HMBC program - Monday October 5 via Zoom - info and link below - Birding Southeast Arizona


Hi everyone, we hope you can join the HMBC for its second virtual program of the fall:

  • HMBC Program Notice:
  • Birding Southeast Arizona
  • Monday, October 5, 2020, 6:30PM via Zoom meeting

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Southeastern Arizona, with its deserts, canyons, grasslands, riparian areas, and mountains close to Mexico, has long been a mecca for birders. From common species in the lovely Sonoran desert to hummingbirds, flycatchers, trogons, and passerines whose range just barely enters the USA, the region entices birders in every season.  The several "sky island" mountains allow the exploration of desert scrub to coniferous forests in a single day!  This slide-illustrated program focuses on the unique birds and key birding destinations in the splendidly scenic beauty of southeast Arizona! 

Speakers: Scott Stoner and Denise Hackert-Stoner

The award-winning nature photography of Scott Stoner and Denise Hackert-Stoner has been exhibited in galleries across New York’s Capital Region.  Their work has appeared in  Birder’s World, National Wildlife, New York State Conservationist, the Kingbird, the Albany Times Union, the books, “New York Wildlife Viewing Guide,” “In Praise of Poison Ivy” by Anita Sanchez, and  “Birding the Hudson Valley” by Kathryn J Schneider, and is on display at the NYS Museum and Five Rivers Environmental Education Center.  To view their images, please see 
Scott and Denise are avid birders as well as photographers. Scott began birding in his childhood on Long Island and birded extensively in southeast Arizona as a graduate student at the University of Arizona in the 1980s, a place he and Denise have subsequently visited many times. Scott is a past president of both the Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club and the Audubon Society of the Capital Region, Denise is a field trip leader, and past director and vice president of the HMBC.

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    Pine siskins


    Just saw about a half-dozen Pine Siskins in my overgrown, weedy perennial garden.  A nice surprise! 


    Ellen P.

    West Charlton

    This week's destination: 10/1

    Naomi Lloyd

    Good morning Thursday birders! I'm hoping we see some migrant activity after that soaking rain. How about we try Peebles Island - adequately spacing on the trails and generally not sodden underfoot. Meet at the parking lot at 8:00am - there is no charge for parking. Maybe the river will have gone down enough for shorebirds to return as well.,-73.6807931,17z/data=!4m9!4m8!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x89de103b956b55d5:0x833a40993e6f9bec!2m2!1d-73.6807722!2d42.7839111!3e0?hl=en&authuser=0


    Un Parulaed Success: eBird Report - Peebles Island SP, Sep 25, 2020

    Ronald Harrower

    Peebles Island SP, Saratoga, New York, US
    Sep 25, 2020 8:00 AM - 11:45 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    2.25 mile(s)
    Checklist Comments: As John H hinted. at, I am finally following up on his report on the day itself. I had been following the HMBC site and other sources as people went to look for the pair of American Golden Plovers on Cohoes flats. As an almost exclusively Saratoga County guy, I was psyched to hear that they were hanging out one a spit on land off of Peeble's Island. I told John that I want to go see them, he told me that he already had. We, what so you need?! Pectoral Sandpiper. Well okay, let's meet there and search.
    We headed off intrepidly the trail down the middle of the island. Quickly, we were reminded that there are other things to look for at this time of year as chip notes and flashes of yellow came from the mainly oak woods. The first of many Northern Parulas flitted around, soon joined by others of his species and genus mates. We started snapping photos right, left and center, often taking in 3 or more birds in one view. We had the aforementioned Parulas, Black-throated Green Warbler, Chestnut-sided, and Blackburnian.
    But urgency to see a new species for the county propelled me on, like Christmas morning when you're 8. John stopped at a couple of places before the spot we were likely to see the birds. C'mon! When we got there, we had to reconstruct the view form the Albany side close to the middle of the flats, Found plenty of Killdeer, a Semipalmated Plover, a few Greater Yellowlegs, then finally the pair of AMGPs. So cool , just strolling around the spit of land. It was a humbling moment when a rare species to your area makes an appearance. I was lucky.
    But birding marched on. We saw the back of a largish shore bird with a down curved bill. I thought it was a Dunlin, but checking with a regional Bird "checker" revealed that it was a Pectoral Sandpiper and why it was so. So, John got his bird. The Warblers continued up the East side of the Island with Black and White, Blackpoll, Blackburnian, BTGWs and tons of Parulas again, Common Yellowthroat, Pine Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Magonolia Warbler and Redstart. Similar outbreaks of Warblers were found in a few more places. Thus, not huge numbers of different. species, but. over 100 individual warblers, with. more in one spot than I have seen. since Cape May many years ago. We were. also treated to an Osptrey flying across the flats and a. great Egret standing. in the middle of rapids.
    The weather was "perfect" in the mid 70s and no wind or clouds. Wee encountered many non birders who either asked us what we were looking for, or implored us to. find THE EAGLE, as if no other birds existed (which. probably isn't far from the truth as anyone who thinks back. to pre-birding days can attest. You. don't see most birds. until you are looking for them.
    (Note: I mentioned that we saw over 100 individual. warblers. We did, but we only indentified the ones listed here. As. anyone who experiences fallouts, you are lucky to get 1 in 10. I wish we could magically id them all
    56 species

    Canada Goose X
    Blue-winged Teal 7
    Mallard X
    Common Merganser 15
    Pied-billed Grebe 1
    Mourning Dove 7
    American Golden-Plover 2
    Semipalmated Plover 1
    Killdeer X
    Least Sandpiper 3
    Pectoral Sandpiper 2
    Greater Yellowlegs 4
    Lesser Yellowlegs 1
    Ring-billed Gull X
    Herring Gull 2
    Great Blue Heron 8
    Great Egret 2
    Osprey 1
    Belted Kingfisher 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
    Downy Woodpecker 3
    Pileated Woodpecker 1
    Northern Flicker 1
    Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
    Eastern Phoebe 3
    Blue-headed Vireo 2
    Red-eyed Vireo 6
    Blue Jay 25
    American Crow 16
    Fish Crow 2
    Black-capped Chickadee 35
    Tufted Titmouse 4
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
    Red-breasted Nuthatch 15
    White-breasted Nuthatch 8
    Carolina Wren 1
    Gray Catbird 7
    American Robin 12
    House Finch 2
    American Goldfinch 8
    Song Sparrow 1
    Red-winged Blackbird 2
    Common Grackle 40
    Black-and-white Warbler 2
    Common Yellowthroat 1
    American Redstart 2
    Northern Parula 17
    Magnolia Warbler 2
    Blackburnian Warbler 2
    Chestnut-sided Warbler 1
    Blackpoll Warbler 2
    Pine Warbler 1
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
    Black-throated Green Warbler 8
    Scarlet Tanager 1
    Northern Cardinal 2

    View this checklist online at

    This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (

    Vox-Pop Bird Show tomorrow at 2

    Richard Guthrie

    Here's a heads-- up. I'll be doing the somewhat regularly scheduled Vox-Pop call in show at 2 tomorrow afternoon on WAMC. Tune in on 90.3 in Albany, on one of the many repeater frequencies around the area, or online at

    Richard Guthrie

    Rose-breasted Grosbeak

    Alison Van Keuren

    Three Rose-breasted Grosbeak on the north section of Wrights Loop this AM as rain was stopping
    Alison Van Keuren

    Night Hawks - Burden Lake

    Brian Smith

    Saw 5 common night hawks flying over Burden Lake in Averill Park as it got dark last night. Looked like they were hunting. I haven’t seen many this year, so it was good to see them. They put on a real show with their swoops and irregular flapping.

    This weekend there seems to have been a number of hawks in the area, some of which were probably migrating, including sharp shinned and Cooper’s. There has been at least one red shouldered hawk around for the past week or two.

    Bald eagles also were flying about, and osprey, turkey vulture and spotted sand piper.

    Last week I saw a least sandpiper on the shore of a small island which I figured was migrating since it looked especially tired. That’s the first I’ve seen on the lake.

    Brian Smith
    Averill Park

    Sunday Birders- Week 1 @ Five Rivers


    In spite of the late notice, eight people turned up for a morning of birding at Five Rivers EEC in Delmar. Everyone chose option #2, "let's hike the trails." We dispersed to several different trailheads, walked for a bit over two hours, and returned to the meet-up area for some conversation and a compilation of birds observed. Our species list totaled 62. Some notable sightings were: Ruby-throated Hummingbird (getting late), a surprise Killdeer that flew right over us at the parking lot, Green Heron (at Sunfish Pond), at least a dozen E. Phoebes, Warbling Vireo, many Purple Finch (continuing), and nine species of warbler including Canada (Bob & Nettye). There hasn't been a strong nocturnal migration since Sept. 22-23 so it was a pleasant surprise to encounter that kind of diversity. Thanks to everyone that participated today, that was a lot of fun and gave folks time to catch up as well.

    Next Sunday, Oct. 4th, we will return to Five Rivers at 8:30am and do it again, weather permitting. We hope to see some more birders on that date, with better advanced notice. See you then!

    Tom & Colleen Williams


    Re: The apparent demise of an American Golden Plover

    zach schwartz-weinstein

    (Though the fact that Rich White had the same number of Pectorals at the flats six hours later and no Golden Plovers doesn’t bode well for the plover.)

    On Sat, Sep 26, 2020 at 6:54 PM zach schwartz-weinstein via <> wrote:
    Early this morning at Cohoes Flats, I saw a peregrine Falcon chasing the adult American Golden Plover that Gregg found earlier this week.  A few seconds later, I saw the Falcon fly off holding a shorebird.  I can’t be 100% certain that the bird it caught was the AMGP and not one of the nearby pectoral sandpipers, but the glimpse I had of the prey through my scope gave the impression of the plover.  I’d be interested in any further reports from the flats today.--
    Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
    203 500 7774

    Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
    203 500 7774

    The apparent demise of an American Golden Plover

    zach schwartz-weinstein

    Early this morning at Cohoes Flats, I saw a peregrine Falcon chasing the adult American Golden Plover that Gregg found earlier this week.  A few seconds later, I saw the Falcon fly off holding a shorebird.  I can’t be 100% certain that the bird it caught was the AMGP and not one of the nearby pectoral sandpipers, but the glimpse I had of the prey through my scope gave the impression of the plover.  I’d be interested in any further reports from the flats today.--
    Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
    203 500 7774

    Sunday Birders- 9/27 Five Rivers EEC


    For each of the next three Sundays we will be doing socially-distanced birding, and welcome other birders who are comfortable in doing so. Sept. 27th and Oct. 4th we will meet-up at Five Rivers EEC in Delmar at 8:30am. On Oct. 11th we will meet-up at Ann Lee Pond in Colonie at 8:30am. Birders can socialize and do stationary observing at Five Rivers, from the grounds near the Visitors Center, or from any of the benches or pavilions throughout the property. You can also hike the various trails as well. Everyone should meet back at the parking lot area at 11:00am for a compilation. If you can't get there at 8:30am, come later and meet-up at 11:00am. Please practice social-distancing when in the company of others, and wear a face mask when appropriate. Hope to see some familiar faces over the next few weekends!

    Tom & Colleen Williams

    Peebles Island Warblers and Shorebirds


    Ron H. and I went to Peebles Island this morning. I was looking for warblers and Pectoral Sandpipers and he needed the American Golden Plovers seen at Cohoes Flats.  We succeeded with all three.  We found the 2 American Golden Plovers reported for several days on the Flats from the Perimeter Trail, at least 2 Pectoral Sandpipers, and 9 warblers species.  The warblers that I saw include: Blackburnian, Blackpoll, Black-throated Green, Magnolia, Northern Parula, Chestnut-sided, Yellow-rumped, Black-and-white, and American Redstart.  The most common species was surprisingly Northern Parula with well over 10.  Ron may have a more complete report later.  I've attached a few shots of the above mentioned birds mainly for recognition purposes.

    John H.

    Golden plovers Cohoes - Yes

    Richard Guthrie

    For those interested: the two Amer. Golden Plovers are still at the Cohoes Flats. They were together on the Saratoga County side with several Killdeers

    Friday 2 PM

    Rich Guthrie

    This week's destination: 9/24

    Naomi Lloyd

    Hello Thursday birders! Let's check out the southern end of Saratoga Spa Park - the famous Picnic table graveyard.This can be a great migrant spot, with varied woodland, a brush dump, capped landfill and wetland. Meet at the Carlsbad parking lot at 8:00, off East West Rd.
    Masks required, and please keep appropriate distance.,-73.8090759/@43.0453632,-73.8094662,17z/data=!4m2!4m1!3e0?hl=en&authuser=0


    Winter Finch Forecast – FINCH RESEARCH NETWORK



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    more pluvialis at Cohoes flats.


    2 individual pluvialis plovers here now. one in fresh basic is clearly am. golden: prominent supercillium, contrasting dark cap, dark tail and clear axillars seen briefly while bathing. the other is an adult molting out of alternate. haven't seen unrerwing, but wing projection looks long and brief glimpse of tail from behind looks dark. so both may be Goldens. they are sort of sticking together. 
    also multiple pectoral, least, semipalmed sand, and a group of at least 14 am. pipets. 
    Gregg Recer

    gregg recer
    malta NY

    Vischer Ferry


    I decided to try Vischer Ferry Preserve this morning because I figured the 37 degree temperature would keep the biting insects at bay, which it did.  At 7 am almost every tree that was directly exposed to the sun had some small birds hopping around.  I was looking mainly for warblers and I found 9 species: Tennessee, Blackpoll, Northern Parula,  Blackburnian, Black-throated Green, Magnolia, Chestnut-sided, Common Yellowthroat, and American Redstart.  Other interesting birds include: Bald Eagle, Least Flycatcher, Blue-headed Vireo, Wood Thrush, Swainson’s Thrush, Brown Creeper, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Winter Wren, Carolina Wren, Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak. 

    I relied heavily on the camera for I.D. help.  Below are a few of my “bad pics of good birds.”  These include a Scarlet Tanager in molt, Swainson's Thrush, and several of the above mentioned warblers. 

    John H.

    pluvialis at cohoes


    got to the flats at about 9:40 and found an adult basic plumage Pluvialis plover right away in with several killdeer. overall somewhat buffy and spangled on wings and back, not very prominent cap or eyeline. watched for over an hour before finally getting a decent flight view clearly showing black axillars and white tail contrasting with back color, I.e. black-bellied. apparently birds were scattered by an eagle before I arrived, so possibly a different individual from the earlier bird? 

    Gregg Recer

    gregg recer
    malta NY

    American Golden-Plover, cohoes flats

    zach schwartz-weinstein

    Showing nicely on the north side of the flats now.--
    Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
    203 500 7774

    Re: This week's destination: 9/17

    Naomi Lloyd

    I am reminded I usually include map locations for our meeting points. Sorry, got to get back into the groove!

    Hennessey Rd 8:00am,-73.9679933/@42.6653861,-73.9650536,15z/data=!4m2!4m1!3e0?hl=en&authuser=0

    Thacher Park Overlook 10:00am,-74.0070356/@42.6503794,-74.0058876,16z/data=!4m2!4m1!3e0?hl=en&authuser=0

    See you there!


    On Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 02:15:53 PM EDT, naomi lloyd <naomi_kestrel@...> wrote:

    (Sorry for the previous mistake)

    Hello Thursday Birders - long time (March 12 to be precise) no see! Hope you are weathering these difficult circumstances. I'm curious if there's interest in starting up again, masked and socially distanced of course! While some of our usual birding spots are too close-packed, and carpooling is Right Out now, there are still places where we can gather with reasonable confidence.

    For example, hawkwatching at Thacher Park should be OK. I suggest we meet at the Overlook at 10:00am, parking in the upper end of the lot. I can't promise 1200+ Broadwings like we had Monday, but there should be some still moving through, as well as other raptors. If anyone wants to join me earlier, I'll be at Black Creek Marsh for a while looking for passerines or leftover marsh birds. Meet at the Hennessey Rd rail crossing at 8:00am.


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