Congratulations to Peter Yoerg on one of the best finds ever in Western NY
(yesterday evening) - an adult in breeding plumage GULL-BILLED TERN. With
little information to go on other than somewhere in Iroquois NWR, Josh Ketry
was out at Cayuga Pool early this morning and he relocated, photographed,
and confirmed the identification of the tern. Many birders have been able to
see it so far today. The bird spends its time sitting in and flying over
Cayuga Pool, as well as nearby Kumpf Marsh. At Cayuga Pool, it is usually
off to the back left (not the extreme left) and can be difficult to see
because of cattails when sitting. It is much easier to see in flight. A
scope is highly recommended.


Cayuga Pool is being drained, which we have learned over the years can be
very productive for birds. Other birds at Cayuga Pool today were: the
continuing SNOWY EGRET found by Josh Ketry and singing young male ORCHARD
ORIOLE, a GLOSSY IBIS (found by Josh Ketry and identified by Chris Wood),
two WILSON'S PHALAROPES found by Mike Morgante, a WHIMBREL found by Joe
Mitchell, and about 300 shorebirds, mostly Semipalmated Sandpipers, with
some Semi Plovers, Least Sandpipers, Dunlin, one Pectoral Sandpiper, and a
few Short-billed Dowitchers. My thanks to Andy Guthrie for the shorebird


At nearby Tonawanda WMA, the CATTLE EGRET found by Bev Seyler two days ago
continues. It was seen from the north-south dike through Ruddy Marsh West
(access from Rt 77) and also seen back where it was discovered, at Paddy 2
(access from Griswold St) and most recently, on the dike between Paddys 3
and 4. Maps of Tonawanda WMA may be found online at the DEC web site, here:


At about 1:15 today, Joe Mitchell had an adult SWAINSON'S HAWK fly over his
home in Alden, Erie County, heading northeast. Perhaps someone will get
lucky and see it at the swamps and hopefully, David Brown will get it at the
Braddock Bay hawkwatch.


Good birding!



Willie D'Anna

Wilson, NY




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