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Pale-winged Trumpeters,©BirdQuest

7 Mar IBET Some bird videos ["robirdman AT theearlybirder.com [ILbirds]" ]
8 Mar IBET March Birds & Beers, SUNDAY, March 15th, 5pm, Kilcoyne's Redwood Inn Wheeling, IL (No Sightings) ["djohnsoda AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
8 Mar IBET more ww scoters, etc., Gillson ["Suzanne Coleman isooz AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
7 Mar Re: IBET Scoter slam, Marseilles ["Joan Norek NorekJ AT aol.com [ILbirds]" ]
8 Mar IBET Another Kane County Report ["Brendon Lake brendonlake10 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
07 Mar Re: IBET Scoter slam, Marseilles ["Urs Geiser ugeiser AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
7 Mar IBET Trumpeter Swan McHenry Dam ["Karen Lund catbirder813 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
07 Mar IBET Possible California Gull Waukegan ["scorellis AT att.net [ILbirds]" ]
7 Mar IBET Lake Springfield ["Colin Dobson birdingboy AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
07 Mar IBET Montrose Red-throated Loon, 3/7 a.m. ["'Robert D. Hughes' rhughes.enteract AT rcn.com [ILbirds]" ]
7 Mar IBET "Brewer's" Duck at Techny Basin ["Josh Engel jengel5230 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
7 Mar IBET Trumpeter Swan McHenry Dam ["Richard Bisbee richard.bisbee AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" ]
7 Mar IBET Champaign County birds before the thaw ["Nicholas Sly pagophila AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
07 Mar IBET Slightly better day birding in Kane County ["spadgaon AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
7 Mar IBET Slow Day In Kane County Sat 3-7-15 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
7 Mar IBET Diversey Turning Basine RT Loon, NO! ["David Antieau dkantieau AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" ]
7 Mar IBET Shorebirds at Goofy Ridge ["Colin Dobson birdingboy AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
7 Mar IBET Scorer slam, Marseilles ["Urs Geiser ugeiser AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
07 Mar IBET Waukegan Surf Scoter ["scorellis AT att.net [ILbirds]" ]
7 Mar IBET BY H. finch ["John Baxter XXJB7Z AT AOL.COM [ILbirds]" ]
7 Mar IBET RB Gulls eating crayfish. ["robirdman AT theearlybirder.com [ILbirds]" ]
7 Mar IBET Nick Minor, Rena Cohen, Jeff Reiter, Stacy Iwanicki and others are receiving awards from Chicago Audubon on March 28th (NO SIGHTINGS) ["casresearch AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
7 Mar IBET Loyola Gulls ["Steve Spitzer steven0703 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
6 Mar Re: IBET Ivory Gull now in western Iowa-NO ILL SIGHTINGS ["GyllenFish AT aol.com [ILbirds]" ]
06 Mar IBET Ivory gull ["'w.serafin' w.serafin AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
6 Mar Re: IBET Diversey Turning Basin Red Throated Loon (No, again!) Fri 3-6-15 ["Steve Huggins sjhuggins1209 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
6 Mar IBET Ivory Gull now in western Iowa-NO ILL SIGHTINGS ["w.serafin AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
6 Mar Re: IBET Diversey Turning Basin Red Throated Loon (No, again!) Fri 3-6-15 ["Steve Huggins sjhuggins1209 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
6 Mar IBET Diversey Turning Basin Red Throated Loon (No, again!) Fri 3-6-15 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
6 Mar IBET Black-backed Gull video ["robirdman AT theearlybirder.com [ILbirds]" ]
6 Mar IBET Diversey turning basin RT Loon ["Michelle Devlin michelledevlin AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
5 Mar IBET Posting Corrections ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
5 Mar IBET Starved Pock Area In LaSalle County Thur 3-5-15 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
5 Mar Re: IBET Re: Black-crown Night Heron nests ["Joan Norek NorekJ AT aol.com [ILbirds]" ]
5 Mar IBET Re: Black-crown Night Heron nests ["Michael Graff mikeg_606 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
5 Mar Re: IBET Red-throated Loon on NB of Chicago River ["Joan Norek NorekJ AT aol.com [ILbirds]" ]
05 Mar IBET Red-throated Loon on NB of Chicago River ["rawsbb AT mac.com [ILbirds]" ]
5 Mar RE: IBET Lincoln Park BCNH Rookery is No More - Nesting Trees All Gone... ["'Carolyn A. Marsh' cmarshbird AT prodigy.net [ILbirds]" ]
5 Mar Re: IBET Lincoln Park BCNH Rookery is No More - Nesting Trees All Gone... ["Jill Niland bwwarbler AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
5 Mar RE: IBET Lincoln Park BCNH Rookery is No More - Nesting Trees All Gone... ["'Carolyn A. Marsh' cmarshbird AT prodigy.net [ILbirds]" ]
5 Mar IBET Snow Buntings ["Eric Smith esmith54 AT frontier.com [ILbirds]" ]
4 Mar IBET Black-crown Night Heron nests ["carol nelson carol6620 AT att.net [ILbirds]" ]
5 Mar Re: IBET Lincoln Park BCNH Rookery is No More - Nesting Trees All Gone... ["Jill Niland bwwarbler AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
4 Mar IBET Kendall County/Oswego Parks Along The Fox River & Yorkville Dam Wed 3-4-15 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
5 Mar IBET JxP Wednesday, 4 March ["Paul Clyne paulclyne2000 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
4 Mar Re: IBET Lincoln Park BCNH Rookery is No More - Nesting Trees All Gone... ["Joan Norek NorekJ AT aol.com [ILbirds]" ]
4 Mar IBET Lincoln Park BCNH Rookery is No More - Nesting Trees All Gone... ["S J stevejner AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
04 Mar IBET Wrigleyville White-winged Scoter, 3/4 a.m. ["'Robert D. Hughes' rhughes.enteract AT rcn.com [ILbirds]" ]
4 Mar IBET Spring 2015 Free Oak Park Bird Walks (No Sightings) ["Henry Griffin hwga380 AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
4 Mar IBET no sighting - New Mexico trip results ["Jaculin Bowman jaculinb4 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
4 Mar IBET BY Coopers h. ["John Baxter XXJB7Z AT AOL.COM [ILbirds]" ]
4 Mar IBET merlin lake county ["'bissbirds AT juno.com' bissbirds@juno.com [ILbirds]" ]
3 Mar IBET sorry my post is Cook cnty ["Suzanne Coleman isooz AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
3 Mar IBET Gillson, White-winged scoters, greater scaup... ["Suzanne Coleman isooz AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
3 Mar IBET Loyola Glaucous Gull and Ice - 3/3/2015 ["Steve Spitzer steven0703 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
3 Mar IBET Rough-legged Hawk at Montrose - Tuesday 3.3.2015 ["Fran Morel franmmmk AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
03 Mar IBET LAPLANDLONGSPURS-many-US 136- McLean County-plus geese ["rjdbird1 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
03 Mar IBET Fort Sheridan, WW Scoters and belated Bald Eagle report ["Michal Furmanek mifur2 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
3 Mar IBET Snow Buntings Douglas and Coles County ["Tyler Funk fftfunk AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
03 Mar IBET Barrows Goldeneye - negative ["chicagio10 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
03 Mar IBET:Sangamon Co. Feb. 2015 report ["Beckie Dyer dyer AT museum.state.il.us [ILbirds]" ]
3 Mar IBET Re: Lemon Type of Day turns into a Lemonade Day ["Andre Paquette andremichaelpaquette AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
2 Mar IBET Lemon Type of Day turns into a Lemonade Day ["Andre Paquette andremichaelpaquette AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
2 Mar Re: IBET HOARY REDPOLL and ducks 87th St Steel Mills ["Aaron G aarongyllenhaal AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
2 Mar Re: IBET D.P. River Widewaters & Illinois River At Marseilles & Seneca Mon 3-2-15 ["Jeff Smith mrqmagoo13 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
3 Mar IBET No Barrow's Goldeneye ["Jim Tezak jjtezak AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
2 Mar IBET BY N Cardinal ["John Baxter XXJB7Z AT AOL.COM [ILbirds]" ]
2 Mar IBET Theatre & birds: "One Came Home" (no sighting) ["'Carolyn A. Marsh' cmarshbird AT prodigy.net [ILbirds]" ]
3 Mar IBET Dead Scoters ["Steve Spitzer steven0703 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
2 Mar IBET D.P. River Widewaters & Illinois River At Marseilles & Seneca Mon 3-2-15 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
2 Mar Re: IBET Lincoln Park BCNH trees (no sightings) ["Joan Norek NorekJ AT aol.com [ILbirds]" ]
2 Mar Re: IBET Lincoln Park BCNH trees (no sightings) ["Joan Norek NorekJ AT aol.com [ILbirds]" ]
2 Mar IBET Bohemian Wawwing still present despite treecutting ["Tim Huizenga thuizenga AT lafchicago.org [ILbirds]" ]
2 Mar IBET HOARY REDPOLL and ducks 87th St Steel Mills ["Aaron Gyllenhaal aarongyllenhaal AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
2 Mar FW: IBET Bohemian Waxwing (no sightings) ["'Carolyn A. Marsh' cmarshbird AT prodigy.net [ILbirds]" ]
2 Mar IBET Lincoln Park BCNH trees (no sightings) ["'Carolyn A. Marsh' cmarshbird AT prodigy.net [ILbirds]" ]

Subject: IBET Some bird videos
From: "robirdman AT theearlybirder.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 23:48:06 -0600
More backlog catchup.  Making much progress.

Long-Tailed Duck https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJVHqFoC_W4

Hooded Merganser https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pi_R4IhxB7s

Barrow’s Goldeneye https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLi83n5_sbg I didn’t go 
for the recent one. This was at Skokie Lagoons a couple of years ago. Very 
short. 


Had wanted to post more insect gallery links, as some enjoy these, but Amar had 
complaints from people who consider the links too irrelevant and annoying. 


Rob Curtis
Chicago
www.theearlybirder.com
Subject: IBET March Birds & Beers, SUNDAY, March 15th, 5pm, Kilcoyne's Redwood Inn Wheeling, IL (No Sightings)
From: "djohnsoda AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 8 Mar 2015 05:36:25 +0000 (UTC)
Fellow Ibeters, 
  
C'mon out!  For SNOW talk or to celebrate the St. Patty's week of warmer 
weather and Corned Beef and Cabbage special.  We are back at Kilcoyne's 
Redwood Inn on 342 North Milwaukee Avenue in Wheeling, IL. This casual little 
pub has an amazing traditional Irish special right before St Patty's Day.  
Jeff and I have reserved space for 20-30+ of us at 5pm, Sunday, March 15th.  

  
RSVP so we can get a "head count" for those planning on making it. PLEASE RSVP 
WITH JEFF or DAVE with message, or a text message, or with a message on the 
IBF thread. 

  
You can park at the Inn's parking lot or the lot just to the south.  
Kilcoyne's is located between Lake-Cook Roads and Dundee Road, just west about 
2-3 miles from the I-294 exit at Lake-Cook. 

  
Please check out our thread on IBF at: www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topic=55770.0 
  (cut and paste this link in your browser if the link doesn't take you 
directly to IBF) 

  
See you next week!  Meanwhile Good Birding! 
  
Jeff Skrentny & David B. Johnson  
NE IL 
djohnsoda AT comcast.net 
Subject: IBET more ww scoters, etc., Gillson
From: "Suzanne Coleman isooz AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 8 Mar 2015 00:58:28 +0000 (UTC)
Hi all,
I guess by now you probably have had enough reports of scoters… but just in 
case someone is interested, here is mine. 

If you want very nice close-up views of a variety of types of white-winged 
scoters, go to Gillson Park in Wilmette (Lake/Cook cnty, near border).  There 
was one adult male today, one female or more and several immature types (still 
learning). 

There were also some very frisky common mergansers and several goldeneye, one 
was peenting at times. 

Plenty of scaup.  
One male red-breasted merganser.
All of these birds are viewable from the dog park (southern-most aspect of the 
park, near the harbor, at the beach.  You go in the fenced-in area and look 
over the water to the SOUTH.  There are also freaking amazing mounds of 
ice/snow and sand that are rapidly shrinking.  That in itself is a life-time 
experience that I recommend everyone see once.  If you miss it this year, go 
next winter.  It was there last year too and Al says it's a regular thing at 
this location and others nearby (evanston). 

Also seen, a group of juncos, one C. goose, tame, and several mallards, tame 
(regulars).  Oh, and some gulls, getting noisy too, maybe they also start to 
pair up now? 

I also heard something singing, probably house finch, but maybe something more 
interesting that I just don't know yet… Oh and a calling mourning dove too, 
always nice. 

Suzanne ColemanGlenview, Cook
Subject: Re: IBET Scoter slam, Marseilles
From: "Joan Norek NorekJ AT aol.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 19:39:23 -0500
All the Scoters, plus a second WW, were seen around 1 p.m. (The first-year male 
Surf Scoter plumage was a plumage-lifer for me.) 

 
Thanks Urs for the post from the field -- we fortunately were in Minooka when 
your post came through. I tried a "still there" post from the site by cell but 
don't see here or in the "sent" folder so must have made an error. 



Good birdings,
 
 
 

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



 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: Urs Geiser ugeiser AT comcast.net [ILbirds] 
 

To: IBET 
Sent: Sat, Mar 7, 2015 11:22 am
Subject: IBET Scorer slam, Marseilles


    
   
    
     
One each Female Black, adult male White-winged, and immature Surf Scoter above 
Marseilles dam, scoped from Illini State Park boat ramp, LaSalle Count; 
Saturday morning 11:20 am. 

 
 Urs Geiser 
 
 Sent from Urs Geiser's mobile device
    
    
 
   
Subject: IBET Another Kane County Report
From: "Brendon Lake brendonlake10 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 8 Mar 2015 00:15:19 +0000 (UTC)
Hey everybody! I see Al Stokie and Sid P. already beat me to it, but I ran all 
around Kane County today, and thought I would share some of my best findings 
from the day. 

Started at Hampshire Forest Preserve, in hopes of grabbing a visual on 
continuing Pine Siskins and a Red-Breasted Nuthatch. One of the first birds I 
saw was a surprise Hermit Thrush, which popped up very close for nice views. 
Pine Siskins were still there in good numbers, but the Red-Breasted Nuthatch 
once again eluded my eyes. It was heard a couple of times. Next was West 
Dundee, with brief hopes of seeing the Barrow's Goldeneye and Redheads that had 
been there for a few days. No luck with the Barrow's or Redheads, but there are 
still good numbers of Common Goldeneye in the area. American Black Ducks and a 
likely American Black DuckxMallard hybrid were behind Otto Engineering. The 
Carpentersville Dam was raptor central, as three Red-Tailed Hawks, an adult 
Cooper's Hawk, and a Bald Eagle were all seen within a minute of each 
other.Headed down along the Fox to Fabyan Forest Preserve, where I missed Al's 
Eastern Bluebirds, but instead found a male Greater Scaup. After grabbing 
lunch, I headed down Orchard Road and found six continuing Wild Turkeys just 
north of the intersection of Orchard and US-30 (NW corner). Headed west from 
there, finding two Eurasian Collared-Doves right at the intersection of Scott 
and Dugan Roads, and an opossum wandering the Aurora Airport grounds. A late 
afternoon trip to Sauer Prairie Kame yielded no Northern Harriers, which 
surprised me as they had been abundant at this location. But instead, an 
interesting little bird flew in and landed atop a telephone pole near the drive 
into Sauer, it was a Merlin! It stayed a few minutes, allowed for a few photos, 
and flew off. 

Brendon LakeBurlington, Kane County
Subject: Re: IBET Scoter slam, Marseilles
From: "Urs Geiser ugeiser AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 07 Mar 2015 18:04:39 -0600
You all figured out that the subject line was supposed to say 'Scoter'.  
Sorry about that (stupid autocorrect!).

I added digiscoped, highly cropped record shots of the Marseilles Surf 
and White-winged Scoters on my Flickr site,
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ugeiser/

Other good birds seen today:
- My first Wood Duck of the year in Seneca (probably a wintering bird).
- In LaSalle County two flocks of Snow Buntings with a few Lapland 
Longspurs in each, one on N 18th Rd. ca. 1 mile east of IL-23, the other 
on N 13th Rd. a couple miles west of the Grundy County line.
- A light-morph Rough-legged Hawk at the intersection of IL-18 and N 
13th Rd. a few miles east of Streator (LaSalle).

Urs
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Urs Geiser (ugeiser AT comcast.net)
Woodridge (DuPage Co., IL)

On 3/7/15 11:21 AM, Urs Geiser ugeiser AT comcast.net [ILbirds] wrote:
> One each Female Black, adult male White-winged, and immature Surf Scoter 
above Marseilles dam, scoped from Illini State Park boat ramp, LaSalle Count; 
Saturday morning 11:20 am. 

>
> Urs Geiser
>
> Sent from Urs Geiser's mobile device
>



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Subject: IBET Trumpeter Swan McHenry Dam
From: "Karen Lund catbirder813 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 17:55:41 -0600
When I led my DNR walk there this morning, there were only mute swans - 3
when we started the walk at 8:00 and 7 when we finished at 11:00.
Apparently there's a lot of turnover there today.  The racket from the
construction was aggravating.   Also seen were common goldeneye, redheads,
common mergansers and a pair of lesser scaup.  Other birding was pretty
slow.  Highlight was watching a male kestrel tear apart some little rodent.

Karen Lund
Genoa, DeKalb County
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On Sat, Mar 7, 2015 at 2:34 PM, Richard Bisbee richard.bisbee AT sbcglobal.net
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> There's at Trumpeter Swan at McHenry Dam in McHenry County right now along
> with 5 Mute Swans. It's on the other side of the small island downstream of
> the dam.
>
> Richard Bisbee
> Round Lake, Lake County
>
> Sent from my iPhone
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Subject: IBET Possible California Gull Waukegan
From: "scorellis AT att.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 07 Mar 2015 15:28:24 -0800

Mysterious gull (California?) at Waukegan Harbor by Scott Ellis on Flickr.

Just follow this link to see and comment on this photo:
http://flic.kr/p/reirdS

Ethan Ellis 




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Subject: IBET Lake Springfield
From: "Colin Dobson birdingboy AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 15:56:32 -0600
There was thousands of waterfoul and gulls around Lake Springfield. Most were 
seen through houses, on the west side of the Lake. Highlights include... 

Snow geese/white fronts several thousands
Mute swan 4
Wigeon 2
Black duck 5
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER 21+ lots of scoters. Most likely more scoters and probably 
not just white winged Scoters. 3 males and the rest females/immatures. Most 
scoters we have ever seen in central Illinois 

Red breasted merganser 3
22 species of waterfoul 
Thayers Gull1
Lesser-black backed Gull 1
Red-headed Woodpecker 2

Colin Dobson and Tony Ward
Currently in Sangamon county
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Subject: IBET Montrose Red-throated Loon, 3/7 a.m.
From: "'Robert D. Hughes' rhughes.enteract AT rcn.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 07 Mar 2015 15:53:30 -0600
I had an adult Red-throated Loon at Montrose this morning, March 7. The 
bird was in the lake about 75 yards east of the tower at the southeast 
corner of the point. I posted a couple photos on IBF, URL below. I also 
had about 6 White-winged Scoters, most at the harbor mouth.

http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topic=55778.msg97997#new

Robert D. Hughes
Chicago, Illinois
Birding Montrose Point: 
http://theorniphile.info/birding-montrose-point/index.html
The Montrose Birding Blog: http://theorniphile.info/wordpress/
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Subject: IBET "Brewer's" Duck at Techny Basin
From: "Josh Engel jengel5230 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 14:41:27 -0600
I'm looking at a beautiful male Gadwall x Mallard hybrid (the so-called 
Brewer's Duck), in with a group of Mallards in the river at the intersection of 
Willow Rd. and Ravine Way near Techny Basin Conservation Area in Glenview (Cook 
Co.). 


I'll post some digibinned photos later. 

Josh Engel
Chicago

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Subject: IBET Trumpeter Swan McHenry Dam
From: "Richard Bisbee richard.bisbee AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 14:34:23 -0600
There's at Trumpeter Swan at McHenry Dam in McHenry County right now along with 
5 Mute Swans. It's on the other side of the small island downstream of the dam. 


Richard Bisbee
Round Lake, Lake County

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Subject: IBET Champaign County birds before the thaw
From: "Nicholas Sly pagophila AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 14:20:23 -0600
Cole Wolf and I birded the southeast section of Champaign County today. On
the way out to Homer Lake from Urbana, we had single digits of Longspurs
and Snow Buntings with Horned Lark flocks along Homer Lake Road. A quick
stop on the Homer Lake Road bridge over the Salt Fork was surprisingly
productive because of open water - a single male Common Goldeneye and
Common Merganser were downstream of the bridge, and a Pileated Woodpecker
went flying by upstream.

Homer Lake itself is completely frozen over, but hopefully at least the dam
section opens up in the next few days as it warms up. Landbird highlights
in the park include: a pair of calling Red-shouldered Hawks, another
Pileated, a small flock of Purple Finches feeding in the canopy along the
Salt Fork, a Kingfisher along a small stretch of open water just downstream
of the dam, and a Red-breasted Nuthatch in the pine plantation in the
northwest corner of the lake.

Complete Homer Lake checklist:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22210930

After Homer Lake we drove a long and winding route through farm roads in
the southeast corner of the county, hoping for buntings, longspurs, and
raptors. We found no raptors except one or two Kestrels (a Champaign Snowy
Owl continues to elude us). Horned Larks, Snow Buntings, and Lapland
Longspurs are abundant along the farm roads as long as there is snow cover
on the fields. We were not successful in finding large flocks of Snow
Buntings, just single digits mixed in with the others here and there. We
did find several flocks of ~30 Longspurs here and there but mostly they
were also in single digits in larger Horned Lark flocks as well.

Our final two stops of the day were at the 1st and Windsor Rd Pond and the
UIUC Arboretum. The 1st and Windsor pond had 2 male and 1 female
Canvasback, a male Redhead, a male Wood Duck, and a Coot among the Mallards
and Canada Geese. The local dark morph Western Red-tailed Hawk was in a
tree in the Arboretum across the street from the University Dairy Farm.

Good Birding,

Nick Sly
Urbana, IL

-- 
Nicholas Sly
Ph.D. Student, Cheviron Lab
Department of Animal Biology
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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Subject: IBET Slightly better day birding in Kane County
From: "spadgaon AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 07 Mar 2015 11:56:29 -0800
I went out birding with a few folks from Kane County Audubon and found 3 
Long-eared Owls (Ebird lifer for me), Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawks etc. 
Also saw a Great Horned Owl separate from the group. 

 

 2015-03-07-005 - Long-eared Owl # 3 
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Subject: IBET Slow Day In Kane County Sat 3-7-15
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 13:37:55 -0600
Hello Bird People,

Today Bob Erickson & I went to Kane County to try for 2 target birds that
Bob needed.
Got 1 & missed the other. This was the 3rd day in a row where I haven't
seen anything special & I have decided 3 bad days is enough & I clearly
hope for something better on Sunday. We shall see.

Some of the places we looked for birds at today were Aurora West, Fabyan
Woods & Jon Duerr Forest Preserves & South Elgin Dam. The only Geese seen
were Canada's, the only ducks were Mallards, Black Ducks (2), Common
Goldeneye & Common Merganser & only the Mallards & Goldeneye were seen in
large numbers. Bob did see 1 male Hooded Merganser fly by which I missed.
Not much variety in landbirds but Aurora West did have 3 Woodpeckers which
were Downy, Red Bellied & Flicker. One of our few highlights were 2 EASTERN
BLUEBIRDS at Fabyan Woods & another one at Jon Duerr F.P. where we also had
our only Robins of the day. The only other highlight for the day was a FOX
SPARROW in a roadside tree near Aurora West F.P. Like I said it was a slow
day indeed.

Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the Fox Sparrow which was a new year bird for me.
Runner-Up to the Eastern Bluebirds. Here's hoping for more interesting
birds tomorrow.

Al Stokie
Subject: IBET Diversey Turning Basine RT Loon, NO!
From: "David Antieau dkantieau AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 11:25:58 -0800
Dear birders,

I unsuccessfully attempted to find the RT Loon at Diversey turning basin this 
morning. I walked from the south end of the mall up to Diversey, checked both 
sides of the bridge, then walked south along the river to the south end of the 
River Point Mall where the trail runs out (south of Fullerton) and then back up 
and around again. I'm 0 for 2 on RT Loon, so not quite in Al Stokie's league. 


I made additional stops at the Belmont bridge, Clark Park, and California Park. 
My highlight for the day was a pair of Cooper's Hawks. An adult male was 
pursuing an immature (first spring female?) in what seemed to be mating and not 
territorial behavior. A variety of vocalizations were made by the two birds. 


Second best feature of the day was 59 White-winged Scoters, the only bird that 
showed up at all of my locations. The largest group was 22 right near the Damen 
bridge (19 from the Irving Park bridge and 11 from the Diversey bridge). My 
Mallard total of 60 was the only higher bird total for the morning. I assume 
that's because most of the Common Goldeneyes have moved on. I have been getting 
more than 100 Common Goldeneyes at Irving Park and the river (152) two days 
ago, but had only 3 there today, and 32 total for my various stops. However, as 
I arrived at the Diversey turning basin, just before 8 this morning, a group of 
about 60 ducks flew over heading north. They appeared to be mostly goldeneyes 
and scaup (I entered them as Duck sp). So perhaps today was the day for a 
northern journey for many of them. 


For the birds, 

Dave Antieau
dkantieau AT sbcglobal.net
Chicago, Cook County
Subject: IBET Shorebirds at Goofy Ridge
From: "Colin Dobson birdingboy AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 11:44:39 -0600
There was a LESSER YELLOWLEGS and a Killdeer on a little mudflat on the slough, 
just north of the Crossdike at Goofy Ridge, just as soon as you see water. I 
have pictures of both if needed. 


Colin Dobson and Tony Ward
Currently in Mason county
Birdingboy AT yahoo.com 

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Subject: IBET Scorer slam, Marseilles
From: "Urs Geiser ugeiser AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 11:21:55 -0600
One each Female Black, adult male White-winged, and immature Surf Scoter above 
Marseilles dam, scoped from Illini State Park boat ramp, LaSalle Count; 
Saturday morning 11:20 am. 


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Subject: IBET Waukegan Surf Scoter
From: "scorellis AT att.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 07 Mar 2015 07:58:31 -0800
Today me, my dad and Todd Katz went birdwatching in central lake county and on 
the lakefront. We started out at Fort Sheridan F. P. but things were fairly 
quiet there; save for 50 Red-breasted Mergs, a distant stunning Red-headed 
Woodpecker and a flyby American Kestrel. Then we headed to Diamond lake, but it 
was completely frozen over, and after that we headed over to Independence Grove 
F. P. Which was 100% frozen over, shocking since it is literally 80 feet deep. 
Our last and by far stop was Waukegan beach. I forget the name of the pier, but 
apparently it is by the "north Waukegan harbor, and we started walking. The 
first thing we noticed was a awesome and close female White-winged Scoter, and 
as we kept on walking we found a couple more males. Once we got as far on the 
pier as we felt was safe, we turned around. But on the way back about 100 ft 
frond the main harbors end I spotted a wired looking female Scoter. As soon as 
I lifted up my binoculars, I saw the overal brownish coloration, white blobs on 
the head and the funky beak of a Surf Scoter! As soon as we see it my dad and 
Todd start taking pictures, and we will post those later today or tomorrow. The 
only Scoter reports I have been seeing are White-winged and Black Scoters, so 
are Surf scoters just not being seen this year? I would love the feedback. 


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Subject: IBET BY H. finch
From: "John Baxter XXJB7Z AT AOL.COM [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 10:21:17 -0500
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/16733476635/in/photostream

Hi friends,
The 1st of the year/winter. Female with a bad left eye. Heard the male/female 
singing. 

N cardinals singing every day now. But not the GHO.

John Baxter
Bourbonnais, IL
Subject: IBET RB Gulls eating crayfish.
From: "robirdman AT theearlybirder.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 06:17:17 -0600
Another new video. This was at Montrose Beach, 11/2/2014, after the big storm. 
So many crayfish were washed up, that the gulls couldn’t make up their minds 
which to finish, and would get distracted by another 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvHN3EhlHXs 


Some more revised insect galleries. Unlike the previous Orders which were small 
and only had a gallery for a whole order, Beetles (order Coleoptera) are so 
diverse and outnumber all other organisms in terms of identified species, and 
merited many individual family galleries and even subfamilies for the largest 
families. Miscellaneous colorful, diverse or interesting examples: 


Tiger Beetles http://www.theearlybirder.com/insects/beetles/tigerbtl/index.htm
part of a subfamily of ground beetles 
http://www.theearlybirder.com/insects/beetles/Carabidae-Pterostichitae/index.htm 

Carrion beetles http://www.theearlybirder.com/insects/beetles/silphid/index.htm
Rove Beetles http://www.theearlybirder.com/insects/beetles/rove-btl/index.htm
Lacewing Beetles http://www.theearlybirder.com/insects/beetles/lycid/index.htm
Clerids http://www.theearlybirder.com/insects/beetles/cleroidea/index.htm
Buprestids http://www.theearlybirder.com/insects/beetles/buprestid/index.htm
Ladybugs http://www.theearlybirder.com/insects/beetles/ladybird/index.htm

I’ll post some more links to some other families with my next video but here 
is a link to the family hub. 
http://www.theearlybirder.com/insects/beetles/beetles.htm 


I just hope that some people will realize that there is a huge diversity of 
interesting life that they are missing when tallying the same bird species over 
and over. 


Rob Curtis
Chicago
www.theearlybirder.com

Subject: IBET Nick Minor, Rena Cohen, Jeff Reiter, Stacy Iwanicki and others are receiving awards from Chicago Audubon on March 28th (NO SIGHTINGS)
From: "casresearch AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 03:41:35 +0000 (UTC)
Since the 1970's, the Chicago Audubon Society has looked to thank and honor 
many local birders, conservationists, land managers, stewards, writers and 
other who have done so much to protect, save and help local wildlife, flora and 
open space. 

  
We'd like to share the list of 2015 CAS Environmental Award Recipients, as 
chosen by the CAS Board.  A number of birders are receiving awards this year, 
including Nick Minor, Rena Cohen, Jeff Reiter, Stacy Iwanicki, Kathleen Garness 
and others. 

  
We will be honoring them at our Awards Banquet on March 28, at the Silver 
Stallion Restaurant in Des Plaines, and hope that many others who appreciate 
their work, and perhaps have birded or worked with them, will come and join us 
as we thank them publicly.   

  
Following the dinner and Awards Ceremony, Roberta Asher will be giving a 
program "A Birder's Trip to Cuba".   

  
Details at 
http://www.chicagoaudubon.org/content/awards-dinner-and-annual-meeting   

  
Here is the list of this year's honorees: 
  


The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the following Awardees for 2015: 

  

Excellence in Environmental Reporting:   Jeff Reiter, Columnist, Daily Herald 

  

Protector of the Environment - Educator:  Stacy Iwanicki, Naturalist, Volo 
Bog, IDNR 


  

Protector of the Environment - Political Service:   Toni Preckwinkle, Board 
President, Forest Preserve District, Cook County 


  

Protector of the Environment - Single Act (Individual):   John and Jane 
Balaban, Bunker Hill Savanna and North Branch Prairie 


  

Protector of the Environment - Single Act (Group):   Loyola University, Reuben 
Keller and “Science and Society” class, working with Chicago Bird 
Collision Monitors 


  

Protector of the Environment - Avocation:  Kathleen Marie Garness, Botanical 
Illustrator, Educator, Steward, Monitor 


  

Protector of the Environment - Vocation:   Doug Taron, Curator of Biology, 
Notebaert Nature Museum 


  

Protector of the Environment - Group:  Chris Anchor (FPDCC Wildlife Biologist) 
and Stan Gehrt (Ohio State University): Urban Coyote Study 


  

Service to Chicago Area Birders:   Rena Cohen, President, Lake-Cook Audubon 

  

Young Environmentalist:    Nick Minor, Illinois Young Birder 

  




First Friend, Chicago Audubon:   North Park Village Nature Center 

  

  

Please join us! 


Alan Anderson, casresearch AT comcast.net, Des Plaines, Cook Co. 

  

see color photos of some of the Cuban birds that Roberta Asher will be talking 
about in her program, as well as other information on the Banquet and program, 
in the March/April CAS COMPASS - 


http://chicagoaudubon.org/sites/default/files/compass/compass_vol29-2_2015.pdf 

  




  Congratulations to the Recipients of the  Chicago Audubon Society 

2015 Environmental Awards!   


Subject: IBET Loyola Gulls
From: "Steve Spitzer steven0703 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 02:54:29 +0000 (UTC)
Hi Birders.  
I had posted a Glaucous Gull from Loyola Park a few days ago. Besides that 
bird, birds seen during this week included one more Glaucous Gull way out 
there, a Great Black-backed Gull, a Thayer's Gull, and lots of Ring-billed and 
Herring Gulls.   

Ducks seen this week were Scaups, a Mallard and Common Mergansers. The only 
land birds seen were a bunch of Crows out on the ice one day. I think they were 
helping the gulls clean up the dead scoters. 

Link will take you to a slide show of gulls with maybe a merganser thrown in.
Steve Spitzer
Chicago - Cook
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Subject: Re: IBET Ivory Gull now in western Iowa-NO ILL SIGHTINGS
From: "GyllenFish AT aol.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 19:45:22 -0500
But read this from the Missouri list before you get too excited: 
http://birding.aba.org/message.php?mesid=875430&MLID=MO&MLNM=Missouri 

 
Eric Gyllenhaal
Oak Park, Cook
  
 
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Sent: Fri, Mar 6, 2015 4:26 pm
Subject: IBET Ivory Gull now in western Iowa-NO ILL SIGHTINGS


  
 
  
  
There is a Ivory Gull in western Iowa. I wonder if it the same one from Quincy, 
Il? 

  
  
   
  
  
 
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Subject: IBET Ivory gull
From: "'w.serafin' w.serafin AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 17:42:04 -0600
Sorry I read the bird report wrong. It was reported from Missouri not Iowa.
Wes


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Subject: Re: IBET Diversey Turning Basin Red Throated Loon (No, again!) Fri 3-6-15
From: "Steve Huggins sjhuggins1209 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 16:40:37 -0600
The Red-throated Loon was seen briefly back at Diversey turning basin at 4.20pm 
- it got up an flew high to the east towards Lake Michigan shortly after 
finding it! I guess it could be moving between the two areas given it's long 
periods of apparent absence!! 


Cheers
Steve Huggins
Chicago,IL

Sent from my iPhone

> On Mar 6, 2015, at 2:09 PM, "Steve Huggins sjhuggins1209 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" 
 wrote: 

> 
> I birded north and south of Fullerton bridge this lunchtime - no loon here 
either but highlights at this location were 2 (1pr) Canvasback and 21 
White-winged Scoters, 68 Redhead, 247 Common Goldeneye, 28 Greater Scaup, 1 
Lesser Scaup and 18 Common Merganser. 

> 
> Cheers
> Steve Huggins
> Chicago, IL
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
>> On Mar 6, 2015, at 2:04 PM, "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" 
 wrote: 

>> 
>>  
>> Hello Bird People,
>> 
>> Saw Michelle's post about seeing the R.T. Loon at 8:25 a.m. so Jeff Sanders 
& I went to look arriving at about 10:20 a.m. Looked from the rear shopping 
center lot & Joe Lill was looking from the other side (east) of the river. We 
saw lots of ducks but no Loon. Joe said he & Andrew A had been looking before 
Jeff & I arrived & also did not find the Loon. Then Joe showed us where to park 
to check the river from Damen & Fullerton. More ducks there but again no Loon. 
This was the 4th or 5th time I've tried to re-find a R.T. Loon this year with 
each try ending in failure. As the 3 of us left Diversey we saw Donnie Dann 
arriving so maybe he had better luck. Here's what we did see: 

>> 
>> Chicago River North Branch From Diversey To Fullerton (10:20-11:45 a.m.)
>> 
>> Canada Goose (10-15)
>> Mallard (15-20)
>> Scaup Sp. (~30, planned to return to check Greater vs. Lesser but did not do 
so) 

>> CANVASBACK (1-F, with the Redheads)
>> Redhead (about 100 north of Diversey & at least 50-60 south of Diversey)
>> WHITE WINGED SCOTER (5 at Diversey, 8 at Damen & 4 at Fullerton)
>> Bufflehead (4-6)
>> Common Goldeneye (~200, probably more)
>> Common Merganser (20-25)
>> (Had we looked closer at the Scaup & Redheads we probably would have seen 
Ring Necked Ducks as well as they were here last time but, again, we did not 
return.) 

>> Coots (6)
>> Herring (4-6) & Ring Billed (~15) Gulls
>> 
>> Seen on nearby streets were Rock Pigeons, Starlings & House Sparrows & at 
home in Park Ridge were Downy Woodpecker, Robins & Cardinals for a "not very 
good" species total of 18. 

>> 
>> Bird-Of-The-Day to the 17 White Winged Scoters & Runner-Up to the female 
Canvasback. 

>> Best I could do today. Thanks to Joe Lill for showing us where to park at 
Damen & Fullerton. 

>> That will help the next time we head over there to NOT find the Loon!
>> 
>> Al Stokie
> 
> 
Subject: IBET Ivory Gull now in western Iowa-NO ILL SIGHTINGS
From: "w.serafin AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 22:26:25 +0000 (UTC)
There is a Ivory Gull in western Iowa. I wonder if it the same one from Quincy, 
Il? 



https://www.google.com/maps/place/40%C2%B015%2739.5%22N+94%C2%B041%2710.4%22W/ AT 40.2609595,-94.6862268,7z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x0 



Wes Serafin 
Orland Pk 



Subject: Re: IBET Diversey Turning Basin Red Throated Loon (No, again!) Fri 3-6-15
From: "Steve Huggins sjhuggins1209 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 14:09:30 -0600
I birded north and south of Fullerton bridge this lunchtime - no loon here 
either but highlights at this location were 2 (1pr) Canvasback and 21 
White-winged Scoters, 68 Redhead, 247 Common Goldeneye, 28 Greater Scaup, 1 
Lesser Scaup and 18 Common Merganser. 


Cheers
Steve Huggins
Chicago, IL

Sent from my iPhone

> On Mar 6, 2015, at 2:04 PM, "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" 
 wrote: 

> 
> Hello Bird People,
> 
> Saw Michelle's post about seeing the R.T. Loon at 8:25 a.m. so Jeff Sanders & 
I went to look arriving at about 10:20 a.m. Looked from the rear shopping 
center lot & Joe Lill was looking from the other side (east) of the river. We 
saw lots of ducks but no Loon. Joe said he & Andrew A had been looking before 
Jeff & I arrived & also did not find the Loon. Then Joe showed us where to park 
to check the river from Damen & Fullerton. More ducks there but again no Loon. 
This was the 4th or 5th time I've tried to re-find a R.T. Loon this year with 
each try ending in failure. As the 3 of us left Diversey we saw Donnie Dann 
arriving so maybe he had better luck. Here's what we did see: 

> 
> Chicago River North Branch From Diversey To Fullerton (10:20-11:45 a.m.)
> 
> Canada Goose (10-15)
> Mallard (15-20)
> Scaup Sp. (~30, planned to return to check Greater vs. Lesser but did not do 
so) 

> CANVASBACK (1-F, with the Redheads)
> Redhead (about 100 north of Diversey & at least 50-60 south of Diversey)
> WHITE WINGED SCOTER (5 at Diversey, 8 at Damen & 4 at Fullerton)
> Bufflehead (4-6)
> Common Goldeneye (~200, probably more)
> Common Merganser (20-25)
> (Had we looked closer at the Scaup & Redheads we probably would have seen 
Ring Necked Ducks as well as they were here last time but, again, we did not 
return.) 

> Coots (6)
> Herring (4-6) & Ring Billed (~15) Gulls
> 
> Seen on nearby streets were Rock Pigeons, Starlings & House Sparrows & at 
home in Park Ridge were Downy Woodpecker, Robins & Cardinals for a "not very 
good" species total of 18. 

> 
> Bird-Of-The-Day to the 17 White Winged Scoters & Runner-Up to the female 
Canvasback. 

> Best I could do today. Thanks to Joe Lill for showing us where to park at 
Damen & Fullerton. 

> That will help the next time we head over there to NOT find the Loon!
> 
> Al Stokie
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
Subject: IBET Diversey Turning Basin Red Throated Loon (No, again!) Fri 3-6-15
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 14:04:02 -0600
Hello Bird People,

Saw Michelle's post about seeing the R.T. Loon at 8:25 a.m. so Jeff Sanders
& I went to look arriving at about 10:20 a.m. Looked from the rear shopping
center lot & Joe Lill was looking from the other side (east) of the river.
We saw lots of ducks but no Loon. Joe said he & Andrew A had been looking
before Jeff & I arrived & also did not find the Loon. Then Joe showed us
where to park to check the river from Damen & Fullerton. More ducks there
but again no Loon. This was the 4th or 5th time I've tried to re-find a
R.T. Loon this year with each try ending in failure. As the 3 of us left
Diversey we saw Donnie Dann arriving so maybe he had better luck. Here's
what we did see:

Chicago River North Branch From Diversey To Fullerton (10:20-11:45 a.m.)

Canada Goose (10-15)
Mallard (15-20)
Scaup Sp. (~30, planned to return to check Greater vs. Lesser but did not
do so)
CANVASBACK (1-F, with the Redheads)
Redhead (about 100 north of Diversey & at least 50-60 south of Diversey)
WHITE WINGED SCOTER (5 at Diversey, 8 at Damen & 4 at Fullerton)
Bufflehead (4-6)
Common Goldeneye (~200, probably more)
Common Merganser (20-25)
(Had we looked closer at the Scaup & Redheads we probably would have seen
Ring Necked Ducks as well as they were here last time but, again, we did
not return.)
Coots (6)
Herring (4-6) & Ring Billed (~15) Gulls

Seen on nearby streets were Rock Pigeons, Starlings & House Sparrows & at
home in Park Ridge were Downy Woodpecker, Robins & Cardinals for a "not
very good" species total of 18.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the 17 White Winged Scoters & Runner-Up to the female
Canvasback.
Best I could do today. Thanks to Joe Lill for showing us where to park at
Damen & Fullerton.
That will help the next time we head over there to NOT find the Loon!

Al Stokie
Subject: IBET Black-backed Gull video
From: "robirdman AT theearlybirder.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 08:43:18 -0600
I’ve only gone out twice since the beginning of the year to photograph gulls, 
concentrating instead on reorganizing my Arthropod and plant images instead. 
Now I’m just getting back to bird video backlogs, for a change. 

Here is a gull feeding on a fish, that was at Montrose 11/29/2014 that I 
thought was a Great BBG, but I have had divergent opinions, as Lesser. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAxV4aXe15o

Some other miscellaneous, revamped Insect Order galleries for anyone 
interested: 

Mayfiles http://www.theearlybirder.com/insects/mayflies/index.htm
Stoneflies http://www.theearlybirder.com/insects/plecoptera/index.htm
Dobsonflies http://www.theearlybirder.com/insects/megaloptera/index.htm
Scorpionflies 
http://www.theearlybirder.com/insects/mecoptera/panorpidae/index.htm 

Caddisflies http://www.theearlybirder.com/insects/trichoptera/index.htm

Mantisflies & Lacewings 
http://www.theearlybirder.com/insects/neuroptera/index.htm 


A hub to more Orders is here: 
http://www.theearlybirder.com/insects/insector.html 


Rob Curtis
Chicago
www.theearlybirder.com
Subject: IBET Diversey turning basin RT Loon
From: "Michelle Devlin michelledevlin AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 08:34:14 -0600
Seen this morning around 825. It was at the very south end of the parking lot 
that runs behind the shopping center, close to the west bank of the river. 


Sent from my iPhone

Michelle Devlin 
Chicago





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Subject: IBET Posting Corrections
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 18:50:05 -0600
Hello Again Bird People,

I had mentioned I had a bad day birding today & it looks like I also had a
bad day keying in my post for today. The subject line should read Starved
Rock (not Pock) & the Gull mentioned in the 2nd line should read Great
Black Backed Gull not Great Backed Gull, whatever that is.
But you are all so smart you probably figured that out all by yourselves.
Sorry for the sloppy work!

Al Stokie
Subject: IBET Starved Pock Area In LaSalle County Thur 3-5-15
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 18:40:41 -0600
Hello Bird People,

Not a very good day for Andy S & myself today. Started a little late so as
to avoid cold weather "steam" problems over the water. Andy's target was a
young Great Backed Gull seen in the wide part of the Illinois River near
the Lone Pine Shelter section of Starved Rock State Park. I mainly just
went along for the outing & my own low expectations were what I got. Not
only did we not find the G.B.B. Gull but we found few Gulls of any kind.
Most of the ducks were the same ones we have been seeing this Winter with 1
exception & that species has been seen at the D.P. River Widewaters area.
Oh well, can't have a good day every day & maybe I'll do better tomorrow.
Here's what we did see today:

Illinois River From The Lone Pine Shelter To The Dam

Canada Goose (~95)
Mallard (1-M)
CANVASBACK (5-M & 2-F)
Lesser Scaup (12-14)
Goldeneye (40-45)
Common Merganser (19)
Herring Gull (18-20)
BALD EAGLE (9)

Starved Rock State Park Feeders

Cooper's Hawk (1, scattered all the small birds)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (2)
Downy Woodpecker (1)
Blue Jay (2)
Chickadee (6)
Tufted Titmouse (2)
W.B. Nuthatch (4)
Cardinal (2)
Tree Sparrow (4)
Junco (12-15)
House Finch (3)
PINE SISKIN (6-7)
Goldfinch (4)
Brown Headed Cowbird (~50, but no other Blackbirds)
House Sparrow (10-12)

LaSalle County Roadside Birds

Red Tailed Hawk (3)
WILD TURKEY (3)
Eastern Bluebird (2, only a very quick look)

With a few additions while driving I had 32 species for the day.
A Bad Day Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the 3 big Wild Turkeys &
Runners-Up goes to the many Bald Eagles, the 7 Canvasbacks & the Siskins.

Al Stokie
Subject: Re: IBET Re: Black-crown Night Heron nests
From: "Joan Norek NorekJ AT aol.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 18:35:06 -0500
Michael,
 
You impression was correct. There were quite a number of BCNH nests in the wolf 
area of the children's zoo last year, and some nests west of the zoo. 

 
These areas are unfortunately much smaller than the real estate they have lost 
along the promenade, and apparently they have also lost the area south of North 
Ave. by the statue. 

 
My final comments will be posted on IBF, but will add here that possibly those 
birds will be desperate enough to try nesting in the S. Pond area again this 
year. 

 
 
 
 

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



 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Graff mikeg_606 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds] 
 

To: ILbirds 
Sent: Thu, Mar 5, 2015 5:23 pm
Subject: IBET Re: Black-crown Night Heron nests


    
   
    
     
Hi all, 
 
 Last summer, I was told by zoo employees that a significant number of BCNH 
nested in the children's zoo. They said that the number of fledglings exceeded 
previous years. That is anecdotal, but in various walks I did see some birds as 
I passed the children's zoo. 

 
 Good birding.
 
 Michael GRAFF 
 
 Chicago 
    
    
 
   
Subject: IBET Re: Black-crown Night Heron nests
From: "Michael Graff mikeg_606 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 17:23:07 -0600
Hi all, 

Last summer, I was told by zoo employees that a significant number of BCNH 
nested in the children's zoo. They said that the number of fledglings exceeded 
previous years. That is anecdotal, but in various walks I did see some birds as 
I passed the children's zoo. 


Good birding.

Michael GRAFF 

Chicago 

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Subject: Re: IBET Red-throated Loon on NB of Chicago River
From: "Joan Norek NorekJ AT aol.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 17:52:32 -0500
I tried for a good in-the-water look at that RT Loon this afternoon at the 
Diversey turning basin and did not find it there. Started at about 3:15. 

 
Hope the other birder out there will get a good look from behind Cosco (near 
Damen Ave. bridge) or at Fullerton. 

 
 
Good birdings,
 
 
 

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



 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: rawsbb AT mac.com [ILbirds] 
To: ILbirds 
Sent: Thu, Mar 5, 2015 3:25 pm
Subject: IBET Red-throated Loon on NB of Chicago River


    
   
    
     
    
A RED-THROATED LOON has been seen by several people on the North Branch of the 
Chicago River. I saw it this morning from the bridge at Fullerton, moving 
north. I was impressed at how fast it moved. Not even 3 minutes later and 
within two to three dives it had gone passed the Damen bridge. 

    


    
Other birds of note, this morning, were 4 BLACK SCOTERS on the lake by the 
Diversey Harbor mouth. The two males and two females were flushed by two 
helicopters. However, they stayed in the vicinity and might come back closer to 
shore. 

    


    
Sam Burckhardt
    
Chicago
    
Cook County
    
    
    
 
   
Subject: IBET Red-throated Loon on NB of Chicago River
From: "rawsbb AT mac.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 05 Mar 2015 13:25:51 -0800
A RED-THROATED LOON has been seen by several people on the North Branch of the 
Chicago River. I saw it this morning from the bridge at Fullerton, moving 
north. I was impressed at how fast it moved. Not even 3 minutes later and 
within two to three dives it had gone passed the Damen bridge. 

 

 Other birds of note, this morning, were 4 BLACK SCOTERS on the lake by the 
Diversey Harbor mouth. The two males and two females were flushed by two 
helicopters. However, they stayed in the vicinity and might come back closer to 
shore. 

 

 Sam Burckhardt
 Chicago
 Cook County
Subject: RE: IBET Lincoln Park BCNH Rookery is No More - Nesting Trees All Gone...
From: "'Carolyn A. Marsh' cmarshbird AT prodigy.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 15:02:25 -0600
Since the tree slaughter at Jackson Park and West Ridge Nature Preserve
(Rosehill), I asked Ibeters Mar. 4 for factual information on the current
status, landscape, of the remaining BCNH nest trees at the Lincoln Park.  I
respect that Steve and others posted information and their thoughts as well.
Also, in my post was a direct link to the Forum on BCNH at
http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topic=54434.0.
 for possible responses.
Since Jill Niland responded back to IBET and not the Forum, I don't feel we
should be scolded as violating IBET. 

 

If questions would be answered with facts that would be helpful. Not
everyone accepts whatever the CPD says at face value. 

 

Carolyn

  _____  

From: Jill Niland [mailto:bwwarbler AT yahoo.com] 
Sent: Thursday, March 05, 2015 12:52 PM
To: Carolyn A. Marsh; 'Joan Norek'; stevejner AT yahoo.com;
ilbirds AT yahoogroups.com
Cc: cakile AT att.net; malango AT rcn.com; Chris Williamson
Subject: Re: IBET Lincoln Park BCNH Rookery is No More - Nesting Trees All
Gone...

 

The tree removal was discussed on ILbirds just over a year ago.  See
messages copied below since linking to them didn't seem to work. There was
other discussion as well that can be searched for various opinions on the
tree removal. 

 

No citation is involved or needed.  It was solely an assumption that monies
were available because regardless of the park district's finances, they
still do preventive maintenance on trees that may be dangerous.  It was
never a plan-- according to the CPD-- that existing trees would be left
beyond the two year period, but instead that new trees of some uniform
height, girth and age could be planted without the concern of maintaining
trees that might fall. 

 

You might recall that there was an outcry from many people who contacted the
park district and the media about the tree removal.  I'm not sure why we
would need to continue to debate actions that have already occurred and
about which we can do nothing.  

 

Note that this might be 'inappropriate' for the list serve because in the
past, ILbird administrators have requested that members take lengthy and/or
heated discussions about conservation issues off of ILbirds. I don't know if
that requirement is still in force.  

 

Jill Niland

Chicago

 

From Feb. 13, 2014:
  

I attended the meeting and will add that the LP Zoo ecologist/ornithologist
noted that one tree in the row of trees south of the pond had already
fallen, killing several chicks. During a brief visit to the zoo a year or so
ago, I saw many nests and at least 60 birds in the Childrens' Zoo, which is
a very small area. As Chris notes, they have spread throughout that entire
area of the park. 

 

Jill Niland

Chicago

 

 

From: "birdchris AT aol.com" 
To: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 11:40 PM
Subject: IBET: Black-crowned Night-heron news from LPAC meetings

 

  

Good evening, birders,

As expected, the Chicago Park District (CPD) tonight presented its plans to
the Lincoln Park Advisory Council (LPAC) for replacing the diseased, dying
and dead trees that line the sidewalk promenade south of South Pond where
Black-crowned Night-herons (BCNH) have nested in record numbers over the
past few years.

This alley of trees was planted 30 years ago to replace trees killed by
Dutch Elm Disease. The trees there now are Ash and Linden. The CPD forester
said all of the Ash trees have been negatively impacted by the Emerald
Ash-borer beetle and are dead or dying. Some ashes already have fallen. All
of the Linden trees also are in bad shape. When pressed by audience
questions, the CPD forester said that it is apparent that these trees were
planted using poor forestry practices.

All living and dead trees in this alley will be removed and replaced. 

The plan is that CPD will start taking down half of the trees soon. Frozen
land is good for removal. They hope to plant the replacements this spring,
but it may not be until fall. This includes filling in all of the spots
where trees already have fallen down. The deciding factor is when the herons
return.

A group of Ash trees will remain this summer at the north end of the alley
for heron nesting and will be fenced. The CPD forester told the LPAC meeting
that his crews may have to devise a way to keep these particular trees
upright for the nesting season.

The ultimate replacement species has not been decided. Research is being
done to determine what was originally there. Printed 

records at the park district are not reliable so historical photos of the
area are being sought. The placeholder species is an Elm hybrid.

The Lincoln Park Zoo and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR)
have worked closely with CPD to craft a plan for removing trees that are a
danger not only to humans, but also to the BCNH nesting colony. It would be
horrible if nests were built in trees that are weak and chicks are born and
killed, injured or abandoned by their parents when the tree or its limbs
fall.

Leaving these diseased and dead trees where they are is irresponsible to
both BCNH and the humans who care about them.

I have been the Bird Conservation Network's liaison with the Lincoln Park
Zoo for the past three years, going into the fourth year in 2014. The zoo is
the main project manager for the BCNH nesting efforts and it has done an
excellent job.

Zoo personnel are out checking the main nesting colonies and the many, many
nesting outposts these amazingly adaptive urban BCNH have found all over the
south end of Lincoln Park. Birders know this: Steve Huggins and I and many
other birders are tracking these nests all spring and summer almost every
day. 

I'm thinking back to the hysteria the birding community (especially me, very
publicly) experienced when the zoo revamped South Pond. We were screaming
about disrupting the BCNH nests on the island in the pond, predicting doom.

And we were SO wrong about the perseverance of BCNH to nest and their
stunning nesting success. 

Chicago is home to the biggest urban BCNH colony in the U.S.; Lincoln Park
Zoo is amassing a core of data about BCNH behavior; Willowbrook Wildlife
Center in DuPage County where injured chicks and adult are taken for
rehabilitation is renowned for its increasing medical skill with this
species; and probably most important, "regular" people have started to LOVE
BCNHs. Many neighbors are big fans. 

The birding community should remain vigilant to be sure the tree replacement
project is done well. But the fact is that the current trees have to go, new
trees will be planted, and in the meantime, Lincoln Park offers abundant
habitat for BCNH.

Christine Williamson

Chicago/Cook

birdchris AT aol.com

 

  _____  

From: "'Carolyn A. Marsh' cmarshbird AT prodigy.net [ILbirds]"

To: 'Jill Niland' ; 'Joan Norek' ;
stevejner AT yahoo.com; ilbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Cc: cakile AT att.net; malango AT rcn.com 
Sent: Thursday, March 5, 2015 11:59 AM
Subject: RE: IBET Lincoln Park BCNH Rookery is No More - Nesting Trees All
Gone...

 

  

Jill, please provide the source for this new premise as to why the healthy
Linden and Ash trees had to be removed in two consecutive winters. "BCNHs
are hard on the trees in which they nest, and the result of all that guano
is reduction of photosynthesis in the leaves and gradual death of the trees,
as I understand it."

Also, since the Chicago Park District is financially broke as is the city
and state, did COS/Lincoln Park Advisory Council members ask the CPD where
the money came from? "Undoubtedly the park district had money that they
needed to use to remove trees that were likely to fall over and hurt people,
other animals, and the night herons."

 

Carolyn Marsh, Whiting, IN

 

  _____  

 

From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of
Jill Niland bwwarbler AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]
Sent: Wednesday, March 04, 2015 7:20 PM
To: Joan Norek; stevejner AT yahoo.com; ilbirds AT yahoogroups.com
Cc: cakile AT att.net; malango AT rcn.com
Subject: Re: IBET Lincoln Park BCNH Rookery is No More - Nesting Trees All
Gone...

 

  

If there were an intention to remove the rookery, then the zoo failed at
that because the birds settled in various other parts of the zoo instead of
the allee trees. The next year there were more birds and nests than had been
in the park previously, as I recall. (You can check with the zoo for that
statistic though). 

 

Undoubtedly the park district had money that they needed to use to remove
trees that were likely to fall over and hurt people, other animals, and the
night herons. BCNHs are hard on the trees in which they nest, and the result
of all that guano is reduction of photosynthesis in the leaves and gradual
death of the trees, as I understand it. A couple of springs ago, at least
one tree had toppled with nests in it, and while there were young herons
still hanging out in the tree, I believe it was reported that some of the
nestlings were killed when it fell.  The park district did what they had
planned and reported-two years ago--remove some of the trees that year,
leaving several that returning night herons could use, and then remove the
rest the following year.

 

The removal of the allee trees isn't new news, and it's probably not
appropriate for ILbirds, so maybe the discussion should be taken to Illinois
Birders' forum or elsewhere.  

 

Jill Niland


  

  _____  

From: "Joan Norek NorekJ AT aol.com [ILbirds]"

To: stevejner AT yahoo.com; ilbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Cc: cakile AT att.net; malango AT rcn.com ; cmarshbird AT prodigy.net 
Sent: Wednesday, March 4, 2015 5:36 PM
Subject: Re: IBET Lincoln Park BCNH Rookery is No More - Nesting Trees All
Gone...

 

  

Thank you Steve for a more thorough examination of the site than I made when
answering an IBET inquiry a day or so ago.

 

Also thanks for the additional information regarding how the tree removal
situation is now being described by some birders -- which is possibly the
first semi-public comment/acknowledgement I have heard that includes, or at
least implies, a deliberate intention to remove the Black-crowned
Night-Heron rookery.

 

 

 

 

 

Joan Norek

Chicago
norekj AT aol.com

Hope is the thing with feathers - that perches in the soul - and sings the
tune without the words - and never stops at all.  Emily Dickinson

 

 

-----Original Message-----
From: S J stevejner AT yahoo.com [ILbirds] 
To: IBET 
Cc: Leslie Borns ; Luis Munoz < malango AT rcn.com >; Carolyn
A. Marsh 
Sent: Wed, Mar 4, 2015 4:08 pm
Subject: IBET Lincoln Park BCNH Rookery is No More - Nesting Trees All
Gone...

I walked the Promenade from South Pond to the Franklin Statue. I am very sad
to report that there are none of the old trees left along the Promenade save
the northern most tree on the east side of the Promenade. I did not see and
nest material in that tree though. I scanned the older trees that are east
and just west of the original Rookery and could not find any nests. As far
as new plantings, There are a total of 31 new trees. All are between 15 and
20 feet tall. There are 16 along the east side and 15 along the west side.
They start at the very north end about 15 feet apart but, there are long
gaps in between groups of plantings where you can see the stumps of the last
felled original trees. Th e following roughly represents the Promenade with
an X indicating a new planting. An O for the remaining old tree. 

  

South  O X  X  X                         X  X  X  X  X  X               X  X
X          X  X  X  X       Franklin 

Pond           &nb sp;
Statue 

                X  X  X        &nb sp;                X  X  X  X  X
X  X  X         X  X  X  X 

  

Needless to say I am very upset that every tree was removed. I know there
were some healthy ones and that those were not to be removed. I remember
hearing something I found odd when I attended the Montrose Planning Meeting
at the Nature Museum last month. Some Birders were saying that the reason
trees were being removed from the Rookery was due to the toxicity of the
Heron waste. That might explain why all the trees were felled but, my
cynical gut tells me it has something more to do with spending all the money
in the budget. Does not seem right that an endangered Birds Rookery can be
completely destroyed. Makes me very concerned about what may become of
Montrose BIRD Sanctuary. Hope we don't end up calling it the Montrose People
Sanctuary! 

Kind Regards, 

Steve 



 
Subject: Re: IBET Lincoln Park BCNH Rookery is No More - Nesting Trees All Gone...
From: "Jill Niland bwwarbler AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 18:51:55 +0000 (UTC)
The tree removal was discussed on ILbirds just over a year ago.  See messages 
copied below since linking to them didn't seem to work. There was other 
discussion as well that can be searched for various opinions on the tree 
removal.  


No citation is involved or needed.  It was solely an assumption that monies 
were available because regardless of the park district's finances, they still 
do preventive maintenance on trees that may be dangerous.  It was never a 
plan-- according to the CPD-- that existing trees would be left beyond the two 
year period, but instead that new trees of some uniform height, girth and age 
could be planted without the concern of maintaining trees that might fall. 

You might recall that there was an outcry from many people who contacted the 
park district and the media about the tree removal.  I'm not sure why we 
would need to continue to debate actions that have already occurred and about 
which we can do nothing.  

Note that this might be 'inappropriate' for the list serve because in the past, 
ILbird administrators have requested that members take lengthy and/or heated 
discussions about conservation issues off of ILbirds. I don't know if that 
requirement is still in force.   

Jill NilandChicago
From Feb. 13, 2014:
  I attended the meeting and will add that the LP Zoo ecologist/ornithologist 
noted that one tree in the row of trees south of the pond had already fallen, 
killing several chicks. During a brief visit to the zoo a year or so ago, I 
saw many nests and at least 60 birds in the Childrens' Zoo, which is a very 
small area. As Chris notes, they have spread throughout that entire area of the 
park. 

Jill NilandChicago

From: "birdchris AT aol.com" 
To: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 11:40 PM
Subject: IBET: Black-crowned Night-heron news from LPAC meetings
 
  Good evening, birders,As expected, the Chicago Park District (CPD) tonight 
presented its plans to the Lincoln Park Advisory Council (LPAC) for replacing 
the diseased, dying and dead trees that line the sidewalk promenade south of 
South Pond where Black-crowned Night-herons (BCNH) have nested in record 
numbers over the past few years.This alley of trees was planted 30 years ago to 
replace trees killed by Dutch Elm Disease. The trees there now are Ash and 
Linden. The CPD forester said all of the Ash trees have been negatively 
impacted by the Emerald Ash-borer beetle and are dead or dying. Some ashes 
already have fallen. All of the Linden trees also are in bad shape. When 
pressed by audience questions, the CPD forester said that it is apparent that 
these trees were planted using poor forestry practices.All living and dead 
trees in this alley will be removed and replaced. The plan is that CPD will 
start taking down half of the trees soon. Frozen land is good for removal. They 
hope to plant the replacements this spring, but it may not be until fall. This 
includes filling in all of the spots where trees already have fallen down. The 
deciding factor is when the herons return.A group of Ash trees will remain this 
summer at the north end of the alley for heron nesting and will be fenced. The 
CPD forester told the LPAC meeting that his crews may have to devise a way to 
keep these particular trees upright for the nesting season.The ultimate 
replacement species has not been decided. Research is being done to determine 
what was originally there. Printed records at the park district are not 
reliable so historical photos of the area are being sought. The placeholder 
species is an Elm hybrid.The Lincoln Park Zoo and the Illinois Department of 
Natural Resources (IDNR) have worked closely with CPD to craft a plan for 
removing trees that are a danger not only to humans, but also to the BCNH 
nesting colony. It would be horrible if nests were built in trees that are weak 
and chicks are born and killed, injured or abandoned by their parents when the 
tree or its limbs fall.Leaving these diseased and dead trees where they are is 
irresponsible to both BCNH and the humans who care about them.I have been the 
Bird Conservation Network’s liaison with the Lincoln Park Zoo for the past 
three years, going into the fourth year in 2014. The zoo is the main project 
manager for the BCNH nesting efforts and it has done an excellent job.Zoo 
personnel are out checking the main nesting colonies and the many, many nesting 
outposts these amazingly adaptive urban BCNH have found all over the south end 
of Lincoln Park. Birders know this: Steve Huggins and I and many other birders 
are tracking these nests all spring and summer almost every day. I’m thinking 
back to the hysteria the birding community (especially me, very publicly) 
experienced when the zoo revamped South Pond. We were screaming about 
disrupting the BCNH nests on the island in the pond, predicting doom.And we 
were SO wrong about the perseverance of BCNH to nest and their stunning nesting 
success. Chicago is home to the biggest urban BCNH colony in the U.S.; Lincoln 
Park Zoo is amassing a core of data about BCNH behavior; Willowbrook Wildlife 
Center in DuPage County where injured chicks and adult are taken for 
rehabilitation is renowned for its increasing medical skill with this species; 
and probably most important, “regular” people have started to LOVE BCNHs. 
Many neighbors are big fans. The birding community should remain vigilant to be 
sure the tree replacement project is done well. But the fact is that the 
current trees have to go, new trees will be planted, and in the meantime, 
Lincoln Park offers abundant habitat for BCNH.Christine 
WilliamsonChicago/Cookbirdchris AT aol.com 

 From: "'Carolyn A. Marsh' cmarshbird AT prodigy.net [ILbirds]" 
 

 To: 'Jill Niland' ; 'Joan Norek' ; 
stevejner AT yahoo.com; ilbirds AT yahoogroups.com 

Cc: cakile AT att.net; malango AT rcn.com 
 Sent: Thursday, March 5, 2015 11:59 AM
 Subject: RE: IBET Lincoln Park BCNH Rookery is No More - Nesting Trees All 
Gone... 

   
  Jill, please providethe source for this new premise as to why the healthy 
Linden and Ash trees had to be removed in twoconsecutive winters. “BCNHs are 
hardon the trees in which they nest, and the result of all that guano 
isreduction of photosynthesis in the leaves and gradual death of the trees, as 
Iunderstand it.” Also, since theChicago Park District is financially broke as 
is the city and state, did COS/LincolnPark Advisory Council members ask the CPD 
where the money came from? “Undoubtedly the park district had moneythat they 
needed to use to remove trees that were likely to fall over and hurtpeople, 
other animals, and the night herons.”   Carolyn Marsh, Whiting,IN   


From:ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Jill 
Niland bwwarbler AT yahoo.com [ILbirds] 

Sent: Wednesday, March 04, 20157:20 PM
To: Joan Norek;stevejner AT yahoo.com; ilbirds AT yahoogroups.com
Cc: cakile AT att.net; malango AT rcn.com
Subject: Re: IBET Lincoln ParkBCNH Rookery is No More - Nesting Trees All 
Gone...     If there were an intention to remove the rookery, then the 
zoofailed at that because the birds settled in various other parts ofthe zoo 
instead of the allee trees. The next year there were more birdsand nests than 
had been in the park previously, as I recall. (You can checkwith the zoo for 
that statistic though).   Undoubtedly the park district had money that they 
needed touse to remove trees that were likely to fall over and hurt people, 
otheranimals, and the night herons. BCNHs are hard on the treesin which they 
nest, and the result of all that guano is reduction ofphotosynthesis in the 
leaves and gradual death of the trees, as I understand it. Acouple of springs 
ago, at least one tree had toppled with nests in it, andwhile there were young 
herons still hanging out in the tree, I believeit was reported that some of 
the nestlings were killed when it fell. The park district did what they had 
planned and reported-two years ago--removesome of the trees that year, leaving 
several that returning night herons coulduse, and then remove the rest the 
following year.   The removal of the allee trees isn't new news, and it's 
probablynot appropriate for ILbirds, so maybe the discussion should be taken 
toIllinois Birders' forum or elsewhere.    Jill Niland 

  From: "Joan Norek NorekJ AT aol.com [ILbirds]" 

To: stevejner AT yahoo.com;ilbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Cc: cakile AT att.net; malango AT rcn.com ; cmarshbird AT prodigy.net 
Sent:Wednesday, March 4, 2015 5:36 PM
Subject:Re: IBET Lincoln Park BCNH Rookery is No More - Nesting Trees All 
Gone...     Thank you Steve for a more thorough examination of the sitethan 
I made when answering an IBET inquiry a day or so ago.   Also thanks for the 
additional information regarding how thetree removal situation is now being 
described by some birders --which is possibly the first semi-public 
comment/acknowledgement I haveheard that includes, or at least implies, a 
deliberate intention to remove theBlack-crowned Night-Heron rookery.       
    Joan Norek Chicago 

norekj AT aol.com Hope is the thing with feathers - that perches in the soul - 
andsings the tune without the words - and never stops at all.  EmilyDickinson 
    -----OriginalMessage----- 

From: S J stevejner AT yahoo.com[ILbirds] 
To: IBET 
Cc: Leslie Borns ; Luis Munoz < malango AT rcn.com >;Carolyn A. 
Marsh  

Sent: Wed, Mar 4, 2015 4:08 pm
Subject: IBET Lincoln Park BCNH Rookery is No More - Nesting Trees All Gone... 
I walked the Promenade from South Pond to the Franklin Statue. Iam very sad to 
report that there are none of the old trees left along thePromenade save the 
northern most tree on the east side of the Promenade. I didnot see and nest 
material in that tree though. I scanned the older trees thatare east and just 
west of the original Rookery and could not find any nests. Asfar as new 
plantings, There are a total of 31 new trees. All are between 15 and20 feet 
tall. There are 16 along the east side and 15 along the west side. Theystart at 
the very north end about 15 feet apart but, there are long gaps inbetween 
groups of plantings where you can see the stumps of the last felledoriginal 
trees. Th e following roughly represents the Promenade with an Xindicating a 
new planting. An O for the remaining old tree.   South  O X  
X X                        X  X  X  X 
 X X              X  X  X          X X  X  
X       Franklin 
Pond                                                                                                                              Statue 
               X  X  
X                        X  X  X  
X X                   X  X  X         X X  X  
X   Needless to say I am very upset that every tree was removed.I know there 
were some healthy ones and that those were not to be removed.I remember hearing 
something I found odd when I attended the Montrose PlanningMeeting at the 
Nature Museum last month.Some Birders were saying that the reason trees were 
being removed from theRookery was due to the toxicity of the Heron waste. That 
might explain why allthe trees were felled but, my cynical gut tells me it has 
something more to dowith spending all the money in the budget. Does not seem 
right that anendangered Birds Rookery can be completely destroyed. Makes me 
very concernedabout what may become of Montrose BIRD Sanctuary. Hope we don't 
end up callingit the Montrose People Sanctuary! Kind Regards, Steve 
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Subject: RE: IBET Lincoln Park BCNH Rookery is No More - Nesting Trees All Gone...
From: "'Carolyn A. Marsh' cmarshbird AT prodigy.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 11:59:47 -0600
Jill, please provide the source for this new premise as to why the healthy
Linden and Ash trees had to be removed in two consecutive winters. "BCNHs
are hard on the trees in which they nest, and the result of all that guano
is reduction of photosynthesis in the leaves and gradual death of the trees,
as I understand it."

Also, since the Chicago Park District is financially broke as is the city
and state, did COS/Lincoln Park Advisory Council members ask the CPD where
the money came from? "Undoubtedly the park district had money that they
needed to use to remove trees that were likely to fall over and hurt people,
other animals, and the night herons."

 

Carolyn Marsh, Whiting, IN

 

  _____  

From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of
Jill Niland bwwarbler AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]
Sent: Wednesday, March 04, 2015 7:20 PM
To: Joan Norek; stevejner AT yahoo.com; ilbirds AT yahoogroups.com
Cc: cakile AT att.net; malango AT rcn.com
Subject: Re: IBET Lincoln Park BCNH Rookery is No More - Nesting Trees All
Gone...

 

  

If there were an intention to remove the rookery, then the zoo failed at
that because the birds settled in various other parts of the zoo instead of
the allee trees. The next year there were more birds and nests than had been
in the park previously, as I recall. (You can check with the zoo for that
statistic though). 

 

Undoubtedly the park district had money that they needed to use to remove
trees that were likely to fall over and hurt people, other animals, and the
night herons. BCNHs are hard on the trees in which they nest, and the result
of all that guano is reduction of photosynthesis in the leaves and gradual
death of the trees, as I understand it. A couple of springs ago, at least
one tree had toppled with nests in it, and while there were young herons
still hanging out in the tree, I believe it was reported that some of the
nestlings were killed when it fell.  The park district did what they had
planned and reported-two years ago--remove some of the trees that year,
leaving several that returning night herons could use, and then remove the
rest the following year.

 

The removal of the allee trees isn't new news, and it's probably not
appropriate for ILbirds, so maybe the discussion should be taken to Illinois
Birders' forum or elsewhere.  

 

Jill Niland


  

  _____  

From: "Joan Norek NorekJ AT aol.com [ILbirds]"

To: stevejner AT yahoo.com; ilbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Cc: cakile AT att.net; malango AT rcn.com; cmarshbird AT prodigy.net 
Sent: Wednesday, March 4, 2015 5:36 PM
Subject: Re: IBET Lincoln Park BCNH Rookery is No More - Nesting Trees All
Gone...

 

  

Thank you Steve for a more thorough examination of the site than I made when
answering an IBET inquiry a day or so ago.

 

Also thanks for the additional information regarding how the tree removal
situation is now being described by some birders -- which is possibly the
first semi-public comment/acknowledgement I have heard that includes, or at
least implies, a deliberate intention to remove the Black-crowned
Night-Heron rookery.

 

 

 

 

 

Joan Norek

Chicago
norekj AT aol.com

Hope is the thing with feathers - that perches in the soul - and sings the
tune without the words - and never stops at all.  Emily Dickinson

 

 

-----Original Message-----
From: S J stevejner AT yahoo.com [ILbirds] 
To: IBET 
Cc: Leslie Borns ; Luis Munoz ; Carolyn A.
Marsh 
Sent: Wed, Mar 4, 2015 4:08 pm
Subject: IBET Lincoln Park BCNH Rookery is No More - Nesting Trees All
Gone...

I walked the Promenade from South Pond to the Franklin Statue. I am very sad
to report that there are none of the old trees left along the Promenade save
the northern most tree on the east side of the Promenade. I did not see and
nest material in that tree though. I scanned the older trees that are east
and just west of the original Rookery and could not find any nests. As far
as new plantings, There are a total of 31 new trees. All are between 15 and
20 feet tall. There are 16 along the east side and 15 along the west side.
They start at the very north end about 15 feet apart but, there are long
gaps in between groups of plantings where you can see the stumps of the last
felled original trees. Th e following roughly represents the Promenade with
an X indicating a new planting. An O for the remaining old tree. 

  

South  O X  X  X                         X  X  X  X  X  X               X  X
X          X  X  X  X       Franklin 

Pond           &nb sp;
Statue 

                X  X  X        &nb sp;                X  X  X  X  X
X  X  X         X  X  X  X 

  

Needless to say I am very upset that every tree was removed. I know there
were some healthy ones and that those were not to be removed. I remember
hearing something I found odd when I attended the Montrose Planning Meeting
at the Nature Museum last month. Some Birders were saying that the reason
trees were being removed from the Rookery was due to the toxicity of the
Heron waste. That might explain why all the trees were felled but, my
cynical gut tells me it has something more to do with spending all the money
in the budget. Does not seem right that an endangered Birds Rookery can be
completely destroyed. Makes me very concerned about what may become of
Montrose BIRD Sanctuary. Hope we don't end up calling it the Montrose People
Sanctuary! 

Kind Regards, 

Steve 
Subject: IBET Snow Buntings
From: "Eric Smith esmith54 AT frontier.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 03:10:19 +0000 (UTC)
I have never seen so many snow buntings as I have in the past few weeks.  
Flocks of 25-150 birds on the county roads between Leroy, Mahomet and Gibson 
City.  A nice treat before the weather warms up next week. 


Eric SmithLeroy, IL 
Subject: IBET Black-crown Night Heron nests
From: "carol nelson carol6620 AT att.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 17:55:57 -0800
After reading one of the posts on this subject stating that the BCNHs have 
settled in other parts of the Zoo, I have to wonder just how "safe and 
protected" those nests are from future removal. Next year and the year after 
that will there be other "reasons" to eliminate those nest trees? 


And just why is this subject inappropriate for IBET? Seems to me that the 
comments thus far fall within the purview of Illinois Birders Exchanging 
Thoughts. 


Carol Nelson 
Chicago 
Cook County 
Subject: Re: IBET Lincoln Park BCNH Rookery is No More - Nesting Trees All Gone...
From: "Jill Niland bwwarbler AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 01:19:47 +0000 (UTC)
If there were an intention to remove the rookery, then the zoo failed at that 
because the birds settled in various other parts of the zoo instead of the 
allee trees. The next year there were more birds and nests than had been in 
the park previously, as I recall. (You can check with the zoo for that 
statistic though). 

Undoubtedly the park district had money that they needed to use to remove 
trees that were likely to fall over and hurt people, other animals, and the 
night herons. BCNHs are hard on the trees in which they nest, and the result 
of all that guano is reduction of photosynthesis in the leaves and gradual 
death of the trees, as I understand it. A couple of springs ago, at least one 
tree had toppled with nests in it, and while there were young herons still 
hanging out in the tree, I believe it was reported that some of the nestlings 
were killed when it fell.  The park district did what they had planned and 
reported-two years ago--remove some of the trees that year, leaving several 
that returning night herons could use, and then remove the rest the following 
year. 

The removal of the allee trees isn't new news, and it's probably not 
appropriate for ILbirds, so maybe the discussion should be taken to Illinois 
Birders' forum or elsewhere.  

Jill Niland
  From: "Joan Norek NorekJ AT aol.com [ILbirds]" 
 

 To: stevejner AT yahoo.com; ilbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Cc: cakile AT att.net; malango AT rcn.com; cmarshbird AT prodigy.net 
 Sent: Wednesday, March 4, 2015 5:36 PM
 Subject: Re: IBET Lincoln Park BCNH Rookery is No More - Nesting Trees All 
Gone... 

   
  Thank you Steve for a more thorough examination of the site than I made 
when answering an IBET inquiry a day or so ago. Also thanks for the additional 
information regarding how the tree removal situation is now being described 
by some birders -- which is possibly the first semi-public 
comment/acknowledgement I have heard that includes, or at least implies, a 
deliberate intention to remove the Black-crowned Night-Heron 
rookery.     Joan NorekChicago 

norekj AT aol.comHope 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: S J stevejner AT yahoo.com [ILbirds] 
To: IBET 
Cc: Leslie Borns ; Luis Munoz ; Carolyn A. 
Marsh  

Sent: Wed, Mar 4, 2015 4:08 pm
Subject: IBET Lincoln Park BCNH Rookery is No More - Nesting Trees All Gone...

   I walked the Promenade from South Pond to the Franklin Statue. I am very 
sad to report that there are none of the old trees left along the Promenade 
save the northern most tree on the east side of the Promenade. I did not see 
and nest material in that tree though. I scanned the older trees that are east 
and just west of the original Rookery and could not find any nests. As far as 
new plantings, There are a total of 31 new trees. All are between 15 and 20 
feet tall. There are 16 along the east side and 15 along the west side. They 
start at the very north end about 15 feet apart but, there are long gaps in 
between groups of plantings where you can see the stumps of the last felled 
original trees. Th e following roughly represents the Promenade with an X 
indicating a new planting. An O for the remaining old tree.   South  O X  
X  X                         X  X  X  X  X 
 X               X  X  X          X  X  X  
X       Franklin Pond           &nb 
sp;                                                                                                                   
Statue                 X  X  X        &nb 
sp;                X  X  X  X  
X                    X  X  X         X  X  X  X 
  Needless to say I am very upset that every tree was removed. I know there 
were some healthy ones and that those were not to be removed. I remember 
hearing something I found odd when I attended the Montrose Planning Meeting at 
the Nature Museum last month. Some Birders were saying that the reason trees 
were being removed from the Rookery was due to the toxicity of the Heron waste. 
That might explain why all the trees were felled but, my cynical gut tells me 
it has something more to do with spending all the money in the budget. Does not 
seem right that an endangered Birds Rookery can be completely destroyed. Makes 
me very concerned about what may become of Montrose BIRD Sanctuary. Hope we 
don't end up calling it the Montrose People Sanctuary! Kind Regards, Steve 

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Subject: IBET Kendall County/Oswego Parks Along The Fox River & Yorkville Dam Wed 3-4-15
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 18:40:02 -0600
Hello Bird People,

Had a few things to do in the a.m. but Andy Sigler & I covered the
Yorkville Dam & 3 Oswego Fox River city parks between noon & 3 p.m..
Amazing how many Canada Geese, Mallards & Common Goldeneye there were & how
few of anything else there were. Here's our lists:

Fox River At Saw Wee Kee Park

Canada Goose (~30)
Mallard (~70)
Redhead (~45, mostly males)
Ring Necked Duck (1-M)
Common Goldeneye (~75)
Common Merganser (8-10)
Red Tailed Hawk (1-AD)

Yorkville Dam

Canada Goose (~85)
Mallard (~50)
PINTAIL (1-M, west side of Rt 47)
Common Goldeneye (~60)
Common Merganser (2)

Fox River At Hudson Crossing Park

Canada Goose (~25)
Mallard (~100)
Black Duck (1)
BALD EAGLE (4, all 1st or 2nd year birds)
Crows (6, keeping track of the Eagles)

Fox River At Violet Patch Park

Great Blue Heron (1 or 2)
Canada Goose (~25)
Mallard (~75)
Black Duck (1)
Common Goldeneye (51)
Common Merganser (2-M & 2-F)
BALD EAGLE (1-AD, 1-SUB-AD & 1-IM)
Herring Gull (2)
Ring Billed Gull (8)

Among the Kendall Co. roadside birds we saw were Horned Larks (~20)
& LAPLAND LONGSPUR (1). In Kane Co. we saw WILD TURKEY (7) just before
crossing into Kendall Co.

Only found 25 species today & although quality birds were few it was fun to
sort through all the Mallards & Goldeneye in hopes of finding something
special. Not today!
Bird-Of-The-Day to the male PINTAIL at Yorkville & Runners-Up to the Wild
Turkeys & the
Lapland Longspur.

Al Stokie
Subject: IBET JxP Wednesday, 4 March
From: "Paul Clyne paulclyne2000 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 00:17:01 +0000 (UTC)
I walked Jackson Park, Chicago, latethis morning through Bobolink Meadow to the 
63rd St.Beach, along the Outer & Inner Harbors, the Jackson Park GolfCourse 
along Marquette Drive, then through Wooded Island. 

There's still clear-cutting in progresson the islets of the lagoon between 
Bobolink Meadow and WoodedIsland, where a BOHEMIAN WAXWING lingered for over 2 
weeks (lastreported 2 March), including some heavier equipment. The tallest 
treeon the islet south of the Music Court bridge that this bird favoredhas been 
felled. The waxwing could well be at large somewhere in thearea, but there's 
also an optimistic possibility that it received thesignal to migrate home. 
Witmer's 2002 fascicle on this species in theBirds of North America series 
indicates the onset of spring migrationat the end of February, with the peak 
period beginning after thefirst week of March. As the Jackson Park individual 
was south of itsnormal range, we might expect it to migrate on the early side 
of thenorm. On the other hand, it's foolish business trying to second-guesswhat 
a Bohemian Waxwing might do when. As the opening paragraph ofRobbins' 1991 
Wisconsin Birdlifequips, “The Bohemian Waxwing has to rank as one of the 
mostirregular, unpredictable birds to visit our state.” 

Otherwise,land birds were painfully spare. Best find was 2 BROWN CREEPERS onthe 
golf course. This winter season was easily the best I've everwitnessed for this 
species in Jackson Park, with records on almostevery survey and counts to 7 
individuals (including loose flocks ofup to 4 birds) on a few dates. Most of 
the sightings were alongMarquette Drive. 

Thewest winds had pushed ice away from shore, and I found 7 species ofwaterfowl 
off the 63rdSt. Beach breakwater, including 2 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS and 2 
maleREDHEADS. 

PaulClyneHydePark, Chicago paulclyne2000 AT yahoo.com
Subject: Re: IBET Lincoln Park BCNH Rookery is No More - Nesting Trees All Gone...
From: "Joan Norek NorekJ AT aol.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 18:36:11 -0500
Thank you Steve for a more thorough examination of the site than I made when 
answering an IBET inquiry a day or so ago. 

 
Also thanks for the additional information regarding how the tree removal 
situation is now being described by some birders -- which is possibly the first 
semi-public comment/acknowledgement I have heard that includes, or at least 
implies, a deliberate intention to remove the Black-crowned Night-Heron 
rookery. 

 
 
 
 
 

Joan Norek
Chicago
norekj AT aol.com


Hope is the thing with feathers - that perches in the soul - and sings the tune 
without the words - and never stops at all. Emily Dickinson 



 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: S J stevejner AT yahoo.com [ILbirds] 
To: IBET 
Cc: Leslie Borns ; Luis Munoz ; Carolyn A. 
Marsh  

Sent: Wed, Mar 4, 2015 4:08 pm
Subject: IBET Lincoln Park BCNH Rookery is No More - Nesting Trees All Gone...


    
   
    
     
    
     
 I walked the Promenade from South Pond to the Franklin Statue. I am very sad 
to report that there are none of the old trees left along the Promenade save 
the northern most tree on the east side of the Promenade. I did not see and 
nest material in that tree though. I scanned the older trees that are east and 
just west of the original Rookery and could not find any nests. As far as new 
plantings, There are a total of 31 new trees. All are between 15 and 20 feet 
tall. There are 16 along the east side and 15 along the west side. They start 
at the very north end about 15 feet apart but, there are long gaps in between 
groups of plantings where you can see the stumps of the last felled original 
trees. Th e following roughly represents the Promenade with an X indicating a 
new planting. An O for the remaining old tree. 

     
            
     
 South O X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X Franklin 

     
 Pond &nb sp; Statue 

     
 X X X &nb sp; X X X X X X X X X X X X 

     
            
     
 Needless to say I am very upset that every tree was removed. I know there were 
some healthy ones and that those were not to be removed. I remember hearing 
something I found odd when I attended the Montrose Planning Meeting at the 
Nature Museum last month. Some Birders were saying that the reason trees were 
being removed from the Rookery was due to the toxicity of the Heron waste. That 
might explain why all the trees were felled but, my cynical gut tells me it has 
something more to do with spending all the money in the budget. Does not seem 
right that an endangered Birds Rookery can be completely destroyed. Makes me 
very concerned about what may become of Montrose BIRD Sanctuary. Hope we don't 
end up calling it the Montrose People Sanctuary! 

     
      Kind Regards,     
     
      Steve      
     
    
    
    
    
 
   
Subject: IBET Lincoln Park BCNH Rookery is No More - Nesting Trees All Gone...
From: "S J stevejner AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 22:08:25 +0000 (UTC)
I walked the Promenade from South Pond to the Franklin Statue. I am very sad 
to report that there are none of the old trees left along the Promenade save 
the northern most tree on the east side of the Promenade. I did not see and 
nest material in that tree though. I scanned the older trees that are east and 
just west of the original Rookery and could not find any nests. As far as new 
plantings, There are a total of 31 new trees. All are between 15 and 20 feet 
tall. There are 16 along the east side and 15 along the west side. They start 
at the very north end about 15 feet apart but, there are long gaps in between 
groups of plantings where you can see the stumps of the last felled original 
trees. The following roughly represents the Promenade with an X indicating a 
new planting. An O for the remaining old tree. South  O X  X  
X                         X  X  X  X  X 
 X               X  X  X          X  X  X  
X       
FranklinPond                                                                                                                               
Statue                X  X  
X                         X  X  X  X  
X                    X  X  X         X  X  X  
X Needless to say I am very upset that every tree was removed. I know there 
were some healthy ones and that those were not to be removed. I remember 
hearing something I found odd when I attended the Montrose Planning Meeting at 
the Nature Museum last month. Some Birders were saying that the reason trees 
were being removed from the Rookery was due to the toxicity of the Heron waste. 
That might explain why all the trees were felled but, my cynical gut tells me 
it has something more to do with spending all the money in the budget. Does not 
seem right that an endangered Birds Rookery can be completely destroyed. Makes 
me very concerned about what may become of Montrose BIRD Sanctuary. Hope we 
don't end up calling it the Montrose People Sanctuary!Kind Regards,Steve 
Subject: IBET Wrigleyville White-winged Scoter, 3/4 a.m.
From: "'Robert D. Hughes' rhughes.enteract AT rcn.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 16:07:53 -0600
While I was walking east on Irving Park near Thorek Hospital this 
morning I noticed a duck flying towards me and about 75 feet off the 
ground. I expected it to be a Mallard or maybe a merganser but when the 
bird got closer I could see it was a White-winged Scoter. There's no 
water in this area so I'm guessing it was headed to the Chicago River. I 
know White-winged Scoters are showing up everywhere and aren't a big 
deal but I certainly wasn't expecting to see one in Wrigleyville.

Robert D. Hughes
Chicago, Illinois


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Subject: IBET Spring 2015 Free Oak Park Bird Walks (No Sightings)
From: "Henry Griffin hwga380 AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 14:21:05 -0600
Hello birding friends,

This post is the give this spring's schedule and the usual information for FREE 
Oak Park Bird Walks! 


Schedule:

*Please note that bird walks start at 8am on Sundays and 7am on Wednesdays 

Wednesday, April 8  AT  7:00am
Sunday, April 12  AT  8:00am
Wednesday, April 29  AT  7:00am
Sunday, May 3  AT  8:00am
Wednesday, May 6  AT  7:00am
Wednesday, May 20  AT  7:00am

Other information:

Oak Park Bird Walks are held in the spring and autumn of every year in Oak 
Park, Illinois, led by Henry Griffin. Any birder is welcome, regardless of age 
or experience. On Oak Park Bird Walks, one learns how to identify both common 
and transient bird species by sight and by sound, and one would also meet new 
people and other birders. The wealth of avian species during both the spring 
and autumn bird migrations is absolutely phenomenal, with over 50 bird species 
recorded on some walks during peak bird migration. 


The meeting location for every Oak Park Bird Walk is at my house, and the 
address will be sent to you once you confirm for a bird walk. These walks 
usually start around 7 or 8 in the morning, and the total walking distance is 
approximately 14 blocks. These walks usually take anywhere from 1 to 2.5 hours, 
depending on how many birds are seen that day. 


What's the best part about Oak Park Bird Walks? They are completely FREE OF 
CHARGE!!! 


I hope to see you this spring!

Good birding,
Henry
Oak Park (Cook)

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Subject: IBET no sighting - New Mexico trip results
From: "Jaculin Bowman jaculinb4 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 11:03:23 -0600
Hi IBET friends,

After 8 months of planning and research, last month we finally trekked off
to New Mexico for some Southwest winter birding.  With help from ebird,
local New Mexico birders on the AZNM list serve, and new Illinois birder
friends, we had a very successful trip!!  *In seven days we logged 103
species and 12 lifers *out of 13 target birds*!  *My only miss was the
McCown's Longspur, but not for lack of trying.  A little snow would've
helped us.

Our travels included the Sandia Mountains & foothills, the City of
Albuquerque, Bosque del Apache NWR, Sevilleta NWR, Petroglyphs Nat'l
Monument, and everywhere in between.  Favorite spots included the Sandia
Crest House, Manzano Open Space, and the streets of Sandia Park.

Lifers include: All three Rosy-Finch, Juniper Titmouse, Sagebrush Sparrow,
Northern Pygmy Owl (audio), Western Screech-Owl, Williamson's Sapsucker,
Pinyon Jay, and non-ABA birds Mexican Duck, Dark-eyed Junco / Gray-headed
and Red-backed.

I have a few photos posted on flickr

and my full album on my website www.naturesjoyphotography.com


Thanks go out to all those willing to help us with advice and directions, a
trip like this would not be possible without you and smart phone technology
and of course to my expert trip planner, guide and husband, Chris.

Now to start dreaming of our next adventure!

Jackie Bowman
Geneva, IL


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trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.*  Psalm 91:4
Subject: IBET BY Coopers h.
From: "John Baxter XXJB7Z AT AOL.COM [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 01:34:09 -0500
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/16503128327/

Hi friends,
The Cooper's h. caught his favorite prey and ate in the Honeysuckle bushes next 
door. 

Arrow left for the gory, messy details.

John Baxter
Bourbonnais, IL
Subject: IBET merlin lake county
From: "'bissbirds AT juno.com' bissbirds@juno.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 04:03:52 GMT
I had a merlin this morning in my yard in Lake Villa, Lake County. It was 
perched for about 10 minutes, then flew eastward. Richard 
Bissbissbirds AT juno.com 
Subject: IBET sorry my post is Cook cnty
From: "Suzanne Coleman isooz AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 23:57:27 +0000 (UTC)




Subject: IBET Gillson, White-winged scoters, greater scaup...
From: "Suzanne Coleman isooz AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 23:57:01 +0000 (UTC)
also bufflehead, including courtship ritual, red-breasted mergansers and 
a singing male house finch.  I think that makes it official.  It's spring.
No flocks of warblers, yet…
The wwscoters flew south but might return.  They were at the mouth of the 
harbor as were most of the others I could ID for sure.  Plenty of scatters 
floaters out in the lake, most looked like red-breasted mergansers.  Gulls 
too. 

Suzanne ColemanGlenview, Cook
Subject: IBET Loyola Glaucous Gull and Ice - 3/3/2015
From: "Steve Spitzer steven0703 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 23:56:03 +0000 (UTC)
Hi Bird People,
A few pictures of a Glaucous Gull, and some ice, and a report on the not much 
else seen can be found at the link. 

Steve Spitzer
Chicago - Cook
Loyola Birds - 3/3/2015

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Subject: IBET Rough-legged Hawk at Montrose - Tuesday 3.3.2015
From: "Fran Morel franmmmk AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 17:23:56 -0600
Rough-legged Hawk was a Montrose lifer for me today.  Photos at IBF:

http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topic=55768.0

cheers,

Fran
Evanston, Cook Co.
Subject: IBET LAPLANDLONGSPURS-many-US 136- McLean County-plus geese
From: "rjdbird1 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 03 Mar 2015 14:53:11 -0800
Dear Birders,
 Following Dave J's post from weekend birds, I counted ~3000 LAPLAND LONGSPURS 
along heavily traveled US 136 in McLean between US 51 and I-74 on Monday 
afternoon. The biggest concentration was between 1900 E and 2000 E. I saw 
several SNOW BUNTINGS and many HORNED LARKS as well. There were also hundreds 
of longspurs and larks along 1900 E, 2000 E and 10 N and other county roads, I 
did not find any major concentrations east of Wapella in DeWitt County where 
Dave had seen so many. Nor were there many along US 136 between McLean and US 
51. 

 

 I saw thousands of Greater White-fronted geese and Snow geese east of IL 
Routes 97/78 from the Nature Conservancy overlook at Emiquon at mid-day. Many 
thousands of white-fronted and Canada geese also on the Mississippi ice on the 
Illinois side below Dam 20 [Adams Co.]. Also several dozen Bald Eagles. Along 
with ~1000 common goldeneyes, common mergansers and canvasbacks, mostly on the 
Missouri side. 

 

 Fewer than a dozen bald eagles below the Keokuk Dam [Hancock Co.] on Thursday 
afternoon. Also very few ducks. Also I could find only 4 or so Bald Eagles 
around the Quincy Dam [Adams Co.] on Saturday. I saw fewer than 100 ducks in 
that area. 

 

 I could find no White Pelicans at any of these dams and their pools.
 

 I apologize for the late post. My attempt to "reply" to Dave's longspur etc. 
post failed to work. 

 

 Rich DeCoster
 Evanston
 Cook
 rjdbird1 at yahoo
Subject: IBET Fort Sheridan, WW Scoters and belated Bald Eagle report
From: "Michal Furmanek mifur2 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 03 Mar 2015 15:53:47 -0600
I've had very little time for birding lately. I finally went to Fort Sheridan 
yesterday after work, not for birding, just a short walk toward the lake, but I 
had binoculars with me and were able to see some birds on the water. 


The best find were 3 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS that flew over open water close to 
the shore. I was fortunate to have a really good look at those birds. There 
were 2 more ducks on the ice, farther off shore that, based on the colors, size 
and shape were likely Scoters too. Too far to make definite ID without a scope 
or some movement on their side though. 


A small group of 6 Redheads were on the lake, along with several Common 
Goldeneyes and Red-breasted Mergansers, at least from the birds that were 
within my binoculars reach. 


My previous visit to Fort Sheridan was back in the beginning of January. Since 
I couldn't participate in the Christmas count (I spent Christmas in Georgia and 
Florida), I was anxious to do some winter birding. I didn't expect anything 
spectacular and there was a deep snow on the trails so I decided to leave my 
camera at home and walk around with just the binos. Halfway through the loop 
trail I saw a large bird flying off the lake and over the prairie. It was an 
imm. Bald Eagle. It flew slowly, very low and straight toward me. It circled 
right in front of me, then circled again over my head, then yet one more time 
right past me, before flying away in SW direction. I couldn't believe it, the 
closest look at an eagle I have ever had and I didn't have my camera with me! 
Based on how I saw the bird in my binos, I would have not been able to fit the 
bird in the frame with my lens at the full 400mm extent! Doesn't it always seem 
to go like that? 


Other highlights of that January day were 2 Red-headed Wodpeckers and a flock 
of about 350-400 American Tree Sparrows (largest flock of that species I have 
personally ever seen). 


Michal Furmanek
Lake Bluff, Lake County

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Subject: IBET Snow Buntings Douglas and Coles County
From: "Tyler Funk fftfunk AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 15:10:18 -0600
Passing through these two counties this afternoon on 1300E starting at Route 36 
and continuing into Coles County to 1400N I counted 176 Snow Buntings. I am 
headed back up to try for some pictures as I did not have camera in hand. I am 
pretty sure I had high counts for both counties. If you enjoy these birds it is 
a good day to get out and do some searching. 


Tyler D Funk

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Subject: IBET Barrows Goldeneye - negative
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Date: 03 Mar 2015 10:39:09 -0800
Was passing through so I spent a little time looking in all the places it has 
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Subject: IBET:Sangamon Co. Feb. 2015 report
From: "Beckie Dyer dyer AT museum.state.il.us [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 03 Mar 2015 11:20:22 -0600
*Birds in Sangamon County in February 2015*

*Pied-billed Grebe* – wintered, w/HC = 17 (Feb 13).
*Horned Grebe* – 2 at Buckhart (Feb 19) were spring migrants?
*Great Blue Heron**– *wintered, w/ HC = 36 (Feb 24).*
**Mute Swan* – HC = 5 (Feb 20).
*Trumpeter Swan *– two adults w/yellow neck bands at LSpfld (Feb 10 – 15).
*Greater White-fronted Goose* – wintered w/ increasing #, w/ HC = 1930 
(Feb 21).
*Snow Goose* – wintered, w/# higher in late winter, w/ HC = 300,000 at 
LSpfld (Feb 10).
*Ross’s Goose* – HC = 4 (Feb 28).
*Cackling Goose* – not as many this winter, w/ HC = 22 (Feb 24).
*Canada Goose* – HC = 1000 (Feb 24).
*Wood Duck* – HC = 9 (Feb 27).
*Green-winged Teal* – HC = 29 (Feb 9).
*Am. Black Duck* – HC = 7 (Feb 13, 17, & 21).
*Mallard *– HC = 500 (Feb 11).
*N. Pintail* – HC = 80 (Feb 11).
*N.Shoveler *– HC = 2 (Feb 11).
*Gadwall* – HC = 12 (Feb 9).
*Am.Wigeon* – HC = 14 (Feb 11).
*Canvasback* – wintered, w/ HC = 160 (Feb 21).
*Redhead* – HC = 79 (Feb 21).
*Ring-neck Duck *–HC = 60 (Feb 21).
*Greater Scaup *– HC = 7 (Feb 25).
*Lesser Scaup* – wintered w/ increasing # in late Feb, w/ HC = 370 (Feb 21).
*White-winged Scoter* – good spring migration w/ HC = 14 (Feb 25).
*Common Goldeneye* – HC = 290 (Feb 17).
*Bufflehead* – wintered, W/HC = 18 (Feb 28).
*Hooded Merganser* – HC = 105 (Feb 17).
*Common Merganser* – HC = 360 (Feb 17).
*Red-breasted Merganser *– HC = 3 (Feb 27).
*Ruddy Duck* – wintered, w/ HC = 375 (Feb 17).
*Turkey Vulture* – wintered, w/ HC = 17 (Feb 10).
*Bald Eagle *– wintered, w/ HC = 20 (6 adults & 14 imm) on (Feb 10).
*N.Harrier* – HC = 3 (Feb 28).
*Cooper’s Hawk* – HC = 2 (Feb 16).
*Red-shouldered Hawk –* immature at Hunter Lake area (Feb 19) and adult 
on east side
of Spfld (Feb 28).
*Red-tailed Hawk* – HC = 6 (Feb 28), w/ a dark phase (Feb 21).
*Rough-legged Hawk* – one light phase at Sangchris (Feb 28).
*Am. Kestrel *– HC = 3 (Feb 21 & 28).
*Merlin* – one south of Spfld (Feb 23).
*Am. Coot* – a few wintered, w/ HC = 25 (Feb 12).
*Ring-billed Gull* – HC = 3000 (Feb 14 & 21).
*Herring Gull* – HC = 500 (Feb 12 & 21).
*Thayer’s Gull*– one adult at LSpfld (Feb 16) and one second year there 
(Feb 23).
*Iceland (kumlien’s) Gull -* an adult at LSpfld (Feb 11 – 15) and a 
first year at LSpfld (Feb 13 – 29).
*Glaucous Gull *– an adult at LSpfld (Feb 20 – 22).
*Lesser Black-back Gull* – wintered, w/HC = 8 (6 adults, one third year 
& one first year) on  (Feb 27).
*Great Black-backed Gull* – one first year at LSpfld (Feb 13 – 23).
Rock Dove – present.
*Eurasian Collared –Dove *– HC = 10 (Feb 19).
*Mourning Dove *– HC = 50 (Feb 12).
*Barred Owl **– only one south of Spfld (Feb 11).**
**Belted Kingfisher* – singles on 7 days.
*Red-headed Woodpecker**– HC = 3 (Feb 19).**
**Red-bellied Woodpecker* – HC = 10 (Feb 12).
*Downy Woodpecker *– HC = 4 (Feb 12 & 19).
*Hairy Woodpecker* – singles on 3 days.
*N. Flicker* – HC = 6 (Feb 16).
*Pileated Woodpecker* – one near Lick Creek (Feb 16).
*Horned Lark *– HC = 104 (Feb 27).
*Blue Jay* – HC = 22 (Feb 16 & 17).
*Am. Crow* – HC = 62 (Feb 27).
*Black-capped Chickadee* – HC = 7 (Feb 20).
*Tufted Titmouse* – HC = 16 (Feb 28).
*White-breasted Nuthatch* – HC = 10 (Feb 12) – no Red-br Nuthatch.
*Carolina Wren* – HC = 3 (Feb 12 & 25).
*Eastern Bluebird* – HC = 12 (Feb 11).
*Am. Robin *– some every day, w/ HC = 50 (Feb 23).
European Starling - present
*N. Cardinal *– HC = 39 (Feb 28).
*Am. Tree Sparrow* – HC = 100 (Feb 22).
*Chipping Sparrow* – 3 south of LSpfld (Feb 23) – photo.
*Field Sparrow* – 2 at the refuge (Feb 23).
*Fox Sparrow *– singles at feeders (Feb 24 & 28).
*Song Sparrow* – HC = 12 (Feb 23) – none or very low # in most areas.
*Swamp Sparrow* – one (Feb 15) & 2 (Feb 23).
*White-throated Sparrow* – HC = 21 (Feb 28).
*White-crowned Sparrow* – HC = 14 (Feb 19) and there were 12 (Feb 22).
*Dark-eyed Junco * - HC = 85 (Feb 22).
*Lapland Longspur* – HC = 105 (Feb 19).
*Red-winged Blackbird *– HC = 2000 at roost (Feb 27).
*E.Meadowlark* – one west of Spfld (Feb 27).
*Rusty Blackbird* – one at roost (Feb 19).
*Common Grackle* - 2 on (Feb 9 & 19)
*Brown-headed Cowbird *– HC = 60 (Feb 19).
*Purple Finch* – few present, w/ HC = 3 (Feb 12).
*House Finch *– HC = 26 (Feb 16).
*Pine Siskin* – wintered in small #, w/HC = 7 (Feb 12).
*Am. Goldfinch* – HC = 31 (Feb 12).
House Sparrow – present.
*Eurasian Tree Sparrow* – HC = 6 (Feb 26).

Very low numbers of passerines, with food running out(especially berries 
and fruit) and snow covering some sources of food.


Total field days = 20
Total hours = 110
Total species for February 2015 = 90

H. David Bohlen
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Subject: IBET Re: Lemon Type of Day turns into a Lemonade Day
From: "Andre Paquette andremichaelpaquette AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 04:57:01 -0600
Yikes again! Thanks for the replies my Flickr Feed was not on here. I blame it 
on the brain of a dad with an infant! 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/128461210 AT N03/16493680727/ 
 



Thanks,

Andre Paquette
Lisle, IL

> On Mar 2, 2015, at 10:51 PM, Andre Paquette  
wrote: 

> 
> Wow! I missed the Bohemian Waxwing by 45 minutes! I do hope he turns up 
again. There are lots of trees loaded with berries along Lake Michigan, maybe 
he will find one he likes. 

> 
> So here goes my afternoon
> 
> Jackson Park
> Northern Cardinals - 7
> Downey Woodpecker - 2
> White-breasted Nuthatch - 1
> Black-Capped Chickadee - 3
> Canada Goose - 9 overhead
> Starlings - 40+
> 
> 
> Northernly Island
> American Crow - 4
> Long-Tailed Ducks - 4 (Picture) Lifer - 222
> White Wing Scoter - 6 for sure (Picture) Lifer 223
> Common Mergansers - 300+ They were everywhere
> Common Goldeneye - 19
> Greater Scaup - 90+ (There were about another 150 with their heads tucked in 
so who knows there could be some lessers in there) 

> Redheads - 50+
> Ring Billed Gulls - 40+
> Herring Gulls - 9
> Downey Woodpecker - 1
> Black Capped Chickadee - 3
> Northern Cardinal - 3
> American Robin - 1
> House Finch - 1
> I am going to go through the rest of the Gull Pics later this week, who knows 
what else could be in there 

> 
> Estimated another 1,000 birds too far out to positive ID. 
> 
> Highlight of the Day - 4 Long Tailed Ducks (Lifer for me if they are indeed 
Long Tailed Ducks!) 

> 
> Andre Paquette
> Lisle, IL
> 
Subject: IBET Lemon Type of Day turns into a Lemonade Day
From: "Andre Paquette andremichaelpaquette AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 22:51:35 -0600
Wow! I missed the Bohemian Waxwing by 45 minutes! I do hope he turns up again. 
There are lots of trees loaded with berries along Lake Michigan, maybe he will 
find one he likes. 


So here goes my afternoon

Jackson Park
Northern Cardinals - 7
Downey Woodpecker - 2
White-breasted Nuthatch - 1
Black-Capped Chickadee - 3
Canada Goose - 9 overhead
Starlings - 40+


Northernly Island
American Crow - 4
Long-Tailed Ducks - 4 (Picture) Lifer - 222
White Wing Scoter - 6 for sure (Picture) Lifer 223
Common Mergansers - 300+ They were everywhere
Common Goldeneye - 19
Greater Scaup - 90+ (There were about another 150 with their heads tucked in so 
who knows there could be some lessers in there) 

Redheads - 50+
Ring Billed Gulls - 40+
Herring Gulls - 9
Downey Woodpecker - 1
Black Capped Chickadee - 3
Northern Cardinal - 3
American Robin - 1
House Finch - 1
I am going to go through the rest of the Gull Pics later this week, who knows 
what else could be in there 


Estimated another 1,000 birds too far out to positive ID. 

Highlight of the Day - 4 Long Tailed Ducks (Lifer for me if they are indeed 
Long Tailed Ducks!) 


Andre Paquette
Lisle, IL
Subject: Re: IBET HOARY REDPOLL and ducks 87th St Steel Mills
From: "Aaron G aarongyllenhaal AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 22:15:31 -0600
Here are the photos of the redpoll:

http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topic=55764.0

Aaron Gyllenhaal
Oak Park, IL

On Mon, Mar 2, 2015 at 3:25 PM, Aaron Gyllenhaal aarongyllenhaal AT gmail.com
[ILbirds]  wrote:

>
>
> Hi all,
>
> I just watched a female type Hoary Redpoll while standing on the middle
> path at Park 566. It was feeding with 15 Common Redpolls. It was about 50
> feet after the path curves from straight east to southeast. The white
> undertail coverts, white rump, and limited side streaking were all seen
> well. The bird itself was very pale overall. After a minute or so of
> observation, it flew off with the rest of the redpolls into the tall
> grasses. I did obtain photos which I will post tonight. They were
> associating loosely with a tree sparrow flock. The redpolls will be
> extremely hard to relocate though, so I would recommend going to Wolf Lake
> if you want a Hoary. Also seen from Park 566 today were 40+ White-winged
> Scoters, 10 Red-throated Loons, 5 Long-tailed Ducks, and 2 Bald Eagles. My
> normal 6 sparrow species were all easily gotten. Steelworker's Park had an
> additional 1 Bald Eagle, 10 White-winged Scoters, and 1 Red-throated Loon.
> A Merlin and Northern Harrier were also seen at Steelworker's.
>
> Maps of 87th:
> http://birdingbynumber.blogspot.com/2014/12/87th-st-steel-mills.html?m=0
>
> Note: Snow is very deep at the base of the berm at 566; walk with caution.
>
> Aaron Gyllenhaal
> Oak Park, IL
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>  
>
Subject: Re: IBET D.P. River Widewaters & Illinois River At Marseilles & Seneca Mon 3-2-15
From: "Jeff Smith mrqmagoo13 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 20:10:47 -0600
I arrived at Wide Waters a bit after Al and Mike left. Swan counts were 
Trumpeter - 10, Tundra - 30, and Mute - 17. Duck numbers differed. I missed 
Ruddy and Red-breasted Merg. Many more Scaup though. Checked above Brandon L&D 
where I found 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, lots of Redheads, 2 Am. Wigeon, and 25 
White-winged Scoters. Most were along the near shore near the barge. A gap in 
traffic allowed me to stop along the road to view them for a moment. They are 
not visible from the boat ramp by the bar. 


Jeff Smith
Woodridge, DuPage Co.

Sent from my iPad

> On Mar 2, 2015, at 6:14 PM, Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds] 
 wrote: 

> 
> Hello Bird People,
> 
> Today I travelled with Mike Madsen to check both the Des Plaines River & the 
Illinois River where good birds have been reported lately. Targets were the Red 
Throated Loon at the Widewaters area & Scoters at Marseilles which Mike needed 
for LaSalle Co. birds although I already had them on my county list. Arrived at 
the Widewaters at 7:30 a.m. but it was still so cold that "steam" from the 
river made viewing impossible so we moved on & would return later. 

> 
> Next stop was at the War Memorial lot in Marseilles to look for the Black 
Scoter that has been easily seen there lately. But today it was NOT easily seen 
at all. Finally after about 45 min of looking I picked out the female BLACK 
SCOTER from the rear side of the building. No sign of the W.W. Scoter seen here 
yesterday by the Fishers. Checked parts of Illini State Park but added little 
if anything. Here's our list from the river at Marseilles: 

> 
> Canada Goose (~300)
> Mallard (~40)
> BLACK SCOTER (1-F, always swimming by itself, never with the many Goldeneye)
> Common Goldeneye (250-300)
> Hooded Merganser (1-M)
> Common Merganser (8 & 4)
> BALD EAGLE (2-AD & 1-IM)
> Red Tailed Hawk (1 fly-by)
> Ring Billed (~20) & Herring (8-9) Gulls
> Rock Pigeon (35-40)
> KINGFISHER (1-M)
> Landbirds were 1 each Crow, Robin & Cardinal.
> 
> Illinois River At Seneca (Near the big bridge) (10-10:30 a.m.)
> 
> Canada Goose (90-100)
> Mallard (34)
> Redhead (9)
> Ring Necked Duck (5)
> Lesser Scaup (10-M)
> (Also a combined flock of Redheads & Ring Necks which totaled about 40)
> WHITE WINGED SCOTER (5, Mike was very happy to see them!)
> Goldeneye (8-10)
> Hooded Merganser (2)
> Common Merganser (24)
> BALD EAGLE (1-AD & 1-IM)
> Herring & Ring Billed Gulls (~40 but too far to work with)
> 
> After a fine lunch at the Minooka Culvers we returned to the Widewaters but 
the delay did not help as even after 2 hours of looking we failed to find the 
R.T. Loon seen there for the last 2 days. Two Will Co forest preserve folks 
also failed to find it as did, I see on IBET, Scott L earlier. Raptor folks Bob 
F & Vicky S arrived but even with their help we came up empty. 

> The Loon probably left to attend the Red Throated Loon convention mentioned 
by Aaron G at parks 566 & 523 today. Here's what we did see: 

> 
> D.P. River Widewaters (1-2:15 p.m.)
> 
> P.B. Grebe (2, after all my hard work yesterday to find one in the North 
Branch!) 

> WHITE PELICAN (the regular year round bird with the broken wing)
> Great Blue Heron (3)
> Mute, Trumpeter & Tundra Swans (total of 49, could not count by species)
> Canada Goose (~75)
> Mallard (20-25)
> Black Duck (2-3)
> Gadwall (10-12)
> Canvasback (~40)
> Redhead (4-6)
> Ring Necked Duck (1-M)
> Greater & Lesser Scaup (10 total & most were Lessers)
> WHITE WINGED SCOTER (8 flew in for a visit & stayed)
> Bufflehead (8-10)
> Goldeneye (20-25)
> Hooded (6), Common (~20) & Red Breasted (4-5) Mergansers
> Ruddy Duck (3)
> BALD EAGLE (1-IM)
> Ring Billed & Herring Gulls (30-35)
> Coots (6)
> Landbirds seen were Red Bellied, Downy & Hairy Woodpeckers, Eastern Bluebird 
(3), 

> White Throated Sparrow (1), Junco (~10) & Goldfinch (4).
> 
> Of the roadside birds seen in LaSalle, Grundy & Will Co.'s the only 
interesting species was WILD TURKEY seen in both LaSalle (9) & Grundy (4) 
Counties. A pretty good day even without the Loon as there was lots to look at 
& pick through. 

> 
> Had 49 species for the day & Birds-Of-The-Day goes to both the Black & White 
Winged Scoters. 

> Runner-Up to the big Wild Turkeys which I always like to see in the fields.
> 
> Al Stokie
> 
>  
> 
> 
> 
Subject: IBET No Barrow's Goldeneye
From: "Jim Tezak jjtezak AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 01:57:03 +0000 (UTC)
Made the trip this morning to West Dundee in search of the Barrow's Goldeneye. 
I spent three hours going up and down the Fox River without success. I did see: 

Common GoldeneyesCommon MergansersRedheadsRB GullsHerring GullsDomestic 
MallardsMallardsCanada Geese 


Jim Tezak jjtezak AT yahoo.comWill Co
Subject: IBET BY N Cardinal
From: "John Baxter XXJB7Z AT AOL.COM [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 20:45:41 -0500
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/16477994979/in/photostream/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/16693112811/in/photostream/

Hi friends,
N Cardinal in the neighbor's honeysuckle bushes. In the snowy foreground, grape 
vine where the Gray catbird siblings hid over a year ago, Sept. 2013. 


John Baxter
Bourbonnais, IL  
Subject: IBET Theatre & birds: "One Came Home" (no sighting)
From: "'Carolyn A. Marsh' cmarshbird AT prodigy.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 19:38:47 -0600
The play has received great reviews as well as the book.

 

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the skies clear, tragedy strikes. A world premiere adaptation based on the
2013 novel by Chicago-based author Amy Timberlake.

 

Tough, tender and remarkably honest about how complicated - and yet
paradoxically simple - the truth can be... One day the skies are filled with
birds as far as the eye can see, but before you know it they've been
silenced forever. One Came Home presents that trajectory of loss with heart
and grit. "  -Chicago Tribune

 

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February 13 - April 5, 2015 

Thu & Fri at 7:30pm, Sat at 4pm & 8pm, Sun at 4pm

 

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Subject: IBET Dead Scoters
From: "Steve Spitzer steven0703 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 00:52:25 +0000 (UTC)
Hi Birders,
The only visible scoters at Loyola were dead on or in the ice, and were being 
picked apart by gulls. So if you want to go see some go somewhere else.  

Steve Spitzer
Chicago - Cook
Subject: IBET D.P. River Widewaters & Illinois River At Marseilles & Seneca Mon 3-2-15
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 18:14:38 -0600
Hello Bird People,

Today I travelled with Mike Madsen to check both the Des Plaines River &
the Illinois River where good birds have been reported lately. Targets were
the Red Throated Loon at the Widewaters area & Scoters at Marseilles which
Mike needed for LaSalle Co. birds although I already had them on my county
list. Arrived at the Widewaters at 7:30 a.m. but it was still so cold that
"steam" from the river made viewing impossible so we moved on & would
return later.

Next stop was at the War Memorial lot in Marseilles to look for the Black
Scoter that has been easily seen there lately. But today it was NOT easily
seen at all. Finally after about 45 min of looking I picked out the female
BLACK SCOTER from the rear side of the building. No sign of the W.W. Scoter
seen here yesterday by the Fishers. Checked parts of Illini State Park but
added little if anything. Here's our list from the river at Marseilles:

Canada Goose (~300)
Mallard (~40)
BLACK SCOTER (1-F, always swimming by itself, never with the many Goldeneye)
Common Goldeneye (250-300)
Hooded Merganser (1-M)
Common Merganser (8 & 4)
BALD EAGLE (2-AD & 1-IM)
Red Tailed Hawk (1 fly-by)
Ring Billed (~20) & Herring (8-9) Gulls
Rock Pigeon (35-40)
KINGFISHER (1-M)
Landbirds were 1 each Crow, Robin & Cardinal.

Illinois River At Seneca (Near the big bridge) (10-10:30 a.m.)

Canada Goose (90-100)
Mallard (34)
Redhead (9)
Ring Necked Duck (5)
Lesser Scaup (10-M)
(Also a combined flock of Redheads & Ring Necks which totaled about 40)
WHITE WINGED SCOTER (5, Mike was very happy to see them!)
Goldeneye (8-10)
Hooded Merganser (2)
Common Merganser (24)
BALD EAGLE (1-AD & 1-IM)
Herring & Ring Billed Gulls (~40 but too far to work with)

After a fine lunch at the Minooka Culvers we returned to the Widewaters but
the delay did not help as even after 2 hours of looking we failed to find
the R.T. Loon seen there for the last 2 days. Two Will Co forest preserve
folks also failed to find it as did, I see on IBET, Scott L earlier. Raptor
folks Bob F & Vicky S arrived but even with their help we came up empty.
The Loon probably left to attend the Red Throated Loon convention mentioned
by Aaron G at parks 566 & 523 today. Here's what we did see:

D.P. River Widewaters (1-2:15 p.m.)

P.B. Grebe (2, after all my hard work yesterday to find one in the North
Branch!)
WHITE PELICAN (the regular year round bird with the broken wing)
Great Blue Heron (3)
Mute, Trumpeter & Tundra Swans (total of 49, could not count by species)
Canada Goose (~75)
Mallard (20-25)
Black Duck (2-3)
Gadwall (10-12)
Canvasback (~40)
Redhead (4-6)
Ring Necked Duck (1-M)
Greater & Lesser Scaup (10 total & most were Lessers)
WHITE WINGED SCOTER (8 flew in for a visit & stayed)
Bufflehead (8-10)
Goldeneye (20-25)
Hooded (6), Common (~20) & Red Breasted (4-5) Mergansers
Ruddy Duck (3)
BALD EAGLE (1-IM)
Ring Billed & Herring Gulls (30-35)
Coots (6)
Landbirds seen were Red Bellied, Downy & Hairy Woodpeckers, Eastern
Bluebird (3),
White Throated Sparrow (1), Junco (~10) & Goldfinch (4).

Of the roadside birds seen in LaSalle, Grundy & Will Co.'s the only
interesting species was WILD TURKEY seen in both LaSalle (9) & Grundy (4)
Counties. A pretty good day even without the Loon as there was lots to look
at & pick through.

Had 49 species for the day & Birds-Of-The-Day goes to both the Black &
White Winged Scoters.
Runner-Up to the big Wild Turkeys which I always like to see in the fields.

Al Stokie
Subject: Re: IBET Lincoln Park BCNH trees (no sightings)
From: "Joan Norek NorekJ AT aol.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 17:41:28 -0500
Correct that - I have Alders and Redpolls on my mind -- it should read 
alternating Ash/Linden. 

 
 
 

Joan Norek
Chicago
norekj AT aol.com
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-----Original Message-----
From: Joan Norek NorekJ AT aol.com [ILbirds] 
To: cmarshbird ; Ilbirds 
Sent: Mon, Mar 2, 2015 4:34 pm
Subject: Re: IBET Lincoln Park BCNH trees (no sightings)


    
   
    
     
 
    
Carolyn,    
     
     
     
Although I have a strong aversion to looking at the former Black-crowned 
Night-Heron nesting area along the N-S promenade, given that the trees lining 
the sides were alternating Alders/Lindens, I estimate that at least three out 
of every four trees are currently removed. (Possibly five out of six?) 

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

      
     
     
     
     
     
     
-----Original Message-----     
 From: 'Carolyn A. Marsh' cmarshbird AT prodigy.net [ILbirds] 
 

 To: Ilbirds      
 Sent: Mon, Mar 2, 2015 2:58 pm     
 Subject: IBET Lincoln Park BCNH trees (no sightings)     
      
      
       
                 
         
          
           
           
           
            
 This reminds to ask if anyone has been recently to the Lincoln Park South Pond 
alee to see the status of the remaining trees the Black-crowned Night Herons 
nest in? Last year was Phase 1 and now Phase 2, or whatever, was to take more 
trees down. Background: http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topic=54434.0 

            
                        
            
 Also, an update on tree cutting at West Ridge Nature Preserve (Rosehill 
Cemetery) direct link: http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topic=51890.0 

            
                        
            
            Carolyn Marsh, Whiting, IN            
            
             
              
                                
               
             
             
 From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of 
Andre Paquette andremichaelpaquette AT yahoo.com [ILbirds] 

 Sent: Monday, March 02, 2015 2:03 PM
 To: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
 Subject: IBET Bohemian Waxwing (no sightings)            
            
            
                        
            
                         
            
             
              
               
 His favorite trees everyone described have been cut down at about 1pm. 

 
 Andre Paquette
 Lisle, IL              
              
              
              
             
            
           
           
          
          
          
         
        
       
      
    
    
    
    
 
   
Subject: Re: IBET Lincoln Park BCNH trees (no sightings)
From: "Joan Norek NorekJ AT aol.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 17:33:59 -0500
Carolyn,
 
Although I have a strong aversion to looking at the former Black-crowned 
Night-Heron nesting area along the N-S promenade, given that the trees lining 
the sides were alternating Alders/Lindens, I estimate that at least three out 
of every four trees are currently removed. (Possibly five out of six?) 

 
 
 

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



 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: 'Carolyn A. Marsh' cmarshbird AT prodigy.net [ILbirds] 
 

To: Ilbirds 
Sent: Mon, Mar 2, 2015 2:58 pm
Subject: IBET Lincoln Park BCNH trees (no sightings)


    
   
    
     
 
    
      
This reminds to ask if anyone has been recently to the Lincoln Park South Pond 
alee to see the status of the remaining trees the Black-crowned Night Herons 
nest in? Last year was Phase 1 and now Phase 2, or whatever, was to take more 
trees down. Background: http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topic=54434.0 

      
 
      
Also, an update on tree cutting at West Ridge Nature Preserve (Rosehill 
Cemetery) direct link: http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topic=51890.0 

      
 
      
Carolyn Marsh, Whiting, IN 
      
       
        
                   
        
       
       
From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of 
Andre Paquette andremichaelpaquette AT yahoo.com [ILbirds] 

 Sent: Monday, March 02, 2015 2:03 PM
 To: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
 Subject: IBET Bohemian Waxwing (no sightings)
      
      
 
      
  
      
       
        
         
His favorite trees everyone described have been cut down at about 1pm.
 
 Andre Paquette
 Lisle, IL
        
        
        
      
     
    
    
    
    
 
   
Subject: IBET Bohemian Wawwing still present despite treecutting
From: "Tim Huizenga thuizenga AT lafchicago.org [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 22:25:29 +0000
I saw the waxwing at 12:45 p.m. today, along with 2 other birders. It flew from 
the island towards the harbor just when the workers returned from lunch break 
to resume cutting trees. Seems likely that the bird will move on due to the 
noise and loss of trees. Also saw a Cooper's Hawk and redtailed hawk on Wooded 
Island this morning. 


I was thrilled to find the lifer bird, after 3 hours of searching.



Tim Huizenga

Chicago


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Subject: IBET HOARY REDPOLL and ducks 87th St Steel Mills
From: "Aaron Gyllenhaal aarongyllenhaal AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 15:25:03 -0600
Hi all, 

I just watched a female type Hoary Redpoll while standing on the middle path at 
Park 566. It was feeding with 15 Common Redpolls. It was about 50 feet after 
the path curves from straight east to southeast. The white undertail coverts, 
white rump, and limited side streaking were all seen well. The bird itself was 
very pale overall. After a minute or so of observation, it flew off with the 
rest of the redpolls into the tall grasses. I did obtain photos which I will 
post tonight. They were associating loosely with a tree sparrow flock. The 
redpolls will be extremely hard to relocate though, so I would recommend going 
to Wolf Lake if you want a Hoary. Also seen from Park 566 today were 40+ 
White-winged Scoters, 10 Red-throated Loons, 5 Long-tailed Ducks, and 2 Bald 
Eagles. My normal 6 sparrow species were all easily gotten. Steelworker's Park 
had an additional 1 Bald Eagle, 10 White-winged Scoters, and 1 Red-throated 
Loon. A Merlin and Northern Harrier were also seen at Steelworker's. 


Maps of 87th: 
http://birdingbynumber.blogspot.com/2014/12/87th-st-steel-mills.html?m=0 


Note: Snow is very deep at the base of the berm at 566; walk with caution. 

Aaron Gyllenhaal
Oak Park, IL

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Subject: FW: IBET Bohemian Waxwing (no sightings)
From: "'Carolyn A. Marsh' cmarshbird AT prodigy.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 15:13:03 -0600
Andre says there are 7 more trees marked with pink X's around the lake. Can
someone take pictures of the pink marked trees today and i.d. them? Also,
take pictures of the down trees by the stone bridge and entrance to bobolink
meadow? And, the. piles of wood chips on the south side of bobolink meadow?

 

Carolyn Marsh 

 


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From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of
Andre Paquette andremichaelpaquette AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]
Sent: Monday, March 02, 2015 2:03 PM
To: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: IBET Bohemian Waxwing (no sightings)

 

  

His favorite trees everyone described have been cut down at about 1pm.

Andre Paquette
Lisle, IL

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Subject: IBET Lincoln Park BCNH trees (no sightings)
From: "'Carolyn A. Marsh' cmarshbird AT prodigy.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 14:57:23 -0600
This reminds to ask if anyone has been recently to the Lincoln Park South
Pond alee to see the status of the remaining trees the Black-crowned Night
Herons nest in? Last year was Phase 1 and now Phase 2, or whatever, was to
take more trees down. Background:
http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topic=54434.0

 

Also, an update on tree cutting at West Ridge Nature Preserve (Rosehill
Cemetery) direct link: http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topic=51890.0

 

Carolyn Marsh, Whiting, IN 

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From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of
Andre Paquette andremichaelpaquette AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]
Sent: Monday, March 02, 2015 2:03 PM
To: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: IBET Bohemian Waxwing (no sightings)

 

  

His favorite trees everyone described have been cut down at about 1pm.

Andre Paquette
Lisle, IL



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