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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
Selkirk

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

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S68413434

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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

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S68387108

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eBird Report - Saratoga Lake, May 1, 2020

Ronald Harrower
 




Begin forwarded message:

From: ebird-checklist@...
Date: May 4, 2020 at 3:24:47 PM EDT
To: rharrower@...
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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Sent: Monday, May 4, 2020 12:00 PM
To: hmbirds@groups.io <hmbirds@groups.io>
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

scottjstoner
 

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

jhershey2
 

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

gregg_recer
 

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.
 
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gregg recer
malta NY

Migrants

j.taft69
 

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

scottjstoner
 

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

Ellen
 

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

gregg_recer
 

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.

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gregg recer
malta NY

Vischer Ferry

jhershey2
 

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.

Re: Golden-winged Warbler (probable) @ Normanskill Farm - 5/3

emberiza_tristrami
 

Coordinates of the approximate Golden-winged Warbler area:

42.6406214, -73.8078472

There's brushy hillside right of the last hole of the golf course (when facing the rest of the course). If you prowl along the edge of the thickets there, there's an opening to an informal trail up the hill. The warbler was a few dozen yards up the trail.

Good luck if you go for it.

Tristan Lowery
Albany

On Sun, May 3, 2020, 08:36 emberiza_tristrami via groups.io <tristanlowery=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Currently viewing what looks and sounds like a Golden-winged Warbler at Normanskill Farm in Albany, in the thickets uphill from the end of the Capital Hills golf course. 

Good birding.

Tristan Lowery
Albany

Gray Catbird

Earthday49@...
 

The first Catbird appeared in the yard, here in Guilderland, early this morning.
Everything is busy, Cardinals and Blue Jays feeding each other,  Robins gathering wet leaves, at the pond, for her nest, Titmice carrying nest material off into the woods, deer nearby browsing on Multiflora Rose shoots, Doves mating, and even had a Garter Snake warming up in the sun.  Lots of activity !

Alan S
Guilderland

Golden-winged Warbler (probable) @ Normanskill Farm - 5/3

emberiza_tristrami
 

Currently viewing what looks and sounds like a Golden-winged Warbler at Normanskill Farm in Albany, in the thickets uphill from the end of the Capital Hills golf course. 

Good birding.

Tristan Lowery
Albany

BT Green Warbler, Salem

Scott Varney
 

Observed my FOY Black-Throated Green Warbler from my front deck at my home in Salem, both visually and auditorily.  What a nice, sunny day!  

Scott Varney
Salem NY


Golden Eagle

birderlarry
 

At 11:30 this morning, May 2nd, over Bogart Road in Palenville, I observed a juvenile Golden Eagle riding a thermal, then “jumping off” and heading off to the north.
Also FOS Eastern Towhee singing and scratching the ground and recently, numerous Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers calling.

Larry Federman
Palenville, Greene County

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