Bog Meadow Gadwall, Pintail


Waterfowl are moving into Bog Meadow. Tom and I were there late in the afternoon and among the 100+ Canada Geese and 30 or so Mallards were two Gadwall. A pair of Northern Pintails made a brief appearance and then disappeared. Two Green-winged Teal flew in as we were leaving. Other birds of note were a couple of Ruby-crowned Kinglets and a flock of about ten Yellow-rumped Warblers.
Susan Beaudoin

Tomhannock area - waterfowl moving in

Naomi Lloyd

I cruised around the reservoir and surrounding roads this morning. Canada Geese are moving in large numbers, particularly at the south end of the reservoir. Not many other waterfowl there except the usual clump of Wood Ducks at the Nortonville Rd inlet. Some shorebirds remain at the Otter Creek flats - one Pectoral and a handful of Lesser Yellowlegs and Killdeer. American Pipits foraged with them.
The farm pond on Rt 113 was all CAGO. No loons or winter ducks at the reservoir yet.

I found more variety at the wetland on Lockrow Rd with good numbers of Blue and Green winged Teal, and some Amer. Black Ducks and Gadwall. It must have been a bumper Bluebird year - at least 9 flushed out of a single tree.

Naomi Lloyd
West Sand Lake

Fw: Destination This Week

Naomi Lloyd

Hi, All,

        Seems that the shorebirds have mostly passed through. A visit to Cohoes
Flats on Mon. produced 2 each of Greater & Lesser Yellowlegs and a Pectoral Sandpiper plus Killdeer.

Lincoln Sparrows are being reported and White-crowned and Fox
won't be far behind. Lets try our luck with the "lbj"s at
Vischer Ferry. Meet at the Whipple Bridge entrance,
Riverview and VanVranken Rds at 8:00 a.m.

Bill Lee

eBird --Valatie New St. Overlook Park -- Oct 04, 2017


New St. Overlook Park

Oct 04, 2017

2:21 PM


3 minutes

All birds reported? Yes


Temperature 74 F Windy Sunny

110 Canada Goose

3 Wood Duck

Number of Taxa: 2

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eBird -- Crescent Power Plant -- Oct 03, 2017


Crescent Power Plant

Oct 03, 2017

3:46 PM


17 minutes

All birds reported? Yes


Temperature 73 F windy sunny

7 Canada Goose

2 Mallard

7 Double-crested Cormorant

5 Turkey Vulture

1 Bald Eagle -- Adult

100 Ring-billed Gull

5 Herring Gull (American)

9 Great Black-backed Gull

1 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)

1 Peregrine Falcon

7 American Crow

3 Fish Crow

Number of Taxa: 12

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Town of Providence

Nancy Castillo

Nice activity yesterday with 4 Ruby-crowned Kinglets and 1 Golden-crowned Kinglet with a nearby Black-throated Green Warbler. Also had a late Rose-breasted Grosbeak stay in the yard most of the day eating Mountain Ash berries and using the birdbath (but not on the birdfeeders). An Eastern Phoebe also stopped in at the birdbath and did some gleaning off the sumacs and some wire sitting.


White-throated Sparrows showed up today.


Nancy Castillo

eBird -- US-New York-Cohoes-21 Clark Avenue - 42.775x-73.693 -- Oct 03, 2017


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

Oct 03, 2017

2:59 PM


15 minutes

All birds reported? Yes


Temperature 75 F windy sunny

6 Double-crested Cormorant

1 Least Sandpiper

22 Ring-billed Gull

2 American Crow

Number of Taxa: 4

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Yellow Billed Cuckoo, Vischer Ferry

Liz C

There was a Yellow Billed Cuckoo at Vischer Ferry at about 11:00 AM this morning. If you walk straight out on the gravel path from the Whipple Bridge, then where the gravelly path veers left, go right. There’s the rusty pole low barricade with two paths behind it,  kind of in a “V”. Take the leftish one, the bird was in the first grassy intersection in a tree. There were a bunch of Robins flying around there too. Photos on eBird.

This was the second new bird of the day for me, there was an American Woodcock in the yard in Cohoes this morning!

Liz Curley

Carter's Lake Greenwich

Scott Varney

Beautiful day today at Carter's Lake in Greenwich. Highlights included 2 Common Ravens, 2 previously-reported Common Gallinules, 2 Greater Yellowlegs, and a very vocal Pied-billed Grebe. The Blue-winged Teal I was hoping to see again chose not to make an appearance. However, at 6 pm, a massive influx of thousands of Red-winged Blackbirds settled in directly in front of the 1st Observation Deck on the trail. Quite the spectacle!

Scott Varney
Salem, NY

Woodlawn Preserve, 10/1/2017

Naomi Lloyd

Six birders enjoyed a perfect fall day at the Woodlawn Preserve in Schenectady. The sky was blue, the breeze was light, and warblers and other migrants abounded. The most productive spots were anywhere the sun touched young locusts, aspens, and birches, especially in the stretch between the pond and railroad tracks where the birds foraged at just above eye level. We were treated to 10 warbler species. Yellow-rumped have arrived in large numbers and BT Green remain very common. We also had BT Blue (including a couple of gorgeous males), Northern Parula, some singing a wispy song, Palm, Nashville, Tennessee, Magnolia, Blackpoll, and Common Yellowthroat. Both Kinglets and Blue-headed and Red-eyed Vireos gave good looks. Sparrows were less numerous with White-throated, Song, and Swamp seen.No waterfowl except flyover Canadas. Due to beaver activity, the water level is very high.

My thanks to Jamie Taft whose familiarity with the Preserve was a big help, and also to him and Neil Reilly for sharp eyes and ears to take birds out of the dreaded CFW category. And best wishes to Don Gresens, that you'll soon be out enjoying the fall!

eBird list for today's trip:

Naomi Lloyd
West Sand Lake

bb plover Cohoes flats


2 basic black-bellied plovers still present, visible from the Cohoes flats access in Cohoes and from canal road in Waterford. they are hanging out in company of rb gulls. 

Gregg Recer

Nutten Hooke, September 30, 2017

Kathryn Schneider

Six birders, including three from Columbia County, braved threatening skies, cool temperatures, and a cold north wind to search for fall migrants at Nutten Hooke in the Town of Stuyvesant. The wind made it difficult to hear bird vocalizations and kept most of the birds low, but despite these difficulties the group tallied 32 species including Osprey, Belted Kingfisher, Common Loon, Marsh Wren, Brown Creeper, and Swamp Sparrow.

Kathy Schneider

Stuyvesant Falls 

Southern Albany County, 10/1

John Kent

Waterfowl numbers and diversity are beginning to build. At Basic Creek Reservoir in Westerlo this morning, I counted 66 Ruddy Ducks. Otherwise, there were Green-winged Teal, American Wigeon, Canada Geese, Wood Ducks, Mallards, a couple of Hooded Mergansers, and the three Mute Swans that have been there for weeks. No Ring-necked Ducks yet. I had both species of kinglets and about five Eastern Phoebes, otherwise there wasn't a lot of songbird activity. Kingfishers and Great Blue Herons continue.

From the Alcove spillway the only waterfowl visible were a couple of Canada Geese.

At Stanton Pond, there were three Northern Shovelers, two Northern Pintails, at least one Gadwall, and plenty of American Wigeon, Green-winged Teal, Mallards, and Canada Geese. Numerous Killdeer continue, and two Pectoral Sandpipers flew in while I was there. I believe there was a falcon around, based on seeing a few pigeon panics, but I never saw it. When we had the big snowstorm in March after Killdeer had arrived, I was wondering whether we would notice a population decrease. Based on what I've been seeing lately, their numbers seem at least as high as usual.

John Kent

Merlin. eBird Report - Rte 9P near Exit 14 of Northway, Sep 30, 2017

Ronald Harrower

Rte 9P near Exit 14 of Northway, Saratoga, New York, US
Sep 30, 2017 12:45 PM
Protocol: Incidental
Comments: Was driving into Saratoga Spring after checking Saratoga Lake. I noticed size and posture of Merlin and stopped. While there, a Blue swooped at it, and Merlin lost its balance as seen in photo as it regains balance.
2 species

Merlin 1
Blue Jay 1

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They're Back!!! eBird Report - Loughberry Lake, Sep 30, 2017

Ronald Harrower

Loughberry Lake, Saratoga, New York, US
Sep 30, 2017 1:30 PM - 1:45 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments: Was stopping by Loughberry Lake to check for Sassafras leaves and cast an eye on the lake. I'm glad I did. The "real" ducks are coming back. The first Ring-necked Ducks have arrived and based on previous years' observations, the number should rise until the lake freezes. There were a few Lesser Scaup as well.
12 species

Canada Goose 7
Mallard 6
Ring-necked Duck 35 As mentioned in note, the Ring-necked Ducks come here every Autumn, slowly building numbers into the high hundreds in some years. These ducks were in the Northern end of the lake. There are a lot of snails in Loughberry lake, a favorite food of Ring-necked Ducks
Lesser Scaup 4 One female hanging out with Canada Geese opposite Howe Street The others were with Ring-necked Ducks at Northern end
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 5
Black-capped Chickadee 3
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
American Robin 2

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Sparrow bonanza at Black Creek Marsh- 9/30


Sparrows were the highlight of a walk this morning at Black Creek Marsh in Voorheesville. Despite the cool, damp, and breezy conditions, birds were quite numerous and active. The default sparrow was Swamp, and there were many present, upwards of fifty at least. We also observed Field, two White-crowned juveniles, White-throated, two Savannah, Song, three Lincoln's, and two Eastern Towhees. Other species of note included Green Heron, Virginia Rail (5), Sora (3), and Marsh Wren (15).

Tom Williams 

Black-bellied Plovers, Cohoes

John Kent

There were still two Black-bellied Plovers present at Cohoes Flats this morning. They were along the edge of the flowing water just below the dam, close to the Cohoes side. Also present were 17+ Killdeer, a couple of Semipalmated Plovers, and 3 or more Greater Yellowlegs. A single American Pipit flew over. I also saw a Bald Eagle grab a young Ring-billed Gull for breakfast.

John Kent

Monday Oct 2 HMBC Program - Birding Australia - at Five Rivers at 7 PM


Birding Eastern Gondwana, Part 2: East Coast Australia

Leader or Speaker: 
Gregg Recer and Cathy Graichen
Location of Event: 
Five Rivers Interpretive Building
October 2, 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
The second segment of this two-part program focuses on birds, wildlife, and sight-seeing in the Australian states of Queensland and New South Wales. Queensland is tropical east-coast Australia, home to the Wet Tropics World Heritage zone, the Great Barrier Reef, Atherton Tablelands, and the northern end of the Great Dividing Range. The birding and wildlife highlights here range from the odd Magpie Goose, Southern Cassowary, lyrebirds, and a large variety of parrots, honeyeaters and thornbills, to iconic and bizarre mammals including duck-billed platypus, tree kangaroos, wallabies, and flying foxes. In the area around Sydney in NSW, we'll explore the dramatic coastal areas and rainforests of Royal National Park, the historic location of Kamay Botany Bay National Park, and the iconic Sydney cityscape including Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.
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.

Black-bellied Plovers

Ronald Harrower

Took a look from the Canal Park in Waterford and found both Black-bellied Plovers standing together on a rock in the middle.
Wanted to be absolutely sure before posting, so checked photos. Glad they wandered back to Saratoga side after Nancy's mention of a fisherman scaring them towards Cohoes!
Ron H

Re: Black-bellied Plovers - Cohoes Flats (Photo)


I posted one photo taken this morning of a Black-bellied Plover at Cohoes Flats on this group.

John H.

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