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September, 2021 Bird Sightings at Fermilab

Friday, September 24, 2021

Wally reported that this week's birding was mostly about shorebirds. With great shorebird habitat at A.E. Sea, the best numbers of these birds in many years are being found. This week's list included Killdeer, Baird's Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Wilson's Snipe, Spotted Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs and Lesser Yellowlegs. According to Wally most species had multiple individuals. No other family dominated the week's list, still many good birds were found. The list included: Wood Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Green-winged Teal, Pied-billed Grebe, Chimney Swift, Sora, Sandhill Crane, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Green Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Turkey Vulture, Osprey, Cooper's Hawk, Bald Eagle (perched below nest), Red-tailed Hawk, Belted Kingfisher, American Kestrel, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Marsh Wren, Eastern Bluebird, Cedar Waxwing, Song Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Eastern Meadowlark, American Redstart, Palm Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler and Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Dave

Friday, September 17, 2021

This week Wally found that shorebirds and warblers were the most productive families of migrants passing through the Lab. With the low water levels at A.E. Sea, shorebirds found there were: Killdeer, Least Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Wilson's Snipe, Spotted Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper and Lesser Yellowlegs. With warbler season winding down a respectable list including Black-and-white Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Nashville Warbler, American Redstart, Magnolia Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler and Black-throated Green Warbler was reported. Two Red-headed Woodpeckers were found; a juvenile in Owl's Nest Woods and an adult flying over the Main Injector coming from the Main Ring. Other highlights of the week included: Wood Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Pied-billed Grebe, Chimney Swift, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Green Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron (an adult and juv. in the same tree as previous weeks between A.E. Sea and Sea of Evanescence), Turkey Vulture, American Kestrel, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Yellow-throated Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Marsh Wren, Brown Thrasher, Eastern Bluebird, Swainson's Thrush, Cedar Waxwing and a Scarlet Tanager. Dave

Friday, September 3, 2021

The lowering water levels at A.E. Sea have produced some exceptional shorebird conditions as reported by both Wally and Donna. How convenient this should happen at the height of shorebird migration. Other birds have also been attracted to the area. On one recent morning Donna reported finding 2 Sandhill Cranes, 5 Green Heron, 50 Great Egrets, 25 Great Blue Herons, 20 Wood Ducks, 8 Mallards and 1 Coot. Recent shorebirds she found in the Sea included Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Solitary Sandpipers and Spotted Sandpipers. She added that there were many more outside the draw of her scope. Wally reported similar sightings including large numbers of Great Egrets and abundant shorebirds. He also had 3 Soras foraging together and repeated, Black-crowned Night-Heron sightings in the same tree. Shorebirds he found included Least Sandpipers, Semipalmated Sandpipers, Solitary Sandpipers and Lesser Yellowlegs. Dave