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February, 2014 Bird Sightings at Fermilab

Thursday, February 27, 2014

After being away for a few weeks not much has changed; waterfowl still remain the key birding targets around the Lab. About the only non-waterfowl mentioned by Peter during these past few weeks were Barred Owl, Northern Shrike (several sightings), and Cedar Waxwings. Both the Trumpeter Swan and Mute Swans appear to have left the area about a week ago. Today, on a late afternoon and evening trip, the waterfowl I found were all mentioned by Peter as being around over the last several weeks. The birds I found in the Main Injector Moats were Canada Goose, Mallard, Redhead (in very good numbers), Ring-necked Duck, Greater Scaup, White-winged Scoter (3), Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye (also in good numbers with more coming in regularly), Common Merganser and Red-breasted Merganser. Marcia and Gail also added Gadwall and Lesser Scaup yesterday. Also, several American Coots were found. Interestingly, Main Ring Lake was void of any birds around 4:00. When the lake was checked around 6:00 there was about 30 Common Mergansers with several Common Goldeneye coming in. Horned Larks were also evident along Main Ring Road. The only Great Horned Owl nest found to date, at the end of January, is still occupied. Dave

Sunday, February 2, 2014

A fresh layer of snow made for a beautiful scene this bright sunny morning. It was quite cold but the minimal winds helped make conditions bearable. The waterfowl remain at an impressive status quo including Canada Geese, a Trumpeter Swan, two Mute Swans, a Gadwall, Mallards, Redheads, a Ring-necked Duck, a Greater Scaup, Common Goldeneyes, Common Mergansers, a Red-breasted Merganser and another new arrival, a Canvasback. Again, the American Coots were also present. The feeders were not very active this morning. Then after awhile a Sharp-shinned Hawk swooped in to clarify the salutation. We watched the hawk move around the area for awhile looking for the perfect perch with which to observe the feeders. We finally found the first Northern Shrike of the year inside the Main Ring. Some of the other birds of note were Great Blue Heron, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Horned Lark, Eastern Bluebird and American Robin. Denis' group added a Barred Owl and Peter a Cooper's Hawk on his way out of the Lab. Dave

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