Date   
Hooded Warbler

Cynthia Edwardson
 

This morning, Chris and I walked the trails at MHLC Bozen Kill Preserve in Altamont.  We heard a warbler near the intersection of the White and BlueTrails, not far from the parking lot, and to our great surprise (we're new to NY birding), a male hooded warbler popped into view after I pished a bit.  It didn't stay out long enough for a photograph and we were unable to locate it again when we returned from our walk.  Deeper into the woods, a barred owl seemed to respond to my pishing, but from quite a distance. At the end of the Red Trail, we saw a green heron in the Kill.  Twenty species seen or heard today (late morning) and recorded on ebird.

We love these Preserves and so appreciate the MHLC network that makes it possible for us to visit them.

Cindy and Chris Edwardson
Albany, NY

Stockport Flats, Aug 6, 2020 ; no terns or tubenoses; active bank swallow colony with photos

scottjstoner
 

Denise and I put in near the mouth of Stockport Creek and paddled out to and around Stockport Middle Ground Island. Highlights were an Osprey, 1 adult and 2 imm Bald Eagles, and an opportunity to observe and photograph the active Bank Swallow colony on the southwest side of the island. Full ebird list is below; the ebird link includes Denise's images of confirmed breeding activity at  the colony. No terns or tubenoses observed along the river..
jwk
- Scott Stoner, Loudonville


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To: scottjstoner@...
Sent: Fri, Aug 7, 2020 2:57 pm
Subject: eBird Report - Stockport Flats, Aug 6, 2020

Stockport Flats, Columbia, New York, US
Aug 6, 2020 9:44 AM - 3:56 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.75 mile(s)
Checklist Comments:    paddling. track shown is inaccurate. We went all the way around stockpot middle ground island.
19 species

Mourning Dove  2
Killdeer  1
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Ring-billed Gull  25
Double-crested Cormorant  7
Great Blue Heron  4
Great Egret  1
Osprey  1
Bald Eagle  3    1 adult, 2 immature.
Eastern Phoebe  1
Fish Crow  25
Bank Swallow  25    colony with about 100 nest holes in a sand cliff on the sw side of stockport middle ground island, part of hudson river islands state park. We  observed adults flying around, catching and carrying food, entering and leaving nest holes, and young in the holes. photographed. photos to follow.
Barn Swallow  1
Carolina Wren  1
Gray Catbird  5
American Robin  1
Cedar Waxwing  5
American Goldfinch  15
Song Sparrow  2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S72168224

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)

Cohoes Flats- 8/3

trwdsd
 

Shorebird activity continues to ramp up in our region. Early this morning (6:00am) Zach S-W observed three Black-bellied Plovers at Cohoes Flats. Colleen and I had just arrived when they took flight, but that's the view one wants with Pluvialis species. We could see the black "wingpits", and white rump and tail as they headed off to parts unknown. Zach tagged out as Alison VK arrived, and we continued to scan the flats for other birds. We re-found one of the Pectoral sandpipers noted earlier by Zach, foraging in a small group of peeps. One of the peeps was not like the others, so we cautiously moved closer for a better look. What I initially thought was a Semipalmated Sandpiper turned out to be a bit bigger, with longer wings- a White-rumped Sandpiper. There were also four Least Sandpipers in the group. Three Semipalmated Plovers were flying around the flats, and at least one each of Killdeer and Spotted Sandpiper was present. The large collection of Great Egrets from last week seems to have dispersed as we only saw one this morning.


Tom & Colleen Williams
Colonie

Whimbrels - NO

Richard Guthrie
 

Posting for Zack: 

The flock took off and flew away at about 6:40 AM

Rich

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Richard Guthrie

WHIMBRELS COHOES FLATS NOW

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774

Cohoes 8/1

John Kent
 

This morning at Cohoes Flats, Zach and I found a Semipalmated Plover, a Lesser Yellowlegs, and a couple of Least Sandpipers. More notable was the number of Great Egrets. I had a very conservative count of 20, but I think the total was about 25. They seem to be roosting somewhere just south of Ontario Street. Also notable was the number of Ring-billed Gulls that flew up the Mohawk toward the landfill before sunrise - I ended up with a conservative rough count of 670.

John Kent
Selkirk

some more Red Crossbills and Great Horned Owls

Lindsey Duval
 

Had some more Red Crossbills, this time at the Corkscrew Rail Trail! I don't think they are hanging around there as much as the Rensselaer Plateau-y spots. 

If anybody is out Stephentown, NY way I totally suggest going to the Corkscrew Rail Trail, it's still very birdy, had about 51 species this morning, including some fledgling Chestnut-sided Warblers and 3 singing Canadas (can't seem to find a fledgling for them yet) and a woodpecker 6 pack. 

Also, yesterday evening I birded the Cemetery of the Evergreens in New Lebanon, NY. Also decent for birds. I heard a loud repeated screeching call near the north side and a Great Horned Owl flew up into a spruce and looked down at me. A much larger Great Horned Owl also flew into the same tree soon after. It was pretty late so they were probably getting ready to hunt the cemetery grounds and nearby farm. 

- Lindsey D.
New Lebanon, NY 

White Pelican - no

omoo3
 

At 4:30 PM (7/22), the pelican was not visible from the City of Hudson "Furgary" boatclub.

Albert Family Community Forest - RECR, EVGR

Lindsey Duval
 

I spent all morning hiking all the trails at Albert Family Community Forest in Renss. Co. Had another flyover "jip jip jip"ing Red Crossbill. 

While hiking the white trail I got to a clearing at almost the highest elevation there (I think it's around 1100', not too far from the hemlock swamp on the trail map) and took a break, and ended up hearing an Evening Grosbeak singing its loose, husky-ish short trill repeatedly. Couldn't find the bird in the horrible overcast lighting, much to my annoyance, because I won't count it as my lifer without a good visual, but I've learned the song and call over time so I can at least add the species to my checklist for record keeping. It flew while I was trying to find it and called as well, giving a flat clear "chewp" sort of like a House Sparrow call. 


white pelican - no

gregg_recer
 

no luck with the reported pelican right now viewing from the derelict fishing village in Hudson (Google maps labels it furgary fishing village).

Gregg Recer
gregg_recer@...

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gregg recer
malta NY

Cohoes flats SBDO yes

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

A short-billed dowitcher continues (or maybe it’s a different bird) this morning at Cohoes Flats.  It was feeding in a tiny pool on the rocks with a Least Sandpiper and some Killdeer and is now resting on a rock in the middle of the river.
--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774

Hudson White Pelican

kernscot
 

Saw the White Pelican this afternoon in Hudson with Rich Guthrie, Bill Cook and Will Yandick. Seen from the north end fishing shacks and community gardens along the railroad tracks. The pelican was sitting on rocks at the edge of the river near the tracks. In the scope it looked like white debris until it moved, and the large orange bill and white neck were seen.

Nancy Kern
Austerlitz, NY

[MidHudsonBirds] White Pelican in Hudson

Kathryn Schneider
 

I checked this area today and didn’t see it but I could have just been unlucky. Tim is  good birder and a reliable source.

Kathy Schneider


Begin forwarded message:

From: "omoo3 via groups.io" <omoo3@...>
Date: July 21, 2020 at 2:46:10 PM EDT
To: MidHudsonBirds@groups.io
Subject: [MidHudsonBirds] White Pelican in Hudson
Reply-To: omoo3@...

A White Pelican is hanging out at the north end of the Middle Ground Fats (island) north of Hudson (technically in Greenport), and just downriver from Stockport Flats. Today I observed it from the City of Hudson as preened on the railroad embankment upriver. For a good view upriver, go to the northwest corner of the city to a group of city-owned, dilapidated fishing shacks (next to the wastewater treatment plant), then pull up to the train tracks.

In early August 2011, I found a White Pelican on the Middle Ground Flats immediately opposite of Hudson's state boat launch. A week later it turned up in Cohoes. Same bird? We'll never know.

T. O'Connor

Re: White Pelican in Hudson

Tom Lake
 

Love them!

Photos?

Last May 2, Jim Yates had one at the Kingston Lighthouse (river mile 92)

Tom


Tom Lake
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Estuary Naturalist, Region 3, Hudson River Estuary Program
with New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission
21 South Putt Corners Road New Paltz NY 12561—1696
trlake7@...


-----Original Message-----
From: omoo3 via groups.io <omoo3@...>
To: hmbirds@groups.io
Sent: Tue, Jul 21, 2020 2:51 pm
Subject: [hmbirds] White Pelican in Hudson

A White Pelican is hanging out at the north end of the Middle Ground Flats (island) north of Hudson and immediately downriver from Stockport Flats.

It can be seen from the City of Hudson, about a mile-and-a-half upriver.

Go to the northwest corner of the city to a group of city-owned, dilapidated fishing shacks (next to the wastewater treatment plant), then pull up to the train tracks. 

In early August 2011, I observed a White Pelican on the Middle Ground Flats immediately opposite Hudson's state boat launch. About a week later it flew upriver and ended up in (I think) Cohoes. Nobody checked the record, though, to see that it had traveled from points south. 

Timothy O'Connor
Hudson

White Pelican in Hudson

omoo3
 

A White Pelican is hanging out at the north end of the Middle Ground Flats (island) north of Hudson and immediately downriver from Stockport Flats.

It can be seen from the City of Hudson, about a mile-and-a-half upriver.

Go to the northwest corner of the city to a group of city-owned, dilapidated fishing shacks (next to the wastewater treatment plant), then pull up to the train tracks. 

In early August 2011, I observed a White Pelican on the Middle Ground Flats immediately opposite Hudson's state boat launch. About a week later it flew upriver and ended up in (I think) Cohoes. Nobody checked the record, though, to see that it had traveled from points south. 

Timothy O'Connor
Hudson

Red Crossbills - Rensselaer Co.

Lindsey Duval
 

This morning I hiked at both Robert Ingalls Preserve and Chestnut Hill Nature Preserve in Renss. Co. and had Red Crossbills flying low over Robert Ingalls giving their "jip jip jip" call. At Chestnut Hill I was bent down looking at a mushroom when a bird I didn't even know was nearby erupted into a song I wasn't familiar with. I looked up to see a Red Crossbill take off! 

I noticed on eBird that the whole area south of Cherry Plain SP has no records of RECR so I am glad to add a few. 

Lindsey D. 

Short-bilked dowitcher cohoes flats

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

Working the edge of the flats by the county line.  Just flew but likely still here
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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774

Re: Hummingbird question

Lindsey Duval
 

Hummingbirds should visit your Hostas as they do like them (they're also on a Birds and Blooms recommended list for hummers), perhaps they are just preferring another food source over the Hosta blooms (maybe higher sugar content in something else). 

I'm glad to hear some hostas are nice enough to be blooming too, I'm renting a room and the poor hostas in the garden here look terrible! (A neighbor has a million feeders and Scarlet beebalm though.)

Lindsey D. 
New Lebanon, NY

On Sat, Jul 18, 2020 at 8:57 AM ConserveBirds <conservebirds@...> wrote:

I have hummingbirds visit my yard – mostly for the flowers, occasionally for the feeders – but have never seen one feed at the Hosta blooms, of which there are hundreds.  Does anyone know if they visit Hosta flowers?

 

Mona Bearor

South Glens Falls

 

 

Hummingbird question

ConserveBirds
 

I have hummingbirds visit my yard – mostly for the flowers, occasionally for the feeders – but have never seen one feed at the Hosta blooms, of which there are hundreds.  Does anyone know if they visit Hosta flowers?

 

Mona Bearor

South Glens Falls

 

 

Round Lake and the Anthony Kill - Least Bittern

scottjstoner
 

Denise and I birded this part of our Atlas block in Saratoga County by boat today; the highlight was a young Least Bittern in a marsh area that practically posed for us 100s of photos), and confirmed breeding Marsh Wren. We.also enjoyed views of Bald Eagle, Osprey, Great Blue Heron, and about 30 other species. Scott Stoner, Loudonville



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