Fw: [Townsend's Solitaire at Bond Lake, Niagara County, NY

Willie D'Anna dannapotter at wzrd.com
Sun Jan 13 19:24:14 EST 2002


Congrats to Mike Zebehazy et al.  They were the first (only?) ones to see
the bird today, Sunday.  I was there from 10:50 to 12:50 and did not see it.
Directions follow Mike's post.

Willie
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Willie D'Anna
Betsy Potter
Niagara Falls, N.Y.
dannapotter at wzrd.com

----- Original Message -----
From: "MAZ" <zebs at buffnet.net>
To: <geneseebirds-l at geneseo.edu>
Sent: Sunday, January 13, 2002 6:14 PM
Subject: [GeneseeBirds-L] Townsend's Solitaire at Bond Lake


> Today, Sunday, January 13 between 1:45 PM and 2:20 PM, Doug Happ, Brian
> Lewandowski and I watched the Townsend's Solitaire at the Bond Lake
> location. We were very fortunate to see the bird within two minutes of
> entering the lane. It flew from the multiflora rose/high bush cranberry
> area on the right side of the lane and then sat on the branch of a red
pine
> on the lake (left) side. We watched it for several minutes and then I went
> back to the van and got my scope. By the time I returned the bird had
moved
> further along the lake edge but Doug still had it in his binoculars. He
was
> then able to locate it in the scope and we had excellent views. After
> several more minutes the bird flew up and we lost it. We then went to the
> first left lane along the orchard and Brian spotted it through the trees
> and about ten feet up. I was able to move to a spot where there was a
clear
> view of the bird and set up the scope. This time it was even closer and we
> were able to watch the bird for a considerable length of time. The buffy
> wing was almost nonexistent while it sat still but the wing stripe became
> clearly visible when it opened the wing for a long stretch. We even tried
> "digiscoping" the bird using Doug's camera and got a couple of passable
> shots. The bird did not call or sing.
>
> Mike Zebehazy
> zebs at buffnet.net

DIRECTIONS to the Solitaire:
> From I-190 in Buffalo or Niagara Falls, proceed north to Rt. 104
eastbound.
> Ontario birders should cross at the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge and
> immediately exit after customs, following the signs to Rt 104 eastbound.
> Stay on Rt 104 eastbound when you reach the Village of Lewiston at the
> bottom of the escarpment - you have to exit the limited  access highway.
> Proceed east about 4 miles to Dickersonville Road (there is a church on
the
> southeast corner) and turn right (south).  In about 1/4 mile, the road
will
> bend to the left and soon will pass Blacknose Spring Road, which comes
down
> off of the escarpment on your right.  Proceed another 150 yards or so to
the
> first road (a dirt lane) on your right.  It is across the street from the
> second house on your left.  Pull over here without blocking the lane.
There
> is an old sign saying, "Private Property No Trespassing" but I have it on
> good authority that the sign is intended for vehicles only.  This is
county
> parkland.  Walk down the lane which runs north-south and start looking for
the Solitaire right away
> as the habitat is good.  As you walk, there will be water on both sides of
> the road.  When the water begins to widen on your right, after about 100
> yards, is where I first saw the bird on the right side.  This spot also
> gives a good view over the water to your left.  The bird has been seen
> eating red berries here as well.  A little further down the
> lane, the water ends on both sides of the road and there is a small
> inconspicuous path on your right.  We had excellent looks at the bird from
> this path once.  Several times, the bird was in the conifers along the
edges of the small orchard that is
> just a few more yards down the lane on your
> left.


"Willie D'Anna" <dannapotter at wzrd.com>



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