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Fw: Another Week Lost to Birding

Naomi Lloyd
 

Bill, hope you shake that soon!

If anyone wants to join me, I'll be at the Mechanicville Price Chopper at 8:00 am, planning to bird up the river focusing on Ft Miller and into the Grasslands for migrants like Eastern Meadowlark, Osprey, etc.

Naomi Lloyd

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Hi, All,

Still not out of the woods yet as far as far as effects of my cough treatment; so I'm passing on getting out
tomorrow.

Bill Lee

Purple Finches

Alan
 

A pair of Purple Finches enjoying sunflower seed in my platform feeder.

Clear skies, Alan
Glenville

eBird -- Schodack Island SP IBA -- Apr 04, 2018

kernscot
 

Schodack Island SP IBA

Apr 04, 2018

3:35 PM

Traveling

3.54 miles

60 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:

Sunny temperature 49 F Windy


2 Canada Goose

1 Great Blue Heron

1 Turkey Vulture

1 Osprey - NB

1 Bald Eagle -- Adult

2 Red-bellied Woodpecker

1 Downy Woodpecker

3 Northern Flicker

1 Blue Jay

2 American Crow

1 Tufted Titmouse

1 Brown Creeper

60 American Robin

2 European Starling

40 Cedar Waxwing

1 American Tree Sparrow

1 Dark-eyed Junco

1 White-throated Sparrow

1 Savannah Sparrow

12 Song Sparrow

7 Northern Cardinal

2 American Goldfinch


Number of Taxa: 22



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DC Cormorants on Purinton Road, Northumberland. 2:41 pm

Scott Varney
 

Currently viewing 3 Double-crested Cormorants sitting on the grass at the edge of the most distant pond on the north side of the road near the intersection of West River Road. Also here are Mallards, Ring-necked, and Wood Ducks, a lone Belted Kingfisher, Common and Hooded Mergansers, mybluebirds, and Tree Swallows.

Scott Varney
Salem, NY

Snow Geese in Northumberland

Scott Varney
 

75 Snow Geese feeding in a field on the West side of Route 32 at the intersection with Stone Bridge Road in Northumberland at 2:23 pm today. Almost entirely white morph.

Scott Varney
Salem, NY

Austerlitz- Wild Turkeys

kernscot
 

Nancy Kern

4/3/2018 4 pm


Had the first 5 Wild Turkeys (hens) of the year glean my field in the pouring rain. Didn't bother them in the least.

Carolina Wren 04.03.18

Michelle J
 

As I was leaving for work this morning, I heard a Carolina Wren calling in the front yard.

Michelle Joyce
Earlton 🌼

eBird -- 574-684 Muitzeskill Road, Schodack Landing, New York, US (42.493, -73.74) -- Apr 02, 2018

kernscot
 

574-684 Muitzeskill Road, Schodack Landing, New York, US (42.493, -73.74)

Apr 02, 2018

7:03 PM

Traveling

6.70 miles

24 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:


50 Canada Goose

6 Wood Duck

8 Ring-necked Duck

7 Hooded Merganser

11 Wild Turkey

1 Pied-billed Grebe

1 Turkey Vulture

1 Song Sparrow


Number of Taxa: 8



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eBird -- 200 Towpath Road, Clifton Park, New York, US (42.8, -73.758) -- Apr 02, 2018

kernscot
 

200 Towpath Road, Clifton Park, New York, US (42.8, -73.758)

Apr 02, 2018

4:39 PM

Traveling

17.67 miles

88 minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments:


28 Canada Goose

2 Wood Duck

2 Mallard

6 Ring-necked Duck

1 Hooded Merganser

5 Common Merganser

1 Pied-billed Grebe

1 Great Blue Heron

1 Turkey Vulture

2 Red-tailed Hawk

3 Eastern Phoebe

2 Blue Jay

2 American Crow

6 Tree Swallow

1 Black-capped Chickadee

25 American Robin

1 White-throated Sparrow

2 Song Sparrow

1 Northern Cardinal

15 Red-winged Blackbird

2 Common Grackle


Number of Taxa: 21



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Silver Beach Saratoga Lake, Duckpalooza

Ronald Harrower
 

Any duck who's anybody (anyduck?) Is out a ways off Silver Beach on Saratoga Lake. Besides all the diving ducks you'd expect (Common Goldeneye, Common and Hooded Mergansers, both Scaup, Bufflehead, Ring-necked Ducks) there are a few Wigeons, a couple of Green-winged Teal, a Gadwall, Mallards and Blacks of course. I am studying my photos more closely. I had two photos that showed a duck diving that looked like a Barrow's Goldeye. NOT CONFIRMED YET. 
I am really encouraging birders to check it out; the ice is melting fast and the ducks will both spread out and be farther out on the lake. 
    On the other side of the lake is a male Red-breasted Mergansers about halfway up East side
Ron H

Fox & Field Sparrows

John Kent
 

At Henry Hudson Park in Selkirk this afternoon, I saw a Fox Sparrow and a Field Sparrow in the same bush. It was the first Field Sparrow I have ever seen here, and the first Fox Sparrow since 4/3/14. Otherwise, it was pretty quiet. As far as I can tell, the eagles' eggs haven't hatched yet. I haven't seen them bring food to the nest, but I haven't spent a lot of time watching.

John Kent
Selkirk

Red-breasted merganser, Melrose Lock 1

David DiSiena
 

I observed a pair of Red-breasted Mergansers diving into the current just south of the dam/lock on river rd in Melrose yesterday afternoon around 1:30. Also there was a lone yellow-rumped warbler in the brushy habitat along the road just east of the lock

David DiSiena

Diving Ducks Galore eBird Report - Arrowhead Trail, Mar 29, 2018

Ronald Harrower
 

Arrowhead Trail, Saratoga, New York, US
Mar 29, 2018 7:55 AM - 8:25 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments: After parking at the trailhead at the end of Arrowhead Rd, I walked carefully (still some snow and ice and a lot of fallen trees which forced one to do the limbo, or find a way around. My Limbo days are long behind me, so it was a bit more adventurous than anticipated) down the trail to the end where you are looking North and Northeast onto Saratoga Lake. Lots of song from Cardinals, Chickadees, Nuthatches and Blue Jays. Wood Ducks flew off from the last stretch of Kaydeross Creek. There is a large section of open water with ice sheets beyond. Mixed flock od diving ducks off the point: Ring-necked Ducks, Lesser and Greater Scaups, Buffleheads, Goldeneyes, Common and Hooded Mergansers. A good time to drive yourself crazy with Lesser and Greater Scaup distinctions. I was shocked to have someone address me suddenly. A DEC police man asked me if I was fishing for Walleye which are starting to head upstream to spawn. He saw large camera, binoculars and lack of fishing gear and decided to let me be. Kinda took away for the feeling of peace and enjoyment, so I let after I was sure he was gone. Still, a good walk and duck viewing
30 species

Canada Goose 12
Wood Duck 7
Mallard 6
Green-winged Teal 5
Ring-necked Duck 23
Greater Scaup 14
Lesser Scaup 25
Bufflehead 8
Common Goldeneye 4
Hooded Merganser 13
Common Merganser 35
Ring-billed Gull 45 Standing on the ice shelf edge and flying around
Herring Gull 9 Standing on the ice shelf edge
Great Black-backed Gull 4 Standing on the ice shelf edge
Mourning Dove 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 4
Northern Flicker 1
Blue Jay 9
American Crow 32
Fish Crow 4
Black-capped Chickadee 8
Tufted Titmouse 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Carolina Wren 1
American Robin 8
Song Sparrow 5
Northern Cardinal 4
Red-winged Blackbird 21
Common Grackle 8

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44173120

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

4/1 Saratoga and Washington Co.

Lindsey Duval
 

Today started off with a bang, with a very low flying Broad-winged Hawk on the back side of the Racino/stables in Saratoga. 

Perhaps worth mentioning was a conifer on Union Ave in Saratoga where about 60 Fish Crows showed up to seemingly watch me deliver a huge, heavy box and flew off when I was done.

This afternoon I began at Stillwater Schools where I didn't find the Shovelers, but had a Red-breasted Merganser, Great Blue Heron, and Eastern Phoebe. I've had Phoebes in quite a few spots all of a sudden, including Spring Run Trail, Fort Miller, and Hudson Crossing Park.

On my drive north along the river I was disappointed at the disappearance of waterfowl - Wrights Loop was empty!!

At Harris Rd fishing access I had a whole bunch of Tree Swallows over the dam downriver and an adult Double-crested Cormorant. I had plenty more Tree Swallows up route 4 all the way up to and including the occupied Osprey nest.

Cary Rd was good. I saw four American Kestrels, heard two Eastern Meadowlarks, had a Northern Harrier, and a Ring-necked Pheasant. I did not see too much else in the grasslands, but did have three or four more Kestrels.

Happy birding!

lindsey d.

Osprey, Pipits - RensCo

Naomi Lloyd
 

In quick visits to some local spots, I found five American Pipits on Staats Island Road and an Osprey sitting on the nest pole at Schodack Island SP, undisturbed by a slow freight train rumbling past. I stopped at the fishing access over Cohoes Flats and found several hundred Swallows, all apparently Tree, hunting the flat water before the falls.

Incidentally, the rod to the fishing spot is sort of accessible but the lot is still full of construction debris and equipment. Maybe stick to weekend visits for now.

Naomi Lloyd
West Sand Lake

Black Vultures and Kestrels. eBird Report - Farm to Market Road, Mar 29, 2018

Ronald Harrower
 

Farm to Market Road, Saratoga, New York, US
Mar 29, 2018 2:30 PM
Protocol: Incidental
Comments: Was driving back home after checking Lock 2 in Mechanicville. I thought the Vultures were crows. The Kestels were near each other, but separate
2 species

Black Vulture 2
American Kestrel 2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44141632

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Five Rivers, 4/1

John Kent
 

The highlight of a walk at Five Rivers this morning was a Wilson's Snipe in the big field along the Wild Turkey trail. I first saw it flying around above my head, then it landed in one of the many wet areas in the field near the viewing platform. I was able to get a look at it on the ground, but only because I had seen where it landed. Otherwise its camouflage would have made it very hard to find.

Other sightings included a "gray ghost" Northern Harrier, a very red Fox Sparrow, and a pair of Hooded Mergansers. Tree Swallows and Eastern Phoebes are back in force, and Golden-crowned Kinglets were abundant. A Killdeer is back near the visitor center. I checked carefully for Louisiana Waterthrush but didn't find it. There's about a week to go until their average return date at Five Rivers.


John Kent
Selkirk

Saratoga Battlefield 3/31/18

Marne Onderdonk
 

Walked the Wilkinson trail mid-afternoon. Highlights included FOS eastern phoebe and field sparrows. Also had song sparrows, great views of 2 pileated woodpeckers, Turkey vulture, eastern bluebirds and The Usual Suspects including several singing brown creepers.

Happy birding,

Marne

Northern Shovelers and more at Stillwater Elementary School Preserve

Scott Varney
 

Walked the short trails at the preserve today and had great looks at Northern Shovelers, Wood Ducks, Ring-necked Ducks, Tree Swallows, and 3 Pileated Woodpeckers.

Scott Varney
Salem, NY

FOY Eastern Meadowlarks, FE Grasslands

Scott Varney
 

Observed 4 Eastern Meadowlarks while listening to their melodic songs at 5:30 pm today on Cary Road in Fort Edward.

Scott Varney
Salem, NY