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Note from Barb

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Several quick things:

*** I'll be away for a while (Florida), so if you have trouble or a question about HMBirds - check the eGroups Help/Info section. I'll be very interested in reading HMBIrds when I get back - keep those postings coming!

*** Sorry about the double garganey posting (my computer froze in the middle and I wasn't sure it went through the first time)

*** Regarding my query on the RBA notices: several people responded that they already read the RBAs and several more said they like to get it. I will continue posting reports that I think are "rare or interesting".

*** While I am thinking of it: when you go on vacation, change your HMBirds subscription to "read on the web" instead of "email" and then your mailbox will not continue to fill up - no need to unsubscribe.

Hope you all have great birds while I am gone. Bob will be home and if a super-dooper bird appears in our yard, he'll call one of you to put the message out on HMBirds. It better not be too super-dooper!

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garganey in maine (RBA 4/13/99)

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There is an adult male GARGANEY ...a the Weskeag marsh in Thomaston.
website URL:
http://www-stat.wharton.upenn.edu/~siler/hotmail/EAST.1420426.html
RBA telephone:
(207) 781-2332

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garganey in Maine

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There is an adult male GARGANEY ...a the Weskeag marsh in Thomaston.

http://www-stat.wharton.upenn.edu/~siler/hotmail/EAST.1420426.html

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birdline report 4/15/99

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This is a summary of some of the birds called into the birdline this
past week. Please call 518-439-8080 for the full report.

Albany 4/9 - wild turkey, hermit thrush

Ballston Spa 4/9 - pine warbler, fox sparrow, white-throated sparrow

Fort Edward 4/9 - belted kingfisher, killdeer, American kestrel,
eastern meadowlark, eastern bluebird, wild turkey, green-winged teal,
wood duck, common snipe, 4/10 - 4 oldsquaw

Hudson River 4/9 - (below Fort Edward) double-crested cormorant,
ring-necked duck, common merganser, wood duck, American black duck,
blue-winged teal

Vischer Ferry 4/10 - great blue heron, blue-winged teal, wood duck,
ruffed grouse, eastern phoebe, rusty blackbird, great horned owl,
golden-crowned kinglet, brown creeper, Cooper's hawk

Cold Spring Rd (just south of Saratoga Lake) 4/10 - brown creeper,
yellow-rumped warbler, golden-crowned kinglet, red-breasted
Nuthatch, pileated woodpecker

Saratoga Lake 4/10, 4/11 - common merganser, red-breasted merganser,
ring-billed gull, great black-backed gull, greater scaup, lesser
scaup, belted kingfisher, American wigeon, Eurasian wigeon (off
Brown's Beach), redhead, ruddy duck, canvasback, ring-necked duck,
bufflehead, gadwall, lesser scaup, pied-billed grebe, common loon,
horned grebe. Note: Brown's Beach is private property, please respect
this fact.

Black Creek marsh 4/10 - wood duck, northern harrier, rusty
blackbird, common snipe, turkey vulture, American kestrel, Virginia
rail, common raven, northern rough-winged swallow, barn swallow,
northern mockingbird, swamp sparrow

Colonie 4/10 - red-breasted nuthatch, cedar waxwing

New Baltimore 4/10 - osprey

Guilderland 4/10 - wood duck, sharp-shinned hawk, wild turkey, red-
bellied woodpecker, yellow-bellied sapsucker, pileated woodpecker,
northern rough-winged swallow, winter wren, eastern bluebird,
northern mockingbird, ruby-crowned kinglet, yellow-rumped warbler,
palm warbler, Louisiana waterthrush, field sparrow, rusty blackbird

Towasentha Park 4/10 - Coopers hawk, sharp-shinned hawk,
golden-crowned kinglet, winter wren, hermit thrush

Vischer Ferry 4/11 - blue-gray gnatcatcher, eastern phoebe, tree
swallow, American wigeon, mallard, Canada goose, blue-winged teal,
green-winged teal, wood duck, red-bellied woodpecker, golden-crowned
kinglet, red-tailed hawk

Coxsackie 4/11 - Iceland gull, palm warbler

Pine Bush 4/11 - pine warbler

Fort Edward 4/12 - wild turkey, northern harrier, ruffed grouse, wood
duck, green-winged teal, common snipe, greater yellowlegs

Hudson 4/13 - possible merlin

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Red Fox

Joan L Cipriani <jlcip@...>
 

The "Bird of the Day" for me was a Red Fox in Glenville. I've seen them
at Five Rivers, but at Indian Meadows, it was a surprise.

--
Joan Cipriani
jlcip@prodigy.net
Schenectady, NY



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Re: Owl Real Estate

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Original Article: http://www.egroups.com/list/hmbirds/?start=79
Question: Has the HMBC or any other organization looked into buying any of the fields that are for sale on Fitzpatrick Road in Ft. Edward? I wonder if we couldn't keep alot more short eared owls around if we could protect a couple fields & not have them mowed. What a delight that would be!
It would be great to protect SEOW habitat, but fields that are not mowed do not remain fields very long! Management would be needed to keep the area attractive to the owls.
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the Forts (Miller & Edward) - 4/12/99

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4/12/99 Ft Miller: double-crested cormorant

Ft Edward: wild turkey, northern harrier, ruffed grouse, wood duck, green-winged teal, common snipe, greater yellowlegs, several large flocks of female redwings (finally arived), no short-eared owls (I stayed until dark)

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Owl Real Estate

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Question: Has the HMBC or any other organization looked into buying any of the fields that are for sale on Fitzpatrick Road in Ft. Edward? I wonder if we couldn't keep alot more short eared owls around if we could protect a couple fields & not have them mowed. What a delight that would be!

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OLDSQUAW & short ears

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To the delight of Ian and I Saturday afternoon, we found 4 OLDSQUAW on the river along Rt. 4 on our way to Ft. Edward. 3 males (2 in summer plume, 1 still in winter) and 1 female. SHORT EARED OWLS (3) were on Fitzpatrick Rd. along w/ 2 marsh hawks. General Ft. Edward had many killdeer, meadowlarks, horned lark, & the other usual suspects. River also produced several ring necks & hoodies.

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If you're looking for woodpeckers ...

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Vischer Ferry (Ferry Drive) was the place to be this morning. The only regular who didn't show up was Hairy. I was especially delighted to watch a pair of Pileateds investigating a hole in a dead tree. They, on the other hand, we not so delighted when a Starling poked his head out and loudly announced that the place was already occupied! The tiny Downies tapping every so quietly on branches just over my head were quite a contrast to the Flicker who sat on the very top of a dead tree and hammered away for all the world to hear. I think he was in competition with the Red-bellied who called continuously, oblivious to my staring at his majestic red crown shining brilliantly in the morning sunlight. It was a delightful morning indeed!


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VF & Saratoga Lake - 4/11/99

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April 11 -

Vischer Ferry: golden-crowned kinglet, eastern phoebe, brown creeper, Cooper's hawk

Saratoga Lake: lesser scaup, common loon, pied-billed grebe

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Darned Birds

Louis J. Esch <lesch1@...>
 

Barb -

About that "godern-crowned" kinglet on your Cold Spring Rd report:

I think that's usually spelled "GOLDERNED-CROWNED".

Doggone it!

- Lou




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Ballston lake/Saratoga lake area

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April 10th -

Balston Lake outlet: golden-crowned kinglet, wood duck, belted kingfisher, eastern phoebe

Cold Spring Rd: brown creeper, yellow-rumped warbler, godern-crowned kinglet, red-breasted nuthatch, pileated woodpecker

Saratoga Lake: common merganser, red-breasted merganser, ring-billed gull, great black-backed gull, greater scaup, lesser scaup, belted kingfisher

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HMBirders - question for you

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Hi all -

Just want a consensus on this - if you have an opinion, let me know via personal email (bputnam@gloabl2000.net) rather then using space here.

Do you want me to continue to post highlighted birds from the RBAs around NYS and neighboring states (New England and mid-atlantic only)? It will probably mean an extra 4 or 5 messages each week in your mailbox.

Good birding and keep looking up! Barb

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Buffalo RBA 4/9/99

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* Buffalo
* 04/09/99

Among the birds mentioned:
SANDHILL CRANE
EURASIAN WIGEON
GR. WHITE-FR. GOOSE
DARK-EYED JUNCO [Oregon-type]

If you are interested, here is the address of the full report:
http://www-stat.wharton.upenn.edu/~siler/hotmail/EAST.923635.html
The telephone number for the RBA is:
716-896-1271

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duh! 4/9 not 3/9 - sorry

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dang it - got the wrong month.

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Ft Edward & Hudson R 3/9/99

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3/9/99

Ft Edward - belted kingfisher, killdeer, American kestrel, eastern meadowlark, eatern bluebird, wild turkey, green-winged teal, wood duck, common snipe

Hudson River below Fort Edward (SARA side) - ring-necked duck, common merganser, double-crested cormorant, great black-backed gull, wood duck, American black duck, blue-winged teal

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Vischer Ferry 4/9/99

F Murphy <thrush@...>
 

Vischer Ferry 4/9/99 - Not much. 1 Great Blue Heron, 1 BW Teal, Wood
Ducks, Mallards, Blacks, Canada Goose, Ruffed Grouse, Phoebe, lots of Rusty
BB's - at least 20, and a GH Owl being mobbed by crows near the preserve.

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birdline report 4/8/99

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

Greenwich 4/1 - American woodcock

Vischer Ferry 4/1 - white-throated sparrow

Fort Edward 4/2-3 - peregrine falcon, eastern meadowlark, American
kestrel, eastern bluebird, eastern phoebe, great blue heron,
killdeer, blue-winged teal, green-winged teal, common snipe, American
tree sparrow

Fort Miller 4/2 - American tree swallow, Canada goose, greater scaup,
ring-necked duck, common merganser, hooded merganser, common
goldeneye

Saratoga Lake 4/2-4 - hooded merganser, northern shoveler, ring-
necked duck, red-necked grebe, horned grebe, pied-billed grebe,
greater scaup, bufflehead, common goldeneye, common loon, American
wigeon, golden-crowned kinglet, common merganser, lesser scaup

Hudson River near Fort Edward 4/3 - dark-eyed junco, common
merganser, wood duck, ring-necked duck

Vischer Ferry 4/3 - fox sparrow, rusty blackbird, American wigeon,
4/4 - palm warbler, blue-winged teal, green-winged teal, pileated
woodpecker, 4/5 - ruffed grouse

Tomhannock 4/3 - common raven

Malta 4/4 - pine warbler

Collins Lake 4/5 - 4 cattle egrets, 4/7 - pied-billed grebe, 1 snow
goose

Albany 4/5 - hermit thrush, golden-crowned kinglet

Ann Lee Pond 4/7 - house wren

Schenectady 4/7 - wood thrush

Gansevoort 4/7 - yellow-bellied sapsucker

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Gansevoort 4/7/99

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April 7th at Gansevoort: yellow-bellied sapsucker with a small flock of golden-crowned kinglets

Any sign of the cattle egrets, anyone?

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