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Surf Scoters

Susan
 

Just now had four surf scooters near the entrance to Manning Cove Road on the west side of Saratoga Lake. They were fairly close to shore, visible with the naked eye and easily identifiable with a scope. 
Susan Beaudoin


Re: Red-headed woodpecker

Christopher J. McCarthy
 

Any further sightings? 



Sent from my phone. Please excuse typos etc.! 


-------- Original message --------
From: Jeff Nadler <jeffnadler01@...>
Date: 10/23/20 7:44 AM (GMT-05:00)
To: hmbirds@groups.io
Subject: [hmbirds] Red-headed woodpecker

A red-headed woodpecker landed on a tree trunk as I drove by on Route 32 about a half mile west of the southern access And parking are to Saratoga National Historical Park.  In addition to the large red area, the white patches on black wings were clearly visible.  The lack of road shoulders and traffic made it unsafe to pull over so I turned around and parked on a side road. I did stay long to relocate the bird.

Thanks,
Jeff Nadler
Jeffnadler01@...





Re: Nelson’s sparrow

Eric Molho
 

Nelson sparrow, No, this afternoon. 


On Oct 23, 2020, at 7:52 AM, Craig Driggs via groups.io <billdcat333@...> wrote:

I saw the Nelson's Sparrow briefly at the same location just now. It was not far out jn the tall grasses.

Craig Driggs

-------- Original message --------
From: Susan <smbeaudoin1@...>
Date: 10/22/20 1:28 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: HMBC Posts <hmbirds@groups.io>
Subject: [hmbirds] Nelson’s sparrow

Thanks to Naomi’s sharp eyes, the Thursday group had quite a surprise. We started from Lions Park in Niskayuna and walked west. Just before the Ferry Road bridge, Naomi spotted an unusual looking sparrow. At  that point what we all noticed was a yellow orange wash across the top of the chest with very fine dark streaks and a clear, white belly.   We considered  Le Conte’s and Nelson’s, but no one had noticed the crown color, which turned out out to be a distinguishing feature. We weren’t able to see the side of their head which would have helped with identification. We dismissed Henslow’s because it did not have a flat head. After trying to relocate the bird for quite some time, we gave up and continued down the trail. On our walk back, I was able to relocate the bird in the same clump of reddish grasses, close to the path, where it has been seen before. When it first landed,  I saw a large gray nape and gray patch behind the eye separated  by a buffy-orange color. When it popped up again, everyone was able to see the dark, wide stripe on the crown and again the unusual coloring on the upper breast- a Nelson’s Sparrow!
We also had a fox sparrow, two Lincoln’s sparrows a blackpoll warbler, many yellow rumps and a palm warbler. All in all a great day.
Thanks, Naomi. 
Susan Beaudoin 


Re: Nelson’s sparrow

Craig Driggs
 

I saw the Nelson's Sparrow briefly at the same location just now. It was not far out jn the tall grasses.

Craig Driggs

-------- Original message --------
From: Susan <smbeaudoin1@...>
Date: 10/22/20 1:28 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: HMBC Posts <hmbirds@groups.io>
Subject: [hmbirds] Nelson’s sparrow

Thanks to Naomi’s sharp eyes, the Thursday group had quite a surprise. We started from Lions Park in Niskayuna and walked west. Just before the Ferry Road bridge, Naomi spotted an unusual looking sparrow. At  that point what we all noticed was a yellow orange wash across the top of the chest with very fine dark streaks and a clear, white belly.   We considered  Le Conte’s and Nelson’s, but no one had noticed the crown color, which turned out out to be a distinguishing feature. We weren’t able to see the side of their head which would have helped with identification. We dismissed Henslow’s because it did not have a flat head. After trying to relocate the bird for quite some time, we gave up and continued down the trail. On our walk back, I was able to relocate the bird in the same clump of reddish grasses, close to the path, where it has been seen before. When it first landed,  I saw a large gray nape and gray patch behind the eye separated  by a buffy-orange color. When it popped up again, everyone was able to see the dark, wide stripe on the crown and again the unusual coloring on the upper breast- a Nelson’s Sparrow!
We also had a fox sparrow, two Lincoln’s sparrows a blackpoll warbler, many yellow rumps and a palm warbler. All in all a great day.
Thanks, Naomi. 
Susan Beaudoin 


Red-headed woodpecker

Jeff Nadler
 

A red-headed woodpecker landed on a tree trunk as I drove by on Route 32 about a half mile west of the southern access And parking are to Saratoga National Historical Park. In addition to the large red area, the white patches on black wings were clearly visible. The lack of road shoulders and traffic made it unsafe to pull over so I turned around and parked on a side road. I did stay long to relocate the bird.

Thanks,
Jeff Nadler
Jeffnadler01@gmail.com


Collins Lake informal field trip, Saturday 10/24

Naomi Lloyd
 

Meet at Collins Lake parking lot at 8:00am. We'll check out the lake from two vantage points, then head to the Freeman's Bridge boat launch to walk the bike path there. We will not be carpooling. Please wear a mask and keep a safe social distance.
If you're wondering why we're not walking the bike path from Washington Ave as we used to, it's because a large solar array is being installed over the former farm fields.

Collins Park:
https://www.google.com/maps/dir/42.8250025,-73.9542852//@42.8251757,-73.9526115,16z/data=!4m2!4m1!3e0?hl=en&authuser=0

Naomi


Evening Grosbeaks flyover Shaker Museum

Lindsey Duval
 

About 1:30 PM today I had 5 EVENING GROSBEAKS flyover the Shaker Museum site in New Lebanon, headed north! Easily identifiable by their House Sparrow-like call and I could see the flash of the white secondaries on two in the sun! Who knows where they went, I have birded the area quite thoroughly today otherwise and found none at feeders I know of. 

- Lindsey D. 


Nelson’s sparrow

Susan
 

Thanks to Naomi’s sharp eyes, the Thursday group had quite a surprise. We started from Lions Park in Niskayuna and walked west. Just before the Ferry Road bridge, Naomi spotted an unusual looking sparrow. At  that point what we all noticed was a yellow orange wash across the top of the chest with very fine dark streaks and a clear, white belly.   We considered  Le Conte’s and Nelson’s, but no one had noticed the crown color, which turned out out to be a distinguishing feature. We weren’t able to see the side of their head which would have helped with identification. We dismissed Henslow’s because it did not have a flat head. After trying to relocate the bird for quite some time, we gave up and continued down the trail. On our walk back, I was able to relocate the bird in the same clump of reddish grasses, close to the path, where it has been seen before. When it first landed,  I saw a large gray nape and gray patch behind the eye separated  by a buffy-orange color. When it popped up again, everyone was able to see the dark, wide stripe on the crown and again the unusual coloring on the upper breast- a Nelson’s Sparrow!
We also had a fox sparrow, two Lincoln’s sparrows a blackpoll warbler, many yellow rumps and a palm warbler. All in all a great day.
Thanks, Naomi. 
Susan Beaudoin 


brant - saratoga lake

gregg_recer
 

based on some word-of-mouth, just checked out the south end of saratoga lake at brown's beach. 16 brant mixed in with a couple hundred canada geese hanging out right at the beach. Scanning out on the lake also turned up 1 common loon.

--
gregg recer
malta NY


This week's destination: 10/22

Naomi Lloyd
 

Hello Thursday birders! The glorious fall weather continues and we are well into sparrow season. Let's meet at Lions Park in Niskayuna off Rosendale Rd and walk the bike path. See you at 8:00am in the parking lot.

https://www.google.com/maps/dir//Lions+Park/@42.7735974,-73.8223205,14z/data=!4m9!4m8!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x0:0x80a6c8e2a8e08a90!2m2!1d-73.8242966!2d42.7769317!3e0?hl=en&authuser=0

Note for the future: my son will be staying with us from out of state next month so in an excess of caution I won't be going out in any groups during his quarantine period. So no Thursday group 11/12 or 11/19 - I'll resume after that providing we have escaped contagion.

Naomi





Re: Pine Siskins at Lake Lauderdale

gregg_recer
 

Cathy Graichen and I walked into the beach area at Lauderdale Park. the large flock of goldfinches still present at the beach. I'd estimate about 15 or so pine siskins mixed in. maybe an early prelude to a good irruption this winter? 
--
gregg recer
malta NY


Re: Fork-tailed Flycatcher location additional notes

Richard Guthrie
 

Sorry. For those who might not have been following,, I should have stated that the clarification to the directions was in reference to a Fork-tailed Flycatcher found yesterday afternoon at the Ashokan Reservoir in Ulster County. The "frying pan" is the parking area on the south/eastern side of the reservoir accessible from NYS Rt. 28-A 

Rich Guthrie

On Sun, Oct 18, 2020 at 6:09 AM Richard Guthrie via groups.io <richardpguthrie=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
This from one of the finders:

 "I was on the top walking/biking trail, on the eastern side of the road that divides the two sides. It was happily feeding at about the halfway point of that side. It was still there yesterday when I left about 5:00 "

And this from another finder wrote:

 "As you're approaching from the frying pan parking lot, we saw it at the second wooden bench on the left side, as you're getting closer to the bridge"

Good Luck

--
Richard Guthrie
New Baltimore
The Greene County



--
Richard Guthrie


Fork-tailed Flycatcher location additional notes

Richard Guthrie
 

This from one of the finders:

 "I was on the top walking/biking trail, on the eastern side of the road that divides the two sides. It was happily feeding at about the halfway point of that side. It was still there yesterday when I left about 5:00 "

And this from another finder wrote:

 "As you're approaching from the frying pan parking lot, we saw it at the second wooden bench on the left side, as you're getting closer to the bridge"

Good Luck

--
Richard Guthrie
New Baltimore
The Greene County


Pine Siskins at Lake Lauderdale

Scott Varney
 

Dozens of Pine Siskins mixed in with 100+ American Goldfinches at 3 pm at Lake Lauderdale County Park...amidst the Pine trees to the left of the beach. 

Happy Day,

Scott Varney
Salem, NY


100 + American Pipits on Cottrell Road in Greenwich

Scott Varney
 

Currently being viewed at 2:51 pm (north side).  Lots of vocalizations from 100 + pipits.  Bring a scope if you head there. West of intersection with Anthony Road. Awesome, non-mixed flock. 


towpath rd, kingsbury

gregg_recer
 

A couple of hours walking towpath rd this morning produced a decent mix of later fall landbird migrants, including 5 rusty blackbirds, 1 tennessee warbler, 2 purple finches, and a lot of sparrows, including 1 really big group of about 30 white-throated and at least 10 white-crowned. Some white-crowned song was heard too, presumably young birds still working on getting the hang of it.

--
gregg recer
malta NY


Re: Hermit Thrush

susan r stewart
 

Also Am --Hermit Thrush 2 in my yard


On Tue, Oct 13, 2020, 2:00 PM Alan <adfrench@...> wrote:
I just had a fine view of a Hermit Thrush, nicely posed in plain view in
a small apple tree in the front yard.

It's a very popular branch, and has been frequented by Cardinals,
Orioles, Eastern Phoebes, and Bluebirds, among others.

Clear skies, Alan
Glenville






Hermit Thrush

Alan
 

I just had a fine view of a Hermit Thrush, nicely posed in plain view in a small apple tree in the front yard.

It's a very popular branch, and has been frequented by Cardinals, Orioles, Eastern Phoebes, and Bluebirds, among others.

Clear skies, Alan
Glenville


This week's destination: 10/15

Naomi Lloyd
 

Hey folks! I think we should bird my side of the river this week for a change. Hand Hollow Preserve in New Lebanon has seen some good migrant action (thanks for all the reports, Lindsey!).

There are two trailheads - we'll meet at the one off New Britain Rd/Rt 9 since looking at the eBird reports I think much of the activity will be in the fields at that end. See you at 8:00am!

https://www.google.com/maps/dir//42.4719542,-73.4758397/@42.4723503,-73.475982,192m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!4m1!3e0?hl=en&authuser=0

Naomi


Re: Collins Lake, Scotia (now)

Dan Leonard
 

Sorry for the spam on this.

After closer inspection of my other snaps, along with review of various bird guides, I guess these ARE both Snow Geese.


On Mon, Oct 12, 2020 at 4:27 PM Dan Leonard via groups.io <dannyboy67leonard=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
IS with one adult Snow Goose...and scads of Canada Geese

Sent from Dan’s iPhone

On Oct 12, 2020, at 4:13 PM, Dan Leonard via groups.io <dannyboy67leonard=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:


Immature Snow Goose, or?

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Sent from Dan’s iPhone

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