection of King Rd and Homestead Rd, and an adult Bald Eagle and about 30 Am. Goldeneye in the river from Harris Rd.

    Moving on to Washington County, in the Fort Edward grasslands we had two short-eared owls (one carrying a vole and being harassed by another), several harriers and red-tails, and a flock of Common Redpolls.

    Scott Stoner, Loudonville


    Waterfowl at Stafford’s Bridge - Wigeon and Pintail

    Alan Mapes
     

    As more of Fish Creek freezes up, waterfowl are concentrating at Stafford’s Bridge. While picking up a pizza and salad at Harvest & Hearth (great food by the way), I took a quick look at the birds, finding a male American wigeon and a female northern pintail. Good numbers of the usual suspects were there as well.

    For those not familiar with the spot, this is Stafford’s Bridge Road, east of Saratoga Springs. Fish Creek is the outlet of Saratoga Lake and winds its way to the Hudson at Schuylerville.

    Alan Mapes
    Saratoga 


    Re: Northumberland Redpoll Photos

    Eric Molho
     

    I’m with the others.  Large and frosty, pushed in tiny bill, clean under tail and most importantly you had to risk frostbite to get photo documentation.  See, 2021 is already way better than 2020.  Congrats.
    Eric


    On Jan 29, 2021, at 10:33 PM, Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie@...> wrote:

    Check out this discussion with excellent photos of the different redpolls:


    Rich Guthrie

    On Fri, Jan 29, 2021 at 8:23 PM zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw@...> wrote:
    Looks like a pretty clear-cut Hoary inasmuch as such a thing exists - unmarked undertail coverts, very diffuse streaking on the breast, and a noticeably small, pushed in bill.

    On Fri, Jan 29, 2021 at 8:20 PM Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie@...> wrote:
    I say go for it. Fits the pix in Sibley and in Crossley, but keep the Correcto-type handy.

    Rich

    On Fri, Jan 29, 2021 at 5:03 PM Alan Mapes <alanmapes@...> wrote:
    Judges? What say ye?



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    Re: Northumberland Redpoll Photos

    Richard Guthrie
     

    Check out this discussion with excellent photos of the different redpolls:


    Rich Guthrie

    On Fri, Jan 29, 2021 at 8:23 PM zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw@...> wrote:
    Looks like a pretty clear-cut Hoary inasmuch as such a thing exists - unmarked undertail coverts, very diffuse streaking on the breast, and a noticeably small, pushed in bill.

    On Fri, Jan 29, 2021 at 8:20 PM Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie@...> wrote:
    I say go for it. Fits the pix in Sibley and in Crossley, but keep the Correcto-type handy.

    Rich

    On Fri, Jan 29, 2021 at 5:03 PM Alan Mapes <alanmapes@...> wrote:
    Judges? What say ye?



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