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Sunday, July 14, 2019

The A.E. Slots only produced a Pied-billed Grebe, several Wood Ducks and a flyover Green Heron. Grasslands along Eola Road produced Sedge Wrens, Henslow's Sparrows, Dickcissels, Eastern Meadowlarks and both a male and female Bobolink. Other highlights found included a Ring-necked Pheasant (heard along South Eola Rd), Sandhill Cranes (5), a Turkey Vulture, an American Kestrel, Marsh Wrens, a Cedar Waxwing, American Redstarts (2-males) and Indigo Buntings. Finally, the first shorebird migrants of the fall season were found in a soon-to-be dry floodle in the north side of the Lab. Those found included Least Sandpipers (10) and Pectoral Sandpipers (3). Peter also mentioned hearing a Yellow-throated Vireo on Friday. Dave

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Marcia and Gail had a beautiful morning for surveying their territories mainly in the Ring areas. The expected Great Blue Heron, Great Egret and Green Heron represented the Waders. There was activity around all 3 Osprey nests where most, but not quite all, individuals were found. A couple of Wood Ducks were found in the Main Ring at Lake Logo. Other highlights for the morning were a Northern Flicker, Red-eyed Vireos, good numbers of both Tree Swallows and Barn Swallows, a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, a pair of Baltimore Orioles, Eastern Meadowlarks, Common Grackles, Indigo Buntings and Dickcissels. Dave

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

This morning was the last grassland survey of the season (post-breeding). The key species Sedge Wrens, Dickcissels and Eastern Meadowlarks remained at similar levels to those of 2 weeks ago. Henslow's Sparrow numbers dropped by 30 percent while, on a positive note, 2 Bobolinks were found. A good number of other birds were found during and after the survey. The highlights of those finds included: Wood Ducks (4-juv), Pied-billed Grebes (13-including 2 families), Common Nighthawks (5-Best sighting of the morning, first July sighting in the Lab. Seen early over Director's Woods), Sandhill Cranes (3), a Spotted Sandpiper, Caspian Terns (2), Great Blue Herons (18), Great Egrets (15), a Green Heron, Osprey (13 of the Lab's 14 residents), a Bald Eagle (adult), an American Kestrel, Willow Flycatchers (3), an Eastern Phoebe, a Great Crested Flycatcher, Bell's Vireos (2), a Warbling Vireo, Red-eyed Vireos (4), Horned Larks (2), Marsh Wrens (3), an Eastern Bluebird, a Cedar Waxwing, Vesper Sparrows (3), Savannah Sparrows (4), a Baltimore Oriole and Indigo Buntings (2). The big news of the morning was confirming the breeding status of the Red-headed Woodpeckers found on Sunday (flying in and out of their nest hole). Dave

Sunday, July 7, 2019

The weather was great this morning being cool, cloudy and somewhat bug free (for early July). The Slots area, both sides of Batavia Rd., produced a pair of Black-crowned Night-Herons, a Pied-billed Grebe, Wood Ducks and singing Marsh Wrens. Some of the other birds of note were a flyover Cooper's Hawk, a juvenile Great Horned Owl, Eastern Wood-Pewees, Great Crested Flycatchers, an Eastern Towhee, Indigo Buntings and, of course, Ospreys. The highlight of the morning was finding 5 woodpecker species. Those found were Red-bellied Woodpeckers, a Downy Woodpecker, a Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flickers and, the bird(s) of the day, a pair of Red-headed Woodpeckers. This pair is likely breeding in the Lab this year based on the actions they displayed today. Dave

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

A great morning of birding started at the A.E. Slots. Waders were the highlight there with several Great Blue Herons, a Great Egret, a flyover Green Heron and, surprisingly, a pair of Black-crowned Night-Herons. Also represented were families of Mallards, Wood Ducks and Pied-billed Grebes. The young of these birds were quite well advanced already. A trip around the Sparrow Hedge/Lakes Region was also quite productive. There were many more Great Egrets and several more Green Herons. Other birds in the area were American Woodcocks (2 pr and another group of 4-5 birds), an Osprey (trying to hunt over A.E. Sea while being harassed by Red-winged Blackbirds), an Eastern Wood-Pewee, a Willow Flycatcher, Bell's Vireo (1 possibly 2), Sedge Wrens, Marsh Wrens, Gray Catbirds (they were singing and chattering everywhere), a Yellow Warbler (carrying food) and Swamp Sparrows (2). Back at the Red Barn, a Red-tailed Hawk was at the roof's edge waiting for some prey to show itself. Sparrows found elsewhere were a Grasshopper Sparrow, Chipping Sparrows, Field Sparrows, a Vesper Sparrow, Savannah Sparrows, Henslow's Sparrows and Song Sparrows, to make an 8-sparrow day. Also found were Sandhill Cranes (2 adults with a colt), an American Kestrel, an Eastern Phoebe, Dickcissels and Eastern Meadowlarks. Strangely, an Osprey was found at the far northeast area of the Lab carrying what looked like nesting material. It flew north as far as I could follow it with my binocs. All adult resident Ospreys (6) were found. In addition, the final Osprey chick count appears to be 8 (Nest 1=3, Nest 2=3 and Nest 3=2). That made a 15 Osprey day, including the one that flew offsite. Dave

Sunday, June 30, 2019

The A.E. Sea Slots only produced a Wood Duck, a Blue-winged Teal, and Marsh Wrens singing from the cattails. A Black-crowned Night Heron was also seen flying over A.E. Sea. Most of the Osprey chicks appeared to be snoozing at all 3 nests. Other birds found during the morning were Sandhill Cranes (3), a Green Heron, a Ring-billed Gull, Bald Eagles (2 adults and 2 juveniles), Northern Flickers, an American Kestrel, a Yellow-throated Vireo, Sedge Wrens, an American Redstart (1st year male), a Rose-breasted Grosbeak and Baltimore Orioles. Dave

Saturday, June 29, 2019

This morning Donna reported finding 5 young Pied-billed Grebes swimming behind an adult in the A.E. Slots. These are the first reported young grebes of the year. Also, earlier in the week Ryan Frantzen and one of the Betz interns (Steven), reported finding the first Green Heron nest of the year on a berm inside the Main Ring. Dave

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

This morning was the second grassland breeding bird survey of the year. The main highlight was the first Grasshopper Sparrow of the year (unfortunately, only the one). The main lowlight was the lack of any Bobolinks. The other results of key species at the survey points from the first survey (6/11/19) were: Sedge Wrens (up from 4 to 9), Henslow's Sparrows (up from 10 to 17), Dickcissels (up slightly from 8 to 10) and Eastern Meadowlarks (about even from 14 to 13). An interesting sighting was watching an American Kestrel aggressively ushering a Red-tailed Hawk outside the area of his nest box. Other highlights for the morning (outside the monitor areas) were Pied-billed Grebes (5, no young ones found yet), Turkey Vultures (4), a pair of Spotted Sandpipers, Bell's Vireos (2), a White-eyed Vireo (singing, most likely the same bird Marcia and Gail found several weeks ago), Bank Swallows (3), Marsh Wrens (3), Eastern Bluebirds (3), a Brown Thrasher, Cedar Waxwings (3) and Indigo Buntings (3). Beyond the Grasshopper Sparrow and Henslow's Sparrows, Chipping Sparrows (2), Field Sparrows (14), a Vesper Sparrow, Savannah Sparrows (3), Song Sparrows (24) and a Swamp Sparrow were also found for a total of 8 species. As far as Osprey's go, Nest 1 and Nest 2 each had 3 chicks while Nest 3 had 1, possibly 2 chicks. Dave

Sunday, June 23, 2019

At the A.E. Slots, several Marsh Wrens and a Pied-billed Grebe were singing as a Green Heron flew overhead early this morning. Birds found in the Sparrow Hedge area were a Ring-necked Pheasant (heard), a Great Crested Flycatcher, a Bell's Vireo, a Horned Lark (in fields south of Hedge), Bank Swallows, Northern Rough-winged Swallows, Tree Swallows, Sedge Wrens, Baltimore Orioles and an Orchard Oriole. Birds found elsewhere were a Turkey Vulture, a Bald Eagle, Vesper Sparrows and Dickcissels. The highlights of the morning came from the Ospreys, starting at Nest 2 where a third adult circled over the nest occupied by its resident pair. Later, with both Nest's 1 and 3 occupied by their resident females, both males seemed to team up together to defend their territories against an intruding Osprey. This intruder was most likely the same bird hassling Nest 2 earlier in the morning. Dave

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Marcia and Gail found a female American Kestrel peeking through the hole of one of the Lab's active nest boxes near the Bison Barn this morning. Other highlights of their morning's birding survey included: a Great Egret, Turkey Vultures (2), Osprey (6), an Eastern Phoebe, a Great Crested Flycatcher, Red-eyed Vireos(2), a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Eastern Bluebirds (6), a Cedar Waxwing, Field Sparrows (3), a Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrows (5), a Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Indigo Buntings (5) and Dickcissels (3). Dave

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Despite the cold and windy conditions this morning Marcia and Gail were in the Lab monitoring mostly in the Ring areas. The highlights of their finds were Great Egrets, a Turkey Vulture, an American Kestrel (near a nest box at the Bison Barn), a Marsh Wren, Eastern Bluebirds, a Cedar Waxwing, a Chipping Sparrow , Field Sparrows, Savannah Sparrows, a Henslow's Sparrow, Song Sparrows, Eastern Meadowlarks, Indigo Buntings and Dickcissels. They also found an adult Osprey feeding young at each of the 3 Osprey nests. Dave

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

This morning was the first breeding grassland survey of 2019 was conducted. Compared to the same time last year, down were Dickcissels (18 down to 8) and Sedge Wrens (10 down to 4) in the monitor locations. Bobolinks remain low (only 3 found), while others were similar to last year's numbers. Other birds found during and after the survey around the Lab included a Pied-billed Grebe (heard), a Green Heron, Wood Ducks (2), an adult Bald Eagle, Sandhill Cranes, a Spotted Sandpiper, Warbling Vireos, Red-eyed Vireos, a Marsh Wren, Eastern Bluebirds, an American Redstart, Savannah Sparrows, Henslow's Sparrows, Indigo Buntings, Bobolinks and Baltimore Orioles. A total of 6 Osprey chicks were found this morning, 1 in Nest 1, 2 in Nest 3 and 3 in Nest 2. Interestingly, Nest 2 failed to produce any chicks over the previous 2 years. Dave

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Marcia and Gail had some interesting finds during their morning's bird monitoring in the Lab today. One of several active Kestrel nest boxes in the Lab (I was told there are currently 5) had an American Kestrel peeking out the hole while another was perched on top. A fluddle along Eola Road produced 7 Great Blue Herons and 3 Great Egrets, along with several Mallards. A recently rare White-eyed Vireo was found singing, while both Red-eyed Vireos and Warbling Vireos were also located. All expected flycatchers were found including Willow Flycatchers, Eastern Phoebes, an Eastern Wood-Pewee, Great Crested Flycatchers and Eastern Kingbirds. A nice mix of Sparrows included Chipping Sparrows, Field Sparrows, Savannah Sparrows, a Henslow's Sparrow and Song Sparrows. All three Osprey nests featured the feeding of chicks. Other highlights for the morning included a Green Heron, a Cooper's Hawk, an immature Bald Eagle, Eastern Bluebirds, a Baltimore Oriole, Yellow Warblers, Indigo Buntings (9) and Dickcissels (singing in numerous fields). Dave

Friday, May 31, 2019

Marcia and Gail were in the Lab this morning and also thought that the females on both Osprey Nest's 1 and 3 were feeding chicks. The Nest 2 female was still brooding. Bird highlights found during their multipurpose monitoring of birds, Butterflies and Dragonflies in the Ring areas were: Northern Flickers, Eastern Wood-Pewees, Great Crested Flycatchers, a Sedge Wren, Eastern Meadowlarks (4, including a female flushed from a nest), a Baltimore Oriole, a Rose-breasted Grosbeak and an Indigo Bunting. Dave

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

The light rain had just about ceased upon an early arrival at the Slots. The exciting find was a Wood Duck family with male, female and 9 ducklings. Also, in this area was a Green Heron, a Caspian Tern (flyover) and a pair of Eastern Kingbirds hawking insects on the north side of Batavia Rd. The only probable migrants in the Sparrow Hedge area were Alder Flycatchers (3 plus 1 near the parking area). The area was still alive with many of our breeding shrubland birds including more Eastern Kingbirds, Willow Flycatchers (many), Sedge Wrens, a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Brown Thrasher, Gray Catbirds, Field Sparrows, Song Sparrows, an Orchard Oriole (breeder???), Baltimore Orioles, Common Yellowthroats and Yellow Warblers. Also in the area were a Ring-necked Pheasant (obviously has a good hiding spot), a pair of Sandhill Cranes (in one of the many fluddles south of the Hedge), Chimney Swifts and Bobolinks. Interesting, Peter and I both heard singing American Redstarts this morning (his in the Ed Center area, mine in Center Ring Woods-West). Other birds for the morning were Blue-winged Teal in several of the many fluddles around, a Turkey Vulture, a Spotted Sandpiper, a Great Horned Owl (being mobbed by a half dozen American Crows), a Ruby-throated Hummingbird, a pair of Yellow-throated Vireos (Peter found them along the Ed Center Canal), Savannah Sparrows, Henslow's Sparrows and a pair of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks (male singing). Osprey Nest 3 had both adults standing on the nest, one of which was eating and feeding a chick(s) just barely seen. At one point the Nest 1 female was up eating or possibly feeding a chick (unconfirmed), while Nest 2 was still being brooded. Dave

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Not much to report from this morning when compared to the migration reports of the past several weeks. Only 3 warblers were found in Owl's Nest Woods, last week's hotspot. They were Black-and-white Warbler, an American Redstart, and a Blackpoll Warbler. Also found in this area were an Alder Flycatcher, a number of Willow Flycatchers and a singing Rose-breasted Grosbeak. The A.E. Sea Slots produced a Pied-billed Grebe, an American Coot, a Least Bittern and a female Red-winged Blackbird popping her head above the rim of her nest, found by Donna. Found elsewhere in the Lab were a Wood Duck, a pair of Blue-winged Teal, a Caspian Tern, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds (2), Sedge Wrens, a Savannah Sparrow, Henslow's Sparrows, Bobolinks and Baltimore Oriole. Peter also mentioned finding a Wood Thrush singing in the near the Ed Center Canal late in the week. Glenn's field trip group added: Running concurrently with the Sunday survey, I led a DBC field trip in the Sparrow Hedge and at the marsh north of the bison farm. In the hedge area, the group was delighted with a displaying Ruby-throated Hummingbird, a very conspicuous Black-billed Cuckoo, a Common Nighthawk that flushed from its perch in a tree, great looks at the Sedge Wrens on territory, a Swamp Sparrow, a Chestnut-sided Warbler, a pair of Orchard Oriole and a number of flycatchers that, apart from a couple of singing Willow Flycatchers did not want to vocalize. In the fluddle south of the hedge, a Dunlin and a White-rumped Sandpiper were mixed in with the flock of 34 Semipalmated Sandpipers. In the grasslands west of the hedge, the Bobolink were putting on fantastic aerial displays and chasing females while a Northern Harrier hen was being mobbed off in the distance by Red-winged Blackbirds and Eastern Kingbirds. At the marsh, a singing Pied-billed Grebe was heard, as was a Virginia Rail and five Sora. After the trip, on the ride back to the barn, Cathy Walz and I stopped at a couple of roadside fluddles and found a Spotted Sandpiper and a late Solitary Sandpiper. Glenn and Dave

Saturday, May 25, 2019

On Saturday afternoon, I stopped by the lab to search for the same shorebirds, but came up rather empty-handed except for the flock of 34 Semipalmated Sandpiper, 13 Semipalmated Plover and six Spotted Sandpiper. Additional finds included 3 Common Nighthawk, 12 Horned Lark, Bank Swallows, a singing Wood Thrush in the Village, Vesper Sparrow on two separate ends of the laboratory, Henslow's Sparrows (a personal favorite of mine) along Eola Rd. and my first of year Dickcissel. Glenn

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Marcia and Gail were in the Lab this morning reporting a number of good birds, mostly summer residents. Between the three of us all 6 Osprey were accounted for, including the 3 brooding females. Here is a list of their most significant finds: Wood Duck (2), Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1), Green Heron (1), Turkey Vulture (1), Eastern Wood-Pewee (2), Least Flycatcher (1), Eastern Phoebe (1), Great Crested Flycatcher (1), Eastern Kingbird (1), Red-eyed Vireo (1), American Crow (1), Chipping Sparrow (1), Field Sparrow (5), Savannah Sparrow (1), Song Sparrow (5), Baltimore Oriole (2), Rose-breasted Grosbeak (2) and Indigo Bunting (3). I was in the Lab early doing a pre-breeding grassland bird survey. Even though it is still early (and migration has been behind past years) results were good, as expected the quality grasslands out performed the less quality ones. Henslow's Sparrows had the best representation (found in all 4 quality areas), while Sedge Wrens and Bobolinks were found in only 2 areas. Unfortunately, no Grasshopper Sparrows were found, but Eastern Meadowlarks were well represented in 8 of 12 locations. Owl's Nest woods still had a reasonable number of warblers and other migrants. Ten warbler species were found including: Common Yellowthroats, Northern Parula (2), a Magnolia Warbler, Bay-breasted Warblers (3), Blackburnian Warblers (2), Yellow Warblers, Chestnut-sided Warblers (6), Blackpoll Warblers (4), Yellow-rumped Warblers (3) and a Canada Warbler. The area was crawling with flycatchers including: Eastern Wood-Pewees, a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, an Acadian Flycatcher, a Willow Flycatcher, an Eastern Phoebe, a Great Crested Flycatcher and Eastern Kingbirds. Many unidentified flycatchers were also flittering around. Additional birds for the morning were Pied-billed Grebes (E.E. Sea), Blue-winged Teal, a Bald Eagle, a Sora (Slots), a Great Horned Owl, a Common Nighthawk (strangely flushed from a bare field south of the Sparrow Hedge), a Gray-cheeked Thrush (O.N. Woods) and Cedar Waxwings (O.N. Woods). Dave

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Wally reported finding an extremely late American Tree Sparrow in the Garden Club today while surveying the area. Dave

Monday, May 20, 2019

Joe Suchecki was in the Lab this morning to check for some of the warbler swarm we observed yesterday. There were still quite a good number of warblers around Owl's Nest Woods, but he was not able to find the Prairie Warbler. He did, however, come up with 2 real good birds. First were a couple of Purple Martins over Lake Law. Better still was a Broad-winged Hawk soaring over Owl Nest Woods, only seen four times in the past 17 years. Dave

Sunday, May 19, 2019

After Glenn's fantastic day yesterday, we feared most of the birds would have moved on. Fortunately,we had one of the best warbler days ever in the Lab. We ended up with 23 warbler species, and incredibly, all were found in small Owl's Nest Woods in the Sparrow Hedge area. There were multiples of most species, with Blackpolls being the most numerous species. (Denis said, "The most Blackpolls I've seen together ever, anywhere."). Our list of warblers included: Tennessee Warblers, a Nashville Warbler, Northern Parula, Yellow Warblers, Chestnut-sided Warblers (many), Magnolia Warblers (many), Cape May Warblers (2-3), Black-throated Blue Warblers (4-5), Yellow-rumped Warblers (2-3), Black-throated Green Warblers, Blackburnian Warblers, a Prairie Warbler (new species for the Lab), a Palm Warbler, Bay-breasted Warblers, Blackpoll Warblers (lots), Black-and-white Warblers, American Redstarts, a Northern Waterthrush, a Connecticut Warbler, a Mourning Warbler, Common Yellowthroats, a Wilson's Warbler and Canada Warblers (2-3). Other standout birds in the woods were a Bald Eagle (flyover), a Yellow-billed Cuckoo (heard), a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, an Alder Flycatcher, Willow Flycatchers, a Least Flycatcher, a Veery, Swainson's Thrushes, a Gray-cheeked Thrush, a Lincoln's Sparrow and a female Scarlet Tanager. Dave

Saturday, May 18, 2019

What began as an innocent enough morning visit to the lab turned into the largest Fermilab big-day species count that I've ever had. In 8.5 hours, I was able to observe 118 species of bird. Starting my morning under a blue dome at the Sparrow Hedge, I both saw and heard Bell's Vireo, Sedge Wren, Alder Flycatcher, Willow Flycatcher, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Connecticut Warbler, the continuing Ring-necked Pheasant and a pair of Orchard Oriole. In the south Eola prairie, Henslow's Sparrow and Bobolink were on territory. On my way back to the Red Barn, I made the decision to walk through Owl's Nest Woods and came across the single largest group of warblers that I have ever found at Fermilab. The trees were dripping with Blackpoll Warbler, American Redstart, Black-and-white Warbler, and Chestnut-sided Warbler. Also found were Black-throated Blue Warbler, Northern Waterthrush, Blue-winged Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Northern Parula, Magnolia Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, Palm Warbler, Black- throated Green Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Canada Warbler and Wilson Warbler. Also found in Owl's Nest Woods were two bickering pairs of Scarlet Tanager, a Least Flycatcher and my personal site- first Acadian Flycatcher. I made my way back to the Red Barn, adding a Clay-colored Sparrow, then made my way to the village. The Osprey were both on their nest, however, the Great Horned Owl nest was empty. In Big Woods, a pair of Yellow-throated Vireo were seen, a gorgeous singing Mourning Warbler was found along the creek and numerous Indigo Buntings were observed. At Site 37, a Ruby-throated Hummingbird was hitting up a feeder and a White-crowned Sparrow was found. In the north fields, two dueling Vesper Sparrow sang from below the high-tension power lines. In the fluddles, Least Sandpiper were found, as were a Semipalmated Plover and a Short-billed Dowitcher amongst the Killdeer. With threatening clouds approaching, I stopped by the marsh north of the bison farm where singing Marsh Wren, Sora, Virginia Rail and Pied-billed Grebe were found. In addition, multiple Blue-winged Teal, which have bred in this location in past years, were found. A pleasant surprise was a Least Bittern, heard calling from the marsh just as lightning flashed. I made my way back to my vehicle and drove over to Eola Rd. where I found a Kestrel perched on the nest box. The storm clouds rolled in and the skies opened up for about 40 minutes. Pouring rain delayed my trip, however, as the rain lightened up, the Tree Swallows, Barn Swallows and Northern Rough-winged Swallows came out, swirling in an impressive frenzy over the fluddles on south Eola Rd. A small flock of Lesser Yellowleg seeking refuge in those fluddles began preening as the rain let up. A lone Common Nighthawk hunted along the Main Ring berm and my 118th species of the day, a Belted Kingfisher was seen perched on a wire. One final note, my first birds of the day were the Sandhill Cranes that have been hanging around the Batavia Rd. gate. The male Sandhill Crane appears to have an injured right wing. Further monitoring will be necessary. Glenn

Thursday, May 16, 2019

What a difference a week makes. Both warblers and sparrows were down in numbers and variety this morning. As Glenn pointed out earlier, breeding season has begun as migration is winding down. In the Sparrow Hedge region sparrows found were Field Sparrow, Song Sparrows, Swamp Sparrows (many singing in cattail areas). Those found elsewhere in the Lab were Henslow's Sparrows (many in some locations) and a Chipping Sparrow. Warblers included a Black-and-white Warbler, Common Yellowthroats, American Redstarts, Yellow Warblers and a Palm Warbler. Other birds in the region were a Hooded Merganser (male-is the female on a nest???), a Sora (heard), Semipalmated Plovers (7-8 in the remaining fluddle south of the Hedge), a Ring-billed Gull, Pied-billed Grebes, Eastern Kingbirds, Eastern Wood-Pewee, a Willow Flycatcher (new), a singing Bell's Vireo, Sedge Wrens, Marsh Wrens, Brown Thrashers and a Baltimore Oriole. Key birds found elsewhere in the Lab were a Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagles (3), a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (new) and a Wood Thrush (new). All 3 Osprey nests were status quo with the females still brooding. Interestingly, male Osprey was found chowing on a good-sized bass midway between Nest's 1 and 3. Dave

Saturday, May 11, 2019

On Friday, Glenn paid a late visit to the Lab. The breeding season is upon us! I stopped by the lab this evening to look for shorebirds in the fuddles; however, I had little success in that endeavor finding only Killdeer, Lesser Yellowlegs, Solitary Sandpiper and Spotted Sandpiper. Rather, the evening turned into a search for rails! At AE Sea, the North Eola fluddle and the marsh, north of the bison farm, Sora (7) and Virginia Rail (3) were actively singing and calling. A pair of Pied-billed Grebes were observed copulating, which was something that I had never seen before of that species. The Nest 2 Osprey adult female was settled on her brood with the male out of view. The Great Horned Owl nest had only one owlet viewable, fast asleep, with mom not visible but likely nearby keeping an eye on me. A male American Kestrel perched atop the North Eola Kestrel box. Singing Marsh Wren, Savanna Sparrow and Baltimore Oriole were heard, as were many (12) Eastern Meadowlark. One in particular, near the Batavia Rd. gate, sang an abhorrent song that will likely confuse visitors into thinking it is a Western. Another bird that threw me for surprise was a light- morph Rough-legged Hawk observed on Old Wilson Rd. As I approached, the bird took off from a tree and exited the lab headed due north. The final exciting find I had was a first-of-year Common Nighthawk hunting over a fluddle. Glenn

Friday, May 10, 2019

This morning's trip to the Lab was spent mostly in the Sparrow Hedge/Lakes region. It proved to quite enjoyable with much bird activity. Warblers were quite good with 11 species, mostly in the East Hedge area. Those found were Black-and-white Warblers, Nashville Warbler, Common Yellowthroats, American Redstarts (new), a Magnolia Warbler, a Blackburnian Warbler, Yellow Warblers, a Chestnut-sided Warbler (new), Blackpoll Warblers, Palm Warblers and Yellow-rumped Warblers. Other birds of interest in the area were: Blue-winged Teal, Ring-necked Pheasant (this loner was actually seen today), Pied-billed Grebe, a Common Nighthawk (new-flushed then viewed in a tree), Ruby-throated Hummingbird (new), Sora's (heard), Least Sandpiper (new), Spotted Sandpipers, a Herring Gull, Caspian Terns (2), a Belted Kingfisher, an American Kestrel, a Least Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, Sedge Wrens, Marsh Wrens, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, a Veery (new), a Swainson's Thrush, Brown Thrashers, Field Sparrows, Song Sparrows, Lincoln's Sparrows, Swamp Sparrows, White-throated Sparrows, a White-crowned Sparrow, Bobolinks and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks. Also, good numbers of both Gray Catbirds and Eastern Towhees together in 2 groups, apparently some migrating farther north. A few highlights found elsewhere were: a Northern Shoveler, a Solitary Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs and Lesser Yellowlegs (about 40 found in the Buffalo Wallow) and a Great Horned Owl. Dave

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Marcia and Gail were in the Lab this morning monitoring the Ring areas. They ran across an interesting goose, no doubt a domestic), that resembled the Graylag Goose x Canada Goose pictured in Sibley Birds. Their other highlights included a Green Heron, a Bald Eagle (adult), a Red-eyed Vireo (new arrival), American Crows, a House Wren, a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Eastern Towhees, a Field Sparrow, Song Sparrows, a Baltimore Oriole, a Common Yellowthroat and a Yellow Warbler. They also reported finding all 3 Osprey nests with the females still brooding their eggs. Dave

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

A couple of Sora's were found in the A.E. Sea Slots along with a female Red-winged Blackbird neatly stripping fibers from a cattail leaf. After extracting several, she gathered them together and flew off, most likely to her nest. The Sparrow Hedge Area showed fairly good activity this morning despite the gusty winds. Warblers included Tennessee Warblers, Nashville Warblers, Palm Warblers, Yellow Warblers, a Yellow-rumped Warbler and a Black-throated Green Warbler. Warblers found elsewhere were a Northern Waterthrush, Common Yellowthroats and several Magnolia Warblers. Sparrows in the Hedge were a Chipping Sparrow, Field Sparrows, a White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrows, Swamp Sparrows (many singing) and elsewhere several Henslow's Sparrows. Neither count was too impressive for an early May morning. Other birds in the region were Wood Ducks, a Ring-necked Pheasant (heard only), a Pied-billed Grebe, Sandhill Cranes, a Spotted Sandpiper (a late first of the year), a Greater Yellowlegs, a Caspian Tern, a flyover Osprey, an early singing Bell's Vireo (another first), a Yellow-throated Vireo, Swallows ( Tree, Barn and Northern Rough-winged), Sedge Wrens, Marsh Wrens, Gray Catbirds, Brown Thrashers, Eastern Towhees and both Baltimore Orioles and an Orchard Oriole. Found elsewhere were small numbers of both Northern Shovelers and Blue-winged Teal (after the large numbers on the SBC), American Coots, several Lesser Yellowlegs, both Great Horned Owl owlets, an American Kestrel (on a nest box), Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Eastern Bluebirds. Dave

Monday, May 6, 2019

Denis had a class in the Lab today following is a list of their highlights. Several new year birds for the Lab were found. No location info was provided. Birds were found throughout the Lab. The bird highlights were: Chimney Swift, Sora, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, Spotted Sandpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs, Caspian Tern., Green Heron, Turkey Vulture , Osprey, Cooper's Hawk, Great Horned Owl, Peregrine Falcon (new), Great Crested Flycatcher, Yellow-throated Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Horned Lark, House Wren, Sedge Wren, Marsh Wren, Gray-cheeked Thrush (new), Chipping Sparrow, Field Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Bobolink, Baltimore Oriole, Tennessee Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Blackburnian Warbler (new), Yellow Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler (new), Palm Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Scarlet Tanager (new) and Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Dave

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Today's annual Spring Bird Count (SBC) seemed slow and quite lacking in bird activity (for a day in early May) but, when the birds were totaled at the end of the day, we still managed 99 species. This was still above average. Certain families were noticeably lacking in diversity. Worst were the warblers with only 8 species including Northern Waterthrush (3), Nashville Warbler (8), Common Yellowthroat (15), Yellow Warbler (25) Palm Warbler (37). Pine Warbler (3), Yellow-rumped Warbler (29) and Black-throated Green Warbler (1). Not much better were the shorebirds with only 5 species including Killdeer (12), Wilson's Snipe (10), Solitary Sandpiper (3), Greater Yellowlegs (14) and Lesser Yellowlegs (46). Another family that did poorly were the thrushes with only Hermit Thrushes (3) and American Robins (77) being found. On the positive side Waterfowl were represented by 7 species; quite good for the tail end of their migration season. Those found were Canada Geese, Wood Ducks (8), Blue-winged Teal (a whopping 59), Northern Shovelers (8), Gadwall (pair), Mallards and Hooded Mergansers (2). Also well represented were the sparrows with 9 species including Chipping Sparrows (9), Field Sparrows (14), White-crowned Sparrows (3), White-throated Sparrows (40), Vesper Sparrows (2), Savannah Sparrows (13), Song Sparrows (14), Lincoln's Sparrows (2) and Swamp Sparrows (13). Other highlights found were a Ring-necked Pheasant (still hiding in the Sparrow Hedge), Pied-billed Grebes (4), Chimney Swifts (5-new), Virginia Rails (2-new), Sora (16-low number considering recent SBC's), American Coots (3), Sandhill Cranes (2), Caspian Terns (6), a Black-crowned Night-Heron (new), Turkey Vultures (8), Osprey (all 6 summer resident birds, in the process of breeding), a Sharp-shinned Hawk, a Cooper's Hawk, Bald Eagles (3), Great Horned Owls (4), a Red-headed Woodpecker (new-unfortunately a rare find in recent years), American Kestrels (4), a Least Flycatcher (new), Eastern Phoebes (3), a Great Crested Flycatcher (new), Eastern Kingbirds (7), Yellow-throated Vireos (2-new), Blue-headed Vireos (2-new), Warbling Vireos (2-new), a Cliff Swallow (new), House Wrens (11), a Winter Wren, Sedge Wrens (new-6), Marsh Wrens (2), Blue-gray Gnatcatchers (12), Ruby-crowned Kinglets (26), Eastern Bluebirds (7). Hermit Thrushes (3), Gray Catbirds (5), Brown Thrashers (7), an Orchard Oriole (new), Baltimore Orioles (3-new) and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks (2-new). Dave

Thursday, May 2, 2019

There is not much to report from an abbreviated, due to the rain, trip to the Lab this morning. Most of the time was spent in the Lakes/Sparrow Hedge Region. A.E. Sea, as most waters in the Lab, was overflowing (at the south end). The Slots only produced a Sora and a couple of American Coots, probably due to the high-water levels. The only waterfowl found were several Blue-winged Teal on A.E. Sea and a pair of Hooded Mergansers on the Sea of Evanescence. Also found around the lakes was a lone Double-crested Cormorant, a Caspian Tern and singing Pied-billed Grebes. A moderate number of sparrows included mostly Song Sparrows and Swamp Sparrows in addition to a White-crowned Sparrow. Most of the passerine activity in the area was provided by Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Palm Warblers. Also in the area were several Brown Thrashers and the first of the year, Yellow Warbler. An owlet was finally found on the only known Great Horned Owl nest in the Lab. Osprey update: Nest 2 had the female hunkered down on the nest brooding. At Nest 1, the female was standing in the nest for several minutes then nestled down to continue brooding. Finally, at Nest 3 the female was low in the nest brooding. Dave

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Donna was in the Lab this morning and found a Green Heron and a Sora in the A.E. Slots. Also, 3 American White Pelicans (late) were at A.E. Sea. Throughout the past week, beyond the Blue-winged Teal, American Coots and Killdeer, she often found Solitary Sandpipers (2) and Soras (3) in the Slots. Dave

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Marcia and Gail were in the Lab this morning monitoring their usual areas in the Rings. The only waterfowl seen were on their way into the Lab at the A.E. Slots. Both Blue-winged Teal and Northern Shovelers were found. Also in the slots were a Solitary Sandpiper and the first Green Herons (2) of the year. Another 3 flew overhead. Sparrows found included a Chipping Sparrow, Field Sparrows (2), Song Sparrows (7), Swamp Sparrows (3) and a single White-throated Sparrow. To date, this is the worst year for White-throated Sparrows that I can remember. Other birds of interest were an American Coot, Horned Larks (2), House Wrens (2), a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Eastern Bluebirds (3), an Eastern Towhee, a Palm Warbler and Yellow-rumped Warblers (2). They reported seeing 5 of the Lab's current population of 6 Ospreys. More importantly they reported all 3 nests were still being brooded. Dave

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