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Rare Bird Alert for BUFFALO Thursday, December 2, 2004

- RBA
* New York
* Buffalo
* 12/02/2004
* NYBU0412.02
- 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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Saturday, December 4 - BOS field trip to the Niagara
River. Meet at 8 AM at the upstream parking lot on Goat
Island in Niagara Falls, NY.

Wednesday, December 8 - BOS annual holiday party at 7:30 PM
at the Buffalo Museum of Science.
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RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD
COMMON TEAL
HARLEQUIN DUCK
PURPLE SANDPIPER
BLACK-LEG. KITTIWAKE
SNOWY OWL
SHORT-EARED OWL
PEREGRINE FALCON
Eared Grebe
Tundra Swan
Cackling Goose
Long-tailed Duck
Surf Scoter
Bufflehead
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Rough-legged Hawk
American Coot
Little Gull
California Gull
Thayer's Gull
Iceland Gull
L. Black-b. Gull
Glaucous Gull
Tufted Titmouse
Northern Shrike
Pine Siskin

- Transcript
Hotline: Dial-a-Bird at the Buffalo Museum of Science
Date: 12/02/2004
Number: 716-896-1271
To Report: Same
Compiler: David F. Suggs ([email protected])
Coverage: Western New York and adjacent Ontario
Transcriber: David F. Suggs
Website: www.BOSBirding.org

Thursday, December 2, 2004

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 November 24 through December
2 from the Niagara Frontier Region include RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD,
COMMON TEAL, HARLEQUIN DUCK, PURPLE SANDPIPER, BLACK-LEG.
KITTIWAKE, SNOWY OWL, SHORT-EARED OWL and PEREGRINE FALCONS.

As of November 28, the RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD was still present
at 4575 Peach Avenue in Niagara Falls, Ontario. The homeowners
have asked that observers wait until late morning before
visiting the yard. [Late report - Dec 2, the hummingbird was
captured, identified as a hatch year female RUFOUS, banded
and released]

November 28, a COMMON or EURASIAN TEAL was found in Ontario,
above Niagara Falls, in one of the impoundments across from
Dufferin Islands. This is likely the same teal that was
tentatively identified across the river at Goat Island on
October 31. Also above the falls, a female HARLEQUIN DUCK at
the control gates dam, PURPLE SANDPIPER at the stranded
barge, and a BRANT with CANADA GEESE at Dufferin Islands.

Eleven gull species on the Niagara this week were
highlighted by a first-winter BLACK-LEG. KITTIWAKE, seen at
several locations on the lower river. Most recent report was
November 29 at the power plants, but also on the 29th, a
first-winter BLACK-LEG. KITTIWAKE was found dead at the
entrance to the Legends of Niagara golf course, off the
upper river in Chippawa, Ontario.

Other gulls of note - at the power plants, CALIFORNIA GULL,
THAYER'S GULL, 6 ICELAND GULLS and several L. BLACK-B.
GULLS. At the falls, 8 L. BLACK-B. GULLS and a GLAUCOUS
GULL. And, LITTLE GULLS on the lower river and at the
control gates.

At the mouth of the Niagara River, a SNOWY OWL at Fort
Niagara State Park. Another probable SNOWY OWL was seen
twice this week near Delaware Park in Buffalo. And 3 SHORT-
EARED OWLS were found in the Lake Ontario Plains, on
Lakeshore Road, east of the Niagara-Orleans county line.

PEREGRINE FALCONS this week - at Athol Springs in Hamburg,
the falls gorge and at the lower river power plants. Pairs
of PEREGRINE FALCONS were noted in downtown Buffalo and in
the area of Navy Island, seen from the Eagle Overlook on
Grand Island. Also, 3 BALD EAGLES around Navy Island and
another BALD EAGLE at Queenston, Ontario.

Other reports this week - at the Batavia Waste Water Plant,
2 EARED GREBES, 6 CACKLING GEESE and a NORTHERN SHRIKE. In
the Iroquois Refuge, at Cayuga Pool, 16 TUNDRA SWANS, 2 BALD
EAGLES, NORTHERN HARRIER, 24 AMERICAN COOTS and NORTHERN
SHRIKE. Around Golden Hill State Park, in the Town of
Somerset, 13 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, included 9 dark phase. In
Buffalo, along the Bird Island Pier, 5 SURF SCOTERS, 200
LONG-TAILED DUCKS and over 1000 BUFFLEHEADS. On Woodbridge
Avenue in Buffalo, a PINE SISKIN among a flock of AMERICAN
GOLDFINCHES, and 2 TUFTED TITMICE on Ruie Road in North
Tonawanda.

Dial-a-Bird will be updated Thursday evening, December 9.
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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