Rare Bird Reports

Syracuse Area Rare Bird Report

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),

Compiled by Joseph Brin

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

Rare Bird Report for the week of November 23, 2020

RED-THROATED LOON
GREAT EGRET
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
CACKLING GOOSE
BLACK SCOTER
SURF SCOTER
BLACK VULTURE
PURPLE SANDPIPER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
SANDHILL CRANE
ICELAND GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
SHORT-EARED OWL
LONG-EARED OWL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
NORTHERN SHRIKE
MARSH WREN
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
EVENING GROSBEAK
COMMOM REDPOLL
HOARY REDPOLL
WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL
RED CROSSBILL
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
11/24: 4 SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen at Carncross Road.
11/25: A late WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was at the Visitor’s Center and remained to the 29th.
11:27 One SHORT-EARED OWL was seen at Carncross Road.
11/28: A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was at the Visitor’s
Center and was seen the next day also. Seven DUNLIN were also at the Visitor’s Center. A late MARSH WREN was heard along the Wildlife Drive. Eighty SANDHILL CRANES and 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen at Carncross Road.
Cayuga County
11/23: A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen at West Barrier Bar in Fair Haven.
11/27: Two PURPLE SANDPIPERS, 2 RED-THROATED LOONS, 1 EVENING GROSBEAK and 14 COMMON REDPOLLS were seen at Fair Haven State Park.
Onondaga County
Large numbers of RED CROSSBILLS and smaller nimbers of WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS continue throughout the week at Shakham Road in the Morgan Hill State forest.
11/24: A SANDHILL CRANE and a CACKLING GOOSE were seen near the Adath Yeshuren Cemetery in Syracuse. A ROSS’S GOOSE was found on Tracey Lake near Tully. Three BLACK SCOTERS and a GREAT EGRET were seen from the West Shore Trail on Onondaga Lake. A PINE GROSBEAK was seen at the Morgan Hill State Forest.
11/25: Four RED-THROATED LOONS were seen from the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake.
11/26: A late ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen near the dock on the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake and was seen through the 29th.
11/27: A PINE GROSBEAK was seen at the Hill ‘n Dale Golf Course near the Morgan Hill State Forest. A HOARY REDPOLL, 3 BLACK SCOTERS, an ICELAND GULL, 8 RED-THROATED LOONS and a RED-NECKED GREBE were all seen from the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake.
11/28: A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen at the Morgan Hill State Forest. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen near the duck blind at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen on Melo Circle in Clay.
11/29: A LONG-EARED OWL was seen at Morgan Hill State Forest
Oswego County
EVENING GROSBEAKS were reported in numerous places. Keep your feeders full and keep an eye out.
11/24: Two BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen with Cedars on Nine Mile Point Road on Lake Ontario. Three PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen at Sunset Bay Town Park at the boat launch.
11/25: Twenty-six RED CROSSBILLS were seen on the Richland-Selkirk east trail near Selkirk Shores State Park.
11/27: Thirteen BLACK SCOTERS were seen from the bluffs at Derby Hill. Two SURF-SCOTERS were seen on Lake Ontario from the end of Rainbow Shores Road.
Madison County
Like Oswego County EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen in many wild areas and feeders.
11/25: Five PINE GROSBEAKS were on Damon Road near New Woodstock.
11/27: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at Nelson Swamp south of Cazenovia.
11/28: HOARY REDPOLLS were noted at Ditchbank Road north of Canastota and the Fenner Wind Farm.
11/29: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen from Ditchbank Road. A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen on Burleson Road south of Canastota.
Herkimer County
Two different feeding stations on the Military Road north of Dolgeville played host this week to PINE GROSBEAKS, EVENING GROSBEAKS and BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS.
11/28: Two BLACK VULTURES were seen at the intersection of Rts. 5 and 169 in Little Falls.

Rare Bird Report for the week of November 16, 2020

RED-THROATED LOON

GREAT EGRET

PINK-FOOTED GOOSE

CACKLING GOOSE

BLACK SCOTER

SURF SCOTER

BLACK VULTURE

ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK

RED-SHOULDERED HAWK

PURPLE SANDPIPER

WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER

DUNLIN

SANDHILL CRANE

FRANKLIN’S GULL

GLAUCOUS GULL

LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL

SNOWY OWL

SHORT-EARED OWL

RED-HEADED WOODPECKER

NORTHERN SHRIKE

LAPLAND LONGSPUR

EVENING GROSBEAK

COMMON REDPOLL

HOARY REDPOLL

WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL

RED CROSSBILL

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex

11/20: Two late DUNLIN were at the Wildlife Drive. Sixty SANDHILL CRANES were seen from VanDyne Spoor Road.

 11/21: Ten WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were seen at the Audubon Center north of Savannah. A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen in the mucklands on Rt.31 west of the Seneca River.

11/22: Two WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, 6 DUNLIN and 15 SANDHILL CRANES were all found at the Visitor’s Center. 4 SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen from Carncross Road.

Cayuga County

11/17: A SANDHILL CRANE was seen on Humphrey Road in Cato.

11/21: A SNOWY OWL and a PURPLE SANDPIPER were found at Fair Haven State Park.

Onondaga County

Up to 125 RED CROSSBILLS were seen during the week at the Corner of Shakham Road and Morgan Hill Road in the Morgan Hill State Forest near the Cortland County Line. On 11/22 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were found also.

11/17: The PINK-FOOTED GOOSE was again seen at Old Fly Marsh south of Pompey. It was relocated again on the 20th and the 21st but not since. Oddly enough a PINK-FOOTED GOOSE was seen on the 21st. in Malone in Franklin County but it is doubtful this bird could have gotten from here to there in 4 hours. Two BLACK SCOTERS were seen from the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake and have been seen throughout the week.

11/16: A CACKLING GOOSE was with the Canadas in the Old Fly Marsh where the Pink-footedGoose was seen.

11/18: Five PINE GROSBEAKS were at a feeder on River Road east of Baldwinsville.

11/19: A juvenile RED-HEADED WOODPECKER is coming to a feeder on Sunview Drive in Elbridge.

11/20: A GREAT EGRET was seen at the Marshy Spits area on Onondaga Lake which is on the west side south of the Honeywell Center.

 11/21: A BLACK VULTURE was seen near Jamesville-Dewitt High School in Dewitt. A HOARY REDPOLL was seen on the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake.

11/22: A ROSS’S GOOSE was seen on Tracy Lake near Tully. A PINE GROSBEAK was seen at the corner of Shakham Road and Morgan Hill Road in the Morgan Hill State forest.

Oswego County

11/16: A RED-THROATED LOON and a BLACK SCOTER were seen from the bluff at Derby Hill.

11/17: EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen near Minetto and Willianstown.

11/19: Four WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were seen near a residence in Minetto. A late GREATER YELLOWLEGS was seen at Port Ontario on the Salmon River. A late FOX SPARROW was at a feeder in Hastings.

11/20: A GLAUCOUS GULL and 53 COMMON REDPOLLS were seen at the Sandy Pond Outlet on Lake Ontario.

11/21: A SURF SCOTER was seen from Derby Hill. 2 SNOWY OWLS were seen on the break walls in Oswego Harbor.

11/22: Two WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were seen at a residence in Constantia. A SNOWY OWL was seen at Sandy Pond State Park on Lake Ontario. Three RED-THROATED LOONS were seen in Oswego Harbor.

Madison County

11/17: A FRABKLIN’S GULL was seen on Ditchbank Road north of Canastota. A FOX SPARROW was seen in Chittenango.

11/20: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen on Burleson Road near Oneida. Another was seen at the same location on the 21st. Twelve EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen at a feeder on Carpenter Road near Sheds. A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen on Ditchbank Road.

11/21: A SURF SCOTER was seen at the south end of Cazenovia Lake.

11/22: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen on Ditchbank Road. RED CROSSBILLS were seen at the south end of Cazenovia Lake. Thirty COMMON REDPOLLS were seen at the Sky High Sod Farm on Lakeport Road north of Chittenango.

Oneida County

11/18: A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen on Jug Point Road east of Verona Beach.

11/19: A NORTHERN SHRIKE and nearly 100 COMMON REDPOLLS were seen on Judd Road in Oriskany.

11/21: A BLACK SCOTER was seen at Verona Beach State Park on Oneida Lake. A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen on Perimeter Road in Rome.

Herkimer County

EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen throughout the week at Feeders in Salisbury Corners and on Military Road north of Dolgeville.

11/18: A late FOX SPARROW was at a feeder on The Military Road north of Dolgeville.

Rare Bird Report for the week of November 9, 2020

RED-THROATED LOON

GREAT EGRET

PINK-FOOTED GOOSE

CACKLING GOOSE

BLACK SCOTER

SURF SCOTER

NORTHERN GOSHAWK

GOLDEN EAGLE

SANDHILL CRANE

BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER

LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER

GLAUCOUS GULL

ICELAND GULL

LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL

SABINE’S GULL

SHORT-EARED OWL

MARSH WREN

VARIED THRUSH

LAPLAND LONGSPUR

EVENING GROSBEAK

COMMON REDPOLL

WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL

RED CROSSBILL

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex

11/13: A SHORT-EARED OWL was found at VanDyne Spoor Road.

11/14: A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and a MARSH WREN were at the Visitor’s Center. Another MARSH WREN was at Martens Tract. A  CACKLING GOOSE and a LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER were seen on the Wildlife Drive. Thirty-eight SANDHILL CRANES were seen at VanDyne Spoor road and 49 were counted on Armitage Road.

11/15: A BLACK SCOTER was seen on the Wildlife Drive.

Onondaga County

RED CROSSBILLS and a few WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS continue at the corner of Shakham Road and Morgan Hill Road near the Cortland County Line. COMMON REDPOLLS continue in good numbers on the West ShoreTrail of Onondaga Lake.

10/10: Up to 3 BLACK SCOTERS were seen from the West Shore Drive of Onondaga Lake in Syracuse. They were reported through the 15th.

11/11: EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen on Dunham Road west of Baldwinsville.

11/12: Two SURF SCOTERS were seen from the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake. A late EASTERN PHOEBE was seen on Sunview Terrace in Elbridge. EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen in Adath Jeshurun Cemetery in Syracuse.

11/13: A RED-THROATED LOON was seen on the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake.

11/14: A GOLDEN EGLE was seen on Shakham Road in the Morgan Hill State Forest.

11/15: EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen at a residence on Fenner Road west of Baldwinsville.

11/16: An extremely rare for our area PINK FOOTED GOOSE was found at Old Fly Marsh south of Pompey.

Oswego County

11/10: A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen at Derby Hill. A WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL was seen on Kibbe Road in Constantia.

11/11: Eleven BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were seen at the outlet of Sandy Pond on Lake Ontario.

11/14: A SABINE’S GULL and a NORTHERN GOSHAWK were seen at Derby Hill. An extremely rare for our area VARIED THRUSH was seen at a residence on Kibbe Road in Constantia. A RED-THROATED LOON was seen on Lake Ontario just north of Oswego Harbor. A WHITE-RUMBED SANDPIPER and a GLAUCOUS GULL were seen at the Sandy Pond outlet on Lake Ontario.

11/15: Eight BLACK SCOTERS were seen at Derby Hill. Some were seen on the 16th. also.

Madison County

11/12: EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen on Bonney Hill Road north of Hamilton.

11/14: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen on Burleson Road south of Canastota.

11/15: Two ICELAND GULLS, a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and a GLAUCOUS GULL were at Ditchbank Road north of Canastota.

Oneida County

11/13: Two LAPLAND LONGSPURS were found in Waterville. Fifteen COMMON REDPOLLS were seen on Sterling Road in Oneida.

11/14: Two COMMON REDPOLLS were seen at the Erie Canal Lock 21 in Oneida.

Herkimer County

11/11: EVENING GROSBEAKS were at a feeder in Salisbury Corners north of Dolgeville.

11/12: EVENING GROSBEAKS were at a feeder on the Military Road north of Dolgeville.

Rare Bird Report for the week of November 2, 2020

RED-THROATED LOON
GREAT EGRET
CACKLING GOOSE
KING EIDER
BLACK SCOTER
SURF SCOTER
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK
GOLDEN EAGLE
SANDHILL CRANE
PURPLE SANDPIPER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
RED PHALAROPE
BLACK-LEGGED KITTYWAKE
LITTLE GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
SABINE’S GULL
LITTLE GULL
POMERINE JAEGER
PARASITIC JAEGER
SAW-WHET OWL
SNOWY OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
EASTERN TOWHEE
TENNESSEE WARBLER
NORTHERN PARULA
EVENING GROSBEAK
PINE GROSBEAK
WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL
RED CROSSBILL
HOARY REDPOLL
Compilers note:
This seems to be an irruption year for PINE SISKINS, EVENING GROSBEAKS and recently COMMON REDPOLLS, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS. RED CROSSBILLS are also present but seem to be limited almost exclusively to Morgan Hill State Forest near Shakham Road south of Truxton. I will not be listing individual sightings since they are now so numerous.
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
11/2: Two LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS were still around at the visitor’s Center.
11/6: A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen from East Road. A LINCOLN’S SPARROW was seen at the Deep Muck and Mitigation area. A late COMMON YELLOWTHROAT was seen on VanDyne Spoor Road.
11/7: A CACKLING GOOSE was seen on the Wildlife Drive.
11/8: Fifteen SANDHILL CRANES and a LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER were seen on the Wildlife Drive.
Cayuga County
11/3: Three KING EIDERS were seen in the channel between the break walls at Fair Haven State Park. They were reported through the 7th.The season’s first PURPLE SANDPIPER was seen from the east break wall at Fair Haven State Park. It stayed through the 5th. A BLACK-LEGGED KITTYWAKE was seen from the bluff at Fair Haven.
11/4: A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen at Fair Haven State Park.
11/5: A SNOWY OWL was seen at West Barrier Bar in Fair Haven.
11/6: A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at Fair Haven.
11/7: Twelve WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS and a RED-THROATED LOON were seen at Fair Haven.
11/8: Four RED-THROATED LOONS were seen at West Barrier Bar in Fair Haven.
Onondaga County
11/2: A late TENNESSEE WARBLER was seen at Hamlin Marsh in Clay.
11/3: The SABINE’S GULL found last week was seen last on this day at the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake. A BLACK-SCOTER and a PINE GROSBEAK were seen on the West Shore trail. A late EASTERN TOWHEE was seen at a feeder in Baldwinsville.
11/4: A HOARY REDPOLL was seen on the West Shore Trail and relocated on the 7th.
11/6: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at Three Rivers WMA in Baldwinsville. A RED-THROATED LOON was found at the Liverpool marina on Onondaga Lake.
11/8: A late PARULA WARBLER was seen on the West Shore Trail.
Oswego County
11/2: A great flight at Derby Hill on Lake Ontario produced 6 KING EIDERS, 4 PURPLE SANDPIPERS, 2 RED PHALAROPES, a POMERINE JAEGER, a PARASITIC JAEGER, 4 BLACK-LEGGED KITTYWAKES, 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS and an ICELAND GULL.
11/6: A LITTLE GULL was found at the outlet of Sandy Pond on Lake Ontario and was present up to the 7th.
11/8: A PINE GROSBEAK was seen in Constantia.
Madison County
11/3: Two SURF SCOTERS were seen on Woodman Pond north of Hamilton.
11/5: A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen from Indian Point Lookout Road in Cazenovia.
Oneida County
11/3: Three BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were seen on Hinkley Reservoir. A SAW-WHET OWL was found in Remsen.
Herkimer County
11/8: A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen and photographed on Bald Mountain near Old Forge.

Rare Bird Report for the week of October 26, 2020

RED-THROATED LOON
GREAT EGRET
CACKLING GOOSE
BLACK SCOTER
GOLDEN EAGLE
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK
OSPREY
SANDHILL CRANE
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
DUNLIN
SANDERLING
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
BLACK-LEGGED KITTYWAKE
SABINE’S GULL
LITTLE GULL
FORSTER’S TERN
PARASITIC JAEGER
SHORT-EARED OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
GRAY CATBIRD
EASTERN PHOEBE
BLUE-HEADED VIREO
TENNESSEE WARBLER
NORTHERN PARULA
ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK
EVENING GROSBEAK
LINCOLN’S SPARROW
SAVANNAH SPARROW
VESPER SPARROW
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL
RED CROSSBILL
Compilers note:
This seems to be an irruption year for PINE SISKINS, EVENING GROSBEAKS and recently COMMON REDPOLLS. RED CROSSBILLS are also present but seem to be limited almost exclusively to Morgan Hill State Forest near Shakham Road south of Truxton. I will not be listing individual sightings since they are now so numerous.
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
10/28: Twenty-four SANDHILL CRANES were seen at VanDyne Spoor Road.
10/31: Seven CACKLING GEESE were seen from East Road. Three LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS were still at the Visitor’s Center. An AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, 4 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS and 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen on Armitage Road.
11/1: Thirty-eight SANDHILL CRANES were seen from East Road.
Cayuga County
10/27: I mentioned the MAGNIFICENT FRIGATEBIRD last week since it was so rare but also seen that day at Fair Haven were 2 FORSTER’S TERNS and 2 early ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS.
10/29: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen at Fair Haven State Park. A BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER was seen at West Barrier Bar Park in Fair Haven.
Onondaga County
10/27: Five DUNLIN were seen at the Liverpool Marina on Onondaga Lake in Liverpool. A late NORTHERN PARULA was seen on the West Shore Trail on Onondaga Lake.
10/28: A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen at Beaver Lake Nature Center west of Baldwinsville. A late LINCOLN’S SPARROW was seen at Oakwood Cemetery in Syracuse. A late GREAT EGRET was seen in Tully. A late EASTERN PHOEBE was seen in Marcellus.
10/30: A late OSPREY, a late BLUE-HEADED VIREO and a WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL were all seen at Oneida Shores County Park on Oneida Lake. A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen in flight near Syracuse University.
10/31: An extremely rare for our area SABINE’S GULL was found on the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake near the Ampitheater. Fortunately it has been seen close up on the lake and on the parking lot feeding. It is still being seen today. Also seen on the West Shore Trail was a VESPER SPARROW, RED-THROATED LOON and a COMMON GALLINULE. A late ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was seen in Marcellus.
Oswego County
10/27: Two CACKLING GEESE were seen on Lake Neatahwanta in Fulton. A RED-THROATED LOON was seen at Three Mile Bay on Oneida Lake.
10/29: A LITTLE GULL and an AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER were seen at the outlet of Sandy Pond on Lake Ontario. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on South Daysville Road near Richland.
11/2: A BLACK-LEGGED KITTYWAKE and 2 PARASITIC JAEGERS were seen from the bluff at Derby Hill.
Madison County
10/27: A late CATBIRD was seen near Woodman Pond north of Hamilton.
10/30: A NORTHERN SHRIKE and a COMMON REDPOLL were seen on Carpenter Road near Sheds.
Oneida County
10/27: A SANDHILL CRANE was seen in Waterville and stayed till the 30th. A late EASTERN PHOEBE was seen on the Rayhill Memorial Trail west of Utica.
10/28: A late OSPREY was seen in Rome.
10/30: A BLACK and a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER were seen on Hinkley Reservoir.
Herkimer County
10/27: A late SAVANAH SPARROW was seen at Salisbury Corners north of Dolgeville.
10/30: A LAPLAND LONGSPUR and 54 BLACK SCOTERS were seen at the McKoons wetland north of Richfield Springs. On the 31st. 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen there.

Rare Bird Report for the week of October 19, 2020

MAGNIFICENT FRIGATEBIRD
RED-THROATED LOON
BRANT
SNOW GOOSE
CACKLING GOOSE
EURASIAN WIGEON
BLACK SCOTER
SURF SCOTER
GOLDEN EAGLE
SANDHILL CRANE
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
PARASITIC JAEGER
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
NORTHERN SHRIKE
BARN SWALLOW
MARSH WREN
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
EVENING GROSBEAK
WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL
RED CROSSBILL
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex 
10/19: A late MARSH WREN was spotted on VanDyne Spoor Road.
10/21: An EVENING GROSBEAK found on Armitage Road Road. Also found there were 7 shorebird species including WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and 6 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS. Two AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS were seen on VanDyne Spoor Road.
10/23: Two SNOW GEESE were seen from the Wildlife Drive. Seventy SANDHILL CRANES were seen from VanDyne Spoor Road.
10/25: Forty-nine BRANT, an EURASIAN WIGEON, 4 LONG-BELLED DOWITCHERS and 2 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were seen from the Wildlife Drive. A CACKLING GOOSE and 11 SANDHILL CRANES sere seen at East Road. An EVENING GROSBEAK was found on Armitage Road.
10/26: An EURASIAN WIGEON was seen on the Wildlife Drive. A late BARN SWALLOW was at the Visitor’s Center.
Cayuga County
10/20: Thirty-three BRANT and a BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER were seen at Fair Haven State Park.
10/24: An EVENING GROSBEAK was seen on Jordan Road north of Rt. 31. At West Barrier Bar Park in Fair Haven a PARASITIC JAEGER, 5 RED-THROATED LOONS, 1 SURF SCOTER, 8 BLACK SCOTERS and an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER were all recorded.
10/27: An extremely rare for upstate MAGNIFICENT FRIGATE BIRD was found and photographed at Fair Haven State Park.
Onondaga County
RED CROSSBILLS, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS and now EVENING GROSBEAKS are now being seen regularly at Shakham Road in the Morgan Hill State Forest.
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were seen this week at Hamlin Marsh on Wetzel Road, Oakwood Cemetery in Syracuse and Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.
EVENING GROSBEAKS were reported from Lawrence Road in Marcellus, Temple Adash Yeshurun Cemetery in Syracuse, Oneida Shores Park in Brewerton and Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.
10/19: A late MARSH WREN was seen on the West Shore Trail on Onondaga Lake in Syracuse.
10/23: A RED-THROATED LOON was seen at the Liverpool Marina.
10/25: Ninety BRANT were seen at Oneida Shores Park on Oneida Lake.
10/26: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville. Thirty-three BRANT were seen at the Inner Harbor in Syracuse.
Oswego County
EVENING GROSBEAKS were reported throughout the county. Fill your feeders.
10/21: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen on Thelma Road in Central Square.
10/24: A CACKLING GOOSE was seen in Oswego Harbor. Two RED-THROATED LOONS and over 700 BRANT were seen from the overlook at Derby Hill.
10/25: A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen at Bishop Road north of Pulaski. All three SCOTERS were seen from Phillips Point on Oneida Lake.
Madison County
10/24: A CACKLING GOOSE was seen on Woodman Pond north of Hamilton.
10/25: EVENING GROSBEAKS were at a feeder on Borden Road in Earlville.
Oneida County
EVENING GROSBEAKS were reported from Clinton, Cassville and Waterville.
Herkimer County
10/23: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen in Old Forge.
10/25: Three EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen in Little Falls.

Rare Bird Report for the week of October 12, 2020

RED-THROATED LOON
GREAT EGRET
TUNDRA SWAN
BRANT
CACKLING GOOSE
EURASIAN WIGEON
SANDHILL CRANE
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
HUDSONIAN GODWIT
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
PARASITIC JAEGER
AMERICAN PIPIT
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
FISH CROW
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
LINCOLN’S SPARROW
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
SNOW BUNTING
EVENING GROSBEAK
COMMON REDPOLL
RED CROSSBILL
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
10/13: An early SNOW BUNTING was seen on the Wildlife Drive.
10/14: An EURASIAN WIGEON and a late OSPREY were seen on the Wildlife Drive.
10/17: 50 SANDHILL CRANES and a late GREAT EGRET were seen from VanDyne Spoor Road. A LINCOLN’S SPARROW was found at Howland Island. Two CACKLING GEESE were seen from East Road. An EURASIAN WIGEON was again seen along the Wildlife Trail. Twelve LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS were seen at the Visitor’s Center. An EVENING GROSBEAK was heard in flight along the Wildlife Drive.
10/18: A CACKLING GOOSE and a BAIRD’S SANDPIPER were seen on the Wildlife Drive. Eighty-three SANDHILL CRANES were counted at Knox-Marsellus Pool.
Cayuga County
10/13: An immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was at a feeder at the corner of Jordan Road and Fire Lane Road north of Jordan.
10/17: A PARASITIC JAEGER was seen over Lake Ontario from Sterling Nature Center. 80 BRANT, 3 SNOW BUNTINGS and an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER were all found at West Barrier Bar Park in Fair Haven.
10/18: Fifty-eight BRANT were seen from West Barrier Bar Park.
Onondaga County
RED CROSSBILLS continue in good numbers at the corner of Shakham Road and Herlihy Road in the Morgan Hill State Forest just north of the Cortland County line.
10/12: Two EVENING GROSBEAKS were heard near the marshy spits area on the southwest area of Onondaga Lake.
10/13: An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and a RED-THROATED LOON were seen from the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake. A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was seen in the Morgan Hill State Forest.
10/14: 2 CACKLING GEESE were found at Van Buren Park in Baldwinsville. A BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER was seen along the West Shore Trail on Onondaga Lake.
10/16: An estimated 50 AMERICAN PIPITS were seen on Hoag Road south of Baldwinsville. Over the nest few days estimates were as high as 500 of these birds.
10/18: Six EVENING GROSBEAKS were at a feeder on Lawrence Road south of Marcellus.
Oswego County
10/13: Two HUDSONIAN GODWITS continue at the outlet of Sandy Pond on Lake Ontario.
10/14: The 2 HUDSONIAN GODWITS and an early LAPLAND LONGSPUR were seen at the outlet of Sandy Pond.
10/16: A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER along with 15 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, 3 SANDERLING and 72 DUNLIN were all seen at the outlet of Sandy Pond.
10/17: Two COMMON REDPOLLS were seen on Thelma Road near Central Square.
Madison County
10/16: 2 TUNDRA SWANS were seen on Woodman Pond north of Hamilton and have continued through today.
10/17: A CACKLING GOOSE was found on Woodman Pond.
10/18: Three EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen on Clark Road near Lakeport.
Oneida County
10/14: A late OSPREY was seen from Pennystreet Road in Rome.
10/17: Two BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were seen at Delta Lake State park.
Herkimer County
10/12: Four BLACK VULTURES were seen near Little Falls.
10/16: Six EVENING GROSBEAKS were at a feeder in Salisbury Corners north of Dolgeville.
10/17: Two EVENING GROSBEAKS were at a feeder on the Military Road north of Dolgeville. One FISH CROW was noted at a residence in Salisbury Corners. Upwards of 100 AMERICAN PIPITS were seen on Hayner Road north of Richfield Springs.

Rare Bird report for the week of October 05, 2020

BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
BRANT
CACKLING GOOSE
EURASIAN WIGEON
SANDHILL CRANE
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
HUDSONIAN GODWIT
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
SORA
PARASITIC JAEGER
LONG-TAILED JAEGER
PHILADELPHIA VIREO
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH
AMERICAN PIPIT
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
LINCOLN’S SPARROW
NELSON’S SPARROW
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
EVENING GROSBEAK
RED CROSSBILL
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
10/5: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen on East Road. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at Marten’s Tract. Three BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were found at the Morgan Road Marshes.
10/8: An EURASIAN WIGEON was seen along the Wildlife Drive and was found the following day.
10/9: A LINCOLN’S SPARROW was seen along the Wildlife Drive. Forty-four SANDHILL CRANES and a BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON were seen at East Road.
10/10: A NELSON’S SPARROW was found on Howland Island. A LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER was reported at the Visitor’s Center. Fifty-three SANDHILL CRANES were seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh.
10/11: ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were seen at the visitor’s Center and Towpath Road.
Cayuga County
10/5: Two LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen on the break wall at West Barrier Bar park in Fair Haven. A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was seen at Fair Haven State Park.
10/11: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues at Fair Haven State Park. A LINCOLN’S SPARROW was seen also.
Onondaga County
10/9: A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen on the creek walk between Hiawatha Blvd. and Onondaga Lake in Syracuse.
10/10: A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was seen on Bennet Ave. in Syracuse.
10/11: An IBIS found at Lakeview Point on Onondaga Lake still cannot be positively ID’d as GLOSSY or WHITE FACED. A late SORA was also seen at Lakeview Point. Upwards of 15 RED CROSSBILLS are still present on Shakham Road in the Morgan Hill State Forest. Two CACKLING GEESE and 2 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were found at Van Buren Park in Baldwinsville. A large number of AMERICAN PIPITS numbering in the hundreds were seen on Hoag Road south of Baldwinsville. They were present again today.
Oswego County
10/5: At the outlet of Sandy Pond on Lake Ontario 7 species of shorebirds were seen including WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, and AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER.
10/6: A SNOW GOOSE was seen from Bishop Road north of Pulaski.
10/7: A stellar day at Derby Hill with a LONG-TAILED JAEGER, 3 PARASITIC JAEGERS and 2 RED PHALAROPES being recorded.
10/9: A HUDSONIAN GODWIT continued at the Sandy Pond outlet. A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen at Derby Hill.
10/10: A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was seen in Hastings at a private residence.
10/11: An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was found at the fishing access site in Brewerton. 19 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS were seen on Bishop Road
Oneida County
10/9: A LAPLAND LONGSPUR and 2 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were seen at Delta lake State Park.
10/10: Five BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS and 5 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were seen at Delta Lake State Park.
Herkimer County
10/9: An EVENING GROSBEAK was at a feeder in Salisbury Corners north of Dolgeville and was seen through the 11th.
10/11: Three SNOW GEESE and an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER were seen at Bubb Lake near Eagle Bay

Bird Alert for the week of September 28, 2020

BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
BRANT
CACKLING GOOSE
EURASIAN WIGEON
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
RUDDY TURNSTONE
HUDSONIAN GODWIT
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
STILT SANDPIPER
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
PARASITIC JAEGER
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER
PHILADELPHIA VIREO
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH
BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
LINCOLN’S SPARROW
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
9/29: An EURASIAN WIGEON was seen along the Wildlife Drive. A HUDSONIAN GODWIT was at the Visitor’s Center. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was found at Van Dyne Spoor Road. A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen at Marten’s Tract.
10/1: A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was found along the Wildlife Drive.
10/3: A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen at Van Dyne Spoor Road. 11 Warbler species including an ORANGE-CROWNED were seen on Howland Island. 9 Shorebird species including STILT SANDPIPER, AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER and BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER were seen at the Visitor’s Center. A LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER was seen along the Wildlife Drive.
Cayuga County
9/30: A PARASITIC JAEGER was seen from West Barrier Bar in Fair Haven.
10/1: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and a RUDDY TURNSTONE were seen from West Barrier Bar in Fair Haven.
10/2: A LINCOLN’S SPARROW and 130 BRANT were seen from West Barrier Bar in Fair Haven.
10/4: Two LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen on the west break wall in Fair Haven State park.
Onondaga County
9/29: An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at Oakwood Cemetery in Syracuse. Two GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSHES were seen from the West Shore Trail on Onondaga Lake in Syracuse.
9/30: A BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER was seen at Jamesville Beach County Park.
10/2: An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at Jamesville Beach State Park. An AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER was seen at the “marshy spits” which in the south west area of Onondaga Lake. A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was seen in Oakwood Cemetery.
10/3: Ten RED CROSSBILLS continue in the Morgan Hill State Forest on Shackham Road near the Cortland County line. A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was seen in the Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville. A CACKLING GOOSE was seen at Oneida Shores County Park in Brewerton. Also seen here were 32 BRANT.
10/4: A DUNLIN was seen at Oneida shores County Park. A BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER was seen at the marshy spits area on Onondaga Lake.
Oswego County
9/28: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen on Baum Road is Hastings.
9/29: Nine HUDSONIAN GODWITS were seen at the Sandy Pond Outlet on Lake Ontario. As of today there were still 2 presents.
10/1: A LINCOLN’S SPARROW was seen on Baum Road in Hastings.
10/2: Eight BRANT were seen from Derby Hill Bird Observatory.
10/3: An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen on Baum Road in Hastings. An AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER and a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER were seen at the outlet of Sandy Pond on Lake Ontario.
Oneida County
9/28: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen at Kirkland Town Park.
10/1: A LINCOLN’S SPARROW was seen at Spring Farms Nature Sanctuary south of Clinton.
10/4: A late BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER was seen at Spring Farms Nature Center south of Clinton.
Herkimer County
9/28: An early RUSTY BLACKBIRD was seen on the Military Road north of Dolgeville.
10/1: A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER and a LINCOLN’S SPARROW were seen at Salisbury Corners north of Dolgeville.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of September 21, 2020

BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCK(Extralimital)
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
HUDSONIAN GODWIT
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
STILT SANDPIPER
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER
PHILADELPHIA VIREO
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
PINE SISKIN
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
9/21: A BAIRD’S SANDPIPER was seen at the Visitor’s Center.
9/22: Three HUDSONIAN GODWITS were discovered at the Visitor’s Center and have been present through 9/27. They have not been reported today as of yet.
9/23: A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was found at VanDyne Spoor road.
9/24: Nine COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen at the visitor’s Center along with an AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER and a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER. 3 SANDHILL CRANES were seen at Marten’s Tract.
9/26: A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen along the Wildlife Drive. 2 STILT SANDPIPERS were seen at the Visitor’s Center.
9/27: Twelve warbler species including an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER were seen on Howland Island. Also seen was a GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH. Four STILT SANDPIPERS were found at the Visitor’s Center. Fifteen SANDHILL CRANES, 4 AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS and a PHILADELPHIA VIREO were seen at VanDyne Spoor Road.
Cayuga County
9/26: Two BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were seen at Fair Haven State Park.
Onondaga County
9/22: A SANDERLING was again seen at Oneida Shores County Park.
9/23: A BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER was seen on the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake.
9/26: A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was seen at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.
9/27: Five PINE SISKINS were seen at Oneida Shores County Park. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at Three Rivers WMA.
Oswego County
9/24: Three HUDSONIAN GODWITS were found at the Sandy Pond Outlet on Lake Ontario and were present through the 27th. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was found on Luther Road is West Monroe.
9/25: An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, a GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH and an AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER were all seen at the Sandy Pond Outlet.
9/26: Nine species of shorebirds including the afore mentioned HUDSONIAN GODWITS were seen at the Sandy Pond Outlet. Other shorebirds included BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER, SANDERLING, DUNLIN, LEAST SANDPIPER, PECTORAL SANDPIPER and GREATER YELLOWLEGS.
9/27: Nine shorebird species remained at the Sandy Pond Outlet.
Madison County
9/22: A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen on Preston Hill Road near Hamilton.
9/25: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen on White Haven RoadEast of Lakeport.
9/26: A BAIRD’S SANDPIPER was seen at the Madison Street Impoundment north of Hamilton.
Oneida County
9/23: A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and an AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER were seen at Delta Lake and continued through 9/26. Also seen here were 6 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS and 4 other shorebird species. A FISH CROW was found at Triangle Park in Rome.
Herkimer County
9/21: An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at the intersection of Albany and Soncody Roads near West Winfield.
Extralimital
A BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCK continues at the wetland on Hile School Road near Dryden.

Rare Bird Report for the week of September 15, 2020

LEAST BITTERN
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
SNOW GOOSE
BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCK (Extralimital)
EURASIAN WIGEON
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
HUDSONIAN GODWIT
RED KNOT
WHIMBREL
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
WESTERN SANDPIPER
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
STILT SANDPIPER
SANDERLING
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER
PHILADELPHIA VIREO
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH
NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
LINCOLN’S SPARROW
PINE SISKIN
RED CROSSBILL
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
9/15: An AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER was seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh.
9/17: An EURASI
AN WIGEON was seen at the Main Pool and was present up to the 19th. A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen at Van Dyne Spoor Road.
9/18: A HUDSONIAN GODWIT was seen at the Visitor’s center and was present to the 19th.
9/19: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO and a LINCOLN’S SPARROW were found at Howland Island. A SNOW GOOSE, a BAIRD’S SANDPIPER and a COMMON NIGHTHAWK were all seen at the Visitor’s Center. A LEAST BITTERN was seen along the Wildlife Drive.
9/20: A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and a BAIRD’S SANDPIPER were found at the Visitor’s Center. AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS were seen at the Main Pool and at East Road.
Cayuga County
9/17: A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen on West Bay Road in Fair Haven.
Onondaga County
RED CROSSBILLS continue to be found at the intersection of Shakham Road and Herlihy Road in the Morgan Hill State Forest.
9/15: Two BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen on the Creek Walk north of Hiawatha Boulevard in Syracuse.
9/16: A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was seen from the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake. A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.
9/17: A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was sound at Jamesville Ave. in Syracuse. An AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER was seen from the West Shore Trail on Onondaga Lake. It was seen through the 20th.
9/18: An AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER was seen along Rt. 31 west of Bridgeport.
9/19: A SNOW GOOSE was seen in flight on Lawrence Road in Marcellus. A LINCOLN’S SPARROW was seen on the Creek Walk north of Hiawatha Boulevard in Syracuse.
Oswego County
Between 9/16 and 9/19 the following birds were recorded at the Sandy Pond Outlet on Lake Ontario although all were not present each day. AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, STILT SANDPIPER, WESTERN SANDPIPER, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, SANDERLING, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, RED KNOT and WHIMBREL.
9/19: Two late NORTHERN WATERTHRUSHES were seen at the Sandy Pond Outlet on Lake Ontario.
9/20: A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was seen at Merrill Park near Parish.
Madison County
9/19; A PINE SISKIN was seen on Green Road in Erieville.
9/20: An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen on Rippleton Road south of Cazenovia. Two PHILADELPHIA VIREOS were seen at Woodman Pond north of Hamilton.
Oneida County
9/15: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at Sylvan Beach on Oneida Lake.
9/18: An AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER and a SANDERLING were seen at Delta Lake State Park in Rome.
9/20: Two SANDERLINGS were seen at Syvan Beach.
Herkimer County
9/19: A LINCOLN’S SPARROW was seen at Salisbury Corners north of Dolgeville.
Extralimital
A BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCK was seen as recently as yesterday in a wetland on Hile School Road north of Freeville in Tompkins County.

Rare Bird Report for the week of September, 8, 2020

NEOTROPICAL CORMORANT (Extralimital)
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
SNOW GOOSE
RING-NECKED DUCK
BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCK
EURASIAN WIGEON
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
RED PHALAROPE
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
RUDDY TURNSTONE
WHIMBREL
WESTERN SANDPIPER
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
STILT SANDPIPER
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER
PHILADELPHIA VIREO
AMERICAN PIPIT
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER
LINCOLN’S SPARROW
DICKCISSEL
RED CROSSBILL
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
9/8: A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was seen from Towpath Road.
9/9: Four BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCKS were seen in the Main Pool and were seen again on the 11th. 3 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen at Marten’s Tract.
9/10: An EURASIAN WIGEON was seen at the Visitor’s Center and was seen through the 13th. sometimes moving to the Main Pool. A DICKCISSEL was heard along the Main Drive. Also found were 11 Shorebird species and 11 Warbler species.
9/12: A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen along the Wildlife Drive.
Cayuga County
9/8: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was again seen at Fair Haven State Park.
9/11: A HARLEQUIN DUCK was seen at West Barrier Bar Park in Fair Haven. Also seen there was a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER.
9/13: A WESTERN SANDPIPER was found at West Barrier Bar Park in Fair Haven.
Onondaga County
RED CROSSBILLS continue at the intersection of Shakham Road and Herlihy Road in the Morgan Hill State Forest.
9/8: A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER wa found in Marcellus. A STILT SANDPIPER was seen and photographed from the West Shore Trail on Onondaga Lake.
\9/9: Nine COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen at Barry Park in Syracuse.
9/10: A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen on Shakham Road in the Morgan Hill State Forest. A DUNLIN was seen in the pool on New Seneca Turnpike north of Skaneateles.
9/11: A SNOW GOOSE was seen at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville. A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen at Baltimore Woods Nature Center in Marcellus.
9/12: An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen at Green Lakes State Park in Fayetteville.
9/13: A RING-NECKED DUCK was seen in the Marshy Spits area of Onondaga Lake south of the Honeywell Center. Two SANDERLINGS and a PHILADELPHIA VIREO were seen at Oneida Shores County Park on Oneida Lake.
Oswego County
9/9: Ten shorebird species including a BAIRD’S SANDPIPER were seen at the Sandy Pone Outlet on Lake Ontario.
9/10: A RED PHALAROPE and a WHIMBREL were seen at the Sandy Pond Outlet.
9/11: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at Sandy Island State Park on Lake Ontario. A SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER was seen at the Sandy Pond Outlet.
9/12: Nine species of shorebirds including a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, a RUDDY TURNSTONE and a STILT SANDPIPER were seen at the Sandy Pond Outlet. Also seen was an early AMERICAN PIPIT.
Madison County
9/8: A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen at Ditchbank Road north of Canastota.
9/9: A GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was seen on Mason Hill east of Hamilton.
9/12: A LINCOLN’S SPARROW was seen on Peterson Hollow Road near Erieville.
Oneida County
9/8: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen in the Kirkland Town Park south of Clinton.
9/9: A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was seen at Hinkley Reservoir. It was relocated on the 13th. and is believed to have an injured wing
9/11: A RUDDY TURNSTONE and a SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER were found at Delta Lake State Park in Rome. A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen at Kirkland Town Park south of Clinton.
Herkimer County
9/8: A PINE SISKIN was seen on the Bald Mountain trail north of Old Forge.
9/9: Two COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen near Salisbury Corners north of Dolgeville.
9/11: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen on Partridge Hill Road near Trenton.
9/12: A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen at Lake Rondaxe near Old Forge.

Rare Bird Report for the week of August 31, 2020

NEOTROPICAL CORMORANT (Extralimital)
LEAST BITTERN
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
SANDHILL CRANE
RED KNOT
RUDDY TURNSTONE
HUDSONIAN GODWIT
WHIMBREL
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
STILT SANDPIPER
FORSTER’S TERN
EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER
PHILADELPHIA VIREO
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER
FISH CROW
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH
RED CROSSBILL
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
8/31: Eleven shorebird species including RED KNOT and STILT SANDPIPER were seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh. A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was seen at Van Dyne Spoor Road.
9/1: Two RED KNOTS were seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh. A LEAST BITTERN was seen from Morgan Road.
9/3: Twenty-five BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were counted from the east end of Puddlers Marsh. 5 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS and a BAIRD’S SANDPIPER were seen at Van Dyne Spoor Road.
9/4: A LEAST BITTERN was seen along the Wildlife Drive.
9/6: Twelve shorebird species including 2 BAIRD’S SANDPIPERS, 2 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES, a STILT SANDPIPER and a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER were seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh. Also seen were 19 SANDHILL CRANES. The BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was seen through 9/8.
Cayuga County
9/3: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen on West Bay Road in Fair Haven. 21 SANDERLINGS were seen at West Barrier Bar Park in Fair Haven,
9/4: A RUDDY TURNSTONE was seen at West Barrier Bar Park in Fair Haveb.
9/5: Three SANDHILL CRANES were seen on Howland Island.
Onondaga County
RED CROSSBILLS, sometimes as many as 14 continue at the intersection of Shakham Road and Herlihy Road in the Morgan Hill State Forest south of Fabius.
9/1: A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen from the West Shore Trail on Onondaga Lake.
9/2: An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen from the Wetzel Road Blind at Hamlin Marsh in Clay.
9/3: A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was seen with Killdeer on Rickard Road north of Skaneateles. A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was heard at Radisson River Park (private) north of Baldwinsville.
9/4: An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was found at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville. A STILT SANDPIPER was seen from the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake.
9/6: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen at Green Lakes State Park in Fayetteville.
9/7: A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen from the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake.
Oswego County
9/1: A FORSTER’S TERN was seen on Oneida Lake from Mill Street in Constantia.
9/2: A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen on Depot Road in West Monroe.
9/3: A HUDSONIAN GODWIT and 4 RED KNOTS were seen at Sandy Pond Outlet on Lake Ontario. The Godwit continued through the 5th.
9/5: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at Sunset Bay Park on lake Ontario in Scriba.
Madison County
8/31: Fifteen COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen in Oneida.
9/5: A RED CROSSBILL was seen on Beebe Road in Erieville.
9/7: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at the Great Swamp Conservancy north of Canastota.
Oneida County
An EURASIAN COLLARED DOVE first reported on 8/31 but possibly present since early spring was seen by many this week in the Triangle park area of Rome and may still be present. Also heard in this area this week were FISH CROWS.
9/1: A BAIRD’S SANDPIPER was seen from the Main Street overlook at Delta Lake State Park. a WHIMBREL was seen in the area also.
9/3: A GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was seen near Point in Lee. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was again seen at Verona Beach State Park on Oneida Lake.
9/6: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen on Lakeshore Road at the east end of Oneida Lake.
Herkimer County
9/3: An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen at Salisbury Corners.
9/4: Three BLACK VULTURES were seen near Little falls.
Extralimital
A NEOTROPICAL CORMORANT discovered on 9/5 at the Batavia Wastewater Treatment Plant in Genesee County is still present today. Be sure to check operating hours if you plan to go.

Rare Bird Report for the week of August 24, 2020

BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
WILSON’S PHALAROPE
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
RED KNOT
RUDDY TURNSTONE
HUDSONIAN GODWIT
MARBLED GODWIT
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
STILT SANDPIPER
ARCTIC TERN
LONT-TAILED JAEGER
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
SAW-WHET OWL
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER
PHILADELPHIA VIREO
RED CROSSBILL
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
8/26: Nineteen BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS, 1 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, 1 BAIRD’S SANDPIPER, 1 STILT SANDPIPER and a COMMON NIGHTHAWK were all seen from East Road.
8/27: A MARBLED GODWIT was again seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh. A BAIRD’S SANDPIPER was seen from VanDyne Spoor Road.
8/28: Eleven species of shorebirds including a RED KNOT, a BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, a STILT SANDPIPER and both DOWITCHERS were all seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh.
8/29: The RED KNOT was relocated at Knox-Marsellus Marsh.
8/30: Twelve species of shorebirds including the RED KNOT were seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh. 2 BAIRD’S SANDPIPERS were seen from VanDyne Spoor Road.
Cayuga County
8/25: Three RUDDY TURNSTONES and 11 SANDERLINGS were seen at West Barrier Bar Park in Fair Haven.
Onondaga County
8/25: RED CROSSBILLS continue to be seen at the corner of Shakham Road and Herlihy Road in the Morgan Hill State Forest.
8/28: An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen on Shakham Road in the Morgan Hill State Forest. Two COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen of Fenner Road north of Baldwinsville.
8/29: An ARCTIC TERN was seen on the southwest end of Onondaga Lake in Syracuse. A BAIRD’S SANDPIPER was seen at Oneida Shores County Park in Brewerton.
8/30: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL along with the BAIRD’S SANDPIPER were found at Oneida Shores County Park.
Oswego County
8/25: A LONG-TAILED JAEGER was seen from the bluffs at Derby Hill on Lake Ontario.
8/26: Two BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS were seen at the Oswego County Airport in Fulton.
8/28: Six species of shorebirds including a RED KNOT were seen at the outlet of Sandy Pond on Lake Ontario. A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen in Hastings.
Madison County
8/24: A SAW-WHET OWL was heard at Stony Pond State Forest south of Cazenovia.
8/25: A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was again found at the Sky High Sod Farm north of Chittenango and was seen through the 28th.
8/28: A BAIRD’S SANDPIPER was seen at the Sky High Sod Farm and was relocated on the 29th.
8/30: Two RED CROSSBILLS were seen at Tuscarora Lake north of Erieville. Five COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen in Oneida Castle.
Oneida County
8/24: Two COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen at the Kirkland Town Park.
8/25: A RUDDY SHELDUCK, in all probability an escape, was again seen at the Main Street overlook at Delta Lake.
8/26: A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER and an AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER were seen from the overlook at Delta Lake. The BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was seen through the 28th.
8/29: Ten species of shorebirds including 3 BAIRD’S SANDPIPER were seen from the overlook at Delta Lake.
Herkimer County
8/27: A RED CROSSBILL was seen in Salisbury Corners.
8/28: An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen in Salisbury Corners.

Rare Bird Report for the week of August 18, 2020

BROWN BOOBY (Extralimital)
SANDHILL CRANE
WILSON’S PHALAROPE
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
RUDDY TURNSTONE
WHIMBREL
HUDSONIAN GODWIT
MARBLED GODWIT
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
STILT SANDPIPER
SANDERLING
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
CAPE-MAY WARBLER
WILSON’S WARBLER
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER
RED CROSSBILL
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
8/17: A HUDSONIAN GODWIT was seen from East road.
8/18: A MARBLED GODWIT, reported last week, was seen again this week up to the 21st. It seemed to be hopping back and forth between VanDyne Spoor Road in Wayne County and Knox-Marsellus Marsh in Seneca County. It was also reported once on Wright Road near VanDyne Spoor Road. Also seen from Towpath Road on the 18th. were 11 shorebird species including BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER and both DOWITCHERS.
8/20: Fourteen species of shorebirds including the afore mentioned MARBLED GODWIT, STILT SANDPIPER, BAIRD’S SANDPIPER, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and WILSON’S PHALAROPE were seen from Towpath Road at Knox-Marsellus Marsh.
8/24: A BAIRD’S SANDPIPER and a SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER were reported from Towpath Road.
Cayuga County
8/19: A WHIMBREL was seen at West Barrier Bar Park in Fair Haven.
8/22: A WHIMBREL was again seen at West Barrier Bar Park along with a RUDDY TURNSTONE and 3 SANDERLING.
Onondaga County
RED CROSSBILLS continue at Shakham Road and Herlihy Road in the Morgan Hill State Forest. Three were seen on the 20th. and 11 were seen on the 21st.
8/21: A rare for our area YELLOW THROATED WARBLER was seen at a private residence in Manlius. A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen from Jamesville Ave in Syracuse.
8/22: A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen on Bardeen Road in Fabius.
Oswego County
8/19: Nine species of shorebirds including BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, RUDDY TURNSTONE and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER were seen at the Sandy Pond Outlet on Lake Ontario.
8/23: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at Noyes Sanctuary on Lake Ontario in the Town of New Haven.
Madison County
8/18: Two SANDHILL CRANES were seen on Fyler Road in Kirkville.
8/21: A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen from the Thruway near Chittenango.
8/22: A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER and an AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER were found at the Sky High Sod Farm on Lakeport Road north of Chittenango. They have been reported each day since including today.
Oneida County
A CAPE MAY WARBLER was reported from Lakeshore Road at the northeast end of Oneida Lake. 8 species of Warblers including a Wilson’s were seen at Spring Farm Nature Sanctuary south of Clinton.
Extralimital
The BROWN BOOBY reported last week at Indian Lake in Hamilton County was relocated again this week. It was seen from the 19th. through the 22nd. Best Viewing was from the Indian Lake Marina or better yet from a boat which didn’t seem to disturb the bird.

Rare Bird Report for the week of August 11, 2020

BROWN BOOBY (Extralimital)
LEAST BITTERN
LITTLE BLUE HERON
SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
HUDSONIAN GODWIT
MARBLED GODWIT
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
STILT SANDPIPER
SANDERLING
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER
RED CROSSBILL
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
8/11: A LITTLE BLUE HERON was seen in flight at the entrance to the Montezuma Refuge on Rt. 20. A HUDSONIAN GODWIT was seen from East Road and remained through the 13th.
8/15: A BAIRD’S SANDPIPER was seen with peep at VanDyne Spoor Road.
8/16: A LEAST BITTERN was seen in the Main Pool. A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen on the West Shore Trail near VanDyne Spoor Road.
8/17: A BLACK-BELLIEDPLOVER, 5 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, 1 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, 2 STILT SANDPIPERS and a HUDSONIAN GODWIT were all seen from East Road. A MARBLED GODWIT was seen from East Road at 10:00 a.m. Possibly the same bird was seen was seen at VanDyne Spoor Road at 2:00 p.m. The MARBLED GODWIT was seen again on the 18th. at VanDyne Spoor Road.
Onondaga County
8/12: RED CROSSBILLS continue at Shakham Road south of Rt.80 near the Cortland County line. They were reported through the 15th. and up to 15 were seen at the intersection of Shakham and Herlihy Roads.
8/14: The season’s first migrant OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen and photographed at Green Lakes State Park in Fayetteville.
8/15: The first COMMON NIGHTHAWKS of the season were seen from the big fields area of Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville. Another was seen in Skaneateles on the 16th.
Oswego County
8/13: A SANDERLING was seen at the water treatment plant near Oswego Harbor.
8/16: 108 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, 67 RED-TAILED HAWKS and 9 BALD EAGLES were seen at Derby Hill.
Oneida County
8/16: A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen from Coleman Mills south of Rome.
8/17: Eight shorebird species including SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER were seen the Main Street overlook at Delta Lake north of Rome.
Herkimer County
8/16: Two Common Nighthawks were seen in Dolgeville.
Extralimital
A BROWN BOOBY was seen and photographed on Indian Lake in Hamilton County in the Adirondacks. The sightings were made from 8/14 through 8/16.

 

Rare Bird Alert for the week of August 03, 2020

LITTLE BLUE HERON
SWALLOW-TAILED KITE (Extralimital)
SANDHILL CRANE
SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER
HUDSONIAN GODWIT
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
RUDDY TURNSTONE
DUNLIN
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
STILT SANDPIPER
SANDERLING
WHIMBREL
WILLET
BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
SEDGE WREN
PINE SISKIN
RED CROSSBILL
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
8/4: Nine Shorebird species including STILT SANDPIPER were seen from VanDyne Spoor Road.
8/6: Two SANDHILL CRANES were seen at Helmer Marsh north of Rt. 31.
8/8: Nine Shorebird species including SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER and STILT SANDPIPER were seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh. Eleven Shorebird species including WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER were seen from VanDyne Spoor Road.
8/9: A DUNLIN was seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh.
8/10: An immature LITTLE BLUE HERON was seen just after 7:00 am. at VanDyne Spoor Road and at 5:00 p.m at Knox-Marsellus Marsh. Same bird? A BAIRD’S SANDPIPER and a HUDSONIAN GODWIT were seen at Knox Marsellus Marsh.
8/11: The HUDSONIAN GODWIT continues at Knox-Marsellus Marsh.
Cayuga County
RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue at the camping area at Fair Haven State Park.
A BAIRD’S SANDPIPER was again seen at West Barrier Bar park.
Onondaga County
RED CROSSBILLS were see again many times at Shakham Road at Herlihey Road in the Morgan Hill State Forest near the Cortland County line.
8/4: A RUDDY TURNSTONE was seen from the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake.
8/5: At least one SEDGE WREN continues in the Big Fields area of Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville. One was heard again of the 7th.
Oswego County
8/4: A WHIMBREL and a WILLET along with 2 SANDERLINGS were seen at the Sandy Pond outlet on Lake Ontario.
8/9: Two SEMI-PALMATED PLOVERS were seen at the pond on Biddlecum Road north of Phoenix.
Madison County
8/5: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was again seen at the Great Swamp Conservancy north of Canastota.
Oneida County
8/8: Five shorebird species including SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER were seen at Delta Lake at the Main Street fishing access area.
8/10: Three RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue at Verona Beach State Park on Oneida Lake.
Herkimer County
8/8: Two BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS were seen at Carter Road near the bridge north of Old Forge.
Extralimital
8/9: Two SWALLOW-TAILED KITES were found after local reports were followed up at the corner of Kendall Creek Road and County Line Road in Albion , Orleans County. They were present yesterday and have been again reported today.

 
 

Rare Bird Report for the week of July 27, 2020

BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
REDHEAD
PIPING PLOVER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
STILT SANDPIPER
SANDERLING
WHIMBREL
RED KNOT
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
SEDGE WREN
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET
CERULEAN WARBLER
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
RED CROSSBILL
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
7/29: Nine Shorebird species including 1 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER were seen from VanDyne Spoor Road. also seen were 6 SANDHILL CRANES.
8/1: Seven SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, 8 STILT SANDPIPERS and 5 SANDHILL CRANES were seen at East Road. Some of the Cranes were fledglings.Ten WHIMBRELS were seen at VanDyne Spoor road in flight. 42 minutes later 10 WHIMBRELS were seen in flight at the Visitor’s Center. Same birds? 2 CERULEAN WARBLERS were seen in the forested area on Armitage Road.
Onondaga County
Up to 5 SEDGE WRENS are still being heard in the Big Fields area west of 60 road at the Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville. RED CROSSBILLS were again found at the crossroads of Shakham Road and Herlihy Roads in Morgan Hill State Forest.
7/28: A BLUE-WINGED TEAL and 3 SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPERS were seen along the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake.
7/29: An early RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was seen on Shakham Road in the Morgan Hill State Forest.
7/30: A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was seen on Penoyer Road in Fabius.
8/2: Two WHIMBREL were seen from the West Shore Trail on Onondaga Lake.
Oswego County
One PIPING PLOVER, this year’s juvenile, is still being seen at the Sandy Pond Outlet on lake Ontario.
7/29: A possible POMERINE JAEGER was seen at the Sandy Pond Outlet on Lake Ontario. Also seen were 12 SANDERLINGS and 2 WHIMBREL.The WHIMBREL and the SANDERLING were seen again of 8/2.
7/30: A male REDHEAD was seen in Oswego Harbor.
Cayuga County
RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS, now a family of 7, are still being seen at Fair Haven State Park.
8/2: Four WHIMBREL and a RED KNOT were seen at West Barrier Bar Park in Fair Haven.
Madison County
A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at the Great Swamp Conservancy north of Canastota. A SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER was seen at the Madison Street Impoundment north of Hamilton.
Oneida County
7/27: Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue at Verona Beach State Park.
7/28: Two SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS were seen at the Shenandoah Golf Course at Turningstone Casino.

 

Rare Bird Alert for the week of July 21, 2020

LEAST BITTERN
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
GREAT EGRET
RUDDY DUCK
AMERICAN WIGEON
MERLIN
PEREGRINE FALCON
PIPING PLOVER
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
STILT SANDPIPER
UPLAND SANDPIPER
SANDERLING
BONAPARTE’S GULL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
SEDGE WREN
CERULEAN WARBLER
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
PINE SISKIN
RED CROSSBILL
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
7/21: A CERULEAN WARBLER was found on Howland Island.
7/24: A BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER was found on the Wildlife Drive.
7/26: Two female RUDDY DUCKS were seen along the Wildlife Drive. Three SEMI-PALMATED PLOVERS were seen at Mays Point Pool. Three STILT SANDPIPERS and 4 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS were seen from East road. Ten shorebird species inclucing 3 STILT SANDPIPERS were seen at Carncross Road.
7/26: A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen at the Visitor’s Center. 7 Shorebird species including a SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER were found at Carncross Road.
Onondaga County
SEDGE WRENS, 3 or more, are still being heard and occasionally seen in the big fields area of 3 Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville on a regular basis.
RED CROSSBILLS continue at Shakham Road and Morgan Hill Forest. Some were seen at the four corners parking area.
7/22: A SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPER was seen at the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake. It was seen again on the 26th. an AMERICAN WIGEON was also seen at this area.
7/24: A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was seen at Cedar Bay Park in Fayetteville.
7/25: A MERLIN was seen on Fawn Ridge Road in Manlius.
Oswego County
One fledgling PIPING PLOVER continues to be spotted at the Sandy Pond outlet on Lake Ontario.
7/23: A PINE SISKIN was seen at a feeder on Hinman Road north of Pulaski.
7/25: A SANDERLING was seen at the Sandy Pond Outlet on lake Ontario.
Madison County
7/22: Two adults and 1 fledgling MERLINS were seen on Elizabeth Street in Oneida.
Oneida County
7/21: A BONAPARTE’S GULL was seen at Delta Lake in Rome.
7/22: Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue at Verona Beach State Park on Oneida Lake. They were seen again on the 27th.
7/23: An UPLAND SANDPIPER was seen on North Gage Road south of Poland.
Herkimer County
7/22: A GREAT EGRET was spotted near the Frankfort Marina on the Mohawk River.
7/24: A PEREGRINE FALCON continues in Little Falls.

 

Rare Bird Report for the week of July 13, 2020

COMMON LOON
LEAST BITTERN
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
BRANT
PIPING PLOVER
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
STILT SANDPIPER
SANDHILL CRANE
WHIP-POOR-WILL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
SEDGE WREN
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
RED CROSSBILL
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
7/17: A BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER was seen at Mays Point Pool. A PEREGRINE FALCON and a BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON were seen along the Wildlife Drive.
7/19: A LEAST BITTERN was found at Tschache Pool.
7/20: A LEAST BITTERN was found at Howland Island. Three SANDHILL CRANES including a fledgling, 3 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS and 2 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS were all spotted from East Road. 9 species of shorebirds including 3 STILT SANDPIPERS were all seen from VanDyne Spoor Road.
Cayuga County
7/18: 2 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen on Cayuga Street in Fair Haven.
Onondaga County
Up to 5 SEDGE WRENS are being heard and sometimes seen in the big fields section of Three Rivers WMA in Baldwinsville. Since this is a sensitive species in our area birders are asked to not stress these birds. Stay on the road when birding. Do not play recordings to get responses. Lets give these special birds a chance to nest.
7/14: Two CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS were found at Green Lakes State Park. They were relocated again on the 15th.
7/15: Three RED CROSSBILLS were heard and seen again at Morgan Hill State Forest and were noted through the 18th.
7/19: An early COMMON LOON was seen on Oneida Lake from Oneida Shores County Park.
Oswego County
7/15: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at 3 Mile Bay on the north shore of Oneida Lake.
7/18: A fledgling PIPING PLOVER was seen at the Sandy Pond inlet to Lake Ontario.
7/20: A BRANT was seen at the Sandy Pond Outlet on Lake Ontario. Also seen were a PIPING PLOVER and a SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER.
Madison County
7/19: Six shorebird species including LESSER YELLOWLEGS were seen on Ditchbank Road north of Canastota.
Oneida County
7/14: A LEAST BITTERN was seen at the Utica Marsh WMA.
7/16: A WHIP-POOR-WILL was again heard from Preston Hill Road north of Oneida Lake.
7/18: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues at Verona Beach State Park.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of July 6, 2020

LEAST BITTERN
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
COMMON GOLDENEYE
RUDDY DUCK
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK
SANDHILL CRANE
PIPING PLOVER
BLACK TERN
WHIP-POOR-WILL
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
ACADIAN FLYCATCHER
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
PARULA WARBLER
CERULEAN WARBLER
ORCHARD ORIOLE
PINE SISKIN
RED CROSSBILL
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
7/8: A PRAIRIE WARBLER continues at the Visitor’s Center. A LEAST BITTERN and 11 BLACK TERNS were seen at Tschache Pool.
7/12: One PARULA WARBLER and 3 CERULEAN WARBLERS were found at Howland Island. A SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER and 50 BLACK TERNS were seen along the Wildlife Drive. A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was found at the Visitor’s Center. Sixteen LEAST SANDPIPERS and 2 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS were seen from VanDyne Spoor Road. Three ORCHARD ORIOLES and a LEAST BITTERN were seen at Guy Baldassarre Marsh.
Cayuga County
7/7: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues at Fair Haven State Park. It was seen again on the 12th.
Onondaga County
7/7: A rare for summer COMMON GOLDENEYE was seen on the Seneca River near Radisson River Park (private) north of Baldwinsville. An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER continues at Whiskey Hollow Nature west of Baldwinsville.
7/11: A LEAST BITTERN was found at the Dewitt Marsh and landfill on Fisher Road in Syracuse.
7/12: A RED CROSSBILL was found near Morgan Hill Road in the Morgan Hill State Forest.
Oswego County
7/8: A PINE SISKIN was seen at a feeder on Baum Road In hastings.
7/10: Two RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS were seen on Churchill Road south of Rt. 104 in Parish.
7/11: Three PIPING PLOVERS continue at the outlet of Sandy Pond on Lake Ontario.
7/12: A RUDDY DUCK was again located on Lake Neahtawanta in Fulton. A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was sound on Main Street in Richland.
Madison County
7/7: Two SANDHILL CRANES were seen on Ditchbank Road north of Canastota.
Oneida County
7/9: A WHIP-POOR-WILL was heard on Preston Hill Road north of Oneida Lake.
7/11: Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue at Verona Beach State Park.
7/12: Two COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were see in flight near Waterville High School.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of June 29, 2020

LEAST BITTERN
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
COMMON GOLDENEYE
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK
PEREGRINE FALCON
SANDHILL CRANE
PIPING PLOVER
COMMON TERN
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
ACADIAN FLYCATCHER
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
PARULA WARBLER
CERULEAN WARBLER
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
RED CROSSBILL

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
6/1: A rare for the area PRAIRIE WARBLER was found on the Seneca Trail near the Visitor’s Center. It has continued to be seen and heard through the 6th.
6/3: A LEAST BITTERN was found at the Guy Baldassarre Marsh.
6/4: A rare for the area PARULA WARBLER was found at Howland Island. Also found was a PROTHONOTARY WARBLER. Another rare for the area COMMON TERN was seen at VanDyne Marsh. Also seen was a BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON. A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was again seen at the forested area of Armitage Road. A LEAST BITTERN was found along the Wildlife Drive.
6/5: Seven BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS and 2 SANDHILL CRANES were seen along the Wildlife Drive.

Cayuga County
6/5: A family of 5 PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS were seen along the Seneca River west of Bonta Bridge Road. These are continuing birds and have been studied for some time.

Onondaga County
6/2: A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen at Beaver Lake Nature Center west of Baldwinsville.
6/4: A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen flying south from Jamesville Ave. in Syracuse. It was carrying food and perhaps heading for a new nesting area.
6/5: Two ACADIAN FLYCATCHERS were found at Whiskey Hollow Nature Preserve. A CERULEAN WARBLER was heard singing on Farnham Road on the east side of Cross Lake.

Oswego County
5/29: Two GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were found on Main Street in Richland.
5/30: Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen at Selkirk Shores State Park on Lake Ontario.
6/3: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was again seen at Sunset Bay Park on Lake Ontario.
6/4: A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen in Hastings. An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER was found on Searles Road south of Rt. 104 in Parish. It was heard again on the 5th.

Madison County
6/3: Two SANDHILL CRANES were seen on Ditchbank Road north of Canastota. Eight Cranes were seen on the 4th.
6/6: A PRAIRIE WARBLER was heard on Eden Hollow Road just north of Sanderson Road.

Oneida County
5/30:Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen near Cleveland on Oneida Lake.
6/6: Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue at Verona Beach State Park on Oneida Lake.

Herkimer County
5/30: A PEREGRINE FALCON was again seen in Little Falls.
6/3: Four COMMON GOLDENEYES including 3 young were found on Silver Lake north of Eagle Bay in the Adirondacks. This is quite a bit south of where they normally breed.
6/4: Seven RED CROSSBILLS were seen and heard west of Limekiln Lake near Inlet in the Adirondacks.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of June 22, 2020

LEAST BITTERN
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
RUDDY DUCK
PEREGRINE FALCON
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK
SANDHILL CRANE
PIPING PLOVER
UPLAND SANDPIPER
BLACK TERN
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
FISH CROW
ACADIAN FLYCATCHER
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
CERULEAN WARBLER
RED CROSSBILL
ORCHARD ORIOLE

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
6/22: Fifteen BLACK TERNS, 1 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON and 1 CERULEAN WARBLER were seen along the Wildlife Drive.
6/24: Two CERULEAN WARBLERS were found on Howland Island.
6/25:Two LEAST BITTERNS and 2 ORCHARD ORIOLES were seen at Guy Baldassarre Marsh.
6/26: Two CERULEAN WARBLERS and 2 SANDHILL CRANES were found at Howland Island. An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen along the Wildlife Drive.
6/27: Forty BLACK TERNS and 4 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen along the Wildlife Drive. Two LEAST BITTERNS were seen at Tschache Pool.
6/28: A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was found at the Visitor’s Center. Two SANDHILL CRANES and 3 BLACK TERNS were seen from VanDyne Spoor Road.

Cayuga County
6/26: Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue at Fair Haven State Park.
6/28: A CERULEAN WARBLER was found near the intersection of Rts.104A and 3 near Fair Haven.

Onondaga County
6/22: A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was found in the Elbridge Swamp area south of Peru Road.
6/24: Two ORCHARD ORIOLES were found at Green Lakes State Park. A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in downtown Syracuse on Washington Street.
6/26: Four BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen under the Hiawatha Boulevard bridge on the Onondaga Creek Creekwalk. At least one was seen up to the 28th.
6/28; An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER continues at Whiskey Hollow Nature Preserve west of Baldwinsville. A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was heard near the Skaneateles Aerodrome off of Rt. 41A south of Skaneateles.

Oswego County
6/22: A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was found on Pulaski Street in Altmar.
6/24: An Acadian Flycatcher was found on Searles Road south of Rt. 104 in Parish.
6/25: A RUDDY DUCK was seen on Lake Neahtawanta in Fulton. Five PIPING PLOVERS AND A BONAPARTE’S GULL were seen at Sandy Island State Park on Lake Ontario.
6/26: Two LEAST BITTERNS were seen in the vegetation in the Salmon River from the Rt. 3 bridge.

Oneida County
6/23: A FISH CROW was heard in Oneida.
6/26: Three LEAST BITTERNS were seen in the Utica Marsh.
6/27: A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was seen at Griffiss International Airport in Rome.
6/28: Three UPLAND SANDPIPERS were seen on North Gage road in Deerfield.

Herkimer County
6/29: A RED CROSSBILL was seen and heard in flight on North Road north of Old Forge.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of June 15, 2020

AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN
GREAT EGRET
LEAST BITTERN
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
SNOW GOOSE
RED-BREASTED MERGANSER
MERLIN
PEREGRINE FALCON
PIPING PLOVER
FRANKLIN’S GULL
BLACK TERN
SAW-WHET OWL
WHIP-POOR-WILL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER
PHILADELPHIA VIREO
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER
FISH CROW
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
LINCOLN’S SPARROW
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
CERULEAN WARBLER
PALM WARBLER
BLACKPOLL
PRAIRIE WARBLER
ORCHARD ORIOLE

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
6/15: BLACK TERN, BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON and LEAST BITTERN were all noted along the Wildlife Drive.
6/17: An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was seen at VanDyne Spoor Road. Also seen there were BLACK TERNS and a LEAST BITTERN.
6/18: A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER continues at the forested area of Armitage Road.
6/20: Two ORCHARD ORIOLES were seen on the Wildlife Drive. Forty BLACK TERNS and a BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON were seen at Tschache Pool. An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen at VanDyne Spoor Road.
6/21: A GREAT EGRET, a CERULEAN WARBLER and an ORCHARD ORIOLE were seen on Howland Island.

Cayuga County
A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues at Fair Haven State Park.

Onondaga County
6/16: A pair of RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS were seen in the Seneca River in Baldwinsville.
6/20: Two ORCHARD ORIOLES were seen at Green Lakes State Park. A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was seen at Cedar Bay Park in Fayetteville.
6/21: A PRAIRIE WARBLER continues at Green Lakes State Park.

Oswego County
6/15: A BLACK VULTURE was seen and photographed from Hinman Road north of Pulaski.
6/16: A LEAST BITTERN was found at Selkirk Shores State Park. Two SNOW GEESE were found at Markowitz Road in Parish.
6/19: A WHIP-POOR-WILL was again heard from Martin Road north of Oneida Lake.
6/20: A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen from Kibbe Lake Road north of Constantia.
6/21: Five PIPING PLOVERS were seen at the outlet of Sandy Pond on Lake Ontario.

Madison County
6/16: The FRANKLIN’S GULL found last week at Ditchbank Road north of Canastota was seen briefly early in the day but has not been seen since. Also seen there were a FISH CROW, a CERULEAN WARBLER and an ORCHARD ORIOLE.

Oneida County
6/16: A SAW-WHET OWL was heard on Brandy Lake Trail near Otter Lake.
6/20: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was again noted on Lakeshore Road at the northeast end of Oneida Lake.
6/22: A MERLIN was found in Camden.

Herkimer County
6/15: A PEREGRINE FALCON was again seen from West Casler Street in Little Falls.
6/17: A PALM WARBLER, a SWAINSON’S THRUSH, a PHILADELPHIA VIREO and a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER were all found at Palm Warbler Bog near Stillwater in the Adirondacks.
6/18: A LINCOLN’S SPARROW was seen at Beaver River in the Adirondacks.
6/19: A BLACKPOLL, possibly 2 , was seen near Mount Colden in the Adirondacks.

Rare Bird Report for the week of June 08, 2020

COMMON LOON
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
BARNACLE GOOSE
PEREGRINE FALCON
SANDHILL CRANE
RUDDY TURNSTONE
PIPING PLOVER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
BLACK TERN
SAW-WHET OWL
WHIP-POOR-WILL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER
FISH CROW
ACADIAN FLYCATCHER
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
PRAIRIE WARBLER
RED CROSSBILL

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
6/9: Nine Shorebird species including BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER were seen along the Wildlife Trail.
6/10: An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was seen from East Road.
6/11: A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was again seen in the forested area of Armitage Road.
6/13: A COMMON LOON and 2 RUDDY TURNSTONES were seen along the Wildlife Drive. A (the) AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was seen at VanDyne Spoor Road and was present through the 15th. A CERULEAN WARBLER was seen on Howland Island.
6/14: Three BLACK TERNS, a SANDHILL CRANE and a BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON were seen from East Road. A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen at the Guy Baldassarre Marsh. Two SANDHILL CRANES and 10 BLACK TERNS were seen at VanDyne Spoor Marsh.

Cayuga County
6/12: A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was again seen along the Seneca River west of Bonta Bridge Road. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was again present at Fair Haven State Park.

Onondaga County
6/8: A SAW-WHET OWL was heard in the Morgan Hill State forest. It has been heard through the 14th.
6/9: A PRAIRIE WARBLER was again found at Green Lakes State Park and was found through the 14th. A CERULEAN WARBLER was found on Riverside Drive in Clay.
6/10: A BARNACLE GOOSE was seen and photographed at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.
6/11: A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was heard and recorded in Three Rivers WMA. Two GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were found at Cedar Bay Park in Fayetteville.
6/12: A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen at the Seneca River Preserve near Timber Banks Golf Course.
6/14: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen at Green Lakes State Park.
6/15: An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER continues at Whiskey Hollow Nature Preserve west of Baldwinsville.

Oswego County
6/8: A WHIP-POOR-WILL was heard near Cleveland on Rt. 49.
6/12: Two PIPING PLOVERS were again found at Sandy Island Beach State Park.

Madison County
6/13: A FRANKLIN’S GULL was found in with nearly 800 Ring-billed Gulls on Ditch Bank Road north of Canastota. It has continued to be seen through today.
6/14: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was found on Ditchbank Road.
6/15: Two FISH CROWS were heard on Ditchbank Road.

Oneida County
6/9: RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were again found on lakeshore Road and Verona Beach State Paor at the east end of Oneida Lake.

Herkimer County
6/9: Five RED CROSSBILLS were found at Bald Mountain south of Inlet.
6/10: Two GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were found on VanValkenburg Road east of Richfield Springs.
6/12: A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was heard on the Third Lake Trail near Old Forge.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of June 01, 2020

LEAST BITTERN
GREAT EGRET
BLACK VULTURE
PEREGRINE FALCON
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
SANDHILL CRANE
RUDDY TURNSTONE
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
WHIMBREL
PIPING PLOVER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
UPLAND SANDPIPER
BLACK TERN
WHIP-POOR-WILL
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER
ACADIAN FLYCATCHER
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT
RED CROSSBILL

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
6/2: Eight shorebird species including RED-NECKED PHALAROPE and WHIMBREL were seen at the Wildlife Drive, mostly near the south end. And rare for Montezuma COMMON TERN was seen also. The Phalarope was seen through the 4th.
6/3: A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen on VanDyne Spoor Road.
6/6: PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS continue at the forested area on Armitage Road.
6/7: Two ORCHARD ORIOLES were seen on Howland Island. Five BLACK TERNS were seen at Tschache Pool.

Onondaga County
6/2: This was the last day the YELLOW BREASTED CHAT was seen at Labrador Hollow Unique Area.
6/5: ACADIAN FLYCATCHER continues in Whiskey Hollow Nature Preserve west of Baldwinsville.
6/6: Up to 50 SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPERS and a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER were seen from the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake. Two PRAIRIE WARBLERS and 2 ORCHARD ORIOLES were seen at Green Lakes State Park. A CERULEAN WARBLER was seen on Ferguson Road in the Cicero Swamp.
6/7: A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was found at Cedar Bar Park in Fayetteville. A near albino Robin was seen and photographed in New Hartford.

Oswego County
6/3: Two PIPING PLOVERS continue at the Sandy Pond Outlet on Lake Ontario. A RUDDY TURNSTONE was also seen. Two late COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen on Hinman Road north of Pulaski.
6/4: Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS are still being seen at the north lookout of Derby Hill Bird Observatory.
6/6: A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was seen at the second channel near the fishing access site on Toad Harbor Road on Oneida Lake. They have been found here in the past but have not been reported for a number of years.
6/7: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and the PROTHONOTARY WARBLER were seen at the Toad Harbor site on Oneida Lake.
6/8: A WHIP-POOR-WILL was heard on Sol Davis Road in Williamstown.

Cayuga County
6/3: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was again present at Fair Haven State Park.
6/5: A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was again seen from the Barge Canal near Brutus.

Madison County
6/3: An ORCHARD ORIOLE and a CERULEAN WARBLER were seen on Ditch Bank Road north of Canastota.
6/4: A FISH CROW continues on Ditchbank Road.
6/5: A SANDHILL CRANE was seen in a plowed field near the Bridgeport-Kirkville Road.
6/8: Seven RED CROSSBILLS were seen on Muller Hill Road east of Georgetown.

Oneida County
6/2: A LEAST BITTERN was seen in the Utica Marsh. It was seen through the 7th.
6/3: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was again seen at Verona Beach State Park.
6/4: A WHIP-POOR-WILL was heard at the Preston Hill Gravel Pit north of Oneida Lake.
6/6: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen on Anderson Road in Clinton. A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen at the Shenendoah Golf Course at Turningstone.
6/8: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen on Rt.49 east of Jewell on Oneida Lake. Two GREAT EGRETS were seen at Utica Marsh.

Herkimer County
6/1: A BLACK VULTURE was seen and photographed on Westgate Drive in the Town of Schuyler. It was again present on the 3rd.
6/4: A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen on the Third Lake Trail near Inlet.
6/7: An UPLAND SANDPIPER was seen in a field west of Dolgeville.

Rare Bird Report for the week of May 25, 2020

LEAST BITTERN
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
GLOSSY IBIS
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
SANDHILL CRANE
RUDDY TURNSTONE
WILSON’S PHALAROPE
PIPING PLOVER
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
DUNLIN
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
WHIP-POOR-WILL
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER
ACADIAN FLYCATCHER
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
5/27: A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen at Larue’s Lagoon on the Wildlife Drive.
5/28: A LEAST BITTERN and a BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON were spotted at Guy Baldassarre Marsh.
5/29: A GLOSSY IBIS was seen at Guy Baldassarre Marsh. A WILSON’S PHALAROPE was seen at the Loop Road Unit north of Rt. 31. A LEAST BITTERN was found at Tschache Pool.
5/30: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at the Mays Point dam. PROTHONOTARY WARBLER and ORCHARD ORIOLE were seen at Howland Island from boats. A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was seen at the Visitor’s Center. PROTHONOTARY WARBLER(S) continues at the forested area of Armitage Road.
5/31: Six BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were seen at the Loop Road Unit. Eight BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS and 14 RUDY TURNSTONES were seen at the beginning of the Main Pool. Two BLACK TERNS were seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh.

Onondaga County
5/26: An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER and a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER were seen at Labrador Hollow Unique Area.
5/27: ACADIAN FLYCATCHERS were found at Whiskey Hollow Nature Preserve west of Baldwinsville and Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville. A PRAIRIE WARBLER continues at Green Lakes State Park. A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen from Jamesville Ave in Syracuse.
5/29: Two DUNLIN were found in pools on Solar Street near Destiny is Syracuse.
5/30: A LEAST BITTERN was heard at the Dewitt Marsh on Fisher Road. A BLACK VULTURE was seen from Seneca Turnpike in Jamesville.
5/3: A rare for our area YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was found at Labrador Hollow Unique Area. Also seen was a SANDHILL CRANE. The YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT is being seen again today.
6/1: An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was found at Labrador Hollow Unique Area.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
The official hawk count at Derby Hill ended this past week. The grand total was 82,684 Hawks counted this season. A special thank you to our counter, Karl Bardon for another great season.

Oswego County
5/26: A WHIP-POOR-WILL was heard at the Martin Road gravel pit north of Oneida Lake.
5/30: Two BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, a SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER and 2 PIPING PLOVERS were found at the Sandy Pond outlet on Lake Ontario.

Cayuga County
5/26: RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue at Fair Haven State Park.
5/27: Two BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were seen at West Barrier Bar Park in Fair Haven.
5/28: A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was found near the Seneca River west of the Bonta Bridge Road. Two BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS and 2 RUDDY TURNSTONES were seen at West Barrier Bar Park in Fair Haven.
5/29: A late WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was seen at Fair Haven State Park. An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER was heard at Fair Haven State Park.

Madison County
5/30: A SANDHILL CRANE was seen on Marsh Mill Road in Kirkville. Two ORCHARD ORIOLES were seen on Ditchbank Road north of Canastota.

Oneida County
5/28: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER wa seen on Lakeshore Road near North Bay on Oneida Lake.
5/30: A WHIP-POOR-WILL was heard on Preston Hill north of Oneida Lake.
5/31: Three SANDHILL CRANES were seen in the Utica Marsh WMA.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of May 18, 2020

WESTERN GREBE (Extralimital)
LEAST BITTERN
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
GLOSSY IBIS
BRANT
GREATER SCAUP
LESSER SCAUP
SANDHILL CRANE
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
UPLAND SANDPIPER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
GULL-BILLED TERN (Extralimital)
WHIP-POOR-WILL
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER
ACADIAN FLYCATCHER
PHILADELPHIA VIREO
SEDGE WREN
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER
CONNECTICUT WARBLER
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
CERULEAN WARBLER
PRAIRIE WARBLER
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
LARK SPARROW
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
ORCHARD ORIOLE

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
5/20: A GLOSSY IBIS was found on the Wildlife Drive. It continues thru the 22nd. A SEDGE WREN was reported from the Wildlife Drive.
5/22: An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER and a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER were spotted at Howland Island.
5/23: A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was seen at the Visitor’s Center.
5/24: Late GREATER and LESSER SCAUP were seen at VanDyne Spoor Road. CERULEAN and PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS were reported from Howland Island. Four SANDHILL CRANES were spotted at the Morgan Road Marshes.
5/25: An ORCHARD ORIOLE and 2 SANDHILL CRANES were seen along the Wildlife Trail. A CERULEAN WARBLER was seen at VanDyne Spoor Road. A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was again present at the wooded area of Armitage Road.

Cayuga County
5/18: Seventeen species of warblers including GOLDEN-WINGED were found at the Sterling Nature Center.
5/20: A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen at West Barrier Bar Park in Fair Haven.
5/21: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues at Fair Haven State Park. Twelve species of warblers including a PRAIRIE WARBLER were seen at West Barrier Bar Park.
5/22: A LARK SPARROW was found at West Barrier Park.
5/24: A LEAST BITTERN, a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER and a very rare for our area CONNECTICUT WARBLER were reported from West Barrier Bar Park. A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was seen at Sterling Nature Center.
5/25: A BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, a PHILADELPHIA VIREO and 16 species of Warblers were reported from West Barrier Bar Park. An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER was found at the Sterling Nature Center.

Onondaga County
5/20: Two SANDHILL CRANES were seen at the Gerber Topsoil Farm in Kirkville and were present thru the 25th. A LEAST BITTERN was heard at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville and was heard thru the 25th. A female GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was seen at Three Rivers WMA. A PRAIRIE WARBLER was found at Green Lakes State Park. It had continued through today.
5/23: Up to 2 ACADIAN FLYCATCHERS have returned to Whiskey Hollow Nature Preserve west of Baldwinsville and have been found thru today.
5/25: An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen at Labrador Hollow Unique Area.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
A total of 5,681 hawks were counted at Derby Hill this week. 5/25 was the best day with a total of 3,041 hawks counted 2,589 of which were BROAD-WINGED HAWKS. It was also a record day for BALD EAGLES with 152 counted. Other notables were a resident RED-HEADED WOODPECKER(S) on 5/19 and a BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON on 5/21.

Oswego County
5/20: Eighteen BRANT and 2 SNOW GEESE were seen on Oneida Lake from Mill Street in Constantia.
5/21: WHIP-POOR-WILLS were heard from Martin Road and the Roosevelt Gravel Pits north of Oneida Lake. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen by many at Sunset Bay Park on Lake Ontario in Scriba.
5/22: Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen at Three Mile Bay on Oneida Lake. An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen on Hinman Road north of Pulaski.
5/23: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at Deer Creek Marsh on Lake Ontario. A LEAST BITTERN was heard at the Phoenix Water Wells north of County Rt. 12.
5/24: GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSHES were found at the Sithe Energy Trail on Lake Ontario and at Deer Creek Marsh on Lake Ontario. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at Sunset Bay Park on Lake Ontario.
5/25: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO and a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER were seen at Sunset Bay Park.

Madison County
5/22: Five COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen at Woodman Pond south of Hamilton.
5/25: An UPLAND SANDPIPER was seen at Ditchbank Road north of Canastota.

Oneida County
5/20: A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was found on Miller’s woods Road near Boonville.
5/24: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen in Waterville.

Herkimer County
5/18: A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was found near Salisbury Corners.
5/22: A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was found on Big Otter Lake Trail north of Thendara.

Extralimital
5/23: A WESTERN GREBE was spotted on Seneca Lake from Seneca Lake State Park in Geneva. It was relocated on 5/24 but not since.
5/25: A first for upstate GULL-BILLED TERN was found on 5/25 at the Cayuga Overlook of the Iroquois NWR in Genesee County. A preliminary report from late in the day on the 24th was verified early on the 25th. So far today it has not been relocated.

Rare Bird Report for the week of May 11, 2020

LEAST BITTERN
GREAT EGRET
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
SURF SCOTER
GOLDEN EAGLE
RUDDY TURNSTONE
SANDERLING
WILSON’S PHALAROPE
YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO
WHIP-POOR-WILL
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER
PHILADELPHIA VIREO
SWAINSON’S THRUSH
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
CERULEAN WARBLER
CAPE MAY WARBLER
PRAIRIE WARBLER
PAINTED BUNTING
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
LINCOLN’S SPARROW
BLUE GROSBEAK
ORCHARD ORIOLE

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
5/16: A GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER along with a number of CERULEAN WARBLERS were found on Howland Island. PROTHONOTARY WARBLER and CERULEAN WARBLER were seen on Armitage Road.
5/17: A GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was seen on Esker Brook Trail. Two ORCHARD ORIOLES were seen on the Wildlife Drive. Nine shorebird species including 2 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS and 13 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS were seen at the Visitor’s Center. An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen on VanDyne Spoor Road.
5/18: A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was seen on the Loop Road north of Rt. 31.

Onondaga County
5/12: A BLACK TERN was seen at Oneida Shores State Park.
5/14: A very rare for the area PAINTED BUNTING (female) was seen at a residence on Lawrence Road in Marcellus. It was seen by many through the 16th. Much thanks to Kaye Fenlon for welcoming people to her property to see this special bird. A RUDDY TURNSTONE and 26 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were seen from Oneida Shores.
5/15: A BLACK TERN and a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER were seen at the Liverpool Marina on Onondaga Lake.
5/16: A LEAST BITTERN was heard on Potter Pond at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville. A pair of SURF SCOTERS were seen on the east shore of Onondaga Lake. A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen at a residence on DeMong Drive in Syracuse.
5/17: A LINCOLN’S SPARROW was seen at Three Rivers WMA. Two CERULEAN WARBLERS were found at Green Lakes State Park. A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen from DeMong Drive in Syracuse.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
1,895 Hawks were counted at Derby this week. Only one GOLDEN EAGLE was counted this week. On 3/17 104 non raptor species were recorded. Other highlights were PRAIRIE WARBLER, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO and RED-HEADED WOODPECKER.

Oswego County
5/13: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen near Cleveland.
5/14: A SURF SCOTER was seen at Phillips Point of Oneida Lake.
5/15: An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at Sunset Beach Park on Lake Ontario. A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen at Phillips Point on Oneida Lake.
5/16: Amid the dearth of migrant Warblers seen at Sunset Beach Park were rarities such as WHIP-POOR-WILL, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW and GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at the Sithe Energy Trails at Independence Way on Lake Ontario. A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was found at Carley’s Mills north of Central Square.
5/17: At Sunset Bay Park ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and PHILADELPHIA VIREO were the highlights as migrants continue. A GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was seen on Dam Road in the Town of Richland. An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen at a residence on Baum Road north of Central Square.

Cayuga County
5/14: RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were again seen at Fair Haven State Park.
5/15: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO and a SANDERLING were seen at West Barrier Bar Park in Fair Haven.

Madison County
5/11: A WILSON’S PHALAROPE was seen on Ditchbank Road north of Canastota.
5/11: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen in Hamilton. A CERULEAN WARBLER was seen on Ditchbank Road.
5/16: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen on Chapman Road in Lakeport.
5/17: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen on Bailey Road in Chittenango.

Oneida County
5/12: RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue at Verona Beach State Park.
5/15: A WHIP-POOR-WILL was heard at the Preston Hill Gravel Pits north of Oneida Lake.
5/17: A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was heard on Perimeter Road in Rome.

Herkimer County
5/13: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was found on Partridge Hill Road in Trenton.
5/16: Two GREAT EGRETS were seen on Shells Bush Road north of Little Falls. A SWAINSON’S THRUSH and a LINCOLN’S SPARROW were seen at Salisbury Corners north of Dolgeville.

Rare Bird Report for the week of May 04, 2020

AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN
LITTLE BLUE HERON
GOLDEN EAGLE
PIPING PLOVER
SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER
AMERICAN AVOCET
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
WILSON’S PHALAROPE
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
BLACK TERN
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
PHILADELPHIA VIREO
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
CERULEAN WARBLER
CAPE MAY WARBLER
PRAIRIE WARBLER
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER
SWAINSON’S THRUSH
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
LINCOLN’S SPARROW
BLUE GROSBEAK
ORCHARD ORIOLE
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
ORCHARD ORIOLE
PINE SISKIN

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
5/6: An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was seen at VanDyne Spoor Road. A CERULEAN WARBLER was found at Howland Island.
5/8: Three AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen at the Visitor’s Center.
5/9: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at the Visitor’s Center. A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was seen on East Road. Ten shorebird species including an early WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER were seen from Loop Road north of Rt. 31. A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was seen near the nest boxes on Armitage Road and has been seen almost daily since.
5/10: A CERULEAN WARBLER was seen on Howland Island.

Onondaga County
5/5: The adult LITTLE BLUE HERON was again seen at Hamlin Marsh on Old Wetzel Road. Four SANDHILL CRANES were seen there also.
5/9: A LINCOLN’S SPARROW was seen in the LeMoyne College woods in Syracuse. A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was seen at the landfill from Cedar Bay Park in Fayetteville.
5/10: Ten warbler species including PRAIRIE and WILSON’S were found on the Perimiter Trail at Green Lakes State Park . A SANDHILL CRANE was seen at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville. A SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER was seen at the Gerber Topsoil Farm in Manlius.
5/11: Seventeen warbler species including 4 CAPE MAYS were found at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville. Eleven species of warblers including a GOLDEN-WINGED were seen at Hamlin Marsh on Old Wetzel Road. Two SANDHILL CRANES were seen also.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
Cold weather and north winds made for a disappointing week at Derby. Only 642 raptors were counted. One GOLDEN EAGLE was seen.

Oswego County
5/6: A PIPING PLOVER was again seen at the Sandy Pond outlet. Two SANDHILL CRANES were seen in flight at the intersection of Rt. 264 and Rt. 481 north of Phoenix
5/7: A BLACK TERN was seen with Common Terns at Phillips Point on Oneida Lake.
5/10: A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was heard on Bishop Road north of Pulaski.
5/11: Eleven species of warblers including a PRAIRIE were seen at Sunset Bay Park on Lake Ontario in Scriba. An early WILLOW FLYCATCHER was seen at Phillips Point on Oneida Lake.

Cayuga County
5/8: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues at Fair Haven State Park near the lower level camps.

Madison County
5/6: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen at the Madison Street Impoundment north of Hamilton.
5/7: A rare for our area YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was seen and photographed on Ditchbank Road north of Canastota.
5/8: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen on Ditchbank Road.
5/10: A WILSON’S PHALAROPE was seen on Ditchbank Road.

Oneida County
5/6: A PINE SISKIN was seen at the Spring Farms Nature Sanctuary south of Clinton.

Extralimital
A very rare for upstate BLUE GROSBEAK has been seen numerous times this week at the Seneca Meadows Landfill in Seneca Falls. Special permission is needed to enter the facility. So far all who asked were granted entry and guided to the bird’s location. The facility deserves our thanks for their cooperation.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of April 27, 2020

RED-NECKED GREBE
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN
LEAST BITTERN
LITTLE BLUE HERON
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON
SURF SCOTER
GOLDEN EAGLE
BLACK VULTURE
PIPING PLOVER
WILSON’S PHALAROPE
UPLAND SANDPIPER
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
FORSTER’S TERN
BLACK TERN
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
SEDGE WREN
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
CERULEAN WARBLER
SWAINSON’S THRUSH
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
PINE SISKIN
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
ORCHARD ORIOLE

This seemed to be the week the passerines returned. 18 species of Warblers plus Vireos and Flycatchers were reported. Now if it will only stay warm for more than a day.

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
4/29: A SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER and a colorful female WILSON’S PHALAROPE were seen at Carncross Road.
5/2: A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was seen on Howland Island. Six Shorebird species including DUNLIN were seen along the Wildlife Drive. 26 BLACK TERNS were seen at Tschache Pool.
5/3: A SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER was seen from West Loop Road north of Rt. 31. Three AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were seen in flight from the Wildlife Drive. A CERULEAN WARBLER was found on Howland Island.

Onondaga County
4/27: A SURF SCOTER was seen on Onondaga Lake from the West Shore Trail. It was seen the next day also.
4/28: A BLACK VULTURE was seen near a residence on Jamesville Avenue in Syracuse. A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen on Onondaga Lake from the West Shore Trail.
5/3: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen in Coulter Park in Syracuse. A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was seen along the Butternut Creek Trail in Dewitt. A rare for our area adult LITTLE BLUE HERON was found at the Hamlin Marsh on Old Wetzel Road in the Town of Clay. It was seen and photographed by many observers. Also heard here was a LEAST BITTERN.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory.
Derby Hill came to life this week. On the 2nd. 13,753 hawks were counted, a majority being BROAD-WINGS. In all 32,909 hawks were counted this week. Only 1 GOLDEN EAGLE was seen this week. Other highlights were RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, GLAUCOUS GULL, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, SURF-SCOTER and WHIP-POOR-WILL.

Oswego County
4/29: A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at Selkirk Shores State Park.
5/1: A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen on Lake Road near Sunset Bay Park. A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen at Sandy Island State Park. A SEDGE WREN was heard at the Oswego County Airport.
5/2: A SWAINSON’S THRUSH was heard on Toad Harbor Road in Cicero .A PIPING PLOVER was seen at the Sandy Pond Outlet on Lake Ontario. A PINE SISKIN was seen at a residence on Hinman Road north of Pulaski.
5/3: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at the Greenview Golf Course in West Monroe. A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON and an ORCHARD ORIOLE were seen near the SUNY Oswego campus. A LEAST BITTERN was found at Crossroads Park in Central Square. A BLACK VULTURE was seen from Rt. 3 just north of the end of Rt. 104A east of Texas.

Madison County
5/1: A BLACK TERN was seen at Woodman Pond north of Hamilton.
5/3: Two FORSTER’S TERNS were seen at Woodman Pond north of Hamilton. RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen at Chapman Park west of Lakeport and near Erieville.

Oneida County
5/3: An UPLAND SANDPIPER was seen on Harris Road south of Poland.

Herkimer County
4/28: Four PINE SISKINS were seen near Gray Lake south of Old Forge.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of April 20, 2020

RED-THROATED LOON
RED-NECKED GREBE
WHITE-PELICAN
AMERICAN BITTERN
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON
GREAT EGRET
EURASIAN WIGEON
SURF SCOTER
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
GOLDEN EAGLE
BLACK VULTURE
SORA
SPOTTED SANDPIPER
DUNLIN
PECTORAL SANDPIPER
PIPING PLOVER
ICELAND GULL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Two AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS are still being seen just south of the Montezuma complex. They were reported from Frontenac Harbor on Cayuga Lake this week.
4/20: A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON was seen from Railroad Road off of VanDyne Spoor Road.
4/25: An early LEAST SANDPIPER was seen at the Visitor’s Center. A SORA and an AMERICAN BITTERN were seen at Guy Baldassarre Marsh.
4/26: An early SOLITARY SANDPIPER was seen along the Wildlife Trail. A PECTORAL SANDPIPER and a DUNLIN were found at Carncross Road. An AMERICAN BITTERN was seen at the Visitor’s Center.

Onondaga County
4/22: An early GRAY CATBIRD was found at Barry Park in Syracuse. It (another) was seen on the 26th.
4/24: A BLACK VULTURE was seen near the OCCRA site in Jamesville.
4/25: A RED-THROATED LOON and 3 RED-NECKED GREBES were seen from the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake. A SORA and an AMERICAN BITTERN were found off of Ladd Road near Oneida Shores Park.
4/27: A SURF SCOTER was seen from the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
Another slow week at Derby. Only 3,303 raptors were recorded and only one day had over a thousand hawks . BROAD-WINGED HAWKS have taken over as the most numerous raptors counted as TURKEY VULTURE numbers drop off. Two GOLDEN EAGLES and a NORTHERN GOSHAWK were counted this week.

Oswego County
4/21: Two RED-NECKED GREBES were seen in Muskrat Bay near Oneida Shores Park in Oneida Lake.
4/23: A female PIPING PLOVER was seen near the Sandy Pond Outlet of Lake Ontario. A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen near Pennelville.
4/25: An EURASIAN WIGEON was seen in Peter Scott Swamp north of Phoenix.
4/26: 2 SURF-SCOTERS were seen at Phillips Point of Oneida Lake. A SOLITARY SANDPIPER was seen at the Prior Road wetlands north of Phoenix.

Madison County
4/24: A PECTORAL SANDPIPER was seen at the Madison Street Impoundment north of Hamilton.
4/25: An ICELAND GULL was seen on Ditchbank Road north of Canastota.

Oneida County
4/23: Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue at Verona Beach State Park.

Herkimer County
4/25: A GREAT EGRET was seen at the McKoons Road wetland north of Richfield Springs.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of April 06, 2020

RED-THROATED LOON
RED-NECKED GREBE
AMERICAN BITTERN
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON
ROSS’S GOOSE
GREAT EGRET
AMERICAN BITTERN
SURF SCOTER
BROAD-WINGED HAWK
BLACK VULTURE
GOLDEN EAGLE
SANDHILL CRANE
VIRGINIA RAIL
SORA
DUNLIN
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
BAND SWALLOW
NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW
BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER
LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH
EASTERN TOWHEE
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW
LARK SPARROW
VESPER SPARROW
PINE SISKIN

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
4/9: A BLACK VULTURE was seen on the Wildlife Drive.
4/11: DUNLIN, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, WILSON’S SNIPE, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON, VESPER SPARROW and SANDHILL CRANE were all reported on the Wildlife Drive. A BANK SWALLOW was seen on East Road. A PECTORAL SANDPIPER was seen on Carncross Road.
4/12: An EASTERN TOWHEE was found at South Spring Pond Trail. Four SANDHILL CRANES were seen at VanDyne Spoor road.
4/13: A NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW was seen on the Wildlife Drive.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
4,417 Raptors were counted at Derby Hill this week. On 4/12 the first BROAD-WINGED HAWKS (22) were reported. Other highlights were 3 SANDHILL CRANES and 2 ROSS’S GEESE.

Oswego County
The LARK SPARROW at Hinman Road north of Pulaski was seen up to 4/22. It has now been present for 97 days.
4/7: a pair of SURF SCOTERS were seen at Phillips Point on Oneida Lake.
4/8: Two RED-NECKED GREBES and 2 AMERICAN BITTERNS were seen at Deer Creek Marsh near Rainbow Shores Road.
4/10: An early GREAT EGRET was seen on County Rt. 58 north of Colosse.
4/11: A VESPER SPARROW was seen at Sandy Island Beach State Park.

Onondaga County
4/6: A LESSER BLACK BLACKED GULL was seen at the Liverpool Marina on Onondaga Lake.
4/7: A VIRGINIA RAIL was found at the Dewitt Marsh off of Fisher Road in Syracuse. A LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH was found at Cedarvale Road east of Marcellus.
4/10: A PINE SISKIN was seen at a feeder on Lawrence Road in Marcellus.
4/11: A GOLDEN EAGLE wa spotted from Fox Road in Marietta.
4/12: A GOLDEN EAGLE, a VESPER SPARROW and an EASTERN TOWHEE were all seen at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville. A BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER was found on the West Shore Trail on Onondaga Lake. A BROAD-WINGED HAWK was seen near Syracuse University.

Madison County 
4/8: A SORA was seen at the Madison Street impoundment north of Hamilton.
4/10: An AMERICAN PIPIT was seen at Ditchbank Road north of Canastota.
4/11: Two LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, an ICELAND GULL, a GLAUCOUS GULL and a FISH CROW were all found on Ditchbank Road north of Canastota. A RED-THROATED LOON was found at Woodman Pond north of Hamilton.

Oneida County
4/9: A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was seen at Belle Ave. in Utica.
4/12: A VESPER SPARROW was found on Black Hollow road in Remsen.

Herkimer County
4/6: An ICELAND GULL was seen at Hinckley Reservoir.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of April 06, 2020

RED-THROATED LOON
RED-NECKED GREBE
AMERICAN BITTERN
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON
ROSS’S GOOSE
GREAT EGRET
AMERICAN BITTERN
SURF SCOTER
BROAD-WINGED HAWK
BLACK VULTURE
GOLDEN EAGLE
SANDHILL CRANE
VIRGINIA RAIL
SORA
DUNLIN
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
BAND SWALLOW
NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW
BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER
LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH
EASTERN TOWHEE
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW
LARK SPARROW
VESPER SPARROW
PINE SISKIN

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
4/9: A BLACK VULTURE was seen on the Wildlife Drive.
4/11: DUNLIN, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, WILSON’S SNIPE, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON, VESPER SPARROW and SANDHILL CRANE were all reported on the Wildlife Drive. A BANK SWALLOW was seen on East Road. A PECTORAL SANDPIPER was seen on Carncross Road.
4/12: An EASTERN TOWHEE was found at South Spring Pond Trail. Four SANDHILL CRANES were seen at VanDyne Spoor road.
4/13: A NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW was seen on the Wildlife Drive.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
4,417 Raptors were counted at Derby Hill this week. On 4/12 the first BROAD-WINGED HAWKS (22) were reported. Other highlights were 3 SANDHILL CRANES and 2 ROSS’S GEESE.

Oswego County
The LARK SPARROW at Hinman Road north of Pulaski was seen up to 4/22. It has now been present for 97 days.
4/7: a pair of SURF SCOTERS were seen at Phillips Point on Oneida Lake.
4/8: Two RED-NECKED GREBES and 2 AMERICAN BITTERNS were seen at Deer Creek Marsh near Rainbow Shores Road.
4/10: An early GREAT EGRET was seen on County Rt. 58 north of Colosse.
4/11: A VESPER SPARROW was seen at Sandy Island Beach State Park.

Onondaga County
4/6: A LESSER BLACK BLACKED GULL was seen at the Liverpool Marina on Onondaga Lake.
4/7: A VIRGINIA RAIL was found at the Dewitt Marsh off of Fisher Road in Syracuse. A LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH was found at Cedarvale Road east of Marcellus.
4/10: A PINE SISKIN was seen at a feeder on Lawrence Road in Marcellus.
4/11: A GOLDEN EAGLE wa spotted from Fox Road in Marietta.
4/12: A GOLDEN EAGLE, a VESPER SPARROW and an EASTERN TOWHEE were all seen at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville. A BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER was found on the West Shore Trail on Onondaga Lake. A BROAD-WINGED HAWK was seen near Syracuse University.

Madison County
4/8: A SORA was seen at the MADISON STREET IMPOUNDMENT north of Hamilton.
4/10: An AMERICAN PIPIT was seenat Ditchbank Road north of Canastota.
4/11: Two LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, an ICELAND GULL, a GLAUCOUS GULL and a FISH CROW were all found on Ditchbank Road north of Canastota. A RED-THROATED LOON was found at Woodman Pond north of Hamilton.

Oneida County
4/9: A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was seen at Belle Ave. in Utica.
4/12: A VESPER SPARROW was found on Black Hollow road in Remsen.

Herkimer County
4/6: An ICELAND GULL was seen at Hinckley Reservoir.

Rare Bird Report for the week of March 30, 2020

RED-THROATED LOON
RED-NECKED GREBE
WHITE PELICAN
GREAT EGRET
AMERICAN BITTERN
EURASIAN WIGEON
SURF SCOTER
BLACK VULTURE
GOLDEN EAGLE
BONAPARTE’S GULL
DUNLIN
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
LESSER YELLOWLEGS
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
BARN SWALLOW
MARSH WREN
EASTERN TOWHEE
FOX SPARROW
LARK SPARROW
VESPER SPARROW

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
3/30: A MARSH WREN and a PEREGRINE FALCON were noted near the Visitor’s Center.
3/31: The 2 WHITE PELICANS were again seen at the north end of Cayuga Lake near Mud Lock but in Seneca County. An EURASIAN WIGEON was seen from VanDyne Spoor Road.
4/3: An EURASIAN WIGEON was seen at Tschache Pool. A LESSER YELLOWLEGS was seen on the Wildlife Drive.
4/4: A MARSH WREN was heard at Carncross Road. An AMERICAN BITTERN and a GREATER YELLOWLEGS were seen on the Wildlife Drive.
4/5: A DUNLIN was found at the Visitor’s Center. A SANDHILL CRANE was seen in the Martville area.
4/6: A GREAT EGRET was seen from East Road.

Onondaga County
3/31: A RED-THROATED LOON was seen from the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake.
4/2: A MARSH WREN was heard at the Dewitt Marsh.
4/3: A BARN SWALLOW wa seen with Tree Swallows over the Seneca river in Balswinsville.
5/5: At the Liverpool Marina on Onondaga Lake a CASPIAN TERN, a number of RED-NECKED GREBES, a number of BONAPARTE’S GULLS and a pair of SURF SCOTERS were seen. A FOX SPARROW and an EASTERN TOWHEE were seen at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
Numbers were up this week at Derby but it was 95 per cent TURKEY VULTURES. The final count for the week was 16,682 raptors. Only one GOLDEN EAGLE was seen on 4/2. Other highlights were 7 SANDHILL CRANES, a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and an EASTERN TOWHEE.

Oswego County
The LARK SPARROW continues!!! This bird has been coming to a feeding area on Hinman Road north of Pulaski and today marks day 91.
4/5: A SANDHILL CRANE was seen near Co. Rt. 54 in Palermo. Twenty-one BONAPARTE’S GULLS were seen on Oneida Lake from Constantia. A VESPER SPARROW was seen near the mosquito station at Three Mile Bay on Oneida Lake. Fifteen species of waterfowl and 9 RED-NECKED GREBES were seen at Phillips Point on Oneida Lake.

Cayuga County
3/30: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues near the lower level cabins at Fair Haven State Park.
4/2: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen near Martville.

Madison County
3/31: A PECTORAL SANDPIPER was seen at Ditchbank Road north of Canastota.
4/1: A BLACK VULTURE was seen from Ditchbank Road.
4/2: Four BLUE-WINGED TEAL were seen at the Great Swamp Conservancy north of Canastota.
4/5: Three LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, an ICELAND GULL, a GLAUCOUS GULL and a PECTORAL SANDPIPER were all reported from Ditchbank Road. Two RED-NECKED GREBES were seen at Woodman Pond north of Hamilton.

Oneida County
4/1: A PECTORAL SANDPIPER was seen on North Gage Road near Poland.
4/4: Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue at Verona Beach State Park on Oneida Lake.

Herkimer County
3/31: An early FOX SPARROW was at a feeder on the Military Road north of Dolgeville.

Rare Bird Report for the week of March 23, 2020

RED-THROATED LOON
RED-NECKED GREBE
WHITE PELICAN
AMERICAN BITTERN
EURASIAN WIGEON
BLACK VULTURE
GOLDEN EAGLE
BONAPARTE’S GULL
VIRGINIA RAIL
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
LESSER YELLOWLEGS
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
ICELAND GULL
SHORT-EARED OWL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
NORTHERN SHRIKE
MARSH WREN
EASTERN TOWHEE
FOX SPARROW
CHIPPING SPARROW
LARK SPARROW

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
3/25: Seen at Carncross Road: GREATER YELLOWLEGS, NORTHERN SHRIKE, ICELAND GULL, 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS.
3/28: Three MARSH WRENS and a VIRGINIA RAIL were found near the Main Pool.
3/29: Two AMERICAN PELICANS were seen at the Morgan Road Marshes. By today they had moved and were found at the north end of Seneca Lake. They were seen from Mud Lock but seemed to be in Seneca County.
3/30: One MARSH WREN and one VIRGINIA RAIL were again heard at the Visitors Center near the Main Pool.

Onondaga County
3/24: Two SANDHILL CRANED were seen at Oxbow Road in Kirkville.
3/25: A RED-THROATED LOON was seen in flight at the north end of Skaneateles Lake.
3/26: An AMERICAN BITTERN and a SHORT-EARED OWL were spotted from the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake. A BLACK VULTURE was seen near the Erie Canal Trail in Fayetteville.
3/27: A NORTHERN SHRIKE and a GOLDEN EAGLE were seen at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.
3/29: A BLACK VULTURE was seen at Peck Road in Kirkville. The bird was seen in flight going toward Adams Street in Kirkville giving the fortunate observer a chance to list it in Madison County also.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
Derby Hill had 6,186 raptors counted this week. 3/26 and 3/27 were the first days to have over one thousand raptors counted. 3/26 had 1,718 and 3/27 had 1,874. As is normal for this time of year a vast majority of hawks counted were Turkey Vultures.
Other highlights were 5 SANDHILL CRANES ON 3/26 and a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER ON 3/27.

Oswego County
The LARK SPARROW at Hinman Road north of Pulaski continues!!!!! Today is day 84.
3/27: Eleven RED-NECKED GREBES were found at Philips Point on the north shore of Oneida Lake.
3/28: A male EURASIAN WIGEON was found with a wide variety of waterfowl on Ox Creek at Co. Rt. 14 south of Fulton.
3/30: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GUL was found at Toad Harbor Road south of Rt. 49.

Cayuga County
3/30: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was again seen at Fair Haven State Park on Lake Ontario. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen with Ring-billed Gulls at the wet area on Maiden Lane Road north of Port Byron.

Madison County
3/23: A PECTORAL SANDPIPER and 2 AMERICAN PIPITS were seen from Ditchbank Road north of Canastota.
3/24: Five SANDHILL CRANES were seen on Hamilton Street south of Hamilton.
3/27: A GOLDEN EAGLE was see near the Madison Street Impoundment north of Hamilton.
3/29: An ICELAND GULL was seen at Ditchbank Road north of Canastota.

Oneida County
3/23: An early EASTERN TOWHEE was seen in Oriskiny.

Herkimer County
3/26: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was again see near Salisbury Corners north of Middleville.

Rare Bird Report for the week of March 16, 2020

ROSS’S GOOSE
EURASIAN WIGEON
BARROW’S GOLDENEYE
SANDHILL CRANE
PECTORAL SANDPIPER
WILSON’S SNIPE
PEREGRINE FALCON
GOLDEN EAGLE
OSPREY
BONAPARTE’S GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
SHORT-EARED OWL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
NORTHERN SHRIKE
MARSH WREN
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER
EASTERN TOWHEE
FOX SPARROW
CHIPPING SPARROW
LARK SPARROW

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
3/18: An early MARSH WREN was seen at VanDyne Spoor Road.
3/19: An EURASIAN WIGEON was seen at Carncross Road.
3/20: An EURASIAN WIGEON was seen at the Headquarter Pool on Howland Island. It was seen again on 3/22.
3/21: Two SANDHILL CRANES were seen on Howland Island.
3/22: Two SANDHILL CRANES were seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh. A CHIPPING SPARROW was seen on Towpath Road. Three SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen from Carncross Road.

Onondaga County
Overwintering CHIPPING SPARROWS continue in Manlius and in Syracuse.
3/18: An ICELAND GULL and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were seen on Waters Road in Fabius.
3/20: A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen at McBride Street in Syracuse.
3/21: A YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER and a BONAPARTE’S GULL were seen at Oneida Shores Park in Brewerton.A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville and relocated the next day.
3/22: A possible GOLDEN EAGLE was seen on Fisher Road in Syracuse. Five LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were found on Waters Road in Fabius. An OSPREY was seen at Onondaga Lake Park.
3/23: An EASTERN TOWHEE was seen and photographed at Melo Circle in Clay. An OSPREY was seen from the Thruway in Mattydale.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
1,428 Raptors were counted at Derby Hill this week. Twelve GOLDEN EAGLES were seen. Other highlights were 7 ROSS’S GEESE, a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER and 2 GLAUCOUS GULLS. On 3/20 an estimated 41,000 non-raptor migrants were counted, a majority being icterids and waterfowl.

Oswego County
The Hinmanville Road LARK SPARROW has now made it 77 days including today.
3/19: Two SANDHILL CRANES were seen on Cty. Rt. 54 north of Phoenix.
3/21: A continuing FIELD SPARROW and a FOX SPARROW were seen at a feeder in Constantia.

Madison County
3/17: A FOX SPARROW was seen in Hamilton.
3/23: An early PECTORAL SANDPIPER was seen at Ditchbank Road north of Canastota.

Oneida County
3/22: Two adult male BARROW’S GOLDENEYES were seen from Lewis Point at the Southeast corner of Oneida Lake.
3/23: A FOX SPARROW was at a feeder south of Forestport.

Herkimer County
3/21: A WILSON’S SNIPE was seen near Salisbury Corners north of Middleville.
3/22: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen near Salisbury Corners.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of March 09, 2020

ROSS’S GOOSE
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
CACKLING GOOSE
EURASIAN WIGEON
BLACK VULTURE
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
GOLDEN EAGLE
BLACK-LEGGED KITTYWAKE
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL
SNOWY OWL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
NORTHERN SHRIKE
TREE SWALLOW
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER
LARK SPARROW
GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
3/9: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on East Road.
3/10: An EURASIAN WIGEON was seen at the Morgan Road marsh. It was seen through 3/12.
311: A SORA was heard along the Wildlife Drive. A YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was found at VanDyne Spoor road.
3/15: An EURASIAN WIGEON was found at the Headquarters Pond of Howland Island. Two SANDHILL CRANES were seen of Purser Road of the Northern Complex. A possible BLACK-LEGGED KITTYWAKE was seen in flight from East Road.
3/16: A RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET and a TREE SPARROW were seen on Towpath Road.

Cayuga County
3/10: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues near the cabins at Fair Haven State Park.

Onondaga County
3/9: A RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was seen on the Butternut Creek Trail in Fayetteville. An EURASIAN WIGEON was seen on the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake.
3/10: A SNOWY OWL was seen at Hancock Airport in Syracuse.
3/13: A CACKLING GOOSE wa seen from Mercer Park on the Seneca River in Baldwinsville.
3/14: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at Green Lakes State Park. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was see on Skaneateles Lake from the village.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
394 Raptors WERE COUNTED AT DERBY HILL THIS WEEK.
3/9: One GOLDEN EAGLE
3/12: Two GOLDEN EAGLES, 2 CACKLING GEESE, 1 TREE SWALLOW.
3/14: Seasons first NORTHERN GOSHAWK, ROSS’S GOOSE, 6 SANDHILL CRANES, 1 GLAUCOUS GULL.
3/15: One GOLDEN EAGLE.

Oswego County
The LARK SPARROW continues on Hinman Road north of Pulaski. Today was day 70.
3/10: Three EASTERN MEADOWLARKS were seen on Chesbro Road in Pennelville.

Madison County
3/10: A ROSS’S GOOSE and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were seen on Ditchbank Road north of Canastota.
3/15: An ICELAND GULL was found on Ditchbank Road.

Oneida County
3/12: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen along Rt. 31 west of Verona.
3/14: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues at Verona Beach State Park on Oneida Lake.

Herkimer County
3/10: The GOLDEN CROWNED SPARROW was again seen at a feeder at the intersection of Albany Road and Soncody Road but could nor be relocated on ensuing days.
3/11: A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen near McKoons Road Pond north of Richfield Springs.
3/13: A NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL was heard near Moss Lake north of Eagle Bay.

Spring Migrants reported up to today:
KILLDEER
EASTERN MEADOWLARK
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
AMERICAN WOODCOCK
SORA
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET
RUSTY BLACKBIRD

Rare Bird Report for the Week of March 02, 2020

RED-THROATED LOON
SNOW GOOSE
ROSS’S GOOSE
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
CACKLING GOOSE
EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL
TUFTED DUCK
PEREGRINE FALCON
GOLDEN EAGLE
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
SNOWY OWL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
NORTHERN SHRIKE
LARK SPARROW
GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
On 3/7 a flock of SNOW GEESE estimated to be 50,000 in number were seen at the north side (Wayne County) of the mucklands along Rt. 31 wast of the Seneca River. The next day the same (probably) group were observed at Puddlers Marsh (Seneca County) from East Road.
2/5: A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen at Carncross Road. A ROSS’S GOOSE was seen at the Visitor’s Center. Two SANDHILL CRANES were seen at VanDyne Spoor Road.
2/7: A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen in the mucklands along Rt. 31. An ICELAND GULL was seen at Carncross Road.
2/8: At East Road a GOLDEN EAGLE, a NORTHERN SHRIKE, a LAPLAND LONGSPUR and 2 SANDHILL CRANES were found.

Cayuga County
3/2: The TUFTED DUCK was seen again in Little Sodus Bay at Fair Haven State Park.
3/3: An immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at the camping area on Sand Point Drive in Fair Haven State Park.

Onondaga County
3/3: Three CACKLING GEESE were seen in Skaneateles Lake from the Village.
3/4: An EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL was seen in Onondaga Lake from the West Shore Trail. A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen in the Seneca River from Mercer Park in Baldwinsville.
3/6: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville. An ICELAND GULL was seen from the West Shore Trail on Onondaga Lake. A SNOWY OWL was seen at Hancock Airport. A CACKLING GOOSE was seen at Mercer Park in Baldwinsville and seen again of the 8th.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
The first official full week of hawk counting at Derby Hill yielded 213 raptors. The highlight was the season’s first GOLDEN EAGLE on 3/5.

Oswego County
The LARK SPARROW at Hinman Road north of Pulaski was seen yesterday making it 62 days. Not seen yet today.
3/5: A RED-THROATED LOON and a PEREGRINE FALCON were seen at Fort Ontario is Oswego.

Madison County
3/4: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was found on Ditchbank Road north of Canastota.
3/6: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, 5 ICELAND GULLS and a GLAUCOUS GULL were all seen at Ditchbank Road.
3/8: A CACKLING GOOSE was found on Colton Road in Canastota.

Oneida County
3/7: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues at Verona Beach State Park on Oneida Lake.

Herkimer County
3/6: A rare for anywhere in New York GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW was seen and photographed at a feeder at the corner of Albany Road and Soncody Road north of West Winfield. Despite much effort the bird has nor been seen again.
3/7: A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen between Old Forge and Eagle Bay in the Adirondacks. A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in Little Falls.

Rare Bird Report for the week of February 24, 2020

CACKLING GOOSE
TUFTED DUCK
RUDDY DUCK
NORTHERN HARRIER
PEREGRINE FALCON
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
ICELAND GULL
SNOWY OWL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
NORTHERN SHRIKE
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER
DICKCISSEL
EASTERN TOWHEE
FIELD SPARROW
CHIPPING SPARROW
LARK SPARROW

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
NORTHERN HARRIERS were seen at the Visitor’s Center and along the Thruway pools on 2/25 and 2/28.

Onondaga County
CHIPPING SPARROWS were seen this week at locations near Syracuse University, Manlius and Elbridge.
2/24: Another sighting of the female DICKCISSEL at Century Stables on Limeledge Road in Marcellus.
2/25: A RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was seen on the West Shore Trail on Onondaga Lake in Syracuse.
2/26: A SNOWY OWL was again seen at Hancock Airport in Syracuse.
2/28: Two YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS were seen at Oneida Shores Park in Brewerton.
2/29: Three ICELAND GULLS and 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen in the Inner Harbor on Kirkpatrick Street in Syracuse. A CACKLING GOOSE was see on the Swan Pond in Manlius. It was seen again on 3/1.
3/1: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and a RUDDY DUCK were again seen at the Inner Harbor on Kirkpatrick Street in Syracuse.

Oswego County
The hawkwatch at Derby Hill officially started on 3/1. There have not been any signs of migrating hawks yet.
The LARK SPARROW found on Hinman Road north of Pulaski was seen yesterday making it 55 straight days. Yee-ha.
A FIELD SPARROW continues at a feeder in Constantia.
2/24: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Cole Road south of Fulton.
3/1: A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen at the Marine Museum in Oswego.

Cayuga County
2/25: This was the last positive report of the TUFTED DUCK on Little Sodus Bay in Fair Haven.

Madison County
3/1: A NORTHERN SHRIKE continues at the intersection of Eden Hollow Road and Eaton Brook Road east of Erieville.

Oneida County
2/29: Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue at Verona Beach State Park.

Rare Bird Report for the week of February 17, 2020

RED-THROATED LOON
HARLEQUIN DUCK
BARROW’S GOLDENEYE
RUDDY DUCK
BLACK SCOTER
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK
AMERICAN WOODCOCK
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
ICELAND GULL
SNOWY OWL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET
EASTERN TOWHEE
FIELD SPARROW
CHIPPING SPARROW
LARK SPARROW
YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD
PINE SISKIN
COMMON REDPOLL

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
2/20: Two YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS were found on Armitage Road near the north end of East Road. One appeared to be a juvenile/female type, the other an adult male. They were in the company of other icterids and favored a feeder on Armitage although they were also seen on Olmstead Road to the west. One or both were seen again of the 22nd. and the 23rd.
2/23: A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen on Olmstead Road. A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen and nicely photographed on a power pole on Rt. 31 in the mucklands west of the Seneca River.

Cayuga County
The adult male TUFTED DUCK found last week in Little Sodus Bay in Fair Haven has continued to be seen throughout the week. It is mostly seen from the east side of the bay but some have spotted it from the west side from Hadcock Drive. It was reported through yesterday.
2.23: An AMERICAN WOODCOCK was reportedly heard from Hadcock Road in Fair Haven.

Onondaga County
2/17: A PINE SISKIN was seen on Jerome Road near Fabius.
2/18: Two ICELAND and 1 GLAUCOUS GULL were seen at the Liverpool Marina on Onondaga Lake.
2/21: A SNOWY OWL was seen at Hancock Airport in Syracuse. An ICELAND GULL and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were found in the Inner Harbor south of Onondaga Lake in Syracuse.
2/22: A RUDDY DUCK continues in the Inner Harbor.
2/23: Two CHIPPING SPARROWS continue at a feeder in Manlius. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on the Erie Canal trail in Kirkville. An ICELAND GULL was spotted from the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake.

Oswego County
The LARK SPARROW was seen on the 23rd. making it 48 days at the location on Hinman Road north of Pulaski.
The adult male HARLEQUIN DUCK was seen again in Oswego Harbor on the 17th. and the 22nd.
Three female BLACK SCOTERS were seen in Oswego Harbor on the 19th.
A female BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was present again this week at Oswego Harbor and was reported on the 17th. the 21st. and the 22nd.
2/17: A RED HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at Noyes Sanctuary on Lake Ontario in the Town of Scriba.
2/18: A COMMON REDPOLL was seen at a feeder on Hinman Road north of Pulaski.
2/22: A RED-THROATED LOON was seen in Oswego Harbor.
2/23: A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen at Derby Hill. An ICELAND GULL was seen from East river Road in Brewerton.

Madison County
2/21: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and a GLAUCOUS GULL were seen at the Madison County Landfill on Buyea Road south of Canastota.
2/23: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and an ICELAND GULL were seen on Ditchbank Road north of Canastota.

Syracuse Area Rare Bird Report for the week of February 10, 2020

RED-THROATED LOON
CACKLING GOOSE
WOOD DUCK
NORTHERN SHOVELER
AMERICAN WIGEON
HARLEQUIN DUCK
BARROW’S GOLDENEYE
RUDDY DUCK
BLACK SCOTER
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
ICELAND GULL
SNOWY OWL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
DICKCISSEL
FIELD SPARROW
CHIPPING SPARROW
WHITE CROWNED SPARROW
LARK SPARROW
DICKCISSEL
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
COMMON REDPOLL

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
No reports this week.

Onondaga County
2/10: An AMERICAN WIGEON was seen at the mouth of Nine Mile Creek on Onondaga Lake.
2/11: A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was spotted at Pratt”s Falls County park. A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen on No. 9 Road south of Manlius.
2.12: The female DICKCISSEL found earlier in January on Limeledge Road in Marcellus made another appearance but has not been reported since. An ICELAND GULL, 2 GLAUCOUS GULLS and 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were all seen at the Liverpool Marina on Onondaga Lake.
2/14: The adult male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was again seen on the Oswego River in Phoenix on the Onondaga County side.
2/15: A WOOD DUCK was seen on the Oswego River from Radisson. Two ICELAND GULLS and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were seen at the Inner Harbor near Destiny Shopping Center in Syracuse. Two SNOWY OWLS were seen at Hancock Airport in Syracuse.
2/16: Two NORTHERN SHOVELERS and 2 CACKLING GEESE were seen from the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake. A RUDDY DUCK continues at the Inner Harbor.

Oswego County
The LARK SPARROW made it to day 41 yesterday on Hinman Road north of Pulaski.
A FIELD SPARROW continues to overwinter at a feeder in Constantia.
2/11: A RED-THROATED LOON was seen in Oswego Harbor.
2/11: A BLACK SCOTER was again seen in Oswego Harbor and continued to 2/16. A male HARLEQUIN DUCK was again seen in Oswego Harbor and continued to 2/16. The adult male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was again found in the Oswego River in Phoenix and was seen through 2/15.
2/14: A BLACK SCOTER, an ICELAND GULL and a GLAUCOUS GULL were all found in Oswego Harbor. A female BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was spotted from Fort Ontario in Oswego and was seen through the 16th. A COMMON REDPOLL was reported on Hoyt Road in Pennelville.
2/16: An ICELAND GULL was seen near Lock 6 on the Oswego River in Oswego.

Cayuga County
2/13: A male TUFTED DUCK was found in Little Sodus Bay in Fair Haven and has continued to be seen through the 16th.
2/15: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues at the lower camp sites in Fair Haven State Park.

Madison County
2/16: Five COMMON REDPOLLS were seen on Pleasant Valley Road south of Peterboro.

Oneida County
2/16: A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was seen on Perimeter Road in Rome.

Rare Bird Report for the week of February 3, 2020

TUNDRA SWAN
TRUMPETER SWAN
CACKLING GOOSE
WOOD DUCK
HARLEQUIN DUCK
BARROW’S GOLDENEYE
RUDDY DUCK
BLACK SCOTER
GLAUCOUS GULL
ICELAND GULL
SNOWY OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD
COMMON GRACKLE
DICKCISSEL
FIELD SPARROW
CHIPPING SPARROW
WHITE CROWNED SPARROW
LARK SPARROW
PINE SISKIN

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
2/4: Nine TRUMPETER and 4 TUNDRA SWANS were seen from VanDyne Spoor road.

Onondaga County
Two CHIPPING SPARROWS are still coming to a feeder in Manlius and appear to be overwintering.
2/3: The female DICKCISSEL was again seen at Century Stables on Limeledge Road in Marcellus.
2/5: Two COMMON GRACKLES were seen at a feeder in Baldwinsville. An AMERICAN WIGEON was seen from the West Shore Trail on Onondaga Lake.
2/6: A RUDDY DUCK was seen in the inner Harbor of Onondaga Creek near Destiny Shopping Mall.
2/7: A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was seen on Pompeu Center Road south of Rt. 20. A SNOWY OWL was seen at Hancock Airport. A CHIPPING SPARROW was seen on Comstock Street in Syracuse.
2/8: A RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD was seen on Sunview Drive in Elbridge.
2/9: An adult male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was found on the Oswego River in Phoenix. Because the county line divides the river the bird can be counted in Onondaga and Oswego Counties as it moves. No report yet today.

Oswego County
The LARK SPARROW coming to a feeder on Hinman Road north of Pulaski was present today making it the 35th. day it has been seen.
2/5: A TUNDRA SWAN was found on Guile Road in Fulton.
2/9: The afore mentioned BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen by many on the Oswego River in Phoenix. At Oswego Harbor an ICELAND GULL, a BLACK SCOTER and the male HARLEQUIN DUCK are still being seen. Three CACKLING GEESE were seen from the Rt.57 pulloff near Owens Road north of Phoenix. A FIELD sparrow continues at a feeder in Constantia.
2/10: A WOOD DUCK was again found at Indian Point on the Oswego River north of Fulton.

Cayuga County
2/4: Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS, an adult and a juvenile, were seen at Fair Haven State Park.
2/9: TRUMPETER, TUNDRA and MUTE SWANS were seen at Fair Haven.

Madison County
2/4: A GLAUCOUS GULL and 3 ICELAND GULLS were seen at the Madison County Landfill south of Canastota.
2/8: A NORTHERN SHRIKE continues on Eden Hollow Road east of Erieville.

Oneida County
2/5: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen from Rt. 31 west of Turning Stone Casino.

Herkimer County
2/3: Two PINE SISKINS were seen north of Lake Rondaxe near Old Forge.

Rare Bird Report for the week of January 27, 2020

RED-THROATED LOON
HARLEQUIN DUCK
RUDDY DUCK
BLACK SCOTER
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK
GLAUCOUS GULL
ICELAND GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
BLACK-HEADED GULL
SNOWY OWL
SHORT-EARED OWL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
COMMON GRACKLE
DICKCISSEL
SAVANNAH SPARROW
FIELD SPARROW
CHIPPING SPARROW
LARK SPARROW
PURPLE FINCH

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
1/28: A SNOWY OWL was seen in the mucklands on Rt. 31 west of the Seneca River.

Onondaga County
1/28: This was the last sighting of the DICKCISSEL on Limeledge Road in Marcellus.
1/30: A CHIPPING SPARROW continues in Manlius.
1/31: A FIELD SPARROW was seen on the Creekwalk north of VanRenselear Street in Syracuse.
2/1: This was the last sighting of the BLACK-HEADED GULL at the Liverpool Marina on Onondaga Lake. also seen there were an ICELAND GULL, a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, a GLAUCOUS GULL and a PEREGRINE FALCON.
2/2: A COMMON GRACKLE continues at Melo Circle in Clay. A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at the Liverpool Marina. An ICELAND GULL was seen on the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake. A RUDDY DUCK was seen at the Inner Harbor on West Kirkpatrick Street in Syracuse. A SNOWY OWL was seen at Hancock Airport.

Oswego County
The LARK SPARROW at Hinman Road north of Pulaski is present today for the 28th consecutive day.
1/28: A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at Oswego Harbor.
1/30: The adult male HARLEQUIN DUCK was again seen from Fort Ontario Park at Oswego.
2/2: A BLACK SCOTER and a RED-THROATED LOON were seen at Oswego Harbor. A FIELD SPARROW continues at a feeder in Constantia.. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen from Rt. 481 north of Fulton. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen on Bishop Hill Road north of Pulaski.

Cayuga County
1/31: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues at Fair Haven State Park.

Madison County
2/1: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, a GLAUCOUS GULL and an ICELAND GULL were all found at the Madison County Landfill south of Canastota. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at the intersection of Eatonville Road and Eaton Hollow Road east of Erieville.

Oneida County
2/2: A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, uncommon so far this winter, was seen from Rt. 8 south of Poland.

Herkimer County
1/29: A PURPLE FINCH was seen at a feeder on Military Road north of Dolgeville.

Rare Bird Report for the week of January 20, 2020

HARLEQUIN DUCK
GLAUCOUS GULL
ICELAND GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
BLACK-HEADED GULL
SNOWY OWL
SHORT-EARED OWL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET
COMMON GRACKLE
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD
DICKCISSEL
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
SAVANNAH SPARROW
FIELD SPARROW
LARK SPARROW
EASTERN TOWHEE

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
1/22: A SAVANNAH SPARROW was seen along East Road.

Onondaga County
CHIPPING SPARROWS were again found in Manlius and this week in Baldwinsville.
1/20: A BLACK-HEADED GULL ,initially found on 1/19, has been seen through the week in various locations on the Seneca river in Baldwinsville. It was last seen at about 1:00 p.m. on 1/24. Later that day at 4:00 a (the) bird was seen at Liverpool Marina on Onondaga Lake. There have been no recent sightings.
The female DICKSISSEL found on 1/20 has continues through the week on Limeledge Road in Marcellus. Seen yesterday but no report yet today.
A RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD was seen at a feeder in Elbridge.
1/21: An EASTERN TOWHEE was seen at a feeder on Windy Hill Road in Pompey Center.
1/23: A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen on Sheets Road south of Baldwinsville. A RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was seen at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.
1/24: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen on the ice on the Seneca River in Baldwinsville.
1/25: An ICELAND GULL was seen at the Inner Harbor in Syracuse.
1/26: A COMMON GRACKLE was seen on Peppermill Lane in North Syracuse. A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at the Liverpool Marina on Onondaga Lake.

Oswego County
The LARK SPARROW is present today on Hinman Road north of Pulaski. this is now day 21 for this bird. Awesome!!!
1/22: A FIELD SPARROW continues at a feeder in Constantia. An adult male HARLEQUIN DUCK is again being seen from Fort Ontario Park in Oswego and was still present yesterday.
1/23: BLACK SCOTER, SURF SCOTER, GREEN-WING TEAL and CACKLING GOOSE were all reported from Oswego Harbor.
1/24: A RED-THROATED LOON was seen from Fort Ontario Park in Oswego. A WOOD DUCK was seen on Lake Ontario in Port Ontario. It was relocated on 1/26.

Cayuga County
1/20: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was again seen on Pond Shore Drive in Fair Have State Park and has continued through 1/26. A CACKLING GOOSE was seen at West Barrier Bar Park in Fair Haven.
1/22: A SNOWY OWL was seen at West Barrier Bar Park in Fair haven. A CACKLING GOOSE, a GLAUCOUS GULL and a SURF SCOTER were all seen in Little Sodus Bay in Fair Haven.

Oneida County
1/20: An EASTERN TOWHEE was seen on Cider Street in Oriskiney.

Herkimer County
1/22: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen on West End Road in the Town of Fairfield.
1/25: A WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL was seen on Figert Road in the Town of Ohio.

Rare Bird Report for the week of January 13, 2020

RED-NECKED GREBE
TRUMPETER SWAN
SNOW GOOSE
HARLEQUIN DUCK
GOLDEN EAGLE
PEREGRINE FALCON
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK
GLAUCOUS GULL
ICELAND GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
BLACK-HEADED GULL
SNOWY OWL
SHORT-EARED OWL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
NORTHERN SHRIKE
DICKCISSEL
LARK SPARROW
FIELD SPARROW
PINE SISKIN

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
1/13: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen in the marsh from Morgan Road.
1/15: Two TRUMPETER SWANS were seen on the Loop Road Unit north of Rt. 31. An estimated 2,500 SNOW GEESE were seen in the Morgan Road Marsh.
1/17: Six species of waterfowl including 40 CANVASBACKS were seen at the Visitors Center

Cayuga County
1/14: A SNOWY OWL was seen at West Barrier Bar Park in Fair Haven.

Onondaga County
CHIPPING SPARROWS were seen in three locations and seem to be overwintering.
1/13: Eleven species of waterfowl and a RED-NECKED GREBE were seen from the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake.
1/15: 3Three PINE SISKINS were seen in Oakwood Cemetery in Syracuse.
1/18: An ICELAND GULL was seen at the Inner Harbor near Van Renselear Street in Syracuse. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen on Gully Road near Skaneateles.
1/19: A rare for the area BLACK-HEADED GULL was found on the Seneca River in Baldwinsville. It was relocated again today (1/20) and seems to be moving around with the other gulls. Also seen was a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL. A SNOWY OWL was seen at Hancock Airport.
1/20: A rare for the area DICKCISSEL was found at feeders on Limeledge Road at Century Stables. A SNOWY OWL was again seen at Hancock Airport.

Oswego County
The LARK SPARROW found last week on Hinman Road north of Pulaski continues to come to feeders and is seen daily.
1/14: A male HARLEQUIN DUCK was found in Oswego Harbor at Fort Ontario Park. An ICELAND GULL was seen from Breitbeck Park in Oswego Harbor.
1/16: A FIELD SPARROW continues at a feeder in Constantia.
1/18: The HARLEQUIN DUCK was again seen from Fort Ontario Park.
1/19: A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen in the Oswego River in Phoenix.
1/20: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen on Nine Mile Point Road on Lake Ontario.

Madison County
1/16: A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen on Eden Hollow Road.

Oneida County
1/13: A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen on the Adirondack Bank Building in Utica. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen on Drive 34 south of Rt. 49 on Oneida Lake in North Bay.

Herkimer County
1/17: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at a private residence hunting birds on Military Road north of Dolgeville.
1/18: A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen near Moss Island in Little Falls.

Rare Bird Report for the week of January 6, 2020

RED-NECKED GREBE
PEREGRINE FALCON
TURKEY VULTURE
GLAUCOUS GULL
ICELAND GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
SNOWY OWL
SHORT-EARED OWL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
NORTHERN SHRIKE
FISH CROW
LARK SPARROW
FIELD SPARROW
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET
COMMON GRACKLE

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
1/8: A SNOWY OWL was seen in the mucklands along Rt. 31 west of the hamlet of Montezuma.
1/10: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen in the mucklands.
1/12: An ICELAND GULL and a PEREGRINE FALCON were seen in the mucklands.

Cayuga County
1/8: A SNOWY OWL was found at West Barrier Bar Park in Fair Haven.
1/10: A SNOWY OWL was again seen at West Barrier Bar Park. An ICELAND GULL was seen on Little Sodus Bay in Fair Haven.
1/11: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen near the cabins at Fair Haven State Park.

Onondaga County
1/7: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.
1/9: A FISH CROW, a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, a GLAUCOUS GULL and an ICELAND GULL were all found at the Inner Harbor near Destiny Shopping Center in Suracuse.
1/10: A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen on Onondaga Lake from the West Shore Trail.
1/11: An ICELAND GULL and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were seen at the Inner Harbor in Syracuse. A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in Baldwinsville.
1/12: Two COMMON GRACKLES continue at a feeder on Sunview Drive in Elbridge. A SNOWY OWL was seen at Hancock Airport.

Oswego County
A LARK SPARROW initially at a feeder found on 1/7 on Hinmanville Road north of Pulaski has been seen daily through the week. It has been sighted again today 1/13.
1/6: A SNOWY OWL was seen at Breitbeck Park in Oswego.
1/8: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at Derby Hill on Lake Ontario. A FIELD SPARROW was seen at a feeder is Constantia.
1/9: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at Noyes Sanctuary on Lake Ontario, Town of Scriba. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Hinman Road north of Pulaski.
1/10: A PEREGRINE FALCON, an ICELAND GULL and a GLAUCOUS GULL were all seen from Breitbeck Park in Oswego.

Madison County
1/7: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was again present on Eden Hollow Road east of Erieville.
1/10: A RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was seen at the Lions Botanical Garden in Chittenango.
1/11: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL along with an ICELAND and a GLAUCOUS GULL were all seen on Ditchbank Road north of Canastota.
1/12: A TURKEY VULTURE was seen in flight over Clockville south of Canastota. An ICELAND GULL was again present on Ditchbank Road.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of December 30

RED-THROATED LOON
CACKLING GOOSE
WOOD DUCK
GREEN-WINGED TEAL
CACKLING GOOSE
PEREGRINE FALCON
GLAUCOUS GULL
ICELAND GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
SNOWY OWL
SHORT-EARED OWL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
NORTHERN SHRIKE
FISH CROW
WINTER WREN
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
1/1: Two SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen in the marsh between Morgan and Carncross Roads. One was seen the next day.
1/2: A male WOOD DUCK was seen from Armitage Road and has been present through  today.

Onondaga County
12/30: A WOOD DUCK was seen near Vincent Corners Road south of Fabius.
1/1: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen in the Inner Harbor in Syracuse.
1/2: A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen at the corner of East Sorrell Hill and Conners Roads south of Baldwinsville.
1/3: A CACKLING GOOSE was seen from Shepps Corner Road in Minoa. A WINTER WREN was seen at Beaver Lake nature Center west of Baldwinsville.
1/5: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville. A SNOWY OWL was seen at Hancock Airport.
1/6: A FISH CROW was seen at the Western Lights Shopping Area in Syracuse.

Oswego County
1/2: A RED-THROATED LOON and a PEREGRINE FALCON were seen in Oswego Harbor.

Madison County
1/1: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen on Ditch Bank Road north of Canastota.
1/2: A GLAUCOUS and an ICELAND GULL were seen at Ditchbank Road. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was found at the corner Eaton Brook and Eden Hollow Roads.
1/3: An ICELAND GULL was seen at Ditchbank Road.
1/6: A GREEN-WINGED TEAL was seen near West Eaton.

Oneida County
1/1: Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen at Verona Beach State Park and were present through the 3rd. A RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was seen at Lock 21 of the Erie Canal East of Verona Beach. A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen at the State Office Building in Utica. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Germany Road north of Vernon.

Rare Bird Report for the week of December 23

RED-THROATED LOON
WOOD DUCK
CACKLING GOOSE
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
PEREGRINE FALCON
GLAUCOUS GULL
ICELAND GULL
SNOWY OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER
CHIPPING SPARROW
FIELD SPARROW
COMMON GRACKLE

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex 
12/23: A SANDHILL CRANE was seen from Carncross Road.
12/28: A CACKLING GOOSE was seen along the Wildlife Trail.

Onondaga County
12/25: A FIELD SPARROW and a NORTHERN SHRIKE were seen at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.
12/29: A SNOWY OWL was seen at Hancock Airport. CHIPPING SPARROWS seem to be overwintering in Manlius and near the university in Syracuse. A COMMON GRACKLE was seen on Sunview Drive in Elbridge. A YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was found along the Erie Canal Trail in Kirkville.

Oswego County
12/24: A RED-THROATED LOON was seen in Oswego Harbor.
12/25: A WOOD DUCK was seen in the Oswego River at Indian Point north of Fulton.

Madison County
12/26: A GLAUCOUS GULL and an ICELAND GULL were found at the Madison County Landfill south of Canastota.
12/30: A juvenile NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen from Corkinsville Road near New Woodstock. Another was seen close by at Morrow Mountain State Forest and may have been the same bird. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Eden Hollow Road east of Erieville.

Rare Bird Report for the week of December 16

COMMON LOON
TRUMPETER SWAN
CACKLING GOOSE
WOOD DUCK
PEREGRINE FALCON
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK
NORTHERN HARRIER
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
ICELAND GULL
SNOWY OWL
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
NORTHERN SHRIKE
CHIPPING SPARROW

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
12/22: Three WOOD DUCKS were seen at the Mays Point dam. A COMMON RAVEN was seen at the mucklands along Rt. 31. Seven TRUMPETER SWANS and a NORTHERN HARRIER were seen on Armitage Road.

Cayuga County
12/20: A CACKLING GOOSE was seen at Fair Haven State Park. Another or possible the same one was seen farther south on Little Sodus Bay in Fair Haven.

Onondaga County
12/19: A CHIPPING SPARROW continues at a feeder in Manlius.
12/20: A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was seen at a feeder in Manlius.
12/22: A SNOWY OWL was at Hancock Airport. Two FISH CROWS and a SNOW GOOSE were seen in Baldwinsville near the Seneca River. A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in one of the state fair parking lots. A COMMON LOON was seen on Skaneateles Lake near Spafford. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen from Rt. 31 near Cicero Center road.
12/23: Two SNOWY OWLS were reported at Hancock Airport.

Oswego County
12/18: Two ICELAND GULLS, 2 COMMON LOONS and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were all spotted from the bluff at Derby Hill.
12/21: A SNOWY OWL was seen at Oswego harbor.
12/22: A WOOD DUCK was seen at Port Ontario on Lake Ontario.

Madison County
12/17: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was at the intersection of Eden Hollow and Eaton Brook Roads east of Erieville.
12/21: An ICELAND GULL, an adult GLAUCOUS GULL and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were all seen at the Madison county landfill south of Canastota.
12/22: Two ICELAND GULLS and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were again seen at the Madison county Landfill.

Oneida County
12/16: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was again seen at Verona Beach State Park.

Rare Bird Report for the week of December 9, 2019

RED-THROATED LOON
CACKLING GOOSE
SANDHILL CRANE
PEREGRINE FALCON
MERLIN
VIRGINIA RAIL
BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE
GLAUCOUS GULL
ICELAND GULL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
MARSH WREN
HERMIT THRUSH
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW
CHIPPING SPARROW
FIELD SPARROW
COMMON GRACKLE
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD
RUSTY BLACKBIRD
COMMON REDPOLL

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
12/11: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Carncross Road
12/14: Forty SANDHILL CRANES were still around and seen from Rt. 89 near Pure Foods.
12/16: A late MARSH WREN was in Jackson Field near Montezuma Heritage Park.

Cayuga County
12/15: A RED-THROATED LOON was seen from West Barrier Bar Park in Fair Haven.

Onondaga County
Late and possibly overwintering CHIPPING SPARROWS were again seen in Manlius and in Syracuse near Barry Park.
12/10: A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was seen on Dunham Road west of Baldwinsville.
12/12: Thirty COMMON GRACKLES and 7 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS were found on Sunview Drive in Elbridge.
12/14: The highlights of the Syracuse CBC were a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER in Minoa, a HERMIT THRUSH in the LeMoyne College woods , VIRGINIA RAIL in Clay Marsh, a PEREGRINE FALCON in the city, a GLAUCOUS GULL in the Inner Harbor and a WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW on the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake.
12/15: A NORTHERN SHRIKE continues on Potter Road in Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.

Oswego County
12/9: A COMMON REDPOLL and 4 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were found on Lakeshore Road in Granby south of Fulton.
12/15: A GLAUCOUS GULL, 5 RED-THROATED LOONS and a PEREGRINE FALCON were seen in the Oswego Harbor area. A MERLIN was found at Indian Point on the Oswego River north of Fulton. A BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE and a RED-NECKED GREBE were seen from the bluff at Derby Hill.

Madison County
12/13: A CACKLING GOOSE was found on Woodman Pond north of Hamilton.

Oneida County
12/16: Two ICELAND GULLS were seen on Oneida Lake from North Main Street extension west of South Bay.

Rare Bird Report for the week of December 2, 2019

RED-THROATED LOON
BLACK SCOTER
HARLEQUIN DUCK
TRUMPETER SWAN
SANDHILL CRANE
PEREGRINE FALCON
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
OVENBIRD
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER
COMMON REDPOLL
PINE SISKIN

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
12/2: Fifteen SANDHILL CRANES were seen on Armitage Road.
12/8: One-hundred and six TRUMPETER SWANS were seen on Armitage Road. Fourteen YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS were seen on Armitage Road at the second bridge.

Cayuga County
12/5: A RED-THROATED LOON was seen in the channel at West Barrier Bar in Fair Haven.

Onondaga County
12/4: A late OVENBIRD was seen at the corner of Dunham and Babcock Roads west of Baldwinsville. A RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET and a KILLDEER were seen from the west shore trail of Onondaga Lake.
12/6: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Potter Road in the 3 Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.
12/8: A RED-THROATED LOON was seen from the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake. A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen from the Parkway south of Liverpool.

Oswego County
12/3: A HARLEQUIN DUCK and a BLACK SCOTER were again found in Oswego Harbor at Fort Ontario.
12/7: A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at Selkirk Shores State Park on Lake Ontario. A RED-THROATED LOON was seen in Oswego Harbor.
12/8: An ICELAND GULL was seen at Selkirk Shores State Park.

Oneida County
12/4: Five PINE SISKINS were seen in Waterville.
12/7: An adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues at Verona Beach State Park on Oneida Lake.

Herkimer County
12/7: Two COMMON REDPOLLS, the first reported this season, were seen on Dairy Hill Road north of Dolgeville.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of November 25

RED-THROATED LOON
BLACK SCOTER
CACKLING GOOSE
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK
COMMON GALLINULE
SANDHILL CRANE
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
WHITE-EYED VIREO
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
11/26: Five SANDHILL CRANEs were seen from Carncross Road.
11/27: A rare for our area WHITE- EYED VIREO was seen on Armitage Road at the Clyde River.
11/30: Forty-one SANDHILL CRANES were counted at Knox-Marsellus Marsh.

Onondaga County
11/27: A late FOX SPARROW was see on the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake.
11/29: Three BLACK SCOTERS and 29 RED-THROATED LOONS were seen on Onondaga Lake from the West Shore Trail.
11/30: Fourteen RED-THROATED LOONS were still on Onondaga Lake at the West Shore Trail.

Oswego County
11/25: Thirty SANDHILL CRANES were seen in flight at Selkirk Shores State Park on Lake Ontario. Three CACKLING GEESE and an ICELAND GULL were seen at Oswego Harbor.
11/28: Two BLACK SCOTERS and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were seen at Oswego Harbor.
11/30: A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at the Sandy Pond outlet to Lake Ontario. A RED-THROATED LOON was captured away from water north of Oneida Lake and successfully released back into water at Brewerton.

Madison County
11/30: A late COMMON GALLINULE was seen on Willey Road in Earlville. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was found at the Madison County Landfill south of Canastota. A late WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was seen along Ditchbank Road north of Canastota.

Oneida County
11/25: A YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was seen at the Spring Farm Nature Sanctuary south of Clinton.
11/26: An adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues at Verona Beach State Park on the east end of Oneida Lake. It was seen again of the 30th.

Herkimer County
11/26: A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen at the Industrial Park area of Little Falls.

Rare Bird Report for the week of November 18, 2019

RED-THROATED LOON
RED-NECKED GREBE
BLACK-CROWNED HERON
CACKLING GOOSE
SURF SCOTER
BLACK SCOTER
HARLEQUIN DUCK
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
BLACK VULTURE
COMMON GALLINULE
SANDHILL CRANE
LITTLE GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
ICELAND GULL
SNOWY OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
SAVANNAH SPARROW
CHIPPING SPARROW
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
11/22: Two CACKLING GEESE were seen from Carncross Road.
11/23: A late SAVANNAH SPARROW and a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK were seen from East Road. Also from the same location an astounding 164 SANDHILL CRANES were counted in the marsh.

Cayuga County
11/22: Four BLACK SCOTERS were seen at Fair Haven State Park on Lake Ontario.
11/25: Four BLACK SCOTERS and a RED-THROATED LOON were seen on Lake Ontario from West Barrier Bar Park in Fair Haven.

Onondaga County
11/18: A late ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was found on the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake. A BLACK VULTURE was seen near the Jamesville Reservoir fishing access site. A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen in a wooded area near Spafford.
11/22: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen in the Big Fields area of Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.
11/24: A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen near the swimming pool in Van Buren Park in Baldwinsville. Three RED-NECKED GREBES, 3 BLACK SCOTERS, a COMMON GALLINULE, a late RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET and 4 RED THROATED LOONS were all seen on the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake.

Oswego County
An adult male HARLEQUIN DUCK and up to 2 BLACK SCOTERS were present at Oswego Harbor through the week. They were seen along with a number of WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS and LONG-TAILED DUCKS mostly from the Fort Ontario parking lot. The Harlequin was not seen today but Black Scoters were.
11/22: A LITTLE GULL was seen from the overlook at Derby Hill. One GLAUCOUS and 1 ICELAND GULL was seen at Oswego Harbor. Seven PINE SISKINS were seen near Cleveland on the north shore of Oneida Lake.

Madison County
11/20: A RED-THROATED LOON was seen at the south end of Cazenovia Lake.

Herkimer County
11/23: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was again present at the corner of Albany and Soncody Roads in West Winfield.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of November 11, 2019

RED-THROATED LOON
RED-NECKED GREBE
CACKLING GOOSE
SURF SCOTER
BLACK SCOTER
HARLEQUIN DUCK
GOLDEN EAGLE
SANDHILL CRANE
ICELAND GULL
SNOWY OWL
HERMIT THRUSH
GRAY CATBIRD
PALM WARBLER
NASHVILLE WARBLER
NORTHERN SHRIKE
VESPER SPARROW
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
EASTERN MEADOWLARK
COMMON REDPOLL

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
11/11: A late EASTERN MEADOWLARK was seen in the Wildlife Drive.
11/12: Two CACKLING GEESE were seen in the Main Pool.
11/13: A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen and photographed on the Wildlife Drive.
11/16: 141 SANDHILL CRANES were counted at Knox-Marsellus Marsh.

Cayuga County
11/16: A BLACK SCOTER was seen at Fair Haven State Park.

Onondaga County
11/13: A COMMON REDPOLL was seen in Oakwood Cemetery in Syracuse. Two LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen in a manure spread on Conners Road south of Baldwinsville. A late NASHVILLE WARBLER was seen in Van Buren Park south of Baldwinsville.
11/14: Two late VESPER SPARROWS were seen on Hoag Road south of Baldwinsville.
Two KILLDEER were seen on the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake. A HERMIT THRUSH was seen on DeMong Drive in Syracuse.
11/17: A KILLDEER was seen on Conners Road south of Baldwinsville.

Oswego County
11/12: A KING EIDER and an ICELAND GULL were spotted at Derby Hill.
11/14: A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen on Bishop Road north of Pulaski.
11/15: An EASTERN MEADOWLARK was seen on Bell Road in Pennelville.
11/17: Three, possibly more, HARLEQUIN DUCKS were seen from Fort Ontario Park on Lake Ontario. All three SCOTERS were seen also.
11/18: A male HARLEQUIN DUCK was relocated at Fort Ontario Park on the lake in Oswego. Also found were all three SCOTER species, RED-THROATED LOON, ICELAND GULL and RED-NECKED GREBE.

Madison County
11/12: A RED-THROATED LOON was seen at Woodman Pond north of Hamilton.
11/17: A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen on North Peterboro Street in Canastota. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen on Smith-Ridge Road north of Chittenango. A SURF SCOTER was seen on Bradley Brook Reservoir. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Eaton Brook Road in Erieville.

Oneida County
11/12: A late PALM WARBLER was seen in Waterville.
11/13: Two SURF SCOTERS were seen from Lakeshore Road at the northeast end of Oneida Lake.

Herkimer County
11/12: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at the corner of Albany and Soncody Roads in West Winfield.
11/15: A late GRAY CATBIRD was seen in Little Falls.

Extralimital
11/15: The first report of a SNOWY OWL was from the corner of Seybolt and Reese Roads south of Seneca Falls in Seneca County. The bird was reported again today in the same location.

Rare Bird Report for the week of November 04, 2019

RED-NECKED GREBE
AMERICAN BITTERN
TUNDRA SWAN
CACKLING GOOSE
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
SURF SCOTER
GOLDEN EAGLE
OSPREY
COMMON GALLINULE
SANDHILL CRANE
PARASITIC JAEGER
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
BLUE-HEADED VIREO
CHIPPING SPARROW
VESPER SPARROW
LAPLAND LONGSPUR

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
11/4: A RED–SHOULDERED HAWK was seen on Towpath Road at Knox-Marsellus Marsh.
11/5: An AMERICAN BITTERN was again seen on the Wildlife Drive
11/6: A COMMON GALLINULE was still being seen on the Wildlife Drive. A CHIPPING SPARROW was seen at East Road. 126 TUNDRA SWANS were seen in the flooded impoundments at Armitage Road.
11/10: 124 SANDHILL CRANES were seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh.
11/11: A late EASTERN MEADOWLARK was seen along the Wildlife Drive.

Cayuga County
A PARASITIC JAEGER was seen at West Barrier Bar Park in Fair Haven.

Onondaga County
11/4: 4 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS were seen at 3 Rivers WMA north of Baldswinsville.
11/5: A late HERMIT THRUSH was seen on Jamesville Ave in Syracuse.
11/7: A late BLUE-HEADED VIREO was seen at 3 Rivers WMA.
11/8: A VESPER SPARROW was seen at a residence north of Liverpool.
11/9: A BLUE-HEADED VIREO was seen in the Raddison area in Baldwinsville.
11/10: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen near Rt.370 in Plainville.
11/11: A late CHIPPING SPARROW was seen on Comstock Road in Syracuse. A LAPLAND LONGSPUR and a PEREGRINE FALCON were seen on Hoag Road south of Baldwinsville.

Oswego County
11/6: Two GOLDEN EAGLES were seen in flight from a yard in Constantia. A YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was seen in the area also. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen from the overlook at Derby Hill. A BLACK SCOTER and a SURF SCOTER were seen on Oneida Lake at Phillips Point.
11/9: Two VESPER SPARROWS were seen near Hayes Road in West Monroe.
11/10: Three VESPER SPARROWS were seen on Bishop Road north of Pulaski. A CACKLING GOOSE was seen on Lake Ontario at Selkirk Shores State Park.
11/11: Two RED-NECKED GREBES were seen on Lake Ontario in Oswego near Fred Haynes Road.

Madison County
11/8: A late OSPREY was seen near Woodman Pond north of Hamilton.
11/9: Three GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were seen on Woodman Pond.
11/11: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Eaton Brook Road east of Erieville.

Oneida County
11/9: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen near Brown Tract Road near Forestport.
11/11: Two SURF SCOTERS were seen on Oneida Lake at North Bay from Lakeshore Road.

Rare Bird Report for the week of October 28, 2019

RED-THROATED LOON
RED-NECKED GREBE
AMERICAN BITTERN
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
TRUMPETER SWAN
TUNDRA SWAN
BRANT
CACKLING GOOSE
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
EURASIAN WIGEON
SURF SCOTER
SANDHILL CRANE
COMMON GALLINULE
SANDHILL CRANE
PARASITIC JAEGER
LITTLE GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
NORTHERN SHRIKE
TREE SWALLOW
COMMON YELLOWTHROAT
VESPER SPARROW

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
10/30: Last report of the GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE at the Visitor’s Center. 89 PIED-BILLED GREBES were counted at one time from VanDyne Spoor Road.
10/31: An AMERICAN BITTERN was again seen at Benning Marsh. It was seen again of 10/2.
11/1: A lingering LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER was found at Carncross Road
11/3: A COMMON GALLINULE and a LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER were seen along the Wildlife Drive. An AMERICAN BITTERN, a SORA and 5 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen at the Sandhill Crane Unit. An EURASIAN WIGEON and 3 DUNLIN were seen along the Wildlife Drive. A CACKLING GOOSE was at the Visitor’s Center. Forty-three SANDHILL CRANES were seen from East Road. Thirty-three TRUMPETER SWANS and 125 TUNDRA SWANS were seen at the flooded fields on Armitage Road. Lesser quantities of both species were also seen at Carncross Road.

Cayuga County
11/3: A RED-THROATED LOON was seen at Fair Haven State Park

Onondaga County
11/2: A late VESPER SPARROW was seen on Schlicht Road in Fabius. A late COMMON YELLOWTHROAT was seen along the Creek Walk on Onondaga Creek in Syracuse. A late TREE SWALLOW was seen on the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake.

Oswego County
10/28: Three late CHIPPING SPARROWS were at a feeder on Baum Road in Hastings.
11/1: Eight PARASITIC JAEGERS and a LITTLE GULL were seen at the overlook at Derby Hill. Also seen were 16 species of Waterfowl, a BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, a SANDERLING, 1,200 DUNLIN and a RED-NECKED GREBE.
11/2: A late VESPER SPARROW was at a residence on Hinman Road north of Pulaski. 7 SURF SCOTERS were seen at Muskrat Bay on Oneida Lake.
11/3: Thirteen WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS and 10 BLACK SCOTERS were seen at Derby Hill. Also seen were a RED-THROATED LOON and 65 BRANT.

Madison County
10/29: Two CACKLING GEESE were seen at Woodman Pond north of hamilton.

Oneida County
10/28: A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen at Verona Beach State Park on Oneida Lake.
10/30: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and 2 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen at Verona Beach State Park.
10/30: A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen in flight near the intersection of Brimfield Street and Rt. 12 south of Utica.

Herkimer County
10/29: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen hunting at a feeding station on Military Road north of Dolgeville.

Rare Bird Report for the week of October 21, 2019

RED-NECKED GREBE
GREAT CORMORANT
LEAST BITTERN
BRANT
CACKLING GOOsE
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
LONG-TAILED DUCK
SURF SCOTER
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK
ROUGH-WINGED HAWK
COMMON GALLINULE
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
RED PHALAROPE
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
FORSTER’S TERN
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
VESPER SPARROW

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
10/21: A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was found at the Visitor’s Center and has continued to be seen through the week. A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON and 45 SANDHILL CRANES were seen in Knox-Marsellus Marsh. Sandhill Crane numbers increased to over 70 later in the week.
10/22: 2 CACKLING GEESE and a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER were seen along the Wildlife Drive.
10/24: A LEAST BITTERN was seen at Benning Marsh on the Wildlife Drive.
10/26: 2 late COMMON GALLINULES were seen at VanDyne Spoor Road. Another was seen on the Wildlife Drive.
10?27: By the end of the week 27 species of waterfowl were reported including a LONG-TAILED DUCK seen again at the Visitor’s Center.

Onondaga County
10/21: A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen in flight at the Erie Canal in Fayetteville.
10/26: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen on Onondaga lake from the West Shore Trail. It was relocated on 10/27.

Oswego County
10/21: A SURF-SCOTER was seen at Selkirk Shores State Park on Lake Ontario.
10/26: A FORSTER’S TERN was seen and photographed at the outlet of Sandy Pond on Lake Ontario. 6 species of raptors including RED-SHOULDERED HAWK and ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK at Bishop Road north of Pulaski.

Madison County
10/27: A late VESPER SPARROW was seen on Warner’s road north of Canastota.

Oneida County
10/24: A rare for here GREAT CORMORANT was found at Sylvan Beach on Oneida Lake. It had been seen through yesterday. Up to 4 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen at Sylvan Beach and were reported through the 26th.
10/25: A RED PHALAROPE was seen at Sylvan Beach.
10/26: A BRANT and a SURF SCOTER were seen at Sylvan Beach. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was again seen at Verona Beach State Park.

Herkimer County
10/21: A CACKLING GOOSE was seen at the Eatonville Reservoir east of Herkimer.
10/26: A late VESPER SPARROW was seen at a private Residence on Military Road west of Dolgeville.

Rare Bird Report for the week of October 14, 2019

RED-THROATED LOON
RED-NECKED GREBE
LEAST BITTERN
BRANT
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
EURASIAN WIGEON
LONG-TAILED DUCK
SURF SCOTER
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
GOLDEN EAGLE
SANDHILL CRANE
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
PARASITIC JAEGER
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
WHITE-EYED VIREO
VESPER SPARROW
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
10/14: A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen from Towpath Road.
10/16: A rare for Montezuma LONG-TAILED DUCK was spotted at the Visitor’s Center.
10/18: A LEAST BITTERN was seen from the Wildlife Drive.
10/19: A MARSH WREN was found on Towpath Road. 71 SANDHILL CRANES and an EURASIAN WIGEON were seen in Knox-Marcellus Marsh.
10/20: A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen at the Visitor’s Center.

Cayuga County
10/15: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was found at Fair Haven State Park.. It was found again on the 20th.

Onondaga County
10/15: A rare WHITE-EYED VIROE was found on the West Shore Trail of Onondaga lake near the amphitheater. Unfortunately it has not been relocated. A VESPER SPARROW was also seen. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was found at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.
10/18: Thirty-one BRANT were seen on Onondaga Lake from the Honeywell Center.
10/19: Three SURF SCOTERS and 4 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were seen on the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake.

Oswego County
10/17: A PARASITIC JAEGER was seen at Derby Hill.
10/18: 200+ WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS and 11 SURF SCOTERS were seen at Oswego Harbor.
10/19: A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen at Bishop Hill north of Pulaski. A RED-THROATED LOON was seen from Hinman Road north of Port Ontario. A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen at Selkirk Shores State Park on Lake Ontario. A BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER and a SANDERLING were seen at the Sandy Pond outlet on Lake Ontario.

Madison County
10/18: Two WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were seen on Woodman Pond North of Hamilton.

Oneida County
10/19: An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and 4 VESPER SPARROWS were seen on Dunbarton Road in Durhamville.
10/20: Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen at Verona Beach State Park.

Herkimer County
10/18: A SOLITARY SANDPIPER and a LESSER YELLOWLEGS were seen on Saltsman Road south of Dolgeville.

Rare Bird Report for the week of October 07, 2019

YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
TUNDRA SWAN
SNOW GOOSE
BRANT
CANVASBACK
BLACK VULTURE
OSPREY
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
BANK SWALLOW
CLIFF SWALLOW
BARN SWALLOW
VESPER SPARROW
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex

Shorebird numbers picked up this week.
BLACK-BELLIED P;OVER
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
DUNLIN
LEAST SANDPIPER
PECTORAL SANDPIPER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
SOLITARY SANDPIPER
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
LESSER YELLOWLEGS
KILLDEER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPER
WILSON’S SNIPE

Rather late CLIFF, BARN and BANK SWALLOWS were noted this week.
10/7: Nine species of Shorebirds including BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER and AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER were seen from East Road.
10/8: Fourteen LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS were seen at Benning Marsh. 62 SANDHILL CRANES were seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh

Cayuga County
10/8: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues at Fair Haven State Park.

Onondaga County
10/8: An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen under the power lines at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.
10/9: A juvenile YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was spotted in a birch tree near the ampitheater on the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake. It was seen through 10 12.
10/10: A BLACK VULTURE was seen at the fishing access lot at the south end of Jamesville Reservoir.
10/11: A LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER was spotted at the mouth of Nine Mile Creek on Onondaga Lake.

Oswego County
10/8: A TUNDRA SWAN was spotted at the outlet of Sandy Pond on Lake Ontario. A late OSPREY was seen at Phillips Point on Oneida Lake.
10/11: 160 BRANT were seen at the outlet of Sandy Pond on Lake Ontario.
10/14: An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at Sandy Island State Park on Lake Ontario.

Madison County
10/8: A late OSPREY was seen near Woodman Pond north of Hamilton.
10/12: Three SNOW GEESE were seen on Woodman Pond north of Hamilton

Oneida County
10/11: A late VESPER SPARROW was seen at Utica Marsh.

Herkimer County
10/12: A CANVASBACK was seen in the Mohawk River in Little Falls.

Rare Bird Report for the week of September 30, 2019

CACKLING GOOSE
LESSER SCAUP
COMMON GALLINULE
SANDERLING
HUDSONIAN GODWIT
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD
BANK SWALLOW
CLIFF SWALLOW
SWAINSON’S THRUSH
NELSON’S SPARROW
RUSTY BLACKBIRD

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex

Only 8 species of shorebirds were listed at the complex this week.

SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER
LEAST SANDPIPER
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
LESSER YELLOWLEGS
KILLDEER
PECTORAL SANDPIPER
STILT SANDPIPER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER

10/2: At least 80 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were seen at Martens Tract.
10/3: A NELSON’S SPARROW was found and photographed near the photo blind on the Wildlife Trail. It was not found by other birders that day.
10/5: An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen near Brooder Marsh on Howland Island.
10/6: Late in the season BANK SWALLOW and CLIFF SWALLOW were seen on the Wildlife Trail.

Cayuga County
10/1: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at Fair Haven State Park.

Onondaga County
10/5: Two late RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS continue at a feeder on Lawrence Road in Marcellus.
Twelve warbler species were reported in Onondaga County this week.

Oswego County
10/4: An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was spotted at Great Bear Recreation Area north of Phoenix.
10/5: A SANDERLING was seen at Sandy Pond Outlet on Lake Ontario.
10/6: A HUDSONIAN GODWIT was found at Sandy Pond Outlet.
Ten species of warblers were reported in Oswego County this week.

Madison County
10/5: Seventeen LESSER SCAUP and a CACKLING GOOSE were seen on Woodman Pond north of Hamilton.
Eleven warbler species were reported in Madison County this week.

Oneida County
10/2: A COMMON GALLINULE was seen at Utica Marsh.
10/5: an adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at Sylvan Beach.
10/6: Three SWAINSON’S THRUSHES were seen at Spring Farm Nature Sanctuary south of Clinton.

Rare Bird Report for the week of September 23, 2019

GLOSSY IBIS
CACKLING GOOSE
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
STILT SANDPIPER
PEREGRINE FALCON
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH
PHILADELPHIA VIREO
MOURNING WARBLER
CAPE MAY WARBLER
PRAIRIE WARBLER
LINCOLN’S SPARROW

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex

Shorebirds seen at the complex this week.

SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
KILLDEER
WILSON’S SNIPE
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
LESSER YELLOWLEGS
SPOTTED SANDPIPER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
STILT SANDPIPER
SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPER
DUNLIN
PECTORAL SANDPIPER

9/25: Seven Warbler species and a PHILADELPHIA VIREO were seen on Howland Island.
9/26: The last day for a positive sighting of the GLOSSY IBIS at Knox-Marsellus Marsh.
9/28: A PEREGRINE FALCON, 3 LINCOLN’S SPARROWS, a STILT SANDPIPER and a LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER were all noted on the Wildlife Drive.
9/29: A CACKLING GOOSE and a BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER were seen from East Road. A PHILADELPHIA VIREO and a late MOURNING WARBLER were seen along Towpath Road.

Onondaga County
9/25: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen along the Onondaga Creek Walk north of Hiawatha Blvd. in Syracuse.
9/26: An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen at Green Lakes State Park.
9/28: A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was see at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.
9/29: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO and 11 Warbler species including 7 CAPE MAYS were seen at Oneida Shores State Park. Twelve Warbler species including 2 BAY BREASTED WARBLERS were seen at Three Rivers WMA. A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen fro Jamesville Ave. in Syracuse.

Oswego County
9/26: A PRAIRIE WARBLER was seen in Constantia.
9/28: A PIPIT was seen on Baum Road in Hastings.

Madison County
9/24: A LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER was seen at the Madison Street Impoundment north of Hamilton.
9/27: A CACKLING GOOSE was seen on Woodman Pond north of Hamilton..
9/28: A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOODE was seen on Co. Rt. 85 near Woodman Pond.

Oneida County
9/25: A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was seen near Rt.12 south of Clinton.
9/28: Nine Warbler species including 6 CAPE MAYS were seen at the Woodford Memorial State Forest east of Sangerfield.

Rare Bird report for the week of September 16, 2019

GLOSSY IBIS
CACKLING GOOSE
SANDHILL CRANE
STILT SANDPIPER
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER
SEDGE WREN
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH
PHILADELPHIA VIREO
LINCOLN’S SPARROW
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex

Shorebirds seen at the complex this week.

SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
KILLDEER
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
PECTORAL SANDPIPER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
WILSON’S SNIPW
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
LESSER YELLOWLEGS
LEAST SANDPIPER
SOLITARY SANDPIPER
SPOTTED SANDPIPER
SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPER
STILT SANDPIPER

The GLOSSY IBIS found last week at Knox-Marsellus has continued to be present throughout the week.

9/18: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO and a CAPE MAY WARBLER were seen on VanDyne Spoor road
9/19: Eight species of Shorebirds including BAIRD’S SANDPIPER and LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER were seen at the Visitor’s Center.
9/20: A CACKLING GOOSE was seen at the Visitor’s Center.
9/23: A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was seen and photographed in the bushes at Tschache Pool.

Cayuga County
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, PHILADELPHIA VIREO and at least three RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were reported from West Barrier Beach Park and the state park grounds at Fair Haven this week.

Onondaga County
9/17: An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was again found at Raddison River Park (private) north of Baldwinsville and was seen through the 21st.
9/18: A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was found at Raddison River Park.
9/19: A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen at Barry Park in Syracuse.
9/21: A LINCOLN’S SPARROW was seen at Raddison River Park.. A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER and 2 CAPE MAY WARBLERS were seen on the Onondaga Creek Walk north of Hiawatha Blvd. in Syracuse. Six Warbler species and 6 PHILADELPHIA VIREOS were seen at Labrador Hollow Unique Area. A CAPE MAY WARBLER was seen in Manlius.

Oswego County
9/19: A SEDGE WREN was found at Sandy Island State Park on Lake Ontario along with a PHILADELPHIA VIREO and a CAPE MAY WARBLER.
9/20: The SEDGE WREN was again found at Sandy Island along with 3 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS.
9/22: A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen on Hinman Road north of Port Ontario.
9/23: A LINCOLN’S SPARROW was seen on Hinman Road.

Madison County
9/20: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO and 2 LINCOLN’S SPARROWS were seen at the Tuscarora nature Area west of Erieville. A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen at Woodman Pond north of Hamilton.
9/22: A LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER was seen at the Madison Street Impoundment north of Hamilton. A SANDHILL CRANE was found at the Sky High Sod Farm north of Chittenango.

Oneida County
9/16: Eight species of warblers including CAPE MAY were seen at the Spring Farm Nature Sanctuary south of Clinton.
9/17: An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen in Waterville.
9/19: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen at Spring Farm Nature Sanctuary.
9/21: A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen at the Sparin Farn Nature Sanctuary.

Herkimer County
9/20: An early WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was seen at a feeder north of Dolgeville.

Rare Bird Report for the week of September 09, 2019

AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN
GLOSSY IBIS
SORA
STILT SANDPIPER
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
WHIMBREL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER
PHILADELPHIA VIREO
SWAINSON’S THRUSH
AMERICAN PIPIT

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex

Shorebirds seen at the complex this week.

SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
KILLDEER
SOLITARY SANDPIPER
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
LESSER YELLOWLEGS
LEAST SANDPIPER
PECTORAL SANDPIPER
SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
WILSON’S SNIPE
STILT SANDPIPER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
SPOTTED SANDPIPER

9/11: A GLOSSY IBIS was found in Knox-Marsellus Marsh and was seen through 9/15. A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen near Wildgoose Field on Rt. 89.
9/15: The AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was still being seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh. Nine species of Shorebirds including STILT SANDPIPER, BAIRD’S SANDPIPER and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER were seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh. Also seen was the GLOSSY IBIS.

Cayuga County
9/14: A LESSER BLACK-BACLED GULL was found at West Barrier Bar Park in Fair Haven. Also seen was a fly over WHIMBREL.
9/15: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and a SWAINSON’S THRUSH were seen at Fair Haven State Park.

Onondaga County
9/10: A WHIP-POOR-WILL was heard and seen at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.
9/11: An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER continued at Raddison River Park east of Baldwinsville.
9/13: an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen on the Erie Canal Trail in Fayetteville.
9/14: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was found at Three Rivers WMA. A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen at Labrador Hollow Unique Area.
9/15: A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen on Eastman Road east of Northern Boulevard east of Hancock Airport.

Oswego County
9/9: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at Sandy Island State Park on Lake Ontario.
9/14: The RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was again seen at Sandy Island State Park. Five AMERICAN PIPITS and a SANDERLING were seen at Oswego Harbor. Fifteen species of WARBLERS were seen along the Lake Ontario lakeshore from Oswego to Mexico.
9/15: A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen at a private residence in Hastings. A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen at Selkirk Shores on Lake Ontario.

Madison County
9/11: A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen at Tuscarora Nature Park west of Erieville.
9/14: A SORA continues at the Madison Street Impoundment north of Hamilton.

Oneida County
9/13: Fifteen species of Warblers plus a COMMON NIGHTHAWK and a PHILADELPHIA VIREO were seen at Spring Farms Nature Sanctuary south of Clinton.

Rare Bird Report for the week of August 26, 2019

AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN
WHITE IBIS
EURASIAN WIGEON
SANDHILL CRANE
RUDDY TURNSTONE
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER
PHILADELPHIA VIREO
SWAINSON’S THRUSH
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex

Shorebirds seen at the complex this week:

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

9/4: This was the last day for a positive sighting of the WHITE IBIS at Knox-Marsellus Marsh. BAIRD’S SANDPIPER, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE and 18 SANDHILL CRANES were also seen at Knox-Marsellus.
9/7: An EURASIAN WIGEON was seen on the Wildlife Drive. A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was found on Howland Island.
9/8: The AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN continues at Knox-Marsellus Marsh. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen on VanDyne Spoor Road.

Cayuga County
9/8: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at Fair Haven State Park.

Onondaga County
9/3: A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen in Manlius.
9/5: A rare for this area YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was seen at a private residence on River Road in Baldwinsville.
9/6: An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen at Labrador Hollow Park. An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was found at Radison River Park on the Seneca River. It has been seen through the 8th. A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen here also.
9/7: An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen at Green Lakes State Park.. A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen at Labrador Hollow Park.
9/8: A SWAINSON’S THRUSH was seen at Green Lakes State Park.

Oswego County
9/4: A RUDDY TURNSTONE was found at Oswego Harbor.
9/5: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen at a private residence in Hastings.
9/9: Eight species of Warblers and a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER were seen at Sandy Island State Park on Lake Ontario.

Madison County
9/3: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen at Tuscarora Nature Park in Erieville.
9/4: A LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER was found at the Madison Street north of Hamilton and has been present through the 7th.
9/7: Two AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS were seen at the Sky High sod farm north of Chittenango.
9/8: A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen at Woodman Pond north of Hamilton.

Oneida County
9/5: A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen at Spring Farms Nature Center south of Clinton.
9/8: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen in Waterville. Ten species of Warblers were seen at the Spring Farms Nature Center.

Herkimer County
9/8: A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen on Partridge Hill Road in Barneveld.

Rare Bird Report for the week of August 26, 2019

AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN
WHITE IBIS
LEAST BITTERN
SNOWY EGRET
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
LEAST BITTERN
CANVASBACK
REDHEAD
EURASIAN WIGEON
GOLDEN EAGLE
BLACK VULTURE
SANDHILL CRANE
SORA
WILSON’S PHALAROPE
WHIMBREL
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER
STILT SANDPIPER
SANDERLING
LAUGHING GULL
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
WHIP-POOR-WILL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER
DICKCISSEL
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex 
It has been an exciting week at Montezuma. On 8/28 the first ever WHITE IBIS showed up at Knox-Marsellus Marsh and has been somewhat cooperative ever since. No report on it yet today. In addition the LAUGHING GULL, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN and SNOWY EGRET were present most of the week, also at Knox-Marsellus.

Shorebirds reported at the complex this week.
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
LESSER YELLOWLEGS
SPOTTED SANDPIPER
LEAST SANDPIPER
SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
KILLDEER
SOLITARY SANDPIPER
PECTORAL SANDPIPER
SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPER
AMERICAN WOODCOCK
WHIMBREL
DUNLIN
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
STILT SANDPIPER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
WILSON’S SNIPE
SANDERLING
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER

8/28: Two COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen at VanDyne Spoor Road. the WHITE IBIS is discovered at Knox-Marsellus Marsh.
8/30: A WHIMBREL was found at Knox-Marsellus Marsh. A SNOWY EGRET was seen at South Spring Pond.
8/31: A DICKCISSEL was heard again at East Road. Heard again on 9/1.
9/1: Ten Warbler species, an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER and 2 LEAST BITTERNS were found on Howland Island. A WILSON’S PHALAROPE and an eclipse male EURASIAN WIGEON were seen on the Wildlife Drive near the Eagle sculpture. 150 GREAT EGRETS and the SNOWY EGRET were observed roosting near Mays Point. A possible Anhinga was thought to be with them. The LAUGHING GULL, the WHITE IBIS and the AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN were all caught in one camera frame at Knox-Marsellus Marsh.
9/2: The AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN continues at Knox-Marsellus and the EURASIAN WIGEON also continues on the Wildlife Drive.

Cayuga County
9/31: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at Fair Haven State Park.

Onondaga County
8/29: Two COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen at Three Rivers WMA northe of Baldwinsville.

Oswego County
8/28: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at Derby Hill
9/1: A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen at Derby Hill. A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen at Deer Creek Marsh south of Sandy Pond on Lake Ontario.

Madison County
8/27: A SORA was seen at the Madison Street Impoundment north of Hamilton.
8/28: Eight COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen at Woodman Pond north of Hamilton.
8/29: Forty AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS and a BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER were found at the Sky High turf farm north of Chittenango. A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was found at Mason Hill east of Hamilton.
9/1: Six shorebird species including SANDERLING were found at the Sky High turf farm.
9/2: A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was seen on Ditchbank road north of Canastota.

Oneida County
A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at Verona Beach State Park

Herkimer County
8/29: A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen at a private resicence north of Dolgeville.
8/30: A BLACK VULTURE was seen near Middleville.
8/31: A WHIP-POOR-WILL was seen at a sensitive area near Salisbury.

Rare Bird Report for the week of August 19, 2019

AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN
SNOWY EGRET
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
CANVASBACK
REDHEAD
WILSON’S PHALAROPE
WHIMBREL
RUDY TURNSTONE
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
STILT SANDPIPER
SANDERLING
LAUGHING GULL
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER
SWAINSON’S THRUSH
DICKCISSEL
ORCHARD ORIOLE

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex

Shorebirds reported at the complex this week.

RUDDY TURNSTONE
SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
LEAST SANDPIPER
SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPER
SPOTTED SANDPIPER
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
LESSER YELLOWLEGS
KILLDEER
STILT SANDPIPER
PECTORAL SANDPIPER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
WILSON’S SNIPE
WILSON’S PHALAROPE
SOLITARY SANDPIPER
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER

An adult male CANVASBACK and at least two REDHEAD continue in Knox-Marsellus Marsh.
8/19: A RUDDY TURNSTONE was seen along the Willdlife Trail. A first year LAUGHING GULL was again seen in Knox-Marsellus Marsh and has continued up to Sunday. No report yet today. 11 species of Shorebirds including a WILSON’S PHALAROPE were seen in Knox Marsellus Marsh. Two ORCHARD ORIOLES were seen at VanDyne Spoor Road.
8/21: An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was again seen in Knox-Marsellus Marsh and continued through Sunday. A SNOWY EGRET was found in Knox-Marsellus Marsh and continued until Saturday.
8/25: A shorebird walk along Knox-Marsellus and Puddler’s Marshes produced 15 species of shorebirds and 95 species of avifauna overall. The most interesting non shorebird was a DICKCISSEL heard and seen in flight at the overlook. A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was noted also. The WHITE PELICAN and the LAUGHING GULL were found but the SNOWY EGRET was a no show.

Cayuga County
A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was found on West Bay Road and a WHIMBREL was found at West Barrier Bar.

Onondaga County
8/20: An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen hawking in Oakwood Cemetery in Syracuse.
8/25: A female RED-BREASTED MERGANSER continues in the Seneca River in Baldwinsville.

Oswego County
8/22: Three SANDERLING, a PEREGRINE FALCON and a MERLIN were all seen at Oswego Harbor.
8/25: An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen on HInman Road north of Port Ontario. A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen near Three Mile Bay on Oneida Lake.

Madison County
8/22: A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen at Woodman Pond north of Hamilton.
8/25: Three COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen at Woodman Pond.

Oneida County
8/21: An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was seen near Lakeport on Oneida Lake.

Herkimer County
8/23: A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER and a SWAINSON’S THRUSH were noted on Bald Mountain near Eagle Bay.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of August 12, 2019

AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
CANVASBACK
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
STILT SANDPIPER
LAUGHING GULL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
ACADIAN FLYCATCHER
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER
ORCHARD ORIOLE

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex

Shorebirds reported at the complex this week.

LEAST SANDPIPER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
SOLITARY SANDPIPER
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
LESSER YELLOWLEGS
STILT SANDPIPER
SPOTTED SANDPIPER
KILLDEER
SEMIPALMATED PLOVER
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
RUDDY TURNSTONE
PECTORAL SANDPIPER
WILSON’S PHALAROPE
WILSON’S SNIPE

8/16: An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN and a hatch year LAUGHING GULL were found at Knox-Marsellus Marsh. Both were seen through yesterday although the Pelican moved to VanDyne Spoor Road in the Afternoon.
8/17: A CANVASBACK continues in Knox-Marsellus Marsh. A STILT SANDPIPER was seen at Mays Point Pool.
8/18: Eleven species of shorebirds including BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER were seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh. A RUDDY TURNSTONE was seen at the big metal Eagle along the Wildlife Drive.

Onondaga County
8/12: Two COMMON LOONS and 19 COMMON GALLINULES, young and adult, were seen on Onondaga Lake from the West Shore Trail.
8/17: An immature BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen on the Onondaga Creek creek walk north of Hiawatha Boulevard in Syracuse.
8/18: A GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was seen on Bardeen Road in Fabius..
8/19: An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER, possibly a young bird, was heard in Whiskey Hollow west of Baldwinsville.

Oswego County
8/17: A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen at a private residence in Hastings. An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen on Sage Creek Drive near Derby Hill.
8/18: Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen at Derby Hill Bird Observatory on Lake Ontario.

Oneida County
8/15: Three RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS, 2 adults and a juvenile, were found at Verona Beach State Park near the camp store.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of August 05, 2019

BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
CANVASBACK
SANDHILL CRANE
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
STILT SANDPIPER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
STILT SANDPIPER
SANDERLING
ACADIAN FLYCATCHER
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
SEDGE WREN
ORCHARD ORIOLE

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex

Shorebirds reported at the complex this week.

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

A male CANVASBACK continues at Knox-Marsellus Pool.
8/5: A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was seen from VanDyne Spoor Road.
8/7: One SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER and 2 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS were seen along the Wildlife Drive.
8/9: Two SANDHILL CRANES were seen at Howland Island.
8/10: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen along the Wildlife Drive. 2 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were seen at Knox-Marsellus Pool.
8/11: On a shorebird walk at Knox-Marsellus and Puddler’s Pools 11 species of Shorebirds plus one unidentified Dowitcher were seen. Seven WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were seen. Also 10 SANDHILL CRANES were found.

Cayuga County
8/9: A SANDERLING was seen at West Barrier Bar Park in Fair Haven..

Onondaga County
8/6: Two SEDGE WRENS were found at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville. After being reported for a number of weeks this was the last positive report.
8/9: An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER continues at Whiskey Hollow west of Baldwinsville.

Oswego County
8/11: An adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was found at the inlet to Sandy Island State Park. It was relocated on the 12th. Six SANDERLINGS were also seen.

Madison County
8/6: Five Shorebird species including 13 SOLITARY SANDPIPERS were seen at Eaton Brook Pool.

Herkimer County
8/8: Six shorebird species including 1 SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER were seen at the McKoons Road Wetland north of Richfield Springs. Also found was a GREAT EGRET.

Rare Bird Report for the week of July 29, 2019

LEAST BITTERN
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
GREATER SCAUP
EURASIAN WIGEON
SANDHILL CRANE
STILT SANDPIPER
UPLAND SANDPIPER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
STILT SANDPIPER
ACADIAN FLYCATCHER
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
SEDGE WREN

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Shorebirds found at the Complex this week.
LEAST SANDPIPER
KILLDEER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
SOLITARY SANDPIPER
SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPER
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
LESSER YELLOWLEGS
SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER
PECTORAL SANDPIPER
SPOTTED SANDPIPER
STILT SANDPIPER
WILSON’S SNIPE

7/30: The SEDGE WREN found on East Road on 7/28 was seen again on this day and on the 31st. However the field where it has been has been cut and it has not been reported since.
8/2: Seven shorebird species including LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER were seen along the Wildlife Drive.
8/3: An EURASIAN WIGEON and 2 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen looking south from VanDyne Spoor Road. Nine species of shorebirds, including SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, sere seen along the Wildlife trail.
8/4: Ten species of shorebirds including STILT SANDPIPER were seen along the Wildlife Trail. Seven SANDHILL CRANES, a BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, and an ORCHARD ORIOLE were all seen from East Road. A LEAST BITTERN was seen in Malone Marsh on Savanna Spring Lake Road.

Cayuga County
4/30: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at West Barrier Bar Park in Fair Haven.

Onondaga County
A SEDGE WREN continues to sing but is very hard to see in the big fields area of Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsvile.
7/31: An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER continues at Whiskey Hollow Nature Preserve west of Baldwinsville.

Oswego County
8/1: A GREATER SCAUP was seen in Oswego Harbor.

Madison County
8/1: A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was found on Mason Hill east of Hamilton.

Oneida County
7/29: An UPLAND SANDPIPER was seen in a traditional spot in the Deerfield Grasslands south of Poland.
8/2: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen on Vincent Ave in Verona Beach.
8/3: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen on Drive 28 in Jewel at the east end of Oneida Lake.
8/4: Twenty-one GREAT EGRETS were seen in the Utica Marsh WMA.

Rare Bird Report for the week of July 22, 2019

COMMON LOON
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
CANVASBACK
PIPING PLOVER
STILT SANDPIPER
UPLAND SANDPIPER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
BLACK TERN
SEDGE WREN

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex

Shorebirds seen at the complex this week

KILLDEER
STILT SANDPIPER
LEAST SANDPIPER
SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPER
SOLITARY SANDPIPER
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
LESSER YELLOWLEGS
SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER
PECTORAL SANDPIPER

7/25: Seven species of shorebirds including a STILT SANDPIPER were seen along the Wildlife Trail.
7/27: Two STILT SANDPIPERS and 40 BLACK TERNS were seen from VanDyne Spoor Road. A SEDGE WREN was found on the east side of East Road near the house #400.
7/28: A male CANVASBACK continues at Knox-Marsellus Marsh. The SECGE WREN was again heard on East Road. 9 species of shorebirds including a SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER were found along the Wildlife Trail.
7/29: The SEDGE WREN continues on East Road.

Onondaga County
The SEDGE WREN found on 7/14 at Three Rivers WMA in the big fields east of 60 Road continues to sing as recently as today.
7/25: A STILT SANDPIPER was found in the marshy spit area at the southwest end of Onondaga Lake.
7/26: Three adult BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen on the Onondaga creekwalk just north of Hiawatha Boulevard.

Oswego County
7/26: Two juvenile PIPING PLOVERS were again seen on the beach north of Sandy Island State Park. An UPLAND SANDPIPER was seen at the Oswego County Airfield on Howard Road along with 6 other shorebird species.

Madison County
7/24: A COMMON LOON was spotted on Deruyter Reservoir.
7/29: Nineteen SPOTTED SANDPIPERS were seen at Easton Brook Mill Pond.

Herkimer County
7/23: A SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER was found at the Mckoons Road pond north of Richfield Springs.
7/24: The Dowitcher was not seen but 6 species of shorebirds were again at the Mckoons Road Pond.

Rare Bird Report for the week of July 15, 2019

COMMON LOON
LEAST BITTERN
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
GREAT EGRET
SANDHILL CRANE
PIPING PLOVER
STILT SANDPIPER
BLACK TERN
PEREGRINE FALCON
SEDGE WREN
CERULEAN WARBLER
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
ORCHARD ORIOLE

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Eleven species of shorebirds were reported from the complex this week:
KILLDEER
STILT SANDPIPER
LEAST SANDPIPER
SOLITARY SANDPIPER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
SPOTTED SANDPIPER
SOLITARY SANDPIPER
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
LESSER YELLOWLEGS
PECTORAL SANDPIPER
WILSON’S SNIPE

7/15: 3 SANDHILL CRANES were seen at the Sandhill Crane Unit south of VanDyne Spoor Road.
7/16: A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was seen at Carncross Road.
7/17: A single male CANVASBACK continues at Knox-Marsellus Pool.
7/21: 126 BLACK TERNS were counted from VanDyne Spoor Road. Another seen from Tschache Pool. A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON was seen from VanDyne Spoor Road and at East Road. Nine species of shorebirds including 3 STILT SANDPIPERS and 2 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS were seen along the Wildlife Drive. An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen at VanDyne Spoor Road. Twenty-one SANDHILL CRANES were seen in the Morgan Road Marshes.
7/22: Twenty-five GREAT EGRETS were seen along the Wildlife Drive.

Onondga County
7/20: A CERULEAN WARBLER was found along Ferguson Road in the Cicero Swamp. Two ORCHARD ORIOLES were seen at Green Lakes State Park.
7/21: A SEDGE WREN continues at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.

Oswego County
7/18: Four COMMON LOONS were seen in Lake Ontario from Selkirk State Park.
7/20: Two and possibly 4 PIPING PLOVERS were seen north of Sandy Island State Park on Lake Ontario. Also seen was a LEAST BITTERN.

Oneida County
7/15: A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen at Utica Marsh.

Rare Bird Report for the week of July 08, 2019

SANDHILL CRANE
COMMON GALLINULE
BLACK TERN
PEREGRINE FALCON
WHIMBREL
PECTORAL SANDPIPER
FISH CROW
SEDGE WREN
CERULEAN WARBLER
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Shorebirds are starting to show up at the complex. Eight of the more common species were noted this week.
7/13: Four CERULEAN WARBLERS were found at the forested area of Armitage Road.
7/15: Three SANDHILL CRANES, 24 BLACK TERNS, a BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON and a FISH CROW were all found at the Sandhill Crane Unit south of VanDyne Spoor Road.

Cayuga County
7/12: A WHIMBREL was seen at West Barrier Bar Park in Fair Haven.

Onondaga County
7/8: A PECTORAL SANDPIPER was found on the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake.
7/11: A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen on Jefferson Street in Syracuse.
7/14: Thirteen COMMON GALLINULES including 8 young were seen along the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake. A SEDGE WREN was found singing in the big field area east of Sixty Road in Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.

Madison County
7/15: A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was found on Mason Hill in Hamilton.

Herkimer County
7/13: A FISH CROW was heard on Earl Road in Richfield Springs. A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was found on Vanvalkenburg Road in Richfield Springs.

Rare Bird Report for the week of July 01, 2019

COMMON LOON
LEAST BITTERN
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
CANVASBACK
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK
SANDHILL CRANE
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
LESSER YELLOWLEGS
LEAST SANDPIPER
CASPIAN TERN
BLACK TERN
FISH CROW
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
ORCHARD ORIOLE

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER(s) continue to be seen and heard at the forested area on Armitage Road.
7/6: LEAST BITTERN and BLACK TERN were seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh.The first sighting of migrating shorebirds, 59 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 4 GREATER YELLOWLEGS and 1 LEAST SANDPIPER were all seen along the Wildlife Drive. Spotted Sandpiper, a local breeder, was seen also. A COMMON LOON and a CANVASBACK were spotted at Knox-Marsellus Marsh. A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen at Railroad Road marshes.
7/8: 48 BLACK TERNS were seen from the tower at Tschache Pool.

Onondaga County
7/3: Two ORCHARD ORIOLES were seen at Green Lakes State Park.
7/6: Two CASPIAN TERNS were seen at the Raddison River Park (private) on the Seneca River north of Rt. 31.

Oswego County
7/5: Nine CASPIAN TERNS were seen at Selkirk Shores State Park on Lake Ontario.
7/6: Two GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were seen at a private resicence on Baum Road in Hastings.

Madison County
7/1: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen on Ditchbank Road north of Canastota.
7/4: A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen at Morrow Mountain State Forest south of Erieville.
7/5: A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was seen at the Madison street Impoundment north of Hamilton.

Oneida County
7/2: A FISH CROW was found on Leland Ave in Utica.

Rare Bird Report for the week on June 24, 2019

COMMON LOON
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
CANVASBACK
COMMON GOLDENEYE
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
PEREGRINE FALCON
SANDHILL CRANE
SORA
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
SWAINSON’S THRUSH
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
6/27: A male CANVASBACK and a BLACK TERN were seen from East Road. Five BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen in flight in the mucklands along Rt. 31 west of the Seneca River.
6/28: Two COMMON GOLDENEYE and 15 SANDHILL CRANES were found at the Morgan Road Marsh.
6/30: Six BLACK TERNS were seen from VanDyne Spoor Road.
7/1: A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was reported without a specific location, we will assume from Armitage Road.

Onondaga County
6/29: Two COMMON NIGHTHAWKS, rare in summer, were seen at Oneida Shores State Park.

Madison County
6/26: A SORA continues in a wet area north of Hamilton.
6/28: A SANDHILL CRANE was seen at Ditchbank Road north of Canastota.
7/1: A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was seen on Buyea Road south of Canastota.

Oneida County
6/29: Two adult and 1 young COMMON LOONS were seen on Little Woodhull Creek.
7/1: Two adult and 4 fledgling PEREGRINE FALCONS were seen near where they nested in Utica.

Herkimer County
6/24: A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen near Little Moose Lake south of Old Forge.
6/30: A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen from Rt. 5 east of Little Falls.

Rare Bird Report for the week on June 17, 2019

LEAST BITTERN
GREAT EGRET
SORA
PIPING PLOVER
BLACK-NECKED STILT
COMMON TERN
WHIP-POOR-WILL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
ACADIAN FLYCATCHER
SWAINSON’S THRUSH
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
ORCHARD ORIOLE
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
PINE SISKIN

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS continue on the forested area on Armitage Road. There was definite evidence of successful breeding also.
6/22: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen on VanDyne Spoor Road.
6/23: The BLACK-NECKED STILT was still seen up to this day in the Main Pool. There was no report yet for today. A BLACK TERN was seen in the Main Pool.

Onondaga County
6/17: ACADIAN FLYCATCHER was seen at Whiskey Hollow west of Baldwinsville.
6/18: A LEAST BITTERN was found at the Dewitt Marsh near the landfill.
6/22: A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was found at Green Lakes State Park.

Oswego County
6/18: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was found at Bernhards Bay on the north shore of Oneida Lake. A PINE SISKIN was still at a feeder on Hinman Road north of Port Ontario.
6/19: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues at Derby Hill.
6/22: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at Three Mile Bay at the east end of Oneida Lake. Two adult and 3 young PIPING PLOVERS were seen at Sandy Island State Park. They were seen in an area where they have bred in past years.

Madison County
6/18: A SORA was found at the Madison Street Impoundment in Hamilton. It has been found through today.
6/21: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen on Ditchbank Road north of Canastota.

Oneida County
6/17: A GREAT EGRET was seen at Utica Marsh. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was again seen on Lakeshore Road at the west end of Oneida Lake.
6/19: A COMMON LOON was seen on Oneida Lake from Lakeshore Road. A WHIP-POOR-WILL was found on Preston Hill Road north of Oneida Lake.

Herkimer County
6/17: A GREAT EGRET was seen at the Mckoons Road pond.
6/22: A PINE SISKIN was at a feeder on Military Road north of Dolgeville.
6/23: A SWAINSON’S THRUSH was found near Mckeever in the Adirondack Park.
6/24: SWAINSON’S THRUSHES were found in 2 locations on the Moose River Plains in the Adirondack Park.

Rare Bird Report for the week on June 11, 2019

LEAST BITTERN
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
SANDHILL CRANE
BLACK-NECKED STILT
COMMON TERN
WHIP-POOR-WILL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER
ACADIAN FLYCATCHER
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
ORCHARD ORIOLE

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS continue at the forested area on Armitage Road. There was signs of fledglings in the box this week.
6/12: A BLACK-NECKED STILT was reported through 6/16 this week along the Wildlife Trail.
6/14: A rare for June pair of COMMON TERNS were seen along the Wildlife Trail. They were seen again on the 16th. Two SANDHILL CRANED were seen at the south end of Howland Island.
6/15: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen on the Wildlife trail.
6/16: A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was spotted in Tschache Pool. Two SANDHILL CRANED were seen at Marten’s Tract.

Cayuga County
6/11: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at Fair Haven State Park.
6/16: An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER was reported at Sterling Nature Center.

Onondaga County
6/12: Three ACADIAN FLYCATCHERS were found at Whiskey Hollow west of Baldwinsville. Two were also seen on the14th.
6/15: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen at Green Lakes State Park.

Oswego County
6/12: An apparent mating pair of RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue near the north lookout of Derby Hill. Another was again seen on Lakeshore Drive at the northeast end of Oneida Lake.
6/15: A LEAST BITTERN was seen Deer Creek Marsh north of Port Ontario.

Herkimer County
6/11: A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was seen near Sunday Lake north of Old Forge.

Rare Bird Report for the week on June 03, 2019

LEAST BITTERN
LESSER SCAUP
RING-NECKED DUCK
BLACK-NECKED STILT
BLACK TERN
WHIP-POOR-WILL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
CERULEAN WARBLER
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
ORCHARD ORIOLE

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
6/4: A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was again found at the forested area on Armitage Road. Two GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were found on Carncross Road.
6/5: The BLACK-NECKED STILT was again seen in the Main Pool . It was seen again on the 6th and the 9th.
6/7: A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen at the Sandhill Crane Unit.
6/8: Six PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS and 24 CERULEAN WARBLERS were noted by birders canoeing around Howland Island. 2 BLACK TERNS were noted also. Four SANDHILL CRANES were seen along the Wildlife Drive.
6/10: Five BLACK TERNS were seen at the Visitor’s Center.

Onondaga County
6/6: A LEAST BITTERN was again noted south of Potter Road at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.
6/9: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen in the open area above Green Lakes State Park.

Oswego County
6/7: A pair of RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS is showing nesting activity at the north lookout area of Derby Hill.
6/8: A WHIP-POOR-WILL was heard calling at O’brien Glenway near the Oswego Country Club in Oswego.
6/10: ORCHARD ORIOLE, AMERICAN BITTERN, and SORA were all noted on Peter Scott Road north of Phoenix.

Madison County
Late staying LESSER SCAUP and RING-NECKED DUCK continue at Woodman Pond, last noted on 6/9:

Oneida County
6/7: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was again seen on Lakeshore Road at the east end of Oneida Lake.
6/6: A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW continues at the Spring Farm Nature Sanctuary south of Clinton.

Rare Bird Report for the week on May 28, 2019

COMMON LOON
RED-THROATED LOON
GLOSSY IBIS
LESSER SCAUP
RING-NECKED DUCK
SANDERLING
RED KNOT
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
BLACK TERN
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER
ACADIAN FLYCATCHER
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER
PHILADELPHIA VIREO
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
CERULEAN WARBLER
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW
ORCHARD ORIOLE

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
5/28: Upwards of 8 RED KNOTS were seen in the Main Pool through 6/2.
5/29: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen On Mays Point Road. A SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER was seen along the Wildlife Drive.
5/30: A female RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was seen in the Main Pool and was refound the nest day.
5/31: A COMMON NIGHTHAWK and a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER were reported along the Wildlife Drive.
6/1: At least 1 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was reported in with numerous DUNLIN and SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPERS on the Main Pool. Also present in the Main Pool were about 6 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS. 12 CERULEAN WARBLERS and an ACADIAN FLYCATCHER were reported from Howland Island. PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS continue at the wooded section of Armitage Road.
6/2: A GLOSSY IBIS was seen at the Main Pool and Carncross Road. Given the times of the sightings it may have been the same bird.

Cayuga County
5/30: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were seen at West Barrier Bar Park in Fair Haven.

Onondaga County
5/29: A BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER and a RED-THROATED LOON were seen from the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake. An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen at Green Lakes State Park.
5/31: 5 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen on Oran Delphi Road south of Manlius.
6/1: A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW continues on Potter Road in Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville. A COMMON LOON was seen from the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake.
6/2: Two female PURPLE MARTINS were observed trying to get into a Martin House already occupied by Tree Swallows at Three Rivers WMA.

Oswego County
5/28: A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER were seen at Deer Creek Marsh WMA.
5/29: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at Derby Hill at the north lookout. A BLACK TERN was seen from Rt. 3 at Port Ontario.
6/1: A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen from Hinman Road north of Port Ontario.
6/2: A SANDHILL CRANE was seen at the Deer Creek Marsh WMA.

Madison County
5/31: 8 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen at Woodman Pond north of Hamilton.
6/1: A late LESSER SCAUP and late RING-NECK DUCK continue at Woodman Pond.
6/3: Three ORCHARD ORIOLES were seen on Ditchbank Road north of Canastota. A late WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was seen in Hamilton.

Oneida County
5/28: A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen from Lakeshore Drive on Oneida Lake in North Bay.
5/30: At least one CLAY-COLORED SPARROW continues at Spring Farm Nature Sanctuary south of Clinton.5/29: An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER and a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER were seen on North Street north of Old Forge. An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen on Ritter Road north of Little Falls.
5/30: A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER and a PHILADELPHIA VIREO were seen on North Street north of Old Forge.
5/31: Two CERULEAN WARBLERS were reported near Butler Lake near Hinckley.

Rare Bird Report for the week of May 20, 2019

AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN
BROWN PELICAN
GLOSSY IBIS
LEAST BITTERN
BRANT
BLACK VULTURE
RUDDY TURNSTONE
BLACK-NECKED STILT
RED KNOT
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
WHIMBREL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER
ACADIAN FLYCATCHER
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER
PHILADELPHIA VIREO
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
ORCHARD ORIOLE
LAPLAND LONGSPUR

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Twenty-one species of shorebirds were recorded at the complex this week. Highlights were RED KNOT, WHIMBREL, BLACK-NECKED STILT and RUDDY TURNSTONE.
5/21: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was spotted on Mays Point Road. This may be a bird looking to nest as they have in the past.
5/22: A BLACK-NECKED STILT was found near the spillway on the Wildlife Drive. It was present through the 27th.
5/23: A breeding plumaged LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen at Carncross Road. Up to 19 WHIMBREL have been spotted along the Wildlife Drive and are still being seen today.
5/24: A number of RED KNOTS were seen distantly from the Wildlife Drive. They are still being seen as of today. A HUDSONIAN GODWIT was seen briefly at Carncross Road.
5/25: An AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER was seen at Carncross Road. It was seen again on the 26th.
5/26: A SANDERLING and an AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER were see on the Wildlife Drive. An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was found on the South Spring Pool. PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS continue at the wooded area of Armitage Road. PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS were also found at Howland Island.
5/27: Three GLOSSY IBIS were seen along the Wildlife Drive. A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen at Towpath Road.
5/28: 38 RED KNOTS, 1 WHIMBREL, 20 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS and 5 RUDDY TURNSTONES were found at the Wildlife Drive.

Cayuga County
5/22: RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen on West Bay Road and at West Barrier Bar Park in Fair Haven.
5/23: Two RUDDY TURNSTONES were seen at West Barrier Bar Park.
5/24: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and a RED KNOT were seen at West Barrier Bar Park.

Onondaga County
5/21: A LEAST BITTERN was found at the Dewitt Marsh off of Fisher Road .
5/23: An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER has returned to Whiskey Hollow west of Baldwinsville. Eight species of shorebirds including WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER were found at the Gerber Top Soil Farm in Kirkville.
5/26: A BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER was seen from the West Shore Trail on Onondaga Lake. A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.
5/27: Fifty COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen at a private residence on Oran Delphi Road south of Manlius.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
5/20 was a big day at Derby with 3,231 raptors counted, most being BROAD-WINGED HAWKS. 84 BALD EAGLES were counted that day also. Since then it has quieted down for the last week of the official count. Thanks to Karl Bardon for such a thorough job of counting, especially passerines. On 5/23, 835 BRANT were counted.

Oswego County
5/20: A BROWN PELICAN was seen and photographed from Sunset Bay Park on Lake Ontario. No further sightings have been reported.
5/21: An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at Great Bear Recreation Area north of Phoenix. A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was found at Peter Scott Swamp north of Phoenix. An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was seen on Oneida Lake from Constantia. It was seen through 5/25.
5/23: A RED KNOT was seen from Mill Street in Constantia.
5/25: An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was see at Great Bear Recreation Area north of Phoenix. It was seen through the 27th.A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at Sunset Bay Park on Lake Ontario.
5/26: A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was seen at Deer Creek Marsh south of Sandy Pond.

Madison County
5/23: A SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER and a BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER were seen on Ditchbank Road north of Canastota.
5/26: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and an ORCHARD ORIOLE were seen on Ditchbank Road.

Oneida County
5/22: Three CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS and a GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH were found at Spring Farm Nature Sanctuary south of Clinton.
5/23: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at Verona Beach State Park and another was seen further north along Lake Shore Drive.
5/26: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen at Lake Julia Preserve south of Forestport.

Herkimer County
5/23: A BLACK VULTURE was seen on Jerseyfield Road north of Dolgeville.
5/25: A BLACK VULTURE was seen from Reese Road in Frankfort.

Rare Bird Report for the week on May 13, 2019

RED-THROATED LOON
RED-NECKED GREBE
LEAST BITTERN
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
WHIMBREL
RUDDY TURNSTONE
STILT SANDPIPER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
WILSON’S PHALAROPE
BLACK TERN
FORSTER’S TERN
WHIP-POOR-WILL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER
BOREAL CHICKADEE
CERULEAN WARBLER
PHILADELPHIA VIREO
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
LINCOLN’S SPARROW
ORCHARD ORIOLE
EVENING GROSBEAK

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Eighteen species of shorebirds were seen in the complex this week. Highlights were WILSON’S PHALAROPE and WHIMBREL.
5/13: A RUDDY TURNSTONE was seen along the Wildlife Drive.
5/14: Eleven species of shorebirds including WILSON’S PHALAROPE were seen along the Wildlife Drive.
5/16: PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS continue in the forested area on Armitage Road. A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was seen on VanDyne Spoor Road. Three SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, a PHILADELPHIA VIREO and 8 CERULEAN WARBLERS were seen on Howland Island.
5/18: A LEAST BITTERN, a BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, an ORCHARD ORIOLE and a LINCOLN’S SPARROW were seen on the Wildlife Drive. Twenty-eight BLACK TERNS were seen at Tschache Pool. A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen at VanDyne Spoor Road. Three BLACK TERNS, a WILSON’S PHALAROPE and a COMMON NIGHTHAWK were seen on Carncross Road. A LEAST BITTERN was seen from Morgan Road.
5/19: A WHIMBREL was seen in the Main Pool. A LEAST BITTERN was seen at Kipp Island. Two ORCHARD ORIOLES were seen along the Wildlife Drive.
5/20: A STILT SANDPIPER and a SANDERLING were seen along the Wildlife Drive.

Cayuga County
5/17: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at the intersection of Hadcock and West Bay Roads in Fair Haven. Another was seen at West Barrier Beach Park nearby. An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen at Sterling Nature Center.
5/19: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was again seen on Hadcock Road.Twelve species of warblers, a PHILADELPHIA VIREO, a LINCOLN’S SPARROW and a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER were seen at West Barrier Beach Park.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
2,729 Hawks were counted this week as daily flights start to slow down. A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen on 5/16 and 5/17. Also seen this week were RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, ORCHARD ORIOLE and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER.

Oswego County
5/14: Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue on Lake Street in Pulaski.
5/15: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen on Bayshore Drive on Lake Ontario. A WHIP-POOR-WILL was heard at the Roosevelt Road Sand Pits north of Oneida Lake. A SANDERLING and a FORSTER’S TERN were seen at the Sandy Pond outlet. A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen at the Sithe Energy Trails on Lake Ontario.
5/16: An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at the Great Bear Recreation Area north of Phoenix. It was relocated on 5/18.
5/17: 740 BRANT and 972 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were counted at Phillips Point on Oneida Lake. A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was seen on the Sithe Energy Trails.
5/18: SURF SCOTERS, RED-NECKED GREBE, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, BRANT and RED-THROATED LOON were all reported from Phillips Point on Oneida Lake.
5/20: A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was seen on Hinman Road north of Pulaski.

Onondaga County
5/14: Three SHORT-BILLED and 1 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS were seen at the Gerber Topsoil Farm south of Bridgeport. A RUDDY TURNSTONE was seen nearby on Ferstler Road. A GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was seen at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.
5/15: A BLACK TERN was seen at Oneida Shores Park.
5/18: A LEAST BITTERN was seen in the Dewitt Marsh south of Bridge Street in East Syracuse.
5/19: Fourteen species of warblers including 11 BAY-BREASTED were seen at Three Rivers WMA. Also heard was a LEAST BITTERN.

Madison County
5/14: A WILSON’S PHALAROPE was seen at Ditchbank Road north of Canastota. It was seen again on the 15th. Eleven SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS were seen on Ditchbank Road. They were last seen on the 16th when only 2 remained. An ORCHARD ORIOLE was also seen on Ditchbank Road. A FORSTER’S TERN was seen at Woodman Pond near Hamilton.

Oneida County
5/15: A GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was seen at Spring Farms Nature Sanctuary south of Clinton.
5/17: A CERULEAN WARBLER was noted at Spring Farm Nature Sanctuary..
5/18: Two WHIP-POOR-WILS were heard at the Preston Hill Gravel Pits north of Oneida Lake. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was found at the Spring Farm Nature Sanctuary. An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen on Sterling Road north of Verona Beach State Park. A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen on Dwyer Road north of Verona.

Herkimer County
EVENING GROSBEAKS continue at a residence north of Dolgeville on Military Road.
5/16: A BOREAL CHICKADEE was at a feeder on Thibado Road north of Eagle Bay.
5/17: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was at a feeder on Military Road north of Dolgeville.

Rare Bird Report for the week of May 6, 2019

RED-THROATED LOON
RED-NECKED GREBE
LEAST BITTERN
SNOWY EGRET
BLACK SCOTER
GOLDEN EAGLE
SANDHILL CRANE
PIPING PLOVER
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
STILT SANDPIPER
UPLAND SANDPIPER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
WILSON’S PHALAROPE
LITTLE GULL
BLACK TERN
FORSTER’S TERN
WHIP-POOR-WILL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
SWAINSON’S THRUSH
CERULEAN WARBLER
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
FOX SPARROW
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
ORCHARD ORIOLE
EVENING GROSBEAK

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
5/6: PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS continue at the forested area of Armitage Road. They have been seen entering nest boxes with nesting material.
5/11: A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was see along the Wildlife Drive. A SNOWY EGERT was seen also along the Wildlife Drive. It was relocated on the 13th. Two BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS were seen from Towpath Road. Two SANDHILL CRANES were seen at Carncross Road. Six Shorebird species including 2 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS were seen at Carncross Road.
5/12: Three BLACK TERNS were seen at Mays Point Pond. Twelve were seen at North Spring Pool. Eight warbler species including CERULEAN were seen at VanDyne Spoor Road. Five BLACK TERNS were also seen.
5/13: A STILT SANDPIPER was seen along the Wildlife Drive. A WILSON’S PHALAROPE was found at the Visitor’s Center.

Cayuga County
5/8: A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen from Farden Road near Fair Haven
5/11: Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen at the camping area at Fair Haven State Park. A RED-THROATED LOON was seen at West Barrier Bar Park..

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
Derby had a big day on 5/6 with 13,489 Hawks counted. 12,276 were BROAD-WINGED HAWKS. The rest of the week was rather dismal for hawk counting with only three days with birds counted and a total of only 1,392 hawks recorded. Other highlights were 5 GOLDEN EAGLES, SANDHILL CRANE, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, EVENING GROSBEAK and WHIP-POOR-WILL.

Oswego County
5/7: A LITTLE GULL was seen at the Phillips Point lake watch on Oneida Lake. Also seen were a BLACK SCOTER and 13 RED-NECKED GREBES. 7 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen at a feeder in Constantia. A WHIP-POOR-WILL was heard at a traditional spot on Roosevelt Road north of Oneida Lake.
5/8: A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW has returned to a traditional spot at Carley Mills south of Parrish.
5/10: A late FOX SPARROW was see at Sunset Bay Park on Lake Ontario. Also seen there were a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, a SWAINSON’S THRUSH and 14 species of warbler.
5/11: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen on Lake Street in Pulaski. A CERULEAN WARBLER was found at Phillips Point on Oneida Lake.
5/13: A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen on Lake Road near Sunset Bay Park on Lake Ontario.

Onondaga County
5/6: Five BLACK-TERNS were seen from the West Shore Trail on Onondaga Lake. A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was see at Cedar Bay in Fayetteville.
5/7: A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was seen at the Gerber Topsoil Farm south of Bridgeport.
5/10: A possible PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was heard on Bridge Street in East Syracuse.
5/11: A LEAST BITTERN was heard at Dewitt Marsh on Fisher Road. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen on Citation Way in Pompey. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at St. Mary”s Cemetery in Syracuse.

Madison County
5/11: A FORSTER’S TERN was seen and photographed on Woodman Pond north of Hamilton. An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen on Ditchbank Road north of Canastota.

Oneida County
5/9: A late FOX SPARROW was seen on Brown Tract Road near Forestport.
5/10: Fifteen species of warblers and a SWAINSON’S THRUSH were found at Spring Farm Nature Sanctuary south of Clinton.

Herkimer County
EVENING GROSBEAKS are still hanging on at a residence on Military Road north of Dolgeville.
5/8: A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was seen near Butler Lake north of Hinckley. Another, or possibly the same one was see in the same location of 5/12.

Rare Bird Report for the week on April 29, 2019

RED-THROATED LOON
RED-NECKED GREBE
EURASIAN WIGEON
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
GOLDEN EAGLE
BLACK VULTURE
SANDHILL CRANE
PIPING PLOVER
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
RUFF
STILT SANDPIPER
UPLAND SANDPIPER
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
ICELAND GULL
BLACK TERN
SNOWY OWL
WHIP-POOR-WILL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
PHILADELPHIA VIREO
TOWNSEND’S WARBLER
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
LINCOLN’S SPARROW
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
ORCHARD ORIOLE
EVENING GROSBEAK

This week was the big migration week for our area. It looks like a great majority of the neo-tropical migrants arrived sometime during the week.

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
5/1: A BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER was seen at the Visitor’s Center.
5/4: A RUFF was seen with Yellowlegs along the Wildlife Drive. Also seen was a STILT SANDPIPER. Twenty BLACK TERNS were seen at VanDyne Spoor Road along with 11 Warbler species. A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER has returned to the forested area of Armitage Road. It crosses the road and can be recorded in both Wayne and Seneca County.
5/5: Two SANDHILL CRANES were seen at Howland Island. An EURASIAN WIGEON, 3 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS and a BLACK TERN were all seen along the Wildlife Drive.

Cayuga County
5/2: A mega rare TOWNSEND’S WARBLER was found on West Barrier Bar Park in Fair Haven. Unfortunately it has not been seen again since that day. Along with 7 other Warbler species a SEDGE WREN, a GLAUCOUS GULL and an ICELAND GULL were also seen.
5/3: A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was found at Sterling Nature Center. It was seen again on the 4th. and the 5th.
5/5: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at Fair Haven State Park.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
This week it was feast or famine at Derby. Finally yesterday there was a good flight with 5,670 raptors counted. In all 10,591 hawks were counted and again BROADWINGS made up the overwhelming majority. Highlights were 1 NORTHERN GOSHAWK, 2 GOLDEN EAGLES, the second BLACK VULTURE of the season, an ORCHARD ORIOLE, a LINCOLN’S SPARROW and a SANDHILL CRANE.

Oswego County
4/29: Fourteen EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen on Mill Street in Orwell.
4/30: Four LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS and an ICELAND GULL were seen in Oswego Harbor.
5/3: A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW and a late SNOWY OWL were found at Sunset Bay Park on Lake Ontario.
5/4: Two PIPING PLOVERS were seen at the outlet of Sandy Pond.

Onondaga County
5/1: A BLACK TERN was seen on the Erie Canal at Poolsbrook near Green Lakes.
5/4: Two RED-THROATED LOONS were seen on the West Shore Trail on Onondaga Lake. One was seen on the 5th also.
5/5: A BLACK TERN was seen on the west shore of Onondaga Lake. Two ORCHARD ORIOLES and a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW were seen at Green Lakes State Park.

Madison County
EVENING GROSBEAKS continue at feeders on Carpenter Road in Sheds and Eden Hollow Road near Erieville.
5/3: EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen at a feeder on Bonney Hill Road near Hamilton.
5/5: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen on Ditchbank Road north of Canastota.
5/6: Six RED-NECKED GREBES were seen on Woodman Pond near Hamilton.

Oneida County
4/30: UPLAND SANDPIPERS were seen on Harris Road south of Poland. A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was seen also.
5/4: EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen near Ava and Boonville.
5/5: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and a PHILADELPHIA VIREO were found in the woods near Verona Beach State Park.

Herkimer County
EVENING GROSBEAKS continue at a feeder on Military Road west of Dolgeville.
4/29: An EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILL was heard on Castle Road north of Fairfield.

Rare Bird Report for the week on April 22, 2019

SANDHILL CRANE
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
GOLDEN EAGLE
PEREGRINE FALCON
BLACK VULTURE
SORA
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER
LAUGHING GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
FORSTER’S TERN
EVENING GROSBEAK
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
4/23: A rare YELLOW-THROATED was found at South Spring Pond off of Rt. 98. It was relocated on the 24th. and the 25th. but not reported since.
4/26: A SORA and a BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON were found on the wildlife Trail.
4/27: A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen from Morgan Road.

Onondaga County
4/23: An EVENING GROSBEAK was reported from Oran Delphi Road just north of Cazenovia. A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen from Walton Street in Syracuse.
4/27: A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen in the Inner Harbor near Destiny in Syracuse.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
A total of 16,020 raptors were tallied at Derby this week. Again BROAD-WINGED HAWKS made up a large majority of the birds. Two days, 4/23 and 4/25 had over 5,000 hawks counted. Highlights were 19 GOLDEN EAGLES, 4 NORTHERN GOSHAWKS and SANDHILL CRANES.

Oswego County
4/28: Three LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, a FORSTER’S TERN and a LAUGHING GULL were all seen at the outlet of Sandy Pond on Lake Ontario. Two LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen in Oswego Harbor.

Madison County
EVENING GROSBEAKS and NORTHERN GOSHAWKS continue almost daily at a feeder on Carpenter Road in Sheds.
4/24: A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen in Cazenovia.
4/25: An AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER was seen on Ditchbank Road north of Canastota.
4/27: Two SEMI-PALMATED PLOVERS were seen from Ditchbank Road.
4/28: A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen from Ditchbank Road. Also seen there was a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL. A SORA was seen on Warners Road north of Canastota.

Oneida County
EVENING GROSBEAKS were reported from Willianstown and Spring Farm Nature Sanctuary in Clinton.
4/28: A SORA was found at the Dwyer Road Swamp in Verona.

Herkimer County
Up to 60 EVENING GROSBEAKS and a small number of PINE SISKINS continue at a feeder on Military Road north of Dolgeville.

Rare Bird Alert for the week on April 15, 2019

RED-THROATED LOON
RED-NECKED GREBE
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN
LEAST BITTERN
SANDHILL CRANE
EURASIAN WIGEON
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
GOLDEN EAGLE
SORA
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
BLACK TERN
SHORT EARED OWL
YELLOW-THROATED VIREO
EVENING GROSBEAK

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
4/16: A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON and a SHORT-EARED OWL were seen at Carncross Road.
4/19: Three AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS were seen at Carncross Road but only stayed for a day.
4/20: A LEAST BITTERN and an EURASIAN WIGEON were seen along the Wildlife Drive.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
There were two big days this week at Derby. 4/19 had 5,834 raptors counted and 4/21 had an astounding 15,353. Over 90 percent were the first big push of BROAD-WINGED HAWKS. Other highlights were 2 GOLDEN EAGLES, 1 NORTHERN GOSHAWK, EVENING GROSBEAKS, LEAST BITTERN, SANDHILL CRANE and an AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN.

Oswego County
4/17: A BLACK TERN was seen over Oneida Lake east of Bridgeport.
4/18: A RED-THROATED LOON and 2 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were seen from Phillips Point on Oneida Lake.
4/19: A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen from Phillips Point.

Onondaga County
4/20: A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen from Cold Brook Road north of Homer.A SANDHILL CRANE was seen in Hamlin Marsh in Clay.
4/21: A COMMON GALLINUTE, an early YELLOW-THROATED VIREO and a nesting pair of TRUMPETER SWANS were all seen in various locations at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.

Madison County
EVENING GROSBEAKS continue at a feeder on Carpenter Road near Sheds.
4/20: A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen on a pond at the Great Swamp Conservancy near Canastota.

Herkimer County
EVENING GROSBEAKS continue at feeders on Military Road north of Dolgeville.
4/17: A SORA was seen at McKoons Road Marsh north of Richfield Springs.

Rare Bird Report for the week on April 8, 2019

LEAST BITTERN
GREAT EGRET
GLOSSY IBIS
RUFF (REEVE)
SANDHILL CRANE
EURASIAN WIGEON
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
GOLDEN EAGLE
PEREGRINE FALCON
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER
EVENING GROSBEAK

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
4/8: A GLOSSY IBIS found in the Marsh south of Carncross Road is still present today.
4/10: A female RUFF or REEVE was seen on Carncross Road. It had not been seen during the week but reappeared again today.
4/11: A LEAST BITTERN was heard at Carncross Road.
4/12: A GREAT EGRET was seen in the main pool along the Wildlife Drive. An EURASIAN WIGEON was seen in Knox-Marsellus pool from East Road.=

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
In a week of changing weather conditions Derby went from a day with 4,337 raptors to another with only 137. In all 9,258 raptors were counted. The first BROAD-WINGED HAWKS were seen on 4/12. Other highlights were NORTHERN GOSHAWK, GOLDEN EAGLE, COMMON REDPOLLS, PINE SISKIN, SANDHILL CRANE, ICELAND GULL, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER and GREAT EGRET.

Oswego County
4/9: Twelve EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen at a feeder in Willianstown. Two were seen at the same location on 4/11.

Onondaga County
4/9: A SANDHILL CRANE was seen at Oneida Shores Park.
4/14: A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen from Marble Street island in Baldwinsville.

Madison County
EVENING GROSBEAKS persist at feeders on Carpenter Road in Sheds and on Eden Hollow Road near Erieville.
4/13: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen on Ditchbank Road north of Canastota.

Herkimer County
EVENING GROSBEAKS persist at a feeder on Military Road north of Dolgeville.

Rare Bird Report for the week on April 01, 2019

RED-NECKED GREBE
GLOSSY IBIS
SANDHILL CRANE
TRUMPETER SWAN
ROSS’S GOOSE
EURASIAN WIGEON
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
GOLDEN EAGLE
PEREGRINE FALCON
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
NORTHERN SHRIKE
SEDGE WREN
EVENING GROSBEAK
PINE SISKIN
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
4/1: A ROSS’S GOOSE was seen from East Road.
4/5: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen from East Road
4/6: An apparent SEDGE WREN was heard at Carncross Road. It was heard again and sighted briefly on the 7th.
4/7: An EURASIAN WIGEON was seen from East Road. Seven SANDHILL CRANES were seen at South Spring Pool. A GLOSSY IBIS was seen at Carncross Road and was relocated the next day.
Derby Hill Bird Observatory 
A big week for Derby but most of the birds were TURKEY VULTURES. 9,138 raptors were counted in all. Highlights were 3 GOLDEN EAGLES and 1 NORTHERN GOSHAWK. Other highlights were COMMON REDPOLLS, SANDHILL CRANES, ROSS’S GOOSE and VESPER SPARROW.
Oswego County
4/2: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen on Nine Mile Point Road in the Town of Scriba. A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen on Lake Ontario from Noyes Sanctuary in Scriba.
Onondaga County
4/2: A SANDHILL CRANE was seen on Pompey Center Road. A SNOWY OWL was seen near Great Northern Mall on Rt. 31. It was seen again in that location on 4/7.
4/4: A SANDHILL CRANE was seen in flight at Sunview Drive in Elbridge.
4/6: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at the Gerber Topsoil Farm in Kirkville. A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen near Onondaga Lake Park.
Madison County
EVENING GROSBEAKS continue at feeders on Carpenter Road in Sheds and Eden Hollow Road near Erieville.
4/2: Two TRUMPETER SWANS were seen on Woodman Pond near Hamilton.
Oneida County
4/5: EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen in Forestport.
4/6: EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen near Woodgate. A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen at the Adirondak Bank in Utica, a known breeding site.
4/7: A RED-NECKED GREBE and 2 PEREGRINE FALCONS were seen at the Utica Marsh.
Herkimer County
EVENING GROSBEAKS and PINE SISKINS continue at a feeder on Military Road north of Dolgeville.

Rare Bird Report for the week on March 25, 2019

RED-THROATED LOON
CACKLING GOOSE
ROSS’S GOOSE
EURASIAN WIGEON
KING EIDER
BLACK SCOTER
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
GOLDEN EAGLE
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
ICELAND GULL
EVENING GROSBEAK
RED CROSSBILL
PINE SISKIN

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
3/29: Three GREATER YELLOWLEGS were seen at the Visitor’s Center.
3/30: EURASIAN WIGEON was seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh, at VanDyne Spoor Road and on Howland Island.
3/31: A LESSER YELLOWLEGS was seen from East Road with Greater Yellowlegs.

Cayuga County
3/30: Three ROSS’S GEESE were found with about 100 SNOW GEESE on Maiden Lane in Port Byron.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
3,478 Raptors were counted in migration this week. 15 GOLDEN EAGLES were counted. On 3/28 a CACKLING GOOSE and 4 SANDHILL CRANES were spotted. seen. On 3/29 a NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen and on 3/30 an ICELAND GULL was found.

Oswego County
3/29: An EASTERN TOWHEE was seen at Noyes Sanctuary.
3/30: A RED-THROATED LOON was seen in Oswego Harbor.
3/31: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen from Mercer Street east of Fort Ontario in Oswego. The BLACK SCOTER and adult male KING EIDER continue in Oswego Harbor. A RED-THROATED LOON was seen on Oneida Lake from Tuttle Road in Bridgeport.

Onondaga County
3/27: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was see at Jamesville Beach Park.. A PINE SISKIN was seen at a feeder in Pompey.
3/30: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and a RED-THROATED LOON were seen on Onondaga Lake from the West Shore Trail. 30 COMMON REDPOLLS were seen at a feeder in Fayetteville.
3/31: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was see on Rt. 80 east of Apulia Station.
4/1: Two RED-THROATED LOONS were seen in Skaneateles.

Madison County
EVENING GROSBEAKS continue at feeders on Carpenter Road in Sheds and Eden Hollow Road near Erieville.

Oneida County
3/26: Eight EVENING GROSBEAKS and a NORTHERN GOSHAWK were seen on Furman Road east of Boonville. A RED CROSSBILL was heard also.

Herkimer County
EVENING GROSBEAKS continue at a feeder on Military Road north of Dolgeville.
3/26: A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen on a carcass on Peckville Road west of Dolgeville.

Rare Bird Report for the week on March 18, 2019

GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
ROSS’S GOOSE
CACKLING GOOSE
EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL
EURASIAN WIGEON
BARROW’S GOLDENEYE
KING EIDER
SURF SCOTER
BLACK SCOTER
BLACK VULTURE
PEREGRINE FALCON
GOLDEN EAGLE
SANDHILL CRANE
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
ICELAND GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
EVENING GROSBEAK
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
3/19: A GREATER WHITE FRONTED GOOSE was at Carncross Road.
3/22: The season’s first GREATER YELLOWLEGS was seen at Carncross Road. One was seen on the 24th. at Carncross and in the mucklands on Rt. 31.
3/23: An EURASIAN GREEN WINGED TEAL was seen in the marsh on Morgan Road. It was relocated also on the 24th. An EURASIAN WIGEON was seen from East Road.
3/24: A ROSS’S GOOSE was seen from East road and at the Mucklands. An EURASIAN WIGEON was again seen from East Road.
Derby Hill Bird Observatory
1,767 raptors were counted at Derby Hill this week. 16 GOLDEN EAGLES were tallied. Large numbers of SNOW GEESE were seen during the week and 2 ROSS’S GEESE were seen also.
Oswego County
3/19: The male KING EIDER in Oswego Harbor continues and was seen through the 24th. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Hellinger Road.
3/24: A female BLACK SCOTER persists in Oswego Harbor.
3/25: Six TREE SWALLOWS were seen in Phoenix.
Onondaga County
3/18: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen in Skaneateles Lake from the village and was seen through the 20th.
3/19: A BLACK VULTURE was seen near Jamesville Beach. An ICELAND GULL was seen from the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake
3/20: Two NORTHERN SHRIKES were seen at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.
3/21: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen from the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake.
3/22: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen on Otisco Lake from Church Hill Road. A ROSS’S GULL was seen in flight from Oakwood Cemetary in Syracuse.
Madison County
EVENING GROSBEAKS continue at feeders on Carpenter Road in Sheds and Eden Hollow Road near Erieville.
3/19: Two TRUMPETER SWANS were seen on Leland Pond south of Bouckville.
3/23: A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen on Ditchbank Road north of Canastota.
Oneida County
3/24: A BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was seen at Oneida Creek south of Verona Beach State Park.
Herkimer County
EVENING GROSBEAKS continue daily at a feeder on Military Road north of Dolgeville.

Rare Bird Report for the week on March 11, 2019

RED-THROATED LOON
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
CACKLING GOOSE
EURASIAN WIGEON
BLUE-WINGED TEAL
BARROW’S GOLDENEYE
KING EIDER
SURF SCOTER
BLACK SCOTER
PEREGRINE FALCON
GOLDEN EAGLE
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
SANDHILL CRANE
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
SHORT-EARED OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
EVENING GROSBEAK

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
3/15: Thirteen SANDHILL CRANES were seen at Millenium Marsh.
3/16: A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen in flight at Howland Island. Also seen were 56 COMMON REDPOLLS and a drake EURASIAN WIGEON.

Onondaga County
3/11: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on the west shore trail of Onondaga Lake.
3/12: This was the last report of the BARROW’S GOLDENEYE on the west shore trail of Onondaga Lake. An ICELAND GULL was seen at the Inner Harbor on West Kirkpatrick Street in Syracuse.
3/16: A BLUE-WINGED TEAL was seen on the west shore trail on Onondaga Lake.
3/17: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at Jamesville Beach County Park.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
This week. 463 raptors were counted at Derby. The first NORTHERN GOSHAWK and another GOLDEN EAGLE were recorded. Other highlights were ICELAND GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL and a CACKLING GOOSE. Also the first big push of SNOW GEESE occurred.

Oswego County
3/12: An ICELAND GULL was seen at Mexico Point on Lake Ontario.
3/15: The last reports of SURF SCOTER and KING EIDER were received this day in Oswego Harbor. A RED-THROATED LOON was seen in Oswego Harbor. A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen at Bishop Road north of Pulaski. A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen from Rt. 481 near Battle Island State Park.
3/16: Two BLACK SCOTERS were seen at Oswego Harbor. A GLAUCOUS GULL was
3/17: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Hinman Road north of Pulaski.
3/18: Two EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen near Williamstown.

Madison County
EVENING GROSBEAKS continue at a feeder on Eden Hollow Road near Erieville.
3/16: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen near a feeder on Eden Hollow road. An ICELAND GULL was seen on Ditchbank Road near Canastota.
3/17: A CACKLING GOOSE was seen on Woodman Pond near Hamilton.

Oneida County
3/12: Twenty-five EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen on Hawkinsville Road in Boonville.
3/13: An ICELAND GULL was seen near Barnevald.
3/15: A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen on Happy Valley Road near Verona. Another GOLDEN EAGLE was seen at Spring Farm Nature Sanctuary south of Clinton.
3/16: A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen at Verona Swamp near Turning Stone.

Herkimer County
3/12: A WILSON’S SNIPE was again seen on Miner Road west of Dolgeville.
3/15: Five EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen on Mill Wood Hill Road near Hinkley.

Migrants reported this week
Tree Swallow, Eastern Phoebe, American Pipit, Ruddy Duck, Green-Winged Teal, Blue-Winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Wood Duck, Red-Winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, Eastern Meadowlark, Snow Goose, American Wigeon, Swamp Sparrow, American Woodcock, Fox Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Northern Pintail, Rusty Blackbird, Red-Shouldered Hawk, Northern Goshawk, Gadwall.

Rare Bird Report for the week on March 04, 2019

RED-THROATED LOON
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
CACKLING GOOSE
BARROW’S GOLDENEYE
CANVASBACK
KING EIDER
SURF SCOTER
BLACK SCOTER
PEREGRINE FALCON
SANDHILL CRANE
ICELAND GULL
SNOWY OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
VESPER SPARROW
EASTERN TOWHEE
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
EVENING GROSBEAK
PINE SISKIN

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
3/5: A SANDHILL CRANE was seen on Gravel Road just east of Rt. 89..
3/8: A SANDHILL CRANE was seen on Morgan Road.

Onondaga County
FISH CROWS were reported on many occasions from Baldwinsville, the north side of Syracuse and the west shore trail of Onondaga Lake. Overwintering EASTERN TOWHEE (Manlius) and VESPER SPARROW (Tully) were again reported.
3/4: Twelve species of waterfowl including 52 CANVASBACKS were seen along the west shore trail of Onondaga Lake. A PEREGRINE FALCON, possibly the same bird, was seen in two different locations in Baldwinsville.
3/8: Four EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen on Bardeen Road south of Fabius. A CACKLING GOOSE was seen in Baldwinsville. An ICELAND GULL was seen at the Inner Harbor in Syracuse.
3/10: The BARROW’S GOLDENEYE at the west shore trail of Onondaga Lake and the GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE at Green Lakes State Park were both reported on Saturday but not on Sunday.

Oswego County
3/4: The male KING EIDER was again reported in Oswego Harbor but has not been reported since. A male KING EIDER has since been seen in Sodus Bay in Wayne County and may possibly be the same bird.
3/5: Two PINE SISKINS were seen at a feeder in Constantia.
3/8: A MALE BARROW’S GOLDENEYE and a RED-THROATED LOON were seen in Oswego Harbor.
3/10: A female SURF SCOTER and a RED-NECKED GREBE were seen in Oswego Harbor.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
Eight species of Raptors have been identified as migrants so far this season. Three GOLDEN EAGLES have been recorded.

Madison County
3/8: Up to 25 EVENING GROSBEAKS continue at a feeder on Eden Hollow Road near Erieville.
3/9: Up to 50 EVENING GROSBEAKS are still visiting a feeder on Carpenter Road near Sheds. A SNOWY OWL was seen at the sod farm on Lakeport road north of Chittenango. A MERLIN and a PEREGRINE FALCON were seen at Ditchbank Road near Canastota.
3/10: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Stephans Road south of South Bay on Oneida Lake.

Oneida County
3/4: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Westmoreland Road west of Whitesboro.

Rare Bird Report for the week of February 25, 2019

RED-THROATED LOON
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
CACKLING GOOSE
BARROW’S GOLDENEYE
KING EIDER
SURF SCOTER
BLACK SCOTER
PEREGRINE FALCON
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
SANDHILL CRANE
WILSON’S SNIPE
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
SNOWY OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
VESPER SPARROW
FOX SPARROW
CHIPPING SPARROW
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
EVENING GROSBEAK
PINE SISKIN

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
3/2: A SANDHILL CRANE was heard from Carncross Road. The next day 4 were seen from Morgan Road.

Onondaga County
2/27: A PINE SISKIN was at a feeder on Harrington Road in Syracuse.
2/28: A CHIPPING SPARROW continues at a feeder on Comstock Road in Syracuse,
3/1: A CHIPPING SPARROW was at a feeder on Valley Drive in Elbridge. A VESPER SPARROW continues at a feeder on Banner Road in Tully.
3/2: A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen on #5 Road in Fabius. A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen at the mouth of Nine Mile Creek on Onondaga Lake. A male BARROW’W GOLDENEYE was found on Onondaga Lake at the ampitheater  along the West Shore Trail. It was relocated yesterday and today.
3/3: GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were still being seen at Green Lakes State Park. A CACKLING GOOSE was also still present. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen along the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake. An ICELAND GULL was seen at the Liverpool Marina on Onondaga Lake. A SNOWY OWL was seen at the sod farm north of Chittenango. A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was again seen on #5 Road in Fabius.
3/4: A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen at the corner of Conners Road and East Sorrell Hill Road south of Baldwinsville

Oswego County
2/28: The male KING EIDER  and a SURF SCOTER were again found at Oswego Harbor. A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen in the Oswego River. A RED-THROATED LOON was rescued by the Oswego Fire Department after being iced in in the Oswego River. A BLACK SCOTER was seen at Port Ontario.
3/1: The male KING EIDER was again seen in Oswego Harbor.
3/2: A FOX SPARROW was seen on Hinman Road near Port Ontario.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
The hawk watch at Derby Hill officially started on 3/1: So far this week only a small number of BALD EAGLES and RED-TAILED HAWKS were deemed to be migrants.

Madison County
Up to 100 EVENING GROSBEAKS continue at a feeder on Carpenter Road near Sheds. A NORTHERN GOSHAWK also continues to hunt near the feeder. EVENING GROSBEAKS also continue at a feeder on Eden Hollow Road near Erieville.

Oneida County
3/3: A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen north of Waterville.

Herkimer County
EVENING GROSBEAKS continue at a feeder on Military Road north of Dolgeville.
3/1: A WILSON’S SNIPE was seen on Miner Road west of Dolgeville.

Rare Bird Report for the week on February 18, 2019

RED-THROATED LOON
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
CACKLING GOOSE
KING EIDER
SURF SCOTER
BLACK SCOTER
HARLEQUIN DUCK
TURKEY VULTURE
PEREGRINE FALCON
WILSON’S SNIPE
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
ICELAND GULL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
FISH CROW
AMERICAN PIPIT
EASTERN TOWHEE
VESPER SPARROW
FOX SPARROW
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
EVENING GROSBEAK
HOARY REDPOLL
PINE SISKIN

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
No reports this week.

Cayuga County
2/23: A possible HOODED MERGANSER/BUFFLEHEAD hybrid was seen at Fair Haven State Park.

Onondaga County
An EASTERN TOWHEE continues at a feeder south of Manlius. A VESPER SPARROW continues at a feeder on Banner Road in Tully.
2/19: A CACKLING GOOSE was again seen at Green Lakes State Park. It was also reported on the 24th.
2/20: A FOX SPARROW was seen on the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake.
2/22: A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was found with Horned Larks on Number 5 Road near Fabius. 31 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were again found at Green Lakes State Park. They were again seen on the 23rd.
2/23: A FISH CROW was seen in Baldwinsville. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was found at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.
2/24: A WILSON’S SNIPE was seen near the Thruway interchange at Rt. 81.

Oswego County
The male KING EIDER, SURF SCOTERS and BLACK SCOTERS were seen throughout the week at Oswego Harbor.
2/22: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at Derby Hill.
2/23: Twenty-two EVENING GROSBEAKS were at a feeder on Hinman Road north of Pulaski.
2/24: An immature male HARLEQUIN DUCK was found in Oswego Harbor. Also seen were a continuing RED-THROATED LOON and 6 AMERICAN PIPITS. An ICELAND GULL was seen at Derby Hill.

Madison County
2/18: Up to 39 EVENING GROSBEAKS continue daily at a feeder on Eden Hollow Road near Erieville.
2/24: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen on Hardwood Island Road north of Canastota. A TURKEY VULTURE was seen from the village of Canastota.

Oneida County
2/19: TURKEY VULTURES were seen at Spring Farm Nature Sanctuary south of Clinton and on Westmoreland Road west of Whitesboro.
2/22: A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen on Jug Point Road west of Verona Beach State Park.
2/24: Two GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were seen on Walker Road quite near the goose seen on Jug Point Road. A CACKLING GOOSED was reported from Lakeport on Oneida Lake. A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in Utica.

Herkimer County
2/20: A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen along the Thruway near Herkimer.. Up to 51 EVENING GROSBEAKS continue at a feeder on Military Road north of Dolgeville.

Rare Bird Report for the week on February 11, 2019

RED-THROATED LOON
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
CACKLING GOOSE
KING EIDER
SURF SCOTER
BLACK SCOTER
RUDDY DUCK
TURKEY VULTURE
MERLIN
PEREGRINE FALCON
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
ICELAND GULL
SNOWY OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
FISH CROW
EASTERN PHOEBE
HERMIT THRUSH
EASTERN TOWHEE
VESPER SPARROW
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
EVENING GROSBEAK
COMMON REDPOLL
PINE SISKIN

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
2/11: A SNOWY OWL was seen in the mucklands along Rt. 31 just west of the Seneca River. It was reported again on 2/16 and 2/17.

Onondaga County
2/11: An EASTERN PHOEBE continues at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville. A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen on Warren Street in Syracuse.
2/14: A FISH CROW was seen on the Onondaga Creek Creek Walk north of Hiawatha Blvd. in Syracuse. A VESPER SPARROW continues on Banner Road in Tully.
2/15: The EASTERN PHOEBE continues at Three Rivers WMA. A MERLIN, a NORTHERN SHRILE and a RED-THROATED LOON were all seen along the West Shore Trail on Onondaga Lake.
2/16: An unprecedented 31 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were found at the swimming area at Green Lakes State Park in Fayetteville. WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were reported in three locations in the area. An EASTERN TOWHEE continues at a feeder south of Manlius.
2/17: The GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were again seen at Green Lakes. Also seen were a CACKLING GOOSE, a CANADA/SNOW GOOSE hybrid and a HERMIT THRUSH. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and 3 ICELAND GULLS were seen on Vincent Corners Road near Highland Forest. A SNOWY OWL was seen at Great Northern Mall. A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen on Waters Road near Fabius.

Oswego County
The male KING EIDER and up to 6 SURF and BLACK SCOTERS continued through the week at Oswego Harbor.
2/17: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen from Fort Ontario in Oswego. An ICELAND GULL and a RED-THROATED LOON were seen in Oswego Harbor.

Madison County
EVENING GROSBEAKS continue at feders on Carpenter Road in Sheds and Eden Hollow Road in Erieville.
2/13: A TURKEY VULTURE was spotted in Chittenango.
2/17: A MERLIN was seen on Gee road north of Canastota.

Oneida County
2/17: EVENING GROSBEAKS and COMMON REDPOLLS were seen at a feeder in Boonville.

Herkimer County
EVENING GROSBEAKS continue daily at a feeder on Military Road north of Dolgeville.
2/12: Three RUDDY DUCKS were seen in the West Canada Creek north of Herkimer.
2/16: Three COMMON REDPOLLS were at a feeder in Cedarville.
2/17: Two PINE SISKINS were seen at a feeder north of Richfield.
2/18: Two MERLINS were seen near Salisbury center.

Rare Bird Report for the week on February 04, 2019

RED-THROATED LOON
KING EIDER
SURF SCOTER
BLACK SCOTER
SNOW GOOSE
GOLDEN EAGLE
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK
PEREGRINE FALCON
KILLDEER
GLAUCOUS GULL
ICELAND GULL
SNOWY OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
HERMIT THRUSH
CHIPPING SPARROW
VESPER SPARROW
EVENING GROSBEAK

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
2/6: A SNOWY OWL was seen in the muckland s along Rt.31 just west of the Seneca River. It was seen again on the 10th.
2/8: Eighty SNOW GEESE were seen at Tschache Pool.
2/10: A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen at the mucklands.

Cayuga County
2/4: Three SURF SCOTERS were seen in Little Sodus Bay near Fair Haven.
2/9: A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen near the intersection of Rts.104 and 38 in Martville. It was seen again on the 11th.
2/10: A HERMIT THRUSH was seen along the entrance road to Fair Haven State Park. A RED-THROATED LOON was seen in flight at Fair Haven State Park. An ICELAND GULL was seen on West Bay Road in Fair Haven.

Onondaga County
2/4: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.
2/5: A KILLDEER was seen from Erie Boulevard near Shoppingtown in Syracuse.
2/6: A VESPER SPARROW continues on Banner Road in Tully. A NORTHERN SHOVELER was seen from the West Shore Trail on Onondaga Lake.
2/9: A CHIPPING SPARROW continues at a feeder on Comstock Road in Syracuse.
2/10: A SNOWY OWL was seen at Hancock Airport. A RED-THROATED LOON was seen from the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake. A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen at the end of the Creek Walk of Onondaga Creek near Destiny Mall in Syracuse.

Oswego County
An adult KING EIDER, up to 3 SURF SCOTERS and up to 2 BLACK SCOTERS have been seen during the week at Oswego Harbor. The Eider and Surf Scoters were seen today but so far the Black Scoters are a no show.
2/4: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Whig Hill Road in West Monroe. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen again at the north end of Nine Mile Point Road on Lake Ontario.
2/10: GLAUCOUS GULL, ICELAND GULL and a RED-THROATED LOON were all seen in Oswego Harbor.

Madison County
2/4: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was again found on Eaton Brook Road.
2/8: Twenty-six EVENING GROSBEAKS were at a feeder on Eden Hollow Road.
2/10: Fifteen EVENING GROSBEAKS were again seen at a feeder on Carpenter Road near Sheds.

Herkimer County
EVENING GROSBEAKS continue at a feeder on Military Road north of Dolgeville.

Lewis County
2/9: Fifteen BALD EAGLES and 3 GOLDEN EAGLES were seen at the intersection of Rts. 26 and 12 north of Constableville.

Rare Bird Report for the week on January 28, 2019

KING EIDER
SURF SCOTER
BLACK SCOTER
PEREGRINE FALCON
TURKEY VULTURE
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
MERLIN
GLAUCOUS GULL
LITTLE GULL
BLACK-LEGGED KITTYWAKE
ICELAND GULL
SNOWY OWL
SAW-WHET OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
HERMIT THRUSH
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD
EASTERN TOWHEE
VESPER SPARROW
SAVANNAH SPARROW
HARRIS’S SPARROW
EVENING GROSBEAK
COMMON REDPOLL
PINE SISKIN

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
2/2: A SNOWY OWL and a MERLIN were seen along the mucklands on Rt..31 west of the Seneca River.
2/3: The SNOWY OWL was seen again in the mucklands. A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen on Rt. 89 north of Mays Point Road.

Onondaga County
1/28: Sixty-eight SNOW BUNTINGS were seen on the West Shore Trail on Onondaga Lake.
1/29: An EASTERN TOWHEE continues at a feeder south of Manlius. A RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD was seen on the West Shore Trail on Onondaga Lake.
1/30: A SNOWY OWL was seen near Caughdenoy Road in Clay.
2/1: A VESPER SPARROW continues on Banner Road in Tully. A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at the Inner Harbor in Syracuse.
2/2: A HERMIT THRUSH was seen at Beaver Lake Nature Center.
2/3: A SAVANNAH SPARROW was seen on East Sorrell Hill Road in Baldwinsville. Forty-five COMMON REDPOLLS were seen on Dunham Road west of Baldwinsville. A MERLIN and a NORTHERN SHRIKE were seen on the West Shore Trail on Onondaga Lake. An ICELAND GULL and a PEREGRINE FALCON were seen at the Inner Harbor in Syracuse. A SAW-WHET OWL was seen again at Beaver Lake Nature Center.
2/4: A PINE SISKIN continues at a feeder in Manlius.

Oswego County
1/31: A BLACK-LEGGED KITTYWAKE and a LITTLE GULL were seen at Oswego Harbor but have not been relocated
2/2: This was a stellar day for waterfowl in Oswego Harbor. Highlights were an adult male KING EIDER, at least 3 SURF SCOTERS and a female BLACK SCOTER. LONG-TAILED DUCKS numbered close to 500. Also present were both SCAUP, REDHEAD, BUFFLEHEAD, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, CANVASBACK, COMMON MERGANSER, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER and HOODED MERGANSER. Other highlights were ICELAND GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, PEREGRINE FALCON and RED-NECKED GREBE.
2/3: Most of the waterfowl were still present at Oswego and are stiil present today. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at the north end of Nine Mile Point Road near Noyes Sanctuary on Lake Ontario.

Madison County
The HARRIS’S SPARROW was still present on Borden Road in Earlville and was seen as recently as 2/3.
2/2: A COMMON REDPOLL was seen on Bonney Hill Road near Hamilton.
2/4: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Eaton Brook Road in Erieville.

Oneida County
1/321: An EVENING GROSBEAK was seen in Waterville.

Herkimer County
EVENING GROSBEAKS continue daily at a feeder north of Dolgeville.
1/31: Three COMMON REDPOLLS were seen at a feeder in Cedarville.

Rare Bird Report for the week on January 21, 2019

BLACK SCOTER
PEREGRINE FALCON
TURKEY VULTURE
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
MERLIN
ICELAND GULL
SNOWY OWL
SAW-WHET OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
EASTERN TOWHEE
VESPER SPARROW
HARRIS’S SPARROW
EVENING GROSBEAK
COMMON REDPOLL
PINE SISKIN

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
No reports this week.

Onondaga County
1/21: An ICELAND GULL and a PEREGRINE FALCON were seen at the Inner Harbor on Van Renselear Street in Syracuse.
1/23: An EASTERN TOWHEE continues at a feeder south of Manlius. A SNOWY OWL was seen at Great Northern Mall.
1/25: A VESPER SPARROW continues at Banner Road in Tully. A large group of COMMON REDPOLLS were seen on Dunham Road west of Baldwinsville.
1/27: An EVENING GROSBEAK was seen at Radisson River Park north of Baldwinsville. Eight PINE SISKINS were at a feeder on Harrington Road in Syracuse.
1/28: Four PINE SISKINS were at a feeder in Manlius. A SAW-WHET OWL was seen at Beaver Lake Nature Center west of Baldwinsville.

Oswego County
1/22: Seventeen EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen on North Church Road in Lacona.
1/23: Five COMMON REDPOLLS were seen on Ferguson Beach Road north of Oswego.
1/26: A female BLACK SCOTER was found at Oswego Harbor. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Clark Road east of Port Ontario.
1’27: An ICELAND GULL was seen from Derby Hill

Madison County
The HARRIS’S SPARROW discovered last week on Borden Road in Earleville has been seen through 1/27.
EVENING GROSBEAKS, PINE SISKINS and 2 NORTHERN GOSHAWKS continue at a feeding station on Carpenter Road in Sheds.
1/22: Thtree EVENING GROSBEAKS were at a feeder in Hamilton.
1/26: A MERLIN was seen on Gee Road north of Canastota.

Oneida County
1/22: Three TURKEY VULTURES and a PEREGRINE FALCON were seen at Spring Farms Nature Sanctuary south of Clinton.
1/27: Two COMMON REDPOLLS were seen at a feeder south of Alder Creek.

Herkimer County
EVENING GROSBEAKS continue at a feeder on Military Road north of Dolgeville.

Rare Bird Report for the week on January 14, 2019

RED-THROATED LOON
BLACK SCOTER
PEREGRINE FALCON
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK
WILSON’S SNIPE
ICELAND GULL
SNOWY OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
EASTERN PHOEBE
GRAY CATBIRD
EASTERN TOWHEE
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW
VESPER SPARROW
HARRIS’S SPARROW
EVENING GROSBEAK
COMMON REDPOLL
PINE SISKIN

Onondaga County
1/15: An EASTERN TOWHEE continues at a feeder in Manlius and has been reported up to 1/19. A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was again seen on the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake.
1/16: Three COMMON REDPOLLS were seen in Oakwood Cemetery in Syracuse..
1/17: A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in Baldwinsville.
1/18: A VESPER SPARROW continues on Banner Road in Tully. A GRAY CATBIRD was seen on the Onondaga Creek walk north of Hiawatha Blvd. in Syracuse. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Sunview Drive in Elbridge.
1/19: A BLACK SCOTER was seen on Skaneateles Lake in Spafford. An ICELAND GULL was seen in the Inner Harbor in Syracuse. Seven PINE SISKINS were at a feeder in Manlius. A SNOWY OWL was spotted at Hancock Airport in Syracuse.
1/21: Two PINE SISKINS were at a feeder on Harrington Road in Syracuse.

Oswego County
1/14: A RED-THROATED LOON was seen on Lake Ontario from Deer Creek Marsh.
1/15: A BLACK SCOTER was seen in Oswego Harbor. An EASTERN PHOEBE was seen on Dewitt Street in Oswego.
1/17: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen on Bishop Road north of Pulaski.
1/19: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen from Rt. 3 near Greene Point. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen on Bishop Road north of Pulaski.

Madison County
1/16: Forty EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen on Eden Hollow Road east of Erieville.
1/18: An adult HARRIS’S SPARROW was seen and photographed at a feeder on Borden Road in Earlville. It was relocated on the 19th. No new reports since. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was spotted on Eden Hollow Road.
1/19: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Chaphe Hill Road east of Erieville. One COMMON REDPOLL was seen at a feeder on Eden Hollow Road.

Oneida County
1/14: Two PINE SISKINS were at a feeeder in Oriskany.
1/15: Thirty-six EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen on Nightingale Road in Forestport.
1/19: Thirteen EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen on Evans Road in Remsen.

Herkimer County
1/15: EVENING GROSBEAKS continue at a feeder north of Dolgeville.
1/18: A WILSON’S SNIPE was seen in a wet area in the Town of Manheim south of Dolgeville. It was found again on the 19th.

Rare Bird Alert for the week on January 07, 2019

RED-THROATED LOON
BLACK SCOTER
TURKEY VULTURE
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
MERLIN
PEREGRINE FALCON
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
ICELAND GULL
SNOWY OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
EASTERN PHOEBE
GRAY CATBIRD
HERMIT THRUSH
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW
FIELD SPARROW
VESPER SPARROW
RUSTY BLACKBIRD
EVENING GROSBEAK
COMMON REDPOLL
PINE SISKIN

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
1/12: A GRAY CATBIRD was seen on the South Spring pond trail. A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen also.

Onondaga County
1/10: A VESPER SPARROW was seen on Banner Road in Tully. It was seen again the next day. A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW continues on Sunview Drive in Elbridge. A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen on East Genesee Street in Syracuse..
1/11: Fifteen PINE SISKINS continue at a feeder in Manlius.
1/12: An EASTERN PHOEBE was seen at Onondaga Lake Park in Liverpool.
1/13: One WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, a NORTHERN SHRIKE and a NORTHERN HARRIER were seen on the West Shore Trail on Onondaga Lake. Up to 24 BALD EAGLES were seen at Murphy’s Island on Onondaga Lake. A HERMIT THRUSH was seen at the Poolsbrook area of the Erie Canal near Green Lakes. A SNOWY OWL was seen on Morgan Road in Clay. A TURKEY VULTURE was seen on Watervale Road south of Manlius. Up to 40 COMMON REDPOLLS continue on Penoyer Road east of Fabius.

Oswego County
1/7: Twelve COMMON REDPOLLS were seen at Carley Mills east of Hastings.
1/12: A BLACK SCOTER was seen in Oswego Harbor. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at a private residence in Hastings. A RED-THROATED LOON was seen from Sunset Bay Park on Lake Ontario. A PINE SISKIN was seen on Co. Rt. 5 in Port Ontario.
1/13: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at Noyes Sanctuary on Lake Ontario.

Madison County
EVENING GROSBEAKS continue daily at a feeding station on Carpenter Road in Sheds. A NORTHERN GOSHAWK has been seen hunting at the feeders also.
1/9: A MERLIN was seen in West Eaton.
1/12: A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was seen at Ditchbank Road north of Canastota.
1/13: An EVENING GROSBEAK was seen on Corkinsville Road east of New Woodstock. 2 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were seen on Ditchbank Road.

Oneida County
1/13: Three EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen on Brown Tract Road in Remsen..

Herkimer County
1/9: EVENING GROSBEAKS continue at a feeder north of Dolgeville.
1/11: A COMMON REDPOLL was at the feeders with EVENING GROSBEAKS in Dolgeville.

Cayuga County
1/11: An EASTERN PHOEBE was seen at Fair Haven State Park.
1/12: A RED HEADED WOODPECKER was found at Fair Haven State Park.
1/13: An ICELAND GULL was seen from West Barrier Beach Park in Fair Haven.

Rare Bird Report for the week on December 31, 2019

BLACK-CROWNED HIGHT-HERON
CACKLING GOOSE
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
SURF SCOTER
MERLIN
PEREGRINE FALCON
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
SNOWY OWL
SHORT-EARED OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
EASTERN PHOEBE
COMMON YELLOWTHROAT
EASTERN TOWHEE
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW
GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW (Extralimital)
BOREAL CHICKADEE (Extralimital)
EVENING GROSBEAK
COMMON REDPOLL
PINE SISKIN

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
1/5: An EASTERN PHOEBE was seen at the Visitor’s Center. A COMMON YELLOWTHROAT was found at Tschache Pool.
1/6: A CACKLING GOOSE was seen at Kipp Island off of State Route 90.

Cayuga County
1/4: One SURF and 4 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were seen at West Barrier Beach in Fair Haven.

Onondaga County
12/31: PINE SISKINS continue at a feeder in Manlius almost daily.
1/1: An EASTERN TOWHEE was again seen at a feeder south of Manlius. A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW continues at a feeder in Elbridge and was seen through yesterday.
1/2: An EASTERN PHOEBE was seen at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.
1/3: A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen on the Onondaga Creek Creek Walk north of Hiawatha Blvd. in Syracuse. A RUDDY DUCK was seen on the Onondaga Lake West Shore Trail. A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen from Park Street in Syracuse.
1/4: EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen on Shakham Road in the Morgan Hill State Forest.
1/5: At least 25 COMMON REDPOLLS were again seen on Penoyer Road in Fabius. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at the Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.
1/6: A SNOWY OWL was seen at Hancock Airport in Syracuse.

Oswego County
1/2: An ICELAND GULL was see on Oneida Lake in Brewerton. 5 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen on North Church Road in Boylston. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at Johnson Road Marsh in Hastings.
1/4: A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen at Oswego Harbor.
1/5: Two COMMON REDPOLLS were seen at Derby Hill.

Madison County
EVENING GROSBEAKS continue to come to feeders daily at Carpenter Road in Sheds and Eden Hollow Road south of Erieville.
1/1: Three ICELAND, 1 GLAUCOUS and I LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were seen at Ditchbank Road north of Chittenango. Two SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen on Burleson Road south of Oneida. They were reported through the 4th.
1/2: An ICELAND GULL was seen at the Madison County Landfill south of Canastota.
1/5: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Ditchbank Road north of Canastota.

Oneida County
1/1: A MERLIN was seen in Sherrill.

Herkimer County
EVENING GROSBEAKS continue at a feeder north of Dolgeville.

Extralimital
12/31: A mega rare GOLDEN CROWNED SPARROW discovered in Downsville, Delaware County continues as of 1/6: Please check ebird for directions and protocols for viewing this bird.
1/5: A BOREAL CHICKADEE, rarely seen out of the Adirondacks, was found on State Park Road in Point Peninsula, Jefferson County. There have been no further sightings.

Rare Bird Report for the week on December 24, 2018

PEREGRINE FALCON
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK
NORTHERN HARRIER
BALD EAGLE
SANDHILL CRANE
KILLDEER
GLAUCOUS GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
SNOWY OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
EASTERN TOWHEE
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW
FIELD SPARROW
EVENING GROSBEAK
COMMON REDPOLL
PINE SISKIN

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
12/25: A first year NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on VanDyne Spoor Road.
12/30: A SANDHILL CRANE was seen in Mays Pool.Onondaga County
12/25: An EASTERN TOWHEE continues at a feeder south of Manlius.
12/30: Fourteen COMMON REDPOLLS were seen on the west shore trail of Onondaga Lake. A PINE SISKIN was seen on Harrington Road in Syracuse. A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen from Bennett Corners Road east of Elbridge. A SNOWY OWL was seen at Hancock Airport. A FIELD SPARROW was seen on the west shore trail of Onondaga Lake. A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was seen at a feeder in Elbridge. A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW and an EASTERN TOWHEEE were seen on New Seneca Turnpike west of Marcellus.
12/31: Two PINE SISKINS were seen at a feeder in Manlius. 8 BALD EAGLES were seen near Murphy’s Island near Destiny in Syracuse.Oswego County
12/21: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was found at Lake Neatahwanta in Fulton.
12/27: A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, not as plentiful as in past years, was seen on Morey Road east of Hastings.Madison County
12/27: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Eden Hollow Road.
12/28: The New Woodstock CBC found EVENING GROSBEAKS in the following locations. Mutton Hill Road, Eaton Reservoir, Jones Road and Ecden Hollow Road. A KILLDEER was heard on South Hill Road in DeRuyter. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was again seen on Eden Hollow Road. Twenty-three COMMON REDPOLLS were seen on Hatch Lake Road.
12/31: Ten EVENING GROSBEAKS continue at a feeder on Eden Hollow Road. A NORTHERN HARRIER was seen on Ditchbank Road north of Chittenango.Oneida County
12/30: Sixteen BALD EAGLES, 7 adults and 9 immatures, were seen on the east end of Oneida Lake from Verona Beach State Park to Sylvan Beach.Herkimer County
EVENING GROSBEAKS continue to be seen almost daily at a feeder north of Dolgeville.
12/26: Two PINE SISKINS were seen at a feeder in Dolgeville.
12/30: A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen on Snell�s Bush Road south of Dolgeville.Cayuga County
12/24: A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at West Barrier Beach in Fair Haven.

Rare Bird Report for the week on December 10, 2018

RED-THROATED LOON
RED-NECKED GREBE
AMERICAN WIGEON
BLACK SCOTER
SURF SCOTER
PEREGRINE FALCON
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK
NORTHERN HARRIER
GOLDEN EAGLE
ICELAND GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
EASTERN PHOEBE
NORTHERN SHRIKE
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET
COMMON YELLOWTHROAT
CHIPPING SPARROW
EASTERN TOWHEE
BALTIMORE ORIOLE
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW
CHIPPING SPARROW
SAVANNAH SPARROW
EVENING GROSBEAK
COMMON REDPOLL

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
12/16: A dark ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and a NORTHERN HARRIER were seen from East Road.

Onondaga County
12/10: Two BLACK SCOTERS were seen from the end of the Onondaga Creek Creekwalk in Syracuse. An EASTERN TOWHEE continues at a feeder south of Manlius. An EVENING GROSBEAK was seen from the West Shore Trail on Onondaga Lake.
12/11: A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was seen along the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake. It has been seen through the 15th. A CHIPPING SPARROW was seen at a feeder on Comstock in Syracuse. It also has been seen through the 15th.
12/14: Eight EVENING GROSBEAKS were found on Shackham Road near the Cortland County line.
12/15: Highlights of the Syracuse Christmas Bird Count were WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, SAVANNAH SPARROW, EASTERN PHOEBE, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, AMERICAN WIGEON and PEREGRINE FALCON.
12/16: A NORTHERN SHRIKE continues on the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake.

Oswego County
12/10: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and an ICELAND GULL were seen is Oswego Harbor.
12/13: A SURF SCOTER was seen in Oswego Harbor.
12/16: A SURF SCOTER and a RED-THROATED LOON WERE seen in Oswego County. A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was seen on Parsons Road near Hannibal. A RED-THROATED LOON was seen in Oswego Harbor. A COMMON REDPOLL was seen near Battle Island Golf Course.

Madison County
12/10: EVENING GROSBEAKS and a male BALTIMORE ORIOLE continue to come to feeders on Carpenter Road near Sheds.
12/13: An EASTERN PHOEBE was seen on Ditchbank Road north of Chittenango. Three ICELAND GULLS and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were seen at the Madison County landfill south of Canastota.

Herkimer County
12/11: EVENING GROSBEAKS continue at a feeder north of Dolgeville. A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen near Barto Hill in Fairfield

Rare Bird Report for the week of December 03, 2018

RED-THROATED LOON
RED-NECKED GREBE
SANDHILL CRANE
TUNDRA SWAN
TRUMPETER SWAN
CACKLING GOOSE
GOLDEN EAGLE
ICELAND GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
FISH CROW
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET
CHIPPING SPARROW
EASTERN TOWHEE
FOX SPARROW
BALTIMORE ORIOLE
EVENING GROSBEAK
COMMON REDPOLL
WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
12/7: Ten TRUMPETER SWANS and 20 TUNDRA SWANS were seen on Armitage Road. The Swans were seen in varying numbers after this day. Also seen were 18 SANDHILL CRANES.
12/9: A CACKLING GOOSE was seen on Armitage Road.

Onondaga County
Due probably to more people posting, more reports of EVENING GROSBEAKS were received from Onondaga County than any other area. They were seen every day and from as far south as Shackham Road to Baldwinsville. Other areas reporting EVENING GROSBEAKS were Jamesville Beach and Green Lakes State Park.
12/4: An EASTERN TOWHEE continues at a feeder in Manlius. A RED-THROATED LOON was seen on Onondaga Lake.
12/7: A RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was seen in Oakwood Cemetery in Syracuse.
12/10: Three FISH CROWS were seen in Baldwinsville.

Oswego County
12/4: EVENING GROSBEAKS were reported at feeders in Williamstown, Fulton and Oswego. Some were active throughout the week.
12/7: COMMON REDPOLLS were seen at a feeder on Hinman Road.
12/10: Five REDPOLLS and a late TURKEY VULTURE were seen at Bishop Hill north of Pulaski. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was found in Oswego Harbor.
12/9: A PINE SISKIN was at a feeder north of Hastings. An ICELAND GULL was seen in Oswego Harbor.

Madison County
12/4: EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen throughout the week at Hamilton, Erieville and on Carpenter Road in Sheds. A BALTIMORE ORIOLE continues at the feeder on Carpenter Road.
12/5: A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen on Woodman Pond.
12/10: COMMON REDPOLLS were at a feeder near Erieville.

Oneida County
12/3: EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen at a feeder in Bridgewater.
12/4: A FOX SPARROW was at a feeder in Waterville. A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen in flight near Waterville.
12/8: A CHIPPING SPARROW was seen at a feeder in Utica.
12/9: Sixteen SNOW GEESE were seen in Proctor Park.

Herkimer County
EVENING GROSBEAKS continued throughout the week at a feeder north of Dolgeville.

Rare Bird Report for the week of November 26, 2018

RED-THROATED LOON
SANDHILL CRANE
RUDDY DUCK
SURF SCOTER
BLACK SCOTER
ICELAND GULL
MERLIN
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK
NORTHERN SHRIKE
FISH CROW
EASTERN PHOEBE
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW
CHIPPING SPARROW
EASTERN TOWHEE
GRAY CATBIRD
BALTIMORE ORIOLE
FOX SPARROW
WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL
EVENING GROSBEAK
COMMON REDPOLL
WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
12/1: A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was seen near Goose Haven. An EVENING GROSBEAK and a PINE SISKIN were seen at the Visitor’s Center.
12/2: Seven COMMON REDPOLLS were seen at the visitor’s Center. Seventeen SANDHILL CRANES were seen from East Road.

Onondaga County
11/27: An EASTERN TOWHEE was seen at a feeder south of Manlius and was seen up to 11/30.
11/29: EVENING GROSBEAKS were reported at Radisson River Park on the Seneca River north of Baldwinsville. A FOX SPARROW was seen on Richlee Drive in Camillus.
11/30: A late EASTERN PHOEBE was seen on the Creek Walk north of Hiawatha Boulevard in Syracuse. A FISH CROW was seen and heard on Remington Ave. is Syracuse.
12/1: Anywhere from 15 to 25 EVENING GROSBEAKS were spotted on Shakham Road at the corner with Herlihy Road. A NORTHERN SHRIKE and a group of COMMON REDPOLLS were seen on the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake near the ampitheater.
12/2: A late GRAY CATBIRD was seen on Meadow Street in Baldwinsville. A MERLIN was seen on the Lemoyne College Campus in Syracuse. An ICELAND GULL was seen near the Honeywell visitor’s Center on Onondaga Lake.
12/3: A SAW-WHET OWL was seen on the West Shore Trail on Onondaga Lake.

Oswego County
111/27: Four BLACK SCOTERS and 2 SURF SCOTERS were seen on Lake Ontario from Rainbow Shores Road. An ICELAND GULL and a RED-THROATED LOON were seen from Derby Hill.
12/1: A SURF SCOTER was seen in Oswego Harbor. Forty COMMON REDPOLLS were seen from Co. Rt. 58 north of Colosse.

Madison County
11/30: a male BALTIMORE ORIOLE and large numbers of EVENING GROSBEAKS continue at a feeder on Carpenter Road in Sheds. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on S Hill Road in DeRuyter.
12/1: Seventeen EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen on Kinney Road in New Woodstock. A RED-WINGED CROSSBILL was heard in flight at Woodman Pond.
12/2: A RED SHOULDERED HAWK was seen on North Side Circle in Bouckville.
12/3: One EVENING GROSBEAK was seen on Alexis Road in Hamilton.

Oneida County
11/27: Two RUDDY DUCKS were seen on the Utica Reservoir.

Cayuga County
11/30: A FOX SPARROW was reported from the Sterling Nature Center.

Herkimer County
11/27: EVENING GROSBEAKS continue at a feeder north of Dolgeville.
11/28: A FOX SPARROW was at a feeder north of Dolgeville. A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was at a feeder in the village of Dolgeville.

Rare Bird Report for the week on November 19, 2018

RED-THROATED LOON
RED-NECKED GREBE
CACKLING GOOSE
SURF SCOTER
BLACK SCOTER
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
TURKEY VULTURE
PEREGRINE FALCON
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
GLAUCOUS GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
BLACK-LEGGED KITTYWAKE
SNOWY OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET
HERMIT THRUSH
CAPE MAY WARBLER
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW
VESPER SPARROW
CHIPPING SPARROW
EASTERN TOWHEE
BALTIMORE ORIOLE
WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL
EVENING GROSBEAK
COMMON REDPOLL

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
11/25: A late GREATER YELLOWLEGS was seen at the Visitor’s Center. also seen were an EVENING GROSBEAK (heard only), 3 HARRIERS and a WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW.

Onondaga County
11/12: Two WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were seen in flight along the west shore trail of Onondaga Lake.
11/19: Birds seen from the west shore of Onondaga Lake were: HERMIT THRUSH, RED-THROATED LOON, NORTHERN SHRIKE, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, COMMON REDPOLL and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW.
11/20: A late VESPER SPARROW was seen on West Sorrell Hill Road south of Baldwinsville. A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was seen at a feeder in Dewitt.
11/21: A RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was see in the University area of Syracuse.
11/24: An EVENING GROSBEAK was seen at Radisson River Park north of Baldwinsville. A late EASTERN TOWHEE was seen at a feeder in Manlius. REDPOLLS and a NORTHERN SHRIKE were seen on the west shore trail of Onondaga Lake. A SNOWY OWL was seen in the Orange Lot of the State Fair.
11/25: A RED-NECKED GREBE, a RED-THROATED LOON and a NORTHERN SHRIKE were seen from the west shore trail of Onondaga Lake. A SNOWY OWL was again see at the orange lot of the State Fair. A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen on East Sorrell Hill Road south of Baldwinsville.

Oswego County
11/20: Sixty-two EVENING GROSBEAKS were at a feeder on Hinman Road north of Pulaski. 7 EVENING GROSBEAKS and a WHITE-WINGED CROSSBIL were found near the Oswego River in Phoenix.
11/21: Two BLACK SCOTERS, A BLACK-LEGGED KITTYWAKE and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were all seen at Derby Hill. 8EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen at a feeder in Williamston.
11/22: Four EVENING GROSBEAKS were at a feeder in Hastings. More EVENING GROSBEAKS were see at the intersection of Hager and Rudd Roads.
11/23: EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen on Wart Road in Lacona. More EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen in Williamston. A GLAUCOUS GULL was spotted in Oswego Harbor. All three SCOTER species were seen on Lake Ontario from the end of Rainbow Shores Road.

Madison County
11/21: EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen at a feeder south of Erieville..
11.24: Up to 50 EVENING GROSBEAKS are showing up almost daily at a feeder on Carpenter Road in Sheds. Also seen are a resident NORTHERN GOSHAWK and a late BALTIMORE ORIOLE.

Oneida County
11;22: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Westmoreland Road.

Herkimer County
11/21: A CHIPPING SPARROW was seen at a feeder in Dolgeville. EVENING GROSBEAKS continue to come a feeder north of Dolgeville. A late TURKEY VULTURE was seen in Little Falls.

Cayuga County
11/19: A very late CAPE MAY WARBLER was seen and photographed at a private residence in Cato.

Rare Bird Report for the week on November 12, 2018

RED-NECKED GREBE
CATTLE EGRET
CACKLING GOOSE
SURF SCOTER
BLACK SCOTER
COMMON GALLINULE
KILLDEER
LITTLE GULL
ICELAND GULL
SNOWY OWL
TREE SWALLOW
GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET
EVENING GROSBEAK
BALTIMORE ORIOLE
WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL
COMMON REDPOLL

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
11/12: A CACKLING GOOSE was seen along the Wildlife Drive. Two COMMON REDPOLLS were seen from East Road.
11/14: Last report of the Common Gallinule along the Wildlife Drive
11/15: Last report of the CATTLE EGRETS at Goose Haven on Rt. 89.
11/17: A late MARSH WREN was heard at East Road. Two EVENING GROSBEAKS and 8 SANDHILL CRANES were seen at the Sandhill Crane Unit from VanDyne Spoor Road.
11/18: Thirty-eight SANDHILL CRANES were seen from East Road.

Onondaga County
11/13: Last report of the LITTLE GULL from the south end of Onondaga Lake.
11/14: Fourteen COMMON REDPOLLS were reported from the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake. Since that day REDPOLLS have been reported daily from all parts of the county. A very late TREE SWALLOW was seen in flight from the West Shore Trail on Onondaga Lake. A BLACK SCOTER was reported also.
11/15: A late KILLDEER was seen from the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake. A BRANT was seen at Oneida Shores Park in Brewerton.
11/17: A WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL was seen again at a private residence in Camillus.
11/18: A late RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was seen at Green Lakes State Park.

Oswego County
11/13: Eight EVENING GROSBEAKS were at a feeder in Mexico.
11/14: A LITTLE GULL was seen from Derby Hill.
11/15: A LITTLE GULL was seen at Sandy Pond. 2 BRANT were seen at Oswego Harbor. Four SURF SCOTERS were seen from Rainbow Shores Road on Lake Ontario.
11/18: A very late GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER was seen at Rice Creek Field Station in Oswego. Thirty EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen at the corner of Wart and North Church Roads. An ICELAND GULL was seen in Oswego Harbor.
11/19: An adult ICELAND GULL was seen at Phoenix on the Oswego River.

Madison County
11/13: A SNOWY OWL was seen in Oneida.
11/15: Numbers of EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen at a feeder on Carpenter Road in Sheds. A late BALTIMORE ORIOLE is also coming to a jelly feeder at the same location. A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen on Woodman Pond.
11/19: Two WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were seen on Woodman Pond.

Oneida County
11/17: Twelve EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen on Brown Tract Road in Remsen.

Herkimer County
11/13: EVENING GROSBEAKS are coming daily to a feeder north of Dolgeville.

Rare Bird Report for the week on November 05, 2018

CATTLE EGRET
CACKLING GOOSE
EURASIAN WIGEON
SURF SCOTER
BLACK SCOTER
GOLDEN EAGLE
COMMON GALLINULE
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
LITTLE GULL
ICELAND GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
COMMON TERN
FORSTER’S TERN
NORTHERN SHRIKE
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
EVENING GROSBEAK
WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
11/6: Four CATTLE EGRETS were found at Goose Haven on Rt. 89. One was still being seen today.
11/8: A late COMMON GALLINULE was still persisting up to this date.
11/10: An EURASIAN WIGEON was seen along the Wildlife Drive.
11/12: TUNDRA SWANS were seen in numbers in the Mucklands on Rt. 31 and from East Road.

Onondaga County
11/7: An EVENING GROSBEAK was seen at a feeder near Marcellus.
11/9: An EVENING GROSBEAK was seen at Radisson River Park (private) on the Seneca River.
11/10: A WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL was found at a residence in Camillus. It was relocated again on the 11th.
11/11: EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen on Fenner Road north of Baldwinsville and on Pendergast Road in Phoenix. A LITTLE GULL was found at the south end of Onondaga Lake in Syracuse. It was relocated again today.
11/12: Four BLACK SCOTERS and a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER were seen from the end of the creek walk on Onondaga Lake.

Oswego County
11/7: An ICELAND GULL was seen in Oswego Harbor.
11/10: A LITTLE GULL and a RED PHALAROPE were seen at Derby Hill. Also found were a LAPLAND LONGSPUR, a SURF SCOTER and a BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER.
11/11: A LITTLE GULL, a COMMON TERN and a FORSTER’S TERN were seen at the Sandy Pond Outlet on Lake Ontario. An EVENING GROSBEAK was seen at a feeder in Mexico.

Madison County
11/8: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Eden Hollow Road near Erieville. A CACKLING GOOSE was seen on Woodman Pond near Hamilton.

Oneida County
11/7: Two LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen at Verona Beach on Oneida Lake.
11/10: A CACKLING GOOSE was seen near Peterboro Road in Vernon Center.

Herkimer County
11/8: Two CATTLE EGRETS were seen on Bellinger Road south of Little Falls. They were relocated on the 10th.
11/10: A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen from Rt. 5S south of St. Johnsville.

Syracuse Area Rare Bird Report for the week on October 29, 2018

RED-THROATED LOON
NORTHERN GANNET
GREAT EGRET
CATTLE EGRET
CACKLING GOOSE
EURASIAN WIGEON
TUFTED DUCK
SURF SCOTER
GOLDEN EAGLE
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK
COMMON GALLINULE
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
PARASITIC JAEGER
GLAUCOUS GULL
ICELAND GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
COMMON TERN
SNOWY OWL
EASTERN PHOEBE
FISH CROW
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
EVENING GROSBEAK
WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
10/29: The TUFTED DUCK continues into this week in the Main Pool. Last sighting was 11/3.
10/30: COMMON GALLINULES continue to stay late. Last sighted yesterday along the Wildlife Trail. A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, one of only 7 Shorebird species reported this week, was seen along the Wildlife Drive.
11/2: A CATTLE EGRET was reported this day from both the Visitor’s Center and Armitage Road. Same bird? An EURASIAN WIGEON was sighted on the Wildlife Trail.
11/4: A CATTLE EGRET was reported, this time from Goose Haven on Rt. 89. A CACKLING GOOSE was reported from the Visitor’s Center.
11/5: Fifty-six SANDHILL CRANES were seen from East Road.

Cayuga County
10/30: Six EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen at West Barrier Bar Park in Fair Haven.
11/4: A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at West Barrier Bar Park in Fair Haven.

Onondaga County
10/29: Three SURF SCOTERS were seen from the west shore pull off on Onondaga Lake.
10/30: A late EASTERN PHOEBE was seen at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.
11/1: Another late EASTERN PHOEBE was seen at Lemoyne College in Syracuse. A FISH CROW was found at the Liverpool Marina.
11/2: A SNOWY OWL was found at the Radison community in Baldwinsville.

Oswego County
10/31: A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen at the Oswego Yacht Club on Lake Ontario. An ICELAND GULL was seen in Oswego Harbor.
11/1: A late COMMON TERN was seen at the Sandy Pond outlet on Lake Ontario.
11/2: An ICELAND GULL was seen in Oswego Harbor. Two COMMON TERNS and a BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER were found at the Sandy Pond outlet.
11/3: A NORTHERN GANNET, a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and 2 PARASITIC JAEGERS were seen at Derby Hill.
11/4: A GOLDEN EAGLE and 3 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were among the 8 raptor species seen at Bishop Hill north of Pulaski. Two EVENING GROSBEAKS and a RED-THROATED LOON were seen at Derby Hill. A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen at Oswego Harbor.

Madison County
10/30: EVENING GROSBEAKS were reported near Erieville and Oneida.
11/1: Two SURF SCOTERS were seen on Woodman Pond.
11/4: An EVENING GROSBEAK was seen on Bonney Hill Road in Hamilton. A GREAT EGRET was seen on Black Creek Road in Kirkville.

Oneida County
10/30: An EVENING GROSBEAK was seen on Westmoreland Road near Whitesboro.
10/31: A WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL was reported from Spring Farm Nature Sanctuary south of Clinton.
11/4: Two COMMON TERNS, 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS and 10 SURF SCOTERS were seen at Sylvan Beach on Oneida lake.
11/5: Ten SURF SCOTERS were again seen at Sylvan Beach.
Herkimer County
10/30: Two EASTERN MEADOWLARKS were seen on Bronner Road near Dolgeville.

Rare Bird Report for the week on October 22, 2018

CACKLING GOOSE
EURASIAN WIGEON
TUFTED DUCK
COMMON GALLINULE
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
COMMON TERN
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
NORTHERN SHRIKE
BANK SWALLOW
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
AMERICAN REDSTART
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
EVENING GROSBEAK

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Only 9 species of Shorebirds were seen at the complex this week. On the other hand over 20 species of waterfowl were reported including a rare TUFTED DUCK in the Main Pool on 10/28 and 10/29.

10/27: An EURASIAN WIGEON was seen on the Wildlife Drive.
10/28: A TUFTED DUCK was spotted in the Main Pool along the Wildlife Drive. It was relocated today. A CACKLING GOOSE and a late COMMON GALLINULE were found on the Wildlife Trail. A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was seen at the Visitor’s Center.

Onondaga County
10/28: A late AMERICAN REDSTART was seen at Muskrat Bay on Oneida Lake.
10/29: Three SURF SCOTERS were seen on Onondaga Lake from the east side pull off.

Oswego County
10/23: EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen at Hastings and Williamstown.
10/26: Two LAPLAND LONGSPURS and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were seen at Oswego Harbor. Also seen there were all three Scoter species. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at Sandy Island Beach. 4 CACKLING GEESE and a BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER were seen at the outlet of Sandy Pond.

Madison County
10/27: An EVENING GROSBEAK was seen on Bonney Hill Road east of Hamilton.

Oneida County
10/23: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Poppleton Road east of Verona Beach State Park.
10/28: An EVENING GROSBEAK was seen at Spring Farm Nature Sanctuary south of Clinton.

Herkimer County
10/26: Two EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen at a feeder north of Dolgeville. They were seen again on the 27th.

Lewis County
10/27: A juvenile RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at a feeder in Lowville.

Cayuga County
10/25: A late BANK SWALLOW was seen at West Barrier Beach Park in Fair Haven.
10/26: A late COMMON TERN was seen at the Fair Haven Yacht Club. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at West Barrier Beach Park in Fair Haven..
10/27: A BANK SWALLOW was again seen at West Barrier Beach Park along with a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER.

Rare Bird Report for the week on October 15, 2018

RED-NECKED GREBE
CACKLING GOOSE
EURASIAN WIGEON
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
HUDSONIAN GODWIT
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
LITTLE GULL
PARASITIC JAEGER
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
EVENING GROSBEAK

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Another good week for Shorebirds with 16 species spotted on the complex.

HUDSONIAN GODWIT
SPOTTED SANDPIPER
SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
KILLDEER
DUNLIN
AMERICAN WOODCOCK
SANDERLING
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
LEAST SANDPIPER
PECTORAL SANDPIPER
SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPER
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
LESSER YELLOWLEGS
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER

10/19: 7 Shorebird species including SANDERLING and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER were seen at the Visitor’s Center.
10/20: A CACKLING GOOSE and 2 EURASIAN WIGEON were seen at the Visitor’s Center.
10/21: BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER and AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER were seen from East Road. A SANDERLING was again seen at the Visitor’s Center.. An EURASIAN WIGEON was seen on the Wildlife Drive.
10/22: A HUDSONIAN GODWIT was seen at the Visitor’s Center..

Onondaga County
10/19: Two LINCOLN’S SPARROWS and an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER were seen at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.

Oswego County
10/16: A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen at Derby Hill.
10/17: Four PARASITIC JAEGERS and a LITTlE GULL were seen at Derby Hill.
10/10/21: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and 2 CACKLING GEESE were seen at Derby Hill. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen on Lake Road in Lycoming.

Madison County
10/16: A RED-NECKED GREBE and a GREAT EGRET were seen at Woodman Pond.
10/19: A CACKLING GOOSE was spotted at Woodman Pond.
10/20: An EVENING GROSBEAK was seen on Carpenter Road in Georgetown.

Oneida County
10/17: A LINCOLN’S SPARROW was seen at Spring Farm Nature Sanctuary south of Clinton.

Herkimer County
10/17: An EVENING GROSBEAK was seen at a feeder in Dolgeville.
10/20: BRANT were seen on Rt.167 south of Dolgeville and on Brocket Road north of Dolgeville.

Rare Bird Report for the week on October 8, 2018

RED-NECKED GREBE
CATTLE EGRET
CACKLING GOOSE
EURASIAN WIGEON
SURF SCOTER
GOLDEN EAGLE
NORTHERN BOBWHITE
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
HUDSONIAN GODWIT
RED PHALAROPE
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER (Extralimital)
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
AUDUBON’S YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER
DICKCISSEL
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
PINE SISKIN

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Shorebird numbers were down a bit this week to 15 species seen at the complex. In addition 3 other species were seen elsewhere.

HUDSONIAN GODWIT
RED PHALAROPE
WILSON’S SNIPE
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER
KILLDEER
DUNLIN
PECTORAL SANDPIPER
SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
LESSER YELLOWLEGS
STILT SANDPIPER
LEAST SANDPIPER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER

Species seen elsewhere
SANDERLING – Fairhaven, Cayuga County
AMERICAN WOODCOCK – Three Rivers WMA, Onondaga County
SPOTTED SANDPIPER – Oneida Shores State Park, Onondaga County

10/9: A RED PHALAROPE was seen at Eaton Marsh on the Wildlife Trail but was not relocated.
10/12: A CATTLE EGRET was seen from East Road. An EURASIAN WIGEON was seen on the Wildlife Trail. A HUDSONIAN GODWIT was seen at the Sandhill Crane Unit.
10/13: A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen on the Wildlife Trail.

Onondaga County
10/10: A DICKCISSEL was heard at 3 Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.
10/11: An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was found at Three Rivers WMA.
10/12: AUDUBON’S YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS were found at Three Rivers WMA and at Lemoyne College woods in Syracuse.
10/14: An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and 11 BRANT were seen at Oneida Shores State Park on Oneida Lake.
10/15: A PINE SISKIN was heard at Beaver Lake Nature Center in Baldwinsville.

Oswego County
10/11: A LAPLAND LONGSPUR and a SURF SCOTER were seen at Oswego Harbor.
10/12: Ten BRANT and 25 SURF SCOTERS were seen at Derby Hill.
A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen in flight at Constantia. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at Phillips Point on the north shore of Oneida Lake.

Madison County
10/13: A CACKLING GOOSE and a SURF SCOTER were seen on Woodman Pond. One Hundred and fifteen BRANT were seen at the Cornell Biological Field Station on Oneida Lake.

Oneida County
10/9: Two adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS and an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER were found in Proctor Park in Utica.
10/10: A NORTHERN BOBWHITE, possibly an escaped bird was seen on Maple Flats Road in Cleveland.

Extralimital
A very rare SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER was seen throughout the week on Krumkill Road in Gilderland in Albany County. It was seen extensively yesterday. No reports yet for today.

Rare Bird Report for the week of October 1, 2018

BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
CACKLING GOOSE
EURASIAN WIGEON
BLACK SCOTER
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
HUDSONIAN GODWIT
RED PHALAROPE
RED KNOT
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER (Extralimital)
LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE
NORTHERN SHRIKE
LINCOLN’S SPARROW
PINE SISKIN

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Shorebird numbers were up from last week. Seventeen species were seen at the complex and 3 more were seen elsewhere.
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER
KILLDEER
LEAST SANDPIPER
PECTORAL SANDPIPER
SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPER
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
LESSER YELLOWLEGS
STILT SANDPIPER
DUNLIN
HUDSONIAN GODWIT
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
AMERICAN WOODCOCK
WILSON’S SNIPE

Shorebirds seen elsewhere:
RED PHALAROPE – Oneida Shores, Onondaga County
RED KNOT – Sandy Pond, Oswego County
SANDERLING – Sandy Pond, Oswego County

10/4: A HUDSONIAN GODWIT was sound in Knox-Marsellus Marsh. On 10/6 it was seen at the Visitor’s Center. On 10/7 it was again seen at Knox-Marsellus but had not been relocated since.
10/6: An EURASIAN WIGEON was seen on the Wildlife Trail. A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, a CACKLING GOOSE and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were seen from East Road.
10/8: A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON and a LINCOLN’S SPARROW were seen from VanDyne Spoor Road.

Onondaga County
10/2: Two BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were seen at the Inner Harbor in Syracuse.
10/3: A RED PHALAROPE was seen at Oneida Shores Park in Brewerton..
10/8: An early NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at the Dewitt Marsh and landfill. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at Radisson River Park (private) on the Oswego Rover in Radisson.

Oswego County
10/2: A RED KNOT was see at the outlet of Sandy Pond on Lake Ontario.
10/6: A very rare LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was seen from Bishop Hill Road north of Pulaski. 6 Shorebird species including WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and SANDERLING were seen at the outlet of Sandy Pond on Lake Ontario.
10/7: An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at Derby Hill.
10/8: BLACK SCOTER and WHITE-WINGED SCOTER were seen at Selkirk Shores Park on Lake Ontario.

Madison County
10/7: Twenty PINE SISKINS were seen flying at Woodman Pond.

Oneida County
10/6: A SANDERLING was seen at Sylvan Beach on Oneida Lake.

Herkimer County
10/8: Three SURF SCOTERS were seen on Fourth Lake in the Adirondacks.

Extralimital
A rare SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER was seen on Krumkill Road in Guilderland in Albany County. The bird had been relocated today.

Syracuse Area Rare Bird Report for the week on September 24, 2018

EURASIAN WIGEON
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
PHILADELPHIA VIREO
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH
NELSON’S SPARROW

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Shorebird numbers were down to 12 at the complex this week. No different species were seen elsewhere either. Warbler species were good at Montezuma and elsewhere this week. LINCOLN’S SPARROW is being seen at many locations also.

Shorebirds seen at Montezuma this week:
WILSON’S SNIPE
KILLDEER
PECTORAL SANDPIPER
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
LESSER YELLOWLEGS
SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPER
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
LEAST SANDPIPER

9/27: A NELSON’S SPARROW was seen along the Wildlife Drive.
9/30: An EURASIAN WIGEON was see along the Wildlife Drive.

Onondaga County
9/28: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwiinsville.
9/29: A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was seen at the ESF campus in Syracuse.

Oswego County
9/27: Seven AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS were seen at the outlet of Sandy Pond on Lake Ontario.

Herkimer County
9/28: A GREAT EGRET was seen near the Mohawk River in Little Falls.

Rare Bird Report for the week on September 17, 2018

BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
RUDDY TURNSTONE
SANDERLING
SAY’S PHOEBE (Extralimital)
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER
PHILADELPHIA VIREO
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH
SNOW BUNTING

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge  and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Seventeen shorebird species again reported at the complex. One other species reported away from Montezuma.

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

RUDDY TURNSTONE – Sandy Pond Outlet, Oswego County

9/22: A BAIRD’S SANDPIPER and a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER were seen at the Visitor’s Center. A PHILADELPHIA VIREO and 7 more Shorebird species were seen along the Wildlife Trail.

Onondaga County
9/18: A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen at Sunnycrest Park in Syracuse.
9/19: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO and a GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH were seen at Radisson River Park (Private) on the Seneca River.
9/22: Three early SNOW BUNTINGS were seen on Plainville Road just south of County Line Road.
9/23: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.

Oswego County
9/20: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen at a private residence in Hastings.
9/22: Five Shorebird species including RUDDY TURNSTONE and BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER were seen at the outlet of Sandy Pond on Lake Ontario.

Extralimital
9/21: A very rare for the area SAY’S PHOEBE was discovered at the East Spit on Braddock Bay (Monroe County). The bird was relocated on the 22nd. but was not seen yesterday.

Rare Bird Report for the week on September 10, 2018

NORTHERN GOSHAWK
WILSON’S PHALAROPE
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER
RED KNOT
WHIMBREL
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
LINCOLN’S SPARROW

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Seventeen species of shorebirds were recorded at the complex this week with three more out of the area.

Montezuma shorebirds
KILLDEER
WILSON’S PHALAROPE
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER
LEAST SANDPIPER
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER
SEMI=PALMATED SANDPIPER
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
LESSER YELLOWLEGS
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
SOLITARY SANDPIPER
WILSON’S SNIPE
PECTORAL SANDPIPER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
STILT SANDPIPER

Other shorebirds
WHIMBREL – Fairhaven
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE – New Seneca Turnpike, Skaneateles
RED KNOT – Sandy Pond

9/13: An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at the Visitor’s Center. A WILSON’S PHALAROPE was seen at Eaton Marsh on the Wildlife Trail.
9/15: An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen on Esker Brook Trail, A NORTHERN GOSHAWK and an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER were reported from VanDyne Spoor Road. A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was seen in Knox-Marsellus Marsh. A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was found on Howland Island.
9/16: A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen from the Visitor’s Center.

Cayuga County
9/16: A WHIMBREL was seen on the break wall at West Barrier Bar Park in Fair Haven.

Onondaga County
9/11: A RED-NECKED PHALAROPE reported last week was last seen on this day at New Seneca Turnpike east of Skaneateles. An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen at Woodchuck Hill Nature Preserve in Manlius.
9/14: An AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER was reported from the Brown Lot at the State Fair and was seen through 9/16.
9/15: A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen east of Marcellus at a private residence.
9/17: A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was seen at Radison River Park on the Seneca River east of Baldwinsville.

Oswego County
9/12: Three RED KNOTS were again seen at the outlet of Sandy Pond on Lake Ontario.
9/16: Two RED KNOTS along with 8 other shorebird species wer seen at the outlet of Sandy Pond.

Madison County
9/16: One AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, 2 SANDHILL CRANED and a LINCOLN’S SPARROW were seen at the Sky High Sod Farm north of Chittenango.

Herkimer County
9/14: A LINCOLN’S SPARROW was seen at a private residence west of Dolgeville.

Rare Bird Report for the week on September 04, 2018

NORTHERN GOSHAWK
WILSON’S PHALAROPE
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
RED KNOT
WHIMBREL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER
PHILADELPHIA VIREO
SWAINSON’S THRUSH

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Shorebird numbers were still good this week with 16 species being reported from the complex and five others reported elsewhere in the area.
Montezuma shorebirds:
WILSON’S PHALAROPE
SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER
SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPER
SANDERLING
LEAST SANDPIPER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
LESSER YELLOWLEGS
STILT SANDPIPER
PECTORAL SANDPIPER
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
SOLITARY SANDPIPER
SPOTTED SANDPIPER
KILLDEER

Shorebirds reported away from Montezuma:
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE – Town of Skaneateles
RED-KNOT – Sandy Pond
WHIMBREL – Sandy Pond
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER – Sandy Pond
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER – Sandy Pond

9/6: Ten Shorebird species were found along the Wildlife Drive including WILSON’S PHALAROPE and STILT SANDPIPER.
9/9: Ten Warbler species plus 2 SWAINSON’S THRUSHEs and 2 PHILADELPHIA VIREOS were seen on Esker Brook Trail

Onondaga County
9/8: A RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was discovered on a pond on New Seneca Turnpike Road in the Town of Skaneateles. It is still being seen today and over the past three days 7 other shorebird species were seen. A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen along the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake. A SWAINSON’S THRUSH was seen south of Syracuse University. A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was found at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.

Oswego County
9/5: Three RED KNOTS continue at Sandy Pond outlet and are still being seen today. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at Derby Hill.
9/9: A WHIMBREL was seen at Sandy Pond outlet along with 10 other shorebird species including the RED KNOTS.

Madison County
9/6: A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen at the Tuscarora Nature Area west of Erieville.

Oneida County
9/5: A late COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen at the Spring Farm Nature Sanctuary south of Clinton.
9/6: Six species of warblers were found at the Spring Farm Nature Sanctuary.

Rare Bird Report for the week on August 27, 2018

YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
WILSON’S PHALAROPE
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER
RED KNOT
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER
SWAINSON’S THRUSH
This past week and weekend were good for migrating warblers and other passerines. With the upcoming front coming through this may be your best chance of seeing these birds. The same goes for Common Nighthawks.

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Another great week for shorebirds at the complex. Nineteen species were recorded. Again most were seen either at Knox-Marsellus Marsh or along the Wildlife Trail. Benning Marsh was especially productive this weekend. Species seen this week were:
PECTORAL SANDPIPER
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER
SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPER
STILT SANDPIPER
WILSON’S PHALAROPE
SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
LEAST SANDPIPER
SPOTTED SANDPIPER
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
LESSER YELLOWLEGS
KILLDEER
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
SOLITARY SANDPIPER
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
WILSON’S SNIPE

Species seen away from Montezuma
RED KNOT – Sandy Pond, Oswego County
SANDERLING – Sandy Pond, Oswego County
8/28: This was the last date for the YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON at Knox-Marsellus.
8/30: An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was reported on the Wildlife Drive.
9/1: A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was found at Knox-Marsellus Marsh. It was relocated the next day.
9/3: Eleven shorebird species including a WILSON’S PHALAROPE were seen at Benning Marsh.

Onondaga County
8/29: A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen at Beaver Lake Nature Center.
9/1: Nine warbler species including Wilson’s were seen at Beaver Lake Nature Center.

Oswego County
9/3: Fourteen shorebird species including 3 RED KNOTS were seen at the outlet of Sandy Pond. The Knots along with most of the shorebirds were seen the next day.

Madison County
9/2: Two STILT SANDPIPERS and 1 BAIRD’S SANDPIPER were seen at the Sky High Sod Farm on Lakeport Road north of Chittenango.

Oneida County
9/1: A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was found at the Spring Farm Nature Sanctuary south of Clinton.
9/2 Three apparent SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS were seen in flight at the Utica Marsh.
9/3: A SWAINSON’S THRUSH was found at the Spring Farm Nature Sanctuary.

Herkimer County
8/28: A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen on Miner Road west of Dolgeville.

Rare Bird Report for the week on August 20, 2018

SNOWY EGRET
YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER
WHIMBREL
RED KNOT
PARASITIC JAEGER
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER
PHILADELPHIA VIREO
CERULEAN WARBLER

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Sixteen species of shorebirds were reported at the complex this week. The Wildlife Drive and Knox-Marsellus Marsh were the areas most shorebirds were found. Shorebirds were also reported from VanDyne Spoor Road and the Audubon Center . Three other species were reported in other areas. Species seen at the Montezuma Complex:
SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
WILSON’S SNIPE
LESSER YELLOWLEGS
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER
KILLDEER
LEAST SANDPIPER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
PECTORAL SANDPIPER
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
STILT SANDPIPER

Species seen elsewhere
RUDDY TURNSTONE – Fair Haven
WHIMBREL – Fair Haven
RED KNOT – Sandy Pond

8/25: A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was seen from East Road. A juvenile YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON continues at Knox-Marsellus Marsh. It was seen again on 8/26.
8/26: A SNOWY EGRET was seen in flight at the north/west portion of Howland Island. Ten species of Warbler were reported also.

Cayuga County
8/22: Two WHIMBREL and a PARASITIC JAEGER were seen at West Barrier Bar Park in Fair Haven.
8/24: A BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER and 2 RUDY TURNSTONES were found at West Barrier Bar Park.A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and a STILT SANDPIPER were seen on Loop Road north of Rt. 31
8/25: Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen on West Bay Road just south of West Barrier Bar. At West Barrier Bar 4 RUDDY TURNSTONES, a SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, 2 SANDERLINGS and both LEAST and SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPERS were seen on the causeway.

Onondaga County
8/20: A PHILADELPHIA VIREP was seen at Raddison River Park (private) on the Seneca River.
8/22: A BAIRD’S SANDPIPER was seen at Oneida Shores Beach in Brewerton.
8/24: Four COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen from Lancaster Ave. in Syracuse.
8/25: An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen in the fields above greel Lakes State Park.
8/27: A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was found at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.

Oswego County
8/20: An AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER and a BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER were seen at the outlet of Sandy Pond.
8/22: A RUDDY TURNSTONE was found at Oswego Harbor.
8/25: Nine species of shorebirds including BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER and 3 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS were seen at the Sandy Pone Outlet.
8/26: A RED KNOT was seen at the Sandy Pond outlet

Madison County
8/23: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen the Tuscarora Nature Parknear Erieville. another was seen in the same area on the 24th.

Oneida County
8/24: A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen at Woodford Memorial State Forest near Bridgeport.

Herkimer County
8/21: A CERULEAN WARBLER was seen near Trenton Falls.
8/25: An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen in Grant near the Hinkley Reservoir.

Rare Bird Report for the week on August 13, 2018

YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
WILLET
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
STILT SANDPIPER
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER
PHILADELPHIA VIREO
CAPE MAY WARBLER

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
In spite of high water at Knox-Marsellus Marsh 15 species of shorebirds were found at the complex this week.

STILT SANDPIPER, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, KILLDEER, LEAST SANDPIPER, SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPER, WHITE-RUMPED SANDIPIER, SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER, WILSON’S SNIPE, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER

Five other species were found at other locations.
Species seen at Fair Haven, WILLET, SANDERLING, BAIRD’S SANDPIPER, RUDY TURNSTONE.
Seen at Sandy Pond – AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER.
8/13: A STILT SANDPIPER was seen along the Wildlife Drive.
8/18: The juvenile YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was again seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh on the Saturday shorebird walk.
8/19: A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen from East Road.

Cayuga County
8/14: Five species of shorebirds including BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER were found at
West Barrier Bar Park.
8/17: Four WILLETS were seen of the west breakwall at West Barrier Bar Park. Also seen were a BAIRD’S SANDPIPER and 4 RUDY TURNSTONES.

Onondaga County
8/16: Three COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen in the city of Syracuse. More were seen in Fayetteville on the 17th.
8/17: A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON continues along the Creek Walk north of Hiawatha Boulevard in Syracuse.
8/20: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was found at Raddison River Park along the Seneca River.

Oswego County
8/14: Nine species of shorebirds including AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER were found at the outlet in Sandy Pond on Lake Ontario.
8/18: Seven species of shorebirds including BAIRD’S SANDPIPER were found at the Sandy Pond Outlet.
8/19: Six species of Warblers including CAPE MAY were seen at a private residence in Hastings. Also seen was a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER.

Madison County
8/19: An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen at Woodman Pond. It (one) was seen again the next day. A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen at the Tuscarora Nature Park near Erieville.

Rare Bird Report for the week on August 05, 2018

YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
AMERICAN AVOCET
STILT SANDPIPER
RUFF
SAW-WHET OWL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
CERULEAN WARBLER
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Shorebird numbers are still up with 14 species being seen at the complex, mostly at Knox-Marsellus and Puddlers Marshes. The RUFF continued this week at Knox-Marsellus and was also seen at Benning Marsh on 8/12. Not in the complex were 3 AMERICAN AVOCETS seen at West Barrier Park in Fair Haven
8/08: A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER continues at the forested area on Armitage Road.
8/10: The YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON continues at Knox-Marsellus and Puddlers and was seen up to the 12th.
8/12: CERULEAN WARBLER is still being seen at the forested area of Armitage Road.

Cayuga County
8/7: Three AMERICAN AVOCETS were spotted in flight at West Barrier Beach in Fair Haven.

Onondaga County
8/8: A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was heard on the Farmer’s Hill Trail at Green Lakes State Park.

Oswego County
8/11: Five species of shorebirds including STILT SANDPIPER were seen at the outlet at Sandy Pond State Park.

Oneida County
8/8: RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen at 2 locations in Verona Beach.

Herkimer County
8/11: A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was found on the Third Lake Creek Trail between Old Forge and Inlet.

Rare Bird Alert for the week on July 30, 2018

YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
WHIMBREL
STILT SANDPIPER
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
RUFF
SAW-WHET OWL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
ACADIAN FLYCATCHER
PINE SISKIN

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex

Thirteen Shorebird species were reported from the complex this week. The highlight was a female RUFF found yesterday at Knox-Marsellus Marsh.

WILSON’S SNIPE
RUFF
STILT SANDPIPER
DUNLIN
LEAST SANDPIPER
PECTORAL SANDPIPER
SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
LESSER YELLOWLEGS
SEMIPALMATED PLOVER
KILLDEER
SPOTTED SANDPIPER

Away from the complex BAIRD’S SANDPIPER was found in Onondaga County and WHIMBREL was seen at West Barrier Beach in Cayuga County.

8/4: A female RUFF was discovered at Knox Marsellus Marsh. Also seen were 11 other shorebird species, 15 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS and the previously reported YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON.

Cayuga County
7/31: Three WHIMBREL were seen at West Barrier Beach in Fair Haven.

Onondaga County
8/1: BAIRD’S SANDPIPERS were seen at the Inner Harbor in Syracuse and the Gerber Topsoil farm in Kirkville.
8/1: An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER continues in Whiskey Hollow west of Baldwinsville. It was found also on 8/5.

Oneida County
7/30: Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were found in the Forest Ave. area of Verona Beach and were seen through 8/1.
8/4: Three RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen in Cleveland on the north shore of Oneida Lake.

Herkimer County
8/1: A PINE SISKIN was seen on Jerseyfield Road north of Dolgeville.

Rare Bird Report for the week of July 23, 2018

YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
REDHEAD
GADWALL
SANDHILL CRANE
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
WILLET
WHIMBREL
RUDDY TURNSTONE
RED KNOT
SANDERLING
STILT SANDPIPER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
ORCHARD ORIOLE

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex

16 shorebird species were seen at the complex this week.

BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
SOLITARY SANDPIPER
KILLDEER
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
LESSER YELLOWLEGS
RUDY TURNSTONE
STILT SANDPIPER
PECTORAL SANDPIPER
SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
SPOTTED SANDPIPER
WILSON’S SNIPE

Additional shorebird species seen elsewhere:

SANDERLING – Onondaga County
WILLET – Oswego and Herkimer County
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER – Oneida County
WHIMBREL – Cayuga County

7/25: A juvenile YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was found in Knox-Marsellus Marsh. It was seen intermittently through yesterday.
7/26: A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was seen along the Wildlife Trail.
7/29: A REDHEAD continues along the Wildlife Trail. GADWALL breeding was confirmed with young being seen along the Wildlife Trail.

Onondaga County
7/23: SANDERLING were seen at James William County Park and Oneida Shores County Park on Oneida Lake.
7/24: A RUDDY TURNSTONE was seen along the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake.
7/25: SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, SANDERLING and a BAIRD’S SANDPIPER were seen at the Inner Harbor.
7/27: SANDERLING were seen at the Gerber Topsoil Farm south of Bridgeport.
7/29: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen at Green Lakes State Park.

Oswego County
7/24: Two WILLET were found on the rocks below St.Paul’s Cemetery in Oswego.
7/28: Six Shorebird species including RUDDY TURNSTONE and SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER were seen at Sandy Pond.

Cayuga County
7/24: Five WHIMBREL, 1 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER and a RUDY TURNSTONE were seen at West Barrier Beach Park in Fair Haven.
7/28: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen on West Bay road in Fair Haven.

Madison County
7/27: Six Shorebird species including LEAST and SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPER were seen at Eaton Brook Reservoir.

Oneida County
7/23: A BAIRD’S SANDPIPER was seen at Delta Lake at Westernville.
7/24: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at Verona Beach State Park. A RUDDY TURNSTONE was seen at Sylvan Beach.
7/26: Nine species of Shorebirds including SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER were seen at Delta Lake.

Herkimer County
7/23: A WILLET continued on Miner Road west of Dolgeville. The 24th. was the last sighting.

Rare Bird Report for the week on July 16, 2018

LEAST BITTERN
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
SANDHILL CRANE
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
WILLET
WHIMBREL
RUDDY TURNSTONE
RED KNOT
SANDERLING
STILT SANDPIPER
BLACK TERN
ACADIAN FLYCATCHER
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
ORCHARD ORIOLE

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Fourteen shorebird species were recorded at the complex this week. Four more different species were found at Fair Haven so it was a good week for finding these migrants.

Shorebirds found at the Montezuma area:
SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER
KILLDEER
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
LESSER YELLOWLEGS
SOLITARY SANDPIPER
WILLET
SPOTTED SANDPIPER
SANDERLING
PECTORAL SANDPIPER
SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPER
LEAST SANDPIPER
STILT SANDPIPER
LONG-BILLED SANDPIPER
SHORT-BILLED SANDPIPER

Shorebirds seen only at Fair Haven:
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
RED KNOT
RUDDY TURNSTONE
WHIMBREL

7/17: A WILLET was seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh.
7/19: Eight species of shorebirds were seen at the Audubon Center including a STILT SANDPIPER.
7/21: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen on VanDyne Spoor Road.
7/22: A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER continues at the forested area on Armitage Road. Also found there was an ACADIAN FLYCATCHER. LEAST BITTERNS were seen on the Wildlife Drive and at the Morgan
Road marsh.

Cayuga County
7/17: A WILLET was seen at West Barrier Bar.
7/21: RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and BLACK TERN were all seen at Fair Haven State Park.
7/22: A WHIMBREL and a BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER were seen at Fair Haven State Park. Six RED KNOTS, a RUDDY TURNSTONE and SANDERLING were seen at West Barrier Bar.
7/23: Two RED KNOTS and a WHIMBREL were seen at West Barrier Bar.

Onondaga County
7/18: An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER continues at Whiskey Hollow west of Baldwinsville.

Oswego County
7/17: Two SANDHILL CRANES continue near a private residence on Toad Harbor Road north of Oneida Lake.
7/23: One RUDDY TURNSTONE, 150 SANDERLINGS and 30 SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPERS were seen in Oswego Harbor.

Oneida County
7/20: A FISH CROW was seen in Rome.
7/22: A RUDDY TURNSTONE was seen at Delta Lake.

Herkimer County
7/22: A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen on Hall Road north of Cold Brook.

Rare Bird Report for the week on July 09, 2018

LEAST BITTERN
GREAT EGRET
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
SANDHILL CRANE
WILSON’S PHALAROPE
BLACK TERN
LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH
CERULEAN WARBLER
PRAIRIE WARBLER
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
WESTERN MEADOWLARK
ORCHARD ORIOLE

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Thirteen species of shorebirds were reported from the complex this week.. A WILSON’S PHALAROPE made a one-day showing on 7/12 at Knox-Marsellus Pool but was not seen again.
7/9: The WESTERN MEADOWLARK continues on the east end of Armitage Road.
7/14: A rare for the area LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH was seen and heard flying over East Road. Also seen there were 3 SANDHILL CRANES along with 7 species of shorebirds . A CERULEAN WARBLER was seen on Mays Point Road.168 BLACK TERNS were counted at VanDyne Spoor Road after an eagle flew over. Three CERULEAN WARBLERS were seen on Armitage Road in the wooded area.

Onondaga County
7/10: A juvenile BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen along the creek walk at Hiawatha Boulevard in Syracuse.
7/12: A LEAST BITTERN was seen at the Dewitt Landfill near Fisher Road.
7/13: Eleven ORCHARD ORIOLES were seen in the fields above Green Lakes State Park.

Oswego County
7/10: an adult YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was reported on the Oneida River near Joshua Lane in Brewerton. No subsequent sightings were made.
7/15: A CERULEAN WARBLER was reported from Toad Harbor Road in West Monroe.

Madison County
7/11: A CERULEAN WARBLER was reported from a wooded area west of Georgetown.
7/13: A PRAIRIE WARBLER was reported and nicely photographed at the east end of Muller Hill Road.

Oneida County
7/10: A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW continues at Spring Farm Nature Sanctuary south of Clinton.

Rare Bird Report for the week on July 02, 2018

GREAT EGRET
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
TUNDRA SWAN
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
LEAST TERN (EXTRALIMITAL)
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
GRAY JAY
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
WESTERN MEADOWLARK
ORCHARD ORIOLE
RED CROSSBILL

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Shorebird season is upon us. 10 species including SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER were reported from the complex this week.
7/3: A TUNDRA SWAN is still lingering along the Wildlife Drive.
7/4: A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was seen along Towpath Road. The WESTERN MEADOWLARK is still being seen and heard on the eastern end of Armitage Road. Fourteen GREAT EGRETS were seen there also. An ORCHARD ORIOLE was found at the Visitor’s Center.
7/6: A SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER was seen at the Morgan Road Marsh
7/8: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at the Visitor’s Center. A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON and 8 GREAT EGRETS were seen along the Wildlife Drive. Two ORCHARD ORIOLES and 5 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen at VanDyne Spoor Road.

Cayuga County
7/7: Up to 8 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen at Fair Haven State Park.

Onondaga County
7/2: Two BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen at the Liverpool Marina on Onondaga Lake.
7/7: Two ORCHARD ORIOLES were seen at Green Lakes State Park.

Madison County
7/5: A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was found at the Tioghnioga WMA east of New Woodstock.

Oneida County
7/5: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at Verona Beach State Park.
7/6: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at Blossvale.
7/8: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen east of Cleveland.

Herkimer County
7/5: Two RED CROSSBILLS were seen near the Moose River on Independence Road.
7/8: A GRAY JAY was seen near Limekiln Lake south of Inlet.

Extralimital
7/8; A very rare for the area LEAST TERN was spotted at the east spit of Braddock Bay on Lake Ontario in Monroe County. There has been no report of the bird today.

Rare Bird Report for the week on June 27, 2018

BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
SNOW GOOSE
SANDHILL CRANE
LEAST SANDPIPER
BLACK TERN
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER
ORCHARD ORIOLE
ACADIAN FLYCATCHER

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
6/28: Three BLACK TERNS were seen along the Wildlife Drive.
6/29: A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen along the Wildlife Drive. Two BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS and 2 SANDHILL CRANES were seen from VanDyne Spoor Road.

Onondaga County
6/30: An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER continues in Whiskey Hollow west of Baldwinsville. A SNOW GOOSE, possibly injured, was seen at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville. Nine ORCHARD ORIOLES of various ages were seen at Green Lakes State Park.

Oswego County
6/28: A GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, possibly a hybrid, was seen at Deer Creek Marsh near Sandy Pond.

Oneida County
6/28: A LEAST SANDPIPER was seen along Rt. 365 west of Holland Patent.

Rare Bird Report for the week on June 11, 2018

CATTLE EGRET
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
LEAST BITTERN
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
SWAINSON’S THRUSH
LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
PRAIRIE WARBLER
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
ORCHARD ORIOLE

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
6/12: A CATTLE EGRET was seen in Knox-Marsellus Marsh. It was observed again on the 13th.
6/15: A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was seen along the Wildlife Drive near the Eagle Statue. Three LEAST BITTERNS and an ORCHARD ORIOLE were seen at VanDyne Spoor Road. 2 PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS continus at the forested area of Armitage Road. They were seen through 6/17.
6/17: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was again reported from the complex.. No specific area was mentioned.

Onondaga County
6/13: A COMMON LOON was seen an Onondaga Lake. It was reported again on the 16th.
6/16: Two PRAIRIE WARBLERS were again found at Green Lakes State Park. A probable family group of 7 ORCHARD ORIOLES were seen at Green Lakes also. Two GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were again seen at Three Rivers WMA in Baldwinsville.

Oswego County
6/17: A LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH continues at Salmon River Falls.

Madison County
6/16: A PRAIRIE WARBLER was seen on Muller Hill Road near Georgetown.

Oneida County
6/12: A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW continues at Spring Farms Nature Sanctuary south of Clinton.
6/14: A LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH was seen at Pixley Falls State Park..
6/16: A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen at Castlebrook Farm east of Williamston.

Herkimer County
6/13: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen on Carlson Road south of Salisbury Center.
6/16: A SWAINSON’S THRUSH was found on the trail to House Pond off the Powley Road north of Stratford.

Rare Bird Report for the week on June 04, 2018

SNOWY EGRET
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
LEAST BITTERN
SANDHILL CRANE
PEREGRINE FALCON
WILSON’S PHALAROPE
UPLAND SANDPIPER
AMERICAN AVOCET
LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
ORCHARD ORIOLE

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
6/5: A (the) AMERICAN AVOCET was seen in Knox-Marsellus Marsh. A LEAST BITTERN was seen at VanDyne Spoor Marsh.
6/8: A SNOWY EGRET was seen at Tschache Pool. A WILSON’S PHALAROPE was seen Knox-Marsellus Marsh.
6/9: PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS continue at the forested area of Armitage Road. They were also seen at the north end of Howland Island by boat.
6/10: A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen at VanDyne Spoor Road and along the Wildlife Drive.

Onondaga County
6/7: A LEAST BITTERN was found at the Dewitt Marsh of off Fisher Road.
6/8: A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW and an ORCHARD ORIOLE continue at Three Rivers WMA.
6/9: A LEAST BITTERN continues at Three Rivers WMA.
6/10: A SANDHILL CRANE was found at Three Rivers WMA.

Oswego County
6/6: A LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH was again found at Salmon River Falls.

Oneida County
6/5: Three CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS were seen at Spring Farms Nature Sanctuary south of Clinton. One was again observed on the 10th.
6/6: A breeding pair of PEREGRINE FALCONS continue in downtown Utica.
6/8: An UPLAND SANDPIPER was again observed at the Deerfield Grasslands south of Poland. A LEAST BITTERN was found at the Utica Marsh.
6/10: A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was found at Lake Delta State Park.

Rare Bird Report for the week on May 29, 2018

LEAST BITTERN
TUNDRA SWAN
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
RED KNOT
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
UPLAND SANDPIPER
AMERICAN AVOCET
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
ACADIAN FLYCATCHER
LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
PRAIRIE WARBLER
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
WESTERN MEADOWLARK
ORCHARD ORIOLE
PINE SISKIN
RED CROSSBILL

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Shorebird species numbers were down to 13 this week but rarities such as AMERICAN AVOCET and other tough to find species such as RED KNOT and RED-NECKED PHALAROPE were around.
5/28: A RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was seen in the Thru-way Pools on the Wildlife Drive. It was seen again on the 29th but not since.
5/29: This date was the last sighting of the WESTERN MEADOWLARK on Armitage Road. A RED KNOT was seen at Tschache Pool. It was found again on the 30th. but not since. SANDHILL CRANE pairs with a colt were seen near the potato barn on Rt. 31 and at Knox-Marsellus Marsh
5/30: PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS were seen at one of the nest box in the forested area of Armitage Road and are believed to be breeding.
5/31: A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON and an AMERICAN AVOCET were seen in the Morgan Road marsh.
6/1: A (the) AMERICAN AVOCET was seen at Tschache Pool and later along the Wildlife Drive.
6/2: A TUNDRA SWAN was seen from East Road. A (the ) AMERICAN AVOCET was seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh. It was seen there again today.

Cayuga County
6/3: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues of West Barrier Park in Fair Haven. Two ACADIAN FLYCATCHERS were seen at Sterling Nature Center.

Oswego County
6/3: A LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH was again seen at Salmon River Falls north of Altmar. A PINE SISKIN was seen at a feeder near Mexico.

Onondaga County
5/29: A PRAIRIE WARBLER was seen at Green Lakes State Park. It was seen again of 6/3.
6/1: A LEAST BITTERN was seen at Hamlin Marsh.
6/2: A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW and an ORCHARD ORIOLE were seen at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville. Two COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen at the NBT stadium in Syracuse.
6/3: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen at Green Lakes State Park. A CERULEAN WARBLER was found in Cicero Swamp.

Oneida County
5/31: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was found at Spring Farms Nature Center south of Clinton.
6/1: Two UPLAND SANDPIPERS were seen at the Deerfield Grasslands south of Poland. A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was found at Woodford Forest east of Sangerfield.

Herkimer County
5/30: A RED CROSSBILL was seen near Little Moose Lake south of Old Forge.
6/1: An UPLAND SANDPIPER was seen on North Gage Road south of Poland.

Rare Bird Report for the week on May 21, 2018

LEAST BITTERN
GLOSSY IBIS
SNOWY EGRET
ROSS’S GOOSE
SURF SCOTER
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
RED KNOT
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
UPLAND SANDPIPER
WHIMBREL
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
ACADIAN FLYCATCHER
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER
PHILADELPHIA VIREO
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
KENTUCKY WARBLER
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
WESTERN MEADOWLARK
ORCHARD ORIOLE

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Another good week for shorebirds with 19 species reported at the complex. RED KNOT, WHIMBREL RED-NECKED PHALAROPE and RUDDY TURNSTONES are highlights. ROSS’S GOOSE last reported on 5/25. WESTERN MEADOW LARK last reported 5/27.
5/22: A SNOWY EGRET was seen at Tschache. This bird or another moved to the Wildlife Drive on 5/24 and was seen up to 5/28.
5/23: A GLOSSY IBIS and a WHIMBREL WERE seen along the Wildlife Drive. An AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER was at Tschache. PROTHONOTARY WARBLER continues at the forested area on Armitage Road. An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER continues on Carncross Road. A PHILADELPHIA VIREO AND A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER were seen at the Visitor’s Center.
5/26: WHIMBRELS were again seen along the Wildlife Drive. A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER and a LEAST BITTERN were found at Tschache Pool.
5/28: A RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was seen along the Wildlife Drive.
5/29: A RED KNOT is being seen at Tschache .

Cayuga County
5/22: Fifteen RED KNOTS and 2 WHIMBREL were seen at West Barrier Bar in Fair Haven
5/23 A rare for our area KENTUCKY WARBLER was seen at West Barrier Bar in Fair Haven.
5/25: RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue at West Barrrier Bar in Fair Haven.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
2,771 hawks were counted at Derby this week. Only 5/22 broke a thousand birds so things are slowing down. This will be the last official week of counting. Thanks again to Anna Stunkel for her great work.
5/22: A flock of 52 WHIMBREL flew by.
5/24: Nine COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were counted.

Oswego County
5/21: An UPLAND SANDPIPER was again seen at the Oswego County Airfield on Howard Road.
5/22: An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER continues of Gray Road off of Co. Rt. 48 south of Oswego.
5/23: Sixty-two WHIMBREL and 1 RED KNOW were seen on Oneida Lake from Constantia.
5/24: Three WHIMBREL and 2 RUDDY TURNSTONES were seen on the islands in Oneida Lake from Mill Street in Constantia.
5/26: A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was found at Sunset Bay Park on Lake Ontario in Scriba .

Onondaga County
5/22: A SURF SCOTER was again seen on Onondaga Lake.
5/23: A SNOWY EGRET was seen at the Marina in Liverpool on Onondaga Lake.
5/25: A LEAST BITTERN was found at Dewitt Marsh off of Bridge Street. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was found at Green Lakes State Park. A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen in Saint Mary’s Cemetary in Syracuse.
5/28: A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW and a LEAST BITTERN were found at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.

Madison County
5/24: A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen at Morrow State Forest south of Erieville
5/26: An OLOVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER and a PHILADELPHIA VIREO wer found at the Mariposa State Forest south of Deruyter.

Oneida County
5/23: Two WHIMBREL were seen at Sylvan Beach on Oneida Lake.
5/25: A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW continues at Spring Farm Wildlife Sanctuary south of Clinton.
5/27: A LEAST BITTERN was found at Utica Marsh
5/28: A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was found on perimeter Road at the old Griffiss Air Base.

Herkimer County
5/24: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen at a residence north of Dolgeville.

Rare Bird Report for the week on May 15, 2018

RED-THROATED LOON
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN
LEAST BITTERN
SNOWY EGRET
BRANT
ROSS’S GOOSE
BLACK VULTURE
GOLDEN EAGLE
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
AMERICAN AVOCET
WILSON’S PHALAROPE
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
UPLAND SANDPIPER
STILT SANDPIPER
LITTLE GULL
FORSTER’S TERN
WHIP-POOR-WILL
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
ACADIAN FLYCATCHER
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER
PHILADELPHIA VIREO
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
PRAIRIE WARBLER
CONNECTICUT WARBLER
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
WESTERN MEADOWLARK
ORCHARD ORIOLE

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Shorebird season is here with 17 species reported this week. The highloght was the AMERICAN AVOCET seen from 5/17 to 5/19 at Benning Marsh.
The WESTERN MEADOWLARK continues at Armitage road just west of Rt..89. The ROSS’S FOOSE has moved to Benning Marsh on the Wildlife Drive. The AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was last reported on 5/17 in the main pool.
5/15: A LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER was reported at the Morgan Road Marshes. An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER has again been found at Carncross Road and was reported through 5/20.
5/16: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER is again being seen on Mays Point Road.
5/17: Two COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen at East Road. A SNOWY EGRET was found at North Spring Pool and was seen through 5/20. PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS continue at the forested area of Armitage Road. A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen at Tschache Pool.
5/18: A FORSTER’S TERN was seen at Tschache Pool.
5/19: STILT SANDPIPER(S) were seen at Tschache Pool and along the Wildlife Drive.
5/20: A WILSON’S PHALAROPE was reported from Marten’s Tract.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
It was a slow week at Derby as the Hawk Watch starts to count down. Only 989 raptors were counted this week. Other highlights were a BLACK VULTURE on 5/17 and a GOLDEN EAGLE and 44 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS on 5/20.

Oswego County
5/15: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and a GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH were seen at Sunset Bay park.
5/17: A WHIP-POOR-WILL was heard at Roosevelt Road north of Constantia.A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was found on McClaud Road on the north shore of Oneida Lake.
5/19: A CONNECTICUT WARBLER was reported on Hinman Road north of Pulaski. A LEAST BITTERN was heard on Depot Road in West Monroe. 110 BRANT were seen in flight from 3 Mile Bay on Oneida Lake.
5/20: A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen at Sunset Bay Park.
5/21: A RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was found at the Rt. 6 wetlands north of Rt. 3. An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER has returned to Gray Road west of Rt. 48 and south of Oswego.

Onondaga County
5/16: A PRAIRIE WARBLER was found at Green Lakes State Park.
5/17: A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was seen at a private residence in Fairmont.
5/18: A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen on #2 Road south of Manlius. A LEAST BITTERN and a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW were found at the Dewitt Marsh and Landfill. An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen at the Kirkville pools in Kirkville.
5/19: A SNOWY EGRET was again seen at Onondaga Lake, this time at the Liverpool Marina. It has been seen through 5/21.
5/20: Two WHIMBREL were seen on the rocky spit at Liverpool Marina on Onondaga Lake. An ORCHARD ORIOLE was found at Green Lakes State Park. Three COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.

Cayuga County
5/16: A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW and a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER were seen at West Barrier Park at Fair Haven
5/17: A LITTLE GULL was found at West Barrier Park in Fair Haven.

Madison County
5/15: A RED-THROATED LOON was seen at Poolville south of Hamilton..
5/20: Two ORCHARD ORIOLES were spotted on Ditchbank Road north of Chittenango.

Oneida County
5/18: An UPLAND SANDPIPER was seen at the Deerfield grasslands south of Poland.

Herkimer County
5/16: A GREAT EGRET was seen at the McKoons Road pond north of Richfield Springs.

Rare Bird Report for the week on May 07, 2018

AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN
LEAST BITTERN
CATTLE EGRET
SNOWY EGRET
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
ROSS’S GOOSE
BLACK SCOTER
SURF SCOTER
SWALLOW-TAILED KITE
GOLDEN EAGLE
SANDHILL CRANE
UPLAND SANDPIPER
ICELAND GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
WHIP-POOR-WILL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
PHILADELPHIA VIREO
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
CERULEAN WARBLER
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER
PRAIRIE WARBLER
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
WESTERN MEADOWLARK
ORCHARD ORIOLE

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
The recent rarities are still around and being reported almost daily.
ROSS’S GOOSE – Seen at Eaton Marsh on Wildlife Drive.
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN – Seen in the main pool on Wildlife Drive
WESTERN MEADOWLARK – Seen and heard on Armitage Road just west of Rt.89.
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER – Seen in the forested area on Armitage Road on west side of the bridge.
5/9: ORCHARD ORIOLES were seen on the Wildlife Drive and at the Audubon Center north of Savannah.
5/11: A SANDHILL CRANE was seen at Tschache Pool.
5/12: A CATTLE EGRET was seen from East Road. A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was seen at Tschache Pool. A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen at the Morgan Road marshes.
5/14: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER has returned to Mays Point Road.

Cayuga County
5/12: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was spotted on West Barrier Bar in Fair Haven.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
It was a slow week numbers wise at Derby Hill. Only 1,229 hawks were counted. The highlight of the week was a rare SWALLOW-TAILED KITE spotted on Saturday. On 5/9 a GOLDEN EAGLE was seen along with 3 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS. On 5/11 a SANDHILL CRANE was seen.

Oswego County
5/8: A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was found at Sunset Bay Park.
5/9: BLACK and SURF SCOTERS were seen from Phillips Point on Oneida Lake. A WHIP-POOR-WILL was heard at Roosevelt Road on Co. Rt. 17 north of Constantia. A PRAIRIE WARBLER was found at Sunset Bay Park.
5/10: A pair of RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS are being seen at Sunset Bay Park.
5/12: LESSER BLACK-BACKED and ICELAND GULLS were seen from Sunset Bay Park.

Onondaga County
5/7: A SNOWY EGRET was again seen at the south end of Onondaga Lake.
5/8: A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen on the creek walk near Hiawatha Boulevard in Syracuse. A GOLDEN WARBLER was found on Gully Road north of Skaneateles.
5/9: LESSER BLACK-BACKED and ICELAND GULLS were seen at Onondaga Lake Park near Liverpool. A LEAST BITTERN was heard in the Dewitt Marsh at the end of Fisher Road.
5/11: A PRAIRIE WARBLER was found at Green Lakes State Park. It was relocated on 5/12 and 5/13.
5/15: A CATTLE EGRET was spotted at Hancock Airport near Terminal B

Madison County
5/9: An ORCHARD ORIOLE and a PHILADELPHIA VIREO were seen at Ditchbank Road north of Chittenango.
5/13: A PRAIRIE WARBLER was seen on Muller Hill Road near Sheds.

Oneida County
5/8: A SANDHILL CRANE was seen at Spring Farm Nature Sanctuary south of Clinton.
5/9: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was found at Spring Farm Nature Sanctuary south of Clinton.

Herkimer County
5/9: A WHIP-POOR-WILL was heard on private property in the town of Salisbury.
5/11: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen at a residence north of Dolgeville.

Rare Bird Report for the week on April 30, 2018

AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN
SNOWY EGRET
ROSS’S GOOSE
EURASIAN WIGEON
BLACK VULTURE
GOLDEN EAGLE
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
UPLAND SANDPIPER
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
BLACK TERN
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
CERULEAN WARBLER
WESTERN MEADOWLARK
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
ORCHARD ORIOLE

This was the first big week for most migrants. All common Warblers except for Mourning, Canada and Blackpoll were reported. Willow and Alder Flycatcher were not reported either although this could change any day.

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
The AMERICAN WHITRE PELICAN has returned to the main Pool. The WESTERN MEADOWLARK has made it three weeks on Armitage road between Wiley Road and Olmstead Road. Also the RUFF was relocated at Benning Marsh on 5/6.
5/5: Two PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS have returned to the forested area on Armitage Road on the west side of the bridge. An EURAGIAN WIGEON was seen at Tschache Pool. CERULEAN WARBLER, ORCHARD ORIOLE and BLACK TERN were all seen from VanDyne Spoor Road.
5/6: A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen from Morgan Road. BLACK TERN and ORCHARD ORIOLE were found on the Wildlife Drive. A CERULEAN WARBLER was seen at the forested area on Armitage Road.

Onondaga County
5/1: A GOLDEN EAGLE was reported from Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.
5/4: A SWAINSONS THRUSH was reported from Three Rivers WMA. A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was seen at Cedar Bay along the Erie Canal in Fayetteville..
5/5: A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen at Jamesville Beach State Park. An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen on Valley Drive in Elbridge.
5/6: Two SNOWY EGRETS were found at the outlet of Nine Mile Creek on Onondaga Lake. They eventually flew to the south-west end of the lake where they were relocated again today.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
This was the big week at Derby Hill with 18,055 raptors being recorded. The big days were 4/30, 5/1 and 5/2. 5/1 had 9,628 hawks counted with BROAD-WINGED HAWKS numbering 9,008. 4/30 had a GOLDEN EAGLE. 5/1 also had a BLACK VULTURE and 2 GOLDEN EAGLES. 5/2 had a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER and a NORTHERN GOSHAWK. 5/5 had a GOLDEN EGLE and a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER.

Oswego County
5/5: Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen at the end of Nine Mile Point Road near Noyes Sanctuary. An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN and an EURASIAN WIGEON were seen on Oneida Lake from Mill Street in Constantia. An UPLAND SANDPIPER was seen at the Oswego County Airfield.
5/6: A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was seen at the Oswego County Airfield.. A CERULEAN WARBLER was seen on McCloud Road on the north shore of Oneida Lake.
5/7: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at Sunset Bay.

Cayuga County
5/4: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at Sterling Nature Center.
5/5: A ROSS’S GOOSE was seen on Loop Road north of the hamlet of Montezuma.

Oneida County
A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and a GOLDEN EAGLE were seen near Verona Beach State Park.

Herkimer County
5/3: A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen in the vicinity of McCoons Road Pond north of Richfield Springs.

Rare Bird Report for the week on April 23, 2018

ROSS’S GOOSE
BLACK VULTURE
GOLDEN EAGLE
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
SORA
UPLAND SANDPIPER
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
ICELAND GULL
BLACK TERN
SHORT-EARED OWL
WESTERN MEADOWLARK

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
The WESTERN MEADOWLARK is still present on Armitage Road just west of Rt. 89. The ROSS’S GOOSE is still present on the Wildlife Drive at Eaton Marsh. The AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was last reported on 4/23 on the Wildlife Drive.
4/24: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen on Carncross Road.
4/28: A BLACK TERN was seen from the Wildlife Drive.
4/29: A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was heard from the trees on VanDyne Spoor Road.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
Three good days this week with counts over 2,000 including a partial count from today. In all 8,132 raptors counted so far this week. On 4/24 4 GOLDEN EAGLES and a NORTHERN GOSHAWK were seen. On 4/27 the second BLACK VULTURE of the season was seen.

Oswego County
4/27: A SORA, a VIRGINIA RAIL and an AMERICAN BITTERN were all found on Depot Road in West Monroe.
4/28: An UPLAND SANDPIPER continues at the Oswego County Airport.

Onondaga County
4/25: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at the Gerber Topsoil Farm south of Bridgeport. An ICELAND GULL was seen from Onondaga Lake Park.
4/26: A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen from Collamer Road in East Syracuse..
4/27: Five GREAT EGRETS were seen on Onondaga Lake at the Nine Mile Creek outlet near the State Fairgrounds.
4/29: Four LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen at the Inner Harbor near Destiny in Syracuse.

Oneida County
4/27: A BLACK TERN was seen at Utica Marsh.

Rare Bird Report for the week on April 16, 2018

RED-NECKED GREBE
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN
SNOWY EGRET
ROSS’S GOOSE
EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL
EURASIAN WIGEON
GOLDEN EAGLE
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
RUFF
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
SANDHILL CRANE
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
ICELAND GULL
SHORT-EARED OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH
WESTERN MEADOWLARK

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex

A number of rarities have been around longer than a week and are still here.

WESTERN MEADOWLARK – Being seen and heard on Armitage Road in the fields and impoundments just west of Rt. 89 . It flies across Armitage at times giving it status in both Wayne and Seneca County.
ROSS’S GOOSE – Still being seen on a berm near Eaton Marsh along the Wildlife Drive.
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN – Still being seen in the Main Pool.
EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL – Seen at the Visitor’s Center up to yesterday but not reported today.
4/19: An EURASIAN WIGEON was seen in Tschache Pool.
4/21: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at Carncross Road. A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen on Armitage Road. A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen at Marten’s Tract.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
Things really picked at Derby this week. 5,609 raptors were counted. On 4/18 a NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen and the first BROAD-WINGED HAWKS arrived. By the end of the week the Broad-wings started to overtake TURKEY VULTURE as the most numerous bird counted. On 4/20 a NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at the south lookout. On 4/21 4 SANDHILL CRANES flew over. On 4/23 5 GOLDEN EAGLES reported so far today.

Cayuga County
4/20: The REEVE or female RUFF was again seen in the wet area along Maiden Lane Road in Port Byron.
4/21: An UPLAND SANDPIPER was seen and nicely photographed at Sterling Nature Center.
4/22: A SNOWY EGRET was found at Howland Island in the Seneca River near the steel bridge on Howland Island Road north of Port Byron.

Onondaga County
4/19: An ICELAND GULL and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were seen at the Inner Harbor. A SNOWY OWL continues at the State Fair entrance area.
4/20: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at Liverpool Marina . A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen on Onondaga Lake.
4/22: A SANDHILL CRANE was seen at Clark Reservation. A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen on the west trail on Onondaga Lake.
4/23: Two LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSHES were found on Gully Road north of Skaneateles.

Madison County
4/22: A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen on Woodman Pond.

Rare Bird Report for the week on April 09, 2018

AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON
CACKLING GOOSE
ROSS’S GOOSE
EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL
EURASIAN WIGEON
GOLDEN EAGLE
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER
RUFF
SANDHILL CRANE
SHORT-EARED OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
WESTERN MEADOWLARK

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
4/10: The ROSS’S GOOSE was still present and has continued throughout the week including today. The EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL has also continued throughout the week.
4/13: An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was spotted in the Main Pool. It was seen through the 15th.
4/14: An extremely rare and first for Seneca County WESTERN MEADOWLARK was found at the juncture of Armitage Road and Rt. 89. It was able to be photographed and sound recorded for positive identification. It was heard on the 15th. and again today in the morning. It seems to spend most of it’s time in the corn stubble on the north side of Armitage Road between Wiley Road and Olmstead Road. The RUFF and REEVE found earlier in the week at Maiden Lane Road in Cayuga County were relocated at VanDyne Spoor Road with a nice assortment of Shorebirds including KILLDEER, DUNLIN, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, GREATER YELLOWLEGS and LESSER YELLOWLEGS. A SHORT-EARED OWL was also seen at VanDyne Spoor Road later in the day. An EURASIAN WIGEON was seen along the Wildlife Drive.
4/15: The REEVE only was relocated at VanDyne Spoor Road.

Cayuga County
4/10: A RUFF in transitional plumage was found at Maiden Lane Road north of Port Byron. Also present was a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL.
4/12: A REEVE was discovered with the RUFF. Also found was an early SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER.
4/16: The RUFF has returned to Maiden Lane Road.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
After three great days starting with 4/9 with over a thousand birds each day the rest of the week was disappointing. 4/11 had 2,561 raptors counted. One GOLDEN EAGLE was seen on 4/9 at the south Lookout. Three SANDHILL CRANES flew by on 4/10. A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen on 4/11.

Onondaga County
4/9: A CACKLING GOOSE was seen at Three Rivers WMA. 4/11: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at the Inner Harbor in Syracuse.
4/13: A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen at the Visitors Center on Onondaga Lake. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at the Inner Harbor. A SNOW OWL continues near the entrance to the State Fair. An ICELAND GULL was seen along the Parkway in Liverpool.
4/14: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at Three Rivers WMA.

Madison County
4/14: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at Ditchbank Road north of Chittenango. Also seen were 40 PIPITS.

Oneida County
4/9: Two SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen on Jug Point Road east of Verona Beach State Park.

Rare Bird Report for the week on April 02, 2018

ROSS’S GOOSE
EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL
EURASIAN WIGEON
COMMON GALLINULE
SANDHILL CRANE
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
DUNLIN
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
ICELAND GULL
SHORT-EARED OWL
FOX SPARROW

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
4/2: The EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL continues to be seen at the Visitors Center up to today.
4/4: An EURASIAN WIGEON was seen at Martens Tract.
4/5: An EURASIAN WIGEON and an ICELAND GULL were seen along the Wildlife Trail. A ROSS’S GOOSE was found on the berm at Eaton Marsh and has been present through today.
4/6: A first of the year COMMON GALLINULE was found at the Visitors Center and has been seen up to 4/8.
4/7: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen at the Rt. 89 overlook. One SANDHILL CRANE was at VanDyne Spoor Road.
Up to 32 BALD EAGLES were seen in a boil (kettle) along the Wildlife Trail, some seen talon grasping. 8 SANDHILL CRANES were seen at the end of the Wildlife Trail.

Cayuga County
4/7: Three GREATER YELLOWLEGS and a DUNLIN were seen along Maiden Lane in Port Byron. Up to 20 GREATER YELLOWLEGS were seen the next day.

Onondaga County
4/2: A SANDHILL CRANE was seen from Valley Drive in Elbridge.
4/6: Two LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen at the Inner Harbor. Four were counted on 4/8.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
6,833 raptors were counted at Derby Hill this week. Most were seen on 4/2 (3,819) and most all week were TURKEY VULTURES only 2 GOLDEN EAGLES seen this week.

Oswego County
4/7: An EURASIAN WIGEON was seen in Peter Scott Swamp and was relocated on the 8th.

Oneida County
4/7: Two SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen along Jug Point Road east of Verona Beach. They were seen again the next day.

Herkimer County
4/2: A ROSS’S GOOSE was seen on Miner Road west of Dolgeville.

Rare Bird Report for the week on March 19, 2018

CACKLING GOOSE
EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL
SURF SCOTER
GOLDEN EAGLE
SANDHILL CRANE
SNOWY OWL
TREE SWALLOW
RED CROSSBILL

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
3/19: The EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL continues and has been seen up to the 24th.
3/21: Two early TREE SWALLOWS were seen at Tschache Pool.
3/25: An estimated 50,000 SNOW GEESE were reported from East Road an even higher estimate was given the next day.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
In spite of below average temperatures. 1,298 raptors were counted including 16 GOLDEN EAGLES. Two SANDHILL CRANES flew by on 3/22.

Oswego County
3/21: A SURF SCOTER and a RED-NECKED GREBE were seen in Oswego Harbor,
3/24: A SNOWY OWL and a (the) SURF SCOTER were seen in Oswego Harbor.

Onondaga County
3/21: Two SANDHILL CRANES were seen in the Maple Road fields in the Town of Clay.
3/24: Two SNOWY OWLS continue at the State Fair entrance area. A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen on the Snavlin Farm Pond near Tully Lakes.

Cayuga County
3/22: Five CACKLING GEESE were seen with canadas on Maiden Lane in Port Byron.
3/24: A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen in flight at the Sterling Nature Center.

Oneida County
3/21: RED CROSSBILLS were found on Furman Road northeast of Boonville.
3/23: RED CROSSBILLS were seen on North Lake Road near Forestport.
3/24: RED CROSSBILLS were found on Pines Road and Woodgate Road northeast of Boonville. A SNOWY OWL was found along Rt. 12 south of Waterville.

Herkimer County
3/24: RED CROSSBILLS were found on North Lake Road just into the Herkimer County Line near Forestport, at Atwell on North Lake Road, Big Moose Road near Inlet and at the Limekiln Lake Campgrounds also near Inlet.

Rare bird report for the week of March 26, 2018

ROSS’S GOOSE
CACKLING GOOSE
EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL
EURASIAN WIGEON
GOLDEN EAGLE
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
ICELAND GULL
SNOWY OWL
SHORT-EARED OWL
LONG-EARED OWL
FOX SPARROW
ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK
RED CROSSBILL
WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
3/27: The EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL continues at the Visitor’s Center. It was seen through 4/1.
3/28: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen in the fields at Armitage Road.
3/30: One of the first migrant GREATER YELLOWLEGS was seen at the South Butler Unit.
3/31: An EURASIAN WIGEON was seen along the recently opened Wildlife Drive.

Cayuga County
A GREATER YELLOWLEGS and an EURASIAN WIGEON were seen along Maiden Lane in Port Byron.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
A better week at Derby with 3,877 raptors recorded. An exceptional 17 GOLDEN EAGLES were tallied. On 3/29 A CACKLING GOOSE and a ROSS’S GOOSE were picked out of the migrant geese flying by. On 3/31 the first NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen. Also on 3/31 the first ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK of the season was seen.

Oswego County
3/29: An ICELAND GULL was seen at the Phoenix dam.
3/30: A SNOWY OWL was seen on Co. Rt. 54 north of Phoenix at the Elvic Farm.
4/1: The first FOX SPARROWS of the season were seen at Three Mile Bay near the mosquito station on Oneida Lake.

Onondaga County
A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.
3/29: A SNOWY OWL continues at the State Fair entrance in Lakeland.
3/30: A LONG-EARED was heard at Three Rivers WMA. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen on Coon Hill Road south of Skaneateles.

Madison County
3/27: An ICELAND GULL was seen at the Madison County Landfill south of Canastota.

Oneida County
3/27: The first EASTERN TOWHEE to be reported was at the Spring Farms Nature Preserve south of Clinton.

Herkimer County
3/31: RED CROSSBILLS and WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were reported at Higby Point Road in Eagle Bay.

Migrants reported this week:

RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET
EASTERN PHOEBE
BLUE-WINGED TEAL
OSPREY
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
BONAPARTE’S GULL
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK
GREAT EGRET
SWAMP SPARROW
FOX SPARROW
CASPIAN TERN
WILSON’S SNIPE
EASTERN TOWHEE

Rare Bird Report for the week on March 12, 2018

CACKLING GOOSE
EURASIAN WIGEON
EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL
GOLDEN EAGLE
BLACK VULTURE
SANDHILL CRANE
SNOWY OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
RED CROSSBILL

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
3/17: A SNOWY OWL was seen at the Wildgoose area on Rt. 89. A CACKLING GOOSE was seen at the Visitors Center
3/18: An EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL and an EURASIAN WIGEON continue at the Visitors Center. Four SANDHILLL CRANES were seen from East Road.

Onondaga County
3/13: Two BLACK VULTURES were again seen from Homewood Drive in Fayetteville. They were observed on 3/14 and 3/15 also.
3/17: A SNOWY OWL was see from Rt. 81 near Nedrow.
3/18: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
Although weather did not cooperate this week there were birds to be seen. Officially only 76 birds were recorded as migrants. Twelve GOLDEN EAGLES were counted, many low offering great views. Also a NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on 3/15.

Oneida County
3/18: Two RED CROSSBILLS were found on the Oneida County area of North Lake Road near Forestport.

Herkimer County
3/16: Two RED CROSSBILLS were seen on Kohler Road in the Town of Ohio.
3/18: Four RED CROSSBILLS were seen on the Herkimer County area part of North Lake Road near Forestport. Six RED CROSSBILLS were found in Atwell on North Lake.

Rare Bird Report for the week on March 05, 2018

RED-NECKED GREBE
ROSS’S GOOSE
EURASIAN WIGEON
EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL
GOLDEN EAGLE
SANDHILL CRANE
ICELAND GULL
SNOWY OWL
SHORT-EARED OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
RED CROSSBILL

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
3/6: EURASIAN WIGEON were seen at the Visitor’s Center and at the Deep Muck and Mitigation Marsh off of Morgan Road.
3/7: An EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL was found at the Visitors Center and has continued to 3/11.
3/8: Two SANDHILL CRANES were seen at Tschache Pool.
3/9: A GOLDEN EAGLE was spotted at the Visitors Center.
3/10: Two SANDHILL CRANES and a SHORT-EARED OWL were seen at Carncross Road.
3/11: A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen at VanDyne Spoor Road. A ROSS’S GOOSE was seen at Martens Tract.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
The weather was not kind to hawk migration this week. Only 60 hawks were recorded. An ICELAND GULL was seen on 3/6 and a distant GOLDEN EAGLE was seen on 3/8.

Oswego County
3/11: An ICELAND GULL and a SNOWY OWL were seen at Oswego Harbor.

Onondaga County
3/5: Two BLACK VULTURES were again seen roosting in a residential area north of Rt. 5 near the Onondaga Country Club in Fayetteville. They were seen through 3/10.
3/10: A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE and a RED-NECKED GREBE were seen in the Tully Lakes Area.
3/11: A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen north of Rt. 80 east of Tully near Vincent corners Road. An ICELAND GULL was seen at the end of the Creek Walk near Destiny Shopping Center. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Waters Road near Fabius.

Oneida County
3/8: A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen at Spring Farms Nature Sanctuary south of Clinton.
3/9: A SNOWY OWL was seen on Ostrander Road in Vernon.

Herkimer County
3/11: Five RED CROSSBILLS were seen on Gray-Wilmurt Road east of Hinkley Reservoir.

Rare Bird Report for the Week of February 26. 2018

ROSS’S GOOSE
CACKLING GOOSE
EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL
EURASIAN WIGEON
GOLDEN EAGLE
BLACK VULTURE
NORTHERN SHRIKE
TREE SWALLOW
FOX SPARROW
RED CROSSBILL

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
2/27: A ROSS’S GOOSE was seen in the mucklands along Rt. 31 near the potato building.
2/28: The season’s first TREE SWALLOW was seen at Carncross Road. A ROSS’S GOOSE was seen from East Road and also VanDyne Spoor Road. An EURASIAN WIGEON was seen at Carncross Road.
3/1: An EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL and an EURASIAN WIGEON were found at the Visitor’s Center. They both continued through yesterday. A CACKLING GOOSE was seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh.
3/4: Two SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen at Carncross Road.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
The hawk counting season at Derby Hill (Oswego County) is off and running. Although officially starting on 3/1 the best day this week was 2/28 when 70 birds were counted including the first GOLDEN EAGLE and the first RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS. A big welcome back to Anna Stunkel who is our hawk counter for the second year.

Oswego County
3/4: An EURASIAN WIGEON was found on Ox Creek at Co. Rt. 14 south of Fulton. It was relocated again today.

Onondaga County
3/1: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Watervale Road in Manlius.
3/3: Two BLACK VULTURES were seen north of Rt. 5 in Fayetteville just east of the Onondaga Country Club. These are perhaps the same two birds seen recently at the OCRRA facility in nearby Jamesville.

Madison County
3/4: A NORTHERN SHRIKE continues on Eden Hollow Road east of Erieville.

Oneida County
2/27: A RED CROSSBILL was seen at Woodgate along Rt.28.
2/28: A CACKLING GOOSE was seen in Sherrill.
3/1: An apparent migrant FOX SPARROW was seen at a feeder in Durhamville.

Herkimer County
3/3: Two RED CROSSBILLS were seen on Atwood Lake Road east of the Hinkley Reservoir.

Rare Bird Report for the week of February 19, 2018

ROSS’S GOOSE
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
EURASIAN WIGEON
SURF SCOTER
BLACK VULTURE
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
SNOWY OWL
SHORT-EARED OWL
SAW-WHET OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands
2/20: A ROSS’S GOOSE was found among many Snow Geese at the mucklands on Rt.31 at the potato building. It was relocated the next day also.
2/21: A EURASIAN WIGEON and 4 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen at the Mucklands.
2/24: A great day at Carncross Road. Large numbers of NORTHERN PINTAIL and AMERICAN WIGION and early sightings of NORTHERN SHOVELER and WOOD DUCK. Rarities were 11 GREATER WHITE FRONTED GEESE, an EURASIAN WIGEON and ROSS’S GOOSE. Later in the evening 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen hunting.
2/25: A ROSS’S GOOSE was seen from East Road. An EURASIAN WIGEON and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at Carncross Road.

Onondaga County
2/23: Three ICELAND GULLS and 1 GLAUCOUS GULL were seen at the end of the Creek Walk near Destiny in Syracuse.
2/25: A BLACK VULTURE was again seen at the OCCRA site in Jamesville. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Watervale Road near Pompey. A SNOWY OWL continues near the State Fair entrance in one of the parking lots. A SAW-WHET OWL has been seen and heard on Mirage Lane in Clay.

Oswego County
2/21: A SNOWY OWL continues at Oswego Harbor.
2/22: A SURF SCOTER continues in Oswego Harbor.
2/23: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Co. Rt. 54 north of Phoenix.

Madison County
2/20: A NORTHERN SHRIKE continues on Eden Hollow Road near Erieville.

Rare Bird Report for the week of February 12, 2018

SURF SCOTER
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK
BLACK VULTURE
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
SLATY-BACKED GULL
SNOWY OWL
SHORT-EARED OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
GRAY CATBIRD
HERMIT THRUSH
GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE
RED CROSSBILL

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
2/11: Although not in the complex I will mention a mega-rare GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE present at a feeder on McDonald Road just east of the complex. The bird was present from 2/11 through 2/14. The homeowner was gracious enough to let out the information and many people were treated to looks at this beautiful bird, apparently an adult male. Unfortunately the bird has not been seen since 2/14.
2/14: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen on Rt.89 near the Wildgoose area.

Onondaga County
2/12: A GRAY CATBIRD was seen on Fisher Road south of Bridge Street in Dewitt. One and sometimes two BLACK VULTURES continue to be seen at the OCRA facility in Jamesville. They have been reported through the 18th.
2/16: A SNOWY OWL continues at the State Fair entrance.
2/17: An ICELAND and a GLAUCOUS GULL were seen at the mouth of Nine Mile Creek on Onondaga Lake.

Oswego County
2/13: A HERMIT THRUSH was seen at the Selkirk east trail near Selkirk Shores State Park.
2/17: A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at Indian Point on the Oswego River north of Fulton.

Madison County
2/17: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was again seen on Eden Hollow Road east of Erieville.

Oneida County
2/14: RED CROSSBILLS were reported at various locations on North Lake Road and also Roberts Road and Meyers Hill Road. The Crossbills have been seen daily since. A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen on Muthig Road. Many PINE SISKINS and PURPLE FINCHES were found also.

Herkimer County
2/14: RED CROSSBILLS were seen in the Herkimer County parts of North Lake Road north of Forestport. Birds were seen at the old tower area and at Atwell. They were also seen on Withers Road. RED CROSSBILLS were reported through 2/18.

Extralimital
2/17: A (the) SLATY-BACKED GULL was found on Van Cleef Lake in Seneca Falls. It was present again on 2/18 and 2/19 and was seen by many.

Rare Bird Report for the week of February 05, 2018

SURF SCOTER
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK
BLACK VULTURE
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
SLATY-BACKED GULL
MERLIN
PEREGRINE FALCON
SNOWY OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
FISH CROW
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER
RED CROSSBILL

Onondaga County
2:6: A SLATY-BACKED GULL, previously reported in Oswego, was relocated in Baldwinsville on the ice near Meadow Street. It was relocated the next day near Mercer Park also in Baldwinsville but has not been reported since.
2/8: Two BLACK VULTURES were seen near the OCCRA site off of Rt. 91 in Jamesville. One or both have been reported each day since including today. One and sometimes two LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS have been reported on the Seneca River in Baldwinsville near Mercer Park. They have been reported through the 11th. A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen near Rt.690 in Syracuse.
2/10: A YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was seen at Meadow Street in Baldwinsville. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Turner Road south of Baldwinsville. A MERLIN was seen near the Rt. 695 Camillus Bypass just off of Rt. 690.
2/11: A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at the end of the Onondaga Creek Creek Walk near Destiny Mall in Syracuse. Six ICELAND GULLS and 2 FISH CROWS were seen from Mercer Park in Baldwinsville. A SNOWY OWL was seen at Drivers Village in North Syracuse.

Oswego County
2/9: A SNOWY OWL was seen at Oswego Harbor. It was seen up to the 11th.
2/11: One ICELAND and one GLAUCOUS GULL were seen at Indian Point on the Oswego River north of Fulton. An ICELAND GULL was seen on Lake Ontario from Lakeview Road near the Ontario Bible Camp.

Oneida County
2/8: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Skinner Road west of Westmoreland.

Herkimer County
2/6: A SNOWY OWL was seen near Rt. 29 In Fairfield.

Rare Bird Report for the week of January 29, 2018

BLACK VULTURE
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
SLATY-BACKED GULL
PEREGRINE FALCON
SNOWY OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER
RED CROSSBILL
PINE SISKIN
COMMON REDPOLL

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
1/29: A YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was again seen at South Spring Pool.

Onondaga County
LESSER BLACKED GULLS, ICELAND GULLS and GLAUCOUS GULLS continue to be seen daily in the Seneca River in Baldwinsville. On 2/3 16 ICELAND GULLS were counted. The best place to view the Gulls is from Mercer Park.
1/31: A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in Downtown Syracuse near East Genesee Street.
2/1: Two BLACK VULTURES were seen near the fisherman’s access to Jamesville Reservoir is Jamesville. Two were seen again on 2/3.
2/2: A SNOWY OWL was seen at Hancock Airport.

Oswego County
1/31: The SLATY-BACKED GULL was found at Oswego Harbor. However this was the last report up to now. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was found at the Phoenix dam and locks. A SNOWY OWL was seen from Camic Road in Brewerton.
2/2: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on County Rt. 5 west of Pulaski.
2/4: A GLAUCOUS and an ICELAND GULL were seen at Oswego Harbor.

Oneida County
2/2: A PINE SISKIN and a COMMON REDPOLL were seen on Lachausse Road east of Boonville.

Herkimer County
2/1: A RED CROSSBILL was seen on Stillwater Road east of Lowville.

Rare Bird Report for the week of January 22, 2018

GREAT CORMORANT (Extralimital)
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
BLACK SCOTER
SURF SCOTER
GOLDEN EAGLE
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
SLATY-BACKED GULL
SNOWY OWL
SHORT-EARED OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER
RED CROSSBILL

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex 
1/24: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen from East Road.
1/26: A SHORT-EARED OWL and a NORTHERN SHRIKE were seen at Carncross Road.
1/27: 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen at Carncross Road.
1/28: A YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was seen at South Spring Pond.

Onondaga County
1/23: Numerous GLAUCOUS. ICELAND and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen in the Seneca River at Mercer Park in Baldwinsville and have been seen throughout the week including today.
1/28: A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen at the Nine Mile Creek to Onondaga Lake. Two SNOWY OWLS continue to be spotted at the State Fair entrance area.

Madison County
1/26: A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen from Eden Hollow Road south of Erieville.
1/28: A SNOWY OWL was seen again on Bellinger Road south of Canastota.

Oneida County
1/27: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Poppleton Road east of Oneida Lake.

Oswego County
1/23: A SURF SCOTER and a SNOWY OWL were seen at Oswego Harbor. The SLATY-BACKED GULL was refound at Indian Point north of Fulton.
1/25: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen in Minetto. A BLACK-SCOTER was found at Oswego Harbor. The SLATY-BACKED GULL was seen at Lock 6 in Oswego.
1/27: A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was spotted at Indian Point.

Herkimer County
1/28: A RED CROSSBILL was seen feeding on the Gray-Wilmurt Road south of Rt. 8.

Extralimital
A GREAT CORMORANT continued at Sodus Bay in Sodus Point. The last sighting was on 1/28.

Rare Bird Report for the week of January 16, 2018

GREAT CORMORANT (Extralimital)
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
BLACK SCOTER
SURF SCOTER
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
SLATY-BACKED GULL
MEW GULL
SNOWY OWL
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
COMMON REDPOLL

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
1/17: A YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was seen at Martens Tract.

Onondaga County
1/17: A COMMON REDPOLL was seen at the Moon Library on the ESF campus in Syracuse. One ands sometimes two LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS have been seen from Mercer Park in Baldwinsville on the Seneca River. These birds have been reported through the 20th.
1/20: A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen from Pump House Road near the State Fair. A BLACK SCOTER was seen on Skaneateles Lake near Spafford.
1/21: A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen near Rock Cut Road in Jamesville. 2 SNOWY OWLS continue near the State Fair entrance in Syracuse.
1/22: A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen on West Sorrell Hill Road just north of Conners Road south of Baldwinsville.

Cayuga County
1/20: A SNOWY OWL was seen on the break-wall at Fair Haven State Park.

Madison County
1/18: A SNOWY OWL was seen near the Fenner wind project south of Canastota. It was seen also on the 19th.

Oswego County
1/16: A very rare for the region SLATY-BACKED GULL was found at Lock 6 in Oswego on the Oswego River. It was seen through the 19th. at that location and at Minetto but was not found after that date.
1/17: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at Minetto.
1/18: A very rare for the region MEW GULL was discovered at Minetto on the Oswego River. It was found at the same location on the 19th. but not found since.
1/20: A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen at Indian Point on the Oswego River north of Fulton. A female SURF-SCOTER was seen in Oswego Harbor. Two SNOWY OWLS were seen at Oswego Harbor.
1/22: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at Indian Point.

Extralimital
1/19: A GREAT CORMORANT was found at Sodus Point in Sodus Bay (Wayne County). It was seen through 1/21 and was viewed looking south from the Coast Guard Station.

Rare Bird Report for the week of January 8, 2018

KING EIDER
BLACK VULTURE
GOLDEN EAGLE
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
SNOWY OWL
SHORT-EARED OWL
MERLIN
NORTHERN SHRIKE
SAVANNAH SPARROW
LAPLAND LONGSPUR

Onondaga County
1/8: Three LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen at a farm near the intersection of Rt. 80 and Vincent corners Road in Fabius.
1/9: A KING EIDER was again seen on the Oswego River in Phoenix.
1/11: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen at the South Meadows Nature Area in Tully.
1/14: An ICELAND GULL was seen on the Seneca River in Baldwinsville.
1/15: A BLACK VULTURE was seen on Seneca Turnpike near Taylor Road west of Jamesville. A SNOWY OWL was seen near the entrance to the State Fair.
1/16: Two LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS and 4 ICELAND GULLS were seen from Mercer Park in Baldwinsville.

Oswego County
1/9: A KING EIDER was seen at the Oswego County side of the Oswego River in Phoenix. It was seen on the 10th and the 11th also.
1/10: A SNOWY OWL was seen at Oswego Harbor. It was seen on the 11th also.
1/13: 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen on the Oswego River above the dam.
1/14: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at Indian Point on the Oswego River north of Fulton. A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at Lock 6 in Oswego.
1/15: An ICELAND GULL was seen in Phoenix.

Madison County
1/10 A SNOWY OWL was seen on Gee Road north of Chittenango.
1/11: A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen on Mason Hill east of Hamilton.
1/14: A SNOWY OWL was seen on Bellinger Road north of Cazenovia.
1/15: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Eden Hollow Road south of Erieville.

Oneida County
1/11: A MERLIN was seen at Spring Farm Nature Center south of Clinton.

Rare Bird Report for the week of January 1, 2018

TRUMPETER SWAN
KING EIDER
GOLDEN EAGLE
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
SNOWY OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
FOX SPARROW
SAVANNAH SPARROW
PINE SISKIN

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
1/3: A SAVANNAH SPARROW was seen on East Road near the airport.

Onondaga County
1/1: A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen near Cowles Settleman Road in Fabius.
1/7: A continuing SNOWY OWL was spotted near the State Fair entrance. A FOX SPARROW was seen at a feeder in the Town of Clay. A KING EIDER was seen on the Onondaga County side of the Oswego River in Phoenix. An ICELAND GULL and 3 TRUMPETER SWANS continue in Baldwinsville on the Seneca River below the dam.

Oswego County
1/3: A female KING EIDER was spotted in Oswego Harbor. It was seen again on the 4th. An ICELAND GULL was seen in the harbor and a GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at Lock 6 just upriver.

Madison County
1/2: A FOX SPARROW was seen on Bonney Hill Road east of Hamilton.
1/3: A SNOW OWL was seen in the area of the Fenner wind Farm and has been seen through the 7th. A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen on Ditchbank Road north of Chittenango.
1/7: Ten PINE SISKINS were seen on Eden Hollow Road

Oneida County
1/4: A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen at Spring Farms Nature Sanctuary south of Clinton. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Skinner Road west of Westmoreland.

Herkimer County
1/2: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Barto Hill near Fairfield.
1/3: A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen at Murphy Road in the town of Manheim.

Rare Bird Report for the week of December 25, 2017

TRUMPETER SWAN
PURPLE SANDPIPER
ICELAND GULL
SNOWY OWL
SHORT-EARED OWL
SAW-WHET OWL
INDIGO BUNTING
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
PINE SISKIN

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
12/30 : Nineteen TRUMPETER SWANS were seen on Armitage Road.

Onondaga County
12/26: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen on Pompey-Watervale Road north of Rt. 20.
12/30: A juvenile INDIGO BUNTING was seen and well photographed at a feeder on Westmoreland Ave. in Syracuse.
12/31: an ICELAND GULL was seen near the Red Mill Inn on the Seneca river in Baldwinsville. A SNOWY OWL was seen in the state fair area in Syracuse.
1/1: A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen on Waters Road west of New Woodstock.

Oswego County
12/25: Thirteen PINE SISKINS were seen at a private residence in Hastings.
12/28: A PURPLE SANDPIPER was seen and well photographed at Oswego Harbor.

Madison County
: LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen on Shephards Road and Thurber Road. Twenty-four PINE SISKINS were seen on Lyon road south of Cazenovia.
1/1: A SNOWY OWL was seen on Peterboro Road. Four LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen on Ditchbank Road. Three LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen on Harwood Island Road.

Oneida County
12/26: A SAW-WHET OWL was seen on Brown Tract Road near Remsen.

Herkimer County
12/30: A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen on Bush Road south of Mindenville.

Rare Bird Report for the week of December 11, 2017

BRANT
CACKLING GOOSE
AMERICAN WOODCOCK
BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
SNOWY OWL
SHORT-EARED OWL
GRAY CATBIRD
HERMIT THRUSH
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW
PINE SISKIN

Onondaga County
SNOWY OWLS were seen in many places this week. on 12/15 one was seen in downtown Syracuse, on 12/16 one was seen at Hancock Airport and on 12/17 another was seen on Hoag Road south of Baldwinsville.
12/13: Two BRANT were seen at the Inner Harbor near Destiny.
12/14: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at Mercer Park in Baldwinsville.
12/16: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen at Hancock Airport. A GRAY CATBIRD was seen behind the Dewitt Wegmans. An AMERICAN WOODCOCK was seen at Cicero Swamp.
12/17: A BLACK-LEGGED KITTYWAKE was seen on Onondaga Lake from the Honeywell Visitor’s Center.

Oswego County
12/15: A SNOWY OWL was seen on Bishop Road north on Pulaski. It was seen again on the 17th.
12/16: A SNOWY OWL was seen on Oneida Lake from Joseph William Park.
12/17: A HERMIT THRUSH and a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER were seen at Rice Creek Biological Station south of Oswego. A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was seen on Oswego Street in Hannibal. A CACKLING GOOSE was seen on Oneida Lake in Brewerton.

Madison County
12/12: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Lake Road near Erieville.
12/16: A PINE SISKIN was seen on Eden Hollow Road south of Cazenovia.

Oneida County
12/14: A HERMIT THRUSH was seen at Spring Farm Nature Center south of Clinton.

Herkimer County
12/16: A PINE SISKIN was seen at Eagle Bay.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of December 04, 2017

RED-NECKED GREBE
CATTLE EGRET
CACKLING GOOSE
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
SANDHILL CRANE
KILDEER
ICELAND GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
SNOWY OWL
MARSH WREN
HERMIT THRUSH

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
12/7: A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen in flight at Goosehaven on Rt. 89. This day was the last positive report of the CATTLE EGRET.
12/9: A late MARSH WREN was again found near the tower at the Visitor’s Center.
12/10: Twenty-five SANDHILL CRANES were seen in the Armitage Road fields.

Cayuga County
12/8: A SNOWY OWL was seen on the east pier at Fair Haven State Park.

Onondaga County
12/7: A SNOWY OWL was seen at an undisclosed location on Onondaga
Lake.
12/8: A SNOWY OWL was seen at Hancock airport.
12/9: A late KILLDEER was seen on the west shore trail of Onondaga Lake.

Oswego County
12/5: A SNOWY OWL was seen at Oswego Harbor. It (another?) was seen on the 7th.
12/8: A late HERMIT THRUSH was seen at a private residence in Hastings.
12/9: A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen in Oswego Harbor.

Madison County
12/4: A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE and 3 CACKLING GEESE were seen at the south end on Cazenovia Lake.
12/10: An ICELAND GULL was seen on Ditchbank Road north of Chittenango.

Oneida County
12/6: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at Verona Beach State Park.
12/9: An ICELAND GULL was seen at South Bay on Oneida Lake.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of November 27, 2017

RED-THROATED LOON
CATTLE EGRET
ROSS’S GOOSE
CACKLING GOOSE
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
GOLDEN EAGLE
BLACK VULTURE
SANDHILL CRANE
SNOWY OWL
SHORT-EARED OWL
MARSH WREN
PINE SISKIN

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
11/29: A late MARSH WREN was seen from VanDyne Spoor Road. A ROSS’S GOOSE was seen in the mucklands along Rt. 31 west of the Seneca River. A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen at Martens Tract.
12/2: A late MARSH WREN was heard from the tower at the Visitor’s Center.
12/3: A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen at the Visitor’s Center. 11/29 SANDHILL CRANES were seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh. A CATTLE EGRET has continues through the week at Wildgoose fields along Rt. 89.

Onondaga County
11/28: A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen in flight along Rt. 370 at Hayes Road east of Baldwinsville.
12/1: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville. A SNOWY OWL was seen at the Davidson Auto sales area on Rt. 31 east of Baldwinsville. It was seen again on 12/2 just east at the Fucillo auto sales area.
12/3: A CACKLING GOOSE was seen on Church Road near Marietta south of Rt. 20.
12/4: A BLACK VULTURE was seen near the Town Center shopping area on Rt. 5 in Fayetteville.

Madison County
12/2: A SNOWY OWL was seen at the Sky High Sod Farm north of Chittenango. A CACKLING GOOSE was seen at Woodman Pond north of Hamilton.

Oneida County
12/1: Four PINE SISKINS were seen at Spring Farm Nature Center south of Clinton.

Rare Bird report for the week of November 20, 2017

CATTLE EGRET
RED-THROATED LOON
GOLDEN EAGLE
SANDHILL CRANE
ICELAND GULL
SNOWY OWL
SHORT-EARED OWL
PEREGRINE FALCON
NORTHERN SHRIKE
CHIPPING SPARROW
PINE SISKIN

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
11/22: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen at the Lopez mucklands.
11/25: A PEREGRINE FALCON, a CACKLING GOOSE and 5 DUNLIN were seen along the Wildlife Drive. 40 SANDHILL CRANES were seen from East Road. 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen from Carncross Road.
11/26: A CATTLE EGRET was seen through the week and up to yesterday at the Wildgoose field on Rt. 89.

Onondaga County
11/21: A BLACK SCOTER continues at the south end of Onondaga Lake near the end of the creek walk in Syracuse.
11/23: A late CHIPPING SPARROW was sen at a feeder in Elbridge.
11/24: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on No. 4 Road near Fabius.
11/26: A SNOWY OWL was seen near Destiny Mall in Syracuse.

Oswego County
11/21: A SNOWY OWL was seen in Oswego Harbor.
11/24: An ICELAND GULL was seen in Oswego Harbor.

Madison County
11/25: Fourteen PINE SISKINS were seen on Muller Hill Road.

Herkimer County
11/22: A RED-THROATED LOON was seen on Hinkley Reservoir.
11/23: A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen near Rt.28 about a mile north of Richfield Springs.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of November 14, 2017

RED-NECKED GREBE
CATTLE EGRET
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
KING EIDER
BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE
ICELAND GULL
SNOWY OWL
SHORT-EARED OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
FOX SPARROW

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
11/14: A CATTLE EGRET continued at the Wildgoose fields and was seen as recently as 11/20.
11/17: A SNOWY OWL was seen near the end of the Wildlife Drive. It was seen in the same area on the 18th and 19th. Presumably the same bird had moved to Rt. 89 Wildgoose fields.

11/19: A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen from East Road. Also seen was a previously reported GWFG hybrid, other bird unknown.

Onondaga County
11/17: Two SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen at Three Rivers WMA east of 60 Road near the eagle’s nest.

Oswego County
11/19: Three KING EIDERS and 3 BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES were seen at Derby Hill.

Madison County
11/14: A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen at DeRuyter Lake
11/17: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Eden Hollow Road near Erieville.

Oneida County
11/17: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Poppleton Road near the Conners Horse Farm.

Herkimer County
11/15: A late FOX SPARROW was seen at a private residence north of Dolgeville.

Rare Bird Report for the week of November 06, 2017

RED-THROATED LOON
GREAT CORMORANT (Extralimital)
CATTLE EGRET
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
EURASIAN WIGEON
BLACK SCOTER
OSPREY
SANDHILL CRANE
DUNLIN
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
RED PHALAROPE
LITTLE GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
CAVE SWALLOW
SAVANNAH SPARROW
LAPLAND LONGSPUR

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
11/7: A LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER was seen on the Wildlife Drive.
11/10: An EURASIAN WIGEON continues in the main pool.A CATTLE EGRET continues at Wilgoose on Rt. 89. A WILSON’S SNIPE was seen on the Wildlife Drive
11/11: Sixteen GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh from East Road. Up to 6 were seen the next day.
11/12: Fifty-four SANDHILL CRANES were seen from East Road. Numbers of both TUNDRA and TRUMPETER SWANS were seen in the flooded fields on Armitage Road.
11/13: A late SAVANNAH SPARROW was seen on Armitage Road. Two DUNLIN were seen on the Wildlife Drive.

Cayuga County
11/11: A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, 6 DUNLIN and a CACKLING GOOSE were seen along Rt.38 in Conquest.
11/7: A CAVE SWALLOW was seen at Fair Haven State Park.

Onondaga County
11/7: A BLACK SCOTER and a BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON were seen at the end on the creek walk along Onondaga Creek near Destiny Mall in Syracuse.
11/8: A GREAT EGRET was seen near Wegman’s on Rt. 11 inNorth Syracuse
11/11: A RED-THROATED LOON was seen on the east shore of Onondaga Lake in Liverpool.
11/12: A GREAT EGRET was seen along the Creek walk near Destiny Mall in Syracuse.

Oswego County
11/7: A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen in Oswego Harbor.
11/9: A SANDHILL CRANE was seen at Derby Hill Bird Observatory.
11/10: A LITTLE GULL and a RED PHALAROPE were seen at Derby Hill Bird Observatory. A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at Oswego Harbor.
11/11: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen near Derby Hill Bird Observatory.
11/12: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at Sandy Pond from Green Point.

Madison County
11/9: A late OSPREY, a TUNDRA SWAN and a CACKLING GOOSE were seen at Woodman Pond.
11/12: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Eden Hollow Road.

Extralimital
A juvenile GREAT CORMORANT found on Sunday at the south end of Seneca Lake in Watkins Glen was reported again today. It was last seen on pilings at the base of a metal tower at the west end of a concrete breakwater.

Rare Bird Report for the week of October 30, 2017

GLOSSY/WHITE-FACED IBIS
CATTLE EGRET
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
EURASIAN WIGEON
BLACK SCOTER
GOLDEN EAGLE
SANDHILL CRANE
RED PHALAROPE
PARASITIC JAEGER
BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
SHORT-EARED OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
CAVE SWALLOW
CAPE MAY WARBLER
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
RED CROSSBILL

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Shorebird species numbers were down to six this week.
10/31: One and sometimes two CATTLE EGRETS were seen at Wilgoose Field on Rt.89. One was still being seen yesterday 11/5.
11/4: Thirteen GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were seen flying into Knox-Marsellus Marsh. An EURASIAN WIGEON was again seen in the Main Pool.
11/5: A GLOSSY/WHITE FACED IBIS was found on the north side of Armitage Road. ID had not been established yet.
11/6: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen hunting in the early morning along Rt. 89 at Wilgoose Field.

Cayuga County
11/1: A late CAPE MAY WARBLER was seen at West Barrier Beach at Fair Haven. A late RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was see at Fair Haven State Park. 3 CAVE SWALLOWS were seen with numerous TREE SWALLOWS at Fair Haven State Park.
11/4: Five species of shorebirds including late LESSER YELLOWLEGS were seen on flooded fields on Maiden Lane north of Port Byron. Most were seen again on 11/6. A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen at Fair Haven State Park.

Onondaga County
11/1: A WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL was seen at Labrador Hollow Unique Area.
11/2: Five juvenile BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen on the Creek Walk north of Hiawatha boulevard in Syracuse.
11/4: A CATTLE EGRET was seen along Brewerton Road near Mid State Machinery in Brewerton.
11/5: A BLACK SCOTER was seen at the south end on Onondaga Lake at the end of the Creek Walk. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was spotted in Caudenouy
11/6: A RED-THROATED LOON was seen on Beaver Lake.

Oswego County
10/30: Two RED PHALAROPES, 4 PARASITIC JAEGERS and 1 BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE were seen at Derby Hill.
11/6: A LAUGHING GULL was spotted at Derby Hill.

Madison County
10/30: NORTHERN SHRIKES were seen on Eden Hill Road and Irish Hill Road south of Cazenovia.
11/3: A CATTLE EGRET was seen on Borden Road north of Earlville.
11/4: A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen over Woodman Pond.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of October 23, 2017

CATTLE EGRET
GOLDEN EAGLE
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
SANDHILL CRANE
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
CACKLING GOOSE
PURPLE SANDPIPER
LITTLE GULL

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Shorebird species was down to nine this week.
10/23: A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen from the Visitor’s Center.
10/28: 2 CATTLE EGRETS were seen at Wildgoose field on Rt. 89. They were found again on the 29th. Thirty-tqo SANDHILL CRANES were seen in the fields on Armitage road.

Cayuga County
10/24: A PURPLE SANDPIPER was again seen from the east break wall at Fair Haven State Park.
10/28: A LITTLE GULL was seen at Fair Haven State Park flying with Bonaparte’s Gulls.
10/29: A PURPLE SANDPIPER was seen with a BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER and 6 DUNLIN from the east break wall at Fair Haven State Park.

Onondaga County
10/25: A CATTLE EGRET was seen from Radisson River Park (private) on the Oswego River south of Phoenix. It was seen again of the 27th.
10/27: Four juvenile BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen along the creek walk on Onondaga Creek north of Hiawatha Boulevard in Syracuse.

Oswego County
10/28: A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen at Derby Hill.

Madison County
10/27: A CACKLING GOOSE was seen on Woodman Pond north of Hamilton.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of October 17, 2017

SANDHILL CRANE
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
BRANT
CACKLING GOOSE
EURASIAN WIGEON
PURPLE SANDPIPER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
PARASITIC JAEGER
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
PINE SISKIN
RED CROSSBILL
EVENING GROSBEAK

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex 
Shorebird numbers were down to 11 species at the complex this week
10/18: A CACKLING GOOSE was seen at Benning Marsh .
10/20: A BRANT and an EURASIAN WIGEON were seen in the Main Pool.
10/21: A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was seen at the Visitor’s Center. A PINE SISKIN was found along the Wildlife Drive.
10/22: 20 SANDHILL CRANES were seen from East Road.

Cayuga County
10/16: Three-hundred and seventy-two BRANT and two late CASPIAN TERNS were seen at Fair Haven State Park.
10/20: A PARASITIC JAEGER was seen from the east break wall at Fair Haven State Park. An early PURPLE SANDPIPER was found on the south side of the east break wall (usual location) at Fair Have State Park. It was seen through 10/22.

Onondaga County
10/18: A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON was again found along Onondaga Creek from the Creek Walk near Hiawatha Boulevard. Two ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were seen along the power lines on 60 Road at the Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville. They were seen through 10/21.
10/21: A RED CROSSBILL was found at Spruce Pond in Morgan Hill state Forest. A SWAINSON’S THRUSH was found a t Labrador Hollow Nature Area. An EVENING GROSBEAK was found east of Rt. 91 near Labrador Hollow Unique Area.
10/22: A PINE SISKIN was noted at the Radisson River Park south of Phoenix.

Madison County
10/18: A CACKLING GOOSE was seen at woodman Pond north of Hamilton. It was found again on 10/22.

Herkimer County
10/17: A BRANT was seen in the Dolgeville area.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of October 10, 2017

ROUGH-LEGED HAWK
SANDHILL CRANE
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
BRANT
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
CACKLING GOOSE
EURASIAN WIGEON
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge) and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Thirteen species of shorebirds were reported at the complex this week.
10/14: An EURASIAN WIGEON and a single BRANT were still being seen in the Main Pool. A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and a BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER were seen at Benning Marsh. 7 SANDHILL CRANES were seen from East Road.
10/15: A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen along the Wildlife Drive.

Onondaga County
10/11: Two ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were seen along the power lines in Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville. Singles were seen on the 13th. and the 14th. at the same area.

Oswego County
10/11: An early ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen from Bishop Road north of Pulaski
10/14: ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were seen on Sherman Road north of Mexico and at derby Hill.
10/16: All three SCOTER species were seen at Derby Hill.

Madison County
A WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, a CACKLING GOOSE and a SURF SCOTER were seen on Woodman Pond north of Hamilton. A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen at Ditchbank Road north of Canastota.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of October 02, 2017

COMMON LOON
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
BRANT
CACKLING GOOSE
EURASIAN WIGEON
STILT SANDPIPER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
PARASITIC JAEGER
GULL-BILLED TERN
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
NELSON’S SPARROW

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Shorebird species numbers were down this week but there were still 15 species reported including WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and BAIRD’S SANDPIPER.
10/4: A BAIRD’S SANDPIPER was seen at the Visitor’s Center.
10/8: A NELSON’S SPARROW and a BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON were seen along the Wildlife drive. Four EURASIAN WIGEON were seen in the main pool. A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was reported from the Morgan Road Marsh. A late BANK SWALLOW was seen at Howland Island
10/9: A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was seen along the Wildlife Drive. A single BRANT was seen in the Main Pool.

Onondaga Lake
10/7: A COMMON LOON was seen on Onondaga Lake.

Oswego County
10/9: A PARASITIC JAEGER was reported from Oswego Harbor.

Madison County
10/8: Ten BRANT and a CACKLING GOOSE were seen at Woodman Pond.
10/9: An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen on Irish Hill Road south of Cazenovia.

Oneida County
10/2: Four species of shorebirds including a Dunlin were seen on Hinkley Reservoir. Also seen were 2 COMMON LOONS.

Cayuga County
10/6: Two MERLIN were seen at Fair Haven State Park.
10/9: Ten BRANT were seen at Fair Haven State Park.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of September 25, 2017

BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
SNOW GOOSE
CACKLING GOOSE
EURASIAN WIGEON
SANDHILL CRANE
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
STILT SANDPIPER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
WILSON’S PHALAROPE
PHILADELPHIA VIREO
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH
PHILADELPHIA VIREO
FOX SPARROW
PINE SISKIN

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Eighteen species of shorebirds were reported from the complex this week.
9/25: A WILSON’S PHALAROPE was seen at the visitor’s center. It was seen through the 27th.
9/30: Fifteen species of waterfowl were seen along the wildlife drive including an EURASIAN WIGEON, a CACKLING GOOSE and 5,600 NORTHERN PINTAIL. A BAIRD’S SANDPIPER was seen at the Visitor’s Center. 15 more shorebird species were seen along the wildlife drive including both DOWITCHERS, both BLACK-BELLIED and AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS and a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER.
10/1: A SNOW GOOSE was seen at the visitor’s center. A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen along the wildlife drive. An AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER was again seen at Benning Marsh.

Onondaga County
9/27: A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen along the Creek Walk near Hiawatha Boulevard in Syracuse. A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen on Schlicht Road near Fabius.
9/29: Five GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSHES were reported from the Radisson River Park south of Phoenix.

Oswego County
10/1: Two early FOX SPARROWS were reported from the Great Bear Recreation Area north of Phoenix.

Madison County
9/27: A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was seen at Woodman Pond north of Hamilton.
9/30: A SANDHILL CRANE and 3 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were seen at the Sky High Sod Farm north of Chittenango.
10/1: A SANDHILL CRANE was again seen at the sod farm.

Oneida County
9/27: A PINE SISKIN was reported on Hardscrabble Road south of Cassville.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of September 18, 2017

BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
STILT SANDPIPER
SANDERLING
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
WILSON’S PHALAROPE
PHILADELPHIA VIREO
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH
PHILADELPHIA VIREO
GRAY JAY
BOREAL CHICKADEE
CONNECTICUT WARBLER
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
EVENING GROSBEAK
RED CROSSBILL
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Nineteen species of shorebirds were reported at the complex this week. Again most were seen along the Wildlife Drive and at Knox-Marsellus Marsh.
9/23: A WILSON’S PHALAROPE was seen at the Visitor’s Center and was seen through the 25th.
9/24: A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was seen on Esker Brook Trail.
9/25: Ten species of shorebirds were seen along the Wildlife Drive including a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and both DOWITCHERS.
Onondaga County
9/22: A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was seen at Raddison River Park south of Phoenix.
9/23: A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen along the Creek Walk near Hiawatha Boulevard in Syracuse.
9/25: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO and a LINCOLN’S SPARROW were seen at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.
Oswego County
9/19: A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was found at a private residence in Hastings. A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen at Tannery Creek in Fulton.
9/24: A SANDERLING was seen at the outlet of Sandy Pond.
Madison County
9/19: Eight species of shorebirds including a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER were seen at the Madison Street Impoundment north of Hamilton.
9/24: Three AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS and 2 BAIRD’S SANDPIPERS were found at the Sky High Sod Farm north of Chittenango.
Oneida County
9/20: A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was seen at the Spring Farm Nature Sanctuary south of Clinton.
Herkimer County
9/23: Two EVENING GROSBEAKS, 2 RED CROSSBILLS, an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, a BOREAL CHICKADEE and a GRAY JAY were seen in the vicinity of Little Moose Lake in the Adirondacks.

9/25: A CONNECTICUT WARBLER was reported from a private residence north of Dolgeville.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of Septamber 12, 2017

RUDDY TURNSTONE
STILT SANDPIPER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER
PHILADELPHIA VIREO
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Sixteen species of Shorebirds were reported at the complex this week. Highlights will be listed below.
9/15: A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen along the Wildlife Drive. A STILT SANDPIPER was seen at the Audubon Center.
9/16: A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was found at the Audubon Center. BAIRD’S SANDPIPER was reported at Martens Tract and Knox-Marsellus Marsh. A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh.
9/17: Two STILT SANDPIPERS were seen along the Wildlife Drive.

Onondaga County
9/15: A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen at Radisson River Park (private) on the Seneca River south of Phoenix.
9/17: A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was seen at Radisson River Park. An early WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was sees in Manlius.

Oswego County
9/14: A LINCOLN’S SPARROW was seen on O’connor Road in the Town of Scriba.
9/15: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was see at Noyes Sanctuary on Lake Ontario. A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen in Hastings.

Madison County
9/15: Six species of shorebirds including a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER were seen at the Madison Street impoundment north of Hamilton.
9/17: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen on Bonney Hill Road east of Hamilton.

Oneida County
9/14: A RUDDY TURNSTONE was seen at Sylvan Beach.
9/16: A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was seen at Verona Beach Woods
9/17: A LINCOLN’S SPARROW and a PHILADELPHIA VIREO were seen at Spring Farms Nature Sanctuary south of Clinton.

Herkimer County
9/13: A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen on Carlson Road north of Dolgeville.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of September 05, 2017

SNOWY EGRET
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
STILT SANDPIPER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER
PHILADELPHIA VIREO
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Sixteen species of shorebirds were reported from the complex this week. As in last week, the majority were seen along the wildlife trail, at Knox-Marsellus Marsh and at Martens Tract. Highlights were RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, BAIRD’S SANDPIPER, STILT SANDPIPER and both DOWITCHERS.
9/5: A RED-NECKED PHALAROPE continued at Martens Tract.
9/8: A SNOWY EGRET was seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh.
9/9: A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was found at Towpath Road.
9/10: Six species of shorebirds including 5 STILT SANDPIPERS were seen at Martens Tract. Five SANDHILL CRANES were seen at the Morgan Road marsh. An incredible 109 species of birds were seen along Towpath Road including 15 species of Warblers and 11 species of Shorebirds. Also of note were YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER and PHILADELPHIA VIREO.

Onondaga County
9/9: OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS were seen at Jamesville Beach and on Comstock Road in Syracuse. A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen from Oakwood Cemetery in Syracuse.
9/10: A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON and a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER were seen at Oneida Shores State Park. An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen in Oakwood Cemetery. A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was seen at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.

Oswego County
9/8: A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen along Rt. 81 at Parish.
9/10: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen at Toad Harbor on Oneida Lake

Madison County
9/5: An AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER and a BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER were both seen at the Sky High Sod Farm north of Chittenango.
9/10: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen at Bonney Hill in Hamilton.
9/12: An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen at Bonney Hill.

Oneida County
9/6: A SANDHILL CRANE was seen in Waterville. An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was sen at Spring Farm Nature Preserve south of Clinton.
9/10: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen at the Utica Marsh.
A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen at Spring Farm Nature Preserve.

Herkimer County
9/6: A MERLIN was seen at Moss Lake in the Adirondack Park.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of August 28, 2017

SNOWY EGRET
RUDDY TURNSTONE
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
RED KNOT
STILT SANDPIPER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
WILSON’S PHALAROPE
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Another great week for shorebirds with 20 species being reported. Although there were great reports from the Wildlife Drive and Knox-Marsellus Marsh, Marten’s Tract was also very productive this past weekend with 11 species being reported yesterday.
8/29: A RED KNOT was seen from East Road.
9/1: An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER continues at Carncross Road.
9/2: A SNOWY EGRET was seen at the Visitor’s Center. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues on Mays Point Road.
9/4: Eleven Shorebird species were reported at Marten’s Tract including WILSON’S PHALAROPE, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, BAIRD’S SANDPIPER,WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and STILT SANDPIPER.

Onondaga County
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS were reported this week at Oakwood Cemetery in Syracuse, Three Rivers WMA in Baldwinsville and Radisson River Park south of Phoenix.
9/1: A SWAINSON’S THRUSH was seen at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.
9/3: Ten COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were counted at Radisson River Park (Private) south of Phoenix.

Oswego County
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS were seen Depot Road in West Monroe and Sandy Island State Park
8/30: A SAW-WHET OWL was heard at Markowitz Road in Palermo.
9/2: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen at Sandy Island State Park.
9/4: Two RED KNOTS were seen at Sandy Island State Park.

Madison County
8/28: A YELOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen on Tinsley Hill Road in Erieville. A BAIRD’S SANDPIPER was seen at the Sky High Sod Farm north of Chittenango.
9/3: An AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER was seen at the Sod Farm.

Oneida County
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS were reported from Rt.12 in Kirkland and Spring Farm Nature Sanctuary south of Clinton.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of August 21, 2017

BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
BLACK VULTURE
RUDDY TURNSTONE
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
WHIMBREL
MARBLED GODWIT
RED KNOT
STILT SANDPIPER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
WILSON’S PHALAROPE
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Shorebird numbers picked up this week with 21 species being reported. Highlights were AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, RED KNOT, RUDDY TURNSTONE, WILSON’S PHALAROPE, REED-NECKED PHALAROPE and STILT SANDPIPER. Most birds were found in Knox-Marsellus Marsh although a fair number are seen along the Wildlife Drive.
8/22: Thirteen Shorebird species including RED-NECKED PHALAROPE were seen along the Wildlife Drive.
8/24: Thirteen Shorebird species including RED KNOT were seen from East Road. Six Shorebird species including BAIRD’S SANDPIPER were seen at Kipp Island.
8/26: A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen at Marten’s tract.
8/27: Three RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue to be seen in the dead trees along Mays Point Road. A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen on Towpath Road. Thirteen Shorebird species including RUDDY TURNSTONE, WILSON’S PHALAROPE and RED KNOT were seen in Knox-Marsellus Marsh.

Onondaga County
8/21: Two BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen along Onondaga Creek on the Creekwalk near Hiawatha Boulevard in Syracuse. An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen in Oakwood Cemetery, Syracuse.
8/22: Eleven species of Shorebirds including RUDDY TURNSTONE and STILT SANDPIPER were seen along the south west end on Onondaga Lake.
8/27: An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen at Radisson River Park (private) south of Phoenix.

Oswego County
8/22: A STILT SANDPIPER was seen on Halsey Road north of Mexico.
8/23: A WHIMBREL was seen at derby Hill. A MARBLED GODWIT was seen at the yacht club in Oswego Harbor. A RUDDY TURNSTONE and a SANDERLING were seen at Fort Ontario in Oswego.
8/25: Eight Shorebird species including RUDDY TURNSTONE were seen at Sandy Island State Park.
8/27: A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was see at a private residence in Hastings.

Madison County
8/24: an AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER was seen at the Sky High sod Farm north of Chittenango.
8/26: A BAIRD’S SANDPIPER was seen at the sod farm. It was seen on 8/27 also.

Herkimer County
8/22: A BLACK VULTURE was seen in Little Falls.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of August 14, 2017

LEAST BITTERN
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
RED KNOT
STILT SANDPIPER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
WILSON’S PHALAROPE
LITTLE GULL
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER
DICKCISSEL
RED CROSSBILL

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
A great week for shorebirds. Eighteen species were reported at the complex with most being seen Saturday and Sunday. Viewing Knox-Marsellus Marsh from East Road was where a majority of the birds were reported. Highlights were both Dowitchers, Sanderling, Ruddy Turnstone, Wilson’s Phalarope, Red-necked Phalarope and Black-bellied Plover.
8/19: Fifteen species of shorebirds were seen at Knox-Marsellus pool including 3 WILSON’S PHALAROPES and a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE.
8/20: fourteen species of shorebirds were reported from Knox-Marsellus. Both Phalarope species were still present. A DICKCISSEL, a BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON and a LEAST BITTERN were all  seen near Knox-Marsellus pool. An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER continues at the buildings on Carncross Road. Four RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue on Mays Point Pool Road.

Onondaga County
8/15: A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen at Raddison River Park (private) along the Seneca River south of Phoenix. Six species of shorebirds  including 2 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were seen at Jamesville Beach.
8/16: Four COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville. More Nighthawks were observed on 8/17 from the same location.

Oswego County
8/14: A LEAST BITTERN was seen at the Sandy Pond outlet.
8/18: Six shorebird species including a RED KNOT and a RUDDY TURNSTONE were seen at the south spit of Sandy Pond. A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen also.
8/20: A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was reported from a private residence in New Haven.

Madison County
8/14: An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen at Woodman Pond north of Hamilton.

Oneida County
8/15: Four RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were again seen at the north end of Forest Ave. in Verona Beach State Park.
8/16: An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen on the Black River Canal Trail in Boonville.
8/18: Three adult LITTLE GULLS in non breeding plumage were seen at Sylvan Beach.

Herkimer County
8/16: A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen at Moss Lake north of Eagle Bay.
8/18: A RED-CROSSBILL was reported at Sunday Lake near Stillwater Reservoir.
8/20: A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen in the village of Mohawk.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of August 07, 2017

LEAST BITTERN
SNOWY EGRET
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
WILSON’S PHALAROPE
LITTLE GULL
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER
HENSLOW’S SPARROW

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Fifteen species of shorebirds were reported at the complex this week. Highlights were WILSON’S PHALAROPE and BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER.
8/8: Eleven species of shorebirds including the WILSON’S PHALAROPE were seen in Knox-Marsellus Marsh.
8/12: A SNOWY EGRET was found at Knox-Marsellus Marsh. One adult and two juvenile RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were again seen at the end of Mays Point road. A LEAST BITTERN was seen along the Wildlife Drive.
8/13: An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER was still being seen at Carncross Road near the parking area.

Away from Montezuma Shorebirds are being reported in areas such as Waters Woad north of Rt. 80 east of Fabius, Sandy Island State Park and Jamesville Beach. Ten species were reported this week.

Onondaga County
8/8: The HENSLOW’S SPARROW reported last week at Green Lakes State Park was again heard and has been reported through the 13th.
8/11:An adult and a juvenile BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON were seen near the Hiawatha Boulevard Bridge near Destiny Mall in Syracuse.

Oswego County
8/8: A BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER was seen at Oswego Harbor.

Madison County
8/13: An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was spotted on Ditchbank Road north of Chittenango.

Oneida County
8/7: The last report of the LITTLE GULL at Sylvan Beach.
8/8: Four RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen at the north end of Forest Ave. at Verona Beach State Park. Two were seen the next day.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of July 31, 2017

LEAST BITTERN
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
SANDERLING
LITTLE GULL
FORSTER’S TERN
BLACK TERN
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
PRAIRIE WARBLER
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
HENSLOW’S SPARROW
ORCHARD ORIOLE

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Eleven species of Shorebirds were reported at the complex this week.
7/31: This is the last report of the RED-HEADED WOODPECKER(S) on Mays Point Road. A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was reported at Seneca Flats along the Wildlife Drive.
8/4: A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was seen on Towpath Road.
8/6: A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was seen on Rt.89 at the Bridge by Mays Point Road. A LEAST BITTERN was seen on the Wildlife Drive. Two BLACK TERNS were see at Tschache Pool.

Onondaga County
8/1: Nine species of Shorebirds including a BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER were seen on Waters Road north of Rt. 80 east of Fabius
8/3: A HENSLOW’S SPARROW was found in the Fields above the Camping area at Green Lakes State Park. It was reported through 8/5.
8/4: A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW and a PRAIRIE WARBLER were reported at Green Lakes State Park.

Oswego County
7/31: A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen on the breakwall in Oswego Harbor. It was reported through 8/2.
8/2: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen on West Lake Road south of Oswego.
8/5: A FORSTER’S TERN and a SANDERLING were seen at Sandy Island State Park on Lake Ontario. A LEAST BITTERN was seen at the Maple Ave wetland west of Oswego.

Madison County
7/31: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen on Ditchbank Road north of Chittenango.

Oneida County
8/1: This was the last report of the LITTLE GULL at Sylvan Beach on Oneida Lake.
8/3: A SANDERLING was seen at Sylvan Beach.

Herkimer County
7/31: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen on Cederville Road in the Town of Litchfield.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of July 24, 2017

AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN
LEAST BITTERN
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
PEREGRINE FALCON
SANDHILL CRANE
RUDDY TURNSTONE
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
SANDERLING
RUFF
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
LITTLE GULL
BLACK TERN
ACADIAN FLYCATCHER
BAY-BREASTED WARBLER
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
ORCHARD ORIOLE

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Thirteen Shorebird species were reported at the complex this week. The RUFF was seen last on 7/24. Both DOWITCHERS and a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER were seen.7/24: The RUFF was seen one last time along the Wildlife Drive. The AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was seen and reported through 7/27.
7/29: Two BLACK TERNS were seen at Tschache Pool.
7/30: BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen at Knox-Marsellus Pool and along the Wildlife Drive. LEAST BITTERNS were seen along the Wildlife Drive. Three SANDHILL CRANES were seen from East Road. 2 ORCHARD ORIOLES were seen on VanDyne Spoor Road.

Cayuga County
7/27: One RUDDY TURNSTONES and 2 SANDERLINGS were seen at West Barrier Beach in Fair Haven.

Onondaga County
7/26: A GREAT EGRET was stt at the outlet of Nine Mile Creek near the State Fair,
7/31: An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER continues at Whiskey Hollow Nature Preserve in Baldwinsville.

Madison County
7/25: A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen on Ditchbank Road north of Chittenango.

Oneida County
7/24: A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen on Summitt Road south of Saquoit.
7/30: A LITTLE GULL continues to be spotted at Sylvan Beach.

Oswego County
7/27: A SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER was seen at Sunset Bay Park on Lake Ontario.
7/29: An early migrant BAY-BREASTED WARBLER was spotted in West Monroe.

Herkimer County
7/27: A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was seen on Mixter Road south of Jordanville.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of July 17, 2017

AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN
LEAST BITTERN
IBIS sp.
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
BRANT
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
SANDHILL CRANE
RUFF
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
STILT SANDPIPER
BLACK TERN
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
ACADIAN FLYCATCHER

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Fourteen species of Shorebirds were reported at the complex this week. The RUFF seems to be gone but other goodies like STILT SANDPIPER and both DOWITCHERS are still being reported.
7/19: The last day the RUFF was reported. It was from Eaton Marsh. The last report of the RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS from Mays Point Road although they may still be around.
7/21: An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was reported at Benning Marsh on the Wildlife Trail. The Pelican was reported through yesterday both at Benning and at Tschache Pool.
7/22: An IBIS was spotted and photographed, somewhat distantly, along the Wildlife Drive but a positive ID could not be made. No reports since.BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON and BLACK TERNS were reported at Morgan Road Marsh. LEAST BITTERN was reported at VanDyne Spoor Road, Howland Island and the Wildlife Drive.
7/23: BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS and SANDHILL CRANES were seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh.

Onondaga County
7/17: A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was sighted along the Erie Canal on Cedar Bay Road in Dewitt.
7/19: Two ACADIAN FLYCATCHERS continue at Whiskey Hollow west of Baldwinsville.

Oswego County
7/19: Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue at Sunset Bay Park on Lake Ontario.
7/21: An early BRANT was seen at Oswego Harbor.
7/23: A LEAST BITTERN was seen at Snake Creek onLakeshore Road south of Oswego.

Cayuga County
7/21: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was see on the bluff at Fair Haven State Park.

Madison County
7/21: A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was found at Morrow Mountain State Park south of Erieville.

Herkimer County
7/22: A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was found on Unclemier Road north of Middleville.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of July 10, 2017

LEAST BITTERN
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
RUFF
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
STILT SANDPIPER
UPLAND SANDPIPER
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
ACADIAN FLYCATCHER
SWAINSON’S THRUSH
DICKCISSEL (Extralimital)

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Eleven species of shorebirds were noted at the complex this week highlighted by the continuing male RUFF and also SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER and STILT SANDPIPER. All three birds were seen at Kipp Island although the RUFF also made another appearance at Eaton Marsh on Saturday but was only seen by two people.
7/12: A STILT SANDPIPER was seen at Kipp Island.
7/14: The last report of the RUFF at Kipp Island although there may be other reports not on ebird.
7/15: The RUFF was seen at Eaton Marsh at about 11:30 but did not stay long and was not relocated the rest of the day . A SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER was seen at Kipp Island. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and probably a family group continues at the end of Mays Point road on the south side in the cottonwood tree. Numerous people reported seeing a LEAST BITTERN on the Wildlife Trail near Larue’s Lagoon.

Onondaga County
7/14: An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER continues at Whiskey Hollow Nature Preserve west of Baldwinsville.

Oswego County
7/12: A GREAT EGRET was south of Co. Rt. 49 west of Central Square.
7/14: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at Sunset Bay Park on Lake Ontario. A SWAINSON’S THRUSH was found on Otto Mills Road north of Redfield. A LEAST BITTERN was seen at Derby Hill. An UPLAND SANDPIPER continues at the Oswego County Airfield on Howard Road.

Madison County
A pair of RING-NECKED DUCKS continue at Woodman Pond north of Hamilton.

Extralimital
Two DICKCISSELS were found at a stakeout on Kingdom Road south of River Road between Seneca Falls and Waterloo in Seneca County.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of July 04, 2017

COMMON LOON
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
EURASIAN WIGEON
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
SANDHILL CRANE
RUFF
STILT SANDPIPER
PEREGRINE FALCON
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
PEREGRINE FALCON
ACADIAN FLYCATCHER
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
DICKCISSEL (Extralimital)
ORCHARD ORIOLE
RED CROSSBILL

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Look out, here they come, Shorebirds that is. A nice grouping of migrating shorebirds showed up at the complex this week highlighted, of course. by the beautiful black-maned male RUFF. In all10 species were reported.

7/5: RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue on Mays Point Road on the south side of the road near the dead end at the lock. They were seen again today. ACADIAN FLYCATCHER was again singing on Carncross Road.
7/6: An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was seen along the Wildlife Drive and was reported through the 9th.
7/8: This was the initial date of the sighting of the RUFF and it was at Eaton Marsh on the Wildlife Drive. Since then it has also been seen at Kipp Island off of Co. Rt. 90 south of the Thruway where many people observed it today. It did return to Eaton Marsh from Kipp yesterday at dusk. Three SANDHILL CRANES were seen at Tschache Pool. An eclipse male EURASIAN WIGEON was seen along the Wildlife Drive.
7/9: An ORCHARD ORIOLE, a BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON and a STILT SANDPIPER were all seen along the Wildlife Drive.
7/10: Four BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen from East Road.

Onondaga County
7/5: A PEREGRINE FALCON was spotted in Downtown Syracuse.
7/9: An early for our area COMMON LOON was seen on Onondaga Lake. An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen at Green Lakes State Park. A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was seen at the Dewitt Landfill along the Erie Canal Trail.

Oswego County
7/10: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at Derby Hill.

Madison County
7/5: A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was reported from Morrow Mountain State Forest south of Erieville.
7/6: 6 RED CROSSBILLS were found on Muller Hill Road south of Sheds.
7/9: A PEREGRINE FALCON and an ORCHARD ORIOLE were seen on Ditchbank Road north of Chittenango.

Herkimer County
7/4: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen on Puskarenko Road in the Town of Stark.

Extralimital
7/8: A DICKSISSAL was seen again on Kingdom Road south of Rt. 117 between Seneca Falls and Waterloo in Seneca County.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of June 27, 2017

COMMON LOON
EURASIAN WIGEON
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK
SANDHILL CRANE
PEREGRINE FALCON
UPLAND SANDPIPER
BLACK TERN
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
SWAINSON’S THRUSH
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
DICKCISSEL (Extralimital)
ORCHARD ORIOLE
RED CROSSBILL

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
6/29: A pair of REDHEADED WOODPECKERS are using a nest on Mays Point Road. Note they are being seen beyond the dead trees where they were in the past and are near the houses on the right before the dead end. They have been reported through 7/3.
6/30: An EURASIAN WIGEON was seen at Kip Island off of Co. Rt. 90 south of the Thruway.
7/2: An EURASIAN WIGEON in eclipse plumage was seen at Eaton Marsh on the Wildlife Drive.
7/3: BLACK TERNS were seen along the Wildlife Drive. at Tschache Pool and from East Road.

Cayuga County
6/30: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen on West Bay Road on the west side of Little Sodus Bay in Fair Haven. A little farther down the road a PEREGRINE FALCON was seen at West Barrier Bar Park.
7/3: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at the camp grounds at Fair Haven State Park.

Onondaga County
6/30: A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was seen at the Dewitt Landfill along the Erie Canal Trail.
7/4: An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER continues at Whiskey Hollow west of Baldwinsville.

Madison County
6/28: Two RED CROSSBILLS were seen gritting at Muller Hill State Forest. A COMMON LOON was seen on Bradley Brook Reservoir
6/29: A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen at Ditchbank Road north of Chittenango.
7/2: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen at a private residence in Cazenovia.

Oswego County
6/27: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at Selkirk Shores State Park. A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen near a Great Blue Heron rookery in the Town of Albion near Happy Valley.
7/1: An UPLAND SANDPIPER continues at the Oswego County Airfield on Howard Road.

Herkimer County
6/28: A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen on Jerseyfield Road in the Town of Salisbury.
7/3: Two SWAINSON’S THRUSHES were found on Jerseyfield Road.

Extralimital
DICKSISSELS were reported from two locations this week. On 7/3 one was reported on Kingdom Road south of Co. Rt. 117 between Seneca Falls and Waterloo in Seneca County. Another was reported on Co. Rt. 18 west of Gorham in Ontario County, also on 7/3.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of June 19, 2017

BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
SANDHILL CRANE
PEREGRINE FALCON
UPLAND SANDPIPER
BLACK TERN
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
SWAINSON’S THRUSH
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
PRAIRIE WARBLER
DICKCISSEL (Extralimital)
ORCHARD ORIOLE
RED CROSSBILL

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
6/20: A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER continues in the wooded area of Armitage Road.
6/24: Four PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS were seen from the Clyde river at Lock 25. This area is only accessible by boat. BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen at VanDyne Spoor Road and along the Wildlife Trail. Three SANDHILL CRANES were seen at Tschache Pool.
6/26: Fifteen BLACK TERNS were seen at Tschache Pool.

Oswego County
6/24: A SWAINSON’S THRUSH was again found on Otto Mills Road north of Redfield.
6/25:  A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen on West Lake Road south of Oswego. A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was seen at Carley’s Mills in Hastings.

Onondaga County
6/19: A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was seen at the Labrador Unique Area.
6/20: A PRAIRIE WARBLER was seen at Green Lakes State Park.
6/22: Two BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen in flight along the Seneca River in the town of Clay.

Madison County
6/25: A RED CROSSBILL was found on Muller Hill Road in the Town of Georgetown.

Oneida County
6/21: An UPLAND SANDPIPER continues on North Gage Road south of Poland in the Town of Deerfield.
6/24: A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen from Lafayette Street in Utica. An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen on Roberts Road in Chadwicks.

Cayuga County
6/23: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen on the bluff at Fair Haven State Park. Another RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was see at a private residence in Sterling.

Extralimital
6/26: A DICKCISSEL has been seen on Kingdom Road south of River Road west of Seneca Falls in Seneca County.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of June 12, 2017

LEAST BITTERN
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
LITTLE BLUE HERON
RING-NECKED DUCK
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
SANDHILL CRANE
PIPING PLOVER
UPLAND SANDPIPER
BLACK TERN
ACADIAN FLYCATCHER
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
PRAIRIE WARBLER
YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD
ORCHARD ORIOLE

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
6/13: A LITTLE BLUE HERON and an ACADIAN FLYCATCHER were both found at Carncross Road.
6/16: A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was spotted along the Wildlife Drive.
6/17: The ACADIAN FLYCATCHER was again found at  Carncross Road. 2 LEAST BITTERNS were seen at Brooder’s Pond on Howland Island.
6/18: Two PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS continue in the forested area on Armitage Road on the west side of the one lane bridge. A SANDHILL CRANE was heard in flight at the same area. A LEAST BITTERN was seen along the Wildlife Drive.

Oswego County
6/12:  A BLACK TERN was seen from the Rt. 3 Bridge at Port Ontario. A LEAST BITTERN was found at the marshy area of Selkirk Shores State Park.
6/14: A rare PIPING PLOVER was seen at Sandy Island State Park on Lake Ontario.
6/17: A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen at Derby Hill. Decent flights of BROAD-WINGED HAWKS and TURKEY VULTURES are still occuring at Derby.

Onondaga County
6/15: Four ORCHARD ORIOLES were seen at Green Lakes State Park.
6/16: An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER continues at Whiskey Hollow west of Baldwinsville.
6/17: A PRAIRIE WARBLER continues at Green Lakes State Park. It was found at the Meadow View parking area.

Madison County
6/14: A RING-NECKED DUCK continues to linger at Woodman Pond north of Hamilton.

Oneida County
6/14: A very rare for the region YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was spotted and photographed at a private residence on Jug Point Road east of Verona Beach State Park. Unfortunately it has not returned.
6/16: An UPLAND SANDPIPER was again found at the Deerfield Grasslands south of Poland.
6/17: A PRAIRIE WARBLER was found on River Road north of Camden.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of June 05, 2017

LEAST BITTERN
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
LITTLE BLUE HERON
BUFFLEHEAD
WHIMBREL
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
UPLAND SANDPIPER
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
ACADIAN FLYCATCHER
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER
SWAINSON’S THRUSH
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
ORCHARD ORIOLE

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Only 6 species of Shorebirds were reported from the complex this week highlighted by the 2 WHIMBRELS found on 6/10 at Benning Marsh along the Wildlife Trail.
6/7: A late staying BUFFLEHEAD was seen along the Wildlife Drive.
6/8: A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen on the Wildlife Drive.
6/9: A rare for our area LITTLE BLUE HERON was seen on Carncross Road. it was seen again on the 10th. and 11th. A LEAST BITTERN and an ORCHARD ORIOLE were reported from Howland Island.
6/11: A LEAST BITTERN was found at the Visitor’s Center.
6/12: A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER continues in the forested area on Armitage Road just west of the one lane bridge. An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER continues on Carncross Road.

Cayuga County
6/7: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was again seen on the bluff camping area at Fair Haven State Park. An adult and juvenile RED-HEADED WOODPECKER were reported coming to a feeder at a home near the State Park.

Onondaga County
6/7: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen along the Erie Canal Trail.
6/9: An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER continues at Whiskey Hollow west of Baldwinsville.
6/11: A LEAST BITTERN continues in the marsh south of Potter Road at the Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.

Oswego County
6/6: Two SWAINSON’S THRUSHES were heard at Otto Mills Road north of Redfield.  Two were heard again and one was seen at the same location the next day. A REDHEADED WOODPECKER was seen at Sandy Island State Park on Lake Ontario.  An adult FRANKLIN’S GULL was found on the north side of Rt. 49 in West Monroe. It was found again briefly the nest day but not seen since. A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was seen in Hastings on Co. Rt. 84 at the Carley’s Mills Cemetery. An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER was found at Noyes Sanctuary in the Town of Scriba.

Madison County
6/8: A first summer male ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen from Ditchbank Road north of Chittenango.

Oneida County
6/6: A late YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen at Spring Farm Nature Sanctuary south of Clinton.
6/8: An upland sandpiper was seen at the Deerfield Grasslands south of Poland.

Herkimer County
6/6: A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen on Barnes Road in the Town of Stratford.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of May 29, 2017

LEAST BITTERN
CATTLE EGRET
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
UPLAND SANDPIPER
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
WHIP-POOR-WILL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
ACADIAN FLYCATCHER
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
ORCHARD ORIOLE

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
5/31: An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER was sound on Tyre Toad west of Rt. 89.
6/1:  An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER continues on Carncross Road. A LEAST BITTERN  was seen along the Wildlife Drive.
6/3: A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER continues at the forested area of Armitage Road west of the Seneca River.
6/4: A CATTLE EGRET was seen on an Amish farm on Rt. 90 south of the Thruway. A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen at tne Visitor’s Center. Two LEAST BITTERNS were heard on Howland Island.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
The last three days of the hawk count turned out to be quite productive. In all 2,265 raptors were counted in those three days. Highlight was 35 BALD EAGLES on 5/30. Thirty-nine COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were counted also.

Oswego County
6/3: An UPLAND SANDPIPER continues at the Oswego County Airfield on Howard Road.

Onondaga County
5/30: A SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER was found along the new trail on the west side of Onondaga Lake. A CERULEAN WARBLER was found on Oxbow Road in Kirkville.
5/31: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen from the west side trail on Onondaga Lake.
6/1: A LEAST BITTERN continues in the marsh on the south side of Potter Road at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville and was heard again on 6/3. A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was again seen south of Hiawatha Boulevard on the Creek Walk near Destiny Mall in Syracuse.
6/2: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen on the Erie Canal Trail in Fayetteville.
6/4: Three ORCHARD ORIOLES were seen at Green Lakes State Park.

Cayuga County
5/30: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at Fair Haven State Park.

Madison County
6/2: A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was found at Morrow Mountain State Forest south of Erieville.
6/4: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen on Ditchbank Road north of Chittenango.

Oneida County
5/31: An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen on East Carter Road in Westmoreland. A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was found on Humphrey Road in Whitestown.
6/2: An UPLAND SANDPIPER was seen at the Deerfield Grasslands south of Poland.

Herkimer County
5/31: 3 WHIP-POOR-WILLS were heard on private property in the Town of Salisbury.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of May 22, 2017

WHITE PELICAN
LEAST BITTERN
BRANT
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
WILSON’S PHALAROPE
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
ACADIAN FLYCATCHER
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER
PHILADELPHIA VIREO
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
ORCHARD ORIOLE

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Sixteen species of shorebirds were reported from the complex this week. Highlights are listed below.
5/23: An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER was again found on Carncross Road at the buildings. It was reported through the 27th.
5/24: One or two PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS continue at the wooded area on Armitage Road west of the Seneca River Bridge. An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen at the Visitor’s Center. A LEAST BITTERN was reported from VanDyne Spoor Road.
5/25: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER has returned to Mays Point Road.
5/27: RED-NECKED PHALAROPE and WILSON’S PHALAROPE were both reported on the Wildlife Trail. A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen on VanDyne Spoor Road. A LEAST BITTERN was reported from Howland Island at the HQ Pond.
5/28: A LEAST BITTERN was reported along the Wildlife Drive.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
An expected low number for this late in the season of 1,631 Raptors were counted this week. Two WHITE PELICANS on 5/23 were the non raptor highlight. COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen most evenings.
May 31 will be Anna’s last day. Get up to say goodbye if you can.

Oswego County
5/23: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was again seen at Sunset Bay. An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER was again seen on Gray Road west of Rt. 43 south of Oswego. A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen at Sunset Bay Park.
5/26: A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was seen on the Sithe Energy Trails.
5/27: A LEAST BITTERN was heard in the marsh on County Rt. 54 in Pennelville.
5/28: BRANT were still seen migrating along Oneida Lake from Constantia.

Onondaga County
5/23: Two LEAST BITTERNS were heard at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.
5/24: An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER continues in Whiskey Hollow west of Baldwinsville. A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was found at the Dewitt Landfill along the Erie canal.
5/26: A SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER was reported from the west shore trail of Onondaga Lake.

Madison County
5/23: An ORCHARD ORIOLE and a PHILADELPHIA VIREO were seen at Ditch Bank Road north of Chittenango.

Oneida County
5/23: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen at Spring Farm Nature Sanctuary south of Clinton.
5/24: Two CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS were reported from Spring Farm Nature Sanctuary. A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen along the Erie Canal Trail east of Rome.

Herkimer County
5/24: PHILADELPHIA VIREO. YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER and OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER were reported in the Old Forge area.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of May 15, 2017

LEAST BITTERN­­
SNOWY EGRET
CATTLE EGRET
TRI-COLORED HERON
EURASIAN WIGEON
GOLDEN EAGLE
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
RED KNOT
WILLET
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
UPLAND SANDPIPER
SAW-WHET OWL
WHIP-POOR-WILL
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
ACADIAN FLYCATCHER
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER
PHILADELPHIA VIREO
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
ORCHARD ORIOLE

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Fifteen species of shorebirds were reported from the complex this week highlighted by a WILLET on 5/15 on VanDyne Spoor Road and a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER on 5/21 on the Wildlife Drive.
5/19: An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER was found on Carncross Road near the buildings. It was relocated on 5/20.
5/20: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO. was seen on Towpath Road. A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen over the Main Pool.
5/21: A SNOWY EGRET was seen at the Visitor’s Center and later relocated at Mays Point Pool. A TRI-COLORED HERON was seen at the Visitor’s Center. A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER wa seen along the Wildlife Drive. ORCHARD ORIOLES were seen near the Visitor’s Center.
5/22: The SNOWY EGRET was relocated at Mays Point Pool. ORCHARD ORIOLES were seen on the Wildlife Drive and on East Road. An EURASIAN WIGEON was seen along the Wildlife Drive.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
2,712 Raptors were counted at Derby Hill this week. Highlights were a GOLDEN EAGLE on 5/17 and a NORTHERN GOSHAWK on 5/21.  An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was seen from the bluff on 5/20.

Oswego County
5/17: A NORTHERN GOSHAWK and a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER were seen at Sunset Bay Park. Seven SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS were seen on the Rt.6 wetland north of Rt. 3 in the Town of Volney.
5/18: Five WHIMBREL were seen on the Common Tern Island on Oneida Lake south of Constantia. A WHIP-POOR-WILL was again heard at the Roosevelt Sand Pits north of Oneida Lake.
5/20: An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER was found on Gray Road south of Oswego.
5/21: Two UPLAND SANDPIPERS were again present at the Oswego County Airfield on Howard Road. Two ORCHARD ORIOLES were seen at the wetland on Maple Ave.
5/22: Two RED KNOTS were seen at the Rt. 6 wetlands north of Rt. 3. A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was seen on the Sithe Energy Trails.

Onondaga County
5/15: A CATTLE EGRET was seen on Bull Street south of Bridgeport and has been seen through the 22nd.
5/16: A LEAST BITTERN again was heard at Potter Pond at Three Rivers WMA and has been has been reported through the 20th. At least one BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON continues at the Creek walk north of Hiawatha Blvd. in Syracuse.
5/17: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen at the confluence of the Oneida and Seneca Rivers south of Phoenix.
5/18: An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER has returned to Whiskey Hollow west of Baldwinsville. A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen at the duck blind at Three Rivers WMA.
5/19: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at Oneida Shores County Park.

Madison County
5/18: An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen on Tinsley Hill Road.
5/20: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen on Ditchbank Road north of Chittenango.
5/17: A WHIP-POOR-WILL was heard at the Preston hill Gravel Pit north of Oneida Lake.
5/20: Two CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS continue at the Spring Farm Nature Center south of Clinton.
5/16: A SAW-WHET OWL was heard on Pardeeville Road south of Hinkley Reservoir.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of May 08, 2017

LEAST BITTERN
CATTLE EGRET
BRANT
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
SANDHILL CRANE
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
STILT SANDPIPER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
UPLAND SANDPIPER
WILSON’S PHALAROPE
WHIP-POOR-WILL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
PRAIRIE WARBLER
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
ORCHARD ORIOLE
PINE SISKIN

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
5/10: PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS have returned to the forested area on Armitage Road west of the Seneca River. One and two have been reported through 5/14. A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was found along the Wildlife Drive.
5/12: A STILT SANDPIPER was seen near the potato building in the mucklands along Rt. 31. A SANDHILL CRANE was seen at Marten’s Tract.
5/13: A LEAST BITTERN and a BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON were seen along the Wildlife Drive.

Cayuga County
5/13: 2 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS and 17 species of Warbler were found at Fair Haven state Park.
5/15: A breeding plumaged female WILSON’S PHALAROPE was found in a wet area on Dalton Road in the Town of Ira north of Rt. 370.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
Derby continues to wind down this week. Only 2464 raptors were counted this week. Of interest were 4 PINE SISKINS seen on 5/12.

Oswego County
5/11: 380 BRANT were seen from Three Mile Bay on the north shore of Oneida Lake.
5/13: An UPLAND SANDPIPER continues at the Oswego County Airfield on Howard Road in Fulton.
5/14: A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen at Scriba Corners north of Rt. 104. A WHIP-POOR-WILL was heard of Rt,17 near the traditional spot of Roosevelt Road north of Oneida Lake.

Onondaga County
5/8: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at the Woodchuck Hill Preserve in Manlius.
5/12: 3 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were dound along the Creek walk just south of Hiawatha Boulevard near Destiny Mall in Syracuse. They were reported thru 5/14. A WHIP-POOR-WILL was heard near River Road in Baldwinsville.
5/13: A SWAINSON’S THRUSH was found at Whiskey Hollow west of Baldwinsville.
5/14: A CATTLE EGRET was seen on Ball Street near Bridgeport. A GREAT EGRET was seen on Laird Road in Elbridge. An ORCHARD ORIOLE and a PRAIRIE WARBLER were found at Green Lakes State Park.

Madison County
5/10: A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen at the Cornell Biological Field Station on Shackelton Road north of Bridgeport.
5/13: A SANDHILL CRANE was seen on Ditchbank Road north of Chittenango.
5/14: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen on Ditchbank Road.

Oneida County
5/10: 2 CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS have returned to the Spring Farm Nature Sanctuary south of Clinton.

Migrants reported this week:
PROTHONATORY WARBLER
HOODED WARBLER
CAPE MAY WARBLER
CERULEAN WARBLER
BLACKPOLL
CANADA WARBLER
WILSON’S WARBLER
EASTERN WOOD PEEWEE
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW

Rare Bird Alert for the week of May 01, 2017

EURASIAN WIGEON
SURF SCOTER
GOLDEN EAGLE
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
SANDHILL CRANE
RUDDY TURNSTONE
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
UPLAND SANDPIPER
LITTLE GULL
BLACK TERN
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
ORCHARD ORIOLE
 
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Eleven species of Shorebirds were recorded at the complex this week. Highlight was a LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER.
5/3: The above said LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER was seen along the Wildlife Drive.
5/6: RUDDY TURNSTONE, LITTLE GULL and EURASIAN WIGEON were all seen in the Mucklands along Rt. 31 west of the Seneca River.
5/7: A late LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen in the Mucklands.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
It was a slow week at Derby due mostly to adverse wind conditions. Only 1,425 raptors were counted this week. Highlights were an ORCHARD ORIOLE on 5/1, a SANDHILL CRANE on 5/3 and a NORTHERN GOSHAWK and a GOLDEN EAGLE on 5/4.

Oswego County
5/2: A late SURF SCOTER was seen from Phillips Point on Oneida Lake. An ICELAND GULL was found in Oswego Harbor.
5/4: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at Sunset Bay Park on Lake Ontario. It was seen through 5/7.
5/7: An UPLAND SANDPIPER was again seen at the Oswego County Airfield on Howard Road.
5/8: 3 BLACK TERNS were seen from Phillips Point.

Onondaga County
5/2: A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was seen at the landfill at Cedar Bay Park in Fayetteville.
5/4: A SANDHILL CRANE was seen at the Gerber topsoil Farm on Oxbow Road in Kirkville
5/5: A GREAT EGRET was seen at Van Buren in Baldwinsville.

Madison County
5/3: A SANDHILL CRANE was seen on Ditchbank Road north of Chittenango.

Migrants reported this week.
BRANT
CERULEAN WARBLER
BAY-BREASTED WARBLER
CAPE MAY WARBLER
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
TENNESSEE WARBLER
MOURNING WARBLER

Rare Bird Alert for the week of April 24, 2017

RED-THROATED LOON
CATTLE EGRET
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN
LITTLE BLUE HERON
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
SWAINSON’S HAWK
GOLDEN EAGLE
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
EURASIAN WIGEON
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
BLACK-NECKED STILT
STILT SANDPIPER
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
LITTLE GULL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
The AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was last seen at the mucklands on 4/24. A LITTLE GULL was last seen on 4/27. The BLACK-NECKED STILT was last seen on 4/29.
4/29: Five LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, 1 EURASIAN WIGEON and 3 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were seen in the Mucklands on Rt. 31 west of the Seneca River.
4/30: A STILT SANDPIPER was seen at the Visitor’s Center.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
10,765 raptors were recorded at Derby Hill this week. 4/28 was the big day with 4/990 raptors counted. Highlights were a GOLDEN EAGLE and a NORTHERN GOSHAWK ON 4/24, a SWAINSON’S HAWK on 4/26, a GOLDEN EAGLE and 2 NORTHERN GOSHAWKS ON 4/27 and 2 GOLDEN EAGLES ON 4/29.

Oswego County
4/25: An adult LITTLE BLUE HERON was found at a wet land south of Maple ave, west of Fulton. It was last sen on 4/30.
4/29: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen on Nine Mile Point Road on Lake Ontario.
4/30: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at Phoenix.

Onondaga County
4/25: A CATTLE EGRET was found on Cicero Center Road north of Rt. 31. It was not seen since that day.
4/28: A RED-THROATED LOON was seen from the pull off on the east side of Onondaga Lake south of Liverpool.
4/30: A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen at the end of the Creek Walk near the Destiny Shopping Mall in Syracuse.
5/1: An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsvile.

Migrants seen this week
There was a big push of migrants this week with a majority reported today. In all 39 new birds were reported this week.

GREEN HERON
LEAST BITTERN
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER
LEAST SANDPIPER
STILT SANDPIPER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
COMMON TERN
WHIP-POOR-WILL
GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER
KINGBIRD
WARBLING VIREO
RED-EYED VIREO
BARN SWALLOW
BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER
VEERY
OVENBIRD
NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH
BLACK and WHITE WARBLER
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
COMMON YELLOWTHROAT
AMERICAN REDSTART
NORTHERN PARULA
MAGNOLIA WARBLER
CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER
BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER
BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER
BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER
PRAIRIE WARBLER
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER
YELLOW-THROATED VIREO
RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW
SCARLET TANAGER
INDIGO BUNTING
BALTIMORE ORIOLE
ORCHARD ORIOLE
ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK

Rare Bird Alert for the week of April 17, 2017

RED-NECKED GREBE
CATTLE EGRET
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN
MUTE SWAN
EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL
EURASIAN WIGEON
BLACK VULTURE
SWAINSON’S HAWK
GOLDEN EAGLE
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
BLACK-NECKED STILT
LITTLE GULL
AUDUBON’S YELLOW RUMPED WARBLER

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
This was an all time week for Montezuma. BLACK-NECKED STILT was found at the Potato Building in the Mucklands on Thursday and continued in the area through Sunday although there is a second hand report it was seen today. AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, one and occasionally two, were also seen in the Mucklands on Monday the 17th,Thursday, Friday and Saturday although again there is a second hand report it was seen in the area today also.Two LITTLE GULLS were also seen on the Mucklands on Tuesday, Saturday. One only was seen again today. Rare for the area MUTE SWANS were seen in the Mucklands and the Wildlife Drive throughout the week. An EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL. was again seen at the visitors center and at the Mucklands and it is thought there are two individuals. One was seen every day except Wednesday. One and sometimes twoTUNDRA SWANS were seen throughout the week at the Mucklands. A rare for April AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER was seen at the Mucklands on Saturday only. and finally two EURASIAN WIGEONS were seen at the Mucklands during the week.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
After a slow start the BROAD-WINGED HAWKS showed up in force on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Friday and Sunday were 5,000 hawk days with Broad-wings being a large majority of the birds. In all 13,003 Hawks were counted this week. Other highlights were another SWAINSON’S HAWK on Friday, a GOLDEN EAGLE on Thursday and SANDHILL CRANES on Friday and Sunday.

Oswego County
4/21: An UPLAND SANDPIPER was seen at the Oswego County Airfield on Howard road.
4/24: A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen from South Daysville Road north and east of Mexico.

Cayuga County
4/23: An AUDUBON’S or western form YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was seen at the Sterling Nature Center.

Onondaga County
4/18: An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was again seen at Onondaga Lake near the Nine Mile Creek outlet. It was seen again on the 19th. A GREAT EGRET was also seen at the outlet of Nine Mile Creek.
4/20: A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen on Onondaga Lake from Restoration Way in Liverpool.

Oneida County
4/23: 2 BLACK VULTURES were seen on Gleasman Road in the Town of Ava.

Extralimital
4/21: A CATTLE EGRET was found at the New York State Chiropractic College Campus in Seneca Falls. It was relocated on the 22nd. but not reported since.

Migrants this week
BLACK TERN
YELLOW WARBLER
BLACK and WHITE WARBLER
CHIMNEY SWIFT
EASTERN PEE WEE

Rare Bird Alert for the week of April 10, 2017

RED-NECKED GREBE
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL
EURASIAN WIGEON
BLACK VULTURE
SWAINSON’S HAWK
GOLDEN EAGLE
LITTLE GULL
ICELAND GULL
NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
4/11: The EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL was again seen at the Visitor’s Center  and was seen throughout the week including today.
4/13: An EURASIAN WIGEON was seen in the mucklands along Rt. 31 west of the Seneca River.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
Only two days with raptors in the thousands but a great week nonetheless. The total for the week was 6,681 hawks counted. Highlights were 2 SWAINSON’S HAWKS on 4/15 and 1 SWAINSON’S HAWK, 2 GOLDEN EAGLES and 1 BLACK VULTURE on 4/16. An ICELAND GULL was also spotted on 4/16.

Oswego County
4/13: A LITTLE GULL was seen from Phillips Point on the north shore of Oneida Lake.
4/15: A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen from Phillips Point.

Onondaga County
4/11: A NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL was heard on DeMong Street in Syracuse.
4/13: An ICELAND GULL was seen at the confluence of the Oneida and Seneca Rivers south of Phoenix.
4/14: An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was seen near the outlet on Nine Mile Creek on the west side of Onondaga Lake. It was not located the next day.
4/15: A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen from the pull off on the east side of Onondaga Lake south of Liverpool.

Madison County
4/16: A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen on Woodman Pond.

Oneida County
4/14: An ICELAND GULL was seen on the break wall at Sylvan Beach.

Herkimer County
4/12: Rare for the area REDHEAD and LONG-TAILED DUCKS were seen at the McKoons Road Marsh north and west of Richfield Springs.

Migrants reported this week
HOUSE WREN
MARSH WREN
BROWN THRASHER
SORA
PALM WARBLER
LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH
BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER
PINE WARBLER
VIRGINIA RAIL
SOLITARY SANDPIPER
CLIFF SWALLOW
NASHVILLE WARBLER

Rare Bird Alert for the week of April 03, 2017

RED-NECKED GREBE
EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL
EURASIAN WIGEON
BLACK VULTURE
GOLDEN EAGLE
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
SNOWY OWL

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
4/7: An EURASIAN WIGEON was seen in Tschache Pool.
4/9: The EURASIAN or COMMON TEAL continues at the Visitors Center.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
Another Great week at Derby with 13,646 raptors counted. 4/5 was the biggest day with 4,684 raptors counted. BLACK VULTURES on 4/3, 4/5 and 4/8. Two GOLDEN EAGLES and the first BROAD-WINGS on 4/9.

Oswego County
4/7: A male EURASIAN WIGEON was found in a wet spot at the Revelle Farm along Rt. 49 east of Central Square.
4/8: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was found at Oswego Harbor. It was relocated the next day also.

Onondaga County
4/4: A SNOWY OWL was seen at Hancock Airport.
4/9: A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.

Madison County
4/8: A RED-NECKED GREBE was found at Woodman Pond.

Migrants reported this week:

COMMON GALLINULE
SAVANNAH SPARROW
SWAMP SPARROW
NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW
BARN SWALLOW
BROAD-WINGED HAWK
RUDDY DUCK
AMERICAN BITTERN
SPOTTED SANDPIPER
PECTORAL SANDPIPER
GRAY CATBIRD

Rare Bird Alert for the week of March 27, 2017

CATTLE EGRET
ROSS’S GOOSE
CACKLING GOOSE
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL
EURASIAN WIGEON
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
GOLDEN EAGLE
SANDHILL CRANE
THAYER’S GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
ICELAND GULL
SHORT-EARED OWL
NORTHER SAW-WHET OWL
GREAT GRAY OWL (Extralimital)
NORTHERN SHRIKE
LAPLAND LONGSPUR

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
3/28: The EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL found last week at the Visitor’s Center continues this week up to 4/2.
3/29: A CATTLE EGRET was seen along the Wildlife Drive. A GREAT EGRET was seen at Kip island on Rt.90.A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen from Carncross Road.
4/2: A NORTHERN GOSHAWK and a EURASIAN WIGEON were seen at Tschache Pool. A GOLDEN EAGLE and a NORTHERN SHRIKE were spotted from Carncross Road. A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen from VanDyne Spoor Road.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
Things really picked up this week. 3/29 had 3,239 hawks, 3/30 had 2,382 hawks and 4/2 had 3,145 hawks. In all 9,402 raptors were tallied. Highlights were 2 NORTHERN GOSHAWKS and 7 GOLDEN EAGLES. Also noted were a NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL and a LAPLAND LONGSPUR.

Oswego County
3/29: A ROSS’S GOOSE was seen on chapman Road near Mexico.A THAYER’S GULL continues at Phoenix as do LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS.
4/1: A CACKLING GOOSE was found in Peter Scott Swamp.
4/2: An ICELAND GULL was seen in Oswego Harbor.

Onondaga County
3/30: An ICELAND GULL was see on Onondaga Lake at the Liverpool Marina.
4/1: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Oran Delphi Road south of Manlius.

Madison County
3/29: A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was spotted on Woodman Pond north of Hamilton.
4/1: A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen on Ditchbank Road north of Chittenango.

Extralimital
One GREAT GRAY OWL was seen as recently as 4/2 at Robert Moses State Park near Massena in St. Lawrence County. The Owl was seen near the Nature Center on Robinson Bay Road.

Migrants seen this week
GREAT EGRET
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
LESSER YELLOWLEGS
LINCOLN’S SPARROW
CASPIAN TERN
PINE WARBLER
RUSTY BLACKBIRD
CHIPPING SPARROW
BLUE-HEADED VIREO
BONAPARTE’S GULL
VESPER SPARROW
EASTERN TOWHEE

Rare Bird Alert for the week of March 20, 2017

TUNDRA SWAN
ROSS’S GOOSE
CACKLING GOOSE
BLUE-WINGED TEAL
EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL
EURASIAN WIGEON
SANDHILL CRANE
THAYER’S GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
ICELAND GULL
SHORT-EARED OWL
NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL
GREAT GRAY OWL (Extralimital)

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
3/22: A SANDHILL CRANE was seen from East road. A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen from Carncross Road
3/23: A CACKLING GOOSE was seen from Carncross Road.
3/26: An EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL was found at the Visitor’s Center. It was relocated today in the same spot. A BLUE-WINGED TEAL was seen at the Visitor’s Center. A SANDHILL CRANE was seen from Carncross road.
3/27: A CACKLING GOOSE was seen from Carncross Road.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
After a slow beginning things are picking up at Derby. Yesterday 480 hawks were counted including 6 GOLDEN EAGLES including one flying low enough to ID without binoculars. Also seen this week were CACKLING GEESE, SANDHILL CRANES and the first TREE SWALLOWS.

Oswego County
3/20: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Lanphere Road south of Mexico.
3/21: A GLAUCOUS GULL  was seen in Oswego Harbor.
3/24: Three ICELAND GULLS continue at the lock in Phoenix.
3/26: A ROSS’GOOSE was seen in Oswego Harbor. A juvenile THAYER’S GULL continues at the lock in Phoenix.

Onondaga County
3/23: Last day the NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL was reported at Beaver Lake Nature Center.

Madison County
3/25: A BLUE-WINGED TEAL was seen in Pools Brook at Harsh Road.

Herkimer County
3/21 Six TUNDRA SWANS, rare for this county, were seen in Weaver Pond on Rt. 20 west of Richfield Springs.

Extralimital
GREAT GRAY OWLS continue at Robert Moses State Park on Robinson Bay Road in St. Lawrence County (last seen on 3/26) and on Limekiln Road near Keene in Essex County (last seen on 3/25).

Migrants reported this week
OSPREY
TREE SWALLOW
LINCOLN’S SPARROW
WILSON’S SNIPE
FIELD SPARROW
EASTERN PHOEBE

Rare Bird Alert for the week of March 13, 2017

THAYER’S GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
ICELAND GULL
NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL
GREAT GRAY OWL (Extralimital)
FISH CROW
BOHEMIAN WAXWING
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER
LAPLAND LONGSPUR

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Most of the water in the complex is frozen or snow covered and little in the way of waterfowl was reported this week. A beautiful dark ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was photographed near Wildgoose field on Rt.89.

Onondaga County
A NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL continues to be seen on the Bog Trail at Beaver Lake Nature Center west of Baldwinsville.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
Another disappointing week at Derby with only 52 Hawks counted. The highlight of the week was a single BOHEMIAN WAXWING on 3/18.

Oswego County
A juvenile THAYER’S GULL continues to be seen at Phoenix. It is best seen from Hanley Park  on State Street.
3/17: A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen on Atkinson Road East of Selkirk Shores State Park. A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen in Oswego at Lock 6.
3/20: 5 ICELAND GULLS were seen in Phoenix. A YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was seen on Miner Road in the Town of Scriba.

Oneida County
3/20: 2 FISH CROWS were seen on Black River Boulevard in Rome.

Extralimital
GREAT GRAY OWL sightings continued this week up to and including yesterday on Barnhard Island Road at Robert Moses State Park inn Massena, St. Lawrence County and in Keene on Lime Kiln Road, Essex County.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of March 06, 2017

CLARK’S GREBE
ROSS’S GOOSE
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
EURASIAN WIGEON
GOLDEN EAGLE
SANDHILL CRANE
THAYER’S GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
ICELAND GULL
NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL
GREAT GRAY OWL (Extralimital)

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
3/8: A male EURASIAN WIGEON and a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE were seen at Tschache Pool.
3/10: Two SANDHILL CRANES were seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
Cold weather and unfavorable winds made for a slow week at Derby Hill. Only 163 raptors were recorded. Highlights were 7 GOLDEN EAGLES on 3/8 and another today.

Oswego County
3/6: This was the last day the CLARK’S GREBE was seen.
3/7: The THAYER’S GULL was present at Phoenix at the lock and has been reported daily including today.
3/8: A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at Phoenix.
3/11: An ICELAND GULL was seen at Phoenix.
3/13: Three ICELAND GULLS were seen today at Phoenix.

Onondaga County
3/11: The SAW-WHET OWL was seen on the Bog Trail at Beaver Lake Nature Center but was not seen the last two days.
3/12: A male EURASIAN WIGEON was found at the outlet of Nine Mile Creek on the west side of Onondaga lake in Lakeland. The bird was relocated today.

Oneida County
3/6: The pair of PEREGRINE FALCONS are again at the nesting site on the Adirondack Bank in Utica.

Extralimital
3/12: GREAT GRAY OWLS are continuing at both Robert Moses State Park on Barnhart Island in Massena in St. Lawrence County and on Lime Kiln Road in the Town of Keene in Essex county.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of February 27, 2017

CLARK’S GREBE
ROSS’S GOOSE
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
EURASIAN WIGEON
GOLDEN EAGLE
SANDHILL CRANE
THAYER’S GULL
SHORT-EARED OWL
NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL
GREAT GRAY OWL (Extralimital)
EVENING GROSBEAK

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
2/27: A SHORT-EARED OWL was again seen in the marshes from Carncross Road.
2/28: An EURASIAN WIGEON was seen at Tschache Pool.
3/1: A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen in Tschache Pool. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at the Audubon Center north of Savannah.
3/3: Five EURASIAN WIGEONS were seen at Tschache Pool on a waterfowl count. Some of the birds were seen from restricted areas.

Onondaga County
A NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL continues on the Bog Trail at Beaver Lake Nature Center and was seen today.
3/4: Two female EVENING GROSBEAKS made a short visit to a feeder in Elbridge but have not reappeared.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
The Hawk Watch at Derby Hill has officially begun. The new Hawk Counter is Anna Stunkel. So far 12 species have been recorded highlighted by a GOLDEN EAGLE on 2/28. A SANDHILL CRANE was also seen on 2/28.

Oswego County
The CLARK’S GREBE continues to hang around at Oswego Harbor. Missed this morning it was found from the Marine Museum this afternoon.

Extralimital
At least 1 GREAT GRAY OWL continues at Robert Moses State Park on the St. Lawrence River in St Lawrence county. Another has been found in Essex County in the Town of Keene. It has been seen mostly in the late afternoonon on Lime Kiln Road.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of February 20, 2017

CLARK’S GREBE
CACKLING GOOSE
ROSS’S GOOSE
EURASIAN WIGEON
GOLDEN EAGLE
BLACK VULTURE
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
ICELAND GULL
THAYER’S GULL
NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL
LONG-EARED OWL
GREAT GRAY OWL (Extralimital)
NORTHERN SHRIKE

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
2/22: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at the Audubon Center north of Savannah.
2/24: An EURASIAN WIGEON was seen from East Road.
2/25: A CACKLING GOOSE and a SHORT-EARED OWL were seen from Carncross Road.
2/26: A CACKLING GOOSE was seen from East Road. An EURASIAN WIGEON was seen in Tschache Pool and was relocated today.

Onondaga County
2/21: A GLAUCAOUS GULL was seen at the end of the Creek Walk at the south end of Onondaga Lake.
2/23: A LONG-EARED OWL was seen and photographed in Oakwood Cemetery in Syracuse.
2/25: A CACKLING GOOSE was seen on Beaver Lake west of Baldwinsville.
2/26: A NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL continues on the Bog Trail at Beaver Lake Nature Center.

Oswego County
2/22: A potential first New York State record CLARK’S GREBE was discovered in Oswego Harbor. It has been seen and photographed daily including today and the general consensus is that it is a CLARK’S GREBE
2/23: A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen at Oswego Harbor and another was seen at Derby Hill at the hawk watch. A SNOWY OWL was also seen at Derby Hill.
2/25: A ROSS’S GOOSE was seen in flight with Snow Geese at Oswego Harbor.
2/26: THAYER’S GULL, ICELAND GULL and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL continue at the dam on the Oswego River in Phoenix.

Oneida County
2/25: Six BLACK VULTURES were seen and well photographed feeding on a carcass on Westmorland Road in Whitesboro. A NORTHERN SAW-WHET OW was seen at Spring Farm Nature Sanctuary south of Clinton.

Extralimital
Up to 3 GREAT GRAY OWLS were still being seen at Robert Moses State Park near Massena in St. Lawrence County. However the last positive sighting was on 2/25 On Robinson Bay Road.

Migrants this week
FOX SPARROW
GREEN-WINGED TEAL
NORTHERN SHOVELER
PINTAIL
AMERICAN WOODCOCK
AMERICAN PIPIT

Rare Bird Alert for the week of February 13, 2017

SURF SCOTER
TUNDRA SWANS
OSPREY
MERLIN
GYRFALCON (Extralimital)
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
ICELAND GULL
THAYER’S GULL
BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE
NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL
GREAT GRAY OWL (Extralimital)
NORTHERN SHRIKE
FOX SPARROW

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
2/19: Thirty TUNDRA SWANS were seen from the Visitor’s Center.

Onondaga County
2/17: An overwintering FOX SPARROW was again seen in the Valley Drive area in Elbridge.
2/18: A SAW-WHET OWL was again seen on the bog Trail at Beaver Lake Nature Center west of Baldwinsville.1 ICELAND GULL and 2 GLAUCOUS GULLS were seen at the south end of Onondaga Lake from the Creek Walk along Onondaga Creek.
2/19: A very early OSPREY was reported from Rt. 481 in the Town of Clay near Maple Drive.

Oswego County
2/14: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was again seen at the Lock on the Oswego River in Phoenix. A BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE is continuing to be seen with the gulls at Oswego Harbor. Also seen that day was a SURF SCOTER.
2/15: A juvenile THAYER’S GULL continues at the lock in Phoenix.
2/18: Two THAYER’S GULLS were seen at the lock in Phoenix. A SURF SCOTER was again seen at Oswego Harbor. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at the east end of Rt. 104A near Rt. 104.
2/19: A GLAUCOUS GULL was reported at Oswego Harbor. 2 ICELAND GULLS were seen at the lock in Phoenix.
2/20: A GLAUCOUS GULL and 62 TUNDRA SWANS were seen on Oneida Lake at Brewerton.

Madison County
2/15: A MERLIN was seen at Sullivan Town Park.

Herkimer County
2/17: A MERLIN was seen in Salisbury Center.

Extralimital
After a week’s absence the GYRFALCON seen in Seneca County south of Seneca Falls was reported twice this week, on 2/13 and 2/20. Both times it was near or at the Stone Quarry at the corner of North Hoster and Canoga Roads.

One and sometimes two GREAT GRAY OWLS continue to be seen daily at Robert Moses State Park near Massena in St. Lawrence county. Today’s sighting was on Hawkins Point Road.

Migrants this week
An OSPREY seen this week in Onondaga County is most likely a migrant. Increasing numbers of RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS and TURKEY VULTURES, birds usually seen here in small numbers in winter, seem to indicate these are also probably migrants.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of February 06, 2017

NORTHERN GOSHAWK
PEREGRINE FALCON
SANDHILL CRANE
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
ICELAND GULL
THAYER’S GULL
BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE
SHORT-EARED OWL
SNOWY OWL
NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL
GREAT GRAY OWL (Extralimital)
NORTHERN SHRIKE
PINE SISKIN

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
2/8: A SANDHILL CRANE was seen in the marsh at Morgan Road. 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen, apparently from the thruway, in the area of the new pools along the wildlife drive. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at the Audubon Center north of Savannah.

Onondaga County
2/11: A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen and photographed in a residential area north of Hancock Airport. A SNOWY OWL was seen at Hancock Airport. A NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL was again seen at Beaver Lake Nature Center. A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen at the Andrews Road feeder canal in Dewitt.

Oswego County
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, GLAUCOUS GULLS and up to 23 ICELAND GULLS are being seen daily at the Phoenix Dam and Lock. Careful study also results in a juvenile THAYER’S GULL.
2/11: A BLACK-LEGGED KITTYWAKE is still around at Oswego Harbor. 2 PEREGRINE FALCONS are also still being seen. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Academy Street north of Mexico.

Madison County
2/11: Three SHORT-EARED OWLS continue on Harp Road south of Canastota.

Herkimer County
2/8: About the only PINE SISKIN in the area continues to be seen at a feeder in Dolgeville.

Extralimital
2/9: A GREAT GRAY OWL was first reported on this day at Robert Moses State park on Barnhart Island near Massena in St. Lawrence county. On 2/11 2 GREAT GRAY OWLS were seen in the same area. Also on 2/11 another GREAT GRAY OWL was seen on Drum Street Road in Fort Covington in nearby Franklin County. One of the Great Grays was still being seen yesterday. One negative report was received today.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of January 30, 2017

LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
ICELAND GULL
THAYER’S GULL
ROSS’S GULL – Extralimital
SHORT-EARED OWL
SNOWY OWL
NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL
GYRFALCON – Extralimital
NORTHERN SHRIKE
HERMIT THRUSH
LAPLAND LONGSPUR

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
1/30: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen in the Morgan Road Marshes. It was seen on 1/31 and 2/1 also.
2/6: A HERMIT THRUSH was seen on VanDyne Spoor Road.

Onondaga County
2/2: Two LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen on West Sorrell Hill Road north of Connors Road in the Town of Van Buren.
2/5: Two SAW-WHET OWLS were found on the Bog Trail at Beaver Lake Nature Center west of Baldwinsville.

Oswego County
2/1: A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen on Sherman Road near Mexico. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at Phoenix near the dam.
2/2: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen on Oneida Lake in Brewerton. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on inman Road north of Pulaski.
2/5: A LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL was seen at Phoenix and Brewerton. An ICELAND GULL and a GLAUCOUS GULL were both seen in Caudenoy at Co. Rt. 10.
2/6: Eighteen ICELAND GULLS, 2 GLAUCOUS GULLS and a THAYER’S GULL were all seen at Phoenix. Seventeen ICELAND GULLS, 3 GLAUCOUS GULLS and 3 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were all seen at Brewerton.

Madison County
1/30: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen on Harp Road south of Canastota. A SNOWY OWL was seen on Bellinger Road in Fenner.
2/4: A SHORT-EARED OWL was again seen on Harp Road. SNOWY OWLS were seen on Peterboro Road and North Road at Fisher Bay.
2/6: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Eden Hollow Road in the Town of Nelson.

Extralimital
The GYRFALCON found at the corner of North Hoster and Canoga Roads south of Seneca Falls (Seneca County) was seen as recently as yesterday. It seems to favor a quarry at that location.
The ROSS’S GULL found at Tupper Lake in Franklin County was last seen on 2/2: That last location was at the Tupper Lake Boat launch on Rt. 30 south of the Village of Tupper Lake.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of January 23, 2017

RED-NECKED GREBE
BLACK SCOTER
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
ICELAND GULL
ROSS’S GULL – Extralimital
SHORT-EARED OWL
SNOWY OWL
NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL
MERLIN
PEREGRINE FALCON
GYRFALCON – Extralimital
NORTHERN SHRIKE
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
EVENING GROSBEAK

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
1/29: 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen from Morgan Road north of Savannah.

Onondaga County
1/26: A MERLIN was seen at a private residence in Manlius.
1/27: A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen at the Dewitt Landfill.
1/28: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Seneca Turnpike (Rt. 173) east of Jamesville. A SAW-WHET OWL was again seen at Beaver Lake Nature Center west of Baldwinsville. An ICELAND GULL was seen on the Seneca River in Baldwinsville. An EVENING GROSBEAK was seen at the Morgan Hill State Forest near Shakham Road. A BLACK SCOTER was seen on Onondaga Lake from Willow Bay.
1/29: The BLACK SCOTER was again seen on Onondaga Lake and a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was seen a bit further south.

Oswego County
1/25: A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen in Oswego Harbor.
1/28: A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at Lock 6 in Oswego.
1/29: An adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL continues on the Oswego River at the lock in Phoenix.

Madison County
1/25: A SNOWY OWL was seen at Fisher Bay on the south shore of Oneida Lake.
1/29: A SNOWY OWL was seen on Peterboro Road southeast of Chittenango. 2 SHORT-EARED OWL were seen east of Harp Road south of Canastota. A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen on Williams Road east of Peterboro.

Oneida County
Two PEREGRINE FALCONS were seen on Woods Park Drive near the Sangertown Mall in Utica.

Extralimital
A gray phase GYRFALCON continues to show at the corner of North Hoster and Canoga Roads south of Seneca Falls in Seneca County. It was seen as recently as yesterday.

On 1/26 a rare ROSS’S GULL was reported in Franklin County at Tupper Lake. The bird has been seen daily since and has been reported positively today. Check ebird for Franklin County for today’s location.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of January 16, 2017

RED-THROATED LOON
KING EIDER
CACKLING GOOSE
HARLEQUIN DUCK
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
ICELAND GULL
SNOWY OWL
NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL
GYRFALCON – Extralimital
NORTHERN SHRIKE
MARSH WREN
PINE SISKIN

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
1/19: An apparent overwintering MARSH WREN was heard at the Visitor’s Center.

Cayuga County
1/21: A CACKLING GOOSE was seen at the West Barrier Park area at Fair Haven.

Onondaga County
A  NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL was seen throughout the week on the Bog Trail at Beaver Lake Nature Center west of Baldwinsville. On Saturday two were found. Yesterday one was still present but today neither was found despite extensive searching.
1/16: A BLACK SCOTER was seen from the west shore of Onondaga Lake. A WHITE-WINGED was seen from the pull off on the Parkway on the east side of Onondaga Lake.
1/17: A SNOWY OWL was seen at the Dewitt Wegman’s.
1/21: An ICELAND GULL was seen at the end of the Creek Walk at the south end of Onondaga Lake.
1/22: A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen in the Seneca River in Baldwinsville.

Oswego County
1/16: A KING EIDER was seen in Oswego Harbor.
1/17: Two different HARLEQUIN DUCKS were seen, one from Noye’s Sanctuary and one from Mexico Point State Park. Both were seen on the 18th. but on the
19th. only the one at Mexico Point was seen. No reports since.
1/18: ASNOWY OWL was again seen in the Oswego Harbor area. It has been seen daily including today.
1/19: At Phoenix Dam and Lock 1 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, 2 GLAUCOUS GULLS and 17 (no typo) ICELAND GULLS were counted.
1/20: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Clark Road North of Port Ontario and east of Rt. 3.
1/21: Only 2 ICELAND GULLS were at Phoenix and today only 1.
1/22: A RED-THROATED LOON and a PEREGRINE FALCON were seen at Oswego Harbor.

Oneida County
1/19: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Poppleton Road near the trail parking lot near Verona Beach State apark.

Herkimer County
1/20: The only PINE SISKIN in recent reports continues to come to a feeder in Dolgeville.

Extralimital
The GYRFALCON reported last week continues to be seen this week. Although missed one or two days this week it was reported and photographed yesterday. The location is south of Seneca Falls at the corner of North Hoster and Canoga Roads in Seneca County. It seems to be hanging around and roosting at a quarry at that location

Rare Bird Alert for the week of January 09, 2017

CACKLING GOOSE
GOLDEN EAGLE
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
ICELAND GULL
THAYER’S GULL
BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE
SHORT-EARED OWL
SNOWY OWL
NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL
GYRFALCON – Extralimital
NORTHERN SHRIKE
GRAY CATBIRD
HERMIT THRUSH
EASTERN TOWHEE
LAPLAND LONGSPUR

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
1/14: A SNOWY OWL was seen in the mucklands on Rt.31 west of the Seneca River. A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen from Carncross Road.
1/15: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen at the Visitor’s Center. Two SHORT-EARED were heard at Carncross road.

Onondaga County
1/9: A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at the Inner Harbor on Kirkpatrick Street in Syracuse,
1/10: A THAYER’S GULL and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were seen from the Onondaga County side on the Oswego River in Phoenix.
1/13: A SNOWY OWL was seen at Hancock Airport. A NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL was seen on the Bog Trail at Beaver Lake Nature Center. Missed on Saturday it was found again yesterday and today.
1/14: A female ESTERN TOWHEE was seen on the Erie Canal Trail in Fayetteville.
1/16: A CACKLING GOOSE was seen at Green Lakes State Park. An ICELAND GULL was seen at the end of the Creek Walk at the south end of Onondaga Lake.

Oswego County
1/10: A BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE was again found at the mouth of the Oswego River. It was reported again on the 11th but not since. A THAYER’S GULL was again seen at Phoenix dam and lock on the Oswego River.
1/11: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and a SNOWY OWL were seen in the Oswego Harbor area.
1/12: A SNOWY OWL was again seen at Oswego Harbor. A GRAY CATBIRD and a HERMIT THRUSH are still being seen at the Rice Creek Biological Field Station in Oswego.
1/13: A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen onBell Road in the Town of Pennelville.
A SNOWY OWL was seen on Co. Rt. 33 south of Rt. 49 in Caughdenoy. A LESSER BLACK-BLACKED GULL was again found at Phoenix dam and lock.
1/14: A SNOWY OWL was seen on Bell Road in Pennelville.
1/16: The HERMIT THRUSH and GRAY CATBIRD continue at Rice Creek Field Station in Oswego.

Madison County
1/13: A SNOWY OWL was seen near Fisher Bay north of Bridgeport.

Oneida County
1/14: A CACKLING GOOSE was seen at Oneida Creek near Verona Beach State park.
1/11: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen at a private residence north of Dolgeville. A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen on Murphy road in the Town of Manheim.
1/15: A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen from Military Road north of Dolgeville.

Extralimital
A gray GYRFALCON, seen recently, was refound on 1/13 on Hoster Road in Canoga south of Seneca Falls in Seneca County. It was seen by many observers on 1/14 also. Missed yesterday it reappeared today on Kings Corners Road south of Hoster Road and then later on the ice at Cayuga Lake State Park only to fly west out of site later in the afternoon.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of January 02, 2017

RED-NECKED GREBE
RED-THROATED LOON
CACKLING GOOSE
RUDDY DUCK
WOOD DUCK
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
ICELAND GULL
THAYER’S GULL
BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE
SNOWY OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
GRAY CATBIRD
PINE SISKIN
EVENING GROSBEAK

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
1/7: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on VanDyne Spoor Road, viewed distantly from Rt. 31 at the muck lands.

Onondaga County
1/3: A CACKLING GOOSE was seen at Green Lakes State Park.LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL and THAYER’S GULL were all seen from the Onondaga County side of the Oswego River at Phoenix.
1/4: A RUDDY DUCK was seen on Onondaga Lake from the East Shore Trail.
1/7: An ICELAND GULL was seen from Marble Island in Baldwinsville.

Oswego County
1/3: A RED-THROATED LOON and a RED-NECKED GREBE were seen at Oswego Harbor. A BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE continued to be found from the Marine Museum on the Oswego River in Oswego. It was last reported on the 6th. LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, ICELAND GULLS, GLAUCOUS GULLS and THAYER’S GULL were still being found at the dam on the Oswego River in Phoenix. All except the Glaucous Gull was seen today with a high count of 17 ICELAND GULLS.
1/9: A male and female WOOD DUCK were seen at Indian Point on the Oswego River north of Fulton.

Madison County
1/3: Six EVENING GROSBEAKS were again seen at a feeder on Jones Road in the Town of Nelson.
1/5: A SNOWY OWL was found on county Rt. 1 north of Bridgeport.
1/8: A GLAUCOUS GULL was again seen on Ditchbank Road north of Chittenango.

Herkimer County
1/7: A PINE SISKIN was at a feeder in Dolgeville.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of December 26, 2016

TRUMPETER SWAN
CANVASBACK
HARLEQUIN DUCK
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
ICELAND GULL
BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE
SNOWY OWL
PEREGRINE FALCON
NORTHERN SHRIKE
GRAY CATBIRD
FIELD SPARROW
EVENING GROSBEAK

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
1/1: Three TRUMPETER SWANS were seen in the fields on ArmitageRoad.
1/2: One thousand TUNDRA SWANS were seen on the Wildlife Drive.

Onondaga County
12/31: A CANVASBACK was seen with a large group of REDHEADS from the east shore trail on Onondaga Lake.

Oswego County
12/27: A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen on Dunlap Road in the Town of Richland. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at the lock in Phoenix.
12/31: A HARLEQUIN DUCK was seen from Mexico Point State Park on Lake Ontario. It was relocated of 1/1 but not reported since. A SNOWY OWL was seen on the breakwalls in Oswego Harbor.
1/1: A BLACK-LEGGED KITTYWAKE was found near the mouth of the Oswego River in Oswego. It was relocated again today.
1/2: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, a GLAUCOUS GULL and an ICELAND GULL were seen at the lock in Phoenix.  A SNOWY OWL was seen on the breakwalls in Oswego Harbor. A GRAY CATBIRD was seen at Noyes Sanctuary. Two PEREGRINE FALCONS were again seen in the Oswego Harbor area.

Madison County
12/29: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Chaphe Road east of Erieville.
12/30: An EVENING GROSBEAK was seen at a feeder on Jones Road near Stoney Pond State Forest.

Oneida County
12/31: An EVENING GROSBEAK was seen on Germany Road in Verona.
1/1: An EVENING GROSBEAK was seen in Waterville. A FIELD SPARROW was seen on Wood Creek Road east of Sylvan Beach.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of December 19, 2016

SANDHILL CRANE
KILLDEER
RUDDY DUCK
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
ICELAND GULL
THAYER’S GULL
SHORT-EARED OWL
PEREGRINE FALCON
NORTHERN SHRIKE
HERMIT THRUSH
FOX SPARROW

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
12/19: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen from Carncross Road. A KILLDEER was seen at Howland Island.
12/21: Two SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen at Martens Tract.

Oswego County
12/21: A HERMIT THRUSH was seen at Rice Creek Field Station in Oswego. Two THAYER’S GULLS were reported at Phoenix dam and lock, one adult and one juvenile. The juvenile has been seen up to the 24th. Also seen at Phoenix were multiple GLAUCOUS GULLS, ICELAND GULLS and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS. These gulls have been seen daily since the 21st. up to and including today.
12/23: Two PEREGRINE FALCONS were again seen at the old power plant in Oswego. Possible breeders?
12/26: ICELAND, GLAUCOUS, and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were all reported at Oswego Harbor.

Onondaga County
12/21: The same gulls reported from the Oswego County section in Phoenix were visible from the Onondaga County side of the Oswego River. It should be noted that the county line runs through the middle of the river so this should be taken into account when listing your birds.
12/23: Two female RUDDY DUCKS were seen at the end of the Onondaga Creek creek walk near Destiny Mall in Syracuse. A FOX SPARROW was seen along the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake.
12/25: A ROSS’S GOOSE was seen at the confluence of the Oneida and Seneca Rivers south of Phoenix.

Madison County
12/20: A SANDHILL CRANE was again seen on Ditchbank Road north of Chittenango.
12/22: An ICELAND GULL was seen on Hardwood Island Road north of Canastota.

Oneida County
12/22: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Harris Road in the town of Deerfield.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of December 12, 2016

CATTLE EGRET
SANDHILL CRANE
TRUMPETER SWAN
CACKLING GOOSE
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
ICELAND GULL
BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE
SHORT-EARED OWL
SNOWY OWL
FISH CROW
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET
HERMIT THRUSH
GRAY CATBIRD
OREGON JUNCO
EASTERN TOWHEE
FOX SPARROW
PINE SISKIN

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
12/13: One CATTLE EGRET was seen on East Tyre Road. No report since this day.
12/14: Forty SANDHILL CRANES were seen in the Armitage Road fields. A SHORT-EARED OWL was noted on the Waugh Raptor site at the west end of Tschache Pool in a restricted area.
12/18: Sixty TRUMPETER SWANS were seen on the Wayne County side of Armitage Road.

Onondaga County
12/12: A FOX SPARROW was seen in Oakwood Cemetery in Syracuse.
12/16: An EASTERN TOWHEE was seen at a feeder on Valley Drive in Elbridge.
12/17: The Syracuse Christmas Count was held this day. Highlights were:

HERMIT THRUSH – Erie Canal Trail near Green Lakes.

RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET – Inner Harbor near Destiny.

ICELAND GULL – East Shore Trail on Onondaga Lake

RUSTY BLACKBIRD – Erie Canal Trail Fayetteville.

Oswego County
12/13: A CACKLING GOOSE was seen at Sandy Pond on Lake Ontario.
12/14: A PINE SISKIN was seen at a feeder on Hinman Road north of Pulaski.
12: 18: The Oswego Christmas Count was held this day. Highlights were:

OREGON JUNCO

GRAY CATBIRD – Gardenier Road north of SUNY Oswego

FISH CROW – Minetto

SNOWY OWL – Oswego County Airport on Howard Road.

BLACK-LEGGED KITTYWAKE – Indian Point north of Fulton on Oswego      River.

LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL – Fulton

GLAUCOUS GULL – Oswego Harbor

ICELAND GULL – Oswego Harbor.

12/19: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at the Lock in Phoenix.

Madison County
12/18: A SANDHILL CRANE continues at the intersection of Gee Road and Ditchbank Road north of Chittenango. An ICELAND GULL was seen on Ditchbank Road north of Chittenango.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of December 05, 2016

CATTLE EGRET
SANDHILL CRANE
CACKLING GOOSE
PEREGRINE FALCON
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
GLAUCOUS GULL
ICELAND GULL
SNOWY OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
GRAY CATBIRD
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
PINE SISKIN
EVENING GROSBEAK

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Two CATTLE EGRETS are hanging on and were seen through yesterday on East Tyre Road.
12/6: A SNOWY OWL was seen in the mucklands along Rt. 31 west of the Seneca River.
12/7: Two late LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS were seen on Armitage Road. A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen along the wildlife drive.
12/11: Eighty-nine SANDHILL CRANES were seen in the fields on Armitage Road.

Cayuga County
12/6: Two EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen at Fair Haven State Park.

Onondaga County
12/7: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.
12/11: Three very late ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were seen and photographed along the creek walk near Destiny in Syracuse. Another was seen today at the end of the creek walk at the south end of Onondaga Lake.

Oswego County
12/6: A PEREGRINE FALCON and a GLAUCOUS GULL were found at Oswego Harbor.
12/8: A late and possibly overwintering GRAY CATBIRD was seen on Thompson road south of SUNY Oswego.
12/11: A SNOWY OWL was seen at Derby Hill.
12/12: An ICELAND GULL and a PEREGRINE FALCON were seen in Phoenix near the Oswego River.

Madison County
12/10: An ICELAND GULL was seen on Ditchbank Road north of Chittenango. A CACKLING GOOSE was seen at the south end of Cazenovia at the boat launch.

Oneida County
12/6: An EVENING GROSBEAK was seen at Spring Farms Nature Center south of Clinton.
12/11: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Miller Road south of Willianstown.

Herkimer County
12/5: A PINE SISKIN was seen at a feeder on Military Road north of Dolgeville.
12/8: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen hunting at a feeder on Military Road north of Dolgeville.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of November 28, 2016

RED-THROATED LOON
CATTLE EGRET
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN
TUNDRA SWAN
TRUMPETER SWAN
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
SANDHILL CRANE
PURPLE SANDPIPER
GLAUCOUS GULL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
MARSH WREN
EVENING GROSBEAK

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Two CATTLE EGRETS remain in the area as of today. They have been seen on East Tyre Road with horses and not at Goose Haven.
11/30: Fifty-three TUNDRA SWANS were seen in the mucklands along Rt. 31 just west of the Seneca River. Two MARSH WRENS remain along the Wildlife Trail.
12/2: Four TRUMPETER SWANS were seen in the Armitage Road fields. 6 SANDHILL CRANES were seen from East Road, substantially fewer than numbers of a few weeks ago.

Cayuga County
11/30: An EVENING GROSBEAK was noted from Fair Haven State Park. An (the) AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was seen at Fair Haven State Park for the second time in recent weeks. It was seen again on December 1. It then (assuming it is the same bird) showed up at the south end of Cayuga Lake for two days and was seen drifting south at the end of Sunday.
12/1: A GLAUCOUS GULL and a RED-THROATED LOON were reported at Fair Haven State Park.
12/4: A PURPLE SANDPIPER has returned to Fair Haven State Park. It was seen at it’s usual place at the end of the east break wall and on the south side. It was reported again today.

Onondaga County
12/3: A FISH CROW was seen at the farm on Vincent Corners Road in Fabius.
12/5: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville. It was near the duck blind on Smokey Hollow Road, the same location where one was seen for several weeks last year,

Madison County
12/3: 2 SANDHILL CRANES remain at an onion farm on Gee Road north of Chittenango. An EVENING GROSBEAK was seen at a feeder on Carpenter Road in Sheds. This has been one of the only consistent places to find these birds in the last few years.

Oneida County
11/30: A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen on Town Line Road west of Rt. 26.
12/4: An EVENING FGROSBEAK was seen at Spring Farms Nature Sanctuary south of Clinton. A RED-THROATED LOON was seen at Sylvan Beach on Oneida Lake.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of November 21, 2016

RED-THROATED LOON
AMERICAN BITTERN
CATTLE EGRET
RED-NECKED GREBE
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN
TUNDRA SWAN
SNOW GOOSE
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
SANDHILL CRANE
DUNLIN
ICELAND GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
MARSH WREN

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Good numbers of waterfowl continue in the main pool along the Wildlife Trail. The CATTLE EGRETS continue at Goose Haven although the number is down to three and the birds are sometimes seen to the west of East Tyre Road with horses.
11/25: A late MARSH WREN and FIELD SPARROW were seen on the wildlife trail.
11/27: TUNDRA SWANS (no number given) were seen on the Wildlife Trail. The first big group (1450) of SNOW GEESE was seen in flight on the Wildlife Trail. A late AMERICAN BITTERN was seen on the Wildlife Trail. Sixty-three SANDHILL CRANES were seen on Armitage Road.

Cayuga County
11/23: Two RED-NECKED GREBES were seen at Fair Haven State Park.
11/25: Five RED-THROATED LOONS were seen at Fair Haven State Park.
11/27: An ICELAND GULL and a DUNLIN were seen at Fair Have State Park.

Onondaga County
11/25: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Banner Road in Tully.
11/26: A RED-THROATED LOON was see from Restoration Way on the east shore of Onondaga Lake.

Oswego County
11/23: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Rt. 104 in the Town of Scriba. A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen at Sunset Bay Park on Lake Ontario,
11/24: A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen on Rainbow Shores Road. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at Selkirk Shores State Park.
11/27: An ICELAND GULL was seen aat Oswego Harbor.

Madison County
11/23: A SANDHILL CRANE was seen again on Ditchbank Road north of Chittenango.

Herkimer County
11/24: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Military Road north of Dolgeville.

Jefferson County
11/28: An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was seen at the Black River Bay Fishing Area off of Military Road in the Town of Hounsfield.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of November 14, 2016

RED-THROATED LOON
CATTLE EGRET
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
TRUMPETER SWAN
CACKLING GOOSE
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
EURASIAN WIGEON
PEREGRINE FALCON
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
SANDHILL CRANE
LITTLE GULL
ICELAND GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE
NORTHERN SHRIKE
MARSH WREN
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET
EVENING GROSBEAK

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
11/16: CATTLE EGRETS were again seen at Goose Haven. They were reported through 11/19. A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen at the Visitor’s Center.
11/18: Shorebirds are not gone yet (although after today they probably are.) A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS were still being found along the Wildlife Trail and in Benning Marsh. The Greater was seen through the 19th. and the White-Rumped and Lesser were seen through the 20th. Ten TRUMPETER SWANS were seen at the Audubon Center. An EURASIAN WIGEON was again spotted in the Main Pool. 11/19: Fifty-five SANDHILL CRANES were seen from East Road. A late MARSH WREN was seen along the Wildlife Drive.
11/20: A CACKLING GOOSE was spotted along the Wildlife Drive.

Cayuga County
11/16: A SNOWY OWL was reported on Rt. 104A in the Town of Sterling.

Onondaga County
11/14: A late RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was seen on Jamesville Ave. in Syracuse.
11/15: Twelve GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE found at Beaver Lake last week continued through 11/18. No reports since. A GREATER YELLOWLEGS was seen at Otisco Lake Park.
11/16: A single EVENING GROSBEAK was seen at Beaver Lake Nature Center.
11/17: A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen at the Inner Harbor near Destiny Shopping Mall in Syracuse.
11/19: A late RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was seen along the West Shore hiking trail on Onondaga Lake.

Oswego County
11/17: An ICELAND GULL was seen at Oswego Harbor.
11/18: A RED-THROATED LOON was seen at Selkirk Shores on Lake Ontario.
11/20: A LITTLE GULL, a BLACK-LEGGED KITTYWAKE and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were all seen on favorable winds at Derby Hill.

Madison County
11/15: A CACKLING GOOSE was seen on Woodman Pond north of Hamilton.
11/19: A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen on Irish Hill Road south of Cazenovia. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Holmes Road south of Cazenovia.
11/20: Two SANDHILL CRANES were seen on Gee Road north of Chittenango.

Oneida County
11/14: A CACKLING GOOSE was seen along Rt. 365 west oh Hollend Patent.

Herkimer County
11/17: Two EVENING GROSBEAKS were at a feeder north of Dolgeville.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of November 07, 2016

RED-THROATED LOON
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN
CATTLE EGRET
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
CACKLING GOOSE
BRANT
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
EURASIAN WIGEON
SANDHILL CRANE
HUDSONIAN GODWIT
ICELAND GULL
BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE
PALM WARBLER
EVENING GROSBEAK

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
11/12: A late PALM WARBLER was seen at Mays Point. 66 SANDHILL CRANES and a CACKLING GOOSE were seen from East Road. 7 CATTLE EGRETS were seen at Goose Haven on Rt. 89. A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen at Lock 25 on Rt. 89.
11/13: An EURASIAN WIGEON continues along the Wildlife Drive. Sixty-nine SANDHILL CRANES were seen from East Road. The CATTLE EGRETS continue to be seen at Goose Haven on Rt.89.

Cayuga County
11/10: A RED-THROATED LOON was spotted at Fair Haven State Park.
11/12: An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was spotted on the pond at Fair Haven State Park. After being put up by a boat it was spotted flying from West Barrier Beach to the west but has not been reported since.

Onondaga County
11/7: A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen on Onondaga Lake at Willow Bay.
11/8: An astounding 12 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were seen on Beaver Lake west of Baldwinsville. They have been seen each day since through yesterday. A HUDSONIAN GODWIT was found on Oxbow Road near the Gerber Topsoil Farm in the Town of Cicero. It was seen through 11/10 but has not been reported since. An EVENING GROSBEAK was seen at the confluence of the Oneida and Seneca Rivers south of Phoenix.
11/9: Fifty-five BRANT were seen at the confluence of the Seneca and Oneida Rivers.

Oswego County
11/11: A BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE was seen from the bluff at Derby Hill on Lake Ontario. Two BRANT and an ICELAND GULL were seen at Oswego Harbor.

Madison County
11/12: A CACKLING GOOSE was seen on Woodman Pond north of Hamilton.

Herkimer County
11/10: Two EVENING GROSBEAKS were at a feeder north of Dolgeville.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of October 31, 2016

CATTLE EGRET
TRUMPETER SWAN
CACKLING GOOSE
BRANT
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
EURASIAN WIGEON
GOLDEN EAGLE
SANDERLING
SANDHILL CRANE
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
SAW-WHET OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
EVENING GROSBEAK
LAPLAND LONGSPUR

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
11/1: A late WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was seen along the Wildlife Drive.
11/4: Seven CATTLE EGRETS were found with the cows at Goose Haven on Rt. 89. Some of them flew to the Wildlife Drive and were seen in flight and on the road. They have been seen daily at Goose Haven including today.
11/5: An EURASIAN WIGEON was found in the main pool along the Wildlife Drive and has been seen each day since.
11/6: A CACKLING GOOSE was seen at the Visitor’s Center pool. TUNDRA SWANS were seen from VanDyne Spoor Road and TRUMPETER SWANS were seen from Carncross Road.

Cayuga County
11/2: An EVENING GROSBEAK was found at Fair Haven State Park. 2 EVENING GROSBEAKS were found at the Sterling Nature Center.
11/5: A SANDERLING was seen at the West Barrier Beach in Fair Haven.
11/7: A SANDERLING and 2 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen at Fair Haven State Park.

Onondaga County
11/2: Four CATTLE EGRETS were found at a farm on Old seneca Turnpike north of Skaneateles. Unfortunately they were not relocated after this day.
11/5: A BRANT was seen at the south end of Onondaga Lake at the end of the Creekwalk.
11/6: All three SCOTERS were seen at Maple Bay on the west side of Onondaga Lake.

Oswego County
11/3: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Rt. 17 north of Redfield.
11/5: A BLACK SCOTER was seen on Lake Neatahwanta in Fulton.
11/7: All three SCOTERS were seen in Oswego Harbor.

Madison County
11/2: A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen from Rt.13 north of Cazenovia. 2 SANDHILL CRANES were seen on Gee Road north of Chittenango.
11/6: A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen on Ditchbank Road north of Chittenango. A CACKLING GOOSE was seen on Woodman Pond north of Hamilton.

Oneida County
11/5: Twelve PINE SISKINS were seen at Spring Farm Nature Sanctuary south of Clinton.

Herkimer County
10/31: A PINE SISKIN was seen at a feeder north of Dolgeville.A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen on Wheelock Pond north of Litchfield.
11/4: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen hunting at a feeder north of Dolgeville.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of October 24, 2016

TRUMPETER SWAN
BARNACLE GOOSE
CACKLING GOOSE
BRANT
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
EURASIAN WIGEON
GOLDEN EAGLE
SANDHILL CRANE
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
HUDSONIAN GODWIT
SAW-WHET OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
BLACKPOLL
EVENING GROSBEAK
LAPLAND LONGSPUR

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
It looks like Shorebird season is finally over at Montezuma but now we turn our attention to waterfowl. In excess of 20 species were reported this week highlighted by TRUMPETER SWAN, EURASIAN WIGEON and CACKLING GOOSE.
10/26: A MERLIN was seen along the Wildlife Drive.
10/29: PINE SISKINS were seen at the Visitor’s Center. 14 SANDHILL CRANES were seen from East Road.
10/30: A CACKLING GOOSE and an EURASIAN WIGEON were reported from the Wildlife Drive.

Cayuga County
10/20: A BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER was seen from the east breakwall at Fair Haven State Park.

Onondaga County
10/24: A CACKLING GOOSE was seen on Beaver Lake.
10/30: A late BLACKPOLL WARBLER was seen on the west shore trail at Onondaga Lake.

Oswego County
10/24: A BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER was seen at Deer Creek Marsh.
10/26: Two EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen at a feeder along Rt. 17 in Willianstown. Up to 15 were seen during the next days. They were seen on the 30th but were missed today.
10/27: An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was found at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Oswego.
10/29: A SAW-WHET OWL was heard at a residence on Kibbe Road west of Mexico.
10/31: All three SCOTERS and a LAPLAND LONGSPUR were found at Oswego Harbor.

Madison County
10/25: A CACKLING GOOSE and a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE were seen on Woodman Pond.
10/26: A HUDSONIAN GODWIT was found on Gee Road north of Chittenango.
10/27: The HUDSONIAN GODWIT was relocated at Gee Road but has not been seen since. A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was seen on Ditchbank Road.
10/228: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Eden Hollow Road. 2 SANDHILL CRANES were seen on North Main street north of Canastota.

Oneida County
10/30: A CACKLING GOOSE and a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE were seen on Allen Road south of Clayville.

Herkimer County
10/24: Two very rare for Region 5 BARNACLE GEESE and a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE were spotted and well photographed at a pond on Cederville Road in the Town of Litchfield. The BARNACLE GEESE were observed and photographed by many birders up to 10/29. Attempts on 10/30 and today have turned up empty. The GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was more cooperative and also showed up at other locations in the area. Up to 9 CACKLING GEESE have been seen in the area also.
10/25: Up to 12 EVENING GROSBEAKS have been seen at a feeder north of Dolgeville. They have been seen through10/30.
10/30: A BRANT and a GOLDEN EAGLE were seen at the Cederville Road area.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of October 17, 2016

RED-THROATED LOON
AMERICAN BITTERN
CACKLING GOOSE
BRANT
ROSS’S GOOSE
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
RED PHALAROPE
PARASITIC JAEGER
BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE
SWAINSON’S THRUSH
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
LINCOLN’S SPARROW

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Shorebird species were down to eight this week. I guess all good things must come to an end. The bulk again came from the Visitor’s Center and Wildlife Drive but also from Tschache Pool, VanDyne Spoor Road and the Loop Road Unit north of Rt. 31.
10/22: Ten LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS were seen in the marsh on VanDyne Spoor Road. Four BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, 5 SANDHILL CRANES and an early LAPLAND LONGSPUR were noted from the Loop Road Unit north of Rt. 31.
10/23: Eleven LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS were reported from Morgan Road.

Cayuga County
10/19: All three SCOTER species were seen at Fair Haven State Park.

Onondaga County
10/24: A late LINCOLN’S SPARROW was seen at the South Meadow Nature Area in Tully. Two SURF SCOTERS and a BLACK SCOTER were seen at Beaver Lake west of Baldwinsville.

Oswego County
10/22: A RED PHALAROPE and a PARASITIC JAEGER were seen from the bluff at Derby Hill.
10/23: Six PARASITIC JAEGERS, 3 BLACK-LEGGED KITTYWAKES, 3 RED-THROATED LOONS and all three SCOTERS were seen from the bluff at Derby Hill. Good numbers of BRANT were seen also.

Madison County
10/18: A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was still being seen at Woodman Pond.
10/19: A ROSS’S GOOSE was seen and photographed at Woodman Pond. It was reported up to the 23rd. A negative report came in this afternoon.

Oneida County
10/19: A late SWAINSON’S THRUSH was seen at Spring Farms Nature Center south of Clinton.

Herkimer County
10/20: A late AMERICAN BITTERN was seen at the Castle Road Pond north of Fairfield.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of October 10, 2016

CACKLING GOOSE
BRANT
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
EURASIAN WIGEON
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
STILT SANDPIPER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Twelve species of shorebirds were reported from the complex this week. Again all were reported either from the Visitor’s Center or along the Wildlife Drive. WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER and STILT SANDPIPER continue to hang around.
10/15: A male EURASIAN WIGEON was seen in the main pool. It was seen again today./14:
10/17: A LINCOLN’S SPARROW was seen along the Wildlife Drive near the carp barrier.

Cayuga County
10/17: Fifty-one BRANT were seen at Fair Haven State Park. One appeared to be injured. A BAIRD’S SANDPIPER was also seen.

Onondaga County
10/11: A CACKLING GOOSE was reported from Beaver Lake.
10:14: A late YELLOW-THROATED VIREO was seen on the Erie Canal Trail near Fayetteville.
10/16: A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was found at the Kirkville Pools Brook picnic area.

Oswego County
10/11: Two LINCOLN’S SPARROWS were seen on the wooded trails at Derby Hill.
10/16: A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was seen on Hinman Road.

Madison County
10/13: A pair of WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were seen on Bradley Brook Reservoir.
10/16: A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was spotted on Woodman Pond. It was seen multiple times this past week but was missed today.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of October 03, 2016

CACKLING GOOSE
BRANT
SANDHILL CRANE
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
STILT SANDPIPER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
BLACK-HEADED GULL

GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex

Only 11 species of shorebirds were reported this week. Highlights were STILT SANDPIPER and LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER. An interesting report of 5 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS at the Visitor’s Center was posted today. As usual all birds were reported from the Visitor’s Center and the Wildlife Trail although a juvenile LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER was reported from Kip Island.
10/9: Six SANDHILL CRANES were spotted from the tower at Tschache Pool. A CACKLING GOOSE was seen on Howland Island.

Onondaga County
10/4: A very rare for the region BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen and photographed at Oneida Shores Park. Unfortunately it has not been relocated.
10/8: A CACKLING GOOSE was seen on Beaver Lake.

10/9: A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was heard calling in the South of Syracuse.

Oswego County
10/6: Two GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSHES were seen feeding on the ground at a residence in Constantia.

Madison County
10/7: A Blue Phase SNOW GOOSE was seen on Woodman Pond.

Cayuga County
10/4: BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, SANDERLING and DUNLIN continue at Fair Haven State Park. Also 2 GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSHES were heard in flight.
10/9: The season’s first report of BRANT (29) were seen at Fair Haven State Park.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of September 26, 2016

RED-NECKED GREBE
BROWN BOOBY (Extralimital)
AMERICAN BITTERN
CACKLING GOOSE
RUDDY TURNSTONE
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
STILT SANDPIPER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
PHILADELPHIA VIREO
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Sixteen species of Shorebirds were reported at the complex this week. All were seen either at the Visitor’s Center or along the Wildlife Trail. A lesser number of species were seen at the Morgan Road Marsh but no different species were seen.Highlights were continuing BAIRD’S SANDPIPER, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER at the Visitor’s Center and an AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER along the Wildlife Drive.
9/28: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen on Eskerbrook Trail.

10/2: A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was a flyover at the Visitor’s Center. A TRUMPETER SWAN was seen at VanDyne Spoor Road Two Trumpeters were seen from Morgan Road.

Cayuga County

 9/28: A RUDDY TURNSTONE, 3 SANDERLINGS and 3 3 DUNLIN were seen along the breakwall at Fair Haven State Park.


Onondaga County

 10/1: A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH and an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER were found at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.
10/2: A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was seen along the Seneca River where the Oneida River joins to form the Oswego River. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was again found at Three Rivers WMA.

10/3: An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was again seen Three Rivers WMA.

Oswego County

10/2: A late AMERICAN BITTERN was seen at Deer Creek Marsh north of Port Ontario.

Madison County

 10/2: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen at Woodman Pond.


Oneida County
9/26: A CACKLING GOOSE was found at the Verona Swamp on Rt.31 west of Rt. 365.

10/3: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen at the Spring Farm Nature Sanctuary south of Clinton.

Herkimer County
9/27: An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at a private Residence north of Dolgeville.

Extralimital
The last sighting of the BROWN BOOBY was on 9/30. It was seen on Bouy #50 from Town Line Road (private) in Cayuga County.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of September 19, 2016

RED-NECKED GREB
BROWN BOOBY (Extralimital)
RUDDY TURNSTONE
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
STILT SANDPIPER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
PHILADELPHIA VIREO

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Seventeen species of SHOREBIRDS were seen at the complex this week. All but one, SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER which was found at the Morgan Road Marshes, were seen at the Visitor’s Center and along the Wildlife Drive. Highlights were STILT SANDPIPER, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, both DOWITCHERS, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER and AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER.
9/19: A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen along the Wildlife Drive.
9/25: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen on Esker Brook Trail.

Onondaga County
9/25: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO and numerous LINCOLN’S SPARROWS were found at various locations at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.

Oswego County
9/25: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO, a GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH and an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER were all seen at a private residence in Hastings. A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was found at Deer Creek Nature Center in Oswego.

Madison County
9/22: Three AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS were seen at the sod farm on Lakeport Road north of Chittenango.

Oneida County
9/25: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen at the Spring Farm Nature Sanctuary south of Clinton.

Cayuga County
9/23: A BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER and a RUDDY TURNSTONE were seen along the breakwall at Fairhaven State Park.
9/26: The BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER and RUDDY TURNSTONE were relocated at Fairhaven. A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was also found here near the toll gate.

Extralimital
The BROWN BOOBY reported last week is still present at the north end of Cayuga Lake. Except for a short excursion on Saturday to Lansing to the south, it was reported back at it’s favorite location, Bouy 49, yesterday. Best viewing seems to be from the east side from Town Line Road. This is a private road but some people have gotten permission to view from it. Check Cayugabirds for more particulars. No reports have been sent yet today.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of September 12, 2016

BROWN BOOBY (Extralimital)
YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
EURASIAN WIGEON
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
STILT SANDPIPER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
WILSON’S PHALAROPE
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH

ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Another good week for SHOREBIRDS with 17 species being reported from the complex. In addition to the more common species STILT SANDPIPER, LONG and SHORT BILLED DOWITCHER, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and WILSON’S PHALAROPE were all found. All 17 species were seen either at the Visitor’s Center or along the Wildlife Trail. WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and STILT SANDPIPER were also noted at the Morgan Road Marshes.
9/15: A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was found on the Esker Brook Trail.
9/16: A late COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen along the Wildlife Trail.
9/17: An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen on the Esker Brook Trail. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was reported on the Wildlife Trail. An EURASIAN WIGEON was found at Mays Point Pool. A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was seen in the wooded area of VanDyne Spoor Road.

Onondaga County
9/12: Two late COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.

9/15 A rare for upstate YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was found on the widewater area of the Erie Canal east of Burdick Road in Fayetteville. The bird is a juvenile and is being seen where the feeder canal comes in by the aquaduct. It was reported again today!

Madison County
9/19: 9 AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS were seen at the Sky High Sod Farm on Lakeport Road north of Chittenango.

Oneida County
9/15: A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen at the Spring Farm Nature Sanctuary south of Clinton.

Extralimital
9/17: A BROWN BOOBY, sighted at the north end of Cayuga Lake on August 28 but absent since then, was refound in the same area on Saturday. It seems to favor Green Bouy 49. It was seen extensively yesterday from both sides of the lake but mostly from Lower Lake Road on the west side and was reported again today on the same bouy.

A question. Which county is this bird in when it is on the buoy?


Rare Bird Alert for the week of September 05, 2016

BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
STILT SANDPIPER
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
WILSON’S PHALAROPE
RED PHALAROPE
LONG-TAILED JAEGER
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER
PHILADELPHIA VIREO
LINCOLN’S SPARROW

PINE SISKIN

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Another good week for SHOREBIRDS with 15 species reported including WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, LONG and SHORT BILLED DOWITCHERS, WILSON’S PHALAROPE, STILT SANDPIPER and BAIRD’S SANDPIPER. Most birds were reported at the Visitor’s Center and along the Wildlife Trail. Baird’s Sandpiper and Stilt Sandpiper were seen only at Morgan Road. 10 species of WARBLERS were reported also.
9/5: A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen at the Visitor’s Center. A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was found along Towpath Road.
9/10: A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen on Towpath Road.

Onondaga County
9/7: A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen along the Seneca River south of Phoenix.
9/9: Seven Shorebird species including SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER and PECTORAL SANDPIPER were seen at Van Buren Park south of Baldwinsville.
9/10: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was see at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville. A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was seen at the Dewitt Landfill.

9/11: A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen on the Creekwalk north of Hiawatha Boulevard in Syracuse.

Oswego County
9/8: A LINCOLN’S SPARROW was seen at Derby Hill.
9/9: A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen at a private residence in Hastings.
9/11: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen at the Great Bear Recreation Area north of Phoenix. A LONG-TAILED JAEGER was seen and photographed at Derby Hill.

Madison County
9/5: Two AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS were seen at the Sky High Sod Farm on Lakeport Road. A WILSON’S PHALAROPE was seen on Bradley Brook Resivoir south of West Eaton.
9/6: A RED PHALAROPE was seen on Bradley Brook reservoir.


Oneida County
9/7: A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen at the Spring Farm Nature Sanctuary south of Clinton.
9/10: A PINE SISKIN. a PHILADELPHIA VIREO and a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER were all seen at the Spring Farm Nature Center.

Herkimer County
9/7: A PINE SISKIN was seen on Soncody Road north of West Winfield.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of August 29, 2016

BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
RUDDY TURNSTONE
SANDERLING
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER
STILT SANDPIPER
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
FORSTER’S TERN
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER
PHILADELPHIA VIREO
PINE SISKIN

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Another great week for shorebirds. Seventeen species in all were reported from the complex. 14 species were seen from the Visitor’s Center and along the Wildlife Trail Highlight’s were BAIRD’S SANDPIPER, STILT SANDPIPER,  WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and RUDDY TURNSTONE. Another 3 species were added at the Morgan Road Marshes highlighted by RED-NECKED PHALAROPE and LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER. 
9/4: A LEAST BITTERN was reported along the Wildlife Drive. A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen from the Visitor’s Center. The RUDDY TURNSTONE continues at the Visitor’s Center. 2 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES still at Morgan Road Marshes.

Onondaga County
8/31: A BAIRD’S SANDPIPER was seen at Oneida Shores Park in Brewerton.
9: 4: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen at the end of the Creekwalk near the Destiny Mall in Syracuse. 3 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen over the Seneca River near Radisson.

Oswego County
9/2: A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER and a SANDERLING were seen at Sandy Island State Park on Lake Ontario.
9/4: A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen over the City of Fulton.
9/5: A PINE SISKIN was at a feeder in Hastings.

Madison County
9/4: At the Cornell Biological Field Station north of Bridgeport the following birds were recorded. BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, PHILADELPHIA VIREO and 13 species of Warblers. At the Sky High Sod Farm on Lakeport Road 2 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS and 7 AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS were spotted.

Oneida County
9/1: An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen at Delta Lake.
9/3: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was found at Verona Beach State Park. A SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER was seen at Delta Lake.
Herkimer County
9/1: A PINE SISKIN was seen at a feeder north of Dolgeville.

Cayuga County
8/31: A RUDY TURNSTONE, 4 SANDERLINGS and a FORSTER’S TERN were seen at West Barrier Beach at Fairhaven.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of August 22, 2016

BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
SANDERLING
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER
STILT SANDPIPER
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER
BOREAL CHICKADEE

Just a heads up to you birders. Songbird migration has started as evidenced by reports this week of WILSON’S WARBLER, CAPE MAY WARBLER, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER and YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER.

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Fourteen species of shorebirds were reported at the complex this week, mostly along the Wildlife Drive since Knox-Marsellus and Puddler’s are still dry. Highlights were both DOWITCHERS (Morgan Road Marsh), STILT SANDPIPER, BAIRD’S SANDPIPER and I believe the first AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER.
8/27: Four RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS (2 adult, 2 juveniles) were seen on May’s Point Road. An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen on Howland Island.

Onondaga County
8/23: A BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER was seen at Oneida Shores Park. 
8/24: Nine species of Shorebirds including a SANDERLING were seen at Three Rivers WMA off of Smokey Hollow Road. A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was also seen.
8/27: A SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER was seen at Three Rivers WMA.
8/28: A BAIRD’S SANDPIPER was found along Rt.31 west of Bridgeport across from the Alex Lyon and Son business.

Oswego County
8/28: A RUDDY TURNSTONE was seen at Fort Ontario in Oswego.

Madison County
8/27: Two BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS and a BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER were found at the Sky-High Sod Farm on Lakeport Road north of Chittenango. 5 BUFF-BREASTEDS were counted on the 28th.

Oneida County

8/22: Six species of Shorebirds including 2 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS were seen at Delta Lake. One of the Dowitchers was seen again on the 24th.

Herkimer County
8/22: A BOREAL CHICKADEE was seen on Bald Mountain off of Rt. 28 between Old Forge and Eagle Bay.

     

 

Rare Bird Alert for the week of August 15, 2016

BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
SANDERLING
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER
STILT SANDPIPER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex 
Fourteen species of shorebirds were reported at the complex this week.  Except for a STILT SANDPIPER seen in flight at South Spring Pool on 8/17 all were seen in the Mail Pool or along the Wildlife Drive. Knox-Marsellus and Puddlers  Marshes are nearly dry and hold little habitat. Even Mays Point Pool which had been productive in past weeks was not very active this week.
8/17: A BAIRD’S SANDPIPER was reported along the Wildlife Drive.
8/20: A BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER was reported in the Main Pool. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was found at the beginning of the Wildlife Drive. An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen on Mays Point Road.
Onondaga County
Ten species of shorebirds were seen at the Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville this week. Most were seen from the duck blind off of Smokey Hollow Road. Highlight were 2 SANDERLINGS on 8/20. A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen from the same area that evening also.
Madison County
8/21: The season’s first BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was seen at the Sky High Sod Farm on Lakeport Road north of Chittenango.
Oneida County
8/17: Seven species of shorebirds including 2 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS and a LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER were seen at Delta Lake.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of August 08, 2016

RED-NECKED GREBE
SNOW GOOSE
AMERICAN WIGEON
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK
SORA
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
STILT SANDPIPER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
ORCHARD ORIOLE
PINE SISKIN
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Fifteen species of shorebirds were reported from the complex this week. Nothing new for the season. Highlight’s were BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER at Towpath Road and BAIRD’S SANDPIPER at Morgan Road.
8/9: A BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER was seen at Towpath Road..
8/11: Nine species of shorebirds including SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER and STILT SANDPIPER were seen along the Wildlife Drive, 
8/12: A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was reported at Morgan Road Marsh.
8/13: Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen at the end of Mays Point Road. 2 SANDHILL CRANES  and a lingering SNOW GOOSE were seen from East Road. 7 species of shorebirds including a juvenile BAIRD’S SANDPIPER were seen at the Morgan Road Marsh. A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen there also. 
8/15: The BAIRD’S SANDPIPER was again seen at Morgan Road.
Onondaga County
8/10: A GREAT EGRET was seen at the end of the Creekwalk near the Destiny Shopping Mall.
8/11: A SORA was found along the Creekwalk.
8/14: A female AMERICAN WIGEON continues in the Seneca River below the bridge  in Baldwinsville.
8/15: Six species of shorebirds and 4 GREAT EGRETS were seen from duck blind on Smokey Hollow Road in Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.
Oswego County
8/14: Seven species of shorebirds including a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER were seen in a wet area at the corner of Rt.1 and Lakeview Road in the Town of Scriba.
Madison County
8/8: A RED-NECKED GREBE was found on Woodman Pond.
8/9: Five species of the more common shorebirds were seen at Woodman Pond.
Oneida County
8/12: Nine species of the more common shorebirds were seen at the Main Street Fishing Access at Delta Lake.
Herkimer County
8/8: PINE SISKINS were reported at a feeder north of Eagle Bay.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of August 01, 2016

 
LEAST BITTERN
AMERICAN WIGEON
GREATER SCAUP
RUDDY TURNSTONE
SANDERLING
STILT SANDPIPER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
ORCHARD ORIOLE
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Shorebirds picked up this week with 16 species being reported. New were RUDDY TURNSTONE in the Main Pool and SANDERLING at the Visitor’s Center. Both birds were reported on 8/3. However the greatest numbers and diversity seems to be at May’s Point Pool.
8/3: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen on the Wildlife Drive.A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was found at May’s Point Pool.

8/7: A STILT SANDPIPER was again seen at May’s Point Pool. A LEAST BITTERN was seen from VanDyne Spoor Road.

Onondaga County
8/6: Ten species of Shorebirds were seen at Three Rivers WMA from the Smokey Hollow Road access including PECTORAL SANDPIPER and SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER. 6 GREAT EGRETS were there also.
8/8: A female  AMERICAN WIGEON was seen in the Seneca River in Baldwinsville.
Oneida County
8/2: Nine species of Shorebirds were seen at Delta Lake including SANDERLING and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER. 
8/6: Ten species of Shorebirds including the SANDERLING and the WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER were again seen at Delta Lake. 19 GREAT EGRETS were also counted.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of July 25, 2016

BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
STILT SANDPIPER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
ORCHARD ORIOLE
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Thirteen species of shorebirds were reported from the complex this week. Nothing new and the Baird’s Sandpiper was nowhere to be seen. Knox-Marsellus is pretty dry and most birds are being reported along the Wildlife Drive and Mays Point Pool.  Best birds were LONG BILLED DOWITCHER at the Wildlife Drive and STILT SANDPIPER at Mays Point Pool.
7/29: Three immature CANVASBACKS were seen at the Sandhill Crane Unit.
7/30 Three REDHEADS were seen along the Wildlife Drive.
7/31: A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON and 3 SANDHILL CRANES including a young bird were seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh. Three RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS including a young bird were seen on Mays Point Road.
Onondaga County
7/27: Two ORCHARD ORIOLES and a PECTORAL SANDPIPER were seen at Jamesville Beach State Park.
Oneida County
7/28: Six species of shorebirds including a Pectoral Sandpiper were seen at Delta Lake.
Many shorebird areas in region 5 are reporting good numbers of LEAST SANDPIPER, some SOLITARY and SPOTTED SANDPIPERS and both YELLOWLEGS but not too much else.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of July 18, 2016

STILT SANDPIPER
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
ORCHARD ORIOLE
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Thirteen species of Shorebirds were reported from the complex this week. A RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was seen along the Wildlife Drive on 7/24. STILT SANDPIPERS were seen along the wildlife Drive on 7/19 and at Howland Island on 7/20. A BAIRD’S SANDPIPER was seen on Bennings Marsh ON 7/24.
7/23: A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen along the Wildlife Drive.
7/24: A SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER was seen along the Wildlife Drive.
Onondaga County
7/25: KILLDEER, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, WILSON’S SNIPE and at least 35 LEAST SANDPIPERS were seen from the duck blind at Three Rivers WMA off of Smokey Hollow Road north of Baldwinsville.
Madison County
7/23: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen on Marsh Mill Road south of Bridgeport.
Oneida County
7/18: Three MERLINS were seen near a private residence in Urica.
7/19: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at the Verona Beach Woods east of the State Park.
7/21: Five species of shorebirds including 5 SOLITARY SANDPIPERS were seen at Delta Lake.
Herkimer County
7/19: Four species of shorebirds including 19 LEAST SANDPIPERS were seen at the McKoon’s pond and wetland south of Mohawk.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of July 11, 2016

BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
WHIP-POOR-WILL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
ORCHARD ORIOLE
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Twelve species of shorebirds were reported from the complex this week, most coming along the Wildlife Drive or in Knox-Marsellus Marsh.
7/13: A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh.
7/14: A STILT SANDPIPER was among seven shorebird species seen along the wildlife Drive. Dowitchers were seen also but were not positively identified.
7/17: Five PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS including 3 fledglings were seen on the Erie Canal north of Tschache Pool. They were seen from kayaks as there is no foot access to this location. Another adult PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was seen from a kayak on the east side of Howland Island.
Onondaga County
7/12: Four species of shorebirds including SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPER were seen at Jamesville Beach.
7/16: An adult male RUDDY DUCK continues at Beaver Lake.
7/17: Two ORCHARD ORIOLES were seen in the fields above Green Lakes State Park. Five species of shorebirds including LEAST SANDPIPER were seen in a wet area along New Seneca Turnpike northeast of Skaneateles. A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen from Mercer Park in Baldwinsville. 
Oneida County
7/11: A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW continues at Spring Farm Nature Sanctuary south of Clinton.
7/14: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen in the woods east of Verona Beach State Park.
Herkimer County
7/11: A WHIP-POOR-WILL was again heard in an area in the Town of Salisbury on private property.
7/17: Six species of shorebirds including SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPER were seen in a pond on McKoons Road north of Mohawk.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of July 04, 2016

LEAST BITTERN
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCK (Extralimital)
RING-NECKED DUCK
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
BLACK TERN
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
SWAINSON’S THRUSH
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
ORCHARD ORIOLE
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Ten species of shorebirds were reported from the complex this week, most coming from Knox-Marsellus Pool. Best bird was a LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER.
7/7: Tw PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS were seen while kayaking on the Clyde River on the north side of Tschache Pool. Note there is no walking access to this spot.
7/9: A LEAST BITTERN was seen along the Wildlife Drive. A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen at the Visitor’s Center. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was again seen on South Mays Point Road. 26 BLACK TERNS were seen at Kip Island.
Onondaga County
7/7: SOLITARY SANDPIPER, LEAST SANDPIPER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS were spotted on Gully Road off of New Turnpike Road northeast of Skaneateles.
7/9: An AMERICAN BITTERN was seen along the west shore trail of Onondaga Lake. 6 ORCHARD ORIOLES were seen in the fields above Green Lakes State Park.
Madison County
7/5: A rare for summer RING-NECKED DUCK was seen Woodman Pond.
Oneida County
7/4: Three SWAINSON’S THRUSHES were found near Lake Julia north of Remson.
7/6: A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW continues at Spring Farm Nature Sanctuary south of Clinton.
Cayuga County
7/10: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at the Bluff Picnic Area of Fairhaven State Park.
Extralimital
7/11: 6 BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCKS were spotted at Allan Tremen Park at the south end of Cayuga Lake (Tompkins County) in Ithaca. They were last seen north of this area on the Red Lighthouse Jetty. No reports since.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of June 27, 2016

RING-NECKED DUCK
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
WILSON’S PHALAROPE
PEREGRINE FALCON
WHIP-POOR-WILL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
ORCHARD ORIOLE
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge (MNWC) and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC)
Shorebirds are picking up this week with 10 species reported highlighted by WILSON’S PHALAROPE and LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER. Both were seen at Knox-Marsellus Pool.
6/28: Two SANDHILL CRANES were seen in the marsh on Carncross Road.
7/2: Seven species of shorebirds were seen at Knox-Marsellus Pool including a female WILSON’S PHALAROPE in alternate (breeding) plumage. A rare for summer male RING-NECKED DUCK was seen flying on the Wildlife Trail.
7/3: One of the RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS was seen on Mays Point Road. Three BLACK TERNS were seen at Knox-Marsellus Pool. 2 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS were among 7 species of shorebirds seen at Knox-Marsellus Pool.
Onondaga County
7/1: Four ORCHARD ORIOLES were seen at Cedar Bay Park in Fayetteville.
Herkimer County
7/4: A WHIP-POOR-WILL was seen on a dirt road in the Town of Salisbury.
Oneida County
7/3: A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen from Genessee Street in Utica where they are recently breeding.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of June 20, 2016

LEAST BITTERN
EURASIAN WIGEON
BLACK-NECKED STILT
UPLAND SANDPIPER
PEREGRINE FALCON
ACADIAN FLYCATCHER.
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
ORCHARD ORIOLE
Montezuma National Wildlife Complex (MNWC) and Montezuma Wetlands Complex

Only eight species of shorebirds were reported from the complex this week. However one of them was a BLACK-NECKED STILT so that made it very exciting. Unfortunately the last sighting was on 6/21. Also there have been no new reports of the Gargeny.
6/21: A male EURASIAN WIGEON was again seen from East Road.
6/23: LEAST BITTERNS were seen on Towpath Road and VanDyne Spoor Road.
6/24: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen on VanDyne Spoor Road.
Onondaga County.

6/25: Six ORCHARD ORIOLES were found at Green Lakes State Park on an Onondaga Audubon Field Trip. An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER was found at Whiskey Hollow, about a month later than usual.
Oswego County

6/25: A GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was seen along the power lines near O’connor Road in the Town of Scriba.
Oneida County

6/22: Four PEREGRINE FALCONS were seen near the Seneca Street Park in Utica.
6/23: A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was again seen at the Spring Farm Nature Sanctuary south of Clinton.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of June 13, 2016

LEAST BITTERN
SNOWY EGRET
GARGANEY
EURASIAN WIGEON
RUDDY DUCK
BLACK-NECKED STILT
SWAINSON’S THRUSH
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
ORCHARD ORIOLE
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
The big news this week is the mega-rarity BLACK-NECKED STILT that was found in Knox-Marsellus Marsh on 6/18. Luckily this bird has stuck around and has been seen by almost everyone who has looked for it. It was present this morning at the west end of Knox-Marsellus and easily picked out with a scope from East Road. Unfortunately the even more rare GARGANY has not been seen since 6/16.
6/17: A LEAST BITTERN was found at the Morgan Road marsh.
6/18: BLACK-NECKED STILT discovered at Knox-Marsellus Marsh from East Road.  An ERUASIAN WIGEON was also seen from East Road. A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was again found in the forested area on Armitage Road.
6/19: A LEAST BITTERN was found along Towpath Road.
Onondaga County
6/18: A SNOWY EGRET was found on Onondaga Lake from the new walking trail starting at the State Fair area.
6/20: Two adult male RUDDY DUCKS were seen on Beaver lake.
Oneida County
6/17: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen at Utica Marsh.
Oswego County
6/15: Three SWAINSON’S THRUSHES were heard along Otto Mills Road north of Redfield.
Cayuga County
6/19: Six PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS were seen and photographed by birders paddling around Howland’s Island. They appear to be in areas inaccessible by foot.
     

Rare Bird Alert for the week of June 06, 2016

BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
BLUE-WINGED TEAL
GARGANEY
ACADIAN FLYCATCHER
PHILADELPHIA VIREO
SWAINSON’S THRUSH
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
CERULEAN WARBLER
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
NELSON’S SPARROW
ORCHARD ORIOLE
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
The GARGANEY, first reported on 6/5 was seen throughout the week up to yesterday at Knox-Marsellus Marsh. There have been no reports negative or positive yet today. 10 species of Shorebirds and a Phalarope species were reported from the complex this week. Among them were BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER.
6/10: A NELSON’S SPARROW was seen and nicely photographed along the Wildlife Trail.
6/11: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen along the Wildlife Trail.
6/12: The PROTHONOTARY WARBLER at the Armitage Road wooded area was seen again. An ORCHARD ORIOLE and a BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON were found on VanDyne Spoor Road.
Cayuga County
6/9: An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER continues to be heard and seen at Sterling Nature Center.
Onondaga County
6/13: A CERULEAN WARBLER was heard and seen at eye level on the Lake Loop Trail at Beaver Lake Nature Center.

Oswego County
6/9: A SWAINSON’S THRUSH was heard on Otto Mills Road north of Redfield.
6/11: 3 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were found on Main Street in Richland.
Herkimer County
6/6: Two adult and 11 young BLUE-WINGED TEAL were seen and photographed in a pond on McKoon’s Road northeast of Richfield Springs.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of May 30, 2016

LEAST BITTERN
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
GARGANEY
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
UPLAND SANDPIPER
WHIP-POOR-WILL
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER
ACADIAN FLYCATCHER
PHILADELPHIA VIREO
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
ORCHARD ORIOLE
EVENING GROSBEAK

Montezuma National Wildlife Complex and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
5/30: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen on Mays Point Road.
6/3: A LEAST BITTERN was seen along the wildlife drive.
6/5: An extremely rare GARGANEY was found at Knox-Marsellus Marsh and was observed by many lucky birders. A special thank you to Jay McGowan who initially found the bird and helped put other birders scopes on the bird. Unfortunately there have been no positive reports on the Garganey today. Also seen in the marsh was a BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER. An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was found along Towpath Road. A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was found at VanDyne Spoor road. A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER continues in the forested area on Armitage Road.
6/6: A RUDDY DUCK and a LEAST BITTERN were reported from Towpath Road.
Oswego County
6/5: A WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was seen at Sandy Pond.
Onondaga County
5/30: A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was found near Dewitt Marsh.
5/31: A late COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen from Jamesvville Ave. in Syracuse.
6/1: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen at Green Lakes State Park.
6/4: An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER was heard briefly at the corner of 60 Road and Kellog Road at the Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.
Madison County
5/31: An ORCHARD ORIOLE and a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW were found at the Tioughnioga WMA. 
Oneida County
5/31: A WHIP-POOR-WILL was heard at Preston Hill Road north of Oneida Lake.
6/1: A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was reported in a traditional location at Spring Farm Nature Sanctuary south of Clinton.
6/2: Two UPLAND SANDPIPERS were seen at the Deerfield Grasslands north of Utica.
Herkimer County
5/30: An EVENING GROSBEAK was reported in the Fairfield area east of Middleville.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of May 23, 2016

GREAT EGRET
SNOWY EGRET
SWAINSON’S HAWK
WHIMBREL
WILSON’S PHALAROPE
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER
PHILADELPHIA VIREO
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
ORCHARD ORIOLE
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
5/23: Three PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS were found at Howland Island. Another PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was seen in the forested area on Armitage Road.
5/26: Ten species of shorebirds including a female WILSON’S PHALAROPE were seen in the Puddler’s Knox-Marsellus area.
5/28: Two SNOWY EGRETS were seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh. A WHIMBREL was seen at the Visitor’s Center.
5/29: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen on May’s Point Road.
Derby Hill Bird Observatory
Things are winding down but there were still good things at Derby this week. On 5/26 2,010 raptors, mostly BROAD-WINGS, were counted. Also seen were SWAINSON’S HAWK, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER and 430 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS.
Oswego County
5/24: Thirteen WHIMBREL and a RUDDY TURNSTONE were seen on Oneida Lake from Constantia.
5/27A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen in Constantia. An ORCHARD ORIOLE and an ACADIAN FLYCATCHER were both found at Sunset Bay.
5/29: A GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was seen at Great Bear Recreation Area.
Onondaga County
5/24: A CERULEAN WARBLER was seen in Cicero Swamp. 6 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen at Three Rivers WMA. 
5/29: A GREAT EGRET and an ORCHARD ORIOLE were both found at Three Rivers WMA.
5/30: A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was heard on No. 5 Road south of Pompey.
Madison County
5/26: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was found on Irish Hill Road.
5/28: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen on Stone Quarry Road south of Cazenovia.
Oneida County
5/24: A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was found on Perimeter Road south of Rome.
5/28: A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen on Thibado Road north of Eagle Bay.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of May 16, 2016

LEAST BITTERN
SNOWY EGRET
EURASIAN WIGEON
RUDDY DUCK
UPLAND SANDPIPER
STILT SANDPIPER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
RUFF
WHIMBREL
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
WHITE-EYED VIREO
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
ORCHARD ORIOLE

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Sixteen species of Shorebirds were reported from the complex highlighted by STILT SANDPIPERS, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS and a RUFF at Puddlers Marsh on the 20th. and WHIMBREL at Mays Point Pool on the 21st.
5/19: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was again seen on Mays Point Road.
5/20: A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was again seen in the forested area on Armitage Road. An EURASIAN WIGEON was seen from East Road. A late RUDDY DUCK was seen at the Sandhill Crane Unit south of VanDyne Spoor Road.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
Only 1,180 hawks were counted at Derby Hill this week. On 5/20 a COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen at noon. More were seen yesterday evening. On 5/21 a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was found.

Oswego County
5/19: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen at Sunset Bay Park.
5/21: An UPLAND SANDPIPER and a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW were found at the Oswego County Airfield.
5/22: A LEAST BITTERN was heard at Derby Hill Bird Observatory.

Onondaga County
5/19: A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen at Three Rivers WMA.
5/22: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was reported at Three Rivers WMA.
5/23: A WHITE-EYED VIREO was seen  at the South Meadow Nature Area in Tully.

Oneida County
5/18: A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was reported from the Erie Canal Trail southeast of Rome.An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was found in Waterville.
5/21: An UPLAND SANDPIPER was seen on Harris Road in the Town of Deerfield. A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was seen at the Spring Farm Nature Area.

Herkimer County
5/21: A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen from Van Buren Street in Dolgeville.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of May 09, 2015

GLOSSY IBIS
SANDHILL CRANE
STILT SANDPIPER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
HUDSONIAN GODWIT
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER
DICKCISSEL
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
LINCOLN’S SPARROW
ORCHARD ORIOLE
Compiler’s note: This the week to find and see WARBLERS. Last week was great and this week could be just as good. Leaves are coming on fast so get out there now. Oswego County alone had 26 species and other counties probably had close to as many. Good luck!
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Eleven species of Shorbirds were reported this week highlighted by a HUDSONIAN GODWIT, a STILT SANDPIPER and a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER.
5/10: A HUDSONIAN GODWIT was seen at the visitor’s Center. It was found on the 12th. also.A STILT SANDPIPER was seen at Tschache Pool.
5/12: A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen at the Audubon Center on Rt. 89.
5.14: A GLOSSY IBIS was seen from East Road. A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was seen at the Armitage Road site on the west side of the bridge.
5/15: A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was seen at the Visitor’s Center. Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen in the swamp on Mays Point Road.
Derby Hill Bird Observatory
Derby was definitely winding down this week with only 1,355 hawks tallied. 5/10 had a SANDHILL CRANE, 5/11 had a SNOW GOOSE and on 5/12 a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was present.
Oswego County
5/15: An ORCHARD ORIOLE and a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER were found at the end of Nine Mile Point Road near Noyes Sanctuary.
Onondaga County
5/10: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was reported at the Lemoyne College woods. A STILT SANDPIPER was again found on Lamson Road at the Pony Farm in the town of Lysander.
5/14: After a few days absence 2 TRUMPETER SWANS were again seen at Three Rivers WMA from the Smokey Hollow Road side.
5/15: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen at Green Lakes State Park. A LINCOLN’S SPARROW was found at the Hancock Airpark south of Taft Road. A male DICKCISSEL was reported and nicely photographed but no location was given.
Oneida County
5/10: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was found in Waterville.
Herkimer County
5/9: A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in Dolgeville.
Cayuga County
5/14: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at Fair Haven State Park.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of May 02, 2016

BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
GOLDEN EAGLE
SANDHILL CRANE
PIPING PLOVER
RUFF
UPLAND SANDPIPER
STILT SANDPIPER
HUDSONIAN GODWIT
STILT SANDPIPER
BLACK TERN
WHIP-POOR WILL
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
LINCOLN’S SPARROW
ORCHARD ORIOLE
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Ten species of shorebirds were noted at the complex this week highlighted by a HUDSONIAN GODWIT today at the Visitor’s Center.
5/6: A LINCOLN’S SPARROW was noted  near the platform at Tschache Pool. A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONwas seen from Towpath Road. A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER has returned to the wooded area on Armitage Road just past the bridge.
5/7: SANDHILL CRANES were seen at the Visitor’s Center. BLACK TERNS were see along the Wildlife Drive.
5/8: An ORCHARD OLIOLE was found at Mays Point. BLACK TERNS were seen at VanDyne Spoor Road.
Derby Hill Bird Observatory
Three good days (4,543 hawks counted on 5/3) and three poor days produced 9,058 hawks counted this week. Most were Broad-winged Hawks and Turkey Vultures. On 5/7 the first LINCOLN’S SPARROW was seen and on 5/8 there was a low flying GOLDEN EAGLE.
Oswego County
5/8: Sixteen species of Warblers were found including 3 CAPE MAY WARBLERS.
Onondaga County
5/3: A FORSTER’S TERN was seen at Oneida Shores.
5/7: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen at Green Lakes State Park. A STILT SANDPIPER was seen at the Pony Farm on Lamson Road.A PIPING PLOVER was seen at Oneida Shores
5/9: Sixteen species of Warblers were found at Three Rivers WMA including a CERULEAN WARBLER.
Madison County
5/2: A RUFF was seen at Ditchbank Road north of Chittenango.
5/8: An ORCHARD ORIOLE and a CERULEAN WARBLER were seen on Ditchbank Road.
5/9: A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was found on Muller Hill Road.
Oneida County
5/7: A WHIP-POOR-WILL was heard in a traditional location at the Preston Hill Stone Quarry north of Oneida Lake. An UPLAND SANDPIPER was seen on Harris Road in Deerfield north of Utica.
5/8: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen in Waterville.
This was a big week for returning migrants, especially warblers. Seen this week were:
CERULEAN WARBLER
HOODED WARBLER
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER
NORTHERN PARULA
CAPE MAY WARBLER
BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER
MOURNING WARBLER
TENNESSEE WARBLER
INDIGO BUNTING
SWAINSON’S THRUSH
ORCHARD ORIOLE
BAY-BREASTED WARBLER
CANADA WARBLER

WHIP-POOR-WILL

Rare Bird Alert for the week of April 25, 2016

SNOWY EGRET
BRANT
EURASIAN WIGEON
GOLDEN EAGLE
SANDHILL CRANE
UPLAND SANDPIPER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
BLACK TERN
SHORT-EARED OWL
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex 
Shorebirds reported this week from the complex were: DUNLIN,  WILSON’S SNIPE, LEAST SANDPIPER, GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS, KILLDEER, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, SOLITARY SANDPIPER and LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER.
4/26: A SNOWY EGRET, first reported from the Wildlife Drive was also seen from Towpath Road. No subsequent sightings have been reported.
4/30: A SANDHILL CRANE was seen at Mays Point.
5/1: An EURASIAN WIGEON continues at Tschache Pool. 45 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS. rare for spring, were also seen at Tschache Pool.
5/23: Three SANDHILL CRANES were seen along the Wildlife Trail
Derby Hill Bird Observatory
Another inconsistent week at Derby but with two great days. 4/27 saw a flight of 3,747 raptors and the next day saw another 1,155 counted. Two GOLDEN EAGLES were seen and a number of SANDHILL CRANES were seen also. On 4/29 a SHORT-EARED OWL was observed in flight.
Oswego County
5/1: An UPLAND SANDPIPER was sgain seen at the Oswego County Airport from Howard Road.
Onondaga County
5/1: A group of BRANT were seen in flight at Three Rivers WMA. 
Madison County
4/27: Some late GREATER and LESSER SCAUP are being seen at Woodman Pond.
Cayuga County
5/2: A BLACK TERN was seen at Fairhaven State Park.
This was a good week for returning migrants and the coming week should be also. New birds this week.
CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER
YELLOW-THROATED VIREO
AMERICAN REDSTART
COMMON YELLOWTHROAT
BLACK AND WHITE WARBLER
LINCOLN’S SPARROW
BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER
BOBOLINK
GREY CATBIRD
GREAT=CRESTED FLYCATCHER
EASTERN KINGBIRD
WARBLING VIREO
BLACK TERN
YELLOW WARBLER
BALTIMORE ORIOLE
BLUE-WINGED WARBLER
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW
SCARLET TANAGER
BRANT
BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER

Rare Bird Alert for the week of April 18, 2016

EURASIAN WIGEON
PEREGRINE FALCON
SANDHILL CRANE
UPLAND SANDPIPER
SAW-WHET OWL
LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE (Extralimital)
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
4/24: An EURASIAN WIGEON and 3 SANDHILL CRANES were seen at Tschache Pool. 4 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were found on Towpath Road.
4/25: The EURASIAN WIGEON (male) was again seen in Tschache Pool.
Derby Hill Bird Observatory
After a good day on 4/18 (1145 raptors counted) the rest of the week was uneventful with no day even approaching a thousand birds. The weeks total was 3,295 raptors counted. On 4/21 Five SANDHILL CRANES were seen.
Oswego County
4/21: An UPLAND SANDPIPER continues at the Oswego County Airfield on Howard Road east of Fulton.
Oneida County
4/20: A SAW-WHET OWL was reported at Castlebrook Farm on Miller Road south of Williamstown.
Herkimer County
4/18: A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen on Rt. 169 between Little Falls and Middleville.
Extralimital
4/24: A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was found and well photographed on Twitchell Road in the Town of Rushville in Ontario County. No update for today yet.
Migrants reported this week
GREEN HERON
SOLITARY SANDPIPER
COMMON TERN
BLUE-HEADED VIREO
BANK SWALLOW
NASHVILLE WARBLER
NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH
CHIMNEY SWIFT

Rare Bird Alert for the week of April 11, 2016

RED-THROATED LOON
EURASIAN WIGEON
UPLAND SANDPIPER
ICELAND GULL
SHORT-EARED OWL
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
4/13: An ICELAND GULL was spotted along the Wildlife Drive.
4/16: an EURASIAN WIGEON was seen from the platform at Tschache Pool. A SHORT-EARED OWL wa seen along the Wildlife Trail
Derby Hill Bird Observatory
A slow week at Derby with no day with over 1,000 birds. The first BROAD-WINGED HAWKS were seen on 4/15. In all 4,019 raptors were counted.
Oswego County
4/17: The first of the season UPLAND SANDPIPER was seen at the Oswego County airfield. A RED-THROATED LOON was seen on Oneida Lake just north of Rogues Roost Golf course.
Onondaga County
4/18: A pair of TRUMPETER SWANS continues to be seen at the big marsh at Three Rivers WMA and may possibly breed there.
Herkimer County
4/13: A FISH CROW was seen and heard at Young Lake along Rt. 20 east of Richfield Springs.
Migrants reported this week
UPLAND SANDPIPER
SORA
CASPIAN TERN
LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH
CLIFF SWALLOW
MARSH WREN
AMERICAN BITTERN
LEAST FLYCATCHER
    .

Rare Bird Alert for the week of April 04, 2016

BLACK-CROWNED HIGHT-HERON
EURASIAN WIGEON
GOLDEN EAGLE
SANDHILL CRANE
SHORT-EARED OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
WESTERN TANAGER (Extralimital)
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
4/8: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen from Carncross Road. GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS, DUNLIN and an amazing 66 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were also found on Carncross Road.
4/9: At Marten’s Tract 5 SANDHILL CRANES, an EURASIAN WIGEON and a BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON were all found.
4/10: Six SANDHILL CRANES were seen at Tschache Pool.
4/11: Two SANDHILL CRANES were seen in the vicinity of Lay and Tyre Roads.
Derby Hill Bird Observatory
Another slow week with one great day. 2,033 raptors were counted on 4/7. Included were 3 GOLDEN EAGLES and a GREAT EGRET. Otherwise only one other day went over 100 birds.
Oswego County
A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at Sunset Bay Park in Scriba. 2 SANDHILL CRANES were seen in flight at Peter Scott Swamp north of Phoenix.
Extralimital
The last positive report of the WESTERN TANAGER on the Cornell University campus was 4/7.
Migrants reported this week.
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON
BROWN THRASHER
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET
SAVANNAH SPARROW

Rare Bird Alert for the week of March 28, 2016

GREAT EGRET
GLOSSY IBIS
EURASIAN WIGEON
BLACK VULTURE
GOLDEN EAGLE
SANDHILL CRANE
BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER
PINE WARBLER
PALM WARBLER
WESTERN TANAGER (Extralimital)
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
3/30: Six SANDHILL CRANES were seen from East Road.
4/1: A GREAT EGRET was seen from East Road. An EURASIAN WIGEON was seen along the wildlife drive.
4/2: A GLOSSY IBIS was seen in the mucklands along Rt. 31. Possibly the same one(s) were seen from Carncross Road.
Derby Hill Bird Observatory
A strange week. Thousand birds plus days were interspersed with days of 100 or less. 2,016 raptors were counted on 4/3. 6,167 were counted in all. A BLACK VULTURE was seen on 4/1, only the second one of the season. The season’s first PALM WARBLER was found today, 4/4.
Onondaga County
4/2: Early PINE WARBLER, FIELD SPARROW and BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER were found at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.
Extralimital
A WESTERN TANAGER is still being seen on the Cornell Campus at a location known as Wee Stinky Glen near Day Hall. The last positive report was on 4/3.
Migrants reported this week.
NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW
GREAT EGRET
BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER
PINE WARBLER
FIELD SPARROW
HERMIT THRUSH
PALM WARBLER
AMERICAN PIPIT

Rare Bird Alert for the week of March 21, 2016

GLOSSY IBIS
BLACK VULTURE
GOLDEN EAGLE
SANDHILL CRANE
LESSER YELLOWLEGS
PECTORAL SANDPIPER
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
ICELAND GULL
SHORT-EARED OWL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
NORTHERN SHRIKE
WESTERN TANAGER (Extralimital)
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
3/23: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen along the Wildlife Drive near the Thruway Pools.
3/26: Two GLOSSY IBIS were seen in the mucklands along Rt. 31 near the potato building. Only one could be found on the 27th  and none since.
3/27: A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was found near the Visitor’s Center. 1 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 2 GREATER YELLOWLEGS and a PECTORAL SANDPIPER were seen from East Road. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen in the mucklands along Rt.31.
3/28: An ICELAND GULL was seen in the mucklands.
Derby Hill Bird Observatory
Thanks to the great day (3/27) yesterday (2661 raptors counted) Derby had a better week with 4565 raptors counted. 3/24 had the first OSPREY and 3/27 had the first BLACK VULTURE, 3 GOLDEN EAGLES and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL.
Oswego County
3/28: 2 adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen near the end of Nine Mile Point Road near Noyes Sanctuary on Lake Ontario.
Onondaga County
3/24: A NORTHERN SHRIKE is still lingering at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville. Two TRUMPETER SWANS were also seen in the same area near the duck blind along Smokey Hollow road.
Madison County
3/26: Two SANDHILL CRANES were seen from Gee Road north of Chittenango. Another was seen the following day nearby on Clark Road.
Oneida County
3/24: A SANDHILL CRANE and a PEREGRINE FALCON were spotted at Utica Marsh.
3/25: A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen on Miller Road southeast of Willianstown.
Extralimital
A WESTERN TANAGER is still being seen on the Cornell Campus at a location known as Wee Stinky Glen near Day Hall.
Migrants reported this week
CHIPPING SPARROW
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
LESSER YELLOWLEGS
PECTORAL SANDPIPER
MARSH WREN
WILSON’S SNIPE
RUDDY DUCK
PURPLE MARTIN
VIRGINIA RAIL
BLUE-WINGED TEAL
BARN SWALLOW
EASTERN TOWHEE

Rare Bird Alert for the week of March 14, 2016

NORTHERN GOSHAWK
GOLDEN EAGLE
OSPREY
SANDHILL CRANE
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
SHORT-EARED OWL
LONG-EARED OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
WESTERN TANAGER (Extralimital)
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
3/16: A SHORT-EARED OWL was observed from East Road.
3/17: A FOY OSPREY was seen at the Visitor’s Center.
 3/20: Two SANDHILL CRANES and a SHORT-EARED OWL were seen from Carncross Road. Also seen here was a FOY GREATER YELLOWLEGS.
Derby Hill Bird Observatory
2,065 Raptors were recorded this week. On 3/15 the season’s first NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen. On 3/17 3 GOLDEN EAGLES and 4 SANDHILL CRANES were counted.
Oswego County
3/17: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Co. Rt. 64 southwest of Mexico.
Onondaga County
3/14: A LONG-EARED OWL was again seen and this time well photographed at Beaver Lake Nature Center. One was seen again on the 16th. but that was the last report.
3/16: A NORTHERN SHRIKE continues at Three Rivers WMA near the duck blind east of Smokey Hollow Road.
3/19: The region’s first OSPREY was seen at the end of the Creekwalk at the south end of Onondaga Lake. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Lamson Road just west of Fenner Road.
Madison County
3/17: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen near Rt. 20 just east of Cazenovia.
Extralimital
A WESTERN TANAGER is still being seen on the Cornell Campus at a location known as Wee Stinky Glen near Day Hall.
Migrants reported this week
OSPREY
GREATER YELLOWLEGS

Rare Bird Alert for the week of March 07, 2016

ROSS’S GOOSE
CACKLING GOOSE
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
EURASIAN WIGEON
BLACK VULTURE
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
GOLDEN EAGLE
SANDHILL CRANE
ICELAND GULL
SHORT-EARED OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
WESTERN TANAGER (Extralimital)
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
3/9: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen in flight near the Main Pool.
3/11: Six GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were seen in Knox-Marsellus Marsh from East Road. Two SANDHILL CRANES were seen from Carncross Road.
3/12: An EURASIAN WIGEON was seen in the mucklands north of Rt. 31 near the potato building.
3/13: Three SANDHILL CRANES were seen from East Road.
Onondaga County
3/13: A NORTHERN SHRIKE continues at Three Rivers WMA east of Smokey Hollow Road near the duck blind. A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen in flight at Beaver Lake Nature Center.
Derby Hill Bird Observatory
A slow week at Derby with only 406 raptors counted. However the seasons first GOLDEN EAGLES were seen on 3/9. Also a ROSS’S GOOSE was seen on 3/7.
Oswego County
3/12: An EURASIAN WIGEON was seen at the intersection of Rt. 264 and Biddlecum Road north of Phoenix.
3/13: A CACKLING GOOSE was seen at the intersection of Rt.264 and Biddlecum Road.
Madison County
3/11: Two EURASIAN WIGEONS were seen on Ditchbank Road north  of Chittenango.
Oneida County
3/7: Two ICELAND GULLS were seen from Rt. 12 south of Barneveld.
3/13: A CACKLING GOOSE was seen at the Oriskany WMA. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Poppleton Road east of Verona Beach State Park.
Herkimer County
3/13: Two BLACK VULTURES were seen in Little Falls
Extralimital
A WESTERN TANAGER continues to be seen at an area called Wee Stinkey Glen on the Cornell University Campus in Tompkins County.
Migrants reported this week
EASTERN PHOEBE
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
TREE SWALLOW
EASTERN MEADOWLARK
    .

Rare Bird Alert for the week of February 29, 2016

RED-THROATED LOON
CACKLING GOOSE
GOLDEN EAGLE
SANDHILL CRANE
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
LONG-EARED OWL
SHORT-EARED OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
BOHEMIAN WAXWING
RED CROSSBILL
COMMON REDPOLL
WESTERN TANAGER (Extralimital)
SMEW (Extralimital)
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
3/4: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen from Carncross Road.
3/5: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen from East Road.
3/7: Three SANDHILL CRANES were seen from East Road. A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at Marten’s Tract.
Onondaga County
3/1: An ICELAND GULL was seen at the Seneca River in Baldwinsville.
3/4: A LONG-EARED OWL was found on the Bog Trail at Beaver Lake Nature Center. At least one and up to three have been seen each day since with two being seen this morning.
3/6: A CACKLING GOOSE was seen at Jamesville Beach. A SAW-WHET OWL was heard at Skaneateles Conservation Area. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at Three Rivers WMA.
Oswego County
3/5: A RED-THROATED LOON was seen on Lake Ontario from Sunset Bay. A COMMON REDPOLL was seen at Selkirk Shores State Park.
3/6:Eleven BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen on Clark Road off of Rt. 3
Derby Hill Bird Observatory
Derby Hill hawk count is now officially in session. Seven species were counted this week including the season’s first RED-SHOULDERED HAWK.
Madison County
3/1: A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at the Madison County Landfill.
Herkimer County
3/4: Six RED CROSSBILLS were seen at Atwell on North Lake Road north of Forestport. A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen in the Herkimer area.
Extralimital
A WESTERN TANAGER continues to be seen at an area called Wee Stinkey Glen on the Cornell University Campus in Tompkins County.
A bird initially ID’d as a SMEW on the St. Lawrence River at Fisher Landing in Jefferson County is under scrutiny as a probable hybrid. No decision has been made yet.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of February 22, 2016

GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
CACKLING GOOSE
EURASIAN WIGEON
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
MERLIN
PEREGRINE FALCON
NORTHERN SHRIKE
BOHEMIAN WAXWING
SAVANNAH SPARROW
RED CROSSBILL
COMMON REDPOLL
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex 
2/23: A SAVANNAH SPARROW was again observed from East Road.
2/28: An ICELAND GULL, a GLAUCOUS GULL and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were all observed at the mucklands along Rt. 31 west of the Seneca River.  Three GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were nicely photographed in flight at VanDyne Spoor Road.
Cayuga County
2/25: An EURASIAN WIGEON was seen from Loop Road north of Rt. 31.
Onondaga County
2/28: A NORTHERN SHRIKE continues at Three Rivers WMA in the area east of Smokey Hollow Road. A group of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen at Pratts Falls Park south of Manlius.
Oswego County
2/23: BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS and COMMON REDPOLLS ( not so common this year ) were found on the Selkirk East Trail near Selkirk Shores State Park. More BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were found of Sherman Road.
2/27: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at Carley’s Mills north of Central Square.
2/28: BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were again seen at the Selkirk East Trail. A MERLIN was seen at Oswego Harbor. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and a PEREGRINE FALCON were seen at Phoenix near the Oswego River. In the first unofficial Hawkwatch at Derby Hill COOPER’S HAWK, NORTHERN HARRIER, BALD EAGLE, RED TAILED HAWK and ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK were all observed, some of which could have been migrants.
Herkimer County
2/24: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen near the Indian Castle rest area along the NYS  Thruway.
2.29: Six RED CROSSBILLS were seen and photographed on North Lake Road in Attwell north of Forestport. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was also reported.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of February 15, 2016

ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
SHORT-EARED OWL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
MERLIN
PEREGRINE FALCON
NORTHERN SHRIKE
BOHEMIAN WAXWING
SAVANNAH SPARROW
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD
RED CROSSBILL
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
2/17: A SAVANNAH SPARROW was again seen in the Knox-Marcellus/Puddlers Marsh area. One was seen again on the 18th. and 3 were reported on the 20th.
2/20: One SHORT-EARED OWL was seen from Morgan Road near the dyke.
2:21: Sixteen RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS were seen at the Audubon Center on Rt.89.
Onondaga County
2/19: A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at the Inner Harbor near Kirkpatrick Street in Syracuse.
2/20: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at the Inner Harbor. An ICELAND GULL was spotted along the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake. A MERLIN was seen on the creekwalk near Hiawatha Boulevard in Syracuse.
2/21: A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in downtown Syracuse.
2/22: A MERLIN was seen at Willow Bay on Onondaga Lake.
Madison County
2/20: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Gee Road north of Chittenango.
Oswego County
2/22: Forty-two BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen on the East Trail of Selkirk Shores State Park.
Herkimer County
2/18: Six RED CROSSBILLS were seen on North Lake Road in Attwell. On the 20th the number rose to 8.
Cayuga County
2/21: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at Fair Haven State Park.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of February 08, 2016

BARROW’S GOLDENEYE
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
SHORT-EARED OWL
SNOWY OWL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
MERLIN
NORTHERN SHRIKE
BOHEMIAN WAXWING
EASTERN TOWHEE
SAVANNAH SPARROW

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
2/9: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and an ICELAND GULL were both seen in the Mucklands On Rt.31 west of the Seneca River.
2/14: A SHORT-EARED OWL was found on the dyke on Carncross Road. A SAVANNAH SPARROW was seen and photographed on East Road.

Onondaga County
2/8: Three ICELAND GULLS and 2 GLAUCOUS GULLS were seen on Onondaga Lake at Willow Bay County Park.
2/10: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at Willow Bay. 2 MERLINS were seen in Onondaga Park in Syracuse.
2/14: A male EASTERN TOWHEE was seen and photographed at a feeder in Marcellus.

Oswego County
2/9: A SNOWY OWL was seen on Manwaring Road off of Rt. 3 south of Selkirk State Park. Seven BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were found on Kelly Drive in the Deer Creek Marsh WMA. A female BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was refound on Oneida Lake at Brewerton.
2/14: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continuse at the end of Nine Mile Point Road near Noyes Sanctuary.

Oneida County
2/13: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Jug Point Road weast of Verona Beach State Park.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of February 2, 2016

EARED GREBE
RED-NECKED GREBE
TRUMPETER SWAN
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
CACKLING GOOSE
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
SHORT-EARED OWL
SNOWY OWL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
NORTHERN SHRIKE
MARSH WREN
DICKCISSEL
FIELD SPARROW
RED CROSSBILL

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
2/3: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen aat Guy Baldessarre Marsh on VanDyne Spoor Road.
2/5: Six GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were spotted from Carncross Road.
2/6: A SANDHILL CRANE was seen in the fields on Armitage Road. Three GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE and a CACKLING GOOSE were seen from East Road.
2/7: A LESSER BLCK-BACKED GULL and an ICELAND GULL were seen in the mucklands on Rt. 31. A MARSH WREN continues near the Visitor’s Center.

Onondaga County
2/2: A SNOWY OWL continues at Hancock Airport in Syracuse.
2/3: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was again seen at Three Rivers WMA off of Smokey Hollow Road.
2/4: An overwintering FIELD SPARROW was seen on the Erie Canal Trail near Bennet Corners Road. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen on Onondaga Lake at Willow Bay Park.
2/7: Two GLAUCOUS GULLS, 1 ICELAND GULL and 1 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were all seen at Willow Bay.
2/8: Four TRUMPETER SWANS were seen in flight near Seneca Estates west of Baldwinsville.

Oswego County
2/2: A DICKCISSEL was again seen at a feeder on Forest Ave. in Fulton. A RED-NECKED GREBE and an EARED GREBE continue in Oswego Harbor.
2/3: An ICELAND GULL was seen from Brietbeck Park in Oswego.
2/6: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was again seen at the end of Nine Mile Point Road in the Town of Scriba.

Madison County
2/6: A GLAUCOUS GULL and a THAYER’S GULL were reported from Ditch Bank Road north of Chittenango.

Oneida County
2/6: Two ICELAND GULLS, 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS and a GLAUCOUS GULL were all seen from Schneible’s Restaurant on Oneida Lake.

Herkimer County
2/7: Five RED CROSSBILLS were seen on South Shore Road between Old Forge and Inlet.
2/8: Three RED CROSSBILLS were seen on South Lake Road north of Forestport.

Cayuga County
2/4: A TRUMPETER SWAN was seen at Fair Haven State Park. 13 were seen on 2/13.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of January 25, 2016

EARED GREBE
RED-NECKED GREBE
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN
TRUMPETER SWAN
KING EIDER
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
SHORT-EARED OWL
MERLIN
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
NORTHERN SHRIKE
MARSH WREN
DICKCISSEL
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
1/27: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen from East Road.
1/31: A late MARSH WREN was seen at the Visitor’s Center.
Onondaga County
1/25: Two RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS were seen near Green Lakes State Park. Two TRUMPETER SWANS were seen in the Seneca River below the dam in Baldwinsville.
1/26: The AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN seen and enjoyed by so many was found dead on Tuesday. It was determined that the bird starved but also had parasites on vital organs.
 1/27: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen at Threee Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville near the new blind off of Smokey Hollow Road. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen also and has been seen here on a regular basis.
1/28: A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at the Inner Harbor near West Kirkpatrick Street in Syracuse.
1/30: An ICELAND GULL was found at the Inner Harbor.
1/31: A MERLIN was spotted along the Seneca River in Baldwinsville.
2/1: A pair of MERLINS were observed at South Meadows Nature Area in Tully.
Oswego County
The DICKCISSEL frequenting a feeder at 847 Forest Ave. in Fulton was seen daily this week.
1/28: A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen on Smith Road north of Mexico. A rare EARED GREBE was discovered in Oswego Harbor. It has been found through 1/30. A RED-NECKED GREBE was also seen in Oswego Harbor and was present yesterday. The female KING EIDER was present through 1/31 at Selkirk Shores State Park.
1/29: An adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at the north end of Nine Mile Point Road near Noyes Sanctuary on Lake Ontario.
1/30: An ICELAND GULL was found in Oswego Harbor.
Madison County
1/25: A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen on Jantzen Road north of Earlville.
1/27: An ICELAND GULL was seen at the Madison County Landfill.
1/27: A MERLIN was seen on Ditchbank Road.
Cayuga County
1/31: 9 TRUMPETER SWANS were seen at Fair Haven State Park.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of January 18, 2016

AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN
TUNDRA SWAN
TRUMPETER SWAN
KING EIDER
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
SHORT-EARED OWL
LONG-EARED OWL
MERLIN
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
NORTHERN SHRIKE
DICKCISSEL
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
1/22: A MERLIN was spotted on VanDyne Spoor Road.
1/24: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen in the Sandhill Crane Unit near VanDyne Spoor Road.
Onondaga County
1/18: The AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was seen this day in the Inner Harbor  through 1/22 but has not been reported since. A LONG-EARED OWL was seen in Onondaga Park east of South Geddes Street.
1/24: An ICELAND and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were seen in the Inner Harbor north of West Kirkpatrick Street. A pair of TRUMPETER SWANS were seen below the falls in Baldwinsville on the Seneca River. They were present on the 25th also.
Oswego County
1/20: The first year DICKCISSEL continues at a feeder on Forest Ave. in Fulton. It was reported as recently as yesterday.
1/21: The female KING EIDER was again seen in Lake Ontario at Selkirk State Park but has not been reported since.
1/22: An adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at the north end of Nine Mile Point Road in Scriba. It was seen also on 1/23.
1/23: A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen in the Oswego River in Phoenix. 18 TUNDRA SWANS were reported on Oneida Lake in Brewerton.
Madison County
1/23: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Irish Hill Road south of Cazenovia.
1/24: An ICELAND GULL was reported from Ditchbank Road north of Chittenango.
Herkimer County
1/18: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Military Road north of Dolgeville.
1/20: A SHORT-EARED OWL was spotted in the Town of Manheim near Snells Bush Road.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of January 11, 2016

AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN
KING EIDER
DUNLIN
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
MERLIN
DICKCISSEL
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
A slow week for the complex. Except for TRUMPETER SWAN and SNOW GOOSE nothing much to report.
Onondaga County
1/12: An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was discovered in the Inner Harbor near Destiny Mall and remains as of today.
1/16: LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL and ICELAND GULL were all reported at the Inner Harbor.
1/17: A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at the Liverpool Marina on Onondaga Lake. A MERLIN was seen at the Inner Harbor.
Madison County
1/16: An ICELAND GULL and a GLAUCOUS GULL were both seen on Ditchbank Road north of Chittenango.
Oswego County
1/14: A female DICKCISSEL was discovered at a feeder in Fulton. The address is 847 Forest Ave. The bird is best seen from the road looking at feed on the ground on the right side of the house. The bird was last seen yesterday.
1/17: A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen on the Oswego River from 1st. Street in Oswego.An ICELAND GULL was seen in Oswego Harbor. A female KING EIDER continues in Lake Ontario at Selkirk Shores. A DUNLIN was seen on the breakwall at Port Ontario.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of January 04, 2016

GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
KING EIDER
DUNLIN
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
SHORT-EARED OWL
SNOWY OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
FISH CROW
GRAY CATBIRD
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Thirteen species of waterfowl were recorded at the complex highlighted by a pair of GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE seen on the north side of Rt. 31 in the mucklands.
Onondaga County
1/6: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen near the duck blind on Smokey Hollow Road in the Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville. It was seen again on 1/7. but not since.
1/8: A GRAY CATBIRD was seen at the Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery near Elbridge.
1/9: A FISH CROW was found at the Inner Harbor in Syracuse. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at Three Rivers WMA. A SNOWY OWL was again found at Hancock Airport.
Oswego County
1/6: An adult female KING EIDER was found on Lake Ontario at Selkirk Shores State Park. It was seen again on 1/9. but has not been reported since.
Madison County
1/9: A GLAUCOUS GULL, an ICELAND GULL and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were all seen at the Madison County Landfill.
Herkimer County
1/6: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Hopson Road near Dolgeville.
Cayuga County
1/7: A GLAUCOUS GULL and a DUNLIN were seen at Fair Haven State Park.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of December 28, 2015.

CACKLING GOOSE
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
BLACK-LEGGED KITTYWAKE
SHORT-EARED OWL
MERLIN
FISH CROW
GRAY CATBIRD
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
EVENING GROSBEAK
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
1/2: Three GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were seen at the Wilgoose field on Rt.89. Two SHORT-EARED OWLS and a CACKLING GOOSE were seen from East Road.Three LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen in the mucklands along Rt. 31.
Onondaga County
1/2: Two FISH CROWS were seen in Liverpool.
1/3: A MERLIN was seen on coon Hill Road north of Skaneateles.
1/4: A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was found on Gulf Road south of Manlius.
Oswego County
12/30: A MERLIN was seen at Oswego Harbor.
1/2: A CACKLING GOOSE was seen from Bush Road on Oneida Lake
1/3: An ICELAND GULL and a late BLACK-LEGGED KITTYWAKE were seen from the overlook at Derby Hill.
Madison County
12/29: Two ICELAND GULLS were found at the Madison County landfill.
1/2: An ICELAND GULL, a GLAUCOUS GULL and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were all found at the Madison County landfill.
Oneida County
12/29: A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at Sylvan Beach.
1/1: A SHORT-EARED OWL was found on the Oneida Christmas Count. No specific location was given.
1/3: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen on Oneida Lake from Lewis Point. An ICELAND GULL was seen where Oneida Creek enters Oneida Lake.
1/4: A GRAY CATBIRD was seen at Spring Farm Nature Sanctuary.
Herkimer County
12/29: Three EVENING GROSBEAKS were soon on Cole Road north of Little Falls.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of December 21, 2015

RED-THROATED LOON
WESTERN GREBE
CACKLING GOOSE
SANDHILL CRANE
GLAUCOUS GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
SHORT-EARED OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
I would like to thank all the birders who sent me kind words and condolences in this difficult time. It meant the world to me.
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
12/26: A WESTERN GREBE was seen in the Main Pool but not seen the next Day.
12/27: A SHORT-EARED OWL and a CACKLING GOOSE were found along the Wildlife Drive.
12/28: Slightly out of the complex, 50 SANDHILL CRANES were seen at the corner of Armitage and Olmstead Roads.
Onondaga County
12/23: A CACKLING GOOSE was seen at Van Buren Park.
12/24: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen in Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.
Oswego County
12/21: A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen in the County Rt.6 wetlands in the Town of Volney.
12/24: A RED-THROATED LOON was seen in Oswego Harbor.
Madison County
12/26: A CACKLING GOOSE was found on Woodman Pond. A GLAUCOUS GULL and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were found at the Madison County Landfill.
Oneida County
12/26: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Poppleton Road. A GLAUCOUS GULL and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, presumably the same birds seen at the Madison County Landfill, were seen at Verona Beach State Park. Also seen were a CACKLING GOOSE and a LOON which may have been a Pacific Loon but distance and bad lighting made a positive ID impossible.
12/28: an adult GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at Lewis Point on Oneida Lake.
These weekly reports were suspended while Joe dealt with a serious family health issue. 

Rare Bird Alert for the week of November 23, 2015

ROSS’S GOOSE
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
CACKLING GOOSE
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK
SANDHILL CRANE
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
SNOWY OWL
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
11/27: Two ROSS’S GEESE and 1 CACKLING GOOSE were found in the Mucklands on Rt.31. 53 SANDHILL CRANES were seen from East Road in Knox-Marsellus Marsh.
11/28: One LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER was still lingering at the Visitor’s Center.
11/30: SANDHILL CRANE numbers were down to 33 at Knox-Marsellus Marsh. also noted were good numbers of TUNDRA/TRUMPETER SWANS and at least 1000 SNOW GEESE.
 Onondaga County
11/27: A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen again at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.
Madison County
11/30: A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE is still being seen at Woodman Pond.
Herkimer County
11/28: A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen on Cole Road north of Little Falls.
Oswego County
11/26: A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen on Kibby Road south of Mexico. Thirteen PINE SISKINS were seen on Bishop Road north of Pulaski.
Cayuga County
11/25: A SNOWY OWL was seen on the east break wall at Fair Haven State Park.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of November 16, 2015

RED-THROATED LOON
ROSS’S GOOSE
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
CACKLING GOOSE
CINNAMON TEAL/BLUE-WINGED TEAL HYBRID
SANDHILL CRANE
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
BLACK-LEGGED KITTYWAKE
PARASITIC JAEGER
CAVE SWALLOW
LAPLAND LONGSPUR

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
11/20: An amazing 2,500 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen in flight on East Road.
11/21: Three LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS continue to linger along the wildlife Drive. At East Road 485 TUNDRA SWANS, 2 ROSS’S GEESE, 11 CACKLING GEESE, 53 SANDHILL CRANES and 1 LAPLAND LONGSPUR were found.
11/22: The Hybrid Blue-wing/Cinnamon Teal was still present as were the 3 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS on the Wildlife Trail.

Onondaga County
11/21: Two GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were seen on Beaver Lake. They were seen again on the 22nd.

Oswego County
11/20: A BLACK-LEGGED KITTYWAKE was seen from the overlook at Derby Hill.

Oneida County
11/21: A CAVE SWALOW was seen feeding on Oneida Lake from the Verona Beach Lighthouse.

Madison County
11/21: A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen on Woodman Pond.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of November 9, 2015

RED-THROATED LOON
AMERICAN BITTERN
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
CACKLING GOOSE
EURASIAN WIGEON
CINNAMON TEAL/BLUE-WINGED TEAL HYBRID
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK
SANDHILL CRANE
GLAUCOUS GULL
FRANKLIN’S GULL
BLACK-LEGGED KITTYWAKE
PARASITIC JAEGER
SNOWY OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
CAVE SWALLOW
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
LESSER and GREATER YELLOWLEGS, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, DUNLIN and LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER were the only shorebirds reported this week.
11/10: A male and possibly a female EURASIAN WIGEON were seen along the Wildlife Drive.
11/12: The hybrid CINNAMON/BLUE-WINGED TEAL was again seen at LaRue’s Lagoon along the wildlife Trail.
11/13: A late COMMON GALLINULE was found in the Morgan Road marshes.
11/14: Twelve CACKLING GEESE and 18 SANDHILL CRANES were seen from East Road.
11/15: Two YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS were seen and photographed in the corn fields on East Road. A single CAVE SWALLOW was seen along the Wildlife Trail. Also seen here were the hybrid Teal and a rather late AMERICAN BITTERN.
11/16: Twenty-two SANDHILL CRANES were seen from East Road.

Onondaga County
11/10: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at Three Rivers WMA.
11/11: Two GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were seen on Beaver Lake. An early ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen at Three Rivers WMA.
11/14: While small numbers of RUSTY BLACKBIRDS continue to be reported a remarkable 92 of them were seen at the South Meadow Nature Area in Tully.

Oswego County
11/12: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was reported from Smith Road near Mexico.
11/13: One BLACK-LEGGED KITTTYWAKE and 3 PARASITIC JAEGERS were seen from the bluff at Derby Hill.
11/14: Six FRANKLIN’S GULLS were seen over the course of the day at Derby Hill. A GLAUCOUS GULL was also reported.
11/15: A SNOWY OWL was seen at Oswego Harbor. It was relocated today.

Madison County
11/10: A CACKLING GOOSE was found at Woodman Pond.
11/16: Two GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were seen from the overlook at the Great Swamp Conservancy north of Canastota.
11/16: A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was found at Woodman Pond.

Oneida County
11/14: A CACKLING GOOSE was seen at the Spring Farm Nature Center south of clinton.

Cayuga County
11/12: A CAVE SWALLOW was seen at Fair Haven State Park. A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was also found.
11/15: A RED-THROATED LOON was spotted on the lake at Fair Haven State Park. Another was seen from Sterling Nature Center.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of November 2, 2015

GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
CACKLING GOOSE
EURASIAN WIGEON
CINNAMON TEAL/BLUE-WINGED TEAL HYBRID
SANDHILL CRANE
SABINE’S GULL
POMERINE JAEGER
NORTHERN SHRIKE
FISH CROW
BOHEMIAN WAXWING
EXTRALIMITAL – TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
The now definitely identified BLUE-WINGED/CINNAMON TEAL Hybrid was seen as recently as yesterday at LaRue’s Lagoon along the Wildlife Drive.
11/7: A male and female EURASIAN WIGEON were seen in the Main Pool. One CACKLING GOOSE was also seen in the Main Pool.
11/8: Thirty-four SANDHILL CRANES continue at Knox-Marsellus Marsh.

Onondaga County
11/2: A FISH CROW was seen at Onondaga Park in Syracuse.
11/7: The regions first NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at the South Meadow Nature area in Tully.

Oswego County
11/7: Three POMERINE JAEGERS were seen from the overlook at Derby Hill. A SABINE’S GULL was seen and photographed at Oswego Harbor. A RED-THROATED LOON was also found in the harbor.

Herkimer County
11/3: A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen at Hinkley Reservoir.

Jefferson County
11/2: A BOHEMIAN WAXWING was found at Fort Drum.

EXTRALIMITAL
11/8: A TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE was seen again at John Boyd Thacher State Park in Albany County. It had been absent for a few weeks but was seen again yesterday.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of October 26, 2015

BRANT
CACKLING GOOSE
EURASIAN WIGEON
CINNAMON TEAL (Possible Hybrid)
SANDHILL CRANE
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
LAPLAND LONGSPUR

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
10/27: Two CACKLING GEESE were seen along the Wildlife Drive.
10/31: Thirty-two SANDHILL CRANES were seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh.
11/1: A bird initially identified as a CINNAMON TEAL was found in Larue’s Lagoon just past the Visitor’s Center. The possibility of it being a hybrid Cinnamon/Blue-wing Teal are now being studied and discussed. Anyone with good photos is being asked to submit them to ebird. The bird was seen today also. An EURASIAN WIGEON was seen in the Main Pool.

Onondaga County
10/30: Two BRANT were seen along the Liverpool Parkway. They were seen again the next day.

Oswego County
10/27: A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen in Phoenix in the grass near the lift bridge.

Madison County
10/27: Lingering shorebirds seen were LEAST SANDPIPER and GREATER YELLOWLEGS at the turf farm north of Chittenango and a SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPER in West Eaton.

Oneida County
10/27: A BRANT was found at Sylvan Beach

Cayuga County
BONAPARTE’S GULLS, DUNLIN and BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were seen at the state park in Fair Haven throughout the week.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of October 19, 2015

CACKLING GOOSE
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
EURASIAN WIGEON
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
SPOTTED SANDPIPER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
BLACK-LEGGED KITTYWAKE
VESPER SPARROW
EASTERN MEADOWLARK

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Shorebird numbers down this week with only nine species reported.
10/20: A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was seen at the Visitor’s Center
10/23: A CACKLING GOOSE was found at Knox-Marsellus Marsh.
10/24: Thirty-eight SANDHILL CRANES were seen from East Road. An EURASIAN WIGEON was seen along the Wildlife Trail.

Onondaga County
10/19: A late EASTERN MEADOWLARK was seen in Tully.
10/25: A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen and photographed on Hiawatha Lake in Onondaga Park in Syracuse.

Oswego County
10/25: A BLACK-LEGGED KITTYWAKE was seen from the bluff at Derby Hill. Two late VESPER SPARROWS were seen on Bishop Hill Road north of Pulaski.

Madison County
10/20: A rare, for this area, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was found on Hatch Lake, south of Cazenovia.

Cayuga County
10/20: BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, SANDERLING and DUNLIN were seen at West Barrier Beach Park in Fair Haven. The Spotted Sandpiper was seen again the next day only, while the remaining three species were noted through the week.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of October 12, 2015

CACKLING GOOSE
EURASIAN WIGEON
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
HUDSONIAN GODWIT
FORSTER”S TERN
VEERY
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
VESPER SPARROW
PINE SISKIN

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Still good numbers of Shorebirds around. Thirteen species reported.
10/13: Ten species of shorebirds including WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER reported at the Visitor’s Center and the Wildlife Trail.
10/14: A HUDSONIAN GODWIT was seen at the Main Pool.
10/17: A sighting with a photo of an extremely rare WHITE-CHEEKED PINTAIL was reported from the Main Pool. No follow up or pictures online yet.
10/18: A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was found on the Wildlife Trail. An EURASIAN WIGEON was seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh.

Onondaga County
10/13: A BLACK SCOTER and a SURF SCOTER were seen on Beaver Lake.
10/16: Two BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS are still being seen at Joseph F. William Park on Oneida Lake.
10/18: A CACKLING GOOSE was seen at the confluence of the Oneida and Oswego Rivers south of Phoenix.
10/19: A very late VEERY was seen at Pratt’s Falls Park.

Oswego County
10/14: A FORSTER’S TERN was seen at Derby Hill.
10/15: An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at a private residence in Hastings.

Oneida County
10/18: A late VESPER SPARROW was seen on Sterling Road east of Verona Beach State Park.

Madison County
10/18: A CACKLING GOOSE was found at Woodman Pond.

Cayuga County
10/14: An EURASIAN WIGEON was seen on the Pond at Fair Haven State Park.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of October 5, 2015

BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
CACKLING GOOSE
EURASIAN WIGEON
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
HUDSONIAN GODWIT
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
PINE SISKIN
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
10/6: Four HUDSONIAN GODWITS were seen both at Eaton Marsh and Knox-Marsellus Marsh, presumably the same birds.
10/7: The four HUDSONIAN GODWITS along with LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, PECTORAL SANDPIPER and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER were all seen at Eaton Marsh. A BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER was at the visitor’s Center. An EURASIAN WIGEON was seen in the main Pool and has been reported through the 11th.
10/8: Eleven species of shorebirds including two of the HUDSONIAN GODWITS and a BAIRD’S SANDPIPER were found along the Wildlife Drive.
10/10: Eight BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen in the Sandhill Crane Unit on VanDyne Spoor Road.
10/11: The group of 4 HUDSONIAN GODWITS were again present at Eaton Marsh.
10/12: Only 1 HUDSONIAN GODWIT reported at Eaton Marsh.
Onondaga County
10/8: A CACKLING GOOSE was spotted at Oneida Shores.
Oswego County
10/8: PINE SISKINS were seen in Constantia.
Madison County
10/9: A MERLIN was spotted on Irish Hill Road south of Cazenovia.
Oneida County
10/5: An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen off of North Gage Road west of Poland.
10/6: A CACKLING GOOSE was found in Verona Swamp on Rt.31 west of Rt. 365.
Cayuga County
10/7: Seven species of Shorebirds including a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER were found  at Fair Haven State Park. Most birds were on the breakwall.
10/10: Eleven PINE SISKINS were seen in flight at Fair Haven State Park.
10/12: BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER and DUNLIN were still at Fair Haven State Park.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of September 28, 2015

BRANT
CACKLING GOOSE
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
HUDSONIAN GODWIT
PARASITIC JAEGER
CASPIAN TERN
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH
CAPE MAY WARBLER
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Another great week for Shorebirds at the Complex with 20 species reported highlighted by one then two HUDSONIAN GODWITS.

9/29: A HUDSONIAN GODWIT was found at Eaton Marsh. 12 other shorebird species including WHITE RUMPED and BAIRD’S SANDPIPERS were also seen along the Wildlife Trail.
10/2: A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was seen at Eskerbrook Trail. A CACKLING GOOSE, the HUDSONIAN GODWIT and 21 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS were seen along the Wildlife Trail.
10/3: The HUDSONIAN GODWIT and 18 of the LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS continued on the Wildlife Trail.
10/4: Two HUDSONIAN GODWITS were seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh.
10/5: The 2 HUDSONIAN GODWITS were seen at Eaton Marsh. Elsewhere on the Wildlife Trail 10 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS and a late CASPIAN TERN were seen.

Onondaga County
9/30: One DUNLIN and 13 BONAPARTE’S GULLS were seen at Oneida Shores Park.
10/3: Two BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS continue at Joseph F. William Park on Oneida Lake.
10/5: Two ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were seen under the power lines at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.

Oswego County
9/30: Sixty BRANT, 1 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, 4 RUDDY TURNSTONES and 1 SANDERLING were seen at Oswego Harbor.

Madison County
10/2: A late CAPE MAY WARBLER was seen on Irish Hill Road south of Cazenovia.

Cayuga County
9/30: A PARASITIC JAEGER was seen from West Barrier Beach Park in Fair Haven.
10/1: Four hundred and fifty BRANT, 6 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS and 5 SANDERLINGS were seen at Fair Haven Beach State Park.
10/2: Eighteen WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS and 1 SURF SCOTER were seen at Fair Haven Beach State Park.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of September 21, 2015

CACKLING GOOSE
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
HUDSONIAN GODWIT
WILSON’S PHALAROPE
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
LINCOLN’S SPARROW
YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Another great week for shorebirds with 21 species reported.
9/22: A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was observed at VanDyne Spoor Road.
9/23: A WILSON’S PHALAROPE was found at the Visitor’s Center.
9/25: A HUDSONIAN GODWIT was found in Eaton Marsh along the Wildlife Trail. 7 species of shorebirds including AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER and BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER were seen from East Road.
9/26: A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was observed in flight along the Wildlife Trail. A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was seen on Esker Brook Trail. The HUDSONIAN GODWIT was relocated at Knox-Marsellus Marsh but has not been reported again.
9/27: Thirteen species of shorebirds including LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and STILT SANDPIPER were seen along the Wildlife Drive.

Onondaga County
9/23: Two BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were seen at Joseph F. William Park on Oneida Lake.
9/27: A LINCOLN’S SPARROW, a WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW and 2 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS were seen at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.

Oswego County
9/26: A CACKLING GOOSE, a GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH and an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER were all seen near Darrow Road west of Mexico.

Oneida County
9/22: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was found o Irish Hill Road.

Oneida County
9/27: A LINCOLN’S SPARROW and a RUSTY BLACKBIRD were found at Spring Farm Nature Center south of Clinton.

Herkimer County
9/23: An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER wa seen at a private residence north of Dolgeville.

Cayuga County
9/26: A BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, an SANDERLING and a DUNLIN were all found at West Barrier Beach Park in Fair Haven.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of September 14, 2015

BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
WILSON’S PHALAROPE
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
RED PHALAROPE
SABINE’S GULL
BLACK-LEGGED KITTYWAKE
FORSTER’S TERN
PARASITIC JAEGER
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
CONNECTICUT WARBLER
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
LINCOLN’S SPARROW
YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Preliminary results in from the Muckrace list 181 species found. Highlights were CONNECTICUT WARBLER along Towpath Road and YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD at VanDyne Spoor Road. Eighteen species of Shorebirds were found at the complex this week, all of which were seen on the Muckrace except a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER seen at the Visitor’s center on 9/20.
9/18: A WILSON’S PHALAROPE was seen along the Wildlife Drive.
9/19: Seven species of Shorebirds were seen along Towpath Road including a BAIRD’S SANDPIPER. Also seen was a CONNECTICUT WARBLER, a super find for this area. Eight species of shorebirds were seen along the Wildlife Trail including LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER. Ten species of Shorebirds were seen at the Audubon Center including STILT SANDPIPER, WILSON’S PHALAROPE and LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER. A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was seen along the wooded area of VanDyne Spoor Road.
9/20: A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was reported at the Visitor’s Center.

Oswego County
9/14: After last week’s report was completed the following birds were seen at Derby Hill. Twelve AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, 6 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, 2 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES, 7 RED PHALAROPES, 1 SANDERLING, 1 BLACK-LEGGED KITTYWAKE, 1 FORSTER’S TERN, 12 PARASITIC JAEGERS and a SABINE’S GULL. This in addition to the previously reported Little Gull and 2 Long-tailed Jaegers made for an exceptional day.
9/19: A RUDDY TURNSTONE was seen at Oswego Harbor.
9/20: A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was found in the wooded trails at Derby Hill. 143 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS were seen migrating over Bishop Hill north of Pulaski.

Onondaga County
9/15: A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen at Dewitt Marsh. A BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER was seen at Joseph F. William Park on Oneida Lake.
9/21: The region’s first ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.

Oneida County
9/16: More than one CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS were reported at Verona Beach State Park

Rare Bird Alert for the week of September 8, 2015

WHIMBREL
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
HUDSONIAN GODWIT
LITTLE GULL
FORSTER’S TERN
PARASITIC JAEGER
LONG-TAILED JAEGER
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER
LINCOLN’S SPARROW

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Nineteen species of shorebirds were found at the complex this week, down two species from last week.
9/8: Ten species of shorebirds including RUDY TURNSTONE and STILT SANDPIPER were seen at Eaton Marsh.
9/12: Eleven species of shorebirds including RUDDY TURNSTONE, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER were seen at Knox-Marsellus and Puddler’s Marshes.
9/13: Eight species of shorebirds including RUDDY TURNSTONE and STILT SANDPIPER were seen at Knox-Marsellus and Puddler’s Marshes. Two LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS were seen along the Wildlife Drive.

Onondaga County
9/8: Two OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS were found at Potter Marsh south of Potter Road at the Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville. They were found calling and feeding through 9/10. Also seen at Three Rivers on 9/8 were PHILADELPHIA VIREO and YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER. Four COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen at the confluence of the Seneca and Oneida Rivers on River Road south of Phoenix.
9/9: Seven species of shorebirds including SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER were seen at Jamesville Beach.
9/12: A BAIRD’S SANDPIPER and a PECTORAL SANDPIPER were found at Oneida shores Park. A BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER was seen at nearby Joseph F. William Memorial Park on Oneida Lake.

Oswego County
9/9: A WHIMBREL, a PARASITIC JAEGER and a FORSTER’S TERN were seen at the north lookout at Derby Hill.
9/13: A HUDSONIAN GODWIT and 10 RUDDY TURNSTONES were seen at derby Hill.
9/14: A LITTLE GULL, a PARASITIC JAEGER and 2 LONG-TAILED JAEGERS were seen from the north lookout at Derby Hill.

Madison County
9/8: Five species of shorebirds were seen at a wetland north of Hamilton.

Oneida County
9/11: A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen at Spring Farm Nature Center south of Clinton.
9/12: Eight species of shorebirds including BAIRD’S SANDPIPER were seen at Delta Lake.

Herkimer County
9/11: The seasons first migrant LINCOLN’S SPARROW was seen at a home in Dolgeville.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of August 31, 2015

AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
WHIMBREL
WESTERN SANDPIPER
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER
PHILADELPHIA VIREO

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex

Twenty-one species of shorebirds were seen at the complex this week. New birds were BAIRD’S SANDPIPER and WESTERN SANDPIPER. Most of the birds were seen from the dikes at Knox-Marsellus and Puddler’s Marshes on the 9/6 field trip.

9/5: A WESTERN SANDPIPER was reported from Towpath Road. An EURASIAN WIGEON was seen also.
9/6: Sixteen species of shorebirds were reported from the dikes at Knox-Marsellus and Puddlers. The WESTERN SANDPIPER was relocated along with BAIRD’S SANDPIPER, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER and LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER. Also seen were 8 species of waterfowl.
9/7: Eleven species of shorebirds were seen at Towpath but the WESTERN SANDPIPER was not relocated. STILT SANDPIPER and BAIRD’S SANDPIPER were found.

Onondaga County
9/4: Eight species of shorebirds were seen at Jamesville Beach including SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER and PECTORAL SANDPIPER. A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen at Beaver Lake.
9/5: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen at the confluence of the Seneca and Oneida Rivers south of Phoenix.
9/6: Five COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen at the confluence of the Seneca and Oneida Rivers.
9/7: A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER wa seen at Beaver Lake Nature Center.

Oswego County
9/6: A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was see in Hastings.

Madison County
9/6: A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was seen at the Sky High Sod Farm north of Chittenango on Lakeport Road.
9/7: Two BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS were seen at the Sod Farm.

Oneida County
9/2: Two BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS were seen at Delta Lake.

Herkimer County
9/2: A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen in Dolgeville.

Cayuga County
9/1: Two adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue at West Barrier Beach Park in Fair Haven. Oddly no young have been seen yet.
9/2: A WHIMBREL was seen in flight at West Barrier Beach Park in Fair Haven

Rare Bird Alert for the week of August 24, 2015

SANDHILL CRANE
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
SANDERLING
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
WILSON’S PHALAROPE
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
BLACK TERN
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
8/25: A SANDERLING was seen near the Visitor’s Center.
8/27: Nine species of shorebirds including BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, WILSON’S PHALAROPE and RED-NECKED PHALAROPE were seen at the Knox/Marsellus and Puddler’s Marsh area.
8/28: A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen from the May’s Point Road area.
8/29: A juvenile RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was observed at the Mays Point Road nesting site.
8/30: Fifteen species of shorebirds including BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, BAIRD’S SANDPIPER and LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER were seen at the Knox/marsellus and Puddler’s Marsh area.

Onondaga County
8/27: Eight species of shorebirds including SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER and PECTORAL SANDPIPER were seen at Jamesville Beach.

Oswego County
8/30: Ten species of warblers including 3 CAPE MAY WARBLERS were seen at a private residence in Hastings.

Madison County
8/27: A SANDHILL CRANE was spotted on Gee Road north of Chittenango.
8/30: Eight AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS were seen at the Sky High Sod Farm north of Chittenango.

Oneida County
8/25: Five species of shorebirds including a SANDERLING were seen at Delta Lake.

Cayuga County
8/27: Five BLACK TERNS were seen at West Barrier Park in Fair Haven.
8/28: Two adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were again seen bringing food to a nest at West Barrier Beach in Fair Haven.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of August 17, 2015

BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
WILLET (WESTERN)
WHIMBREL
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER
STILT SANDPIPER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
WILSON’S PHALAROPE
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
FORSTER’S TERN
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER
CAPE MAY WARBLER
WILSON’S WARBLER

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Again this week nineteen species of Shorebirds were reported from the complex.
8/21: Thirteen species of shorebirds were found along the Wildlife Drive. A WILLET was seen for most of the day at LaRue’s Lagoon. A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was seen at the second Thruway Pond. Unfortunately neither of these birds were seen the next day.
8/22: Nine species of shorebirds were found at Knox-Marsellus and Puddler’s Marshes. Highlights were both WILSON’S and RED-NECKED PHALAROPE. A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was seen in the morning and again in the evening at VanDyne Spoor Marsh.
8/23: Both PHALAROPES were relocated at Knox-Marsellus pond. Two adult and one juvenile RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen at the nesting site on Mays Point Road. The YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was again seen at VanDyne Spoor Marsh

Onondaga County
8/22: A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen at the South Meadow Nature Area in Tully.
8/23: Three COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen from Jamesville Ave. in Syracuse.
8/24: Eight species of Warblers including a WILSON’S were seen at the confluence of the Oneida and Seneca Rivers on River Road south of Phoenix.

Oswego County
8/22: A CAPE MAY WARBLER was seen in Hastings.

Madison County
8/23: 16 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen in flight over the village of Hamilton.

Oneida County
8/22: Six species of Shorebirds including two SANDERLINGS were seen at Delta Lake.

Herkimer County
8/17: Two BLUE-WINGED TEAL were seen at the McKoons Wetland south of Richfield Springs.

Cayuga County
8/21: A FORSTER’S TERN was seen at Fair Haven State Park. 2 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen going to a nest at West Barrier Beach in Fair Haven.
8/22: A WHIMBREL was seen in flight at Fair Haven State Park.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of August 10, 2015

BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER
STILT SANDPIPER
UPLAND SANDPIPER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
WILSON’S PHALAROPE
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Nineteen species of Shorebirds were again seen at the complex this week. All reported species were seen at The Knox/Marsellus and Puddlers Marsh area although some were seen along the Wildlife Drive and at VanDyne Spoor also.

8/11: Highlights at Knox/Marsellus and Puddler’s this day were BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, STILT SANDPIPER, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER. The Buff-breasted Sandpiper was not relocated the rest this week.
8/15 and 16: Highlights of shorebirds seen on these days were WILSON’S PHALAROPE, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, UPLAND SANDPIPERBLACK-BELLIED PLOVER and AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER.

Cayuga County
8/14: Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue, probably feeding young, at the west barrier beach area at Fair Haven. A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen also.
8/15: The two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were noted again at west barrier beach and another was spotted on the State Park side at Fair Haven. Four species of shorebirds were seen also.

Onondaga County
8/14: Two TRUMPETER SWANS were seen in a pond on the Reeve’s Farm on Fenner Road west of Baldwinsville. A RELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen at the Three Rivers WMA.
8/15: An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen at the Three Rivers WMA.

Oswego County
8/13: An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen on Jess Drive north of the Salmon River Reservoir.
8/14: A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen near Darrow Road south of Rt. 104. Another two sere seen at a private residence in Hastings.

Oneida County
8/12: Eight Shorebird species were seen at Delta Lake including a SANDERLING.

Herkimer County
8/13: Five shorebird species were seen at the McKoon Road wetlands north of Richfield Springs.
8/15: Five shorebird species were again seen at the McKoon Road wetlands. Birds seen over the two days were KILLDEER, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS, LEAST SANDPIPER and a PECTORAL SANDPIPER. A BONAPARTE’S GULL was seen also.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of August 03, 2015

BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
STILT SANDPIPER
UPLAND SANDPIPER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Nineteen species of shorebirds were reported from the complex this week.
8/6: Thirteen species of shorebirds were seen at Knox-Marsellus/Puddlers from East Road and Towpath Road. Highlights were 1 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, 3 STILT SANDPIPERS, 6 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS and 1 RED-NECKED PHALAROPE. Also seen here were 5 GREAT EGRETS, 1 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON and 7 SANDHILL CRANES. A LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER was reported in the marsh on VanDyne Spoor Road.
8/9: 15 species of shorebirds were seen at Knox-Marsellus/Puddlers from the dykes and Towpath Road. Highlights were 1 UPLAND SANDPIPER, 3 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, 1 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, 1 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER and a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE.
8/10: An AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER and a SANDERLING were seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh.

Onondaga County
8/5: One adult and two juvenile BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen from the Onondaga Creek creek walk near the Hiawatha Street Bridge in Syracuse. Five DUNLIN were found on the rocks at the Liverpool Marina on Onondaga Lake.

Oswego County
8/5: Two BLACK TERNS were seen from Derby Hill.
8/8: A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen at a private residence in Hastings.

Herkimer County
8/3: Seven species of shorebirds were seen at the McKoon’s Road Wetlands north of Richfield Springs. Included were SEMI-PALMATED PLOVERS and SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPERS.

Cayuga County
8/4: Two adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen bringing food to a nest at the West Barrier Beach Park in Fair Haven. They were seen again on 8/9.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of July 27, 2015

RUDDY TURNSTONE
STILT SANDPIPER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
BONAPARTE’S GULL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
ORCHARD ORIOLE

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
In all, 15 species of Shorebirds were seen at the complex this week.
7/31: At Knox-Marsellus Marsh 11 species of Shorebirds were found including RUDY TURNSTONE, 12 STILT SANDPIPERS, 12 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS and 1 RED-NECKED PHALAROPE.ALSO SEEN WERE 3 SANDHILL CRANES.
8/2: A visit to the dykes at Knox-Marsellus and Puddler’s Marshes turned up 12 species of Shorebirds including 9 STILT SANDPIPERS, 18 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS and 1 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER. Also seen were 19 SANDHILL CRANES and a BONAPARTE’S GULL. An adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues on Mays Point Road.

Onondaga County
8/1: Two ORCHARD ORIOLES were found at Green Lakes State Park.

Oswego County
7/31: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen at Derby Hill.

Herkimer County
8/1: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen at a private residence near Dolgeville.

Cayuga County
8/1: An adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen near the camping area at Fair Haven State Park.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of July 20, 2015

LITTLE BLUE HERON
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
WILSON’S PHALAROPE
BONAPARTE’S GULL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
ACADIAN FLYCATCHER
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
ORCHARD ORIOLE

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
7/21: Two BONAPARTE’S GULLS were seen in the Main Pool.
7/22: Ten species of shorebirds including WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER were seen along the Wildlife Drive.
7/25: Eleven species of shorebirds including STILT SANDPIPER and SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER were seen along the Wildlife Drive. A distant PHALAROPE was seen but could not be ID’d. An ORCHARD ORIOLE was found also. Two GREAT EGRETS and 3 SANDHILL CRANES were noted in Knox-Marsellus Pool.
7/26: A WILSON’S PHALAROPE was found at Knox-Marsellus Marsh.

Onondaga County
7/26: A SNOW GOOSE continues at Mercer Park in Baldwinsville. Also seen there were FISH CROWS and MERLINS.

Cayuga County
7/25: Two ACADIAN FLYCATCHERS continue at the Sterling Nature Center. An adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at Fair Haven State Park.

Madison County
7/24: A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was found on Ditchbank Road.

Oneida County
7/22: Two CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS were found at the Spring Farm Nature Preserve south of Clinton.

Herkimer County
7/21: Two very rare juvenile LITTLE BLUE HERONS were found and photographed in a small pond on Millstone Road just north of Richfield Springs. The next two days they were observed on nearby Weatherby Pond on Co. Rt. 167 but after that they were not relocated.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of July 13, 2015

BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
LESSER YELLOWLEGS
SANDERLING
SOLITARY SANDPIPER
PECTORAL SANDPIPER
SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPER
LEAST SANDPIPER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
STILT SANDPIPER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER

Montezuma National Wildlife Complex and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
7/14: Nine species of shorebirds including WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER were seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh.
7/18: Twelve species of shorebirds including 6 STILT SANDPIPERS,
and 11 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS were seen along the Wildlife Drive. A LEAST BITTERN was seen there also. SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER, PECTORAL SANDPIPER and SANDERLING were noted at Knox-Marsellus Marsh. 2 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS are still being seen at Mays Point Road in the dead trees.
7/19: Two WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were seen on the Wildlife Drive. A LEAST BITTERN was seen at VanDyne Spoor Road in the marsh.

Onondaga County
7/14: An adult BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen along the creek walk on Onondaga Creek at Spenser Street in Syracuse.
7/18: GREATER YELLOWLEGS, LESSER YELLOWLEGS and LEAST SANDPIPERS were seen in the ball field on Van Rensselear Street in Syracuse.

Madison County
7/14: GREATER YELLOWLEGS were seen at the sod farm on Lakeport Road. SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPER, SOLITARY SANDPIPER and LEAST SANDPIPER were seen on Ditchbank Road.

Herkimer County
7/19: A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was seen and photographed in the northern part of the county east of Croghan near Woods Road.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of July 06, 2015

GREAT EGRET
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
LESSER YELLOWLEGS
SOLITARY SANDPIPER
PECTORAL SANDPIPER
SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPER
LEAST SANDPIPER
STILT SANDPIPER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
FISH CROW
ACADIAN FLYCATCHER
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW

Montezuma National Wildlife Complex and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Note the nice upswing in migrating shorebirds this week.
7/10: Two LEAST BITTERNS were seen and photographed in the marshes on Morgon Road.
7/12: 235 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 30 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 7 SOLITARY SANDPIPERS 1 SPOTTED SANDPIPER, 2 KILLDEER and PEEP were all seen in Knox-Marsellus from Towpath Road.
7/13: Two STILT SANDPIPERS, 6 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, LEAST SANDPIPERS, SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPERS, GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 4 SOLITARY SANDPIPERS and 16 GREAT EGRETS were seen in Knox-Marsellus Marsh.

Oswego County
7/8: A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was heard briefly in Constantia.
7/10: Two FISH CROWS remain in Phoenix near the Oswego River.

Onondaga County
7/10: An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER was again found in Whiskey Hollow.
7/12: Two FISH CROWS were seen along the Seneca River in Baldwinsville.

Cayuga County
7/11: Three ACADIAN FLYCATCHERS were found at the Sterling Nature Center.

Oneida County
7/12: A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was found on Preston Hill Road north of Oneida Lake.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of June 26, 2015

SANDHILL CRANE
GREAT EGRET
LESSER YELLOWLEGS
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
ACADIAN FLYCATCHER
HENSLOW’S SPARROW
ORCHARD ORIOLE
EVENING GROSBEAK
Montezuma National Wildlife Complex and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
6/30: A juvenile ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen on VanDyne Spoor Road.
7/1: Twenty-four LESSER YELLOWLEGS were seen at the Visitor’s Center. (Coming or going?) Two adult and one juvenile SANDHILL CRANES were seen in the marsh from VanDyne Spoor Road.
7/3: An ORCHARD ORIOLE and only 1 LESSER YELLOWLEGS were found along the Wildlife Drive. Two adult and one juvenlie SANDHILL CRANES were seen from Carncross Road.
7/4: Six GREAT EGRETS were seen in Knox-Marsellus Marsh. Three RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen at the Mays Point Road site. No mention whether one was a juvenile.
Onondaga County
7/3: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was found at Green Lakes State Park.
7/5: An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER continues at Whiskey Hollow west of Baldwinsville.
Oneida County
7/4: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen on Higginsville Road east of Sylvan Beach.
Herkimer County
6/29: Two adult male EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen on Rt. 169 in the Town of Manheim.
7/2: A GREAT EGRET was spotted on Carlson Road.
Jefferson County
7/3: A HENSLOW’S SPARROW was seen on Dog Hill Road in the Perch River WMA.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of June 22, 2015

LEAST BITTERN
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON
TRUMPETER SWAN
SANDHILL CRANE
BLACK TERN
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
ACADIAN FLYCATCHER
HENSLOW’S SPARROW
ORCHARD ORIOLE

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
6/23: One RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at the Mays Point Road site. 2 were observed at times later in the week so breeding seems most likely.
6/24: Two TRUMPETER SWANS were seen at the Deep Ditch and Mitigation Unit off of VanDyne Spoor Road.
6/27: The SANDHILL CRANE family, 2 adults and 1 colt, were again seen from East Road.
6/29: Four BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen at the Deep Ditch and Mitigation Unit.

Onondaga County
6/24: An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER continues at Whiskey Hollow west of Baldwinsville.
6/25: A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was again seen at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.
6/26: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen at Green Lakes State Park.

Oswego County
6/27: BLACK TERNS and a LEAST BITTERN were found in the Salmon River near Co. Rt. 15 in Port Ontario.

Herkimer County
6/24: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen at a private residence north of Dolgeville.

Jefferson County
6/28: Three HENSLOW’S SPARROWS were seen from Dog Hill Road in the Perch River WMA.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of June 15, 2015

LEAST BITTERN
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON
BLACK SCOTER
SANDHILL CRANE
UPLAND SANDPIPER
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
ACADIAN FLYCATCHER
HENSLOW’S SPARROW
ORCHARD ORIOLE
PINE SISKIN

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
6/16: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was found along the Wildlife Trail. One RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen on Mays Point Road. A single bird was seen also on the 20th.
6/19: Two adult and one young SANDHILL CRANES continue to be seen from the Knox-Marsellus overlook on East Road.
6/21: Two or possibly more BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen from Van-Dyne Spoor Road in the marsh. A LEAST BITTERN was seen in Tschache Pool.

Onondaga County
6/17: A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was again seen at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.
6/19: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen at Green Lakes State Park. A PINE SISKIN was seen in the Onondaga Hill area.

Oswego County
6/20: A PINE SISKIN was found at Derby Hill. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER made a brief appearance in Constantia.

Madison County
6/21: A BLACK SCOTER was seen and well photographed in Bradley Brook Reservoir.

Oneida County
6/16: Two UPLAND SANDPIPERS and a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW were seen in a field from Harris Road south of Poland.

Cauyga County
6/19: An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER was found nesting at the Sterling Nature Center.

Jefferson County
6/17: Three HENSLOW’S SPARROWS were seen from Dog Hill Road at the Perch River WMA.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of June 08, 2015

LEAST BITTERN
GLOSSY IBIS
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON
SANDHILL CRANE
BLUE-WINGED TEAL
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
UPLAND SANDPIPER
BLACK TERN
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
HENSLOW’S SPARROW
ORCHARD ORIOLE
PINE SISKIN

Montezuma National Wildlife Complex and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
6/12: SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, KILLDEER and SOLITARY SANDPIPER were all seen on the Main Pool. These are virtually the only shorebird species seen anywhere on the complex this week.
6/14: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues on Mays Point Pool Road. A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen from East Road. Two adult and one young SANDHILL CRANES were seen in Knox-Marsellus Marsh. A LEAST BITTERN was seen in the Deep Muck and Mitigation area south of Savannah Spring Lake Road. Two PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS were see in a kayak trip around Howland Island. Many CERULEAN WARBLERS were also noted. BLACK TERNS, CERULEAN WARBLERS and BLUE-WING TEAL were also noted in the Complex this week.

Onondaga County
6/9: A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen at Three rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.
6/11: Four COMMON NIGHTHAWKS are still being seen at the Hundred Acre Marsh at Three Rivers WMA. Eight SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPERS were seen in a wet area on East Sorrell Hill Road south of Conners road in Van Buren.
6/13: A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was seen on Potter Road in Three
Rivers WMA. Five ORCHARD ORIOLES were seen at Green Lakes State Park.

Oswego County
6/9: A BLACK TERN was seen on Lake Ontario from Rainbow Shores Road.
6/13: A GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was seen on McDougall Road.

Oneida County
6/10: Two UPLAND SANDPIPERS and a BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER were seen on Harris Road in the Town of Deerfield

Herkimer County
6/9: A PINE SISKIN was seen near Dolgeville.

Jefferson County
6/12: A GLOSSY IBIS was seen from Vaadi Road at the Perch River WMA.
6/14: A HENSLOW’S SPARROW was seen at the Perch River WMA.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of June 01, 2015

BLUE-WINGED TEAL
EURASIAN WIGEON
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
UPLAND SANDPIPER
RUDDY TURNSTONE
WILSON’S PHALAROPE
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
SWAINSON’S THRUSH
HENSLOW’S SPARROW

Montezuma National Wildlife Complex and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
6/2: At Knox-Marsellus Marsh SANDHILL CRANES (2 adult, 1 colt) SEMI-PALMATED PLOVERS, KILLDEER, DUNLIN, Two WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPERS and 2 WILSON’S PHALAROPES were seen.
6/3: Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue on May’s Point Road
6/6: Fifteen BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, 1 SPOTTED SANDPIPER and 1 RUDY TURNSTONE were seen in Knox-Marsellus Marsh.
6/7: Seventeen SEMI-PALMATED PLOVERS were seen along the Wildlife Trail.

Oswego County
6/2: A Beaver Lake Field Trip to Otto Mills Road in northern Oswego County found 32 Species. Highlights were 13 species of Warblers and SWAINSON’S THRUSH. 2 REDHEADS continue in the Oswego River in Phoenix. 9 SANDERLING, 1 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and 5 SEMI-PALMATED PLOVERS were seen at the outlet at Sandy Pond.
6/5: Two BLACK TERNS were seen on the islands north of Constantia on Oneida Lake. 2 UPLAND SANDPIPERS continue at the airport on Howard Road near Fulton.

Onondaga County
6/4: A few COMMON NIGHTHAWKS are still lingering at 100 acre Marsh in Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville. Some were seen as recently as the 7th.
6/6: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen at Green Lakes State Park. another was seen on Conners Road west of Baldwinsville. A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen at Three Rivers WMA.

Madison County
6/6: A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen on Irish Hill Road south of Cazenovia.

Oneida County
6/2: A RUDDY TURNSTONE was found at Sylvan Beach.
6/3: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen on the Rayhill Recreational Trail in New Hartford.

Herkimer County
6/4: A BLUE-WINGED TEAL was seen on McCoons Pond .

Cayuga County
6/2: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at the West Barrier Beach Park in Fair Haven.
6/4: An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER was found at Sterling Nature Center.
6/5: A RUDDY TURNSTONE and 2 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen at West Barrier Beach Park in Fair Haven

Jefferson County
6/7: A HENSLOW’S SPARROW was founf on Dog Hill Roadwest of Watertown

Rare Bird Alert for the week of May 25, 2015

BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
GLOSSY IBIS
EURASIAN WIGEON
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
RUDDY TURNSTONE
WILSON’S PHALAROPE
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
WHIP-POOR-WILL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER
CONNECTICUT WARBLER
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW

Montezuma National Wildlife Complex and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Although good numbers and diversity of shorebirds were around at the beginning of this week things quieted down by the end. Nine species were seen yesterday but overall numbers are starting to come down.
5/27: A GLOSSY IBIS was again present at Knox-Marsellus Marsh.
5/28: Eleven RUDY TURNSTONES and a WILSON’S PHALAROPE were seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh.
5/29: A continuing EURASIAN WIGEON was at Knox-Marsellus Marsh along with 2 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS and a pair of SANDHILL CRANES with a colt.
5/30: The pair of RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were observed on Mays Point Road fighting with the Starlings. They were seen on the 31st. also.
5/31: The EURASIAN WIGEON was again seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh. Also seen were 8 species of shorebirds including the WILSON’S PHALAROPE and a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW.

Shorebirds reported this week at the complex:
RUDDY TURNSTONE
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
LESSER YELLOWLEGS,
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
LEAST SANDPIPER
SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPER
SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
KILLDEER
DUNLIN
SPOTTED SANDPIPER
WILSON’S PHALAROPE.

Onondaga County
5/26: A GREAT EGRET was seen at the Town of Van Buren Transportation at Dead Creek.
5/29: The last 4 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS recorded at Three Rivers WMA for the spring season. In all 167 birds were counted between 5/14 and 5/29. It should be pointed out a large number of COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen at Derby Hill this spring also.

Oswego County
5/27: A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was spotted at sunset Bay Park on Lake Ontario.
5/28: BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, RUDDY TURNSTONE and BLACK TERN were all seen on the Islands on Oneida Lake from Constantia.
5/29: At Derby Hill a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, 20 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS, a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and 3 GLOSSY IBISES were all reported.
5/30: A WHIP-POOR-WILL was heard calling at the Ricelli gravel bed on Co. Rt. 17 north of Constantia. Two more were heard nearby at the Roosevelt road gravel pit.
6/1: A SNOW GOOSE remains at Mallory Pond north of Central Square.

Oneida County
5/26: A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER and 5 CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS were found at the Spring Farm Nature center in Clinton.
5/28: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was again seen at Godfrey Point in Cleveland. A RUDDY TURNSTONE was found at Sylvan Beach.
5/30: A WHIP-POOR-WILL was heard at Preston Hill Road north of Oneida Lake.
5/31: One CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen at Spring Farm Nature Center.

Herkimer County
5/26: A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen in Dolgeville.

Cayuga County
5/28: A SANDERLING and a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER were found at West Barrier Beach Park in Fair Haven
5/31: A RUDDY TURNSTONE, a SANDERLING, an SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPER, a DUNLIN and a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK were all found at West Barrier Beach Park in Fair Haven.

Jefferson County
5/31: An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen at Fort Drum.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of May 18, 2015

GLOSSY IBIS
EURASIAN WIGEON
BLACK VULTURE
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
WHIMBREL
RUDDY TURNSTONE
WILSON’S PHALAROPE
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
ACADIAN FLYCATCHER
PHILADELPHIA VIREO
ORCHARD ORIOLE

Montezuma National Wildlife Complex and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
5/19: Two ORCHARD ORIOLES and an EURASIAN WIGEON were found along the wildlife drive.
5/21: Eleven species of shorebird were seen along the wildlife drive including 12 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS and 3 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS.
5/24: Thirteen species of Shorebirds were seen along the wildlife drive including a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and 350 DUNLIN. A GLOSSY IBIS was also spotted. Three RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen in the swamp along Mays Point Road.
5/25: Ten species of Shorebirds were reported along the wildlife drive including an AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, a RUDDY TURNSTONE. and 3 WILSON’S PHALAROPES. At Towpath Road 850 DUNLIN were counted. Also seen were WILSON’S PHALAROPE, PEEP, RUDDY TURNSTONE and a WHIMBREL.
In all 16 species of Shorebirds were reported this week at the complex. They were: WILSON’S SNIPE, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, RUDDY TURNSTONE, WILSON’S PHALAROPE, SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPER, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, DUNLIN, GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, KILLDEER, SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER and WHIMBREL.

Onondaga County
5/18: Seventeen COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were counted at Three Rivers WMA from Smokey Hollow Road north of Baldwinsville. More Nighthawks were seen each night at dusk this week.
5/19: An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER was seen in Whiskey Hollow and has been seen and heard daily this week.
5/24: A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW has returned to Fenner Road north of the Jacksonville Cemetery in the Town of Lysander. A DUNLIN was seen on the new southern part of the west shore trail on Onondaga Lake. A WHIMBREL was found at the confluence of the Oneida and Seneca Rivers on River Road south of Phoenix.
5/25: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen on Apulia Road near the Onativia Methodist Church.

Oswego County
5/22: Three WHIMBREL were seen migrating past Phillips Point on Oneida Lake.
5/24: Twenty-three BRANT were seen from Phillips Point. DUNLIN and PEEP were seen on the Islands in Oneida Lake from Mill Street in Constantia.
5/25: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen near the post office in Cleveland on Oneida Lake.
5/26: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, perhaps the same one from the day before, was seen at Godfrey Point in Cleveland.

Madison County
5/20: A GREAT EGRET was seen flying over the Nelson Swamp.
5/22: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen at the intersection of Gee and Ditchbank Roads north of Chittenango.
5/24: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was spotted on Irish Hill Road south of Cazenovia. A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was spotted later in the day.

Oneida County
5/19: A WHIP-POOR-WILL was heard at the Preston Hill Road sand pit south of Camden.

Herkimer County
5/19: A BLACK VULTURE was spotted in the city of Little Falls.

Cayuga County
5/18: Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were spotted on the West Barrier Beach park in Fair Haven

Jefferson County
5/24: A GLOSSY IBIS was spotted at the Ashland Flats WMA west of Watertown. Another GLOSSY IBIS, perhaps the same one, was spotted at Pillar Point not far to the south,

Rare Bird Alert for the week of May 11, 2015

LEAST BITTERN
GLOSSY IBIS
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON
LAUGHING GULL
ICELAND GULL
FORSTER’S TERN
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
ACADIAN FLYCATCHER
SEDGE WREN
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
BLUE GROSBEAK

As hoped for this week saw the big migration push, especially for passerines.
Virtually every expected Warbler was seen on 5/17 during the Birdathon. Most were seen at Sunset Bay Park on Lake Ontario. Good numbers of shorebirds were noted at Montezuma this week also.

Montezuma National Wildlife Complex and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
5/13: LEAST SANDPIPER, both YELLOWLEGS, DUNLIN, SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER, SOLITARY SANDPIPER and SPOTTED SANDPIPER were noted along the Wildlife Drive.
5/15: An singing SEDGE WREN was reported on Carncross Road near Howland Island.
5/16: A single WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, a single SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER and a SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER were added to the mix on the Wildlife Drive. Also BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, BLACK TERN and ORCHARD ORIOLE.
5/17: Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen at the Mays Point Road location. 12 Shorebird species including an estimated 3,000 LEAST SANDPIPERS were seen along the Wildlife Drive.

Cayuga County
5/11: Thirteen GLOSSY IBIS were seen in flight at Fair Haven State Park. Also seen were RUDDY TURNSTONE, DUNLIN and LEAST SANDPIPER.
5/12: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER has returned to West Barrier Beach Park at Fair Haven. A second bird was seen on the 15th.

Onondaga County
5/14: Two COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.
5/15: A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was found at the corner of Kellog and 60 Roads in Three Rivers WMA.
5/16: The CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was refound in Three Rivers and another was refound in Green Lakes State Park.
5/17: A BLUE GROSBEAK was seen at the corner of Conners Road and East Sorrell Hill Road south of Baldwinsville. So far no success in relocating it.
5/18: The ACADIAN FLYCATCHER has returned to Whiskey Hollow in the Town of Van Buren.

Oswego County
5/12: A FORSTER’S TERN was seen at Derby Hill Bird Observatory.
5/13: An ICELAND GULL was found at the Oswego Yacht Club on Lake Ontario.
5/14: An Adult LAUGHING GULL was seen at the Oswego Yacht Club. It was seen again on the 15th. but not since.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of May 04, 2015

LEAST BITTERN
LITTLE BLUE HERON
GLOSSY IBIS
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON
EURASIAN WIGEON
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
ICELAND GULL
FORSTER’S TERN
BLACK TERN
WHIP-POOR-WILL
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
PHILADELPHIA VIREO
SWAINSON’S THRUSH
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
ORCHARD ORIOLE

As expected a huge push of passerines occured this week. All warblers except PRAIRIE and ORANGE-CROWNED were reported. Also no GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH or OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER have been seen yet. Everything else is there for the taking. A small number of shorebirds have shown up also. Get out and enjoy.

Montezuma National Wildlife Complex and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
5/7: A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER has returned to Armitage Road on the west side of the bridge. A LITTLE BLUE HERON was seen flying from Mays Point pond toward the main pool. It was not relocated.
5/8: LEAST SANDPIPER, SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPER, DUNLIN and both YELLOWLEGS were seen at the visitor’s center and along the Wildlife Trail. A male EURASIAN WIGEON was seen in the main pool. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER has returned to the dead trees along Mays Point Road. A GLOSSY IBIS, a BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER and a FORSTER’S TERN were all seen in the corn field on Carncross Road.
5/9: Three BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen at the beginning of Towpath Road.
5/10: A BLACK TERN was seen along the Wildlife Drive. A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was spotted on Eskerbrook Trail.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
A very slow week at Derby except for Saturday which was the bird festival.
A great day with 2,148 Hawks made for a very successful experience for everyone. Other highlights were a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW on 5/5, another RED-HEADED WOODPECKER on 5/8 and a LINCOLN’S SPARROW on 5/9.

Oswego County
5/4: An ICELAND GULL was seen at Phillips Point on Oneida Lake.
5/6: A GOLDEN-WINGED and LAWRENCE’S type hybrid WARBLER were seen at Great Bear Recreation Area north of Phoenix.
5/7: A WHIP-POOR-WILL was heard at Roosevelt Road north of Constantia.
5/10: A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen in flight in Constantia. A LEAST BITTERN was noted at the Rt.3 Bridge over the Salmon River in Constantia.

Onondaga County
5/6: A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was found on the yellow trail at the power lines in Green Lakes State Park. It was refound on the 7th. A LINCOLN’S SPARROW was seen at Three Rivers WMA in Baldwinsville.
5/7: A SWAINSON’S THRUSH was seen at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Syracuse.

Madison County
5/5: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen at Woodman Pond.

New arrivals
SORA
SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
LEAST SANDPIPER
BLACK TERN
YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
CHIMNEY SWIFT
RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD
EASTERN PEEWEE
WILLOW FLYCATCHER
PHILADELPHIA VIREO
BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER
SWAINSON’S THRUSH
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
TENNESSEE WARBLER
MOURNING WARBLER
HOODED WARBLER
CAPE MAY WARBLER
BAY-BREASTED WARBLER
CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER
BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER
CANADA WARBLER
WILSON’S WARBLER
BLACKPOLL WARBLER
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW

Rare Bird Alert for the week of April 27, 2015

BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON
LEAST BITTERN
EURASIAN WIGEON
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
SANDHILL CRANE
UPLAND SANDPIPER
LITTLE GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
ORCHARD ORIOLE
EVENING GROSBEAK

This past week saw the first big push of migrant passerines. Rather than list them individually I would ask that you look at the list of new arrivals at the end of this report. Most arrived in the last two days. If you have seen these birds in the past chances are they are back in traditional locations.

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
4/28: 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen along the Wildlife Drive.
4/30: A SANDHILL CRANE was seen near the Visitors Center. An EURASIAN WIGEON was seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh. A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON was seen along Towpath Road.
5/3: A SANDHILL CRANE was seen along the Wildlife Drive.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
Good flights of Broadwinged Hawks but smaller numbers of other raptors. 3,322 birds were counted this week.

Oswego County
4/28: 2 UPLAND SANDPIPERS were again seen at the Oswego County Arifield on Howard Road.
4/29: an adult LITTLE GULL and 2 GREAT EGRETS were seen at Phillips Point on Oneida Lake. All three SCOTERS were noted at this location during the week.
4/30: 2 EVENING GROSBEAKS continue at a feeder north of Cleveland.
5/3: A LEAST BITTERN was heard at the Rt. 6 wetlands north of Rt. 3.

Onondaga County
5/2: A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was heard in Potter Marsh in Three Rivers WMA.
5/3: A LEAST BITTERN was heard in the same marsh.

Madison County
4/28: 5 EVENING GROSBEAKS and a NORTHERN GOSHAWK continue at a residence on Carpenter Road near Sheds.
4/30: A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen at Woodman Pond.
5/3: 2 male ORCHARD ORIOLED were seen on Ditchbank Road near Gee Road.

Oneida County
4/29: A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen on Babcock Road south of Camden.

New arrivals

LEAST FLYCATCHER
GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER
YELLOW-THROATED VIREO
WARBLING VIREO
WOOD THRUSH
OVENBIRD
BLU-WINGED WARBLER
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER
NASHVILLE WARBLER
COMMON YELLOWTHROAT
AMERICAN REDSTART
NORTHERN PARULA
MAGNOLIA WARBLER
BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER
YELLOW WARBLER
BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
SCARLET TANAGER
ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK
INDIGO BUNTING
BOBOLINK
ORCHARD ORIOLE
BALTIMORE ORIOLE
MARSH WREN
CERULEAN WARBLER
RED-EYED VIREO.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of April 20, 2015

RED-THROATED LOON
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON
GREAT EGRET
LEAST BITTERN
EURASIAN WIGEON
SURF SCOTER
GOLDEN EAGLE
SANDHILL CRANE
UPLAND SANDPIPER
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD
EVENING GROSBEAK

Montezuma National Wildlife Complex and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
4/25: An EURASIAN WIGEON was seen from East Road. Five BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen along Towpath Road.
4/26: GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS, WILSON’S SNIPE and a DUNLIN were all seen in a corn field along Carncross Road. Two SANDHILL CRANES were seen in the mucklands along Rt. 31.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
4/21 was the best day of the season so far with 5,299 birds counted. 5,074 were BROAD-WINGED HAWKS. Also 5 GOLDEN EAGLES were counted this day. The next day 2,101 raptors were counted. Otherwise it was a very slow week due to cold and north winds. On 4/20 2 SANDHILL CRANES were seen.

Oswego County
4/22: EVENING GROSBEAKS were noted in Constantia.
4/23: 134 COMMON LOONS and 1 RED-THROATED LOON were seen flying Past Phillips Point on Oneida Lake.
4/24: 2 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen at a feeder north of Cleveland.
4/25: 2 UPLAND SANDPIPERS were again seen at the Oswego County Airfield from Howard Road. Actually they are seen closer to the Go-cart area nearer Silk Road.

Onondaga County
4/21: 5 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were seen on Onondaga Lake near the Liverpool Marina.
4/22: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen near the marina in Liverpool.
4/23: A pair of SURF SCOTERS were seen on Beaver Lake
4/26: A LEAST BITTERN was heard in the Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville. It was in a marshy area south of Potter Road.

Madison County
4/23: A SANDHILL CRANE was seen at the intersection of Gee and Ditchbank Roads. Refound in the same area on 4/25.
4/24: 3 EVENING GROSBEAKS are still coming to a feeder on Carpenter Road near Sheds. Five were seen on 4/26.
4/25: A male YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was seen with other Blackbirds on Cheese Factory Road in the Town of Cazenovia.

Oneida County
4/26: An early BLACK-AND- WHITE WARBLER was found at the Spring Farm Nature Sanctuary south of Clinton.
4/27: 6 SURF SCOTERS and 10 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were seen on Oneida Lake from the Godfrey Point Boat Launch east of Cleveland on Oneida Lake. A GREAT EGRET was seen in a beaver pond on Rt. 31 about 2 miles west of the intersection with Rt. 365.

New Arrivals this week

CLIFF SWALLOW
LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH
NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH
PINE WARBLER
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER
SPOTTED SANDPIPER
HOUSE WREN
PALM WARBLER
AMERICAN BITTERN
LEAST BITTERN
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW
BLUE HEADED VIREO
BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER
EASTERN KINGBIRD

Rare Bird Alert for the week of  April 13, 2015

BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON
BLACK VULTURE
GOLDEN EAGLE
SANDHILL CRANE
AMERICAN AVOCET
UPLAND SANDPIPER
LITTLE GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
FORSTER’S TERN
SHORT-EARED OWL
WHITE-EYED VIREO
BOHEMIAN WAXWING
EVENING GROSBEAK

Montezuma National Wildlife Complex and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
4/14: A COMMON GALLINULE was seen at the Audubon Center on Rt. 89.
4/16: At least 20 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen at the beginning of Towpath Road.
4/19: A singing WHITE-EYED VIREO was found at the beginning of Towpath Road. Unfortunately it could not be relocated later in the day. 2 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were also seen in the area.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
Another slow week with only 5,353 hawks counted. 2 SANDHILL CRANES were seen on 4/19.

Oswego County
4/19: 2 UPLAND SANDPIPERS were seen at the Oswego County Airport from Howard Road.
4/20: 2 FISH CROWS were seen at the Phoenix dam and lock area. They appeared to be carrying nesting material.

Onondaga County
4/14: A LITTLE GULL was seen in the company of Bonaparte’s Gulls at the Liverpool Marina on Onondaga Lake. Unfortunately it quickly departed.
4/20: 5 AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen and well photographed on the southwest shore of Onondaga Lake.

Madison County
4/16: 2 SANDHILL CRANES were seen in the Town of Lenox.
4/19: A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was found at Woodman Pond.

Oneida County
4/17: A FORSTER’S TERN was seen at Big Bay on Oneida Lake. A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen at the Utica Marsh.

Herkimer County
4/12: Somewhat belated but a SHORT-EARED OWL was seen and well photographed near Bronner Road north of Little Falls.
4/17: An EVENING GROSBEAK was seen in West Winfield.

Cortland County
4/19: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and a BLACK VULTURE were seen at the Lime Hollow Nature Center.

Jefferson County
4/14: 7 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen just east of Watertown.

New Arrivals
COMMON GALLINULE
BANK SWALLOW
BROWN THRASHER
BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER
GREEN HERON
LESSER YELLOWLEGS
SORA

Rare Bird Alert for the week of April 06, 2015

RED-THROATED LOON
EURASIAN WIGEON
SANDHILL CRANE
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
UPLAND SANDPIPER
BONAPARTE’S GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
SNOWY OWL

Montezuma National Wildlife Complex and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
4/7: SANDHILL CRANES were seen at Marten’s Tract.
4/8: A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen on the Loop Road unit north of the hamlet of Montezuma.
4/10: Fifteen GREATER YELLOWLEGS were seen in the Mucklands along Rt.31. Two GREAT EGRETS were seen in Knox-Marsellus Marsh.
4/12: A DUNLIN was seen in the Mucklands.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
A slow start turned better toward the weekend and 7,155 birds were counted. This does not include today which promises to be a great day. SANDHILL CRANES were seen on 4/9 and 4/10. BONAPARTE’S GULLS were seen on 4/10 and the first BROADWING HAWKS were seen on 4/12.

Oswego County
4/13: An UPLAND SANDPIPER has returned to the Oswego County Airport in Fulton.

Madison County
4/8: A SANDHILL CRANE was seen at Ditchbank Road.
4/11: EVENING GROSBEAKS continue at a feeder on Carpenter Road near Sheds.

Onondaga County
4/12: A SANDHILL CRANE was seen at Three Rivers WMA from the Smokey Hollow Road side. Three COMMON LOONS and 6 RED-NECKED GREBES were seen in Beaver Lake. A FOS LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH was heard at Pratts Falls county park.

Oneida County
4/11: A RED-THROATED LOON was seen in Oneida Lake south of Verona Beach.
4/12: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at Sylvan Beach.

Jefferson County
4/8: A SNOWY OWL was seen on Rt.11 south of Philadelphia.

Recent arrivals:
COMMON LOON
RUSTY BLACKBIRD
AMERICAN WOODCOCK
TREE SWALLOW
FOX SPARROW
OSPREY
EASTERN MEADOWLARK
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
GREAT EGRET
DUNLIN
BONAPARTE’S GULL
BROAD-WINGED HAWK
UPLAND SANDPIPER
LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH
PINE WARBLER
FIELD SPARROW
ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER
PALM WARBLER
CASPIAN TERN

Rare Bird Alert for the week of March 30, 2015

TUNDRA SWAN
ROSS’S GOOSE
CACKLING GOOSE
EURASIAN WIGEON
BLUE-WINGED TEAL
BLACK VULTURE
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
GOLDEN EAGLE
SANDHILL CRANE
BONAPARTE’S GULL
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
LONG-EARED OWL
SHORT-EARED OWL
SAW-WHET OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE

Montezuma National Wildlife Complex and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
With more open water Waterfowl have arrived at the complex in a big way. 25 species were noted this week. Rarities will be noted below.
4/2: One ROSS’S GOOSE was found among an estimated 10,000 Snow Geese in the Mucklands along Rt.31. A PIPIT was also see. At the Main Pool an ICELAND GULL was found.
4/3: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen from East Road. A CACKLING GOOSE was seen at the Visitor’s Center.

Derby Hill
A great week at Derby with just over 10,000 hawks counted. On 3/30 a ROSS’S GOOSE was seen. 4/3 was the big day with 4,480 hawks counted. Also that day a GLAUCOUS GULL and a BLACK VULTURE were seen.

Oswego County
4/2: A BLUE-WINGED TEAL was found in Oswego Harbor.
4/5: 20 TUNDRA SWANS were found in Brewerton.

Cayuga County
3/30: A LONG-EARED OWL was heard at Sterling Nature Center.

Onondaga County
3/31: 3 SANDHILL CRANES and a NORTHERN SHRIKE were seen at Threee Rivers WMA. A GREAT CORMORANT was seen flying with Double Breasteds from River Road on the Oswego River.
4/3: A BONAPARTE’S GULL was seen in Tully. Another great day at Three Rivers WMA as a ROSS’S GOOSE, a GOLDEN EAGLE, a GOSHAWK and a SANDHILL CRANE were all found.
4/5: A EURASIAN WIGEON was found on Ferstler Road in a flooded field near Gerber’s Turf Farm. A BLUE-WINGED TEAL was seen at Three Rivers WMA.

Madison County
4/4: A LESSER BLACK-BLACKED GULL was seen on Ditchbank Road.

Oneida County
3/31: A BLUE-WINGED TEAL was seen on Oneida Lake at South Bay.
4/3: A SAW-WHET OWL was found in Waterville.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of March 23, 2015

RED-NECKED GREBE
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
SANDHILL CRANE
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
SNOWY OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
EVENING GROSBEAK

Montezuma National Wildlife Complex and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
3/24: 2 SANDHILL CRANES were spotted in a corn field on Rt.89 south of Armitage Road.
3/25: A SANDHILL CRANE was seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh.
3/30: 2 TRUMPETER SWANS were seen at the Visitor’s Center.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
A definite upswing in numbers at Derby this week with 5,223 birds counted. A majority were TURKEY VULTURES but good numbers of other hawks were seen too including the seasons first OSPREY on the 27th. The first TREE SWALLOWS were seen on the 25th.

Madison County
3/24: EVENING GROSBEAKS continue at the feeder on Carpenter road near Sheds.
3/28: An ICELAND GULL, a GLAUCOUS GULL and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were all seen on Ditchbank Road.

Onondaga County
3/24: Large numbers of waterfowl continue to be seen on the Oswego River from River Road above Rt. 31. Up to 16 species have been seen during the week. 3 RED-NECKED GREBES were seen also.
3/25: An ICELAND GULL was seen at the Inner Harbor near Carousel Mall.
3/29: A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen on Indian Hill Road near Manlius.

Oneida County
3/26: 5 EVENING GROSBEAKS and a NORTHERN SHRIKE were reported from the same area near Camden.

Jefferson County
3/28: A SNOWY OWL was seen near Rt. 11 north of Evans Mills.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of March 16, 2014

RED-NECKED GREBE
BLACK VULTURE
SANDHILL CRANE
GLAUCOUS GULL
SNOWY OWL
SHORT-EARED OWL
EVENING GROSBEAK

Montezuma National Wildlife Complex and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
3/19: A SANDHILL CRANE was seen at the Audubon Center.
3/21: A SANDHILL CRANE was seen from East Road
3/22: 2 SANDHILL CRANES were seen from East Road.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
More activity this week than last in spite of cold temperatures. 656 raptors were counted this week. the highlight was two BLACK VULTURES on 3/19.

Onondaga County
3/18: 12 species of waterfowl were seen at the merge of the Oneida and Seneca Rivers (the real Three Rivers). Over 900 REDHEADS were counted in this group and the number grew to over 1,000on the 20th.
3/19: A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen in with the waterfowl at the Seneca/Oneida Rivers location.
3/20: A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen on Onondaga Lake from the new lower East side trail near the State Fair.

Madison County
The feeders on Carpenter Road near Sheds are still hosting a small number of EVENING GROSBEAKS. Also seen in the area were 2 NORTHERN GOSHAWKS and a SHORT-EARED OWL.

Jefferson County
3/21: A lingering SNOWY OWL was seen on Case Road in Chaumont.

New Arrivals (including last week)
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD
COMMON GRACKLE
KILLDEER
WOOD DUCK
RUSTY BLACKBIRDS
WOODCOCK

Rare Bird Alert for the week of March 09, 2015

RED-THROATED LOON
RED-NECKED GREBE
TUNDRA SWAN
HARLEQUIN DUCK
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK
GOLDEN EAGLE
PEREGRINE FALCON
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
SNOWY OWL
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER

Montezuma National Wildlife Complex and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
3/13: A TUNDRA SWAN was seen at Benning Marsh.
3/14: 28 TUNDRA SWANS were seen in the mucklands along Rt.31.

Onondaga County
3/9: A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen hunting in Baldwinsville. An ICELAND GULL and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were seen in the Inner Harbor area.
3/10: An ICELAND GULL was again seen at the Inner Harbor area.
3/11: A GOLDEN EAGLE was spotted in Jamesville near the Rt. 481 entrance. A GLAUCOUS GULL and two TUNDRA SWANS were seen in the Inner Harbor area. Thirteen species of waterfowl were seen in the Seneca River in Baldwinsville. An especially large number of REDHEADS are in the group. Eight to nine CANVASBACKS are present also. Most of the waterfowl are still present today but rising water should drive them out soon.
3/14: A SNOWY OWL was seen at Hancock Airport. A RED-THROATED LOON was seen at the end of the Creek Walk at Onondaga Lake.
3/15: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen from Solar Street in the Inner Harbor area. A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen in Onondaga Creek in the Inner Harbor area.
3/16: The RED-THROATED LOON and the RED-NECKED GREBE were seen at the end of the Creek Walk.

Oswego County
3/9: A male HARLEQUIN DUCK was found in the Oswego River in the Lock Six area. It was well seen and photographed by many birders and was last seen on 3/13.
3/12: A YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was seen at Derby Hill.
3/13: A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at Derby Hill. A RED-THROATED LOON was found in the Oswego River near the power dams. Unfortunately it died the next day.

Derby Hill
After a slow first week there was finally some action during the recent warm weather. Nine species of raptor have been recorded as migrating. The first RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was counted.

Oneida County
3/11: The female HARLEQUIN DUCK was again seen at Delta Lake.
3/14: A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen flying in Camden.

Jefferson County
3/15: A SNOWY OWL was spotted on County Route 37 west of Evans Mills.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of March 02, 2015

RED-NECKED GREBE
TRUMPETER SWAN
HARLEQUIN DUCK
BARROW’S GOLDENEYE
MERLIN
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
SNOWY OWL
HERMIT THRUSH
EVENING GROSBEAK

Montezuma National Wildlife Complex and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
2/7: A MERLIN was seen from the west side overlook of the main Pool on Rt.89.

Oswego County
2/3: 5 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen at a private residence five miles north of Cleveland. Up to 2 female BARROW’S GOLDENEYES remain in the Oswego River at Phoenix. they were reported throughout the week. 2 male CANVASBACKS were seen also.
2/7: A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen in the river at Phoenix. A GLAUCOUS and ICELAND GULL were seen on Oneida Lake in Brewerton. A male HARLEQUIN DUCK was found in the Oswego River near Lock 7 in Oswego.
2/8: The HARLEQUIN DUCK was relocated and seen by many happy birders. A SAW-WHET OWL was heard at Selkirk State Park.

Onondaga County
2/3: An ICELAND GULL was seen in the Inner Harbor near Carousel Mall. 2 TRUMPETER SWANS remain in the Seneca River below the dam in Baldwinsville. They were reported throughout the week.
2/4: A HERMIT THRUSH continues to overwinter at the Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery near Elbridge.
2/6: A SNOWY OWL is still being seen at Hancock Airport.

Oneida County
2/4: A female HARLEQUIN DUCK was again found below the dam at Delta Lake and was reported as recently as yesterday.

Jefferson County
2/4: A SNOWY OWL was seen on Rt.11 north of Evan’s Mills.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of February 23, 2015

RED-NECKED GREBE
TRUMPETER SWAN
HARLEQUIN DUCK
BARROW’S GOLDENEYE
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK
MERLIN
ICELAND GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
SNOWY OWL
SHORT-EARED OWL
EVENING GROSBEAK
CHIPPING SPARROW
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW

Derby Hill Bird Observatory
The Hawk Watch at Derby Hill began yesterday. David Wheeler will be the Hawk Counter this season. Nothing was seen in five hours of watching.

Oneida County
2/23: A female HARLEQUIN DUCK was discovered below the dam at Delta Lake. It was seen as recently as yesterday.
2/25: A SAW-WHET OWL was found resting in a tree in Waterville. Unfortunately at one point it chose to fly and the observer saw a cooper’s Hawk take the Owl. Nature favors the big bird. A MERLIN was seen on Turin Road in Rome.
3/1: An ICELAND GULL was seen at Delta Lake.

Onondaga County
2/25: Two TRUMPETER SWANS continue at Baldwinsville below the dam. They have been seen daily and were present again today in the afternoon. An overwintering CHIPPING SPARROW was again seen at a feeder in Skaneateles.
2/26: A SNOWY OWL was again seen at Hancock Airport in Syracuse.
2/28: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and 3 ICELAND GULLS were discovered below the dam in Baldwinsville. also seen and photographed was a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, quite uncommon at this area.
3/1: 2 adult WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were seen at a feeder on Kester Road east of Elbridge.

Oswego County
2/23: The female BARROW’S GOLDENEYE continues below the bridge in Phoenix and was seen daily including today.
3/1: A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen in the Oswego River in Phoenix.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of February 16, 2015

RED-NECKED GREBE
TRUMPETER SWAN
BARROW’S GOLDENEYE
WILSON’S SNIPE
THAYER’S GULL
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
SNOWY OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
EVENING GROSBEAK
CHIPPING SPARROW

Montezuma National Wildlife Complex and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
2/22: A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen near May’s Point Road.

Onondaga County
2/17: ICELAND GULLS in all stages were seen on the Seneca River in Baldwinsville just below the dam.
2/19: An adult THAYER’S GULL was found below the dam in Baldwinsville. also seen were ICELAND GULLS, GLAUCOUS GULLS and a PEREGRINE FALCON. Two TRUMPETER SWANS, missing for a few days, returned and were present through the 21st.
2/22: A WILSON’S SNIPE was seen at Carpenter’s Brood Fish Hatchery near Elbridge. ICELAND and GLAUCOUS GULLS were again seen in Baldwinsville. also seen were a RED-NECKED GREBE and a HORNED GREBE.

Madison County
2/17: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Irish Hill Road south of Cazenovia.
2/22: EVENING GROSBEAKS continue at a feeding station on Carpenter Road near Sheds. Also coming to the feeders are FOX SPARROW, CHIPPING SPARROW and NORTHERN GOSHAWK.

Oneida County
2/19: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen near Barneveld.
2/21: A SNOWY OWL was seen on Hillsboro Road south of Camden.

Oswego County
2/18: The female BARROW’S GOLDENEYE continues at the oswego River in Phoenix downriver of the bridge. A RED-NECKED GREBE was also seen.

Jefferson County
2/20: 5 SNOWY OWLS were found in the Town of Cape Vincent.
2/22: A SNOW OWL was seen near Evan’s Mills.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of February 09, 2015

RED-NECKED GREBE
TRUMPETER SWAN
BARROW’S GOLDENEYE
NORTHERN HARRIER
GOLDEN EAGLE
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
SNOWY OWL
LONG-EARED OWL
SHORT-EARED OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
HERMIT THRUSH
EVENING GROSBEAK
EASTERN TOWHEE
CHIPPING SPARROW
HOARY REDPOLL

Montezuma National Wildlife Complex and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
2/11: A NORTHERN HARRIER was spotted at East Road.

Onondaga County
2/10: A SNOWY OWL was seen at Hancock Airport. A LONG-EARED OWL was found on the Creekwalk north of Hiawatha Boulevard.
2/12: 2 TRUMPETER SWANS remain in the Seneca River in Baldwinsville in the open water downriver of the bridge.
2/13: A SNOWY OWL was again seen at Hancock Airport.
2/14: ICELAND and GLAUCOUS GULLS in all ages were seen near the falls on the Seneca River in Baldwinsville. A HERMIT THRUSH continues at Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery near Elbridge.
2/15: A CHIPPING SPARROW continues at a feeder in Skaneateles.

Madison County
2/10: A SNOWY OWL was found near the Fenner Wind Farm.
2/15: EVENING GROSBEAKS continue at a feedr on Carpenter Road near Sheds.

Oswego County
2/11: The female BARROW’S GOLDENEYE in the Oswego River down river of the bridge in Phoenix.
2/14: A female EASTERN TOWHEE was again seen at a feeder on Marsden Drive near Mexico Point. A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen in Oneida Lake at Brewerton. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Peter Scott Road north of Phoenix

Oneida County
2/12: A GOLDEN EAGLE was spotted in Waterville.

Herkimer County
2/13: 9 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen at a feeder near Rt. 28 where the Moose River crosses.

Jefferson County
2/9: An EASTERN TOWHEE was seen on Maxon Lane north of Adams.
2/11: A HOARY REDPOLL was seen at Fort Drum.
2/13: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen at the Point Peninsula Bird Conservation Area.
2/15: 4 SNOWY OWLS were seen in the Town of Lyme north of Rt. 12E.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of February 02, 2015

TRUMPETER SWAN
TURKEY VULTURE
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
GOLDEN EAGLE
THAYER’S GULL
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
SNOWY OWL
SHORT-EARED OWL
SAW-WHET OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
HERMIT THRUSH
EVENING GROSBEAK
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
EASTERN TOWHEE
SAVANNAH SPARROW
PINE SISKIN

Montezuma National Wildlife Complex and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
2/5: A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was found at the intersection of Rt.89 and Armitage Road.

Onondaga County
2/4: A TURKEY VULTURE was seen at Green Lakes State Park
2/5: A SAW-WHET OWL was seen in the University area.
2/6: A HERMIT THRUSH was at a feeding area in Baldwinsville. Two TRUMPETER SWANS were again seen in the Seneca River in Baldwinsville.
2/7: This was the last day the TRUMPETER SWANS were seen in Baldwinsville. Two ICELAND GULLS were seen from Marble Island in Baldwinsville.
2/8: A THAYER’S GULL was found in Mercer Park on the Seneca River in Baldwinsville. also seen were 2 ICELAND GULLS and a GLAUCOUS GULL. Two SAVANNAH SPARROWS were at a feeder on East Sorrell Hill Road south of Baldwinsville.
2/9: The THAYER’S GULL was relocated in Mercer Park in Baldwinsville. Also seen were 4 ICELAND GULLS and 3 GLAUCOUS GULLS including one adult.

Madison County
2/3: A SNOWY OWL was seen near the Fenner Wind Farm.
2/8: 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen from East Road in New Woodstock.
2/9: 18 EVENING GROSBEAKS were at a feeder on Carpenter Road near Sheds. also seen were 4 PINE SISKINS, a NORTHERN SHRIKE and a NORTHERN GOSHAWK.

Oswego County
2/9: A female EASTERN TOWHEE was seen at a feeder near Mexico Point on Lake Ontario.

Herkimer County
2/5: An immature GOLDEN EAGLE was seen and well described on Platform Road in Fairfield.

Jefferson County
2/5: 5 SNOWY OWLS and 6 SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen in the Three Mile Bay area.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of January 26, 2015

TRUMPETER SWAN
SURF SCOTER
BARROW’S GOLDENEYE
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
SNOWY OWL
SHORT-EARED OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
GRAY CATBIRD
HERMIT THRUSH
EVENING GROSBEAK
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
CHIPPING SPARROW
SAVANNAH SPARROW
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW
FOX SPARROW
PINE SISKIN

Montezuma National Wildlife Complex and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
1/31: A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was seen along Rt. 31 in the mucklands.
2/1: A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen at the intersection of Armitage Road and Rt.89.

Onondaga County
1/27: A HERMIT THRUSH continues at Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery near Elbridge. A PINE SISKIN was at a feeder in Pompey.
1/29: A GRAY CATBIRD continues along the Andrews Road feeder canal in Dewitt.
1/31: Three ICELAND GULLS including an adult were seen from the bridge in Baldwinsville. A second female BARROW’S GOLDENEYE has appeared at Phoenix. Sighting is from the fisherman’s access down river from the bridge. NOTE: The Oswego River marks the boundary of Onondaga and Oswego Counties so these birds most likely can be counted for both counties.
2/1: A SNOWY OWL was seen at Hancock Airport. 3 ICELAND and 3 GLAUCOUS GULLS were seen at the Inner Harbor. An adult male RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen and photographed at the intersection of Morgan and VerPlank Roads north of Great Northern Mall.
2/2: 2 TRUMPETER SWANS were in the Seneca River along the Northeast Trail (north side of the river) in Baldwinsville.

Oswego County
1/28: A SURF SCOTER was again seen in Oneida Lake in Brewerton.
1/30: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen in Williamstown.
2/1: A PINE SISKIN was at a feeder in Hastings.

Madison County
1/31: A SNOWY OWL was seen on West Mile Strip Road in Fenner.
2/1: EVENING GROSBEAKS continue at the feeders on Carpenter Road near Sheds. also being seen are PINE SISKINS, a CHIPPING SPARROW, a FOX SPARROW and 2 NORTHERN GOSHAWKS.

Oneida County
2/1: A SNOWY OWL was spotted at Griffis Tech Park near Rome. A SHORT-EARED OWL has again been spotted at the intersection of Rt.31 and Miller Road in Verona.

Cayuga County
1/31: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at the Sterling Nature Center.

Herkimer County
1/28: A PINE SISKIN was at a feeder near Dolgeville.

Jefferson County
1/31: 2 SNOWY OWLS were seen on Dutch Settelment Road north of Evans Mills.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of January 19, 2015

RED-THROATED LOON
NORTHERN SHOVELER
HARLEQUIN DUCK
BARROW’S GOLDENEYE
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
SNOWY OWL
SHORT-EARED OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
GRAY CATBIRD
HERMIT THRUSH
EVENING GROSBEAK
SAVANNAH SPARROW
COMMON REDPOLL
PINE SISKIN

Compiler’s note: COMMON REDPOLLS were reported in many more locations this week than last. I will not list all sightings but recommend keeping an eye out for HOARIES and other fiches.

Montezuma National Wildlife Complex and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
1/21: 4 SAVANNAH SPARROWS were seen on East Road. Another was found along the Wildlife Trail.

Onondaga County
1/19: The NORTHERN SHOVELER found in Mercer Park in Baldwinsville last week has remained and is seen daily. There was also a report of a second one.
1/25: A HERMIT THRUSH was again seen at the Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery near Elbridge.
1/26: A GRAY CATBIRD was refound on the feeder Canal off of Andrews Road in Dewitt.

Madison County
1/22: 4 ICELAND GULLS and 2 GLAUCOUS GULLS were seen at the Madison County Landfill. EVENING GROSBEAKS and a CHIPPING SPARROW continue at a feeder on Carpenter Road near Sheds.
1/23: A SNOWY OWL was seen on Nelson Road in Fenner. A PINE SISKIN was seen near Cazenovia Lake.
1/25: 2 ICELAND GULLS, 1 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and 1 GLAUCOUS GULL were seen on Ditchbank Road.

Oswego County
1/21: A female BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was found on the Oswego River in Phoenix. It is being viewed from the fisherman’s access below the bridge. It was still present today.
1/24: A RED-THROATED LOON was found in Oswego Harbor.

Oneida County
1/21: A SNOWY OWL was seen at Griffis Tech Park (the old airbase). Up to three have been seen at this location.
1/25: A PINE SISKIN was seen in Westdale.

Herkimer County
1/19: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on the Gray-Wilmurt Road.
1/22: A PINE SISKIN was seen at a feeder near Dolgeville. A SNOWY OWL was seen on Castle Road near Fairfield.
1/24: A SNOWY OWL and eight EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen on Newport-Gray Road.

Jefferson County
1/20: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen near Cape Vincent.
1/23: A HARLEQUIN DUCK was seen at Grass Point State Park on the St. Lawrence River.
1/25: A SNOWY OWL was seen in the Point Peninsula Conservation Area.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of January 12, 2014

NORTHERN SHOVELER
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
SNOWY OWL
SHORT-EARED OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
GRAY CATBIRD
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
EVENING GROSBEAK
SAVANNAH SPARROW
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW
COMMON REDPOLL

Montezuma National Wildlife Complex and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
1/14: A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was seen on VanDyne Spoor Road.
1/17: A SAVANNAH SPARROW was found on East Road

Onondaga County
1/15: A NORTHERN SHOVELER was found on the Seneca River at Mercer Park in Baldwinsville. It has lingered throughout the week.
1/16: An ICELAND GULL was seen at the Inner Harbor in Syracuse. 3 COMMON REDPOLLS were seen at a feeder in Elbridge.
1/17: An ICELAND GULL was seen on the Seneca River in Baldwinsville. A GRAY CATBIRD was found at the feeder canal on Andrews Road in Dewitt.

Oswego County
1/16: A GLAUCOUS GULL was found in Oswego Harbor.

Oneida County
1/13: A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen near Waterville.
1/17: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen near Clinton.
1/18: A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen on Rt.46 south of New London.

Madison County
1/13: A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was again seen on East Road near New Woodstock.
EVENING GROSBEAKS continue at a feeder on Carpenter Road near Sheds. COMMON REDPOLLS are present also.
1/14: A SNOWY OWL was seen near Peterboro.
1/15: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Eden Hollow Road.
1/16: A COMMON REDPOLL was at a feeder on Eden Hollow Road.
1/19: 4 COMMON REDPOLLS were at the feeder on Carpenter Road near Sheds.

Herkimer County
1/14: A SNOWY OWL was seen on Barto Hill near Fairfield.

Jefferson County
1/17: A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen near Cape Vincent.
1/18: A SHORT-EARED OWL and a SNOWY OWL were found near Cape Vincent.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of January 5, 2015

RED-THROATED LOON
RED-NECKED GREBE
CANVASBACK
TUNDRA SWAN
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
SHORT-EARED OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
CHIPPING SPARROW
EVENING GROSBEAK
COMMON REDPOLL

Montezuma National Wildlife Complex and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
1/11: 3 SHORT-EARED OWLS were found at the Sandhill Crane Unit.

Onondaga County
1/5: A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen on Onondaga Lake at the West Shore Trail. A CHIPPING SPARROW continues to try to overwinter in Skaneateles.
1/6: 2 COMMON REDPOLLS continue at Beaver Lake Nature Center.
1/10: 5 TUNDRA SWANS and 5 CANVASBACKS were in with other waterfowl at the Marina in Liverpool. A FISH CROW was present also.
1/11: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen along Rt. 690 in Baldwinsville.An ICELAND GULL and 4 CANVASBACKS were seen along the Northeast Trail on the Seneca River in Baldwinsville. An ICELAND and a GLAUCOUS GULL were both spotted at the Inner Harbor.
A probable ROSE-BREASTED but possible BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK was at a feeder in Syracuse.

Oneida County
1/6: A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was found on North Gage Road north of Utica.
1/11: 3 SHORT-EARED OWLS continue on Miller Road and Rt.31 near Durhamville.

Herkimer County
1/8: 3 SHORT-EARED OWLS continue on Cronkhite Road south of St. Johnsville.

Madison County
1/10: 3 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were in with Snow Buntings and Horned Larks on East Road near New Woodstock. These birds were seen the next two days also. At the feeders on Carpenter Road between 3 and 7 EVENING GROSBEAKS continue to be seen. These birds were also seen on the 11th. and 12th.
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS seem to be prevelent in this county recently. As many darks as lights are being seen.

Oswego County
1/8: A RED-THROATED LOON was seen in Oswego Harbor.
1/9: A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at Lock 6 in Oswego.
1/10: 13 TUNDRA SWANS were present in Brewerton.
1/11: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was spotted on Miner Road.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of December 29, 2014

TRUMPETER SWAN
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
SANDHILL CRANE
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
SAW-WHET OWL
SHORT-EARED OWL
SNOWY OWL
HERMIT THRUSH
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
EVENING GROSBEAK
COMMON REDPOLL

I’d like to wish all you birders a happy new year and encourage you all to get out and get those new year lists going. Actually you are all already doing a great job. I’ve been out every day and I can’t seem to break into the top 100 yet. Just wait till spring!

Montezuma National Wildlife Complex and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
12/30: 21 SANDHILL CRANES still being seen from East Road.
1/4: 2 TRUMPETER SWANS and a GLAUCOUS GULL were seen in the mucklands along Rt. 31.

Madison County
12/30: Highlights of the Madison County – Southern Highlands CBS were 700+ SNOW GEESE on Cazenovia Lake, 5 LAPLAND LONGSPURS on East Road above New Woodstock and 7 EVENING GROSBEAKS and a NORTHERN GOSHAWK at the feeder on Carpenter Road near Sheds.
1/3: 2 ICELAND GULLS were seen at the Madison County Landfill.

Onondaga County
1/1: 3 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were found at the intersection of Kingdom and Lynch Roads in the Town of Van Buren. The SAW-WHET OWL was seen at Beaver Lake Nature Center on the Bog Trail.
1/2: A RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET and a HERMIT THRUSH were found at Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery.
1/4: The RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET and the HERMIT THRUSH were relocated and were the highlight of the Skaneateles CBC. Other highlights were a MERLIN and a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER. A SNOWY OWL continues to be seen at Hancock Airport near the car rental area.

Oneida County
1/1: A SHORT-EARED OWL was found on Jug Point Road east of Sylvan Beach.

Herkimer County
12/29: A SNOWY OWL was seen on Thompson Road west of Dolgeville.
1/2: 7 SHORT-EARED OWLS were again seen on Cronkhite Road south of St. Johnsville.

Jefferson County
Several SNOWY OWLS were reported from Jefferson County this week. Sightings were from Evans Mills, Dexter, LaFargeville, Chaumont Bay and Point Peninsula.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of December 22, 2014

CACKLING GOOSE
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
SANDHILL CRANE
ICELAND GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
SAW-WHET OWL
SHORT-EARED OWL
SNOWY OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
HERMIT THRUSH
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER
CHIPPING SPARROW
EVENING GROSBEAK
COMMON REDPOLL
PINE SISKIN

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
12/23: 45 SANDHILL CRANES and 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen at Puddler’s Marsh.
12/26: A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE and a CACKLING GOOSE were seen in Knox-marsellus Marsh.
12/28: A CACKLING GOOSE was again seen in Knox-Marsellus Marsh.

Onondaga County
12/23: The SAW-WHET OWL was again seen at Beaver Lake Nature Center but has been invisible since.
12/26: A COMMON REDPOLL was heard flying over the Beaver Lake Nature Center area.
12/27: 2 SNOWY OWLS were seen at Hancock Airport. SNOW GEESE numbering in the the thousands were seen in flight in the Town of Van Buren near Baldwinsville.
12/28: A CHIPPING SPARROW was seen for two days at a feeder in Skaneateles.

Madison County
12/25: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Preston Hill Road near Hamilton.
12/26: EVENING GROSBEAKS and PINE SISKINS continue to visit a feeder on Carpenter Road near Sheds.
12/27: 1 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and 2 ICELAND GULLS were seen at the Madison County Landfill.

Oneida County
12/26: 4 SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen again at the intersection of Rt.31 and Miller Road near Durhamville.
12/28: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Jug Point Road near Verona Beach.

Oswego County
12/26: An ICELAND GULL was seen in Oswego Harbor.
12/28: 13 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS and 2 HERMIT THRUSHES were seen at Rice Creek Field Station in Oswego. A SNOWY OWL was seen at the Oswego county Airport.

Herkimer County
12/27: 3 SHORT-EARED OWLS were found on Cronkhite Road south of St. Johnsville.

Jefferson County
12/26: An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was found at the Lakeview WMA near Wescott Beach State Park. SNOWY OWLS were seen on Rt. 11 near Philadelphia, Dog Hill Road and Sacketts Harbor Battlefield.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of December 15, 2014

RED-THROATED LOON
SANDHILL CRANE
ICELAND GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
LONG-EARED OWL
SHORT-EARED OWL
SNOWY OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
MARSH WREN
GRAY CATBIRD
EVENING GROSBEAK
PINE GROSBEAK
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
EASTERN TOWHEE
FOX SPARROW
PINE SISKIN

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
12/17: 1 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and 2 ICELAND GULLS were seen with the thousands of common gulls at the Mucklands along Rt. 31.
12/21: 34 SANDHILL CRANES still seen from East Road.

Madison County
12/15: A RED-THROATED LOON was found at Woodman Pond.
12/19: Up to 18 EVENING GROSBEAKS and 6 PINE SISKINS continue at a feeder on Carpenter Road near Sheds. An ICELAND GULL was seen at the southeast end of Oneida Lake.

Oneida County
12/15: A late FOX SPARROW was seen in Waterville.
12/19: 12/19: 9 SHORT-EARED OWLS were see in a field at the intersection of Miller Road and Rt. 31 in Durhamville.
12/20: 58 species were recorded on the Clinton/Utica CBC. Highlights were 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS and 3 PINE GROSBEAKS.

Onondaga County
12/20: 85 species were recorded on the Syracuse CBC. Highlights were EASTERN TOWHEE, MARSH WREN, NORTHERN SHRIKE, SNOWY OWL and GRAY CATBIRD.
12/21: A LONG-EARED OWL and a SAW-WHET OWL were both found on the Bog Trail at Beaver Lake Nature Center.
12/22: A SNOWY OWL was spotted on a light post along Rt.690 near the State Fair in Syracuse.

Oswego County
12/16: A SNOWY OWL was seen at Oswego Harbor.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of December 08, 2014

RED-THROATED LOON
BRANT
NORTHERN SHOVELER
SANDHILL CRANE
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
SNOWY OWL
MERLIN
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET
EVENING GROSBEAK
PINE SISKIN

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
12/13: 35 SANDHILL CRANES were seen from East Road, down from the numbers last week.

Onondaga County
12/9: A BRANT was seen at Wegman’s Landing on Onondaga Lake near Liverpool. This may be the same individual seen in the area since early October. A RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was again found at the Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery near Elbridge.
12/13: An immature NORTHERN SHOVELER was seen at the north end of Tully Lake. Another NORTHERN SHOVELER was seen the next day on Onondaga Lake at Willow Bay.
12/15: A MERLIN and about 20 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen on Hoag Road south of Baldwinsville.

Madison County
12/9: 20 EVENING GROSBEAKS and 12 PINE SISKINS were seen at a private residence on Carpenter Road near Sheds.

Oswego County
12/14: 76 species were recorded on the Oswego Christmas count. There were new high counts for 15 species. Highlights include RED-THROATED LOON, GLAUCOUS GULL, and SNOWY OWL.

Oneida County
12/15: 6 ICELAND GULLS and 3 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were found on Oneida Lake at South Bay.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of December 01, 2014

RED-THROATED LOON
TUNDRA SWAN
CACKLING GOOSE
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
SANDHILL CRANE
SAW-WHET OWL
SNOWY OWL
TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE
EVENING GROSBEAK

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
12/2: A SNOWY OWL was on Rt.89 just south of East Tyre Road. 950 TUNDRA SWANS were seen from the Visitor’s Center. 49 SANDHILL CRANES were seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh.
12/4: 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen from Est Road. 82 SANDHILL CRANES were seen coming into Knox-Marsellus Marsh. 85 were counted the next day.
12/6: 4 CACKLING GEESE were seen from East Road.

Onondaga County
12/4: A SAW-WHET OWL was found on the Bog Trail at Beaver Lake Nature Center.
12/6: 6 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were found in corn stubble on East Sorrell Hill Road just north of Conners Road in the Town of Van Buren.
12/7: 6 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, most likely the same birds from yesterday, were seen in the pond at Van Buren Park south of Baldwinsville. 5 CACKLING GEESE were also seen in the pond.
12/8: A SNOWY OWL is again being seen at the Rt.31 shopping area in Clay. This one was photographed atop a Wal-Mart sign.

Madison County
12/2: The TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE found on Irish Hill Road south of Cazenovia was relocated. It was found throughout the week but was not seen today.
12/3: A SNOWY OWL was seen south of the Fenner Community Church on Bingley Road.
12/4: 8 EVENING GROSBEAKS were again at a feeder on Carpenter Road near Sheds. Smaller numbers were seen throughout the week up to yesterday.

Oswego County
12/3: 2 RED-THROATED LOONS and a SNOWY OWL were seen from Oswego at the harbor.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of November 24, 2014

RED-THROATED LOON
TUNDRA SWAN
ROSS’S GOOSE
CACKLING GOOSE
MERLIN
SANDHILL CRANE
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET
EVENING GROSBEAK
COMMON REDPOLL

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex Although shorebirds are gone waterfowl still abound at the complex. 19 species were recorded this week.
11/24: 75 SANDHILL CRANES were seen from East Road. A ROSS’S GOOSE was seen also.
11.25: The SANDHILL CRANE count at East Road hit 81 this day!
11/26: A MERLIN was seen along Rt.31 in the mucklands. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen from East Road.
11/27: A CACKLING GOOSE was seen in Knox-Marsellus Road.

Onondaga County
11/24: A BRANT was seen along Onondaga Parkway on Onondaga Lake. 2 TUNDRA SWANS were seen in Beaver Lake. The next day 16 were seen in flight over the lake but did not land.
11/26: A COMMON LOON was seen at Beaver Lake.A TUNDRA SWAN was seen on Skaneateles Lake from the village.
11/28: A RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was seen at Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery.
11/29: A COMMON REDPOLL was seen at Beaver Lake Nature Center.
11/30: A RED-THROATED LOON was seen on Onondaga lake from the Marina. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Dunham Road near Beaver Lake.

Oswego County
11/28: A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at Derby Hill.

Madison County
11/25: 2 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen at a feeder on Carpenter Road near Sheds. More were seen at the same location on 11/28.
11/29: A TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE, found last week was relocated. The location is at a nature sanctuary on Irish Hill Road near mailbox #3375 southeast of Cazenovia. Look for Marshview Trail. The bird was seen and photographed today.

Cayuga County
11/25: 22 TUNDRA SWANS were seen on Tindall Road in the town of Ira. A probable but unconfirmed BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen in flight at Fair Haven State Park.

Oneida County
11/29: An ICELAND GULL was seen on Oneida Lake near Sylvan Beach.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of November 17, 2014

RED-THROATED LOON
NORTHERN GANNET (Extralimital)
TUNDRA SWAN
ROSS’S GOOSE
CACKLING GOOSE
SANDHILL CRANE
GLAUCOUS GULL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
PINE WARBLER
TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET
CHIPPING SPARROW
EVENING GROSBEAK
PINE SISKIN

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
11/22: 2 SANDHILL CRANES and a ROSS’S GOOSE were seen along the Wildlife Drive. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen near May’s Point Road.
11/23: 300+ TUNDRA SWANS were seen in the Main Pool. 71 SANDHILL CRANES were seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh.

Onondaga County
11/20: A CACKLING GOOSE was seen in the lake at Skaneateles.
11/22: A late RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET and a SISKIN were seen at a feeder on Onondaga Hill in Syracuse.
11/23: A MERLIN was spotted at Green Lakes State Park. A late CHIPPING SPARROW was seen on Jamesville Ave in Dewitt.
11/24: 2 TUNDRA SWANS were seen in Beaver Lake.

Madison County
11/19: 6 EVENING GROSBEAKS and PINE SISKINS were at a feeder on Carpenter Road near Sheds.
11/22: A very rare for region five TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE was seen and photographed near Chickadee Hill Wildlife sanctuary on irish Hill Road south of Cazenovia. Unfortunately the bird has not been relocated.

Oswego County
11/22: A PINE SISKIN was at a feeder in Hastings.
11/23: A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at Sandy Pond State Park.

Oneida County
11/18: A late PINE WARBLER and a PINE SISKIN were at a feeder on Dawes Ave in Clinton.

Cayuga County
11/22: A RED-THROATED LOON and 3 DUNLIN were seen at Fair Haven State Park.

Extralimital
11/21: An immature NORTHERN GANNET was discovered in the southeast corner of Seneca Lake in Schuyler County. It was seen the next day from Clute Park but has not since been relocated. Just up the road in Seneca County at Sampson State Park a RED PHALAROPE continues and was seen yesterday (11/23).

Rare Bird Alert for the week of November 10, 2014

RED-THROATED LOON
AMERICAN BITTERN
GLOSSY IBIS
ROSS’S GOOSE
CACKLING GOOSE
AMERICAN AVOCET
GLAUCOUS GULL
SAW-WHET OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
NORTHERN PARULA
CHIPPING SPARROW
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
EVENING GROSBEAK

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
There were actually more species of shorebirds, 7 reported this week than last, 5. They were ; WILSON’S SNIPE, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS, KILLDEER and DUNLIN.
11/11: An AMERICAN BITTERN was seen again this week along the Wildlife Trail.
11/12: The AMERICAN AVOCET has continued at Eaton Marsh this week up to yesterday (11/16).
11/14: A ROSS’S GOOSE was seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh. A RED-THROATED LOON was found in the Main Pool.
11/15: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was found at East Road. A CACKLING GOOSE was seen in Knox-Marsellus Marsh.
11/16: 3 ROSS’S GEESE were seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh.

Onondaga County
11/15: A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen on Hoag Road south of Baldwinsville in with a group of field birds that included SNOW BUNTINGS, PIPITS and HORNED LARKS. A CACKLING GOOSE was see near South Meadows Nature Area in Tully. A late NORTHERN PARULA was seen in the Onondaga Hill area.

Oswego County
11/12: A late PARULA NORTHERN PARULA was again seen at Derby Hill.
11/15: A late CHIPPING SPARROW was at a feeder in Constantia.

Madison County
11/14: 15 EVENING GROSBEAKS were at a feeder on Carpenter Road near Sheds.
11/15: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Eden Hollow Road south of Nelson.

Cayuga County
11/16: A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at Fair Haven State Park.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of November 03, 2014

EARED GREBE
CATTLE EGRET
AMERICAN BITTERN
GLOSSY IBIS
ROSS’S GOOSE
CACKLING GOOSE
SANDHILL CRANE
AMERICAN AVOCET
PURPLE SANDPIPER
SNOWY OWL
SAW-WHET OWL
NORTHERN PARULA
WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Only five species of shorebird reported this week. DUNLIN, KILLDEER, AMERICAN AVOCET, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, GREATER YELLOWLEGS.
11/6: 44 SANDHILL CRANES were counted at East Road. 40 DUNLIN were seen at Easton Marsh on the Wildlife Drive.
11/8: The adult and juvenile GLOSSY IBIS were seen at Eaton Marsh. The AMERICAN AVOCET was present also. The EARED GREBE was spotted at the first area of open water on the Wildlife Drive. A SNOWY OWL was seen at the end of the Wildlife Drive near Rt.89. 2 ROSS’S GEESE AND 53 SANDHILL CRANES were at Knox-Marsellus Pool.
11/9: The 2 GLOSSY IBISES and the AMERICAN AVOCET were again at Eaton Marsh. A late AMERICAN BITTERN was seen along the Wildlife Drive. 7 ROSS’S GEESE were at Knox-Marsellus Pool.

Cayuga County
11/6: A PURPLE SANDPIPER, 1 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER and 2 DUNLIN were spotted on the south side of the break wall at Fair Haven State Park. The PURPLE SANDPIPER and the DUNLIN were seen again on 11/8.

Onondaga County
11/7: A BLACK SCOTER was seen at Willow Bay on Onondaga Lake.
11/9: The SNOWY OWL seen all summer and fall on Rt. 31 at the Home Depot area was injured by a car and was taken to a wildlife rehabilitator.
11/10: 2 CACKLING GEESE were seen in a corn field in Tully.

Oswego County
11/7: A SAW-WHET OWL was heard calling on Kibbey Road near Mexico.
11/9: A late NORTHERN PARULA was seen at Derby Hill.

Jefferson County
11/7: A WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL was heard at El Dorado State Park. A CATTLE EGRET was spotted at the intersection ofCo. Rt. 152 and Town Barn Road in Henderson. Possibly the same bird was spotted about 10 miles south at the intersection of Baldwin Road and Co. Rt. 89 in Mannsville on 11/9.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of October 27, 2014

EARED GREBE
IBIS sp.
ROSS’S GOOSE
CACKLING GOOSE
SANDHILL CRANE
GOLDEN EAGLE
PURPLE SANDPIPER
WHITE-EYED VIREO

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Shorebird numbers were definitely down this week. Only nine species were noted. They were: SANDERLING, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, LEAST SANDPIPER, GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS, DUNLIN and BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER.
10/29: 49 SANDHILL CRANES were counted at Knox-Marsellus Marsh. An EARED GREBE was again seen along the Wildlife Drive.
10/30: 3 ROSS’S GEESE were noted at Knox-Marsellus Marsh. 2 IBIS (species not yet determined) were seen at Eaton Marsh on the Wildlife Drive.
10/31: The EARED GREBE was again seen along the Wildlife Drive but has not been reported since.
11/2: The two IBIS were again seen at Eaton Marsh. Up to 60 SANDHILL CRANES were seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh. Nearly that number were noted today also.

Oswego County
10/30: A CACKLING GOOSE was seen on Chesboro Road west of Central Square.
11/1: 2 GOLDEN EAGLES were seen from Bishop Road north of Pulaski.
11/2: A very rare for Region 5 WHITE-EYED VIREO made a brief appearance in the bushes at Derby Hill. There have been no reports since.

Onondaga County
11/1: A CACKLING GOOSE was seen at Beaver Lake Nature Center. 2 PEREGRINE FALCONS were seen atop the Syracuse Savings Bank in downtown Syracuse.

Cayuga County
11/3: 2 PURPLE SANDPIPERS were found along the break wall at Fair Haven State Park in their usual spot on the south side and at the end. They remained and were seen into late afternoon.

Rare Bird Alert for the week of October 20, 2014

EARED GREBE
GLOSSY IBIS
EURASIAN WIGEON
SURF SCOTER
GOLDEN EAGLE
AMERICAN AVOCET
LITTLE GULL
ICELAND GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
FORSTER’S TERN
SAW-WHET OWL
PARASITIC JAEGER
PEREGRINE FALCON
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
VESPER SPARROW
EVENING GROSBEAK
PINE SISKIN

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Shorebirds still linger in the complex. Seen this week : SANDERLING, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, STILT SANDPIPER, AMERICAN AVOCET, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPER, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, DUNLIN, GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS, WILSON’S SNIPE and PECTORAL SANDPIPER.
10/22: An EARED-GREBE is still present, seen at the first open area along the wildlife drive. An EURASIAN WIGEON was seen along the Wildlife Drive. The two AMERICAN AVOCETS were again present at Knox-Marsellus Pool.
10/26: An IBIS, initially called GLOSSY but being scrutinized for WHITE-FACED, was seen at Eaton Marsh on the Wildlife Drive. 5 ROSS’S GEESE were seen at Knox-Marsellus Pool. An EURASIAN WIGEON was again seen in the main pool.

Cayuga County
10/23: A FORSTER’S TERN was seen at Fair Haven State Park.

Madison County
10/24: 5 EVENING GROSBEAKS were at a feeder on Carpenter Road near Sheds.
10/26: A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen at the Sod Farm north of Chittenango.

Onondaga County
10/24: Two SURF SCOTERS were seen on Beaver Lake. The SAW-WHET OWL was seen at Beaver Lake on the Bog Trail but has not been relocated. a late VESPER SPARROW was seen on Banner Road is Tully.

Oswego County
10/23: Nine species of Raptor, including 4 GOLDEN EAGLES, were seen om Bishop Road north of Pulaski.
10/24: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen in Oswego Harbor.
10/26: An ICELAND GULL, 3 LITTLE GULLS and 2 PARASITIC JAEGERS were seen at Derby Hill.

Herkimer County
10/26: A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in Little Falls.

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 W