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Waterfowl were the highlight of reports received January 28 through February 4 from the Niagara Frontier Region.
Abundant waterfowl continue on the upper Niagara River off Beaver Island State Park on Grand Island. January 29, a mixed flock of over 10,000 SCAUP, CANVASBACK and REDHEADS, a dense flock of 6000 CANVASBACKS, and thousands of COMMON MERGANSERS and COMMON GOLDENEYES scattered among the ice floes. February 2 at Beaver Island, 271 TUNDRA SWANS and 71 GREAT BLUE HERONS, plus 2 BALD EAGLES. BALD EAGLES also reported nearby on the Beaver Island Parkway and the park golf course.
Also February 2, in Tonawanda at the Mid-river Marina on River Road, 26 LESSER SCAUP and an AMERICAN COOT. At Goat Island in Niagara Falls, New York, 30 GADWALL, 3 AMERICAN WIGEON, NORTHERN PINTAIL and 2 HOODED MERGANSERS, plus ICELAND GULL and 2 L. BLACK-B. GULLS. Also at Goat Island - BROWN CREEPER, GOLDEN-CR. KINGLET, 20 AMERICAN ROBINS and WHITE-THR. SPARROW.
January 30 in the Iroquois Refuge, a pair of NORTHERN HARRIERS on Feeder Road near Route 77, and 2 BALD EAGLES near the nest at Cayuga Pool.
NORTHERN SHRIKE, January 30, at the towers on Warner Hill Road in the southern Erie County Town of Wales.
Other reports - PEREGRINE FALCON atop the south Grand Island bridges. A pair of WOOD DUCKS wintering with 75 MALLARDS on Ellicott Creek at St. Rita's Lane by the UB Amherst Campus. And a WHITE-THR. SPARROW at a feeder on Grand Island.
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