Thursday, May 6, 2010
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Highlights of reports received April 29 through May 6 from the Niagara Frontier Region include WARBLERS, WHITE-R. SANDPIPER and WILLET.
Spring migration is approaching full speed and covering the entire region. At least 22 warblers species were reported this week. A few of the favored locations include Tifft Nature Preserve, Times Beach and Forest Lawn in Buffalo, Amherst State Park, Goat Island in Niagara Falls and Point Gratiot and Saint Columbans in Chautauqua County. Also, backyards and night skies.
Warbler highlights included a reported WORM-EATING WARBLER April 30 and May 1 on Plaza Drive near Cayuga Drive in the Town of Niagara. At Forest Lawn, ORANGE-CR. WARBLER on the ridge May 1 and GOLDEN-WING. WARBLER east of the lake on the 5th. Other warblers - BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, TENNESSEE WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, YELLOW WARBLER, CHESTNUT-S. WARBLER, MAGNOLIA WARBLER, CAPE MAY WARBLER, BL.-THR. BL. WARBLER, YELLOW-R. WARBLER, BL.-THR. GREEN WARB., BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, PINE WARBLER, PALM WARBLER, BL. AND W. WARBLER, AMERICAN REDSTART, OVENBIRD, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT and HOODED WARBLER, with more still to come or be reported.
Also, widely reported songbirds - LEAST FLYCATCHER, EASTERN KINGBIRD, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, WARBLING VIREO, HOUSE WREN, WINTER WREN, MARSH WREN, BL.-GR. GNATCATCHER, HERMIT THRUSH, WOOD THRUSH, GRAY CATBIRD, BROWN THRASHER, CEDAR WAXWING, SCARLET TANAGER, EASTERN TOWHEE, FOX SPARROW, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, WHITE-THR. SPARROW, WHITE-CR. SPARROW, ROSE-BR. GROSBEAK, BOBOLINK and BALTIMORE ORIOLE. The night of May 5, SWAINSON'S THRUSHES were heard migrating over the Town of Tonawanda before a rainstorm.
In the marshes at Tifft Nature Preserve this week - BLUE-
WINGED TEAL, WOOD DUCK, HOODED MERGANSER, RUDDY DUCK, AMERICAN BITTERN, LEAST BITTERN, GREEN HERON, BL.-CR. NIGHT-
HERON, VIRGINIA RAIL, SORA and COMMON MOORHEN, plus MERLIN, CASPIAN TERN and RUSTY BLACKBIRD in the Preserve.
May 1, almost two weeks early, a WHITE-R. SANDPIPER at Johnson Creek Road and Somerset-Hartland Townline, with GREATER YELLOWLEGS, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, LEAST SANDPIPER and PECTORAL SANDPIPER. May 2, on the north shore of Lake Erie in Ontario, 4 WILLETS, a shorebird known for it's brief stopovers, at Harborview Road, west of Port Colborne.
Also May 2, 11 BLACK TERNS at one of their few or only breeding sites in the region - Cayuga Pool in the Iroquois Refuge.
Other reports - a calling NOR. SAW-WHET OWL in the Cattaraugus County Town of Hinsdale, and a RED-HEADED WDPKR. in a yard on Deer Trail Road in Cheektowaga.
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