Date: 2/27/18 5:01 pm
From: Bird observations from western New York <geneseebirds-l...>
Subject: [GeneseeBirds-L] Fw: eBird Report - Braddock Bay Hawkwatch, Feb 27, 2018
Hi all,
It was a great day at the Braddock Bay hawkwatch today.  Raptor highlights include a BLACK VULTURE, first seen to the W by Andy Guthrie, plus some early TURKEY VULTURES, a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, and a few other raptors.  Non-raptor highlights include nine GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE-three in one group seen by Kevin Griffith and I, and another group of six picked out by Mike Tetlow a little later in the day.  A circling 1st cycle ICELAND (KUMLIEN'S) GULL was also nice and I had four PINE SISKINS and four SNOW BUNTINGS early on in the day as well.  The full ebird list is below.  
I also observed a HORNED GREBE at the Braddock Bay Marina early in the morning-this bird has been very close the last two times I've visited.  The marina and the bay itself (viewed from the hawkwatch) have had a lot of ducks, including good numbers of GREATER SCAUP and REDHEAD plus arriving NORTHERN PINTAIL, AMERICAN WIGEON, and GADWALL.
For gulls, it is worth checking any water body where the ice is breaking up-I had a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and an adult ICELAND (KUMLIEN'S) GULL on Cranberry Pond this evening.  
I will be the official hawk counter this year at Braddock Bay, and I look forward to seeing many familiar and unfamiliar faces out there this season. Tomorrow may be promising for a small flight if the rain holds off.
Greg Lawrence
----- Forwarded Message ----- From: "<ebird-checklist...>" <ebird-checklist...>To: "<glawrence21...>" <glawrence21...>Sent: Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 7:48:47 PM ESTSubject: eBird Report - Braddock Bay Hawkwatch, Feb 27, 2018
Braddock Bay Hawkwatch, Monroe, New York, US
Feb 27, 2018 9:15 AM - 3:28 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:    Strong SW winds all day, picking up around 1030. Clear skies with a few small, scattered clouds. Blue sky of death. 7 other observers during the day.
51 species

Snow Goose (Anser caerulescens)  1    Blue morph w/ Canadas early on
Greater White-fronted Goose (Western) (Anser albifrons gambelli/frontalis)  9    Three flying together heading W. Gray geese, black markings below, orange bills, white faces, and white butt. Second flock of six around 3:00 spotted by Mike, loosely associated with some Canada Geese.
Cackling Goose (Richardson's) (Branta hutchinsii hutchinsii)  1    W/ a flock of Canadas early at the tail end of the skein
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  812    Lots of 30-75 bird flocks, no huge groups.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)  23
Tundra Swan (Whistling) (Cygnus columbianus columbianus)  29    16 flew in on water, 13 more in flyover flock.
Gadwall (Mareca strepera)  40    Count of birds on water in one scan.
American Wigeon (Mareca americana)  42    Count of birds on water in one scan
Mallard (Northern) (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos/conboschas)  9
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)  6
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)  14
Canvasback (Aythya valisineria)  4
Redhead (Aythya americana)  150
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)  24
Greater Scaup (Aythya marila)  95
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)  4
White-winged Scoter (North American) (Melanitta fusca deglandi)  2
Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis)  40
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  8
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)  36
Common Merganser (North American) (Mergus merganser americanus)  34
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)  3
Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)  1    Originally spotted W of here by Andy Guthrie. With six turkey vultures, first kettling over W spit then moved through E after a while. Vulture with shorter tail, and all dark wings with silvery primaries. Flapped constantly and showed flatter wings/less of a dihedral than TUVUs.
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  17    3 11-12, 10 12-1, 4 2-3
Northern Harrier (Circus hudsonius)  3    Two migrant female/imm. types plus a “local” male foraging throughout the day over the marsh.
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Northern) (Accipiter striatus [velox Group])  1    1 2-3
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)  2    Local plus 1 1-2
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  6    Local adult (only one today) 2 imm foraging over bay and moving W low along lakeshore, plus 2 imm 11-12, 1 imm 1-2.
Red-shouldered Hawk (lineatus Group) (Buteo lineatus [lineatus Group])  1    Adult came through fairly low and close to watch (11-12). Smaller Buteo, first noticed white crescent on wings, then noted obvious rufous coloration plus black and white patterning on tail.
Red-tailed Hawk (borealis) (Buteo jamaicensis borealis)  16    1 10-11, 5 11-12, 4 12-1, 3 1-2, 1 3-4, plus two locals
Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus)  1    Light morph over marsh early on then headed W slowly
American Coot (Red-shielded) (Fulica americana (Red-shielded))  1
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  100
Herring Gull (American) (Larus argentatus smithsonianus)  65
Iceland Gull (kumlieni) (Larus glaucoides kumlieni)  1    1st cycle circled overhead
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)  1    Adult
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  3
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  1
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) (Picoides pubescens pubescens/medianus)  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) (Colaptes auratus auratus/luteus)  1
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)  1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  2
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  19
Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris)  24
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  10
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  12
Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis)  4
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged) (Agelaius phoeniceus [phoeniceus Group])  78
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  7
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  2
Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus)  4

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