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Monday, September 15, 2014

It has been a remarkable week for birds on site. On Sunday the 7th a juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Heron was found on site. It spent all day Monday near Swan Lake where it was very cooperative for the many who came to see it. Later in the week I nearly ran over a Least Bittern that was sitting on the road right by the spot where the heron had been. Unfortunately, it flew into the nearby cattails before I thought to take a photo. On Friday a juvenile Peregrine Falcon was photographed on the 14th floor ledges of the High Rise. On Sunday A.E.Sea produced a juvenile Bald Eagle, a Black Tern, and a Nelson's Sparrow and today a male Black-throated Blue Warbler was photographed sitting on a bench by the east entrance to the High Rise.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

It was quite foggy and mild to start this morning. Later, as the sun burned off the fog, the temperature and humidity increased. The major factor affecting the birding were the mosquitoes which have greatly increased in numbers. The Sparrow Hedge was our first stop. Most of the birds found were migrants, some of which were summer residents found in larger than normal numbers. Birds in the area were American Woodcock, Ruby-throated Hummingbird (at least four were found around the Lab), Bell's Vireo (at least four singing males), Yellow-throated Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Ruby-crowned Kinglet (several), Brown Thrasher (several), American Redstart and Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Next stop was the Dusaf area where we found about thirty Great Egrets, a Wood Duck, Northern Shovelers (first of the season) and some young Soras. In the Big Woods area we hit the first large group of migrant warblers of the season including Golden-winged Warbler, Tennessee Warbler (made up about half of the birds in the group), Nashville Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler and American Redstart. Both Eastern Wood-Pewee and Great Crested Flycatcher were also heard singing in this area. Dave

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Partly cloudy skies and mild temps made for a pleasant morning at the Lab. The shorebird habitat is just starting to return to edges of A.E. Sea. Not much to see this morning , just several Lesser Yellowlegs and Killdeer. More could have been in the vegetation as proven by the forty or so ducks flushed when I readjusted my scope including Mallards, Wood Ducks and a couple of Blue-winged Teal. Most of my time was spent in a number of woodlots (mosquitoes were not a major factor) throughout the Lab with most of the sightings occurring on the edges or in moist swampy areas. Some of the birds found were Green Heron, Turkey Vulture (flyover), Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Willow Flycatcher, Eastern Wood-Pewees (still singing), Blue-gray Gnatcatcher and my first migrant warbler of the season a Tennessee Warbler. Dave

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The starting conditions today were mild and humid with warming throughout the morning. This was one of our slowest mornings of the warm weather season. The recent heavy rains covered most of the Lakes shorebird habitat, while most of the low areas that should produce alternate habitat were overgrown. Therefore, the only shorebirds found were Killdeer, a Spotted Sandpiper and a Solitary Sandpiper. Additional water birds found were about a dozen Great Egrets, a few Green Herons, several Caspian Terns and a couple of Wood Duck families. Some of the other birds found were American Kestrels, Eastern Phoebes, Red-eyed Vireo, Brown Thrasher and Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Dave

Thursday, August 21, 2014

On Tuesday evening, Aug. 19th, Peter confirmed several very good sightings including a Black Tern, a Forster's Tern and a Lab first, Marbled Godwit. All of these were gone on Wednesday morning. Dave

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The conditions this morning were quite pleasant to start, being mostly sunny and warm . Temperatures continued to rise but a mild breeze tempered this somewhat. I took one of the summer help college students, Emily, along to show her some of Fermi's birds. We started with Dusaf and A.E. Sea and found the following shorebirds - Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, and Stilt Sandpiper (2). In addition, Great Egrets were everywhere (at least 75), as were Great Blue Herons (about 50) and Caspian Terns (about 20). There was not too much to report outside the Lakes Region. We had a couple of Green Herons, a Cooper's Hawk, American Kestrels (again along Wilson Rd), a singing Eastern Phoebe, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Cedar Waxwings (still found in many locations) and a singing Henslow's Sparrow. Dave

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The morning was quite pleasant being overcast, mild with a light breeze. Most of our morning was spent along the edges of several wooded areas. These areas were extremely quiet but we did manage a Yellow-billed Cuckoo and Rose-breasted Grosbeak. We also confirmed breeding for Red-eyed Vireo the ugly way - an adult Red-eyed Vireo was observed feeding a fledging Brown-headed Cowbird. A Henslow's Sparrow was found singing very intently north of the Big Woods. A ride in the North Roads area only produced a Turkey Vulture and a family of five American Kestrels. Finally, a stop at Dusaf Pond produced a Green-winged Teal (Fem), a Green Heron, several Lesser Yellowlegs, a couple of Solitary Sandpipers, and a couple of flyby Caspian Terns. Dave

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

This morning Marcia and Gail reconfirmed Dickcissel breeding by finding an adult carrying food. Is this a second brood? They also observed three immature Bobolinks which have not been too plentiful of late. They also found another bird needed for this week's list, an Orchard Oriole. Last Saturday Glenn confirmed the Red-shouldered Hawk he had found earlier. He also reported a White-rumped Sandpiper and the first Semipalmated Plover of the fall migration, both seen among most of the other shorebirds that have been found over the last couple of weeks. Dave

Thursday, August 7, 2014

It was a very pleasant start to the morning. Although the humidity increased as the morning wore on it never became too uncomfortable. The mosquitoes were again suppressed as long as you stayed out of the woods. Several of us combined for the following species in A.E. Sea and Dusaf including Green Heron, Green-winged Teal, Blue-winged Teal, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Solitary Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher and Caspian Tern. Al Stokie also added a Bonaparte's Gull. Other birds of interest in the area(s) were a Cooper's Hawk (east of A.E. Sea), Sora, Willow Flycatchers (singing), a Bell's Vireo (east of central path to Sparrow Hedge) and Marsh Wrens. There were over 50 Great Egrets and 30 or more Great Blue Herons found, mostly around the Sea of Evanescence. Sedge Wrens and Henslow's Sparrows, both in small numbers, were still singing along North Eola Rd. The four young Ospreys were doing well and taking turns flying around the nest area, then returning to the nest or an adjacent power pole. The parents were seen flying in several locations around the Lab. Dave

Sunday, August 3, 2014

The morning was hazy and warm and the mosquitoes were back again in force. We started at A.E. Sea where Willow Flycatchers were still singing. There were again 10 Caspian Terns on the flats. We watched an adult fly in with a fish and feed one of its young. The young tern had quite a struggle getting this fish down. Shorebirds found here were Spotted Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, and Least Sandpiper. A highlight was finding a female Wood Duck with 6 very small ducklings at the south end of A.E. Sea. In the Dusaf Pond area we added several Lesser Yellowlegs and a Short-billed Dowitcher. There were 23 Great Egrets here along with a Green Heron and Black-crowned Night-Heron. Several Marsh Wrens were singing as well as at least two Soras, one being a juvenile. The Village area provided a Cooper's Hawk and Eastern Phoebe. A short walk along the eastern edge of the Big Woods produced a singing Scarlet Tanager and what appeared to be possibly two families of White-breasted Nuthatches competing vocally. Yesterday, Glenn found some additional good birds on the east side of the Lab including an Alder Flycatcher, Purple Martins, Swamp Sparrows and an immature Orchard Oriole. Dave

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The morning started mostly sunny and comfortable but warmed through the morning. The mosquitoes were much less of an problem than in the last several weeks. Most of the activity on A.E. Sea was at the south end. Found there were 18 Great Egrets, a pair of American Black Ducks, several Lesser Yellowlegs and Least Sandpipers, 10 Caspian Terns and a Belted Kingfisher. There was still a good number of Cedar Waxwings in Owls Nest Woods. The cherry trees in the Sparrow Hedge were actively being harvested of ripe cherries by American Robins, Cedar Waxwings, Red-winged Blackbirds and American Goldfinches. Still actively singing in the area were several Willow Flycatchers and a Bell's Vireo. A Solitary Sandpiper and singing Marsh Wrens were found in the Dusaf Pond area. Interestingly, the west side of North Eola Rd had more singing Henslow's Sparrows today than at any other time of the season. The fact that the east side of the road had just been mowed may have had something to do with the concentration on the east side. Birds found on the west side of the lab were Wood Ducks (a family), a Ruby-throated Hummingbird, a Warbling Vireo, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers (a family), and a very agitated Swamp Sparrow (may have a second brood, the first found in mid-June). Marcia and Gail also had some singing birds including Eastern Wood-Pewee, Willow Flycatcher, Red-eyed Vireo, Sedge Wren, Marsh Wren, Indigo Bunting, Dickcissel and 2 juvenile Bobolinks. Dave

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The morning was warm and mostly sunny but not uncomfortable. The northern end of A.E. Sea showed quite a bit of activity starting with about twenty Great Egrets and several Great Blue Herons. Shorebirds are starting to show up in small numbers. Found in A.E. Sea were Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, and Pectoral Sandpipers. At Dusaf we added a couple of Solitary Sandpipers in addition to a young Cooper's Hawk, a Wood Duck and several Blue-winged Teal. Some of the other birds found were Yellow-billed Cuckoo (heard in the Big Woods), Hairy Woodpecker, Eastern Phoebe, and Orchard Oriole (found near northwest corner of Big Woods). Some grassland birds were still singing including Sedge Wrens, Field Sparrows, Henslow's Sparrows and Dickcissels. All four young Ospreys fledged sometime during this past week. This morning three were back on the nest apparently enjoying a fish meal while the fourth fledgling and one of the adults looked on from nearby power poles. Dave

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Glenn was finally able to confirm breeding for the pair of Bell's Vireos we have been monitoring in the Sparrow Hedge area this morning. He was able to view both parents with a pair of young birds. In addition, he heard a Black-billed Cuckoo in the area of Batavia and Eola Roads on Saturday. Dave

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Conditions were cloudy with seasonal temps, but the major discomfort factor remains the vicious mosquitoes. Upon entering the Lab, a dozen Great Egrets were seen from Batavia Rd. in A.E. Sea and another eight were in Dusaf Pond. The Bell's Vireos appear to have moved from the area they had been frequenting, but one could be heard in the distance. The only other bird of note in the Sparrow Hedge area was a flushed American Woodcock. In the Dusaf area we found a Green Heron and heard a singing Eastern Phoebe. The four Osprey chicks were alone on the Main Injector nest with the parents on adjacent power poles on either side of the nest. One of the chicks was working his wings quite well as the others watched. There is still some activity in the grasslands. A juvenile Dickcissel was spotted along Eola Rd. while others were singing nearby. A family of Eastern Meadowlarks with about four young birds was found in the Main Injector area. Henslow's Sparrows were still singing in a couple of locations. Finally, the Main Injector area also produced a Spotted Sandpiper. Dave

Thursday, July 10, 2014

It was another beautiful morning at the Lab except for the mosquitoes which seemed to have turned it up another notch. There were still lots of Cedar Waxwings hanging out in Owl's Nest Woods. In addition, the woods on the east shore of the Sea of Evanescence was also loaded with waxwings. These birds, in both locations, mostly appeared to be hawking insects. The bulk of the recent hordes of Tree Swallows appear to have moved on. Also in the Sparrow Hedge area the same Bell's Vireos were quite active. It was the best day for American Kestrels all year with a family of at least three in the northeast area of the Lab and a pair in the south Eola Rd. area. Both Henslow's Sparrows and Dickcissels were still singing in several areas. Some of the other birds found during the morning were Turkey Vulture (hanging around a possible nest location), Horned Lark, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, and Vesper Sparrow. Dave

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Weather conditions were nice and mild this morning, while the gnats and mosquitoes were exceptionally irritating in most locations of the Lab. We relocated the calling Bell's Vireo pair in the Sparrow Hedge area. A pair of American Crows were also seen in this area. A Black-crowned Night-Heron was found in the deeper water of Dusaf Pond searching for food - a strange sight. There was also a flyover Cooper's Hawk nearby. In the north Eola Rd. area we found Vesper Sparrows, and both Orchard Orioles and Baltimore Orioles. Also added were a Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Village area) and a singing Grasshopper Sparrow (Buffalo Fields). Finally, we were able to confirm that all four chicks in the Main Injector Osprey nest are alive and well. Dave

Thursday, July 3, 2014

The morning started with a post-breeding survey of the grassland monitor locations. Except for the extremely wet conditions from the overnight rains, the morning was quite pleasant. The grasslands are still quite alive with activity and many of the quality birds were well represented. Only one Grasshopper Sparrow and no Sedge Wrens were found, but Field Sparrows, Henslow's Sparrows, Dickcissels, Bobolinks and Eastern Meadowlarks were all plentiful in the expected locations. An American Woodcock was spotted inside the Main Ring while going between monitor points. The best bird of the day was a Laughing Gull found circling Lake Law then heading to A.E. Sea, this was a first sighting for the Lab. Some other birds of interest were a Bald Eagle (again in the Dusaf Pond area), Caspian Tern (two by Lake Law), a Ruby-crowned Hummingbird, two Bell's Vireo (a pair apparently guarding a nest), Cedar Waxwings (over sixty in Owls Nest Woods) and a Vesper Sparrow. Dave

Sunday, June 29, 2014

It was overcast and temps were pleasant to start, but mosquitoes were again a deterrent. The first part of the morning was spent searching for a Blue Grosbeak found in the inside the Main Ring on Friday by Glenn. The bird was not located. Although, we did find a family of Wood Ducks, a Caspian Tern (flyover), and Orchard Oriole in this area. Other birds found during the morning within the Lab were Pied-billed Grebe, Horned Lark, Wood Thrush, Henslow's Sparrow and Vesper Sparrow. There was also an Osprey circling over the nest at Nepese Marsh. Dave

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The morning started out pleasantly cool and overcast. The good news is that the paths through the Sparrow Hedge area have been mowed. There were lots of Tree Swallows in this area. One dead tree contained over 80 Tree Swallows most of which were juveniles. Another large, live tree had 60 or more Tree Swallows circling around - most of these were adults. The highlight birds of the morning were both found at Dusaf Pond. First, a Belted Kingfisher flew in from the east side and apparently disturbed an immature Bald Eagle (with quite a bit of white in its head) which then flew toward the channel to A.E. Sea. At the Main Injector Osprey nest, the female was shielding the chicks from the sun with her half stretched wings. The only other finds of interest were Green Heron, Eastern Phoebe, American Crow and Swamp Sparrow. Dave

Sunday, June 22, 2014

It was a cool, pleasant morning to be at the Lab aside from the mosquitoes which remain a significant hindrance. That being said there was not much to report for the morning. Some of the birds found were Pied-billed Grebe (two separate birds were calling against each other in the Lake Logo area), Wood Duck, Spotted Sandpiper, and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers (they have not been too plentiful lately). We saw two chicks on the Main Injector Osprey nest, but reports and pictures confirm a total of four chicks. Dave

Friday, June 20, 2014

It was finally possible to do a second grassland bird monitoring without being affected by this week's weather. The grasslands were saturated but this did not appear to have much effect on the birds. Out of eleven monitor points only one had 2 Grasshopper Sparrows. For other species of note three had Henslow's Sparrows, eight had Dickcissels, five had Bobolinks and six had Eastern Meadowlarks. No Sedge Wrens were found. The eleven points are a mix of both high and low quality grasslands. Two chicks were seen on the Main Injector Osprey nest with one adult feeding on a nearby pole while the other had just left the nest to hunt. Some of the other birds of note for the morning were Pied-billed Grebe (still calling in Lake Logo), Ring-necked Pheasant (inside the Ring), Ruby-throated Hummingbird, American Crow (east side), Horned Lark, and Dickcissels (still singing just about everywhere). Dave

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Marcia and Gail did some monitoring early today before the rains came. Most of the birds found again were typical year-round and summer residents. Of note were Eastern Phoebe (not an easy find in June), several Henslow's Sparrows, and an Orchard Oriole (seems harder to find this year). Their best bird was a Cattle Egret in the Buffalo Fields associating with the buffalo. Also in the Buffalo Field area they found an adult Savannah Sparrow feeding a fledging (the fence along Road D is one of the best locations to find this species in the summer). Dave

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A very light rain did not impact the birds this morning; it was actually quite pleasant in the Lab. A Blue-winged Teal was still in Dusaf along with a Spotted Sandpiper and a bunch of Mallards. A pair of Cooper's Hawks flew over the Garden Club then turned and flew north out of sight. Strange? One of the Red-tailed Hawk chicks was on the nest in the Buffalo Savannah while the other was alongside about five feet away. Both appear ready to fledge. A Turkey Vulture also flew over Wilson Tower. Most of the morning was spent doing a survey of five small woodlots. These areas were quite active with most of the expected resident and summer resident birds. The highlight was the confirmation of breeding Swamp Sparrows with two hungry chicks in their nest. Dave

Sunday, June 8, 2014

On a drive by Fermi today I stopped to see the Osprey nest. At least one chick's fuzzy head was seen just above the rim of the nest. More interesting was watching the female Osprey fly in with a branch and then proceed to carefully weave it into the nest's structure. This is a continuing indication of the strong pair bond between these two Ospreys. Denis had a Cooper's Hawk near the Garden Club. In addition, he found an Eastern Phoebe feeding a fledgling in that area. Dave

Thursday, June 5, 2014

It was nice and cool to start the first breeding grassland survey for the year. The downside was the boot filling moisture on the grasses. There was a little disappointment in the reduced numbers of grassland birds from the pre-breeding survey of two weeks ago. Only Dickcissels showed increased numbers. Henslow's Sparrows were still well represented, but no Sedge Wrens or Grasshopper Sparrows were found. Also, there were only half as many Bobolinks in today's survey. Some of the other interesting birds found around the Lab were Pied-billed Grebe (again singing in L. Logo), an immature Bald Eagle (Owl's Nest Woods), and an American Woodcock (flushed in Sparrow Hedge area). Lastly, the female Osprey was again apparently tending to chicks, but because of the depth of the nest it may be a while before they are seen. Marcia and Gail came up with a very late Redhead on Dusaf Pond Tuesday. This is only the second sighting of this species found between April and October. Dave

Sunday, June 1, 2014

It was warm from the start, and mostly cloudy without enough wind to keep the mosquitoes away in most locations. Not a whole lot to report as summer birding officially started today. Dusaf Pond still had Blue-winged Teal and a Green Heron flew in as we watched. A pair of American Crows flew from the pond; we suspect they have nested in the Village (their numbers still remain well below the pre-West Nile years). No Ospreys were found in the area of the Nepese Marsh nest while the other pair of Ospreys were on the Main Injector nest and appeared actively feeding or at least attending to their young . (Note: the young were not actually seen yet). We found a pair of Cedar Waxwings preparing a nest for their breeding season inside the Main Ring. Just a few more sightings of note were Pied Billed Grebe (singing), Horned Lark, Wood Thrush (singing), and in the grasslands both singing Henslow's Sparrows and Dickcissels (again just about everywhere). Dave

Thursday, May 29, 2014

It was another beautiful morning today starting mostly cloudy and mild with minimal wind. Driving in by the north end of A.E. Sea were two Great Blue Herons, one holding a very large carp. I thought there would be another heron/carp exhibition as we had last Sunday, but a third heron flew in disturbing the carp-holding heron. The carp was dropped and swam off as the herons interacted. There was not much to report from the Sparrow Hedge/Lakes Region. Found were female Hooded Merganser (A.E. Sea), American Coot (Lake Law), Spotted Sandpipers, Chimney Swifts (about half doz. flying around the area), Alder Flycatcher (still at least one), Bell's Vireo (singing), and several Savannah Sparrows (edges of A.E. Sea). The two young Red-tailed Hawks on the nest in the Buffalo Savannah appear ready to fledge any day now. I missed the Ospreys at the Nepese Marsh nest, but Glenn found them there later in the morning. The female Osprey on the Main Injector Nest appears to be higher now and probably has hatchlings. We should hopefully see some chicks soon. A quick trip through the Big Woods did not produce anything exciting while many of the expected birds were singing away including Eastern Wood-Pewee, Great Crested Flycatcher, Red-eyed Vireo, House Wren and Indigo Bunting. Some of the other birds of note around the Lab were Wood Duck, White-breasted Nuthatch (flew from possible nest tree), Cedar Waxwings (flock of around 20), Scarlet Tanagers (a couple singing), Dickcissels (singing just about everywhere), and Baltimore Orioles. Dave

Sunday, May 25, 2014

It was a beautiful morning with the only irritation being the gnats that were constantly in your face in most locations around the Lab. The migration has just about run its course. That being said, the migrants of the day were Alder Flycatchers. Typically we have two or three of these migrants come through in a season. Today, there were five or more just in the Sparrow Hedge area and we had some in other locations. Some of the other birds in the Hedge area were Blue-winged Teal, Green Heron, Spotted Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, and singing Bell's Vireos. Some other birds found in other locations were Pied-billed Grebe (a second was singing inside the Ring), Marsh Wren, Henslow's Sparrow, Dickcissel, Bobolink and Baltimore Oriole. A highlight for all of us was watching a Great Blue Heron fly into the Swenson Rd. horse fuddle with a very large bullhead. It would take the fish and throw it to the ground and (apparently) watch for movement. The heron would then spear at the fish several times, pick it up and throw it down again. This process was repeated numerous times (we watched for over five minutes). In the later stages the heron would start the swallowing process (obviously head first because of the fishes spines) but, apparently feeling life still in the fish, would throw it down again. Eventually, the heron was sufficiently satisfied that the fish was safe and gulped the fish down with several strained gyrations. Glen led a DBC Field Trip at the Lab this morning also. He seemed to have a little better luck. Some of the additional birds found were Gadwall, Northern Shoveler, Caspian Tern, American Kestrel (on Eola Rd nest box, where has he been Lately?), Warbling Vireo, Horned Lark, Sedge Wren, Cedar Waxwing, Connecticut Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Vesper Sparrow, and Orchard Oriole. Dave

Friday, May 23, 2014

Another beautiful morning today at Fermilab which was warm, calm (to start), and sunny. On the east side of the Lab the lakes provided little of interest with a Blue-winged Teal on Dusaf and Spotted Sandpiper by A.E. Sea. On a quick loop of the Sparrow Hedge area there was not much of note, except among the numerous singing Willow Flycatchers there was a single Alder Flycatcher. There was also an Osprey hunting the edges of Lake Law on my way in and again on my way out of the area. Most of the morning was spent monitoring several mixed woodlots with scrubby edges. Warblers were almost nonexistent, but there were some interesting finds. Of interest was a Red-headed Woodpecker, another Alder Flycatcher, several Warbling Vireos, at least one Red-eyed Vireo in each location, a Nashville Warbler, and a fair number of both Indigo Buntings and Baltimore Orioles. My favorite part of the morning was finding both Hairy Woodpecker and Black-capped Chickadee nests. The chickadee nest, in a small downed tree, contained five featherless chicks. A few other birds of interest were an American Woodcock (Main Injector area), Sedge Wrens (Main Ring), Grasshopper Sparrow (Interpretive Trail), and Henslow Sparrows (Main Ring).

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

On Monday, Glen found all swallow species (except martin) at Dusaf. An evening walk inside the Main Ring produced three displaying American Woodcocks, three Common Nighthawks, and two each singing Sedge Wrens and Henslow's Sparrows. On Tuesday, Marcia and Gail added some good birds in the area of the Main Injector including Least Flycatcher, American Crow, Tennessee Warbler, Henslow's Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, and Orchard Oriole. Dave

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The early morning was spent on a grassland, pre-breeding survey. The weather was very good with partly sunny skies, mild temps and just a little bit of wind. Some of the highlights were Sedge Wrens inside the Ring (this is an early return over the last several years), Grasshopper Sparrows (only in one location), Henslow's Sparrows (found in over half of the locations), Dickcissels (these first ones were in several locations), and Bobolinks (in very good numbers at about half the locations). The remainder of the morning was spent birding random locations. Warblers are on the decline finding only Yellow Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, American Redstart, and Common Yellowthroat. A late trip to the Sparrow Hedge/Lakes region provided some surprises. A Caspian Tern had returned to A.E. Sea. The only other bird of interest here was a Blue-winged Teal. An immature Bald Eagle was found in Owl Nest Woods. Other birds in the Sparrow Hedge area were Common Nighthawk, Black-billed Cuckoo, Willow Flycatcher (several singing throughout the area), and Yellow-throated Vireo. Shorebirds were very sparse but a White-rumped Sandpiper was found in Dusaf Pond. Some of the other interesting birds found were Ring-necked Pheasant, Marsh Wren, Swainson's Thrush, Wood Thrush, and Baltimore Oriole. Dave

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Other than being a little cool, it was a very nice morning for birding with partly sunny skies and moderate winds. Shorebird habitat is just starting to return to A.E. Sea and Dusaf but is still minimal. The only shorebirds found were Lesser Yellowlegs, Semipalmated Sandpiper, and Least Sandpiper. Denis' group added spotted Sandpiper. There were still good numbers of swallows around (though not the quantities of Friday) including some Cliff Swallows. Blue-winged Teal and Wood Ducks were found in their expected habitats. An Osprey was spotted on the Nepese nest with a second Osprey feeding on a fish about 75 yards away in a tree. Most of our time was spent in the woods. Even though the overall number of warblers was not large, the diversity was quite good. We had a dozen warbler species including Golden-winged Warbler (at least 3), Tennessee Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Palm Warbler, American Redstart, Ovenbird, Common Yellowthroat, and Wilson's Warbler. Other birds found in the Big Woods were Hairy Woodpecker, Yellow-throated Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Swainson's Thrush, Scarlet Tanager and Indigo Bunting. Some other birds of note froom around the Lab were Turkey Vulture, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Willow Flycatcher, Marsh Wren, Savannah Sparrow, and White-throated Sparrow. Denis' group added Pied-billed Grebe, Cattle Egret (same location as Friday), Chimney Swift, and Cedar Waxwing. Dave

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