Date: 9/15/20 3:40 pm
From: Joseph Neal <joeneal...>
Subject: HAWKS ON THE MOVE OVER CHESNEY PRAIRIE NA
A late start this morning paid off handsomely. Just as I arrived at Chesney Prairie Natural Area, temperatures were rising and a large lazy thermal had formed, with Turkey Vultures slowly drifting southwest. Then I saw a Broad-winged Hawk, then another, and finally a small flock in a funnel. In addition, also riding thermals, an adult Bald Eagles, an Osprey, and later, an adult Swainson’s Hawk.
In terms of land birds, most Dickcissels are gone. At least one Sedge Wren remains where it has been since mid-summer. House Wrens and Common Yellowthroats are down in the very dense vegetation. Here is my submission to eBird: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73644521<https://nam11.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Febird.org%2Fchecklist%2FS73644521&data=02%7C01%7C%7C567de42740464ded8e0b08d859c8455d%7C79c742c4e61c4fa5be89a3cb566a80d1%7C0%7C0%7C637358063984904547&sdata=XiFbzatnFaL3tX5XnqyNzHsIHmgHWDuJxoBbSozkpc8%3D&reserved=0>.
Chesney has turned golden: several species of goldenrod are blooming and so are dense stands of Indian Grass. Milkweeds are all ears. An unusual plant, Prenanthes aspera, is in bloom right along the mowed trail.


 
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