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birding ethics -- a friendly reminder

gregg_recer
 

Hello HMBirds:

With the appearance of multiple Snowy Owls in our area this winter, I want to take a moment to remind everyone that Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club endorses the American Birding Association's Code of Birding Ethics. As stated on the HMBC web site (https://hmbc.net/content/field-trips):

Birding Ethics

The Club strongly encourages its members to make the welfare of the birds and bird habitats their top priority while birding. The Club has officially endorsed the American Birding Association's Code of Birding Ethics as the ethical standard for organized Club field trips. 

The full ABA code can be found here:

http://listing.aba.org/ethics/


I know the vast majority of area birders have respect for the welfare of the birds we enjoy observing, as well as respect for private property rights. Nevertheless, it's always a good idea to take a moment to reflect on these issues, and to strive to adhere to these ethics standards while in the field. Thanks for your attention.

Gregg Recer, President

Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club




Re: Hudson River waterfowl today

kernscot
 

we had the same waterfowl count on the Columbia County side of the river from Stuyvesant Landing down to Clermont State Park. There were some places like Nutten Hook that we had to skip because the road was a glaze of ice. It was cold and some breeze with absolutely no waterfowl.

Inland open small streams and 2 ponds with small open areas had mostly Mallards, 2 C. mergs, and several hundred C. Geese. The worst waterfowl year we had until this year, was a -20 F degree day when we got only 3 snow covered Mute Swans on the river and nothing inland. Leigh McBride sent me a report that they had a Ring-necked Duck at the Elizaville Diner Pond.

Nancy Kern

 

 


From: hmbirds@... on behalf of Richard Guthrie richardpguthrie@... [hmbirds]
Sent: Sunday, January 14, 2018 6:50 PM
To: hmbirds@...; midhudsonbirds@...
Subject: [HMBirds] Hudson River waterfowl today
 


None.

I covered the annual waterfowl count from southern Albany County to the Ulster/Greene line. Total ducks, geese, swans, grebes, coots, and loons: ZERO.

The river was almost completely ice covered with a few openings in the shipping channel near Coeymans.

So, since I had so much time left over, I continued south to West Camp, Malden-on-Hudson and Saugerties in Ulster County. That didn't change the totals any.

I did see four Bald Eagles, three at 4-Mile Point Rd., and one each at Smiths Landing and Saugerties.

At the Saugerties Lighthouse trail, I found a G. Catbird and N. Mockingbird flitting around a multiflora rose bush trying to bump the other out as well as a N. Cardinal and Red-bellied Woodpecker. Interesting that the only birds I saw there on this brutally cold day were recent immigrant species from the southern states and the one overwintering summer resident...

I hear that folks further south had better luck with duck, geese, etc....

Rich Guthrie
New Baltimore,
The Greene County,
NY

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Richard Guthrie




Hudson River waterfowl today

Richard Guthrie
 

None.

I covered the annual waterfowl count from southern Albany County to the Ulster/Greene line. Total ducks, geese, swans, grebes, coots, and loons: ZERO.

The river was almost completely ice covered with a few openings in the shipping channel near Coeymans.

So, since I had so much time left over, I continued south to West Camp, Malden-on-Hudson and Saugerties in Ulster County. That didn't change the totals any.

I did see four Bald Eagles, three at 4-Mile Point Rd., and one each at Smiths Landing and Saugerties.

At the Saugerties Lighthouse trail, I found a G. Catbird and N. Mockingbird flitting around a multiflora rose bush trying to bump the other out as well as a N. Cardinal and Red-bellied Woodpecker. Interesting that the only birds I saw there on this brutally cold day were recent immigrant species from the southern states and the one overwintering summer resident...

I hear that folks further south had better luck with duck, geese, etc....

Rich Guthrie
New Baltimore,
The Greene County,
NY

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Richard Guthrie


eBird -- 156 Weed Mine Road, Copake, New York, US (42.106, -73.535) -- Jan 14, 2018

kernscot
 

156 Weed Mine Road, Copake, New York, US (42.106, -73.535)

Jan 14, 2018

2:49 PM

Traveling

6.00 miles

35 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature 15 F sunny


250 Canada Goose -- Feeding on a manure spread

2 Mallard

2 Common Merganser -- On a stream

1 Golden Eagle -- Adult circling over farm fields

100 American Crow

1 Common Raven


Number of Taxa: 6



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eBird -- 750 Wiltsie Bridge Road, Ancram, New York, US (42.057, -73.603) -- Jan 14, 2018

kernscot
 

750 Wiltsie Bridge Road, Ancram, New York, US (42.057, -73.603)

Jan 14, 2018

2:06 PM

Traveling

6.42 miles

34 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature 16F sunny


17 Eastern Bluebird -- Males

21 Cedar Waxwing

3 American Tree Sparrow


Number of Taxa: 3



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Re: Goldfinches - Yes Troy too

Darlene Duggan
 

Goldfinches in Scotia for past 2 days at feeder.

Darlene

On Sunday, January 14, 2018, 12:32:16 PM EST, H Klinowski hocka1@... [hmbirds] wrote:


 

Read Rich's message Sunday morning and walked to my kitchen window. Yup. Goldfinches on the tube feeder. 
Heidi Klinowski 
Troy/Brunswick 

On Jan 14, 2018, at 10:07 AM, Richard Guthrie richardpguthrie@... [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply@...> wrote:

 

Folks up north and in Vermont have been posting about goldfinches showing up at feeders in numbers over the last day or so.

Yup, sure 'nuff, they arrived here in New Baltimore today. I haven't gotten a count yet, but there's a lot of them swarming in for sunflower seeds.

Yay. Warm news for a cold day.

Rich Guthrie
New Baltimore,
The Greene County,
NY

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Redheads - Vischer Ferry Power Plant

jhershey2
 

I was at the Vischer Ferry Power Plant around noon and was pleased to find 3 REDHEADS below the dam.  The water below the dam was completely open but these were the only waterfowl I saw in the river.  They were hanging out very close to shore easily seen from the path that leads down the hill. 


John H.



Re: Goldfinches - Yes

linda Eastman
 

Goldfinches are here in Broadalbin, too. About a dozen at the feeders this AM.
 
in the Great Adirondacks of Upstate New York, barely in zone 4. https://www.facebook.com/lindaeastmanphotographer



From: "Richard Guthrie richardpguthrie@... [hmbirds]"
To: hmbirds@...
Sent: Sunday, January 14, 2018 10:07 AM
Subject: [HMBirds] Goldfinches - Yes

 
Folks up north and in Vermont have been posting about goldfinches showing up at feeders in numbers over the last day or so.

Yup, sure 'nuff, they arrived here in New Baltimore today. I haven't gotten a count yet, but there's a lot of them swarming in for sunflower seeds.

Yay. Warm news for a cold day.

Rich Guthrie
New Baltimore,
The Greene County,
NY

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Re: Goldfinches - Yes Troy too

Heidi
 

Read Rich's message Sunday morning and walked to my kitchen window. Yup. Goldfinches on the tube feeder. 
Heidi Klinowski 
Troy/Brunswick 

On Jan 14, 2018, at 10:07 AM, Richard Guthrie richardpguthrie@... [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply@...> wrote:

 

Folks up north and in Vermont have been posting about goldfinches showing up at feeders in numbers over the last day or so.

Yup, sure 'nuff, they arrived here in New Baltimore today. I haven't gotten a count yet, but there's a lot of them swarming in for sunflower seeds.

Yay. Warm news for a cold day.

Rich Guthrie
New Baltimore,
The Greene County,
NY

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Re: Goldfinches - Yes

Alan
 

Earlier in the winter, I had a few Goldfinches, two or three on some days. I have not seen any for going on three weeks now.

Clear skies, Alan
Glenville

On 1/14/2018 10:07 AM, Richard Guthrie richardpguthrie@... [hmbirds] wrote:
 
Folks up north and in Vermont have been posting about goldfinches showing up at feeders in numbers over the last day or so.

Yup, sure 'nuff, they arrived here in New Baltimore today. I haven't gotten a count yet, but there's a lot of them swarming in for sunflower seeds.

Yay. Warm news for a cold day.

Rich Guthrie
New Baltimore,
The Greene County,
NY

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Re: Goldfinches - Yes

malefyt1950
 

Same here in Poestenkill-20-30 Goldfinches gritting at the opening to our development.


Re: Goldfinches - Yes

Kelly Downs
 

Same here in OliveBridge.  Haven' t seen any until two days ago, now I have to go buy more seed.  No siskins in the mix as of yet, but I'm hopeful.



On Jan 14, 2018, at 10:07 AM, Richard Guthrie richardpguthrie@... [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply@...> wrote:

 

Folks up north and in Vermont have been posting about goldfinches showing up at feeders in numbers over the last day or so.

Yup, sure 'nuff, they arrived here in New Baltimore today. I haven't gotten a count yet, but there's a lot of them swarming in for sunflower seeds.

Yay. Warm news for a cold day.

Rich Guthrie
New Baltimore,
The Greene County,
NY

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Re: Goldfinches - Yes

Jennifer Ford
 

And here in Altamont, NY as well.  I managed to count about 27 of them at and around my feeders.

Jennifer Ford

On 1/14/2018 10:19 AM, James Coe jim@... [hmbirds] wrote:
 
Here, too.  Large flock appeared jest yesterday.

Jim Coe 


On Jan 14, 2018, at 10:07 AM, Richard Guthrie richardpguthrie@... [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply@...> wrote:

 
Folks up north and in Vermont have been posting about goldfinches showing up at feeders in numbers over the last day or so.

Yup, sure 'nuff, they arrived here in New Baltimore today. I haven't gotten a count yet, but there's a lot of them swarming in for sunflower seeds.

Yay. Warm news for a cold day.

Rich Guthrie
New Baltimore,
The Greene County,
NY

--



Re: Goldfinches - Yes

James Coe
 

Here, too.  Large flock appeared jest yesterday.

Jim Coe 


On Jan 14, 2018, at 10:07 AM, Richard Guthrie richardpguthrie@... [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply@...> wrote:

 

Folks up north and in Vermont have been posting about goldfinches showing up at feeders in numbers over the last day or so.

Yup, sure 'nuff, they arrived here in New Baltimore today. I haven't gotten a count yet, but there's a lot of them swarming in for sunflower seeds.

Yay. Warm news for a cold day.

Rich Guthrie
New Baltimore,
The Greene County,
NY

--


Goldfinches - Yes

Richard Guthrie
 

Folks up north and in Vermont have been posting about goldfinches showing up at feeders in numbers over the last day or so.

Yup, sure 'nuff, they arrived here in New Baltimore today. I haven't gotten a count yet, but there's a lot of them swarming in for sunflower seeds.

Yay. Warm news for a cold day.

Rich Guthrie
New Baltimore,
The Greene County,
NY

--


Two Snowy Owls, Albany Int. Airport- 1/14

trwdsd
 

At 9:45 a.m. there are two Snowy Owls  visible at Albany Airport. One is on the ground at the far northern end of the north-south runway.

Tom Williams 
Colonie




Pine Siskin

Alan Mapes
 

One pine siskin showed up this morning with the gang of Goldfinches at my feeders (next door to Five Rivers Center). First spotted because it was perched head down on the wire screen niger feeder, as opposed to the Goldfinches that are head up or sideways.

Alan Mapes 
Delmar 


Lapland Longspurs eBird Report - Northumberland farmland, Jan 11, 2018

Ronald Harrower
 

Northumberland farmland, Saratoga, New York, US
Jan 11, 2018 1:40 PM - 2:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.1 mile(s)
Comments: Spurred on by John's and Naomi's reports of Longspurs at same spot I saw a couple of days ago. I took 350 photos, scanning manure spread, occasionally taking multiple photos of certain birds. I found 2 Lapland Longspurs for sure and further study may bring up more.
5 species

Mallard 120 Kept flying in and landing in field and were like an invading army taking over manure spread, at times "herding" Horned Larks and Snow Buntings ahead of them
Wild Turkey 8
American Crow 425 Covering fields down Wall Road, this os an underestimate, I didn't have time to really count them all
Horned Lark 340 tallied from direct observation and composite coverage through photos,
Lapland Longspur 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41834704

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


Longspurs etc, Northumberland

Naomi Lloyd
 

The Thursday group travelled the west side of the Hudson today stopping first at Bunce Lane and Blockhouse Park. Waterfowl were not plentiful except Canada Geese. The first Bald Eagle of the day sat on the ice off the near shore. A few miles south of Schuylerville an adult and juvie Bald Eagle argued over a deer carcass in a field.

We checked manure spreads throughout the Northumberland agricultural area, finding Wild Turkeys on Purinton Rd, Snow Buntings and Rough-legged Hawks on Goff Rd, and a large flock of Mallards foraging with American Crows off King Rd. We had driven a few miles away when we got John Hershey's message about Lapland Longspurs at King Rd so we hung a uey and returned. The half-dozen Horned Larks visible previously now numbered over 100, and moving among them were at least two Longspurs and a handful of Snow Buntings.

Heading back southward we stopped at Hudson Crossing Park, spotting distant Common Mergansers and Common Goldeneye, and a thin mangy Red Fox trotting across the ice.

On my way home I stopped at Lock 2, finding more Bald Eagles and two immature Mute Swans.

Good first-of-the-year birding, all!

Naomi Lloyd
West Sand Lake


Snowy Owls in FE Grasslands

Scott Varney
 

Following up on Ron H's report on Snowy Owls in the FE Grasslands area, I headed over after work with hopes. Many birders were observing a Snowy Owl at the Little Theatre on Plum Road with nice binocular views. A second Snowy was found directly below the bird observation area on St. James Road. A third Snowy was found on a hay bale on Mahaffey Road Extension, about a 1/2 mile down the hill.

Also had an American Kestrel on Durkeetown Road.

Scott Varney
Salem, NY