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Rare Bird Alert for BUFFALO Thursday, March 3, 2005

- RBA
* New York
* Buffalo
* 03/03/2005
* NYBU0503.03
- 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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[UPDATE: Sunday, March 6, a BOS field trip to Niagara County
for owls. Meet at 1:00 PM near the Toys R Us entrance at the
Summit Park Mall on Williams Road just south of Niagara
Falls Blvd., in the Town of Wheatfield.

Wednesday, March 9, BOS meeting at 7:30 PM at the Buffalo
Museum of Science, Shelia S. Hess, Ducks Unlimited New York
Regional Biologist, will present a program, "How Birds are
like Bees: the Wildflower Connection".

Wednesday, March 23, at 7:00 PM, the annual Vaughn Lecture
will be presented at Buffalo Museum of Science. Dr. Kevin
McGowan will lecture on "The Uncommon Crow: The Hidden Life
of a Common but Misunderstood Bird".]

ROSS'S GOOSE
SNOWY OWL
KING EIDER
GREAT GRAY OWL - outside region
TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE - outside region
Great Blue Heron
Bl.-cr. Night-Heron
Canvasback
Greater Scaup
Long-tailed Duck
Black Scoter
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Bald Eagle
Rough-legged Hawk
Iceland Gull
L. Black-b. Gull
Glaucous Gull

- Transcript
Hotline: Dial-a-Bird at the Buffalo Museum of Science
Date: 03/03/2005
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, March 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 February 24 through March 3
from the Niagara Frontier Region include ROSS'S GOOSE, SNOWY
OWL and KING EIDER. Outside the region - GREAT GRAY OWL and
TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE.

February 28, at Dunkirk Harbor, on Lake Erie in Chautauqua
County, a ROSS'S GOOSE was still present in the west end of
the harbor. Other reports from the harbor included small
numbers of SURF SCOTER, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER and BLACK SCOTER
among at least 13 waterfowl species, plus GREAT BLUE HERON,
BL.-CR. NIGHT-HERON and a sub-adult BALD EAGLE.

Also in Chautauqua County, February 27, the SNOWY OWL was
reported again on Cummings Road at Fredonia-Stockton Road.
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were noted in the Towns of Charlotte and
Villanova, and at the Dunkirk Airport.

On the upper Niagara River, a first year, female, KING EIDER
was found again off Strawberry Island, viewed from Aqua Lane
in the Town of Tonawanda. A pair of BALD EAGLES continue to
carry sticks around Strawberry Island, but no nest has been
built.

At least 11 waterfowl species were reported on the upper
Niagara River from the ice boom off Fort Erie, Ontario, to
Niagara Falls, and included 3800 GREATER SCAUP and 3400
CANVASBACKS. Above the Horseshoe Falls in Ontario, L. BLACK-
B. GULL and GLAUCOUS GULL. On the lower river at the Beck
Overlook, 5 ICELAND GULLS, and at Queenston, over 600 LONG-
TAILED DUCKS and a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER.

February 24 at the Lewiston Reservoir, ICELAND GULL, L.
BLACK-B. GULL and GLAUCOUS GULL.

Outside the Niagara Frontier, a GREAT GRAY OWL has finally
been found in New York State - at Cape Vincent, at the
source of the Saint Lawrence River outside Watertown. In
Pennsylvania, a TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE has been present for
much of the winter, south of Smethport, about 45 minutes
from Olean, New York. Also in Pennsylvania, at the Kinzua
Dam, at least 20 BALD EAGLES and a GOLDEN EAGLE.

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

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