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9/20/18 9:20 am Susan <smbeaudoin1...> [hmbirds] Saratoga National Historical Park
9/20/18 5:56 am philwhitney17 <prmlwhitney59...> [hmbirds] September 19 Birdline
9/19/18 1:32 pm Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=<yahoo.com...> [hmbirds] Tomorrow's destination, 9/20
9/18/18 6:41 pm Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...> [hmbirds] Tomorrow -> Hawks
9/18/18 6:02 pm Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...> [hmbirds] Tree Swallows - New Baltimore
9/18/18 5:37 pm Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...> [hmbirds] Common Tern - Athens, The Greene County, NY
9/17/18 7:54 pm kernscot <kernscot...> Re: [hmbirds] Troy birds
9/17/18 4:50 pm Heidi <hocka1...> [hmbirds] Troy birds
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9/16/18 12:34 pm Peter via Groups.Io <barvoepd=<yahoo.com...> [hmbirds] pics of heron fishing at visher ferry
9/16/18 11:39 am j.taft69 via Groups.Io <j.taft69=<yahoo.com...> [hmbirds] Scotia Side of Mohawk
9/16/18 9:13 am trwdsd via Groups.Io <trwdsd=<yahoo.com...> [hmbirds] HMBC field trip summary- Albany Pine Bush Preserve 9/16
9/15/18 5:12 am gregg_recer <gregg_recer...> [hmbirds] possible sandhill crane in east chatham?
9/14/18 5:52 pm Ronald Harrower <rharrower...> [hmbirds] N Parula, Nashville, Cape May Warblers ebird Report - Lake Desolation SF, Sep 14, 2018
9/14/18 2:46 pm Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=<yahoo.com...> Re: [hmbirds] Olive-sided Flycatcher, warblers eBird Report - SSSP Carlsbad Rec Area, Sep 13, 2018
9/14/18 2:22 pm Ronald Harrower <rharrower...> [hmbirds] Olive-sided Flycatcher, warblers eBird Report - SSSP Carlsbad Rec Area, Sep 13, 2018
9/12/18 1:59 pm neal.reilly <neal.f.reilly...> [hmbirds] Olive-sided Flycatcher Karner Barrens East near Discovery Center
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9/1/18 5:48 pm Ronald Harrower <rharrower...> [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply...> [HMBirds] Baird’s Sandpiper eBird Report - Old Champlain Canal Trail, Waterford, Aug 30, 2018
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8/28/18 8:16 pm Scottjstoner <ScottJStoner...> [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply...> [HMBirds] 11 common nighthawks Tues evening at the Albany pine bush
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8/22/18 2:40 pm H Klinowski <hocka1...> [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply...> [HMBirds] Migration evidence in Troy
8/22/18 1:54 pm naomi lloyd <naomi_kestrel...> [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply...> [HMBirds] Tomorrow's destination, 8/23
8/22/18 5:41 am Ronald Harrower <rharrower...> [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply...> [HMBirds] 2 Common Nighthawks. eBird Report - 147 Church Avenue, Ballston Spa, Aug 21, 2018
8/21/18 2:46 pm Steve Mesick <stvmesick...> [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply...> Re: [HMBirds] HMBC Field Trip - Monday follow up!
8/21/18 12:56 pm Louis Suarato <lsuarato...> [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply...> [HMBirds] North Jersey Media Group Free birding walks offered on grounds of legendary writer's New York retreat
8/21/18 11:48 am Tom <trwdsd...> [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply...> [HMBirds] Wilson’s Warbler, Albany Pine Bush Preserve- 8/21
8/21/18 6:04 am Kathryn Schneider <fallline...> [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply...> [HMBirds] Fwd: [cayugabirds-l] cayugabirds-l digest: August 21, 2018
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Date: 9/20/18 9:56 am
From: lnmp <lnmp...>
Subject: [hmbirds] West Charlton migrants
About 9-10 this morning, I had a lot of bird activity in my yard.
Highlights included Northern Parula, Black-Throated Green Warbler, Magnolia
Warbler, Red-Eyed Vireo, Blue-Headed Vireo, and Ovenbird - multiples of all.
May have been a few other warblers too. Also had a female Purple Finch,
Eastern Wood-Pewee, and a brief glimpse of a Rose-Breasted Grosbeak.



Ellen P.

West Charlton


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Date: 9/20/18 9:20 am
From: Susan <smbeaudoin1...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Saratoga National Historical Park
At SNHP at 9:00 this morning I came across a flock of about 20 warblers just past Stop 1 near the service road. The lighting was poor, making id difficult and the birds were moving constantly. Every time one stopped long enough to get a decent look, it turned out to be a peewee or phoebe. I was able to pick out Pine, Black-throated Green and N.Parula warblers . Otherwise the park was very quite except for tons of blue jays and goldfinch.

Susan Beaudoin
Stillwater

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Date: 9/20/18 5:56 am
From: philwhitney17 <prmlwhitney59...>
Subject: [hmbirds] September 19 Birdline
Birdline summary for week ending September 19:

9 reports; 61 species reported

 

Best of the week:

NORTHERN GOSHAWK: Rensselaerville SF 9/17

RED-SHOULDERED HAWK: Saratoga Spa SP 9/13

COMMON TERN: Athens 9/18

YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO: Pine Bush 9/16

OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER: Pine Bush 9/12, 9/16; Saratoga Spa SP 9/13

TENNESSEE WARBLER: Pine Bush 9/12, 9/16; New Baltimore 9/18

CAPE MAY WARBLER: Fox Hill 9/14

BAY-BREASTED WARBLER: Pine Bush 9/12, 9/16

WILSONS WARBLER: Pine Bush 9/12

 

Other notables:

Great Egret: Scotia 9/16; Athens 9/18 (4)

Bald Eagle: New Baltimore 9/18

American Kestrel: Pine Bush 9/12 (5), 9/16

Tree Swallow: New Baltimore 9/18 (1060)

Northern Parula: Fox Hill 9/14 (2); Scotia 9/16

Blackburnian Warbler: Scotia 9/16

Blackpoll Warbler: Pine Bush 9/16

Indigo Bunting: Saratoga Spa SP 9/13 (3); Scotia 9/16 (2)

 

Thanks to Rich Guthrie (Athens, New Baltimore), Ron Harrower (Fox Hill, Saratoga Spa SP), Nancy Kern (Austerlitz), Alison Van Keuren (Rensselaerville SF), Heidi Klinowski (Troy), Neil Reilly (Pine Bush), Jamie Taft (Scotia), and Tom Williams (Pine Bush)

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Date: 9/19/18 1:32 pm
From: Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Tomorrow's destination, 9/20
Tomorrow looks to be another favorable hawk migration day. I propose we meet at Hennessey Rd at 8AM to bird along Black Creek Marsh for passerine migrants, then move up to the Thacher Park overlook when the air starts to warm up, probably after 10AM. See you there!

Naomi Lloyd
West Sand Lake

directions to Hennessey Rd:
https://www.google.com/maps/dir//Hennessey+Rd,+Voorheesville,+NY+12186/@42.6655818,-73.9660854,15z/data=!4m9!4m8!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x89de7624e80d5e37:0x98598e4aa79bda62!2m2!1d-73.9675458!2d42.664897!3e0?hl=en&authuser=0



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Date: 9/18/18 6:41 pm
From: Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Tomorrow -> Hawks
I'm suggesting that tomorrow, Wednesday, will be a pretty good hawk
movement day. If you do go to an observation site, be sure to keep
Mississippi Kites in all their permutations in mind. And then there's the
other stuff... you know....

Just sayin'

Rich Guthrie

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Richard Guthrie

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Date: 9/18/18 6:02 pm
From: Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Tree Swallows - New Baltimore
In New Baltimore, The Greene County, here was a somewhat steady flight of
Tree Swallows moving NORTH this morning. The flight consisted of
intermittent, fairly strung out groups flying, without much obvious
feeding. Interestingly, each "group" tended to be consistent in that some
groups went by with the birds flying high, followed by a group that may
have been skimming along the water surface. I counted by tens and over a 3
1/2 hour period, came up with my total of 1,060 birds. But, I know I missed
some, probably a lot since I was distracted by other birds in my yard, such
as a steady stream of feeder birds, Tennessee Warbler, Ruby-throated
Hummingbird, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, and Bald Eagles. The weather was fine
since the rain had stopped earlier and there was no wind.

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Richard Guthrie

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Date: 9/18/18 5:37 pm
From: Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Common Tern - Athens, The Greene County, NY
I saw a Common Tern flying, diving, and feeding in the Hudson River in
Athens this evening.

Also present there were: 4 Great Egrets, 27 Wood Ducks, a flight of over
150 Ring-billed Gulls and 1 Greene Heron.

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Richard Guthrie

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Date: 9/17/18 7:54 pm
From: kernscot <kernscot...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Troy birds
Yes, I had a female Ruby-throated Hummingbird today.

Nancy Kern
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Sent: Monday, September 17, 2018 7:50 PM
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Subject: [hmbirds] Troy birds

Counted 6 Killdeer near the chapel pond at Oakwood Cemetery today.

At home had a charming little Red-breasted Nuthatch that sat on my back porch railing and watched me walk out, close the door and walk down 2 steps past him before he decided to move.

Is anyone still seeing Hummingbirds? We had a female at our feeder about 4 days ago (9/14) but none since.

Heidi Klinowski
Troy/Brunswick line


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Date: 9/17/18 4:50 pm
From: Heidi <hocka1...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Troy birds
Counted 6 Killdeer near the chapel pond at Oakwood Cemetery today.

At home had a charming little Red-breasted Nuthatch that sat on my back porch railing and watched me walk out, close the door and walk down 2 steps past him before he decided to move.

Is anyone still seeing Hummingbirds? We had a female at our feeder about 4 days ago (9/14) but none since.

Heidi Klinowski
Troy/Brunswick line

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Date: 9/17/18 4:23 pm
From: Alison Van Keuren <aev12159...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Northern Goshawk
Today while visiting Rensselaerville State Forest while working on the
Empire State Native Pollinator Survey I flushed a Northern Goshawk on CCC
Road.

Alison Van Keuren

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Date: 9/16/18 12:34 pm
From: Peter via Groups.Io <barvoepd=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] pics of heron fishing at visher ferry
https://www.flickr.com/photos/lookseeseen/44720912181
I watched this heron for about 2 hours.. in that time he plunged for a fish four times, caught two. Link leads to other shots of his various plunges..
-Pete

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Date: 9/16/18 11:39 am
From: j.taft69 via Groups.Io <j.taft69=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Scotia Side of Mohawk
Yesterday I did some solo birding on the North side of The Mohawk near Collins Park, I had the following 2 Great Blue Herons, 1 Green Backed Heron, 1 Great Egret, Then I went on bike path towards the RR tracks, had the following 5 species of Warblers including 1 Blackburnian and Black and white, Magnolia, Northern Parula, at least 4 maybe 5 Rose breasted Grosbeaks, 2 Indigo Buntings, 2 species of Vireo lots of Gray Catbirds etc. Jamie Taft Schenectady

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Date: 9/16/18 9:13 am
From: trwdsd via Groups.Io <trwdsd=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] HMBC field trip summary- Albany Pine Bush Preserve 9/16
A large group of approximately 25 birders attended the joint HMBC/Albany Pine Bush Preserve field trip this morning at Karner Barrens East. The decision was made to circuit the yellow perimeter trail in a counter-clockwise direction, due to heavy ground fog conditions at the start of the day. This proved to be a wise choice, as it put the group into the "birdier" portions of the habitat later in the morning, with better visibility and warmer temperatures. Early sightings included APB breeding species such as Prairie Warbler, Field Sparrow, and Eastern Phoebe. An Olive-sided Flycatcher, possibly a continuing bird that has been present since Sept. 7th, was seen on the south leg of the trail, quite a distance from previous sightings. Multiple birds? It was a life bird for several people, who witnessed the bird facing them at first, then saw a profile view while the bird preened.

The area around the landfill had many Turkey Vultures, American Kestrels (4), Northern Flickers, and a Solitary Sandpiper at the stump pond. The only real group of migrants was along the northwestern leg of the trail, where Blackpoll, Bay-breasted, Black-throated Green, and Tennessee Warblers were observed. A larger bird moving stealthily through a white birch cluster turned out to be a Yellow-billed Cuckoo. The cooperative bird remained visible in decent light for diagnostic views and photos. 

Thanks to everyone who turned out today, that was a lot of fun! Special thanks to Dillon from the APBP for co-leading the trip, and offering valuable insights into the wildlife, habitat, and history of the Preserve. We hope to see all of you on future trips.

Tom and Colleen Williams
Colonie

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Date: 9/15/18 5:12 am
From: gregg_recer <gregg_recer...>
Subject: [hmbirds] possible sandhill crane in east chatham?
hello hmbirds:
there was an unconfirmed ebird report yesterday (9/14) of a sandhill crane seen from the thruway in east chatham, columbia county. Anybody down that way have any more info on it?
thanks.

gregg recer
malta

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Date: 9/14/18 5:52 pm
From: Ronald Harrower <rharrower...>
Subject: [hmbirds] N Parula, Nashville, Cape May Warblers ebird Report - Lake Desolation SF, Sep 14, 2018

> Lake Desolation SF, Saratoga, New York, US
> Sep 14, 2018 8:20 AM - 11:10 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 12.0 mile(s)
> Comments: John Hershey and I headed up to Lake Desolation RD/Fox Hill Rd to observe Nature in inclusive terms. Butterflies were moon objective. But, the butterflies didn't know that and were an almost complete no-show. That's where birding comes in (it's never really that far away at any time, really!) Archer Vly had a burst of warblers traveling with Chickadees and both nuthatches. Black-throated Green, Magnolia, Northern Parula, Nashville and Cape May made appearances. There is one cool spot on the other side of the dam/trail from the lake. The warblers are continuing their treetop foraging, but the birder is standing on the trail and viewing those same birds at eye level because of the big drop on the other side of the dam. Parula just bounced about and instead of straining our necks to see him, we looked slightly down on him!
> Other highlights were a flock of Turkeys, a Common Raven hopping across the road and alighting on a low tree. and 4 Juncos at the base of the Mulleyville Trail.
> 23 species
>
> Wild Turkey 11
> Mourning Dove 2
> Downy Woodpecker 2
> Pileated Woodpecker 1
> Northern Flicker 1
> Eastern Phoebe 1
> Blue-headed Vireo 1
> Red-eyed Vireo 1
> Blue Jay 7
> Common Raven 1
> Black-capped Chickadee 9
> Tufted Titmouse 2
> Red-breasted Nuthatch 4
> White-breasted Nuthatch 2
> American Robin 2
> American Goldfinch 2
> Dark-eyed Junco 4
> Nashville Warbler 1
> Common Yellowthroat 1
> Cape May Warbler 1
> Northern Parula 2
> Magnolia Warbler 2
> Black-throated Green Warbler 2
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48508793
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Date: 9/14/18 2:46 pm
From: Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Olive-sided Flycatcher, warblers eBird Report - SSSP Carlsbad Rec Area, Sep 13, 2018
Thanks for checking in, Ron!

Naomi  

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Subject: [hmbirds] Olive-sided Flycatcher, warblers eBird Report - SSSP Carlsbad Rec Area, Sep 13, 2018
To: <hmbirds...>
Date: Friday, September 14, 2018, 5:22 PM

Though I’m sure it was not intended as
such, Naomi’s message about no reliable reports from
Saratoga County since Lindsey left was taken as a shot
across the bow! There are good birds and good birders, even
if we’re a little slow sometimes!
> SSSP Carlsbad Rec Area, Saratoga,
New York, US
> Sep 13, 2018 7:45 AM - 10:55 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 2.5 mile(s)
> Comments:    I knew it
was going to be a better birding day when 20+ birds
scattered from the parking lot at Carlsbad Picnic area. That
was quickly confirmed by Chickadee and Titmouse chatter and
lots of chip notes over near the large Ginkgo tree. Despite
miserable lighting, Wally and i quickly made out Nashville,
Magnolia, Black-throated Green, and Blackburnian Warblers.
As so often happens, we probably missed 90% of the birds as
they moved away. We then went to the old picnic table burial
grounds. 60+ Cedar Waxwings, 7 Flickers, 5 Eastern Wood
Pewees, 4 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers and an Olive-sided
Flycatcher made things pretty lively. We even got a glimpse
of some big, bright yellow thing in the sky, which turned
out to be the sun. The recent gloom with rain and clouds
make it seem like forever since I'd seen it. The continued
clearing made identifying birds a little easier and
certianly more pleasant to just wander.
> Wally had to go, but Greg H had
arrived in the meantime and we continued up by the pond
where there were actually some waterfowl in the form of
Canada Geese. Also with the sun being out, raptors were
soaring. Saw 3 Red-tailed Hawks and a juvenile Red-shoudered
Hawk.
> In all, after acouple of weeks of
anemic biding, it was nice to be reminded of why we do
this!
> 40 species
>
> Canada Goose  7
> Wood Duck  1   
Flew over landfill area
> Mourning Dove  5
> Great Blue Heron  1
> Red-shouldered Hawk  1
> Red-tailed Hawk  3
> Belted Kingfisher  1
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  4
> Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
> Downy Woodpecker  3
> Hairy Woodpecker  3
> Pileated Woodpecker  2
> Northern Flicker  8
> Olive-sided Flycatcher  1
> Eastern Wood-Pewee  5
> Eastern Phoebe  4
> Blue-headed Vireo  2
> Red-eyed Vireo  4
> Blue Jay  15
> American Crow  6
> Black-capped Chickadee  11
> Tufted Titmouse  4
> Red-breasted Nuthatch  2
> White-breasted Nuthatch  5
> House Wren  2
> Eastern Bluebird  1
> American Robin  26
> Gray Catbird  7
> European Starling  4
> American Goldfinch  5
> Chipping Sparrow  2
> Song Sparrow  5
> Black-and-white Warbler  1
> Nashville Warbler  1
> American Redstart  2
> Magnolia Warbler  4
> Blackburnian Warbler  1
> Black-throated Green Warbler 
2
> Northern Cardinal  2
> Indigo Bunting  3
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48505254
>
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Date: 9/14/18 2:22 pm
From: Ronald Harrower <rharrower...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Olive-sided Flycatcher, warblers eBird Report - SSSP Carlsbad Rec Area, Sep 13, 2018
Though I’m sure it was not intended as such, Naomi’s message about no reliable reports from Saratoga County since Lindsey left was taken as a shot across the bow! There are good birds and good birders, even if we’re a little slow sometimes!
> SSSP Carlsbad Rec Area, Saratoga, New York, US
> Sep 13, 2018 7:45 AM - 10:55 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 2.5 mile(s)
> Comments: I knew it was going to be a better birding day when 20+ birds scattered from the parking lot at Carlsbad Picnic area. That was quickly confirmed by Chickadee and Titmouse chatter and lots of chip notes over near the large Ginkgo tree. Despite miserable lighting, Wally and i quickly made out Nashville, Magnolia, Black-throated Green, and Blackburnian Warblers. As so often happens, we probably missed 90% of the birds as they moved away. We then went to the old picnic table burial grounds. 60+ Cedar Waxwings, 7 Flickers, 5 Eastern Wood Pewees, 4 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers and an Olive-sided Flycatcher made things pretty lively. We even got a glimpse of some big, bright yellow thing in the sky, which turned out to be the sun. The recent gloom with rain and clouds make it seem like forever since I'd seen it. The continued clearing made identifying birds a little easier and certianly more pleasant to just wander.
> Wally had to go, but Greg H had arrived in the meantime and we continued up by the pond where there were actually some waterfowl in the form of Canada Geese. Also with the sun being out, raptors were soaring. Saw 3 Red-tailed Hawks and a juvenile Red-shoudered Hawk.
> In all, after acouple of weeks of anemic biding, it was nice to be reminded of why we do this!
> 40 species
>
> Canada Goose 7
> Wood Duck 1 Flew over landfill area
> Mourning Dove 5
> Great Blue Heron 1
> Red-shouldered Hawk 1
> Red-tailed Hawk 3
> Belted Kingfisher 1
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 4
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
> Downy Woodpecker 3
> Hairy Woodpecker 3
> Pileated Woodpecker 2
> Northern Flicker 8
> Olive-sided Flycatcher 1
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 5
> Eastern Phoebe 4
> Blue-headed Vireo 2
> Red-eyed Vireo 4
> Blue Jay 15
> American Crow 6
> Black-capped Chickadee 11
> Tufted Titmouse 4
> Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
> White-breasted Nuthatch 5
> House Wren 2
> Eastern Bluebird 1
> American Robin 26
> Gray Catbird 7
> European Starling 4
> American Goldfinch 5
> Chipping Sparrow 2
> Song Sparrow 5
> Black-and-white Warbler 1
> Nashville Warbler 1
> American Redstart 2
> Magnolia Warbler 4
> Blackburnian Warbler 1
> Black-throated Green Warbler 2
> Northern Cardinal 2
> Indigo Bunting 3
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48505254
>
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Date: 9/12/18 1:59 pm
From: neal.reilly <neal.f.reilly...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Olive-sided Flycatcher Karner Barrens East near Discovery Center
Hi all,
I walked the blue and the yellow trails today at the Karner Barrens East section of the Pine Bush for 2 hours and forty minutes from 1:00pm to 3:40.  Warblers were on the the move including at least  6 Magnolias, an adult male Wilson's, Blackburnian,  Black-throated Green, Bay-breasted, and Tennessee.  Five American Kestrels were seen perching and hunting near each other on fence posts on the cap of the Albany County Landfill.  Most interesting was a Olive-sided Flycatcher seen at 3:35pm on the small paved trail that leads into the yellow trail near the discovery center (near the area with the displays about threatened animals were the bird banding is earlier in the day.)     The Olive-sided was perched on the top of a large dead tree and fly catching for 5 minutes or so.  It showed both the dark vest on the front and the white tufts/patches on the sides of the rump.
Good birding,
Neal Reilly
Schenectady

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Date: 9/12/18 1:26 pm
From: Naomi Lloyd via Groups.Io <naomi_kestrel=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Tomorrow's destination, 9/13
Hey folks - I was hoping to do the hawkwatch tomorrow, but the forecast doesn't look promising.

It may be getting monotonous, but the Pine Bush has had some good birds in the past week - an Olive-sided Flycatcher being seen regularly (including this morning), and the banding station and observers have had Bay-breasted and Wilson's Warblers todday among others. So let's meet at the visitor center at 8:00am - Bill Lee, hope you can join us there!

Naomi

btw with Lindsey off to Florida, we've lost our most active reporter from Saratoga and northern points. If anyone is birding up there, please let us know if things heat up!


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Date: 9/11/18 4:07 am
From: trwdsd via Groups.Io <trwdsd=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] HMBC field trips reminder- Sept. 15 & 16
*Saturday, September 15, HAWK WATCHING AND SONGBIRDS AT THACHER STATE PARK* (Albany County; morning)

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

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

Meet at 8:30 a.m. in front of the Key Bank at the southwest corner of Routes 20 and 155 in Guilderland.

*Sunday, September 16, FALL MIGRANTS AT ALBANY PINE BUSH PRESERVE* (Albany County; morning)
Coordinators: Tom and Colleen Williams 518-857-2176 <trwdsd...>

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

Map: http://www.albanypinebush.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/1-KBarrensEW-2-... ( http://www.albanypinebush.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/1-KBarrensEW-2-pages.pdf )

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

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Date: 9/9/18 7:40 pm
From: scottjstoner via Groups.Io <ScottJStoner=<aol.com...>
Subject: [hmbirds] HMBC Program reminder - Monday evening at Five Rivers

The Rainforests of South America


Programs


Leader or Speaker:

Tom Lake


Location of Event:

Five Rivers EEC


Date:

September 10, 2018 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Come join us for the first program of the HMBC's 2018-2019 season!
For six years, Tom Lake took his SUNY anthropology students to the rainforests of Ecuador and Peru. Although it was an anthropology class, he managed to make it into a natural history trip with much focus on the birds. The program touches on the making of a rainforest, what it is, and the birds, fish, mammals and more that lives there!
Tom is the Estuary Naturalist for the DEC's Hudson River Estuary Program. He has compiled and edited the NYSDEC's Hudson River Almanac for 25 years. This weekly free e-mail natural history journal frequently contains the adventures of the Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club.


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Date: 9/9/18 2:30 pm
From: David Martin <david...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Reply feature on emails
I have changed a setting so that when you reply to a message it will go
the the person who posted the message and not to the entire group.

Of course, it is always wise to verify that a message is addressed to
the correct person or group.

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Date: 9/9/18 11:36 am
From: Susan <smbeaudoin1...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Ghent- Hummingbirds
Nancy, So sorry to here of your injury. It’s tough to be laid up during
migration. Hope your out of rehab soon and back to outdoor birding
Susan Beaudoin

On Sun, Sep 9, 2018 at 12:13 AM kernscot <kernscot...> wrote:

> Whittier, Columbia, New York, US
> Sep 8, 2018 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
> Protocol: Stationary
> Comments: Temperature 67 F, cloudy, light breeze. I am here at the
> Whittier complex for extended rehab for a broken left femur, and am able to
> bird from my window. Location is across from the Mud Creek stream and
> Nature Center. There is a large blooming Rose of Sharon bush outside the
> window with views of the sky. Proves you can bird almost anywhere.
>
> 4 species
>
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3 1 male, 2 females of different sizes.
> Red-tailed Hawk 1
> American Crow 1
> House Sparrow 1
>
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Date: 9/9/18 9:04 am
From: John Kent <k2ent76...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Pine bush migrants 9/9
I was at Karner East before Zach this morning and it was pretty quiet - I had one flock go by that had a Tennessee and a "Baypoll" (Bay-breasted/Blackpoll) Warbler, but that was all I could ID before they were gone. Afterward I went to the King's Highway Barrens and found a couple of good flocks there. Warblers included Black-and-white, Magnolia, Bay-breasted, Chestnut-sided, and Black-throated Green. There was a Brown Creeper that seemed to be hanging out with a flock of migrants. I also heard a Wood Thrush ("pit" calls) and a Great Crested Flycatcher.

John Kent
Selkirk

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Date: 9/9/18 7:02 am
From: zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw...>
Subject: [hmbirds] Pine bush migrants 9/9
Large flock of migrants along the northern leg of the yellow trail and then
around the corner at the “catbird spot” (where the wooden fence is) up the
hill. Canada, Cape May, Tennessee, Black-throated Green, Nashville, Black
and white, and many magnolias. Also red-eyed vireos, an Empid, and some
other flycatchers.
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Date: 9/8/18 9:14 pm
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Subject: [hmbirds] Ghent- Hummingbirds
Whittier, Columbia, New York, US
Sep 8, 2018 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     Temperature 67 F, cloudy, light breeze. I am here at the Whittier complex for extended rehab for a broken left femur, and am able to bird from my window. Location is across from the Mud Creek stream and Nature Center. There is a large blooming Rose of Sharon bush outside the window with views of the sky. Proves you can bird almost anywhere.

4 species

Ruby-throated Hummingbird  3     1 male, 2 females of different sizes.
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Crow  1
House Sparrow  1

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Date: 9/8/18 7:25 pm
From: David Martin <david...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Sorry. Guess I didn't need to send that last message.
I'll look into it.

David Martin
Slingerlands, New York
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On 9/8/2018 9:28 PM, Steve M. Chorvas wrote:
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Date: 9/8/18 6:28 pm
From: Steve M. Chorvas <schorvas...>
Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Sorry. Guess I didn't need to send that last message.
Doesn't look like there is a direct way to reply to just the original
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Just a heads-up if your reply is not intended for the list.


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Date: 9/8/18 5:27 pm
From: David Martin <david...> [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [HMBirds] Transfer to groups.io is complete.
Having been warned that it might take several days to complete the
transfer, I was pleasantly surprised to learned that the transfer is now
complete.

I intend to leave the old version of hmbirds up for a few days to be
sure all is working well, after which I will inactivate it.

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Date: 9/7/18 5:53 pm
From: David Martin <david...> [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [HMBirds] Moving HMBirds -- 2nd progress report
This evening groups.io notified me that they are ready to go ahead with
the HMBirds transfer once they have received my final approval.  I have
given my approval.

When  groups.io has transferred your membership (complete with your
email preferences etc) you will receive a welcome email from them. It is
my understanding that you will be able to post to the new HMBirds at
groups.io without taking any additional action.  However, if you wish to
change your personal settings (such as email preferences) you will have
to register with them.  They will explain that in their Welcome email.

The message to me from groups.io contained the following paragraph.
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So the process is underway, but it looks like it is going to take longer
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Date: 9/7/18 6:42 am
From: David Martin <david...> [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [HMBirds] Moving HMBirds -- progress report
Yesterday I started the process of moving HMBirds to groups.io .  I have
completed the first few steps and am waiting for groups.io to do the
next step.  Their system said it may take a day or two for that step to
be completed.  Thus, I cannot tell you when the process will be done.

In the mean time you can continue to use hmbirds @ yahoo as usual.


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Date: 9/5/18 6:31 pm
From: <ScottJStoner...> [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [HMBirds] Monday Sept 10 HMBC program about rain forests

The Rainforests of South America


Programs


Leader or Speaker:

Tom Lake


Location of Event:

Five Rivers EEC


Date:

September 10, 2018 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm



Come join us for the first program of the HMBC's 2018-2019 season!


For six years, Tom Lake took his SUNY anthropology students to the rainforests of Ecuador and Peru. Although it was an anthropology class, he managed to make it into a natural history trip with much focus on the birds. The program touches on the making of a rainforest, what it is, and who and what lives there.




 

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Date: 9/5/18 9:14 am
From: naomi lloyd <naomi_kestrel...> [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [HMBirds] Tomorrow's destination, 9/6
Passerines seem to be on the move, so let's meet at the Albany Pine Bush visitor center at 8:00am. We'll do the first half of the yellow trail, which is often the most productive area.

And pray it's not so ungodly hot.


Naomi Lloyd
West Sand Lake


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Date: 9/4/18 8:23 pm
From: Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...> [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [HMBirds] Nighthawks - New Baltimore
4 C. Nighthawks were feeding/flying over Schodack Island (aka Houghtaling
Island) across from New Baltimore at dusk this evening, Sept. 4th.

Also present in the yard was a female Rose-breasted Grosbeak feeding on the
Jewel-leaf (aka Touch-me-not, Impatiens) flowers and an adult female
Cardinal feeding a begging fledgling - rather late for that. There had been
two previous broods from this (presumed) pair. And two Bald Eagles. One
adult Bald Eagle continues to use the perch on a tree right next to lots of
backyard activity, including yesterday's BBQ, which also included two
rambunctious, frolicking dogs. Totally unperturbed. Neat.

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Subject: [HMBirds] Reminder -- HMBirds will be moving to a new host later this week
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Date: 9/1/18 5:48 pm
From: Ronald Harrower <rharrower...> [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [HMBirds] Baird’s Sandpiper eBird Report - Old Champlain Canal Trail, Waterford, Aug 30, 2018

> Old Champlain Canal Trail, Waterford, Saratoga, New York, US
> Aug 30, 2018 9:10 AM - 9:28 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.3 mile(s)
> Comments: I was with the Thursday Group at Lock 2 when Tom W's report came in about the two juvenile Baird's Sandpipers. Being a Saratoga County guy, I had to give it a shot with my feet on Saratoga soil. I scanned all over the flats for general bird numbers, but used Tom's report and a triangulation of the rest of the group looking at the dam and fund the Baird's up on the top of the dam spillway. I could see them well enough the ID with scope, but photos aren't as clear. I then drove over to dam overlook on Albany side to get closer photos. The birds have gone back and forth on the dam spillway between the counties.
> 12 species
>
> Canada Goose 45
> Mallard 34
> American Black Duck 4
> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 3
> Killdeer 7 mostly among rocks at base of Peebles' Island
> Baird's Sandpiper 2 Photographs show birds. The wings that go a bit past tail feathers and the all black bill and legs are helps
> Least Sandpiper 14 Mostly on base of spillway
> Semipalmated Sandpiper 3 With Leasts on base of Spillway
> Spotted Sandpiper 2 1 on top of spillway not far from Baird's and one by Peebles Island
> Herring Gull 55
> Great Blue Heron 2
> American Goldfinch 2
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48217779
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)



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Date: 9/1/18 9:37 am
From: John Kent <k2ent76...> [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [HMBirds] Huyck Preserve
Nine birders turned out this morning for HMBC’s field trip to Huyck Preserve in Rensselaerville (Albany County). Usually shorebirds are present at this time of year, but due to high water in Lake Myosotis, there was no habitat and thus no shorebirds. We did find a few migrant songbirds. Lighting was difficult with a heavy overcast, but of the warblers we saw well enough to identify, at least three were Cape May. There were also a couple of Yellow-rumped Warblers and a Prairie Warbler. Otherwise, we saw Bald Eagles, Great Blue Herons, Common Yellowthroats, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Belted Kingfisher, Common Ravens, and a few other common species. Naomi saw a hummingbird and a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. Thanks to all who participated.

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Date: 8/31/18 4:41 pm
From: naomi lloyd <naomi_kestrel...> [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [HMBirds] Tomhannock - no shorebirds of note
I drove around the Tomhannock today hoping to find shorebirds at the north end. Just a handful of Killdeer there, but at the Nortonville Rd pulloff I was surprised to find a Cape May Warbler bug-hunting with a flock of Cedar Waxwings. This has really been the Cape May year!

Naomi Lloyd
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Date: 8/31/18 4:01 pm
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Subject: [HMBirds] Bay-breasted warbler - our yard
Increased yard activity late this afternoon, including one Bay-breasted warbler.

Rita Reed
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Date: 8/31/18 12:33 pm
From: Tom <trwdsd...> [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [HMBirds] HMBC Field Trip reminder- Huyck Preserve 9/1

Saturday, September 1, HUYCK PRESERVE/MYOSOTIS LAKE (Albany County; morning)

Coordinator: John Kent 518-424-2234 <jwkent...>

We will walk the shore of Myosotis Lake looking for migrating warblers, vireos, kinglets, and flycatchers in the shrubby habitat of the Lake Trail. Bald Eagles, all three local falcon species, and several species of hawks have been seen on some of the past years' trips. Depending on the water level, the mudflats at the north end of the lake often host migrating shorebirds. It may be necessary to walk through some mud to get a view, so be prepared. From there we will continue through the woods to Lincoln Pond, where we will check for waterfowl and herons. The total walking distance is around 1.5 miles.

Meet at 8:00 a.m. at New Scotland Town Hall on Route 85 for carpooling. Parking at Myosotis Lake is limited.




 

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Date: 8/31/18 12:30 pm
From: Tom <trwdsd...> [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [HMBirds] HMBC Field Trip reminder- Huyck Preserve 9/1


 

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Date: 8/31/18 8:56 am
From: Alan <adfrench...> [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [HMBirds] Bird ID Verification
Hi Folks,

For the past three days I've had a little friend kiting for bugs out
front. I'm pretty sure I know what it is, but it's not a bird I see a
lot, so I wanted to be sure. I've posted three photos in my album (Alan
French) at the group's website.

No tail bobbing seen.

There's actually a pair around, but I've only seen them together twice.
The seem to like the farther parts of the wires crossing the front yard
or the distant apple tree and Bluebird box.

Thanks, and clear skies, Alan


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Date: 8/31/18 5:55 am
From: gregg recer <gregg_recer...> [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [HMBirds] Bairds sand. at Cohoes flats
Jeanette roundy and I found two peeps that appear to be the two birds
reported by Tom yesterday. they were with a few leasts on the spillway, but
at the far north end opposite the Cohoes flats access path. zoomed the
scope all the way, but still was not a great deal of detail. nevertheless,
the birds were clearly paler, slightly larger, and more stretched out in
shape compared to nearby leasts.

Gregg Recer
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Date: 8/30/18 6:50 am
From: Tom <trwdsd...> [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [HMBirds] Baird’s Sandpipers, Cohoes Flats- 8/30
Currently viewing two juvenile Baird’s Sandpipers at Cohoes Flats. They are foraging along the face of the spillway near the southern end towards the DPW building.
Tom Williams Colonie


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Date: 8/30/18 6:02 am
From: <philwhitney17...> [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [HMBirds] August 30 Birdline


Birdline summary for week ending August 29

7 reports; 31 species reported



Best of the week:

LITTLE BLUE HERON: Lock 2 8/26 (2)

PECTORAL SANDPIPER: Lock 2 8/26; Cohoes Flats 8/28 (3)

COMMON NIGHTHAWK: New Baltimore 8/26 (14); Pine Bush 8/27, 8/28 (11)



Other notables:

Great Egret: Nutten Hooke 8/26; Cohoes Flats 8/28

Black Vulture: Pine Bush 8/27

Bald Eagle: New Baltimore 8/26

Semipalmated Plover: Cohoes Flat 8/28

Greater Yellowlegs: Cohoes Flats 8/28

Lesser Yellowlegs: Lock 2 8/26

Merlin: Stanton Pond 8/26

Nashville Warbler: West Charlton 8/24



Thanks to Rich Guthrie (New Baltimore, Stanton Pond, Nutten Hooke), Naomi Lloyd (Pine Bush), Ellen Pemrick (West Charlton), Gregg Recer (Lock 2), Scott Stoner (Pine Bush) and Tom Williams (Cohoes Flats)

 

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Date: 8/29/18 9:58 am
From: naomi lloyd <naomi_kestrel...> [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [HMBirds] Tomorrow's destination, 8/30
Hey folks, doesn't look like there's much going on except maybe some shorebirds. So let's meet at Mechanicville Price Chopper at 8am, from whence we can check Lock 2 and down to Cohoes Flats.


Naomi Lloyd
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Date: 8/28/18 8:16 pm
From: Scottjstoner <ScottJStoner...> [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [HMBirds] 11 common nighthawks Tues evening at the Albany pine bush
A big increase from the one individual observed Monday evening! Despite the 93 degree weather and heat advisory, more than 40 people scanned the skies tonight, with all of the nighthawks coming tthrough between 7 and 8 PM. Other notable species included a common raven and a Merlin in a tree.
Wednesday will be the 3rd and final night of our club's nighthawk census, from 6 PM to 8 PM in the parking lot of the Albany pine bush discovery center. Bring a chair if you wish, and plenty of water! 
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Date: 8/28/18 7:33 am
From: Tom <trwdsd...> [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [HMBirds] Pectoral Sandpipers, Cohoes Flats- 8/28
Fairly good shorebird diversity at Cohoes Flats this morning: Pectoral Sandpiper (3), Greater Yellowlegs, Semipalmated Sandpipers (2), Least Sandpipers (6), numerous Killdeer, Semipalmated Plover, and Spotted Sandpiper. Also a Great Egret.
Tom & Colleen Williams Colonie & Saratoga Springs


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Date: 8/27/18 6:56 pm
From: Scottjstoner <ScottJStoner...> [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [HMBirds] Tonight's common nighthawk watch and plans for Tuesday's
25 enthusiastic birders brought their chairs and waited patiently in the parking lot of the Discovery Center at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve this hot muggy Monday night. We enjoyed good company and a variety.of species flying over, including one Black Vulture. But also, no nighthawks, until 7:50 PM, when the one bird of the night flew low overhead, from east to west, offering at least a quick glimpse by those who had stayed for the duration! 
Tomorrow, Tuesday, we'll do this again, in even hotter weather, joining with a public event of the Pine Bush. 
Hope to see you there ! Scott Stoner and  Denise Hackert-Stoner. 


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Date: 8/27/18 8:56 am
From: Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...> [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [HMBirds] Brown Booby - Long Lake
Perched on a sailboat mast this morning.

More details later.

Rich Guthrie

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Date: 8/26/18 5:08 pm
From: Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie...> [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [HMBirds] Nighthawks - New Baltimore
There was a group of 14 C. Nighthawks milling about over New Baltimore this
evening. They were accompanied by a few Ring-billed Gulls probably all
feeding on flying ants.

In addition, a flock of 7 C. Mergansers flew by (north). They are likely
the product of successful local nesting.

Three Bald Eagles (2 adults, 1 immature) were very tolerant of near-by
people action.

A bit afield, a Merlin harassed a group of barn pigeons by Stanton Pond
earlier in the afternoon. And a Great Egret was at Nutten Hooke earlier
this evening.

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Date: 8/26/18 4:38 pm
From: <ScottJStoner...> [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [HMBirds] field trip reminded - counting common nighthawks Aug 27 - 29

Counting Common Nighthawks


Denise and I are filling in for Tom and Colleen for Monday and Tuesday nights.Tom and Colleen will lead the Wednesday night finale.


Hope to see you all there!
No reservations needed.
- Scott Stoner








Field trips


Leader or Speaker:

Tom & Colleen Williams


Location of Event:

Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center


Date:

August 27, 2018 - 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Location

Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center
United States
42° 43' 8.3964" N, 73° 51' 50.4036" W

See map: Google Maps


Monday, August 27 through Wed., August 29, 2018, COUNTING COMMON NIGHTHAWKS (Albany County; evenings)
Coordinators: Tom and Colleen Williams 518-857-2176 <trwdsd...>
The Common Nighthawk is an aerial insectivore that feeds at dusk and dawn. It breeds throughout much of North America, although in decline as it is no longer observed during the summer in many urban and suburban areas. A long-distance migrant, Common Nighthawks travel in large flocks, on one of the longest migration routes of any North American bird. Most travel over land through Mexico and Central America to reach their wintering grounds in southern South America. Common Nighthawks are among the last migrants to return to their breeding grounds in spring. In the Capital Region, the bulk of southbound migration occurs from mid-August until early September with a peak around the end of August.
We will conduct our viewing from the parking lot at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, located at 195 New Karner Rd. (Rt. 155) in Albany. Bring a chair and binoculars. We will begin each night at 6:00 p.m.


 

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Date: 8/26/18 9:08 am
From: gregg recer <gregg_recer...> [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [HMBirds] champlain canal lock 2 lb herons
the 2 immature little blues continue - visible from the dam. lower water
below the dam and a decent mix of shorebirds: multiples of killdeer, lesser
yellowlegs, least sand, spotted sand, and one pectoral.

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Date: 8/24/18 6:44 pm
From: David Martin <david...> [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [HMBirds] 2nd Notice -- HMBirds will be moving to a new host
For more than a year we have received complaints from members of HMBirds
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with these issues,  so we brought the matter to the Board of the
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Groups.io provides the same basic service as Yahoo! plus some
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Date: 8/24/18 5:27 pm
From: <lnmp...> [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [HMBirds] Bird bonanza
Went for a walk earlier, but didn't get far, as I discovered a mini-hotspot of bird activity down the street from my house.

Species included Chestnut-Sided Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, American Redstart, Nashville Warbler, Red-Eyed Vireo, Baltimore Oriole, and House Wren. There were a bunch of Eastern Wood-Pewees chasing each other around, despite the abundance of insects. Cedar Waxwings and goldfinches passed through, and nearby I was surprised to see a Rose-Breasted Grosbeak perched on a wire (not a place I usually find them).

Of course, I got umpteen mosquito bites on my hands...but it was probably worth it.

Good birding!

Ellen
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Date: 8/23/18 12:59 pm
From: naomi lloyd <naomi_kestrel...> [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [HMBirds] Migration movement at APB
The Thursday birders saw some good migrant waves at the Albany Pine Bush yellow trail this morning. Best sightings were before the first right turn, and at about 1.5 miles in when you come in sight of the landfill. We had at least seven warbler species (Am Redstart, Magnolia, Ovenbird, BT Green, Chestnut-sided, Palm, and B&W plus some elusive birds), Red-eyed, Blue-headed and Warbling Vireos, and numerous Flycatchers, some more identifiable than others.

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Date: 8/23/18 7:30 am
From: <philwhitney17...> [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [HMBirds] August 22 Birdline


Birdline summary for week ending August 22:

15 reports, 61 species reported



Best of the week:

LITTLE BLUE HERON: Lock 2 8/19 (2); Nassau Lake 8/19

COMMON NIGHTHAWK: 7 reports, 189 individuals

YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO: Fox Hill 8/15

CAPE MAY WARBLER: Peebles Island 8/19

BAY-BREASTED WARBLER: Carlsbad 8/19



Other notables:

Great Egret: Peebles Island 8/19

Bald Eagle: Cohoes Flats 8/19

American Kestrel: Fox Hill 8/15 (2)

Wood Thrush: Carlsbad 8/19

Northern Parula: Fox Hill 8/15

Blackburnian Warbler: Carlsbad 8/19

Canada Warbler: Peebles Island 8/20 (2)

Wilsons Warbler: Pine Bush 8/21



Thanks to Gerianne Carillo (Saratoga), Lindsey Duval (Carlsbad), Ron Harrower (Fox Hill, Ballston Spa), John Hershey (Cohoes Flats, Peebles Island, Heidi Klinowski (Troy), Naomi Lloyd (Nassau Lake), Alan Mapes (Five Rivers), Steve Mesick (Peebles Island), Marne Onderdonk (Saratoga Spa SP),Gregg Recer (Lock 2) , Rita Reed (East Hoosick), Scott Stoner (Loudonville), and Tom Williams (Pine Bush)

 

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Date: 8/22/18 5:31 pm
From: Alan Mapes <alanmapes...> [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [HMBirds] Nighthawks - Five Rivers
It was a good evening for the aerial insect feeders, with cedar waxwings,
chimney swifts and common nighthawks (at least 10) feeding over the ponds
along the Old Field Trail.

Char & Alan Mapes
Delmar

 

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Date: 8/22/18 2:40 pm
From: H Klinowski <hocka1...> [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [HMBirds] Migration evidence in Troy
Today by the chapel pond in Oakwood Cemetery I counted 11 Killdeer all together in one area. Normally there is one pair and 3 or 4 offspring but they'd be gone by now.
There were also 53 Canada Geese, up from the dozen or so who stay year round.

Heidi Klinowski
Troy



 

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Date: 8/22/18 1:54 pm
From: naomi lloyd <naomi_kestrel...> [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [HMBirds] Tomorrow's destination, 8/23

Fall migration is starting to begin! Let's meet at the Albany Pine Bush visitor center at 8:00am, to walk the often-productive Yellow trail. See you there!

Naomi Lloyd
West Sand Lake


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Date: 8/22/18 5:41 am
From: Ronald Harrower <rharrower...> [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [HMBirds] 2 Common Nighthawks. eBird Report - 147 Church Avenue, Ballston Spa, Aug 21, 2018

> 147 Church Avenue, Ballston Spa, Saratoga, New York, US
> Aug 21, 2018 7:54 PM
> Protocol: Incidental
> Comments: Though I was generally aware that Common Nighthawks are in the area, I was pleased that two of them flew over my back yard and then out over St Mary's Cemetery, heading south,
> 1 species
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> Common Nighthawk 2
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47996619
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)



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Date: 8/21/18 2:46 pm
From: Steve Mesick <stvmesick...> [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [HMBirds] HMBC Field Trip - Monday follow up!
I could not make it Sunday but after seeing some favorable radar Sunday night I did a follow up to the Peebles trip on Monday with a friend and had 3 mixed flocks with multiple warblers. No Cape Mays but had 2 Canada, 2 Black and White, 2 Pine, 2 Chestnut-sided, and one each of Blue-winged and Blackpoll/Bay-breasted. And at least as many unidentified warblers because 2 of the flocks were in canopy. Water was still too high for anything but a crowd of non descript gulls at Cohoes Flats.

Steve Mesick, East Greenbush

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> On Aug 19, 2018, at 3:37 PM, <hersheyj...> [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> Ten birders met this morning at Clark St. in Cohoes for the HMBC Cohoes Flats/Peebles Island field trip. Because of the recent rains, the water levels were quite high with no shorebirds in sight on the Flats. We did manage to find a few birds there including Double-crested Cormorants, a few Mallards, Great Blue Herons, Great Black-backed Gulls, Belted Kingfisher, and a Bald Eagle.
>
>
> We then proceeded to Peebles Island where we spent most of the morning. We found a bird hotspot near the intersection of the Perimeter Trail and the connector from the Deer Run Trail. We found 5 Woodpecker species here -- Pileated, Red-bellied, Downy, Hairy, and Northern Flicker, but also many songbirds. The bird of the day in my opinion was a CAPE MAY WARBLER, demonstrating that migration has begun. We also had Black-and-white Warbler, Eastern Bluebird, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Eastern Phoebe, Baltimore Oriole, and lots of Cedar Waxwings. A Great Egret and a Turkey Vulture were seen flying over the island. Other songbirds included Fish Crow, Red-eyed and Warbling Vireo. We eventually spotted a Spotted Sandpiper on the other side of Peebles Island from the Flats.
>
>
> Our final bird count was a modest 40 species. There were also some noteworthy animals including a squirrel which surprisingly fell out of a tree and landed with a thud on the ground just inches from where the group was walking. (The squirrel was fine). We also saw several turtles, many colorful mushrooms, and lots of rushing water along the trail. Thanks to all the congenial birders who participated!
>
> John Hershey, coordinator
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Date: 8/21/18 12:56 pm
From: Louis Suarato <lsuarato...> [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [HMBirds] North Jersey Media Group Free birding walks offered on grounds of legendary writer's New York retreat
From North Jersey Media Group
Free birding walks offered on grounds of legendary writer's New York retreat
Slabsides, a National Historic Landmark and a Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area site, is part of the 197-acre John Burroughs Nature Sanctuary

https://njersy.co/2OOk9Xy





Louis J. Suarato


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Date: 8/21/18 11:48 am
From: Tom <trwdsd...> [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [HMBirds] Wilson’s Warbler, Albany Pine Bush Preserve- 8/21
Two Black-throated Green Warblers and a Wilson’s Warbler were present at Karner Barrens East this morning. These represent migrants moving south. There were also a number of flycatchers around, mainly Eastern Wood-pewees, Eastern Phoebes, and Eastern Kingbirds, all of which breed in the preserve. 
Migrants should be on the move both Wednesday and Thursday nights, with favorable winds and sky conditions. 
Tom Williams Colonie


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Date: 8/21/18 6:04 am
From: Kathryn Schneider <fallline...> [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [HMBirds] Fwd: [cayugabirds-l] cayugabirds-l digest: August 21, 2018
I saw this on cayuga birds and thought others might want to weigh in. I did.

Kathryn Schneider

> Begin forwarded message:
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> From: "Rising, Gerald" <insrisg...>
> Subject: Re:[cayugabirds-l] cayugabirds-l digest: August 21, 2018
> Date: August 21, 2018 at 7:57:06 AM EDT
> To: Upstate NY Birding <cayugabirds-l...>
> Reply-To: "Rising, Gerald" <insrisg...>
>
> Currently a vote is being taken by an Albany station whether or not to license cats. As I write, the NO vote is winning. I urge anyone concerned about this issue, for or against, to vote. I favor licensing for several reasons that are becoming increasingly clear. This is not the time to spell them out, but I will at least these: the serious effect on wildlife populations of depredation by this introduced species, the spread of tooplasmosis, and the increasing incidence of cab-borne rabies.
> The vote is being taken at: www.news10.com/news/local-news/local-group-calling-for-statewide-cat-licensing-law/1382965895
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> G. Rising
> Amherst
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>


 

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Date: 8/21/18 4:58 am
From: Scottjstoner <ScottJStoner...> [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [HMBirds] Common nighthawks?
Gerianne, yes, you were seeing Common Nighthawks! The Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club conducts a census of them every year in late August at the Albany pine bush preserve, timed for the peak of their southbound migration (next week). But many of us were seeing them last night, from Albany, Rensselaer and Saratoga counties! Thanks for your report! Scott Stoner, HMBC 


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-------- Original message --------From: "Gerianne Carillo <gerianne...> [hmbirds]" <hmbirds-noreply...> Date: 8/21/18 7:38 AM (GMT-05:00) To: <hmbirds...> Subject: [HMBirds] Common nighthawks?

 









Hi all,



I was in Saratoga on Sunday evening, visiting the trailer park, and saw 30+ birds flying pretty high overhead, circling and apparently feeding. I had no binos so couldn’t be sure of ID. I’ve never seen Nighthawks before, but I have seen chimney swifts, and that was my first thought! But these birds were larger, and they were silent as they flew in circular patterns together. Could it be that what I was seeing was Common Nighthawks? That’s what I settled on in my mind and, when I saw a couple of others post about Nighthawks in that area, I thought I’d reach out.



Is this a common sighting for this area? (I live in Otsego County).



Thanks, and good birding!



Gerianne



Gerianne Carillo

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Date: 8/21/18 4:49 am
From: John Kent <k2ent76...> [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [HMBirds] Common nighthawks?
That is very likely what you saw. They are not uncommon around here during the second half of August, when they are migrating through.

John Kent

On Aug 21, 2018 7:38 AM, "Gerianne Carillo <gerianne...> [hmbirds]" <hmbirds-noreply...> wrote:


Hi all,

I was in Saratoga on Sunday evening, visiting the trailer park, and saw 30+ birds flying pretty high overhead, circling and apparently feeding. I had no binos so couldn’t be sure of ID. I’ve never seen Nighthawks before, but I have seen chimney swifts, and that was my first thought! But these birds were larger, and they were silent as they flew in circular patterns together. Could it be that what I was seeing was Common Nighthawks? That’s what I settled on in my mind and, when I saw a couple of others post about Nighthawks in that area, I thought I’d reach out.

Is this a common sighting for this area? (I live in Otsego County).

Thanks, and good birding!

Gerianne

Gerianne Carillo
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Date: 8/21/18 4:38 am
From: Gerianne Carillo <gerianne...> [hmbirds] <hmbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [HMBirds] Common nighthawks?
Hi all,

I was in Saratoga on Sunday evening, visiting the trailer park, and saw 30+ birds flying pretty high overhead, circling and apparently feeding. I had no binos so couldn’t be sure of ID. I’ve never seen Nighthawks before, but I have seen chimney swifts, and that was my first thought! But these birds were larger, and they were silent as they flew in circular patterns together. Could it be that what I was seeing was Common Nighthawks? That’s what I settled on in my mind and, when I saw a couple of others post about Nighthawks in that area, I thought I’d reach out.

Is this a common sighting for this area? (I live in Otsego County).

Thanks, and good birding!

Gerianne

Gerianne Carillo
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