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Prothonotary Warbler Photos from Surrender March Trail in Schuylerville

Scott Varney
 

In my efforts to find this bird today, I brought my camera, my scope, my bins, and my audio recording equipment....it was quite a pile of gear.  At some point, I bumped the settings on my camera and caused slow shutter speeds, but managed to get identifiable photos of the bird.

I have a bit of work to do with my audio recordings to filter out all of the road noise, but I will post a clip when it is finished.  I should note that the Prothonotary Warbler(s), all 3 of them were delivering beautiful songs and call notes.  I had emailed Lindsay a big thanks for her find and pointed out to her that she solved my mystery bird identification from 3 weeks ago at this location.

Enjoy and happy birding,

Scott Varney
Salem, NY

Re: Help with shorebird ID please.

ConserveBirds
 

Thanks, Alan.  

 

From: Alan Mapes [mailto:alanmapes@...]
Sent: Saturday, May 30, 2020 1:13 PM
To: ConserveBirds <conservebirds@...>
Cc: HMBirds <hmbirds@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Help with shorebird ID please.

 

I think you got it right this time!

 

On Sat, May 30, 2020 at 1:07 PM ConserveBirds <conservebirds@...> wrote:

You tube video here:  https://youtu.be/i_V319dNOgQ

 

I was thinking Solitary Sandpiper and Lesser Yellowlegs.  I have a 99% error rate with all shorebirds, so I welcome all comments!

 

Video taken in small pond in Gansevoort, NY on May 15.

 

 

Mona Bearor

South Glens Falls

 

 

Re: PROTHONOTARY WARBLER - Surrender March Trail

Scott Varney
 

I followed up on Lindsay's find of a Prothonotary Warbler, so I headed immediately to the Surrender March Trail with my bins, my camera, my scope, and my audio recorder. It was difficult to record their songs over Route 4 rush hour traffic.  
However, in recording the songs, I picked out a total of 3 Prothonotary Warblers and got some ok photos of one that flew close...wow, that bill is super long!  One of the prettiest of Warblers!  Thanks Lindsay for a new lifebird! 

I'll post my photos and perhaps some cleaned up audio recordings after I get home and upload to my computer.

Lindsay's site location directions were spot on and extend another 1/4 mile to the north along the trail. 

Happy Day!

Scott Varney
Salem NY



On Sat, May 30, 2020, 1:47 PM Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval@...> wrote:
About an hour ago I SAW a Prothonotary Warbler at the Surrender March Trail which is just south of Schuylerville. This bird has actually been here since 5/23 when I first heard the loud, ringing, clear "SWEET SWEET SWEET SWEET SWEET." A Titmouse on that day actually managed to sing something similar to me on that first day. Today I was tortured enough and fell down the steep hill to get a close view and there he was making territorial rounds around the swamp!

If anyone goes I think the new gravel south entrance may be shorter. The north entrance is across from Schuyler St. You have to go about a mile in. There is a wooded swamp across from a house on the canal side which is one story, brick red, with a pool. I think the bird May be visible from the trail, keep an eye on horizontal branches and tops of snags, it's a weird angle. 

I'll try to bang out a checklist on eBird too. (No internet access other than dying old phone.)

PROTHONOTARY WARBLER - Surrender March Trail

Lindsey Duval
 

About an hour ago I SAW a Prothonotary Warbler at the Surrender March Trail which is just south of Schuylerville. This bird has actually been here since 5/23 when I first heard the loud, ringing, clear "SWEET SWEET SWEET SWEET SWEET." A Titmouse on that day actually managed to sing something similar to me on that first day. Today I was tortured enough and fell down the steep hill to get a close view and there he was making territorial rounds around the swamp!

If anyone goes I think the new gravel south entrance may be shorter. The north entrance is across from Schuyler St. You have to go about a mile in. There is a wooded swamp across from a house on the canal side which is one story, brick red, with a pool. I think the bird May be visible from the trail, keep an eye on horizontal branches and tops of snags, it's a weird angle. 

I'll try to bang out a checklist on eBird too. (No internet access other than dying old phone.)

Re: Help with shorebird ID please.

Alan Mapes
 

I think you got it right this time!

On Sat, May 30, 2020 at 1:07 PM ConserveBirds <conservebirds@...> wrote:

You tube video here:  https://youtu.be/i_V319dNOgQ

 

I was thinking Solitary Sandpiper and Lesser Yellowlegs.  I have a 99% error rate with all shorebirds, so I welcome all comments!

 

Video taken in small pond in Gansevoort, NY on May 15.

 

 

Mona Bearor

South Glens Falls

 

 

Help with shorebird ID please.

ConserveBirds
 

You tube video here:  https://youtu.be/i_V319dNOgQ

 

I was thinking Solitary Sandpiper and Lesser Yellowlegs.  I have a 99% error rate with all shorebirds, so I welcome all comments!

 

Video taken in small pond in Gansevoort, NY on May 15.

 

 

Mona Bearor

South Glens Falls

 

 

Papscanee Cerulean

John Kent
 

A Cerulean Warbler is singing, audible from the Staats Islad Road parking area at Papscanee Island Nature Preserve.

John Kent
Selkirk

Five Rivers today - Yellow-billed Cuckoo

scottjstoner
 

Sorry for the lateness of the report. Denise and I heard, and then saw, and both of us photographed - a Yellow-billed Cuckoo near the top of a large willow tree on the west side of the Beaver Pond, just south of the wooden footbridge over the pond, at the Five Rivers EEC, Delmar. Ebird report below; photos will be added soon. Scott Stoner and Denise Hackert-Stoner, Loudonville


-----Original Message-----
To: scottjstoner@...
Sent: Thu, May 28, 2020 8:42 pm
Subject: eBird Report - Five Rivers EEC, May 28, 2020

Five Rivers EEC, Albany, New York, US
May 28, 2020 6:18 AM - 10:47 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.65 mile(s)
Checklist Comments:    eastern cottontail about 10 including several young. eastern chipmunk, gray squirrel, frogs and dragonflies, tiger swallowtail, more TBD
46 species

Canada Goose  17
Wood Duck  1
Mourning Dove  3
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1    beaver pond area; heard doing full "song" then saw and photographed it. It was in a large willow tree on the west side of the beaver pond just south of the wooden pedestrian footbridge. photos to follow
Chimney Swift  3
Killdeer  2
Great Blue Heron  2
Green Heron  3
Turkey Vulture  1
Belted Kingfisher  2
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Eastern Wood-Pewee  2
Willow Flycatcher  3
Eastern Phoebe  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  2
Eastern Kingbird  2
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  1
Tufted Titmouse  1
Tree Swallow  4
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
House Wren  4
Carolina Wren  1
Gray Catbird  8
Eastern Bluebird  3
Veery  2
Wood Thrush  2
American Robin  12
House Sparrow  1
American Goldfinch  17
Chipping Sparrow  1
Field Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  6
Eastern Towhee  3
Bobolink  8
Baltimore Oriole  1
Red-winged Blackbird  7
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
Common Grackle  2
Ovenbird  2
Louisiana Waterthrush  1
Blue-winged Warbler  3
Common Yellowthroat  6
Yellow Warbler  10
Northern Cardinal  3
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S69751794

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

Pileated woodpecker excavating stump in Colonie (video)

Rico Birdo
 

This pileated woodpecker was working hard at a stump behind an office building on Central Avenue. It was quite fearless and I was able to approach it both on foot and in my car to take photos with my cell phone.

Gabrielle

Acadian flycatcher Rensselaerville state forest

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

Acadian Flycatcher singing south of State Preserve Rd 50 yards or so west of the intersection between Scutt Rd and the CCC road, Rensselaerville State Forest.--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774

American Redstart, Great Blue Herons, and Boblinks oh my

Sue Rokos
 

Greetings,
Wednesday we headed to Vischer Ferry after work, and found to our delight a small nest off the path to the river a sweet little bird landing in a nest, she would settle in, then leave and fly around while I searched through Sibley's....could she be a least flycatcher? But did not seem right, grey with a spot if yellow on each wing, and yellow side tail feathers....I looked through my Stokes book and was surprised to see an exact picture of her, a female American Redstart. Then, Thursday evening we took our scope down our Duanesburg road to the little rookery, and watched as Dad flew across the marsh, back with a stick in his mouth , and then tightrope walked over to the lower nest on the left and handed it over to the nest builder....we watched this back and forth for 15 minutes or so, then the middle nest parent got up and saw three baby heads Bob up. (We took the pix through the scope, still practicing) then on our way up the road back home saw this downy woodpecker on the reeds, pecking away. That was new! This morning we headed down our road and at the farm fields 2 miles down found Bobolinks galore, seemed like 100 of them! After we turned around to walk back home, we saw one poor or lucky female being chased by three males. We drive down Tonite and they seem to either be gone or hunkered down, and the redwinged blackbirds back in charge.

Very satisfying days.

Sue and Dennis Rokos

Re: 75th Running of the HMBC Guy Bartlett Century Run

Larry & Penny Alden
 

I have received Century Run reports from the following people:

Nealon
Leonard
Steele
Harrison
Roundy
White
Suozzo
Lowery
Recer
Stoner
Edwardson
Williams

If there are any more reports out there, please get them to me ASAP. I am starting my compilation so I may be contacting you if you didn’t provide me with your times, counties, and participants. 

Larry


On May 13, 2020, at 2:50 PM, Larry & Penny Alden <overlook@...> wrote:



Unlike the other HMBC field trips of late, the annual Century Run will be held this Saturday, May 16.  The weather is looking nice for a change.  We’re due for it! 

 

This “field trip” is on your own – go where you want, when you want.  But if you take part, please make a concerted effort to reach one hundred (or more) species. 

 

The link below has special HMBC guidance on COVID-19 and gives additional information on the Century Run.  Please click on it.

 

 

Send your results to the compiler (me) so I can tally our collective effort for Feathers.  As this is the 75th consecutive run, I promise a special write-up!

 

Good (and safe) birding.

 

Larry Alden

overlook@...

 

P.S. Consider entering your sightings on e-Bird to add to the NYS Breeding Bird Atlas III effort.

 

 

Bobolinks and Blue-winged Warblers at SNHP

Scott Varney
 

I cycled the 11 mile loop road today from 1:30-2:10 pm at SNHP (now that it is legal!). Blue-winged Warblers were calling from absolutely every stretch of the first 8 miles of the loop road...it was almost distracting, as I was trying to listen for other species...a beautiful distraction.  

Highlight of my 40 minute ride was a Bobolink that perched on a 4 foot tall, blue pole about 10 feet from me at the 2.5 mile mark...and started into a full-on song...the kind of moment I hope for when I'm out recording bird vocalizations...and no human sounds to be heard!

Happy day,

Scott Varney
Salem, NY

Re: Saratoga airport

gregg_recer
 

sorry **horned lark** display flight

--
gregg recer
malta NY

Saratoga airport

gregg_recer
 

singing grasshopper and savanna sparrows seen in scope views. horned display flight heard. 

Gregg Recer
gregg_recer@...

--
gregg recer
malta NY

Re: Little Blue Heron, Queensbury

ConserveBirds
 

Wow… I saw one in the pond at the Pineview Cemetery on Quaker Rd. in April 2009.  What are they doing coming up this way?  Good find, Scott!

 

Mona Bearor

South Glens Falls

 

 

 

From: hmbirds@groups.io [mailto:hmbirds@groups.io] On Behalf Of Scott Varney
Sent: Friday, May 22, 2020 3:39 PM
To: hmbirds@groups.io
Subject: [hmbirds] Little Blue Heron, Queensbury

 

Viewed today in the little pond next to the ARC building on Quaker Road. Adult bird. 

 

Scott Varney

Salem NY

Little Blue Heron, Queensbury

Scott Varney
 

Viewed today in the little pond next to the ARC building on Quaker Road. Adult bird. 

Scott Varney
Salem NY

Least Bittern, etc. - Vischer Ferry

jhershey2
 

This morning I walked the usual 3-mile western loop at Vischer Ferry plus a short stretch east on the towpath.  Long overdue for me was the first Least Bittern of the year, calling frequently from the edge of the west pond.  I also heard a Virginia Rail calling in the pond east of the Water Authority road entrance.  The 3 common warblers that breed at the preserve were well-represented - Yellow, Common Yellowthroat, and American Redstart - but the other warblers that pass through quickly were very scarce.  I detected only a Canada Warbler, Chestnut-sided, and 1 Blackburnian.  Even the Northern Waterthrushes were quiet this morning and I found none.   A few other species present include: Eastern Wood-Pewee, Willow Flycatcher, Least Flycatcher, Great Crested Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, Yellow-throated Vireo, Marsh Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Wood Thrush, Veery, Cedar Waxwing, and Scarlet Tanager. 

John H.  

Gray-cheeked/Bicknell's Thrush @ Normanskill Farm - 5/21

emberiza_tristrami
 

Currently viewing another Catharus thrush at Normanskill Farm in Albany in a different location from my previous reports. This one is at the top of the bluff that overlooks the 14th hole of the Capital Hills golf course.

Tristan Lowery
Albany

Deer Mountain Nature Trail

Scott Varney
 

My sister and I followed up on a recent post about this nature trail in Coeymans. 
The birding was terrific!  I went for the sole purpose of getting audio clips and/or photographs of the Worm-eating Warbler. Audio recordings were readily available on both sides of the West trail along the very steep hillsides. However, these were probably the most difficult to photograph...extremely well-camoflaged and clearly not fans of humans. I eeked out a couple of ID-able photos, but they won't make my Facebook page!

Also, for anyone contemplating a visit, wear tall, waterproof boots. The majority of the West trail was a mudpit and the boardwalks ALL need to be replaced...they are in scary disrepair and horribly unsafe. 

....but the birding was fantastic!

Happy Day,

Scott Varney
Salem NY