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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The morning was quite pleasant for the last grassland bird survey of the season (temps mid 60's to low 80's). The grasslands showed quite a bit of activity for mid-July. Birds found included Sedge Wrens (22), Field Sparrows (14), Henslow's Sparrows (11), Dickcissels (31), a Bobolink (yes, just 1 juvenile) and Eastern Meadowlarks (18). Birds found later in the Sparrow Hedge-Lakes Region were Pied-billed Grebes, Green Herons, Caspian Terns (2), Willow Flycatchers, a Bell's Vireo, a Yellow-throated Vireo, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers (2) and Indigo Buntings (pr). Shorebirds were similar to Sunday including Killdeer (15 plus), Lesser Yellowlegs (6) and Least Sandpipers (2). Other birds found were a Turkey Vulture (a high flier), a Blue-winged Teal, an American Kestrel, an Eastern Phoebe and Savannah Sparrows (2). There appears to be another Osprey nest mystery, this time surrounding Nest 2. On June 20th and 27th, 3 chicks were seen on Nest 2. Unfortunately, over the last two weeks the nest has been barren except for occasional sightings of one or both adults. Further investigation will have to be taken. Early in the morning, Donna had 2 Least Bitterns in the A.E. Sea Slots, one giving her great looks. Dave

Monday, July 16, 2018

Peter spotted a Forster's Tern on the west side of the Lab today. Dave

Sunday, July 15, 2018

We started the morning again at the A.E. Slots, finding a good number of Wood Ducks, a Pied-billed Grebe (heard), a Least Bittern (giving us some great looks, then flying right at us until it veered off landing deep in the cattails) and the usual noisy Marsh Wrens. Lake Law again provided a hunting Caspian Tern, also a Ruby-throated Hummingbird was found sampling flowers along the shoreline. An attempted trip to the far southwest area of the Sparrow Hedge area was cut short by the large numbers of viscous mosquitoes and deer flies (now increasing in numbers). Driving along the Eola Road grasslands we still heard many Dickcissels, some Eastern Meadowlarks, several Sedge Wrens and a couple of Henslow's Sparrows. After the first Lesser Yellowlegs found by the girls on Thursday, the fall shorebird migration has gone to the next level. Found this morning were more Lesser Yellowlegs (4) and several Least Sandpipers (3) in fuddles on the north end of the Lab. Interestingly, we also found 4-5 Spotted Sandpipers walking on lotus leaves in Main Ring Lake along with a Green Heron (it dipped into the water catching, then eating, a small fish). Also found were a pair of Sandhill Cranes, an American Kestrel, a Cedar Waxwing and Indigo Buntings (an adult male and a juvenile). Later Donna returned to monitor the Osprey nests and found 3 chicks and both adults (nearby) at Nest 1. Nest 2 appeared empty (this is what we witnessed earlier in the morning, though we did see an adult fly by) and at Nest 3, one of the adults watched the 2 chicks as they hopped up and down testing their wings (appearing to be close to fledging). Dave

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Marcia and Gail are back from the 4th holiday and found the following birds in their regular areas in the Main and Injector Ring areas. It appears they had pleasant conditions with temps in the low 80's, mild winds and partly sunny skies. They have appeared to find the first shorebird migrants with 4 Lesser Yellowlegs. They found 7 Osprey in the Injector area including 1 adult and 2 chicks at Nest 1, while at Nest 3 both adults and 2 chicks were found. Other birds of interest found for the morning were a Green Heron, a Caspian Tern, Northern Flickers (2 juveniles), a Warbling Vireo and Red-eyed Vireos (2), Marsh Wrens, a Cedar Waxwing, an Eastern Towhee, Indigo Buntings (5), Dickcissels (5) and Eastern Meadowlarks (4). Dave

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Peter and Donna covered this Sunday's monitoring. The A.E. Slots provided a couple of Green Herons and 4 juvenile Wood Ducks. A trip around the Lakes Sparrow Hedge Region did produce some birds of interest, starting with a Bell's Vireo. Lake Law had a couple of Caspian Terns hunting for breakfast. The associated grasslands on the south end produced a good number of Bobolinks and several each of Dickcissels and Eastern Meadowlarks. On their return trip, a Least Bittern flew from Lake Law toward the Slots of A.E. Sea. All the adult Ospreys were found in the areas of their respective nests. As far as Osprey chicks, those found were 3 chicks at Nest 1, 1 chick at Nest 2 and 2 Chicks at Nest 3. Their most interesting experience of the morning occurred while observing Osprey Nest 2. It appears the female was on the perch normally frequented by the adult male. When the male returned from a flight he landed on the back of the female and after a couple of attempts he settled in on the back of the female and remained standing there for some time. Dave

Saturday, July 7, 2018

The Common Gallinule nest appears to have been abandoned over a week ago (last sighting June 28th) and the last sighting of a gallinule was on Jul 5th. Other birds of interest found in the cuts over the last couple of weeks were Wood Ducks (both adults and juveniles), Green Herons and a Lease Bittern. Dave

Sunday, July 1, 2018

On Sunday, Jul. 1, Donna found a flock of around 50 Bobolinks in the South Eola Road area. These were most likely a post breeding group including adults and recent juveniles. Also heard in the area were a number of Dickcissels. The family of Wood Ducks (a female and 4 ducklings) were again found in the A.E. Slots. A pair of Sandhill Cranes were wandering around the Village; most likely the same birds found on previous occasions. Today, 3 Caspian Terns were over Lake Law at times. Finally, the Osprey sighting report for the day produced both adults and 3 chicks at Nest 1, only 1 adult was found at Nest 2 and at Nest 3, both adults and 1 chick were observed. Dave

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Marcia and Gail did their weekly monitoring this morning in the Main and Injector Rings. Although weather conditions were getting warmer, their major obstacle was standing water in several areas. The highlights of their finds were Green Herons (3 - their numbers have been increasing throughout the Lab), a Turkey Vulture, Northern Flickers (2), Great Crested Flycatchers (2), a Yellow-throated Vireo, a Red-eyed Vireo, a Brown Thrasher, Indigo Buntings (4), Eastern Meadowlarks (2) and Baltimore Orioles (2). They also checked on Osprey Nest's 1 and 3 and found a total of 5 birds. One of the adults on Nest 3 had its wings spread to shield the chicks from the sun. I'm sure there will be a lot of that to come this weekend. Dave

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The temps started out comfortably and warmed slowly this morning. It was mostly cloudy with occasional misting, sparse sun and mild winds. The second breeding grassland bird survey was done this morning with some interesting results. The most Sedge Wrens in a long time were found (21 at monitor points and another 4 elsewhere). On the other hand, no Bobolinks were found during the morning. Other birds found in the surveyed areas were Field Sparrows (3), Dickcissels (12), Eastern Meadowlarks and only 3 Henslow's Sparrows. A total of 13 Ospreys were found, missing only one (Nest 1: 1 Ad, 3 Cks; Nest 2: 2 Ad, 3 Cks; Nest 3: 2 Ad, 2 Cks) of the Lab's current total of 14. Other birds of interest for the morning were Pied-billed Grebes (2 at AE Sea), Green Herons (6), a Common Gallinule, Sandhill Cranes (pr in Village), Caspian Terns (17, one flock of 15), a Bell's Vireo, Tree Swallows (lots! including 2 flocks of 40-50 birds each), a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Brown Thrashers (3), Cedar Waxwings (2), a Savannah Sparrow, Indigo Buntings (6) and an Orchard Oriole. The surprise of the morning was a flyover cuckoo silhouette (sp.), but luckily, soon after, I heard the call of a Yellow-billed Cuckoo in a tree which was in the bird's path of flight. Dave

Sunday, June 24, 2018

The morning was quite pleasant for birding (temps low 60's to upper 70's with a mild breeze). The slots provided the recent, usual sightings including a Least Bittern (flying around the cattails several times), Green Herons (3), a couple of Common Gallinule and the usual singing Marsh Wrens. Not much to report on the Osprey Nests. The only chicks sighted were the pair in Nest 3, and they are getting quite big. At Nest 2, early in the morning, the mother was covering her young. At Nest 1, the mother was standing on the edge of the nest but appeared to be sneezing every 10-20 seconds during our visit. A web search suggests this could be due to pollen, the talc like powder produced by their feathers, nest debris, etc. that gets in the bird's nose. Caspian Terns were again over Lake Law. The remainder of the morning was spent in select locations, basically trying to avoid mosquitoes. Birds found were a Pied-billed Grebe, a Turkey Vulture, a pair of Sandhill Cranes (foraging in a northern bean field), a Killdeer (with 2 chicks), Northern Flickers (4 together on a dead branch), an American Kestrel, a pair of Eastern Bluebirds (at a nest box) and singing Indigo Buntings. One of our more interesting sightings was that of coyote triplets, on a remote gravel road, with the mother watching from about 50 yds further down the road. Dave

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Donna reported finding a nest of the Common Gallinule (note recent name change to Lab's List) in the slots last evening. This morning she confirmed with a second sighting. In addition, she watched foraging by both birds followed by one returning to the nest. Dave

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The weather was great (cool and cloudy with a mild breeze), but in certain areas (high grass, woods, etc.) the mosquitoes were ferocious. Early, the Slots produced a Least Bittern in the cattails, a single Common Moorhen, a Green Heron and the usual singing Marsh Wrens. A pair of Sandhill Cranes were milling about the Red Barn's Parking Lot. There were a couple of Caspian Terns hunting over Lake Law. The remainder of the Sparrow Hedge area did not produce any surprises. The Sea of Evanescence had Great Blue Herons (5), Great Egrets (6), and another Green Heron. Other birds found were some persistently singing Pied-billed Grebes (A.E. Sea), a Blue-winged Teal (A.E. Sea), a Bell's Vireo, Northern Rough-winged Swallows, Brown Thrashers, Eastern Towhees and a Dickcissel (southern edge of Hedge calling out into the bean field). Birds of interest found elsewhere were a Great Horned Owl, Great Crested Flycatchers, a Red-eyed Vireo, a Grey Catbird (carrying food), a Savannah Sparrow, Henslow's Sparrows, Bobolinks (at Bison Fields) and an Orchard Oriole. The most interesting bird(s) were Yellow-billed Cuckoos. One was heard, then seen, at the edge of the Main Ring Woods. It moved among several trees, then flew off followed by a second cuckoo in a nearby tree. Later, a third Yellow-billed Cuckoo was heard in the Big Woods. The Osprey report proved to be quite interesting. At this point there are at least 8 Osprey chicks in the Lab's nests. Nest 3 has the largest chicks (2). The Nest 1 chicks, though smaller, numbered 3. Finally, the newcomers, and much smaller, were the Nest 2 chicks (3). Dave

Sunday, June 17, 2018

The morning's weather was quite uncomfortable being humid with temps starting at 75 deg then climbing to 85 deg. Starting at the Slots, we found a Pied-billed Grebe (heard at A.E. Sea), a Least Bittern (perched on a cattail), a pair of Green Herons, a Common Moorhen (heard in cattails), singing Marsh Wrens and a singing Brown Thrasher (north of Batavia Rd). The remainder of the morning was spent doing a long walk around the Arbor Day site and spot checking several random locations. The highlights of these ventures were a Wild Turkey (heard - Big Woods), a Cooper's Hawk (a young bird), an American Woodcock (flushed in Arbor Day site), a Great Horned Owl, American Kestrels (2), Yellow-throated Vireos (2 singing in Big Woods), a Cedar Waxwing, Orchard Orioles and Baltimore Orioles. The heat had a significant affect on the Osprey viewing today. Still no confirmation on chicks in Nest 2 (we watched the female nestle down very cautiously on her possible hatchlings), while the Nest 3 chicks (seen on Wednesday) were not visible while the female shielded them from the sun with her wings. The Nest 1 chicks could be seen but in the shadows of their mother. Dave

Saturday, June 16, 2018

This morning Donna spotted an American Coot in the slots during her regular monitoring of the area. Also, yesterday a Wild Turkey was spotted in the Main Injector area (rare sighting in the Lab). Dave

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Marcia and Gail were in the Lab this morning doing their usual survey of the Main and Injector Rings. Sounds like they had nice weather which was similar to yesterday. Coming into the Lab they also found only 1 Common Moorhen in the Slots. Could the second be on a nest in the cattails??? They found all 6 Ospreys near their respective nests but did not notice any chick movement. The highlights of their survey were Green Herons (3), a Turkey Vulture, a Northern Flicker, a Great Crested Flycatcher, a Warbling Vireo, Marsh Wrens (2), a singing American Redstart (inside the Main Ring), Henslow's Sparrows (2), a Savannah Sparrow, a Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Indigo Buntings (3), Dickcissels (3), Eastern Meadowlarks (10) and Baltimore Orioles (2). Glenn was also in the Lab today. Here are additional birds of interest found during his monitoring session. First, he only saw a single Common Moorhen as has been the case all week. One of his most interesting sightings was watching a flying, Great Horned Owl carry a dead Fox Squirrel to a perch and proceed to watch Glenn and the summer intern who was monitoring with him. His best birds of the morning were a Yellow-billed Cuckoo and a singing Blue Grosbeak. Other morning sightings were a Hairy Woodpecker (feeding young), a Brown Thrasher, Cedar Waxwings, Henslow's Sparrows (4), Grasshopper Sparrows (3), Dickcissels, Bobolinks and an Orchard Oriole. Dave

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The weather today was great, in the 70's all morning. The winds did pick-up midmorning to 15 mph, but this helped deter the mosquitoes. The early morning was a grassland bird monitoring session. The results were mixed. Bobolinks were a major disappointment with only 1 found in my survey areas (5 others were found elsewhere). Other grassland birds found were Sedge Wrens (12), a Grasshopper Sparrow, Henslow's Sparrows (10), Dickcissels (29) and Eastern Meadowlarks. A very late morning trip thru the Sparrow Hedge Area produced a Pied-billed Grebe, a Green Heron, a Blue-winged Teal, a Moorhen (in the slots), a Bell's Vireo, Marsh Wrens, Indigo Buntings and a Baltimore Oriole. Other birds of interest around the Lab were a Great Horned Owl, an Eastern Phoebe, Great Crested Flycatchers, Eastern Bluebirds, an American Redstart and an Orchard Oriole. Osprey Nests 1 and 3 had chicks visible today (both with 2 chicks). The Nest 3 chicks were quite large while the smaller, Nest 1 chicks were in the process of being fed. Nest 2 appears to be in the same stage as Nests 1 and 3 were last week with the adults apparently tending the not quite visible young. The most interesting sighting of the morning was flushing a female Mallard, in the middle of a grassland survey area, and finding a nest with 3 eggs. Dave

Monday, June 11, 2018

Denis was in the Lab this morning and found the Grasshopper Sparrow that we missed yesterday. Even more interesting was the pair of American Woodcocks flushed in the Arbor Day Area. This would make it a possible breeder for the current survey period. Dave

Sunday, June 10, 2018

The periodic rain did not hinder our birding this morning - actually the mosquitoes were a bigger factor. Temps hovering around 65 deg, were quite pleasant. The Slits again produced the pair of Common Moorhens which, at times, displayed affectionate pecking to one another. Two Green Herons were also in the area plus a female Wood Duck with 6-7 ducklings. The rest of the morning was spent spot checking various areas around the Lab. Grasslands, all having a background noise of Dickcissels, produced many Eastern Meadowlarks, good numbers of Henslow's Sparrows (in some locations), Sedge Wrens (in small numbers) and a couple of Savannah Sparrows. The weather conditions may explain the lack of both Grasshopper Sparrows and Bobolinks. Other birds of note were a Blue-winged Teal, Sandhill Cranes (pair, foraging in a bean field), a Great Horned Owl (perched out in the open, in the rain), a Northern Flicker, American Kestrels (2), a Red-eyed Vireo, Eastern Bluebirds and a couple of Brown Thrashers calling from a couple of very small woodlots. Finally, we could not get any more information on the status of the three Osprey Nests since the rain forced the Nest 1 and 3 birds to cover their nest's contents. Nest 2 is still brooding. Dave

Thursday, June 7, 2018

The weather was fine this morning with temps starting in the low 60's and rising into the high 70's with mild winds. Unfortunately, we are starting to pay for having the wettest May on record with a large population of mosquitoes. The slots provided a Green Heron, lots of singing Marsh Wrens, the 2 Common Moorhens found yesterday and a muskrat. There was good activity in the Sparrow Hedge Lakes Region early in the morning. Seen in the southern portion of the area was a Blue-winged Teal in the corn field fuddle plus 6 Great Egrets (another 9 were at the Sea of Evanescence). Also, in the corn field there was a lone Sandhill Crane and a couple of coyotes. Several Bobolinks were found in the prairie southwest of the Sparrow Hedge. Other birds in the Sparrow Hedge area were Pied-billed Grebes, more Green Herons, a Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Bell's Vireos, Sedge Wrens, Brown Thrashers (several singing) and Swamp Sparrows. Marcia and Gail were also in the Lab today as was Glenn working with a Lab intern. Here is a composite of the birds found by our three groups. The highlight birds were Wood Ducks, a Great Horned Owl, another Ruby-throated Hummingbird, a Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flickers, an American Kestrel, Red-eyed Vireos, Warbling Vireos, a Yellow-throated Vireo (nice find by Marcia and Gail), a Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, an American Redstart, a Grasshopper Sparrow, Henslow's Sparrows, Indigo Buntings, Dickcissels, more Bobolinks, Eastern Meadowlarks and Baltimore Orioles. Osprey Nest 2 was still being brooded while at both Nests 1 and 3 it appears that hatching was in the process or had already taken place. I observed, at both these nests, the adults standing in the nest and at times tending to the contents. Though, I did not see any movement of young with the scope. Several American Redstarts were found in an area that last year we listed as "likely but not confirmed" for breeding status. Maybe this year. Dave

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Donna reported finding a second Common Moorhen this morning in the A.E. Sea Slots. Dave

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

The Common Moorhen was found again this morning in the A.E. Slots. Dave

Sunday, June 3, 2018

It was pleasantly cool this morning warming only into the 70's. It was breezy (10-15 mph) and this had some effect during our grassland birding. Starting at the A.E.C. Slots, Denis spotted a Least Bittern flyover. Also found in the area were Pied-billed Grebes, a Great Crested Flycatcher (not a likely spot) and an Eastern Kingbird. Then the bird of the day, found in the center slot, was a Common Moorhen (only the 5th sighting in the Lab). The bird was very corporative and gave us great looks. The remainder of the morning was spent checking out grassland/shrubland areas not typically birded. One location provided good numbers of both Henslow's Sparrows and Bobolinks. The same grassland also provided a Savannah Sparrow, Dickcissels and Eastern Meadowlarks. In other areas we found a Blue-winged Teal, an American Coot, an Eastern Wood-Pewee, a Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Eastern Bluebirds, Grasshopper Sparrows, Indigo Buntings and both Baltimore Orioles and Orchard Orioles. Only Osprey Nest 2 was observed early in the morning and both Osprey were present. Later, a single Osprey was observed flying over Lake Law. Finally, Peter arriving early, spotted a pair of Sandhill Cranes flying over A.E. Sea. Dave

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Marcia and Gail were in this morning to close out the month and, hopefully, the recent heat wave. They did have one lingering warbler migrant, an American Redstart. Visiting the Injector area Osprey Nests, they found 2 Ospreys on Nest 1 and a single Osprey brooding on Nest 3. Their other birds were a nice mix of summer birds found around the Lab. Those birds included Great Blue Herons (6), Great Egrets (2), Green Herons (2), a Turkey Vulture, an Eastern Wood-Pewee, a Willow Flycatcher, a Great Crested Flycatcher, an Eastern Kingbird, a Warbling Vireo and a Red-eyed Vireo, a Henslow's Sparrow, an Eastern Towhee, Indigo Buntings (2), Dickcissel (8), Bobolinks (2), Eastern Meadowlarks (8) and a Baltimore Oriole. Dave

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

It was not the temperature but the humidity that defined this morning's trip to the Lab. The increased mosquito and gnat activity was also a factor. The first half of the morning was devoted to a pre-breeding grassland bird survey. Although some of the numbers were small, all of the desired grassland species were found including Sedge Wrens (13), Field Sparrows (6), Grasshopper Sparrows (4), Henslow's Sparrows (7), Dickcissels (11), Bobolinks (9) and Eastern Meadowlarks (20). All three Osprey Nests remain in the brooding stage. The later morning did not produce too much of interest. Birds found were Great Egrets (5), a Green Heron, a Blue-winged Teal, Bell's Vireos (2), Eastern Bluebirds (3) and Baltimore Orioles (2). Dave

Sunday, May 27, 2018

The morning started warm and got much warmer during our visit. Rarely do birders hope for more of a breeze; this morning we did. We spent most of the morning in the Sparrow Hedge/Lakes Region and did quite well. We started out the morning hearing a Least Bittern define its territory. Another highlight of the morning was finding a number of late shorebirds in the drying up fuddle in the fields south of the Hedge. Those found were Semipalmated Plovers (2), Killdeer, Spotted Sandpipers (3-4), Semipalmated Sandpipers and Least Sandpipers. At the Sea of Evanescence, we spotted both an Osprey and a Caspian Tern flying over heading west. Other birds in the area were Wood Ducks, Blue-winged Teal, a Hooded Merganser, a Pied-billed Grebe, a Green Heron, Great Egrets, a Flyover Bald Eagle, a Yellow-billed Cuckoo (calling), Bell's Vireos (3-4), Alder Flycatchers (calling), both Sedge Wrens and Marsh Wrens, an American Redstart, Swamp Sparrows (singing) and an Orchard Oriole. A quick trip to the north part of the Lab produced some of the same shorebirds, a Horned Lark and some Dickcissels. Dave

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

It was a great morning for birding with temps starting in the mid 50's increasing to 70. The minimal winds were no factor. Early the A.E. Sea slots had a Song on the floating vegetation while Marsh Wrens were singing from the cattails. It was a great morning for flycatchers with 8 species being found. Six of these were in the Sparrow Hedge area including an Olive-sided Flycatcher (actually 2 sightings were made; one on the east end of the Sparrow Hedge, the other on the west end; 2 birds???), an Eastern Wood-Pewee, a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, an Alder Flycatcher, Willow Flycatchers and an Eastern Kingbird. Elsewhere, an Eastern Phoebe and Great Crested Flycatchers were found. Other birds found in the Hedge area were a Pied-billed Grebe (singing), a Caspian Tern, Sedge Wrens, Brown Thrashers, a Nashville Warbler and American Redstarts. Found elsewhere were Wood Ducks, an American Coot, an American Kestrel and Baltimore Orioles. I watched an aggressive Blue-gray Gnatcatcher dive several times at a female Brown-headed Cowbird, finally driving the cowbird out of the area. All three Osprey nests were still being brooded. The males for Nests 2 and 3 were in their respective areas. In addition, Peter reported finding a Philadelphia Vireo during Sunday's (May 20) poor weather. Dave

Saturday, May 19, 2018

During the morning, the temps were between 55 and 65 degrees, cloudy and the wind was not much of a factor. A very early trip around the Sparrow Hedge produced little of interest. Highlights were a singing Pied-billed Grebe, a Green Heron, a couple of Soras (flushed from path), Willow Flycatchers (singing), both Sedge Wrens and Marsh Wrens (singing), Brown Thrashers (singing), Indigo Buntings and a Baltimore Oriole. Some of the other birds found elsewhere were Wood Ducks, Sandhill Cranes, Eastern Wood-Pewees, Eastern Phoebes, Great Crested Flycatchers, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers (in most suitable locations), Cedar Waxwings, a Savannah Sparrow and a Bobolink. Talk about competition, six Blue-winged Teal flew over and landed in a fuddle near a single female teal. All three Osprey Nests were actively being brooded this morning. Only two migrant warblers were found, a Magnolia Warbler and, the bird of my day, a Hooded Warbler. Later in the morning Glenn led a DuPage Bird Club trip in the Sparrow Hedge Area and the Big Woods and did much better than me. Starting with the Sparrow Hedge, he added a Northern Shoveler, Least Sandpiper and Lesser Yellowlegs from the temporary fuddle south of the Hedge. Found in other areas of the Sparrow Hedge Region were a Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Alder Flycatchers (2), Bell's Vireos (3 singing males and a female), a Blackpoll Warbler, a Wilson's Warbler and Orchard Orioles (2). Birds found in the Big Woods and elsewhere were a Bald Eagle (Main Ring), a Virginia Rail, a Spotted Sandpiper, a Yellow-billed Cuckoo (heard), Philadelphia Vireos (2), Horned Larks, a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Eastern Bluebirds (2), Tennessee Warblers (2), a Magnolia Warbler, Bay-breasted Warblers (3), Blackburnian Warblers (2), Chestnut-sided Warblers (2), a Black-throated Green Warbler, Henslow's Sparrows (3), a Swamp Sparrow and a Scarlet Tanager. Dave

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Marcia and Gail were in the Lab this morning to survey their regular locations in the Ring areas. In addition, they confirmed the Osprey pairs were at all three nest sites. A mix of sparrows found included a Chipping Sparrow, a Field Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrows (4), a Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrows (2) and a Lincoln's Sparrow. Other birds found included a Cooper's Hawk, a Bald Eagle, Soras (2), a Spotted Sandpiper, a Great Crested Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, a Yellow-throated Vireo, a Red-eyed Vireo, a Scarlet Tanager, Indigo Buntings (2) and Bobolinks (7). Dave

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Here is a review of the highlights from late April through early May 2018. XXX On April 19th, Marcia and Gail still reported a fair list of waterfowl including Canada Geese, Wood Ducks (2), Blue-winged Teal (2), Northern Shoveler (21), Gadwall (2), Mallards, Lesser Scaup (2), Hooded Merganser (2), Common Merganser (2), a Red-breasted Merganser and Ruddy Ducks (41). The Osprey Nest 1 pair were seen copulating. Other birds found were a Northern Harrier, a male Belted Kingfisher, both a Golden-crowned Kinglet and Ruby-crowned Kinglets (4), an Eastern Bluebird, Hermit Thrushes (quite a high number of 10), Fox Sparrows (2), a Dark- eyed Junco and a Vesper Sparrow. XXX The last week of April and early May produced an impressive list of mid-migration birds. The combined list from Glenn, Marcia and Gail follows. By this time the waterfowl migration was nearing its end. Those still found were Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shovelers (18), Bufflehead (3), a Ruddy Duck and Common Mergansers (3). Sparrows, as usual, were the key family showing activity during this period. Those showing up were a Le Conte's Sparrow, Chipping Sparrows (5), a Vesper Sparrow, a Clay-colored Sparrow, Field Sparrows (2), White-throated Sparrows (2), a Savannah Sparrow, a Henslow's Sparrow, Song Sparrows (14), Swamp Sparrow and still a Dark-eyed Junco. Shorebirds appeared to be just starting north with Lesser Yellowlegs (3), Wilson's Snipe (5) and a Solitary Sandpiper being found. Neotropical migrants were just starting in numbers including Blue-headed Vireos (2), a Veery, a Gray-cheeked Thrush, a Swainson's Thrush, Tennessee Warblers (4), a Northern Waterthrush, a Northern Parula, a Black-throated Green Warbler, a Scarlet Tanager and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks (4). Palm Warblers and Yellow-rumped warblers were winding down. Other birds found during this period were a Bald Eagle (Main Ring), a Sandhill Crane, Sora (9), American Coots (in smaller numbers), Caspian Terns (2), American Kestrels (pr, copulating by a nest box), Brown Creepers, Marsh Wrens, a Winter Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglets, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Bobolinks and both an Orchard Oriole and Baltimore Orioles (2). Dave

Thursday, May 10, 2018

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

Saturday, May 5, 2018

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

Sunday, April 15, 2018

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

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