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Monday, November 18, 2019

In for a meeting, I decided to make a morning of it. Not too much different from yesterday, except a little warmer. Lake Law had nothing of note. Most birds in the area were at DUSAF. Only highlights there were Northern Shovelers and Green-winged Teal, with numbers a little higher than yesterday. The Garden Club showed the only significant sparrow activity with mostly Dark-eyed Juncos, several American Tree Sparrows and a White-crowned Sparrow. My hopes of a highlight bird were dashed, in the Garden Club, when a Blue Jay emerged from the area of an almost perfect Cooper's Hawk call. American Pipits (15-20) were found in a group along the North Roads with Horned Larks and a couple of Lapland Longspurs. Also found around the Lab were Common Goldeneyes, Hooded Mergansers, Common Mergansers, a Killdeer and, at the feeders, a Song Sparrow and a White-throated Sparrow. Also, 2 Bald Eagles were reported by Roads and Grounds in the trees north of Casey Pond. Dave

Sunday, November 17, 2019

The only sighting of interest in the Slots this morning was watching a lone Sandhill Crane (this was the bird with the injured wing from the Village pair) foraging the North Slot to DUSAF. Lake Law and DUSAF produced a Cackling Goose, Northern Shovelers and a Northern Pintail. The North Roads were not near as active as Denis described yesterday, although we did manage some field birds despite the high level of farming activity in the area. Most of the birds were Horned Larks, mostly heard. Also found were Lapland Longspurs (heard) and a couple of Snow Buntings. Additional waterfowl included Common Goldeneyes, a Hooded Merganser and Common Mergansers. Also found were a Herring Gull and an American Kestrel. The Ed Center Feeders produced many of the expected feeder birds with only White-throated Sparrows of note. In addition, the bird of the day, a Rose-breasted Grosbeak was found here (latest sighting by a month). Unfortunately, it flew off and was not relocated. Dave

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Denis had a class in the Lab today and, with the warming weather, found some interesting birds. Waterfowl found included Wood Ducks, Northern Shovelers, Gadwall, Northern Pintails, Green-winged Teal and Common Goldeneyes. Along the North Roads, amongst heavy farm traffic, they found Purple Finches plus good numbers of Horned Larks, American Pipits and Lapland Longspurs. Additionally, a couple of Bald Eagles were found and, arguably, their bird of the day was the first Northern Shrike of the season. Dave

Friday, November 15, 2019

The final week of the sparrow survey was rather slow, with very few birds observed due to the cold temperatures and snow. Fox Sparrows, Dark-eyed Juncos, American Tree Sparrows, White-throated Sparrows, Song Sparrows and Swamp Sparrows were all observed. A Hermit Thrush, American Pipit, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Brown Creeper and Eastern Bluebirds are still migrating through. I found my first Hairy Woodpecker of the fall, as well as added Horned Lark to the list of birds observed at AE Sea this autumn. A Bald Eagle was still persisted at AE Sea, with American Coot and a young Pied-billed Grebe. Elsewhere in the lab, Ruddy Ducks, Buffleheads, Hooded Mergansers, Green-winged Teals, Northern Pintails, American Black Ducks, American Wigeons, Mallards, Gadwall and Wood Ducks were seen. Resident Sandhill Cranes are sporadically seen and heard. The absolute shocker of the week was the really hardy Marsh Wren that has been persisting at AE Sea, seen and heard calling on November 14. Glenn

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

It was a typical January morning at the Sparrow Hedge, with mostly cardinals, juncos and chickadees found in small numbers. No highlight birds were found in the area. No waterfowl were found either as all lakes in the area were frozen over. As a matter of fact, the only waterfowl highlight for the morning was a lone Common Goldeneye (first of the season) found in a Main Injector Moat. The Garden Club did produce a good size group of birds including good numbers of White-throated Sparrows, Fox Sparrows, Dark-eyed Juncos and Northern Cardinals. Several Horned Larks were found along the North Roads. While filling the feeders, a Sharp-shinned Hawk flushed from right above the south feeders. Soon after, the feeder birds came out of hiding. Several Swamp Sparrows showed themselves along with more White-throated Sparrows, Fox Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos. Dave

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Conditions were good with about average temps (upper 30's) and mild winds. Most all of the birds for the morning were found in small numbers. As Glenn found out this week, sparrow migration is winding down fairly quickly although we still managed 9 species. Only Dark-eyed Juncos could be listed as common for the morning. Others found in small numbers were American Tree Sparrows, a Chipping Sparrow, Field Sparrows, White-crowned Sparrows, White-throated Sparrows, Fox Sparrows, Song Sparrows and a Swamp Sparrow. These were found between the Sparrow Hedge and the Garden Club. Waterfowl this morning tipped a little more toward the puddle ducks rather than the divers found on Thursday. The Lakes Region produced Canada Geese, a Greater White-fronted Goose (in corn field near Garden Club), a Wood Duck, Northern Shovelers, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallards, American Black Ducks, Green-winged Teal, Bufflehead, Hooded Mergansers and Common Mergansers. Other highlights for the morning, found in the Sparrow Hedge/Lakes Region, were Pied-billed Grebes, American Coots (still in a respectable number, around 100), a Sharp-shinned Hawk, both a late Sedge Wren and Marsh Wren, and an Eastern Towhee. Dave

Saturday, November 9, 2019

During this past week Glenn made the following observations: The sixth week of the sparrow survey has concluded with sparrow numbers starting to drop off. American Tree Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, White-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow and Swamp Sparrow were all accounted for. In a more exciting turn, Chipping Sparrow, Field Sparrow and White-crowned Sparrow persist at the Garden Club. Other persisting birds include Sandhill Crane in the village, young Pied-billed Grebes, Killdeer, Great Egret, Northern Flicker, Eastern Phoebe, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Winter Wren, American Pipit, and Eastern Meadowlark. For a couple of days, a group of 15-20 Rusty Blackbird were present in the Sparrow Hedge, joined on Tuesday by large flocks of Red-winged Blackbirds, Brown-headed Cowbird and a Brewer's Blackbird, my favorite sighting of the week! My second favorite find was a pair of Tundra Swan on Sunday morning, along with other waterfowl this week including Northern Shoveler, American Wigeon, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser and Ruddy Duck. Glenn

Thursday, November 7, 2019

The morning was cold; that's all I'll say about that. Most of the Sparrow Hedge area was like the girls witnessed yesterday, very quiet. But a few areas, all out of the wind, did provide some birds. There was a fair number of sparrows, mostly in three groups, but without much diversity. Those found were Dark-eyed Juncos (by far the most numerous species), White-throated Sparrows (second most numerous), American Tree Sparrows and Fox Sparrows. Found elsewhere were Song Sparrows and a Field Sparrow. Other birds found in the Sparrow Hedge/Lakes Region were Pied-billed Grebes, American Coots, a Golden-crowned Kinglet, Eastern Towhees (several, surely migrating through) and several Rusty Blackbirds found deep inside the Hedge. Lakes area waterfowl, mostly in Lake Law, included Canada Geese, Wood Ducks, Northern Shovelers, Gadwall, Mallards, Northern Pintails, Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked Ducks, Bufflehead (about 29), Hooded Mergansers (15-20), Common Mergansers and Ruddy Ducks. Clearly, the number of individuals showed a shift from puddle ducks to divers. Finally, a pair of Sandhill Cranes were found in the Buffalo Wallow, while others were heard migrating overhead. Dave

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Marcia and Gail were in the Lab this morning and said, "It was very quiet this morning in the central areas of the Lab." This is an example of how some areas can become bird deserts depending upon the time of year, weather and migration conditions and progression. Highlights of their finds were Northern Shovelers, an American Coot, Red-tailed Hawks (4), a Hairy Woodpecker, an American Kestrel, American Crows (3 - though crows have increased on the fringes of the Lab, central areas have been slower to respond to the West Nile issues), Dark-eyed Juncos (6) and a White-throated Sparrow. Also, Wally reported flushing an American Woodcock while working on the westside of the Lab earlier in the week (Nov. 4). Dave

Sunday, November 3, 2019

The morning started quite cold, well below normal, this fact reinforced by ice on the puddles. The slots produced Northern Shovelers, American Coots and, strangely enough, a couple of Golden-crowned Kinglets (migrating through the trees on the west side of the north Slots). Glenn, in the Lab early, spotted a couple of Tundra Swans in the Sea of Evanescence. Other waterfowl in the Lakes Region were Canada Geese, more Northern Shovelers, Gadwall (still well represented), Mallards, Green-winged Teal, Redheads, Ring-necked Ducks, Bufflehead (first 3 of the season) and Hooded Mergansers. Sparrows were again found in fairly small numbers including a Field Sparrow, White-throated Sparrows, Fox Sparrows, Song Sparrows and Swamp Sparrows. Additionally, found in the Garden Club were a Chipping Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrows, a Lincoln's Sparrow and Dark-eyed Juncos. Walking back to the Red Barn there was a large group of Black-capped Chickadees (10-15) raising heck. Soon Peter spotted a young Sharp-shinned Hawk in a nearby small tree, the subject of their discontent. Other birds found in the Sparrow Hedge/Lakes Region were Pied-billed Grebes, more American Coots (there were probably 200 or more in A.E. Sea), several Double-crested Cormorants (Lake Law), a Ring-necked Pheasant (heard again), a Winter Wren, Cedar Waxwings, Eastern Bluebirds and an Eastern Towhee. Birds found elsewhere were a Great Egret, a Northern Harrier, a Cooper's Hawk, a Bald Eagle, an Eastern Phoebe and a group of 17 or more Eastern Meadowlarks. Dave

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Last week started with a bang and then I quickly had the wind knocked out my sails due to bronchitis. Although I made it out only four days, my list of 67 species was rather impressive for late October, with standout birds such as six Bonaparte's Gull at Lake Law. The Sparrow Survey had the likes of Fox Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, White-crowned Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow and Eastern Towhee. Additional sparrow species found at the Garden Club included three Chipping Sparrows, four Field Sparrows, a Savannah Sparrow and a late Lincoln's Sparrow. Speaking of late birds, a number of remnant breeding birds or late migrants persist, including a calling Virginia Rail and a pair of Greater Yellowlegs at AE Sea, a Killdeer, a small regiment of Double-crested Cormorant, a Great Egret and the last immature Black-crowned Night-heron, Eastern Phoebe, House Wren and two singing Marsh Wren. Over ten Pied-billed Grebes persist including some that don't appear to be flighted! Some other notable migrants included 150 plus American Coot, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, both Kinglets, six Brown Creepers, Winter Wrens, Eastern Bluebirds, American Pipit, decent-sized flocks of Red-winged Blackbird and Common Grackle, and four Yellow-rumped warblers. Ducks included Wood Duck, a lone Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallards, Green-winged Teal, Lesser Scaup (x36) and thee Ruddy Duck. Finally, a pair of Sandhill Cranes is still hanging around the village, observed looking into the windows of houses. Glenn.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

There were 40-50 American Coots in the Slots plus another similar-sized group around the corner in the A.E. Sea. Earlier there were a good numbers of Canada Geese coming and going at Lake Law plus a flock of around 40 divers including Lesser Scaup and Ring-necked Ducks. Later, on the return from the Sparrow Hedge, many more ducks had come into Lake Law including Northern Shovelers, Gadwall, American Wigeons, Mallards, Northern Pintails, Canvasbacks and Redheads. Also found at A.E. Sea were Wood Ducks and Blue-winged Teal. Overall bird activity in the Sparrow Hedge area was down by almost a factor of 10. Sparrows were not very plentiful. Found, only in small numbers, were White-throated Sparrows, Fox Sparrows, Song Sparrows and Swamp Sparrows. The Garden Club, on the other hand, was infested with sparrows. Additional species found were Dark-eyed Juncos (these made up almost half the birds there), Field Sparrows, White-crowned Sparrows, a Lincoln's Sparrow and American Tree Sparrows (the yellow-rump of the sparrow family). Other birds of note in the Sparrow Hedge area were Pied-billed Grebes (both lakes), an Eastern Phoebe, both Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Golden-crowned Kinglets (more goldens this time), Eastern Bluebirds and Cedar Waxwings. Dave

Sunday, October 27, 2019

The only highlight in the Slots this morning was a lone Sora (this tied our latest sighting). There was quite a bit of activity in the Sparrow Hedge area, most of which were Sparrows. There were 7 species found including Field Sparrows (2), White-crowned Sparrows, White-throated Sparrows, Fox Sparrows, Song Sparrows, Swamp Sparrows (most numerous species) and Dark-eyed Juncos. Waterfowl highlights were below expectations with Northern Shovelers, Gadwall, American Wigeons, American Black Ducks (found elsewhere) and Ring-necked Ducks. No warblers were found today, not even a yellow-rump. Other highlights in the area were Pied-billed Grebes (still quite a few around), American Coots, an Eastern Phoebe, a very late Sedge Wren, both a Golden-crowned Kinglet and Ruby-crowned Kinglets (quite a few and many showing their red crown), a Hermit Thrush, a late Gray Catbird, several Cedar Waxwings and a somewhat late Eastern Towhee. Elsewhere, Sandhill Cranes (2 along Batavia Road), an Eastern Bluebird and several Brown-headed Cowbirds (in among flocks of Red-winged Blackbirds) were found. Near the end of the workweek a very late American Bittern was reported in the middle of Main Ring Road, stretched out, doing its best to conceal itself. Really, in the middle of the road? Dave

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

The birding was excellent this morning in the Lab. The A.E. Slots only produced a Northern Shoveler, a Green-winged Teal and many American Coots. The Village Sandhill Cranes were feeding in the north side Slot. While DUSAF Pond added American Wigeons and Hooded Mergansers. The Red Barn area was inundated with Cedar Waxwings, flying everywhere. Lake Law had 3 Double-crested Cormorants being harassed by several Ring-billed Gulls, the only other birds in the lake. The Sparrow Hedge area produced some good birds. Sparrows were the best of the fall migration in both quantity and species count. Those found were a Chipping Sparrow, a Field Sparrow, White-throated Sparrows (most abundant species), Fox Sparrows, Song Sparrows and Swamp Sparrows. Found elsewhere were White-crowned Sparrows, a Savannah Sparrow, a Lincoln's Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos for a total of 10 species. Another highlight of the area was a trifecta of wrens including a Marsh Wren, a Sedge Wren and, my favorite, a Winter Wren. Other birds of interest in the Sparrow Hedge/Lakes Region were several Gadwall, more Northern Shovelers (about 20), a Great Blue Heron, a Ring-necked Pheasant (heard), an Eastern Phoebe, both Golden-crowned Kinglets and Ruby-crowned Kinglets, an Eastern Bluebird (while many more (25-30 plus) were found in the Garden Club), Yellow-rumped Warblers (7-8) and, the bird of the day, a Red-shouldered Hawk. Dave

Sunday, October 20, 2019

I was alone on Sunday. There were not even many birds around to keep me company. The more notable ones however, were a Mourning Warbler (now, our latest sighting by 3 weeks), a Yellow-rumped Warbler (notable because these was the only warblers seen), about 80 Ruddy Ducks (Lake Law), a juvenile Black-crowned Night-Heron (probably the one the girls had on Thur., as most waders have left the area), lots of American Coots, Pied-billed Grebes, and Northern Shovelers, quite a few Gadwall, a few Blue-winged Teal, comparable numbers of Green-winged Teal, an American Wigeon, and several Ring-necked Ducks. The flock of Greater White-fronted Geese were back in the Bison field. Not many sparrows, a few Swamp Sparrows, Song Sparrows, and White-throated Sparrows, a White-crowned Sparrow, a Field Sparrow, and an Eastern Towhee. The Sandhill Cranes were in the village again, this should ease Donna's concern of seeing only one during the week. Gail was also in the Lab this morning and added 20 Killdeer and a few Savannah Sparrows found inside the Main Ring. Peter

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Gail reported an immature Bald Eagle hanging out by Lake Logo today, possibly one of the two that hatched in the Lab this summer. Dave

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Marcia and Gail had a nice mix of fall birds this morning during their regular monitoring in the Ring areas. Warblers appear to be winding down, in variety, although they counted 22 Yellow-rumped Warblers during their survey. Sparrows had a little better showing with White-crowned Sparrows (3 - a couple were juveniles), White Throated Sparrows (3), a Savannah Sparrow and Song Sparrows (3). Also expected this time of year was a flock of approx. 150 Red- winged Blackbirds and Common Grackles (23). Other highlight birds for the morning were Wood Ducks (2), a Pied-billed Grebe, a Black- crowned Night-Heron (a juvenile in the Slots, on their way into the Lab), a Belted Kingfisher (female on wires above moat on Main Injector Ring Road), an Eastern Phoebe, a Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglets (2) and Cedar Waxwings (13), Dave

Sunday, October 13, 2019

It was a cool and blustery morning for birding today. Our whole morning was spent in the Lakes/Sparrow Hedge region. The major disappointment was the lack of sparrows during what should be near the peak of their migration. Those found in small numbers were White-throated Sparrows, Song Sparrows and Swamp Sparrows. A small smattering of warblers was found including Tennessee Warblers, 1 or 2 Nashville Warblers and Palm Warblers. The strange thing here was the lack of any Yellow-rumped Warblers. Waterfowl representation has improved with each trip to the area. Found today were Canada Geese (moving in and out of the area), Wood Ducks, Northern Shovelers, Blue-winged Teal, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallards, Ring-necked Ducks and again, a single Ruddy Duck on Lake Law. Other birds in the area during our morning monitoring were: Pied-billed Grebes (still many in A.E. Sea), American Coots, Sandhill Cranes (the Village pair in the Slots), Great Egrets (more today than in recent weeks), a migrant Sharp-shinned Hawk, several Eastern Phoebes, Tree Swallows, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Swainson's Thrushes (at least 2), Cedar Waxwings (a fair number) and an Indigo Bunting (female). On his way home today Peter reported a group of approx. 40 Greater White-fronted Geese and a pair of Northern Pintails in the Bison Fields. Dave

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

It was another beautiful fall day in the Lab. The only interesting sighting in the Slots was watching a young Pied-billed Grebe trying to position a 4-5-inch Bullhead, headfirst, in its bill. In the meantime, another grebe was trying to intervene by diving underwater to approach, but the grebe with the fish would hurry to another location (sometimes above and sometimes below the water). Eventually, the original grebe retreated to a more guarded location inside the cattails. DUSAF produced Northern Shovelers, American Wigeons and Hooded Mergansers. The highlights of the morning in the Sparrow Hedge area were a single, exceptionally nice group of late migrant warblers and a quite small number of early season migrant sparrows. The warblers were in a corner of the Sparrow Hedge for over a half an hour. Found were an Ovenbird, Tennessee Warblers, Common Yellowthroats, a Northern Parula (most likely the same bird observed Sunday), a Pine Warbler and Yellow-rumped Warblers. The sparrows, all in small numbers, were White-crowned Sparrows, White-throated Sparrows (most numerous sparrow), Song Sparrows, a Lincoln's Sparrow and Swamp Sparrows. Other birds in the area were Wood Ducks, Blue-winged Teal, Pied-billed Grebes, American Coots, a Black-crowned Night-Heron (immature, Slots), Chimney Swifts (a good number around this season), a Belted Kingfisher (also a good year for these) and Eastern Bluebirds (good movement for those here and throughout the Lab). The only other new birds found elsewhere in the Lab were a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Cedar Waxwings and an immature Indigo Bunting. Also, numerous Yellow-rumped Warblers, and only this species, were found at each and every stop. Dave

Monday, October 7, 2019

The first week of October yielded a good number of sparrow species for the sparrow survey, in addition to a fantastic list of non-sparrows for the Bird Survey! Sparrow species included Field Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Nelson's Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow and Swamp Sparrow. Other migrant species observed included a late Bobolink, Orange-crowned Warbler and Magnolia Warbler, many singing Red-winged Blackbirds as well as Common Grackles and Brown-headed Cowbirds, Swainson's Thrush, Eastern Bluebird, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Northern Rough-winged Swallow and an American Pipit! Remnant breeding Gray Catbird, Eastern Phoebe, Marsh Wren, Sedge Wren and House Wren persist. AE Sea was hopping as well, with Wood Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Green-winged Teal and Northern Shoveler outnumbering the Mallards. Pied-billed Grebe, Sora and Double-crested Cormorant remain with the straggling Black-crowned Night-heron and lone juvenile Green Heron. Raptor sightings were up, with multiple occurrences of Great Horned Owls and Peregrine Falcon as well as Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk and a single Osprey flyover on Thursday! Glenn

Sunday, October 6, 2019

A beautiful fall morning greeted us today as did a nice mix of migrants. The only addition in the Slot area was a Gadwall on DUSAF Pond. A lone Ruddy Duck was cruising Lake Law. Other waterfowl in the Lakes region were Wood Ducks, Blue-winged Teal and an American Black Duck. Migrant Sparrows were present but not numerous. Those found were a Field Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrows (Garden Club), White-throated Sparrows, Song Sparrows, Lincoln's Sparrows and Swamp Sparrows. But the highlight of the morning was a nice group of late warblers including Tennessee Warblers, Nashville Warblers, a Common Yellowthroat, a late Northern Parula, a Magnolia Warbler, Palm Warblers, Yellow-rumped Warblers and Black-throated Warblers. Other birds found in the Sparrow Hedge area were a Pied-billed Grebe, a Sora, American Coots, a Ring-necked Pheasant (heard), a Blue-headed Vireo (a good year for these), Rough-winged Swallows, a somewhat early Golden-crowned Kinglet, a good number of Cedar Waxwings and a Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Glenn reported some additional birds from the DBC field trip he conducted on site, they were: Turkey Vultures, a Northern Harrier, a Cooper's Hawk, an American Kestrel and the best, a pair of Nelson's Sparrows. Dave

Friday, October 4, 2019

Marcia and Gail were in the Lab this morning experiencing the coolest morning for bird monitoring of the season. They came up with some good birds inside the Main Ring starting with a Merlin, the first of the year. Another really good bird, also inside the Main Ring, was a Blue-headed Vireo. Other birds found in the Ring Areas were a pair of Sandhill Cranes, Killdeer (20), Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, a Northern Flicker, Eastern Phoebe (2), Eastern Bluebirds (7), Cedar Waxwings (3), Eastern Meadowlarks (6), a Brown-headed Cowbird, Common Grackles and Yellow-rumped Warblers. Dave

Thursday, October 3, 2019

There was a good number of birds around this morning, but the strong winds made birding difficult. The best locations were on the leeward side of woods and shrub areas. The Slots were about as expected with Northern Shovelers, Pied-billed Grebes, American Coots, both a Green Heron and a Black-crowned Night-Heron (numbers of both have dropped recently) and singing Marsh Wrens. New additions to the area (on DUSAF Pond) were several each of American Wigeons (first of the season) and Hooded Mergansers. Sparrows appear to be moving with increased numbers of both Song Sparrows and especially Swamp Sparrows in the Hedge area. Also found was a Lincoln's Sparrow and, in the Garden Club, a large number of Chipping Sparrows. Also, earlier in the morning Glenn reported a Nelson's Sparrow near the intersection of the L.Law Berm and the path to the Sparrow Hedge. Some warblers were found including Nashville Warblers, American Redstarts, Yellow-rumped Warblers and a large number of Common Yellowthroats. Other birds found in the Sparrow Hedge area were Wood Ducks, Sandhill Cranes (again heard from Village), a Northern Flicker, Northern Rough-winged Swallows, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Eastern Bluebirds (flyovers) and a dull male Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Warblers found elsewhere Tennessee Warblers, more Nashville Warblers and a very crisp Ovenbird (my bird of the day). Wally, seed collecting in the Main Ring, found a Northern Harrier hunting the area then interacting with another raptor in the distance. Also found was a Green Heron, then later a couple of Black-crowned Night-Herons were found in the Slots. Dave

Sunday, September 29, 2019

The predicted rain held off for the morning except for one brief shower. The Slots held no surprises except for the first large group of Canada Geese in this area for the season. Also found there were Northern Shovelers, Pied-billed Grebes, American Coots and a Green Heron. On the walk back to the Sparrow Hedge we surprised a large Cooper's Hawk that at first sounded like a pheasant when it flushed. Along the Sparrow Hedge we encountered a nice flock of warblers including Tennessee Warblers, Nashville Warblers, Common Yellowthroats, American Redstarts, a Cape May Warbler, a Magnolia Warbler, a Blackpoll Warbler, a Black-throated Blue Warbler (female) and Palm Warblers. Other birds in the Hedge area were Wood Ducks, Sandhill Cranes (Village), Chimney Swifts, a Kingfisher (diving, then flying off with a small fish), an Eastern Phoebe, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, a Rose-breasted Grosbeak and, the bird of the day, a migrating Peregrine Falcon. Sparrows found in the area were a Field Sparrow, a White-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrows, a Lincoln's Sparrow and Swamp Sparrows. Additional birds found in the Big Woods area were a Red-headed Woodpecker, a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Juv), an Eastern Wood-Pewee, a Blue-headed Vireo, a Philadelphia Vireo, a Red-eyed Vireo, a Bay-breasted Warbler and a Chestnut-sided Warbler. Donna added an immature Black-crowned Night-Heron in the Slots later in the day. We missed this species in the morning. Dave

Saturday, September 28, 2019

I was out every morning this week for the sparrow abundance survey. My route around AE Sea is already starting to beat in like last year! Anyhow, I have had a decent week and have provided a summary below: This last week of September, the first of autumn, has been rather busy in the AE Sea and Sparrow Hedge area. The water has been crowded, especially at Sea of Evanescence with growing numbers of Canada Geese, now over 200 strong. Wood Ducks, nearly 100 Blue- winged Teal, Mallards, Northern Shovelers, the Sandhill Crane family with their grown-up colt, 14 Great Egrets, Great Blue Herons, and Lesser Yellowlegs kept Sea of Evanescence rather busy! AE Sea has had a contingency of American Coots, as well as reoccurring Black- crowned Night-herons and Green Herons, a Sora and Pied-billed Grebes. Rounding up waterbirds were a couple of straggler Double- crested Cormorants on Lake Law. Two Bald Eagles, an immature and an adult, have been hanging around AE Sea, as have an American Kestrel, some Barn Swallows and Chimney Swifts and a lone Ring-billed Gull. Owl's Nest Woods have produced some great birds this week, Red- headed Woodpecker and Philadelphia Vireo standing out. A remnant breeding Ruby-throated Hummingbird, House Wrens, a Sedge Wren, Marsh Wrens, Eastern Bluebirds, Gray Catbirds, a Bobolink, a Rose-breasted Grosbeak, an Indigo Bunting and Common Yellowthroats are still present. Other warblers include an Ovenbird, a Northern Waterthrush, a Black-throated Green Warbler, a Palm Warbler, a Nashville Warbler, and a Pine Warbler. Sparrows documented for the abundance survey have included Field Sparrows, Song Sparrows, Swamp Sparrows, a Lincoln's Sparrow and Eastern Towhees. By far, the highlights of the week were a close encounter with a Great Horned Owl and a low flyover Peregrine Falcon! - Glenn

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

There was nothing remarkable in the Slots early this morning. Found were: Wood Ducks, Northern Shovelers, Pied-billed Grebes and Black-crowned Night-Herons (1-adult and 2-immatures). The Village Sandhill Cranes were heard in the Village. No shorebirds were located at the Sea of Evanescence, just several Blue-winged Teal of note. Highlights in other parts of the Sparrow Hedge area were a Philadelphia Vireo (possibly 2), a Northern Waterthrush (strangely foraging in the Sparrow Hedge) (both found by Glenn earlier), Marsh Wrens, a late Yellow Warbler and a Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Two groups of Cedar Waxwings were found in other areas. The first flock, along the Big Woods northern edge, contained 10-15 birds. The second group, inside the Main Ring, was much larger with 30-40 birds and quite dispersed due to the winds. Accompanying the second group of waxwings was a group of other migrants including a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Tennessee Warblers (2), Common Yellowthroats, a Bay-breasted Warbler, a Chestnut-sided Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warblers (2) and a Black-throated Green Warbler. Dave

Monday, September 23, 2019

I began the first day of autumn with the first day of the 2019 sparrow abundance study that I'm conducting at AE Sea. There are four survey routes that I follow around the lake, and I record the total of each species of sparrow observed along each transect. The survey started off rather slowly with only a handful of Song Sparrows, a Swamp Sparrow and two Lincoln's Sparrows. Other birds observed along the AE transects include immature an Indigo Bunting and a Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Palm Warblers, one each of a Swainson's Thrush and a Gray-cheeked Thrush, two Marsh Wrens, a Belted Kingfisher and an immature Bald Eagle. The water on Sea of Evanescence and AE Sea were crowded with Canada Geese, Wood Ducks, Blue-winged Teal, Mallards, Pied-billed Grebes, American Coot, two pairs of Sandhill Cranes, Lesser Yellowlegs, Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Green Herons (Still four of these), and a family of five Black-crowned Night-herons. Glenn

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Despite predictions, the rain held off for our morning birding. There were no surprises at the Slots. Found there were Northern Shovelers, Pied-billed Grebes, several Green Herons and Black-crowned Night-Herons (1-adult and 1-immature). At the A.E. Sea/Sea of E. Berm we had a several Blue-winged Teal, a pair of Sandhill Cranes, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs and a Ruby-throated Hummingbird. The trip back to the Red Barn produced several Chimney Swifts, a couple of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and an immature Indigo Bunting. Several Eastern Meadowlarks and a Horned Lark were found along North Eola Rd. Finally, the north edge of the Big Woods produced a Yellow-throated Vireo, a Blue-winged Warbler and a Connecticut Warbler. Dave

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Early this morning the Slots produced several American Coots, several Green Herons, 2 immature Black-crowned Night-Herons (which flew out of the Slots) and Marsh Wrens (2-still singing). The highlight of the morning was finding a couple of Long-billed Dowitchers in the again flooded Sea of Evanescence along with several Lesser Yellowlegs. Other highlights in the Lakes/Sparrow Hedge area were Chimney Swifts, a pair of Cooper's Hawks and a Belted Kingfisher. Marcia and Gail were also monitoring in the Lab this morning, following is a composite list of the highlights of our finds: Pied-billed Grebes (2), American Coots (2), Sandhill Cranes (Village pair), an American Kestrel, Eastern Phoebes (2), Cedar Waxwings (9) and Common Yellowthroats. Dave

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Donna spotted a Wilson's Snipe in the Slots this morning. Dave

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Glenn, Donna, Denis, Diann and Kyle met early for the survey and found an Osprey at Casey's Pond and Horned Lark on North Eola Rd. Then the team led a group of 16 from the DBC through the Sparrow Hedge and around AE Sea, observing over 60 species. Highlights include a Red-headed Woodpecker flying from Owl's Nest Woods, Magnolia Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler and Nashville Warbler, a feisty Ruby-throated Hummingbird, a Brown Thrasher, Field Sparrow, Bobolink and Sedge Wren. A large mixed-flock of swallows over AE Sea included Tree Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Barn Swallow and Cliff Swallow. Marsh Wren, Black-crowned Night-heron, Green Heron, Sora, Pied-billed Grebe and a Mink were found at or on AE Sea. The group also found a Great-Horned Owl. Glenn

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Marcia and Gail were surveying their usual area with in the Main and Injector Rings. The highlights of their finds were: Pied-billed Grebes (5), Sandhill Cranes, (2), Ospreys (2), an Eastern Wood-Pewee, Eastern Phoebes (2), Eastern Kingbirds (2), Red-eyed Vireos (2), Eastern Bluebirds ( 6), a Swainson's Thrush ( 1), Cedar Waxwings (2) and an Indigo Bunting. Dave

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