Greetings. This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week of
October 19, 2020
This seems to be an irruption year for PINE SISKINS, EVENING GROSBEAKS and recently COMMON REDPOLLS, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS. 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)
11/2: 2 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS were still around at the visitor’s Center.
11/6: A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen from East Road. A LINCOLN’S SPARROW was seen at the Deep Muck and Mitigation area. A late COMMON YELLOWTHROAT was seen on VanDyne Spoor Road.
11/7: A CACKLING GOOSE was seen on the Wildlife Drive.
11/8: 15 SANDHILL CRANES and a LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER were seen on the Wildlife Drive.
11/3: 3 KING EIDERS were seen in the channel between the break walls at Fair Haven State Park. They were reported through the 7th.The season’s first PURPLE SANDPIPER was seen from the east break wall at Fair Haven State Park. It stayed through the 5th. A BLACK-LEGGED KITTYWAKE was seen from the bluff at Fair Haven.
11/4: A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen at Fair Haven State Park.
11/5: A SNOWY OWL was seen at West Barrier Bar in Fair Haven.
11/6: A GLAUCOUS GULL was seeen at Fair Haven.
11/7: 12 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS and a RED-THROATED LOON were seen at Fair Haven.
11/8: 4 RED-THROATED LOONS were seen at West Barrier Bar in Fair Haven.
11/2: A late TENNESSEE WARBLER was seen at Hamlin Marsh in Clay.
11/3: The SABINE’S GULL found last week was seen last on this day at the west shore trail of Onondaga Lake. A BLACK-SCOTER and a PINE GROSBEAK were seen on the west shore trail. A late EASTERN TOWHEE was seen at a feeder in Baldwinsville.
11/4: A HOARY REDPOLL was seen on the West Shore Trail and relocated on the 7th.
11/6: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at Three Rivers WMA in Baldwinsville. A RED-THROATED LOON was found at the Liverpool marina on Onondaga Lake.
11/8: A late PARULA WARBLER was seen on the West Shore Trail.
11/2: A great flight at Derby Hill on Lake Ontario produced 6 KING EIDERS, 4 PURPLE SANDPIPERS, 2 RED PHALAROPES, a POMERINE JAEGER, a PARASITIC JAEGER4 BLACK-LEGGED KITTYWAKES, 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS and an ICELAND GULL.
11/6: A LITTLE GULL was found at the outlet of Sandy Pond on Lake Ontario and was present up to the 7th.
11/8: A PINE GROSBEAK was seen in Constantia.
11/3: 2 SURF SCOTERS were seen on Woodman Pond north of Hamilton.
11/5: A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen from Indian Point Lookout Road in Cazenovia.
11/3: 3 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were seen on Hinkley Reservoir. A SAW-WHET OWL was found in Remsen.
11/8: A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen and photographed on Bald Mountain near Old Forge.