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September, 2015 Bird Sightings at Fermilab

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Even though it was a windy morning, Marcia and Gail did have some good bird activity. Most of their finds were passerines, but some raptors were found including a Cooper's Hawk (same area inside the Main Injector as previous sightings) and a couple of American Kestrels. The only warblers found were Yellow-rumped Warblers and a single Magnolia Warbler. They did not have a lot of sparrows but did have good diversity - a Chipping Sparrow, a Savannah Sparrow, several Song Sparrows, a Lincoln's Sparrow, a Swamp Sparrow and the first White-crowned Sparrows (2)of the fall migration. Other birds found were Eastern Phoebe, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet and Eastern Bluebird. Dave

Sunday, September 27, 2015

It was a pleasant, overcast morning for birding today though the overcast skies made it difficult to ID the warblers high in the trees. Speaking of warblers, a good number were seen both in the Sparrow Hedge Area and Main Ring Woods. Overall the majority were Palm Warblers and Yellow-rumped Warblers - after all it is that time of year. Other warblers found were Tennessee Warblers, an Orange-crowned Warbler, Nashville Warblers, a Magnolia Warbler, Bay-breasted Warblers, Blackpoll Warblers and Common Yellowthroats - none of these in any large quantities. Waterfowl are slowly increasing in numbers though nothing new was found. Seen were Wood Ducks, an American Wigeon, Blue-winged Teal, Green-winged Teal and Northern Shovelers. Shorebirds at A.E. Sea were Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs and Wilson's Snipe. Later, Stilt Sandpiper and Short-billed Dowitcher were added by Denis' group. All-in-all the Lakes region was quite alive with bird activity. Most obvious was the large number of Chimney Swifts circling the area throughout the morning. Other highlights in this area were a Northern Harrier, a Sharp-shinned Hawk (headed south), a Sora, a Common Nighthawk (low over A.E. Sea), a Belted Kingfisher (Sea of Evanescence), a Sedge Wren, Cedar Waxwings, a Lincoln's Sparrow and White-throated Sparrows (about a dozen in the Hedge area). We did run across all the expected woodpeckers for a fall morning including Red-bellied Woodpeckers, a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Downy Woodpeckers, Hairy Woodpeckers and a Northern Flicker. The remaining highlights were an American Kestrel, a Great Horned Owl, Eastern Towhees and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks. Dave

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Marcia and Gail had many of the same birds I had yesterday, but they also found five birds needed for the last week of September on Peter's Site List. The gaps they filled were for Green Heron, Cooper's Hawk, Ovenbird, a Clay-colored Sparrow (first for the fall migration) and a quite late Baltimore Oriole. They also found an Eastern Bluebird (not too abundant recently), a couple of Lincoln's Sparrows and a couple of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks. Dave

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

It was just a beautiful morning for birding today, mostly sunny with both mild temps (for the season) and winds. The two prominent species in the Sparrow Hedge area were American Goldfinches (feeding on seeds off plants) and Cedar Waxwings (feeding on berries and hawking insects). A good mix of warblers were to be had in this area as well including Tennessee Warblers, a Nashville Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Palm Warblers (both of these two species are increasing in numbers), a Bay-breasted Warbler, Blackpoll Warblers, American Redstarts (were still the most numerous species) and Common Yellowthroats. Other birds of note in the Sparrow Hedge area were Northern Shovelers, Chimney Swifts (several buzzing the area), Ruby-crowned Kinglets, a Brown Thrasher, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, and both Lincoln's Sparrows and Swamp Sparrows (my first migrant sparrows of the season). Several small groups of warblers were found elsewhere but they contained no new species. However, a brightly plumed Yellow-throated Vireo was found. Some of the other birds found were Wood Ducks, Turkey Vultures (2), a Great Horned Owl, Eastern Phoebes (2), Marsh Wrens, and Indigo Buntings. There is still at least one juvenile Osprey hanging around Nest 1. Later, while leaving the Lab, a stop by A.E. Sea produced a Solitary Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs and a Stilt Sandpiper. Dave

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Today Ryan spotted a pair of Sandhill Cranes in the South Eola Road Grasslands. Dave

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Al Stokie was in this morning and concentrated on the shorebirds at A.E. Sea. His findings were Greater Yellowlegs (7), Lesser Yellowlegs (14), a Solitary Sandpiper, Least Sandpipers (6), Semipalmated Sandpipers (2), Pectoral Sandpipers (8), Stilt Sandpipers (11), Long-billed Dowitchers (at least 4), and a Wilson's Snipe. He also had both Blue-winged Teal and Green-winged Teal. Dave

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The morning was quite pleasant with mild temps, partly cloudy skies and a moderate breeze. There is still some presence at Osprey Nest 2 at Nepese. One of the young Ospreys was on the nest feeding on a quite large fish. Several shorebirds were found on DUSAF including Lesser Yellowlegs, Greater Yellowlegs, Killdeer and several Pectoral Sandpipers (one was limping). There was an increased number of Northern Shovelers on A.E. Sea along with the usual Wood Ducks and Blue-winged Teal, but the number of shorebirds on the south end dropped to just a few birds. The vast majority of Great Egrets and Great Blue Herons have moved from A.E. Sea to The Sea of Evanescence; the numbers of both were still quite high. A few nice groups of warblers were found in the Sparrow Hedge area with well over half being American Redstarts. Other warblers found were Tennessee Warblers, Blackpoll Warblers, Chestnut-sided Warblers, Common Yellowthroats and a Black-and-White Warbler. Also found in the area were a Caspian Tern, a Great Horned Owl (being mobbed by Blue Jays), Red-eyed Vireos, and a couple of Brown Thrashers. There was also a group of 30 plus Cedar Waxwings feeding on berries in the area trees. There were more warblers along the western edge of the Big Woods. Added here were Magnolia Warblers, Black-throated Warblers, a Bay-breasted Warbler and a Connecticut Warbler. An American Robin looked out of place sitting atop Osprey Nest 3 while an American Kestrel perched next to it. It's been a couple of weeks since either of the Ospreys have been around Nest 3. In the Nest 1 area, one of the juveniles was feeding while on the pole west of the nest as an adult was perched to the east of the nest. Added at Main Ring Lake were a Spotted Sandpiper, a Solitary Sandpiper, Least Sandpipers, a Semipalmated Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpipers and four Pied-billed Grebes. Marcia and Gail had also had some groups of warblers including Tennessee Warblers, Palm Warblers (first for the migration), a Blackpoll Warbler, an Ovenbird, Common Yellowthroats and a Wilson's Warbler. Other birds found in the Main Ring and Injector area were a couple of American Kestrels, Chimney Swifts, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, a Swainson's Thrush and a still larger group of Cedar Waxwings at 66. Dave

Sunday, September 6, 2015

The morning was mostly sunny, very warm from the start, with only a mild breeze. The warblers were not too numerous, but there was some variety including Tennessee Warblers, a Nashville Warbler, a Chestnut-sided Warbler, a Magnolia Warbler, American Redstarts, an Ovenbird, Common Yellowthroats, a Wilson's Warbler and a Canada Warbler. Shorebirds were similar to Glenn's findings yesterday including a Semipalmated Plover, Spotted Sandpiper, a Solitary Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Least Sandpipers, Pectoral Sandpipers, Stilt Sandpipers and Wilson's Snipe. These too were found between A.E. Sea and Main Ring Lake. A.E. Sea also produced the bird of the day Black Terns (2). Some of the other birds found were a Green-winged Teal, Green Herons, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, Red-eyed Vireos, Swainson's Thrushes and a surprise Grasshopper Sparrow. Dave

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Glenn had quite a good day of birding in the Lab today. Here are the highlight of his findings. First, the shorebirds found in A.E. Sea or Main Ring Lake were a Spotted Sandpiper, a Solitary Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Semipalmated Sandpipers, Least Sandpipers and Stilt Sandpipers. A pair of Barred Owls and a Great Horned Owl were flushed during his route. Raptors included 3 flyover Turkey Vultures, an Osprey (on Nest 2 platform), a Northern Harrier and a Cooper's Hawk. Several interesting Warblers were found including Blue-winged Warbler, Golden-winged Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Pine Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, American Redstart, Ovenbird, Connecticut Warbler and Canada Warbler. Other birds of interest were American Wigeon, Green Herons (7), an immature Black-crowned Night-Heron, a Sora, a Caspian Tern, a Chimney Swift, a Ruby-throated Hummingbird, a Warbling Vireo, Red-eyed Vireos and a Swainson's Thrush. Dave

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Another morning similar to the last two being very warm, mostly sunny, with a mild breeze and, most irritating, very humid. Not too much activity in the Sparrow Hedge area, but the Bell's Vireo is still singing near the first intersection on the path back to the Hedge. A Northern Harrier was flushed off the path, no prey seen, then continued to hunt the area. Shorebirds are starting to show up at the south end of A.E. Sea. There were a couple of Greater Yellowlegs and about a dozen Lesser Yellowlegs. No new waterfowl were found in the Lakes Region. At the north end of A.E. Sea Soras were heard and the following shorebirds were found, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpipers, Solitary Sandpipers, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Least Sandpipers, Pectoral Sandpipers, Long-billed Dowitchers and a Red-necked Phalarope (Bird of the Day). At one point a Cooper's Hawk flew over scattering these birds. Several warblers were found in the Big Woods area. All were either Tennessee Warblers or American Redstarts. A flyover Turkey Vulture and an American Kestrel (Main Inj. area) were also found during the morning. There was no change in the status of the Osprey nests from Tuesday. Dave

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Marcia and Gail were in for a hot morning of bird monitoring today. As they stated, "The heat did appear to affect the bird activity." The highlights of their morning were a Cooper's Hawk, 5 American Kestrels in the Main Injector area (another sign of a reasonably good year for Kestrels at the Lab), a Ruby-throated Hummingbird and Dickcissels (3-Main Ring Prairie). Dave

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The morning was partly cloudy, very warm, very-very humid and with only a mild breeze. DUSAF had Wood Ducks, Blue-winged Teal, several each of Lesser Yellowlegs and Greater Yellowlegs, and 3 Wilson's Snipe. Osprey Nest 2 had one of the juveniles on the perch above the nest. The Sparrow Hedge was a bit of a disappointment with only a singing Bell's Vireo of note. A.E. Sea did provide some birds including Northern Shovelers, more Great Blue Herons than Great Egrets today (recently the egrets have outnumbered herons 2 to 1), Green Herons (several), Solitary Sandpipers, Long-billed Dowitchers (3) and a Cooper's Hawk. Unfortunately, there were very few migrant passerines to be found; only several Tennessee Warblers. The visual highlight of the morning was beautiful, half-molted Scarlet Tanager having a mixture of reds, greens and yellows. Osprey Nest 1 had one juvenile perched next to the nest while the other was on a power pole about 200 yds away. The Osprey Nest 3 area was vacant this morning. Other birds found were a couple of American Kestrels, actively singing Eastern Wood-Pewees, an Eastern Phoebe, a Great Crested Flycatcher and a pair of Great Horned Owls. Dave

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