FOY Bobolink -- Five Rivers EEC -- May 07, 2020

Robert Nash

Bobolinks have arrived

Five Rivers EEC
May 07, 2020
11:47 AM
2.38 miles
117 minutes
All birds reported? Yes

8 Canada Goose 
2 Mallard 
1 Great Blue Heron 
1 Red-tailed Hawk 
1 Belted Kingfisher 
1 Pileated Woodpecker 
1 Least Flycatcher 
3 Eastern Phoebe 
4 Blue Jay 
4 Black-capped Chickadee 
1 Tufted Titmouse 
13 Tree Swallow 
2 White-breasted Nuthatch 
1 House Wren 
2 Gray Catbird 
2 Eastern Bluebird 
10 American Robin 
2 House Sparrow 
2 House Finch 
4 American Goldfinch 
2 Chipping Sparrow 
2 White-throated Sparrow 
6 Song Sparrow 
1 Bobolink 
3 Baltimore Oriole 
20 Red-winged Blackbird 
4 Common Grackle 
1 Ovenbird 
6 Yellow Warbler 
14 Yellow-rumped Warbler 
3 Northern Cardinal 
1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak 

Number of Taxa: 32

Deer Mountain Road and Nature Trail, Coeymans


Colleen and I visited Deer Mountain Nature Trail in Coeymans around mid-morning. The roadside into the parking area turned out to have the most bird activity and song. On the way in we heard and saw Worm-eating and Blackburnian Warblers. On the west trail at Deer Mountain, we heard Louisiana Waterthrush (which always seems odd as the habitat is a wooded swamp without fast-moving water) and found a juvenile Barred Owl exchanging calls with a more distant parent. On the road out, we heard or saw Red-eyed Vireo, Nashville Warblers and Black-throated Green Warblers. There hasn't been a big push of migrants yet but individuals are finding their way back to breeding locations. I've attached a couple of images of the Worm-eating Warbler and the owl.


Eric Molho

FOY Great Crested Flycatcher on 5/6 in Delmar. Not vocalizing oddly enough. BTG warbler this am singing partial song. Also have a very active Broad winged hawk kindly trying to dent the chipmunk population explosion in my backyard.

Harris’s Sparrow - Albany

Richard Guthrie

The previously reported Harris’s Sparrow was seen again today,May 6th, at Buckingham Pond Park, Albany. It has achieved nice adult plumage. Photos by the finder are posted on eBird.

Rich Guthrie

Baltimore Oriole today at Five Rivers, Delmar


nothing else new. Felt like late March rather than early May! Scott Stoner, Loudonville 

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Cape May Warblers, Selkirk

John Kent

In a year when most warblers seem to be arriving behind schedule, I was surprised to see Cape May Warblers in two places in Selkirk this afternoon. It’s a bit on the early side for them. Both were brilliant males. Other FOY birds for me today were Chimney Swift and American Redstart. Yellow-rumped Warblers are still abundant. I also saw eight Blue-gray Gnatcatchers this afternoon, they seem to be everywhere.

John Kent

Carter's Lake: 41 species!

Scott Varney

Carter's Lake was a whole new world of birds today. The lake was very quiet with scarce birds...but the woods were alive with sound. New migrants included Spotted Sandpiper, Great-crested Flycatcher, Baltimore Oriole, Swamp Sparrow, and Yellow Warbler. Such a nice change of color!

Scott Varney
Salem, NY

Louisiana Waterthrushes, Black and White Warbler:I eBird Report - Anchor Diamond Park, May 2, 2020

Ronald Harrower

Anchor Diamond Park, Saratoga, New York, US

May 2, 2020 7:15 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Checklist Comments: John H and I met at the Parking lot and donning our requisite Social distancing material, headed into the Park. After Gregg and Cathy's report, I explored with my non-birding partner, Carla last week and went agin on a rainy day during the week, With a beautiful sunny day, and no wing to speak of, John and I had a great opportunity to explore the different habitats some more and encounter ne migrating arrivals. Ovenbird made presence known right away. After noting the good habitat for Louisiana Waterthrush, we finally encountered two near the old house ruins. While looking at the waterthrush, I looked too far and found a quiet Black and White Warbler. Another highlight was a singing Winter wren at close range. Alas, he was backlit, so photos weren't great, but so cool to see such a tiny bird giving it the Ethel Murman treatment.
Will definitely come back for more birding
28 species

Canada Goose 6 flyovers
Mourning Dove 4
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 6
Downy Woodpecker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 3
Blue-headed Vireo 2
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 1
Black-capped Chickadee 9
Tufted Titmouse 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Brown Creeper 1
Winter Wren 2
American Goldfinch 4
White-throated Sparrow 3
Song Sparrow 6
Red-winged Blackbird 9
Common Grackle 2
Ovenbird 5
Louisiana Waterthrush 2
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Pine Warbler 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 3
Northern Cardinal 2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1

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One day not here, the next, there they are! eBird Report - Bog Meadow Brook Nature Trail, May 4, 2020

Ronald Harrower

Bog Meadow Brook Nature Trail, Saratoga, New York, US

May 4, 2020 6:40 AM - 8:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.2 mile(s)
Checklist Comments: Arrived with a fair amount of sun and cool temps, and in the short time I was there, it became cloudy and the wind picked up. It was still great to have birds that I did not see or hear yesterday or the day before, suddenly in our area. Migration is remarkable!
43 species

Canada Goose 8 1 pair was making quite a ruckus in the pond near the bench.
Wood Duck 2
Mallard 1
Mourning Dove 7
Virginia Rail 3 2 were quite vocal near the bench and wider walkway. The other was closer to the entrance
Ring-billed Gull 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 I heard it a couple of times and saw it fly over the trail when I was near the "rich people's spur"
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker 1
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
Least Flycatcher 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 3
Yellow-throated Vireo 1 great to hear that raspy three eight, three eight!
Warbling Vireo 1 First bird I heard when I got out of the car
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 1
Black-capped Chickadee 5
Tufted Titmouse 3
Tree Swallow 2 fighting
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
House Wren 1
Carolina Wren 1
Gray Catbird 1
Eastern Bluebird 1
American Robin 9
American Goldfinch 6
Chipping Sparrow 2
White-throated Sparrow 5
Song Sparrow 4
Swamp Sparrow 7
Red-winged Blackbird 16
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
Rusty Blackbird 9 perhaps more. I could hear their melodious cacophony in the marshy forest past the boardwalk.
Common Grackle 8
Yellow Warbler 2
Pine Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 11
Northern Cardinal 2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1

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eBird Report - Saratoga Lake, May 1, 2020

Ronald Harrower

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Subject: eBird Report - Saratoga Lake, May 1, 2020

Saratoga Lake, Saratoga, New York, US
May 1, 2020 3:51 PM
Protocol: Incidental
Checklist Comments:     I had been reading 3 different birds' comments about seeing Caspian Terns on Saratoga Lake in the past three weeks. I kept checking either on the way to somewhere else, or as a mission unto itself. I finally found 1 at the Water's Edge Condo beach and 5 more on the dock near construction next to the Rte 9P bridge over the North end of Saratoga Lake/ beginning of Fish Creek. Very exciting to see them at last.
2 species

Ring-billed Gull  3
Caspian Tern  6     There have been up to 9 seen by people recently. I have photos of up to 4 at a time.

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State Line Birding

Scott Varney

My sister and I spent some time birding in Shushan yesterday and best birds of the area seemed to all be gathered at the newly renovated state line parking area along the Battenkill on State Route 313. Highlights included FOY Black and White Warblers, American Redstarts, Yellow Warblers, and Louisiana Waterthrush. 

Happy Day,

Scott Varney
Salem NY

Averill Park new arrivals

Brian Smith

Today - Chestnut sided warbler.

Yesterday - Catbird, king bird, spotted sand piper.

Brian Smith
Averill Park

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Subject: [hmbirds] five rivers this morning
on a relatively cool, cloudy, and windy morning, new for me were eastern Kingbird, yellow, yellow-rumped warblers and common yellowthroat,  gray catbird; northern rough-winged swallow, also eastern Towhee. Killdeer no longer on the nest on thenroof of the new visitor center; adult with young were around. Scott Stoner, Loudonville. 

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five rivers this morning


on a relatively cool, cloudy, and windy morning, new for me were eastern Kingbird, yellow, yellow-rumped warblers and common yellowthroat,  gray catbird; northern rough-winged swallow, also eastern Towhee. Killdeer no longer on the nest on thenroof of the new visitor center; adult with young were around. Scott Stoner, Loudonville. 

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Vischer Ferry Arrivals


I had a pretty good morning at Vischer Ferry Preserve walking the 3.5 mile loop and looking for new arrivals.  I had 6 FOY species: Eastern Kingbird, Cedar Waxwing, Yellow-throated Vireo, Common Yellowthroat, Nashville Warbler, and Baltimore Oriole.  I walked part of the way with Naomi K. who was looking for Northern Waterthrush.  We didn't hear any but after she left I heard two, one in the woods in the back and one right at the Whipple Bridge as I was leaving. (As is often the case, I didn't see them).  Other new migrant species that I found this morning and on previous days: Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Yellow Warbler, Gray Catbird, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, and Warbling Vireo.   

John H.

whips back at luther forest tech park


at least 4 whip-poor-wills heard last evening (5/3) in the area near the rocket way & luther forest blvd circle. birds were generally doing short bursts of calling and seemed to give up rather early. Also heard several woodcock peenting and doing their display flights in the same area.
gregg recer
malta NY



This Morning I was over near SCCC had a FOY Baltimore Oriole and Yellow Warbler, then I went towards the Great Flats Preserve, had the following FOY, Eastern Towhee, Rose-breasted Grosbeak,House Wren and Common Yellowthroat. Yesterday I was over in The Woodlawn Preserve, FOY Gray Catbird and Osprey with fish in tow. Also went to Collins Lk Got my FOY Warbling Vireo. The area near SCCC was crawling with them today. Jamie Taft Schenectady.

arrivals today


in our yard in Loudonville, 3 first of year (FOY) birds for us, bringing the yearly total up to 43 species: black-and-white warbler, white-crowned sparrow, and ruby-crowned kinglet. 

in addition,  yellow-bellied sapsucker continues, along with white-throated sparrows (10 today); the juncos have been gone for more than a week.  

Good birding everyone and stay safe! Scott Stoner and Denise Hackert-Stoner

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New arrivals in Charlton


I paid an early morning visit to Galway Nature Preserve on Saturday, where the highlight for me was finding a Black-Throated Blue Warbler – my first warbler of the season! 


This morning (Sunday) a walk in my neighborhood yielded some other great birds, including two male Yellow Warblers competing for territory, Common Yellowthroat, multiple Gray Catbirds and singing Field Sparrows, Tree Swallows, and two Bobolinks, which was a big surprise – usually they arrive here a little later in the month.  I also flushed a Ruffed Grouse as I walked along the road.


Good birding!


Ellen P.

West Charlton



stillwater & schuylerville


Cathy Graichen and I did a few short trails this morning in eastern saratoga county. FOY (for us) baltimore oriole and warbling vireo at the stillwater school trail. Also there, about 6 occupied great blue heron nests, a raccoon and a river otter. The siege trail from the schuyler house produced new ovenbird and yellow-throated vireo; and the victory trail from the saratoga monument produced new red-eyed vireo plus a woodpecker 6-pack. No big migrant fallout yet, but there are at least a smattering of new things arriving every day.

gregg recer
malta NY

Vischer Ferry


I walked the 3.5 mile western loop at Vischer Ferry Preserve this morning and saw or heard a few new arrivals including Least Flycatcher (1), Wood Thrush (3), Gray Catbird (8), Warbling Vireo (4), Rose-breasted Grosbeak (10), Yellow Warbler (3), Northern Waterthrush (3).  Others not so new include Yellow-rumped Warbler, Palm Warbler, Ruby-crowned Kinglet.   The Northern Waterthrushes were along the main path and heard.  The song can be hard to identify but it seems to have a "chew, chew, chew" or "cha cha cha" in it. 

John H.

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