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10 Mar Black-headed - Ring-billed Gull hybrid at Goat Island [Willie D'Anna ]
11 Mar RE: Black-headed - Ring-billed Gull hybrid at Goat Island [Shaibal Mitra ]
10 Mar RE: Black-headed - Ring-billed Gull hybrid at Goat Island [Willie D'Anna ]
11 Mar RE: Black-headed - Ring-billed Gull hybrid at Goat Island [Shaibal Mitra ]
10 Mar Re: Black-headed - Ring-billed Gull hybrid at Goat Island ["Kevin J. McGowan" ]
17 Feb ebird app not working [Pat Martin ]
21 Jan Slaty-backed Gull - above Niagara Falls [Willie D'Anna ]
18 Jan Seneca Falls Gyrfalcon, Snowy Owls continue []
14 Jan Re: Seneca Falls Gyrfalcon [debby mcnaughton ]
1 Jan Slaty-backed and Black-headed Gulls - Niagara River [Willie D'Anna ]
28 Dec Niagara River - Wednesday [Willie D'Anna ]
23 Dec White-crowned Sparrows; Lapland Longspurs [Willie D'Anna ]
15 Dec 2016 Lake Ontario Piping Plover video [Willie D'Anna ]
10 Dec Niagara River - Saturday [Willie D'Anna ]
5 Dec Niagara River Report [Willie D'Anna ]
28 Aug Wood Stork - Eden [Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter ]
16 Aug Piping Plover - Woodlawn Beach SP [Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter ]
15 Aug Piping Plover - Woodlawn Beach S.P. [Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter ]
5 Aug Female Common Eider continues - Buffalo Harbor [Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter ]
4 Aug RE:[geneseebirds-googlegroup] Common Eider - Buffalo Harbor [Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter ]
4 Aug Common Eider - Buffalo Harbor [Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter ]
15 Jul RE: White Ibis - Evangola State Park [Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter ]
15 Jul Re: White Ibis - Evangola State Park [Robert Taylor ]
15 Jul Re:[GeneseeBirds-L] White Ibis - Evangola State Park [Andy Guthrie ]
15 Jul White Ibis - Evangola State Park [Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter ]
8 Jun Garganey at Montezuma NWR - Tuesday [Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter ]
8 May Western Tanager - Williamsville, Erie County. [Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter ]
2 May Gray Kingbird-Conesus Inlet-Sliker Hill Rd [Greg Lawrence ]
25 Apr Harlequin Ducks, migrants - Goat Island, Niagara Falls [Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter ]
9 Apr Eurasian Wigeon - Martens Tract [Joseph M Wing ]
5 Apr Conesus Lake_Livingston County Tufted Duck YES ["Wasilco, Mike R (DEC)" ]
4 Apr Tufted Duck-Conesus Lake east side ["Wasilco, Mike R (DEC)" ]
1 Apr Re: Lake-watching in Wilson, Niagara County ["Kevin J. McGowan" ]
1 Apr Lake-watching in Wilson, Niagara County [Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter ]
26 Mar Lake Ontario Plain Field Trip [Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter ]
13 Mar Record-early Common Tern - Lake Ontario, Niagara County [Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter ]
11 Mar RE:[GeneseeBirds-L] Tufted Duck Canandaigua Lake [Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter ]
2 Feb Re: Migration [david nicosia ]
1 Feb Migration [Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter ]
30 Jan RE:[GeneseeBirds-L] Yellow-headed Blackbirds in Rush, southern Monroe County [Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter ]
29 Jan Two (2) YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS [Brad Carlson ]
18 Jan Re: 2015 Photos [Nancy Shamban ]
18 Jan 2015 Photos [Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter ]
1 Dec Montezuma wildlife drive ["Michael Tetlow " ]
12 Nov RE:[GeneseeBirds-L] Cave Swallows - Golden Hill State Park [Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter ]
12 Nov Cave Swallows - Golden Hill State Park [Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter ]
7 Nov Cattle egret Town of York, Livingston County ["Wasilco, Mike R (DEC)" ]
2 Nov Cinnamon Teal at Montezuma NWR [Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter ]
30 Oct Purple Sandpiper - Wilson [Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter ]
29 Oct Wind Birds on the Niagara River [Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter ]
24 Oct BOS Lake Ontario Plain Field Trip - Oct 24th [Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter ]
7 Oct Fort Niagara SP - Niagara County [Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter ]
2 Oct Montezuma Godwit, Dowitchers ["Michael Tetlow " ]
26 Sep Montezuma Rochester Birding Association field trip highlights. ["Michael Tetlow " ]
24 Sep In and around our yard in Wilson, Niagara County ["Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter" ]
21 Sep RE: Lark Sparrow - Greece, Monroe County, NY; Hamlin Beach Lake Watch [Shaibal Mitra ]
20 Sep Lark Sparrow - Greece, Monroe County, NY; Hamlin Beach Lake Watch ["Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter" ]
15 Sep 110+ Golden Plovers--Nations Road, Livingston County ["Wasilco, Mike R (DEC)" ]
22 Aug Evening at Knox-Marcellus, Montezuma NWR [Kimberly Sucy ]
11 Aug Western Sandpiper - Tonawanda WMA, Niagara County ["Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter" ]
16 Jul Black-bellied Whistling-Duck - Wilson, Niagara County ["Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter" ]
14 Jul Fw: eBird Report - Montezuma NWR--East Road, Jul 13, 2015 [Pat Martin ]
30 Jun Eurasian Collared-doves, Pine Siskins, Wilson, NY []
22 Jun RE: Red Headed Woodpecker Hamlin Beach State Park June 22 2015 [Shaibal Mitra ]
22 Jun Red Headed Woodpecker Hamlin Beach State Park June 22 2015 [David Nicosia ]
22 Jun Red Headed Woodpecker Hamlin Beach State Park June 22 2015 [david nicosia ]
22 Jun Red Headed Woodpecker Hamlin Beach State Park June 22 2015 [david nicosia ]
20 Jun Re: [GeneseeBirds-L] Eurasion Collared-Doves and Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks - Wilson, Niagara County []
19 Jun RE:[GeneseeBirds-L] Eurasion Collared-Doves and Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks - Wilson, Niagara County ["Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter" ]
19 Jun Eurasion Collared-Doves and Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks - Wilson, Niagara County ["Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter" ]
13 Jun Collared-Dove, Whistling-Duck - Wilson, Niagara County ["Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter" ]
4 Jun Black-bellied Whistling-Duck and Eurasian Collared-Dove - Wilson, Niagara County, Thursday ["Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter" ]
2 Jun Black-bellied Whistling Duck - Wilson, Niagara County ["Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter" ]
30 May Montezuma Wildlife Drive, Knox-Marcellus last evening no phalaropes but Eurasian Wigeon ["Michael Tetlow " ]
3 May Eurasian Collared-Dove - Wilson, Niagara County ["Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter" ]
1 May Eurasian Collared-Dove - Wilson, Niagara County ["Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter" ]

Subject: Black-headed - Ring-billed Gull hybrid at Goat Island
From: Willie D'Anna <dannapotter AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2017 17:43:34 -0500
For the second straight day, a very rare BLACK-HEADED GULL - RING-BILLED
GULL hybrid was seen at Goat Island on the Niagara River. The bird was found
yesterday by Derek Lovitch from Maine and another birder but tentatively
identified as a Laughing Gull - Ring-billed Gull hybrid. Both of these
hybrid forms have been recorded before. Derek told Chris Kundl about the
bird and Chris was able to obtain photographs yesterday and today. It was
Chris who initially and correctly, I believe, identified the bird as a
Black-headed X Ring-billed.

 

Although most birders will not chase a hybrid, you are unlikely to see this
form ever again, as it is extremely rare. Yesterday, the bird was in the
parking lot on the upriver (east) end of the island. This is the end away
from the falls. Today, it was in the shallows just off of Goat Island, on
the rock shelf above Three Sisters islands - the usual place where the gulls
roost. It was very close to shore today and although Chris was able to show
me the bird today, I was not prepared to photograph it, as this was just an
impromptu stop. The bird is in alternate plumage with a hood that is not
solidly black. The bill is orangy-red with a black band. The legs are dull
orange. The primaries and primary coverts show a weak representation of the
typical white wedge on the upperwing that is seen on Bonaparte's and
Black-headed Gulls. However, there were also some black marks in the white.
The undersides of the primaries are not dusky, as on a Black-headed Gull.
The folded wingtips look similar to those of the Ring-billed Gulls - black
with white apical spots on each primary. The structure of this bird seems
closer to a Ring-billed Gull than a Black-headed Gull to me, though slightly
smaller and smaller-billed. Note that this bird frequently buried itself
among the many Ring-billed Gulls here and could be very hard to pick out,
despite it's obvious hood. It was the only hooded gull at Goat Island.

 

Photos of this bird can be seen in Chris's eBird checklist, here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35078460

 

There are still lots of other less common gulls around Goat Island,
especially Lesser Black-backed and Iceland Gulls, with a few Thayer's Gulls
as well.

 

Good birding!

Willie

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Wilson, NY

dannapotterATroadrunner.com

My photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/107683885 AT N07/

 


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Subject: RE: Black-headed - Ring-billed Gull hybrid at Goat Island
From: Shaibal Mitra <Shaibal.Mitra AT csi.cuny.edu>
Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2017 14:15:53 +0000
I meant to mention one more point: the undersides of the primaries and 
secondaries on this bird look very uniformly gray, such that the undersides of 
the secondaries look even less pale than in Ring-billed Gull, let alone 
Black-headed Gull (which shows strong contrast between different parts of the 
underwing). 

________________________________________
From: bounce-121321967-11143133 AT list.cornell.edu 
[bounce-121321967-11143133 AT list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Shaibal Mitra 
[Shaibal.Mitra AT csi.cuny.edu] 

Sent: Saturday, March 11, 2017 8:45 AM
To: Willie D'Anna; 'Geneseebirds'; geneseebirds-l AT geneseo.edu; 'David Suggs'; 
'nysbirds-l' 

Subject: RE: [nysbirds-l] Black-headed - Ring-billed Gull hybrid at Goat Island

Hi Willie and all,

Wow--what a neat-looking bird!

I can see the logic behind the identification: the combination of dark hood, 
white wing wedge, absence of white tips to the inner primaries and secondaries, 
and reddish bill and legs suggesting Black-headed Gull; and size, structure, 
extra dark in the outer primaries, and white apical spots on the outer 
primaries suggesting Ring-billed Gull. 


But to me, this bird looks so unlike a Black-headed Gull that I remain puzzled. 
Specifically, it looks large, thick-necked, large-headed, broad-winged, and 
heavy-billed. Black-headed Gull is only half the mass of a Ring-billed Gull and 
very differently shaped, whereas this bird looks quite similar to Ring-billed 
Gull in overall size and structure. It is of course possible for hybrids to 
tilt toward one parent or the other in various ways, as opposed to showing 
intermediacy, but note that the Sullivan County bird from 2002 showed much more 
intermediacy in these very features (e.g., more obvious influence of 
Black-headed Gull in terms of size and shape). Looking more closely at the 
plumage, I also note that the hood seems to lack any of the brownish tones 
usually evident in Black-headed Gull, and that the mantle appears subtly darker 
than those of Ring-billed Gulls (Black-headed Gull is notably pale-mantled). 


Although I'm not able to propose a better hypothesis at this point, I thought I 
would contribute these impressions. 


Best,
Shai
________________________________________
From: bounce-121321009-11143133 AT list.cornell.edu 
[bounce-121321009-11143133 AT list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Willie D'Anna 
[dannapotter AT roadrunner.com] 

Sent: Friday, March 10, 2017 5:43 PM
To: 'Geneseebirds'; geneseebirds-l AT geneseo.edu; 'David Suggs'; 'nysbirds-l'
Subject: [nysbirds-l] Black-headed - Ring-billed Gull hybrid at Goat Island

For the second straight day, a very rare BLACK-HEADED GULL – RING-BILLED GULL 
hybrid was seen at Goat Island on the Niagara River. The bird was found 
yesterday by Derek Lovitch from Maine and another birder but tentatively 
identified as a Laughing Gull – Ring-billed Gull hybrid. Both of these hybrid 
forms have been recorded before. Derek told Chris Kundl about the bird and 
Chris was able to obtain photographs yesterday and today. It was Chris who 
initially and correctly, I believe, identified the bird as a Black-headed X 
Ring-billed. 


Although most birders will not chase a hybrid, you are unlikely to see this 
form ever again, as it is extremely rare. Yesterday, the bird was in the 
parking lot on the upriver (east) end of the island. This is the end away from 
the falls. Today, it was in the shallows just off of Goat Island, on the rock 
shelf above Three Sisters islands – the usual place where the gulls roost. It 
was very close to shore today and although Chris was able to show me the bird 
today, I was not prepared to photograph it, as this was just an impromptu stop. 
The bird is in alternate plumage with a hood that is not solidly black. The 
bill is orangy-red with a black band. The legs are dull orange. The primaries 
and primary coverts show a weak representation of the typical white wedge on 
the upperwing that is seen on Bonaparte’s and Black-headed Gulls. However, 
there were also some black marks in the white. The undersides of the primaries 
are not dusky, as on a Black-headed Gull. The folded wingtips look similar to 
those of the Ring-billed Gulls – black with white apical spots on each primary. 
The structure of this bird seems closer to a Ring-billed Gull than a 
Black-headed Gull to me, though slightly smaller and smaller-billed. Note that 
this bird frequently buried itself among the many Ring-billed Gulls here and 
could be very hard to pick out, despite it’s obvious hood. It was the only 
hooded gull at Goat Island. 


Photos of this bird can be seen in Chris’s eBird checklist, here: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35078460 


There are still lots of other less common gulls around Goat Island, especially 
Lesser Black-backed and Iceland Gulls, with a few Thayer’s Gulls as well. 


Good birding!
Willie
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Wilson, NY
dannapotterATroadrunner.com
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Subject: RE: Black-headed - Ring-billed Gull hybrid at Goat Island
From: Willie D'Anna <dannapotter AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2017 19:05:43 -0500
Kevin, your article is one of the references we used. I think the two birds
look pretty similar aside from the hood. The Niagara bird seems a little
larger and larger-billed and may have a bit less black in the primaries but
otherwise, they seem comparable.

 

Thanks for writing and posting your article. That and others on your web
site are great references.

 

Cheers,

Willie

 

From: Kevin J. McGowan [mailto:kjm2 AT cornell.edu] 
Sent: Friday, March 10, 2017 6:55 PM
To: 'Geneseebirds'; geneseebirds-l AT geneseo.edu; 'David Suggs'; NYSBIRDS-L;
Willie D'Anna
Subject: Re: [nysbirds-l] Black-headed - Ring-billed Gull hybrid at Goat
Island

 

Wow. What an odd bird. And what on earth is it doing with a hood at this
time of year?

 

We had an experience with a bird of the same presumed parental origin in
Sullivan County 15 years ago, but it didn't look much like this one.
http://www.birds.cornell.edu/crows/woodburne_gull.htm

 

Very cool.

 

Kevin

 

 

Kevin J. McGowan
Project Manager
Distance Learning in Bird Biology
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
159 Sapsucker Woods Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
kjm2 AT cornell.edu
607-254-2452

 

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From: bounce-121321009-3714916 AT list.cornell.edu
 on behalf of Willie D'Anna

Sent: Friday, March 10, 2017 5:43 PM
To: 'Geneseebirds'; geneseebirds-l AT geneseo.edu; 'David Suggs'; NYSBIRDS-L
Subject: [nysbirds-l] Black-headed - Ring-billed Gull hybrid at Goat Island 

 

For the second straight day, a very rare BLACK-HEADED GULL - RING-BILLED
GULL hybrid was seen at Goat Island on the Niagara River. The bird was found
yesterday by Derek Lovitch from Maine and another birder but tentatively
identified as a Laughing Gull - Ring-billed Gull hybrid. Both of these
hybrid forms have been recorded before. Derek told Chris Kundl about the
bird and Chris was able to obtain photographs yesterday and today. It was
Chris who initially and correctly, I believe, identified the bird as a
Black-headed X Ring-billed.

 

Although most birders will not chase a hybrid, you are unlikely to see this
form ever again, as it is extremely rare. Yesterday, the bird was in the
parking lot on the upriver (east) end of the island. This is the end away
from the falls. Today, it was in the shallows just off of Goat Island, on
the rock shelf above Three Sisters islands - the usual place where the gulls
roost. It was very close to shore today and although Chris was able to show
me the bird today, I was not prepared to photograph it, as this was just an
impromptu stop. The bird is in alternate plumage with a hood that is not
solidly black. The bill is orangy-red with a black band. The legs are dull
orange. The primaries and primary coverts show a weak representation of the
typical white wedge on the upperwing that is seen on Bonaparte's and
Black-headed Gulls. However, there were also some black marks in the white.
The undersides of the primaries are not dusky, as on a Black-headed Gull.
The folded wingtips look similar to those of the Ring-billed Gulls - black
with white apical spots on each primary. The structure of this bird seems
closer to a Ring-billed Gull than a Black-headed Gull to me, though slightly
smaller and smaller-billed. Note that this bird frequently buried itself
among the many Ring-billed Gulls here and could be very hard to pick out,
despite it's obvious hood. It was the only hooded gull at Goat Island.

 

Photos of this bird can be seen in Chris's eBird checklist, here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35078460

 

There are still lots of other less common gulls around Goat Island,
especially Lesser Black-backed and Iceland Gulls, with a few Thayer's Gulls
as well.

 

Good birding!

Willie

------------------

Willie D'Anna

Wilson, NY

dannapotterATroadrunner.com

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Subject: RE: Black-headed - Ring-billed Gull hybrid at Goat Island
From: Shaibal Mitra <Shaibal.Mitra AT csi.cuny.edu>
Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2017 13:45:36 +0000
Hi Willie and all,

Wow--what a neat-looking bird!

I can see the logic behind the identification: the combination of dark hood, 
white wing wedge, absence of white tips to the inner primaries and secondaries, 
and reddish bill and legs suggesting Black-headed Gull; and size, structure, 
extra dark in the outer primaries, and white apical spots on the outer 
primaries suggesting Ring-billed Gull. 


But to me, this bird looks so unlike a Black-headed Gull that I remain puzzled. 
Specifically, it looks large, thick-necked, large-headed, broad-winged, and 
heavy-billed. Black-headed Gull is only half the mass of a Ring-billed Gull and 
very differently shaped, whereas this bird looks quite similar to Ring-billed 
Gull in overall size and structure. It is of course possible for hybrids to 
tilt toward one parent or the other in various ways, as opposed to showing 
intermediacy, but note that the Sullivan County bird from 2002 showed much more 
intermediacy in these very features (e.g., more obvious influence of 
Black-headed Gull in terms of size and shape). Looking more closely at the 
plumage, I also note that the hood seems to lack any of the brownish tones 
usually evident in Black-headed Gull, and that the mantle appears subtly darker 
than those of Ring-billed Gulls (Black-headed Gull is notably pale-mantled). 


Although I'm not able to propose a better hypothesis at this point, I thought I 
would contribute these impressions. 


Best,
Shai
________________________________________
From: bounce-121321009-11143133 AT list.cornell.edu 
[bounce-121321009-11143133 AT list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Willie D'Anna 
[dannapotter AT roadrunner.com] 

Sent: Friday, March 10, 2017 5:43 PM
To: 'Geneseebirds'; geneseebirds-l AT geneseo.edu; 'David Suggs'; 'nysbirds-l'
Subject: [nysbirds-l] Black-headed - Ring-billed Gull hybrid at Goat Island

For the second straight day, a very rare BLACK-HEADED GULL – RING-BILLED GULL 
hybrid was seen at Goat Island on the Niagara River. The bird was found 
yesterday by Derek Lovitch from Maine and another birder but tentatively 
identified as a Laughing Gull – Ring-billed Gull hybrid. Both of these hybrid 
forms have been recorded before. Derek told Chris Kundl about the bird and 
Chris was able to obtain photographs yesterday and today. It was Chris who 
initially and correctly, I believe, identified the bird as a Black-headed X 
Ring-billed. 


Although most birders will not chase a hybrid, you are unlikely to see this 
form ever again, as it is extremely rare. Yesterday, the bird was in the 
parking lot on the upriver (east) end of the island. This is the end away from 
the falls. Today, it was in the shallows just off of Goat Island, on the rock 
shelf above Three Sisters islands – the usual place where the gulls roost. It 
was very close to shore today and although Chris was able to show me the bird 
today, I was not prepared to photograph it, as this was just an impromptu stop. 
The bird is in alternate plumage with a hood that is not solidly black. The 
bill is orangy-red with a black band. The legs are dull orange. The primaries 
and primary coverts show a weak representation of the typical white wedge on 
the upperwing that is seen on Bonaparte’s and Black-headed Gulls. However, 
there were also some black marks in the white. The undersides of the primaries 
are not dusky, as on a Black-headed Gull. The folded wingtips look similar to 
those of the Ring-billed Gulls – black with white apical spots on each primary. 
The structure of this bird seems closer to a Ring-billed Gull than a 
Black-headed Gull to me, though slightly smaller and smaller-billed. Note that 
this bird frequently buried itself among the many Ring-billed Gulls here and 
could be very hard to pick out, despite it’s obvious hood. It was the only 
hooded gull at Goat Island. 


Photos of this bird can be seen in Chris’s eBird checklist, here: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35078460 


There are still lots of other less common gulls around Goat Island, especially 
Lesser Black-backed and Iceland Gulls, with a few Thayer’s Gulls as well. 


Good birding!
Willie
------------------
Willie D'Anna
Wilson, NY
dannapotterATroadrunner.com
My photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/107683885 AT N07/

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Subject: Re: Black-headed - Ring-billed Gull hybrid at Goat Island
From: "Kevin J. McGowan" <kjm2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2017 23:55:16 +0000
Wow. What an odd bird. And what on earth is it doing with a hood at this time 
of year? 



We had an experience with a bird of the same presumed parental origin in 
Sullivan County 15 years ago, but it didn't look much like this one. 
http://www.birds.cornell.edu/crows/woodburne_gull.htm 



Very cool.


Kevin



Kevin J. McGowan
Project Manager
Distance Learning in Bird Biology
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
159 Sapsucker Woods Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
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Sent: Friday, March 10, 2017 5:43 PM
To: 'Geneseebirds'; geneseebirds-l AT geneseo.edu; 'David Suggs'; NYSBIRDS-L
Subject: [nysbirds-l] Black-headed - Ring-billed Gull hybrid at Goat Island


For the second straight day, a very rare BLACK-HEADED GULL – RING-BILLED GULL 
hybrid was seen at Goat Island on the Niagara River. The bird was found 
yesterday by Derek Lovitch from Maine and another birder but tentatively 
identified as a Laughing Gull – Ring-billed Gull hybrid. Both of these hybrid 
forms have been recorded before. Derek told Chris Kundl about the bird and 
Chris was able to obtain photographs yesterday and today. It was Chris who 
initially and correctly, I believe, identified the bird as a Black-headed X 
Ring-billed. 




Although most birders will not chase a hybrid, you are unlikely to see this 
form ever again, as it is extremely rare. Yesterday, the bird was in the 
parking lot on the upriver (east) end of the island. This is the end away from 
the falls. Today, it was in the shallows just off of Goat Island, on the rock 
shelf above Three Sisters islands – the usual place where the gulls roost. It 
was very close to shore today and although Chris was able to show me the bird 
today, I was not prepared to photograph it, as this was just an impromptu stop. 
The bird is in alternate plumage with a hood that is not solidly black. The 
bill is orangy-red with a black band. The legs are dull orange. The primaries 
and primary coverts show a weak representation of the typical white wedge on 
the upperwing that is seen on Bonaparte’s and Black-headed Gulls. However, 
there were also some black marks in the white. The undersides of the primaries 
are not dusky, as on a Black-headed Gull. The folded wingtips look similar to 
those of the Ring-billed Gulls – black with white apical spots on each primary. 
The structure of this bird seems closer to a Ring-billed Gull than a 
Black-headed Gull to me, though slightly smaller and smaller-billed. Note that 
this bird frequently buried itself among the many Ring-billed Gulls here and 
could be very hard to pick out, despite it’s obvious hood. It was the only 
hooded gull at Goat Island. 




Photos of this bird can be seen in Chris’s eBird checklist, here: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35078460 




There are still lots of other less common gulls around Goat Island, especially 
Lesser Black-backed and Iceland Gulls, with a few Thayer’s Gulls as well. 




Good birding!

Willie

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Subject: ebird app not working
From: Pat Martin <emartin139 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 20:59:36 -0500 (GMT-05:00)
Hi All,

I just upgraded my phone from an iphone 5 to a 7 and transferred all my apps to 
the new phone from the cloud. But when I tried to submit a list today from the 
ebird app, the app tries but fails to actually submit anything. The phone just 
kicks back to my home screen. Anyone out there have similar problems or have 
any ideas to resolve this? 


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Subject: Slaty-backed Gull - above Niagara Falls
From: Willie D'Anna <dannapotter AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:50:32 -0500
Late this afternoon, Garth Riley refound the SLATY-BACKED GULL on the rocks
a little ways above the falls on the Niagara River. Several of us made it to
Garth's location opposite the barge on the Canadian side and looked
downriver at the bird. Eventually it woke up, stretched a wing, and then
flapped a couple of times, revealing the nice "string of pearls", which
along with other features (broad tertial crescent, pink legs, mantle shade
close to a Lesser Black-backed Gull, slightly stockier than Herring Gull)
allowed us to identify it with confidence. This bird would likely have been
visible from Goat Island, if one walked down toward the falls and found a
good opening in the trees.

 

Unfortunately, fog ruined our Important Bird Area survey for the entire
river today. And, wouldn't you know it, after it was cancelled, the sun came
out in the afternoon! We made the most of the morning by going to the
Dufferin Islands Nature Area in Niagara Falls, Ontario and seeing the
continuing male and very drab female PINE WARBLERS  that have been reported
there for several weeks. They both came to different piles of seed thrown
onto the ground by birders and photographers. Most of the IBA counters also
enjoyed a nice pizza lunch together.

 

Good birding!

Willie D'Anna of Wilson, NY and Jean Iron of Toronto, Ontario

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Subject: Seneca Falls Gyrfalcon, Snowy Owls continue
From: metetlow AT gmail.com
Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:34:22 -0500
This afternoon after passing the Seneca Stone Quarry, twice scanning the 
complex from Hoster Road between 2:30 and 3:00 with no luck, I returned one 
more time around 3:30 to find Josh Snodgrass and friend with the bird perched 
in the trees over the Quarry. 3 Snowy Owls were still visible from the south 
end of the airport and the "queen" Snowy was atop the grainery at the Lott farm 
on 414. Another Snowy continues in the area of route 96a and Kime Road east of 
Geneva although today it was only visible from Nelson Road looking north. A 
huge flock of Snow Geese were covering a field on the north side of Yellow 
Tavern Road just west of route 96. 


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Subject: Re: Seneca Falls Gyrfalcon
From: debby mcnaughton <debbymcnaughton AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 11:22:44 -0500
He is on a pole at the new corner of Canoga and Hosted Rds right now.
On Jan 14, 2017 8:52 AM, "Joseph M Wing"  wrote:

> I was blessed to have crossed paths with a Gryfalcon late yesterday south
> of Seneca Falls, as Mike Tetlow communicated last night. Thanks Mike.
>
>
> The bird was in a field feeding. It flew up into a nearby tree shortly
> after I pulled over. It did not like that I stopped but didn't want to
> leave it's meal. I sat in the car and after awhile it came back to continue
> feeding. It did not like that distance so pulled the duck further out into
> the field.
>
>
> In looking at pictures of this bird and ones David Kennedy posted, it
> appears to be the same bird.
>
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> I hope others relocate the bird, its impressive.
>
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> Here are a couple of pictures I took:
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> https://www.flickr.com/photos/66738724 AT N04/31916833560/in/dateposted/
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Subject: Slaty-backed and Black-headed Gulls - Niagara River
From: Willie D'Anna <dannapotter AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Jan 2017 19:03:08 -0500
Eleven species of gulls were found along the Niagara River today, from the
power plants to the control gates. The highlight was an adult SLATY-BACKED
GULL, found by Chris Kundl in the shallows off of Goat Island, just above
Three Sisters Islands. Some of us are lucky (my hand is up) but Chris works
this patch hard and deserves all the great birds that he has found there.
Way to go, Chris! The bird was well-studied and some of us managed to get
the very important spread wing photos (which helps to rule out possible
hybrids). This bird shows a very broad tertial crescent, a nice string of
pearls but no mirror on p9, and a mantle shade just slightly darker than
that of a Lesser Black-backed Gull. This gull stayed at Goat Island most of
the day, enjoyed by many birders, but was never seen to feed as far as I am
aware. It would not surprise me if it is not found during the week, when it
probably heads for the dumps to feed. After seeing it at Goat Island,
several of us returned to the Canadian side and tried to spot it across the
river, looking from the control gates and from above the Ontario hydro
building, but could only find one obscured dark-mantled gull, which could
have been the bird or a Lesser Black-backed Gull. Distance and other gulls
in the way makes identifying this bird from the other side an extreme
challenge.

 

The adult BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen for over half an hour this morning as
it foraged continuously at the Whirlpool. When in the sunlight, this bird
was a tough challenge to pick out, but it occasionally went into shaded
areas where we had a better chance to find it.

 

Jean Iron found an adult LITTLE GULL a little above Niagara Falls, nearer
the Canadian shore. Other gulls today were Iceland, Thayer's, Glaucous,
Lesser Black-backed, Great Black-backed, Bonaparte's, Ring-billed, and
Herring.

 

We also had the four adult male HARLEQUIN DUCKS out from the Ontario Hydro
building above the falls, probably not visible from the American side. These
birds seem to be a tight-knit group, usually staying right together, and
they looked just gorgeous in the bright sun.

 

Our group consisted of Betsy Potter, Jean Iron, Celeste Morien, Dominic
Sherony, Bev Seyler, Marcie Jacklin, Linda Goodridge, Kayo Roy, Blayne and
Jean Farnan, and myself.

 

Good birding!

Willie

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Subject: Niagara River - Wednesday
From: Willie D'Anna <dannapotter AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Dec 2016 17:47:44 -0500
A group of eight ardent gull-watchers found ten species of gulls along the
Niagara River today, viewing from the Canadian side. Finally, the LITTLE
GULLS  are in! We had seven - two from the Queenston boat ramp (look
downriver, although one briefly came right in front of us), four (!) just
above the falls, with great views from opposite the "greenhouse", and one
more from the control gates in Chippewa. We had an adult THAYER'S GULL
sitting and flying below the falls. ICELAND GULLS were seen across from the
greenhouse, below the falls, and at the Adam Beck overlook (the power
plants). One adult GLAUCOUS GULL was on the "island" out from the control
gates. LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were out from the control gates and at Adam
Beck. We did not check the roosting rocks above the power plants today.
Numbers of large gulls were unimpressive today but that's not too surprising
for a weekday when the dumps are open.

 

The adult BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen briefly on the water at the Whirlpool
(Spanish Aero Car). However, it and the many Bonaparte's Gulls resting on
the water were then repeatedly flushed by the Niagara Jet Adventures boats,
driving the boats directly through the raft of birds. Despite spending a
considerable amount of time looking, we were unable to find the bird again
and we are convinced that it moved to another area to rest.

 

We only found one HARLEQUIN DUCK today, a female feeding in the rapids near
the stranded barge (between the Ontario hydro building and the gatehouse). A
HORNED GREBE was in the gorge below the falls, along with several
CANVASBACK, AMERICAN WIGEON, COMMON MERGANSERS, and a smattering of other
ducks.

 

Our group consisted of Jean Iron, Ron Pittaway, Kevin McLaughlin, Declan
Troy, Ross Harris, Marcie Jacklin, Betsy Potter, and myself.

 

Good birding!

Willie

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Subject: White-crowned Sparrows; Lapland Longspurs
From: Willie D'Anna <dannapotter AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2016 06:15:31 -0500
While driving home yesterday, I noticed a flock of juncos and sparrows that
flushed from the opposite side of the road. I turned around and waited and
they soon returned. With the juncos were 15 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS. This was
on Youngstown-Wilson Road in the Town of Porter, Niagara County, close to
the Niagara Frontier Country Club. 

 

Along the middle of Hulbert Road in the Town of Wilson, there was a pure
flock of seven LAPLAND LONGSPURS, also feeding on the road shoulder.

 

Earlier I had what appeared to be a HERRING X GLAUCOUS GULL hybrid on the
roosting rocks, visible from Devils Hole State Park. It was larger than the
Herring Gulls with a vaguely paler mantle, slightly paler wingtips, and
larger white primary apical spots. It slept for the entire time that I
observed it.

 

Good birding!

Willie

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Subject: 2016 Lake Ontario Piping Plover video
From: Willie D'Anna <dannapotter AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Thu, 15 Dec 2016 14:24:58 -0500
This past summer Piping Plovers nested on Lake Ontario east of Toronto, 
Ontario, representing the first successful nesting of the species along the 
Canadian shoreline of this lake in over 80 years. Winnie Poon made an 
interesting documentary about this, which can be viewed on your computer, iPad, 
or iPhone. Links below. 


 

Good birding!

Willie D’Anna

Wilson, NY

dannapotter  roadrunner.com

 

From: winnie poon [mailto:winniepoon AT sympatico.ca] 
Sent: Wednesday, December 14, 2016 11:26 AM
To: ONTBIRDS
Subject: [Ontbirds] Ipad Iphone Link to 2016 Lake Ontario Piping Plover video

 

I uploaded a version more suitable for viewing on ipad iPhone etc., as it would 
be more convenient for some. 


Link for using ipad iPhone:  https://vimeo.com/195578986/651820942f

Link for using computer:  https://vimeo.com/195213709/757b118f92

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Richmond Hill, Ontario


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Subject: Niagara River - Saturday
From: Willie D'Anna <dannapotter AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Sat, 10 Dec 2016 20:15:28 -0500
Tons of gulls on the river today - 12 species were reported. Also two
HARLEQUIN DUCKS at the usual spot above the barge. A possible PACIFIC LOON
was reported at the mouth of the river by experienced observers, viewed from
Niagara-on-the-Lake but only seen relatively briefly.

 

SABINE'S GULL - viewed at the roosting rocks (upriver from the power plants)
around noon by a few observers on the American side. 

BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE - Seen at the power plants in the afternoon.

BLACK-HEADED GULL - Seen at the Whirlpool, where it has been found since
last Sunday.

LITTLE GULL - a first-winter bird at the Whirlpool.

GLAUCOUS GULL - a juvenile on the breakwall on the upriver side of control
gates.

 

Others: Thayer's, Iceland, Lesser Black-backed, Great Black-backed, Herring,
Ring-billed, Bonaparte's.

 

Good birding!

Willie

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Subject: Niagara River Report
From: Willie D'Anna <dannapotter AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 08:29:00 -0500
Several people were birding the Niagara River from last Thursday through
Sunday. The number of birders was well over 100 today. In fact there were
nearly that many people just at the Adam Beck overlook on the Canadian side
around 9:00 a.m. for the Ontario Field Ornithologists (OFO) field trip, led
by Jean Iron and Ron Tozer. Although numbers of gulls were decent these four
days, they were especially good Sunday, presumably because the dumps do not
operate on this day. In spite of the large numbers, the less common species
have been difficult to come by. Even Iceland Gulls, which are typically
rather easy to find by this time of year, were few and far between. However,
despite this, birders turned up 11 species of gulls along the river. In
addition there have been four adult male HARLEQUIN DUCKS at the usual spot
slightly upriver from the stranded barge, which is above Niagara Falls. A
male and a female have also been seen at the source of the Niagara River
above the Peace Bridge in Buffalo recently. Also, in that same area was a
juvenile BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE last Thursday (Shelley Seidman), which moved
downriver to the foot of Hertel Avenue on Friday (Peter Yoerg).

 

An adult BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen by Alex Wiebe Saturday afternoon at 3:45
as it flew downriver past the power plants with Bonaparte's Gulls. It was
then spotted about 20 minutes later by Ed Poropat and Jim Hopkins as the
gulls flew out the mouth of the river onto Lake Ontario to roost for the
night. Figuring that this bird might be hanging out at the Whirlpool (where
the Spanish Aero Car is) during the day, Jay McGowan and his group from
Ithaca, NY went there Sunday morning and found the bird. With patience and
group effort, most of the birders on the Niagara River were able to see this
bird, despite the difficulties of distance and height above the water that
birding at this location presents.

 

An adult LITTLE GULL was seen by a couple of groups in the lower Lewiston,
NY-Queenston, Ontario area. This species had not been reported on the river
since November 19th.

 

Other gulls: Herring, Ring-billed, Bonaparte's, Great Black-backed (low
numbers only), Lesser Black-backed (at least a dozen seen today), Iceland
(about five seen today after only two the past few days), Thayer's (two
today), Glaucous Gull (have been two above the falls but only seen by a few
people today).

 

A PINE WARBLER, picked up by its call note by Betsy Potter and identified by
Dean DiTommaso, who then found it, was in the pines in the median of the
Niagara River Parkway in front of the Greenhouse (above the falls).

 

Purple Sandpipers still have not appeared on the Niagara River yet this
season. However, BLACK VULTURES continue to be seen in the lower Lewiston,
NY - Queenston, Ontario area. They are often observed roosting on a church
in the Village of Lewiston and can even be viewed at a distance from the
Queenston overlook, part way down the escarpment.

 

Good birding!

Willie

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Subject: Wood Stork - Eden
From: Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter <dannapotter AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 18:51:08 -0400
A WOOD STORK was photographed on private property in the Town of Eden, Erie
County on Friday. The bird, apparently, roosted overnight in a pine tree but
disappeared Saturday morning before 9:00 a.m. and has not been seen since.
The only location information that I have received is that it was on East
Church Road.

 

I would suggest that birders check ponds in the vicinity.

 

Good birding!

Willie

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Subject: Piping Plover - Woodlawn Beach SP
From: Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter <dannapotter AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Aug 2016 08:29:57 -0400
Sue Barth just texted that the Piping Plover is still present this morning
at Woodlawn Beach SP. This is on Lake Erie in the Town of Hamburg, Erie
County.

 

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Subject: Piping Plover - Woodlawn Beach S.P.
From: Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter <dannapotter AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Aug 2016 10:35:31 -0400
Sue Barth just found and photographed a PIPING PLOVER at Woodlawn Beach S.P.
This park is on Lake Erie in the Town of Hamburg, Erie County. She wrote
that it was hanging with a Semipalmated Plover and was between the main
entrance and the creek that flows into the lake to the north.

 

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Subject: Female Common Eider continues - Buffalo Harbor
From: Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter <dannapotter AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Aug 2016 14:15:30 -0400
I arrived atop the tower at Erie Basin Marina on Buffalo Harbor at 8:40 this
morning (Friday). I searched in the area of the spit at the end of
Donnelly's pier for about 30 minutes without finding the eider. I looked
elsewhere, then looked back again at the spit about 15 minutes later, and
there she was near the north end. It is possible that she was in the area
all along and perhaps underwater when I looked in her direction but I
scanned the water near the spit so many times that I wonder if she came in
from elsewhere. In any case, patience may be required to see this bird. It
was a bit breezy on the tower this morning making my scope less stable than
desirable.

 

DIRECTIONS:

Erie Basin Marina is on the east end of Lake Erie along Buffalo's
waterfront, labeled as such on Google Maps. The tower is at the end of the
road. There is no elevator so you have to climb several flights of stairs.
Look toward the obvious sand/gravel spit at the end of Donnelly's pier
(labeled Horseshoe Reef on Google Maps). The eider has been seen resting on
the sand/gravel spit and swimming in the vicinity. A scope is necessary to
see the bird, as it is over a half mile from the spit to the tower. As Alec
Humann has pointed out, optimal lighting is in the morning with the sun at
your back. Note that Peter Yoerg looked for the eider for 1.5 hours before
sunset last night and did not see it, noting that there were a lot of boats
around, perhaps pushing it further out into the lake.

 

Good birding!

Willie

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Subject: RE:[geneseebirds-googlegroup] Common Eider - Buffalo Harbor
From: Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter <dannapotter AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Aug 2016 10:08:11 -0400
The female Common Eider was seen in the same spot this morning and also seen 
swimming nearby, reported by Joe Mitchell. 


 

Good birding!

Willie

 

From: Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter [mailto:dannapotter AT roadrunner.com] 
Sent: Thursday, August 04, 2016 8:05 AM
To: 'Geneseebirds'; geneseebirds-l AT geneseo.edu; 'nysbirds-l'; 'David Suggs'
Subject: [geneseebirds-googlegroup] Common Eider - Buffalo Harbor

 

While performing checks on the colonial nesting birds in Buffalo harbor, Connie 
Adams and Jackie Walters found and photographed a female COMMON EIDER yesterday 
(Wednesday). I saw the photographs and it is clearly a Common Eider. The duck 
was on the spit at the north end of Donnelly’s pier with Herring Gulls. The 
spit is called Horseshoe Reef on Google Maps. Other than by boat, the spit is 
best observed from the top of the tower at the north end of Erie Basin Marina 
with a spotting scope (could also be scoped less advantageously from ground 
level). This is the same location where birders viewed the Brown Booby from a 
few years ago. 


 

Instead of swimming away from the observers, the eider flew off of the spit, 
over the breakwall, and out toward the lake. Other places to check for it would 
be accessible from Fuhrman Blvd, to the south of this location, and LaSalle 
Park and the West Side Rowing Club, to the north. 


 

Good luck to anyone who tries for it and please post about your success or lack 
thereof. 


 

Good birding!

Willie

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Subject: Common Eider - Buffalo Harbor
From: Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter <dannapotter AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Aug 2016 08:04:31 -0400
While performing checks on the colonial nesting birds in Buffalo harbor,
Connie Adams and Jackie Walters found and photographed a female COMMON EIDER
yesterday (Wednesday). I saw the photographs and it is clearly a Common
Eider. The duck was on the spit at the north end of Donnelly's pier with
Herring Gulls. The spit is called Horseshoe Reef on Google Maps. Other than
by boat, the spit is best observed from the top of the tower at the north
end of Erie Basin Marina with a spotting scope (could also be scoped less
advantageously from ground level). This is the same location where birders
viewed the Brown Booby from a few years ago.

 

Instead of swimming away from the observers, the eider flew off of the spit,
over the breakwall, and out toward the lake. Other places to check for it
would be accessible from Fuhrman Blvd, to the south of this location, and
LaSalle Park and the West Side Rowing Club, to the north.

 

Good luck to anyone who tries for it and please post about your success or
lack thereof.

 

Good birding!

Willie

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Betsy Potter

Wilson, NY

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Subject: RE: White Ibis - Evangola State Park
From: Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter <dannapotter AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2016 17:12:38 -0400
The adult White Ibis at Evangola SP was reported earlier this afternoon but has 
not been seen in at least two hours. From what I can recall of this park, there 
are not any large wetlands there, just a couple of small ponds. So, it may have 
continued on in search of something better. If I hear of any later reports, I 
will post an update. 


 

Good birding!

Willie

 

From: Robert Taylor [mailto:rmtaylo516 AT gmail.com] 
Sent: Friday, July 15, 2016 12:42 PM
To: Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter
Cc: Geneseebirds; geneseebirds-l AT geneseo.edu; nysbirds-l
Subject: Re: [nysbirds-l] White Ibis - Evangola State Park

 

Hi, was posted on ebird today

On Friday, July 15, 2016, Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter 
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Tom Kerr texted to the WNY Bird Alert a report from Matt Nusstein and the 
Buffalo-Niagara Facebook Group of a White Ibis at Evangola State Park (on Lake 
Erie). I have no details on the age or even the date. 


 

Good birding!

Willie

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Subject: Re: White Ibis - Evangola State Park
From: Robert Taylor <rmtaylo516 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2016 12:42:04 -0400
Hi, was posted on ebird today

On Friday, July 15, 2016, Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter <
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> Tom Kerr texted to the WNY Bird Alert a report from Matt Nusstein and the
> Buffalo-Niagara Facebook Group of a White Ibis at Evangola State Park (on
> Lake Erie). I have no details on the age or even the date.
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Subject: Re:[GeneseeBirds-L] White Ibis - Evangola State Park
From: Andy Guthrie <guthrand AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2016 11:15:57 -0400
It's an adult based on the photo posted to the Buffalo-Niagara birding
group on Facebook.  Per the comments it was seen today at/near the
"campground pond".

There was an adult White Ibis recently at nearby Presque Isle SP in PA -
given the rarity of this species & age class could potentially be the same
individual.

Cheers,
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> Tom Kerr texted to the WNY Bird Alert a report from Matt Nusstein and the
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Subject: White Ibis - Evangola State Park
From: Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter <dannapotter AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2016 11:12:28 -0400
Tom Kerr texted to the WNY Bird Alert a report from Matt Nusstein and the
Buffalo-Niagara Facebook Group of a White Ibis at Evangola State Park (on
Lake Erie). I have no details on the age or even the date.

 

Good birding!

Willie

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Subject: Garganey at Montezuma NWR - Tuesday
From: Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter <dannapotter AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Jun 2016 10:10:19 -0400
As reported by others, the Garganey, originally found by Jay McGowan on
Sunday, was seen again by many on Tuesday evening in the southwest corner of
Know-Marcellus Marsh. It was viewed from East Road. Since this can be a
difficult bird to find, due mainly to challenging viewing conditions (long
distance, obstructing vegetation, wind shaking your spotting scope), I
thought I would make some suggestions for those who are still hoping to see
it.

 

Knox-Marcellus Marsh is a huge impoundment on the north side of Montezuma
NWR. Since access to the refuge is prohibited, except in designated areas,
birders are confined to looking for the Garganey from either East Road,
which is a gravel road on the west side of the marsh, or Towpath Road, which
is a dirt road in very poor condition on the south side of the marsh. A high
clearance vehicle is recommended if you are going to attempt to drive down
Towpath Road. There is a risk of bottoming out, which we did once -
fortunately, no damage. Viewing from East Road generally allows one to see
more of the birds in the marsh because you are more elevated than on Towpath
Road. However, since the bird can sometimes be seen from one spot but not
from another a few feet away due to obstructing vegetation, sometimes
looking from a different angle can make the difference. In addition, Towpath
Road allows closer viewing of some of the birds. The Garganey was originally
found by Jay fairly close to Towpath Road, in the southeast corner of the
marsh. Lighting in the morning is probably more favorable from Towpath Road,
in the evening it is better from East Road.

 

The Garganey seems to show a preference for the southwest corner of
Knox-Marcellus Marsh, where it has been seen multiple times now, especially
in the evening. If in that corner, it might be very difficult, perhaps
impossible, to see from Towpath Road.

 

There are lots of other interesting birds being found at Knox-Marcellus:
Sandhill Cranes, Least Bittern (southeast corner), Common Gallinules, Snow
Goose, Trumpeter Swan, Black-bellied Plovers and other shorebirds, a variety
of other ducks, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Cerulean Warbler, and Orchard Oriole
to name some.

 

Good luck to all who try for this bird and congratulations to Jay on a
fabulous discovery!

 

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Subject: Western Tanager - Williamsville, Erie County.
From: Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter <dannapotter AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Sun, 8 May 2016 06:16:00 -0400
On Saturday morning, Alan Baczkiewicz found a male WESTERN TANAGER in his
yard on Howard Ave in Williamsville, which is just east of Buffalo. A few
birders made it to his yard to see the bird but it was observed flying off
to the northeast, in the direction of nearby Amherst State Park. About two
hours later, it was refound by Peter Yoerg in the southern part of the park,
where more birders were able to see it. The bird was last reported to the
WNY text alert at 1:30 but may still be around.

 

DIRECTIONS:

Park in the parking lot on Glen Ave on the east side of the creek. Note that
there are no signs that I am aware of indicating the this is the State Park.
There is a nature center, which will confirm that you are in the right
location. Walk northwest across the mowed area to a path that goes into the
woods. Walk north along the creek until you get to the south end of a large
building, known as the tennis building. The bird was seen here, right along
the creek, usually on the east side.

 

We had eight species of warblers in the southern part of the park.

 

Good birding!

Willie

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Subject: Gray Kingbird-Conesus Inlet-Sliker Hill Rd
From: Greg Lawrence <glawrence21 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 2 May 2016 16:44:21 -0400
Hi all,

Ethan Gyllenhaal and I are viewing a Gray Kingbird from the dike at the Sliker 
Hill Rd access spot at Conesus Inlet WMA. It is actively flycatching straight 
out from the dike-viewed from the end of the concrete walk. 


Good luck and will post more details later.

Greg Lawrence
Brockport, NY

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Subject: Harlequin Ducks, migrants - Goat Island, Niagara Falls
From: Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter <dannapotter AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2016 20:29:12 -0400
This morning at Goat Island, I saw six HARLEQUIN DUCKS out at the usual rock
in mid river. One to five individuals have been reported here all winter and
that number grew to seven a couple of days ago. I saw four males and two
females today. Surprisingly, seven Harlequin Ducks only ties the record for
our region, set in Buffalo on Feb 28, 1997, reported by the late Robert
Brock.

 

Migrants at Goat Island today included four HERMIT THRUSHES, a dozen
WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, two BLUE-HEADED VIREOS, five YELLOW-RUMPED
WARBLERS, two RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, and a couple hundred swallows flying
out over the river. Most of the swallows were TREES and ROUGH-WINGEDS, with
a handful of BARNS, and a CLIFF. It looks like the population of
Double-crested Cormorants nesting on the islands above the falls has
exploded, which could have a detrimental effect upon the Black-crowned
Night-Herons that have been nesting there for decades.

 

Betsy and I recently returned from a week of birding on and around Sanibel
Island in Florida, where the birds were awesome and cooperative as always. I
have made an album of photos on my Flickr site, mostly birds of course, but
with lots of other wildlife that happened to cross my lens. 

Direct link to Florida photos:
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Good birding!

Willie

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Subject: Eurasian Wigeon - Martens Tract
From: Joseph M Wing <thejwings AT msn.com>
Date: Sat, 9 Apr 2016 02:56:37 +0000
One Eurasian Wigeon was at Montezuma NWR - Martens Tract this afternoon. Did 
not see the bird until I walked a bit to the right of the raised viewing area. 


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Subject: Conesus Lake_Livingston County Tufted Duck YES
From: "Wasilco, Mike R (DEC)" <mike.wasilco AT dec.ny.gov>
Date: Tue, 5 Apr 2016 18:02:28 +0000
The tufted duck was still present at midday today obout 0.1 mile south of Camp 
Stella Maris on the east side of Conesus Lake in a diverse mixed flock raft, 
which included mallard, redhead, canvasback, ringneck duck, bufflehead, 
goldeneye, red-breasted merganser, horned grebe, pied-billed grebe and common 
loon. Bonaparte's gull also made an appearance. 


I also got a secondhand report from Bill Howe that the Eurasian wigeon was 
present in the middle of the main marsh at Conesus Inlet WMA, having been 
forced off the small pond by ice. Bill saw it from the west side overlook and 
said a scope was necessary due to distance. 


Michael R. Wasilco
Regional Wildlife Manager, Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
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Subject: Tufted Duck-Conesus Lake east side
From: "Wasilco, Mike R (DEC)" <mike.wasilco AT dec.ny.gov>
Date: Mon, 4 Apr 2016 18:37:11 +0000
Around 1230 today I found an adult male tufted duck feeding with the mixed 
flock of redheads, scaup and ringnecks close to shore on the east side of 
Conesus Lake just south of Stella Maris. Nice head plume and solid black back 
make him easy to pick out when he surfaces. 


Eurasian wigeon still present at Conesus Inlet from east side overlook pond, 
along with pectoral sandpiper and at least 9 snipe, and a good mix of other 
ducks. 


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Subject: Re: Lake-watching in Wilson, Niagara County
From: "Kevin J. McGowan" <kjm2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Fri, 1 Apr 2016 21:40:15 +0000
Nice list, Willie. I know that Fish Crow is becoming more of a real possibility 
in your neck of the woods these days, but I thought I'd mention that our local 
population of American Crows has just started incubating this week. When they 
do, the females make their irregular, very Fish Crow-like begging calls from 
the nests. April, when the breeding female calls, and June/July when fledglings 
are begging, are the two times of the year to use greatest caution in 
identifying Fish Crows by voice. 



Best,


Kevin


Kevin J. McGowan

Ithaca, NY

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Subject: [nysbirds-l] Lake-watching in Wilson, Niagara County


I watched the lake from the end of Rt 425 in Wilson this morning. There was a 
very nice waterbird flight. I recorded 43 species plus one unidentified 
shorebird species. Highlights were: 


1 Tundra Swan

4 Surf Scoters

1 adult male Black Scoter

861 Long-tailed Ducks

552 Red-breasted Mergansers

12 other species of ducks

345 Red-throated Loons

54 Common Loons

17 Horned Grebes

7 Red-necked Grebes

4 Double-crested Cormorants

141 Bonaparte's Gulls



I also had what was likely a Fish Crow calling but I wanted it a little closer 
to be certain. Very unusual was a beaver swimming in the lake, a rather rare 
sighting in the county. My checklist is here: 


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S28675025



When I got home, there were two Turkey Vultures posing for photos at the end of 
our driveway and a PINE WARBLER was singing in the yard. Betsy had a FOX 
SPARROW earlier. Photos of the beaver and the Vultures can be seen on my Flickr 
site: 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/107683885 AT N07/



Good birding!

Willie

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Betsy Potter

Wilson, NY

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Subject: Lake-watching in Wilson, Niagara County
From: Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter <dannapotter AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Fri, 1 Apr 2016 17:17:39 -0400
I watched the lake from the end of Rt 425 in Wilson this morning. There was
a very nice waterbird flight. I recorded 43 species plus one unidentified
shorebird species. Highlights were:

1 Tundra Swan

4 Surf Scoters

1 adult male Black Scoter

861 Long-tailed Ducks

552 Red-breasted Mergansers

12 other species of ducks

345 Red-throated Loons

54 Common Loons

17 Horned Grebes

7 Red-necked Grebes

4 Double-crested Cormorants

141 Bonaparte's Gulls

 

I also had what was likely a Fish Crow calling but I wanted it a little
closer to be certain. Very unusual was a beaver swimming in the lake, a
rather rare sighting in the county. My checklist is here:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S28675025

 

When I got home, there were two Turkey Vultures posing for photos at the end
of our driveway and a PINE WARBLER was singing in the yard. Betsy had a FOX
SPARROW earlier. Photos of the beaver and the Vultures can be seen on my
Flickr site:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/107683885 AT N07/

 

Good birding!

Willie

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Betsy Potter

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Subject: Lake Ontario Plain Field Trip
From: Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter <dannapotter AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Mar 2016 19:12:30 -0400
Today, I led the Buffalo Ornithological Society Lake Ontario Plain field
trip to eastern Niagara and western Orleans Counties. This trip hits several
spots near Lake Ontario, many along rural roads. The day was mostly sunny
but a northeast breeze off of Lake Ontario kept us quite cool when we were
anywhere near the lake. Twenty-one attendees tallied at least 60 species.
Highlights were four SANDHILL CRANES, an immature male KING EIDER, and a
great hawk flight.

 

One of our first stops was at our usual Meadowlark spot, on Hosmer Road,
just south of Townline Road. This was where Rachel Wilson found Sandhill
Cranes and a Snowy Owl on Thursday. These birds were not where Rachel had
found them on the west side of Hosmer Road but Garner Light found four
SANDHILL CRANES in a field on the east side of the road. What a great start
to the trip! There were also 25 TUNDRA SWANS, 20 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, and a
handful of NORTHERN PINTAIL here. And yes, many saw their first EASTERN
MEADOWLARK of the season when Betsy found two here. 

 

Just getting to the lake at Hartland and Lower Lake Roads, we spotted some
EASTERN BLUEBIRDS. While everyone was trying to see them, hawks were
spotted, including NORTHERN HARRIER, AMERICAN KESTREL (one of over a dozen
on the day), a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK seen only by Joe Mitchell, and a kettle of
TURKEY VULTURES. By the time we finally made it to Barker Bicentennial Park,
it was well after 9:00 and it seemed like there were not a lot of birds
flying over the lake. Closer scrutiny, however, revealed a modest flight of
RED-THROATED LOONS, extremely distant. On the water were 135 RED-NECKED
GREBES, a handful of HORNED GREBES, and a male SURF SCOTER. Unfortunately, I
only got a few people on the scoter before we lost it after it dove. It was
probably over ten minutes later, when trying to refind the scoter, I came
across two WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, and another duck with orange on its bill. I
was hopeful it was the scoter again but it didn't look right. It was far out
but eventually it lifted its head up higher and I had a good view of an
immature male KING EIDER! With some effort, everyone on the trip who wanted
to was able to get a look at this bird. The field trip was declared a
success already but only being 10:00, we had a lot more time to look around.
Just as we were about to leave the park, a MERLIN  flew by, spotted by Mitch
or Garner Light.

 

At Lower Lake Road and Burgess Roads, the large puddle on the north side of
the road had only geese but one of them was a CACKLING GOOSE, found by the
person with 79 years of birding experience, Gerry Rising. There have been so
few geese lately, due to their impressively early migration this year, that
I thought we would not get this species. We actually wound up getting two
more on Johnson Creek Road near Seaman Road. From Lower Lake Road, it was
impossible not to notice the impressive hawk flight that was developing. We
moved to a safer place on Burgess Road, where we watched in awe as hundreds
of TURKEY VULTURES, with RED-TAILED HAWKS, RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, NORTHERN
HARRIERS, COOPER'S HAWKS, and AMERICAN KESTRELS glided by. After a while,
with the coffee that many of us had earlier, urging us on, we made our way
to the restroom at Golden Hill State Park. Here we had great views of
gorgeous breeding plumaged RED-NECKED GREBES, much closer than the birds
seen earlier in the morning. A BONAPARTE'S GULL here was one of two on the
day.

 

Behind schedule, at 12:30, we finally made it inland to Johnson Creek Road
and Townline Road, affectionately known as "my favorite field". Here we
looked over the impressive puddle but were unimpressed by the variety of
birds - only Ring-billed Gulls plus a lone Bonaparte's Gull and a pair of
NORTHERN PINTAIL in flight. Later in the afternoon, viewing this field from
Townline Road, found many more Pintail, several GREEN-WINGED TEAL, and two
AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS. On Countyline Road, a NORTHERN PINTAIL and two
AMERICAN WIGEON were at the flooded pond near Yates Center Road. Back up
near the lake, we found that the northeast breeze had freshened but there
were still lots of TURKEY VULTURES on the move, as well as a group of 20 or
so in a field, waiting their turn at some delicious dead thing. We also
started seeing several AMERICAN KESTRELS and watched a male land on a pole
with its mouse meal, only to have it stolen by an aggressive female. We
tried for Rough-legged Hawk at a grassy field but had to settle for a few
NORTHERN HARRIERS and RED-TAILED HAWKS. Back inland to our last official
stop at the Lyndonville pond, the group found a pair of HOODED MERGANSERS, a
PIED-BILLED GREBE, and a BLUE-WINGED TEAL.

 

Other birds of note seen today were WOOD DUCK, RING-NECKED DUCK, COMMON
LOON, GREAT BLUE HERON, BALD EAGLE, SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, and a PILEATED
WOODPECKER. It was a great birding day and an excellent and fun group.

 

Good birding!

Willie

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Subject: Record-early Common Tern - Lake Ontario, Niagara County
From: Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter <dannapotter AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Mar 2016 15:45:43 -0400
This morning at the end of the west pier in Wilson, Niagara County, I had an
extremely early COMMON TERN. One photo can be seen here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S28137165

 

The earliest record in the Buffalo study area is April 3rd and the earliest
in NY that I found was March 23rd (eBird). There is a March 5th record near
Long Point, Ontario, the only March eBird record in Ontario.

 

Good birding!

Willie

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Subject: RE:[GeneseeBirds-L] Tufted Duck Canandaigua Lake
From: Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter <dannapotter AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Mar 2016 20:41:10 -0500
Thanks to Celeste Morien for getting the word out while we were in the field
but especially for refinding the bird after I lost it. After initially
finding it and trying to get Sue Barth and Celeste on it, I lost sight of
it, whereupon many of the assembled ducks took flight. We looked hard for
the next 20 minutes or so and I was feeling like it was probably gone and
that I would have to walk home. That's when Celeste saved the day and she
quickly got Sue on the bird. This was from the end of Vine Valley Road. We
tried to digiscope this distant bird but the chop made it impossible. So, we
drove up the dead-end road, South Lake Road, to try to get closer. And we
were successful, spotting the bird between houses! Photos of this beautiful
male can be seen here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S28098320

Another nice sighting was a tight group of AMERICAN COOTS just north of the
Woodville Boat Launch on the southwest corner of the lake. This was a very
tight group that moved around a lot. My count in the field was a "slightly"
conservative 60 birds, at least that's what I thought at the time. It was
humbling to count the birds in my photos on the computer when I got home. I
counted 122! http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S28099835

Good birding!
Willie

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Subject: [GeneseeBirds-L] Tufted Duck Canandaigua Lake

Hello all,

 
Brooke Morse's Tufted Duck was found again today by Willie D'Anna at An
eBird hotspot called find Canandaigua Lake-Vine Valley in the Town of
Middlesex. We viewed the duck on South Lake Road from 1:15-1:45 where the
flock of Redheads, Lesser Scaup, a Canvasback and a few Common Goldeneye was
fairly close to the east shore. The Tufted Duck was staying close to the
Lesser Scaup. 

Good luck if you go!

Celeste

Medina NY
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Subject: Re: Migration
From: david nicosia <daven1024 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 00:02:27 +0000 (UTC)
This next storm which is bringing snow and blizzard conditions to the plains 
will bring aperiod of strong south winds again from Tuesday night to Wednesday 
morning. Temperatures willrise into the 50s again most of NY Wednesday except 
in the far north. This could continue the early stagesof migration. We had a 
report of a common grackle near Binghamton this weekend (of course 
it couldhave been a wintering bird I suppose which is still fairly rare 
here). Waterfowl are trickling in also along theupper Susquehanna and 
Chenango Rivers. We shall see... 

Dave NicosiaJohnson City, NY 
 

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Subject: Migration
From: Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter <dannapotter AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 08:51:51 -0500
This weekend I noticed a spate of Turkey Vulture reports in western NY and
southern Ontario. Today, in our yard on Lake Ontario, I had 38 TUNDRA SWANS
calling as they flew over, heading east.

 

Good birding!

Willie

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Subject: RE:[GeneseeBirds-L] Yellow-headed Blackbirds in Rush, southern Monroe County
From: Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter <dannapotter AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2016 19:17:16 -0500
Two Yellow-headed Blackbirds (one beautiful adult male and one subadult male
with black on the crown and nape) were seen today at the usual spot, near
the intersection of Honeoye Falls Rd (CR 6) and Works Rd. When we were
there, the birds seemed to forage the most in the corn stubble field on the
southeast quadrant of that intersection. They also spent time perching in
the trees in the area. This is a huge mixed flock of Cowbirds, Grackles, and
Red-wingeds with what appears to me to be over 1000 of each species,
possibly much more. The birds were not always present when we were there but
left for chunks of time (20-30 minutes).

They are fun to watch and it's a thrill to pick out the Yellow-headeds in
the group, which takes patience.

Good birding!
Willie

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Subject: [GeneseeBirds-L] YHBB

Was anyone able to locate the Yellow Headed BB in Rush/ Honeoye Falls today?
I drove the whole area with no luck but then while I was walking my dogs in
the field on the northeast corner of Five Pts Rd and # 6 Rd a huge flock of
Icterids flew right over my head traveling north. It was at 4:40. Moving too
fast to see what they were. 
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Subject: Two (2) YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS
From: Brad Carlson <bradcarlson1 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2016 20:12:34 -0500
This afternoon I made a quick trip over to the intersection of Works Road and 
Honeoye Falls #6 Road in Monroe County to attempt to relocate the adult male 
YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD reported over the last couple of days. When I arrived, 
a massive mixed icterid flock was present of ~3000 birds. Icterids which are 
locally rare in the area during winter have been known to be in the area (at my 
house and other winter feeders) in past years, but this number is atypical. 


The majority of the birds were initially perched in bushes and trees on the 
north side of Honeoye Falls #6 Road, with a few hundred BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS, 
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, COMMON GRACKLES AND EUROPEAN STARLINGS coming down to 
the road side to pick grit. After about 10-minutes, I finally found the adult 
male YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD perched in a tree that had been obscured. I took a 
couple of documentation photos as the birds continuously flushed from passing 
cars. Eventually I refound what I expected to be the same YELLOW-HEADED 
BLACKBIRD, however something was obviously different. Initially I thought I had 
just seen the bird in different light. After the birds flushed again, and I 
refound it, again I saw that the bird looked different. Then I realized what 
was happening..... I was seeing a different bird each time. I suspect others 
have seen both birds because they are superficially very similar in plumage. 
They are both large blackbirds with bright yellow heads and white wing patches. 
However, the adult male is jet black in color with a bright yellow head 
(including the top), while the second bird is an immature male that is browner 
in color with brown on top of its head. Both birds have extensive white wing 
patches, however much larger and prominent on the adult. 


On a few occasions, the majority of the icterid flock flew to feed in the corn 
field adjacent to Works Road (south of Honeoye Falls #6 Road). At this point I 
was finally able to observe both birds simultaneously feeding about 15 feet 
from each other. I have distant photos of each bird, but "the money shot" will 
be when somebody gets them both in a single frame. Good luck if you go try to 
see them tomorrow! 


Regards,
-Brad Carlson
BradCarlson1 AT hotmail.com
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Subject: Re: 2015 Photos
From: Nancy Shamban <nancyshamban AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Jan 2016 12:30:13 -0500
Thank you.  they are wonderful.

On Mon, Jan 18, 2016 at 12:05 PM, Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter <
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> This past March, I bought a DSLR camera (Canon 7D Mark II with a Canon EOS
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> that I was lucky enough to witness. I have put my best photos of 2015 in an
> album on Flickr. Most of the images are of birds, including some rarities,
> but there are some insect and amphibian shots as well. Almost all were
> taken in New York or Ontario. I hope you enjoy them.
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> This should be the direct link to the album, simply entitled “2015”:
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> If that doesn’t work, go to my Photostream:
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> Good birding!
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Subject: 2015 Photos
From: Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter <dannapotter AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Jan 2016 12:05:41 -0500
Hi everyone,

 

This past March, I bought a DSLR camera (Canon 7D Mark II with a Canon EOS
100-400 zoom lens). I finally was able to capture some of the great images
that I was lucky enough to witness. I have put my best photos of 2015 in an
album on Flickr. Most of the images are of birds, including some rarities,
but there are some insect and amphibian shots as well. Almost all were taken
in New York or Ontario. I hope you enjoy them.

 

This should be the direct link to the album, simply entitled "2015":

https://www.flickr.com/photos/107683885 AT N07/albums/72157661354472163

 

If that doesn't work, go to my Photostream:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/107683885 AT N07/

Then, click on "Albums", then on "2015".

 

Good birding!

Willie

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Subject: Montezuma wildlife drive
From: "Michael Tetlow " <mjtetlow AT frontiernet.net>
Date: Tue, 1 Dec 2015 18:59:20 -0500
Yesterday Dominic Sherony and I were told the wildlife drive would be closed
today through at least the end of deer season(12/13) but calling
today(12/1), as Mike Gullo stated, the drive will be open through at least
this upcoming weekend(12/7). After that, call the refuge at 1-315-568-5987
for updates.  Mike Tetlow mjtetlow AT frontiernet.net
  


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Subject: RE:[GeneseeBirds-L] Cave Swallows - Golden Hill State Park
From: Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter <dannapotter AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Nov 2015 16:18:02 -0500
Sorry, I forgot to say that the swallows were flying slowly east.

 

Willie

 

From: geneseebirds-l-bounces AT geneseo.edu
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from western New York
Sent: Thursday, November 12, 2015 3:06 PM
To: geneseebirds-l AT geneseo.edu; 'nysbirds-l'; 'David Suggs'
Subject: [GeneseeBirds-L] Cave Swallows - Golden Hill State Park

 

A little before 10:30 this morning, Celeste Morien and I had three swallows
flying right along the lakeshore at Golden Hill State Park in Niagara
County. I was able to get two in the scope and confirm that they were CAVE
SWALLOWS, noting the square tail tip, buffy throat, and pale rump. The third
swallow was likely the same species but we were unable to confirm that. Our
complete checklist follows.

 

Golden Hill SP, Niagara, New York, US

Nov 12, 2015 8:43 AM - 1:43 PM

Protocol: Traveling

0.1 mile(s)

Comments:     With Celeste Morien.  Submitted from eBird for iOS, version
1.1.3 Build 30

33 species (+2 other taxa)

 

Canada Goose  400

American Wigeon  1

Northern Pintail  3

Ring-necked Duck  1

Greater Scaup  4

White-winged Scoter  38

Surf/Black Scoter  1

Long-tailed Duck  134

Bufflehead  2

Common Goldeneye  21

Common Merganser  1

Red-breasted Merganser  403

Red-throated Loon  144

Common Loon  24

Horned Grebe  10

Red-necked Grebe  32     About 12 on the water and the rest in flight.

Double-crested Cormorant  1

Bonaparte's Gull  229

Ring-billed Gull  69

Herring Gull  91

Great Black-backed Gull  9

Blue Jay  4

American Crow  3

Cave Swallow  2     I noticed a swallow right in front of and above us and
got Celeste on it. It had a pale buffy throat, was darkish above, and had a
square tail. After it was past us I got it in the scope and could see that
it had a pale rump. Celeste noted another swallow with it and I got it in
the scope, eventually seeing a pale throat and rump, as well as similar size
and shape to the first swallow. Celeste then noted a third swallow with the
first two but I never saw that one.

swallow sp.  1     Celeste saw this bird in binoculars and said that it
looked similar to the Cave Swallows it was with but she could not see color
details.

Black-capped Chickadee  3

American Robin  2

European Starling  6

Cedar Waxwing  75

Snow Bunting  1

American Tree Sparrow  1

Dark-eyed Junco  14

White-crowned Sparrow  1

Northern Cardinal  1

American Goldfinch  1

 

View this checklist online at
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Good birding!

Willie

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Subject: Cave Swallows - Golden Hill State Park
From: Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter <dannapotter AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Nov 2015 15:06:18 -0500
A little before 10:30 this morning, Celeste Morien and I had three swallows
flying right along the lakeshore at Golden Hill State Park in Niagara
County. I was able to get two in the scope and confirm that they were CAVE
SWALLOWS, noting the square tail tip, buffy throat, and pale rump. The third
swallow was likely the same species but we were unable to confirm that. Our
complete checklist follows.

 

Golden Hill SP, Niagara, New York, US

Nov 12, 2015 8:43 AM - 1:43 PM

Protocol: Traveling

0.1 mile(s)

Comments:     With Celeste Morien.  Submitted from eBird for iOS, version
1.1.3 Build 30

33 species (+2 other taxa)

 

Canada Goose  400

American Wigeon  1

Northern Pintail  3

Ring-necked Duck  1

Greater Scaup  4

White-winged Scoter  38

Surf/Black Scoter  1

Long-tailed Duck  134

Bufflehead  2

Common Goldeneye  21

Common Merganser  1

Red-breasted Merganser  403

Red-throated Loon  144

Common Loon  24

Horned Grebe  10

Red-necked Grebe  32     About 12 on the water and the rest in flight.

Double-crested Cormorant  1

Bonaparte's Gull  229

Ring-billed Gull  69

Herring Gull  91

Great Black-backed Gull  9

Blue Jay  4

American Crow  3

Cave Swallow  2     I noticed a swallow right in front of and above us and
got Celeste on it. It had a pale buffy throat, was darkish above, and had a
square tail. After it was past us I got it in the scope and could see that
it had a pale rump. Celeste noted another swallow with it and I got it in
the scope, eventually seeing a pale throat and rump, as well as similar size
and shape to the first swallow. Celeste then noted a third swallow with the
first two but I never saw that one.

swallow sp.  1     Celeste saw this bird in binoculars and said that it
looked similar to the Cave Swallows it was with but she could not see color
details.

Black-capped Chickadee  3

American Robin  2

European Starling  6

Cedar Waxwing  75

Snow Bunting  1

American Tree Sparrow  1

Dark-eyed Junco  14

White-crowned Sparrow  1

Northern Cardinal  1

American Goldfinch  1

 

View this checklist online at
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Good birding!

Willie

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Subject: Cattle egret Town of York, Livingston County
From: "Wasilco, Mike R (DEC)" <mike.wasilco AT dec.ny.gov>
Date: Sat, 7 Nov 2015 01:02:53 +0000
Wnybirds text alert came through at about 415 pm with a cattle egret only a few 
miles from home, so I loaded up my girls to head 10 minutes down the road for a 
new county bird for me. 


We found the bird at the reported location feeding in a pasture with two horses 
at the SE corner of Linwood and Limerick Roads. 


Michael R. Wasilco

Regional Wildlife Manager

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

Region 8 Bureau of Wildlife

6274 East Avon-Lima Road

Avon, NY  14414

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Subject: Cinnamon Teal at Montezuma NWR
From: Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter <dannapotter AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Nov 2015 08:43:11 -0500
I haven't seen any posts to these lists but there is a CINNAMON TEAL being
reported at Montezuma NWR today, first discovered yesterday. The bird has
been seen at Larue's Lagoon (one of the first wetlands on the right side as
you drive the refuge loop) and, with more difficulty, in the main pool
across the road from there. It is reported to be a male in transition
plumage so not quite the stunning male you would like to see but still a red
duck. Photos and notes can be seen in the following eBird checklists. Thanks
to Dave Nutter and Jay McGowan for forwarding these.

 

I would encourage all observers to document their sightings for the NYS
Avian Records Committee (NYSARC). Although this bird is believed to be a
good Cinnamon Teal, the possibility of a hybrid could be difficult to rule
out. The more good photos and notes we can get, the better our chances of
assessing this record correctly. 

 


Good birding!

Willie

 

Cinnamon Teal (Anas cyanoptera) (1)
- Reported Nov 01, 2015 12:28 by Dave Nutter
- NY:SEN:Tyre: Wildlife Dr (personal), Seneca, New York
- Map:
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=42.9761125,-76.7373562&ll=42.9761
125,-76.7373562
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S25664307
- Comments: "Found this morning on Larue's Lagoon from Wildlife Drive this
morning by James Osborn, who showed it to Lang Elliot & Bob McGuire, the
latter who reported it to text rare bird alert and described it to me by
phone. Refound by Jay McGowan & Livia Santana scoping north into east
central part of Larue's from Seneca Trail between Wildlife Drive and Seneca
River; Gary, Ann & I joined them within a couple minutes having been
searching on Wildlife Drive at N end of Larue's; viewed through scope for an
hour starting 1:25; with female Blue-winged Teal most of the time, swimming
together, occasionally splashing rapidly, chasing, and mimicking preening;
same size & shape as Blue-winged Teal; black bill slightly larger than bill
of Green-winged Teal but not Shoveler-like; black rear end; small whitish
area at upper rear of where breeding male Blue-winged Teal shows bold white
square but not as large nor bold as Sibley shows in Blue-winged X Cinnamon
hybrid; dark on back and top of primaries; sides smoothly and richly washed
(but not saturated) with auburn, similarly washed on breast & shoulder but
with small dark speckles on shoulder; also auburn wash throughout side of
face but slightly paler and showing slight pattern like female with darker
line through eye, darker crown, paler near top of bill (not saturated like
Sibley shows breeding male Cinnamon nor like breeding male Canvasback, but
also not showing broad American Wigeon-like darker cheek as Sibley shows
hybrid Blue-winged X Cinnamon); white wing-lining shown when flapping; large
pale-blue shoulder patch, green speculum, and white triangular area between
shoulder and speculum all seen when flapping and variously any or all or
none of these colored areas showing at various times when at rest; flushed
about 2:25 and flew N with several Green-winged Teal and other ducks, flying
erratically north and appearing to descend into marsh in southeast part of
Main Pool across Wildlife Drive beyond end of Larue's; distinctly auburn
cast to entire head, neck & body as it flew. I have seen more typical and
richly colored breeding male in Isla Vista, CA, and in Yellowstone NP, WY.
New for me for NYS, new for Cayuga Lake Basin list if it is indeed a
transition plumage male Cinnamon and not a hybrid Blue-winged X Cinnamon
Teal. Photos by Ann Mitchell, Gary Kohlenberg, Jay McGowan, Kevin McGowan,
probably Wade Rowley, possibly Carl Steckler; also seen by Meg Richardson,
Lee Ann Van Leer, Melissa Rowley, Joe Wing and possibly a few others."

 

Cinnamon Teal (Anas cyanoptera) (1)
- Reported Nov 01, 2015 09:43 by James Osborn
- Montezuma NWR--Main Pool, Seneca, New York
- Map:
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=42.9796604,-76.7437077&ll=42.9796
604,-76.7437077
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S25664128
- Comments: "Bird seen leaving Larue's Lagoon and heading West into the Main
Pool at around 2:30 PM. I watched this bird for 90 minutes in the morning
and 45 minutes in the afternoon. The bird was photographed by Jay McGowan,
Kevin McGowan, Wade Rowley, Ann Mitchell, Gary Kohlenberg, amongst others.
Description: uniform smooth cinnamon face and head, dark bill that appeared
slightly larger than the Female Blue-wings, somewhat uniform coloration on
the body, and blue-over-white shoulder patch with green speculum. The bird
appears to be a Drake in "transition". It was hanging around with 2 Female
Blue-winged-winged Teals all morning."

Cinnamon Teal (Anas cyanoptera) (1)
- Reported Nov 01, 2015 12:17 by Jay McGowan
- Montezuma NWR--Wildlife Drive, Seneca, New York
- Map:
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=42.9817483,-76.7353284&ll=42.9817
483,-76.7353284
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S25665827
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "****Very rare, found earlier today by James Osborn.
Transitional male in back of Larue's, only visible from Seneca Trail looking
north."

 

Cinnamon Teal (Anas cyanoptera) (1)
- Reported Nov 01, 2015 12:32 by J Gary Kohlenberg
- Montezuma NWR--Wildlife Drive, Seneca, New York
- Map:
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=42.9817483,-76.7353284&ll=42.9817
483,-76.7353284
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S25662994
- Comments: "***Mega. Found by Jim Osborn, reported by Bob McGuire and Lang
Elliot at LaRue's Lagoon. Jay and Livia picked it out from the Seneca Trail.
Associating regularly with female Blue-winged Teal. Several times
interacting in what seemed like courtship behavior. It spent the hour we
observed it swimming and feeding in the SE corner of the lagoon best visible
from the Seneca Trail. Many times view was blocked by a small grass clump or
the cattails. Looked like transitional plumage male, rich cinnamon colored,
but not as deeply uniform or smooth as full breeding plumage. Deep black
bill looked slightly larger than BWTE but may have been misleading due to
contrast. Blue over white wing patch with green speculum. A small light hip
patch led to some discussion of a possible hybrid, but transition plumage
made other areas of the sides look light in places. Smooth plain cinnamon
face looked good for CITE. At about 2:30 it flew with others across the
wildlife drive to the main pool near the road. 



"

 

 

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Subject: Purple Sandpiper - Wilson
From: Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter <dannapotter AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Oct 2015 16:01:59 -0400
While lake-watching in Wilson, Niagara County, this morning, a PURPLE
SANDPIPER landed on the pier. Unfortunately, it did not stay long enough for
a photo though I had a good look. This is the earliest Purple Sandpiper I
have ever seen in the region, and amazingly, the first I have ever seen on
Lake Ontario. A SNOW BUNTING also stopped on the pier and spent a while
feeding there. It was a decent flight today, with Red-breasted Mergansers
reaching 693 individuals, my highest count by far this fall. Common
Goldeneye, Bufflehead, and Bonaparte's Gulls also reached seasonal highs for
this lake-watch site.

 

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Willie

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Subject: Wind Birds on the Niagara River
From: Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter <dannapotter AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Oct 2015 19:54:03 -0400
With strong SW winds forecast to blow today, several birders made their way
to the beginning of the Niagara River in Buffalo-Fort Erie. Lots of nice
birds today. Following are what I heard about in addition to what we saw in
the area:

 

2+ Red Phalaropes, found by Rick Bacher(?), at the Black Rock Canal at the
north end of Squaw Island

1 Sabine's Gull, found by Jim Pawlicki, which wound up at the Black Rock
Canal at the north end of Squaw Island

2+ Little Gulls

4+ jaegers (the three we saw were all Parasitics, spotted by Jim)

2+ Common Terns

A few thousand diving ducks of several common species

 

Further downriver, below Niagara Falls, Betsy and I had a juvenile SABINE'S
GULL. It was across from the American Falls. At the roosting rocks at
Devil's Hole State Park, there were one or two LITTLE GULLS. At Artpark
(between the Lewiston-Queenston bridge and the Queenston boat ramp), there
were at least two LITTLE GULLS.

 

Good birding!

Willie

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Subject: BOS Lake Ontario Plain Field Trip - Oct 24th
From: Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter <dannapotter AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Oct 2015 17:07:12 -0400
Betsy Potter and I led the BOS field trip today in eastern Niagara and
western Orleans counties. It was a fun group that started with 19 people.
Our first stop was Barker Bicentennial Park where we watched the lake for an
hour and a half. Part of that time was also spent along the road, watching
flocks of PINE SISKINS fly by. Our rough tally was 800(!!!) in several large
flocks. Among the many Canada Geese on the lake were three SNOW GEESE
(spotted by Kevin Rybczynski as they flew in) and two CACKLING GEESE.
Movement on the lake, however, was pretty light. A BUFFLEHEAD, three COMMON
GOLDENEYE, a RED-THROATED LOON, two RED-NECKED GREBES, and an adult BALD
EAGLE were among the less common species seen.

 

At Golden Hill State Park, our walk did not produce the hoped-for Fox
Sparrow, mostly just WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS and some skulking HERMIT
THRUSHES. Another look on the lake here produced some new species of
dabbling ducks - Northern Pintail, Gadwall, and American Wigeon. It also
produced the rarest bird of the day which, unfortunately, was only seen by
the spotter, Dean DiTommaso, myself, and one or two others. It was a female
KING EIDER, which flew by with White-winged Scoters.

 

A stop next to a brushy area along Marshall Road in the Town of Yates was
quite birdy, with House Sparrow and House Finch, Chipping, White-throated,
White-crowned, two AMERICAN TREE and one FOX sparrows, and Dark-eyed Juncos,
as well as Cedar Waxwings. Another try looking over the lake at Shadigee
produced a nice mixed raft of dabblers with many Mallards, two Black Ducks,
two Pintail, two Gadwall, and 10 Wigeon. We counted a very conservative 50
COMMON LOONS sitting on the water here with the chop preventing us from
attaining a higher total. Many of these were out where there was a large
feeding frenzy of gulls (over 100) and we were hopeful that this might
attract a jaeger. That wish went unfulfilled, however.

 

Our last stop, with just a few stragglers still braving the rain, was at the
Lyndonville Pond [called Johnson Creek (Lyndonville) in eBird]. There, we
had two SNOW GEESE, one BLUE GOOSE, and one intermediate type Snow Goose.
Also here were four BUFFLEHEAD, three HOODED MERGANSERS, and two WOOD DUCKS.

 

Although the day was shortened somewhat by the rain, it felt full and
satisfying.

 

Good birding!

Willie

P.S. Thanks to Kimberly Sucy for the report of a NORTHERN SHRIKE near
Iroquois NWR. Several of our group were headed home in that direction so
they made a try for it and I heard that at least some were successful.

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Subject: Fort Niagara SP - Niagara County
From: Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter <dannapotter AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Oct 2015 17:02:18 -0400
I birded Fort Niagara at the mouth of the Niagara River this morning and was
happy to see that some BONAPARTE'S GULLS have returned. There were also
numerous COMMON TERNS and one FORSTER'S TERN. A few Common Loons,
White-winged Scoters, Red-breasted Mergs, and a Red-necked Grebe were flying
by over the lake. Looking well upriver from the coast guard station, I found
a CANVASBACK sitting on a log with some Mallards. While trying for a closer
view of the Cannie, I came across a small flock of songbird migrants, which
included the standard fare.

 

My eBird checklist, with photos, is here:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S25331297

 

Good birding!

Willie

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Subject: Montezuma Godwit, Dowitchers
From: "Michael Tetlow " <mjtetlow AT frontiernet.net>
Date: Fri, 2 Oct 2015 21:19:07 -0400
For those getting out for the weekend the Hudsonian Godwit was visible from 
East Road but only after a one hour search and after a large flock of Canada 
Geese got out of the way. The bird flew back to Puddler's at 5:15 feeding in 
the green algae. The other shorebirds listed here were often hidden in the 
flooded grasses. The godwit was reported at Eaton Marsh around noon but was not 
there when I went through around 3 pm. However, a large flock of 23 Long-billed 
Dowitchers and 4 Dunlin were there close to the drive due to the deeper water. 
Mike Tetlow 



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Subject: eBird Report - Montezuma NWR--East Rd., Oct 2, 2015

Montezuma NWR--East Rd., Seneca, New York, US Oct 2, 2015 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     Birds on Knox-Marcellus and Puddlers'
26 species

Snow Goose  3
Canada Goose  X
Trumpeter Swan  4
Mallard  8
Green-winged Teal  4
Double-crested Cormorant  4
Great Blue Heron  1
Northern Harrier  2
Bald Eagle  1
Sandhill Crane  11
Greater Yellowlegs  12
Lesser Yellowlegs  25
Hudsonian Godwit  1
Stilt Sandpiper  4
Pectoral Sandpiper  25
Long-billed Dowitcher  3
Ring-billed Gull  X
Herring Gull  X
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  8
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  2
Tree Swallow  15
American Pipit  12
Red-winged Blackbird  X
American Goldfinch  4

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Subject: Montezuma Rochester Birding Association field trip highlights.
From: "Michael Tetlow " <mjtetlow AT frontiernet.net>
Date: Sat, 26 Sep 2015 23:04:22 -0400
Just a quick note about a few of today' specialties.

    Highlights at the visitor center were 20+ Pectoral Sandpipers and 4
Black-bellied Plovers plus a Sandhill Crane flying straight at us and
dropping in to the main pool. This was the only spot that we saw Blue-winged
Teal.

    On the wildlife drive near the end of  Larue's Lagoon the large number
of swallows in the Smartweed include Tree, Barn, Bank, Cliff and
Rough-winged. 

    Eaton's marsh had 1 Cackling Goose, 7 Stilt, 1 White-rumped, 2
Semi-palmated, 6 Least and 2 Pectoral Sandpipers, 14 Long-billed and 1
Short-billed Dowitcher, 1 Wilson's snipe, 3 Black-bellied and 2
Semi-palmated plovers. An observer ahead of us reported a Hudsonian Godwit
flying out to the north just before we got there around noon. She had
received a text of a godwit at Knox-Marcellus at the same time; 1 or 2? We
saw neither. It was nice to hear 2 Bald Eagles calling as they soared above
us there.

     The Montezuma Audubon Center south pool is gradually filling but still
had  good mudflats but only 8 Lesser Yellowlegs  and 13 Least Sandpipers. 4
Great Egrets was our highest concentration for the day.  2 Sandhill cranes
flew to the west.

     Knox-Marsellus had 3 Sandhill Cranes with another 4 at Puddler's, with
2 Trumpeter Swans.  Arriving there around 4:30 we saw no shorebirds and a
couple Harrriers hunted the marsh. A half hour later a small flock of peep
came in with 2 Baird's and several Least Sandpipers. They stayed only
briefly when another small flock flew in with a Dunlin; again only landing
for a short time.

     Back at Puddler's we again started with no shorebirds until a
Black-bellied plover was spotted among the geese. A short time later 5
Golden Plovers and a Dunlin  flew in to join it. Next a flock of 13
Semi-palmated Plovers and several leasts came in and stayed as we left. A
high flying northbound Peregrine Falcon made a half-hearted attempt at a
swallow then moved on.  Mike Tetlow 


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Subject: In and around our yard in Wilson, Niagara County
From: "Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter" <dannapotter AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Sep 2015 21:51:18 -0400
Today was the best day in our yard this fall. A battalion of White-throated
Sparrows arrived this morning and brought with them one WHITE-CROWNED
SPARROW, one SWAMP SPARROW, and three LINCOLN'S SPARROWS. There were ten
species of warblers, highlighted by a rather late YELLOW WARBLER. Other
species were both kinglets, Gray-cheeked and Swainson's Thrushes, a
hummingbird, a BROWN CREEPER, and a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER. Many posed
for photographs, which I embedded into my checklist, here:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S25161067

 

Good birding!

Willie

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Subject: RE: Lark Sparrow - Greece, Monroe County, NY; Hamlin Beach Lake Watch
From: Shaibal Mitra <Shaibal.Mitra AT csi.cuny.edu>
Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2015 01:39:43 +0000
Thanks, Willie, for this amazing report from the Lake Ontario shore.

Your scooping the quintessential beach bird of a Lark Sparrow is one thing (we 
couldn't find one today on LI despite intensive searching), but the waterbird 
migration you describe is especially striking and thought-provoking. 


Although Pat and I saw lots of birds today in Suffolk County, the most curious 
were brought into better focus by your report from Hamlin Beach. At Shinnecock 
Inlet in the early afternoon, we saw many of the usual coastal birds, but we 
took special note of a male White-winged Scoter flying west to east. Shortly 
after that, we saw a Red-necked Grebe, also flying west to east--quite unusual 
for our region at this date. A little later, we saw two ducks high above us, 
flying due south. Getting the scope on them, I saw that they were White-winged 
Scoters. They continued south, over the ocean, dropping lower and lower, and 
eventually headed west to to east low over the water. This was a rare but not 
unprecedented instance where we were able to detect, at least in part, the 
great overland migration of "seabirds" from the middle of the continent. 


The direction of these birds' flight (toward the east) connects with a previous 
thread on this forum, about their counter-intuitive spring movements from east 
to west, prior to heading northward overland. 


Shai Mitra
Bay Shore
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From: bounce-119681050-11143133 AT list.cornell.edu 
[bounce-119681050-11143133 AT list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Willie D'Anna and 
Betsy Potter [dannapotter AT roadrunner.com] 

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Subject: [nysbirds-l] Lark Sparrow - Greece, Monroe County, NY; Hamlin Beach 
Lake Watch 


This morning Dave Tetlow found a LARK SPARROW with a big flock of Chipping 
Sparrows in Greece, Monroe County. A group of five birders saw the bird in the 
early afternoon in the same area, again with several Chipping Sparrows. This is 
at the intersection of Hincher Road and Hogan Point Road. We saw it along 
Hincher Road about 100 yards east of Hogan Point Road, then it flew to Hogan 
Point Road, where we saw it briefly before losing it. This is all private 
property so birders should stick to the roads. As far as I am aware, the bird 
has only been seen close to the roads so this should not pose a problem for 
finding the bird. 


Hamlin Beach State Park off parking lot #4 had some nice birds flying by this 
morning but the two best were before I arrived - a SABINE’S GULL (an adult, I 
think) and an adult LONG-TAILED JAEGER. A FORSTER’S TERN came by with a loose 
flock of 30+ Common Terns. RED-NECKED GREBES moved in surprising numbers for 
mid September – around 40, I think. There were also numbers of GREATER SCAUP, 
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, NORTHERN PINTAIL, and GREEN-WINGED TEAL. Lots of other 
species as well. A few that I saw were MERLIN, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, HORNED 
GREBE, and GADWALL. 


Good birding!
Willie
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Subject: Lark Sparrow - Greece, Monroe County, NY; Hamlin Beach Lake Watch
From: "Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter" <dannapotter AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Sep 2015 21:04:53 -0400
This morning Dave Tetlow found a LARK SPARROW with a big flock of Chipping
Sparrows in Greece, Monroe County. A group of five birders saw the bird in
the early afternoon in the same area, again with several Chipping Sparrows.
This is at the intersection of Hincher Road and Hogan Point Road. We saw it
along Hincher Road about 100 yards east of Hogan Point Road, then it flew to
Hogan Point Road, where we saw it briefly before losing it. This is all
private property so birders should stick to the roads. As far as I am aware,
the bird has only been seen close to the roads so this should not pose a
problem for finding the bird.

 

Hamlin Beach State Park off parking lot #4 had some nice birds flying by
this morning but the two best were before I arrived - a SABINE'S GULL (an
adult, I think) and an adult LONG-TAILED JAEGER. A FORSTER'S TERN came by
with a loose flock of 30+ Common Terns. RED-NECKED GREBES moved in
surprising numbers for mid September - around 40, I think. There were also
numbers of GREATER SCAUP, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, NORTHERN PINTAIL, and
GREEN-WINGED TEAL. Lots of other species as well. A few that I saw were
MERLIN, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, HORNED GREBE, and GADWALL.

 

Good birding!

Willie

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Subject: 110+ Golden Plovers--Nations Road, Livingston County
From: "Wasilco, Mike R (DEC)" <mike.wasilco AT dec.ny.gov>
Date: Tue, 15 Sep 2015 12:42:51 +0000
This morning the newly planted field at the NE corner of Nations and South Avon 
Roads was covered in shorebirds. It was about an equal mix of Killdeer (100+) 
and American Golden Plover (111) with a single snipe in for good measure. The 
plover were in a mix of plumages from nearly full breeding to juvenile and full 
winter plumage. There may have been other species present at the back of the 
field but the morning light made it too hard to pick out details on the distant 
birds ( a group of killdeer sized birds). 


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Subject: Evening at Knox-Marcellus, Montezuma NWR
From: Kimberly Sucy <ksucy AT eznet.net>
Date: Sat, 22 Aug 2015 23:44:09 -0400
After a great RBA field trip, which is not my story to tell (but worth waiting 
for!), I headed to a few spots and ended up at the Knox-Marcellus overlook well 
after 7 PM for my traditional evening "last-call" birding. Before too long, I'd 
picked out a Phalarope that looked much different (SPOILER ALERT) from the 
Wilson's Phalarope we'd seen earlier. (/SPOILER). This Phalarope was quite dark 
on the back, always in the water, and fed in constant "Crazy Ivan"-type 
spinning motions. The bird was associating with Yellowlegs but was easily 
picked out with its fine bill, slender neck, dainty build, and unique behavior. 
I think it was the Red-necked but in that light I really have only behavioral 
cues to go by. 


Later in the evening, two Sandhill cranes flew in to Puddlers. They joined the 
group of 12 already in that marsh. and soon afterwards the family group of 
three from the near marsh flew over to join in and make up 17 Sandhills. At 
8:12, the two Great Egrets that had settled into Puddlers were joined by 15 new 
birds, mixing in with the Sandhills to form a 50/50 mix and a very impressive 
grouping, visually. While that group was forming, at least six Black-crowned 
Night Herons had crept out of the BCNH bush, with six congregating in the 
corner of Puddler's straight out from the overlook, and one joining the Great 
Blues on the Knox-Marcellus side. 


My first Purple Martins of the day came out at dusk, too, vocalizing in their 
easily-distinguishable way. Common Yellowthroats spit and wichety-ed, and 
swallows were EVERYwhere, In time, mosquitos were everywhere, too - so despite 
the lovely cool weather and gorgeous sky, I called it a night before full dark. 
It takes a fair amount of bug-bite torture to get me to leave my sundown happy 
place. :) 


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Subject: Western Sandpiper - Tonawanda WMA, Niagara County
From: "Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter" <dannapotter AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Aug 2015 10:34:33 -0400
Joe Mitchell has just found a WESTERN SANDPIPER at West Wood Marsh,
Tonawanda WMA. 

 

West Wood Marsh and the dikes surrounding it are clearly visible on Google
Maps Earth view.

There are two ways to access the marsh:

1)      From Griswold/Ditch Road, about 2/3 mile north of Owen/Bartel Road,
there is a parking area on the east side of the road. Walk the dike east
about 1/3 mile to the dike that heads south along the west side of West Wood
Marsh.

2)      From Owen/Bartel Road, about 0.4 mile east of Griswold/Ditch Road,
there is space to park along the north side of the road. Walk north from
here on a small path about 100 yards onto the dike that runs along the south
side of West Wood Marsh.

 

Good luck!

Willie

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Subject: Black-bellied Whistling-Duck - Wilson, Niagara County
From: "Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter" <dannapotter AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Jul 2015 16:16:44 -0400
I saw the Whistling-Duck around 2:30 this afternoon (Thursday). For the
first time that I know of, he was on the east side of the creek, on top of a
picnic table that was submerged in water up to the benches. Lake Ontario's
water level is high now and the spit of land that the duck likes to rest on
is under water. The duck was quite close and noticed me first, stretched its
neck out and made a few quiet whistles. I raised my camera for a shot
through a hole in the vegetation - it was going to be a frame-filler! Of
course, my battery chose that moment to die. By the time I went back to the
car for the spare and returned, he was on the water, across the creek where
the spit would be.

 

Good birding!

Willie

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Subject: Fw: eBird Report - Montezuma NWR--East Road, Jul 13, 2015
From: Pat Martin <emartin139 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Tue, 14 Jul 2015 14:27:27 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
I spent a couple of hours yesterday evening at Knox-Marcellus Marsh. HUNDREDS 
of shorebirds were present, most unfortunately just too far for me to ID. 
Hopefully, someone else will find the White-rumped Sandpiper, since, by date, 
it is early for the fall. While searching the ebird data, I found some slightly 
earlier records, so not unprecedented. It did seem a bit strange that such an 
early bird would already look so gray. Comments welcome. 


Pat Martin
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>Montezuma NWR--East Road, Seneca, New York, US
>Jul 13, 2015 6:40 PM - 8:30 PM
>Protocol: Stationary
>21 species (+2 other taxa)
>
>Canada Goose  30     estimate
>American Wigeon  2
>Mallard  30     estimate
>Great Blue Heron  27
>Great Egret  9
>Sandhill Crane  1     flying toward the marsh over NY 89 as I was leaving
>Killdeer  15
>Solitary Sandpiper  1
>Greater Yellowlegs  6
>Lesser Yellowlegs  X     at least 100, maybe more
>Stilt Sandpiper  1
>White-rumped Sandpiper 1 Early for the fall. Adult transitioning to basic 
plumage. Grayer than the surrounding peeps and longer than them, but shorter 
than the Killdeer and Lesser Yellowlegs with which it was feeding. Hind end 
tilted up while feeding. White rump showed as it flew. 

>peep sp. X 200-300 easily; unfortunately too far for me to distinguish 
Semipalmated from Least Sandpipers 

>Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher  5     too far to be sure of species ID
>Caspian Tern  37
>American Crow  1
>Barn Swallow  X
>Marsh Wren  2
>Common Yellowthroat  2
>Savannah Sparrow  1
>Song Sparrow  2
>Swamp Sparrow  2
>American Goldfinch  2
>
>View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24255544 

>
>This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)


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Subject: Eurasian Collared-doves, Pine Siskins, Wilson, NY
From: joetf1973 AT aol.com
Date: Tue, 30 Jun 2015 22:03:11 -0400
I was able to see 2 Eurasian Collared-doves and 4 Pine Siskins today in Wilson 
(Niagara County). These birds have been reported by many observers, and all 
were seen on Harbor St in Wilson. The doves were on utility lines near the 
south end of the street on the west (i.e. Wilson Boathouse parking lot side), 
the siskins were in a dead tree at the north end of the street (also on the 
west side of the street). 



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Subject: RE: Red Headed Woodpecker Hamlin Beach State Park June 22 2015
From: Shaibal Mitra <Shaibal.Mitra AT csi.cuny.edu>
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 20:06:40 +0000
Hi Dave and all,

Although adult Common Terns in summer are generally described and depicted as 
having black-tipped bills, it is not unusual for some to show almost no black, 
even early in the breeding season: 



https://picasaweb.google.com/109808209543611018404/CommonTernsOnLongIsland#5745388961926028146 


 --and this condition actually becomes the rule later in the season:


https://picasaweb.google.com/109808209543611018404/RoseateTern#5643725119113510242 


Similarly, adult Roseate Terns are supposed to have black bills, but it is not 
unusual for some to show an orange base, even early in the season: 



https://picasaweb.google.com/109808209543611018404/RoseateTern#5755742905123461890 


https://picasaweb.google.com/109808209543611018404/RoseateTern#5221895637478416418 


--and this condition becomes the rule later in the season:


https://picasaweb.google.com/109808209543611018404/RoseateTern#5098225142376276930 


https://picasaweb.google.com/109808209543611018404/RoseateTern#6049291680108800850 


Finally, adult (or near-adult) Arctic Terns are supposed to have completely red 
bills, but only a minority of those seen in NYS actually do: 



https://picasaweb.google.com/109808209543611018404/ArcticTernsOnLongIsland#5221895639803196402 


Instead, adult-like NYS ARTE are much more likely to show black-tipped bills:


https://picasaweb.google.com/109808209543611018404/ArcticTernsOnLongIsland#5747336943467462930 


https://picasaweb.google.com/109808209543611018404/OnThisDate#5479786977293842002 


Thus it is very important to use a combination of characters, with due 
attention to how each varies in relation to age and season, when identifying 
any Sterna. 


Shai Mitra
Bay Shore
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Sent: Monday, June 22, 2015 3:16 PM
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Subject: [nysbirds-l] Red Headed Woodpecker Hamlin Beach State Park June 22 
2015 



> There were many COMMON TERNS too, one that had almost an entirely red bill. 
There was a small touch of gray at the very tip but only from the right side of 
bird. When the bird looked left it was all red!!! I got great looks at this 
bird as it was on a buoy. Its legs were the same size as the other commons, 
wing pattern similar when it flew, plus body was gray like wings so I am going 
with COTE. I could see how this can be a difficult id and confused with ARCTIC 
TERN. I presume the amount of black on the end of the bill of the COTE 
varies.... 


Dave Nicosia



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Subject: Red Headed Woodpecker Hamlin Beach State Park June 22 2015
From: David Nicosia <daven102468 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 15:28:32 -0400
Red headed woodpecker was calling by snackbar between area 1 and 2. Also
had an almost adult COMMON LOON. There were plenty of CASPIAN TERNS. There
were many COMMON TERNS too, one that had almost an entirely red bill. There
was a small touch of gray at the very tip but only from the right side of
bird. When the bird looked left it was all red!!! I got great looks at this
bird as it was on a buoy. Its legs were the same size as the other commons,
wing pattern similar when it flew, plus body was gray like wings so I am
going with COTE. I could see how this can be a difficult id and confused
with ARCTIC TERN. I presume the amount of black on the end of the bill of
the COTE varies....

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Subject: Red Headed Woodpecker Hamlin Beach State Park June 22 2015
From: david nicosia <daven1024 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 12:16:31 -0700
Red headed woodpecker was calling by snackbar between area 1 and 2. Also had an 
almost adult COMMON LOON. There were plenty of CASPIAN TERNS. There were many 
COMMON TERNS too, one that had almost an entirely red bill. There was a small 
touch of gray at the very tip but only from the right side of bird. When the 
bird looked left it was all red!!! I got great looks at this bird as it was on 
a buoy. Its legs were the same size as the other commons, wing pattern similar 
when it flew, plus body was gray like wings so I am going with COTE. I could 
see how this can be a difficult id and confused with ARCTIC TERN. I presume the 
amount of black on the end of the bill of the COTE varies.... 



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Subject: Red Headed Woodpecker Hamlin Beach State Park June 22 2015
From: david nicosia <daven1024 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 12:16:31 -0700
Red headed woodpecker was calling by snackbar between area 1 and 2. Also had an 
almost adult COMMON LOON. There were plenty of CASPIAN TERNS. There were many 
COMMON TERNS too, one that had almost an entirely red bill. There was a small 
touch of gray at the very tip but only from the right side of bird. When the 
bird looked left it was all red!!! I got great looks at this bird as it was on 
a buoy. Its legs were the same size as the other commons, wing pattern similar 
when it flew, plus body was gray like wings so I am going with COTE. I could 
see how this can be a difficult id and confused with ARCTIC TERN. I presume the 
amount of black on the end of the bill of the COTE varies.... 



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Subject: Re: [GeneseeBirds-L] Eurasion Collared-Doves and Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks - Wilson, Niagara County
From: mscheibel49 AT gmail.com
Date: Sat, 20 Jun 2015 07:13:34 -0400
We tried unsuccessfully for the Black-bellied Whistling Duck on Friday (6/19) 
morning from 10-12, at the mouth of 12 mile creek. 

Mike & Lynne Scheibel
Brookhaven 

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> On Jun 19, 2015, at 7:36 PM, Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter 
 wrote: 

> 
> A recent report of the Black-bellied Whistling Duck – it was seen by Karen 
Lewis on Thursday, June 18th. 

>  
> Good birding!
> Willie
>  
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> Subject: [GeneseeBirds-L] Eurasion Collared-Doves and Black-bellied 
Whistling-Ducks - Wilson, Niagara County 

>  
> There are now two EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES in Wilson, the second individual 
discovered by Michael McBrien on Tuesday. Vicki Rothman and I were able to see 
both of them today. Their activities are centered around the large parking lot 
for the Boathouse Restaurant. In addition, opposite the entrance to the parking 
lot, there were five PINE SISKINS at a tube feeder. 

>  
> We stopped at the mouth of Twelve Mile Creek to look for the Whistling-Duck 
but only saw Mallards and a Mute Swan. It was about 1:30. The BBWD has not been 
reported since Sunday but could still be in the area. I received a second-hand 
report that a kayaker has seen the duck at various places well up the creek, 
where it would be very difficult to see from shore. 

>  
> Good birding!
> Willie
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Subject: RE:[GeneseeBirds-L] Eurasion Collared-Doves and Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks - Wilson, Niagara County
From: "Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter" <dannapotter AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Jun 2015 19:36:35 -0400
A recent report of the Black-bellied Whistling Duck - it was seen by Karen
Lewis on Thursday, June 18th.

 

Good birding!

Willie

 

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Subject: [GeneseeBirds-L] Eurasion Collared-Doves and Black-bellied
Whistling-Ducks - Wilson, Niagara County

 

There are now two EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES in Wilson, the second individual
discovered by Michael McBrien on Tuesday. Vicki Rothman and I were able to
see both of them today. Their activities are centered around the large
parking lot for the Boathouse Restaurant.  In addition, opposite the
entrance to the parking lot, there were five PINE SISKINS at a tube feeder.

 

We stopped at the mouth of Twelve Mile Creek to look for the Whistling-Duck
but only saw Mallards and a Mute Swan. It was about 1:30. The BBWD has not
been reported since Sunday but could still be in the area. I received a
second-hand report that a kayaker has seen the duck at various places well
up the creek, where it would be very difficult to see from shore.

 

Good birding!

Willie

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Betsy Potter

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Subject: Eurasion Collared-Doves and Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks - Wilson, Niagara County
From: "Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter" <dannapotter AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Jun 2015 15:56:32 -0400
There are now two EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES in Wilson, the second individual
discovered by Michael McBrien on Tuesday. Vicki Rothman and I were able to
see both of them today. Their activities are centered around the large
parking lot for the Boathouse Restaurant.  In addition, opposite the
entrance to the parking lot, there were five PINE SISKINS at a tube feeder.

 

We stopped at the mouth of Twelve Mile Creek to look for the Whistling-Duck
but only saw Mallards and a Mute Swan. It was about 1:30. The BBWD has not
been reported since Sunday but could still be in the area. I received a
second-hand report that a kayaker has seen the duck at various places well
up the creek, where it would be very difficult to see from shore.

 

Good birding!

Willie

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Betsy Potter

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Subject: Collared-Dove, Whistling-Duck - Wilson, Niagara County
From: "Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter" <dannapotter AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Jun 2015 12:00:44 -0400
The EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was found easily this morning around 10:15. It
was on the edge of the large parking lot for the Boathouse Restaurant.
Today, it stayed close to the restaurant and even perched on someone's
balcony railing close to eye-level. As usual, it sang several times as well.
There are several Mourning Doves in the area and I still don't know what
species, if any, it is mated with. It has been seen chasing and possibly
courting a Mourning Dove but today it showed no interest in the other doves
while I was there.

 

The BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK was also easy to find at its usual haunt on
the west branch of Twelve Mile Creek. It seems to hang out in a relatively
small area between the dock with the banner and the spit of land just before
Lake Ontario - these areas are on the west half of the creek. Today I
watched from Wilson-Tuscarora State Park, directly across the creek from the
duck. It would have been visible but more distant from the town boat ramp,
accessed from the west side of the creek, as well. 

 

Good birding!

Willie

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Subject: Black-bellied Whistling-Duck and Eurasian Collared-Dove - Wilson, Niagara County, Thursday
From: "Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter" <dannapotter AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Jun 2015 10:27:46 -0400
Both birds are present this morning in locations as recently posted. The
COLLARED-DOVE had not been reported in nearly a month when it was seen
yesterday in essentially the same area it had been seen before. Today it was
on the picnic shelter and a lamp post near the swimming pool (adjacent to
the large parking lot) as well as on wires and a large horse chestnut tree
just across Harbor Street from the picnic shelter.

 

The WHISTLING-DUCK flew in from the south about 8:30 (first spotted by Tom
Kerr) and sat on a dock on the west side of the creek. We had good light at
only a modest distance looking from across the creek.

 

Collared-Dove directions as previously posted:

On the corner of Ontario St and Harbor St in the Village of Wilson, is a
large parking lot for the Wilson Boathouse Restaurant and the Wilson Harbor
Front (a few shops). You can park in this lot. The bird was singing from
atop the large picnic shelter with several picnic tables stacked up under it
on the south side of the parking lot. According to Google Maps, this is at
57 Harbor Street, coordinates are 43.316830, -78.833611

 

Whistling-Duck directions as previously posted:

The location is the west branch of Twelve Mile Creek just before it empties
into Lake Ontario in the Town of Wilson, Niagara County. You can view the
bird from the Town boat docks on Riverview Drive (west side of the creek) or
from the northwest corner of Wilson-Tuscarora State Park (east side of the
creek). There is also a pair of Mute Swans with cygnets in the area and
various herons (Green, Great Blue, Black-crowned Night-Heron). The bird was
in a cove of sorts on the west side of the creek just before Lake Ontario.
In the late afternoon, the lighting is better from the boat docks though the
bird is more distant than it would be from the park.

 

Good birding!

Willie

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Subject: Black-bellied Whistling Duck - Wilson, Niagara County
From: "Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter" <dannapotter AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Jun 2015 17:52:21 -0400
A photo posted to Facebook was seen by Brett Ewald, who called us about it.
I called the photographer, Charlie Horton, who lives in Wilson and found out
the location from him. Betsy and I went over immediately and found the bird
within a couple of minutes. It turns out this bird has been here since last
Thursday, only four miles from our home!

 

The location is the west branch of Twelve Mile Creek just before it empties
into Lake Ontario in the Town of Wilson, Niagara County. You can view the
bird from the Town boat docks on Riverview Drive (west side of the creek) or
from the northwest corner of Wilson-Tuscarora State Park (east side of the
creek). There was a Mallard nearby but I don't know how closely they are
associating. There is also a pair of Mute Swans with cygnets in the area and
various herons (Green, Great Blue, Black-crowned Night-Heron). The bird was
in a cove of sorts on the west side of the creek just before Lake Ontario.
In the late afternoon, the lighting is better from the boat docks though the
bird is more distant than it would be from the park.

 

Good luck to all who try for this bird!

Willie

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Subject: Montezuma Wildlife Drive, Knox-Marcellus last evening no phalaropes but Eurasian Wigeon
From: "Michael Tetlow " <mjtetlow AT frontiernet.net>
Date: Sat, 30 May 2015 08:23:39 -0400
Montezuma NWR--Knox-Marsellus and Puddler Marshes, Seneca, New York, US May
29, 2015 5:30 PM - 6:40 PM

Protocol: Stationary

Comments:     Mike and Joanne Tetlow including myself, all numbers are
actual counts.

39 species

 

Canada Goose  300     approximate overall estimate.

Wood Duck  1

Gadwall  2

Eurasian Wigeon  1     Single male, seen with American Wigeon in clear
light, red head, grayish body, had been previously reported.

American Wigeon  6

American Black Duck  5

Mallard  420

Blue-winged Teal  2

Northern Shoveler  2

Northern Pintail  2     One drake and hen feeding, no queston about ID.

Green-winged Teal  1

Redhead  1

Wild Turkey  1

Great Blue Heron  X

Great Egret  4

Green Heron  1

Black-crowned Night-Heron  2

Sandhill Crane  3     Colt was very nice to see well, usually was kept
hidden.

Black-bellied Plover  3

Semipalmated Plover  18

Killdeer  10

Spotted Sandpiper  2

Ruddy Turnstone  28

Dunlin  100

Least Sandpiper  10

White-rumped Sandpiper  1

Semipalmated Sandpiper  540

Caspian Tern  7

Black Tern  14

Mourning Dove  2

Tree Swallow  X

Bank Swallow  2

Barn Swallow  X

Wood Thrush  1

American Robin  2

Yellow Warbler  2

Savannah Sparrow  1

Song Sparrow  1

Red-winged Blackbird  X

 

Montezuma NWR--Wildlife Drive, Seneca, New York, US May 29, 2015 4:00 PM -
5:15 PM

Protocol: Traveling

3.0 mile(s)

Comments:     Mike and Joanne Tetlow and I did the wildlife drive, all
numbers are counts.

44 species

 

Canada Goose  50

Wood Duck  17     3 adults and 14 chicks.

American Black Duck  2

Mallard  100     Rough estimate.

Blue-winged Teal  2

Double-crested Cormorant  8

Great Egret  X

Turkey Vulture  2

Virginia Rail  1

Common Gallinule  5

Black-bellied Plover  14

Semipalmated Plover  24

Killdeer  6

Spotted Sandpiper  4

Greater Yellowlegs  1

Lesser Yellowlegs  1

Dunlin  2

Least Sandpiper  1

White-rumped Sandpiper  1

Semipalmated Sandpiper  6

Short-billed Dowitcher  1

Mourning Dove  4

Black-billed Cuckoo  1

Alder Flycatcher  1

Willow Flycatcher  1

Great Crested Flycatcher  1     Near lookout tower.

Warbling Vireo  1

American Crow  1

Purple Martin  30

Tree Swallow  10

Barn Swallow  10

Marsh Wren  3

American Robin  4

European Starling  X

Common Yellowthroat  4

Yellow Warbler  3

Chipping Sparrow  1

Savannah Sparrow  1

Song Sparrow  2

Swamp Sparrow  4

Red-winged Blackbird  X

Brown-headed Cowbird  1

Baltimore Oriole  2

American Goldfinch  2

 

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http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23702754

 


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Subject: Eurasian Collared-Dove - Wilson, Niagara County
From: "Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter" <dannapotter AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Sun, 3 May 2015 14:56:02 -0400
The EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE continues at the Wilson Boathouse Restaurant.
This is an easy bird to get. I arrived at 2:00, got out of the car,
immediately heard the bird singing, followed the song, then easily saw the
bird, which sat as I took a couple of photos.

 

DIRECTIONS:

On the corner of Ontario St and Harbor St in the Village of Wilson, is a
large parking lot for the Wilson Boathouse Restaurant and the Wilson Harbor
Front (a few shops). You can park in this lot. The bird was singing from
atop the large picnic shelter with several picnic tables stacked up under it
on the south side of the parking lot.  It also sings from the adjacent
property to the southwest. According to Google Maps, this is at 57 Harbor
Street, coordinates are 43.316830, -78.833611

 

Good birding!

Willie

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Betsy Potter

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Subject: Eurasian Collared-Dove - Wilson, Niagara County
From: "Willie D'Anna and Betsy Potter" <dannapotter AT roadrunner.com>
Date: Fri, 1 May 2015 11:36:54 -0400
We were at the Wilson piers this morning when Betsy heard what sounded like
a distant EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE. I was out on the pier so she came and got
me, then we headed in the direction where she heard the sound come from.
Shortly, I saw a largish pale dove flying a couple hundred yards from us but
it soon was out of sight. We headed in the direction of my sighting but we
were not hearing the song at all. Finally, we both heard it and then found
it on the top of a large picnic shelter. I got some shots off before it flew
southwest along the harbor, chasing a pair of Mourning Doves. We tried to
refind it but most of the access is on private property, so we wound up
coming back and had the bird again on the same shelter, singing.

 

This bird may have been in the area for about a year now and possibly
longer. Last May, Betsy heard and saw one on the west end of the harbor at
Wilson-Tuscarora State Park. This past late Dec-early Jan, one was
photographed at a feeding station 0.6 miles east of today's location.

 

DIRECTIONS:

On the corner of Ontario St and Harbor St in the Village of Wilson, is a
large parking lot for the Wilson Boathouse Restaurant and the Wilson Harbor
Front (a few shops). You can park in this lot. The bird was singing from
atop the large picnic shelter with several picnic tables stacked up under it
on the south side of the parking lot. According to Google Maps, this is at
57 Harbor Street, coordinates are 43.316830, -78.833611

 

Good birding!

Willie

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Betsy Potter

Wilson, NY

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http://www.betsypottersart.com  

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