Rare Bird Alert for BUFFALO Thursday, February 19, 2004
* New York
- Birds mentioned
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Thank you, David
American Black Duck
Hotline: Dial-a-Bird at the Buffalo Museum of Science
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Compiler: David F. Suggs ([email protected])
Coverage: Western New York and adjacent Ontario
Transcriber: David F. Suggs
Thursday, February 19, 2004
[The next BOS meeting will be on Wednesday, February 25, at
7:30 PM. A program will be presented by Paul Hess, Wildlife
Biologist at the Iroquois NWR, on the Ecology of Arctic
Nesting Geese. Visitors are always welcome at BOS meetings]
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Science and this answering system was donated by the Buffalo
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To contact the Science Museum, call 896-5200.
Highlights of reports received February 12 through February
19 from the Niagara Frontier Region include BOHEMIAN
WAXWING, NORTHERN SHRIKE, EASTERN TOWHEE, RED-W. BLACKBIRD
and BALD EAGLES.
Several highlights from the Lake Ontario Plains this week.
February 17, 7 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were found in the Town of
Somerset, along Lower Lake Road, less than a mile east of
The same date, a record count of 22 NORTHERN SHRIKES were
found between Point Breeze in Carlton and the power plant in
Somerset. The shrikes were along Route 18 and the north-
Also in Somerset, on February 18, a male EASTERN TOWHEE was
at a seed pile with 6 WHITE-THR. SPARROWS, on Lower Lake
Road, across from Golden Hill State Park. Other reports from
the lake plains - at Fort Niagara, RED-THROATED LOON and
GLAUCOUS GULL. At Shadigee in Yates, 16 HORNED GREBES. Along
the lakeshore in general, hundreds of COMMON GOLDENEYES,
WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS and RED-BR. MERGANSERS. Along Oak
Orchard Creek in Medina, an adult BALD EAGLE, and COMMON
REDPOLLS at several locations in the plains.
A real sign of spring on February 17, a RED-W. BLACKBIRD and
BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD at a feeder in Clarence. At another
feeder in Clarence, NORTHERN FLICKER and 8 EASTERN
BALD EAGLES continue to impress observers around the islands
in the upper Niagara River. February 19, from the West River
Parkway on Grand Island, 3 adults and 1 subadult were seen
bathing in the puddles on the ice at the south end of Navy
Island. February 15, in the evening, 8 BALD EAGLES at
Strawberry Island, viewed from Ontario Street in the
Riverside section of Buffalo. Also, at the Iroquois Refuge,
a BALD EAGLE was observed at the Cayuga Pool nest.
Other reports this week - On the Tonawanda side of the south
Grand Island bridge, at the origin of the Riverwalk trail,
raptors over the fields at the oil tanks included 4 RED-
TAILED HAWKS, 2 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, AMERICAN KESTREL and a
Waterfowl around Grand Island included 76 TUNDRA SWANS at
Beaver Island, and at Buckhorn Island, another 30 swans,
with a NORTHERN PINTAIL, plus 3 NORTHERN FLICKERS and 3
BROWN CREEPERS. On the Niagara River off the Tonawanda
highlands, 2 GADWALL, 2 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, 49 LESSER
SCAUP, 4 BUFFLEHEADS and 25 each of HOODED MERGANSER and
And the monthly survey at Sinking Ponds in East Aurora
reported 21 species including COOPER'S HAWK, RED-BELLIED
WDPKR., DOWNY WOODPECKER, HAIRY WOODPECKER, NORTHERN
FLICKER, PILEATED WOODPECKER, TUFTED TITMOUSE, CAROLINA WREN
and 2 SONG SPARROWS.
Dial-a-Bird will be updated Thursday evening, February 26.
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.