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Sunday, November 11, 2018

The combination of below normal temps (28 deg to start) and the wind (12 mph) made birding a little uncomfortable. Passerines were somewhat affected. As an example, our largest group of sparrows seemed to be huddled together in a small spot in the Hedge. When we approached the area, good numbers of Fox Sparrows, White-throated Sparrows and several American Tree Sparrows flushed. Other sparrows found in the area were a Savannah Sparrow, Swamp Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos. Waterfowl found, mostly in the Lakes Region, were Canada Geese, Cackling Geese, Gadwall, American Wigeons, American Black Ducks, Mallards, Northern Shovelers (DUSAF Pond), Northern Pintails, Green-winged Teal, Bufflehead, Hooded Mergansers (20-25 Main Ring Lake) and a Red-breasted Merganser (L.Law). Also, Peter reported Snow Geese (2-Blue) on Casey's Pond during his trip into the Lab this morning. Pied-billed Grebes and American Coots were still represented in the Lakes. Other bird highlights around the Lab were Killdeer, Bald Eagles (2-adults, 1-3rd year and 1-immature), an American Kestrel and Cedar Waxwings. Looks like the egrets and cormorants are gone for the year, none were found again today. Several very cold-looking Great Blue Herons (5) were found in the open waters of A.E. Sea. Dave

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Peter was in the Lab on Saturday and located a pair of Tundra Swans on A. E. Sea. Several other waterfowl were also found but, since they were all duplicated on Sunday, I won't list them here. Dave

Friday, November 9, 2018

Glenn reported some nice finds in the Lakes region earlier this week (Mon-Thur). Starting with waterfowl he saw Greater White-fronted Geese (2-Wed), Cackling Goose (high count 6), Canada Goose (high count 2100 on Thu), a Wood Duck, Northern Shovelers (2 on Wed), Mallards, Green-winged Teal (high count 48 on Tue), Ring-necked Duck (4 on Thu), Greater Scaup (1 on Thu), Bufflehead (2 on Wed, 18 on L Law on Thu), Hooded Mergansers, (15 on L Law) and a Ruddy Duck (L Law). Other water-related birds included Pied-billed Grebes (3 all week), American Coots (all week, high count 52), Sandhill Cranes (pair found at Sea of E every morning), Killdeer, a Double-crested Cormorant (Monday), Great Blue Herons (every day, high count 7) and Great Egrets (After 7 on Sunday, down to 2 on Wednesday). In the area of raptors, finds were a Northern Harrier, a Bald Eagle (1 adult Thur) and a Great Horned Owl (calling on Mon and Thur morning by Sea of Evanescence). Sparrows found, as expected, in late fall migration were American Tree Sparrows, Fox Sparrows, Dark-eyed Juncos, White-throated Sparrows, Song Sparrows and Swamp Sparrows. Other birds of interest were Horned Larks, a Red Breasted Nuthatch, a Marsh Wren (1 still calling from the south AE Sea, Tuesday only), a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Eastern Bluebirds, a Hermit Thrush, Cedar Waxwings, Purple Finch, a Lapland Longspur and a Rusty Blackbird (1 singing male on Thursday).

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Marcia and Gail were back in the Lab this morning doing their typical monitoring in the Ring areas. Their only waterfowl of interest was a lone Hooded Merganser. Also, a single American Coot was still around. Interestingly, an adult male Ring-necked Pheasant was found inside the Main Ring, hope he can continue to dodge the coyotes. They spotted a pair of Sandhill Cranes near the Wilson Road Entrance, a first report in that area to my knowledge. Also, along Wilson Road an adult Bald Eagle was spotted. Three American Kestrels were found in three separate locations. Finally, even though American Crows have become somewhat common of late, their finding 11 together (also near the Wilson Rd. entrance) is worthy of note (typically 3 to 5 is an average group size). Dave

Sunday, November 4, 2018

The morning rain kept us from doing much walking and limited our birding opportunities. That said, our bird(s) of the day were 3 Surf Scoters found in Casey's Pond (only the 5th sighting of this open water species in the Lab). Other waterfowl found, mostly in DUSAF Pond, were Gadwall, an American Wigeon, Northern Shovelers, Green Winged Teal and Northern Pintails. American Coots were mixed in with these ducks and several Great Egrets (6) still are hanging around. Several flocks of blackbirds were found in the north fields of the Lab. The largest one had over 2000 birds. Unfortunately, due to the rain and distance to the birds, only Red-winged Blackbirds, Common Grackles and Brown-headed Cowbirds could be confirmed. Also found in the area were a Sharp-shinned Hawk, a Great Horned Owl, Horned Larks and Lapland Longspurs. Dave

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Here is the summary of Glenn's week at the Lab. Even though he still is getting some good birds, as he stated, "it is becoming evident that birds are moving out and things are slowing down". Starting with Waterfowl, which still appear to be slow in coming down, he found a Cackling Goose (1 Tue at Sea of E), Canada Geese (between 200-650 each day), Wood Ducks, Northern Shovelers, Gadwall (high count of 3), Mallard (high count of 62), Green-winged Teal and Ring-necked Ducks. Other related birds were Pied-billed Grebes (high count of 6), a Virginia Rail (1 bird flushed near Sea of E on 10/26), a Sora (heard), American Coots (between 10-24 throughout the week), Sandhill Cranes (pair found every morning in Sea of E), Killdeer (high count 4) and Double-crested Cormorants (high count 5). Sparrows are also diminishing. Found were Fox Sparrows, Dark-eyed Juncos, White-crowned Sparrows, White-throated Sparrows, Songs and Swamp Sparrows (in dwindling numbers). Other birds of interest in the Lakes/Sparrow Hedge Region were a Bald Eagle, Great Horned Owl, a Horned Lark, a Marsh Wren (1 male, STILL SINGING), a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Eastern Bluebirds (high count of 6), a Hermit Thrush, Cedar Waxwings, Lapland Longspur (5) and Yellow-rumped Warblers (down to 1 or 2 a day). Dave

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Before Donna leaves for an extended trip to the South Pole, her reports this week included the expected Pied-billed Grebes, American Coots, the occasional Sandhill Crane, Great Egrets and Great Blue herons in the Slots. But her significant find was 10 Snow Geese on Casey's Pond on Tuesday. Dave

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Birding this morning in the Lab was, in one word, bad. The rain (which had stopped) and cool temps were not a factor, but the winds (hovering around 15 mph) were. There were really no surprises during the morning. Most of our time was spent in the Lakes/Sparrow Region. Waterfowl were sparse with highlights of a Wood Duck, Gadwall, American Black Ducks, Green-winged Teal and several Ring-necked Ducks. Sparrows were equally sparse with only Fox Sparrows (2), Song Sparrows, a Swamp Sparrow, several White-throated Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos. The Sea of Evanescence water level was back up, eliminating the flats, due to the clean-up of the beaver dam at the south end of A.E. Sea. Other birds in the area were Pied-billed Grebes, American Coots (still good numbers of both these 2 species), Sandhill Cranes (several heard) and a Herring Gull. Other sightings elsewhere included a Killdeer, Horned Larks and several Eastern Bluebirds. On his way in, Peter reported a Cackling Goose in the Buffalo Fields. On his way back through the Lab, Peter added American Wigeon, Northern Shovelers, Northern Pintail and Hooded Merganser. Dave

Friday, October 26, 2018

A quick trip to the Lab this afternoon was not too birdy, but I did manage a Brown Creeper and a Purple Finch. Denis added some Lapland Longspurs found in the northern portions of the Lab. Dave

Thursday, October 25, 2018

The morning was cool, cloudy and most importantly calm (winds did not pick up much either). Over 40 American Coots were in the Slot areas. The first Hooded Mergansers of the season were on A.E. Sea (6). The only other waterfowl of interest were a Wood Duck, a Northern Shoveler and several Green-winged Teal. The good news is that the flats are showing at the Sea of Evanescence. The bad news is that only 2 Killdeer were found there. It may be too little too late. In that area, though, was a huge flock of hundreds of Common Grackles with several Red-winged Blackbird sprinkled in. A Sora flushed at the south end of A.E. Sea, most likely one of the birds Glenn had earlier in the week. One good group of sparrows was found on the way to the Sparrow Hedge not a lot of birds but good variety. Those found were a Field Sparrow, Fox Sparrows (2), Song Sparrows (3-4), a Swamp Sparrow, a Lincoln's Sparrow, White-throated Sparrows (4-5) and White-crowned Sparrows (7-8). Added in the Garden Club was a Chipping Sparrow and Dark-eyed Juncos. Eastern Bluebirds were heard many times during the morning. Wally reported finding an American Bittern in the wetlands of the Main Ring last Wednesday (tied for our second latest sighting in the Lab). A final note, the Ed Center Feeders have been filled, though it will take a while for them to get established. Dave

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Here is an overview of Glenn's findings from early this week in the Lakes/Sparrow Hedge Region (Mon-Tue). There was no real change in waterfowl. Those found were Canada Geese (MON,TUE), Wood Ducks (TUE), Northern Shovelers (MON,TUE), Gadwall (MON), Mallards (always), Green-winged Teal (MON,TUE) and Ring-necked Ducks (TUE). Other than the usually expected Killdeer he had a Dunlin (I assume at the Sea of E, only the 2nd sighting of the year). Other water birds found were Pied-billed Grebes (MON,TUE), Soras (TUE-4) calling at south end of A.E. Sea), American Coots (MON,TUE) and Sandhill Cranes (MON,TUE). Still declining are the numbers of Double-crested Cormorants, Great Blue Herons and Great Egrets. Raptors were no surprise, with a Bald Eagle (only single bird sightings recently), a Cooper's Hawk and a Great Horned Owl (again, not technically a raptor, try and tell that to its prey). Sparrows are still on the move, with Fox Sparrows (TUE), Dark-eyed Juncos (TUE), White-throated Sparrows (MON,TUE), Song Sparrows (MON,TUE) and Swamp Sparrows (MON,TUE). Other birds of interest for the mornings were a Winter Wren (MON-always a nice find), a Marsh Wren (MON,TUE), a Ruby-crowned Kinglet (MON,TUE), Eastern Bluebirds (TUE), a Hermit Thrush (MON), a Gray Catbird (late - TUE) Cedar Waxwings (MON,TUE), a Purple Finch (SUN,MON), Palm Warblers (MON,TUE) and Yellow-rumped Warblers (MON). Also, on Monday Peter reported about 70 Greater White-fronted Geese in the Buffalo Fields. Dave

Sunday, October 21, 2018

The morning started out dead calm, bright, sunny and cold (25 deg rising to 40 deg). The expected Pied-billed Grebes (3) and American Coots (15-20) were found in the Slots. No new waterfowl were found from Glenn's report of yesterday. The only raptors were a Bald Eagle, a Sharp-shinned Hawk, Red-tailed Hawks and a Great Horned Owl (not really a raptor). Warblers were very sparse with only several Yellow-rumped Warblers (5-6) and a Palm Warbler. As expected sparrows provided the bulk of the morning's action with American Tree Sparrows (first of the season), Chipping Sparrows (Garden Club), Field Sparrows (G.C.), Savannah Sparrows, Fox Sparrows, Song Sparrows, Lincoln's Sparrows (G.C.), Swamp Sparrows, White-throated Sparrows, White-crowned Sparrows and Dark-eyed Sparrows. Other birds found in the Lakes/Sparrow Hedge Region were Tree Swallows (5- 10), Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Eastern Bluebirds (also throughout the Lab), Eastern Towhees, a Purple Finch (male) and Common Grackles (2). The highlights of the morning were the field birds found in the northern parts of the Lab, including Horned Larks, Lapland Longspurs and Snow Buntings. Dave

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Glenn continued his circuitous routes of A.E. Sea again this week. Here is a review of the highlights of his finds. Waterfowl are finally starting to show some movement south. Those found were Greater White-fronted Geese (44 on Tuesday), Canada Goose (1200 high count), Wood Ducks (high count 6), Blue-winged Teal (high Count 7), Northern Shovelers, Gadwall, Mallards (high count 51), Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked Ducks (16 on Sea of E on Saturday) and Ruddy Ducks (continuing pair on Lake Law). Other water birds were a Sora (1 on Wednesday), American Coots (high count of 61), Sandhill Cranes (continuing pair on Sea of E, Tue/Wed/Sat), Great Blue Herons (dropped from 16 to 12), Great Egrets (dropped from 15 to 4), a Killdeer (flyover) and Greater Yellowlegs (1 on the shore of Lake Law). Raptors have not been impressive this season. Those found were a Sharp-shinned Hawk (Thursday), a Cooper's Hawk (Wednesday) and a Bald Eagle (1 adult on both Tuesday and Saturday). These have dropped in numbers during the past few weeks. As expected the warbler numbers continue to decline. Found were an Orange-crowned Warbler, Common Yellowthroats (1 on Tue/Wed), Palm Warblers and Yellow-rumped Warblers. The sparrows, which are usually the premier family for October, included Fox Sparrows (Thu/Sat), Dark-eyed Juncos (Wed/Thu/Sat), White-throated Sparrows (Tue/Wed/Thu/Sat), Song Sparrows (Tue/Wed/Thu/Sat,) a Lincoln's Sparrow (Wed), Swamp Sparrows (Tue/Wed/Thu/Sat), Eastern Towhee (Tue/Wed/Sat) and the best, Nelson's Sparrows (2 along the Lake Law-AE Berm). Other birds of interest were a Ring-necked Pheasant (probably released by the dog trainers), Chimney Swifts (12 on Thursday), a Belted Kingfisher (Thursday), an Eastern Phoebe (Wednesday), Red-breasted Nuthatch (at least 3 different individuals), a House Wren (Wed/Thu), a Winter Wren, a Sedge Wren (Wednesday along the willows on the west side of AE Sea), a Marsh Wren (continuing in AE Sea east, Tue/Wed/Sat), a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Eastern Bluebirds and Common Grackles. Dave

Friday, October 19, 2018

Denis was in the Lab this morning and found several interesting birds. The best was a Virginia Rail he found munching on a dead fish in the cattails near the Lake Law outlet culvert into A.E. Sea. This is the latest sighting of this species and only the second October sighting in the Lab. He also found a Lesser Scaup, a Sora (heard) and about a dozen Tree Swallows. Dave

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Marcia and Gail were in the Lab this morning doing their regular monitoring in the Ring areas and along the way. Here are their highlights, starting with sparrows. Those found were Fox Sparrows (2), Song Sparrows (7), White-throated Sparrows (6), White-crowned Sparrows (2) and a Dark-eyed Junco. Warblers still linger with an Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warblers (7) and a Palm Warbler. Other birds for the morning were Wood Ducks (2), American Coot (20 estimate AE Slots), Sandhill Crane (2 flying over Betz Prairie), a Killdeer, a Bald Eagle (full adult), Eastern Phoebes (2), a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Eastern Bluebirds (4), a Hermit Thrush, Cedar Waxwings (8) and a Purple Finch. Dave

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Temps this morning were in the mid 40's but the real issue was the wind, 12-20 mph with gusts to 25 mph. This caused many of the birds to move off soon after they showed themselves. The Batavia Slots had a couple of Pied-billed Grebes, American Coots (25) and a couple of Marsh Wrens. My best bird in the Lakes/Sparrow Hedge Region was a Winter Wren, otherwise most everything else was what would be expected. Birds of interest found in the area were Wood Ducks, Northern Shovelers, a Black-crowned Night-Heron (immature), Hairy Woodpeckers, a Red-breasted Nuthatch, Eastern Bluebirds (flyovers, later several in the Garden Club), Cedar Waxwings (flock of 50 plus), Song Sparrows, Swamp Sparrows, White-throated Sparrows and Eastern Towhees (plus many other places around the Lab). Other interesting birds throughout the Lab were Bald Eagles (Adult pr.), a Northern Harrier, Ruby-crowned Kinglets (5), a Nashville Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warblers (only 6-8), Chipping Sparrows (15-20), Field Sparrows (2-3), Fox Sparrows (5), a Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow (8-10), Dark-eyed Juncos (about a doz.) and a couple of female Purple Finches. Dave

Sunday, October 14, 2018

It was very chilly to start (mid 30's); luckily winds were minimal. Most of the morning was spent in the Lakes/Sparrow Hedge Region with some interesting finds. The Batavia Rd. Slots produced a couple of Cackling Geese, a Pied-billed Grebe and several American Coots. Possibly the bird of the morning was a very accommodating, and late, Sedge Wren. Aerial foragers were quite conspicuous at times with large numbers of Chimney Swifts and Tree Swallows (25-30 or more of each) with several Barn Swallows and Northern Rough-winged Swallows mixed in. Once again, the high waters at the Sea of Evanescence were too high for shorebirds. Waterfowl included only a Gadwall, an American Wigeon and a large number of Green-winged Teal. Sparrows found in the area were Fox Sparrows, Song Sparrows, a Lincoln's Sparrow, Swamp Sparrows, White-throated Sparrows and White-crowned Sparrows. Others found in the Garden Club were Chipping Sparrows and Field Sparrows along with a Cooper's Hawk. Warbler numbers were way down from Thursday, with Tennessee Warblers (2), Orange-crowned Warblers (at least 3) and Yellow-rumped Warblers. Other sightings of interest were an immature Black-crowned Night-Heron, a Sora (heard), a Sharp-shinned Hawk, a Belted Kingfisher (heard), a Red-breasted Nuthatch, a House Wren, several Marsh Wrens, an Eastern Bluebird (flyover), Hermit Thrushes (2) and several Eastern Towhees. Dave

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Glenn did his circuits of A.E. Sea on both Friday and Saturday. Here is a summary of his highlight finds. Starting with the water birds, found were Pied-billed Grebes (3), a Common Gallinule (getting late, 1 along west edge of A.E. Sea), Soras (3), American Coot (surprisingly only 1) and a flyover Killdeer. Waterfowl highlights, mostly in the Sea of E, were Wood Ducks (2), Blue-winged Teal (14), Green-winged Teal (8) and Ruddy Ducks (2 on L. Law). Raptors included a Cooper's Hawk, Bald Eagles (2), a Red-tailed Hawk (1 eating a gray squirrel it caught in the village) and a Peregrine Falcon (1 cruising along the power lines). Sparrows for the morning were a Savannah Sparrow (2), a LeConte's Sparrow (in the firebreak along the westernmost AE cattail cut), Song Sparrows (6), Lincoln's Sparrows (3), Swamp Sparrows (2), White-throated Sparrows (21) and a White-crowned Sparrow. Warblers included a Tennessee Warbler, Orange-crowned Warblers (2), a Common Yellowthroat, a Palm Warbler and Yellow-rumped Warblers (10). Other highlights of his visits were an Eastern Phoebe, a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, a Horned Lark (flyover), Northern Rough-wing Swallows (4), Barn Swallows (16), Red-breasted Nuthatches (4), a Winter Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglets (5), Ruby-crowned Kinglets (4), Eastern Bluebirds (a flyover flock of 8) and Eastern Towhees (4). Dave

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Another Thursday and another crowded Lab with Marcia, Gail, Glenn and myself all reporting bird sightings. It was our coldest morning of the season (temps 40-45) with 20 mph winds and 30 mph gusts. Glenn in early, found Blue-winged Teal (5), another Sharp-shinned Hawk, Bald Eagles (3 adults, 1 immature), a Marsh Wren, Orange- crowned Warblers (3) and a Common Yellowthroat. These were all in the Lakes/Sparrow Hedge Region. This morning I had at least as many if not more warblers than last Thursday with the help of another cold front. Many or the birds were zipping past because of the wind, but by finding the small, out of the wind pockets, the birds would linger making it easier to get on them. The mixed flocks (on the east side of the Hedge) included a Blue-headed Warbler (my bird of the day), a Red-breasted Nuthatch, Swamp Sparrows (mostly closer to the cattail/forb edges), White-throated Sparrows, Tennessee Warblers, Orange-crowned Warblers (3-4), a Nashville Warbler, a Northern Parula (this one sat still for about 5 min. soaking up rays), Chestnut-sided Warblers (2), a Magnolia Warbler, Yellow- rumped Warblers (lots of these as expected), Palm Warblers (a larger percentage of the total than last week), a Blackpoll Warbler, an American Redstart and Indigo Buntings. A large number of American Robins and Cedar Waxwings in the area added a level of confusion to the birding. The Sea of Evanescence is now full and has no shorebird habitat. Only several ducks and geese were found. Other birds in the area were a migrating Cooper's Hawk and a Tree Swallow over Lake Law. The strong winds kept the number of birds down in the Garden Club. Those added were Chipping Sparrows, a Field Sparrow, Song Sparrows and a Lincoln's Sparrow. The girls on the West side of the Lab, mostly in the Ring areas, had the bird of the day, an immature Red-headed Woodpecker (only the 2nd sighting of the year). Other highlights of their list were a Sora, Sandhill Cranes (in the Bison Fields), an Eastern Phoebe and a late Swainson's Thrush. Their most interesting sighting was watching an American Crow eating a snake (I've seen many R.T. Hawks with snakes, but never a crow). Dave

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Glenn was in the Lab this morning and made a significant find, a Yellow Rail near the Sparrow Hedge (only the 2nd sighting in the Lab). That's the good news. The bad news was that the bird was dead. That means it will count as a sighting for the Fermi Birdlist, but sorry Glenn, you can't count it for your personal list. Other highlights he had new for his week list were a Ross's Goose, Canada Geese (2100, not new for the week, but possibly the largest amount for the season), Ruddy Ducks (2, again on Lake Law), Soras (2), American Coots (41 at AE Sea south), a Sharp-shinned Hawk, a Cooper's Hawk, Golden-crowned Kinglets (2) and a Ruby- crowned Kinglet. His sparrows were White-throated Sparrows (10), Song Sparrows (5) and Swamp Sparrows (7). Later in the day, Peter added a Turkey Vulture, Eastern Bluebirds, a Pine Warbler and several Eastern Meadowlarks. Dave

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

The last two mornings Glenn was in the Lab surveying the Lakes Region. The warmth and humidity did bring out a new batch of mosquitoes adding a level of discomfort. Waterfowl included a Cackling Goose (Sea of Evanescence), Canada Geese (450 Mon., 1050 Tue.), Wood Ducks (7), Blue-winged Teal (16), Gadwall (2 on Sea of E), American Wigeon (1 on Sea of E) and Mallards (39). Waders included the expected Great Blue Herons (23) and Great Egrets (28) plus a couple Black-crowned Night-Herons. Other water birds were a Pied-billed Grebe, Soras (2), American Coots (41) and a Common Gallinule (1 found along the cattail edge near Owl's Nest Woods). Sparrows included 7 species over the two days including a Fox Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrows (2), White-throated Sparrows (5), a Savannah Sparrow (1 in forb patch at entrance to Sparrow Hedge, preening), Song Sparrows (5), a Lincoln's Sparrow, and Swamp Sparrows (10). Warblers are really winding down. Those found were Orange-crowned Warbler (a good find), Common Yellowthroats (2), Palm Warblers (2) and Yellow-rumped Warblers (9). Other highlights found were Chimney Swifts (12), Sandhill Cranes (2), a Northern Harrier, a Cooper's Hawk (in Owl's Nest Woods), Bald Eagle (2 immatures), a Belted Kingfisher, a Red-breasted Nuthatch, Marsh Wrens (4), a Golden-crowned Kinglet, an Eastern Bluebird, Cedar Waxwings (19), and a large group of Common Grackles (103). Dave

Sunday, October 7, 2018

The light rain that fell throughout the morning had little effect on the birding but made it uncomfortable at times. American Coots were found throughout the Slots and Lakes. The waters of the Sea of Evanescence were again higher with no flats exposed. Lake Law had a pair of Ruddy Ducks, while the Sea of E only had Blue-winged Teal, Green-winged Teal, an immature Black-crowned Night-Heron, several Greater Yellowlegs and a Lesser Yellowlegs. A Cooper's Hawk, most likely a resident, was flying around the village, while a lone Bald Eagle was flying around DUSAF. The north side of the Lab produced a group of 20 plus Killdeer (largest group in some weeks) and a migrant Sharp-shinned Hawk that was harassed by a resident American Kestrel. Well, sparrows have finally made a noticeable presence in the Lab, with 9 species found in the Garden Club. Those found were Chipping Sparrows (a good number but not as many as Thur.), Clay-colored Sparrows (2), a Field Sparrow, Song Sparrows, Lincoln's Sparrows (4-5), Swamp Sparrows, White-throated Sparrows (2-3), White-crowned Sparrows (2-3) and a fair number of Dark-eyed Juncos. Glenn's group added a 10th sparrow species, Nelson's Sparrows (2). In addition to 3 more Sharp-shinned Hawks and Chimney Swifts. Also, Peter mentioned finding 2 Ross' Geese in the Buffalo Wallow on Thursday afternoon. Dave

Thursday, October 4, 2018

It was another crowded Thursday at the Lab, with Marcia, Gail, Glenn and myself all doing monitoring. With the northerly winds I was hoping to score on some sparrows, and I did but, the warblers really stole the show. The first flock was on the eastern edge of the Sparrow Hedge, and as expected, was dominated by Yellow-rumped Warblers (40 plus) in two waves. Other birds in these two waves of migrants were a Warbling Vireo, Ruby-crowned Kinglets (3), an Eastern Towhee, a Swamp Sparrow, Tennessee Warblers (2), a Black-throated Green Warbler, Palm Warblers (around 10), Bay-breasted Warblers (2) and a Blackpoll Warbler. The second group of warblers was found inside the Main Ring. Once again lots of Yellow-rumped Warblers (30-35), a Nashville Warbler, another Bay-breasted Warbler, another Black-throated Green Warbler and an Ovenbird. The bulk of the sparrows were found in the Garden Club including mostly Chipping Sparrows (30-40), Clay-colored Sparrows (2), Song Sparrows, Lincoln's Sparrows (2), Swamp Sparrows (4) and White-throated Sparrows (these were found in M. Ring). The following is a composite list of some other highlights of the morning we found (mostly new birds for the week). In the Lakes/Sparrow Hedge Region we found Gadwall (8-DUSAF), Pied-billed Grebes (5), a Sora, a Green Heron and Bald Eagles (at least 4, 1 adult and 3 immatures). Highlights elsewhere were a Killdeer, a Great Horned Owl, a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (the girls had it in the same location as last week), an American Kestrel, Eastern Phoebes (5), a Red-breasted Nuthatch, Eastern Bluebirds (2), a Hermit Thrush, Cedar Waxwings (50 total in 2 flocks), Purple Finches (2-males, Main Ring) and an Eastern Meadowlark (Bison Field). Dave

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Glenn was in the Lab Monday thru Wednesday morning and came up with some nice birds in the Lakes/Sparrow Hedge Region. Again, this is a cumulative total of the interesting species found, over the 3 days, with the largest daily quantity listed. There still has not been a major movement of waterfowl (except geese). Those found were Canada Geese (2000 plus, as numbers of overnighting individuals continue to rise), a Snow Goose (one blue morph on Sea of E), Wood Ducks (2), Blue-winged Teal (40), Mallards (50 plus), Green-winged Teal (4) and Ruddy Ducks (3 on Lake Law). There was a smaller number of shorebirds from Sunday and still only Greater Yellowlegs and Lesser Yellowlegs. Nothing new in waders. Found were Great Blue Herons (up to 28), Great Egrets (up to 51!) and Black-crowned Night-Herons (2 immature at Sea of E). No Green Herons were found by Glenn or Donna (who has been monitoring the slots each morning). Warblers continue to drop with Common Yellowthroats (6, including two singing males, it's getting late for that!), Yellow-rumped Warblers (17 down to 9 by Wed.) and Tennessee Warblers (2). Sparrows remain about status quo with White-throated Sparrows (10), Song Sparrows (4), Swamp Sparrows (6) and Lincoln's Sparrows (2). Raptors did not show much diversity. Found were a pair of Cooper's Hawks, and Bald Eagles (1 adult, 2 immatures. I watched as an immature took many passes, low over the water, right over the heads of Canada Geese that were flinching, flapping and flailing. Nevertheless, the eagle did not take any real swipes at the geese, he was just screwing with them from what I could tell). Other birds of interest were Pied-billed Grebes (4), a Common Nighthawk (1 observed flying and feeding in the mowed field north east of A.E. Sea.), a Sora, American Coots (29 on AE South), Sandhill Cranes (several on the ground and several flyovers), Double-crested Cormorants (2, these guys are disappearing), House Wrens (2), Marsh Wrens (4), a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, a Swainson's Thrush, a Gray-cheeked Thrush (1 in shrubs northeast of AE), Cedar Waxwings (18 another 88 were flyovers) and an Eastern Towhee. Also, Peter spotted both a Cackling Goose and the first American Wigeon of the season on DUSAF Pond Monday afternoon. A Ring-necked Pheasant was reported in the Village on Tuesday. Dave

Sunday, September 30, 2018

The morning was overcast and cool but comfortable. Early in the morning, before our regular start, Glenn spotted an American Bittern at A.E. Sea and 5 Bald Eagles (1 adult and 4 immatures) at the Sea of Evanescence. The only noteworthy sighting in the Batavia Rd. Slots were several Gadwall, but a low flying migrant Merlin made the stop worthwhile. A trip around the Lakes/Sparrow Hedge Region produced some interesting finds including several Pied-billed Grebes (including a juvenile still with streaks on its face), Blue-winged Teal, a Sora, American Coots (15-20), Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs (both at the Sea of E), Chimney Swifts, a Belted Kingfisher (others seen elsewhere), a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Eastern Phoebes, Marsh Wrens, Eastern Bluebirds (flyovers), Cedar Waxwings (20-25), Yellow-rumped Warblers (most areas), several Palm Warblers, a Lincoln's Sparrow, a White-throated Sparrow and a Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Of note were large numbers of migrating swallows in the area, mostly Tree Swallows with several Barn Swallows and Northern Rough-winged Swallows mixed in. Found elsewhere around the Lab were Wood Ducks, a Green Heron, American Kestrels (2), a Nelson's Sparrow, Swamp Sparrows and a singing Eastern Meadowlark. Dave

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Glenn was in the Lab the past two days (Fri-9/28 and Sat-9/29). Here is a summary of birds found, mostly additions to the week's list, with duplication in many other areas not listed. One of the previously found Snow Geese was later determined to be a Ross's Goose. Additional waterfowl were Cackling Geese (2), a Northern Shoveler and Green-winged Teal (2). Bald Eagles continue to be found in addition to a Cooper's Hawk and a migrating Merlin. Besides the large number of Great Egrets (max number of 52), other water birds found were Soras (2), a Common Gallinule (1) and American Coots (29). Sparrows appear to still be increasing in numbers with White-throated Sparrows (7), Song Sparrows (5), Lincoln's Sparrows (2) and Swamp Sparrows (9). Warblers, on the other hand, are still diminishing with Common Yellowthroats (5), Palm Warblers (2), Yellow-rumped Warbler (22) and Tennessee Warbler (1). Other finds were Marsh Wrens (11 total, around AE Sea), Golden-crowned Kinglets (4), Ruby-crowned Kinglets (2), and Common Grackle (1080 plus in a super flock near the east gate). On Saturday, Denis' group added, a Yellow-billed Cuckoo (a very good find), a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and a Brown Thrasher (another recently elusive species). Dave

Thursday, September 27, 2018

With the coverage in the Lab this morning I can't see how any bird could avoid being seen. I received reports from Donna, Marcia. Gail, Denis and Glenn, all having something to add. The birds will be combined for ease of listing. First of all, Canada Geese continue to increase in numbers with over 1200 being found. Also found, were a Cackling Goose and 2 Snow Geese (1 blue and 1 white). The only other waterfowl of note were Wood Ducks (8) and Blue-winged Teal (40). Shorebirds continue to be unimpressive with only a Killdeer and 4 Lesser Yellowlegs. Great Egret numbers remain high at 49. Other waders included Great Blue Herons (19) and a Black-crowned Night-Heron. Raptors included a Bald Eagle (immature), a Northern Harrier and a Cooper's Hawk which was quick to materialize and chase a Peregrine Falcon, which was cruising over A.E. Sea, out of the area. Sparrows were starting to show a little more diversity with Field Sparrows (4), White-throated Sparrows (2), Song Sparrows (8), Lincoln's Sparrows (2) and Swamp Sparrows (4). Warblers still show some variety with Tennessee Warblers (3), a Northern Parula, Yellow-rumped Warblers (9), Palm Warblers (2) and Common Yellowthroats (14). Other birds of interest were a Pied-billed Grebe, a Sora, Sandhill Cranes (2 gray individuals at Sea of E), a Belted Kingfisher, a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, an Eastern Phoebe, a Red-breasted Nuthatch, a House Wren, a Sedge Wren, Marsh Wrens (3), Cedar Waxwings (more than 8), an Eastern Towhee, Indigo Buntings 3, a Bobolink (1 flyover, seen and heard), Brown-headed Cowbirds (8 with a flock of Starlings) and a flock of 80 Common Grackles. Dave

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Glenn had been walking around the perimeter of A.E. Sea over the last few days (Mon-9/24, Tue-9/25 and Wed-9/26) to monitor the birds of the area. Here is a compilation of the highlight birds from these trips. The numbers listed were the highest quantity found in any one day since a total over 3 days would include duplicates. First, there were several standout birds including a blue morph Snow Goose, American Bitterns (2 were seen flushing from the east shore of A.E. Sea, flying 50 yards then putting down in the cattails), Black-crowned Night-Herons (3, a record number for the year, seen in the East-West A.E. Sea Slots) and finally the first Clay-colored Sparrow of the season (edge of the Sparrow Hedge). Other highlights found along his route were Canada Geese (up to 1100), Wood Ducks (2), Blue-winged Teal (60), Chimney Swifts (10), Soras (2), American Coots (pair near AE-Sea of E cross dike), Sandhill Cranes (a pair in Sea of E, and our lonely, bugling Village crane in AE Sea cattail cuts), Greater Yellowlegs (6), Lesser Yellowlegs (4) and Great Egrets (up to 45 found on the 26th) Note: The late summer found large numbers of egrets, especially at the Sea of E, then the numbers crashed over the last several weeks but now the numbers are again on the increase. Still others found were a Green Heron, Cooper's Hawks (2 in village area), a Bald Eagle (immature), a Belted Kingfisher, House Wrens (2), Marsh Wrens (3), a Golden-crowned Kinglet, Swainson's Thrushs (2), Cedar Waxwings (10), White-throated Sparrows (5), Song Sparrows (5), Common Grackles (4), Common Yellowthroats (7) and Yellow-rumped Warblers (4). Dave

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Dave Shemanske reported the release of a second Sandhill Crane in the Lab. This bird was a young uninjured bird that was caught somewhere in downtown Batavia. Dave

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Peter, Glenn and Donna reported the following from the Lab today. In the Lakes Sparrow Hedge Region they found the following: Wood Ducks (11), Blue-winged Teal, Pied-billed Grebes (3-AE Sea), Chimney Swifts (18), a Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Sparrow Hedge), Soras (2-AE Sea), Common Gallinules (2-AE Sea west), American Coots (4-AE Sea west), a Sandhill Crane (another at DUSAF), Greater Yellowlegs (2-Sea of E), Lesser Yellowlegs (6-Sea of E), a Bald Eagle, a Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Barn Swallows (19), Marsh Wrens (3-AE Sea), Cedar Waxwings (12), lots of migrant American Goldfinches (over 50), Chipping Sparrows (2), a Field Sparrow, a Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrows (4), and a Swamp Sparrow. Glenn related, "We had an amusing and interesting observation today in which there were four downed trees in the water at AE Sea by Owl's Nest Woods. On three of those downed trees there were Cormorants, Great Blue Herons and Great Egrets perfectly segregated by species". The Garden Club produced some good birds including a Cooper's Hawk, a Horned Lark, a Brown-headed Cowbird, Common Grackles (6), a Nashville Warbler, Common Yellowthroats (5), Palm Warblers (3), Yellow-rumped Warblers (12), a Scarlet Tanager (immature), and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks (2). Also found elsewhere were a Green Heron, Red-breasted Nuthatches (2), and a Swainson's Thrush. Denis' group added a Nashville Warbler, a Northern Parula, a Cape May Warbler, a Blackburnian Warbler and a Blackpoll Warbler. In addition, they found the first Rusty Blackbird of the season. Dave

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Glenn repeated his circuit of A.E. Sea this morning and came up with more interesting birds. Listed here are the additional birds found over yesterday's list. Highlights of his travels were Northern Shovelers (3), a Sora (at cattail cuts), a Sandhill Crane (in Sea of E), an American Bittern (at AE Sea - eastern border), a Black-crowned Night-Heron (continuing immature), an Eastern Phoebe, a Red-breasted Nuthatch, Marsh Wrens (2), Swainson Thrushes (4), a White-throated Sparrow (near Sea of E), a Lincoln's Sparrow (near Batavia Rd.) and Common Yellowthroats (6). His most interesting sighting involved several Bald Eagles (3 Adults and 1 immature). As Glenn related, this group was absolutely terrorizing the ducks at A.E. Sea, swooping down on them. During the fray a pair of adults locked talons and came falling out of the sky with a hard splash onto AE Sea. They both flew off, seemingly unscathed. Dave

Friday, September 21, 2018

Glenn was in this morning, wanting to check for new arrivals after overnight, northerly winds. All the birds were found during a circuit of A.E. Sea. First, the shorebirds found at the Sea of Evanescence were Pectoral Sandpipers (2), a Long-billed Dowitcher, Lesser Yellowlegs (10) and Greater Yellowlegs (4). Other highlights were Wood Ducks (2), Blue-winged Teal (16), Chimney Swifts (40), a Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1 in hedge), a Green Heron (1), a Turkey Vulture (immature in cattail cuts), a Cooper's Hawk, Bald Eagles (2 adult, 1 immature), a Belted Kingfisher, a Marsh Wren, Eastern Bluebirds (2), Cedar Waxwings (30), American Redstarts (2), and Bobolinks (4 flyovers migrating south). Dave

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