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Sunday, March 17, 2019

The temps were in the low 40's with winds in the mid-teens. The sun showed itself about mid-morning to provide a sense of warming. We were greeted by a surprise group of about a dozen American White Pelicans on the returned ice of Lake Law (the earliest sightings by one week, historically). They were in the company of the only Mute Swan found this morning in the Lab. Unfortunately, they got spooked and flushed, not to be seen again, including the swan. Overall, there were less waterfowl than we had yesterday. Still we compiled a nice list including Canada Geese, Gadwall, American Black Ducks, Mallards, Green-winged Teal, Redheads, Ring-necked Ducks and Lesser Scaup (both these species were found in very large numbers), Greater Scaup (new arrival), Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Common Mergansers, Hooded Mergansers, and Red-breasted Mergansers. The Feeders had very little to offer. Other birds found this morning were Double-crested Cormorants (new arrival), Bald Eagles (1-2 immatures-it was hard to tell because they were on the move), American Coots, a Northern Shrike (Main Ring), Eastern Meadowlarks (quite a few in several locations) and Common Grackles (new arrival). Dave

Saturday, March 16, 2019

A quick circuit around the Lab today yielded a pair of American Wigeons, a new arrival. Most of the waterfowl found this past week were found in A.E. Sea, including a Mute Swan. We quickly rushed over to Main Ring Lake, and sure enough there was a second swan. This puts to rest the controversy, over the past couple of weeks, of whether or not two Mute Swans inhabited the Lab. The only other bird of mention was a Fox Sparrow in the Garden Club with a bunch of American Tree Sparrows and several Song Sparrows. The sighting of the day was a Horned Lark. As I focused on the lark along the side of the road, it flushed and was snatched out of the air by a swooping Cooper's Hawk. The hawk then flew off with its lunch. Donna was also in the Lab and was monitoring a single Sandhill Crane in one of the Slots terminating at DUSAF Pond. After some time the bird took off and headed north, hopefully not a part of the pair found around the Lab recently. Dave

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Denis was in this morning and also had an increased number and variety of waterfowl. Many were the same as was found on Tuesday including Gadwall, Redhead, Canvasback, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser and Common Merganser. In addition, he found two new arrivals - Northern Shovelers and Green-winged Teal. He also stated, "Waterfowl-wise I'm quite sure that we have two Mute Swans (in the Lab). It's compelling." Another new arrival was an American Coot. Finally, he spotted a Northern Shrike inside the Main Ring and several Horned Larks around the Lab. Dave

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Today was the best weather for birding to date with sunny skies and temps in the upper 40's. The moderate winds did not have much effect in most areas. Finally, "Spring has Sprung". The Lab was alive with bird sounds and activity for most of the morning. Some of the active birds were Sandhill Cranes (several flyover groups), Killdeer (new arrival, heard in most areas), Downy Woodpeckers (drumming), Hairy Woodpeckers (interaction calls), Blue Jays, White-breasted Nuthatches (mostly whines), American Robins, Song Sparrows (chimp calls), Dark-eyed Juncos (singing), Northern Cardinals (males singing), Eastern Meadowlarks (new arrival, many active along North Eola Rd.) and Red-winged Blackbirds (everywhere). There was not much more open water from Sunday, but there was noticeably more waterfowl in some areas. Lake Law was again completely ice covered though its margins were quite thin. A.E. Sea, however, had a Mute Swan (early morning) among several Hooded Mergansers and many Canada Geese and Mallards. Andy's Pond produced a Canvasback, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye and Common Mergansers. Main Ring Lake had a large number of Common Mergansers while also adding Greater White-fronted Geese, a Mute Swan (this one in early afternoon), Gadwall (pair), Northern Pintails, Redheads, Ring-necked Ducks, and Lesser Scaup. The House Sparrows have returned to the Garden Club from their wintering grounds around the feeders. Also, at the Garden Club there were large numbers of American Tree Sparrows, possibly gathering for the migration north. Interestingly, a Red-tailed Hawk was perched atop the North Eola Rd. Kestrel Box, apparently hunting. Dave

Monday, March 11, 2019

With the opening waters around the Lab Donna observed, what appeared to be, the resident pair of Sandhill Cranes in the A.E.C. Slots. Later, she heard them bugling with a response in the distance (another pair?). Dave

Sunday, March 10, 2019

The mid-30 temps were overpowered by the 20-30 mph winds during our visit this morning. This made for tough viewing, especially into the wind due to watering eyes. Waterfowl are showing some more diversity with only a slight increase in overall numbers. Those found were a pair of Gadwall, Redheads and a Lesser Scaup (again both found in Bullrush Pond), a Ring-necked Duck (first of year), several Bufflehead, Common Mergansers and Hooded Mergansers. Noticeably missed during the week were Common Goldeneyes. The Mute Swan continues to be found around the Lab. Some think there may be two individuals (the jury is still out on this one). The feeders showed very little activity, probably due to the strong winds. The highlight of the morning was watching an overachieving female Common Merganser trying to swallow a 5-6 inch bluegill that was clearly too big for its throat. The bird would try to position the fish in the typical head first manner but usually dropped it. At this point a second merganser would try to steal it away. This went on for several minutes with no success observed. A couple of times the merganser had the fish in the proper headfirst position, but it clearly was not going to happen. Dave

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Denis was in the Lab this morning with a class. Even though the weather had improved from earlier in the week, birding had not. Waterfowl remain the most diverse group of birds in the Lab. Mentioned were Gadwall, Redheads, a Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead and Common Mergansers. Other highlights were two Bald Eagles (1-Adult and 1-Juv.), a pair of Sandhill Cranes and Horned Larks. Denis mentioned he also saw an Eastern Bluebird during last Saturday's session. Dave

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Even though the temps this morning were over twice as high as those on Sunday, there was less open water around the Lab (surely Monday's extremely low temps contributed). This reduced open water also reduced the waterfowl throughout the Lab. Casey's Pond was down to a single pair of Common Mergansers and several Canada Geese. The hotspot was Bullrush Pond with a Lesser Scalp and a half dozen Redheads. The Mute Swan (Main Injector) and several more Common Mergansers (various locations) were the only others worth mentioning. Both Great Horned Owl platform nests continue to be occupied by a brooding parent. The Red-tailed Hawk Nest in the Buffalo Savannah is now in the brooding stage as well. An interesting situation is beginning to develop at Osprey Nest 1. Spotty reports of finding a Red-tailed Hawk at the Nest 1 site have become quite obvious today, with persistent occupation by one of the Red-tail pair while the other was circling above. Other birds of note for the morning were a Turkey Vulture (far southern edge of the Lab), a Northern Flicker, a Northern Shrike (inside Main Ring) and several American Robins. Dave

Sunday, March 3, 2019

The temps were steady around 19 deg with winds between 12 and 14 mpg. Many of the same birds found yesterday by Denis and Donna were present today. The best waterfowl location was Andy's Pond producing Canada Geese, a male Canvasback, several Redheads, a couple of Lesser Scaup and Common Merganser. The Mute Swan was back at Main Ring Lake along with a Common Goldeneye and others. Interestingly, both sets of feeders produced good numbers of Dark- eyed Juncos but only a single American Tree Sparrow. Other birds found for the morning (including some needed for the Lab's week list) were a Great Blue Heron, Sandhill Cranes (2-Village), Horned Larks, Hairy Woodpeckers, a House Finch and American Goldfinches. Dave

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Coverage in the Lab today was provided by Denis in the morning and Donna later in the afternoon. Denis' highlight was a couple of Rough-legged Hawks over Swenson Road at the same time. Some of the other highlights were a male Northern Harrier (in the vicinity of the dog park), a pair of Sandhill Cranes (in the village) and a Northern Shrike (in the Main Ring). Waterfowl highlights included a Gadwall, a Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead and a Hooded Merganser. Donna's afternoon Northern Shrike was in a different location of the Main Ring area and could possibly be a second bird. Donna's additional waterfowl highlights were the Mute Swan in Main Ring Lake and a number of Redheads. Other highlights reported were a couple of Great Blue Herons, Horned Larks, a White-crowned Sparrow (at Ed Center Feeders, also accompanied by most of the usual winter feeder birds) and numerous Red-winged Blackbirds. Dave

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

It's good to be back from the excessive heat and humanity we had in Florida. It was cool today (temps in the mid to upper 20's), but the minimal winds for the first half of the morning made it comfortable. Red-winged Blackbirds were noticeable in several locations around the Lab. The majority of the Lab's waters remain ice covered, but some waterfowl were found where openings existed. An early sighting of the Mute Swan was made in one of the Main Injector Moats. Later it was seen in the small open area of Main Ring Lake. Found in several locations were Bufflehead, Common Goldeneyes and Common Mergansers. Bull Rush Pond produced several Redheads, while a Lesser Scaup was found in another Main Injector Moat. Passerines were not too active with only a Hairy Woodpecker and several Horned Larks (North Roads) of note. Sure, it's been colder than average, but still some birds are starting to be in a family way. Starting with a Red-tailed Hawk atop the nest in the Buffalo Savannah (historically, this nest has been utilized by both R-T Hawks and Great Horned Owls in cycles). Next, two Great Horned Owl nests were found, both on platforms placed by Roads and Grounds (a total of 4 owls were found in 3 locations). Dave

Friday, February 22, 2019

There were a number of observers on site this morning. Wally found the flock of Greater White-fronted Goose early. Donna relocated the hearty Great Blue Heron, still beating out the winter at Casey's Pond. She also had a large group of Common Merganser there as well and a pair of Horned Lark on C Rd. near the bubble chamber. Peter picked out a Canvasback from a flock of Redheads as well as a single immature Mute Swan in the Injector Ring moat. On Main Ring Lake, Peter found the continuing pair of Northern Pintail. I relocated my large flock of Common Goldeneye, many of which were displaying again. I was struck by how many male Red-winged Blackbird had appeared overnight and were already on territory. I watched a skirmish between a blackbird and a pair of European Starling in a short tree on C Rd. as the three fought over territorial rights. The blackbird succeeded in driving off his competitors. Glenn

Thursday, February 21, 2019

I stopped by the lab this evening and was glad to see that a number of waterfowl had moved onto Main Ring Lake over the past few days. Over 340 Common Goldeneye were observed, many of which were displaying. 65 Common Merganser were mixed in as well. Towards dark, 16 Greater White-fronted Goose landed on Main Ring Lake to rest overnight. Four individual Great Horned Owl were observed throughout the site on my way out. Glenn

Monday, February 18, 2019

I dropped by the lab this morning and set out towards the center of Main Ring. I found only one bird, a Northern Flicker. Elsewhere, I observed a Hairy Woodpecker and a single American Black Duck at Casey's Pond. Glenn

Sunday, February 17, 2019

We started the morning out with our typical waterfowl search, relocating the Northern Pintail pair on AE Sea and the various Common Goldeneye and Common Merganser spread across the site. Horned Lark spread across the site were the only notable find. Glenn

Sunday, February 10, 2019

The morning started off with a frenzy of excitement as we chased down and relocated a light-morph Rough-legged Hawk that Peter found on his way into the lab. The team was able to enjoy great looks as the bird hovered and hunted over the outer ring prairie. Afterwards, our satisfied group of seven commenced the typical waterfowl checks, finding the continuing pair of Northern Pintail at AE Sea and the continuing adult Redhead on the Injector moat intermingling with Mallards. Also in the Injector Ring area, an adult Bald Eagle posed for great looks on the edge of Girl Scout Woods, and a pair of Common Goldeneye and the continuing Common Mergansers were found. The Ed. Center feeders were pretty slow- going except for a brief visit by a White-crowned Sparrow. The Site 37 feeders were certainly the most active that we have seen in weeks with a number of Northern Cardinal, Dark-eyed Junco and American Goldfinch feeding. Mixed in with the typical Slate- colored Juncos was a strong candidate Oregon subspecies Junco. On the north roads, Horned Lark were abound, but also, a small group of five Lapland Longspur were located feeding in an Ag field. Although there was minimal activity at the bison farm feeders, the tree along Batavia Rd. that has previously accommodated American Kestrel nesting activity had a lone female perched atop it. Glenn

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Wally Levernier came up with the first Red-winged Blackbird of the year, found at the Roads and Grounds Feeders. Dave

Sunday, February 3, 2019

On this mild morning, we began with a waterfowl check on the Village Lakes which turned up a pair of Northern Pintail mixed in with the Mallards on AE Sea. A walk through the Village Pines turned up a Red-breasted Nuthatch and Pine Siskin. We continued our waterfowl search, finding no birds on Main Ring Lake due to the amount of ice-over, but an adult Redhead, a Common Goldeneye and a couple pairs of Common Merganser were found in the Injector Ring moat. A Great Blue Heron continues to brave the winter cold at Casey's Pond. On the north roads and at the bison farm feeders, numerous Horned Lark were found and mixed in were a pair of Lapland Longspurs feeding on spilled grain. Glenn

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

The cold morning (temps -3 to 4 deg) was made much worse by the strong winds producing wind chills in the minus teens. Again, this made the feeders the center of most of the morning's avian activity. Found were the same highlights as Sunday including a Fox Sparrow, a White-crowned Sparrow and several White-throated Sparrows. Other highlights for the rather quiet morning included a Common Goldeneye, several Common Mergansers, a Great Horned Owl (heard), a Hairy Woodpecker and American Robins (2 groups found in thickets feeding on berries). The bird of the morning was the first Long-eared Owl of the year (found in a restricted area). Dave

Sunday, January 27, 2019

It was another extremely cold morning in the Lab this morning (-10 deg at our start). Waterfowl were way down in numbers, mainly due to the much-reduced open water. The only waterfowl of note were 8-10 Common Mergansers. Most of the passerine activity was around the feeders, and the majority of these birds were the typically expected winter residents. The two highlights were a Fox Sparrow and a White-crowned Sparrow, both new for the year. The only other birds found, not considered common winter residents, were a Hairy Woodpecker, a Northern Flicker, several Horned Larks (3) and a White-throated Sparrow (Ed Ctr Feeders). Later in the morning Denis returned to the Lab and found 25 Lapland Longspurs (yet another new year bird), with a few approaching breeding plumage, in the northern portions of the Lab. Dave

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Cold (single digits, luckily no wind) and bright, pretty much describes the morning's weather. Most of our birding was done during a circuit of the open roads around the Lab. No significant finds or new year birds were found. The birds of note were Common Goldeneyes (4-5), Common Mergansers (about 10), a Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flickers (2), an American Kestrel, Horned Larks (4), American Robins and a Song Sparrow. Most noticeable was a large group of Mourning Doves (40-50) and it seemed Northern Cardinals were everywhere you looked, particularly at the feeders. Dave

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The temps, hovering around the 30 deg. mark all morning, were again quite pleasant for January birding. Despite this, there was not much to report. The Ed Center Feeders again showed little activity, missing many of the expected winter birds. Birds of note found this morning were Redheads (1-male, 1-female; same as last week), Common Goldeneyes (1-pr.), Common Mergansers (about a half doz.), a Great Blue Heron, Hairy Woodpeckers, a Northern Flicker, America Robins (good numbers in several locations), a Hermit Thrush, Song Sparrows (3), a Swamp Sparrow and a White-throated Sparrow. For reference our common winter feeder birds are Mourning Dove, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Blue Jay, Black-capped Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, American Tree Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, American Goldfinch and House Sparrow. Dave

Sunday, January 13, 2019

The fresh snow made for a pleasant venue this morning. In addition, the temps were quite pleasant for a January morning. Spending time in the Village area netted us several new birds for the year including a Rock Pigeons, Sharp-shinned Hawk, a large group of Cedar Waxwings (30 plus) and a flyover Eastern Bluebird. Also mixed in with the waxwings were several American Robins, while nearby a couple of Yellow-rumped Warblers were found. The only other new year bird was a flock of Horned Larks in the Ag fields north of Wilson Rd. Other interesting finds for the morning were American black Ducks (Pr-Saturday at Casey's Pond), Redheads (1 male and 2 females), Common Goldeneye (6-10), Common Mergansers (2), a Great Blue Heron, a pair of Bald Eagles, a Hairy Woodpecker and an American Kestrel. The remainder of the birds found were the typical winter species. Dave

Friday, January 11, 2019

Temps started in the mid-teens and increased into the upper 20's by afternoon. The winds increased around mid-morning negating some of the temperature increase. Many of the locations around the Lab were not very birdy. Part of the problem was the increased ice cover on most bodies of water. The two best birds of the day, both new for the year, were a Northern Harrier and a Northern Shrike (both in the Main Ring). Other highlights were a Cackling Goose, a Common Merganser (yes, just one found throughout the Lab), Northern Flickers (3-new for year), a Song Sparrow, a Swamp Sparrow and American Robins (flock of 25-30, new for year). Dave

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Marcia and Gail were in the Lab today. They drove the Betz Prairie area, Main Ring and Injector Ring, Wilson Road and only had 2 gulls ( Ring-billed Gulls and Herring Gulls). Casey's Pond had some waterfowl with highlights of Common Goldeneyes and Common Mergansers. Lastly, at the Ed Center Feeders, they found the expected winter birds including, surprisingly, the first reported Northern Cardinals and American Goldfinches of the year. Dave

Sunday, January 6, 2019

On Sunday 1/6, Peter, Dennis and I met and had a good morning of bird observations. Due the warm temperatures that the area has been experiencing, there is considerable amounts of open water on all the lakes. Beginning our morning at AE Sea, we found a single Cackling Goose and five Snow Goose mixed in with the Canada Geese. The Snow Geese, all white-morphed, flushed from the AE Sea when a bald eagle passed overhead. Also flying over were a small flock of Common Merganser with one male Red-breasted Merganser trailing behind. In the Village, a flyover Pine Siskin was observed. We moved over to Main Ring Lake and found that it had significant patches of open water and likewise, significant groups of birds. Hiding amongst the 295 Common Mergansers were a pair of Redhead, American Black Duck, and Common Goldeneye. Also seen in the main ring were a pair of Red-tailed Hawks in a surprisingly tolerable distance of each other, perched on a pipe, in addition, a gorgeous male American Kestrel, acting as a sentry to the Main Ring Rd. Entrance. The Injector Ring was deserted. The ed center feeders were also desolate. The Roads and Grounds feeders hosted the typical fare of Dark-eyed Junco, Red-bellied Woodpecker and Black-capped Chickadee but a flock of 17 House Finch were an added burst of excitement. Casey's Pond was host to additional Mergansers and Mallards but as Peter noted, there were no birds on Andy's Pond. A number of Herring Gulls were counted on Casey's Pond and even more were counted on Lake Law, however we did not find any uncommon gulls amongst them. Glenn

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

To start the year, Penny Kasper heard two Barred Owls calling back and forth yesterday (Jan 1). Talking to Peter it was unclear whether they were a pair or two individuals marking separate territories. The weather this morning was mixed between a mist, sleet and snow, but the only affect was some slippery conditions. Temps were in the upper 20's with winds starting in the single digits increasing into the upper teens by mid-morning. Some interesting birds were found along with many of the usually expected. There were, however, several unexpected misses to start the year. Waterfowl found were Canada Geese, American Black Ducks, Mallards, Common Goldeneyes, Hooded Mergansers (7-Casey's Pond) and Common Mergansers (again, most abundant waterfowl). The best birds were 2 Bald Eagles (1-immature near Lake Law, 1-adult near Casey's Pond), a Hermit Thrush and a Yellow-rumped Warbler. Other highlights were a Great Blue Heron, a Great Horned Owl, a Song Sparrow, a Swamp Sparrow and several White-throated Sparrows. Expected new birds for the year were Red-tailed Hawks, Ring-billed Gulls (2), Herring Gulls, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Downy Woodpeckers, Hairy Woodpeckers, Blue Jays, American Crows, Black-capped Chickadees, White-breasted Nuthatches, a European Starling, American Tree Sparrows, House Finches and House Sparrows. Dave

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Temps in the teens and moderate winds made for a cool birding experience this morning. Common Mergansers were the most abundant waterfowl throughout the Lab. The only other waterfowl of interest were several Common Goldeneye and a female Hooded Merganser. Other highlights were a Sharp-shinned Hawk (juv.), Herring Gulls, Ring-billed Gulls, a Hairy Woodpecker, a Northern Shrike (Main Ring) and several Horned Larks (along West Wilson). The most interesting observation of the morning was watching an immature Bald Eagle buzz Casey's Pond, occasionally skimming the water. Interestingly, the ducks and geese on the water seemed undeterred by the eagle's antics even when it came close to the waterfowl. Dave

Sunday, December 23, 2018

The mild temps (low to mid 30's) were comfortable except in areas directly in the wind. The morning's birding around the Lab was poor. Even the Ed Center Feeders showed subdued activity with just the expected winter species. The small number of highlights included Common Goldeneyes, a Hooded Merganser, Common Mergansers, a Hairy Woodpecker (at the feeders) and an American Kestrel. The bird of the day, missed by some of us as we were overly eager for donuts, was a Sharp-shinned Hawk found by Peter. Dave

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

It was another pleasant morning for being in the Lab, with temps starting in the mid 30's and reaching the mid 40's by noon. The late morning winds did make it feel a little cooler. The passerines showed a little more activity than the previous couple of weeks in the Sparrow Hedge area, but most of the activity was by American Tree Sparrows, Dark-eyed Juncos and Northern Cardinals. The Sea of Evanescence produced a Snow Goose (blue) and a pair of Northern Pintails among several hundred Canada Geese. The Ed Center Feeders were active, though not overly, with only the expected winter species. Other birds of note found around the Lab were American Black Ducks (2-pr.), Common Goldeneyes (3), Common Mergansers (100 plus), a Great Blue Heron, Great Horned Owls (pr.), Hairy Woodpeckers (3-4), Northern Flickers (3), American Robins and Song Sparrows (3). Dave

Saturday, December 15, 2018

The Fermi Circle Christmas Bird Count was held today. We exceeded our expectations, considering our birding experiences in the weeks leading up to the count, with 50 species for the day (in the Lab). This is just about the 20-year average for CBC's the Lab. No doubt the fantastic weather had a role to play in our results, being mostly sunny with temps starting in the low 20's and reaching the upper 40's by noon. We had a long list of surprise birds for the day including Snow Geese (2-Blue), Green-winged Teal (2), an Iceland Gull (formerly Thayer's Gull and first CBC sighting in the Lab), a Sandhill Crane, a Barred Owl, a Hermit Thrush, a Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-rumped Warblers (surprisingly 7) and a Chipping Sparrow. Other birds not always found during past CBC's were Bald Eagles (3), a Sharp-shinned Hawk, Belted Kingfishers (2), Northern Shrikes (3), Brown Creepers (2) and Eastern Bluebirds. Highlight birds, usually expected for a CBC, were Common Goldeneyes (87), Hooded Mergansers (5), Common Mergansers (286), Great Blue Herons (4), a Cooper's Hawk, American Kestrels (3), Great Horned Owls (11), Cedar Waxwings (4), Song Sparrows (4), Swamp Sparrows (6) and White-throated Sparrows (3). Finally, some of the notable misses were Cackling Geese, other waterfowl species (especially considering the larger than normal amount of open water available), other owl species, Horned Larks, Red-breasted Nuthatches (especially after a record high of 26 last year) and no blackbird species. All and all, a good time was had by all. Dave

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The temps were in the mid to upper 30's all morning. The early winds were from the south and not to uncomfortable, but as they shifted to the west there was a noticeable chill factor. Denis and I were in the Lab independently this morning, mostly checking out our respective monitor areas for this Saturday's Christmas Bird Count. Together we netted 35 species for the morning, not bad considering the noticeable lack of passerine activity. These were our finds: a Snow Goose, Cackling Geese, Canada Geese, Mallards, a Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal (pr), Common Goldeneyes, a Hooded Merganser, Common Mergansers, Red-breasted Mergansers, Great Blue Herons, Red-tailed Hawks, an American Kestrel, Ring-billed Gulls, Herring Gulls, Mourning Doves, a Great Horned Owl, a Belted Kingfisher, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Northern Shrikes (2), Blue Jays, American Crows, Black-capped Chickadees, a Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatches, a Hermit Thrush (it's been around for 3 weeks), American Robins, American Tree Sparrows, Dark-eyed Juncos, House Finches, American Goldfinches and House Sparrows. These qualify as Count Week Birds and if any of these species are missed on Saturday, they will be counted for the 2018 CBC. Dave

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