WNY Dial-a-Bird 24 Oct 2002
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Thu Oct 24 20:52:40 EDT 2002
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LONG-TAILED JAEGER [probable]
Bl.-thr. Bl. Warbler
Hotline: Dial-a-Bird at the Buffalo Museum of Science
To Report: Same
Compiler: David F. Suggs (dfsuggs at localnet.com)
Coverage: Western New York and adjacent Ontario
Transcriber: David F. Suggs
Thursday, October 24, 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 October 17 through October 24
from the Niagara Frontier Region include HUDSONIAN GODWIT,
TUNDRA SWAN and LITTLE GULL.
October 20, two rare HUDSONIAN GODWITS were found in the
Lake Ontario Plains at the Somerset-Barker Waste Water
Treatment Plant on Lower Lake Road in Somerset. The godwits
flew off and were not seen again. Also in the lake plains,
many AMERICAN PIPITS and in the Town of Cambria, a LAPLAND
As reported on the update last week - October 17, at Sinking
Ponds in East Aurora, a very rare NELSON'S SHARP-T. SPARROW
was seen at the marsh near the green building in the
sanctuary. Sinking Ponds is at the north end of Pine Avenue,
north of Route 20A. Also at the Ponds, the first two TUNDRA
SWANS reported this season, on October 21.
The first LITTLE GULLS of the season were noted this week.
First on the 19th, on Lake Erie off Athol Springs in
Hamburg, on the 20th, two reports on Lake Ontario off
Somerset, and on the 22nd, on the Niagara River at Niagara-
The LITTLE GULL at Athol Springs on the 19th was one of 20
species observed during a gale force wind. Highlights
included COMMON LOON, HORNED GREBE, SURF SCOTER, WHITE-
WINGED SCOTER, BLACK SCOTER, 5 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 2 COMMON
TERNS and two very exciting probable species - a LONG-TAILED
JAEGER and a large falcon flying toward Buffalo, most likely
The BOS field trip to the Batavia Waste Water Plant on
October 19 reported at least 12 waterfowl species at the
plant. Highlights were 3 or 4 EARED GREBES, 420 NORTHERN
SHOVELERS, a probable record count of 1469 RUDDY DUCKS,
DUNLIN, TREE SWALLOWS and BARN SWALLOWS. On October 23 at
the plant, a PEREGRINE FALCON was observed taking a RUDDY
DUCK. At Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo on the 20th, a
PEREGRINE FALCON was also seen preying on a waterfowl.
Other reports this week - October 17, a YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO
at Buckhorn Island State Park. October 24, five FOX SPARROWS
on the west side of Two Mile Creek Road in Tonawanda and
about 100 TREE SWALLOWS over the Niagara River off the Three
Sisters Islands. A WINTER WREN was noted in the flower beds
in front of the Central Library in downtown Buffalo. A pair
of PILEATED WOODPECKERS and 20 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS in a yard
in Angola. Another 6 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS in Ashford. Two
almost-late migrant warblers, BL.-THR. BL. WARBLER and
BLACKPOLL WARBLER in a yard in Niagara Falls. And a VESPER
SPARROW at Campbell and Route 104 in Cambria.
Dial-a-Bird will be updated Thursday evening, October 31.
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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D Suggs <dfsuggs at localnet.com>
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