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1 hour ago, dragon49 said:

In Upstate New York, the Canada Geese always guard their goslings on the move with one adult in the front and another in the back.  Do the left coast Canada Geese behave the same way, or is one guardian enough?

I don’t think it depends where they are. It depends how old the goslings are. 

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On 4/19/2022 at 9:46 AM, Aidan B said:

Ugh, don't even get me started on how hard it is to find those. I think I've had a total of 3-4 in the county, and I bird almost every day during migration. It's funny because the can be soooooo abundant in the mountains.

Just as an example, https://ebird.org/checklist/S89292335

 

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On 4/19/2022 at 10:22 AM, IKLland said:

Are you also having trouble finding Hermit Warblers? I can’t find one anywhere.

They’re usually pretty tricky along the coast. It feels like they’re usually more common in fall, at least up here. I’ve never had great luck with them up on their breeding grounds either, usually just hear them singing way up in some trees in the sierras. Not an easy bird in the slightest. 

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56 minutes ago, Connor Cochrane said:

They’re usually pretty tricky along the coast. It feels like they’re usually more common in fall, at least up here. I’ve never had great luck with them up on their breeding grounds either, usually just hear them singing way up in some trees in the sierras. Not an easy bird in the slightest. 

Apparently they’re more common here in spring. They don’t breed here, they only migrate through. 

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On 4/19/2022 at 8:22 AM, IKLland said:

Are you also having trouble finding Hermit Warblers? I can’t find one anywhere.

I’ve had 2 this year but last year I had 17 individuals. They’re a lot more common in fall than spring here though.

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19 hours ago, IKLland said:

I don’t think it depends where they are. It depends how old the goslings are. 

When I in the area, the goslings were always very young and small.  What fascinates me though that here in South Florida with the added danger of alligators in every body of water larger than a bathtub, the Muscovy Ducks only guard their tiny ducklings with one adult.

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Was a great day.  I did see fewer species than I normally do at this hotspot, but it's my fault for having problems separating myself from my mattress this morning. ?  In any event, my timing was perfect, as I got a lifer Wood Duck, when at the end of the walk, I saw mom and eight ducklings, and had the opportunity to take lots of great pics.

I didn't get great photos of the Red-shouldered Hawks I saw but was able to witness nature at her finest:  One of the hawks stole a Boat-tailed Grackle chick to feed its own chicks.  After the raptor took it back to the nest, either that bird or its mate left the nest and was immediately followed and harassed by ten pissed off Boat-tailed Grackles.  The grackles got close to the nest from two sides but didn't attempt to enter.  They hung around for a while, presumably calling for the chick, but it was long gone.  I couldn't capture the moments, but witnessed mom RSH feeding her chicks pieces of the then deceased bird:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S107805521

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Got a twofer. We had a garage sale over the weekend and spent most of the downtime watching the birds. On the second day, I took a walk around; there were more mockingbirds than customers.

Saturday: https://ebird.org/checklist/S107828400
Sunday: https://ebird.org/checklist/S107894401

On 4/22/2022 at 8:59 PM, Avery said:

Your slash could be another lifer (RUHU)

My Saturday list has a FOY Rufous Hummingbird for the county.

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On 4/22/2022 at 8:00 PM, dragon49 said:

In Upstate New York, the Canada Geese always guard their goslings on the move with one adult in the front and another in the back.  Do the left coast Canada Geese behave the same way, or is one guardian enough?

I don't want to start an argument, I'm just wondering where upstate NY starts in your opinion?

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8 minutes ago, Quiscalus quiscula said:

I don't want to start an argument, I'm just wondering where upstate NY starts in your opinion?

I've honestly never known where "the line" is. I kinda always thought it was the area next to VT, but I've never actually known.

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2 minutes ago, Avery said:

I've honestly never known where "the line" is. I kinda always thought it was the area next to VT, but I've never actually known.

People from NY are hugely divided over this. Down in the city (people from upstate mean NYC when they say 'the city') most of the people down there think it's just whatever is north of their street, or that upstate starts at Westchester county. Most people think it starts at Albany or Schenectady, but those NYers who are really far north think upstate only refers to the Adirondack area. Generally NYers from Western NY don't really care about the issue as much.

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1 hour ago, Quiscalus quiscula said:

I don't want to start an argument, I'm just wondering where upstate NY starts in your opinion?

I have no idea, and since I haven't lived in the state for more than a year, I neither care to think about it, nor Google up other's opinions on the subject.  No disrespect to the state or its inhabitants, just a lot of bad memories about NYC that I don't want to discuss right now.

I used to go fishing in Sullivan County, near and around Liberty, which is approximately 110 miles Northwest of New York City.  This meets the definition of upstate New York by anybody's standards.

While Canada Geese are part of the original thread, I thought I'd mention that although I wasn't yet a birder at the time, when I was there, I saw TONS of Canada Geese.  It was literally impossible to be on or near a body of water without running into many of them.  Not sure if it would be accurate to state that I saw more Canada Geese than all other species of birds combined, but I certainly feel as if that were the case.

In any event, I had fun on Ebird adding old checklists to catch up with my pre-Ebird life and see that I got nine lifers in Sullivan County.  

Where in suburban New York State do you live, and do you consider that location to be part of upstate New York?  I respect your privacy if you don't want to share that.

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