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4/24/19 5:59 pm Ronald Harrower <rharrower...> [hmbirds] Broad-winged Hawk, Rough-winged Swallow : eBird Report - Spring Run Trail, Apr 22, 2019
4/24/19 5:57 pm Ronald Harrower <rharrower...> [hmbirds] Red-breasted Mergansers : eBird Report - Saratoga Lake, Riley Cove, Apr 16, 2019
4/24/19 5:55 pm Ronald Harrower <rharrower...> [hmbirds] American Kestrel: eBird Report - King Road and Wall Road, Northumberland, Apr 9, 2019
4/24/19 5:54 pm Ronald Harrower <rharrower...> [hmbirds] American Kestel pair:eBird Report - Rte 71, Apr 8, 2019
4/24/19 5:53 pm Ronald Harrower <rharrower...> [hmbirds] Blue-winged Teal, American Kestrel: eBird Report - Round Lake Preserve (Saratoga Co.), Apr 15, 2019
4/24/19 5:51 pm Ronald Harrower <rharrower...> [hmbirds] Bonaparte’s Gulls, large raft of DC Cormorants : eBird Report - Round Lake, Apr 15, 2019
4/24/19 12:09 pm Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=<yahoo.com...> [hmbirds] This week's destination: 4/25
4/23/19 7:32 pm Heidi <hocka1...> [hmbirds] House Wren in Troy
4/23/19 6:07 pm Earthday49 via Groups.Io <Earthday49=<aol.com...> [hmbirds] FOS House Wren
4/23/19 4:47 pm kernscot <kernscot...> [hmbirds] Austerlitz- Towhee, GB Heron
4/23/19 12:00 pm Marne Onderdonk via Groups.Io <marne37=<icloud.com...> Re: [hmbirds] Another raven update
4/23/19 9:31 am John Kent <k2ent76...> [hmbirds] Another raven update
4/23/19 7:41 am Susan <smbeaudoin1...> [hmbirds] Vischer Ferry
4/23/19 5:53 am lnmp <lnmp...> [hmbirds] New yard bird
4/22/19 7:18 pm Earthday49 via Groups.Io <Earthday49=<aol.com...> [hmbirds] Gray Catbird & Eastern Towhee
4/22/19 9:07 am Alan Mapes <alanmapes...> [hmbirds] Spotted Sandpipers along the Mohawk.
4/22/19 3:57 am Rico Birdo via Groups.Io <ricobirdo=<yahoo.com...> [hmbirds] Ruffed Grouse - Schoharie County
4/21/19 4:14 pm Scott Varney <scottvarney1968...> [hmbirds] Common Loon, Cossayuna Lake
4/21/19 2:56 pm Alan Mapes <alanmapes...> [hmbirds] Green Herons - 5 Rivers
4/21/19 11:50 am Ronald Harrower <rharrower...> [hmbirds] Wailing Loons: eBird Report - Galway Lake, Apr 16, 2019
4/21/19 11:49 am Ronald Harrower <rharrower...> [hmbirds] Scaups galore, grebes: eBird Report - Southwest corner of Saratoga Lake, Apr 16, 2019
4/21/19 11:48 am Ronald Harrower <rharrower...> [hmbirds] Eurasian Green-winged Teal. eBird Report - Wrights Loop North, Apr 8, 2019
4/21/19 6:54 am Susan <smbeaudoin1...> [hmbirds] Spring Run Trail
4/20/19 1:35 pm adir46er <rita.reed2819...> Re: [hmbirds] Glossy Ibis, Blue-winged Teal - Pittstown, Rens. Co.
4/20/19 12:32 pm scottjstoner via Groups.Io <ScottJStoner=<aol.com...> [hmbirds] Synopsis of HMBC field trip Sat April 20 at Five Rivers
4/20/19 11:43 am Alison Van Keuren <aev12159...> [hmbirds] Wet afternoon
4/20/19 11:28 am rob snell via Groups.Io <snell.rob=<yahoo.com...> [hmbirds] Pine Warbler at feeder
4/20/19 11:24 am malefyt1950 <dewaalmalefyt...> [hmbirds] Glossy Ibis, Blue-winged Teal - Pittstown, Rens. Co.
4/20/19 11:03 am donna <ddw962...> [hmbirds] Loon
4/20/19 3:57 am lnmp <lnmp...> [hmbirds] Another FOS sparrow
4/20/19 2:34 am zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...> Re: [hmbirds] Unknown Raptor: Help Identify?
4/19/19 7:09 pm Scott Varney <scottvarney1968...> [hmbirds] Unknown Raptor: Help Identify?
4/19/19 7:50 am lnmp <lnmp...> [hmbirds] Sparrows
4/18/19 5:42 pm Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...> [hmbirds] Vischer Ferry 4/18
4/18/19 4:47 pm Scott Varney <scottvarney1968...> [hmbirds] Amazing American Crows
4/18/19 11:01 am Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=<yahoo.com...> [hmbirds] Marsh birds at Black Creek
4/18/19 8:20 am trwdsd via Groups.Io <trwdsd=<yahoo.com...> [hmbirds] HMBC Field Trip reminder- Five Rivers EEC, Sat., April 20
4/18/19 6:52 am philwhitney17 <prmlwhitney59...> [hmbirds] April 17 Birdline
4/17/19 10:48 am trwdsd via Groups.Io <trwdsd=<yahoo.com...> [hmbirds] Purple Martin, Lions Park Niskayuna- 4/17
4/17/19 10:43 am Julie Hart <julieannhart...> Re: [hmbirds] Egg dates spreadsheet?
4/17/19 10:30 am Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...> [hmbirds] Caspian Tern - Coeymans
4/17/19 10:29 am Earthday49 via Groups.Io <Earthday49=<aol.com...> [hmbirds] Wednesday’s birds
4/17/19 8:46 am Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...> [hmbirds] Boneparte's Gulls
4/17/19 8:36 am jhershey2 <hersheyj...> [hmbirds] Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - Vischer Ferry
4/17/19 7:51 am Alan <adfrench...> Re: [hmbirds] Tree Swallows
4/17/19 7:50 am Alan <adfrench...> [hmbirds] Tree Swallows
4/17/19 7:40 am Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=<yahoo.com...> [hmbirds] Tomorrow's destination, 4/18
4/17/19 4:20 am ConserveBirds <conservebirds...> [hmbirds] Egg dates spreadsheet?
4/16/19 8:12 pm Earthday49 via Groups.Io <Earthday49=<aol.com...> [hmbirds] Watervliet Reservoir
4/16/19 6:03 pm scottjstoner via Groups.Io <ScottJStoner=<aol.com...> [hmbirds] REVISED HMBC May and June program schedule - see below
4/16/19 12:59 pm John Kent <k2ent76...> [hmbirds] update on Albany ravens
4/16/19 10:13 am Craig Driggs via Groups.Io <billdcat333=<yahoo.com...> [hmbirds] Purple Martin - Lions Park
4/16/19 8:59 am Michelle J via Groups.Io <mushka_81=<yahoo.com...> [hmbirds] Video of Bonaparte 4/16/19
4/16/19 8:47 am zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...> Re: [hmbirds] Black-headed Gulls 4/16/19
4/16/19 8:44 am Michelle J via Groups.Io <mushka_81=<yahoo.com...> [hmbirds] Black-headed Gulls 4/16/19
4/15/19 10:12 am Ron <igolfnbird...> [hmbirds] Great Blue Heron
4/15/19 9:33 am Earthday49 via Groups.Io <Earthday49=<aol.com...> [hmbirds] Woodlawn Preserve
4/15/19 7:44 am Larry & Penny Alden <overlook...> [hmbirds] FOY Thrasher plus others
4/15/19 7:43 am Alan <adfrench...> [hmbirds] Purple Finches
4/15/19 6:28 am Nancy Castillo <wbu...> [hmbirds] FW: eBird -- Town of Providence Private Home -- Apr 14, 2019
4/14/19 3:53 pm naomiking via Groups.Io <naomiking=<yahoo.com...> [hmbirds] Purple Finches - Averill Park
4/14/19 12:54 pm Earthday49 via Groups.Io <Earthday49=<aol.com...> [hmbirds] Pine Warbler
4/14/19 8:36 am trwdsd via Groups.Io <trwdsd=<yahoo.com...> [hmbirds] HMBC field trip summary- Five Rivers EEC 4/13
4/13/19 2:18 pm Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...> [hmbirds] Coeymans plus
4/13/19 1:55 pm Marne Onderdonk via Groups.Io <marne37=<icloud.com...> [hmbirds] Saratoga Battlefield 4/13/19
4/13/19 11:28 am j.taft69 via Groups.Io <j.taft69=<yahoo.com...> [hmbirds] Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and friends
4/13/19 7:59 am adir46er <rita.reed2819...> [hmbirds] Bonaparte’s Gulls
4/13/19 7:54 am philwhitney17 <prmlwhitney59...> [hmbirds] Pine Siskins - day 113
4/12/19 1:58 pm naomiking via Groups.Io <naomiking=<yahoo.com...> [hmbirds] Snyder's Lake waterfowl
4/12/19 10:51 am Rico Birdo via Groups.Io <ricobirdo=<yahoo.com...> [hmbirds] FOS Eastern Meadowlark, Schoharie County
4/12/19 8:23 am John Kent <k2ent76...> Re: [hmbirds] Common Egrets at Brunswick Wildlife Viewing Area
4/12/19 8:18 am Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...> Re: [hmbirds] Common Egrets at Brunswick Wildlife Viewing Area
4/12/19 8:06 am Dan’s nycap <dleonard8...> [hmbirds] Common Egrets at Brunswick Wildlife Viewing Area
4/12/19 7:58 am trwdsd via Groups.Io <trwdsd=<yahoo.com...> [hmbirds] Louisiana Waterthrush, Five Rivers EEC- 4/12
4/11/19 12:22 pm Nancy Castillo <wbu...> [hmbirds] Town of Providence
4/11/19 11:09 am trwdsd via Groups.Io <trwdsd=<yahoo.com...> [hmbirds] HMBC Field Trip reminder- Five Rivers EEC, Sat., Apr. 13
4/11/19 7:29 am lnmp <lnmp...> [hmbirds] Redpolls
4/11/19 6:50 am philwhitney17 <prmlwhitney59...> [hmbirds] April 10 Birdline
4/9/19 7:36 pm Ronald Harrower <rharrower...> [hmbirds] Red-shouldered Hawk with frog, Rusty Blackbirds :eBird Report - Bog Meadow Brook Nature Trail, Apr 9, 2019
4/9/19 6:26 pm Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=<yahoo.com...> Re: [hmbirds] Tomorrow's destination, 4/11
4/9/19 2:56 pm Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=<yahoo.com...> [hmbirds] Tomorrow's destination, 4/11
4/9/19 1:21 pm kernscot <kernscot...> [hmbirds] Austerlitz- Turkey, Phoebe
4/8/19 12:49 pm John Kent <k2ent76...> [hmbirds] Long-tailed Ducks, Selkirk
4/8/19 9:07 am LJNew via Groups.Io <LJNew=<aol.com...> [hmbirds] Hoodies at 5 Rivers
4/7/19 8:17 pm Earthday49 via Groups.Io <Earthday49=<aol.com...> [hmbirds] Tomhannock Reservoir
4/7/19 7:06 pm scottjstoner via Groups.Io <ScottJStoner=<aol.com...> [hmbirds] Collins Park today
4/7/19 1:30 pm donna <ddw962...> [hmbirds] Schenectady County Airport
4/7/19 12:33 pm jhershey2 <hersheyj...> [hmbirds] HMBC Vischer Ferry Field Trip
4/7/19 8:38 am Earthday49 via Groups.Io <Earthday49=<aol.com...> [hmbirds] Wild Turkey
4/7/19 8:35 am Earthday49 via Groups.Io <Earthday49=<aol.com...> [hmbirds] Wild Turkey
4/6/19 4:38 pm Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...> [hmbirds] Saratoga County 4/6
4/6/19 2:33 pm Heidi <hocka1...> [hmbirds] Oakwood Cemetery, Troy
4/6/19 1:56 pm kernscot <kernscot...> [hmbirds] Austerlitz- TV, B. Eagle
4/6/19 1:30 pm naomiking via Groups.Io <naomiking=<yahoo.com...> [hmbirds] FOY Fox Sparrows - Averill Park, 4/4/19
4/6/19 1:15 pm trwdsd via Groups.Io <trwdsd=<yahoo.com...> [hmbirds] Virginia Rails, Black Creek Marsh- 4/6
4/6/19 11:15 am John Kent <k2ent76...> [hmbirds] Southern Albany County, 4/6
4/6/19 10:31 am emberiza_tristrami <tristanlowery...> [hmbirds] 4/6 - Normanskill Farm/New York State Museum field trip report
4/5/19 2:54 pm zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...> [hmbirds] Vosburgh Swamp Red-Breasted Merganser and Pine Warbler
4/5/19 2:54 pm trwdsd via Groups.Io <trwdsd=<yahoo.com...> [hmbirds] HMBC Field Trip reminder- Vischer Ferry NHP, Sun., April 7
4/5/19 2:51 pm trwdsd via Groups.Io <trwdsd=<yahoo.com...> [hmbirds] Pine Warbler, Five Rivers EEC- 4/5
4/4/19 12:30 pm Scott Varney <scottvarney1968...> [hmbirds] FOS Osprey, Greenwich
4/4/19 12:10 pm Scott Varney <scottvarney1968...> [hmbirds] Red-breasted Merganser
4/4/19 11:38 am Earthday49 via Groups.Io <Earthday49=<aol.com...> [hmbirds] Osprey
4/4/19 6:11 am philwhitney17 <prmlwhitney59...> [hmbirds] April 3 Birdline
4/4/19 5:58 am Eric Molho via Groups.Io <molhoe=<yahoo.com...> [hmbirds] Kinglets
4/3/19 4:26 pm Michelle J via Groups.Io <mushka_81=<yahoo.com...> [hmbirds] American Woodcock 4.3.19 Field in back of Coeymans Industrial Park
4/3/19 6:43 am Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=<yahoo.com...> [hmbirds] Tomorrow's destination, 4/4
4/2/19 4:13 pm John Kent <k2ent76...> [hmbirds] Urban Ravens
4/2/19 1:47 pm Heidi <hocka1...> [hmbirds] Eastern Phoebes in Troy
4/2/19 11:31 am Earthday49 via Groups.Io <Earthday49=<aol.com...> [hmbirds] April 2 sightings
4/2/19 9:01 am Rico Birdo via Groups.Io <ricobirdo=<yahoo.com...> [hmbirds] FOY Phoebe
4/1/19 3:20 pm Alan <adfrench...> [hmbirds] Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Glenville)
4/1/19 2:51 pm <David.harrison57...> [hmbirds] Southern Warren County Birds and Listing
4/1/19 12:15 pm Scott Varney <scottvarney1968...> [hmbirds] Tree Swallows at Hudson Crossing
4/1/19 10:01 am Alan <adfrench...> [hmbirds] New Arrivals
4/1/19 10:00 am Kathleen Pratt <kathypratt19...> [hmbirds] Ring Necked Ducks
4/1/19 5:11 am Dan’s nycap <dleonard8...> [hmbirds] eBird -- Collins Lake, Collins Park -- Apr 1, 2019
3/31/19 4:50 pm scottjstoner via Groups.Io <ScottJStoner=<aol.com...> [hmbirds] Thompsons Lake SP--Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center, Mar 31, 2019
3/31/19 11:12 am Nancy Castillo <wbu...> [hmbirds] Fox Sparrows
3/31/19 11:01 am Earthday49 via Groups.Io <Earthday49=<aol.com...> [hmbirds] March 31
3/30/19 5:37 pm scottjstoner via Groups.Io <ScottJStoner=<aol.com...> [hmbirds] This afternoon at Vischer Ferry and Round Lake
3/30/19 6:38 am scottjstoner via Groups.Io <ScottJStoner=<aol.com...> [hmbirds] American Woodcock near Ann Lee Pond in Colonie
3/29/19 6:40 am philwhitney17 <prmlwhitney59...> [hmbirds] March 27 Birdline
3/29/19 2:13 am Ronald Harrower <rharrower...> [hmbirds] Duck o Rama: eBird Report - Wrights Loop North, Mar 28, 2019
3/29/19 2:11 am Ronald Harrower <rharrower...> [hmbirds] Ruddy Duck :eBird Report - Rte 32 Town of Saratoga, Mar 28, 2019
3/29/19 2:10 am Ronald Harrower <rharrower...> [hmbirds] Blue-winged Teal : eBird Report - Round Lake Preserve (Saratoga Co.), Mar 28, 2019
3/28/19 5:48 pm Steve Mesick <stvmesick...> [hmbirds] Snow Geese including dark morphs
3/28/19 9:24 am Tom Lake via Groups.Io <trlake7=<aol.com...> Re: [hmbirds] [MidHudsonBirds] Bald Eagle nest - Hudson, Columbia County
3/28/19 8:57 am Brenda Inskeep <binskeep...> Re: [hmbirds] [MidHudsonBirds] Bald Eagle nest - Hudson, Columbia County
3/28/19 8:53 am Tom Lake via Groups.Io <trlake7=<aol.com...> Re: [hmbirds] [MidHudsonBirds] Bald Eagle nest - Hudson, Columbia County
3/28/19 7:57 am Sawyer Cresap <sawyer...> [hmbirds] Help Catalogue MHLC's Birds + Attend our eBird Training - April 6th
3/28/19 7:52 am birderlarry via Groups.Io <birderlarry=<verizon.net...> Re: [hmbirds] [MidHudsonBirds] Bald Eagle nest - Hudson, Columbia County
3/28/19 7:34 am Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...> Re: [hmbirds] [MidHudsonBirds] Bald Eagle nest - Hudson, Columbia County
3/28/19 7:17 am Earthday49 via Groups.Io <Earthday49=<aol.com...> [hmbirds] Watervliet Reservoir
3/28/19 6:48 am Tom Lake via Groups.Io <trlake7=<aol.com...> Re: [hmbirds] [MidHudsonBirds] Bald Eagle nest - Hudson, Columbia County
3/27/19 8:05 pm Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...> [hmbirds] Bald Eagle nest - Hudson, Columbia County
3/27/19 9:40 am Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=<yahoo.com...> [hmbirds] Tomorrow's destination, 3/28
3/26/19 4:19 pm Heidi <hocka1...> [hmbirds] Cooper's Pond birds
3/26/19 12:30 pm Kathleen Pratt <kathypratt19...> [hmbirds] American Wigeon at 3rd Burden Lake, Averill Park,NY
3/25/19 4:21 pm Earthday49 via Groups.Io <Earthday49=<aol.com...> [hmbirds] Fox Sparrow
3/25/19 2:05 pm Heidi <hocka1...> [hmbirds] March 24 Birds at Oakwood Cemetery, Troy
3/25/19 11:54 am malefyt1950 <dewaalmalefyt...> [hmbirds] Tree Swallows - Schaghticoke
3/25/19 9:38 am Brenda Inskeep <binskeep...> Re: [hmbirds] Vosburgh Swamp Field Trip Report
3/25/19 8:47 am Alan Mapes <alanmapes...> [hmbirds] Vosburgh Swamp Field Trip Report
 
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Date: 4/24/19 5:59 pm
From: Ronald Harrower <rharrower...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Broad-winged Hawk, Rough-winged Swallow : eBird Report - Spring Run Trail, Apr 22, 2019

> Spring Run Trail, Saratoga, New York, US
> Apr 22, 2019 6:10 AM - 8:40 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.0 mile(s)
> Comments: Met Ray Perry at the parking lot at Excelsior and East Ave. Ray knows the trail well, so I enjoyed the walk, contributing when I encountered birds. Bunch of FOS birds for me and Ray, with Broad-winged Hawk and Rough-winged Swallow standing out.
> 33 species
>
> Canada Goose 4
> Mallard 6
> Mourning Dove 2
> Green Heron 1
> Broad-winged Hawk 1 On tree branch, high up over trail, photo shows being able to look straight up.
> Belted Kingfisher 1
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
> Downy Woodpecker 4
> Pileated Woodpecker 2
> Eastern Phoebe 3
> Blue Jay 10
> American Crow 2
> Fish Crow 5 Saw these while waiting for Ray.
> Northern Rough-winged Swallow 3
> Black-capped Chickadee 12
> Tufted Titmouse 7
> White-breasted Nuthatch 2
> House Wren 1
> Carolina Wren 1
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet 8 Quite loud, fun to watch as they did their Ethel Merman voices and bounced around the branches
> Eastern Bluebird 2
> American Robin 10
> European Starling 11
> House Finch 2
> Chipping Sparrow 2
> White-throated Sparrow 3
> Song Sparrow 16
> Red-winged Blackbird 42
> Brown-headed Cowbird 1
> Common Grackle 2
> Northern Cardinal 12
> House Sparrow 1
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55355404
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)


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Date: 4/24/19 5:57 pm
From: Ronald Harrower <rharrower...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Red-breasted Mergansers : eBird Report - Saratoga Lake, Riley Cove, Apr 16, 2019

>
> Saratoga Lake, Riley Cove, Saratoga, New York, US
> Apr 16, 2019 2:45 PM - 3:00 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.2 mile(s)
> Comments: Did my usual check of various spots along the West side of Saratoga Lake. I spotted the Red-breasted Mergansers as soon as I came over the hill from Manning Cove. The drake was in the lead with the 4 hens in a line behind him. I stopped on Manning Rd where I safely could to get a photo, then went to area at start of Riley Cove Rd. The Red-breasted Mergansers mixed in briefly with Common Goldeneyes.(One of the female goldeneyes reminded me of a Barrows, but I am reluctant to make that call)
> 10 species
>
> Canada Goose 2
> Mallard 4
> Common Goldeneye 7
> Common Merganser 2
> Red-breasted Merganser 5
> Belted Kingfisher 1
> American Crow 1
> Carolina Wren 1
> Eastern Bluebird 2
> American Robin 4
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55342992
>
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Date: 4/24/19 5:55 pm
From: Ronald Harrower <rharrower...>
Subject: [hmbirds] American Kestrel: eBird Report - King Road and Wall Road, Northumberland, Apr 9, 2019

> King Road and Wall Road, Northumberland, Saratoga, New York, US
> Apr 9, 2019 1:45 PM
> Protocol: Incidental
> Comments: Went to King Dairy Farm for Chocolate Milk. Kestrel was sitting on telephone pole in rain
> 1 species
>
> American Kestrel 1
>
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Date: 4/24/19 5:54 pm
From: Ronald Harrower <rharrower...>
Subject: [hmbirds] American Kestel pair:eBird Report - Rte 71, Apr 8, 2019

>
> Rte 71, Saratoga, New York, US
> Apr 8, 2019 3:25 PM
> Protocol: Incidental
> Comments: Was on my way to check the "duckage" at Wright's Loop. The pair of American Kestrels were near the road about 1/2 mile from rte 32 on county rte 71
> 1 species
>
> American Kestrel 2
>
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Date: 4/24/19 5:53 pm
From: Ronald Harrower <rharrower...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Blue-winged Teal, American Kestrel: eBird Report - Round Lake Preserve (Saratoga Co.), Apr 15, 2019

>
> Round Lake Preserve (Saratoga Co.), Saratoga, New York, US
> Apr 15, 2019 10:45 AM - 11:10 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.5 mile(s)
> Comments: Drove into the Preserve and parked by the dock ( I have a handicapped tag) In the way n, a female American Kestrel was sitting on a branch near the regular parking are. A pair of Blue-winged Teal were to the right of the dock and flew further out that way. I do't know for sure, but I suspect that it is the same pair I saw on March 29. There were several Buffleheads and Ring-necked Ducks.
> 27 species
>
> Canada Goose 15
> Blue-winged Teal 2
> Mallard 4
> Ring-necked Duck 11
> Bufflehead 8
> Hooded Merganser 2
> Common Merganser 6
> Mourning Dove 2
> Ring-billed Gull 5
> Great Blue Heron 1
> Turkey Vulture 2
> Red-tailed Hawk 1
> Belted Kingfisher 1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
> Downy Woodpecker 1
> American Kestrel 1
> Blue Jay 1
> American Crow 16
> Fish Crow 2
> Tree Swallow 18
> Black-capped Chickadee 1
> White-breasted Nuthatch 1
> Eastern Bluebird 2
> European Starling 3
> Song Sparrow 3
> Red-winged Blackbird 23
> Common Grackle 15
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55371222
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Date: 4/24/19 5:51 pm
From: Ronald Harrower <rharrower...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Bonaparte’s Gulls, large raft of DC Cormorants : eBird Report - Round Lake, Apr 15, 2019

> Round Lake, Saratoga, New York, US
> Apr 15, 2019 10:15 AM - 10:27 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.5 mile(s)
> Comments: I pulled into the parking lot for boats and saw 7 Bonaparte's Gulls in one group straight out. Another group of 6 was down toward the large mostly dead trees near Goldfoot Rd. As happened last year at this time, a large raft of Double-crested Cormorants was out in the middle of the lake, guessing 75+. One adult Bald Eagle
> 10 species
>
> Canada Goose 17
> Mallard 6
> Bufflehead 6
> Common Merganser 14
> Bonaparte's Gull 13
> Double-crested Cormorant 75 probably more, but densely packed
> Bald Eagle 1
> American Crow 2
> Red-winged Blackbird 23
> Common Grackle 45 All over the dead trees near Goldfoot Road
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Date: 4/24/19 12:09 pm
From: Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] This week's destination: 4/25
There have been good reports of marsh birds and some migrants from Vischer Ferry in the past few days, so let's meet at 8:00am at the Whipple Bridge and hope Sora, Gallinule etc are talkative. See you there!

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Whipple+Truss+Bridge/@42.7935512,-73.7932365,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x89de1287ecd09d73:0x171382585076b2d3!8m2!3d42.7926944!4d-73.7958232?hl=en&authuser=0

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Date: 4/23/19 7:32 pm
From: Heidi <hocka1...>
Subject: [hmbirds] House Wren in Troy
FOS House Wren in my yard 4/23. It may have been here sooner but I was out of town from 4/16-4/22 so I don't really know.
My 3 wren houses are out and ready.
Heidi Klinowski
Troy

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Date: 4/23/19 6:07 pm
From: Earthday49 via Groups.Io <Earthday49=<aol.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] FOS House Wren
Had a FOS House Wren in the yard today. Already investigating the new nest box. 
Still have a pair of Purple Finches visiting the feeders.

Alan S.
Guilderland

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Date: 4/23/19 4:47 pm
From: kernscot <kernscot...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Austerlitz- Towhee, GB Heron
Austerlitz, Columbia, New York, US
Apr 23, 2019 9:15 AM - 7:30 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: sunny, high temp 70 F, light breeze in afternoon and overcast evening
17 species

Canada Goose 2 flyover
Mallard 2 flyover pair
Wild Turkey 4
American Woodcock 1
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 1 flyover toward a pond
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1 on the ground working on base of a tree, vocal
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 3
Tree Swallow 1 flying over field
American Robin 4
Chipping Sparrow 1
Field Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 1
Eastern Towhee 1
Red-winged Blackbird 4
Pine Warbler 1


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Date: 4/23/19 12:00 pm
From: Marne Onderdonk via Groups.Io <marne37=<icloud.com...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Another raven update
Very nice to hear about the ravens and osprey. In more Nesting News from downtown Albany :) , red-tailed hawks have constructed a large nest near the top of one of the columns of the State Higher Ed building, on the end of the building that faces east (and along—appropriately—Hawk Street). This might explain the scarcity of squirrels in Academy Park....

Happy birding,

Marne
> On Apr 23, 2019, at 12:30 PM, John Kent <k2ent76...> wrote:
>
> The ravens in downtown Albany have now returned to the nest on the underside of the ramp from Quay St to Clinton Ave. They appear to be incubating.
>
> Also, I found a new Osprey nest the other day. It's on a green navigational marker in the Port of Coeymans, just north of Coeymans Landing.
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> John Kent
> Selkirk
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Date: 4/23/19 9:31 am
From: John Kent <k2ent76...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Another raven update
The ravens in downtown Albany have now returned to the nest on the underside of the ramp from Quay St to Clinton Ave. They appear to be incubating.

Also, I found a new Osprey nest the other day. It's on a green navigational marker in the Port of Coeymans, just north of Coeymans Landing.

John Kent
Selkirk


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Date: 4/23/19 7:41 am
From: Susan <smbeaudoin1...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Vischer Ferry
Catbirds have arrived at VPNHP, but they were not vocalizing. Saw several
Palm and Yellow-rumped warblers and heard both Kinglets. There were two
pie-billed grebes. I’ve only seen one on previous trips. A pair of Gadwals
continues, but I did not see any Wigeon. Two people with photos had a
horned grebe yesterday, but we were all unable to relocate it.
Susan Beaudoin

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Date: 4/23/19 5:53 am
From: lnmp <lnmp...>
Subject: [hmbirds] New yard bird
I was in the process of refilling my bird feeders yesterday when a bird
swooped in and grabbed a peanut. A Pine Warbler!



Ellen P.

West Charlton


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Date: 4/22/19 7:18 pm
From: Earthday49 via Groups.Io <Earthday49=<aol.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Gray Catbird & Eastern Towhee
Had the FOS Gray Catbird in the yard today 4/22.  Guilderland.

also observed two FOS Eastern Towhees at the Woodlawn Preserve in Schenectady.

Alan S.
Guilderland

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Date: 4/22/19 9:07 am
From: Alan Mapes <alanmapes...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Spotted Sandpipers along the Mohawk.
Spotted Sandpipers along the Mohawk, east of Twin Bridges (paddling today).

Alan Mapes

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Date: 4/22/19 3:57 am
From: Rico Birdo via Groups.Io <ricobirdo=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Ruffed Grouse - Schoharie County
Yesterday afternoon, loitering on Keyserkill Road in Broome. It didn't loiter for long once our car appeared.

Gabrielle Isenbrand
Esperance

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Date: 4/21/19 4:14 pm
From: Scott Varney <scottvarney1968...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Common Loon, Cossayuna Lake
After finishing my 12 mile bike ride today, I opted to drive home via a
circumnavigation of Cossayuna Lake. Not a lot to see other than a raft of
18 Common Mergansers (all males) on the west side of the lake and then
finally a Common Loon in full breeding plumage on the east side of the
lake! A beautiful sight!

Scott Varney
Salem NY

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Date: 4/21/19 2:56 pm
From: Alan Mapes <alanmapes...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Green Herons - 5 Rivers
A pair of green herons returned to their nesting spot in our yard today -
next to Five Rivers.

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Date: 4/21/19 11:50 am
From: Ronald Harrower <rharrower...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Wailing Loons: eBird Report - Galway Lake, Apr 16, 2019

> Galway Lake, Saratoga, New York, US
> Apr 16, 2019 10:20 AM - 10:47 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 4.2 mile(s)
> Comments: Wally and I checked Galway Lake and nearby feeder. We were surprised at how few waterfowl were t be seen on the lake. The highlights were 3 Common Loons, including one that stretched its neck out and low to wail in a way that could be heard a long way off. The photo seems relatively close, but it was halfway across the lake form the height of Hermance Rd at the North end. The others were seen from Pond Road on the Southwest part of the lake.
> 17 species
>
> Ring-necked Duck 2
> Bufflehead 6
> Common Loon 3
> Turkey Vulture 1
> Belted Kingfisher 1
> American Crow 3
> Black-capped Chickadee 2
> Tufted Titmouse 1
> White-breasted Nuthatch 1
> Eastern Bluebird 4
> American Robin 4
> American Goldfinch 1
> Chipping Sparrow 1 First for both of us.
> Dark-eyed Junco 10 Juncos were common here as well as all the spots we went to today, they seem to be on the move
> Song Sparrow 1
> Red-winged Blackbird 4
> Common Grackle 4
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55201921
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Date: 4/21/19 11:49 am
From: Ronald Harrower <rharrower...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Scaups galore, grebes: eBird Report - Southwest corner of Saratoga Lake, Apr 16, 2019

>
> Southwest corner of Saratoga Lake, Saratoga, New York, US
> Apr 16, 2019 3:30 PM - 3:50 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.2 mile(s)
> Comments: I was checking along the lake coming down the Eastern side. Very little, and not worth stopping for. That changed when I went past the pumping station. A small flotilla of Scaups (and more as it turned out) was off the shore between the pumping station and the mailboxes where rte 9P diverges from the lake. I saw 24 Greater Scaup. 56 Lesser Scaup and a full breeding plumaged Horned Grebe and an in between plumaged Red-necked Grebe. Much farther out on the lake were more Scaups. I cannot say more about species distribution beyond scaup sp.
> 12 species (+1 other taxa)
>
> Greater Scaup 24
> Lesser Scaup 56 This same flock of scaup has been moving around the lake for two weeks now, starting off of the Furniture House on April 2, then off Water's Edge condos on the 3rd and themn way out off of Riley Cove and Silver beach and finally here. The lake has been a staging area for scaups for as long as I have been birding here, (30+ years)
> Greater/Lesser Scaup 130 Much arther out, off of Silver Beach perhaps. This same flock of scaup has been moving around the lake for two weeks now, starting off of the Furniture House on April 2, then off Water's Edge condos on the 3rd and themn way out off of Riley Cove and Silver beach and finally here. The lake has been a staging area for scaups for as long as I have been birding here, (30+ years)
> Bufflehead 4
> Common Merganser 12
> Horned Grebe 1
> Red-necked Grebe 1
> Bonaparte's Gull 2 way out
> Ring-billed Gull 14
> Herring Gull 1
> European Starling 16
> Red-winged Blackbird 4
> Common Grackle 2
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55202902
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Date: 4/21/19 11:48 am
From: Ronald Harrower <rharrower...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Eurasian Green-winged Teal. eBird Report - Wrights Loop North, Apr 8, 2019

> Wrights Loop North, Saratoga, New York, US
> Apr 8, 2019 3:45 PM - 4:30 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.3 mile(s)
> Comments: I spent a long time observing ducks and other species. I saw the Eurasian Green-winged Teal almost right away. Since so many ducks are at the far side of the vernal pond, I parked in entrance of Stillwater Riverfront Park and slowly walked on path to bench at spot on exercise trail closest to ducks. Wood Ducks took off, but met ducks stayed. With afternoon light, it was beautiful!
> 25 species (+1 other taxa)
>
> Canada Goose 45
> Wood Duck 34
> American Wigeon 57
> Mallard 348
> American Black Duck 95
> Northern Pintail 38
> Green-winged Teal 1 Not sure where to put Eurasian Green-winged Teal. As can be seen from the photos, the white stripe is horizontal on the one drake, whereas all others, it is vertical.
> Green-winged Teal (American) 68 They were amassing here for many days. Take a look at other bird reports from this location this year and you will see similar numbers
> Mourning Dove 3
> Killdeer 2
> Ring-billed Gull 15
> Great Blue Heron 1 Did his "Let's see how many ducks I can scare this time because they think I'm an eagle" trick. It worked.
> Bald Eagle 2 Adding on to nest
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
> Northern Flicker 1
> Eastern Phoebe 1
> Blue Jay 4
> American Crow 2
> Tree Swallow 16
> Black-capped Chickadee 1
> White-breasted Nuthatch 1
> American Robin 4
> Song Sparrow 4
> Red-winged Blackbird 14
> Common Grackle 8
> Northern Cardinal 2
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55203592
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)


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Date: 4/21/19 6:54 am
From: Susan <smbeaudoin1...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Spring Run Trail
It was very birdy this morning at the Spring Run Trail in Saratoga. There
were several ruby crowned kinglets, a couple of blue gray gnatcatchers
and many white throated sparrows along with the regulars. Best of all,
were four pine siskins. I haven’t seen them in years since they usually
have left by the time I migrate north. This is a great place to work on
your bird sounds, as it was filled with them early in the morning.
Susan Beaudoin

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Date: 4/20/19 1:35 pm
From: adir46er <rita.reed2819...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Glossy Ibis, Blue-winged Teal - Pittstown, Rens. Co.
Continuing Glossy Ibis as of 4:30p.

Rita Reed
East Hoosick, NY
> On Apr 20, 2019, at 2:24 PM, malefyt1950 <dewaalmalefyt...> wrote:
>
> One Glossy Ibis seen this afternoon in northeastern end of farm pond on west side of Co. Rt. 113 about a mile from Pittstown Town Hall. Also a male Blue-winged Teal on Otter Cove in Tomhannock Res. Ya never know what these strong southerly winds will bring us in the spring!
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> Jim de Waal Malefyt
> Poestenkill
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Date: 4/20/19 12:32 pm
From: scottjstoner via Groups.Io <ScottJStoner=<aol.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Synopsis of HMBC field trip Sat April 20 at Five Rivers
With a break in the rain, about 15 hopeful birders met at Five Rivers EEC in Delmar at 7:30 to scour the grounds for arriving spring migrants. We set out, ever cognizant of the forecast of heavy rain starting around 9 AM. Covering field, thicket, marsh, and ponds from the visitor center to the Research Ponds and back, we collectively tallied 38 species. Highlights included two Cooper's Hawks, several Eastern Towhees, Eastern Meadowlark (first heard and identified from two fields away by Tom Williams!), a Hooded Merganser on the Fox Marsh pond, and several singing House Wrens. Warblers were conspicuously absent, although we did not have time to venture into the Vlomankill valley for the nearly-guaranteed Louisiana Waterthrush, which had arrived about 8 days earlier. We scurried back to the Visitor Center just before the rains hit, right at 9... A complete ebird list is below. With thanks to my co-leaders Denise Hackert-Stoner and Tom Williams, and meteorological support from John Kent! - Scott Stoner, Loudonville

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From: ebird-checklist <ebird-checklist...>
To: scottjstoner <scottjstoner...>
Sent: Sat, Apr 20, 2019 3:21 pm
Subject: eBird Report - Five Rivers EEC, Apr 20, 2019

Five Rivers EEC, Albany, New York, US
Apr 20, 2019 7:39 AM - 9:29 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments:    Collective list from Hudson-mohawk bird club field trip . Mostly cloudy, about 68 degrees, trip curtailed by heavy rain that arrived shortly after 9 AM.
38 species

Canada Goose  5
Wood Duck  2
Mallard  5
Hooded Merganser  1    Fox marsh pond

Wild Turkey  1
Mourning Dove  1
Killdeer  1
Turkey Vulture  3
Cooper's Hawk  2
Belted Kingfisher  1
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  1
American Kestrel  1
Eastern Phoebe  5
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  1
Tree Swallow  15
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Tufted Titmouse  1
House Wren  4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  3
Eastern Bluebird  6
American Robin  10
Northern Mockingbird  1
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch  5
Chipping Sparrow  15
Field Sparrow  5
Dark-eyed Junco  3
White-throated Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  4
Eastern Towhee  4
Eastern Meadowlark  2
Red-winged Blackbird  20
Brown-headed Cowbird  3
Common Grackle  10
Northern Cardinal  1
House Sparrow  1

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Date: 4/20/19 11:43 am
From: Alison Van Keuren <aev12159...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Wet afternoon
American Oil Road - Vesper and Savannah Sparrow
Staats Island Road - Blue-winged and Green-winged Teal. Six Greater and one Lesser Yellowlegs.
Alison Van Keuren

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Date: 4/20/19 11:28 am
From: rob snell via Groups.Io <snell.rob=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Pine Warbler at feeder
I had several Pine Warblers around my house yesterday. The competition for food must have been fierce in the pines, because I had one appear at our feeder. Go figure.

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Date: 4/20/19 11:24 am
From: malefyt1950 <dewaalmalefyt...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Glossy Ibis, Blue-winged Teal - Pittstown, Rens. Co.
One Glossy Ibis seen this afternoon in northeastern end of farm pond on
west side of Co. Rt. 113 about a mile from Pittstown Town Hall. Also a male
Blue-winged Teal on Otter Cove in Tomhannock Res. Ya never know what
these strong southerly winds will bring us in the spring!

Jim de Waal Malefyt
Poestenkill

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Date: 4/20/19 11:03 am
From: donna <ddw962...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Loon
Currently observing a Common Loon on Collins Lake.

Donna Wright

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Date: 4/20/19 3:57 am
From: lnmp <lnmp...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Another FOS sparrow
To add to the sparrows I saw yesterday morning, I heard my FOS Field Sparrow
when I walked the dog yesterday evening.



Ellen P.

West Charlton


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Date: 4/20/19 2:34 am
From: zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Unknown Raptor: Help Identify?
Hi Scott,

Yes, that is a bald eagle. With that much white on the belly, it’s likely
a 2nd year bird.

On Fri, Apr 19, 2019 at 10:09 PM Scott Varney <scottvarney1968...>
wrote:

> I birded Carter's Lake today in Greenwich/Cossayuna area and found a
> raptor across the lake. I wish I had taken my scope with me! Can anyone
> help identify? There were 2 Ospreys near a nest at the end of the lake and
> my first guess was that this was a Bald Eagle...but even juvenile images
> don't match this bird. Feel free to email me your thoughts. The photo was
> taken from the other side of the lake...I have cropped it, but the
> resolution is not good.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Scott Varney
> Salem, NY
>
>
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Date: 4/19/19 7:09 pm
From: Scott Varney <scottvarney1968...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Unknown Raptor: Help Identify?
I birded Carter's Lake today in Greenwich/Cossayuna area and found a raptor
across the lake. I wish I had taken my scope with me! Can anyone help
identify? There were 2 Ospreys near a nest at the end of the lake and my
first guess was that this was a Bald Eagle...but even juvenile images don't
match this bird. Feel free to email me your thoughts. The photo was taken
from the other side of the lake...I have cropped it, but the resolution is
not good.

Thanks,

Scott Varney
Salem, NY

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Date: 4/19/19 7:50 am
From: lnmp <lnmp...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Sparrows
Chipping Sparrows arrived here today. Usually that means the juncos that
wintered here have gone, or will leave shortly. Also had about 5
White-Throated Sparrows. and a lovely Purple Finch.



Ellen P.

West Charlton






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Date: 4/18/19 5:42 pm
From: Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Vischer Ferry 4/18
This afternoon I enjoyed a walk at Vischer Ferry despite the windy,
overcast weather and it seemed like the "usual" for anybody who has been
there recently. However, there was a Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher making quite a
racket, and I heard a Sora in the big marsh just behind the open water
(anybody who tries might want to walk the main trail from the bridge to the
river, it's the marsh on the right just past the grassy trail).

Lindsey D.

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Date: 4/18/19 4:47 pm
From: Scott Varney <scottvarney1968...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Amazing American Crows
American Crows don't usually catch much of my attention, but.....

Tonight at 7:30 pm, I had VIP passes to see/hear the best display of
American Crows defending their nest as 1 intruding crow decided to take a
shot at a mated pairs' nest. The sounds of the defending parents were
downright scary as this 1st intruder tried his best at nest interruption.
The noise was so raucous that it caught the attention of 5 other Crows, who
all did flyovers to investigate, with the wisdom to move a comfortable
distance away from the scene of the crime. The intruder was forcibly
removed from the nest by both parents and the decibel level dropped off to
an instantaneous and freakish zero level! I've never heard some of the
amazing vocalizations that these birds produced...you don't hear those call
notes on the Sibley's App! The nest is at the top of a White Pine tree in
my immediate back yard...should make for some interesting, albeit annoying,
early morning alarms this Spring!

Happy Spring Break,

Scott Varney
Salem NY

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Date: 4/18/19 11:01 am
From: Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Marsh birds at Black Creek
The Thursday birders did well this morning in the teeth of the booming gale. We managed to hear over the wind and observed Virginia Rails, American Bittern, and a surprise adult Black-crowned Night Heron that posed for us before flying off towards the farm. Other birds included many Swamp Sparrows and Tree Swallows, a Yellow-rumped Warbler, and a Brown Thrasher. Not a bad haul!

It looks like a lot of track work replacing ties will be going on soon.


Naomi Lloyd
West Sand Lake
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Date: 4/18/19 8:20 am
From: trwdsd via Groups.Io <trwdsd=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] HMBC Field Trip reminder- Five Rivers EEC, Sat., April 20
*Saturday, April 20* , *EARLY MIGRANTS II, FIVE RIVERS EEC* (Albany County; morning)

Coordinators: *Scott Stoner and Denise Hackert-Stoner* 518-785-6760 <scottjstoner...> 

Join us for a walk through the varied habitats of Five Rivers as we explore fields, ponds, woodlands, and marshes.  More than forty bird species can be observed on a favorable day in mid-April. *Be prepared for wet trails, waterproof footwear recommended.*

*Meet at 7:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Five Rivers EEC in Delmar.*

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Date: 4/18/19 6:52 am
From: philwhitney17 <prmlwhitney59...>
Subject: [hmbirds] April 17 Birdline
Birdline summary for week ending April 17:

28 reports; 70 species reported



Best of the week:

RED-BREASTED MERGANSER: Snyders Lale 4/12; New Baltimore 4/13

COMMON EGRET (aka GREAT EGRET): Brunswick 4/12 (2)

VIRGINIA RAIL: Great Flats 4/13; Five Rivers 4/13

BONAPARTES GULL: 5 reports

CASPIAN TERN: Coeymans Landing 4/13 (2); New Baltimore 4/13

COMMON REDPOLL: West Charlton 4/11 (2)



Other Notables:

Northern Shoveler: Pittstown 4/12; Vischer Ferry 4/17

Pied-billed Grebe: Collins Lake 4/13; Vischer Ferry 4/17

Green Heron: Guilderland 4/15

Wilsons Snipe: Black Creek 4/15

American Kestrel: Watervliet Reservoir 4/16; Guilderland 4/17 (2)

Common Raven: Albany 4/16 (2)

Purple Martin: Lions Park 4/16, 4/17

Winter Wren: Five Rivers 4/13

Golden-crowned Kinglet: Vischer Ferry 4/17; Guilderland 4/17 (5)

Ruby-crowned Kinglet: Five Rivers 4/13; Guilderland 4/15

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher: Vischer Ferry 4/17

Hermit Thrush: Saratoga NHP 4/13

Brown Thrasher: Meadowdale 4/15

Louisiana Waterthrush: Five Rivers 4/12 (4), 4/13 (2)

Palm Warbler: Saratoga NHP 4/13; Five Rivers 4/13 (2); Vischer Ferry 4/17

Pine Warbler: Five Rivers 4/13 (2); Guilderland 4/14; Vischer Ferry 4/17

Yellow-rumped Warbler: Vischer Ferry 4/17; Lions Park 4/17 (2)

Fox Sparrow: Providence 4/11 (3), 4/14 (3); Guilderland 4/15 (2)

Eastern Meadowlark: Esperance 4/12; Five Rivers 4/13

Purple Finch: 5 reports

Pine Siskin: East Greenbush 4/13 (5); Providence 4/14



Thanks to : Larry Alden (Meadowdale, Black Creek), Nancy Castillo (Providence), Craig Driggs (Lions Park), Alan French (Glenville), Rich Guthrie (Coeymans Landing, New Baltimore), John Hershey (Vischer Ferry), Gabrielle Isenbrand (Esperance), Michelle Joyce (Coeymans), John Kent (Brunswick, Albany), Naomi King (Snyders Lake, Averill Park, ), Dan Leonard (Brunswick), Jim de Waal Malefyt (Brunswick, Pittstown), Marne Onderdonk (Saratoga NHP), Ellen Pemrick (West Charlton), Rita Reed (Lock 3), Alan Schroeder (Guilderland, Watervliet Reservoir, Ann Lee Pond), Jamie Taft (Collins Lake, Great Flats) and Tom Williams (Five Rivers, Lions Park)

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Date: 4/17/19 10:48 am
From: trwdsd via Groups.Io <trwdsd=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Purple Martin, Lions Park Niskayuna- 4/17
This morning I observed what I presume is the same male Purple Martin found by Craig D. yesterday at Lions Park in Niskayuna. The bird was flying around the marsh pond that is split by Rosendale Rd. about 1/4 mi. west of the parking lot at Lions Park. It could be viewed at a distance from the bike path, with the patience and vertigo that accompanies tracking a swallow in flight. There was also a Barn Swallow and several Tree Swallows flying with the martin, the size difference was quite evident. There were also two snazzy Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warblers singing as they foraged in the brushy swamp behind the gazebo near the parking lot.

Tom Williams
Colonie

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Date: 4/17/19 10:43 am
From: Julie Hart <julieannhart...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Egg dates spreadsheet?
You can download the egg dates sheet from BBA 2000 here: https://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/7312.html <https://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/7312.html>

We are producing additional, updated materials for the upcoming atlas, but they are still being worked on.

Best,
Julie

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> On Apr 17, 2019, at 07:20, ConserveBirds <conservebirds...> wrote:
>
> I have a copy of an egg date spreadsheet – early and late egg dates, fledgling dates, etc. for region 8 that I believe I received when I was working on Atlas 2000. Does anyone know if there is a newer version? I’d love to have a copy of the file if there is one.
> Mona Bearor
> South Glens Falls
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Date: 4/17/19 10:30 am
From: Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Caspian Tern - Coeymans
A lone Caspian Tern went by the Coeymans Boat Launch Park a little while
ago. It didn't bother to join the 26 Ring-billed Gulls that were loafing on
the navigation marker and breakwater..

There were also distant Bald Eagle, Turkey Vulture and Red-tailed Hawk way
across the river in Rensselaer/Columbia Counties and a Fish Crow happily
taking grapes tossed out for it.

--
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Date: 4/17/19 10:29 am
From: Earthday49 via Groups.Io <Earthday49=<aol.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Wednesday’s birds
Ann Lee Pond this morning, 4/17/19, 

Tree Swallow 6
Field Sparrow 2
Chipping Sparrow 4
Mockingbird 2

Also found in Guilderland

Kestrel 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet 5

Alan S.
Guilderland

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Date: 4/17/19 8:46 am
From: Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Boneparte's Gulls
A steady stream (trickle) of Boneparte's Gulls passing by New Baltimore
this m orning.

Rich Guthrie

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Date: 4/17/19 8:36 am
From: jhershey2 <hersheyj...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - Vischer Ferry
I had an FOY Blue-gray Gnatcatcher this morning at Vischer Ferry Preserve on the west towpath.  Also, 3 warblers: Pine (FOY), Palm, and Yellow-rumped.  Duck numbers are definitely down but I found a pair of Northern Shovelers in the back pond and along the towpath west I had American Wigeon, Blue-winged Teal, Gadwall, Pied-billed Grebe, and Wood Duck. 

John Hershey

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Date: 4/17/19 7:51 am
From: Alan <adfrench...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Tree Swallows
Whoops! Left out Glenville.

On 4/17/2019 10:50 AM, Alan wrote:
> I've been feeling a bit left out, but the Tree Swallows are finally back.
>
> And, happily, the pair of English Sparrows that was here about a month
> back have been absent.
>
> Now we'll see how long it takes the Tree Swallows and Bluebirds to
> straighten out the housing arrangements.
>
> Clear skies, Alan
>
>
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Date: 4/17/19 7:50 am
From: Alan <adfrench...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Tree Swallows
I've been feeling a bit left out, but the Tree Swallows are finally back.

And, happily, the pair of English Sparrows that was here about a month
back have been absent.

Now we'll see how long it takes the Tree Swallows and Bluebirds to
straighten out the housing arrangements.

Clear skies, Alan

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Date: 4/17/19 7:40 am
From: Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Tomorrow's destination, 4/18
It looks like tonight's rain should be over by 6am and just the chance of a sprinkle after. Let's meet at Black Creek Marsh - rails and bitterns have been heard there this week, and migrants are making a strong push. Park where the tracks cross Hennessy Rd. See you there!

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/42.664914,-73.9675584/42.6649247,-73.9676004/@42.6667995,-73.9702645,16z/data=!4m2!4m1!3e0?hl=en&authuser=0

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Date: 4/17/19 4:20 am
From: ConserveBirds <conservebirds...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Egg dates spreadsheet?
I have a copy of an egg date spreadsheet - early and late egg dates,
fledgling dates, etc. for region 8 that I believe I received when I was
working on Atlas 2000. Does anyone know if there is a newer version? I'd
love to have a copy of the file if there is one.
Mona Bearor
South Glens Falls

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Date: 4/16/19 8:12 pm
From: Earthday49 via Groups.Io <Earthday49=<aol.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Watervliet Reservoir
The winds today pretty much kept the birds from moving about a lot.  At Watervliet Reservoir birds were scarce.  Only a couple of geese, a pair of Green-winged Teal, a lone Cormorant and a Kestrel.  Didn’t fare much better at the feeders, although I did have three beautiful male Purple Finches.

Alan S.
Guilderland

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Date: 4/16/19 6:03 pm
From: scottjstoner via Groups.Io <ScottJStoner=<aol.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] REVISED HMBC May and June program schedule - see below
Please note that the program on The Third New York  Breeding Bird Atlas,, with Julie Hart, will now be presented on Monday May 6 (not June 3 as originally scheduled)
- 6 May 2019
- 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
- LocationFive Rivers EEC


Also, the program, originally scheduled for May 6, on Weather and Birding, with meteorologist Jason Gough, will now be presented on Monday June 3 at 
- 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
- LocationFive Rivers EEC

For more information on these programs, please visit the Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club's website at https://hmbc.net/Programs
- Scott Stoner, Program Chair, HMBC

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Date: 4/16/19 12:59 pm
From: John Kent <k2ent76...>
Subject: [hmbirds] update on Albany ravens
A couple of weeks ago I posted about a pair of Common Ravens building a
nest on the underside of a highway ramp in downtown Albany. Shortly
after I posted, they abandoned that half-built nest. However, they
didn't leave the area. Today I saw them on and around the Central
Warehouse, which is the big abandoned eyesore next to I-787. It seems
like it would be an ideal nesting spot for them, and I suspect they
already have a nest underway there. The building is dilapidated, with
lots of potential nooks for a nest.

John Kent
Selkirk


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Date: 4/16/19 10:13 am
From: Craig Driggs via Groups.Io <billdcat333=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Purple Martin - Lions Park
There was a Purple Martin at Lions Park by the gazebo today at 12:50.  Also a pair of Bonaparte's Gulls out in the river.

Craig D

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Date: 4/16/19 8:59 am
From: Michelle J via Groups.Io <mushka_81=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Video of Bonaparte 4/16/19


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Date: 4/16/19 8:47 am
From: zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Black-headed Gulls 4/16/19
Hi Michele,

Unless the bills are reddish or orangish, these are most likely Bonaparte’s
Gulls, which have black heads in breeding plumage. Black-Headed Gull is a
rare European vagrant to North America. A few show up on Long Island and
in Brooklyn every winter, but six this far inland would be quite rare.

Best,

ZSW

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> There are currently 5 Black-headed Gulls at the Coeymans Boat Launch as of
> 11:35 a.m. life bird :) Michelle Joyce
>
>
> --
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
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Date: 4/16/19 8:44 am
From: Michelle J via Groups.Io <mushka_81=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Black-headed Gulls 4/16/19
There are currently 5 Black-headed Gulls at the Coeymans Boat Launch as of 11:35 a.m.  life bird :)  Michelle Joyce 

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Date: 4/15/19 10:12 am
From: Ron <igolfnbird...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Great Blue Heron
After last nights heavy rains, I was pleased to see 2 Great Blues wading through water in a flooded field to the east of highway 32 in Bethlehem, not far from where Meads Lane meets 32.

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Date: 4/15/19 9:33 am
From: Earthday49 via Groups.Io <Earthday49=<aol.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Woodlawn Preserve
Visited Woodlawn Preserve this morning, 4/15/19.  Arrived just as the cold front came in so there wasn’t as much activity as I had expected.  Only 18 species, mostly common birds.  Waterfowl were unexpectedly scarce 1 Canada Goose, 2 Mallards and 8 common Mergansers.  Highlights were Great Blue Heron 2, Green Heron 1, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1, Northern Flicker 1 and Fox Sparrow 2.

Alan S.
Guilderland

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Date: 4/15/19 7:44 am
From: Larry & Penny Alden <overlook...>
Subject: [hmbirds] FOY Thrasher plus others
Found my year’s first Brown Thrasher this morning singing from high in a tree by my property. It seemed early but a check of my records puts him right on schedule.

Also two late-ish American Tree Sparrows rummaging through the weeds.

Snipe are winnowing over Black Creek Marsh WMA, often at dusk. It’s quite a show.

Larry Alden
Meadowdale

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Date: 4/15/19 7:43 am
From: Alan <adfrench...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Purple Finches
A pair of Purple Finches on one of my feeders.

Clear skies, Alan
Glenville

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Date: 4/15/19 6:28 am
From: Nancy Castillo <wbu...>
Subject: [hmbirds] FW: eBird -- Town of Providence Private Home -- Apr 14, 2019
For our home patch in western Saratoga County, a nice birdy day yesterday.
Highlights: FOS Song Sparrow, Eastern Phoebe, Chipping Sparrow and overhead
Turkey Vulture.
Others: 11 juncos, a lone Pine Siskin (where were you all winter?), and 3
Purple Finches.

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From: Nancy Castillo [mailto:<wbu354...>]
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Subject: eBird -- Town of Providence Private Home -- Apr 14, 2019

Town of Providence Private Home
Apr 14, 2019
7:59 AM
Incidental
All birds reported? No
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.9.0 Build 9

2 Mourning Dove
1 Turkey Vulture
2 Downy Woodpecker
2 Hairy Woodpecker
1 Eastern Phoebe
4 Blue Jay
3 Black-capped Chickadee
2 Tufted Titmouse
1 Red-breasted Nuthatch
2 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 American Robin
3 Purple Finch
1 Pine Siskin
2 American Goldfinch
1 Chipping Sparrow
3 Fox Sparrow
11 Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)
1 Song Sparrow
2 Red-winged Blackbird
3 Common Grackle

Number of Taxa: 20


Nancy


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Date: 4/14/19 3:53 pm
From: naomiking via Groups.Io <naomiking=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Purple Finches - Averill Park
3 male Purple Finches today in Averill Park

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Date: 4/14/19 12:54 pm
From: Earthday49 via Groups.Io <Earthday49=<aol.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Pine Warbler
A Pine Warbler has been visiting a suet feeder on Lydius Street In Guilderland.  First observed on 4/12/19.  Still present on 4/14/19.

Alan S.
Guilderland

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Date: 4/14/19 8:36 am
From: trwdsd via Groups.Io <trwdsd=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] HMBC field trip summary- Five Rivers EEC 4/13
Very mild temperatures and light winds offered ideal observing conditions for 15 birders at Five Rivers EEC in Delmar on Saturday morning. A pair of Killdeer watched us assemble from their elevated breeding platform on the roof of the visitors center. We walked for about three hours, covering some three miles of the extensive trail system. Interesting sightings included: a Virginia Rail calling from Heron Pond; Winter Wren singing in the woods near the Skeeter Bowl; two yellow Palm Warblers and a Ruby-crowned Kinglet foraging in the low shrubs at Wood Duck Marsh; an Eastern Meadowlark singing from the Wild Turkey Trail field; two Pine Warblers and two Louisiana Waterthrush singing along the Big Pine Trail and the Vlomankill.

Thank you to everyone who turned out for the trip. We had a lot of fun and some good discussions. We hope to see you all on future HMBC field trips, including next Saturday (4/20) back at Five Rivers.

Tom and Colleen Williams
Colonie

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Date: 4/13/19 2:18 pm
From: Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Coeymans plus
2 Bonaparte’s Gulls and 2 Caspian Terns at Coeymans Landing this afternoon. They flew off.

1 Red-breasted Merganser (female) plus a flyby Caspian Tern this morning and a smaller tern (sp.? Probably Common Tern) this afternoon at NewBaltimore.

Rich Guthrie

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Date: 4/13/19 1:55 pm
From: Marne Onderdonk via Groups.Io <marne37=<icloud.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Saratoga Battlefield 4/13/19
Hello all,

Took a spin around the Wilkinson trail this afternoon and had a few nice sightings which include:

Palm warbler
Hermit thrush
Yellow bellied sapsuckers
Brown creeper
Song sparrows
Field sparrows
Eastern bluebirds
Eastern phoebes
Downy woodpecker
Pileated woodpecker
Red-bellied woodpecker
Dark-eyed juncos
Plus an assortment of The Usual Suspects

Also FOS butterfly (maybe fritillary?) and housefly

Lots of spring peepers

Trails are muddy for those interested in checking it out

On the way home had a turkey and American kestrel (town of Saratoga).

Happy spring,

Marne

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Date: 4/13/19 11:28 am
From: j.taft69 via Groups.Io <j.taft69=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and friends
I was doing some solo Birding had a Pied-billed Grebe at Collins Lk, Went to Great Flats, had the following, Female Yellow bellied Sapsucker,Great Blue Heron, Swamp Sparrow, heard saw and talked to a Virginia Rail. Northern Flickers in Stockade section of Schenectady and White throated Sparrows singing. Jamie Taft Schenectady

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Date: 4/13/19 7:59 am
From: adir46er <rita.reed2819...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Bonaparte’s Gulls
4 Bonaparte’s Gulls presently at Champlain Canal Lock 3, Rensselaer County.

Rita Reed
East Hoosick, NY

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Date: 4/13/19 7:54 am
From: philwhitney17 <prmlwhitney59...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Pine Siskins - day 113
Pine Siskins have been everyday visitors to our feeders since Dec. 21. This morning 5 were fighting over the sunflower hearts until chased off by a Sharp-shinned Hawk (no known casualties).
Phil Whitney
East Greenbush

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Date: 4/12/19 1:58 pm
From: naomiking via Groups.Io <naomiking=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Snyder's Lake waterfowl
During a drive around Snyder's Lake this afternoon, I saw a number of both Common and Red-breasted Mergansers. Also, more than 20 Double-crested Cormorants on and around a floating dock.

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Date: 4/12/19 10:51 am
From: Rico Birdo via Groups.Io <ricobirdo=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] FOS Eastern Meadowlark, Schoharie County
Heard in Esperance a few minutes ago.

Gabrielle Isenbrand
Esperance

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Date: 4/12/19 8:23 am
From: John Kent <k2ent76...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Common Egrets at Brunswick Wildlife Viewing Area
The eBird bar charts for Great Egret in Region 8 show the second week of April as the peak for spring migration.

John Kent
Selkirk

On Apr 12, 2019 11:06 AM, Dan’s nycap <dleonard8...> wrote:
Common Egrets as noted in the subject line. Now! Is early?

Dan Leonard
Niskayuna

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Date: 4/12/19 8:18 am
From: Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Common Egrets at Brunswick Wildlife Viewing Area
Early "overshoots" and through migrants do show up right about now.

I suspect these are solitary individuals who wish they were somewhere else.

But who knows, maybe they are the pioneers of the species that may be the
forerunners of an expanded breeding distribution.

eBird data and continued attention over time may tell.

Rich Guthrie

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Date: 4/12/19 8:06 am
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Subject: [hmbirds] Common Egrets at Brunswick Wildlife Viewing Area
Common Egrets as noted in the subject line. Now! Is early?

Dan Leonard
Niskayuna

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Date: 4/12/19 7:58 am
From: trwdsd via Groups.Io <trwdsd=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Louisiana Waterthrush, Five Rivers EEC- 4/12
This morning there were at least three singing Louisiana Waterthrush, and at least four total, along the Vlomankill at Five Rivers EEC in Delmar. They were not there yesterday to my knowledge. Good news for those attending tomorrow's HMBC field trip!

Tom Williams
Colonie

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Date: 4/11/19 12:22 pm
From: Nancy Castillo <wbu...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Town of Providence
Fox Sparrows continue to move through - 3 in the yard as I type. Juncos are
on the move too. Also had our FOS Purple Finches (2 males). We host a nice
breeding population of PUFI.

Nancy Castillo

Town of Providence, western Saratoga County


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Date: 4/11/19 11:09 am
From: trwdsd via Groups.Io <trwdsd=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] HMBC Field Trip reminder- Five Rivers EEC, Sat., Apr. 13
*Saturday, April 13, EARLY MIGRANTS I, FIVE RIVERS EEC* (Albany County; morning)

Coordinators: *Tom and Colleen Williams* 518-857-2176 <trwdsd...>

Join us for a three mile walk throughout the Five Rivers property. We will explore fields, ponds and marshes, portions of the service road, the Vlomankill corridor, and finish with a loop around the Beaver Pond. More than forty bird species can be observed on a favorable day in mid-April. *Be prepared for wet trails, waterproof footwear recommended.* 

*Meet at 7:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Five Rivers EEC in Delmar.

Google map: * https://www.google.com/maps/@42.608094,-73.896291,14z?hl=en-US

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Date: 4/11/19 7:29 am
From: lnmp <lnmp...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Redpolls
I was surprised to see 2 redpolls at my feeders this morning.



Ellen P.

West Charlton


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Date: 4/11/19 6:50 am
From: philwhitney17 <prmlwhitney59...>
Subject: [hmbirds] April 10 Birdline
Birdline summary for week ending April 10

22 reports, 70 species reported



Best of the week:

GREEN-WINGED TEAL (Eurasian form) : Wrights Loop 4/6

LONG-TAILED DUCK: Selkirk 4/8 (7)

RED-BREASTED MERGANSER: Schuylerville 4/4; Vosburgh Swamp 4/5

HORNED GREBE: Fort Miller 4/6; Collins Lake 4/7

VIRGINIA RAIL: Black Creek 4/6 (2)

BONAPARTES GULL: Alcove Reservoir 4/6 (5)

RUSTY BLACKBIRD: Basic Creek 4/6; Black Creek 4/6; Vischer Ferry 4/7; Bog Meadow 4/9 (8)



Other notables:

Snow Goose: Fort Miller 4/6

Northern Shoveler: Vosburgh Swamp 4/5; Vischer Ferry 4/7

Northern Pintail: Wrights Loop 4/6

Common Loon: Alcove Reservoir 4/6; Saratoga Lake 4/6 (2)

Pied-billed Grebe: Basic Creek 4/6 (2); Stillwater 4/6; Fort Miller 4/6; Vischer Ferry 4/7

Osprey: Rensselaer 4/3; Greenwich 4/4; Fort Miller 4/6

Bald Eagle: Austerlitz 4/6; Vischer Ferry 4/7

Red-shouldered Hawk: Bog Meadow 4/9

Wilsons Snipe: Schenectady County AP 4/7

Great Horned Owl: Basic Creek 4/6

American Kestrel: Normanskill Farm 4/6; Saratoga NHP 4/6; Vischer Ferry 4/7

Carolina Wren: Vischer Ferry 4/7

Winter Wren: Five Rivers 4/5; Hollyhock Hollow 4/6 (2); Bog Meadow 4/9

Golden-crowned Kinglet: 6 reports

Ruby-crowned Kinglet: Saratoga 4/6; Bog Meadow 4/9

Yellow-rumped Warbler: Fort Miller 4/6

Pine Warbler: Five Rivers 4/5; Vosburgh Swamp 4/5

Palm Warbler: Hollyhock Hollow 4/6; Black Creek 4/6

Fox Sparrow: Averill Park 4/6 (2); Bog Meadow 4/6, 4/9 (2)

Pine Siskin: Saratoga 4/6



Thanks to Donna (Saratoga Co. AP), Lindsey Duval (Saratoga, Saratoga Lake, Bog Meadow, Saratoga NHP, Wrights Loop, Stillwater, Fort Miller), Ron Harrower (Bog Meadow), John Hershey (Vischer Ferry), John Kent (Basic Creek, Alcove, Hollyhock Hollow, Selkirk), Nancy Kern (Austerlitz), Naomi King (Averill Park), Heidi Klinowski (Troy),Tristan Lowery (Normanskill Farm), Eric Molho (Delmar), Alan Schroeder (Rensselaer, Colonie, Tomhannock), Zach Schwartz-Weinstein (Vosburgh Swamp), Scott Stoner (Collins Lake), Scott Varney (Schuylerville, Greenwich) and Tom Williams (Five Rivers, Black Creek, Alcove)

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Date: 4/9/19 7:36 pm
From: Ronald Harrower <rharrower...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Red-shouldered Hawk with frog, Rusty Blackbirds :eBird Report - Bog Meadow Brook Nature Trail, Apr 9, 2019

> Bog Meadow Brook Nature Trail, Saratoga, New York, US
> Apr 9, 2019 11:20 AM - 1:05 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 3.0 mile(s)
> Comments: I parked in the Meadowbrook Rd lot and came in on the new plank walkway to the decking and into the woods. Waled to the bridge and back. Highlights included a Red-shouldered Hawk flying with a frog, two Brown Creepers nearby, 8 Rusty Blackbirds and 2 Fox Sparrows
> 38 species
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> Canada Goose 12
> Wood Duck 4
> Mallard 9
> Green-winged Teal 4 Tucked into grasses on far shore of big beaver pond
> Ring-necked Duck 2
> Mourning Dove 4
> Ring-billed Gull 2
> Great Blue Heron 1
> Turkey Vulture 3
> Red-shouldered Hawk 1 200 yards away, did best I could to bring it in with camera. I have never seen a hawk with a frog before
> Belted Kingfisher 4 a pair in large pond and in pond near Meadowbrook Rd parking lot
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
> Downy Woodpecker 4
> Hairy Woodpecker 1
> Pileated Woodpecker 1
> Northern Flicker 1
> Eastern Phoebe 3
> Blue Jay 3
> American Crow 2
> Tree Swallow 9
> Black-capped Chickadee 6
> Tufted Titmouse 2
> White-breasted Nuthatch 3
> Brown Creeper 2
> Winter Wren 1 Doing its trill in marshy woods half way through
> Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
> Eastern Bluebird 2
> American Robin 5
> Fox Sparrow 1
> White-throated Sparrow 1
> Song Sparrow 11
> Swamp Sparrow 4
> Red-winged Blackbird 26
> Rusty Blackbird 6
> Common Grackle 11
> Northern Cardinal 4
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54769915
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> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)


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Date: 4/9/19 6:26 pm
From: Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Tomorrow's destination, 4/11
As was pointed out to me, (thanks, Bob!) I mean, of course, THURSDAY not Wednesday.

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Date: 4/9/19 2:56 pm
From: Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Tomorrow's destination, 4/11
Migrants are on the move! Waterfowl are clearing out and making way for the early passerines we've been longing to see.

Let's meet at the Lake Ave entrance to Bog Meadow Brook trail at 8:00am. Improvements were made last year but the trail may still be wet in spots - pick your footgear appropriately.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Bog+Meadow+Brook+Nature+Trail/@43.0848101,-73.7370012,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x89de30a44467d77b:0xd6c00413e4340508!8m2!3d43.0848101!4d-73.7348125?hl=en&authuser=0

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Date: 4/9/19 1:21 pm
From: kernscot <kernscot...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Austerlitz- Turkey, Phoebe
Austerlitz, Columbia, New York, US
Apr 9, 2019 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     overcast, temp 50 F rain storm coming
8 species

Wild Turkey  7
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  3
Tufted Titmouse  1
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  1

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Date: 4/8/19 12:49 pm
From: John Kent <k2ent76...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Long-tailed Ducks, Selkirk
There is a group of seven Long-tailed Ducks on the Hudson at Henry Hudson Park in Selkirk.

John Kent
Selkirk

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Date: 4/8/19 9:07 am
From: LJNew via Groups.Io <LJNew=<aol.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Hoodies at 5 Rivers
A nice pair of M/F Hooded Mergansers in the Wood Duck Marsh last evening. 
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Lucy in Albany

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Date: 4/7/19 8:17 pm
From: Earthday49 via Groups.Io <Earthday49=<aol.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Tomhannock Reservoir
Pretty quiet on the south end of the reservoir.  The island, on the right side just before crossing the reservoir on Rt. 7, appears to have at least 15 active Blue Heron nests and more than a dozen Double Crested Cormorant nests.  The only waterfowl in the area were a few Canada Geese and some Common Mergansers.

Alan S.

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Date: 4/7/19 7:06 pm
From: scottjstoner via Groups.Io <ScottJStoner=<aol.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Collins Park today
Denise and I birded Collins Lake and environs this afternoon. Highlights included horned grebe in nice breeding plumage, pied billed grebe, ruddy duck, bufflehead, ring-necked duck, common mergansers wood duck, and great blue heron. Scott Stoner, LoudounvilleSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
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Date: 4/7/19 1:30 pm
From: donna <ddw962...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Schenectady County Airport
There were no less than 8 Killdeer, all within close proximity to each other, in the grass off Tower Rd.  One was actively working on its nest at the grasses edge. 

A depression in the grass held a reasonable amount of water and a lone Killdeer was there keeping company with a foraging Wilson’s Snipe. While not a lifer for me it was the first time I got excellent looks at a Snipe and I really enjoyed watching it. 

I know Upland Sandpiper has been reported here. Can anyone give me an idea where on the grounds I’d look for it?  I’m thinking it should be arriving relatively soon. (?)

donna

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Date: 4/7/19 12:33 pm
From: jhershey2 <hersheyj...>
Subject: [hmbirds] HMBC Vischer Ferry Field Trip
Fifteen eager participants met this morning at 8:00 am at Vischer Ferry Preserve for the HMBC Field Trip. After crossing the Whipple Bridge a few of us heard and then saw a RUSTY BLACKBIRD briefly. We then worked our way west on the towpath where we spotted a variety of beautiful, dabbling ducks including BLUE-WINGED TEAL, NORTHERN SHOVELER, GADWALL, AMERICAN WIGEON, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, and WOOD DUCK. Also present were BUFFLEHEAD, RING-NECKED DUCK, HOODED MERGANSER, and PIED-BILLED GREBE. Kudos go to Naomi, whose middle name is “Kestrel”, for finding and positively identifying a distant AMERICAN KESTREL perched in a tree. After traveling so far west on the towpath, we decided to continue with the 3-mile loop by going through the woods to get back to the main entrance. Most of the loop through the woods was very quiet birdwise, but a few heard an EASTERN TOWHEE and all of us heard a CAROLINA WREN. There were more ducks in the wet portion through the woods but no new species to add. Returning along the main path from the river we spotted a BALD EAGLE in the air and a perched GREAT BLUE HERON. Some of us saw a SAVANNAH SPARROW (not a common species at Vischer Ferry) along the main path as well. 

After reviewing our results from the morning we counted a respectable total of 47 species. And, of the 15 participants, 5 had one or more lifebirds. It would be great to see some of the newcomers as well as all the participants at future HMBC field trips. 

John Hershey, trip coordinator

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Date: 4/7/19 8:38 am
From: Earthday49 via Groups.Io <Earthday49=<aol.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Wild Turkey
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Observed a flock of 31 Wild Turkeys along Kings Road in Colonie this morning 4/7/19.   Several males in mating display.

Alan S.

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Date: 4/7/19 8:35 am
From: Earthday49 via Groups.Io <Earthday49=<aol.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Wild Turkey
observed a flock of 31 Wild Turkeys along Kings Road in Colonie.  Several males in mating display.

Alan S.

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Date: 4/6/19 4:38 pm
From: Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Saratoga County 4/6
In celebration of birding for 10 years today I went birding for 9.5 hours
and had a blast.

I started off accidentally running across a field trip for Southern
Adirondack Audubon led by Raymond Perry at Spring Run Trail in Saratoga and
ended up joining them. It was very birdy as usual, and we found the trail
was still hosting PINE SISKINS on its alders. The wetland had two singing
FOX SPARROWS and nearby was a WINTER WREN. All 5 of us had our
first-of-year RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET which put on a show and sang as well,
followed up by a whole bunch of GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS.

I then headed to Bog Meadow Brook Trail, which was quieter than last
weekend. I had one more SWAMP SPARROW than the one I had last time (making
two there now). Waterfowl numbers seemed very low but the water was the
highest I've ever seen it and a couple who sounded like they knew their
birds let me know plenty of waterfowl had been leaving the pond before I
got there. I found a large pocket of GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS in the woods
along with 4 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS. On my way back out I found myself
staring at a quiet, skulky FOX SPARROW in the brush.

I stopped at the Waterfront Park, Marine Boat Launch, and Brown's Beach at
Saratoga Lake but found the lake also lacking in waterfowl. My highlight
there were two COMMON LOONs. I got word of the EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL
at Wrights Loop and headed over there to get a great scoped view from Neal
(Thanks Neal)! Wrights is still hosting a good amount of Wood Ducks,
American Wigeon, Northern Pintail, Black Ducks, and (American) Green-winged
Teal along with hundreds of Mallards. On my way over there I spotted a
SHARP-SHINNED HAWK and AMERICAN KESTREL on the back side of the
Battlefield.

River Road in Stillwater had a PIED-BILLED GREBE right by the shore. I was
entertained by watching it rub its face with its strange flat toes. Next up
I did Fort Miller, which had another PIED-BILLED GREBE, a HORNED GREBE
(this one was waving its foot around in the air), a lone SNOW GOOSE, and my
first-of-year MYRTLE WARBLER. Another YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was there as
well. TREE SWALLOWS were starting to show up near the end.

I also drove by the Route 4 Osprey nest to see if anybody was back, and an
OSPREY was sitting on a pole nearby, calling.

All day, EASTERN PHOEBES were all over the place, seemingly back in their
desired nesting spots.

Amazing to imagine this day 10 years ago as a brand new birder who barely
knew anything about most of the birds I saw today! I don't know how I did
it in the beginning, but do remember how confusing it was that whole first
year.

Happy birding!

Lindsey D.

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Date: 4/6/19 2:33 pm
From: Heidi <hocka1...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Oakwood Cemetery, Troy
Saturday April 6:
4 soaring Turkey Vultures
Killdeer
E. Bluebird
Red-winged Blackbirds
Mallards
Canada Geese

The Wood Ducks previously seen were not in evidence today.

Heidi Klinowski
Troy

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Date: 4/6/19 1:56 pm
From: kernscot <kernscot...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Austerlitz- TV, B. Eagle
Austerlitz, Columbia, New York, US
Apr 6, 2019 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     some sun. clouds, wind 0-15 mph, afternoon temp 59 F
9 species

Turkey Vulture  1
Bald Eagle  1     adult flyover
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  5
Tufted Titmouse  1
American Robin  1
European Starling  3
Northern Cardinal  2

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Date: 4/6/19 1:30 pm
From: naomiking via Groups.Io <naomiking=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] FOY Fox Sparrows - Averill Park, 4/4/19
Late post but two Fox Sparrows scratching under my feeders on Thursday.

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Date: 4/6/19 1:15 pm
From: trwdsd via Groups.Io <trwdsd=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Virginia Rails, Black Creek Marsh- 4/6
Two Virginia Rails were calling at Black Creek Marsh in Voorheesville this morning. Rusty Blackbirds were rummaging through the flooded swamp west of Hennessey Rd., along with numerous Golden-crowned Kinglets, a few Palm Warblers (Yellow) and some Eastern Phoebes. Two pair of Belted Kingfishers were conducting aerial maneuvers overhead. On the the way out we had a FOY Eastern Towhee singing along Hennessey Rd.

Adding to John K.'s report from earlier in the morning, there were five Bonaparte's Gulls at the Alcove Reservoir around 1 PM.

Tom & Colleen Williams
Colonie

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Date: 4/6/19 11:15 am
From: John Kent <k2ent76...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Southern Albany County, 4/6
I was at Basic Creek Reservoir in Westerlo early this morning. From the west end of the causeway, I heard at least one Great Horned Owl calling before sunrise, and a Ruffed Grouse started drumming right at sunrise. Duck diversity was down from a couple of days ago. There were two Pied-billed Grebes. Ruddy Ducks have been conspicuously absent, apparently because the part of the reservoir they like to hang out in is still frozen. A Rusty Blackbird was vocalizing among a group of Red-winged Blackbirds The complete list is at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54615806

From the Alcove Reservoir spillway I saw a Common Loon, otherwise just a few Common Mergansers and Buffleheads. Three Belted Kingfishers were engaged in a noisy territorial dispute.

Stanton Pond had few ducks Gadwall, Ring-necked, Green-winged Teal, and Mallard.

At Hollyhock Hollow in South Bethlehem, I hit the mother lode of Golden-crowned Kinglets, with a conservative count of 25 in a short walk. I also had a Palm Warbler, two Winter Wrens, and a Brown Creeper there. I checked carefully for Louisiana Waterthrush along the Onesquethaw Creek but found none.

John Kent
Selkirk

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Date: 4/6/19 10:31 am
From: emberiza_tristrami <tristanlowery...>
Subject: [hmbirds] 4/6 - Normanskill Farm/New York State Museum field trip report
This morning's Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club field trip to Normanskill Farm began
with temperatures in the 30s, gray skies, and lingering spots of snow on
the ground, but ten participants ended up counting 41 species of birds
before decamping to a special behind-the-scenes tour of the New York State
Museum ornithology collection
<http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/research-collections/biology/ornithology> guided
by Curator of Birds, Dr. Jeremy Kirchman.

The trip got off to a good start in the Normanskill Parking lot with the
sighting of a pair of Common Mergansers swimming in the Normans Kill, as
well as a pair of Eastern Bluebirds perched atop some nearby trees.

Between the old farm buildings and the community gardens, we had great
looks at a pair of American Kestrels, a few Eastern Phoebes, recently
returned Tree Swallows, and a singing Swamp Sparrow. In the woods beyond
the hay fields, we found a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, and some participants
heard a distant Pileated Woodpecker.

Flyovers seen during the trip included Ring-billed Gulls, a Great Blue
Heron, and a Wood Duck drake. Before the trip began, a few participants saw
a small flock of Golden-crowned Kinglets and a Brown Creeper by the old
Delaware Avenue bridge that crosses the Normans Kill.

The New York State Museum ornithology tour that followed was - as always -
fascinating, given graciously with great enthusiasm and humor by Dr.
Kirchman. Special thanks to Jeremy from the Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club and the
field trip committee for taking the time to offer this wonderful look at
the Museum's collection and research. And thanks to all the field trip
participants who showed up this morning - I know we all had a great time.

Full eBird report with photos at the following link:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54626384

Tristan Lowery
Albany

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Date: 4/5/19 2:54 pm
From: zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Vosburgh Swamp Red-Breasted Merganser and Pine Warbler
Late this morning, I had a red-breasted merganser opposite the parking lot
at Vosburgh Swamp WMA. I also had a pine warbler sing from some pines
along the marsh, but never got it in binoculars. The same waterfowl that
have been present there for a week or so (teal, shovelers, gadwall)
continue, and multiple phoebes and Golden-crowned Kingsley’s were also
around.

On Fri, Apr 5, 2019 at 5:51 PM trwdsd via Groups.Io <trwdsd=
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> This morning at Five Rivers EEC in Delmar, before winter returned in the
> afternoon, I saw a Pine Warbler east of the scout pavilion along the
> service road. It was in, wait for it, a pine tree. Field Sparrow and Winter
> Wren heard singing as well.
>
> Tom Williams
> Colonie
>
>
> --
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774

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Date: 4/5/19 2:54 pm
From: trwdsd via Groups.Io <trwdsd=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] HMBC Field Trip reminder- Vischer Ferry NHP, Sun., April 7
*VISCHER FERRY NATURE AND HISTORIC PRESERVE (VFNHP)* (Saratoga County; morning)

Coordinator: *John Hershey* 518-371-3114 <hersheyj...>

We will start out on this trip looking for spring waterfowl such as American Wigeon, Green and Blue-winged Teal, Gadwall, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Wood Duck, Ring-necked Duck, Hooded Merganser, and Pied-billed Grebe. Other possibilities include Virginia Rail, American Bittern, Palm Warbler and Rusty Blackbird.

*Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the VFNHP main entrance, at the intersection of Riverview and Van Vranken Rds. in Clifton Park.

Map and info ( https://hmbc.net/event-3252025 )
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Date: 4/5/19 2:51 pm
From: trwdsd via Groups.Io <trwdsd=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Pine Warbler, Five Rivers EEC- 4/5
This morning at Five Rivers EEC in Delmar, before winter returned in the afternoon, I saw a Pine Warbler east of the scout pavilion along the service road. It was in, wait for it, a pine tree. Field Sparrow and Winter Wren heard singing as well.

Tom Williams
Colonie

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Date: 4/4/19 12:30 pm
From: Scott Varney <scottvarney1968...>
Subject: [hmbirds] FOS Osprey, Greenwich
Found my FOS Osprey, launching from a telephone pole on the corner of Edie
Road and Route 40 in Greenwich.

Scott Varney
Salem NY

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Date: 4/4/19 12:10 pm
From: Scott Varney <scottvarney1968...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Red-breasted Merganser
1 adult male Red-breasted Merganser being observed on River Road in
Schuylerville. Awesomely beautiful!

Scott Varney
Salem NY

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Date: 4/4/19 11:38 am
From: Earthday49 via Groups.Io <Earthday49=<aol.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Osprey
observed an Osprey circling over the Hudson River just north of the I-90 bridge around 6:30 pm yesterday 4/3/19

Alan S
Guilderland

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Date: 4/4/19 6:11 am
From: philwhitney17 <prmlwhitney59...>
Subject: [hmbirds] April 3 Birdline
Birdline summary for week ending April 3, 2019

20 reports; 56 species reported



Best of the week:

REDHEAD: Big Bay 4/1

HORNED GREBE: Collins Lake 4/1

NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL: Big Bay 4/1



Other notables:

Snow Goose: Fort Miller 3/28

American Wigeon: Watervliet Reservoir 3/28; Wrights Loop 3/29 (42); Collins Lake 4/1; Big Bay 4/1

Northern Pintail: Watervliet Reservoir 3/28; Wrights Loop 3/29 (47)

Blue-winged Teal: Round Lake 3/28 (2)

Greater Scaup: Collins Lake 4/1; Fort Miller 4/1 (2)

Lesser Scaup: Big Bay 4/1

Pied-billed Grebe: Watervliet Reservoir 3/28; Glen Lake 4/1 (2); Ann Lee Pond 4/2 (2)

Black Vulture: Ballston Spa 4/1 (2)

Bald Eagle: Watervliet Reservoir 3/28; Round Lake 3/28

Northern Harrier: Glens Falls 4/1

Rough-legged Hawk: Glens Falls 4/1

American Woodcock: Ann Lee Pond 3/29 (5); Coeymans 4/3

Common Raven: Albany 4/2 (2)

Fox Sparrow: Providence 3/31 (8); Thompsons Lake 3/31 (2); Glenville 4/1

Purple Finch: Guilderland 4/2



Thanks to Nancy Castillo (Providence), Dan (Collins Lake), Alan French (Glenville), David Harrison (Glen Lake, Glens Falls, Big Bay, Ballston Spa), Ron Harrower (Wrights Loop, Round Lake, Saratoga), Gabrielle Isenbrand (Delanson), Michelle Joyce (Coeymans), John Kent (Albany), Heidi Klinowski (Troy), Steve Mesick (Fort Miller), Kathleen Pratt (Burden Lake), Alan Schroeder (Watervliet, Ann Lee Pond, Guilderland), Scott Stoner (Ann Lee Pond, Vischer Ferry, Round Lake, Thompsons Lake) and Scott Varney (Fort Miller)

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Date: 4/4/19 5:58 am
From: Eric Molho via Groups.Io <molhoe=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Kinglets
A nice group of 7 golden-crowned kinglets doing gymnastics low in the roadside brush this am. Crowns showing well even without optics. Oakwood road delmar.

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Date: 4/3/19 4:26 pm
From: Michelle J via Groups.Io <mushka_81=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] American Woodcock 4.3.19 Field in back of Coeymans Industrial Park
American Woodcock at 5:45 a.m.  Recording attached.  This is a "life bird" for me.  :0)
Michelle Joyce

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Date: 4/3/19 6:43 am
From: Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Tomorrow's destination, 4/4
Passerine migration is juuuuust beginning, but the big action right now is waterfowl, particularly in spots like Wright's Loop.

Let's meet at the Mechanicville Price Chopper at 8:00 and head up river to see what's new.

Naomi  



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Date: 4/2/19 4:13 pm
From: John Kent <k2ent76...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Urban Ravens
A pair of Common Ravens is building a nest on the underside of the ramp that is slated to become the Albany Skyway, directly above the Water Street state employee parking lot. Last spring I saw a pair, probably the same ones, raiding pigeon nests under the ramps in this area, but I dont think they bred nearby last year. As far as I know, this is the first instance of ravens nesting in an urban location in the Capital District. I will be keeping tabs on the nest, as I park under it daily.

John Kent
Selkirk


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Date: 4/2/19 1:47 pm
From: Heidi <hocka1...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Eastern Phoebes in Troy
Saw a pair of E. Phoebes today in Oakwood Cemetery very near Uncle Sam's grave.
I have seen them nest above the entrance to one of the nearby mausoleums in past years.

Heidi Klinowski
Troy

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Date: 4/2/19 11:31 am
From: Earthday49 via Groups.Io <Earthday49=<aol.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] April 2 sightings
Ann Lee Pond
   1 Killdeer
   2 Pied-billed Grebes

Guilderland
   1 pr. Purple Finch

Alan S.
Guilderland

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Date: 4/2/19 9:01 am
From: Rico Birdo via Groups.Io <ricobirdo=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] FOY Phoebe
Heard just now in Delanson. FeeBee!

Gabrielle Isenbrand
Esperance

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Date: 4/1/19 3:20 pm
From: Alan <adfrench...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Glenville)
I was just scanning around the trees out back and a Yellow-bellied
Sapsucker landed in my field of view.

Clear skies, Alan
Glenville

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Date: 4/1/19 2:51 pm
From: <David.harrison57...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Southern Warren County Birds and Listing
Today, visits to the Warren County Bike Path at Glen Lake, the Floyd Bennett Memorial Airfield and Hudson Pointe Nature Preserve produced some excellent birding. There was a Pied-billed Grebe at the Bike Path, along with a smattering of unremarkable waterfowl visible on Glen Lake. A quick pull in to the Great Escape Waterpark yielded 4 Green-winged Teal, a Great Blue Heron and a Kingfisher. At the airport east of Glens Falls, a lingering light phase Rough-leg and a Northern Harrier were the highlights. Big Bay, accessible from Hudson Pointe Nature Preserve and still mostly iced over was loaded with distant ducks. There were over 250, mostly Ring-necked Ducks; but I was able to pull out drake Redhead and Lesser Scaup and a few American Wigeons and Gadwalls among the more common species. A warning about this location - the trail to the Bay is very icy and requires lots of care to navigate.
The #1 highlight of the day was a Northern Saw-whet Owl that was being mobbed by Chickadees, visible high in a conifer near the beginning of the trail.
The #2 highlight of the day was the Green-winged Teal, which became the 100th species that I have seen in all 11 Region 8 counties, a goal I set for myself about 10 years ago.
A couple of Black Vultures over Rte. 50 in Ballston Spa rounded out the morning and brought the final tally for the day to 45 species.
David Harrison
Milford, NJ visiting in Scotia

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Date: 4/1/19 12:15 pm
From: Scott Varney <scottvarney1968...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Tree Swallows at Hudson Crossing
I visited Hudson Crossing today in Schuylerville (lunch break) and found
approximately 30 Tree Swallows skimming the Hudson River near the boat
launch. Also observed a single Eastern Phoebe along the trail in the same
area. Fort Miller currently has a nice waterfowl mix, with vocal Common
Mergansers, Greater Scaup pair, Bufflehead, Ring-necked Ducks, Black Ducks,
and Mallards. Only a handfull of Canada Geese right now. A Black Bear in my
backyard this morning was a fantastic reminder that Spring is here! Happy
Trout Season!

Scott Varney
Salem, NY

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Date: 4/1/19 10:01 am
From: Alan <adfrench...>
Subject: [hmbirds] New Arrivals
The Eastern Phoebe returned on March 29 and the first Fox Sparrow is
here today.

Clear skies, Alan
Glenville

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Date: 4/1/19 10:00 am
From: Kathleen Pratt <kathypratt19...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Ring Necked Ducks
Saw 2 pair of Ring Necked Ducks on 3rd Burden Lake today near the north end of the lake.

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Date: 4/1/19 5:11 am
From: Dan’s nycap <dleonard8...>
Subject: [hmbirds] eBird -- Collins Lake, Collins Park -- Apr 1, 2019
Nice look at one male Horned Grebe this AM...

Collins Lake, Collins Park
Apr 1, 2019
7:53 AM
Stationary
7 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.9.0 Build 9

10 Canada Goose
2 American Wigeon
4 Mallard
7 Ring-necked Duck
0 Greater Scaup
9 Common Merganser
1 Horned Grebe -- Actively feeding male in breeding plumage, near Collins Lake boat launch.

Number of Taxa: 7


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Date: 3/31/19 4:50 pm
From: scottjstoner via Groups.Io <ScottJStoner=<aol.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Thompsons Lake SP--Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center, Mar 31, 2019
Highlights from Denise and my half hour visit were the two fox sparrows this afternoon, and an impressive concentration of 30 juncos!  Our full list from ebird is below. Scott Stoner, Loudonville


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Subject: eBird Report - Thompsons Lake SP--Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center, Mar 31, 2019

Thompsons Lake SP--Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center, Albany, New York, US
Mar 31, 2019 3:03 PM - 3:33 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.03 mile(s)
18 species

Canada Goose  6
Mourning Dove  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  3
Black-capped Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
American Robin  1
American Goldfinch  3
Fox Sparrow  2
Dark-eyed Junco  30
Song Sparrow  3
Red-winged Blackbird  30
Brown-headed Cowbird  10
Common Grackle  30
Northern Cardinal  1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54418066

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

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Date: 3/31/19 11:12 am
From: Nancy Castillo <wbu...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Fox Sparrows
Just hosted 8 Fox Sparrows scratching away on the open spots in the yard.



Town of Providence, western Saratoga County.


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Date: 3/31/19 11:01 am
From: Earthday49 via Groups.Io <Earthday49=<aol.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] March 31
FOS Cowbird (female) at the feeder today.  Looks like we are down to two pair of Cardinals now after having 11 most of the winter.  A pair of Pileated Woodpeckers came to the feeder also.

Alan S

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Date: 3/30/19 5:37 pm
From: scottjstoner via Groups.Io <ScottJStoner=<aol.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] This afternoon at Vischer Ferry and Round Lake
Denise and I birded the Vischer Ferry NHP and Round Lake/Round Lake preserve, in Saratoga county, this afternoon. At vischer ferry (where we joined forces with John Hershey to explore the towpath) there were green-winged teal, blue-winged teal, northern shoveler, bufflehead, ring-necked duck, Am. wigeon, mallard, Am. black duck, hooded merganser, pileated woodpecker, great blue heron, belted kingfisher, grackles and red winged blackbirds, and a very vocal pied-billed grebe.At the NYSDEC boat launch on rt 9 on the west side of Round Lake, most of the lake.was still frozen, but two small areas of open water were full of mergansers. 83 common mergs and about 15 hooded. And an immature bald eagle overhead!Finally, at the Round Lake preserve, we came across an early chipping sparrow along with more waterfowl and blackbirds. Encouragingly, a sign there showed an extensive planned set of trails that will traverse a variety of habitats and offer additional views of the Anthony Kill as well as of round lake. Scott Stoner, LoudounvilleSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
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Date: 3/30/19 6:38 am
From: scottjstoner via Groups.Io <ScottJStoner=<aol.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] American Woodcock near Ann Lee Pond in Colonie
Last night (March 29) from about 9 - 9:30 PM, Denise and I had a total of 5 birds peenting, at least 3 of which were also doing their display flight in the pasture area between Ann Lee Pond and the Shaker Heritage site buildings. - Scott Stoner, Loudonville

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Date: 3/29/19 6:40 am
From: philwhitney17 <prmlwhitney59...>
Subject: [hmbirds] March 27 Birdline
Birdline summary for week ending March 27:

9 reports; 37 species reported



Best of the week:

MERLIN: Salem 3/23 (3)



Other notables:

American Wigeon: Averill Park 3/26

Lesser Scaup: 4 Mile Point 3/24

Common Loon: Coxsakie 3/24

Pied-billed Grebe: Salem 3/23

Turkey Vulture: Troy 3/25 (3)

Bald Eagle: 4 Mile Point 3/24 (3); Hudson 3/27 (2)

Northern Harrier: Vosburgh Marsh 3/24

Killdeer: Troy 3/25 (7)

Tree Swallow: Schagticoke 3/25 (30)

Eastern Bluebird: Troy 3/25, 3/26 (2)

Northern Mockingbird: Troy 3/25

Fox Sparrow: Guilderland 3/25



Thanks to Rich Guthrie (Hudson), Brenda Inskeep (Coxsackie), Heidi Klinowski (Troy), Jim de Waal Malefyt (Schagticoke), Alan Mapes (Vosburgh Marsh, 4 Mile Point), Kathleen Pratt (Averill Park), Alan Schroeder (Guilderland) and Scott Varney (Salem)

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Date: 3/29/19 2:13 am
From: Ronald Harrower <rharrower...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Duck o Rama: eBird Report - Wrights Loop North, Mar 28, 2019

>
> Wrights Loop North, Saratoga, New York, US
> Mar 28, 2019 12:34 PM - 1:19 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.3 mile(s)
> Comments: After seeing several reports from Wrights Loop over past few days and being in Philadelphia, I made a beeline to it today and was not disappointed. The Western half of the field is covered by a vernal pool 200 yards long and 100 yards wide. It is chock a block full of waterfowl. Mallards outnumber all other ducks combined and there were a lot of ducks. There was a general mixing in places, but there were definitely duck "neighborhoods" where a bunch of Wigeons, a bunch of Pintails, Wood Ducks and Green winged Teal. Working the edges were 2 Killdeer. I wished I could have been invisible and able to get out more in the middle, the far side was along way from the road.
> 18 species
>
> Canada Goose 76
> Wood Duck 57 more than I initially reported. I counted every one. A later reporter had 75. They are one the move
> American Wigeon 42
> Mallard 365
> American Black Duck 44
> Northern Pintail 47
> Green-winged Teal 29
> Mourning Dove 2
> Killdeer 2
> Turkey Vulture 3
> Red-tailed Hawk 1
> Northern Flicker 1
> Blue Jay 4
> American Crow 7
> Tufted Titmouse 1
> Song Sparrow 6
> Red-winged Blackbird 29
> Common Grackle 18
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54325183
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)


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Date: 3/29/19 2:11 am
From: Ronald Harrower <rharrower...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Ruddy Duck :eBird Report - Rte 32 Town of Saratoga, Mar 28, 2019

>
> Rte 32 Town of Saratoga, Saratoga, New York, US
> Mar 28, 2019 11:26 AM - 11:38 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.1 mile(s)
> Comments: Stopped by pond on rte 32, 3/4 mile South from Hathaway Rd. More than half the pond was frozen, but a fair number of waterfowl were along the edges. The most unexpected was a Ruddy Duck with Canada Geese.
> 9 species
>
> Canada Goose 42
> Mallard 25
> American Black Duck 12
> Ring-necked Duck 12
> Hooded Merganser 7
> Ruddy Duck 1
> Hairy Woodpecker 1 Peek, peeking next to me
> Red-winged Blackbird 23
> Common Grackle 9
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54325295
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Date: 3/29/19 2:10 am
From: Ronald Harrower <rharrower...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Blue-winged Teal : eBird Report - Round Lake Preserve (Saratoga Co.), Mar 28, 2019

>
> Round Lake Preserve (Saratoga Co.), Saratoga, New York, US
> Mar 28, 2019 3:36 PM - 4:01 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.3 mile(s)
> Comments: I drove down to the boat launch and put handicapped hanger to use as the other walk would have been too long.Lots of blackbirds everywhere. I saw a pair of Blue-winged Teal and thought I got one shot of them in the water before going airborne. The attached shot shows how quickly the drake shot up. The hen is still on the water, but was quickly with him in flying away.
> Saw first Tree Swallows for me. A Bufflehead and several Ring-necked Ducks were in wide marsh. Wondered if they would be out on the Lake if it were not frozen.
> 18 species (+1 other taxa)
>
> Canada Goose 9
> Wood Duck 2
> Blue-winged Teal 2
> Mallard 6
> American Black Duck 4
> Ring-necked Duck 6
> Bufflehead 1
> Common Goldeneye 5
> Hooded Merganser 3
> Mourning Dove 7
> Turkey Vulture 5
> Bald Eagle 1
> Blue Jay 2
> American Crow 8
> Tree Swallow 3
> American Robin 16
> Red-winged Blackbird 54
> Common Grackle 19
> blackbird sp. 2
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54325482
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)


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Date: 3/28/19 5:48 pm
From: Steve Mesick <stvmesick...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Snow Geese including dark morphs
Just south of Fort Miller today a small group of Snow Geese with two dark
morphs among them. Also Wrights Loop is revving up with eight species of
waterfowl today.

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Date: 3/28/19 9:24 am
From: Tom Lake via Groups.Io <trlake7=<aol.com...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] [MidHudsonBirds] Bald Eagle nest - Hudson, Columbia County
Brenda,
Bald Eagles are no longer the new kid on the block. Go back 20 years and they seemed to be necessary for everyone's life list, so we had to keep a low profile. 
Now they are far too common to hide away. However, they are no less vulnerable especially when incubating and even more so with nestlings. There are a few records in the Hudson Valley of adults abandoning nestlings for their own perceived safety (Bald Eagles innately know that if they flee danger they can survive to have another brood; if they stay and flight, the lineage might end.)
Causes to that effect include trail bikes, loud outboards, outright vandalism (rock-throwing, etc.) and those exist today as much as ever. Now we add DRONES to the mix. So yours and Rich's heed to contribute to their safekeeping is right on. 
Let's keep in mind that eagles are not necessarily overly-shy around people. There have been a couple of nest in Dutchess County where the nest was less that 30 feet from a garage door or a deck.
I am have always believed that eagles have a sense of people that we cannot measure. I led a group of Girl Scouts last spring on a hike and we passed under a pine tree with an adult perched 15 feet over our heads. We maintained total silence, did not make eye contact, and the bird did not move a feather. But I have seen instances where a group of loud boisterous people put up a half-dozen eagles from an ice floe 20 feet offshore. It is like they can tell your life history and your thoughts about wildlife. 
Tom Lake 




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Subject: Re: [hmbirds] [MidHudsonBirds] Bald Eagle nest - Hudson, Columbia County

I lived most of my life in the Greater Phoenix area where finding a Bald Eagle, or even a nest, is uncommon compared to the Hudson River Valley where they seem abundant. They have nested at Lake Pleasant northwest of Phoenix for many years and the area is closed to boating and foot traffic every “season.” However, I will never forget the heartbreaking news maybe 15 years ago when the father was shot off the nest and killed resulting in the mother being unable to feed and protect her hungry eaglets and they ended up being removed and taken into rehab. There is still a pair nesting on Lake Pleasant and they continue to close the area to give them a chance. A webcam has been installed for monitoring and to enable the general public an opportunity to watch these birds and satisfy curiosity without intruding...for anyone interested: https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.azcentral.com/amp/2467759002
Closing the Hudson is not an option as is one section of a lake and monitoring every nest via live cam is impossible. Hopefully this pair in Riverside will succeed as will so many others across this country, either in plain view or in more concealed locations. I agree with Rich that it is up to us to ensure the “safekeeping” of some of the more conspicuous nests. Citizen monitoring with public education might make a difference with even one person who doesn’t realize the interference caused by something like a drone and simply being too close. I don’t know a number to call if such disturbances or violations are observed and maybe someone can post it to this list. Some people are viscous and have such little respect for anything in nature and on this earth no matter what.
It is a blessing to be able to observe these magnificent yet fragile birds raise families, even from the comfort of the backyard. They have been here all winter housekeeping and are now feeding young. This past weekend an adult flew off the nest and dove at a Bufflehead, which narrowly escaped capture. I didn’t realize they would try to take a small duck. There have been many fledglings from this nest even with increasing boating activity on the river during spring and summer.
May there be continued success, which starts with respect, distance, our help and attention.
Brenda Inskeep in Coxsackie
On Mar 28, 2019, at 10:34 AM, Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...> wrote:


If you are familiar with the situation, you'll know that this eagle nest will not be a secret to anyone, especially when the young hatch and activity at that nest increases.

With the boating season about to begin (has begun?), the more concerned eyes there the better.

That park is crowded with cars and boats on a nice spring day - like yesterday.

I already advised one gauker that flying his drone over to get a picture would likely result in having his drone confiscated and himself with a hefty fine.
The eagles had no idea what they were getting themselves into when they decided to build their nest there.
It's now up to us to see to their safekeeping.

Rich

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Hi Rich - Interesting as to how times have changed. In the early-to-mid 2000s, such a find (a new and highly visible Bald Eagle nest) would have immediately gone under a cloak of secrecy. Our concern was primarily to protect the nest from human intrusion, which was all too common, both accidental and intentional.
Eagles had much more Federal protection then as well (Endangered Species), and with far fewer nests, viewing them was a much more unique and rewarding experience.
Now we have what seems like a nest in every riverside tree, every back country pond, every upland forest, and they fly among us garnering far less attention.
While our collective trust of human and what they are capable of has not diminished,    being less circumspect with regard to where they are located seems to be a fair change in our approach to secrecy ... as long as we still maintain diligence for their safety and privacy.
Tom Lake 


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Subject: [MidHudsonBirds] Bald Eagle nest - Hudson, Columbia County

 There's a very visible Bald Eagle nest directly across from the parking area and boat launch at the Riverside Park (go around the train station & cross the RR tracks to the park).

It is so visible that everyone who stops at this popular park will see it.

I can imagine the commotion when the eggs hatch and two or three juvenile eaglets are hopping around on the nest and tree limbs.
Let's hope that the viewing public respects the eagles - especially after the boating season begins and picnickers visit the island under the nest.

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Date: 3/28/19 8:57 am
From: Brenda Inskeep <binskeep...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] [MidHudsonBirds] Bald Eagle nest - Hudson, Columbia County
I lived most of my life in the Greater Phoenix area where finding a Bald Eagle, or even a nest, is uncommon compared to the Hudson River Valley where they seem abundant. They have nested at Lake Pleasant northwest of Phoenix for many years and the area is closed to boating and foot traffic every “season.” However, I will never forget the heartbreaking news maybe 15 years ago when the father was shot off the nest and killed resulting in the mother being unable to feed and protect her hungry eaglets and they ended up being removed and taken into rehab. There is still a pair nesting on Lake Pleasant and they continue to close the area to give them a chance. A webcam has been installed for monitoring and to enable the general public an opportunity to watch these birds and satisfy curiosity without intruding...for anyone interested: https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.azcentral.com/amp/2467759002

Closing the Hudson is not an option as is one section of a lake and monitoring every nest via live cam is impossible. Hopefully this pair in Riverside will succeed as will so many others across this country, either in plain view or in more concealed locations. I agree with Rich that it is up to us to ensure the “safekeeping” of some of the more conspicuous nests. Citizen monitoring with public education might make a difference with even one person who doesn’t realize the interference caused by something like a drone and simply being too close. I don’t know a number to call if such disturbances or violations are observed and maybe someone can post it to this list. Some people are viscous and have such little respect for anything in nature and on this earth no matter what.

It is a blessing to be able to observe these magnificent yet fragile birds raise families, even from the comfort of the backyard. They have been here all winter housekeeping and are now feeding young. This past weekend an adult flew off the nest and dove at a Bufflehead, which narrowly escaped capture. I didn’t realize they would try to take a small duck. There have been many fledglings from this nest even with increasing boating activity on the river during spring and summer.

May there be continued success, which starts with respect, distance, our help and attention.

Brenda Inskeep
in Coxsackie

> On Mar 28, 2019, at 10:34 AM, Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...> wrote:
>
> If you are familiar with the situation, you'll know that this eagle nest will not be a secret to anyone, especially when the young hatch and activity at that nest increases.
>
> With the boating season about to begin (has begun?), the more concerned eyes there the better.
>
> That park is crowded with cars and boats on a nice spring day - like yesterday.
>
> I already advised one gauker that flying his drone over to get a picture would likely result in having his drone confiscated and himself with a hefty fine.
>
> The eagles had no idea what they were getting themselves into when they decided to build their nest there.
>
> It's now up to us to see to their safekeeping.
>
> Rich
>
>> On Thu, Mar 28, 2019 at 9:48 AM TOM LAKE <trlake7...> wrote:
>> Hi Rich -
>> Interesting as to how times have changed. In the early-to-mid 2000s, such a find (a new and highly visible Bald Eagle nest) would have immediately gone under a cloak of secrecy. Our concern was primarily to protect the nest from human intrusion, which was all too common, both accidental and intentional.
>>
>> Eagles had much more Federal protection then as well (Endangered Species), and with far fewer nests, viewing them was a much more unique and rewarding experience.
>>
>> Now we have what seems like a nest in every riverside tree, every back country pond, every upland forest, and they fly among us garnering far less attention.
>>
>> While our collective trust of human and what they are capable of has not diminished, being less circumspect with regard to where they are located seems to be a fair change in our approach to secrecy ... as long as we still maintain diligence for their safety and privacy.
>>
>> Tom Lake
>>
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>> Sent: Wed, Mar 27, 2019 11:05 pm
>> Subject: [MidHudsonBirds] Bald Eagle nest - Hudson, Columbia County
>>
>> There's a very visible Bald Eagle nest directly across from the parking area and boat launch at the Riverside Park (go around the train station & cross the RR tracks to the park).
>>
>> It is so visible that everyone who stops at this popular park will see it.
>>
>> I can imagine the commotion when the eggs hatch and two or three juvenile eaglets are hopping around on the nest and tree limbs.
>>
>> Let's hope that the viewing public respects the eagles - especially after the boating season begins and picnickers visit the island under the nest.
>>
>> Rich Guthrie
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Subject: Re: [hmbirds] [MidHudsonBirds] Bald Eagle nest - Hudson, Columbia County
Unfortunately, my experience has been that DRONES hold a special place in the realm of enforcement, or lack of. 
In the half-dozen times I have witnesses inappropriate flying of drones, by the time enforcement arrives they are gone or ready to argue their Constitutional right to fly wherever they please. It is a sticky issue.
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Subject: Re: [MidHudsonBirds] Bald Eagle nest - Hudson, Columbia County

  If you are familiar with the situation, you'll know that this eagle nest will not be a secret to anyone, especially when the young hatch and activity at that nest increases.

With the boating season about to begin (has begun?), the more concerned eyes there the better.

That park is crowded with cars and boats on a nice spring day - like yesterday.

I already advised one gauker that flying his drone over to get a picture would likely result in having his drone confiscated and himself with a hefty fine.
The eagles had no idea what they were getting themselves into when they decided to build their nest there.
It's now up to us to see to their safekeeping.

Rich

On Thu, Mar 28, 2019 at 9:48 AM TOM LAKE <trlake7...> wrote:

Hi Rich - Interesting as to how times have changed. In the early-to-mid 2000s, such a find (a new and highly visible Bald Eagle nest) would have immediately gone under a cloak of secrecy. Our concern was primarily to protect the nest from human intrusion, which was all too common, both accidental and intentional.
Eagles had much more Federal protection then as well (Endangered Species), and with far fewer nests, viewing them was a much more unique and rewarding experience.
Now we have what seems like a nest in every riverside tree, every back country pond, every upland forest, and they fly among us garnering far less attention.
While our collective trust of human and what they are capable of has not diminished,    being less circumspect with regard to where they are located seems to be a fair change in our approach to secrecy ... as long as we still maintain diligence for their safety and privacy.
Tom Lake 


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Subject: [MidHudsonBirds] Bald Eagle nest - Hudson, Columbia County

  There's a very visible Bald Eagle nest directly across from the parking area and boat launch at the Riverside Park (go around the train station & cross the RR tracks to the park).

It is so visible that everyone who stops at this popular park will see it.

I can imagine the commotion when the eggs hatch and two or three juvenile eaglets are hopping around on the nest and tree limbs.
Let's hope that the viewing public respects the eagles - especially after the boating season begins and picnickers visit the island under the nest.

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Date: 3/28/19 7:57 am
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Subject: [hmbirds] Help Catalogue MHLC's Birds + Attend our eBird Training - April 6th
Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy is calling all birders! We are looking for help documenting the bird species found on our protected lands in order to better manage our land for bird habitat and help guide the protection of future properties. In order to do this, we will be organizing a series of bird survey walks throughout the spring and summer for volunteer birders to catalogue species through the eBird app across both our public preserves and private easement lands.

I know an eBird training was recently hosted, but to ensure all interested participants have the opportunity to learn how to use this app, MHLC will be hosting an eBird and Merlin app training with Andrew Dreelin of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. We'll be providing tools to hone your bird identification skills and learn how you can contribute to Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy's need for information about our local birds. Those who attend this training will be eligible to participate in the citizen science eBirding group conducting eBird surveys throughout the 2019 season.

Here are the training details:

eBirding Training: A Citizen Science Volunteer Opportunity
Saturday, April 6 from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
First United Methodist Church, 428 Kenwood Ave, Delmar NY
Space is limited, so please register early: https://mohawkhudson.org/events/

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We greatly appreciate your time and expertise!

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Date: 3/28/19 7:52 am
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Subject: Re: [hmbirds] [MidHudsonBirds] Bald Eagle nest - Hudson, Columbia County
Thanks for the heads-up, Rich.

In the past, DEC put up “No Landing” signs and other eagle nesting warning signs on Rogers Island (under the Rip van Winkle Bridge) and on other dredge spoil islands in the river. Can’t hurt to ask them to do this again, but as usual, enforcement is always an issue.

Larry

From: Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...> [MidHudsonBirds]
Sent: Thursday, March 28, 2019 10:34 AM
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Subject: Re: [MidHudsonBirds] Bald Eagle nest - Hudson, Columbia County



If you are familiar with the situation, you'll know that this eagle nest will not be a secret to anyone, especially when the young hatch and activity at that nest increases.


With the boating season about to begin (has begun?), the more concerned eyes there the better.


That park is crowded with cars and boats on a nice spring day - like yesterday.


I already advised one gauker that flying his drone over to get a picture would likely result in having his drone confiscated and himself with a hefty fine.

The eagles had no idea what they were getting themselves into when they decided to build their nest there.

It's now up to us to see to their safekeeping.


Rich


On Thu, Mar 28, 2019 at 9:48 AM TOM LAKE <trlake7...> wrote:

Hi Rich -
Interesting as to how times have changed. In the early-to-mid 2000s, such a find (a new and highly visible Bald Eagle nest) would have immediately gone under a cloak of secrecy. Our concern was primarily to protect the nest from human intrusion, which was all too common, both accidental and intentional.

Eagles had much more Federal protection then as well (Endangered Species), and with far fewer nests, viewing them was a much more unique and rewarding experience.

Now we have what seems like a nest in every riverside tree, every back country pond, every upland forest, and they fly among us garnering far less attention.

While our collective trust of human and what they are capable of has not diminished, being less circumspect with regard to where they are located seems to be a fair change in our approach to secrecy ... as long as we still maintain diligence for their safety and privacy.

Tom Lake



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Subject: [MidHudsonBirds] Bald Eagle nest - Hudson, Columbia County



There's a very visible Bald Eagle nest directly across from the parking area and boat launch at the Riverside Park (go around the train station & cross the RR tracks to the park).


It is so visible that everyone who stops at this popular park will see it.


I can imagine the commotion when the eggs hatch and two or three juvenile eaglets are hopping around on the nest and tree limbs.

Let's hope that the viewing public respects the eagles - especially after the boating season begins and picnickers visit the island under the nest.


Rich Guthrie


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Date: 3/28/19 7:34 am
From: Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] [MidHudsonBirds] Bald Eagle nest - Hudson, Columbia County
If you are familiar with the situation, you'll know that this eagle nest
will not be a secret to anyone, especially when the young hatch and
activity at that nest increases.

With the boating season about to begin (has begun?), the more concerned
eyes there the better.

That park is crowded with cars and boats on a nice spring day - like
yesterday.

I already advised one gauker that flying his drone over to get a picture
would likely result in having his drone confiscated and himself with a
hefty fine.

The eagles had no idea what they were getting themselves into when they
decided to build their nest there.

It's now up to us to see to their safekeeping.

Rich

On Thu, Mar 28, 2019 at 9:48 AM TOM LAKE <trlake7...> wrote:

> *Hi Rich - *
> Interesting as to how times have changed. In the early-to-mid 2000s, such
> a find (a new and highly visible Bald Eagle nest) would have immediately
> gone under a cloak of secrecy. Our concern was primarily to protect the
> nest from human intrusion, which was all too common, both accidental and
> intentional.
>
> Eagles had much more Federal protection then as well (Endangered Species),
> and with far fewer nests, viewing them was a much more unique and rewarding
> experience.
>
> Now we have what seems like a nest in every riverside tree, every back
> country pond, every upland forest, and they fly among us garnering far less
> attention.
>
> While our collective trust of human and what they are capable of has not
> diminished, being less circumspect with regard to where they are located
> seems to be a fair change in our approach to secrecy ... as long as we
> still maintain diligence for their safety and privacy.
>
> *Tom Lake *
>
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> Subject: [MidHudsonBirds] Bald Eagle nest - Hudson, Columbia County
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> There's a *very* visible Bald Eagle nest directly across from the parking
> area and boat launch at the Riverside Park (go around the train station &
> cross the RR tracks to the park).
>
> It is so visible that everyone who stops at this popular park will see it.
>
> I can imagine the commotion when the eggs hatch and two or three juvenile
> eaglets are hopping around on the nest and tree limbs.
>
> Let's hope that the viewing public respects the eagles - especially after
> the boating season begins and picnickers visit the island under the nest.
>
> Rich Guthrie
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Date: 3/28/19 7:17 am
From: Earthday49 via Groups.Io <Earthday49=<aol.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Watervliet Reservoir
This morning at Watervliet Reservoir in Guilderland.

Bald Eagle
Pied-billed Grebe
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Pintail
American Wigeon
Ring-necked Duck
Green-winged Teal
Canada Goose
Black Duck
Mallard
Red-Tailed Hawk

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Date: 3/28/19 6:48 am
From: Tom Lake via Groups.Io <trlake7=<aol.com...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] [MidHudsonBirds] Bald Eagle nest - Hudson, Columbia County
Hi Rich - Interesting as to how times have changed. In the early-to-mid 2000s, such a find (a new and highly visible Bald Eagle nest) would have immediately gone under a cloak of secrecy. Our concern was primarily to protect the nest from human intrusion, which was all too common, both accidental and intentional.
Eagles had much more Federal protection then as well (Endangered Species), and with far fewer nests, viewing them was a much more unique and rewarding experience.
Now we have what seems like a nest in every riverside tree, every back country pond, every upland forest, and they fly among us garnering far less attention.
While our collective trust of human and what they are capable of has not diminished,    being less circumspect with regard to where they are located seems to be a fair change in our approach to secrecy ... as long as we still maintain diligence for their safety and privacy.
Tom Lake 


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Subject: [MidHudsonBirds] Bald Eagle nest - Hudson, Columbia County

  There's a very visible Bald Eagle nest directly across from the parking area and boat launch at the Riverside Park (go around the train station & cross the RR tracks to the park).

It is so visible that everyone who stops at this popular park will see it.

I can imagine the commotion when the eggs hatch and two or three juvenile eaglets are hopping around on the nest and tree limbs.
Let's hope that the viewing public respects the eagles - especially after the boating season begins and picnickers visit the island under the nest.

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Date: 3/27/19 8:05 pm
From: Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Bald Eagle nest - Hudson, Columbia County
There's a *very* visible Bald Eagle nest directly across from the parking
area and boat launch at the Riverside Park (go around the train station &
cross the RR tracks to the park).

It is so visible that everyone who stops at this popular park will see it.

I can imagine the commotion when the eggs hatch and two or three juvenile
eaglets are hopping around on the nest and tree limbs.

Let's hope that the viewing public respects the eagles - especially after
the boating season begins and picnickers visit the island under the nest.

Rich Guthrie

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Date: 3/27/19 9:40 am
From: Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Tomorrow's destination, 3/28
Sunny day, sweepin' the clouds away...

Tomorrow looks to be the last of the beautiful days for a while, so let's meet at Five Rivers at 8:00am to look for early migrants. See you there!


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Date: 3/26/19 4:19 pm
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Subject: [hmbirds] Cooper's Pond birds
March 26 at Cooper's Pond on the Troy/Brunswick line:

2 pairs WOOD DUCK
1 pair COMMON MERGANSER
1 singing SONG SPARROW
several pairs MALLARDS
2-3 dozen CANADA GEESE

At home (1 mile west of C's Pond):
1 pair E. BLUEBIRDS
1 RED- BELLIED WOODPECKER
Assorted usual suspects at feeders and birdbath incl. Blue Jays, Chickadees, Cardinals, Titmice, White Brstd Nuthatch, Robins, Starlings, Mourning Doves, House Finches, House Sparrows

Also, saw a beautiful Red-tailed Hawk swoop low right at the intersection of Routes 4 & 43 around noon today.

Heidi Klinowski
Troy

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Date: 3/26/19 12:30 pm
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Subject: [hmbirds] American Wigeon at 3rd Burden Lake, Averill Park,NY
The north end of 3rd Burden Lake is starting to thaw and spring migrating
ducks are stopping here as more water opens up. Today, March 26 2019, a
male American Wigeon was seen along with a lot of Common Mergansers and a
few Buffleheads.

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Date: 3/25/19 4:21 pm
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Subject: [hmbirds] Fox Sparrow
A Fox Sparrow showed up in the yard this evening.  Guilderland 3/25/19
Alan Schroeder

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Date: 3/25/19 2:05 pm
From: Heidi <hocka1...>
Subject: [hmbirds] March 24 Birds at Oakwood Cemetery, Troy
Spring birds at Oakwood:

Red-winged Blackbird
Robin
Eastern Bluebird -2
Killdeer -7!
Mallard duck
Northern Mockingbird -1
Red-bellied Woodpecker -2 Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
Mourning Dove
Turkey Vulture - 3
Canada Goose
Blue Jay
American Crow

Heidi Klinowski
Troy

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Date: 3/25/19 11:54 am
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Subject: [hmbirds] Tree Swallows - Schaghticoke
Saw a flock of about 30 tree swallows foraging over the Hudson River below
Lock 1 along River Road in Schaghticoke today late morning.

Jim de Waal Malefyt

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Date: 3/25/19 9:38 am
From: Brenda Inskeep <binskeep...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Vosburgh Swamp Field Trip Report
I will note one thing that I found very interesting, which is what kind of sounded like spring peepers but the sound was a little off. It was determined that the vocalizations were actually Green-winged Teal; they sound similar to peepers.

Later at home, there was a Common Loon on the river.

Nice day to be out in comparison to Saturday!

Brenda Inskeep
in Coxsackie

> On Mar 25, 2019, at 11:47 AM, Alan Mapes <alanmapes...> wrote:
>
> On Sunday, four of us visited Vosburgh/Four Mile Point Road area south of Coxsackie, the trip rescheduled from the previous day due to weather. We found 40 species between 8 and 11:30 AM. The swamp was mostly open except for a skim of ice in the shallows from the cold night. Waterfowl were present in good numbers, including common merganser, hooded merganser, mallard, American black duck, green-winged teal, wood duck, American wigeon, ring-necked duck, gadwall, Canada goose and mute swan. A northern harrier made a pass over the marsh shortly after we got there, putting up most of the ducks temporarily. On the river, we had a group of lesser scalp and the expected bald eagles, including two at the nest across from Coxsackie and one on the nest at Stockport Flats across the river from Four Mile Point.
>
> Alan Mapes
> Delmar
>

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Date: 3/25/19 8:47 am
From: Alan Mapes <alanmapes...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Vosburgh Swamp Field Trip Report
On Sunday, four of us visited Vosburgh/Four Mile Point Road area south of
Coxsackie, the trip rescheduled from the previous day due to weather. We
found 40 species between 8 and 11:30 AM. The swamp was mostly open except
for a skim of ice in the shallows from the cold night. Waterfowl were
present in good numbers, including common merganser, hooded merganser,
mallard, American black duck, green-winged teal, wood duck, American
wigeon, ring-necked duck, gadwall, Canada goose and mute swan. A northern
harrier made a pass over the marsh shortly after we got there, putting up
most of the ducks temporarily. On the river, we had a group of lesser scalp
and the expected bald eagles, including two at the nest across from
Coxsackie and one on the nest at Stockport Flats across the river from Four
Mile Point.

Alan Mapes
Delmar

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