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Thursday group birding suspended

Naomi Lloyd
 

I think it's best to hold off for a few weeks until we see how things unfold. Take precautions, wash your hands, and keep birding!

Naomi





Re: This week's destination: 1/23

Naomi Lloyd
 



Naomi


On Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 12:42:51 PM EST, Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel@...> wrote:


Bill and I were the only birders last week and got skunked on grasslands birds, despite others finding good stuff later that day and in the week. So let's try the Washington/Saratoga grasslands again and hope for better luck (and more eyes!)

Meet at Hudson Crossing park at 9:00. I might spend the rest of the day up there and look for SEOW in the afternoon.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Hudson+Crossing+Park/@43.113797,-73.579937,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x89de2ebeef77c4ef:0xcdfc181530ee1425!8m2!3d43.113797!4d-73.577743?hl=en&authuser=0

Naomi





Osprey, Fort Miller Rd.

Scott Varney
 

Visiting the pond on River Road, accessed from the south end near the Green Bridge. Currently viewing 3 Osprey...FOY!  Seems a bit early, but awesome!

Scott Varney
Salem, NY



Tree Swallows

Scott Varney
 

Approximately 12 Tree Swallows at Vischer Ferry Preserve near the Whipple Bridge. Also observed Ring-necked Ducks, Black Ducks, Gadwalls, American Wigeon, Green-winged Teal, Mallards, Canada Geese, Hooded Merganser, Bald Eagle, Song Sparrows.

At Crescent Park, a group of 26 Fish Crows were landing in the trees and cawwing with a cold!

Happy Day,

Scott Varney
Salem, NY


Snow Geese - Fort Miller

ConserveBirds
 

About 40 Snow Geese in Fort Miller about 2pm today.  Not much else on the Hudson except a couple Mallards and one female Common Merganser.

 

Mona Bearor

South Glens Falls

 

 

 

 

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Re: Tundra Swans?

ConserveBirds
 

None there yesterday (Sat) afternoon.

Mona Bearor
South Glens Falls

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From: hmbirds@groups.io [mailto:hmbirds@groups.io] On Behalf Of Heidi
Sent: Sunday, March 15, 2020 2:17 PM
To: HMBirds <HMBirds@groups.io>
Subject: [hmbirds] Tundra Swans?

Anyone know if the Tundra Swans are still up at Wrights Loop?

Thanks


Re: snow geese

Sue Rokos
 

We saw 50ish snows flying in formation over Duanesburg, Rt 20, heading towards Esperance Friday afternoon 5 ish...

Sue Rokos

On Sun, Mar 15, 2020, 2:11 PM gregg_recer <gregg_recer@...> wrote:
13 snows mixed in with canadas on middleline Rd in town of Ballston this afternoon. 

Gregg Recer
gregg_recer@...

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gregg recer
malta NY


Tundra Swans?

Heidi
 

Anyone know if the Tundra Swans are still up at Wrights Loop?

Thanks


snow geese

gregg_recer
 

13 snows mixed in with canadas on middleline Rd in town of Ballston this afternoon. 

Gregg Recer
gregg_recer@...

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gregg recer
malta NY


Tundra swans yes Wrights Loop

adir46er
 

Presently there are 2 adult tundra swans at Wrights Loop (north end flooded field area) along with CAGO, pintails, etc. (Saw the earlier today eBird submission by Thom M.)

Rita Reed


Song of the song sparrow

Eric Molho
 

Enjoyed a song sparrow in full territorial song mode this morning for the first time this season. A welcome sign of more to come. Now I can go back to ignoring them again.


Turkey Vulture Colony

Scott Varney
 

On my way to work this morning, I found an odd assemblage of 32 roosting Turkey Vultures in a tree along Route 29 in Greenwich, NY  near Academy St/ Rr 29 intersection in the village of Greenwich, NY. This was the first day of ever seeing them before in the village limits of Greenwich, NY. I'm wondering if this colony ultimately resides in Salem, NY behind the funeral home on East Broadway in Salem, NY. 

Equally interesting, the assemblage of Canada Geese in Greenwich along Route 29 and Eastward toward the Greenwich Town Beach shows a remarkable number of individuals that are within the range of unusually small when compared to Hudson River birds of a the same species. This trend has repeated for all 4 years since I've moved to Salem, NY. I have observed many that are within the possible range of Cackling Goose, but traffic along Rt 29 has prevented closer examination. The size disparity is very evident when compared to the thousands of that species that I have observed well along the Hudson River in Schuylerville, Fort Miller, and into Stillwater. This section of the Battenkill is special in this regard. Perhaps this quiet-water section of the Battenkill River deserves better attention by the birding community. 

Scott Varney
Salem, NY


Fort Edward. killdeer

kernscot
 

2 on Fitzpatrick lane lawn.


This week's destination: 3/12

Naomi Lloyd
 

Have you noticed how noisy it's getting in the morning lately?
Let's meet at Vischer Ferry by the Whipple bridge at 9:00am to check the newly-open ponds.

In non-avian nature notes, the mild weather and rainy evenings this week may get amphibians moving towards their breeding spots. If you're driving near vernal pools after dusk, watch for frogs and salamanders crossing the road and give them a hand if it's safe to do so. Consider reporting sightings to the Amphibian Migration and Road Crossings project, too.
https://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/51925.html

Naomi
(birdgal married to a herpguy)





Hudson Pointe and Bolton Landing Waterfowl

David Harrison
 

Early this morning into early this afternoon, I found 18 species of waterfowl at the above named locations in southern Warren County. Hudson Pointe Nature Preserve (Big Bay) had the lion's share with 17 species, including a Cackling Goose, a Snow Goose (flyover with a flock of Canadas), 2 Northern Pintail, 8 American Wigeon, 3 Green-winged Teal, a Redhead, a Lesser Scaup and a Red-breasted Merganser. Most of the other more common species were in double or triple (Canada Goose) figures. Passerines were also evident in good variety, leading to a 42 species total for the 3 and a half hours I was there. Anyone who goes should be prepared for icy trails (although maybe not as much after today's warmth), distant waterfowl (a scope is essential) and trails that, in some areas, are in need of maintenance (particularly down by the river).
Bolton Landing was challenging, due to the intense shimmer over the ice and water. The highlights there were a pair of Northern Shovelers and a flock of about 25 Fish Crows. Again, the ducks were at quite a distance, making a scope a necessity.
David Harrison
Milford, NJ


Turkey Vulture-palooza!

Heidi
 

As I drove over Tibbits Avenue in Troy around 10:30 this morning, there were at least 8 or 9 Turkey Vultures all feasting and fighting over the remains of what looked to be a Red Fox. This is right near St Mary's Cemetery and I know there is a red fox family there, as I live right around the corner. I'm guessing the fox was hit by a car and the TVs are doing the clean up.  They were still there 2 hrs later when I made my return trip.

Heidi Klinowski
Troy/Brunswick line


Great greedy grackles

Ellen
 

This morning a flock of what appeared to be several hundred grackles showed up en masse in our yard and on the property across the street.  I’ve always seen these big flocks in late fall, never during spring migration.

 

Ellen P.

West Charlton


Great Cormorant, Germantown

Naomi Lloyd
 

A single Great Cormorant continues on the upriver channel marker at Ernest R Lasher boat launch. There are many waterfowl on the Greene Co side but shimmer is pretty thick already. 
Best to come here early in the day.

Naomi


Germantown- Great Cormorant

kernscot
 

Nancy Kern

Germantown Lasher Park

1 Great Cormorant seen on Hudson River green channel marker north of Lasher Park. White flank patch and face visible.

2 adult Bald Eagles, one on a large nest on the island, and another nearby.


Greater Scaup, Ring-necked Ducks. eBird Report - Mohawk River between Crescent Bridge and Klamsteam Tavern, Mar 6, 2020

Ronald Harrower
 

Mohawk River between Crescent Bridge and Klamsteam Tavern, Saratoga, New York, US
Mar 6, 2020 10:25 AM - 10:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Checklist Comments: Drove from Crescent Bridge to Klamsteam Tavern. After seeing the Pintails and variety of Gulls, I was hoping to find more. I did find a good variety of ducks but the gulls were limited to Ring-billed
17 species

Canada Goose 45
Wood Duck 4
Mallard 6
American Black Duck 7
Ring-necked Duck 20
Greater Scaup 2
Hooded Merganser 2
Common Merganser 15
Mourning Dove 4
Ring-billed Gull 26
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Red-winged Blackbird 6
Common Grackle 5
Northern Cardinal 2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S65509490

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)