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Snow geese, red crossbills

Robert S Pastel
 

At SNHP at noon saw 6 red bills, male and female near stop 4 on pathway. Also saw hundreds of snow geese flying over (viewed from Rockefeller monument).

Yesterday, barred owl being mobbed by crows at Albany municipal golf course.

Both places- bluebirds

Robert S. Pastel


White-winged crossbills

Susan
 

Had about a dozen white-winged crossbills in SNHP before and after stop 6 at the SNHP. They were flying from pine to pine in an easterly direction. The last I saw them they were headed across the fields at Stop 6 towards Stop 7. I did not get great looks at them, but used the flight calls as ID. Red-crossbills were recently reported  in the same area.
Susan Beaudoin


Red-breasted Merganser - Round Lake

Lindsey Duval
 

Just spotted a Red-breasted Merganser female in about 80 Commons by the boardwalk at the Round Lake Preserve. 


common redpolls - pine bush preserve

gregg_recer
 

Cathy Graichen and I walked the yellow trail from the pine bush discovery center this afternoon. We eventually found a group of about 40 common redpolls -- first at the vernal pool overlook  and then the segment of trail between markers 6 & 8 along the foot of the capped landfill. Any birch stands with ample catkins would probably be good places there to look.
 
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gregg recer
malta NY


Re: Snow Geese

Tom Lake
 

Saratoga Lake on Wednesday ... there were nine Snow Geese offshore of Brown's Beach. We need snowy and frigid nor-easter in Quebec to get more.

Tom Lake

Tom Lake
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Estuary Naturalist, Region 3, Hudson River Estuary Program
with New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission
21 South Putt Corners Road New Paltz NY 12561—1696
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From: gregg_recer <gregg_recer@...>
To: hmbirds@groups.io
Sent: Sat, Dec 12, 2020 9:45 am
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Snow Geese

interesting -- yesterday late afternoon I saw a similar-sized group of snows far out into the middle of saratoga lake, viewed from brown's beach. There were also a lot of canadas in the south end of the lake. I supposing they spend the night on the lake and are out in the fields this morning to feed.

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gregg recer
malta NY


Re: Snow Geese

gregg_recer
 

interesting -- yesterday late afternoon I saw a similar-sized group of snows far out into the middle of saratoga lake, viewed from brown's beach. There were also a lot of canadas in the south end of the lake. I supposing they spend the night on the lake and are out in the fields this morning to feed.

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gregg recer
malta NY


Snow Geese

Susan
 

There is currently a flock of between 50 and 60 Snow Geesemixed in with a much larger flock of Canada geese in a field in  the town of Stillwater. They are  just west of the intersection of Route 70 and 71. 
Susan Beaudoin


Five Rivers today and Wednesday

scottjstoner
 

highlights from my visits to Five Rivers Env. Ed. Center, in Delmar today (11th) and Wed (9th). 

today: Northern Harrier, by the research ponds
Wednesday: 7 black Vultures and a peregrine, all flyovers in the area of the visitor center.

Scott Stoner, Loudonville



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Albino red tailed hawk?

Sue Rokos
 

Greetings, we were a half mile ish from Young's Rd on RT 7, driving towards Duanesburg, when I noticed a startling white bird behind the silo by little barn on a log. We turned around and drove back, and a large white hawk like bird took off, and flew over the tree line between RT 7 and I 88, very white, with some black spot speckling mid underneath wings. (I of course took my binocs out of car yesterday to keep from freezing), raced home to get binocs and returned, saw him again perched high in tree behind the Joyce Says Pub, driving towards Schoharie county line. We could see some black on the tail, very white bird. 
 My Sibley Bird East says probably an albino red tailed hawk, def. Not a snowy owl, and no black on wing tips, so not a gyrfalcon either. We have had a family of red tailed hawks this past spring and summer at the end of our road, which runs into Young's Road, but all seemed normal variations of red tails. This was special!
  We will return tomorrow morning, bringing the scope, and hope to see again.

Sue and Dennis Rokos
Duanesburg



Common Redpolls - Ferry Drive

jhershey2
 

This morning I was walking the trail between Ferry Drive and the Vischer Ferry Power Plant and found a mixed group of about 15 Common Redpolls and 15 American Goldfinches.  They were feeding on cones on the many Alder trees along the path next to the river.  They moved around from tree to tree but stayed in the same general area.  After turning around at the power plant and going back toward Ferry Drive I saw them again.  The light was poor for photos but I attached a few anyway of the redpolls. 


This week's destination: 12/10 - NOTE WINTER START TIME

Naomi Lloyd
 

Hey Thursday birders! Tomorrow looks not-bad (above freezing by 9:00), so let's meet at the Albany Pine Bush visitor center on New Karner Rd. Masks and social distancing please!

Next Thurday 12/17 is the Saratoga Christmas Bird Count - if you're interested in participating contact Jean Holcomb jeanh46@...

Good birding!

Naomi





Five Rivers today

scottjstoner
 

I walked some of the trails at the Five Rivers Env. Ed. Cntr in Delmar today from mid morning to early afternoon; the Red-winged Blackbird(s) continue near the visitor center. Five Bluebirds were beingnchased around by a mockingbird at the research ponds, and two large flocks of a total of avoit 600 Snow geese flew overhead, just below the overcast, heasing south. Scott Stoner, Loudonville



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Peregrine - Schuylerville

Alan Mapes
 

Had a peregrine falcon flying over the orchard at Saturday Apple this afternoon, chasing a flock of starlings - just west of Schuylerville. 

Alan Mapes
Saratoga 


ft edward grasslands

gregg_recer
 

I spent a few hours covering secondary roads on both sides of SR 197 in the FE grasslands this morning, mainly prospecting for redpolls or other finches. Found none, but wintering raptors do seem to be picking up there -- in addition to numerous rt hawks, I found 1 dark-morph rough-legged hawk and 2 n. harriers along Cary rd, a cooper's hawk on Mahaffey rd and an A. kestrel on Townline rd. Also a single large group of roughly 20 A. tree sparrows on Townline.

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gregg recer
malta NY


Re: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Surprise

Marne Onderdonk
 

I’ll add that I just had my first juvenile yellow-bellied sapsucker enjoying peanut butter suet here in Halfmoon. 


On Dec 8, 2020, at 9:09 AM, Robert S Pastel <rspastel@...> wrote:

It is funny, in our last number of outings 5 Rivers, Pascanee, Emma Treadwell we’ve seen sapsuckers (first of year).  Also, brown creepers also at Pinebush and all those places.  

Robert S. Pastel


On Dec 8, 2020, at 8:50 AM, Alan <adfrench@...> wrote:

 Spotted a woodpecker on the suet that looked different from the usual suspects. The bird quickly flew to a nearby true, and binoculars revealed a female Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.

In my years of feeding birds, I've never had a sapsucker visit my feeders.

I see 3 percent of New York's Feederwatch reports for the first two 2020-2021 season periods report Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. (Last year it was 3 and 2 percent.)

Clear skies, Alan
Glenville


Flickers+

Heidi
 

Had 2 nice-looking Northern Flickers on my suet and in lilac yesterday (12/8).

Carolina Wren and Red-breasted Nuthatch continue to visit.

Heidi K in Troy (Sycaway)


Re: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Surprise

Robert S Pastel
 

It is funny, in our last number of outings 5 Rivers, Pascanee, Emma Treadwell we’ve seen sapsuckers (first of year).  Also, brown creepers also at Pinebush and all those places.  

Robert S. Pastel


On Dec 8, 2020, at 8:50 AM, Alan <adfrench@...> wrote:

 Spotted a woodpecker on the suet that looked different from the usual suspects. The bird quickly flew to a nearby true, and binoculars revealed a female Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.

In my years of feeding birds, I've never had a sapsucker visit my feeders.

I see 3 percent of New York's Feederwatch reports for the first two 2020-2021 season periods report Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. (Last year it was 3 and 2 percent.)

Clear skies, Alan
Glenville


Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Surprise

Alan
 

Spotted a woodpecker on the suet that looked different from the usual suspects. The bird quickly flew to a nearby true, and binoculars revealed a female Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.

In my years of feeding birds, I've never had a sapsucker visit my feeders.

I see 3 percent of New York's Feederwatch reports for the first two 2020-2021 season periods report Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. (Last year it was 3 and 2 percent.)

Clear skies, Alan
Glenville


Re: Pine Grosbeaks continue in Salem

Christopher J. McCarthy
 

Cool. Has anyone been up to the Washington Co. Grasslands? Any activity there? 
Kathy McCarthy



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From: "scottjstoner via groups.io" <ScottJStoner@...>
Date: 12/7/20 3:51 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: hmbirds@groups.io
Subject: [hmbirds] Pine Grosbeaks continue in Salem


Denise and I just had about 40 Pine Grosbeaks in Salem, Washington county, feeding in the crabapple trees by the old white church on west Broadway, block west of rt. 22,  including at least two beautiful males with fully pink undersides (and probably full bellies as well). Also had YB Sapsucker and several cedar waxwings, common ravens, and flyover flocks of Canada geese. Scott Stoner, Loudonville


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Pine Grosbeaks continue in Salem

scottjstoner
 


Denise and I just had about 40 Pine Grosbeaks in Salem, Washington county, feeding in the crabapple trees by the old white church on west Broadway, block west of rt. 22,  including at least two beautiful males with fully pink undersides (and probably full bellies as well). Also had YB Sapsucker and several cedar waxwings, common ravens, and flyover flocks of Canada geese. Scott Stoner, Loudonville


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