*  New York*  Syracuse   
   - December 26, 2016
*  NYSY  12. 26.16 Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):December 19, 2016 
- December 26, 2016to report by e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.comcovering upstate 
NY counties: Cayuga, Montezuma National Wildlife Refugeand Montezuma Wetlands 
Complex (MWC) (just outside Cayuga County),Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, Jefferson, 
Oneida, Herkimer,  Madison & Cortlandcompiled: December 26  AT 5 p.m. 
(EST)compiler: Joseph BrinOnondaga Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org  
Greetings: This is the Syracuse Rare Bird Alert for the week of December 19, 
2015.
Highlights--------------
SANDHILL CRANEKILLDEERRUDDY DUCKLESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLGLAUCOUS GULLICELAND 
GULLTHAYER’S GULLSHORT-EARED OWLPEREGRINE FALCONNORTHERN SHRIKEHERMIT THRUSHFOX 
SPARROW


Montezuma National Wildlife Complex (MNWC) and Montezuma Wetlands Complex 
(MWC)------------
     12/19: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen from Carncross Road. A KILLDEER was seen 
at Howland Island.     12/21: 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen at Martens Tract.

Oswego County------------
     12/21: A HERMIT THRUSH was seen at Rice Creek Field Station in Oswego. Two 
THAYER’S GULLS were reported at Phoenix dam and lock, one adult and one 
juvenile. The juvenile has been seen up to the 24th. Also seen at Phoenix were 
multiple GLAUCOUS GULLS, ICELAND GULLS and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS. These 
gulls have been seen daily since the 21st. up to and including today.      
12/23: 2 PEREGRINE FALCONS were again seen at the old power plant in Oswego. 
Possible breeders?     12/26: ICELAND, GLAUCOUS, and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS 
were all reported at Oswego Harbor.

Onondaga County------------
     12/21: The same gulls reported from the Oswego County section in Phoenix 
were visible from the Onondaga County side of the Oswego River. It should be 
noted that the county line runs through the middle of the river so this should 
be taken into account when listing your birds.      12/23: 2 female RUDDY DUCKS 
were seen at the end of the Onondaga Creek creek walk near Destiny Mall in 
Syracuse. A FOX SPARROW was seen along the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake.   
  12/25: A ROSS’S GOOSE was seen at the confluence of the Oneida and Seneca 
Rivers south of Phoenix.

Madison County------------
     12/20: A SANDHILL CRANE was again seen on Ditchbank Road north of 
Chittenango.     12/22: An ICELAND GULL was seen on Hardwood Island Road north 
of Canastota.

Oneida County------------
    12/22: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Harris Road in the town of Deerfield.


           

     --end report 
    
Joseph BrinRegion 5Baldwinsville, NY 13027  U.S.A.  
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