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November, 2011 Bird Sightings at Fermilab

Author: Peter Kasper

October December
Nov 20Nov 27Nov 3

Sunday, November 20

Peter spotted a Short-eared Owl in the area of the Buffalo fields while driving through the Lab this evening. Dave

Sunday, November 27

A cold misty morning made for tough birding at Fermi today. After scanning most of the water features and several other locations, we only came up with a limited number of notable birds. First, Lake Law produced a large group of about thirty Hooded Mergansers and a Pied-billed Grebe. Northern Shovelers were spotted in several different locations. Finally, the bird of the morning, believe it ot not was a Double-crested Cormorant, the latest Fermi sighting by a week. Dave

Thursday, November 3

Strong NE winds and rain made birding difficult this morning. A quick wet trip to the Sparrow Hedge just produced an Eastern Towhee and a bunch of White-throated Sparrows. Among several Mallards in Nepese marsh were a Blue-winged Teal and a Ring-necked Duck. Also, passing through this area with a group of Black-capped Chickadees was a Ruby-crowned Kinglet. The Garden Club had quite a few Dark-eyed Juncos and a few American Tree Sparrows, other sparrows may have been present, but they would not budge. Main Ring Lake only had several Lesser Scaup while the a Northern Harrier hunted in the background. On the road to Lake Logo, a Savannah Sparrow was found and the lake contained an American Black Duck, a Hooded Merganser and several Gadwall. A large flock of blackbirds along Indian Creek contained mostly female Red-winged Blackbirds, several Common Grackles and at least one Rusty Blackbird. Finally, a male American Kestrel was still in the Osprey nest area. Dave

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