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Re: Wright's Loop

Will Raup
 

Looks good for white-rumped.

Will Raup



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From: "hersheyj@... [hmbirds]"
Date: 5/31/17 12:41 PM (GMT-05:00)
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Subject: [HMBirds] Wright's Loop

 

I checked out Wright's Loop with as much time as I had this morning after the report of White-rumps, etc.  I definitely saw the Semipalmated Plovers and Dunlins but the shorebirds were all in grass and hard to see.  I posted one digiscoped pic which I believe shows a White-rumped Sandpiper (with Dunlins) because of the primaries that extend beyond the tail and the stripes on the flanks. I also saw a white rump on one bird though I don't know if it was this one.   https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/hmbirds/photos/albums/77752785/lightbox/260252327?orderBy=ordinal&sortOrder=asc&photoFilter=ALL#zax/260252327


John H.


Wright's Loop

jhershey2
 

I checked out Wright's Loop with as much time as I had this morning after the report of White-rumps, etc.  I definitely saw the Semipalmated Plovers and Dunlins but the shorebirds were all in grass and hard to see.  I posted one digiscoped pic which I believe shows a White-rumped Sandpiper (with Dunlins) because of the primaries that extend beyond the tail and the stripes on the flanks. I also saw a white rump on one bird though I don't know if it was this one.   https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/hmbirds/photos/albums/77752785/lightbox/260252327?orderBy=ordinal&sortOrder=asc&photoFilter=ALL#zax/260252327


John H.


Wrights Loop 5/31/17

Lindsey Duval
 

Wrights Loop might be worth visiting today...I'm not 100% positive right at the moment (I did take pictures but am at work all day), but there were two shorebirds following a Dunlin around that were only marginally smaller, with shorter bills, apparently 'pale' bill bases, and tapered bodies and longer wings. Another was poking around in the plants behind them. This seems to point to White-rumped Sandpipers.

And there are at least 4 Dunlin there, the continuing 6 Semipalmated Plovers, a bunch of Least Sandpipers, and a Pectoral Sandpiper hanging out by itself. No Yellowlegs, Solitary, Killdeer, or Spotteds were present despite the busy feeding, but I couldn't see to the other side because of the rain and a pair of Bald Eagles were hanging out with a stick on the ground not far from the 'pond.' 

Enjoy,

Lindsey D.


Re: Chuck-wills-widow Warren County and access

Lindsey Duval
 

I ended up with about the same count of Whips as you did on that road, pretty impressive, because in all my time living in the Glens Falls area, I have found them hard to find otherwise.

I am down for West Mountain exploring/stakeouts. I'm currently in the Saratoga area, so am still not too far away from there. 

- Lindsey

On Wed, May 31, 2017 at 8:10 AM, Richard Guthrie richardpguthrie@... [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply@...> wrote:
 

There may be more than one Chuck at West Mountain Ski Area outside of Queensbury, Warren County.

Location: 43.2918891,-73.7302002. The site is relatively easy to access by road from I-87 (The Northway), Exit 18.

Two groups of us were listening to one each (presumably); one from down by the chair lift base, the other up the mountain road quite a distance away.

The first bird (by the base) started singing at about 8:20 PM from a wood-edge across the way from the road. It (presumably) flew in closer and sang repeatedly from nearby.

The second bird was singing up the road next to the car where the other group of observers was stationed.

Later (8:40 PM), the lower bird (the first one) flew back across the ski slope base to the woods where it had first been heard.

At the same time, the second (?) bird continued to sing next to the upper group's car.

Will and I went up to the upper site and found that bird actively singing and feeding (perched on and launching from a large rock just off a driveway).

Meanwhile, there was a plethora of Whip-poor-wills singing from various places up and down the slopes and roadway.

One has to wonder if there may actually be more Chuck-will-widows in and around West Mountain. Last year, one was found on private property (limited access) 1/4 mile from the current site. Is there an enclave of Chucks in Warren County? And, are these (?) birds the progeny of a colony that has been in the area for any period of time prior to discovery?

I spoke with the ski slope owner who stated that birders are welcome to go onto the ski slope trails and lift area anytime. The roadside chains are up to keep ATVs out. I would suggest that if done so, that access to the base areas and slopes be limited to daytime hours, not at dusk while the Chuck-wills-widow (s) and Whip-poor-wills are active. He is also open to bird friendly improvement suggestions to the site (bluebird nest boxes, etc). Just park off the road and don't block the maintenance vehicle access lanes.

I would like to see an organized observer stake out (including last year's limited access private property site) to try to pin down the number of caprimugs in the area.

Game on?

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Richard Guthrie


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Chuck-wills-widow Warren County and access

Richard Guthrie
 

There may be more than one Chuck at West Mountain Ski Area outside of Queensbury, Warren County.

Location: 43.2918891,-73.7302002. The site is relatively easy to access by road from I-87 (The Northway), Exit 18.

Two groups of us were listening to one each (presumably); one from down by the chair lift base, the other up the mountain road quite a distance away.

The first bird (by the base) started singing at about 8:20 PM from a wood-edge across the way from the road. It (presumably) flew in closer and sang repeatedly from nearby.

The second bird was singing up the road next to the car where the other group of observers was stationed.

Later (8:40 PM), the lower bird (the first one) flew back across the ski slope base to the woods where it had first been heard.

At the same time, the second (?) bird continued to sing next to the upper group's car.

Will and I went up to the upper site and found that bird actively singing and feeding (perched on and launching from a large rock just off a driveway).

Meanwhile, there was a plethora of Whip-poor-wills singing from various places up and down the slopes and roadway.

One has to wonder if there may actually be more Chuck-will-widows in and around West Mountain. Last year, one was found on private property (limited access) 1/4 mile from the current site. Is there an enclave of Chucks in Warren County? And, are these (?) birds the progeny of a colony that has been in the area for any period of time prior to discovery?

I spoke with the ski slope owner who stated that birders are welcome to go onto the ski slope trails and lift area anytime. The roadside chains are up to keep ATVs out. I would suggest that if done so, that access to the base areas and slopes be limited to daytime hours, not at dusk while the Chuck-wills-widow (s) and Whip-poor-wills are active. He is also open to bird friendly improvement suggestions to the site (bluebird nest boxes, etc). Just park off the road and don't block the maintenance vehicle access lanes.

I would like to see an organized observer stake out (including last year's limited access private property site) to try to pin down the number of caprimugs in the area.

Game on?

--
Richard Guthrie


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Fw: eBird Report - West Mt. NW RD. Glens Falls, May 30, 2017

kernscot
 

 
West Mt. NW RD. Glens Falls, Warren, New York, US
May 30, 2017 7:30 PM - 8:45 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     Intermittent rain, 58 F temperature, some wind. Debbie Shaw and I met up with Will Raup and Rich Guthrie who stayed at the bottom portion of the road while we went part way up to the first switchback. It was determined that we heard two different Chuck-will's-widows which was something other birders and I thought possible 2 days before. Now we wondered if these are 2 singing males, a pair or more than 2 birds??  We learned that at least one of this species was heard a mile away last year. Property owners did not want it reported or to have birders come to their property last year. This year's property owners were happy to have birders hear them, and they were thanked. This is fortunate, and in any case we all have stayed on the public road.
7 species

Chuck-will's-widow  2     heard by 6 birders and confirmed. At least 2 people got recordings of them. Each bird was heard in a different area along the Northwest Rd. at West Mountain near the ski slopes.
Eastern Whip-poor-will  5     heard along the road in several places, and there were possibly 6 birds calling.
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Black-capped Chickadee  1
American Robin  1
Ovenbird  1
Dark-eyed Junco  2

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Mourning Warbler, Schodack Island

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

Singing along the orange trail about a quarter-mile to the north of the old Chimney structure.

ZSW
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203 500 7774


extralimital report - photos of Dickcissel and Henslow's Sparrow at Shawangunk Grasslands in Ulster County

scottjstoner
 

Yesterday morning Denise and I drove down to the Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge in Ulster County, arriving shortly after 8 in search of the Henslow's Sparrow and Dickcissel previously posted by Tom Williams on Facebook. With information from folks in the parking lot we headed for the south blind and the large gathering of birders along the trail about 100 years before the blind, all enjoying looks at the Henslow's Sparrow. After taking some photos of this life bird for Denise,  we continued to the blind and photographed the Dickcissel, unfortunately in poor light. A bit later, the Henslow's came much closer to the trail,in good light,and we finally got some better looks at the Dickcissel as well. There were also numerous grasshopper sparrows and bobolinks around, along with other species. Our ebird list is at the link below, and has photos of the Henslow's and Dickcissel. This is a great opportunity folks...

The photos are also on my personal Facebook page and our Naturelogues Facebook page.- Scott Stoner and Denise Hackert-Stoner, Albany 



Re: eBird -- US-New York-Queensbury-120 Northwest Road - 43.291x-73.73 -- May 28, 2017

kernscot
 

Correction: The 6 Parasitic Jaeger should have been 3 Whip-poor-wills! I have no idea how I managed that one, but too bad it wasnt true!

Nancy Kern




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US-New York-Queensbury-120 Northwest Road - 43.291x-73.73

May 28, 2017

8:54 PM

Stationary

60 minutes

All birds reported? No

Comments:

Temperature 73 F breezy dusk location on forested mountain eastern side few houses quiet dead end road.



6 Parasitic Jaeger

1 Common Nighthawk

1 Chuck-will's-widow -- Heard for about 5 minutes confirmed by 7 other birders continues from yesterday as repoed by a local resident and at least one birder



Number of Taxa: 3





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eBird -- US-New York-Queensbury-120 Northwest Road - 43.291x-73.73 -- May 28, 2017

kernscot
 

US-New York-Queensbury-120 Northwest Road - 43.291x-73.73

May 28, 2017

8:54 PM

Stationary

60 minutes

All birds reported? No

Comments:

Temperature 73 F breezy dusk location on forested mountain eastern side few houses quiet dead end road.


6 Parasitic Jaeger

1 Common Nighthawk

1 Chuck-will's-widow -- Heard for about 5 minutes confirmed by 7 other birders continues from yesterday as repoed by a local resident and at least one birder


Number of Taxa: 3



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Chuck-wills-widow, Northwest Rd. In Warren County

Jeremy Collison
 

Is singing as of about 8:40 or so. Also one whip-poor-will heard more distantly.
Happy birding,
Jeremy Collison


Partridge Run and Rensselaerville SF field trip is CANCELLED.

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

Hi.  Regretfully, I have to cancel tomorrow's HMBC trip due to heavy rain expected from 8 AM on.  

Scouting the two locations in question with some help from John Roosenberg this morning revealed good numbers of expected breeding species, including Blackburnian Warblers, Black-throated Blues and Greens, Magnolias, Chestnut-Sided, Ovenbird, American Redstart, and at least one Canada Warbler.

Thrushes included Hermit, Veery, Wood, Eastern Bluebird, and American Robin, and Alder and Least Flycatcher were numerous.  We didn't see or hear any Acadian Flycatchers, but it's difficult to cover such a large territory exhaustively.
--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


Lake Desolation thrushes

Jeff Nadler
 

This AM todayI had about the same species Ron reported but can add 4 thrush species . . . Hermit, Swainsons, Veery, and a surprise migrant Grey-cheeked thrush (not Bicknells) identifiable by close by song. The first three in their preferred habitat in order - deciduous, mixed-conifer, and wet woods near a creek.


Another surprise was non-avian, as I stood still on a trail, a coyote was meandering within about 20 feet.


Jeff Nadler


Re: Odd Ducks

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

Hi Rob,

These are some breed of domestic mallard, probably escaped from a farm or
town park somewhere nearby.

ZSW


On Sun, May 28, 2017 at 5:54 PM Rob Chapman rob.chapman2@...
[hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply@...> wrote:



Hi All,

I came upon these “odd ducks” while birding along the Tow Path in
Kingsbury (Maple Street Hudson Falls to Rt 149 - not the Fort Edward Tow
Path). There were three of them, all were very similar in appearance, they
had a blue (or gray) bill, show minimal clues for identification ... and
look like none of the birds in any guide I have so I am stumped as to what
these might be. Any guidance anyone might have to provide an ID for these
birds would be most appreciated.

Thanks.

…..Rob Chapman - Queensbury







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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


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Odd Ducks

Robert Chapman
 

Hi All,

 I came upon these “odd ducks” while birding along the Tow Path in Kingsbury (Maple Street Hudson Falls to Rt 149 - not the Fort Edward Tow Path).  There were three of them, all were very similar in appearance, they had a blue (or gray) bill, show minimal clues for identification ... and look like none of the birds in any guide I have so I am stumped as to what these might be.  Any guidance anyone might have to provide an ID for these birds would be most appreciated.  

Thanks.  

…..Rob Chapman - Queensbury







Dunlin - Cohoes Flats

jhershey2
 

One Dunlin was still present at Cohoes Flats when I left at about 2:30 pm.  It was at the base of the spillway, easily seen with a scope from the access area above the dam.  It was with about 7 peeps and a Spotted Sandpiper. 


John H.


Re: Birding suggestions

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

Hi, I'm not sure if others have replied offlist, but both Schodack Island and the Lewis Swyer Preserve are pretty close to Valatie and worth checking out.  Schodack Island in particular has breeding Cerulean Warblers and lots of other good birds.  

On Sun, May 28, 2017 at 9:27 AM, Catherine Neal wettsun21@... [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply@...> wrote:
 

Hi birders. I'm visiting a friend in Valatie and am interested in finding birding hikes in this area. All suggestions are welcome. I'm up for long and arduous or short and sweet.

Thanks all.







--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


Re: : eBird Report - Lake Desolation SF, May 27, 2017

jhershey2
 

I posted a pic of the Canada Warbler at Lake Desolation SF in Ron's report from yesterday. https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/hmbirds/photos/albums/77752785/lightbox/1463162102#zax/1463162102


John H.


Birding suggestions

Catherine Neal <wettsun21@...>
 

Hi birders. I'm visiting a friend in Valatie and am interested in finding birding hikes in this area. All suggestions are welcome. I'm up for long and arduous or short and sweet.

Thanks all.
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: eBird Report - Lake Desolation SF, May 27, 2017

Ronald Harrower
 

Lake Desolation SF, Saratoga, New York, US
May 27, 2017 7:35 PM - 10:25 PM
Protocol: Traveling
9.0 mile(s)
Comments: John H and I scouted locations for our upcoming Club field trip. Sun out, light breeze and heavy black fly presence even with repellant. Found Bruce D toward the end and enjoyed wildflowers as well.
34 species

Broad-winged Hawk 2
Mourning Dove 5
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
Alder Flycatcher 5
Least Flycatcher 2
Eastern Phoebe 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Eastern Kingbird 1
Blue-headed Vireo 6
Red-eyed Vireo 12
Blue Jay 5
American Crow 2
Common Raven 1
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Tufted Titmouse 2
Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Ovenbird 7
Black-and-white Warbler 2
Common Yellowthroat 3
American Redstart 1
Magnolia Warbler 3
Blackburnian Warbler 2
Chestnut-sided Warbler 12
Black-throated Blue Warbler 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 3
Black-throated Green Warbler 2
Canada Warbler 1
White-throated Sparrow 5
Scarlet Tanager 1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
Red-winged Blackbird 2

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