Rare Bird Alert for BUFFALO Thursday, February 3, 2005
* New York
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Thank you, David
OREGON DARK-EYED JUNCO
Great Blue Heron
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, February 3, 2005
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 January 27 through February 3
from the Niagara Frontier Region include OREGON-type DARK-
EYED JUNCO, SHORT-EARED OWL, RED-NECKED GREBE, GRAY CATBIRD
and RED-W. BLACKBIRD.
January 31, an OREGON-type DARK-EYED JUNCO was found again
in the Town of Wilson in Niagara County. This junco has been
reported at feeders in neighboring yards. Also at one of
these feeders, 10 COMMON REDPOLLS and a SONG SPARROW.
Again this week, the only owls reported in the region were
the SHORT-EARED OWLS at Dickersonville and Youngstown-Wilson
Roads in the Niagara County Town of Porter, plus 3 BARRED
OWLS in Allegany State Park. Yet, GREAT GRAY OWLS are still
present in great numbers north of the Lake Ontario shore in
On the upper Niagara River this week, a RED-NECKED GREBE and
60 TUNDRA SWANS were reported between Frenchman's Creek and
Strawberry Island, plus 4 GREAT BLUE HERONS at Motor Island.
January 30, at Goat Island in Niagara Falls, New York, a
GRAY CATBIRD was reported at the edge of the rapids below
the Three Sisters Islands. Also on Goat Island, 2 GREEN-
WINGED TEALS and 2 GOLDEN-CR. KINGLETS.
Gulls on the Niagara River were highlighted by 25 ICELAND
GULLS still at the Beck Overlook on the lower river. L.
BLACK-B. GULL and GLAUCOUS GULL were reported at the
overlook and above the falls in Ontario.
Other highlights from the Niagara River this week - NORTHERN
PINTAIL and WOOD DUCK at Dufferine Islands, and HOODED
MERGANSERS at the Engineerium; both in Niagara Falls,
Ontario. On the lower river, 600 LONG-TAILED DUCKS between
Queenston and Lewiston. And a combined report from the
Little River, between Tonawanda Island and North Tonawanda,
included PIED-BILLED GREBE, 8 CANVASBACKS, BUFFLEHEAD, 6
HOODED MERGANSERS and a COOPER'S HAWK.
From Dunkirk Harbor on Lake Erie, 3 rare-in-winter BLACK
SCOTERS, and on Lake Ontario, numerous WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS,
LONG-TAILED DUCKS, COMMON GOLDENEYES and RED-BR. MERGANSERS.
Other reports this week - 2 YELLOW-R. WARBLERS on Route 18
near Dietz Road in Porter. In Wilson, at Hulbert and Lake
Roads, over 100 HORNED LARKS, 40 SNOW BUNTINGS and 14
LAPLAND LONGSPURS. RED-W. BLACKBIRD at a feeder in
Williamsville and 3 RED-W. BLACKBIRDS at Cazenovia Park in
South Buffalo. Flocks of AMERICAN ROBINS were reported at
six locations, including a yard on Three Rod Road in Alden,
where up to 36 robins have been feeding on crabapples, along
with 8 CEDAR WAXWINGS and 2 COMMON REDPOLLS. At Tifft Nature
Preserve in Buffalo, BROWN CREEPER, WINTER WREN and SWAMP
SPARROW. At a feeder Elma, PILEATED WOODPECKER, RED-BELLIED
WDPKR. and 6 TUFTED TITMICE. And NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRDS in
Porter and at Joseph Davis State Park in Lewiston.
Dial-a-Bird will be updated Thursday evening, February 10.
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.