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Yellow-breasted Canary,©Barry Kent Mackay

21 Jul IBET Only Expected Shorebirds At Wood Dale Reservoir/Itasca Wetlands Mon 7-21-14 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
21 Jul IBET Raptor ID Workshop Sat. Aug. 23 (NO SIGHTINGS) ["Rena Cohen rena1729 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
20 Jul IBET Sandhill Cranes ["jeffrey.stwora AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" ]
20 Jul IBET Rollins Shorebirds ["Beau Schaefer beauschaefer AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" ]
20 Jul IBET Winfield Turkeys ["Jim Stephenson jimstephenson11 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
20 Jul IBET IBSP ["scorellis AT att.net [ILbirds]" ]
20 Jul IBET Chicago Botanic Garden Birds & A Few Plants Sun 7-20-14 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
20 Jul IBET ENSBC Rollins Field Trip 7/20 ["Beau Schaefer beauschaefer AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" ]
20 Jul IBET No Sightings: Soon (I hope) - an app that can tell what that calling bird is ["Ed McDevitt mcdevitt.ed AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
20 Jul IBET Momence, 7/19 a.m. ["'Robert D. Hughes' rhughes.enteract AT rcn.com [ILbirds]" ]
20 Jul IBET Birds at Peace of Earth ["John Baxter XXJB7Z AT AOL.COM [ILbirds]" ]
19 Jul IBET Birders' Social Dinner ["Suzanne Coleman isooz AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
19 Jul IBET Montroae Saturday afternoon ["Geoffrey Williamson geoffrey.williamson AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
19 Jul IBET Montrose this PM-6 WILLETS! ["Henry Griffin hwga380 AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
19 Jul IBET Dugan Road Fluddle- Another Update ["Brendon Lake brendonlake10 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
19 Jul IBET Illiana Birds:4 Powderhorn Ospreys ["'Carolyn A. Marsh' cmarshbird AT prodigy.net [ILbirds]" ]
19 Jul IBET Snowy Egret - No ["David Antieau dkantieau AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" ]
19 Jul IBET No Avocet In The Early A.M. At Dugan Rd. Wetlands Area Sat 7-19-14 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
19 Jul IBET Dugan Road fuddle near Sugar Grove ["John Heneghan johnhens AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" ]
19 Jul IBET Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Bell's Vireo - Kaufman Park, Champaign ["Nicholas Sly pagophila AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
18 Jul IBET South Globe in Fulton County ["miking38 AT aol.com [ILbirds]" ]
18 Jul IBET IBSP South Unit and other locations in Northeast IL ["Henry Griffin hwga380 AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
18 Jul IBET Montrose Beach Birds ["Steve Spitzer steven0703 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
18 Jul IBET NO SIGHTINGS ["Caryn Hollander caryn.hollander AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
18 Jul IBET JxP WHITE-WINGED DOVE ["Paul Clyne paulclyne2000 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
18 Jul IBET Fort Feathers -- oops ["Don Darnell dondarnell48 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
18 Jul RE: IBET Re: Avocet-Dugan Rd in Sugar Grove (Kane County) ["'norekj AT aol.com' NorekJ@aol.com [ILbirds]" ]
18 Jul IBET Orchard Orioles, Old School F.P. Lake County ["Tom Terrien tinkandtom AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" ]
18 Jul IBET Willet at Montrose ["pckiwis AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" ]
17 Jul IBET Fort Feathers (Fort Sheridan/Lake County) ["Don Darnell dondarnell48 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
18 Jul IBET Waterfall Glen ["bokmakierie AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
17 Jul RE: IBET Birds & Beers & Baums TONIGHT, Raw Bar, Wrigleyville, 7pm (no sightings) ["ntikalsky ntikalsky AT hotmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
17 Jul IBET Snowy Egret Burnham Prairie ["Aaron Gyllenhaal aarongyllenhaal AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
17 Jul Re: IBET Birds & Beers & Baums TONIGHT, Raw Bar, Wrigleyville, 7pm (no sightings) ["David Johnson djohnsoda AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
17 Jul IBET Virginia Rail - Carroll County ["'Anne Straight' astraight4 AT frontier.com [ILbirds]" ]
17 Jul IBET Birds & Beers & Baums TONIGHT, Raw Bar, Wrigleyville, 7pm (no sightings) ["Jeff Skrentny skrentnyspeaks AT me.com [ILbirds]" ]
17 Jul Re: IBET Cook County:Montrose Thur 7-17-14 ["'Geoffrey A. Williamson' geoffrey.williamson AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
17 Jul Re: IBET Re: Avocet-Dugan Rd in Sugar Grove (Kane County) ["Craig tnemec1 AT ameritech.net [ILbirds]" ]
17 Jul IBET Cook County:Montrose Thur 7-17-14 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
17 Jul IBET Lake Renwick ["Jim Tezak jjtezak AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
17 Jul IBET Re: Avocet-Dugan Rd in Sugar Grove (Kane County) ["Jackie jaculinb4 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
16 Jul IBET Dick Young FP 7/15 ["lcastle24 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
16 Jul IBET Dick Young FP 7/16 ["lcastle24 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
16 Jul IBET Turkey Walk ["sfluett AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
16 Jul IBET Lake Co.:Rollins Savannah Birds & Wildflowers Wed 7-16-14 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
16 Jul Re: IBET SNEG at 126th St Marsh Hegewisch, Il ["Walter Marcisz wmarcisz AT att.net [ILbirds]" ]
16 Jul IBET Avocet-Dugan Rd in Sugar Grove (Kane County) ["Marion Miller tlcbyrnme AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" ]
16 Jul IBET rollins shorebirds 7/16 ["Beau Schaefer beauschaefer AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" ]
15 Jul IBET recent e-mail w joke (NO SIGHTINGS) ["Suzanne Coleman isooz AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
15 Jul IBET hilarious (to me) (NO SIGHTINGS) ["Suzanne Coleman isooz AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
16 Jul IBET Olive-sided Flycatcher, Lake County ["'Sundberg, Jeffrey' jsundber AT mx.lakeforest.edu [ILbirds]" ]
15 Jul IBET Peoria area -- first half of July ["emcarlson8 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
16 Jul Fwd: IBET Sandhill Crane spears a mouse Lake County ["bokmakierie AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
15 Jul IBET ENSBC Field Trip Sunday - Rollins Savanna (NO SIGHTINGS) ["Hockman John j.w.hockman AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" ]
15 Jul IBET Not Much at Miller Meadows Tuesday, July 15 PM ["Henry Griffin hwga380 AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
15 Jul IBET Great Lakes Report ["Donnie Dann donniebird AT me.com [ILbirds]" ]
15 Jul IBET DuPage County:Wood Dale Reservoir/Itasca Wetlands Tues 7-15-14 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
15 Jul IBET Orland Grassland ["w.serafin AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
14 Jul IBET July Big Day Lake County ["Beau Schaefer beauschaefer AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" ]
14 Jul IBET CAM:Great Snowy Owl Year in Barrow AK ["jerrygoldner AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
14 Jul IBET Chicago Botanic Garden Mon 7-14-14 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
14 Jul IBET July Birds & Beers this Thursday evening, 7pm, Raw Bar with music by Mike & Ellen Baum (no sightings) ["Jeff Skrentny skrentnyspeaks AT me.com [ILbirds]" ]
14 Jul RE: IBET LEAST TERNS in Henry County (UNCLASSIFIED) ["'Mcmullen, Keith A MVS' Keith.A.Mcmullen AT usace.army.mil [ILbirds]" ]
13 Jul IBET Sunday at Fullersburg Woods (DuPage) ["Ed McDevitt mcdevitt.ed AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
13 Jul IBET Miami Woods flyby outline ?frigate bird (Cook cnty) ["Suzanne Coleman isooz AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
13 Jul IBET Wisconsin Trip Recap (NO Illinois SIGHTINGS) ["Henry Griffin hwga380 AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
13 Jul IBET A brief walk at Henry Palmisano Park ["Ed McDevitt mcdevitt.ed AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
13 Jul IBET Sedge Wrens - Lake in the Hills Fen Park (McHenry Co.) ["Richard Bisbee richard.bisbee AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" ]
13 Jul IBET LEAST TERNS in Henry County ["Jim Mountjoy jmountjo AT knox.edu [ILbirds]" ]
13 Jul IBET South Dakota and Wyoming (plus one IL sighting!) ["trptjoe AT aol.com [ILbirds]" ]
13 Jul IBET Lake Charleston ["Ron povpt93 AT consolidated.net [ILbirds]" ]
13 Jul IBET Waukegan & Parts Of Both North & South Units Of IBSP Sun 7-13-14 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
13 Jul IBET SNEG at 126th St Marsh Hegewisch, Il ["David Gruver dpgruve AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
13 Jul IBET Jarvis ["malango AT rcn.com [ILbirds]" ]
13 Jul IBET Black-bellied Whistling Duck ["Tony Ward tward3 AT mchsi.com [ILbirds]" ]
12 Jul IBET Swainson's Hawks and M Kites yes on Saturday ["BFisher928 AT aol.com [ILbirds]" ]

Subject: IBET Only Expected Shorebirds At Wood Dale Reservoir/Itasca Wetlands Mon 7-21-14
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:05:50 -0500
Hello Bird People,

Since it was supposed to be hot & humid later in the day I decided to go
somewhere that I could finish up my birding before that happened. Birded
the Wood Dale Res & the Itasca Wetlands & conditions have not changed much
since last week. Water in the reservoir is still way too high but you can
see it is starting to get lower as plants that were completely under water
last week can now be partially seen. Conditions at the Itasca Wetlands by
Prospect Rd. are very good with lots of mud flats & shallow water. Almost
every shorebird I saw was at that section & not the reservoir.
Here are my lists by sections:

Wood Dale Reservoir

D.C. Cormorant (2)
Great Blue Heron (2)
Great Egret (4)
Canada Goose (1)
Mallard (8)
Killdeer (1-AD & 1 young bird)
R.B. Gull (7 flying over the water)
Herring Gull (1-AD flying over the water)
Chimney Swift (2 soaring)
Tree Swallow (2)

Along Salt Creek

Spotted Sandpiper (1)
Rough Winged Swallow (6-8)
House Wren (heard 1)

Itasca Wetlands

Great Blue Heron (3)
Great Egret (1)
Mallard (14)
Killdeer (32)
Spotted Sandpiper (8)
Solitary Sandpiper (7)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (1)
Least Sandpiper (6)
Pectoral Sandpiper (1, 1st Fall migrant of this species)
Caspian Tern (Max=5-AD)
Barn Swallow (6-8)

Power Line Bike Path

Rock Pigeon (1 fly-by)
Eastern Kingbird (2)
Blue Jay (1)
Savannah Sparrow (3 still singing)
Eastern Meadowlark (2 singing)

Other Landbirds

Mourning Dove (6)
Willow Flycatcher (3)
Chickadee (heard 2)
W.B. Nuthatch (heard 1)
Robins (~30)
Gray Catbird (2)
Starling (groups of 18 & 8)
Warbling Vireo (heard 4)
Common Yellowthroat (7-8)
Cardinal (1-M)
Indigo Bunting (3-M all singing)
Song Sparrow (12-14)
Swamp Sparrow (heard 1)
Red Wings (~15) & Grackles (2)
Goldfinch (8-10)
House Sparrow (3)

Hard to pick a top bird today but I guess Bird-Of-The-Day can be the
Pectoral Sandpiper as it's a migrant & the 1st one I've seen in July.
Runners-Up to the always fine looking Caspian Terns.
I thought it was interesting that all the Tree Swallows were at the
reservoir, all the Rough Winged Swallows were along Salt Creek & all the
Barn Swallows were at the Itasca Wetlands.
Seems like they all got together & divided up the territory by species.

Al Stokie
Subject: IBET Raptor ID Workshop Sat. Aug. 23 (NO SIGHTINGS)
From: "Rena Cohen rena1729 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 05:53:15 -0700
Local raptor authority Vic Berardi will share his raptor-in-flight 
identification tips in a three-hour workshop from 9 am-noon on Saturday, August 
23, at Heller Nature Center in Highland Park. (For those who don't know, Vic 
has logged thousands of hours watching raptors as an enthusiast, photographer 
and founder of the Illinois Beach State Park Hawk Watch, and can identify 
raptors when they are little more than a spot in the sky.) He will also talk 
about local hawkwatching opportunities and lead an optional field trip after 
the seminar to Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve - one of the area's best 
hawkwatching spots. 


Space is limited; please register by emailing both vbirdman AT aol.com and 
rena AT sspr.com. The workshop is co-sponsored by Illinois Audubon Society's 
Lake/Cook Chapter and Heller Nature Center. 


Rena Cohen
Highland Park
Lake County
Subject: IBET Sandhill Cranes
From: "jeffrey.stwora AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Jul 2014 18:42:46 -0700
On a bike ride this afternoon saw two sandhill cranes on the expansive lawn of 
Ashburn Baptist Church 153rd and Wolf Rd. in Orland Park around 12:15. They 
seemed to be totally unfazed by the traffic noise and our 30' viewing distance 
from the bike trail. 

  
 Jeff Stwora
 Orland Park
Subject: IBET Rollins Shorebirds
From: "Beau Schaefer beauschaefer AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 20:18:36 -0500
Checked out the main pond this evening from 5:30-7:30pm. The shorebird numbers 
and diversity are steadily increasing. Highlights: 

1 Wilson’s Snipe
1 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER
3 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
5 Semipalmated Sandpiper
5 Pectoral Sandpiper
42 Least Sandpiper
22 Solitary Sandpiper
16 Lesser Yellowlegs
32 Killdeer
19 Spotted Sandpiper
Also:
2 Hooded Merganser (juveniles)
1 Ruddy Duck (non-breeding male)
5 swallow sp.

Here’s the complete list:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19166331

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




Subject: IBET Winfield Turkeys
From: "Jim Stephenson jimstephenson11 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 16:04:37 -0700
First time in our yard today.  We have 3 juvenile wild turkeys that seem to be 
enjoying our yard all afternoon and they are still here.  Our yard is fenced 
but all neighbors have dogs, hopefully they will be ok. 


Jim
Subject: IBET IBSP
From: "scorellis AT att.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Jul 2014 11:37:35 -0700
Today my dad and I went to Illinois Beach State Park to look for my one breeder 
nemusus, the Lark Sparrow. And for the third time, this soon-to-be lifer left 
me stranded with the usuals. But we did see some uncommon birds. When we were 
on the entrence rd to the south unit, we saw two sandhill cranes probing the 
mud in one of the wetlands right around the rd. then we saw a weird warbler in 
one of the small shrubs inbetween two ponds, and turned out to be a wet adult 
male Blue-winged warbler. While I was trying to locate the warbler, a small 
plump bird blur a quick sprint across the rd, and appeared to be an adult Sora. 
Then when we got on the dunes trail, we saw nothing of note, except for a quick 
flyby cuckoo species, and a bunch of Brewer's Blackbirds. Once we got to the 
dead river trail intersection, the lark sparrow was replaced by a trail's 
flycatcher and some field sparrows. Then we headed up to NPM/spring bluff F.P. 
and saw 4 semipalmated sandpipers, Then we birded with Bob E and heard several 
then saw a Marsh Wren. Ethan Ellis Lake County. 
Subject: IBET Chicago Botanic Garden Birds & A Few Plants Sun 7-20-14
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 13:33:12 -0500
Hello Bird People,

I have been getting up early (4 or 4:30 a.m.) for the last few days but in
spite of my early starts I have not done well finding exciting birds. So
today I did not set the alarm clock & woke up on my own at 6 a.m. I also
decided not to drive very far today so I went to the Chicago Botanic Garden
to check on shorebirds at the mud flat area. Once again I found no exciting
birds but I slept longer & drove fewer miles so that helped somewhat. I did
notice a couple interesting things though.

Caspian Terns

Had 11 adults & 6 young ones today for a total of 17, my highest total this
Summer. All are on the mud flats with the adults flying off to hunt & the
young ones just sit around & wait for mom & dad to bring in small fish to
eat. Last week was the 1st time a young bird was present but today that
total was up to 6.

Shorebirds

Had 6 species today & all were of the expected July shorebirds except for 2
Semipalmated Sandpipers which were nearby but not with the Least
Sandpipers. I guess I'll need my scope from here on out as the mud flats
are just far enough so that bino's aren't enough to separate those 2 small
"Peeps".

Chicago Botanic Garden (full day list for 3 hours birding)

D.C Cormorant (2 fly-bys & 2 on the water)
Great Blue Heron (3)
Great Egret (1)
Green Heron (1 fly-by)
Canada Geese (22)
Mallard (15-AD & 4 small young)
Killdeer (8 on mud flats & 3 more on lawns)
Spotted Sandpiper (6)
Solitary Sandpiper (4)
Lesser Yellowlegs (1)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (2)
Least Sandpiper (5)
Mourning Dove (9-10)
Ruby Throated Hummer (2 visiting flowers together)
Kingfisher (1-M)
Tree (4), Cliff (1), Rough Winged (4) & Barn (15) Swallows
Purple Martin (~20 with most of the young out of the nest boxes & flying
with the adults)
Chickadee (4)
Robins (15-20)
Warbling Vireo (3 singing)
Cardinal (1-M)
Song Sparrow (4 singing)
Red Wings (~10) & Grackles (2)
Orchard Oriole (1-F)
House Finch (4 singing)
Goldfinch (6-8)
House Sparrow (~12)

For Plant People

This is not a native plant but in one of the garden sections I saw a plant
with strange leaves & even more strange flowers. It's called Spiny Acanthus
or Spiny Bear-Breech (Acanthus Spinosus) & you can Google it to see what it
looks like. An interesting woodland plant is Black Cohosh (Actaea Racemosa)
which has large plumes of white flowers. An interesting shrub is Bottle
Brush Buckeye (Aesculus Parviflora) with has large flowers as well. Some of
you may be familiar with Marsh Blazing Star (Liatris Spicata) but today I
saw some with all white flowers which is a color form Alba. I have seen
small numbers of this white form at Illinois Beach.
You can Google all these plants as I have done so to be sure. Finally, the
1st red flowers of the beautiful Royal Catchfly (Silene) are open (only 2
plants so far) on the hill prairie.

Birds-Of-The-Day to the mix of adult & young Caspian Terns on the mud flats
&
Runners-Up to the 2 R.T. Hummers & the slightly early Semiplamated
Sandpipers.

Al Stokie
Subject: IBET ENSBC Rollins Field Trip 7/20
From: "Beau Schaefer beauschaefer AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 13:28:39 -0500
 13 ardent birders joined me this morning on a picture-perfect day for birding 
at Rollins Savanna this morning from 6:45-10:00am. We had 54 sp. and awesome 
looks at some great birds including close looks at multiple SEDGE WRENS, a 
cooperative MARSH WREN, female ORCHARD ORIOLES, HENSLOW’S SPARROW, multiple 
BOBOLINKS and MEADOWLARKS, an adult PIED-BILLED GREBE, and a distant OSPREY on 
a cell phone tower. The highlights of the morning, however, were the great 
looks we had at 8 sp. of shorebirds including 1 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER. Thanks 
to all who showed up this morning with energy and enthusiasm for some great 
birding! 

Here’s the complete list:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19160911

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




Subject: IBET No Sightings: Soon (I hope) - an app that can tell what that calling bird is
From: "Ed McDevitt mcdevitt.ed AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 13:24:44 -0500
Software can decode bird songs
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-28358123

Ed McDevitt
From my mobile device
Subject: IBET Momence, 7/19 a.m.
From: "'Robert D. Hughes' rhughes.enteract AT rcn.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 09:38:29 -0500
I spent a few hours on Saturday morning birding the Momence area in 
eastern Kankakee County. I started at the H & E sod farm (13250 East and 
south of 114), where I've had good luck with grasspipers in late summer 
and early fall in the past. My main target was Upland Sandpiper, a bird 
I still needed for the year and a bird I've had difficulty finding in 
recent years. The sod at H & E is shrinking; areas that were sod just a 
couple years ago are now planted in corn. I didn't see any shorebirds 
other than Killdeer and there weren't even that many of them. I did have 
a couple Western Meadowlarks, a few Dickcissels and Savannah Sparrows, 
and Cliff Swallows at the bridge over 13500 East. However, near the 
intersection of 1250 North and 1200 East just west of H & E I heard and 
then saw an Upland Sandpiper flying south over the road. The bird wasn't 
very high and almost acted like it wanted to land (even though the 
habitat here is inappropriate) but kept going. I heard this bird or 
another one about half a mile to the southwest.

After H & E I made my way over to the Schaafsma's sod farm (10000 E and 
1000 S). I stumbled on this place a couple years ago while exploring 
Kankakee County. The sod fields here are fairly small and I've never 
seen anything more exciting than American Golden-Plovers, but there were 
a lot of Killdeer, which to me is a good sign. About a quarter mile east 
of Schaafsma on 1000 South is a much more impressive looking sod field. 
I'm not sure if this is part of the Schaafsma's sod farm and I didn't 
see anything other than Killdeer but I think it has a lot of potential 
to draw in grasspipers.

When I was done sod busting I checked the Kankakee River at the 13350 
East access road. The birding was pretty good here and I had Pileated 
and Red-headed Woodpeckers, Red-shouldered Hawk, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, 
Acadian and Great Crested Flycatchers, Carolina Wren, and Prothonotary 
Warbler, in addition to more common birds. The mosies were bad though.

Robert D. Hughes
Chicago, Illinois


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Subject: IBET Birds at Peace of Earth
From: "John Baxter XXJB7Z AT AOL.COM [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:06:19 -0400 (EDT)
Hi friends,
Stayed a night at the bed and breakfast near Rushville, IL. Peace of Earth 
hosted by Jim and Pat Sullivan. A Summer tanager singing and calling just 
outside the door, Pileated WP calling echo through the hollow. RE vireo on the 
inside monitor as we ate breakfast. A really sumptuous meal. The Barred owl 
called late at night as we came in around 1230am. WB nuthatch, BC chickadees, 
T. titmouse, AG. finch, and comical squirrels sliding off the feeders just 
outside the dining room windows. 

Birds or a bat got this Luna. https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/14698677032/

John Baxter
Bourbonnais, IL
Subject: IBET Birders' Social Dinner
From: "Suzanne Coleman isooz AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 15:29:27 -0700
Hi all,

I wanted to see if there is any interest in people getting together in my area 
to socialize and get to know each other better and thought I would try and plan 
a social dinner at a local restaurant (average price range).  If you are 
interested just private message me and let me know what days and times are best 
for you and I'll see what I can organize.  If we've already talked, no need to 
respond I've got you on the list!  :) 


Looking forward to getting to know some of you better!

Suzanne Coleman
Glenview, Cook
Subject: IBET Montroae Saturday afternoon
From: "Geoffrey Williamson geoffrey.williamson AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 15:13:58 -0500
Six WILLETS were on Montrose Beach (Chicago) at about 2:15pm. They headed south 
some 20 minutes later. No other shorebirds seen other than the resident 
Killdeer and Spotted Sandpipers. 


Good birding,
Geoff


Geoffrey A. Williamson
geoffrey.williamson AT comcast.net 
Subject: IBET Montrose this PM-6 WILLETS!
From: "Henry Griffin hwga380 AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 15:10:19 -0500
Hello birding friends,

I birded Montrose Point with Isoo O'Brien from 11:30am-2:00pm. We found 6 
WILLETS on the protected beach, maybe ten yards away from the pier, FOY for me. 
Other than that, the only shorebirds were SPOTTED SANDPIPERS and KILLDEER. 
Also, a few CASPIAN TERNS flew over. 


No interesting land birds were around; we poked around for the summering female 
Black-throated Blue Warbler but couldn't find it. 


Bird-of-the-day to the WILLETS. Full bird species list for the outing is 
attached below my signature. 


Good birding,
Henry (Oak Park, Cook)

--
Henry Griffin

27 species:

Mallard
Great Blue Heron
Killdeer
Spotted Sandpiper
WILLET (6-FOY)
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Caspian Tern
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Downy Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Kingbird
Warbling Vireo
American Crow
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
American Crow
Gray Catbird
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird (one repeatedly attacked me while I was watching the 
Willets) 

Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Sparrow
House Finch
American Goldfinch
Subject: IBET Dugan Road Fluddle- Another Update
From: "Brendon Lake brendonlake10 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 12:57:30 -0700
I made my way out to the Dugan Road fluddle yet again, this time hoping to get 
my lifer Short-Billed Dowitcher, as Marion Miller had told me three were there 
at the time. I arrived a little after 1:30, and saw an incredible number of 
Lesser Yellowlegs, and many Killdeer right off the bat. As Al had mentioned, no 
Avocet to be seen. There were a couple of Solitary Sandpipers, and several 
Least Sandpipers, and I finally came across what I was looking for as three 
Short-Billed Dowitchers were feeding near each other along the south and west 
end of the fluddle. Later on, a fourth was with them, either I had missed it 
before, or it had come in with one of the groups of Yellowlegs that were flying 
in from time to time. 


This area is just awesome right now, American Avocet, Wilson's Phalarope, Stilt 
Sandpiper and Short-Billed Dowitcher have all been seen here in the last week! 
Sorry to state the obvious, but I'm just ecstatic to see shorebirds again! 


Brendon Lake
Burlington, Kane County
Subject: IBET Illiana Birds:4 Powderhorn Ospreys
From: "'Carolyn A. Marsh' cmarshbird AT prodigy.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:33:07 -0500
19 July 19, 2014 - At 11:40 a.m. at Powderhorn Lake & Prairie there was a
different scene. The adult male was perched in its favorite snag on the
lake. The chick has grown up to be able to see it regularly. Standing on the
nest was the adult female and next to her was a fledgling from another nest.
It was double the size of the chick. So it is likely there could be another
undiscovered Osprey nest in the area. (There were two nests in the past.)

 

I have noticed in three previous separate years that a juvenile from another
area would visit the Powderhorn nest. However, it usually caused havoc with
the adults who chased the intruder away.  That certainly is not the case
with this fledgling as it was holding on to the edge of the nest with the
adult female tolerating its presence. 

 

I checked 129th Street wetland and there was an adult BLACK-CROWNED
NIGHT-HERON, 1 GREAT BLUE HERON and 2 GREAT EGRETS. No Snowy Egret, however,
2 Snowy Egrets were on the Hammond side of Wolf Lake in mid morning.

 

Carolyn Marsh, Whiting, IN
Subject: IBET Snowy Egret - No
From: "David Antieau dkantieau AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 11:34:13 -0700
Dear birders,

I tried the 126th Street Marsh twice, and walked back to the railroad tracks 
behind Burnham Prairie Marsh without locating the Snowy this morning.  I was 
also at O'Brien Lock & Dam, Wolf Lake, Indian Ridge Marsh, Deadstick Pond 
(where I didn't see much, even standing on the trunk of my car), and Big Marsh. 


My highlights for the morning: Mute Swans at Wolf Lake: believe it or not, 
first of the year (I usually get them in January but was sick that month); 3 
Kestrels at O'Brien Lock & Dam; juvenile Rose-breasted Grosbeak at Burnham 
Prairie. 


For the birds,

Dave Antieau
dkantieau AT sbcglobal.net	
Chicago, Cook County
Subject: IBET No Avocet In The Early A.M. At Dugan Rd. Wetlands Area Sat 7-19-14
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 12:51:51 -0500
Hello Bird People,

Couldn't go for the Avocet the 1st day it was seen & then I decided it
would be gone the next day so I went elsewhere but of course it was there.
Couldn't go Friday as I had promised to give
Henry G a tour of Illinois Beach Park & of course the Avocet was again
present. So today Bob E & I did get there & of course the Avocet was a no
show. We looked both from the road & from the sports complex lot from 6:45
to 7:30 at the shorebirds but found no Avocet. As we were leaving another
birder (Roger) was looking from the road & also did not find the Avocet.
After a visit to Afton F.P. in DeKalb Co. we returned & saw Pete M as he
was leaving after looking for 40 min.
Pete, Roger, Bob & I checked 2 other flooded field areas but only found
more of the same birds at the Dugan Rd wet area. Here's my list from that
location:

Dugan Rd. Wet Field Area

Mallard (11-AD & 8 young)
Blue Winged Teal (1-M)
Killdeer (39)
Spotted Sandpiper (4)
Greater Yellowlegs (2 or 3)
Lesser Yellowlegs (19)
Solitary Sandpiper (3)
Least Sandpiper (15-18)
SHORT BILLED DOWITCHER (1)
Mourning Dove (2)
Tree & Barn Swallows

In the parking area were Robins, Song Sparrow & Red Winged Blackbirds.
In that lot & on Wheeler we heard, but did not see, both Eastern & Western
Meadowlarks.

A day late & an Avocet short although I had seen one earlier this year at
Hennepin Hopper.
Afton has pretty high water levels & doesn't look good for shorebirds at
this time.
Bird-Of-The-Day to the 1 Short Billed Dowitcher &
Runner-Up to the Greater Yellowlegs with both species at the Dugan Rd. wet
area.

Al Stokie
Subject: IBET Dugan Road fuddle near Sugar Grove
From: "John Heneghan johnhens AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 08:32:17 -0700
I drove by the Dugan Road fuddle this AM. Lots of shorebirds present, did not 
have time to stop and look. On Dugan between Wheeler and Scott in Sugar Grove 
in Kane Cty. The road had huge craters, be careful.  


John Heneghan
Big Rock, Kane Cty
Subject: IBET Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Bell's Vireo - Kaufman Park, Champaign
From: "Nicholas Sly pagophila AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 09:30:22 -0500
Phred Benham and I returned to Kaufman Park in west Champaign and refound
the Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, still roosting in the open and preening as
of 9am this morning. It is roosting in dense vegetation on the west shore
of the lake most of the way up to the north end. You can find it by walking
up the east side and scanning the far shore, looking for a streak of
whitewash on the vegetation that marks the roost. While there I heard a
Bell's Vireo sing 3 times from the shrubbery along the creek in the
northeastern corner of the park.

Good Birding,
Nick Sly
Urbana, IL

-- 
Nicholas Sly
Ph.D. Student, Cheviron Lab
Department of Animal Biology
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
http://www.life.illinois.edu/cheviron/Cheviron_Lab_/Home.html
Subject: IBET South Globe in Fulton County
From: "miking38 AT aol.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 18 Jul 2014 16:03:33 -0700

 At Emiquon's South Globe tract in Fulton County there were about 100 
shorebirds in three areas of mud flats along the eastern levee. At least half 
of them were killdeer but I also saw 12 long-billed dowitchers, 10 yellowlegs 
of both species, least and semi-palmated sandpipers, a few pectorals and one 
stilt sandpiper. There is very little water except along the drainage ditches, 
and the biggest mud flat was farthest to the south bordering on the Wilder 
Tract. Earlier at Spring Lake, in Tazewell County, in the wetland south of the 
boat launch there were apparently suitable mud flats but there were just a 
dozen or so killdeer, 2 solitary sandpipers and 1 lesser yellowlegs. 

 Mike Ingram, Peoria 

Subject: IBET IBSP South Unit and other locations in Northeast IL
From: "Henry Griffin hwga380 AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:25:19 -0500
Hello birding friends,

Today I birded Illinois Beach State Park and other areas in northeast Illinois 
with Al Stokie and Steve (embarrassingly, I forgot his last name) from 
8:15am-1:45pm, only stopping in the middle to eat lunch at Culver's. 


First, we covered the Illinois Beach State Park South Unit. Immediately, we 
heard and then saw (briefly) a YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO (FOY) in the small oak 
trees west of the parking lot for the South Unit. 


Then, we hiked around, covering the beach and going all the way to the Dead 
River (Al did his shorebird survey south of the river while I covered more 
ground north of the river). We dipped on the Lark and Grasshopper Sparrows that 
are known to nest locally in that area, but we did find quite a few BREWER'S 
BLACKBIRDS, which are rare for Illinois. 


After lunch, we covered other areas in northeast Illinois. Due to the 
vulnerability of one of the bird species we observed, KING RAIL, I will not 
give locations but I will list the good birds we found after lunch (ha!): 


King Rail (bird of the day and a LIFE BIRD for me)
Least Sandpiper (FOY for me)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (FOS for all of us)
Sedge Wren (FOY for me)
Marsh Wren
Dickcissel

It was a fantastic outing, and thank you so much to Al for driving me around 
and birding with me! 


Bird-of-the-day to my only lifer for the day and a clear stand-out species, the 
territorial KING RAIL we all observed at a very close range. 


Good birding,

Henry 
Oak Park (Cook)

Here is the full bird species list for today, 62 species in total:

Canada Goose
Mallard
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Turkey Vulture
Cooper's Hawk
American Kestrel
KING RAIL (saw 1 territorial bird at undisclosed location in northeast 
Illinois...LIFE BIRD!!!) 

Killdeer
Spotted Sandpiper
LEAST SANDPIPER (FOY)
SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER (FOY)
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Caspian Tern
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO (heard 1 near parking lot in IBSP, then saw it flush 
briefly) 

Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Willow Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Bank Swallow 
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
SEDGE WREN (many heard at two locations)
MARSH WREN (1 or 2 heard at one location)
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
Common Yellowthroat
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting
DICKCISSEL (saw and heard a few singing)
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
BREWER'S BLACKBIRD (many seen at typical location near mouth of Dead River)
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Sparrow
House Finch
American Goldfinch
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

--
Henry Griffin
Subject: IBET Montrose Beach Birds
From: "Steve Spitzer steven0703 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:37:30 -0700
Hi Birders,

A few Willet pictures at the link. They were the only migrant types.

Steve Spitzer

Chicago - Cook

Montrose Beach - 7/18/2014

  
             
Montrose Beach - 7/18/2014
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Subject: IBET NO SIGHTINGS
From: "Caryn Hollander caryn.hollander AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:20:39 -0500
Hi All,

I know this is a group for IL, but I'm wondering if anyone know of any good 
birding spots up in the Door County area. We will be up there for a few days 
next week. 


Thanks in advance for any tips!!!

Caryn Hollander
caryn.hollander AT yahoo.com
Buffalo Grove (Lake County)

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Subject: IBET JxP WHITE-WINGED DOVE
From: "Paul Clyne paulclyne2000 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:41:15 -0700
I found a WHITE-WINGED DOVE perched on the roof of the golfers' shanty at the 
south end of the Golf Driving Range in Jackson Park, Chicago, this morning, 
about 07:40.  (This is off the south end of Bobolink Meadow, opposite the far 
southeast corner of the East Lagoon of Wooded Island.)  It sang a couple times, 
then flew east (towards Lake Michigan) and out of sight behind the shanty.  I 
made a brief attempt, in vain, to relocate it on the Driving Range. 


This is a first record for Jackson Park, but not likely the last.  Since the 
first Illinois record in 1998, White-winged Doves have become virtually annual 
in occurrence in the state, with more than a few records from Chicago's 
lakefront parks. 


Paul Clyne
Hyde Park, Chicago
 
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Subject: IBET Fort Feathers -- oops
From: "Don Darnell dondarnell48 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 08:44:18 -0500
I heard a COMMON YELLOWTHROAT -- NOT a Yellow- throated Warbler!
Sorry.
Old-timers disease, I think. And I typed it in caps!

Don Darnell
Fort Sheridan
lake County

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Subject: RE: IBET Re: Avocet-Dugan Rd in Sugar Grove (Kane County)
From: "'norekj AT aol.com' NorekJ@aol.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 06:39:21 -0700 (PDT)
Still there Friday 8 30 a.m.


Joan Norek



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To: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: IBET Re: Avocet-Dugan Rd in Sugar Grove (Kane County)

Avocet continues at the Dugan Rd fluddle today. Viewing from area near sports 
complex at Wheeler Road. Jackie Bowman Geneva, IL Sent from my iPhone 


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Subject: IBET Orchard Orioles, Old School F.P. Lake County
From: "Tom Terrien tinkandtom AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 06:37:16 -0700
Early this morning I decided to visit Old School Forest Preserve to see if the 
male Orchard Oriole was  where I took photos of him yesterday. A deer was in 
the parking lot and a Towhee was singing in a small tree. A family of Downys 
were in short trees and the baby was attempting to get something to eat on its 
own.  It was nice to hear a House Wren when I drove in and see an Indigo 
Bunting singing at the top of a tree. 


  Not only did I see the male  Orchard Oriole again  but also the female  and 
what I believe to be a baby Orchard Oriole begging to be fed. It had no tail 
feathers and was dark overall with a beak like its parents. The male Orchard 
Oriole I saw a little later in the oak trees may have been the same one-not 
sure about that. 


A Red Bellied W.P. was feeding its youngster and White breasted Nuthatches were 
making their presence known with loud chatterings. The Field Sparrows were 
quiet when I was there but the Chickadees made up for it! 

On the way out of OS F.P. I was thrilled to hear a Scarlet Tanager. At least 3 
more Towhees and 2 more Indigo Buntings were singing. 

At   Oak Spring Canoe Launch, the river and pond levels are much lower than 
they have been this summer. No egrets when I was there today but a 


 Great Blue Heron was in the larger pond and I think a juvenile was closer to 
the bank. I could not see it clearly because of all the branches blocking my 
view. I was hoping to see the Black Crowned Night Heron who I have not seen 
there since posting it July 4th. This is the first year I can remember that it 
has shown up in July for only one day and then not be seen again for this long. 
The bird near the bank seemed to be the relative size and shape of a Great Blue 
rather than the BCNH. At the parking lot there was another pair of Red Bellied 
W.P.s-an adult feeding its full grown baby. A first for me- a Warbling Vireo  
feeding its young was in a lower branch and visible for a change. 


Six Cedar Waxwings were hawking insects over the river and I heard the familiar 
rattle call of our Kingfisher who has not reliably been there every morning 
like last year. 

Perhaps it is not always about the numbers or the rarity but the appreciation 
for our common birds-that may not always be so common in the future. 

Good birding to all!

Sue Tinkle
Lake County
Subject: IBET Willet at Montrose
From: "pckiwis AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 18 Jul 2014 06:25:14 -0700
There is a single willet on the beach near the hook pier. Other than that, 
there are the usual cast of characters: kildeer, spotted sandpipers, barn and 
rough-winged swallows. Just passed through the Magic Hedge quickly, but there 
are a couple of Baltimore oriores in the hedge, along with a yellow warbler. 
Patrick Connolly Cook County 
Subject: IBET Fort Feathers (Fort Sheridan/Lake County)
From: "Don Darnell dondarnell48 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:36:06 -0500
Took a quick walk out to the area where the HENSLOW'S SPARROWS hang on the 
western prairie at Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve around ten this morning: I 
found one calling -- hiccuping -- not too far from the mown path in the usual 
area. After a few minutes the bird flew down to join another sparrow low in the 
grass. Hard to tell for sure but the low bird looked like a juvenile Henslow's. 


I hadn't been out for a walk in a few days and was surprised that I didn't see 
or hear any Bobolinks of Meadowlarks. Might be the time of day -- and the fact 
that I visited only one section of the prairie -- but this is the first time 
this nesting season I didn't come across any. Wrapping up their rearing duties, 
I guess. 

                    
There were also a few SAVANNA SPARROWS with young in the area, per usual. 

Other species I saw or heard walking back along the ravine were:

Field Sparrow (Heard singing in usual place near the small Hutchinson Ravine 
Foot Bridge) 


Song Sparrow (with young)

Indigo Bunting

Goldfinch

House Finch

Eastern Wood Pewee

Cowbird

Common Grackle 

Northern Cardinals

Brown Thrasher

Blue Jays

Downey Woodpecker

Northern Flickers (young and adult)

Red-bellied Woodpeckers  (young and adult)

Red-headed Woodpeckers (3 adults and 2 juveniles)

YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER (singing from a shrub near the Gilgare Street bridge)

and baby starlings and RW Blackbirds everywhere!

The VP in charge of looking out the window says no Dickcissels nested at Fort 
Sheridan this year -- probably due to the ill-timed "controlled burn" of the 
eastern prairie in April. The great majority of ground nesting birds at Fort 
Sheridan nested on the unburned portion of the prairie. Hopefully, the county 
will burn the west side in the fall. 


What a world.  Thank Mother Nature for the diversion of birds.

Don Darnell
Fort Sheridan
Lake County



 
Subject: IBET Waterfall Glen
From: "bokmakierie AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:33:35 +0000 (UTC)
Hello, 

Went to Waterfall Glen in DuPage Co. today. Two YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT were 
singing back and forth out in the open much of the time I was there (airplane 
flying field). Two of the 4 WHITE-EYED VIREO I found there today were also in 
the Poverty Prairie area. I did not see but managed to hear a couple PINE 
WARBLER. Heard a SCARLET TANAGER singing and while looking for it spotted the 
female gathering nesting material. Also saw a soaring BROAD WINGED HAWK. Alot 
of butterflies around as well today, such as some flashy swallowtails including 
spicebush & pipevine. 


Cary Hillegonds 
bokmakierie AT comcast.net 
Orland Park 
Subject: RE: IBET Birds & Beers & Baums TONIGHT, Raw Bar, Wrigleyville, 7pm (no sightings)
From: "ntikalsky ntikalsky AT hotmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:24:32 -0500
Bringing Luis with me!


Shanti,
Nancy Tikalsky
Zion, IL

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-------- Original message --------
From: "David Johnson djohnsoda AT comcast.net [ILbirds]"
Date:07/17/2014 4:53 PM (GMT-06:00)
To: Jeff Skrentny
Cc: IBET
Subject: Re: IBET Birds & Beers & Baums TONIGHT, Raw Bar, Wrigleyville, 7pm (no sightings)
In wine there is wisdom, In beer there is Freedom, In water there is bacteria. -- Ben Franklin Here's to alcohol, The rose colored glass of life -- F. Scott Fitzgerald I plan on drinking myself to oblivion over all the sweet birds I've missed in This lifetime. And there's to the ones I have seen!...tee...hee... Dbj Sent from my iPhone On Jul 17, 2014, at 4:38 PM, "Jeff Skrentny skrentnyspeaks AT me.com [ILbirds]" wrote: > All, > > MIKE BAUM really does want you to attend tonight's July 2014 Birds & Beers & Baums EXTRAVAGANZA at 7pm at the Raw Bar, 3720 N Clark Street. > > And frankly so do I! > > Right now we have about 35 confirmed attendees, it is going to be the birders social event of the summer. Didn't RSVP, not to worry, we have room for you to attend! > > Official gathering starts about 7pm, come earlier for dinner, the food at Raw Bar is wonderful. The Baum's music will start after most everyone arrives, and beverages, beers and bird conversation will last as long as you all do. > > Can't wait to see everyone tonight! > > http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topic=55072.0 > > -jrrs > Jeff Skrentny > Chicago, Cook County, IL > >
Subject: IBET Snowy Egret Burnham Prairie
From: "Aaron Gyllenhaal aarongyllenhaal AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:35:45 -0500
Hi all,

My dad and I decided to check around the Calumet area today. Nothing 
spectacular anywhere except Burnham where had a Snowy Egret along the railroad 
tracks in the back. The Snowy was not at 126th St Marsh when we checked so I 
would wager that this is the same bird. We also had a Red-headed Woodpecker and 
a Least Bittern at the section of Burnham along the alley. 


Aaron Gyllenhaal
Oak Park, IL

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Subject: Re: IBET Birds & Beers & Baums TONIGHT, Raw Bar, Wrigleyville, 7pm (no sightings)
From: "David Johnson djohnsoda AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:52:39 -0500
In wine there is wisdom,
In beer there is Freedom,
In water there is bacteria.

-- Ben Franklin

Here's to alcohol,
The rose colored glass of life

-- F. Scott Fitzgerald 

I plan on drinking myself to oblivion over all the sweet birds I've missed in
This lifetime.  And there's to the ones I have seen!...tee...hee...

Dbj

Sent from my iPhone

On Jul 17, 2014, at 4:38 PM, "Jeff Skrentny skrentnyspeaks AT me.com [ILbirds]" 
 wrote: 


> All, 
> 
> MIKE BAUM really does want you to attend tonight's July 2014 Birds & Beers & 
Baums EXTRAVAGANZA at 7pm at the Raw Bar, 3720 N Clark Street. 

> 
> And frankly so do I!  
> 
> Right now we have about 35 confirmed attendees, it is going to be the birders 
social event of the summer. Didn't RSVP, not to worry, we have room for you to 
attend! 

> 
> Official gathering starts about 7pm, come earlier for dinner, the food at Raw 
Bar is wonderful. The Baum's music will start after most everyone arrives, and 
beverages, beers and bird conversation will last as long as you all do. 

> 
> Can't wait to see everyone tonight!   
> 
> http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topic=55072.0
> 
> -jrrs
> Jeff Skrentny
> Chicago, Cook County, IL
> 
> 
Subject: IBET Virginia Rail - Carroll County
From: "'Anne Straight' astraight4 AT frontier.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:46:55 -0500
Had a nice look at a Virginia Rail at Sloane's Marsh (across from the Ingersoll 
Center) on Riverview Rd this morning about 8a.m. Could heard it calling and 
fianlly we had good views of it. Also there was a SORA calling and Purple 
Martins were flying all over. 

Otherwise, just the usual species.

Anne Straight
Forreston, IL (Ogle County)
Subject: IBET Birds & Beers & Baums TONIGHT, Raw Bar, Wrigleyville, 7pm (no sightings)
From: "Jeff Skrentny skrentnyspeaks AT me.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:38:44 -0500
All, 

MIKE BAUM really does want you to attend tonight's July 2014 Birds & Beers & 
Baums EXTRAVAGANZA at 7pm at the Raw Bar, 3720 N Clark Street. 


And frankly so do I!  

Right now we have about 35 confirmed attendees, it is going to be the birders 
social event of the summer. Didn't RSVP, not to worry, we have room for you to 
attend! 


Official gathering starts about 7pm, come earlier for dinner, the food at Raw 
Bar is wonderful. The Baum's music will start after most everyone arrives, and 
beverages, beers and bird conversation will last as long as you all do. 


Can't wait to see everyone tonight!   

http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topic=55072.0

-jrrs
Jeff Skrentny
Chicago, Cook County, IL
Subject: Re: IBET Cook County:Montrose Thur 7-17-14
From: "'Geoffrey A. Williamson' geoffrey.williamson AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:27:54 -0500
I missed Al this morning at Montrose.  I'm not 
sure if he was there when I was (I was out there 
5:30 to 6:45 AM), but we had pretty much the same 
stuff.   I can add, though, the other two regular 
swallow species: TREE SWALLOW and CLIFF 
SWALLOW.  I had the swallow slam today, yay!

Purple Martin - 22
Tree Swallow - 2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow - 32
Bank Swallow - 1
Cliff Swallow - 8
Barn Swallow - 30


Good birding,
Geoff


At 12:17 PM 7/17/2014, Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds] wrote:
>
>
>Hello Bird People,
>
>This was my 3rd July visit to this location & 
>also my 3rd time with no migrant shorebirds as 
>all I saw were Killdeer (4-AD & 1 fairly large 
>young) & Spotted Sandpipers (8-AD & 2 young).
>Large numbers of Chimney Swifts were flying 
>overhead & very high over the Hedge area & much 
>lower with the Swallows over the Dunes where 
>many Gnat like insects were present. Most of the 
>Swallows were Barn & Rough Winged but among them 
>were a few Purple Martins & 1 Bank Swallow. 
>There were 3 Caspian Terns & 2 young Herring 
>Gulls mixed in with over 100 Ring Billed Gulls. 
>Two each Warbling Vireo's & House Wrens are 
>still constantly singing. I would think they 
>would be getting tired of doing that by this 
>time. A short stop at South Pond found nothing of interest.
>
>Bird-Of-The-Day to the many fancy flying Chimney 
>Swifts flying both high & low.
>There is some kind of beach & water activity 
>going on today with bus loads of kids arriving & 
>almost no remaining parking spots left on the street. Even on weekdays I 
guess. 

>Highlights were the Utah license plate seen on 
>Lake Shore Drive & a Rhode Island plate seen 
>near the North Pond area. Very slow day for birds today.
>
>Al Stokie
>
>Â Â Â
>

Geoffrey A. Williamson
geoffrey.williamson AT comcast.net
Subject: Re: IBET Re: Avocet-Dugan Rd in Sugar Grove (Kane County)
From: "Craig tnemec1 AT ameritech.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:53:04 -0500
Still present at 12:50 pm.

Sent from my iPhone

Craig Taylor

> On Jul 17, 2014, at 9:42 AM, "Jackie jaculinb4 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" 
 wrote: 

> 
> Avocet continues at the Dugan Rd fluddle today. Viewing from area near sports 
complex at Wheeler Road. 

> 
> Jackie Bowman
> Geneva, IL
> 
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Subject: IBET Cook County:Montrose Thur 7-17-14
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:17:59 -0500
Hello Bird People,

This was my 3rd July visit to this location & also my 3rd time with no
migrant shorebirds as all I saw were Killdeer (4-AD & 1 fairly large young)
& Spotted Sandpipers (8-AD & 2 young).
Large numbers of Chimney Swifts were flying overhead & very high over the
Hedge area & much lower with the Swallows over the Dunes where many Gnat
like insects were present. Most of the Swallows were Barn & Rough Winged
but among them were a few Purple Martins & 1 Bank Swallow. There were 3
Caspian Terns & 2 young Herring Gulls mixed in with over 100 Ring Billed
Gulls. Two each Warbling Vireo's & House Wrens are still constantly
singing. I would think they would be getting tired of doing that by this
time. A short stop at South Pond found nothing of interest.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the many fancy flying Chimney Swifts flying both high &
low.
There is some kind of beach & water activity going on today with bus loads
of kids arriving & almost no remaining parking spots left on the street.
Even on weekdays I guess.
Highlights were the Utah license plate seen on Lake Shore Drive & a Rhode
Island plate seen near the North Pond area. Very slow day for birds today.

Al Stokie
Subject: IBET Lake Renwick
From: "Jim Tezak jjtezak AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 09:34:04 -0700
I birded Lake Renwick along with Turtle and Budde Lakes in Plainfield (Will 
Co.) yesterday morning. Nice variety of birds including: 

Cedar Waxwings
Rose-breasted Grosbeaks
Black-capped Chickadees
Am Robins
Red-winged Blackbirds
European Starlings
Northern Cardinals
Common Grackles
Tree Swallows
Eastern Bluebirds
Song Sparrow
Am Goldfinch
Baltimore Oriole
Common Yellowthroat (thanks Andrew A. for help with ID)
House Wren
Caspian Terns
Catbirds
Brown Thrasher
Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpeckers
Hairy Woodpeckers
Black-crowned Night Heron
Double-crested Cormorants
Great Egrets
Great Blue Herons
Swans (too far away to ID with certainty)

Jim Tezak - jjtezak AT yahoo.com
Shorewood, IL (Will Co)
Subject: IBET Re: Avocet-Dugan Rd in Sugar Grove (Kane County)
From: "Jackie jaculinb4 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 09:42:57 -0500
Avocet continues at the Dugan Rd fluddle today. Viewing from area near sports 
complex at Wheeler Road. 


Jackie Bowman
Geneva, IL

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Subject: IBET Dick Young FP 7/15
From: "lcastle24 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 16 Jul 2014 14:28:58 -0700
Just a few sightings that made me happy as I walked yesterday at the west side 
of Dick Young Forest Preserve in Kane County. 

 

 I saw a Horned Lark in juvenal plumage and a Bobolink in juvenal plumage, both 
of which gave me a few moments of puzzlement before I could ID them, quite a 
few Sedge Wrens, one of which came up above the grass to sing for me, and 
several singing Henslow's Sparrows, which are always a pleasant find, being the 
study subject of my Masters degree. 

 

 The rest were the usual suspects, but the beautiful weather and the beautiful 
prairie alone would have made the walk worthwhile. 

 

 Good Birding,
 Laura Werner
 
 Kane County
 

Subject: IBET Dick Young FP 7/16
From: "lcastle24 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 16 Jul 2014 14:27:04 -0700
Just a few sightings that made me happy as I walked yesterday at the west side 
of Dick Young Forest Preserve in Kane County. 

 

 I saw a Horned Lark in juvenal plumage and a Bobolink in juvenal plumage, both 
of which gave me a few moments of puzzlement before I could ID them, quite a 
few Sedge Wrens, one of which came up above the grass to sing for me, and 
several singing Henslow's Sparrows, which are always a pleasant find, being the 
study subject of my Masters degree. 

 

 The rest were the usual suspects, but the beautiful weather and the beautiful 
prairie alone would have made the walk worthwhile. 

 

 Good Birding,
 Laura Werner
 Kane County
Subject: IBET Turkey Walk
From: "sfluett AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 16 Jul 2014 14:07:34 -0700
There were six 1 ft. tall young Turkey chicks walking on Hoy Av. just East of 
Saint James farm F P. in Warrenville; Monday. I was out for a walk to relax, 
and followed them. No adult was seen with them; They may be out for a practice 
run learning to become adult birds. A Female Wood Duck with one tiny chick was 
in the adjacent fluddle,as well as six other larger Wood Ducks, 3 were Males in 
non breeding plumage. One Green Heron has been around this area Steve 
Subject: IBET Lake Co.:Rollins Savannah Birds & Wildflowers Wed 7-16-14
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:34:46 -0500
Hello Bird People (Plant People should check the ending of this report),

Arrived at 7:15 & left at 11:15 for a 4 hour visit. Parked at the
Washington lot & walked on the western part of the loop trail to the pond
viewing platform near the Drury Lane lot & then back the same way. I wanted
to see the shorebird area that Beau has been talking about lately. This
area is best viewed from the viewing platform area so the easy way to do
this is to park at the Drury lot & then it's a short walk. Also at the
shorebird viewing spot I found Lake County birders Annette & later Andy
Stewart. Beau was nearby but walking at his usual fast pace & covering lots
of ground so I did not get to talk to him. Beau has already reported on the
shorebirds seen today & I saw the same species although some of my numbers
are different than his mainly because he covered more viewing spots than I
did. Here's my full bird list followed by a partial wildflower list:

Rollins Savannah

D.C. Cormorant (1 fly-by)
Great Blue Heron (2)
Great Egret (2)
Wood Duck (1)
Blue Winged Teal (6-8)
Mallard (5-6)
(Saw 8 small ducks which were probably Wood Ducks but no adults nearby)
Killdeer (73 with 50 close to the viewing platform & counted by Annette
which I added to)
Spotted Sandpiper (8-10)
Solitary Sandpiper (4-5)
Lesser Yellowlegs (3 flew off & later I saw 2 more to the south)
Least Sandpiper (~20)
STILT SANDPIPER (1, 1st seen close to the viewing platform by Annette & I
but Andy said he had
                                  one with the Dowitchers but it was
probably the same bird)
SHORT BILLED DOWITCHER (3 together on the mud edge to the south which could
not be seen
                                                    from the platform but
Andy said to look there on my way back)
Sandhill Crane (1-PR flying south toward Washington St.)
Flicker (2)
Willow Flycatcher (1)
Eastern Kingbird (family of 3)
Tree, Bank & Barn Swallows
Crows (2 fly-bys)
SEDGE WREN (4 or 5 singing near the Drury lot where there was only 1 two
weeks ago)
Eastern Bluebird (heard 1)
Robins (20-25)
Warbling Vireo (heard 3)
Common Yellowthroat (10-12)
Savannah (2), HENSLOW'S (3) & Song (8) Sparrows
Bobolink (2-M, 1-F & 1 downy young that could fly very well)
Red Wings & Cowbirds (4)
Eastern Meadowlark (6-8)
House Finch (heard 1)
Goldfinch (8-10)
House Sparrow (few near Washington lot)

For Plant People Only

When only common birds are around you can always check the flowering plants
in the prairie & here are some that I saw today:

Pale Purple Coneflower, Prairie Coneflower. Rattlesnake Master, Wild
Quinine, Cup Plant,
Rosinweed, Wild Bergamot, Common & Swamp Milkweeds, Starry Campion,
Spiderwort,
Common St. John's Wort (Wort means plant), Pale Indian Plantain,
Tick-Trefoil, Blue Vervain & what I call Early Sunflower. Lower quality
plants included Yellow & White Sweet Clover,
Field Bindweed, Sow Thistle plus Nodding & Canada Thistle. There were other
plants as well but some I have lost their names from my memory bank due to
a lack of serious plant work in the last 20 years. As they say "if you
don't use it you lose it." But I can still remember most of what I see &
can look up the rest if I want to. Good enough for me.

Birds-Of-The-Day to the Stilt Sandpiper & the 3 S.B. Dowitchers.
Runner-Up to the suddenly more common Sedge Wrens which only a little while
ago were anything but common.
Wildflower-Of-The-Day to the Wild Bergamot plants that cover a good part of
the area.

Al Stokie
Subject: Re: IBET SNEG at 126th St Marsh Hegewisch, Il
From: "Walter Marcisz wmarcisz AT att.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:33:44 -0700
The SNOWY EGRET was back at the very same location shortly before 2:00 pm on 
Wednesday (16 July 2014). 

 
Walter Marcisz
Chicago, Cook Co.
 

>________________________________
>From: "David Gruver dpgruve AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" 
 

>To: "ILBIRDS AT yahoogroups.com"  
>Sent: Sunday, July 13, 2014 11:51 AM
>Subject: IBET SNEG at 126th St Marsh Hegewisch, Il
>
>
>
>  
>At this time, the snow egret is doing it's feeding dance in about the center 
of the 

>126th St Marsh. There are also 3 great egrets and 1 great blue heron present.
>Dave Gruver Lansing, SE Cook
>
>Sent from my iPhone
>
>
>
Subject: IBET Avocet-Dugan Rd in Sugar Grove (Kane County)
From: "Marion Miller tlcbyrnme AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:15:04 -0500
Pete Moxon called me to say he & Paul Quintas stopped at the Dugan Rd. 
Slough(our new name for the fluddle there) & found an American Avocet along 
with some other common shorebirds" GRYE, SOSA, SPSA, LESA, & KILL" 

Shorebirds have been coming and going regularly in the last week-apparently 
from somewhere nearby. 

 The flooded farm field is along Dugan rd,N of Wheeler & S of Scott Rd. It is 
safely accessible from the end of the Sports Complex parking lot which has its 
entrance on Wheeler just East of Dugan. 


Marion

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Subject: IBET rollins shorebirds 7/16
From: "Beau Schaefer beauschaefer AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:17:34 -0500
Rollins continues to have rocking’ shorebird habitat right now that I’m sure 
will only get better. Here’s today’s list: 


Spotted Sandpiper- 5
Least sandpiper- 39
Solitary Sandpiper- 12
Lesser Yellowlegs- 6
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER- 3
STILT SANDPIPER- 1 (originally found by Andy Stewart)
Killdeer- 29

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




Subject: IBET recent e-mail w joke (NO SIGHTINGS)
From: "Suzanne Coleman isooz AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:36:41 -0700
Hi all,

I just sent out a funny cartoon with a link, it went into my spam, maybe 
because of the link?  But I just wanted to let you know in case you could use a 
good laugh or two, if it doesn't show up check your spam folder, thanks! 


Suzanne Coleman
Glenview, Cook
Subject: IBET hilarious (to me) (NO SIGHTINGS)
From: "Suzanne Coleman isooz AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:15:40 -0700
ok I thought the cartoon was hilarious knowing a bunch of birders with beards, 
but when you click thru the link it's like 10x as funny, DO IT LOL!  (The link 
is in blue on the fb page under the cartoon's caption or you can see it here 
the http… part). 




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Flower beards: The hottest trend in facial hair since bird beards. 
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Suzanne Coleman
Glenview, Cook

Gotta do something while it's summer!
Subject: IBET Olive-sided Flycatcher, Lake County
From: "'Sundberg, Jeffrey' jsundber AT mx.lakeforest.edu [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 02:32:40 +0000
I was surprised to see an Olive-sided Flycatcher today at Middlefork Savanna. 
It was in the pond ENE from the bridge at the Elawa Farms entrance, flycatching 
from the top of a dead tree near the pond. I almost dismissed it as "juvenile 
something", but with a better look it was clearly both an adult and an 
Olive-sided. 



There was also an adult Red-headed Woodpecker feeding a juvenile, always nice 
to see. 



Jeff Sundberg

Lake Forest College/Libertyville/Lake County
Subject: IBET Peoria area -- first half of July
From: "emcarlson8 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Jul 2014 18:40:12 -0700
Not much happened the first week, so I skipped it. It sounds like shorebirds 
are starting to come south and herons are starting to disperse. Before long 
I'll be out birding a few times a week again. I just need to find somewhere 
nearby to look for shorebirds when it's been raining enough to flood the river 
but not the fields. 

 

 July 8 I went to Jubilee to cover the last good area on Monday. The problem is 
I went the day after a heavy rain. Most of the trails I specifically wanted to 
cover were closed. I had to pick a few trails in an area I'm not a fan of, and 
even those "open" trails had a few inches of mud and standing water in places. 
None of that is unusual at Jubilee, but it was worse than I'd ever seen it. The 
highlight of the morning was a group of five Orchard Orioles 
https://flic.kr/p/ofNSsH. Orchard Orioles are regular there, but I hadn't found 
any in the park yet this year. Other interesting birds included Red-headed 
Woodpecker, Yellow-throated Vireo, and Wood Thrush (which I've been hearing 
there and a couple other places since the beginning of May but had only seen 
once). I also saw a White-eyed Vireo nest getting raided by a Blue Jay. That 
was sad because the vireos are one of my favorites. 

 

 
 July 13 On Sunday I finally made it back to a little campground connected to 
the Rock Island Trail. I was out there a couple times in April and May and 
thought the park habitat and trails felt like a mini Jubilee, but I hadn't been 
back out this summer. It turns out that place does have a lot of the same 
birds--including a family of White-eyed Vireos that wasn't being eaten. I also 
heard but didn't see a Barred Owl and a Vesper Sparrow and saw a Yellow-billed 
Cuckoo and many Common Yellowthroats. The surprising bird of the day was a 
Green Heron flying over the fields. 

 

 Bird of the week(s): Yellow-billed Cuckoo.
 

 Evan Carlson
 Peoria
 

Subject: Fwd: IBET Sandhill Crane spears a mouse Lake County
From: "bokmakierie AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 01:05:57 +0000 (UTC)
Had a lone SANDHILL CRANE fly over earlier this evening, heading southwest from 
McGinnis Slough. 


Cary Hillegonds 
bokmakierie AT comcast.net 
Orland Park 

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From: "'bissbirds AT juno.com' bissbirds AT juno.com [ILbirds]" 
 

To: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Friday, July 11, 2014 9:19:41 PM 
Subject: IBET Sandhill Crane spears a mouse Lake County 




This evening a pair of Sandhill Cranes were walking in the backyard ran after 
and speared a mouse on the lawn. They threw it up in the air but I was 
surprised to see that they didn't eat it. Then they walked around the house, 
around my car in front of the house and went into the marsh. Who needs a cat 
for mouse control when you have Cranes! 

Richard Biss 
Lake Villa Lake County 
bissbirds AT juno.com 



 
Subject: IBET ENSBC Field Trip Sunday - Rollins Savanna (NO SIGHTINGS)
From: "Hockman John j.w.hockman AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:31:52 -0500
The Evanston North Shore Bird Club will have a field trip this Sunday, July 20, 
to the Lake County Forest Preserve's Rollins Savanna. This area is one of Lake 
County's hottest birding spots and is home to many nesters such as Least 
Bitterns, Sedge Wrens, Henslow's and Grasshopper Sparrows, and Bobolinks. There 
may also be early shorebirds. 


Meet at 6:30 a.m. at the Washington Street parking area opposite Atkinson Road 
in Grayslake, about one and a quarter miles west of US Route 45 and one half 
mile east of Illinois Route 83. The trip will last about 4 hours and water and 
sun protection are good ideas. Leader: Beau Schaefer. 


   


John Hockman
Riverwoods
Lake County	

ENSBC website: WWW.ENSBC.ORG 


Subject: IBET Not Much at Miller Meadows Tuesday, July 15 PM
From: "Henry Griffin hwga380 AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 18:55:30 -0500
Hello birding friends,

This afternoon from 3:15pm-4:15pm I birded Miller Meadows, both the north and 
south meadow, with Edward and Cristen Vincent. There was literally NOTHING 
around, save for a couple EASTERN MEADOWLARKS and a pair of RED-TAILED HAWKS. 
It was 

depressingly quiet, although I guess that's mid-summer, mid-afternoon birding 
for you. 


A big thank you to Edward and Cristen Vincent for driving me there and birding 
with me. 


Good birding,
Henry (Oak Park, Cook)

--
Henry Griffin
Subject: IBET Great Lakes Report
From: "Donnie Dann donniebird AT me.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:31:35 -0500
There were 9 adult COMMON TERNS flying over the enclosure this morning but as 
we entered, surprisingly, they were not especially aggressive toward us. Had 
the 3 fledglings from last week already flown off? If so why we're the adults 
still around? 


Our challenge was to discover if any juveniles remained and find them hiding in 
the thick, tall growth of every imaginable invasive plant; Phragmites, purple 
loosestrife, Canada thistle, sweet clover and more. Brad Semel's great eyes 
caught site of a single young bird, and with fully developed primaries so it 
was a bird with the ability to fly but didn't know it yet! 


We banded, photographed and released the single bird, which after a few years 
of zero successful nesting, was strangely satisfying. We surmised that the 2 
other juveniles from last week had already flown off but that is only 
speculation. We are also hopeful that this one fledged bird has demonstrated 
that one likely cause of breeding failure, PCB laden fish, might be a thing of 
the past and the colony site can have a successful future. 


If anyone would like a photo of this practically fully developed chick, contact 
me directly. 


Donnie Dann
Highland Park/Lake County
donniebird AT me.com



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Subject: IBET DuPage County:Wood Dale Reservoir/Itasca Wetlands Tues 7-15-14
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:47:03 -0500
Hello Bird People,

Conditions here today were just like on 7-11 with water levels in the
reservoir way too high but only a little high at the Itasca Wetlands.
Except for 1 adult Spotted Sandpiper at the reservoir & a 2nd one in Salt
Creek all shorebirds were to be found at the Itasca Wetlands section near
Prospect Rd. No birds of interest at all at the reservoir itself. Once
again I was joined by Al Wege.

Wood Dale Reservoir

D.C. Cormorant (1 in water & 1 fly-by)
Great Egret (5)
Green Heron (1 fly-by)
Canada Geese (6-8)
Mallard (13 & 3 fly-bys)
Spotted Sandpiper (1-AD)
R.B. (12) & Herring (1-AD) Gulls which were all soaring constantly over the
water.
Caspian Tern (1 flew by but did not stay)
Rough Winged Swallow (10-12)

Itasca Wetlands

D.C. Cormorant (1 fly-by)
Great Blue Heron (2)
Great Egret (5 but not the 5 at the reservoir)
Green Heron (2 fly-bys)
Mallard (5)
Killdeer (14)
Lesser Yellowlegs (1, my 1st Summer/Fall migrant)
Spotted Sandpiper (4)
Solitary Sandpiper (2, same as last time)
Rough Winged, Tree & Barn Swallows (no counts)

Landbirds Seen At All Sections (Did not walk the power line bike path today)

Mourning Dove (4)
Flicker (heard 1)
Willow Flycatcher (heard 1)
House Wren (1 seen & heard 2 more)
Blue Gray Gnatcatcher (2 together)
Robins (12-15)
Gray Catbird (1)
Cedar Waxwing (2)
Warbling Vireo (1 seen & heard 3 more)
Yellow Warbler (1-F)
Common Yellowthroat (heard 5)
Cardinal (1-M)
Rose Breasted Grosbeak (1-F)
Indigo Bunting (3 singing males)
Song Sparrow (8-10)
Swamp Sparrow (1 singing)
Red Wings (~10), Grackles (2) & Cowbirds (3)
Goldfinch (8-10)
House Sparrow (4 by parking lot)

On the ride home I added Pigeons, Starlings & a Red Tailed Hawk to get my
species total for the day up to 40. Bird-Of-The-Day to the female Rose
Breasted Grosbeak as I have not seen one in a while. Runner-Up to the
single Lesser Yellowlegs which was a new migrant.
Today I had 23 shorebirds & yesterday 21 so that's something although I
have yet to see even one quality shorebird. Maybe later this week as others
are certainly finding some good ones.

Al Stokie
Subject: IBET Orland Grassland
From: "w.serafin AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 02:39:58 +0000






From: Gary Clinkman


This report is from a monitor at Orland Grassland. He is also the one who found 
Smith's Longspur there this spring. 


Wes serafin











Hi,

 

I did my butterfly monitoring today and it was sunny and a good day for 
butterflies. There were 22 species 


seen and over 200 butterflies total. Monarchs were everywhere. The monarch 
total of 33 is the highest I've 


had in the summer. And there are plenty of common and swamp milkweeds for them 
to get necter and 


lay their eggs on. The wood nymph total of 96 is my highest count I think. I've 
found 38 species so far 


with this year's monitoring.

Another highlight of today is the first Culver's root flower seen here. With 
all of the rain yesterday parts of 


my route had water in it. The wet prairie by the East Slope had several inches 
in it. There was a large 


colony of swamp mlikweed blooming there and I had to wade there to get to it. A 
great spangled fritillary 


was on the flowers. I heard a water sound nearby and looked and there was a 
coyote sloshing around in 


the water about thirty feet away. I made some noise and it ran off, slow though 
and still sloshing. 


Insects ruled today and they were there in all shapes and sizes. They like the 
flowers and there are many 


types at the OG, as shown in the list below.

 


7--13--14     1:10--3:30       Temp. 82      Sunny     Light wind


BUTTERFLIES

 

1. Wild indigo duskywing-- 6

2. Tiger swallowtail-- 2 ( one was a female dark form )

3. Black swallowtail-- 6

4. Cabbage white-- 11

5. Common and Orange sulfurs -- 75

6. Little yellow-- 4 ( two were female whitish forms )

7. Coral hairstreak-- 5

8. Acadian hairstreak-- 2

9. Striped hairstreak-- 1

10. Eastern tailed blue-- 1

11. Spring azure-- 2

12. Viceroy-- 3

13. American painted lady-- 6

14. Painted lady-- 1

15. Red admiral-- 1

16. Mourning cloak-- 1

17. Pearl crescent-- 15

18. Great spangled fritillary-- 1

19. Question mark-- 1

20. Milbert's tortoiseshell-- 1 ( not the same one seen last week )

21. Wood nymph-- 96

22. Monarch-- 33


FLOWERS BLOOMING



Prairie coreopsis-- many



Gray headed coneflower-- many



Wild bergamot-- hundreds



Illinois bundle flower-- several blooming 



Purple prairie clover-- many



White prairie clover-- many



Lance leaved loosestrife-- many, ( some are on Phoenix South berm ), yellow



Black eyed Susan-- many



Showy tick trefoil-- hundreds



Illinois tick trefoil-- 10+



Slender mountain mint-- hundreds



Mountain mint-- hundreds



Golden alexanders-- faded, seeds are forming



Spiderwort-- a few still blooming, some others are new plants opening 



Foxglove beard tongue-- a few 



Yarrow-- many 



Pale spiked lobelia-- faded 



Wild quinine-- many 



Scurfy pea-- many



Marsh blazing star-- several are blooming



Hedge bindweed-- many 



Rough cinquefoil-- quite a few 



Partridge pea-- quite a few, thousands will open soon

 

Self heal-- many

 

Daisy fleabane-- many 



Wild garlic-- faded



Marsh hedge nettle-- quite a few, 175th entrance both sides



Winged loosestrife-- many



Common boneset-- quite a few, forming buds



Common ironweed-- many blooming



Ironweed species-- many budding



Blue vervain-- quite a few



Hoary vervain- 1



Joe pye weed-- 2, budding



Rattlesnake master-- over a thousand



Swamp milkweed-- many



Tall green milkweed-- many



Whorled milkweed-- many



Common milkweed-- many



Prairie milkweed-- 2



Prairie rose-- quite a few



Pasture rose -- faded 



False sunflower-- many 



Tickseed sunflower-- thousands, not blooming yet



Sawtooth sunflower-- hundreds blooming ( the first flower is open on these and 
it is large ) 




Rosinweed-- quite a few



Compass plant-- a few



Cup plant-- several open



Water hemlock-- quite a few



Culver's root-- 1, white



Dogbane-- many ( sibiricum )



Leadplant-- 3, not blooming yet( one is budding in Bluebird Savanna )



Pale purple coneflower-- many



Round headed bush clover-- hundreds, some budding



Field milkwort-- many



Pale Indian plantain-- many



Early goldenrod-- several are blooming



Horse nettle-- many



Tall anemone-- several



Thimbleweed-- quite a few



Common arrowhead-- several, white



Pennsylvania smartweed-- quite a few



Elderberry-- 1

 

GRASSES 



Side oats grama-- many growing 



Prairie brome-- many, flower heads changing colors 



Indian grass-- hundreds growing 



Dark green bulrush-- many



Little blue stem-- many growing



Dropseed-- hundreds growing



Canada wild rye-- many


OTHER SPECIES


Sedge wren-- 1, singing in Phoenix East way east of the berm, 300 feet west of 
Chat Room 


Meadowlarks-- several were seen flying off and several others were making note 
sounds 


Dickcissels, indigo buntings, cedar waxwings, a house wren, a flicker, a 
Henslow's sparrow were all singing. 


Tree swallows-- many were flying looking for insects and there were plenty of 
insects. 


Eastern pondhawk-- about 9 cruising low along 175th Street

Halloween pennant-- many

Widow skimmer-- many

Eastern amberwing-- many

Dragonflies-- many, the four listed above and six other species. Total of 10 
species. 


Lyre tipped spreadwing-- 2, male and female

Bumble bees-- many, three species

Hummingbird moth-- many

Bumblebee moth-- many

Haploa moths-- lots of these

Katydids-- many were singing, at least four species

Coyote-- 1

 

Gary Clinkman

Butterfly Monitor

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Subject: IBET July Big Day Lake County
From: "Beau Schaefer beauschaefer AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:09:12 -0500
Andy Stewart and I embarked on our July Big Day in Lake County yesterday. Check 
out the details at 


http://wildcatbirding.blogspot.com/2014/07/ya-just-never-know-what-ur-gonna-get.html 


Good Birding!
Beau Schaefer
round lake beach, IL
lake county
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Subject: IBET CAM:Great Snowy Owl Year in Barrow AK
From: "jerrygoldner AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 14 Jul 2014 11:02:37 -0700
Things are busy up here! There are 20 nests going strong – a
couple have failed and new ones have been discovered as recently as 
yesterday.With this many nests, I am trying to check nests every 4 days. Chicks 
are at varying stages of development, with some chicks already leaving nests 
and some chicks hatching this week. It’s the “best” year (most nests) 
since 2008 when we had 35 nests. 

 Lemming populations must have been high in spring as there
are a high number of nests and most nests have large broods (3-9 range, average 
6-7). That being said, lemmings do not seem to be staying abundant. Our 
sampling indicate that lemmings are out there but not in as high of numbers as 
would be expected. 

 As a result, the Snowy owls at all nests are eating a higher
number of birds that is usual. We are seeing them eat Red Phalaropes, northern 
pintail,long-tail duck, eiders, glaucous gull, long-spurs, and snow buntings. 

 Viewers may be noticing geese frequenting the nesting area.
We are working with BBC to document the relationship between the geese andSnowy 
owls. These geese are nesting about 20-25m from the Snowy Owl nest. We (ORI and 
BBC) are looking at the relationship between geese and other birds nesting 
close to the owls perhaps for protection from predators (mainly fox, gulls, and 
jaegers). In exchange for protection, they could lose one or two chicks after 
they hatch to the owls. The goslings are hatching today- so be on the lookout! 

 Lastly, a note about the weather. Winds have been blowing
really hard and cold from the East- Northeast (wind chills in the low 20s). As 
a result, you have seen the female move chicks out of the nest, over the edge 
to get out of the wind (which is blowing at 20mph or higher). Sometimes the 
female will even dig another bowl and move chicks to the other side. This is 
normal behavior. 

 

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Subject: IBET Chicago Botanic Garden Mon 7-14-14
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:37:37 -0500
Hello Bird People & Happy Bastille Day,

Rain was predicted for the afternoon today so I arrived at the CBC at 6:30
a.m. to beat the rain but by 7 a.m. it was raining, in spite of the
forecast , & it continued to rain on & off until I left at 9 a.m. when the
sun came out. Could not stay for the better weather as I had to take in Ms.
Black Cat for it's yearly shots. Birds were mostly regular residents but I
did finally find 4 species of shorebirds on the Dundee Rd. mud flats which
is more than I have been seeing. Here's my damp day list but I did not
cover all areas as I usually do:

Great Blue Heron (5)
Great Egret (1)
Green Heron (1 fly-by)
Canada Geese (35)
Wood Duck (1)
Mallard (26)
Killdeer (6 on the mud flats & 2 elsewhere)
Spotted Sandpiper (5)
Solitary Sandpiper (2)
Least Sandpiper (6)
Herring Gull (1-AD flying around)
Caspian Tern (9-AD & the 1st young one seen so far this year)
Mourning Dove (2)
RUBY THROATED HUMMINGBIRD (1 fly-by)
Chimney Swift (2 fly-bys)
Flicker (heard 1)
Purple Martin (17-20)
Tree (6) & Barn (~20) Swallows
Chickadee (heard 1)
Robins (12-15)
Warbling Vireo (heard 5)
Indigo Bunting (2-M)
Song Sparrow (4)
Red Winged Blackbird (6-8)
Grackle (10-12)
House Finch (4 singing males)
Goldfinch (4-6)
House Sparrow (15-18)

I had been wondering why I had not seen the Trumpeter Swans that I had kept
tabs on all Winter as the young should have been out & about by now? But a
worker told me that the new male had become super aggressive & was
attacking people & even cars! So the Swans have been banished for bad
behavior at least for now. That's too bad as I always enjoyed watching the
young ones as they would grow up & get ready to head off to Swan college
every Fall.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the fast flying Ruby Throated Hummingbird buzzing around
in the rain.
Runner-Up to the young Caspian Tern. May it be as entertaining as the
somewhat clumsy one that I watched here last year.

Al Stokie
Subject: IBET July Birds & Beers this Thursday evening, 7pm, Raw Bar with music by Mike & Ellen Baum (no sightings)
From: "Jeff Skrentny skrentnyspeaks AT me.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:38:43 -0500
The July rendition of Birds & Beers is going to be one special occasion, as Mke 
and Ellen Baum will not only be joining us for our festivities, they will 
perform for us for about an hour that night (yes, we will wait for those of you 
arriving a bit after 7pm)! 


Come meet many of the names and people whose posts your read, whose photos and 
advice you learn from. Over 20 people have already RSVPed that they will be 
joining us THIS THURSDAY, July 17th, 7pm at the Raw Bar, 3720 N Clark Street 
(and no, the Cubs are NOT in town, it is the All Star Break). 


You should consider joining us too for great food, good drink, fantastic 
birding conversation and FREE music from one of our birding communities' very 
own. Hope to see you THURSDAY. 


***Because of the nature of this event, RSVPs to me would be appreciated so we 
can let the owners of the Raw Bar know how much of the back room to set aside 
for our event, just leave a message for me here OR, message me privately*** 


http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topic=55072.0

-jrrs
Jeff Skrentny
Chicago, Cook County IL
Subject: RE: IBET LEAST TERNS in Henry County (UNCLASSIFIED)
From: "'Mcmullen, Keith A MVS' Keith.A.Mcmullen AT usace.army.mil [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:11:16 +0000
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

A nice Henry County sighting, Jim!  

My guess is many LEAST TERNS are dispersed right now because of the extreme 
flooding we're currently encountering throughout the Mississippi River basin. 
Most Illinois counties bordering the Mississippi River have seen flooding 
conditions for several weeks now and certainly, the sandbars favored by LEAST 
TERNS are underwater. 


Checking eBird, there have been other "interior" sightings of LEAST TERNS over 
the past several weeks indicating these guys are searching for "dry land" for 
potential nest sites, given there is probably enough time to raise young, 
although that window narrows as each day passes by. 


Thanks for sharing, Jim!

Good birdings,

Keith McMullen
O'Fallon, IL
warbler7 AT sbcglobal.net

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From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Jim 
Mountjoy jmountjo AT knox.edu [ILbirds] 

Sent: Sunday, July 13, 2014 7:24 PM
To: IBET
Subject: [EXTERNAL] IBET LEAST TERNS in Henry County

  

I was at the Anawan cattle farm in Henry County this morning, and I was 
checking out a 'fluddle' on the east side of Route 78. perhaps a half mile 
north of County Rd. 2050N. I heard a sharp high pitched call and glimpsed a 
fast-flying bird and thought that it was some sort of shorebird was coming in 
to land. It didn't land though, and what I think was the second individual was 
soon flying over my head, and I realized that it was actually a small tern. It 
flew off to the south and as it flew I noted the deep, fast wing beats, the 
long wings, short body and tail, dark cap and dark outer primaries. The bird I 
was following soon joined up with the other individual and they flew together 
briefly. One of the birds at least did some circling around and flying low over 
a couple of the wet vegetated areas in the field, and then they disappeared to 
the southwest. 


I observed these birds for about a minute and then they were gone, and I did 
not relocate them at the ponds along 2050N. I was quite shocked that they even 
turned up for a minute at such a seemingly unlikely site, but perhaps, as my 
wife suggested, the strong storms yesterday displaced them from the Mississippi 
or farther west. 


Jim Mountjoy
Galesburg IL


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Subject: IBET Sunday at Fullersburg Woods (DuPage)
From: "Ed McDevitt mcdevitt.ed AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 23:35:00 -0500
We took a short walk with the mosquitos at Fullersburg Woods late this
afternoon. While there we observed:

MALLARDS (6)
GRAY CATBIRD (1)
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER (1)
GREAT EGRET (1)

-- 

Ed McDevitt
Executive Director
Public Art Chicago
Suite 204
1147 West Ohio Street
Chicago, IL  60642
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Subject: IBET Miami Woods flyby outline ?frigate bird (Cook cnty)
From: "Suzanne Coleman isooz AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 20:23:55 -0700
Yes, it's unlikely.  A bird flew NE over Miami woods around 7:30pm this 
evening.  It had an all black outline, sharply angled wings and a long trailing 
dark tail and was a large bird that flew up high but not so high as not to see 
the outline well with the naked eye.  I did not have my binoculars with me.  I 
have seen them before when in the Galapagos but it's been a while.  I don't 
know what else matches that outline though.  I reviewed great blue heron and 
osprey to compare.  Not them that I can say.  The wings were horizontally-held 
and seemed to run the length of most of the proportionally short body.  It did 
not seem to flap a lot while I saw it. 


Sibley's app shows them as rare visitors to our area, so it is possible.  

Otherwise, song sparrows most frequently singing species in the prairie.  Also 
enjoyed a pair of twin fawns with their parent and sharing a walk with some 
great young people. 


Suzanne Coleman
Glenview, Cook
Subject: IBET Wisconsin Trip Recap (NO Illinois SIGHTINGS)
From: "Henry Griffin hwga380 AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 21:39:27 -0500
Hello birding friends,

I just returned from a week-and-a-half-long trip to Wisconsin. I spent 
Wednesday-Saturday birding in western Wisconsin with my birder/bird 
photographer aunt and uncle, gaining my life birds BLACK TERN, LOUISIANA 
WATERTHRUSH, and WHOOPING CRANE. 


Then I spent a week on the beautiful, secluded Madeline Island, part of the 
Apostle Islands chain north of mainland Wisconsin in Lake Superior. The island 
was great for birding for my first time ever in the boreal forest climate; what 
an amazing diversity of bird life! On the island, I got my last chance to see 
at least 15 different warbler species in their breeding plumages before they 
migrate south again in their drab plumages. I also gained my lifer ALDER 
FLYCATCHER, SPRUCE GROUSE, AMERICAN BITTERN, and NORTHERN GOSHAWK on the 
island. 


See my blog for full day reports and photos:
worldbirding.travellerspoint.com

Good birding!

Henry (Oak Park, Cook)

--
Henry Griffin
Subject: IBET A brief walk at Henry Palmisano Park
From: "Ed McDevitt mcdevitt.ed AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 21:37:35 -0500
My spouse and I took a walk late Saturday afternoon in Palmisano Park
(Halsted between 27th and 29th Streets). We saw:

BARN SWALLOW (25)
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD (3)
GREEN HERON (1)

The heron flew into my binocular field of vision as I was trying to figure
out what the Redwing was harrassing (I didn't), and it flew into a tree
across the quarry pond.

-- 

Ed McDevitt
Executive Director
Public Art Chicago
Suite 204
1147 West Ohio Street
Chicago, IL  60642
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Subject: IBET Sedge Wrens - Lake in the Hills Fen Park (McHenry Co.)
From: "Richard Bisbee richard.bisbee AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 19:17:42 -0700
I've been to several places this year where Sedge Wrens are possible, but I 
hadn't even heard one yet. I finally found a couple singing at the Lake in the 
Hills Fen Park which is accessible through Barbara Key Park off Pyott Rd. I 
could get closest to them on the short trail. I waited in one spot for about 
10-15 minutes hoping to get a look at one and it finally did pop up. It was 
great to be able to see him sing. He was right on the border of where the 
wetland begins. Other birds of note seen were: 


Dickcissel - 1
Baltimore Oriole - 1 (1st year)
Red-tailed Hawk - 2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird - 1
Indigo Bunting - 1
Turkey Vulture - 1
Common Yellowthroat - 6 (heard)
 
There were also Bran Swallows and I thought I had a Tree Swallow and Northern 
Rough-Winged, but I wasn't positive on the last 2. The Red-winged Blackbirds 
are defending their territories but they only flew overhead with no dive 
bombing. 


Richard Bisbee
Round Lake - Lake County
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Subject: IBET LEAST TERNS in Henry County
From: "Jim Mountjoy jmountjo AT knox.edu [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 19:23:56 -0500
I was at the Anawan cattle farm in Henry County this morning, and I was
checking out a 'fluddle' on the east side of Route 78. perhaps a half mile
north of County Rd. 2050N.  I heard a sharp high pitched call and glimpsed
a fast-flying bird and thought that it was some sort of shorebird was
coming in to land.  It didn't land though, and what I think was the second
individual was soon flying over my head, and I realized that it was
actually a small tern.  It flew off to the south and as it flew I noted the
deep, fast wing beats, the long wings, short body and tail, dark cap and
dark outer primaries.  The bird I was following soon joined up with the
other individual and they flew together briefly.  One of the birds at least
did some circling around and flying low over a couple of the wet vegetated
areas in the field, and then they disappeared to the southwest.

I observed these birds for about a minute and then they were gone, and I
did not relocate them at the ponds along 2050N. I was quite shocked that
they even turned up for a minute at such a seemingly unlikely site, but
perhaps, as my wife suggested, the strong storms yesterday displaced them
from the Mississippi or farther west.

Jim Mountjoy
Galesburg IL
Subject: IBET South Dakota and Wyoming (plus one IL sighting!)
From: "trptjoe AT aol.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 19:36:53 -0400 (EDT)
I've posted a rundown of the week that Cheryl Kreiman and I just had in South 
Dakota (mostly) and Wyoming. Many thanks to all who contributed suggestions; my 
stack of printed-out emails was always at the ready! 



http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topic=55148.0


Joe Lill
Chicago, Cook County
Subject: IBET Lake Charleston
From: "Ron povpt93 AT consolidated.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 18:07:51 -0500
Two Caspian Terns, 10 Least Sandpipers, and 3 Double-crested Cormorants present 
this evening. 


Ron Bradley

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Subject: IBET Waukegan & Parts Of Both North & South Units Of IBSP Sun 7-13-14
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 15:55:19 -0500
Hello Bird People,

With all the great shorebirds being seen at Montrose since 6-30 I figured
there would be some at the above mentioned N.E. Lake county beaches as
well. Besides I've been to Montrose without seeing any of those great
species. I figured wrong! All Bob E & I have to show for 3 hours of beach
walking today were the 2 resident shorebirds which are Killdeer & Spotted
Sandpipers.
Not even a Least Sandpiper today.

Meager highlights at Waukegan were 2 Great Blue Herons on the beach & 5
Caspian Terns flying over the lake & beach. At IBSP South Unit were 2-3
Great Egrets in the roadside ponds, 9 BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS on the beach &
Bob heard 3 Grasshopper Sparrows which, of course,
I did not hear. Bob was discouraged & did not even stay for lunch.

Next I parked at Sand Pond in the north unit & my 1st sighting was Janice
Sweet doing her Red Headed Woodpecker survey & my 2nd sighting was of Big
Day Birders Beau S & Andy Stewart covering ground on their bikes. I hope
they did better than I did. Highlights here for Janice & I were 2 quick
looks of the weather station area BLUE GROSBEAK who flew away every time we
figured out where it's song was coming from & a "heard only" CLAY COLORED
SPARROW which sang half heartedly but stopped before we could get to where
it could have been seen had we been there sooner. It's not a good day
when your only "good" birds aren't seen at all or poorly seen. Better luck
next time!

Bird-Of-The-Day to the not very cooperative Blue Grosbeak & going against
my usual rules
Runner-Up to the "heard only" Clay Colored Sparrow since nothing else
deserved an award.

Al Stokie
Subject: IBET SNEG at 126th St Marsh Hegewisch, Il
From: "David Gruver dpgruve AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 11:51:48 -0500
At this time, the snow egret is doing it's feeding dance in about the center of 
the 

126th St Marsh. There are also 3 great egrets and 1 great blue heron present.
Dave Gruver Lansing,  SE Cook

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Subject: IBET Jarvis
From: "malango AT rcn.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 09:12:34 -0500
Ibeters,

At Jarvis this morning was a Wood Thrush that was singing. Unusual to see one 
there this early in July and singing on top of it. Early migrant or a late 
breeder? The Blue-gray Gnatcatchers were successful this year at Jarvis. That I 
know of, second time in Lincoln Park and the first at Jarvis. Good birding 
everyone. 


Luis Muńoz
malango AT rcn.com
Chicago
Subject: IBET Black-bellied Whistling Duck
From: "Tony Ward tward3 AT mchsi.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 07:55:39 -0500
Colin Dobson ask me to report that he found the previously reported BBWD at 
Beardstown Marsh in Cass County this mourning 

 
Tony Ward
Tward3 AT mchsi.com

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Subject: IBET Swainson's Hawks and M Kites yes on Saturday
From: "BFisher928 AT aol.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 20:39:55 -0400 (EDT)
Karen and I led an intrepid group of DuPage Birding Clubbers on a search  
for Swainson's Hawks and Mississippi Kites on Saturday. 
The start was inauspicious - all 10 of us making up the group drove  
through heavy rains to converge on our rendezvous in Elburn at 9 AM. From there 

we headed to the traditional spot for Swainson's, finding only  raindrops, a 
bedraggled Cooper's Hawk, and a juvenile Am. Crow attended by  (presumably) 
his 2 parents. The juvie looked  significantly larger than the  adult crows, 
giving us the brief hope that they may have adopted a n orphaned C  Raven 
when they took their vacation trip north last winter! But no, it  was just a 
crow...
While dodging raindrops and scanning for Swainson's, we were treated  to a 
large group of Bobolinks swirling in and around a field of what  looked like 
oats.
 
OK, we said, it surely won't be raining in Rockford at the school, so let's 
 head there and see the kites. We were correct on both counts, no rain, and 
 terrific looks at two Mississippi Kites, who appeared as if on cue, only 
seconds  after we exited our vehicles. Both perched for us in plain view, 
occasionally  flying, one snagging a dragonfly on the wing, then perching to 
eat it. 
 
Buoyed by this success, we headed back east and south, determined to find a 
 Swainson's. A quick Subway lunch in Genoa before we drove the country 
roads some  more. A stop at Burlington Prairie FP in Kane County produced lots 
of close  up views of singing Grasshopper Sparrows, and very distant views of 
soaring  Turkey Vultures plus one unidentifiable buteo soaring with them. 
Our  attempt to chase down and get closer to these soaring raptors was a 
bust. OK, back to the traditional spot, where we looked, and hoped, and waited, 

and  were Swainsonless. We opted to do one more circle, ending up back at  
the  (getting less traditional by the minute) spot. The buteo stage  
director then must have worked his/her magic - a Swainson's immediately soared 

into view, entering stage  right. Eventually 2 birds provided us with a 
sustained aerial show, thrilling us all, especially the two birders for which 
both 

the the Rockford M Kites and  Swainson's were life birds. We capped this 
successful day with a stop in Elburn  at Alice's Place for some first class 
soft serve.  
 
I guess you could say it rained on our parade, but the aerial  performances 
made up for it!
Regards
Bob Fisher
Downers  Grove
DuPage  County