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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
Web Site: www.BOSBirding.org
Thursday, May 6, 2004
[UPDATE: There will be a BOS field trip to Tifft Nature Preserve in
Buffalo on Sunday, May 9. Meet at 7:30 AM in the Tifft
parking lot, off Fuhrmann Blvd. Visitors are always welcome
on BOS trips. The next BOS meeting will be on Wednesday,
May 12, at 7:30 PM at the Buffalo Musuem of Science. Arthur
Clark will present a behind the scenes tour of the museum's
vertebrate zoology collection, with special emphasis on bird
specimens. A fantastic program. Visitors are always welcome
on field trips and at meetings.]
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 April 29 through May 6 from
the Niagara Frontier Region include WORM-EATING WARBLER,
"LAWRENCE'S WARBLER", CLAY-COL. SPARROW, CATTLE EGRET and
A burst of migration between April 30 and May 2 resulted in
reports of 25 warbler species throughout the region. The
highlights were a very rare WORM-EATING WARBLER at Fort
Niagara State Park in Porter on May 1, and a male
"LAWRENCE'S WARBLER" May 2, on Mill Valley Road in the Town
of East Otto. Also of note - an early BLACKPOLL WARBLER May
1 at Point Gratiot in Dunkirk. At Beaver Island State Park,
"BREWSTER'S WARBLER", NORTHERN PARULA and CERULEAN WARBLER.
Over 400 warblers at Golden Hill State Park in Somerset
included a CAPE MAY WARBLER. Another CAPE MAY WARBLER at
Amherst State Park. And, ORANGE-CR. WARBLERS at the Ellicott
Creek Trail in Amherst and Point Gratiot.
Other locations with numerous warbler reports - Forest Lawn
and Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, Goat Island in Niagara
Falls, and Evangola State Park in Evans.
From the Lake Ontario Plains, May 2, a very rare CLAY-COL.
SPARROW among a flock of 25 CHIPPING SPARROWS near the
entrance to Golden Hill. On the 1st, a WHIP-POOR-WILL
calling before dawn at Golden Hill, and a CATTLE EGRET in
the Town of Carlton at Routes 18 and 279.
Migrating SANDHILL CRANES continue to pass overhead -
Wilson-Tuscaurora State Park, the Iroquois Refuge, and at
least 3 at the Hamburg Hawkwatch. Missed on last week's
report - April 26, the season's peak of over 1000 BROAD-
WINGED HAWKS at the Hamburg site.
Early arrivals were topped this week by a record six-day-
early OLIVE-S. FLYCATCHER at Nature View Park, on North
French Road in Amherst. Three days early - BLACK-BILLED
CUCKOO at Tifft Nature Preserve and RED-EYED VIREO at Point
Gratiot. Just ahead of schedule, WHITE-EYED VIREO on April
30 at Evangola State Park and May 1 at Tifft. All six of the
region's vireo species were reported this week.
The high count of ROSE-BR. GROSBEAK reports was five, at a
feeder on Ruie Road in North Tonawanda. Only 1 SCARLET
TANAGER - at Yates-Carlton Townline, and 2 reports of INDIGO
BUNTINGS in Lockport. There were several reports of RUBY-T.
HUMMINGBIRD, VEERY, SWAINSON'S THRUSH, HERMIT THRUSH, WOOD
THRUSH, LINCOLN'S SPARROW and BALTIMORE ORIOLE. And, WHITE-
CR. SPARROWS were welcome sights in many backyards.
On the Niagara River, April 29, a record spring count of 46
GREAT EGRETS at Motor Island, and at the foot of Ontario
Street in Riverside, an adult LITTLE GULL among 300
BONAPARTE'S GULLS. And at Tonawanda Island in North
Tonawanda, 11 CLIFF SWALLOWS and 14 nests.
Dial-a-Bird will be updated Thursday evening, May 13. 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.