Friday, February 19, 2010

Rare Bird Alert

Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris)Image by Larry Meade via Flickr

 Thursday, February 18, 2010

 Dial-a-Bird is a service provided by your Buffalo Museum of Science and 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. To contact the Science Museum, call 896-5200.

 Highlights of reports received February 11 through February 18 from the Niagara Frontier Region include EARED GREBE, BALD EAGLES and KING EIDERS.

 February 18, on Lake Erie at Dunkirk Harbor, an EARED GREBE off main pier. To the east of the harbor, on the outer ice rim, an exceptional count of 19 BALD EAGLES, including 9 adults. Also in the harbor, HORNED GREBE, PIED-BILLED GREBE, over 500 each of COMMON GOLDENEYE and COMMON MERGANSER, LESSER SCAUP, 21 GREAT BLUE HERONS, GLAUCOUS GULL residing along the pier, 400 GREAT BLACK-B. GULLS, and only 11 BONAPARTE'S GULLS.

 February 13 and 14, waterfowl on the Niagara River above the Peace Bridge included 3, distant, KING EIDERS - a winter male and female, and an immature male, seen from the Erie Basin Marina tower in Buffalo.

 On the Niagara River at Fort Niagara State Park, over 2000 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 436 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS and 3 SURF SCOTERS, counted from the park boat launch Off the main parking lot, 76 RED-THROATED LOONS on Lake Ontario, about a half mile offshore.

 Other Niagara River reports this week - 24 LESSER SCAUP at the Mid-river Marina in Tonawanda. At the north Grand Island bridges, 500 CANVASBACKS, 6 TUNDRA SWANS and 20 GREAT BLACK-
 B. GULLS. Among abundant LONG-TAILED DUCKS at the boat launch in Lewiston, LITTLE GULL, ICELAND GULL, and a NELSON'S GULL, the hybrid of GLAUCOUS and HERRING GULL. And at Goat Island in Niagara Falls, New York, THAYER'S GULL, 4 ICELAND GULLS, 3 L. BLACK-B. GULL and GLAUCOUS GULL.

 In the Niagara County Town of Hartland, at least 9 SHORT-
 EARED OWLS on Wruck Road, just south of Route 104. These owls are typically observed from the shoulder of the road at dusk and dawn. GREAT HORNED OWLS this week on Francis Road in Bethany, and on Feeder Road, north of Route 77 in the Iroquois Refuge.

 Also this week, a striking, mostly white-plumaged RED-W. BLACKBIRD among 150 RED-W. BLACKBIRDS on Porter Center Road. And, 170 SNOW BUNTINGS and 45 HORNED LARKS on Tufts Road in the Town of Pavilon, outside Batavia.
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