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March, 2021 Bird Sightings at Fermilab

Monday, March 29, 2021

Wally added another 2 new year birds to the Lab this past week (Mar 22-26), including a near, on schedule Eastern Phoebe and a late arriving Common Grackle. The disturbing portion of his report was that he did not find the Bald Eagles this past week and had not seen them on the nest for some time. This would most likely place them out of the nesting period for the year. Though he stated there were not a large number of waterfowl around, he did have good variety including: Canada Goose, Wood Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup and Common Merganser. Other interesting finds for the week were: Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, Barred Owl (Adam found again), Hairy Woodpecker, American Kestrel, Tree Swallow, Eastern Bluebird, American Tree Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Song Sparrow, Eastern Meadowlark and Brown-headed Cowbird. Dave

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Donna's weekly report included 2 new year bird species including a Great Egret and a number of Tree Swallows. Waterfowl diversity was down a little. Those found were Canada Geese, Mallards, Wood Ducks, Northern Shovelers, Ring-necked Ducks and Common Mergansers. Other highlights included a pair of Pied-billed Grebes, a possible pair of Sandhill Cranes and a Great Blue Heron. All these birds were found in A.E Sea or Dusaf Pond. Unfortunately, the cattails on the south side of Batavia Road in A.E. Sea have not yet emerged. The Slots, that were cut several years ago in these cattails, were a great habitat for marsh birds. It is hard to tell whether this habitat will return. Finally, along North Eola Road, Donna found 2 Northern Harriers (hunting the fields) and Eastern Meadowlarks. Dave

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Wally's report from the week of Mar. 15-19 stated that waterfowl numbers appeared to be down but still with some diversity. Included in his list were: Canada Goose, Northern Shoveler, Gadwall, Mallard, Canvasback, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup and Common Merganser. On the other hand, sparrows appeared to be on the upswing. Those found were American Tree Sparrow, Fox Sparrow (first of year), Dark-eyed Junco, White-throated Sparrow and Song Sparrow. Other interesting finds were Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, Great Blue Heron, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker (first of year), American Kestrel, Eastern Meadowlark and Brown-headed Cowbird. Wally further mentioned a couple of sightings from March 6th by a new physicist at the Lab. They were a Rough-legged Hawk and a Barred Owl. Dave

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Donna reported mostly waterfowl and water-related birds again this week, with a pair of Canvasbacks (new for the year), as her top bird. They were found in Dusaf Pond along with several Lesser Scaup (I'm assuming they were) and Common Mergansers. Across the road, at A.E. Sea, she found Northern Shovelers, more Common Mergansers, a Pied-billed Grebe, and an American Coot. Along North Eola Road she found a couple of Eastern Meadowlarks and an American Kestrel on the kestrel nest box. Dave

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Wally's workload defines his monitoring possibilities, and last week (Mar 8-12) did not allow much time for birds. He still was able to report a good number of waterfowl including Canada Goose, Wood Duck, Northern Shoveler, American Wigeon, Mallard, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Common Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser and Common Merganser. Besides the Wood Duck, he scored several more "first of the year birds" including: Ring-billed Gull, Turkey Vulture, Song Sparrow, Brown-headed Cowbird and Rusty Blackbird. Other highlights found were Sandhill Crane, Killdeer, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, Great Horned Owl and American Kestrel. Dave

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Donna continues to report on birds found in the A.E. Sea slots along Batavia Road, as she passes the area on her way to and from work. Even though this area is an exceedingly small percentage of the birding area in the Lab, some interesting birds have been found here in recent years. Her sightings during the second week of March included: Canada Goose, Mallard, Northern Shovelers, Blue-winged Teal, American Widgeon, Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, American Coot, Killdeer and Red-winged Blackbirds. Dave

Saturday, March 6, 2021

On her way into work today Donna reported a pair of Sandhill Cranes displaying in the Village. While the slots along Batavia Road provided a pair of Buffleheads, a male Hooded Merganser, Mallards, Canada Geese, and many Red-winged Blackbirds. At Andy's Pond 2 pair of Common Mergansers and 5 Double-crested Cormorants were found. Dave

Friday, March 5, 2021

As expected for the beginning of March, Wally's highlights were dominated by waterfowl. It was a very nice list including: Greater White-fronted Goose, Cackling Goose, Canada Goose, Tundra Swan, Mallard, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser and Common Merganser. Wally reported that even though the Bald Eagles are getting a later start this year, they have been spending more time around and in the nest. One factor may be that this a totally new nest this year. The remainder of the week's highlights included: Sandhill Crane, Killdeer, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, Hairy Woodpecker, American Kestrel, Horned Lark and Eastern Bluebird. Dave

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