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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

Sunday, February 25, 2018

The temps were fair (mid to upper 30's), but the major factor of the morning were strong winds (hovering around 20 mph) which made viewing a little difficult in some areas. One of the very first birds we saw for the morning was a Bald Eagle flying east over Lake Law. It then circled back and swooped down to pick up a fish off the surface of the lake. It then flew over to Owl's Nest Woods, perched and had breakfast. It was mostly a waterfowl morning with time spent scanning lakes, ponds and fuddles throughout the Lab. Interestingly, the Common Mergansers found throughout the Lab were by far the most numerous duck of the day; they also appeared to have outnumbered the geese. The geese were mostly spread out in various fields, while the mergansers were more concentrated in several bodies of water. Waterfowl at Lake Law were, Canada Geese, Mallards, Lesser Scaup, Common Goldeneye, Common Mergansers and a Red-breasted Merganser (M). The other waterfowl found were Greater White-fronted Geese, Northern Pintails, Redheads, Ring-necked Ducks, a Bufflehead and Hooded Mergansers. Other birds found in our travels were a Northern Harrier, Sandhill Cranes, several Killdeer, a Great Horned Owl, American Crows, Horned Larks and American Robins. Dave

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Denis made a spin around the Lab today and came up with 2 new birds for the year, a Wood Duck and American Wigeon. Among the common waterfowl found recently, he also noted finding Hooded Mergansers and Northern Pintails (10 in a fuddle along Eola Rd.). He reported finding 20 Sandhill Cranes on the ground along South Eola Rd and another flying over the village. This one may have been one of our regular summer residents. As far as raptors go, he spotted a couple of Northern Harriers and had 3 Bald Eagle sightings. One of the eagle sightings was a fly-over at A.E. Sea while the other two were inside the Main Ring. One was perched near the old Rookery and the other was on the remaining ice at the south end of Main Ring Lake. Dave

Thursday, February 22, 2018

The weather was quite nice this morning being mostly to partly cloudy, temps between the low 30's and low 40's and winds in the mid-teens. Today's report is a composite of info from Denis, Glenn, Peter and myself birding independently. Red-wing Blackbirds have returned in force and were singing everywhere. Well, the great waterfowl migration has begun in the Lab. Waterfowl found this morning, in various locations around the Lab, were Greater White-fronted Geese, Canada Geese, American Black Ducks, Northern Pintails, Redheads (new), Ring-necked Ducks, Lesser Scaup, Buffleheads (new), Common Goldeneyes, Hooded Mergansers and Common Mergansers. The feeders were a disappointment, very few birds, even though the feeders were practically full from last week. A Sandhill Crane (new) was seen flying low from the WSW toward the Center of the Ring early in the morning. Later, and throughout the morning, many more were heard flying high over the Lab. The sighting of the day was when Glenn found an apparent pair of Bald Eagles inside the Main Ring carrying nesting materials toward a group of dead trees called the Rookery. I was in the area later and could only locate one of the pair and did not notice any accumulation of materials yet. We'll be watching this area closely. This our second eagle nest material sighting in the last 6 or 7 months, interesting. Good numbers of Herring Gulls were found throughout the Lab but only a few Ring-billed Gulls, meanwhile Glenn found a Thayer's Gull at Swan Lake. Other birds of interest throughout the morning were Northern Harriers (M-North Eola and F-Main Ring), American Coots, a Killdeer (new), Great Horned Owls, a Hairy Woodpecker, American Crows, Horned Larks (many out in the Ag fields), Red-breasted Nuthatches, Brown Creepers (several in one woodlot, no doubt migrating through), Cedar Waxwings (new), a Song Sparrow, a White-crowned Sparrow, an Eastern Meadowlark (new) and Pine Siskins. Peter also added the first Ruddy Duck of the year yesterday (for last week's Fermi list). Dave

Sunday, February 18, 2018

The fog was back this morning; along with it the expected viewing problems. As the fog thinned, the waterfowl were a little easier to observe this morning than they were on Thursday. Those found were the Mute Swans, Greater Scaup (2), Common Goldeneyes and Common Mergansers both in small numbers. The feeders, though more active, only had a Fox Sparrow of note. Also found were a couple of American Crows and several flocks of Horned Larks (3 to 24 birds in each flock). On his way home, after donuts, Peter was back in the Lab and located a pair of Trumpeter Swans in one of the Injector Moats. Unfortunately, they took off after a short time. Later in the day, Denis returned and found a Ring-necked Duck along with the Greater Scaup seen in the morning. Dave

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Denis was in the Lab Thursday afternoon, after the fog had subsided, and found the first Red-winged Blackbird of the year. February is typically the first return of this species; looks like were on schedule. He also had a couple of Northern Harriers, a species that has not been too plentiful this winter. Finally, he located the scaup seen earlier that day and a Great Horned Owl. Today, Saturday, he relocated the Mute Swans in the Injector Moats. Also found were an American Kestrel, an American Crow and a couple of Song Sparrows. Dave

Thursday, February 15, 2018

A perfect February morning with temps in the mid to upper 30's and winds no higher than 5 mph was marred by extremely thick fog. Visibility in most locations was no more than 25-30 yards and this persisted throughout the morning. Still, Northern Cardinals were singing and Downy Woodpeckers were drumming in several locations. Waterfowl were quite hard to find due to the limited visibility, but the Greater Scaup and Lesser Scaup that Peter found last week were relocated in an Injector Moat. Only very few Common Goldeneyes and Common Mergansers were found. Other finds were a Hairy Woodpecker and Fox Sparrow at the Ed Center Feeders, Horned Larks (were typically just at the edge of visibility) and Red-breasted Nuthatches. Dave

Sunday, February 11, 2018

It was cold (temps in the teens) and moderately windy (hovering around 10 mph), but the major weather factor for the morning was the snow. Many of the roads had a considerable amount of snow cover with more snow still falling. To start with, Peter reported both a Lesser Scaup (M) and a Greater Scaup (F-first of year), found on Thursday in the Injector Moats. In addition, Denis reported a pair of Mute Swans yesterday also in the Injector Moats. This morning the swans were found, the scaup were not. Over 20 Horned Larks were found throughout the Lab. Not too many other birds of interest were found other than several each Common Goldeneyes and Common Mergansers, Great Blue Herons (2), a Hairy Woodpecker and several American Robins. Dave

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

This morning was one of the coldest of my last few visits but, due to the minimal winds (5-6 mph), it was quite tolerable. The winds did pick up, but it was late in the morning. The best bird of the morning was a Northern Shrike in the Main Injector area. A pair of Great Horned Owls were also located, but no nest was found. Marcia and Gail were also in and found 25 Horned Larks in the North Roads area. I was there before the roads were plowed and only found 5 larks. The Ed Center Feeders again only produced the expected winter birds. The only other birds of mention, which have been around throughout the winter, were Common Goldeneyes, Common Mergansers and Red-breasted Nuthatches. The numbers of these waterfowl were way down because of the lack of open water throughout the Lab except for the Injector Moats. Dave

Sunday, February 4, 2018

The morning was cold (22 deg dropping to about 16 deg), windy (hovering around 20 mph), with ice-covered roads and light snow. His was not the best conditions for a morning's birding, but we did have some, not many, good birds. Casey's Pond was only about 25 percent open without anything of interest. A few Common Goldeneyes and Common Mergansers were still found in the Injector Moats. The highlight of the morning was a Snow Bunting in the northern reaches of the Lab with 15-20 Horned Larks. Horned Larks were found elsewhere, most notably by the Buffalo Feeders (around 10). Other birds of interest were a pair of Great Horned Owls, a Brown Creeper and both Red-breasted Nuthatches and Pine Siskins in the Village area. Dave

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Glenn had a great morning in the Lab this morning especially with owls finding a Short-eared Owl (first of the year), hearing a Barred Owl, finding a Long-eared Owl and 3 Great Horned Owls. No new waterfowl were found. Other new year birds were a Wilson's Snipe, Cedar Waxwings (6) and a Common Redpoll. Other birds of interest were a Bald Eagle, Horned Larks, Red-breasted Nuthatches, a Brown Creeper, a Song Sparrow, a Swamp Sparrow and Pine Siskins. Dave

Thursday, February 1, 2018

The morning started quite cool, in the mid 20's, then dropped throughout the morning into the teens. The winds which were 20 to 30 mph compounded the discomfort. The birdlife was greatly affected by these conditions unless they were in protected areas, which were hard to find. Andy's Pond was totally open but had very little to offer. Found there were Canada Geese, Mallards, a Common Goldeneye (yes only 1, small numbers were found in other areas), Common Mergansers (about a doz.) and Herring Gulls (2). Casey's Pond was still almost totally frozen over. The feeders, though active, only had the expected winter birds. In one location, 4 Blue Jays were in a tree together vocalizing with various buzzes and clicks. Most notable was their rendition of a cross between a White-breasted Nuthatch and a Red-breasted Nuthatch, both of which were calling in the associated woods. The only other birds of note were Horned Larks (total of 8-10), with several of these found at the Buffalo Feeders. Dave

Sunday, January 28, 2018

The morning was beautiful being sunny, with minimal winds and temps several degrees above normal. Waterfowl became more diversified over the last couple of days. Found at Casey's Pond were Greater White-fronted Geese (2-first of the year), Canada Geese, Mallards, Common Goldeneyes, and Common Mergansers (over 100). Three species of gulls were also found here including Ring-billed Gulls (2-first of the year), Herring Gulls and a Thayer's Gull (first of the year). Additional waterfowl found inside the Main Ring were American Black Ducks, Northern Pintails (10), a Lesser Scaup (new for the year) and a Red-breasted Merganser (also first of the year). Other highlights of the morning were a Northern Harrier, a Northern Flicker, an American Kestrel, several American Crows and an Eastern Bluebird. Two more highlights greeted us in the village as we were about to leave the Lab. First, was a group of over a dozen Pine Siskins heard, then found moving from pine tree to pine tree. Second, were 2 or 3 Red-breasted Nuthatches found feeding off of pine cones at the base of one of the pine trees (great views). Dave

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Marcia, Gail and Glenn were all in the Lab this morning. Even though they reported fairly slow birding, they still came up with some good birds. They reported the same water birds as I had yesterday at Casey's Pond including Common Goldeneyes, Common Mergansers, a Great Blue Heron, and Herring Gulls (about the same quantity of 20-25 as yesterday). They also added American Black Ducks. Glenn also provided a picture of a Lesser Black-backed Gull which was taken at Casey's earlier in the week. The numbers of Canada Geese are on the rise with them reporting over 2000 around the Lab. Other bird highlights for the morning were a Bald Eagle, a Killdeer (first of the year), an American Kestrel, Horned Larks (only 4), and American Robins. Dave

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

The temps (in the high 20's) were a little below average, but the mild winds kept the morning comfortable despite the occasional mist. Andy's Pond was open as was North Eola Road. Found there were a good number of Common Mergansers (about 50), several Common Goldeneyes, 20-25 Herring Gulls and a Great Blue Heron. The interesting sighting of the day occurred at the half-frozen Booster Ring Moat. A Red-tailed Hawk was found on the ice pecking and clawing at something, most likely a fish, frozen in the ice. After several unsuccessful minutes of work, the hawk gave up and flew off. Other sightings of interest were a Ring-necked Duck (first of year, Main Ring Lake), a Great Horned Owl, Horned Larks (only 3), Red-breasted Nuthatches, American Robins, Fox Sparrows (3-Ed Ctr. Feeders) and a White-crowned Sparrow (also at feeders). Dave

Sunday, January 21, 2018

The warmer temps and minimal wind did not produce many interesting birds, while the fog made it hard to ID any distant birds. Waterfowl were unchanged from Glenn's trip yesterday, although the number of Common Mergansers had clearly increased. Well, the seed experiment was not too effective, due to the Ag fields being mostly clear of snow allowing the birds to become well dispersed throughout the area. Only a small number of Horned Larks were found anywhere in the area. The only new birds of interest, for the weekend, were a Great Blue Heron, American Kestrels (3), Red-breasted Nuthatches, a White-throated Sparrow (at the feeders) and a Pine Siskin (heard in the Village). Dave

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Glenn was in this morning and did not report any changes in the Lab's waterfowl, with the same Common Goldeneyes and Common Mergansers found. The birds of the morning were Snow Buntings in the northern part of the Lab. Other finds of note were a Herring Gull, a Cooper's Hawk, a Hairy Woodpecker, Horned Larks and an American Crow. He placed some seed in the area of the Snow Bunting sightings to encourage them to stick around and maybe entice some other interesting ground feeders to the area. Dave

Friday, January 19, 2018

An abbreviated trip to the Lab this morning did not yield much of interest. The temps were much warmer than previous trips, but the winds were still quite strong. There was no change in waterfowl from Wednesday. The feeders were almost barren of birds, possibly a Cooper's Hawk visited the area just before my arrival. The first Long-eared Owl (inside the Main Ring) sighting of the year was the highlight of the morning. Other birds of note were a Herring Gull, a Hairy Woodpecker, American Kestrels (2) and Horned Larks (about 25 total). Dave

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

It was another cold morning in the Lab, starting out at around 0 deg. Again, as it slowly warmed, the wind increased to negate much increase in comfortability. The only waterfowl of interest were the regularly found Common Goldeneyes and Common Mergansers. Sparrows made a good showing with 6 species including American Tree Sparrows, Fox Sparrows (3-Ed Ctr. Feeders), a Song Sparrow, a Swamp Sparrow (new for year), a White-crowned Sparrow (Ed Ctr. Feeders) and Dark-eyed Juncos. Other birds of note were a Great Blue Heron, a Cooper's Hawk (a small male, in the Village), Horned Larks (many locations, largest flock-40 plus) and Red-breasted Nuthatches. Dave

Sunday, January 14, 2018

With this morning's return of the cold temps (3 deg. to start), the bird activity and availability were again significantly reduced. None of the good birds found during the middle-of-the-week warm-up were found. As a matter of fact, as far as water birds go, the recently, regular coot was not to be found. The birds of interest were basically a one-liner. Those found were an American Crow, Horned Larks (several at the Buffalo Feeders) and Red-breasted Nuthatches (2-3). Dave

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Glenn made a two-part trip to the Lab this morning. The early fog and steady drizzle made him decide to go to breakfast after his initial visit, then return later to complete the morning. He did relocate the Tundra Swan, which appears to be moving around the Lab's open waters lately. His other waterfowl were the same as was found over the last week except for a Cackling Goose (possibly 2-3) which was new for the year. He did quite well with ground dwelling passerines including Horned Larks (9), Lapland Longspurs (3-another new one for the year) and Snow Buntings (6). These were all found in the north part of the Lab, sometimes associated with numbers of American Tree Sparrows. The highlights of his other bird finds were a Great Blue Heron and a Northern Harrier. Peter did a circuit of the Main Ring this morning also and added a Ross's Goose (new for the year, with only one sighting all of last year.) He also spotted a Northern Shrike. Dave

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Marcia and Gail experienced warmer temps this morning, but misty fog surely reduced visibility. Waterfowl were the same as Glenn witnessed yesterday, with a Tundra Swan, Common Goldeneyes, and Common Mergansers. Most likely the same American Coot was also found in the Injector Moat. Along with 35 Horned Larks, they found the first Snow Buntings (3) of the year in the northern portion of the Lab. Peter also reported finding Snow Buntings and an American Kestrel in the same area. He also added the first Cooper's Hawk of the year at the Ed Ctr. Feeders. Dave

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Glenn was in the Lab this morning but, despite the warm temps, his birding was hindered somewhat by the fog. Most of the Lab's waters were still covered by ice, still limiting the variety of waterfowl. He still came up with a number of very good birds, including 9 new species for the year. The new species found for the year were a Tundra Swan, Great Blue Herons (2), a Herring Gull, an American Kestrel, American Crows (3), a Northern Shrike, a Brown Creeper, American Robins and a White-crowned Sparrow. Other birds of interest were an American Black Duck, Common Goldeneyes (92), Common Mergansers (12), an American Coot, Red-breasted Nuthatches (9) and a Song Sparrow. I made an afternoon trip to the Lab that also produced some interesting results. I'm sure the warmer temps were a major factor in the much-increased bird activity from my last visits. Waterfowl of note were Common Goldeneye (60-70), Common Mergansers (about 20) and a Green-winged Teal (new for year). Other new birds for the year were a Great Horned Owl, a Belted Kingfisher and a Northern Flicker. Other birds of note were an American Coot, Horned Larks, American Crows, American Robins (15-20) and 2 Fox Sparrows (Ed Ctr. Feeders). Except for the Fox Sparrows, all other birds were found in the Ring areas. Dave

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