Date: 2/7/18 12:51 pm
From: Ronald Harrower <rharrower...> [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [HMBirds] eBird Report - Northumberland farmland, Feb 5, 2018

> Northumberland farmland, Saratoga, New York, US
> Feb 5, 2018 11:25 AM - 1:35 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 15.0 mile(s)
> Comments: Started near King Farm (They have a little store that sells the best chocolate milk I've ever had and other products they make and from other farms in the region) and tried to take in the species and their numbers as birds gathered at the side of the road and flw off every time a vehicle came by, which was about every 15 seconds. Horned Larks predominated, with a large flock of Snow Buntings and at least three Lapland Longspurs. Sadly, one time when all the birds flew up and away, one of the Horned Larks did not go with them. I went over to it and picked it up. No obvious trauma, but guess that its neck was broken. It was very warm and so soft. Hard to take in that it was alert and doing what it takes to survive just seconds before.
> Drove up West River Road and zigzagged along roads. Many Juncos and American Tree Sparrows and small flocks of Horned Larks along the road. At least 1500 American Crows in the area I saw. Water is opening up a bit on the river. Saw many Common Goldeneyes, a few each of Common Mergansers and Hooded Mergansers and a drake Ring-necked Duck near where Puritan Road meets best River Road. Not many raptors.
> 26 species
>
> Canada Goose 5
> Mallard 4
> American Black Duck 2
> Ring-necked Duck 1
> Common Goldeneye 25
> Hooded Merganser 5
> Common Merganser 8
> Red-tailed Hawk 3
> Ring-billed Gull 2
> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 75
> Mourning Dove 14
> Downy Woodpecker 2
> Blue Jay 6
> American Crow 1500
> Common Raven 3
> Horned Lark 325
> Black-capped Chickadee 4
> Tufted Titmouse 1
> White-breasted Nuthatch 2
> Eastern Bluebird 2
> European Starling 150
> Lapland Longspur 3
> Snow Bunting 45
> American Tree Sparrow 15
> Dark-eyed Junco 18
> American Goldfinch 2
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42570247
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)



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Posted by: Ronald Harrower <rharrower...>
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