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Iceland, Glaucous Gulls

jhershey2
 

This morning I found 4 Iceland Gulls among a cluster of about 300 gulls on the Mohawk River at the Crescent Bridge.   A little further down the river at the Cohoes-Crescent Rd. pull-off I found 1 Glaucous Gull among another cluster of gulls. 


John H.


Lapland Longspur at Schenectady County Airport

dharriso57
 

Arriving in Scotia this afternoon, I did my usual 10 minute swing along the roads bordering Schenectady County Airport and was rewarded with a Lapland Longspur, feeding alongside Tower Rd. with 3 Snow Buntings.

David Harrison

Milford, NJ


eBird -- 3052 Main Street, Valatie, New York, US (42.413, -73.674) -- Feb 09, 2018

kernscot
 

3052 Main Street, Valatie, New York, US (42.413, -73.674)

Feb 09, 2018

4:31 PM

Stationary

5 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature 28 F overcast breeze


2 Hooded Merganser


Number of Taxa: 1



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eBird -- 3052 Main Street, Valatie, New York, US (42.413, -73.674) -- Feb 09, 2018

kernscot
 

3052 Main Street, Valatie, New York, US (42.413, -73.674)

Feb 09, 2018

4:31 PM

Stationary

5 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature 28 F overcast breeze


2 Hooded Merganser


Number of Taxa: 1



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eBird -- 3052 Main Street, Valatie, New York, US (42.413, -73.674) -- Feb 09, 2018

kernscot
 

3052 Main Street, Valatie, New York, US (42.413, -73.674)

Feb 09, 2018

4:31 PM

Stationary

5 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature 28 F overcast breeze


2 Hooded Merganser


Number of Taxa: 1



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Valatie- Hooded Mergansers

kernscot
 

Nancy Kern

On the Kinderhook Creek north of the Rt. 203 dam.



eBird -- 3373 County Road 21, Kinderhook, New York, US (42.427, -73.719) -- Feb 09, 2018

kernscot
 

3373 County Road 21, Kinderhook, New York, US (42.427, -73.719)

Feb 09, 2018

4:49 PM

Traveling

6.50 miles

39 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature 27 F overcast some light rain


700 Canada Goose -- On cornfield

2 Mourning Dove

1 Blue Jay

11 Horned Lark

3 European Starling

1 Lapland Longspur

90 Snow Bunting -- Feeding on cracked corn spilled at a farm yard


Number of Taxa: 7



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February 7 Birdline

philwhitney17
 

Birdline summary for week ending February 7:

11 reports; 49 species reported

 

Best of the week:

ICELAND GULL: Crescent Power Plant 2/1

LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL: Cohoes 2/6

GLAUCOUS GULL: Crescent Power Plant 2/3

SNOWY OWL: Schenectady County Airport 2/1; Fort Edward 2/3

SHORT EARED OWL: Fort Edward 2/3

YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER: Livingston 1/31 (2)

LAPLAND LONGSPUR: Northumberland 2/5 (3)

SNOW BUNTING: Northumberland 2/5 (45)

 

Other notables:

Northern Pintail: Vischer Ferry Power Plant 2/3 (2); Schodack Landing 2/5

Greater Scaup: Stillwater 2/5 (2)

Lesser Scaup: Stillwater 2/5

Bald Eagle: Austerlitz 2/1 (7); Fort Edward 2/3

Northern Harrier: Fort Edward 2/3 (5)

Rough-legged Hawk: Fort Edward 2/3 (6)

American Kestrel: Fort Edward 2/3

Common Raven: Austerlitz 2/1 (10); Northumberland 2/5 (3)

Horned Lark: Northumberland 2/5 (325)

Eastern Bluebird: Northumberland 2/5 (2)

American Robin: Schodack Landing 2/5 (20)

Northern Mockingbird: Schodack Landing 2/5

Fox Sparrow: Colonie 2/6

 

Thanks to Liz Curley (Colonie), Ron Harrower (Northumberland, Stillwater), John Hershey (Crescent Power Plant, Vischer Ferry Power Plant), Nancy Kern (Austerlitz, Schodack Landing), Naomi Lloyd (Fort Edward), Jeff Nadler (Crescent Power Plant, Schenectady County AP), Zach Schwartz-Weinstein (Cohoes), Scott Stoner (Fort Edward) and Will Yandik (Livingston)

 


eBird Report - Stillwater Bridge Rd., Feb 5, 2018

Ronald Harrower
 

Stillwater Bridge Rd., Saratoga, New York, US
Feb 5, 2018 2:00 PM - 2:25 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.3 mile(s)
Comments: With lots of sun, I wanted to get some photos of Goldeneye drakes reflecting green or purple. Most that I got were purple, with some mix. What was interesting was watching several drakes trying all the courting moves in the Goldeneye male playbook to impress a single hen. She in turn, sometimes assumed the head straight out, I'm ready, position. Not sure who the frontrunner was in her affections, but it was fun to watch.
16 species

Canada Goose 24
Mallard 14
American Black Duck 4
Ring-necked Duck 1
Greater Scaup 2
Lesser Scaup 1
Common Goldeneye 26
Hooded Merganser 21 Drakes were swimming around with head feathers up and making their graining noise. Females were nearby feigning disinterest
Common Merganser 8
Ring-billed Gull 4
Herring Gull 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 34
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 7
European Starling 25
House Sparrow 4

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eBird Report - Stillwater Bridge Rd., Feb 5, 2018

Ronald Harrower
 

Stillwater Bridge Rd., Saratoga, New York, US
Feb 5, 2018 2:00 PM - 2:25 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.3 mile(s)
Comments: With lots of sun, I wanted to get some photos of Goldeneye drakes reflecting green or purple. Most that I got were purple, with some mix. What was interesting was watching several drakes trying all the courting moves in the Goldeneye male playbook to impress a single hen. She in turn, sometimes assumed the head straight out, I'm ready, position. Not sure who the frontrunner was in her affections, but it was fun to watch.
16 species

Canada Goose 24
Mallard 14
American Black Duck 4
Ring-necked Duck 1
Greater Scaup 2
Lesser Scaup 1
Common Goldeneye 26
Hooded Merganser 21 Drakes were swimming around with head feathers up and making their graining noise. Females were nearby feigning disinterest
Common Merganser 8
Ring-billed Gull 4
Herring Gull 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 34
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 7
European Starling 25
House Sparrow 4

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eBird Report - Northumberland farmland, Feb 5, 2018

Ronald Harrower
 

Northumberland farmland, Saratoga, New York, US
Feb 5, 2018 11:25 AM - 1:35 PM
Protocol: Traveling
15.0 mile(s)
Comments: Started near King Farm (They have a little store that sells the best chocolate milk I've ever had and other products they make and from other farms in the region) and tried to take in the species and their numbers as birds gathered at the side of the road and flw off every time a vehicle came by, which was about every 15 seconds. Horned Larks predominated, with a large flock of Snow Buntings and at least three Lapland Longspurs. Sadly, one time when all the birds flew up and away, one of the Horned Larks did not go with them. I went over to it and picked it up. No obvious trauma, but guess that its neck was broken. It was very warm and so soft. Hard to take in that it was alert and doing what it takes to survive just seconds before.
Drove up West River Road and zigzagged along roads. Many Juncos and American Tree Sparrows and small flocks of Horned Larks along the road. At least 1500 American Crows in the area I saw. Water is opening up a bit on the river. Saw many Common Goldeneyes, a few each of Common Mergansers and Hooded Mergansers and a drake Ring-necked Duck near where Puritan Road meets best River Road. Not many raptors.
26 species

Canada Goose 5
Mallard 4
American Black Duck 2
Ring-necked Duck 1
Common Goldeneye 25
Hooded Merganser 5
Common Merganser 8
Red-tailed Hawk 3
Ring-billed Gull 2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 75
Mourning Dove 14
Downy Woodpecker 2
Blue Jay 6
American Crow 1500
Common Raven 3
Horned Lark 325
Black-capped Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Eastern Bluebird 2
European Starling 150
Lapland Longspur 3
Snow Bunting 45
American Tree Sparrow 15
Dark-eyed Junco 18
American Goldfinch 2

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Fox Sparrow, Colonie

Liz C
 

Fox Sparrow under the feeder this morning in Colonie/Boght Corners. It’s been here at least twice before, but today was the first time I could photograph it to ID it.


Liz Curley


Lesser black-backed gull, green mountain drive

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

I had an adult lesser black-backed Gull sitting on the roof of the l&w supply building on green mountain drive in Cohoes this morning.  Things were quiet, otherwise. 
--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


eBird -- 1101-1149 Schodack Landing Road, Schodack Landing, New York, US (42.478, -73.717) -- Feb 05, 2018

kernscot
 

1101-1149 Schodack Landing Road, Schodack Landing, New York, US (42.478, -73.717)

Feb 05, 2018

5:01 PM

Traveling

3.60 miles

40 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature 22. F


20 American Robin

200 European Starling

1 Song Sparrow


Number of Taxa: 3



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eBird -- 500 McKnight Road, Schodack Landing, New York, US (42.481, -73.708) -- Feb 05, 2018

kernscot
 

500 McKnight Road, Schodack Landing, New York, US (42.481, -73.708)

Feb 05, 2018

4:25 PM

Traveling

2.91 miles

26 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature 22 F sunny


180 Mallard -- Flying around cornfields most on a partially open farm pond at the Swartz Farm

5 American Black Duck

2 Mallard x American Black Duck (hybrid)

1 Northern Pintail

9 Wild Turkey -- Toms

4 Mourning Dove

25 American Crow

1 Northern Mockingbird

1 Northern Cardinal


Number of Taxa: 9



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Monday program from HMBC - Birding Panama - 7 PM at Five Rivers

scottjstoner
 

PROGRAM MONDAY FEB 5 - BIRDING PANAMA
Leader or Speaker:
John Hershey
Location of Event:
Five Rivers EEC
Date:
February 5, 2018 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
This program will describe a spring birding trip to Central Panama centered around two popular ecolodges: Canopy Lodge in El Valle de Anton and Canopy Tower in the lowland rainforest of Soberania National Park. Many colorful, iconic tropical birds will be illustrated with photos including: toucans, parrots, trogons, motmots, antbirds, oropendolas, hummingbirds, warblers, and tanagers. Other subjects will include tropical butterflies, reptiles, monkeys, and the quirky, painted “red devil” buses.
John Hershey is a former board member and Secretary of HMBC. He regularly leads HMBC field trips to Vischer Ferry Preserve as well as Cohoes Flats/Peebles Island and Fox Hill Rd. He is officially “semi-retired” but works part-time in private practice in psychology.


Results from HMBC field trip to Fort Edward grasslands

scottjstoner
 

This afternoon about a dozen birders checked a variety of key sites in the Washington county grasslands  (fort edward grasslands) IBA. In chilly winds we found snowy owl.(photographed by several of us) about 5 northern harriers,  a half dozen rough legged hawks and an American Kestrel.  A quick detour to the Hudson river produced a bald eagle and about 20 common mergansers. Passerines were nearly absent. Thanks to all who braved the cold to join us on this fun afternoon! 

P.S. after the trip had formally ended, Naomi L. stayed and added one short-eared owl! 

Scott Stoner and Denise Hackert-Stoner 
Loudonville 


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Short-eared Owl, Fort Edward

Naomi Lloyd
 

I stuck around the grasslands after today's field trip and waited at Fitzpatrick Rd until dusk. At about 5:30 Stacy Robinson spotted a SEOW perched on a brush pile. It took off hunting and gave us good crepuscular views for about 10 minutes. At one point it was hunting in the field directly in front of us. Not the great displays of last winter, but still a satisfying look at a year bird.

Naomi Lloyd
West Sand Lake


Glaucous Gulls - Crescent Power Plant

jhershey2
 

I found 2 GLAUCOUS GULLS just above the Crescent Power Plant around 3:30 this afternoon.  They were among about 50 Herring and 10 Great Black-backed Gulls. 


This morning I found the continuing pair of Northern Pintails at the Vischer Ferry Power Plant. 


John H. 





Austerlitz- Bald Eagles, Common Raven

kernscot
 

Nancy Kern

Austerlitz, Columbia, New York, US
Feb 1, 2018 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Protocol: Stationary

Comments:     Temperature above freezing with little snow cover, some sun. Coyotes dragged out deer carcass remains and the Bald Eagles and Common Ravens came in to feed. Rivers and streams are iced over or have ice and high water so the eagles come inland to look for carcasses. Photos with eBird report.
19 species

Bald Eagle  7     The eagles fed on scattered deer parts with some scuffles especially between the juveniles. There were 3 juv., 2 adults, a 2nd year, and a probable 4th year. It was hard to tell the adults, so it is possible there may have been more than 7 eagles

Red-tailed Hawk  1
Mourning Dove  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern)  2
Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern)  1
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  7
Common Raven  10     feeding on parts of a deer carcass
Black-capped Chickadee  6
Tufted Titmouse  3
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern)  1
European Starling  1
American Tree Sparrow  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  8
White-throated Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  2
House Finch  1     no eye disease
American Goldfinch  6

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