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January, 2022 Bird Sightings at Fermilab

Monday, January 31, 2022

Wally located a Pileated Woodpecker in the Big Woods this week. This was the first sighting of this species in the Lab. The same highlight waterfowl, Common Goldeneye and Common Merganser, were still present in some open water areas. Birds of prey sightings were again impressive with Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk and Rough-legged Hawk being found. It is noteworthy that this last species, Rough-legged Hawk, has been seen each week of the new year. Other birds of note were Northern Flicker, Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch and White-throated Sparrow. Dave

Sunday, January 23, 2022

Wally reported another week with Raptors being his main highlights, although with a smaller variety this time. The pair of Bald Eagles were found near their nest. Also, he had a Rough-legged Hawk for a third straight week, an American Kestrel and the expected Red-tailed Hawks. The expected winter divers, Common Goldeneye and Common Merganser, were still found in the Lab. The remaining birds of note included Northern Flicker, Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch, Eastern Bluebird, and White-throated Sparrow. Dave

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Wally's week was highlighted with a fantastic list of Birds of Prey. The list included Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawks (a dark morph, most likely the same bird found last week, and a light morph), Great Horned Owl and American Kestrel (he added several Kestrels were observed throughout the week). Donna also reported seeing a Northern Harrier early in the week. Other notable birds on Wally's list were Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Belted Kingfisher, Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Eastern Bluebird and Cedar Waxwing. Dave

Friday, January 7, 2022

Waterfowl for the first week of the year were easy to find, Wally reported, as they were now concentrated in the small areas of open water. Those found were Canada Goose, Mallard, Common Goldeneye and Common Merganser, the expected winter waterfowl species. His birds of the week were a dark morph Rough-legged Hawk (found on 2 separate days) and a female Purple Finch at the Roads and Grounds Feeders. Other highlights for the week included Horned Lark, Eastern Bluebird and White-throated Sparrow. Dave