Greetings: This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week on April 09, 2018
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON
EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge (MNWR) and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC)
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.
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. 3 SANDHILL CRANES flew by on 4/10. A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen on 4/11.
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.
4/14: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at Ditchbank Road north of Chittenango. Also seen were 40 PIPITS.
4/9: 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen on Jug Point Road east of Verona Beach State Park.