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Emperor Goose,©David Sibley

27 Aug IBET Re: JxP: a few migrants Tuesday evening ["rlshonkw AT uchicago.edu [ILbirds]" ]
27 Aug IBET hotels near Chautauqua ["Lesa Hipes lesahipes AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
27 Aug IBET North Pond Bird Walk report, Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 ["'Geoffrey A. Williamson' geoffrey.williamson AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
27 Aug IBET Fly-By Whimbrel At Illinois Beach South Unit Wed 8-27-14 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
27 Aug IBET JxP: a few migrants Tuesday evening ["rlshonkw AT uchicago.edu [ILbirds]" ]
27 Aug IBET Re: 9 sp warbler - Busey Woods (Urbana, Champaign Co.) ["David Thomas Birderdlt AT aol.com [ILbirds]" ]
27 Aug IBET 9 sp warbler - Busey Woods (Urbana, Champaign Co.) ["Nicholas Sly pagophila AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
27 Aug IBET BY G catbird ["John Baxter XXJB7Z AT AOL.COM [ILbirds]" ]
27 Aug IBET nighthawks Lake County ["'bissbirds AT juno.com' bissbirds@juno.com [ILbirds]" ]
26 Aug IBET BCNH Techny etc (COOK) ["Suzanne Coleman isooz AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
26 Aug IBET Nighthawks Lake Co. ["Adam Sell adamwardsell AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
26 Aug IBET Chautauqua 8-26 ["miking38 AT aol.com [ILbirds]" ]
26 Aug IBET Cedar Waxwing wih Red Tail ["birdsperminute AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
26 Aug IBET: NO SIGHTINGS CORRECTION ["J Staberow jstab AT ix.netcom.com [ILbirds]" ]
26 Aug IBET Willet at Waukegan Beach ["'jbirdmo AT aol.com' jbirdmo@aol.com [ILbirds]" ]
26 Aug IBET: NO SIGHTING BNA ["J Staberow jstab AT ix.netcom.com [ILbirds]" ]
26 Aug IBET 8-26 Lake Co Shorebirds, a 99% Upland Sandpiper at Waukegan ["aostewart72 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
26 Aug IBET Just Beat The Rain At The Chicago Botanic Garden Tues 8-26-14 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
26 Aug IBET. possible Willet Waukegan beach ["ntikalsky ntikalsky AT hotmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
26 Aug IBET Warbler Movement, Evanston ["mcvetas AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
25 Aug Re: IBET NO SIGHTING~Rockford Airport Update ["John Longhenry mesquakie8 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
25 Aug IBET NO SIGHTING~Rockford Airport Update ["mesquakie8 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
25 Aug IBET Lake County Rollins Savannah Mon 8-25-14 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
25 Aug IBET August 2014 BIRDS & BEERS, hosted by Matthew & Fran, Candlelite Chicago, THIS Thursday 7pm (no sightings) ["Jeff Skrentny skrentnyspeaks AT me.com [ILbirds]" ]
25 Aug Re: IBET Little Blue Herons ["Ron povpt93 AT consolidated.net [ILbirds]" ]
25 Aug IBET JUV. RED KNOT ["Donald R Dann donniebird AT me.com [ILbirds]" ]
25 Aug IBET has anyone ever tried Barska binoculars? (no sightings) ["casresearch AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
24 Aug IBET Free Oak Park (Cook Co) Bird Walks are Back! (NO SIGHTINGS) ["Henry Griffin hwga380 AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
24 Aug RE: IBET COS/ENSBC Calumet Water Reclamation Plant trip results (8-24-14) ["ntikalsky ntikalsky AT hotmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
24 Aug IBET Common Nighthawks: Tinley Park; 24 Aug 2014 ["Amar Ayyash amarayyash AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
24 Aug IBET ILYB Shorebirding Recap in Mason and Fulton Co. ["mcvetas AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
24 Aug IBET COS/ENSBC Calumet Water Reclamation Plant trip results (8-24-14) ["Walter Marcisz wmarcisz AT att.net [ILbirds]" ]
24 Aug IBET IOS Spontaneous Shorebirding Field Trip Results - August 23, 2014 ["Travis Mahan calidris_1004 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
24 Aug IBET LaBagh Woods, Cook County- Warblers starting to arrive ["'Katy Krigbaum' marykrigbaum AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
24 Aug IBET Lake Co. Shorebirds yesterday ["Nick Minor nmbirder14 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
24 Aug IBET A Few Highlights From The Calumet Sewage Ponds & Indian Ridge Sun 8-24-13 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
24 Aug IBET Momence, 8/24 a.m. ["'Robert D. Hughes' rhughes.enteract AT rcn.com [ILbirds]" ]
24 Aug IBET Lakefront birding 8/24 (and some 8/23) - Band-winged Dragonlets! ["Ethan Gyllenhaal ethannatureboy AT aol.com [ILbirds]" ]
24 Aug IBET 3 Snowy Egrets at Indian Ridge Marsh (8-24-14) ["Walter Marcisz wmarcisz AT att.net [ILbirds]" ]
24 Aug IBET Red Knot at Montrose ["franmmmk franmmmk AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
24 Aug IBET three early migrant warbler sp. at Salt Creek Park FP, DuPage ["casresearch AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
23 Aug IBET Chautauqua spotting scope - NO SIGHTINGS ["landscape.arch AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
23 Aug IBET Montrose Point Red Knot YES 4:00pm ["Henry Griffin hwga380 AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
23 Aug IBET Question for birders: Diving ducks -- where are the best places to view them in winter throughout the nation ["Ms Sheryl DeVore sheryl_1956 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
23 Aug IBET Osprey at airport along with 40 other species since last week. ["ovenbirdman AT hotmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
23 Aug IBET Little Blue Herons ["Ron povpt93 AT consolidated.net [ILbirds]" ]
23 Aug Re: IBET (Not a sighting) Nighthawks and Dragonflies ["j.sleger AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
23 Aug Re: IBET (Not a sighting) Nighthawks and Dragonflies ["Ed McDevitt mcdevitt.ed AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
23 Aug IBET (Not a sighting) Nighthawks and Dragonflies ["Valerie Kidwell nature_alight AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
23 Aug IBET Dangerous storm N IL (no sightings) ["Suzanne Coleman isooz AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
23 Aug Re: IBET Kendall Co Wheeler Rd shorebirds Saturday AM ["Urs Geiser ugeiser AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
23 Aug IBET Red Knot Week Continues Plus Some Red Knot History Sat 8-23-14 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
23 Aug IBET Kendall Co Wheeler Rd shorebirds Saturday AM ["BFisher928 AT aol.com [ILbirds]" ]
23 Aug IBET Busey Woods warblers (Champaign Co.) ["Nicholas Sly pagophila AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
22 Aug IBET Dragonfly migration (no sightings) ["Suzanne Coleman isooz AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
22 Aug Re: IBET Slate-colored Junco ["Suzanne Coleman isooz AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
22 Aug IBET Slate-colored Junco ["Sebastian sebastianpatti AT hotmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
22 Aug IBET Make that 78 Hud Wits! ["Travis Mahan calidris_1004 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
22 Aug IBET GODWITS - Chautauqua - Friday ["Travis Mahan calidris_1004 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
22 Aug IBET Montrose Red Knot (photos) ["john AT picken.com [ILbirds]" ]
22 Aug IBET Cook County Air Station Prairie Fri 8-22-14 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
22 Aug IBET Indian Ridge YCNH, shorebirds (8-22-14) ["Walter Marcisz wmarcisz AT att.net [ILbirds]" ]
22 Aug IBET Laughing Gull - Emiquon - Friday ["Travis Mahan calidris_1004 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
22 Aug IBET Red Knot at Montrose 10AM ["William Branson auspex4 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
22 Aug IBET virus ["bawoof bawoof AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" ]
22 Aug IBET from: michelle.uting@gmail.com ["'michelle.uting AT gmail.com' michelle.uting@gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
22 Aug RE: IBET West Ridge Nature Preserve - No Sighting ["nancy tikalsky ntikalsky AT hotmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
22 Aug Re: IBET Q on Montrose Red Knot Aging ["Walter Marcisz wmarcisz AT att.net [ILbirds]" ]
22 Aug IBET West Ridge Nature Preserve - No Sighting ["carol nelson carol6620 AT att.net [ILbirds]" ]
22 Aug IBET Montrose red knot 8.22.14 ["Michelle Devlin michelledevlin AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
21 Aug IBET Q on Montrose Red Knot Aging ["Joan Norek NorekJ AT aol.com [ILbirds]" ]
21 Aug IBET Montrose Red Knot Still Present at 7:25 p.m. Thur 8-21-14 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
21 Aug Re: IBET Montrose Shorebirds ["Joan Norek NorekJ AT aol.com [ILbirds]" ]
21 Aug IBET Harrier, Nighthawks and dragonflies at Fort Sheridan ["mifur2 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
21 Aug IBET Montrose Shorebirds, Yesterday and Today ["Steve Spitzer steven0703 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
21 Aug IBET Montrose Red Knot photos ["Leslie Borns cakile AT att.net [ILbirds]" ]

Subject: IBET Re: JxP: a few migrants Tuesday evening
From: "rlshonkw AT uchicago.edu [ILbirds]" <ILbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 27 Aug 2014 13:45:59 -0700
Forgot to mention a SORA I flushed in Bobolink Meadow.

Randy 

Subject: IBET hotels near Chautauqua
From: "Lesa Hipes lesahipes AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:30:30 -0500
I am wondering if anyone has stayed near Chautauqua National wildlfie
refuge, and can recommend a hotel in the area?
Subject: IBET North Pond Bird Walk report, Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014
From: "'Geoffrey A. Williamson' geoffrey.williamson AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:24:43 +0000 (UTC)
The COS North Pond Bird Walk at North Pond in Chicago's Lincoln Park found 44 
species of birds today (Wednesday, 27 August 2014). Highlights included 22 
warblers involved 9 species, an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, a GREEN HERON nest site 
with four young having branched off the nest, and an adult COOPER'S HAWK. The 
full list is below. The next North Pond Bird Walk takes place Wednesday, 3 Sep 
2014. Meet at 7:00 AM on the casting pier at the south end of the pond. 


Graylag Goose (Domestic type)  2
Canada Goose  100
Wood Duck  6
Mallard  19
Mallard (Domestic type)  3

Great Blue Heron (Blue form)  1
Green Heron  9     
Black-crowned Night-Heron  5

Cooper's Hawk  1

Ring-billed Gull  6
Herring Gull (American)  1

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  3

Chimney Swift  9

Belted Kingfisher  1

Downy Woodpecker  4
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  5

American Kestrel  1
Peregrine Falcon  1

Olive-sided Flycatcher  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's Flycatcher)  2
Least Flycatcher  5
Empidonax sp.  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  2

American Crow  9

Barn Swallow  12

Black-capped Chickadee  4

American Robin  1

European Starling  22

Cedar Waxwing  3

Ovenbird  1
Northern Waterthrush  1
Mourning Warbler  3
American Redstart  1
Cape May Warbler  2
Magnolia Warbler  4
Blackburnian Warbler  1
Chestnut-sided Warbler  2
Wilson's Warbler  3
warbler sp.  4

Song Sparrow  2

Northern Cardinal  6
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1

Red-winged Blackbird  1
Baltimore Oriole  3

House Finch  3
American Goldfinch  23

House Sparrow  51




Good birding,
Geoff




Geoffrey A. Williamson
Chicago (Cook County)
geoffrey.williamson AT comcast.net


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Subject: IBET Fly-By Whimbrel At Illinois Beach South Unit Wed 8-27-14
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:50:20 -0500
Hello Bird People,

I'll do a full report later but at 11:20 a.m. a loudly calling Whimbrel
flew by heading south at a very fast speed. Good thing it was calling or
I'd have missed it for sure. Just to make it positive I just played the
Whimbrel calls on my Ipod once I got home & it's very distinctive. All I
could see (since it took me a while to find the fast moving bird) was a
large brownish shorebird with a long bill but it was too far to see if the
bill was curved, if fact I could barely see the bill. But that call is a
positive I.D. all by itself & I did see the bird in flight so this meets my
minimum standards for counting a bird although I am not overly pleased with
all this so I will still be trying to see one on the ground.

But this is just a warning to be checking beaches to the south of IBSP.
Good luck!

Al Stokie
Subject: IBET JxP: a few migrants Tuesday evening
From: "rlshonkw AT uchicago.edu [ILbirds]" <ILbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 27 Aug 2014 11:56:58 -0700
I checked Jackson Park's Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow area from 3:22 to 7:22 
yesterday. I found a small number of migrants. In the trees south of the 
driving range I found a first fall female CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER and a female 
ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK. Two RED-EYED VIREOS feeding the same area may have been 
migrants, too. At the junction of Bobolink Meadow, the woods and the driving 
range fence was an immature MOURNING WARBLER. On Wooded Island west of the 
Japanese Garden along the water was a N. WATERTHRUSH. I also found an adult 
GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER feeding a fledged juvenile in this area. I'll let Paul 
comment on the breeding history of this species in the park if he wants but 
it's the first time I've directly seen evidence of breeding in the park. 


Randy Shonkwiler
Hyde Park/Chicago 

Subject: IBET Re: 9 sp warbler - Busey Woods (Urbana, Champaign Co.)
From: "David Thomas Birderdlt AT aol.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:09:43 -0500
Well I was there a little later and did not do as well. I can add to your list 
a Nashville and a Northern waterthrush. Also had a couple of Warbling vireos to 
go with the common Redeye vireo. There was at least one family of Baltimore 
Orioles working along the stream. 


David Thomas

On August 27, 2014 9:49:37 AM CDT, Nicholas Sly  wrote:
>This morning was hopping with warblers at Busey Woods. In two hours
>(joined
>in the latter half by Cole Wolf) I had 9 species:
>
>Ovenbird - 1
>Golden-winged - 1
>Black-and-white - 5+
>Tennessee - 1
>Redstart - 7+
>Blackburnian - 2
>Chestnut-sided - 7+
>Canada - 4+
>Wilson's - 2
>
>I also had an Olive-sided Flycatcher on the wires in the powerline cut,
>a
>Veery along the Saline Branch, and several Least Flycatchers.
>
>Full list: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19586654
>
>Nick Sly
>Urbana, IL
>
>-- 
>Nicholas Sly
>Ph.D. Student, Cheviron Lab
>Department of Animal Biology
>University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
>http://www.life.illinois.edu/cheviron/Cheviron_Lab_/Home.html
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Subject: IBET 9 sp warbler - Busey Woods (Urbana, Champaign Co.)
From: "Nicholas Sly pagophila AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:49:37 -0500
This morning was hopping with warblers at Busey Woods. In two hours (joined
in the latter half by Cole Wolf) I had 9 species:

Ovenbird - 1
Golden-winged - 1
Black-and-white - 5+
Tennessee - 1
Redstart - 7+
Blackburnian - 2
Chestnut-sided - 7+
Canada - 4+
Wilson's - 2

I also had an Olive-sided Flycatcher on the wires in the powerline cut, a
Veery along the Saline Branch, and several Least Flycatchers.

Full list: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19586654

Nick Sly
Urbana, IL

-- 
Nicholas Sly
Ph.D. Student, Cheviron Lab
Department of Animal Biology
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
http://www.life.illinois.edu/cheviron/Cheviron_Lab_/Home.html
Subject: IBET BY G catbird
From: "John Baxter XXJB7Z AT AOL.COM [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:56:27 -0400 (EDT)
Hi friends,
The catbird still hides in the dark bushes. Eats grapes but won't come out. 
Calls and avoids me. 

Today the B. oriole sang a little, had the Yellowstart and a yellow colored 
UNID warbler two days ago. All migrants. Just the E sparrows, cardinal singing 
over the cicadas, A goldfinch and fleeting Bluejay after PB suet. 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/15046462161/

John Baxter
Bourbonnais, IL    
Subject: IBET nighthawks Lake County
From: "'bissbirds AT juno.com' bissbirds@juno.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 03:32:42 GMT
This afternoon after the rain I saw a flock of 7 nighthawks migrating at 1:30 
pm, and then after 6:45 pm until sunset there was almost a continuous line of 
migrating nighthawks coming from the northwest, flying over Cedar Lake and then 
continuing to the southeast. I counted 1364 birds. Richard BissLake Villa, Lake 
County 
Subject: IBET BCNH Techny etc (COOK)
From: "Suzanne Coleman isooz AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:27:07 -0700
Long story short, I ran into the black-crowned night herons "migrating" again 
this dusk at Techny.  I had 6-10 of them.  I checked my records and it was 
8/24/13 that I had them last year.  Conditions were similar as was the time.  


Also had 2 gbh, a caspian tern, a nighthawk.

Also I found some of Al's missing birds.  They were at Skokie Lagoons which he 
skipped today :).  I had a group of active barn swallows over the lawn by 
Willow and one beauty of a female ruby-throated hummingbird at the jewelweed on 
Tower Rd.  I told them he says hi. 


Also seen a family of blue jays, many pollinators, the cormorants are still 
using the same dead tree there too.  Continuity is nice.  Tons of starlings. 
  


Sunday I had 3 sandhill cranes at Rollins at dusk.  Tons of green herons at 
that wetland at Wadsworth Preserve that Beau found the least bittern in, which 
I couldn't see, need a scope… cool place. 


Suzanne Coleman
Glenview, Cook
Subject: IBET Nighthawks Lake Co.
From: "Adam Sell adamwardsell AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:51:52 -0500
Ibetors,

It was an excellent evening for Common Nighthawk migration in NE Lake
County. In a little over 45 minutes, I counted 737 heading south over
Gurnee. Most were flying with purpose. Definitely a highlight of early fall
migration.


Good Birding!

Adam Sell
Lake Co.
Subject: IBET Chautauqua 8-26
From: "miking38 AT aol.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 26 Aug 2014 18:07:19 -0700

 I found 48 hudsonian godwits in the north pool in a flock of teal and 
shovelers. There could well be more in that flock as they kept appearing 
somewhat magically after at first glance, having not been there at all. They 
hide very well in a flock of ducks! There were also 6 avocets nearby and a 
large flock of perhaps 200 black terns. I saw 6 red-necked phalaropes, 2 
Wilson’s phalaropes, 2 Baird’s, lots of killdeer and semi-palm plovers, 7 
black-bellied plovers and a ruddy turnstone on a grassy flat just north of the 
cross-dike. Both yellowlegs, stilts, semi-sands, pectorals, and leasts were 
easily seen and dowitchers were occasional. I saw no gulls other than 
ring-billed but along with the black terns, there were 2 Caspians and a common. 
On the grassy flat to the south side of the cross-dike, there were at least 4 
buff-breasted sandpipers along with a large flock of killdeer. There was also 
an immature red-shouldered hawk hunting on the dead willows. It should be said 
that with all our recent rain, the river has gone up and is higher than the bed 
of the lake. The outlets are shut now and there appears to be no more draining 
until it can flow out on its own when the river goes back down. 

 Mike Ingram, Peoria
 

Subject: IBET Cedar Waxwing wih Red Tail
From: "birdsperminute AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 26 Aug 2014 16:15:24 -0700
There was an immature cedar waxwing today with a red tipped tail at cuba marsh 
(lake county). 

 larry garascia
Subject: IBET: NO SIGHTINGS CORRECTION
From: "J Staberow jstab AT ix.netcom.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:47:26 -0500
If politicians can miss-speak, I can miss-type!  There are only 18 
volumes of BNA.

Judith Staberow

-- 


Frisbeetarism is the belief that when you die, your soul goes up on the roof 
and gets stuck.--George Carlin 

Subject: IBET Willet at Waukegan Beach
From: "'jbirdmo AT aol.com' jbirdmo@aol.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:35:06 -0500
Hi All,
There is currently a Willet standing on the south end of the beach with the 
gulls near the harbour entrance. 5:33 PM Aug 26, 2014 


Jude Vickery
Kendall County. At the moment in Lake County

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Subject: IBET: NO SIGHTING BNA
From: "J Staberow jstab AT ix.netcom.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:21:04 -0500
I have the original BNA set (all 28 volumes) which I am willing to 
donate.  Since Birds of North America went online, I haven't used the 
hard copies.  Please contact me directly if interested.

Judith Staberow

-- 


Frisbeetarism is the belief that when you die, your soul goes up on the roof 
and gets stuck.--George Carlin 

Subject: IBET 8-26 Lake Co Shorebirds, a 99% Upland Sandpiper at Waukegan
From: "aostewart72 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 26 Aug 2014 12:54:32 -0700
Started at State Line at 6:30 with 5 species of shorebird. With the highlight a 
Ruddy Turnstone also 2 Killdeer, 1 Semipalmated Plover, 3 Semipalmated 
Sandpiper, 1 Least Sandpiper. 

 Waukegan at 7 and saw Donnie Dann who was just leaving, he said it was quiet, 
saw Nancy Tikalsky, also leaving and she confirmed it was slow. Met Jeff 
Sanders and Bonnie Duman at base of the fishing pier. 

 On the fishing pier were Spotted Sandpipers, Sanderlings and Semipalmated 
Sandpipers, varing in numbers as birds flew back and forth between the piers 
and the beach. One Dowitcher Sp flew to the pier very briefly and first seen by 
Jeff. 1 Sterna tern fly by going south. When I was leaving I saw Jeff and 
Bonnie stopped in front of the Locked Gate before the beach parking. They were 
looking at an immature Black-crowned Night-heron and a Greater Yellowlegs, 
which I think is the same bird Nancy reported. About that time a different 
shorebird called in a loud distinct whistle, somewhere to the east, it called 
again and Jeff immediately identifies it as a probable Upland Sandpiper. The 
bird calls at least a 3rd time and is finally seen as it flies overhead heading 
west. It was a large, long sandpiper dark above and must have been flushed from 
the grass areas east between the locked gate and the beach. I would have liked 
to get just a little better look at it as it flew off to the west giving poor 
angles to view. The Sibley app on my phone matched the heard call being 
identical to the "flight (flush) call" on the app. I am very confident of the 
identification, credit goes to Jeff's knowledge and experience. However I did 
not count/check the bird on my ebird data or my big year list, just needed a 
little better look for that. Also farther west of the locked gate was a 
Solitary Sandpiper in standing water on the planted grass. 

 Rollins Savanna at little after 9 am yielded 8 species of shorebird.
 6 Killdeer, 1 Semipalm. Plover, 2 Spotted Sp., 1 Pectoral Sp., 3 Lesser 
Yellowlegs, 2 Least Sp, 6 Semipalm. Sp. and 2 Short-billed Dowitchers. 

 Total of 12 species, 13 if you count the Uppie !
 

 Andy Stewart
 Libertyville, Lake Co 
 

Subject: IBET Just Beat The Rain At The Chicago Botanic Garden Tues 8-26-14
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:07:32 -0500
Hello Bird People,

Under the topic of "Be careful of what you wish for" I will say that I had
mentioned that the water levels at the Air Station Prairie needed some rain
& the 1st rain seemed to help. But after yesterday's rains both ponds are
now flooded & will probably be without shorebirds for a while anyway. After
that stop I went to the CBG where the rain has also cut into the mud flats
& although some remain only a few shorebirds were there today. I had
planned to check for landbirds on my way out but that did not happen as I
just made it back to the car as today's rains began. Like yesterday the
deluge started while I was driving home. Welcome to the Midwest version of
the Rain Forest! Here's my day list from the CBG & a weak list it is!

Chicago Botanic (9:15-10:45 a.m.)

D.C. Cormorant (1 fly-by & 1 in the water)
Great Blue Heron (1 fly-by)
Great Egret (1 at the usual spot)
Wood Duck (1)
Mallard (12)
SORA (1 or 2, hard to tell, walking along the edge of the reeds)
Lesser Yellowlegs (1)
Solitary Sandpiper (2)
Spotted Sandpiper (1 full grown young, no spots)
Least Sandpiper (2)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (1)
Herring Gull (1-AD fly-by)
Mourning Dove (8 fly-bys)
Kingfisher (heard 1)
Willow (probably) Flycatcher (1)
Barn Swallow (3-4, swallows mostly gone & Martins have been gone a while)
Song Sparrow (2)
Red Winged Blackbird (few)
House Finch (1-M)
Goldfinch (4-6)
House Sparrow (2)

Since the birds weren't much I'll mention some of the interesting plants
seen today but I will only give common names as I don't have time to look
up the Latin names. You can still Google the common names & that will work
too.

Tall Coreopsis, Obedient Plant, Illinois Bundle Flower, Stiff Goldenrod,
Rough Blazing Star,
Joe-Pye Weed (the wet area one, not the woodland one) & New England Aster.
Continuing are the 2 bright red flowering plants Cardinal Flower & Royal
Catchfly which I watched for a while but no Hummingbirds visited that plant
today. There are many Asters, Sunflowers & Goldenrods now flowering all of
which are guaranteed to drive you crazy when you try & figure out which is
which. The best way to try is to learn the ones that have signs that give
you their names but the ones in the actual Dixon Prairie are mostly without
name signs. Good luck!

Bird-Of-The-Day once again goes to the Sora & Runner-Up to the continuing
Great Egret who has been around so long it's like an old friend.

Al Stokie
Subject: IBET. possible Willet Waukegan beach
From: "ntikalsky ntikalsky AT hotmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:06:24 -0500
At 7:30 am, In the pond beyond the fence north of the beach road I saw a bird 
that looked heavier/bulkier than a yellow legs. Distance n light were such that 
I couldn't make out leg color but jizz was not quite right for yellowlegs. It 
was just standing on the end of the spit of land that extends into the pond on 
the right side. Gate was open so no fence obstruction, but it's private 
property... 


I post cause 3 birders arrived as I was leaving the pier area where I saw a 
sanderling. 



Shanti,
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Date:08/26/2014 7:42 AM (GMT-06:00)
To: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: IBET Warbler Movement, Evanston
Just had 22 warblers fly over with more coming. Might want to get out today.Matthew Cvetas Evanston, Cook,IL
Subject: IBET Warbler Movement, Evanston
From: "mcvetas AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 26 Aug 2014 05:42:41 -0700
Just had 22 warblers fly over with more coming. Might want to get out 
today.Matthew Cvetas 

 Evanston, Cook,IL
Subject: Re: IBET NO SIGHTING~Rockford Airport Update
From: "John Longhenry mesquakie8 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 13:06:37 -0700
Hopefully a better link to the Bell's Vireo;  Bell's Vireo (Vireo bellii)

 
  
 
 
 
 
 
Bell's Vireo (Vireo bellii)  
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On Monday, August 25, 2014 2:55 PM, "mesquakie8 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" 
 wrote: 

  


  
Last week after Dan William's post about seeing Bell's Vireo, Yellow-breasted 
Chat, and Blue Grosbeaks at Rockford Airport, I went out in hopes of finding 
and photographing the same.  However, the day before I went, a big 
announcement took place in Rockford about the building of a large hangar out at 
the airport, Senator Durbin and many of the area politicos were there 
celebrating the beginning of construction.  

After turning on Cessna Drive at the south western edge of the airport, the 
dump truck traffic was unusually high and when I finally arrived toward the end 
of the road I found out where they were building the new hangar.  The alfalfa 
fields atop the Bell Bowl Prairie area where we have seen Upland Sandpipers 
were being excavated and new roads being put in to facilitate the new hangar.  
I'm not sure how far back into the field toward the edge of the top of the Bell 
Bowl they intend on taking the hangar area but they have definitely disturbed a 
lot of area where we've seen Uppies, Grasshopper, Savanah, and other sparrows, 
etc.  


Oh, I did find 3-4 Bell's Vireos and was able to get some rather nice pictures 
of them.   Here's a link to a photo 

 Bell's Vireo (Vireo bellii) 


Heard a chat but not able to get close enough for any kind of a picture and 
never did see a Blue Grosbeak there that day. 


John Longhenry
Winnebago County

  
 
Subject: IBET NO SIGHTING~Rockford Airport Update
From: "mesquakie8 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 25 Aug 2014 12:55:27 -0700
Last week after Dan William's post about seeing Bell's Vireo, Yellow-breasted 
Chat, and Blue Grosbeaks at Rockford Airport, I went out in hopes of finding 
and photographing the same. However, the day before I went, a big announcement 
took place in Rockford about the building of a large hangar out at the airport, 
Senator Durbin and many of the area politicos were there celebrating the 
beginning of construction. 

 
 After turning on Cessna Drive at the south western edge of the airport, the 
dump truck traffic was unusually high and when I finally arrived toward the end 
of the road I found out where they were building the new hangar. The alfalfa 
fields atop the Bell Bowl Prairie area where we have seen Upland Sandpipers 
were being excavated and new roads being put in to facilitate the new hangar. 
I'm not sure how far back into the field toward the edge of the top of the Bell 
Bowl they intend on taking the hangar area but they have definitely disturbed a 
lot of area where we've seen Uppies, Grasshopper, Savanah, and other sparrows, 
etc. 

 

 Oh, I did find 3-4 Bell's Vireos and was able to get some rather nice pictures 
of them. Here's a link to a photo 

 Bell's Vireo (Vireo bellii) 

 

 Heard a chat but not able to get close enough for any kind of a picture and 
never did see a Blue Grosbeak there that day. 

 

 John Longhenry
 Winnebago County
 

 

Subject: IBET Lake County Rollins Savannah Mon 8-25-14
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 13:21:53 -0500
Hello Bird People,

Covered the wetlands area only at Rollins Savannah from 7:45-10 a.m. &
managed to finish before the rains arrived about 15 min later. Water levels
are up from the previous rains so that most of the pond edge mud flats are
under water. But the remaining shorebirds are still feeding in the grassy
edges where the mud edges used to be. Shorebird numbers are half of what
they were last time I checked but I still had 9 species. Here's my day list
of wetland birds:

Great Blue Heron (12)
Great Egret (16)
Canada Geese (19 fly-bys)
Mallards
Green Winged Teal (2)
Blue Winged Teal (6)
Cooper's Hawk (1 flew right over the marsh & flushed a few shorebirds)
Killdeer (8)
Semipalmated Plover (5)
Lesser Yellowlegs (8)
Solitary Sandpiper (1)
Least Sandpiper (4-6)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (16)
BAIRD'S SANDPIPER (1)
Pectoral Sandpiper (1 in grassy area)
STILT SANDPIPER (2-JUV)
Ring Billed Gull (1-IM fly-by)
Caspian Tern (1 hunting)
Marsh Wren (1)
Sedge Wren (only 1 still singing)
Barn (~10) & Tree (2) Swallows

Robins & Starlings were in the grassy areas in numbers & I had 4 Bobolinks,
1 Eastern Meadowlark & the usual Song Sparrows, Red Wings & Goldfinches.

It was a tough walk with the mosquito's, the soft mud, wet grass & fewer
mud flats but at least it was cloudy most of the time which held down the
heat (although not the humidity) & I finished before the rains came.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the Baird's Sandpiper & Runners-Up to the 2 juvenile
Stilt Sandpipers.
On the way home (in the pouring rain) I saw a Delaware license plate.

Al Stokie
Subject: IBET August 2014 BIRDS & BEERS, hosted by Matthew & Fran, Candlelite Chicago, THIS Thursday 7pm (no sightings)
From: "Jeff Skrentny skrentnyspeaks AT me.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:17:12 -0500
Your August 2014 Birds & Beers gathering will be hosted by Matthew Cvetas and 
Fran Morel at north Chicago's classic, Candlelite Chicago at 7452 North Western 
Avenue, beginning at 7pm this Thursday, August 28th. This is on Western just 
south of Howard, basically in Evanston. 


As always, our gatherings are social, welcoming to all birders and bird 
watchers of ALL levels, and well, a heck of a lot of fun. Come join us for a 
meal, a beer or beverage or two or three, and some great conversation and many 
good laughs with the birders whose posts you regularly read on social media. 
Really, we have a lot of fun. 


Matthew and Fran will look forward to a great turn out not only from Chicago 
birders, but from the birders of Evanston, the north shore and near Lake 
County, with this location picked by them specifically with that birding 
community in mind. Come show our August hosts your support for this Evanston 
Birds & Beers location, and we will hope to see you this week Thursday, August 
28th, 7pm, Candlelite Chicago, 7452 North Western Avenue. 


http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topic=55244.0

-jrrs
Jeff Skrentny
Chicago, Cook County IL

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Subject: Re: IBET Little Blue Herons
From: "Ron povpt93 AT consolidated.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:27:47 -0500
One Little Blue continues to be present this morning.

Ron Bradley

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> On Aug 23, 2014, at 4:51 PM, "Ron povpt93 AT consolidated.net [ILbirds]" 
 wrote: 

> 
> Three juveniles along with one Great Egret near spillway, Lake Charleston, 
Coles County. 

> 
> Ron Bradley
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
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Subject: IBET JUV. RED KNOT
From: "Donald R Dann donniebird AT me.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 06:28:54 -0500
Still here, 6:15 AM. Montrose, along pier in marshy area.

Donnie Dann
Highland Pk/Lake County



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Subject: IBET has anyone ever tried Barska binoculars? (no sightings)
From: "casresearch AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 04:37:34 +0000 (UTC)
My non-birder brother has a very weak pair of 4X binoculars and wants to 
upgrade. 

He asked me about a special deal he can get on a pair of Barska 12 X 60. 
  
I had never heard of this company and directed him to Eagle Optics (and 8X42 
binocs), but told him I'd try to find out more. 

  
Yes I did check out online reviews ... but also thought I'd see if anyone on 
IBET also had an opinion or had used Barska binocs. 

  
Please reply off-IBET to me unless you think it would benefit all IBETers. 
  
Thanks, 
Alan 
  
Alan B. Anderson, casresearch AT comcast.net , Des Plaines 


Subject: IBET Free Oak Park (Cook Co) Bird Walks are Back! (NO SIGHTINGS)
From: "Henry Griffin hwga380 AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 21:16:27 -0500
Hello birding friends,

Now is the time when I am starting to think about FREE Oak Park Bird Walks for 
this year's autumn bird migration in the village! 


Oak Park is ten miles west of downtown Chicago and these walks are held in 
north-central Oak Park, near OPRF High School. For more information on the 
walks, please visit the OP Bird Walk website: 

https://sites.google.com/site/opbirdwalks/home

Here is the schedule for this autumn:

7:00am Sunday, September 7
7:00am Wednesday, September 10
7:00am Sunday, September 14
7:00am Sunday, September 21
7:00am Sunday, September 28
7:00am Sunday, October 5

Once you confirm to a certain walk(s), I will contact you via email with the 
meeting location, which is my house. 


You are all invited and more than welcome to attend any or all of these walks, 
the more the better. 


Thanks, and I hope to see all of you soon!

Good birding,

Henry Griffin (Oak Park, Cook)
Leader, Oak Park Bird Walks

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Subject: RE: IBET COS/ENSBC Calumet Water Reclamation Plant trip results (8-24-14)
From: "ntikalsky ntikalsky AT hotmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 20:12:39 -0500
A shout out to Walter for organizing this field trip at a secured facility and 
keeping track of 23 independent birders! It was great fun with lots of good 
binocular-close views of all the shorebrd species. But a special thanks to all 
who generously shared their scopes with the scopeless birders --very much 
appreciated! 


Happy Fall Migration!

Nancy Tikalsky
COS President
Zion, IL

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Date:08/24/2014 7:01 PM (GMT-06:00)
To: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: IBET COS/ENSBC Calumet Water Reclamation Plant trip results (8-24-14)
Twenty-three observers attended this joint Chicago Ornithological Society/Evanston North Shore Bird Club sponsored field trip to the Calumet Water Reclamation Plant in southeast Chicago on Sunday morning (24 August 2013). Upon our arrival we had a surprise - the traditional entrance to the plant has been closed off due to construction, so we had to caravan to the new entrance off Ellis Avenue. Make a note of this for future trips. Al Stokie already gave a good overview on the shorebirds, so I won't repeat except to agree that species diversity was low with 2 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS being the highlight of the bunch. Ducks at the plant included 3 NORTHERN SHOVELERS and 5 GREEN-WINGED TEAL. Raptors included the pesky PEREGRINE FALCON mentioned by Al S. Several observers also had good views of an OSPREY at start of th trip. The best Calumet Water Reclamation Plant highlight was unfortunately only seen by a couple of observers - a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD seen in flight as we were finishing the trip and heading to the bathrooms for a break. But the very best trip highlight of all was seen after we left Calumet WRP and checked Indian Ridge Marsh for herons. The previously-posted 3 SNOWY EGRETS we saw there were definitely the most exciting birds of the trip for me. Our trip results are listed below (Calumet Water Reclamation Plant only). By my count, we found a total of 46 bird species at the plant. Once again, a big thanks goes to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago for graciously allowing our groups access to the plant. ___________________________________________________________ Calumet Water Reclamation Plant, Chicago (RESTRICTED), Cook, US-IL Aug 24, 2014 6:38 AM - 10:30 AM Protocol: Traveling 4.0 mile(s) Comments: Joint Chicago Ornithological Society - Evanston North Shore Bird Club Field Trip. Observers: Walter Marcisz, Donnie Dann, Jackie Dann, Gerald Ginsburg, Ann Harness, Jan Heidman, John Hockman, Christopher Holden, Dale Kalina, Davida Kalina, Paul Kallman, Tom Nakic, Joan Norek, Janet Pellegrini, Linda Radtke, Ed Rice, Rebecca Rice, Joseph Rockey, Jeff Sanders, Wes Serafin, Al Stokie, Nancy Tikalsky, Leslie Yoshitani. 46 species (+1 other taxa) Canada Goose 5 Wood Duck 15 Mallard 36 Blue-winged Teal 3 Northern Shoveler 3 Green-winged Teal 5 Double-crested Cormorant 23 (total includes 22 flyovers) Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 1 Green Heron 5 Osprey 1 Red-tailed Hawk 6 Killdeer 2 Spotted Sandpiper 9 Solitary Sandpiper 12 Lesser Yellowlegs 30 Least Sandpiper 14 Semipalmated Sandpiper 67 Short-billed Dowitcher 2 (2 juvs.) Ring-billed Gull 80 Herring Gull 1 (1 flyover juv.) Caspian Tern 1 (flyover) Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 4 Mourning Dove 15 Chimney Swift 6 Downy Woodpecker 1 Peregrine Falcon 1 (adult) Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's Flycatcher) 1 Eastern Kingbird 1 Northern Rough-winged Swallow 10 Purple Martin 6 Bank Swallow 1 Barn Swallow 55 Black-capped Chickadee 1 American Robin 3 Gray Catbird 3 Northern Mockingbird 1 European Starling 50 Cedar Waxwing 11 Common Yellowthroat 1 Song Sparrow 10 Northern Cardinal 2 Indigo Bunting 1 Red-winged Blackbird 450 (estimate) Baltimore Oriole 1 House Finch 8 American Goldfinch 22 House Sparrow 11 ___________________________________________________________ Walter Marcisz Chicago, Cook Co.
Subject: IBET Common Nighthawks: Tinley Park; 24 Aug 2014
From: "Amar Ayyash amarayyash AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 17:34:30 -0700
Agroup of 11 Common Nighthawks were streaming by Harlem Avenue and 187th 
Street this evening. They were flying west to east at a relatively low 
altitude. 


Best,
Amar Ayyash
Frankfort, Will Co.
Subject: IBET ILYB Shorebirding Recap in Mason and Fulton Co.
From: "mcvetas AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 24 Aug 2014 17:28:31 -0700
Yesterday, just like IOS, the Illinois Young Birders woke up bright and early 
to go to Emiquon and Chautauqua.As we arrived at Eagle Bluff, we were greeted 
by an immature Little Blue Heron and many Great Egrets, Yellowlegs, and Pecs. 
We sifted through those species and found a Short-Billed Dowitcher, 5 American 
Avocets, a Stilt Sandpiper, a Wilson’s Phalarope, and 5 Red-necked 
Phalaropes, all seen from the parking lot. 


 We then walked down the dike separating the north and south pools and we found 
both Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers, many Black Terns, Blue-winged Teal, a 
Green Heron, a Yellow-billed Cuckoo, a family of Red-headed Woodpeckers, and a 
1st summer Franklin’s Gull. There were at least 1500 American White Pelicans 
seen throughout the day. 


 We then headed to the Beer Can Spot, where we could see 70 Hudsonian Godwits! 
Also at that location we found a few Semipalmated Plovers. 


 We then headed down to the Headquarters and walked the nature trail which led 
to a few overlooks where we found more Yellowlegs and Least and Semipalmated 
Sandpipers. 


 We then took a break for lunch, and then the group went their separate ways, 
while a few went to Emiquon. 


 At the Nature Conservancy, the highlights were 5 Cattle Egrets, 3 Common 
Gallinule, an Opsrey, and a Bald Eagle. 


 It was a great day and almost everyone got a lifer.

 Good Birding,
 Jake Cvetas
 Evanston, IL
Subject: IBET COS/ENSBC Calumet Water Reclamation Plant trip results (8-24-14)
From: "Walter Marcisz wmarcisz AT att.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 17:01:34 -0700
Twenty-three observers attended this joint Chicago Ornithological 
Society/Evanston North Shore Bird Club sponsored field trip to the Calumet 
Water Reclamation Plant in southeast Chicago on Sunday morning (24 August 
2013). Upon our arrival we had a surprise - the traditional entrance to the 
plant has been closed off due to construction, so we had to caravan to the new 
entrance off Ellis Avenue. Make a note of this for future trips. Al Stokie 
already gave a good overview on the shorebirds, so I won't repeat except to 
agree that species diversity was low with 2 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS being the 
highlight of the bunch. Ducks at the plant included 3 NORTHERN SHOVELERS and 5 
GREEN-WINGED TEAL. Raptors included the pesky PEREGRINE FALCON mentioned by Al 
S. Several observers also had good views of an OSPREY at start of th trip. 

 
The best Calumet Water Reclamation Plant highlight was unfortunately only seen 
by a couple of observers - a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD seen in flight as we were 
finishing the trip and heading to the bathrooms for a break. But the very best 
trip highlight of all was seen after we left Calumet WRP and checked Indian 
Ridge Marsh for herons. The previously-posted 3 SNOWY EGRETS we saw there were 
definitely the most exciting birds of the trip for me. 

 
Our trip results are listed below (Calumet Water Reclamation Plant only). By my 
count, we found a total of 46 bird species at the plant. Once again, a big 
thanks goes to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago 
for graciously allowing our groups access to the plant. 

___________________________________________________________

Calumet Water Reclamation Plant, Chicago (RESTRICTED), Cook, US-IL
Aug 24, 2014 6:38 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
Comments: Joint Chicago Ornithological Society - Evanston North Shore Bird 
Club Field Trip. 

Observers: Walter Marcisz, Donnie Dann, Jackie Dann, Gerald Ginsburg, Ann 
Harness, Jan Heidman, John Hockman, Christopher Holden, Dale Kalina, Davida 
Kalina, Paul Kallman, Tom Nakic, Joan Norek, Janet Pellegrini, Linda Radtke, Ed 
Rice, Rebecca Rice, Joseph Rockey, Jeff Sanders, Wes Serafin, Al Stokie, Nancy 
Tikalsky, Leslie Yoshitani. 

46 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 5
Wood Duck 15
Mallard 36
Blue-winged Teal 3
Northern Shoveler 3
Green-winged Teal 5
Double-crested Cormorant 23 (total includes 22 flyovers)
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 1
Green Heron 5
Osprey 1
Red-tailed Hawk 6
Killdeer 2
Spotted Sandpiper 9
Solitary Sandpiper 12
Lesser Yellowlegs 30
Least Sandpiper 14
Semipalmated Sandpiper 67
Short-billed Dowitcher 2 (2 juvs.)
Ring-billed Gull 80
Herring Gull 1 (1 flyover juv.)
Caspian Tern 1 (flyover)
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 4
Mourning Dove 15
Chimney Swift 6
Downy Woodpecker 1
Peregrine Falcon 1 (adult)
Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's Flycatcher) 1
Eastern Kingbird 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 10
Purple Martin 6
Bank Swallow 1
Barn Swallow 55
Black-capped Chickadee 1
American Robin 3
Gray Catbird 3
Northern Mockingbird 1 
European Starling 50
Cedar Waxwing 11
Common Yellowthroat 1
Song Sparrow 10
Northern Cardinal 2
Indigo Bunting 1
Red-winged Blackbird 450 (estimate)
Baltimore Oriole 1
House Finch 8
American Goldfinch 22
House Sparrow 11
___________________________________________________________

Walter Marcisz
Chicago, Cook Co.





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Subject: IBET IOS Spontaneous Shorebirding Field Trip Results - August 23, 2014
From: "Travis Mahan calidris_1004 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 15:54:01 -0700
Hello all,
 
Despite the predicted insane heat and humidity, the weather was actually much 
better than expected for the Illinois Ornithological Society's spontaneous 
shorebirding field trip on Saturday, August 23rd.  Beginning around the 7:00 
AM meeting time, our group of 10 (eventually) made our way out across the 
cross-dike at Chautauqua to find AMERICAN AVOCETS and WILSON'S and RED-NECKED 
PHALAROPES out in the shallows of the north pool.  A lone LITTLE BLUE HERON 
was found in the wetland vegetation next to the parking area.  Some BAIRD'S 
SANDPIPERS were also in good showing from the cross-dike among many other 
common shorebirds.  The more than 100 BLACK TERNS roosting on the flats and 
feeding over the water was a neat sight in the foggy morning light.  A group 
of the HUDSONIAN GODWITS were visible from the cross-dike but only as a group 
of large distant shorebirds.  Being perhaps a mile or more away in haze, yeah, 
we decided to save those for later.  A 

 first-cycle LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was hanging out with the gulls at the far 
end of the cross-dike, including a FRANKLIN'S GULL that was seen by a few 
members of the group.  Taking advantage of the cooler morning temperatures, 
our group made its way southwest onto the berm that passes through the middle 
of the south pool, which is where I had found a few goodies the day before.  I 
felt like Gollum leading the group into the Dead Marshes as we cut through an 
inconspicuous path through over-the-head vegetation leading onto the berm.  
The walking was actually very easy most of the time, but there were a couple of 
tricky spots where we had to cross muddy cuts in the berm to progress 
further.  It was so much easier compared with past trips where we often lost 
some people in the mud.  I'm sure some of you remember the past Chautauqua 
death marches.  Such is the price for good shorebirding.  It's all part of 
the experience.  While walking the 

 estimated 2.25 miles out on the berm, the group was rewarded with very close 
looks at four juvenile BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS feeding in the open on the berm 
in front of us.  Also found were two southbound AMERICAN AVOCETS, a few 
AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS, a BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, five close HUDSONIAN GODWITS, 
a juvenile WESTERN SANDPIPER, a WILSON'S SNIPE, and a juvenile WILSON'S 
PHALAROPE among hundreds of other shorebirds.  There were lots of shorebirds 
to look through, but the threat of storms forced an early departure.  While 
walking the berm back to the cross-dike, the group was treated with the "keeks" 
of a southbound LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER. 

 
eBird list for the morning at Chautauqua: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19560541 

 
It was around lunch time when the group returned to the parking lot.  We 
departed for lunch in Havana and met at Thompson Lake at Emiquon.  Emiquon 
provided some excellent looks at a small group of CATTLE EGRETS roosting in 
dead trees along the road to the canoe launch.  COMMON GALLINULES were truly 
common in this amazing wetland complex with a family group feeding near to the 
observation platform, including others visible and/or audible from nearby 
cattails.  Both SORA and VIRGINA RAIL were noted in the area as well.  The 
Laughing Gull was not relocated, but a BONAPARTE's GULL made a flyby.  We 
continued our day with a drive along Prairie Road, which yielded an 
uncooperative NORTHERN BOBWHITE, a SEDGE WREN, and at least two BLUE GROSBEAKS. 

 
eBird checklist for Emiquon: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19558290 

 
For the evening, some of the group remained to try for more shorebirds at 
Chautauqua.  More looks were obtained of the AMERICAN AVOCETS and some distant 
WILSON'S PHALAROPES.  The shorebirds seemed to be moving around quite a bit 
because more birds were being seen along the south end of the north pool than 
earlier in the day.  We were able to get very good looks at more BAIRD'S 
SANDPIPERS and a different juvenile WESTERN SANDPIPER than earlier in the 
day.  Two juvenile RUDDY TURNSTONES also made an appearance at the far end of 
the cross-dike.  Three HUDSONIAN GODWITS also dropped in close to the 
cross-dike for a short period of time.  The remaining group of HUDSONIAN 
GODWITS from further north silently flew over our group, which was the last 
time we saw them.  An extremely distant shorebird in the short grass of the 
north pool presented all the features of an Upland Sandpiper, so three of us 
decided to make the trek north to try confirming the 

 ID.  Along the way, an ORCHARD ORIOLE and a small group of DICKCISSELS were 
found in the tall vegetation along the levee.  At least three BUFF-BREASTED 
SANDPIPERS were noted in a southbound flock of shorebirds.  Their distinctive 
underwing patterns made identification much easier in tough light.  We 
eventually made our way to where we thought the possible Upland may have been 
present, but none were found.  Four more BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS were found 
feeding in the dried mud of the northern flats, and a FRANKLIN'S GULL made an 
appearance nearby within the flock of RING-BILLED GULLS.  Our day concluded 
with a slow walk back to the parking area where three COMMON NIGHTHAWKS made 
the final tally on our day list. 

 
eBird checklist for the evening at Chautauqua: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19560699 

 
This year's shorebirding trip was another success with 23 species of shorebirds 
among the day total of nearly 100 species.  Thanks to all who participated!  
You were a great group!  The final trip list is presented below.  Please let 
me know if there are any additions or corrections necessary. 

 
Travis Mahan
Decatur, IL
Macon Co.
 
1. Canada Goose
2. Mute Swan
3. Wood Duck
4. Mallard
5. Blue-winged Teal
6. Northern Shoveler
7. Northern Pintail
8. Green-winged Teal
9. Ruddy Duck
10. Northern Bobwhite
11. Pied-billed Grebe
12. Double-crested Cormorant
13. American White Pelican
14. Great Blue Heron
15. Great Egret
16. Little Blue Heron
17. Cattle Egret
18. Turkey Vulture
19. Osprey
20. Bald Eagle
21. Virginia Rail
22. Sora
23. Common Gallinule
24. American Coot
25. American Avocet
26. Black-bellied Plover
27. American Golden-Plover
28. Semipalmated Plover
29. Killdeer
30. Spotted Sandpiper
31. Solitary Sandpiper
32. Greater Yellowlegs
33. Lesser Yellowlegs
34. Hudsonian Godwit
35. Ruddy Turnstone
36. Stilt Sandpiper
37. Baird's Sandpiper
38. Least Sandpiper 
39. Buff-breasted Sandpiper 
40. Pectoral Sandpiper
41. Semipalmated Sandpiper
42. Western Sandpiper
43. Short-billed Dowitcher
44. Long-billed Dowitcher
45. Wilson's Snipe
46. Wilson's Phalarope
47. Red-necked Phalarope
48. Bonaparte’s Gull
49. Ring-billed Gull
50. Herring Gull
51. Lesser Black-backed Gull
52. Caspian Tern
53. Black Tern
54. Forster’s Tern
55. Eurasian Collared-Dove
56. Mourning Dove 
57. Yellow-billed Cuckoo
58. Common Nighthawk
59. Chimney Swift
60. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
61. Belted Kingfisher
62. Red-headed Woodpecker
63. Red-bellied Woodpecker
64. Downy Woodpecker
65. Northern Flicker
66. American Kestrel
67. Eastern Wood-Pewee
68. Great Crested Flycatcher
69. Eastern Kingbird
70. Blue Jay
71. American Crow
72. Horned Lark
73. Northern Rough-winged Swallow
74. Tree Swallow
75. Bank Swallow
76. Barn Swallow
77. Cliff Swallow
78. White-breasted Nuthatch
79. Carolina Wren
80. Sedge Wren
81. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
82. American Robin
83. Gray Catbird
84. European Starling
85. Cedar Waxwing
86. warbler sp.
87. Field Sparrow
88. Song Sparrow
89. Northern Cardinal
90. Blue Grosbeak
91. Indigo Bunting
92. Dickcissel
93. Red-winged Blackbird
94. Orchard Oriole
95. Baltimore Oriole
96. American Goldfinch
97. House Sparrow
98. Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Subject: IBET LaBagh Woods, Cook County- Warblers starting to arrive
From: "'Katy Krigbaum' marykrigbaum AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 17:05:07 -0500
                I birded LaBagh Woods today. Despite a late start, I found
the following warblers, all along or near the railroad right-of-way: one
each of Black-and-white, Chestnut-sided, Magnolia and Cape May Warblers  and
3 American Redstarts. Other birds of interest were Great-crested Flycatcher,
Cedar Waxwings flycatching over the river and two immature Chipping
Sparrows.

                LaBagh Woods is located on Foster Avenue just east of the
Edens Expressway.

Katy Krigbaum

 
Subject: IBET Lake Co. Shorebirds yesterday
From: "Nick Minor nmbirder14 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 16:02:54 -0500
Hey everyone!

Andy Stewart and I birded it up yesterday starting at the Lakefront at
Stateline Beach and finishing at Rollins Savanna. We totalled 13 shorebird
spuhs for the day, the highlights of which were another juvenile RED KNOT
at IBSP South, and 4 Baird's Sandpipers at Waukegan Beach. Here are the
full eBird lists:

Stateline Beach: http://goo.gl/o8h40O

Spring Bluff: http://goo.gl/4jLZ7q

Waukegan Beach: http://goo.gl/dLATc7

IBSP South: http://goo.gl/mcrdJf

Wadsworth Wetlands and Prairie: http://goo.gl/Dl105O

Rollins Savanna: http://goo.gl/SVoEFk

On the behavior side of things, shorebirds in general seemed incredibly
tame in the fog rolling off the lake this morning. At stateline, we walked
right up to feeding Semi Sandpipers without any apparent nervousness on
their part. The same went for Soras at Spring Bluff. Anyone else observe
anything similar?

Cheers, and good birding!

Nick Minor
Libertyville, Lake Co.
nmbirder14 AT gmail.com
http://scienceofbirds.blogspot.com
Subject: IBET A Few Highlights From The Calumet Sewage Ponds & Indian Ridge Sun 8-24-13
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 15:37:40 -0500
Hello Bird People,

I like to think that I am a careful counter of birds but compared with
Walter M I take a back seat to him. Therefore I will let him provide a
detailed account of the birds seen today at the 2 above mentioned
locations. I will only mention that the shorebirds at the Sewage Ponds
continue to be way below the level of years gone by. This is proved by the
fact that we only saw 2 Killdeer & not one single Pectoral Sandpiper. The
only "good" shorebird species today was SHORT BILLED DOWITCHER of which we
saw 2. Our total of only 7 shorebird species is also below average for an
August visit. We had one good group of shorebirds but a PEREGRINE moved
most of them elsewhere. Walter can tell you about other good species seen
here today.

At Indian Ridge Walter has already mentioned that we did not see the Yellow
Crowned Night Heron but at least I now know where to look for it. In
addition to the SNOWY EGRETS (3) mentioned by Walter a few of us had great
looks at a hunting OSPREY.

Bird-Of-The-Day (for me anyway) goes to the Snowy Egrets.
Runners-Up to the Osprey & the trouble making Peregrine.
Shorebird-Of-The-Day to the Short Billed Dowitchers.

Al Stokie
Subject: IBET Momence, 8/24 a.m.
From: "'Robert D. Hughes' rhughes.enteract AT rcn.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 15:37:03 -0500
I checked the sod fields near Momence today, August 24 for the fourth 
time this summer and second weekend in a row. Like last weekend the 
Schaafsma's sod farm didn't have anything other than Killdeer. I'm 
starting to think that Schaafsma's isn't going to produce much, despite 
my prediction a few weeks ago. The H & E sod farms were better and 
continue to improve. I had about 100 American Golden-Plovers, 1 
Black-bellied Plover, 1 adult Buff-breasted Sandpiper, 4 juvenile 
Baird's Sandpipers, and a Pectoral Sandpiper. The best field for the 
Golden-Plovers was the fallow field south of the bridge and west of 
13500E. This field was busy with Killdeer and Horned Larks so obviously 
the birds like it. I first saw the Buff-breasted in the field west of 
13500E near 1750N but I later saw what I presume was the same bird just 
south of 1250N and a little east of the H & E sod nursery house on the 
same road. The bird was very close to the road. The Baird's Sandpipers 
were in this area also.

I posted a few photos on IBF, URL below.

http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topic=55256.0

Robert D. Hughes
Chicago, Illinois


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Subject: IBET Lakefront birding 8/24 (and some 8/23) - Band-winged Dragonlets!
From: "Ethan Gyllenhaal ethannatureboy AT aol.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 13:28:22 -0500
Yesterday we started at Indian Ridge Marsh. There we had a Short-billed 
Dowitcher and a few other common shorebird. 87th street had 1-2 sanderlings and 
several spotted sandpipers on the break wall. Rainbow beach had 4 Black-Bellied 
Plovers on the smaller jetty. 87th also had a male Band-winged Dragonlet 
nearby, a very rare dragonfly in Illinois. More on that later. 


Today we could actually get in at Montrose. We had the recurring Red Knot on 
the beach (in the pier puddle and on the beach itself). We also had 6 
Semipalmated Plovers, 1 Semipalmated Sandpiper, and 1 Least Sandpiper in a 
puddle adjacent to the protected area. The hedge had two Northern Waterthrushes 
and a Least Flycatcher. The Locust trees between the clump and the water 
feature had a few flycatchers, including a Yellow-bellied, Trail's, and a 
Pewee. There was also a Mourning Warbler that hung out chipping around there, 
and briefly moved to the water feature, where it put on a good showing in the 
dead tree. Finally, there was an Olive-sided Flycatcher that hung out in a tree 
NE of the water feature, on the other side of the meadow. 


Rainbow Beach only had one Black-bellied plover today, and a flyover Bald Eagle 
was unexpected. 


The flooded lawn that had the Band-winged Dragonlet ended up being the 
highlight of the day. It is also known as Park no 503 and is on the SW corner 
of 89th street and S Lakeshore Drive. Today there were THREE male Band-winged 
Dragonlets, and more impressively an ovipositing female! This probably 
represents a state high count and first breeding record. I'll post photos on 
IBF later. Also present were Carolina Saddlebags (yesterday), a Variegated 
Meadowhawk, and a couple Citrine Forktails. Pretty crazy for a flooded lawn! 
Bird there included an Eastern Kingbird with two fledglings and a Yellow-billed 
Cuckoo (definitely yesterday and probably today). 


This will probably be my last proper birding outing in Illinois before I go off 
to school again. Not a bad day to end on! 


Ethan Gyllenhaal
Oak Park, IL
Cook County

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Subject: IBET 3 Snowy Egrets at Indian Ridge Marsh (8-24-14)
From: "Walter Marcisz wmarcisz AT att.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 10:22:36 -0700
During today's COS/ENSBC Calumet trip (8-24-14), we viewed 3 adult SNOWY EGRETS 
together at Indian Ridge Marsh North (Chicago) between 10:30 am and 12:00 noon. 
The 3 birds were still there when we left. The first two were spotted by Wes 
Serafin, and the third was spotted by Al Stokie's sharp eyes, after which many 
of the group members saw all three together. 


To see the birds, park near the RR tracks a quarter mile west of Torrence 
Avenue. Look north with a scope at the ditch that runs parallel to the tracks. 
As an alternative, you may walk north on the two-track that runs north from the 
122nd St parking lot and look at the ponds to the west. 


No Yellow-crowned Night-Heron today.

Walter Marcisz
Chicago, Cook Co.


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Subject: IBET Red Knot at Montrose
From: "franmmmk franmmmk AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 06:57:14 -0500
Still present at 6am. 

Fran Morel
Evanston, Cook Co. 

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Subject: IBET three early migrant warbler sp. at Salt Creek Park FP, DuPage
From: "casresearch AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 03:01:46 +0000 (UTC)
In about 2 hours, before the heavy rains hit, I saw 28 bird species at Salt 
Creek Park FP in NE DuPage County today. 

  
Among them were three warbler species - AMERICAN REDSTART (2 - a first year 
male and a 'yellowstart'), a TENNESSEE WARBLER ('first winter female') and a 
BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER (male).   Also one silent Empidonax flycatcher in the 
woods. 

  
Among other birds, highlights were families of EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE (4), INDIGO 
BUNTING (3) and CAROLINA WREN (singing male and a juvenile).   Also two 
immature Red-bellied Woodpeckers (with adults) and a flock of at least 17 BLUE 
JAYS hounding a COOPER'S HAWK. 

  
With recent rains, Salt Creek really went far beyond it's banks, flooding the 
picnic area, trail to the bridge and nearby field (which a Great Blue Heron 
found it it's liking). 

  
Driving by Itasca Wetlands on the way home, there were no mudflats  - or even 
vegetation  - to be seen, except for the lone old tree trunk.   [No 
shorebird habitat there for the forseeable future].  

  
I finally saw my first migrating nighthawks (3), last night along the Des 
Plaines River, in Des Plaines. 

  
Alan 
  
Alan Anderson, casresearch AT comcast.net , Des Plaines, Cook Co. 
  
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upcoming Chicago Audubon program, Tuesday, September 9th 
Birds and Planes: Keeping the Skies Safe 
(Raptor Relocation Program at O'Hare Airport) 
7:30pm, North Park Village Nature Center 

Subject: IBET Chautauqua spotting scope - NO SIGHTINGS
From: "landscape.arch AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 23 Aug 2014 19:10:50 -0700
If you left your spotting scope today at Chautauqua NWR today please get in 
touch, provide a few identifying characteristics, and we can arrange for its 
return. I, too, was excited to see 23 species of shorebirds today, and almost 
did the same. Ted Wolff Cook County 
Subject: IBET Montrose Point Red Knot YES 4:00pm
From: "Henry Griffin hwga380 AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 19:28:14 -0500
Hello birding friends,

Battled the rain & mud at Montrose Point at 4:00pm and successfully found my 
life bird RED KNOT! It was easily seen picking around on the west edge of the 
long pond on the west side of the pier. 


Good birding,
Henry (Oak Park, Cook)

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Subject: IBET Question for birders: Diving ducks -- where are the best places to view them in winter throughout the nation
From: "Ms Sheryl DeVore sheryl_1956 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 17:04:21 -0700
Doing a lttle survey

What's the best place to go see diving ducks in winter -- not only in Illinois 
but other parts of the country? 

email me if you've got any suggestions.

Best wishes,
Sheryl
sheryl.devore AT comcast.net


Sheryl De Vore
Mundelein, Illinois
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Subject: IBET Osprey at airport along with 40 other species since last week.
From: "ovenbirdman AT hotmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 23 Aug 2014 14:52:10 -0700
Hey birders, I just thought I would share the little bit of wildlife I've been 
sighting at the Greater Kankakee Airport lately.. Last weekend on Sunday I went 
out and caught glimpses of over 40 species here at the airport... This evening 
I went out for a very short period and stumbled upon an osprey(Have 
photos)finishing one of the two fish I witnessed it eating this evening. Last 
Sunday I came across species like Double Crested Cormorant, White Eyed Vireo, 
Grasshopper Sparrow, Solitary Sandpiper and Eastern Phoebe.. I hope to catch 
more good birds coming through the airport this season. Thanks and take it easy 
- Bronson Ratcliff, Manteno, IL https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/12638874 AT N02/ 
Subject: IBET Little Blue Herons
From: "Ron povpt93 AT consolidated.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 16:51:15 -0500
Three juveniles along with one Great Egret near spillway, Lake Charleston, 
Coles County. 


Ron Bradley

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Subject: Re: IBET (Not a sighting) Nighthawks and Dragonflies
From: "j.sleger AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 21:46:03 +0000 (UTC)
Haha. Nicely put. 
  
Jon 

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From: "Valerie Kidwell nature_alight AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" 
 

To: ilbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Saturday, August 23, 2014 2:59:44 PM 
Subject: IBET (Not a sighting) Nighthawks and Dragonflies 

  


Some of the recent posts reminded me of two occasions when I witnessed not so 
much the "circle of life" but, rather, the "stratified layers of life". And now 
I'm realizing it was probably due to nightjar and dragonfly migrations, both of 
which I wasn't previously aware of. 


I remember trying each time, unsuccessfully, to capture the following: a late 
afternoon/early evening in the backyard, my eyes staring upwards, caught by 
circling flocks of nighthawks up in the sky, feeding on a layer just below of a 
multitude of dragonflies darting about, which were feeding on a layer just 
below of a swarm of mosquitoes, which were feeding on the human being standing 
on the ground bellow them, watching. Yes, in this case I was the human at the 
bottom of the food chain. But it was an amazing sight! 


Valerie Kidwell 
Lake County 

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Subject: Re: IBET (Not a sighting) Nighthawks and Dragonflies
From: "Ed McDevitt mcdevitt.ed AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 15:41:33 -0500
Wonderfully told. Thanks.

Ed McDevitt


On Sat, Aug 23, 2014 at 2:59 PM, Valerie Kidwell nature_alight AT yahoo.com
[ILbirds]  wrote:

>
>
> Some of the recent posts reminded me of two occasions when I witnessed not
> so much the "circle of life" but, rather, the "stratified layers of life".
> And now I'm realizing it was probably due to nightjar and dragonfly
> migrations, both of which I wasn't previously aware of.
>
> I remember trying each time, unsuccessfully, to capture the following: a
> late afternoon/early evening in the backyard, my eyes staring upwards,
> caught by circling flocks of nighthawks up in the sky, feeding on a layer
> just below of a multitude of dragonflies darting about, which were feeding
> on a layer just below of a swarm of mosquitoes, which were feeding on the
> human being standing on the ground bellow them, watching. Yes, in this case
> I was the human at the bottom of the food chain. But it was an amazing
> sight!
>
> Valerie Kidwell
> Lake County
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>  
>



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Subject: IBET (Not a sighting) Nighthawks and Dragonflies
From: "Valerie Kidwell nature_alight AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 14:59:44 -0500
Some of the recent posts reminded me of two occasions when I witnessed not so 
much the "circle of life" but, rather, the "stratified layers of life". And now 
I'm realizing it was probably due to nightjar and dragonfly migrations, both of 
which I wasn't previously aware of. 


I remember trying each time, unsuccessfully, to capture the following: a late 
afternoon/early evening in the backyard, my eyes staring upwards, caught by 
circling flocks of nighthawks up in the sky, feeding on a layer just below of a 
multitude of dragonflies darting about, which were feeding on a layer just 
below of a swarm of mosquitoes, which were feeding on the human being standing 
on the ground bellow them, watching. Yes, in this case I was the human at the 
bottom of the food chain. But it was an amazing sight! 


Valerie Kidwell
Lake County

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Subject: IBET Dangerous storm N IL (no sightings)
From: "Suzanne Coleman isooz AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 12:36:38 -0700
Just FYI as it was unexpected, serious storm with lighting moving fast 
eastward, from NW subs, probably in Chicago already? Take cover if out 
birding. 


Suzanne Coleman
Glenview, Cook
Subject: Re: IBET Kendall Co Wheeler Rd shorebirds Saturday AM
From: "Urs Geiser ugeiser AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 14:19:25 -0500
Same selection, plus Solitary Sandpiper still present around noon.  

Lisbon Road fluddle had 5 White-rumped, some Least, a Semipalmated, Pectoral, 
Solitary, and a Spotted Sandpiper, and Lesser Yellowlegs. 


Urs Geiser
Currently in Kendall Co.

Sent from Urs Geiser's iPhone

> On Aug 23, 2014, at 12:14 PM, "BFisher928 AT aol.com [ILbirds]" 
 wrote: 

> 
> 
> 
> Karen and I drove the sod farms complex on Wheeler, starting at the E end at 
County Line Rd. Fluddles were present in the various tilled dirt fields. Am 
Golden Plovers were present in several spots, 30 or more in all. We only saw 1 
Black-bellied Plover. Other shorebirds included L Yellowlegs, a juvie Stilt 
Sandpiper and 2 Buff-breasted Sandpipers. The Buffies were in the westernmost 
sod field (W of Schlapp Rd) mixed in with 15 or so golden plovers. 

>  
> Regards
> Bob Fisher
> Downers Grove
> DuPage County
> 
> 
> 
Subject: IBET Red Knot Week Continues Plus Some Red Knot History Sat 8-23-14
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 13:42:24 -0500
Hello Bird People,

Today Bob Erickson & I were looking for Red Knots & Whimbrels as this is
the best time period to do so. Started at Waukegan Beach & walked all the
way to Greenwood & back & saw the following beach type birds in the fog &
mist:

D.C. Cormorant (few fly-bys)
Mallard (14)
Semipalmated Plover (1 on pier found by Nat C.)
Spotted Sandpiper 6-8)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (1 on pier)
BAIRD'S SANDPIPER (3 on beach moving around a lot)
Plus Ring Billed & Herring Gulls, Caspian Terns (4), Barn Swallows & Song
Sparrows.
The Baird's were the 1st ones I've seen in northern Illinois this
Summer/Fall.

Next to IBSP South Unit & walked 2 miles of beaches & 2 miles back.
For this effort our reward was

Killdeer (1)
Spotted Sandpiper (2)
Sanderling (7)
Plus more Cormorants, Gulls, Caspian Terns & Barn Swallows.

AS Bob & I were almost all the way back to where we head back to the lot we
ran into Andy Stewart & Nick Minor. While we were exchanging bird info Bob
spotted an interesting looking shorebird next to a log on the beach. We all
aimed our bino's & scopes at it & there was another juvenile RED KNOT
heading our way. Eventually it walked up to about 30 ft. from us & then
turned around & started back north toward where the resort building is.
Good job by Bob to find this bird & thanks to Andy for showing up as he has
become a Red Knot magnet lately.

Only had 7 shorebird species but 1 was a good one (Baird's) & 1 was very
good (Red Knot).
Bird-Of-The-Day to the Red Knot & Runner-Up to the 3 Baird's Sandpipers.
Birder-Of-The-Day to Bob E for finding the Knot.

Some Local Red Knot History

Since the start of their population decline a few years ago we are now all
excited about seeing a Red Knot in our area. But they weren't always that
hard to see. Here are my own records of Red Knot sightings going back to
1986 when I started to keep records.

1986 Four sightings of 1 bird each & 1 sighting of 3 birds

1987 No sightings

1988 Three sightings of 2 birds each & two sightings of 1 bird each

1989 Four sightings of 1 bird each

1990 One sighting of 4 birds, one of 3 birds & 2 sightings of 1 bird

1991 No sightings

1992 One sighting of 6 birds, 2 sightings of 2 birds & 3 sightings of 1 bird

1993 Two sightings of 1 bird

1994 One sighting of 1 bird

1995 & 1996 No sightings

1997 One sighting of 8 birds, 3 sightings of 2 birds & 1 sighting of 1 bird

1998 Two sightings of 2 birds each

1999 No sightings

2000 One sighting of 3 birds & 1 sighting of 1 bird

2001 One sighting of 1 bird

2002 Three sightings of 2 birds & 6 sightings of 1 bird (That's 9 sightings
in 2002)

2003 One sighting of 3 birds & 3 sighting of 1 bird

2004 One sighting of 5 birds, 5 sightings of 2 birds & 2 sightings of 1
bird (8 sightings)

2005 & 2006 No sightings

2007 Three sightings of 1 bird

2008 No sightings

2009 One sighting of 1 bird

2010 No sightings

2011 One sighting of 1 bird

20012 No sightings

2013 Two sightings of 1 bird

You can see that starting with 2005 sightings are down but before that
there were many more.
I hope that a few Bird People find these records of some interest. I know I
do!

Al Stokie
Subject: IBET Kendall Co Wheeler Rd shorebirds Saturday AM
From: "BFisher928 AT aol.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 13:14:06 -0400 (EDT)
Karen and I drove the sod farms complex on Wheeler, starting at the E end  
at County Line Rd. Fluddles were present in the various tilled dirt fields. 
Am  Golden Plovers were present in several spots, 30 or more in all. We only 
saw 1  Black-bellied Plover. Other shorebirds included L Yellowlegs, a 
juvie Stilt  Sandpiper and 2 Buff-breasted Sandpipers. The Buffies were in the 
westernmost  sod field (W of Schlapp Rd) mixed in with 15 or so golden 
plovers.
 
Regards
Bob Fisher
Downers Grove
DuPage County
Subject: IBET Busey Woods warblers (Champaign Co.)
From: "Nicholas Sly pagophila AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 08:44:49 -0500
This morning at Busey Woods in Urbana:

5+ Black-and-white Warblers
4 American Redstart
1 Canada Warbler
1 Blackburnian Warbler
1 Yellow Warbler

All the warblers were around the entrance bridge to the woods or along the
Saline Branch.

Full checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19547774

Cheers,
Nick Sly
Urbana, IL

-- 
Nicholas Sly
Ph.D. Student, Cheviron Lab
Department of Animal Biology
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
http://www.life.illinois.edu/cheviron/Cheviron_Lab_/Home.html
Subject: IBET Dragonfly migration (no sightings)
From: "Suzanne Coleman isooz AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:39:24 -0700
Hi all,

As some of you might have noticed while out birding, the dragonflies have 
already begun their migration. I'm no expert in this area, but I have seen 
them two falls in a row now in the same location, and it's pretty awesome. As 
far as I know it is the green darner dragonflies in our area which migrate. 


I was recently told that as with our birds, they are gathering scientific data 
online on dragonfly migration and other aspects of these insects. Here is the 
link to more info and how to enter the data: 


Migratory Dragonflies  Welcome to MDP

 
       
Migratory Dragonflies  Welcome to MDP
Welcome   
View on www... Preview by Yahoo  
 


Suzanne Coleman
Glenview, Cook
Subject: Re: IBET Slate-colored Junco
From: "Suzanne Coleman isooz AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:05:45 -0700
Interesting, we were just discussing summer juncos in central IL on fb on 
Birding Illinois! 


Suzanne


________________________________
 From: "Sebastian sebastianpatti AT hotmail.com [ILbirds]" 
 

To: Illinois Birds  
Sent: Friday, August 22, 2014 5:06 PM
Subject: IBET Slate-colored Junco
 


  
I saw a juvenile Slate-colored Junco at my feet this PM (light bill, streaks 
and all) at the corner of Harrison and Clinton . . . this is in front of the 
Circuit Court bldg.   WOW!  Did not expect this one . . . 


sebastianpatti AT hotmail.com 
Sebastian T. Patti 
(Lincoln Park) 
Chicago, ILLINOIS 60614-3354 
PHONE: 312/325-9555 (o) 773/248-0570 (h) 
CELL: 773/304-7488
FAX: 312/325-9017(o)

Subject: IBET Slate-colored Junco
From: "Sebastian sebastianpatti AT hotmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:06:52 -0500


I saw a juvenile Slate-colored Junco at my feet this PM (light bill, streaks 
and all) at the corner of Harrison and Clinton . . . this is in front of the 
Circuit Court bldg. WOW! Did not expect this one . . . 


sebastianpatti AT hotmail.com 
Sebastian T. Patti 
(Lincoln Park) 
Chicago, ILLINOIS 60614-3354 
PHONE: 312/325-9555 (o) 773/248-0570 (h) 
CELL: 773/304-7488
FAX: 312/325-9017(o)


 		 	   		  
Subject: IBET Make that 78 Hud Wits!
From: "Travis Mahan calidris_1004 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:51:17 -0500
And an UPLAND SANDPIPER at Chautauqua.

Travis Mahan
Decatur, IL

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Subject: IBET GODWITS - Chautauqua - Friday
From: "Travis Mahan calidris_1004 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:13:52 -0500
Don Mullison and I have a group of at least 71 HUDSONIAN GODWITS with at least 
1 MARBLED GODWIT at the middle of the north pool at Chautauqua as of 3:10 PM. 


Also present have been 2 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, 4 BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS, 2 
RED-NECKED PHALAROPES, 1 WILSON'S PHALAROPE, and 1 FRANKLIN'S GULL. 


Travis Mahan
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Subject: IBET Montrose Red Knot (photos)
From: "john AT picken.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 22 Aug 2014 13:06:10 -0700
Here are a few photos taken this morning of the Montrose Red Knot: 
 http://bit.ly/1l1yYG4 http://bit.ly/1l1yYG4  


 

 Cheers!
 

 John Picken
 Chicago
 www.picken.com
 

Subject: IBET Cook County Air Station Prairie Fri 8-22-14
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:36:23 -0500
Hello Bird People,

Had a lot of errands to run today but after yesterday's very long birding
day I wouldn't have gone very far today even with no errands. Since 1 of my
tasks took me to Glenview I stopped at the Air Station Prairie for 1 1/2
hours starting at 9:30 a.m. Here I saw 9 individual shorebirds but only 2
species. The rain has the 2 ponds back to nice water levels which
might pull in migrating shorebirds as they go by. This time my Rail
sighting consisted of 2 SORA'S, 1 adult & 1 young. Out of 1 hour of looking
the Sora's were in view for 3-4 min & went back in the reeds.
Here's my short day list:

Mallard (2-F)
Red Tailed Hawk (1 on a light post)
SORA (1-AD & 1-IM)
Solitary Sandpiper (6)
Least Sandpiper (3)
Mourning Dove (6)
Cardinal, Song Sparrows (2), Red Winged Blackbirds (3) & Goldfinch (~10)

Bird-Of-The-Day to the adult Sora as I had only seen young ones before
today.
Runner-Up to the Red Tailed Hawk.
Back to regular birding hours tomorrow.

Al Stokie
Subject: IBET Indian Ridge YCNH, shorebirds (8-22-14)
From: "Walter Marcisz wmarcisz AT att.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:44:11 -0700
I arrived at Indian Ridge Marsh (122nd & Torrence, Chicago) at about 9:50 am on 
Friday (22 August 2014). First I checked the mudflat at the SW corner of 122nd 
& Torrence. There were plenty of shorebirds, but nothing rare: 1 KILLDEER, 2 
SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, 7 SOLIATRY SANDPIPERS, 27 LEAST SANDPIPERS, & 23 
SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS. 


Next, I wanted to check if there was any shorebird habitat north of 122nd 
Street. I parked in the 122nd Street lot, crossed the street north, went under 
the fence & over the berm and walked north on the overgrown two-track that is 
exactly north of the parking lot. I didn't find any good shorebird habitat, but 
after I had walked a block north past the first series of ponds and the 
east/west treeline, I found a juvenile YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON. It was at 
the SW corner of the big pond immediately north of the east/west treeline and 
west of the two-track. The bird was quite far (a scope is necessary to view 
it), but it remained there throughout my entire visit. Caution is recommended, 
as there are a couple of juvenile BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS in the same 
general area. 


Walter Marcisz
Chicago, Cook Co. 




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Subject: IBET Laughing Gull - Emiquon - Friday
From: "Travis Mahan calidris_1004 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:03:43 -0500
A basic-plumaged LAUGHING GULL was at Thompson Lake (Emiquon) just east of the 
observation deck at around 11:30 AM. 


Travis Mahan
Decatur, IL

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Subject: IBET Red Knot at Montrose 10AM
From: "William Branson auspex4 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:03:25 -0500
The Red Knot, and a Lesser Yellowlegs were browsing along the Montrose
Pier/pond at 10AM.  It is easiest to see from the Pier, since the pond has
grown enough to block some of the trail.  There was also a Ruddy Duck in
the "hook" at the end of the Pier.

Bill Branson
Cook
Subject: IBET virus
From: "bawoof bawoof AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:08:35 -0700
Hello Birders, the recent post from Michelle.uting  AT gmail appears to have a 
virus attached to the link in the email. This needs to be removed from IBET. 
My antivirus program blocked it. Others may not be so lucky Bill Ahlgren 
Batavia 
Subject: IBET from: michelle.uting@gmail.com
From: "'michelle.uting AT gmail.com' michelle.uting@gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:04:04 +0200


Hi ILbirds

http://angielskimszczonow.pl/mouth.php?pbhbuytg2591tzvmmpz


michelle.uting AT gmail.com
Subject: RE: IBET West Ridge Nature Preserve - No Sighting
From: "nancy tikalsky ntikalsky AT hotmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:16:06 -0500
this link should work for the article.  
 
http://tinyurl.com/pftlqwm
 
if you go to DNAinfo.com, search "west ridge" and the article will appear. 
Also, the other article of interest at the moment on the website is that the 
Farmer's Almanac predicts another harsh winter - Chiberia II. lovely... 

 
 





Nancy J. Tikalsky
/|\ Please consider the environment before printing this email
 
To: ilbirds AT yahoogroups.com
From: ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 05:44:56 -0700
Subject: IBET West Ridge Nature Preserve - No Sighting














 

 



  


    
      
      
 There is an article on the latest developments at Rosehill Cemetery regarding 
the former "woods along Western." The article is at DNAinfo.com. Scroll down 
part way to an article that is titled: Crews to begin long-awaited $4.5 million 
West Ridge Nature Preserve Project. 

Carol Nelson Chicago Cook County 


    
     

    
    






   		 	   		  
Subject: Re: IBET Q on Montrose Red Knot Aging
From: "Walter Marcisz wmarcisz AT att.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 06:24:13 -0700
Joan,

A salmon blush on the breast is normal for fresh juvenile Red Knots. The salmon 
will begin to disappear as the juvenile ages and becomes worn. The salmon 
coloration on this bird has nothing to do with breeding plumage (the bird is a 
juvenile based on upperpart patterning). Remember, it still has to molt into 
its gray 1st-basic plumage before it attains its 1st-alternate plumage in 
spring. 


To the best of my knowledge, shorebirds migrate both during the night and 
during the day, whenever it suits them best. 


Walter Marcisz
Chicago, Cook Co.




 
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On Thu, 8/21/14, Joan Norek NorekJ AT aol.com [ILbirds] 
 wrote: 


 Subject: IBET Q on Montrose Red Knot Aging
 To: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
 Date: Thursday, August 21, 2014, 9:19 PM
 
 
  
 
 
 
   
 
 
     
       
       
       
 Perhaps a naïve
 question, but ....
 
  
 
 The Red
 Knot at Montrose today had (1) fringing - scaly
 appearance back and (2) a salmon-colored blush below. At
 least one has ebirded this bird as a juvenile --
 presumably based on the fringing.
 
  
 
 The salmon blush to me suggests an adult almost out of
 breeding plumage, although today I well saw the fringing.
 At-hand books do not show salmon on juveniles -- but I have
 not searched farther.
 
  
 
  
 
 For folks who did not see the bird in question, photos
 at the link
 
  
 
 
https://picasaweb.google.com/105837954974568713077/8212014?authuser=0&feat=directlink  

 
  
 
  
 
 
 (My next naïve question will be "do shorebirds
 migrate at night".)
 
  
 
  
 
 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
 
 
 
 
 
     
      
 
     
     
 
 
 
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Subject: IBET West Ridge Nature Preserve - No Sighting
From: "carol nelson carol6620 AT att.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 05:44:56 -0700
There is an article on the latest developments at Rosehill Cemetery regarding 
the former "woods along Western." The article is at DNAinfo.com. Scroll down 
part way to an article that is titled: Crews to begin long-awaited $4.5 million 
West Ridge Nature Preserve Project.  


Carol Nelson
Chicago
Cook County
Subject: IBET Montrose red knot 8.22.14
From: "Michelle Devlin michelledevlin AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:03:25 -0500
Seen on fishhook pier just before 7 am. 

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Subject: IBET Q on Montrose Red Knot Aging
From: "Joan Norek NorekJ AT aol.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 22:19:12 -0400 (EDT)
Perhaps a naïve question, but ....

The Red Knot at Montrose today had (1) fringing - scaly appearance back and (2) 
a salmon-colored blush below. At least one has ebirded this bird as a juvenile 
-- presumably based on the fringing. 

 
The salmon blush to me suggests an adult almost out of breeding plumage, 
although today I well saw the fringing. At-hand books do not show salmon on 
juveniles -- but I have not searched farther. 



For folks who did not see the bird in question, photos at the link


https://picasaweb.google.com/105837954974568713077/8212014?authuser=0&feat=directlink 

 
 

(My next naïve question will be "do shorebirds migrate at night".)


Good birdings,



Joan Norek
Chicago

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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 Montrose Red Knot Still Present at 7:25 p.m. Thur 8-21-14
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 21:17:57 -0500
Hello Bird People,

Left at 5 a.m. with Andy Sigler & we arrived at Chautauqua a little before
9 a.m. Already there were Dan W & Phil D from Rockford plus ace tour leader
Michael R & 2 ladies from California.
In spite of all that talent this was my worst August shorebird visit at
this location in many years.
Still good numbers of shorebirds but only Killdeer, Pectoral Sandpipers
(100's) & both Yellowlegs were close enough to see well. You could only
guess at what the other shorebirds where as they were too far away to work
with. Michael found the best shorebird which was a WILSON'S PHALAROPE.
Later I found 3 BLACK BELLIED PLOVERS on the Goofy Ridge walk in path. Only
had 9 shorebird species at a place that has had several reports of about 20
or more species in the last week or so. I think I will go when Bob & Karen
Fisher go next time as they did much better than we did. However, they may
not want me along with my bad luck lately. I kept thinking about all the
Phalaropes of all 3 species they just had & we had 1 Wilson's! There were 3
species of Terns (Caspian, Forster's & Black) & 1 young LESSER BLACK BACKED
GULL.

On the way home Andy & I added 2 more shorebird species in Woodford County
which were
Spotted & BAIRD'S. A strange sighting in August was 1 white SNOW GOOSE in a
small pond.
Now we were up to 11 shorebird species.

Saw on IBET that Andy Stewart & the Montrose gang once again had Red Knots
& this after I had had looked for almost 2 hours for them the day before.
Saw that Joan had the Montrose Knot at 3:30 p.m. so Andy & I decided to
give it a try. After dealing with horrible traffic on the Stevenson & Lake
Shore Drive we got to Montrose at 7 p.m. & there was the RED KNOT
(juvenile) in the water by the pier where it was seen earlier. Finally!
Also added Semipalmated Plover (5) & Sanderling (1 with a bad leg) to end
my day with 14 shorebird species, much better than expected after our poor
start.

Finally, the rains have loaded all parts of the beach with puddles so those
who go tomorrow should have plenty of places to look for shorebirds. And I
hope the other trips to Chautauqua do better than today's visit.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the juvie Red Knot & Runner-Up to the Summer Snow Goose.
All's well ends well!

Al Stokie
Subject: Re: IBET Montrose Shorebirds
From: "Joan Norek NorekJ AT aol.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:25:28 -0400 (EDT)
 
 

In Case Ted's post did not go through to ibet, as per below Ted reports that 
the Red Knot is in the same puddle-along-the-pier location as of 6:25 p.m. 
today (8/21/14). 


Good birdings,




Joan Norek
Chicago
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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: landscape.arch AT yahoo.com [ILbirds] 
To: norekj 
Sent: Thu, Aug 21, 2014 6:17 pm
Subject: RE: IBET Montrose Shorebirds


Joan, I can't seem to. " reply to group" from my phone. Bird is at same 
location in puddle at 6:25. Can you post? Ted Wolff 
Subject: IBET Harrier, Nighthawks and dragonflies at Fort Sheridan
From: "mifur2 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 21 Aug 2014 15:45:14 -0700
I did some sky watching at Fort Sheridan yesterday between 4:10 and 5:50 pm. I 
had 2 raptors passing over. First, a juvenile RED-TAILED HAWK slowly cruising 
north high in the sky. Then, around 5:45 pm, a juvenile NORTHERN HARRIER showed 
up over the northern horizon and lazily cruised southward. 

 

 I put a few pictures of the hawks and other migrating birds on the Fort 
Sheridan Hawkwatch Facebook page. 

 

 Other than that, I had 84 migrating COMMON NIGHTHAWKS, 1 CASPIAN TERN flying 
south in a hurry, right over the parking lot, hundreds of CEDAR WAXWINGS flying 
over, a loose flock of 22 MOURNING DOVES (which happened to fly southward too, 
although I expect them to be local birds) and hundreds, maybe thousands of 
dragonflies ! 

  
 Dragonflies were in the air all the time till soon after sunset, and they 
seemed to be migrating too. At some point around 5 pm I tried to count the ones 
that I saw in the air and I came up with well over 600 insects in the view at 
that one moment ! 

 

 After 5:50 I stayed at Fort Sheridan, taking a walk with my girlfriend. 
Although I wasn't birding anymore, I saw many more Nighthawks flying over (I 
would estimate I saw at least 60 more, and no doubt I missed a whole lot of 
them). A few of them were feasting on the dragonflies before moving on. 

 

 Michal Furmanek
 Lake Bluff, Lake Co.

 
Subject: IBET Montrose Shorebirds, Yesterday and Today
From: "Steve Spitzer steven0703 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:16:35 -0700
Hi Birders,

Link will take you to a post with pictures of the shorebirds I saw the last two 
days, including a Red Knot. 


Steve Spitzer

Chicago - Cook

Montrose Beach - 7/20-21/2014

 
       
Montrose Beach - 7/20-21/2014
Montrose Beach - 7/20-21/2014  
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Subject: IBET Montrose Red Knot photos
From: "Leslie Borns cakile AT att.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:36:35 -0700
Dear Birders,

Does anyone have a good photo(s) of today's Red Knot feeding in the dune 
pond/vegetation along the fishing pier? Photos of the other shorebirds present 
would also be appreciated. Please email me privately and thanks in advance for 
sharing! 


Best regards,

Leslie Borns
Chicago/Cook
cakile AT att.net