Cattle Egret continues-11/15


A Cattle Egret is present again this morning along Maring Rd. near Ridgedale Farm, just east of Ames in Montgomery County.

Tom Williams 

Cattle Egret, Montgomery County, Town of Canajoharie

Peter Doherty

This afternoon, 14 Nov, found a Cattle Egret was seen in a wet pasture on the east side of Making Road about 1/3 mile from intersection   with Button Street. Peter Doherty

eBird -- Wilson M. Powell Wildlife Sanctuary -- Nov 14, 2017


Wilson M. Powell Wildlife Sanctuary

Nov 14, 2017

3:28 PM


0.35 miles

8 minutes

All birds reported? Yes


Temperature 41 F Overcast

1 Red-tailed Hawk

1 Belted Kingfisher

1 Downy Woodpecker

3 Blue Jay

2 Black-capped Chickadee

1 White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern)

1 Northern Cardinal

Number of Taxa: 7

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eBird -- (42.415, -73.577) Highland Rd Chatham NY -- Nov 14, 2017


(42.415, -73.577) Highland Rd Chatham NY

Nov 14, 2017

2:34 PM


0.99 miles

24 minutes

All birds reported? Yes


Temperature 39 F overcast calm

34 Domestic goose sp. (Domestic type) -- On farm pond

22 Mallard

1 American Black Duck

8 Wild Turkey -- Toms 6 hens 2

3 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)

4 Blue Jay

3 American Crow

2 Black-capped Chickadee

100 European Starling

2 White-throated Sparrow

5 House Sparrow

Number of Taxa: 11

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Dunlin, Cohoes Flats- 11/14


Two Dunlin are foraging on the rocks, among the loafing gulls, at 12:30 p.m.

Tom Williams 

Red-throated Loons, Saratoga Lake- 11/14


At 10:15 a.m. there are two Red-throated Loons visible at the northern end of Saratoga Lake. One seen from Saratoga Springs Waterfront Park on Crescent Ave., the other from the state boat launch at Saratoga Lake Marine Park at the bridge on Rt. 9P.

Tom Williams 

eBird -- US-New York-Kinderhook-451 Eichybush Road - 42.407x-73.737 -- Nov 12, 2017


US-New York-Kinderhook-451 Eichybush Road - 42.407x-73.737

Nov 12, 2017

3:50 PM


6.00 miles

52 minutes

All birds reported? Yes


50 Canada Goose

4 Mallard

2 Ring-necked Pheasant (Ring-necked) -- Cocks

3 Red-tailed Hawk

5 Mourning Dove

25 European Starling

10 Red-winged Blackbird

40 Common Grackle

Number of Taxa: 8

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mohawk river from halfmoon to cohoes


scott stoner, denise hackert-stoner, and I spent a few hours this afternoon checking out spots on both side of the lower Mohawk river including crescent, flight-lock road, cohoes flats, cohoes falls overlook, and the crescent power station. We also ran down to the end of Tibbets ave. in Green Island. to check the Hudson.

the best finds were a pair of dunlin and one greater yellowlegs at flight lock road. We had a pie-billed grebe at the power station and one adult bald eagle near cohoes falls. Large numbers of ring-billed gulls are starting to be joined by herring and great black-backed, but no other gulls were found.

gregg recer




HMBC Vischer Ferry Field Trip


The HMBC Vischer Ferry field trip this morning was scheduled to maximize fall waterfowl sightings at the Preserve, and a pretty good selection of dabbling ducks had been seen during the previous week.  However, this morning it was below freezing and the ponds were mostly frozen solid allowing for only a limited number of ducks and geese concentrated in a very small area.  We had 6 birders including a new member who was proudly attending her second HMBC field trip.  In the small unfrozen area about a half mile west of the Whipple Bridge we did find 5 Northern Pintails and about 50 Green-winged Teal along with some Canada Geese, Mallards, and American Black Ducks. One species seen by the leader before the field trip began was a Rusty Blackbird near the Whipple Bridge and a Wood Duck.  In my opinion, the best bird of the morning was a Marsh Wren which we heard calling in the reeds just past the Whipple Bridge.  After first hearing the bird, we then spotted it hiding in a bush.  Our lone photographer then began clicking away with her camera after which the bird began to slowly climb to the top of the bush where we eventually got a full view of it.  It dawned on us that it most likely was the camera’s repeated clicking resembling the bird’s call notes that prompted the bird to come out of hiding. We also enjoyed watching a Swamp Sparrow show itself in a similar way.   

The group then drove a couple miles to a parking spot directly under the Twin Bridges in Halfmoon.  We then walked west on the new Halfmoon Connector trail behind Wager’s Pond and into the Preserve from the extreme eastern side.  No doubt our group was the first HMBC field trip to bird on this Connector trail.  It is a beautiful trail providing great views of the Old Erie Canal, marsh habitat, and the Mohawk River, not to mention the impressive Twin Bridges.  Unfortunately we didn’t have a lot of birds on this trail this morning but we did spot 2 adult Bald Eagles soaring above and heard a Belted Kingfisher and Fish Crow.  Eventually getting back to the main entrance on foot we compiled a very modest list of 29 species but a good time was had by all.

John Hershey, trip coordinator

Kinderhook- Ring-necked Pheasant


Nancy Kern

Kinderhook- Eichybush Road, Columbia, New York, US
Nov 12, 2017 3:50 PM - 4:42 PM
Protocol: Traveling
6.0 mile(s)
8 species

Canada Goose  50
Mallard  4
Ring-necked Pheasant (Ring-necked)  2     Cocks
Red-tailed Hawk  3
Mourning Dove  5
European Starling  25
Red-winged Blackbird  10
Common Grackle  40

Valatie- Bufflehead


Nancy Kern

Valatie Columbia, New York, US
Nov 12, 2017 3:17 PM - 3:23 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     Temperature 43 F Sunny Valatie NY Kinderhook Creek New St. Overlook
2 species

Canada Goose  200
Bufflehead  1

eBird -- 127 Queechy Lake Drive, Canaan, New York, US (42.41, -73.419) -- Nov 12, 2017


127 Queechy Lake Drive, Canaan, New York, US (42.41, -73.419)

Nov 12, 2017

1:39 PM


0.50 miles

15 minutes

All birds reported? Yes


Temperature 43 F SUNNY.

1 Long-tailed Duck -- White plumage, alone and rapidly swimming as if searching around the lake

1 Bald Eagle -- Adult flying

3 American Crow

1 Common Raven

Number of Taxa: 4

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Tomhannock Reservoir - 11/11/17

Larry & Penny Alden

Continuing my annual tradition of circumnavigating Tomhannock Reservoir every Veterans’ Day, Jackie Bogardus and I found 51 species, bettering my totals from the last three years and exceeding the 10-year average by one.  Waterfowl highlights included the usual duck species plus Wood Duck, Gadwall (a pair), Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked Duck, and a distant flock of 19 Long-tailed Ducks which perplexed us for a time until we figured out what they were, a single Common Loon at Otter Creek, and Pied-billed Grebe.


Other highlights included 2 immature Bald Eagles, a Sharper’s Hawk (aka an unidentified accipiter species), Herring Gull (2), Tree Swallow (about 25 or so despite the sub-freezing temperature), Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Cedar Waxwing, and Red-winged Blackbird.


Nothing really super-exciting, but a nice variety that took a bit of work to finally get to.


I have records for 17 of the last 18 years and I know I’ve done this for at least five years before that.  The cumulative list of species from the years I have records for stands at exactly 100 species.


Larry Alden



Birding the Fort Miller area in Fort Edward, Schuylerville

Scott Varney

Followed the Hudson River from Schuylerville to Fort Edward today and then the FE Grasslands. Had 1 Cackling Goose on River Road and 4 Bufflehead. American Kestrel on Cary Road followed by Male Grey Ghost (Northern Harrier) on Plum Road. Then some beautifully marked European Starlings (despite their invasiveness) on Towpath Road in Kingsbury. Best of the day was a female adult Cooper's Hawk on New Swamp Road, chasing songbirds with the precision of a falcon! Amazing views over open grassland!

Scott Varney
Salem, NY

Notice about field work in the Washington County Grasslands WMA


Notice to all those birders searching for migrating raptors in the Washington County Grasslands Wildlife Management Area!

Southern Adirondack Audubon has been contacted by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) that there will be activity in the next few weeks as hedgerows are cleared between the fields in the Washington County Grasslands.  This work is necessary to make the fields safer for both wintering and breeding bird species.  The hedgerow corridors are good cover for predators as they travel in search of Short-eared Owls roosting on the ground in winter and nestling species in Summer, such as the Grasshopper and Savannah Sparrow.   Most of the vegetation in the hedgerows will be cleared, leaving snags and cavity trees whenever possible.   Although this may not be the idea time to do this work, the local BOCES has generously offered to complete the job at no cost, so although there will most likely be an effect on the foraging activity of raptors in that area due to the disturbance, it is believed that the overall benefit of the improved habitat definitely outweighs the possible short term impacts.  So as you see this work being done, be grateful for BOCES students who care about the environment and look forward to an even better habitat for our grassland birds in years to come.

Mona Bearor

South Glens Falls


Ramona N. Bearor, Education Chair

Southern Adirondack Audubon Society





Austerlitz- Bald Eagle, Junco


Nancy Kern

Austerlitz, Columbia, New York, US
Nov 9, 2017 11:00 AM - 12:40 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Sunny, temp. 40 F
21 species

Canada Goose  12
Wild Turkey  7
Great Blue Heron (Blue form)  1
Bald Eagle  2
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Mourning Dove  1
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern)  2
Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern)  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  7
Common Raven  1
Black-capped Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  2
American Robin  2
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  30
White-throated Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  4
Common Grackle  25

eBird -- Nassau Lake -- Nov 10, 2017


Nassau Lake

Nov 10, 2017

3:12 PM


2.17 miles

31 minutes

All birds reported? Yes


Temperature 28 F sunny windy lake rough waves

90 Canada Goose

2 Wood Duck

16 Mallard

5 Green-winged Teal (American)

4 Ring-necked Duck

2 Hooded Merganser

54 Common Merganser (North American)

67 Ring-billed Gull

Number of Taxa: 8

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November 8 Birdline


Birdline summary for week ending November 8:

12 reports; 69 species reported


Best of the week:

LONG-TAILED DUCK: Alcove Reservoir 11/4 (12)

RED-THROATED LOON: Saratoga Lake 11/6

GOLDEN EAGLE: Salem 11/4 (3); Tomhannock 11/4

YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO: South Glens Falls 11/4


Other notables:

Snow Goose: Kinderhook 11/6

Brant: Colonie 11/6

Northern Shoveler: Vischer Ferry 11/8 (18)

Northern Pintail: Stanton Pond 11/4; Saratoga Lake 11/6; Vischer Ferry 11/8 (21)

Ruddy Duck: Basic Creek 11/4 (450)

Red-breasted Merganser: Saratoga Lake 11/6 (2)

Ring-necked Pheasant: Tomhannock 11/4

Common Loon: Saratoga Lake 11/6 (4)

Horned Grebe: Basic Creek 11/4; Saratoga Lake 11/6

Black Vulture: Hudson 11/5

Bald Eagle: Tomhannock 11/4 (6)

Northern Harrier: Kinderhook 11/4

American Coot: Basic Creek 11/4 (5); Alcove Reservoir 11/4

Greater Yellowlegs: Tomhannock 11/4 (3)

American Kestrel: Kinderhook 11/4

Tree Swallow: Tomhannock 11/4 (30)

Carolina Wren: South Glens Falls 11/4; Saratoga Lake 11/6 (3)

Hermit Thrush: Loudonville 11/7 (2)

American Pipit: Kinderhook 11/6 (7)

Fox Sparrow: Saratoga Lake 11/6

Purple Finch: Tomhannock 11/4

Pine Siskin: Tomhannock 11/4


Thanks to Kristin Clemmy (Loudonville), Ron Harrower (Saratoga Lake), John Hershey (Vischer Ferry),  John Kent (Basic Creek, Alcove Reservoir, Stanton Pond); Nancy Kern (Kinderhook, Hudson), Naomi Lloyd (Tomhannock), Robert Pastel (Albany) and Scott Varney (South Glens Falls, Salem)


Re: Fw: [nysbirds-l] Corn Crake at Cedar Beach (Suffolk Co.)

zach schwartz-weinstein

For those who haven’t heard the news yet, the crake was found dead this morning and the specimen is being brought to the American Museum of Natural History.  May it finally find some rest after such a long journey.

There are still some good birds in the area, including several Hudsonian Godwits and a Lomg-Billed Dowitcher at nearby Heckscher State Park, field 7. A say’s phoebe was also observed there yesterday. 

On Wed, Nov 8, 2017 at 5:45 PM Neal Reilly neal.f.reilly@... [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply@...> wrote:

Hi all,

I am thinking of trying for the Corn Crake on Friday morning.  I would be happy to drive but would not mind taking up to three other people.  Let me know off list at neal.f.reilly@...
Neal Reilly

Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774

Re: Fw: [nysbirds-l] Corn Crake at Cedar Beach (Suffolk Co.)


Hi all,
I am thinking of trying for the Corn Crake on Friday morning.  I would be happy to drive but would not mind taking up to three other people.  Let me know off list at neal.f.reilly@...
Neal Reilly

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