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Welcome to the hmbirds E-Mail Group

Barb Putnam <bputnam@...>
 

This group is mainly for reports of birds in the eleven counties surrounding Albany, NY. Unusual extralimital reports are also welcome.

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Fort Edward - 3/3/99

bputnam@...
 

For our first report:

Fort Edward 3/3/99 4:20pm - 6:00pm
2 short-eared owls - both on Plum Road about 4:20pm
14 northern harriers - most on Fitzpatrick 5-5:30pm
1 kestrel - Cary Road
various places - several red-tailed hawks, 5 rough-legged hawks, Canada goose, American tree sparrow

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Next best

lesch1@...
 

Just to get the ball rolling, here's my report for the day:

No owls or harriers, but, well, ... WE GOT GRACKLES!

The first COMMON GRACKLES invaded our feeder today.

Oh, happy day!

Lou Esch

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birdline report 3/4/99

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.

2/25 Mechanicville - Bald eagle

2/25 Waterford & north on Hudson River - Wild Turkeys, Bald Eagles,
Pileated Woodpecker, Snow Goose, Mallards, American Black Duck,
Northern Flickers, Common Goldeneye, Greater Scaup, Ring-Necked
Ducks, Redheads, Common Mergansers, Hooded Mergansers, Eastern
Bluebirds, Northern Harrier, Red-Tailed Hawk, Cedar Waxwing

2/27 Niskayuna - Fish Crow

2/27 Warrensburg - Evening Grosbeak, Pileated Woodpecker

2/27 Five Rivers - Northern Harrier

2/27 Fort Edward - Short-eared owl, Rough-legged hawk

2/27 Fort Miller - Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser

2/28 Niskayuna - Sharp-shinned Hawk

3/1 Warrensburg - Purple Finch, Pileated Woodpecker, Eastern Bluebird

3/2 Schemerhorn Rd - Carolina Wren

3/2 New Baltimore - Fish Crow, Brown-headed Cowbird, Bald Eagle

3/2 Vischer Ferry - Rusty Blackbird

3/3 Coxsackie - Iceland Gull, Glaucous Gull

3/3 Town of Moreau - Wild Turkey

3/3 Fort Edward - Short-eared Owl, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk,
Rough-legged Hawk, American Kestrel

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Re: Welcome to the hmbirds E-Mail Group

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Unfortunately, no interesting birds to report; just a reply so you
know I've tried this out. I'll be looking forward to reading
everyone's reports in the future. Good birding, Jackie B.

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White-crowned Sparrow

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Saratoga Springs: A White-crowned Sparrow was in my yard on the morning of 6 March. The average arrival date in Region 8 for this species is 20 April.

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testing

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We saw hundreds of Robins flying north over the Mohawk toward Vischer Ferry and onward at 5:30 PM.

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In?

Louis J. Esch <lesch1@...>
 

Hey!

I think I may have actually gotten into this thing!

I don't know what happened before, but it appears that I had gotten in to
two other eGroups, but not into HMBirds.

I was in one called "eGroup-members", probably some kind of catch all, and
also into one called "OldJokes" which I thought was, all things considered,
pretty doggone snide.

But, either you will all see this posting, or . . .

Well, maybe somebody, somewhere, will see it!

Now if only I could see a bird!

Lou


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Testing

Joan L Cipriani <jlcip@...>
 

I was out testing my new scope today and saw hooded and common
mergansers on the Mohawk River and the crows seem to have taken the
place of the starlings at the power plant across from the Colonie
Landfill. Now, I'm just testing this e-mail.

--
Joan Cipriani
jlcip@...
Schenectady, NY



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longspurs at Ft Edward

bputnam@...
 

This is a second-hand report (message from Kay & George taken by Bob):

5 longspurs in Ft Edward on East Rd today (March 10th)

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birdline report 3/11/99

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.

3/5 New Baltimore - wood duck, bald eagle, Carolina wren

3/6 Brunswick - Cooper's hawk, common grackle

3/7 Ferry Drive - northern pintail, green-winged teal

3/8 New Salem - red-winged blackbird, red-bellied woodpecker, pileated
woodpecker, brown creeper

3/7 Schodack - pileated woodpecker, brown-headed cowbird

3/9 Mechanicville - 5 bald eagle, eastern bluebird, common redpoll

3/9 Hoosick River - Canada goose, mallard, American black duck, hooded
merganser, common merganser, red-tailed hawk

3/9 Rotterdam - Carolina wren, sharp-shinned hawk, Cooper's hawk

3/10 Schodack - cedar waxwing

3/10 Stillwater - common goldeneye, mallard, Canada goose, common merganser

3/11 Saratoga Springs - white-crowned sparrow

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Fort Edward 3/12/99

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Fort Edward - Friday afternoon 3/12/99 4-5pm

8 red-tailed hawk, 16 rough-legged hawks, 6 unidentified buteos, 71 horned larks, 1 eastern bluebird, 11 SHORT-EARED OWLS (on Fitzpatrick), 1 northern harrier, 4 LAPLAND LONGSPURS (on the shoulder of Durkeetown Rd between Blackhouse and Plum)

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snowy owl - Fort Edward

bputnam@...
 

This is a second-hand report (phone message from Monty):

There was a snowy owl at Fort Edward near the intersection of Rte 197 and Swamp Rd on Wednesday, March 10th.

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here & there plus Fort Edward

bputnam@...
 

Saturday, 3/13/99

Gansevoort: American ketrel

Stone Bridge Rd (T of Northumberland): 29 red-tailed hawks, 2 rough-legged hwak, 2 unidentified buteos

Rte 113 (Washington county) south of Schuylerville: 50 american black duck, 18 northern pintail, 17 wild turkey

Fort Edward: 12 rough-legged hawks (and I didn't go on Mafaffy Rd!), 6 red-tailed hawk, 3 RAVEN (Cary Road), 6 horned lark, 2 bluebirds. I saw some other birders who said they had horned larks, lapland longspurs, and snow buntings on East rd (I didn't go over there). I left the area about 3pm and had no owls.

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Forts Miller/Edward 3/14/99

Frank Murphy <murphyf@...>
 

3/14 99 Fort Miller - 2 Northern Pintail, 2 Greater Scaup, 4 Canvasback, C
Goldeneye, 250 Snow Geese flew over going west, 500 Canada Geese.
Fort Edward - several Rough-legged Hawks and N Harriers, H Larks but we did
not stay long enough to find any longspurs.

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A Bird!

Louis J. Esch <lesch1@...>
 

I had a BROWN CREEPER outside my window this afternoon. I rarely see them
here in my yard. The last one in my BIRDNOTE log was on 2/7/97.

Lou


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IBAs

bputnam@...
 

I received info that might be of interest to you all. There is a website (Cornell) on which you can submit bird sightings for the Important Bird Areas. Those in our region are:
Broadalbin Tree Swallow Colony
Black Creek Marsh
Carter Pond
Castleton Island State Park Area
Fort Edward Grasslands
John Boyd Thacher State Park
Rensselaer Forest Tract w/ Capital Dist WMA & Grafton Lakes SP
Saratoga National Historic Park ("Saratoga Battlefield")
Stockport Flats
Vischer Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve

You can submit for other IBAs in the state, also. Check it out:
http://birdsource2.ornith.cornell.edu/checklists/nyschecklist/

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Rough -legged Hawks and Test Post

RWilPerry@...
 

This is my 3rd attempt at posting, but I think I have it right this time.
We'll find out soon.

This Sunday, I saw a dark morph and a light morph Rough-legged Hawk in
adjacent trees on Millers Corners Road, Duanesburg, SCHE county. Prior to
this winter I had not seen Rough-leggeds in the county (of course, they do
occur, occasionally, they have simply eluded my best efforts). But this
winter I have seen them in SCHE on 4-5 separate occasions including 7 in a
single day.

Are others seeing more Rough-leggeds this winter, especially away from their
usual haunts?

Ray Perry

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8 members!

bputnam@...
 

Just for your information - we have 8 members signed up and 7 of them have successfully posted! I think we have most of the bugs straightened out now. I can make the list of members viewable only to other members - if you think that is a good idea, let me know. Majority rules.

Sorry I have no birds to report at this time.

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Nite Flite

Louis J. Esch <lesch1@...>
 

My Bird Monitor (*) was working great last night! Every time I rolled over
(or something), I heard calls from migrating flocks, mostly of Geese. One
time, it was a different call, which I thought might have been Loons, but
I'm not really familiar with their migrational conversational habits.

Since, having slept quite soundly, I was getting just spot samples, I must
assume that the sky was full of fliers all night. And I'm not under any
particularly heavily travelled flyway!

(*) My "Bird Monitor" is a Fisher-Price baby monitor with the "baby" end
stuck outside of one of my too-soundproof triple-glazed windows and the
"noisy" end stuck on the bookshelf next to my sleeping ear zone.

Lou Esch


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