November 8 Birdline


Birdline summary for week ending November 8:

12 reports; 69 species reported


Best of the week:

LONG-TAILED DUCK: Alcove Reservoir 11/4 (12)

RED-THROATED LOON: Saratoga Lake 11/6

GOLDEN EAGLE: Salem 11/4 (3); Tomhannock 11/4

YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO: South Glens Falls 11/4


Other notables:

Snow Goose: Kinderhook 11/6

Brant: Colonie 11/6

Northern Shoveler: Vischer Ferry 11/8 (18)

Northern Pintail: Stanton Pond 11/4; Saratoga Lake 11/6; Vischer Ferry 11/8 (21)

Ruddy Duck: Basic Creek 11/4 (450)

Red-breasted Merganser: Saratoga Lake 11/6 (2)

Ring-necked Pheasant: Tomhannock 11/4

Common Loon: Saratoga Lake 11/6 (4)

Horned Grebe: Basic Creek 11/4; Saratoga Lake 11/6

Black Vulture: Hudson 11/5

Bald Eagle: Tomhannock 11/4 (6)

Northern Harrier: Kinderhook 11/4

American Coot: Basic Creek 11/4 (5); Alcove Reservoir 11/4

Greater Yellowlegs: Tomhannock 11/4 (3)

American Kestrel: Kinderhook 11/4

Tree Swallow: Tomhannock 11/4 (30)

Carolina Wren: South Glens Falls 11/4; Saratoga Lake 11/6 (3)

Hermit Thrush: Loudonville 11/7 (2)

American Pipit: Kinderhook 11/6 (7)

Fox Sparrow: Saratoga Lake 11/6

Purple Finch: Tomhannock 11/4

Pine Siskin: Tomhannock 11/4


Thanks to Kristin Clemmy (Loudonville), Ron Harrower (Saratoga Lake), John Hershey (Vischer Ferry),  John Kent (Basic Creek, Alcove Reservoir, Stanton Pond); Nancy Kern (Kinderhook, Hudson), Naomi Lloyd (Tomhannock), Robert Pastel (Albany) and Scott Varney (South Glens Falls, Salem)


Re: Fw: [nysbirds-l] Corn Crake at Cedar Beach (Suffolk Co.)

zach schwartz-weinstein

For those who haven’t heard the news yet, the crake was found dead this morning and the specimen is being brought to the American Museum of Natural History.  May it finally find some rest after such a long journey.

There are still some good birds in the area, including several Hudsonian Godwits and a Lomg-Billed Dowitcher at nearby Heckscher State Park, field 7. A say’s phoebe was also observed there yesterday. 

On Wed, Nov 8, 2017 at 5:45 PM Neal Reilly neal.f.reilly@... [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply@...> wrote:

Hi all,

I am thinking of trying for the Corn Crake on Friday morning.  I would be happy to drive but would not mind taking up to three other people.  Let me know off list at neal.f.reilly@...
Neal Reilly

Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774

Re: Fw: [nysbirds-l] Corn Crake at Cedar Beach (Suffolk Co.)


Hi all,
I am thinking of trying for the Corn Crake on Friday morning.  I would be happy to drive but would not mind taking up to three other people.  Let me know off list at neal.f.reilly@...
Neal Reilly

Corn Crake


Below is my eBird report on out-of-region Mega-Rarity Corn Crake seen this morning Nov. 8 on north side of Ocean Parkway - just look for cars on south side (East traffic) and birders on north-facing shoulder of West going traffic.on the north side of Parkway. 

Jim de Waal Malefyt

Vischer Ferry Dabbling Ducks


I went to Vischer Ferry Preserve this morning where I ran into Liz C.  We walked the towpath west of the Whipple Bridge for the length of the west pond.  Although lacking a scope, we saw an excellent variety of dabbling ducks.  Besides the usual Mallards, a few American Black Ducks, and Canada Geese we had with estimates the following:  Wood Duck (4), American Wigeon (13), Northern Pintail (21), Northern Shoveler (18), Green-winged Teal (100?), Gadwall (1).  About the only thing missing was Blue-winged Teal and Eurasian Wigeon.  Also, no diving ducks or grebes.  Also, 3 Yellow-rumped Warblers, at least one Eastern Bluebird, 4 House Finches, and a Pileated Woodpecker were highlights.  Liz had 3 lifebirds. 

John H. 

This Week's Upcoming Big Day For Migrating Golden Eagles

This is an extralimital report for those who would like to see a good number of Golden Eagles at Franklin Mountain above Oneonta, NY.  This coming Friday (November 10) is forecasted the most ideal conditions for migrating Golden Eagles at this location-- strong and steady Northwest winds following a storm.  So far the temperatures seem to have been too warm and winds too often south for larger numbers of migrating Goldens.  Today with north winds, eight were seen and recorded, but Friday has a far better forecast than today.  If you plan to go, wear the warmest clothes that you have.  If you need more information check out their website at

Fw: [nysbirds-l] Corn Crake at Cedar Beach (Suffolk Co.)

Naomi Lloyd

Anyone thinking of making a run for this mega-rare? (Aside from Zach, who's already on his way)


--- On Tue, 11/7/17, <suefeustel@...> wrote:

From: <suefeustel@...>
Subject: [nysbirds-l] Corn Crake at Cedar Beach (Suffolk Co.)
Date: Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 11:43 AM
A Corn Crake (this is no joke) is currently feeding on the north shoulder of the Ocean Parkway east of
the Cedar Beach marina. The bird is staying close to the shrubline. From the west bound lane line up the Cedar
Overlook cell tower to your left. Also, there is a south facing “Emergency Stopping Only” sign on the north side
of the parkway. Sue and I are watching the bird with Shai Mitra and Pat Lindsay. Photos later on my Flickr site.

Ken @ Sue Feustel

Sent from my iPhone


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Hermit thrush and Juncos


There is a pair of Hermit thrush flipping through the leaves while the Juncos are gathering on the brick patio. A few Juncos showed up the other day, now I have a lot. I've not seen any Hermits for a while so it's a nice surprise on a gray day.



Red-throated Loon eBird Report - Saratoga Lake, Nov 6, 2017

Ronald Harrower

Saratoga Lake, Saratoga, New York, US
Nov 6, 2017 9:50 AM - 11:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
8.0 mile(s)
Comments: Started cloudy, became more and more rainy and windy. Red-throated Loon was most exciting bird to me.
36 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 850
Gadwall 2
Mallard 75
American Black Duck 12
Northern Pintail 1
Greater/Lesser Scaup 1
Bufflehead 12
Common Merganser 4
Red-breasted Merganser 2
Red-throated Loon 1 seen from Saratoga Lake Road looking toward Kayderosseras Creek outlet
Common Loon 4
Horned Grebe 1 At Manning Cove. Could be one of five seen there last week
Double-crested Cormorant 1
American Coot 3
Ring-billed Gull 155
Herring Gull 15
Great Black-backed Gull 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 14
Mourning Dove 5
Blue Jay 7
American Crow 24
Fish Crow 1
Black-capped Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 3 All calling. 1 at Brown's Beach, One at Keyderossas Park, 1 at Riley Cove
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Eastern Bluebird 1
American Robin 14
European Starling 250
Fox Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco 4
White-throated Sparrow 4
Song Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 2
Red-winged Blackbird 7
American Goldfinch 8

View this checklist online at

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (

eBird -- Eichybush Rd. Grassland, Kinderhook -- Nov 06, 2017


Eichybush Rd. Grassland, Kinderhook

Nov 06, 2017

1:20 PM


3.00 miles

30 minutes

All birds reported? Yes


Temperature 55 F heavy rain birds actively feeding

1 Snow Goose -- Juv.

1200 Canada Goose -- On harvested cornfields

6 Mallard

60 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)

16 American Crow

7 American Pipit

Number of Taxa: 6

Sent from my LG Mobile

Brant at The Crossings

Craig Driggs

There is one Brant with a group of Canada Geese on the grass near the main entrance to The Crossings. There was also a possible (probably not) Cackling Goose that was smaller than the others with a squarish head. It still seemed too large though.


HMBC program Monday night at Five River - Birding the Rio Grande Valley


Valley of Birds: Birding the Rio Grande Valley from Brownsville to Laredo

Leader or Speaker: 
Scott Stoner & Denise Hackert-Stoner
Location of Event: 
Five Rivers Interpretive Building
November 6, 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
The lower Rio Grande Valley of south Texas is one of the top birding areas of the US. With species including Green Jay, Plain Chachalaca, Great Kiskadee and Least Grebe, "The Valley" draws birders searching for birds found nowhere else in the country. This program features some of our favorite birding sites from the Gulf Coast to Laredo, as well as some of the wonderful birds that inhabit them.
Scott and Denise are life members and past officers of the Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club and long-time birders and nature photographers. Their photos have been featured on the cover of The Kingbird, and published in National Wildlife magazine, the New York State Conservationist, and several books including the New York Wildlife Viewing Guide. They have won awards at the Hagaman Art Show, the William K Sanford (Colonie) Library Photo Contest, and exhibited at venues throughout the Capital Region. For the past four years, Scott and Denise have been the been the jurists for the Albany Pine Bush Preserve’s annual photo contest. Many of their photos are featured in the permanent exhibits at the new Visitor Center at the Five Rivers Environmental Education Center and in Albany Pine Bush outreach efforts. Scott and Denise teach birding and nature photography workshops and have given a variety of programs to birding and other groups across New York State. Together, they operate Naturelogues, a small, local business celebrating the beauty of nature in photos taken all over North America.

eBird -- Cedar Park Cemetery Hudson, NY -- Nov 05, 2017


Cedar Park Cemetery Hudson, NY

Nov 05, 2017

1:03 PM


1.97 miles

84 minutes

All birds reported? Yes


Temperature 55 F overcast some light rain light breeze

16 Canada Goose

3 Black Vulture

8 Turkey Vulture -- Came in to roost in tall pine tree

1 Sharp-shinned Hawk

65 Ring-billed Gull -- In fast food and grocery parking lots

1 Mourning Dove

1 Downy Woodpecker (Eastern)

1 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)

2 Blue Jay

100 American Crow -- Flyovers streaming south

1 Fish Crow -- At McDonalds

1 Black-capped Chickadee

1 Tufted Titmouse

1 White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern)

100 American Robin -- Some eating cedar berries

20 European Starling

3 White-throated Sparrow

10 Red-winged Blackbird

1 Common Grackle

Number of Taxa: 19

Sent from my LG Mobile

2 wood ducks at Washington Park lake

Robert S Pastel

Robert S. Pastel

Tomhannock field trip, 11/4

Naomi Lloyd

Eleven birders set out around the Tomhannock Reservoir on a perfect late-fall day, with blue sky, crisp air, and barely a ripple on the water. We started at the south end where we had distant looks at Hooded Merganser, Ruddy Ducks, Common Goldeneye, Buffleheads and Wood Ducks. Better views were had at various vantage spots along the way. An interesting non-avian sighting was a (very) dead Fisher on the edge of the road. I think these secretive mustelids are more common than people believe, as often all that's seen is tracks in the snow.

At various stops along the shore we saw or heard Pine Siskin, Purple Finch, YB Sapsucker, Brown Creeper and GC Kinglet. At the Island, several flocks of Common Grackles flew over and a kettle of Turkey Vultures rose up and drifted southward. About 30 lingering Tree Swallows hunted over the water, probably eating the gnats that landed on us.

Given the scarcity of waterfowl, we drove up Croll/Johnsonville/Otter Creek roads east of the reservoir. This is the area where the Golden Eagle hung out for several days in February. A sharp-eyed birder spotted some Ring-necked Pheasants skulking in a cornfield and we stopped to look. Eastern Bluebirds and Red-winged Blackbirds sang from a marsh. We had already seen a half-dozen Bald Eagles of various ages that day so when another large dark bird flew over, it took a while and some lucky photos to realize this one was different. A Golden Eagle - definitely the highlight of the day! It pays to scrutinize every bird!

Our last long stop was at the Otter Creek delta, where Killdeer and three Greater Yellowlegs still foraged in the muck. A little down the road we had a small flock of Wild Turkeys.

We finished up with a respectable (for November) 52 species plus an unknown accipiter - not bad for a day when the target waterfowl were scarce. Thanks to all participants for a great trip. See you next year!


Yellow-billed Cuckoo at Betar Byway in South Glen's Falls and 3 Golden Eagles in Salem, NY

Scott Varney

While travelling from my house in Salem today, I pulled over on Route 29 in Salem near the grassy fields at The Greenery today at 12:30 pm to view 3 Golden Eagles flying Southwest toward Battenville. 2 were adults with dark brown bodies with visible golden napes and smaller heads (compared to Bald Eagles). The third was a juvenile bird with a distinctively wide, white tail band.

Upon entering my birding destination at Betar Byway in South Glen's Falls (parked behind Sorrentinos Deli on 1st Street), I came upon great views of multiple Carolina Wrens. About 1/4 mile in on the river side of the trail, I found a single Yellow-billed Cuckoo. It was hanging out in perfect sun, poised for I snapped over 2 dozen photos. This was a Lifer for me...Yahoo! Other birds included Canada Geese, House Sparrows, Blue Jays, Eastern Bluebirds, and Cardinals. Great day of birding! Thanks to my sister Heidi for pointing out the "interesting" Cuckoo!

Happy Birding,

Scott Varney
Salem, NY.

Kinderhook- Northern Harrier


Nancy Kern

Eichybush Rd. Grassland, Kinderhook, Columbia, New York, US
Nov 4, 2017 3:15 PM - 4:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Temp. 50 F, calm, overcast, some sun
19 species

Canada Goose  50
Northern Harrier  2     females
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  5
Mourning Dove  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern)  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1
American Kestrel  1
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  50
Eastern Bluebird  3
American Robin  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  100
Song Sparrow  1
Red-winged Blackbird  200
Common Grackle  25
House Finch  1

eBird -- New St. Overlook Park -- Nov 04, 2017


New St. Overlook Park

Nov 04, 2017

2:44 PM


10 minutes

All birds reported? Yes


Temperature 52 F cloudy calm some sun

130 Canada Goose

2 Hooded Merganser

Number of Taxa: 2

Sent from my LG Mobile

Albany County reservoirs, 11/4

John Kent

At Basic Creek Reservoir in Westerlo this morning, I found one Horned Grebe and five American Coots. Otherwise, the waterfowl assortment was typical, though this was the first time this fall I've seen Common Goldeneye there. My full list is at

I checked Alcove Reservoir from the roadside by the spillway and saw 12 distant Long-tailed Ducks, accompanied by one American Coot.

At Stanton Pond, there were good numbers of American Wigeon, as well as Northern Pintails, Mallards, Green-winged Teal, and Gadwall. I looked carefully through hundreds of Canada Geese but couldn't find any other geese.

John Kent



Just had my FOS Junco in backyard. 

Heidi Klinowski