Rare Bird Alert for BUFFALO Thursday, October 13, 2005
* New York
- Birds mentioned
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Thank you, David
GREATER SNOW GOOSE
Bl.-thr. Bl. Warbler
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, October 13, 2005
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Highlights of reports received October 6 through October 13
from the Niagara Frontier Region include GREATER SNOW GOOSE,
HUDSONIAN GODWIT, BUFF-BR. SANDPIPER, BRANT, CASPIAN TERN
and October Count reports.
October 13, in Fort Erie, Ontario, a GREATER SNOW GOOSE was
reported with a flock of CANADA GEESE along the Niagara
River south the Peace Bridge. This SNOW GOOSE sub-species is
known as an Atlantic Coast migrant, and may not have been
previously recorded in the region.
HUDSONIAN GODWITS at two locations this week. October 8, in
the Iroquois Refuge, a single HUDSONIAN GODWIT with GREATER
YELLOWLEGS at the back of Cayuga Pool; accessed by walking
the dike toward Blind 36. During the BOS October Count on
October 9, 4 HUDSONIAN GODWITS on the Lake Erie shore at
Lorraine Road in Port Colborne, Ontario. These godwits flew
off across the lake. Also on the count in Ontario, in the
Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, near Saint David's, 5 BUFF-BR.
SANDPIPERS; a late date and the highest number in many
At Dunkirk Harbor, October 12, the first report of BRANT
this season - 10 at the Main Street beach, with 7 late
Migrant sparrows were reported in abundant numbers on the
BOS count. At least 11 sparrow species were recorded in the
region, included the first AMER. TREE SPARROWS. In the
northwest section of Niagara County, several flocks of 100
sparrows were noted. Totals in Niagara County included over
200 of both WHITE-THR. SPARROWS and DARK-EYED JUNCOS, over
100 WHITE-CR. SPARROWS, 32 CHIPPING SPARROWS, 26 SONG
SPARROWS and lesser numbers of FIELD SPARROW, SAVANNAH
SPARROW, FOX SPARROW, LINCOLN'S SPARROW and SWAMP SPARROW.
In Chautauqua County, along the railroad bed running south
from Cassadaga in the Town of Stockton, 9 sparrow species
included 44 SWAMP SPARROWS. In a Town of Lancaster section,
75 CHIPPING SPARROWS, of which half were in one flock at
RUBY-CR. KINGLETS were also plentiful on the count. Eleven
warbler species were highlighted by a late MOURNING WARBLER
in a Cattaraugus County section. Other reported warblers -
ORANGE-CR. WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, MAGNOLIA WARBLER,
BL.-THR. BL. WARBLER, YELLOW-R. WARBLER, PINE WARBLER, PALM
WARBLER, BLACKPOLL WARBLER and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT. Plus a
TENNESSEE WARBLER last week at Woodlawn Beach State Park in
Other count highlights - 5 COMMON LOONS, 70 D.-CREST.
CORMORANTS and 2 OSPREYS over Lancaster. RED-NECKED GREBE
and 12 SURF SCOTERS on Lake Ontario. Three SNOW GEESE at
Sinking Ponds in East Aurora. At the Countryside Gravel
Ponds in Cattaraugus County, 35 PIED-BILLED GREBES, 14 WOOD
DUCKS, BUFFLEHEAD, RUDDY DUCK, 2 OSPREYS, BALD EAGLE and an
unexpected BONAPARTE'S GULL. In Niagara County, 4 AMERICAN
GOLDEN-PLOVERS, 2 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, 11 CHIMNEY SWIFTS and
PURPLE FINCH. And most reporting sections counted YELLOW-B.
SAPSUCKER, EASTERN PHOEBE, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, RED-BR.
NUTHATCH, WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH, BROWN CREEPER, HOUSE
WREN, WINTER WREN, HERMIT THRUSH, GOLDEN-CR. KINGLET,
EASTERN TOWHEE and RUSTY BLACKBIRD.
Dial-a-Bird will be updated Thursday evening, October 20.
Please call in your sightings by noon Thursday. You may
report sightings after the tone. Thank you for calling and
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