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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

It was quite cool and windy early with little improvement throughout the morning. A quick stop at Lake Law produced only several Pied-billed Grebes, a Double-crested Cormorant, and a bunch of Canada Geese. Several Eastern Bluebirds were heard overhead. From the berm, I scoped A.E. Sea and only added more Pied-billed Grebes, several Ruddy Ducks and an American Coot. Green-winged Teal were added at Dusaf Pond. The Garden Club again had noticeably less birds than recent trips. Sparrow season is waning as witnessed by the increased number of American Tree Sparrows. The only other birds of note in this area were a flock of 8-10 Eastern Bluebirds, Dark-eyed Juncos (quite a large number have moved in since Sunday), and several Fox Sparrows. Most of my morning was spent on the west side of the Lab, with little to show for my time. The highlight was another flock of Fox Sparrows (about 10), some singing. Peter mentioned a Cackling Goose on Swan Lake and I later found it still there. There were over forty Greater White-fronted Geese in the Buffalo Fields with about the same number of Canada Geese. Marcia and Gail did quite well in the Main Ring and Main Injector adding Wood Duck, Gadwall, Ring-necked Duck, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Cedar Waxwing (an impressive 170 birds), Yellow-rumped Warbler, White-throated Sparrow and Purple Finch (with a bunch of House Finches, probably the same female found last week). Lastly, Ryan reported an adult Bald Eagle over A.E. Sea early in the afternoon. Dave

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The morning started with a chill and not a cloud in the sky. Again, it warmed quickly. Waterfowl are slowly starting to take center stage for birding opportunities. Found in the Lakes region were increased numbers of Canada Geese, a Cackling Goose, American Wigeons, Northern Shovelers, Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked Ducks, Lesser Scaups, Hooded Mergansers, and Ruddy Ducks. Other water associated birds were Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot and Wilson's Snipe (several flushed along A.E. Sea). We ended up with nine species of sparrows on the east side of the Lab, but numbers appear to rapidly diminishing. Found were American Tree Sparrows (our first of the season), Chipping Sparrows, Field Sparrows, Fox Sparrows, Song Sparrows, Swamp Sparrows (most abundant species), White-throated Sparrows, White-crowned Sparrows (all in immature plumage), and Dark-eyed Juncos. Other birds of note for the morning were Sharp-shinned Hawks (2 flybys), American Crows (8-9 around the Garden Club), a Nashville Warbler (late migrant) and Rusty Blackbirds. Dave

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Here's a quick review of some of the highlight birds found last week in my absence. Marcia and Gail again reported both a Northern Harrier and an American Kestrel inside the Main Ring. Also found there were American Crow, Hermit Thrush, Eastern Towhee and Lincoln's Sparrow. In the Main Injector area they found an Eastern Phoebe, Yellow-rumped Warbler and a female Purple Finch (always a tough one and a first for the season). Some of the highlights Peter reported from last Sunday were Greater White-fronted Geese (in Buffalo Fields), American White Pelican (a flyover), Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (still by Swan Lake), and a Nelson's Sparrow (a tough find this year). Dave

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

It was overcast and warm with a slight breeze early but, after about an hour, a mist mixed with light showers began and continued throughout the remainder of the morning. This did not appear to affect the birds at all. Sparrows especially were quite active on the entire east side of the Lab. The north end of A.E. Sea was the least active; only Swamp Sparrows were found. The bird of the day was an American Bittern found, oddly enough, in the grass near the first intersection on the path toward the Sparrow Hedge. It flushed and flew into A.E. Sea marsh area. Interestingly, when I returned about two hours later it or another bittern was in the same location and flushed again. The whole south end of A.E. Sea and most of the Sparrow Hedge area was very active with sparrows. While Swamp Sparrows were still the most abundant, both Song Sparrows and White-throated Sparrows were a close second. There were also good numbers of White-crowned Sparrows. In addition, there were Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Yellow-rumped Warblers and an Orange-crowned Warbler. A.E. Sea was totally covered by water but there was not much not variety in the waterfowl. Found here were Gadwall, Mallards, Northern Shoveler and Green-winged Teal. Lake Law held only Ruddy Ducks and a lone Pied-billed Grebe. As I drove into the Garden Club, two Red-tailed Hawks and a Cooper's Hawk flushed from the north end. This did not appear to affect the sparrow activity in the area. Among the many sparrows found were Chipping Sparrow (by far the most abundant), Field Sparrows, Song Sparrows, Lincoln's Sparrows, Swamp Sparrows, White-throated Sparrows, White-crowned Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos. Another Orange-crowned Sparrow was found here among several Yellow-rumped Warblers. Dave

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Quite chilly and sunny to start, but again, it warmed fast. We covered the A.E. Sea/Sparrow Hedge area very extensively. There was not a lot of variety in waterfowl in this area. Found were Gadwall, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, and in Lake Law Lesser Scaup and Ruddy Duck. A Pied-billed Grebe was also on Lake Law. There was still a good number of Killdeer on the A.E. Sea flats. Also found were a Dunlin, a Wilson's Snipe (flushed from north end of A.E. Sea), and, the bird of the day, a Red-necked Phalarope. Swamp Sparrows again topped the list of sparrows in the area. Other sparrows found were Field Sparrow, Nelson's Sparrow (south end of A.E. Sea), Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow and White-crowned Sparrow. Additional birds found here and other eastern Lab locations were Cooper's Hawk, Greater Yellowlegs, Eastern Phoebe, both Ruby-crowned Kinglet and Golden-crowned Kinglet, Cedar Waxwing, Orange-crowned Warbler and Magnolia Warbler. Peter also mentioned he again had the Yellow-crowned Night-Heron on Friday, good for another survey week. Dave

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Marcia and Gail had some interesting birds this morning starting with a pair of Ring-necked Pheasants in the Main Ring Prairie. This is the first time in a while both a male and female have been seen in the same area. Other birds they found in the Main Ring and Main Injector areas were Turkey Vulture, Northern Harrier, American Kestrel, Hermit Thrush, Palm Warbler , Yellow-rumped Warbler, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow and Dark-eyed Junco. Their bird of the day was an early Pine Siskin, again in the Main Ring Prairie. It was also a first for the year. Dave

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

It was mostly clear all morning with cool but warming temps. Winds also increased throughout the morning. The Dusaf and Nepese areas were not too productive. Worth mentioning were several Green-wing Teal, a Lesser Yellowlegs, a Greater Yellowlegs, and several Swamp Sparrows. There was much more activity in the Garden Club with about half the birds being House Finches, House Sparrows and American Goldfinches. Next were a large number of Eastern Bluebirds (25-30). One even landed on the top of my head (hat) at one point. Interestingly, most of the bluebirds moved on after about 15-20 minutes. The remaining birds consisted of an Eastern Phoebe, an American Crow, a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Chipping Sparrows, Clay-colored Sparrows (at least two), Song Sparrows, Lincoln's Sparrows (at least two), and Swamp Sparrows. The remainder of the morning was spent monitoring several defined woodlots on the west side of the Lab. Again there was a good amount of activity in most of these locations. The highlight birds in these locations were Wood Duck, Eastern Phoebe, Brown Creeper, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Gray Catbird, Cedar Waxwing, Tennessee Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Eastern Towhee, Field Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow and Dark-eyed Junco. Finally, the Yellow-crowned Night-Heron was again seen by Swan Lake, this time in the downed trees on the west shore. Dave

Sunday, October 5, 2014

It was chilly to start with the moderate breeze making it feel like glove weather - I forgot mine. It warmed nicely and, if you were out of the wind, it was quite pleasant. The chilly wind appeared to keep the birds tight to their overnight roosts during the early morning. The A.E. Sea area was mostly about waterfowl including Gadwall, American Black Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, Hooded Merganser and Ruddy Duck (Lake Law). Also in this area were Pied-billed Grebe, Cooper's Hawk, Swamp Sparrow and Brown-headed Cowbird. In the area of the Sparrow Hedge we added Eastern Phoebe, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Brown Thrasher, Orange-crowned Warbler, and White-throated Sparrow. In the Main Ring Woods area we added Great Horned Owl (pair), Magnolia Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Fox Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow (3) and Indigo Bunting. Other birds found throughout the Lab were Northern Harrier, Bonaparte's Gull (later on Lake Law), Chimney Swift, Belted Kingfisher, American Crow, House Wren, Marsh Wren, Cedar Waxwing and Rose-breasted Grosbeak. In addition to some of the above listed birds, Denis' class spotted some of the best birds of the day including several Broad-winged Hawks and both a Snow Goose and Ross's Goose. All these were seen flying over several locations of the Lab. Later in the day a Clay-colored Sparrow was reported, in of all places, a stop sign at Eola and Batavia roads. Dave

Thursday, October 2, 2014

It was cloudy and pleasant this morning, with the only issue being the voracious mosquitoes in certain areas. A walk along the west shore of A.E. Sea produced Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, Sora (several), Marsh Wren, Common Yellowthroat (several in a group), Swamp Sparrow (many along the route) and a Cooper's Hawk flying low over the marsh foliage. The Sparrow Hedge itself was quite active with many of the expected common species including lots of American Goldfinches. In addition, some highlights were Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Northern Flicker, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Cedar Waxwing, Magnolia Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Palm Warbler, Song Sparrow and White-throated Sparrow (several). Dusaf had several shorebirds including Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs and Pectoral Sandpiper. There was also a flyby Black-crowned Night-Heron. Aside from the numerous resident House Sparrows and House Finches, the only birds found in the Garden Club were Eastern Bluebirds and Chipping Sparrows. A flock of several Eastern Meadowlarks was flushed entering the Main Ring Prairie. The Main Ring woodlots were fairly quiet but I did hear a number of Eastern Towhees in addition to seeing more Yellow-rumped Warblers and Swamp Sparrows, a Tennessee Warbler and a Great Horned Owl. Peter had the Peregrine Falcon around Wilson Hall. Finally, the Yellow-crowned Night-Heron was still in the Swan Lake area (where it has been for almost a month), this time on the north shore. Dave

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Here's a review of some of the birds found during September, in my absence, excluding the impressive list posted by Peter on the 15th. Marcia and Gail reported several warblers including Tennessee Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Green, Palm Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler and Common Yellowthroat. The last Osprey sighting they had was Sept. 11. They have also had a Ring-necked Pheasant (Fem), Belted Kingfisher and Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Denis had a nice list from his Sunday class (Sept. 28). Some of the highlights were Ruddy Duck, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Sora (lots), Solitary Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Wilson's Snipe, Eastern Phoebe, Marsh Wren, Tennessee Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, and Eastern Meadowlark. A Peregrine Falcon has been reported in the Wilson Hall area. Peter added a Tufted Titmouse on the east edge of the Big Woods on the 21st. Dave

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

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