Hudson River, Fort Edward, Fort Miller.
It’s always nice to start a birding trip with a leisurely breakfast, meandering up to the meeting point at 12:30. We started late so as to stay out until dusk looking for Short-eared Owls. The owls stiffed us but I have probably never seen as many Northern Harriers in my entire life as I did on this one day. Harriers in pairs, two males courting a female, six at one time coursing over a field — it was an amazing sight. I’ve never seen more than one male — the spectacular Grey Ghost — in a day.
Hooded Merganser, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Bald Eagle, Canada Goose, American Crow, Mallard, Rock Pigeon, Common Merganser, American Black Duck, Common Goldeneye, Song Sparrow, American Robin, House Sparrow, Red-tailed Hawk, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Blue Jay. Ring-necked Duck, Snow Goose, Northern Pintail, Northern Harrier, European Starling, Red-winged Blackbird, Rough-legged Hawk, American Goldfinch, Mourning Dove.
26 species, 2 new for 2012.