Rare Bird Alert for BUFFALO Thursday, December 9, 2004
* New York
- 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
L. Black-b. Gull
Hotline: Dial-a-Bird at the Buffalo Museum of Science
To Report: Same
Compiler: David F. Suggs ([email protected])
Coverage: Western New York and adjacent Ontario
Transcriber: David F. Suggs
Thursday, December 9, 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 December 2 through December 9
from the Niagara Frontier Region include RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD
and BALD EAGLE.
December 2, the hummingbird in Niagara Falls, Ontario, was
banded, identified as a first year female RUFOUS
HUMMINGBIRD, and released. The bird quickly returned to the
feeders at 4575 Peach Avenue. Visitors are still welcome
after 9 AM.
From the un-frozen waters of the Allegany Reservoir this
week, a regional record count of 24 BALD EAGLES, including
14 on the shore at Onoville in the Town of South Valley.
December 7, in downtown Niagara Falls, New York, two
PEREGRINE FALCONS around the former Rainbow parking ramp.
These may be some of the same falcons that have been seen in
the falls gorge in recent weeks.
On the Niagara River this week - two BLACK-LEG. KITTIWAKES
and 2 LITTLE GULLS passed by Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario,
enroute to Lake Ontario during the evening of December 5. At
the Adam Beck power plants overlook in Ontario, the
CALIFORNIA GULL continues to roost on the rocks at the
downriver side of the Moses Dam. Also at the plants,
THAYER'S GULL, ICELAND GULL, L. BLACK-B. GULL and a
"Nelson's Gull", a large gull believed to be a hybrid of
HERRING GULL and GLAUCOUS GULL.
At the falls, a female HARLEQUIN DUCK continues to be found
sporadically, up from the Engineerium building in Ontario.
Also a PURPLE SANDPIPER at the barge and several L. BLACK-B.
Off Grand Island in the upper Niagara River, 38 TUNDRA SWANS
at Beaver Island State Park, and a BALD EAGLE at Navy
Outside the region, December 2, an ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER
was found at Hamlin Beach State Park, on Lake Ontario near
Rochester. This western species was still present on
Other reports this week - In Amherst, a female WILD TURKEY
on LeBrun Road in Snyder. At a feeder in East Aurora, a
flock of at least 12 PINE SISKINS on two days. And in
Tonawanda, a COOPER'S HAWK on a utility pole, overlooking
Military and Sheridan.
Dial-a-Bird will be updated Thursday evening, December 16.
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.