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Rare Bird Alert for BUFFALO Thursday, February 12, 2004

- RBA
* New York
* Buffalo
* 02/12/2004
* NYBU0402.12
- 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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TUFTED DUCK
TURKEY VULTURE
BALD EAGLE
Lesser Scaup
Hooded Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Sharp-sh. Hawk
American Kestrel
Merlin
Iceland Gull
Short-eared Owl
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Horned Lark
Brown Creeper
Northern Shrike
Lapland Longspur
Snow Bunting
Common Redpoll
American Goldfinch

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

Thursday, February 12, 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 February 6 through February
12 from the Niagara Frontier Region include TUFTED DUCK,
TURKEY VULTURE, and BALD EAGLES.

The last report of the TUFTED DUCK on the Welland Canal in
Port Weller, Ontario, was February 6.

February 8, a TURKEY VULTURE was noted flying over the Peace
Bridge from Fort Erie to Buffalo.

BALD EAGLES have been very active on the upper Niagara
River. Eight were reported at Strawberry Island on February
8, 5 at Navy Island on the 10th, and several BALD EAGLES
have been seen daily on the ice off the Riverside section of
I-190. Good viewing points for the Strawberry Island eagles
- the boat launch on Aqua Lane at the end of Sheridan Drive
in Tonawanda, and the circle drive at Beaver Island State
Park on Grand Island. To view Navy Island, the Eagle
Overlook parking area on the West River Parkway of Grand
Island.

A BALD EAGLE has also been a regular in Dunkirk Harbor this
winter. On February 8, the BOS field trip to the harbor
reported 11 waterfowl species.

Also February 8, an ICELAND GULL flew past Krull Park, on
the Lake Ontario shore in Olcott.

Large flocks of SNOW BUNTINGS and HORNED LARKS with several
LAPLAND LONGSPURS have been reported in the fertilized
fields throughout the Lake Ontario Plains. Especially off
Route 18 at Hurlburg (?) Road, Niagara-Orleans Countyline
Road and Marshall Road. Also in the Town of Newstead on
Hunts Corner Road, Salt Road in Clarence, and in Chautauqua
County, flocks of 200 and 300 SNOW BUNTINGS on Van Buren
Road.

In the Town of Porter, February 11, NORTHERN SHRIKE and 2
NORTHERN FLICKERS on Braley Road. AMERICAN KESTREL on Porter
Center Road and a SHORT-EARED OWL at the surprising time of
12:30 in the afternoon on Youngstown Road, east of Porter
Center Road.

February 7, around Tonawanda Island in North Tonawanda, 9
waterfowl species were highlighted by 30 LESSER SCAUP, 20
HOODED MERGANSERS and a RUDDY DUCK. An adult BALD EAGLE was
also seen over the Niagara River from Tonawanda Island.

Other reports this week - a SHARP-SH. HAWK lingering in a
yard in Williamsville. HAIRY WOODPECKER at a suet feeder on
Woodbridge Avenue in Buffalo. At an East Aurora feeder, 2
COMMON REDPOLLS with a flock of AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES, plus a
BROWN CREEPER. And, at least 5 MERLINS on UB Main Street
Campus, including one perched in the trees in front of the
Medical School Building facing Bailey Avenue.

Dial-a-Bird will be updated Thursday evening, February 19.
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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