Greetings: This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week of October 21, 2019
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge (MNWR) and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC)
10/21: A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was found at the Visitor’s Center and has continued to be seen through the week. A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON and 45 SANDHILL CRANES were seen in Knox-Marsellus Marsh. Sandhill Crane numbers increased to over 70 later in the week.
10/22: 2 CACKLING GEESE and a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER were seen along the Wildlife Drive.
10/24: A LEAST BITTERN was seen at Benning Marsh on the Wildlife Drive.
10/26: 2 late COMMON GALLINULES were seen at VanDyne Spoor Road. Another was seen on the Wildlife Drive.
10?27: By the end of the week 27 species of waterfowl were reported including a LONG-TAILED DUCK seen again at the Visitor’s Center.
10/21: A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen in flight at the Erie Canal in Fayetteville.
10/26: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen on Onondaga lake from the West Shore Trail. It was relocated on 10/27.
10/21: A SURF-SCOTER was seen at Selkirk Shores State Park on Lake Ontario.
10/26: A FORSTER’S TERN was seen and photographed at the outlet of Sandy Pond on Lake Ontario. 6 species of raptors including RED-SHOULDERED HAWK and ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK at Bishop Road north of Pulaski.
10/27: A late VESPER SPARROW was seen on Warner’s road north of Canastota.
10/24: A rare for here GREAT CORMORANT was found at Sylvan Beach on Oneida Lake. It had been seen through yesterday. Up to 4 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen at Sylvan Beach and were reported through the 26th.
10/25: A RED PHALAROPE was seen at Sylvan Beach.
10/26: A BRANT and a SURG SCOTER were seen at Sylvan Beach. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was again seen at Verona Berach State Park.
10/21: A CACKLING GOOSE was seen at the Eatonville Reservoir east of Herkimer.
10/26: A late VESPER SPARROW was seen at a private Residence on Military Road west of Dolgeville.