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June, 2020 Bird Sightings at Fermilab

Friday, June 26, 2020

Wally's report for the week of June 22 to June 26 had two, very interesting sightings. The first was a Wilson's Snipe. This is only the second June sighting in the Lab, and the previous sighting was over 25 years ago (also, it was in the first week of June, probably a late migrant). The second and most exciting was flushing an Ibis (June 22) while working with several summer students but it could not be identified as to the species before it flew off. Unfortunately, the Ibis has not been relocated although several attempts have been made. Most of the other highlights for the week were the expected summer birds including: Green Heron, Turkey Vulture, Osprey, Red-tailed Hawk, Cedar Waxwing, Field Sparrow, Henslow's Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Eastern Meadowlark, Indigo Bunting and Dickcissel. Dave

Friday, June 19, 2020

Wally reported this week that all three Osprey nests were still showing activity, with Nest 2 having 3 confirmed chicks. A Bald Eagle was spotted but without any known relation to the nest. While we are on nesting raptors, the juvenile Red-tailed Hawk was still on the nest near the Garden Club. Wally provided a nice list for the week. Here are the highlights: Wood Duck, Chimney Swift, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Sandhill Crane (pair lounging in the village), American Woodcock (unfortunately the nest found last week was predated and no longer viable), Caspian Tern, DC Cormorant, Turkey Vulture, American Kestrel, Eastern Kingbird (nesting near AE Sea), Red-eyed Vireo (calling), Marsh Wren, Sedge Wren, Field Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Eastern Meadowlark, Baltimore Oriole, Indigo Bunting and Dickcissel. Finally, the possible sighting of the year was an Ibis flushed from the North Eola seasonal wetland. Unfortunately, the bird flushed before a positive ID could be made. Dave

Monday, June 15, 2020

Wally had an interesting week in the Lab starting with a report on the state of the Ospreys. It appears all three nests have hatched young with the adults shielding them from the sun occasionally. Unfortunately, due to the depth of the nests and the current size of the young, it is hard to get an accurate count. That will come later. It appears there was just one eaglet hatched this year and it has fledged. An adult Bald Eagle was spotted in the area on Friday. An agitated Cooper's Hawk may indicate a nesting area, more investigation will be required. Probably the biggest surprise was locating an American Woodcock nest. Unfortunately, 2 of the 4 eggs were cracked. Other sightings of interest included: Wood Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Chimney Swift, Sandhill Crane, Turkey Vulture, an American Kestrel (nest box in Eola NE is occupied), Eastern Wood-Pewee, Eastern Kingbird, Eastern Meadowlark, Baltimore Oriole, Indigo Bunting and Dickcissel. Dave

Friday, June 5, 2020

From Wally's bird report this week (June 1-5) it appears migration is a thing of the recent past. All his sightings, including his best, an American Woodcock, are regular or at least likely breeding birds for the Lab. Still little info has been recorded on the Osprey situation due to his work locations. It does appear that Nest 2 in Nepese Marsh has had some brooding activity. Other highlights for the week include: Chimney Swift, Sandhill Crane, Killdeer (including 1 chick in Main Ring), Spotted Sandpiper, Turkey Vulture, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Willow Flycatcher, Eastern Phoebe, Great Crested Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, Bell's Vireo (2 calling and visible in the sparrow hedge), Indigo Bunting, and both the expected breeding warblers, Common Yellowthroat and Yellow Warbler. Dave

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