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eBird -- US-New York-Kinderhook - 42.418x-73.706 - Jan 22, 2017 4:39 PM -- Sep 08, 2017

kernscot
 

US-New York-Kinderhook - 42.418x-73.706 - Jan 22, 2017 4:39 PM

Sep 08, 2017

5:58 PM

Stationary

12 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature 60 F light rain some sun calm


300 Canada Goose -- Some had loose feathers feeding on harvested cornfield


Number of Taxa: 1



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eBird Report - Bog Meadow Brook Nature Trail, Sep 8, 2017

Ronald Harrower
 

Bog Meadow Brook Nature Trail, Saratoga, New York, US
Sep 8, 2017 9:25 AM - 12:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.1 mile(s)
Comments: Slow bird day, so mostly focused on insects and the many snakes and frogs along the way. Highlight of walk was meeting Greg H, a kindred birder. He tipped me off to Pied-billed Grebe I missed on way in. One small flutter of activity between 1/4 mile bench and start.
26 species

Wood Duck 2
Mallard 16
American Black Duck 2
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1 Feeding on Jewelweed blossoms
Northern Flicker 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 3
Common Raven 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1
Tree Swallow 1
Black-capped Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Gray Catbird 7 5 "welcomed" me shortly after getting on trail.
Cedar Waxwing 1
Tennessee Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 1
Black-throated Green Warbler 1
Song Sparrow 2
Red-winged Blackbird 1
Common Grackle 1
American Goldfinch 2

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eBird Report - Saratoga Lake, Sep 7, 2017

Ronald Harrower
 

Saratoga Lake, Saratoga, New York, US
Sep 7, 2017 4:10 PM
Protocol: Incidental
Comments: Liked the dramatic sky and wanted to get a photo at Riley Cove. Generally don't check lake much during the summer due to boat activities and loud people. Was surprised to see a juvenile Common Loon about 50 feet from shore diving frequently.
1 species

Common Loon 1

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eBird Report - Saratoga Spa SP, Sep 7, 2017

Ronald Harrower
 

As I wrote in my ebird report, I ran into a migrant fallout that was only surpassed by a trip to Cape May one September. I worked fast with binoculars and camera to ID as many as I could, but am lucky if I got 10% of the birds flitting through trees along main dirt/gravel road back to old landfill.
Also very cool was a Red-shouldered Hawk calling frequently all the way down as far as you can go on math path. While making a recording, a Great-horned Owl chimed in.
Other notables were another daylight Common Nighthawk and a Sharp-shinned Hawk.
Not feeling well these days, but days like this are restorative. Just watching Warblers so busily working the trees. So alive and so transient.
Ron

Saratoga Spa SP, Saratoga, New York, US
Sep 7, 2017 11:20 AM - 1:44 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.2 mile(s)
Comments: Walked main road back from Carlsbad Picnic area. Checked side paths and went as far as I could on path beyond old landfill. It was at the fence preventing further walking that I heard a Red-shouldered Hawk calling often. While recording on my phone, a Great-horned Owl started calling. Quality isn't great, but both can be heard. On way back down main gravel road, I hit a huge migrant flock. I saw and identified a lot, but know it was only the top of the iceberg. Only at Cape May in NJ have I seen more migrants at one time.
40 species

Mallard 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Red-shouldered Hawk (lineatus Group) 1
Broad-winged Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 3
Great Horned Owl 1
Common Nighthawk 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Phoebe 2
Yellow-throated Vireo 1
Warbling Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 5
Blue Jay 4
American Crow 7
Black-capped Chickadee 11
Tufted Titmouse 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
House Wren 1
American Robin 2
Gray Catbird 4
Blue-winged Warbler 1
Black-and-white Warbler 3
Tennessee Warbler 1
American Redstart 3
Northern Parula 1
Magnolia Warbler 4
Blackburnian Warbler 3
Blackpoll Warbler 1
Black-throated Blue Warbler 1
Pine Warbler 1
Black-throated Green Warbler 2
Song Sparrow 2
Indigo Bunting 8
Red-winged Blackbird 1
Common Grackle 1
House Finch 4
American Goldfinch 5

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39058675

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eBird Report - Saratoga Spa SP, Sep 4, 2017

Ronald Harrower
 

Saratoga Spa SP, Saratoga, New York, US
Sep 4, 2017 8:00 AM - 10:35 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: Met up with John Hershey at Carlsbad Picnic area parking lot. Walked main road, checked "picnic table graveyard", did triangle loop and poked into little spots. Only one small migratory flock. Did see two Common nighthawks flying over us in picnic table area
32 species (+1 other taxa)

Wood Duck 1
Broad-winged Hawk 1
Ring-billed Gull 6
Mourning Dove 2
Common Nighthawk 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 2
Northern Flicker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Blue Jay 7
American Crow 4
Tree Swallow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
House Wren 2
American Robin 1
Gray Catbird 4
Cedar Waxwing 14
Ovenbird 1
Common Yellowthroat 1
Magnolia Warbler 2
Black-throated Green Warbler 1
Chipping Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 3
Indigo Bunting 10 Almost completely molted after Lindsey saw them in partial states earlier
Red-winged Blackbird 2
Common Grackle 1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39037371

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Email change

Bernie & Chris Grossman
 

Our nycap.rr.com email address will soon disappear as a result of our move to Florida. Can anyone tell be how to change the email address that postings are sent to from HMBirds? It isn't intuitively obvious. I still want to follow what's happening in the Capital District. Please contact me offline at bgrossman@nycap.rr.com Thanks

Bernie Grossman


Warblers!

Nancy Castillo
 

Good warbler activity in my yard in western Saratoga County yesterday, and to start the day today.

·         Tennessee Warbler

·         Yellow-rumped Warbler

·         Wilson’s Warbler

·         Cape May Warbler

·         Black & White Warbler

·         Also, a Red-eyed Vireo and great fly-by from a large Cooper’s Hawk

Nancy Castillo


HMBC program - Five Rivers EEC - Monday Sept. 11 at 7 PM - Birding New Zealand

scottjstoner
 

Birding Eastern Gondwana, Part 1: New Zealand

Leader or Speaker: 
Gregg Recer and Cathy Graichen
Location of Event: 
Five Rivers Interpretive Building
Date: 
September 11, 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Now that the new visitor center is open at Five Rivers Environmental Education center near Delmar, the HMBC programs will be held there beginning with this one. We are returning to a 7:00 PM start time, since we no longer have to be finished by 8:00.
The common history of the austral landmasses as part of the Gondwana supercontinent is reflected in unique assemblages of plants such as the Antarctic Beech forests. In Australia and New Zealand, the bird life is also strongly influenced by the long isolation of these southern land masses, with 6 bird families endemic to New Zealand, and about another 20 families unique to Australia, or only shared with New Guinea and nearby islands. This two-part program will be based on recent travels by Gregg Recer and Cathy Graichen in both Australia and New Zealand. Part 1 will be a travelogue along the entire length of "mainland" New Zealand -- from Stewart Island in the south to the Hauraki Gulf at the north end of North Island -- exploring such highlights as the Southern Alps; penguins, albatrosses, and other seabirds, and the unique and highly threatened endemic landbirds. A common theme will be the extreme conservation efforts being taken to preserve New Zealand's bird diversity.
Gregg Recer and Cathy Graichen have been HMBC members for nearly 30 years and over that time have become avid world birders. Gregg is the current HMBC President.


eBird -- Crescent Power Plant -- Sep 05, 2017

kernscot
 

Crescent Power Plant

Sep 05, 2017

3:57 PM

Stationary

30 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature 78 F overcast breeze crows hawking insects


27 Mallard

6 Double-crested Cormorant

32 Turkey Vulture -- Flying

1 Bald Eagle -- Juvenile flying spooked gulls

300 Ring-billed Gull

7 Herring Gull (American)

11 Great Black-backed Gull

1 Mourning Dove

200 American Crow

5 Fish Crow -- 5 heard suspect possily many more with large flock of Am. Crows


Number of Taxa: 10



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eBird -- New St. Overlook Park -- Sep 05, 2017

kernscot
 

New St. Overlook Park

Sep 05, 2017

3:31 PM

Stationary

20 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature 82 overcast calm humid


10 Canada Goose

30 Mallard

19 Double-crested Cormorant

3 Great Blue Heron (Blue form)


Number of Taxa: 4



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eBird -- US-New York-Cohoes-21 Clark Avenue - 42.775x-73.693 -- Sep 05, 2017

kernscot
 

US-New York-Cohoes-21 Clark Avenue - 42.775x-73.693

Sep 05, 2017

2:42 PM

Stationary

40 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature 80 F overcast windy humid water level low but few bird species no fishermen but bridgework continues


3 Mallard

3 Double-crested Cormorant

2 Great Blue Heron (Blue form)

6 peep sp. -- Flew fast high and to the east

75 Ring-billed Gull

1 Peregrine Falcon


Number of Taxa: 6



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Vischers Ferry Preserve

Susan
 

Like Gregg and John yesterday, I spent about three hours at Vishers Ferry this morning. I did the loop walking first towards the river and finishing along the towpath. While I didn't have the number or variety of warblers they had, I did run into one flock of migrants. Unfortunately, the mosquitoes were ferocious at that point attacking my hands and face every time I tried to use my binoculars. Between the bugs and the poor lighting, all I was able to pick out were Black-throated Greens, Redstarts, Gnatcatchers and Ruby-crowned Kinglets. While walking through the Cottonwood forest, I had a Great-horned Owl fly in front of me and perch in the open, which made up for the lack of warblers. I also had three hummingbirds fly within 3 feet of my face, two of them fighting. At the west end of the towpath pond there were three Blue-winged Teals along with the Green-wingeds seen yesterday, and a Pie-billed Grebe.
Susan Beaudoin


Nighthawks - Coxsackie

Richard Guthrie
 

Five nighthawks hawked over the Coxsackie Creek Grasslands Preserve this evening. Also present, two A. Kestrels, 1 N. Harrier and about 20 Turkey Vultures going to roost.

There was a Great Egret there yesterday and one N. Pintail amongst several Greene-winged Teal, Great-blue and  Greene Herons.


--
Richard Guthrie


vischer ferry this morning

gregg_recer
 

spent almost 3 hours at VF this morning. I ran into john kent when I got there and we walked the loop from the whipple bridge down toward the river and then around to the east and back. We had a couple of pretty nice migrant waves with a total of 7 warbler species and 3 vireos. Highlights were 1 wilson's warbler, at least 10 magnolia's, and 3 or 4 each blackburnians and yellow-throated vireos. John had a tennessee warbler before I got there, and a handful of green-winged teal were present in the far western pool along the tow path.


--
Gregg Recer
gregg_recer@...


Louden Road, Ghent- Bay-breasted Warbler

kernscot
 

Nancy Kern

Louden Road, Ghent, New York, US (42.285, -73.596), Columbia, New York, US
Sep 3, 2017 5:15 PM - 5:50 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)

Comments:     Temperature 56 F varying amounts of rain
18 species (+1 other taxa)

Wood Duck  5
American Black Duck  1
Great Blue Heron (Blue form)  1
peep sp.  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern)  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Eastern Phoebe  2
Philadelphia Vireo  1
Tree Swallow  50     Flying over water and marsh
Barn Swallow  20
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern)  2
Gray Catbird  2
Cedar Waxwing  3
American Redstart  1
Bay-breasted Warbler  1
Chestnut-sided Warbler  1
Song Sparrow  1
Scarlet Tanager  1

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Hudson Crossing

Susan
 

Yesterday at Hudson Crossing there was a pair of Philadelphia Vireos as well as a Yellow-throated Vireo. Also present were Magnolia, Black-throated Green and Black-and-white Warblers. A young Osprey was sitting on the otherwise abandoned nest on top of the pilings, crying piteously, apparently not figuring out that it's on its own now in terms of food.

Susan Beaudoin

 


HMBC Huyck Preserve trip

John Kent
 

Despite the cold start this morning, birds were active when we arrived at Huyck Preserve in Rensselaerville (Albany County). The water level in Myosotis Lake was fairly low, making for good shorebird habitat at the north end. We had Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, and Solitary, Spotted, and Least Sandpipers, along with more than twenty Killdeer. As often happens there, almost all of the songbird activity was concentrated in the willow trees right next to the shorebird habitat. While looking back and forth between the mudflats and the trees, we had Cape May, Bay-breasted, and Black-throated Green Warblers, as well as Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart, and Northern Parula. Black-and-white Warbler was heard singing in a couple of spots, as was Red-eyed Vireo. Some saw a Least Flycatcher. Raptors were absent, other than a Cooper's/Sharp-shinned Hawk that some saw briefly. There were no waterfowl except Canada Geese.

John Kent
Selkirk


eBird -- Tower Rd., Hadley -- Sep 2, 2017

rob snell
 

Tower Rd., Hadley
Sep 2, 2017
8:45 AM
Traveling
1.50 miles
90 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Clear sky, calm winds, 45 degrees
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1 Ruffed Grouse
1 Broad-winged Hawk
3 Mourning Dove
1 Hairy Woodpecker
1 Least Flycatcher
3 Eastern Phoebe
2 Red-eyed Vireo
8 Blue Jay
1 American Crow
3 Common Raven
12 Black-capped Chickadee
1 Red-breasted Nuthatch
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
6 American Robin
1 Gray Catbird
5 Cedar Waxwing
1 Ovenbird
1 Tennessee Warbler
4 Magnolia Warbler
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler
2 Black-throated Green Warbler
4 Chipping Sparrow
1 Field Sparrow
1 Eastern Towhee
12 American Goldfinch

Number of Taxa: 25


eBird -- Tower Rd., Hadley -- Sep 2, 2017

rob snell
 

Tower Rd., Hadley
Sep 2, 2017
8:45 AM
Traveling
1.50 miles
90 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Clear sky, calm winds, 45 degrees
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.4.2 Build 114

1 Ruffed Grouse
1 Broad-winged Hawk
3 Mourning Dove
1 Hairy Woodpecker
1 Least Flycatcher
3 Eastern Phoebe
2 Red-eyed Vireo
8 Blue Jay
1 American Crow
3 Common Raven
12 Black-capped Chickadee
1 Red-breasted Nuthatch
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
6 American Robin
1 Gray Catbird
5 Cedar Waxwing
1 Ovenbird
1 Tennessee Warbler
4 Magnolia Warbler
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler
2 Black-throated Green Warbler
4 Chipping Sparrow
1 Field Sparrow
1 Eastern Towhee
12 American Goldfinch

Number of Taxa: 25


eBird -- US-New York-Valatie-2200 Pine Drive - 42.416x-73.683 -- Sep 01, 2017

kernscot
 

US-New York-Valatie-2200 Pine Drive - 42.416x-73.683

Sep 01, 2017

6:26 PM

Stationary

10 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature 67 F breeze sunny


1 Canada Goose

2 Mallard

8 Common Merganser

4 Cedar Waxwing


Number of Taxa: 4



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