Rare Bird Alerts

Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert

Covering upstate NY counties: Cayuga, Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, Jefferson, Oneida, Herkimer,  Madison & Cortland. As well as Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (to the west of Cayuga County),

Compiler: Joseph Brin
To report by e-mail: brinjoseph@yahoo.com

Rare Bird Alert for the week of October 13, 2014

EARED GREBE
RED-NECKED GREBE
CACKLING GOOSE
BRANT
EURASIAN WIGEON
AMERICAN AVOCET
HUDSONIAN GODWIT
LITTLE GULL
SHORT-EARED OWL
SNOWY OWL
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
PINE SISKIN

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
10/15: 2 AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen at Towpath Road. They have been found through the 19th.
10/19: An EARED GREBE and 2 EURASIAN WIGEONS were seen in the Main Pool. A HUDSONIAN GODWIT was found in Puddler’s Marsh. A CACKLING GOOSE was seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh.

Cayuga County
10/15: An early LAPLAND LONGSPUR was found on the inside of the break wall at Fair Haven State Park.

Onondaga County
10/15: The Rt. 31 SNOWY OWL was again seen, this time near Wegman’s.
10/16: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen near the Eagles nest at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.
10/19: A BRANT was seen at close range on Vann Road near Beaver Lake Nature Center west of Baldwinsville. Upwards of 70 DARK-EYED JUNCOS were seen at Beaver Lake Nature Center.
10/20: A LINCOLN’S SPARROW and the county’s first FOX SPARROW were spotted under the power lines at Three Rivers WMA. A late VESPER SPARROW and large numbers of WHITE-CROWNED and WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS were found in the scrubby area east of Van Rensselear Street at the Inner Harbor.

Oswego County
10/18: A LITTLE GULL was found at the overlook at Derby Hall.
10/19: An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and the region’s first fall FOX SPARROW were seen at Great Bear Recreation Area north of Phoenix.
10/20: A PINE SISKIN was heard at Great Bear Recreation Area.

Oneida County
10/20: A PINE SISKIN was reported near Camden.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of October 6, 2014

CACKLING GOOSE
AMERICAN AVOCET
PARASITIC JAEGER
LITTLE GULL
FORSTER’S TERN
SNOWY OWL
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
DICKCISSAL
NELSON’S SPARROW
PINE SISKIN

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Only seven species of shorebirds were seen at the complex this week highlighted by the two AMERICAN AVOCETS seen as recently as yesterday (10/12) at Knox-Marsellus Marsh but not yet reported today.

Onondaga County
13 species of Warbler and LINCOLN SPARROW were found in the county this week. Get them before they’re gone.
10/7: An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was found again in Three Rivers WMA under the power lines on 60 Road. They were found again yesterday and today in the same location.
10/8: A juvenile female type DICKCISSAL was found on the east side of Van Rensselear Street near the inner harbor in Syracuse. Unfortunately it was not relocated the next day.
10/11: A SNOWY OWL was still being seen actively hunting in the Rt. 31 mall location in Clay.
10/12: An adult and juvenile BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON were seen again in Onondaga Creek south of Spencer Street on the Creekwalk in Syracuse.
10/13: 2 CACKLING GEESE were found in the Inner Harbor area in Syracuse.

Jefferson County
10/10: A NELSON’S SPARROW was found on Zimmer Road in Fort Drum. Driving is not allowed on this road but apparently you may walk it.

Oswego County
10/8: 3 PARASITIC JAEGERS, a LITTLE GULL and a FORSTER’S TERN were all seen from the overlook at Derby Hill. The next day one of the JAEGERS and the LITTLE GULL were seen again.

Cayuga County
10/7: 7 FORSTER’S TERNS were spotted from the beach at Fair Haven State Park.
10/8: A LITTLE GULL was seen at West Barrier Park in Fair Haven.
10/12: An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at Great Bear Recreation Area north of Phoenix.

Oneida County
10/10: 4 PINE SISKINS were seen at Spring Farm Nature Center near Clinton.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of September 29, 2014

CACKLING GOOSE
AMERICAN AVOCET
STILT SANDPIPER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
SNOWY OWL
SAW-WHET OWL
GRAY CHEEKED THRUSH
PHILADELPHIA VIREO

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
19 species of Shorebirds were found on the complex this week highlighted by the 2 AMERICAN AVOCETS found yesterday at Puddlers. They are being seen again today in Knox-Marsellus Pool. The other species were seen at Knox-Marsellus and along the Wildlife Drive and are:
SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER
SOLITARY SANDPIPER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
WILSON’S SNIPE
LEAST SANDPIPER
SPOTTED SABDPIPER
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
KILLDEER
SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
PECTORAL SANDPIPER
DUNLIN
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
LESSER YELLOWLEGS
STILT SANDPIPER
10/5: A CACKLING GOOSE was found along the Wildlife Drive. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen along Towpath Road.

Onondaga County
COMMON NIGHTHAWKS have continued to appear in the early evening at Three Rivers WMA although only 2 were seen last evening in the drizzle.
The SNOWY OWL is still being seen at the Target shopping area along Rt. 31 in Clay. It was last reported on 10/4.
9/30: A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was seen along the Creekwalk north of Hiawatha Blvd. A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen along the Creekwalk in the Franklin Square area.
10/2: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was spotted at the Hancock Airpark area south of Taft Road. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen under the powerlines at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.

Oswego County
10/1: A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was seen on Kibby Road south of Mexico.
10/5: A SAW-WHET OWL was found at Great Bear Recreation Area north of Phoenix.

Cayuga County
10/4: 5 species of shorebirds including BLACK-BELLIED and AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER were seen at the West Barrier Park in Fair Haven.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of September 22, 2014

CACKLING GOOSE
SANDERLING
STILT SANDPIPER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
GRAY CHEEKED THRUSH
LINCOLN’S SPARROW
PINE SISKIN

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
9/23: 19 SANDHILL CRANES were seen from Towpath Road.
9/27: 15 species of Shorebird were seen on a field trip to the Complex. Most were seen from Towpath but some others were seen along the Wildlife Trail. Two other species were seen at other times bringing the total to 17. Birds ween were:

GREATER YELLOWLEGS
LESSER YELLOWLEGS
PECTORAL SANDPIPER
SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER
KILLDEER
SOLITARY SANDPIPER
STILT SANDPIPER
DUNLIN
LEAST SANDPIPER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
WILSON’S SNIPE
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
SANDERLING

Also on the 27th. 7 CACKLING GEESE were spotted at Knox-Marsellus Marsh.

Onondaga County
COMMON NIGHTHAWKS have continued each evening this week at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville. WARBLER numbers are down from last week but are still being seen at locations such as Beaver Lake, Three Rivers WMA and the Creekwalk. LINCOLN’S SPARROWS are being seen in those places also.
9/25: A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was found in the brushy area west on the Inner Harbor on Van Rensselaer Street. Many Sparrows and Palm Warblers were noted also.

Oswego County
9/24: A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was spotted at a private residence in Hastings.
PINE SISKINS (singles) were reported from near Mexico and Constantia this week. Come on Finches!

Rare Bird Alert for the week of September 15, 2014

HUDSONIAN GODWIT
SANDERLING
STILT SANDPIPER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
PHILADELPHIA VIREO
NORTHERN WHEATEAR
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
LINCOLN’S SPARROW

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
At the end of the week there were 16 species of shorebirds reported. The HUDSONIAN GODWIT is gone as of the 15th. Other shorebirds seen were:
SPOTTED SANDPIPER
SOLITARY SANDPIPER
WILSON’S SNIPE
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
SANDERLING
STILT SANDPIPER
SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER
SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPER
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
LESSER YELLOWLEGS
KILLDEER
LEAST SANDPIPER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
Most birds were observed from East Road and Towpath Road with others found along the Wildlife Drive and the Montezuma Audubon Center on Rt.89.

Oneida County
9/17: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen at Spring Farm Nature Preserve near Clinton.

Cayuga County
9/19: AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, LEAST SANDPIPER, SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER and AMERICAN PIPIT were all found at the West Barrier Park in Fair Haven.

Onondaga County
Warblers were once again in abundance this week. 20 species were counted found mostly at Beaver Lake Nature Center, Three Rivers WMA and the area north of Hancock Airport on General Irwin Road south of Taft Road. PHILADELPHIA VIREOS and LINCOLN SPARROWS are being found also in the same places.
COMMON NIGHTHAWKS have continued all week including last night at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville

Oswego County
9/20: The fall’s first confirmed ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was spotted on the trails near Lake Neahtawanta in Fulton.

Jefferson County
9/17: The only PRAIRIE WARBLER reported was located at Fort Drum.
9/21: An extremely rare for New York NORTHERN WHEATEAR was found on Whitney Road in the Town of Henderson. The bird was seen and photographed again today and is very cooperative with birders as is the land owner. If you go for this bird please be mindful of both and say thank you.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of September 08, 2014

HUDSONIAN GODWIT
RUDDY TURNSTONE
SANDERLING
STILT SANDPIPER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER
PHILADELPHIA VIREO
LINCOLN’S SPARROW

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex

9/9: 2 HUDSONIAN GODWITS were at Knox-Marsellus Marsh. 15 species of Warbler were seen along Towpath Road.
9/10: 1 HUDSONIAN GODWIT and a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER were found at Knox-Marsellus.
9/12: 1 HUDSONIAN GODWIT and a RUDDY TURNSTONE were at Knox Marsellus.
9/13: The HUDSONIAN GODWIT and a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER were at Knox-Marsellus. In all 20 species of Shorebirds were seen.
Hopefully more results from the Muckrace will be available next week.

Onondaga County
COMMON NIGHTHAWKS continue to be seen in early evening at 100 acre Marsh at Three Rivers WMA. 16 were counted last night.
Fall Warbler and other passerine migration was evident this week. Between Beaver Lake Nature Center, Three Rivers WMA, the Creekwalk and Hancock Airport 20 Warbler species were seen this week. PHILADELPHIA VIREO was found also. A possible early Orang-crowned Warbler was reported at the Creekwalk

Oswego County
9/10: 3 RUDDY TURNSTONES, 2 SANDERLINGS and 8 PIPITS were seen on the breakwalls at Oswego Harbor.
9/12: 15 species of Warblers were seen on the trails at Lake Neahtawanta in Fulton.

Oneida County
9/9: An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen at Spring Farm Nature Center south of Clinton. Also found were 12 species of Warblers and a PHILADELPHIA VIREO.

Jefferson County
9/12: A RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was seen at El Dorado State Park.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of September 01, 2014

SNOW GOOSE
MISSISSIPPI KITE
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
WILLET
HUDSONIAN GODWIT
RUDDY TURNSTONE
SANDERLING
STILT SANDPIPER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER
WILSON’S PHALAROPE
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
LITTLE GULL
PARASITIC JAEGER
LONG-TAILED JAEGER
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER
PHILADELPHIA VIREO

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
9/2: A WILLET and a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER were seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh.
9/3: 17 species of shorebird including the WILLET, 4 HUDSONIAN GIDWITS and a WILSON’S PHALAROPE were found at Knox-Marsellus Marsh.
9/6: A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was found in a plowed field at the corner of Armitage Road and Rt. 89. The WILLET, a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER and a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE were at Knox-Marsellus Marsh.

Cayuga County
9/4: SANDERLINGS, SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER, SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPER, and a BAIRD’S SANDPIPER were found on the causeway at West Barrier Bay Park in Fair Haven.
9/6: A RUDDY TURNSTONE was at West Barrier Bay Park.

Oswego County
9/5: A MISSISSIPPI KITE was photographed flying past Derby Hill.
9/6: Two PARASITIC JAEGERS and two LONG-TAILED JAEGERS were seen at Derby Hill.
9/7: A LITTLE GULL was seen at Derby Hill. 14 species of WARBLER plus YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER and PHILADELPHIA VIREO were recorded at various parts of the county.

Onondaga County
9/1: A lingering SNOW GOOSE is still being seen onSkaneateles Lake in the village.9/29/7: A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER and a PHILADELPHIA VIREO were found at Three Rivers WMA. COMMON NIGHTHAWKS are still being seen at Three Rivers through 9/7. A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON continues on the Creekwalk on Spencer Street in Syracuse.

Oneida County
9/5: A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen at Spring Farm Nature Center in Clinton.
9/7: 18 species of Warbler including CAPE MAY plus a PHILADELPHIA VIREO were at a private residence near Durhamville.

Madison County
9/2: 8 species of Warblers including a CAPE MAY were found at Tinsley Hill Road south of Cazenovia.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of August 25, 2014

NORTHERN GOSHAWK
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
HUDSONIAN GODWIT
RUDDY TURNSTONE
SANDERLING
STILT SANDPIPER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
SNOWY OWL
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
8/27: 21 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, 1 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, and a BAIRD’S SANDPIPER were reported from the Montezuma Audubon Complex on Rt. 89.
8.29: 2 HUDSONIAN GODWITS were found at Knox=Marsellus Marsh. Fortunately they have lingered throughout the week.
8/30: 13 Shorebird species were seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh. Those and seven more were found on 8/31. The list reads:
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER
KILLDEER
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
LESSER YELLOWLEGS
HUDSONIAN GODWIT
RUDDY TURNSTONE
STILT SANDPIPER
PECTORAL SANDPIPER
SANDERLING
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
SEMIPALMATEDSANDPIPER
LEAST SANDPIPER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
WILSON’S PHALAROPE
SPOTTED SANDPIPER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
WILSON’S SNIPE

Oswego County
8/26: 8 species of raptor including a NORTHERN GOSHAWK were seen at Derby Hill.

Onondaga County
Again this week COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were reported every evening. The most are still at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville. A few migrant WARBLERS were reported this week there also such as BLACKPOLL and BAY-BREASTED WARBLER. The SNOWY OWL continues to be spotted in Clay along Rt. 31 on both the nortn and south sides of the road.

Madison County
8/31: 24 AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS, 2 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS and 1 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER continue at the Sod Farn on Lakeport Road north of Chittenango.

Cayuga County
9/1: 6 SANDERLING, 2 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, 1 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER and 1 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER were all seen on West Barrier Beach at Fair Haven.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of August 18, 2014

BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
RUDDY TURNSTONE
SANDERLING
STILT SANDPIPER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
FORSTER’S TERN
SNOWY OWL
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
8/20: An astounding 390 SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPERS were counted at Knox-Marsellus Marsh.
8/23: 2 SANDHILL CRANES, 1 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 1 RUDDY TURNSTONE, 1 SANDERLING, 30 LESST SANDPIPERS, 2 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, 30 SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPERS, 3 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS and 5 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS were seen at Knox-Marsellus marsh.
8/24: Somewhat fewer shorebirds this day but a rare FORSTER’S TERN was seen at Knox-Marsellus.

Onondaga County
COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were reported from all parts of the county this week. The best day was 8/23 when 119 were counted at Three Rivers WMA in Baldwinsville. The SNOWY OWL at the Rt. 31 shopping area near Home Depot was reported on an almost daily basis. It seems to be eating well.
8/23: A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was found by one lucky birder at the Eagle’s Nest Overlook at Three Rivers WMA but could not be relocated.

Madison County
8/23: AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, STILT SANDPIPER, BAIRDS SANDPIPER, SHORT-BILLE DOWITCHER and BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER were all seen at the Sky High Sod Farm north of Chittenango. On the 24th. 4 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS arrived but the Buff-breasted was not seen.

Cayuga County
8/25: One adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at West Barrier Beach at Fair Haven. 2 SANDERLING and 1 SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPERS were also seen,

Rare Bird Alert for the week of August 11, 2014

BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
LEAST BITTERN
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
RUDDY TURNSTONE
STILT SANDPIPER
LAUGHING GULL
BLACK TERN
SNOWY OWL
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
SEDGE WREN

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
8/14: At Knox-Marsellus from East Road 8 BLACL-BELLIED PLOVERS, 12 SEMI-PALMATED PLOVERS, 24 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 30 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 58 STILT SANDPIPERS, 20 LEAST SANDPIPERS, 1 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and 10 SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPERS were counted. Along the Wildlife Drive a SEDGE WREN was seen and heard.
8/17: At Knox-Marsellus AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER and PECTORAL SANDPIPER were added to the shorebird list. The Sedge Wren was not relocated on the Wildlife Trail.

Onondaga County
8/11: The SNOWY OWL is still being seen the Rt.31 shopping plaza near Rt.481. It was located again on 8/18.
8/12: an adult BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was located on Marble Island on the Seneca River in Baldwinsville. It was seen again on the 13th. and the 15th.
8/15: An adult and a juvenile BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON were seen along the creekwalk just south of Spencer Street in Syracuse in Onondaga Creek.
8/17: The seasons first COMMON NIGHTHAWK was spotted near the Bald Eagle nest at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.

Oswego County
8/13: A LAUGHING GULL was seen going past the overlook at Derby Hill.

Cayuga County
8/11: An adult and a juvenile RED-HEADED WOODPECKER were seen at West Barrier Beach at Fair Haven. On the 15th. 2 adults and 2 juveniles were spotted.

Madison County
8/14: A BLACK TERN was seen at Woodman Pond.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of August 4, 2014

GREAT EGRET
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
LEAST BITTERN
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
WHIMBREL
RUDDY TURNSTONE
STILT SANDPIPER
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
ORCHARD ORIOLE

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Shorebirds reported this week were WILSON’S SNIPE, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPER, STILT SANDPIPER, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, BOTH YELLOWLEGS, LEAST SANDPIPER, KILLDEER and SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER. All species were seen along the Wildlife Trail or at Knox-Marsellus Marsh. Some, but nothing different, were seen at the northern complex areas. There was no report of the AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN this week
8/7: Only one adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen on Mays Point Road. Again only one was seen today also.
8/8: A LEAST BITTERN was heard only along the Wildlife Trail.
8/9: A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen at Tschache Pool.

Oswego County
8/6: A RUDDY TURNSTONE and a WHIMBRELL were seen at Oswego Harbor on the breakwalls.

Onondaga County
8/9: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was found at Green Lakes State Park. A GREAT EGRET was seen in Dead Creek at the Town of Van Buren Transportation Department.
8/11: A juvenile BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen on the Onondaga Creek Creekwalk from Spencer Street.

Cayuga County
8/6: A BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER was spotted at the West Barrier Beach area at Fairhaven.

Oneida County
8/7: A GREAT EGRET was found at Utica Marsh.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of July 28, 2014

AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN
GREAT EGRET
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
LEAST BITTERN
RUDDY TURNSTONE
STILT SANDPIPER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
BLACK SKIMMER
SNOWY OWL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
ACADIAN FLYCATCHER

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
7/30: LEAST BITTERNS were still being seen at LaRues Lagoon along the Wildlife Drive along with 6 species of shorebird. The AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN remains in Knox-Marsellus Marsh along with 8 species of shorebirds. RUDDY TURNSTONE is a new entry in the shorebird category. BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen at the new Deep Muck area and Tshache Pool.
8/1: LEAST BITTERN still present along Wildlife Drive. 13 species of Shorebirds were seen at the complex this week with RUDDY TURNSTONE being the only new species.
8/4: One of the juvenile RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS was seen at the nest area on Mays Point Pond Road.

Onondaga County
8/4: 2 ACADIAN FLYCATCHERS were still singing in Whiskey Hollow in the Town of Van Buren.
8/5: A SNOWY OWL was again seen near the Rt.31 and 481 intersection, this time at the Toys are Us store.

Oswego County
7/30: A very rare for anywhere away from Long Island BLACK SKIMMER was seen and photographed by one individual at Lake Neatahwanta in Fulton. It was seen again on the 31st. but has not been relocated.
8/1: A GREAT EGRET was found at Lake Neatahwanta.
8/3: A RUDDY TURNSTONE was seen at Oswego Harbor.

Madison County
8/2: A STILT SANDPIPER was found at the Sky High Sod Farm on Lakeport Road.
8/3: A GREAT EGRET was seen at Woodman Pond.

Jefferson county
8/4: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen along Rt.81 between exits 47 and 48.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of July 21, 2014

AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
LEAST BITTERN
STILT SANDPIPER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
SNOWY OWL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
7/24: LEAST SANDPIPER, SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPER, SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER, STILT SANDPIPER and both YELLOWLEGS were all found at Knox-Marsellus Marsh.
7/25: An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN has again appeared in Knox-Marsellus Marsh and was still present yesterday.
7/27: In addition to the Pelican 12 shorebird species including STILT SANDPIPER and both DOWITCHERS were at Knox-Marsellus Marsh. BLACK TERNS and SANDHILL CRANES were present also. Along the Wildlife Trail eight (wow) LEAST BITTERNS were spotted. On Mays Point Road there are now two fledgling RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS being seen with the two adults.

Onondaga County
7/23: ACADIAN FLYCATCHERS are still being seen and heard in Whiskey Hollow west of Baldwinsville.
7/24: A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was found in the Inner Harbor area of Syracuse.
7/27: A lingering SNOWY OWL is still being sighted along Rt. 31 near the Target shopping area in Clay.

Cayuga County
7/27: Two adult and one juvenile RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were again seen on West Barrier Beach at Fairhaven State Park.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of July 14, 2014

GREAT SHEARWATER
LEAST BITTERN
GREAT EGRET
MERLIN
STILT SANDPIPER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
SNOWY OWL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
SEDGE WREN

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
7/15: At least 4 LEAST BITTERNS are still being seen on the Wildlife Trail just beyond laRue’s lagoon.
7/17: The two young and two adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were again seen in the dead trees along May’s Point Road.
7/18: 2 LEAST BITTERNS were again seen near Larue’s Lagoon. 13 GREAT EGRETS were seen at Tschache Pool. SOLITARY SANDPIPER, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, SPOTTED SANDPIPER and LEAST SANDPIPER were all seen along the wildlife Trail. 15 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS and 6 STILT SANDPIPERS were found at Knox-Marsellus Marsh.

Oswego County
7/18: An adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was found at Sunset Bay Park in Scriba.
7/20: A family of MERLINS was busy in Constantia chasing and feeding young.

Onondaga County
7/15: A SNOWY OWL was seen in the Target Plaza area along Rt.31. This is the third time in recent years a Snowy Owl has seemed to stay for the summer in the Syracuse area.
7/18: A family group of MERLINS has been observed on Summit Avenue in Syracuse.

Madison County
7/18: An improbable GREAT SHEARWATER was found in a wooded area near DeRuyter Resevoir. The bird was helped into the water where it seemed to be swimming normally but later it weakened and was taken to a wildlife rehabilitater where, unfortunately, it died.

Jefferson County
7/19: A SEDGE WREN was heard singing from the observation tower at South Sandy Creek.

Compiler’s Note:
A sad farewell to Jerry Lazarczyk who passed away last week. Jerry was well known and liked in our area as he payed many visits to add to his county lists.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of July 07, 2014

LEAST BITTERN
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
PEREGRINE FALCON
GOLDEN EAGLE
STILT SANDPIPER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
BLACK TERN
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
ACADIAN FLYCATCHER
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
7/10: At least 4 LEAST BITTERNS were again seen in the cattails near the far end of LaRue’s Lagoon along the Wildlife Trail. 6 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, 2 STILT SANDPIPERS, 20 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 210 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 270 LEAST SANDPIPERS and 3 KILLDEER were seen in Knox-Marsellus Marsh.
7/12: 2 newly fledged RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen in the presence of the two adults at Mays Point Pool Road.

Madison County
7/10: An adult GOLDEN EAGLE was seen feeding on a deer carcass on East Road south of Cazenovia. 2 NORTHERN GOSHAWKS were seen hunting near Hunt Hill near Sheds.

Onondaga County
7/8: A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was again seen on Fenner Road near the Jacksonville Cemetary in Lysander.
7/9: Another ACADIAN FLYCATCHER nest was located in Whiskey Hollow. At least one of more birds were seen on recent visits this week.
7/11: A Fledgling PEREGRINE FALCON, the first in some years, was seen at the nest box in downtown Syracuse.
7/12: A LEAST BITTERN was seen flying in the big marsh near the Bald Eagle nest in Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.

Oswego County
7/8: A LAWRENCE’S WARBLER was seen on Baum Road in Hastings.
7/11: A BLACK TERN was seen with the Common Tern Colony on Oneida Lake from Constantia.

Oneida County
7/9: A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was again seen at Spring Farm Nature Center south of Clinton.

Cayuga County
7/14: A pair of adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen coming to a nest hole on West Barrier Beach at Fair Haven State Park.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of July 01, 2014

LEAST BITTERN
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
AMERICAN AVOCET
WHIP-POOR-WILL
ORCHARD ORIOLE

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
7/4: At least 5 LEAST BITTERNS were seen flying along the Wildlife Drive near the end of Larue’s Lagoon. The two adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were observed feeding a fledgling on May’s Point Pool Road. They were seen throught the week including today.
7/5: 2 adult and 2 young SANDHILL CRANES were seen in the marsh on VanDyne Spoor Road. 2 LEAST BITTERNS were seen in the marsh on Morgan Road.
7/7: 4 LEAST BITTERNS were seen in the marsh on Morgan Road. 2 DOWITCHER SPECIES were seen distantly. At least 2 LEAST BITTERNS were seen along the Wildlife Drive, again at the end of Larue’s Lagoon. 3 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen at the Deep Muck Mitigation Marsh near Savannah Spring Lake Road.

Onondaga County
7/5: 3 ORCHARD ORIOLES were spotted at Green Lakes State Park.

Oswego County
7/2: An AMERICAN AVOCET was seen at the mouth of the Salmon River.
7/4: 2 WHIP-POOR-WILLS were heard on Lily Marsh Road in the Town of New Haven.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of June 23, 2014

LEAST BITTERN
EURASIAN WIGEON
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
PECTORAL SANDPIPER
UPLAND SANDPIPER
WHIP-POOR-WILL
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
ACADIAN FLYCATCHER
SEDGE WREN
SWAINSON’S THRUSH
ORCHARD ORIOLE
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
HENSLOW’S SPARROW

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
6/27: 5 GREATER YELLOWLEGS and 2 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS herold in the fall? migration of shorebirds at Knox-Marsellus Marsh.
6/28: 4 LEAST BITTERNS were seen in the marshes on Morgan Road.

Onondaga County
6/28: 4 ORCHARD ORIOLES were found at Green Lakes State Park.
6/29: At least 2 ACADIAN FLYCATCHERS continue at Whiskey Hollow.

Oneida County
6/28: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was found at Spring Farm Nature Center.
6/30: 2 UPLAND SANDPIPERS were seen on North Gage Road near Poland.

Oswego County
6/29: 4 WHIP-POOR-WILLS were heard in the gravel pits on County Rt.17 north of Oneida Lake.

Herkimer County
6/29: A SWAINSON’S THRUSH was found on Beaver/Satterlee Road.

Jefferson County
6/27: At Fort Drum fortunate birders were treated to CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, SEDGE WREN, WHIP-POOR-WILL and COMMON NIGHTHAWK. WHIP-POOR-WILL was also heard on Burnt Rock Road. HENSLOW SPARROW was heard on Dog Hill Road in the Perch River WMA.
6/29: 2 HENSLOW’S SPARROWS were again heard on Dog Hill Road.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of June 16, 2014

COMMON LOON
SANDHILL CRANE
BLACK TERN
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
ACADIAN FLYCATCHER
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
CERULEAN WARBLER
ORCHARD ORIOLE
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
HENSLOW’S SPARROW

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
6/18: A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was again seen in the wooded area on Armitage Road. 2 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue in the dead trees on Mays Point Road.
6/19: A SANDHILL CRANE was seen on VanDyne Spoor Road.
6/20: A SANDHILL CRANE was seen in Snox-Marsellus Marsh.
6/22: Both PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS were found in the wooded area on Armitage Road. A CERULEAN WARBLER was heard also.

Onondaga County
6/21: A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW continues to be found at GreenLakes State Park.
6/22: A CERULEAN WARBLER continues to sing in Whiskey Hollow. An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER was discovered on a nest in Whiskey Hollow. An ORCHARD ORIOLE was again seen at Green Lakes State Park.

Oswego County
6/17: A BLACK TERN was seen at Sandy Pond.
6/21: A rather out of place COMMON LOON was seen flying in the Constantia area.

Madison County
6/19: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen on Ditchbank Road.

Jefferson County
6/23: 3 HENSLOW’S SPARROWS were found on Doghill Road, a known location for this rarity.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of June 09, 2014

GREAT EGRET
SNOW GOOSE
VIRGINIA RAIL
UPLAND SANDPIPER
WHIP-POOR-WILL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
ORCHARD ORIOLE
PINE SISKIN

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
6/9: A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was again seen on Armitage Road.
6/11: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER (probably a nesting pair) continues on Mays Point Pool Road.
6/14: An ORCHARD ORIOLE and a SNOW GOOSE were spotted along the wildlife drive.
6/15: A SANDHILL CRANE and a GREAT EGRET were seen in Knox-Marsellus Marsh.

Madison County
6/16: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was at a feeder on Carpenter Road near Sheds.

Herkimer County
6/9: An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen in Lizard Spring Bog near Stillwater Reservoir.
6/14: A WHIP-POOR-WILL and a PINE SISKIN were found at Shawangunk Nature Preserve near Hinkley Reservoir.

Oneida County
6/10: A CERULEAN WARBLER was found at Verona Beach State Park.
6/11: An UPLAND SANDPIPER was again seen on Harris Road in Poland.

Oswego County
6/14: A MERLIN was again found in Constantia.

Onondaga County
6/14: A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW continues on Fenner Road north of Lamson Road. Single CERULEAN WARBLERS were heard at Whiskey hollow and Beaver Lake Nature Center
6/15: 12 VIRGINIA RAILS, including young, were seen along 60 Road in Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville. A SORA was heard also. A male and female ORCHARD ORIOLE were observed feeding young at a nest on Perry Road near Whiskey Hollow.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of June 02, 2014

BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
LEAST BITTERN
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
UPLAND SANDPIPER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
RUDDY TURNSTONE
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER
SWAINSON’S THRUSH
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
ORCHARD ORIOLE

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
6/3: A LEAST BITTERN was found at Mays Point Pond.
6/5: RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, WILSON’S PHALAROPE and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER were all seen at Knox Marsellus Marsh.
6/7: REN-NECKED PHALAROPE and RUDDY TURNSTONE were seen at Knox Marsellus Marsh. A GREAT EGRET was seen on VanDyne Spoor road in the marsh.
6/8: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen on East Road.

Oswego County
6/3: A SWAINSON’S THRUSH was heard on Otto Mills Road. 2 WHIMBREL, RUDDY TURNSTONE and BLACK TERN were all seen on the islands from Mill Street in Constantia.

Onondaga County
6/8: 2 CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS and an ORCHARD ORIOLE were found at Green Lakes State Park.

Oneida County
6/4: 2 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen in Canden.
6/9: An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen at Labrador Hollow.

Herkimer County
6/8: An UPLAND SANDPIPER was seen on Harris Road in Poland.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of May 26, 2014

GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
EURASIAN WIGEON
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
RUDDY TURNSTONE
SANDERLING
RED KNOT
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
WHIP-POOR-WILL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER
KIRTLAND’S WARBLER
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
LARK SPARROW
ORCHARD ORIOLE

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
5/26: 400 DUNLIN, 45 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, 19 RUDDY TURNSTONES, a SANDERLING, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS and a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER were all seen at Carncross Road. The RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue on Mays Point Road.
5/27: A RED KNOT was added to yesterday’s mix at Carncross Road.
5/28: A LARK SPARROW was seen along the Wildlife Drive. At Carncross Road a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, a RED-NECKED GREBE, a SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER and BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were seen.
5/30: 5 RED KNOTS, 40 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS and a GREATED WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE were all found at Carncross Road.
6/2: An EURASIAN WIGEON was seen at Tschache Pool.

Oswego County
The HAWKWATCH at Derby Hill is officially over . Check the site for final numbers. Once again Steve Kolbe did a fabulous job, not only counting Hawks but also helping everyone both through his class on Hawk ID and fielding any and all questions BIRD for birders on all levels. Congratulations Steve on a job WELL DONE.
5/26: COMMON NIGHTHAWKS are still being counted at Derby Hill and have been seen through 6/1.
6/1: An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was found on Kibbe Lake Road in Constantia. WHIP-POOR-WILLS are still being heard on Roosevelt Road north of Oneida Lake.

Madison County
2 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were found onMills Road in Durhamville.

Onondaga County
COMMON NIGHTHAWKS have also been seen at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville most evenings this week.
6/1: A pair of ORCHARD ORIOLES were see on Tacoma Road on the Erie Canal in Warners. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW continues to be seen at Green Lakes State Park.

Oneida County
5/27: CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, probably breeding, is still being seen at Spring Farm Nature Center in Clinton.
5/30: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was found near Cassville.

Extralimital
6/1: An extremely rare male KIRTLANDS WARBLER was found and seen and photographed at Hamlin Beach State Park west of Rochester. Unfortunately there have been no positive reports today.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of May 19, 2014

RED-SHOULDERED HAWK
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
UPLAND SANDPIPER
RUDDY TURNSTONE
SANDERLING
RED KNOT
DUNLIN
WHIMBREL
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
WHIP-POOR-WILL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
ORCHARD ORIOLE

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
5/25: 9 species of Shorebirds including a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER were seen on a Armitage Road just before the forested area.

Derby Hill
A very slow week Hawk wise with only 372 birds tallied. On 5/20 an ORCHARD ORIOLE and a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER were seen

Oswego County
5/21: 71 WHIMBRELS were seen flying past Phillips Point on Oneida Lake. 23 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were counted at Derby Hill. A LEAST BITTERN continues to call at Sage Creek Marsh.
5/22: 1920 BRANT were counted flying past Phillips Point.
5/23: 15 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen at Derby Hill. An ORCHARD ORIOLE was also present.
5/24: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was found at Sunset Bay Park. 6 more COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were counted at Derby Hill.
5/25: 2 WHIP-POOR-WILLS were heard on Lilly Marsh road near Co. Rt. 51 south of Rt. 104.
5/26: A large flight of Shorebirds was seen from Mill Street in Constantia looking south at Oneida Lake. RUDY TURNSTONE, RED KNOT, DUNLIN, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER and SANDERLING were identified.

Onondaga County
5/20: 3 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville. another was see on E. Dead Creek Road west of Balswinsville.
5/25: 2 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen from the overlook at Beaver Lake Nature Center west of Baldwinsville. A SNOWY OWL was seen on Rt. 31 just east of Moyer’s Corners.
5/26: Another SNOWY OWL was seen, this time on Rt. 690 at the intersection of Van Buren Road in Baldwinsville.

Oneida County
5/24: A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen at Verona Beach State Park.
5/26: A pair of ORCHARD ORIOLES was seen near Augusta Center.

Herkimer County
An UPLAND SANDPIPER was seen on Harris Road near Poland.

Jefferson County
Word has come that the WILLOW PTARMIGAN was found deceased this week.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of May 12, 2014

EURASIAN WIGEON
SWALLOW-TAILED KITE
PEREGRINE FALCON
WILLOW PTARMIGAN
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
RUDDY TURNSTONE
WILSON’S PHALAROPE
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
PHILADELPHIA VIREO
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER
LAWRENCE’S WARBLER
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
ORCHARD ORIOLE

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
5/15: An ORCHARD ORIOLE and a FORSTER’S TERN were seen along the Wildlife Trail. One of the RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS was seen on Mays Point Road.
5/16: A GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was observed at the Audubon Center.
5/17: 2 Adult and 2 juvenile SANDHILL CRANES were spotted on Carncross Road along with BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER and AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER. An EURASIAN WIGEON was found on VanDyne Spoor Road in the marsh.
5/19: 2 WILSON’S PHALAROPES were reported at the Visitor’s Center.

Derby Hill
The HAWK flight has just come to an end but there was excitement this week. On the 14th. a SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was seen. Other good birds seen this week were ORCHARD ORIOLE, COMMON NIGHTHAWK and CLAY-COLORED SPARROW.

Oswego County
5/12: A LAWRENCE’S WARBLER was found at Great Bear Recreation area north of Phoenix.
5/13: FOS BRANT were seen at Phillips Point on Oneida Lake.
5/17: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was found at Sunset Bay Park.

Oneida County
5/13: The nesting PEREGRINE FALCONS in downtown Utica now have 4 eggs in the nest.

Onondaga County
5/13: 2 PHILADELPHIA VIREOS were see at Green Lakes State Park in the Rolling Hills area.
5/14: A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen at Green Lakes State Park along the road to Rolling Hills camping area. It was seen and heard through the 18th.
5/16: 3 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS were seen on Van Rensselear Street in the Inner Harbor area.
5/17: A RUDDY TURNSTONE was seen at the same Van Rensselear location in a ball field.

Jefferson County
5/16: The WILLOW PTARMIGAN is again being seen on South Shore Extension on Point Peninsula. It also retreats to private property where it is out of sight.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of May 05, 2014

LEAST BITTERN
GLOSSY IBIS
EURASIAN WIGEON
GOLDEN EAGLE
BLACK TERN
SNOWY OWL
LONG-EARED OWL
WHIP-POOR-WILL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
PROTHONATORY WARBLER
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
HENSLOW’S SPARROW
LAPLAND LONGSPUR

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
5/6: BLACK TERNS were spotted at Tschache Pool
5/7: A GLOSSY IBIS continued at the bridge on Carncross Road.
5/9: An EURASIAN WIGEON was seen in the marsh on VanDyne Spoor Road. It was relocted on the 11th.
5/10: A SNOWY OWL was found at the intersection of Rts. 31 and 89 in the muckland area. RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS have returned to the swamp on Mays Point Pool Road. 17 BLACK TERNS were seen along the Wildlife Trail.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
5/9 had 2,319 raptors and the 10th. over a thousand also. Otherwise raptor numbers were low. 7 GOLDEN EAGLES on the 9th. was the raptor highlight. Non-raptor highlights stole the show this week with birds such as LAPLAND LONGSPUR, RED-HEAD WOODPECKER, ORCHARD ORIOLE, SANDHILL CRANE, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, PROTHONATORY WARBLER and CAPE MAY WARBLER being seen.

Oswego County
5/8: GRASSHOPPER SPARROW has returned to the Carley”s Mill cemetary in Hastings.
5/9: 14 species of Warblers highlighted by an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER plus a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW were seen at Sunset Bay Park on Lake Ontario.
5/11: A SNOWY OWL was seen on one of the islands on Oneida Lake seen from Constantia. MERLINS were seen in the area also, possibly trying to nest.

Onondaga County
5/5: A LEAST BITTERN was heard calling in a wet area south of Potter Road in Three Rivers WMA. It was again heard on the 6th.
5/8: 17 species of Warblers were found at Three Rivers WMA.
5/10: A WHIP-POOR-WILL, hopefully two, has returned ti Threee Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville. They can be heard on 60 Road where the power lines cross the road. They sing on the east side. A HENSLOW’S SPARROW was heard at the landfill in Cedar Bay Park in Dewitt. It was heard again on the 11th. but no reports since.

Oneida County
5/6: A LONG-EARED OWL was heard at a residence in Canden.
5/9: An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was found at Verona Beach State Park.
5/11: 14 species of Warblers were found at Spring Farm Nature Sanctuary. on the 12th. 3 CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS, probably breeders, were found. 3 WHIP-POOR-WILS were heard at the Preston Hill gravel pit north of Oneida Lake.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of April 28, 2014

GREAT EGRET
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
GLOSSY IBIS
EURASIAN WIGEON
BLACK VULTURE
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
UPLAND SANDPIPER
BLACK TERN
SNOWY OWL
SHORT-EARED OWL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
LAPLAND LONGSPUR

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
5/2: An AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER was found at the mucklands along Rt.31. An EURASIAN WIGEON was spotted in a new area near Morgan Road called the Deep Muck and Mitigation Marsh.
5/3: A GLOSSY IBIS was seen on Carncross Road near the bridge. A BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER was found on Carncross also. A BLACK TERN was seenat Tschache Pool.
5/4: 2 GLOSSY IBISES were seen at the visitors center. A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen along the Wildlife Trail.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
It was hit or miss at Derby this week. Except for 5/1 with 4,051 hawks and 5/2 with just over a thousand the numbers were in the low hundreds. There still should be some good BROAD-WING days before the season is over.

Oswego County
Phillips Point lake watch on Oneida Lake was better this week with good numbers of COMMON LIINS, RED-NECKED GREBES and BONAPARTE’S GULLS. WHITE-WINGED SCOTER and a BLACK TERN were also seen.
5/2: A GREAT EGRET was seen at Sunset Bay Park.
5/3: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at Sunset Bay Park.
5/4: An EURASIAN WIGEON continues at the Rt. 6 wetlands in Volnay.

Onondaga County
4/29: A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen at the end of the Creekwalk near Carousel Center.

Jefferson County
5/2: 2 UPLAND SANDPIPERS were found at Fort Drum.

Madison County
4/30: A SNOWY OWL was seen at the Sky High Sod Farm north of Chittenango. It was seen also on 5/1.
5/4: 2 FOS RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS were at a feeder on Carpenter Road near Sheds.

New Arrivals
BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER
BLACK TERN
YELLOW-THROATED VIREP
BLACK AND WHITE WARBLER
LEAST SANDPIPER
BANK SWALLOW
GREAT-CRESTED FLYCATCHER
BALTIMORE ORIOLE
BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER
NASHVILLE WARBLER
NORTHERN PARULA
YELLOW WARBLER
BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER
OVENBIRD
WOOD THRUSH
ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK
BOBOLINK
VEERY
RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD
WARBLING VIREO
BLU-HEADED VIREO

Compilers Note
Migration is starting to get into full swing. I can’t report every new bird and location since they are in all areas. I suggest getting out and finding them for yourself. The next two weeks will be the best birding of the year.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of April 21, 2014

BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
GLOSSY IBIS
EURASIAN WIGEON
GOLDEN EAGLE
BLACK VULTURE
WILLOW PTARMIGAN
SANDHILL CRANE
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
UPLAND SANDPIPER
ICELAND GULL
SNOWY OWL
SHORT-EARED OWL
PAINTED BUNTING (Belated)

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
4/24: A GLOSSY IBIS was found at Shorebird Flats along the Wildlife Trail. 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen at VanDyne Spoor Road. 250 GREATER YELLOWLEGS were seen along with smaller numbers of LESSER YELLOWLEGS, DUNLIN, LEAST SANDPIPERS and PECTORAL SANDPIPERS on Carncross Road.
4/26: A BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER and an AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER were seen in the mucklands along Rt.31.
4/27: 2 GLOSSY IBIS were seen at the Visitor’s Center.

Jefferson County
4/25: The really BIG news of the week was the first ever in New York (if accepted) WILLOW PTARMIGAN on Point Peninsula west of Watertown. In all white winter plumage, it was seen on South Shore Road at close range by many very excited birders. It was seen through yesterday (4/27) but no positive reports have come through today.
Also seen in the area were SNOWY and SHORT-EARED OWL.

Derby Hill
It was hit or miss at Derby this week with 18 birds seen on 4/23 and 4,043 seen on 4/27. BROAD-WINGS are now making up a bulk of the Hawks. Other highlights were 5 SANDHILL CRANES and a GREAT EGRET on 4/25 and just the third BLACK VULTURE on 4/27.

Oswego County
4/18: A belated report has come through of a male PAINTED BUNTING seen at a feeder in Oswego. The birder was lucky enough to get telling photos to confirm the sighting.
4/24: A male EURASIAN WIGEON continues at the Rt. 6 wetlands north of Rt.3 in Volney.
4/27: At Phillips Point on Oneida Lake SURF SCOTER, WHITE WING SCOTER and RED-NECKED GREGE were the highlights. A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen at the Rt. 6 wetlands.
4/28: 2 UPLAND SANDPIPERS were found at the Oswego County Airfield on Howard Road.

Madison County
4/24: An ICELAND GULL was seen on Ditchbank Road.

Oneida County
4/27: A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen at the Spring Farm Nature Center near Clinton.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of April 14, 2014

BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
TRUMPETER SWAN
EURASIAN WIGEON
SANDHILL CRANE
UPLAND SANDPIPER
ICELAND GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
FORSTER’S TERN
FISH CROW
SAW-WHET OWL
SNOWY OWL

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
4/14: A FORSTER’S TERN was seen on the Wilslife Drive.
4/19: A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was found on the Wildlife Drive. A SANDHILL CRANE was spotted on Carncross Road
4/20: A SANDHILL CRANE was seen at the Visitor’s Center.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
BROAD-WINGED HAWKS have overtaken TURKEY VULTURES as the predominant raptor of this week. 6,774 Hawks were counted this week. 2,150 were counted on 4/20 alone. A SANDHILL CRANE was found on 4/18.

Onondaga County
4/14: A TRUMPETER SWAN was found on Webster Pond in Syracuse.
4/16: 3 PEREGRINE FALCONS were seen near the State Tower Building nesting site.

Oswego County
4/14: A SNOWY OWL was seen at Phillips Point on Oneida Lake.
4/15: A SNOWY OWL was seen at the Town of New Haven Town Hall. An EURASIAN WIGEON was refound at Phillips Point. Two were seen on the 16th.
4/19: An ICELAND GULL was seen at Breitbeck Park on Lake Ontario in Oswego. An UPLAND SANDPIPER was again seen at the Oswego County Airfield on Howard Road.

Madison County
4/14: An ICELAND GULL was seen on Ditchbank Road.
4/16: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen on Ditchbank Road.

Herkimer County
4/18: A FISH CROW was found at Young Lake.
4/19: A SAW-WHET OWL was seen on Military Road.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of April 07, 2014

BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
CACKLING GOOSE
EURASIAN WIGEON
BLACK VULTURE
GOLDEN EAGLE
BROAD-WINGED HAWK
SANDHILL CRANE
UPLAND SANDPIPER
SHORT-EARED OWL
SNOWY OWL

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
4/9: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen at the Visitor’s Center. A SANDHILL CRANE was seen on Carncross Road.
4/10: An early VIRGINIA RAIL was heard at Marten’s Tract.
4/11: A SHORT-EARED OWL was found on VanDyne Spoor Road.
4/12: 4 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen at the beginning of Towpath Road. An EURASIAN WIGEON was seen in the mucklands along Rt.31.
4/13: A SANDHILL CRANE was seen from East Road.

Oneida County
4/8: A CACKLING GOOSE was found in a swamp on Rt.31 near the intersection of Rt. 365.
4/9: 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen at the intersection of Miller Road and Rt. 365. Another was seen on 4/11.
4/10: A lingering SNOWY OWLwas last seen on 4/10 near Oriskany.
4/11: FOS DUNLIN were seen at the Oneida Creek mouth.

Derby Hill
Another great week at Derby with a count of 10,896 Hawks counted. The first BROAD-WINGED HAWKS arrived on 4/10. The seasons second BLACK VULTURE arrived today.

Onondaga County
4/9: A SANDHILL CRANE was found in a wet spot on East Sorrell Hill Road south of Baldwinsville. It was last seen on 4/11.
4/12: A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen late in the afternoon at the Pony Farm on Lamson Road, Town of Lysander. It probably spent the night but was not located in the morning.

Oswego County
4/11: FOS UPLAND SANDPIPERS returned to the Oswego County Airfield on Howard Road. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was found at the end of Nine Mile Point Road near Noyes Sanctuary. WARNING – Noyes Sanctuary is loaded with Deer Ticks this spring.
4/14: An EURASIAN WIGEON was seen at Phillips Point on Oneida Lake. A RED-THROATED LOON was spotted also.

Jefferson County
4/8: An EURASIAN WIGEON was found in a wet area on Rt. 3 just north of the Oswego County line.
4/12: A SANDHILL CRANE was seen at the fishing access on South Sandy Creek.

New arrivals this week
VIRGINIA RAIL
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON
COMMON GALLINULE
AMERICAN PIPIT
NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW
UPLAND SANDPIPER
LESSER YELLOWLEGS
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET
DUNLIN
HOUSE WREN
CLIFF SWALLOW
HERMIT THRUSH
BROWN THRASHER
PALM WARBLER
BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER

Report by Joseph Brin

Rare Bird Alert for the week of March 31, 2014

GREAT EGRET
ROSS’S GOOSE
CACKLING GOOSE
BLUE-WINGED TEAL
BLACK VULTURE
GOLDEN EAGLE
SANDHILL CRANE
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
PECTORAL SANDPIPER
FORSTER’S TERN
SHORT-EARED OWL
SNOWY OWL
PINE WARBLER
LAPLAND LONGSPUR

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
4/3: A ROSS’S GOOSE was seen at the muck lands along Rt.31 west of the Seneca River. A FOS GREATER YELLOWLEGS was seen at the Visitors Center.
A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was found along the Wildlife Drive.
4/6: 2 SANDHILL CRANES and a FOS PECTORAL SANDPIPER were seen at the muck lands. 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen along the Wildlife Drive.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
Things really got going this week and a tally of 10,824 raptors counted does not yet include today’s count. TURKEY VULTURES again made up the bulk of the birds and the season’s first BLACK VULTURE was seen on 4/5 along with 2 FORSTER’S TERNS. Other highlights from the week were : 4 CACKLING GEESE on 4/1, 9 SANDHILL CRANES on 4/2, 5 SANDHILL CRANES on 4/3 and a GREAT EGRET on 4/4.

Onondaga County
4/1: A SANDHILL CRANE and a GREAT EGRET were spotted at Clay Marsh.
4/3: A FOS GREATER YELLOWLEGS was seen at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.
4/6: A FORSTER’S TERN was seen on Onondaga Lake near the Nine Mile Creek inlet.
4/7: A SANDHILL CRANE was spotted on East Sorrell Hill south of Baldwinsville.

Oswego County
4/6: 2 FOS BLUE-WINGED TEAL were spotted along with 2 GREATER YELLOWLEGS and other waterfowl in a wet area along Rt. 49 near Scrimale’s Collision in West Monroe.

Herkimer
4/3: A FOS EASTERN TOWHEE was seen near Peckville Road east of Dolgeville.
4/6: A FOS PINE WARBLER was spotted at a residence north of Dolgeville.

Jefferson County
4/2: The only report of a SNOWY OWL comes from Fort Drum.

New Arrivals this week
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
CASPIAN TERN
COMMON TERN
FORSTER’S TERN
PECTORAL SANDPIPER
GREAT EGRET
PURPLE MARTIN
BARN SWALLOW
FIELD SPARROW
VESPER SPARROW
BLUE-WINGED TEAL
NORTHERN SHOVELER
SAVANNAH SPARROW
PINE WARBLER
EASTERN TOWHEE

Rare Bird Alert for the week of March 24, 2014

RED-NECKED GREBE
ROSS’S GOOSE
CACKLING GOOSE
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
EURASIAN WIGEON
PEREGRINE FALCON
SANDHILL CRANE
ICELAND GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
SHORT-EARED OWL
SNOWY OWL
SAW-WHET OWL

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
3/26: 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS and 2 SANDHILL CRANES were seen in the mucklands along Rt. 31.
3/27: A SANDHILL CRANE was seen on Morgan Road. 2 SHCRs were seen on East Road.
3/28: 2 SANDHILL CRANES were seen on Morgan Road.
3/29: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen near the end of the Wildlife Drive.
3/31: An EURASIAN WIGEON was seen at the Visitor’s Center.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
Cold weather made for another slow week at Derby although there were 749 birds counted on 3/25. In all 1,453 raptors were tallied. Still mostly Turkey Vultures and Red-tailed Hawks. Non raptor highlight was at least one ROSS’S GOOSE on 3/29.

Oswego County
3/27: A SURF-SCOTER was seen among the waterfowl on Oneida Lake at Brewerton.

Oneida County
3/24: AN SNOW OWL was seen near Waterville. Another was seen at Oriskiny
3/28: A pair of PEREGRINE FALCONS continue possible nesting activities in downtown Utica.

Onondaga County
3/24: GREAT HORNED and BARRED OWLS are being heard and seen at Three Rivers WMA. As nesting season is upon us, except for Snowy Owls I will not report any more Owl sightings. If you think you see an Owl on a nest I recommend not reporting it. If you report to ebird you can hide your sighting.
3/26: A SNOWY OWL was seen in the median along Rt.81 near Tully. 3 SNOWY OWLS were seen at Hancock Airport in Syracuse. A possible MEW GULL was spotted at the Inner Harbor on Kirkpatrick Street in Syracuse.
3/27: An ICELAND GULL and 2 RED-NECKED GREBES were seen at the Inner Harbor.
3/28: An astonishing 38 BALD EAGLES were seen on Cross Lake from Farnham Road.

Herkimer County
3/24: a SNOWY OWL was seen on Rt.170 north of Middleville. 5 SNOWIES were reported nearby on Rt.29.
3/30: A CACKLING GOOSE was seen near the Mohawk River from Dyke Road east of Utica. A SNOWY OWL was seen on Cole Road north of Little Falls.

Madison County
3/26: 2 ICELAND GULS were seen at the turf farm north of Chittenango on Lakeport Road.

Jefferson County
3/26: A SNOWY OWL was seen rear Rt.11 at Evans Mills.

Cortland County
3/30: A SNOWY OWL was seen along Rt.81 near Preble.

New Arrivals this week.
OSPREY
EASTERN PHOEBE

Rare Bird Alert for the week of March 17, 2014

RED-NECKED GREBE
ROSS’S GOOSE
SNOW GOOSE
CACKLING GOOSE
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
PEREGRINE FALCON
SANDHILL CRANE
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
SHORT-EARED OWL
SAW-WHET OWL
RUSTY BLACKBIRDS

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
3/22: SNOW GEESE by the thousands were noted in the mucklands along Rt. 31 just east of Rt. 89.
3/23: A SHORT-EARED OWL and a ROSS’S GOOSE were spotted in the mucklands.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
1,052 raptors were counted this week. On 3/22 a SANDHILL CRANE. an WILSON’S SNIPE and a GREEN-WINGED TEAL were all first time visotors. Also noted this day were 2 ICELAND GULLS, 1 GLAUCOUS GULL and 1 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL. TURKEY VULTURES and RED-TAILED HAWKS continue to make up the bulk of the birds although 9 GOLDEN EAGLES were seen this week also.

Oswego County
3/22: As the area around Elvic Farms on Co. Rt. 53 north of Phoenix starts to thaw waterfowl such as WOOD DUCKS and NORTHERN PINTAILS were noticed.

Onondaga County
3/18: A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at the end of the Creekwalk near Carousel Center.
3/21: A WILSON’S SNIPE was see at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville. A SANDHILL CRANE was spotted at Clay Marsh. A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen in the Inner Harbor. A CACKLING GOOSE was seen on Old Seneca Turnpike northeast of Skaneateles.

Madison County
3/20: RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were reported on Pine Ridge Road north of Canastota.

Oneida County
3/18: 2 PEREGRINE FALCONS were seen at a nesting site in the city of Utica.

New Arrivals this week
TREE SWALLOW
FOX SPARROW
EASTERN MEADOWLARK
WILSON’S SNIPE

Compiler’s Note:
For the first time since early winter no SNOWY OWLS were reported. Please report them if you see them anywhere.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of March 10, 2014

RED-NECKED GREBE
GOLDEN EAGLE
PEREGRINE FALCON
ICELAND GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
SNOWY OWL
SAW-WHET OWL
LONG-EARED OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
LAPLAND LONGSPUR

Montezuma National Wildlife and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
3/11: A SHORT-EARED OWL was spotted from VanDyne Spoor Road.
3/15: 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen from East Road.

Oneida County
3/10: A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen on Lewis Road in the Town of Marshall.
3/16: A SNOWY OWL was seen at the Oneida County Airport.

Onondaga County
3/11: A RED-NECKED GREBE was spotted on Onondaga Lake at Willow Bay Park.
3/14: 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen on Gorham Road south of Elbridge. Another was seen the next day.
3/15: The Beaver Lake Nature Center SAW-WHET OWL was again seen on the Bog Trail. A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen soaring from Cedervale Road east of Marcellus.
3/16: A GREAT HORNED OWL, a BARRED OWL and a NORTHERN SHRIKE were all found at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville. A PEREGRINE FALCON, aLESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and 2 ICELAND GULLS were seen at the Inner Harbor on West Kirkpatrick Street in Syracuse.
3/17: A PEREGRINE FALCON was spotted on West Sorrell Hil Road south of Baldwinsville.

Derby Hill
Cold weather made for a slow week but there were birds to be had. In all 206 raptors were counted. One GOLDEN EAGLE seen on 3/11 was the only one counted. RED-TAILED HAWKS make up the bulk of the count but RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS are starting to be seen. Also seen this week were HARRIER, COOPER’S HAWK, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, KESTREL, TURKEY VULTURE, BALD EAGLE, MERLIN and PEREGRINE FALCON.

Madison County
3/16: A SNOWY OWL was seen near Peterboro south of Canastota

Herkimer County
3/10: A SNOWY OWL was seen on Yule Corners Road near Jordanville
3/12: 3/12: A NORTHERN SHRIKE wasa seen at a residence north of Dolgeville.

Jefferson County
3/13: A SNOWY OWL was seen on Point Peninsula.west of Watertown.

Sometimes the report of a rare bird has a sad ending.

Harlequin Duck photo by Bill Purcell

Harlequin Duck photo by Bill Purcell

Harlequin Duck on the Oswego River between Locks 6 and 7 on February 28 2014.

Photo by Diann Jackson

Photo by Diann Jackson

Mark and Mary Magistro, with the mount of the Harlequin Duck from the Oswego River. They recovered the duck immediately after it died and on the following day gave it to Rice Creek Field Station at SUNY Oswego for educational display.
Mary was the first to spot the duck on February 28, 2014. Unfortunately she was also watching it on March 9, 2014, with her son, when it took it’s last breath.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of March 3, 2014

RED-NECKED GREBE
NORTHERN SHOVELER
HARLEQUIN DUCK
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
GOLDEN EAGLE
AMERICAN WOODCOCK
SNOWY OWL
SAW-WHET OWL
LONG-EARED OWL
SHORT-EARED OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER
AMERICAN WOODCOCK – Town of Albion
NORTHERN GOSHAWK – Derby Hill
GOLDEN EAGLE – Derby Hill

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
3/8: A SHORT-EARED OWL was spotted at the mucklands on Rt. 31.
3/9: 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS were spotted at the mucklands.

Oneida County
3/6: A SNOWY OWL was spotted near Waterville.

Onondaga County
3/3: A SAW-WHET OWL continues at Beaver Lake Nature Center near Baldwinsville. It was spotted every day this week on the Bog Trail.
3/7: 2 RED-NECKED GREBES were seen on the Creekwalk on Onondaga Creek near Carousel Center.
3/8: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Connors Road south of Baldwinsville. A BARRED OWL was spotted in Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville. 4 NORTHERN SHOVELERS were seen on the Creekwalk.
3/9: A GREAT HORNED OWL and a LONG-EARED OWL were heard at Three Rivers WMA.

Oswego County
3/4: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was spotted on Hellinger Road.
3/7: The HARLEQUIN DUCK in oswego at Lock 6 was relocated behind Bridies Manor. Unfortunately it died on 3/9, probably of starvation. 2 early AMERICAN WOODCOCKS were seen in the Town of Albion.
3/8: 2 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS were seen on Brown Road near Hannibal. 2 female BARROW’S GOLDENEYES were seen from the northern fishermans access on Oneida Lake in Brewerton. One of them was relocated the next day.

Derby Hill
The Derby Hill season officially started on 3/1 in spite of Arctic conditions. On 3/6 the first GOLDEN EAGLE was counted. On 3/7 7GOLDENS and a NORTHERN GOSHAWK were recorded.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of February 24, 2014

RED-THROATED LOON
WOOD DUCK
GREEN-WINGED TEAL
HARLEQUIN DUCK
SNOWY OWL
SAW-WHET OWL
SHORT-EARED OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE

Onondaga County
2/26: A SNOWY OWL was seen at Hancock airport.
3/1: 2 GREAT HORNED OWLS and 2 WOOD DUCKS were seen at Green Lakes State Park.
3/2: A SAW-WHET OWL and 2 RAVENS were found on the Bog Trail at Beaver Lake Nature Center.

Oswego county
2/28: An adult male HARLEQUIN DUCK. was spotted in the Oswego River near Lock 6 off of Rt. 48 in Oswego. It was seen in the same place for the next two days but had moved down river today to the area near the Post Office. 3 TRUMPETER SWANS and a GREEN-WINGED TEAL were seen on Oneida Lake at Brewerton.
3/1: A RED-THROATED LOON was spotted in Oswego Harbor. 2 TRUMPETER SWANS were seen in the Oswego River in Fulton
3/2: 8 TUNDRA SWANS were seen on Oneida Lake at Brewerton. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at Mallory.

Oneida County
2/25: A SNOWY OWL was seen near the Thruway exit at Verona.
2/28: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen at the Harris Road intersection with Rt. 31.
3/2: A SNOWY OWL was seen at a farm in Oriskany.

Madison County
3/1: A SNOWY OWL was spotted at the Sky High Sod Farm north of Chittenango.

Jefferson County
3/1: A SNOWY OWL was seen on Rt. 11 north of Co. Rt. 26.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of February 17, 2014

BARROW’S GOLDENEYE
SURF SCOTER
NORTHERN HARRIER
WILSON’S SNIPE
KILLDEER
GLAUCOUS GULL
ICELAND GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
SNOWY OWL
SAW-WHET OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD

New Arrivals
KILLDEER – 2/21 Brewerton Oswego County
WILSON’S SNIPE – 2/22 Fyler Road Madison County
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD – Baldwinsville Onondaga County

Onondaga County
2/18: An immature LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and an array of ICELAND GULLS were seen at the Inner Harbor in Syracuse.
2/20: 2 SAW-WHET OWLS were found on the Bog Trail at Beaver lake Nature Center west of Baldwinsville. A NORTHERN HARRIER was seen feeding on a carcass on the ice in the Seneca River in Baldwinsville.
2/21: A SNOWY OWL was seen on Rt. 370 between Baldwinsville and Liverpool.
2/22: 4 GLAUCOUS GULLS were seen at the end of the Creekwalk on Onondaga Lake in Syracuse.
4/23: 4 KILLDEER were seen at the Inner Harbor.

Oswego County
2/19: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was spotted at Derby Hill.
2/20: A female BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was spotted on Oneida Lake from the north fisherman’s access in Brewerton. The adult male SURF SCOTER was again seen in Oswego
2/22: The female BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was again seen in Brewerton and a WILSON’S SNIPE was also seen.

Oneida County
2/20: A SNOWY OWL was seen near Deansboro south of Utica.

Herkimer County
2/22: A SNOWY OWL was seen on Castle Road north of Utica.

Madison County
2/18: 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen on Dugway Road north of Fabius.
2/21: A KILLDEER was seen on Fyler Road north of Chittenango.
2/23: A SNOWY OWL continues at the Fenner Wind Farm.

Jefferson County
2/21: A SNOWY OWL was seen on Woodard Road north of Watertown.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of February 10, 2014

RED-NECKED GREBE
TRUMPETER SWAN
CANVASBACK
SURF SCOTER
GLAUCOUS GULL
ICELAND GULL
THAYER’S GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
SNOWY OWL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK
PEREGRINE FALCON
GRAY CATBIRD
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER
EASTERN TOWHEE
FOX SPARROW
PINE SISKIN
PURPLE FINCH

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
2/12: A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen from East Road.

Onondaga County
2/11: 2 PEREGRINE FALCONS were seen on the Larned Building in Downtown Syracuse. 3 TRUMPETER SWANS were seen in the Seneca River in Baldwinsville. 1 has left but the remaining 2 are still present today. 5 CANVASBACKS continue in the river also
2/12: A SNOWY OWL was seen at Hancock Airport.
2/13: At the Inner Harbor on West Kirkpatrick Street in Syracuse the Gulls continue to be seen, mostly in the late afternoon. 12 ICELAND, 3 GLAUCOUS, 1 LESSER BLACK-BACKED and 1 THAYER’S GULL were seen. Except for the Thayer’s these gulls are seen every day. A SNOWY OWL was seen on Rt. 370 at the Hayes Road intersection east of Baldwinsville.
2/15: A PINE SISKIN was seen briefly at a feeder in Baldwinsville. A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was spotted in Fayetteville. An EASTERN TOWHEE made another appearance at the Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery in Elbridge.
2/16: A GRAY CATBIRD was again spotted at Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery. It was found today as well.

Madison County
2/11: PURPLE FINCH, FOX SPARROW and RED HEADED WOODPECKER are among the birds being seen at a feeder on Carpenter Road near Sheds.
2/15: A SNOWY OWL is still being seen ner the Fenner Wind Farm.

Oswego County
2/13: An adult male SURF SCOTER continues in the Oswego River. It was seen near Bridies Manor up from the mouth of the river and was seen through the 16th.
2/16: 2 YELLOW RUMPED WARBLERS were again seen at Rice Creek Field Station in Oswego. A female EASTERN TOWHEE was seen at a feeder on County Rt.45 north of Fulton.

Jefferson County
2/15: At least 23 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS were seen at Stony Point State Park. An ICELAND and GLAUCOUS GULL were spotted on manure at a farm on Rt.193 in Ellisburg. A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was seen on Snowshoe Road in Henderson.
2.16: A SNOWY OWL was seen on County Rt. 13 near Grass Point State Park

Herkimer County
2/15: A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW continues at a feeder north of Dolgeville.
2/16: A SNOWY OWL continues to be spotted on Rt. 29 Near Rt.170 north of Little Falls.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of February 03, 2014

RED-NECKED GREBE
TRUMPETER SWAN
CANVASBACK
SURF SCOTER
BLACK SCOTER
GLAUCOUS GULL
ICELAND GULL
THAYER’S GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
SNOWY OWL
SAW-WHET OWL
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER
PEREGRINE FALCON
GRAY CATBIRD
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW
LAPLAND LONGSPUR

Onondaga County
2/4: A THAYER’S GULL was spotted among the large group of Gulls at the Inner Harbor off of West Kirkpatrick Street in Syracuse. Also sees were 16 ICELAND GULLS, 1 GLAUCOUS GULL, 1 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and 1 RED-NECKED GREBE. The THAYER’S GULL has not been subsequently seen but all the other gulls and the Grebe have been seen daily. The best time to look is just before dusk as the Gulls congregate on the ice adjacent to open water.
2/7: A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was found at Green Lakes State Park.
2/8: A GRAY CATBIRD continues to be seen at Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery near Elbridge.
2/9: A SAW-WHET OWL also continues to be found at Beaver Lake Nature Center west of Baldwinsville. Look for it on the Bog Trail in the Cedar Trees.
2/10: 4 adult male CANVASBACKS were seen in the Seneca River in Baldwinsville below the dam. Waterfowl numbers are increasing at this location with 11 species being seen today. A SNOWY OWL was seen at Hancock Airport.

Cayuga County
2/4: A BLACK SCOTER and 2 TRUMPETER SWANS were seen at Fair Haven State Park.

Oswego County
2/4: A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen at Phoenix above the dam.
2/6: 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen with Snow Buntings near Oswego Harbor.
2/8: A male SURF SCOTER was found among WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, LONG-TAILED DUCKS, RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS and a very large number of GREATER SCAUP. A PEREGRINE FALCON was also spotted.

Herkimer County
2/9: A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW continues at a feeder near Dolgeville. A SNOWY OWL was found near the intersection of Rts. 29 and 170 north of Middleville.

Madison County
2/4: 2 ICELAND GULLS and 1 GLAUCOUS GULL were seen at the Madison County Landfill.
2/9: A SNOWY OWL was seen near the Wind Farm in Fenner. 3 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were found on Thurber Road east of New Woodstock.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of January 27, 2014

RED-NECKED GREBE
TURKEY VULTURE
GLAUCOUS GULL
ICELAND GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
SNOWY OWL
PEREGRINE FALCON
NORTHERN SHRIKE
GRAY CATBIRD
EASTERN TOWHEE
RUSTY BLACKBIRD

Onondaga County
1/28: A GRAY CATBIRD and an EASTERN TOWHEE were found at Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery in Elbridge.
1/30: 2 EASTERN TOWHEES were found at the Fish Hatchery.
1/31: A GLAUCOUS GULL wasa found at Green Lakes State Park. 2 PEREGRINE FALCONS were spotted in downtown Syracuse. A SNOWY OWL was seen at Hancock Airport.
2/1: 6 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were seen along the Erie Canal Trail at the north end of Shaap Road east of Jordan. A TURKEY VULTURE was seen in Fayetteville.
2/2: 16 ICELAND GULLS, 4 GLAUCOUS GULLS and 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen at the Inner Harbor at Kirkpatrick Street in Syracuse. Also seen was a NELSON’S GULL which is a hybrid of HERRING and GLAUCOUS GULLS.
2/3: 1 LESSER BLACK-BACKED and 6 ICELAND GULLS were seen at the Inner Harbor. Also seen was a RED-NECKED GREBE.

Madison County
1/29: 2 SNOWY OWLS were seen near the Fenner Wind Farm.
1/30: A GLAUCOUS GULL and 3 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen at the Madison County Landfill.
1/31 : A NORTHERN SHRIKE was spotted in Erieville.
2/1: A MERLIN was seen on Ditchbank Road northwest of Canastota.
2/2: A SNOWY OWL was seen at the Sky Hihg Sod Farm north of Chittenango. An ICELAND GULL was found on Ditchbank Road.

Oswego County
1/30: A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen near Hastings.
1/31: A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in Fulton. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was found on Co. Rt. 62 north of Pulaski.

Herkimer County
2/2: 2 SNOWY OWLS were seen from Rt.29 near Fairfield.

Cayuga County
2/2: 3 TRUMPETER SWANS and 59 MUTE SWANS were noted at Fair Haven State Park.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of January 20, 2014

GREEN-WING TEAL
KING EIDER
TURKEY VULTURE
GLAUCOUS GULL
ICELAND GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
SNOWY OWL
SAW-WHET OWL
SHORT-EARED OWL
BOHEMIAN WAXWING
LAPLAND LONGSPUR

Onondaga County
1/21: A SNOWY OWL was found on Hayes Road south of Rt.370 east of Baldwinsville.
1/22: A GREEN-WINGED TEAL was seen in the feeder canal on Andrews Road in Dewitt. The SAW-WHET OWL was seen again on the Bog Trail at Beaver Lake Nature Center west of Baldwinsville. A SNOWY OWL was seen at Hancock Airport.
1/24: An ICELAND GULL was seen at Mercer Park in Baldwinsville.
1/25: A TURKEY VULTURE was seen at Green Lakes State Park. 8 ICELAND GULLS and 2 GLAUCOUS GULLS were found at the Inner Harbor near Carousel Center.
1/26: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at the Inner Harbor.

Oswego County
1/24: A female KING EIDER was again seen near the mouth of the Oswego River in Oswego.
1/27: A group of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was heard in Constantia.

Oneida county
1/24: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen at the intersection of Rt. 31 and Miller Road in Durhamville.

Herkimer County
1/21: A SNOWY OWL continues near Barto Hill north of Middleville.

Madison County
1/21: 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were found on Strain Road near Munnsville. 7 ICELAND GULLS were seen at the Madison County Landfill.
1/22: A SNOWY OWL was seen near the Fenner Wind Farm.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of January 13, 2014

RED-NECKED GREBE
WOOD DUCK
KING EIDER
GOLDEN EAGLE
GLAUCOUS GULL
ICELAND GULL
SNOWY OWL
SAW-WHET OWL
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER

Onondaga County
1/13: A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at the Inner Harbor in Syracuse near Carousel Center. A female WOOD DUCK continues to be seen with Mallards in Skaneateles near the Creekside Bookstore.
1/15: 4 ICELAND GULLS, 2 GLAUCOUS GULLS and 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen from the end of the Creecwalk on Onondaga Creek near Carousel Center.
1/16: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Lamson Road near Prine Road in the Town of Lysander.
1/17: 3 ICELAND GULLS were seen at Vincent Corners Road south of Rt. 80 east of Tully.
1/19: 2 GOLDEN EAGLES were seen in flight on Bockes Road near Borodino south of Skaneateles. A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen at Ten Mile Point on Skaneateles Lake.
1/20: A SAW-WHET OWL continues to be seen on the Bog Trail at Beaver Lake Nature Center west of Baldwinsville.

Oswego County
A female KING EIDER was again seen in Oswego, this time near the International Marina Pier.

Jefferson County
1/13: 34 YELLOW0RUMPED WARBLERS were seen in red ceders at Stony Point. 3 ICELAND GULLS, 1 GLAUCOUS GULL and 1 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were all seen at a farm on State Route 193.

Cayuga County
1/15: A SNOWY OWL was seen on the breakwall at Fair Haven State Park. Another,perhaps the same bird, was seen on 1/18.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of January 06, 2013

KING EIDER
BLACK SCOTER
BALD EAGLE
PEREGRINE FALCON
WILSON’S SNIPE
GLAUCOUS GULL
ICELAND GULL
SNOWY OWL
LONG-EARED OWL
SAW-WHET OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
1/10: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on VanDyne Spoor Road. One SNOWY OWL was located from the potato building in the mucklands on Rt. 31.

Onondaga County
1/8: The Beaver Lake Nature Center SAW-WHET was seen. It was relocated on 1/12. One SNOWY OWL was seen at Hancock Airport in Syracuse.
1/9: In what is beginning to be quite a spectacle 30 BALD EAGLES were counted on Onondaga Lake at the end of the Creekwalk near Carousel Center. A LONG-EARED OWL was seen at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville. Two were heard on the tenth.
1/10: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Maykes Road south of Syracuse. 39 BALD EAGLES were counted at the end of the creekwalk. 6 ICELAND GULLS and 5 GLAUCOUS GULLS were seen at the Inner Harbor in Syracuse.
1/13: 4 SNOWY OWLS were seen at Hancock Airport in Syracuse. Another was seen in the shopping area near the intersection of Rts. 481 and 31 in the Town of Clay.

Oswego County
1/8: 2 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS were found at Rice Creek Field Station in Oswego.
1/10: A YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was seen at Sunset Bay Park.
1/12: A BLACK SCOTER was seen at Derby Hill. A KING EIDER was found in the Oswego River near Oswego Harbor with White-winged Scoters. A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen chasing Rock Pigeons in the same area.

Herkimer County
1/10: A WILSON’S SNIPE was seen on Carleson Road north of Little Falls.
1/13: 2 SNOWY OWLS were seen on Cole Road north of Little Falls.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of December 30, 2013

RED-SHOULDERED HAWK
PEREGRINE FALCON
GLAUCOUS GULL
ICELAND GULL
SNOWY OWL
LONG-EARED OWL
SAW-WHET OWL
SHORT-EARED OWL
HERMIT THRUSH
LAPLAND LONGSPUR

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
One or two SNOWY OWLS have been reported daily near the potato building on Rt. 31 in what is known as the mucklands.

Onondaga County
At least six ICELAND GULLS and two GLAUCOUS GULLS are being seen daily at the inner harbor near Carousel Center. Adults of each are being found. SNOWY OWLS are also still being seen at Hancock Airport most days.
1/3: A HERMIT THRUSH was again seen on the creekwalk north of Hiawatha Boulevard near Carousel Center.
1/5: A LONG-EARED OWL and a SAW-WHET OWL were seen at Beaver Lake Nature Center west of Baldwinsville. A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen on the Skaneateles Christmas Count.

Oneida County
1/1: 61 species were found on the Oneida Christmas Count. Highlights were PEREGRINE FALCON, WOOD DUCK, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK and SHORT-EARED OWL.

Oswego County
1/1: A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen on Bishop Road north of Pulaski. A SNOWY OWL was seen at Derby Hill.
1/4: 6 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS and a HERMIT THRUSH were found at Rice Creek Field Station in Oswego. A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen in Hastings.

Herkimer County
1/5: Two SNOWY OWLS were seen near Barto Hill north of Little Falls.
Madison County
1/5: A SNOWY OWL was seen at the sod farm north of Chittenango. A GLAUCOUS GULL was found at the Madison County Landfill. 3 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen on Strain Road.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of December 23, 2013

BLACK VULTURE
PEREGRINE FALCON
SNOWY OWL
SAW-WHET OWL
SHORT-EARED OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
LAPLAND LONGSPUR

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
12/24: SNOWY OWLS seen at the mucklands along Rt.31 just into Wayne County. Also seen on the 27th.
12/29: A SNOWY OWL was see at the winery where Rt. 98 intersects with Rts. 5 and 20.

Oneida County
11/23: A SNOWY and SHORT-EARED OWL were reported in the Rome area.

Onondaga County
12/24: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was found on #2 East Road in Pompey. A SNOWY OWL and a large flock of SNOW BUNTINGS were seen on Hoag Road south of Baldwinsville.
12/25: A SNOWY OWL was seen near Wal-Mart on Rt. 31 in the Town of Clay.
12/26: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Conners Road south of
Baldwinsville.
12/27: 3 SNOWY OWLS were seen at Hancock Airport. 2 were seen on the 29th. so the airport remains the most reliable place to see them.
12/28: A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen near the intersection of Conners Road and East Sorrell Hill Road south of Baldwinsville. Probably the same bird was seen nearby the next day.
12/29: A SAW-WHET OWL was seen at a residence in Pompey.
12/30: 2 BLACK VULTURES were found on Manlius Center Road in East Syracuse.

Madison County
12/24: A SNOWY OWL was found on Mile Strip Road
12/27: A SNOWY OWL was seen on Buyea Road south of Canastota.
12/28: A SNOWY OWL was seen at the sod farm on Lakeport Road north of Chittenango.

Oswego County
12/26: A SNOWY OWL was found on Red School House Road near Palermo.
12/28: A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen on Mitchell Street in oswego.
12/30: A SNOWY OWL was found in Willianstown.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of December 16, 2013

RED-THROATED LOON
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
SNOWY OWL
SHORT-EARED OWL
HERMIT THRUSH
GRAY CATBIRD
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
PINE GROSBEAK

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
12/20: 5 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen on East Road.
12/22: 2 SNOWY OWLS were seen in the mucklands along Rt. 31.

Oneida County
12/18: A SNOWY OWL was found near Sauquoit. One SHORT-EARED OWL was seen at the intersection of Miller Road and Rt.31.
12/19: 5 SHORT-EARED OWLS were present at the Miller Rd. location.
12/21: 52 species were counted on the Clinton/Utica CBC. 2 SNOWY OWLS were seen and one more was seen just outside the circle.

Onondaga County
12/18: A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen west of Baldwinsville at the intersection of Rt. 370 and Rt. 690. 2 SNOWY OWLS were seen at Hancock Airport.
12/19: 14 species of waterfowl and a RED-THROATED LOON were see on Onondaga Lake near Liverpool.
12/22: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen flying near the marina in Liverpool. One ICELAND and two GLAUCOUS GULLS were seen at Willow Bay on Onondaga Lake.
12/23: One GRAY CATBIRD and two HERMIT THRUSHES were seen at the end of the creekwalk where Onondaga Creek enters Onondaga Lake in Syracuse.

Madison County
1218: SNOWY OWLS were seen at the sod farm above Chittenango and Peterboro Road south of Canastota. Two more were seen on the 19th., one on Nelson Road and another on Mile Strip Road both south of Canastota.

Oswego County
12/19: A SNOWY OWL was seen at Oswego Harbor. An ICELAND and GLAUCOUS GULL were seen on the Oswego River in Fulton. A PINE GROSBEAK made a quick visit to a feeder in Constantia.

Herkimer County
12/17: A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen on Lamanna Road east of Dolgeville.
12/22: 2 SNOWY OWLS were seen on Cole road north of Little Falls.

Compilers note:
Keep your eyes peeled tomorrow evening for high flying geese. Rumor has it some of them may have antlers.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of December 09, 2013

RED-SHOULDERED HAWK
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
SNOWY OWL
SHORT-EARED OWL
HERMIT THRUSH
GRAY CATBIRD
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER

Onondaga County
12/10: A SNOWY OWL was spotted at Hancock Airport. Three more were seen the next day.
12/13: 2 ICELAND and 1 GLAUCOUS GULL were seen at the Inner Harbor.
12/14: Highlights of the Syracuse CBC included HERMIT THRUSH, ICELAND GULL, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, MERLIN and PEREGRINE FALCON. Out of the circle a ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK and a GRAY CATBIRD were seen on Sunview Drive in Elbridge.

Madison County
12/11: 4 ICELAND, 1 GLAUCOUS and 1 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were found at the Madison County Landfill.
12/14: A SNOWY OWL was seen on Eatonbrook Road in the Town of Nelson.
12/15: A SNOWY OWL was seen on Peterboro Road south of Canastota.

Oneida County
12/13: 5 SHORT-EARED OWLS were found at the intersection of Miller Road and Rt. 31. 4 were relocated the next day at the same location.

Oswego County
12/16: 66 species were found on the Oswego Christmas Count. Highlights were RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, ICELAND GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, SNOWY OWL and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of December 02, 2013

CACKLING GOOSE
BRANT
ROSS’S GOOSE
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK
SANDHILL CRANE
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
SNOWY OWL
SAW-WHET OWL
RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD
NORTHERN SHRIKE
HERMIT THRUSH
GRAY CATBIRD
LAPLAND LONGSPUR

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
12/6: 4 SNOWY OWLS were seen on the south side of Rt. 31 opposite the potato building. also seen were 1 ROSS’S GOOSE and 4 SANDHILL CRANES.
12/7: The 4 SNOWY OWLS were again seen at the previously mentioned area in the mucklands. Also seen were a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, an ICELAND GULL and 20+ SANDHILL CRANES. Yet another SNOWY OWL was found on VanDyne Spoor Road.
12/8: 3 of the SNOWY OWLS were refound at the Rt. 31 location opposite the potato building.

Extralimital
12/3: This was the last sighting of the RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD on Mynderse Street in Seneca Falls.

Onondaga County
SNOWY OWLS continue their presence at Hancock Airport. Anywhere from three to seven have been reported daily.
12/6: A SAW-WHET OWL has returned to it’s area at Beaver Lake Nature Center on the Bog Trail. It was relocated on the 7th. but has not been found since.
12/7: A BRANT was seen along the Creekwalk on Onondaga Creek near Carousel Center in Syracuse.
12/8: A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen hunting at the intersection of Rt. 31 and 57 in the town of Clay. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville. A late HERMIT THRUSH was again seen along the Creekwalk

Oneida County
12/5: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Dunbar Road near Camden.
12/7: A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen on Oneida Lake at South Bay.

Oswego County
12/8: A late GRAY CATBIRD and a CACKLING GOOSE were seen at Mexico Point State Park. Three SNOWY OWLS were seen on the break walls at Oswego Harbor.

Herkimer County
A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was found on Peck Road north of Little Falls.

Madison County
12/3: A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at the Madison County Landfill.
12/8: an ICELAND GULL was seen at the Sav-alot gas station in Canastota.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of November 25, 2013

WOOD DUCK
KING EIDER
GOLDEN EAGLE
SANDHILL CRANE
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
SNOWY OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
HERMIT THRUSH
LAPLAND LONGSPUR

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
12/1: 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS and 7 SANDHILL CRANES were reported from East Road.

Onondaga County
11/25: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at the intersection of Fenner and Bellows Road near Beaver Lake.
11/26: After a single bird was reported last week SNOWY OWLS have taken over Hancock Airport in Syracuse. Up to 4 individuals have been spotted and Owls were seen each day this week including today.
11/27: Another SNOWY OWL was spotted on Conners Road south of Baldwinsville.
11/30: A HERMIT THRUSH was found on the Creekwalk near Carousel Center in Syracuse. A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen at Hancock Airport
12/1: A WOOD DUCK was found on Onondaga Lake.

Oneida County
11/26: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Poppleton Road east of Verona Beach State Park.

Oswego County
11/28: A KING EIDER was seen from Rainbow Shores Road.
12/1: A SNOWY OWL was seen at Derby Hill. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was found on Sherman Road south of Derby.

Herkimer County
12/1: A SNOWY OWL was seen north of Middleville near Barto Hill.

Madison County
11/29: A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen on Lane Road south of Cazenovia.
11/30: 1 LESSER BLACK-BACK, 2 GLAUCOUS and 2 ICELAND GULLS were seen at the Madison County Landfill.

Cayuga County
12/1: A KING EIDER was seen out in the lake at Fair Haven State Park

Rare Bird Alert for the week of November 18, 2013

RED-THROATED LOON
GLOSSY IBIS
WHITE-FACED IBIS
KING EIDER
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
SNOWY OWL
RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD
RUSTY BLACKBIRD
ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
11/19: Both the GLOSSY and the WHITE-FACED IBIS were relocated at the Visitor’s Center but have not been reported since.

Onondaga County
11/23: A late RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD was reported at a feeder in the south part of Syracuse. It has been present through 11/23.
11/24: A SNOWY OWL was reported at Hancock Airport. A late ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK has been visiting a feeder on Sunview Drive in Elbridge.

Cayuga County
11/23: An Onondaga Audubon field trip to Fairhaven State Park turned up numerous waterfowl highlighted by RED-THROATED LOON, GLAUCOUS GULL and KING EIDER.

Oswego County
11/23: An ICELAND GULL was seen at Derby Hill.
11/24: One LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and two ICELAND GULLS were seen at Derby Hill.
11/25: A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen near a feeder in Constantia.

Oneida County
11/25: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was observed at a residence in Durhamville.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of November 11, 2013

GLOSSY IBIS
SANDHILL CRANE
SORA
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
SHORT-EARED OWL
RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD
NORTHERN SHRIKE

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
11/16: At least 37 SANDHILL CRANES were seen from East Road. A large number of TUNDRA SWANS were present also. A GLOSSY IBIS was seen at the Visitor’s Center.

Oswego County
11/17: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was spotted at the intersection of Sherman and South Daysville Roads near Mexico.
11/18: A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen from Fort Ontario in Oswego.

Onondaga County
11/14: an ICELAND GULL was seen at the end of the Creekwalk on Onondaga Lake.
11/16: A late SORA was seen along the Creekwalk near Carousel Center in Syaracuse.
11/18: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen on Caughdenoy Road south of Brewerton.

Madison County
11/17: An adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and three ICELAND GULLS in various stages were seen at the Madison County Landfill.

Extralimital
11/16: The RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD on Mynderse Street in Seneca Falls was banded and reportedly was back at the feeder in half an hour.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of November 04, 2013

GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
KING EIDER
LITTLE GULL
BLACK-LEGGED KITTYWAKE
SANDHILL CRANE
RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
HARRIS’S SPARROW

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
11/10: 31 SANDHILL CRANES were seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh.

Onondaga County
11/5: A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOS was seen on Beaver Lake west of Baldwinsville.
11/6: 2 KING EIDERS were found at the Marina on Onondaga lake in Liverpool. They were re-found on the 7th. and 8th. One bird was found on 11/9 but none have been since that date.

Madison County
11/9: A HARRIS’S SPARROW was seen briefly on Ditchbank Road north of Chittenango. Efforts by others to find the bird were unsuccessful. A photo was taken of the bird.

Oswego County
11/7: A LITTLE GULL was seen off the bluff at Derby Hill.
11/10: A first winter BLACK-LEGGED KITTYWAKE was seen from the bluff at Derby Hill.

Herkimer County
11/6: A late CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was at a feeder north of Dolgeville. It reappeared the next day.

Extralimital
11/10: A RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD has now stayed for a month at Dave Kennedy’s feeders on Mynderse Street in Seneca Falls.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of October 29, 2013

WHITE-FACED IBIS
GLOSSY IBIS
ROSS’S GOOSE
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
ROSS’S GOOSE
ROUGH-LEGGED HAEK
GOLDEN EAGLE
COMMON GALLINULE
ICELAND GULL
BLACK-LEGGED KITTYWAKE
SANDHILL CRANE
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
ICELAND GULL
RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD
BOHEMIAN WAXWING

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
10/30: DUNLIN, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER and WILSON’S SNIPE were all seen at Colvin Marsh south of the MAC on Rt. 89.
11/2: Both the GLOSSY and WHITE-FACED IBIS were seen at the Visitor’s Center. WHITE-RUMPED and LEAST SANDPIPER were seen at Colvin Marsh. 3 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS and a ROSS’S GOOSE were seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh.
11/4: Both the GLOSSY and WHITE-FACED IBIS were seen at Larue’s Lagoon along the Wildlife Drive.
No mention of the American Pelicans was seen this week.
11/3: A BLACK-LEGGED KITTYWAKE was seen being harassed by Bonaparte’s Gulls from the lighthouse at Verona Beach State Park. At the parking lot of the park an ICELAND GULL was spotted.

Oswego County
11/3: Seven species of Raptor were noted at Bishop Hill Road north of Pulaski. Highlights were 6 GOLDEN EAGLES and 4 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS. anearly BOHEMIAN WAXWING was seen in a flock of Ceder Waxwings at Derby Hill. Also noted were a SANDHILL CRANE and a RED-TTHROATED LOON.

Onondaga County
10/30: This was the last positive report of the WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE at Van Buren Park in Baldwinsville. Goose numbers have increased so it still may be there.
11/4: TUNDRA SWANS were reported at Beaver Lake west of Baldwinsville.

Extralimital
11/3: A RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD continues at the home of Dave Kennedy on Mynderse Street in Seneca Falls.

Good news! The Rare Bird Report has returned.
Greetings birders! I’m relieved to say that after three months in the hospital and physical therapy my wife is home and recovering nicely. I do appreciate the kind words many of you sent to me during this time. Now it’s back to reporting Birds of the week. Joe Brin 10.29.2013

Rare Bird Alert for the week of October 21, 2013

PACIFIC LOON
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN
WHITE-FACED IBIS
GLOSSY IBIS
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
ROSS’S GOOSE
SANDHILL CRANE
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
PARASITIC JAEGER
ICELAND GULL
FORSTER’S TERN
RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
10/27: Both the GLOSSY and WHITE-FACED IBIS were relocated, this time at the Visitor’s Center but were skulking in the grasses and were hard to see. At Knox-Marsellus Marsh both AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS are still there as well as SANDHILL CRANES, BLACK-BELLIED and AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS, and a single ROSS’S GOOSE. Along Towpath Road an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen.
10/28: At Colvin Marsh just south of the MAC on Rt. 89 7 LONG-BILLE DOWITCHERS and a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER were found.

Oswego County
10/22: A PACIFIC LOON was spotted flying past Derby Hill from the bluff.
10/24: 2 PARASITIC JAEGERS, an ICELAND GULL and a FORSTER’S TERN were all seen from the bluff at Derby Hill.

Onondaga County
10/24: A GREATER WHITE FRONTED GOOSE was found in the pond at Van Buren Park south of Baldwinsville. It was seen as recently as yesterday.
10/28: An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was found at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville under the power lines east of 60 Road.

Extralimital
A RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD continues to visit a feeder on Mynderse Street in Seneca Falls.

At the end of July 2013 Joe Brin had to set aside the Rare Bird Alert due to a family medical issue. We hope there is a positive resolution for Joe and his family. His efforts were a valuable and popular service to the birding community.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of July 22, 2013

AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN
LITTLE BLUE HERON
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
EURASIAN WIGEON
RUDDY TURNSTONE
WILSON’S PHALAROPE
STILT SAMDPIPER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
ACADIAN FLYCATCHER

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
7/23: The AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN remains at Knox-Marsellus Marsh and was see as recently as today. An EURASIAN WIGEON was also seen at Knox-Marsellus. The 2 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen again on Mays Point Road. At VanDyne Spoor Road the LITTLE BLUE HERON was again seen comong to roost with at least 45 GREAT EGRETS. Unfortunately this was the last day it was reported.
7/25: At Knox-Marsellus Marsh STILT SANDPIPER, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and LEAST BITTERN were found along with the now resident AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN.
7/27: SANDERLING, RUDY TURNSTONE and a possible LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER were found at Knox-Marsellus.

Onondaga County
7/24: An adult BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON was seen on the creekwalk near Carousel Center in Syracuse.
7/26: The adult BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was joined by three juvenile birds on the creekwalk. An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER continues in Whiskey Hollow near Baldwinsville.

Oneida County
7/28: 3 SEMI-PALMATED PLOVERS, 1 LEAST SANDPIPER and 29 SANDERLING were found at Sylvan Beach.

Madison County
7/29: A RUDDY TURNSTONE, GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, LEAST SANDPIPER and SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER were all found in a flooded field on Rt. 20 just east of the village of Madison.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of July 15, 2013

AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN
LITTLE BLUE HERON
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
STILT SANDPIPER
WILSON’S PHALAROPE
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
STILT SANDPIPER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
BLACK TERN
WHIP-POOR-WILL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
7/20: An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was found in the afternoon at Knox-Marcellus Pool. It was seen briefly the next morning (7/21) and then took off and flew in a southerly direction.
7/21: Migrant Shorebirds showed up for the first day this summer in good numbers at Knox-Marcellus Pool. In all 8 species were found. Highlights included 1 WILSON’S PHALAROPE,  a BAIRD’S SANDPIPER, 16 STILT SANDPIPERS, 16 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS and many hundreds of GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS and SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPERS. Other good finds were 2 SANDHILL CRANES, 8 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS, BLACK TERNS and a rare for upstate juvenile LITTLE BLUE HERON in with a large group of GREAT EGRETS. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was again seen on Mays Point Road past the viewing area in the dead trees.

Onondaga County
7/18: 2 first year and one adult BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen along the creekwalk near Bear Street in Syracuse.
7/20: A juvenile NORTHERN GOSHAWK was again seen between Crooked lake and Gatehouse Pond near Tully.

Oneida County
7/21: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was again seen at Verona Beach State Park.

Herkimer County
7/21: 2 WHIP-POOR-WILLS were heard in the Town of Salisbury near Rt.29.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of July 08, 2013

LEAST BITTERN
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
MERLIN
SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER
PECTORAL SANDPIPER
STILT SANDPIPER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
WHIP-POOR-WILL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
PRAIRIE WARBLER
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
7/9: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was found on May’s Point Road just past the viewing corral and on the left in the dead trees. Eventually it was determined there was a pair and they have been seen regularly throughout the week. A SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER was found at the far end of the Main Pool along the Wildlife Drive.
7/11: LESSER YELLOWLEGS, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, STILT SANDPIPER, SPOTTED SANDPIPER and LEAST SANDPIPER were all observed in the Main Pool. A LEAST BITTERN was seen near the Visitor’s Center.
7/14: At Knox-Marsellus Marsh 9 species of shorebirds were found including SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, STILT SANDPIPER, PECTORAL SANDPIPER and SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER. A LEAST BITTERN was seen also.

Onondaga County
7/9: A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT found on 7/7 was relocated On 7/9 and 7/10. The location is the Camillus Unique Forest Area off of Thompson Road.
7/13: A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, possible the sane bird seen at the Camillus location, was seen from the shoulder of the Rt. 5 bypass less than a mile from the previous location. An adult and fledging NORTHERN GOSHAWK were seen in the area between Crooked Lake and Gatehouse Pond south of Tully.
7/14: 3 MERLINS, possibly a family group, were spotted on East Fayette Street near Seely Road in Syracuse. A PRAIRIE WARBLER wa found on Meeker Hill Road in Tully.

Oswego County
A LEAST BITTERN was seen at the Rt. 6 wetland area north of Rt. 3 in the Town of Volney. The TRUMPETER SWAN family continue there also.

Oneida County
7/13: 2 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were again found at Verona Beach State Park.

Herkimer County
7/12: A WHIP-POOR-WILL was again found in the Town of Salisbury near the intersection of Rt.29 and the Military Road.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of July 01, 2013

LEAST BITTERN
GREAT EGRET
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
SWAINSON’S THRUSH
CERULEAN WARBLER
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
HENSLOW’S SPARROW

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
7/5: At  VanDyne Spoor Marsh a LEAST BITTERN, 6 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS and 29 GREAT EGRETS were all observed.
7/6: A pair of RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS was observed on Mays Point Road near the observation area.
7/7: The RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were again seen along Mays Point  Road and a CERULEAN WARBLER was also found.

Jefferson County
7/6: 2 HENSLOW’S SPARROWS were found on Dog Hill Road 1/4 mile south of Perch Lake Road. 2 CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS and a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW were seen on Butterville Road north of Rt. 178.

Onondaga County
7/2: 2 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue to be seen in a swamp east of Fenner Road north of Rt. 370.
7/7: A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was found in the early evening at the Camillus Unique Forest Area north of Thompson Road in the Town of Camillus. It was relocated today and well photographed. Pictures can be found on ebird or Oneidabirds.

Oswego County
7/7: 3 SWAINSON’S THRUSHES were found in two different locations on Otto Mills Road north of Redfield in northern Oswego County.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of June 24, 2013

BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
SNOW GOOSE
MERLIN
SANDHILL CRANE
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
CERULEAN WARBLER
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
ORCHARD ORIOLE

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
6/28: A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER continues in the wooded area north of Armitage Road past the bridge. A family of SANDHILL CRANES was seen from Carncross Road. An adult BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON was seen on the south side of VanDyne Spoor Road in the marsh area.

Cayuga County
6/25: 6 adult SNOW GEESE were seen at Cross Lake Marina.

Onondaga County
6/27: A CERULEAN WARBLER continues to sing at Three Rivers WMAoff of 60 Road north of Baldwinsville.
6/29: An adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen again in a swamp west of Fenner Road north of Rt. 370.
6/30: A second year BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen along the Creekwalk near Hiawatha Boulevard in Syracuse.
7/1: An adult male ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen at a traditional site at the intersection of Kingdom and Breed Roads in the town of Van Buren. At least three GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were heard at the Dewitt Landfill off of Fisher Road.

Oneida County
6/25: 2 CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS were again found at the Spring Farm Nature Sanctuary south of Clinton.
6/30: 2 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were found inthe Verona Beach State Park.

Oswego County
6/26: 4 GRASSHOPER SPARROWS were again located at the grasslands on Main Street in Richland.

Madison County
6/26: A MERLIN was seen at the Easton-Fraisor’s Marsh along Rt.26.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of June 17, 2013

LEAST BITTERN
TRUMPETER SWAN
BLUE-WINGED TEAL
SANDHILL CRANE
UPLAND SANDPIPER
BLACK TERN
WHIP-POOR-WILL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
SWAINSON’S THRUSH
PRAIRIE WARBLER
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
ORCHARD ORIOLE
EVENING GROSBEAK

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
6/23: A LEAST BITTERN was found at Tschache Pool. TRUMPETER SWAN and BLACK TERN were seen at Towpath Road.

Madison County
6/22: 2 SANDHILL CRANES were seen on Ditchbank Road.

Herkimer County
6/18: 2 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen on the Gray-Wilmurt Road.
6/19: An UPLAND SANDPIPER was seen on Parkhurst Road in the Town of Fairfield. 6/21: A SWAINSON’S THRUSH was found at the Shawangunk Nature Preserve south of Hinkley Reservoir. A WHIP-POOR-WILL was found near the intersection of the Military Road and Rt.29 in the Town of Salisbury.

Oswego County
6/19: 2 adult and 4 young TRUMPETER SWANS continue at the Rt. 6 wetland north of Rt.3.
6/23: 3 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were again seen at the south end of Main Street in Richland. A PRAIRIE WARBLER continues at Churchill Road north of Rt.69 in Happy Valley.

Oneida County
6/21: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen in  Verona Beach State Park.
6/24: 2 CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS were found at the Spring Farm Nature Sanctuary south of Clinton.

Onondaga County
6/18: 4 ORCHARD ORIOLES were seen at Green Lakes State Park on the Blue Trail.
6/20: A WHIP-POOR-WILL continues tobe heard on 60 Road in the Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.
6/22: ORCHARD ORIOLES were again seen at Green Lakes State Park.

Cayuga County
6/22: A pair of BLUE-WING TEAL with young are being seen on Dragonfly Pond at the Sterling Nature Center.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of June 10, 2013

Highlights:
LEAST BITTERN
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
BLACK TERN
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
LAWRENCES WARBLER(Hybrid)
PRAIRIE WARBLER
CERULEAN WARBLER
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
ORCHARD ORIOLE
EVENING GROSBEAK

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
5/16: 5 BLACK TERNS and 1 LEAST BITTERN were found at Tschache Pool.

Onondaga County
6/11: An adult male ORCHARD ORIOLE was found on Conners Road at Dead Creek west of Baldwinsville. It was seen again on 6/14 but not since. A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was seen at Ceder Bay Park in Fayetteville.
6/14: An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER continues at Whiskey Hollow off of West Dead Creek Road west of Baldwinsville.
6/15: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER has returned to a swamp on Fenner Road north of Rt. 370 and west of Baldwinsville. It was observed again today. A walk at Green Lakes State Park yielded 46 species highlighted by an ORCHARD ORIOLE.

Oswego County
6/11: A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was seen at the end of the outlet at Sandy Pond. A LEAST BITTERN was again heard at the Rt.6 wetlands north of Rt.3 in Volnay.
6/14: At least 3 CERULEAN WARBLERS were found on Darrow Road south of Mexico. A PRAIRIE WARBLER continues to be seen in Happy Valley on Churchill Road north of Rt. 69.
6/15: The hybrid LAWRENCE’S WARBLER was again found at Great Bear Recreation Area off of Rt. 57 north of Phoenix.

Oneida County
6/13: 2 adult male EVENING GROSBEAKS were reported at a residence on Sulphur Springs Road northwest of Delta Lake.

Madison County
6/12: 2 BLACK TERNS were seen at Woodman Pond north of Hamilton.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of June 03, 2013

LEAST BITTERN
RING-NECKED DUCK
SANDHILL CRANE
RUDDY TURNSTONE
RED KNOT
BLACK TERN
EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
SWAINSON’S THRUSH
PRAIRIE WARBLER
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER
CERULEAN WARBLER
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
EVENING GROSBEAK

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
6/6: 3 RED KNOTS were seen on the Wildlife Trail along with RUDDY TURNSTONE, PEEP and SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER.
6/8: 6 BLACK TERNS, a SANDHILL CRANE and TRUMPETER SWANS were seen in Tschache Pool.

Oswego County
6/4: 2 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were found at Sunset Bay Park in Scriba.A SWAINSON’S THRUSH, probably a breeding bird, was heard on Otto Mills Road north of Redfield. 2 SORA RAILS plus VIRGINIA RAILS and PIED-BILLED GREBES with young were seen in the County Rt.6 wetlands north of County Rt. 3. The TRUMPETER SWANS also have young in that location again this year.
6/6: A PRAIRIE WARBLER has returned to Happy Valley on Churchill Road north of Rt.69 in Parish after being absent for a number of years. Up to 3 BLACK TERNS were sighted on the common Tern island on Oneida Lake in Constantia.
6/7: A GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was found on O’Conner Road in Scriba. 2 CERULEAN WARBLERS were found in pine ttrees on County Rt.51 in New Haven.
6/8: 5 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were found at the south end of Main Street in Richland. An EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILL was seen at Roosevelt Road north of Constantia.
6/9: A SANDHILL CRANE was seen on Sage Creek Road near Derby Hill. A LEAST BITTERN was heard at the County Rt. 6 wetlands

Madison County
6/6: A pair of EVENING GROSBEAKS continues to frequent a feeder on Carpenter Road near Shedds.

Onondaga County
6/7: A possible early migrant RING-NECKED DUCK was seen on Crooked Lake near Tully.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of May 27, 2013

BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
GLOSSY IBIS
BLACK VULTURE
SANDHILL CRANE
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
WHIMBREL
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
RUDDY TURNSTONE
WILSON’S PHALAROPE
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
ACADIAN FLYCATCHER
ORCHARD ORIOLE
EVENING GROSBEAK
PINE SISKIN

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
5/27: SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER and RUDDY TURNSTONE were found on the Main Pool.A WILSON’S PHALAROPE was seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh.100+ BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were seen flying over Knox-Marsellus Marsh. 1,300 DUNLIN,  600 SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPERS, 250 LEAST SANDPIPERS and 270 SEMI-PALMATED PLOVERS were seen at the Main Pool and Kipp Island. 10 BLACK TERNS were seen at Tschache Pool.
5/28: 2 adult and 2 young SANDHILL CRANES contunue at Carncross Road.
5/29: 2 ORCHARD ORIOLES and a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW were seen near the Audubon Center north of Savannah.
5/31: A GLOSSY IBIS was found at Knox-Marsellus Marsh. It was relocated the next day.
6/1: 2 first summer SANDHILL CRANES were seen at VanDyne Spoor road in the marsh.

Derby Hill
1,459 raptors were counted on this last official week of the Count at Derby. A BLACK VULTURE ON 6/1 was the raptor highlight. A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen on 5/30. RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen on 5/31. The main attraction this week was COMMON NIGHTHAWK with 15 on 5/27, 19 on 5/29 and 131 on 5/31.

Onondaga County
5/28: 2 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen migrating over Dead Creek at the Town of Van Buren Transportation Dept . west of Baldwinsville.
5/30: 3 recently fledged BARRED OWLS were seen in Whiskey Hollow. An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER was heard in back of the Town of Van Buren Tansportation Dept. It has not been relocated.
5/31: A first summer male ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen at Ceder Bay Park in Fayetteville. A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was found on Meeker Hill Road in Tully.
6/1: The Onondaga Audubon Field Trip to Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville found 53 species. Highlights were a WILSON’S WARBLER and yet another ACADIAN FLYCATCHER away from Whiskey Hollow. This bird was heard again on 6/2.

Madison County
5/28: EVENING GROSBEAKS and PINE SISKINS continue to come to a feeder on Carpenter Road near Shedds.

Oneida County
5/28: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen at the Turning Stone RV Park in Verona.

Oswego County
6/1: A WHIMBREL was seen on a rock outcropping near the Tern Island on Oneida Lake from Constantia.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of May 20, 2013

GLOSSY IBIS
WHIMBREL
RUDDY TURNSTONE
RED KNOT
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
STILT SANDPIPER
WILSON’S PHALAROPE
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
ACADIAN FLYCATCHER
PHILADELPHIA VIREO
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
PRAIRIE WARBLER
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT
ORCHARD ORIOLE
WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
5/21: A COMMON LOON was seen on Tschache Pool. A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was heard at Benning Marsh.
5/24: DUNLIN and SEMI-PALMATED PLOVERS continue along the Wildlife Drive. A GLOSSY IBIS was seen at Benning Marsh.
5/25: DUNLIN, 16 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS and a WILSON’S PHALAROPE were seen at the Kipp Island area. A STILT SANDPIPER was seen along the Wildlife Drive. A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and a LEAST BITTERN were found at Benning Marsh.

Derby Hill
Derby staged a comeback this week, or at least on 5/22 when 2,402 hawks were counted. BROAD-WINGS made up 1868 of the birds. Other highlights of the week included RED-HEADED WOODPECKER on 5/21 and 5/23 and a WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL on 5/21. In all 3,814 hawks were counted.

Cayuga County
5/20: 2RUDDY TURNSTONES, DUNLIN and LEAST SANDPIPERS were seen at Fairhaven State Park.
5/25: A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was reported just after noon at the intersection of Upton Road and Maiden Lane south of Red Creek. Unfortunately the bird was never relocated.

Onondaga County
5/21: A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was heard singing in the pre-dawn in the university area.
5/22: An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER has returned to Whiskey Hollow west of Baldwinsville.
5/23: A juvenile male ORCHARD ORIOLE was found on Marble Street Island in Baldwinsville and was relocated the nest two days.
5/24: 10 DUNLIN were seen in a wet area in Tully near the intersection of Banner Road and Rt. 11A.
5/25: The Onondaga Audubon Field Trip to Whiskey Hollow was attended by 20 avid birders plus thier fearless leader. Although the Acadian Flycatcher was a no show we did find 43 species of probable breeding birds.
5/27: 2 PRAIRIE WARBLERS were found on Meeker Hill Road in Tully. 9 species of Warblers were found on Herlihy Road just west of Shakham Road east of Tully.

Oswego County
5/20: A colony of CLIFF SWALLOWS was seen on an Amish barn in Williamston.
5/21: 3 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen hawking insects in Constantia.
5/22: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO and a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER were found on the Oswego County Rail Trail going east off of Barnard Road north of Phoenix.
5/24: 12 WHIMBREL were seen on the Tern Island in Oneida Lake from Constantia. 118 DUNLIN and 26 RED KNOTS in breeding plumage were seen flying by Phillips Point on Oneida Lake.
5/26: A late WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was seen on Kibby Road south of Mexico.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of May 13, 2013

GLOSSY IBIS
BLACK SCOTER
WILSON’S PHALAROPE
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
CAPE MAY WARBLER
PRAIRIE WARBLER
ORCHARD ORIOLE
EVENING GROSBEAK

Migrants this week
CANADA WARBLER
BLACKPOLL
MAGNOLIA WARBLER
MARSH WREN
WILLOW FLYCATCHER
ALDER FLYCATCHER
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPER
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
WILSON’S PHALAROPE
SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
A WILSON’S PHALAROPE was found at Benning Marsh. The following shorebirds were seen at various places from the Visitor’s Center to the end of the Wildlife Drive:
DUNLIN
LEAST SANDPIPER
SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPER
SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER
GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS
PECTORAL SANDPIPER
SOLITARY SANDPIPER
SPOTTED SANDPIPER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
SNIPE
KILLDEER

5/18: A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER has returned to Armitage Road just across the river. 2 WILSON’S PHALAROPES were seen at Benning Marsh. A BAIRD’S SANDPIPER was seen in the mud at the end of the main pool.
5/19: A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was seen in the main pool. A GLOSSY IBIS was seen flying over the Wildlife Drive area.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
The flight continues to slow at Derby. Only 1,476 raptors were counted this week with BROAD-WINGS and TURKEY VULTURES making up the bulk of the birds. Other highlights were PRAIRIE WARBLER, 2 ORCHARD ORIOLES and 9 EVENING GROSBEAKS on 5/15, 22 BRANT on 5/16 and 2 SANDHILL CRANES plus 5 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS on 5/19.

Madison County
5/14: The feeders at Linda Salter’s home on Carpenter Road near Sheds continue to have EVENING GROSBEAKS and PINE SISKINS. They continued through out the week.

Oswego County
5/14: An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW were found at Sunset Bay Park.
5/16: An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was found at the Mosquito Station off of Lower Road on the north shore of Oneida Lake. BRANT, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER and BLACK SCOTER were reporte among the ten species if migrants seen flying at Phillips Point on the north shore of Oneida Lake.
5/17:A PRAIRIE WARBLER was seen on Gilbert Mills Road just east of Rt. 264.
5/19: A rare SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER was seen on Rt.30 in Willianston near the Cranberry farm. Unfortunately it was never relocated.

Onondaga County
5/15: 2 CAPE MAY WARBLERS were seen at the end of Potter Road at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.
5/16: Among the 10 species of birds seen near the lake in Skaneateles were 8 SNOW GEESE.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of May 06, 2013

Highlights:
TRI-COLORED HERON
GLOSSY IBIS
RUFF
BLACK TERN
GOLDEN WINGED WARBLER
CERULEAN WARBLER
PRAIRIE WARBLER
BAY-BREASTED WARBLER
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
LAWRENCE’S WARBLER
CAPE MAY WARBLER
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
ORCHARD ORIOLE

Migrants this week
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
LEAST SANDPIPER
DUNLIN
STILT SANDPIPER
SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPER
YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO
BRANT
BLACK AND WHITE WARBLER
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
TENNESSEE WARBLER
MOURNING WARBLER
BAY-BREASTED WARBLER
RED-EYED VIREO
SWAINSON’S THRUSH
ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
5/7: 2GLOSSI IBIS  were seen from the end of Morgan Road.
5/8: A TRI-COLORED HERON was found near the Seneca Trail on the Wildlife Trail. It was seen the next two days in the same place. At least 100 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen on Carncross Road near the bridge to Howland Island.
5/9: A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was found in the wooded area on VanDyne Spoor Road.
5/10: A breeding plumaged male RUFF and a GLOSSY IBIS were seen on the Kipp Island fields southeast of the Thruway and west of State Rt.90.The RUFF was later seen at LaRue’s Lagoon along the Wildlife Trail.
5/12: The RUFF was relocated on Howland Island where it was seen again today. The bird was in Coot’s Pond which is accessed from Howland Island Road on Rt. 38 north of Port Byron. Cross the iron bridge and go left at the first intersection. The pond will be on your right.

Shorebirds seen throughout the complex this week were BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, KILDEER, SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER, GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, LEAST SANDPIPER, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, RUFF, DUNLIN and STILT SANDPIPER.

Derby Hill
A very slow week at Derby. Only 783 Hawks were counted. Other highlights were PRAIRIE WARBLER, CAPE MAY WARBLER and ORCHARD ORIOLE on 5/11.

Oswego County
5/7: A FOS CERULEAN WARBLER was found at Phillips Point on Oneida Lake near Constantia.
5/9: The LAWRENCE’S WARBLER and a BREWSTER’S WARBLER were seen at Great Bear Recreational Area north of Phoenix. A GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was seen on Weller Road off of Co. Rt. 6 in Volney.
5/10: 16 species of Warblers wer seen at Sunset Bay Park on Lake Ontario including GOLDEN-WINGED and BAY-BREASTED. FOS BRANT were seen at Phillips Point.
5/11:  SWAINSON’S THRUSH and CAPE MAY warbler were found at Sunset Bay Park. BLACK TERNS were found at Selkirk State Park on Lake Ontario.

Herkimer County
5/10 41 species of birds including a late FOX SPARROW  were seen in the Cold Brook area north of Utica.

Onondaga County
5/12: A GREAT EGRET, 2 LESSER YELLOWLEGS and 5 LEAST SANDPIPERS were seen on the Pony(less) Farm on Lamson Road in Lysander.
5/13: PINE SISKINS were at a feeder in Liverpool.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of April 29, 2013
TRI-COLORED HERON
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
GLOSSY IBIS
BLACK VULTURE
SANDHILL CRANE
WILSON’S PHALAROPE
WHIP-POOR-WILL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
LAWRENCE’S WARBLER
CAPE MAY WARBLER
CERULEAN WARBLER
PRAIRIE WARBLER
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
EVENING GROSBEAK
LAPLAND LONGSPUR

Migrants this week
CERULEAN WARBLER
SCARLET TANAGER
PRAIRIE WARBLER
BALTIMORE ORIOLE
ORCHARD ORIOLE
VEERY
RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD
BLUE-WINGED WARBLER
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER
LEAST FLYCATCHER
GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER
INDIGO BUNTING
OVENBIRD
COMMON YELLOWTHROAT
NORTHERN PARULA
BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
EASTERN PEEWEE
CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER
YELLOW-THROATED VIREO
CAPE MAY WARBLER

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
5/4: A Female WILSON’S  PHALAROPE was found at Carncross Road.
5/5: A TRI-COLORED HERON was spotted in the reeds on VanDyne Spoor Road. 2 GLOSS IBIS were seen also flying over but did not land. Two adult and one young SANDHILL CRANES were seen at Carncross Road. There have been no reports of any of these birds today.

Derby Hill
The flight has slowed at Derby Hill The total for the week was 4,818 hawks and only one day went past one thousand. Other highlights were EVENING GROSBEAKS on 4/29 and 4/30, a BLACK VULTURE on 4/30 and a CAPE MAY WARBLER on 5/4.

Onondaga County
5/2: 6 Warbler species including a PRAIRIE WARBLER were seen at Ceder Bay Park on the Erie Canal in Fayetteville. A WHIP-POOR-WILL has returned to the Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville. It can be heard on 60 Road where the power lines cross the road.
5/3: An adult BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen on Marble Street Island in Baldwinsville.
5/5: EVENING GROSBEAKS were noted inPompey and at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville. A CERULEAN WARBLER was seen at the Camillus Unique Forest Area along Thompson Road.

Madison County
4/30: EVENING GROSBEAKS were again at a feeder on Carpenter Road in Sheds and have continued throughout the week.

Oswego County
5/1: BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, SORA, AMERICAN BITTERN and VIRGINIA RAIL were all noted at the County Rt .6 wetland north of State Rt. 3.
5/4: GRASSHOPPER SPARROW has returned to the cemetary at Carley’s Mills near Hastings.
5/5: BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, LAWRENCE’S WARBLER (a hybrid of Blue-wing and Golden-winged Warblers) , HOODED WARBLER, PRAIRIE WARBLER and 2 CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS were all found at the Great Bear Recreation Area north of Phoenix. The Lawrence’s Warbler was seen again today by a number of birders.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of April 22, 2013

LEAST BITTERN
SANDHILL CRANE
MERLIN
UPLAND SANDPIPER
WHITE-EYED VIREO
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
EVENING GROSBEAK

Migrants this week
NASHVILLE WARBLER
BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER
HOODED WARBLER
AMERICAN REDSTART
YELLOW WARBLER
BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER
WARBLING VIREO
BLUE-HEADED VIREO
BLACK TERN
BOBOLINK

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
4/27: A WHITE-EYED VIREO was seen along Towpath Road but was not refound later in the day. A FOS HOODED WARBLER was found on Esker Brook Trail. VIRGINIA RAIL. AMERICAN BITTERN and SORA were all found at Marten’s Tract.
4/28: A LEAST BITTERN was heard at Marten’s Tract. FOS BLACK TERNS were spotted at Tschache Pool. Shorebirds reported from the complex this week included LEAST SANDPIPER,  WILSON’S SNIPE, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS and DUNLIN.

Derby Hill
This was a great week at Derby Hill, all but two days had over a thousand birds and two days had over two thousand birds. The grand total was 11,460. Other highlights were 7 EVENING GROSBEAKS on 4/26.

Onondaga County
4/25: SORA and VIRGINIA RAIL were heard from a marsh off of Potter Road at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.
4/26: A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW found at Three Rivers WMA off of Potter Road was seen again. Note that this the same spot as the Rails were heard.
4/28: A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was seen briefly at the end of Potter Road in Three Rivers WMA. It was not found again. A COMMON GALLINULE was found at Dewitt Marsh.

Oswego County
4/27:  MERLINS were seen in Constantia.
4/29: A SANDHILL CRANE was seen flying near the intersection of Winks Road and County Road 54 near Central Square. Highlights of the Lake watch at Phillips Point on the north shore of Oneida Lake were WHITE-WINGED and SURF SCOTERS, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, RED-NECKED GREBE and BONAPARTE’S GULL.

Oneida County
4/24: MERLINS were observed at Verona Beach State Park.
4/28: 3 UPLAND SANDPIPERS were seen on Walker Road off of Poppleton Road east of Verona Beach State Park.

Madison County
4/26: EVENING GROSBEAKS are still present at a feeder on Carpenter Road near Sheds.

Predictions: Small numbers of Wood Warblers are showing up lately. Warm weather this week could trigger more migration. They could be anywhere but the lakeshore of Lake Ontario is usually the best. Try to get to Sunset Bay Park or Noyes Sanctuary for the best viewing.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of April 15 , 2013

BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
EURASIAN WIGEON
BLACK SCOTER
SANDHILL CRANE
UPLAND SANDPIPER
BOHEMIAN WAXWING
BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW

Migrants this week
BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER
CHIMNEY SWIFT
EASTERN KINGBIRD
BROWN THRASHER
GREEN HERON
SOLITARY SANDPIPER
SPOTTED SANDPIPER
CLIFF SWALLOW
COMMON GALLINULE
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
INDIGO BUNTING
LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH
NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
4/18: TRUMPETER SWANS continue in the marshes on Railroad Road.

Derby Hill
At last a great week at Derby Hill (unless you could only go Saturday or Sunday). Monday through Friday there were over a thousand raptors each day with a grand total this week of 7,419. MERLIN and KESTREL were especially good this week.

Oswego County
4/16: The first for the region UPLAND SANDPIPER was seen at the Oswego County Airport on Howard Road. An apparent mate showed up on 4/19.
4/17: An extremely rare for the region BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER was found at Sunset Bay Park on Lake Ontario. Unfortunately it turned out to be a one day wonder as efforts to relocate the nest day were fruitless.
4/20: An EURASIAN WIGEON was seen on the Lakewatch from Phillips Point on Oneida Lake. it was also seen on 4/21. Also seen on the 20th. were BLACK SCOTERS. Eventually during this week all three SCOTERS were seen migrating across the Lake. Other notable migrants seen this week were COMMON LOONS, BONAPARTE’S GULLS and LONG-TAILED DUCKS.

Onondaga County
4/17: A FOS LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH was seen on Cedarvale Road east of Marcellus. A SANDHILL CRANE was seen at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.
4/18: Eight BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen on Lamson Road just west of Phoenix.
4/20: 39 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen at Green Lakes State Park. 3 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were found along the Creek Walk near Carousel Center in Syracuse.
4/22: A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was found south of Potter Road in Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville. A FOS INDIGO BUNTING was seen on the ESF campus of Syracuse University.

A reminder to all who are interested:
On April 29 Richard Crossley will speak at the Gateway Events Center on the EFS Campus of Syracuse University. The talk is free but parking is not but is available at the Irving Parking Garage on Irving Avenue. The talk is at 7 p.m. but try to attend a reception at 6:00 where you can meet Richard.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of April 08 , 2013

GREAT EGRET
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
EURASIAN WIGEON
BROAD-WINGED HAWK
MERLIN
SANDHILL CRANE
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
LESSER YELLOWLEGS
PECTORAL SANDPIPER
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
PURPLE MARTIN
PALM WARBLER
PINE WARBLER
BOHEMIAN WAXWING

Migrants this week
PURPLE MARTIN
BANK SWALLOW
PALM WARBLER
CHIPPING SPARROW
FIELD SPARROW
VESPER SPARROW
BROAD-WINGED HAWK
CASPIAN TERN
COMMON TERN
LONG-EARED OWL
GRAY CATBIRD
PINE WARBLER

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
4/12: A FOS PURPLE MARTIN was seen at the Montezuma Audubon Center.
4/13: An EURASIAN WIGEON was spotted at the back of Tschache Pool.
4/14: 12 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were found on Towpath Road.

Derby Hill
Once again weather (bad,cold) kept numbers down at Derby this week. Only on 4/13 were there over a thousand birds. The weeks total was 2,992 hawks. The first BROAD-WINGED HAWKS (2) arrived on 4/13. Also on that day two Dark Red-tailed Hawks were seen.

Herkimer County
4/8: 20 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were found at the intersection of Wilson and Albany Streets in the village of Frankfort.

Madison County
4/9: A pair of GREAT EGRETS were seen at the Great Swamp Conservancy. They were refound the next day. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen on Ditchbank Road.
4/10: HORNED, RED-NECKED and PIED-BILLED GREBES were all seen on Taylor Lake in Hamilton.

Oneida County
4/8: A possible early NIGHTHAWK was seen at the Turning Stone Casino complex.
4/13: 2 MERLINS were seen at Verona Beach State Park.

Oswego County
4/9: A pair of TRUMPETER SWANS were spotted on the pond at the 4-H Center in Amboy. GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS and PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were seen at the Oswego County Airport on Howard Road. They were seen again on 4/10.
4/10: A FOS PINE WARBLER was seen in Constantia.
Nine species of waterfowl were seen migrating past Phillips Point on Oneida Lake this week . Highlights were WHITE-WINGED and SURF SCOTERS. 2 SANDHILL CRANES were also seen.

Onondaga County
4/8: 40 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen at Ceder Bay Park on the Erie Canal in Fayetteville.
4/9: A FOS PALM WARBLER was seen at Ceder Bay Park.
4/12: 2 GREAT EGRETS were found at the Pony Farm on Lamson Road in Lysander. They were seenagain the next day.
4/13: One BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON continues on the Creek Walk on Onondaga Creek between Bear Street and Hiawatha Boulevard near Carousel Center in Syracuse.
4/15: 3 SANDHILL CRANES were seen flying at Beaver Lake Nature Center west of Baldwinsville.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of April 01 , 2013

GOLDEN EAGLE
SANDHILL CRANE
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
LESSER YELLOWLEGS
DUNLIN
PECTORAL SANDPIPER
ICELAND GULL
CASPIAN TERN
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
EASTERN TOWHEE
SAVANNAH SPARROW

Migrants this week
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
LESSER YELLOWLEGS
DUNLIN
PECTORAL SANDPIPER
GREAT EGRET
CASPIAN TERN
EASTERN TOWHEE
SAVANNAH SPARROW

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
4/5: A FOS GREAT EGRET was seen at the Montezuma Audubon Center.
4/6: Slightly out of the complex, a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was spotted in the swampy area on Armitage Road. A FOS PECTORAL SANDPIPER was seen in the cornfield on VanDyne Spoor Road.  15 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 3 LESSER YELLOWLEGS and 3 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were spotted on Carncross Road. These were also first of season birds. Later in the day the number of Greater Yellowlegs was put at 23.
4/8: 4 FOS DUNLIN were seen on the Wildlife drive along with GREATER YELLOWLEGS.

Derby Hill
A good week with two days over 1,000 birds. Saturday’s count was 3,552 with 7 GOLDEN EAGLES. TURKEY VULTURES still make up the bulk of the birds. 4/1 and 4/4 both had 2 SANDHILL CRANES. Another BARN SWALLOW was also seen on 4/1.

Oswego County
4/6: An ICELAND GULL was seen on the beaver pond at the Amboy 4-H center.
4/8: The first day of multiple migrants at the Phillips Point Lakewatch on the north shore of Oneida Lake. 9 species were counted with FOS CASPIAN TERNS in the count.

Oneida County
4/7: A FOS EASTERN TOWHEE was seen on Sidecut Road in the Town of Verona. A rare away from Derby GOLDEN EAGLE was seen and photographed on Webster Hill Road in the Town of Western.

Onondaga County
4/8: 4 FOS SAVANNAH SPARROWS were seen on Banner Road in Tully.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of March 25 , 2013

ROSS’S GOOSE
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
PINK-FOOTED GOOSE
BLUE-WINGED TEAL
BLACK VULTURE
GOLDEN EAGLE
SANDHILL CRANE
VIRGINIA RAIL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
BOHEMIAN WAXWING
RED CROSSBILL

Migrants this week
COMMON LOON
OSPREY
VIRGINIA RAIL
FIELD SPARROW

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
3/25: A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen on VanDyne Spoor Road before the railroad tracks.
3/26: A (the) PINK-FOOTED GOOSE was seen from East Road as it landed with Canadas in Knox-Marsellus Marsh. It was also seen on 3/27 in Larue’s Lagoon on the Wildlife Drive where it was reported to have an injured leg. Thanks to the previously mentioned rarities, 16 species of waterfowl were seen throughout the Complex this week including BLUE-WING TEAL and all three SWANS.
3/27: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at Tschache Pool. It was refound on 3/31.
3/30:  A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen from Mays Point Pool.
3/31: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen on the Wildlife Drive. A FOS FIELD SPARROW was found on Towpath Road.

Derby Hill
Things improved this week on Derby Hill with our first 1,000 plus day ( 3/31 with 1528 hawks) and a grand total of 4,030 Hawks counted. The first  BLACK VULTURE was seen on 3/26 and the first OSPREY was seen on 3/29. Other than rarities only Broad-wings remain to be counted but they are not due for a while yet.
Other highlights were 2 ROSS’S GEESE ON 3/25, 35 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS on 3/27 and SANDHILL CRANES on 3/28 29 and 30.

Madison County
3/29: A FOS OSPREY was seen at the intersection of Tag and Gee Roads ( same date as Derby Hill) north of Chitenango.

Oswego County
3/29: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Lilly Marsh Road in New Haven.
4/1: A SANDHILL CRANE was seen flying over the Fulton area Wal-Mart.

Onondaga County
3/30 A FOS VIRGINIA RAIL was heard at the Dewitt Marsh on Fisher Road south of Bridge Street in Syracuse. YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS were also found . 6 RED CROSSBILLS were found at Highland Forest Park on the main road just past the sawmill buildings.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of March 11 , 2013

Highlights:
ROSS’S GOOSE
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
PINK-FOOTED GOOSE
SANDHILL CRANE
SHORT-EARED OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
BOHEMIAN WAXWING
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD
EVENING GROSBEAK

Migrants this week
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET
RUSTY BLACKBIRD
EASTERN PHOEBE

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
3/19: 26 species including a FOS RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET and SANDHILL CRANES were found on Howland Island.
3/25: A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen on VanDyne Spoor Road south of Savannah Spring Lake Road.

Derby Hill
Another slow week due to north winds and cold weather. 533 hawks were counted. GOLDEN EAGLE and NORTHERN GOSHAWK are still being seen. Other highlights were a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE on 3/22 and a ROSS’s GOOSE on 3/24.

Oswego County
3/19: The PINK-FOOTED GOOSE found on 3/18 was relocated on County Rt.33 about a mile south of Rt.49. The bird has not been reported since. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen in Williamston.

Oneida County
3/22: A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD made another appearance at a feeder in Clinton but has not returned.
3/24: BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were found on Smithport Road in New Hartford.

Onondaga County
3/25: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen in the higher clear area on Green Lakes State Park.

Madison County
3/21: 27 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen at a feeder on Carpenter Road near DeRuyter.
3/23: A LAPLAND LONGSPUR and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were seen at the Madison County Landfill.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of March 11 , 2013

PINK-FOOTED GOOSE
CACKLING GOOSE
TUFTED DUCK
EURASIAN WIGEON
BARROW’S GOLDENEYE
SANDHILL CRANE
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
SHORT-EARED OWL
YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD
PINE SISKIN

Migrants this week
TREE SWALLOW
FOX SPARROW

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
3/15: A SHORT-EARED OWL was found at the end of Carncross Road. It was relocated on 3/16 and 3/17.
3/16: 4 SANDHILL CRANES were seen from Morgan Road.

Derby Hill
A slow week at Derby Hill with only 683 hawks counted. The first TREE SWALLOW of the season was seen on 3/11.

Oswego County
3/12: As EURASIAN WIGEON was found at Big Bay Marina off of Camic Road in Brewerton on Oneida Lake.. This bird was seen again on 3/13 and 3/15.
3/15: A drake BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen at Big Bay Marina on Oneida Lake.
3/17: 19 species of waterfowl including a CACKLING GOOSE were seen at Big Bay Marina on Oneida Lake.
3/18: A very rare for Region 5 PINK-FOOTED GOOSE was found in a field on Rt .264 just south of Biddlecum Road North of Phoenix. The bird flew with Canada Geese to another location on Co. Rt.54 off of Rt. 264 and was eventually refound again on Co. Rt. 10 north of Bell Road near Pennelville. The bird appeared to be an adult.

Cayuga County
3/12: A female BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was found at Fairhaven State Park on Lake Ontario.

Onondaga County
3/13: An adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen in Tully.
3/16: PINE SISKINS and a FOS FOX SPARROW were seen at a feeder in Pompey.

Oneida County
3/14: A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was seen at a residence in Clinton County. It returned the next day but has not been seen since.

Jefferson County
3/17: An EURASIAN WIGEON was seen in the bay in Point Peninsula near Watertown. It was also seen the next day.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of March 04 , 2013

BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
CACKLING GOOSE
SNOW GOOSE
TUFTED DUCK
BARROW’S GOLDENEYE
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
PEREGRINE FALCON
GLAUCOUS GULL
SHORT-EARED OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
BOHEMIAN WAXWING
RED CROSSBILL

Migrants this week
KILLDEER
NORTHERN HARRIER
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
EASTERN MEADOWLARK

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
3/6: SNOW GEESE have arrived in the Montezuma area as well as most of central New York. 500 were reported at the mucklands this day while up to 5,000 were reported at the Visitor’s Center on 3/7.
3/7: 3 SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen at the Morgan Road location and up to 6 have been reported up till yesterday.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
Derby Hill is now in full swing. Although numbers were not high (452) this week viewing has been great with many low birds such as RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, NORTHERN HARRIER, NORTHERN GOSHAWK and GOLDEN EAGLE. Non raptor highlights included NORTHERN SHRIKE, BOHEMIAN WAXWING, CACKLING GOOSE,TUNDRA SWAN and RED CROSSBILL.

Oswego County
3/4: A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at the Marina on Weber Road on Oneida Lake in Brewerton.
3/5 An ICELAND GULL and a possible THAYER’S GULL were spotted in Oswego Harbor.
3/6: The TUFTED DUCK continues to be seen in Oswego Harbor.

Cayuga County
3/5: A female BARROW’S GOLDENEYE continues to be seen at Fairhaven State Park.

Onondaga County
3/7: 3 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON’S are still present on the Creekwalk between Bear Road and Hiawatha Boulevard near Carousel Center in Syracuse.
3/8: 15 BALD EAGLES, 5 adult and 10 immature, were seen on the east side of Cross Lake from Farnham Road.

Week of February 25 , 2013
TUNDRA SWAN
TUFTED DUCK
SURF SCOTER
BARROW’S GOLDENEYE
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK
GOLDEN EAGLE
PEREGRINE FALCON
GLAUCOUS GULL
SLATY-BACKED GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
SHORT-EARED OWL
BOHEMIAN WAXWING
TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE (Extralimital)
HERMIT THRUSH

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
3/2: 6 SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen from Morgan Road in the northern part of the complex. 5 were seen the next day.

Onondaga County
2/26: A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen on West Sorrell Hill Road south of Baldwinsville.
2/28: 32 TUNDRA SWANS and a GLAUCOUS GULL were among the birds seen at the mouth of Nine Mile Creek on Onondaga Lake.
3/1: A HERMIT THRUSH continues to be seen at Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery near Elbridge.
3/2: 25 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen at Green Lakes State Park.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
Although the official opening of “The Hill” is 3/1 the best flights this week occured on 2/26 (61 hawks) and 2/28 (53 hawks). Highlights were  season first GOLDEN EAGLES, a single RED-SHOULDERED HAWK and NORTHERN GOSHAWKS. 24 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen on 2/28.

Oswego County
2/28: A SLATY-BACKED GULL was found and ultimately positively identified at Oswego Harbor. Unfortunately it could not be relocated. The TUFTED DUCK and the SURF SCOTER were also seen and have continued through the week.
3/1: 50 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen on County Rt.14 where Ox Creek crosses south of Fulton.

Madison County
HOARY and GREATER REDPOLLS are still being reported at the feeder on Carpenter Road near Deruyter. A late report (2/24) of a pair of RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS was received also.
3/3: A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen watching feeders in Erieville.

Cayuga County
3/2 A female or possible young male BARROW’ S GOLDENEYE was found at Fairhaven State Park. It was also relocated the next day.

Extralimital
3/3: The TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE is still being seen at Sampson State Park on the west side of Seneca Lake off of Rt.96B in Seneca County.

Week of February 18 , 2013

TUFTED DUCK
SURF SCOTER
ICELAND GULL
SHORT-EARED OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
AMERICAN PIPIT
BOHEMIAN WAXWING
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
EVENING GROSBEAK
HOARY REDPOLL

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
2/21: 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen from VanDyne Spoor Road. 10 SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen from Morgan Road
2/24: 7 SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen from Morgan Road. 3 SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen from East Road.

Jefferson County
40 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen at Point Peninsula.

Onondaga County
2/19: At least 1 LAPLAND LONGSPUR continues with HORNED LARKS on East Sorrell Hill Road south of Connors Road. One was seen again on 2/21.
2/20: An AMERICAN PIPIT continues at the Carpenters Brook Fish Hatchery near Elbridge. It was found again on 2/22.
2/22: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at the corner of Emerick and Babcock Roads near Beaver Lake Nature Center.
2/23: 15 BALD EAGLES were seen on the ice at Cross Lake from Farnham Road in Memphis.
2/24: 6 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were spotted along the Erie Canal in Kirkville. EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen on Shakham Road although they may have been in Cortland County.

Oswego County
2/22: 43 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen in Oswego at the north end of County Rt.57.
2/23: The female TUFTED DUCK was relocated west (south) of Oswego Harbor near the SUNY Campus. A SURF SCOTER and an ICELAND GULL were seen in the Harbor.

Madison County
2/24:  COMMON REDPOLLS plus a  HOARY REDPOLL were seen at a feeder on Paradise Hill Road. At least 200 COMMON REDPOLLS and 30 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen at a feeder on Carpenter Road. 2 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were seen near New Woodstock.

Cayuga County
2/23: A BARRED OWL was seen at Fairhaven State Park.

FYI – There was a positive sighting of the TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE on 2/24
at Sampson State Park on the east side of Seneca Lake, Seneca County.

Week of February 11 , 2013

BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
SMEW  (Extralimital)
TUFTED DUCK
SURF SCOTER
NORTHERN HARRIER
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE(Extralimital)
BOHEMIAN WAXWING
HOARY REDPOLL
GREATER REDPOLL

Onondaga County
2/12: ICELAND and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were seen at the inner Harbor in Syracuse.
2/15: NORTHERN SHRIKES were seen at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville and on East Mud Lake Road north on Beaver Lake Nature Center.
2/16: A single BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen on the Creekwalk on Onondaga Creek near Carousel Center in Syracuse. SNOW GEESE were seen on an Onondaga Audubon field trip to Beaver Lake Nature Center.

Madison County
2/12: HOARY and GREATER REDPOLLS were seen in a large flock of Common Redpolls at a feeder on Carpenter Road east of DeRuyter. They were reported again on 2/14.

Oswego County
2/13: The female TUFTED DUCK was relocated at Oswego Harbor. The last positive report was on 2/16. Also seen was one ICELAND GULL and two GLAUCOUS GULLS. 50+ BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were spotted at the corner of Rt.57 and Great Bear Road north of Phoenix.
2/16: A flock of 80+ BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS (probably the same group seen for over a week) were seen at Great Bear Recreation Area off of Rt. 57 north of Phoenix.

Cayuga County
2/11: 15 species of waterfowl and a NORTHERN HARRIER were the highlights of a trip to Fairhaven State Park.

Extralimital
The last positive sighting of the TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE being seen at Sampson State Park on the east side of Seneca Lake was on 2/5.
2/16: An extremely rare sighting of a female type SMEW was reported from Lisbon Beach on the Saint Lawrence River eight miles east of Ogdensburg in Saint Lawrence County. Unfortunately by the time other birders were able to arrive the bird had moved on. Luckily photos were taken.

Week of February 04 , 2013

BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
TUNDRA SWAN
TRUMPETER SWAN
TUFTED DUCK
SURF SCOTER
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK
PEREGRINE FALCON
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
BOHEMIAN WAXWING
LAPLAND LONGSSPUR

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge (MNWR) and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC)

2/11: TUNDRA and TRUMPETER SWANS were seen from Towpath Road.

Onondaga County

2/5: An ICELAND GULL was found at the Inner Harbor.
2/6: 6 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were found with Horned Larks and Snow Buntings on West Sorrell Hill Road south of Connors Road near Baldwinsville.
2/7: 7 ICELAND GULLS and 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen at the Inner Harbor.
2/10: 4 LAPLAND LONGSPURS  were seen with Horned Larks and Snow Buntings on East Sorrell Hill Road south of Connors Road near Baldwinsville. They seem to be following the freshest manure spread day to day. 1 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, 6 ICELAND GULLS and 3 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were all found at the Inner Harbor. 2 PEREGRINE FALCONS were seen in downtown Syracuse.
2/11: A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK continues to be seen in the Waterbury Drive area of North Syracuse. 17 TUNDRA SWANS were with other common waterfowl at the mouth of Nine Mile Creek on Onondaga Lake.

Oswego County

2/5: 4 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen on Mitchell Street in Oswego. 40 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen on Sage Creek Road near Derby Hill.
2/7: A rare female TUFTED DUCK was found at Oswego Harbor. Fortunately it is hanging around and was seen as recently as today. A GLAUCOUS GULL was also seen in the Harbor area. A SURF SCOTER was seen in the River nearby. 35 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen on Mitchell Street in Oswego.
2/11: 60 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen on Rt. 57 about 3.5 miles north of Phoenix and just past the Great Bear Recreation Area.

Compilers Note:
This is the first week there has been no report of the TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE in Sampson State Park on Seneca Lake. If anyone tries for this bird please report positive or negative this week.
Week of January 28 , 2013

BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
TUNDRA SWAN
CANVASBACK
SURF SCOTER
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK
MERLIN
AMERICAN WOODCOCK
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE (Extralimital)
BOHEMIAN WAXWING
LAPLAND LONGSSPUR

Onondaga County

1/30: 11 species of waterfowl including 2 TUNDRA SWANS were seen at the mouth of Nine Mile Creek on Onondaga Lake.
2/1: 1 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen along the creek walk on Onondaga Creek near Carousel Center.
2/2: 2 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen at the Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery near Elbridge. 5 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen at Green Lakes State Park. At least 3 LAPLAND LONGSPURS continue with HORNED LARKS on a manure spread on Connors Road south of Baldwinsville.
2/3: 1 GLAUCOUS GULL, 1 LESSER BLACKED GULL and 2 ICELAND GULLS were seen at the Inner Harbor near Kirkpatrick Street in Syracuse.

Oswego County

1/29: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was spotted on Halsey Road near Mexico.
2/1: 4 CANVASBACKS were seen at Oswego Harbor.
2/2: 5 CANVASBACKS and 13 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were among the waterfowl observed at Oswego Harbor. 10 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS  were seen on Mitchell Street in Oswego.
2/3: A SURF SCOTER and a MERLIN were seen from Sage Creek Road. A juvenile ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen on South Daysville Road. A near breeding plumaged LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen on Bishop Hill Road. 170 BOHEMOAN WAXWINGS were seen gritting on Rainbow Shores Road.

Oneida County

2/1: There is a yet unconfirmed report of an AMERICAN WOODCOCK from Camden.

Extralimital

1/3: There was a positive sighting on the TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE at Sampson State Park in Seneca County on the east side of Seneca Lake.

Week of January 21 , 2013

Highlights:

BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
RED-TAILED HAWK – Dark Form
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
GREAT-GRAY OWL (Extralimital)
NORTHERN SHRIKE
TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE (Extralimital)
EASTERN TOWHEE
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
EVENING GROSBEAK
HOARY REDPOLL

Madison County

1/22: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was hunting at a feeder in Erieville.
1/23: The following birds were observed at a feeder on Carpenter Road near DeRuyter although not all on this day. 3 HOARY REDPOLLS, 80 EVENING GROSBEAKS, 1 EASTERN TOWHEE, PINE SISKINS and RED-HEADED WOODPECKER.
1/25: A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was in the Carpenter Road feeder area. 17 EVENING GROSBEAKS and a HOARY REDPOLL were at a feeder on Dr. Coon Lane near the DeRuyter Reservoir.

Onondaga County

1/23: 2 AMERICAN PIPITS, 100+ HORNED LARKS and at least 10 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen on a manure spread on Conners Road between Canton Street and East Sorrell Hill Road south of Baldwinsville. A lone SNOW BUNTING was seen with the group in 1/24. The HORNED LARKS and LAPLAND LONGSPURS continued through Saturday but the PIPITS and SNOW BUNTING could not be relocated. A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was seen in Marcellus.
1/25: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was at a feeder in Phoenix. 3 GLAUCOUS GULLS, 1 ICELAND GULL and 1 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were seen at the Inner Harbor.
1/27: The 4 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS continue to be seen along the Creekwalk between Bear Street and Hiawatha Boulevard near Carousel Center.
1/28: 15 BALD EAGLES were seen from the end of the Creekwalk at Carousel Center.

Oswego County

1/23: Only 2 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen at a feeder on North Church Road in Boylston where many more have been seen in past weeks.

Extralimital:

The Sampson State Park TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE was seen on 1/24 and 1/27 this week. The park is off of Rt. 96B south of Geneva on Seneca Lake.
1/27: A GREAT GRAY OWL was reported from Massena in Robert Moses State Park ( not the one on Long Island). It was seen on the campground Road. The bird was not relocated today but the park was closed.

Week of January 14 , 2013

BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
BARROW’S GOLDENEYE
MERLIN
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
SHORT-EARED OWL
SNOWY OWL
TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE
VARIED THRUSH
BOHEMIAN WAXWING
YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD
EVENING GROSBEAK
HOARY REDPOLL

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge (MNWR) and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC)

1/19: An adult male YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was seen with Starlings on Armitage Road just off Rt.89 before Olmstead Road.

Onondaga County

1/15: 4 immature BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS continue to be seen along the Onondaga Creek Creekwalk between Bear Street and Hiawatha Boulevard.
1/16: A SHORT-EARED OWL made a one day appearance on West Sorrell Hill Road just north of Hoag Road south of Baldwinsville.
1/18: A MERLIN was seen hunting in Camillus from Rt.695.
1/19: Sixteen species of waterfowl were seen in the Onondaga Lake area including REDHEAD and SHOVELER. An ICELAND GULL was seen. The 4 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were again seen on the creekwalk.
1/21: A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen on Onondaga Lake from the Butterfly Garden area.

Jefferson County

1/17: 450 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen on Steinhelmer Road in LeRay. A female BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen at Fisher’s Landing on the St. Lawrence River.
1/19: 3 SNOWY OWLS were seen in the area between Chaumont and Cape Vincent.

Oswego County

1/18: A VARIED THRUSH was reported from a feeder in Fulton. Unfortunately no reports since the initial sighting.
1/19: 40 EVENING GROSBEAKS were at a feeder on North Church Road in Boylston. 21 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen on Hinman Road southwest of Sandy Creek.

Cortland County

1/20: 3 HOARY REDPOLLS were reported at a feeder in Cortland.

Extralimital

1/19: Another positive report of the TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE from Samson State Park on the east side of Seneca Lake in Seneca County. The bird continues to be seen in the area at the north end of East Lake Road just south of the “green gate”.
Week of January 7, 2013

RED-THROATED LOON
BARROW’S GOLDENEYE
TRUMPETER SWAN
TUNDRA SWAN
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
MERLIN
PEREGRINE FALCON
GYRFALCON
RED PHALAROPE
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
NELSON’S GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
NORTHERN SHRIKE
TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE
HERMIT THRUSH
GRAY CATBIRD
BOHEMIAN WAXWING
OREGON JUNCO
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW
EVENING GROSBEAK
HOARY REDPOLL

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge (MNWR) and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC)

1/12: HERMIT THRUSH, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, NORTHERN SHRIKE and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW were all seen on Howland Island.
1/13: A juvenile gray GYRFALCON was seen from East Road in the Knox-Marsellus, Puddlers Marsh area. It was not relocated today.
1/14: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen in the May’s Point area. 5 TRUMPTETER SWANS were seen at Tschache Pool. GLAUCOUS, ICELAND and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen on the north side of Rt.31 in the Mucklands. Also spotted was a NELSON’S GULL (Glaucous/Herring hybrid). TUNDRA SWANS were also present in large numbers. A juvenile RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen on a telephone pole on Rt.89 between Armitage and North Mays Point Roads.

Onondaga County

1/7: A GRAY CATBIRD and a WINTER WREN were spotted on the Andrews Road path in Dewitt. 3 juvenile BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS are still being seen on the Creekwalk between Bear Street and Hiawatha Boulevard near Carousel Center. An adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and 2 juvenile WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS were relocated on East Sorrell Hill Road south of Conners Road in the Town of Van Buren. An ICELAND GULL was seen on the ice on the Seneca River at Mercer Park in Baldwinsville.
1/8: A HERMIT THRUSH was seen at the Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery near Elbridge.
1/9: A WINTER WREN was seen along the Creekwalk opposite Carousel Center. 2 WINTER WRENS and a GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET were seen along the Erie Canal Trail near Bennet’s Corners Road in Memphis.
1/11: The RED-HEADED WOODPECKER initially found on East Sorrell Hill Road in the Town of Van Buren was again seen.

Oswego County

1/7: 7 ICELAND GULLS (5 adults) and 1 GLAUCOUS GULL were seen at the lock in Phoenix. A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen from Rt. 481 just north of Fulton. COMMON LOON, RED-THROATED LOON and RED-NECKED GREBE were all seen in Oswego Harbor.
1/8: 8 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen at a feeder on North Church Road in Boylston. 30+ BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen on Tryon Road just off Rainbow Shores Road.
1/10: 60+ BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen at the intersection of Rt.3 and Clark Road.
1/11: 60+ BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen on Rainbow Shores Road. A HOARY REDPOLL was at a feeder in Hastings.
1/12: BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS and the HOARY REDPOLL were at the same locations. A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen in Phoenix and at Oswego. A female BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was found on Oneida Lake at the Big Bay Marina in Brewerton. It was relocated on 1/13 but was not reported today. 4 TRUMPETER SWANS were seen in a field on Rt.3 west of Fulton. A RED PHALAROPE was seen on Lake Ontario from Rainbow Shores Road.

Extralimital

The TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE at Sampson State Park on the east side of Seneca Lake (Seneca County) continues to be seen as recently as today.

Week of December 31, 2012

TRUMPETER SWAN
TUNDRA SWAN
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK
GOLDEN EAGLE
MERLIN
PEREGRINE FALCON
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
EASTERN PHOEBE
NORTHERN SHRIKE
TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE
BOHEMIAN WAXWING
EASTERN TOWHEE
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
EASTERN TOWHEE
RUSTY BLACKBIRD
EVENING GROSBEAK
PINE GROSBEAK

Madison County

12/31: 12 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen on Dr. Coon Lane in Deruyter. They were seen again the next day.
1/1: 3 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were seen on Delphi Road south of Cazenovia.
1/2: 3 LAPLAND LONGSPURS, 80 SNOW BUNTINGS, 2 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS and 1 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD were seen on Bruce Road in the Town of Lincoln. I ICELAND GULL was seen at the Madison County landfill on Buyea Road.
1/3: 2 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS and a MERLIN were seen at the Bruce Road location.
1/5: 400 SNOW BUNTINGS, 22 HORNED LARKS and 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen on Strain Road in the Town of Stockbridge.

Oswego County

12/31: An EASTERN PHOEBE was seen on Lakeshore Road south of Fulton.
1/1: 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen on Rainbow Shores Road. An ICELAND GULL was seen from Derby Hill. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Sherman Road.
1/3: PINE GROSBEAKS and EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen on North Church Road in Boylston.
1/4: An adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen in Fulton. 3 ICELAND and 1 GLAUCOUS GULLS were seen in Phoenix.
1/5: 9 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen on Tryon Road. A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen at Wright’s Landing at the Oswego Harbor.

Onondaga County

1/2: An adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was again found on East Sorrell Hill Road south of Conners Road south of Baldwinsville.
1/4: 54 TUNDRA SWANS were seen flying over Skaneateles Lake. A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen on the Erie Canal Trail between MacDonald and Laird Roads in the Town of Peru.
1/5: 5 TRUMPETER SWANS and 3 FISH CROWS were seen at the Marina on Onondaga Lake in Liverpool. 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen on Chatfield Road south of Elbridge. Also in Elbridge an EASTERN TOWHEE has been frequenting feeders on Sunview Road. The RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was again seen on East Sorrell Hill Road in Baldwinsville. A GRAY CATBIRD was seen on Andrews Road in Dewitt.
1/6: 1 adult and 3 immature continue on the Creekwalk between Bear Street and Hiawatha Boulevard on Onondaga Creek near Carousel Center. 6 TUNDRA SWANS were seen at the Marina in Liverpool.
1/7: The RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was again seen on East Sorrell Hill Road south of Baldwinsville. Also found at a feeder there was an immature WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW. A pair of PEREGRINE FALCONS were spotted in downtown Syracuse.

Oneida County

1/5: A NORTHERN SHRIKE and a PEREGRINE FALCON were seen on Jug Point Road east on Sylvan Beach.

Cortland County

1/5: A GOLDEN  EAGLE was found on West Bennett Hollow Road in the Town of Preble.

Extralimital

The TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE was positively reported twice this week at Sampson State Park on the east side of Seneca Lake in Seneca County. It is being seen in the same spot near the green gate at the north end of East Lake Road.

Week of December 24 – 31, 2012

Highlights
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
NORTHERN SHRIKE
RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD
EASTERN TOWHEE
FOX SPARROW
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
RED CROSSBILL
EVENING GROSBEAK
PINE GROSBEAK
HOARY REDPOLL

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge (MNWR) and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC)

No reports this week.

Onondaga County

12/26: Four immature BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS remain along Onondaga Creek between Bear Street and Hiawatha Boulevard near Carousel Center.
12/27: This was the last day a male RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD was seen on Pendergast Road in Phoenix. This wonder arrived on 9/16 and was seen continually for the 14 weeks and 4 days it was present. I think all the birders who saw it owe a large debt of gratitude to the homeowner, Anne Dillon Gray, for letting all of us enjoy this jewel of a bird.
12/30: Two LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen on a manure spread on Chatfield Road in Elbridge. Another LAPLAND LONGSPUR was at a ground feeder on Banner Road in Tully. An EASTERN TOWHEE has been visiting a feeder in Elbridge. A FOX SPARROW was seen at a feeder at the intersection of Bishop Hill Road and Masters Road in Marcellus.
12/31: An adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was found on East Sorrell Hill Road south of Connors Road in Baldwinsville.

Oswego County

12/27: One LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was at the dam in Phoenix.
12/28: 6 PINE GROSBEAKS and an immature NORTHERN SHRIKE were seen along North Church Road in Boylston.
12/29: A female HOARY REDPOLL was seen on Kibby Road near Mexico.

Madison County

12/29: A FOX SPARROW was seen on Delphi Road. On the New Woodstock Christmas Count EVENING GROSBEAKS were reported from several locations. Also mentioned were HOARY REDPOLL and LAPLAND LONGSPUR but no locations were given.