- RBA
* New York
* Buffalo
* 02/20/2003
* NYBU0302.20
- Birds mentioned
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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
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HARLEQUIN DUCK
BALD EAGLE
SHORT-EARED OWL
WILD TURKEY
BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD
Tundra Swan
Green-winged Teal
American Black Duck
Northern Pintail
White-winged Scoter
Red-bellied Wdpkr.
Horned Lark
Red-br. Nuthatch
White-br. Nuthatch
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Amer. Tree Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lapland Longspur
Snow Bunting
- Transcript
Hotline: Dial-a-Bird at the Buffalo Museum of Science
Date: 02/20/2003
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 20, 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 13 through February
20 from the Niagara Frontier Region include HARLEQUIN DUCK,
BALD EAGLE, SHORT-EARED OWL, WILD TURKEY and BROWN-HEADED
COWBIRD.
February 15, the male HARLEQUIN DUCK that has been wintering
on the Niagara River at Fort Erie, Ontario, was reported
again at the second parking lot north of the marina. Also in
the Fort Erie area, several WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS.
BALD EAGLES were reported several times this week on the
upper Niagara River. An adult and sub-adult at the iceboom,
4 eagles on Navy Island, and an adult a 2 sub-adults were
seen from Grand Island, drifting downriver on a large ice
floe. Also, 57 TUNDRA SWANS off Beaver Island State Park.
During the evening of February 18, 4 SHORT-EARED OWLS were
seen again on Tonawanda Creek Road near the Burdick Road
bridge in the Town of Royalton. This Sunday, February 23,
there will be a BOS field trip to search for owls in Niagara
County. Check the update [below] for details.
This week in the Orleans County Town of Carlton, 23 WILD
TURKEYS were reported along Yates-Carlton Townline Road,
south of Route 18. Also very surprising, an apparent WILD
TURKEY nest with 9 eggs, in a wooded area in Carlton.
Wintering AMERICAN ROBINS continue to be widely reported.
Typically the first robins of spring will not arrive until
mid-March. The first flocks of BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS were
noted this week in the Town of Tonawanda. Up to 10 at a
feeder on Cleveland Drive and 20 cowbirds along Sheridan
Drive.
The monthly census at Sinking Ponds in East Aurora reported
23 species including AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, NORTHERN PINTAIL,
GREEN-WINGED TEAL, RED-BELLIED WDPKR., RED-BR. NUTHATCH,
WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH, 6 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS, AMER. TREE
SPARROW and SONG SPARROW.
Other reports this week - At the dairy farm on Niagara-
Orleans Countyline Road, 40 HORNED LARKS, SNOW BUNTING and 2
LAPLAND LONGSPURS in breeding plumage. And at Fort Niagara
State Park, over 50 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, in close to shore,
below the main parking lot.
Dial-a-Bird will be updated Thursday evening, February 27.
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.
 
[Update, Thursday Feb 20 7:30 pm
There will be a BOS field trip on Sunday, Feb 23, to search
for owls in Niagara County. Meet at 1 PM at the Toys R' Us
entrance at Summit Park Mall on Williams Rd, south of Niagara
Falls Blvd. Visitors are always welcome on BOS field trips.
And the next BOS meeting will be on Wed Feb 26, at the Buffalo
Museum of Science, at 7:30 PM.]
 
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