Rare Bird Alert for BUFFALO Thursday, August 19, 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
American Black Duck
Bl.-thr. Green Warb.
Bl. and w. Warbler
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, August 19, 2004
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Highlights of reports received August 12 through August 19
from the Niagara Frontier Region include CURLEW SANDPIPER,
WESTERN SANDPIPER, WHIP-POOR-WILL and FRANKLIN'S GULL.
From the Lake Erie shore of Ontario, August 16, at Rock
Point Provincial Park in Dunnville, an exceptionally rare
CURLEW SANDPIPER was found to the east of the wooden
observation deck. Extensive searching on the 17th did not
re-locate the bird. There are only four previous records of
CURLEW SANDPIPER in the BOS archives. Also at Rock Point, 3
DUNLIN and on private property to the west of the park, a
juvenile WESTERN SANDPIPER.
At dusk on August 17, along Wilson Road in the Town of
Wainfleet, Ontario, four calling WHIP-POOR-WILLS.
In Fort Erie, Ontario, good shoreline conditions - low water
and large algae mats, attracted 11 shorebird species this
week. The highlight was a WHITE-R. SANDPIPER at Buffalo
Road. Also, 2 GREAT EGRETS at Buffalo Road, 5 BL.-CR. NIGHT-
HERONS at Jaeger Rocks, RED-HEADED WDPKRS. and CLIFF
SWALLOWS at Crystal Beach and Bertie Bay, and a third RED-
HEADED WDPKR. at Kraft Road.
August 18, the FRANKLIN'S GULL was still present in the
Niagara County Town of Newfane, in the southeast corner of
the flooded field on the south side of Chestnut Road between
Ewing and Coomer Roads. It was reported that the gull is
molting it's flight feathers and may linger at this
Eleven shorebirds at the Chestnut Road location were BLACK-
BELLIED PLOVER, 3 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, 50 KILLDEER, 5
GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 40 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 2 SOLITARY
SANDPIPERS, 3 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, 10 SEMIPALM. SANDPIPERS, 6
LEAST SANDPIPER, 60 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS and a 9 WILSON'S
SNIPE. Also, 2 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, 2 BLUE-WINGED TEAL and
16 GREEN-WINGED TEAL.
Recent shorebirds on the Lake Erie shore in Chautauqua
County included RUDDY TURNSTONES and SANDERLINGS at Dunkirk
Harbor. Just north of Dunkirk, at Wright Beach, 8
SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, plus RUDDY TURNSTONE, SANDERLING,
SEMIPALM. SANDPIPER and LEAST SANDPIPER. At the Dunkirk
Airport, 2 UPLAND SANDPIPERS.
UPLAND SANDPIPER was also heard calling overhead, after
midnight on August 17, over Shirley Avenue in Buffalo.
August 14, 55 species on the monthly census at Sinking Ponds
in East Aurora were highlighted by OSPREY, CASPIAN TERN,
CANADA WARBLER and SCARLET TANAGER.
Other reports this week - 2 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS over the Town
of Elma. In a Williamsville yard - YELLOW WARBLER, BL.-THR.
GREEN WARB., BL. AND W. WARBLER and CANADA WARBLER. And on
Grand Island, PURPLE MARTINS have left their nest boxes
while large numbers of swallows have begun to congregate on
the power lines along the West River Parkway.
Dial-a-Bird will be updated Thursday evening, August 26.
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.