Greetings: This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week on April 23, 2018
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge (MNWR) and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC)
The WESTERN MEADOWLARK is still present on Armitage Road just west of Rt. 89. The ROSS’S GOOS is still bresent 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.
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.
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: 5 GREAT EGRETS were seen on Onondaga Lake at the Nine Mile Creek outlet near the State Fairgrounds.
4/29: 4 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS wer seen at the Inner Harbor near Destiny in Syracuse.