The WESTERN MEADOWLARK found by Joe Brin and Renee Kittleman this afternoon
was still present as late as 5:40PM on Armitage Road, Town of Savannah,
Wayne County. It was only singing intermittently in the considerable wind
and overcast conditions, but when it did the song stood out well. It was
also giving distinctive "chuck" call notes fairly regularly, so that could
help track it down if it's not singing. Several Eastern Meadowlarks were
also present foraging and singing in the same field. The field it seems to
be favoring is north of Armitage Road just west of Rt. 89, between Wiley
Road and Olmstead Road. It stayed fairly far to the north of Armitage Road
while we were there, so might be better heard or seen from either Wiley or
Olmstead. As far as I know, it was always on the north side of the road and
therefore in Wayne County rather than Seneca on the south side. A windy
recording and a few poor photos can be seen on this checklist:

The transitional male and female-type RUFFS present in Port Byron during
the week were relocated this afternoon by Wade and Melissa Rowley at
Carncross Road in Savannah, hanging out in the corn stubble south of the
road near the beginning of the unpaved section. Lots of both yellowlegs and
good numbers of Dunlin were also present, as well as at least one Pectoral

The AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN continues on the main pool at Montezuma, usually
best seen from the Wildlife Drive. An adult ROSS'S GOOSE present for over a
week now also continues, frequenting the berm behind Eaton Marsh just
before the first 90-degree turn on the drive. Finally, the very
long-staying EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL continues at the Montezuma Visitors
Center, occasionally joined by a second bird, although most observers have
only seen one. Reports of an intergrade in the area may pertain to American
Green-winged showing a greater than average amount of white on the side,
but with the densities of Green-winged Teal in the area at the moment,
additional Eurasian or intergrades are certainly a possibility.

Good birding,

Jay McGowan
Macaulay Library
Cornell Lab of Ornithology


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