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Catbird, New Baltimore

John Kent
 

I just saw a Gray Catbird at Hannacroix Creek Preserve. It was in the swampy area on the east side of River Road where the trail crosses the road.

John Kent
Selkirk

Schenectady CBC Results - 12/14/2019

Larry & Penny Alden
 

I’ve received the last results from the field parties out on last Saturday’s Schenectady CBC.

 

28 birders in nine field parties found a total of 58 species.  The predicted rain was only a light mist most of the day, but liquid precipitation and warmer air on cold snow makes for fog, which made birding challenging.

 

Highlights (birds found by one or two field parties) included:

 

Wood Duck (1)

American Black Duck (17)

Green-winged Teal (1)

Bufflehead (1)

Red-breasted Merganser (1)

Black Vulture (35)

Sharp-shinned Hawk (2)

Bald Eagle (4)

Herring Gull (1)

Eastern Screech-Owl (2)

Great Horned Owl (2)

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1)

American Kestrel (1)

Common Raven (1)

Red-breasted Nuthatch (4)

Brown Creeper (1)

Winter Wren (2)

Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1)

Hermit Thrush (1)

Cedar Waxwing (17)

Chipping Sparrow (count week)

Field Sparrow (1)

Red-winged Blackbird (12)

 

Larry Alden

Meadowdale

(Halfway between Voorheesville and Altamont)

 

Chipping Sparrows, Colonie- 12/21

trwdsd
 

Two Chipping Sparrows together eating millet seed off the ground in our yard this morning, along with a Song Sparrow. Large, apparently female, Cooper's Hawk is around too, keeping all the other birds on their digits. Pileated Woodpecker flyby as well.


Tom Williams
Colonie


SoRensCo CBC

Naomi Lloyd
 

Thank you to all who have volunteered to help with the count. I will be sending out forms and maps in a day or two.

Naomi Lloyd

Bluebird nest and box

Jeremy Kirchman
 

I am on the lookout for a “weathered” looking Eastern Bluebird nest box that contains a nest for an exhibit on our state bird here at the New York State Museum, where I am overseeing a renovation of our Birds of New York exhibit hall. I thought perhaps someone in the hmbirds universe might have a previously inhabited box they haven’t cleaned out yet, that they would be willing to donate or trade me for a new box. Please contact me at my work email below if you think you can help.  As part of this same project, all our “habitat group” dioramas have now been refurbished and reinterpreted, and I invite you all to stop by the NYSM and check it out. Big improvements!

 

Jeremy J. Kirchman

Curator of Birds, New York State Museum

Affiliate Professor of Biology, University at Albany

518 474 1441

jeremy.kirchman@...

 





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Saratoga CBC

Naomi Lloyd
 

Hey, if anyone wants to join us on the Hudson River Wrights Loop to Schuylerville section tomorrow, Bill Lee and I would be happy to have a 3rd in the car.

Naomi

Chatham NY CBC SE Quadrant

kernscot
 

Ghent, New York, US (42.293, -73.566)

Dec 14, 2019

10:46 AM

Traveling

32.94 miles

324 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature 41 to 45 F fog brief sun mostly calm gray day windy after 4 pm .

 

11 Mallard

29 Wild Turkey -- Feeding under oak trees

39 Mourning Dove

4 Red-tailed Hawk

2 Red-bellied Woodpecker

9 Downy Woodpecker

1 Hairy Woodpecker

2 Pileated Woodpecker

1 Northern Flicker

67 Blue Jay

34 American Crow

1 Common Raven

41 Black-capped Chickadee

8 Tufted Titmouse

1 Red-breasted Nuthatch

8 White-breasted Nuthatch

2 Carolina Wren

105 European Starling

1 Northern Mockingbird

1 Eastern Bluebird

650 American Robin

77 Cedar Waxwing

15 House Sparrow

8 House Finch

5 American Goldfinch

4 American Tree Sparrow

34 Dark-eyed Junco

13 White-throated Sparrow

1 Song Sparrow

9 Northern Cardinal

 

Number of Taxa: 30

 

Cormorant in Troy

Alan Mapes
 

Just had a double-created cormorant at the 123rd street boat launch in Troy, sitting on the old bridge piling. Hope it stays until the 4th. 

Alan Mapes
Saratoga (soon)

Albany County CBC Sector B

John Kent
 

Larry Alden and Tristan Lowery joined me today to cover Sector B of the Albany County CBC. The sector runs from Coeymans Landing to Meads Lane in Delmar. We had 41 species. The highlights:
Two Gray Catbirds - one at Elm Avenue Park, the other accompanied by a Chipping Sparrow at South Bethlehem Park
American Kestrel on Meads Lane
Merlin and Mute Swan at Coeymans Landing
Great Blue Heron at Elm Avenue Park
27 Red-tailed Hawks

Our most abundant species:
American Crow - 2,320
European Starling - 938
Rock Pigeon - 445
Canada Goose - 392

John Kent
Selkirk

Re: Hermit Thrush, Guilderland

Steve Mesick
 

We had a Hermit Thrush on the rail trail near Aqueduct Park in Schenectady yesterday as well.

Steve Mesick


On Dec 14, 2019, at 5:00 PM, Earthday49 via Groups.Io <Earthday49@...> wrote:

Finically able to get a photo of the Hermit Thrush that has been present since late Nov. - Guilderland

Alan Schroeder

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King Eider - Orange County, NY

Richard Guthrie
 

For those not enrolled on any of the local alerts: A female KING EIDER was found yesterday and relocated this morning (Dec. 15th) at Sterling Lake. It is viewable from the road near the Sterling Forest Headquarters.

--ichard Guthrie
New Baltimore,
The Greene County
New York

This week's destination: 12/19

Naomi Lloyd
 

This week's destination: Saratoga Christmas Bird Count. If you're participating, a big thank you! If you're not and you want to, contact Jean Holcomb at jeanh46@... Otherwise, see you next week!

Naomi


On Wednesday, June 5, 2019, 3:25:53 PM EDT, Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel@...> wrote:


Hello birders - and welcome to the new additions to the list!

I was pretty certain last week that I wanted to take our annual trip to Ames, Montgomery County, for Upland Sandpipers. But hey, they've been seen closer to home in Washington County! So let's meet at the Saratoga battlefield parking lot at 8:00am (google maps below) and head up to Dowmont Rd and the Grasslands trail. There have also been reports of Acadian Flycatcher on the Surrender March trail just south of Schuylerville, so we could make a stop there on the way back if we have time.

Fingers crossed the drizzle will be over by then. The Grasslands trail is usually mowed short but take tick precautions just in case. Here's hoping last year's Clay-colored Sparrow and Sedge wren have returned (no reports yet of either).


Naomi  



Hermit Thrush, Guilderland

Earthday49@...
 

Finically able to get a photo of the Hermit Thrush that has been present since late Nov. - Guilderland

Alan Schroeder

Great Horned Owls, Salem

Scott Varney
 

I was putting up my Christmas Tree tonight and was "interrupted" again by 2 Great Horned Owls in my back yard...hooting up a storm!

A very plain, deep-sounding woodsy the owl call (Hoo-hoo-hoo, hoo-hoo) but reminds me of how amazing this very large, avian predator really is!  Stoked to still have the same pair in my yard for over a month now!

Scott Varney
Salem NY

Hermit Thrush

Earthday49@...
 

A Hermit Thrush was seen again in Guilderland on E. Lydius St. on Dec. 11, 2019.  This bird has been seen three times in the past two weeks.

Alan Schroeder
Guilderland

This week's destination: 12/12

Naomi Lloyd
 

Happy CBC season! Let's start at Tibbits Ave and move on for gulls along the Mohawk and check Flight Lock Rd. Meet in the big parking lot at the end of the road AT 9:00AM.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Tibbits+Ave,+Green+Island,+NY/@42.748106,-73.6924087,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x89de0fb5d98c7d49:0x2575c1037542c1eb!8m2!3d42.748106!4d-73.69022?hl=en&authuser=0



Naomi




Christmas Bird Counts fast approaching

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14 - NYML CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
Count week starts Wednesday December 11th and runs through Tuesday December 17th.  Please contact compiler Steve Chorvas (246-5900 or schorvas@... ) with unusual sightings or intel on local conditions within this count circle.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28 - NYUD CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
There are still a few sectors that have room for additional participants so please contact compiler Mark DeDea (339-1277 or forsythnature@... ) for assignment in the Ulster/ Dutchess count circle no later than Saturday, December 21st. Be prepared for a full day out of doors. Reports from feeder watchers in the count circle are also desired. Please contact Mark regarding details about compilation get together afterward, submission of records, and weather postponement. 

SATURDAY, JANUARY 4 - NYMS CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
The NYMS (Minnewaska/Shawangunk) Christmas Bird Count takes it’s second voyage and is sure to be exciting with lots of our favorite winter birding spots within the circle. Contact Nick Martin (255-0752 or Nicholas.Martin@... ) for assignment no later than Saturday, December 28th. Be prepared for a full day out of doors. Reports from feeder watchers in the count circle are also desired. Please contact Nick regarding details about compilation get together afterward, submission of records, and weather postponement. 
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HMBC program info - Jan, Feb, March 2020

scottjstoner
 

Please note the following program information: 

The January, February, and March programs will be held at the Colonie Town Library, from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. the library closes at 8 PM Sharp and we need to be out of the building by 8. Thus, the earlier start time.

Monday January 6: :Program: Aerial Insectivorous Birds, with Joe Corra of Capital Region Audubon, this evening will also include the Holiday Party (rescheduled from December). Feel free to arrive as early as 6:00 PM and bring a dessert to share. Alcoholic beverages are NOT allowed at the Library.

Monday February 3. NYSDEC Grassland Bird Studies and Conservation in NYS, with Paul Novak of NYSDEC

Monday March 2,  The Changes I've Seen in 60 Years of Birding, with Rich Guthrie

and please mark your calendars for Monday  April 13 for the 2020 Annual Banquet and meeting. Location and program info to be announced soon.

If the weather is questionable, check the HMBC website and check your email for a note on HMBirds or from HMBC before heading to the event.

Happy Holidays to all -Scott Stoner, Program Chair

8 Yellow-rumps, Selkirk

John Kent
 

Around noon today I found eight Yellow-rumped Warblers near Henry Hudson Park in Selkirk. They were foraging along a small stream that goes under Barent Winne Road at Cedar Drive. There is wet ground along the stream that is clear of snow. The warblers were accompanied by Dark-eyed Juncos, White-throated Sparrows, and American Tree Sparrows.

John Kent
Selkirk

Great Horned Owl Salem

Scott Varney
 

I just woke up (A phenomenon known as Birding ADD) after hearing the sounds of a Great Horned Owl in my back yard. I feel very fortunate to have observed 4 different Owl species in my own yard, all within the last year.  I went outside to record the sounds and on cue, it stopped vocalizing. 

Also this week, the Battenkill River has had its own winter resurgence of waterfowl. I found 2 Cackling Geese near the Town Beach. Several Hooded Mergansers and 4 Bufflead (2 males and 2 females). 

For anyone searching for waterfowl species, the Hudson River on River Road in Stillwater has been booming with waterfowl. Yesterday, I observed a drake Redhead and a drake Canvasback side by side...that was awesome!  Also, I had quick glances at a Goose species that was not Canada...I had a science conference to get to...but first thoughts were of a Barnacle Goose...I wish I had more time...what a dilemma!  It's worth birding the area.  While heading North, take a right turn across Stillwater Bridge Road and then a left onto River Road. The river will be on your left. Look at the river opposite the first big white farmhouse. Waterfowl seem to be congregating on this side of the river in the AM. 

Happy Birding,

Scott Varney
Salem NY