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negative crossbill reports

scottjstoner
 

today I checked several previously (and some quite recently) noted locations for crossbills and despite searching carefully, found none. This includes Rudy Chase Drive in Glenville, behind the Clifton Park - Halfmoon Library, and the Blueberry Hill West area of the Albany Pine Bush. The flocks clearly move around a good bit and it takes perseverance and often multiple visits to track them down. I will keep looking, and encourage all to report negative and positive signs on HMBirds as well as ebird. - Scott Stoner, Loudonville


Red-breasted Mergansers, Green Island-1/31

trwdsd
 

Pair of RB Mergansers continue this morning just below the Federal dam on the Hudson, as seen from the park at the end of Tibbits Avenue in Green Island. Nice find yesterday by Craig D.

Tom Williams 
Colonie 


HMBC -- Monday February 1 Program Meeting via Zoom - Birding the West Indies

scottjstoner
 

Details below on how to connect to our February meeting, on Birding the West Indies with Gregg Recer

Birding the West Indies  Gregg Recer
The West Indies comprises hundreds of islands spread throughout the greater Caribbean region. The whole area is an avian endemism hot-spot just a short plane ride from the US east coast. Many of the islands offer the opportunity to combine a relaxing tropical vacation with exciting birding. This travelogue program will be a broad composite overview from several trips to the region.
Gregg Recer is a former HMBC president. He and his wife, Cathy Graichen, have been HMBC members for 30+ years and over that time have become avid world birders. 



Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club


  • HMBC Program Notice
  • Birding the West Indies
  • Monday, February 1, 2021, 6:30PM via Zoom meeting
  •  
Hello HMBC Members:
    This is a reminder that the HMBC February program will be held via a Zoom meeting on Monday February 1st at 6:30 PM. Use the meeting link below to join the meeting as a participant. All participants will enter the "waiting room" until the meeting host opens the meeting. Participants' audio lines will be muted on entry. We ask that participants keep their lines muted except when prompted for Q&A during the program.
    NOTE: The first time you use Zoom on a device, you will be prompted to download the Zoom app when you click on the meeting link below. Follow the prompts to download the app and then launch the meeting using the meeting ID from the invite. (The app is recommended, but if you prefer, there is also an option when you open the link below to join the meeting via a web browser window, but with limited capabilities.) Audio connections can be through the app on your device or through a separate dial-in phone number given below.
    Program details:
    The West Indies comprises hundreds of islands spread throughout the greater Caribbean region. The whole area is an avian endemism hot-spot just a short plane ride from the US east coast. This travelogue program by past-president Gregg Recer will be a broad composite overview from several trips he and his wife, Cathy Graichen, have made to the region.
    Further details available at:
    Meeting details:
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      Time: Feb 1, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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    Saratoga and Washington Counties this afternoon

    scottjstoner
     

    This afternoon, January 30, Denise and I birded the farmlands of Northumberland in Saratoga County; highlights include a flock of 500 - 1,000 snow buntings near the intersection of King Rd and Homestead Rd, and an adult Bald Eagle and about 30 Am. Goldeneye in the river from Harris Rd.

    Moving on to Washington County, in the Fort Edward grasslands we had two short-eared owls (one carrying a vole and being harassed by another), several harriers and red-tails, and a flock of Common Redpolls.

    Scott Stoner, Loudonville


    Waterfowl at Stafford’s Bridge - Wigeon and Pintail

    Alan Mapes
     

    As more of Fish Creek freezes up, waterfowl are concentrating at Stafford’s Bridge. While picking up a pizza and salad at Harvest & Hearth (great food by the way), I took a quick look at the birds, finding a male American wigeon and a female northern pintail. Good numbers of the usual suspects were there as well.

    For those not familiar with the spot, this is Stafford’s Bridge Road, east of Saratoga Springs. Fish Creek is the outlet of Saratoga Lake and winds its way to the Hudson at Schuylerville.

    Alan Mapes
    Saratoga 


    Re: Northumberland Redpoll Photos

    Eric Molho
     

    I’m with the others.  Large and frosty, pushed in tiny bill, clean under tail and most importantly you had to risk frostbite to get photo documentation.  See, 2021 is already way better than 2020.  Congrats.
    Eric


    On Jan 29, 2021, at 10:33 PM, Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie@...> wrote:

    Check out this discussion with excellent photos of the different redpolls:


    Rich Guthrie

    On Fri, Jan 29, 2021 at 8:23 PM zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw@...> wrote:
    Looks like a pretty clear-cut Hoary inasmuch as such a thing exists - unmarked undertail coverts, very diffuse streaking on the breast, and a noticeably small, pushed in bill.

    On Fri, Jan 29, 2021 at 8:20 PM Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie@...> wrote:
    I say go for it. Fits the pix in Sibley and in Crossley, but keep the Correcto-type handy.

    Rich

    On Fri, Jan 29, 2021 at 5:03 PM Alan Mapes <alanmapes@...> wrote:
    Judges? What say ye?



    --
    Richard Guthrie

    --
    Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
    203 500 7774


    --
    Richard Guthrie


    Re: Northumberland Redpoll Photos

    Richard Guthrie
     

    Check out this discussion with excellent photos of the different redpolls:


    Rich Guthrie

    On Fri, Jan 29, 2021 at 8:23 PM zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw@...> wrote:
    Looks like a pretty clear-cut Hoary inasmuch as such a thing exists - unmarked undertail coverts, very diffuse streaking on the breast, and a noticeably small, pushed in bill.

    On Fri, Jan 29, 2021 at 8:20 PM Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie@...> wrote:
    I say go for it. Fits the pix in Sibley and in Crossley, but keep the Correcto-type handy.

    Rich

    On Fri, Jan 29, 2021 at 5:03 PM Alan Mapes <alanmapes@...> wrote:
    Judges? What say ye?



    --
    Richard Guthrie

    --
    Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
    203 500 7774


    --
    Richard Guthrie


    Re: Wireless microphone for birdsong

    Richard Guthrie
     

    I've used a baby monitors for for years to pick up outside sounds and songs.

    They work very well. In fact I've put several on different channels to get a "around-sound" stereo effect. That way I know whether to go to the front door or back door to see the hawk the jays are upset about. 

    I look for them at garage sales or thrift shops - and for $5. or under. 

    I have extras if you want to try them out.

    Rich Guthrie

    On Fri, Jan 29, 2021 at 9:35 PM Steve Mesick <stvmesick@...> wrote:
    Hello,

    I was wondering if anyone knows anything about wireless microphones. I would like to put a microphone out on my porch to pick up bird songs and have it wirelessly connect to my computer and iPad inside. Does anyone do that and if so what equipment have you used? 

    Also there was a somewhat amusing/concerning article in the Concord (NH) Monitor titled “Camo-wearing birders mistaken for domestic terrorists in the North Country”. Website is Concordmonitor.com. 

    Steve Mesick, East Greenbush 





    --
    Richard Guthrie


    Wireless microphone for birdsong

    Steve Mesick
     

    Hello,

    I was wondering if anyone knows anything about wireless microphones. I would like to put a microphone out on my porch to pick up bird songs and have it wirelessly connect to my computer and iPad inside. Does anyone do that and if so what equipment have you used? 

    Also there was a somewhat amusing/concerning article in the Concord (NH) Monitor titled “Camo-wearing birders mistaken for domestic terrorists in the North Country”. Website is Concordmonitor.com. 

    Steve Mesick, East Greenbush 




    Re: Northumberland Redpoll Photos

    Will Raup
     

    Looks good to me.  Squat face, pale color and lack of streaking on the undertail covers are all good for Hoary.

    Will Raup



    Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone



    -------- Original message --------
    From: Alan Mapes <alanmapes@...>
    Date: 1/29/21 5:03 PM (GMT-05:00)
    To: HMBirds <hmbirds@groups.io>
    Subject: [hmbirds] Northumberland Redpoll Photos

    Judges? What say ye?


    Re: Northumberland Redpoll Photos

    zach schwartz-weinstein
     

    Looks like a pretty clear-cut Hoary inasmuch as such a thing exists - unmarked undertail coverts, very diffuse streaking on the breast, and a noticeably small, pushed in bill.

    On Fri, Jan 29, 2021 at 8:20 PM Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie@...> wrote:
    I say go for it. Fits the pix in Sibley and in Crossley, but keep the Correcto-type handy.

    Rich

    On Fri, Jan 29, 2021 at 5:03 PM Alan Mapes <alanmapes@...> wrote:
    Judges? What say ye?



    --
    Richard Guthrie

    --
    Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
    203 500 7774


    Re: Northumberland Redpoll Photos

    Richard Guthrie
     

    I say go for it. Fits the pix in Sibley and in Crossley, but keep the Correcto-type handy.

    Rich

    On Fri, Jan 29, 2021 at 5:03 PM Alan Mapes <alanmapes@...> wrote:
    Judges? What say ye?



    --
    Richard Guthrie


    Northumberland Redpoll Photos

    Alan Mapes
     

    Judges? What say ye?


    Hoary Redpoll - Northumberland

    Alan Mapes
     

    Just had a flock of redpolls near the intersection of Stonebridge and Callahan roads, feeding on bare patches of grass by the house at those corners. One was much lighter than the others with very little streaking on the flanks and none on the undertail coverts. Photos to follow. Also small flock of horned larks at this location the last two days.

    Alan Mapes
    Saratoga 


    Redpolls, Field Birds - Northumberland

    jhershey2
     

    I tried for the Greater White-fronted Goose at Stillwater this morning to no avail.  Then I explored some of the Northumberland fields with Ron H.  There were at least 200 Snow Buntings and some Horned Larks on Stonebridge Rd. near Purinton. We also checked a number of regular spots including River Rd., Callahan, King Rd. and Goff Rd. where we found smaller numbers of all three field birds including Horned Larks and Lapland Longspurs.  My favorite spot for field birds at Williams Ln. was the biggest surprise with no field birds at all but a flock of an estimated 200 Common Redpolls.  I attached a few pics below including many redpolls in flight. 

    John H.  


    Peregrines in Stuyvesant

    scumming@...
     

    There have been recent sightings of a merlin and a peregrine on Eichybush Road. On Monday I had a pair of peregrines on Gibbons Rd., about 1.5 miles west of Eichybush (42-23'-50"N, 73-45'-45" W). One was atop a utility pole, eating a bird, the other perched in a nearby tree. They split when a piece of loud farm machinery drove by. 
     
    This is strange -- a flock of 30-40 Black Vultures on a house and nearby trees on Rte. 66 in Hudson. Very busy road. They've been there for more than a week. Glad it's not my house. 
     
     
    On a cheerier note, had 17 cardinals at my feeder at one time last week -- 9 males, 8 females.
     
    Sean Cummings
    133 Gibbons Rd. 
    Stuyvesant 
    Email: scumming@...
     
     


    Re: Mature bald eagle

    Tom Lake <trlake7@...>
     

    Dear Linda,

    Likely (possibly) one of the adults from Bald Eagle nest NY329 at Ballston Lake (see atached).

    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: Linda M Wheeler via groups.io <geocachelinda66@...>
    To: hmbirds@groups.io
    Sent: Mon, Jan 25, 2021 11:51 am
    Subject: [hmbirds] Mature bald eagle

    I was looking out my window in Burnt Hills facing east toward Ballston Lake and I could see a bird soaring very high up.  I managed to get one shot before it was too high for me to find in my camera viewfinder.  It must have had a good thermal because it was soaring very high until it just headed north.  Not a great picture, but I got one!
    --
    Happy Birding!


    White-winged Crissbills

    Scott Fackenthall
     

    Had my first run in with a group of 9 white winged crossbills this morning at Normanskill East trail on the creek side. Beautiful birds. Initially heard the peet calls high up in the barren deciduous trees. As they approached the creek they descended to water level before lifting off and crossing over to Normanskill Farm.

    Scott Fackenthall
    Albany


    Re: Bluebirds

    adir46er
     

    As daylight was fading and snow continued to accumulate, a pair of Eastern Bluebirds paid a brief visit at the nest boxes. Seventeen northern cardinals and two common redpolls were the final takers at our feeding station.

    Rita Reed
    East Hoosick

    On Jan 26, 2021, at 5:14 PM, Alan <adfrench@nycap.rr.com> wrote:

    I had three Bluebirds sitting on the wires near the Bluebird boxes during the snow.

    Alan
    Glenville





    Bluebirds

    Alan
     

    I had three Bluebirds sitting on the wires near the Bluebird boxes during the snow.

    Alan
    Glenville

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