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Troy CBC - December 30, 2017

Larry & Penny Alden
 

The Troy CBC was run for the 69th consecutive year yesterday.  The weather outside was frightful (in some ways), but seven field parties braved the cold (-3F to +14F) and preliminarily netted 70 species, two above the ten-year average of 68.

 

Highlights were:

 

Snow Goose – 8

Mute Swan – 2

Ring-necked Duck – 3

Common Goldeneye – 211

Hooded Merganser – 35

Ring-necked Pheasant – 1

Great Blue Heron – 2

Bald Eagle – 23 (may be some duplicates)

Rough-legged Hawk – 6

Iceland Gull – 1

Eastern Screech-Owl – 6

Great Horned Owl – 6

Barred Owl – 1

Belted Kingfisher – 2

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker – 13

Merlin – 4

Peregrine Falcon – 4

Fish Crow – 67

Common Raven – 2

Horned Lark – 170

Winter Wren – 3

Carolina Wren – 11

Golden-crowned Kinglet – 13

Hermit Thrush – 1

Cedar Waxwing – 42

Snow Bunting – 100

Yellow-rumped Warbler – 2

Eastern Towhee – 1

Swamp Sparrow – 1

Red-winged Blackbird – 2

Rusty Blackbird – 1

Brown-headed Cowbird - 26

Purple Finch – 1

 

This list is remarkable in that there are good numbers of “half-hardy” species eking out a tenuous existence on the northern reaches of their winter ranges.  This may prove to be a fatal gamble for many of them as food stocks dwindle through the winter.  For the waterfowl, open water was at a premium, and as this cold snap continues, they may be driven south to open water.

 

Thanks to all who took part and happy birding in the new year.

 

Larry Alden

Compiler

 


Black Vulture & Robins - 5 Rivers

Alan Mapes
 

Walked to the big field late afternoon. 3 black vultures flew over the north end of the field, headed toward Voorheesville. At least 1000 American robins went over, headed east in the daily roosting flight.

Alan Mapes 
Delmar 


Northumberland - Snow Buntings, Horned Larks

jhershey2
 

I stopped at my favorite spot this morning for winter field birds at Williams Rd. and Wall St. in Northumberland (Saratoga County). There were none there but just north of King Rd. from Wall St. I found, I estimate, 200 each of Snow Buntings and Horned Larks.  I tried very hard to find a Lapland Longspur in the mix but to no avail.  


John H. 


Kinglet

barbolink2
 

I've been grabbing glimpses of a kinglet at my  place in Queensbury for a while now but couldn't get to my binoculars fast enough before it moved on. I assumed it was a golden-crowned. Today, it came to my suet and I clearly saw that it was a Ruby-crowned Kinglet. 

Happy New Year to all.
 
***** 
Imagine if Americans switched from pounds to kilograms overnight. We would have mass confusion!

Barb Putnam 
barbolink2 AT yahoo.com


Salem, NY area birds

Scott Varney
 

I canvassed the Salem area today (in hopes of a Snowy Owl...no dice) and had 1 Bald Eagle and the highest single-afternoon counts ever of Juncos, Horned Larks, and White-throated Sparrows. Best of the day was a Belted Kingfisher perched on a telephone wire, overlooking the small, but rapidly flowing Creek that parallels Chamberlain Mills Road in Hebron.

Scott Varney
Salem, NY


Albany County Christmas Bird Count - Highlights

Alan Mapes
 

A belated report for the 32nd annual Albany County Christmas Bird Count, held this year on Sunday, December 17. Thanks go to all of the 23 participants who spent the day tramping and driving all over the count circle, tallying the birds.

We found a total of 71 species, besting our all-time average of 68. Highlights included White-winged Scoter (1), Red-shouldered Hawk (2), Rough-legged Hawk (2), Horned Lark (18), White-crowned Sparrow (2 – second time ever on the count), Rusty Blackbird (2 – second time on the count), Snow Bunting (16) and Pine Siskin (30).

Species found in relatively high numbers included Common Goldeneye (64 – 2nd highest ever for the count), Rock Pigeon (1054 – highest ever), Mourning Dove (2nd highest), Golden-crowned Kinglet, White-throated Sparrow (2nd highest), Red-winged Blackbird (52 -highest ever), and Pine Siskin (2nd highest).

Species found in relatively low numbers included most waterfowl, gulls, Northern Harrier, Ruffed Grouse (none), Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers, Northern Flicker, American Crow, Black-capped Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch (none), Eastern Bluebird, Northern Mockingbird and American Goldfinch.

I hope even more of you can join us for the 33rd annual count on December 16, 2018.


December 27 Birdline

philwhitney17
 

Birdline summary for week ending December 27:

13 reports; 56 species reported

 

Best of the week:

REDHEAD:  Saratoga lake 12/23 (4)

SNOWY OWL: Albany Airport 12/23, 12/24

NORTHERN SHRIKE: Coxsackie 12/26

AMERICAN PIPIT: Kinderhook 12/27

RUSTY BLACKBIRD: Vischer Ferry 12/27

 

Other notables:

Snow Goose: Valatie 12/26 (2); Coxsackie 12/27 (2)

Red-breasted Merganser: Saratoga lake 12/23 (4)

Common Loon: Saratoga lake 12/23 (2); Coxsackie 12/25

Great Blue Heron: Vischer Ferry 12/27

Bald Eagle: Saratoga lake 12/23 (4); Coxsackie 12/25 (2)

Northern Harrier: Northumberland 12/21 (2); SRCBC; Coxsackie 12/26

Rough-legged Hawk: Northumberland 12/21; Coxsackie 12/26 (3), 12/27 (3)

Eastern Screech-Owl: Saratoga 12/24

Merlin: Northumberland 12/21; Vischer Ferry 12/27; Kinderhook 12/27

Eastern Phoebe: Selkirk 12/23

Horned Lark: Ghent 12/26 (8); Kinderhook 12/27 (20)

Winter Wren: Vischer Ferry 12/27 (2-3)

Golden-crowned Kinglet: SRCBC (5)

Northern Mockingbird: Northumberland 12/21; Kinderhook 12/27

Yellow-rumped Warbler: Coxsackie 12/25 (2)

Swamp Sparrow: Coxsackie 12/27; Vischer Ferry 12/27 (2)

Eastern Meadowlark: Kinderhook 12/27

 

Thanks to Ron Harrower (Northumberland, Saratoga Lake, Saratoga), Brenda Inskeep (Coxsackie), John Kent (Selkirk), Nancy Kern (Ghent, Valatie, Kinderhook), Jackson Mesick (Vischer Ferry), Stuart Nelson (Albany Airport) and Robert Pastel (Albany Airport)

 


Vischer Ferry Today - Rusty Blackbird

Jackson Mesick
 

Hi everyone,

I birded some of the eastern portions of Vischer Ferry this afternoon and had a really nice (if cold) day. Highlights were 2-3 winter wrens, two swamp sparrows, a merlin, a flyover great blue heron, a calling raven, and best of all, a single winter male rusty blackbird in a small area of running water. The light was nice enough that I could even make out the rusty edgings to the feathers on the wing. Overall, quite a good day!

Good birding!

Jackson Mesick
East Greenbush, NY / Chicago, IL


eBird -- 451-621 Eichybush Road, Kinderhook, New York, US (42.409, -73.738) -- Dec 27, 2017

kernscot
 

451-621 Eichybush Road, Kinderhook, New York, US (42.409, -73.738)

Dec 27, 2017

3:09 PM

Traveling

4.08 miles

39 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature 19 F sunny. Calm clouds 4 inch snow cover


135 Canada Goose

1 Merlin

4 Blue Jay

4 American Crow

20 Horned Lark

1 Northern Mockingbird

50 European Starling

1 American Pipit

14 Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)

3 White-throated Sparrow

2 Savannah Sparrow

1 Eastern Meadowlark (Eastern)


Number of Taxa: 12



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Coxsackie Rough-legged Hawks

Brenda Inskeep
 

I have been watching 3 Rough-legged Hawks working the fields near the "Save a lot" building off of Rt 9W in Coxsackie. They have been hovering, circling, sitting on snags offering excellent views. There are 2 dark and 1 light phase birds. A good place to park is at Technology Dr & Garland Rd near Bank of Green County. No sign of the Shrike this morning. At the grassland off River Rd this morning I had a Swamp Sparrow feeding in a patch of open ground, a Song Sparrow and 2 flyover Snow Geese.

Brenda Inskeep
in Coxsackie


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eBird Report - Acland Blvd, near Saratoga Airport, Dec 24, 2017

Ronald Harrower
 

Acland Blvd, Saratoga, New York, US
Dec 24, 2017 8:30 PM
Protocol: Incidental
Comments: Was driving back after dropping my son off. On Acland Blvd there is a stretch of evergreen trees between two main developments. I stopped and was looking for Screech Owl call on y phone, when a real one called instead! Pretty cool.
1 species

Eastern Screech-Owl 1 Calling in evergreen woods on Acland Blvd, (on far side of Saratoga County Airport than where birders usually observe.

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41335694

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


Valatie- Snow Goose

kernscot
 

Nancy Kern

Valatie, Columbia, New York, US
Dec 26, 2017 2:30 PM - 2:45 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     Temperature 23 F, sunny and clouds, windy. Birds on the Kinderhook Creek east of the Rt. 203 bridge and dam. Most of the water was iced over except back near the rapids and rocks.
3 species

Snow Goose  2     sleeping on the ice, light gray color.
Canada Goose  300
Mallard  5



Valatie- Snow Goose

kernscot
 

Nancy Kern

Valatie, Columbia, New York, US
Dec 26, 2017 2:30 PM - 2:45 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     Temperature 23 F, sunny and clouds, windy. Birds on the Kinderhook Creek east of the Rt. 203 bridge and dam. Most of the water was iced over except back near the rapids and rocks.
3 species

Snow Goose  2     sleeping on the ice, light gray color.
Canada Goose  300
Mallard  5



Ghent- Horned Lark

kernscot
 

Nancy Kern

Ghent, NY 12075, Columbia, New York, US
Dec 26, 2017 1:45 PM - 1:55 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments:     along road side near Kline Kill Airport
2 species

American Crow  4
Horned Lark  8



Male Harrier

Kenneth
 

@ 3PM saw a beautiful male in Applause N.Y. flying south along the RR tracks.

Ken
East Glenville



eBird -- (42.413, -73.674) -- Dec 24, 2017

kernscot
 

(42.413, -73.674)

Dec 24, 2017

2:43 PM

Stationary

12 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature 37 F calm sun and clouds


150 Canada Goose

11 Mallard

2 Hooded Merganser -- 1 male 1 female


Number of Taxa: 3



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eBird -- (42.413, -73.674) -- Dec 24, 2017

kernscot
 

(42.413, -73.674)

Dec 24, 2017

2:43 PM

Stationary

12 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature 37 F calm sun and clouds


150 Canada Goose

11 Mallard

2 Hooded Merganser -- 1 male 1 female


Number of Taxa: 3



Sent from my LG Mobile


Re: 2nd Rough-legged Hawk Coxsackie

Brenda Inskeep
 

There are two Rough-legged Hawks at this location, both light phase.

From: "B Inskeep binskeep@... 

Date: December 26, 2017 at 12:04:19 PM EST
To: Hudson Mohawk Birds <hmbirds@...>
Subject: [HMBirds] 2nd Rough-legged Hawk Coxsackie
Reply-To: B Inskeep <binskeep@...>

 

12/26 1200 There is a second Rough-legged Hawk, this one a light adult, working the field off Industrial Pkwy; also a Northern Harrier.


Brenda Inskeep
in Coxsackie, NY


2nd Rough-legged Hawk Coxsackie

Brenda Inskeep
 

12/26 1200 There is a second Rough-legged Hawk, this one a light adult, working the field off Industrial Pkwy; also a Northern Harrier.


Brenda Inskeep
in Coxsackie, NY


Re: Rough-legged Hawk Coxsackie

Brenda Inskeep
 

There is also a Northern Shrike viewable beyond the railroad tracks past the locked gates.


On Dec 26, 2017, at 9:20 AM, B Inskeep wrote:

There is a gorgeous adult Rough-legged Hawk perched and also kiting at times (beautiful) at Coxsackie Creek Grasslands on River Rd, right now, 12/26 0915. It is viewable from the parking area.

Brenda Inskeep
In Coxsackie