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

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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


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

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

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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

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

Ronald Harrower

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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

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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

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Greetings All,
  The seventh annual Ulster/Dutchess (NYUD) Christmas Bird Count was conducted on Wednesday, December 27th, 2017.  We’ve been fortunate, for continuity sake, to hold this count within a three day window from 12/26-12/28. 41 birders in 14 field parties along with two feeder watchers observed a new high total of 95 species (+2 cw species) for the NYUD CBC.  The 20,792 individual birds counted were nearly 3000 more than our average for the previous six counts and represented our second highest total (23,039 in 2011). Of the species that have appeared three or more years on this count seventeen species were recorded at a new high number and six species at a new low total.  To illustrate how complete a team effort this year’s count was an outstanding seven species were added to our composite NYUD list from seven different sectors!  This raised our composite total after seven counts to 120 species. Exceptional finds included a soaring Golden Eagle in Sector E, a vocalizing Long-eared Owl in Sector G, an unexpected Red-headed Woodpecker in Sector J, two cooperative Lapland Longspurs in Sector D, and a female White-winged Scoter in Sector F.  Two species, a House Wren in Sector B and an Iceland Gull in Sector I moved from “CW” historical status to join us on count day.

  Temperatures ranged from 2 degrees at 6:00 a.m. (having dropped from 8 degrees at the start of our nocturnal effort at 4:00 a.m.) to a balmy 26 degrees mid-day.  Luckily diurnal birders basked in a sun-filled day with calm winds.  Standing bodies of water were iced over but the Hudson and it’s tributaries within the circle remained open and definitely helped field parties locate a very respectable 16 species of waterfowl.  Three inches of a powdery snow cover was rare for the NYUD and surely helped to consolidate sparrows roadside and maybe even aid in our record number of Snow Buntings.

   A big “thank you” as always to Steve Chorvas for inputting and arranging all the data for this count and to all those who cooked, baked, and cleaned up to lessen the load for my now very pregnant wife.  Also a special thanks to Dave Hayes for providing a beautiful facelift to our sector maps.  Finally, to all those in the field (as listed below) congratulations and thank you on our most productive and successful count yet.  Included with participants are notable bird species from each sector.

Respectfully submitted,
Mark DeDea
co-compiler NYUD CBC


Sector A (West Saugerties) 41 species  2,048 individuals
Corey Finger, Vanessa Lane, George Moxham, and Mary Moxham
Rusty Blackbird, Winter Wren, Field Sparrow, and Hermit Thrush

Sector B (Saugerties) B1N 48 species  1,674 individuals  B2S  48 species  925 individuals
B1N Alan Beebe, Doreen Beebe (fw), and Steve Chorvas  B2S Gilbert Thomson and Tyrell Thomson
Mute Swan, Cackling Goose, Northern Pintail, Snow Bunting, House Wren, Gray Catbird, 10 Yellow-rumped Warblers, and Great Black-backed Gull

Sector C (Cheviot)  44 species  2175 individuals
Greg Esch and George Steele
Black Vulture, Yellow-rumped Warbler, and 336 American Robin

Sector D (Kerleys Corners)  53 species  3224 individuals
Susan Fox Rogers and Peter Schoenberger
Lapland Longspur, Purple Finch, White-crowned Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Horned Lark, and Snow Bunting

Sector E (Woodstock) E1 26 species 388 individuals  E2 38 species 614 individuals
E1 Allan Bowdery and Dan Porter  E2 Dixon Onderdonk, Loren Quinby, and Dan Spencer
Peregrine Falcon and Golden Eagle

Sector F (Lake Katrine)  44 species  1708 individuals
Lynn Bowdery, Lin Fagan, and Jane Simmons
White-winged Scoter,  Northern Pintail, Snow Goose, and Horned Lark

Sector G (Annandale-on-Hudson) G1 58 species 1895 individuals G2  16 species  262 individuals
G1 Jim Clinton, Jess Prockup, Jim Prockup, and Mathew Rymkiewicz  G2 Doug Bean, Carol Fredericks, and Ken Fredericks
Long-eared Owl, Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked Duck, Black Vulture, Field Sparrow, and Rusty Blackbird

Sector H (Red Hook) H1N 38 species  1022 individuals  H2S  34 species  606 individuals
H1N Adrienne Popko and Chet Vincent  H2S Barbara Butler, Jim Closs, Ginny Collins, Roberta Dopson, and Dominic Sherony
Chipping Sparrow, Rough-legged Hawk, and Ring-necked Pheasant

Sector I (Kingston)  61 species  2952 individuals
Charlotte Adamis, Mark DeDea, Annie Mardiney, and Donna Seymour
Snowy Owl, Iceland Gull, Killdeer, Eastern Towhee, Red-breasted Merganser, and Great Blue Heron

Sector J (Rhinebeck) 52 species  1299 individuals
Dave Hayes, Rodney Johnson, Deb Kral, and Wendy Tocci
Red-headed Woodpecker, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Canvasback, Fish Crow, Greater Scaup, and Peregrine Falcon

Rusty Blackbird, Winter Wren at VF

Steve Mesick

A delayed report, (sorry pretty booked the last two days) but at Vischer Ferry (and other places in our sector of the Troy CBC, we had several good birds. Most notably, at one tiny spot with some open water along the towpath east of the fireman’s entrance we had a Rusty Blackbird, a Swamp Sparrow and a Hermit Thrush. On that same section of towpath a little further east there was a Winter Wren.

The water in general made some birds more scarce (first time since I have done it when there have been no ducks, geese or gulls of any kind) but the fact that there was so little open water meant birds were concentrated, the location above being the best spot. We also had two other Winter Wrens on the count, 2 Great Blue Herons, a Merlin, a Belted Kingfisher, 4 (possibly 5) Rough-legged Hawks, a Red-winged Blackbird, 2 Screech-owls and a Great Horned Owl, and, of all things, a Ring-necked Pheasant!

Crazy but extremely cold day enjoyed by me, Jackson, Richard White, and 2 new birders, Dave Luck and Chris Saffron.

Steve Mesick, East Greenbush, NY

Carolina Wren


Had a Carolina Wren on my suet off and on for most of the day yesterday. 

Heidi Klinowski 

Rough-legged Hawks

John Kent

I saw 6 or 7 Rough-legged Hawks on a drive around Coxsackie today. First I saw one hunting on both sides of River Road in Coeymans, near the LaFarge conveyor. At River Road Grasslands in Coxsackie, there was one dark morph perched in a tree well southwest of the viewing/parking area. At Industrial Parkway, there was one hunting the fields on the west side of the road. Next I found one on Flint Mine Road near 9W, then another in a field on the east side of 9W about a mile north of Flint Mine. Then I saw two more over the fields behind Save A Lot and Serta. I think one of those, a dark morph, might have been the same one I saw earlier from River Road. Otherwise, it was pretty quiet. I only saw a couple of Red-tailed Hawks, and no harriers or anything else of note.

John Kent

New Year's Day Bird Count at Five Rivers EEC- summary


Approximately thirty birders braved the frigid weather at Five Rivers Environmental Education Center in Delmar this first morning of 2018, and recorded thirty-one species, including a Merlin that blasted across the parking lot in pursuit of a Cooper's Hawk as our group was dispersing. Other notable species observed included Northern Flicker, Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned Kinglet, and Winter Wren. Many thanks to the staff at Five Rivers for hosting this fun annual event once again, and especially to Kitty Rusch and director "emeritus" Craig Thompson for leading our two groups.

Tom Williams 

Re: New Year Surprise


I had a flicker on my suet this morning too.

West Charlton

---- "'Mona Bearor' conservebirds@... [hmbirds]" <hmbirds-noreply@...> wrote:

Watching my feeders for Project Feederwatch I was surprised to see a male
Northern Flicker on the suet! I always worry when I see one of these in the
dead of winter; it was -20F when I got up at 6.

Mona Bearor

South Glens Falls

New Year Surprise


Watching my feeders for Project Feederwatch I was surprised to see a male Northern Flicker on the suet!  I always worry when I see one of these in the dead of winter; it was -20F when I got up at 6.


Mona Bearor

South Glens Falls



Rough-legged Hawk Dark Morph 12.31.17

Michelle J

Currently viewing a beautiful Rough-legged Hawk (Dark Morph) from the The Bank of Greene County parking lot on 9W Coxsackie.

Michelle J.
Greene County

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



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 

Northumberland - Snow Buntings, Horned Larks


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. 



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 
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