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Four good ones at Burden Pond in Troy today

Janet Wolkenstein
 

Green Heron (juvenile), Solitary Sandpiper, Belted Kingfisher (female), and a Killdeer.  Some photos below:


Eastern Screech Owls in Salem, NY

Scott Varney
 

As a reminder to myself, I thought it is important enough to note that this night, with cooler temperatures,  I am hearing the constant calling of an Eastern Screech Owl on my property in Salem, NY. This is the first night of these consistent calls (trilling) that I have heard of this species since the previous Spring season. I love all of the Owl species, but Eastern Screech Owl calls keep me grounded and are reminiscent of the calls of the wilderness. Thank goodness for that!

Happy Birding,

Scott Varney
Salem, NY


HMBC Field Trip Schedule- Latest Update 8/19

trwdsd
 


The Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club has cancelled upcoming field trips, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent guidelines and restrictions from the CDC, the NYS Department of Health and local agencies. A list of cancellations is shown below and may be revised and extended going forward as conditions warrant. Please note that the four "Counting Common Nighthawks" evening sessions will be held, but with updated guidance, as follows:

Updated guidance for Counting Common Nighthawk field trips August 24-27, 2020:

Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club has decided to limit attendance to these four evening gatherings to Club Members only. The Albany Pine Bush Preserve staff will not be inviting guests as they have cancelled their joint session. For club members attending, be prepared to maintain proper spacing with other participants, and please bring a face mask to wear in case you find yourself in a situation where you cannot do so. The events may also end earlier than normal, at 7:30 p.m. on some evenings. Be advised that the outdoor public restrooms are closed and unavailable. Thank you for your consideration.

Check in periodically at hmbc.net for the latest updates on scheduled events.

The following field trips are CANCELLED:

 
Sunday, August 30, PEEBLES ISLAND STATE PARK/COHOES FLATS

Saturday, September 5, ALBANY RURAL CEMETERY

Sunday, September 6, HAND HOLLOW CONSERVATION AREA

Saturday, September 12, HAWK WATCHING AND SONGBIRDS AT THACHER STATE PARK

Sunday, September 13, FALL MIGRANTS AT ALBANY PINE BUSH PRESERVE

Saturday, September 19, SARATOGA BATTLEFIELD

Sunday, September 20, SARATOGA SPA STATE PARK

Saturday, September 26, NUTTEN HOOK

Sunday, September 27, WOODLAWN PRESERVE



       


Re: Baird’s Sandpiper Cohoes Flats

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

Reviewing my photographs, I don’t think I had a Baird’s (but did have the white-rumpled). In person that Buffy semipalm seemed larger than the other semipalmated sandpipers, and even in my photos its wings look like they protrude past the tail, but it is clearly nevertheless a Semipalmated and not a Baird’s.  the light at 6:00 AM wasn’t great, and I didn’t get much of a chance to study the bird before all the peeps flushed over to Van Schaick Island.  At any rate it was nice to see some actual numbers and diversity of Calidrids.  
 

On Wed, Aug 19, 2020 at 12:12 PM gregg_recer <gregg_recer@...> wrote:
Scott Stoner and I were at cohoes flats after Zach, roughly 9 - 10:30 this morning. We had one peep that was on the buffy side and appeared somewhat long-winged, but I was not sure it wasn't just a semi-palm with a more buffy tone to the plumage than average. We did have one white-rumped sandpiper mixed in with the leasts and semis.

I checked out champlain lock 2 after cohoes, but nothing different there.
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gregg recer
malta NY







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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


Re: Baird’s Sandpiper Cohoes Flats

gregg_recer
 

Scott Stoner and I were at cohoes flats after Zach, roughly 9 - 10:30 this morning. We had one peep that was on the buffy side and appeared somewhat long-winged, but I was not sure it wasn't just a semi-palm with a more buffy tone to the plumage than average. We did have one white-rumped sandpiper mixed in with the leasts and semis.

I checked out champlain lock 2 after cohoes, but nothing different there.
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gregg recer
malta NY


Baird’s Sandpiper Cohoes Flats

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

A few minutes ago, I had a Baird’s Sandpiper mixed in with several semipalmated and least sandpipers on a rock at the edge of Cohoes Flats. A group of peeps flew by from the west and the flock on the rock that I was watching took off with them. Both groups seemed to land on the shoreline of Van Schaick Island. There are several greater and lesser yellowlegs also present.
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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


Ruby-throated Hummingbird fledged

adir46er
 

Today, while visiting one of the locations where we have been “atlasing” nearby, Robert and I looked up ~ 40 feet to a branch of a black-cherry(?) tree to visualize what we suspected, an intact but empty Ruby-throated Hummingbird’s nest. 

On July 7th (photo 1), I happened to catch a glimpse of the Ruby in flight and relocated her on a small limb. She was nest-building, and the fluffy, partially-constructed cup was daintily decorated with a few pieces of greenery.

We returned on July 29th (photo 2) to find Mrs. Hummingbird sitting on the nest, incubating her egg(s). The avian structure was beautifully adorned with a camouflage of lichen. 

Friday, August 14th (photos 3, 4, 5) revealed a single not-so-small chick filling out the nest. After our 25-minute wait, Mother Ruby delivered food. She soon departed, and the young resumed activity of its own, busily exercising it’s wings which it would be putting to good use in  just a matter of day(s). Today was confirmation of that fact. 

Really, how good does it get? If there could be a benefit of Covid, it might be that of staying closer to home and taking the extra time and patience to find “things” one would never think possible.

Rita Reed
East Hoosick, NY







Re: black-billed cuckoo

Cynthia Edwardson
 

Good morning,
Just a quick confirmation that I was back in touch with Zach about the identification of this cuckoo sighting.  I sent him one more photo and have attached all three to our ebird list for Sunday's visit to Grafton State Park..  Zach is leaning toward the id of black-billed but see's characteristics of a very young yellow-billed cuckoo too so it's now up to the NYBBA data analysts to decide if they agree to count the record for FL black-billed for the atlas.  

Thanks to those who sent me follow up ideas.  I love this forum.

Cindy Edwardson

On Mon, Aug 17, 2020 at 9:28 AM Cynthia Edwardson <cjredwardson@...> wrote:
Good morning,
Yesterday Chris and I stumbled upon a black-billed cuckoo late morning at Grafton Lakes State Park.  We heard a cuckoo like sound and were able to watch the bird foraging in vegetation near the shore of Long Pond, east side, near the beach.  Although I've never seen a juvenile cuckoo, this one struck me as a young bird by its behavior.  Chris managed to get a few photos (two are attached) and it does appear to be a juvenile bird based on characteristics described in the National Geographic bird guide.  I welcome differing opinions.

We were also surprised by the number of red-breasted nuthatches we saw and heard on our hike, at least 12.  

Looking forward to cooler temperatures and Fall migration.

Cindy and Chris Edwardson


Re: black-billed cuckoo

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

Any photos of the underside of the tail?  


On Mon, Aug 17, 2020 at 9:28 AM Cynthia Edwardson <Cjredwardson@...> wrote:
Good morning,
Yesterday Chris and I stumbled upon a black-billed cuckoo late morning at Grafton Lakes State Park.  We heard a cuckoo like sound and were able to watch the bird foraging in vegetation near the shore of Long Pond, east side, near the beach.  Although I've never seen a juvenile cuckoo, this one struck me as a young bird by its behavior.  Chris managed to get a few photos (two are attached) and it does appear to be a juvenile bird based on characteristics described in the National Geographic bird guide.  I welcome differing opinions.

We were also surprised by the number of red-breasted nuthatches we saw and heard on our hike, at least 12.  

Looking forward to cooler temperatures and Fall migration.

Cindy and Chris Edwardson



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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


black-billed cuckoo

Cynthia Edwardson
 

Good morning,
Yesterday Chris and I stumbled upon a black-billed cuckoo late morning at Grafton Lakes State Park.  We heard a cuckoo like sound and were able to watch the bird foraging in vegetation near the shore of Long Pond, east side, near the beach.  Although I've never seen a juvenile cuckoo, this one struck me as a young bird by its behavior.  Chris managed to get a few photos (two are attached) and it does appear to be a juvenile bird based on characteristics described in the National Geographic bird guide.  I welcome differing opinions.

We were also surprised by the number of red-breasted nuthatches we saw and heard on our hike, at least 12.  

Looking forward to cooler temperatures and Fall migration.

Cindy and Chris Edwardson


Re: Offering a couple of books for FREE

ConserveBirds
 

You are first and I am happy to send them to you to aid in your birding adventures.  The books will be in the mail in a day or two.

Welcome to the area and good birding!

Mona

 

From: Cynthia Edwardson [mailto:cjredwardson@...]
Sent: Friday, August 14, 2020 2:24 PM
To: ConserveBirds <conservebirds@...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Offering a couple of books for FREE

 

Hi Mona.

My husband and I are new to the area having moved from MN in October.  We are excited to bird in NY and New England and would be happy recipients of your books.  If we are the first, our address is:

 

Chris and Cindy Edwardson

 6 Highfield Lane, Albany, NY 12208

 

Thanks for the offer to send these to the "winner".  Hope it is us!  Enjoy Virginia.

 

Cindy Edwardson

 

 

 

On Fri, Aug 14, 2020 at 1:38 PM ConserveBirds <conservebirds@...> wrote:

I am soon moving to the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia and will gladly mail a couple books to anyone that might be able to put them to use.

 

“Adirondack Birding” by Mike Peterson and Gary Lee

 

“Birdwatching in Vermont” by Ted Murin and Brian Pfeiffer

 

First response for each is the winner!

 

Mona

 


Offering a couple of books for FREE

ConserveBirds
 

I am soon moving to the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia and will gladly mail a couple books to anyone that might be able to put them to use.

 

“Adirondack Birding” by Mike Peterson and Gary Lee

 

“Birdwatching in Vermont” by Ted Murin and Brian Pfeiffer

 

First response for each is the winner!

 

Mona

 


Orchard Oriole Pair eBird Report - Saratoga National Historical Park, Aug 10, 2020

Ronald Harrower
 


Saratoga National Historical Park, Saratoga, New York, US
Aug 10, 2020 8:16 AM - 12:11 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.8 mile(s)
Checklist Comments: I did my exercise walk as soon as I arrived for half an hour, listening for birds and seeing some (like 32 American Robins on the road and verges. I then switched footwear, picked up my birding stuff and camera and headed off on Wilkerson Trail. I walked to Stop 6, looked around there and came back on a different side trail to main Wilkerson Trail. The highlight of the walk was a pair of Orchard Orioles in a group of 3 trees and bushes near where Wilkerson Trail is at the bottom of the hill from Visitor Center and a small trail comes in from side road that connects. to Rte 4. The male is molting, giving him a splotchy appearance. The female looks the same. I heard a Yellow-billed Cuckoo near the woods as heard from cannons at stop 6. Very hot day, so birds were relatively slowed down as was I.
26 species

Mourning Dove 5
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1 Doing "galloping'call near the margin of the woods and fields at stop 6.
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Downy Woodpecker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Eastern Phoebe 8 Two near Visitor Center and 6 in a tree at the edge of a trail around battle signs at stop 6.
Eastern Kingbird 5 Including three at stop 6 in a tree where a parent bird was feeding an immature bird.
Blue Jay 7
American Crow 5
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Tree Swallow 17
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
House Wren 1
Carolina Wren 1 Heard near start of tour road at beginning of fast walk.
Gray Catbird 3
Eastern Bluebird 3
American Robin 39 including the aforementioned 32 on tour road when I was exercise walking
Cedar Waxwing 6
American Goldfinch 45 All over
Chipping Sparrow 3 Near visitor center
Field Sparrow 9 Mostly hear, one seen singing
Song Sparrow 1
Eastern Towhee 7
Orchard Oriole 2 Going between three trees as mentioned in opening comments
Common Yellowthroat 2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S72300582

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


Hooded Warbler

Cynthia Edwardson
 

This morning, Chris and I walked the trails at MHLC Bozen Kill Preserve in Altamont.  We heard a warbler near the intersection of the White and BlueTrails, not far from the parking lot, and to our great surprise (we're new to NY birding), a male hooded warbler popped into view after I pished a bit.  It didn't stay out long enough for a photograph and we were unable to locate it again when we returned from our walk.  Deeper into the woods, a barred owl seemed to respond to my pishing, but from quite a distance. At the end of the Red Trail, we saw a green heron in the Kill.  Twenty species seen or heard today (late morning) and recorded on ebird.

We love these Preserves and so appreciate the MHLC network that makes it possible for us to visit them.

Cindy and Chris Edwardson
Albany, NY


Stockport Flats, Aug 6, 2020 ; no terns or tubenoses; active bank swallow colony with photos

scottjstoner
 

Denise and I put in near the mouth of Stockport Creek and paddled out to and around Stockport Middle Ground Island. Highlights were an Osprey, 1 adult and 2 imm Bald Eagles, and an opportunity to observe and photograph the active Bank Swallow colony on the southwest side of the island. Full ebird list is below; the ebird link includes Denise's images of confirmed breeding activity at  the colony. No terns or tubenoses observed along the river..
jwk
- Scott Stoner, Loudonville


-----Original Message-----
To: scottjstoner@...
Sent: Fri, Aug 7, 2020 2:57 pm
Subject: eBird Report - Stockport Flats, Aug 6, 2020

Stockport Flats, Columbia, New York, US
Aug 6, 2020 9:44 AM - 3:56 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.75 mile(s)
Checklist Comments:    paddling. track shown is inaccurate. We went all the way around stockpot middle ground island.
19 species

Mourning Dove  2
Killdeer  1
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Ring-billed Gull  25
Double-crested Cormorant  7
Great Blue Heron  4
Great Egret  1
Osprey  1
Bald Eagle  3    1 adult, 2 immature.
Eastern Phoebe  1
Fish Crow  25
Bank Swallow  25    colony with about 100 nest holes in a sand cliff on the sw side of stockport middle ground island, part of hudson river islands state park. We  observed adults flying around, catching and carrying food, entering and leaving nest holes, and young in the holes. photographed. photos to follow.
Barn Swallow  1
Carolina Wren  1
Gray Catbird  5
American Robin  1
Cedar Waxwing  5
American Goldfinch  15
Song Sparrow  2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S72168224

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


Cohoes Flats- 8/3

trwdsd
 

Shorebird activity continues to ramp up in our region. Early this morning (6:00am) Zach S-W observed three Black-bellied Plovers at Cohoes Flats. Colleen and I had just arrived when they took flight, but that's the view one wants with Pluvialis species. We could see the black "wingpits", and white rump and tail as they headed off to parts unknown. Zach tagged out as Alison VK arrived, and we continued to scan the flats for other birds. We re-found one of the Pectoral sandpipers noted earlier by Zach, foraging in a small group of peeps. One of the peeps was not like the others, so we cautiously moved closer for a better look. What I initially thought was a Semipalmated Sandpiper turned out to be a bit bigger, with longer wings- a White-rumped Sandpiper. There were also four Least Sandpipers in the group. Three Semipalmated Plovers were flying around the flats, and at least one each of Killdeer and Spotted Sandpiper was present. The large collection of Great Egrets from last week seems to have dispersed as we only saw one this morning.


Tom & Colleen Williams
Colonie


Whimbrels - NO

Richard Guthrie
 

Posting for Zack: 

The flock took off and flew away at about 6:40 AM

Rich

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Richard Guthrie


WHIMBRELS COHOES FLATS NOW

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


Cohoes 8/1

John Kent
 

This morning at Cohoes Flats, Zach and I found a Semipalmated Plover, a Lesser Yellowlegs, and a couple of Least Sandpipers. More notable was the number of Great Egrets. I had a very conservative count of 20, but I think the total was about 25. They seem to be roosting somewhere just south of Ontario Street. Also notable was the number of Ring-billed Gulls that flew up the Mohawk toward the landfill before sunrise - I ended up with a conservative rough count of 670.

John Kent
Selkirk


some more Red Crossbills and Great Horned Owls

Lindsey Duval
 

Had some more Red Crossbills, this time at the Corkscrew Rail Trail! I don't think they are hanging around there as much as the Rensselaer Plateau-y spots. 

If anybody is out Stephentown, NY way I totally suggest going to the Corkscrew Rail Trail, it's still very birdy, had about 51 species this morning, including some fledgling Chestnut-sided Warblers and 3 singing Canadas (can't seem to find a fledgling for them yet) and a woodpecker 6 pack. 

Also, yesterday evening I birded the Cemetery of the Evergreens in New Lebanon, NY. Also decent for birds. I heard a loud repeated screeching call near the north side and a Great Horned Owl flew up into a spruce and looked down at me. A much larger Great Horned Owl also flew into the same tree soon after. It was pretty late so they were probably getting ready to hunt the cemetery grounds and nearby farm. 

- Lindsey D.
New Lebanon, NY 

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