Date: 5/13/18 10:41 am From: Jackson Mesick <jacksonmesick...> [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply...> Subject: [HMBirds] Horned grebe, grasshopper sparrows, migrants - Albany County
Apologies for this delayed email. I've been out scouting for the Century Run a few times since Thursday (we have to do ours Tuesday due to conflicts, so unfortunately we can't be part of the club event this year), and I wanted to mention some highlights:
Grasshopper sparrows are at both the airport (5/10/18, on the east side, just before the curve on Sicker Rd.; savannah sparrows also present there) and at the Crossings (5/12/18, in the grassy lawn / weedy areas just northwest of the southern parking lot).
Single bay-breasted and magnolia warblers were at Normanskill Farm on 5/11/18. Just past the first buildings, there's a little wooden bridge over a gully near the stream that's broken down and roped off. Both birds were around there.
Yesterday, a horned grebe was seen by looking upstream from the crescent power plant (by walking along the road over to the north shore of that peninsula, around the fenced off area). A solitary sandpiper was in the same vicinity.
Also yesterday, a common loon was at Tibbits Avenue and all five swallows (not purple martin) were at Cohoes Flats. Cohoes Flats also hosted a male northern shoveler as well as a single semipalmated plover and about 15-20 least sandpipers.
Lastly, I was at Thatcher Park this morning and had a nice pocket of migrant warblers including two Cape Mays, a magnolia, a blackburnian (probably a migrant) and a Nashville (also probably a migrant). There was also a drumming ruffed grouse, a brown creeper building a nest, and various other expected breeders (hermit thrush, red-breasted nuthatch, Louisiana Waterthrush, other breeding blackburnians, etc.).
Again, sorry for sending all of this in one big chunk and much of it belatedly. I literally got off a plane on Thursday and was at Ann Lee Pond within a half an hour or so. Happy to provide more details on any of these birds if anyone is curious.
Good birding! And good luck to everyone doing the club century run!