Date: 4/14/18 7:29 pm From: Jay McGowan <jwm57...> Subject: [nysbirds-l] Western Meadowlark, Ruffs, and other Montezuma NWR area rarities
The WESTERN MEADOWLARK found by Joe Brin and Renee Kittleman this afternoon was still present as late as 5:40PM on Armitage Road, Town of Savannah, Wayne County. It was only singing intermittently in the considerable wind and overcast conditions, but when it did the song stood out well. It was also giving distinctive "chuck" call notes fairly regularly, so that could help track it down if it's not singing. Several Eastern Meadowlarks were also present foraging and singing in the same field. The field it seems to be favoring is north of Armitage Road just west of Rt. 89, between Wiley Road and Olmstead Road. It stayed fairly far to the north of Armitage Road while we were there, so might be better heard or seen from either Wiley or Olmstead. As far as I know, it was always on the north side of the road and therefore in Wayne County rather than Seneca on the south side. A windy recording and a few poor photos can be seen on this checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44578361
The transitional male and female-type RUFFS present in Port Byron during the week were relocated this afternoon by Wade and Melissa Rowley at Carncross Road in Savannah, hanging out in the corn stubble south of the road near the beginning of the unpaved section. Lots of both yellowlegs and good numbers of Dunlin were also present, as well as at least one Pectoral Sandpiper.
The AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN continues on the main pool at Montezuma, usually best seen from the Wildlife Drive. An adult ROSS'S GOOSE present for over a week now also continues, frequenting the berm behind Eaton Marsh just before the first 90-degree turn on the drive. Finally, the very long-staying EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL continues at the Montezuma Visitors Center, occasionally joined by a second bird, although most observers have only seen one. Reports of an intergrade in the area may pertain to American Green-winged showing a greater than average amount of white on the side, but with the densities of Green-winged Teal in the area at the moment, additional Eurasian or intergrades are certainly a possibility.
Good birding, Jay
-- Jay McGowan Macaulay Library Cornell Lab of Ornithology <jwm57...>