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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

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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
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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


Help with photo ID please

ConserveBirds
 

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


Waterfowl Hudson River - Greene County

Richard Guthrie
 

I ran the Hudson River (Greene County) section of the annual waterfowl count today from 8 AM until the snow started at 2 PM.

The stretch covered was from Coeymans Landing in southern Albany County to Smith's Landing south of Catskill.

The day was cold but pleasant starting at 11 F and slowly going up to 20 F by noon. The wind was brisk at times, but not brutal.

The river was open, with no ice except a rim along the shoreline and in sheltered bays and marshes.

There was no snow on the ground. But it did start snowing at around 2 PM, reducing visibility significantly.

Given the forecast for snow starting from the south to north, I leap-frogged down to the southern end of the segment then worked northward.

Here's the totals:
Canada Goose 1,749
Mute Swan             3
Mallard               191 (a significant number of the Mallards were at an open pond behind Oakbrook Manor apartments in Ravena where some domestic ducks are fed)
Am. Blk Duck       19
C. Merganser        33

In addition, there were 10 Bald Eagles with two pairs sitting by nests;
and, 5 Red-tailed Hawks, and 3 C. Ravens (one pair displaying a bit of courtship type flying)

Richard Guthrie
New Baltimore
The Greene County
NY


Re: Northumberland field birds

gregg_recer
 

I was perhaps a little too terse in my post, as I was emailing from the car on my phone. The area in Saratoga County roughly centered on the segment of SR 32 that runs between Bacon Hill and Gansevoort has a lot of good open-field habitat and dairy farms with manure spreads to attract wintering field birds. This is the approximate location where the big flock has been seen recently:
https://goo.gl/maps/UPe7mUerUcaEVRL49

Obviously, with the new snow coming, the situation will be fluid and will depend on where the next nice manure spread appears on the new snow.


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gregg recer
malta NY


Northumberland field birds

gregg_recer
 

thanks to John h for posting earlier. still a big flock of snow buntings near wall and king intersection. I estimated about 400. also many horned larks. no obvious longspurs, but most viewing pretty distant. will need to scrunrize photos. other smatterings of larks and buntings on many local roads here. also 3 adult bald eagles. 

Gregg Recer
gregg_recer@...

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gregg recer
malta NY


Re: Northumberland Field Birds

Richard Guthrie
 

Thanks for the info, John.

As an addition, I was up by Lake George on Tuesday and found the lake open all the way up past Hague.

I checked a few viewing opportunities and found few waterfowl and nothing of special note.

Rich Guthrie


On Thu, Jan 16, 2020 at 4:30 PM jhershey2 <hersheyj@...> wrote:
Partly influenced by Naomi's plans and the promise of new snow on the ground,  I headed for Northumberland this morning mostly in search of field birds.  I drove by many of the dairy and horse farms but spent most of my time near the intersection of King and Wall.  I estimate there were 150 Snow Buntings and 100 Horned Larks feeding at the southeast sector of the intersection mostly along one narrow strip of manure. The birds were chirping and constantly flying but seldom got near the road.  After looking at my photos on a big screen, I was able to tease out at least 2 Lapland Longspurs among the others.  I also spotted a Northern Harrier and a Common Raven flying over the field.  I made a cursory check of the north end of Saratoga Lake but found solid ice and no waterfowl.    

John H.



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Richard Guthrie


Northumberland Field Birds

jhershey2
 

Partly influenced by Naomi's plans and the promise of new snow on the ground,  I headed for Northumberland this morning mostly in search of field birds.  I drove by many of the dairy and horse farms but spent most of my time near the intersection of King and Wall.  I estimate there were 150 Snow Buntings and 100 Horned Larks feeding at the southeast sector of the intersection mostly along one narrow strip of manure. The birds were chirping and constantly flying but seldom got near the road.  After looking at my photos on a big screen, I was able to tease out at least 2 Lapland Longspurs among the others.  I also spotted a Northern Harrier and a Common Raven flying over the field.  I made a cursory check of the north end of Saratoga Lake but found solid ice and no waterfowl.    

John H.


This week's destination: 1/16

Naomi Lloyd
 

Hey folks! I am not dead!

Let's meet at Brown's Beach on Saratoga Lake at 9:00am. We can check the lake to see if the warmer temps have opened water and brought ducks, then move up to the Northumberland farm country and look for winter birds. See you there!

Naomi





Henry Hudson half-hardies continue

John Kent
 

So far this morning at Henry Hudson Park in Selkirk I have seen a Yellow-rumped Warbler, a Rusty Blackbird, and at least one, probably two, Ruby-crowned Kinglets.

John Kent
Selkirk


Fish Creek Waterfowl - Canvasback

Alan Mapes
 

Stopped at the Fish Creek Marina, Stafford’s Bridge Road, Saratoga at noon time. Creek is mostly open, with perhaps 300 waterfowl present. A male canvasback was among the many mallards and American black ducks. Also present: hooded and common mergansers, one female bufflehead, a few greater and lesser scaup, and two female wood ducks.

Alan Mapes
Saratoga Springs


This week's destination: 1/9 and thoughts for next week

Naomi Lloyd
 

Thursday looks like it will be cold but clear, so let's take a run upriver. We can check for waterfowl at the usual places and if time permits look for winter field birds in Fort Edward or Northumberland. Meet at the Mechanicville Price Chopper at 9:00. If I'm not there by 9:05, leave without me -- I'm fighting a cold and may not be up to it. Hope to join you but I'm not optimistic.

The Alan Devoe Thursday group is travelling down to the Shawangunk Grasslands area next week for the Harrier/Short-eared Owl show, visiting Weston Rd swamp for Red-headed Woodpeckers along the way and checking the Blue Chip Farms for more winter visitors. This will be a midday into evening trip. We'll plan out meeting time and carpool arrangements next week.

Naomi





Re: Out of area rare bird sighting - Florida Scrub Jay

kernscot
 

I saw them there for years.

Nancy Kern


From: hmbirds@groups.io <hmbirds@groups.io> on behalf of Peter via Groups.Io <barvoepd@...>
Sent: Tuesday, January 7, 2020 9:13 PM
To: hmbirds@groups.io <hmbirds@groups.io>
Cc: hmbirds@groups.io <hmbirds@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Out of area rare bird sighting - Florida Scrub Jay
 
location: Johnathan Dickinson State Park, fl


Re: Out of area rare bird sighting - Florida Scrub Jay

Peter
 

location: Johnathan Dickinson State Park, fl

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