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July, 2020 Bird Sightings at Fermilab

Friday, July 31, 2020

Even though Wally reported a quote "quiet week", he did note an increase in shorebirds. Osprey continued to be active in the nesting areas although they were at the nests less frequently. The highlights of his other observations included Wood Duck (looks like they had a good year on AE Sea %E2%80%93 quite a few young), Pied-billed Grebe, Sora (spooked during common reed control in marsh north of garden club), Killdeer, Least Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Caspian Tern, Green Heron, Turkey Vulture, Osprey, Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, Marsh Wren, Cedar Waxwing, Eastern Towhee, Eastern Meadowlark, Bobolink, Indigo Bunting and Dickcissel. Dave

Friday, July 24, 2020

Wally's report for the week of July 20-24 centered around his Osprey observations. Early in the week the juvenile birds were very active but remained on the nests. By the end of the week most were on the wing and venturing from the nests. Shorebirds included Killdeer, Lesser Yellowlegs, Semipalmated Sandpiper and Spotted Sandpiper. Other birds of mention included Blue-winged Teal, Green Heron, Turkey Vulture, Cedar Waxwing, Eastern Meadowlark, Bobolink and Dickcissel. Dave

Friday, July 17, 2020

The highlight of the week (July 13-17), as reported by Wally, was the start of the fall migration. This seems early, but it is quite typical to see shorebirds heading south this early. His finds were Lesser Yellowlegs, Semipalmated Sandpiper and Spotted Sandpiper, including a juvenile Spotted. The remainder of the birds were "run of the mill", as he put it. Included in his list were Green Heron, Turkey Vulture, Osprey (young still on nest, but close to leaving), Cedar Waxwing, Henslow's Sparrow and Dickcissel. Dave

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Even though Wally's weekly report (July 6-July 11) consisted of mainly birds expected in mid-summer, there were some points of interest. First of all was a reconfirmation of the 8 Osprey young produced by the Lab's 3 Osprey nests. Also found were several Caspian Terns. Other highlights included Spotted Sandpiper, Green Heron, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Willow Flycatcher, Eastern Phoebe, Great Crested Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, Marsh Wren, Henslow's Sparrow, Bobolink, Indigo Bunting and Dickcissel. Dave

Friday, July 3, 2020

As Wally stated, the week of June 29-July 3, being quite hot, did not produce many interesting birds. Highlights included another Wilson's Snipe sighting (North Eola Rd, same area as last week), Green Heron, Turkey Vulture, Osprey, Tree Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cedar Waxwing, Henslow's Sparrow, Eastern Meadowlark, Indigo Bunting and Dickcissel. The most significant entry for the week is a final count of the offspring in this year's Osprey nests. It has been hard to get an accurate final count, mostly due to the extremely warm weather lately, forcing the adults to shield the nestlings. The final count ties last year's record high in the Lab of 8 young Ospreys including 3 in Nest 1, 3 in Nest 2 and 2 in Nest 3 (interestingly the same distribution as last year). Wally also stated that the young birds are getting quite large and appear to be near fledging. Dave

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