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Posting for ID help - MIssissippi Kite?

John Loz
 

Hello HMBird Friends,

I'm posting a picture of a bird with this email, that was sent to me by a fellow HMBirds follower and rehabber. She said she has not been able to post pictures using her HMBirds account, so hoping that I can for her here!

She shared with me a picture from a friend of hers of a white-ish bird seen in the vicinity of Farm-to-Market Road and Smith Road within the last day. She and a couple other birders thought that it could be a Mississippi Kite, but would like some help with ID and if anyone went out to that road intersection to look for it, confirm that it is still there.

Also, a note about birds that find their way into our area from one of our known rehabbers. If you do see a bird that does look unhealthy or is in trouble, especially a bird that might be way out of it's regular range, please don't hesitate to call a rehabber to come out and assess the situation. Our local rehabbers want to help a bird that needs assistance and release it back into the wild in the appropriate habitat of course!

Thanks everyone!
John Loz





[osbirds] DEC adopts regulations that could affect bird feeding

Richard Guthrie
 

Thanks to Andy Mason of Delaware-Otsego Audubon Soc. for this information

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From: Andrew Mason andymason@... [osbirds] <osbirds@...>
Date: Sun, Dec 29, 2019 at 10:41 PM
Subject: [osbirds] DEC adopts regulations that could affect bird feeding
To: Osbirds <osbirds@...>


 

The NYS Dep't. of Environmental Conservation has announced new regulations on feeding deer that could impact backyard bird feeders.  The regs prohibit feeding deer--expanding and clarifying an earlier prohibition.  The main purpose is to reduce the likelihood of transmission of Chronic Wasting Disease, which could have a major impact on the state's deer herd and can be transmitted when multiple deer are in close proximity.  Other reasons include protecting wildlife habitat, reducing human-deer interaction, and not artificially raising deer populations.

Where bird feeding comes in are incidental situations where deer congregate at feeders, potentially creating the effects above.  In such cases, DEC will issue a written warning to the responsible individual asking that the feeding be halted.  If it continues, it will be considered a violation of the law.

This is similar to regulations addressing bears at bird feeders put in place a few years ago.  Again, if a bear is persistently visiting a bird feeder (or garbage cans, etc.), a warning is provided and a citation issued if the situation is not remedied.

For further information, see http://www.dec.ny.gov/press/119082.html.

Andy Mason

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Catskill CBC 12-19-19

birderlarry
 

The Catskill-Coxsackie CBC was held on Thursday, December 19th instead of the historical first Tuesday of the count period, Dec 17th, due to the snowy and icy conditions on that day. It was the right decision to postpone for a couple of days.
 
All the territories were covered, thanks to the “regular participants” availability and some last minute stand-ins for a couple of territories.
 
The species count was a little lower than average at 61 species, but the overall number of birds was 13,399 – almost twice the number from last year’s low of 7,657.  Weather conditions were similar this season to last, with an early large snowfall and unusually early extreme cold temps. 
 
Like last year, waterfowl species and numbers were lower than average with only the hardiest of birds around – Mallard, Black Duck, Common Merganser, and Canada Goose were represented.  A couple of CW duck species were tallied – Bufflehead and Hooded Merganser.
 
A few oddities/rarities/better than half-hardies were tallied.  2 Hermit Thrushes and an almost breeding-plumage-bright Chipping Sparrow were seen.
 
Bald Eagles, 48 tallied was on the higher end for the area. Over the last decade, their numbers ranged from a low of 6 in 2009 to a high of 67 in 2018.
 
An modest increase was the number of Black Vultures tallied, at 6, over the previous year’s 5 birds.
 
Thanks to everyone who participated. And thanks to Red’s Restaurant – they, too, were flexible in moving our compilation dinner from Tuesday to Thursday.
 
Happy Holidays and here’s to a Healthy, Happy, and Birdy New Year.
 
Larry Federman
 
P.S. Don’t forget to participate in the Breeding Bird Atlas Project!


Fw: Light junco.

kernscot
 




Clare Bracken of Spencertown had this junco in her yard and her son Francis got these cell phone photos. Interesting color.

Nancy Kern



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Sent: Wednesday, December 25, 2019 3:36 PM
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Subject: Light junco.


Happy birdy holidays!

Naomi Lloyd
 

No destination this week - I haven't decided about next week yet. Enjoy your family and friends!

Naomi





Greater White-fronted Goose

Scott Varney
 

Currently on the outlet of Cossayuna Lake as viewed from Cossayuna Road, where the outlet crosses the road in the hamlet of Cossayuna. Also, 2 River Otters on the ice next to a hole in the ice. Very close to shore. 

Scott Varney
Salem NY


Re: Lesser Black-backed Gull?

Robert Nash
 

We only have another shot with its head turned





On Wed, Dec 25, 2019 at 1:27 PM, zach schwartz-weinstein
<zachsw@...> wrote:
Robert (Nash) a did you get any shots of the bird with its wings spread?

On Wed, Dec 25, 2019 at 1:17 PM zach schwartz-weinstein via Groups.Io <zachsw=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Thus far the consensus seems to be a subadult Great Black-Backed.

On Wed, Dec 25, 2019 at 1:15 PM zach schwartz-weinstein via Groups.Io <zachsw=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Overlook Park is at the end of School Street in Cohoes.  

I’ve send this image to Agull expert and also posted it on the North American Gulls Facebook group.  I’ll report what they say.

On Wed, Dec 25, 2019 at 1:10 PM Robert Lewis <rfermat@...> wrote:
Interesting.  Might be Slaty-backed, might be hybrid Herring X Great Black-backed.

Where exactly is this?  Precise directions?


Bob Lewis
Sleepy Hollow NY



On Wednesday, December 25, 2019, 12:32:53 PM EST, Robert Nash via Groups.Io <rjn23=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:


Seen just now at Overlook Park in Cohoes.  Could it be a Lesser?
Rob





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Re: Lesser Black-backed Gull?

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

Robert (Nash) a did you get any shots of the bird with its wings spread?

On Wed, Dec 25, 2019 at 1:17 PM zach schwartz-weinstein via Groups.Io <zachsw=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Thus far the consensus seems to be a subadult Great Black-Backed.

On Wed, Dec 25, 2019 at 1:15 PM zach schwartz-weinstein via Groups.Io <zachsw=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Overlook Park is at the end of School Street in Cohoes.  

I’ve send this image to Agull expert and also posted it on the North American Gulls Facebook group.  I’ll report what they say.

On Wed, Dec 25, 2019 at 1:10 PM Robert Lewis <rfermat@...> wrote:
Interesting.  Might be Slaty-backed, might be hybrid Herring X Great Black-backed.

Where exactly is this?  Precise directions?


Bob Lewis
Sleepy Hollow NY



On Wednesday, December 25, 2019, 12:32:53 PM EST, Robert Nash via Groups.Io <rjn23=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:


Seen just now at Overlook Park in Cohoes.  Could it be a Lesser?
Rob





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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774

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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774

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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


Re: Lesser Black-backed Gull?

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

Thus far the consensus seems to be a subadult Great Black-Backed.

On Wed, Dec 25, 2019 at 1:15 PM zach schwartz-weinstein via Groups.Io <zachsw=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Overlook Park is at the end of School Street in Cohoes.  

I’ve send this image to Agull expert and also posted it on the North American Gulls Facebook group.  I’ll report what they say.

On Wed, Dec 25, 2019 at 1:10 PM Robert Lewis <rfermat@...> wrote:
Interesting.  Might be Slaty-backed, might be hybrid Herring X Great Black-backed.

Where exactly is this?  Precise directions?


Bob Lewis
Sleepy Hollow NY



On Wednesday, December 25, 2019, 12:32:53 PM EST, Robert Nash via Groups.Io <rjn23=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:


Seen just now at Overlook Park in Cohoes.  Could it be a Lesser?
Rob





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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774

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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


Re: Lesser Black-backed Gull?

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

Overlook Park is at the end of School Street in Cohoes.  

I’ve send this image to Agull expert and also posted it on the North American Gulls Facebook group.  I’ll report what they say.

On Wed, Dec 25, 2019 at 1:10 PM Robert Lewis <rfermat@...> wrote:
Interesting.  Might be Slaty-backed, might be hybrid Herring X Great Black-backed.

Where exactly is this?  Precise directions?


Bob Lewis
Sleepy Hollow NY



On Wednesday, December 25, 2019, 12:32:53 PM EST, Robert Nash via Groups.Io <rjn23=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:


Seen just now at Overlook Park in Cohoes.  Could it be a Lesser?
Rob





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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


Re: Lesser Black-backed Gull?

Robert Lewis
 

Interesting.  Might be Slaty-backed, might be hybrid Herring X Great Black-backed.

Where exactly is this?  Precise directions?


Bob Lewis
Sleepy Hollow NY

On Wednesday, December 25, 2019, 12:32:53 PM EST, Robert Nash via Groups.Io <rjn23=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:


Seen just now at Overlook Park in Cohoes.  Could it be a Lesser?
Rob


Re: Lesser Black-backed Gull?

kernscot
 

Hmmm- Slaty-backed!??

Happy Holidays!

Nancy Kern


From: hmbirds@groups.io <hmbirds@groups.io> on behalf of zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw@...>
Sent: Wednesday, December 25, 2019 12:54 PM
To: rjn23@... <rjn23@...>
Cc: HMBirds <hmbirds@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Lesser Black-backed Gull?
 

Not a LBBG - pink feet.  Can I send this to a gull expert?  It looks very interesting for Slaty-Backed.

On Wed, Dec 25, 2019 at 12:32 PM Robert Nash via Groups.Io <rjn23=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Seen just now at Overlook Park in Cohoes.  Could it be a Lesser?
Rob




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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


Re: Lesser Black-backed Gull?

zach schwartz-weinstein
 


Not a LBBG - pink feet.  Can I send this to a gull expert?  It looks very interesting for Slaty-Backed.


On Wed, Dec 25, 2019 at 12:32 PM Robert Nash via Groups.Io <rjn23=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Seen just now at Overlook Park in Cohoes.  Could it be a Lesser?
Rob




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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


Lesser Black-backed Gull?

Robert Nash
 

Seen just now at Overlook Park in Cohoes.  Could it be a Lesser?
Rob





Re: Northern Pintail & Great Black-backed Gull?

zach schwartz-weinstein
 

Great Black-Backed is correct.

On Wed, Dec 25, 2019 at 12:01 PM Robert Nash via Groups.Io <rjn23=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:




123rd St boat launch, Troy.  Questioning the gull ID.  Anyone agree or disagree with my ID? See pics.
Rob

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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
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Northern Pintail & Great Black-backed Gull?

Robert Nash
 





123rd St boat launch, Troy.  Questioning the gull ID.  Anyone agree or disagree with my ID? See pics.
Rob


Re: Cormorant in Troy No/Goldeneye yes

Naomi Lloyd
 

I found one Northern Pintail there today with all the mallards, but no Cormorant.

Naomi


On Tuesday, December 24, 2019, 2:19:55 PM EST, Robert Nash via Groups.Io <rjn23@...> wrote:


I went to the 123rd street boat launch today.  No Cormorant, but I did see 6 Common Goldeneye on the Peebles Island side.


Re: Cormorant in Troy No/Goldeneye yes

Robert Nash
 

I went to the 123rd street boat launch today.  No Cormorant, but I did see 6 Common Goldeneye on the Peebles Island side.


Re: Cormorant in Troy

Robert Nash
 

Has anyone seen this since?  I'm thinking of going to yet and find it tomorrow.
Thanks Rob


Austerlitz- Northern Saw-whet Owl

kernscot
 

Austerlitz, Columbia, New York, US
Dec 23, 2019 4:35 AM - 4:37 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Checklist Comments:     Heard on my porch baby monitor! Temperature was 38 F, calm. First time I have heard one near my yard. Maybe it was after rodents attracted to feeder seed spilled on the ground.
1 species

Northern Saw-whet Owl  1     heard from a baby monitor on my porch called a few times was quiet for a while, then started up again.

Nancy Kern



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