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FOS sparrows

Nancy Castillo
 

During yesterday’s snow, we had our first of season Song Sparrow and today in a snow-covered yard, our FOS Fox Sparrow. The Fox Sparrow was visiting our birdfeeders, a rare behavior here at least.

 

Town of Providence, western Saratoga County.

 

Nancy Castillo


Song Sparrow

Alan
 

A single Song Sparrow under my feeders just now.

Clear skies, Alan
Glenville


Re: Purple Finch - Saratoga

birderlarry
 


We have a male and female at our feeder today - currently actively feeding along with a WTSP, SOSP, HAWP, DOWP, RBWP, AMGO, and many juncos. 
Larry Federman 
Palenville, Greene County


On Mar 23, 2020, at 2:39 PM, scottjstoner via Groups.Io <ScottJStoner@...> wrote:


we also had one female at our feeders, yesterday and the day before, but not today. Scott and Denise, Loudonville



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From: Alan Mapes <alanmapes@...>
Date: 3/23/20 13:19 (GMT-05:00)
To: HMBirds <hmbirds@groups.io>
Subject: [hmbirds] Purple Finch - Saratoga

We had one female purple finch around noon time today at our feeders. She did not really feed that I could see, but sat on top of a feeder quietly as the goldfinch hoard swirled around her.

Alan Mapes
Saratoga


Re: Purple Finch - Saratoga

Nancy Castillo
 

We have had 16 Purple Finches enjoying the safflower seed on a snowy day in western Saratoga County. 1300ft elevation.

 

Nancy

 

From: hmbirds@groups.io [mailto:hmbirds@groups.io] On Behalf Of scottjstoner via Groups.Io
Sent: Monday, March 23, 2020 2:40 PM
To: Alan Mapes <alanmapes@...>; HMBirds <hmbirds@groups.io>
Cc: hmbirds@groups.io
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Purple Finch - Saratoga

 

we also had one female at our feeders, yesterday and the day before, but not today. Scott and Denise, Loudonville

 

 

 

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From: Alan Mapes <alanmapes@...>

Date: 3/23/20 13:19 (GMT-05:00)

To: HMBirds <hmbirds@groups.io>

Subject: [hmbirds] Purple Finch - Saratoga

 

We had one female purple finch around noon time today at our feeders. She did not really feed that I could see, but sat on top of a feeder quietly as the goldfinch hoard swirled around her.

 

Alan Mapes

Saratoga


Re: Purple Finch - Saratoga

Barb, Rod and Jill
 

We’ve had purple finches in our yard in Schoharie County for weeks. Some house finches too. Many on this snowy day.
 
Barb Palmer
 

From: scottjstoner via Groups.Io
Sent: Monday, March 23, 2020 2:39 PM
To: Alan Mapes ; HMBirds
Cc: hmbirds@groups.io
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Purple Finch - Saratoga
 
we also had one female at our feeders, yesterday and the day before, but not today. Scott and Denise, Loudonville
 
 
 
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-------- Original message --------
From: Alan Mapes <alanmapes@...>
Date: 3/23/20 13:19 (GMT-05:00)
To: HMBirds <hmbirds@groups.io>
Subject: [hmbirds] Purple Finch - Saratoga
 
We had one female purple finch around noon time today at our feeders. She did not really feed that I could see, but sat on top of a feeder quietly as the goldfinch hoard swirled around her.
 
Alan Mapes
Saratoga


Re: Purple Finch - Saratoga

scottjstoner
 

we also had one female at our feeders, yesterday and the day before, but not today. Scott and Denise, Loudonville



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-------- Original message --------
From: Alan Mapes <alanmapes@...>
Date: 3/23/20 13:19 (GMT-05:00)
To: HMBirds <hmbirds@groups.io>
Subject: [hmbirds] Purple Finch - Saratoga

We had one female purple finch around noon time today at our feeders. She did not really feed that I could see, but sat on top of a feeder quietly as the goldfinch hoard swirled around her.

Alan Mapes
Saratoga


Purple Finch - Saratoga

Alan Mapes
 

We had one female purple finch around noon time today at our feeders. She did not really feed that I could see, but sat on top of a feeder quietly as the goldfinch hoard swirled around her.

Alan Mapes
Saratoga


Harris's Sparrow

Julie Hart
 

I received a notice that a Harris's Sparrow was seen yesterday on Buckingham Pond in Albany. Photos attached!

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From: sara hart <sarahart@...>
Subject: Harris's Sparrow
Date: March 22, 2020 at 7:31:20 PM EDT


Hi Julie,

Sara and I had a very exciting discovery today—a Harris’s Sparrow!  Sara took these photos.  We found it on our walk around Buckingham Pond which is right next to Stonehenge Gardens where we live. It was associating with 3 White-throated Sparrows.  It was off the trail that circles the pond at the west end of Raft Street (at this point the trail runs parallel to Raft Street on the south side of the pond).  It was in a semi-open area on the pond side of the trail where the trail makes a 90 degree turn.  The easiest way to reach this location is to park at the playground on Berkshire Blvd. and walk the trail to the spot.  

Later in the morning I returned to the area where we saw the bird and scattered some millet. We checked the spot one more time later in the afternoon but saw no birds at the seed. 

Sara and I don’t know any other birders so you can share this information as you like.  We’ll check for the bird tomorrow.  Thanks!

Brian and Sara 





Yellow-headed Blackbird

Scott Varney
 

The Yellow-headed Blackbird was still hanging out on Mahaffey Road in Fort Edward on Sunday.
Saw it for a glimpse at about 1:00 pm and made sound recordings...kind of sounded like a cross between a Red-Winged Blackbird and R2D2 (Star Wars reference).  Waited for about 3 hours and finally got a recognizable photo, which I have attached.

Happy Social Distancing,

Scott Varney
Salem, NY


Re: Yellow-headed blackbird Washington county

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

In my haste to get word out I neglected to note that this bird was found Friday by Thom McLenahan

On Sun, Mar 22, 2020 at 7:37 AM zach schwartz-weinstein via Groups.Io <zachsw=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
First discovered two days ago, this bird is continuing this morning on Mahaffey Road in the fort Edward/argyle area near the marsh area about 8/10 of a mile east of CR 42
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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774

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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


Yellow-headed blackbird Washington county

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

First discovered two days ago, this bird is continuing this morning on Mahaffey Road in the fort Edward/argyle area near the marsh area about 8/10 of a mile east of CR 42
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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


Brown Creeper Song File

Scott Varney
 

Enjoy!

Scott Varney
Salem, NY

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Date: Sat, Mar 21, 2020, 12:20 PM
Subject: Brown Creeper Song File
To: <hmbirds@groups.io>



Brown Creeper Song File

Scott Varney
 


Brown Creeper Songs

Scott Varney
 

I'm taking a break from solitary confinement today and relocated my cell to the park at the Georgi Museum in Shushan (and still happily in solitary confinement). I'm currently listening to the beautiful, repeated songs of a lone Brown Creeper...I don't think I've ever heard a single, full-length song of this species as well as I am hearing it right now😃

Staying mentally strong,

Scott Varney
Salem, NY


Additional info for tonight's Audubon Breeding Bird Atlas webinar

Andy Mason
 

Folks--

If you are planning on joining this evening's webinar on the NYS Breeding Bird Atlas III using a mobile device, it is recommended to download the Webex app beforehand to allow full participation.  This should be available in the App Store, etc.

Andy Mason



UPDATED TO ONLINE LIVE PRESENTATION – The Joys of Atlasing

March 20 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
ONLINE – VIRTUAL EVENT NY United States
Free

UPDATE FROM DELAWARE-OTSEGO AUDUBON SOC.: Due to our region's attempts to minimize the risk of spreading the COV-19 virus, we have cancelled our meeting in Oneonta on 3/20 BUT we will be presenting the program online instead. 

FULL INSTRUCTIONS FOR HOW TO PARTICIPATE ARE ON THE DOAS WEBSITE AT THE EVENT LINK: https://doas.us/event/the-joys-of-atlasing/


It has been 20 years since the last breeding bird atlas in New York State and a lot has changed! The third atlas will take place from 2020-2024 and involve thousands of volunteers from across the state.  Join Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society ONLINE on Friday, March 20, 7:30pm, as we present Julie Hart, Project Coordinator for the NY Breeding Bird Atlas.  Learn about the history of the Breeding Bird Atlas, the importance of atlas data, and how you can get involved. Find out how the third atlas will differ from previous atlases, including how we will be using eBird for data entry.

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


HMBC Annual Meeting Program & Banquet Postponed Indefinitely

gregg_recer
 

HMBC Annual Meeting Program & Banquet Postponed

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the resulting restrictions on indoor gatherings, the HMBC board has decided to indefinitely postpone the Annual Meeting Program and Banquet originally scheduled for April 13, 2020. No alternate date has been set, and rescheduling will depend on how the situation evolves over time. Banquet fees for those who have already registered will be refunded. 

We encourage everyone to follow public health guidance for Coronavirus prevention at home and while out birding.

 

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gregg recer
malta NY


Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club- field trip cancellation notice

trwdsd
 

The Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club has cancelled upcoming field trips, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent guidelines and restrictions from the CDC, the NYS Department of Health and local agencies. A list of cancellations is shown below and may be revised and extended going forward as conditions warrant.

Individuals and families may wish to go outdoors to walk, enjoy nature and get exercise, so the destinations and descriptions provided with our field trip listings may act as a guide for those outings. Use good judgment and follow recommended methods of spacing when in public. Be aware that indoor facilities and restrooms will probably be closed. Information and suggestions from The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation relating to outdoor activities can be found here:  http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/119881.html 

Check in periodically at hmbc.net for the latest updates on scheduled events.

The following field trips are CANCELLED:

 

·       March 21, 2020 – Vosburgh Swamp WMA

·       March 28, 2020 – Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail

·       April 11, 2020 – Early Migrants at Five Rivers EEC 

·       April 12, 2020 – Vischer Ferry Nature & Historic Preserve

·       April 19, 2020 – Collins Lake

·       April 25, 2020 – Fox Preserve

·       April 26, 2020 – Powell Sanctuary

·       April 29, 2020 – Weekday Walk at Five Rivers EEC


Friday Audubon Breeding Bird Atlas now a live webinar

Andy Mason
 

UPDATED TO ONLINE LIVE PRESENTATION – The Joys of Atlasing

March 20 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
ONLINE – VIRTUAL EVENT NY United States
Free

UPDATE FROM DELAWARE-OTSEGO AUDUBON SOC.: Due to our region's attempts to minimize the risk of spreading the COV-19 virus, we have cancelled our meeting in Oneonta on 3/20 BUT we will be presenting the program online instead. 

FULL INSTRUCTIONS FOR HOW TO PARTICIPATE ARE ON THE DOAS WEBSITE AT THE EVENT LINK: https://doas.us/event/the-joys-of-atlasing/


It has been 20 years since the last breeding bird atlas in New York State and a lot has changed! The third atlas will take place from 2020-2024 and involve thousands of volunteers from across the state.  Join Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society ONLINE on Friday, March 20, 7:30pm, as we present Julie Hart, Project Coordinator for the NY Breeding Bird Atlas.  Learn about the history of the Breeding Bird Atlas, the importance of atlas data, and how you can get involved. Find out how the third atlas will differ from previous atlases, including how we will be using eBird for data entry.

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


Vosburgh Marsh Trip Cancelled

Alan Mapes
 

Hi Folks - due to the evolving situation, I am not going to hold the trip Saturday to Vosburgh. If anyone would like to visit that spot on your own and would like directions and suggestions, please feel free to contact me. 

Stay safe - Alan


Five Rivers today and Vischer Ferry yesterday

scottjstoner
 

Denise and I have ventured out to two of our favorite places with binoculars and cameras, saying hellos from a distance to others we know and don't know. There is comfort and familiarity in nature, as species that are "old friends" arrive on their journeys. 

today we had our first of year Eastern Phoebe at Five Rivers (Albany county) along with bluebirds, robins, wood ducks, song sparrows and more, to the backdrop of spring peepers and green frogs.

yesterday at Vischer Ferry (Saratoga county) we enjoyed the continuing presence of Ring-necked Ducks, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Hooded Merganser, and Northern Shoveler.

Please note that the building and restrooms at Five Rivers are closed, and all programs cancelled though the end of March. 

Take care everyone, and best wishes as we all learn to adapt to the rapidly evolving "new normal."  -Scott Stoner, Loudonville



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