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Re: Northern Shrike Feather

rlr5528
 

I should have attached a photo.  Here it is.

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


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




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two good geese

barbolink2
 

Thursday, Oct 19

There was a White-fronted Goose today in a large flock of Canada Geese near Schuylerville in a field along route 113 (River Road) a little south of route 29 in Washington County.

Also today there was a Cackling Goose in another large flock of Canada Geese in the Hudson River in Stillwater at the Blockhouse (Saratoga County).
 
***** 
Barb Putnam 
barbolink2 AT yahoo.com


Costa Rica in March with SAAS

rob snell
 

Join the Southern ADK Audubon Society on a 7-day birding expedition to Costa Rica. This is a fabulous opportunity to be introduced to the Neotropical birds of Central America.  Despite its small size, more than 900 species have been recorded in the country. This well priced trip’s dates are March 11-17, 2018.  Sign up soon, space is limited to 12 birders, and deposits are due in the next few weeks. For more information visit  Holbrook.travel/Saas-cr18, or open the attached pdf. 

We hope you can make it!

Rob Snell
Southern ADK Audubon Society 




Red Crossbills etc

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

I stopped at Rensselaerville State Forest this morning and found a group of red crossbills actively foraging along the overgrown logging trails that branch off of the Scutt Road clearing.  Also present were several pine siskins, at least one male purple finch, several singing blue-headed vireos, yellow-rumped warblers, a winter wren, white-throated and lincoln's sparrows, both kinglets, and the three expected corvids at that elevation.  Some mediocre photos here https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40009847

A raft of Ring-Necked Ducks was swimming in the cove of Alcove Reservoir off route 143, and Stanton Pond had the usual mix of Gadwall, Shoveler, Widgeon, Mallard, and Canada Goose, plus an adult Red-tailed Hawk feeding on a roadkilled Eastern Cottontail on Biers Road.  Sadly, I saw no less than 4 dead porcupines along Route 32.

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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


October 18 Birdline

philwhitney17
 

Birdline summary for week ending October 18

16 reports; 65 species reported

 

Best of the week:

LONG-TAILED DUCK: Saratoga Lake 10/18 (5)

CONNECTICUT WARBLER: Fort Edward 10/14

VESPER SPARROW: Meadowdale 10/12; Kinderhook 10/14; Coxsackie Grasslands 10/15

RUSTY BLACKBIRD: Bog Meadow 10/15 (5)

 

Other notables:

Snow Goose: Overlook Park 10/14

Ring-necked Pheasant: Schodack Landing 10/13

Ruffed Grouse: Bog Meadow 10/12, 10/15

Pied-billed Grebe: Selkirk 10/12

Bald Eagle: American Oil Road 10/13; New Baltimore 10/13 (2)

Northern Harrier: Coxsackie Grasslands 10/15

Greater Yellowlegs: Coxsackie Grasslands 10/17

Great Horned Owl: Troy 10/14; Coxsackie 10/14 (2)

American Kestrel: American Oil Road 10/13; Coxsackie Grasslands 10/15

Winter Wren: New Baltimore 10/13

Hermit Thrush: Bog Meadow 10/12

Cedar Waxwing: Glenmont 10/14 (50)

White-crowned Sparrow: Meadowdale 10/12; Bog Meadow 10/12 (51); American Oil Road 10/13

 

Thanks to Larry Alden (Meadowdale), Lidia Carnevale (Glenmont), Rich Guthrie (New Baltimore, Coxsackie Grasslands), Ron Harrower (Bog Meadow), John Hershey (Bog Meadow), Brenda Inskeep (Coxsackie), Nancy Kern (American Oil Road, Schodack Landing, Overlook Park, Kinderhook), John Kent (Selkirk), Heidi Klinowski (Troy),  and Scott Varney (Fort Edward)


Re: Northern Shrike Feather

Peter
 

this resource may help i d the feather: 
https://www.fws.gov/lab/featheratlas/
peterB


Little York Rd. Wetland, Schoharie County

Richard Guthrie
 

On October 10th, I found a small group of 5 Rusty Blackbirds at the York Road Wetlands near Cobleskill (eBird Hotspot - with no prior checklists on record that I could find). Other species seen there were: 4 E. Phoebes, 2 C. Ravens, 1 Carolina Wren, 3 Yellow-rumped Warblers, and some more commoner stuff.

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Richard Guthrie


Long tailed Ducks. eBird Report - Saratoga Lake, Oct 17, 2017

Ronald Harrower
 

Saratoga Lake, Saratoga, New York, US
Oct 17, 2017 1:55 PM
Protocol: Incidental
Comments: Was coming back from an appointment and thought O'd check the Lake. It was windy and the water choppy. Long-tailed Ducks were out in the middle
1 species

Long-tailed Duck 5 I could see them more clearly with scope. I saw they were diving ducks that stayed close together an dove and popped up on unison. This matched behaviour I've seen LT Ducks doing. 4 of the 5 dicks had all white covering the top of their heads. This is a field mark for Winter plumaged Make LT Ducks. The 5th had more black, consistent with female LT Duck

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40001139

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


Notable New Baltimore Yard Birds

Richard Guthrie
 

Over the last week:

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2 Oct 13;

Winter Wren 1 Oct 13;

Field Sparrow 1 Oct 13;

Nashville Warbler 2 Oct 12;

House Finch 1 Oct 12 (surprisingly scarce lately)

Blue-headed Vireo 1 Oct 11;

Bald Eagle 2 Oct 10 & 1 Oct 18

Plus the usual other species now and then.



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Richard Guthrie


Cox. Grasslands Birds lately

Richard Guthrie
 

Coxsackie Grasslands, Greene County:

Greater Yellowlegs 1 Oct 17;

Northern Harrier 1 Oct 15

Amer. Kestrel 1 Oct 15

Vesper Sparrow 1 Oct 15


--
Richard Guthrie


Re: Northern Shrike Feather

Larry & Penny Alden
 

So could it have been something else?


On Oct 18, 2017, at 3:36 PM, Bob Ricketts rlr5528@... [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply@...> wrote:

 

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


Fw: Destination This Week

Naomi Lloyd
 

Hi, All,

While it may be a bit early for large numbers of waterfowl, I'd like to check Saratoga Lake for loons, grebes ,etc.
If the Lake is a bust, we can move to Loughberry Lake and /or Bog Meadow.

Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the Brown's Beach town park on 9P, near the Lake Rd. Stewarts.



Bill Lee


Northern Shrike Feather

rlr5528
 

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


Re: Owls

Brenda Inskeep
 

Two weeks ago I heard the whinny and monotonic trill of an Eastern Screech Owl from home in Coxsackie (both at night and pre-dawn) and this past Saturday was awakened by the sound of two Great Horned Owls calling back and forth. Adding a Long-eared and Saw-whet would be a hoot, but not yet!

Brenda Inskeep
In Coxsackie 

On Oct 18, 2017, at 12:07 AM, H Klinowski hocka1@... [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply@...> wrote:

 

I heard the distinct hooting of a Great Horned Owl twice on Saturday Oct 14 around 6pm while waiting to perform in Oakwood Cemetery's Living History Lantern-Lit Tour. A couple birder friends also heard it from their stations. 
A great horned was seen during our annual spring bird walk last May and has been seen/heard several times since then. 

Heidi Klinowski 

On Oct 17, 2017, at 7:54 AM, Richard Guthrie richardpguthrie@... [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply@...> wrote:

 

There are a number of interesting owl reports coming into the eBird queue.

Among those worth mentioning are Long-eared and Saw-whet Owls from Greene and Ulster Counties, and Barred Owls from several locations.

I'm sure there are others as they are setting up their winter territories.

If you do go out to listen, try to get a recording - especially of suspected Long-eared Owls since they have quite a variety of calls from good ol' hoots to blood-curdling screeches and screams. A simple recording from a "smart" phone would usually suffice for verification purposes. 

As usual, please report any encounters on eBird. I promise to go gentle with reviews. 
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Richard Guthrie


Re: Owls

Heidi
 

I heard the distinct hooting of a Great Horned Owl twice on Saturday Oct 14 around 6pm while waiting to perform in Oakwood Cemetery's Living History Lantern-Lit Tour. A couple birder friends also heard it from their stations. 
A great horned was seen during our annual spring bird walk last May and has been seen/heard several times since then. 

Heidi Klinowski 

On Oct 17, 2017, at 7:54 AM, Richard Guthrie richardpguthrie@... [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply@...> wrote:

 

There are a number of interesting owl reports coming into the eBird queue.

Among those worth mentioning are Long-eared and Saw-whet Owls from Greene and Ulster Counties, and Barred Owls from several locations.

I'm sure there are others as they are setting up their winter territories.

If you do go out to listen, try to get a recording - especially of suspected Long-eared Owls since they have quite a variety of calls from good ol' hoots to blood-curdling screeches and screams. A simple recording from a "smart" phone would usually suffice for verification purposes. 

As usual, please report any encounters on eBird. I promise to go gentle with reviews. 
--
Richard Guthrie


Owls

Richard Guthrie
 

There are a number of interesting owl reports coming into the eBird queue.

Among those worth mentioning are Long-eared and Saw-whet Owls from Greene and Ulster Counties, and Barred Owls from several locations.

I'm sure there are others as they are setting up their winter territories.

If you do go out to listen, try to get a recording - especially of suspected Long-eared Owls since they have quite a variety of calls from good ol' hoots to blood-curdling screeches and screams. A simple recording from a "smart" phone would usually suffice for verification purposes. 

As usual, please report any encounters on eBird. I promise to go gentle with reviews. 
--
Richard Guthrie


Bog Meadow Brook Trail

jhershey2
 

I spent about 2 hours on the Bog Meadow Brook Trail this morning in Saratoga Springs.  Highlights for me were an FOY Ruddy Duck, FOS Blue-winged Teal, and FOS Rusty Blackbird (5).  The BW Teal looked like it was in transition from nonbreeding to breeding male.  I wasn't sure if it was my imagination that I heard hints of Ruffed Grouse drumming twice but since Ron H. has heard them there previously, I think it was probably real. 

Also, 3 Wild Turkeys flying over, 2 Green-winged Teal, 4 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, many White-throated Sparrows.  


John H. 


Re: Connecticut Warbler at 5 Combines

gregg_recer
 

unfortunately, cathy and I were not able to relocate the reported connecticut warbler either, despite over 2 hours of looking.

gregg recer


Juvenile cedar wax wings

Lidia Daley
 

For the last two days there has been a flock of approx 50 juvenile cedar waxwings feasting on a berry tree... Pretty amazing sight.. Glenmont NY Lidia daley


Re: Connecticut Warbler at 5 Combines

ConserveBirds
 

Thanks for the report, Scott.

Got to the site and found Greg and Cathy searching. We walked quite a way past the 1/4mi mark with no luck. I turned back but they continued on and hopefully had better luck.

Mona Bearor
So Glens Falls

-----Original Message-----
From: hmbirds@yahoogroups.com [mailto:hmbirds@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of scottvarney1968@yahoo.com [hmbirds]
Sent: Saturday, October 14, 2017 1:35 PM
To: hmbirds@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [HMBirds] Connecticut Warbler at 5 Combines

Currently viewing a 1st Winter Connecticut Warbler about 1/4 mile on the left from the parking lot closest to MacIntyre Street in Fort Edward, past RealBark mulch company. Best news ever, he is vocalizing perfectly like #1 song on Sibley's App.

Scott Varney
Salem, NY

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