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4/22/21 8:09 am jhershey2 <hersheyj...> [hmbirds] Violet-green Swallow - Vischer Ferry
4/22/21 8:07 am zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...> Re: [hmbirds] Violet-green swallow, Vischer Ferry
4/22/21 7:53 am zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...> [hmbirds] Violet-green swallow, Vischer Ferry
4/22/21 4:43 am Robert S Pastel <rspastel...> [hmbirds] Hermit thrushes
4/22/21 4:34 am Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...> [hmbirds] Savannah Sparrows - Halfmoon
4/22/21 4:24 am Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...> [hmbirds] Vesper Sparrows - Halfmoon Town Park
4/21/21 12:54 pm Cynthia Edwardson <Cjredwardson...> [hmbirds] Yellow-rumps at Pine Hollow Arboretum -Slingerlands
4/21/21 12:10 pm Weiskotten, Kurt via groups.io <kweiskotten...> [hmbirds] New Arrivals in Schenectady.
4/21/21 9:41 am jhershey2 <hersheyj...> [hmbirds] Great Egrets - Vischer Ferry
4/21/21 8:02 am Alan Mapes <alanmapes...> [hmbirds] Glossy Ibis - Wrights Loop
4/20/21 10:41 am gregg_recer <gregg_recer...> Re: [hmbirds] Purple Finch wave
4/20/21 6:30 am Alan Mapes <alanmapes...> Re: [hmbirds] Purple Finch wave
4/20/21 6:11 am zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...> Re: [hmbirds] Purple Finch wave
4/20/21 6:09 am Naomi Lloyd via groups.io <naomi_kestrel...> [hmbirds] This week's destination: 4/22
4/20/21 5:53 am scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner...> [hmbirds] five rivers EEC, Delmar
4/20/21 5:31 am Robert S Pastel <rspastel...> [hmbirds] Buckingham Pond
4/20/21 5:18 am Heidi <hocka1...> [hmbirds] White-throat
4/20/21 5:01 am gregg_recer <gregg_recer...> [hmbirds] Purple Finch wave
4/20/21 4:56 am Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...> [hmbirds] Glossy Ibis - yes
4/19/21 1:19 pm Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...> [hmbirds] Purple Martin
4/19/21 9:19 am Mary Comley <mcomley57...> Re: [hmbirds] Stillwater Riverfront Park - L Yellowlegs, eaglet
4/19/21 6:33 am Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...> [hmbirds] Stillwater Riverfront Park - L Yellowlegs, eaglet
4/19/21 6:06 am scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner...> Re: [hmbirds] More Savannah Sparrows
4/19/21 4:33 am Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...> [hmbirds] More Savannah Sparrows
4/19/21 4:11 am Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...> [hmbirds] Savannah Sparrow - Brown's Beach
4/18/21 6:57 pm jhershey2 <hersheyj...> [hmbirds] Vesper Sparrows and Glossy Ibis pics
4/18/21 12:49 pm John Shea via groups.io <jdshea01...> [hmbirds] Central Park (Schenectady) White-winged Crossbills
4/18/21 12:41 pm scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner...> [hmbirds] glossy ibis still present Stillwater Riverfront park
4/18/21 8:30 am gregg_recer <gregg_recer...> Re: [hmbirds] Ibis Update
4/18/21 7:06 am Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...> [hmbirds] Ibis Update
4/18/21 7:01 am Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...> [hmbirds] Glossy Ibis - Wrights Loop
4/18/21 5:48 am Tristan Lowery <tristanlowery...> Re: [hmbirds] Purple finch
4/17/21 1:44 pm Eric Molho via groups.io <molhoe...> [hmbirds] Purple finch
4/17/21 12:52 pm Ellen <lnmp...> [hmbirds] Galway Nature Preserve
4/17/21 12:24 pm Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...> [hmbirds] Bonaparte's Gulls - no
4/17/21 11:51 am Alan Mapes <alanmapes...> [hmbirds] Bonaparte’s Gulls - Browns Beach
4/17/21 9:30 am Larry & Penny Alden <overlook...> [hmbirds] Odd Sapsucker Plumage
4/16/21 12:45 pm Marne Onderdonk via groups.io <marne37...> Re: [hmbirds] ID help
4/16/21 12:21 pm gregg_recer <gregg_recer...> Re: [hmbirds] ID help
4/16/21 12:18 pm Larry & Penny Alden <overlook...> Re: [hmbirds] ID help
4/16/21 12:12 pm Marne Onderdonk via groups.io <marne37...> [hmbirds] ID help
4/16/21 3:13 am Cynthia Edwardson <Cjredwardson...> [hmbirds] Bog Meadow Brook Trail
4/15/21 2:20 pm trwdsd via groups.io <trwdsd...> [hmbirds] Meet-up for birding, Normanskill Farm, Albany- Saturday, April 17th
4/15/21 2:18 pm trwdsd via groups.io <trwdsd...> [hmbirds] Meet-up for birding, Normanskill Farm, Albany- Saturday, April 17th
4/15/21 1:26 pm Andy Mason <andymason...> [hmbirds] Audubon program--Scott Weidensaul--noted ornithologist and author--tomorrow night--Birds and Beans
4/15/21 12:46 pm scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner...> [hmbirds] Hermit thrush arrivals; pairs
4/15/21 12:17 pm trwdsd via groups.io <trwdsd...> [hmbirds] Meet-up for birding, Normanskill Farm, Albany- Saturday, April 17th
4/14/21 1:45 pm scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner...> [hmbirds] Zim Smith Trail--Coons Crossing to Round Lake, Apr 14, 2021
4/14/21 8:45 am gregg_recer <gregg_recer...> [hmbirds] horned grebe, round lake
4/14/21 7:56 am Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...> [hmbirds] Round Lake Common Loon
4/14/21 6:54 am Naomi Lloyd via groups.io <naomi_kestrel...> [hmbirds] No destination this week: 4/15
4/14/21 5:37 am Alan Mapes <alanmapes...> [hmbirds] Greater Yellowlegs - Wrights Loop
4/14/21 3:37 am Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...> [hmbirds] Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher - Dwaas Kill
4/13/21 8:00 am scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner...> [hmbirds] 5 Rivers this morning
4/12/21 2:04 pm scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner...> [hmbirds] reminder - tonight HMBC -- April Program meeting invite via Zoom - April 12 at 7:30 PM - California Gnatcatchers
4/12/21 5:00 am Craig Driggs via groups.io <billdcat333...> [hmbirds] Northern Shovelers
4/11/21 11:31 am adir46er <rita.reed2819...> [hmbirds] Caspian Tern
4/11/21 5:52 am Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...> [hmbirds] Bog Meadow Brook
4/10/21 2:03 pm zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...> [hmbirds] Mystery wigeon ID update
4/10/21 5:01 am Alan Mapes <alanmapes...> Re: [hmbirds] Help with a Lake Luzurne bird
4/9/21 1:11 pm scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner...> [hmbirds] Five Rivers EEC today April 9
4/9/21 1:11 pm birderlarry via groups.io <birderlarry...> Re: [hmbirds] Help with a Lake Luzurne bird
4/9/21 12:54 pm scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner...> Re: [hmbirds] Help with a Lake Luzurne bird
4/9/21 12:43 pm Naomi Lloyd via groups.io <naomi_kestrel...> Re: [hmbirds] eur wigeon - zim smith trail.
4/9/21 12:14 pm Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...> Re: [hmbirds] Help with a Lake Luzurne bird
4/9/21 12:11 pm ConserveBirds <conservebirds...> Re: [hmbirds] Help with a Lake Luzurne bird
4/9/21 11:54 am John Loz via groups.io <stellersjayjohn...> [hmbirds] Help with a Lake Luzurne bird
4/9/21 10:47 am gregg_recer <gregg_recer...> Re: [hmbirds] eur wigeon - zim smith trail.
4/9/21 10:35 am gregg_recer <gregg_recer...> Re: [hmbirds] eur wigeon - zim smith trail.
4/9/21 10:15 am Will Raup <Hoaryredpoll...> Re: [hmbirds] eur wigeon - zim smith trail.
4/9/21 9:38 am gregg_recer <gregg_recer...> Re: [hmbirds] eur wigeon - zim smith trail.
4/9/21 9:26 am zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...> Re: [hmbirds] eur wigeon - zim smith trail.
4/9/21 9:26 am Alan Mapes <alanmapes...> Re: [hmbirds] eur wigeon - zim smith trail.
4/9/21 9:16 am gregg_recer <gregg_recer...> Re: [hmbirds] eur wigeon - zim smith trail.
4/9/21 9:16 am Alan Mapes <alanmapes...> Re: [hmbirds] eur wigeon - zim smith trail.
4/9/21 9:02 am Alan Mapes <alanmapes...> Re: [hmbirds] eur wigeon - zim smith trail.
4/9/21 6:38 am gregg_recer <gregg_recer...> Re: [hmbirds] eur wigeon - zim smith trail.
4/9/21 6:32 am Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...> Re: [hmbirds] eur wigeon - zim smith trail.
4/9/21 6:29 am gregg_recer <gregg_recer...> [hmbirds] eur wigeon - zim smith trail.
4/8/21 11:40 am jhershey2 <hersheyj...> [hmbirds] Wilson's Snipe at Wright's Loop
4/8/21 8:44 am trwdsd via groups.io <trwdsd...> [hmbirds] Meet-up for birding, Five Rivers EEC, Delmar- Saturday, April 10th
4/8/21 8:27 am Ellen <lnmp...> Re: [hmbirds] YBSA Saratoga
4/8/21 8:21 am gregg_recer <gregg_recer...> Re: [hmbirds] YBSA Saratoga
4/8/21 8:15 am scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner...> [hmbirds] 5 Rivers today
4/8/21 8:09 am Alan Mapes <alanmapes...> [hmbirds] YBSA Saratoga
4/7/21 3:01 pm Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...> [hmbirds] Clifton Park Osprey, others
4/7/21 2:14 pm scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner...> [hmbirds] Five Rivers today - Delmar, NY
4/7/21 12:43 pm Cynthia Edwardson <Cjredwardson...> [hmbirds] Huyck Preserve today
4/7/21 6:30 am zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...> [hmbirds] Atlas Year 2 Kickoff Tonight!
4/7/21 6:26 am Naomi Lloyd via groups.io <naomi_kestrel...> [hmbirds] This week's destination: 4/8 - NOTE REGULAR START TIME
4/7/21 5:22 am zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...> [hmbirds] Louisiana Waterthrush and Pine Warbler, five rivers
4/6/21 7:16 pm scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner...> [hmbirds] HMBC -- April Program meeting invite via Zoom - April 12 at 7:30 PM - California Gnatcatchers
4/6/21 2:39 pm scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner...> [hmbirds] pine bush Trailhead closures April 7 and 8
4/6/21 11:36 am Jeffrey Schoonmaker <j.schoonmaker...> [hmbirds] A Testimonial
4/6/21 10:15 am Heidi <hocka1...> [hmbirds] Pinebush Red Crossbills - Yes
4/5/21 10:04 am scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner...> [hmbirds] red crossbills reported at Madison Avenue Pinelands again this morning
4/5/21 9:59 am David Halm <davidhalm...> Re: [hmbirds] White-winged Crossbills, Central Park, Schenectady-Yes
4/5/21 8:59 am neal.reilly <neal.f.reilly...> [hmbirds] White-winged Crossbills, Central Park, Schenectady-Yes
4/5/21 8:42 am Naomi Lloyd via groups.io <naomi_kestrel...> [hmbirds] White-winged Crossbills, Schenectady Central Park
4/5/21 5:38 am scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner...> [hmbirds] Red Crossbills at Madison Avenue Pinelands, with images from yesterday
4/5/21 4:36 am scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner...> [hmbirds] FW: Salmonella Outbreak Is Linked to Wild Birds and Feeders, C.D.C. Says
4/4/21 1:27 pm Alison Van Keuren <aev12159...> [hmbirds] Correction to my last
4/4/21 12:18 pm scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner...> [hmbirds] red crossbills continue at Madison Avenue Pinelands
4/4/21 10:27 am Alison Van Keuren <aev12159...> [hmbirds] Golden Eagle Flyover
4/4/21 9:15 am John Kent <k2ent76...> [hmbirds] Red-necked Grebe, Myosotis Lake
4/2/21 8:14 pm kernscot <kernscot...> [hmbirds] eBird -- 483 Rigor Hill Road, Ghent, New York, US (42.294, -73.565) -- Apr 02, 2021
4/2/21 2:14 pm vickstry via groups.io <vickstry...> [hmbirds] White winged crossbills
4/2/21 12:22 pm Jeffrey Schoonmaker <j.schoonmaker...> [hmbirds] Golden
4/2/21 11:42 am scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner...> [hmbirds] 5Rivers today
4/2/21 10:06 am jhershey2 <hersheyj...> [hmbirds] Vischer Ferry Ducks
4/1/21 2:56 pm Heidi <hocka1...> [hmbirds] Chipping Sparrows in Troy
4/1/21 12:03 pm Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...> [hmbirds] Fox Sparrows (location added)
4/1/21 12:01 pm Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...> [hmbirds] Fox Sparrows
4/1/21 8:41 am scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner...> [hmbirds] red crossbill images - Albany Pine Bush Preserve--Madison Ave. Pinelands, Mar 31, 2021
3/31/21 1:15 pm trwdsd via groups.io <trwdsd...> [hmbirds] Meet-up for birding, Five Rivers EEC, Delmar- Saturday, April 3rd
3/31/21 1:14 pm trwdsd via groups.io <trwdsd...> [hmbirds] Meet-up for birding, Five Rivers EEC, Delmar- Saturday, April 3rd
3/31/21 9:43 am Naomi Lloyd via groups.io <naomi_kestrel...> [hmbirds] NO destination this week - 4/1
3/31/21 8:40 am scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner...> [hmbirds] red crossbills continue at end of Madison Avenue Extension
3/31/21 8:12 am zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...> Re: [hmbirds] Chukars
3/31/21 8:07 am Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...> Re: [hmbirds] Chukars
3/31/21 7:45 am Scott Varney <scottvarney1968...> Re: [hmbirds] Chukars
3/31/21 7:42 am Tristan Lowery <tristanlowery...> Re: [hmbirds] Chukars
3/31/21 7:34 am Robert S Pastel <rspastel...> [hmbirds] Chukars
3/31/21 6:39 am Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...> [hmbirds] Horned Grebe - Round Lake
3/30/21 9:15 am Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...> [hmbirds] Osprey - Fort Miller
3/30/21 9:01 am scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner...> [hmbirds] more red crossbills, pine bush
3/30/21 8:17 am scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner...> [hmbirds] Red crossbills, Albany Pine Bush
3/30/21 7:01 am Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...> [hmbirds] Old Gick parcel
3/30/21 5:33 am Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...> [hmbirds] Camp Saratoga
3/28/21 3:59 pm kernscot <kernscot...> [hmbirds] Nancy Jane Kern has shared an New York Breeding Bird Atlas checklist with you from 483 Rigor Hill Road, Ghent, New York, US (42.294, -73.565) on Mar 28, 2021 - 2:50 PM
3/28/21 8:37 am Robert S Pastel <rspastel...> [hmbirds] Pascanee
3/28/21 6:24 am Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...> [hmbirds] Brown's Beach - Common Loon
3/28/21 5:44 am Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...> [hmbirds] Wrights Loop - Snipe
3/27/21 9:03 am jhershey2 <hersheyj...> [hmbirds] Blue-winged Teal - Vischer Ferry
3/27/21 8:37 am Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...> [hmbirds] Ruffed Grouse drumming
3/27/21 4:18 am John Kent <k2ent76...> [hmbirds] LT Duck, Bonaparte's Gull
3/26/21 5:15 pm zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...> [hmbirds] New York Breeding Bird Atlas III - Join the Fun!
3/26/21 10:10 am Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...> [hmbirds] Black Vulture roost - Northumberland
3/25/21 5:25 pm Scott Varney <scottvarney1968...> [hmbirds] Black-throated Green Warbler in Salem, NY
3/25/21 5:17 pm Scott Varney <scottvarney1968...> [hmbirds] Osprey at Hudson Crossing, Schuylerville
3/25/21 2:37 pm Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...> [hmbirds] Merlin - Blockhouse Park
3/24/21 2:28 pm scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner...> [hmbirds] five rivers this morning - fox sparrows
3/24/21 6:44 am David DiSiena via groups.io <d2siena...> [hmbirds] Red-breasted Mergansers Tomhannock
3/24/21 6:36 am Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...> [hmbirds] Lock 2 - Northern Shovelers
3/23/21 2:42 pm Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...> [hmbirds] Vischer Ferry Preserve
3/23/21 2:30 pm scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner...> [hmbirds] five rivers today
3/23/21 2:21 pm scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner...> Re: [hmbirds] fort Edward, yesterday 3-22 -addendum
3/23/21 1:58 pm rubbercow1818 via groups.io <rubbercow1818...> [hmbirds] Great horned owl
3/23/21 1:57 pm rubbercow1818 via groups.io <rubbercow1818...> [hmbirds] Great horned owl
3/23/21 1:44 pm Naomi Lloyd via groups.io <naomi_kestrel...> [hmbirds] Cormorants and Herons, Tomhannock
3/23/21 1:23 pm scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner...> [hmbirds] fort Edward, yesterday 3-22
3/23/21 10:56 am Ellen <lnmp...> [hmbirds] Phoebe arrival
 
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Date: 4/22/21 8:09 am
From: jhershey2 <hersheyj...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Violet-green Swallow - Vischer Ferry
The Violet-green Swallow was along the towpath west of the Whipple Bridge at Vischer Ferry Preserve.  It was perched on a small tree along with some Northern Rough-winged Swallows.  I saw it approximately around 9:30 am.

John H.


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Date: 4/22/21 8:07 am
From: zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Violet-green swallow, Vischer Ferry
John adds “ It was along the towpath west of the Whipple Bridge perching on
a tree with some Northern Rough-winged Swallows.”

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> John Hershey photographed a Violet Green Swallow at Vischer Ferry,
> Saratoga County today. Photo is attached:
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Date: 4/22/21 7:53 am
From: zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Violet-green swallow, Vischer Ferry
John Hershey photographed a Violet Green Swallow at Vischer Ferry, Saratoga
County today. Photo is attached:
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Date: 4/22/21 4:43 am
From: Robert S Pastel <rspastel...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Hermit thrushes
We have four hermit thrushes in our little patch of backyard in the city of Albany.

Robert S. Pastel



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Date: 4/22/21 4:34 am
From: Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Savannah Sparrows - Halfmoon
Figured out that the traveling party the 4 Vesper Sparrows was with
consisted of 20 Savannah Sparrows!


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Date: 4/22/21 4:24 am
From: Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Vesper Sparrows - Halfmoon Town Park
I just found 4 Vesper Sparrows at the Halfmoon Town Park, and there may be
more as their initial group broke apart. By the farm field, right near the
trail.


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Date: 4/21/21 12:54 pm
From: Cynthia Edwardson <Cjredwardson...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Yellow-rumps at Pine Hollow Arboretum -Slingerlands
Chris and I just walked the trails at Pine Hollow Arboretum in Slingerlands
and observed a mini Yellow-rumped warbler wave there. We counted at least
20, all Myrtle variety males, but there were likely more high in the trees
as we saw lots of little birds moving.

Cindy Edwardson


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Date: 4/21/21 12:10 pm
From: Weiskotten, Kurt via groups.io <kweiskotten...>
Subject: [hmbirds] New Arrivals in Schenectady.
Rose-breasted Grosbeak at the feeder just now, and House Wren singing in the hedgerow! So it begins ... Bellevue Section of Schenectady.


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Date: 4/21/21 9:41 am
From: jhershey2 <hersheyj...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Great Egrets - Vischer Ferry
There was 1 Great Egret in the canal by Clute's Dry Dock this morning at Vischer Ferry Preserve.  I also saw 3 others in the air between the Water Authority Road and the main path from the main entrance.

John H.


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Date: 4/21/21 8:02 am
From: Alan Mapes <alanmapes...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Glossy Ibis - Wrights Loop
The pair were not present at 8:45 this morning, but are back as I stopped
by at 11:00 am. Stillwater Riverfront Park. Also visible from Wrights. No
shorebirds that I could see.

Alan Mapes
Saratoga


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Date: 4/20/21 10:41 am
From: gregg_recer <gregg_recer...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Purple Finch wave
to add to the finch-fest, we just had a group of over a dozen red crossbills drop into the yard for drink and bath at our ornamental pond. They have been doing that sporadically for many weeks now, although I was wondering if they had finally vacated as the last time here was 15 days ago.

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malta NY


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Date: 4/20/21 6:30 am
From: Alan Mapes <alanmapes...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Purple Finch wave
Exit 14 as well - we had at least 5 this morning.

Alan Mapes
Saratoga

On Tue, Apr 20, 2021 at 8:01 AM gregg_recer <gregg_recer...>
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> the purple-palooza wave that people were describing around albany over the
> weekend has now reached exit 12 -- we had 2 yesterday, and at least 9 at
> feeders this morning.
>
> --
> gregg recer
> malta NY
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Date: 4/20/21 6:11 am
From: zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Purple Finch wave
I had several at Five Rivers this morning, as well.

On Tue, Apr 20, 2021 at 8:01 AM gregg_recer <gregg_recer...>
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> the purple-palooza wave that people were describing around albany over the
> weekend has now reached exit 12 -- we had 2 yesterday, and at least 9 at
> feeders this morning.
>
> --
> gregg recer
> malta NY
>
>
> --
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
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Date: 4/20/21 6:09 am
From: Naomi Lloyd via groups.io <naomi_kestrel...>
Subject: [hmbirds] This week's destination: 4/22
Hey birders! I'm not going to say this Thursday looks spectacular, but it looks not-too-bad and it's worth a try. Let's meet at Saratoga Battlefield - the loop road is open - and see what's out there. We can check Wright's Loop after for shorebirds and the odd Ibis. See you at 8:00 in the parking lot.

I am once again saying I won't be joining you (medical appt) so have fun! See great birds!

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/43.0165334,-73.6569051/43.0128073,-73.6492872/@43.0136389,-73.6488633,17z/data=!4m2!4m1!3e0?hl=en&authuser=0

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Date: 4/20/21 5:53 am
From: scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner...>
Subject: [hmbirds] five rivers EEC, Delmar
this morning April 20 -  Blue-headed vireo and yellow-rumped warblers FOY for me. these and multiple ruby-crowned kinglets and pine warblers above the Vlomankill valley. Scott Stoner, Loudonville Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

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Date: 4/20/21 5:31 am
From: Robert S Pastel <rspastel...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Buckingham Pond
This morning at least 15 RC kinglets, 1 blue headed vireo, 2 white throated; lots of bird sounds from redwings, grackles, geese, flickers, song sparrows, red bellied woodpecker.

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Date: 4/20/21 5:18 am
From: Heidi <hocka1...>
Subject: [hmbirds] White-throat
FOY White-throated Sparrow in my yard this morning. 4/20/21

Heidi Klinowski
Troy/Brunswick line


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Date: 4/20/21 5:01 am
From: gregg_recer <gregg_recer...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Purple Finch wave
the purple-palooza wave that people were describing around albany over the weekend has now reached exit 12 -- we had 2 yesterday, and at least 9 at feeders this morning.

--
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malta NY


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Date: 4/20/21 4:56 am
From: Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Glossy Ibis - yes
The GLOSSY Ibis are present this morning at Stillwater Riverfront Park.


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Date: 4/19/21 1:19 pm
From: Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Purple Martin
Just heard one give a bubbly song over the Saratoga Battlefield, probably
just migrating on through!


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Date: 4/19/21 9:19 am
From: Mary Comley <mcomley57...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Stillwater Riverfront Park - L Yellowlegs, eaglet
Ibis are here now.

On Mon, Apr 19, 2021, 9:33 AM Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...> wrote:

> No Glossy Ibis today but there is now a Lesser Yellowlegs in the same
> spot. I can also now confirm there is an eaglet in the Bald Eagle nest who
> is being fed a hearty breakfast!
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Date: 4/19/21 6:33 am
From: Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Stillwater Riverfront Park - L Yellowlegs, eaglet
No Glossy Ibis today but there is now a Lesser Yellowlegs in the same spot.
I can also now confirm there is an eaglet in the Bald Eagle nest who is
being fed a hearty breakfast!


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Date: 4/19/21 6:06 am
From: scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] More Savannah Sparrows
Denise and I had one at  the Stillwater Riverfront park yesterday as well -Scott Stoner, LoudonvilleSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
-------- Original message --------From: Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...> Date: 4/19/21 07:33 (GMT-05:00) To: HMBirds <hmbirds...> Subject: [hmbirds] More Savannah Sparrows There must have been a movement of these guys into Saratoga County last night, found a whole bunch more on the road into Round Lake Preserve!






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Date: 4/19/21 4:33 am
From: Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...>
Subject: [hmbirds] More Savannah Sparrows
There must have been a movement of these guys into Saratoga County last
night, found a whole bunch more on the road into Round Lake Preserve!


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Date: 4/19/21 4:11 am
From: Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Savannah Sparrow - Brown's Beach
Really not all that unusual at this type of habitat but there is a Savannah
Sparrow with brilliant yellow and orange on its face, singing away by the
picnic tables.

Lindsey D.


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Date: 4/18/21 6:57 pm
From: jhershey2 <hersheyj...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Vesper Sparrows and Glossy Ibis pics
Ron H. and I stopped at the Saratoga County Airport late this morning and were dismayed to find a new 10 foot high wire fence going from Geyser Rd. down the driveway to the observation area/parking lot.  The new fence replaces the old fence which was only about 5 feet high, low enough to look out toward the grassy area where Grasshopper and Vesper Sparrows, and Horned Larks are reliably found during the warm months.  This new fence greatly hinders bird observation despite a kiosk which describes some of the endangered birds and plants at the airport, not to mention park benches.  Nevertheless, we were able to find 2 singing Vesper Sparrows.  We nixed our plans to go to Galway and instead went in search of the Glossy Ibis at Wright's Loop, first reported by Lindsey D. this morning.  We did get to see 2 Glossy Ibis and about 12 or so birders as well.  I posted a few Ibis pics to show the beautiful iridescent red, green, and blue plumage, even though the picture quality to me is a little sub-par.  We went on to the Stillwater Trail behind the school where we heard at least one Virginia Rail.

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Date: 4/18/21 12:49 pm
From: John Shea via groups.io <jdshea01...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Central Park (Schenectady) White-winged Crossbills
At least 10 white-winged crossbills continue at Central Park in Schenectady this afternoon, giving nice views as they came down to get a drink from a small stream that runs through the white pines between the playground and tennis courts. Last seen flying over Iroquois Lake towards the pines on the west side of the park. 
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Date: 4/18/21 12:41 pm
From: scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner...>
Subject: [hmbirds] glossy ibis still present Stillwater Riverfront park
-Scott and Denisenice find, Lindsey!Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

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Date: 4/18/21 8:30 am
From: gregg_recer <gregg_recer...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Ibis Update
still present and being viewed at much closer range by several folks from the stillwater River park. gate is open. thnx Lindsey, very nice find.
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malta NY


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Date: 4/18/21 7:06 am
From: Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Ibis Update
There are actually two, now on edge of water by field


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Date: 4/18/21 7:01 am
From: Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Glossy Ibis - Wrights Loop
There is currently a Glossy Ibis foraging at the edge of the farm field
between Riverfront Park and Wrights Loop in Stillwater


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Date: 4/18/21 5:48 am
From: Tristan Lowery <tristanlowery...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Purple finch
It's ten fewer than what Eric reported, but a male Purple Finch was singing
from the oak outside my office window this morning, about a half a mile
from the Delmar border (as the finch flies). He looked interested in the
feeders below, but I'd taken all the tube feeders down for cleaning and the
platform feeder was being occupied by a gray squirrel.

Tristan Lowery
Albany

On Sat, Apr 17, 2021 at 4:44 PM Eric Molho via groups.io <molhoe=
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> I was pleasantly surprised by 8 male an 3 female purple finch occupying my
> backyard feeder this afternoon.
> Eric
> Delmar
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Date: 4/17/21 1:44 pm
From: Eric Molho via groups.io <molhoe...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Purple finch
I was pleasantly surprised by 8 male an 3 female purple finch occupying my backyard feeder this afternoon.
Eric
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Date: 4/17/21 12:52 pm
From: Ellen <lnmp...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Galway Nature Preserve
I visited Galway Nature Preserve this morning, where I finally heard
Ruby-Crowned Kinglets (FOS for me). For most of my walk, it was very quiet,
aside from the sounds of water running in the streams; I saw only one person
the entire time.



I got really nice looks at a Hermit Thrush (another FOS) on the ground along
the trail until it disappeared into the woods. Other highlights were
Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers, Northern Flicker, and Pileated Woodpeckers
calling and drumming; a colorful male Wood Duck in a farm field with
Mallards near the preserve entrance; an Eastern Phoebe with nesting
material; and a possible Winter Wren singing. The biggest surprise, though,
was when I returned to where I'd found the Hermit Thrush to see if it had
come back out again - suddenly I heard "Who cooks? Who cooks for you all?"
very close by. A Barred Owl! I couldn't see it, but it called three
separate times. Magical.



Ellen P.

West Charlton



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Date: 4/17/21 12:24 pm
From: Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Bonaparte's Gulls - no
Showed up to Browns Beach at 310 pm and Alan's gulls were already gone! RB
gulls are slowly petering out flying north along the river so I'll make an
attempt at State Boat Launch.


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Date: 4/17/21 11:51 am
From: Alan Mapes <alanmapes...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Bonaparte’s Gulls - Browns Beach
Two nice breeding plumage birds on the beach with the crew of ring-bills.

Alan Mapes
Saratoga


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Date: 4/17/21 9:30 am
From: Larry & Penny Alden <overlook...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Odd Sapsucker Plumage
I’ve had a female yellow bellied sapsucker on my property the last few days that has no red whatsoever on its head. Instead, the area that’s normally red is solid black. It’s jet black, too, not mousy brown juvenile color. In all other aspects, it’s a normal-looking adult female sapsucker.

I don’t recall ever noticing another sapsucker with this plumage variant. Has anyone else?

Larry Alden
Meadowdale
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Date: 4/16/21 12:45 pm
From: Marne Onderdonk via groups.io <marne37...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] ID help
Well, she had me fooled! She seemed to have such a long neck for a house finch. The nesting site seemed pretty unlikely for a ruffed grouse ;)

Thank you for your responses and assistance!

Marne
> On Apr 16, 2021, at 3:21 PM, gregg_recer <gregg_recer...> wrote:
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> agreed on house finch
> (although I can see where the odd posture does give a superficial sense of a grouse profile)
>
> --
> gregg recer
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Date: 4/16/21 12:21 pm
From: gregg_recer <gregg_recer...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] ID help
agreed on house finch
(although I can see where the odd posture does give a superficial sense of a grouse profile)

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Date: 4/16/21 12:18 pm
From: Larry & Penny Alden <overlook...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] ID help
Looks like a House Finch to me. They’re notorious for nesting in such places.

Larry Alden
> On Apr 16, 2021, at 3:09 PM, Marne Onderdonk via groups.io <marne37...> wrote:
>
> Hello fellow birders,
>
> A friend sent me these photos today asking what kind of bird this is nesting in the wreath on her front door. It does not look at all like a house finch. To me it looks like a ruffed grouse, but I need your expert opinions.
>
> Thoughts? (PS they are avoiding using that door)
>
> Thanks!
>
> Marne
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> <IMG_0763.jpg>
> <IMG_0765.jpg>
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Date: 4/16/21 12:12 pm
From: Marne Onderdonk via groups.io <marne37...>
Subject: [hmbirds] ID help
Hello fellow birders,

A friend sent me these photos today asking what kind of bird this is nesting in the wreath on her front door. It does not look at all like a house finch. To me it looks like a ruffed grouse, but I need your expert opinions.

Thoughts? (PS they are avoiding using that door)

Thanks!

Marne


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Date: 4/16/21 3:13 am
From: Cynthia Edwardson <Cjredwardson...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Bog Meadow Brook Trail
Thanks to Lindsey Duval for her recent post about birds at Bog Meadow Brook
Trail. Chris and I walked the trail on Weds and it was delightful. Among
the 30 species we counted were16 Swamp Sparrows singing! Other highlights
for us included FOY Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Virginia Rail, Green-winged
Teal, Wood ducks, 3 Hermit Thrushes, 4 YB Sapsuckers (one was so involved
with food finding that we almost reached out and touched it) and our first
NY drumming Ruffed Grouse. No warblers were seen or heard.
I'm attaching a few photos including a very large snapping turtle that took
up most of the trail as we tried to walk by, and one of Skunk Cabbage which
was abundant along the way.

Cindy Edwardson


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Date: 4/15/21 2:20 pm
From: trwdsd via groups.io <trwdsd...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Meet-up for birding, Normanskill Farm, Albany- Saturday, April 17th
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Saturday, April 17, 2021 - Normanskill Farm (8:00 am)

Sparrows and swallows frequent this location. Perhaps some early sandpipers, Hermit Thrushes, or Yellow-rumped Warblers will have also arrived this week, so let's meet-up at 8:00am sharp!

Parking lot is located on Mill Rd., off of Delaware Ave. Large groups of birders may be split into several smaller ones. Be prepared to socially distance and wear a mask when in the company of others.

Map: https://tinyurl.com/skpbb59u

Tom Williams
Colonie


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Date: 4/15/21 2:18 pm
From: trwdsd via groups.io <trwdsd...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Meet-up for birding, Normanskill Farm, Albany- Saturday, April 17th
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Saturday, April 17, 2021 - Normanskill Farm (8:00 am)

Sparrows and swallows frequent this location. Perhaps some early sandpipers, Hermit Thrushes, or Yellow-rumped Warblers will have also arrived this week, so let's meet-up at 8:00am sharp!

Parking lot is located on Mill Rd., off of Delaware Ave. Large groups of birders may be split into several smaller ones. Be prepared to socially distance and wear a mask when in the company of others.

Map: https://tinyurl.com/skpbb59u ( https://tinyurl.com/v9tvhmm8 )

Tom Williams
Colonie


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Date: 4/15/21 1:26 pm
From: Andy Mason <andymason...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Audubon program--Scott Weidensaul--noted ornithologist and author--tomorrow night--Birds and Beans
Join Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society via Zoom on Friday, April 16, 7:30
p.m. for very special program with Scott Weidensaul. Since the dawn of
human imagination, we have been spellbound by the migration of birds, in
which even the smallest species traverse immensities of space the way we
cross the street. But while the populations of many migratory birds are
in drastic decline, there are many things we can do to save them.
Naturalist and author Scott Weidensaul explores the wonder and mechanics
of migration, and the simple, effective ways we can preserve them, from
what we plant in our gardens to what we pour into our morning mug of coffee.


*CLICK HERE TO REGISTER*
<https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_eiDuJqb3RPi4T0NdbcliLg>

San Juan del Rio Coco sunrise


About the Presenter

*Scott Weidensaul *is the author of more than two dozen books on natural
history, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist "Living on the Wind." His
newest book, "A World of Wings" about global migration, will be released
in March 2021. Weidensaul is a contributing editor for Audubon, a
columnist for Bird Watcher's Digest and writes for a variety of other
publications, including Living Bird. He is also an active field
researcher, studying saw-whet owl migration for more than two decades,
as well as winter hummingbirds, bird migration in Alaska, and the winter
movements of snowy owls through Project SNOWstorm, which he co-founded.

Scott Weidensaul (Chris DeSorbo)

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Andrew Mason
13 Boylston St.
Oneonta, NY 13820
(607) 652-2162
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Date: 4/15/21 12:46 pm
From: scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Hermit thrush arrivals; pairs
In our yard in Albany County, today, Denise and I had two Hermit Thrushes in the backyard, and pairs of Yellow-bellies Sapsuckers and Red-breasted Nuthatches. - Scott Stoner, Loudonville, NY


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Date: 4/15/21 12:17 pm
From: trwdsd via groups.io <trwdsd...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Meet-up for birding, Normanskill Farm, Albany- Saturday, April 17th
Saturday, April 17, 2021 - Normanskill Farm (8:00 am)

Sparrows and swallows frequent this location. Perhaps some early sandpipers, Hermit Thrushes, or Yellow-rumped Warblers will have also arrived this week, so let's meet-up at 8:00am sharp!

Parking lot is located on Mill Rd., off of Delaware Ave. Large groups of birders may be split into several smaller ones. Be prepared to socially distance and wear a mask when in the company of others.

Map: https://tinyurl.com/v9tvhmm8

Tom Williams
Colonie


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Date: 4/14/21 1:45 pm
From: scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Zim Smith Trail--Coons Crossing to Round Lake, Apr 14, 2021
Gregg Recer, Denise, and I birded and Atlased a portion of the Zim Smith Trail west of Coons Crossing Rd. in Saratoga County this morning, with a slightly delayed start due to traffic from the closure of part of the Northway!Highlights included Virginia rails, blue- and green-winged teal, YB sapsucker, pine and palm warblers, and swamp sparrow.  Breeding activity is well underway with nest-building, courtship/display and even carrying of food noted. Denise and I stopped at the nearby Round Lake Preserve afterwards, where we observed an Osprey diving for fish and a pair of water snakes. Happy birding and Atlasing --Scott Stoner, Loudonville NYSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
-------- Original message --------From: <ebird-checklist...> Date: 4/14/21 16:28 (GMT-05:00) To: <scottjstoner...> Subject: eBird Report - Zim Smith Trail--Coons Crossing to Round Lake, Apr
14, 2021 Zim Smith Trail--Coons Crossing to Round Lake, Saratoga, New York, USApr 14, 2021 8:02 AM - 11:14 AMProtocol: Traveling1.15 mile(s)38 speciesCanada Goose  7Wood Duck  2Blue-winged Teal  2Mallard  8Green-winged Teal  4Mourning Dove  6Virginia Rail  2Killdeer  1Great Blue Heron  1Turkey Vulture  2Sharp-shinned Hawk  1Red-tailed Hawk  1Belted Kingfisher  2Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  2Red-bellied Woodpecker  1Downy Woodpecker  2Northern Flicker  1Eastern Phoebe  1Blue Jay  2American Crow  6Black-capped Chickadee  4Tufted Titmouse  2Tree Swallow  2Red-breasted Nuthatch  1Carolina Wren  2Northern Mockingbird  2American Robin  17House Finch  1American Goldfinch  6Chipping Sparrow  1Song Sparrow  12Swamp Sparrow  12Red-winged Blackbird  12Brown-headed Cowbird  1Common Grackle  18Palm Warbler  2Pine Warbler  1Northern Cardinal  4View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S85546687This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)

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Date: 4/14/21 8:45 am
From: gregg_recer <gregg_recer...>
Subject: [hmbirds] horned grebe, round lake
nice alternate-plumage horned grebe in view toward the south end of round
lake.

Gregg Recer
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Date: 4/14/21 7:56 am
From: Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Round Lake Common Loon
There is currently a Common Loon on Round Lake and not much else.

Good luck with the traffic jams.


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Date: 4/14/21 6:54 am
From: Naomi Lloyd via groups.io <naomi_kestrel...>
Subject: [hmbirds] No destination this week: 4/15
Rain and 45 degrees - nope. At least a good soaking rain should provide stopover points for shorebirds which are beginning to touch down in our area - watch those wet fields!

Better luck next week --

Naomi













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Date: 4/14/21 5:37 am
From: Alan Mapes <alanmapes...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Greater Yellowlegs - Wrights Loop
Only one this morning, and one killdeer - south end of the pond.

Alan Mapes
Saratoga


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Date: 4/14/21 3:37 am
From: Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher - Dwaas Kill
I've noticed a BG Gnatcatcher reported by Donald Slick at the Dwaas Kill
Nature Preserve in Clifton Park and easily found the super noisy bird this
morning not far into the south entrance!

Lindsey D.


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Date: 4/13/21 8:00 am
From: scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner...>
Subject: [hmbirds] 5 Rivers this morning
5 Rivers Env Ed Cntr,.Delmar, Albany County. highlights included brown thrasher, pine warbler, winter wren, swamp sparrow, Louisiana waterthrush. Scott Stoner, Loudonville NYSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

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Date: 4/12/21 2:04 pm
From: scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner...>
Subject: [hmbirds] reminder - tonight HMBC -- April Program meeting invite via Zoom - April 12 at 7:30 PM - California Gnatcatchers
REMINDER - PROGRAM IS AT 7:30 PM TONIGHT! HOPE YOU CAN JOIN US!


Hope everyone can join us on Monday April 12.  Brought to you free of charge by the Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club. If you're not a member, please consider joining and supporting us! hmbc.net 
program and zoom link details below
-Scott Stoner, Program Chair; Gregg Recer, Membership Chair




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- HMBC Program Notice
- The California Gnatcatcher Story
- Monday, April 12, 2021, 7:30PM via Zoom meeting (Note Special Time)
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Hello HMBC Members:

This is a reminder that the HMBC April program will be held via a Zoom meeting on Monday April 12th at 7:30 PM. Use the meeting link below to join the meeting as a participant. All participants will enter the "waiting room" until the meeting host opens the meeting. Participants' audio lines will be muted on entry. We ask that participants keep their lines muted except when prompted for Q&A during the program. NOTE: The first time you use Zoom on a device, you will be prompted to download the Zoom app when you click on the meeting link below. Follow the prompts to download the app and then launch the meeting using the meeting ID from the invite. (The app is recommended, but if you prefer, there is also an option when you open the link below to join the meeting via a web browser window, but with limited capabilities.) Audio connections can be through the app on your device or through a separate dial-in phone number given below. Program details: In the 1990’s, the most publicized debate over the US Endangered Species Act concerned protections for the Northern Spotted Owl, with timber companies and loggers pitted against owls living in stands of old forest located mainly on National Forest lands. Yet there was also a concurrent argument over proposed listing of the coastal California Gnatcatcher. Unlike the owl, this small gray songbird occurs on some of the country’s most expensive private real estate, introducing a very different dynamic to the Endangered Species Act debate.  This presentation will explore the background of this contentious issue, including how Atwood’s seemingly esoteric study of gnatcatcher taxonomy turned into a conservation discussion that continues to this day. Has protection of the California Gnatcatcher catalyzed a new way of accomplishing the goals of the Endangered Species Act? Jon Atwood is Director of Bird Conservation at Mass Audubon in Lincoln, Massachusetts. He has been a practicing ornithologist and conservation biologist for 40 years,
Further details available at: https://hmbc.net/event-4244520
Meeting details:
- Topic: HMBC April Program Meeting Time: Apr 12, 2021 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85030321431 Meeting ID: 850 3032 1431 One tap mobile +13017158592,,85030321431# US (Washington DC) +13126266799,,85030321431# US (Chicago) Dial by your location +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC) +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) +1 646 558 8656 US (New York) +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) Meeting ID: 850 3032 1431 Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kpMQcQjV0 --
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Date: 4/12/21 5:00 am
From: Craig Driggs via groups.io <billdcat333...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Northern Shovelers
Found a trio of Northern Shovelers at Tivoli Lake Preserve in the city of
Albany this morning. Also a Ruby-crowned Kinglet.
Craig D_._,_._,_

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Date: 4/11/21 11:31 am
From: adir46er <rita.reed2819...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Caspian Tern
Highlights earlier today on the Tomhannock Reservoir in Rensselaer County include a Caspian Tern, also 4 Bonaparte Gulls. A lone Horned Grebe was seen at the north end.

Robert and Rita Reed
East Hoosick, NY

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Date: 4/11/21 5:52 am
From: Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Bog Meadow Brook
In addition to most of the returning species found in abundance around the
area (especially Swamp Sparrows), at Bog Meadow Brook Trail right now I've
also had Virginia Rail, two Purple Finches, about 15 Rusty Blackbirds with
great views, and a drumming Ruffed Grouse.

Lindsey D.


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Date: 4/10/21 2:03 pm
From: zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Mystery wigeon ID update
I posted Gregg’s and Naomi’s photos of the Wigeon to eBird reviewer Slack
yesterday to double-check my feeling that the bird was a hybrid Eurasian
Wigeon x American Wigeon. The sole response thus far (from the ABA’s
Michael Retter) was that Gregg’s bird is a straightforward hybrid for the
reasons I noted yesterday. Really cool find and certainly not something we
see very often in the Capital Region. --
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774


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Date: 4/10/21 5:01 am
From: Alan Mapes <alanmapes...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Help with a Lake Luzurne bird
Hi John - this sounds like a junco with a condition called “leucism”. Here
is a link to an explanation on Audubon’s website:

https://www.audubon.org/news/why-bird-half-white

Cheers, Alan


On Fri, Apr 9, 2021 at 2:54 PM John Loz via groups.io <stellersjayjohn=
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> Hello HMBirds Friends!
>
> Our Southern Adirondack Audubon info email account received an inquiry for
> bird I'd help from a gentleman in Lake Luzurne. He was not able to get a
> picture of it, but described in detail as seen below. Any help or
> suggestions you have would be appreciated! Tough to ID from below, I know,
> but figure I try.
> Thanks everyone!
> John Loz
> <president...>
>
> "saw a visually striking small bird I have been unable to identify. I
> have tried multiple bird guides and Merlin Online without being able to
> identify this bird. I'm no expert, but I'm not new to birdwatching,
> either.
> I saw a bird with a striking white head on Friday, April 2 in Lake
> Luzerne, NY.
>
> It was amid a flock of Juncos feeding on the ground near our feeder,
> hopping and picking up black oil sunflower seed off our lawn.
> Unfortunately, I did not have long to observe it, nor did I get a picture.
> Its head and neck were a striking white. It was the same size as a Junco,
> but with a more erect stance, similar to a sparrow or a finch.
> I noticed a narrow gray band on the back of its neck and on its throat,
> although they did not meet. Its neck was white down to the shoulders.
> There may have been one of two other quite small gray markings on its head.
> Its breast was similar in color to the lighter underparts of a Junco. Its
> back and wings were blue-gray and heavily streaked.
> Its tail was medium long, solid blue-gray, slightly notched and had two
> very clear white streaks on its outer edges or outer tail feathers.
> It hopped out of view and I did not see it fly.
> This was the last day we had a large number of Juncos. Our area is mostly
> forested with some open spaces.
> Either this was a very unusual individual of a not unusual species, or a
> species far from its usual range.
> If you can ID this bird, I would be very interested."
>
>
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Date: 4/9/21 1:11 pm
From: scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Five Rivers EEC today April 9
Denise and I birded Five Rivers EEC this morning; highlights included FOY (for us, at least) Swamp Sparrow (wild turkey trail), Pine Warbler - at least 4 individuals, both along the Vlomankill trail and upstream and up the hill from that, in the pines just nw of the vlomankill pavilion, and one very loud Louisiana Waterthrush along the Vlomankill, and Chipping sparrow next to the visitor center. Continuing recent arrivals include Eastern Meadowlark (big field) and increasing numbers of Field Sparrow. A male N. Harrier flew over the field by the research ponds. - Scott Stoner, Loudonville, NY.


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Date: 4/9/21 1:11 pm
From: birderlarry via groups.io <birderlarry...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Help with a Lake Luzurne bird
It sounds like a leucistic Junco, meaning having lots of white in places that normally would have typical species coloration. It’s different from albinism, where the entire bird is white and the eyes are usually pink.
Stay safe!
Larry Federman

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> On Apr 9, 2021, at 3:54 PM, scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner...> wrote:
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> 
> I concur with Lindsey; sounds like an oddly plumaged Junco.
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...>
> To: <stellersjayjohn...>
> Cc: HMBirds <hmbirds...>
> Sent: Fri, Apr 9, 2021 3:14 pm
> Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Help with a Lake Luzurne bird
>
> Sounds like maybe a Junco with a plumage issue to me, maybe piebaldism or a neutral Crest disorder so it ended up with a bunch of white. Its more upright stance could then be because it is more likely to be seen and eaten by a predator. His description sounds right on for a Junco otherwise including the blotchy gray in the white and those outer tail feathers.
>
> On Fri, Apr 9, 2021, 2:54 PM John Loz via groups.io <stellersjayjohn...> wrote:
> Hello HMBirds Friends!
>
> Our Southern Adirondack Audubon info email account received an inquiry for bird I'd help from a gentleman in Lake Luzurne. He was not able to get a picture of it, but described in detail as seen below. Any help or suggestions you have would be appreciated! Tough to ID from below, I know, but figure I try.
> Thanks everyone!
> John Loz
> <president...>
>
> "saw a visually striking small bird I have been unable to identify. I have tried multiple bird guides and Merlin Online without being able to identify this bird. I'm no expert, but I'm not new to birdwatching, either.
> I saw a bird with a striking white head on Friday, April 2 in Lake Luzerne, NY.
>
> It was amid a flock of Juncos feeding on the ground near our feeder, hopping and picking up black oil sunflower seed off our lawn. Unfortunately, I did not have long to observe it, nor did I get a picture.
> Its head and neck were a striking white. It was the same size as a Junco, but with a more erect stance, similar to a sparrow or a finch.
> I noticed a narrow gray band on the back of its neck and on its throat, although they did not meet. Its neck was white down to the shoulders. There may have been one of two other quite small gray markings on its head.
> Its breast was similar in color to the lighter underparts of a Junco. Its back and wings were blue-gray and heavily streaked.
> Its tail was medium long, solid blue-gray, slightly notched and had two very clear white streaks on its outer edges or outer tail feathers.
> It hopped out of view and I did not see it fly.
> This was the last day we had a large number of Juncos. Our area is mostly forested with some open spaces.
> Either this was a very unusual individual of a not unusual species, or a species far from its usual range.
> If you can ID this bird, I would be very interested."
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Date: 4/9/21 12:54 pm
From: scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Help with a Lake Luzurne bird
I concur with Lindsey; sounds like an oddly plumaged Junco. 


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Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Help with a Lake Luzurne bird

Sounds like maybe a Junco with a plumage issue to me, maybe piebaldism or a neutral Crest disorder so it ended up with a bunch of white. Its more upright stance could then be because it is more likely to be seen and eaten by a predator. His description sounds right on for a Junco otherwise including the blotchy gray in the white and those outer tail feathers. 
On Fri, Apr 9, 2021, 2:54 PM John Loz via groups.io <stellersjayjohn...> wrote:

Hello HMBirds Friends!
Our Southern Adirondack Audubon info email account received an inquiry for bird I'd help from a gentleman in Lake Luzurne. He was not able to get a picture of it, but described in detail as seen below. Any help or suggestions you have would be appreciated! Tough to ID from below, I know, but figure I try.Thanks everyone!John <Lozpresident...>
"saw a visually striking small bird I have been unable to identify.  I have tried multiple bird guides and Merlin Online without being able to identify this bird.  I'm no expert, but I'm not new to birdwatching, either. I saw a bird with a striking white head on Friday, April 2 in Lake Luzerne, NY.
It was amid a flock of Juncos feeding on the ground near our feeder, hopping and picking up black oil sunflower seed off our lawn.  Unfortunately, I did not have long to observe it, nor did I get a picture.
Its head and neck were a striking white.  It was the same size as a Junco, but with a more erect stance, similar to a sparrow or a finch.
I noticed a narrow gray band on the back of its neck and on its throat, although they did not meet.  Its neck was white down to the shoulders.  There may have been one of two other quite small gray markings on its head.
Its breast was similar in color to the lighter underparts of a Junco.  Its back and wings were blue-gray and heavily streaked.
Its tail was medium long, solid blue-gray, slightly notched and had two very clear white streaks on its outer edges or outer tail feathers.
It hopped out of view and I did not see it fly.  
This was the last day we had a large number of Juncos.  Our area is mostly forested with some open spaces.  
Either this was a very unusual individual of a not unusual species, or a species far from its usual range.
If you can ID this bird, I would be very interested."



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Date: 4/9/21 12:43 pm
From: Naomi Lloyd via groups.io <naomi_kestrel...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] eur wigeon - zim smith trail.
FWIW my photos- my only experience with EUWI was a mile out at Montezuma so I leave the ID to better birders

Naomi


On Friday, April 9, 2021, 01:47:41 PM EDT, gregg_recer <gregg_recer...> wrote:

while not definitive, it's notable while skimming many of the male EUWI photos in ebird that a good portion do have some green behind the eye; usually it's pretty limited -- more of a smudge -- but a few examples show an elongated dark streak reaching back toward the nape. Contrast between the cheek and the rest of the head also varies a fair amount from nearly completely uniform to paler cheeks in some cases, and to much darker, almost black, cheeks and throat in others.

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Date: 4/9/21 12:14 pm
From: Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Help with a Lake Luzurne bird
Sounds like maybe a Junco with a plumage issue to me, maybe piebaldism or a
neutral Crest disorder so it ended up with a bunch of white. Its more
upright stance could then be because it is more likely to be seen and eaten
by a predator. His description sounds right on for a Junco otherwise
including the blotchy gray in the white and those outer tail feathers.

On Fri, Apr 9, 2021, 2:54 PM John Loz via groups.io <stellersjayjohn=
<yahoo.com...> wrote:

> Hello HMBirds Friends!
>
> Our Southern Adirondack Audubon info email account received an inquiry for
> bird I'd help from a gentleman in Lake Luzurne. He was not able to get a
> picture of it, but described in detail as seen below. Any help or
> suggestions you have would be appreciated! Tough to ID from below, I know,
> but figure I try.
> Thanks everyone!
> John Loz
> <president...>
>
> "saw a visually striking small bird I have been unable to identify. I
> have tried multiple bird guides and Merlin Online without being able to
> identify this bird. I'm no expert, but I'm not new to birdwatching,
> either.
> I saw a bird with a striking white head on Friday, April 2 in Lake
> Luzerne, NY.
>
> It was amid a flock of Juncos feeding on the ground near our feeder,
> hopping and picking up black oil sunflower seed off our lawn.
> Unfortunately, I did not have long to observe it, nor did I get a picture.
> Its head and neck were a striking white. It was the same size as a Junco,
> but with a more erect stance, similar to a sparrow or a finch.
> I noticed a narrow gray band on the back of its neck and on its throat,
> although they did not meet. Its neck was white down to the shoulders.
> There may have been one of two other quite small gray markings on its head.
> Its breast was similar in color to the lighter underparts of a Junco. Its
> back and wings were blue-gray and heavily streaked.
> Its tail was medium long, solid blue-gray, slightly notched and had two
> very clear white streaks on its outer edges or outer tail feathers.
> It hopped out of view and I did not see it fly.
> This was the last day we had a large number of Juncos. Our area is mostly
> forested with some open spaces.
> Either this was a very unusual individual of a not unusual species, or a
> species far from its usual range.
> If you can ID this bird, I would be very interested."
>
>
>


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Date: 4/9/21 12:11 pm
From: ConserveBirds <conservebirds...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Help with a Lake Luzurne bird
My guess would be a partially leucistic Dark-eyed junco. That tail
coloration is pretty diagnostic, and if it was hanging with juncos and
acting like a junco, then maybe it is. Not to rule out other possibilities
though, anyone else have a guess?

On Fri, Apr 9, 2021, 2:54 PM John Loz via groups.io <stellersjayjohn=
<yahoo.com...> wrote:

> Hello HMBirds Friends!
>
> Our Southern Adirondack Audubon info email account received an inquiry for
> bird I'd help from a gentleman in Lake Luzurne. He was not able to get a
> picture of it, but described in detail as seen below. Any help or
> suggestions you have would be appreciated! Tough to ID from below, I know,
> but figure I try.
> Thanks everyone!
> John Loz
> <president...>
>
> "saw a visually striking small bird I have been unable to identify. I
> have tried multiple bird guides and Merlin Online without being able to
> identify this bird. I'm no expert, but I'm not new to birdwatching,
> either.
> I saw a bird with a striking white head on Friday, April 2 in Lake
> Luzerne, NY.
>
> It was amid a flock of Juncos feeding on the ground near our feeder,
> hopping and picking up black oil sunflower seed off our lawn.
> Unfortunately, I did not have long to observe it, nor did I get a picture.
> Its head and neck were a striking white. It was the same size as a Junco,
> but with a more erect stance, similar to a sparrow or a finch.
> I noticed a narrow gray band on the back of its neck and on its throat,
> although they did not meet. Its neck was white down to the shoulders.
> There may have been one of two other quite small gray markings on its head.
> Its breast was similar in color to the lighter underparts of a Junco. Its
> back and wings were blue-gray and heavily streaked.
> Its tail was medium long, solid blue-gray, slightly notched and had two
> very clear white streaks on its outer edges or outer tail feathers.
> It hopped out of view and I did not see it fly.
> This was the last day we had a large number of Juncos. Our area is mostly
> forested with some open spaces.
> Either this was a very unusual individual of a not unusual species, or a
> species far from its usual range.
> If you can ID this bird, I would be very interested."
>
>


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Date: 4/9/21 11:54 am
From: John Loz via groups.io <stellersjayjohn...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Help with a Lake Luzurne bird
Hello HMBirds Friends!
Our Southern Adirondack Audubon info email account received an inquiry for bird I'd help from a gentleman in Lake Luzurne. He was not able to get a picture of it, but described in detail as seen below. Any help or suggestions you have would be appreciated! Tough to ID from below, I know, but figure I try.Thanks everyone!John <Lozpresident...>
"saw a visually striking small bird I have been unable to identify.  I have tried multiple bird guides and Merlin Online without being able to identify this bird.  I'm no expert, but I'm not new to birdwatching, either. I saw a bird with a striking white head on Friday, April 2 in Lake Luzerne, NY.
It was amid a flock of Juncos feeding on the ground near our feeder, hopping and picking up black oil sunflower seed off our lawn.  Unfortunately, I did not have long to observe it, nor did I get a picture.
Its head and neck were a striking white.  It was the same size as a Junco, but with a more erect stance, similar to a sparrow or a finch.
I noticed a narrow gray band on the back of its neck and on its throat, although they did not meet.  Its neck was white down to the shoulders.  There may have been one of two other quite small gray markings on its head.
Its breast was similar in color to the lighter underparts of a Junco.  Its back and wings were blue-gray and heavily streaked.
Its tail was medium long, solid blue-gray, slightly notched and had two very clear white streaks on its outer edges or outer tail feathers.
It hopped out of view and I did not see it fly.  
This was the last day we had a large number of Juncos.  Our area is mostly forested with some open spaces.  
Either this was a very unusual individual of a not unusual species, or a species far from its usual range.
If you can ID this bird, I would be very interested."


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Date: 4/9/21 10:47 am
From: gregg_recer <gregg_recer...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] eur wigeon - zim smith trail.
while not definitive, it's notable while skimming many of the male EUWI photos in ebird that a good portion do have some green behind the eye; usually it's pretty limited -- more of a smudge -- but a few examples show an elongated dark streak reaching back toward the nape. Contrast between the cheek and the rest of the head also varies a fair amount from nearly completely uniform to paler cheeks in some cases, and to much darker, almost black, cheeks and throat in others.

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Date: 4/9/21 10:35 am
From: gregg_recer <gregg_recer...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] eur wigeon - zim smith trail.
I updated the checklist to reflect the apparent hybrid ID, and also added some more photos with somewhat different angles/lighting. The contrast in the face pattern does seem to be at least hinted at even when the lighting is less harsh, although the effect of harsh shadows contributing to it is hard to assess. ideally some photos with more direct lighting on the face pattern would be nice.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S85153963

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Date: 4/9/21 10:15 am
From: Will Raup <Hoaryredpoll...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] eur wigeon - zim smith trail.
I agree with Zach, the strong facial pattern looks like a perfect American Wigeon, except for the colors.

Very cool bird!

Will Raup
Glenmont, NY



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Subject: Re: [hmbirds] eur wigeon - zim smith trail.

the paler cheeks weren't obvious in the field, but I was wondering about that possibility after going through the photos
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Date: 4/9/21 9:38 am
From: gregg_recer <gregg_recer...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] eur wigeon - zim smith trail.
the paler cheeks weren't obvious in the field, but I was wondering about that possibility after going through the photos
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Date: 4/9/21 9:26 am
From: zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] eur wigeon - zim smith trail.
The pale cheek and the extensive green around the eye in these photos
suggest an American x Eurasian Hybrid to me. Other shots would be good if
folks can get them.

On Fri, Apr 9, 2021 at 12:16 PM gregg_recer <gregg_recer...>
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> a few badly side-lit photos in this checklist:
> https://ebird.org/checklist/S85153963
>
> --
> gregg recer
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>
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Date: 4/9/21 9:26 am
From: Alan Mapes <alanmapes...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] eur wigeon - zim smith trail.
Young bald eagle just circled over and put the three wigeon to flight.

On Fri, Apr 9, 2021 at 12:16 PM Alan Mapes via groups.io <alanmapes=
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> Also the two American wigeon with the Eurasian now.
>
> On Fri, Apr 9, 2021 at 12:02 PM Alan Mapes via groups.io <alanmapes=
> <gmail.com...> wrote:
>
>> Still present at noon, far end of the long pond. With 4 green-winged
>> teal.
>>
>> Alan Mapes
>> Saratoga
>>
>> On Fri, Apr 9, 2021 at 9:29 AM gregg_recer <gregg_recer...>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> currently viewing a nice bright male eur wigeon with a pair of American
>>> wigeon. zim smith trail about 0.5 west of coons crossing parking area, in
>>> the pond south of the trail.
>>>
>>>
>>> Gregg Recer
>>> <gregg_recer...>
>>>
>>> --
>>> gregg recer
>>> malta NY
>>>
>>>
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Date: 4/9/21 9:16 am
From: gregg_recer <gregg_recer...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] eur wigeon - zim smith trail.
a few badly side-lit photos in this checklist:
https://ebird.org/checklist/S85153963

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Date: 4/9/21 9:16 am
From: Alan Mapes <alanmapes...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] eur wigeon - zim smith trail.
Also the two American wigeon with the Eurasian now.

On Fri, Apr 9, 2021 at 12:02 PM Alan Mapes via groups.io <alanmapes=
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> Still present at noon, far end of the long pond. With 4 green-winged teal.
>
> Alan Mapes
> Saratoga
>
> On Fri, Apr 9, 2021 at 9:29 AM gregg_recer <gregg_recer...>
> wrote:
>
>> currently viewing a nice bright male eur wigeon with a pair of American
>> wigeon. zim smith trail about 0.5 west of coons crossing parking area, in
>> the pond south of the trail.
>>
>>
>> Gregg Recer
>> <gregg_recer...>
>>
>> --
>> gregg recer
>> malta NY
>>
>>
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Date: 4/9/21 9:02 am
From: Alan Mapes <alanmapes...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] eur wigeon - zim smith trail.
Still present at noon, far end of the long pond. With 4 green-winged teal.

Alan Mapes
Saratoga

On Fri, Apr 9, 2021 at 9:29 AM gregg_recer <gregg_recer...> wrote:

> currently viewing a nice bright male eur wigeon with a pair of American
> wigeon. zim smith trail about 0.5 west of coons crossing parking area, in
> the pond south of the trail.
>
>
> Gregg Recer
> <gregg_recer...>
>
> --
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> malta NY
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Date: 4/9/21 6:38 am
From: gregg_recer <gregg_recer...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] eur wigeon - zim smith trail.
sorry, zim smith is in Saratoga county. coons crossing access is off SR 67,
malta

Gregg Recer
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On Fri, Apr 9, 2021, 9:32 AM Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...>
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> Where is the Zim Smith trail?
>
> Sent from my scary smart Phone
>
> On Apr 9, 2021, at 9:29 AM, gregg_recer <gregg_recer...> wrote:
>
> 
> currently viewing a nice bright male eur wigeon with a pair of American
> wigeon. zim smith trail about 0.5 west of coons crossing parking area, in
> the pond south of the trail.
>
> Gregg Recer
> <gregg_recer...>
>
> --
> gregg recer
> malta NY
>
>
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Date: 4/9/21 6:32 am
From: Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] eur wigeon - zim smith trail.
Where is the Zim Smith trail?

Sent from my scary smart Phone

> On Apr 9, 2021, at 9:29 AM, gregg_recer <gregg_recer...> wrote:
>
> 
> currently viewing a nice bright male eur wigeon with a pair of American wigeon. zim smith trail about 0.5 west of coons crossing parking area, in the pond south of the trail.
>
> Gregg Recer
> <gregg_recer...>
>
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Date: 4/9/21 6:29 am
From: gregg_recer <gregg_recer...>
Subject: [hmbirds] eur wigeon - zim smith trail.
currently viewing a nice bright male eur wigeon with a pair of American
wigeon. zim smith trail about 0.5 west of coons crossing parking area, in
the pond south of the trail.

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Date: 4/8/21 11:40 am
From: jhershey2 <hersheyj...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Wilson's Snipe at Wright's Loop
I didn't check today but yesterday Ron H. and I counted at least 70 (!) Wilson's Snipe at the north end of Wright's Loop.  They are well-camouflaged and blend into the background so that most of them can be easily overlooked.  There were lesser numbers of Wood Duck, American Wigeon, Green-winged Teal, and at least one pair of Northern Pintail.  I did not get any really good pics of the Snipe because they are hard for the camera to see but below are 2.

John H.


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Date: 4/8/21 8:44 am
From: trwdsd via groups.io <trwdsd...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Meet-up for birding, Five Rivers EEC, Delmar- Saturday, April 10th
Saturday, April 10, 2021 - New Arrivals @ Five Rivers EEC, Delmar (8:00 am)

The past few days have had Pine Warbler, Palm Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, Vesper Sparrow and Brown Thrasher reported from Five Rivers, so let's meet-up there again at 8:00am sharp!

Parking lot is located off Game Farm Rd. in Delmar. Large groups of birders may be split into several smaller ones. Be prepared to socially distance and wear a mask when in the company of others.

Map: https://tinyurl.com/9u2hwwyc ( https://tinyurl.com/9u2hwwyc )

Tom Williams
Colonie


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Date: 4/8/21 8:27 am
From: Ellen <lnmp...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] YBSA Saratoga
Yes, we’ve had sapsuckers in my neck of the woods, too. Yesterday I heard one vocalizing. I’m hoping they’ll nest nearby as they did last year (we’re at about 900’ elevation).



Ellen

West Charlton



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Not rare, but had my first drumming of the season from yellow-bellied sapsucker. They nested here last year outside Saratoga at only 300’ elevation.



Alan Mapes





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Date: 4/8/21 8:21 am
From: gregg_recer <gregg_recer...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] YBSA Saratoga
likewise, at least 6 sapsuckers drumming and calling this morning at SNHP (also several at Ballston Spa CC couple of days ago). other FOY here at the battlefield today included multiple chipping and field sparrows.

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Date: 4/8/21 8:15 am
From: scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner...>
Subject: [hmbirds] 5 Rivers today
5 Rivers EEC, Albany County. palm warbler, meadowlark, sapsuckers on wild turkey trailsinging brown thrasher old field/orchard areaScott Stoner, Loudonville NYSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

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Date: 4/8/21 8:09 am
From: Alan Mapes <alanmapes...>
Subject: [hmbirds] YBSA Saratoga
Not rare, but had my first drumming of the season from yellow-bellied
sapsucker. They nested here last year outside Saratoga at only 300’
elevation.

Alan Mapes


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Date: 4/7/21 3:01 pm
From: Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Clifton Park Osprey, others
After spending a full day birding the far reaches of Columbia and
Rensselaer Counties and seeing numerous species in natural settings it was
quite amusing to finally roll into Clifton Park and watch an Osprey hunting
the man made pond at Hannaford, surrounded by plenty of traffic! The Fish
Crows made a big show of running it out of the site. I've seen a few other
flyover Osprey in previous days.

No year species in the far reaches of Region 8 and I couldn't even find
previously reported Savannah Sparrows at Ooms (Field Sparrows are leaking
in), but there are still Red Crossbills at Hand Hollow. That whole area
seems loaded with Sapsuckers and GC Kinglets and I had a RC Kinglet each at
Hand Hollow and the Corkscrew Rail Trail, which had the highlight of a
rufous Ruffed Grouse by some chickens.

Lindsey D.


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Date: 4/7/21 2:14 pm
From: scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Five Rivers today - Delmar, NY
No new arrivals, but plenty of bird song and activity; Ruby-crowned kinglets very active around the Wood Duck Marsh (which also had wood ducks), our first Field Sparrow of the year, and song sparrows seemingly everywhere. Frog vocalizations continue, with bullfrogs now joining the spring peepers and wood frogs, and the research ponds were full of tadpoles of various sizes, and even several salamanders!  Complete ebird list below. - Scott and Denise


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Five Rivers EEC
Apr 07, 2021
9:39 AM
Traveling
1.65 miles
226 minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:
wood and bull frogs, spring peepers. salamanders, many tadpoles,

3 Canada Goose
2 Wood Duck
1 Mourning Dove
1 Turkey Vulture
1 Red-tailed Hawk
5 Eastern Phoebe - NB
2 American Crow
3 Black-capped Chickadee - S1
25 Tree Swallow
6 Ruby-crowned Kinglet - S1
4 Carolina Wren
4 Eastern Bluebird
15 American Robin
10 House Sparrow
4 American Goldfinch
1 Field Sparrow - S1
5 Dark-eyed Junco
13 Song Sparrow - S1
10 Red-winged Blackbird
5 Common Grackle
2 Northern Cardinal

Number of Taxa: 21



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Date: 4/7/21 12:43 pm
From: Cynthia Edwardson <Cjredwardson...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Huyck Preserve today
This morning Chris and I hiked at the Huyck Preserve in Rensselaerville.
The first bird we heard singing was a Louisiana Waterthrush along the river
by the visitor center parking lot. We had twenty-five species including
wood ducks, ring-necked ducks, bufflehead, common and hooded mergansers,
and a pied-billed grebe on Lincoln Pond. A few golden-crowned kinglets and
a brown creeper were vocalizing as well as at least 5 Eastern phoebes.

Beautiful hiking weather!
Cindy Edwardson


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Date: 4/7/21 6:30 am
From: zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Atlas Year 2 Kickoff Tonight!
Hi All,

Just a quick reminder that the New York Breeding Bird Atlas Year 2 Kick-off
Event is tonight (7 April 2021) at 6:30 pm. More information, including
access to the meeting's Zoom link, can be found here:

https://ebird.org/atlasny/news/atlas-year-2-kick-off-april-7th-630-pm

ZSW
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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
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Date: 4/7/21 6:26 am
From: Naomi Lloyd via groups.io <naomi_kestrel...>
Subject: [hmbirds] This week's destination: 4/8 - NOTE REGULAR START TIME
Hey Thursday birders! Spring is moving in fast and so are the birds! Five Rivers reports Louisiana Waterthrush and Pine Warbler along the Big Pine trail this morning, in addition to both Kinglets, Winter Wren, Eastern Meadowlark and other recent arrivals. Let's meet at the Visitor Center at 8:00am and see what's singing.

Note: I'm getting my second Moderna shot this afternoon so there's a good chance I won't be with you tomorrow - if I'm not there by 8 head out without me.

Good birding!



Naomi







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Date: 4/7/21 5:22 am
From: zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Louisiana Waterthrush and Pine Warbler, five rivers
Both singing near the junction of the Big Pine and North Loop trails along
the Vlomankill.--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
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Date: 4/6/21 7:16 pm
From: scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner...>
Subject: [hmbirds] HMBC -- April Program meeting invite via Zoom - April 12 at 7:30 PM - California Gnatcatchers
Hope everyone can join us on Monday April 12.  Brought to you free of charge by the Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club. If you're not a member, please consider joining and supporting us! hmbc.net program and zoom link details below-Scott Stoner, Program Chair; Gregg Recer, Membership Chair
Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club HMBC Program Notice The California Gnatcatcher Story Monday, April 12, 2021, 7:30PM via Zoom meeting (Note Special Time)   Hello HMBC Members: This is a reminder that the HMBC April program will be held via a Zoom meeting on Monday April 12th at 7:30 PM. Use the meeting link below to join the meeting as a participant. All participants will enter the "waiting room" until the meeting host opens the meeting. Participants' audio lines will be muted on entry. We ask that participants keep their lines muted except when prompted for Q&A during the program. NOTE: The first time you use Zoom on a device, you will be prompted to download the Zoom app when you click on the meeting link below. Follow the prompts to download the app and then launch the meeting using the meeting ID from the invite. (The app is recommended, but if you prefer, there is also an option when you open the link below to join the meeting via a web browser window, but with limited capabilities.) Audio connections can be through the app on your device or through a separate dial-in phone number given below. Program details: In the 1990’s, the most publicized debate over the US Endangered Species Act concerned protections for the Northern Spotted Owl, with timber companies and loggers pitted against owls living in stands of old forest located mainly on National Forest lands. Yet there was also a concurrent argument over proposed listing of the coastal California Gnatcatcher. Unlike the owl, this small gray songbird occurs on some of the country’s most expensive private real estate, introducing a very different dynamic to the Endangered Species Act debate.  This presentation will explore the background of this contentious issue, including how Atwood’s seemingly esoteric study of gnatcatcher taxonomy turned into a conservation discussion that continues to this day. Has protection of the California Gnatcatcher catalyzed a new way of accomplishing the goals of the Endangered Species Act? Jon Atwood is Director of Bird Conservation at Mass Audubon in Lincoln, Massachusetts. He has been a practicing ornithologist and conservation biologist for 40 years, Further details available at: https://hmbc.net/event-4244520 Meeting details: Topic: HMBC April Program Meeting Time: Apr 12, 2021 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85030321431 Meeting ID: 850 3032 1431 One tap mobile +13017158592,,85030321431# US (Washington DC) +13126266799,,85030321431# US (Chicago) Dial by your location +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC) +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) +1 646 558 8656 US (New York) +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) Meeting ID: 850 3032 1431 Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kpMQcQjV0 -- Scott Stoner, Program Chair Gregg Recer, Membership Chair <gregg.recer...> Unsubscribe-- Gregg
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Date: 4/6/21 2:39 pm
From: scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner...>
Subject: [hmbirds] pine bush Trailhead closures April 7 and 8
Please be advised that the Madison Avenue and Great Dune trailheads will be CLOSED April 7 and 8 while the Pine Bush conducts controlled burns. Here are the details from the Pine Bush website: PRESCRIBED FIRE APRIL 7 & 8The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission will be conducting prescribed fires on Wednesday April 7 and Thursday April 8, 2021. We will be located near the intersection of Willow Street and Tera Court in the Town of Guilderland. We will begin at 10am each day and will be finished by dark. The Madison Avenue Pinelands Trailhead #7 and Great Dune Trailhead #8 will be closed through April 8.If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Fire Manager, Tyler Briggs at <tbriggs...> Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

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Date: 4/6/21 11:36 am
From: Jeffrey Schoonmaker <j.schoonmaker...>
Subject: [hmbirds] A Testimonial
There were no Red Crossbills by the kiosk puddle or visible from trees we scanned between 8:30 and 9 a.m. There were no W-w Crossbills across the lake from the red brick building in Central Park between 9:30 and 10 a.m., despite multiple birders searching. Doris and I couldn't keep looking in case they showed up due to fixed commitments. It was disappointing.

At 12 o'clock she went off to her luncheon date with friends, and I went next door to let out my neighbor's dog and watch him in the yard for 15 minutes. Once the dog was loose, I walked to the edge of the back yard and stood on a little mound where I had a good vantage point to see down the back hill and to the little run-off stream that meandered by.

Within minutes a motley red bird flew onto a bare branch below my line of sight. It looked a little different, so I got my binoculars right on it. It was facing away from me, but its back and head didn't look like a House Finch, (its back was red) and it seemed a little larger than that, as well. A crazy thought flashed through my head. "Could it possibly be . . . ?! I've got to see its bill!" Just then if flew to another clear branch and struck a sideways view. Its bill had a distinctive hook! Oh my! I was seeing a Red Crossbill right behind my neighbor's house! It flew down to the stream for a drink, was joined by a second male, and then a third bird joined them that wasn't red but had an obvious hook to its bill. Good heavens! I was seeing both the male and the female Red Crossbill, a first in NYS for me and only the second time in my life.

After satisfying their thirst, the three birds flew up and over the trees diagonally across the yard and also across my yard next door. There were 4 pine trees across the street laden with cones, and, after letting the dog back in the house, I scanned them for a few minutes. I only barely caught the most fleeting of glimpses of a bird flitting from one hidden spot to another. Not being able to identify it, I couldn't justify adding that species to my yard list. Rats!

Then it hit me. "Wait a minute. I watched them fly across my yard! That counts!" They are now proudly my 128th yard bird. What a turnaround in my day!

Jeff


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Date: 4/6/21 10:15 am
From: Heidi <hocka1...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Pinebush Red Crossbills - Yes
Observed at least half a dozen Red Crossbills around 11:45 this morning drinking from the puddle by the #7 Kiosk at the Pinebush. Definitely 1 male in the group.

We also saw several flitting back and forth between 2 pines far in off the right side of the deadend road about 40 feet before the puddle.

A Lifelist bird for both of us!

Heidi Klinowski
Troy

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Date: 4/5/21 10:04 am
From: scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner...>
Subject: [hmbirds] red crossbills reported at Madison Avenue Pinelands again this morning
(multiple 2nd and 3rd hand reports)Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

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Date: 4/5/21 9:59 am
From: David Halm <davidhalm...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] White-winged Crossbills, Central Park, Schenectady-Yes
Yes, I can attest I was there at 8:30 this morning and didn’t see them. Thanks to posts from Neal and others, I went back at 11:00 and there they were!

David


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Date: 4/5/21 8:59 am
From: neal.reilly <neal.f.reilly...>
Subject: [hmbirds] White-winged Crossbills, Central Park, Schenectady-Yes
Hi all,
A flock of at least 12 White-winged Crossbills has been hanging around Central Park in the City of Schenectady.  I went down there this morning about 900am and found them in a grove of White Pines directly across Iroqouis Lake from the red brick park building.  The birds even came down to the ground near a foot path either for grit or fallen pine seeds.  900am to early afternoon seems to be the best time to find them. Thanks to everyone who posted on these great birds!

Neal Reilly


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Date: 4/5/21 8:42 am
From: Naomi Lloyd via groups.io <naomi_kestrel...>
Subject: [hmbirds] White-winged Crossbills, Schenectady Central Park
Following reports earlier today and for the last week, I went to Central Park in search of WWCR. Found a flock of 14 on the ground opposite the main park buildings by the pond actively foraging. They were within 10 feet of me at times and seemed undisturbed by passers-by. Great looks at a lifer - thanks to all who posted!
Naomi Lloyd


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Date: 4/5/21 5:38 am
From: scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Red Crossbills at Madison Avenue Pinelands, with images from yesterday
Folks, this is a great opportunity to view and photograph this irruptive species from fairly close range...they continue (as of yesterday afternoon) to frequent the area of Trailhead #7, the Madison Avenue Pinelands, of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve, often heard from the end of the paved road (Madison Ave. Extension, which is a continuation of Washington Ave. Extension) in the City of Albany. The crossbills intermittently come down to drink at the large puddle at the end of the road, near the trailhead kiosk. Our ebird report from yesterday is below; the link includes some of Denise's images from yesterday. - Scott Stoner and Denise Hackert-Stoner, Loudonville NY


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Subject: eBird Report - Albany Pine Bush Preserve--Madison Ave. Pinelands, Apr 4, 2021

Albany Pine Bush Preserve--Madison Ave. Pinelands, Albany, New York, US
Apr 4, 2021 2:57 PM - 4:12 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Checklist Comments:    50s, sunny
5 species

Downy Woodpecker  2
American Crow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Red Crossbill  10    flock of 10 in the pitch pines;  several females and ay least 1 male came down to the large puddle at the end of the road.
Song Sparrow  5

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S84784103

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


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Date: 4/5/21 4:36 am
From: scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner...>
Subject: [hmbirds] FW: Salmonella Outbreak Is Linked to Wild Birds and Feeders, C.D.C. Says
FYI
Subject: Salmonella Outbreak Is Linked to Wild Birds and Feeders, C.D.C. Says https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/04/health/bird-feeders-salmonella-cdc.htmlSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

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Date: 4/4/21 1:27 pm
From: Alison Van Keuren <aev12159...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Correction to my last
I have been informed that the image is of a Bald Eagle not Golden.


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Date: 4/4/21 12:18 pm
From: scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner...>
Subject: [hmbirds] red crossbills continue at Madison Avenue Pinelands
albany pine bush preserve, end of Madison Ave Extension,.city of Albany. in the woods by the trailhead and coming to the puddle at the end of the road -Scott and DeniseSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

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Date: 4/4/21 10:27 am
From: Alison Van Keuren <aev12159...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Golden Eagle Flyover
Vista Boulevard, behind Shop Rite, Slingerlands. A high flyover Golden
Eagle and FOY Brown Thrasher.

https://ebird.org/atlasny/checklist/S84759172

Alison Van Keuren


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Date: 4/4/21 9:15 am
From: John Kent <k2ent76...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Red-necked Grebe, Myosotis Lake
There is a Red-necked Grebe at Huyck Preserve. No other birds on the
lake.
John KentSelkirk
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Date: 4/2/21 8:14 pm
From: kernscot <kernscot...>
Subject: [hmbirds] eBird -- 483 Rigor Hill Road, Ghent, New York, US (42.294, -73.565) -- Apr 02, 2021
 

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Date: 4/2/21 2:14 pm
From: vickstry via groups.io <vickstry...>
Subject: [hmbirds] White winged crossbills
Central Park Schenectady, along path adjacent to lake, foraging in a pine grove , was a flock of males and females numbering 20+ At 1:30 pm.
Vicki Gold


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Date: 4/2/21 12:22 pm
From: Jeffrey Schoonmaker <j.schoonmaker...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Golden
Hi all,

A Golden-crowned Kinglet just graced my back yard! Some years I don't see one at all, but on April 2 at 2:45 p.m., just because I happened to be out filling feeders and looking in the right direction at the right moment? WOW! What a thrill!

Jeff


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Date: 4/2/21 11:42 am
From: scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner...>
Subject: [hmbirds] 5Rivers today
3 miles, 4 hours, 5 Rivers, 28 degrees, cold, windy, snow showers, and lots of birds... Fox Sparrow, Am. Kestrel, RC Kinglet, several groups of high single digits of GC kinglets, 45 Juncos including one flock of 35 on the ground on the service rd loop east of the Skeeter River, Canada goose on a nest, several Eastern Phoebes. Scott Stoner with Drew HopkinsSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

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Date: 4/2/21 10:06 am
From: jhershey2 <hersheyj...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Vischer Ferry Ducks
I checked out several of the ponds at Vischer Ferry Preserve this morning for ducks.  As usual most of them were in the pond west of the Whipple Bridge. I saw the following: Blue-winged Teal (5), Gadwall (3), American Wigeon (10), Ring-necked Duck (27), Wood Duck (14), Hooded Merganser (2).  I also had 7 Northern Rough-winged Swallows (FOY) and a Winter Wren (FOY).  I attached 2 photos below both taken in the small pond directly across the road from the main parking lot.

John H.


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Date: 4/1/21 2:56 pm
From: Heidi <hocka1...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Chipping Sparrows in Troy
5:45pm Thursday
2 Chipping Sparrows on my sunflower seed feeder in the snow!
FOS for me
Sorry photo color isn’t clear but their little rusty caps were.

Also had an Eastern Phoebe FOS in Oakwood Cemetery on Wednesday.

Heidi Klinowski
Troy



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Date: 4/1/21 12:03 pm
From: Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Fox Sparrows (location added)
Pardon me, that is the tour road at Saratoga National Historical Park.


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Date: 4/1/21 12:01 pm
From: Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Fox Sparrows
Fox Sparrows are moving through, heard two singing (saw one) near the tour
road (now open), about 1 mile south of the office. Had one singing on the
north end of Wrights Loop yesterday as well.

Other good birds on the tour road today have been Sapsucker and some new
Cedar Waxwings.

Lindsey D.


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Date: 4/1/21 8:41 am
From: scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner...>
Subject: [hmbirds] red crossbill images - Albany Pine Bush Preserve--Madison Ave. Pinelands, Mar 31, 2021
two photos of the red crossbills at the puddle at the end of Madison Ave. Extension, Albany Pine Bush from yesterday are now in the attached ebird list (please click on link). It was wonderful to see these birds there - one of my favorite species! - Scott Stoner, Loudonville NY


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Subject: eBird Report - Albany Pine Bush Preserve--Madison Ave. Pinelands, Mar 31, 2021

Albany Pine Bush Preserve--Madison Ave. Pinelands, Albany, New York, US
Mar 31, 2021 10:46 AM - 11:48 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Checklist Comments:    cloudy 57 degrees
8 species

Killdeer  1    heard
Downy Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  4    at puddle by kiosk
Black-capped Chickadee  2
American Robin  4    bathing in puddle by kiosk
Red Crossbill  5    At end of Madison ave extension, photos to follow. drinking from large puddle at the end of the road, by the pine bush trailhead kiosk. Also heard them (from the end of the road) back in the woods north of there.
Dark-eyed Junco  5    drinking from puddle by kiosk
Song Sparrow  1    at puddle by kiosk

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S84459693

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


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Date: 3/31/21 1:15 pm
From: trwdsd via groups.io <trwdsd...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Meet-up for birding, Five Rivers EEC, Delmar- Saturday, April 3rd
[Edited Message Follows]

*Saturday, April 3, 2021* - Early migrants @ Five Rivers EEC, Delmar (8:00 am)

Parking lot is located off Game Farm Rd. in Delmar. Large groups of birders may be split into several smaller ones. Be prepared to socially distance and wear a mask when in the company of others.

Map: *https://tinyurl.com/9u2hwwyc* ( https://tinyurl.com/9u2hwwyc )

Tom Williams
Colonie


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Date: 3/31/21 1:14 pm
From: trwdsd via groups.io <trwdsd...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Meet-up for birding, Five Rivers EEC, Delmar- Saturday, April 3rd
*Saturday, April 3, 2021* - Early migrants @ Five Rivers EEC, Delmar (8:00 am)

Parking lot is located off Game Farm Rd. in Delmar. Large groups of birders may be split into several smaller ones. Be prepared to socially distance and wear a mask when in the company of others.

Map: *https://tinyurl.com/9u2hwwyc*

Tom Williams
Colonie


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Date: 3/31/21 9:43 am
From: Naomi Lloyd via groups.io <naomi_kestrel...>
Subject: [hmbirds] NO destination this week - 4/1
Hey Thursday birders! Tomorrow is definitely not looking like a pleasant day for a walk - see you next week!

Naomi







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Date: 3/31/21 8:40 am
From: scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner...>
Subject: [hmbirds] red crossbills continue at end of Madison Avenue Extension
today, City of Albany, Albany Pine Bush Preserve by trailhead 7, aka Madison Avenue Pinelands. Male and several females! Scott Stoner, Loudonville NYSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

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Date: 3/31/21 8:12 am
From: zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Chukars
There was one running around the Lark street area in downtown Albany a
couple of years ago.

In non-exotic news, I had 34 species before AM this morning at five
rivers. Highlights were a male
Rusty Blackbird at the Skeeter Bowl, a FOY Field Sparrow by the Vlomankill
Pavilion, and a singing Brown Creeper (Larch Lane). Yesterday morning I
had 30 species there, but the highlight was the pair of North American
River Otters (see photo.)

On Wed, Mar 31, 2021 at 11:07 AM Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...>
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> Some of the Chukars out running around Saratoga and Washington Counties
> are escape artists who belong to farmers (except one who farmer who,
> according to his neighbor, just forgets to close a hatch, repeatedly).
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> On Wed, Mar 31, 2021, 10:34 AM Robert S Pastel <rspastel...> wrote:
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>> I note the conversation regarding pheasants as stocked game birds. Are
>> chukars also stocked in NYS as game birds?
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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
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Date: 3/31/21 8:07 am
From: Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Chukars
Some of the Chukars out running around Saratoga and Washington Counties are
escape artists who belong to farmers (except one who farmer who, according
to his neighbor, just forgets to close a hatch, repeatedly).

On Wed, Mar 31, 2021, 10:34 AM Robert S Pastel <rspastel...> wrote:

> I note the conversation regarding pheasants as stocked game birds. Are
> chukars also stocked in NYS as game birds?
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> Robert S. Pastel
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Date: 3/31/21 7:45 am
From: Scott Varney <scottvarney1968...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Chukars
There is at least one private local release in the Northumberland area. I
have photos from 2 different years in approximately the same location.

Scott Varney
Salem, NY

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> I believe Ring-necked Pheasants are the only gamebird species restocked
> annually by the Department of Environmental Conservation (about 30,000
> birds a year, I think). But Chukars and other species may be released by
> private hunting clubs.
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> Tristan Lowery
> Albany, N.Y.
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> On Wed, Mar 31, 2021 at 10:34 AM Robert S Pastel <rspastel...>
> wrote:
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>> I note the conversation regarding pheasants as stocked game birds. Are
>> chukars also stocked in NYS as game birds?
>>
>> Robert S. Pastel
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Date: 3/31/21 7:42 am
From: Tristan Lowery <tristanlowery...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Chukars
I believe Ring-necked Pheasants are the only gamebird species restocked
annually by the Department of Environmental Conservation (about 30,000
birds a year, I think). But Chukars and other species may be released by
private hunting clubs.

Tristan Lowery
Albany, N.Y.

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> I note the conversation regarding pheasants as stocked game birds. Are
> chukars also stocked in NYS as game birds?
>
> Robert S. Pastel
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Date: 3/31/21 7:34 am
From: Robert S Pastel <rspastel...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Chukars
I note the conversation regarding pheasants as stocked game birds. Are chukars also stocked in NYS as game birds?

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Date: 3/31/21 6:39 am
From: Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Horned Grebe - Round Lake
I noticed an earlier checklist on eBird from Craig D had 2 Horned Grebes on
Round Lake, so I hauled from Wrights Loop and the drive was worth it! One
of the Horned Grebes was right up next to the boat launch checking
everybody out, giving really close views! Could even see the red eye in
bins. Couldn't find the other on the choppy water and horrible angle of the
sun but a Pied-billed Grebe wandered on by a little later. Not much else
there.

Lindsey D.


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Date: 3/30/21 9:15 am
From: Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Osprey - Fort Miller
There is an Osprey hanging out on Rt 4 in the Fort Miller area on the
platform between Denton Nature Sanctuary and the north end of River Rd,
appears to be patiently waiting for its mate to come.

Lindsey D.


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Date: 3/30/21 9:01 am
From: scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner...>
Subject: [hmbirds] more red crossbills, pine bush
red crossbills continue also at the Blueberry Hill West trailhead of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve, just now photographed a.male in a deciduous tree at  trailhead #5. Several other single individuals were present, as well as a flock of about a dozen just se of the trailhead area.-Scott Stoner, Loudonville NYSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

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Date: 3/30/21 8:17 am
From: scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Red crossbills, Albany Pine Bush
red crossbills still present at Madison Avenue Pinelands, Trailhead 7, Albany Pine Bush Preserve. i was surrounded by about 10 of them a couple hundred yards in from the Trailhead  on the combined purple and yellow trails. also GC kinglet.Scott Stoner, Loudonville NYSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

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Date: 3/30/21 7:01 am
From: Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Old Gick parcel
Just roamed the Old Gick parcel of the Wilton Wildlife Preserve and had a
flyover Evening Grosbeak!

Also FOY singing Pine Warbler on the north end (Scout Rd).

Lindsey D.


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Date: 3/30/21 5:33 am
From: Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Camp Saratoga
I walked a little bit of Camp Saratoga (Wilton Wildlife Preserve) and found
it quite productive. Best was a Fox Sparrow quite interested in a female
Cardinal who kept beating it up. A Field Sparrow has come back, along with
singing Golden-crowned Kinglets and a Winter Wren (both at a creek right at
the lot). Multiple Eastern Phoebes are also around, along with a large
flock of Juncos.

Delegan Pond had Common and Hooded Mergs and a Bufflehead pair.

Lindsey D.


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Date: 3/28/21 3:59 pm
From: kernscot <kernscot...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Nancy Jane Kern has shared an New York Breeding Bird Atlas checklist with you from 483 Rigor Hill Road, Ghent, New York, US (42.294, -73.565) on Mar 28, 2021 - 2:50 PM
To accept this checklist into your eBird account, click on the link below:

https://ebird.org/atlasny/mychecklists?subID=Uzg0Mjk5MTc1&s=t

You will then be able to view, edit, or delete it. Learn more about eBird's checklist sharing process at

https://support.ebird.org/en/support/solutions/articles/48000625567

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Date: 3/28/21 8:37 am
From: Robert S Pastel <rspastel...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Pascanee
Nettye and I birded Pascanee from the northern entrance, Sunday morning. On fields before entrance 36 turkeys.
Highlights- hermit thrush, one white throated sparrow, bald eagle, hundreds of various blackbirds both sexes, several rusty blackbirds, wood ducks. We had a falcon fly over scattering blackbirds, on the way out near entrance of 9/20, good view of kestrel.

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Date: 3/28/21 6:24 am
From: Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Brown's Beach - Common Loon
Really quiet otherwise, but first Common Loon I've seen at Brown's Beach
(Saratoga Lake) this year.

Lindsey D.


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Date: 3/28/21 5:44 am
From: Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Wrights Loop - Snipe
There are currently 4 Snipe foraging in the north end field at Wright's
Loop. It and Stillwater Riverfront Park are thankfully finally flooded,
hopefully some shorebirds soon! There are Wood Ducks, GW Teal, and Mallards
enjoying the pond.

Lindsey D.


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Date: 3/27/21 9:03 am
From: jhershey2 <hersheyj...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Blue-winged Teal - Vischer Ferry
This morning I checked out the west pond at Vischer Ferry Preserve that starts at the Whipple Bridge and goes west along the towpath.  I was not using a scope but duck variety and numbers seemed a little thin.  I counted 3 American Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 24 Ring-necked Ducks, and 1 Pied-billed Grebe.  As I was leaving I checked the pond a few yards further toward the river and spotted 3 Blue-winged Teal.  These are usually about the last dabbling ducks to appear in the spring.  Also, I heard a few spring peepers.  Still no shovelers.  I attached 3 pics of the Blue-winged Teal below.

John H.


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Date: 3/27/21 8:37 am
From: Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Ruffed Grouse drumming
Just had my first of year drumming Ruffed Grouse off the Champlain Canal
Trail just south of Upper Newtown Rd (Halfmoon) across from the giant dirt
piles!

Lindsey D.


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Date: 3/27/21 4:18 am
From: John Kent <k2ent76...>
Subject: [hmbirds] LT Duck, Bonaparte's Gull
Yesterday in the late afternoon there was a Long-tailed Duck on the
Hudson at Henry Hudson Park in Selkirk, and this morning there is a
Bonaparte's Gull in the same place. Both birds were in transitional
plumage, closer to breeding plumage than to winter.
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Date: 3/26/21 5:15 pm
From: zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...>
Subject: [hmbirds] New York Breeding Bird Atlas III - Join the Fun!
Thank you for being a part of the New York birding community. Your
checklists power research and conservation throughout the state and beyond,
and 2021 brings another great way to enjoy birds: the third New York
Breeding Bird Atlas <https://ebird.org/atlasny/home>!

WHAT IS A BREEDING BIRD ATLAS?

Breeding Bird Atlases (or BBAs) are dedicated efforts to understand the
populations of breeding birds in a specific region. The information
collected is invaluable for guiding bird conservation. In New York, the
atlas runs for 5 years (2020-2024), and year 2 is beginning now!

HOW CAN YOU JOIN THE FUN?

All you have to do is go birding and report your sightings to eBird. The NY
BBA III is fully integrated with eBird, so with a couple minor changes,
you're essentially already atlasing!

There are three things to keep in mind to be a part of the atlas:

1.

Follow the ‘block’ system. Atlas data are collected within 'atlas blocks
<https://ebird.org/atlasny/about/atlas-blocks>'squares that are ~3mi x
3mi in size: if you reach the edge of a block, make sure to stop your
checklist and start a new one.
2.

Understanding breeding codes is key. The goal of the atlas is to
document breeding behaviors using specific breeding codes
<https://ebird.org/atlasny/about/breeding-behaviors>.
3.

Set your eBird portal to the NY BBA III. Once you understand breeding
codes and the block boundaries, you just need to specifically tag your
lists as a part of the atlas—this is very easy, and we have a
walkthrough of the process here
<https://ebird.org/atlasny/about/submitting-data>.


QUESTIONS?

If you have any more questions, please come join the Atlas Year 2 Kick-off
<https://ebird.org/atlasny/news/atlas-year-2-kick-off-april-7th-630-pm>
event on 7 April from 6:30-8:30pm! This event will talk about the atlas
progress, goals, and what’s on tap for this year.

You can also check out atlas news <https://ebird.org/atlasny/home>,
upcoming events <https://ebird.org/atlasny/about/events>, and stay informed
by signing up for the atlas newsletter
<https://mailchi.mp/a6c58a33437d/nybbaiiisignup>.

We can’t wait to have you join the team of the more than 1780 atlasers who
have already contributed observations on over 200 breeding species
<https://ebird.org/atlasny/state/US-NY>. We’ll see you out there.

Happy birding,

Zach Schwartz-Weinstein, Regional Coordinator—for the Atlas team
<https://ebird.org/atlasny/about/the-atlas-team>

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Date: 3/26/21 10:10 am
From: Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Black Vulture roost - Northumberland
I just found a Black Vulture roost of about 20 birds in a tree behind King
Dairy, best viewed from Rt 40 (Wall St) where there are also some Horned
Larks by the road. I also saw 8 more Black Vultures west on King Rd.

Lindsey D.


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Date: 3/25/21 5:25 pm
From: Scott Varney <scottvarney1968...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Black-throated Green Warbler in Salem, NY
Came home from a Hudson Crossing hike with my sister today to find a single
Black-throated Green Warbler singing in my back yard. Had great looks and
was able to easily identify this bird as an adult male of the species. This
is the earliest I've ever seen this species in my yard in Spring. I was
shocked to find this warbler before my usual Yellow-rumped or Palm
Warblers. Spring seems to have sprung early this year. What a beautiful
day!

Scott Varney
Salem, NY


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Date: 3/25/21 5:17 pm
From: Scott Varney <scottvarney1968...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Osprey at Hudson Crossing, Schuylerville
Visited Hudson Crossing in Schuylerville today and found an Osprey tending
to nest-building on one of the old bridge footings as viewed from the
northern-most trail point overlooking the Schuyler Falls. I spoke with a
gentleman who walks his dog 2X each day and he told me an Osprey pair had
been first sighted by himself a week ago.
Also found one adult Bald Eagle 2 Turkey Vultures, many American Robin's, a
handful of Bluebirds, and a plethora of Tufted Titmice.

A beautiful day at the park,

Scott Varney
Salem, NY


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Date: 3/25/21 2:37 pm
From: Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Merlin - Blockhouse Park
A Merlin is back across from Stillwater Blockhouse Park! Hard to actually
find and probably perched somewhere in the mess of spruce and pine where
I'm sure it has nested in previous years.

Not a bird but while there I also enjoyed the sun dog phenomenon, where
high cirrus clouds around the sun refract light and create a colored bright
spot on either side of the sun.

Lindsey D.


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Date: 3/24/21 2:28 pm
From: scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner...>
Subject: [hmbirds] five rivers this morning - fox sparrows
in between periods of rain, I birded portions of Five Rivers Env Ed Cntr in Delmar this morning; heard one fox sparrow near the beaver pond and found several more up north near the recharge/research ponds. In the non-avian category, spring peepers were calling and there was one muskrat, but no otters. Scott Stoner, Loudonville NYSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

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Date: 3/24/21 6:44 am
From: David DiSiena via groups.io <d2siena...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Red-breasted Mergansers Tomhannock
This morning I found a drake and two hen RBME along the north end of the Tomhannock reservoir, and two hens at the Nortonville rd pull off.


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Date: 3/24/21 6:36 am
From: Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Lock 2 - Northern Shovelers
There are currently 2 drake Northern Shovelers hanging around the marshy
part of Lock 2. The best view of them is probably from the separate
driveway/road on Rt 4, but the bridge into the lock is open and they can be
viewed without scope. Otherwise continuing Ring-necked Ducks, Wood Ducks,
both Mergs, and GW Teal.

Lindsey D.


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Date: 3/23/21 2:42 pm
From: Lindsey Duval <lindsey.duval...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Vischer Ferry Preserve
I may have not actually seen anything new here today based on other
checklists but after birding other parts of Saratoga County recently I have
to say this was some of the best birding in the past few days. (Wilton
trails are actually still so icy they are almost unwalkable.)

Waterfowl was most satisfying with plenty of courting Ring-necked Ducks,
accompanied by 5 pairs of American Wigeon, two pairs Green-winged Teal,
some Wood Ducks, 5 pairs Gadwall, and of course lots of Mallards and Black
Ducks. Also found 2 drake Pintails and a hen by herself later. My fave was
a tiny Pied-billed Grebe stretching its little wings as wide as it could.
Canada Geese were also repeatedly trying to make upcoming goslings
including one bird violently attacking another every time it attempted to
mount a third bird (who seemed quite angry at the attacker).

I did find two singing male Rusty Blackbirds along with a female following
one around. A Catbird quietly popped up by the bridge and a Winter Wren
sang a whispered song about a mile down the west trail. Also found a few
lingering Common Redpolls.

Lindsey D.


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Date: 3/23/21 2:30 pm
From: scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner...>
Subject: [hmbirds] five rivers today
Denise and I birded Five Rivers EEC in Delmar today; no luck with the otters but American Black Ducks remain on the Beaver pond, Eastern Phoebes are actively vocalizing, and we saw our first Tree Swallow of the year over the wood duck marsh. - Scott Stoner, Loudonville NYSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

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Date: 3/23/21 2:21 pm
From: scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] fort Edward, yesterday 3-22 -addendum
one of the last birds we saw flying past on on the grasslands turned out to be a great blue heron! Perhaps a signal to the owls that it's time to head north!Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
-------- Original message --------From: "scottjstoner via groups.io" <ScottJStoner...> Date: 3/23/21 16:23 (GMT-05:00) To: <hmbirds...> Subject: [hmbirds] fort Edward, yesterday 3-22 apologies for the delay (email on phone just got fixed...). yesterday afternoon Denise and I birded the Washington County grasslands, finding several each of rough-legged, red-tailed, northern harrier, and Am. kestrel. Killdeer were courting, and about a half dozen short-eared owls were still present. -Scott Stoner, Loudonville NYSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone





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Date: 3/23/21 1:58 pm
From: rubbercow1818 via groups.io <rubbercow1818...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Great horned owl
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This morning at Five Rivers about 0730 while on the Larch trail in the tall pine section a Great Horned Owl flew directly over me and landed about 75 feet from my location. I do not know if they nest in the same area year after year, but last year at about the same time I saw my first one there.


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Date: 3/23/21 1:57 pm
From: rubbercow1818 via groups.io <rubbercow1818...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Great horned owl
This morning about 0730 while on the Larch trail in the tall pine section a Great Horned Owl flew directly over me and landed about 75 feet from my location. I do not know if they nest in the same area year after year, but last year at about the same time I saw my first one there.


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Date: 3/23/21 1:44 pm
From: Naomi Lloyd via groups.io <naomi_kestrel...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Cormorants and Herons, Tomhannock
Following David Di Siena's report of open water on the Tomhannock, I went yesterday afternoon. The waterfowl were of the usual variety and the best sighting was Great Blue Herons (5) and Double-crested Cormorants (3, a bit early) checking out the nest island at the south end of the reservoir. Spring is here!

Naomi Lloyd
West Sand Lake


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Date: 3/23/21 1:23 pm
From: scottjstoner via groups.io <ScottJStoner...>
Subject: [hmbirds] fort Edward, yesterday 3-22
apologies for the delay (email on phone just got fixed...). yesterday afternoon Denise and I birded the Washington County grasslands, finding several each of rough-legged, red-tailed, northern harrier, and Am. kestrel. Killdeer were courting, and about a half dozen short-eared owls were still present. -Scott Stoner, Loudonville NYSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

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Date: 3/23/21 10:56 am
From: Ellen <lnmp...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Phoebe arrival
My first of the season Eastern Phoebe showed up today. Last year, the first
one arrived on March 27th; the date was March 30th back in 2017.



Ellen P.

West Charlton



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