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Killdeer at Schuylerville school!

Scott Varney
 

Spring is definitely making an appearance today.  Found 1 very vocal Killdeer on the Turf Field today at 8:55 AM as I was outside teaching my students about Mendelian Genetics and Inheritance of Alleles. All of my students were happy to hear the bird as I pointed out that its presence was a sign of Spring!

At Hudson Crossing, the trail entrance next to the big gravel parking lot is hosting a very loud Carolina Wren right next to the outhouse.  

The river at Hudson Crossing is the stage for several Bufflehead performing their awesome courtship displays, with their heads flipping back toward their tails and their feet kicking up a splash of water over their backs all while making their "peent" calls.

Happy Birding,

Scott Varney
Salem, NY


Birding opportunities- Spring 2021- Meet-ups at selected locations

trwdsd
 

Schedule is subject to change, so always check this site the day before to confirm. Large groups of birders may be split into several smaller ones. 

 

Be prepared to socially distance and wear a mask when in the company of others.

 

 

Saturday, March 20, 2021- First Day of Spring @ Lions Park, Niskayuna (8:30 am)

 

Waterfowl and any of the earliest Spring migrants. Parking lot is located on Rosendale Rd. in Niskayuna.

 

 

Saturday, April 3, 2021- Lock 7 and Mohawk River State Park (8:00am)

 

Waterfowl and early migrants. Parking lot is located at the end of Lock 7 Road in Niskayuna, off of Rosendale Rd.

 

 

Saturday, April 10, 2021- Five Rivers EEC (7:30am)

 

Early warblers. Parking lot is located along Game Farm Rd. in Delmar.

 

 

Saturday, April 17, 2021- Normanskill Farm (7:30am)

 

Sparrows, swallows. Parking lot is on Mill Rd., off of Delaware Ave. in Albany.

 

 

Saturday, May 1, 2021- Albany Pine Bush Preserve (7:00am)

 

Neotropical migrants. Parking lot is located on Rt. 155 in Albany, at the Discovery Center building.

 

 

Hope to see you out in the field!


Tom Williams 
Colonie

 


Wilton Walmart Woodcock!

Lindsey Duval
 

After not wanting to stay after dark and die on the icy path at Wilton Wildlife Preserve to listen for Woodcocks tonight I wandered to the Wilton Walmart just now for a snack, got out in the section close to the hotel, and had a Woodcock twittering right over my car! I believe it took off from the site but I have had them occasionally in this lot in previous years. 

Happy early spring,

Lindsey D. 


This week's destination: 3/11 - NOTE WINTER START TIME

Naomi Lloyd
 

Good morning Thursday birders! The snow has (mostly) melted and the earliest spring migrants are nudging at our doors. I hope you all had a chance to enjoy the Short-eared Owl show during their stay, and the winter finch invasion. I'm still hoping for Evening Grosbeaks to stop over on their return north!

Let's meet at Lions Park in Niskayuna at 9:00 to walk the bike path. Hope to see you there!

*Sticking with winter start time until April*

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Lions+Park/@42.7767742,-73.8239426,17z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x89de0d44840ee243:0x80a6c8e2a8e08a90!8m2!3d42.7769317!4d-73.8242966?hl=en&authuser=0

Naomi


On Wednesday, December 9, 2020, 10:49:34 AM EST, Naomi Lloyd via groups.io <naomi_kestrel@...> wrote:


Hey Thursday birders! Tomorrow looks not-bad (above freezing by 9:00), so let's meet at the Albany Pine Bush visitor center on New Karner Rd. Masks and social distancing please!

Next Thurday 12/17 is the Saratoga Christmas Bird Count - if you're interested in participating contact Jean Holcomb jeanh46@...

Good birding!


Naomi






Another finch yard species

Jeff Nadler
 

My finch Youtube program was just a day old but had to update it, with a front yard male red crossbill eating cone seeds on my Norway Spruce on Saturday. A new yard bird. A single bird for just five minutes but low enough to get great photos to add to the video.  Meanwhile, common redpoll numbers have declined to about 25 on my feeders but also now eating spruce cone seeds in the early morning.  Red-winged blackbirds have arrived in the neighborhood.

https://youtu.be/3JRyjHNsVwg

Jeff Nadler
Burnt Hills


Common Loon - New Baltimore

Richard Guthrie
 

Today, March 7.

Plus 2 C. Goldeneyes, 4 C. Mergansers and 3 Ring-necked Ducks.and other stuff.

Viewable from Cornell Park.



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Richard Guthrie


Banded Ring-billed Gulls

Richard Guthrie
 

Yesterday, then today, I came across two different color banded Ring-billed Gulls. One in a parking lot in Catskill. The other at the Coxsackie Boat Launch. 

Yesterday's [Blue band on Left Leg with the code: "1ZT"]  was banded as a juvenile in Quebec in 2013, Prior to my report, it had been seen in Quebec twice in April and again in June, 2017.

Today's [ blue band on Left Leg with "FJY"] was banded as an adult male, also in Quebec in June, 2019. I saw and reported this same one back in November last year, also at the Coxsackie Boat Launch. It had also been seen up in Quebec twice in May, 2020. So this one was seen at the same location on its way south last year, and again on its way north this year. 
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Rich Guthrie
New Baltimore, 
The Greene County,
NY


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Richard Guthrie


Winter finches at home

Jeff Nadler
 

Pine grosbeaks have been absent from my yard and neighborhood for a couple days now. Common redpolls are still plentiful (Over 35) on my feeders today. The finch irruption at home has been so memorable that I have preserved my  memories with a Youtube video of my photos and video taken. All photography from my yard except the male pine grosbeak in a neighbor’s yard. Sharing the link.

https://youtu.be/UHDM2mFoV9A

Jeff Nadler
Burnt Hills, NY


Re: American Wigeon - Peebles (Confluence Point)

Cynthia Edwardson
 

Thanks to Lindsey's tip when we saw her at Lock 2 (wood ducks, pintails, and green-winged teals there) Chris and I saw 2 American Wigeon at Confluence Point. Scope was needed.
Cindy and Chris Edwardson 


On Wed, Mar 3, 2021, 6:21 PM Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval@...> wrote:
At about 1 pm today I wandered Waterford Harbor and Confluence Point on Peebles Island in the midst of touring Cohoes area and then the Hudson for waterfowl and was rewarded with just one American Wigeon drake. I wondered if maybe I was just seeing things in the harsh sunlight, but it gave a loud, wheezy "whi-whew" call.

Not a lot else of note, although a drake Bufflehead showed up in the dwindling waterfowl at Stillwater Blockhouse Park yesterday, and I found one of the annual white-on-orange neck collared Canada Geese on the bank. 

Lindsey D.


American Wigeon - Peebles (Confluence Point)

Lindsey Duval
 

At about 1 pm today I wandered Waterford Harbor and Confluence Point on Peebles Island in the midst of touring Cohoes area and then the Hudson for waterfowl and was rewarded with just one American Wigeon drake. I wondered if maybe I was just seeing things in the harsh sunlight, but it gave a loud, wheezy "whi-whew" call.

Not a lot else of note, although a drake Bufflehead showed up in the dwindling waterfowl at Stillwater Blockhouse Park yesterday, and I found one of the annual white-on-orange neck collared Canada Geese on the bank. 

Lindsey D.


Cedar waxwings 5 Rivers

Sue Rokos
 

Greetings,
This late afternoon we were greeted with an ear-full of cedar waxwings, round of robins and murmuration of starlings in the apple orchard! Then a hairy woodpecker couple and a Downy. Heard chickadees, nuthatches, and mourning doves. A tufted titmouse followed us down the path.a red tailed hawk was preening himself on bluebird box 18 A, then flew directly towards us, perched in a tree, and well, watched us like a hawk. A gaggle of Canadian geese flew overhead, followed by a solitary hawk, white bellied with dark wings, hard to see in the light, probably another red tailed hawk? And finally head a red winged blackbird as we headed down the misnamed bird watcher's path. Lovely to be out and see pussy willows by the pond.
 
Sue and Dennis Rokos
Duanesburg


red crossbills, many singing passerines Albany Pine Bush this morning

scottjstoner
 

Blueberry Hill West, (trailhead 5) contiguous red and yellow trail, flyover. Also cardinals, house finch, titmouse, chickadee, song and white-throated sparrows all singing! 

Scott Stoner, Loudonville

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Derby hill

Mike Ward <Mik7w@...>
 

Here's some photos of the hawk migration at Derby Hill @ lake Ontario. (Broad tailed Hawk)


Good Birds All

Jeffrey Schoonmaker
 

20 different birds in my yard by 8:35 a.m. including 2 Red-winged Blackbirds, Red-breasted and White-breasted Nuthatch, Carolina Wren, Song Sparrow, & Mockingbird. Hey Common Redpolls - I've got feeders, too!  I know you're around.  Come check out my yard here in Colonie!

Jeff Schoonmaker


Peregrine falcon taken @ Vroomans Nose

Mike Ward <Mik7w@...>
 

Her name is "Broken Feather"


Permission to post on forums

Mike Ward <Mik7w@...>
 

Mike W


Normanside Drive near Normanskill Fishing Access Site Albany

Cynthia Edwardson
 

Continuing flock of about 40 Red-winged Blackbirds hanging out on Normanside Drive off of New Scotland.  They've been there off and on all winter.  Feeders nearby.  Today they were singing.  Nearby were two Common Grackles.  FOY for me.  Heard a Song Sparrow singing too.  Spring is getting closer!

Even more exciting was spotting at least 3 Red Crossbills in our backyard on Highfield Lane in Albany, this am.  They were on the ground checking out pine cones and didn't stay long.  At least one immature. New yard bird for us.  

Cindy Edwardson


winter finches heading back north

scottjstoner
 

FYI, an update from the Finch Network and a heads up that Matt will be our May program speaker!

https://finchnetwork.org/winter-finch-forecast-update-the-return-begins

Scott Stoner, HMBC program chair

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Re: flicker abundance at Washington Park, Albany

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

Hi Cynthia, 

There have been several flickers overwintering in the park this winter.  My daughter and I also saw a Merlin in the park last week.  Between 2015 and 2017 a pair of Merlins nested in the park - successfully in 2016 (the nest was knocked down during a thunderstorm in 2017.). They may still be nesting locally, so keep an eye out as the spring progresses.  I’ve also been seeing small groups of Common Redpolls in the park, mostly across from the Broderhof complex on Englewood Place

On Mon, Mar 1, 2021 at 2:26 PM Cynthia Edwardson <Cjredwardson@...> wrote:
Yesterday Chris and I were surprised to see at least 4 Northern Flickers while walking around Washington Park in the afternoon.  I wondered if these might be early migrators or winter hardies?  We had 15 species there including a Merlin and a Northern Mockingbird.  We did have to walk carefully to avoid the dog poop bombs everywhere!

Turkey Vulture just flew over our house in Albany (Highfield Lane) and we have a continuing Brown Creeper near the feeders since at least January 1st.  It explores the same pine trees over and over for hidden tidbits.  So many new things for us after 34 years in Northern MN.  Fun!!

Birds may be blowing in the wind tonight!

Cindy Edwardson

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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


flicker abundance at Washington Park, Albany

Cynthia Edwardson
 

Yesterday Chris and I were surprised to see at least 4 Northern Flickers while walking around Washington Park in the afternoon.  I wondered if these might be early migrators or winter hardies?  We had 15 species there including a Merlin and a Northern Mockingbird.  We did have to walk carefully to avoid the dog poop bombs everywhere!

Turkey Vulture just flew over our house in Albany (Highfield Lane) and we have a continuing Brown Creeper near the feeders since at least January 1st.  It explores the same pine trees over and over for hidden tidbits.  So many new things for us after 34 years in Northern MN.  Fun!!

Birds may be blowing in the wind tonight!

Cindy Edwardson

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