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Warbling Vireo, Carter's Lake

Scott Varney
 

So far, just a single of this species...beautifully singing. 

Scott Varney
Salem NY


Solitary Sandpiper, Carter's Lake, Greenwich

Scott Varney
 

A single Solitary Sandpiper next to the dam at the outlet of Carter's Lake. 

Scott Varney
Salem, NY


bog meadow trail this morning

gregg_recer
 

Dodged rain showers for a couple of hours this morning at bog meadow trail. As others have observed recently, passerine migrant activity seems to be slow in developing. The only new species for the year for me were gray catbird, green heron, and rusty blackbird. The only warblers were yellow-rumps and ruby-crowned kinglets still seemed to be very numerous.

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gregg recer
malta NY


Late arrivals - West Charlton

Ellen
 

The arrival of migrants in my neighborhood seems to be slower than usual, but I just heard my FOS Wood Thrush and Gray Catbird. 

 

Other species heard and/or seen this rainy morning include Eastern Towhees, White-Throated Sparrows, Chipping Sparrows, and House Wren.  I think the juncos have finally departed for the season.

 

Ellen P.

West Charlton 


Black-crowned Night Heron - Lions Park

Craig Driggs
 

It was very birdy this morning at Lions Park, with the highlight being an adult Black-crowned Night Heron that flushed from the reeds along the trail East of the parking area. It perched in the trees briefly before flying to the East. What a sight!

I also heard a Virginia Rail grunting as well as singing Marsh Wrens and Swamp Sparrows, Gray Catbird and Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

Craig Driggs


HMBC - REMINDER - NO PROGRAM on Monday May 4

scottjstoner
 

The HMBC program on Birding Southeast AZ, scheduled for Monday May 4 at the Colonie Library, is canceled, Stay tuned to HMBirds and the club website, hmbc.net for information on upcoming programs. - Scott


Birding yesterday at Thatcher State Park

Cynthia Edwardson
 

Yesterday Chris and I spent several hours hiking and birding on the blue and yellow trails at Thatcher Park.  There were very few people and very muddy trails but the birding was fun.  A few highlights of interest included a singing black-throated green warbler, 5 fox sparrows together, 3 hermit thrushes, a winter wren, a broad-winged hawk, and two barred owls (see attached photo).  The owls were calling and although we didn't find a nest, the photographed owl did not seem to want to leave the area where we spotted it.

Also, at Swift Preserve in Delmar (in our NYBBA Priority Block) yesterday we found a waterthrush.  Having recently moved from Northern MN, we don't have a lot of experience identifying Louisiana waterthrushes but attached are two photos that we think show that this is a Northern waterthrush.  Please let me know if you think this is an incorrect conclusion.

Thanks.
Cindy Edwardson

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new arrivals

John Kent
 

At Henry Hudson Park in Selkirk, Rose-breasted Grosbeak arrived yesterday morning, and I there were two of them around this morning. Other new arrivals this morning were Baltimore Oriole, and a singing Black and White Warbler in a spot where they have bred in past years. Otherwise, no warblers this morning other than Yellow-rumped. In the tidal portion of the Vlomankill I saw three river otters together, just below the waterfall at the head of tide.

The Bald Eagle nest across the Hudson from the park failed this year. They appeared to be on eggs briefly back at the usual time, but then within a few days it became clear that they were no longer incubating. This nest was built in October 2019 after their previous nest fell to the ground in August. Maybe they picked a spot that is vulnerable to nest-raiding raccoons. On the bright side, I discovered a new (at least to me) eagle nest not far away, on the west side of River Road across from Moh-He-Con-Nuck Nature Preserve. It's at least a half mile from the river, an indication that all the prime territories are already occupied.

John Kent
Selkirk


Early-ish Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

Weiskotten, Kurt
 

Parked in the driveway and there he was - a sight for sore eyes - a beautiful early male Rose-breasted Grosbeak - right here in Belleview, Schenectady.  7:00pm, April 29th.
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Potash Mountain Birding

Scott Varney
 

I hiked to the top of Potash Mountain today in Lake Luzerne  (The cascading waterfalls are gorgeous right now). On my trip, I observed a Broad-winged Hawk and 2 Turkey Vultures at the summit.  At a nearby lookout I found a single Yellow-rumped Warbler.
The deciduous and coniferous sections of the trail were very quiet with avian life, but the omni-present voices of running water and light breezes through the trees made for a wonderful experience.

Scott Varney
Salem NY


Schuylerville Birding

Scott Varney
 

Hiked the Surrender March Trail trail yesterday and found a FOY single Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher.  Also saw my second Northern Flicker for the year there.  At Hudson Crossing, found 2 more BG Gnatcatchers, several Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers (lots of drumming), several Wood Ducks, and a beautiful Yellow-rumped Warbler.  Nice day. 

Scott Varney
Salem, NY


this morning at Five Rivers

scottjstoner
 

22 species, including pine warbler, eastern Phoebe, Eastern Towhee, and belted kingfisher. We also had a Towhee in our yard yesterday morning!  Scott and Denise, Loudonville.





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Caspian Tern, Green Heron - Saratoga Lake

Alan Mapes
 

On a paddle from Waterfront Park on the north end of the lake, I had 11 Caspian terns mid-day today - one fishing near the mouth of the Kayadeross Creek and 10 on a private beach where the ring-billed gulls hang out (Water’s Edge). 

My first of year green heron flew out near the creek mouth. 16 buffleheads were also near that spot.

Alan Mapes
Saratoga


Re: Need help with a bird question

ConserveBirds
 

Thanks to everyone who responded to my Mallard hen post.  I wasn’t aware they would nest so close to people, so I’ve learned something, too.  That’s what I love about birding – always something new!

Mona Bearor

South Glens Falls

 

 

 

From: Steve M. Chorvas [mailto:schorvas@...]
Sent: Sunday, April 26, 2020 7:40 PM
To: 'HMBirds' <hmbirds@groups.io>; ConserveBirds <conservebirds@...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Need help with a bird question

 

Ask the writer to take a careful look around her porch for an active nest.  Mallards are notorious for nesting in odd locations, including under porches, in window wells, chimneys, etc.  Sounds like the hen is defending a nest site.

 

 

Steve

 

Steve M. Chorvas
Saugerties, NY  

----- Original Message -----

Sent: 04/26/2020 5:41 PM

Subject: [hmbirds] Need help with a bird question

 

We receive this question through our Southern Adirondack Audubon Facebook page.  I haven’t  a clue.  Anyone have an idea what’s going on here?

 

"I have a question about a female Mallard duck. I was standing on my porch yesterday in the late afternoon. I am in a second floor apartment overlooking a small lake in Southern Saratoga County. There were two  Mallard drakes on the shore and one in the water and one female in the water close to the shore. All of a sudden the female suddenly got out of the water and flew up straight at me. She was maybe two feet from me when I had to wave her away. I thought it was just a one off weird event. Now she was on the grass beneath my porch and began aggressively moving into an small area where a Canada Goose was feeding. The Goose warned her away but she persisted and it wasn't until the Goose became very aggressive that she moved aside but not that far. The next thing i knew she flew up at me again. Once more I had to wave her away when she got alarmingly close. She did once more. this time i used a cushion from my Chaise to wave her away.  The next thing I know some drakes were chasing her. Having had enough excitement for the day I went inside. I'm over80, am a life time bird watcher and never experienced anything like it! Have you heard of or seen such behavior? I will be eager to get your reply."

 

Any help for this lady appreciated.

 

Mona Bearor

South Glens Falls

 

 


Re: Need help with a bird question

Steve M. Chorvas
 

Ask the writer to take a careful look around her porch for an active nest.  Mallards are notorious for nesting in odd locations, including under porches, in window wells, chimneys, etc.  Sounds like the hen is defending a nest site.
 
 
Steve
 
Steve M. Chorvas
Saugerties, NY  

----- Original Message -----
Sent: 04/26/2020 5:41 PM
Subject: [hmbirds] Need help with a bird question

We receive this question through our Southern Adirondack Audubon Facebook page.  I haven’t  a clue.  Anyone have an idea what’s going on here?

 

"I have a question about a female Mallard duck. I was standing on my porch yesterday in the late afternoon. I am in a second floor apartment overlooking a small lake in Southern Saratoga County. There were two  Mallard drakes on the shore and one in the water and one female in the water close to the shore. All of a sudden the female suddenly got out of the water and flew up straight at me. She was maybe two feet from me when I had to wave her away. I thought it was just a one off weird event. Now she was on the grass beneath my porch and began aggressively moving into an small area where a Canada Goose was feeding. The Goose warned her away but she persisted and it wasn't until the Goose became very aggressive that she moved aside but not that far. The next thing i knew she flew up at me again. Once more I had to wave her away when she got alarmingly close. She did once more. this time i used a cushion from my Chaise to wave her away.  The next thing I know some drakes were chasing her. Having had enough excitement for the day I went inside. I'm over80, am a life time bird watcher and never experienced anything like it! Have you heard of or seen such behavior? I will be eager to get your reply."

 

Any help for this lady appreciated.

 

Mona Bearor

South Glens Falls

 

 


Re: Banded Canada Goose- Five Rivers

Jay Ciccone
 

Wow that is a really old bird!

Speaking of bands, right around the time that goose was banded is when they stoped using the old vinyl style neck bands that were shaped like a bib/cone and they began using the yellow and orange (in our region) cylinder shaped hard plastic neck tags instead. They made the switch as a result of the cone shaped neck collars icing up, and the geese could not fly because of the weight of the ice. Initially that bib style was created to actually prevent ice up on the collar, however it had the reverse affect instead. 

If anyone ever sees a Canada goose still sporting one of those bib shaped neck tags, that bird is likely at least around twenty years old. Or more!

Those neck bands were initially white, with a black alpha numeric combination on them, and over the years the collars had a tendency to fade to a solid black.  

I'm just curious, when was the last time any one has seen one of those? 


                             - Jason Ciccone 
                                Catskill   

 

On Sunday, April 26, 2020, 01:33:03 PM EDT, trwdsd via groups.io <trwdsd@...> wrote:


For as long as I have been birding at Five Rivers, there has been a leg-banded Canada Goose present. It spends its time during the breeding season roaming between Wood Duck Marsh, Fox Marsh and Goose Pond. I've never been able to read the band through binoculars, so during this past week I walked along with, around, behind and in front of the bird to get enough images to be able to capture the bard number. It is paired up with another goose again this season, but clearly they are not currently in a nesting situation. I submitted my findings to the Bird Banding Lab at USGS and they sent back the following reply:

INFORMATION FROM OUR FILES:
Species: Canada Goose
Date banded: 06/25/2002
Banding Location: FEURA BUSH, NEW YORK, USA
Age: HATCHED IN 2001 OR EARLIER
Sex: FEMALE
This female is therefore at least 18+ years old. Tip your hat next time you encounter her.

Photos of the band are attached.


Tom Williams
Colonie


Re: Need help with a bird question

scottjstoner
 

extreme breeding defensive behavior...?



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-------- Original message --------
From: "Tom Lake via groups.io" <trlake7@...>
Date: 4/26/20 17:44 (GMT-05:00)
To: conservebirds@..., hmbirds@groups.io
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Need help with a bird question

Hormones? Breeding season.

Tom


-----Original Message-----
From: ConserveBirds <conservebirds@...>
To: 'HMBirds' <hmbirds@groups.io>
Sent: Sun, Apr 26, 2020 5:41 pm
Subject: [hmbirds] Need help with a bird question

We receive this question through our Southern Adirondack Audubon Facebook page.  I haven’t  a clue.  Anyone have an idea what’s going on here?
 
"I have a question about a female Mallard duck. I was standing on my porch yesterday in the late afternoon. I am in a second floor apartment overlooking a small lake in Southern Saratoga County. There were two  Mallard drakes on the shore and one in the water and one female in the water close to the shore. All of a sudden the female suddenly got out of the water and flew up straight at me. She was maybe two feet from me when I had to wave her away. I thought it was just a one off weird event. Now she was on the grass beneath my porch and began aggressively moving into an small area where a Canada Goose was feeding. The Goose warned her away but she persisted and it wasn't until the Goose became very aggressive that she moved aside but not that far. The next thing i knew she flew up at me again. Once more I had to wave her away when she got alarmingly close. She did once more. this time i used a cushion from my Chaise to wave her away.  The next thing I know some drakes were chasing her. Having had enough excitement for the day I went inside. I'm over80, am a life time bird watcher and never experienced anything like it! Have you heard of or seen such behavior? I will be eager to get your reply."
 
Any help for this lady appreciated.
 
Mona Bearor
South Glens Falls
 
 


Re: Need help with a bird question

Tom Lake
 

Hormones? Breeding season.

Tom


-----Original Message-----
From: ConserveBirds <conservebirds@...>
To: 'HMBirds' <hmbirds@groups.io>
Sent: Sun, Apr 26, 2020 5:41 pm
Subject: [hmbirds] Need help with a bird question

We receive this question through our Southern Adirondack Audubon Facebook page.  I haven’t  a clue.  Anyone have an idea what’s going on here?
 
"I have a question about a female Mallard duck. I was standing on my porch yesterday in the late afternoon. I am in a second floor apartment overlooking a small lake in Southern Saratoga County. There were two  Mallard drakes on the shore and one in the water and one female in the water close to the shore. All of a sudden the female suddenly got out of the water and flew up straight at me. She was maybe two feet from me when I had to wave her away. I thought it was just a one off weird event. Now she was on the grass beneath my porch and began aggressively moving into an small area where a Canada Goose was feeding. The Goose warned her away but she persisted and it wasn't until the Goose became very aggressive that she moved aside but not that far. The next thing i knew she flew up at me again. Once more I had to wave her away when she got alarmingly close. She did once more. this time i used a cushion from my Chaise to wave her away.  The next thing I know some drakes were chasing her. Having had enough excitement for the day I went inside. I'm over80, am a life time bird watcher and never experienced anything like it! Have you heard of or seen such behavior? I will be eager to get your reply."
 
Any help for this lady appreciated.
 
Mona Bearor
South Glens Falls
 
 


Need help with a bird question

ConserveBirds
 

We receive this question through our Southern Adirondack Audubon Facebook page.  I haven’t  a clue.  Anyone have an idea what’s going on here?

 

"I have a question about a female Mallard duck. I was standing on my porch yesterday in the late afternoon. I am in a second floor apartment overlooking a small lake in Southern Saratoga County. There were two  Mallard drakes on the shore and one in the water and one female in the water close to the shore. All of a sudden the female suddenly got out of the water and flew up straight at me. She was maybe two feet from me when I had to wave her away. I thought it was just a one off weird event. Now she was on the grass beneath my porch and began aggressively moving into an small area where a Canada Goose was feeding. The Goose warned her away but she persisted and it wasn't until the Goose became very aggressive that she moved aside but not that far. The next thing i knew she flew up at me again. Once more I had to wave her away when she got alarmingly close. She did once more. this time i used a cushion from my Chaise to wave her away.  The next thing I know some drakes were chasing her. Having had enough excitement for the day I went inside. I'm over80, am a life time bird watcher and never experienced anything like it! Have you heard of or seen such behavior? I will be eager to get your reply."

 

Any help for this lady appreciated.

 

Mona Bearor

South Glens Falls

 

 


Great Egret...Caspian Tern

Frank Mitchell
 

2:50 Great Egret at Watervliet Reservoir
2:30 Caspian Tern at Collins Lake

Safe birding,
Frank Mitchell