[Ontbirds]WNY Dial-a-Bird 04 Aug 2005
David F. Suggs
dfsuggs at localnet.com
Thu Aug 4 21:26:46 EDT 2005
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[Dial-a-Bird will not be updated until Thursday, August 18.
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N. Rough-w. Swallow
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Compiler: David F. Suggs (dfsuggs at localnet dot com)
Coverage: Western New York and adjacent Ontario
Transcriber: David F. Suggs
Thursday, August 4, 2005
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 July 28 through August 4 from
the Niagara Frontier Region include MERLINS, PEREGRINE
FALCONS, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER and ORCHARD ORIOLE.
Multiple MERLINS were reported at three locations this week.
Up to 4 MERLINS, from the recent nesting on the westside of
Buffalo, have been reported in the Elmwood Avenue
neighborhoods between West Ferry and Bidwell Parkway. The
westside location was thought to be the first nesting record
in the Niagara Frontier, but it was learned this week that
MERLINS have also nested this summer, and possibly last
summer, in the southern tier City of Salamanca. And, for no
less than eight consecutive years, MERLINS are again
congregating on the University at Buffalo Main Street
Campus. At least two falcons were first noted on July 29,
then 3 or 4 on August 3.
PEREGRINE FALCONS are now regular sights in downtown
Buffalo; over Lafayette Square, the ballpark, and the
Liberty and Statler Buildings. Unlike PEREGRINE FALCONS, the
advance of the MERLIN, once known only as a rare migrant,
has occurred without direct assistance from breeding or re-
At Rock Point Park in Dunnville, Ontario, July 31, the first
report of 2 BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS, plus 2 RUDDY TURNSTONES, 7
SANDERLINGS, 3 SHORT-B. DOWITCHERS and SEMIPALM. SANDPIPER,
as well as BONAPARTE'S GULL. A reminder that there is an
entrance fee at Rock Point during the summer.
A dozen shorebird species were found throughout the
Iroquois, Oak Orchard and Tonawanda Areas. In Oak Orchard, 9
SOLITARY SANDPIPERS and a RUDDY TURNSTONE at Windmill Marsh
and a STILT SANDPIPER at Goose Pond. Shorebirds also
continue at Griswold and Route 77, and the Lewiston Overlook
on Route 77. Other reports from the areas, 5 OSPREYS at
Ring-necked Marsh, BALD EAGLES at Windmill and Cayuga Pool,
and at Oxbow Marsh in Oak Orchard, 5 COMMON MOORHENS, 2
AMERICAN COOTS and several MARSH WRENS.
Along the Lake Ontario shore, an ORCHARD ORIOLE was the
highlight this week in a yard on Lake Road in Wilson, along
with EASTERN KINGBIRD, CAROLINA WREN, CEDAR WAXWING, YELLOW
WARBLER, AMERICAN REDSTART, SCARLET TANAGER, ROSE-BR.
GROSBEAK and BALTIMORE ORIOLE. YELLOW WARBLERS were also
noted at the Erie Basin Marina on the Buffalo waterfront.
Other reports - At Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, 5 GREAT
EGRETS, 6 GREEN HERONS, 5 BL.-CR. NIGHT-HERONS and a CASPIAN
TERN. More CASPIAN TERNS and COMMON TERNS along the Buffalo
waterfront and 10 CASPIAN TERNS with an adult and 3 juvenile
BALD EAGLES at the mouth of Silver Creek in Chautauqua
County. On Grand Island, 2 OSPREYS on West River Road.
Twelve COMMON MERGANSERS and 26 N. ROUGH-W. SWALLOWS at
Saint Columbans in Sheridan. And, in Elma, a BLACK-BILLED
CUCKOO along Buffalo Creek.
You may report after the tone. Thank you for calling and
reporting to Dial-a-Bird. Dial-a-Bird will not be updated
until Thursday, August 18. In the mean time, messages will
be checked, and any rare sightings will be noted on the
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