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Thursday, December 1, 2016

The morning was cool, overcast and windy with an occasional mist. First of all, the Education Center Feeders (near the Pine St. Entrance) have been filled. They should be active since the partial filling I made last week was totally cleaned out. There was a number of waterfowl on A.E. Sea early including a couple hundred Canada Geese, Mallards, about two dozen Northern Shovelers and two Snow Geese. These appeared to be the same two Snow Geese found about a week and a half ago (juveniles - one white and one dark). There were still some sparrows in the area, mostly American Tree Sparrows and a couple of Fox Sparrows. Closer to A.E. Sea, several Song Sparrows and Swamp Sparrows were added. A good number of Dark-eyed Juncos and a White-crowned Sparrow were later added in the Garden Club. Found in the area of the Rings were a Pied-billed Grebe, Gadwall (4), Common Goldeneye (2) and American Coots (about a dozen). Interestingly, I found a Great Blue Heron perched inside the west side of Main Ring Woods, most likely to be out of the wind. Dave

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Marcia and Gail were out monitoring birds in the Lab this morning which started out nicely with sunny blue skies. Unfortunately, conditions soon became cloudy and windy. Birds they found in the Main and Injector Ring areas were Common Goldeneye (5), a Pied-billed Grebe, Great Blue Herons (3), an American Kestrel, American Crows (5 - not typically found in the Ring areas), American Robins, Cedar Waxwings, American Tree Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos. Dave

Sunday, November 27, 2016

It was cool and a little foggy to start but, as the morning wore on, it got more foggy, more windy and cooler. There was more sparrow activity than had been seen for several weeks. Sparrows found in the Sparrow Hedge area were American Tree Sparrows (most numerous species), Fox Sparrows (well represented), Song Sparrows, Swamp Sparrows and one or two White-throated Sparrows. Found elsewhere were several small groups of Dark-eyed Juncos. Waterfowl found between A.E. Sea the Sea of Evanescence were Canada Geese (small numbers), American Black Ducks, Mallards, Northern Shovelers, Northern Pintails (3) and Green-winged Teal. Other birds found in these areas were an American Crow, Cedar Waxwings (flyovers), Northern Cardinals (fairly large group) and House Finches (one male was bright red). Other birds found in several locations around the Lab were Common Goldeneye (2 pr.), Great Blue Herons, American Kestrels (4), a Killdeer, a Horned Lark (heard) and American Robins (in a feeding frenzy at some honeysuckle bushes). Peter mentioned observing three Sandhill Cranes (probably the recently resident birds) during the past week. Dave

Sunday, November 20, 2016

The morning was quite cold, partly cloudy with mild winds. The sub freezing temps overnight were sufficient to completely cover A.E. Sea with a layer of ice, thus no bird activity. The Sea of Evanescence was ice-covered as well except for a small opening which a Canada Goose was struggling to fit into. Among the several Canada Geese on the ice were 2 juvenile Snow Geese (one white and one dark). Lake Law was fully open but had only a small quantity of waterfowl including Northern Shovelers, Green-winged Teal, a Canvasback, a Bufflehead and a pair of Hooded Mergansers. A couple of groups of sparrows were encountered in the Sparrow Hedge area which included American Tree Sparrows, Fox Sparrows (a good number, but hard to count) and White-throated Sparrows. All in all it was a pretty slow morning with the only other birds of note around the Lab being several Great Blue Herons, an American Kestrel, an Eastern Bluebird and American Robins. Yesterday, Nov. 19 a Greater Yellowlegs (second to the last sighting in the lab for this species) was reported in the Lab, I assume at A.E. Sea. This will probably be one of the last shorebirds of the year. We did not even have any Killdeer today. Dave

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The conditions were very pleasant for a late afternoon visit to the Lab today; with above average temps, mild winds and mostly sunny skies. The only waterfowl of note at A.E. Sea were a large flock of Green-winged Teal (around 85) and a pair of Northern Pintail. Other birds in the area were a Great Blue Heron, American Tree Sparrows and a Swamp Sparrow. Sparrows were sparse throughout the Lab, but I did add several Fox Sparrows and a bunch of Dark-eyed Juncos in the Garden Club. Again, the local Cooper's Hawk was on patrol in the Garden Club which probably suppressed the passerine activity there. As dusk was beginning I saw a large, light bird with dark wings flying to the west over South Eola Road. I hurried over to Main Ring Lake and sure enough I found an American White Pelican (now the latest sighting for the Lab) in the water with a large number of Canada Geese, a pair of American Black Ducks and several Hooded Mergansers. Other birds found before dark were American Coots (over 100 in Lake Logo), a Great Horned Owl, an American Crow and several Eastern Bluebirds. Dave

Sunday, November 13, 2016

The morning started out quite cool, enough to put a thin ice cover over approx. 60 percent of A.E. Sea. The only waterfowl of note there were Northern Shovelers and Green-winged Teal. Added at the Sea of Evanescence were Hooded Mergansers. Also at A.E. Sea were Killdeer and a Wilson's Snipe. A pair of Sandhill Cranes were seen foraging in a northern corn field as were several Horned Larks and Lapland Longspurs. An American Kestrel was also seen patrolling the area. The sparrows, though not abundant, did still have some variety including American Tree Sparrows, Fox Sparrows, Song Sparrows, a Swamp Sparrow, White-throated Sparrows, White-crowned Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos. The two birds we deemed the "birds of the day" are on opposite ends of the yearly distribution charts. First, we had late Great Egrets (2 - tied for the latest sighting in the Lab) fly over A.E. Sea. Then, as we were leaving, a fairly early Rough-legged Hawk was found hunting on the east side of North Eola Road. Dave

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Glenn was out for some late morning birding today and witnessed some more seasonal changes in the birds found around the Lab. Numbers were down at A.E. Sea. Found there were Northern Shovelers (only 3), Northern Pintail (3), Green-winged Teal (still in reasonable numbers with 83) and Ruddy Ducks (5). Other waterfowl found in the Main Ring were Canada Geese (450 - lowest count in quite awhile) and Greater White-fronted Geese (22). Also found there was a pair of Pied-billed Grebes. There was still some diversity in the sparrows found around the Lab including American Tree Sparrows, Fox Sparrows, Song Sparrows, Swamp Sparrows, White-throated Sparrows, White-crowned Sparrows and Dark-eyed Sparrows. Three Sandhill Cranes were found in the Bison Wallow - most likely the same ones around the Lab for the last several months. Other birds of note found around the Lab were an American Kestrel, Horned Larks (20), Lapland Longspurs (52), Red-winged Blackbirds (75) and Rusty Blackbirds (5). His bird(s) of the morning were 9 flyover American White Pelicans (tied for the latest sightings in the Lab). Dave

Thursday, November 3, 2016

The morning started cool, calm and very foggy. With the heavy fog in the Lakes/Sparrow Hedge Region it would have been hard to see anything on A.E. Sea. I decided, instead, to try the Garden Club. There I could hear many sparrows but find few. The problem was soon found in the form of a Cooper's Hawk perched upon a post near the Club's center. After the hawk flushed, the sparrows started to show themselves more readily. Found throughout the area were Song Sparrows (a group of 15-20 migrants), a few White-throated Sparrows, a good number of White-crowned Sparrows (20 plus), Dark-eyed Juncos (lots, now the most numerous species) and the first American Tree Sparrows (about 10-15) of the season. Found at other areas of the Lab were several Swamp Sparrows and a good number of Fox Sparrows (15-20 in Main Ring Woods). American Crows (5) have become more common over the last several weeks, especially on the east side of the Lab. The fog was still too heavy for doing A.E. Sea around 9:00. The fog was not near as thick on the Lab's west side. A large flock of Canada Geese in an Ag field along West Wilson also produced several Greater White-fronted Geese. A quick loop around the Big Woods produced most of the expected species in addition to a Hairy Woodpecker (not always expected) and a Winter Wren. Also of note on the Lab's west side were a couple of American Kestrels and an Eastern Meadowlark. Dave

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Marcia and Gail had another rainy morning, but most of it came later in their visit. They had a better sparrow morning than we did on Sunday finding a Fox Sparrow, Song Sparrows (6), Swamp Sparrows (2) and Dark-eyed Juncos (2). They found a large flock of around 100 Mourning Doves (possibly migrants) in the area of the Rings. Other birds of interest found this morning were Wood Ducks (2), a Pied-billed Grebe, a Great Egret ( a late one still hanging around) and an American Kestrel. Dave

Sunday, October 30, 2016

The morning was cool, breezy and mostly cloudy. It did warm up throughout the morning. Except for a Double-crested Cormorant, Lake Law was quite barren, although a Pied-billed Grebe did show up on our return. As typical of late, A.E. Sea showed much more activity than Lake Law. Waterfowl of note were Cackling Geese, Gadwall, Northern Shovelers, Northern Pintails, Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked Ducks and Ruddy Ducks. The overnight rains raised the level of the Sea, but there was still a flat on the north end which produced some Killdeer, Lesser Yellowlegs (2), and some Dunlin. Sparrows were at a premium. As a matter of fact, passerines in general were quite sparse today. Other birds found in the Sparrow Hedge/Lakes Region were American Coot, a Belted Kingfisher (another was found later by the Main Ring - it's been a rarity to have two on the same day for quite awhile now), White-throated Sparrows and a Rusty Blackbird. Birds of note in other areas of the Lab were a Wood Duck, a Great Egret, a Cooper's Hawk, American Kestrels (2), and White-crowned Sparrows. Overall not a very birdy morning. Dave

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Sounds like Glenn was pretty busy during his midday trip to the Lab today. Most of his interesting waterfowl were found on A.E. Sea and included Gadwall (2), American Wigeon (1), Blue-winged Teal (3), Northern Shoveler (89), Green-winged Teal (68), Canvasback (2), Redhead (6), Ring-necked Duck (1 at Lake Law) and Ruddy Duck (3). Shorebirds found at A.E. Sea were Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs (7), Lesser Yellowlegs (2), Dunlin (4) and a Wilson's Snipe. Other highlights he had around the Lab were an immature Northern Harrier, American Kestrels (3), American Crows (17 - probably a modern day record for the Lab, at least over recent years), Horned Larks (6), an Eastern Bluebird, American Pipits (7), a Palm Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warblers (2), Swamp Sparrows (5), White-throated Sparrows (3), White-crowned Sparrows (4) and Dark-eyed Juncos (22). Searching various Ag fields he found almost 2,000 Canada Geese. Out of a flock of even more blackbirds (estimated at almost 4,000 birds), he was able to find Red-winged Blackbirds (over 800), Rusty Blackbirds (3), Common Grackles (almost 2,000), Brown-headed Cowbirds (48) and a Brewer's Blackbird. Of the remaining unidentified blackbirds there was probably a similar mix as listed above. Dave

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Marcia and Gail were in this morning but, due to the rain, were unable to perform their usual monitoring route. They did, however, come up with some interesting birds in other locations. They bettered my Great Egret of yesterday by finding two this morning. They located a large flock of blackbirds (about 400) in the North Roads area including mostly Red-winged Blackbirds, European Starlings (11), Rusty Blackbirds (6), Common Grackles (4) and Brown-headed Cowbirds. Other birds of interest for the morning were Wood Ducks (3), Great Blue Herons (2), an American Kestrel and an American Crow. Also on Wednesday, Peter observed 9 very late Turkey Vultures circling over Wilson Hall. Dave

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The morning was overcast with brief looks at the sun, cool temps and a moderate breeze. Only a pair of Gadwall and a single Double-crested Cormorant were found on Lake Law. Things were much better at A.E. Sea where waterfowl included American Wigeons, Northern Shovelers, Green-winged Teal and Ruddy Ducks. Other birds found around the sea were American Coots, Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs (4), Dunlin (3), Wilson's Snipe (2-3), and several American Pipits. Sparrow numbers were down considerably today with White-crowned Sparrows now the most abundant species followed by Swamp Sparrows, Fox Sparrows (quite a few were found), Song Sparrows, White-crowned Sparrows, Dark-eyed Juncos and a lone Lincoln's Sparrow. Other birds found around the Lab were Cackling Geese, Wood Duck, Northern Pintail, a very late Great Egret, a Hairy Woodpecker, an Eastern Phoebe (also a quite late bird), American Crows, a Golden-crowned Kinglet, Eastern Bluebirds, a couple of Eastern Meadowlarks and several Rusty Blackbirds (6). My bird of the day was a very inquisitive Winter Wren (possibly 2). Dave

Sunday, October 23, 2016

It was a beautiful fall morning with about average temps, sunny skies and mild winds. All of our time was spent in the Lakes/Sparrow Hedge Region. Waterfowl found between Lake Law and A.E. Sea were Gadwall, American Wigeons, Northern Shovelers, Northern Pintails, Northern Shovelers and Ruddy Ducks. Shorebirds found at A.E. Sea were Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs (4-5), and Dunlin (3). Sparrow populations are changing with White-throated Sparrows being a close second in number to the Swamp Sparrows (which have been the overwhelming leader to this point). Fox Sparrows numbers are also on the rise. Also seen were some Song Sparrows and White-crowned Sparrows. Other birds of interest in the area were a Belted Kingfisher (working the A.E. Sea shoreline), a singing Eastern Phoebe, a Golden-crowned Kinglet, and American Pipits (3 on the flats of A.E. Sea). Dave

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The morning started out mostly sunny, cool and calm, but warmed and clouded up as the morning progressed. The brightness of the morning drove off most of the waterfowl from A.E. Sea much sooner than on Sunday. All that was left when I got there were Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shovelers and Green-winged Teal. Also there were several Greater Yellowlegs, a Lesser Yellowlegs and a Long-billed Dowitcher. Found on Lake Law were an American White Pelican, Double-crested Cormorants (4-5), Ruddy Ducks (30 plus) and several American Coots. Sparrow numbers were down a little from the last few visits. Found were Field Sparrows, a Fox Sparrow (my first of the season), Song Sparrows, Swamp Sparrows, White-throated Sparrows and White-crowned Sparrows. Other birds found in the Sparrow Hedge area were Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Golden-crowned Kinglets (about 3 to 1 vs Ruby-crowned), Cedar Waxwings (10 plus), an Orange-crowned Warbler and a Yellow-rumped Warbler. Found elsewhere in the Lab were Greater White-fronted Geese (2 small flying flocks), an American Kestrel, and Eastern Phoebes (2). Dave

Sunday, October 16, 2016

It was quite warm for a mid-October morning; mostly cloudy and calm with occasional mist. Waterfowl are showing up in increased numbers and variety. Most of these were found on A.E. Sea including Greater White-fronted Geese (30 or more), Cackling Geese, Canada Geese, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallards, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shovelers, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Canvasback, Ring-necked Ducks, Lesser Scaup and Ruddy Ducks. Shorebirds were represented by Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs and Long-billed Dowitchers. Sparrows are still being found in good numbers with some diversity, but no eye-openers were found this morning. What we did have were Chipping Sparrows, one Field Sparrow, Savannah Sparrows, Song Sparrows, Lincoln's Sparrows, Swamp Sparrows (again the most numerous species), White-throated Sparrows, White-crowned Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos. All these were found on the east side of the Lab. The bird of the day was a single American White Pelican at A.E. Sea. Other birds found were a Double-crested Cormorant, an immature Black-crowned Night-Heron, a Cooper's Hawk, Sandhill Cranes (again 3 together), a singing Eastern Phoebe, a Tree Swallow, and several Yellow-rumped Warblers. Dave

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Marcia and Gail were out in the rain this morning. Even though their time was limited, they did find some birds. The highlights were a Pied-billed Grebe, Wood Ducks (6), Eastern Phoebes (2), a Swainson's Thrush and Cedar Waxwings (20). Glenn was also in this morning. He spent all his time in the Lakes/Sparrow Hedge Region. The highlights of his morning were a Ring-necked Duck, Double-crested Cormorants, a Cooper's Hawk, a Sora, Chimney Swifts (10), a House Wren, a Marsh Wren, Orange-crowned Warblers (2), a Magnolia Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warblers (32), a LeConte's Sparrow, a Field Sparrow, White-throated Sparrows (11), White-crowned Sparrows ( 5), a Vesper Sparrow, Song Sparrow (2), Swamp Sparrows (26) and an Eastern Towhee. His bird of the day was an immature Bell's Vireo. Dave

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Glenn was in this evening and found some interesting birds including over 2630 Canada Geese (found throughout the Lab, while the spectacle of watching all these birds coming in to spend the night was a bonus). Other water birds found in the Lakes Region were a Snow Goose, a Ring-necked Duck, a Black-crowned Night-Heron, a Wilson's Snipe, Greater Yellowlegs and an American Pipit. Over forty American Coots were then found at Main Ring Lake. Finally, he had three Great Horned Owls and a Barred Owl. Dave

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Despite some early fog it was a very nice morning for birding being mostly sunny, cool with moderate winds. Bird highlights found in and associated with the lakes were a couple of Snow Geese (1-White, 1-Blue), Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shovelers, Green-winged Teal (large number at south end of A.E. Sea), Ruddy Ducks (3-L.Law), a Pied-billed Grebe, Greater Yellowlegs (3-4) and a couple of Long-billed Dowitchers. There was still a vestige of variety in the warblers found this morning including a Tennessee Warbler, an Orange-crowned Warbler, a Nashville Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warblers (by far the most numerous species), a Black-throated Green Warbler (tied with our latest sighting), Palm Warblers and Common Yellowthroats (still quite a few around). The sparrows were numerous with Swamp Sparrows being at least 75 percent of the them. Other sparrows found were a Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrows, Lincoln's Sparrows (at least 3), White-throated Sparrows and White-crowned Sparrows. Some of the other birds in the area were Double-crested Cormorants (several flying), Sandhill Cranes (3 flying low over A.E. Sea), Chimney Swifts (several buzzing the area), Eastern Phoebes, Marsh Wrens, Ruby-crowned Kinglets (quite a few), Cedar Waxwings (15-20), an Eastern Towhee (calling) and a Rusty Blackbird (at A.E. Sea's shore). Dave

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Glenn was in the Lab briefly this morning and though he had no shorebirds he did come up with several nice finds in the Lakes Region. On Lake Law there was a pair of Ring-necked Ducks, Ruddy Ducks (9) and a large group of American Coots (some also on A.E. Sea, totaling 46). At A.E. Sea he had large numbers of Green-winged Teal, Chimney Swifts (over 115) and an American Pipit. He also noted the increasing numbers of Swamp Sparrows. Dave

Monday, October 3, 2016

Glenn made an evening visit to the Lab payoff with a pair of Barred Owls and a Great Horned Owl. His real quarry were Flying Squirrels.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

The morning started out overcast, calm and cool. The wind did increase some, but the sun only showed itself briefly. A single Ruddy Duck was on Lake Law. Most of our time was again spent in the Lakes/Sparrow Hedge Region. A.E. Sea produced lots of Canada Geese (even after 100's flew off before we got down there), both Blue-winged Teal and Green-winged Teal, a Northern Shoveler, a Solitary Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs (3) and Lesser Yellowlegs (2). A pair of Sandhill Cranes were seen flying low over A.E. Sea as was the only Great Egret of the morning. The fall migration has shifted to the yellow-rumped/early sparrow phase. Sparrows in the area this morning were a Le Conte's Sparrow (Juvenile), Song Sparrows, Lincoln's Sparrows (3-4), Swamp Sparrows (by far the most abundant species) and White-crowned Sparrows. Some of the other birds in the area were Wood Ducks, Chimney Swifts (about a dozen), Marsh Wrens, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Cedar Waxwings (about 25), Yellow-rumped Warblers (quite a few), Palm Warblers, Blackpoll Warblers (2), an American Redstart and a Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Not too much going on in the Garden Club. We did find and a Cooper's Hawk (chasing a Mourning Dove), an Eastern Phoebe and several Chipping Sparrows. Denis' group duplicated most of what we had today. In addition, they added a Sharp-shinned Hawk (that's 3 in one week), Short-billed Dowitchers (3 at A.E. Sea), a House Wren, a Golden-crowned Kinglet and an Eastern Bluebird. Plus they found three species of swallows including Tree Swallows, Northern Rough-winged Swallows and Barn Swallows. Dave

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Glenn made two trips to the Lab, yesterday and today, both times on the east side. On Friday afternoon, Sept. 30th, his highlights were a whopping 92 plus Green-winged Teal, a Sora, 2 Wilson's Snipe and 4 Rusty Blackbirds. This morning, before being rained out, he added some nice birds starting with a couple of Nelson's Sparrows, which were also the first of this species for the year. Other highlights he had were a Sharp-shinned Hawk, a pair of Sandhill Cranes, Marsh Wrens (4 scolding individuals), Swamp Sparrows (8) and several flyover Common Grackles (which were needed for the Fermi List this week). Dave

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The morning was mostly cloudy, cool and breezy, with occasional rain showers. Lake Law had a Pied-billed Grebe and a half dozen Ruddy Ducks. Birds found at A.E. Sea included Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shovelers, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Long-billed Dowitchers (3) and a Swamp Sparrow. The Sea of Evanescence produced 2 immature Black-crowned Night-Herons and 2 American Coots. Other birds in the Sparrow Hedge Region were a Magnolia Warbler, a White-throated Sparrow and a Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Sandhill Cranes were heard in the distance. Hundreds of Canada Geese and at least one Cackling Goose arose from the corn field north of the Garden Club and headed south. The good news was the Garden Club had quite a bit of bird activity. The bad news was that almost half of those birds were House Sparrows (more than I have ever seen in the area). Other birds included Palm Warblers, Chipping Sparrows (lots), Field Sparrows, Song Sparrows and White-throated Sparrows. Birds found in other areas of the Lab were Wood Ducks, a Great Horned Owl, Northern Flickers (noticeably increased in numbers over the last week), Least Flycatchers (2), Ruby-crowned Kinglets (about a half dozen), Cedar Waxwings (15-20), Tennessee Warblers, a Nashville Warbler and an American Redstart. My bird of the day was a migrant Sharp-shinned Hawk that flushed on my walk back from the Sparrow Hedge. It was immediately chased by several Blue Jays which were most likely waiting for it to move. With a clever maneuver, the hawk turned the tables on the jays and chased the jays off. It returned to a resting position in another tree. Marcia and Gail were also in the Lab this morning having some of the same bird species plus adding some others. Their findings in the Main and Injector Rings were a Cackling Goose, Wood Ducks (12), a Cooper's Hawk, Northern Flickers (14), an Eastern Phoebe, an Eastern Bluebird, Cedar Waxwings (approx. 75), a Palm Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warblers (7), a Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Red-winged Blackbirds (approx. 150 in 2 flocks) and Common Grackles (26). Dave

Sunday, September 25, 2016

The morning was mostly sunny and cool with a slight breeze. Lake Law produced a Northern Shoveler and a Ruddy Duck (also seen by Gail yesterday). In addition, the number of Canada Geese in the area has noticeably increased (it is, by the way, already fall). A.E. Sea showed some activity by producing both Blue-winged Teal and Green-winged Teal, a couple of Soras, Solitary Sandpipers, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, a Least Sandpiper, a Long-billed Dowitcher and an American Pipit. For the first time in a while the Sea of Evanescence had more Great Blue Herons (more than 20) than Great Egrets (less than 10). Also, at the far south end of Evanescence was an immature Black-crowned Night-Heron. Cedar Waxwings still remain in the area with about 35-40 moving among the trees. Warblers were present in three small groups which included Tennessee Warblers, a Nashville Warbler, a Chestnut-sided Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warblers, a Black-throated Warbler, Palm Warblers, Blackpoll Warblers, a Black-and-White Warbler, American Redstarts and, of course, Common Yellowthroats. Other birds found in the area were Chimney Swifts, American Crows, a Red-breasted Nuthatch, Marsh Wrens, a Swamp Sparrow and a Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Not much found in a short circuit of other parts of the Lab. We had a couple of flyover Cooper's Hawks, an Eastern Phoebe, Red-eyed Vireos, an Eastern Towhee and, the bird of the day, a surprise White-eyed Vireo - by far the latest sighting in the Lab (early Aug - 15 years ago was previous late sighting). Dave

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Glenn was in the Lab this afternoon and had several interesting sightings. Most interesting were the several quite early flyover Snow Geese (4). The American White Pelican number had dropped to 4 in the Lakes Region. Birds he found at A.E. Sea were Solitary Sandpipers (2), Greater Yellowlegs (3), Lesser Yellowlegs (7), Least Sandpipers (3), a Long-billed Dowitcher, Marsh Wrens (2) and an American Pipit. Some of the other birds found elsewhere in the Lab were an American Kestrel, a large number of Mourning Doves (approx 250) and an Eastern Meadowlark. Dave

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The morning started out mostly cloudy, calm and warm. Unfortunately, the mosquitoes in the sparrow Hedge area were the worst they have been since early summer; other areas were not quite as bad. The only highlights at Lake Law were a lone American White Pelican and about 15-20 Chimney Swifts flying over the lake. There were 4 more American White Pelicans on A.E. Sea and another 30 or so on the Sea of Evanescence. These were joined by about 30 Great Egrets. Along with a good number of Killdeer on A.E. Sea, several shorebirds were found. A number of these were out of the range of my binoculars, but I did find a Solitary Sandpiper, a couple Greater Yellowlegs and a Long-billed Dowitcher. Once more, there was a large number of Cedar Waxwings at the large maple near the first trail intersection off the main trail to the Sparrow Hedge. Other than the large number of Common Yellowthroats, warblers were sparse in the area. The only other species found were a Yellow-rumped Warbler and a Nashville Warbler. Several Wood Ducks, several Marsh Wrens and a Gray-cheeked Thrush were the only other birds of mention in the area. In one of my grassland monitor locations there were several, very active, Sedge Wrens. At another, I watched a group of around 6 Palm Warblers work their way along a path as they were hawking insects. Other birds found in various areas were a Least Flycatcher (plus a couple unidentified Empidonax flycatchers), a Northern Flicker, a Yellow-throated Vireo (struggling with a large caterpillar), several each of Northern Rough-winged Swallows and Tree Swallows, an Eastern Bluebird and several Rose-breasted Grosbeaks. Marcia and Gail were also in this morning. Their main highlight was the first migrant sparrow of the season, a White- crowned Sparrow. Other highlights they had for the morning were a pair of Sandhill Cranes, several Chimney Swifts, an Eastern Phoebe, an Eastern Kingbird, Barn Swallows (6), Eastern Bluebirds (4), Cedar Waxwings (they had two large flocks totaling about 100 at the center and west side of the Lab), Palm Warblers (8), Chipping Sparrows (4), a Field Sparrow and an Eastern Meadowlark. Dave

Sunday, September 18, 2016

The weather today was cool and comfortable to start with partly cloudy skies. Peter had one of the pairs of Sandhill Cranes near the Batavia Rd. and Eola Rd. intersection on the way in. We spent most of the morning in the Lakes/Sparrow Hedge Region. A.E. Sea was loaded with both Great Egrets and American White Pelicans, with about 100 of each. It was a sea of white, quite a sight. Other birds associated with the Seas were Wood Ducks, Northern Shovelers, Green-winged Teal, Green Herons (2), a Solitary Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs (2) and Marsh Wrens. Passerines were not too abundant in the area except for the continuing large number of Cedar Waxwings. In some locations the waxwings made it hard to concentrate on other birds flittering about in the heavily foliaged trees. Of interest in the area were several Tennessee Warblers, American Redstarts and a Rose-breasted Grosbeak. One Osprey was perched on the side of Nest 1. Some birds found in other locations were a Great Horned Owl, a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (tied for latest sighting) and a Chestnut-sided Warbler. Dave

Friday, September 16, 2016

The morning started warm, breezy and overcast. Later in the morning the sun did show occasionally. Besides lots of Mallards, A.E. Sea had Blue-winged Teal, an American White Pelican, a Greater Yellowlegs and several Lesser Yellowlegs (3). A number of birds were seen fluttering inside the Sparrow Hedge but none would come out. Typically, the early morning sun heats up leaves and causes the birds to forage for the stimulated insects. Overcast skies prevented this. The only birds I could identify were a Swainson's Thrush, a Nashville Warbler and a Blackpoll Warbler. A juvenile Cooper's Hawk, apparently begging for food, was heard then spotted in the area. Chimney Swifts and Cedar Waxwings were also in the area. Birding in the Big Woods and Main Ring produced Ruby- throated Hummingbirds, Least Flycatcher, a Yellow-throated Vireo, Tennessee Warblers, Yellow-rumped Warblers, a Black-throated Green Warbler, a Palm Warbler, Bay-breasted Warblers, Blackpoll Warblers, American Redstarts, a Northern Waterthrush, Common Yellowthroats and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks. The only Osprey found was preening near Nest 1. Three Turkey Vultures were soaring on the west side of the Lab. Dave Shemanske reported one of the pairs of Sandhill Cranes near the Buffalo Fields. Dave

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Marcia and Gail reported one Osprey by Nest 1 this morning. Other birds they found in the Main and Injector Ring areas were a Green Heron, a Turkey Vulture, an American Kestrel, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, an Eastern Kingbird, a Swainson's Thrush, an American Redstart and several Palm Warblers. Dave

Sunday, September 11, 2016

It was cool and sunny for our start at the Lakes/Sparrow Hedge area. At Lake Law we had a Pied-billed Grebe, an American Coot and a flyover Green Heron. We had a nice flock of migrant birds in the sunny portion of the Sparrow Hedge. Included were a Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Warbling Vireos, a Philadelphia Vireo, a Swanson's Thrush, Tennessee Warblers, a Nashville Warbler, a Magnolia Warbler, a Blackburnian Warbler, Blackpoll Warblers, Black-and-white Warblers, American Redstarts and Common Yellowthroats. A nearby tree was loaded with about 60 Cedar Waxwings. The Sea of Evanescence produced Blue-winged Teal, a Wood Duck, about 40 Great Egrets and a single American White Pelican. Other birds found around the Lab were a Chimney Swift, Least Flycatchers, a Yellow- bellied Flycatcher, an Eastern Wood-Pewee, a singing Bell's Vireo (Sparrow Hedge - west end) and a Chestnut-sided Warbler. Dave

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Peter and I were gone for the last several weeks. Here is a brief review of sightings reported during that time. On Aug. 19, Dave Shemanske reported the two recent pairs of Sandhill Cranes were found together near the East Entrance. The highlights of Marcia and Gail's visit on Sept. 1 in the Main and Injector Rings were a Turkey Vulture, an Osprey (flying with a fish), 3 American Kestrels (together), 2 Sandhill Cranes, 2 Solitary Sandpipers, 2 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, both a Blue-headed Vireo and a Red-eyed Vireo, Cedar Waxwings (32), a Tennessee Warbler and a Rose-breasted Grosbeak. During their trip on Sept. 8, they found an Osprey near Nest 1, 2 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, a Warbling Vireo and Cedar Waxwings (26). Gail added a Black-crowned Night-Heron by Lake Logo on Sept. 4 (our first-of-the- year sighting). Also, today Peter was in the Lab for the Prairie Harvest and found a juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker, Sedge Wrens, and both Yellow-rumped Warblers and Palm Warblers. Glenn was also quite active during our absence. Here is a review of the highlights of his findings from our departure up and including this weekend. Here is the extensive list of birds he found Ruddy Duck, American White Pelican (the beginning of many of these to be seen over the next several weeks), Black-crown Night-heron (after being absent for most of the season, Glenn had fairly regular sightings), a Great Blue Heron (another sighting of a heron catching a snake), Green Heron, Turkey Vulture, Osprey (these were found in dwindling numbers with time), Northern Harrier, Cooper's Hawks, Sora, Virginia Rail (heard in Buffalo Marsh), American Coot, Sandhill Cranes (regular sightings over the tiime period), Solitary Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Yellow-billed Cuckoo (always a nice find), Ruby-throated Hummingbirds (probably preparing to leave), Belted Kingfisher (another elusive species of recent years), Red-headed Woodpecker (only the 3rd sighting for the year), Eastern Wood-Pewee, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Eastern Phoebe, Bell's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Yellow-throated Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Red-breasted Nuthatch (an early arrival), Sedge Wrens (fairly late sightings), Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Swainson's Thrush, Brown Thrasher, Tennessee Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, American Redstart, Ovenbird, Swamp Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Blue Grosbeak (possibly bred in the Lab this year), Indigo Buntings, Bobolink (a late sighting). Dave

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