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November 1 Birdline

philwhitney17
 

Birdline summary for week ending November 1:

20 reports; 73 species reported

 

Best of the week:

LONG-TAILED DUCK: Greenwich 10/29 (6)

RED-NECKED GREBE: Saratoga Lake 10/26 (3)

NORTHERN GOSHAWK: Rensselaerville SF 10/28

LAUGHING GULL: Saratoga Lake 10/30 (2)

RUSTY BLACKBIRD: Saratoga Lake 11/1 (2)

RED CROSSBILL: Rensselaerville SF 10/28 (35)

 

Other notables:

Brant: Saratoga Lake 10/27 (4), 10/28 (6); New Baltimore 11/1 (30)

Northern Pintail: Stanton Pond 10/27 (12)

Greater Scaup: Loughberry Lake 11/1 (24)

Lesser Scaup: Loughberry Lake 11/1 (35)

Surf Scoter: Saratoga Lake 10/26, 10/27; Alcove Reservoir 10/27 (7)

White-winged Scoter: 5 reports

Black Scoter: 6 reports

Red-breasted Merganser: Saratoga Lake 10/28

Common Loon: Alcove Reservoir 10/27, 10/28; Saratoga Lake 10/28,11/1

Pied-billed Grebe: Tomhannock 10/26 (2); Basic Creek 10/27; Saratoga Lake 10/27 

Horned Grebe: Alcove Reservoir 10/27; Basic Creek 10/28; Saratoga Lake 11/1

Black Vulture: Ravena 12/28 (4)

Bald Eagle: Tomhannock 10/26 (5); Basic Creek 10/27; Greenwich 10/29

Northern Harrier: Tomhannock 10/26; Stanton Pond 10/28

American Coot: Basic Creek 10/27 (3); Saratoga Lake 10/28

Greater Yellowlegs: Bog Meadow 10/26

Lesser Yellowlegs: Tomhannock 10/26 (2)

Pectoral Sandpiper: Basic Creek 10/28 (4)

Wilsons Snipe: Huyck Preserve 10/28 (2)

Barn Swallow: Tomhannock 10/26

Carolina Wren: Saratoga Lake 10/26, 11/1

American Pipit: Tomhannock 10/26 (20)

Fox Sparrow: Bog Meadow 10/26; Rensselaerville SF 10/28

Purple Finch: Bog Meadow 10/26

Pine Siskin: Rensselaerville SF 10/28

 

Thanks to Lindsey Duval (Bog Meadow, Amsterdam, Saratoga Lake), Rich Guthrie (Ravena, New Baltimore), Ron Harrower (Saratoga Lake, Loughberry Lake), John Kent (Basic Creek, Alcove Reservoir, Stanton Pond), Nancy Kern (Nassau, Schodack, Chatham), Bill Lee (Tomhannock), Naomi Lloyd (Saratoga Lake), Zach Schwartz-Weinstein (Rensselaerville SF, Huyck Preserve, Basic Creek, Alcove Reservoir, Stanton Pond) , Scott Stoner (Rensselaerville SF), Scott Varney (Greenwich) and Tom Williams (Saratoga Lake)


eBird Report - Loughberry Lake, Oct 31, 2017

Ronald Harrower
 

Loughberry Lake, Saratoga, New York, US
Oct 31, 2017 3:10 PM - 3:35 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments: sun was coming from the SE corner of the lake which either put waterfowl in sun, half and half or backlit depending on angle. The greatest number of birds were Ring-necked Ducks which concentrated in the middle of the lake North/South and were also in small rafts in different parts of the lake. Both Scaups were present with a larger concentration a bit further South of large raft of mixed ducks as well as being well-represent in the mixed crowd. The lone drake Redhead was in the large central raft. Photos don't do justice to the bird. An unfortunate aspect to viewing birds at Loughberry Lake is that they tend to concentrate in areas that are hard to view. I found a gap in the trees and did a "drive by shooting" with my camera of the main raft, including the Redhead.
16 species

Canada Goose 175
Mallard 45
American Black Duck 8
Redhead 1
Ring-necked Duck 380
Greater Scaup 24
Lesser Scaup 35
Common Merganser 4
Ring-billed Gull 18
Mourning Dove 2
Belted Kingfisher 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 2
Eastern Bluebird 1
Red-winged Blackbird 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40253039

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


eBird Report - Saratoga Lake, Nov 1, 2017

Ronald Harrower
 

Saratoga Lake, Saratoga, New York, US
Nov 1, 2017 2:05 PM - 3:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
8.0 mile(s)
Comments: Laughing Gulls not seen. Lake was still, but not huge numbers of birds. The most exciting was coming down to Manning Cove and seeing 5 Horned Grebes right by the steps on the shore. They dove and came up spread apart and then came together in a tight group and dove again and repeated. Very Cool!
27 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 75
Mallard 125
American Black Duck 20
Greater/Lesser Scaup 15 mixed in with Buffleheads
Bufflehead 35 In long raft in middle of lake. It always seems to be close to opposite shore until you go there and it seems to be close to the shore you left!
Common Merganser 4
Common Loon 1
Horned Grebe 5
Ring-billed Gull 155
Herring Gull 5
Great Black-backed Gull 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 35
Mourning Dove 2
Belted Kingfisher 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 4
American Crow 1
Black-capped Chickadee 2
Carolina Wren 1
Eastern Bluebird 2 Oddly, near the shore at Riley Cove
European Starling 34
Northern Cardinal 2
Red-winged Blackbird 65
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
Rusty Blackbird 2
House Finch 5
American Goldfinch 4
House Sparrow 25

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40254619

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


Fw: Destination this Week

Naomi Lloyd
 

Hi, All,


Let's look for the Red Crossbills and Northern Goshawk in Rennselaerville State Forest. If it goes quickly
we can stop by Alcove and Basic Creek and check for waterfowl.

Meet at 8:00 a.m. at Five Rivers Environmental Ed Center parking lot.



Bill Lee


eBird -- (42.415, -73.577) Highland Rd Chatham NY -- Nov 01, 2017

kernscot
 

(42.415, -73.577) Highland Rd Chatham NY

Nov 01, 2017

5:32 PM

Traveling

1.00 miles

10 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature 45 F Light Rain Overcast


7 Canada Goose

17 Mallard -- On farm ponds


Number of Taxa: 2



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eBird -- 30 Lake Shore Circle Drive, Nassau, New York, US (42.538, -73.601) -- Nov 01, 2017

kernscot
 

30 Lake Shore Circle Drive, Nassau, New York, US (42.538, -73.601)

Nov 01, 2017

4:50 PM

Traveling

1.00 miles

15 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature 45 F Light Rain Overcast Breeze


3 Canada Goose

22 Mallard

1 Hooded Merganser

1 Common Merganser

7 Ruddy Duck

4 Blue Jay

2 Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)


Number of Taxa: 7



Sent from my LG Mobile


eBird -- Schodack, NY, Eleanor Dr. -- Nov 01, 2017

kernscot
 

Schodack, NY, Eleanor Dr.

Nov 01, 2017

4:13 PM

Traveling

2.00 miles

20 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature 47 F Light Rain Overcast Breeze


1500 Canada Goose -- On harvested cornfields and grass fields farm ponds

7 Mallard

1 Red-tailed Hawk

1 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)

2 Mourning Dove

2 Blue Jay

50 American Crow


Number of Taxa: 7



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"Lucky" Brant

Richard Guthrie
 

I just watched two adult Bald Eagles in hot-pursuit of a lone Brant.

I don't think I've ever seen Bald Eagles take a bird in flight. (I've seen them take out grounded birds, some as large as Canada Goose now and then).

The Brant looked so small in comparison, I first thought it was a tern or a teal. But that was just my perception given the unlikely combination of species. 

The eagles looked like a tag team cutting off the Brant on each twist and turn. They appear to be a bonded pair that has been around for a few days, occasionally fending off a potential territorial intruder. 

Although they all flew behind a leafy tree and I could not witness the get-away, I could tell that the eagles came up empty since they soon perched together in a neighbor's yard doing their loud eagle chirping. 

A small group of Brant flew down river shortly afterwards, and I hope that lone goose joined forces with them to continue on to the coast.

--
Richard Guthrie
New Baltimore,
The Greene County


Brant - New Baltimore & Coxsackie

Richard Guthrie
 

Groups of about 30 Brant went down the Hudson River by New Baltimore this morning, Nov 1st, at about 8 AM; then later by Coxsackie at about 3 PM. Separate groups of about the same number, I'm sure. 

--
Richard Guthrie


eBird -- Nassau Lake -- Nov 01, 2017

kernscot
 

Nassau Lake

Nov 01, 2017

4:05 PM

Stationary

14 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature 46 F light rain overcast breeze


5 Canada Goose

8 Common Merganser (North American)

2 Ruddy Duck

1 Great Blue Heron (Blue form)

2 Ring-billed Gull

1 Mourning Dove


Number of Taxa: 6



Sent from my LG Mobile


eBird -- Nassau Lake -- Nov 01, 2017

kernscot
 

Nassau Lake

Nov 01, 2017

4:05 PM

Stationary

14 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature 46 F light rain overcast breeze


5 Canada Goose

8 Common Merganser (North American)

2 Ruddy Duck

1 Great Blue Heron (Blue form)

2 Ring-billed Gull

1 Mourning Dove


Number of Taxa: 6



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ADBC Chatham CBC

kernscot
 

The Alan Devoe Bird Club sponsored Chatham CBC is:


Sat. Dec. 16, 2017


Nancy Kern


Re: cbc

scottjstoner
 

And the Albany county count is Sunday Dec 17.



Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

-------- Original message --------
From: "Larry & Penny Alden overlook@... [hmbirds]" <hmbirds-noreply@...>
Date: 10/31/17 1:22 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: george steele <unlessyoucare@...>
Cc: HMBirds Yahoogroups <hmbirds@...>
Subject: Re: [HMBirds] cbc

 

George,


NYSOA (nybirds.org) has traditionally hosted a list of N.Y. CBCs. I don’t see it up on their website yet, though. Note that this list requires each compiler to enter the information on their counts. 

The Schenectady CBC is December 16 and the Troy CBC is December 30. 

Larry Alden 


On Oct 31, 2017, at 10:33 AM, george steele unlessyoucare@... [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply@...> wrote:

 

I don't have any CBC's scheduled on Dec 24 or Dec 31, both of which I can understand, but just wondering if there were any. Also hoping for some mid week counts other than Montezuma, Greene Co and Ulster/Dutchess.

George


Re: cbc

Larry & Penny Alden
 

George,

NYSOA (nybirds.org) has traditionally hosted a list of N.Y. CBCs. I don’t see it up on their website yet, though. Note that this list requires each compiler to enter the information on their counts. 

The Schenectady CBC is December 16 and the Troy CBC is December 30. 

Larry Alden 


On Oct 31, 2017, at 10:33 AM, george steele unlessyoucare@... [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply@...> wrote:

 

I don't have any CBC's scheduled on Dec 24 or Dec 31, both of which I can understand, but just wondering if there were any. Also hoping for some mid week counts other than Montezuma, Greene Co and Ulster/Dutchess.

George


Re: cbc

Andy Mason
 

George--

There is a new Delaware Co. count scheduled for Dec. 31 if you want to go that far afield.  Contact is Pam Peters, ovenb1rdp@..., 607-829-6545.

Andy Mason


On 10/31/2017 10:33 AM, george steele unlessyoucare@... [hmbirds] wrote:
 
I don't have any CBC's scheduled on Dec 24 or Dec 31, both of which I can understand, but just wondering if there were any. Also hoping for some mid week counts other than Montezuma, Greene Co and Ulster/Dutchess.

George

-- 
Andrew Mason
1039 Peck St.
Jefferson, NY  12093
(607) 652-2162
AndyMason@...


cbc

george steele
 

I don't have any CBC's scheduled on Dec 24 or Dec 31, both of which I can understand, but just wondering if there were any. Also hoping for some mid week counts other than Montezuma, Greene Co and Ulster/Dutchess.

George


Re: christmas bird counts

Andy Mason
 

Also, the Ft. Plain count in the Mohawk Valley is Dec. 30.  Compiler is Bob Donnelly, rsdonn@..., 607-264-8156.

Andy Mason


On 10/31/2017 6:15 AM, forsythnature forsythnature@... [hmbirds] wrote:
 

Good reminder George!

slightly "extralimital" CBC's centered down south in Ulster County are the NYML (Mohonk Lake/ Ashokan Reservoir) CBC on Saturday, December 16th (Steve Chorvas compiler 845-246-5900 or schorvas@... ) and the NYUD (Ulster/Dutchess) CBC on Wednesday, December 27th (Mark DeDea compiler 845-339-1277 or forsythnature@...)

Good Birding,
Mark DeDea


-----Original Message-----
From: george steele unlessyoucare@... [hmbirds]
To: HMBirds Yahoogroups
Sent: Mon, Oct 30, 2017 10:00 pm
Subject: [HMBirds] christmas bird counts

 
Does anyone have a list of dates for Christmas Bird Counts?  They'll be here before you know it. Thanks.

George

-- 
Andrew Mason
1039 Peck St.
Jefferson, NY  12093
(607) 652-2162
AndyMason@...


Re: christmas bird counts

forsythnature
 

Good reminder George!

slightly "extralimital" CBC's centered down south in Ulster County are the NYML (Mohonk Lake/ Ashokan Reservoir) CBC on Saturday, December 16th (Steve Chorvas compiler 845-246-5900 or schorvas@... ) and the NYUD (Ulster/Dutchess) CBC on Wednesday, December 27th (Mark DeDea compiler 845-339-1277 or forsythnature@...)

Good Birding,
Mark DeDea


-----Original Message-----
From: george steele unlessyoucare@... [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply@...>
To: HMBirds Yahoogroups
Sent: Mon, Oct 30, 2017 10:00 pm
Subject: [HMBirds] christmas bird counts

 
Does anyone have a list of dates for Christmas Bird Counts?  They'll be here before you know it. Thanks.

George


Re: christmas bird counts

Naomi Lloyd
 

Southern Rensselaer is Saturday 12/23!

Naomi Lloyd



On October 30, 2017, at 11:00 PM, "george steele unlessyoucare@... [hmbirds]" <hmbirds-noreply@...> wrote:


 

Does anyone have a list of dates for Christmas Bird Counts?  They'll be here before you know it. Thanks.

George


HMBC program - Birding the Rio Grande Valley - Monday November 6 at Five Rivers

scottjstoner
 

Monday November 6
7:00 PM
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
56 Game Farm Rd., Delmar, NY

in the new Visitor Center

The Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club presents: Valley of Birds: Birding the Rio Grande Valley from Brownsville to Laredo

The lower Rio Grande Valley of south Texas is one of the top birding areas of the US.  With species including Green Jay, Plain Chachalaca, Great Kiskadee and Least Grebe, "The Valley" draws birders searching for birds found nowhere else in the country.  This program features some of our favorite birding sites from the Gulf Coast to Laredo, as well as some of the wonderful birds that inhabit them.

Speakers: Scott Stoner and Denise Hackert-Stoner

Scott and Denise are life members and past officers of the Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club and long-time birders and nature photographers. Their photos have been featured on the cover of The Kingbird, and published in National Wildlife magazine, the New York State Conservationist, and several books including the New York Wildlife Viewing Guide. They have won awards at the Hagaman Art Show, the William K Sanford (Colonie) Library Photo Contest, and exhibited at venues throughout the Capital Region.  For the past four years, Scott and Denise have been the been the jurists for the Albany Pine Bush Preserve’s annual photo contest. Many of their photos are featured in the permanent exhibits at the new Visitor Center at the Five Rivers Environmental Education Center and in Albany Pine Bush outreach efforts.  Scott and Denise teach birding and nature photography workshops and have given a variety of programs to birding and other groups across New York State. Together, they operate Naturelogues, a small, local business celebrating the beauty of nature in photos taken all over North America. 


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