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Black-capped Chickadee Nest-building

adir46er
 

While “atlasing" near home this morning, Robert and I observed a pair of black-capped chickadees excavating their nest. Quite amazing! Photos attached.

Rita Reed
East Hoosick, NY (Rensselaer County)



Eastern Phoebe

Alan
 

I was talking on the phone, looking out the back sliding glass doors, when my FOS Phoebe landed on the bird bath and enjoyed some water.

Clear skies, Alan
Glenville


Ann Lee Pond -- Mar 31, 2020

scottjstoner
 

yesterday, on a local venture outside, Denise and I birded the shaker site and Ann Lee pond in Albany county, near the airport. 

avian highlights were a Pied-billed Grebe on the pond, several Eastern Phoebes, Wood Duck, Common Mergansers, Eastern Bluebird, and killdeer. (ebird list below).

Spring continues to advance, with initial greening of the honeysuckle and growth of leaves on the skunk cabbage. 

Scott Stoner, Loudonville



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From: scottjstoner <scottjstoner@...>
Date: 4/1/20 09:26 (GMT-05:00)
To: Me <scottjstoner@...>
Subject: eBird -- Ann Lee Pond -- Mar 31, 2020

Ann Lee Pond
Mar 31, 2020
2:38 PM
Traveling
1.24 miles
110 minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:

2 Canada Goose
1 Wood Duck
6 Mallard
3 Common Merganser
1 Pied-billed Grebe
2 Mourning Dove
1 Killdeer
2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
2 Eastern Phoebe
4 Blue Jay
1 American Crow
1 Black-capped Chickadee
2 Tufted Titmouse
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 Northern Mockingbird
1 Eastern Bluebird
9 American Robin
2 American Goldfinch
3 Song Sparrow
5 Red-winged Blackbird

Number of Taxa: 20




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Surrender March Trail, Schuylerville Birding

Scott Varney
 

     If you're looking for a new birding escape route, try the (newly-named) Surrender March Trail on Route 4 in Schuylerville, with a parking area on Route 4 across from Schuyler Street. Trail is about 1 mile round trip. Great woodland wetland habitat!  
     Today, (and for at least the last 2 weeks) in the flooded fields directly toward the front left of the parking lot, there is a pair of Northern Shovelers. Lots of Mallards, Black Ducks, Wood Ducks, and a plethora of Ring-billed Gulls  There is a visible Great Blue Heron rookery along the trail with at least 1 heron on each of 9 counted nests. Wood Ducks were everywhere along the trail.  This is going to be some great warbler habitat in a few weeks. 

Happy Quarantining,

Scott Varney
Salem, NY



Re: Question about Wilson's Snipe

scottjstoner
 

Mona, agree with the early morning, but have also had them early evening, when out looking for woodcock flights



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-------- Original message --------
From: Alan Mapes <alanmapes@...>
Date: 3/30/20 11:38 (GMT-05:00)
To: ConserveBirds <conservebirds@...>
Cc: HMBirds <hmbirds@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Question about Wilson's Snipe

Hi Mona - I remember having them doing their flights at Black Creek Marsh in the early to mid-morning.

On Mon, Mar 30, 2020 at 11:10 AM ConserveBirds <conservebirds@...> wrote:

I have several areas in my BBA blocks that look like good habitat for snipe.  Does anyone have any idea what time of day they start displaying?  I would assume after sunset like woodcock, but…?  I have seen them feeding during the day but have never seen courtship displays. 

 

Mona Bearor

South Glens Falls

 

 


Re: Question about Wilson's Snipe

scottjstoner
 

Mona, agree with the early morning, but have also had them early evening, when out looking for woodcock flights



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-------- Original message --------
From: Alan Mapes <alanmapes@...>
Date: 3/30/20 11:38 (GMT-05:00)
To: ConserveBirds <conservebirds@...>
Cc: HMBirds <hmbirds@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Question about Wilson's Snipe

Hi Mona - I remember having them doing their flights at Black Creek Marsh in the early to mid-morning.

On Mon, Mar 30, 2020 at 11:10 AM ConserveBirds <conservebirds@...> wrote:

I have several areas in my BBA blocks that look like good habitat for snipe.  Does anyone have any idea what time of day they start displaying?  I would assume after sunset like woodcock, but…?  I have seen them feeding during the day but have never seen courtship displays. 

 

Mona Bearor

South Glens Falls

 

 


Re: Question about Wilson's Snipe

Alan Mapes
 

Hi Mona - I remember having them doing their flights at Black Creek Marsh in the early to mid-morning.

On Mon, Mar 30, 2020 at 11:10 AM ConserveBirds <conservebirds@...> wrote:

I have several areas in my BBA blocks that look like good habitat for snipe.  Does anyone have any idea what time of day they start displaying?  I would assume after sunset like woodcock, but…?  I have seen them feeding during the day but have never seen courtship displays. 

 

Mona Bearor

South Glens Falls

 

 


Re: Question about Wilson's Snipe

ConserveBirds
 

Thanks, Lindsey.  Cold and wet is how I’ve been a lot lately so no problem there!

Mona

 

From: Lindsey Duval [mailto:lindsey.duval@...]
Sent: Monday, March 30, 2020 11:14 AM
To: ConserveBirds <conservebirds@...>
Cc: HMBirds <hmbirds@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Question about Wilson's Snipe

 

The best chance of getting them displaying is very early in the morning around or before sunrise, or just after sunset (I've helped grad students with snipe surveys and found myself standing in cold swamps and marshes just before sunset and up to almost two hours after and that's when they became most active for displaying purposes). 

 

 

 

On Mon, Mar 30, 2020, 11:10 AM ConserveBirds <conservebirds@...> wrote:

I have several areas in my BBA blocks that look like good habitat for snipe.  Does anyone have any idea what time of day they start displaying?  I would assume after sunset like woodcock, but…?  I have seen them feeding during the day but have never seen courtship displays. 

 

Mona Bearor

South Glens Falls

 

 


Re: Question about Wilson's Snipe

Lindsey Duval
 

The best chance of getting them displaying is very early in the morning around or before sunrise, or just after sunset (I've helped grad students with snipe surveys and found myself standing in cold swamps and marshes just before sunset and up to almost two hours after and that's when they became most active for displaying purposes). 



On Mon, Mar 30, 2020, 11:10 AM ConserveBirds <conservebirds@...> wrote:

I have several areas in my BBA blocks that look like good habitat for snipe.  Does anyone have any idea what time of day they start displaying?  I would assume after sunset like woodcock, but…?  I have seen them feeding during the day but have never seen courtship displays. 

 

Mona Bearor

South Glens Falls

 

 


Question about Wilson's Snipe

ConserveBirds
 

I have several areas in my BBA blocks that look like good habitat for snipe.  Does anyone have any idea what time of day they start displaying?  I would assume after sunset like woodcock, but…?  I have seen them feeding during the day but have never seen courtship displays. 

 

Mona Bearor

South Glens Falls

 

 


Vischer Ferry Waterfowl

jhershey2
 

The HMBC field trips for April have been cancelled, as you may know, including Vischer Ferry Preserve.  I've been visiting there almost daily for the exercise and for the ducks.  I've never seen the place as busy with people as it's been for the last couple weeks usually with parking lot overflow even on week days.  Anyway, there has consistently been a good variety of waterfowl.  This morning I had the following with guess-timates: American Wigeon (12), Gadwall (16), Northern Shoveler (2), Green-winged Teal (18), Wood Duck (16), Bufflehead (2),  Ring-necked Duck (40), Pied-billed Grebe (2).  I counted what I saw along the west towpath plus the back ponds.  I didn't see it this morning but on previous days it was interesting to watch the shoveler pairs doing their "mating dance".  They will bow heads alternately (like Mallards) or turn in a circle with head under water but no actual mating so far.  The main trails are wide enough to keep 6 feet from others coming the other way.  I've attached a few pics from previous days. 

John H.


fox sparrow in the yard

scottjstoner
 

One of the benefits of being home most  of the time is increased observations of the birds of our backyard. This morning, 3-30-2020, we had a first of year (FOY) Fox Sparrow, only the 3rd time, and earliest, in the past dozen years. Scott and Denise, Loudonville



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Horned Grebe & Red-brested Merganser - Coxsackie

Richard Guthrie
 

Today on the Hudson River - 1 each.

Also Double-crested Cormorants, and a Bald Eagle sitting on a nest.

Rich Guthrie

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Richard Guthrie


Yellow-headed Blackbird

Scott Varney
 

Here's a couple of today's photos of the Yellow-headed Blackbird on Mahaffey Road in Fort Edward.  

Scott Varney
Salem, NY


WC Grasslands. Blackhouse Road Trail

Scott Varney
 

I had a beautiful hike into the wilderness of solitude today along the Washington County Grasslands Trail on Blackhouse Road in Fort Edward.  Birds were sparse, but I took time to enjoy an Eastern Phoebe's songs, a continual influx of Turkey Vultures in drift-mode, a family of Song Sparrows making their Chimp sounds, a Northern Harrier drifting across the Grasslands in search of a meal, a pair of Vesper Sparrows near the outer platform, and my first beetles of the season...it was so peaceful!  The day was topped off with a true avian hint of the Spring season, a solitary Eastern Meadowlark in full-on song.  I love Spring!

Acclimating to the new "normal". 

Scott Varney 
Salem, NY



Turkey Vulture Colony

Scott Varney
 

For all the bad rap they receive from most people, Turkey Vultures are fascinating creatures!  Our Salem roosting colony has returned this Spring.  Tonight, it is an absolute spectacle as all 70+ vultures are flying over my house. Their amazing sense of smell and a body size nearly that of a Bald Eagle are impressive. Check out the enclosed link for an article regarding their amazing odoriferous superpowers. 
Also, in the spirit of social distancing, Montezuma NWR had this picture to offer. 


5 Rivers Yesterday March 26

scottjstoner
 

Denise and I birded a portion of the grounds yesterday, staying far away from the many other people who were also enjoying the springlike afternoon. Highlights included a pair of Eastern Bluebirds, and a flock of American Robins devouring the fruits in the apple orchard near the visitor center.  Full ebird list with a few photos (at link) below. 

Stay safe everyone

Scott

Five Rivers EEC, Albany, New York, US
Mar 26, 2020 2:04 PM - 4:23 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.58 mile(s)
17 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  6
Mourning Dove  6
Killdeer  1    on roof of visitor center where it has nested in recent years
Buteo sp.  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
American Crow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Eastern Bluebird  2
American Robin  20
House Sparrow  10
Dark-eyed Junco  2
White-throated Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  5
Red-winged Blackbird  8
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
Common Grackle  5
Northern Cardinal  1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S66249501


Yellow-headed Blackbird

Scott Varney
 

The Yellow-headed Blackbird on Mahaffey Road in Fort Edward is still hanging out and today, he is posing beautifully right next to the road, showing off spectacular colors in full sunlight. Amazing shade of yellow-orange on the head and neck!

Killdeer and Brown-headed Cowbirds are providing amazing vocal performances. 

Happy Birding,

Scott Varney
Salem, NY


Breeding Bird Atlas webinar link

Andy Mason
 

Folks--

Last week's NYS Breeding Bird Atlas III webinar with State Coordinator
Julie Hart is now online at
https://doas.us/the-joys-of-atlasting-with-julie-hart-march-20-2020-webinar/.

Andy Mason

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Andrew Mason
13 Boylston St.
Oneonta, NY 13820
(607) 652-2162
AndyMason@...


Great Blue Herons

Sue Rokos
 

Hi, so excited to see a Great Blue Heron in the marsh down our road by the tracks in Duanesburg. Then, on our way back tucked in the back of a large drained pond, where we have noticed four empty nests, and thought a rookery? And yes! Three herons in two nests....very tucked back. Until the leaves come we can just see them from the road farther up. Taking the scope tomorrow.

Sue and Dennis Rokos