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February, 2018 Bird Sightings at Fermilab

Thursday, February 1, 2018

The morning started quite cool, in the mid 20's, then dropped throughout the morning into the teens. The winds which were 20 to 30 mph compounded the discomfort. The birdlife was greatly affected by these conditions unless they were in protected areas, which were hard to find. Andy's Pond was totally open but had very little to offer. Found there were Canada Geese, Mallards, a Common Goldeneye (yes only 1, small numbers were found in other areas), Common Mergansers (about a doz.) and Herring Gulls (2). Casey's Pond was still almost totally frozen over. The feeders, though active, only had the expected winter birds. In one location, 4 Blue Jays were in a tree together vocalizing with various buzzes and clicks. Most notable was their rendition of a cross between a White-breasted Nuthatch and a Red-breasted Nuthatch, both of which were calling in the associated woods. The only other birds of note were Horned Larks (total of 8-10), with several of these found at the Buffalo Feeders. Dave

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