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birdline report 9/9/99

Barb Putnam <bputnam@...>
 

This is not a transcription of the Birdline tape. It is summary of
some of the sightings that were called in to birdline during the past
week. Please call the birdline (518-439-8080) for the full report.

Ann Lee Pond 9/1 - wood duck, green heron

Albany 9/1 - common nighthawk

Vischer Ferry 9/1 - green heron

Schenectady 9/2 - red-breasted nuthatch; 9/3 - common nighthawk; 9/5
- great blue heron, great egret; 9/6 (at the airport) - pine siskin

Glenville 9/3 - common nighthawk

New Salem 9/3 - probable flock of brant migrating over

Cohoes 9/4 - 3 great blue herons, 2 northern pintails, 1 gadwall, 71
blue-winged teal, 1 least sandpiper

Crescent 9/4 - 8 turkey vultures, 8 fish crows, 8 great blue herons,
3 great egrets, 3 green herons, and a second year immature lesser
black-backed gull among many other gulls including 1700 ring-billed
gulls

Ferry Drive (Vischer Ferry) 9/4 - 2 great egrets, 1 semipalmated
plover, 4 least sandpipers, 2 green-winged teal, 2 red-bellied
woodpeckers, 1 pileated woodpecker, 1 ruby-throated hummingbird, 1
blue-gray gnatcatcher, 4 red-eyed vireos, 2 Philadelphia vireos, and
8 warbler species including black-throated blue, black-throated
green, northern parula, bay-breasted, blackburnian, 8 magnolia,
American redstart, 1 common yellowthroat

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Connie & Phil

F Murphy <thrush@...>
 

I watched 8 or 9 Common Nighthawks feeding at Vischer Ferry this evening,
9/7/99, from 7 to 7:30 PM. Also a Virginia Rail calling, and a Green Heron
flew by. That color TV that some idiot dumped off the bridge is still
there. Driving home at 7:45 along Riverview Road I noticed a lot of fairly
large frogs crossing the road to the north side. The portion of the road
next to that large cove in Halfmoon near the Crescent bridges was
practically covered with them.

With all due apologies, I have to retract my previous report of a
Philadelphia Vireo near Cranberry Lake. I'm very sorry for the sloppy
reporting. I guess I was just trying to spruce up the report with a
northern specialty. Nonetheless, it really was good birding there. Thanks.


Frank Murphy
Clifton Park, NY


Cranberry Bog Weekend

F Murphy <thrush@...>
 

September 4-5, 1999 - Oswegatchie Wilderness area in St. Lawrence County,
just west of Cranberry Lake. We hiked 25 miles over level terrain, most of
which was good Adirondack bog-type habitat. We hiked the fire truck trail
from Wanakena to High Falls, then back along Dead Creek Flow arm of
Cranberry Lake. I always have a glimmer of hope that some day I would get
to see a Three-toed Woodpecker, but this was not to be one of those days.

Birding was good but the boreal specialties were not found. There was a
good migrant flight on the night of the 4th. I think I had a Spruce Grouse
with young ones but unfortunately I can never be sure. We were walking
along the trail when a grouse with young scurried into the impenetrable
forest. I heard the guttural sounds of the parent nearby and it reminded
me so much of the time I actually filmed one in Ontario. The habitat and
situation was so similar. As Dick Beeler says, "the higher your standards,
the lower your life list," so maybe I'll add it to my New York list !

Following are estimated numbers:

3 Great Blue Heron, 1 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, Spruffed Grouse family, 4 Turkeys
along Route 3, 1 Barred Owl at the Cranberry Lake campground, 2 Kingfisher,
1 Sapsucker, 3 Downy, 2 Hairy, 5 Flicker, 1 Blue-headed Vireo, 1
Philadelphia Vireo, 5 Red-eyed Vireo, 25 Blue Jay, 25 Black-capped
Chickadee, 1 RB Nuthatch, 3 WB Nuthatch, 3 Brown Creeper, 5 Winter Wren, 20
GC Kinglet, 3 Hermit Thrush, 2 Robin, 50 Cedar Waxwing, 1 Nashville
Warbler, 2 Chestnut-sided, 10 Magnolia, 5 Black-thr Blue, 100
Yellow-rumped, 10 Black-thr Green, 5 Blackburnian, 1 Blackpoll, 5
Black-and-White, 1 Am Redstart, 10 Common Yellowthroat, 2 Song Sparrow, 50
White-throated Sparrow, 3 Rusty Blackbird, 10 Goldfinch.


Frank Murphy
Clifton Park, NY


Vischer Ferry

SJStoner@...
 

at yesterday's field trip we had about 30 chimney swifts, 2 red eyed vireo, a
purple finch and a redstart. At Ferry Drive the water was up and no mudflats
visible, but did have 5 great blues and 3 great egrets.


Hawk Watch

LTS <dlsam@...>
 

Dale and I "manned" the Hawkwatch yesterday from 10 to 2. We saw a TV, a
sharpie harrassing a Broadwinged, a second Broadwinged, a Red-Shouldered, a
Northern Harrier, and an unidentified raptor. We also saw three crows, a
chickadee, a flicker, three starlings, a bobolink and three goldfinches. We
also
heard additional species in the woods.

Beautiful day!

Lillian


Huyck Preserve

wacbny@...
 

On Sunday the cedar waxwings outnumbered the tree swallows over the
lake. Other sightings included pewee, r.b. grosbeak, scarlet tanager,
g.b.heron, kingfisher and r. grouse.


Bill Brooks


VF 9/3/99

F Murphy <thrush@...>
 

Vischer Ferry Power Station - 9/3/99 - 2 Blackburnian Warblers, 1 Magnolia
Warbler, 1 Scarlet Tanager


Frank Murphy
Clifton Park, NY


No Subject

jeff scherer
 

I spent much of my time home with my new daughter and got to watch my
yard. I had a juv. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (I also saw two in the Black
Creek on 8-25 as well as 8 Turkey Vultures) plenty of Hummingbirds and
a juvenile Cooper's Hawk which I saw three different times trying to
catch something at my feeder. Also I have been hearing a Screech Owl
quite often somewhere near the Voorheesville Library which is located
on the same tracks that run through the Black Creek. One note of
interest on the Owl. There were fireworks in my area around dusk (I
think it was the closing of the Altamont Fair) and the Owl started in
and didn't stop for hours. Usually I hear the 'singing' between 3AM and
5AM nothing like a new baby around for being up to enjoy some good Owl
sounds.


Vischer Ferry 9/2/99

F Murphy <thrush@...>
 

Vischer Ferry 9/2/99 - Osprey, Red-tailed Hawk, Wood Duck, 2 Great Blue
Herons, Swamp Sparrow singing, 2 Wood Thrushes calling. Beautiful
panoramic sunset - 360 degrees of pink clouds.

FYI, there's a HMBC picnic there this Sunday at 3 PM


F Murphy
Clifton Park, NY

"See It Before They Saw It"


Re: Blue Herons/Lake Lonely

RWilPerry@...
 

I've canoed Lake Lonely on several occasions, including earlier this summer.
I know of no rookery there. Great spot for panted turtles, however.

Ray Perry
Scotia
RWilPerry@aol.com


birdline report 9/2/99

Barb Putnam <bputnam@...>
 

This is not a transcription of the Birdline tape. It is summary of
some of the sightings that were called in to birdline during the past
week. Please call the birdline (518-439-8080) for the full report.

Schenectady 8/25: fish crow

Five Rivers 8/28: great blue heron, cedar waxwing, wood duck, chimney
swift

Albany 8/28: common nighthawk

Vischer Ferry 8/29: wood duck, great blue heron, Baltimore oriole,
American redstart; Ferry Drive 8/29: green heron, great blue heron

Fort Edward area 8/30: eastern bluebird, great blue heron, cedar
waxwing, American black duck, black-capped chickadee, American
goldfinch, eastern kingbird, American redstart, ruby-throated
hummingbird, sharp-shinned hawk, red-tailed hawk and on Cary Rd: 35
wild turkey & 11 American kestrel

8/30 Gansevoort: northern harrier

Ann Lee Pond 8/31: great blue heron, American robin, mallard, Canada
goose, cedar waxwing, wood duck, northern flicker, eastern phoebe

Washington Ave Ext 8/31: wild turkey

Helderberg Hawk Watch 8/31: 2 turkey vultures, 1 red-tailed hawk, 2
American Kestrel, and 1 adult bald eagle. Other birds included downy
woodpecker, cedar waxwing, American goldfinch, black-capped
chickadee, ruby-throated hummingbird, American robin, red-breasted
nuthatch, blue jay, American crow, gray catbird, chimney swift,
rose-breasted grosbeak, northern cardinal, and a sharp-shinned hawk
(not migrating)

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Re: Blue Herons/Lake Lonely

A.E. Hanigan <sdi.aeh@...>
 

I was at a meeting today and was told there were many many Great Blue Herons
(allegedly "all over the place") at Lake Lonely along the swamp where the new
golf course is going in. I was asked whether there was a rookery on Lake
Lonely. Anyone know of one???

--
A.E. Hanigan
sdi.aeh@netheaven.com


The Hawk watch

Barb Putnam <bputnam@...>
 

Hi -

I took today at the Hawkwatch and although there was a north wind, it was
very quiet. The only migrating birds I saw were: 2 turkey vultures, 1
red-tailed hawk, 2 American kestrel, and 1 adult bald eagle

Other birds that put in an appearance were: downy woodpecker, cedar
waxwing, American goldfinch, black-capped chickadee, ruby-throated
hummingbird, American robin, red-breasted nuthatch, blue jay, American
crow, gray catbird, chimney swift, rose-breasted grosbeak, northern
cardinal, sharp-shinned hawk (not migrating)
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weekend sightings

SJStoner@...
 

a few highlights from the weekend of Aug 28 and 29. At Five Rivers on the
28th, one great blue heron. overhead alongSR 85 near I-90, 8 common
nighthawks that day; another 4 overhead at Heritage Park that evening.
Vischer Ferry on Sunday the 29th had 2 great blue herons at the pond at the
first entrance east of the main entrance, also Balt. orioles, Red eyed vireo
and redstarts there. At the end of Ferry Dr., a green heron and 2 more great
blues. The ponds at the main entrance and along the dirt road to ther river
are no more. There was a r.t. hummingbird along there however.


Common Nighthawk movement

Jane Graves <jgraves@...>
 

Yesterday evening there was a good movement of Common Nighthawks here in
eastern New York. In my Saratoga Springs back yard I counted 932 flying
over between 6:15 and 7:30 pm. There were also 2 migrating eastern red bats
flying around the yard towards dusk.

Jane Graves
133 York Avenue
Saratoga Springs, NY


birdline report 8/26/99

Barb Putnam <bputnam@...>
 

This is not a transcription of the Birdline tape. It is summary of
some of the sightings that were called in to birdline during the past
week. Please call the birdline (518-439-8080) for the full report.

Hudson River, Spier Falls Rd 8/18: bald eagle

Scotia 8/18: wild turkey

Hudson River, 117 St-118 St, Lansingburg 8/18: 15 swans (sp?)

Guilderland 8/22: common nighthawk

Gansevoort yard 8/19: scarlet tanager, pine warbler, bank swallow,
Baltimore oriole, white-throated sparrow; 8/20: least flycatcher,
eastern phoebe, common yellowthroat, yellow warbler, yellow-bellied
sapsucker, purple finch

New St, Cohoes 8/22: black-bellied plover in breeding plumage, 10
least sandpipers, 2 greater yellowlegs, 1 lesser yellowlegs, 4
semipalmated plovers, 2 spotted sandpipers, 1 hooded merganser, 20
double-crested cormorants, 5 great blue herons, 1 green heron, 2
blue-winged teal, 2 green-winged teal, 400 gulls, mostly ring-billed,
some great black-backed, a few herring and at Cohoes Falls/Cohoes
Commons - 20 blue-winged teal, 2 green-winged teal, 2 wood ducks, 1
greater yellowlegs

Vischer Ferry 8/22: Ferry Drive East - 6 gadwall, and a nice mixed
flock of warblers with chickadees: 1 blue-winged, 4 magnolia, 2
chestnut-sided, 4 American redstarts

Five Rivers, Delmar 8/23: solitary sandpiper

Albany 8/23: common nighthawk

Round Lake 8/24: bald eagle

Schodack yard 8/25: black-throated green warbler, wild turkey, whip-
poor-will

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SPAM

bputnam@...
 

Hi all -

I am sorry that you all got "spammed" through this group. I sure hope
this will not become a problem. I immediately wrote to eGroups about
it. This is why I set the group up as "members only can post" - I
don't know what happened.

Barb


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8 Nighthawks

F Murphy <thrush@...>
 

8/25/99 - 8 Common Nighthawks at (tongue in cheek) Crossgates Mall ! I had
hoped that this would be a good night, so I went to my old reliable
Nighthawk stomping grounds in Colonie and West Albany. It was the peak
date traditionally, the 25th, the right time - 6:30 to 7 PM, and the
weather seemed good, but it may have been slightly too windy. Anyhow,
nothing at all until we hit Crossgates and saw 8 coming in from the south
side of the parking lot.

Keep an eye out the next few nights. Thanks.

Had a flock of about 40 Double-crested Cormorants flying in V formation
much like geese on 8/24/99 on the Northway just south of Lake George.


F Murphy
Clifton Park, NY

"See It Before They Saw It"


Nighthawks

Joan L Cipriani <jlcip@...>
 

Hi folks,

8/23 14 Nighthawks flew over my house in a period of 4 to 5 minutes

8/22 Ferry Drive: A female Red-bellied Woodpecker at the top of a bare
branch seen from the parking area. Also, a fall plumaged Black-throated
Blue warbler on the trail to the east.

8/24 Lock 7: a Great Egret, Great Blue Heron, 14 DC Cormorants, 3
Cedar Waxwings, BC Chicadees, Goldfinch, Blue Jay and an unidentified
warbler.
--
Joan Cipriani
jlcip@prodigy.net
Schenectady, NY