Fermi National Laboratory Find Bird:  
Site Guide Village Lakes Eola Road
Site Map Bison Field Main Ring Main Injector Ring

Lake Logo

This site is a restricted area and is currently not open to the public.

This oddly shaped lake is surrounded by willows and cattails and had for some years provided nesting habitat for herons, egrets, and cormorants in a rookery on the eastern shore. The number and variety of birds nesting in the rookery varied greatly over time, but declined steadily as the taller willow trees gradually died off and fell. Although Black-crowned Night-Herons numbers have fallen off sharply this is still a good spot to look for them and in July, 2000 a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron was also found roosting in the willow thickets by the lake. In winter, the willow thickets in the area have held Long-eared Owls and the adjacent cattails have produced breeding King Rail (2002, 2006), and Least Bitterns (2000, 2001).

Waterfowl and gulls are often attracted to the lake in spring and fall, including rarities such as Iceland Gull (2001) and American White Pelican. Bald Eagles are regularly spotted roosting by the lake and a Red-shouldered Hawk was present for over a week in December of 1998.

email Author email Fermilab
Security, Privacy, Legal Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory