[Ontbirds]WNY Dial-a-Bird 22 Feb 2007
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Thu Feb 22 20:09:23 EST 2007
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phone in any rare sightings so they may be shared via the DAB
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Thank you, David
[UPDATE - BOS Meeting, Wednesday, February 28, 7 PM, at the Buffalo
Museum of Science. Terry Yonker presents the
program "Things That Go Blip in the Night: Nocturnal Bird
Migration along the Buffalo Waterfront". Visitors are always welcome
to attend BOS meetings.]
Great Blue Heron
Great Black-b. Gull
Amer. Tree Sparrow
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Compiler: David F. Suggs (dfsuggs at localnet com)
Coverage: Western New York and adjacent Ontario
Thursday, February 22, 2007
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Highlights of reports received February 15 through February 22 from
the Niagara Frontier Region include waterfowl, BALD EAGLES, RED-NECKED
GREBE and TURKEY VULTURE.
Abundant waterfowl continue on the upper Niagara River this winter,
from the ice boom to the south end of Grand Island viewed from the
Ontario side of river. 19 waterfowl species highlighted by 5 MUTE
SWANS, 53 TUNDRA SWANS, 34 RING-NECKED DUCKS, SURF SCOTER and 6
WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, plus an unexpected NORTHERN HARRIER over the
river, and at the Peace Bridge, a BALD EAGLE.
Dunkirk Harbor has also been filled with waterfowl, at least 16
species this week included SURF SCOTER, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, BLACK
SCOTER, LONG-TAILED DUCK and RUDDY DUCK, with COMMON LOON, numerous
HORNED GREBES, first report of RED-
NECKED GREBE, 10 GREAT BLUE HERONS, BONAPARTE'S GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL
and the third highest count of GREAT BLACK-B. GULLS in the BOS
archives - 430 BLACK-BACKS on February 18.
Also at Dunkirk on the 18th, viewed from Point Gratiot Park, 7 BALD
EAGLES, seen all at once, on the ice and in the air. Other BALD EAGLES
this week - a pair at Navy Island, observed from the Eagle Overlook on
the west side of Grand Island, and a single BALD EAGLE on the Niagara
River in the City of Tonawanda.
Vultures and raptors appeared during the brief spring weather early
in the week - a TURKEY VULTURE February 18 over the Genesee County
Town of Alexander, PEREGRINE FALCON on the 20th over Sheridan Park in
Tonawanda, and paired RED-
TAILED HAWKS on the west side of Buffalo and in Amherst. On a short
drive through the Genesee County, 8 pairs of RED-
TAILED HAWKS in the Town of Bethany. Wintering ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS
continue in the Lake Ontario Plains and the Cattaraugus County Town of
Also inspired by the approach of spring - displaying WILD TURKEYS in
a large flock on Pleasantview Drive in Lancaster, and reports of
singing NORTHERN CARDINALS, TUFTED TITMICE and BLACK-CAP. CHICKADEES.
Exceptional counts of wintering sparrows - 35 WHITE-CR. SPARROWS
feeding on spilled grain on McLernon Road in Alexander, and 410 AMER.
TREE SPARROWS in a driveway on Lake Road in the Niagara County Town of
Wilson. Both counts are the highest in archives since the 1960s.
Owls this week - 6 SHORT-EARED OWLS at Singer and Bulmore Roads in
Lockport, more SHORT-EARED OWLS at three locations in Yates and
Porter, and 2 LONG-EARED OWLS at Golden Hill State Park in Somerset.
Also this week, HORNED LARKS, LAPLAND LONGSPUR and SNOW BUNTINGS
continues in the Lake Ontario Plains and Genesee County. And, 4
EASTERN BLUEBIRDS on Mapleton Road in Wheatfield.
Dial-a-Bird will be updated Thursday evening, March 1. 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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