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Rare Bird Alert for BUFFALO Thursday, February 26, 2004

- RBA
* New York
* Buffalo
* 02/26/2004
* NYBU0402.26
- 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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COMMON RAVEN
RED-W. BLACKBIRD
GREAT BLUE HERON
Tundra Swan
Bald Eagle
Sharp-sh. Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Iceland Gull
Eastern Screech-Owl
Nor. Saw-whet Owl
Red-bellied Wdpkr.
Northern Flicker
Horned Lark
Brown Creeper
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Northern Shrike
Snow Bunting
Common Redpoll
Pine Siskin

- Transcript
Hotline: Dial-a-Bird at the Buffalo Museum of Science
Date: 02/26/2004
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 26, 2004

[Plan ahead for a BOS field trip on Sunday, March 7, to
search for owls in Niagara County. Meet at 1:00 PM near the
Toy R Us entrance at the Summit Park Mall on Williams Road
just south of Niagara Falls Blvd. in the Town of
Wheatfield.]

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 19 through February
26 from the Niagara Frontier Region include COMMON RAVEN,
RED-W. BLACKBIRDS and GREAT BLUE HERONS.

February 26, a COMMON RAVEN was seen soaring over a rare
location, the Erie County Forest on Genesee Road in southern
Erie County.

February 22, five RED-W. BLACKBIRDS were reported at Tifft
Nature Preserve in Buffalo. Also at Tifft, 2 RED-TAILED
HAWKS, AMERICAN KESTREL, BROWN CREEPER and 30 AMERICAN
ROBINS. A female RED-W. BLACKBIRD was noted this week in
Niagara Falls.

On the upper Niagara River, GREAT BLUE HERONS are increasing
at Motor Island. February 23, 21 were counted in and around
the nests on the island, up from six herons are few weeks
ago. Several GREAT BLUE HERONS were also nearby at Beaver
Island State Park, as were over one hundred of the wintering
TUNDRA SWANS.

Four BALD EAGLES were reported on the upper river, 2 at
Motor Island, and single eagles at Strawberry Island and
over the river at Tonawanda.

Along with these signs of spring, winter birds are still in
the region. An ICELAND GULL on Lake Ontario at Lakeside
Beach in Carlton. During the windy weather on February 22,
only two NORTHERN SHRIKES were found in the Lake Ontario
Plains, compared to the record 22 shrikes in the same area
the week before. At a feeder in the Town of Colden, 4 COMMON
REDPOLLS and 10 PINE SISKINS. Several more COMMON REDPOLLS
in the Town of Somerset. Flocks of several hundred SNOW
BUNTINGS are still being found along Niagara-Orleans
Countyline Road, and the east on Marshall Road in Yates.
And, a late report from February 15, of 10 SNOW BUNTINGS
over Amherst State Park.

Other reports this week - 3 NOR. SAW-WHET OWLS were heard
calling at the Iroquois Refuge. A field trip through the
refuge reported BALD EAGLE, NORTHERN SHRIKE, 5 HORNED LARKS,
2 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS and 30 AMERICAN ROBINS. From Amherst,
at a feeder in Williamsville, RED-BELLIED WDPKR., NORTHERN
FLICKER and a SHARP-SH. HAWK, and in Eggertsville, an
EASTERN SCREECH-OWL at a feeder, after dark.

Dial-a-Bird will be updated Thursday evening, March 4.
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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