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31 Oct IBET HADU at Waukegan ["'Donnie R. Dann' donniebird AT me.com [ILbirds]" ]
30 Oct IBET Loyola and Edgewater Birds ["Steve Spitzer steven0703 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
30 Oct IBET Tundras on the Miss. Rvier, Carroll County ["'Anne Straight' astraight4 AT frontier.com [ILbirds]" ]
30 Oct IBET Yet Again Waukegan & Illinois Beach South Unit Thur 10-30-14 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
30 Oct IBET Pine Siskins ["Carolyn Fields c7echoes AT aol.com [ILbirds]" ]
30 Oct IBET BY BJ w/bad wing ["John Baxter XXJB7Z AT AOL.COM [ILbirds]" ]
29 Oct IBET Fort Sheridan ducks ["'mifur2 AT yahoo.com' mifur2@yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
29 Oct Re: IBET Coles County Prairie Falcon (yes) ["Ron povpt93 AT consolidated.net [ILbirds]" ]
29 Oct Re: IBET Snow Bunting ["Ron povpt93 AT consolidated.net [ILbirds]" ]
29 Oct IBET Repeat Performance Waukegan & Illinois Beach South Unit Hawk Watch Wed 10-29-14 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
29 Oct Re: IBET Waukegan & Illinois Beach South Unit & Unofficial No sightings: Old IBSP Hawk Watch Tues 10-28-14 ["David Johnson djohnsoda AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
29 Oct IBET Lyman Woods DBC FT Results-Downers Grove/DuPage Cty ["peachjmc AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
29 Oct IBET Tundras in Stephenson - Geese in Ogle ["'Anne Straight' astraight4 AT frontier.com [ILbirds]" ]
29 Oct Re: IBET Waukegan & Illinois Beach South Unit & Unofficial IBSP Hawk Watch Tues 10-28-14 ["Suzanne Coleman isooz AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
29 Oct Re: IBET Waukegan Laughing Gull ["Andrew andrewsaldrich AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
29 Oct Re: IBET Waukegan & Illinois Beach South Unit & Unofficial IBSP Hawk Watch Tues 10-28-14 ["David Johnson djohnsoda AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
29 Oct IBET BY WC sparrow ["John Baxter XXJB7Z AT AOL.COM [ILbirds]" ]
29 Oct IBET Waukegan Laughing Gull ["aostewart72 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
29 Oct IBET Apologies for odd post in IBSP hawk watch thread ["David Antieau dkantieau AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" ]
28 Oct Re: IBET Waukegan & Illinois Beach South Unit & Unofficial IBSP Hawk Watch Tues 10-28-14 ["David Antieau dkantieau AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" ]
28 Oct IBET IOS Field Trips - Central Illinois Lakes - November 8th ["Travis Mahan calidris_1004 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
28 Oct IBET Coles County Prairie Falcon (yes) ["Tyler Funk fftfunk AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
28 Oct Re: IBET Waukegan & Illinois Beach South Unit & Unofficial IBSP Hawk Watch Tues 10-28-14 ["'Daniel & Barbara Williams' twotringas AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
28 Oct Re: IBET Waukegan & Illinois Beach South Unit & Unofficial IBSP Hawk Watch Tues 10-28-14 ["Fran Morel franmmmk AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
28 Oct IBET Waukegan & Illinois Beach South Unit & Unofficial IBSP Hawk Watch Tues 10-28-14 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
28 Oct IBET from: Chuck Berman ["'Chuck Berman' cberman129 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
28 Oct IBET Lake Glenview, Air Station Prairie (Cook cnty) ["Suzanne Coleman isooz AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
27 Oct IBET WT sparrow, WC in the BY ["John Baxter XXJB7Z AT AOL.COM [ILbirds]" ]
27 Oct IBET Pics from Mumbai, India Birding Trip ["spadgaon AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
27 Oct IBET Join COS to look for waterbirds in Palos on Sunday, November 2 ["Jill Niland bwwarbler AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
27 Oct IBET: Sangamon Co. sighting ["Beckie Dyer dyer AT museum.state.il.us [ILbirds]" ]
27 Oct IBET Red-tailed hawk hunting ["cberman129 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
27 Oct IBET Morton Arboretum & Lake Opeka (Again) In Des Plaines Mon 10-27-14 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
27 Oct IBET Juvenile ed-tailed hawk ["cberman129 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
27 Oct IBET Franklin's and Bonaparte Gulls Montrose 11:30am 10/27/14 ["stevejner AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
27 Oct IBET Lake Opeka , Des Plaines 10am ["Alan Anderson casresearch AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
27 Oct IBET Franklin's Gulls at Montrose, Cook Co. ["Andrew andrewsaldrich AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
27 Oct IBET Harrier gallery revised ["robirdman AT theearlybirder.com [ILbirds]" ]
26 Oct IBET Some Lake County Meanderings ["Beau Schaefer beauschaefer AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
26 Oct IBET JxP, Sat. 25 Oct., Purple Finches ["rlshonkw AT uchicago.edu [ILbirds]" ]
26 Oct IBET Hennepin Dark Ibis ["Jeff Smith mrqmagoo13 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
26 Oct IBET skokie lagoons ["Jeffrey Sanders yellowstart5 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
26 Oct IBET Pied-billed Grebes at Humboldt Park ["William Branson auspex4 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
26 Oct IBET Snow Bunting ["Ron povpt93 AT consolidated.net [ILbirds]" ]
26 Oct IBET Montrose-Five Species Of Winter Finches Including COMMON REDPOLL Sun 10-26-14 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
26 Oct IBET Black Scoters Morgan county ["Colin Dobson birdingboy AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
26 Oct IBET DBC's Trip to Glacial Park, McHenry County ["John Cebula joceb2005 AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" ]
26 Oct IBET BY A. robin ["John Baxter XXJB7Z AT AOL.COM [ILbirds]" ]
26 Oct IBET Ft Sheridan (LAKE) ["Suzanne Coleman isooz AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
25 Oct IBET Sangamon and Morgan counties 10-25 P.M. ["Colin Dobson birdingboy AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
25 Oct IBET Burnham Nature Sanctuary & Rainbow Beach ["douglas stotz dfstotz AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
25 Oct IBET Shelbyville Avocets and Coles County Prarie Falcon ["Tyler Funk fftfunk AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
25 Oct IBET Lake Charleston ["Ron povpt93 AT consolidated.net [ILbirds]" ]
25 Oct IBET Saw-whet Owl Tale ["jerrygoldner AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
25 Oct IBET Chautauqua ["Kevin Richmond theeggman AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
25 Oct IBET North Pond - local interest only ["Joan Norek NorekJ AT aol.com [ILbirds]" ]
25 Oct IBET Chicago--North Pond, Oct 25, 2014 ["Steve Huggins sjhuggins1209 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
25 Oct IBET Lake Calumet expanded access meeting (10/25/14 - NO SIGHTINGS) ["Walter Marcisz wmarcisz AT att.net [ILbirds]" ]
25 Oct IBET DuPage County Wood Dale Reservoir/Itasca Wetlands Sat 10-25-14 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
25 Oct IBET Lily Lake Trumpeter ["Beau Schaefer beauschaefer AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" ]
25 Oct IBET Montrose - White-eyed Vireo ["David Antieau dkantieau AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" ]
25 Oct IBET Evanston North Shore Bird Club Program, 10/28 - Dave Willard on Birds and Windows ["Smchecchia AT aol.com [ILbirds]" ]
24 Oct CORRECTION Re: IBET Lake Calumet expanded access (press conference - NO SIGHTINGS) ["Walter Marcisz wmarcisz AT att.net [ILbirds]" ]
24 Oct IBET Loyola Scoters, Indian Boundary Hawks ["Steve Spitzer steven0703 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
24 Oct IBET Lake Maviseterre area 10-23 ["Colin Dobson birdingboy AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
24 Oct IBET Bald Eagle at Lyman ["peachjmc AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
24 Oct IBET: Mundelein Tree Sparrows ["Todd Anderson tcanders123 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
24 Oct IBET Whalon Lake in Will County & Greene Valley F.P. in DuPage Co. Fri 10-24-14 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
24 Oct IBET 1st winter Laughing Gull, Waukegan's New Harbor south Lakeview lot ["David Johnson djohnsoda AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
23 Oct IBET Peoria Area -- October week 3 ["emcarlson8 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
23 Oct IBET Lake Calumet expanded access (press conference - NO SIGHTINGS) ["Walter Marcisz wmarcisz AT att.net [ILbirds]" ]
23 Oct IBET Emiquon, 10-23 ["miking38 AT aol.com [ILbirds]" ]
23 Oct IBET Wood Duck - McDowell FP ["beatleshannon AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
23 Oct IBET Baker's Lake ["Carolyn Fields c7echoes AT aol.com [ILbirds]" ]
23 Oct IBET Re: Hawk Id ["'Robert D. Hughes' rhughes.enteract AT rcn.com [ILbirds]" ]
23 Oct IBET Good Birds Today At Waukegan & Illinois Beach State Park Thur 10-23-14 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]

Subject: IBET HADU at Waukegan
From: "'Donnie R. Dann' donniebird AT me.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:43:48 -0500
Apologize for the late posting but the female or juvenile HARLEQUIN DUCK 
continues on the north side of the center pier at Waukegan Beach. I saw it 
yesterday at 3:30 PM but did not observe the previously reported LAUGHING GULL. 


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




Subject: IBET Loyola and Edgewater Birds
From: "Steve Spitzer steven0703 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:02:38 -0700
Hi Birders,

I saw my first mergansers today, and my first group of Horned Grebes although I 
have seen a few singles earlier this season. Pictures of them and a short 
report at the link. 


The beaches have been dull. I am hopeful those predicted twenty foot plus waves 
tomorrow will change that. 


Steve Spitzer

Chicago - Cook

Loyola and Edgewater - 10/30/2014

  
             
Loyola and Edgewater - 10/30/2014
Loyola and Edgewater - 10/30/2014  
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Subject: IBET Tundras on the Miss. Rvier, Carroll County
From: "'Anne Straight' astraight4 AT frontier.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:25:51 -0500
The TUNDRA SWANS have moved down on the Miss. River. We heard and saw them at 
Spring Lake area, Sloane’s Marsh and from the Big Slough area in Carroll 
County. Scope is needed as a good number (in the hundreds are far back on the 
river). A Variety of ducks included rafts of CANVASBACKS and others. We had a 
flock of RUSTY BLACKBIRDS at Spring Lake. And some AM. TREE SPARROWS. 

AM. WHITE PELICANS were still around, but small numbers.

BALD EAGLES were active today. Around 30 at Lock and Dam 13 and a few others at 
the other spots. 


The 4 GREATER-WHITE FRONTED GEESE and the 1 Juv. SNOW GOOSE
were still at the Forreston (Ogle) sewage ponds this afternoon.

Anne Straight
Forreston, IL (Ogle County)
Subject: IBET Yet Again Waukegan & Illinois Beach South Unit Thur 10-30-14
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:23:52 -0500
Hello Bird People,

For the 3rd day in a row Bob Erickson & I covered Waukegan (briefly) & the
South Unit of IBSP
(not briefly). No hawk watch today but we still had 5 "hawk" species. Again
not much at Waukegan but 3 Sanderlings continue & 4 Gadwall were in the
fenced in pond near the parking lots. Also heard a Pipit flying over while
calling.

Most of the a.m. was spent at the south unit of IBSP where we walked the
beaches 2 miles south & then 2 miles back. Spent 1 hour & 15 min walking
the dunes & a short time in the small oaks area near the parking lot by the
visitor center. Here's what we saw by area:

Beaches North & South Of The Dead River

P.B. Grebe (1 in lake)
Canada Goose (11 on beach)
Shoveler (2-F on the edge of the diving duck flock)
CANVASBACK (1-M)
Redhead (75-80)
Greater Scaup (~300)
MERLIN (1-M in a tree along the beach)
PEREGRINE (2 together in the small tower near the Johns Manville fence)
Coot (1 with the diving ducks)
Ring Billed (about 6) & Herring (17) Gulls
SNOW BUNTING (1 lone bird, the only bird actually on the beach)

South Swales/Permit Area

Sharp Shinned Hawk (1 flying south)
Cooper's Hawk (1 flew into the pines)
Red Tailed Hawk (1 flying over the swales & the pines, chased by the gang
of Crows)
MERLIN (1 after a Myrtle Warbler but missed)
SHORT EARED OWL (1 in swales, our main target for the day-finally!)
Crows (This bunch is up to about 75 Crows)
Y.R. Myrtle Warbler (1 escaped the Merlin by flying among the branches of a
lone tree where the Merlin's speed did not help. Refused to leave the
safety of the branches which saved it's life)
Eastern Meadowlark (1)

A few flocks of finches were flying over & most were Goldfinches but 1
flock had calling PINE SISKINS in the group.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the finally seen Short Eared Owl which is my Illinois
year bird #298 which leaves 2 to go to get to 300 without any southern
Illinois birds, a difficult task.
Runner-Up to the brave Myrtle Warbler who knew not to panic & fly into the
open where the Merlin would surely have caught it. He who flies away with
cover lives to fly another day!

Al Stokie
Subject: IBET Pine Siskins
From: "Carolyn Fields c7echoes AT aol.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:29:50 +0000 (UTC)
 Just had a flock of 17 Pine Siskins on the ground under our thistle feeders. 
They seemed to be on the move though, as they all picked up and whooshed off 
southwest after less than a minute. They blended in so well with all the leaves 
on the ground I almost missed them. 

Carolyn FieldsNW Cook County

Subject: IBET BY BJ w/bad wing
From: "John Baxter XXJB7Z AT AOL.COM [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:31:04 -0400
Hi friends,
This BJ hops more on the ground than others. The right wing appears injured but 
still flies. Healthy appetite and seems OK otherwise. 



https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/15638551256/in/photostream

John Baxter
Bourbonnais, IL
Subject: IBET Fort Sheridan ducks
From: "'mifur2 AT yahoo.com' mifur2@yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:08:44 -0700
I drove to Fort Sheridan today straight from work. Adam Sell and Cici Birnberg 
were there counting, and I think there was 301 hawks counted for the day at the 
end. I managed to see a few of those, with the last one being RED-SHOULDERED 
HAWK. 


The hawkwatching ended at 4:45, but the lake was quiet, so I headed over to the 
bluff to check for ducks. There was a flock of about 930 REDHEADS and 80 COOTS 
there. At least 5 male and 2 female Greater Scaup were mixed in, along with 3 
male COMMON GOLDENEYES and a lonely male CANVASBACK. 8 Red-breasted Merganser 
were hanging around too. 


2 HORNED GREBES were elsewhere in the lake.

Michal Furmanek
Lake Bluff, Lake Co.

Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android
Subject: Re: IBET Coles County Prairie Falcon (yes)
From: "Ron povpt93 AT consolidated.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:58:55 -0500
My search for the falcon was unsuccessful this afternoon but I did have 
American Kestrel, Red 

-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk (dark phase), and Merlin.

Ron Bradley

Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 28, 2014, at 8:07 PM, "Tyler Funk fftfunk AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" 
 wrote: 

> 
> Just to keep everyone posted. The Falcon was seen on the ground 50 yards in 
front of the Magic Stump today around 2pm. 

> 
> Tyler D Funk
> 
> 
Subject: Re: IBET Snow Bunting
From: "Ron povpt93 AT consolidated.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:17:34 -0500
The bunting continues to be present today. Other birds in the vicinity include 
Vesper and Savannah Sparrows and Horned Lark 


Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 26, 2014, at 1:06 PM, "Ron povpt93 AT consolidated.net [ILbirds]" 
 wrote: 

> 
> Just found an early bird along a rural road about 3 miles northeast of 
Charleston, Coles County. Got documentation-quality photos. 

> 
> Ron Bradley
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
Subject: IBET Repeat Performance Waukegan & Illinois Beach South Unit Hawk Watch Wed 10-29-14
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:54:43 -0500
Hello Bird People,

No birding history lesson today but minus that this report will a repeat of
yesterday's report with a few changes in the birds seen. Covered Waukegan
Beach & Pier with Bob Erickson & once again found almost no birds. In case
you haven't guessed our frequent visits here are to look for Purple
Sandpipers which have yet to arrive. Still alive in the shorebird
department with 2 Sanderlings on the harbor channel wall. The only ducks by
the pier were 2 Mallards. Again not 1 single Gull on the beaches. On the
way out Andy Stewart & I saw a fast flying MERLIN go toward the harbor.

Next to the South Unit of IBSP where I checked the north beach before
joining Bob E at the Eagle Junction Hawk Watch spot. The Redhead/Scaup
flock remains at about 400 of which 77 were Redheads. No Goldeneye or
Bufflehead today but a group of 18 Green Winged Teal joined the diving
ducks but only for a few minutes before flying off. Not one bird of any
kind actually on the beach but a few R.B. & Herring Gulls were flying over
the lake.

Birds seen along the Dead River Trail & in & over the river included:

Common Loon (2 flying south)
P.B. Grebe (2 in river)
Great Blue Heron (1 flying south)
Canada Geese (only a few flying by)
Mallard (1-PR in the river)
Bufflehead (1-F in the river)
Red Bellied & Downy Woodpeckers (1 each)
Blue Jay (6-7 gathering acorns)
Crows (the big group is back with about 40 today)
Chickadee (2)
Cedar Waxwings (only small numbers today)
Red Winged Blackbird (1-M plus many flying Blackbird species)
Goldfinch (20-25)

Hawk Watch (9 a.m.-1 p.m.)(With Bob E & Andy Stewart)

From 9-10 a.m. we saw N. Harrier (1), Sharp Shinned Hawk (3) & Red Tailed
Hawk (1).

From 10-11 a.m. we saw Turkey Vulture (2), N. Harrier (2), Sharp Shinned
Hawk (3),
Cooper's Hawk (1) & Red Tailed Hawk (4).

Our best hour was from 11 a.m. to noon when we saw Sharp Shinned Hawk (13),
Cooper's Hawk (1), NORTHERN GOSHAWK (1 at 11:01 a.m.) & Red Tailed Hawk
(36).

Slowed down between noon & 1 p.m. when we saw only Sharp Shinned Hawk (4) &
Red Tailed Hawk (9). So we gave up for the day.

By species we had:

Turkey Vulture (2)
N. Harrier (3)
Sharp Shinned Hawk (23)
Cooper's Hawk (2)
NORTHERN GOSHAWK (1)
Red Tailed Hawk (50)
We also had 4 unknown raptors for a grand total of 85 raptors for the day.

Like yesterday we had zero Eagles of any kind & unlike yesterday we had no
Red Shouldered or Rough Legged Hawks. It was mainly a Sharp Shinned/Red
Tailed day saved by the Goshawk which came by fairly close.

Bird-Of-The-Day to that Goshawk which was my 2nd of the year both seen at
Illinois Beach.
Runner-Up to the 2 fly-by Common Loons which are always nice to see flying
over land.
I have now had enough hawk watching for a while even though I still need a
Golden Eagle for my year list. I just see that the official Hawk Watch at
the north unit had 119 raptors for the entire day (also mostly Sharpies &
Red Tails) while Bob, Andy & I had 85 in 4 hours, not bad for half a day.

Al Stokie
Subject: Re: IBET Waukegan & Illinois Beach South Unit & Unofficial No sightings: Old IBSP Hawk Watch Tues 10-28-14
From: "David Johnson djohnsoda AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:29:53 -0500
Fellow Ibeters--

This area of Johns-Manville became a super fund site of environmental clean-up 
on a grand scale with folks running around in HAZ-MAT suits--much like Walter 
and Jesse in "Breaking Bad" --picking up asbestos (not blue Meth) all over the 
place. Johns-Manville was razed and that "stuff" was turning up like "Bad" all 
over the lakefront. 


On a positive note Piping Plover habitat was made out of the clean up project 
from Waukegan Beach to the south end of Illinois Beach State Park. 


Later...

David B Johnson
NE IL
djohnsoda AT comcast.net



Sent from my iPhone

On Oct 29, 2014, at 2:41 PM, "Suzanne Coleman isooz AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" 
 wrote: 


> I'm enjoying everyone's stories too, thanks for sharing. Does anyone know 
what happened to the asbestos? 

> 
> Suzanne Coleman
> Glenview, Cook
> 
> From: "David Johnson djohnsoda AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" 
 

> To: Daniel & Barbara Williams  
> Cc: Fran Morel ; Al Stokie ; 
ilbirds  

> Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 12:50 PM
> Subject: Re: IBET Waukegan & Illinois Beach South Unit & Unofficial IBSP Hawk 
Watch Tues 10-28-14 

> 
>  
> Yeah, I got my lifer Merlin atop that asbestos dump/hill; watched Upland 
Sandpipers do their "wolf whistle" up there; saw 50+ Northern Goshawks in one 
day (Nov 1982) plus hundreds of other raptors; watched Winter Wrens in asbestos 
tubes, found a Burrowing Owl with Denny Jones, a Prairie Falcon fly by the 
Hawkwatch and an ibis...Harris Sparrows were regular in fall as were Nelson's 
Sharp-tailed Sparrows. Al Stokie even found Yellow Rails several times in the 
south Prairie, the pines to the north often had crossbills and Evening 
Grosbeaks, Rosenband & Greenberg had a fly-by Black-billed Magpie. Andy Sigler 
once found a Red Phalarope at the end of Greenwood Ave. In spring once I 
observed singing and skylarking Smith's Longspurs in the south prairie...almost 
got arrested with DeVore and Baade while doing a Big Day--as Jeff Sanders often 
states, "back when birds were birds and birders were birders" whatever that 
meant...good thing we were at the northern end of all that asbestos stuff! I 
remember when they pushed that stuff almost into the lakefront waters! A 
different time... 

> 
> Good Birding!
> 
> David B Johnson
> NE IL
> djohnsoda AT comcast.net
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
> 
> 
> On Oct 28, 2014, at 7:05 PM, "'Daniel & Barbara Williams' 
twotringas AT gmail.com [ILbirds]"  wrote: 

> 
>>  
>> A walk down memory lane! We had to sign in at the Johns Manville guard shack 
before driving to the end of Greenwood and walking down the beach to the 
asbestos "hills." Some even carried lawn chairs and their lunches. That is how 
I was told to prepare for my first visit to that particular site. 

>> 
>> Dan Williams
>> Rockford
>> 
>> On Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 4:40 PM, Fran Morel franmmmk AT gmail.com [ILbirds] 
 wrote: 

>>  
>> Really interesting, Al. Thanks for sharing!
>> 
>> Fran
>> 
>> 
>> On Tuesday, October 28, 2014, Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds] 
 wrote: 

>>  
>> Hello Bird People,
>> 
>> Long before any of the official Hawk Watches began birders did watches from 
the south unit of Illinois Beach State Park. These were mostly done from the 
far south end of the park at the boundary between the park & the John Manville 
land. Some birders would sit on the mounds of land which covered the asbestos 
to wait for incoming hawks flying over the South Pines & Swales. Not very 
healthy but you had a good view. Later the Manville land was fenced off but you 
could still watch for hawks from the IBSP property although you could no longer 
sit on asbestos to do it. 

>> A serious watch was done by Joel G & Dave J which covered a long period of 
time. Although this part of IBSP was permit only land if you stayed on the 
Manville land or watched from the beach at the property line you could pretend 
it was ok. All this was possible as you could park at the end of Greenwood & 
walk the short distance in which was only 1/4 of the distance of coming in from 
the northern parts of the park. Many of today's older birders played this game 
including me starting in the middle 1980's. But you can no longer get in from 
Greenwood & the entire area is now off limits as it is a permit only area. 

>> 
>> The next phase of hawk watching at IBSP took place at various spots along 
the Dead River Trail. 

>> But again the rules tightened up & we were no longer allowed to walk off the 
trails & watch from various high spots near the river. For the last few years 
Bob Erickson & I have watched for hawks from where 2 trails meet along the Dead 
River. Bob has named this spot "Eagle Junction" as we have had good luck seeing 
both Bald & Golden Eagles there. Few others join us as it's a full mile from 
parking & there are no bathrooms. It's an acquired taste! So ends today's 
birding history lesson. 

>> 
>> Before we went to "Eagle Junction" we checked Waukegan Beach & Pier & found 
almost no birds at all. Even the Gulls were absent. Still I again avoided the 
"shorebird shutout" thanks to one Sanderling on the pier & 4 more on the 
channel wall. One Harrier was on a large stump on the beach toward Greenwood. 

>> 
>> Bob went directly to "Eagle Junction" while I took the long route via the 
beach. No shorebirds were seen but the Scaup/Redhead flock is up to about 400 
ducks & a surprise was one young male Common Goldeneye which is a little early. 
About 15-18 Bonaparte's gulls flew by heading south. 

>> 
>> Bob started hawk watching at 8:15 & I arrived by 9 a.m. You don't do this 
place for big numbers of hawks but the ones you see you see closer & better 
than anywhere else. So our totals will be small compared to the official watch 
at the North Unit but that's ok with me. Hawks were slow at 1st but between 10 
& noon numbers picked up. Here's what we saw: 

>> 
>> Northern Harrier (5)
>> Sharp Shinned Hawk (30)
>> Cooper's Hawk (4)
>> RED SHOULDERED HAWK (1)
>> Red Tailed Hawk (19)
>> ROUGH LEGGED HAWK (1, a dark one which flew right over us)
>> MERLIN (1 very fast fly-by, the last raptor seen)
>> 
>> By 11:30 winds had shifted from the west to the S.W. & hawk numbers dropped 
off. 

>> While at our watch area we also saw 3 WHITE FRONTED GEESE flying with 
Canada's, 

>> 5 Sandhill Cranes, many Cedar Waxwings & smaller numbers of Goldfinches & 
Siskins. 

>> Nothing really special but a good day by my standards.
>> 
>> Bob E thinks the Red Shouldered Hawk is a better find but for me 
Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the dark Rough Legged Hawk due in part to how well we 
saw it. The Red Shouldered Hawk can be the Runner-Up along with the early 
Goldeneye. We had hoped for Eagles but had none today. Maybe next time. 

>> 
>> Al Stokie
> 
> 
> 
> 
Subject: IBET Lyman Woods DBC FT Results-Downers Grove/DuPage Cty
From: "peachjmc AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 29 Oct 2014 14:17:36 -0700
 
  
 
 Eight birders joined me on a cloudy and chilly morning at Lyman Woods in 
Downers Grove. Though I had scouted the preserve for several days prior, there 
were some surprising "misses" that were there as recently as yesterday. 
Yesterday I had almost 20 Juncos and over 50 Cedar Waxwings, but today, not a 
single Junco and only some fly over Waxwings. But that did not stop us from 
having a LOT of fun. Our reward for traipsing through a very mucky trail was 
that we were entertained by 3 BELTED KINGFISHERS, calling loudly as they flew 
back and forth and even soaring really high a couple of times, as well as a 
beautiful and very close up GREAT EGRET which practically posed for us. A 
couple of people got brief glimpses of some female WOOD DUCKS, compared to the 
4-7 males and females that had been there reliably on my previous visits. Other 
highlights were EASTERN PHOEBE, 3 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS, a very active BROWN 
CREEPER, 50 AMERICAN COOTS and 1 lone BLUE-WINGED TEAL. The one that got away: 
We are relatively certain that we had a WINTER WREN over on the east boardwalk, 
but it was just too brief a look to be certain. Thanks, everyone, for being 
such good sports about braving the mud and branches to get close to the flooded 
area created by the beavers. The 7 deer we saw was also a nice treat! The full 
list is below. 

 
  
 
 Joan Campbell
 
 Downers Grove, DuPage County
 
  
 
 Lyman Woods Forest Preserve, DuPage, US-IL
 Oct 29, 2014 8:11 AM - 11:11 AM
 Protocol: Traveling
 1.5 mile(s)
 Comments:     Chilly:  44 degrees F, Cloudy.
 29 species (+1 other taxa)
 
 Canada Goose  1
 Wood Duck  2
 Mallard  4     Fly overs
 Blue-winged Teal  1
 Great Blue Heron  1
 Great Egret  1
 Cooper's Hawk  1
 Red-tailed Hawk  3
 American Coot  50
 Mourning Dove  1
 Belted Kingfisher  3
 Red-bellied Woodpecker  8
 Downy Woodpecker  13
 Hairy Woodpecker  2
 Northern Flicker  1
 Eastern Phoebe  1
 Blue Jay  4
 Black-capped Chickadee  16
 White-breasted Nuthatch  8
 Brown Creeper  1
 wren sp.  1     Probably a Winter Wren but not positive.  Seen by 3 birders.
 Eastern Bluebird  3
 American Robin  7
 Cedar Waxwing  35     Fly overs
 American Tree Sparrow  1
 Song Sparrow  1
 White-throated Sparrow  4
 Northern Cardinal  5
 Red-winged Blackbird  3
 American Goldfinch  35
 
 View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20373312 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20373312 

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

 
  
 
Subject: IBET Tundras in Stephenson - Geese in Ogle
From: "'Anne Straight' astraight4 AT frontier.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:06:52 -0500
Stopped at Nieman’s Pond (Stephenson County) today, there were 10 TUNDRA 
SWANS. 


At the Forreston Sewage Ponds(Ogle) 10 minutes ago were plenty of CANADAS, SOME 
CACKLING, a few GREATER-WHITE FRONTED GEESE and 1 WHITE MORPH JUV. SNOW GOOSE. 


The Stewards of the Upper Miss. is have a Bald Eagle Photo contest. Any 
pictures have to be taken Nov. 1 thru Nov. 30 along the Miss. River Flyway. If 
anyone wants the flyer with rules please e-mail me. 

astraight4 AT frontier.com 
Anne Straight
Forreston, IL (Ogle County)
Subject: Re: IBET Waukegan & Illinois Beach South Unit & Unofficial IBSP Hawk Watch Tues 10-28-14
From: "Suzanne Coleman isooz AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:41:24 +0000 (UTC)
I'm enjoying everyone's stories too, thanks for sharing.  Does anyone know 
what happened to the asbestos? 

Suzanne ColemanGlenview, Cook
 From: "David Johnson djohnsoda AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" 
 

 To: Daniel & Barbara Williams  
Cc: Fran Morel ; Al Stokie ; ilbirds 
 

 Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 12:50 PM
 Subject: Re: IBET Waukegan & Illinois Beach South Unit & Unofficial IBSP Hawk 
Watch Tues 10-28-14 

   
  Yeah,  I got my lifer Merlin atop that asbestos dump/hill; watched Upland 
Sandpipers do their "wolf whistle" up there; saw 50+ Northern Goshawks in one 
day (Nov 1982) plus hundreds of other raptors; watched Winter Wrens in asbestos 
tubes, found a Burrowing Owl with Denny Jones, a Prairie Falcon fly by the 
Hawkwatch and an ibis...Harris Sparrows were regular in fall as were Nelson's 
Sharp-tailed Sparrows.  Al Stokie even found Yellow Rails several times in the 
south Prairie, the pines to the north often had crossbills and Evening 
Grosbeaks, Rosenband & Greenberg had a fly-by Black-billed Magpie. Andy Sigler 
once found a Red Phalarope at the end of Greenwood Ave.  In spring once I 
observed singing and skylarking Smith's Longspurs in the south prairie...almost 
got arrested with DeVore and Baade while doing a Big Day--as Jeff Sanders often 
states, "back when birds were birds and birders were birders" whatever that 
meant...good thing we were at the northern end of all that asbestos stuff!  I 
remember when they pushed that stuff almost into the lakefront waters!  A 
different time... 

Good Birding!
David B JohnsonNE ILdjohnsoda AT comcast.net

Sent from my iPhone


On Oct 28, 2014, at 7:05 PM, "'Daniel & Barbara Williams' twotringas AT gmail.com 
[ILbirds]"  wrote: 



   A walk down memory lane!  We had to sign in at the Johns Manville guard 
shack before driving to the end of Greenwood and walking down the beach to the 
asbestos "hills."  Some even carried lawn chairs and their lunches.  That is 
how I was told to prepare for my first visit  to that particular site.  

Dan WilliamsRockford
On Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 4:40 PM, Fran Morel franmmmk AT gmail.com [ILbirds] 
 wrote: 


     Really interesting, Al. Thanks for sharing!
Fran

On Tuesday, October 28, 2014, Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds] 
 wrote: 


     Hello Bird People,
Long before any of the official Hawk Watches began birders did watches from the 
south unit of Illinois Beach State Park. These were mostly done from the far 
south end of the park at the boundary between the park & the John Manville 
land. Some birders would sit on the mounds of land which covered the asbestos 
to wait for incoming hawks flying over the South Pines & Swales. Not very 
healthy but you had a good view. Later the Manville land was fenced off but you 
could still watch for hawks from the IBSP property although you could no longer 
sit on asbestos to do it.A serious watch was done by Joel G & Dave J which 
covered a long period of time. Although this part of IBSP was permit only land 
if you stayed on the Manville land or watched from the beach at the property 
line you could pretend it was ok. All this was possible as you could park at 
the end of Greenwood & walk the short distance in which was only 1/4 of the 
distance of coming in from the northern parts of the park. Many of today's 
older birders played this game including me starting in the middle 1980's. But 
you can no longer get in from Greenwood & the entire area is now off limits as 
it is a permit only area.   

The next phase of hawk watching at IBSP took place at various spots along the 
Dead River Trail.But again the rules tightened up & we were no longer 
allowed to walk off the trails & watch from various high spots near the river. 
For the last few years Bob Erickson & I have watched for hawks from where 2 
trails meet along the Dead River. Bob has named this spot "Eagle Junction" as 
we have had good luck seeing both Bald & Golden Eagles there. Few others join 
us as it's a full mile from parking & there are no bathrooms. It's an acquired 
taste! So ends today's birding history lesson. 

Before we went to "Eagle Junction" we checked Waukegan Beach & Pier & found 
almost no birds at all. Even the Gulls were absent. Still I again avoided the 
"shorebird shutout" thanks to one Sanderling on the pier & 4 more on the 
channel wall. One Harrier was on a large stump on the beach toward Greenwood. 

Bob went directly to "Eagle Junction" while I took the long route via the 
beach. No shorebirds were seen but the Scaup/Redhead flock is up to about 400 
ducks & a surprise was one young male Common Goldeneye which is a little early. 
About 15-18 Bonaparte's gulls flew by heading south. 

Bob started hawk watching at 8:15 & I arrived by 9 a.m. You don't do this place 
for big numbers of hawks but the ones you see you see closer & better than 
anywhere else. So our totals will be small compared to the official watch at 
the North Unit but that's ok with me. Hawks were slow at 1st but between 10 & 
noon numbers picked up. Here's what we saw: 

Northern Harrier (5)Sharp Shinned Hawk (30)Cooper's Hawk (4)RED SHOULDERED HAWK 
(1)Red Tailed Hawk (19)ROUGH LEGGED HAWK (1, a dark one which flew right over 
us)MERLIN (1 very fast fly-by, the last raptor seen) 

By 11:30 winds had shifted from the west to the S.W. & hawk numbers 
dropped off.While at our watch area we also saw 3 WHITE FRONTED GEESE flying 
with Canada's,5 Sandhill Cranes, many Cedar Waxwings & smaller numbers of 
Goldfinches & Siskins.Nothing really special but a good day by my standards. 

Bob E thinks the Red Shouldered Hawk is a better find but for me 
Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the dark Rough Legged Hawk due in part to how well we 
saw it. The Red Shouldered Hawk can be the Runner-Up along with the early 
Goldeneye. We had hoped for Eagles but had none today. Maybe next time. 

Al Stokie


    
   

  
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Subject: Re: IBET Waukegan Laughing Gull
From: "Andrew andrewsaldrich AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:53:41 -0500
Still present this afternoon. There is also a female-type Harlequin Duck just 
north of the channel at Waukegan Beach. 



Andrew Aldrich
Cook Co.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 29, 2014, at 9:59 AM, aostewart72 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds] 
 wrote: 

> 
> The first winter Laughing Gull still at Waukegan at 8:00 am today on middle 
government pier, tame, photos. 

> 
> Andy Stewart
> Libertyville, Lake Co
> 
> 
Subject: Re: IBET Waukegan & Illinois Beach South Unit & Unofficial IBSP Hawk Watch Tues 10-28-14
From: "David Johnson djohnsoda AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:50:50 -0500
Yeah, I got my lifer Merlin atop that asbestos dump/hill; watched Upland 
Sandpipers do their "wolf whistle" up there; saw 50+ Northern Goshawks in one 
day (Nov 1982) plus hundreds of other raptors; watched Winter Wrens in asbestos 
tubes, found a Burrowing Owl with Denny Jones, a Prairie Falcon fly by the 
Hawkwatch and an ibis...Harris Sparrows were regular in fall as were Nelson's 
Sharp-tailed Sparrows. Al Stokie even found Yellow Rails several times in the 
south Prairie, the pines to the north often had crossbills and Evening 
Grosbeaks, Rosenband & Greenberg had a fly-by Black-billed Magpie. Andy Sigler 
once found a Red Phalarope at the end of Greenwood Ave. In spring once I 
observed singing and skylarking Smith's Longspurs in the south prairie...almost 
got arrested with DeVore and Baade while doing a Big Day--as Jeff Sanders often 
states, "back when birds were birds and birders were birders" whatever that 
meant...good thing we were at the northern end of all that asbestos stuff! I 
remember when they pushed that stuff almost into the lakefront waters! A 
different time... 


Good Birding!

David B Johnson
NE IL
djohnsoda AT comcast.net

Sent from my iPhone

On Oct 28, 2014, at 7:05 PM, "'Daniel & Barbara Williams' twotringas AT gmail.com 
[ILbirds]"  wrote: 


> A walk down memory lane! We had to sign in at the Johns Manville guard shack 
before driving to the end of Greenwood and walking down the beach to the 
asbestos "hills." Some even carried lawn chairs and their lunches. That is how 
I was told to prepare for my first visit to that particular site. 

> 
> Dan Williams
> Rockford
> 
> On Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 4:40 PM, Fran Morel franmmmk AT gmail.com [ILbirds] 
 wrote: 

>>  
>> Really interesting, Al. Thanks for sharing!
>> 
>> 
>> Fran
>> 
>> 
>> On Tuesday, October 28, 2014, Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds] 
 wrote: 

>>>  
>>> Hello Bird People,
>>> 
>>> Long before any of the official Hawk Watches began birders did watches from 
the south unit of Illinois Beach State Park. These were mostly done from the 
far south end of the park at the boundary between the park & the John Manville 
land. Some birders would sit on the mounds of land which covered the asbestos 
to wait for incoming hawks flying over the South Pines & Swales. Not very 
healthy but you had a good view. Later the Manville land was fenced off but you 
could still watch for hawks from the IBSP property although you could no longer 
sit on asbestos to do it. 

>>> A serious watch was done by Joel G & Dave J which covered a long period of 
time. Although this part of IBSP was permit only land if you stayed on the 
Manville land or watched from the beach at the property line you could pretend 
it was ok. All this was possible as you could park at the end of Greenwood & 
walk the short distance in which was only 1/4 of the distance of coming in from 
the northern parts of the park. Many of today's older birders played this game 
including me starting in the middle 1980's. But you can no longer get in from 
Greenwood & the entire area is now off limits as it is a permit only area. 

>>> 
>>> The next phase of hawk watching at IBSP took place at various spots along 
the Dead River Trail. 

>>> But again the rules tightened up & we were no longer allowed to walk off 
the trails & watch from various high spots near the river. For the last few 
years Bob Erickson & I have watched for hawks from where 2 trails meet along 
the Dead River. Bob has named this spot "Eagle Junction" as we have had good 
luck seeing both Bald & Golden Eagles there. Few others join us as it's a full 
mile from parking & there are no bathrooms. It's an acquired taste! So ends 
today's birding history lesson. 

>>> 
>>> Before we went to "Eagle Junction" we checked Waukegan Beach & Pier & found 
almost no birds at all. Even the Gulls were absent. Still I again avoided the 
"shorebird shutout" thanks to one Sanderling on the pier & 4 more on the 
channel wall. One Harrier was on a large stump on the beach toward Greenwood. 

>>> 
>>> Bob went directly to "Eagle Junction" while I took the long route via the 
beach. No shorebirds were seen but the Scaup/Redhead flock is up to about 400 
ducks & a surprise was one young male Common Goldeneye which is a little early. 
About 15-18 Bonaparte's gulls flew by heading south. 

>>> 
>>> Bob started hawk watching at 8:15 & I arrived by 9 a.m. You don't do this 
place for big numbers of hawks but the ones you see you see closer & better 
than anywhere else. So our totals will be small compared to the official watch 
at the North Unit but that's ok with me. Hawks were slow at 1st but between 10 
& noon numbers picked up. Here's what we saw: 

>>> 
>>> Northern Harrier (5)
>>> Sharp Shinned Hawk (30)
>>> Cooper's Hawk (4)
>>> RED SHOULDERED HAWK (1)
>>> Red Tailed Hawk (19)
>>> ROUGH LEGGED HAWK (1, a dark one which flew right over us)
>>> MERLIN (1 very fast fly-by, the last raptor seen)
>>> 
>>> By 11:30 winds had shifted from the west to the S.W. & hawk numbers dropped 
off. 

>>> While at our watch area we also saw 3 WHITE FRONTED GEESE flying with 
Canada's, 

>>> 5 Sandhill Cranes, many Cedar Waxwings & smaller numbers of Goldfinches & 
Siskins. 

>>> Nothing really special but a good day by my standards.
>>> 
>>> Bob E thinks the Red Shouldered Hawk is a better find but for me 
Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the dark Rough Legged Hawk due in part to how well we 
saw it. The Red Shouldered Hawk can be the Runner-Up along with the early 
Goldeneye. We had hoped for Eagles but had none today. Maybe next time. 

>>> 
>>> Al Stokie
> 
> 
Subject: IBET BY WC sparrow
From: "John Baxter XXJB7Z AT AOL.COM [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:19:42 -0400
Hi friends,
The immature WC sp is still here along with 2 WT sp. Numerous E. sparrows.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/15030734493/in/photostream

John Baxter
Bourbonnais, IL
Subject: IBET Waukegan Laughing Gull
From: "aostewart72 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 29 Oct 2014 07:59:42 -0700
 The first winter Laughing Gull still at Waukegan at 8:00 am today on middle 
government pier, tame, photos. 


Andy Stewart
Libertyville, Lake Co

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Subject: IBET Apologies for odd post in IBSP hawk watch thread
From: "David Antieau dkantieau AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 04:21:23 -0700
Dear Ibeters,

I apologize for my unrelated post in the hawk watch thread. Something odd 
happened, here, since I was on an email to a printer and responded to his post. 


Dave Antieau
dkantieau AT sbcglobal.net
Chicago, Cook County
Subject: Re: IBET Waukegan & Illinois Beach South Unit & Unofficial IBSP Hawk Watch Tues 10-28-14
From: "David Antieau dkantieau AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:49:32 -0700
Thank you Steve!

I'll plan to see you about 3:30 Thursday, but I'll call first to verify that 
you are at your shop. 


Dave


________________________________
 From: "'Daniel & Barbara Williams' twotringas AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" 
 

To: Fran Morel  
Cc: Al Stokie ; ilbirds  
Sent: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 7:05 PM
Subject: Re: IBET Waukegan & Illinois Beach South Unit & Unofficial IBSP Hawk 
Watch Tues 10-28-14 

 


  
A walk down memory lane! We had to sign in at the Johns Manville guard shack 
before driving to the end of Greenwood and walking down the beach to the 
asbestos "hills." Some even carried lawn chairs and their lunches. That is how 
I was told to prepare for my first visit to that particular site. 


Dan Williams
Rockford




On Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 4:40 PM, Fran Morel franmmmk AT gmail.com [ILbirds] 
 wrote: 


 
>  
>Really interesting, Al. Thanks for sharing!
>
>
>Fran
>
>
>
>On Tuesday, October 28, 2014, Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds] 
 wrote: 

>
> 
>>  
>>Hello Bird People,
>>
>>
>>Long before any of the official Hawk Watches began birders did watches from 
the south unit of Illinois Beach State Park. These were mostly done from the 
far south end of the park at the boundary between the park & the John Manville 
land. Some birders would sit on the mounds of land which covered the asbestos 
to wait for incoming hawks flying over the South Pines & Swales. Not very 
healthy but you had a good view. Later the Manville land was fenced off but you 
could still watch for hawks from the IBSP property although you could no longer 
sit on asbestos to do it. 

>>A serious watch was done by Joel G & Dave J which covered a long period of 
time. Although this part of IBSP was permit only land if you stayed on the 
Manville land or watched from the beach at the property line you could pretend 
it was ok. All this was possible as you could park at the end of Greenwood & 
walk the short distance in which was only 1/4 of the distance of coming in from 
the northern parts of the park. Many of today's older birders played this game 
including me starting in the middle 1980's. But you can no longer get in from 
Greenwood & the entire area is now off limits as it is a permit only area. 

>>
>>
>>The next phase of hawk watching at IBSP took place at various spots along the 
Dead River Trail. 

>>But again the rules tightened up & we were no longer allowed to walk off the 
trails & watch from various high spots near the river. For the last few years 
Bob Erickson & I have watched for hawks from where 2 trails meet along the Dead 
River. Bob has named this spot "Eagle Junction" as we have had good luck seeing 
both Bald & Golden Eagles there. Few others join us as it's a full mile from 
parking & there are no bathrooms. It's an acquired taste! So ends today's 
birding history lesson. 

>>
>>
>>Before we went to "Eagle Junction" we checked Waukegan Beach & Pier & found 
almost no birds at all. Even the Gulls were absent. Still I again avoided the 
"shorebird shutout" thanks to one Sanderling on the pier & 4 more on the 
channel wall. One Harrier was on a large stump on the beach toward Greenwood. 

>>
>>
>>Bob went directly to "Eagle Junction" while I took the long route via the 
beach. No shorebirds were seen but the Scaup/Redhead flock is up to about 400 
ducks & a surprise was one young male Common Goldeneye which is a little early. 
About 15-18 Bonaparte's gulls flew by heading south. 

>>
>>
>>Bob started hawk watching at 8:15 & I arrived by 9 a.m. You don't do this 
place for big numbers of hawks but the ones you see you see closer & better 
than anywhere else. So our totals will be small compared to the official watch 
at the North Unit but that's ok with me. Hawks were slow at 1st but between 10 
& noon numbers picked up. Here's what we saw: 

>>
>>
>>Northern Harrier (5)
>>Sharp Shinned Hawk (30)
>>Cooper's Hawk (4)
>>RED SHOULDERED HAWK (1)
>>Red Tailed Hawk (19)
>>ROUGH LEGGED HAWK (1, a dark one which flew right over us)
>>MERLIN (1 very fast fly-by, the last raptor seen)
>>
>>
>>By 11:30 winds had shifted from the west to the S.W. & hawk numbers dropped 
off. 

>>While at our watch area we also saw 3 WHITE FRONTED GEESE flying with 
Canada's, 

>>5 Sandhill Cranes, many Cedar Waxwings & smaller numbers of Goldfinches & 
Siskins. 

>>Nothing really special but a good day by my standards.
>>
>>
>>Bob E thinks the Red Shouldered Hawk is a better find but for me 
Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the dark Rough Legged Hawk due in part to how well we 
saw it. The Red Shouldered Hawk can be the Runner-Up along with the early 
Goldeneye. We had hoped for Eagles but had none today. Maybe next time. 

>>
>>
>>Al Stokie
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> 
Subject: IBET IOS Field Trips - Central Illinois Lakes - November 8th
From: "Travis Mahan calidris_1004 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 18:52:15 -0700
Hello all,

The Illinois Ornithological Society is hosting a series of field trips on 
Saturday, November 8th visiting a number of the large lakes in central 
Illinois. The details for these trips are included below. Each trip is limited 
to 10 participants, but additional spots remain on all of the field trips. 


Central Illinois Lakes
Saturday, November
8, 2014
 
One of the
many exciting times for fall birding is around the end of October through much
of November.  This is a time when the
possibilities for rarities are high among the migrant waterfowl, loons, grebes,
and gulls, to name a few groups.  In
flight years, winter finches are also on the move during this time. IOS is 
holding a field trip on Saturday, 

November 8 in central Illinois where there are several large reservoirs that
often attract these rare migrants.  All
three scoter species, Pacific and Red-throated Loons, Red-necked and Western
Grebes, Black-legged Kittiwake, Little Gull, and jaegers are among the long
list of unusual species that could be encountered on this trip.
 
The goal for
this trip is to gather together in small groups to cover these lakes in hopes
that we come across something exciting.  To
cover as much ground as possible and to ensure small, mobile group sizes, we
are offering four different options:
 
	* Clinton Lake  (Leader – Matt Fraker)
	* Lake Decatur  (Leader – Travis Mahan)
	* Lake Shelbyville/Lake Charleston  (Leader – Tyler Funk)
	* Lake Springfield/Sangchris Lake  (Leader – Craig Taylor)
 
Each lake
group will be limited to 10 participants. The groups will maintain contact 
throughout the day, which will enable 

participants to travel to one of the nearby locations for a desired rarity, if
encountered.  This trip will be a day-long
event involving a significant amount of time scoping the lakes from various
points.  Many of the waterbirds will
likely be viewed at a fair distance, so bring your spotting scopes. 
Land-birding will also be a component of the 

trips.  Participants should be prepared for
variable and often poor weather conditions. Extra layers of clothing, water and 
snacks would be good additions to 

your optics.
 
Registration Details:
Please
contact Travis Mahan to register for the trip or for general questions. Because 
each lake group has a participation 

limit, please indicate your preferences in numerical order (“1” being most
desired).  Meeting locations and times will
be provided upon registration.
 
E-mail:  calidris_1004 AT yahoo.com
Phone:  217.454.3408
Subject: IBET Coles County Prairie Falcon (yes)
From: "Tyler Funk fftfunk AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 20:07:27 -0500
Just to keep everyone posted. The Falcon was seen on the ground 50 yards in 
front of the Magic Stump today around 2pm. 


Tyler D Funk

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Subject: Re: IBET Waukegan & Illinois Beach South Unit & Unofficial IBSP Hawk Watch Tues 10-28-14
From: "'Daniel & Barbara Williams' twotringas AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:05:11 -0500
A walk down memory lane!  We had to sign in at the Johns Manville guard
shack before driving to the end of Greenwood and walking down the beach to
the asbestos "hills."  Some even carried lawn chairs and their lunches.
That is how I was told to prepare for my first visit  to that particular
site.

Dan Williams
Rockford

On Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 4:40 PM, Fran Morel franmmmk AT gmail.com [ILbirds] <
ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
> Really interesting, Al. Thanks for sharing!
>
> Fran
>
>
> On Tuesday, October 28, 2014, Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds] <
> ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com> wrote:
>
>>
>>
>> Hello Bird People,
>>
>> Long before any of the official Hawk Watches began birders did watches
>> from the south unit of Illinois Beach State Park. These were mostly done
>> from the far south end of the park at the boundary between the park & the
>> John Manville land. Some birders would sit on the mounds of land which
>> covered the asbestos to wait for incoming hawks flying over the South Pines
>> & Swales. Not very healthy but you had a good view. Later the Manville land
>> was fenced off but you could still watch for hawks from the IBSP property
>> although you could no longer sit on asbestos to do it.
>> A serious watch was done by Joel G & Dave J which covered a long period
>> of time. Although this part of IBSP was permit only land if you stayed on
>> the Manville land or watched from the beach at the property line you could
>> pretend it was ok. All this was possible as you could park at the end of
>> Greenwood & walk the short distance in which was only 1/4 of the distance
>> of coming in from the northern parts of the park. Many of today's older
>> birders played this game including me starting in the middle 1980's. But
>> you can no longer get in from Greenwood & the entire area is now off limits
>> as it is a permit only area.
>>
>> The next phase of hawk watching at IBSP took place at various spots along
>> the Dead River Trail.
>> But again the rules tightened up & we were no longer allowed to walk off
>> the trails & watch from various high spots near the river. For the last few
>> years Bob Erickson & I have watched for hawks from where 2 trails meet
>> along the Dead River. Bob has named this spot "Eagle Junction" as we have
>> had good luck seeing both Bald & Golden Eagles there. Few others join us as
>> it's a full mile from parking & there are no bathrooms. It's an acquired
>> taste! So ends today's birding history lesson.
>>
>> Before we went to "Eagle Junction" we checked Waukegan Beach & Pier &
>> found almost no birds at all. Even the Gulls were absent. Still I again
>> avoided the "shorebird shutout" thanks to one Sanderling on the pier & 4
>> more on the channel wall. One Harrier was on a large stump on the beach
>> toward Greenwood.
>>
>> Bob went directly to "Eagle Junction" while I took the long route via the
>> beach. No shorebirds were seen but the Scaup/Redhead flock is up to about
>> 400 ducks & a surprise was one young male Common Goldeneye which is a
>> little early. About 15-18 Bonaparte's gulls flew by heading south.
>>
>> Bob started hawk watching at 8:15 & I arrived by 9 a.m. You don't do this
>> place for big numbers of hawks but the ones you see you see closer & better
>> than anywhere else. So our totals will be small compared to the official
>> watch at the North Unit but that's ok with me. Hawks were slow at 1st but
>> between 10 & noon numbers picked up. Here's what we saw:
>>
>> Northern Harrier (5)
>> Sharp Shinned Hawk (30)
>> Cooper's Hawk (4)
>> RED SHOULDERED HAWK (1)
>> Red Tailed Hawk (19)
>> ROUGH LEGGED HAWK (1, a dark one which flew right over us)
>> MERLIN (1 very fast fly-by, the last raptor seen)
>>
>> By 11:30 winds had shifted from the west to the S.W. & hawk numbers
>> dropped off.
>> While at our watch area we also saw 3 WHITE FRONTED GEESE flying with
>> Canada's,
>> 5 Sandhill Cranes, many Cedar Waxwings & smaller numbers of Goldfinches &
>> Siskins.
>> Nothing really special but a good day by my standards.
>>
>> Bob E thinks the Red Shouldered Hawk is a better find but for me
>> Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the dark Rough Legged Hawk due in part to how well
>> we saw it. The Red Shouldered Hawk can be the Runner-Up along with the
>> early Goldeneye. We had hoped for Eagles but had none today. Maybe next
>> time.
>>
>> Al Stokie
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>    
>
Subject: Re: IBET Waukegan & Illinois Beach South Unit & Unofficial IBSP Hawk Watch Tues 10-28-14
From: "Fran Morel franmmmk AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:40:13 -0500
Really interesting, Al. Thanks for sharing!

Fran

On Tuesday, October 28, 2014, Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds] <
ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
> Hello Bird People,
>
> Long before any of the official Hawk Watches began birders did watches
> from the south unit of Illinois Beach State Park. These were mostly done
> from the far south end of the park at the boundary between the park & the
> John Manville land. Some birders would sit on the mounds of land which
> covered the asbestos to wait for incoming hawks flying over the South Pines
> & Swales. Not very healthy but you had a good view. Later the Manville land
> was fenced off but you could still watch for hawks from the IBSP property
> although you could no longer sit on asbestos to do it.
> A serious watch was done by Joel G & Dave J which covered a long period of
> time. Although this part of IBSP was permit only land if you stayed on the
> Manville land or watched from the beach at the property line you could
> pretend it was ok. All this was possible as you could park at the end of
> Greenwood & walk the short distance in which was only 1/4 of the distance
> of coming in from the northern parts of the park. Many of today's older
> birders played this game including me starting in the middle 1980's. But
> you can no longer get in from Greenwood & the entire area is now off limits
> as it is a permit only area.
>
> The next phase of hawk watching at IBSP took place at various spots along
> the Dead River Trail.
> But again the rules tightened up & we were no longer allowed to walk off
> the trails & watch from various high spots near the river. For the last few
> years Bob Erickson & I have watched for hawks from where 2 trails meet
> along the Dead River. Bob has named this spot "Eagle Junction" as we have
> had good luck seeing both Bald & Golden Eagles there. Few others join us as
> it's a full mile from parking & there are no bathrooms. It's an acquired
> taste! So ends today's birding history lesson.
>
> Before we went to "Eagle Junction" we checked Waukegan Beach & Pier &
> found almost no birds at all. Even the Gulls were absent. Still I again
> avoided the "shorebird shutout" thanks to one Sanderling on the pier & 4
> more on the channel wall. One Harrier was on a large stump on the beach
> toward Greenwood.
>
> Bob went directly to "Eagle Junction" while I took the long route via the
> beach. No shorebirds were seen but the Scaup/Redhead flock is up to about
> 400 ducks & a surprise was one young male Common Goldeneye which is a
> little early. About 15-18 Bonaparte's gulls flew by heading south.
>
> Bob started hawk watching at 8:15 & I arrived by 9 a.m. You don't do this
> place for big numbers of hawks but the ones you see you see closer & better
> than anywhere else. So our totals will be small compared to the official
> watch at the North Unit but that's ok with me. Hawks were slow at 1st but
> between 10 & noon numbers picked up. Here's what we saw:
>
> Northern Harrier (5)
> Sharp Shinned Hawk (30)
> Cooper's Hawk (4)
> RED SHOULDERED HAWK (1)
> Red Tailed Hawk (19)
> ROUGH LEGGED HAWK (1, a dark one which flew right over us)
> MERLIN (1 very fast fly-by, the last raptor seen)
>
> By 11:30 winds had shifted from the west to the S.W. & hawk numbers
> dropped off.
> While at our watch area we also saw 3 WHITE FRONTED GEESE flying with
> Canada's,
> 5 Sandhill Cranes, many Cedar Waxwings & smaller numbers of Goldfinches &
> Siskins.
> Nothing really special but a good day by my standards.
>
> Bob E thinks the Red Shouldered Hawk is a better find but for me
> Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the dark Rough Legged Hawk due in part to how well
> we saw it. The Red Shouldered Hawk can be the Runner-Up along with the
> early Goldeneye. We had hoped for Eagles but had none today. Maybe next
> time.
>
> Al Stokie
>
>
>
>
>
>  
>
Subject: IBET Waukegan & Illinois Beach South Unit & Unofficial IBSP Hawk Watch Tues 10-28-14
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:23:59 -0500
Hello Bird People,

Long before any of the official Hawk Watches began birders did watches from
the south unit of Illinois Beach State Park. These were mostly done from
the far south end of the park at the boundary between the park & the John
Manville land. Some birders would sit on the mounds of land which covered
the asbestos to wait for incoming hawks flying over the South Pines &
Swales. Not very healthy but you had a good view. Later the Manville land
was fenced off but you could still watch for hawks from the IBSP property
although you could no longer sit on asbestos to do it.
A serious watch was done by Joel G & Dave J which covered a long period of
time. Although this part of IBSP was permit only land if you stayed on the
Manville land or watched from the beach at the property line you could
pretend it was ok. All this was possible as you could park at the end of
Greenwood & walk the short distance in which was only 1/4 of the distance
of coming in from the northern parts of the park. Many of today's older
birders played this game including me starting in the middle 1980's. But
you can no longer get in from Greenwood & the entire area is now off limits
as it is a permit only area.

The next phase of hawk watching at IBSP took place at various spots along
the Dead River Trail.
But again the rules tightened up & we were no longer allowed to walk off
the trails & watch from various high spots near the river. For the last few
years Bob Erickson & I have watched for hawks from where 2 trails meet
along the Dead River. Bob has named this spot "Eagle Junction" as we have
had good luck seeing both Bald & Golden Eagles there. Few others join us as
it's a full mile from parking & there are no bathrooms. It's an acquired
taste! So ends today's birding history lesson.

Before we went to "Eagle Junction" we checked Waukegan Beach & Pier & found
almost no birds at all. Even the Gulls were absent. Still I again avoided
the "shorebird shutout" thanks to one Sanderling on the pier & 4 more on
the channel wall. One Harrier was on a large stump on the beach toward
Greenwood.

Bob went directly to "Eagle Junction" while I took the long route via the
beach. No shorebirds were seen but the Scaup/Redhead flock is up to about
400 ducks & a surprise was one young male Common Goldeneye which is a
little early. About 15-18 Bonaparte's gulls flew by heading south.

Bob started hawk watching at 8:15 & I arrived by 9 a.m. You don't do this
place for big numbers of hawks but the ones you see you see closer & better
than anywhere else. So our totals will be small compared to the official
watch at the North Unit but that's ok with me. Hawks were slow at 1st but
between 10 & noon numbers picked up. Here's what we saw:

Northern Harrier (5)
Sharp Shinned Hawk (30)
Cooper's Hawk (4)
RED SHOULDERED HAWK (1)
Red Tailed Hawk (19)
ROUGH LEGGED HAWK (1, a dark one which flew right over us)
MERLIN (1 very fast fly-by, the last raptor seen)

By 11:30 winds had shifted from the west to the S.W. & hawk numbers
dropped off.
While at our watch area we also saw 3 WHITE FRONTED GEESE flying with
Canada's,
5 Sandhill Cranes, many Cedar Waxwings & smaller numbers of Goldfinches &
Siskins.
Nothing really special but a good day by my standards.

Bob E thinks the Red Shouldered Hawk is a better find but for me
Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the dark Rough Legged Hawk due in part to how well
we saw it. The Red Shouldered Hawk can be the Runner-Up along with the
early Goldeneye. We had hoped for Eagles but had none today. Maybe next
time.

Al Stokie
Subject: IBET from: Chuck Berman
From: "'Chuck Berman' cberman129 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:46:00 +0000
Hi IBEt


http://longviewdance.org/team.php?clean=3g52rmnk1rnky




cberman129 AT gmail.com



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Subject: IBET Lake Glenview, Air Station Prairie (Cook cnty)
From: "Suzanne Coleman isooz AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 04:07:53 +0000 (UTC)
Two FOS appearances today, both at LG:  pied-billed grebes (5 or more) and a 
sneaky non-breeding male bufflehead who was hiding in a group of about 55 
American coots.  I could have sworn I had a bufflehead but then didn't see it 
again and I only saw this one while reviewing the video I took of the coots 
bathing.  The other one looked like a breeding one. 

Otherwise:
LGtons of Canada geese mallards2 juncospair white-crowned (eastern), adult and 
immature 

ASPone accipiter (ASP)goldfinch 
Not alot.
Suzanne ColemanGlenview, Cook
Subject: IBET WT sparrow, WC in the BY
From: "John Baxter XXJB7Z AT AOL.COM [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 22:28:56 -0400
Hi friends,
An immature WC and WT sparrows here in the yard camo by the leaves and plants.


https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/15459709669/

John Baxter
Bourbonnais, IL
Subject: IBET Pics from Mumbai, India Birding Trip
From: "spadgaon AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 27 Oct 2014 17:32:48 -0700
I recently visited family in Mumbai, India and got a chance to bird there for 
the very first time. I had lived in India for the first 22 years of my life, 
but I hadn't observed any birds other than crows, sparrows and piegons which 
are still abundant there. For those that aren't familiar with Mumbai, it is a 
buzzing city with a concrete jungle similar to NYC, so it does benefit from 
"The Central Park Effect" where the birds congregate to the very few green 
spaces available. 

 

 I owe my acknowledgements to the Illinois birding groups - COS, Dupage Birding 
Club, Kane County Audubon and Lake-Cook Audubon for getting me infected with 
this hobby. 

 

 As the weather warms up here in Illinois, here are some of the pics from a 
much warmer place. 

 

 Sid Padgaonkar https://www.flickr.com/photos/sid-p/
 
 
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Subject: IBET Join COS to look for waterbirds in Palos on Sunday, November 2
From: "Jill Niland bwwarbler AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 21:46:09 +0000 (UTC)
  When:November 2, 2014  AT  8:00 am
Where: McGinnis Slough
 13600 South La Grange Road
 Orland Park,IL 60462
 USA
Leader: Wes Serafin, w.serafin AT comcast.net
Join COS for this field trip to the Palos area. We will meet at 8am at McGinnis 
Slough. Entrance is on the west side of Lagrange at about 13600 South 
Lagrange.  Hopefully by this time a good mix of puddle ducks and diving ducks 
will have arrived. We will also stop at Tampier Lake and Saganashkee Slough 
which are better for diving waterfowl such as loons, grebes and Aythya genus 
diving ducks. Although most migration will have passed we will look for 
Sandhill Cranes if the winds are favorable (from the NW). This is the time 
period when we can expect Rough Legged Hawks and other buteos to show up with 
the possibility of an eagle also. We will end the trip at The Little Red 
Schoolhouse to check their feeders and use the facilities. 

If you are arriving late and want an update on the group's location, you 
can call Jill Niland's cell, 773-218-4153. 
Subject: IBET: Sangamon Co. sighting
From: "Beckie Dyer dyer AT museum.state.il.us [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 14:13:50 -0500
On Sunday, October 26, 2014 I saw a male (probably an adult) Varied 
Thrush at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, IL. The bird was very 
anthropophobic and after initial looks, I could not relocate it. I spent 
5 hours looking Sunday and 2 hours today, but could not find it. This is 
my seventh record for Sangamon County and the earliest in fall by over 
two weeks.


H. David Bohlen

IL State Museum

Springfield, IL
bohlen AT museum.state.il.us

-- 
Beckie Dyer
Museum Technician
Illinois State Museum
Research & Collections Center
1011 East Ash Street
Springfield, Illinois 62703-3500
Phone: 217-782-7475
Fax: 217-785-2857
Subject: IBET Red-tailed hawk hunting
From: "cberman129 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 27 Oct 2014 11:53:04 -0700
A juvenile red-tailed hawk scanning the weeds at Springbrook Prairie Forest 
Preserve in Naperville, Oct. 28, 2014. It would dive into the weeds from atop 
its perch on a small tree. 

 Here is a link to photos.
 

 https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ILbirds/photos/albums/1273085161 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ILbirds/photos/albums/1273085161 


 

 Chuck Berman
 

Subject: IBET Morton Arboretum & Lake Opeka (Again) In Des Plaines Mon 10-27-14
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 13:47:37 -0500
Hello Bird People,

This was one of those days where it was hard to find any birds at all. Went
with Bob E to look for small owls (Screech or Saw-Whet) at the Arboretum
but found none. Landbirds were few & far between & were only the common
ones. The closest to a highlight would be Red Breasted Nuthatch & Eastern
Bluebird (both heard only), some fly-by Cedar Waxwings & a bad look at 2
Siskins flying by while calling. The only sparrows seen today were 4 Fox
Sparrows.

Like Alan Anderson I checked Lake Opeka on the way home & saw about the
same numbers that he did but I'll add a few species he did not bother to
count &/or mention.

Lake Opeka (noon-12:30 p.m.)

P.B. Grebe (12)
Mallard (42)
Shoveler (11)
Ruddy Duck (4)
Coots (63)
Ring Billed (36) & Herring (1-AD) Gulls


A very slow day although the weather was wonderful.
Bird-Of-The-Day to the 2 fly-by, calling Siskins only because they had
almost no completion.
Runners-Up to the Shovelers & Ruddy Ducks.
I hope for a better day tomorrow. Don't we all.

Al Stokie
Subject: IBET Juvenile ed-tailed hawk
From: "cberman129 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 27 Oct 2014 11:38:36 -0700
A juvenile red-tailed hawk was sitting atop a small tree near the parking lot 
at Springbrook Prairie Forest Preserve in Naperville. It kept a sharp eye on 
the activity around it and would leap off the tree and dive into the tall 
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Subject: IBET Franklin's and Bonaparte Gulls Montrose 11:30am 10/27/14
From: "stevejner AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 27 Oct 2014 10:26:37 -0700
One of the Franklin's remains and one Bonaparte Gull in the Fuddles of the Dog 
Beach. They are in with a few Ring-billed Gulls. Is it me or is the Dog Beach 
much bigger than the Human Beach? loose Dogs were running up and flushing the 
Gulls between the two Fuddles. 

 Steve Jener
 Cook Cty
Subject: IBET Lake Opeka , Des Plaines 10am
From: "Alan Anderson casresearch AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:07:51 -0500
At Lake Opeka in Des Plaines now 

Not too much variety but sure is enjoyable weather this morning !

11 pied- billed grebes
8 N. Shoveler
4 Ruddy Ducks

Mallards and geese

Alan Anderson 
Des Plaines. Cook co. 

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Subject: IBET Franklin's Gulls at Montrose, Cook Co.
From: "Andrew andrewsaldrich AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 08:56:53 -0500
Hello! There are 2 Franklin's Gulls just west of the protected beach at 
Montrose among the Ring-billed. 


There were 2 Snow Buntings on the pier as well.

Good birding!

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Subject: IBET Harrier gallery revised
From: "robirdman AT theearlybirder.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 07:14:48 -0500
I redid my Northern Harrier gallery, adding a lot of recent shots from 
Montrose. 

http://theearlybirder.com/hawks/harrier/index.htm

Rob Curtis

Chicago
Subject: IBET Some Lake County Meanderings
From: "Beau Schaefer beauschaefer AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 21:10:46 -0500
Checked a couple of spots today just to see what was around. Highlights:
Van Patten Woods:
21 Pine Siskins- had repeated looks at this noisy feeding flock that vacillated 
between pines and birches/alders. 

5 Purple Finches- never saw these guys other than watching them fly over me 
making repeated "pik-pik" calls. Heard them in at least 3 different places 
along the yellow trail. 

1 Rusty Blackbird- flyby bird making "rusty gate" noises. 
1 Sharp-shinned Hawk- sitting in a bare tree near Sterling Lake. Nice looks. 

Crawford Rd.:
Flock of 13 Wild Turkeys
1 Horned Lark

Alleghany ball fields:
11 Horned Larks
12 Snow Buntings

Good Birding!
Beau Schaefer
Lake county

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Subject: IBET JxP, Sat. 25 Oct., Purple Finches
From: "rlshonkw AT uchicago.edu [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 26 Oct 2014 17:55:45 -0700
I birded Chicago's Jackson Park Saturday covering 63rd Street Beach, the 59th 
Street promontory, Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow, the inner and outer harbors 
and the northwest part of the golf course. It wasn't that exciting bird wise 
but it was a nice day with just enough seasonally typical migrants to keep my 
attention. 

Best birds at 63rd Street Beach were all flyovers: 1 LAPLAND LONGSPUR and 3 
PINE SISKINS. There were 3 teal-sized ducks and a larger duck out by the pier 
but they flew off before I could make them out. The biggest concentrations of 
birds in the park (excluding Canada Geese) was west of the Columbia Basin, 
where few but me ever bird. There was a flock of over 30 DARK-EYED JUNCOS with 
a few WHITE-THROATED and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS mixed in. At the edge of the 
vegetation along shore here was 1 LINCOLN'S SPARROW. A few FOX SPARROWS and an 
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER were the best birds on Wooded Island. Another 
ORANGE-CROWNED and a couple of PALM WARBLERS were in Bobolink Meadow, along 
with AMERICAN TREE, FIELD, SONG, SWAMP and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS. While on the 
island I heard a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER and saw a female HAIRY WOODPECKER; I 
found a/the female Hairy in the woods by the meadow and saw a male Red-bellied 
(along with a male Downy in the same small group of trees) and later I heard a 
Red-bellied southwest of the inner harbor. I'm not sure how many Red-bellieds 
and Hairys are actually in the park. I think the trees they were feeding in in 
the woods were ash trees (the bark looks like that of the ash trees dead and 
being removed along Midway Plaissance, though these in the woods are still 
alive) and I wonder if ash borer larvae are drawing them in. Best find of the 
day was here, as well: 1 male and 4 female-type PURPLE FINCHES that later flew 
off to the northwest. I didn't find anything too exciting elsewhere. I ended up 
with 9 sparrows and 4 finches on the day. Here is my list of highlights: 


Wood Duck: WI/BM (4)
Pied-billed Grebe: WI/BM (7; 6 were lined up in a row on the west side of the 
Columbia Basin) 

Double-crested Cormorant: 63rd (2), WI/BM (7)
Great Blue Heron: WI/BM (2)
Black-crowned Night-Heron: WI/BM (1 juv.; first one in several weeks)
Cooper's Hawk: 63rd (1 imm. male)
A. Coot: 63rd (11), OH (16), IH (9)
Killdeer: 63rd (1)
Belted Kingfisher: WI/BM (1)
Red-bellied Woodpecker: WI/BM (1 or 2?), IH (1)
Hairy Woodpecker: WI/BM (1 or 2?)
N. Flicker: WI/BM (2)
Blue Jay: WI/BM (1)
Brown Creeper: WI/BM (1), GC (1)
Winter Wren: WI/BM (3)
Golden-crowned Kinglet: WI/BM (6), GC (2)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet: 63rd (1), WI/BM (5), GC (1)
Hermit Thrush: WI/BM (5), GC (2)
Cedar Waxwing: WI/BM (5)
Lapland Longspur: 63rd (5)
Orange-crowned Warbler: WI/BM (2)
Yellow-rumped Warbler: 63rd (2), WI/BM (4), GC (3)
Palm Warbler: WI/BM (2)
A. Tree Swallow: 63rd (3), WI/BM (3)
Field Sparrow: WI/BM (2)
Lincoln's Sparrow: WI/BM (1)
Song Sparrow: 63rd (1), WI/BM (7)
Swamp Sparrow: (3)
Fox Sparrow: 59th (1), WI/BM (5)
White-throated Sparrow: WI/BM (20), GC (25)
White-crowned Sparrow: WI/BM (6), IH (2)
Dark-eyed Junco: 59th (2), WI/BM (48), IH (1), GC (20)
unidentified sparrows: 63rd (3), WI/BM (5)
Purple Finch: WI/BM (5)
House Finch: WI/BM (1)
A. Goldfinch: 63rd (20), WI/BM (15)
Pine Siskin: 63rd (3)

Randy Shonkwiler
Hyde Park/Chicago 

Subject: IBET Hennepin Dark Ibis
From: "Jeff Smith mrqmagoo13 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 18:40:41 -0500
From the tower at Hennepin-Hopper this morning, the DuPage Birding Club 
observed a dark Ibis fly south to north then disappear behind "the island". Two 
Trumpeter Swans were also seen as well as tens of thousands ducks, coots, 
geese, etc. 


Jeff Smith
Woodridge, DuPage Co.

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Subject: IBET skokie lagoons
From: "Jeffrey Sanders yellowstart5 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 15:57:10 -0700
hello ibetors
 
the "peninsula"
 
p b grebe---------1
Canada geese--24
brown creeper---1
wht-thrt sparrow--5
r c kinglet----------2
g. c. kinglet-------3
myrtle warbler----2
 
willow rd area
 
myrtle warbler----2
robin----------------8
r c kinglet----------1
rusty blkbd--------3
wht-thrt sparrow--4
wht-crn      "      --2
 
Winnetka rd bridge area
 
ornge-crn warbler----1
myrtle          '"      ----4
blue-hded vireo-------1
northern wat'thrsh----1
junco--------------------6
hermit thrush----------2
robin--------------------7
phoebe-----------------1
r c kinglet--------------2
 
Jeffrey Sanders    Glenview    no. Cook
Subject: IBET Pied-billed Grebes at Humboldt Park
From: "William Branson auspex4 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 16:36:32 -0500
There were at least eight Adult, nonbreeding Pied-billed Grebes at Humboldt
Park this afternoon. Some were in the main lake, on the NE side. We spotted
five in the river lagoon, just North of Division St. We also spotted a Juv.
Cooper's Hawk, two Great-blue Herons, one Yellow-rumped Warbler, and
American Robins everywhere.

There is still some good color on a few trees!

Bill Branson
Cook, Chicago
Subject: IBET Snow Bunting
From: "Ron povpt93 AT consolidated.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 13:06:41 -0500
Just found an early bird along a rural road about 3 miles northeast of 
Charleston, Coles County. Got documentation-quality photos. 


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Subject: IBET Montrose-Five Species Of Winter Finches Including COMMON REDPOLL Sun 10-26-14
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 13:05:06 -0500
Hello Bird People,

Not many birds seen by me on the beach or in the dunes & I didn't check the
lake or the harbor.
Most of the birds seen today were in the seed rich fields next to the
"water feature" & they were mostly sparrows, blackbirds & finches.
Determined to find a seen Siskin today I was "phishing" at a bunch of
Goldfinches and although they ignored me one finch flew to within 10 ft. of
me &, much to my surprise, it was a COMMON REDPOLL with the small red cap &
white chest with streaked flanks. No red on the chest so it must have been
a female. As far as I know only 2 other birders got to see it although
Geoff W said he heard it later in the same general area between the "water
feature" & the main hedge. Soon thereafter, while trying to re-find the
Redpoll, I had a single
PINE SISKIN calling in a tree & a little later a flock of 6 sat nicely at
the top of a bare tree for more good looks. Also seen were Purple, House &
Goldfinches for a 5 Winter Finch day.
Here's my day list of 31 species seen by me although more species were seen
by others.

Montrose (7:15-11:15 a.m.)

D.C. Cormorant (1 fly-by)
Cooper's Hawk (1 fly-by)
Kestrel (1 fly-by I.D.'ed by others as I had a bad view)
MERLIN (1 flying along the lake found 1st by Karen M)
Sanderling (4, only beach shorebirds)
AMERICAN WOODCOCK (1 flew across a grassy field from the main hedge area)
(1 or 2 other Woodcocks were seen by others at different spots)
Ring Billed & Herring Gulls (only a few each as the main beach was filled
with dogs)
Eastern Phoebe (1 thanks to Geoff W)
Chickadee (2-3)
G.C. Kinglet (2)
Robins (10-12)
Y.R. Myrtle Warbler (6-8)
Cardinal (1-M & 1-F)
American Tree Sparrows (10-12, 1st time I've seen more than 1 or 2)
FIELD SPARROW (1 with Tree & White Crowned Sparrows)
Fox Sparrow (4)
Song Sparrow (3)
Lincoln's Sparrow (1)
Swamp Sparrow (4-6)
White Throated Sparrow (8, all in the main hedge)
White Crowned Sparrow (12-14, most in the "water feature" area)
Red Winged Blackbird (5 with 2 Rusty's)
RUSTY BLACKBIRD (2 with Red Wings & later a single bird)
Grackle (2-3 fly-bys)
House Finch (3-F)
PURPLE FINCH (2-F & later 1 more, Alex B had 1 male as well which I missed)
COMMON REDPOLL (1-F, see above discussion for details)
PINE SISKIN (1 calling in a tree & later a flock of 6)
Goldfinch (20-22)
House Sparrow (10 near the street parking)

Top bird of the day was probably the Yellow Headed Blackbird seen &
photographed by one birder/photographer but no one else could re-find it
later as of when I left anyway.

But my official Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the COMMON REDPOLL which was
,surprisingly, found by me! Runners-Up to the long awaited Pine Siskins. As
we are finding good numbers of Siskins & Purple Finches so far perhaps
today's Redpoll is a sign that others will be arriving later. Maybe the
best place will again be the Chicago Botanic Garden. I'll be watching.

Al Stokie
Subject: IBET Black Scoters Morgan county
From: "Colin Dobson birdingboy AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 11:24:23 -0500
I just spotted 2 female type Black Scoters on the south side of Meredosia lake. 
These are possibly the first Black Scoters for Morgan county. 


Colin and Tony
Morgan county
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Subject: IBET DBC's Trip to Glacial Park, McHenry County
From: "John Cebula joceb2005 AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 09:08:30 -0500
The DuPage Birding Club had a trip to Glacial Park Conservation Area in McHenry 
County on October 25. It was the club's first autumn trip to this site, and we 
enjoyed a beautiful day. Besides birds, we saw butterflies (one Monarch, one 
Cabbage White, and four Sulphurs); we also saw a small Red-bellied Snake. 


Club member Bob Spitzer had prepared a spread sheet detailing the species we 
were likely to encounter based on previous published reports. We saw about 40% 
of those species. 


Although of us were very happy to see the pair of Sandhill Cranes, probably the 
"bird of the day" was the Rough-legged Hawk, which was not among the birds we 
expected to see. Before and after the trip and not in the park, we saw 
Double-crested Cormorants, Rock Pigeons, grackles, and House Sparrows. 


John Cebula (DuPage)

Canada Goose  100
Gadwall  7
Mallard  180
Blue-winged Teal  5
Northern Pintail  4
Green-winged Teal  50
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Great Blue Heron  3
Great Egret  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Northern Harrier  1
Red-tailed Hawk  4
Rough-legged Hawk  1
American Coot  106
Sandhill Crane  2
Ring-billed Gull  5
Mourning Dove  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  2
American Kestrel  1
Eastern Phoebe  5
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  14
Black-capped Chickadee  3
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  6
American Robin  1
Song Sparrow  3
Dark-eyed Junco  16
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  50
American Goldfinch  2

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Subject: IBET BY A. robin
From: "John Baxter XXJB7Z AT AOL.COM [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 00:07:15 -0400
Hi friends,
The Robin showed up singing and calling in the BY. 1st one in a long time.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/15439122608/in/photostream

John Baxter
Bourbonnais, IL 
Subject: IBET Ft Sheridan (LAKE)
From: "Suzanne Coleman isooz AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 03:15:20 +0000 (UTC)
Nice couple of days we've been having.  I recommend that you get out if you 
haven't, you won't regret it. 

There were an estimated 350 ducks just off the shore today, closer than 
yesterday.  I think there were a bunch of scaup and Michal said he had some 
red-heads earlier and I might have had some as well.  A bit dark to be sure 
and just out of range to ID well.   

You can watch the red-headed woodpeckers, blue jays and red-bellied woodpeckers 
harvesting acorns.  Just be in the area near the parking lot and you will see 
them flying over your head around the area.  We got a close-up view of a 
red-bellied as he decided to stash one in the holes in the wooden rail fencing 
that runs along the parking area.  They are smaller than I thought, but 
pretty.  The red on his head and neck was quite bright and shiny in the 
sunlight and he had a peak on the top of his head, I don't know if they all do, 
they're usually WAY too high up for me to see that that well!   

White-crowned sparrows in good numbers today as well.  
I heard a great-horned owl hooting at sundown, and another a bit later (or the 
same one that moved, can't be sure, though I did have two there a while ago). 
 There are woodcocks on the path as well, flushed two today (or one that 
moved).  Others:  crow, chickadees, noisy, song sparrow, singing, lone palm 
warbler.  The red-winged has been singing but I didn't hear him today or see 
any of them.   

The hawk watch experts found some excellent birds too, and they'll report that 
I'm sure.  Some of the ones I got to see were a good number of red-tailed 
hawks, a bald eagle, a merlin (I think that's the right one), a cooper's hawk 
and a golden eagle (distant, I was hoping it would pass over but no such luck, 
it headed west).  I almost forgot to add the 2 white geese and about 25 of the 
greater white-fronted, IDd by Josh E and Michal.  Thanks to Josh for sharing 
his scope, much better views that way!   

BTW, there have been good numbers of fox sparrows in quality patches of prairie 
pretty much everywhere this week.  If you hear a loud single note call, a bit 
metallic in quality, start talking and it might just pop up to check you out! 

Suzanne ColemanGlenview, Cook
Subject: IBET Sangamon and Morgan counties 10-25 P.M.
From: "Colin Dobson birdingboy AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 21:54:13 -0500
Since my sister had a basketball game in Springfield. Tony, grandma, and I went 
to Lake Springfield after the game. Here are the highlights 

Mute Swan 1
Dabbling ducks X lots of teal and stuff from Lincoln Gardens 
Ruddy Duck X lots
Duck sp. 1 seen from Lincoln Gardens. Either a yellow billed, adult female 
Mallard, a Hybrid or a Mottled duck. A "darker brown" backed duck with a yellow 
bill. Seen with 3 other Mallards. 

Common Loon 4 from Marine point
Loon/Grebe/Cormorant sp. Extremely distance bird from Marine point. I was 
thinking smaller loon. Then after about 15 minutes I looked away and I never 
saw it again. Straight east from Marine point. 

Pied-billed Grebe X lots
Horned Grebe X lots
Cooper's Hawk 2
Franklin's Gull 5-6 2 from Lincoln Gardens and 3-4 from the beach
Bonaparte's Gull X lots. 
Gull sp. 1 either a Herring or Thayer's at the beach house
A Bohlen 1 seen at Marine point. 

After Lake Springfield, we spent the rest of the day at the Dredging ponds on 
the southeast side of Jacksonville. 

Gadwall 2
Mallard 50
Blue-winged Teal 15
Green-winged Teal 10
Shoveler 130
Ring-necked Duck 5 flew in while we were there. New site bird
Lesser Scaup 1 new site bird 
Ruddy Ducks 15
Pied-billed Grebe 2 new site bird
Semi Plover 1
Killdeer 30
Least sand. 15
Pec 1 
Long-billed Dowitcher 1
Wilson's Snipe 2 new site bird 
Belted Kingfisher 1 new site bird. 
We had around 55-60 species for the afternoon/evening. 

Colin Dobson
Morgan county
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Subject: IBET Burnham Nature Sanctuary & Rainbow Beach
From: "douglas stotz dfstotz AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 20:57:24 -0500
Birded Burnham and Rainbow Beach this morning.  There were so many birders
at Rainbow Beach it felt like Montrose.  Saw Andrew Aldrich as well as
Craig Taylor and Tim Kuesel. Maybe not quite Montrose density of birders.
Also not exactly huge numbers of birds but not bad.  Best bird was an adult
male SURF SCOTER flying northbound at Rainbow Beach.  Other ducks there
included both scaup, REDHEADS, BUFFLEHEADS, HOODED and RED-BREASTED
MERGANSERS.  I had 18 HORNED and 2 PIED-BILLED GREBES. I had 5 species of
warblers (ORANGE-CROWNED, NASHVILLE, PALM, YELLOW-RUMPED and COMMON
YELLOWTHROAT) all at Burnham, only Yellow-rumped at Rainbow Beach.  12
species of sparrows, including a CHIPPING and VESPER at Rainbow Beach, and
FIELD at Burnham.

-- 
Douglas Stotz
Conservation Ecologist/Ornithologist
Environmental and Conservation Programs
Field Museum of Natural History
1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605

Phone: (312)-665-7438
Fax:      (312)-665-7433
e-mail:  dstotz AT fieldmuseum.org
Subject: IBET Shelbyville Avocets and Coles County Prarie Falcon
From: "Tyler Funk fftfunk AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 20:54:41 -0500
Spent a good portion of the day circling Lake Shelbyville today. Best birds for 
the day were located at the beach and above the dam in the lake. Highlights 
were 3 American Avocets, 19 White-crowned Sparrowa, Pine Siskins (seen by Ron 
Bradley) and 15 Franklin’s Gulls. 


After finishing up a lake watch I swung through Northern part of Coles County 
to watch for the return of the Prairie Falcon. Almost immediately I had a large 
dark falcon flying low across a harvested bean field from 1400E near 1800N. The 
falcon was distant, but had that familiar look, but needed a better look to 
confirm. I sat on 1300E between 1700N and 1800N and had the flacon flying 
straight towards me. It flew past and landed just SE of the magic stump. Here 
it looked to be running around chasing Grasshoppers? That was the first I had 
seen of that behavior from these falcons. It would run, make a short flight, 
and bend over to pick at objects in the field. The falcon did this for ten 
minutes or better. It then flew to the stump for a short time before proceeding 
east to near 1200E. Here it was harassed by a Northern Harrier until it 
retreated into the corn field just north of the Magic Stump. I was very pleased 
to see our old friend again. 


Tyler

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Subject: IBET Lake Charleston
From: "Ron povpt93 AT consolidated.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 20:52:05 -0500
Birds today included:
 Greater White-fronted Goose
 Lesser Scaup
 Northern Pintail
 Ruddy Duck
 American Wigeon 
 Ring-necked Duck
 Blue-winged Teal
 Pied-billed Grebe
 Great Blue Heron
 Bonaparte's Gull
 Mallard
 Bald Eagle
 American Coot
 Killdeer
 Lesser Yellowlegs 
 Red-headed Woodpecker
 Carolina Wren
 Belted Kingfisher 
 Song Sparrow
 White-throated Sparrow
 American Goldfinch

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Subject: IBET Saw-whet Owl Tale
From: "jerrygoldner AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 25 Oct 2014 18:27:08 -0700
Happy Autumn, there was a saw-whet owl roosting all day in a tree in the middle 
of a Chicago building's courtyard. The residents witnessed crows harassing the 
owl, but the owl stayed put. They all assumed the owl was injured and called a 
bird rescue group. They sent out someone who attempted to capture the owl, 
luckily the owl flew to the next tree. The owl would have been chased and 
possibly killed if it tried to fly away form the crows. 

 

 
 Turns out a Field Museum employee lives in the building, but unfortunately she 
arrived this evening. Let's all hope the owl took off after sunset!! 

 

 BTW, I also heard a barred owl in Lake County last Sunday.
 

 Good birding,
 Jerry Goldner
 Evanston
 
 Cook
 

Subject: IBET Chautauqua
From: "Kevin Richmond theeggman AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 19:59:34 -0500
A dark GYRFALCON flew out and landed on "the berm" that runs down the  
middle of the Lower Pool at Chautauqua Refuge (in Mason Co.) this  
afternoon. It was hidden from view (by the surrounding vegetation)  
while on the ground. This was about halfway between the crossdike and  
the headquarters. It is a large heavily built bird - unlikely to be  
mistaken for a Peregrine by anyone with experience (in my opinion).  
This is presumably the same individual reported from there recently by  
Mike Ingram.

FYI - the aerial survey reported 40,000 ducks at Chautauqua on October  
20 (and another 36,000 across the river at Emiquon).

Five AMERICAN AVOCETS were visible out off the east side of the  
crossdike.

Kevin Richmond
Morton, Illinois


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

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

 
 
Good birdings,
 
 
 

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

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

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


My full list from this morning is below.

Cheers
Steve Huggins
Chicago, IL


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

 


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

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

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


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


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


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


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

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

Walter Marcisz
Chicago, Cook Co.  
   


 

 
 
 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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




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

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


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


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



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


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


For the birds,

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

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

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


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


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

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


Walter Marcisz
Chicago, Cook Co.




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


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



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

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


Steve Spitzer

Chicago - Cook

Indian Boundary and Loyola Parks - 10/24/2014

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

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

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

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


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


Colin Dobson
Morgan county
Birdingboy AT yahoo.com

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

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

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

 Joan Campbell
 Downers Grove-DuPage County
 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


David B Johnson
NE IL
djohnsoda AT comcast.net

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


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 Bird of the week: Rusty Blackbird
 

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


Walter Marcisz
Chicago, Cook Co.



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

> From: Tom Shepherd 
> Subject: ANNOUNCEMENT AND PRESS CONFERENCE - SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25; 11:30AM
> To: 
> Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014, 3:53 PM
> ANNOUNCEMENT AND PRESS
> CONFERENCE - SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25;
> 11:30AM
> I am thrilled to inform you
> that this Saturday, 10/25, Governor Quinn will be making an
> exciting announcement about public access to Lake Calumet.
> The announcement will take place at 11:30 a.m., on the
> eastern shore of Lake
> Calumet.
> The location is approximately
> 11500 South on Stony Island Avenue. Watch for signs and
> markers.
> The
> program will include remarks
> by:Governor
> QuinnMayor
> EmanuelMike
> Forde, Chairman, Illinois International Port DistrictMarc
> Miller, Illinois Department of Natural ResourcesTom
> Shepherd, Southeast Environmental Task Force and Lake
> Calumet Vision Committee
> --------------------------------------------------The
> acquisition of 282 acres of lakefront property at Lake
> Calumet is the culmination of over 15 years of efforts to
> return Lake Calumet to its once-grand character as a
> fishing, birding, boating, and other outdoor recreational
> attraction.
> 
> 
> 
> 
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> Ford / Calumet X-Way I-94 to
> 
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> Ave.0.2mi9.TurnleftontoS Stony
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> StIf you
> reachHarborside G. C. Rdyou've gone about
> 1.2 miles too farDue to
> construction, there may be detours at 103rd Street and 111th
> Street on I-94. Follow signs that direct you to 103rd
> Street.
> 
> Tom
> Shepherd
> Southeast Environmental Task Force
> 13300 S. Baltimore Ave. 
> Chicago, Ill. 60633
> 773-646-0436 (office)
> 773-370-3305 (cell)
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Subject: IBET Emiquon, 10-23
From: "miking38 AT aol.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 23 Oct 2014 17:03:06 -0700

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


 Mike Ingram, Peoria
 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Al Stokie