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Re: Mystery Bird in Galway

kernscot
 

What a laugh! Mystery solved!

Nancy Kern


From: hmbirds@groups.io <hmbirds@groups.io> on behalf of Heidi <hocka1@...>
Sent: Monday, January 20, 2020 7:46 PM
To: HMBirds <HMBirds@groups.io>
Subject: [hmbirds] Mystery Bird in Galway
 
Well, the skeptics were right about the bird 😊 but this was NOT a set up or prank by my friend. She sent me the message below about an hour ago:

Mystery Solved.




Mystery Bird in Galway

Heidi
 

Well, the skeptics were right about the bird 😊 but this was NOT a set up or prank by my friend. She sent me the message below about an hour ago:

Mystery Solved.


Re: Galway bird

Heidi
 

Here’s a screenshot of the original Facebook post of this bird and my friend’s comment.


Re: What is this?

Heidi
 

Yes definitely Galway NY. 
She is a long time birder and I know this isn’t a prank photo. That’s why I asked for help. 
I will send you a screenshot of her original Facebook post but it’s a cellphone pic so details aren’t great. 
Thankyou for all the opinions. 

Heidi

On Jan 20, 2020, at 7:59 AM, zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw@...> wrote:


That doesn’t look like any North American vulture species.  Are you sure your friend took this in Galway?

On Mon, Jan 20, 2020 at 12:01 AM Heidi <hocka1@...> wrote:
A friend took this picture on Sunday of a large bird sitting in a tree near her home in Galway.

We agree it looks like a Vulture but what about all that white?

Could it be partially leucistic (sp?)
Any other ideas?

Thanks
Heidi Klinowski




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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


Re: What is this?

Richard Guthrie
 

It doesn’t look legit 

Rich 


On Jan 20, 2020, at 7:58 AM, zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw@...> wrote:

That doesn’t look like any North American vulture species.  Are you sure your friend took this in Galway?

On Mon, Jan 20, 2020 at 12:01 AM Heidi <hocka1@...> wrote:
A friend took this picture on Sunday of a large bird sitting in a tree near her home in Galway.

We agree it looks like a Vulture but what about all that white?

Could it be partially leucistic (sp?)
Any other ideas?

Thanks
Heidi Klinowski




--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


Rough-legged Hawk, Northumberland

Alan Mapes
 

Made a pass through Williams Lane and other roads near King Dairy in Northumberland yesterday, late afternoon. The new snow had covered any manure spreads and the only snow bunting I found flew over the car as I was leaving Williams. On the lane, a beautiful rough-legged hawk was perched in a tree south of the lane. Several horned larks were along this road, also four of them on the road edge at the north end of Homestead. 35 wild turkeys were feeding in a cornfield near the intersection of Wall and Goff.

On Fish Creek at Stafford’s Bridge, the large number of waterfowl continue. No sign of the canvasback, but a wood duck and a bufflehead were there, also a pair of scaup (greater?). There were also a few hooded mergansers among the many Canada geese, mallards, blacks and common mergs. 

Alan Mapes
Saratoga


Re: What is this?

David DiSiena
 

I was thinking the same thing. Looks like an escaped Ruppells. 


On Jan 20, 2020, at 7:59 AM, zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw@...> wrote:


That doesn’t look like any North American vulture species.  Are you sure your friend took this in Galway?

On Mon, Jan 20, 2020 at 12:01 AM Heidi <hocka1@...> wrote:
A friend took this picture on Sunday of a large bird sitting in a tree near her home in Galway.

We agree it looks like a Vulture but what about all that white?

Could it be partially leucistic (sp?)
Any other ideas?

Thanks
Heidi Klinowski




--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


Re: What is this?

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

That doesn’t look like any North American vulture species.  Are you sure your friend took this in Galway?

On Mon, Jan 20, 2020 at 12:01 AM Heidi <hocka1@...> wrote:
A friend took this picture on Sunday of a large bird sitting in a tree near her home in Galway.

We agree it looks like a Vulture but what about all that white?

Could it be partially leucistic (sp?)
Any other ideas?

Thanks
Heidi Klinowski




--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


What is this?

Heidi
 

A friend took this picture on Sunday of a large bird sitting in a tree near her home in Galway.

We agree it looks like a Vulture but what about all that white?

Could it be partially leucistic (sp?)
Any other ideas?

Thanks
Heidi Klinowski


Troy birds Sunday 1/19.

Heidi
 

I had a Goldfinch at my feeder this afternoon and watched a Turkey Vulture sail overhead and sit in a nearby tree for about 20 minutes.

Heidi Klinowski
Troy/Brunswick near RPI


Turkey Vulture in southern Renssalaer County

Steve Mesick
 

Rich White and I had a Turkey Vulture on Eleanor Drive in southern Rensselaer County today. Also 2 Red-winged Blackbirds and a bunch of Snow Buntings on Clove Rd

Steve Mesick

East Greenbush


G.H. Owl in W.C. Grasslands

Scott Varney
 

Birded Schuylerville to Northumberland and then to WC Grasslands. In Northumberland, Snow Buntings and Horned Larks were found everywhere along melted grassy/gravelly shoulder strips. There were 2 adult Bald Eagles within 3 feet of each other overlooking the Hudson River on Harris Road. In the WC Grasslands area, there seemed to be a steady flow of slow-driving birdwatchers, especially along Fitzpatrick Lane, presumably looking for Short-Eared Owls. I left the crowd after a quick gander and happened along a Great-Horned Owl perched right  along the road next to the Grasslands parking lot on Blackhouse Road. Got fantastic views in pretty good light. It was a first for my sister, Heidi. It was my first for this species in the Grasslands region.  My sister was so excited!

Happy Birding,

Scott Varney
Salem, NY


Niskayuna Bike Path today

neal.reilly
 

Hi all,
I walked the bike path from Niskayuna Lions park past the Ferry Drive bridge today from 12:20-2:00pm.
The area between Lions Park and the Ferry Drive Bridge was quiet with only a little open water in the middle of the river.
Past the Ferry Drive bridge the birds were more active including:

Sharp-shinned Hawk- a nice view of a perched adult bird just past the bridge
Bald Eagle- an adult perched near the river
Snow Buntings-50 or so in an active group in the farmers fields north of the Ferry Drive bridge
American Tree Sparrows-20 in a group
Common Raven- 1 bird flying over the bridge croaking and diving in the brisk winds

Good Birding,
Neal Reilly
Schenectady NY and Rochester NY


Northumberland Field Today

Robert Nash
 

The snow buntings and horned larks are still hanging around after the storm.  Spotted about 30-40 of each in the same vicinity as John Hershey and Greg Recer previously reported. Also, 1 Northern Harrier.  I had the most activity on Williams Ln. here:
Near 101-117 Williams Ln, Schuylerville, NY 12871

Rob Nash





Albany County, 1/19

John Kent
 

This morning at Henry Hudson Park in Selkirk, I found a Winter Wren still hanging on. I heard it calling, then it showed itself well in response to pishing. I also saw the Northern Harrier that has been frequenting the fields to the south of park. Several groups of Common Mergansers as well as two Common Goldeneyes passed by, all headed south. Meanwhile, a steady stream of Ring-billed Gulls was moving north. A pair of Common Ravens that seem to live in Rensselaer County and work in Albany County showed up on schedule, flying west across the river together at sunrise.

At Coeymans Landing, the Mute Swan was present, eating the cracked corn that people put out for it. Of more interest, the woods south of the parking area were hopping. I found at least one Ruby-crowned Kinglet, at least three Yellow-rumped Warblers, a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, and numerous more common birds.

Around midday I drove around in the Helderbergs. My only notable sighting there was a Rough-legged Hawk on Joslyn School Road in East Berne. On my way home, I found a flock of about 25 Snow Buntings in the fields on either side of Wemple Road in Glenmont, just east of Route 9W.

John Kent
Selkirk


Re: Help with photo ID please

Richard Guthrie
 

Probably taken in August or so while the bird was molting - hence the odd color pattern and ratty pointy looking tail. 


On Jan 19, 2020, at 9:20 AM, zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw@...> wrote:

Female House Sparrow, with that very large pink bill.

On Sun, Jan 19, 2020 at 9:18 AM ConserveBirds <conservebirds@...> wrote:

A friend sent this to me for an ID and I am stumped. At first I thought maybe a Vesper Sparrow because of the light patch on the shoulder, but at closer inspection it looks like that is rally on the bird’s back and that the pattern continues across the back.  Another birder friend suggested Grasshopper Sparrow.

Any thoughts appreciated,

Mona Bearor

So. Glens Falls

--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


Re: Help with photo ID please

kernscot
 

Female House Sparrow. To me it looks pretty rough, the eye may have infection?

Nancy Kern




From: hmbirds@groups.io <hmbirds@groups.io> on behalf of ConserveBirds <conservebirds@...>
Sent: Sunday, January 19, 2020 9:18 AM
To: 'HMBirds' <hmbirds@groups.io>
Subject: [hmbirds] Help with photo ID please
 

A friend sent this to me for an ID and I am stumped. At first I thought maybe a Vesper Sparrow because of the light patch on the shoulder, but at closer inspection it looks like that is rally on the bird’s back and that the pattern continues across the back.  Another birder friend suggested Grasshopper Sparrow.

Any thoughts appreciated,

Mona Bearor

So. Glens Falls


Re: Help with photo ID please

ConserveBirds
 

Well, how embarrassing is that! I was going in the direction of grassland birds because of the photo background.

Thanks!

Mona Bearor

South Glens Falls

 

 

 

From: hmbirds@groups.io [mailto:hmbirds@groups.io] On Behalf Of gregg_recer
Sent: Sunday, January 19, 2020 9:56 AM
To: hmbirds@groups.io
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Help with photo ID please

 

female or juv HOSP was my thought too; might be missing a couple of tail feathers giving it a short spiky-tailed look
--
gregg recer
malta NY


Re: Help with photo ID please

gregg_recer
 

female or juv HOSP was my thought too; might be missing a couple of tail feathers giving it a short spiky-tailed look
--
gregg recer
malta NY


Re: Help with photo ID please

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

Female House Sparrow, with that very large pink bill.

On Sun, Jan 19, 2020 at 9:18 AM ConserveBirds <conservebirds@...> wrote:

A friend sent this to me for an ID and I am stumped. At first I thought maybe a Vesper Sparrow because of the light patch on the shoulder, but at closer inspection it looks like that is rally on the bird’s back and that the pattern continues across the back.  Another birder friend suggested Grasshopper Sparrow.

Any thoughts appreciated,

Mona Bearor

So. Glens Falls

--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774

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