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Re: Cohoes flats

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

To answer my own question, it looks like they've widened and put cement/gravel down on the path down to the flats from the lot.  It'll be a lot easier to get down there now.  


On Fri, Aug 18, 2017 at 8:04 AM zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw@...> wrote:
Anyone know what's going on with the parking area on Clark Ave?  It's roped off with caution tape this morning.  
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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
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Cohoes flats

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

Anyone know what's going on with the parking area on Clark Ave?  It's roped off with caution tape this morning.  
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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


Re: Shorebird Habitat - Schoharie County

Richard Guthrie
 

Thanks, John.

That could be reminiscent of the draw-down of Basic Reservoir in Albany County several years ago.

That incident brought many, many shorebirds over the weeks of exposed flats including Semipalmated, Least, White-rumped, Pectoral, Solitary, Bairds, Stilt Sandpipers, S-b. Dowitchers, both Y-legs, and Semiplamated Plovers. What a bonanza.

You build it, they will come.

Good Luck and keep us posted.

Rich Guthrie


On Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 7:50 PM, John Roosenberg II mail4john2@... [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply@...> wrote:
 

All:

Shorebird habitat is always really hard to find in Schoharie County.  However, right now there is some very good habitat at the Cobbleskill Reservoir as one of the ponds has been drained down to mudflats.

Compared to Albany County, we haven't had the level of shorebird excitement; but there was Semipalmated Plover, Least Sandpiper, and Greater Yellowlegs all there tonight.

Worth checking out if you are working on a Schoharie County list or in the area.

Thanks

John





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Richard Guthrie


Shorebird Habitat - Schoharie County

John Roosenberg II
 

All:

Shorebird habitat is always really hard to find in Schoharie County.  However, right now there is some very good habitat at the Cobbleskill Reservoir as one of the ponds has been drained down to mudflats.

Compared to Albany County, we haven't had the level of shorebird excitement; but there was Semipalmated Plover, Least Sandpiper, and Greater Yellowlegs all there tonight.

Worth checking out if you are working on a Schoharie County list or in the area.

Thanks

John



Worm-eating Warbler- Albany Pine Bush Preserve 8/17

trwdsd
 

On a midday walk, clockwise through the Albany Pine Bush Preserve-Karner Barrens East, I ran into a small pocket of migrant vireos and warblers near the NE corner of the yellow trail just before it ascends the sandy hill and turns right. There were a few Yellow Warblers and a Warbling Vireo, neither of which breeds in that part of the Preserve, but the big surprise was a Worm-eating Warbler. Migrants are definitely on the move. Some images are embedded in the eBird checklist below.



Tom Williams 
Colonie


Upcoming Field Trips reminder

trwdsd
 

Just a reminder of two upcoming club events:

Sunday, August 20th- Peebles Island/Cohoes Flats
Leader- John Hershey

The wooded areas of Peebles Island are good for seeing a variety of songbirds including early migrant warblers. The river area and rocky flats around the island are usually good for Peregrine Falcon, Osprey, Bald Eagle as well as shore birds, herons, egrets, Chimney Swifts and ducks. From the meeting place, we will check out the Cohoes Flats and then consolidate vehicles before proceeding to Peebles Island since there is a fee for each car entering.
Meet at the NY State Dam Recreation area behind the U-Haul Rental in Cohoes at 8:30 a.m. From 787 going north, turn right onto Route 470 (Ontario Street) in Cohoes. Then turn left onto Clark Ave. and proceed to the end.

Tuesday through Thursday, August 22nd-24th- Counting Common Nighthawks
Leaders- Tom and Colleen Williams

The Common Nighthawk is a migrant aerial insectivore that feeds at dusk and dawn. It breeds throughout much of North America, although in decline as it is no longer observed during the summer in many urban and suburban areas.
In the Capital Region, the bulk of fall migration occurs from mid-August until early September with the peak around August 24-25th. Continuing an informal project that was begun in 2012, we will observe the skies each evening (weather permitting) between the 22nd and 24th of August, recording our sightings for a final summary. We will conduct our viewing from the parking lot at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, located on Rt. 155 (New Karner Road) in Albany. Bring a chair and binoculars. We will begin each night at 6:00 p.m.

Visit the club website at hmbc.net for more information.

Tom Williams 
Colonie


eBird -- US-New York-Hudson-200 Station Rd - 42.31x-73.772 -- Aug 16, 2017

kernscot
 

US-New York-Hudson-200 Station Rd - 42.31x-73.772

Aug 16, 2017

2:25 PM

Traveling

1.00 miles

40 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature 82 tide going out on Hudson river sunny


1 Great Blue Heron (Blue form)

1 Great Egret

1 Green Heron

1 Sharp-shinned Hawk

2 Bald Eagle -- Adult and juvenile

2 Ring-billed Gull

1 Herring Gull (American)

1 Belted Kingfisher

1 Red-bellied Woodpecker

3 Tree Swallow

1 American Robin

2 Cedar Waxwing

3 American Goldfinch


Number of Taxa: 13



Sent from my LG Mobile


August 16 Birdline

philwhitney17
 

Birdline summary for week ending August 16:

15 reports; 41 species reported

 

Best of the week:

LITTLE BLUE HERON:  Cohoes-Crescent Road 8/13

PECTORAL SANDPIPER: Cohoes Flats 8/11, 8/12; Cohoes Falls 8/15 (2), 8/16

STILT SANDPIPER: Cohoes Falls 8/15, 8/16

SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER: Cohoes Falls 8/15 (2), 8/16 (2)

WILSONS PHALAROPE: Cohoes Falls 8/14

BONAPARTES GULL: Wilton 8/12

BLACK TERN: Cohoes Flats 8/12

DICKCISSEL: Putnam 8/13

 

Other notables:

Great Egret: Lock 2 8/14

Osprey: Cohoes Flats 8/10 (3); Lock 2 8/14

Bald Eagle: Lock 2 8/14 (2)

Semipalmated Plover: Cohoes Flats 8/10-8/12

Greater Yellowlegs: Cohoes Flats 8/11, 8/12

Lesser Yellowlegs: 6 reports

Semipalmated Sandpiper: Cohoes Flats 8/10, 8/12

Least Sandpiper: Cohoes Flats 8/10-8/12; Tomhannock 8/10

Common Nighthawk: Ballston Spa 8/13; Meadowdale 8/14

Scarlet Tanager: West Charlton 8/11

Indigo Bunting: West Charlton 8/11

Purple Finch: West Charlton 8/11

 

Thanks to Larry Alden (Meadowdale), Nancy Castillo (Providence), Jeremy Collison (Cohoes Falls), Lindsey Duval (Wilton), Ron Harrower (Ballston Spa, Lock 2), John Kent (Cohoes Flats , Cohoes Falls), Naomi Lloyd (Cohoes Flats, Tomhannock), Ellen Pemrick (West Charlton), Stacy Robinson (Putnam) ,  Zach Schwartz-Weinstein (Cohoes Flats, Cohoes-Crescent Road) and Tom Williams (Cohoes Falls)

 


Fw: Destination This Week

Naomi Lloyd
 

Hi, All,

Shorebird migration has picked up markedly and Cohoes Falls Overlook and Flats are the hot spots with
Pectoral  and Stilt Sandpipers, Short-billed Dowitcher, and a possible Wilson's Phalarope being seen recently. A
Black tern has also been seen. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the end of Clark Ave. behind the U-Haul on
Ontario St. (NY Rt.470). Spotting scopes and waterproof foot gear are highly desirable if not essential to check out
the Flats thoroughly if water levels allow us to walk them. Hope to see you there.




Bill Lee


Migrating warblers

Nancy Castillo
 

Starting to see some migrating warblers here at home in the Town of Providence, western Saratoga County.

Aug 14 – one Ovenbird

Aug 16 – one Black-throated Green Warbler

Time to get the warbler guide out!

Nancy Castillo


Falls View Park, Cohoes

Naomi Lloyd
 

For those who haven't birded here before, I've included a map to the area. You can park across the road then cross the suspension bridge. Go left, and you can look over the top of the falls for birds - often good for hundreds of gulls as well as shorebirds, while Bald Eagles hang out in the cottonwoods. Go right, and you access below the falls at almost water level. That's where the shorebirds are hanging out now. To get there you have to descend a 90-step staircase, then follow a path heading further downhill. It's a long way down, and longer back up. You used to be able to go out on the flats at very low water conditions, but we were told due to someone being injured that area is no longer open.

It's a spectacular view of the falls, and a valuable addition to our limited number of shorebird sites.

Good birding!

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Falls+View+Park/@42.7853506,-73.7130954,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x89de11cf3f2edb77:0xaab8e9dd46ae7afb!8m2!3d42.7853467!4d-73.7109067?hl=en&authuser=0

Naomi Lloyd
West Sand Lake


Stilt Sandpiper, SB Dowitchers @ Falls View Park, Cohoes- 8/16

trwdsd
 

The Stilt Sandpiper, two Short-billed Dowitchers, a Pectoral Sandpiper, and many Yellowlegs and "peeps" are present again this morning at Falls View Park in Cohoes. We are observing from the lower level "Tailrace Fishing Access" at the water's edge.

Tom Williams 
Colonie




Falls View Park - Stilt Sandpiper and Short-Billed Dowitchers

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

Yesterday's shorebirds are still present this morning at the Tailrace Fishing Access pier on the Lower Level of Falls view park in cohoes.
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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


Re: Short-billed dowitcher, pectoral sandpiper, falls view park

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

Photo of the Stilt Sandpiper here: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38658956

The last record of the species in Albany was a bird at Cohoes Flats seen by Ramona Bearor in 2013, and there was a bird in 2011 at The Crossings that many people saw as well as a record from the Huyck Preserve (T. Lloyd Williams) in 2012.  So this is the first record for the county in 4 years.  Thanks to Jeremy for finding the bird and getting the word out.


On Tue, Aug 15, 2017 at 12:33 PM jeremybirdwatcherpi@... [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply@...> wrote:
 

Now there's two dowitchers, zach and I think they're short-billed. And the possible stilt sandpiper is looking more like one as we observe.

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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


Re: Short-billed dowitcher, pectoral sandpiper, falls view park

Jeremy Collison
 

Now there's two dowitchers, zach and I think they're short-billed. And the possible stilt sandpiper is looking more like one as we observe.


Re: Short-billed dowitcher, pectoral sandpiper, falls view park

Will Raup
 

snipe?



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From: "jeremybirdwatcherpi@... [hmbirds]"
Date: 8/15/17 11:33 AM (GMT-05:00)
To: hmbirds@...
Subject: [HMBirds] Re: Short-billed dowitcher, pectoral sandpiper, falls view park

 

not sure about the short-billed dowitchers now, good time to come as one is acting more like a stil sandpiper and one is rather large-looking.


Re: Short-billed dowitcher, pectoral sandpiper, falls view park

Jeremy Collison
 

not sure about the short-billed dowitchers now, good time to come as one is acting more like a stil sandpiper and one is rather large-looking.


Re: Short-billed dowitcher, pectoral sandpiper, falls view park

Jeremy Collison
 

Two of each now. Viewing from next to the fishing access site by the water's edge.


Short-billed dowitcher, pectoral sandpiper, falls view park

Jeremy Collison
 

Currently feeding on the extensive rockflats below the falls directly across from the water outflow.
-Jeremy Collison


Common Nighthawk

Larry & Penny Alden
 

Single bird headed south at 6:30 tonight.

Larry Alden
Meadowdale

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