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Snowy Owl at Schenectady County Airport

dharriso57
 

This afternoon, after about 15 tries since late November, my brother Michael and I saw a Snowy Owl at Schenectady County Airport. The bird was seen late in the day and was initially across the airport perched in the Air National Guard section. Over the next 45 minutes or so, it made several short flights and eventually made its way onto the public part of the airport, landing on runway markers and flying along the edges of swales. As darkness descended, it flew out of sight toward the north end of the airport. There's a good chance this is the individual that was seen and photographed at Mohawk Landing a couple weeks ago (as seen and reported in the Schenectady Gazette local section January 18).

David Harrison

Milford, NJ


Snowy Owl while landing at Albany Airport

Jory
 

My daughter landed today at Albany Airport and took pictures of a Snowy Owl standing on the grassy area next to the runway.  No snow needed.


Jory Langner


eBird -- 1485 Eleanor Drive, Castleton-on-Hudson, New York, US (42.503, -73.696) -- Jan 28, 2018

kernscot
 

1485 Eleanor Drive, Castleton-on-Hudson, New York, US (42.503, -73.696)

Jan 28, 2018

3:05 PM

Traveling

3.90 miles

16 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature 48 F overcast calm


500 Canada Goose

100 Mallard

50 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)

7 Mourning Dove

1 Blue Jay

125 American Crow

1 White-breasted Nuthatch

8 European Starling


Number of Taxa: 8



Sent from my LG Mobile


American Wigeons - Ferry Drive

jhershey2
 

I could find no waterfowl at all at the Vischer Ferry Power Plant this morning, but one mile east at Ferry Drive I found a pair of American Wigeon along with about 40 Mallards.  No Northern Pintails or Redheads this morning, but I've included a link to a shot of the Northern Pintail pair seen yesterday at the power plant. 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/85391626@N07/39225819684/in/dateposted-public/


John H.


Re: Bluebirds

malefyt1950
 

Guess the birding world is in sync.  Had two pairs of Bluebirds fighting over one of our nest boxes this morning.  Time to kick out the wintering Deer Mice!

Jim de Waal Malefyt
Poestenkill


Goldfinches

Heidi
 

More at my feeder this morning. 

Heidi K. 
Troy


Bluebirds

Alan
 

A pair of Bluebirds is out by my boxes.

Clear skies, Alan
Glenville


Re: Barn Owl in Fort Edward, NY

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

The photos in the checklist show a snowy owl.  I think the person who filed the report got confused.  

On Sun, Jan 28, 2018 at 7:31 AM scottvarney1968@... [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply@...> wrote:
 

I thought I should spread the news to this group that a Barn Owl was reported this morning on Ebird. The location was listed as St. James Road in the Washington County Grasslands. I looked at Ebird records and there has never been a reported sighting in this area. Next nearest sightings were in Bennington County, VT and Albany County...both over 30 years ago! Awesome!

Scott Varney
Salem, NY

--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


Barn Owl in Fort Edward, NY

Scott Varney
 

I thought I should spread the news to this group that a Barn Owl was reported this morning on Ebird. The location was listed as St. James Road in the Washington County Grasslands. I looked at Ebird records and there has never been a reported sighting in this area. Next nearest sightings were in Bennington County, VT and Albany County...both over 30 years ago! Awesome!

Scott Varney
Salem, NY


cohoes gulls

gregg_recer
 

cathy graichen and I spent a little while at the cohoes power station and adjacent areas this afternoon looking for reported white-winged gulls there. John Hershey arrived while we were there. We had a single iceland gull seen briefly in flight. I think it was roosting on top of the power building, it flew out over the river and fairly quickly went out of view -- it was clearly a first-cycle iceland in flight (relatively slight build, smallish all-black bill), but we did not have enough of a look to positively ID what 'flavor' iceland. It could well have been the same kumlien's zach SW reported earlier today. We did not find any glaucous.


There were at least 5 bald eagles in the vicinity of the power station. We saw a very dark immature bird while John was there, and then later one with much more white below; both were around the area of open water just below the dam. Subsequently, while driving cathy and I found two more immatures on the ice upstream of the dam near the landfill pull-off, and then an adult and another immature on the ice well downstream of the dam.


While we were in the area, we drove up fonda road to green mtn rd to check for gulls there. Many were perched on one roof top along the road, and many more were seen around the top of the landfill. Overall, there were many more gulls in this area than were down around the dam and power station. Most were Herring, with a few dozen great black-backs. We again saw a single first-cycle iceland gull that took off from the rooftop and flew quickly away toward the landfill. General features were the same as the first bird, but again we did not get much of a chance to study the bird.


gregg recer

malta

 

  


Mohawk River Gulls

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

At least one Glaucous and one Kumlieni Iceland right behind the Crescent Power Plant on Cohoes-Crescent rd this morning.  
--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


Re: 2018 century run

Naomi Lloyd
 

Sorry, I meant to say

Saturday, May 19

with no editorializing.



Naomi  

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On Sat, 1/27/18, naomi lloyd naomi_kestrel@... [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply@...> wrote:

Subject: Re: [HMBirds] 2018 century run
To: "george steele" <unlessyoucare@...>
Cc: "Hudson Mohawk Bird Club" <hmbirds@...>
Date: Saturday, January 27, 2018, 10:05 AM


 









Saturday, May 19. like the really old late
19th/early 20th century books - the ones that
anthropomorphize the hell out of the birds.



Naomi


Re: 2018 century run

Naomi Lloyd
 

Saturday, May 19. like the really old late 19th/early 20th century books - the ones that anthropomorphize the hell out of the birds.

Naomi  

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On Sat, 1/27/18, george steele unlessyoucare@... [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply@...> wrote:

Subject: [HMBirds] 2018 century run
To: "HMBirds Yahoogroups" <hmbirds@...>
Date: Saturday, January 27, 2018, 9:58 AM


 









When is the
Club's Century Run date? Thanks.
George


2018 century run

george steele
 

When is the Club's Century Run date? Thanks.

George


Red-shouldered Hawk in West Sand Lake

curtmorgan@rocketmail.com
 

I went out to take a photo of the sunset last Friday (January 19) and was very surprised to see a Red-shouldered Hawk on my property.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/37qsiz78a2gc6o3/IMG_9684.jpg?dl=0


Curt Morgan


Northern Harriers, Rough-leg Wire Road

Kathryn Schneider
 

After the Thursday group's owl and raptor fest at the airport, I decided to check Wire Road in Livingston. In the wind and sun I enjoyed terrific views of 3 Northern Harriers, including one gray male, and a light phase Rough-leg that hovered and soared in view for almost 15 minutes. What fun to watch!

Kathy Schneider
Stuyvesant Falls


Redheads

jhershey2
 

Two of the Redheads I reported on 1/14 at the Vischer Ferry Power Plant have been present every day I checked since then including this morning.  There were 2 males and a female originally but now just a male and female.  They reliably stay close to the shore just below the dam.  Most days but not this morning (water was too high) there have been a collection of Mallards and a pair of Northern Pintails sometimes mingling with the Redheads. 


Later, I went to Stillwater in search of the Barrow's Goldeneye reported by Ron H. but no luck. It's difficult scanning across the river with a scope and even harder to get on the east side.  I did manage to make out the drake Redhead on the east side though.  Could it be the same one that disappeared at Vischer Ferry? 


John H.


Birds of prey at Albany airport

Naomi Lloyd
 

The Thursday birders found a good assortment of birds of prey at Albany Airport this morning, including at least two light Rough-legged Hawks, a young male Northern Harrier with some brown remaining in his plumage, and a Snowy Owl well hidden in a swale. Not well hidden enough, though, to escape the notice of a pair of Common Ravens who dropped in to investigate. Both the Harrier and one of the Roughies were eating some small prey.

Naomi Lloyd
West Sand Lake


Northern Shrike, Rensselaerville State Forest

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

This morning, an adult Northern Shrike briefly perched atop one of the Norway’s spruces at the north end of the clearing north of Scutt Road in Rensselaerville State Forest.  
--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


January 24 Birdline

philwhitney17
 

Birdline summary for week ending January 24:

17 reports; 53 species reported

 

Best of the week:

REDHEAD: Stillwater 1/22

BARROWS GOLDENEYE: Stillwater 1/22

RED-SHOULDERED HAWK: Fort Edward 1/18 (6); Delmar 1/24; Palenville 1/24

ICELAND GULL: Albany 1/21; Crescent Power Plant 1/22 (5)

GLAUCOUS GULL: Crescent Power Plant (2)

SNOWY OWL: Fort Edward 1/18 (2), 1/20; Albany Airport 1/22

SNOW BUNTING: Kinderhook 1/18 (30); Northumberland 1/20 (200+)

LAPLAND LONGSPUR: Northumberland 1/20 (4)

RED CROSSBILL: Rensselaerville SF 1/24

 

Other notables:

Mute Swan: Lock 2 1/22

Grater Scaup: Stillwater 1/22

Wild Turkey: Chatham 1/21 (90)

Bald Eagle: Fort Edward 1/18; Crescent Power Plant 1/21 (4)

Rough-legged Hawk: Kinderhook 1/18; Fort Edward 1/18 (5), 1/20; Argyle 1/20

American Kestrel: Fort Edward 1/18, 1/20

Fish Crow: Waterford 1/22 (20)

Horned Lark: Kinderhook 1/18 (45); Northumberland 1/20 (150)

Golden-crowned Kinglet: Rensselaerville SF 1/24

Eastern Bluebird: Kinderhook 1/18 (6); Fort Edward 1/20

Northern Mockingbird: Kinderhook 1/18

Savannah Sparrow: Kinderhook 1/18 (3)

Pine Siskin: Rensselaerville SF 1/24

 

Thanks to Larry Federman (Palenville), Ron Harrower (Fort Edward, Stillwater, Waterford, Lock 2, Albany Airport), Nancy Kern (Chatham, Kinderhook, Austerlitz), Naomi Lloyd (Castleton), Alan Mapes (Delmar), Gregg Recer (Northumberland), Zach Schwartz-Weinstein (Northumberland, Rensselaerville SF). Scott Stoner (Northumberland, Fort Edward, Argyle) and Tom Williams (Crescent)