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29 Jul IBET N.E. Lake Co. Shorebird Search At Waukegan, State Line Dog Beach & IBSP Tues 7-29-14 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
29 Jul IBET Skokie Lagoons 7-29 ["Henry Griffin hwga380 AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
29 Jul IBET Catbird bath ["John Baxter XXJB7Z AT AOL.COM [ILbirds]" ]
29 Jul Re: IBET re Sprague's Pipit post (NO SIGHTINGS) ["sdbailey AT illinois.edu [ILbirds]" ]
29 Jul IBET No Sighting - Strange Bird ["carol nelson carol6620 AT att.net [ILbirds]" ]
29 Jul Re: IBET No Sighting - Strange Bird ["Walter Marcisz wmarcisz AT att.net [ILbirds]" ]
29 Jul IBET Rollins Wilson's Phalarope ["Beau Schaefer beauschaefer AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" ]
29 Jul IBET Whalon Lake Least Bitterns ["mmadsen48 AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
29 Jul IBET No Sighting - Strange Bird ["carol nelson carol6620 AT att.net [ILbirds]" ]
29 Jul IBET re Sprague's Pipit post ["robirdman AT theearlybirder.com [ILbirds]" ]
29 Jul Lake Michigan pelagics ["Geoffrey A. Williamson" ]
29 Jul IBET Lake Michigan pelagics ["'Geoffrey A. Williamson' geoffrey.williamson AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
28 Jul IBET: Upland Sandpipers (NO sightings today) ["'Daniel & Barbara Williams' twotringas AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
28 Jul IBET bird article - NO SIGHTING ["Fran Morel franmmmk AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
28 Jul IBET DuPage Co:Least Flycatcher & A Few Shorebirds At Wood Dale/Itasca & 83rd St. Fluddle 7-28-14 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
28 Jul IBET Rollins Wilson's Phalarope 7/28 ["Beau Schaefer beauschaefer AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" ]
28 Jul Re: IBET NO SIGHTINGS: Sprague's Pipit? Beware of juvie Horned Lark! ["sdbailey AT illinois.edu [ILbirds]" ]
28 Jul Re: IBET NO SIGHTINGS: Sprague's Pipit? Beware of juvie Horned Lark! ["Joan Norek NorekJ AT aol.com [ILbirds]" ]
28 Jul IBET Gensburg Markam Prairie ["John Baxter XXJB7Z AT AOL.COM [ILbirds]" ]
27 Jul IBET NO SIGHTINGS: Sprague's Pipit? Beware of juvie Horned Lark! ["'Michael L. P. Retter' mlretter AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
27 Jul IBET techny basin ["Jeffrey Sanders yellowstart5 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
27 Jul Re: IBET Goose Lake Prairie ["Urs Geiser ugeiser AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
27 Jul IBET Goose Lake Prairie ["'Wes Serafin' w.serafin AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
27 Jul IBET Rollins shorebird update 7/27 ["Beau Schaefer beauschaefer AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" ]
27 Jul IBET: Upland Sandpipers ["Daniel Williams twotringas AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
27 Jul IBET Details On The Early Buff Breasted Sandpiper At Montrose Sun 7-27-14 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
27 Jul IBET Fort Feathers- Lake County ["Don Darnell dondarnell48 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
27 Jul Re: IBET Montrose Frustrations 7/7 ["franmmmk AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
27 Jul IBET Montrose Buff-breasted Sandpiper, 7/27 a.m. ["'Robert D. Hughes' rhughes.enteract AT rcn.com [ILbirds]" ]
27 Jul IBET Sprague s Pipit stateline Beach ["'norekj AT aol.com' NorekJ@aol.com [ILbirds]" ]
26 Jul Re: IBET Bird Heard . . . ["Ed McDevitt mcdevitt.ed AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
26 Jul IBET Mauvaiseterre Lake Morgan county 7-26-14 ["Colin Dobson birdingboy AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
26 Jul IBET Shorebird Quest 7/28 - IL River and Jacksonville: Long-billed Dowitcher, Baird's Sandpipers ["Ethan Gyllenhaal ethannatureboy AT aol.com [ILbirds]" ]
26 Jul Re: IBET COS/Sierra field trip report, Sat. 26 July 2014 at Montrose Point ["Leslie Borns cakile AT att.net [ILbirds]" ]
26 Jul IBET COS/Sierra field trip report, Sat. 26 July 2014 at Montrose Point ["'Geoffrey A. Williamson' geoffrey.williamson AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
26 Jul IBET Bird Heard . . . ["Ed McDevitt mcdevitt.ed AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
26 Jul IBET Lake County-Rollins Savannah Sat 7-26-14 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
26 Jul IBET Purple Martins in Palos ["'Wes Serafin' w.serafin AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
26 Jul IBET Osprey success in the Palos area ["'Wes Serafin' w.serafin AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
26 Jul IBET Champaign County shorebirds ["Nicholas Sly pagophila AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
26 Jul IBET Lake County Shorebirds 7/26 ["Beau Schaefer beauschaefer AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" ]
26 Jul Re: IBET New try at Laughing X Ring-billed link ["David Antieau dkantieau AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" ]
26 Jul IBET: DuPage Birding Club Announces August Field Trips (no sightings) ["jreiter AT wordsonbirds.com [ILbirds]" ]
25 Jul IBET Western Sandpiper Morgan county 7-25-14 ["Colin Dobson birdingboy AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
25 Jul IBET Miller Meadow 7-25 AM ["Henry Griffin hwga380 AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
25 Jul IBET Illiana Birds: 4 Powderhorn Ospreys ["'Carolyn A. Marsh' cmarshbird AT prodigy.net [ILbirds]" ]
25 Jul IBET Fw: Orland Grassland Butterflies, Birds, Flowers ["w.serafin AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
25 Jul IBET Waukegan, Illinois Beach North Unit & North Pont Marina Fri 7-25-14 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
25 Jul IBET New try at Laughing X Ring-billed link ["douglas stotz dfstotz AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
25 Jul Re: IBET Laughing X Ring-billed Gull at Calumet Park ["Amar Ayyash amarayyash AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
25 Jul IBET Laughing X Ring-billed Gull at Calumet Park ["douglas stotz dfstotz AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
25 Jul IBET Bird monitors needed Orland and Bartel Grasslands ["Judy Pollock jpbobolink AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
25 Jul IBET Fort Sheridan -- 7/25 ["Adam Sell adamwardsell AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
24 Jul IBET Bureau County ["mmadsen48 AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
24 Jul IBET Lakewood F.P. (Lake Co.) - Tufted Titmouse ["Richard Bisbee richard.bisbee AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" ]
24 Jul IBET Join COS this Saturday for a Beginner Birder Walk to find Montrose summer shorebirds ["Jill Niland bwwarbler AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
24 Jul IBET 83rd Street Fluddle, Fermi Lab & Dugan Rd Wetlands Is Kaput Thur 7-24-14 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
24 Jul Re: IBET Re: No Sighting: Montrose Beach Plan - adding bar and boardwalk? ["carol nelson carol6620 AT att.net [ILbirds]" ]
24 Jul IBET Rollins shorebird update ["Beau Schaefer beauschaefer AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" ]
24 Jul IBET Re: No Sighting: Montrose Beach Plan - adding bar and boardwalk? ["mcvetas AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
24 Jul Re: IBET No Sighting: Montrose Beach Plan - adding bar and boardwalk? ["Joan Norek NorekJ AT aol.com [ILbirds]" ]
24 Jul Re: IBET No Sighting: Montrose Beach Plan - adding bar and boardwalk? ["malango AT rcn.com [ILbirds]" ]
24 Jul Re: IBET No Sighting: Montrose Beach Plan - adding bar and boardwalk? ["scott ellis scorellis AT att.net [ILbirds]" ]
23 Jul IBET Injured juvenile killdeer at Montrose Beach Dunes (No Sightings) ["Leslie Borns cakile AT att.net [ILbirds]" ]
23 Jul Re: IBET No Sighting: Montrose Beach Plan - adding bar and boardwalk? ["Suzanne Coleman isooz AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
23 Jul IBET No Sighting: Montrose Beach Plan - adding bar and boardwalk? ["xfilergjg AT mindspring.com [ILbirds]" ]
23 Jul Re: IBET Lake Charleston birds ["Ron povpt93 AT consolidated.net [ILbirds]" ]
23 Jul IBET Lake Charleston birds ["Ron povpt93 AT consolidated.net [ILbirds]" ]
23 Jul IBET Fort Sheridan closed tomorrow (Thursday) NO SIGHTINGS ["Rena Cohen rena1729 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
23 Jul IBET Water Level Update At Wood Dale Reservoir/Itasca Wetlands Wed 7-23-14 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
23 Jul IBET Greene Valley shorebirds ["mmadsen48 AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
23 Jul IBET Rollins shorebirds 7/23 ["Beau Schaefer beauschaefer AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" ]
22 Jul Re: IBET Champaign Yellow Crowned Night Heron & Wayne County Shorebirds Tues 7-22-14 ["'David Thomas' Birderdlt AT aol.com [ILbirds]" ]
22 Jul IBET Champaign Yellow Crowned Night Heron & Wayne County Shorebirds Tues 7-22-14 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
22 Jul IBET Rollins shorebird update 7/22 ["Beau Schaefer beauschaefer AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" ]
21 Jul IBET Only Expected Shorebirds At Wood Dale Reservoir/Itasca Wetlands Mon 7-21-14 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]

Subject: IBET N.E. Lake Co. Shorebird Search At Waukegan, State Line Dog Beach & IBSP Tues 7-29-14
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:45:01 -0500
Hello Bird People,

I have been alternating my shorebird searches between inland spots & Lake
Michigan beaches & today it was back to the beaches & in Lake County this
time. But with July almost over the Montrose Buff Breasted Sandpiper
remains my only good sighting so far. I need a big finish to July or more
likely a good August. Only 3 shorebird species on the beach & pier at
Waukegan. I got to the State Line Dog Beach early & no dogs were there but
most of that beach is flooded & it's hard to get to where you can view the
water's edge as there's a ridge before the edge. As to the south unit of
IBSP it's hard to admit that I walked the beaches 2 miles south & back
those 2 miles with only finding Killdeer & Spotted Sandpipers. Seems like a
lot of work for little reward.
But if you want to find stuff you have to cover the area & hope for the
best. Here's my lists:

Waukegan Beach & Pier (6:20-7:30 a.m.)

D.C. Cormorant (2 in lake & 19 fly-bys)
Canada Geese (12 fly-bys)
Mallard (1-F with 9 small young)
Spotted Sandpiper (6)
Sanderling (5)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (3)
R.B. (~260) & Herring (16) Gulls
Caspian Tern (12)
Other non-beach birds seen were Mourning Doves, Chimney Swifts, Bank, Rough
Winged, Cliff & Barn Swallows, Robins, Common Yellowthroats, Song Sparrows
& many Red Winged Blackbirds.

State Line Dog Beach (8-8:30 a.m.)

D.C. Cormorant (3 in lake)
Killdeer (4-AD & 2 young which survived the 2 large charging dogs last time
& are bigger now)
Semipalmated Plover (2)
Spotted Sandpiper (3)
Sanderling (13)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (9)
R.B. (~400) & Herring (~25) Gulls
Caspian Tern (9)
Tree, Bank, Rough Winged, Cliff & Barn Swallows with most being Bank & Barn
House Finch (4 on weedy part of beach)

Illinois Beach South Unit Beaches Only (9-11:15 a.m.)

D.C. Cormorant (72 fly-bys)
Kestrel (2-3)
Killdeer (3-AD)
Spotted Sandpiper (3-AD & 3 young with 1 of the young being very small)
R.B. (8) & Herring (16) Gulls
Caspian Tern (5)
Bank, Cliff & Barn Swallows
BREWER'S BLACKBIRD (1-M on the beach & 4 more flying in the Dunes)

Illinois Beach North Unit

After lunch I looked for Rails at the regular spots but found none today
which is what usually happens! Did find a close by & calm pair of Sandhill
Cranes which gave me great looks & added Solitary (1) & Least (2)
Sandpipers to my shorebird day list. Heard 2 Marsh Wrens but did not see
them.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the Sandhill Cranes on the ground & in view for a change
&
Runner-Up to the male Brewer's Blackbird on the beach which I also saw very
well.
Best I could do.

Al Stokie
Subject: IBET Skokie Lagoons 7-29
From: "Henry Griffin hwga380 AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:32:30 -0500
Hello birding friends,

Today I birded Skokie Lagoons from 10:00am to 1:15pm. My target birds were the 
Prothonotary Warblers that nest there every year, but I guess I came a bit too 
late in the season for them, because none were present. A good number of 
species were identified, however; the best of which were flyover CASPIAN TERNS, 
a flushed BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, a female RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD who 
made it her job to pester every single other bird in her territory, and a pair 
of beautiful RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS, which were the bird-of-the-day for me 
today. 


Also, does anybody else always dream about birds while sleeping? I am ALWAYS 
having bird dreams; last night it was of a Loggerhead Shrike (a nemesis bird of 
mine) and a Horned Lark. 


Finally, as many birders have "secondary hobbies," such as bug-spotting or 
license plate-listing, mine is plane spotting. For any "plane people" out 
there, some interesting things I saw today were a Turkish Airlines A330, Air 
India 777, American Airlines 777, and a British Airways 747. There's always 
something to see in the sky, be it a bird or a plane. 


Full avian species list for the outing is attached below my signature.

Good birding,
Henry

45 species:

Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Mallard
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
Turkey Vulture
Red-tailed Hawk
Killdeer
Spotted Sandpiper
Ring-billed Gull
CASPIAN TERN
Rock Pigeon (Feral)
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD
Belted Kingfisher
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Eastern Kingbird
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
American Robin
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Common Yellowthroat
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Sparrow
American Goldfinch
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

--
Henry Griffin
Subject: IBET Catbird bath
From: "John Baxter XXJB7Z AT AOL.COM [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:52:41 -0400 (EDT)
Hi friends,
The lack of trust is evident in the catbirds bath along the back fence. Its 
mate flies when I'm around. It no longer trusts me after the Robin was killed 
by a window strike in back. The catbird had come to the front bath near the 
window all spring and would wait as I took pics from 3ft away. As it became 
clear the Robin was getting weaker from breaking its jaw and could only hop 
around the yard, I tried to give it a drink. After snaring it with the pool 
skimmer, the screams and calls could be heard for a block by other yard birds 
and the Robin. It stood in the ginger patch until it died the next day. 


John Baxter
Bourbonnais, IL

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/14754101306/
Subject: Re: IBET re Sprague's Pipit post (NO SIGHTINGS)
From: "sdbailey AT illinois.edu [ILbirds]" <ILbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 29 Jul 2014 09:01:55 -0700
 
 Back in the 1950’s, collecting was still a dominant mindset in the 
scientific community. The folks that collected the Sprague’s Pipits were 
Richard and Jean Graber. I don’t think they collected very many other birds 
their entire careers (I've looked at a large number of the specimens, including 
the Sprague's Pipits at INHS). They didn’t even like to band birds due to the 
stress… and sometimes deaths of the birds that it caused. It would have been 
hard to find other ornithologists that were more caring of the subjects that 
they studied. They likely collected the Sprague’s Pipits due to the rarity of 
the species at that season and the difficulty of identifying this species 
correctly in the first place. There are likely few, if any, other specimens of 
this species in Illinois, in winter or any other season. I would even be 
surprised if there are any Sprague’s Pipit specimen’s from Illinois at the 
Field Museum, unless they were window collision fatalities. The Graber’s 
winter specimens are in the Illinois Natural History Survey bird collection. 

 

 
 On a side note, the Grabers may have been some of the only folks to have ever 
seen a Bachman’s Warbler in Illinois, near Cache in far southern Illinois. 
The Grabers were involved with a lot of groundbreaking and very interesting 
ornithological work in their careers. They started the first 50-year replicate 
of the 100 year bird survey that I was part of and documented in the book, 
Illinois Birds: A Century of Change. The Grabers and folks that they worked 
with at the time came up with some of the first radio transmitters that could 
be placed on birds so that they could be tracked in their migrations. The story 
that they published of a Gray-cheeked Thrush that they fitted with a tiny radio 
transmitter in Champaign, then followed it by airplane (in 1965) to Lake 
Michigan is a great story, and is re-told in the book Songbird Journeys:Four 
Seasons in the Lives of Migratory Birds, by Miyoko Chu (a great read!) & was 
also published elsewhere at the time. If I'm not mistaken, this book also 
mentions two other more current, noteworthy ornithologists from Illinois, Dr. 
Scott Robinson whom I worked many years with, and Dr. Angelo Capparella 
(currently at Illinois State University in Bloomington), who has discovered 
several new species of birds in the Tropics over the years. 

 

 Not long after following the Gray-cheeked Thrush, Dick also decided to stop 
putting transmitters on birds and following them, due to the added stress that 
it put on the birds in migration. Dick Graber was also one of the first folks 
to record the nighttime calls of migrating birds (over Champaign)! In fact, the 
CD produced by Bill Evans (Cornell Lab of Ornithology) & Michael O’Brien 
(former Illinois birder John O’Brien’s brother), dedicates their CD 
“Flight Calls of Migratory Birds” to the memory of Dick Graber for his 
pioneering efforts in the field, and has a picture of Dick on the inside 
jacket. There is also an unfinished older series of booklets authored by 
Richard & Jean Graber many years ago of a number of bird family’s in 
Illinois, which gives a lot of interesting info on the birds of Illinois. Since 
most of the natural history and other info provided on the birds never changes 
very much, most of the info is as pertinent today as it was when it was 
written, and these publications continue to be cited in other books written 
about birds, when referring to Illinois birds. Younger (& older) birders would 
do well to learn of some of their predecessors work/achievments which dug up 
the knowledge of birds in our state that we now take advantage of today as 
common knowledge. Most birders in Illinois probably don’t have the faintest 
idea about who Richard and Jean Graber were/are… it would likely interest you 
to know! Good birding! 

 
  
 
 Steve Bailey
 
 Mundelein (Lake Co)
 sdbailey AT illinois.edu
Subject: IBET No Sighting - Strange Bird
From: "carol nelson carol6620 AT att.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:00:34 -0700
Thank you, Walter, and others who recognized my "strange birds" as juvenile 
Towhees. Makes sense but I just didn't make the connection. Towhees do nest 
on the private property were my strange birds were seen. Now that I reflect on 
the subtle differences between the two it appears that they were both a male 
and a female juvenile Towhee.  


Carol Nelson
Chicago
Cook County
Subject: Re: IBET No Sighting - Strange Bird
From: "Walter Marcisz wmarcisz AT att.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:43:11 -0700
Carol,
 
I don't know for sure what you saw, but it sounds like a perfect description of 
2 juvenile EASTERN TOWHEES, which have underparts patterned much like Song 
Sparrows at this age. One or both may have been molting into the adult-like 
first winter plumage, thus the patterning on the upperparts & tail. 

 
A photo of a juvenile Eastern Towhee is at the following link:
 
http://www.ncbirds.com/BirdImages/EasternTowhee-juv-11.jpg
 
Walter Marcisz
Chicago, Cook Co.
 
 
From: "carol nelson carol6620 AT att.net [ILbirds]" 
 

>To: "ilbirds AT yahoogroups.com"  
>Sent: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 10:07 AM
>Subject: IBET No Sighting - Strange Bird
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>While in Porter, Indiana, this weekend, I saw a strange bird.  In general, it 
looked like a cross between a very large Song Sparrow and a Towhee.  There 
were two birds and they seemed to be a "pair."   

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>One of the birds had a very long black tail with white stripes on both sides. 
 The back was marked with black and white similar to a male towhee.  The 
front was brown and the breast was specked.  The other bird had a very long 
russet colored tail, no "towhee-like" marking on the back and resembled a Song 
Sparrow from the front and on the breast.   

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>My best guess was a "hybrid" between the two species?  Any one have an 
opinion?  The birds were feeding on the ground, and were about 3x the size of 
the Chipping Sparrows.  Unfortunately none of us could get a picture.    

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>Carol Nelson 
>Chicago 
>Cook County 
>"Nature is awesome because none of it is trivial."   
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Subject: IBET Rollins Wilson's Phalarope
From: "Beau Schaefer beauschaefer AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:45:47 -0500
 The WILSONS PHALAROPE continued this morning at Rollins, and it was visible 
clearly at the edge of the water and mud in the west center of the north end 
mudflat. Andy Stewart and I had great looks. It looks to me like a molting 
juvenile bird with grayer upper parts and brownish flight feathers. Its 
probably the same bird as yesterday but I had much better looks today. We had 
10 shorebird sp. 

Also nice looks at a juvenile HORNED LARK looking very sparrowish.

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




Subject: IBET Whalon Lake Least Bitterns
From: "mmadsen48 AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 29 Jul 2014 08:32:05 -0700
I made a brief stop at Whalon Lake Forest Preserve in Will County this morning 
where I observed two LEAST BITTERNS fly across the marsh and land in the reeds 
at the west end of the marsh. Numerous MARSH WRENS were actively singing and 
foraging in the marsh as well. 

 

 Mike Madsen
 mmadsen48 AT comcast.net
 Woodridge, IL  (Du Page Co.)
Subject: IBET No Sighting - Strange Bird
From: "carol nelson carol6620 AT att.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:07:20 -0700
While in Porter, Indiana, this weekend, I saw a strange bird. In general, it 
looked like a cross between a very large Song Sparrow and a Towhee. There were 
two birds and they seemed to be a "pair."  


One of the birds had a very long black tail with white stripes on both sides. 
The back was marked with black and white similar to a male towhee. The front 
was brown and the breast was specked. The other bird had a very long russet 
colored tail, no "towhee-like" marking on the back and resembled a Song Sparrow 
from the front and on the breast.  


My best guess was a "hybrid" between the two species? Any one have an opinion? 
The birds were feeding on the ground, and were about 3x the size of the 
Chipping Sparrows. Unfortunately none of us could get a picture.  


Carol Nelson
Chicago
Cook County
"Nature is awesome because none of it is trivial." 
Subject: IBET re Sprague's Pipit post
From: "robirdman AT theearlybirder.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:39:06 -0500
“possible that a few may winter in short grass fields (especially in mild 
winters), mostly in southern Illinois where several wintered (and a few were 
collected) in the 1950’s.” 


What a welcome for birds venturing to new areas. 
Subject: Lake Michigan pelagics
From: "Geoffrey A. Williamson" <geoffrey.williamson AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:59:37 -0500
Hi all:

In September and October of 2013, I organized a couple of "Lake 
Michigan pelagics" to look for birds well offshore on the lake, and I 
have arranged for some more for this season. They will take place on 
Sunday, 17 August 2014 (departing out of New Buffalo in southwest 
Michigan) and Saturday, 13 September 2014 (departing out of Chicago). 
I have one space available on the August trip and several for the 
September trip and am inviting participation by the birding 
community. On a trip last September we located a Sabine's Gull and a 
Long-tailed Jaeger. Already this season a jaeger was from the Indiana 
shore, and I am hopeful that we will find more out on the lake. Below 
is some information about the trips. Please contact me if you are 
interested to participate.

Sunday, 17 Aug 2014 Lake Michigan Pelagic
New Buffalo, Michigan departure

This trip will be out of New Buffalo harbor in Berrien County, 
Michigan. Cost is $115/person.  We plan to go out for six hours, 
starting at 7:00 AM eastern time.  We will be on a small charter 
fishing boat that carries maximum six passengers, though we will 
limit to five for better space considerations on board. We will head 
out northwest toward the middle of the southern end of the lake 
(approximately 10 to 12 miles off shore) in mostly Michigan but 
probably reaching Illinois waters. We will turn to the south for the 
return, possibly reaching Indiana waters. Our interest is to look for 
birds in this pelagic zone. During mid-August we are expecting to 
find a number of Black Terns, plus also Common and Forster's Terns 
and maybe Bonaparte's Gulls. This could also be a good time to find 
Red-necked Phalaropes on the lake. Mid-August is at the beginning of 
the Parasitic and Long-tailed Jaeger migration, so that we will keep 
an eye out for these birds.


Saturday, 13 Sep 2013 Lake Michigan Pelagic
Burnham Harbor, Chicago departure

This trip will be out of Burnham Harbor in Chicago, Illinois. Cost is 
$140/person.  We plan to go out for six hours, starting at 6:30 AM 
central time.
We will be on a charter fishing boat that carries maximum 16 
passengers, though we will limit to 14 for better space 
considerations on board. We will head east out of the harbor toward 
the middle of the southern end of the lake (approximately 10 to 12 
miles off shore), planning to be entirely in Cook County, Illinois 
waters. Our interest is to look for birds in the pelagic zone well 
off shore. During mid-September we are especially keen to look for 
Sabine's Gulls, Long-tailed Jaegers, and Parasitic Jaegers. This 
should be a good time for Common and Forster's Terns, and Black Terns 
can still be coming through. We will keep an eye out for 
Red-necked  and Red Phalaropes on the lake, as well as any other less 
common gulls and terns. Out to about four miles from shore is where 
most of the duck and loon activity is concentrated. Though waterbird 
migration is not in full force at this time, we will look for 
whatever is there as we pass through this zone on the way in and out.




Geoffrey A. Williamson
geoffrey.williamson AT comcast.net
Subject: IBET Lake Michigan pelagics
From: "'Geoffrey A. Williamson' geoffrey.williamson AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:59:37 -0500
Hi all:

In September and October of 2013, I organized a couple of "Lake 
Michigan pelagics" to look for birds well offshore on the lake, and I 
have arranged for some more for this season. They will take place on 
Sunday, 17 August 2014 (departing out of New Buffalo in southwest 
Michigan) and Saturday, 13 September 2014 (departing out of Chicago). 
I have one space available on the August trip and several for the 
September trip and am inviting participation by the birding 
community. On a trip last September we located a Sabine's Gull and a 
Long-tailed Jaeger. Already this season a jaeger was from the Indiana 
shore, and I am hopeful that we will find more out on the lake. Below 
is some information about the trips. Please contact me if you are 
interested to participate.

Sunday, 17 Aug 2014 Lake Michigan Pelagic
New Buffalo, Michigan departure

This trip will be out of New Buffalo harbor in Berrien County, 
Michigan. Cost is $115/person.  We plan to go out for six hours, 
starting at 7:00 AM eastern time.  We will be on a small charter 
fishing boat that carries maximum six passengers, though we will 
limit to five for better space considerations on board. We will head 
out northwest toward the middle of the southern end of the lake 
(approximately 10 to 12 miles off shore) in mostly Michigan but 
probably reaching Illinois waters. We will turn to the south for the 
return, possibly reaching Indiana waters. Our interest is to look for 
birds in this pelagic zone. During mid-August we are expecting to 
find a number of Black Terns, plus also Common and Forster's Terns 
and maybe Bonaparte's Gulls. This could also be a good time to find 
Red-necked Phalaropes on the lake. Mid-August is at the beginning of 
the Parasitic and Long-tailed Jaeger migration, so that we will keep 
an eye out for these birds.


Saturday, 13 Sep 2013 Lake Michigan Pelagic
Burnham Harbor, Chicago departure

This trip will be out of Burnham Harbor in Chicago, Illinois. Cost is 
$140/person.  We plan to go out for six hours, starting at 6:30 AM 
central time.
We will be on a charter fishing boat that carries maximum 16 
passengers, though we will limit to 14 for better space 
considerations on board. We will head east out of the harbor toward 
the middle of the southern end of the lake (approximately 10 to 12 
miles off shore), planning to be entirely in Cook County, Illinois 
waters. Our interest is to look for birds in the pelagic zone well 
off shore. During mid-September we are especially keen to look for 
Sabine's Gulls, Long-tailed Jaegers, and Parasitic Jaegers. This 
should be a good time for Common and Forster's Terns, and Black Terns 
can still be coming through. We will keep an eye out for 
Red-necked  and Red Phalaropes on the lake, as well as any other less 
common gulls and terns. Out to about four miles from shore is where 
most of the duck and loon activity is concentrated. Though waterbird 
migration is not in full force at this time, we will look for 
whatever is there as we pass through this zone on the way in and out.




Geoffrey A. Williamson
geoffrey.williamson AT comcast.net
Subject: IBET: Upland Sandpipers (NO sightings today)
From: "'Daniel & Barbara Williams' twotringas AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:01:03 -0500
The 2 Upland Sandpipers that I found at the Rockford airport were not found
today.  I know that several people were out looking and said that they
would call me if they found any Uppies, but I have not received any calls
and there are no posts or comments on the ncios blog.

I do think that this location bears frequent checking for Uppies and
Buffies.  It has been fairly dry since the alfalfa was cut, so the new
growth isn't very tall right now.

For those not familiar with the Rockford airport, it is located south of
Rockford on the east side of the Rock River.  Belt Line Road borders it on
the south.  There are 2 alfalfa fields outside the security fences on the
south side of the airport which can be viewed from Cessna Drive.  Cessna
runs north toward the airport boundary, then, just before the fence, turns
west to a dead end.  The lower alfalfa field is at the northwest corner of
the intersection of Belt Line and Cessna.  It is much larger than the upper
field and scopes should be used for best viewing to the far end of the
field.

The upper field can be viewed on your left from Cessna Drive after it turns
west toward the dead end.

Bell Bowl, and a small copse of shrubby trees at the corner where Cessna
turns west were locations that had Blue Grosbeaks in 2012 and 2013, but
none have been discovered there this year.

Dan Williams
Rockford
Subject: IBET bird article - NO SIGHTING
From: "Fran Morel franmmmk AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:40:55 -0500
http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2014/07/28/335142374/where-the-birds-are-is-not-where-youd-think 


Fran Morel
Evanston, Cook Co.
Subject: IBET DuPage Co:Least Flycatcher & A Few Shorebirds At Wood Dale/Itasca & 83rd St. Fluddle 7-28-14
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:50:30 -0500
Hello Bird People,

Since neither of the 2 above mentioned spots take very long to do I decided
to do both to fill my a.m. birding. No Buffie's today of either the bird or
human types & only the more common species of shorebirds. Here are my day
lists of birds using the water areas:

Wood Dale Reservoir (7-8 a.m.)(Water level much lower but needs to get even
lower)

D.C. Cormorant (1 in water & 1 fly-by)
Great Blue Heron (3)
Great Egret (5)
Canada Geese (3)
Mallard (13)
Killdeer (3)
Spotted Sandpiper (1)
R.B. (9) & Herring (1) Gulls (all flying over the water)

Itasca Wetlands (8-8:45 a.m.)(Good mud flats & shallow water continue)

Great Blue Heron (2)
Great Egret (1)
Green Heron (1)
Killdeer (39)
Spotted Sandpiper (6)
Solitary Sandpiper (7)
Lesser Yellowlegs (1)
Least Sandpiper (4)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (group of 7 flew in together)
Caspian Tern (2-AD & 1-IM)

Landbirds here continue to be the same ones I have been reporting since
late June with one exception. Just before I arrived at the Itasca Wetlands
from the reservoir area I saw a small Flycatcher land in a small tree.
Having seen & heard 2 Willow Flycatchers before I assumed this was another
one. But to my surprise it was a LEAST FLYCATCHER with the big eye ring, a
large looking head & short wing extension. I had seen this species on the
ebird alert lately but did not think I'd see one this early. Very
interesting!

83rd Street Fluddle (10-10:40 a.m.)(Water here continues to go down almost
too much)

D.C. Cormorant (2)
Great Blue Heron (1)
Great Egret (1)
Canada Geese (59)
Mallard (41)
Killdeer (49, about half of last week's total)
Semiplamated Plover (2)
Spotted Sandpiper (1-AD)
Lesser Yellowlegs (4)
Least Sandpiper (4)

I thought I had seen the 2 Semipalmated Plovers when I 1st arrived but when
I tried to get a better look I could not find them. I began to think I had
messed up the I.D. as nothing had flown away but then Scott L relocated
them so I had not imagined them after all. Thank you Scott!

Bird-Of-The-Day to the surprising Least Flycatcher &
Runners-Up to the 2 elusive Semipalmated Plovers. Only managed 7 shorebird
species today.

Al Stokie
Subject: IBET Rollins Wilson's Phalarope 7/28
From: "Beau Schaefer beauschaefer AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:21:47 -0500
 Fran Morel, David Antieau, Andy Stewart, and I did the shorebird count this 
morning from 8-10am. The nice breeze kept the mosquitoes away and there were 
plenty of birds to look at. Nothing really new, however, save for a very pale 
non-breeding WILSONS PHALAROPE on the east side just south of the inlet. Also 
present were 1 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 2 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, and 1 SHORT-BILLED 
DOWITCHER. 


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




Subject: Re: IBET NO SIGHTINGS: Sprague's Pipit? Beware of juvie Horned Lark!
From: "sdbailey AT illinois.edu [ILbirds]" <ILbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 28 Jul 2014 09:46:02 -0700
 
 To clarify the migratory period of Sprague’s Pipit through Illinois a bit, 
most Illinois records of this species have occurred in late October through 
mid-November with a few records from early October and late November (there has 
never been a September record of Sprague’s Pipit in Illinois). It is possible 
that a few may winter in short grass fields (especially in mild winters), 
mostly in southern Illinois where several wintered (and a few were collected) 
in the 1950’s. There are only 4-5 fall records (all of single birds) from 
Illinois in at least the last 25 years (they are just as rare as Sage Thrashers 
in Illinois in the past ten years or more!). It is not likely that you would 
ever find a Sprague’s Pipit in Illinois during the summer breeding season 
(Jun-Aug). 

 
 There are even fewer spring records, but if you are going to look for them, 
mid-March to mid-April is the best time, though there are a few records 
slightly earlier and a little later as well. The best characteristic to 
describe this bird is plain. It looks and is colored a lot like a miniature 
Upland Sandpiper, with shorter neck & legs. Dan Kassebaum has by far had the 
best luck at finding this species in Illinois, mostly in Clinton & Perry 
(Pyramid S.P.) Counties. The species is likely a lot more “common” or 
regular in migration through Illinois than records would indicate. However, in 
order to find one takes lots hours of walking through short-grass fields on 
many days in late October and November. The down side is that your species list 
for the day will not likely top out at more than a few dozen species. Since it 
seems many birders need to have a big species list each day they are out 
birding, Sprague’s Pipit is not likely the species to be looking for if that 
is your goal. 

 
 The best habitat to look for this species is in short grass fields (as they 
are a species of the short grass prairie of the Great Plains). Their habitat is 
very similar to that which you might find Smith’s Longspurs in, in Illinois, 
so for many years when I used to lead such field trips in Central Illinois, I 
was hoping to find this species also (but never did). The short grass 
surrounding many airport runways would be another good habitat, though this 
habitat is mostly off limits to birding. In the Chicagoland area, walking beach 
dune grasslands would be one example of good habitat, but they have been found 
in alfalfa fields several times in Illinois… a common hay crop for many 
farmers in Illinois, so getting permission from a farmer to walk their hay 
fields in late fall, maybe in the far western suburbs, would be a good way to 
look for Sprague’s Pipit. Dan K. has had luck at finding these birds on 
reclaimed strip mine lands (as at Pyramid S.P.), which usually have the right 
kind of short grass habitat that this species prefers. Good birding! 

 
  
 
 Steve Bailey
 
 sdbailey AT illinois.edu mailto:sdbailey AT illinois.edu
 Mundelein (Lake Co)
Subject: Re: IBET NO SIGHTINGS: Sprague's Pipit? Beware of juvie Horned Lark!
From: "Joan Norek NorekJ AT aol.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:22:18 -0400 (EDT)
Thanks Michael. 
 
After others suggested a juvenile Horned Lark yesterday, I checked Sibley's and 
National Geog. field guides and online, but found very few online photos. 

 
So I would love to see the photo you linked -- but since I don't do facebook, 
it wasn't available to me via your link. Is there another source for reaching 
that photo? 

 
 
 
 

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



 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: 'Michael L. P. Retter' mlretter AT yahoo.com [ILbirds] 
 

To: ILbirds 
Sent: Sun, Jul 27, 2014 11:29 pm
Subject: IBET NO SIGHTINGS: Sprague's Pipit? Beware of juvie Horned Lark!


 
  
    
                  

It's late summer, and Horned Larks have just fledged. This is a good time of 
year to get out there and learn this relatively little-known plumage. Every 
year, these birds trick unsuspecting birders into thinking they're Sprague's 
Pipits, but that species doesn't start migrating until September, with the big 
push in October. I encourage any birders who see a review list species to 
thoroughly document it, but especially so when it's at an unprecedented time of 
year. You can see a nice photo of a juvie Horned Lark by Caleb Putnam and eBird 
maps that show the fall migration timing of Sprague's Pipit at the following 
link. 




https://www.facebook.com/groups/499904930144278/permalink/502349456566492/

 
Good birding.


Michael L. P. Retter
--------------------------
W. Lafayette, Tippecanoe Co., IN
mlretter AT yahoo.com
home:  765.838.3152
cell:  309.824.7317
xenospiza.com

Editor, Birder's Guide
American Birding Association
www.aba.org/birdersguide
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Subject: IBET Gensburg Markam Prairie
From: "John Baxter XXJB7Z AT AOL.COM [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:41:48 -0400 (EDT)
Hi friends,
Harold and I went looking for the prairie and finally found it. He had been 
there several years ago and kinda knew the vicinity. Not the usual place for a 
prairie but very gratifying once we got there. Common YT were singing as we 
walked the trail, a one mile loop. A host of plants, frogs, insects, what you 
would expect on a prairie. Down the street, at the McDonalds, I asked for 
directions to the site from three people. No one knew where it was. A lost gem 
to the community, I'm afraid. Gone were the days of a big sign and parking 
Harold remembered. A chain and padlock gate, the sign covered up behind the 
fence. Not being deterred, I opened the gate and walked right in. Worth the 
trip. 

The site manager, Stuart Goldman, showed up, curious to our being there, not 
many come to be sure. We enjoyed his insights and stories. Lucky he came by. 

John Baxter
Bourbonnais, IL  
Subject: IBET NO SIGHTINGS: Sprague's Pipit? Beware of juvie Horned Lark!
From: "'Michael L. P. Retter' mlretter AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:28:58 -0700
It's late summer, and Horned Larks have just fledged. This is a good time of 
year to get out there and learn this relatively little-known plumage. Every 
year, these birds trick unsuspecting birders into thinking they're Sprague's 
Pipits, but that species doesn't start migrating until September, with the big 
push in October. I encourage any birders who see a review list species to 
thoroughly document it, but especially so when it's at an unprecedented time of 
year. You can see a nice photo of a juvie Horned Lark by Caleb Putnam and eBird 
maps that show the fall migration timing of Sprague's Pipit at the following 
link. 



https://www.facebook.com/groups/499904930144278/permalink/502349456566492/

Good birding.

Michael L. P. Retter
--------------------------
W. Lafayette, Tippecanoe Co., IN
mlretter AT yahoo.com
home:  765.838.3152
cell:  309.824.7317
xenospiza.com

Editor, Birder's Guide
American Birding Association
www.aba.org/birdersguide
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Subject: IBET techny basin
From: "Jeffrey Sanders yellowstart5 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 19:58:43 -0700
hello ibetors--

I viewed the basin from 7:10 pm----8:10 p.m.

itconsists of a creek running south from willow rd, a pond south of there and 
another pond south of there at the end of the creek. 


it starts at the second stoplight west of Waukegan rd on willow rd. turn 
south along the east edge of the shopping center with kohl's on the east. if 
you get to the target store, you've gone too far west. go past the kohl's and 
after the road curves west, 

take Claire dr south and then east to a gravel drive with a small gravel pkg. 
lot just east of the hospice. 

walk east and turn left at the bridge (north) or right (east) depending on the 
sun direction and which pond you want to view first. 

bring your best scope.

killdeer---8-10
solitary sandp--9-11
spotted " 9-12
stilt " 1
snipe-----1
g. b heron----23-26
grt egret------12
b. c. nt heron--4-7
barn swallow---15-20
tree  " some
e kingbird---2
c waxwing--2

the herons and shorebirds will use both ponds.


Jeffrey Sanders  Glenview no. cook
Subject: Re: IBET Goose Lake Prairie
From: "Urs Geiser ugeiser AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:14:54 -0500
I was at Goose Lake Prairie on Saturday afternoon as part of an extended 
day through Will and Grundy Counties, concentrating just as much on 
butterflies as on birds.

I, too, photographed a Yellow-breasted Chat with red at the base of the 
bill.  I assume it is eating berries, perhaps mulberry.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ugeiser/14567759539/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ugeiser/14752066884/
I noticed the chat when it made some almost mammal-like calls behind me 
along the nature trail.

Just for the record, I also noticed a Hooded Merganser at the first 
pond, and heard Bell's Vireo and Henslow's Sparrow.  I didn't walk all 
the way to the wetlands where the bittern and rail might hang out.

The most surprising butterfly at Goose Lake was Little Yellow, which was 
much more numerous than I've ever seen before (well over 20 observed).  
Viceroys (including an aberrant one) were more numerous than Monarchs.   
To see my butterfly pictures, scroll forward and backward from the chat 
(links above) in my Flickr photostream.

The most notable birds elsewhere on Saturday were a pair of Blue 
Grosbeak at Midewin (Huff Rd.), Grasshopper Sparrows at Midewin (one at 
Huff Rd., several at Iron Bridge and at Munitions Rd.), and 50+ American 
White Pelicans at Widewaters near Channahon.

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

On 7/27/14 5:45 PM, 'Wes Serafin' w.serafin AT comcast.net [ILbirds] wrote:
>
>
> Cindy Alberico and myself went early to Goose Lake Prairie. I had two 
> target birds, American Bittern and King Rail. We saw one out of two. 
> So that was OK. The morning dew on plants and spider webs is  a 
> welcome addition to viewing . One of the first birds was a Carolina 
> Wren doing his comb call. It seemed like he was out of place but it 
> was near a few  Cottonwoods. The first pond had a family of female 
> type Hooded Mergansers, always a pleasure to see. They were likely 
> using the Wood Duck box near the edge of the pond. There werent many 
> field birds but it is late July. Cindy heard one Henslow Sparrow. 
> Field and song sparrows were also seen and heard. After dipping on the 
> rail on our way back, I spotted a Yellow Breasted Chat that was very 
> alarmed and made vocalizations I have never heard. There were clucks 
> or repeated phrases. My guess is that he/she had young in the 
> shrubbery he was atop.  Cindy heard and spotted a Bells Vireo as we 
> were watching the chat. The prairie plants were great with yellow 
> Coneflower, purple Ironweed in peak colors. A Viceroy butterfly was my 
> highlight today. I have a photo of the chat and am wondering if anyone 
> has an idea what the red colors are at the base of its bill. Could it 
> be berries it was eating?
>
> http://wesserafin.smugmug.com/Nature/2014-birds/i-G7g6mbm
>
> Wes Serafin
>
> Orland PK
>
> SW Cook
>
>
>
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Subject: IBET Goose Lake Prairie
From: "'Wes Serafin' w.serafin AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:45:39 -0500
Cindy Alberico and myself went early to Goose Lake Prairie. I had two target
birds, American Bittern and King Rail. We saw one out of two. So that was
OK. The morning dew on plants and spider webs is  a welcome addition to
viewing . One of the first birds was a Carolina Wren doing his comb call. It
seemed like he was out of place but it was near a few  Cottonwoods. The
first pond had a family of female type Hooded Mergansers, always a pleasure
to see. They were likely using the Wood Duck box near the edge of the pond.
There weren't many field birds but it is late July. Cindy heard one Henslow
Sparrow. Field and song sparrows were also seen and heard. After dipping on
the rail on our way back, I spotted a Yellow Breasted Chat that was very
alarmed and made vocalizations I have never heard. There were clucks or
repeated phrases. My guess is that he/she had young in the shrubbery he was
atop.  Cindy heard and spotted a Bell's Vireo as we were watching the chat.
The prairie plants were great with yellow Coneflower, purple Ironweed in
peak colors. A Viceroy butterfly was my highlight today. I have a photo of
the chat and am wondering if anyone has an idea what the red colors are at
the base of its bill. Could it be berries it was eating?

 

http://wesserafin.smugmug.com/Nature/2014-birds/i-G7g6mbm

 

Wes Serafin

Orland PK 

SW Cook
Subject: IBET Rollins shorebird update 7/27
From: "Beau Schaefer beauschaefer AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 14:09:53 -0500
 Not much of a difference this morning from 6:30-8:00am for Andy Stewart and 
me. Diversity and numbers were a tad lower than yesterday. The biggest 
difference were the 43 GREAT EGRETS that were spread out all over the pond 
making it look like the Everglades or something more exotic. Heres the list: 


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19236239

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




Subject: IBET: Upland Sandpipers
From: "Daniel Williams twotringas AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:55:51 -0500
I just located 2 Uppies in an alfalfa field at the Rockford airport. It is the 
upper field between the Bell Bowl prairie and the warehouses along Cessna 
Drive. 


Dan Williams
Rockford

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Subject: IBET Details On The Early Buff Breasted Sandpiper At Montrose Sun 7-27-14
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 10:26:44 -0500
Hello Bird People,

Even when I do find a rare bird I don't get to report it 1st but that's
what happens when you are
cell phone-less in Chicago. Here's some details on seeing the Buffie if
anyone is interested.
I arrived on the protected beach at about 6:10 a.m. at the same time as 4
very happy 20 year olds also arrived, 3 guys & 1 gal. Soon the gal removed
all her clothes & went for a swim.
One of the guys also went in the water but with underwear still on. The
other 2 guys told me they had recently been night clubbing, not a surprise.
Since 2 of the group were more or less "in the buff"
that was my 1st Buffie sighting of the day.

Walked to the fence at the west end of the protected area & in the algae
mat along with some Peeps was one very early BUFF BREASTED SANDPIPER.
This was at about 6:20 a.m. Lost track of it while counting shorebirds but
15 min later it flew back in near the 1st spot it was seen. Five minutes
later it flew to the south. Not one other birder was there to share this
with which was a shame but a little after 7 a.m. I was talking to Bob
Hughes by the pier & told him about the Buffie.
He used his scope to look along the beach but just then in walked the
Buffie right in front of us.
Bob got some photo's but within 5-8 minutes the Buffie took off, gained a
lot of height & went west. I think this time it really meant to leave.

Next event in the protected beach area right next to the algae mat by the
pier was a photo shoot with 5 people involved. The shorebirds ignored that
group & kept feeding in the algae. Just another day in the protected area!
Here's my shorebird counts:

Semipalmated Plover (5)
Killdeer (4)
Spotted Sandpiper (5-6)
Sanderling (15-20)
Least Sandpiper (14)
Semiplamated Sandpiper (10-12)
BUFF BREASTED SANDPIPER (1-AD)

All shorebirds were in the 2 algae mats, 1 by the pier in the protected
beach area & the other by the fence between the pubic beach & the protected
beach.

No debate about Bird-Of-The-Day today with it being the Buff Breasted
Sandpiper.
Runner-Up to the Buff Breasted Naked Lady or maybe I've got the order
backwards?
This is my 3rd July record of a Buff Breasted Sandpiper. The other sighting
were on 7-24-99 on Waukegan Beach & on 7-26-98 on the Momence sod fields.
At one time my 7-24 record was an Illinois early record for Fall but
probably has been bettered by others.

Al Stokie
Subject: IBET Fort Feathers- Lake County
From: "Don Darnell dondarnell48 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 09:52:58 -0500

First bird I head this morning on a walk around the Fort Sheridan Forest 
Preserve prairie was the FIELD SPARROW -- heard first from the usual place near 
the little foot bridge off the Hutchinson Ravine. Next bird was an EASTERN 
KINGBIRD. Also had young EASTERN BLUEBIRDS, a couple of INDIGO BUNTINGS and a 
HOUSE FINCH. Didn't hear or see any Henslow's Sparrows this morning but did 
have both adult and young SAVANNA SPARROWS and SONG SPARROWS. Also saw a solo 
NORTHERN FLICKER and heard a single BOBOLINK. Had a HOUSE WREN on the wooden 
fence north of the Janes Ravine foot bridge (I should clean the wax out of my 
66-year-old ears regards Sedge Wrens--see Adam Sell's recent Fort Sheridan 
report). 


REDHEADED WOODPECKERS (2) and a pair of CARDINALS and BLUEJAYS were on our 
feeding tray. 


Michelle and I got back in town last night after eight days and saw that Lake 
County Forest Crew did, in fact, spray sections of the prairie and tree line 
for invasive species (as Rena Cohen alerted ibet). Still, it hurt to see all 
that still active nesting area destroyed where the vehicles and sprayers went 
through. Between the April burn and the July spraying it had to be a very tough 
year for the ground-nesting birds at Fort Sheridan. 


Still no sight or sound of Dickcissel this year (for me). Last summer I heard 
or saw them nearly every time I took a prairie walk. 


Best to all,

Don Darnell
Fort Sheridan
Lake County 



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Subject: Re: IBET Montrose Frustrations 7/7
From: "franmmmk AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 27 Jul 2014 07:25:03 -0700
I had an issue there this morning and called Park Security. That was a waste of 
time. I'd call 911 if you have a problem....then be prepared to explain to the 
police how to get there. Pretty frustrating experience. Based on the recent 
issues there, you'd think the city would be better informed of the area. I will 
say once they arrived, the officer was very helpful and I had a guy arrested. 
We all need to step up and call and try to get these idiots out of there, or 
someone is going to get hurt. 


 Fran
 Evanston, Cook Co.
Subject: IBET Montrose Buff-breasted Sandpiper, 7/27 a.m.
From: "'Robert D. Hughes' rhughes.enteract AT rcn.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 09:18:04 -0500
Al Stokie found an adult Buff-breasted Sandpiper at Montrose Beach this 
morning, July 27. Al first saw the bird near the fence at the west end 
of the protected area. He said the bird flew off after a few minutes and 
I thought I wouldn't get to see it but it magically reappeared in front 
of us while we were standing at the base of the fishhook pier. This was 
about 7:20. A Killdeer spooked the bird and it flew off to the west and 
wasn't seen again. This is the first Buff-breasted Sandpiper I've heard 
of not only for Illinois but the upper Midwest. There were also 
Semipalmated and Least Sandpipers, Sanderlings, and Semipalmated Plovers 
on the beach.

I posted a photo of the Buffy on IBF, URL below.

http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topic=55184.0

Robert D. Hughes
Chicago, Illinois
Birding Montrose Point: 
http://theorniphile.info/birding-montrose-point/index.html
The Montrose Birding Blog: http://theorniphile.info/wordpress/
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Subject: IBET Sprague s Pipit stateline Beach
From: "'norekj AT aol.com' NorekJ@aol.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 06:51:13 -0700 (PDT)
Seen on beach slightly to my left as I first walked out onto beach about 7 25 
a.m. 


Perhaps I should have posted without moving but thoughts on getting a good 
enogh doc photo and it eventuaaly flew to my right first dow on beach and then 
farther into the Bud area. 


Nice spot even withou it  but ...


Joan Norek
In Lake Co



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---Original Message---
From: "Ed McDevitt" 
Sent: 7/26/2014 9:04 pm
To: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: IBET Bird Heard . . .

Thanks to Urs Geiser and Marion Miller for suggesting that it was an Eastern 
Meadowlark, That is, indeed, what it was. I just listened to the large group of 
Meadowlark call and song samples on "All About Birds" and confirmed it - and 
confirmed as well that the thrush-like song I heard earlier in the woods was 
also the Meadowlark. Strangely, I've known this bird for decades and never 
heard either song/call. Ed McDevitt On Sat, Jul 26, 2014 at 4:43 PM, Ed 
McDevitt mcdevitt.ed AT gmail.com [ILbirds]  
wrote: > > > Today at Orland Grasslands in a bit of a hedgerow along the right 
fork > from the parking lot I heard a bird calling continually, sounding like a 
> rather less emphatic woodcock. It was a persistent sort of "peent," but not > 
of the usual sharpness of a woodcock's "peent." It stayed in place close to > 
the ground for the 10 minutes I stood there hoping it would show itself. > > 
Any ideas? > > -- > > Ed McDevitt > Executive Director > Public Art Chicago > 
Suite 204 > 1147 West Ohio Street > Chicago, IL 60642 > *(630) 651-6227 
<%28630%29%20651-6227> (C)* > > > -- Ed McDevitt Executive Director Public Art 
Chicago Suite 204 1147 West Ohio Street Chicago, IL 60642 *(630) 651-6227 (C)* 


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Subject: Re: IBET Bird Heard . . .
From: "Ed McDevitt mcdevitt.ed AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 21:03:27 -0500
Thanks to Urs Geiser and Marion Miller for suggesting that it was an
Eastern Meadowlark, That is, indeed, what it was. I just listened to the
large group of Meadowlark call and song samples on "All About Birds" and
confirmed it - and confirmed as well that the thrush-like song I heard
earlier in the woods was also the Meadowlark. Strangely, I've known this
bird for decades and never heard either song/call.

Ed McDevitt


On Sat, Jul 26, 2014 at 4:43 PM, Ed McDevitt mcdevitt.ed AT gmail.com
[ILbirds]  wrote:

>
>
> Today at Orland Grasslands in a bit of a hedgerow along the right fork
> from the parking lot I heard a bird calling continually, sounding like a
> rather less emphatic woodcock. It was a persistent sort of "peent," but not
> of the usual sharpness of a woodcock's "peent." It stayed in place close to
> the ground for the 10 minutes I stood there hoping it would show itself.
>
> Any ideas?
>
> --
>
> Ed McDevitt
> Executive Director
> Public Art Chicago
> Suite 204
> 1147 West Ohio Street
> Chicago, IL  60642
> *(630) 651-6227 <%28630%29%20651-6227> (C)*
>
>  
>



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Executive Director
Public Art Chicago
Suite 204
1147 West Ohio Street
Chicago, IL  60642
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Subject: IBET Mauvaiseterre Lake Morgan county 7-26-14
From: "Colin Dobson birdingboy AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 20:41:53 -0500
At about Noon today, grandma and I went to the mudflats to check them out. 
There were more birds, but the most surprising thing, I have still not had a 
Dowitcher this fall. That was going to change! The most surprising things were 
two Baird's Sandpipers. Here's the list 


Semipalmated Plover 3
Killdeer 200
Spotted Sandpiper 10 (including 6 juvs) maybe they nested?
Solitary Sandpipers 15
Greater Yellowlegs 8
Lesser Yellowlegs 20
Semipalmated Sandpiper 100
Least Sandpiper 80
Baird's Sandpiper 2 
Pectoral Sandpiper 70
Stilt Sandpiper 6

Then, after church, and after seeing Ethan's post, dad and I went back. There 
was a change in numbers of birds. The Dowitchers were in the same area. In the 
southeast corner. Also I counted 5 Baird's Sandpipers, I could of counted one 
again but I don't think I did. Most of the shorebirds were on the mudflats but 
some were on some mud straight south, against the south end of the lake, were 
some shorebirds, including one Baird's Sandpiper and I also counted 4 on the 
main flats. The list of shorebirds included. 


Semipalmated Plover 3
Killdeer 275
Spotted Sandpiper 11
Solitary Sandpiper 16
Greater Yellowlegs 10
Lesser Yellowlegs 25
Semipalmated Sandpiper 125
Least's Sandpiper 65
Baird's Sandpiper 5
Pectoral Sandpiper 85 
Stilt Sandpiper 6
Short-billed Dowitcher 1 called why I was at the Cb club. It's an entrance from 
Vandalia rd that you can park and walk to a spot where you can see the whole 
south end of the mudflats. 

Long-billed Dowitcher 1 called while I was at the Cb club.  

Colin Dobson
Birdingboy AT yahoo.com 
Morgan county 

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Subject: IBET Shorebird Quest 7/28 - IL River and Jacksonville: Long-billed Dowitcher, Baird's Sandpipers
From: "Ethan Gyllenhaal ethannatureboy AT aol.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 18:36:57 -0500
Today Aaron, my dad (Eric), and I decided that because it was already late 
July, it was about time we did a traditional day trip to central Illinois. 


We started out at Emiquon (Fulton county). The Wilder Tract was pretty good, 
with 11 shorebird species (Killdeer, Spotted, Solitary, Least, Semipalmated, 
Pectoral, and Stilt Sandpipers, both yellowlegs, Short-billed Dowitcher, and 
Black-necked Stilt). There was some shorebird habitat on the E side of the 
dike, but the best stuff was a fluddle in the cornfield that you can see by 
taking the main dike N a bit, then going down along the grassy (and slightly 
muddy) dike that goes off to the NW. Also present at Wilder was a Red-headed 
Woodpecker and a Yellow-billed Cuckoo. Lots of egrets are there, but we didn't 
have anything unusual. Other spots were less noteworthy. The Visitor Center had 
a Common Gallinule and a Forester's Tern. Prairie Rd had two Blue Grosbeaks 
(one singing one seen) and two Sedge Wrens (both singing). The Glode Units were 
pretty dead. The butterflies there were insane, with dozens or hundreds of 
Eastern Tailed-blues, Pearl Crescents, Hackberry Emperors, and assorted 
sulphurs along Prairie Road. There were also two Giant Swallowtails at Wilder 
and the Visitor Center, and a Spicebush Swallowtail on prairie road. 


Other places along the river were fun but less noteworthy. On the way to 
Sanganois we had a few Red-headed Woodpeckers. When we got there, we found 
everything to be flooded, but that didn't stop there from being a few Least 
Sandpipers and the regular shorebird from sitting on the dike. Also there was a 
Louisiana Waterthrush and a Ruby-throated Hummingbird. Beardstown had a BN 
Stilt and a Nighthawk. Big Lake had no visible habitat. Meredosia Lake was very 
flooded, but that produced enough habitat for about a dozen each Killdeer and 
Spotted Sandpipers. There were also two Least with them. 


The highlight of the day ended up being our last stop. Mauvaise Terre Lake in 
Jacksonville (which I think is Morgan County). Thanks to Colin Dobson for 
reporting from this spot! It was hopping with shorebirds. The east end has 
great mudflats. We had over 600 individuals total of 13 species. The highlights 
were 4 Baird's Sandpipers (3 juveniles in the main NE portion of the flats, and 
an adult in the SE corner) and an alternate plumaged Long-billed Dowitcher. It 
was a very classic individual, with brick red underparts and a very long bill. 
It was even hanging out with an adult Short-billed with a similar plumage. It 
was pretty surprising, and possibly the earliest I've had one. The full 
shorebird list is below: 


3 Semipalmated Plover
275 Killdeer
11 Spotted Sandpiper
18 Solitary Sandpiper
10 Greater Yellowlegs
28 Lesser Yellowlegs
112 Semipalmated Sandpiper
57 Least Sandpiper
4 Baird's Sandpiper
81 Pectoral Sandpiper
6 Stilt Sandpiper (including 1 in full alternate)
1 Short-billed Dowitcher
1 Long-billed Dowitcher

It was an enjoyable day, with 14 shorebird species and about 80 total bird 
species. I think we had something like 15 butterfly and 14 

odonate species as well

Ethan (and Aaron and Eric) Gyllenhaal
Oak Park, IL
Cook County

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Subject: Re: IBET COS/Sierra field trip report, Sat. 26 July 2014 at Montrose Point
From: "Leslie Borns cakile AT att.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 15:52:34 -0700
Hello - 


In addition to the beach birds Geoff noted, a Greater Yellowlegs was observed 
in the protected dune habitat mid-morning.  It was still present this evening, 
some distance away from the large algae mat where the other shorebirds are 
concentrated. 



Good summertime birding,

Leslie Borns/John Purcell
Chicago/Cook





On Saturday, July 26, 2014 5:47 PM, "'Geoffrey A. Williamson' 
geoffrey.williamson AT comcast.net [ILbirds]"  
wrote: 

 


  
Christine and I led a group of about 20 individuals around Montrose 
Point in Chicago's Lincoln Park this morning (Saturday, 26 July 
2014), and we located 38 species of birds.  We spent some time 
looking at the 64 shorebirds (of six species) at the beach, which 
included  the following.

Semipalmated Plover 3
Killdeer 4
Spotted Sandpiper 6
Sanderling 42
Least Sandpiper 1
Semipalmated Sandpiper 8

We also saw a RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD and a LEAST FLYCATCHER.

The complete list plus photos are available at 
http://home.comcast.net/~geoffrey.williamson/COS_Sierra_Club_20140726.html

Good birding,
Geoff

Geoffrey A. Williamson

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

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

IOS: http://www.illinoisbirds.org
COS: http://www.chicagobirder.org

Subject: IBET COS/Sierra field trip report, Sat. 26 July 2014 at Montrose Point
From: "'Geoffrey A. Williamson' geoffrey.williamson AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 16:47:55 -0500
Christine and I led a group of about 20 individuals around Montrose 
Point in Chicago's Lincoln Park this morning (Saturday, 26 July 
2014), and we located 38 species of birds.  We spent some time 
looking at the 64 shorebirds (of six species) at the beach, which 
included  the following.

Semipalmated Plover 3
Killdeer 4
Spotted Sandpiper 6
Sanderling 42
Least Sandpiper 1
Semipalmated Sandpiper 8

We also saw a RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD and a LEAST FLYCATCHER.

The complete list plus photos are available at 
http://home.comcast.net/~geoffrey.williamson/COS_Sierra_Club_20140726.html

Good birding,
Geoff


Geoffrey A. Williamson

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

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

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Subject: IBET Bird Heard . . .
From: "Ed McDevitt mcdevitt.ed AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 16:43:20 -0500
Today at Orland Grasslands in a bit of a hedgerow along the right fork from
the parking lot I heard a bird calling continually, sounding like a rather
less emphatic woodcock. It was a persistent sort of "peent," but not of the
usual sharpness of a woodcock's "peent." It stayed in place close to the
ground for the 10 minutes I stood there hoping it would show itself.

Any ideas?

-- 

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Executive Director
Public Art Chicago
Suite 204
1147 West Ohio Street
Chicago, IL  60642
*(630) 651-6227 (C)*
Subject: IBET Lake County-Rollins Savannah Sat 7-26-14
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 16:04:10 -0500
Hello Bird People,

Spent almost 4 hours at Rollins this a.m. & if nothing else I certainly got
my exercise! Others have reported on shorebirds from here but no one has
mentioned that the water level keeps dropping & if you look from the
viewing area at the north end you can no longer I.D. shorebirds without a
scope & even with one only the larger birds. So I "pulled a Beau Schaefer"
& walked the western edge to get closer to the "shorebird zone" which is
where the shallow water meets the mud flats.
I used to walk this place a lot but today, unlike Beau, I was not prepared
as I did not have rubber boots nor rain pants. The result was 1 wet & soggy
birder with my pants soaked up to my waist & my boots & socks also soaked.
And I still didn't see as many shorebirds as Beau reported but no one walks
the tough areas as he does & I once did. While doing this walk I had the
constant companionship of many mosquito's which were held off, somewhat, by
my bug spray. If I try this again I'll be better prepared in what I wear
but maybe I'll leave this to Beau & Andy. Since Beau has reported more
shorebirds than I saw I'll give a list of all the birds seen today on my 5
miles of walking.

Rollins Savannah (7-10:50 a.m.)

D.C. Cormorant (3)
Great Blue Heron (4)
Great Egret (12)
Canada Geese (18)
Wood Duck (4)
Mallard (6-8)
Red Tailed Hawk (1)
Killdeer (21)
Semipalmated Plover (2)
Spotted Sandpiper (7-9)
Solitary Sandpiper (8-10)
Lesser Yellowlegs (1)
Least Sandpiper (10-15)
Pectoral Sandpiper (8-10)
STILT SANDPIPER (3)
(I did not see Beau's Greater Yellowlegs, Semipalmated Sandpipers or S.B.
Dowitchers)
Caspian Tern (1 or 2 soaring)
Mourning Dove (14)
Downy Woodpecker (2)
Flicker (1)
Tree & Barn Swallows
House Wren (heard 1)
Sedge Wren (5 singing & good looks at 2)
Marsh Wren (heard 2)
Robins (~20)
Starling (6)
Warbling Vireo (heard 2)
Common Yellowthroat (10-12)
Indigo Bunting (3)
VESPER SPARROW (1 on the mud flats, unexpected!)
HENSLOW'S SPARROW (2 still singing away, good looks at both)
Song Sparrow (8-10)
Bobolink (1-F or young bird)
Red Winged Blackbird (~30 including many young ones in flocks)
Grackle (2)
Goldfinch (10)
House Sparrow (5-6)

After all that walking my pants & boots were dry enough to get back in the
car.
Bird-Of-The-Day to the surprise Vesper Sparrow &
Runners-Up to the 3 Stilt Sandpipers & the singing Sedge Wrens.
Plenty of wildflowers seen today but this report is already a long one so
I'll skip that topic except to day that I actually found a plant with
yellow flowers that I can say for sure that I have never seen before so
it's a "lifer" in the making if I can figure it out. Very exciting!

Al Stokie
Subject: IBET Purple Martins in Palos
From: "'Wes Serafin' w.serafin AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 15:16:25 -0500
I did my annual visit to the Purple Martin colony at a private residence
next to the Palos West Elementary Slough. Out of 36 apartments 30 were
occupied. There were 104 young with 14 eggs that were either late to hatch
but probably were bad. That is not as great as last year but still is
excellent as there are no Purple Martins in SW Cook that I know of.

 

Wes Serafin

Orland Pk SW Cook 
Subject: IBET Osprey success in the Palos area
From: "'Wes Serafin' w.serafin AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 15:13:19 -0500
There are 3 successful nesting this year in Palos.

 

1.Saganashkee Slough has one young almost adult size. I truly believe the
signs placed by the Forest Preserve helped their success. Thanks to all that
called the district. I saw only one fisherman who ignored the signs since
they were placed.

2. Bergman Slough has one adult size young atop the platform. Both adults
were on the platform. One of the adults was feeding the youngster.

3. Duffy Preserve had none on the platform as both adults were in the dead
trees in the slough as was one young also. I tried to look for more young
but the mosquitos were brutal as was todays heat.

 

Wes Serafin

Orland Pk SW Cook

 
Subject: IBET Champaign County shorebirds
From: "Nicholas Sly pagophila AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 15:00:12 -0500
I did a big loop through Champaign County this morning, mostly checking on
various shorebird locations to see how the habitat is right now and what
has shown up. I started at dawn at Middle Fork in the far NE part of the
county. I checked the prairie northeast of the campground for singing Sedge
Wrens - no luck yet this summer. I did have at least four different singing
male HENSLOW'S SPARROWS though. I next checked the North and South
Waterfowl Management Areas - no luck on shorebird habitat. There were two
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS, a flock of MARTINS, and a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK,
among other things. In all it was a very birdy morning, nearly reaching 60
species without too much effort. Full checklist:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19226077

I next searched for fluddles along Co Rd 3300N, and hit paydirt. There is a
cluster of flooded muddy areas in the bottom of the soy field southwest
from the intersection of 2100E and 3300N. I had about 300-400 shorebirds
packed in there (estimated when they all took flight), predominately
KILLDEER. However, with a scope I was able to eke out a total of 9 species
of shorebird, including my first SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER for the County,
plus small numbers of SPOTTED, SOLITARY, both GREATER and LESSER
YELLOWLEGS, PECTORAL, SEMIPALMATED, and LEAST SANDPIPERS.
Full checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19226118

The rest of the morning passed without adding anything interesting. I
checked for shorebirds at the Stidham Woods ponds and at Riverbend, finding
none. I also checked the Curtis Road wetlands area and found little. There
is just a very small fluddle with no birds.

Finally, here's a request for info for anyone familiar with this region. I
was researching shorebird locations in the Birdnotes and IBET archives, and
on ebird, and I found that, at least until 5 or so years ago, the Rantoul
Wastewater treatment plant seemed to be a good shorebird spot where
visitors could go in and view the pool from the dike. What happened to that
spot? Do they still allow visitors? Does it still get shorebirds? Just
curious.

Good birding,
Nick Sly,
Urbana, IL


-- 
Nicholas Sly
Ph.D. Student, Cheviron Lab
Department of Animal Biology
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
http://www.life.illinois.edu/cheviron/Cheviron_Lab_/Home.html
Subject: IBET Lake County Shorebirds 7/26
From: "Beau Schaefer beauschaefer AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 13:15:00 -0500
This morning I headed to Waukegan Beach, Stateline Beach, and Rollins. I had 12 
shorebird sp. on the day. 


Waukegan:
1 Semi Plover
3 Semi Sandpiper
10 Spotted Sandpiper
5 Sanderling

Sateline Beach:
1 Dog
6 people on beach chairs
21 Sanderling
1 Short-billed Dowitcher
1 Pectoral Sandpiper
1 Semi Plover
3 Semi Sandpiper
2 Least Sandpiper

Rollins:
2 STILT SANDPIPER
3 Short-billed Dowitcher
2 Semi Plover
41 Killdeer
16 Spotted Sandpiper
13 Solitary Sandpiper
6 Lesser Yellowlegs
1 Greater Yellowlegs
17 Pectoral Sandpiper
38 Least Sandpiper
3 Semipalmated sandpiper

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




Subject: Re: IBET New try at Laughing X Ring-billed link
From: "David Antieau dkantieau AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:17:56 -0700
Very nice report(s) and photos!

Thanks!

Dave Antieau
dkantieau AT sbcglobal.net
Chicago, Cook County


________________________________
 From: "douglas stotz dfstotz AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" 
 

To: ilbirds  
Sent: Friday, July 25, 2014 5:56 PM
Subject: IBET New try at Laughing X Ring-billed link
 


  
Not sure what is going on with the photos from last Apr.   They are also 
missing from Amar's post on IBF.   But at least a few minutes ago you could 
see photos from Amar of the hybrid with a Ring-billed Gull at the following 
link. 



http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topic=50460.msg74117#msg74117

-- 
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: DuPage Birding Club Announces August Field Trips (no sightings)
From: "jreiter AT wordsonbirds.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 08:56:42 -0700
All are invited to join DuPage Birding Club members on the following August 
bird walks. All skill levels are welcome, including beginners and children ages 
10 and up. Participation is free. Appropriate footwear, insect repellent, 
sunscreen and drinking water are recommended for each outing. For additional 
information, birders should contact the trip leader or visit the club's 
website, dupagebirding.org, which includes further details about each scheduled 
trip. 

   Saturday, August 9, 7:30 a.m.
Cantigny Park, Wheaton
Cantigny has offered monthly bird walks since 2008 in partnership with DuPage 
Birding Club. The August version is especially for young birders ages 10 and 
up. Extra binoculars will be available for borrowing. Enter through the main 
gate on Winfield Rd. (just south of Roosevelt Rd.) and tell the attendant you 
are with the bird walk. The usual $5 parking fee will be waived. Meet behind 
the Visitors Center. Leader: Jeff Reiter, jreiter AT wordsonbirds.com 

 Wednesday, August 20, 6:00 p.m.
 Hidden Lake Forest Preserve, Downers Grove 
Enjoy a short evening stroll around Eagle Lake (the narrow quarry lake), and 
then check the marshes by Round Meadow Lake. Meet at the south end of the 
parking lot. Leader: John Cebula, 630-858-3767 or joceb2005 AT sbcglobal.net 

 Thursday, August 21, 6:00 p.m.
 Fermilab, Batavia
Meet at the red barn for a bring-your-own picnic supper while watching for 
shorebirds. The barn is located at the first stop sign (Sauk Rd.) after 
entering Fermilab from Route 59. At this time, visitors also can enter Fermi at 
the Pine Street entrance off Kirk Rd. Tell the guard you are there for bird 
watching and be sure to have a photo I.D. Bring a scope if you have one. 
Register with the trip leaders in advance. Leaders: Bob & Jean Spitzer, 
630-790-4842 or bobspitzer1 AT msn.com 

 Saturday, August 30, 7:30 a.m.
 Pratts Wayne Forest Preserve, Wayne
Join a site monitor at this premier birding location, designated an 
“Important Bird Area.” Meet at the Harrier Lake parking lot on the north 
side of the preserve on Stearns Rd, located between Powis Rd. and Munger Rd. 
Leader: Kyle Wiktor, 708-544-1336 or kylewiktor AT msn.com 

 Saturday, August 30, 6:00 a.m.
 Momence Sod Farms, Kankakee County
The sod farms outside of Momence are a stopping point for many shorebird 
species during migration. We will check these fields and other surrounding 
agricultural fields and explore the nearby Pembroke area or Iroquois Co. 
Conservation Area. Meet at the Bolingbrook Park & Ride on Old Chicago Dr. east 
of Route 53 about 1/4 mile south of I-55. Bring food and drink. Register with 
the leader by August 28. Leader: Jeff Smith, 630-719-1604 or 
mrqmagoo13 AT gmail.com 

 Sunday, August 31, 7:30 a.m.
 McKee Marsh, Warrenville
Take a walk to and around the marsh to observe early migrating shorebirds and 
resident species at this excellent birding site. Bring a spotting scope if you 
have one. Meet at the visitor parking lot on the north side of Mack Rd., 
located between Winfield Rd. and Rt. 59 in Warrenville. Leader: Kyle Wiktor, 
708-544-1336 or kylewiktor AT msn.com 

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

Posted by:
Jeff Reiter
DuPage Birding Club, Corresponding Secretary
jreiter AT wordsonbirds.com
630-487-0323
Subject: IBET Western Sandpiper Morgan county 7-25-14
From: "Colin Dobson birdingboy AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:22:47 -0500
This evening dad and I went to check the Mauvaiseterre Lake mudflats that are 
in the "eastern" loop of the lake. These flats can be easily seen from Country 
Club road. There has been huge increasing numbers of shorebirds from around 80, 
4 days ago to around 400 or more tonight, counting Killdeer. The highlight 
tonight was a Western Sandpiper feeding with some Semipalmated Sandpipers. 
Other highlights included 3 Semipalmated Plovers and 6 Stilt Sandpipers. The 
list of shorebirds included... 


Semipalmated Plovers 3
Killdeer 110
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Solitary Sandpiper 3
Greater Yellowlegs 3
Lesser Yellowlegs 8
Stilt Sandpiper 6
Least Sandpiper 120
Semipalmated Sandpiper 95
Western Sandpiper 1
Pectoral Sandpiper 50 

Colin Dobson 
Birdingboy AT yahoo.com
Morgan county 

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Subject: IBET Miller Meadow 7-25 AM
From: "Henry Griffin hwga380 AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:15:01 -0500
Hello birding friends,

This morning I birded Miller Meadow with Jill Anderson from approximately 
7:15am-9:00am. We saw a fair number of avian species but nothing particularly 
rare. Sadly, no shorebirds or rare grassland passerines were present. 
Highlights were one immature and one adult each SAVANNAH SPARROW, quite a few 
calling and singing WILLOW FLYCATCHERS, a BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER one territory, 
and a hunting AMERICAN KESTREL that was harassed by an assortment of swallows 
and blackbirds. It was a slow day but nice to get out. A big thank you to Jill 
Anderson for driving me and birding with me. 


Full species list, from Jill, is attached below my signature.

Good birding,

Henry (Oak Park, Cook)

34 species:

Great Blue Heron  1
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Ring-billed Gull  1
Chimney Swift  4
Downy Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker  4
American Kestrel  1
Willow Flycatcher  5
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Eastern Kingbird  4
Warbling Vireo  2
Blue Jay  2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  1
Barn Swallow  8
House Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
American Robin  17
Gray Catbird  3
European Starling  43
Cedar Waxwing  8
Common Yellowthroat  5
Yellow Warbler  3
Field Sparrow  1
Savannah Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  12
Northern Cardinal  1
Indigo Bunting  6
Red-winged Blackbird  25
Eastern Meadowlark  9
Common Grackle  6
Baltimore Oriole  2
House Finch  35
American Goldfinch  6
House Sparrow  4

PLEASE NOTE MY UPDATED EMAIL ADDRESS:
trumpetswan AT comcast.net

--
Henry Griffin
Subject: IBET Illiana Birds: 4 Powderhorn Ospreys
From: "'Carolyn A. Marsh' cmarshbird AT prodigy.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:54:12 -0500
25 July 2014 - Dave Gruver and I observed the Powderhorn Ospreys this
afternoon. The adult female and chick were on the nest. The adult male
parent and the juvenile from another nest were seen in dead trees on the
east side of the lake. It's a good time to see them, as the chick is growing
fast and will fledge soon.

Dave took great photos of the grouping.

 

Carolyn Marsh, Whiting, IN
Subject: IBET Fw: Orland Grassland Butterflies, Birds, Flowers
From: "w.serafin AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:32:46 +0000
Gary is a monitor at the grasslands. Enjoy his report.

Wes Serafin 

Orland Park








Hi,


Last Saturday when I did my route it got cloudy when I got there and it was 
cloudy almost the whole time 


until the end. There were hundreds of mosquitos too. I did find 19 species 
though. I went today and the 


weather was good: suuny, 75, and not much wind. Today's total was 22 species 
and over 300 butterflies 


total. Some of the ones seen today were a Purplish copper, an Eyed brown in the 
wet prairie near the East 


Slope, a Variegated fritillary, and a Zabulon skipper. All of these are 
uncommon. 


The flowers at the OG are putting on a colorful display, with more opening 
every day. Birds were out 


enjoying the sunny day too. Seven sedge wrens where heard singing and at least 
eight dickcissels too. 


Here are the lists of the butterflies, some birds, and the many flowers.


BUTTERFLIES    7--24--14    11:30--1:50    Temp. 75   Sunny, light wind


1. Zabulon skipper-- 1

2. Least skipper-- 1

3. Tiger swallowtail-- 1

4. Black swallowtail-- 10

5. Cabbage white-- 35

6. Common and Orange sulfurs-- 74

7. Little yellow -- 8

8. Coral hairstreak-- 1

9. Eastern tailed blue-- 6

10. Spring azure-- 1

11. Purplish copper-- 1

12. Viceroy-- 12

13. American painted lady-- 3

14. Mourning cloak-- 1

15. Pearl crescent-- 24

16. Great spangled fritillary-- 2

17. Meadow fritillary-- 5

18. Variegated fritillary-- 1

19. Question mark-- 2

20. Eyed brown-- 1

21. Wood nymph-- 112

22. Monarch-- 19


BIRDS


Meadowlark-- many seen and heard making note sounds

Bobolink-- at least 3 flying and making note sounds

Dickcissel-- 12+, 8 were males singing

Sedge wren-- 7 males singing

Henslow's sparrow-- 1 singing

Grasshopper sparrow-- 2 singing

Field sparrow-- 2 singing

Sparrow species-- 1 singing, The song was a fast trill then a slower series of 
notes followed by a fast trill. 


It flew off and looked paler than a field sparrow. It was in shrubs on the 
northwest side of the Scrape. 


A vesper sparrow?

Goldfinch-- a few, some were singing

Indigo bunting-- 2 singing

Blue jay-- 1

Flicker-- 1

Towhee-- 1 singing

Cedar waxwings-- a few singing

Robin-- 1 singing

Barn swallows

Tree swallows

Chimney swift-- 1

Kingbird-- 1

Song sparrows

House wren-- 1 singing

Common yellowthroat-- 2 singing

Grackles 

Red winged blackbirds

Great egret-- 1


 

FLOWERS BLOOMING



Prairie coreopsis-- many, fading



Tall coreopsis-- hundreds growing



Gray headed coneflower-- hundreds



Green headed coneflower-- several blooming



Wild bergamot-- over a thousand



Illinois bundle flower-- several blooming 



Purple prairie clover-- hundreds



White prairie clover-- hundreds



Flowering spurge-- many blooming



Black eyed Susan-- many



Showy tick trefoil-- hundreds blooming, two types: most with green leaves, a 
few with dark 




green leaves and flowers are more purple



Illinois tick trefoil-- quite a few



Slender mountain mint-- hundreds



Mountain mint-- hundreds



Golden alexanders-- faded, seeds are ready



Spiderwort-- quite a few are blooming in wet prairie 



Foxglove beard tongue-- a few still blooming 



Yarrow-- a few 



Self heal-- thousands blooming 



Wild quinine-- many 



Scurfy pea-- many



Marsh blazing star-- quite a few open, over a thousand wiil be in a week



Prairie blazing star-- a few open, over a thousand will be in a week



Rough blazing star-- hundreds with buds



Hedge bindweed-- many, pink and white ones, some white ones 



Rough cinquefoil-- quite a few 



Partridge pea-- thousands blooming 



Daisy fleabane-- hundreds 



Marsh hedge nettle-- a few



Winged loosestrife-- hundreds



Monkey flower-- quite a few open



Common boneset-- quite a few blooming



Tall boneset-- a few budding



Common ironweed-- hundreds blooming, stem smooth



Tall ironweed-- many budding, dark purple stem with ridges



Missouri ironweed-- many budding, stems and underside of leaves hairy



Western ironweed-- a few budding, stem and leaves not smooth



Blue vervain-- hundreds



Hoary vervain- 1



Joe pye weed-- two colonies, over 12 total



Rattlesnake master-- over a thousand



Purple milkweed-- colony of at least nine, faded



Swamp milkweed-- many open



Tall green milkweed-- many



Short green milkweed-- 1, faded



Whorled milkweed-- many



Common milkweed-- a few



Prairie milkweed-- faded



Prairie rose-- faded



Pasture rose -- quite a few



Prairie sunflower-- colony of over a hundred budding, south side of 175th 



False sunflower-- thousands blooming 



Tickseed sunflower-- thousands, not blooming yet



Sawtooth sunflower-- hundreds



Prairie dock-- several budding



Rosinweed-- over a hundred blooming



Compass plant-- a few



Cup plant-- several open



Water hemlock-- quite a few, fading



Dogbane-- many open



Leadplant-- 2, not blooming



White wild indigo-- many, not blooming 



Pale purple coneflower-- many faded, a few still blooming



Purple coneflower-- several blooming



Round headed bush clover-- hundreds, some budding



Field milkwort-- thousands



Pale Indian plantain-- hundreds blooming



Early goldenrod-- hundreds blooming, over a thousand will bloom soon



Grass leaved goldenrod-- hundreds growing, some budding



Stiff goldenrod-- many growing, a few with buds



Horse nettle-- many



Tall anemone-- several



Thimbleweed-- quite a few



Great St. John's Wort-- 1



Common arrowhead-- quite a few



Ditch stonecrop-- a few



Pennsylvania smartweed-- many



Elderberry-- 1, faded



GRASSES 



Side oats grama-- over a thousand 



Prairie brome-- hundreds, seeds are ready 



Indian grass-- thousands growing, a few blooming 



Dark green bulrush-- many



Nodding bulrush-- hundreds



Big blue stem-- many, a few blooming



Little blue stem-- many growing, a few forming stems



Dropseed-- over a thousand growing



Canada wild rye-- over a thosand



Prairie cord grass-- several


Gary Clinkman

Butterfly Monitor
Subject: IBET Waukegan, Illinois Beach North Unit & North Pont Marina Fri 7-25-14
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:10:08 -0500
Hello Bird People,

Today was a better day than yesterday but that wasn't hard to do. Although
I saw nothing really special I did see a nice mix of shorebirds (8 species)
& for the 1st time this Summer/Fall they were found on beaches (except for
1 species) where I had seen few shorebirds before today. Joan N was with at
Waukegan & IBSP North Unit & we saw Beau S & Joshua L briefly at Waukegan
before they left. Later we saw 2 Evanston birders at IBSP. Saw some nice
wildflowers too but more on that at the end. Here's some day lists:

Waukegan Beach (6:30-7:45 a.m.)

D.C. Cormorant (17 fly-bys)
Canada Geese (4)
GREEN WINGED TEAL (1 landed in the lake near the beach)
Mallard (2)
Great Blue Heron (1)
Semipalmated Plover (3 although I only saw 2 at 1st I finally saw the 3rd
that others saw earlier)
Spotted Sandpiper (8)
SANDERLING (3, the 1st for me this season)
Least Sandpiper (1)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (2 arrived later than the other shorebirds)
R.B. (240) & Herring (12) Gulls
Caspian Tern (2-AD & 3-IM)
Chimney Swift (1 fly-by)
Bank, Cliff & Barn Swallows (no counts but most were Barn Swallows)
Red Winged Blackbird (many young ones)
(In the parking area were Mourning Doves & Robins.)

Illinois Beach North Unit
(Just South of North Point Marina)

Here we saw Killdeer, Solitary Sandpiper, Great Blue Heron, Sandhill Crane
(2) & Cedar Waxwing. We heard Marsh Wren, Common Yellowthroat, Indigo
Bunting & maybe a Sedge Wren.

Spring Bluff F.P

Here we saw Great Egret, over 100 D.C. Cormorants, Mourning Doves, 4 Willow
Flycatchers,
Eastern Kingbird, Marsh Wren (4 with 2 well seen), Robins, Catbirds (3),
Yellow Warbler (1),
Cardinal & Goldfinches. We heard Song & Swamp Sparrows.

After Joan left for Rollins to look for S.B. Dowitchers I checked an area
where I used to find lots of shorebirds but had given up on it recently.
This was the old State Line Beach (as named by Eric W) but now known
(sadly) as the Dog Beach. But no dogs were there at 1st & to my surprise
many shorebirds were there. I did a quick scan & found:

Killdeer (8-AD & 1-2 very young ones)
Spotted Sandpiper (1)
SANDERLING (18, a pretty good total these days)
SHORT BILLED DOWITCHER (1 with the Sanderlings. It was waiting for Joan.)
Caspian Tern (14-16)
R.B. & Herring Gulls (total of about 75)

Before I could count the Gulls & Terns carefully & check for other hidden
shorebirds 2 large black dogs arrived & ran from one end of the beach to
the other & suddenly the beach had no birds on it at all. And that's why I
haven't been there lately & why I won't be back soon. One reason they
started the Dog Beach was to keep the Gulls off the beach but it also keeps
all the Terns & shorebirds off as well although they couldn't care less
about that. I hope the baby Killdeer got to the fenced in area in time!

Theory Of The Bird-Of-The-Day

I skipped Bird-Of-The-Day yesterday partly as I didn't think I saw anything
worthy of that title & figured no one would notice but I got 5 emails from
IBET'ers asking why B-O-T-D was missing!
So I will backtrack & pick Solitary Sandpiper for that award for yesterday
as it was a migrant & the best one I saw. No matter how bad the birds
are one must be the best!

For today Bird-Of-The-Day will be the Short Billed Dowitcher which is not
often seen on beaches but is usually seen inland. Runners-Up to the
Sanderlings & the well seen Marsh Wrens.

Wildflower-Of-The-Day to the Turk's Cap Lilly (Lilium Superbum) which I saw
2 of.
Runner-Up to a plant called Monkey Flower (Mimulus Ringens) which grows in
wet areas & has flowers that look like Snapdragons. I had not seen that
plant in a long time.

Al Stokie
Subject: IBET New try at Laughing X Ring-billed link
From: "douglas stotz dfstotz AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:56:09 -0500
Not sure what is going on with the photos from last Apr.   They are also
missing from Amar's post on IBF.   But at least a few minutes ago you could
see photos from Amar of the hybrid with a Ring-billed Gull at the following
link.

http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topic=50460.msg74117#msg74117

-- 
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: Re: IBET Laughing X Ring-billed Gull at Calumet Park
From: "Amar Ayyash amarayyash AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:26:33 -0700
Thanks for this report, Doug! You have to wonder if she successfully nested, 
and if so, are those chicks nearby? I'd encourage birders on the lakefront and 
in the Cal Park area to keep an eye out for any interesting-looking 
"Ring-billed" juveniles. 


I've included two URLs below: the first showing the adult hybrid from April, 
and the second showing a presumed Laughing x Ring-billed juvenile that I found 
at Montrose late last July. 


 http://goo.gl/nah5y0

http://goo.gl/V7U7ZE


Best, 
Amar Ayyash
Frankfort IL

http://www.anythinglarus.com/ 


On Friday, July 25, 2014 3:10 PM, "douglas stotz dfstotz AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" 
 wrote: 

  


  
    I saw the adult Laughing X Ring-billed Gull today at about 12:25 PM at 
Calumet Park.  Amar Ayyash has been seeing it there off and on for the last 
couple of years.   It was with Ring-billed Gulls on the metal breakwater that 
comes out east at the south end of the little embayment where the boat ramp is 
at the north end.  This is pretty much due east of the Coast Guard Station.  
A very nice looking bird.  You can see some great photos of it that Amar took 
in April at http://goo.gl/rq4p3s 


Doug Stotz


-- 
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 Laughing X Ring-billed Gull at Calumet Park
From: "douglas stotz dfstotz AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:10:13 -0500
    I saw the adult Laughing X Ring-billed Gull today at about 12:25 PM at
Calumet Park.  Amar Ayyash has been seeing it there off and on for the last
couple of years.   It was with Ring-billed Gulls on the metal breakwater
that comes out east at the south end of the little embayment where the boat
ramp is at the north end.  This is pretty much due east of the Coast Guard
Station.  A very nice looking bird.  You can see some great photos of it
that Amar took in April at http://goo.gl/rq4p3s

Doug Stotz

-- 
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 Bird monitors needed Orland and Bartel Grasslands
From: "Judy Pollock jpbobolink AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:30:04 -0500
Hi IBET,

We have had some turnover in the bird monitor corps at Orland Grassland and
at Bartel Grassland, so there are a few available routes.  These places are
spectacular grasslands that are turning into wonderful prairies, and time
spent there is well spent both for the birding and just for the chance to
be out in the grandeur of nature.  (Monitors  this season watched a Great
Blue Heron eat a Bobolink nestling. Talk about the grandeur of nature!)

Monitoring involves going out two mornings in June before 7 am and spending
5 minutes at each of a series of points noting all birds seen and heard,
and also going out at other times of year if you choose.   The data can be
entered into eBird.  Both sites have active volunteer groups.

Interested?  Let me know.

Judy
jpollock AT audubon.org
Subject: IBET Fort Sheridan -- 7/25
From: "Adam Sell adamwardsell AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:44:20 -0500
Ibetors,

Spent about two hours hiking the loop.  The best bird came within the first
five minutes. On the closest meadow trail from the parking lot heading
east, I had a male BLUE GROSBEAK feeding on some seeded grass on the trail
with a flock of House Finches.  This is the only sighting I've had of Blue
Grosbeak in Lake County outside of the IBSP birds.

I had 44 species in total, with highlights being numerous Sedge Wrens and a
lone hiccuping Henslow's Sparrow.  Full list at the link.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19213220

Good Birding!
Adam Sell
Grayslake
Lake Co.
Subject: IBET Bureau County
From: "mmadsen48 AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 24 Jul 2014 20:06:51 -0700
I spent a few hours in Bureau County today, mostly to get my elderly father out 
for a nice drive and ended up with 65 species of birds in the process. At a 
marsh just northeast of Lake Arispie there were a pair of SANDHILL CRANES with 
a youngster tucked into the southwest corner of the marsh. The one-way loop at 
the west end of Mautino SFWA had a female BLUE GROSBEAK and a BLACK-BILLED 
CUCKOO for highlights. We also found a male Blue Grosbeak in the old strip mine 
area in the southwest part of the county. Both of these locations were new 
locations for the grosbeaks for me. A NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD was singing just 
south of the McCune Sand Prairie in the western part of the county. There is a 
pond at a hog farm on 2000N, between 150E and 250E. Despite appearing to have 
decent potential, this pond has been largely barren when I have checked it in 
the past. Today it finally had a few shorebirds. Nothing noteworthy, but it did 
have the following species: KILLDEER, SPOTTED & SOLITARY SANDPIPERS, LESSER 
YELLOWLEGS, LEAST & PECTORAL SANDPIPERS. Maybe this spot can attract some of 
the more unusual species that have shown up in recent years at the Annawan 
cattle ponds just a few miles to the west. Those ponds are surrounded by 
vegetation and had no exposed shoreline today, so they don't look like a good 
shorebird spot at this time. 

 

 Mike Madsen
 mmadsen48 AT comcast.net
 Woodridge (Du Page Co.)
Subject: IBET Lakewood F.P. (Lake Co.) - Tufted Titmouse
From: "Richard Bisbee richard.bisbee AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:37:46 -0700
Today was my first time over at the Horse Trails area of Lakewood Forest 
Preserve. At one point I heard a YELLOW-THROATED VIREO so I decided to chase it 
down. I actually ended up finding 2 singing to each other over at the southwest 
end of Beaver Lake, right where the north-south trail intersects the west trail 
(path C & E I think). Northwest of that intersection I heard tiska-say-say. I 
eventually was able to spot a TUFTED TITMOUSE. There may have been a pair, but 
I can't be sure. Heading down the west path I ran into 3 Yellow-throated Vireos 
doing their rattle call and chasing each other. 


There seemed to be immature birds eveywhere: a few Blue Jays, 3 Baltimore 
Orioles, a Common Yellowthroat, a Hairy Woodpecker, a Chickadee, some Song 
Sparrows, 5 Wood Ducks and scores of Robins & Red-winged Blackbirds. I was 
leaving a little after 7pm so I saw lots of deer including 4 fawns. 


Good luck all!
Richard Bisbee
Round Lake - Lake County
richard.bisbee AT sbcglobal.net
Subject: IBET Join COS this Saturday for a Beginner Birder Walk to find Montrose summer shorebirds
From: "Jill Niland bwwarbler AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:43:19 -0700
When: July 26, 2014  AT  7:00 am – 10:00 am
      
Where:
Montrose Beach - Lincoln Park

Contact:
Christine Williamson  773-415-5217    Email: birdchris AT aol.com
Adult shorebirds (aka sandpipers or waders) leave their young as soon as 
they’ve hatched on the Arctic tundra and fly back south. The chicks are 
equipped to fend for themselves and move south later in the summer. 

Late July is a good time to see both adult and juvenile shorebirds, possibly 
including federally endangered Piping Plovers as well as Dunlin, Pectoral 
Sandpiper, Ruddy Turnstone, etc. 

Montrose’s prairies will be close to their height of golden, grassy beauty. 
We should also find tons of butterflies, dragons (the little kind), fish in the 
harbor and local birds and mammals. 

Meet on the east side of the boat house at Montrose Beach at 7:00 a.m.
Free parking is available within the Montrose part of Lincoln Park and bike 
racks are provided at the beach house. You may walk into the park from the bus 
stops at Montrose and Marine Drive. 

 
About Beginner Birder Series:
Join members of the Chicago Ornithological Society and Chicago Sierra Club for 
a seven-trip series of walks for beginning bird and nature watchers from March 
through October. 

Spend a few hours learning about nature, native plants and urban wildlife in 
Chicago parks and one “distance” trip to the Indiana Dunes. 

Nature and birds change dramatically throughout the seasons, even in urban 
areas, and our first trip will start with northbound waterfowl migration and 
end during southbound migration. In between, we’ll focus on breeding birds, 
mammals, butterflies, dragonflies and beautiful plants. 

The Chicago Park Nature Tours also are a great opportunity to learn more about 
Sierra Club and Chicago Ornithological Society and each group’s local and 
national conservation activities and field trips. 

Who may attend:
Singles; groups of friends; families; alumni, corporate and church groups; 
nature lovers; birdwatchers and everyone else are welcome at these events. 
Chicago Park Nature Tours are good activities for well-behaved kids aged eight 
and above who are interested in nature and accompanied by an attentive adult. 

What to bring and wear: Binoculars are essential if you want to watch birds, 
butterflies and wildlife (there are a few pairs available to borrow); dress for 
the weather; wear sunscreen, a hat and sturdy boots or shoes; bring insect 
repellent; and carry water and snacks. 

What not to bring: Dogs.
Subject: IBET 83rd Street Fluddle, Fermi Lab & Dugan Rd Wetlands Is Kaput Thur 7-24-14
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:13:55 -0500
Hello Bird People,

I saw Mike Madsen's report about shorebirds returning to the 83rd St.
Fluddle so I decided to check that area out & then explore nearby locations
to see how high the water levels were.

83rd Street Fluddle (7:15-7:45 a.m.)

Looks good with a combo of mud & shallow water but here's all I found:

D.C. Cormorant (5)
Great Blue Heron (1)
Great Egret (3)
Canada Geese (23)
Mallard (48)
Killdeer (92)
Lesser Yellowlegs (1)
Solitary Sandpiper (4)
Least Sandpiper (12-14)
Pectoral Sandpiper (1)
Two Unknown Swallows too far to I.D.

Also on the mud were Starlings (4), Red Wings (2-M), Grackle (1) &
Goldfinch (2).

Then I checked Whalon Lake but water levels there were too high in the
marsh areas so all I had were 2 Wood Ducks, Mallards & a "heard only" Marsh
Wren. In the deep lake were D.C. Cormorant (3),
Great Blue Heron (1), Spotted Sandpiper (1) & R.B. Gull (1).

Next stop at Fermi Lab but water levels still high here as well. Ran into
bird monitor Glenn P who showed me a flooded area with Killdeer, including
2 young ones, Solitary & Spotted Sandpipers
(1 each). Dusaf Pond has a small edge area with 1 Killdeer & lots of
Mallards in the water. Lake Law is very high but one Caspian Tern was
diving for fish. All I saw in A.E. Sea were Great Blues & Great Egrets.
Glenn said a few Killdeer, Spotted & Least were seen by him at the far
south end of A.E. Sea but I did not go to see them.

Since I hadn't seen much except high water I thought I'd visit the Dugan
Rd. Wetlands where the Avocet & many shorebirds had been seen just a few
days ago. But Dugan Rd. is blocked for repair from Scott Rd on the north &
past Wheeler on the south. I finally got to the sports complex lot via Rt47
& Wheeler coming in from the east. After all that trouble I next found that
the wetlands weren't very wet & had almost completely dried up! Hard to
believe after just being there on Saturday when water was everywhere & many
shorebirds were to be seen.
Clearly this was not my day so I gave up & headed home.

Al Stokie
Subject: Re: IBET Re: No Sighting: Montrose Beach Plan - adding bar and boardwalk?
From: "carol nelson carol6620 AT att.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:52:11 -0700
I am also concerned.  Not only for Montrose and the Bird Sanctuary, but for 
all of our formerly "natural" and bird areas.  The name of the game as I see 
it now and for the foreseeable future is multi-use where it is humanly possible 
and recently where it is humanly impossible.  


Sad to say, this City - to wit - the Mayor's office, the Park District and the 
Forest Preserve District do not seem to see an advantage in preserving natural 
areas just for the use of the wildlife/birds that still wish to call Chicago 
their home.     


Maybe if the birds, deer, coyotes and such paid taxes they would have a 
stronger say.  But then again, the citizens who do pay taxes don't.   


Carol Nelson 
Chicago 
Cook County 
Also watching the desecration of the once-productive Rosehill Woods.  


 


On Thursday, July 24, 2014 11:19 AM, "mcvetas AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" 
 wrote: 

 


  
I think the issue being raised is the drawing (Granted, it's a sketch without 
much detail.) shows the text, "Expanded Dock Bar and Boardwalk," in the middle 
of the protected dunes habitat, as if reclaiming that land for the public beach 
area. The trade-off being the bird sanctuary would be expanded NW toward 
Cricket Hill.  


I'm not in a position to comment on the likelihood of that happening. I'm just 
trying to clarify the concern. 



Matthew Cvetas
Evanston, IL
Subject: IBET Rollins shorebird update
From: "Beau Schaefer beauschaefer AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:30:21 -0500
 Andy Stewart and I did the rounds this morning on another picturesque day in 
July at Rollins. The diversity was down a bit today but still some nice birds. 
We had 9 shorebird sp.: 

32 Killdeer
21 Solitary Sandpiper
8 Lesser Yellowlegs
28 Least Sandpiper
8 Semipalmated Sandpiper
16 Spotted Sandpiper
19 Pectoral Sandpiper
2 STILT SANDPIPER
4 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER

The List:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19205935

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




Subject: IBET Re: No Sighting: Montrose Beach Plan - adding bar and boardwalk?
From: "mcvetas AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 24 Jul 2014 09:18:50 -0700
I think the issue being raised is the drawing (Granted, it's a sketch without 
much detail.) shows the text, "Expanded Dock Bar and Boardwalk," in the middle 
of the protected dunes habitat, as if reclaiming that land for the public beach 
area. The trade-off being the bird sanctuary would be expanded NW toward 
Cricket Hill. 


 I'm not in a position to comment on the likelihood of that happening. I'm just 
trying to clarify the concern. 

 

 Matthew Cvetas
 Evanston, IL

Subject: Re: IBET No Sighting: Montrose Beach Plan - adding bar and boardwalk?
From: "Joan Norek NorekJ AT aol.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:00:37 -0400 (EDT)
I fully agree with Luis' comment that a "boardwalk would attract more people to 
a sensitive area" -- its an invitation to the beach crowd to come in and stroll 
around. 

 
One example of understanding and acting on such principle is the gate between 
the Lilly Pond and Lincoln Park Zoo -- you can enter the zoo from the Lilly 
Pond but you can no longer enter the Lilly Pond from the zoo -- the zoo-crowd 
strollers don't just wander into the Pond. 

 
 
 
 

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



 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: malango AT rcn.com [ILbirds] 
To: scott ellis ; isooz ; xfilergjg 
; ilbirds  

Sent: Thu, Jul 24, 2014 6:25 am
Subject: Re: IBET No Sighting: Montrose Beach Plan - adding bar and boardwalk?


 
  
    
                  


I can tell you that an expansion of the Hedge has been talked about. The 
consensus seemed to be a gradual transition to the service drive. As a birder, 
I wanted no transition to the service drive and more habitat but it was argued 
that family picnics would be eliminated. Because of this argument, I agreed 
with the gradual transition idea. 

 
I’m all for more beach habitat. I love the Dunes. The potential problems are, 
the volleyball courts, dog beach, joggers, cruisers, and people who have no 
clue as to what is at Montrose. I don’t like the idea of a boardwalk. I think 
the roped off paths are good and doing their job of protecting the plants and 
flowers that are sensitive to the area. A boardwalk would attract more people 
to a sensitive area to such a crowded place. Most, if not all, of the people 
respect the ropes. The volleyball people are harmless and respectful. Most dog 
walkers are respectful of the Hedge and Dunes. The joggers, a little less 
respectful. Many times they run right through the protective area. Cruisers are 
the big problem in the Hedge. With an expanded Hedge, more problems will come 
with the cruisers. The ignorance comes from the younger people and people whose 
main language is not English. Metered parking can kiss my ass. Pardon my 
French. 

 
The disappearance of the Summer Mobile Unit has a lot to do with the increase 
of incidents at Montrose. The increase of CPD events at Montrose also has a lot 
to do with overcrowding. I personally avoid Montrose on the weekends because of 
this. I’m all for discussion and trying to find common ground. Montrose is a 
gem and CPD knows it. 

 
Hopefully Scott, this helps with other points of views.
 
Luis Muñoz

 

From: mailto:ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Thursday, July 24, 2014 3:12 AM
To: isooz AT yahoo.com ; xfilergjg AT mindspring.com ; ilbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Subject: Re: IBET No Sighting: Montrose Beach Plan - adding bar and boardwalk?

 

  

  
  
    
Can you elaborate on what your issue is with the plan? It talks about expansion 
of both the beach bird habitat and the hedge. I didn't see anything that 
indicated an intent to replace or destroy habitat. There is one poorly drawn 
line that, if you zoom in on the photo, doesn't call out the beach sanctuary 
area but rather calls out the existing structure, half of which burned down in 
the 50s and was never reopened. 


Thanks
Scott

Sent from Yahoo       Mail for iPhone



 


From: Suzanne Coleman isooz AT yahoo.com [ILbirds] 
; 

To: xfilergjg AT mindspring.com ; IBET 
; 

Subject: Re: IBET No Sighting: Montrose Beach Plan - adding bar and boardwalk? 
Sent: Thu, Jul 24, 2014 2:09:07 AM 



  
  
    
        
      
      
      
      
wow, hopefully that doesn't happen
      


      
Suzanne       Coleman
      
Glenview,       Cook
      
 
      
      
      
      
 From: "xfilergjg AT mindspring.com [ILbirds]"  

To: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Wednesday,       July 23, 2014 7:17 PM
Subject: IBET No Sighting: Montrose Beach Plan - adding bar and boardwalk? 


      
      
 
      
      
        
      
      
      
Did anyone else catch the Tribune article that is floating a new Montrose beach 
"thought experiment": move the bird sanctuary to one of the parking lots, add a 
bar, boardwalk, and the Divvy bikes. 
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-montrose-beach-improvement-plan-20140723,0,1731503.story 
. 


By looking at the picture, the bird sanctuary would no longer be gong to the 
lake, and the dune area would be for having fun in the sun, with the access to 
the bar and boardwalk. I realize the article said it is just a thought, but 
quite often thoughts become reality. 


Has anyone else heard about       these rumblings? 

Gail Gammel



      


      







      








    
             

  
Subject: Re: IBET No Sighting: Montrose Beach Plan - adding bar and boardwalk?
From: "malango AT rcn.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:25:40 -0500
I can tell you that an expansion of the Hedge has been talked about. The 
consensus seemed to be a gradual transition to the service drive. As a birder, 
I wanted no transition to the service drive and more habitat but it was argued 
that family picnics would be eliminated. Because of this argument, I agreed 
with the gradual transition idea. 


I’m all for more beach habitat. I love the Dunes. The potential problems are, 
the volleyball courts, dog beach, joggers, cruisers, and people who have no 
clue as to what is at Montrose. I don’t like the idea of a boardwalk. I think 
the roped off paths are good and doing their job of protecting the plants and 
flowers that are sensitive to the area. A boardwalk would attract more people 
to a sensitive area to such a crowded place. Most, if not all, of the people 
respect the ropes. The volleyball people are harmless and respectful. Most dog 
walkers are respectful of the Hedge and Dunes. The joggers, a little less 
respectful. Many times they run right through the protective area. Cruisers are 
the big problem in the Hedge. With an expanded Hedge, more problems will come 
with the cruisers. The ignorance comes from the younger people and people whose 
main language is not English. Metered parking can kiss my ass. Pardon my 
French. 


The disappearance of the Summer Mobile Unit has a lot to do with the increase 
of incidents at Montrose. The increase of CPD events at Montrose also has a lot 
to do with overcrowding. I personally avoid Montrose on the weekends because of 
this. I’m all for discussion and trying to find common ground. Montrose is a 
gem and CPD knows it. 


Hopefully Scott, this helps with other points of views.

Luis Muñoz

From: mailto:ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Thursday, July 24, 2014 3:12 AM
To: isooz AT yahoo.com ; xfilergjg AT mindspring.com ; ilbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Subject: Re: IBET No Sighting: Montrose Beach Plan - adding bar and boardwalk?

  
 Can you elaborate on what your issue is with the plan? It talks about 
expansion of both the beach bird habitat and the hedge. I didn't see anything 
that indicated an intent to replace or destroy habitat. There is one poorly 
drawn line that, if you zoom in on the photo, doesn't call out the beach 
sanctuary area but rather calls out the existing structure, half of which 
burned down in the 50s and was never reopened. 


      Thanks
      Scott

      Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone 





-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 

From: Suzanne Coleman isooz AT yahoo.com [ILbirds] 
; 

To: xfilergjg AT mindspring.com ; IBET 
; 

Subject: Re: IBET No Sighting: Montrose Beach Plan - adding bar and boardwalk? 
Sent: Thu, Jul 24, 2014 2:09:07 AM 


        
      wow, hopefully that doesn't happen


      Suzanne Coleman
      Glenview, Cook


--------------------------------------------------------------------------
      From: "xfilergjg AT mindspring.com [ILbirds]" 
      To: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
      Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 7:17 PM
 Subject: IBET No Sighting: Montrose Beach Plan - adding bar and boardwalk? 



        
 Did anyone else catch the Tribune article that is floating a new Montrose 
beach "thought experiment": move the bird sanctuary to one of the parking lots, 
add a bar, boardwalk, and the Divvy bikes. 
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-montrose-beach-improvement-plan-20140723,0,1731503.story 
. 


 By looking at the picture, the bird sanctuary would no longer be gong to the 
lake, and the dune area would be for having fun in the sun, with the access to 
the bar and boardwalk. I realize the article said it is just a thought, but 
quite often thoughts become reality. 


      Has anyone else heard about these rumblings? 

      Gail Gammel









     
Subject: Re: IBET No Sighting: Montrose Beach Plan - adding bar and boardwalk?
From: "scott ellis scorellis AT att.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:12:36 -0700
Can you elaborate on what your issue is with the plan? It talks about expansion 
of both the beach bird habitat and the hedge. I didn't see anything that 
indicated an intent to replace or destroy habitat. There is one poorly drawn 
line that, if you zoom in on the photo, doesn't call out the beach sanctuary 
area but rather calls out the existing structure, half of which burned down in 
the 50s and was never reopened. 

Thanks
Scott

Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone
Subject: IBET Injured juvenile killdeer at Montrose Beach Dunes (No Sightings)
From: "Leslie Borns cakile AT att.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:46:27 -0700
Hello Ilbirders,

At last weekend's dune stewardship workday several of you brought to the 
attention of one of the dune volunteers a juvenile killdeer with an odd-looking 
wing. The bird was collected and taken to Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen 
Ellyn. The veterinarian says it sustained multiple fractures to the wing and 
will probably not be releasable. The killdeer will undergo rehabilitation at 
Willowbrook and likely stay there afterward. 



I want to thank the Montrose birders, whomever you are, for alerting us to this 
young killdeer. There have been several successful nests at the dunes this 
year and hopefully the other chicks will have better luck. 


Best regards,

Leslie Borns
cakile AT att.net
Chicago/Cook
Subject: Re: IBET No Sighting: Montrose Beach Plan - adding bar and boardwalk?
From: "Suzanne Coleman isooz AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:09:07 -0700
wow, hopefully that doesn't happen

Suzanne Coleman
Glenview, Cook


________________________________
 From: "xfilergjg AT mindspring.com [ILbirds]" 
To: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 7:17 PM
Subject: IBET No Sighting: Montrose Beach Plan - adding bar and boardwalk?
 


  
Did anyone else catch the Tribune article that is floating a new Montrose beach 
"thought experiment": move the bird sanctuary to one of the parking lots, add a 
bar, boardwalk, and the Divvy bikes. 
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-montrose-beach-improvement-plan-20140723,0,1731503.story 
. 


By looking at the picture, the bird sanctuary would no longer be gong to the 
lake, and the dune area would be for having fun in the sun, with the access to 
the bar and boardwalk.  I realize the article said it is just a thought, but 
quite often thoughts become reality. 


Has anyone else heard about these rumblings? 

Gail Gammel



Subject: IBET No Sighting: Montrose Beach Plan - adding bar and boardwalk?
From: "xfilergjg AT mindspring.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 23 Jul 2014 17:17:27 -0700
Did anyone else catch the Tribune article that is floating a new Montrose beach 
"thought experiment": move the bird sanctuary to one of the parking lots, add a 
bar, boardwalk, and the Divvy bikes. 
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-montrose-beach-improvement-plan-20140723,0,1731503.story 
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-montrose-beach-improvement-plan-20140723,0,1731503.story 
. 


By looking at the picture, the bird sanctuary would no longer be gong to the 
lake, and the dune area would be for having fun in the sun, with the access to 
the bar and boardwalk. I realize the article said it is just a thought, but 
quite often thoughts become reality. 


Has anyone else heard about these rumblings? 

Gail Gammel


 

Subject: Re: IBET Lake Charleston birds
From: "Ron povpt93 AT consolidated.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:14:32 -0500
Returned this afternoon to confirm the Stilt Sandpiper. Still dowitcher sp

Ron Bradley 

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 23, 2014, at 12:55 PM, "Ron povpt93 AT consolidated.net [ILbirds]" 
 wrote: 

> 
> today included:
> 
> Forester's Tern
> Caspian Tern
> Ring-billed Gull
> Solitary Sandpiper
> Spotted Sandpiper
> Least Sandpiper
> Killdeer
> dowitcher sp
> Semipalmated Plover
> possible Stilt Sandpiper (distance and poor light prevented positive id)
> Blue Grosbeak
> Wood Duck
> Double-crested Cormorant
> Bald Eagle
> Eastern Meadowlark
> Gray Catbird
> American Goldfinch
> Great Blue Heron
> Canada Goose
> Song Sparrow
> Red-winged Blackbird
> 
> Ron Bradley 
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
> 
Subject: IBET Lake Charleston birds
From: "Ron povpt93 AT consolidated.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:55:18 -0500
today included:

Forester's Tern
Caspian Tern
Ring-billed Gull
Solitary Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Killdeer
dowitcher sp
Semipalmated Plover
possible Stilt Sandpiper (distance and poor light prevented positive id)
Blue Grosbeak
Wood Duck
Double-crested Cormorant
Bald Eagle
Eastern Meadowlark
Gray Catbird
American Goldfinch
Great Blue Heron
Canada Goose
Song Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird

Ron Bradley 

Sent from my iPhone



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Subject: IBET Fort Sheridan closed tomorrow (Thursday) NO SIGHTINGS
From: "Rena Cohen rena1729 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:44:29 -0700
Posted on Fort Sheridan Facebook page by Jim Anderson from the Lake County 
Forest Preserve District: 



It looks like this Thursday, July 24th will be the best weather day for the
herbicide treatment at Fort Sheridan. As you recall, the preserve will require
closure for the full day so that site wide spot treatment of crown vetch,
teasel, thistle, and bird’s foot trefoil can occur. Signs announcing the
anticipated closure were installed last Thursday. This Wednesday morning (8 AM)
I will place stickers on all signs stating “Site Closed Tomorrow”, and on
Thursday District crews will be there early to start treatment. The Preserve
will be open the next day.

Rena Cohen
Highland Park
Lake County
Subject: IBET Water Level Update At Wood Dale Reservoir/Itasca Wetlands Wed 7-23-14
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:29:50 -0500
Hello Bird People,

Only had a little time today so I made a quick visit to the Wood Dale "Res"
area to check on water levels. Water level in the reservoir is lower than
before but still has a long way to go before many shorebirds will be
interested. Only 3 Killdeer & 2 Spotted Sandpipers there today along with
the usual Great Blue Herons & Great Egrets plus 3 D.C. Cormorants & a few
Ring Billed Gulls.

The Itasca Wetlands part of the complex still looks great as it did last
time. Still, only 4 species of shorebirds were there which were:

Killdeer (36)
Spotted Sandpiper (7)
Solitary Sandpiper (12)
Least Sandpiper (12-14)

I did not walk the power line path grassy area but landbirds were the same
they have been all June & July. No Caspian Terns at any of the sections
today & for some reason I heard 4 House Wrens singing whereas all I had
been hearing was 1 before today.
Therefore Bird-Of-The-Short-Day goes to the 1 House Wren which I got to
watch as it sang.
Back to regular birding tomorrow.

Al Stokie
Subject: IBET Greene Valley shorebirds
From: "mmadsen48 AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 23 Jul 2014 08:07:36 -0700
Habitat is improving and the shorebirds are returning to the 83rd street 
fluddle at Greene Valley Forest Preserve (Du Page Co.). The following 
shorebirds were present when I checked this morning: 

 

 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER  -  2
 KILLDEER  -  101
 SPOTTED SANDPIPER  -  3
 SOLITARY SANDPIPER  -  3
 LESSER YELLOWLEGS  -  4
 LEAST SANDPIPER  -  18
 STILT SANDPIPER  - 1
 

 Some of the other birds present there included 6 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS, 3 
GREAT EGRETS, 3 species of swallows (ROUGH-WINGED, BANK, and BARN), and a 
calling WILLOW FLYCATCHER. 

 

 Mike Madsen
 mmadsen48 AT comcast.net
 Woodridge  (Du Page Co.)
 

Subject: IBET Rollins shorebirds 7/23
From: "Beau Schaefer beauschaefer AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:53:31 -0500
 Adam Sell joined me this morning for another beautiful hike at Rollins. 
Shorebird numbers and diversity seemed to be a bit higher today and the nice 
breeze was a pleasant respite to the heat of the last couple of days. Best bird 
of the morning, spotted by Adam as we were about finished scouring the 
shorelines, was a fly-in STILT SANDPIPER in very ragged post-breeding garb with 
darker side-striping than yellowlegs very apparent as well as the slightly 
drooping bill, bold white eyeline, and sewing-motion type feeding. The Stilt 
was also visible at the south end of the mudflat from the observation deck. We 
had 11 shorebird species total. Heres the complete list: 


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19195930

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




Subject: Re: IBET Champaign Yellow Crowned Night Heron & Wayne County Shorebirds Tues 7-22-14
From: "'David Thomas' Birderdlt AT aol.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:10:25 -0500
 Has anyone seen the Black-crowned night heron that was also at Kaufman Lake a 
few days ago? Interesting that both species were there. 


David Thomas

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds] 
  To: ilbirds 
  Sent: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 7:45 PM
 Subject: IBET Champaign Yellow Crowned Night Heron & Wayne County Shorebirds 
Tues 7-22-14 



    

  Hello Bird People,


 Went with Fran M & Andy S on my 1st long trip in a while. As always a long 
trip equals a shorter report. I would like to thank Nick S for his report on 
the YELLOW CROWNED NIGHT HERON at 

 Kaufman Lake Park in Champaign which got us interested in visiting. Andy had 
seen the Night Heron a day or 2 ago but it was not to be found where Andy had 
seen it. But looking across the water there it was farther down from where Andy 
had seen it. There is a lot of whitewash under the part of the tree where the 
Night Heron was so looking for the whitewash may be a good way to find it if 
you don't see the bird right away. Great Blue & Green Herons were also there. 



 Then on to Wayne County where we met Leroy H who showed us some flooded areas 
which held a fair number of shorebirds. There were a few other birds there as 
well but I'll just mention that we heard & saw one Bell's Vireo then I'll list 
the shorebirds. 



  Semipalmated Plover (1)
  Killdeer (35-40)
  Spotted Sandpiper (2)
  Solitary Sandpiper (10)
  Lesser Yellowlegs (8)
  Least Sandpiper (6)
  Semipalmated Sandpiper (2)
  Pectoral Sandpiper (5)
  STILT SANDPIPER (1)
  SHORT BILLED DOWITCHER (1)


 So like Beau at Rollins we also had 10 species of shorebirds. Thanks to Leroy 
for the tour. 

  Bird-Of-The-Day to the adult Yellow Crowned Night Heron &
  Runner-Up to the Stilt Sandpiper.
 Mammal-Of-The-Day to one of Olney's famous White Squirrels which I had heard 
about for years but had never seen as I had never been there before. 

 Finally, Fran, Andy & I stopped at the M&M sod farm on the way home & for the 
2nd time this Summer we did NOT find any Upland Sandpipers but the "heat waves" 
kept us from seeing the distant birds on the new sod so there may have been 
some after all? 



  Al Stokie

















  
Subject: IBET Champaign Yellow Crowned Night Heron & Wayne County Shorebirds Tues 7-22-14
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:45:06 -0500
Hello Bird People,

Went with Fran M & Andy S on my 1st long trip in a while. As always a long
trip equals a shorter report. I would like to thank Nick S for his report
on the YELLOW CROWNED NIGHT HERON at
Kaufman Lake Park in Champaign which got us interested in visiting. Andy
had seen the Night Heron a day or 2 ago but it was not to be found where
Andy had seen it. But looking across the water there it was farther down
from where Andy had seen it. There is a lot of whitewash under the part of
the tree where the Night Heron was so looking for the whitewash may be a
good way to find it if you don't see the bird right away. Great Blue &
Green Herons were also there.

Then on to Wayne County where we met Leroy H who showed us some flooded
areas which held a fair number of shorebirds. There were a few other birds
there as well but I'll just mention that we heard & saw one Bell's Vireo
then I'll list the shorebirds.

Semipalmated Plover (1)
Killdeer (35-40)
Spotted Sandpiper (2)
Solitary Sandpiper (10)
Lesser Yellowlegs (8)
Least Sandpiper (6)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (2)
Pectoral Sandpiper (5)
STILT SANDPIPER (1)
SHORT BILLED DOWITCHER (1)

So like Beau at Rollins we also had 10 species of shorebirds. Thanks to
Leroy for the tour.
Bird-Of-The-Day to the adult Yellow Crowned Night Heron &
Runner-Up to the Stilt Sandpiper.
Mammal-Of-The-Day to one of Olney's famous White Squirrels which I had
heard about for years but had never seen as I had never been there before.
Finally, Fran, Andy & I stopped at the M&M sod farm on the way home & for
the 2nd time this Summer we did NOT find any Upland Sandpipers but the
"heat waves" kept us from seeing the distant birds on the new sod so
there may have been some after all?

Al Stokie
Subject: IBET Rollins shorebird update 7/22
From: "Beau Schaefer beauschaefer AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:41:40 -0500
Nothing new this morning from 8-10am save for 4 GREATER YELLOWLEGS. Heres the 
complete list: 


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19186342

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




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

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

Wood Dale Reservoir

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

Along Salt Creek

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

Itasca Wetlands

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

Power Line Bike Path

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

Other Landbirds

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

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

Al Stokie