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Northern Shrikes in Argyle, NY

Scott Varney
 

After a Mom visit today in Hudson Falls, I decided to try a new route home via County Route 47. Right before this road drops down a hill and ends at Barkley Lake, I observed a single Northern Shrike in a shrubby area on the left side of the road. I had just begun driving and was surprised to see a second Northern Shrike, only 100 feet from the first. Both birds were actively moving and continued to return to their own respective perches Quite a surprise!

Happy Birding,
Scott Varney
Salem, NY


Re: Red-tailed hawk vs. Snowy-airport

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

We’re at the Hockey Facility now and an owl is perched on one of the runway signs.


On Sun, Jan 7, 2018 at 11:44 AM jeffnadler01@... [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply@...> wrote:
 

At 10 AM beyond the fence of Sicker Rd at the airport, a red-tailed hawk was chasing a snowy owl in flight along the runway.  The snowy owl took flight at an increasing height and flew north leaving the airport.  I could not find any additional owls including around the Hockey facility.


Jeff Nadler


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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
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Monday evening HMBC program - Jan 8 - Marvels of Avian Migration - Five Rivers at 7 PM

scottjstoner
 

The Marvels of Avian Migration

Leader or Speaker: 
Jenny Murtaugh
Location of Event: 
Five Rivers EEC, Delmar
Date: 
January 8, 2018 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
The Marvels of Avian Migration
Why do birds and other animals migrate? Which birds migrate at night and which by day? Did you know some species travel 700 miles per day during migration? Or that the Arctic Tern migrates as many as 22,000 miles each year (and to the moon and back over the span of its lifetime)? During this program, you will learn about different migration strategies and mechanics, the advantages and disadvantages migration, and the techniques used to study these marvelous travelers. The particularly impressive migration feats of some species will also be covered. Current techniques relating to the “why’s” and “how’s” of migration study are highlighted (e.g., birdbanding, radio telemetry, moon watching, radar tracking, and night flight calls), among other featured topics that provide an overview of the latest news and information relating to the always-evolving study of migration.
Bio
Jenny Murtaugh is a Biologist with the NYS DEC. She began working for DEC during her senior year of Wildlife Management at SUNY Cobleskill in 2009. She has done research through DEC, the NYS Museum and SUNY ESF related to coyote genetics and ecology, fishers, Karner blue butterflies, frosted elfin butterflies, grassland and marsh birds, and wintering raptors like the state-endangered short eared owl and state-threatened northern harrier. She also worked extensively in the development of NY’s current State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP).
Jenny’s current work is focused on coordinating the review of large scale energy projects throughout the state for fish, wildlife, and wetland impacts. During the breeding season, she is a bander at DEC’s Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship Program (MAPS) station here at Five Rivers. She also recently began banding at the Albany Pine Bush MAPS station, as well as at their fall migrant banding station. She is currently researching the declining eastern whip-poor-will with the goal of developing Best Management Practices (BMPs) that could be used to benefit the species in NY as part of her graduate work in SUNY Albany’s Biodiversity, Conservation and Policy program. In her free time, she trains and competes in the sport of dog agility with her border collie, Fly, and enjoys hiking in the Adirondacks.


Red-tailed hawk vs. Snowy-airport

Jeff Nadler
 

At 10 AM beyond the fence of Sicker Rd at the airport, a red-tailed hawk was chasing a snowy owl in flight along the runway.  The snowy owl took flight at an increasing height and flew north leaving the airport.  I could not find any additional owls including around the Hockey facility.


Jeff Nadler



Snowy Owl, Albany Int. Airport- 1/7

trwdsd
 

At 9:25 this morning there is a Snowy Owl perched on a runway sign at Albany International Airport. It is near the intersection of the main runways. There were a few Horned Larks and Snow Buntings in the field near the economy “E” parking lot entrance as well.

Tom Williams 
Colonie




Salem area Snow Buntings

Scott Varney
 

Once again on a quest for fun winter birds, I canvassed the area from my house in Salem, NY to Cambridge, Shushan, and then to Hebron with my best bud, Charles ( my Bulldog). Best birds of the day included a flock of 20 Wild Turkeys making a point of staying off the snow while perched in a grove of Buttonwood trees. I also observed approx 30 Snow Buntings and 50 Horned Larks on Legrys Road in Cambridge (near the airport). A dozen Blue Jays, Juncos everywhere, a couple Cardinals, and 1 3rd Year Bald Eagle on a section of open water on White Creek on Route 153 near the Rupert, VT border.

For anyone looking for a beautiful Sunday drive with open water and amazing rural scenery, check out the drive from Cambridge to Arlington, VT...most of the Battenkill is fully open with flowing water (despite these booger-freezing temperatures)...absolutely breathtaking with stunning panoramas. It's a good time to see this region!

Happy Birding,

Scott Varney
Salem, NY


eBird Report - Field Birds Northumberland farmland, Jan 6, 2018

Ronald Harrower
 

Northumberland farmland, Saratoga, New York, US
Jan 6, 2018 12:25 PM - 2:17 PM
Protocol: Traveling
8.0 mile(s)
Comments: In 5 degrees and gusts up to 20 mph, you could say it was cold. Still, enjoyed checking out Northumberland. Had 250+ Horned Larks and 40 + Snow Buntings on Clark Rd and Selfridge Rd. Without John H., no Lapland Longspurs were found! Mostly little feeding flocks along roadsides. A little bit of open water on Harris road had Mallards and Geese. No birds of prey seen until I saw RTH on Northway on the way home
18 species

Canada Goose 5
Mallard 26
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 45
Mourning Dove 23
Northern Flicker 2 Flying together on Purinton Rd
Blue Jay 6
American Crow 120
Common Raven 5 Clark Rd mixed in with Common Crows
Horned Lark 274 Large flock as mentioned on Clark Rd, another group on Purinton Rd and 5 more on Welcome Farm on West River Rd
Black-capped Chickadee 3
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Eastern Bluebird 4
European Starling 42
Snow Bunting 64 As mentioned on Clark Rd and another Flock on Kobor Rd
American Tree Sparrow 5
Dark-eyed Junco 16
Northern Cardinal 2

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Bluebirds

Jim Meinhold
 

5 bluebirds all went into one bluebird house on my backyard fence just before sunset. Brrrrrr .... it's cold out there.

Regards,

Jim Meinhold
​Saratoga Springs​


Monday Jan 8 HMBC program - bird migration

scottjstoner
 

7:00 p.m. at Five Rivers Environmental Education Center.  Speaker: Jenny Murtaugh of NYSDEC.  

Please be alert for deer along the roads in the area.

For more information on the program, please see hmbc.net 



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Rough-legged hawks - Staats Island Rd. and American Oil City Rd.

Jackson Mesick
 

Hey everyone,

Apologies for the belated report. On Tuesday, I birded Staats Island Rd. and American Oil City Rd.

Staats Island had a dark morph rough-legged hawk, a few turkeys, and a small flock of bluebirds.

American Oil City Rd. also had a rough-legged hawk (though more of a light morph), and in one area near what looks like a Christmas tree farm on the left side of the road there was a single juvenile white-crowned sparrow in a flock with juncos and tree sparrows.

There was also a possible dark morph rough-legged hawk looking out over a marsh on a tree above 9J in between the two roads, but I was driving, so it may have been a red-tail: I wasn't able to get a good enough look to be sure. Roughies seem to have moved into our area though!

Good birding,

Jackson Mesick
East Greenbush, NY / Chicago, IL


January 3 Birdline

philwhitney17
 

Birdline summary for week ending January 3:

18 reports; 64 species reported

 

Best of the week:

ICELAND GULL: Troy CBC

SNOWY OWL: Albany Airport 1/02, 1/03 (4)

SNOW BUNTING: Northumberland 12/29 (200); Troy CBC (100)

RUSTY BLACKBIRD: Troy CBC

 

Other notables:

Snow Goose: Troy CBC (8)

Ring-necked Pheasant: Troy CBC

Black Vulture: Five Rivers 12/29 (3)

Bald Eagle: Troy CBC (23); Northumberland 1/1; Stillwater 1/1 (2)

Rough-legged Hawk: Troy CBC (6); Coxsackie 12/31, 1/1 (6); Northumberland 1/1, Albany Airport 1/03

Eastern Screech-Owl: Troy CBC

Great Horned Owl: Troy CBC (6)

Barred Owl: Troy CBC

Northern Flicker: West Charlton 1/1; South Glens Falls 1/1; Five Rivers 1/1; Northumberland 1/1

Merlin: Troy CBC (4); Five Rivers 1/1

Peregrine Falcon: Troy CBC (4)

Horned Lark: Salem 12/28; Northumberland 12/29 (200); Troy CBC (170)

Winter Wren: Troy CBC (3); Five Rivers 1/1

Carolina Wren: Troy CBC (11)

Golden-crowned Kinglet: Troy CBC (13); Five Rivers 1/1

Ruby-crowned Kinglet: Queensbury 12/29

Hermit Thrush: Troy CBC

Eastern Bluebird: Saratoga 1/1 (6)

American Robin: Five Rivers 12/29 (1000)

Northern Mockingbird: Saratoga 1/03

Yellow-rumped Warbler: Troy CBC (2)

Eastern Towhee: Troy CBC (2)

Purple Finch: Troy CBC

 

Thanks to Larry Alden (Troy CBC), Mona Bearor (South Glens Falls), Liz Curley (Albany Airport ), Ron Harrower (Northumberland, Saratoga, Stillwater, Albany airport), John Hershey (Northumberland), Michelle J (Coxsackie), John Kent (Coxsackie), Alan Mapes (Five Rivers), Ellen Pemrick (West cHarlton),  Barb Putnam (Queensbury), Scott Varney (Salem) and Tom Williams (Five Rivers, Albany Airport)

 

 


eBird Report - Degraff Road, Jan 3, 2018

Ronald Harrower
 

Degraff Road, Saratoga, New York, US
Jan 3, 2018 11:00 AM - 11:55 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
Comments: Checking out fields after seeing Snowies in Albany Airport. No such luck, but was still interesting
17 species

Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 4 Red-tailed Hawk being harassed by Common Crows, very loud!
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 34
Mourning Dove 5
Downy Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 8
American Crow 17
Black-capped Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 2
American Robin 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 125
American Tree Sparrow 2
Dark-eyed Junco 14
White-throated Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 3
House Finch 7

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41604114

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eBird Report - Featherbed Lane, Jan 3, 2018

Ronald Harrower
 

Featherbed Lane, Saratoga, New York, US
Jan 3, 2018 12:05 PM - 12:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.1 mile(s)
Comments: Saw birds crossing the road. Stopped and pushed a bit. Seemed to be an active feeding flock
8 species

Mourning Dove 2
Downy Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 6
Tufted Titmouse 3
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
American Goldfinch 4

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41604199

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eBird Report - Snowy Owls Hockey Club Building, Jan 3, 2018

Ronald Harrower
 

Hockey Club Building, Albany, New York, US
Jan 3, 2018 7:15 AM - 9:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
Comments: Encouraged by many recent posts about Snowy Owls at the airport (particularly Lic C.'s) Jeff and I stationed ourselves in the Hockey Club parking lot at sunrise. Within half an hour, we saw two owls flying near the main runways meeting point. Shortly after, one flew right at us on the bluff. As it came towards us and then past, we were like the Keystone Cops of bird photography. We had trouble getting cameras ready in time, then having the shutter go. Got a shot of bird flying away. We then saw three separate owls sitting on number and letter signs and on the ground. ( it was revealed to us later that the first owl we saw landed on the ground beyond parking lot out of sight and stayed there. So, we conclude that there are 4 Snowy Owls at the airprt
6 species

Red-tailed Hawk 2
Rough-legged Hawk 1 1 Light-phased hawk landed in a tree at south end of airport property.
Snowy Owl 4 Explained above. In responding to questioning pf tis number of owls, we saw them and there is a history of multiple owls at Albany airport in irruption years
Downy Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 24

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Snowy Owl, Albany Airport/Hockey

Liz C
 

Went to the observation deck at the airport to see the reported snowy owl near runway G, and I *think* I saw it, and one harrier. Decided to swing by the adjacent hockey facility on the way home and was surprised to see a Snowy Owl sitting right there on the roof. There were kids in the snow playing right beneath it, the owl was definitely watching them. It eventually flew over the airport fence (very fuzzy feet) and toward the control tower. Photos on eBird. Unfortunately the sun was dropping behind a hill off to the right, so the lighting wasn’t great for photographs, but hey, I got to see another SNOWY OWL, very very happy. 


Liz Curley


Snowy Owl, Albany International Airport- 1/2

trwdsd
 

Craig D. and I just observed a Snowy Owl at Albany Int. Airport, likely the same bird reported by Craig F. on Monday. It has a similar pattern to the bird photographed there by Liz C. in late December as well. We made our sighting from inside the airport building, on the third floor observation area that also houses the art gallery (culture and birds.) The owl was on the ground along taxiway "G" very near the sign with the same identifier. With 8X binoculars it was distant but recognizable. The observation deck is open to the public and is not behind any airport security checkpoints. Short-term parking is free for the first half-hour, then $2 for the next half-hour, and $1 per half-hour thereafter. Food and bathrooms are available adjacent to the viewing area, one could camp out there for a while, $ permitting. Not sure that I would lug a scope through there though, likely have to answer some questions post-haste.


Tom Williams
Colonie


eBird Report - Blockhouse Park, Jan 1, 2018

Ronald Harrower
 

Blockhouse Park, Saratoga, New York, US
Jan 1, 2018 3:30 PM - 3:55 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: Checked out open water above the dam (very limited) and fairly extensive area below the dam. Canada Geese predominated, but significant numbers of mallards, Hooded and Common Mergansers and Common Goldeneyes made the view seem very active after a long time seeing hardly anything on Northumberland.
16 species

Canada Goose 1700
Mallard 55
American Black Duck 8
Common Goldeneye 24
Hooded Merganser 14
Common Merganser 15
Bald Eagle 2 One adult by the house on the island while crossing bridge. the other immature was soaring and scaring gulls and geese toward Mechanicville
Ring-billed Gull 9
Great Black-backed Gull 2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 14
Downy Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 23
European Starling 34
White-throated Sparrow 1
House Sparrow 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41537499

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eBird Report - Hanehan Road, Jan 1, 2018

Ronald Harrower
 

Hanehan Road, Saratoga, New York, US
Jan 1, 2018 3:08 PM - 3:23 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: No sign of Northern Shrike seen before Christmas. Many feeder birds at a house near sharp farmer's corner, git me to stop. Picked up Cooper's Hawk way in back in a hedgerow. Next thing I knew, it was trying to grab a Junco righting front of the house.
15 species

Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 19
Mourning Dove 4
Downy Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 5
Tufted Titmouse 1
Eastern Bluebird 9 4 at feeder mentioned above, 5 more east down the hill toward Hudson River. Males very vocal,
European Starling 25
American Tree Sparrow 5
Dark-eyed Junco 27
White-throated Sparrow 4
Northern Cardinal 4
House Finch 5

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41537254

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eBird Report - Robins, Swamp Road, Jan 1, 2018

Ronald Harrower
 




Begin forwarded message:

From: ebird-checklist@...
Date: January 1, 2018 at 10:49:24 PM EST
To: rharrower@...
Subject: eBird Report - Swamp Road, Jan 1, 2018

Swamp Road, Saratoga, New York, US
Jan 1, 2018 2:40 PM - 2:50 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.8 mile(s)
Comments:     Not much seen in open marshes, but encountered 9 American Robins in shrubs and trees up the road West from big bend in road.
5 species

Red-tailed Hawk  1
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  4
American Robin  9
European Starling  2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41536988

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eBird Report - Northumberland farmland, Jan 1, 2018

Ronald Harrower
 

Northumberland farmland, Saratoga, New York, US
Jan 1, 2018 12:45 PM - 2:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
8.0 mile(s)
Comments: Met Lindsey on Harris Rd, She had just seen a Snowy Owl, so we went in pursuit. No further Snowy action, but did see dark-phased Rough-legged Hawk on Stone Bridge Rd. Desired field birds were absent despite fresh applications courtesy of local dairies.
22 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 45
Mallard 24
American Black Duck 2
Common Goldeneye 12
Common Merganser 25
Common Merganser (North American) 8
Bald Eagle 1 Eating what looks to be a duck carcass, being pestered by a crow
Red-tailed Hawk 3
Rough-legged Hawk 1 Dark-phased
Ring-billed Gull 2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 35
Mourning Dove 18
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1 On Harris Road
Blue Jay 7
American Crow 43
European Starling 75
American Tree Sparrow 8
Dark-eyed Junco 23
Song Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 4
House Sparrow 5

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41536829

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