Welcome BOS members and all interested in birding Western New York and Niagara Peninsula of Ontario!

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Snowy Owl © Sue Barth

Scoping January

The new year begins and so do all the year lists! Now is the time to get out and find any of those rarities that were uncovered during the Christmas Bird Counts. Those who use eBird can watch all their newly submitted checklists autofill their new year's county and state lists. If you do not have an eBird account, why not make that a resolution! It's easy and you are adding valuable data as a citizen scientist! The BOS statisticians frequently pull data out of eBird for the monthly noteworthy records column in The Prothonotary newsletter.

Great Horned Owls are vocalizing this month as the birds begin nesting. During your birding outings, check old Red-tailed Hawk and Crow nests, they may have been repurposed by a Great Horned Owl! It's always exciting to see those ear tufts sticking up above the edge of the old stick nests!

Goat Island is a great place to begin your list. Catch up with Iceland and Glaucous Gulls at the roosting areas just south of Three Sisters Islands; in 2008 a Ross's Gull showed up here. Even if the access to Three Sisters is closed due to icy walkways, you can easily scan these flocks from the shoreline opposite the parking area. The resident passerines forage in mixed species flocks along the water's edge and by the parking area where people put out seed. Check these flocks for uncommon wintering species such as Winter Wren, Yellow-rumped and Pine Warblers.

Waterfowl are still plentiful above and below The Falls. There is a nice little pull off along the Niagara Scenic Parkway between the north Grand Island Bridge and Niagara Falls SP, appropriately called Waterfowl Viewing Area. You may catch massive rafts of diving ducks here with scattered dabbling ducks mixed in. Uncommon species such as Black and Surf Scoter may be found amongst the hordes as well as the rarer King Eider; bring your scope.


The Buffalo Ornithological Society, Inc. (BOS) was established in 1929 to promote the study of the birds of the Niagara Frontier Region. Annual grants are awarded by the BOS to fund member-sponsored avian research projects. We are proud of our extensive scientific research databases, our continuing involvement in environmental and conservation activities that impact birds, and our promotion of the enjoyment of ornithology.

The BOS coverage area includes Western New York and parts of nearby Ontario, Canada. This region is rich in bird life with over 380 species and 25 recognizable subspecies of birds recorded. Explore our site to learn more about where to report and find birds, both regional specialties and rare visitors.

The Buffalo Ornithological Society has something to offer to anyone passionate about birds: from the backyard feeder- watcher, the avid lister or the environmental activist, to the dedicated citizen scientist or the professional ornithologist. Society activities include regular programs, field trips, intensive long-term bird counts, checklist and date guide development, varied research activities, and involvement in local conservation efforts. We invite you to join in the activities of the society!

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  Upcoming Field Trips and Events

For a full list of our upcoming field trips, meetings, and events, visit our calendar page. You don't have to be a member to join our field trips or meetings! (Note that meetings run from September through June.)

Feb 05, 2020   (Wednesday)

BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica

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The first tour is already filled. Due to the nature of tropical birding and lodging availability during the high tourism season, the first tour had to be capped at 11 participants. A second tour is in the works and will likely begin a few days after the first tour wraps up. If you are interested in joining the second trip (Feb 20-March 1, 2020) you need to let me know asap, alechumann@msn.com. I will send you the itinerary if you are interested.


Feb 06, 2020   (Thursday)

BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica

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Feb 07, 2020   (Friday)

BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica

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Feb 08, 2020   (Saturday)

BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica

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Feb 09, 2020   (Sunday)

BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica

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Feb 10, 2020   (Monday)

BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica

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Feb 11, 2020   (Tuesday)

BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica

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Feb 12, 2020   (Wednesday)

BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica

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Feb 12, 2020   (Wednesday)

Meeting - The Harold Axtell Story

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Feb. 12th - Wed. BOS Meeting in the Cummings Room of the Buffalo Museum of Science at 7:00 PM.

Tim Seburn, Director of the Bert Miller Nature Club in Ontario, will introduce his documentary, The Essence of Goodness – the Harold Axtell Story.


Feb 13, 2020   (Thursday)

BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica

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Feb 14, 2020   (Friday)

BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica

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Feb 15, 2020   (Saturday)

BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica

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Feb 20, 2020   (Thursday)

BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica Tour 2

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Feb 21, 2020   (Friday)

BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica Tour 2

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Feb 22, 2020   (Saturday)

BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica Tour 2

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Feb 23, 2020   (Sunday)

BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica Tour 2

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Feb 24, 2020   (Monday)

BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica Tour 2

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Feb 25, 2020   (Tuesday)

BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica Tour 2

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Feb 26, 2020   (Wednesday)

BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica Tour 2

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Feb 27, 2020   (Thursday)

BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica Tour 2

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Feb 28, 2020   (Friday)

BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica Tour 2

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Feb 29, 2020   (Saturday)

BOS Travel Trip - Costa Rica Tour 2

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