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Coxsackie portion of CBC

Richard Guthrie
 

In addition to the Snowy Owl seen yesterday in the Coxsackie CBC, I can report the following:

1 Great-blue Heron - flying high over the Hudson River going south; Alan Mapes had another one standing on ice at Vosburgh's Marsh
1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - by Riverside Cemetery;
3 Winter Wrens - all down by the Coxsackie Yacht Club,
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler - by Riverside Cemetery
2  only Amer. Tree Sparrows - but the Paul Novak team found lots more in the Grasslands (sorry I can't recall their total number, but it was a lot more impressive then my mere two.)
There were other nice highlights from the other groups, but I didn't take good notes at the compilation.
Rich Guthrie


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eBird -- 200 Station Road, Hudson, New York, US (42.31, -73.772) -- Dec 20, 2017

kernscot
 

200 Station Road, Hudson, New York, US (42.31, -73.772)

Dec 20, 2017

3:01 PM

Stationary

15 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature 38 F windy overcast


2 Canada Goose

1 Common Loon -- On the Hudson river


Number of Taxa: 2



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eBird -- 160 Fairview Avenue, Hudson, New York, US (42.256, -73.766) -- Dec 20, 2017

kernscot
 

160 Fairview Avenue, Hudson, New York, US (42.256, -73.766)

Dec 20, 2017

2:37 PM

Stationary

5 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature 39 F overcast


25 Ring-billed Gull -- In parking lot

47 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) -- On roof tops of stores


Number of Taxa: 2



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Austerlitz- Golden Eagle

kernscot
 

Nancy Kern



Austerlitz, Columbia, New York, US
Dec 20, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: Stationary



Comments:     From my home I can see my field and woods back of the house. This morning crows and ravens were scavenging the field and finding pieces of meat I suspect coyotes had cached during the night from a deer that died in my woods. Probably one lost by hunters. Both adult Golden and Bald Eagles have also been out there most of the morning. The G. eagle is currently walking across the field and searching out chunks of meat and giving great views of the back of its neck and feathered legs. It is lighter brown than some I have seen and is in contrast to its very dark tail. All other birds retreat when it arrives. Most of the snow is gone and the field is bare grass.
19 species

Golden Eagle  1
    Brown body, golden sheen over the head and neck, dark tail, feathered legs, head smaller than the Bald Eagle which was in my field earlier in the morning. Too far to photograph. Getting pieces of venison from the field and occasionally flying into a tree to eat.. I live near the Taconic State Parkway and saw a G. Eagle last Sat. a half mile west of my home. They often follow the TSP looking for road kill deer during the winter.


Bald Eagle  1

Red-tailed Hawk  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern)  4
Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern)  2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  6
Common Raven  4
Black-capped Chickadee  5
Tufted Titmouse  3
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
American Tree Sparrow  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  8
White-throated Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  2
Purple Finch (Eastern)  1
American Goldfinch  3
Bald Eagle  1    
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern)  4
Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern)  2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  6
Common Raven  4
Black-capped Chickadee  5
Tufted Titmouse  3
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
American Tree Sparrow  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  8
White-throated Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  2
Purple Finch (Eastern)  1
American Goldfinch  3




Snowy Owl - Coxsackie

Richard Guthrie
 

At the tail end of yesterday's Catskill-Coxsackie CBC, I found a SNOWY OWL perched high up in a tall Cottonwood tree next to the Greene Land Trust grassland parcel on "Industrial" Blvd just southwest of the Village of Coxsackie, The Greene County.

I posted a few pictures on the eBird checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41201275 to give a sense of the distance away and how high up the bird was. Despite a passing freight train, the bird remained there until after I left.

Rich

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Re: Southern Rensselaer CBC help needed!

Naomi Lloyd
 

Thanks to all who volunteered your time - we have 3 or 4 people on every team now, and I think we're set.

Naomi


Accipiterpalooza?

Ronald Harrower
 




Begin forwarded message:

From: Ronald Harrower <ronharrower14@...>
Date: December 19, 2017 at 3:47:39 PM EST
To: Hmbirds <hmbirds@...>
Subject: Accipiterpalooza?

In my travels around Stillwater, Saratoga Lake, I ran into 4 accipiters: an adult Coopers Hawk on Russell Road in Quaker Springs, an adult Female Sharp-shinned Hawk on Manning Ave Ext between Manning and Riley Coves. And unexpectedly, a pair of adult Cooper’s Hawks flew over intersection of Rte 50 and Lincoln Ave near bowling alley.
  Earlier, I saw a Northern Shrike on Hanehan Rd near Coveville Rd. An adult Bald Eagle flew down the river on Wright’s Loop.
Now, bring in a Snowy and a variety of Winter finches, that is my holiday wish
Ron H


Snow Geese continue

Ronald Harrower
 

One flock of ~250 and another of ~150 snow Geese flew over Wrights Loop. One single Snow Goose at Bunce Lane with 300 Canada Geese in Stillwater
Ron H


Southern Rensselaer CBC help needed!

Naomi Lloyd
 

Hey friends, it's crunch time. I really need at least one more person for the count this Saturday. (Ideally I'd like to fatten up some other teams too, but - priorities!) A few volunteers have come forward but most want to feederwatch and I need active participants.

Please contact me if you can help - thanks!


Naomi Lloyd


Schenectady Christmas Bird Count Results

Larry & Penny Alden
 

The 89th Schenectady CBC was held on Saturday, December 16.  All field parties have reported their species and the preliminary total is 63 species, with two count week species.  This is a little above the average number of species found over the last ten years (61.8).

 

The main highlight was a new-to-the-count hyphen-laden Black-crowned Night-Heron found on the Mohawk River in Schenectady.

 

Other not new-to-the-count highlights, but highlights just the same:

Snow Goose (count week)

Wood Duck

Northern Pintail

Green-winged Teal

Scaup sp.

Hooded Merganser

Black Vulture

Bald Eagle

Rough-legged Hawk

Eastern Screech-Owl

Great Horned Owl

Belted Kingfisher

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

American Kestrel

Merlin

Fish Crow

Common Raven

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Brown Creeper

Carolina Wren

Winter Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Fox Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

Red-winged Blackbird

Common Grackle (count week)

Brown-headed Cowbird

 

A complete report will be in a future issue of Feathers.

 

Larry Alden

Compiler

 

 

 


Winter wrens singing by the heron pond at Five Rivers this a.m.

scottjstoner
 





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Northumberland and Fort Edward

Lindsey Duval
 

Yesterday (12/16) I did a whole bunch of birding, starting at Saratoga Lake, which was mostly frozen at the north end all of a sudden. I took Fitch Rd to go to Northumberland and was immediately rewarded with a light morph Rough-legged Hawk. 

I drove nearly every road in Northumberland all the way into lower Fort Edward. Highlights included an all day movement of Canada Geese, 120 Horned Larks at the intersection of King and Homestead Rds, another light morph Rough-legged Hawk (Williams Ln), and of course a bunch of Red-tailed Hawks.

I then checked the Fort Edward Grasslands. Highlights there included Snow Buntings gritting on Plum Rd, 5 Wild Turkeys and a light morph Rough-legged Hawk at Alfred Z Solomon Viewing, my fourth and last light morph Rough-legged Hawk over Durkeetown Baptist Church, Snow Geese migrating including some individuals joining the flocks of Canadas, Northern Harrier, and Snow Buntings and Horned Larks at Fitzpatrick. I waited until after dark for the Short-eared Owls with no luck at all, but when it was finally fully dark a Great Horned Owl called from the patch of woods on the SW side of the road!

Note that I missed a dark morph Roughie that had recently been photographed in the FE Grasslands. Even still, I was very happy with 4!

- Lindsey D.


albany airport sector - schen CBC

gregg_recer
 

denise hackert-stoner, scott stoner, cathy graichen, and I covered the schenecafy CBC sector yesterday that includes albany international airport, much of the pine bush east of SR155, and the adjacent areas of colonie, guiderland and slingerlands east to the circle boundary. Highlights includes 8 black vultures, all seen in flight along krumkill rd; 1 dark morph rough-legged hawk and 2 northern harriers at the airport; 2 common ravens; and one group of wild turkeys at the rapp rd landfill. We tried searching the airport at multiple times and locations in hopes of confirming the second-hand reported snowy owl there, but could not locate it.


gregg recer

malta

 


Fox Sparrow in Guilderland - 12/16

emberiza_tristrami
 

Earlier this morning while covering our Schenectady CBC section, Naomi Lloyd, Tom and Colleen Williams, and I found a Fox Sparrow in the small office park near the Albany Pine Bush Madison Avenue Pinelands trailhead in the Town of Guilderland.

Tristan Lowery
Albany


Re: [nysbirds-l] Snowy Owl - Albany Airport

scottjstoner
 

As part of our Schenectady CBC we just scoured the airport.  No snowy owl but 2 northern harrier,  red-tail, and a rough legged. Scott, Denise, Cathy, and Gregg. 



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From: "Tristan Lowery tristanlowery@... [hmbirds]" <hmbirds-noreply@...>
Date: 12/16/17 9:04 AM (GMT-05:00)
To: hmbirds@...
Subject: [HMBirds] Fwd: [nysbirds-l] Snowy Owl - Albany Airport

 

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Date: Dec 16, 2017 08:49
Subject: [nysbirds-l] Snowy Owl - Albany Airport
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Cc:

Bernice Gawron texted me that she just observed a snowy owl flying over gate A6 at the Albany International Airport.

Jesse Jaycox

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[nysbirds-l] Snowy Owl - Albany Airport

emberiza_tristrami
 

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "Jesse Jaycox" <jwjaycox@...>
Date: Dec 16, 2017 08:49
Subject: [nysbirds-l] Snowy Owl - Albany Airport
To: <NYSbirds-L@...>
Cc:

Bernice Gawron texted me that she just observed a snowy owl flying over gate A6 at the Albany International Airport.

Jesse Jaycox

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Sad news - Ken Harper

scottjstoner
 

Our good friend and long-time HMBC member Ken Harper's wife Linda passed away this week. Calling hours are 2-6 PM this Sunday at the Glenville Funeral Home in Glenville. Linda's obituary is in today's Times Union. 
http://m.legacy.com/obituaries/timesunion-albany/obituary.aspx?n=linda-e-decruz-harper&pid=187533582&referrer=0&preview=Tr

Scott and Denise 




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Conway author’s handwritten ode to birdwatching

Louis J. Suarato
 


eBird Report - Yaddo, Dec 14, 2017

Ronald Harrower
 

Also morning part of Saratoga CBC sector B

Yadd0, Saratoga, New York, US
Dec 14, 2017 10:45 AM - 11:25 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: Naomi and I went to yard to look for birds that like evergreen forests. Found Junco heaven and great looks at Brown Creeper
14 species

Downy Woodpecker 1
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 4
Black-capped Chickadee 8
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Brown Creeper 1 Cool to see one for long enough to photograph. Camouflage is quite good
Carolina Wren 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 3
Dark-eyed Junco 34
White-throated Sparrow 5
Northern Cardinal 3
American Goldfinch 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41102671

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eBird Report - Saratoga Lake, Dec 14, 2017

Ronald Harrower
 

Morning part of Saratoga CBC sector B.

Saratoga Lake, Saratoga, New York, US
Dec 14, 2017 6:35 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
18.6 mile(s)
Comments: Naomi and I took up the Saratoga Lake (and area to west) sector of the Saratoga CBC. Weather was 11- 22 degrees with moderate wind. Snow flurries in early morning gave way to clearing and plentiful sun by late morning. As I write this report the day after, I realize what a good thing it was that we did the count on the 14th as surface has frozen considerably more and most waterfowl mentioned in this report had gone.
40 species (+3 other taxa)

Snow Goose 2
Canada Goose 1490
Mallard 429
American Black Duck 41
Redhead 2 Mixed in with predominantly scaup raft near East shore, just south of Snake Hill
Ring-necked Duck 6 Probably more, but had limited vantage point at sailing club, suspect that they are from huge raft that has been at nearby Loughberry Lake for 2 months
Greater Scaup 35 In mixed raft on shore just south of Snake Hill. I believe that these ducks are same group that was in much larger raft of Ring-necked Ducks that were on Loughberry Lake until frozen out two-three days ago
Lesser Scaup 80 In mixed raft on shore just south of Snake Hill. I believe that these ducks are same group that was in much larger raft of Ring-necked Ducks that were on Loughberry Lake until frozen out two-three days ago
Greater/Lesser Scaup 35
scoter sp. 8 Way out from Riley cove toward Snake Hill. Shimmer made it hard to identify further than scoter sp.
Long-tailed Duck 2
Bufflehead 57
Common Goldeneye 251
Common Merganser 262
Common Merganser (North American) 115
Red-breasted Merganser 5 Drake and 2 females in large raft of Goldeneyes and Hooded Mergansers off Manning Cove. 2 females off Brown's Beach
Common Loon 2
Northern Harrier 1 Flying over lake by Riley Cove
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 Chasing Mourning Dove right down Riley Cove Rd in front of us.
Bald Eagle 2
Red-tailed Hawk 4
Ring-billed Gull 69
Herring Gull 4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 45
Mourning Dove 5 including the one that escaped Sharp-shinned Hawk
Great Horned Owl 1 Silver Beach Rd
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 3
Peregrine Falcon 1
Blue Jay 16
American Crow 48
Black-capped Chickadee 9
Tufted Titmouse 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Eastern Bluebird 8
American Robin 1
American Tree Sparrow 2
Dark-eyed Junco 14
White-throated Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 9
American Goldfinch 2
House Sparrow 10

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