Rare Bird Alert for BUFFALO Thursday, February 24, 2005
* 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
Great Blue Heron
Great Black-b. Gull
Great Horned Owl
Amer. Tree Sparrow
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 24, 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 February 17 through February
24 from the Niagara Frontier Region include ROSS'S GOOSE,
SNOWY OWL, KING EIDER and BALD EAGLES.
At Dunkirk Harbor, a ROSS'S GOOSE was reported February 19,
at the west end of the harbor near Memorial Park. [Late report - goose
re-found Feb 23]. Feb 24 in the harbor, an ICELAND GULL.
Other reports from Dunkirk this week -
7 PIED-BILLED GREBES, 107 D.-CREST. CORMORANTS,
8 GREAT BLUE HERONS, blue-phase SNOW GOOSE, NORTHERN
SHOVELER, 2 NORTHERN PINTAILS, 3 BLACK SCOTERS, 31 HOODED
MERGANSERS, male RUDDY DUCK, MERLIN, 44 AMERICAN COOTS,
GLAUCOUS GULL, 88 GREAT BLACK-B. GULLS and, over the
Ralston-Purina Plant in east Dunkirk, a PEREGRINE FALCON.
February 20, a SNOWY OWL was still present at Cummings and
Fredonia-Stockton Roads in Chautauqua County. Also in this
area, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and NORTHERN SHRIKE. Another
NORTHERN SHRIKE was found on Meadville Road in the Tonawanda
Wildlife Management Area.
Female KING EIDERS were reported at two locations this week.
One on Lake Ontario, off Fort Niagara State Park in Porter.
This may be the same individual that has been reported off
the fort several times this winter. And, a second KING
EIDER, on the upper Niagara River in front of Strawberry
Island, viewed from Aqua Lane in the Town of Tonawanda.
BALD EAGLES have been observed nest building on Strawberry
Island in recent weeks; this week another nest, under
construction by two adult eagles, was found on the north end
of Navy Island, viewed from the northwest trail at Buckhorn
Island State Park. Up to 5 BALD EAGLES have been seen on
Navy Island, from the Eagle Overlook on the Grand Island
West River Parkway. BALD EAGLES have also been present in
the Iroquois Refuge, around Cayuga Pool, and in the Oak Orchard
In Amherst, February 16, 5 HORNED GREBES on Ellicott Creek,
near Robinhill and North French Roads.
And, a report from South Wales included 14 WILD TURKEYS,
GREAT HORNED OWL on nest, BARRED OWL, 2 RED-BELLIED WDPKRS.,
RED-BR. NUTHATCH, 3 AMERICAN ROBINS, 37 CEDAR WAXWINGS,
AMER. TREE SPARROW, PURPLE FINCH and HOUSE FINCH.
Dial-a-Bird will be updated Thursday evening, March 3.
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.