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June, 2021 Bird Sightings at Fermilab

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Probably the best bird of Wally's last week of June was a Grasshopper Sparrow found on the west side of the Lab. I had one last week in the same general area, they have been extremely rare in recent years. Other birds for the week included: Chimney Swift, Ruby-Throated Hummingbird, Caspian Tern, Green Heron, Turkey Vulture, Osprey, Northern Flicker, American Kestrel, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Willow Flycatcher, Eastern Phoebe, Great Crested Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, Brown Thrasher, Cedar Waxwing, Chipping Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Eastern Meadowlark, Common Grackle, Yellow Warbler, Indigo Bunting and Dickcissel. Dave

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Even with an increasing workload fighting invasives, Wally came up with some interesting birds for the 3rd week of June starting with another look at one of the previously spotted Peregrine Falcons. Other highlights from the week's list included: Chimney Swift, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Caspian Tern, Turkey Vulture, Osprey, Cooper's Hawk, Eastern Wood-Pewee. Eastern Phoebe, Great Crested Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, Blue Gray Gnatcatcher, Brown Thrasher, Cedar Waxwing, Bobolink, Eastern Meadowlark, Baltimore Oriole, Yellow Warbler, Indigo Bunting and Dickcissel. Dave

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

The second Grassland Breeding Survey of the year was performed today with results similar to the previous session. Standout birds included another Yellow-billed Cuckoo, a Caspian Tern, Bald Eagles (1 Ad and 1 Imt) and Purple Martins (4, still hanging around Dusaf and 1 in the Main Ring). There were 10 Osprey's found (Nest 1 = 2 Ad, 2 Juv; Nest 2 = 1 Ad, 2 Juv; Nest 3 = 1 Ad, 2 Juv). Other interesting finds included: Sandhill Cranes (2), Pied-billed Grebes, a Green Heron, Turkey Vultures(3), Northern Flickers (2), an Eastern Phoebe, Sedge Wrens (18), Marsh Wrens (4), Eastern Bluebirds (6), Chipping Sparrows (2), Savannah Sparrows (3), Henslow's Sparrow (9), a Swamp Sparrow, Bobolinks (2), Eastern Meadowlarks (15), a Baltimore Oriole, Indigo Buntings (3) and Dickcissels (29). Dave

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

On her way into work, Donna had an excellent sighting, a Common Gallinule (first of the year), in the area of the previous Cattail Slots (Due to high water levels, the majority of the cattails in A.E. Sea, on the south side of Batavia Rd., appear to have died). Other birds of interest in the area were: Wood Ducks (2 females each with 5 ducklings and 1 male), Great Blue Herons (3), Great Egrets (3) and several Marsh Wrens. Dave

Thursday, June 10, 2021

The first Grassland Breeding Bird Survey in two years had mixed results with some species and locations varying compared to historic results. The best highlights were another Yellow-billed Cuckoo, a pair of Red-headed Woodpeckers (very defensive of a location in the Big Woods), a Bell's Vireo (inside the Main Ring, a first there for me), Purple Martins (7) and an American Redstart (still in a historic breeding location). Eleven Osprey were found throughout the Lab (Nest 1 = 2 Ad, 1 Juv; Nest 2 = 2 Ad, 2 Juv; Nest 3 = 2 Ad, 2 Juv). Other birds of note included: Wood Ducks (43), a Northern Flicker, a Warbling Vireos (2), Sedge Wrens (18), Marsh Wrens (10), a Brown Thrasher, Eastern Bluebirds (8), a Chipping Sparrow, Field Sparrow (17), a Savannah Sparrow, Henslow's Sparrows (5), Song Sparrows (9), Bobolinks (10), Eastern Meadowlarks (13) Yellow Warblers (6), Indigo Buntings (4) and Dickcissels (30). Dave