WNY Dial-a-Bird 06 Mar 2003

D Suggs dfsuggs at localnet.com
Thu Mar 6 19:20:30 EST 2003

* New York
* Buffalo
* 03/06/2003
* NYBU0303.06
- Birds mentioned
  Please phone in any rare sightings so they 
  may be shared via the DAB telephone update 
  system, and submit email contributions directly 
  to dfsuggs at localnet.com.
  Thank you, David

  Horned Grebe
  Tundra Swan
  Mute Swan
  Ring-necked Duck
  Greater Scaup
  Black Scoter
  Surf Scoter
  White-winged Scoter
  Common Merganser
  Red-br. Merganser
  Bald Eagle
  Red-tailed Hawk
  Iceland Gull
  Great Horned Owl
  Short-eared Owl
  Northern Flicker
  Northern Shrike

- Transcript
  Hotline: Dial-a-Bird at the Buffalo Museum of Science
  Date:             03/06/2003
  Number:           716-896-1271
  To Report:        Same
  Compiler:         David F. Suggs (dfsuggs at localnet.com)
  Coverage:         Western New York and adjacent Ontario
  Transcriber:      David F. Suggs
  Accouncer:        Debra B. Suggs

  Thursday, March 6, 2003 

  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 February 27 through March 6 
  from the Niagara Frontier Region include RED-NECKED GREBE, 
  waterfowl and PEREGRINE FALCON. 

  Exceptional numbers of RED-NECKED GREBES appeared in the 
  region this week. On February 28, 206 RED-NECKED GREBES were 
  concentrated in the warm waters of Dunkirk Harbor on Lake 
  Erie. Though higher numbers have been recorded on Lake 
  Ontario during April migration, this is likely the largest 
  single gathering of RED-NECKED GREBES in the region's 
  records. February 27, a single RED-NECKED GREBE was noted on 
  the Niagara River at Fort Erie, Ontario, then on March 1 and 
  2, up to 50 RED-NECKED GREBES were counted on the upper 
  Niagara River, including about 35 off Fort Erie. High 
  numbers of RED-NECKED GREBES have also been noted outside 
  the region, across New York State to the Atlantic coast. 
  RED-NECKED GREBES are ordinarily uncommon to rare at this 
  time of year, and the last time these grebes hit the region 
  in large numbers was February 1994. 

  Other waterfowl have also been abundant on the upper Niagara 
  River and at Dunkirk Harbor this week. A record count of an 
  estimated 25,000 BUFFLEHEADS on the upper river along with 
  18 MUTE SWANS, over 50 TUNDRA SWANS, small numbers of RING-
  NECKED DUCKS, thousands of GREATER SCAUP, over 50 WHITE-
  WINGED SCOTERS, and at Fort  Erie, a single BLACK SCOTER. At 
  the Hertel Avenue boat launch in Buffalo, 14 REDHEADS, 16 
  addition to the grebes in Dunkirk Harbor, there were 
  thousands of COMMON MERGANSERS and RED-BR. MERGANSERS, plus 

  BALD EAGLES are still being reported on the Niagara River, 
  mainly along Grand Island, from Navy Island to Strawberry 
  Island. An adult BALD EAGLE was reported along I-190 in 
  Riverside. Also 2, BALD EAGLES at Cayuga Pool in the 
  Iroquois Refuge. 

  March 1, a PEREGRINE FALCON was reported on the University 
  at Buffalo Main Street Campus, along with 8 to 9 MERLINS. 
  The PEREGRINE FALCON has been seen several days roosting on 
  the very tall chimney of the heating plant. One of the 
  campus MERLINS was at the front of the Medical School 
  Building facing Bailey Avenue, and March 6, a MERLIN was 
  reported about a mile from the campus, overlooking the 
  sledding park on Saratoga Road in the Snyder area of 
  Amherst. Elsewhere, a MERLIN was reported chasing a Rock 
  Dove on Hamburg Street in South Buffalo, and a PEREGRINE 
  FALCON was over Niagara Falls. 

  Other reports this week - GREAT HORNED OWLS are actively 
  calling at many locations. 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS and a NORTHERN 
  SHRIKE in the Tonawanda Management Area. A pair of RED-
  TAILED HAWKS were nest building in a tall spruce on Bailey 
  Avenue near Main Street in Eggertsville. 2 NORTHERN FLICKERS 
  at the Niagara Falls water control gates. And a pair of 
  most-likely-escaped-from-captivity GRAYLAG GEESE were 
  reported on Cayuga Island in Niagara Falls.   

  Dial-a-Bird will be updated Thursday evening, March 13. 
  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. 

- End Transcript
D Suggs <dfsuggs at localnet.com>

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