Rare Bird Alert for BUFFALO Friday, February 6, 2004
* 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
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
Friday, February 6, 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 January 29 through February 6
from the Niagara Frontier Region include TUFTED DUCK, RED-
NECKED GREBE, TURKEY VULTURE, NOR. SAW-WHET OWL and BALD
From the Niagara peninsula of Ontario, February 5, the
TUFTED DUCK was still present in Port Weller, at Lock #1 of
the Welland Canal. This bird was first discovered on January
24. Take the Niagara Street exit #48 from the QEW and
travel north on Niagara Street to Lakeshore Drive. Turn
right on Lakeshore, then left before the canal bridge.
A moderate invasion of RED-NECKED GREBES occurred in the
region during the past week. 16 to 20 RED-NECKED GREBES on
the Niagara River off Fort Erie, Ontario; also seen from
Squaw Island in Buffalo, and in Dunkirk Harbor, another 12
RED-NECKED GREBES. There will be a BOS field trip to
northern Chautauqua County on Sunday, February 8. Meet at
the Dunkirk Harbor pier at 9 AM. Visitors are always welcome
on BOS field trips.
January 30, a very unexpected TURKEY VULTURE was reported
soaring over Pleasantview Drive in Lancaster. At the
Iroquois Refuge, February 2, a NOR. SAW-WHET OWL was heard
calling near the headquarters on Casey Road.
BALD EAGLES on the Niagara River this week were highlighted
by a very good count of 8 to 11 on the ice between the north
end of Squaw Island and Strawberry Island. Eagles were also
noted at four other locations on the upper and lower river.
Other reports this week - Flocks of 50 to 60 TUNDRA SWANS at
the north and south ends of Grand Island. A MERLIN on
Niagara-Orleans Countyline Road near Route 18. PEREGRINE
FALCON on the electric towers near the Peace Bridge. Two
RING-NECKED PHEASANTS at a feeder in the Town of Newstead.
GLAUCOUS GULL on Lake Ontario, off Fort Niagara State Park.
SNOWY OWL still at the Niagara Falls airport. SHORT-EARED
OWL on Ott Road in Fort Erie. From Lancaster, RED-BELLIED
WDPKR. and HAIRY WOODPECKER at the Ellicott Creek Nature
Sanctuary in Bowmansville. In East Aurora, CAROLINA WREN at
a feeder on Walnut Street and 3 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS at Sinking
Ponds. Also, 3 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS at a feeder in Clarence.
In the Lake Ontario Plains, a total of 3 NORTHERN SHRIKES,
large mixed flocks of HORNED LARKS, SNOW BUNTINGS and
LAPLAND LONGSPURS on Countyline Road north of Route 18 and
on Hulbert Road in the Town of Wilson. And, in a grass field
on Lakeshore Road in the Town of Yates, a mixed flock of
AMER. TREE SPARROWS, SNOW BUNTINGS and 12 COMMON REDPOLLS.
Dial-a-Bird will be updated Thursday evening, February 12.
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.