Greetings: This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week on April 29, 2019
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge (MNWR) and and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC)
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. 2 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS were seen from Towpath Road. 2 SANDHILL CRANES were seen at Carncross Road. 6 Shorebird species including 2 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS were seen at Carncross Road.
5/12: 3 BLACK TERNS were seen at Mays Point Pond. 12 were seen at North Spring Pond. 8 Warbler species including CERULEAN were seen at VanDyne Spoor Road. 5 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.
5/8: A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen from Farden Road near Rair Haven
5/11: 2 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.
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.
5/6: 5 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 aat 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.
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.
5/9: A late FOX SPARROW was seen on Brown Tract Road near Forestport.
5/10: 15 species of Warblers and a SWAINSON’S THRUSH were found at Spring Farm Nature Sanctuary south of Clinton.
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.