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November, 2020 Bird Sightings at Fermilab

Friday, November 27, 2020

Due to a short week and bad weather Wally's bird list this week was shorter than normal. However, waterfowl continue to be found in good numbers including Canada Goose (One interesting individual had about half its neck feathers white while the other half were the typical dark color.), Tundra Swan, Northern Shoveler, Mallard, Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked Duck, Common Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser and Common Merganser. Other birds of interest were American Coot, Sandhill Crane, Bald Eagle (pair sitting next to each other), American Kestrel and Eastern Meadowlark (4 on Eola Rd). Dave

Friday, November 20, 2020

Wally's weekly report was slightly smaller this week mainly due to his work schedule. Waterfowl were reduced in variety. Those found were Tundra Swans (4 in Nepese Marsh), Northern Shoveler, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Green-winged Teal and Hooded Merganser. Raptors included Northern Harrier, Cooper's Hawk, Bald Eagle (he sent us a picture of one atop their new nest; it is looking quite substantial) and Red-tailed Hawk. His bird of the week was a Winter Wren found in the Garden Club. Other highlights included: American Coot, Sandhill Crane (3 sandhills wandering around together north of Wilson Rd - So guessing this is a likely pair with a colt), Great Blue Heron, Golden-crowned Kinglet, American Tree Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, White-throated Sparrow and Swamp Sparrow. Dave

Friday, November 13, 2020

Most of Wally's birding this week took place on the eastern lakes, the Garden Club, Main Ring Lake and its associated grasslands. The week proved to be exceptionally good for waterfowl with 15 species reported starting with a group of about 8 Trumpeter Swans that strangely included a lone Tundra Swan on Lake Law. The remaining waterfowl included Canada Goose, Northern Shoveler, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Canvasback (2 Monday, 1 Friday), Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser (female) and Ruddy Duck. Another highlight was a lone Rusty Blackbird perched in a tree near the eastern border of the Lab. Other birds of mention were: American Coot, Sandhill Crane, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Rough-legged Hawk, Great Horned Owl, American Kestrel, Eastern Bluebird, American Tree Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, White-throated Sparrow, and Swamp Sparrow. His most interesting sighting was finding a leucistic American Robin, I assume in the Sparrow Hedge Area. He stated, "I saw a leucistic Robin, which I saw fly briefly across the path. I chased it until I was able to locate it. The pattern of the bird was so unique I had no idea what the bird could be. Anyway, it was a robin, but a special one. I'm sure the chances of a robin with that much white on it making it to adulthood is pretty low." Dave

Friday, November 6, 2020

Wally was back this week and reported exceptional numbers of waterfowl. Unfortunately, he did not have much time to sort through all of them. Those found included Cackling Goose, Canada Goose, Northern Shoveler, Gadwall, Mallard and Northern Pintail. Raptors made a good showing with Cooper's Hawk, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk and American Kestrel. Most important was the observation that the Bald Eagle pair were found creating a new nest, near the one they successfully used these past two breeding seasons. Other highlights found during the week included American Coot, Sandhill Crane, Eastern Bluebird, Fox Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, White-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Common Grackle and Yellow-rumped Warbler. Dave

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