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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Another beautiful start to a morning of birding in the Lab with above normal temps, mostly sunny skies and moderate winds. It did cloud up later but the temperature remained pleasant. There were only Mallards and Canada Geese on Lake Law, but the Sea of Evanescence produced several Northern Shovelers. Later, three Green-winged Teal were found on DUSAF Pond. The Sparrow in the Lakes region had shifted to almost exclusively American Tree Sparrows except for one group of birds at the southeast area of the Sparrow Hedge. The flock consisted of Fox Sparrows (over a half dozen), Song Sparrows, White-throated Sparrows, Dark-eyed Juncos and of course American Tree Sparrows. Swamp Sparrows were later added near DUSAF. Several Great Blue Herons were still in the Lakes Region. The Garden Club was as quiet as I have ever heard it as were most of the other locations I visited. The feeders quite active, but only the typical year-round and winter residents. The only other bird of mention was a flushed Great Horned Owl on the west side of the Lab. Dave

Sunday, November 22, 2015

The morning began cold and clear with a mild wind and snow cover. Both American Tree Sparrows and Cedar Waxwings were found in many locations. Dark-eyed Juncos were spotty, but we did have a nice "Oregon" Dark-eyed Junco near the center of the Lab. A couple of Wilson's Snipes were found in one of the still open creeks. Several Northern Flickers, an American Kestrel and around a half dozen Eastern Bluebirds were found in the Main Injector area. Waterfowl were sparse except for several large groups of Canada Geese and several Greater White-fronted Geese (in the Buffalo Fields). In the open waters around the Lab, several Gadwall, Common Goldeneyes and Hooded Mergansers were found. Also found was a Pied-billed Grebe (L.Law), a Northern Harrier, Horned Larks (North Roads), American Robins (again in many locations) and Red-winged Blackbirds (in diminishing numbers from past visits). Dave

Friday, November 20, 2015

It was another late afternoon trip to the Lab today. The wind was a nonfactor for the first visit in sometime. Later, the beginning snow had some impact as darkness approached. Main Ring Lake provided some diversity in water birds including a Pied-billed Grebe, a Lesser Scaup, a Bufflehead (both of these were females), Hooded Mergansers (about 20), several Ruddy Ducks, and an American Coot. A Great Horned Owl was heard hooting along Eola Road. Main Ring Woods produced a Hairy Woodpecker and Fox Sparrow. The most interesting experience started in MRW by hearing a group of Sandhill Cranes flying overhead. As their calls faded, I assumed they flew off. A little later, outside the woods, I heard a couple of crane calls. I drove around to the south end of the Ring and, sure enough, 26 Sandhill Cranes soon rose from a marshy area. All except one headed south. This one circled and went back to the original takeoff area. Several minutes later two more groups of 12 and 19 cranes arose and also headed south. Light was fading and I wondered if any remained to spend the night. Glenn was able to find what I missed, that being a Short-eared Owl as darkness fell. It was in a strange location flying from the Main Ring over the Ring's berm toward the Main Injector. On Thursday he also had another one in a more typical location, along North Eola Road. Dave

Sunday, November 15, 2015

It was a beautiful but rather uneventful morning of birding at the Lab today. The bird of the day was a Merlin spotted by Glenn before anyone else arrived. Waterfowl were sparse with only Gadwall , Lesser Scaup and Hooded Mergansers worthy of note. Sparrow numbers continue to drop in both number of species and overall number of birds. Found were American Tree Sparrows, Song Sparrows, Swamp Sparrows, White-throated Sparrows, White-crowned Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos. A highlight was several mixed flocks of Horned Larks and Lapland Longspurs in the soybean fields on the north end of the Lab. Other birds of note were a juvenile Northern Harrier, a couple of American Kestrels and a Hairy Woodpecker. Dave

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Glenn was in the Lab today and again had a couple of late birds including an Eastern Meadowlark (Buffalo Fields) and, again, a Marsh Wren at A.E. Sea. Some of his other sightings were a Northern Pintail (Sea of Evanescence), a Ruddy Duck (Main Ring Lake) and an American Kestrel (male on Wilson Rd). He also reported a Cattle Egret (I assume by the Buffalo Wallow) on Tuesday. Dave

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

A late afternoon, early evening visit to the Lab was intended to be all about owls but all I could come up with was a single Great Horned Owl. The heavy winds with strong gusts were the major issue. Short-eared Owls were one of the species I was searching for. The main target area, inside the Main Ring, was occupied by three Northern Harriers fighting the wind as they hunted. Included was a "Grey Ghost" male and two brightly colored juveniles. Finally, a Rough-legged Hawk showed up in the same area. If the short-eareds were in the area, there were certainly enough deterrents to keep them on the ground. Earlier in the day Gail was in to do some of her monitoring. Many of her sightings were of the typical resident birds of the Lab. Other birds of note were an American Kestrel, American Tree Sparrows, several White-throated Sparrows (12), Red-winged Blackbirds (2 groups) and a Common Grackle. Dave

Sunday, November 8, 2015

It was quite cold this morning as indicated by our first ice of the season (mostly on the edges of A.E. Sea and DUSAF). Otherwise it was quite pleasant with sunny skies and minimal wind. The passerines were quite still early on, but soon came to life. Most of the expected sparrows were, again, in the Hedge-Lakes region. Overall numbers are still diminishing. Found were American Tree Sparrows, Fox Sparrows (some singing), Song Sparrows, Swamp Sparrows, White-throated Sparrows, White-crowned Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos. Water birds found in the Lakes Region were a Pied-billed Grebe, Cackling Geese, Greater White-fronted Geese (actually found in the Buffalo fields), Gadwall, American Wigeon, American Black Ducks, Northern Shovelers, Northern Pintails, Green-winged Teal (still lots around), Hooded Mergansers, Ruddy Ducks and Killdeer. Highlight birds found mostly on the east side of the Lab were a Northern Harrier, a Cooper's Hawk, American Kestrels (2-Main Injector area), a Northern Flicker, Northern Shrike, a Marsh Wren (next to the latest sighting), Golden-crowned Kinglet, and a Pine Siskin. Later, in the early afternoon Glenn added a couple of Brown Creepers in the Big Woods. Denis reported a Great Egret (another bird at the edge of its yearly distribution) during midweek at Swan Lake. Finally, I had two Northern Harriers hunting the main Ring Prairie on Saturday morning. Dave

Monday, November 2, 2015

Glenn reported 14 Dunlin are back in the area, I assume at A.E. Sea. Other information from him listed the other birds of interest found as a Ring-necked Pheasant, a Marsh Wren (still at A.E. Sea) and a Golden-crowned Kinglet. Dave

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Bright and sunny with a moderate wind and seasonal temps for the morning at the Lab. Lots of Canada Geese were on A.E. Sea early. Other birds found there and on Lake Law were Pied-billed Grebe, Gadwall, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked Duck, Bufflehead, Ruddy Duck and American Coot. The only shorebirds found were Greater Yellowlegs and a Dunlin. Sparrows are still around in decent numbers with some changes. First, Swamp Sparrows were almost nonexistent after being, by far, the dominant species last week. Sparrows found were American Tree Sparrows, Savannah Sparrows, Fox Sparrows, Song Sparrows, Lincoln's Sparrows (several, tied for latest sighting week), Swamp Sparrow (one possibly two), White-throated Sparrows (second most abundant species), White-crowned Sparrows (most abundant species) and a Dark-eyed Junco. Other birds of interest for the morning started with probably the same Northern Shrike seen last week in the between-the-Lakes area. Others were Cedar Waxwings (still around in good numbers), a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Eastern Bluebirds, a Yellow-rumped Warbler, a Purple Finch and a Common Grackle. Dave

Friday, October 30, 2015

Marcia was in this morning and had much more pleasant weather than I had yesterday. It sounds like she had more passerines enjoying the positive weather also. She had some Cedar Waxwings and sparrows were still around with some variety including American Tree Sparrows, Fox Sparrows, White-throated Sparrows, White-crowned Sparrows, Song Sparrows, Dark-eyed Juncos and a single Swamp Sparrow. A lone Eastern Towhee was a highlight, being one week before its typical last showing. In Main Ring Lake she found some water birds including Pied-billed Grebes, Greater White-fronted Geese (9), Wood Ducks (Indian Creek), and several Green-winged Teal. Dave

Thursday, October 29, 2015

The weather this morning was nasty. It was cloudy, cold with whitecaps on Lake Law - need I say more. Later, occasional light showers added to the "cheery" morning. Passerines in the Lakes region were very subdued due to the high winds. Sparrows were poor. When flushed they would immediately fly a short distance and drop out of sight. Only Song Sparrows and White-throated Sparrows were found. A.E. Sea did produce waterfowl and shorebirds, while several American Pipits still remain in the area. The bulk of the waterfowl were Green-winged Teal (approx. 200). In addition several each of Northern Shovelers and Gadwall were present. Shorebirds showed a little more diversity including Killdeer (80 plus), Greater Yellowlegs (10-12), a Lesser Yellowlegs, Dunlin (20) and a Wilson's Snipe. Sheltered in a corner of DUSAF Pond, out of the wind, were seven Great Egrets and three Great Blue Herons. There was quite a bit more activity in the sheltered Garden Club where White-crowned Sparrows (30 plus), Fox Sparrows and an American Kestrel were added. The west side of the Big Woods was very quiet, while the east (leeward) side showed some activity. Among the expected woodpeckers, chickadees, nuthatches and blackbirds were a couple of Golden-crowned Kinglets and several Rusty Blackbirds. Finally, among about 200 Canada Geese on Main Ring Lake were several Cackling Geese. Dave

Sunday, October 25, 2015

The morning started out a little brisk and sunny with very little wind. Other than Canada Geese, there was not a large number of waterfowl. There were, however, a fairly good variety including Cackling Geese, Wood Ducks, Gadwall, American Black Ducks, Mallards, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shovelers, Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked Ducks and Ruddy Ducks. There was also a good variety of late season shorebirds with Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Pectoral Sandpipers, Dunlins, a White-rumped Sandpiper, a Baird's Sandpiper, a Short-billed Sandpiper and a Wilson's Snipe. Seen today were a large number of Swamp Sparrows joined by American Tree Sparrows, Field Sparrows, Song Sparrows, White-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos. Other highlights were Pied-billed Grebes, Sharp-shinned Hawks, Eastern Phoebe (late), Marsh Wren (late), Golden-crowned Kinglets, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Brown-headed Cowbirds, a Hermit Thrush, several Purple Finches (Sparrow Hedge) and, the bird of the day, an early Northern Shrike. Later, Glenn added 4 Greater White-fronted Geese and a Belted Kingfisher. Again, all of today's birding was done on the east side of the Lab. Dave

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Here are some of the sightings from this past week that I received while on my fall camping trip. First, last Sunday's highlights were some Dunlins, three Orange-crowned Warblers (fairly high daily number for this species), Fox Sparrows and a Le Conte's Sparrow. Peter reported a Turkey Vulture around Wilson's Hall, while a Merlin was reported on Wednesday. Dave

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Marcia and Gail were in this morning doing their monitoring of both Rings. Here are their highlights. First, both a Northern Harrier and Cooper's Hawk were found. Next, an Eastern Towhee was still in the area along with a good number of Cedar Waxwings (this has been a very good year for them). Sparrows found included White-throated Sparrows, White-crowned Sparrows and a couple of Lincoln's Sparrows. Dave

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Al Stokie was in the Lab this morning and accumulated an impressive list of birds. The waterfowl highlights were Gadwall, Northern Shovelers, American Wigeon, Northern Pintails, Green-winged Teal, Blue-winged Teal, a Ring-necked Duck and Ruddy Ducks. Shorebirds found were Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Least Sandpipers, a White-rumped Sandpiper and a Wilson's Snipe. Other interesting sightings were an adult Bald Eagle, a Northern Harrier, a Cooper's Hawk, a Sora, an American Coot, Bonaparte's Gull, American Pipits, an Orange-crowned Warbler and Purple Finches. Dave

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The morning started sunny, cool with a mild wind. It warmed up as the morning wore on while the winds increased only minimally. When I started on the east side of A.E. Sea, a large flock of Dark-eyed Juncos flew into the lab from the northeast and dispersed around the Sea. Both Greater Yellowlegs and Lesser Yellowlegs still remain in and around A.E. Sea along with American Pipits and, of course, Killdeer. Some of the Green-winged Teal are starting to show their true colors. Waterfowl are slowly arriving, found on Lake Law were Canada Geese (in increasing numbers), Gadwall, American Wigeon, Northern Shovelers, and Ring-necked Ducks. There were also Pied-billed Grebe there. Sparrows were quite active in the area including a Le Conte's Sparrow, a Fox Sparrow, Song Sparrows (most I've seen this season), Lincoln's Sparrows, Swamp Sparrows (most numerous aside from the juncos mentioned earlier), White-throated Sparrows, and White-crowned Sparrows. Added in the Garden Club were a Field Sparrow and several Savannah Sparrows. Other birds found in the Sparrow Hedge area were a Cooper's Hawk (buzzing the Hedge low), an Eastern Phoebe, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, an Eastern Bluebird, a Hermit Thrush (first of the season), and a couple of Purple Finches. Peter also reported a Snow Goose by Swan Lake on the west side of the Lab. Dave

Sunday, October 11, 2015

The morning started sunny and breezy but a little cool although it warmed up fast. Again the whole morning was spent on the east side of the Lab. It was an interesting morning in that we had a number of birds that were at or near the edge of their typical yearly Fermilab distribution. First was a migrant Osprey (next to the latest fall sighting week) heading south along the Lab's eastern boundary. Other birds "near the edge" were a Green Heron (new latest sighting), several Chimney Swifts (next to the latest sighting date), Barn Swallows (again next to the latest sighting date) and an American Tree Sparrow (tied for the earliest fall sighting). A.E. Sea provided some interesting birds starting with three White-rumped Sandpipers and several American Pipits foraging the edge of the shoreline plants (first of the year). The only other shorebirds were Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs and Lesser Yellowlegs. The only new waterfowl was a male Northern Pintail joined by the expected Northern Shovelers and Green-winged Teal. Sparrows were our main targets; found were American Tree Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Le Conte's Sparrow (found by Glenn before our arrival), Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow (been a good year for these), Swamp Sparrows, White-throated Sparrows and White-crowned Sparrows (again, most abundant sparrow). Other birds found in the Sparrow Hedge area were an Eastern Phoebe, a Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Cedar Waxwings, Eastern Bluebirds, Yellow-rumped Warblers and Palm Warblers. Besides more sparrows, both Rusty Blackbirds and a Brown-headed Cowbird were added at the Garden Club. Lastly, Dave Shemanske reported Sandhill Cranes flying over the village on Friday. Dave

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Marcia and Gail today had many of the same birds on the west and central portions of the Lab today as were found yesterday. Plus they added a Wood Ducks, a Cooper's Hawk, a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and Common Grackles. Dave

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Weather-wise it was an almost perfect start to the morning being mostly cloudy, mild with no wind. The wind picked up throughout the morning as the sun slowly took over the skies. Despite these favorable conditions, the birds were quiet and did not show much movement to start. After awhile the birds perked up and showed some life. The one exception, again, the American Goldfinches which were feeding everywhere. Sparrows were the bulk of the action in the Sparrow Hedge area including Song Sparrows, Lincoln's Sparrows, Swamp Sparrows, White-throated Sparrows, White-crowned Sparrows (most abundant species today, Swamp Sparrows second) and Dark-eyed Juncos (first of the season). Other than one Nashville Warbler, most of the warblers were Yellow-rumped Warblers with some Palm Warblers. Mixed in with these warblers were several each of Golden-crowned Kinglets and Ruby-crowned Kinglets. Again at A.E. Sea there were no new waterfowl for the week, but the first American Coots of the season were together in a tight group (approx. 40). Shorebirds at the Sea are again diminishing. Found were several each of Greater Yellowlegs and Lesser Yellowlegs and a Solitary Sandpiper. The Garden Club had all the same sparrows as the Hedge plus a Chipping Sparrow. Other birds found, mostly on the west side of the Lab, were a Hairy Woodpecker, House Wrens, Marsh Wrens, Cedar Waxwings, Eastern Towhees, and Indigo Buntings. My favorite sighting of the morning was coming upon what appeared to be a sleeping Great Horned Owl on a tree limb on the west side. All of a sudden the owl dropped down and pounced onto the path. Unfortunately for him he missed his target, but it was neat to see a Great Horned actively hunting in the middle of the day. Finally, Peter reported finding a Belted Kingfisher yesterday, probably by Swan Lake. Dave

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Finally, there was some relief from the strong northeast winds we've had for almost a week. The birds definitely appeared to respond by being more active and readily available for viewing. Beyond this the day was cool and overcast. Our morning was spent wholly on the east side of the Lab. Our best bird of the morning was found early on. It was an early Lapland Longspur (tied for the earliest fall migrant for this species). Better than this was the experience of the sighting. The longspur was on the Lake Law berm feeding among the gravel of the trail. We were able to approach to within approx. 10 feet of the bird (of course I did not have my camera). This was a remarkable experience, only matched by the fact that Denis' group had the same experience about a half hour later. Sparrows are now the key family of interest around the Lab. Sparrows found were Chipping Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow (still most abundant), White-crowned Sparrow (a close second in abundance) and White-throated Sparrow. Not a lot of diversity in shorebirds was found. We had the typical Killdeer, a Stilt Sandpiper and a good number of Greater Yellowlegs (15 to 20) all seen from the west side of A.E. Sea. We went around Owl's Nest Woods to the south side of the Sea to get a better view, but when we got there all the shorebirds were gone. We questioned why they were gone. The answer came from Denis, who was behind us, reporting a Peregrine Falcon had flown by them carrying a yellowlegs. There were no new waterfowl to report for the week. Warbler numbers were down, but we did add a Nashville Warbler and a Orange-crowned Warbler to the expected Yellow-rumped Warblers, Palm Warblers and Common Yellowthroats found. Other birds found during the morning were a Green Heron, Coopers Hawks (4 or 5), Soras (heard), an Eastern Phoebe, a House Wren, Marsh Wrens, Golden-crowned Kinglets, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, a Swainson's Thrush, Cedar Waxwings, a Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Indigo Buntings and several Rusty Blackbirds. Dave

Thursday, October 1, 2015

The morning was partly cloudy, cool and quite windy. These winds did have an effect on the birds in such a way that "if" the sparrows flushed, they would drop out of sight into the foliage. Most of the warblers did not appear to be greatly affected. Speaking of warblers, only the late season warblers were found with a good number of Palm Warblers and Yellow-rumped Warblers (which outnumbered the Palms at least 4 to 1). There were also several Common Yellowthroats. Sparrows found in the Sparrow Hedge Area were Song Sparrows, Lincoln's Sparrows (3), Swamp Sparrows (most abundant species), a White-throated Sparrow (yes, just one?), and White-crowned Sparrows (many also found in Garden Club). Again, there was a good number of Chimney Swifts buzzing the Sparrow Hedge area. It was neat seeing the swifts fly in front of the Gibbous moon. A.E. Sea had about 25-30 shorebirds including a Solitary Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Stilt Sandpipers (at least 2), and a Wilson's Snipe. Additionally, a good number of Killdeer were found. Waterfowl there were Wood Ducks, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shovelers, Green-winged Teal and Hooded Mergansers (2). Additionally, only a Hairy Woodpecker and a couple of Eastern Phoebes were worth mentioning. Dave

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Even though it was a windy morning, Marcia and Gail did have some good bird activity. Most of their finds were passerines, but some raptors were found including a Cooper's Hawk (same area inside the Main Injector as previous sightings) and a couple of American Kestrels. The only warblers found were Yellow-rumped Warblers and a single Magnolia Warbler. They did not have a lot of sparrows but did have good diversity - a Chipping Sparrow, a Savannah Sparrow, several Song Sparrows, a Lincoln's Sparrow, a Swamp Sparrow and the first White-crowned Sparrows (2)of the fall migration. Other birds found were Eastern Phoebe, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet and Eastern Bluebird. Dave

Sunday, September 27, 2015

It was a pleasant, overcast morning for birding today though the overcast skies made it difficult to ID the warblers high in the trees. Speaking of warblers, a good number were seen both in the Sparrow Hedge Area and Main Ring Woods. Overall the majority were Palm Warblers and Yellow-rumped Warblers - after all it is that time of year. Other warblers found were Tennessee Warblers, an Orange-crowned Warbler, Nashville Warblers, a Magnolia Warbler, Bay-breasted Warblers, Blackpoll Warblers and Common Yellowthroats - none of these in any large quantities. Waterfowl are slowly increasing in numbers though nothing new was found. Seen were Wood Ducks, an American Wigeon, Blue-winged Teal, Green-winged Teal and Northern Shovelers. Shorebirds at A.E. Sea were Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs and Wilson's Snipe. Later, Stilt Sandpiper and Short-billed Dowitcher were added by Denis' group. All-in-all the Lakes region was quite alive with bird activity. Most obvious was the large number of Chimney Swifts circling the area throughout the morning. Other highlights in this area were a Northern Harrier, a Sharp-shinned Hawk (headed south), a Sora, a Common Nighthawk (low over A.E. Sea), a Belted Kingfisher (Sea of Evanescence), a Sedge Wren, Cedar Waxwings, a Lincoln's Sparrow and White-throated Sparrows (about a dozen in the Hedge area). We did run across all the expected woodpeckers for a fall morning including Red-bellied Woodpeckers, a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Downy Woodpeckers, Hairy Woodpeckers and a Northern Flicker. The remaining highlights were an American Kestrel, a Great Horned Owl, Eastern Towhees and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks. Dave

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Marcia and Gail had many of the same birds I had yesterday, but they also found five birds needed for the last week of September on Peter's Site List. The gaps they filled were for Green Heron, Cooper's Hawk, Ovenbird, a Clay-colored Sparrow (first for the fall migration) and a quite late Baltimore Oriole. They also found an Eastern Bluebird (not too abundant recently), a couple of Lincoln's Sparrows and a couple of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks. Dave

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

It was just a beautiful morning for birding today, mostly sunny with both mild temps (for the season) and winds. The two prominent species in the Sparrow Hedge area were American Goldfinches (feeding on seeds off plants) and Cedar Waxwings (feeding on berries and hawking insects). A good mix of warblers were to be had in this area as well including Tennessee Warblers, a Nashville Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Palm Warblers (both of these two species are increasing in numbers), a Bay-breasted Warbler, Blackpoll Warblers, American Redstarts (were still the most numerous species) and Common Yellowthroats. Other birds of note in the Sparrow Hedge area were Northern Shovelers, Chimney Swifts (several buzzing the area), Ruby-crowned Kinglets, a Brown Thrasher, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, and both Lincoln's Sparrows and Swamp Sparrows (my first migrant sparrows of the season). Several small groups of warblers were found elsewhere but they contained no new species. However, a brightly plumed Yellow-throated Vireo was found. Some of the other birds found were Wood Ducks, Turkey Vultures (2), a Great Horned Owl, Eastern Phoebes (2), Marsh Wrens, and Indigo Buntings. There is still at least one juvenile Osprey hanging around Nest 1. Later, while leaving the Lab, a stop by A.E. Sea produced a Solitary Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs and a Stilt Sandpiper. Dave

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Today Ryan spotted a pair of Sandhill Cranes in the South Eola Road Grasslands. Dave

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Al Stokie was in this morning and concentrated on the shorebirds at A.E. Sea. His findings were Greater Yellowlegs (7), Lesser Yellowlegs (14), a Solitary Sandpiper, Least Sandpipers (6), Semipalmated Sandpipers (2), Pectoral Sandpipers (8), Stilt Sandpipers (11), Long-billed Dowitchers (at least 4), and a Wilson's Snipe. He also had both Blue-winged Teal and Green-winged Teal. Dave

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The morning was quite pleasant with mild temps, partly cloudy skies and a moderate breeze. There is still some presence at Osprey Nest 2 at Nepese. One of the young Ospreys was on the nest feeding on a quite large fish. Several shorebirds were found on DUSAF including Lesser Yellowlegs, Greater Yellowlegs, Killdeer and several Pectoral Sandpipers (one was limping). There was an increased number of Northern Shovelers on A.E. Sea along with the usual Wood Ducks and Blue-winged Teal, but the number of shorebirds on the south end dropped to just a few birds. The vast majority of Great Egrets and Great Blue Herons have moved from A.E. Sea to The Sea of Evanescence; the numbers of both were still quite high. A few nice groups of warblers were found in the Sparrow Hedge area with well over half being American Redstarts. Other warblers found were Tennessee Warblers, Blackpoll Warblers, Chestnut-sided Warblers, Common Yellowthroats and a Black-and-White Warbler. Also found in the area were a Caspian Tern, a Great Horned Owl (being mobbed by Blue Jays), Red-eyed Vireos, and a couple of Brown Thrashers. There was also a group of 30 plus Cedar Waxwings feeding on berries in the area trees. There were more warblers along the western edge of the Big Woods. Added here were Magnolia Warblers, Black-throated Warblers, a Bay-breasted Warbler and a Connecticut Warbler. An American Robin looked out of place sitting atop Osprey Nest 3 while an American Kestrel perched next to it. It's been a couple of weeks since either of the Ospreys have been around Nest 3. In the Nest 1 area, one of the juveniles was feeding while on the pole west of the nest as an adult was perched to the east of the nest. Added at Main Ring Lake were a Spotted Sandpiper, a Solitary Sandpiper, Least Sandpipers, a Semipalmated Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpipers and four Pied-billed Grebes. Marcia and Gail had also had some groups of warblers including Tennessee Warblers, Palm Warblers (first for the migration), a Blackpoll Warbler, an Ovenbird, Common Yellowthroats and a Wilson's Warbler. Other birds found in the Main Ring and Injector area were a couple of American Kestrels, Chimney Swifts, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, a Swainson's Thrush and a still larger group of Cedar Waxwings at 66. Dave

Sunday, September 6, 2015

The morning was mostly sunny, very warm from the start, with only a mild breeze. The warblers were not too numerous, but there was some variety including Tennessee Warblers, a Nashville Warbler, a Chestnut-sided Warbler, a Magnolia Warbler, American Redstarts, an Ovenbird, Common Yellowthroats, a Wilson's Warbler and a Canada Warbler. Shorebirds were similar to Glenn's findings yesterday including a Semipalmated Plover, Spotted Sandpiper, a Solitary Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Least Sandpipers, Pectoral Sandpipers, Stilt Sandpipers and Wilson's Snipe. These too were found between A.E. Sea and Main Ring Lake. A.E. Sea also produced the bird of the day Black Terns (2). Some of the other birds found were a Green-winged Teal, Green Herons, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, Red-eyed Vireos, Swainson's Thrushes and a surprise Grasshopper Sparrow. Dave

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Glenn had quite a good day of birding in the Lab today. Here are the highlight of his findings. First, the shorebirds found in A.E. Sea or Main Ring Lake were a Spotted Sandpiper, a Solitary Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Semipalmated Sandpipers, Least Sandpipers and Stilt Sandpipers. A pair of Barred Owls and a Great Horned Owl were flushed during his route. Raptors included 3 flyover Turkey Vultures, an Osprey (on Nest 2 platform), a Northern Harrier and a Cooper's Hawk. Several interesting Warblers were found including Blue-winged Warbler, Golden-winged Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Pine Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, American Redstart, Ovenbird, Connecticut Warbler and Canada Warbler. Other birds of interest were American Wigeon, Green Herons (7), an immature Black-crowned Night-Heron, a Sora, a Caspian Tern, a Chimney Swift, a Ruby-throated Hummingbird, a Warbling Vireo, Red-eyed Vireos and a Swainson's Thrush. Dave

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Another morning similar to the last two being very warm, mostly sunny, with a mild breeze and, most irritating, very humid. Not too much activity in the Sparrow Hedge area, but the Bell's Vireo is still singing near the first intersection on the path back to the Hedge. A Northern Harrier was flushed off the path, no prey seen, then continued to hunt the area. Shorebirds are starting to show up at the south end of A.E. Sea. There were a couple of Greater Yellowlegs and about a dozen Lesser Yellowlegs. No new waterfowl were found in the Lakes Region. At the north end of A.E. Sea Soras were heard and the following shorebirds were found, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpipers, Solitary Sandpipers, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Least Sandpipers, Pectoral Sandpipers, Long-billed Dowitchers and a Red-necked Phalarope (Bird of the Day). At one point a Cooper's Hawk flew over scattering these birds. Several warblers were found in the Big Woods area. All were either Tennessee Warblers or American Redstarts. A flyover Turkey Vulture and an American Kestrel (Main Inj. area) were also found during the morning. There was no change in the status of the Osprey nests from Tuesday. Dave

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Marcia and Gail were in for a hot morning of bird monitoring today. As they stated, "The heat did appear to affect the bird activity." The highlights of their morning were a Cooper's Hawk, 5 American Kestrels in the Main Injector area (another sign of a reasonably good year for Kestrels at the Lab), a Ruby-throated Hummingbird and Dickcissels (3-Main Ring Prairie). Dave

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