Rare Bird Alert for BUFFALO Thursday, March 4, 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
L. Black-b. Gull
Great Horned Owl
Nor. Saw-whet Owl
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, March 4, 2004
[Sunday, March 7, there will be a BOS field trip to search
for owls in Niagara County. 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.
Visitors are always welcome on BOS trips. The next BOS
meeting will be on Wednesday, March 10, at 7:30 PM, at the
Museum of Science. A program will be presented by Heidi
Bogner, NYSDEC Wildlife Biologist, who will discuss marsh
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 26 through March 4
from the Niagara Frontier Region include FOX SPARROW, RED-
SHOULDERED HAWK, KILLDEER, blackbirds and owls.
February 28, it was reported that a rare in winter FOX
SPARROW has been at a feeder for three weeks, on Bear Road
in the Town of Wales. This week, the FOX SPARROW was joined
by a flock of COMMON REDPOLLS.
Also on the 28th, a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was reported on
Sherk Road at the Niagara Parkway in Fort Erie, Ontario.
RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS are one of the earliest migrants, but
this may have been a wintering bird.
Migrant hawks are beginning to trickle by the Hamburg
Hawkwatch, in Lakeside Cemetery on Camp Road in Hamburg.
March 1, six species included a few each of TURKEY VULTURE,
NORTHERN HARRIER, COOPER'S HAWK, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, RED-
TAILED HAWK and ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK. Also recorded at the
watch, 2 TUNDRA SWANS, 2 KILLDEER, numbers of RED-W.
BLACKBIRDS and COMMON GRACKLES, and 40 COMMON REDPOLLS.
Arriving KILLDEER were reported at several locations this
week, as were TUNDRA SWANS, AMERICAN ROBINS, RED-W.
BLACKBIRDS and COMMON GRACKLES. Of note, 13 COMMON GRACKLES
at a feeder in Wales, and a mixed flock of 200 RED-W.
BLACKBIRDS and COMMON GRACKLES at Tifft Nature Preserve in
SHORT-EARED OWLS are still being found in the Town of
Porter. Nine on February 29 in the fields around Porter
Center and Dickersonville Roads. Also in Porter, a NOR. SAW-
WHET OWL was found high in a pine tree on Lutts Road. At the
Iroquois Refuge, the eagle nest at Cayuga Pool is being used
by nesting GREAT HORNED OWLS. The nest can be viewed on a
video monitor at the headquarters on Casey Road. Check the
update for details of the owl field trip this weekend. Also
at Iroquois this week, along Route 63, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK,
AMERICAN KESTREL and NORTHERN SHRIKE.
Other reports this week - small numbers of PINE SISKINS over
Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park, and in Cattaraugus
County at Allegany State Park and the Town of Napoli. At
Golden Hill State Park, a good count of 100 COMMON REDPOLLS.
At Goat Island in Niagara Falls, L. BLACK-B. GULL and
GLAUCOUS GULL. Around Grand Island, the large flock of
TUNDRA SWANS remains, plus one or two MUTE SWANS. At Navy,
Strawberry and Motor Islands, up to 3 BALD EAGLES at each
And two interesting bird behavior reports this week - DARK-
EYED JUNCOS flying into a garage in Orchard Park, and more
surprising, at the Main Post Office on William Street in
Buffalo, what was believed to be a MERLIN, chased a HOUSE
SPARROW through a loading dock door, then remained in the
building for 15 minutes before safely exiting.
Dial-a-Bird will be updated Thursday evening, March 11.
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.