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Backyard Bird Bonanza in Troy

Heidi
 

Spring finally arrived in my Sycaway yard today (May 13th) with a smorgasbord of colorful birds.
I’ve had a nesting pair of E. BLUEBIRDS for a couple of weeks and ORIOLES started arriving on May 4th. They have stuck around and must have invited family because today I had 4 males and 2 females, here all day at the grape jelly and oranges.
Today I also had 4 male ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS and 2 or 3 females.
My FOS HUMMINGBIRD (a male) arrived at 6:24am and returned repeatedly.
A surprise visitor was the INDIGO BUNTING, only the 3rd sighting here in 42 years of feeding & attracting birds.
The Bird of the Day, however, was a BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER who decided to take a bath, giving me the chance for a photo. I had heard him a few days ago but today was my first sighting and what a nice one it was. He becomes #95 on my Yard Bird List.
I didn’t get a speck of work done but what a glorious day I had!

Heidi Norton Klinowski
Sycaway/Troy

Bonaparte’s Gulls, Saratoga Lake

Alan Mapes
 

This afternoon, I saw two Boni’s from Brown’s Beach and later from Riley’s Cove - probably the same 2 birds. Purple martins were also flying around Brown’s Beach, a male and a female.

Alan Mapes
Saratoga

Sparrow Hat Trick at Saratoga Airport

Alan Mapes
 

As part of the Audubon Birdathon, I swung by the airport around 6:30 PM and had savannah, vesper and grasshopper sparrows. They were along the fence around the parking lot and by the main building. The grasshopper was shy and I had brief good looks at it twice. The others were quite bold and several individuals of each species sat for great views. I struck out on horned lark there.

Alan Mapes
Saratoga

Busy backyard birds today, Wynantskill

Janet Wolkenstein
 

Only got a photo of one, a White Crowned Sparrow (see below).  However, there were also:  House Wren,  Goldfinch, Mourning Doves, Mockingbird (have not seen the usual Catbirds yet, though), Robins, Bluejays, and the usual group of little brown birds that hang out by the feeder.  I also saw a fast moving, iridescent flash of what I am sure was a hummingbird, zipping through the yard.  


Lock 9 Smith Basin birding

Scott Varney
 

What a treat the birds provided today.  The canal water level was a bit low and afforded nice strips of mudflats. Five species of shorebird were encountered.

1.  Killdeer
2.  Semipalmated Plover
3.  Solitary Sandpiper
4.  Spotted Sandpiper
5.  Least Sandpiper

I think that's the earliest I've seen that many shorebirds in our area on any single trip. 

A few Warblers, Baltimore Orioles, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Savannah Sparrows, White-throated Sparrows, Chipping Sparrows, Song Sparrows, and a multitude of one of my favorites, the White-crowned Sparrow.  I finished the day with a low-flying Osprey!

Be Happy,

Scott Varney
Salem NY

Re: reported 2 trumpeter swans Partridge Run Albany co

zach schwartz-weinstein
 


They’re nesting at Partridge Run?


On Wed, May 13, 2020 at 6:00 PM Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie@...> wrote:
It’s a good report. The Wildlife Biologist who fought them is concerned about disturbances for fear of them abandoning their nest. You can get good views from the grassy knoll just beyond the yellow barrier gate. (As I was there, a couple of kids on an ATV roared along the trail around the pond). 


On May 13, 2020, at 2:16 PM, scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner@...> wrote:

thirdhand report of 2 on Tubbs Pond at Partridge Run WMA. photograph of 1 was reviewed by Bob Budliger.  No ebird reports Albany county. hopefully someone can check this out. 



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Re: reported 2 trumpeter swans Partridge Run Albany co

Richard Guthrie
 

It’s a good report. The Wildlife Biologist who fought them is concerned about disturbances for fear of them abandoning their nest. You can get good views from the grassy knoll just beyond the yellow barrier gate. (As I was there, a couple of kids on an ATV roared along the trail around the pond). 


On May 13, 2020, at 2:16 PM, scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner@...> wrote:

thirdhand report of 2 on Tubbs Pond at Partridge Run WMA. photograph of 1 was reviewed by Bob Budliger.  No ebird reports Albany county. hopefully someone can check this out. 



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75th Running of the HMBC Guy Bartlett Century Run

Larry & Penny Alden
 

Unlike the other HMBC field trips of late, the annual Century Run will be held this Saturday, May 16.  The weather is looking nice for a change.  We’re due for it! 

 

This “field trip” is on your own – go where you want, when you want.  But if you take part, please make a concerted effort to reach one hundred (or more) species. 

 

The link below has special HMBC guidance on COVID-19 and gives additional information on the Century Run.  Please click on it.

 

 

Send your results to the compiler (me) so I can tally our collective effort for Feathers.  As this is the 75th consecutive run, I promise a special write-up!

 

Good (and safe) birding.

 

Larry Alden

overlook@...

 

P.S. Consider entering your sightings on e-Bird to add to the NYS Breeding Bird Atlas III effort.

 

 

reported 2 trumpeter swans Partridge Run Albany co

scottjstoner
 

thirdhand report of 2 on Tubbs Pond at Partridge Run WMA. photograph of 1 was reviewed by Bob Budliger.  No ebird reports Albany county. hopefully someone can check this out. 



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Re: Hollyhock hollow

Christopher J. McCarthy
 

Thank you for this tip!!! We had a nice, if brief, weak there between 6:45 and 8:15 a.m. highlights were a BALD EAGLE and Wilson's Warbler!!! Many yellow-rumps, chestnutr-sideds, a kinglet, solitary sandpiper, suspected black-throated blue.
Enjoy!!!
Kathy and Chris McCarthy
 



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-------- Original message --------
From: "Eric Molho via groups.io" <molhoe@...>
Date: 5/12/20 10:02 AM (GMT-05:00)
To: hmbirds@groups.io
Subject: [hmbirds] Hollyhock hollow

A very active mixed flock of warblers was present at Holly Ocalo this morning at 9:45 AM. Included black 30 blue black throated green Parilla blue headed Verio mini yellow romped chestnut sided pine. Sorry about all the misspellings.



Indigo Bunting

Ellen
 

Just had our first Indigo Bunting of the season in our yard.  It was so beautiful in the sun!

 

Ellen P.

West Charlton

Hollyhock hollow

Eric Molho
 

A very active mixed flock of warblers was present at Holly Ocalo this morning at 9:45 AM. Included black 30 blue black throated green Parilla blue headed Verio mini yellow romped chestnut sided pine. Sorry about all the misspellings.

Bog Meadows Trail, Saratoga Warblers

Scott Varney
 

I decided to take a stroll through the entire length of the Bog Meadows trail today to try for some warblers.  The rain kept almost everyone away from the trail and when I arrived at 12:00 pm, there were no cars in the parking lot. 

Lots of birds were singing along the ENTIRE length of the trail and ended my 2 hour trip with a good list of warblers observed.

1.  American Redstart
2.  Black and White Warbler
3.  Black-throated Blue Warbler
4.  Black-throated Green Warbler
5.  Common Yellowthroat
6.  Louisiana Waterthrush
7.  Ovenbird
8.  Tennessee Warbler
9.  Wilson's Warbler
10.  Yellow Warbler
11.  Yellow-rumped Warbler

Lots of other bird species, but the warblers were my goal!  Along the boardwalk observation deck, I encountered a solitary, Solitary Sandpiper.

Scott Varney
Salem, NY


Re: Warblers at Five Rivers 5/11

Christopher J. McCarthy
 

Thank you!



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-------- Original message --------
From: John Kent <k2ent76@...>
Date: 5/11/20 3:36 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: mccdelmar@..., hmbirds@groups.io
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Warblers at Five Rivers 5/11

I think it’s likely that it will still be active this evening and tomorrow morning. I just went out around my yard at a time of day when birding is usually slow, and I found 42 species, including 10 species of warblers. There were three male Cape May Warblers in one spruce tree in my yard. There will be a brisk west-northwesterly wind all night tonight, not favorable for the birds to move on, so I’m guessing tomorrow morning might still be good. I would go this evening if possible, though.

John Kent
Selkirk

On May 11, 2020, at 3:27 PM, Christopher J. McCarthy via groups.io <mccdelmar@...> wrote:

Would they be likely to have stayed around today to see on an evening walk? Or tomorrow a.m.? 



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-------- Original message --------
From: "trwdsd via groups.io" <trwdsd@...>
Date: 5/11/20 12:57 PM (GMT-05:00)
Subject: [hmbirds] Warblers at Five Rivers 5/11

After a slow, chilly start to the day at Five Rivers EEC in Delmar, the birding heated up suddenly around 7:30 am. Five miles and four hours yielded 70 species, plus a pair of domestic ducks at the beaver Pond. The busiest area was the northern leg of the service road, particularly the northeast corner where it connects to the North Loop trail. I became engulfed in a fairly large mixed flock of warblers there and spent 45 minutes identifying, photographing and sound-recording them. It was exhilarating and exhausting, the good kind of tired. Twenty species of warblers were present. The areas around the Skeeter Bowl, the west end of the Heron Pond, and the Beaver Pond all produced good birds. An eBird checklist with photos is linked below. Enjoy birding!

https://ebird.org/atlasny/checklist/S68864281

Tom Williams
Colonie

Re: Warblers at Five Rivers 5/11

John Kent
 

I think it’s likely that it will still be active this evening and tomorrow morning. I just went out around my yard at a time of day when birding is usually slow, and I found 42 species, including 10 species of warblers. There were three male Cape May Warblers in one spruce tree in my yard. There will be a brisk west-northwesterly wind all night tonight, not favorable for the birds to move on, so I’m guessing tomorrow morning might still be good. I would go this evening if possible, though.

John Kent
Selkirk

On May 11, 2020, at 3:27 PM, Christopher J. McCarthy via groups.io <mccdelmar@...> wrote:

Would they be likely to have stayed around today to see on an evening walk? Or tomorrow a.m.? 



Sent from my phone. Please excuse typos etc.! 


-------- Original message --------
From: "trwdsd via groups.io" <trwdsd@...>
Date: 5/11/20 12:57 PM (GMT-05:00)
Subject: [hmbirds] Warblers at Five Rivers 5/11

After a slow, chilly start to the day at Five Rivers EEC in Delmar, the birding heated up suddenly around 7:30 am. Five miles and four hours yielded 70 species, plus a pair of domestic ducks at the beaver Pond. The busiest area was the northern leg of the service road, particularly the northeast corner where it connects to the North Loop trail. I became engulfed in a fairly large mixed flock of warblers there and spent 45 minutes identifying, photographing and sound-recording them. It was exhilarating and exhausting, the good kind of tired. Twenty species of warblers were present. The areas around the Skeeter Bowl, the west end of the Heron Pond, and the Beaver Pond all produced good birds. An eBird checklist with photos is linked below. Enjoy birding!

https://ebird.org/atlasny/checklist/S68864281

Tom Williams
Colonie

Re: Warblers at Five Rivers 5/11

Christopher J. McCarthy
 

Would they be likely to have stayed around today to see on an evening walk? Or tomorrow a.m.? 



Sent from my phone. Please excuse typos etc.! 


-------- Original message --------
From: "trwdsd via groups.io" <trwdsd@...>
Date: 5/11/20 12:57 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: hmbirds@groups.io
Subject: [hmbirds] Warblers at Five Rivers 5/11

After a slow, chilly start to the day at Five Rivers EEC in Delmar, the birding heated up suddenly around 7:30 am. Five miles and four hours yielded 70 species, plus a pair of domestic ducks at the beaver Pond. The busiest area was the northern leg of the service road, particularly the northeast corner where it connects to the North Loop trail. I became engulfed in a fairly large mixed flock of warblers there and spent 45 minutes identifying, photographing and sound-recording them. It was exhilarating and exhausting, the good kind of tired. Twenty species of warblers were present. The areas around the Skeeter Bowl, the west end of the Heron Pond, and the Beaver Pond all produced good birds. An eBird checklist with photos is linked below. Enjoy birding!

https://ebird.org/atlasny/checklist/S68864281

Tom Williams
Colonie

Warblers at Five Rivers 5/11

trwdsd
 

After a slow, chilly start to the day at Five Rivers EEC in Delmar, the birding heated up suddenly around 7:30 am. Five miles and four hours yielded 70 species, plus a pair of domestic ducks at the beaver Pond. The busiest area was the northern leg of the service road, particularly the northeast corner where it connects to the North Loop trail. I became engulfed in a fairly large mixed flock of warblers there and spent 45 minutes identifying, photographing and sound-recording them. It was exhilarating and exhausting, the good kind of tired. Twenty species of warblers were present. The areas around the Skeeter Bowl, the west end of the Heron Pond, and the Beaver Pond all produced good birds. An eBird checklist with photos is linked below. Enjoy birding!

https://ebird.org/atlasny/checklist/S68864281

Tom Williams
Colonie

Re: bird id

Sarah Walsh
 

I have used suncatchers successfully on our home!

 

Sarah M. Walsh

Conservation Director
Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy

www.mohawkhudson.org

518-436-6346 x104

Emaillogo

We may have to be socially distant, but we can remain morally together.

 

“I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want.”

~Andy Warhol

 

From: hmbirds@groups.io <hmbirds@groups.io> On Behalf Of Peg Hasselwander via groups.io
Sent: Friday, May 8, 2020 8:58 PM
To: zachsw@...
Cc: hmbirds@groups.io
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] bird id

 

  Thank you so much for answering right away.  And I ordered some decals.  :-) 

-----Original Message-----
From: zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw@...>
To: peazel@...
Cc: hmbirds@groups.io <hmbirds@groups.io>
Sent: Fri, May 8, 2020 8:43 pm
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] bird id

It’s an ovenbird, a species of warbler.  You can get decals for windows that help prevent bird collisions like this.

 

On Fri, May 8, 2020 at 8:42 PM Peg Hasselwander via groups.io <peazel=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:

photo from Glenville, NY.  Bird hit window.  What kind of bird is it?  Can't find it in any of my bird-books.  Help!  

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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774

third-hand report of Bar-headed goose in Rens Co

scottjstoner
 

Gerry Colborn asked me to get the word out about this; he has not been able to get over there and see it himself, but sent me the following report along with several photos that do, indeed show Bar-headed Goose.

A friend of Gerry's photographed a Bar-headed Goose of unknown providence with a group of Canada Geese in Rensselaer County.
Here's the location and photos.:
Traveling off of Route 2 turning onto Garfield when you pass Bott Lane, the field is on your left. There aren't many streets off of Garfield Road, that actually maybe one of the only ones.


hope the photo makes it through.

Scott


American Redstarts At Hudson Crossings in Schuylerville

suzy nealon
 

Early this morning, I observed 6+ American Redstarts flitting in the shrubs by the Hudson River. Beautiful Mother’s Day gift.