WNY Dial-a-Bird 27 Nov 2002
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Wed Nov 27 19:33:34 EST 2002
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Richardson's Canada Goose
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
Wednesday November 27, 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 November 21 through November
27 from the Niagara Frontier Region include GREAT CORMORANT,
CAVE SWALLOW and CALIFORNIA GULL.
November 24, a GREAT CORMORANT was observed on the Niagara
River, flying out to Lake Ontario at Niagara-on-the-Lake,
Ontario. If verified, this would be the second record of the
species in the region.
The CAVE SWALLOW at Goat Island in Niagara Falls, New York,
was apparently last seen on November 21, from the Ontario
side of the Niagara River above the control gates. A flock
of up to 70 N. ROUGH-W. SWALLOWS and a TREE SWALLOW were
still at Goat Island on the 23rd and 24th. The CAVE SWALLOW
had been keeping company with these late lingering swallows.
A total of 11 gull species were reported on the Niagara
River this week. The highlight was three or possibly four
CALIFORNIA GULLS. One or two adults and a third-winter were
seen from the Beck overlook, and another adult CALIFORNIA
GULL at the control gates above the falls.
Other gull highlights were a BLACK-HEADED GULL passing
Niagara-on-the-Lake, BLACK-LEG. KITTIWAKE below Niagara
Falls and LITTLE GULL at several locations including the
Peace Bridge in Buffalo.
Also on the river, 6 COMMON LOONS and a RED-NECKED GREBE
below the falls. Another RED-NECKED GREBE at the control
gates. COMMON TERN in Fort Erie, and a PEREGRINE FALCON over
November 24, three PURPLE SANDPIPERS were reported on the
waterfront in Buffalo. They were seen at a great distance,
out on the Donnelly's Pier breakwall, which can be seen from
the Bird Island Pier or LaSalle Park, and is identified by
the sand beach on the inner wall.
Female HARLEQUIN DUCKS were reported at two locations this
week, both on Lake Ontario. One was at Port Weller, Ontario,
where PURPLE SANDPIPERS have also been reported recently and
two NORTHERN GANNETS were said to have passed by on the
24th. The other HARLEQUIN DUCK was seen off Shadigee in the
Town of Yates along with 50 COMMON LOONS, 2 SURF SCOTERS and
several hundred RED-THROATED LOONS and HORNED GREBES.
Away from the Niagara River and Great Lakes, November 24, at
the Batavia Waste Water Plant, two EARED GREBES were still
present among at least 13 waterfowl species including 1740
MALLARDS and 1200 RUDDY DUCKS.
A late report from November 19, 5 RICHARDSON'S CANADA GEESE
and a SNOW GOOSE still at Sinking Ponds in East Aurora.
Sinking Ponds is at the north end of Pine Avenue, off Route
20A. And in a yard on Ruie Road in North Tonawanda, 2
NORTHERN FLICKERS plus RED-BELLIED WDPKR. and TUFTED
Dial-a-Bird will be updated Thursday evening, December 5.
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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