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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Both a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher and an Olive-sided Flycatcher (possibly 2) were found along Sparrow Hedge this morning.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018


Thursday, May 10, 2018

A Northern Mockingbird was heard and seen today near the the Arbor day tree planting location.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Today a few of us put in a long day, counting birds on site for the annual Spring Bird Count. Our efforts were rewarded with an enormous list of 110 species. One of the more remarkable aspects of the count was the incredible number of Sora rails. They were everywhere! We ended up with 50 birds but did not have time to explore all the possible locations, so there were probably a lot more. We also had a few rare birds, including a very late Fox Sparrow south of A.E.Sea, a Least Bittern on Lake Logo, and a remarkably good collection of shorebirds in the flooded fields south of east Wilson St. One pond in particular produced a Long-billed Dowitcher, an American Golden-Plover, a White-rumped Sandpiper, a Baird's Sandpiper, and a Dunlin along with a few of the more usual shorebirds. Other good finds for the day included a pair of Gadwall on Dusaf Pond, Bald Eagles in the main ring, a Barred Owl in the Big Woods, and American Pipits south of Wilson St.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

The weather this morning in one word was miserable. It was cold, windy and rainy; the snow had not yet started. The A.E. Sea Slots produced Northern Shovelers, Green-winged Teal, a Great Blue Heron and American Coots. Lake Law had Ruddy Ducks (25-30) and Pied-billed Grebes (2). DUSAF Pond added a pair of Hooded Mergansers, while Casey's Pond still had Common Mergansers. Also, at Casey's we had a flyover of what appeared to be yellowlegs, but by the time we jumped out of the car they were nowhere to be found. The Greater Yellowlegs found Thursday along South Eola Rd. was still in the area. Both Osprey Nests 1 and 2 had one Osprey at the nest; their mates were not found. Other birds found were Blue-winged Teal, Lesser Scaup (pr.), Horned Larks, an Eastern Bluebird, Vesper Sparrows (3-possibly the same ones the girls found on Thur.) and Swamp Sparrows (2). The sighting of the morning occurred while viewing the Buffalo Wallow for shorebirds. When I pulled the car up a little, several groups of Wilson's Snipe (20 plus) flushed from the flooded grass along the road. Dave

Thursday, April 12, 2018

It was a beautiful morning from start to finish despite the strong breeze (12-20 mph). It was sunny most of the time with the highest temps of the year (starting in the mid 50's climbing to just above 70). Marcia and Gail were also doing their regular monitoring, so this is a combined list. On the way in, the A.E. Sea Slots produced Blue-winged Teal, Green-winged Teal and American Coots (10-15 of each). Lake Law only produced Tree Swallows and a couple of Double-crested Cormorants (first of the year). A quick circuit of the Sparrow Hedge area only produced Fox Sparrow migrants (again, these were found singing in several other locations). The first Greater Yellowlegs of the year was found along South Eola Rd (fuddle on east side). Other water birds of interest around the Lab were Pied-billed Grebes (2), Wood Ducks, Redheads (pr), Ring-necked Ducks, Lesser Scaup (15-20), Hooded Mergansers (2), Ruddy Ducks (10-15) and an additional 80 plus American Coots inside the Main Ring. American Kestrels continue to be found associated with nest boxes (the girls had one carrying nesting material). The only remaining active Great Horned Owl nest now has at least 2 chicks, while the female was nearby. Other birds of interest around the Lab were Great Blue Herons (5-slowly increasing in numbers around the Lab), a Turkey Vulture (probably the same one seen by our two parties), a Northern Harrier, Sandhill Cranes (2), Wilson's Snipes (2), American Woodcocks (2), Northern Flickers, Eastern Phoebes (many locations), a Red-breasted Nuthatch, Golden-crowned Kinglets, Winter Wrens (2-in separate locations), an Eastern Bluebird (these have been disappointingly scarce so far), Eastern Towhees (2-first of year), Chipping Sparrows (first of year), Vesper Sparrows (3) (another first, found by the girls), a Swamp Sparrow, Rusty Blackbirds and a Brown-headed Cowbird. The bird of the day was a Pine Siskin in the Village (latest sighting by over a month). Finally, an Osprey update: First of all, there has been no further activity at Nest2. At Nest1 both Osprey's were on adjacent poles on both sides of the new nest pole. Later they were together on the new Nest1. Finally, at Nest3 the pair were seen copulating on the nest. Dave

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Glenn was in this morning, mainly checking the east side lakes and ponds. His circuit included DUSAF Pond, Nepese Marsh and both Andy's and Casey's Ponds. Birds of interest found in these bodies of water were Wood Ducks, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shovelers, Buffleheads, Hooded Mergansers, Common Mergansers and American Coots. A quick stop at Main Ring Lake produced both Lesser Scaup (16) and Ruddy Ducks (17). Dave

Monday, April 9, 2018

Today, Dave Shemanske sent me a selfie of his thumb next to a calm, Golden-crowned Kinglet taken in the Village. The bird looked healthy but must have been dazed from a migration collision. He also had an apparent Horned Grebe, which we were unable to definitively confirm. Dave

Sunday, April 8, 2018

The temps still remain below average (20 deg. to start) climbing into the low 30's by our departure. The minimal winds were our saving grace. Lake Law only produced a nice pair of Hooded Mergansers. Casey's Pond added a pair of Gadwall, several Northern Shovelers, a Bufflehead (Fem), a couple dozen Common Mergansers and a Great Blue Heron. Other water birds found in the Lab were a Pied-billed Grebe, Wood Ducks (one flock had a dozen, all males), several Lesser Scaup, Ruddy Ducks (12-15) and American Coots (50 plus). Both Nest 1 Ospreys were nearby the nest, with one later atop the nest. We spotted an Osprey on Nest 3. While viewing from a good distance (several hundred yards), another Osprey flew by carrying, what we thought was a large fish. It then landed atop the nest with its booty. But, the shape was not consistent with any of our local fish species. Getting a little closer, we found one of the Osprey working diligently to open and spread out what looked to be a blueish piece of tarp on the nest. The Village Sandhill Cranes (pr) were spotted landing near the residences just south of Batavia Rd. Other birds of interest found were Great Horned Owls (3), Northern Flickers, American Kestrels (a pair that appear to be in a Mexican standoff with several European Starlings over a nest box), Tree Swallows (a flock of about 50 in a small willow, occasionally flying up then returning to the same willow), a Winter Wren, a Hermit Thrush (first spotted by Donna, the year's first), several singing Fox Sparrows and several noisy Rusty Blackbirds. Dave

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Even though our temperatures continue to be well below average (today's start was 22 deg, then it peaked at 40 deg), the morning and early afternoon provided some of the best birding of the year. Lake Law had several Hooded Mergansers, Common Mergansers and a Common Loon. In addition, the pair of Bald Eagles were back on the tallest tree at the southwest corner of Lake Law. Added at Casey's Pond were a pair of Lesser Scaup, a Ruddy Duck and a Great Blue Heron. Other waterfowl found in other locations were Wood Ducks, Gadwalls, American Wigeons, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shovelers, Green-winged Teal, Redheads and a Bufflehead. Both Ospreys were atop the growing new Nest 1. Later, as I again approached the nest area, one of the Osprey was flying toward a nearby woodlot. The bird then circled, plucked a lose branch off a tree top, then flew back toward the nest. The Osprey reported by Dave at Nest 2 was not found today while Nest 3 remains empty. Interestingly, American Robins were everywhere in the Lab, not in large migration flocks, but in small, extremely active groups. Denis spotted 2 Sharp-shinned Hawk flybys from the 7th floor of the high rise during our ELM meeting today. Later, I found a Sharp-shinned Hawk when it was startled by a flushed Barred Owl that landed nearby. The Red-tailed Hawk nest found last week had the female nestled in and apparently brooding. Other birds of interest for the day were a Pied-billed Grebe, American Coots (100 plus), American Woodcocks (3-flushed), a Great Horned Owl, Northern Flickers (singing in many locations), American Kestrels (2-one at a nest box not occupied yet this year), Eastern Phoebes (several locations), Horned Larks, a Tree Swallow, a Red-breasted Nuthatch, Winter Wrens (2-first of the year), Fox Sparrows, Golden-crowned Kinglets (2-first of the year) and Rusty Blackbirds (30-40 in Big Woods). Dave

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Dave Shemanske reported seeing an Osprey atop Nest 2 at Nepese marsh today. This comes after the early failure of last year's breeding attempt at Nest 2. Then last fall the sightings of Bald Eagles taking nesting materials to Osprey Nest 2. Now, we will have to wait and see what this breeding season will bring to Nest 2. Dave

Monday, April 2, 2018

Denis was through the Lab today and reported that the Nest 1 Ospreys are status que from Saturday, while their nest continues to grow. He also reported the Common Loon is still at Casey's Pond, had a flyover Great Egret (first of the year), a Turkey Vulture and a Belted Kingfisher (at DUSAF Pond). Dave

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Donna reported finding the (a) Common Loon back on Casey's Pond this morning. Dave

Saturday, March 31, 2018

The temps this morning were not bad, being around the 40's, but the wind and rain forced a short visit and early donuts. Lake Law finally produced a little more diversity than recent visits with a Horned Grebe, Northern Shovelers, Lesser Scaup (2-pair), a Ruddy Duck (joining the scaup) and a Bald Eagle (adult-hunting over the south end of the Lake). Added at DUSAF Pond were Gadwall, Blue-winged Teal (first of the year) and Green-winged Teal. Waterfowl found elsewhere were a Wood Duck, Redheads (several pairs) and a Bufflehead (female). We found an Osprey at the new Nest 1 which, as Glenn noticed last evening, showed construction is continuing. In the mean time, a second Osprey showed up at an adjacent pole with a large fish. Hopefully, these are the proven Nest 1 pair. Lastly, the Common Loon has apparently moved on and was not found on Casey's today. Later, on his way home Peter found a Belted Kingfisher, a species that has been quite erratic over recent years. Dave

Friday, March 30, 2018

Glenn was in this evening and found some great birds. The Common Loon, being quite accommodating, was still at Casey's Pond. Two of his major highlights were found inside the Main Ring. These included a Bald Eagle and a hunting, Short-eared Owl (late, especially over the last 30 years). Other highlights were Common Mergansers, a Great Horned Owl, American Woodcocks (2-displaying in the Arbor Day Fields), a Barred Owl (heard then seen) and an American Kestrel. Dave

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

The weather was very pleasant this morning with temps starting in the upper 30's then reaching the 50's by early afternoon. The minimal winds also helped. A quick trip around the Sparrow Hedge/Lakes region was not too productive. Lake Law only had small numbers of Canada Geese and Common Mergansers. A.E. Sea had Northern Shovelers (about a dozen) and Common Goldeneye (2-males). Fox Sparrows were found again along with a good number of Song Sparrows. On my return, I found a pair of Bald Eagles perched together on a large tree at the SW corner of Lake Law. Other waterfowl found around the Lab were Wood Ducks, Gadwall, Redheads, Ring-necked Ducks, a Bufflehead, Hooded Mergansers and a Ruddy Duck. The Osprey that returned last week was seen early this morning, by Peter, on the old Nest 1 pole. Later, it was found building a replacement nest on the pole to the East of the original nest pole. Later still, the Osprey was seen carrying nest material to the new nest. A new Red-tailed Hawk nest, built this season, was found with a red-tail fitting it for occupation. The bird of the day was a Tufted Titmouse found in the Big Woods (quite a rare species for the Lab, only 7 previous sightings). Other birds of interest found were American Coots (about 25), Sandhill Cranes (again, on the ground somewhere inside the Main Ring), an American Woodcock, Great Horned Owls (3), Hairy Woodpeckers, a Northern Flicker, an American Kestrel (1-near nest box, maybe female inside brooding?), Horned Larks, Tree Swallows, a Red-breasted Nuthatch, an Eastern Bluebird and Brown-headed Cowbirds. Dave

Sunday, March 25, 2018

The morning started out cold and uneventful. The temps increased a little, but the winds helped keep the discomfort level the unchanged. Waterfowl birding was terrible, plus nothing was found on Lake Law. Those found elsewhere were Gadwall, Northern Shovelers, Ring-necked Ducks, Lesser Scaup, Hooded Mergansers and Common Mergansers. Gull numbers remain up at Casey's Pond, mostly Ring-billed Gulls and a couple of Herring Gulls. The highlight of the morning was finding both a Great Horned Owl and a Barred Owl. Not many other highlights were found, but we did find a Turkey Vulture (first of the year). This is the latest first sighting for any previous 5-year period. Also found were a Cooper's Hawk, a Hairy Woodpecker, a pair of American Kestrel and Horned Larks. No Ospreys were found today. Dave

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Again, despite the cold start (low 20's), it turned out to be a beautiful morning with sunny skies, mild winds and the ramp-up of the temps into the mid 40's. Glenn was in quite early and between us we came up with a decent list of birds, but again numbers remain low. Waterfowl remain sparse in the Lakes Region with only Green-winged Teal (3 at A.E. Sea), a Lesser Scaup and about a dozen Common Mergansers (both at Lake Law). Other waterfowl found in the Main Ring were Gadwall, Northern Shovelers, Redheads, Ring- necked Ducks, Common Goldeneyes, Hooded Mergansers, and a Red- breasted Merganser. Being in early, Glenn was able to catch the first American Woodcocks of the year doing their springtime breeding displays. Sparrows appear to be starting their move north. Fox Sparrow groups were found in several locations. Others found were Song Sparrows (in increasing numbers), Swamp Sparrows (also becoming easier to find) and a White-crowned Sparrow. Other birds found around the Lab were Pied-billed Grebes (a pair, first of year), American Coots, Sandhill Cranes (heard on the ground), an American Kestrel, Horned Larks, Red-breasted Nuthatches (in much small numbers), Eastern Bluebirds, Eastern Meadowlarks, a Brown-headed Cowbird and a Rusty Blackbird. Walking toward a pine grove, I watched a Great Horned Owl, that was apparently sunning itself, fall from its pine branch perch. It landed on the next branch down, composed itself, then flew off followed by some noisy Common Grackles. One last note, Penny Kasper spotted the first Osprey to return to the Lab today (this is a new early date for a first sighting in the Lab). It was apparently one from the, now defunct, Osprey Nest 1 as it was seen on the Nest 1 pole for a while. If you do not remember, last fall Nest 1 was mysteriously dismantled, and the materials dispersed in an approximately 20-25 foot radius around the pole. No cause for this destruction has been determined. Strange! Dave

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Denis found a Common Goldeneye in Main Ring Lake this evening before the Annual FNA Meeting. After the meeting and too much coffee I felt stimulated to do something. The beautiful night looked good for owling, so I went looking for screech-owls and was able to get a single response from an Eastern Screech-Owl. They have been quite hard to locate over the last several years. Dave

Sunday, March 18, 2018

It was a beautiful morning despite the cold start (low 20's). Temps climbed into the 40's before our departure. The small number of waterfowl looked great with the bright and sunny skies providing you were looking from the right angle to the sun. Waterfowl of note found throughout the Lab were Wood Ducks, Gadwall, Northern Shovelers, Redheads, Ring-necked Ducks and Common Mergansers. The two highlights of the morning were seen at Lake Law. First were 3 Horned Grebes (new year bird), each in a different plumage from winter thru breeding. Second was a Northern Shrike that Peter picked up, again with his scope, on the far side of Lake Law (south side). Sandhill Cranes were heard from different locations during the morning. All appeared to be on the ground. Another new year bird that Denis spotted was a Tree Swallow. It appeared cold and was perched on a post inside the Main Ring. Other birds of interest for the morning were American Coots, Great Horned Owls (pair-with female on Nest), Hairy Woodpeckers (making interaction calls), American Kestrels (pair-near a nest box), American Crows, Horned Larks, a Brown Creeper, Common Grackles and Eastern Meadowlarks. Dave

Friday, March 16, 2018

Marcia and Gail were in the Lab this morning and had similar results to mine of yesterday. They found the first Rusty Blackbirds (4) of the year, quite late for their first arrival. This was one of my targets yesterday but missed finding any. Waterfowl still remain unimpressive in number and variety. Those found were a Northern Shoveler, Redheads (6), Hooded Mergansers (2) and Common Mergansers (48). Other birds of note found during their travels through the Lab were American Coots (22), a Northern Flicker, Eastern Bluebirds, Song Sparrows (13), Eastern Meadowlarks (2), Brown-headed Cowbirds and American Goldfinches (2) (these have not been too prevalent recently). Dave

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Even though the morning started out cold (low 20's), the sun made it quite pleasant, at least until the wind ramped up (to near 20 mph). The first bird of the morning was the bird of the day. A Common Loon was spotted on Lake Law but soon flushed and flew off. Waterfowl were the worst in several weeks in both quantity and variety. Again, only Common Mergansers were found on Lake Law. DUSAF was frozen over except for a small opening near its center. Crammed in this small area were approx. 20 Gadwall. The only other waterfowl found in the Lab were American Black Ducks (pr), Northern Shovelers (2-pr), Ring-necked Ducks and Hooded Mergansers (7-8). Three Great Horned Owls were found, one with an assist from several mobbing American Crows. A lot of walking throughout the morning only produced American Coots (35-40), a Northern Harrier (flushed inside the Main Injector), a Sandhill Crane (1-flyover), Killdeer, an American Kestrel, Horned Larks, a Red-breasted Nuthatch, Song Sparrows, an Eastern Meadowlark and American Goldfinches. Dave

Sunday, March 11, 2018

It was a bright morning with temps about average and winds increasing throughout the morning thus making for a little discomfort. Not much change in the birdlife from that of the past week. Waterfowl were sparse and spread around the Lab. In addition, most of the fuddles had dried up and those remaining were mostly frozen. Lake Law only provided Lesser Scaup, Common Mergansers (most abundant species of the day, again) and a Red-breasted Merganser. Other waterfowl of note found throughout the Lab were Gadwall, Northern Shovelers, Green-winged Teal, Redheads, Ring-necked Ducks, a Bufflehead and Hooded Mergansers. Some of the other birds found for the morning were a Great-Blue Heron, a Great Horned Owl, Horned Larks, Eastern Meadowlarks and Common Grackles (over 20, highest number to date). Still, there have been no large flocks of blackbirds yet this year. The bird of the day was one we have been missing most of the winter, a Northern Shrike. Peter managed to pull this one out of his scope from Main Ring Road. The shrike was near dead center of the Ring on the edge of a large oak. Dave

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Marcia and Gail had quite a good morning of birding despite the cold temps. They reported lots of frozen water but still managed to find the first Snow Goose of the year for the Lab. Other interesting waterfowl found were Northern Shovelers (2), an American Wigeon, Redheads (9), Ring-necked Ducks (3), a Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead (3), Hooded Mergansers (2) and Common Mergansers (11). They, like I did yesterday, found no goldeneyes. They also added the first Sharp-shinned Hawk of the year in addition to a Northern Harrier. Other birds of interest for their morning were American Coots (around 30), Killdeer, a Barred Owl, Horned Larks, Eastern Bluebirds (6), Song Sparrows, an Eastern Meadowlark, a Brown-headed Cowbird (another first for the year) and Common Grackles (7). Dave

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The temps were in the 20's throughout the morning. Again, the winds (10 to 15 mph) added another level of discomfort. The sun showed itself about mid-morning to help activate the birds. Waterfowl numbers and diversity was down throughout the Lab. One cause was that most of the fuddles were frozen or, at least, partially frozen. Starting with Lake Law, only Common Mergansers and gulls were found. As Peter pointed out on Sunday, the shift in gull species has occurred, this spring, whereby now Ring-billed Gulls greatly outnumber the Herring Gulls in the Lab. The only other waterfowl of note were Northern Shovelers, Redheads, Ring-necked Ducks, Lesser Scaup and a Ruddy Duck; all in small numbers. The first Red-tailed Hawk nest of the year, to my knowledge, was found near the center of the Bison Savannah. This nest has a history of flipping between Red-tailed Hawks and Great Horned Owls every several years. There was a flock of about a half dozen Eastern Bluebirds in the Big Woods. Interestingly, there were also several American Robins in the same area that occasionally chased the bluebirds, apparently a territorial issue. Other birds found during the morning were a Northern Harrier, American Coots, Sandhill Cranes (1 small flyover group), Killdeer, a Great Horned Owl, Horned Larks, Red-breasted Nuthatches, Song Sparrows (singing in many locations), a Common Grackle (at the feeders) and Pine Siskins (late winter visitors). Dave

Sunday, March 4, 2018

The temp at the start this morning was near freezing but climbed into the low 40's during our visit. Unfortunately, during the same time period, the winds increased from about 5 mph to almost 15 mph. Light was great except for the sun's reflection, off the water, at certain angles. It was all about waterfowl today with 13 species found, but most in small numbers. Lake Law provided Canada Geese, Mallards, Northern Pintails (3), Common Mergansers, and Ruddy Ducks (4). At A.E. Sea we added American Wigeons, a Common Goldeneye and several American Coots. Waterfowl found elsewhere were Gadwall, American Black Ducks, Northern Shovelers, Green-winged Teal, Redheads and Ring-necked Ducks. It's that time of year when a bird species arrives (first time), then a week or two later it is on the common list. A couple of weeks ago it was the Red-winged Blackbirds. It is now that time for Killdeer, American Robins, Song Sparrows and Eastern Meadowlarks. Other birds of note for the morning were a Great Blue Heron, a Northern Harrier (young male hunting near North Eola), Sandhill Cranes (flyovers in small numbers), a Hairy Woodpecker, Horned Larks (several in fields and along roads) and Common Grackles. The incident of the morning started with hearing crows mobbing something in a small woodlot. About 30 seconds later a Great Horned Owl flushed being chased by a pair of American Crows. It landed about 40 feet from me in a tree, I was not with the rest of the group at that time. After about 20 sec. it flew across a large field, chased again by the crows. Dave

Friday, March 2, 2018

Marcia and Gail were in the Lab this afternoon. They produced a nice list of waterfowl found in the Main and Injector Ring areas. The list included Canada Geese, Northern Shovelers (4), Gadwall, an American Wigeon, Redheads (6). Ring-necked Ducks (14), Lesser Scaup (24), a Common Goldeneye, Common Mergansers, a Red-breasted Merganser and a Ruddy Duck. Other birds of interest found in these areas were American Coots, Sandhill Cranes (heard), Killdeer, a Northern Flicker, an American Kestrel (first in a couple of weeks), Horned Larks and an Eastern Meadowlark. Dave

Thursday, March 1, 2018

The morning started out looking like a wash with the rain being fairly steady at times, but before midmorning the rain had stopped. Except for the increasing wind, the remainder of the morning was quite nice. Lake Law was barren early except for several Common Mergansers. Casey's Pond only had a lone female Common Goldeneye in addition to several Ring-billed Gulls and Herring Gulls, plus a Great Blue Heron. Other waterfowl found in fuddles along Eola Rd. were Canada Geese, Gadwall (1-pr, others elsewhere), American Black Ducks (1-pr, others elsewhere), lots of Mallards and Ring-necked Ducks (6). Also, in this area were Killdeer and Eastern Meadowlarks. Waterfowl found elsewhere were American Wigeon (pr), a Northern Shoveler (sleeping male), Northern Pintails(4), Green-winged Teal (pr) and several Redheads. Other birds of interest for the morning were American Coots inside the Main Ring and Horned Larks along several roads. The encounter of the morning started when a couple of Red-breasted Nuthatches started tooting endlessly (it seemed that way). Really it was just several minutes until I located the birds. Just as I raised my binocs to view the birds, a Great Horned Owl flushed. This quieted the nuthatches. Dave

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Marcia was in the Lab this morning to close out February. The weather was not February like, but more like late March. Waterfowl of note found were Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Common Mergansers and a Red-breasted Merganser. Other birds of note for the morning were a Northern Harrier, American Coots, Sandhill Cranes (3), Killdeer, Horned Larks (Bison Barn), an Eastern Bluebird (only the 2nd sighting of the year), American Robins (6), a White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrows and an Eastern Meadowlark. In addition, Denis made a late afternoon stop and added Gadwall (new for year), American Wigeon and Green-winged Teal for the week. Dave

Monday, February 26, 2018

Denis went through the Lab this afternoon and found at least 200 Greater White-fronted Geese throughout the Lab along with an increased number of Killdeer. Also, the Northern Pintails were still around. No new waterfowl species were found. Dave

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