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Cherry Plain trip cancelled

philwhitney17
 

Due to an emergency at home, I will be unable to lead the scheduled field trip to Cherry Plain tomorrow June 3.   Phil W


Fox Hill Rd.

jhershey2
 

I spent most of the morning along Fox Hill Rd. and the Lake Desolation State Forest.  At the pond to the left near the Adirondack Park border an American Bittern was calling.  I ran into Ron H. about half way through the morning and continued along the road with him.  There was a good variety of warblers: Blackburnian, Black-throated Blue, Black-throated Green, Ovenbird, Chestnut-sided, Magnolia, Yellow-rumped, Black-and-white.  I counted at least 4 Canada Warblers in separate spots.  At the last bog to the left we heard a Swainson's Thrush but could not locate it.  Also, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Least and Alder Flycatcher, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Great Blue Heron to name just a few more. 


John H. 


eBird -- US-New York-Hudson-98-140 Kittle Road - 42.261x-73.721 -- Jun 02, 2017

kernscot
 

US-New York-Hudson-98-140 Kittle Road - 42.261x-73.721

Jun 02, 2017

11:48 AM

Traveling

1.00 miles

25 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature 66 F Breezy Sunny clouds


5 Black Vulture

11 Turkey Vulture

2 Red-tailed Hawk

2 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)

1 Eastern Wood-Pewee

1 Least Flycatcher

1 Eastern Phoebe

4 Great Crested Flycatcher

2 Warbling Vireo (Eastern)

1 Fish Crow

1 Black-capped Chickadee

2 American Robin

3 Gray Catbird

1 Worm-eating Warbler

5 Common Yellowthroat

3 Yellow Warbler

1 Chestnut-sided Warbler

1 Chipping Sparrow

2 Song Sparrow

2 Indigo Bunting

1 Red-winged Blackbird

1 Common Grackle

1 Baltimore Oriole

1 American Goldfinch


Number of Taxa: 24



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Chuck-will's-widow and Eatern Whip-poor-will yes 1 June

Alison Van Keuren
 

Mark Fitzsimmons and I were at the top of Northwest Road, Queensbury at 8:53 PM and were treated to the calling of one Chuck-will's-widow.  We were pretty sure there was only one bird.  It would call for perhaps as long as a minute.  Then we would hear it at another location about 100 meters away.  We never heard two at once for sure.  The Common Whip-poor-will could call for a couple of minutes at a time with a rapid cadence.  We did hear two Eastern Whip-poor-will at the bottom of the road in the field surrounding the ski lift and facilities.

Alison Van Keuren



White-rumped sandpiper

Jeff Nadler
 

Here is a better photo of a white-rumped sandpiper from yesterday at Wright's Loop . . . I overlooked.  Seems to have more detail.



Jeff Nadler


Albany County Thursday Morning

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

I stopped at Louise Keir Wildlife Management Area this morning and found a variety of breeding birds including the continuing Hooded Warbler, Indigo Nunting, Black and White Warblers, and a migrant Blackpoll.  

Stanton Pond had no shorebirds except Killdeer.

I then stopped along Route 155 across from Pinehurst Boulevard and got some photos of the continuing Mourning Warbler found by Tom W. yesterday.  Photos embedded in checklists


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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
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eBird Report - Hudson Crossing Park, Jun 1, 2017

ConserveBirds
 

My turn for the weekly bird survey. So pleased I had a dry morning!
-Mona Bearor
South Glens Falls


Hudson Crossing Park, Saratoga, New York, US Jun 1, 2017 7:20 AM - 10:44 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.9 mile(s)
Comments: walked all trails plus edges of large open field and roadside; clear, 62F, slight breeze
38 species

Canada Goose 34 all flyovers; none on river
Mallard 2
Double-crested Cormorant 3
Osprey 1 in nest on cement piling in river
Mourning Dove 2
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1 heard only; habitat correct for the species
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Northern Flicker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Eastern Kingbird 1
Yellow-throated Vireo 1
Warbling Vireo 10
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Blue Jay 6 one carrying nesting material
American Crow 4
Tree Swallow 4 one nesting in EABL box near roadway
Black-capped Chickadee 3
Carolina Wren 2 one carrying food to nest under eaves of pavilion
Eastern Bluebird 1
Wood Thrush 1
American Robin 11
Gray Catbird 13
Cedar Waxwing 12 one gathering cotton for nest from cottonwood tree
Common Yellowthroat 1
American Redstart 20 14 birds were heard only; couldn't determine sex; one first year male
Yellow Warbler 7
Song Sparrow 4
Scarlet Tanager 1 heard only
Northern Cardinal 6 visuals on only 2 males
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2
Red-winged Blackbird 4
Common Grackle 6
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
Orchard Oriole 1
Baltimore Oriole 4
American Goldfinch 2
House Sparrow 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37309590

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


May 31 Birdline

philwhitney17
 

Birdline summary for week ending May 31

25 reports; 95 species reported

 

Best of the week:

SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER: Staats Island Rd. 5/26 (4); Cohoes Flats 5/26 (52)

WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER: Wrights Loop 5/31 (2)

COMMON NIGHTHAWK:  Queensbury 5/28

WHIP-POOR-WILL: Queensbury 5/27 (2), 5/28 (3), 5/30 (5)

CHUCK WILLS WIDOW: Queensbury 5/27, 5/28, 5/30 (2)

GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH: Lake Desolation SF 5/28

SWAINSONS THRUSH: Albany 5/27; Lake Desolation SF 5/28

MOURNING WARBLER: Schodack Island SP 5/30

ORCHARD ORIOLE: Normanskill Farm 5/27

 

Other notables:

Brant: American Oil Road 5/26 (60)

Ring-necked Pheasant: Staats Island Rd. 5/26

Common Loon: Catskill 5/31

Bald Eagle: Cohoes Flats 5/27; Normanskill Farm 5/27 (2); Catskill 5/31

Semipalmated Plover: Cohoes Flats 5/26; Wrights Loop 5/27 (4), 5/31 (6)

Greater Yellowlegs: Wrights Loop 5/27

Lesser Yellowlegs: Wrights Loop 5/27

Pectoral Sandpiper: Wrights Loop 5/31

Dunlin: 8 reports

Cliff Swallow: Catskill 5/31 (2)

Wood Thrush: Schodack Island 5/25

Tennessee Warbler: Schodack Island 5/25

Cape May Warbler: Schodack Island 5/25

Canada Warbler: Lake Desolation SF 5/27, 5/28

 

Thanks to Mona Bearor (Queensbury), Susan Beaudoin (Cohoes Flats), Jeremy Collison (Wrights Loop, Lock 2, Cohoes Flats, Queensbury), Lindsey Duval (Wrights Loop), Ron Harrower (Lake Desolation), John Hershey (Cohoes Flats, Wrights Loop), Nancy Kern: (Schodack Island, American Oil Road, Cohoes Flats, Wrights Loop, Fort Edward, Cohoes, Queensbury, Catskill), Naomi Lloyd (Staats Island Road), Tristan Lowery (Normanskill Farm), Jeff Nadler (Lake Desolation), Zack Schwartz-Weinstein (Cohoes Flats, Schodack Island), Scott Varney (Hudsons Crossing) and Tom Williams (Cohoes Flats)


Re: Finch with firy red eyes

kernscot
 

This is finch eye disease, and you probably should stop feeding because it concentrates them in a small area where more birds will become infected.


When feeders are removed, they need to be thoroughly washed with a 9 parts water plus 1 part fresh household bleach. If the bleach is more than six months old it would be good to buy another bottle. Rinse with water, dry, and put away until fall.


Nancy Kern


 

 




From: hmbirds@... on behalf of Marlene Y Vidibor mvidibor@... [hmbirds]
Sent: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 5:43 PM
To: hmbirds hmbirds
Subject: [HMBirds] Finch with firy red eyes
 
I had a finch at my feeder that I thought was a juvenile house finch with some red colouring on its cheeks.  It had had great difficulty perching on the bar.  I got right up to it before it saw me and fled. It had ruby red eyes.  They did not appear swollen but they were totally red.  I believe it was possibly a female house Finch with eye disease.  Apparently its sight was very impaired.

I had a goldfinch about a month ago that had swollen half shut eyes that would perch and practically fall asleep before it sensed me and flew off.

I have loads of finches of at least house, purple and gold varieties that appear to be very healthy.  I even checked pictures of tree eyed vireos but it was not that bird.  This bird's eyes were solid red with no seeming discernable pupil.  I mean solid blood red.  Sorry I did not have my phone or camera with me.

Marlene in Ghent on Schnackenberg Rd.

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Finch with firy red eyes

Marlene Y Vidibor <mvidibor@...>
 

I had a finch at my feeder that I thought was a juvenile house finch with some red colouring on its cheeks. It had had great difficulty perching on the bar. I got right up to it before it saw me and fled. It had ruby red eyes. They did not appear swollen but they were totally red. I believe it was possibly a female house Finch with eye disease. Apparently its sight was very impaired.

I had a goldfinch about a month ago that had swollen half shut eyes that would perch and practically fall asleep before it sensed me and flew off.

I have loads of finches of at least house, purple and gold varieties that appear to be very healthy. I even checked pictures of tree eyed vireos but it was not that bird. This bird's eyes were solid red with no seeming discernable pupil. I mean solid blood red. Sorry I did not have my phone or camera with me.

Marlene in Ghent on Schnackenberg Rd.


Re: Chuck-will's-widow

Will Raup
 

You'll never see the chuck-will's-widow during the day (unless you are very lucky) they typically do not start calling until about 8:25 in the evening.

Will Raup



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-------- Original message --------
From: "Louis Suarato lsuarato@... [hmbirds]"
Date: 5/31/17 5:08 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: HMBirds
Subject: [HMBirds] Chuck-will's-widow

 

No chuck-will's-widow, but two sharp shinned hawks on the ski lift tower. 

Louis Suarato


Chuck-will's-widow

Louis J. Suarato
 

No chuck-will's-widow, but two sharp shinned hawks on the ski lift tower. 

Louis Suarato


eBird -- Olana -- May 31, 2017

kernscot
 

Olana

May 31, 2017

4:33 PM

Traveling

1.00 miles

25 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature 77 F breezy sunny large white clouds and thunderstorm warnings


1 Broad-winged Hawk

1 Downy Woodpecker (Eastern)

1 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)

1 Pileated Woodpecker

1 Eastern Wood-Pewee

1 Eastern Phoebe

1 Yellow-throated Vireo

2 Red-eyed Vireo

1 Barn Swallow

1 Veery

2 American Robin

1 Gray Catbird

3 European Starling

1 Chipping Sparrow

2 Brown-headed Cowbird

1 Baltimore Oriole

1 American Goldfinch


Number of Taxa: 17



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eBird -- US-New York-Catskill-15 Main Street - 42.21x-73.854 -- May 31, 2017

kernscot
 

US-New York-Catskill-15 Main Street - 42.21x-73.854

May 31, 2017

3:14 PM

Stationary

25 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Temperature 78 F breezy sunny large white clouds severe thunderstorm warnings.


4 Canada Goose

1 Common Loon -- Breeding plumage, seen 20 ft. from shore

1 Double-crested Cormorant

1 Turkey Vulture

1 Bald Eagle -- Adult flying and carrying a large wriggling fish.

4 Barn Swallow -- Gathering mud and materials from the shore to a nearby building.

2 Cliff Swallow

2 American Robin

3 European Starling

9 Cedar Waxwing

2 Common Grackle

1 House Finch

2 American Goldfinch

5 House Sparrow


Number of Taxa: 14



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Re: Wright's Loop photos

Will Raup
 

Correct!

Nice photo.

Will Raup



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-------- Original message --------
From: "jeffnadler01@... [hmbirds]"
Date: 5/31/17 3:43 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: hmbirds@...
Subject: [HMBirds] Wright's Loop photos

 

By coincidence, I stopped at Wright's Loop at 7AM on my own ( not noticing any shorebirds) while awaiting the battlefield tour road to open.  So when done at the battlefield, I saw the Wright's Loop postings and headed back. I first photographed one of the Dunlin and then a sandpiper came alongside by it.  I hope this is the White-rumped Sandpiper in my photo?  Looks to be same species as in John's photo. 


Photos:


http://www.jnphoto.net/GALLERIES/NEW-GALLERY/New-Images/New-Images/i-pX5vHs7


Jeff Nadler



Wright's Loop photos

Jeff Nadler
 

By coincidence, I stopped at Wright's Loop at 7AM on my own ( not noticing any shorebirds) while awaiting the battlefield tour road to open.  So when done at the battlefield, I saw the Wright's Loop postings and headed back. I first photographed one of the Dunlin and then a sandpiper came alongside by it.  I hope this is the White-rumped Sandpiper in my photo?  Looks to be same species as in John's photo. 


Photos:


http://www.jnphoto.net/GALLERIES/NEW-GALLERY/New-Images/New-Images/i-pX5vHs7


Jeff Nadler



Re: Wright's Loop

Will Raup
 

Looks good for white-rumped.

Will Raup



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-------- Original message --------
From: "hersheyj@... [hmbirds]"
Date: 5/31/17 12:41 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: hmbirds@...
Subject: [HMBirds] Wright's Loop

 

I checked out Wright's Loop with as much time as I had this morning after the report of White-rumps, etc.  I definitely saw the Semipalmated Plovers and Dunlins but the shorebirds were all in grass and hard to see.  I posted one digiscoped pic which I believe shows a White-rumped Sandpiper (with Dunlins) because of the primaries that extend beyond the tail and the stripes on the flanks. I also saw a white rump on one bird though I don't know if it was this one.   https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/hmbirds/photos/albums/77752785/lightbox/260252327?orderBy=ordinal&sortOrder=asc&photoFilter=ALL#zax/260252327


John H.


Wright's Loop

jhershey2
 

I checked out Wright's Loop with as much time as I had this morning after the report of White-rumps, etc.  I definitely saw the Semipalmated Plovers and Dunlins but the shorebirds were all in grass and hard to see.  I posted one digiscoped pic which I believe shows a White-rumped Sandpiper (with Dunlins) because of the primaries that extend beyond the tail and the stripes on the flanks. I also saw a white rump on one bird though I don't know if it was this one.   https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/hmbirds/photos/albums/77752785/lightbox/260252327?orderBy=ordinal&sortOrder=asc&photoFilter=ALL#zax/260252327


John H.


Wrights Loop 5/31/17

Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval@...>
 

Wrights Loop might be worth visiting today...I'm not 100% positive right at the moment (I did take pictures but am at work all day), but there were two shorebirds following a Dunlin around that were only marginally smaller, with shorter bills, apparently 'pale' bill bases, and tapered bodies and longer wings. Another was poking around in the plants behind them. This seems to point to White-rumped Sandpipers.

And there are at least 4 Dunlin there, the continuing 6 Semipalmated Plovers, a bunch of Least Sandpipers, and a Pectoral Sandpiper hanging out by itself. No Yellowlegs, Solitary, Killdeer, or Spotteds were present despite the busy feeding, but I couldn't see to the other side because of the rain and a pair of Bald Eagles were hanging out with a stick on the ground not far from the 'pond.' 

Enjoy,

Lindsey D.


Re: Chuck-wills-widow Warren County and access

Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval@...>
 

I ended up with about the same count of Whips as you did on that road, pretty impressive, because in all my time living in the Glens Falls area, I have found them hard to find otherwise.

I am down for West Mountain exploring/stakeouts. I'm currently in the Saratoga area, so am still not too far away from there. 

- Lindsey

On Wed, May 31, 2017 at 8:10 AM, Richard Guthrie richardpguthrie@... [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply@...> wrote:
 

There may be more than one Chuck at West Mountain Ski Area outside of Queensbury, Warren County.

Location: 43.2918891,-73.7302002. The site is relatively easy to access by road from I-87 (The Northway), Exit 18.

Two groups of us were listening to one each (presumably); one from down by the chair lift base, the other up the mountain road quite a distance away.

The first bird (by the base) started singing at about 8:20 PM from a wood-edge across the way from the road. It (presumably) flew in closer and sang repeatedly from nearby.

The second bird was singing up the road next to the car where the other group of observers was stationed.

Later (8:40 PM), the lower bird (the first one) flew back across the ski slope base to the woods where it had first been heard.

At the same time, the second (?) bird continued to sing next to the upper group's car.

Will and I went up to the upper site and found that bird actively singing and feeding (perched on and launching from a large rock just off a driveway).

Meanwhile, there was a plethora of Whip-poor-wills singing from various places up and down the slopes and roadway.

One has to wonder if there may actually be more Chuck-will-widows in and around West Mountain. Last year, one was found on private property (limited access) 1/4 mile from the current site. Is there an enclave of Chucks in Warren County? And, are these (?) birds the progeny of a colony that has been in the area for any period of time prior to discovery?

I spoke with the ski slope owner who stated that birders are welcome to go onto the ski slope trails and lift area anytime. The roadside chains are up to keep ATVs out. I would suggest that if done so, that access to the base areas and slopes be limited to daytime hours, not at dusk while the Chuck-wills-widow (s) and Whip-poor-wills are active. He is also open to bird friendly improvement suggestions to the site (bluebird nest boxes, etc). Just park off the road and don't block the maintenance vehicle access lanes.

I would like to see an organized observer stake out (including last year's limited access private property site) to try to pin down the number of caprimugs in the area.

Game on?

--
Richard Guthrie


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