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August, 2021 Bird Sightings at Fermilab

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

The major highlight of the morning was finding an adult Black-crowned Night-Heron in the southwest area of A.E. Sea (first of the year). The Purple Martin second brood chicks (2) had moved out of their brooding compartment up to separate compartments in the second story. They still looked too young to have fledged. Eight or more adult and immature Purple Martins were in the area of Dusaf Pond. An immature Red-tailed Hawk was begging while an adult hunted the grasslands well west of Eola Rd. Only 3 Osprey were found during the morning. A full compliment of grassland birds was found, except for Grasshopper Sparrow. Grassland birds found included Sedge Wrens, Field Sparrows, Henslow's Sparrows, Bobolinks (a molting male and a fresh juvenile), Eastern Meadowlarks and Dickcissels. Other birds of interest were Pied-billed Grebes, Spotted Sandpipers (2), Caspian Terns (2-Lake Law, 3-A.E Sea), a Great Crested Flycatcher, Marsh Wrens (less heard than in recent weeks), a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher and Cedar Waxwings. Dave