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Virginia Rail and Chick

jhershey2
 

I walked the length of the Bog Meadow Brook Trail in Saratoga Springs this morning mainly looking for butterflies and wildflowers.  I was surprised to spot a dark bird feeding on the mud that turned out to be a Virginia Rail.  It moved a little further away but kept foraging while for some of the time another smaller dark bird seemed to join it.  After I looked carefully at my pictures I realized the smaller bird was a black, downy Virginia Rail chick - first I have ever seen.  A little further down the trail I spotted another grown Virginia Rail in the open. The rest of the birds I noticed on the trail were the expected ones.  I attached a few rail pics mostly for i.d. purposes. 

John H. 

Mourning Warbler, Rensselaerville State Forest

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

I found a male Mourning Warbler singing on territory in appropriate breeding habitat in Rensselaerville State Forest this morning.  I stayed on the bird for close to an hour and did not see a female at any point, so my guess is that this bird is prospecting, but who knows.  Unlike the second year male that hung around Partridge Run for a while in 2015, this bird was in adult plumage.  Photo and audio on my EBird checklist.  

ZSW
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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
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Re: Bittern?

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

It is not uncommon to see bitterns in trees during migration, though it is too late for either bittern to be migrating at the moment.  It's hard to rule out Green Heron from this photo.  And Black-Crowned is also a possibility, though they are somewhat uncommon in the area.


On Mon, Jun 8, 2020 at 5:17 PM Dan Leonard <dannyboy67leonard@...> wrote:
Is it too early for an immature Black-Crowned Night Heron (would be more likely in a tree)?

On Mon, Jun 8, 2020 at 5:07 PM bookconservator via groups.io <bookconservator=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
I heard a new bird sound in the yard, sort of a squonk. Then saw what looked to be a bittern in a tree. Held its head with beak up and neck extended and streaky brown, just like those I gave seen at Montezuma when I lived out there. Larger than a crow. A bit bigger than the green herons we have had in the yard by the pond. See image upper center.

Would you find a bittern in a tree and if not, any ideas on what it could be?

Thanks for the input.

Donia
Ballston Spa



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Chuck-wills-widow - Greene County

Richard Guthrie
 

We have two credible reports of CHUCK-WILLS-WIDOW from the Town of Athens and 5 miles away in the Town of Coxsackie, The Greene County.

The first was heard briefly last Tuesday evening and not since. The other was being heard that evening as well as each evening up to Friday (maybe Sunday morning at 4:30 AM ).

The homeowner got a clear recording of the second bird during one of those evenings. 

The birds were heard (and seen) from the roadway on Mountain View Road, off County Rt. 61, which is just north of State Highway 81 in the Town of Coxsackie, west of Rt. 9-W and the NYS Thruway. 

There are very few houses along this dead-end road and the few homeowners are ok with birders coming to try for the bird. The bird seemed to start the evening out down by the cul-de-sac, then working west to the area of the county road. The apparent 4:30 AM report was from a nearby home along Rt 61.

[I am told that there is an intimidating looking, but somewhat friendly, German Shepherd in one of the houses, that might come out to check on people. He is said to not like other dogs. ]

Rich Guthrie
New Baltimore
The Greene County
New York



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Richard Guthrie

RT Feeding Video

Scott Varney
 

Enjoy this video recorded at 1:46 am on Sunday, July 7, 2020. 

RT Hummingbird Feeding times

Scott Varney
 

I was just reviewing an oddly- timed triggering of my home surveillance cameras from yesterday (Sunday). At 1:46 AM, I'm naturally inclined to ask, "What motion would have triggered a recording at that crazy hour?" The "intruder" was a hummingbird, presumably a Ruby-throated Hummingbird, feeding from one of my 4 porch feeders. I had no idea that they would be feeding at this hour of the morning!  Very cool!  

Anyone else ever witness late night feeding times such as this for hummingbirds?  I'd love to hear more about others' experiences. 

Happy Day,

Scott Varney
Salem, NY

Re: Bittern?

Dan Leonard
 

Is it too early for an immature Black-Crowned Night Heron (would be more likely in a tree)?


On Mon, Jun 8, 2020 at 5:07 PM bookconservator via groups.io <bookconservator=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
I heard a new bird sound in the yard, sort of a squonk. Then saw what looked to be a bittern in a tree. Held its head with beak up and neck extended and streaky brown, just like those I gave seen at Montezuma when I lived out there. Larger than a crow. A bit bigger than the green herons we have had in the yard by the pond. See image upper center.

Would you find a bittern in a tree and if not, any ideas on what it could be?

Thanks for the input.

Donia
Ballston Spa

Bittern?

bookconservator@...
 

I heard a new bird sound in the yard, sort of a squonk. Then saw what looked to be a bittern in a tree. Held its head with beak up and neck extended and streaky brown, just like those I gave seen at Montezuma when I lived out there. Larger than a crow. A bit bigger than the green herons we have had in the yard by the pond. See image upper center.

Would you find a bittern in a tree and if not, any ideas on what it could be?

Thanks for the input.

Donia
Ballston Spa

Prothonotary Warbler, Cedar Waxwing. eBird Report - Old Champlain Canal Trail--Schuylerville, Jun 5, 2020

Ronald Harrower
 

Old Champlain Canal Trail--Schuylerville, Saratoga, New York, US

Jun 5, 2020 11:45 AM - 1:05 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.3 mile(s)
Checklist Comments: I returned to Surrender March Trail for my third attempt to find the Prothonotary Warbler first reported May 30. Lindsey, the original discoverer of the. bird updated the location, placing a pin all the way at the end of the trail. I started to head that way after greeting two birders already there. We heard the Prothonotary sing loudly right by where the trail splits to go to the Southern parking lot and the spur that goes to the end of the trail. As my hearing for high. sounds isn't great, I heard it loud and clear. It crossed over the trail and skulked North in the brush down the trail. Then I lost it. The benefit of looking for a specific small bird, you start taking very close looks at every bird you encounter, with the benefit of really seeing and appreciating common species. I also found a Cedar Waxwing, a bird I have not seen since Winter time. In my three trips, I also saw where three species of Woodpeckers are nesting: Northern Flicker, Red-bellied Woodpecker and Downy Woodpecker.
But back to hunt for the PROW. After waiting at the old spot it was seen last week and at times today, I went down to the ned of the trail and listened. I pished a few times, and suddenly, the Prothonotary was right near me on a small Cherry Tree. I lifted my camera up and took photos. I kept piching in hopes he would be curious. He was there about 15 seconds before taking off into the swamp below to the East. Other birders I know arrived and I waved them up. The bird called often as he worked his way North agin through the swamp. Then he stopped calling for 15 minutes. He started up again back at the old spot and I left, not wanting to inadvertently scare him away for my birding friends. I am thankful to the birder who found the bird and kept. updating through return trips she took.
45 species (+1 other taxa)

Wood Duck 14 Mom and 13 ducklings still swimming around in the swamp. (Saw her and ducklings last trip, two days previous)
Mourning Dove 5
Great Blue Heron 6 Looking and I imagine sounding like Pteradactyls! The rookery is just North of the area I spent time in today and there is a lot of noise from there and from the birds that pass through
Green Heron 1 fly by, making odd call
Black Vulture 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Least Flycatcher 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 4
flycatcher sp. (Tyrannidae sp.) 1 Not sure which Flycatcher this is. It is likely one of the ones I heard, but this is one group certainly more easily identified by call than sight
Yellow-throated Vireo 1
Warbling Vireo 4
Red-eyed Vireo 6
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 2
Common Raven 1 loudly calling at South end of trail
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
House Wren 1
Carolina Wren 1
Gray Catbird 8
Wood Thrush 2
American Robin 7
Cedar Waxwing 1
American Goldfinch 2 Bright yellow male had me fooled a couple of times when looking for Prothonotary Warbler
Song Sparrow 3
Swamp Sparrow 1
Baltimore Oriole 1
Red-winged Blackbird 4
Common Grackle 9
Ovenbird 1
Prothonotary Warbler 1 This is the bird that people have been coming to look for since his discovery a week ago. The habitat is perfect with extensive swamp, lots of trees with holes and low trees to skulk around in. The problem obviously is that he is several hundred miles North of his usual range.
Common Yellowthroat 2
American Redstart 1
Yellow Warbler 2
Northern Cardinal 4
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 6

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S70133452

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

Blue Grosbeak!

Susan
 

My son-in-law photographed a Blue Grosbeak at our feeders this morning. It stayed about 5 minutes, feeding with a titmouse. Very unfortunately, I was not at home. I’ve been staring at the feeder for hours with no luck. 
Susan Beaudoin
Luther Rd,
Stillwater

Rensselaerville State Forest this morning

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

I spent about an hour on my atlas block at Rensselaerville State Forest this morning.  Highlights were a recently fledged Common Raven, a flyover red crossbill, and a yellow-bellied flycatcher. (I assume the flycatcher was a late migrant.  I don’t think they breed in Albany County.)
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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774

Re: Red-headed WP Photo

ConserveBirds
 

Fabulous, Alan!  Congratulations on a wonderful yard bird!

 

From: hmbirds@groups.io [mailto:hmbirds@groups.io] On Behalf Of Alan Mapes
Sent: Thursday, June 4, 2020 9:00 PM
To: HMBirds <hmbirds@groups.io>
Subject: [hmbirds] Red-headed WP Photo

 

See if this works for the visitor near Saratoga Springs this afternoon:

 

 

Re: Red-headed Woodpecker - Saratoga

Weiskotten, Kurt
 

Great bird Al for Saratoga!

On Jun 4, 2020 6:55 PM, "Alan Mapes via groups.io" <alanmapes@...> wrote:
My wife asked earlier today about a woodpecker she’d seen at our feeder, with lots of white on it. Sure enough, a beautiful adult red-headed woodpecker showed up again about 6:45 this evening. Photos to follow. 

Alan Mapes
Saratoga 
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Red-headed WP Photo

Alan Mapes
 

See if this works for the visitor near Saratoga Springs this afternoon:


Red-headed Woodpecker - Saratoga

Alan Mapes
 

My wife asked earlier today about a woodpecker she’d seen at our feeder, with lots of white on it. Sure enough, a beautiful adult red-headed woodpecker showed up again about 6:45 this evening. Photos to follow. 

Alan Mapes
Saratoga 

Quiet in the Grasslands

Naomi Lloyd
 

After being thrilled by the Prothonotary Warbler this morning, I headed up to the Fort Edward grasslands, wanting to check the locations where Clay-colored Sparrow, Sedge Wren and Upland Sandpipers had been seen in previous years. Struck out on all three, though it was quite breezy and the sounds may just have blown past my ears.
I did get to watch a pair of Northern Harriers hunt over the fields at the Washington County Grasslands trail (next to Fitzpatrick Rd).
On my way home I checked some muddy spots along the Hudson for shorebirds and found a Black-bellied Plover by Lock 2.

Good birding!

Naomi Lloyd

Question male bluebirds fighting each other

Lidia Daley
 

Hi just curious.. Haven't seen it before.. Any thoughts. I have a nesting couple in my backyard..I noticed the eggs laid eight days ago.. Female is incubating. Male defending nest.. But this afternoon another male show up and they fought to the ground.. It was pretty aggressive. Finally one chased after the other.. The female has been acting very agitated past day or so. Just wondering if this is common and if anyone has come across this. Usually it's the sparrows every year.. Thanks for you time.  Lidia

NO hmbc program June 1

scottjstoner
 

There is NO HMBC program tomorrow night, June 1.  please stay tuned and check the website, hmbc.net, for further updates. Scott Stoner, HMBC Program Chair



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Re: PROTHONOTARY WARBLER - Surrender March Trail

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

The prothonotary is here now and singing very intermittently. If you’re atlasing remember that there is a block boundary between the north trailhead and the PROW location.


On Sun, May 31, 2020 at 5:56 AM zach schwartz-weinstein via groups.io <zachsw=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
The red house with a pool, assuming I am at the right one, is 2/3 of a mile south of the north entrance.  

On Sat, May 30, 2020 at 5:54 PM Scott Varney <scottvarney1968@...> wrote:
I followed up on Lindsay's find of a Prothonotary Warbler, so I headed immediately to the Surrender March Trail with my bins, my camera, my scope, and my audio recorder. It was difficult to record their songs over Route 4 rush hour traffic.  
However, in recording the songs, I picked out a total of 3 Prothonotary Warblers and got some ok photos of one that flew close...wow, that bill is super long!  One of the prettiest of Warblers!  Thanks Lindsay for a new lifebird! 

I'll post my photos and perhaps some cleaned up audio recordings after I get home and upload to my computer.

Lindsay's site location directions were spot on and extend another 1/4 mile to the north along the trail. 

Happy Day!

Scott Varney
Salem NY



On Sat, May 30, 2020, 1:47 PM Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval@...> wrote:
About an hour ago I SAW a Prothonotary Warbler at the Surrender March Trail which is just south of Schuylerville. This bird has actually been here since 5/23 when I first heard the loud, ringing, clear "SWEET SWEET SWEET SWEET SWEET." A Titmouse on that day actually managed to sing something similar to me on that first day. Today I was tortured enough and fell down the steep hill to get a close view and there he was making territorial rounds around the swamp!

If anyone goes I think the new gravel south entrance may be shorter. The north entrance is across from Schuyler St. You have to go about a mile in. There is a wooded swamp across from a house on the canal side which is one story, brick red, with a pool. I think the bird May be visible from the trail, keep an eye on horizontal branches and tops of snags, it's a weird angle. 

I'll try to bang out a checklist on eBird too. (No internet access other than dying old phone.)

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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774

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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774

Re: PROTHONOTARY WARBLER - Surrender March Trail

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

The red house with a pool, assuming I am at the right one, is 2/3 of a mile south of the north entrance.  

On Sat, May 30, 2020 at 5:54 PM Scott Varney <scottvarney1968@...> wrote:
I followed up on Lindsay's find of a Prothonotary Warbler, so I headed immediately to the Surrender March Trail with my bins, my camera, my scope, and my audio recorder. It was difficult to record their songs over Route 4 rush hour traffic.  
However, in recording the songs, I picked out a total of 3 Prothonotary Warblers and got some ok photos of one that flew close...wow, that bill is super long!  One of the prettiest of Warblers!  Thanks Lindsay for a new lifebird! 

I'll post my photos and perhaps some cleaned up audio recordings after I get home and upload to my computer.

Lindsay's site location directions were spot on and extend another 1/4 mile to the north along the trail. 

Happy Day!

Scott Varney
Salem NY



On Sat, May 30, 2020, 1:47 PM Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval@...> wrote:
About an hour ago I SAW a Prothonotary Warbler at the Surrender March Trail which is just south of Schuylerville. This bird has actually been here since 5/23 when I first heard the loud, ringing, clear "SWEET SWEET SWEET SWEET SWEET." A Titmouse on that day actually managed to sing something similar to me on that first day. Today I was tortured enough and fell down the steep hill to get a close view and there he was making territorial rounds around the swamp!

If anyone goes I think the new gravel south entrance may be shorter. The north entrance is across from Schuyler St. You have to go about a mile in. There is a wooded swamp across from a house on the canal side which is one story, brick red, with a pool. I think the bird May be visible from the trail, keep an eye on horizontal branches and tops of snags, it's a weird angle. 

I'll try to bang out a checklist on eBird too. (No internet access other than dying old phone.)

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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774