Spring Report: Buffalo

It has been a slow trickle for migrating birds so far in Western New York, but things are starting to turn a corner and I can feel a big push on the horizon. Most of March and the beginning of April were painfully stagnant, but the past two weeks have provided some very promising signs of a good spring ahead. Two weeks ago, I had a steady diet of Bonaparte’s Gulls, Caspian Terns, and Common Terns along the waterfront in the city. While these arrivals were right on time and completely expected, watching your first Common Tern in about 6 months gracefully fish for lunch is a always a welcome sign of the impending summer.

Bonaparte’s Gull – Buffalo, NY

Common Tern – Buffalo, NY

This past week, the passerines have been showing up in small but noticeable numbers. Yellow-rumped Warblers and Ruby-crowned Kinglets are almost everywhere, and I have run into FOY Blue-gray Gnatcatchers the past couple of days as well. Pine Warblers have also been spotted at various hotspots in Erie county, and Palm and Black-throated Green Warblers just arrived in the last few days. I don’t know about you, dear readers, but I’m ready for the real deal when it comes to Spring Migration 2013 (especially with Nate starting to cash in down in PA, and that pesky Drew Weber from Nemesisbird getting awesome rarities in central NY). Until then, I always have Tree Swallows to keep me company.

Tree Swallows – Birdsong Parklands, Orchard Park, NY

  • Tim Schreckengost

    Steve isn’t chasing a Western Tanager?! C’mon man!

    • Stephen Brenner

      If it hangs around until tomorrow I can go for it. Sorry for the ‘New York’ birder talk

      • Tim Schreckengost

        Are you chasing it, dude?