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Re: Red Crossbills and Bonaparte's Gulls

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

Cursory googling suggests that this is possible but unlikely.  Sizewise, the bird I saw looked totally fine for Common Loon, and significantly darker than red-throated on the back and bill. Sigh.


On Mon, Oct 23, 2017 at 3:50 PM Nancy Jane Kern <kernscot@...> wrote:
Regarding the loon, I wonder if there are loon hybrids?

Nancy Kern

 

 


From: hmbirds@... <hmbirds@...> on behalf of zach schwartz-weinstein zachsw@... [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply@...>
Sent: Monday, October 23, 2017 12:41 PM
To: HMBirds Yahoogroups
Subject: [HMBirds] Red Crossbills and Bonaparte's Gulls
 


I had a large flock of Red Crossbills at Rensselaerville State Forest this morning, maybe around 25 birds.  Matt Young from the Cornell Lab IDed the call that I recorded as Type 1, which is the expected type in our area, but urges folks to keep recording calls as the current irruption may bring birds from other areas to spots like Southwestern Albany County.  

Driving home, I stopped at the Alcove Reservoir Spillway, where two Bonaparte's Gulls were making impressive aerial dives into the water.  They were both still there when I left.  Also present was at least one Common Loon that was doing a solid red-throated impersonation, holding it's bill towards the horizon and showing a lot of white on the face.  The bill was jet black and seemed way to big for a RTLO, though.

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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
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Re: Red Crossbills and Bonaparte's Gulls

kernscot
 

Regarding the loon, I wonder if there are loon hybrids?

Nancy Kern

 

 


From: hmbirds@... on behalf of zach schwartz-weinstein zachsw@... [hmbirds]
Sent: Monday, October 23, 2017 12:41 PM
To: HMBirds Yahoogroups
Subject: [HMBirds] Red Crossbills and Bonaparte's Gulls
 
I had a large flock of Red Crossbills at Rensselaerville State Forest this morning, maybe around 25 birds.  Matt Young from the Cornell Lab IDed the call that I recorded as Type 1, which is the expected type in our area, but urges folks to keep recording calls as the current irruption may bring birds from other areas to spots like Southwestern Albany County.  

Driving home, I stopped at the Alcove Reservoir Spillway, where two Bonaparte's Gulls were making impressive aerial dives into the water.  They were both still there when I left.  Also present was at least one Common Loon that was doing a solid red-throated impersonation, holding it's bill towards the horizon and showing a lot of white on the face.  The bill was jet black and seemed way to big for a RTLO, though.

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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


Red Crossbills and Bonaparte's Gulls

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

I had a large flock of Red Crossbills at Rensselaerville State Forest this morning, maybe around 25 birds.  Matt Young from the Cornell Lab IDed the call that I recorded as Type 1, which is the expected type in our area, but urges folks to keep recording calls as the current irruption may bring birds from other areas to spots like Southwestern Albany County.  

Driving home, I stopped at the Alcove Reservoir Spillway, where two Bonaparte's Gulls were making impressive aerial dives into the water.  They were both still there when I left.  Also present was at least one Common Loon that was doing a solid red-throated impersonation, holding it's bill towards the horizon and showing a lot of white on the face.  The bill was jet black and seemed way to big for a RTLO, though.

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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


Greater White-fronted Goose eBird Report - Hudson Crossing Park, Oct 22, 2017

Ronald Harrower
 

Hudson Crossing Park, Saratoga, New York, US
Oct 22, 2017 1:20 PM - 2:35 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: Spurred on by Gregg and Cathy's report yesterday, I drove up to the park and had a great walk out to where the geese are. I love collecting leaves and found some great ones. I worked my way out to a view of the geese in line with old bridge abutments. Took a lot of scanning through a "s---ton" of Canada Geese to finally find the Greater White-fronted Goose. Then almost lost it switching from binoculars to camera. Really cool to watch him preening. Glad I found him when did as he tucked his bill under the far wing and slept.
13 species

Greater White-fronted Goose 1 Once I found it, it was unmistakable with orange bill and legs and distinctive white around the bill.
Canada Goose 1200
Mallard 15
Ring-billed Gull 10
Herring Gull 3
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 2
Mourning Dove 4
Blue Jay 4
American Crow 3
Black-capped Chickadee 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Song Sparrow 2
Red-winged Blackbird 10

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40076337

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


American Pipits. eBird Report - Harris Road, Oct 22, 2017

Ronald Harrower
 

Harris Road, Saratoga, New York, US
Oct 22, 2017 2:40 PM - 3:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.2 mile(s)
Comments: I drove down Harris Road hoping to find stray cool waterfowl and always hoping for American Pipits. I spotted the Lindseymobile with Lindsey in it and asked what kinda cool stuff was around. I asked about Pipits and she said she'd seen 2 and was willing to show me where down by the water. It was a no go for 30 minutes until a single Pipit appeared and then 30! My birding prayers were answered with great appreciation expressed to Lindsey for ending my Pipit drought with such a tour de force!
11 species

Canada Goose 950
Mallard 2
Common Merganser 2
Great Blue Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 2
Herring Gull 2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 5
Mourning Dove 4
Eastern Bluebird 1
American Robin 2
American Pipit 30

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40076587

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


Troy birds

Heidi
 

In my yard this morning:

A pair of Eastern Bluebirds investigating my BB box, maybe for winter roost? Or planning for next spring?

1 White throated Sparrow

1 Downy Woodpecker

1 White breasted Nuthatch

Many titmice, cardinals, chickadees, house finches, blue jays, mourning doves

Heidi Klinowski 


Greater White-fronted Goose still here

Ronald Harrower
 

Like a needle in a haystack, GWF Goose still here at far end of Hudson’s Crossing park
Ron Harrower


Backyard birds are back!

Louis J. Suarato
 

Blue jays, cardinals, tufted titmice, downies, red-bellied woodpeckers, nuthatches, chickadees, sparrows, and finches have returned to the backyard feeders in large numbers. Also, a surprise visit from this northern flicker. 

https://flic.kr/p/YAHJsf

Louis J. Suarato


Saratoga Lake - White-winged Scoters, Long-tailed Ducks, etc.

jhershey2
 

Late this afternoon I checked on Saratoga Lake at Brown's Beach, the pump house, Silver Beach (quick drive-through without using scope), Riley's Cove, and the entrance to Manning Cove Rd.  Most all the interesting birds were seen from Riley's Cove.  I had 5 Long-tailed Ducks, 11 White-winged Scoters, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers, and at least 10 Common Loons.  The lake was relatively calm and without glare so these birds were fairly easy to find. I had some assistance from Stacy R. and a gentleman whose name I've already forgotten.  My apologies. 

John H.


Red Crossbills - YES

jhershey2
 

Following up on Zack's report of Red Crossbills at the Rensselaerville State Forest (Albany County) I arrived there later in the morning and found at least 3 Red Crossbills around 11 am.  The Scutt Rd. clearing is a little north of the intersection with Scutt Rd. and CCC Rd.  I didn't have a lot of other birds but there was a White-throated Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-breasted Nuthatch.  I heard the Crossbills first which sound a little like Chipmunks.  According to the Winter Finch forecast on ebird the cone crop in the northeast is the best in 10 years.  So, lots of Crossbills and Redpolls are predicted.  It was easy to see how plentiful the cones were at this spot. 

John H.  


greater white - fronted goose

gregg_recer
 

currently in view at Hudson crossing park, Schuylerville, along north trail from the lock. 

Gregg Recer
gregg_recer@...


Bluebirds

Alan
 

I had a half-dozen Bluebirds out front by the boxes and fruit trees this morning.

One male had issues with a female Cardinal for some reason.

Clear skies, Alan
Glenville


5 American Wigeon at Bog Meadow Brook Preserve

Scott Varney
 

Currently, 2 females and 3 males at 11:10 am on Saturday


eBird Report - Saratoga Lake, Oct 20, 2017

Ronald Harrower
 

Saratoga Lake, Saratoga, New York, US
Oct 20, 2017 2:50 PM - 4:35 PM
Protocol: Traveling
8.0 mile(s)
Comments: Sunny day, 70 degrees, light wind. Lake very calm. From Silver Beach, I saw a male Common Goldeneye and a female Canvasback. had some goodies, but had a lot of empy lake too.
12 species

Canada Goose 125
Mallard 55
American Black Duck 6
Canvasback 1 Hanging out with a male Common Goldeneye
Long-tailed Duck 6 in middle of lake seen from Riley Cove
Red-breasted Merganser 4 Fairly close to shore at Riley Cove
Ring-billed Gull 130
Herring Gull 3
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 4
American Crow 4
American Robin 7
Red-winged Blackbird 70

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40037957

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


Albany County waterfowl, 10/20

John Kent
 

I was at Basic Creek Reservoir in Westerlo this afternoon. There is an extensive blue-green algae bloom in progress there - in the past week it has gotten worse and appears to cover much of the reservoir. Duck numbers seem low. There are over 200 Ruddy Ducks, but they're scattered around, presumably in the spots without algae. There was an American Coot hanging out with Ruddys north of the causeway, and a Pied-billed Grebe way up at the north end. Also present were Ring-necked Ducks, Green-winged Teal, Hooded Mergansers, Wood Ducks, Northern Pintail, American Wigeon, American Black Ducks, Great Blue Heron, and Greater Yellowlegs. The three Mute Swans that have been there for a long time were not there today. There was very little land bird activity.

I checked Alcove Reservoir from the spillway and saw nothing but two Canada Geese and a very distant gull.

Stanton Pond in Coeymans had the usual - Mallards, Gadwall, Northern Pintail, American Wigeon, Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, and Canada Goose. No shorebirds, not even Killdeer.

John Kent
Selkirk


Snow Goose

Susan
 

While trying to locate the Greater White-fronted Goose on Rt 313/River Rd in Washington County, Tom and I turned down General Fellowship Road, and in a pond near a construction area there were between 109-200 Canada geese and amongst them was one immature Snow Goose.
Susan Beaudoin


Re: Re; Feather Photo

rlr5528
 

Good call. 
Sorry for the unwarranted exuberance


On Friday, October 20, 2017 11:05 AM, "jeremybirdwatcherpi@... [hmbirds]" wrote:


I'd suggest a mourning dove feather, probably from the outer rectrices.
Happy birding,
Jeremy Collison


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Re: Re; Feather Photo

Jeremy Collison
 

I'd suggest a mourning dove feather, probably from the outer rectrices.
Happy birding,
Jeremy Collison


Re; Feather Photo

rlr5528
 

The picture is posted in the HM Bird Yahoo group photos. 
Hope anyone interested can find it. 
What do you guys/gals think it might be? 


Re: Northern Shrike Feather

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

Email attachments don’t work on Hmbirds.  If you want folks to be able to view the photo, you’ll have to post it somewhere public and then post a link, or upload it to the group photos.


On Fri, Oct 20, 2017 at 7:45 AM Bob Ricketts rlr5528@... [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply@...> wrote:
 

I should have attached a photo.  Here it is. 


On Wednesday, October 18, 2017 3:36 PM, Bob Ricketts <rlr5528@...> wrote:


Found a Northern Shrike tail feather on my driveway yesterday (10/17). 
Seems early. 

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