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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  WNYEA Congress 2022: Invitation to Attend

The Western New York Environmental Alliance is inviting our members to attend and actively participate in their Congress 2022, to be held via Zoom on Monday, January 24, 2022. No advance registration is required. They will start promptly at 4:30 p.m. Following a brief business session including election of new and renewing board members, they will have a short review of recent and ongoing campaigns and activities. This will be followed by the official announcement of a major new umbrella campaign they are calling a "Decade of Biodiversity." They are reserving time for membership and general group discussion both as part of three brief campaign conversations led by Emere (Eme) Nieves, Margaret Wooster, and Jay Burney, and during the membership dialogue and discussion.

WNYEA Congress 2022 Zoom Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86522495974

  Set a Resolution to Explore in 2022!

Happy New Year!

One of the important ways you can help contribute to the science and conservency of birds within our state is to participate in the ongoing Breeding Bird Atlas III project. It's so easy to do and your sightings that contain signs of breeding will add valuable data to our understanding of the birds we love in New York State.

Learn more about the project and how you can help here: NYS BBA III

Read a letter from past BOS president, Mike Morgante, that encourages us to make a New Year's resolution to set aside our listing and chasing and get out more to explore and contribute to the atlas this new year: Set a Resolution to Explore in 2022!

  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.)

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Feb 09, 2022   (Wednesday)

Meeting - TBD

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Buffalo Museum of Science

Wednesday, Feb. 9th - the meeting topic is yet to be determined.

BOS Meeting in the Cummings Room of the Buffalo Museum of Science at 7:00 PM.

Remember to sign in at the front desk and to wear your face mask.



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