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Short-eared Owl - Coxsackie Grasslands and other sightings

Richard Guthrie
 

A neighbor sent me photos of a Short-eared Owl battling two Northern Harriers at the Coxsackie Grasslands in Greene County today.

Also, there were 5 Bald Eagles perched in one backyard tree along the Hudson River in New Baltimore and a Belted Kingfisher in Coxsackie. 

And a Merling perched on a tree by the barn at the Scenic Hudson Longview Park on the River Road just south of the Hamlet of New Baltimore.

The Mute Swan is spending its second winter at the Coeymans Landing Boat Launch site.

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Richard Guthrie


Re: Kingfisher - Staffords Bridge

Cynthia Edwardson
 

Chris and I had two belted kingfishers yesterday. One was hanging out in Collins Creek, near Collins Lake (Scotia); a great blue heron flew away from us in that same area.  At least 150 crows flew overhead after being disturbed by a red-tailed hawk late in the morning in this general location. The other kingfisher was near Gateway Landing Park in Schenectady.  A small area of open water had many mallards and common mergansers.  At least 4 bluebirds were seen nearby.

Cindy Edwardson

On Sun, Feb 7, 2021 at 4:41 PM Alan Mapes <alanmapes@...> wrote:
Still a male belted kingfisher hanging around the marina on Fish Creek, Saratoga area this afternoon. Saw it at Bryant’s Bridge a few days ago. 

Alan Mapes


Kingfisher - Staffords Bridge

Alan Mapes
 

Still a male belted kingfisher hanging around the marina on Fish Creek, Saratoga area this afternoon. Saw it at Bryant’s Bridge a few days ago. 

Alan Mapes


Waterfowl at Crescent Power Plant- 2/7

trwdsd
 

There was a fairly diverse group of ducks in the limited open water just downriver from the Crescent Power Plant this morning. Three male Redheads, first found by Rich W. yesterday, were still present. They were in loose company with a male Greater Scaup, a female Lesser Scaup, a male Ring-necked Duck, a female Hooded Merganser, and a female Red-breasted Merganser. Also present were larger numbers of Common Mergansers, Common Goldeneyes, Am. Black Ducks, and Mallards. Also notable were five Wild Turkeys at the top of the hillside on the landfill across the road. A gull flock was loafing of the ice shelf above the power plant, but a scan didn't reveal anything beyond Herring and Greater Black-backed Gulls.

Tom & Colleen Williams
Colonie


Re: this afternoon, Ft Edward grasslands

Robert S Pastel
 

None for us either.  

Robert S. Pastel


On Feb 6, 2021, at 6:13 PM, scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner@...> wrote:


Couple of light morph rough-legged, couple of harriers, and a meadowlark behind the little theater on plum rd on a windy and bitterly cold afternoon. No owls as of the time we left. Scott and Denise



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this afternoon, Ft Edward grasslands

scottjstoner
 

Couple of light morph rough-legged, couple of harriers, and a meadowlark behind the little theater on plum rd on a windy and bitterly cold afternoon. No owls as of the time we left. Scott and Denise



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Four winter finch species at home today.

Jeff Nadler
 

The most incredible winter finch irruption at home today . . .  12 female pine grosbeaks, 20 pine siskin, 30 common redpoll, and a stunning hoary redpoll offering all of the positive identification traits.  Just an amazing experience having four of the eight winter finches in one morning in the yard.

Jeff Nadler
Town of Ballston, Saratoga County



Deck visitor

Mary Comley
 

After walking a couple trails in the pine bush unsuccessfully looking for crossbills I came home. Shortly after this guy showed up. I've lived here near Ellis hospital for 35 years, first time visitor!

Mary


Re: Pine Bush winter finches

Craig Driggs
 

Sorry, that was the long and noisy untrimmed version!  These are the two good parts of the recording.

Craig

On Fri, Feb 5, 2021, 5:01 PM Craig Driggs <777216@...> wrote:
I stopped at the Albany Pine Bush this afternoon looking for crossbills and was not disappointed. There was a nice group of Red Crossbills hanging around the Madison Ave trailhead calling and giving good looks. 

I also heard, and briefly saw, a flock of 6-8 finches at Blueberry Hill East, beyond the first fork in the trail. Some were overhead and then they assembled in the upper parts of some bare trees before they flew off.  The calls sounded like Common Redpolls or maybe White-winged Crossbills. I attached two short recordings - wind noise is loud in the second one. I'm curious what others think.

Craig Driggs


Common Redpoll Loudonville, Albany County

scottjstoner
 

1, under our feeders late morning. First winter finch in 6 years! -Scott and Denise



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Re: Red Crossbills, Salem, NY

Tom Lake <trlake7@...>
 

Hi Scott.... Love your plethora of winter finches.

Lack of eagle on the Battenkill may be the result of ice. (It may be, but we have learned to be careful trying to look inside the motives of eagles.)

Many of the flyway's winter eagles are down here (there was 100 in just a 20-mile reach of the lower Hudson River today). 
Climate Change has given us relatively mild winters and during those wintering eagles need not travel so far to find consistently open water.

Keep us updated.... TOM

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
trlake7@...




-----Original Message-----
From: Scott Varney <scottvarney1968@...>
To: HMBirds <hmbirds@groups.io>
Sent: Fri, Feb 5, 2021 6:36 pm
Subject: [hmbirds] Red Crossbills, Salem, NY

I came home from work today and in the lower level of deciduous trees along my driveway, I found a group of Red Crossbills flitting between these trees and 2 very tall Eastern White Pine trees.  The group of birds made their presence known with continuous vocalizations for about 6 minutes.  So nice to be able to list them as a "Yard Bird".

Also, at Hudson Crossing today at 11:00 am, there was a group of 12-15 Common Redpolls in the shrubbery along the parking lot.  They've been hanging out here for at least a week now.

A group of approximately 20 Snow Buntings has been hanging out along the fields and roadside on Cemetary Road in Salem.

I'm a bit bummed by the relatively low number of sightings of Bald Eagles along the Battenkill River this year.  Since I moved here 5 years ago, I've sighted at least 1 Bald Eagle every day from Dec 15-March 15....this year has proven to be the exception. 

Scott Varney
Salem, NY


Red Crossbills, Salem, NY

Scott Varney
 

I came home from work today and in the lower level of deciduous trees along my driveway, I found a group of Red Crossbills flitting between these trees and 2 very tall Eastern White Pine trees.  The group of birds made their presence known with continuous vocalizations for about 6 minutes.  So nice to be able to list them as a "Yard Bird".

Also, at Hudson Crossing today at 11:00 am, there was a group of 12-15 Common Redpolls in the shrubbery along the parking lot.  They've been hanging out here for at least a week now.

A group of approximately 20 Snow Buntings has been hanging out along the fields and roadside on Cemetary Road in Salem.

I'm a bit bummed by the relatively low number of sightings of Bald Eagles along the Battenkill River this year.  Since I moved here 5 years ago, I've sighted at least 1 Bald Eagle every day from Dec 15-March 15....this year has proven to be the exception. 

Scott Varney
Salem, NY


Re: Pine Bush winter finches

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

Redpolls.  Nice!

On Fri, Feb 5, 2021 at 5:08 PM Craig Driggs via groups.io <billdcat333=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
I stopped at the Albany Pine Bush this afternoon looking for crossbills and was not disappointed. There was a nice group of Red Crossbills hanging around the Madison Ave trailhead calling and giving good looks. 

I also heard, and briefly saw, a flock of 6-8 finches at Blueberry Hill East, beyond the first fork in the trail. Some were overhead and then they assembled in the upper parts of some bare trees before they flew off.  The calls sounded like Common Redpolls or maybe White-winged Crossbills. I attached two short recordings - wind noise is loud in the second one. I'm curious what others think.

Craig Driggs

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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
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Pine Bush winter finches

Craig Driggs
 

I stopped at the Albany Pine Bush this afternoon looking for crossbills and was not disappointed. There was a nice group of Red Crossbills hanging around the Madison Ave trailhead calling and giving good looks. 

I also heard, and briefly saw, a flock of 6-8 finches at Blueberry Hill East, beyond the first fork in the trail. Some were overhead and then they assembled in the upper parts of some bare trees before they flew off.  The calls sounded like Common Redpolls or maybe White-winged Crossbills. I attached two short recordings - wind noise is loud in the second one. I'm curious what others think.

Craig Driggs


G-W Teal, Hudson Crossing Park, Schuylerville

Alan Mapes
 

One female green-winged teal was with the large flock of mallards at Hudson crossing this afternoon. Seen from the kayak launch trail.

Alan Mapes
Saratoga 


PEFA, BLVU Northumberland

Alan Mapes
 

At clear Echo Farms, just north of the intersection of Route 32 and Rugg Road, a black vulture was sitting on the tallest blue silo. I turned around for a better look, and it had been replaced by a Peregrine falcon.

Alan Mapes
Saratoga 


Bluebird sp

roundywaves35@...
 
Edited

This bird was seen today near the Rensselaer Tech park trail near Regeneron about 50 ft in.  My friend said it was only white and blue with no brown or rust color.   

If anyone would like to go see if it is more than an Eastern bluebird, that would be great!  Let me know if you see anything great!  I probably won't make it over there until Saturday.

Edit:  I think it was just an eastern.  Despite asking about the colors, I forgot to as if my friend actually saw the front of the bird.  I apologize to those who may have gone looking for a Mountain Bluebird.  I hope if you did you saw something nice.


Re: Hoary redpoll, Washington County

kernscot
 

So beautiful Jeff! Thank you for a good reference.

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Sent FROM NJ KERN  Austrlitz, NY


06:45 AM from jeffnadler01@...:
Within fifty or more common redpolls on the ground, I had a hoary redpoll right next to me and photographed it . . .  Durkeetown Rd. southeast of Ft. Edward, Washington County.  Clean unmarked under-tail coverts, smaller bill, smaller red patch, minimal streaking, and frosty appearance. Sharing the photo for reference as common redpolls seem to be increasing in the area with my home feeders getting them yesterday.

https://www.jnphoto.net/GALLERIES/NEW-GALLERY/New-Images/New-Images/i-kNhVN2w/A

Jeff Nadler
town of Ballston


Hoary redpoll, Washington County

Jeff Nadler
 

Within fifty or more common redpolls on the ground, I had a hoary redpoll right next to me and photographed it . . .  Durkeetown Rd. southeast of Ft. Edward, Washington County.  Clean unmarked under-tail coverts, smaller bill, smaller red patch, minimal streaking, and frosty appearance. Sharing the photo for reference as common redpolls seem to be increasing in the area with my home feeders getting them yesterday.

https://www.jnphoto.net/GALLERIES/NEW-GALLERY/New-Images/New-Images/i-kNhVN2w/A

Jeff Nadler
town of Ballston


Meadowlark

barbolink2
 

Today, I saw a meadowlark on the west side of Plum Rd (in the Town of Fort Edward, Washington County) near the intersections with New Swamp Rd.  Sorry - No picture


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Barb Putnam 
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