* New York
* Buffalo
* 02/13/2003
* NYBU0302.13
- Birds mentioned
  Please phone in any rare sightings so they
  may be shared via the DAB telephone update
  system, and submit email contributions directly
  to [email protected]
  Thank you, David
  Great Blue Heron
  Hooded Merganser
  Cooper's Hawk
  Red-bellied Wdpkr.
  Horned Lark
  Brown Creeper
  Eastern Bluebird
  Northern Shrike
  Amer. Tree Sparrow
  White-thr. Sparrow
  Lapland Longspur
  Snow Bunting
  American Goldfinch

- Transcript
  Hotline: Dial-a-Bird at the Buffalo Museum of Science
  Date:             02/13/2003
  Number:           716-896-1271
  To Report:        Same
  Compiler:         David F. Suggs ([email protected])
  Coverage:         Western New York and adjacent Ontario
  Transcriber:      David F. Suggs

  Thursday, February 13, 2003

  Dial-a-Bird is a service provided by your Buffalo Museum of  Science and this answering system was donated by the Buffalo  Ornithological Society. Press (2) to leave a message, (3)  for updates, meeting and field trip information and (4) for
  instructions on how to report sightings and use this system.  To contact the Science Museum, call 896-5200.

  Highlights of reports received February 6 through February 13 from the Niagara Frontier Region include EASTERN TOWHEE and RUSTY BLACKBIRD.

  February 12, a rare in winter EASTERN TOWHEE was reported in a yard in Glenwood, in the Town of Colden. Formerly known as the Rufous-sided Towhee, this male bird was feeding on the ground under a sunflower feeder. Also rare in winter, a RUSTY BLACKBIRD was reported February 9 at a feeder on Dickersonville Road in the Town of Porter. And a RED-BELLIED WDPKR. has been a regular at a suet feeder on Boston State Road in Boston.

  In the Lake Ontario Plains on February 9, a flock of over 400 SNOW BUNTINGS, plus 40 HORNED LARKS and 5 LAPLAND
  LONGSPURS, were seen along Niagara-Orleans Countyline Road, between Route 18 and Lake Road. Also in the lake plains, a NORTHERN SHRIKE on Hess Road near Dublin Road in Newfane, and a pair of EASTERN BLUEBIRDS on Lake Road in Carlton. At the vineyards on Campbell Blvd. in Pendleton [Cambria?], two HORNED LARKS were heard singing, despite the 19 degree temperature.

  February 7, 20 GREAT BLUE HERONS were counted at the Motor  Island heronry in the Niagara River off the foot of Sheridan  Drive in Tonawanda. Also, a February record high count of 13 HOODED MERGANSERS, on the Little Niagara River  between Tonawanda Island and North Tonawanda.

  Other reports this week - at Tifft Nature Preserve in  Buffalo, 2 BROWN CREEPERS, 10 AMER. TREE SPARROWS and 2
  AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES. In the Williamsville Glen, now known  as Amherst State Park, 1 AMER. TREE SPARROW and 4 WHITE-THR.  SPARROWS. And the count of MERLINS on the UB Main Street Campus is up to an extraordinary 9 falcons, plus one COOPER'S HAWK.

  Dial-a-Bird will be updated Thursday evening, February 20.  Please call in your sightings by noon Thursday. You may
  report sightings after the tone. Thank you for calling and  reporting to Dial-a-Bird.

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