WNY Dial-a-Bird 06 Mar 2003
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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
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
RING-NECKED DUCKS and 4 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS. And, in
addition to the grebes in Dunkirk Harbor, there were
thousands of COMMON MERGANSERS and RED-BR. MERGANSERS, plus
2 HORNED GREBES, 3 SURF SCOTERS, BLACK SCOTER and an ICELAND
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
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.
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