Wilson in Niagara County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Lake Shore Rarities
Year 'Round Birding Possibilities
— Natural History —
Migrants and Irruptives. Migrating birds follow regular routes between breeding and non-breeding areas twice each year. The timing for each specie is about the same every year. Irruptive migrations do not happen every year. Irruptions occur in fall or winter, and usually involve species breeding in the far north irrupting southward. The first hints of an irruption are usually detected along migration concentration areas like this state park.
Magnolia Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Yellow-Rumped Warbler.
Migrants and Residents. Up two [sic] 25 species of brilliantly colored wood warblers may be seen from late-April to early June. Some are migrating through, others may nest here.
Spring Migration. In spring a wide variety of migrating birds collect in the diverse wooded and brushy habitat here, especially migrant hawks such as Merlin and Sharp-shinned Hawk taking advantage of the concentration of songbirds. Many species move on to the north after feeding and resting here, but local breeders like Red-bellied Woodpecker and Northern Cardinal entertain summer visitors.
Greater White-Fronted Goose, looks a lot like a domestic goose. Ross's Goose, looks like a miniature Snow Goose. Cackling Goose, this small goose looks much like its larger Canada Goose relative, but it is one-half the size. It has a short neck and a stubby bill.
Fall Migration. Fall migration along Lake Ontario is already underway by late July as Yellow Warblers, Eastern Kingbirds and Least Flycatchers drift south. Fall migration lasts longer than spring migration, many late migrants linger into early winter. Study flocks of geese for rare visitors like Cackling, Ross's, and Greater White-fronted geese.
Irruptives. These birds occasionally shift out of their normal range in an unpredictable pattern.
Long-Eared Owl, the "ears", actually just tufts of feathers, are a good clue to the identity of this owl. White-Winged Crossbill, this bird's unusual bill is an adaptation for extracting seeds from cones. Horned Lark, a bird of the open tundra, frequents roadsides and windswept fields. Northern Saw-Whet Owl, the smallest eastern owl.
Winter Birds. In irruption years the evergreen groves here may bustle with White-winged Crossbill and shelter sleeping owls, including Long-eared, Northern Saw-whet and possibly the very rare Boreal Owl.
Birds are attracted to Great Lakes Seaway Trail habitat year 'round.
Seaway Trail, Inc. Corner Ray & West Main St., Sackets Harbor, NY 13685; www.seawaytrail.com . America's Byways. This project was funded in part by the Federal Highway Administration and administered by the New York State Scenic Byways Program of the New York State Department of Transportation and Seaway Trail, Inc.
Erected by Seaway Trail, Inc.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Environment. In addition, it is included in the Great Lakes Seaway Trail National Scenic Byway series list.
Location. 43° 18.693′ N, 78° 51.043′ W. Marker is in Wilson, New York, in Niagara County. Marker is on Wilson-Tuscarora State Park Road 0.2 miles north of Lake Road (New York State Route 18), on the right when traveling east. Marker is at the parking lot in Wilson-Tuscarora State Park, off NY 18, west of the Village of Wilson. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3371 Lake Road, Wilson NY 14172, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Beach Treasures (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Wilson-Tuscarora State Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Toronto Skyline (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); O'Connell Island (approx. 0.6 miles away); A Solemn Tribute to the Men and Women of Wilson who Served (approx. ¾ mile away); Vietnam Memorial in Memory of 1st Lt. Michael E. Witkop (approx. ¾ mile away); Lake Island Park (approx. ¾ mile away); Lake Island Park, Wintergreen Island, Tugwell Island & Clark Island (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wilson.
More about this marker. Vehicle use fee may be required in season.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 2, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 10, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 218 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 10, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.