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25 Oct IBET North Pond - local interest only ["Joan Norek NorekJ AT aol.com [ILbirds]" ]
25 Oct IBET Chicago--North Pond, Oct 25, 2014 ["Steve Huggins sjhuggins1209 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
25 Oct IBET Lake Calumet expanded access meeting (10/25/14 - NO SIGHTINGS) ["Walter Marcisz wmarcisz AT att.net [ILbirds]" ]
25 Oct IBET DuPage County Wood Dale Reservoir/Itasca Wetlands Sat 10-25-14 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
25 Oct IBET Lily Lake Trumpeter ["Beau Schaefer beauschaefer AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" ]
25 Oct IBET Montrose - White-eyed Vireo ["David Antieau dkantieau AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" ]
25 Oct IBET Evanston North Shore Bird Club Program, 10/28 - Dave Willard on Birds and Windows ["Smchecchia AT aol.com [ILbirds]" ]
24 Oct CORRECTION Re: IBET Lake Calumet expanded access (press conference - NO SIGHTINGS) ["Walter Marcisz wmarcisz AT att.net [ILbirds]" ]
24 Oct IBET Loyola Scoters, Indian Boundary Hawks ["Steve Spitzer steven0703 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
24 Oct IBET Lake Maviseterre area 10-23 ["Colin Dobson birdingboy AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
24 Oct IBET Bald Eagle at Lyman ["peachjmc AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
24 Oct IBET: Mundelein Tree Sparrows ["Todd Anderson tcanders123 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
24 Oct IBET Whalon Lake in Will County & Greene Valley F.P. in DuPage Co. Fri 10-24-14 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
24 Oct IBET 1st winter Laughing Gull, Waukegan's New Harbor south Lakeview lot ["David Johnson djohnsoda AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
23 Oct IBET Peoria Area -- October week 3 ["emcarlson8 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
23 Oct IBET Lake Calumet expanded access (press conference - NO SIGHTINGS) ["Walter Marcisz wmarcisz AT att.net [ILbirds]" ]
23 Oct IBET Emiquon, 10-23 ["miking38 AT aol.com [ILbirds]" ]
23 Oct IBET Wood Duck - McDowell FP ["beatleshannon AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
23 Oct IBET Baker's Lake ["Carolyn Fields c7echoes AT aol.com [ILbirds]" ]
23 Oct IBET Re: Hawk Id ["'Robert D. Hughes' rhughes.enteract AT rcn.com [ILbirds]" ]
23 Oct IBET Good Birds Today At Waukegan & Illinois Beach State Park Thur 10-23-14 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
23 Oct IBET A hunt for a bluebird at Fort Sheridan ["'mifur2 AT yahoo.com' mifur2@yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
23 Oct IBET Hummingbird at North Pond ["Geoffrey Williamson geoffrey.williamson AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
22 Oct IBET Tuesday, 21 Oct., south lake front from Steelworkers Park (Park 523) to JxP ["rlshonkw AT uchicago.edu [ILbirds]" ]
22 Oct IBET: DuPage Birding Club Announces November Field Trips (no sightings) ["jreiter AT wordsonbirds.com [ILbirds]" ]
22 Oct Re: IBET RT Hummer at North Pond ["Joan Norek NorekJ AT aol.com [ILbirds]" ]
22 Oct IBET Norther Harrier ["Dawn Smith mrssmith2 AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
22 Oct IBET White-winged Scoters ["Ron povpt93 AT consolidated.net [ILbirds]" ]
22 Oct IBET Varied Thrush in Champaign yesterday ["sdbailey AT illinois.edu [ILbirds]" ]
22 Oct IBET Chautauqua ["Kevin Richmond theeggman AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
22 Oct IBET Fermi White Fronted Geese ["Christopher Cudworth cudworthfix AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
22 Oct IBET BY mystery bird on the Truthcam ["John Baxter XXJB7Z AT AOL.COM [ILbirds]" ]
22 Oct IBET Chicago Botanic Garden Wed 10-22-14 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
22 Oct IBET BY DE junco ["John Baxter XXJB7Z AT AOL.COM [ILbirds]" ]
22 Oct IBET: Time change: Muriel Smith Memorial Mass, Saturday, October 25 ["marilyn bell marbell AT rocketmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
22 Oct IBET RT Hummer at North Pond ["Joan Norek NorekJ AT aol.com [ILbirds]" ]
22 Oct IBET Re: Iceland, Thayer's and Great BB Gulls at Fort Sheridan ["mifur2 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
21 Oct IBET Iceland, Thayer's and Great BB Gulls at Fort Sheridan ["mifur2 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
21 Oct IBET: DuPage Birding Club Welcomes Amar Ayyash on Nov 13 (no sightings) ["jreiter AT wordsonbirds.com [ILbirds]" ]
22 Oct IBET RE: Whooping Crane info - NO sighting ["John Pohl japohlvin AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
22 Oct IBET Whooping Crane info - NO sighting ["John Pohl japohlvin AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
21 Oct IBET 83 Horned Grebes Park No 566 ["Aaron Gyllenhaal aarongyllenhaal AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
21 Oct IBET: Mundelein Yard Birds ["Todd Anderson tcanders123 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
21 Oct IBET Gillson Park Lake Watch #4 Tues 10-21-14 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
21 Oct IBET More Purple Finches and other old birding ["sdbailey AT illinois.edu [ILbirds]" ]
21 Oct IBET Harris's Sparrow ["Ann Haverstock abhaver AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" ]
21 Oct IBET Harris's Sparrow at Lurie 7:30a 10/21/14 ["S J stevejner AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
20 Oct IBET Loyola Birds ["Steve Spitzer steven0703 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
20 Oct IBET Harris's sparrow, happily still at Lurie Garden Oct. 20 ["cberman129 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
20 Oct IBET LG Harris's - photos including quinine ["Joan Norek NorekJ AT aol.com [ILbirds]" ]
20 Oct IBET Chautauqua/Emiquon, 10-20 ["miking38 AT aol.com [ILbirds]" ]
20 Oct IBET Purple Finch - Carroll County ["'Anne Straight' astraight4 AT frontier.com [ILbirds]" ]
20 Oct IBET Waukegan, Illinois Beach North Unit Hawk Watch & South Unit Beaches Mon 10-20-14 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
20 Oct IBET Re: SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER at 87th St ["mcvetas AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
20 Oct IBET: The Passing of Muriel Smith (to those not aware) NO SIGHTINGS ["marilyn bell marbell AT rocketmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
20 Oct IBET FW: 3 Red-necked Grebes - Whalon Lake ["'Eric Secker' esecker AT bcnbirds.org [ILbirds]" ]
20 Oct IBET Ducks moving - Miss. River,Savanna to Fulton ["'Anne Straight' astraight4 AT frontier.com [ILbirds]" ]
20 Oct IBET LG Harris's continues ["Joan Norek NorekJ AT aol.com [ILbirds]" ]
20 Oct IBET 87th St flycatcher ["Fran Morel franmmmk AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
20 Oct IBET Re: SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER at 87th St. ["Joshua Little joshua.p.little AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
20 Oct IBET SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER at 87th St. ["Joshua Little joshua.p.little AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
20 Oct IBET south Lake County and north Cook County lakefront ["'Geoffrey A. Williamson' geoffrey.williamson AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
19 Oct IBET Beautiful and birdy morning at Fort Sheridan, Sunday Oct. 19 ["mifur2 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
19 Oct IBET JxP, IBSP hawk watch, Sat., 18 Oct. ["rlshonkw AT uchicago.edu [ILbirds]" ]
19 Oct IBET Meadowbrook Park, Urbana (10/19) and Riverbend Forest Preserve (10/18) ["Phred Benham phbenham AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
19 Oct Re: IBET Montrose, 10/19 a.m. ["Leslie Borns cakile AT att.net [ILbirds]" ]
19 Oct IBET Re: Shrike at Montrose 10/19/14 - Is a Northern ["stevejner AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
19 Oct IBET Montrose, 10/19 a.m. ["'Robert D. Hughes' rhughes.enteract AT rcn.com [ILbirds]" ]
19 Oct IBET Black Vulture at FS - Lake Co. ["Adam Sell adamwardsell AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
19 Oct IBET Montrose Sunday - BTBlue Warbler, Harris's Sparrow ["'Nick Barber' nbarber AT niu.edu [ILbirds]" ]
19 Oct IBET Waukegan, Lyons Woods & North Point Marina & Beach Sun 10-19-14 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
19 Oct IBET Black Vulture, Lake Co. ["mcvetas AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
19 Oct IBET Pella ponds ["sfluett AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
19 Oct IBET Lake Springfield 10-18 ["Colin Dobson birdingboy AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
19 Oct IBET Shrike at Montrose ["S J stevejner AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
19 Oct Re: IBET Lark Bunting - yes! ["Chuck Berman cberman129 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]

Subject: IBET North Pond - local interest only
From: "Joan Norek NorekJ AT aol.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 18:11:42 -0400
Late afternoon (10/25/14) -- two great Egrets -- seen standing side-by-side 
near the south end, and possibly the "regular" Egret was still up at the north 
end where I had passed it -- but interrupted when I attempted seeing all at one 
time. 

 
Changing ecology as the pond gets shallower? But this species just isn't known 
for hanging out anywhere around this area. 

 
 
Good birdings,
 
 
 

Joan Norek
Chicago
norekj AT aol.com
Hope is the thing with feathers - that perches in the soul - and sings the tune 
without the words - and never stops at all. Emily Dickinson 

Subject: IBET Chicago--North Pond, Oct 25, 2014
From: "Steve Huggins sjhuggins1209 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 15:06:30 -0700

Despite the absolutely gorgeous weather birding was a bit slow today with the 
highlights being a lingering Northern Waterthrush, Green Heron and a singing 
male Purple Finch. Of local interest for North Pond watchers the Great Egret 
was still present this morning and has now been joined by two more this 
afternoon and all three were providing great entertainment for all the 
non-birders around the pond at times attracting crowds of cell phone cameras ;) 


My full list from this morning is below.

Cheers
Steve Huggins
Chicago, IL


On Saturday, October 25, 2014 4:59 PM, "ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu" 
 wrote: 

 


Lincoln Park, Chicago--North Pond, Cook, US-IL
Oct 25, 2014 9:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
40 species (+2 other taxa)

Graylag Goose (Domestic type)  2
Canada Goose  35
Wood Duck  16
Mallard  30
Mallard (Domestic type)  4
Double-crested Cormorant  4
Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  1
Green Heron  1     continuing bird
Black-crowned Night-Heron  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Ring-billed Gull  8
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  40
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  3
American Crow  18
Black-capped Chickadee  16
Brown Creeper  5
Winter Wren  3
Golden-crowned Kinglet  12
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
Eastern Bluebird  1
Hermit Thrush  14
American Robin  6
European Starling  20
Cedar Waxwing  2
Northern Waterthrush  1
Orange-crowned Warbler  3
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  6
Fox Sparrow  3
Swamp Sparrow  2
White-throated Sparrow  6
White-crowned Sparrow  8
Dark-eyed Junco  28
Northern Cardinal  1
Rusty Blackbird  1
Purple Finch  1
Pine Siskin  6
American Goldfinch  14
House Sparrow  40

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20333922 


This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: IBET Lake Calumet expanded access meeting (10/25/14 - NO SIGHTINGS)
From: "Walter Marcisz wmarcisz AT att.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:01:14 -0700
Big news. At 11:45 am on on Saturday, 25 October 2014, a press conference was 
held on the western shore of Lake Calumet in southeast Chicago announcing that 
282 acres of Lake Calumet and surrounding shoreline are being purchased by 
Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) for future public access. This 
is a truly a momentous occasion, as Lake Calumet has been closed to the public 
for decades (with the notable exception of Harborside Golf Course during the 
warmer months). The meeting was well attended, with over 100 people present. 
Governor Quinn, Mayor Emmanuel, and many others spoke, along with Tom Shepherd 
(Southeast Environmental Task Force & Lake Calumet Vision Committee) and 
representatives of other environmental groups. 


I asked Marc Miller, Director of IDNR, what areas are being purchased, and what 
is the timeline. The purchase (a total of 282 acres for $9 million) includes 99 
acres on the western shore of Lake Calumet, as well as the body of water 
adjacent to Harborside Golf Course (to include the northeastern shore of the 
lake). 


When will it be open to the public? According to Miller, it will be a "long 
process." The land, which will become part of the Millennium Reserve, has not 
been purchased yet. IDNR first needs to close on the property, following which 
community members will be engaged to determine how the property may be best 
used. It will certainly be important for birders to provide input during this 
period. The entire process will undoubtedly take a while, but it is still a 
major step in the right direction. 


A map showing the areas being purchased by IDNR may be viewed at the attachment 
at the end of the IBFpost at the following link: 

 
http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topic=55463.msg97000#msg97000

Walter Marcisz
Chicago, Cook Co.  
   


 

 
 
 


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Subject: IBET DuPage County Wood Dale Reservoir/Itasca Wetlands Sat 10-25-14
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 13:57:37 -0500
Hello Bird People,

Had a great plan today which was to check on the Wood Dale Reservoir/Itasca
Wetlands & after that I would be 1/3 of the way to where the funeral for
Muriel Smith would be held so I could be sure to get there on time. But the
plan fell apart as I arrived at the Reservoir & remembered I had not
switched my driver's license & insurance info to my better than normal
clothes. So I did a short visit, drove all the way home to get my missing
paperwork & arrived slightly late to the funeral. At least I got there!
Here's my short bird list which is of water birds only as I did not have
time to look for landbirds.

Wood Dale Reservoir (7:45-8:15 a.m.)

D.C Cormorant (59 still here)
Great Blue Heron (2)
Great Egret (5)
Canada Geese (295 & all gone later)
Cackling Geese (at least 2)
Mallard (16)
Green Winged Teal (1-PR)
Ring Necked Duck (2-PR)
Hooded Merganser (2-F)
Coots (2 with the Geese)
Ring Billed Gull (11)
No Killdeer or Herring Gulls today at this spot.

Itasca Wetlands (8:15-8:45 a.m.)

Great Blue Heron (1 fly-by)
Black Duck (1)
Mallard (17)
Killdeer (8)
Greater Yellowlegs (1)
Lesser Yellowlegs (1)

I will have more to say about Muriel & today's funeral in a future post but
for now:
Birds-Of-The-Day to the 2 pair of Ring Necked Ducks which was my 1st Fall
sighting &
Runner-Up to the single Greater Yellowlegs which reminded me of just how
big that species is.

Al Stokie
Subject: IBET Lily Lake Trumpeter
From: "Beau Schaefer beauschaefer AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:42:54 -0500
 On my way home from the gym this morning, I stopped at Lily Lake on 120 in 
Lakemoor to check out the swans. Amidst the boatload of Canada Geese were 6 
MUTE SWANS and 1 TRUMPETER SWAN. 


Good Birding!
Beau Schaefer
round lake beach, IL
lake county
beauschaefer AT yahoo.com




Subject: IBET Montrose - White-eyed Vireo
From: "David Antieau dkantieau AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:05:12 -0700
Dear birders,

Highlight of a morning visit to Montrose was a juvenile White-eyed Vireo. It 
was first seen in the dried wildflowers near the water feature, then flew 
across the path to the southeast of the water feature. 


My other highlights were 10 Pine Siskins, 1 Cooper's Hawk, and the continuing, 
but still photogenic Black-bellied Plovers. 


I created a link on Google+, but can't find it, so I'm going to post it to my 
facebook page: 



https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=381802215329751&set=a.180494705460504.1073741827.100004999271694&type=1&theater 


If you can't access my facebook page, but still want to see the photo, just let 
me know. 


For the birds,

Dave Antieau
dkantieau AT sbcglobal.net
Chicago, Cook County
Subject: IBET Evanston North Shore Bird Club Program, 10/28 - Dave Willard on Birds and Windows
From: "Smchecchia AT aol.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:15:44 -0400
Birds and Windows – The Chicago Database:  Dave Willard      October28, 2014 
Evanston Ecology Center                 2024 McCormick Blvd.        Evanston
 
For the last 35 years, the Field Museumhas been monitoring the birds that run 
into the windows at McCormick Place. For the last 11 years, the Chicago 
BirdCollision Monitors have been doing the same for downtown Chicago. While 
many stunned birds have been rescued over this time, many othersare found dead. 

 
David Willard of the Field Museumwill interpret the database of nearly 70,000 
bird fatalities from windowstrikes in Chicago. As unfortunate as these deaths 
are,there is a lot we can learn from them – about bird migration in general, 
aswell as ways to reduce the number of fatalities. This program will be an 
up-to-date progressreport on some of the things we have learned and hope to 
learn from all ofthese birds. 

 
The program is free and opento the public. Free parking in the lotacross the 
street south of the Ecology Center. Gather at 7:00 p.m. for light refreshments 
andto socialize. The program will begin at7:30. 


Suzanne Checchia
Evanston, Cook County
Subject: CORRECTION Re: IBET Lake Calumet expanded access (press conference - NO SIGHTINGS)
From: "Walter Marcisz wmarcisz AT att.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:23:56 -0700
The corrected meeting time & location for tomorrow's meeting regarding expanded 
access to Lake Calumet are as follows: 


Lake Calumet Millenium Reserve Announcement
Saturday, October 25, 2014
11:45 am at:
Lake Calumet (South of Harborside Golf Center)
11001 S. Doty Avenue East
Chicago, IL 60617

(the meeting location is on Doty about 3-4 blocks south of the Harborside Golf 
Course entrance) 


Walter Marcisz
Chicago, Cook Co.




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On Thu, 10/23/14, Walter Marcisz wmarcisz AT att.net [ILbirds] 
 wrote: 


 Subject: IBET Lake Calumet expanded access (press conference - NO SIGHTINGS)
 To: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
 Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014, 7:27 PM
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
  
 
 
 
   
 
 
     
       
       
       I received the following notice from Southeast
 Environmental Task Force today (10/23/14), regarding a press
 conference on Saturday (10/25) announcing expanded access to
 Lake Calumet (an Important Bird Area). I don't know much
 about this yet, but I plan to attend the press conference
 and I will update IBET as is appropriate.
 
 
 
 Walter Marcisz
 
 Chicago, Cook Co.
 
 
 
 --- On Thu, 10/23/14, Tom Shepherd
  wrote:
 
 
 
 > From: Tom Shepherd 
 
 > Subject: ANNOUNCEMENT AND PRESS CONFERENCE - SATURDAY,
 OCTOBER 25; 11:30AM
 
 > To: 
 
 > Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014, 3:53 PM
 
 > ANNOUNCEMENT AND PRESS
 
 > CONFERENCE - SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25;
 
 > 11:30AM
 
 > I am thrilled to inform you
 
 > that this Saturday, 10/25, Governor Quinn will be
 making an
 
 > exciting announcement about public access to Lake
 Calumet.
 
 > The announcement will take place at 11:30 a.m., on the
 
 > eastern shore of Lake
 
 > Calumet.
 
 > The location is approximately
 
 > 11500 South on Stony Island Avenue. Watch for signs
 and
 
 > markers.
 
 > The
 
 > program will include remarks
 
 > by:Governor
 
 > QuinnMayor
 
 > EmanuelMike
 
 > Forde, Chairman, Illinois International Port
 DistrictMarc
 
 > Miller, Illinois Department of Natural ResourcesTom
 
 > Shepherd, Southeast Environmental Task Force and Lake
 
 > Calumet Vision Committee
 
 > --------------------------------------------------The
 
 > acquisition of 282 acres of lakefront property at Lake
 
 > Calumet is the culmination of over 15 years of efforts
 to
 
 > return Lake Calumet to its once-grand character as a
 
 > fishing, birding, boating, and other outdoor
 recreational
 
 > attraction.
 
 > 
 
 > 
 
 > 
 
 > 
 
 >
 ===================================================================Bishop
 
 > Ford / Calumet X-Way I-94 to 
 
 > 
 
 > 4.EXIT 65,
 
 > toward 103rd St. 0.5 mi5. take
 
 > the 103rd
 
 > St ramp. 0.3 mi6.Keep right to take
 
 > the 103rd St
 
 > E ramp. 0.2 mi7.Merge onto E 103rd
 St. 0.06 mi8.Take the 1st right onto S Doty
 
 > Ave. 0.2 mi9.Turn left onto S Stony
 
 > Island Ave.S Stony
 
 > Island Ave is 0.1 miles past E 106th
 
 > StIf you
 
 > reach Harborside G. C. Rd you've gone about
 
 > 1.2 miles too far  Due to
 
 > construction, there may be detours at 103rd Street and
 111th
 
 > Street on I-94. Follow signs that direct you to 103rd
 
 > Street.
 
 > 
 
 > Tom
 
 > Shepherd
 
 > Southeast Environmental Task Force
 
 > 13300 S. Baltimore Ave. 
 
 > Chicago, Ill. 60633
 
 > 773-646-0436 (office)
 
 > 773-370-3305 (cell)
 
 > 
 
 > VISIT US AT:
 
 >
 www.setaskforce.orgwww.setaskforce.blogspot.comwww.facebook.com/setaskforce
 
 > 
 
 > 
 
 >
 
 
 
     
      
 
     
     
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



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Subject: IBET Loyola Scoters, Indian Boundary Hawks
From: "Steve Spitzer steven0703 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:21:37 -0700
Hi Birders, 

A couple of passing Black Scoters, some hawks, and a few gulls can be seen at 
the link. Also included is a squirrel that kept going after one of the hawks. 


Steve Spitzer

Chicago - Cook

Indian Boundary and Loyola Parks - 10/24/2014

  
             
Indian Boundary and Loyola Parks - 10/24/2014
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Subject: IBET Lake Maviseterre area 10-23
From: "Colin Dobson birdingboy AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:54:08 -0500
Yesterday, after school, grandma and I went to Lake Maviseterre and area on the 
southeast side of Jacksonville. The only birds on the lake were a Cormorant, 
Egrets, herons, and Ring-billed Gulls. We then, went to the Dredging Ponds. We 
had many shorebirds and ducks. All of the birds were mostly seen on the west 
pond. This is the list...., 

Shoveler 200+
Ruddy Ducks 2 new site bird
Semipalmated plover 1 
Killdeer 10
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Lesser Yellowlegs 5
Semi Sand. 1 late
Least sand. 15-20
Pec. 4
Long-billed Dowitcher 2 new site bird
There is a large, fox tail/weedy field east/southeast of the ponds. There were 
lots of sparrows in this field. They were.... 

Chipping 4
Field 1-2
Song 15-18
Lincoln's 2-3
Swamp 10
White-crowned 30-40
Harris's 1 only possible/probable. Sparrow that was likely a Harris's that was 
only up for about 5-10 seconds. Never seen again 

White-throated 70+ likely more lots
Sparrow sp. 10+ lots of sparrows in this field that were not identified due to 
short time seeing them. There was also a Male Cooper's Hawk flying around 


The only other notable bird was one of the summer Greater-white-fronted Goose 
at Nichols Park. It was very close and showed off for some great pictures! 


Colin Dobson
Morgan county
Birdingboy AT yahoo.com

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Subject: IBET Bald Eagle at Lyman
From: "peachjmc AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 24 Oct 2014 13:59:07 -0700
Had a nice surprise while scouting Lyman Woods for next week's DBC field trip. 
An adult BALD EAGLE flew from the vicinity of the marsh heading west over the 
first boardwalk. What a treat! Couldn't believe it--my first ever at Lyman. 
Other notables were loudly singing EASTERN WOOD PEWEE, BELTED KINGFISHER, 4 
WOOD DUCKS , FEMALE PURPLE FINCH, FOX SPARROW and FIRST WINTER WHITE-CROWNED 
SPARROW. Beautiful morning to be outside! Complete list is below: 

 Canada Goose  29
 Wood Duck  4
 Mallard  10
 Pied-billed Grebe  3
 Great Blue Heron  1
 Great Egret  3
 Bald Eagle  1     
 Red-tailed Hawk  4
 Killdeer  3
 Belted Kingfisher  1
 Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
 Downy Woodpecker  7
 Hairy Woodpecker  1
 Northern Flicker  1
 Eastern Wood-Pewee 1 Singing loudly right in front of interpretive center 

 Blue Jay  4
 Black-capped Chickadee  22
 White-breasted Nuthatch  6
 Eastern Bluebird  1
 American Robin  12
 Gray Catbird  1
 European Starling  1
 Cedar Waxwing  28
 Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
 American Tree Sparrow  1
 Fox Sparrow  1
 Song Sparrow  7
 White-throated Sparrow  4
 White-crowned Sparrow  1     1st winter
 Dark-eyed Junco  1
 Northern Cardinal  5
 Red-winged Blackbird  26
 blackbird sp.  22
 House Finch  6
 Purple Finch  1
 American Goldfinch  31
 

 Joan Campbell
 Downers Grove-DuPage County
 

 

Subject: IBET: Mundelein Tree Sparrows
From: "Todd Anderson tcanders123 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:43:35 -0500
Had our 1st of Fall Tree Sparrows show up today. Nice mix, with the Juncos,
W-C, W-T, Fox and Song Sparrows! Quick ... someone send me a Lincoln's!

Todd Anderson
Mundelein, Lake County
Subject: IBET Whalon Lake in Will County & Greene Valley F.P. in DuPage Co. Fri 10-24-14
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:49:56 -0500
Hello Bird People,

Went from a pretty good day yesterday in Lake County to a not very good
day today.
I knew that the Whalon Lake R.N. Grebes had not been seen lately but
decided to check out that place anyway with my former co-worker Al W. We
did find 3 Grebes in a group but all were Pied Billed. The Canada Geese
left early leaving us with Mallards, 7 Ruddy Ducks & 1 female Redhead on
the deep lake. The only Gulls were a few Ring Billed but we got to watch a
Great Blue Heron swallow a large frog which was not easy for the Heron.

In the Marsh we saw 2 more P.B. Grebes, 6 Coots, 2 Mallards, 1 Snipe & a
fly-by Killdeer.
Had a few Swamp Sparrows & a surprise VESPER SPARROW near the deck area.
Only common landbirds were around which included 12-14 Cedar Waxwings & a
very large group of Blackbirds with many Red Wings & Cowbirds with a few
Grackles mixed in along with some Starlings.

Next stop Greene Valley F.P. where we walked from the Greene Rd. lot to the
83rd Street Fluddle & back in the late a.m. The Fluddle had 8 Killdeer & no
other shorebirds, 1 Herring &14 Ring Billed Gulls, over 50 Mallards & over
30 Shovelers. Probably some Teal as well but I had no scope & the lighting
was bad. Landbirds included 4 common species of Woodpeckers, 2 fly-by
calling Eastern Bluebirds, a few Cedar Waxwings & our highlight for this
place which was a small flock of 4-6 PURPLE FINCHES, all females that I
could see. Mike Madsen had seen some yesterday but I did not expect to
re-find them today.

Birds-Of-The-Day to the Purple Finches & Runner-Up to the Vesper Sparrow.
You can't find a Harlequin Duck every day!

Al Stokie
Subject: IBET 1st winter Laughing Gull, Waukegan's New Harbor south Lakeview lot
From: "David Johnson djohnsoda AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:35:51 -0500
Fellow Ibeters,

I just observed and photographed a 1st winter Laughing Gull at Waukegan's New 
Harbor in the south Lakeview parking lot. 


David B Johnson
NE IL
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Subject: IBET Peoria Area -- October week 3
From: "emcarlson8 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 23 Oct 2014 20:48:26 -0700
Well my sparrow hunt for this year is mostly over. I'll still keep my eyes open 
for a Le Conte's or Harris's and keep checking every Towhee for spots, but my 
focus will shift to something else...water birds or finches or owls or whatever 
else happens to come through here. Last year the last new bird I saw was a trio 
of Surf Scoters on October 19. This year the last I've seen was a Surf Scoter 
on October 13. We'll see if that species finishes my year twice in a row. 


 October 16 Sparrow migration seemed to peak last Thursday, though I wasn't 
able to find anything too uncommon. My two favorite sparrow spots had about 150 
and 80 sparrows each. Kickapoo Creek R.A. was full of Swamp Sparrows. My 
estimate was 70; by Sunday the number I found had fallen to 4. I also found a 
couple Winter Wrens in the wooded areas. I'm up to 11 Winter Wrens this fall 
after being worried in April that I wouldn't be able to find any this year. The 
Kickapoo creek R.A. has proven to be a good place to look for them. 

 

 Leslie Rutherford Park also had a lot of Swamp Sparrows last Thursday, but the 
best bird there was a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers https://flic.kr/p/puhKvS. I 
had suspected there were some in the area, but this was the first time I'd ever 
seen them. I've continued to see or hear them each time I've been in the park. 
On Sunday I found a couple more park firsts: a flock of nine Eastern Bluebirds 
and three Eurasian Tree Sparrows. I never really thought of Bluebirds as 
migratory, but I've found them in five different locations this month where I'd 
never seen them before. I've been seeing small groups of ET Sparrows in a few 
locations as well. North of Peoria they seem to wander around outside the 
breeding season. There are only a couple places in northern Peoria County that 
I can find them consistently, but in fall and winter I occasionally see them in 
several places. 

 

 October 20 On Monday and Tuesday I checked Peoria Lake. There wasn't a whole 
lot out there other than Ruddy Ducks, but I did find four Horned Grebes on 
Monday and four Lesser Scaup on Tuesday. 

 

 October 21 Banner Marsh was mostly unproductive. I went to explore some of the 
hard to reach areas that looked like they might have good habitat for Le 
Conte's Sparrow. They did not. The only patch that looked like it would be good 
was near the eastern levee, where there is a little parking area. This entire 
area is waterfowl refuge, so I wasn't able to get close enough to the weedy 
patch to look for sparrows. Other than that one weedy patch though, I am 
completely out of ideas for finding a Le Conte's Sparrow in Peoria County. I'll 
just have to get lucky one day. 

 

 Early in the morning there was a large wave of ducks flying over 
Banner--several hundred at least. Most of them were just silhouettes, so I was 
only able to id the easy ones--Northern Pintails, Northern Shovelers, and 
Green-winged Teals. Wood Ducks and Mallards were flying over as well. There may 
have been other species, but I couldn't tell what they were. I didn't see any 
ducks land or more than five ducks on the water though. The best birds on land 
were a Least Sandpiper and a singing Rusty Blackbird https://flic.kr/p/oPWbkr. 

 

 Bird of the week: Rusty Blackbird
 

 Evan Carlson
 Peoria
Subject: IBET Lake Calumet expanded access (press conference - NO SIGHTINGS)
From: "Walter Marcisz wmarcisz AT att.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:27:22 -0700
I received the following notice from Southeast Environmental Task Force today 
(10/23/14), regarding a press conference on Saturday (10/25) announcing 
expanded access to Lake Calumet (an Important Bird Area). I don't know much 
about this yet, but I plan to attend the press conference and I will update 
IBET as is appropriate. 


Walter Marcisz
Chicago, Cook Co.



--- On Thu, 10/23/14, Tom Shepherd  wrote:

> From: Tom Shepherd 
> Subject: ANNOUNCEMENT AND PRESS CONFERENCE - SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25; 11:30AM
> To: 
> Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014, 3:53 PM
> ANNOUNCEMENT AND PRESS
> CONFERENCE - SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25;
> 11:30AM
> I am thrilled to inform you
> that this Saturday, 10/25, Governor Quinn will be making an
> exciting announcement about public access to Lake Calumet.
> The announcement will take place at 11:30 a.m., on the
> eastern shore of Lake
> Calumet.
> The location is approximately
> 11500 South on Stony Island Avenue. Watch for signs and
> markers.
> The
> program will include remarks
> by:Governor
> QuinnMayor
> EmanuelMike
> Forde, Chairman, Illinois International Port DistrictMarc
> Miller, Illinois Department of Natural ResourcesTom
> Shepherd, Southeast Environmental Task Force and Lake
> Calumet Vision Committee
> --------------------------------------------------The
> acquisition of 282 acres of lakefront property at Lake
> Calumet is the culmination of over 15 years of efforts to
> return Lake Calumet to its once-grand character as a
> fishing, birding, boating, and other outdoor recreational
> attraction.
> 
> 
> 
> 
> ===================================================================Bishop
> Ford / Calumet X-Way I-94 to
> 
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> construction, there may be detours at 103rd Street and 111th
> Street on I-94. Follow signs that direct you to 103rd
> Street.
> 
> Tom
> Shepherd
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> 13300 S. Baltimore Ave. 
> Chicago, Ill. 60633
> 773-646-0436 (office)
> 773-370-3305 (cell)
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Subject: IBET Emiquon, 10-23
From: "miking38 AT aol.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 23 Oct 2014 17:03:06 -0700

 The two snow buntings are still in the parking lot by the canoe launch. They 
will tolerate a cautious approach and Luis Perez got some good pics today. 
There was also a common loon out on the lake to the northeast of the 
observation deck. Over at Chautauqua the site managers were dredging sediment 
along the cross-dike and I did not stay there long, but a flock of perhaps 60 
white-fronted geese came in and landed on the lower pool. An adult golden eagle 
flew across the lower pool, west to east, while I was there on Tuesday. 


 Mike Ingram, Peoria
 

Subject: IBET Wood Duck - McDowell FP
From: "beatleshannon AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 23 Oct 2014 16:04:37 -0700
I saw a pair of Wood Ducks at McDowell FP today. They were in the lake closest 
to the office buildings by Target, Diehl Road, Naperville, IL. 

 

 Shannon 
Subject: IBET Baker's Lake
From: "Carolyn Fields c7echoes AT aol.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:26:19 +0000 (UTC)
 Of note this afternoon at Baker's Lake in Barrington, Cook County, were 2 
adult Bald Eagles, an American White Pelican (all resting on the south 
mudflat), and 9 Bonaparte's Gulls, all visible from the north overlook just off 
rte. 14 and Hillside.  

A Rusty Blackbird was at Ron Beese Park in the trees along the southern edge of 
the lake. 

Carolyn FieldsNW Cook County
Subject: IBET Re: Hawk Id
From: "'Robert D. Hughes' rhughes.enteract AT rcn.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:49:56 -0500
On Thursday, October 23, 2014
Thu Oct 23 2014
Thu Oct 23 2014
Thu Oct 23 2014 9:07 am
Thu Oct 23 2014 9:07 am
  Sebastian Patti wrote:

 >> Anyone seen a Coop like this??????

It's a Cooper's Hawk with a color abnormality, perhaps hyper melanism, 
or excessive melanin in the plumage. The dark cap and barring on the 
underparts are adult features but the eyes look gray or green and adult 
accipiters have red eyes. The "off" eye color could be related to what's 
causing the plumage abnormality. Strange beastie.

Robert D. Hughes
Chicago, Illinois
Anyone seen a Coop like this??????
Anyone seen a Coop like this??????
Subject: IBET Good Birds Today At Waukegan & Illinois Beach State Park Thur 10-23-14
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:50:01 -0500
Hello Bird People,

Bob Erickson & I made another try for Purple Sandpiper at Waukegan's
Fisherman's Pier & as before failed to find one, but November is not far
away & that's the best month to find one so we will keep trying. But our
walk on the pier was rewarded with a WHITE PELICAN in the water between the
Fisherman's Pier & the channel wall to the south. This is a big deal for
this location although Pelicans are frequent enough in the Chain O' Lakes
area. Then a small duck flew to the water at the end of the pier & joined
another small bird in the water. The bird already near the end of the pier
proved to be a Horned Grebe which soon flew away but the small duck turned
out to be a female looking HARLEQUIN DUCK, perhaps one of Eric's group from
a few day ago at North Point Marina. The Harlequin flew a short distance &
was swimming along the channel wall just south of the Fisherman's Pier.
Both the Pelican & the Harlequin were still there when we left at about
7:45 a.m. Consolation prizes for the lack of a Purple Sandpiper. Also
present on the pier were 3 Sanderlings so I held off the dreaded "shorebird
shutout" for another visit.

Next to the South Unit of Illinois Beach where the target was Short Eared
Owl & in spite of walking the grassy swale areas for over an hour back &
forth & back & forth again we again failed on another target species. The
only birds seen during all that walking were 3 Eastern Meadowlarks & a
"heard only" Longspur. Earlier we had heard a Pipit flying by but did not
see it. On the beaches we had 10-11 Sanderlings & all the way back by the
resort building I found the GREATER WHITE FRONTED GOOSE which has not been
seen here for a while. Maybe it's not the one seen at Montrose although it
could be moving up & down Lake Michigan? Only other highlight was when 4
SNOW BUNTINGS flew along the beach. While here we saw Andy Stewart who we
sent back for the Harlequin but I don't know if he found it or the Pelican.

Andy mentioned seeing Sanderlings & a Dunlin with Snow Buntings at the Dog
Beach & North Point Marina so I went there after lunch. There I found 34
Sanderlings & the 1 Dunlin but no Snow Buntings. Also no dogs which is why
the birds were still there.

Although they are common enough in migration in the lakes of western Lake
County today's
Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the Waukegan White Pelican as Pelicans in Lake
Michigan are anything but common. Runner-Up to the Harlequin which is a
more rare bird than a Pelican overall but are expected birds along the
Fisherman's Pier. I try to keep things in perspective. A very good day,
finally.

Al Stokie
Subject: IBET A hunt for a bluebird at Fort Sheridan
From: "'mifur2 AT yahoo.com' mifur2@yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:06:49 -0700
I went twice to Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve to try and refind the bird I 
heard there on Sunday and Wednesday mornings. The one which sounded identical 
with Mountain Bluebird recordings available online. 


No luck, but it felt like I was missing the time of the best bluebird activity 
- both Wednesday evening (4:20 to 6 pm) and this morning (well before dawn till 
7:45 am). I saw some other good birds though - a juv. PEREGRINE FALCON flying 
south right over the bluff, AMERICAN BITTERN flying over the grasses by the 
pond at dawn, Common Loon, 5 Red-headed Woodpeckers, Pine Siskins, Brown 
Creepers and many others. 


In my experience with bluebirds in the area, outside of breeding season, they 
seem to be roosting north of the prairie, somewhere around the footbridge going 
over Jane's Ravine (or even farther north). In the early morning I see them 
often flying from over there, comimg toward the prairie and south of the 
parking lot. 


During my attempt yesterday, I heard and saw 2 Eastern Bluebirds before 5 pm. 
They were just west of the parking lot and they soon flew away north toward the 
previously mentioned, presumed roosting spot. Another distant bluebird, not 
identified to the species, followed in the same direction a few minutes later. 


Two birders present there told me there were "many bluebirds" west of the 
parking lot, and they had just flown away to the north. So I headed north too 
but there were no more bluebirds to be seen anywhere around. 


This morning I waited at the spot where I heard the Mountain Bluebird-sounding 
bird yesterday at dawn. No single bluebird of any kind showed up until 7:45am 
when I was already getting into my car, so for me the game was over :(. It was 
a single Eastern calling from the trees to the west of the pond, just where I 
expected them to show up first in the morning. 


Hopefully the bird sticks around till Saturday; I will not have any time to 
search for it before then. So far I heard him twice - on Sunday around 7:50 am 
just east of the parking lot, and on Wednesday around 7:15 am on the northern 
edge of a prairie, west of the pond. A serious of repeated short whistles, 
clearly bluebird quality, yet nothing like all the Eastern Bluebird sounds. 
I've never heard that song before, and it matches perfectly Mountain Bluebird 
song recordings. 


Michal Furmanek,
Lake Bluff, Lake Co.

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Subject: IBET Hummingbird at North Pond
From: "Geoffrey Williamson geoffrey.williamson AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:57:07 -0500
We had an imm. female Archilochus hummingbird on the North Pond walk today 
(Wed., 22 Oct 2014).  I put several photos up on IBF: 
http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topic=55460.0. Can this one be ID'ed to 
species? 



Geoffrey A. Williamson
Chicago, Cook County
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Subject: IBET Tuesday, 21 Oct., south lake front from Steelworkers Park (Park 523) to JxP
From: "rlshonkw AT uchicago.edu [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 22 Oct 2014 18:46:47 -0700
I rode my bike down to Steelworkers Park (the official name of former Park 523 
at 87th and S. Lake Shore Dr.), Park 566 and Rainbow Beach to look for the 
Scissored-tailed Flycatcher and whatever else I could find. Then I birded 
Jackson Park covering, in order, the outer harbor area, the inner harbor, the 
northwest golf course and Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow. I didn't find the 
flycatcher or anything else extremely rare but I did have a couple nice finds. 

At Steelworkers Park my best finds were a PINE SISKIN and my FOS HORNED GREBES; 
no Scissor-tailed, Red-necked Grebe or Western Kingbird all missed due to a 
lack of quick information from a smart phone and quick transportation by car 
:(! Oh well :P! I then proceeded south to still unnamed Park 566. I followed a 
partly paved lane off of S. Buffalo Ave. just south of the entrance to Rainbow 
Beach Park. As Aaron noted, there were beaucoup sparrows here but most stayed 
hidden in the tall weeds. The strong winds, the sound of cars close to Lake 
Shore Dr. and the sound of the heavy surf of Lake Michigan made hearing them 
rather difficult, too. I did pick up my first FOX SPARROWS of the day near the 
entrance. Two PEREGRINE FALCONS were patrolling along shore. My best sighting 
of the day came in a bit of low grass where the paved bit came closest to 
shore. I saw a sparrow flush and land in a tiny tree along shore. It was a 
VESPER SPARROW with the boldest white eye-ring I've ever seen. There were many 
blackbirds in the tall weeds but the only ones I could id were RED-WINGED 
BLACKBIRDS. I scanned the lake but missed all of the water birds later found by 
Aaron but this is probably due to not having a scope with me (I would have had 
a heart attack carrying one along on my bike trying to ride up hill in a stiff 
north wind heading back north ;D). 

At Rainbow Beach I found the usual seasonal migrants. The same can be said for 
the outer and inner harbor areas and the golf course of Jackson Park. In the 
Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow area there were 6 GREEN-WINGED TEAL in the east 
lagoon. Just southwest of the rose garden on Wooded Island I found a 
BLUE-HEADED VIREO. I'd been looking for one in Jackson Park, since people have 
been reporting them from Montrose. In the same area I pished up two, and maybe 
three, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS. Several birds flew up into a tree while I was 
in Bobolink Meadow. Several sparrows in this group included my FOS A. TREE 
SPARROWS and a couple FIELD SPARROWS for a nice comparison and another 
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER. A single PALM WARBLER was in the clump of trees south 
west of the driving range and a COMMON YELLOWTHROAT was at the edge of the 
woods by the meadow giving me 4 warbler species on the day. I had 9 sparrow 
species on the day. Below is my list of highlights. 


Abbreviations: SwP=Steelworkers Park, P566=Park 566, RB=Rainbow Beach Park, 
OH=outer harbor, IH=inner harbor, GC=golf course, WI/BM=Wooded Island/Bobolink 
Meadow 


Wood Duck: WI/BM (2)
Green-winged Teal: WI/BM (6)
Pied-billed Grebe: WI/BM (6)
Horned Grebe: SwP (6)
Double-crested Cormorant: SwP (5), IH (1), WI/BM (4)
Cooper's Hawk: SwP (1), P566 (1)
Peregrine Falcon: P566 (2)
A. Coot: OH (15), IH (9)
Mourning Dove: P566 (2)
Belted Kingfisher: WI/BM (1)
E. Phoebe: WI/BM (1)
Blue-headed Vireo: WI/BM (1)
Brown Creeper: RB (4), GC (2), WI/BM (4)
Winter Wren: GC (1), WI/BM (2)
Golden-crowned Kinglet: SwP (2), RB ( 8 ), IH (2), GC (6), WI/BM (11)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet: RB (2), WI/BM (1)
Hermit Thrush: RB (1), GC (1), WI/BM (6)
Cedar Waxwing: GC (2), WI/BM (1)
Orange-crowned Warbler: WI/BM (3)
Yellow-rumped Warbler: SwP (1), RB (2), IH (1), GC (1), WI/BM (1)
Palm Warbler: WI/BM (1)
Common Yellowthroat: WI/BM (1)
A. Tree Sparrow: WI/BM (2)
Field Sparrow: WI/BM (2)
Vesper Sparrow: P566 (1)
Song Sparrow: SwP (2), WI/BM (3)
Swamp Sparrow: SwP (1), WI/BM (6)
Fox Sparrow: P566 (3), GC (1), WI/BM (1)
White-throated Sparrow: SwP (3), P566 (25), RB (5), IH (7), GC (2), WI/BM (17)
White-crowned Sparrow: SwP (6), P566 (9), IH (1), WI/BM (2)
Dark-eyed Junco: SwP (13), P566 (10), RB (2), OH (1), IH (2), GC (5), WI/BM 
(13) 

unidentified sparrows: SwP (5), P566 (~60)
Red-winged Blackbird: P566 (10)
unidentified blackbird sp.: P566 (15)
Pine Siskin: SwP (1), P566 (1)

Randy Shonkwiler
Hyde Park/Chicago 

Subject: IBET: DuPage Birding Club Announces November Field Trips (no sightings)
From: "jreiter AT wordsonbirds.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:09:29 -0700
Everyone is invited to join DuPage Birding Club members on the following 
November bird walks. All skill levels are welcome, including beginners and 
children ages 10 and up. Participation is free. Appropriate footwear, sunscreen 
and drinking water are recommended for each outing. For additional information, 
birders should contact the trip leader or visit the club's website, 
dupagebirding.org, which includes further details about each scheduled trip. 

 
Saturday, November 1, 8:00 a.m.
Gillson Park, Wilmette
This location is perhaps the best place in northern Illinois for spotting birds 
migrating over Lake Michigan. Meet at the beach parking area. This trip 
requires preregistration and may be canceled if wind conditions are 
unfavorable. Bring scope if you have one and dress for cold. Leaders: Karen & 
Bob Fisher, 630-985-2956 or Kfisher928 AT aol.com 

 
Friday, November 7, 8:00 a.m.
Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve, Darien
This will be a two-hour walk. Meet at the south ranger station parking lot. 
Take Cass Ave. south from I-55 until it ends at Bluff, turn left at stop sign, 
drive east to ranger station parking lot on right. Leader: Vicky Sroczynski, 
630-964-8277 or vsroczynski AT comcast.net 

 
Saturday, November 8, 8:30 a.m.
Cantigny Park, Wheaton
Wild turkey sightings are likely on this 500-acre property offering monthly 
walks. Enter through the main gate on Winfield Rd (just south of Roosevelt) and 
tell the attendant you are with the bird walk. You will not be charged for 
parking. Meet at the Cantigny Visitors Center. Leader: Jeff Reiter or 
jreiter AT wordsonbirds.com 

 
Sunday, November 9, 8:30 a.m.
Crabtree Nature Preserve, Barrington
Over 260 species have been recorded at this 1,000-acre preserve in Cook County, 
located on the north side of Palatine Rd, west of Barrington Rd (County Farm Rd 
in DuPage County) and east of Algonquin Rd (IL-68). Meet in the parking lot 
below the nature center. Leader: John Cebula, 630-858-3767 or 
joceb2005 AT sbcglobal.net 

 
Saturday, November 15, 7:30 a.m.
McKee Marsh, Warrenville
Join the search for late fall migrants and resident winter, including good 
potential for northern shrike. Meet at the visitor parking lot on the north 
side of Mack Rd., located between Winfield Rd. and Rt. 59. Leader: Kyle Wiktor, 
708-544-1336 or kylewiktor AT msn.com 

 
Sunday, November 16, 7:30 a.m.
Pratts Wayne Forest Preserve, Wayne
Diverse habitat makes this an excellent birding site. Meet at the Harrier Lake 
parking lot on the north side of the preserve on Stearns Rd, located between 
Powis Rd and Munger Rd. Leader: Kyle Wiktor, 708-544-1336 or kylewiktor AT msn.com 

 
Friday, November 21, 8:00 a.m.
Heritage Quarries Recreational Area, Lemont
“Lemont Quarries” is a good place to view waterfowl and raptors. This will 
be a two-hour walk with optional birding at nearby locations afterwards. 
Register with the leader by Nov. 20. Detailed driving directions are posted 
online at dupagebirding.org. Leader: Vicky Sroczynski, 630-964-8277 or 
vsroczynski AT comcast.net 

 
Saturday, November 22, 8:00 a.m.
Channahon Area, Will County
This trip will visit the formation area of the Illinois River, where the 
Kankakee, Des Plaines and DuPage Rivers converge. Contact trip leaders if you 
plan to participate. To carpool, meet at Bolingbrook Park and Ride just south 
of I-55 off of Route 53 (left at Old Chicago Dr) at 7:00 a.m. Leaders: Bob & 
Jean Spitzer, 630-790-4842 or bobspitzer1 AT msn.com 

 
Saturday, November 29, 7:30 a.m.
Morton Arboretum, Lisle
Come out and walk off that turkey dinner! Meet at the far northwest corner of 
the main parking lot. Note: The Arboretum has a per person admission charge for 
nonmembers. Leaders: Bob & Jean Spitzer, 630-790-4842 or bobspitzer1 AT msn.com 

 
# # #
 
About the DuPage Birding Club
Founded in1985, the DuPage Birding Club is one of the largest and most active 
birding organizations in Illinois. Its mission is to promote birding and bird 
conservation among its 250 members and the general public. The club's regular 
meetings often feature nationally known authors and speakers. A frequent field 
trip schedule takes advantage of the varied birding habit available in DuPage 
County and Greater Chicago. For more information, visit the club online at 
www.dupagebirding.org 

 
Posted by:
Jeff Reiter
DuPage Birding Club, Corresponding Secretary
jreiter AT wordsonbirds.com
630-487-0323
Subject: Re: IBET RT Hummer at North Pond
From: "Joan Norek NorekJ AT aol.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:07:46 -0400
Additional photos of the Ruby-throated Hummer at North Pond today at the link 
below -- just in case someone sees something more exotic ;-) 

 

https://picasaweb.google.com/105837954974568713077/10222014?authuser=0&feat=directlink 

 
 
Good birdings,
 
 
 

Joan Norek
Chicago
norekj AT aol.com
Hope is the thing with feathers - that perches in the soul - and sings the tune 
without the words - and never stops at all. Emily Dickinson 



 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: Joan Norek NorekJ AT aol.com [ILbirds] 
To: ILbirds 
Sent: Wed, Oct 22, 2014 10:26 am
Subject: IBET RT Hummer at North Pond


 
  
    
                  

Since Geoff has not yet posted -- Ruby-throated Hummingbird (or at least an 
Archilochus sp?) on the east side of the Nature Museum feeding in the lavender 
Turtle-head type flowers. 

 
I will be posting a photo on ebird list -- Geoff has better ones.
 
 
Good birdings,
 

Joan Norek
Chicago
norekj AT aol.com
Hope is the thing with feathers - that perches in the soul - and sings the tune 
without the words - and never stops at all. Emily Dickinson 



    
             

  
Subject: IBET Norther Harrier
From: "Dawn Smith mrssmith2 AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:30:18 -0500
Seen hunting in the Ashland/Ogden area fifteen minutes ago

Dawn smith
Chicago

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Subject: IBET White-winged Scoters
From: "Ron povpt93 AT consolidated.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:29:30 -0500
5 present on Lake Charleston, Coles County

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Subject: IBET Varied Thrush in Champaign yesterday
From: "sdbailey AT illinois.edu [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 22 Oct 2014 13:08:28 -0700
A VARIED THRUSH was found yesterday in Champaign near the Southside Elementary 
School at a private residence by an Illinois Natural History Survey employee. 
Amazingly, the Varied Thrush was chased into this person's garage whereupon she 
obtained close, diagnostic photos of the bird (which are viewable on the 
Birdnotes birding listserve)!. She captured and released the thrush, which then 
flew into the neighbor's yard. Although the bird is likely migrating with 
robins, it will be interesting to see if it hangs around into winter in the 
general area where it has been found. Good birding! 

 

 Steve Bailey
 Mundelein (Lake Co.)
 sdbailey AT illinois.edu
Subject: IBET Chautauqua
From: "Kevin Richmond theeggman AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:57:17 -0500
A juvenile NORTHERN GOSHAWK was perched out in the dead trees off the  
west side of the crossdike at Chautauqua Refuge (in Mason Co.) early  
this morning.

Three BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS and five AMERICAN AVOCETS were off the  
east side of the crossdike.

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Subject: IBET Fermi White Fronted Geese
From: "Christopher Cudworth cudworthfix AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:28:40 -0500
A flock of active white-fronted geese was feeding at the buffalo range near
the main pens.

Also seen during a walk out past the Red Barn

Hooded merganser (2 female_
Shoveler (12)_
Ring Billed Gull
Herring Gull
Pied billed grebe
Mallard
Ruddy duck
Dark eyed junco
Palm warbler
Yellow rumped warbler
Cedar Waxwing
Fox sparrow
White throated sparrow
Cardinal
Robin
Red winged blackbird
Great blue heron
Goldfinch
Canada geese
Eastern bluebird
Song sparrow


-- 
Christopher Cudworth
3C Creative Content
630.621.8520
Subject: IBET BY mystery bird on the Truthcam
From: "John Baxter XXJB7Z AT AOL.COM [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:17:48 -0400
Hi friends,
Never had anything like this before. Given the time of evening and size, 
thinking maybe an owl. 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/15599534531/

John Baxter
Bourbonnais, IL
Subject: IBET Chicago Botanic Garden Wed 10-22-14
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:46:38 -0500
Hello Bird People,

When I talked to Andy Sigler yesterday he mentioned that many Siskins &
Purple Finches have been passing through Duluth lately so I thought maybe I
could finally see my 1st Siskin instead of just hearing one as it goes
past. A good place to look would be the CBG so that's where I went today. I
did actually get my 1st Winter Finch of the Fall but it wasn't a Siskin,
unfortunately for my year list.  Covered just about all the areas at the
CBG except for McDonald Woods which was filled with small school children &
so I skipped that place for this time. Had a few warblers & sparrows but no
rare birds. Here's my day list:

Chicago Botanic Garden (7:30-11 a.m.)

P.B. Grebe (8 with most in the pond south of Evening Island)
D.C. Cormorant (1 fly-by)
Great Blue Heron (1)
Canada Geese (72 in various ponds & more flying by)
Mallard (27 with most in the backwater mud flat area by Rt68)
LESSER SCAUP (1-F, my 1st diving duck of the Fall here)
Cooper's Hawk (1-AD)
Coot (1 in B. Brown Pond)
Ring Billed Gull (1-AD near Rt68)
Herring Gull (1-AD flying around the northern lake)
Mourning Dove (1)
Kingfisher (1 maybe 2)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (1)
Downy Woodpecker (heard 1)
Blue Jay (4-5)
Chickadee (6)
W.B. Nuthatch (1)
Robins (45-50)
Hermit Thrush (1)
Cedar Waxwing (a flock of 10-12 easting Juniper berries)
Starling (1 fly-by)
NASHVILLE WARBLER (1 at B. Brown area)
ORANGE CROWNED WARBLER (1 also at B. Brown area)
Palm Warbler (1-2)
Yellow Rumped Myrtle Warbler (8)
Cardinal (3)
Fox Sparrow (4-5)
Song Sparrow (3)
Swamp Sparrow (1-2)
White Throated Sparrow (6-8)
White Crowned Sparrow (12-14)
Junco (8-10)
Red Winged Blackbird (5-6)
Common Grackle (5)
PURPLE FINCH (1-F eating berries with Robins & Waxwings)
Goldfinch (18-20)
House Sparrow (14)

The berry trees must be ready as Robins, Waxwings, Sparrows & the Purple
Finch have switched to that food rather than look for insects at least part
of the time anyway.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the female Purple Finch even though it was not the
Winter Finch I wanted & expected to be the one found today. But it's a
start for those Finches we all missed last Winter.
Runner-Up to the strangely cooperative adult Cooper's Hawk that stayed put
for 5 min while I watched it from only 20 ft. away. Where is that Pine
Siskin?

Al Stokie
Subject: IBET BY DE junco
From: "John Baxter XXJB7Z AT AOL.COM [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:21:23 -0400
Hi friends,
3 birds here, I usually get a dozen that overwinter. WB nuthatch, WT sparrow, 
and A goldfinch still hanging on in the BY. 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/15415758928/in/photostream/

John Baxter
Bourbonnais
Subject: IBET: Time change: Muriel Smith Memorial Mass, Saturday, October 25
From: "marilyn bell marbell AT rocketmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:56:58 -0700
If interested, please note the time has changed for the Memorial Mass. It will 
begin at 10:30 a.m. 

 
The Mass for Muriel Smith will be held in the chapel of the small (old) church 
building of 

   
   St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
   0 S 233 Church St.
   Winfield, IL
   630-668-0918

Other information remains the same.

Marilyn Bell
Warrenville
DuPage County


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Subject: IBET RT Hummer at North Pond
From: "Joan Norek NorekJ AT aol.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:25:48 -0400
Since Geoff has not yet posted -- Ruby-throated Hummingbird (or at least an 
Archilochus sp?) on the east side of the Nature Museum feeding in the lavender 
Turtle-head type flowers. 

 
I will be posting a photo on ebird list -- Geoff has better ones.
 
 
Good birdings,
 

Joan Norek
Chicago
norekj AT aol.com
Hope is the thing with feathers - that perches in the soul - and sings the tune 
without the words - and never stops at all. Emily Dickinson 

Subject: IBET Re: Iceland, Thayer's and Great BB Gulls at Fort Sheridan
From: "mifur2 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 22 Oct 2014 08:13:41 -0700
I actually meant to title the post with " Black-backed Gulls", not "... Great 
BB Gulls", but you can see that in the content of the message. 


I went back to Fort Sheridan this morning in the little time I had there I 
heard a bird that sounded like a drunk bluebird with a throat infection ;). I 
mean you could hear that was some kind of a bluebird but it didn't sound like 
an Eastern Bluebird at all. I stopped and checked the Mountain Bluebird sounds 
on allaboutbirds. com and it matched the song of that bird perfectly! It sang 
for about 20 seconds in the oaks just west of the pond. 2 minutes later I saw a 
silhouette of a thrush coming from that direction, bluebird size but rather 
lanky and long-tailed. It flew over the prairie toward the trees to the east of 
the hawkwatch site. 


I also heard that song over there on Sunday morning but checking Mountain 
Bluebird's song didn't even cross my mind then. I just thought that was a young 
bird that has no idea how to sing or some rare alternate song. Btw, I checked 
the shortened EB song and that was nothing like it, not even close. 


If someone is in the area, I would definitely check for that bird. I had to 
leave at 7:30 to go to work, but will try to refind the bird later. Keep in 
mind, there are always some Eastern Bluebirds in that area too, actually a 
small group of them lately. 


Good luck if someone tries!

Michal Furmanek
Lake Bluff, Lake Co.

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Subject: IBET Iceland, Thayer's and Great BB Gulls at Fort Sheridan
From: "mifur2 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 21 Oct 2014 20:02:59 -0700
I did some lake watching today between 4:30 and 6:10 pm ,standing on top of the 
bluffs at Fort Sheridan. I only found Coots (510) and Redheads (130) on the 
lake, but experienced a wonderful flight of gulls right over the bluff, all of 
them heading north. 

 

 When I saw a juvenile GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL shortly before 5 pm, I thought 
that would be for sure a highlight of the watch. However, a few minutes later, 
a pale juv. THAYER'S GULL showed up, gliding slowly at my eye level. Than a 
juv. LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL followed the same path, just a bit lower. Then an 
adult THAYER'S GULL, then finally what turned out to be the best bird of the 
day - a juv. ICELAND GULL, which not only glided over the bluff but even 
circled once in front of me! 

 

 I was really surprised with all those gulls; I've seen them migrate like that 
over the bluffs (low above and almost following each other like on a string!), 
but the previous two times I saw that there were only common species of gulls 
and terns involved. This time it was quite a show. 

 

 The best part, however, was how wonderful a view of the gulls I had. They were 
so close, and gliding lazily, I saw them as well as pictures in a field guide! 
:). Needless to say, I left my camera in my car since I thought there would be 
nothing there to take pictures of on that dark, cloudy evening ... Of course 
taking with me the scope for ducks and a heavy tripod was a factor in that 
decision too ... Oh, well, maybe next time. 

 

 Btw, I wonder if the bluffs help the gulls (and terns, like I saw one day at 
the end of the summer) with the lift on eastern winds and if that's the reason 
for the birds following the exact same path like on a string. Either way being 
on the bluff makes for some wonderful views of the birds! 

 

 Below is a copy of my ebird report with descriptions of the best gulls:
 

 Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve, Lake, US-IL
Oct 21, 2014 4:30 PM - 6:10 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: I stood on top of the bluff doing a lakewatch. Since around 4:50 I 
was mostly watching the gulls gliding low over the bluff heading north along 
the shoreline. I had wonderful, close views of almost every single gull there. 

18 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  95
Redhead  130
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Coot  510
American Woodcock  2
Ring-billed Gull  4
Herring Gull  65
Thayer's Gull 2 1 pale juvenile and 1 adult. Greats views of both birds. Seen 
from a close distance while gliding over the bluff, heading north, just above 
me. Large gulls, about the size of a Herring Gull, all-black medium-sized bill. 
The young bird was uniformly light brown on top, with pale inner primaries and 
no dark brown or black in the primaries whatsoever (no white or whitish color 
there either). The adult bird was similar to adult Herring Gulls, but very 
limited, hardly visible black in the primaries (very good, close and prolonged 
view of the primaries in glide obtained). 

Iceland Gull 1 Greats views obtained. Seen from a close distance while lazily 
gliding and circling over the bluff, heading north, at just about my eye level. 
Large gull, about the size of a Herring Gull, an all-black, rather thin and 
long bill. Not bulky like Glaucous Gull, the bill also did not look heavy at 
all. All white appearance of the bird with just a bit of a light yellowish 
brown in the wings. No dark colors in the primaries, in fact they seemed 
completely white, even lighter than the rest of the wings. 

Lesser Black-backed Gull 1 Juvenile bird, greats views obtained. Seen from a 
close distance lazily gliding over the bluff, heading north, just about my eye 
level. Large gull, about the size of a Herring Gull, all-black medium-sized 
bill. Dark brown back and wings, with very dark inner primaries. No white 
specks on the wings, as opposed to a juvenile Great Black-backed Gull (seen 
migrating in the same direction just 15 minutes earlier). Not very contrasting 
on top - a wide dark tail band and only slightly dirty-whitish rump, heavily 
brown speckled. Overall very dark wings and dark tail band with light rump 
appearance. Much darker wings and lighter rump compared to juv. Herring Gulls. 

Great Black-backed Gull 1 1 juvenile bird, seen from a close distance while 
lazily gliding (and flapping slowly for a few seconds too) over the bluff, 
heading north, just below my eye level. Very large, bulky gull, clearly larger 
than Herring Gulls, large heavy bill. Back and wings dark brown with the 
distinctive white-speckled pattern. Very contrasting on top - the dark wing 
with a relatively narrow black tail band against the light head and almost 
white rump (with only some dark speckles). Mostly white underneath. 

gull sp.  7
Mourning Dove  3
American Robin  1
European Starling  2
Savannah Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  1
Red-winged Blackbird  1

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20302133 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20302133 


This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org 
http://ebird.org/) 

 

 Good birding!
 

 Michal Furmanek
 Lake Bluff, lake Co.
Subject: IBET: DuPage Birding Club Welcomes Amar Ayyash on Nov 13 (no sightings)
From: "jreiter AT wordsonbirds.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:20:46 -0700
Gull Expert Amar Ayyash to Speak on November 13
 Glen Ellyn, Illinois, October 21, 2014 - All are welcome to join members of 
the DuPage Birding Club for a presentation on gulls by Amar Ayyash on Thursday, 
November 13, at 7:30 p.m. The free program will take place on the lower level 
of Faith Lutheran Church, 41 N. Park Blvd., in Glen Ellyn. 

 Gull identification is a challenging area for most birders. Even common gulls 
can be difficult to identify, especially immature birds. Ayyash will review the 
key ID points for gulls that visit our region in the fall and winter and share 
tips for more successful gull watching. Birders of all experience levels will 
benefit from his expertise. 

 
Ayyash, a resident of Frankfort, Illinois, is an avid birder who spends most of 
his time in the field watching and photographing gulls. He maintains 
anythinglarus.com, a website devoted to gulls and gull watching, and hosts the 
Facebook group “North American Gulls.” In addition, he has published 
several recent articles in Birding, the magazine of the American Birding 
Association. 

 
Ayyash serves on the board of directors of the Illinois Ornithological Society, 
and also coordinates the IOS's popular Gull Frolic, an annual gull-watching 
event on the shores of Lake Michigan. 

 
# # #
About the DuPage Birding Club
 Founded in1985, the DuPage Birding Club is one of the largest and most active 
birding organizations in Illinois. Its mission is to promote birding and bird 
conservation among its 300 members and the general public. The club's regular 
meetings often feature nationally known authors and speakers. A frequent field 
trip schedule takes advantage of the varied birding habit available in DuPage 
County and Greater Chicago. For more information, visit the club online at 
www.dupagebirding.org. 

Posted by:
 Jeff Reiter
Corresponding Secretary, DuPage Birding Club
630.487.0323 
jreiter AT wordsonbirds.com
Subject: IBET RE: Whooping Crane info - NO sighting
From: "John Pohl japohlvin AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 02:06:07 +0000 (UTC)
  Please do NOT report on "ebird" until they have left the area for the 
season. John Pohl, Vincennes, Indiana * volunteer Whooping Crane Tracker 
Subject: IBET Whooping Crane info - NO sighting
From: "John Pohl japohlvin AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:20:42 +0000 (UTC)
     The Whooping Cranes will be migrating very soon.
   What to do if you see Whooping Cranes.
   We ask that observers keep the following guidelines in mind when viewing a 
Whooping Crane:WCEP (the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership) asks anyone who 
encounters a Whooping Crane in the wild to please give it the respect and 
distance it needs. Do not approach birds on foot within 600 feet; remain in 
your vehicle; do not approach in a vehicle within 600 feet or, if on a public 
road, within 300 feet. Also, please remain concealed and do not speak loud 
enough that the bird(s) can hear you. 

  Finally, do not trespass on private property in an attempt to view Whooping 
Cranes. Also, please do not report the bird on a birding list such as In-bird 
or IBET or any social media such as Facebook or to the news media, to keep the 
amount of attention it receives to a minimum.   To report a Whooping Crane 
sighting 

http://www.fws.gov/midwest/whoopingcrane/sightings/sightingform.cfmFor general 
info on the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership 

http://www.bringbackthecranes.org/index.htmlFor info on the Ultralite lead 
class of 2014 

http://operationmigration.org/InTheField/John Pohl, Vincennes, Indiana * 
volunteer Whooping Crane Tracker 
Subject: IBET 83 Horned Grebes Park No 566
From: "Aaron Gyllenhaal aarongyllenhaal AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:02:00 -0500
Hi all,

After checking for the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (still no luck) this 
afternoon, I decided to go to Park No. 566 to check out if anything was on the 
water or flying around. Nothing was flying, but there were easily the two 
biggest flotillas of Horned Grebes I have ever seen in Chicago. One totaled 53 
birds and the other 30. I tried my best with these counts but the waves made it 
difficult. They are almost surely underestimates. I tried to pick out a rare 
grebe but I couldn't. I also had about 70 Coots, 50 Redhead, and 10 Scaup sps. 
The field between the road and dike had over 100 sparrows, almost all White 
crowned and throated. There has to be a Harris's in there somewhere. 


Aaron Gyllenhaal
Oak Park, IL

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Subject: IBET: Mundelein Yard Birds
From: "Todd Anderson tcanders123 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:08:24 -0500
Had out FOY Pine Siskin today, along with one each Song, Fox and W-C
Sparrows, a pair of Juncos, and a handful of W-T Sparrows.

Still woefully outgunned by the House Sparrows.

The Siskin was #101 for the year, matching our number last year.Now if we
can just get a Purple Finch, late Palm Warbler, or Veery, Gray-cheeked or
Hermit Thrush  ....

Todd Anderson
Mundelein, Lake County
Subject: IBET Gillson Park Lake Watch #4 Tues 10-21-14
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:34:44 -0500
Hello Bird People,

Today's winds were strong enough but from the north which meant migration
would take place but the ducks, loons, gulls, etc. would not be pushed
toward the shoreline for better viewing.
And that's what happened with small numbers of ducks & loons going south
but mostly way out in the lake. Bob Erickson & I started at 7:15 a.m. with
Bob leaving a little before 9 a.m. while I stuck it out until 10:30 a.m. I
always start by walking the length of the beach from the beach house to the
harbor & back to check for anything that might be on the beach. This must
be done early as soon there will be many walkers, joggers & dogs to flush
beach birds. I found only Ring Billed Gulls on that walk but did manage to
miss the only Bonaparte's Gull of the day which Bob saw flying south. Later
we were joined by the Tuesday Mourning Birders but fly-by water birds were
hard to find. Here's my short day list:

Gillson Park Lake Watch (7:15-10:30 a.m.)

Common Loon (2-3 flying south but far away)
D.C. Cormorant (6-8 flying both north & south)
Mallard (1-F in lake briefly)
Greater Scaup (1 group of 6 flying south)
BLACK SCOTER (2 flying south & later back to the north plus 1-F in the
water)
Red Breasted Merganser (12-15 flying in both directions)
Ring Billed Gull (~50)
Herring Gull (10-12)
Near the beach house were Crow (1), Starling (9), White Crowned Sparrow
(1-IM) & Junco (4).

As mentioned Bob E saw 1 Bonaparte's Gull & Chuck W had 3 flying Pintails.
More ducks flew by but were too far out for me to I.D.

Today's entertainment was provided by several Ring Billed & Herring Gulls
who were playing
"Drop The Sticks". This game starts with 1 or more gulls picking up a stick
or some object, flying up about 25 ft. & dropping it. This causes other
gulls to try & grab the dropped object before the others can get it.
Finally the gulls tired of the game but later a few of them started over
with some sort of shell being the object dropped. This helps relieve gull
boredom I suppose. It also helped with my lack of birds boredom.

Not much to choose from so Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the female Black Scoter
in the lake.
Runners-Up to the "Drop The Sticks" gang. Yes, it was a slow day.

Al Stokie
Subject: IBET More Purple Finches and other old birding
From: "sdbailey AT illinois.edu [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 21 Oct 2014 09:27:17 -0700
 
 I also had 2 PURPLE FINCHES (one male, one female) first heard then seen 
perched in our neighbors walnut tree, on Sunday (Oct. 19th). 

 
 I led an Owl Prowl at Ryerson for the Chicago Botanic Garden on Friday, Oct. 
17th. I was able to call in a pair of BARRED OWLS (one close enough for fair 
looks!) and one red-phase E. SCREECH OWL for the happy owl prowlers. The 
screech owl sat in a nearby tree for good looks and at least one photo. We 
heard several flying squirrels as well, with one beginning to call immediately 
after I did one of my Barred Owl calls. 

 
 I had to make a quick trip down to Big Lake (Brown Co.) and Alton (Madison 
Co.) last week to conduct a couple of bird surveys for work. Best birds at 
Alton on Oct. 16th were a pair of local resident RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS and an 
AMERICAN WOODCOCK in a nice block of woodland next to the Alton High School. 
The woods were also pretty birdy with late fall migrants including a lot of 
WHITE-THROATED SPAROOWS & YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, several WINTER WRENS, several 
of both KINGLETS, a few BROWN CREEPERS, a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, 4-5 HERMIT 
THRUSHES, and 10+ CHIMNEY SWIFTS. I also called 3 BARRED OWLS in at two 
locations around the north end of town and saw 2 BALD EAGLES soaring over Rt. 
255 on the north side of town as well. I also had one BLACK-THROATED GREEN 
WARBLER, two PURPLE FINCHs & one PINE SISKIN at a few of my census points. 

 
 At Big Lake on Oct. 15th, I had at least 6 BALD EAGLES, one PEREGRINE FALCON, 
one NORTHERN HARRIER, one COOPERS & one SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, 75 NORTHERN 
PINTAIL, 200+ GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 180 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS, 50 GREAT EGRETS, 
and 1 imm BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, two PALM WARBLERS, and another PURPLE 
FINCH & PINE SISKIN. Down the road at Spunky Bottoms Preserve, there was a 
flock of 200+ NORTHERN PINTAIL , at least 100 TREE SWALLOWS and four more BALD 
EAGLES. On my way home I had 2 EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES in Jerseyville (Jersey 
Co.). Good birding! 

 
  
 
 Steve Bailey
 
 Mundelein (Lake Co.)
 
 sdbailey AT illinois.edu 
 
Subject: IBET Harris's Sparrow
From: "Ann Haverstock abhaver AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:25:35 -0500
Still present at NW corner of Lurie Garden at 11 A.M. 
Ann Haverstock, In Cook today. 

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Subject: IBET Harris's Sparrow at Lurie 7:30a 10/21/14
From: "S J stevejner AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:42:55 -0700
NW corner
Steve Jener
Cook Cty

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Subject: IBET Loyola Birds
From: "Steve Spitzer steven0703 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:03:27 -0700
Hi Birders. 

Link will take you to a report and pictures from the last two days. Best bird 
is a Franklin's Gull 


Steve Spitzer

Cook - Chicago

Loyola 10/19-10/20/2014

  
             
Loyola 10/19-10/20/2014
Loyola 10/19-10/20/2014  
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Subject: IBET Harris's sparrow, happily still at Lurie Garden Oct. 20
From: "cberman129 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Oct 2014 19:46:21 -0700
After failing to find the Harris's sparrow at Lurie Garden near 1pm Monday, I 
came back at 4:30 pm and relocated it, calming munching in the stalks. It 
ignored me as I slowly walked closer to within 10 feet. The bird only flew when 
some children scurried by. This was in the section next to the perimeter wall 
of trees or tall shrubbery at the NW corner of the garden. 

 Here are several photos of this lifer. 
 Chuck Berman
 

 https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ILbirds/photos/albums/15949030 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ILbirds/photos/albums/15949030 


 

Subject: IBET LG Harris's - photos including quinine
From: "Joan Norek NorekJ AT aol.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:38:45 -0400
Since there were several inquiries today on the feeding location -- today the 
same as others observed -- uploaded almost all of today's photos to Picasa -- 
including the view to the south when at the feeding location and good views of 
the quinine on which it has been feeding. 

 
Most are multiple shot mode photos -- so if you play it as a fast slide show 
you can watch it feeding. 

 
All photos were uploaded "as is" -- no cropping (none needed) and no "auto 
contrast" improvement in color. 




https://picasaweb.google.com/105837954974568713077/10202014?authuser=0&feat=directlink 



Good birdings (and thanks again Dave for spotting this amazing little bird), 
 
 
 

Joan Norek
Chicago
norekj AT aol.com
Hope is the thing with feathers - that perches in the soul - and sings the tune 
without the words - and never stops at all. Emily Dickinson 

Subject: IBET Chautauqua/Emiquon, 10-20
From: "miking38 AT aol.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Oct 2014 17:57:58 -0700

 This afternoon on the upper pool, the ducks appeared to have become more 
abundant, but still the diversity is low. I saw lots of pintails and 
green-winged teal, shovelers and some mallards. 2 black ducks were in the weeds 
in the lower pool and gadwall have started to appear more numerous. Still no 
diving ducks though. There were 5 avocets and a handful of lesser yellowlegs 
and several flocks flying around that appeared to be mostly peeps. I saw a very 
large and very dark falcon for several seconds over the lower pool that banked 
and went to the southwest of the dead willows and disappeared. It appeared much 
more robust than the peregrine I saw a couple hours later and more so than the 
dozen or so that I have seen so far this fall, so for what I can gather it 
looked compellingly like a gyrfalcon. I can’t say it was but I’m sure not 
going to say it wasn’t. There were about 15 pine siskins in the sunflowers 
around the parking turnaround at the cross-dike. Over at Emiquon there were two 
snow buntings in the gravel road by the observation deck and about 120 
Bonaparte gulls flying over the lake. Lots of coots and some horned and 
pied-billed grebes were the most common waterbirds. 

 Mike Ingram, Peoria
 

Subject: IBET Purple Finch - Carroll County
From: "'Anne Straight' astraight4 AT frontier.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:34:31 -0500
forgot to mention we had a PURPLE FINCH (FEMALE) with Cedar Waxwings in a cedar 
tree at Thomson Causeway. 


Anne Straight
Forreston, IL (Ogle County)
Subject: IBET Waukegan, Illinois Beach North Unit Hawk Watch & South Unit Beaches Mon 10-20-14
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:57:36 -0500
Hello Bird People,

My ability to be somewhere other than where the good birds are continues
but perhaps that unwelcome trend will reverse itself soon. Today I was near
the Wisconsin state line when I heard about the fancy flycatcher seen by
Andrew & Joshua. Too far to make that attempt & maybe that was just as
well. Thought it would be a good hawk watch day & it may have happened but
it didn't between 8 & 10:30 a.m. when I was there. After that I walked
beaches at Illinois Beach South Unit but saw nothing special there either.
There's always tomorrow. Did Waukegan with Bob E but did Illinois Beach
South Unit by myself as Bob never gives up on looking for hawks while I do
so quite regularly.

Waukegan Swimming Beach & Pier (7-7:30 a.m., short visit)

D.C. Cormorant (1 on pier)
Canada Geese (22 fly-bys)
Sharp Shinned Hawk (1 fly-by)
MERLIN (2 chasing each other & 1 then caught a meal)
Sanderling (2 on pier)
Ring Billed (26) & Herring (30) Gulls
White Throated Sparrow (1 on pier)
Junco (4 on pier)
Lapland Longspur (a heard only fly-by)
The late SOLITARY SANDPIPER continues but is now at the fenced in pond near
the lot.

Illinois Beach North Unit Hawk Watch (8-10:30 a.m.)

The only raptors I saw were Osprey (1, still after the stocked fish in Sand
Pond)), Cooper's Hawk
(1 fly-by), Sharp Shinned Hawk 6-8) & Red Tailed Hawk (mostly locals).
Other fly-bys included D.C. Cormorants, Canada Geese &, as a highlight, 8
BONAPARTE'S GULLS. Heard only fly-bys included Longspurs, Siskins & Purple
Finches but none were seen so none were counted by me.

Illinois Beach South Unit Beaches (11:15-12:30 p.m.)

Canada Geese (8 on beach near resort)
Had my 1st good sized duck flock in the lake today which included:
Shovelers (1-M & 3-F)
Redhead (41)
Greater Scaup (145, may have been Lesser's too but I picked none out)
Bufflehead (3-F)
BLACK BELLIED PLOVER (1 left from the larger group seen earlier)
Herring Gull (only 6)
HORNED LARK (1)
Palm Warbler (1)
Eastern Meadowlark (1)

Seen From The Dead River Trail (12:30-1:15 p.m.)

P.B. Grebe (1 in river)
Red Tailed Hawk (2 locals hunting)
Coot (1 in river)
Red Bellied (1) & Downy (1) Woodpeckers
Hermit Thrush (1)
Fox Sparrow (1)
Junco (6)

Another not very exciting day but Birds-Of-The-Day goes to the flock of
Bonaparte's Gulls at the Hawk Watch & Runner-Up to the hardy, continuing
Solitary Sandpiper. My previous late date for a Solitary was 10-14-09 so
today's sighting is now my latest for this species. So something important
did happen today after all, if only for a shorebird person.

Al Stokie
Subject: IBET Re: SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER at 87th St
From: "mcvetas AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Oct 2014 11:39:21 -0700
A half dozen birders were unable to relocate the flycatcher in the late AM, 
looking at Parks 523 and surrounding areas. Calumet Park was not covered to my 
knowledge. 


 Matthew Cvetas
 Evanston, IL
Subject: IBET: The Passing of Muriel Smith (to those not aware) NO SIGHTINGS
From: "marilyn bell marbell AT rocketmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:51:08 -0700
It has been suggested to me that there may be IBETers who would not have 
received the DuPage Birding Club e-mails regarding the passing of Muriel Smith, 
hence this e-mail. Muriel was a Charter and Honorary Life Member of the Club, 
and recipient of its Distinguished Achievement Award. She was an expert birder 
with particular emphasis on shorebirds and loved to lecture and to hold small 
classes to teach about them. She was a mentor to many and I greatly appreciate 
the many, many hours she spent guiding me through the maze of locating and 
Identifying birds by sight and sound. 


Muriel passed away Wednesday evening, Oct. 15, 2014 at Central DuPage Hospital 
in Winfield, IL. She had a small stroke about three weeks ago after which her 
health steadily deteriorated. Muriel was 92 years old. 


For those wishing to send condolences to Brian and Mary, Muriel's son and wife, 
here is their address: 


Mr. & Mrs. Brian Glass
1253 Island Drive, #201
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

For anyone interested in taking part - and all are welcome at each - the 
following events will take place this Saturday, October 25: 


At 10:00 a.m., a Memorial Mass will be held in the chapel of the small (old) 
church building of 


St. John the Baptist Church
0 S 233 Church St.
Winfield, IL
630-668-0918

At 12:30 p.m. burial and a short service will be at

 Forest Home Cemetery
 863 So. Des Plaines Ave.
 Forest Park, IL

 Muriel's grave site is best accessed through the 1st Avenue entrance.

Following the burial ceremony, friends and family will lunch at

 Madison Park Kitchen
 7525 W. Madison St.
 Forest Park, IL - very close to the cemetery
 708-689-8607

 
The family has requested that no flowers be sent, rather that contributions in 
Muriel's honor be given to 


 The American Red Cross
 www.redcross.org/il/chicago with whom Muriel served during WW II.

Marilyn Bell
Warrenville, IL
DuPage County




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Subject: IBET FW: 3 Red-necked Grebes - Whalon Lake
From: "'Eric Secker' esecker AT bcnbirds.org [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:48:47 -0500




Subject: IBET Ducks moving - Miss. River,Savanna to Fulton
From: "'Anne Straight' astraight4 AT frontier.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:47:42 -0500
Made a quick check on the Miss. River from Savanna to Lock and Dam 13, Fulton 
area. Dabblers are down including NO. PINTAILS, WIGEONS, GADWALL, RUDDIES, 
RING- NECKED DUCKS. Some were too far out to ID. Lots in channel and Iowa side. 
Windy. Also lots of COOTS, WOODIES, TEALS, SHOVELERS. No Tundras yet. 

SANDHILLS, TRUMPETER SWANS, PELICANS, D.C.CORMORANTS.
Had a PEREGRINE FALCON & A NORTHERN HARRIER (male). 
Lots of TREE SWALLOWS and others (big flock at Spring Lake). One big group of 
35 GREAT EGERTS, some GREAT-BLUE HERONS. 


Only gulls were HERRING AND RING-BILLS.

Didn’t spend time on other birds but JUNCOS, WHITE-THROATS were around and 
RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS. 


LESSER & GREATER YELLOWLEGS, PECTORAL AND KILLDEER were seen.

Counted at least 25 BALD EAGLES, some look like courting behavior.

Anne Straight
Forreston, IL (Ogle County)
Subject: IBET LG Harris's continues
From: "Joan Norek NorekJ AT aol.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:56:53 -0400
Although the sparrow population seems to have decreased, the Harris's Sparrow 
was again easily seen at Lurie Gardens on a quick 15 min. stop this a.m. 
(10/20/14). 

 
As to questions raised this weekend -- Lurie Gardens is at the NW corner of 
Monroe and Columbus. across Monroe from the Art Institute -- and for those who 
find the parking rates exorbitant, take a friend and take turns watching the 
Harris's while the other is driving around the block -- there is no charge for 
driving around the block (yet) ;-) 


Good birdings,

 

Joan Norek
Chicago
norekj AT aol.com
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without the words - and never stops at all. Emily Dickinson 

Subject: IBET 87th St flycatcher
From: "Fran Morel franmmmk AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:30:41 -0500
It's 830 am.  I'm leaving my house now from Evanston and will drive past
Montrose in 20 minutes.  If anyone is there and would like a ride to 87th,
call me now.

Fran
Evanston, Cook Co.
Subject: IBET Re: SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER at 87th St.
From: "Joshua Little joshua.p.little AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:14:28 -0500
Park 523.

On Monday, October 20, 2014, Joshua Little 
wrote:

> Just found it with Andrew at the southern end of the trail along the chain
> link fence!
> Good birding!
>
>
> --
> Joshua Little
> http://littlebirder.blogspot.com/
> 
>
>

-- 
Joshua Little
http://littlebirder.blogspot.com/
Subject: IBET SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER at 87th St.
From: "Joshua Little joshua.p.little AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:13:52 -0500
Just found it with Andrew at the southern end of the trail along the chain
link fence!
Good birding!


-- 
Joshua Little
http://littlebirder.blogspot.com/
Subject: IBET south Lake County and north Cook County lakefront
From: "'Geoffrey A. Williamson' geoffrey.williamson AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:26:54 -0500
Chris and I birded the "north shore" today (19 Oct 2014) with Shanin 
Abreu and Matthew Winks, starting at Lake Forest Beach in Lake County 
and working south to Gillson Park in Cook County, focusing mostly on 
Lake Michigan.  Highlights included the following birds.

Lake Forest Beach:

6 RED-THROATED LOONS
545 REDHEAD
10 "DARK-WINGED SCOTERS" (seemed more like Black Scoters, but far out 
and hard to be sure of species)
1 COMMON MERGANSER
5 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS
2 BONAPARTE'S GULLS
1 SNOW BUNTING
33 PINE SISKINS


Ft. Sheridan:

2 MUTE SWANS
4 BLACK SCOTERS (fly-bys)
1 COMMON LOON


Park Avenue in Highland Park:

2 MUTE SWANS (same birds as at Ft. Sheridan, swimming south)
4 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS


Rosewood Park in Highland Park:

1 THAYER'S GULLS (2nd cycle)
1 RED-HEADED WOODPECKER (regular at this site)
plus a couple of Shadow Darners that Shanin and Matt showed us


Park Avenue in Glencoe:

1 BONAPARTE'S GULL


Gillson Park in Wilmette:

1 RED-BREASTED MERGANSER
1 BONAPARTE'S GULL
558 RING-BILLED GULLS



HORNED GREBES were pretty much at all nine places where we stopped.


Good birding,
Geoff


Geoffrey A. Williamson

Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
geoffrey.williamson AT comcast.net

Chair, IOS Ornithological Research and Data Committee
Member, Illinois Ornithological Records Committee of IOS

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Subject: IBET Beautiful and birdy morning at Fort Sheridan, Sunday Oct. 19
From: "mifur2 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 19 Oct 2014 21:25:58 -0700
No doubt the best bird of the day at Fort Sheridan was Adam Sell's Black 
Vulture from around 3 pm. However, the rest of the day was also very birdy and 
very enjoyable. 

 

 I originally planned for taking fall foliage pictures in the morning, then for 
hawkwatching till around noon. When I came there at 7:20 am, there were so many 
birds flying around, I changed my plans and started by walking around to the 
lake and along the ravines. I did that for over 1 hour and had the following 
highlights: at least 28 COOTS on the lake, at least 10 READHEADS, 3 HORNED 
GREBES, a flock of 150 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS hanging around (1 singing), 2 
BLUE-HEADED VIREOS, 2 SNOW BUNTINGS, about 30 PINE SISKINS, 1 BELTED 
KINGFISHER, 2 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS, many sparrows including 3 AMERICAN TREE 
SPARROWS. 

 

 At 8:20 I heard crows mobbing something on the northern side of the prairie. 
Turned out there was a beautiful adult PEREGRINE FALCON perched on top of a 
dead tree there! It flew away after a few minutes of harassment by the crows, 
heading north. For me that was a sign to head toward the tables and start hawk 
watching. Donnie Dann was already there and he counted with me till 11 am. Adam 
Sell came for about an hour and half, shortly before noon. Other people also 
stopped by to help find the birds in the sky: Rich DeCoster, Steve Navulis, 
Debra Koss, Glenn Forchione, Cici Birnberg, Carol Freeman and Sandy Kroll. It 
was a very enjoyable day with a good number of hawks, sunshine and nice people 
around! Pretty fall colors were certainly a bonus too. 

 

 We had only one Merlin for the first 30 minutes of the count but after 9 am 
Sharp-shinned hawks started flying in very good numbers and a few other hawks 
showed up too. When I was leaving at 2 pm, we had 152 migrating raptors 
counted, including: 

 

 Bald Eagle - 2
 Northern Harrier - 1
 Red-tailed hawk - 14
 Sharp-shinned Hawk - 126
 Cooper's Hawk - 3
 Merlin - 3
 Peregrine Falcon - 3
 

 We also added 2 Sandhill Cranes, 7 Chimney Swifts, and a murder of 46 Crows. 
 

 I stopped hawkwatching at 2 pm but before I finished chatting, then taking all 
my stuff back to the car, it was already 2:25 when I was leaving the parking 
lot. Coming out of the lot I saw Adam coming back in, so I turned around and 
talked to him shortly by the tables, then left. Sure enough 50 minutes later I 
found his message on Facebook about the Black Vulture!!! No doubt that was a 
well deserved reward for his dedication! 

 

 I personally ended up the day with 56 species (that is not counting Adam's 
Black and Turkey Vultures, and Geoff and Chris Williamson's Black Scoters, 
Common Merganser and Mute Swans seen on/over the lake). 

 

 That was a great day to be there!
 

 Michal Furmanek,
 Lake Bluff, lake Co.
 

 

 

Subject: IBET JxP, IBSP hawk watch, Sat., 18 Oct.
From: "rlshonkw AT uchicago.edu [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 19 Oct 2014 18:02:36 -0700
I birded Jackson Park in the rain Saturday covering Wooded Island/Bobolink 
Meadow, the inner harbor, outer harbor (just a peak) and the northwest part of 
the golf course. Later Jeff took me up to the hawk watch for a bit of the 
afternoon. 

Jackson Park was not real birdy. I had only 34 species. Best birds were ~10 
PINE SISKINS. I had a flock of 6-8 flying over the soccer fields. Two more were 
in a pine tree in Bobolink Meadow and another flew over calling. I think this 
is the first time I've had Pine Siskins actually in a pine tree in Jackson 
Park. Usually they just fly over calling or, rarely, are feeding on thistle 
seeds. The only other interesting sighting were two E. PHOEBES, which are the 
first I've had in the park since September 11. 

Due to rainy weather and bad traffic Jeff and I didn't get to Illinois Beach 
until after 2 pm. Birds had mostly stopped flying by that time but we did get 
to see an OSPREY, a BALD EAGLE and Jeff spotted a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK that I 
wasn't able to get on. But I was able to get one of my target birds: the 
NORTHERN SHRIKE, which is always nice. A LAPLAND LONGSPUR also flew over while 
we were there. The great time I had at Birds and Beers made up for the lack of 
birds! Below is my list of highlights from Jackson Park. 


Abbreviations: WI/BM=Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow, IH=inner harbor, OH=outer 
harbor, GC=golf course 


Pied-billed Grebe: WI/BM (6)
Double-crested Cormorant: WI/BM (7) OH (1)
Great Blue Heron: WI/BM (1)
unidentified hawk: WI/BM (1; dipped below the trees before I could id)
A. Coot: IH (3), OH (18)
Chimney Swift: WI/BM (1)
Belted Kingfisher: WI/BM (1), IH (1) maybe the same bird
Red-bellied Woodpecker: WI/BM (1 m.)
Hairy Woodpecker: WI/BM (2)
N. Flicker: WI/BM (1), IN (1)
E. Phoebe: WI/BM (2)
Brown Creeper: WI/BM (3)
Golden-crowned Kinglet: WI/BM (2), GC (3)
Hermit Thrush: WI/BM (6), GC (2); also heard flight call of one on the way to 
the park. 

Orange-crowned Warbler: WI/BM (1), GC (1)
Yellow-rumped Warbler: WI/BM (4)
Palm Warbler: WI/BM (1)
Song Sparrow: WI/BM (1)
Swamp Sparrow: WI/BM (6)
White-throated Sparrow: WI/BM (30), IH (9), GC (13); also had 10 along Midway 
Pl. 

White-crowned Sparrow: WI/BM (14)
Dark-eyed Junco: WI/BM (12); 3 along Midway Pl.
Pine Siskin: WI/BM (10)

Randy Shonkwiler
Hyde Park/Chicago 

Subject: IBET Meadowbrook Park, Urbana (10/19) and Riverbend Forest Preserve (10/18)
From: "Phred Benham phbenham AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:40:02 -0500
Hello all,
This morning I birded Meadowbrook Park in Urbana. On my bike ride over
there I passed a GREAT HORNED OWL perched up at the intersection of Lincoln
and Windsor and screeching.

At Meadowbrook I heard an EASTERN SCREECH-OWL whinnying from the Walker
Grove at ~6:45am. While doing a dawn skywatch from the Prairie Overlook I
saw a LE CONTE's SPARROW pop up out of the prairie and sit in the morning
sun for a while. I also had 2 RING-BILLED GULLS, a single AMERICAN PIPIT
and some small groups of PURPLE FINCHES and PINE SISKINs flying over.
Sparrows were in abundance especially Song and Swamp, I had 11 species in
total:

Eastern Towhee- 2
Chipping Sparrow- 1
Field Sparrow- 2
Fox Sparrow- 1
Le Conte's Sparrow- 1
Swamp Sparrow- 55
Song Sparrow- 40
Lincoln's Sparrow- 3
White-crowned Sparrow- 14
White-throated Sparrow- 50
Dark-eyed Junco- 9



On Saturday morning Cole Wolf and I spent a couple hours at Riverbend
Forest Preserve. Highlights include: 1 Am. Black Duck, 5 N. Pintail, 1
RUDDY DUCK, 2 GREAT EGRETS, 1 BALD EAGLE, and a latish EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE.
Complete ebird checklist:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20265032

Good Birding,
Phred Benham
Champaign, IL

-- 
Phred Benham
Ph.D. Student
Animal Biology
University of Illinois
Urbana-Champaign, IL
Subject: Re: IBET Montrose, 10/19 a.m.
From: "Leslie Borns cakile AT att.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:25:58 -0700
Thank you for the report!  White-eyed Vireo is a new species for the dunes.

Best,

/Leslie





On Sunday, October 19, 2014 4:57 PM, "'Robert D. Hughes' 
rhughes.enteract AT rcn.com [ILbirds]"  wrote: 

 


  
Montrose was very lively this morning, October 19, with lots of 
White-crowned and White-throated Sparrows, Dark-eyed Juncos, both 
kinglets, Yellow-rumped Warblers, and Hermit Thrushes around. Here's a 
partial list of what Karen and I saw:

Black-bellied Plover - 2
Dunlin - 2
Sanderling - 2
Merlin - 1
Chimney Swift - 6
White-eyed Vireo - 1 immature (gray eyes)
Winter Wren - ~5
Brown Creeper - 4
Gray Catbird - 1
American Pipit - 1
Lapland Longspur - 4, in the dunes
Snow Bunting - 4, also in the dunes
Tennessee Warbler - 1
Nashville Warbler - 1
Orange-crowned Warbler - ~8
Northern Parula - 1
Black-throated Blue Warbler - 1 male
Black-throated Green Warbler - 1
Palm Warbler - ~6
Blackpoll Warbler - 1
American Redstart - 1
Common Yellowthroat - 1
Chipping Sparrow - 1
Grasshopper Sparrow - 1
Lincoln's Sparrow - 2
Fox Sparrow - ~6
Harris's Sparrow - 1 immature
Rusty Blackbird - 2
Purple Finch - 2
Pine Siskin - 2

The White-eyed Vireo was probably the best bird of the day, and I don't 
think I've seen one at Montrose in the fall before. I first saw it in 
the willows in the dunes and later in the peripheral plantings and again 
near the Magic Hedge. I'm assuming this was the same individual that was 
just moving around a lot.

The Harris's Sparrow was at the east end of the native planting area, 
not far from the tower.

Robert D. Hughes
Chicago, Illinois
Birding Montrose Point: 
http://theorniphile.info/birding-montrose-point/index.html
The Montrose Birding Blog: http://theorniphile.info/wordpress/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/robertdhughes63

Subject: IBET Re: Shrike at Montrose 10/19/14 - Is a Northern
From: "stevejner AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 19 Oct 2014 15:06:31 -0700
First seen at top of tallest dead tree near east / north-east of Meadow. Then 
in the Locust tree in north-west corner of Meadow. Picture at... 

 Northern Shrike - Lifer 200 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevejner/14956500644/in/photostream/lightbox/ 

 
 
 https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevejner/14956500644/in/photostream/lightbox/ 
 
 Northern Shrike - Lifer 200 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevejner/14956500644/in/photostream/lightbox/ 
Montrose, Chicago 10/19/14 

 
 
 
 View on www.flickr.com 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevejner/14956500644/in/photostream/lightbox/ 

 Preview by Yahoo 
 
 
  
Subject: IBET Montrose, 10/19 a.m.
From: "'Robert D. Hughes' rhughes.enteract AT rcn.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:57:11 -0500
Montrose was very lively this morning, October 19, with lots of 
White-crowned and White-throated Sparrows, Dark-eyed Juncos, both 
kinglets, Yellow-rumped Warblers, and Hermit Thrushes around. Here's a 
partial list of what Karen and I saw:

Black-bellied Plover - 2
Dunlin - 2
Sanderling - 2
Merlin - 1
Chimney Swift - 6
White-eyed Vireo - 1 immature (gray eyes)
Winter Wren - ~5
Brown Creeper - 4
Gray Catbird - 1
American Pipit - 1
Lapland Longspur - 4, in the dunes
Snow Bunting - 4, also in the dunes
Tennessee Warbler - 1
Nashville Warbler - 1
Orange-crowned Warbler - ~8
Northern Parula - 1
Black-throated Blue Warbler - 1 male
Black-throated Green Warbler - 1
Palm Warbler - ~6
Blackpoll Warbler - 1
American Redstart - 1
Common Yellowthroat - 1
Chipping Sparrow - 1
Grasshopper Sparrow - 1
Lincoln's Sparrow - 2
Fox Sparrow - ~6
Harris's Sparrow - 1 immature
Rusty Blackbird - 2
Purple Finch - 2
Pine Siskin - 2

The White-eyed Vireo was probably the best bird of the day, and I don't 
think I've seen one at Montrose in the fall before. I first saw it in 
the willows in the dunes and later in the peripheral plantings and again 
near the Magic Hedge. I'm assuming this was the same individual that was 
just moving around a lot.

The Harris's Sparrow was at the east end of the native planting area, 
not far from the tower.

Robert D. Hughes
Chicago, Illinois
Birding Montrose Point: 
http://theorniphile.info/birding-montrose-point/index.html
The Montrose Birding Blog: http://theorniphile.info/wordpress/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/robertdhughes63



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Subject: IBET Black Vulture at FS - Lake Co.
From: "Adam Sell adamwardsell AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 15:24:22 -0500
Ibetors,


Just had a Black Vulture fly over Fort Sheridan. No photo, but prolonged,
close looks. Short tail, no head, short broad wings held flat or drooped.
Had the white on the wings and gave me a vigorous, Black Vulture flap!
I've had experience with them growing up in TX and while hawk watching in
PA. Hope someone can find this bird.


Look up, Evanston.



Good Birding!


Adam Sell
Subject: IBET Montrose Sunday - BTBlue Warbler, Harris's Sparrow
From: "'Nick Barber' nbarber AT niu.edu [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 15:22:45 -0500
Nice morning at Montrose with lots of migrants around including an enormous 
number of kinglets. Highlights were male Black-throated Blue Warbler and imm 
Harris's Sparrow. Thanks to Pete Moxon and his group for helping me find the 
Harris's and other birds. 


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Subject: IBET Waukegan, Lyons Woods & North Point Marina & Beach Sun 10-19-14
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 15:21:39 -0500
Hello Bird People,

I didn't do reports for Fri & Sat mainly as I didn't see anything worth
reporting & I figured folks would be glad to have me shut up for a while
anyway. On Friday Andy S & I went to Kane Co but the bird we wanted to see
was gone. Next to Lippold Park in McHenry Co where we saw shorebirds but
only common ones that were there last time. Then to the Illinois Beach Hawk
Watch where I saw 9 species of raptors with very good looks at Osprey,
Merlins & a Peregrine.
On Saturday I tried for the Montrose Lark Bunting but failed like everyone
else.
Bird-Of-The-Day for Friday to a Merlin which sat in a nearby tree for good
viewing.
Bird-Of-The-Day for Saturday to a Greater Yellowlegs with Black Bellied
Plovers at Montrose.
Any Yellowlegs is a good sighting on that beach although common at inland
locations.

Today Bob E & I started at Waukegan where I was saved from my 1st
"shorebird shutout" by 10 Sanderlings on the pier & a fly-by calling
Killdeer. We spent an hour looking for the Harris's Sparrow reported by
Jude but did not find it although plenty of other birds were there. Some of
them were Sharp Shinned Hawk, Creepers, both Kinglets, an Orange Crowned
Warbler & many sparrows including Tree, Chipping, Fox, Lincoln's, Swamp,
White Throated & White Crowned.
I am getting closer to adding a Siskin to my year list as we heard one
today but did not see it.
Had I seen it while it called I would happy to add it but not this time.
Flushed a LAPLAND LONGSPUR but that wasn't much of a look.

Bob went to the Hawk Watch but I went to Lyons Woods where I added Hairy
Woodpecker, Blue Jay, Field Sparrow & heard a Bluebird in the distance.
Stopped at the Hawk Watch but did not stay as I wanted to check North Point
Marina for Eric's ducks even though Beau had not seen them later that day.
I did not find a single duck of any kind while I was there. In the harbor
were
D.C. Cormorants (4), Coots (31), about 75 Gulls & 1 lone Horned Grebe.

The State Line Dog Beach had 31 Sanderlings, 51 Ring Billed Gulls & 46
Herring Gulls only because no dogs were there today during my short visit.

Got a call from Bob E later & during the 90 min he stayed at the Hawk Watch
after I left he saw a young NORTHERN GOSHAWK which will be his
Bird-Of-The-Day. That was better than anything I saw but Bird-Of-The-Day
for me will be the Lapland Longspur in spite of the bad look we had.
Runner-Up to the 2 fine looking Eastern Bluebirds in a tree at the Marina.
Creature-Of-The-Day to the black MINK walking in the rocks on the south
edge of the Marina.
It climbed up on a rock & we stared at each other for 3 full minutes, my
best look ever.
License Plate Of The Day to one from North Dakota, not an easy one to find.

Al Stokie
Subject: IBET Black Vulture, Lake Co.
From: "mcvetas AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 19 Oct 2014 13:21:00 -0700
Adam Sell reports a BLACK VULTURE passing over the Ft. Sheridan Hawk Watch 
heading south. 


Matthew Cvetas
Evanston, IL

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Subject: IBET Pella ponds
From: "sfluett AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 19 Oct 2014 12:49:00 -0700
Stopped at the Pella ponds at 11:30 today, they had a lot of Canada Geese , a 
few Mallards and 2 Pied Billed Grebes. Two Northern Pintail Ducks were at the 
private land pond which is 1/4 mile South of Rt 38 on the West side of Fabian 
Pkwy. along with Northern Shovelers , Malards, Canada Geese. The Fabian Pkwy 
gravel shoulder is very large on the West side, I am not sure if the land on 
the pond side of the road ditch is private or County. I see a land sale sign 
for 18 acres, so the pond there is private land .I always wanted to look at 
this pond - 20 + years I have driven by, and now there is this open grassy area 
available by the road side. 

 Fermi Lab had Buffalo with Starlings on their backs going for a ride, never 
seen a group Starlings going for a ride, I think they were Juveniles as their 
head was brownish. 

 The DuPage bird walk led by Kyle at 7:30 this morning A family of Mute Swans 
at McKee Marsh, a Dupage F P. Shovelers, Mallards, Pied Bill Grebes, Scaup, and 
many Coots were seen as the haze was lifting, A Red Shouldered Hawk was heard, 
and it seemed that well over a hundred Blue Birds were seen on the 3 hour walk. 
Steve 
Subject: IBET Lake Springfield 10-18
From: "Colin Dobson birdingboy AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 13:17:45 -0500
Yesterday, Tony, grandma, and I went to Chicago. On the way back, we stopped at 
Lake Springfield for awhile. Most of the water birds were from, the beach 
house, the boat rump just south of the beach house and bridge, Lincoln Gardens, 
and Marine point. Here are the highlights. 

Common Loon 3-4 one smaller one that was probably just a juv. Common, kept 
diving. 

Pied-billed Grebe 90
Horned Grebe 30
Bonaparte's Gull 250
Franklin's Gull 18
Red-headed Woodpecker 1

Colin Dobson
Morgan county
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Subject: IBET Shrike at Montrose
From: "S J stevejner AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 10:14:52 -0700
Never seen one before. Think it a Northern. Sitting at top of tallest dead tree 
on east side of meadow. It is a Shrike. Just not sure what kind 

Steve June
Cook County

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Subject: Re: IBET Lark Bunting - yes!
From: "Chuck Berman cberman129 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 11:13:33 -0500
Has anyone located the lark bunting today? Thanks
Chuck Berman

On Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 1:41 PM, Alex Bloss alex_bloss13 AT msn.com [ILbirds] <
ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
> Hi all,
>
> Apologies for the confused notes of before. The LARK BUNTING was refound
> at Montrose beach. When last seen it was perched on the south end of the
> fence that separates the protected area from the public beach. I don't know
> where it went after that, as I was attempting to post its rediscovery... It
> was on the ground when first rediscovered by Jose (?). It appeared to be an
> adult non-breeding male. My photos are pretty dark and rather blurry, but
> good enough for documentation.
>
> Joe Lill first found it in the panne at Montrose, and it must have flown
> west towards the beach. If we are lucky it will be in the general area for
> the rest of the day and maybe tomorrow.
>
> Cheers,
>
>
> Alex Bloss
> Chicago
>
>  
>