WNY Dial-a-Bird 28 Apr 2002
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Great Blue Heron
N. Rough-w. Swallow
Hotline: Dial-a-Bird at the Buffalo Museum of Science
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Compiler: David F. Suggs (dfsuggs at localnet.com)
Coverage: Western New York and adjacent Ontario
Transcriber: David F. Suggs
Thursday, April 18, 2002
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 11 through April 18
from the Niagara Frontier Region include BLACK-HEADED GULL,
BROAD-WINGED HAWK, COMMON NIGHTHAWK, spring migrants and BOS
April Count reports.
From the Niagara River, April 14, a BLACK-HEADED GULL was
seen from Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, as it flew out to
Lake Ontario in the evening. BLACK-HEADED GULL was also
found April 15 on the river off Queenston, Ontario.
April 12, the first BROAD-WINGED HAWK of the season was
recorded at the Hamburg Hawkwatch in Lakeside Cemetery off
Camp Road. Other highlights were a MERLIN and 80 SHARP-SH.
In Buffalo, April 15, a very early COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen
over Chapin Parkway. Also early was a reported GRAY-CHEEKED
THRUSH at the Buffalo City Court Building on April 17. A
probable SWAINSON'S THRUSH was at the same location on the
15th. And a slightly early BLUE-HEADED VIREO on the 14th in
From Amherst, the most unexpected bird of the week was a
EUROPEAN GOLDFINCH at a feeder on Roycroft Blvd. in Snyder.
This species is usually considered an escape from captivity.
Another surprise was a pair of SURF SCOTERS at the Tonawanda
Wildlife Management Area on April 16.
A widespread influx of migrants this week was highlighted by
reports of abundant RUBY-CR. KINGLETS and GOLDEN-CR.
KINGLETS, including dozens and dozens in Allegany State
Park. Other species widely reported this week - CASPIAN
TERN, YELLOW-B. SAPSUCKER, BROWN CREEPER, EASTERN PHOEBE,
HERMIT THRUSH, GRAY CATBIRD, BROWN THRASHER, EASTERN TOWHEE,
CHIPPING SPARROW, FIELD SPARROW, VESPER SPARROW, SAVANNAH
SPARROW, FOX SPARROW and SWAMP SPARROW. A few of the first
migrant warblers - YELLOW-R. WARBLER, PINE WARBLER and PALM
WARBLER at several locations, plus LA. WATERTHRUSH in
Allegany State Park. Also, BL.-GR. GNATCATCHER at Golden
Hill in Somerset, LINCOLN'S SPARROW at Tifft Nature Preserve
in Buffalo and a pair of PURPLE FINCHES in Hamburg. Outside
the region, a very rare Townsend's Warbler, a species never
recorded in the BOS region, was found April 13 at Braddock's
Bay near Rochester.
The BOS April Count on the 14th coincided nicely with the
arriving migrants. Three sections in the Lake Ontario Plains
reported 72, 95 and 98 species for the day. Highlights
included RED-NECKED GREBES, SNOW GEESE, an immature
TRUMPETER SWAN at Six Mile Creek Marsh in Porter, TUNDRA
SWAN, DUNLINS, RED-HEADED WDPKRS., N. ROUGH-W. SWALLOWS,
BARN SWALLOWS and PINE SISKINS.
Other reports this week - 21 GREAT BLUE HERONS on nests
along Route 63 in the Iroquois Refuge. A brief visit by a
TRUMPETER SWAN at Sinking Ponds in East Aurora. On Lewis
Road in South Wales, BARRED OWL calling and COMMON REDPOLL
still at a feeder. And at Beaver Island State Park, 7 WILD
Dial-a-Bird will be updated Thursday evening, April 25.
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.
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