Lake Erie Bird Club holds monthly meeting

Lake Erie Bird Club members met in January for their monthly meeting and program presentation by Dick and Bonnie Lancaster.

The Lancasters shared stories about their most memorable experiences of two weeks in Uganda, Africa where they helped in the Engeye Health Clinic.

Bonnie worked in the clinic with the doctors. The clinic had no electricity or running water.

Dick worked as the handyman around the clinic.

They showed many photos from the clinic as well as all of the many birds they observed.

John Ruska conducted the meeting. Amy Choboy and Pam Rossotto provided the refreshments for the meeting.

Lake Erie Bird Club members as well as birders from other areas of Western New York are enjoying all of the ducks and gulls that have been concentrating in the Dunkirk Harbor this winter. Several diving duck species can be observed from the Dunkirk pier. These include White-winged Scoters, Long-tailed Ducks, Canvasbacks, Redheads, Greater and Lesser Scaup, Common Goldeneye, Bufflehead, Common, Red-breasted and Hooded Mergansers. American Coots are also present in the harbor.

Gulls include Herring, Ring-billed and Greater Black-backed as well as a few Glaucous and Iceland Gulls.

In addition, the Bald Eagles have been creating a lot of excitement for birders. Bald Eagles can often be seen either flying over the harbor or sitting on the ice.

Eagles can also be observed on the ice in the area between the Dunkirk Lighthouse and the power plant.

They also perch in trees on the edge of the Point Gratiot woodlot. About 40 Bald Eagles were observed around the harbor on Feb. 16.

The next meeting of the Lake Erie Bird Club is Monday, February 24 at 7 p.m. at BOCES, Fredonia-Stockton Road, Fredonia.

Dick Mirth will present the program on counting tree growth rings. Members will also share their recent bird sightings.

All who are interested in birds are welcome to attend.

For more information about the club call 673-1627.

See the front-page story about Bald Eagles sighted in Dunkirk.