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11/16/18 10:03 am Alan Mapes <alanmapes...> [hmbirds] Chipping Sparrow
11/16/18 8:11 am Alan <adfrench...> [hmbirds] Fox Sparrow
11/16/18 7:18 am Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...> [hmbirds] Red-winged Blackbirds
11/16/18 6:17 am philwhitney17 <prmlwhitney59...> [hmbirds] November 14 Birdline
11/16/18 6:05 am Alan <adfrench...> [hmbirds] Pine Siskins
11/14/18 9:58 am Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=<yahoo.com...> [hmbirds] Tomorrow's destination, 11/15
11/11/18 5:27 pm Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...> [hmbirds] Rufous Hummingbird - Columbia County (in rehab)
11/11/18 3:00 pm Larry & Penny Alden <overlook...> [hmbirds] Tomhannock Reservoir - 11/11/18
11/11/18 2:03 pm jhershey2 <hersheyj...> [hmbirds] HMBC Vischer Ferry Field Trip
11/11/18 10:53 am John Kent <k2ent76...> [hmbirds] Basic Creek, Rensselaerville
11/11/18 10:41 am Eric Molho via Groups.Io <molhoe=<yahoo.com...> Re: [hmbirds] Purple Finch & Fox Sparrow
11/11/18 7:42 am Ronald Harrower <rharrower...> [hmbirds] Coots, Osprey, Peregrine: eBird Report - Saratoga Lake, Nov 8, 2018
11/11/18 7:41 am Ronald Harrower <rharrower...> [hmbirds] Fox Sparrw and friends: eBird Report - Hathaway Rd, Nov 8, 2018
11/11/18 7:40 am Ronald Harrower <rharrower...> [hmbirds] Cooper’s Hawk: eBird Report - Russel Rd, Nov 8, 2018
11/11/18 6:19 am naomiking via Groups.Io <naomiking=<yahoo.com...> [hmbirds] Purple Finch & Fox Sparrow
11/10/18 11:46 am Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...> [hmbirds] Hummingbird feeders
11/9/18 6:13 am birdmanmfk329 <birdman329...> Re: [hmbirds] Purple Finch & Fox Sparrow
11/8/18 4:46 pm Kathryn Schneider <fallline...> [hmbirds] Wilson's Snipe near Copake Lake
11/8/18 2:29 pm adir46er <rita.reed2819...> [hmbirds] Greater white-fronted Goose again at Fisherman’s Lane
11/8/18 2:22 pm adir46er <rita.reed2819...> Re: [hmbirds] Snow Geese
11/8/18 10:32 am malefyt1950 <dewaalmalefyt...> [hmbirds] Snow Geese
11/8/18 10:04 am naomiking via Groups.Io <naomiking=<yahoo.com...> [hmbirds] Purple Finch & Fox Sparrow
11/8/18 6:12 am philwhitney17 <prmlwhitney59...> [hmbirds] November 7 Birdline
11/7/18 5:38 am Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=<yahoo.com...> [hmbirds] Tomorrow's destination, 11/8
11/6/18 11:42 am lnmp <lnmp...> [hmbirds] Fox Sparrows
11/5/18 1:23 pm Earthday49 via Groups.Io <Earthday49=<aol.com...> [hmbirds] Pine Siskins
11/4/18 6:25 pm scottjstoner via Groups.Io <ScottJStoner=<aol.com...> [hmbirds] HMBC program reminder - Monday evening - Five Rivers
11/4/18 12:51 pm lnmp <lnmp...> [hmbirds] Evening Grosbeaks
11/4/18 11:52 am malefyt1950 <dewaalmalefyt...> Re: [hmbirds] Mt Ida dam removal, major bird/wildlife habitat is going to vanish.
11/4/18 10:53 am Alan <adfrench...> [hmbirds] Purple Finch
11/4/18 3:25 am Kathryn Schneider <fallline...> Re: [hmbirds] Mt Ida dam removal, major bird/wildlife habitat is going to vanish.
11/3/18 6:24 pm scottjstoner via Groups.Io <ScottJStoner=<aol.com...> [hmbirds] Monday evening HMBC Program - Arizona and more
11/3/18 5:05 pm ConserveBirds <conservebirds...> Re: [hmbirds] Austerlitz- Evening Grosbeak
11/3/18 11:58 am Janet Wolkenstein via Groups.Io <jalywol=<aol.com...> [hmbirds] Mt Ida dam removal, major bird/wildlife habitat is going to vanish.
11/2/18 8:07 pm kernscot <kernscot...> [hmbirds] Austerlitz- Evening Grosbeak
11/1/18 3:40 pm Heidi <hocka1...> [hmbirds] Troy Wood Ducks & Pine Siskins
11/1/18 8:19 am philwhitney17 <prmlwhitney59...> [hmbirds] October 31 Birdline
10/31/18 1:05 pm Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=<yahoo.com...> [hmbirds] Tomhannock Reservoir CHANGE OF DATE to SUNDAY 11/4
10/31/18 1:00 pm Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=<yahoo.com...> [hmbirds] Field trip schedule on the website
10/31/18 8:01 am Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=<yahoo.com...> [hmbirds] Tomorrow's destination, 11/1
10/29/18 9:16 pm kernscot <kernscot...> [hmbirds] Whittier Rehab Ghent- White-crowned Sparrows
10/28/18 5:02 pm Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...> [hmbirds] Coxsackie Grasslands - Sparrows +
10/28/18 12:36 pm ConserveBirds <conservebirds...> [hmbirds] First Common Redpolls of the season
10/28/18 11:40 am gregg_recer <gregg_recer...> [hmbirds] VF puddle ducks
10/28/18 7:56 am John Kent <k2ent76...> [hmbirds] Shorebirds at Basic Creek
10/27/18 12:55 pm kernscot <kernscot...> [hmbirds] Ghent- Purple Finches
10/26/18 3:29 pm jhershey2 <hersheyj...> [hmbirds] Marsh Ducks Update - Link Correction
10/26/18 3:17 pm jhershey2 <hersheyj...> [hmbirds] Marsh Ducks Update - Vischer Ferry
10/26/18 10:37 am trwdsd via Groups.Io <trwdsd=<yahoo.com...> [hmbirds] HMBC Field Trip CANCELLATION- Collins Lake, Saturday, Oct. 27th
10/25/18 6:05 pm Andy Mason <andymason...> [hmbirds] Phenomenal Golden Eagle day at Franklin Mt.
10/25/18 4:25 pm Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=<yahoo.com...> [hmbirds] Collins Lake area Coot, sparrows
10/24/18 6:56 pm Ronald Harrower <rharrower...> [hmbirds] Bald Eagle in town: eBird Report - South Ballston Spa, Oct 22, 2018
10/24/18 6:55 pm Ronald Harrower <rharrower...> [hmbirds] White Crowned Sparrow: eBird Report - SSSP Carlsbad Rec Area, Oct 23, 2018
10/24/18 6:53 pm Ronald Harrower <rharrower...> [hmbirds] Red-throated Loon, Red-necked Grebe: eBird Report - Saratoga Lake, Oct 24, 2018
10/24/18 6:51 pm Ronald Harrower <rharrower...> [hmbirds] Rusty Blackbirds: eBird Report - Wrights Loop, Oct 23, 2018
10/24/18 3:26 pm Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=<yahoo.com...> [hmbirds] Tomorrow's destination, 10/25
10/24/18 11:17 am zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...> [hmbirds] Blockhouse Park Cattle Egret
10/24/18 10:15 am kernscot <kernscot...> [hmbirds] Ghent Whittier Rehab- Pine Siskins
10/22/18 5:59 pm Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=<yahoo.com...> [hmbirds] Collins Coot
10/22/18 9:21 am zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...> [hmbirds] Alcove Reservoir and Stanton Pond
10/22/18 8:48 am Susan <smbeaudoin1...> [hmbirds] Saratoga Lake and Tomhannack
10/21/18 3:50 pm Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...> [hmbirds] [OneidaBirds] Franklin Mt. (21 Oct 2018) 273 Raptors
10/21/18 3:25 pm gregg_recer <gregg_recer...> [hmbirds] GWF goose and red-breasted merg - schagticoke/stillwater
10/21/18 10:02 am jhershey2 <hersheyj...> [hmbirds] Marsh Ducks - Vischer Ferry
10/20/18 12:24 pm adir46er <rita.reed2819...> [hmbirds] Greater white-fronted Goose now at Fisherman’s Lane, Schaghticoke NY- Rens
10/19/18 11:14 am Alan <adfrench...> [hmbirds] Bluebirds
10/19/18 3:24 am Ronald Harrower <rharrower...> [hmbirds] Diverse Diving Ducks. eBird Report - Round Lake, Oct 18, 2018
10/19/18 3:23 am Ronald Harrower <rharrower...> [hmbirds] Fox Sparrow and waterfowl galore. eBird Report - Vischer Ferry Nature & Historic Preserve, Oct 18, 2018
10/18/18 11:01 am Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=<yahoo.com...> [hmbirds] Fox Sparrow, increased duckage: Vischer Ferry
10/18/18 10:29 am Ronald Harrower <rharrower...> [hmbirds] Round Lake Ducks
10/18/18 5:31 am zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...> [hmbirds] STFL update Thursday
10/17/18 5:38 pm adir46er <rita.reed2819...> [hmbirds] Ruddy Ducks Tomhannock Res. - South end
10/17/18 10:03 am Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=<yahoo.com...> [hmbirds] Tomorrow's destination, 10/18
10/17/18 7:24 am Ronald Harrower <rharrower...> [hmbirds] 4 Pectoral Sandpipers. eBird Report - Farmland immediately West of Saratoga Lake, Oct 16, 2018
10/17/18 7:23 am Ronald Harrower <rharrower...> [hmbirds] Brown Creeper close by. eBird Report - Woods Hollow Preserve, Oct 16, 2018
 
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Date: 11/16/18 10:03 am
From: Alan Mapes <alanmapes...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Chipping Sparrow
We have a young chipping sparrow at the feeders today (near Five Rivers).

Alan Mapes
Delmar

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Date: 11/16/18 8:11 am
From: Alan <adfrench...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Fox Sparrow
A single Fox Sparrow has been under my feeders.

Although I cleared and refilled the feeders about 90 minutes ago, it has
been fairly quiet otherwise. A Hairy Woodpecker, a female Cardinal, and
a couple of Blue Jays. The Pine Siskins have not returned.

Alan
Glenville

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Date: 11/16/18 7:18 am
From: Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Red-winged Blackbirds
With the snow, came a couple of Red-winged Blackbirds to join the 20 or so
White-throated Sparrows, a Fox Sparrow and a bunch of other things.

Keep an eye out for the sparrow with a touch of gold on its crown; or a
towhee with a greene tail.

Storms bring good birds in.

Rich

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Date: 11/16/18 6:17 am
From: philwhitney17 <prmlwhitney59...>
Subject: [hmbirds] November 14 Birdline
Birdline summary for week ending November 14:

19 reports; 75 species reported



Best of the week:

GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE: Schagticoke 11/8

LONG-TAILED DUCK: Basic Creek 11/11

RED-NECKED GREBE: Lake George 11/12

GOLDEN EAGLE: Tomhannock 11/11

NORTHERN GOSHAWK: Rensselaerville SF 11/11

WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER: Galway Lake 11/13

RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD: Columbia County 11/11

SNOW BUNTING: Coxsackie Grasslands (5)

RUSTY BLACKBIRD: Vischer Ferry 11/11

EVENING GROSBEAK: Summit 11/14 (25)



Other notables:

Snow Goose: Pittstown 11/8 (2)

Mute Swan: Basic Creek 11/11 (7)

Common Loon: Saratoga Lake 11/8 (2); Tomhannock 11/11 (2)

Osprey: Saratoga Lake 11/8

Northern Shoveler: Basic Creek 11/11; Vischer Ferry 11/11 (6)

Northern Pintail: Vischer Ferry 11/11; Tomhannock 11/11 (3)

Coopers Hawk: Saratoga County 11/8

Red-shouldered Hawk: Basic Creek 11/11

American Coot: Saratoga Lake 11/8 (4)

Wilsons Snipe: Copake 11/8 (3)

Peregrine Falcon: Saratoga Lake 11/8

Carolina Wren: Saratoga Lake 11/8 (2); Vischer Ferry 11/11

Fox Sparrow: Averill Park 11/8, 11/9; West Sand Lake 11/8 (2) ; Saratoga County 11/8; Tomhannock 11/11

White-crowned Sparrow: Saratoga County 11/8 (2)

Purple Finch: Averill Park 11/8, 11/9; West Sand Lake 11/8 (2)

Pine Siskin: Tomhannock 11/11 (6)



Thanks to Larry Alden (Tomhannock), Rich Guthrie (Columbia County), David Harrison (Coxsackie Grasslands, Lake George, Galway Lake, Summit), Ron Harrower (Saratoga County, Saratoga Lake), John Hershey (Vischer Ferry), John Kent (Basic Creek; Rensselarville SF), Naomi King (Averill Park), Mike Kuhrt (West Sand Lake), Jim de Waal Malefyt (Pittstown), Rita Reed (Schagticoke), Kathy Schneider (Copake)



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Date: 11/16/18 6:05 am
From: Alan <adfrench...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Pine Siskins
Along with the snow a small flock, perhaps 12 to 18, of Pine Siskins
visited. (They took to the trees and then left soon after I spotted them.)

Snowy skies, Alan
Glenville

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Date: 11/14/18 9:58 am
From: Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Tomorrow's destination, 11/15
We were thinking of Vischer Ferry tomorrow, but given the projected temperature at 8am is 15F, I think we'd all rather stay in our cars than walk.

Let's meet at the Price Chopper in Mechanicville at 8am, then head up the Hudson for waterfowl and, if time allows, a look at the Fort Edward Grasslands. Bundle up!

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Price+Chopper/@42.9100917,-73.6874342,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x89de17c4dae450e7:0x7b0c0c6bb6e79aef!8m2!3d42.9100917!4d-73.6852455?hl=en&authuser=0

Naomi Lloyd 


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Date: 11/11/18 5:27 pm
From: Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Rufous Hummingbird - Columbia County (in rehab)
An immature female RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD was picked up, on Friday, Nov.9th, in
a torpid state in Columbia County. She was turned over to the care of a
licensed rehabilitator. The bird was emaciated with zero fat reserves. The
hummingbird has been resuscitated and now doing well and feeding actively.
A NYSARC report with photos and measurements will be filed.

Rich Guthrie
New Baltimore,
The Greene County,
New York
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Date: 11/11/18 3:00 pm
From: Larry & Penny Alden <overlook...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Tomhannock Reservoir - 11/11/18
I continued my annual Veterans' Day trip circumnavigating Tomhannock
Reservoir, this time with Jackie Bogardus accompanying me. Our traditional
route has two inland excursions on Nortonville and Tomhannock-Johnsonville
roads [Northern Turnpike] solely with the purpose of padding the list.
Today we found a nice, round 50 species, Weather was partly cloudy with
wind from 10-15 mph and temperatures ranging from 34-40 F. Water levels
were very high, so there were no mudflats.



Waterfowl highlights included the usual duck species plus a female
Green-winged Teal, 3 female Northern Pintails, and 2 Common Loons. Oddly,
we had only 2 American Black Ducks and a single Ruddy Duck.



Other highlights included 7 Tree Swallows over the water at the north end of
the reservoir, 2 Golden-crowned Kinglets, 1 Common Grackle, and several
Red-winged Blackbirds. We found a single Red-breasted Nuthatch at a feeder
plus 6 Pine Siskins and a Fox Sparrow at another.



Our "best bird" was an adult Golden Eagle which flew over our heads on
Tomhannock-Johnsonville Road, heading east. There was a Red-tailed Hawk in
the air at the same time, which provided a good size comparison.



I have records for 19 of the last 20 years and I know I've done this count
for at least five years before that. Adding Pine Siskin and Golden Eagle
brings the 20-year cumulative list to 102 species.



Larry Alden




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Date: 11/11/18 2:03 pm
From: jhershey2 <hersheyj...>
Subject: [hmbirds] HMBC Vischer Ferry Field Trip
A small group met this morning on Veterans Day for the HMBC Vischer Ferry Field Trip. From the main entrance we proceeded west along the towpath. There was a hotspot of songbird activity near the beginning with Eastern Bluebirds, House Finches, White-throated Sparrows, one RUSTY BLACKBIRD, a Carolina Wren, and at least one Ruby-crowned Kinglet. We also spotted a Red-tailed Hawk and a Sharp-shinned Hawk. After checking for waterfowl for the last several weeks, the leader was surprised to find a PIED-BILLED GREBE in the pond. Mallards are often seen in the canal near the towpath but this morning (and for the last week or so) at least 4 Green-winged Teal and one NORTHERN PINTAIL were hanging out there as well, showing little fear of traffic on the towpath and allowing for some great photo opportunities. 

Further down the towpath we also found 5 American Wigeon and 6 NORTHERN SHOVELER. Other highlights for the trip included 5 woodpecker species: Hairy, Downy, Red-bellied, Pileated, and Northern Flicker. We also had a pleasant walk from the water authority entrance to the River but found surprisingly little bird activity there.  

I've included a link to a photo of a Green-winged Teal in the canal that I took on Thursday. https://www.flickr.com/photos/85391626@N07/45809774691/in/dateposted-public/

John Hershey, trip leader

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Date: 11/11/18 10:53 am
From: John Kent <k2ent76...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Basic Creek, Rensselaerville
This morning at Basic Creek Reservoir in Westerlo the highlight was a single Long-tailed Duck among a few hundred Ruddy Ducks. Otherwise, the usual assortment of ducks continues, including Common and Hooded Mergansers, Ring-necked, Bufflehead, and American Wigeon all in double digit numbers. There were also a few Northern Shovelers, Gadwall, and Mallards. There continue to be seven (Mute) Swans a-swimming, theyve been there for over a month. A juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk landed in a tree near the spillway.

I spent over an hour walking around Rensselaerville State Forest in two inches of snow. I found no finches whatsoever, but got a good look at a juvenile Northern Goshawk. Otherwise it was very quiet. I checked Myosotis Lake and found 84 Common Mergansers, accompanied by three Bufflehead and a Ring-billed Gull.

In Selkirk this afternoon I finally saw my FOS American Tree Sparrows. Chickadees have been extra-abundant in the past couple of weeks, with frequent flocks of 5-10. Seems like there might be an irruption going on.

John Kent
Selkirk

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Date: 11/11/18 10:41 am
From: Eric Molho via Groups.Io <molhoe=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Purple Finch & Fox Sparrow
Red-breasted nuthatch at my feeders in delmar. Perhaps a good omen.
> On Nov 8, 2018, at 1:04 PM, naomiking via Groups.Io <naomiking=<yahoo.com...> wrote:
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> [Edited Message Follows]
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> Saw female Purple Finch and one Fox Sparrow this morning at/under my feeders.
>
> Edited to add location: Averill Park
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Date: 11/11/18 7:42 am
From: Ronald Harrower <rharrower...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Coots, Osprey, Peregrine: eBird Report - Saratoga Lake, Nov 8, 2018

>
> Saratoga Lake, Saratoga, New York, US
> Nov 8, 2018 8:00 AM - 10:40 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 20.0 mile(s)
> Comments: Joined the the Thursday Morning birding group in a clockwise circuit of Saratoga Lake.
> 34 species
>
> Canada Goose 1200 estimated
> Mallard 100 estimated
> American Black Duck 1 Brown's Beach
> Greater Scaup 1 With large raft of Canada Geese on North shore of lake
> Bufflehead 53
> Hooded Merganser 7
> Common Merganser 1
> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 16
> American Coot 4 Around docks at Silver beach
> Ring-billed Gull 50 estimated
> Herring Gull 3
> Great Black-backed Gull 1 On dock at Brown's Beach
> Common Loon 2
> Double-crested Cormorant 4
> Great Blue Heron 3 2 were chasing each other and croaking the while
> Osprey 1 Circling around and diving at SW "corner" of lake.
> Red-tailed Hawk 4
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
> Downy Woodpecker 3
> Peregrine Falcon 1 Crossing the lake. Was funny to watch it quickly take a swipe at a passing Song-billed Gull before continuing across the lake
> Blue Jay 10
> American Crow 9
> Black-capped Chickadee 3
> White-breasted Nuthatch 2
> Carolina Wren 2
> Eastern Bluebird 5 Working over berries in bushes along kayderoseros Ave
> American Robin 100 estimated
> Cedar Waxwing 6
> American Goldfinch 5
> American Tree Sparrow 3
> Dark-eyed Junco 10
> Song Sparrow 2
> Northern Cardinal 1
> House Sparrow X
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49841459
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)


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Date: 11/11/18 7:41 am
From: Ronald Harrower <rharrower...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Fox Sparrw and friends: eBird Report - Hathaway Rd, Nov 8, 2018

> Hathaway Rd, Saratoga, New York, US
> Nov 8, 2018 11:25 AM - 11:35 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.1 mile(s)
> Comments: Just drove around seeing what I might see. Hathaway Rd was pretty birdy near where it meets Coveville Rd
> 11 species
>
> Mourning Dove 4
> Downy Woodpecker 1
> Blue Jay 2
> Black-capped Chickadee 3
> Eastern Bluebird 5
> American Robin 5
> European Starling 65
> Cedar Waxwing 35
> American Goldfinch 4
> Fox Sparrow 1
> White-crowned Sparrow 2
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49841594
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Date: 11/11/18 7:40 am
From: Ronald Harrower <rharrower...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Cooper’s Hawk: eBird Report - Russel Rd, Nov 8, 2018

>
> Russel Rd, Saratoga, New York, US
> Nov 8, 2018 11:20 AM
> Protocol: Incidental
> Comments: Just driving about. Could't miss Cooper's Hawk in top of tree
> 1 species
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> Cooper's Hawk 1
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> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49841676
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Date: 11/11/18 6:19 am
From: naomiking via Groups.Io <naomiking=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Purple Finch & Fox Sparrow
[Edited Message Follows]

Saw female Purple Finch and one Fox Sparrow this morning at/under my feeders.

Edited to add location: Averill Park

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Date: 11/10/18 11:46 am
From: Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Hummingbird feeders
Reminder: keep the hummingbird feeders out there and filled.

A hummingbird (probably a Rufous) turned up yesterday at a Columbia County
feeder (which was empty - now filled). I was later found torpid and rescued
by a licensed rehabilatitor where it is being cared for. Once the bird is
stabilized, a certain identification may be made.

This is about the time that NY's first Anna's Hummingbird turned up at a
southern tier feeder some years ago.

Hey, you never know....

Rich Guthrie
New Baltimore,
The Greene County,
New York


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Date: 11/9/18 6:13 am
From: birdmanmfk329 <birdman329...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Purple Finch & Fox Sparrow
Had a pair of Purple Finches, two Fox Sparrows  several White-throated Sparrows and Juncos under my feeder during the week.

Mike Kuhrt
West Sand Lake

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Date: 11/8/18 4:46 pm
From: Kathryn Schneider <fallline...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Wilson's Snipe near Copake Lake
The Columbia County Thursday morning group found a nice assortment of waterfowl in and around Copake Lake this morning. Highlights included many Ring-necked Ducks, Bufflehead, Ruddy Duck, both Common and Hooded Mergansers, Wood Ducks, and three Wilson’s Snipe on the edge of a pond on Pumpkin Hollow Road.

Kathy Schneider
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Date: 11/8/18 2:29 pm
From: adir46er <rita.reed2819...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Greater white-fronted Goose again at Fisherman’s Lane
At 4:10p 1 GWFG flew in with ~ 800 CAGO - Fisherman’s Lane, Schaghticoke (Rens County).

Rita Reed
East Hoosick, NY

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Date: 11/8/18 2:22 pm
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Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Snow Geese
Still there at 3:10pm. Thanks Jim!

Rita Reed
East Hoosick NY
> On Nov 8, 2018, at 1:32 PM, malefyt1950 <dewaalmalefyt...> wrote:
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> Saw two Snow Geese on Rt. 113 farm pond in Pittstown noon time, 8 Nov '18.
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> Jim de Waal Malefyt
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Date: 11/8/18 10:32 am
From: malefyt1950 <dewaalmalefyt...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Snow Geese
Saw two Snow Geese on Rt. 113 farm pond in Pittstown noon time, 8 Nov '18.

Jim de Waal Malefyt

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Date: 11/8/18 10:04 am
From: naomiking via Groups.Io <naomiking=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Purple Finch & Fox Sparrow
Saw female Purple Finch and one Fox Sparrow this morning at/under my feeders.

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Date: 11/8/18 6:12 am
From: philwhitney17 <prmlwhitney59...>
Subject: [hmbirds] November 7 Birdline
Birdline summary for week ending November 7

5 reports; 4 species reported



Best of the week:

EVENING GROSBEAK: Austerlitz 11/2; West Charlton 11/4 (4)



Other notables:

Fox Sparrow: West Charlton 11/6 (2)

Purple Finch: Glenville 11/4

Pine Siskin: Guilderland 11/5 (21)



Thanks to Alan French (Glenville), Nancy Kern (Austerlitz), Ellen Pemrick (West Charlton) and Adam S. (Guilderland)



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Date: 11/7/18 5:38 am
From: Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Tomorrow's destination, 11/8
IT'S NOT RAINING

There must be waterfowl somewhere, right? Let's circle Saratoga Lake hoping for Loons, Scoters, etc. Meet at Brown's Beach at 8:00 to carpool. See you there!

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Dock+Brown's+on+Saratoga+Lake/@42.9859399,-73.7450821,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x89de3e9f1c3c1715:0x821c873b5441e396!8m2!3d42.9859399!4d-73.7428934?hl=en&authuser=0

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Date: 11/6/18 11:42 am
From: lnmp <lnmp...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Fox Sparrows
Two Fox Sparrows have been foraging under a bush near my bird feeders.
Tried to get a photo, but it's raining too hard. Their coloring really
stands out.



Ellen P.

West Charlton


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Date: 11/5/18 1:23 pm
From: Earthday49 via Groups.Io <Earthday49=<aol.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Pine Siskins
A flock of 21 Pine Siskins showed up at my feeders, in Guilderland, this morning.

Alan S

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Date: 11/4/18 6:25 pm
From: scottjstoner via Groups.Io <ScottJStoner=<aol.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] HMBC program reminder - Monday evening - Five Rivers
Please bring reusable cups and plates if you can, and be alert for DEER in and near the roadways near Five Rivers!
Leader or Speaker: Jeff SchoonmakerLocation of Event: Five Rivers EECDate: November 5, 2018 - 7:00pm - 8:30pmJeff Schoonmaker, professor of physics at Hudson Valley Community College and a first-time presenter, will take us on a tour of Southeast Arizona to visit the wonderful desert and canyon birds of that region. Using photos from his most recent visit in late March of this year, along with some from past visits, Jeff will cover a wide variety of both year-round resident birds and some which are migratory. In addition, he promises some surprises, including a few photos and scenes from Alaska and a couple of quiz birds. Bring your sharpest ID skills for that part!

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Date: 11/4/18 12:51 pm
From: lnmp <lnmp...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Evening Grosbeaks
While I was outside cleaning out my car this afternoon, I heard an
unfamiliar bird sound and saw 3 or 4 large, yellowish birds fly into a tree
next to our garage. I ran inside to get my binoculars: Evening Grosbeaks!




They didn't stick around more than a few minutes (it's possible they had
already visited my feeders), but it was nice of them to stop by! And I
added a new yard bird.



Ellen P.

West Charlton


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Date: 11/4/18 11:52 am
From: malefyt1950 <dewaalmalefyt...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Mt Ida dam removal, major bird/wildlife habitat is going to vanish.
Ospreys that have been nesting the last few years in North Greenbush also
use Belden Pond (Mt. Ida Pond) to prey on fish there.
Jim de Waal Malefyt

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> I am the hmbc conservation committee chair. Let me look into this a bit
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> Kathryn Schneider
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Date: 11/4/18 10:53 am
From: Alan <adfrench...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Purple Finch
A male Purple Finch at the feeders.

Clear skies, Alan
Glenville

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Date: 11/4/18 3:25 am
From: Kathryn Schneider <fallline...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Mt Ida dam removal, major bird/wildlife habitat is going to vanish.
Janet,

I am the hmbc conservation committee chair. Let me look into this a bit and I’ll get back to you off list.

Kathryn Schneider
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Date: 11/3/18 6:24 pm
From: scottjstoner via Groups.Io <ScottJStoner=<aol.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Monday evening HMBC Program - Arizona and more
Hope to see everyone there!  Please bring a reusable cup and plate if you can! 
Leader or Speaker: Jeff SchoonmakerLocation of Event: Five Rivers EECDate: November 5, 2018 - 7:00pm - 8:30pmJeff Schoonmaker, professor of physics at Hudson Valley Community College and a first-time presenter, will take us on a tour of Southeast Arizona to visit the wonderful desert and canyon birds of that region. Using photos from his most recent visit in late March of this year, along with some from past visits, Jeff will cover a wide variety of both year-round resident birds and some which are migratory. In addition, he promises some surprises, including a few photos and scenes from Alaska and a couple of quiz birds. Bring your sharpest ID skills for that part!

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Date: 11/3/18 5:05 pm
From: ConserveBirds <conservebirds...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Austerlitz- Evening Grosbeak
A friend has been seeing Evening Grosbeaks at her feeders in Queensbury.
Sporadic, but they have visited a few times in the last two weeks.

Mona Bearor

South Glens Falls



From: <hmbirds...> [mailto:<hmbirds...>] On Behalf Of kernscot
Sent: Friday, November 2, 2018 11:07 PM
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Subject: [hmbirds] Austerlitz- Evening Grosbeak



US-New York-Austerlitz - 42.296x-73.545 - Apr 25, 2017 1:51 PM, Columbia,
New York, US
Nov 2, 2018 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Protocol: Stationary



Comments: Seen by a friend at her feeder in Spencertown on a feeder,
documented by a photo of a male.
1 species

Evening Grosbeak 1 documented with a poor quality phone photo of a nice
adult male on a platform feeder eating sunflower seeds. Photo by Clare
Bracken.

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Date: 11/3/18 11:58 am
From: Janet Wolkenstein via Groups.Io <jalywol=<aol.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Mt Ida dam removal, major bird/wildlife habitat is going to vanish.
https://wnyt.com/news/city-of-troy-to-take-down-portion-of-mt-ida-lake-dam/5128620/

Mt Ida Lake is a wetland and small lake behind a dam on the Poestenkill, in Troy.  I go there very frequently to watch and photograph birds and other wildlife. It's a remarkably rich, well established wetland ecosystem that serves as a permanent residence for many local species of birds, and also as a waystation for migratory birds in season.  It also houses a pretty impressive beaver dam, deer, several different types of turtles, and a very wide assortment of invertebrates, both aquatic and non-aquatic.  (For example: I've attached a photo I took a couple of years ago there,that shows a Great Egret pulling a crayfish out of the mud and eating it.  Heck, I never even knew we had crayfish up here before I looked closely at that shot after I downloaded it!).

Is there anything that we or anyone else can do to stop this?  I know the dam has to be attended to, but just taking it down is going to totally destroy a small, but very well established, and important, local wetland ecosystem.  Who can I contact who might be able to smack some sense into the Troy DPW about this?   The DEC, according to the WNYT article, doesn't seem to care about the wetland, just that the dam is unsafe....

Very frustrating.

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Date: 11/2/18 8:07 pm
From: kernscot <kernscot...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Austerlitz- Evening Grosbeak
US-New York-Austerlitz - 42.296x-73.545 - Apr 25, 2017 1:51 PM, Columbia, New York, US
Nov 2, 2018 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Protocol: Stationary

Comments: Seen by a friend at her feeder in Spencertown on a feeder, documented by a photo of a male.
1 species

Evening Grosbeak 1 documented with a poor quality phone photo of a nice adult male on a platform feeder eating sunflower seeds. Photo by Clare Bracken.

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Date: 11/1/18 3:40 pm
From: Heidi <hocka1...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Troy Wood Ducks & Pine Siskins
On the lake in Oakwood Cemetery on Thursday 6 - 8 Wood Ducks, about a dozen Mallards and about 20 Canada Geese.

At my feeder in the Sycaway/Brunswick area of Troy, on Wednesday, at least 5-6 Pine Siskins feeding with 4 Goldfinches and several House Finches and Chickadees.

Heidi Klinowski
Troy

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Date: 11/1/18 8:19 am
From: philwhitney17 <prmlwhitney59...>
Subject: [hmbirds] October 31 Birdline
Birdline summary for week ending October 31:

9 reports; 49 species reported



Best of the week:

VESPER SPARROW: Coxsackie Grasslands 10/28 (2)

RUSTY BLACKBIRD: Vischer Ferry 10/26

COMMON REDPOLL: South Glens Falls 10/28 (4)

EVENING GROSBEAK: Greenfield Center 10/28 (3)



Other notables:

Mute Swan: Basic Creek 10/28 (2)

Northern Shoveler: Vischer Ferry 10/26, 10/28

Northern Pintail: Vischer Ferry 10/26, 10/28

Pied-billed Grebe: Collins Lake 10/25

Bald Eagle: Coxsackie Grasslands 10/28

Northern Harrier: Coxsackie Grasslands 10/28

American Coot: Collins Lake 10/25

Greater Yellowlegs: Basic Creek 10/28 (2)

Pectoral Sandpiper: Basic Creek 10/28 (2)

Dunlin: Basic Creek 10/28 (23)

Fox Sparrow: Collins Lake 10/25 (2); New Baltimore 10/28

White-crowned Sparrow: Coxsackie Grasslands 10/28 (5); Ghent 10/28 (2)

Purple Finch: Ghent 10/27 (4), 10/28 (2); Vischer Ferry 10/28

Pine Siskin: Greenfield Center 10/28; New Baltimore 10/28 (12)



Thanks to Mona Bearor (South Glens Falls), Rich Guthrie (Coxsackie Grasslands, New Baltimore), John Hershey (Vischer Ferry), John Kent (Basic Creek), Nancy Kern (Ghent), Naomi Lloyd (Collins Lake), Gregg Recer (Vischer Ferry), and Linda W (Greenfield Center)





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Date: 10/31/18 1:05 pm
From: Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Tomhannock Reservoir CHANGE OF DATE to SUNDAY 11/4
Due to rain expected all Saturday morning, PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF DATE for this trip.


Leader or Speaker: Naomi Lloyd

Location of Event: Pittstown, NY

Date: SUNDAY November 4, 2018 - 8:30am - 12:00pm

Location: Tomhannock Reservoir parking lot
United States
42° 49' 8.076" N, 73° 31' 28.866" W
See map: Google Maps

SUNDAY, November 4, TOMHANNOCK RESERVOIR (Rensselaer County; morning)

Coordinator: Naomi Lloyd 518-596-5964 <naomi_kestrel...>

Join us for a morning trip around the Tomhannock Reservoir. We hope to find a variety of waterfowl as resident and migrant passerines and possibly shorebirds. Rarities have turned up at the Tomhannock in the fall and we often find Bald Eagles.

Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the parking area at the intersection of Lake Shore Dr. and NY Route 7 at the west end of the causeway. Bring a scope if you have one.

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SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY

Naomi  

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Date: 10/31/18 1:00 pm
From: Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Field trip schedule on the website

Who would I contact about changing the date of an upcoming trip? The weather looks much more promising on Sunday than Saturday for the Tomhannock trip. I'll post it here, but I'd like the change to go on the master list as well.


Naomi Lloyd
West Sand Lake 

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Date: 10/31/18 8:01 am
From: Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Tomorrow's destination, 11/1
Happy halloween! Join us tomorrow at the Tomhannock Reservoir looking for migrating waterfowl. Let's meet at the fishing access lot off Rt 7 at 8:00 am.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Tomhannock+Reservoir/@42.8220706,-73.525646,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x89de1eb64c115cf7:0x99768386282eae16!8m2!3d42.8394778!4d-73.5387991?hl=en&authuser=0

Naomi Lloyd

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Date: 10/29/18 9:16 pm
From: kernscot <kernscot...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Whittier Rehab Ghent- White-crowned Sparrows

Whittier Rehab, Columbia, New York, US
Oct 28, 2018 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Rain wind
14 species

Canada Goose 8 flying
Mourning Dove 1
Turkey Vulture 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
American Crow 6
Black-capped Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 1
House Finch 14
Purple Finch 2
White-crowned Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 1
House Sparrow 7

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Date: 10/28/18 5:02 pm
From: Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Coxsackie Grasslands - Sparrows +
An overcast day with occasional drizzle.

But an interesting mix of mid-fall birds:

6 Mallards (incl. 1 hybrid Black x Mallard)
1 Bufflehead (female)
1 N. Harrier
1 Bald Eagle (soaring - distant)
1 Red-tailed Hawk (northern ssp - abieticola)
plus;

5 White-crowned Sparrows
1 White-throated Sparrow (only one)
2 Vesper Sparrows
6 Savannah Sparrows (likely more but they were skulking down in the grasses
- calling a lot)
5 Song Sparrows
3 Swamp Sparrows (likely more - see above)
8 Yellow-rumped Warblers


At home:
a dozen Pine Siskins joined one lone Fox Sparrow and many juncos and W.t.
Sparrows

Rich Guthrie
New Baltimore
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Date: 10/28/18 12:36 pm
From: ConserveBirds <conservebirds...>
Subject: [hmbirds] First Common Redpolls of the season
I walked the Betar Byway along the river in South Glens Falls this afternoon and was silently lamenting the lack of birds when four Common Redpolls flew from an overgrown field across the path into some shrubbery less than 10 feet from me. Nice to see these visitors – maybe the harbingers of the good irruptive year that has been forecast.

Mona Bearor

South Glens Falls




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Date: 10/28/18 11:40 am
From: gregg_recer <gregg_recer...>
Subject: [hmbirds] VF puddle ducks
cathy graichen and I spent a couple hours at vischer ferry this morning. there was a good mix of puddle ducks, including about 75 green-winged teal,  1 - 3 pairs each of american wigeon, northern pintail, gadwall, and northern shoveler, along with plenty of mallards, black ducks, and wood ducks. The intersection at the south end of the main trail from the whipple bridge was a mob scene of migrant passerines, largely white-throated sparrows and robins, with a few purple finches and red-wings plus various common resident species mixed in. We also had both kinglets, some lingering yellow-rumped warblers, and a few juncos.

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malta NY

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Date: 10/28/18 7:56 am
From: John Kent <k2ent76...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Shorebirds at Basic Creek
At the north end of Basic Creek Reservoir there are currently about 23 Dunlin, as well as at least a couple of Pectoral Sandpipers and Greater Yellowlegs. They're quite distant, not easy to ID even with a scope. But after watching them for a while I was able to make out shape, long drooping bills, and size comparison to Greater Yellowlegs and other nearby species. There is a decent assortment of waterfowl, though nothing particularly notable. Seven Mute Swans continue.

John Kent
Selkirk

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Date: 10/27/18 12:55 pm
From: kernscot <kernscot...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Ghent- Purple Finches
Whittier, Ghent, Columbia, New York, US
Oct 27, 2018 10:20 AM - 4:05 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Windy and rain
6 species

Canada Goose 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 male on sunflower hearts feeder
Black-capped Chickadee 1
House Finch 6
Purple Finch (Eastern) 4
House Sparrow 14

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Date: 10/26/18 3:29 pm
From: jhershey2 <hersheyj...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Marsh Ducks Update - Link Correction
I got the wrong link for my duck photos in my last post so try this instead. (I have American Wigeon, Gadwall, Green-winged Teal, Wood Duck). https://groups.io/g/hmbirds/photo/76888/2?p=Name,,,20,1,0,0
John H.

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Date: 10/26/18 3:17 pm
From: jhershey2 <hersheyj...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Marsh Ducks Update - Vischer Ferry
I've been checking out the towpath west at Vischer Ferry Preserve yesterday and today with an eye for dabbling ducks.  This morning there were Northern Shovelers, Green-winged Teal, Northern Pintail, Wood Ducks, and of course, Mallards and American Black Ducks.  Yesterday, but not today, I saw American Wigeon and Gadwall too.  I ran into Liz C. there this morning.  Some of the songbirds along the towpath included Eastern Bluebirds, 50 or more Cedar Waxwings, and 1 Rusty Blackbird (that was a lifebird for Liz).  I posted a few duck pics from yesterday in the photo section though they would look a little bit better in a smaller size.  Here is a link which I hope goes to all the pics. https://groups.io/g/hmbirds/post

John H.

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Date: 10/26/18 10:37 am
From: trwdsd via Groups.Io <trwdsd=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] HMBC Field Trip CANCELLATION- Collins Lake, Saturday, Oct. 27th
Due to inclement weather forecast to begin overnight and last throughout the day Saturday, tomorrow's HMBC field trip to Collins Lake has been cancelled. Apologies for any inconvenience due to the last-minute change.

Tom Williams
HMBC Field Trip Chair

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Date: 10/25/18 6:05 pm
From: Andy Mason <andymason...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Phenomenal Golden Eagle day at Franklin Mt.
A rather unprecedented event today at the Franklin Mt. Hawkwatch in NY's
Catskill Mountains--passage of 128 Golden Eagles from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00
p.m. Standard Time. Counters were Pete Fauth and Becky Gretton, with
numerous spotters and others present. The great majority of the birds
were adults. Weather was overcast and cold with generally light winds
from the NW.

The previous single day high for Golden Eagles at Franklin Mt. was 71 on
11/11/2015. This appears to be a record single day count for the
species in eastern North America.

This follows a count of 24 GEs yesterday and 41 on 10/21, bringing the
site total to 219 for October and for the season. This is by far the
highest single month Golden total at the site, which usually peaks for
this species in mid-November.

No known explanation for this early and concentrated movement.

Details of the day's count are at
http://hawkcount.org/day_summary.php?rsite=361&ryear=2018&rmonth=10&rday=25

Andy Mason

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Date: 10/25/18 4:25 pm
From: Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Collins Lake area Coot, sparrows
The Thursday birders went to Collins Lake and the nearby Scotia-Glenville Bike/hike trail on a cold blustery day. At the lake an American Coot continues with hundreds of Canada Geese, a Pied-billed Grebe, and a few other common ducks. The bike trail is undergoing renovations and much of the brush edging the trail has been chopped down. That didn't seem to bother dozens of White-throated Sparrows, about a dozen White-throats including some striking adults, at least two Fox Sparrows, and Song and Field Sparrows. We did not find the Lincoln's Sparrows seen earlier this week, but so many birds constantly dove through the thick weeds that almost anything could have been there! Bill Lee said in his many years of birding there, this was the busiest he'd ever seen it.

If you're free on Thursday mornings, feel free to join us! We generally visit whatever spots have been busiest, plus a few locations that aren't practical to bring a formal field trip.

Naomi Lloyd
West Sand Lake  

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Date: 10/24/18 6:56 pm
From: Ronald Harrower <rharrower...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Bald Eagle in town: eBird Report - South Ballston Spa, Oct 22, 2018

>
> South Ballston Spa, Saratoga, New York, US
> Oct 22, 2018 4:35 PM
> Protocol: Incidental
> Comments: Was almost home when I saw a large bird flapping around over rte 50 and nearby businesses. When I saw it was an adult Bald Eagle, I pulled over and got some photos. I have never seen an Eagle in town, here or in Saratoga Springs
> 1 species
>
> Bald Eagle 1
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> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49430688
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> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)


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Date: 10/24/18 6:55 pm
From: Ronald Harrower <rharrower...>
Subject: [hmbirds] White Crowned Sparrow: eBird Report - SSSP Carlsbad Rec Area, Oct 23, 2018

>
> SSSP Carlsbad Rec Area, Saratoga, New York, US
> Oct 23, 2018 4:05 PM - 4:46 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.5 mile(s)
> Comments: I walked to the picnic table graveyard as the sun was still out and strong. 40 minutes later, it was raining. In the meantime, I saw 5 species of sparrow eating wild grapes and feeding off of the roadway and plants on the mounds.
> 13 species
>
> Mourning Dove 3
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
> Downy Woodpecker 1
> Blue Jay 3
> American Crow 2
> White-breasted Nuthatch 2
> Chipping Sparrow 2
> White-crowned Sparrow 1
> White-throated Sparrow 4
> Song Sparrow 7
> Lincoln's Sparrow 1
> Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
> Northern Cardinal 1
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49431037
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)


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Date: 10/24/18 6:53 pm
From: Ronald Harrower <rharrower...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Red-throated Loon, Red-necked Grebe: eBird Report - Saratoga Lake, Oct 24, 2018

>
> Saratoga Lake, Saratoga, New York, US
> Oct 24, 2018 11:15 AM - 12:50 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 8.0 mile(s)
> Comments: First bird I saw on the lake was a Red-necked Grebe close to shore just outside Riley Cove. Other than Canada Geese which were plentiful, there were not many birds of each species seen. A Red-throated Loon was seen off of Silver Beach. Buffleheads were playing at Silver Beach and just North of Brown's Beach.
> 14 species
>
> Canada Goose 800
> Mallard 18
> American Black Duck 4
> Greater Scaup 2
> Lesser Scaup 5
> Bufflehead 23
> Horned Grebe 1 Off Silver Beach
> Red-necked Grebe 1
> Ring-billed Gull 15
> Great Black-backed Gull 1
> Red-throated Loon 1
> Common Loon 1
> Double-crested Cormorant 1
> Blue Jay 2
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49431233
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> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)


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Date: 10/24/18 6:51 pm
From: Ronald Harrower <rharrower...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Rusty Blackbirds: eBird Report - Wrights Loop, Oct 23, 2018

>
> Wrights Loop, Saratoga, New York, US
> Oct 23, 2018 2:05 PM
> Protocol: Incidental
> Comments: I was checking Wright's Loop to see what I could see and because it is still in tall plants, didn't see anything until a small flock of Rusy Blackbirds landed in trees.
> 1 species
>
> Rusty Blackbird 7
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49431408
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Date: 10/24/18 3:26 pm
From: Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Tomorrow's destination, 10/25
It's sparrow season! Let's meet at Collins Lake then walk the bike-hike trail. This is the same route Saturday's field trip will cover, and the weather sounds a lot nicer for Thursday.

Collins Lake parking area:
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Collins+Lake/@42.8268261,-73.958128,16z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x89de6e6b5845918f:0xba26680b7027f40c!8m2!3d42.8270243!4d-73.9558204?hl=en&authuser=0

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Date: 10/24/18 11:17 am
From: zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Blockhouse Park Cattle Egret
Stacy Robinson reports a cattle egret at Blockhouse park now--
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774

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Date: 10/24/18 10:15 am
From: kernscot <kernscot...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Ghent Whittier Rehab- Pine Siskins
Whittier, Columbia, New York, US
Oct 24, 2018 10:00 AM - 1:15 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     Overcast, gusts of wind, birds in a bush near the window and coming to a window feeder at the Whittier Rehab Center. Still recovering from a broken femur. Winter birds coming down.
9 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  11     flying
Turkey Vulture  1     flying
Accipiter sp.  1
Black-capped Chickadee  1
House Finch  6
Pine Siskin  2     little yellow color, very hungry
American Goldfinch  1
Dark-eyed Junco  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  1
House Sparrow  3

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Date: 10/22/18 5:59 pm
From: Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Collins Coot
One American Coot on Collins Lake today among the Canada Geese

Naomi Lloyd
West Sand Lake 

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Date: 10/22/18 9:21 am
From: zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Alcove Reservoir and Stanton Pond
At Alcove Reservoir this morning, I had three long-tailed ducks -- two
drakes in full breeding plumage. Also present were seven scaup, probably
lesser, two tree swallows, a ruby-crowned kinglet, and a gajillion
yellow-rumped warblers, one of which defecated on my sweatshirt.

At Stanton Pond, a single dunlin was sitting on the south shore. The usual
assortment of Wigeons, Gadwall, and Pintails were present.

On Mon, Oct 22, 2018 at 11:48 AM Susan <smbeaudoin1...> wrote:

> This morning there were four female plumage Red-breasted Mergs at Riley’s
> Cove close to shore. Four Buffleheads and a Common Loon were at Browns
> Beach.
> Yesterday at the Tomhannock reservoir, across from the fishing parking lot
> at the south end, there were about ten each Ruddy ducks, Ring-necked Ducks,
> female plumage American Widgeon and Am Black Ducks. There were two large
> rafts of Common Mergansers totaling 70-80, and, of course, tons of Canada
> Geese.
> Susan Beaudoin
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>
>

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Date: 10/22/18 8:48 am
From: Susan <smbeaudoin1...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Saratoga Lake and Tomhannack
This morning there were four female plumage Red-breasted Mergs at Riley’s
Cove close to shore. Four Buffleheads and a Common Loon were at Browns
Beach.
Yesterday at the Tomhannock reservoir, across from the fishing parking lot
at the south end, there were about ten each Ruddy ducks, Ring-necked Ducks,
female plumage American Widgeon and Am Black Ducks. There were two large
rafts of Common Mergansers totaling 70-80, and, of course, tons of Canada
Geese.
Susan Beaudoin

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Date: 10/21/18 3:50 pm
From: Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...>
Subject: [hmbirds] [OneidaBirds] Franklin Mt. (21 Oct 2018) 273 Raptors
Today's tally from Franklin Mt. Hawkwatch, Oneonta, NY (about 1-hour drive
from Albany.)

n.b. the Golden Eagle numbers and commentary !!!

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*Franklin Mt.*
Oneonta, New York, USA

*Daily Raptor Counts: *Oct 21, 2018
*Species* Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 1 3
Turkey Vulture 28 604 681
Osprey 1 14 83
Bald Eagle 1 50 111
Northern Harrier 2 10 33
Sharp-shinned Hawk 47 250 359
Cooper's Hawk 6 24 49
Northern Goshawk 2 7 9
Red-shouldered Hawk 3 10 15
Broad-winged Hawk 0 2 1748
Red-tailed Hawk 132 426 510
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 41 62 62
American Kestrel 7 90 154
Merlin 2 24 49
Peregrine Falcon 0 9 24
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 3
Unknown Buteo 0 1 5
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 1 3 19
*Total:* 273 1589 3919

Observation start time: 07:30:00
Observation end time: 15:15:00
Total observation time: 7.75 hours
Official Counter Pam Peters
Observers: Curt Morgan, Kyle Dudgeon, Leslie Preston


*Visitors:*
17, including excellent spotters in Kyle Dudgeon, Leslie Preston, Curt
Morgan (Albany) Brenda Inskeep (Stamford, CT) and Brad Beth Bidwell
(Queensbury). 5 students from Cobleskill were there early in the AM as part
of their fieldwork (Sam, Bailey, Tom, Drazio and Savannah). Myra Marty
Foland, David Diaz (Otsego Land Trust)

*Weather:*
Steady NW winds and temperature 28-30F. Early fog, drizzle and snow
obscured the valley and distant hills. That did not seem to affect the
birds. Visibility improved by 12noon.

*Raptor Observations:*
Red-tails, Sharpies and Goldens ruled the day. 3 Golden Eagles in the first
half hour and then it was non-stop. Most were from the NE and passed
directly over the site or down the valley, affording good looks. Local BE,
RT, RS. Thanks for the excellent help everyone! BAEA: 2:58ad. GOEA:
7:30unk, 7:50ad, 7:52juv, 9:20ad, 9:22(2ad), 9:50(3ad,1juv), 9:55juv,
10:10ad, 10:12unk, 10:25(ad,juv), 10:50juv, 10:55ad, 11:00(2ad), 11:05ad,
11:17ad, 11:25unk, 11:45ad, 11:55ad, 12:10a, 12:30ad, 12:35(ad,2juv),
12:55(2ad,juv), 1:25juv, 1:59ad, 2:05(ad,juv), 2:28ad, 2:45ad, 2:55ad,
2:58ad, 3:15ad

*Non-raptor Observations:*
No time to look at other birds, but what was noticed: Phoebe, Yellow-rumped
Warbler, Pileated Woodpecker, and several skeins of Canada Geese and
Brants. At least one Common Loon.

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Franklin Mt. information may be found at: www.FranklinMt.org
More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile
<http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=361>] [Day Summary
<http://hawkcount.org/day_summary.php?rsite=361&ryear=2018&rmonth=10&rday=21>]
[Month Summary
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Date: 10/21/18 3:25 pm
From: gregg_recer <gregg_recer...>
Subject: [hmbirds] GWF goose and red-breasted merg - schagticoke/stillwater
cathy graichen and I tried without success to relocate the GWFG at electric pond, schaghticoke, this afternoon. We also checked out blockhouse park in stillwater. Lots of canada geese there too with no GWFG. We did find two female red-breasted mergansers mixed in with the canadas in the cove right behind the stillwater library.
 
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Date: 10/21/18 10:02 am
From: jhershey2 <hersheyj...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Marsh Ducks - Vischer Ferry
The marsh ducks along the towpath at Vischer Ferry Preserve this morning were similar to the ones reported on Thursday.  One new addition was a group of about 6 American Wigeon, mostly breeding plumaged males.  Others include Green-winged Teal (many), Gadwall (3), Northern Pintail (4), American Black Duck, and Ring-necked Duck (1).  I couldn't find the Shovelers that were present yesterday or any Wood Ducks. Songbirds include White-crowned Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, and Ruby-crowned Kinglet.  Also, at least 15 male and 15 female runners from the Siena cross-country team on the towpath.

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Date: 10/20/18 12:24 pm
From: adir46er <rita.reed2819...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Greater white-fronted Goose now at Fisherman’s Lane, Schaghticoke NY- Rens
GWFG now Seen on south side of dirt road causeway Fisherman’s Lane, Schaghticoke amongst 650 Canada Geese.

Rita Reed
East Hoosick, NY Rens County

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Date: 10/19/18 11:14 am
From: Alan <adfrench...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Bluebirds
Had a pair of Bluebirds out front again this morning.

Clear skies, Alan
Glenville

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Date: 10/19/18 3:24 am
From: Ronald Harrower <rharrower...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Diverse Diving Ducks. eBird Report - Round Lake, Oct 18, 2018

>
> Round Lake, Saratoga, New York, US
> Oct 18, 2018 12:45 PM - 12:55 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.3 mile(s)
> Comments: As I was driving by Round Lake on the way home, I turned into the boat launch along rte 9. There were two rafts of waterfowl and a Gull. I drove a bit further North to get a better photo of Scaup raft
> 5 species
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> Canada Goose 12
> Ring-necked Duck 8
> Lesser Scaup 5
> Bufflehead 8
> Ring-billed Gull 6
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Date: 10/19/18 3:23 am
From: Ronald Harrower <rharrower...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Fox Sparrow and waterfowl galore. eBird Report - Vischer Ferry Nature & Historic Preserve, Oct 18, 2018

>
> Vischer Ferry Nature & Historic Preserve, Saratoga, New York, US
> Oct 18, 2018 8:05 AM - 11:17 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
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> Comments: In seemingly arctic conditions we set out along the West Loop path from Whipple Bridge. Within 50 yards, Naomi picked out a Fox Sparrow as it dropped and then knew where to look when it popped up again and posed in various positions before dropping out of sight. As her report was titled, VF had much duckage today, which was just ducky with those assembled. Green-winged Teal were "mine-sweeping" all over the place and Black Ducks and Mallards also had high numbers. It was great to see so many ducks less than a week after the preserve was closed for duck hunting. Highlights were 3 hen Gadwalls, a pair of Pintails, a brace of N Shoveller hens, Wood Ducks and a lone Greater Scaup drake. We got to enjoy watching a Sharp-shinned Hawk hassle a Red-tailed Hawk and wonder at the latter's apparent coolness under fire. After the walk out, the smaller birds largely disappeared. It was fun to watch a Blue-headed Vireo, a Ruby-crowned Kinglet and a few Yellow-rumped Warblers work the canal walls and attached shrubs and vines. A Purple Finch sat out in the open and a Carolina Wren called loudly. A Greater Yellowlegs flew right over our heads calling loudly and shot straight up the main waterway.
> Alas, I petered out before the end of the main group's walk and heard later that I missed the Hermit Thrush. Despite the frigid weather (think North Dakota) it was an enjoyable time of observation and camaraderie.
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> Canada Goose 150
> Wood Duck 10
> Northern Shoveler 2
> Gadwall 3
> Mallard 60 est
> American Black Duck 40 est
> Northern Pintail 2
> Green-winged Teal 35 est
> Greater Scaup 1
> Greater Yellowlegs 1
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 2
> Red-tailed Hawk 2
> Belted Kingfisher 1
> Downy Woodpecker 2
> Eastern Phoebe 1
> Blue-headed Vireo 1
> Blue Jay 4
> American Crow 2
> Black-capped Chickadee 6
> Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
> White-breasted Nuthatch 3
> Carolina Wren 1
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4
> Eastern Bluebird 3
> American Robin 40 est
> House Finch 1 At feeder across the canal
> Purple Finch 1
> Fox Sparrow 1
> Dark-eyed Junco 4
> White-throated Sparrow 8
> Song Sparrow 6
> Red-winged Blackbird 4
> Common Grackle 1
> Common Yellowthroat 1
> Yellow-rumped Warbler 11
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Date: 10/18/18 11:01 am
From: Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Fox Sparrow, increased duckage: Vischer Ferry
The Thursday birders took a chilly walk on the towpaths at Vischer Ferry today and were rewarded for our hardiness by some nice bird sightings. A cooperative Fox Sparrow was a year bird for several of us. Other passerines included Purple Finch, Blue-headed Vireo, and Hermit Thrush. The only warblers were Yellow-rumps and a lingering Common Yellowthroat.

Duck variety, low at first, increased as the sun grew stronger. Green-winged Teal and American Black Duck were both present in double-digits, as well as a few Northern Shovelers, Northern Pintail, and Gadwall, and a single Scaup. A loud 'tew-tew-tew' alerted us to a Greater Yellowlegs flying the length of the ponds.

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Date: 10/18/18 10:29 am
From: Ronald Harrower <rharrower...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Round Lake Ducks
Made brief stop at Round Lake boat launch on way home from work Thursday
morning group. There were 8 Buffleheads, 7 Ring-necked Ducks and 3
Lesser Scaup along with Ring-billed Gulls, Canada Geese and a few
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Date: 10/18/18 5:31 am
From: zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...>
Subject: [hmbirds] STFL update Thursday
Still present on wire by 646 krumkill road.
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Date: 10/17/18 5:38 pm
From: adir46er <rita.reed2819...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Ruddy Ducks Tomhannock Res. - South end
Saw our FOS Ruddy Ducks today on the south end of the Tomhannock Reservoir, Rensselaer County.

Rita Reed
East Hoosick, NY
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Date: 10/17/18 10:03 am
From: Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Tomorrow's destination, 10/18
Hunting season is over, so let's check Vischer Ferry for late migrants and surviving waterfowl. Meet at the Whipple Bridge at 8am, and be prepared for chill and wet underfoot.


Naomi Lloyd
West Sand Lake 

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Date: 10/17/18 7:24 am
From: Ronald Harrower <rharrower...>
Subject: [hmbirds] 4 Pectoral Sandpipers. eBird Report - Farmland immediately West of Saratoga Lake, Oct 16, 2018

> Farmland immediately West of Saratoga Lake, Saratoga, New York, US
> Oct 16, 2018 9:05 AM - 9:20 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.5 mile(s)
> Comments: Went to Manning Cove and Riley Cove to see if waterfowl have arrived. Finding none, I checked the fields of on Nelson Ave Extension and found 4 Pectoral Sandpipers in puddles and mud.
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> Mallard 8 In little pond at start of Riley Cove Rd
> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 23 On Barns
> Pectoral Sandpiper 4
> American Robin 2
> European Starling 45
> Red-winged Blackbird 2
> Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
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Date: 10/17/18 7:23 am
From: Ronald Harrower <rharrower...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Brown Creeper close by. eBird Report - Woods Hollow Preserve, Oct 16, 2018

> Woods Hollow Preserve, Saratoga, New York, US
> Oct 16, 2018 9:40 AM - 10:35 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.0 mile(s)
> Comments: Not a lot of birds, but nice to see a Brown Creeper up close going from tree to tree by the edge of the parking lot.
> 7 species
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> Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
> Downy Woodpecker 1
> Blue Jay 5
> Black-capped Chickadee 3
> Tufted Titmouse 2
> White-breasted Nuthatch 2
> Brown Creeper 1
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