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Four Mile Point Preserve, Coxsackie

Brenda Inskeep
 

On February 14, 2018, Tom Fiore and I visited Four Mile Point Preserve in Coxsackie. I just got around to entering my ebird report and now realize that two birds we observed, Ruby-crowned Kinglet and Yellow-rumped Warbler, are considered rare for that location during this time of year. These were associating with a nice flock of other small birds (chickadees, goldfinches, etc) in the parking lot area. We also observed a Hermit Thrush feeding on berries in a tree along the boardwalk to the pond and also a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.

Along the Hudson shoreline of Coxsackie to Athens (from the house and a few other locations) we saw a minimum of 20 Bald Eagles both young and adult sitting on ice, in flight, and some interacting.

At Coxsackie Creek Grasslands Preserve mainly the area near the Save A Lot Warehouse on Industrial Parkway, we observed at least 5 different Rough-legged Hawks (including one gorgeous dark phase) and two more adult Bald Eagles that appeared to be migrating.

For anyone interested, we were fortunate to have observed a Golden Eagle in Dover Plains, NY at Ten Mile River Preserve (Lime Kiln Rd & Ten Mile River Dr). When we first pulled up the eagle took to flight as it was being continuously harassed by crows and 2 ravens. We followed it in the scope and saw it land in a tree snag, though somewhat distant, offering good, long views. It eventually took to flight again after a couple hours of watching and waiting offering awesome views of this bird in flight.

Brenda Inskeep with Tom Fiore
in Coxsackie, NY


Greater White-fronted Geese, Blockhouse Park, Stillwater

Liz C
 

Two Greater White-fronted Geese at Blockhouse Park in Stillwater at 10:30 this morning. Hanging out with many Canada Geese near the park benches at the top of the riverbank. Probably same two seen earlier in the week...


Liz Curley
Colonie/Cohoes


HARRIS'S SPARROW

Larry & Penny Alden
 

Re-posting since it didn’t come through yesterday. 

While walking the neighborhood doing a count for the Great Backyard Bird Count this morning, I happened upon a Harris’s Sparrow along Meadowdale Road.  I knew what it was immediately, despite having seen my one and only one in Galway (Saratoga County) back in May 1998.  This one was in non-breeding plumage, with a small black bib and black on the crown up to the peak.  The large, pink bill really stood out.  A truly handsome bird!

 

There were a few American Tree Sparrows and White-throated Sparrows about, but the Harris’s did not seem to be directly associating with them.

 

(Here I thought my best birds for the day would be a flicker and red-winged blackbird!)

 

Larry Alden

Meadowdale

(southern Guilderland on the New Scotland border)

 

(Note: I’m being a bit vague about location because, despite light traffic, there are few places to pull over on Meadowdale Road and it was not seen at anyone’s feeders.)

 

 


Snowy Owl, SNHP, Stillwater, NY

Scott Varney
 

Received a second hand report of a Snowy Owl from a teacher-friend today of a Snowy Owl found on Route 4 in Stillwater near the entrance to Saratoga National Historical Park today on his way into work. He was so excited about seeing his first ever Snowy Owl and provided awesome details about his observations. He couldn't wait to tell me about it at school this morning! It was one of those fantastic moments when you realize that our inner bird-nerd has affected our friends around us! I was elated to hear him tell his story with so much enthusiasm...and another birder is created!

Happy birding,

Scott Varney
Salem, NY


eBird -- 3567-3571 County Road 21, Stuyvesant, New York, US (42.43, -73.728) -- Feb 16, 2018

kernscot
 

3567-3571 County Road 21, Stuyvesant, New York, US (42.43, -73.728)

Feb 16, 2018

4:47 PM

Traveling

3.90 miles

17 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Overcast windy


8 Canada Goose

2 Red-tailed Hawk

1 Peregrine Falcon -- Eating on top of a pole probable1st year bird eventually flew west


Number of Taxa: 3



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eBird -- (42.413, -73.674) -- Feb 16, 2018

kernscot
 

(42.413, -73.674)

Feb 16, 2018

3:50 PM

Stationary

10 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature 42 F overcast


6 Hooded Merganser

16 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)


Number of Taxa: 2



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Blackbirds arriving- 2/16

trwdsd
 

There were hundreds of blackbirds in the flooded fields at Burger’s Farm on Niska Isle this morning. At least 400 Red-winged Blackbirds, six Common Grackles, and two calling Rusty Blackbirds. Canada Geese and dozens of Mallards also present. Hungry robins were eating the sumac bobs along the bike path. I also watched a starling do a spot-on imitation of an Eastern Meadowlark’s “spring-is-here” song.

Tom Williams 
Colonie




eBird -- 1-99 Clark Avenue, Cohoes, New York, US (42.775, -73.693) -- Feb 15, 2018

kernscot
 

1-99 Clark Avenue, Cohoes, New York, US (42.775, -73.693)

Feb 15, 2018

12:21 PM

Stationary

6 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature 49 F


3 Mallard

1 Bald Eagle -- Adult

18 Ring-billed Gull

1 Merlin -- On sandbar then in a tree


Number of Taxa: 4



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eBird -- 99 Clark Avenue, Cohoes, New York, US (42.775, -73.693) -- Feb 15, 2018

kernscot
 

99 Clark Avenue, Cohoes, New York, US (42.775, -73.693)

Feb 15, 2018

9:17 AM

Stationary

32 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Overcast temperature 43F


1 Canada Goose

7 Mallard

2 Common Goldeneye

5 Common Merganser

50 Ring-billed Gull

30 Herring Gull

1 Glaucous Gull

3 Great Black-backed Gull

15 American Crow

2 Fish Crow


Number of Taxa: 10



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February 14 Birdline

philwhitney17
 

Birdline summary for week ending February 14:

18 reports, 36 species reported

 

Best of the week:

GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE: Schaghticoke 2/13 (2)

ICELAND GULL:  Crescent 2/12 (4)

GLAUCOUS GULL: Crescent 2/12

LAPLAND LONGSPUR: Kinderhook 2/9; Schenectady County Airport 2/11

SNOW BUNTING: Kinderhook 2/9 (90); Northumberland 2/13 (48); Saratoga 2/13 (37)

 

Other notables:

Black Vulture: Ravena 2/14 (8)

Bald Eagle: Cohoes 2/13, Schaghticoke 2/13; Troy 2/13 (2)

Rough-legged Hawk: Northumberland 2/13

American Kestrel: Halfmoon 2/13

Merlin: Saratoga 2/13 (2)

Horned Lark: Kinderhook 2/9 (11); Castleton 2/12; Saratoga 2/13 (12)

Eastern Bluebird: South Glens Falls 2/13; Northumberland 2/13 ; Saratoga 2/13 (7)

Fox Sparrow: Northumberland 2/13

Common Grackle: Castleton 2/12 (400)

 

Thanks to Mona Bearor (South Glens Falls), David Harrison (Schenectady Co. AP), John Hershey (Crescent), Ron Harrower (Northumberland, Saratoga Halfmoon), Michelle Joyce (Ravena), Nancy Kern (Kinderhook, Valatie, Castleton, Troy, Cohoes) and Jim de Waal Malefyt (Schaghticoke)


Song Sparrows, Red-winged Blackbirds- 2/15

trwdsd
 

At least two singing Song Sparrows, and a small flock of singing and calling Red-winged Blackbirds in the Lishakill wetlands/farmlands near Ferry Rd. in Niskayuna this morning. Also cardinals singing the spring “cheer-cheer-cheer” song.

Tom Williams 
Colonie




2 Merlins E-Bird Report - Burt Road, Feb 13, 2018

Ronald Harrower
 

Burt Road, Saratoga, New York, US
Feb 13, 2018 8:15 AM - 8:25 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: Drive up Burt Rd a short way and turned around. Found Red-tailed quickly and then saw a Merli sitting on a farm post, the take off and chase another Merlin out of a tree. I don't know of they were rivals or a pair forming
1 species

Merlin 2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42763880

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


eBird Report - Ruckytucks Road, Feb 9, 2018

Ronald Harrower
 

Ruckytucks Road, Saratoga, New York, US
Feb 9, 2018 8:45 AM - 8:55 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: I have wanted to make a report from Ruckytucks Road for a long time. Snow Buntings and Horned Larks made the effort worth it.
9 species

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 55
Blue Jay 5
American Crow 4
Horned Lark 12
Black-capped Chickadee 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Eastern Bluebird 3
European Starling 24
Snow Bunting 11

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42763512

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


eBird Report - Burt Road, Feb 13, 2018

Ronald Harrower
 




Begin forwarded message:

From: ebird-checklist@...
Date: February 14, 2018 at 11:04:34 PM EST
To: rharrower@...
Subject: eBird Report - Burt Road, Feb 13, 2018

Burt Road, Saratoga, New York, US
Feb 13, 2018 8:15 AM - 8:25 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Drive up Burt Rd a short way and turned around. Found Red-tailed quickly and then saw a Merli sitting on a farm post, the take off and chase another Merlin out of a tree. I don't know of they were rivals or a pair forming
1 species

Merlin  2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42763880

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eBird Report - Henry Robens Rd, Feb 11, 2018

Ronald Harrower
 

Henry Robens Rd, Saratoga, New York, US
Feb 11, 2018 2:30 PM - 2:40 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: Noticed Snow Buntings from a distance. What struck me is that after leaving the roadside for a car, they didn't return, but went to trees and stayed there. same thing around the corner on Gronczniak Rd.
2 species

Eastern Bluebird 4
Snow Bunting 26 in 2 flocks

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42764002

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eBird Report - Rte 236 Halfmoon, Feb 14, 2018

Ronald Harrower
 

Rte 236 Halfmoon, Saratoga, New York, US
Feb 14, 2018 2:10 PM
Protocol: Incidental
Comments: Driving toward the kestrel, I couldn't mistake it for anything else
1 species

American Kestrel 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42764134

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eBird Report - Northumberland farmland, Feb 13, 2018

Ronald Harrower
 

Northumberland farmland, Saratoga, New York, US
Feb 13, 2018 8:25 AM - 10:35 AM
Protocol: Traveling
16.0 mile(s)
Comments: Did the Northumberland ramble, zigzagging back and forth. Found Horned Larks and Snow Bunting, usually mixed, in many locations on roadsides along West River Road, Stone Bridge Rd, Goff Rd, and King Rd.
29 species

Canada Goose 12
Mallard 4
Common Goldeneye 34 A lot of courting going on. Where there were only drakes, they seemed to practice on each other as in this apparently three-headed Duck!
Hooded Merganser 4
Common Merganser 8
Red-tailed Hawk 7
Rough-legged Hawk 1 Light Phase on Goff Rd
Ring-billed Gull 3
Herring Gull 4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 235
Mourning Dove 8
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 3
Blue Jay 14
American Crow 325
Common Raven 3
Black-capped Chickadee 6
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 5
Eastern Bluebird 12 On West River Rd, Purinton Rd, King Rd, Mott Rd
American Robin 2
European Starling 56
Snow Bunting 48
American Tree Sparrow 8
Fox Sparrow 1 Mixed with other Sparrows and Buntings
Dark-eyed Junco 42
White-throated Sparrow 5
Song Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 4

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42764237

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


Tomorrow's destination, 2/15

Naomi Lloyd
 

Bill is having email issues so he asked me to forward tomorrow's trip info:

We'll meet at 8am at the Price Chopper in Mechanicville to explore on the Rensselaer side. Greater White-fronted Geese were found Tuesday along Kinderhook Rd on the Hoosic River.
See you there!

Naomi


Black Vultures 2.14.18

Michelle J
 

Saw 8 Black Vultures near Main Street in Ravena at 12 noon! 🌞

Michelle Joyce
Greene County


Greater White-fronted Geese

malefyt1950
 

Saw two Greater White-fronted Geese along the Hoosic River in Schaghticoke viewed from Knickerbocker Road.  They were with a flock of Canada Geese and Mallards.  Bald Eagles kept flying past them, but they never moved away.

Jim de Waal Malefyt
Poestenkill