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Fort Edward and Lake George

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June 3rd at Fort Edward: American kestrel, bobolink, eastern meadowlark, eastern kingbird, eastern bluebird, Savannah sparrow, brown thrasher, killdeer, grasshopper sparrow, Henslow's sparrow (missed upland sandpiper)

June 4th at Lake George Elem school: black-billed cuckoo


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Hadley Mtn area - June 6th

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Barb Putnam June 6th Hadley Mountain area (Hadley Mtn Rd/Eddy Rd/ Tower Rd): turkey vulture, northern goshawk, red-tailed hawk, ruffed grouse, wild turkey, mourning dove, ruby-throated hummingbird, yellow-bellied sapsucker, northern flicker, eastern wood-pewee, least flycatcher, tree swallow, american crow, black-capped chickadee, golden-crowned kinglet, eastern bluebird, hermit thrush, American robin, gray catbird, cedar waxwing, blue-headed vireo, red-eyed vireo, Nashville warbler, yellow warbler, chestnut-sided warbler, black-throated blue warbler, yellow-rumped warbler, black-throated green warbler, blackburnian warbler, prairie warbler, American redstart, ovenbird, mourning warbler, common yellowthroat, rose-breated grosbeak, chipping sparrow, field sparrow, white-throated sparrow, red-winged blackbird, and purple finch


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Birdline report 6/10/99

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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.

Saratoga National Historical Park 6/3: upland sandpiper, olive-sided
flycatcher, Lawrence's warbler (unfortunately, I couldn't contact the
reporter to verify any of these sightings); 6/5: northern harrier, red-shouldered hawk, black-billed cuckoo, yellow-throated vireo,
eastern bluebird, blue-winged warbler, prairie warbler, ovenbird,
indigo bunting, eastern towhee, field sparrow, bobolink, eastern
meadowlark

Jenny Lake 6/3: northern goshawk, purple finch

Hadley Mountain area 6/3: turkey vulture, broad-winged hawk,
black-billed cuckoo, ruby-throated hummingbird, hairy woodpecker,
northern flicker, pileated woodpecker, eastern wood-pewee, alder
flycatcher, willow flycatcher, least flycatcher, eastern phoebe,
eastern kingbird, blue-headed vireo, red-eyed vireo, blue jay,
American crow, tree swallow, barn swallow, white-breasted nuthatch,
veery, hermit thrush, cedar wax-wing, warblers including, northern
parula, yellow, chestnut-sided, black-throated blue, yellow-rumped,
blackburnian, prairie, redstart, ovenbird, common yellowthroat,
Canada, eastern towhee, field sparrow, song sparrow, white-throated
sparrow, swamp sparrow, rose-breasted grosbeak, red-winged blackbird,
American goldfinch, house sparrow, European starling, brown-headed
cowbird; 6/6: turkey vulture, northern goshawk, red-tailed hawk,
ruffed grouse, wild turkey, mourning dove, ruby-throated hummingbird,
yellow-bellied sapsucker, northern flicker, eastern wood-pewee, least
flycatcher, tree swallow, American crow, black-capped chickadee,
golden-crowned kinglet, eastern bluebird, hermit thrush, American
robin, gray catbird, cedar waxwing, blue-headed vireo, red-eyed
vireo, Nashville warbler, yellow warbler, chestnut-sided warbler,
black-throated blue warbler, yellow-rumped warbler, black-throated
green warbler, blackburnian warbler, prairie warbler, American
redstart, ovenbird, mourning warbler, common yellowthroat,
rose-breasted grosbeak, chipping sparrow, field sparrow,
white-throated sparrow, red-winged blackbird, and purple finch

Fort Edward 6/3: American kestrel, bobolink, eastern meadowlark,
eastern kingbird, eastern bluebird, Savannah sparrow, brown thrasher,
killdeer, grasshopper sparrow, Henslow's sparrow

Lake George 6/4: black-billed cuckoo

Round Lake 6/6: bald eagle

Albany Pine bush 6/6: willow flycatcher, brown thrasher, blue-winged
warbler, chestnut-sided warbler, prairie warbler, scarlet tanager,
rose-breasted grosbeak, indigo bunting, eastern towhee, field
sparrow, Baltimore oriole


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White Egret

F Murphy <thrush@...>
 

On June 10, 1999 at about 7 PM, I saw a small white egret flying west over
the Mohawk River at the Vischer Ferry Power Station. I didn't have my bins
with me (shame, shame) but it was the size of a snowy/cattle egret.

Birders in marshy areas like Vischer Ferry would do well to wear a hat with
fly paper on the top so they can help harvest those annoying deer flies.
It really works and you'll be proud of the accomplishments.

Frank Murphy
Clifton Park, NY

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Argyle-Hartford BBS

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I did my BBS this morning. It was rather unremarkable, but here are some of the results: (62 total species)

1 yellow-bellied sapsucker, 1 red-bellied woodpecker, willow flycatcher, least flycatcher, warbling vireo, red-eyed vireo, common raven, eastern bluebird, veery, wood thrush, norhtern mockingbird, brown thrasher, cedar waxwing, 6 species of warbler (yellow, black & white, redstart, ovenbird, yellowthroat, northern waterthrush), scarlet tanager, Savannah sparrow, rose-breasted grosbeak, indigo bunting, bobolink, Baltimore oriole, ruby-throated hummingbird, great blue heron

Unusual misses: wild turkey, upland sandpiper, black-billed cuckoo, northern flicker, pileated woodpecker


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dickcissel

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6/12/99: During our grassland bird study this morning we got Dickcissel! While we do have an occassional appearance every winter or two, have we ever had a summer one??
He was in beautiful breeding plumage singing his heart out, and we think he was on territory because several hours later we went back and he was STILL there singing away. Also heard at least one other one further into the field. Got excellent looks today (luckily had scope in backseat).
Directions: Ft Edward area: Rt. 4 to Durkeetown Rd., go east past "pink pig" mailbox on left side, past mailbox 2876 on left. Bird(s) on rt. side of road near the "curve" sign in large purple wildflower field. Sits on wires and on the old fence posts going out into field. Familiarize yourself with its song/call. Be careful on the road - you can see/hear bird from the road if he's there, no need to go into field.


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Eddy/Tower Road

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6/13 Field Trip Report (Northern Saratoga County)

59 speices for the "official trip" - highlights: broad-winged hawk, ruffed
grouse with young, wild turkey with young, 4 pileated woodpeckers, alder
and willow flycatcher, scarlet tanager, rose-breasted grosbeak, indigo
bunting, eastern towhee, white-throated sparrow, evening grosbeak and
several warblers: yellow-rumped, yellow, chestnut-sided, black-throated blue,
blackburnian, prairie, black & white, ovenbird, common yellowthroat

After returning to our cars, we decided to go to Fort Edward to check out
the recent sighting of a rare bird in our area. We added 11 more species,
including: sharp-shinned hawk, bobolink, eastern meadowlark, horned lark,
savannah sparrow, and the rarity (a singing male dickcissel).


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Dickcissel,Goshawk, (Lawrence's)

F Murphy <thrush@...>
 

We were very fortunate to see the Dickcissel at Fort Edward today, thanks
to Amy. This bird has eluded me for years, so it was extra special to see
a brilliant male singing at close range. A real nice sight indeed.

Earlier that day, 6/13/99, we did the Breeding Bird Survey for the Vischer
Ferry to Ballston Lake area. Nothing earth shattering, but we did have an
adult Northern Goshawk fly right by us as it was being pursued by a couple
of crows. This was off Sugar Hill Road near the Vischer Ferry Power Station.

In light of the recent sighting of a Lawrence's Warbler at the Saratoga
Battlefield, I'm wondering if anyone has seen a Golden-winged Warbler. I
reported one there on 5/22/99 during our big day. Based on all the brief
looks two of us got, and all of us hearing the song (three buzzes instead
of the typical 4 buzzes that I'm used to), we called it a Golden-winged.
Now I'm not so sure.

Mull it over before they mow it over (in honor of the Dickcissel)

See it before they saw it.

Frank Murphy
Clifton Park, NY

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Please and Thank You

bputnam@...
 

Hi all -

Please: (not necessary, but I got a request from one of our members) sign
your name at the end of your posts - I will try to remmeber to do that myself

Thank You: to Amy for the timely notice of the dickcissel at Fort Edward

Barb Putnam



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Dickcissel

Jackie Bogardus <jackieb@...>
 

Greetings -- just wanted to let you know the DICKCISSEL is still hanging
out in the field in Ft. Edward. I went up this morning, found him
rather quickly and enjoyed watching and listening to him for quite a
while. I went back late this afternoon with a friend and although we
eventually did get a decent look, he wasn't nearly as cooperative as he
had been this morning. Perhaps it was the gale force winds which
deterred him tonight?!

I searched for a female, hoping perhaps they were nesting there, but I
did not see one. The male did, however, chase off a few other birds,
apparently in defense of his territory.

If you haven't already seen this bird, he's definitely worth the trip.

Jackie Bogardus
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birdline 6/17/99

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.

NOTE: a DICKCISSEL was found on June 12 at Fort Edward (directions below).

Warrensburg 6/10 eastern bluebird

Vischer Ferry 6/10: "white egret" (snowy or cattle?)

Argyle-Hartford BBS 6/12: yellow-bellied sapsucker, red-bellied woodpecker,
willow flycatcher, least flycatcher, warbling vireo, red-eyed vireo, common
raven, eastern bluebird, veery, wood thrush, northern mockingbird, brown
thrasher, cedar waxwing, 6 species of warbler (yellow, black & white,
redstart, ovenbird, common yellowthroat, northern waterthrush), scarlet
tanager, Savannah sparrow, rose-breasted grosbeak, indigo bunting, bobolink,
Baltimore oriole, ruby-throated hummingbird, and a great blue heron

Fort Edward 6/12: singing male DICKCISSEL Directions: Take Northway (I-87)
exit 17N. Travel one mile north on route 9. Turn right onto rte 197 into
Fort Edward. At the "T" intersection, turn right onto route 4. From Rt. 4,
turn left (east) onto Durkeetown Rd. Follow the road to a pink-pig mailbox on
the left-hand side. The next mailbox, is # 2876, also on the left. Look on
the right-hand side of the road after the 2876 mailbox, before the next house
on the left. There is a large field of wild flowers on the left. On the
curb-side there is a large pole with a number "2" on it, which is in the
middle of a fence line where the birds were seen on the wires of the telephone
pole and, more often on the fence.


Troy 6/13: ruffed grouse

Eddy Rd/Tower Rd area 6/13: broad-winged hawk, ruffed grouse with young, wild
turkey with young, 4 pileated woodpeckers, alder and willow flycatcher,
scarlet tanager, rose-breasted grosbeak, indigo bunting, eastern towhee,
white-throated sparrow, evening grosbeak and several warblers: yellow,
chestnut-sided, black-throated blue, blackburnian, prairie, black & white,
ovenbird, common yellowthroat

Fort Edward 6/13: dickcissel, sharp-shinned hawk, bobolink, eastern
meadowlark, horned lark, Savannah sparrow; 6/15: dickcissel, bobolink,
American kestrel, turkey vulture, spotted sandpiper

Hunter NY 6/14: red-headed woodpecker

Schodack 6/15: scarlet tanager

Guilderland and Schenectady 6/15: red-breasted nuthatch



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Delaware RBA: Little Egret

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Hi all -

If you have the time and the inclination, there has been a Little Egret as well as a white-faced ibis in Delaware at Bombay Hook. It is generally a great area to bird, so maybe some of you can "pop down".

Check it out:
http://www-stat.wharton.upenn.edu/~siler/hotmail/EAST.1821910.html

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question about the dickcissel

bputnam@...
 

Has anyone seen the dickcissel recently? I saw it on Tuesday. I have been over there twice since and haven't seen it. Just wondering....

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Re: question about the dickcissel

thrush@...
 

I know of one person who did NOT see it on Friday.

At 10:18 PM 6/19/99 -0000, you wrote:
Has anyone seen the dickcissel recently? I saw it on Tuesday. I have
been over there twice since and haven't seen it. Just wondering....

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Re: question about the dickcissel

Brian Smith
 

Add another to the list that didn't see it this weekend. But the bobolinks were totally cool. They are awesome singers. Also saw a baby medowlark that walked into the road. I walked up to it to scare it back into the field, and got within two feet of it. Too bad i didn't get to see momma.

That field sure smelled nice.


From: thrush@capital.net
Reply-To: hmbirds@egroups.com
To: hmbirds@egroups.com
Subject: [HMBirds] Re: question about the dickcissel
Date: Sat, 19 Jun 1999 23:48:20 -0400

I know of one person who did NOT see it on Friday.

At 10:18 PM 6/19/99 -0000, you wrote:
Has anyone seen the dickcissel recently? I saw it on Tuesday. I have
been over there twice since and haven't seen it. Just wondering....

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Fort Edward 6/20/99

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I went over again today to look for the dickcissel and had no luck. I did have 2 uppies however: one on Cary Rd and one on Swamp Rd


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VF/Least/Deer Flies

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6/20/99 - Vischer Ferry - The last report of Least Bittern that I know of
was on 6/9 when one was heard near the bridge. I have not heard them this
week. Hopefully it might be that they're quiet now that they're nesting ?
There were several Marsh Wrens and Swamp Sparrows, Warbling Vireo, Veery,
Wood Duck, and my favorite, the Wood Thrush. I watched a Song Sparrow
feeding two Cowbirds twice its size. Otherwise not much going on here.
One would do better at Fort Edward or Grafton or Moreau or anywhere in the
mountains this time of year. The traditional ponds close to the river are
bone dry. I actually walked out into the one on the right (west) and
didn't sink a bit. They've turned to fields so it doesn't bode well for
the fall herons and egrets unless we get some serious hurricanes or
monsoons. The pipeline road has been extended back along the river to the
right. It's a little late, but I don't know why they couldn't have drilled
wells across from the main entrance where there are already good service
roads. They claim the water is not coming from the Mohawk ? Anyhow, there
are lots of changes at VF in just a short time. Anyhow, I digress.

Deer flies can be brutal but I can not under estimate the wonders of fly
paper. They always go for the highest part of your body so just wear a hat
with fly paper clipped to it. I just used up a roll while walking the
short loop at VF. I figure I "collected" at least 50 of them and didn't
sustain one bite. It costs about $2.50 for a package of 8 rolls at the
hardware store and it's worth every penny. The dollar store used to have
them in packs of four. No, I am not in the business of selling fly paper -
for all you wise guys out there.

Happy first day of summer - the longest day of the year.

Frank Murphy
Clifton Park, NY

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BH Vireo & Peregrine Chicks X 3

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Greetings -- I was hiking in the Catskills yesterday (Kaaterskill Falls & Cliff Walk - beautiful, easy hike - check it out if you get a chance), and I encountered a very agitated Blue-headed Vireo chasing and dive bombing a chipmunk. The chipmunk was carrying something in its mouth which I could not identify because he/she was scurrying so frantically trying to escape the Vireo's assault. Perhaps the chipmunk had one of the Vireo's eggs in its mouth? It was quite a sight watching that tiny bird give the chipmunk a run for its money. When last I saw the bird, it was perched on a branch above the spot where the chipmunk dove for cover.

Other birding news relates to the Peregrine Falcon nest under the Dunn Memorial Bridge in Rensselaer. Two boxes were placed there earlier this year. You can see inside the boxes from the Rensselaer side of the Hudson (looking West). The box furtherest away is the one that is occupied (figures, right?!). I've been checking it periodically on my way home from work. Last week I saw two small, downy chicks and an adult. Today I saw two pretty good size chicks with lots of brown and white feathers. They were sitting up, stretching their wings, preening and looking all around. There was a third chick in the box, which I almost didn't see. It was much smaller than the others and huddled up by itself on the left side of the box. No adult appeared in the short time that I was there. Drop me an e-mail if you're interested in seeing these birds and need directions to get there.

Jackie Bogardus
Rensselaer, NY
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birdline report 6/24/99

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 (518-439-8080) for the full report.

NOTE: the last report of the dickcissel in Fort Edward was 6/15

Glens Falls 6/15: common nighthawk

Guilderland 6/17: killdeer, spotted sandpiper, wild turkey, American goldfinch

Black Creek Marsh 6/17: hairy woodpecker, Canada goose, American goldfinch

Schenectady 6/17: American kestrel

Saratoga County airport 6/17: vesper sparrow, horned lark, killdeer

Jenny Lake 6/17: northern goshawk

Fort Edward 6/17: bobolink, eastern meadowlark, eastern bluebird, upland
sandpiper, American kestrel, Savannah sparrow, (no dickcissel); 6/22: northen
harrier, upland sandpiper, Henslow's sparrow, horned lark, (no dickcissel)

Wilton 6/19: red-breasted nuthatch, eastern kingbird

Central Park, Schenectady 6/22: 1 Canada Goose of the mimima race

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Peregrine Curiosity

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I stopped by the Peregrine nest site in Rensselaer today at about 5:30 p.m. (bad timing as far as the lighting was concerned,but that was all the time I had.) There was one adult on the near nest box today, much to my surprise. I had a good look at him/her, until I stepped to my left for a better angle and he/she took off.

The nest box on the far side was empty of chicks, but there was a bird on the bridge support right next to that box, stretching its wings and testing its wobbly legs, looking very much like a toddler just learning walk. I must say, the behavior really threw me off and I'm still wondering about what I saw because the bird looked more like an adult than a juvenile. Its back seemed much bluer than I had expected the juvenile would be at this stage, and it seemed to have grown quite a bit since last week. Given that the lighting was so bad, though, I may very well have been looking at another adult, but I honestly can't be sure. The fact that the nest box (which had 3 chicks in it last week) was empty has left me curious too.

I'll try to check up on them over the weekend and will let you know what's happening. In the meantime, enjoy your independence!

Jackie Bogardus
Rensselaer, NY
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There was an adult sitting on the closer nest box today, much to my surprise. I enjoyed an excellent look at her/him, but it wasn't nearly as much fun as watching the bird at the far nest box.


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