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1/19/20 6:15 pm Heidi <hocka1...> [hmbirds] Troy birds Sunday 1/19.
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1/18/20 8:55 pm Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...> [hmbirds] Waterfowl Hudson River - Greene County
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1/11/20 6:06 am John Kent <k2ent76...> [hmbirds] Henry Hudson half-hardies continue
1/10/20 10:42 am Alan Mapes <alanmapes...> [hmbirds] Fish Creek Waterfowl - Canvasback
1/8/20 7:41 am Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=<yahoo.com...> [hmbirds] This week's destination: 1/9 and thoughts for next week
1/7/20 7:56 pm kernscot <kernscot...> Re: [hmbirds] Out of area rare bird sighting - Florida Scrub Jay
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1/5/20 7:21 pm Larry & Penny Alden <overlook...> [hmbirds] Troy CBC - 1/4/2020 Preliminary Results
1/5/20 6:58 pm Andy Mason <andymason...> Re: [hmbirds] Franklin Mt. Hawkwatch season wrapup
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1/5/20 12:01 pm John Kent <k2ent76...> Re: [hmbirds] Snowy Owl - Albany
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1/5/20 10:41 am scottjstoner via Groups.Io <ScottJStoner=<aol.com...> [hmbirds] adult Bald Eagle - Loudonville
1/5/20 10:27 am Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...> [hmbirds] Snowy Owl - Albany
1/2/20 2:59 pm Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=<yahoo.com...> Re: [hmbirds] Large accipiter at Vischer Ferry
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1/2/20 11:48 am scottjstoner via Groups.Io <ScottJStoner=<aol.com...> [hmbirds] HMBC Program and holiday party - Monday January 6 - COLONIE LIBRARY
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1/1/20 7:12 pm Ronald Harrower <rharrower...> [hmbirds] Canvasback, American Pipit, no field birds. eBird Report - Northumberland farmland, Jan 1, 2020
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1/1/20 1:14 pm forsythnature via Groups.Io <forsythnature=<aol.com...> [hmbirds] Ulster/Dutches (NYUD) Christmas Bird Count 12/28/19 overview
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12/31/19 8:05 pm Ronald Harrower <rharrower...> [hmbirds] Iceland Gull. eBird Report - Crescent Park, Dec 31, 2019
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12/29/19 7:57 pm Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...> [hmbirds] [osbirds] DEC adopts regulations that could affect bird feeding
12/27/19 8:40 am birderlarry via Groups.Io <birderlarry=<verizon.net...> [hmbirds] Catskill CBC 12-19-19
12/26/19 6:01 am kernscot <kernscot...> [hmbirds] Fw: Light junco.
12/25/19 12:23 pm Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=<yahoo.com...> [hmbirds] Happy birdy holidays!
12/25/19 11:32 am Scott Varney <scottvarney1968...> [hmbirds] Greater White-fronted Goose
12/25/19 10:35 am Robert Nash via Groups.Io <rjn23=<yahoo.com...> Re: [hmbirds] Lesser Black-backed Gull?
12/25/19 10:27 am zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...> Re: [hmbirds] Lesser Black-backed Gull?
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12/25/19 9:13 am zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...> Re: [hmbirds] Northern Pintail & Great Black-backed Gull?
12/25/19 9:01 am Robert Nash via Groups.Io <rjn23=<yahoo.com...> [hmbirds] Northern Pintail & Great Black-backed Gull?
12/24/19 2:12 pm Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=<yahoo.com...> Re: [hmbirds] Cormorant in Troy No/Goldeneye yes
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12/23/19 2:50 am kernscot <kernscot...> [hmbirds] Austerlitz- Northern Saw-whet Owl
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Date: 1/21/20 3:24 pm
From: Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Southern Rensselaer CBC report (belated)
The Southern Rensselaer Christmas Bird Count was conducted Saturday December 29 2019. Thirty participants in nine field parties tallied 63 species and 13,786 birds. This is the third-highest number of species in the past 20 years, topped only by 2001 and 2007 with 68 species both years, and well above the 20 year average of 57 species.

All major bodies of water were mostly open, with creeks and rivers flowing at a moderate rate while most still water was mostly frozen. The weather was more pleasant than it had been for the past few years, with no precipitation, light winds, and temps in the mid-30s to mid-40s. Only an inch or so of snow remained.

With lakes frozen and running water moving fast, we didn't have any surprises in the waterfowl department. Single Northern Pintail and Green-winged Teal were the only standouts. Some half-hardy species hung out in the mild weather -- Great Blue Heron, Belted Kingfisher, Hermit Thrush, and Gray Catbird. A single Iceland Gull stood out in the flocks. Early owling parties found Eastern Screech and Great Horned Owls. Good numbers of raptors were seen, including all three falcons and the usual Black Vulture roost at HVCC. Six species of sparrows were found.
Given the bleak Finch Forecast, it was not surprising to strike out on Purple Finches, Common Redpolls, and Pine Siskins. Red-Breasted Nuthatches are still lingering up in the hills and were not seen on the count.

We wrapped up with our usual congenial compilation dinner at the Lakeview. I'm looking for quieter quarters for next year!

Thank you to everyone who participated in field parties or feederwatching. I hope to see you again next winter on December 26 2020 - mark your calendars!

A more detailed report will appear soon in FEATHERS.

Naomi Lloyd
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Date: 1/21/20 9:33 am
From: Scott Varney via Groups.Io <scottvarney1968=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Mystery Bird in Galway
If nothing else makes your friend feel better, there's this...It's a great decoy!

Scott
Salem, NY

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>> Subject: [hmbirds] Mystery Bird in Galway
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>> Well, the skeptics were right about the bird 😊 but this was NOT a set up or prank by my friend. She sent me the message below about an hour ago:
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Date: 1/21/20 9:33 am
From: Scott Varney via Groups.Io <scottvarney1968=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Mystery Bird in Galway
If nothing else makes your friend feel better, there's this...It's a great decoy!

Scott
Salem, NY

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>> Well, the skeptics were right about the bird 😊 but this was NOT a set up or prank by my friend. She sent me the message below about an hour ago:
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Date: 1/21/20 5:48 am
From: Ron <igolfnbird...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Any ideas?
How about a Ferruginous Hawk.

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Date: 1/20/20 7:07 pm
From: Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Any ideas?
The dark brown helmet, and blotchy spots on the side view of a belly band
say immature Red-tailed Hawk to me.

Rich Guthrie
New Baltimore
The Greene County
NY

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> *From:* Jane McCloskey <janemccloskey...>
> *Date:* January 20, 2020 at 9:01:08 AM EST
> *To:* Hudson-Mohawk Birding <hmbc.distribution...>
> *Subject:* *Any ideas?*
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> Hello, Solicit thoughts on this bird, which was feasting on the grounds
> of a Kansas City museum in early November. It was not wearing the usual
> Kansas City Chiefs jersey, unlike most other city residents.
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Date: 1/20/20 6:41 pm
From: Jane McCloskey <janemccloskey...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Any ideas?

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> From: Jane McCloskey <janemccloskey...>
> Date: January 20, 2020 at 9:01:08 AM EST
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> Subject: Any ideas?
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> Hello, Solicit thoughts on this bird, which was feasting on the grounds of a Kansas City museum in early November. It was not wearing the usual Kansas City Chiefs jersey, unlike most other city residents.
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Date: 1/20/20 4:51 pm
From: Heidi <hocka1...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Mystery Bird in Galway
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> Date: January 20, 2020 at 7:47:04 PM EST
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> Well, the skeptics were right about the bird 😊 but this was NOT a set up or prank by my friend. She sent me the message below about an hour ago:

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Date: 1/20/20 4:50 pm
From: kernscot <kernscot...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Mystery Bird in Galway
What a laugh! Mystery solved!

Nancy Kern

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Well, the skeptics were right about the bird 😊 but this was NOT a set up or prank by my friend. She sent me the message below about an hour ago:

Mystery Solved.




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Date: 1/20/20 4:47 pm
From: Heidi <hocka1...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Mystery Bird in Galway
Well, the skeptics were right about the bird 😊 but this was NOT a set up or prank by my friend. She sent me the message below about an hour ago:

Mystery Solved.

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Date: 1/20/20 11:28 am
From: Heidi <hocka1...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Galway bird
Here’s a screenshot of the original Facebook post of this bird and my friend’s comment.


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Date: 1/20/20 11:20 am
From: Heidi <hocka1...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] What is this?
Yes definitely Galway NY.
She is a long time birder and I know this isn’t a prank photo. That’s why I asked for help.
I will send you a screenshot of her original Facebook post but it’s a cellphone pic so details aren’t great.
Thankyou for all the opinions.

Heidi

> On Jan 20, 2020, at 7:59 AM, zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...> wrote:
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> That doesn’t look like any North American vulture species. Are you sure your friend took this in Galway?
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>> On Mon, Jan 20, 2020 at 12:01 AM Heidi <hocka1...> wrote:
>> A friend took this picture on Sunday of a large bird sitting in a tree near her home in Galway.
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>> We agree it looks like a Vulture but what about all that white?
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>> Could it be partially leucistic (sp?)
>> Any other ideas?
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>> Thanks
>> Heidi Klinowski
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Date: 1/20/20 6:41 am
From: Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] What is this?
It doesn’t look legit

Rich
> On Jan 20, 2020, at 7:58 AM, zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...> wrote:
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> That doesn’t look like any North American vulture species. Are you sure your friend took this in Galway?
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>> On Mon, Jan 20, 2020 at 12:01 AM Heidi <hocka1...> wrote:
>> A friend took this picture on Sunday of a large bird sitting in a tree near her home in Galway.
>>
>> We agree it looks like a Vulture but what about all that white?
>>
>> Could it be partially leucistic (sp?)
>> Any other ideas?
>>
>> Thanks
>> Heidi Klinowski
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> 203 500 7774
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Date: 1/20/20 6:29 am
From: Alan Mapes <alanmapes...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Rough-legged Hawk, Northumberland
Made a pass through Williams Lane and other roads near King Dairy in
Northumberland yesterday, late afternoon. The new snow had covered any
manure spreads and the only snow bunting I found flew over the car as I was
leaving Williams. On the lane, a beautiful rough-legged hawk was perched in
a tree south of the lane. Several horned larks were along this road, also
four of them on the road edge at the north end of Homestead. 35 wild
turkeys were feeding in a cornfield near the intersection of Wall and Goff.

On Fish Creek at Stafford’s Bridge, the large number of waterfowl continue.
No sign of the canvasback, but a wood duck and a bufflehead were there,
also a pair of scaup (greater?). There were also a few hooded mergansers
among the many Canada geese, mallards, blacks and common mergs.

Alan Mapes
Saratoga

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Date: 1/20/20 5:59 am
From: David DiSiena via Groups.Io <d2siena=<icloud.com...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] What is this?
I was thinking the same thing. Looks like an escaped Ruppells.
> On Jan 20, 2020, at 7:59 AM, zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...> wrote:
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> 
> That doesn’t look like any North American vulture species. Are you sure your friend took this in Galway?
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>> On Mon, Jan 20, 2020 at 12:01 AM Heidi <hocka1...> wrote:
>> A friend took this picture on Sunday of a large bird sitting in a tree near her home in Galway.
>>
>> We agree it looks like a Vulture but what about all that white?
>>
>> Could it be partially leucistic (sp?)
>> Any other ideas?
>>
>> Thanks
>> Heidi Klinowski
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Date: 1/20/20 4:59 am
From: zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] What is this?
That doesn’t look like any North American vulture species. Are you sure
your friend took this in Galway?

On Mon, Jan 20, 2020 at 12:01 AM Heidi <hocka1...> wrote:

> A friend took this picture on Sunday of a large bird sitting in a tree
> near her home in Galway.
>
> We agree it looks like a Vulture but what about all that white?
>
> Could it be partially leucistic (sp?)
> Any other ideas?
>
> Thanks
> Heidi Klinowski
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>
>
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Date: 1/19/20 9:01 pm
From: Heidi <hocka1...>
Subject: [hmbirds] What is this?
A friend took this picture on Sunday of a large bird sitting in a tree near her home in Galway.

We agree it looks like a Vulture but what about all that white?

Could it be partially leucistic (sp?)
Any other ideas?

Thanks
Heidi Klinowski


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Date: 1/19/20 6:15 pm
From: Heidi <hocka1...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Troy birds Sunday 1/19.
I had a Goldfinch at my feeder this afternoon and watched a Turkey Vulture sail overhead and sit in a nearby tree for about 20 minutes.

Heidi Klinowski
Troy/Brunswick near RPI
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Date: 1/19/20 5:18 pm
From: Steve Mesick <stvmesick...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Turkey Vulture in southern Renssalaer County
Rich White and I had a Turkey Vulture on Eleanor Drive in southern Rensselaer County today. Also 2 Red-winged Blackbirds and a bunch of Snow Buntings on Clove Rd

Steve Mesick

East Greenbush

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Date: 1/19/20 4:09 pm
From: Scott Varney <scottvarney1968...>
Subject: [hmbirds] G.H. Owl in W.C. Grasslands
Birded Schuylerville to Northumberland and then to WC Grasslands. In
Northumberland, Snow Buntings and Horned Larks were found everywhere along
melted grassy/gravelly shoulder strips. There were 2 adult Bald Eagles
within 3 feet of each other overlooking the Hudson River on Harris Road. In
the WC Grasslands area, there seemed to be a steady flow of slow-driving
birdwatchers, especially along Fitzpatrick Lane, presumably looking for
Short-Eared Owls. I left the crowd after a quick gander and happened along
a Great-Horned Owl perched right along the road next to the Grasslands
parking lot on Blackhouse Road. Got fantastic views in pretty good light.
It was a first for my sister, Heidi. It was my first for this species in
the Grasslands region. My sister was so excited!

Happy Birding,

Scott Varney
Salem, NY

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Date: 1/19/20 1:32 pm
From: neal.reilly <neal.f.reilly...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Niskayuna Bike Path today
Hi all,
I walked the bike path from Niskayuna Lions park past the Ferry Drive bridge today from 12:20-2:00pm.
The area between Lions Park and the Ferry Drive Bridge was quiet with only a little open water in the middle of the river.
Past the Ferry Drive bridge the birds were more active including:

Sharp-shinned Hawk- a nice view of a perched adult bird just past the bridge
Bald Eagle- an adult perched near the river
Snow Buntings-50 or so in an active group in the farmers fields north of the Ferry Drive bridge
American Tree Sparrows-20 in a group
Common Raven- 1 bird flying over the bridge croaking and diving in the brisk winds

Good Birding,
Neal Reilly
Schenectady NY and Rochester NY

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Date: 1/19/20 11:05 am
From: Robert Nash via Groups.Io <rjn23=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Northumberland Field Today
The snow buntings and horned larks are still hanging around after the storm.  Spotted about 30-40 of each in the same vicinity as John Hershey and Greg Recer previously reported. Also, 1 Northern Harrier.  I had the most activity on Williams Ln. here:Near 101-117 Williams Ln, Schuylerville, NY 12871https://maps.app.goo.gl/dXLznudBWgnyb84ZA
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Date: 1/19/20 10:43 am
From: John Kent <k2ent76...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Albany County, 1/19
This morning at Henry Hudson Park in Selkirk, I found a Winter Wren still hanging on. I heard it calling, then it showed itself well in response to pishing. I also saw the Northern Harrier that has been frequenting the fields to the south of park. Several groups of Common Mergansers as well as two Common Goldeneyes passed by, all headed south. Meanwhile, a steady stream of Ring-billed Gulls was moving north. A pair of Common Ravens that seem to live in Rensselaer County and work in Albany County showed up on schedule, flying west across the river together at sunrise.

At Coeymans Landing, the Mute Swan was present, eating the cracked corn that people put out for it. Of more interest, the woods south of the parking area were hopping. I found at least one Ruby-crowned Kinglet, at least three Yellow-rumped Warblers, a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, and numerous more common birds.

Around midday I drove around in the Helderbergs. My only notable sighting there was a Rough-legged Hawk on Joslyn School Road in East Berne. On my way home, I found a flock of about 25 Snow Buntings in the fields on either side of Wemple Road in Glenmont, just east of Route 9W.

John Kent
Selkirk


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Date: 1/19/20 8:10 am
From: Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Help with photo ID please
Probably taken in August or so while the bird was molting - hence the odd color pattern and ratty pointy looking tail.
> On Jan 19, 2020, at 9:20 AM, zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...> wrote:
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> Female House Sparrow, with that very large pink bill.
>
>> On Sun, Jan 19, 2020 at 9:18 AM ConserveBirds <conservebirds...> wrote:
>> A friend sent this to me for an ID and I am stumped. At first I thought maybe a Vesper Sparrow because of the light patch on the shoulder, but at closer inspection it looks like that is rally on the bird’s back and that the pattern continues across the back. Another birder friend suggested Grasshopper Sparrow.
>>
>> Any thoughts appreciated,
>>
>> Mona Bearor
>>
>> So. Glens Falls
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Date: 1/19/20 7:43 am
From: kernscot <kernscot...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Help with photo ID please
Female House Sparrow. To me it looks pretty rough, the eye may have infection?

Nancy Kern



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A friend sent this to me for an ID and I am stumped. At first I thought maybe a Vesper Sparrow because of the light patch on the shoulder, but at closer inspection it looks like that is rally on the birds back and that the pattern continues across the back. Another birder friend suggested Grasshopper Sparrow.

Any thoughts appreciated,

Mona Bearor

So. Glens Falls



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Date: 1/19/20 7:01 am
From: ConserveBirds <conservebirds...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Help with photo ID please
Well, how embarrassing is that! I was going in the direction of grassland birds because of the photo background.
Thanks!
Mona Bearor
South Glens Falls



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female or juv HOSP was my thought too; might be missing a couple of tail feathers giving it a short spiky-tailed look
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Date: 1/19/20 6:55 am
From: gregg_recer <gregg_recer...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Help with photo ID please
female or juv HOSP was my thought too; might be missing a couple of tail feathers giving it a short spiky-tailed look
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malta NY

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Date: 1/19/20 6:20 am
From: zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Help with photo ID please
Female House Sparrow, with that very large pink bill.

On Sun, Jan 19, 2020 at 9:18 AM ConserveBirds <conservebirds...>
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> A friend sent this to me for an ID and I am stumped. At first I thought
> maybe a Vesper Sparrow because of the light patch on the shoulder, but at
> closer inspection it looks like that is rally on the bird’s back and that
> the pattern continues across the back. Another birder friend suggested
> Grasshopper Sparrow.
>
> Any thoughts appreciated,
>
> Mona Bearor
>
> So. Glens Falls
>
>
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Date: 1/19/20 6:18 am
From: ConserveBirds <conservebirds...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Help with photo ID please
A friend sent this to me for an ID and I am stumped. At first I thought
maybe a Vesper Sparrow because of the light patch on the shoulder, but at
closer inspection it looks like that is rally on the bird's back and that
the pattern continues across the back. Another birder friend suggested
Grasshopper Sparrow.
Any thoughts appreciated,
Mona Bearor
So. Glens Falls

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Date: 1/18/20 8:55 pm
From: Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Waterfowl Hudson River - Greene County
I ran the Hudson River (Greene County) section of the annual waterfowl
count today from 8 AM until the snow started at 2 PM.

The stretch covered was from Coeymans Landing in southern Albany County to
Smith's Landing south of Catskill.

The day was cold but pleasant starting at 11 F and slowly going up to 20 F
by noon. The wind was brisk at times, but not brutal.

The river was open, with no ice except a rim along the shoreline and in
sheltered bays and marshes.

There was no snow on the ground. But it did start snowing at around 2 PM,
reducing visibility significantly.

Given the forecast for snow starting from the south to north, I
leap-frogged down to the southern end of the segment then worked northward.

Here's the totals:
Canada Goose 1,749
Mute Swan 3
Mallard 191 (a significant number of the Mallards were at an
open pond behind Oakbrook Manor apartments in Ravena where some domestic
ducks are fed)
Am. Blk Duck 19
C. Merganser 33

In addition, there were 10 Bald Eagles with two pairs sitting by nests;
and, 5 Red-tailed Hawks, and 3 C. Ravens (one pair displaying a bit of
courtship type flying)

Richard Guthrie
New Baltimore
The Greene County
NY

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Date: 1/18/20 11:41 am
From: gregg_recer <gregg_recer...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Northumberland field birds
I was perhaps a little too terse in my post, as I was emailing from the car on my phone. The area in Saratoga County roughly centered on the segment of SR 32 that runs between Bacon Hill and Gansevoort has a lot of good open-field habitat and dairy farms with manure spreads to attract wintering field birds. This is the approximate location where the big flock has been seen recently:
https://goo.gl/maps/ UPe7mUerUcaEVRL49 ( https://goo.gl/maps/UPe7mUerUcaEVRL49 )

Obviously, with the new snow coming, the situation will be fluid and will depend on where the next nice manure spread appears on the new snow.

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gregg recer
malta NY

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Date: 1/18/20 9:38 am
From: gregg_recer <gregg_recer...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Northumberland field birds
thanks to John h for posting earlier. still a big flock of snow buntings
near wall and king intersection. I estimated about 400. also many horned
larks. no obvious longspurs, but most viewing pretty distant. will need to
scrunrize photos. other smatterings of larks and buntings on many local
roads here. also 3 adult bald eagles.

Gregg Recer
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Date: 1/16/20 4:50 pm
From: Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Northumberland Field Birds
Thanks for the info, John.

As an addition, I was up by Lake George on Tuesday and found the lake open
all the way up past Hague.

I checked a few viewing opportunities and found few waterfowl and nothing
of special note.

Rich Guthrie

On Thu, Jan 16, 2020 at 4:30 PM jhershey2 <hersheyj...> wrote:

> Partly influenced by Naomi's plans and the promise of new snow on
> the ground, I headed for Northumberland this morning mostly in search of
> field birds. I drove by many of the dairy and horse farms but spent most
> of my time near the intersection of King and Wall. I estimate there were
> 150 Snow Buntings and 100 Horned Larks feeding at the southeast sector of
> the intersection mostly along one narrow strip of manure. The birds were
> chirping and constantly flying but seldom got near the road. After looking
> at my photos on a big screen, I was able to tease out at least 2 Lapland
> Longspurs among the others. I also spotted a Northern Harrier and a Common
> Raven flying over the field. I made a cursory check of the north end of
> Saratoga Lake but found solid ice and no waterfowl.
>
> John H.
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>
>

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Date: 1/16/20 1:30 pm
From: jhershey2 <hersheyj...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Northumberland Field Birds
Partly influenced by Naomi's plans and the promise of new snow on the ground,  I headed for Northumberland this morning mostly in search of field birds.  I drove by many of the dairy and horse farms but spent most of my time near the intersection of King and Wall.  I estimate there were 150 Snow Buntings and 100 Horned Larks feeding at the southeast sector of the intersection mostly along one narrow strip of manure. The birds were chirping and constantly flying but seldom got near the road.  After looking at my photos on a big screen, I was able to tease out at least 2 Lapland Longspurs among the others.  I also spotted a Northern Harrier and a Common Raven flying over the field.  I made a cursory check of the north end of Saratoga Lake but found solid ice and no waterfowl.

John H.

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Date: 1/14/20 10:00 am
From: Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] This week's destination: 1/16
Hey folks! I am not dead!

Let's meet at Brown's Beach on Saratoga Lake at 9:00am. We can check the lake to see if the warmer temps have opened water and brought ducks, then move up to the Northumberland farm country and look for winter birds. See you there!

Naomi






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Date: 1/11/20 6:06 am
From: John Kent <k2ent76...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Henry Hudson half-hardies continue
So far this morning at Henry Hudson Park in Selkirk I have seen a Yellow-rumped Warbler, a Rusty Blackbird, and at least one, probably two, Ruby-crowned Kinglets.

John Kent
Selkirk

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Date: 1/10/20 10:42 am
From: Alan Mapes <alanmapes...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Fish Creek Waterfowl - Canvasback
Stopped at the Fish Creek Marina, Stafford’s Bridge Road, Saratoga at noon
time. Creek is mostly open, with perhaps 300 waterfowl present. A male
canvasback was among the many mallards and American black ducks. Also
present: hooded and common mergansers, one female bufflehead, a few greater
and lesser scaup, and two female wood ducks.

Alan Mapes
Saratoga Springs

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Date: 1/8/20 7:41 am
From: Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] This week's destination: 1/9 and thoughts for next week
Thursday looks like it will be cold but clear, so let's take a run upriver. We can check for waterfowl at the usual places and if time permits look for winter field birds in Fort Edward or Northumberland. Meet at the Mechanicville Price Chopper at 9:00. If I'm not there by 9:05, leave without me -- I'm fighting a cold and may not be up to it. Hope to join you but I'm not optimistic.

The Alan Devoe Thursday group is travelling down to the Shawangunk Grasslands area next week for the Harrier/Short-eared Owl show, visiting Weston Rd swamp for Red-headed Woodpeckers along the way and checking the Blue Chip Farms for more winter visitors. This will be a midday into evening trip. We'll plan out meeting time and carpool arrangements next week.

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Date: 1/7/20 7:56 pm
From: kernscot <kernscot...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Out of area rare bird sighting - Florida Scrub Jay
I saw them there for years.

Nancy Kern

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Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Out of area rare bird sighting - Florida Scrub Jay

location: Johnathan Dickinson State Park, fl


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Date: 1/7/20 6:13 pm
From: Peter via Groups.Io <barvoepd=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Out of area rare bird sighting - Florida Scrub Jay
location: Johnathan Dickinson State Park, fl

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Date: 1/7/20 6:17 am
From: Peter via Groups.Io <barvoepd=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Out of area rare bird sighting - Florida Scrub Jay
Although rare (endangered, with only 4,000 pairs left), since they never travel far from the scrub areas they live, were actually easy to find, at least on the day I was there. A few were all around me, on branches and the ground no more than 2 feet away. They didn't seem to care that I was there at all. I posted two pics in my album (a few more on flickr). Here's one:

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Date: 1/5/20 7:21 pm
From: Larry & Penny Alden <overlook...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Troy CBC - 1/4/2020 Preliminary Results
Twenty-five birders in seven field parties found a total of 60 species
yesterday, 1/4/20. It was a rather soggy day, with light rain and fog most
of the day. There was no snow on the ground and rivers and streams were
flowing while ponds and reservoirs were largely iced over.



Highlights (birds found by one or two field parties) included:



Snow Goose - 1

Northern Pintail - 1

Bufflehead - 1

Iceland Gull - 1

Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1

Cooper's Hawk - 2

Eastern Screech-Owl - 2

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - 2

Merlin - 1

Brown Creeper - 1

Winter Wren - 2

Golden-crowned Kinglet - 4

Cedar Waxwing - 4

Swamp Sparrow - 1

White-crowned Sparrow - 1

Red-winged Blackbird - 44

Brown-headed Cowbird - 36



Larry Alden - compiler






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Date: 1/5/20 6:58 pm
From: Andy Mason <andymason...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Franklin Mt. Hawkwatch season wrapup
My apologies for duplicate post.

Andy Mason

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Date: 1/5/20 6:49 pm
From: Andy Mason <andymason...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Franklin Mt. Hawkwatch season wrapup
Susan, Kathryn--

This went out to the bird lists around the state and to our hawkwatch
contacts today. Feel free to use on the web site and/or Facebook. It
will also be in the next KF.

Andy

**********************************************


January 5, 2019 ended the 39th consecutive season of monitoring
migrating raptors at the Franklin Mt. Hawkwatch, near Oneonta in NY's
northern Catskill Mountains. No birds were tallied under overcast skies
with gusty WNW winds.

Whereas the 2018 season was notable for a large concentrated movement of
Golden Eagles in the second half of October, this year was the exact
opposite. Only one golden was counted in Oct., 2019, a great aberration
from the norm. This is even stranger considering the record-shattering
254 counted in Oct. 2018. A typical October at Franklin Mt. would
produce 50 or so Golden Eagles, so this represents two extremes in
succeeding years.

Over half of last year's October tally came on one incredible date, Oct.
25, when counters and visitors spotted 128 GE's---a single day record
for eastern North America. Even setting aside this huge day, Oct., 2018
far surpassed any other October in site history. The drop to one bird
this year is inexplicable. Will the species return to form next season?

Golden Eagles did recover in November though, with a good count of 157,
including double-digit days of 39 on the 8th, 43 on the 12th, 23 on the
13th, and 14 on the 20th. For the season, the GE total stood at 166,
somewhat below the 19-year average of 183, since full time counting
began at the site.

Red-tail Hawks totaled 922, only half of the average of 1727, continuing
a downward trend for this stalwart of Franklin Mt. numbers. All
accipiters were notably down, as were Osprey and kestrels. Record
season highs were set for Turkey Vulture and Broad-winged Hawk. No
Black Vultures were spotted, throwing cold water on a hoped for regular
appearance following last season's count of 15 and 2017's six. Only two
BVs had been recorded in the previous 28 years.

Total raptors were 5237, largely due to the excellent Broad-winged Hawk
count in September. This makes two seasons in a row above average for
total birds.

All Franklin Mt. Hawkwatch data is available at www.hawkcount.org.

Thanks for their dedicated service goes to counters Peter Fauth, Becky
Gretton, Steve Hall, Carol and Randy Lynch, Pam Peters and Tom Salo, and
also to the spotters and visitors who helped out this year.

--
Andrew Mason
13 Boylston St.
Oneonta, NY 13820
(607) 652-2162
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Date: 1/5/20 6:39 pm
From: Andy Mason <andymason...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Franklin Mt. Hawkwatch season wrapup
Today ended the 39th consecutive season of monitoring migrating raptors
at the Franklin Mt. Hawkwatch, near Oneonta in NY's northern Catskill
Mountains. No birds were tallied under overcast skies with gusty WNW winds.

Whereas the 2018 season was notable for a large concentrated movement of
Golden Eagles in the second half of October, this year was the exact
opposite. Only one golden was counted in Oct., 2019, a great aberration
from the norm. This is even stranger considering the record-shattering
254 counted in Oct. 2018. A typical October at Franklin Mt. would
produce 50 or so Golden Eagles, so this represents two extremes in
succeeding years.

Over half of last year's October tally came on one incredible date, Oct.
25, when counters and visitors spotted 128 GE's---a single day record
for eastern North America. Even setting aside this huge day, Oct., 2018
far surpassed any other October in site history. The drop to one bird
this year is inexplicable. Will the species return to form next season?

Golden Eagles did recover in November though, with a good count of 157,
including double-digit days of 39 on the 8th, 43 on the 12th, 23 on the
13th, and 14 on the 20th. For the season, the GE total stood at 166,
somewhat below the 19-year average of 183, since full time counting
began at the site.

Red-tail Hawks totaled 922, only half of the average of 1727, continuing
a downward trend for this stalwart of Franklin Mt. numbers. All
accipiters were notably down, as were Osprey and kestrels. Record
season highs were set for Turkey Vulture and Broad-winged Hawk. No
Black Vultures were spotted, throwing cold water on a hoped for regular
appearance following last season's count of 15 and 2017's six. Only two
BVs had been recorded in the previous 28 years.

Total raptors were 5237, largely due to the excellent Broad-winged Hawk
count in September. This makes two seasons in a row above average for
total birds.

All Franklin Mt. Hawkwatch data is available at www.hawkcount.org.

Thanks for their dedicated service goes to counters Peter Fauth, Becky
Gretton, Steve Hall, Carol and Randy Lynch, Pam Peters and Tom Salo, and
also to the spotters and visitors who helped out this year.

--
Andrew Mason
13 Boylston St.
Oneonta, NY 13820
(607) 652-2162
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Date: 1/5/20 12:01 pm
From: John Kent <k2ent76...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Snowy Owl - Albany
2:30 PM: Snowy no, Peregrine no.

John Kent
Selkirk

On Jan 5, 2020 2:54 PM, "Eric Molho via Groups.Io" <molhoe=<yahoo.com...> wrote:

Snowy-no. Peregrine-yes on the Slater as of 2pm. ? Chased it off.
Eric
> On Jan 5, 2020, at 1:27 PM, Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...> wrote:
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> There was one on the radar antenna on the USS Slater at about 11:30 this morning. Sorry for the delayed report.
>
> Rich Guthrie
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Date: 1/5/20 11:54 am
From: Eric Molho via Groups.Io <molhoe=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Snowy Owl - Albany
Snowy-no. Peregrine-yes on the Slater as of 2pm. ? Chased it off.
Eric
> On Jan 5, 2020, at 1:27 PM, Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...> wrote:
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> There was one on the radar antenna on the USS Slater at about 11:30 this morning. Sorry for the delayed report.
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Date: 1/5/20 10:41 am
From: scottjstoner via Groups.Io <ScottJStoner=<aol.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] adult Bald Eagle - Loudonville
Just had an adult Bald Eagle fly over our yard in nice light...Scott and Denise, Loudonville

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Date: 1/5/20 10:27 am
From: Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Snowy Owl - Albany

There was one on the radar antenna on the USS Slater at about 11:30 this morning. Sorry for the delayed report.

Rich Guthrie

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Date: 1/2/20 2:59 pm
From: Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Large accipiter at Vischer Ferry
Field marks I didn't know to look for...

Naomi


On Thursday, January 2, 2020, 5:53:13 PM EST, zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...> wrote:

At this time of year, a goshawk at VF isn’t that out of the question.  Did you get a glimpse of tjrnUndertail coverts?  They‘re unstreaked on cooper’s but not on Goshawk.  Goshawks show buffy scaling on the upper shoulders, Cooper’s do not.  Gos would also look relatively small-headed in comparison with a Coop
On Thu, Jan 2, 2020 at 5:48 PM Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=<yahoo.com...> wrote:

Not to go all Nelson Briefer on you, but I'd like to hear thoughts on the likelihood of a Northern Goshawk at Vischer Ferry. I saw the bird twice-- first in flight away from me maybe 10 feet off the ground. First impression was a LARGE female Coop, pretty uniformly gray on the back, but with no terminal band on the tail. In a few seconds I didn't have time to notice darkness of the head. About 3:20, shaded by trees, light not good.

About 25 minutes later I saw what I think was the same bird perched in a cottonwood. Size and posture (a bit "slumped") almost made me think Red-tailed at first until I got on the very long tail, gray back, pale chest and white eyebrow. When it took off the fanned tail was narrowly banded and looked even in length. No reddish tone to the breast.

Opinions? For now it's going into eBird as Acc sp with the description above. If I'd seen it at Cherry Plain I'd feel more secure in my ID but VF just seems an unlikely place.

(It did not at any time rip through the sky)

Naomi Lloyd




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Date: 1/2/20 2:53 pm
From: zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Large accipiter at Vischer Ferry
At this time of year, a goshawk at VF isn’t that out of the question. Did
you get a glimpse of tjrnUndertail coverts? They‘re unstreaked on cooper’s
but not on Goshawk. Goshawks show buffy scaling on the upper shoulders,
Cooper’s do not. Gos would also look relatively small-headed in comparison
with a Coop

On Thu, Jan 2, 2020 at 5:48 PM Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=
<yahoo.com...> wrote:

> Not to go all Nelson Briefer on you, but I'd like to hear thoughts on the
> likelihood of a Northern Goshawk at Vischer Ferry. I saw the bird twice--
> first in flight away from me maybe 10 feet off the ground. First impression
> was a LARGE female Coop, pretty uniformly gray on the back, but with no
> terminal band on the tail. In a few seconds I didn't have time to notice
> darkness of the head. About 3:20, shaded by trees, light not good.
>
> About 25 minutes later I saw what I think was the same bird perched in a
> cottonwood. Size and posture (a bit "slumped") almost made me think
> Red-tailed at first until I got on the very long tail, gray back, pale
> chest and white eyebrow. When it took off the fanned tail was narrowly
> banded and looked even in length. No reddish tone to the breast.
>
> Opinions? For now it's going into eBird as Acc sp with the description
> above. If I'd seen it at Cherry Plain I'd feel more secure in my ID but VF
> just seems an unlikely place.
>
> (It did not at any time rip through the sky)
>
> Naomi Lloyd
>
>
>
> --
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203 500 7774

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Date: 1/2/20 2:48 pm
From: Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Large accipiter at Vischer Ferry
Not to go all Nelson Briefer on you, but I'd like to hear thoughts on the likelihood of a Northern Goshawk at Vischer Ferry. I saw the bird twice-- first in flight away from me maybe 10 feet off the ground. First impression was a LARGE female Coop, pretty uniformly gray on the back, but with no terminal band on the tail. In a few seconds I didn't have time to notice darkness of the head. About 3:20, shaded by trees, light not good.

About 25 minutes later I saw what I think was the same bird perched in a cottonwood. Size and posture (a bit "slumped") almost made me think Red-tailed at first until I got on the very long tail, gray back, pale chest and white eyebrow. When it took off the fanned tail was narrowly banded and looked even in length. No reddish tone to the breast.

Opinions? For now it's going into eBird as Acc sp with the description above. If I'd seen it at Cherry Plain I'd feel more secure in my ID but VF just seems an unlikely place.

(It did not at any time rip through the sky)

Naomi Lloyd

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Date: 1/2/20 11:48 am
From: scottjstoner via Groups.Io <ScottJStoner=<aol.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] HMBC Program and holiday party - Monday January 6 - COLONIE LIBRARY
I wish everyone a Happy New Year - good birding in 2020!
Hope to see you Monday night - NOTE THE NEW TIME AND LOCATION !!!
Monday January 6: :Program at 6:30 PM : Aerial Insectivorous Birds, with Joe Corra of Capital Region Audubon, this evening will also include the Holiday Party (rescheduled from December). Feel free to arrive as early as 6:00 PM and bring a dessert to share. Alcoholic beverages are NOT allowed at the Library.
Scott Stoner, Program Chair, Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club

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Date: 1/2/20 8:00 am
From: John Loz via Groups.Io <stellersjayjohn=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Posting for ID help - MIssissippi Kite?
Thanks to everyone who responded and viewed this email.
I also thought it was a leucistic Red-tailed Hawk, but wanted to get the community to help confirm.
Much obliged and Happy New Year to all!John

On Monday, December 30, 2019, 5:04:28 PM EST, John Loz via Groups.Io <stellersjayjohn=<yahoo.com...> wrote:

Hello HMBird Friends,
I'm posting a picture of a bird with this email, that was sent to me by a fellow HMBirds follower and rehabber. She said she has not been able to post pictures using her HMBirds account, so hoping that I can for her here!
She shared with me a picture from a friend of hers of a white-ish bird seen in the vicinity of Farm-to-Market Road and Smith Road within the last day. She and a couple other birders thought that it could be a Mississippi Kite, but would like some help with ID and if anyone went out to that road intersection to look for it, confirm that it is still there.
Also, a note about birds that find their way into our area from one of our known rehabbers. If you do see a bird that does look unhealthy or is in trouble, especially a bird that might be way out of it's regular range, please don't hesitate to call a rehabber to come out and assess the situation. Our local rehabbers want to help a bird that needs assistance and release it back into the wild in the appropriate habitat of course!
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Date: 1/1/20 7:12 pm
From: Ronald Harrower <rharrower...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Canvasback, American Pipit, no field birds. eBird Report - Northumberland farmland, Jan 1, 2020

>
> Northumberland farmland, Saratoga, New York, US
> Jan 1, 2020 11:35 AM - 2:15 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 22.0 mile(s)
> Checklist Comments: Once again, I choose to do a travelogue of a larger area with highlights of specific spots of birds observed. John and I started our Northumberland tour in Bacon Hill and went up River Rd. Easily 150 American Crows in large fields beyond Welcome Farm. There were other spots where crows were plentiful. There was one Common Raven on Harris Road, which was our next stop. Except for two Common Mergansers, the ducks were all Common Goldeneyes, flying to different spots and riding the river rapids downs and going back up again. There was a Carolina wren in the bushes near the shore.
> It was significant that we had no filed birds, despite hitting all the favored spots in Northumberland. So Callahan Rd, Williams Lane, King Rd, Wall Rd, Purinton Rd, Austin Rd, Goff Rd all were devoid of field birds, with the field bird kid, John H on the case no less!
> We hit an active spot on Kobor Rd. There were at least 8 Eastern Bluebirds, 2 American Golfinches, numerous Juncos, and a few Chickadees and WB Nuthatches. We enjoyed watching the Bluebirds eating the sumac berries. This dead end part of Kobor also had over 100 American Crows.
> We zigzagged on Peters Rd and up and down Purinton and Austin Rd. We are about to give up when we spotted a small raft of Mallards on the Hudson 1/2 mile North of Purinton Rd. Also in the area were many Common Goldeneyes and a few Common Mergansers. I was checking out what at a distance seems to be more Goldeneyes when I saw the deep chestnut head and pure white body of a male Canvasback. I got some iffy photos before going back to get John's attention. Unfortunately, they flew off before he could see it, and despite our best efforts, we couldn't relocate it. I did have a single American Pipit fly over my head and it was calling.
> Cold and lack of field birds, brought and end to the day's adventure. Hopefully more snow and more manure will bring the field birds back.
> 20 species
>
> Canada Goose 14
> Mallard 34
> Canvasback 1 Male. Unmistakeable, hanging out with Common Goldeneyes. I am making a guess that it might be the same drake that was on Saratoga Lake up until it froze on December 20, 2019. Can'y t prove it without banding or other means, but it is unusual to have just one and The Hudson is a logical place for it to go after Saratoga Lake freezes. I did go up and down River Rd 3 weeks ago and there were no diving ducks then. Now, there are lots of Common Goldeneyes, Common Mergansers, and this Canvasback. All were on Saratoga Lake until it froze. There are also lots of Goldeneyes in Stillwater as well.
> Common Goldeneye 28
> Common Merganser 4
> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 56
> Mourning Dove 2
> Belted Kingfisher 1
> Downy Woodpecker 1
> Blue Jay 4
> American Crow 345
> Common Raven 1
> Black-capped Chickadee 2
> White-breasted Nuthatch 2
> Carolina Wren 1
> European Starling 112
> Eastern Bluebird 16 We 8 on Kobor, 4 on the Williams Lane and 4 on River Rd
> American Pipit 1 Call was distinctive as was size, coloring and shape.
> American Goldfinch 2
> Dark-eyed Junco 14
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S62892911
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)


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Date: 1/1/20 3:27 pm
From: Scott Varney <scottvarney1968...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Greater White-fronted Goose, Cossayuna
Did a long drive on this wind-chilled day (January 1st, 2020) and found a
bunch of birds...finally! The Greater White-fronted Goose is still hanging
out on the outlet of Cossayuna Lake and got great looks today. It flew off
honking loudly and then circled back to the same open water on the outlet.
Magnificent!

Then in the Washington County Grasslands, my sister and I found a male
Northern Harrier followed immediately by a female of the same species. In
an area near The Stovery in Argyle, we came across a flock of Robins that
numbered at least 75 birds in 3-4 trees. Immediately adjacent to those
trees, we found a single tree that held at least 45 Cedar Waxwings...but
could not pinpoint a single, hopeful Bohemian Waxwing. At least a dozen
Red-tailed Hawks were encountered in our travels. A very cool non-avian
sighting was a lone Red Fox that walked from one side to the other on
Cossayuna Lake, at the widest point and right behind 2 ice fishermen who
had no idea what we were looking at! If they turned 180 degrees, the fox
would have been 20 feet from them!

Amazing 1st Day,

Scott Varney
Salem NY

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Date: 1/1/20 1:14 pm
From: forsythnature via Groups.Io <forsythnature=<aol.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Ulster/Dutches (NYUD) Christmas Bird Count 12/28/19 overview
Greetings All,  The ninth annual Ulster/Dutchess(NYUD) Christmas Bird Count was conducted on Saturday, December 28th.  Conditions were favorable with temperaturesranging from a low of 30 degrees during pre-dawn owling to a very comfortable,sun-filled 47 degrees midday.  There wasabsolutely no breeze throughout the day which did keep a veil of fog inlocations along the river making viewing difficult until late morning.   Blackice was reported in most sectors and the snow cover that was present had aslippery crust making early birding a bit treacherous.  The Hudson River was open and mirror likewhile her main tributaries in the circle ran freely.   Smallerbodies of water were frozen with shaded and protected areas still holding on toan inch or two of several week old snow.
  45 birders in 13field parties, plus two feeder watchers covered the circle’s ten sectors.  These birders observed 79 species totaling 14,731individual birds.  The species totalrepresented our second lowest ( 78 in 2013) and the individual count was thethird lowest we’ve tallied.  After nineyears, the NYUD composite list stands at 128 species with no new additions thisyear. Through nine years we have averaged 85 species and 17,470 individuals oncount day.  Only one count week specieswas observed with an Eastern Phoebe on the Bard College Campus.
  Highlights of thisyear’s count included Long-eared Owl, Blue-winged Teal, and Rusty Blackbirds inthe Annandale-On-Hudson sector, Gray Catbird and Eastern Towhee in the WestSaugerties sector, Northern Saw-whet Owl in the Kerley’s Corners sector, PurpleFinches in the Rhinebeck sector, and a House Wren in the Kingston sector.  An exciting phenomenon may have truly beenthe highlight of the day with to my recollection of Ulster-centered CBC’s, afirst with three different sectorsobserving Red-headed Woodpeckers (2 in the West Saugerties sector, 2 in theWoodstock sector, and 1 in the Rhinebeck sector).   Another unique occurrence were the 42individual owls counted in five sectors with Kerley’s Corners leading the waywith 16 birds and Annandale-On-Hudson with 14 birds.
  Thirteen species sethigh counts this year including Red-bellied Woodpecker (54 seen in the Cheviot sector alone),  4 Common Loons and 12 of the 22 SwampSparrows observed in the Lake Katrine sector, and 160 Carolina Wrens (previoushigh was 102).  Six species set new lowcounts this year including typically abundant species like Black-cappedChickadee, Tufted Titmouse, and Dark-eyed Junco.  American Crow numbers this year were aalarming quarter of their 1279 in 2016. 
  Thank you again thisyear to Steve Chorvas for his data input and spreadsheet wizardry and to allthose NYUDers who brought food, attended, and helped with clean-up of our postcount compilation in Kingston.
  SAVE THE DATE FOR THE10TH ANNUAL ULSTER/DUTCHESS(NYUD)CBC: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26 2020


Wishing All aHealthy and Bird-filled New Year,Mark DeDeaNYUD co-compiler

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Date: 1/1/20 4:54 am
From: Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] This week's destination: 1/2/20
Happy New Year and new year list! did everyone stay up to watch your eBird list clear at midnight?

Let's meet at Tibbits Ave in Green Island at 9:00 and check the ice shelves along the Mohawk. Ron had an Iceland Gull yesterday. Bring your scope if you have one.

Naomi






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Date: 12/31/19 8:05 pm
From: Ronald Harrower <rharrower...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Iceland Gull. eBird Report - Crescent Park, Dec 31, 2019

> Crescent Park, Saratoga, New York, US
> Dec 31, 2019 12:42 PM - 12:56 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.5 mile(s)
> Checklist Comments: I drove down the river from Klamsteam Tavern to the Crescent Bridge. The shallow water was frozen. A small group of Common Mergs were near the little marina about halfway down. The next birds I saw were a bunch of Great Black-backed Gulls floating down the river, some riding little ice chunks like royalty. Therein group of gulls were near the Crescent Park proper. The "highlight" was an Iceland Gull. There was a mix of Black-backed, Herring and Ring-billed hanging out on the edge of the ice, taking off once when I first got out of the car, but they settled down.
> 7 species (+1 other taxa)
>
> Common Merganser 9
> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 7
> Mourning Dove 2
> Ring-billed Gull 25
> Herring Gull 19
> Iceland Gull 1
> Great Black-backed Gull 29
> gull sp. 14 I have difficulty figuring out years and plumages of gulls.
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S62826251
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)


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Date: 12/31/19 4:45 pm
From: emberiza_tristrami <tristanlowery...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Christmas Bird Count Online Map
I haven't used the Count Circle app but if you're cheap (as I am), you can
just look up count circle center coordinates at the Audubon CBC map and
then punch them into a circle-generating site like this one:
https://www.fcc.gov/media/radio/circleplot. Then download the resulting KML
file, which can then be opened in applications like Google My Maps and
saved for mobile viewing in the field on Google Maps.

Tristan Lowery
Albany

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<yahoo.com...> wrote:

> If you want to maximise your participation in CBCs, NYSOA does a list of
> all the NY state counts every year. If you like travelling, it was possible
> to do 11 this year!
>
> https://nybirds.org/ProjCBC.htm
>
> Naomi Lloyd
> a slacker with only 6 this year.
>
>
> On Tuesday, December 31, 2019, 6:18:45 PM EST, Cassandra Davis <
> <daviscass33...> wrote:
>
>
> Hi All,
>
> At one of the previous CBC compilations, there was interest in seeing a
> map of all the CBC areas in NY. I was curious too and I found an
> interactive map of all the active Christmas Bird Count Circles.
>
> Link: https://arcg.is/1LjG44 <https://arcg.is/1LjG44>
>
> Best,
> Cassie
>
>
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Date: 12/31/19 4:26 pm
From: Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Christmas Bird Count Online Map
If you want to maximise your participation in CBCs, NYSOA does a list of all the NY state counts every year. If you like travelling, it was possible to do 11 this year!

https://nybirds.org/ProjCBC.htm

Naomi Lloyd
a slacker with only 6 this year.


On Tuesday, December 31, 2019, 6:18:45 PM EST, Cassandra Davis <daviscass33...> wrote:

Hi All,

At one of the previous CBC compilations, there was interest in seeing a map of all the CBC areas in NY. I was curious too and I found an interactive map of all the active Christmas Bird Count Circles. 

Link: https://arcg.is/1LjG44

Best,
Cassie


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Date: 12/31/19 3:39 pm
From: Stacy Robinson via Groups.Io <maplemeadows1228=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Christmas Bird Count Online Map
There is also a handy little app available for CBC use. It's called Count Circle and shows you where you are located within any CBC circle. We used it while we were just out birding and found count week and count day birds in nearby circles we didn't personally participate in. I really appreciated knowing where I was within the circle boundaries while I was out Owling in the dark. I believe it cost $2.99 to download from the app store.
Stacy RobinsonPort Henry, NY

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Date: 12/31/19 3:19 pm
From: Cassandra Davis <daviscass33...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Christmas Bird Count Online Map
Hi All,

At one of the previous CBC compilations, there was interest in seeing a map of all the CBC areas in NY. I was curious too and I found an interactive map of all the active Christmas Bird Count Circles.

Link: https://arcg.is/1LjG44 ( https://arcg.is/1LjG44 )

Best,
Cassie

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Date: 12/31/19 8:24 am
From: zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...>
Subject: [hmbirds] NY Breeding Bird Atlas III begins tomorrow!
Hi All,

The third New York State Breeding Bird Atlas is nearly upon us–it
officially starts on January 1, 2020! We hope that you will join thousands
of other birders in documenting the state's breeding species over the next
five years!

Working together with the Atlas Steering Committee, Atlas Project
Coordinator Julie Hart, and a team of regional coordinators, I will be
coordinating Atlas activities in Albany, Schoharie, Greene, Fulton,
Montgomery, Schenectady, Warren, Rensselaer, Washington, and Saratoga
Counties.

Our area is home to a wonderful and distinct group of breeding birds, but
it is also a vast region, so if you ever watch birds in our area, we will
need your help! We encourage birders of all backgrounds, from new birders
to experienced Atlasers, to help document the breeding birds of our region.

The New York Breeding Bird Atlas III website (
https://ebird.org/atlasny/about) contains a lot of great information about
the Atlas, and we encourage you to explore the many resources on the site.
As the breeding season of many species starts later in the spring, there
will be Atlas training workshops and other opportunities to learn more
about Atlas goals and how atlasing works. If you're eager to get started
right away in January, here are a few key points:

All of the data entry for the project will be via a dedicated eBird portal
for New York Breeding Bird Atlas III. eBird offers real-time data entry and
outputs, so you’ll be able to follow along with results throughout the
breeding season and across the entire project period.

For this Atlas, New York State has been divided into 5,710 blocks, each
roughly 3 miles by 3 miles in size. From these 5,710 blocks covering the
entire state, the Atlas Team has selected a subset of *priority blocks*
that are evenly distributed across the state to ensure broad coverage. To
complete the Atlas, we need to adequately survey all of the priority
blocks, which make up 1/3 of all Atlas blocks. Priority blocks contain many
popular birding spots and great breeding habitats in our region, and are
where the focus should be. But if your backyard or favorite birding
destination does not fall within a priority block, you are encouraged to
submit your breeding observations for those areas, too.

This map (https://lab.nynhp.org/bba/) allows you to search for priority
blocks near you and download detailed block maps. This is also where you
will be able to sign up for blocks starting January 1, 2020. Anybody can
atlas in any Atlas block, so it is not necessary to sign up for a block.
But if you are especially interested in atlasing in a certain block,
signing up for that block is a great way to indicate your interest in
documenting the breeding birds in that block.

Although the Atlas starts on January 1, only a very small number of species
in our region might be demonstrating signs of breeding behavior in January.
These species are Great Horned Owl and Red Crossbill. This great chart (
https://s3.amazonaws.com/is-ebird-wordpress-prod-s3/wp-content/uploads/sites/79/2019/11/Breeding-Guideline-Chart.pdf)
provides very detailed information about when species are breeding in New
York. In general, breeding codes should only be used for a species if the
species is in the "E" or "B" portion of its breeding calendar.

We realize that for some of you, either atlasing or using eBird will be new
for you, but don't worry–there are lots of resources to help you learn
more! The Atlas III website is a great place to start, and then we will be
scheduling community training workshops in the coming months. In the
meantime, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at
<zachsw...>

Good Atlasing,
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein

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Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774

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Date: 12/31/19 7:34 am
From: trwdsd via Groups.Io <trwdsd=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] HMBC Field Trip reminder- Wed., Jan. 1st
Wednesday, January 1, NEW YEAR’S DAY BIRD COUNT AT FIVE RIVERS EEC (Albany County; morning)

Coordinators: Five Rivers EEC 518-475-0291 (daytime)

Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, located on Game Farm Rd., in Delmar, NY, is a large area of fields and forest and is one of the premier birding locations in the Capital District.

This year marks the 38th Annual New Year’s Day Bird Count at Five Rivers. The goal of the count is to identify all the bird species present on January 1st. This also marks the start of Five Rivers’ annual bird list. HMBC joins the event again this year and encourages members to participate. Groups will go out at 9:00 a.m., but birders are welcome to come earlier to get a head start. Everyone will meet up at the Visitors Center for a compilation of species-observed at 11:00 a.m.

Call ahead to Five Rivers in case of inclement weather.

Meet at 8:45 a.m. at Five Rivers EEC in Delmar.

map: https://hmbc.net/event-3673849

Tom Williams
Colonie

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Date: 12/31/19 6:53 am
From: Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Awareness - Site Fidelity
There's lots of knowledge out there about site fidelity among birds - same
individuals returning each spring for nesting, and identifiable individuals
returning to the same wintering grounds.

There are some notable examples, such as an individual of a particularly
rare species that returned each year. From around our area, there are
these: Lesser Black-backed Gull, Iceland Gull, Barrow's Goldeneye, Eared
Grebe, and so on.

Bird banders know that from returning birds banded years earlier.

The reason I bring this up here is that we can anticipate similar visitors.

The Pink-footed Goose comes to mind.

Naomi Lloyd found the one in Columbia County a couple of years ago. Then
one (ok here's the stretch - maybe the same one ! ?) appeared right across
the river in The Greene County last year.

So are there others?

Sure there are...

Do you know of a particular, individually identifiable bird, that has
returned to your yard, patch, beach, park, etc. ?

Let me know by sharing the info - privately for now..

I hope to put together a compilation - with appropriate acknowledgments, in
a upcoming edition of Kingbird, the birding journal of the NYS
Ornithological Association.

Let's keep the page turners at the edge of their seats by sharing your
information to me directly rather than putting it out piecemeal on line.

Of particular interest are also those nesting, slightly out of range, long
distant migrants, such as returning Orchard Oriole, as well as the better
known (or not) examples as mentioned.

Email to: <richardpguthrie...>

Fun-on, Folks
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Richard Guthrie
New Baltimore,
The Greene County,
NY
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Date: 12/30/19 2:43 pm
From: kernscot <kernscot...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Posting for ID help - MIssissippi Kite?
Looks like a leucistic Red-tailed Hawk. Definitely not a Mississippi Kite.

Nancy Kern
Austerlitz, NY


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Subject: [hmbirds] Posting for ID help - MIssissippi Kite?

Hello HMBird Friends,

I'm posting a picture of a bird with this email, that was sent to me by a fellow HMBirds follower and rehabber. She said she has not been able to post pictures using her HMBirds account, so hoping that I can for her here!

She shared with me a picture from a friend of hers of a white-ish bird seen in the vicinity of Farm-to-Market Road and Smith Road within the last day. She and a couple other birders thought that it could be a Mississippi Kite, but would like some help with ID and if anyone went out to that road intersection to look for it, confirm that it is still there.

Also, a note about birds that find their way into our area from one of our known rehabbers. If you do see a bird that does look unhealthy or is in trouble, especially a bird that might be way out of it's regular range, please don't hesitate to call a rehabber to come out and assess the situation. Our local rehabbers want to help a bird that needs assistance and release it back into the wild in the appropriate habitat of course!

Thanks everyone!
John Loz






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Date: 12/30/19 2:07 pm
From: zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Posting for ID help - MIssissippi Kite?
Looks better for a Leucistic Red-Tailed Hawk to me. The wings are too
short for a MIKI.

On Mon, Dec 30, 2019 at 5:04 PM John Loz via Groups.Io <stellersjayjohn=
<yahoo.com...> wrote:

> Hello HMBird Friends,
>
> I'm posting a picture of a bird with this email, that was sent to me by a
> fellow HMBirds follower and rehabber. She said she has not been able to
> post pictures using her HMBirds account, so hoping that I can for her here!
>
> She shared with me a picture from a friend of hers of a white-ish bird
> seen in the vicinity of Farm-to-Market Road and Smith Road within the last
> day. She and a couple other birders thought that it could be a Mississippi
> Kite, but would like some help with ID and if anyone went out to that road
> intersection to look for it, confirm that it is still there.
>
> Also, a note about birds that find their way into our area from one of our
> known rehabbers. If you do see a bird that does look unhealthy or is in
> trouble, especially a bird that might be way out of it's regular range,
> please don't hesitate to call a rehabber to come out and assess the
> situation. Our local rehabbers want to help a bird that needs assistance
> and release it back into the wild in the appropriate habitat of course!
>
> Thanks everyone!
> John Loz
>
>
>
>
>
>
> --
Zach Schwartz-Weinstein
203 500 7774

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Date: 12/30/19 2:04 pm
From: John Loz via Groups.Io <stellersjayjohn=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Posting for ID help - MIssissippi Kite?
Hello HMBird Friends,
I'm posting a picture of a bird with this email, that was sent to me by a fellow HMBirds follower and rehabber. She said she has not been able to post pictures using her HMBirds account, so hoping that I can for her here!
She shared with me a picture from a friend of hers of a white-ish bird seen in the vicinity of Farm-to-Market Road and Smith Road within the last day. She and a couple other birders thought that it could be a Mississippi Kite, but would like some help with ID and if anyone went out to that road intersection to look for it, confirm that it is still there.
Also, a note about birds that find their way into our area from one of our known rehabbers. If you do see a bird that does look unhealthy or is in trouble, especially a bird that might be way out of it's regular range, please don't hesitate to call a rehabber to come out and assess the situation. Our local rehabbers want to help a bird that needs assistance and release it back into the wild in the appropriate habitat of course!
Thanks everyone!John Loz





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Date: 12/29/19 7:57 pm
From: Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...>
Subject: [hmbirds] [osbirds] DEC adopts regulations that could affect bird feeding
Thanks to Andy Mason of Delaware-Otsego Audubon Soc. for this information

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Date: Sun, Dec 29, 2019 at 10:41 PM
Subject: [osbirds] DEC adopts regulations that could affect bird feeding
To: Osbirds <osbirds...>




The NYS Dep't. of Environmental Conservation has announced new regulations
on feeding deer that could impact backyard bird feeders. The regs prohibit
feeding deer--expanding and clarifying an earlier prohibition. The main
purpose is to reduce the likelihood of transmission of Chronic Wasting
Disease, which could have a major impact on the state's deer herd and can
be transmitted when multiple deer are in close proximity. Other reasons
include protecting wildlife habitat, reducing human-deer interaction, and
not artificially raising deer populations.

Where bird feeding comes in are incidental situations where deer congregate
at feeders, potentially creating the effects above. In such cases, DEC
will issue a written warning to the responsible individual asking that the
feeding be halted. If it continues, it will be considered a violation of
the law.

This is similar to regulations addressing bears at bird feeders put in
place a few years ago. Again, if a bear is persistently visiting a bird
feeder (or garbage cans, etc.), a warning is provided and a citation issued
if the situation is not remedied.

For further information, see http://www.dec.ny.gov/press/119082.html.

Andy Mason

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Date: 12/27/19 8:40 am
From: birderlarry via Groups.Io <birderlarry=<verizon.net...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Catskill CBC 12-19-19
The Catskill-Coxsackie CBC was held on Thursday, December 19th instead of the historical first Tuesday of the count period, Dec 17th, due to the snowy and icy conditions on that day. It was the right decision to postpone for a couple of days.

All the territories were covered, thanks to the “regular participants” availability and some last minute stand-ins for a couple of territories.

The species count was a little lower than average at 61 species, but the overall number of birds was 13,399 – almost twice the number from last year’s low of 7,657. Weather conditions were similar this season to last, with an early large snowfall and unusually early extreme cold temps.

Like last year, waterfowl species and numbers were lower than average with only the hardiest of birds around – Mallard, Black Duck, Common Merganser, and Canada Goose were represented. A couple of CW duck species were tallied – Bufflehead and Hooded Merganser.

A few oddities/rarities/better than half-hardies were tallied. 2 Hermit Thrushes and an almost breeding-plumage-bright Chipping Sparrow were seen.

Bald Eagles, 48 tallied was on the higher end for the area. Over the last decade, their numbers ranged from a low of 6 in 2009 to a high of 67 in 2018.

An modest increase was the number of Black Vultures tallied, at 6, over the previous year’s 5 birds.

Thanks to everyone who participated. And thanks to Red’s Restaurant – they, too, were flexible in moving our compilation dinner from Tuesday to Thursday.

Happy Holidays and here’s to a Healthy, Happy, and Birdy New Year.

Larry Federman

P.S. Don’t forget to participate in the Breeding Bird Atlas Project!

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Date: 12/26/19 6:01 am
From: kernscot <kernscot...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Fw: Light junco.

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Clare Bracken of Spencertown had this junco in her yard and her son Francis got these cell phone photos. Interesting color.

Nancy Kern



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Date: 12/25/19 12:23 pm
From: Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Happy birdy holidays!
No destination this week - I haven't decided about next week yet. Enjoy your family and friends!

Naomi






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Date: 12/25/19 11:32 am
From: Scott Varney <scottvarney1968...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Greater White-fronted Goose
Currently on the outlet of Cossayuna Lake as viewed from Cossayuna Road,
where the outlet crosses the road in the hamlet of Cossayuna. Also, 2 River
Otters on the ice next to a hole in the ice. Very close to shore.

Scott Varney
Salem NY

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Date: 12/25/19 10:35 am
From: Robert Nash via Groups.Io <rjn23=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Lesser Black-backed Gull?
We only have another shot with its head turned
On Wed, Dec 25, 2019 at 1:27 PM, zach schwartz-weinstein<zachsw...> wrote: Robert (Nash) a did you get any shots of the bird with its wings spread?
On Wed, Dec 25, 2019 at 1:17 PM zach schwartz-weinstein via Groups.Io <zachsw=<gmail.com...> wrote:

Thus far the consensus seems to be a subadult Great Black-Backed.
On Wed, Dec 25, 2019 at 1:15 PM zach schwartz-weinstein via Groups.Io <zachsw=<gmail.com...> wrote:

Overlook Park is at the end of School Street in Cohoes.  
I’ve send this image to Agull expert and also posted it on the North American Gulls Facebook group.  I’ll report what they say.
On Wed, Dec 25, 2019 at 1:10 PM Robert Lewis <rfermat...> wrote:

Interesting.  Might be Slaty-backed, might be hybrid Herring X Great Black-backed.

Where exactly is this?  Precise directions?


Bob Lewis
Sleepy Hollow NY



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Seen just now at Overlook Park in Cohoes.  Could it be a Lesser?
Rob






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Date: 12/25/19 10:27 am
From: zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Lesser Black-backed Gull?
Robert (Nash) a did you get any shots of the bird with its wings spread?

On Wed, Dec 25, 2019 at 1:17 PM zach schwartz-weinstein via Groups.Io
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> Thus far the consensus seems to be a subadult Great Black-Backed.
>
> On Wed, Dec 25, 2019 at 1:15 PM zach schwartz-weinstein via Groups.Io
> <zachsw=<gmail.com...> wrote:
>
>> Overlook Park is at the end of School Street in Cohoes.
>>
>> I’ve send this image to Agull expert and also posted it on the North
>> American Gulls Facebook group. I’ll report what they say.
>>
>> On Wed, Dec 25, 2019 at 1:10 PM Robert Lewis <rfermat...> wrote:
>>
>>> Interesting. Might be Slaty-backed, might be hybrid Herring X Great
>>> Black-backed.
>>>
>>> Where exactly is this? Precise directions?
>>>
>>>
>>> Bob Lewis
>>> Sleepy Hollow NY
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> On Wednesday, December 25, 2019, 12:32:53 PM EST, Robert Nash via
>>> Groups.Io <rjn23=<yahoo.com...> wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>> Seen just now at Overlook Park in Cohoes. Could it be a Lesser?
>>> Rob
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
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Date: 12/25/19 10:17 am
From: zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Lesser Black-backed Gull?
Thus far the consensus seems to be a subadult Great Black-Backed.

On Wed, Dec 25, 2019 at 1:15 PM zach schwartz-weinstein via Groups.Io
<zachsw=<gmail.com...> wrote:

> Overlook Park is at the end of School Street in Cohoes.
>
> I’ve send this image to Agull expert and also posted it on the North
> American Gulls Facebook group. I’ll report what they say.
>
> On Wed, Dec 25, 2019 at 1:10 PM Robert Lewis <rfermat...> wrote:
>
>> Interesting. Might be Slaty-backed, might be hybrid Herring X Great
>> Black-backed.
>>
>> Where exactly is this? Precise directions?
>>
>>
>> Bob Lewis
>> Sleepy Hollow NY
>>
>>
>>
>> On Wednesday, December 25, 2019, 12:32:53 PM EST, Robert Nash via
>> Groups.Io <rjn23=<yahoo.com...> wrote:
>>
>>
>> Seen just now at Overlook Park in Cohoes. Could it be a Lesser?
>> Rob
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
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Date: 12/25/19 10:15 am
From: zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Lesser Black-backed Gull?
Overlook Park is at the end of School Street in Cohoes.

I’ve send this image to Agull expert and also posted it on the North
American Gulls Facebook group. I’ll report what they say.

On Wed, Dec 25, 2019 at 1:10 PM Robert Lewis <rfermat...> wrote:

> Interesting. Might be Slaty-backed, might be hybrid Herring X Great
> Black-backed.
>
> Where exactly is this? Precise directions?
>
>
> Bob Lewis
> Sleepy Hollow NY
>
>
>
> On Wednesday, December 25, 2019, 12:32:53 PM EST, Robert Nash via
> Groups.Io <rjn23=<yahoo.com...> wrote:
>
>
> Seen just now at Overlook Park in Cohoes. Could it be a Lesser?
> Rob
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Date: 12/25/19 10:10 am
From: Robert Lewis via Groups.Io <rfermat=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Lesser Black-backed Gull?
Interesting.  Might be Slaty-backed, might be hybrid Herring X Great Black-backed.

Where exactly is this?  Precise directions?


Bob Lewis
Sleepy Hollow NY



On Wednesday, December 25, 2019, 12:32:53 PM EST, Robert Nash via Groups.Io <rjn23=<yahoo.com...> wrote:


Seen just now at Overlook Park in Cohoes.  Could it be a Lesser?
Rob








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Date: 12/25/19 10:07 am
From: kernscot <kernscot...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Lesser Black-backed Gull?
Hmmm- Slaty-backed!??

Happy Holidays!

Nancy Kern

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Not a LBBG - pink feet. Can I send this to a gull expert? It looks very interesting for Slaty-Backed.

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Seen just now at Overlook Park in Cohoes. Could it be a Lesser?
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Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Lesser Black-backed Gull?
Not a LBBG - pink feet. Can I send this to a gull expert? It looks very
interesting for Slaty-Backed.

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> Seen just now at Overlook Park in Cohoes. Could it be a Lesser?
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Date: 12/25/19 9:32 am
From: Robert Nash via Groups.Io <rjn23=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Lesser Black-backed Gull?
Seen just now at Overlook Park in Cohoes.  Could it be a Lesser?Rob

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Date: 12/25/19 9:13 am
From: zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Northern Pintail & Great Black-backed Gull?
Great Black-Backed is correct.

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Date: 12/25/19 9:01 am
From: Robert Nash via Groups.Io <rjn23=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Northern Pintail & Great Black-backed Gull?




123rd St boat launch, Troy.  Questioning the gull ID.  Anyone agree or disagree with my ID? See pics.Rob

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Date: 12/24/19 2:12 pm
From: Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Cormorant in Troy No/Goldeneye yes
I found one Northern Pintail there today with all the mallards, but no Cormorant.

Naomi


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I went to the 123rd street boat launch today.  No Cormorant, but I did see 6 Common Goldeneye on the Peebles Island side.



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Date: 12/24/19 11:19 am
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Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Cormorant in Troy No/Goldeneye yes
I went to the 123rd street boat launch today.  No Cormorant, but I did see 6 Common Goldeneye on the Peebles Island side.

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From: Robert Nash via Groups.Io <rjn23=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Cormorant in Troy
Has anyone seen this since?  I'm thinking of going to yet and find it tomorrow.Thanks Rob

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Date: 12/23/19 2:50 am
From: kernscot <kernscot...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Austerlitz- Northern Saw-whet Owl
Austerlitz, Columbia, New York, US
Dec 23, 2019 4:35 AM - 4:37 AM
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Checklist Comments:     Heard on my porch baby monitor! Temperature was 38 F, calm. First time I have heard one near my yard. Maybe it was after rodents attracted to feeder seed spilled on the ground.
1 species

Northern Saw-whet Owl  1     heard from a baby monitor on my porch called a few times was quiet for a while, then started up again.

Nancy Kern

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Date: 12/22/19 10:35 am
From: John Kent <k2ent76...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Catbird, New Baltimore
I just saw a Gray Catbird at Hannacroix Creek Preserve. It was in the swampy area on the east side of River Road where the trail crosses the road.

John Kent
Selkirk

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