Willie D'Anna & Betsy Potter
dannapotter at wzrd.com
Sun Sep 21 12:37:11 EDT 2003
I know a lot of birders are at the OFO Convention at Pt. Pelee but I was
surprised that no Ontario pelagics birds have been posted, with the possible
exception of Brandon Holden's Least Tern. So, here is an update which is
probably very incomplete!
On Friday late afternoon, as winds were the strongest all day, John Lamey
reported a BLACK-CAPPED PETREL, SOOTY TERN, AND GREATER SHEARWATER off of
Crystal Beach on Lake Erie (Ridgeway, Ont.). Although many birders were out
looking Saturday, these birds were not relocated.
There have been several birds of note found in NY, including one WILSON'S
STORM-PETREL off of Woodlawn Beach State Park in the Town of Hamburg. This
park is on Lake Erie, only about ten miles south of the Peace Bridge
(Buffalo-Fort Erie crossing). Presumably this same bird was found Friday a
mile further south but on Saturday, it was viewed off of Woodlawn Beach for
much of the morning, sometimes within 100 yards from shore. As with all the
Wilson's Storm-Petrels reported so far, this bird was being harassed by
gulls, including the normally docile Bonapartes.
Further south, on Chautauqua Lake at Prendergast Point, five WILSON'S
STORM-PETRELS were found Friday from the State Boat Ramp on the south side
of the lake. On Saturday, two birds were still being seen there most of the
day. These birds varied from 200 to 400 yards off shore. Look between the
trees from the grassy area on the east of the boat ramp. Access from Rt 394
east or southbound - look for the State Fish Hatchery sign, turn left on
that road and drive to the boat ramp (a mile?). Note that 2 SABINE'S GULLS
were seen briefly flying north past Prendergast Point on Saturday morning.
Other birds of note:
Cayuga Lake - 2 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS (one still being seen as of this
writing), 1 LAUGHING GULL, several RED & RED-NECKED PHALAROPES, adult ARCTIC
Oswego Harbor - juv. BLACK SKIMMER Saturday.
Hamlin Beach State Park lake-watch - SOOTY TERN (Friday), BRIDLED TERN (Fri.
& Sat.), 3 CAVE SWALLOWS (Sat.), 2 adult ARCTIC TERNS (Sat.).
Niagara Falls, N.Y.
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