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June, 2014 Bird Sightings at Fermilab

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

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