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Pack Forest Preserve

Scott Varney
 

Hiked a 6.7 miler today at Pack Forest Preserve in Warrensburg, NY.  The trail basically follows along the perimeter of the lake. Highlights included a pair of Broad-winged Hawks, loads of singing Winter Wrens, Purple Finches, 1 Great Blue Heron, 3 Bufflehead, and one breeding-plumaged Common Loon. Fantastic day!

Scott Varney
Salem NY


Snipe

ConserveBirds
 

Finally found a pair of Wilson’s Snipe this morning when atlasing, accompanied by my first Lesser Yellowlegs of the year and a Killdeer.  All on the edges of a very small pond in a wet meadow in Gansevoort.

 

Mona Bearor

South Glens Falls

 

 


Slightly Extralimital Virginia Rail family on Rail Trail in Rupert, Vermont

Scott Varney
 

While hiking next to a small pond and marsh area today, my sister and I stumbled across a group of at least 3 adult Virginia Rails with several little babies. The adults began kiddicking and grunting at about 6 pm and we got lots of photos. Best looks I've ever had at this species!  The baby birds were clumsy little black balls of "fur"!  

Rupert, VT is literally just across the border from Salem, NY on County Route 153. 

Scott Varney
Salem, NY


Savannah Sparrow

Earthday49@...
 

I observed a Savannah Sparrow this morning,4/23, while birding at Ann Lee Pond in Colonie.
There were also some Tree Swallows and a Phoebe.  Nothing else notable was seen.

A Schroeder


Broad-winged Hawk, Saratoga

Alan Mapes
 

One broad-winged hawk circling over our house right now, east of Saratoga.

Alan Mapes


Rob Snell has shared an New York Breeding Bird Atlas checklist with you from 26 Van Vranken Rd, Clifton Park US-NY 42.79305, -73.79612 on Apr 23, 2020 - 9:16 AM

rob snell
 

To accept this checklist into your eBird account, click on the link below:

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You will then be able to view, edit, or delete it. Learn more about eBird's checklist sharing process at

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Beautiful Sunny, Cool, and Calm Morning
Not a lot of waterfowl, 1 Am Widgeon, 4 BW Teal, 2 PB Grebe and a few others. FOS Hermit Thrush, and BG Gnatcatcher


Re: Robin on suet feeder

ConserveBirds
 

Thank you to all who replied. Since many replied to me privately that they had never seen a robin feeding this way I took a couple photos when the bird returned this evening. They are attached.

Mona Bearor
South Glens Falls

-----Original Message-----
From: hmbirds@groups.io [mailto:hmbirds@groups.io] On Behalf Of Michael
Sent: Wednesday, April 22, 2020 8:51 AM
To: hmbirds@groups.io
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Robin on suet feeder

Hi
I’ve never seen this.
I had a Pine Warbler eating seeds from a feeder a few days ago. I don’t think that is too unusual but I’ve never seen it.
Mike Moccio
Indian Lake


Purple Martin, Barn Swallow at Saratoga Lake

Alan Mapes
 

A couple of purple martins and several barn swallows were among the hundred or more tree swallows low over the water around 2 o’clock. This from waterfront Park.

Alan Mapes
Saratoga 


influx of robins in snow squall

scottjstoner
 

 i know they are common birds but the number is unusual in our yard. during a brief snow squall we had 8 together foraging in a small flower garden, with a total of 11 in the yard. we've also had a continuing presence of 21 American Goldfinches the past several days. 

Scott and Denise, Loudonville



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Re: Robin on suet feeder

Michael
 

Hi
I’ve never seen this.
I had a Pine Warbler eating seeds from a feeder a few days ago. I don’t think that is too unusual but I’ve never seen it.
Mike Moccio
Indian Lake


Re: Robin on suet feeder

James Elbrecht
 

Not a Robin- but I have a male Goldfinch that likes suet.   And a pair of Goldfinches that seem to prefer sunflower seed to niger seed.

I had the upside-down niger feeder for a while, and a Chickadee figured it out and used it.   Then, a couple years later, all the finches started ignoring it.  No amount of cleaning/replacing could entice the current crop of birds.  So I went back the the right-side-up tube feeder.

Sometimes the birds don't read the manuals.

Jim

Niskayuna

On 4/22/2020 6:22 AM, ConserveBirds wrote:

This morning I observed for the first time in my memory an American Robin perched on and feeding from a suet feeder.  Has anyone else ever seen this?

 

Mona Bearor

South Glens Falls

 

 


Robin on suet feeder

ConserveBirds
 

This morning I observed for the first time in my memory an American Robin perched on and feeding from a suet feeder.  Has anyone else ever seen this?

 

Mona Bearor

South Glens Falls

 

 


Re: anchor diamond park - t. of ballston

trwdsd
 

Hi Gregg, that would be me. I moved the pin about 500m to the west of the current location. It may take 24 hrs. or so for the position to update. Let me know if that doesn't happen, please. I'll try to look at it tomorrow evening as well.


Tom Williams
Colonie


anchor diamond park - t. of ballston

gregg_recer
 

I explored a new (at least to me) Saratoga Plan preserve today; anchor diamond park on middle line rd in the town of ballston, saratoga county. It's recently donated to the town, and Saratoga Plan manages the conservation easement. It's mainly forest, some swampy hardwoods, white pine, and hemlock stands. Trails were mucky in a few spots, but easy to work around and there are good boardwalks and bridges in several locations.
Highlights included a FOY blue-headed vireo, multiple drumming and calling yellow-bellied sapsuckers (presumed migrants), multiple singing pine warblers and brown creepers, and singing winter wren.

I noted that while the entire trail system after the first few yards is within on atlas block (burnt hills CE), the preserve ebird hotspot is placed near the parking area and just over the boundary in round lake CW. I'd suggest revising the hotspot pin location if someone can tell me who the appropriate hotspot reviewer is. thanks


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gregg recer
malta NY


FOS Rose Breasted Grosbeak

Sue Rokos
 

Monday Greetings:

FOS male Rose Breasted Grosbeak on our bird feeder in Duanesburg! Added it to our calendar since seems early, but next year we'll know!

Sue and Dennis Rokos


Averill Park - Burden Lake - Bonaparte's gull

Brian Smith
 

Saw a bonaparte's gull today on Burden Lake off Second Dyke road. I can't remember having seen them here before. Also still seeing bufflehead. Had a pair of blue winged teal late last week as well. Osprey and bald eagle are around. I didn't see a rusty blackbird this year year around.

Gorgeous day, especially at the end when the wind died down.

Brian Smith
Averill Park



rt loon & rn grebe - round lake

gregg_recer
 

cathy graichen and I did some water birding around central saratoga county today. In addition to the caspian tern at the saratoga lake marine park (reported there also by naomi 2 days ago -- presumed same bird?), highlights were at round lake where we had a basic-plumage red-throated loon and an impressive group of 9 alternate-plumage red-necked grebes. Also present at RL, an osprey pair seeming to stake claim to a nest there. We were able to dig out a few wilson's snipe at wright's loop, including hearing a calling bird doing what sibley calls the grinding-ticks call.

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gregg recer
malta NY


Carter's Lake Birding

Scott Varney
 

Relatively quiet with birds with cold temps and blustery winds. Highlights included a male Northern Harrier, 8 Great Blue Herons all on nests, 3 Pine Warblers, and about 50 Ring-necked Ducks. Brown Creeper songs are the most vocal in the woods here.  Lots of Swamp Sparrows singing on the other side of the lake as I travelled Ferguson Road.  Also had another Eastern Towhee on Kilburn Road on my way home. 

Happy Birding,

Scott Varney
Salem NY


Vischer Ferry Ducks

jhershey2
 

I walked around the ponds at Vischer Ferry Preserve this afternoon.  The overall number of ducks there has dwindled quite a bit from a few weeks ago, but there are still a pretty good variety of species.  I counted 3 Northern Shovelers, 6 Blue-winged Teal, 6 American Wigeon, 5 Wood Ducks, 2 Ring-necked Ducks, 1 Hooded Merganser, and 1 Pied-billed Grebe. The main entrance parking lot was pretty full but it's possible to walk the trails without passing many people at all.  The migrant songbirds should be arriving in big numbers soon. 

John H.  


Caspian tern

gregg_recer
 

present now at Saratoga marine park. sitting on dock across from boat launch and south of the bridge. 

Gregg Recer
gregg_recer@...

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gregg recer
malta NY

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