Rare Bird Alert for BUFFALO Thursday, March 11, 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
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Thank you, David
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 11, 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 March 4 through March 11 from
the Niagara Frontier Region include ROSS'S GOOSE, BLUE-
WINGED TEAL, RICHARDSON'S CANADA GOOSE, GOLDEN EAGLE,
AMERICAN WOODCOCK and owls.
From the Lake Ontario Plains, March 10, 2 very rare ROSS'S
GEESE were reported in the Orleans County Town of Yates, on
the north side of Route 18, east of Marshall Road.
At least 15 waterfowl species reported this week in the
region. Of note, 2 early BLUE-WINGED TEAL on March 6, at the
Iroquois Refuge, along Route 77 north of Oak Orchard Ridge
Road. One of the small forms of CANADA GOOSE, the
RICHARDSON'S GOOSE, was reported at three locations this
week - 9 on Steiner Road in Newstead, 10 on Somerset-
Hartland Townline Road, and a single RICHARDSON'S over Four
Mile Creek State Park in Porter. Several hundred SNOW GOOSE
over Cayuga Pool in the Iroquois Refuge, yet 100 miles to
the east, in the Montezuma Refuge area, an estimated 100,000
SNOW GEESE. In response to several recent reports, it is the
TUNDRA SWAN that is the region's common spring migrant,
while the introduced TRUMPETER SWAN is the rare exception.
Hawk migration stepped up this week. The highlight was an
adult GOLDEN EAGLE, among 177 raptors of 9 species, over
Four Mile Creek on March 7. March 10 at the Hamburg
Hawkwatch, about 100 raptors included 46 RED-SHOULDERED
HAWKS. TURKEY VULTURES were widely reported. March 9, a
reported NORTHERN GOSHAWK in a yard in the Town of Wales.
And at the Allegany Reservoir, along Route 280 between Wolf
Run and Willow Bay, a high count of 13 to 17 BALD EAGLES.
March 5, two AMERICAN WOODCOCKS were heard along Allegany
State Park Road 2, and March 9, an AMERICAN WOODCOCK in
Impressive results from an all night search for owls in
Wyoming County on March 9 - 19 owls seen or heard, including
9 NOR. SAW-WHET OWLS, plus 3 EASTERN SCREECH-OWLS, 6 BARRED
OWLS, a LONG-EARED OWL, and surprisingly, no Great Horned
The BOS owl trip to Niagara County on March 7 recorded 5 or
6 owl species - NOR. SAW-WHET OWL at Four Mile Creek, 4
SHORT-EARED OWLS with 9 NORTHERN HARRIERS at Dickersonville
Road and Youngstown Road in Porter. Also in the county,
EASTERN SCREECH-OWL, GREAT HORNED OWL, BARRED OWL and a
probable SNOWY OWL still at the Niagara Falls airport.
March 7, a very early, reported SORA was heard at the
Tillman Area in Clarence.
Other reports this week - RED-THROATED LOON and RED-NECKED
GREBE at Fort Niagara State Park. At Sinking Ponds in East
Aurora, PILEATED WOODPECKER and 2 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS. Another
PILEATED WOODPECKER at Tillman. And at a feeder in the Town
of Ashford, 10 COMMON REDPOLLS, 15 PINE SISKINS, 30 AMERICAN
GOLDFINCHES and a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK.
Dial-a-Bird will be updated Thursday evening, March 18.
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.