Rare Bird Alert for BUFFALO Thursday, April 15, 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
Gr. White-fr. Goose
N. Rough-w. Swallow
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
Web site: www.BOSbirding.org
Thursday, April 15, 2004
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To contact the Science Museum, call 896-5200.
Niagara Frontier Region highlights of the past two weeks,
April 1 through April 15, include EURASIAN WIGEON and GOLDEN
From the Iroquois Refuge, several highlights at Cayuga Pool.
April 3 and 4, a very rare EURASIAN WIGEON. On the 3rd and
10th, 2 GR. WHITE-FR. GEESE at the pool. An early COMMON
MOORHEN on the 11th, along with 17 waterfowl species. Both
BALD EAGLE and GREAT HORNED OWL have been on their nests,
which may be viewed on a video monitor at the refuge
visitors center on Casey Road. Other reports from the pool -
over 200 TUNDRA SWANS, SNOW GOOSE, 12 GREATER YELLOWLEGS and
8 WILSON'S SNIPE.
April 11, a hawk flight in the Niagara County Town of
Wilson, near Lake Ontario, included 12 species highlighted
by a probable regional record of 4 GOLDEN EAGLES. At the
Hamburg Hawkwatch, the first 3 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS were
reported on the slightly early date of April 12. Back on
April 7, a large passage of over 400 TURKEY VULTURES was
observed in just one hour over a North Tonawanda yard. April
5 in the Town of Porter, 17 NORTHERN HARRIERS and several
SHORT-EARED OWLS were still present on Dickersonville Road,
south of Lake Road. And OSPREYS have been reported at Tifft
Nature Preserve in Buffalo, Sinking Ponds in East Aurora,
the University at Buffalo ponds in Amherst, and at the
On the lower Niagara River recently, at least 4 LITTLE GULLS
at the Lewiston Docks and an occasional BLACK-HEADED GULL.
April 6, a surprising NORTHERN GOSHAWK passed over the
docks. And, flocks of D.-CREST. CORMORANTS are returning to
the upper Niagara River.
At feeders, COMMON REDPOLLS and PINE SISKINS at four
locations. Also, FOX SPARROW and VESPER SPARROW in Colden,
two pairs of PURPLE FINCHES in Orchard Park, and a WHITE-
THR. SPARROW wintered at a feeder in East Aurora.
April 13, 5 PURPLE MARTINS arrived at a nest box on Grand
Other reports - 4 AMERICAN BITTERNS and 2 VIRGINIA RAILS in
the Tonawanda Wildlife Management Area, also VIRGINIA RAILS
at Tifft and Sinking Ponds. Good numbers of RED-THROATED
LOONS and RED-NECKED GREBES on Lake Ontario off Four Mile
Creek State Park in Porter. RED-NECKED GREBES also at the UB
ponds, Batavia Waste Water Plant and Countryside Gravel
ponds in Dayton. 6 BL.-CR. NIGHT-HERONS at Tifft. CASPIAN
TERNS at Four Mile Creek and Dunkirk Harbor. And throughout
the region - WILSON'S SNIPE, YELLOW-B. SAPSUCKER, EASTERN
PHOEBE, N. ROUGH-W. SWALLOW, BANK SWALLOW, GOLDEN-CR.
KINGLET, RUBY-CR. KINGLET, HERMIT THRUSH, YELLOW-R. WARBLER,
FIELD SPARROW, FOX SPARROW, SWAMP SPARROW and RUSTY
BLACKBIRD. And, a male WOOD DUCK has been seen for over a
week in a ditch at the foot of Sheridan Drive in Tonawanda.
Dial-a-Bird will be updated Thursday evening, April 22.
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.