Greetings. This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week of
October 19, 2020
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
This seems to be an irruption year for PINE SISKINS, EVENING GROSBEAKS and recently COMMON REDPOLLS. RED CROSSBILLS are also present but seem to be limited almost exclusively to Morgan Hill State Forest near Shakham Road south of Truxton. I will not be listing individual sightings since they are now so numerous.
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge (MNWR) and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC)
10/28: 24 SANDHILL CRANES were seen at VanDyne spoor Road.
10/31: 7 CACKLING GEESE were seen from East road. 3 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS were still at the Visitor’s Center. An AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, 4 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS and 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen on Armitage Road.
11/1: 38 SANDHILL CRANES were seen from East Road.
10/27: I mentioned the MAGNIFICENT FRIGATEBIRD last week since it was so rare but also seen that day at Fair Haven were 2 FORSTER’S TERNS and 2 early ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS.
10/29: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen at Fair Haven State Park. A BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER was seen at West Barrier Bar Park in Fair Haven.
10/27: 5 DUNLIN were seen at the Liverpool Marina on Onondaga Lake in Liverpool.A late NORTHERN PARULA was seen on the West Shore Trail on Onondaga Lake.
10/28: A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen at Beaver Lake Nature Center west of Baldwinsville.A late LINCOLN’S SPARROW was seen at Oakwood Cemetery in Syracuse. A late GREAT EGRET was seen in Tully.A late EASTERN PHOEBE was seen in Marcellus.
10/30: A late OSPREY, a late BLUE-HEADED VIREO and a WHITE-WINGED OSPREY were all seen at Oneida Shores County Park on Oneida Lake. A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen in flight near Syracuse University.
10/31: An extremely rare for our area SABINE’S GULL was found on the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake near the Ampitheater. Fortunately it has been seen close up on the lake and on the parking lot feeding. It is still being seen today. Also seen on the West Shore Trail was a VESPER SPARROW, RED-THROATED LOON and a COMMON GALLINULE. A late ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was seen in Marcellus.
10/27: 2 CACKLING GEESE were seen on Lake Neatahwanta in Fulton. A RED-THROATED LOON was seen at Three Mile Bay on Oneida Lake.
10/29: A LITTLE GULL and an AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER were seen at the outlet of Sandy Pond on Lake Ontario. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on South Daysville Road near Richland.
11/2: A BLACK-LEGGED KITTYWAKE and 2 PARASITIC JAEGERS were seen from the bluff at Derby Hill.
10/27: A late CATBIRD was seen near Woodman Pond north of Hamilton.
10/30: A NORTHERN SHRIKE and a COMMON REDPOLL were seen on Carpenter Road near Sheds.
10/27: A SANDHILL CRANE was seen in Waterville and stayed till the 30th. A late EASTERN PHOEBE was seen on the Rayhill Memorial Trail west of Utica.
10/28: A late OSPREY was seen in Rome.
10/30: A BLACK and a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER were seen on Hinkley reservoir.
10/27: A late SAVANAH SPARROW was seen at Salisbury Corners north of Dolgeville.
10/30: A LAPLAND LONGSPUR and 54 BLACK SCOTERS were seen at the McKoons wetland north of Richfield Springs. On the 31st. 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen there.