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9/22/19 6:09 am zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...> Re: [hmbirds] WESTERN KINGBIRD
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Date: 9/22/19 1:26 pm
From: zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] WESTERN KINGBIRD
It has not been seen since around 9 AM, AFAIK.

On Sun, Sep 22, 2019 at 4:25 PM Christopher J. McCarthy via Groups.Io
<mccdelmar=<aol.com...> wrote:

> Any update on WEKI's location?
>
>
>
> Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S7, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
>
> -------- Original message --------
> From: zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...>
> Date: 9/22/19 9:08 AM (GMT-05:00)
> To: Larry & Penny Alden <overlook...>
> Cc: <fjmitchell...>, <hmbirds...>
> Subject: Re: [hmbirds] WESTERN KINGBIRD
>
> Per Jeremy Collison, the bird is continuing this morning.
>
> On Sat, Sep 21, 2019 at 10:37 PM Larry & Penny Alden <
> <overlook...> wrote:
>
>> The one 20 years ago stayed around for nearly a week, as I recall!
>>
>>
>> On Sep 21, 2019, at 10:35 PM, zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...>
>> wrote:
>>
>> Please tell this bird to stick until at least Monday.
>>
>> On Sat, Sep 21, 2019 at 10:34 PM Larry & Penny Alden <
>> <overlook...> wrote:
>>
>>> This comes almost exactly 20 years after I found a WEKI on my property
>>> on Overlook Lane, off Meadowdale Road (October 11, 1999), approximately one
>>> mile away from this sighting! How remarkable!
>>>
>>> Good luck to all searching tomorrow.
>>>
>>> Larry Alden
>>> Meadowdale
>>> > On Sep 21, 2019, at 8:41 PM, Frank Mitchell via Groups.Io <fjmitchell=
>>> <ymail.com...> wrote:
>>> >
>>> > today @6:10PM walking west from Hennessey Rd. I found the WEKI
>>> flycatching from the tops of dead trees
>>> > across the track from the prominent, large, lone white pine about 1/3
>>> mi from the road.
>>> > Good birding,
>>> > Frank Mitchell
>>> >
>>> >
>>> >
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> --
>> Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
>> 203 500 7774
>>
>> --
> Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
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>
>
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Date: 9/22/19 1:25 pm
From: Christopher J. McCarthy via Groups.Io <mccdelmar=<aol.com...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] WESTERN KINGBIRD
Any update on WEKI's location? Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S7, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
-------- Original message --------From: zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...> Date: 9/22/19 9:08 AM (GMT-05:00) To: Larry & Penny Alden <overlook...> Cc: <fjmitchell...>, <hmbirds...> Subject: Re: [hmbirds] WESTERN KINGBIRD Per Jeremy Collison, the bird is continuing this morning.On Sat, Sep 21, 2019 at 10:37 PM Larry & Penny Alden <overlook...> wrote:The one 20 years ago stayed around for nearly a week, as I recall!On Sep 21, 2019, at 10:35 PM, zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...> wrote:Please tell this bird to stick until at least Monday.  On Sat, Sep 21, 2019 at 10:34 PM Larry & Penny Alden <overlook...> wrote:This comes almost exactly 20 years after I found a WEKI on my property on Overlook Lane, off Meadowdale Road (October 11, 1999), approximately one mile away from this sighting!  How remarkable!

Good luck to all searching tomorrow.

Larry Alden
Meadowdale
> On Sep 21, 2019, at 8:41 PM, Frank Mitchell via Groups.Io <fjmitchell=<ymail.com...> wrote:
>
> today @6:10PM walking west from Hennessey Rd. I found the WEKI flycatching from the tops of dead trees
> across the track from the prominent, large, lone white pine about 1/3 mi from the road.
> Good birding,
> Frank Mitchell
>
>
>




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Date: 9/22/19 1:25 pm
From: Christopher J. McCarthy via Groups.Io <mccdelmar=<aol.com...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] WESTERN KINGBIRD
Any update on WEKI's location? Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S7, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
-------- Original message --------From: zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...> Date: 9/22/19 9:08 AM (GMT-05:00) To: Larry & Penny Alden <overlook...> Cc: <fjmitchell...>, <hmbirds...> Subject: Re: [hmbirds] WESTERN KINGBIRD Per Jeremy Collison, the bird is continuing this morning.On Sat, Sep 21, 2019 at 10:37 PM Larry & Penny Alden <overlook...> wrote:The one 20 years ago stayed around for nearly a week, as I recall!On Sep 21, 2019, at 10:35 PM, zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...> wrote:Please tell this bird to stick until at least Monday.  On Sat, Sep 21, 2019 at 10:34 PM Larry & Penny Alden <overlook...> wrote:This comes almost exactly 20 years after I found a WEKI on my property on Overlook Lane, off Meadowdale Road (October 11, 1999), approximately one mile away from this sighting!  How remarkable!

Good luck to all searching tomorrow.

Larry Alden
Meadowdale
> On Sep 21, 2019, at 8:41 PM, Frank Mitchell via Groups.Io <fjmitchell=<ymail.com...> wrote:
>
> today @6:10PM walking west from Hennessey Rd. I found the WEKI flycatching from the tops of dead trees
> across the track from the prominent, large, lone white pine about 1/3 mi from the road.
> Good birding,
> Frank Mitchell
>
>
>




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Date: 9/22/19 11:54 am
From: zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Which Redpoll in Clifton Park?
This appears to be a juvenile Eastern bluebird. The bill is thin and dark,
both of which aren’t right for any redpoll. Either redpoll would be rare
in September. I think Merlin is having trouble due to the pixelation of
your photograph.

On Sun, Sep 22, 2019 at 2:50 PM James Elbrecht <elbrecht...> wrote:

> Was at the Grand-daughter's softball game this morning at the Miss
> Shen fields in Clifton Park.
>
> This guy landed right behind us- and Merlin ID's it from the photo as
> a Hoary Redpoll. I'd lean towards 'Common', but welcome opinions
> if this photo is any help. It was hanging around most of the
> morning 'tjweet'-ing
>
> I'm pleased with either-
>
> Thanks,
> Jim
>
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Date: 9/22/19 11:50 am
From: James Elbrecht <elbrecht...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Which Redpoll in Clifton Park?
Was at the Grand-daughter's softball game this morning at the Miss
Shen fields in Clifton Park.

This guy landed right behind us- and Merlin ID's it from the photo as
a Hoary Redpoll. I'd lean towards 'Common', but welcome opinions
if this photo is any help. It was hanging around most of the
morning 'tjweet'-ing

I'm pleased with either-

Thanks,
Jim

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Date: 9/22/19 6:09 am
From: zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] WESTERN KINGBIRD
Per Jeremy Collison, the bird is continuing this morning.

On Sat, Sep 21, 2019 at 10:37 PM Larry & Penny Alden <overlook...>
wrote:

> The one 20 years ago stayed around for nearly a week, as I recall!
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Sep 21, 2019, at 10:35 PM, zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...>
> wrote:
>
> Please tell this bird to stick until at least Monday.
>
> On Sat, Sep 21, 2019 at 10:34 PM Larry & Penny Alden <
> <overlook...> wrote:
>
>> This comes almost exactly 20 years after I found a WEKI on my property on
>> Overlook Lane, off Meadowdale Road (October 11, 1999), approximately one
>> mile away from this sighting! How remarkable!
>>
>> Good luck to all searching tomorrow.
>>
>> Larry Alden
>> Meadowdale
>> > On Sep 21, 2019, at 8:41 PM, Frank Mitchell via Groups.Io <fjmitchell=
>> <ymail.com...> wrote:
>> >
>> > today @6:10PM walking west from Hennessey Rd. I found the WEKI
>> flycatching from the tops of dead trees
>> > across the track from the prominent, large, lone white pine about 1/3
>> mi from the road.
>> > Good birding,
>> > Frank Mitchell
>> >
>> >
>> >
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> --
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> 203 500 7774
>
> --
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Date: 9/21/19 7:37 pm
From: Larry & Penny Alden <overlook...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] WESTERN KINGBIRD
The one 20 years ago stayed around for nearly a week, as I recall!
> On Sep 21, 2019, at 10:35 PM, zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...> wrote:
>
> Please tell this bird to stick until at least Monday.
>
>> On Sat, Sep 21, 2019 at 10:34 PM Larry & Penny Alden <overlook...> wrote:
>> This comes almost exactly 20 years after I found a WEKI on my property on Overlook Lane, off Meadowdale Road (October 11, 1999), approximately one mile away from this sighting! How remarkable!
>>
>> Good luck to all searching tomorrow.
>>
>> Larry Alden
>> Meadowdale
>> > On Sep 21, 2019, at 8:41 PM, Frank Mitchell via Groups.Io <fjmitchell=<ymail.com...> wrote:
>> >
>> > today @6:10PM walking west from Hennessey Rd. I found the WEKI flycatching from the tops of dead trees
>> > across the track from the prominent, large, lone white pine about 1/3 mi from the road.
>> > Good birding,
>> > Frank Mitchell
>> >
>> >
>> >
>>
>>
>>
>>
> --
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> 203 500 7774

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Date: 9/21/19 7:35 pm
From: zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] WESTERN KINGBIRD
Please tell this bird to stick until at least Monday.

On Sat, Sep 21, 2019 at 10:34 PM Larry & Penny Alden <overlook...>
wrote:

> This comes almost exactly 20 years after I found a WEKI on my property on
> Overlook Lane, off Meadowdale Road (October 11, 1999), approximately one
> mile away from this sighting! How remarkable!
>
> Good luck to all searching tomorrow.
>
> Larry Alden
> Meadowdale
> > On Sep 21, 2019, at 8:41 PM, Frank Mitchell via Groups.Io <fjmitchell=
> <ymail.com...> wrote:
> >
> > today @6:10PM walking west from Hennessey Rd. I found the WEKI
> flycatching from the tops of dead trees
> > across the track from the prominent, large, lone white pine about 1/3 mi
> from the road.
> > Good birding,
> > Frank Mitchell
> >
> >
> >
>
>
>
>
> --
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Date: 9/21/19 7:34 pm
From: Larry & Penny Alden <overlook...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] WESTERN KINGBIRD
This comes almost exactly 20 years after I found a WEKI on my property on Overlook Lane, off Meadowdale Road (October 11, 1999), approximately one mile away from this sighting! How remarkable!

Good luck to all searching tomorrow.

Larry Alden
Meadowdale
> On Sep 21, 2019, at 8:41 PM, Frank Mitchell via Groups.Io <fjmitchell=<ymail.com...> wrote:
>
> today @6:10PM walking west from Hennessey Rd. I found the WEKI flycatching from the tops of dead trees
> across the track from the prominent, large, lone white pine about 1/3 mi from the road.
> Good birding,
> Frank Mitchell
>
>
>


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Date: 9/21/19 5:41 pm
From: Frank Mitchell via Groups.Io <fjmitchell=<ymail.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] WESTERN KINGBIRD
today @6:10PM walking west from Hennessey Rd. I found the WEKI flycatching from the tops of dead trees
across the track from the prominent, large, lone white pine about 1/3 mi from the road.
Good birding,
Frank Mitchell

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Date: 9/21/19 11:14 am
From: emberiza_tristrami <tristanlowery...>
Subject: [hmbirds] HMBC field trip reminder: Saratoga Spa State Park - Sunday, 9/22
*Sunday, September 22, SARATOGA SPA STATE PARK* (Saratoga County; morning)

Coordinator: *Ron Harrower* 518-744-2637 <rharrower...>

Picnic table graveyard? Hardly! Explore this very productive area at the
south end of Saratoga Spa Park. From weedy brush lot to capped landfill,
and through woods, this spot has earned attention as a haven for migrants
in its many edge habitats. Expect warblers, sparrows, flycatchers and
vireos. The path is level and mostly gravel.

*Meet at 8:00am at the Carlsbad parking area. From Rt. 50 or Rt. 9, take
East-West Road through the south end of the Park. Carlsbad parking lot is
just west of the Peerless Pool lot. Admission is charged after 8:30 so
please be prompt.*

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Date: 9/21/19 7:58 am
From: Cassandra Davis <daviscass33...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Five Rivers Fall Festival TODAY 12-4pm
Hi All,

Today is the 38th Annual Five Rivers Fall Festival. I will tabling the event from 12-4 pm with bird coloring sheets and information about the club. I apologize for the short notice!

"Join us for a family-oriented environmental celebration featuring hands-on educational activities, interactive exhibits, interpretive walks and more. Enjoy opportunities to *meet live hawks, owls, snakes and turtles up close and personal*. Meet Smokey Bear, cast for “backyard bass,” and enjoy staffed exhibits from a wide range of local conservation partners...all free of charge! There will also be live music from local band Hot Vox Trio, as well as sales of refreshments."

https://www.dec.ny.gov/calendar/ViewItem.html?integral=0&cal_item_id=6240&dtwhen=2458748 ( https://www.dec.ny.gov/calendar/ViewItem.html?integral=0&cal_item_id=6240&dtwhen=2458748 )

Thanks!
Cassie Davis
Outreach Coordinator

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Date: 9/20/19 9:07 am
From: Marne Onderdonk via Groups.Io <marne37=<icloud.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Saratoga Battlefield Field Trip tomorrow!
A quick reminder of tomorrow’s field trip at the Saratoga Battlefield in Stillwater, NY!

Please arrive as close to 9 am as you can; we will meet in the parking lot below the Visitors Center. No fees are charged by the park.

Please note the warmer weather forecast and be sure to dress accordingly. It does get warm out in the fields. You are also responsible for bringing sufficient water and snacks for yourself!

I expect the excursion to go until 1 pm or so and we will cover part of the Wilkinson Trail. Feel free to stay for as long as you like.

Thank you! Happy birding,

Marne

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Date: 9/19/19 3:25 pm
From: jhershey2 <hersheyj...>
Subject: [hmbirds] NY Times Editorial on Bird Losses
It isn't exactly good news, but this editorial today in the NY Times by John Fitzpatrick (director of the Cornell Lab) and Peter Marra may be of interest to some on this forum. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/19/opinion/crisis-birds-north-america.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage

John H.

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Date: 9/18/19 9:24 am
From: Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] This week's destination: 9/19
Fall migration is moving along well and the Albany Pine Bush has been a hot spot lately, with many warbler species, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, and Philly Vireo seen this week. No guarantees, but let's meet at 8:00 at the Visitor Center Parking lot off New Karner Rd and see if the streak continues. From there it's a hop up the road to Thacher Park, if you're interested in the Hawkwatch. They've had up to almost 600 Broadwings on some days (not on the days I've been there, sadly).

Naomi Lloyd






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Date: 9/15/19 2:41 pm
From: trwdsd via Groups.Io <trwdsd=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] HMBC Field Trip summary- Albany Pine Bush Preserve 9/15
The HMBC fall migrant field trip at The Albany Pine Bush Preserve this morning got off to a busy start. We had only just reached the trailhead when the group encountered a nice mixed flock of warblers. Cape May, Tenneessee, Northern Parula, Magnolia and Bay-breasted Warblers were among the birds foraging in birch and cherry trees. Thereafter, we alternated lulls and quick bursts of birds. A nice surprise for many, and a life bird for at least one participant, was a Yellow-billed Cuckoo hopping slowly through the upper branches of an oak tree.

The original plan of doing the full 3-mile loop trail around Karner Barrens East was abandoned about two hours into the trip, due to the time it took to sort through all the birds we were seeing- a nice problem to have! The group agreed to turn around when we reached the open area by the stump pond in the vicinity of the landfill. No sooner had we started to retrace our path than a second Yellow-billed Cuckoo was observed in the open, in excellent lighting, capturing and consuming caterpillars.

On the return journey we had occasional flurries of birds but things had quieted down for the most part. Pitch pine/scrub oak denizens such as Eastern Towhee and Red-breasted Nuthatch were quite vocal and visible. All the expected woodpecker species were present. Migrating vireos included Blue-headed and Red-eyed. The final warbler list consisted of:

Ovenbird

Black-and-white

Tennessee

Nashville

Common Yellowthroat

Cape May

N. Parula

Magnolia

Bay-breasted

Chestnut-sided

Blackpoll

Pine

Black-throated Green

Thanks to everyone that turned up this morning! We had good luck running into so many foraging flocks, and I heard several “warbler-neck” comments by the end of the trip. I hope to see you all on future HMBC trips!

Tom Williams

Colonie

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Date: 9/14/19 1:34 pm
From: James Taft <capteagleeyes2...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Woodlawn Preserve
I was up in the Woodlawn Preserve earlier, 10 species of Warblers including Wilson's Black-throated Blue, and Green, Magnolia lots, Bay-breasted etc nice looks at the Fringed Gentian too. Could have used  the help of Tom Williams, Colleen Williams or Naomi with plane Looking Warblers. Jamie Taft Schenectady

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Date: 9/13/19 6:28 am
From: lnmp <lnmp...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] follow up info - Mohawk-Hudson Land Conservancy preserves and birding request
I used to lead HMBC trips to Ashford Glen Preserve when we lived in Colonie. And I’ve also led HMBC trips to Mosher Marsh in the past, until I got scared off by the ticks!



I would consider leading a trip (or joint trip) to Strawberry Fields Nature Preserve in the future… preferably before the grass grows tall (or after it’s been mowed). These are all great places to bird.



Ellen



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We appreciate our September speaker, Sarah Walsh of the Mohawk-Hudson Land Conservancy (MHLC) providing information on their 18 preserves in Albany, Schenectady, and Montgomery Counties, and her request for HMBC members to bird these locations and provide MHLC with our observations. She has set up ebird hotspots at all of them, for those who use ebird (which I recommend!). .



We are also looking at some joint trips to these properties with MHLC for next year. Sarah provides the following information:



To get the MHLC newsletter, please visit: <https://mohawkhudson.org/news/newsletter/> https://mohawkhudson.org/news/newsletter/





To read more about MHLC preserves, click <https://mohawkhudson.org/our-preserves/find-a-preserve/> here.



Our website has some great resources to help you make an impact in your own backyard for birds and wildlife, which you can find <https://mohawkhudson.org/backyard-conservation/> here.



I also wanted to include the eBird link to Albany, which is <https://ebird.org/region/US-NY-001?yr=all> here. To learn more about MHLC preserves and the data cataloged there, you can click the map in the upper right hand corner of that link and then scan around and select different eBird hotspots to read more.



Here is also a link to our <https://ebird.org/hotspot/L3960946> Bozen Kill Preserve, so you can see the extensive data each hotspot provides, in case you haven’t checked out the eBird statistics or website before.



I would also be remiss if I didn’t share <https://mohawkhudson.org/> our website to read more about some of our specific fundraising campaigns underway as well as information on our upcoming fall fundraiser and donate button listed at the top of the page. Links to our facebook, twitter and Instagram can be found at the bottom of the homepage😊






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Date: 9/12/19 4:45 pm
From: scottjstoner via Groups.Io <ScottJStoner=<aol.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] follow up info - Mohawk-Hudson Land Conservancy preserves and birding request
We appreciate our September speaker, Sarah Walsh of the Mohawk-Hudson Land Conservancy (MHLC) providing information on their 18 preserves in Albany, Schenectady, and Montgomery Counties, and her request for HMBC members to bird these locations and provide MHLC with our observations. She has set up ebird hotspots at all of them, for those who use ebird (which I recommend!). . 
We are also looking at some joint trips to these properties with MHLC for next year. Sarah provides the following information:
To get the MHLC newsletter, please visit: https://mohawkhudson.org/news/newsletter/

To read more about MHLC preserves, click here. Our website has some great resources to help you make an impact in your own backyard for birds and wildlife, which you can find here. I also wanted to include the eBird link to Albany, which is here. To learn more about MHLC preserves and the data cataloged there, you can click the map in the upper right hand corner of that link and then scan around and select different eBird hotspots to read more. Here is also a link to our Bozen Kill Preserve, so you can see the extensive data each hotspot provides, in case you haven’t checked out the eBird statistics or website before. I would also be remiss if I didn’t share our website to read more about some of our specific fundraising campaigns underway as well as information on our upcoming fall fundraiser and donate button listed at the top of the page. Links to our facebook, twitter and Instagram can be found at the bottom of the homepage😊 

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Date: 9/12/19 11:10 am
From: trwdsd via Groups.Io <trwdsd=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] HMBC Field Trips reminder- Sat. 9/14 & Sun. 9/15
*Saturday, September 14, HAWK WATCHING AND SONGBIRDS AT THACHER STATE PARK* (Albany County; morning)

Coordinator: *Gary Goodness* 518-862-9260 <goodness...>

We will be looking for migrating Broad-winged Hawks that use the warming air thermals along the face of the escarpment to continue their migration south. Other raptors may be seen using the thermals for similar reasons. Osprey, Bald Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks, Sharp-shinned and Coopers Hawks are among those that can be seen soaring over the Helderbergs. Ruby-throated Hummingbirds also migrate over the escarpment very low and fast, and sparrows and warblers can also be found along the trails around the overlook.

*Meet at 9:30 a.m. in front of the Key Bank at the southwest corner of Routes 20 and 155 in Guilderland.

*

*Sunday, September 15, FALL MIGRANTS AT ALBANY PINE BUSH PRESERVE* (Albany County; morning)

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

We will explore the Karner Barrens East unit of Albany Pine Bush Preserve, via the "yellow" perimeter trail, and "blue" dune overlook trail. We will be looking for warblers, vireos, and flycatchers. The dune overlook trail has a moderate climb and descent. This is approximately a three-mile loop. Take proper precautions to avoid ticks.

*Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center parking lot, located at 195 New Karner Rd. (Rt. 155) in Albany.

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Date: 9/12/19 6:36 am
From: Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] This week's destination: 9/12 - note change of time
It's drizzling up here. Don't think it will be productive but I'll hang out for a while.
On Tue, Sep 10, 2019 at 1:06 PM, naomi lloyd<naomi_kestrel...> wrote: This week: choose your own adventure!

Wind is supposed to be light but steady from the north so maybe hawk migration is starting to start? Let's have a preview of Saturday's club trip and meet at Thacher Park Overlook at 10:00am to raise our eyes to the skies. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast for a change!

OR you can meet me at Hennessey Rd at 8:00 to check Black Creek Marsh just to see what (if anything) is going on at the bottom of the Escarpment, then up to the Overlook.

Naomi Lloyd






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Date: 9/11/19 3:07 pm
From: ConserveBirds <conservebirds...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Bird books anyone?
Only "Living on the Wind" is still available. Others spoken for.

Mona Bearor
South Glens Falls

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Subject: [hmbirds] Bird books anyone?

I'm reducing the size of my library and have a couple books that need new
homes. Please email privately if interested. The books are FREE and I will
mail them to you.

"The Complete Birder" by Jack Connor Although an older book it has lots of
great information for those like me who are still learning! Somehow I
managed to accumulate two copies.

"Seabirds - an identification guide" by Peter Harrison 1983 This is from an
online site: "Expedition Leader Peter Harrison Peter Harrison has led
expeditions throughout the world, from the Arctic to the Antarctic and
everywhere in between. Peter has written and illustrated over a dozen books,
of which Seabirds: An Identification Guide, is considered the bible of
seabird identification."

"GULLS - a guide to identification" by P.J. Grant - this is a second edition
1986 You can look inside at this Amazon link:
https://www.amazon.com/Gulls-Second-Guide-Identification-Poyser/dp/085661044
5

"Living on the Wind" by Scott Weidensaul

I will be away from home from 9/15 through 9/21, so if I don't reply during
that time, bear with me.

Mona Bearor
South Glens Falls


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Date: 9/11/19 7:37 am
From: ConserveBirds <conservebirds...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Bird books anyone?
I'm reducing the size of my library and have a couple books that need new
homes. Please email privately if interested. The books are FREE and I will
mail them to you.

"The Complete Birder" by Jack Connor Although an older book it has lots of
great information for those like me who are still learning! Somehow I
managed to accumulate two copies.

"Seabirds - an identification guide" by Peter Harrison 1983 This is from an
online site: "Expedition Leader Peter Harrison Peter Harrison has led
expeditions throughout the world, from the Arctic to the Antarctic and
everywhere in between. Peter has written and illustrated over a dozen books,
of which Seabirds: An Identification Guide, is considered the bible of
seabird identification."

"GULLS - a guide to identification" by P.J. Grant - this is a second edition
1986 You can look inside at this Amazon link:
https://www.amazon.com/Gulls-Second-Guide-Identification-Poyser/dp/085661044
5

"Living on the Wind" by Scott Weidensaul

I will be away from home from 9/15 through 9/21, so if I don't reply during
that time, bear with me.

Mona Bearor
South Glens Falls

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Date: 9/10/19 6:44 pm
From: roundywaves35 via Groups.Io <roundywaves35=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Hawk watch at Thacher Park
Does anyone know the dates for the Hawk Watch at Thacher park, is it this week or next?  They are there all week, right?  What times?

Thanks for any help.
Jeanette Roundy

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Date: 9/10/19 10:06 am
From: Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] This week's destination: 9/12 - note change of time
This week: choose your own adventure!

Wind is supposed to be light but steady from the north so maybe hawk migration is starting to start? Let's have a preview of Saturday's club trip and meet at Thacher Park Overlook at 10:00am to raise our eyes to the skies. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast for a change!

OR you can meet me at Hennessey Rd at 8:00 to check Black Creek Marsh just to see what (if anything) is going on at the bottom of the Escarpment, then up to the Overlook.

Naomi Lloyd






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Date: 9/9/19 6:19 am
From: scottjstoner via Groups.Io <ScottJStoner=<aol.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] reminder - HMBC program 7 pm tonight Boght Community Firehouse
see hmbc.net for details Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
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Date: 9/7/19 3:57 pm
From: Alan <adfrench...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Bluebirds
Four Bluebirds just visited the bird bath, so they'll be clean for bed
tonight.

Clear skies, Alan
Glenville

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Date: 9/7/19 7:20 am
From: gregg_recer <gregg_recer...>
Subject: [hmbirds] any update on columbia county dickcissel?
will yandik reported a dickcissel from southern columbia county on ebird yesterday. Anyone have any updates on the bird's status today?
thnx

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gregg recer
malta NY

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Date: 9/5/19 5:00 pm
From: Scott Varney <scottvarney1968...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Carter's Lake, Greenwich migrants
Birded in the misty rain at Carter's Lake and was treated to a group of 3
Yellow-throated Vireos, 2 Black-throated Green Warblers, 2 Eastern Wood
Pewees, 1 Yellow Warbler and a M/F pair of Common Yellowthroats. Also
found 3 Ospreys sitting on 3 different nests and 1 adult Bald Eagle keeping
vigil on a tree. The lake and marsh areas were very quiet aside from a
group of 4 Wood Ducks.

Happy Fall Migration,

Scott Varney
Salem, NY

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Date: 9/5/19 4:37 pm
From: scottjstoner via Groups.Io <ScottJStoner=<aol.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] HMBC program Monday Sept 9 - NOTE NEW LOCATION - Boght Community Firehouse


Our fall program series begins Monday Sept. 9 at our new location - Boght Community Firehouse. To reduce carbon emission, carpooling is encouraged!

Program: Mohawk-Hudson Land Conservancy
- When9 Sep 2019
- 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
- LocationBoght Community Firehouse, 8 Preston Drive, Cohoes (Colonie)
Speaker: Sarah WalshCome learn about Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy (MHLC), who we are, what we do and more about our public and private lands. In 2018, MHLC expanded our volunteer programming to include citizen science initiatives such as wildlife cameras and eBird surveys of our lands. Learn about these initiative and how HMBC members can help us do more for birds in the Capital Region. Bio:  Sarah is Conservation Director for MHLC, responsible for oversight of land stewardship and assisting with property acquisitions. Sarah brings nearly ten years’ experience in habitat restoration initiatives for bird habitat, riparian and wetland areas as well as experience in protection of conservation lands, non-profit program development, and trail planning. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Science from SUNY ESF and her Master’s degree in Science Education from the University of Albany in 2012. Sarah is an avid outdoor enthusiast who enjoys back-country skiing, mountain biking, hiking, paddling, sailing, and bird watching.


For a map of the location, please see the HMBC website at hmbc.net 

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Date: 9/5/19 12:38 pm
From: Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Lincoln's Sparrow, WSL
I just had a Lincoln's Sparrow hop out of cover in my RenssCo yard. This is just slightly early - I've had them pass through on 9/7 and 9/10 in previous years. Start double-checking those LBJs!

Naomi Lloyd
West Sand Lake

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Date: 9/5/19 11:20 am
From: trwdsd via Groups.Io <trwdsd=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] HMBC Field Trips reminder- Sat. 9/7 & Sun. 9/8
*Saturday, September 7, ALBANY RURAL CEMETERY* (Albany County; morning)

Coordinator: *Tristan Lowery* 646-323-8914 <tristanlowery...>

Albany Rural Cemetery in the Town of Colonie is one of the most historic burial grounds in the United States – and it’s also a great place for birding in a beautifully-landscaped, park-like setting.

We’ll visit Albany Rural Cemetery at the very onset of the peak weeks for fall songbird migration, so a variety of southbound warblers, vireos, kinglets, and flycatchers may be possible, in addition to many year-round species. Depending on where the birding takes us along the cemetery’s meandering trails, we may also find ourselves by the graves of such national and local luminaries as 21 st President of the United States Chester A. Arthur, Erastus Corning and Erastus Corning 2 nd , Daniel Manning, Erastus Dow Palmer, Stephen Van Rensselaer, and Thurlow Weed.

*Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the cemetery chapel and mausoleum. From Broadway (NY-32) HEADING north through Menands, turn left onto Cemetery Avenue at the prominent Albany Rural Cemetery gate. Continue west on Cemetery Avenue, keeping right at the St. Agnes Cemetery gate and continue past the Albany Rural Cemetery office to the chapel. There is adequate visitor parking at the chapel.

*

*Sunday, September 8, HAND HOLLOW CONSERVATION AREA* (Columbia County; morning)

Coordinator: *Marion Sole* 203-710-9096 <mrnsole7...>

Columbia Land Conservancy owns and manages 433 acres at Hand Hollow Conservation Area for the protection of wildlife and open space. The property has an active beaver pond and two lakes, and trails that pass by ponds, creeks, wet meadows and a hemlock ravine. We will be looking for migrant songbirds as well as lingering residents.

*Meet 8:00 am at the parking lot. From the intersection of Route 22 and 20 in New Lebanon, take US 20 4.5 miles to CR 9. Take CR 9 south 1.2 miles and turn west (right) into a parking lot at the farmhouse just past the pond.

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Date: 9/4/19 9:08 am
From: scottjstoner via Groups.Io <ScottJStoner=<aol.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Albany Pine Bush this morning
Tim Colborn and I had several red-tails, a Cooper's Hawk, and our first migrant warbler of the fall, a Black-throated Green this morning along with remaining summer residents in the Karner Barrens East section of the Albany Pine Bush preserve. -Scott Stoner, LoudonvilleSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
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Date: 9/4/19 8:18 am
From: Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] This week's destination: 9/5
Reports are starting to straggle in of fall migrants around, so let's try the Picnic Table Graveyard and other Saratoga Spa Park locations.

Meet at 8:00 at the Carlsbad parking lot - take East West Rd and it's the parking lot nearly across from the Peerless Pool.

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/43.0443546,-73.8090818/43.0443523,-73.8090756/@43.044477,-73.8090633,167m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!4m1!3e0?hl=en&authuser=0

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Date: 9/3/19 7:56 am
From: scottjstoner via Groups.Io <ScottJStoner=<aol.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] The Crossings in Colonie - Killdeer and Cormorants
this morning we had about 30 Killdeer spread out in the farm field along the east side of The Crossings, 5 Double-crested Cormorants at the large pond, and a mixed flock of about 600 cowbirds and starlings. Scott and Denise, LoudonvilleSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
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Date: 9/2/19 9:09 am
From: lnmp <lnmp...>
Subject: [hmbirds] West Charlton warblers, etc.
Although my yard has been relatively quiet lately, there are noisy families
of Tufted Titmice around, and by following them, I've found a couple of
warblers and other birds.



Sunday morning the highlights were a gorgeous male American Redstart and a
Cape May Warbler, plus one confusing fall warbler that I didn't see long
enough for an ID. In the evening, I spotted two Black-Throated Green
Warblers, a Black and White and a Magnolia Warbler. I also saw an immature
male Rose-Breasted Grosbeak, the first grosbeak I've seen in weeks; they
visit my feeders in large numbers in the spring, then seem to disappear.
This one was in the tree next to the feeders, but didn't even stop by for a
snack.



In addition to the family of Tufted Titmice, I'm still seeing Chipping
Sparrows and cardinals with young. One of the immature cardinals looks like
someone splashed red-orange paint on him. Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds are
still here.



Ellen P.

West Charlton






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Date: 9/1/19 7:18 pm
From: Ronald Harrower <rharrower...>
Subject: [hmbirds] St Mary's Cemetery delight
It was good to get out this evening and have the triple treat of
Common Nighthawk, Red-shouldered Hawk and Olive-sided Flycatcher. With
my Dad's health going down and finally his passing, I haven't had as
much time to get out. Despite the fun challenges of identifying and
listing birds in the field, there is a spiritual element that lifts
the spirits and helps one feel a deeper connection to Nature and the
force behind that. I love seeing Common Nighthawks butterflying
around. Thank you...

t Mary's Cemetery, Saratoga, New York, US
Sep 1, 2019 6:22 PM - 7:07 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments: I was talking to a friend and walking around the roads
in St Mary's Cemetery, next to my home in Ballston Spa. I was mostly
looking for Common Nighthawks, and was grateful to find three
butterflying around, only one flew close enough to get good(wish)
photos. Checked a hawk flying over and saw it was a Red-shouldered
Hawk. A pair has been in the area all Summer. The coolest bird of the
night I almost missed. I saw a flycatcher on a snag in the woods at he
back of the cemetery, I was hearing an Eastern Wood Pewee, but decided
to check this one out. Photos confirmed an Olive-sided Flycatcher. A
good evening.
18 species

Mourning Dove 2
Common Nighthawk 3
Ring-billed Gull 15 I don't see gulls of any kind very often
around my house, so was surprised to see a flock heading Northeast
(probably to Saratoga lake which is 4-5 miles in that direction
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Have been around all Summer. More often
hear them calling. See them more often on Him Smith Trail near
trailhead at Oak Street
Olive-sided Flycatcher 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
European Starling 4
Eastern Bluebird 5 Have been around the cemetery al Summer. Have
seen young grow up
American Robin 1
American Goldfinch 1
Chipping Sparrow 15 Flock has been coming together more in past
couple of weeks They have been around cemetery and our neighborhood on
general since early Spring
Common Grackle 4 Been in neighborhood more lately. Had 20 in my
yard this morning
Northern Cardinal 2

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St Mary's Cemetery, Saratoga, New York, US
Sep 1, 2019 6:22 PM - 7:07 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments: I was talking to a friend and walking around the
roads in St Mary's Cemetery, next to my home in Ballston Spa. I
was mostly looking for Common Nighthawks, and was grateful to find
three butterflying around, only one flew close enough to get
good(wish) photos. Checked a hawk flying over and saw it was a
Red-shouldered Hawk. A pair has been in the area all Summer. The
coolest bird of the night I almost missed. I saw a flycatcher on a
snag in the woods at he back of the cemetery, I was hearing an
Eastern Wood Pewee, but decided to check this one out. Photos
confirmed an Olive-sided Flycatcher. A good evening.
18 species

Mourning Dove 2
Common Nighthawk 3
Ring-billed Gull 15 I don't see gulls of any kind very often
around my house, so was surprised to see a flock heading Northeast
(probably to Saratoga lake which is 4-5 miles in that direction
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Have been around all Summer. More often
hear them calling. See them more often on Him Smith Trail near
trailhead at Oak Street
Olive-sided Flycatcher 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
European Starling 4
Eastern Bluebird 5 Have been around the cemetery al Summer.
Have seen young grow up
American Robin 1
American Goldfinch 1
Chipping Sparrow 15 Flock has been coming together more in
past couple of weeks They have been around cemetery and our
neighborhood on general since early Spring
Common Grackle 4 Been in neighborhood more lately. Had 20 in
my yard this morning
Northern Cardinal 2

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https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59446147

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



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Date: 8/31/19 10:45 am
From: John Kent <k2ent76...>
Subject: [hmbirds] HMBC Huyck Preserve field trip
A group of eight birders visited the Huyck Preserve in Rensselaerville
this morning for HMBC's annual field trip. The water level in Myosotis
Lake was surprisingly low, which means that there was a lot of excellent
shorebird habitat at the north end of the lake. Killdeer were the most
numerous, as usual, but we also had Lesser Yellowlegs, Solitary
Sandpipers, Spotted Sandpipers, and two Wilson's Snipes, which were
foraging in the shallow water with the other shorebirds. The other
highlights were a Great Egret, which was a new species for Huyck in
eBird, and a Green Heron, which is uncommon there. The list of raptors
was short this year -- Bald Eagle, Broad-winged Hawk, and a possible
Red-tailed Hawk. We saw little in the way of migrating songbirds, and
even the local breeding warblers were mostly absent, with just a single
Common Yellowthroat seen by some. We found one Bank Swallow mixed in
with the Tree and Barn Swallows that were foraging over the lake. Thanks
to all who attended.

John Kent
Selkirk


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Date: 8/28/19 4:53 am
From: scottjstoner via Groups.Io <ScottJStoner=<aol.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] last night's nighthawk watch
the HMBC's nighthawk watch in the parking lot of the Discovery Center at the Albany Pine Bush recorded 10 individuals between 6 PM and 8 PM. for the second night in a row, also had a flyby American Woodcock a few  minutes after 8 ! reminder- no count tonight due to weather.HMBC's last night of counting is tomorrow, Thursday, starting at 6 PM. Scott and DeniseSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
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Date: 8/27/19 2:50 pm
From: Scott Varney <scottvarney1968...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Salem Nighthawks
...my subject line sounds like a good name for a sport's team...

As the subject indicates, the Nighthawks have started moving
through...counted 8 last night swooping, diving, and performing awesome
aerial maneuvers over 2 conjoined yards over brick houses next to NAPA Auto
Parts on West Broadway. Best part of the show was that all of them were
within 25 feet of the ground and in great light.

I'm going to drive to the top of the hill at the Salem Art Works with my
bins and lawn chair tonight if anyone else wants to join me in counting.
Feel free to contact me here for directions if interested.

Scott Varney
Salem NY

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Date: 8/27/19 11:59 am
From: Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] This week's destination: 8/29
Cohoes Flats looks like it'll be underwater Thursday morning, so let's try the Albany Pine Bush and maybe some migrants will be brought down by the rain.

Meet at the APB visitor center on New Karner Rd at 8:00. See you there!

Naomi






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Date: 8/27/19 11:27 am
From: trwdsd via Groups.Io <trwdsd=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] HMBC nighthawk count CANCELED for Wednesday, 8/28
Based on the continuing forecast for showers/thunderstorms Wednesday afternoon and evening, we are dropping that day from the count this year. Interested parties can come over to the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center on Thursday evening, when the weather conditions should be ideal. Sorry for any inconvenience due to the late notice, but we wanted to give the forecast every chance to change (it didn't). Hopefully we'll have a big group of birds and observers on the final day!

Tom and Colleen Williams
Colonie

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Date: 8/27/19 4:11 am
From: scottjstoner via Groups.Io <ScottJStoner=<aol.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] HMBC nighthawk count continues...early results below
The HMBC nighthawk watch began Sunday at the Albany Pine Bush. We had one(1) on Sunday and 34 last night (Monday). Counting continues every evening through this Thursday Aug 29. We set up in the parking lot of the Discovery Center, and count from 6 pm to 8 pm.  bring a chair and water! -Scott, Denise, Tom, and ColleenSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
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Date: 8/25/19 10:05 am
From: Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Migration general
Seems like migration is kicking right in! The radar the past few nights has
been quite busy and I have woken up in the middle of the night to hear the
NFCs. It's very exciting!

Yesterday and the day before I visited Coon's Crossing (Zim-Smith Trail) by
Round Lake. The first day I didn't really notice any movement, although
caught sight of 4 Green Herons, all amusingly with fuzzy little mohawks.
The trail was loaded with Red-eyed Vireos, which didn't quite seem the
usual there. There was also a Solitary Sandpiper in the canal but that is
possibly a breeding resident.

Yesterday when I visited again there were NO Red-eyed Vireos, and an
increase in Warbling Vireos. Also, both days I heard the churring call of
Swainson's Thrush. There were two additional Green Herons. And, my best
sighting, was a female or immature male MOURNING WARBLER who popped up onto
a shrub to get a good look at me, chipping the whole time. I did not find
it on my way back, so it likely had continued on its way or went foraging.

Yesterday afternoon I visited Shenantaha Creek Park which was very quiet
except for Giant Swallowtails. Close to 7 PM 4 Common Nighthawks quietly
flew over.

This morning I visited Bog Meadow Brook Trail and found 4 MAGNOLIA WARBLERS
loafing around eating little green caterpillars! There were also 2
GREEN-WINGED TEALS hanging around the pond. A Least Flycatcher perched
right in front of my face, doing the perfect Sibley Guide pose. I walked
the whole length of the trail and thought it was fairly quiet otherwise,
and then realized all of the Yellow Warblers were totally gone.

Happy migration,

Lindsey D.

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Date: 8/25/19 8:47 am
From: scottjstoner via Groups.Io <ScottJStoner=<aol.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Cohoes flats- bald eagles, great egret, no shorebirds
this morning, 1 adult and 2 immature bald eagles, 1 great egret, 5 great blue herons, but no shorebirds at Cohoes flats. Scott Stoner, Loudonville Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
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Date: 8/23/19 7:05 pm
From: Scott Varney <scottvarney1968...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Saratoga NHP Raptors
While biking the 11 mile tour road (even at high speed and two laps), the
raptors were jumping out all around me. First, an adult Bald Eagle buzzed
only 20 feet over my head near the Barber Wheatfield followed by a Kestrel
near the 8 mile mark (over-looking the Hudson River). Then an adult
Cooper's Hawk raced me parallel to my bike (yeah, he won). Finally, an
American Kestrel perched on a tree next to the road as I drove past the
maintenance building.
..oh...and the Red-tailed Hawk perched next to Tour Stop # 3.

Lots of Goldfinches, one pair of hollering Ravens, a weaning number of
Chipping Sparrows, and multiple Towhees...not much fall warbler activity
yet other than Common Yellowthroats.

When I got home in Salem, I was greeted by the recently-made-famous Giant
Swallowtail Butterfly I've heard chatter about on Listserves...I thought I
was going to have to drive a bit to finally observe one. I've enclosed a
photo of the one in my yard... absolutely beautiful! I can't help but
notice the yellow smile pattern on this butterfly's wings that is
reminiscent of the Joker's Smile...think Batman!

Happy Day,

Scott Varney
Salem, NY

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