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21 Oct IBET 83 Horned Grebes Park No 566 ["Aaron Gyllenhaal aarongyllenhaal AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
21 Oct IBET: Mundelein Yard Birds ["Todd Anderson tcanders123 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
21 Oct IBET Gillson Park Lake Watch #4 Tues 10-21-14 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
21 Oct IBET More Purple Finches and other old birding ["sdbailey AT illinois.edu [ILbirds]" ]
21 Oct IBET Harris's Sparrow ["Ann Haverstock abhaver AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" ]
21 Oct IBET Harris's Sparrow at Lurie 7:30a 10/21/14 ["S J stevejner AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
20 Oct IBET Loyola Birds ["Steve Spitzer steven0703 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
20 Oct IBET Harris's sparrow, happily still at Lurie Garden Oct. 20 ["cberman129 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
20 Oct IBET LG Harris's - photos including quinine ["Joan Norek NorekJ AT aol.com [ILbirds]" ]
20 Oct IBET Chautauqua/Emiquon, 10-20 ["miking38 AT aol.com [ILbirds]" ]
20 Oct IBET Purple Finch - Carroll County ["'Anne Straight' astraight4 AT frontier.com [ILbirds]" ]
20 Oct IBET Waukegan, Illinois Beach North Unit Hawk Watch & South Unit Beaches Mon 10-20-14 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
20 Oct IBET Re: SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER at 87th St ["mcvetas AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
20 Oct IBET: The Passing of Muriel Smith (to those not aware) NO SIGHTINGS ["marilyn bell marbell AT rocketmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
20 Oct IBET FW: 3 Red-necked Grebes - Whalon Lake ["'Eric Secker' esecker AT bcnbirds.org [ILbirds]" ]
20 Oct IBET Ducks moving - Miss. River,Savanna to Fulton ["'Anne Straight' astraight4 AT frontier.com [ILbirds]" ]
20 Oct IBET LG Harris's continues ["Joan Norek NorekJ AT aol.com [ILbirds]" ]
20 Oct IBET 87th St flycatcher ["Fran Morel franmmmk AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
20 Oct IBET Re: SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER at 87th St. ["Joshua Little joshua.p.little AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
20 Oct IBET SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER at 87th St. ["Joshua Little joshua.p.little AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
20 Oct IBET south Lake County and north Cook County lakefront ["'Geoffrey A. Williamson' geoffrey.williamson AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
19 Oct IBET Beautiful and birdy morning at Fort Sheridan, Sunday Oct. 19 ["mifur2 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
19 Oct IBET JxP, IBSP hawk watch, Sat., 18 Oct. ["rlshonkw AT uchicago.edu [ILbirds]" ]
19 Oct IBET Meadowbrook Park, Urbana (10/19) and Riverbend Forest Preserve (10/18) ["Phred Benham phbenham AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
19 Oct Re: IBET Montrose, 10/19 a.m. ["Leslie Borns cakile AT att.net [ILbirds]" ]
19 Oct IBET Re: Shrike at Montrose 10/19/14 - Is a Northern ["stevejner AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
19 Oct IBET Montrose, 10/19 a.m. ["'Robert D. Hughes' rhughes.enteract AT rcn.com [ILbirds]" ]
19 Oct IBET Black Vulture at FS - Lake Co. ["Adam Sell adamwardsell AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
19 Oct IBET Montrose Sunday - BTBlue Warbler, Harris's Sparrow ["'Nick Barber' nbarber AT niu.edu [ILbirds]" ]
19 Oct IBET Waukegan, Lyons Woods & North Point Marina & Beach Sun 10-19-14 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
19 Oct IBET Black Vulture, Lake Co. ["mcvetas AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
19 Oct IBET Pella ponds ["sfluett AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
19 Oct IBET Lake Springfield 10-18 ["Colin Dobson birdingboy AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
19 Oct IBET Shrike at Montrose ["S J stevejner AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
19 Oct Re: IBET Lark Bunting - yes! ["Chuck Berman cberman129 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
19 Oct IBET Purple Finches - Genoa (DeKalb County) ["Karen Lund catbirder813 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
19 Oct IBET Sat PM - Jackson Park, Chicago--Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow area -- Oct 18, 2014 ["Craig tnemec1 AT ameritech.net [ILbirds]" ]
19 Oct IBET Sat PM - Northerly Island, Chicago -- Oct 18, 2014 ["Craig tnemec1 AT ameritech.net [ILbirds]" ]
19 Oct IBET Sat PM - Burnham Park--McCormick Nature Area -- Oct 18, 2014 ["Craig tnemec1 AT ameritech.net [ILbirds]" ]
19 Oct IBET Sat AM - Lincoln Park, Chicago--Jarvis Bird Sanctuary -- Oct 18, 2014 ["Craig tnemec1 AT ameritech.net [ILbirds]" ]
19 Oct IBET Sat AM - Montrose Point, Lincoln Park, Chicago -- Oct 18, 2014 ["Craig tnemec1 AT ameritech.net [ILbirds]" ]
19 Oct IBET Sat AM - Millennium Park--Lurie Garden -- Oct 18, 2014 ["Craig tnemec1 AT ameritech.net [ILbirds]" ]
19 Oct IBET Sat AM Burnham Park--McCormick Nature Area -- Oct 18, 2014 ["Craig tnemec1 AT ameritech.net [ILbirds]" ]
19 Oct Re: IBET Snow Bunting at Montrose Beach Dunes ["David Carlson davincrow AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
18 Oct IBET Harlequin Duck photos ["ericwalters7 AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" ]
18 Oct IBET Harris's Sparrow Lurie Garden YES 10-18 am ["Henry Griffin hwga380 AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
18 Oct IBET Snow Bunting at Montrose Beach Dunes ["Leslie Borns cakile AT att.net [ILbirds]" ]
18 Oct IBET North Pond, Chicago, Oct 18, 2014 PM ["Steve Huggins sjhuggins1209 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
18 Oct IBET Fox Sparrow invasion etc at Ryerson ["Rena Cohen rena1729 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
18 Oct Re: IBET 4 Harlequin Ducks in Lake County ["Beau Schaefer beauschaefer AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
18 Oct IBET Better Backyard Bird Feeding program Tues 10/21 (NO SIGHTINGS) ["Rena Cohen rena1729 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
18 Oct IBET 4 Harlequin Ducks in Lake County ["ericwalters7 AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" ]
18 Oct IBET Birds & Beers - Hawkwatch Edition, TONIGHT, Timothy O'Toole's Gurnee. Hope to see you there!! (no sightings) ["Jeff Skrentny skrentnyspeaks AT me.com [ILbirds]" ]
18 Oct IBET Lark Bunting photos needed ["sdbailey AT illinois.edu [ILbirds]" ]
18 Oct IBET Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Cass Co. 14-Oct ["mcvetas AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
17 Oct Re: IBET Re: Possible Lark Bunting ["trptjoe AT aol.com [ILbirds]" ]
17 Oct IBET Red-necked Grebe 87th St Steel Mills ["Aaron Gyllenhaal aarongyllenhaal AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
17 Oct IBET Lincoln Park Hawkwatch - Friday Oct 17th PM ["Steve Huggins sjhuggins1209 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
17 Oct IBET Re: Possible Lark Bunting ["mcvetas AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
17 Oct IBET Lark Bunting - yes! ["Alex Bloss alex_bloss13 AT msn.com [ILbirds]" ]
17 Oct IBET GWFG- Burlington (Kane Co.) ["Brendon Lake brendonlake10 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
17 Oct Re: IBET possible Lark Bunting ["sdbailey AT illinois.edu [ILbirds]" ]
17 Oct RE: IBET Possible Lark Bunting ["alex_bloss13 alex_bloss13 AT msn.com [ILbirds]" ]
17 Oct RE: IBET Possible Lark Bunting ["alex_bloss13 alex_bloss13 AT msn.com [ILbirds]" ]
17 Oct IBET Possible Lark Bunting ["malango AT rcn.com [ILbirds]" ]
17 Oct IBET More warblers than sparrows at Montrose 10/17 ["Vera.Leopold AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
17 Oct Fwd: IBET HARRIS'S SPARROW, Lurie Garden, Chicago ["David Johnson djohnsoda AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
17 Oct IBET Montrose white pelican ["Michelle Devlin michelledevlin AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
16 Oct IBET Sangchris Lake State Park, Christian County ["Craig Taylor tnemec1 AT ameritech.net [ILbirds]" ]
16 Oct IBET Lake Springfield Thursday Afternoon (Sangamon Co.) ["Craig Taylor tnemec1 AT ameritech.net [ILbirds]" ]
16 Oct IBET Loyola And Montrose - 10/16/2014 ["Steve Spitzer steven0703 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
16 Oct IBET misty day at ft sheridan & middlefork ["Jeffrey Sanders yellowstart5 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
16 Oct IBET Douglas Hart Nature Center ["Ron povpt93 AT consolidated.net [ILbirds]" ]
16 Oct IBET Chautauqua, NO SIGHTINGS ["miking38 AT aol.com [ILbirds]" ]
16 Oct IBET Eared grebe, Tazewell County ["miking38 AT aol.com [ILbirds]" ]
16 Oct IBET Lake Charleston ["Ron povpt93 AT consolidated.net [ILbirds]" ]

Subject: IBET 83 Horned Grebes Park No 566
From: "Aaron Gyllenhaal aarongyllenhaal AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:02:00 -0500
Hi all,

After checking for the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (still no luck) this 
afternoon, I decided to go to Park No. 566 to check out if anything was on the 
water or flying around. Nothing was flying, but there were easily the two 
biggest flotillas of Horned Grebes I have ever seen in Chicago. One totaled 53 
birds and the other 30. I tried my best with these counts but the waves made it 
difficult. They are almost surely underestimates. I tried to pick out a rare 
grebe but I couldn't. I also had about 70 Coots, 50 Redhead, and 10 Scaup sps. 
The field between the road and dike had over 100 sparrows, almost all White 
crowned and throated. There has to be a Harris's in there somewhere. 


Aaron Gyllenhaal
Oak Park, IL

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Subject: IBET: Mundelein Yard Birds
From: "Todd Anderson tcanders123 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:08:24 -0500
Had out FOY Pine Siskin today, along with one each Song, Fox and W-C
Sparrows, a pair of Juncos, and a handful of W-T Sparrows.

Still woefully outgunned by the House Sparrows.

The Siskin was #101 for the year, matching our number last year.Now if we
can just get a Purple Finch, late Palm Warbler, or Veery, Gray-cheeked or
Hermit Thrush  ....

Todd Anderson
Mundelein, Lake County
Subject: IBET Gillson Park Lake Watch #4 Tues 10-21-14
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:34:44 -0500
Hello Bird People,

Today's winds were strong enough but from the north which meant migration
would take place but the ducks, loons, gulls, etc. would not be pushed
toward the shoreline for better viewing.
And that's what happened with small numbers of ducks & loons going south
but mostly way out in the lake. Bob Erickson & I started at 7:15 a.m. with
Bob leaving a little before 9 a.m. while I stuck it out until 10:30 a.m. I
always start by walking the length of the beach from the beach house to the
harbor & back to check for anything that might be on the beach. This must
be done early as soon there will be many walkers, joggers & dogs to flush
beach birds. I found only Ring Billed Gulls on that walk but did manage to
miss the only Bonaparte's Gull of the day which Bob saw flying south. Later
we were joined by the Tuesday Mourning Birders but fly-by water birds were
hard to find. Here's my short day list:

Gillson Park Lake Watch (7:15-10:30 a.m.)

Common Loon (2-3 flying south but far away)
D.C. Cormorant (6-8 flying both north & south)
Mallard (1-F in lake briefly)
Greater Scaup (1 group of 6 flying south)
BLACK SCOTER (2 flying south & later back to the north plus 1-F in the
water)
Red Breasted Merganser (12-15 flying in both directions)
Ring Billed Gull (~50)
Herring Gull (10-12)
Near the beach house were Crow (1), Starling (9), White Crowned Sparrow
(1-IM) & Junco (4).

As mentioned Bob E saw 1 Bonaparte's Gull & Chuck W had 3 flying Pintails.
More ducks flew by but were too far out for me to I.D.

Today's entertainment was provided by several Ring Billed & Herring Gulls
who were playing
"Drop The Sticks". This game starts with 1 or more gulls picking up a stick
or some object, flying up about 25 ft. & dropping it. This causes other
gulls to try & grab the dropped object before the others can get it.
Finally the gulls tired of the game but later a few of them started over
with some sort of shell being the object dropped. This helps relieve gull
boredom I suppose. It also helped with my lack of birds boredom.

Not much to choose from so Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the female Black Scoter
in the lake.
Runners-Up to the "Drop The Sticks" gang. Yes, it was a slow day.

Al Stokie
Subject: IBET More Purple Finches and other old birding
From: "sdbailey AT illinois.edu [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 21 Oct 2014 09:27:17 -0700
 
 I also had 2 PURPLE FINCHES (one male, one female) first heard then seen 
perched in our neighbors walnut tree, on Sunday (Oct. 19th). 

 
 I led an Owl Prowl at Ryerson for the Chicago Botanic Garden on Friday, Oct. 
17th. I was able to call in a pair of BARRED OWLS (one close enough for fair 
looks!) and one red-phase E. SCREECH OWL for the happy owl prowlers. The 
screech owl sat in a nearby tree for good looks and at least one photo. We 
heard several flying squirrels as well, with one beginning to call immediately 
after I did one of my Barred Owl calls. 

 
 I had to make a quick trip down to Big Lake (Brown Co.) and Alton (Madison 
Co.) last week to conduct a couple of bird surveys for work. Best birds at 
Alton on Oct. 16th were a pair of local resident RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS and an 
AMERICAN WOODCOCK in a nice block of woodland next to the Alton High School. 
The woods were also pretty birdy with late fall migrants including a lot of 
WHITE-THROATED SPAROOWS & YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, several WINTER WRENS, several 
of both KINGLETS, a few BROWN CREEPERS, a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, 4-5 HERMIT 
THRUSHES, and 10+ CHIMNEY SWIFTS. I also called 3 BARRED OWLS in at two 
locations around the north end of town and saw 2 BALD EAGLES soaring over Rt. 
255 on the north side of town as well. I also had one BLACK-THROATED GREEN 
WARBLER, two PURPLE FINCHs & one PINE SISKIN at a few of my census points. 

 
 At Big Lake on Oct. 15th, I had at least 6 BALD EAGLES, one PEREGRINE FALCON, 
one NORTHERN HARRIER, one COOPERS & one SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, 75 NORTHERN 
PINTAIL, 200+ GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 180 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS, 50 GREAT EGRETS, 
and 1 imm BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, two PALM WARBLERS, and another PURPLE 
FINCH & PINE SISKIN. Down the road at Spunky Bottoms Preserve, there was a 
flock of 200+ NORTHERN PINTAIL , at least 100 TREE SWALLOWS and four more BALD 
EAGLES. On my way home I had 2 EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES in Jerseyville (Jersey 
Co.). Good birding! 

 
  
 
 Steve Bailey
 
 Mundelein (Lake Co.)
 
 sdbailey AT illinois.edu 
 
Subject: IBET Harris's Sparrow
From: "Ann Haverstock abhaver AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:25:35 -0500
Still present at NW corner of Lurie Garden at 11 A.M. 
Ann Haverstock, In Cook today. 

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Subject: IBET Harris's Sparrow at Lurie 7:30a 10/21/14
From: "S J stevejner AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:42:55 -0700
NW corner
Steve Jener
Cook Cty

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Subject: IBET Loyola Birds
From: "Steve Spitzer steven0703 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:03:27 -0700
Hi Birders. 

Link will take you to a report and pictures from the last two days. Best bird 
is a Franklin's Gull 


Steve Spitzer

Cook - Chicago

Loyola 10/19-10/20/2014

  
             
Loyola 10/19-10/20/2014
Loyola 10/19-10/20/2014  
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Subject: IBET Harris's sparrow, happily still at Lurie Garden Oct. 20
From: "cberman129 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Oct 2014 19:46:21 -0700
After failing to find the Harris's sparrow at Lurie Garden near 1pm Monday, I 
came back at 4:30 pm and relocated it, calming munching in the stalks. It 
ignored me as I slowly walked closer to within 10 feet. The bird only flew when 
some children scurried by. This was in the section next to the perimeter wall 
of trees or tall shrubbery at the NW corner of the garden. 

 Here are several photos of this lifer. 
 Chuck Berman
 

 https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ILbirds/photos/albums/15949030 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ILbirds/photos/albums/15949030 


 

Subject: IBET LG Harris's - photos including quinine
From: "Joan Norek NorekJ AT aol.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:38:45 -0400
Since there were several inquiries today on the feeding location -- today the 
same as others observed -- uploaded almost all of today's photos to Picasa -- 
including the view to the south when at the feeding location and good views of 
the quinine on which it has been feeding. 

 
Most are multiple shot mode photos -- so if you play it as a fast slide show 
you can watch it feeding. 

 
All photos were uploaded "as is" -- no cropping (none needed) and no "auto 
contrast" improvement in color. 




https://picasaweb.google.com/105837954974568713077/10202014?authuser=0&feat=directlink 



Good birdings (and thanks again Dave for spotting this amazing little bird), 
 
 
 

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

Subject: IBET Chautauqua/Emiquon, 10-20
From: "miking38 AT aol.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Oct 2014 17:57:58 -0700

 This afternoon on the upper pool, the ducks appeared to have become more 
abundant, but still the diversity is low. I saw lots of pintails and 
green-winged teal, shovelers and some mallards. 2 black ducks were in the weeds 
in the lower pool and gadwall have started to appear more numerous. Still no 
diving ducks though. There were 5 avocets and a handful of lesser yellowlegs 
and several flocks flying around that appeared to be mostly peeps. I saw a very 
large and very dark falcon for several seconds over the lower pool that banked 
and went to the southwest of the dead willows and disappeared. It appeared much 
more robust than the peregrine I saw a couple hours later and more so than the 
dozen or so that I have seen so far this fall, so for what I can gather it 
looked compellingly like a gyrfalcon. I can’t say it was but I’m sure not 
going to say it wasn’t. There were about 15 pine siskins in the sunflowers 
around the parking turnaround at the cross-dike. Over at Emiquon there were two 
snow buntings in the gravel road by the observation deck and about 120 
Bonaparte gulls flying over the lake. Lots of coots and some horned and 
pied-billed grebes were the most common waterbirds. 

 Mike Ingram, Peoria
 

Subject: IBET Purple Finch - Carroll County
From: "'Anne Straight' astraight4 AT frontier.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:34:31 -0500
forgot to mention we had a PURPLE FINCH (FEMALE) with Cedar Waxwings in a cedar 
tree at Thomson Causeway. 


Anne Straight
Forreston, IL (Ogle County)
Subject: IBET Waukegan, Illinois Beach North Unit Hawk Watch & South Unit Beaches Mon 10-20-14
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:57:36 -0500
Hello Bird People,

My ability to be somewhere other than where the good birds are continues
but perhaps that unwelcome trend will reverse itself soon. Today I was near
the Wisconsin state line when I heard about the fancy flycatcher seen by
Andrew & Joshua. Too far to make that attempt & maybe that was just as
well. Thought it would be a good hawk watch day & it may have happened but
it didn't between 8 & 10:30 a.m. when I was there. After that I walked
beaches at Illinois Beach South Unit but saw nothing special there either.
There's always tomorrow. Did Waukegan with Bob E but did Illinois Beach
South Unit by myself as Bob never gives up on looking for hawks while I do
so quite regularly.

Waukegan Swimming Beach & Pier (7-7:30 a.m., short visit)

D.C. Cormorant (1 on pier)
Canada Geese (22 fly-bys)
Sharp Shinned Hawk (1 fly-by)
MERLIN (2 chasing each other & 1 then caught a meal)
Sanderling (2 on pier)
Ring Billed (26) & Herring (30) Gulls
White Throated Sparrow (1 on pier)
Junco (4 on pier)
Lapland Longspur (a heard only fly-by)
The late SOLITARY SANDPIPER continues but is now at the fenced in pond near
the lot.

Illinois Beach North Unit Hawk Watch (8-10:30 a.m.)

The only raptors I saw were Osprey (1, still after the stocked fish in Sand
Pond)), Cooper's Hawk
(1 fly-by), Sharp Shinned Hawk 6-8) & Red Tailed Hawk (mostly locals).
Other fly-bys included D.C. Cormorants, Canada Geese &, as a highlight, 8
BONAPARTE'S GULLS. Heard only fly-bys included Longspurs, Siskins & Purple
Finches but none were seen so none were counted by me.

Illinois Beach South Unit Beaches (11:15-12:30 p.m.)

Canada Geese (8 on beach near resort)
Had my 1st good sized duck flock in the lake today which included:
Shovelers (1-M & 3-F)
Redhead (41)
Greater Scaup (145, may have been Lesser's too but I picked none out)
Bufflehead (3-F)
BLACK BELLIED PLOVER (1 left from the larger group seen earlier)
Herring Gull (only 6)
HORNED LARK (1)
Palm Warbler (1)
Eastern Meadowlark (1)

Seen From The Dead River Trail (12:30-1:15 p.m.)

P.B. Grebe (1 in river)
Red Tailed Hawk (2 locals hunting)
Coot (1 in river)
Red Bellied (1) & Downy (1) Woodpeckers
Hermit Thrush (1)
Fox Sparrow (1)
Junco (6)

Another not very exciting day but Birds-Of-The-Day goes to the flock of
Bonaparte's Gulls at the Hawk Watch & Runner-Up to the hardy, continuing
Solitary Sandpiper. My previous late date for a Solitary was 10-14-09 so
today's sighting is now my latest for this species. So something important
did happen today after all, if only for a shorebird person.

Al Stokie
Subject: IBET Re: SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER at 87th St
From: "mcvetas AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Oct 2014 11:39:21 -0700
A half dozen birders were unable to relocate the flycatcher in the late AM, 
looking at Parks 523 and surrounding areas. Calumet Park was not covered to my 
knowledge. 


 Matthew Cvetas
 Evanston, IL
Subject: IBET: The Passing of Muriel Smith (to those not aware) NO SIGHTINGS
From: "marilyn bell marbell AT rocketmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:51:08 -0700
It has been suggested to me that there may be IBETers who would not have 
received the DuPage Birding Club e-mails regarding the passing of Muriel Smith, 
hence this e-mail. Muriel was a Charter and Honorary Life Member of the Club, 
and recipient of its Distinguished Achievement Award. She was an expert birder 
with particular emphasis on shorebirds and loved to lecture and to hold small 
classes to teach about them. She was a mentor to many and I greatly appreciate 
the many, many hours she spent guiding me through the maze of locating and 
Identifying birds by sight and sound. 


Muriel passed away Wednesday evening, Oct. 15, 2014 at Central DuPage Hospital 
in Winfield, IL. She had a small stroke about three weeks ago after which her 
health steadily deteriorated. Muriel was 92 years old. 


For those wishing to send condolences to Brian and Mary, Muriel's son and wife, 
here is their address: 


Mr. & Mrs. Brian Glass
1253 Island Drive, #201
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

For anyone interested in taking part - and all are welcome at each - the 
following events will take place this Saturday, October 25: 


At 10:00 a.m., a Memorial Mass will be held in the chapel of the small (old) 
church building of 


St. John the Baptist Church
0 S 233 Church St.
Winfield, IL
630-668-0918

At 12:30 p.m. burial and a short service will be at

 Forest Home Cemetery
 863 So. Des Plaines Ave.
 Forest Park, IL

 Muriel's grave site is best accessed through the 1st Avenue entrance.

Following the burial ceremony, friends and family will lunch at

 Madison Park Kitchen
 7525 W. Madison St.
 Forest Park, IL - very close to the cemetery
 708-689-8607

 
The family has requested that no flowers be sent, rather that contributions in 
Muriel's honor be given to 


 The American Red Cross
 www.redcross.org/il/chicago with whom Muriel served during WW II.

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Subject: IBET FW: 3 Red-necked Grebes - Whalon Lake
From: "'Eric Secker' esecker AT bcnbirds.org [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:48:47 -0500




Subject: IBET Ducks moving - Miss. River,Savanna to Fulton
From: "'Anne Straight' astraight4 AT frontier.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:47:42 -0500
Made a quick check on the Miss. River from Savanna to Lock and Dam 13, Fulton 
area. Dabblers are down including NO. PINTAILS, WIGEONS, GADWALL, RUDDIES, 
RING- NECKED DUCKS. Some were too far out to ID. Lots in channel and Iowa side. 
Windy. Also lots of COOTS, WOODIES, TEALS, SHOVELERS. No Tundras yet. 

SANDHILLS, TRUMPETER SWANS, PELICANS, D.C.CORMORANTS.
Had a PEREGRINE FALCON & A NORTHERN HARRIER (male). 
Lots of TREE SWALLOWS and others (big flock at Spring Lake). One big group of 
35 GREAT EGERTS, some GREAT-BLUE HERONS. 


Only gulls were HERRING AND RING-BILLS.

Didn’t spend time on other birds but JUNCOS, WHITE-THROATS were around and 
RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS. 


LESSER & GREATER YELLOWLEGS, PECTORAL AND KILLDEER were seen.

Counted at least 25 BALD EAGLES, some look like courting behavior.

Anne Straight
Forreston, IL (Ogle County)
Subject: IBET LG Harris's continues
From: "Joan Norek NorekJ AT aol.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:56:53 -0400
Although the sparrow population seems to have decreased, the Harris's Sparrow 
was again easily seen at Lurie Gardens on a quick 15 min. stop this a.m. 
(10/20/14). 

 
As to questions raised this weekend -- Lurie Gardens is at the NW corner of 
Monroe and Columbus. across Monroe from the Art Institute -- and for those who 
find the parking rates exorbitant, take a friend and take turns watching the 
Harris's while the other is driving around the block -- there is no charge for 
driving around the block (yet) ;-) 


Good birdings,

 

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

Subject: IBET 87th St flycatcher
From: "Fran Morel franmmmk AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:30:41 -0500
It's 830 am.  I'm leaving my house now from Evanston and will drive past
Montrose in 20 minutes.  If anyone is there and would like a ride to 87th,
call me now.

Fran
Evanston, Cook Co.
Subject: IBET Re: SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER at 87th St.
From: "Joshua Little joshua.p.little AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:14:28 -0500
Park 523.

On Monday, October 20, 2014, Joshua Little 
wrote:

> Just found it with Andrew at the southern end of the trail along the chain
> link fence!
> Good birding!
>
>
> --
> Joshua Little
> http://littlebirder.blogspot.com/
> 
>
>

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Subject: IBET SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER at 87th St.
From: "Joshua Little joshua.p.little AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:13:52 -0500
Just found it with Andrew at the southern end of the trail along the chain
link fence!
Good birding!


-- 
Joshua Little
http://littlebirder.blogspot.com/
Subject: IBET south Lake County and north Cook County lakefront
From: "'Geoffrey A. Williamson' geoffrey.williamson AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:26:54 -0500
Chris and I birded the "north shore" today (19 Oct 2014) with Shanin 
Abreu and Matthew Winks, starting at Lake Forest Beach in Lake County 
and working south to Gillson Park in Cook County, focusing mostly on 
Lake Michigan.  Highlights included the following birds.

Lake Forest Beach:

6 RED-THROATED LOONS
545 REDHEAD
10 "DARK-WINGED SCOTERS" (seemed more like Black Scoters, but far out 
and hard to be sure of species)
1 COMMON MERGANSER
5 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS
2 BONAPARTE'S GULLS
1 SNOW BUNTING
33 PINE SISKINS


Ft. Sheridan:

2 MUTE SWANS
4 BLACK SCOTERS (fly-bys)
1 COMMON LOON


Park Avenue in Highland Park:

2 MUTE SWANS (same birds as at Ft. Sheridan, swimming south)
4 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS


Rosewood Park in Highland Park:

1 THAYER'S GULLS (2nd cycle)
1 RED-HEADED WOODPECKER (regular at this site)
plus a couple of Shadow Darners that Shanin and Matt showed us


Park Avenue in Glencoe:

1 BONAPARTE'S GULL


Gillson Park in Wilmette:

1 RED-BREASTED MERGANSER
1 BONAPARTE'S GULL
558 RING-BILLED GULLS



HORNED GREBES were pretty much at all nine places where we stopped.


Good birding,
Geoff


Geoffrey A. Williamson

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

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Subject: IBET Beautiful and birdy morning at Fort Sheridan, Sunday Oct. 19
From: "mifur2 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 19 Oct 2014 21:25:58 -0700
No doubt the best bird of the day at Fort Sheridan was Adam Sell's Black 
Vulture from around 3 pm. However, the rest of the day was also very birdy and 
very enjoyable. 

 

 I originally planned for taking fall foliage pictures in the morning, then for 
hawkwatching till around noon. When I came there at 7:20 am, there were so many 
birds flying around, I changed my plans and started by walking around to the 
lake and along the ravines. I did that for over 1 hour and had the following 
highlights: at least 28 COOTS on the lake, at least 10 READHEADS, 3 HORNED 
GREBES, a flock of 150 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS hanging around (1 singing), 2 
BLUE-HEADED VIREOS, 2 SNOW BUNTINGS, about 30 PINE SISKINS, 1 BELTED 
KINGFISHER, 2 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS, many sparrows including 3 AMERICAN TREE 
SPARROWS. 

 

 At 8:20 I heard crows mobbing something on the northern side of the prairie. 
Turned out there was a beautiful adult PEREGRINE FALCON perched on top of a 
dead tree there! It flew away after a few minutes of harassment by the crows, 
heading north. For me that was a sign to head toward the tables and start hawk 
watching. Donnie Dann was already there and he counted with me till 11 am. Adam 
Sell came for about an hour and half, shortly before noon. Other people also 
stopped by to help find the birds in the sky: Rich DeCoster, Steve Navulis, 
Debra Koss, Glenn Forchione, Cici Birnberg, Carol Freeman and Sandy Kroll. It 
was a very enjoyable day with a good number of hawks, sunshine and nice people 
around! Pretty fall colors were certainly a bonus too. 

 

 We had only one Merlin for the first 30 minutes of the count but after 9 am 
Sharp-shinned hawks started flying in very good numbers and a few other hawks 
showed up too. When I was leaving at 2 pm, we had 152 migrating raptors 
counted, including: 

 

 Bald Eagle - 2
 Northern Harrier - 1
 Red-tailed hawk - 14
 Sharp-shinned Hawk - 126
 Cooper's Hawk - 3
 Merlin - 3
 Peregrine Falcon - 3
 

 We also added 2 Sandhill Cranes, 7 Chimney Swifts, and a murder of 46 Crows. 
 

 I stopped hawkwatching at 2 pm but before I finished chatting, then taking all 
my stuff back to the car, it was already 2:25 when I was leaving the parking 
lot. Coming out of the lot I saw Adam coming back in, so I turned around and 
talked to him shortly by the tables, then left. Sure enough 50 minutes later I 
found his message on Facebook about the Black Vulture!!! No doubt that was a 
well deserved reward for his dedication! 

 

 I personally ended up the day with 56 species (that is not counting Adam's 
Black and Turkey Vultures, and Geoff and Chris Williamson's Black Scoters, 
Common Merganser and Mute Swans seen on/over the lake). 

 

 That was a great day to be there!
 

 Michal Furmanek,
 Lake Bluff, lake Co.
 

 

 

Subject: IBET JxP, IBSP hawk watch, Sat., 18 Oct.
From: "rlshonkw AT uchicago.edu [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 19 Oct 2014 18:02:36 -0700
I birded Jackson Park in the rain Saturday covering Wooded Island/Bobolink 
Meadow, the inner harbor, outer harbor (just a peak) and the northwest part of 
the golf course. Later Jeff took me up to the hawk watch for a bit of the 
afternoon. 

Jackson Park was not real birdy. I had only 34 species. Best birds were ~10 
PINE SISKINS. I had a flock of 6-8 flying over the soccer fields. Two more were 
in a pine tree in Bobolink Meadow and another flew over calling. I think this 
is the first time I've had Pine Siskins actually in a pine tree in Jackson 
Park. Usually they just fly over calling or, rarely, are feeding on thistle 
seeds. The only other interesting sighting were two E. PHOEBES, which are the 
first I've had in the park since September 11. 

Due to rainy weather and bad traffic Jeff and I didn't get to Illinois Beach 
until after 2 pm. Birds had mostly stopped flying by that time but we did get 
to see an OSPREY, a BALD EAGLE and Jeff spotted a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK that I 
wasn't able to get on. But I was able to get one of my target birds: the 
NORTHERN SHRIKE, which is always nice. A LAPLAND LONGSPUR also flew over while 
we were there. The great time I had at Birds and Beers made up for the lack of 
birds! Below is my list of highlights from Jackson Park. 


Abbreviations: WI/BM=Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow, IH=inner harbor, OH=outer 
harbor, GC=golf course 


Pied-billed Grebe: WI/BM (6)
Double-crested Cormorant: WI/BM (7) OH (1)
Great Blue Heron: WI/BM (1)
unidentified hawk: WI/BM (1; dipped below the trees before I could id)
A. Coot: IH (3), OH (18)
Chimney Swift: WI/BM (1)
Belted Kingfisher: WI/BM (1), IH (1) maybe the same bird
Red-bellied Woodpecker: WI/BM (1 m.)
Hairy Woodpecker: WI/BM (2)
N. Flicker: WI/BM (1), IN (1)
E. Phoebe: WI/BM (2)
Brown Creeper: WI/BM (3)
Golden-crowned Kinglet: WI/BM (2), GC (3)
Hermit Thrush: WI/BM (6), GC (2); also heard flight call of one on the way to 
the park. 

Orange-crowned Warbler: WI/BM (1), GC (1)
Yellow-rumped Warbler: WI/BM (4)
Palm Warbler: WI/BM (1)
Song Sparrow: WI/BM (1)
Swamp Sparrow: WI/BM (6)
White-throated Sparrow: WI/BM (30), IH (9), GC (13); also had 10 along Midway 
Pl. 

White-crowned Sparrow: WI/BM (14)
Dark-eyed Junco: WI/BM (12); 3 along Midway Pl.
Pine Siskin: WI/BM (10)

Randy Shonkwiler
Hyde Park/Chicago 

Subject: IBET Meadowbrook Park, Urbana (10/19) and Riverbend Forest Preserve (10/18)
From: "Phred Benham phbenham AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:40:02 -0500
Hello all,
This morning I birded Meadowbrook Park in Urbana. On my bike ride over
there I passed a GREAT HORNED OWL perched up at the intersection of Lincoln
and Windsor and screeching.

At Meadowbrook I heard an EASTERN SCREECH-OWL whinnying from the Walker
Grove at ~6:45am. While doing a dawn skywatch from the Prairie Overlook I
saw a LE CONTE's SPARROW pop up out of the prairie and sit in the morning
sun for a while. I also had 2 RING-BILLED GULLS, a single AMERICAN PIPIT
and some small groups of PURPLE FINCHES and PINE SISKINs flying over.
Sparrows were in abundance especially Song and Swamp, I had 11 species in
total:

Eastern Towhee- 2
Chipping Sparrow- 1
Field Sparrow- 2
Fox Sparrow- 1
Le Conte's Sparrow- 1
Swamp Sparrow- 55
Song Sparrow- 40
Lincoln's Sparrow- 3
White-crowned Sparrow- 14
White-throated Sparrow- 50
Dark-eyed Junco- 9



On Saturday morning Cole Wolf and I spent a couple hours at Riverbend
Forest Preserve. Highlights include: 1 Am. Black Duck, 5 N. Pintail, 1
RUDDY DUCK, 2 GREAT EGRETS, 1 BALD EAGLE, and a latish EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE.
Complete ebird checklist:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20265032

Good Birding,
Phred Benham
Champaign, IL

-- 
Phred Benham
Ph.D. Student
Animal Biology
University of Illinois
Urbana-Champaign, IL
Subject: Re: IBET Montrose, 10/19 a.m.
From: "Leslie Borns cakile AT att.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:25:58 -0700
Thank you for the report!  White-eyed Vireo is a new species for the dunes.

Best,

/Leslie





On Sunday, October 19, 2014 4:57 PM, "'Robert D. Hughes' 
rhughes.enteract AT rcn.com [ILbirds]"  wrote: 

 


  
Montrose was very lively this morning, October 19, with lots of 
White-crowned and White-throated Sparrows, Dark-eyed Juncos, both 
kinglets, Yellow-rumped Warblers, and Hermit Thrushes around. Here's a 
partial list of what Karen and I saw:

Black-bellied Plover - 2
Dunlin - 2
Sanderling - 2
Merlin - 1
Chimney Swift - 6
White-eyed Vireo - 1 immature (gray eyes)
Winter Wren - ~5
Brown Creeper - 4
Gray Catbird - 1
American Pipit - 1
Lapland Longspur - 4, in the dunes
Snow Bunting - 4, also in the dunes
Tennessee Warbler - 1
Nashville Warbler - 1
Orange-crowned Warbler - ~8
Northern Parula - 1
Black-throated Blue Warbler - 1 male
Black-throated Green Warbler - 1
Palm Warbler - ~6
Blackpoll Warbler - 1
American Redstart - 1
Common Yellowthroat - 1
Chipping Sparrow - 1
Grasshopper Sparrow - 1
Lincoln's Sparrow - 2
Fox Sparrow - ~6
Harris's Sparrow - 1 immature
Rusty Blackbird - 2
Purple Finch - 2
Pine Siskin - 2

The White-eyed Vireo was probably the best bird of the day, and I don't 
think I've seen one at Montrose in the fall before. I first saw it in 
the willows in the dunes and later in the peripheral plantings and again 
near the Magic Hedge. I'm assuming this was the same individual that was 
just moving around a lot.

The Harris's Sparrow was at the east end of the native planting area, 
not far from the tower.

Robert D. Hughes
Chicago, Illinois
Birding Montrose Point: 
http://theorniphile.info/birding-montrose-point/index.html
The Montrose Birding Blog: http://theorniphile.info/wordpress/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/robertdhughes63

Subject: IBET Re: Shrike at Montrose 10/19/14 - Is a Northern
From: "stevejner AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 19 Oct 2014 15:06:31 -0700
First seen at top of tallest dead tree near east / north-east of Meadow. Then 
in the Locust tree in north-west corner of Meadow. Picture at... 

 Northern Shrike - Lifer 200 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevejner/14956500644/in/photostream/lightbox/ 

 
 
 https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevejner/14956500644/in/photostream/lightbox/ 
 
 Northern Shrike - Lifer 200 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevejner/14956500644/in/photostream/lightbox/ 
Montrose, Chicago 10/19/14 

 
 
 
 View on www.flickr.com 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevejner/14956500644/in/photostream/lightbox/ 

 Preview by Yahoo 
 
 
  
Subject: IBET Montrose, 10/19 a.m.
From: "'Robert D. Hughes' rhughes.enteract AT rcn.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:57:11 -0500
Montrose was very lively this morning, October 19, with lots of 
White-crowned and White-throated Sparrows, Dark-eyed Juncos, both 
kinglets, Yellow-rumped Warblers, and Hermit Thrushes around. Here's a 
partial list of what Karen and I saw:

Black-bellied Plover - 2
Dunlin - 2
Sanderling - 2
Merlin - 1
Chimney Swift - 6
White-eyed Vireo - 1 immature (gray eyes)
Winter Wren - ~5
Brown Creeper - 4
Gray Catbird - 1
American Pipit - 1
Lapland Longspur - 4, in the dunes
Snow Bunting - 4, also in the dunes
Tennessee Warbler - 1
Nashville Warbler - 1
Orange-crowned Warbler - ~8
Northern Parula - 1
Black-throated Blue Warbler - 1 male
Black-throated Green Warbler - 1
Palm Warbler - ~6
Blackpoll Warbler - 1
American Redstart - 1
Common Yellowthroat - 1
Chipping Sparrow - 1
Grasshopper Sparrow - 1
Lincoln's Sparrow - 2
Fox Sparrow - ~6
Harris's Sparrow - 1 immature
Rusty Blackbird - 2
Purple Finch - 2
Pine Siskin - 2

The White-eyed Vireo was probably the best bird of the day, and I don't 
think I've seen one at Montrose in the fall before. I first saw it in 
the willows in the dunes and later in the peripheral plantings and again 
near the Magic Hedge. I'm assuming this was the same individual that was 
just moving around a lot.

The Harris's Sparrow was at the east end of the native planting area, 
not far from the tower.

Robert D. Hughes
Chicago, Illinois
Birding Montrose Point: 
http://theorniphile.info/birding-montrose-point/index.html
The Montrose Birding Blog: http://theorniphile.info/wordpress/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/robertdhughes63



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Subject: IBET Black Vulture at FS - Lake Co.
From: "Adam Sell adamwardsell AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 15:24:22 -0500
Ibetors,


Just had a Black Vulture fly over Fort Sheridan. No photo, but prolonged,
close looks. Short tail, no head, short broad wings held flat or drooped.
Had the white on the wings and gave me a vigorous, Black Vulture flap!
I've had experience with them growing up in TX and while hawk watching in
PA. Hope someone can find this bird.


Look up, Evanston.



Good Birding!


Adam Sell
Subject: IBET Montrose Sunday - BTBlue Warbler, Harris's Sparrow
From: "'Nick Barber' nbarber AT niu.edu [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 15:22:45 -0500
Nice morning at Montrose with lots of migrants around including an enormous 
number of kinglets. Highlights were male Black-throated Blue Warbler and imm 
Harris's Sparrow. Thanks to Pete Moxon and his group for helping me find the 
Harris's and other birds. 


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Northern Illinois University
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Subject: IBET Waukegan, Lyons Woods & North Point Marina & Beach Sun 10-19-14
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 15:21:39 -0500
Hello Bird People,

I didn't do reports for Fri & Sat mainly as I didn't see anything worth
reporting & I figured folks would be glad to have me shut up for a while
anyway. On Friday Andy S & I went to Kane Co but the bird we wanted to see
was gone. Next to Lippold Park in McHenry Co where we saw shorebirds but
only common ones that were there last time. Then to the Illinois Beach Hawk
Watch where I saw 9 species of raptors with very good looks at Osprey,
Merlins & a Peregrine.
On Saturday I tried for the Montrose Lark Bunting but failed like everyone
else.
Bird-Of-The-Day for Friday to a Merlin which sat in a nearby tree for good
viewing.
Bird-Of-The-Day for Saturday to a Greater Yellowlegs with Black Bellied
Plovers at Montrose.
Any Yellowlegs is a good sighting on that beach although common at inland
locations.

Today Bob E & I started at Waukegan where I was saved from my 1st
"shorebird shutout" by 10 Sanderlings on the pier & a fly-by calling
Killdeer. We spent an hour looking for the Harris's Sparrow reported by
Jude but did not find it although plenty of other birds were there. Some of
them were Sharp Shinned Hawk, Creepers, both Kinglets, an Orange Crowned
Warbler & many sparrows including Tree, Chipping, Fox, Lincoln's, Swamp,
White Throated & White Crowned.
I am getting closer to adding a Siskin to my year list as we heard one
today but did not see it.
Had I seen it while it called I would happy to add it but not this time.
Flushed a LAPLAND LONGSPUR but that wasn't much of a look.

Bob went to the Hawk Watch but I went to Lyons Woods where I added Hairy
Woodpecker, Blue Jay, Field Sparrow & heard a Bluebird in the distance.
Stopped at the Hawk Watch but did not stay as I wanted to check North Point
Marina for Eric's ducks even though Beau had not seen them later that day.
I did not find a single duck of any kind while I was there. In the harbor
were
D.C. Cormorants (4), Coots (31), about 75 Gulls & 1 lone Horned Grebe.

The State Line Dog Beach had 31 Sanderlings, 51 Ring Billed Gulls & 46
Herring Gulls only because no dogs were there today during my short visit.

Got a call from Bob E later & during the 90 min he stayed at the Hawk Watch
after I left he saw a young NORTHERN GOSHAWK which will be his
Bird-Of-The-Day. That was better than anything I saw but Bird-Of-The-Day
for me will be the Lapland Longspur in spite of the bad look we had.
Runner-Up to the 2 fine looking Eastern Bluebirds in a tree at the Marina.
Creature-Of-The-Day to the black MINK walking in the rocks on the south
edge of the Marina.
It climbed up on a rock & we stared at each other for 3 full minutes, my
best look ever.
License Plate Of The Day to one from North Dakota, not an easy one to find.

Al Stokie
Subject: IBET Black Vulture, Lake Co.
From: "mcvetas AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 19 Oct 2014 13:21:00 -0700
Adam Sell reports a BLACK VULTURE passing over the Ft. Sheridan Hawk Watch 
heading south. 


Matthew Cvetas
Evanston, IL

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Subject: IBET Pella ponds
From: "sfluett AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 19 Oct 2014 12:49:00 -0700
Stopped at the Pella ponds at 11:30 today, they had a lot of Canada Geese , a 
few Mallards and 2 Pied Billed Grebes. Two Northern Pintail Ducks were at the 
private land pond which is 1/4 mile South of Rt 38 on the West side of Fabian 
Pkwy. along with Northern Shovelers , Malards, Canada Geese. The Fabian Pkwy 
gravel shoulder is very large on the West side, I am not sure if the land on 
the pond side of the road ditch is private or County. I see a land sale sign 
for 18 acres, so the pond there is private land .I always wanted to look at 
this pond - 20 + years I have driven by, and now there is this open grassy area 
available by the road side. 

 Fermi Lab had Buffalo with Starlings on their backs going for a ride, never 
seen a group Starlings going for a ride, I think they were Juveniles as their 
head was brownish. 

 The DuPage bird walk led by Kyle at 7:30 this morning A family of Mute Swans 
at McKee Marsh, a Dupage F P. Shovelers, Mallards, Pied Bill Grebes, Scaup, and 
many Coots were seen as the haze was lifting, A Red Shouldered Hawk was heard, 
and it seemed that well over a hundred Blue Birds were seen on the 3 hour walk. 
Steve 
Subject: IBET Lake Springfield 10-18
From: "Colin Dobson birdingboy AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 13:17:45 -0500
Yesterday, Tony, grandma, and I went to Chicago. On the way back, we stopped at 
Lake Springfield for awhile. Most of the water birds were from, the beach 
house, the boat rump just south of the beach house and bridge, Lincoln Gardens, 
and Marine point. Here are the highlights. 

Common Loon 3-4 one smaller one that was probably just a juv. Common, kept 
diving. 

Pied-billed Grebe 90
Horned Grebe 30
Bonaparte's Gull 250
Franklin's Gull 18
Red-headed Woodpecker 1

Colin Dobson
Morgan county
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Subject: IBET Shrike at Montrose
From: "S J stevejner AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 10:14:52 -0700
Never seen one before. Think it a Northern. Sitting at top of tallest dead tree 
on east side of meadow. It is a Shrike. Just not sure what kind 

Steve June
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Subject: Re: IBET Lark Bunting - yes!
From: "Chuck Berman cberman129 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 11:13:33 -0500
Has anyone located the lark bunting today? Thanks
Chuck Berman

On Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 1:41 PM, Alex Bloss alex_bloss13 AT msn.com [ILbirds] <
ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
> Hi all,
>
> Apologies for the confused notes of before. The LARK BUNTING was refound
> at Montrose beach. When last seen it was perched on the south end of the
> fence that separates the protected area from the public beach. I don't know
> where it went after that, as I was attempting to post its rediscovery... It
> was on the ground when first rediscovered by Jose (?). It appeared to be an
> adult non-breeding male. My photos are pretty dark and rather blurry, but
> good enough for documentation.
>
> Joe Lill first found it in the panne at Montrose, and it must have flown
> west towards the beach. If we are lucky it will be in the general area for
> the rest of the day and maybe tomorrow.
>
> Cheers,
>
>
> Alex Bloss
> Chicago
>
>  
>
Subject: IBET Purple Finches - Genoa (DeKalb County)
From: "Karen Lund catbirder813 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 11:02:13 -0500
I haven't noticed any reports of purple finches yet.  There are at least 2
in my yard this morning.

Karen Lund
Genoa, DeKalb County
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Subject: IBET Sat PM - Jackson Park, Chicago--Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow area -- Oct 18, 2014
From: "Craig tnemec1 AT ameritech.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 08:30:43 -0500
Oct 18, 2014

Jackson Park, Chicago--Wooded Island/Bobolink Meadow area

Traveling
1.5 miles
90 Minutes
Observers: 2
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Kuesel
91 Canada Goose
15 Wood Duck
1 Mallard
4 Pied-billed Grebe
13 Double-crested Cormorant
1 Great Blue Heron
1 Green Heron
22 Ring-billed Gull
1 Herring Gull
1 Mourning Dove
1 Belted Kingfisher
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Downy Woodpecker
1 Hairy Woodpecker
9 Northern Flicker
1 Blue Jay
38 American Crow
4 Black-capped Chickadee
9 Golden-crowned Kinglet
4 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
2 Hermit Thrush
1 American Robin
1 American Tree Sparrow
1 Savannah Sparrow
4 Lincoln's Sparrow
6 Swamp Sparrow
17 White-throated Sparrow
7 White-crowned Sparrow
3 Northern Cardinal
1 Pine Siskin
2 American Goldfinch

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Subject: IBET Sat PM - Northerly Island, Chicago -- Oct 18, 2014
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Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 08:29:14 -0500
Oct 18, 2014

Northerly Island, Chicago

Traveling
0.75 miles
65 Minutes
Observers: 2
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Kuesel

1 Cackling Goose
94 Canada Goose
1 Mallard
3 Double-crested Cormorant
2 Peregrine Falcon
3 American Coot
77 Ring-billed Gull
1 Mourning Dove
2 American Crow
1 Winter Wren
2 Golden-crowned Kinglet
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
2 Orange-crowned Warbler
2 Yellow-rumped Warbler
4 Palm Warbler
7 American Tree Sparrow
2 Fox Sparrow
1 Lincoln's Sparrow
8 White-throated Sparrow
22 White-crowned Sparrow
8 Dark-eyed Junco
1 American Goldfinch

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Subject: IBET Sat PM - Burnham Park--McCormick Nature Area -- Oct 18, 2014
From: "Craig tnemec1 AT ameritech.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 08:28:03 -0500
Oct 18, 2014

Burnham Park--McCormick Nature Area

Traveling
0.5 miles
60 Minutes
Observers: 2
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Kuesel

1 Double-crested Cormorant
1 Cooper's Hawk
57 Ring-billed Gull
8 Chimney Swift
1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
8 Black-capped Chickadee
5 Brown Creeper
8 Golden-crowned Kinglet
2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
3 Hermit Thrush
1 Fox Sparrow
19 White-throated Sparrow
9 White-crowned Sparrow
2 Dark-eyed Junco
3 American Goldfinch

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Subject: IBET Sat AM - Lincoln Park, Chicago--Jarvis Bird Sanctuary -- Oct 18, 2014
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Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 08:26:32 -0500
Oct 18, 2014

Lincoln Park, Chicago--Jarvis Bird Sanctuary

Traveling
0.6 miles
70 Minutes
Observers: 2
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Kuesel

1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
2 Downy Woodpecker
1 Eastern Phoebe
1 Golden-crowned Kinglet
3 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
5 Hermit Thrush
1 Orange-crowned Warbler
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler
2 American Tree Sparrow
1 Fox Sparrow
2 Lincoln's Sparrow
1 Swamp Sparrow
11 White-throated Sparrow
18 White-crowned Sparrow
6 Dark-eyed Junco
3 American Goldfinch

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Subject: IBET Sat AM - Montrose Point, Lincoln Park, Chicago -- Oct 18, 2014
From: "Craig tnemec1 AT ameritech.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 08:25:06 -0500
Oct 18, 2014

Montrose Point, Lincoln Park, Chicago

Traveling
0.5 miles
80 Minutes
Observers: 2
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Kuesel

3 Canada Goose
1 Cooper's Hawk
1 Black-bellied Plover
7 Sanderling
1 Ring-billed Gull
1 Black-capped Chickadee
3 Golden-crowned Kinglet
2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
6 Hermit Thrush
8 Cedar Waxwing
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler
1 Palm Warbler
1 American Redstart -- Yellowstart
1 American Tree Sparrow
2 Fox Sparrow
1 Song Sparrow
5 White-throated Sparrow
1 White-crowned Sparrow
3 Dark-eyed Junco
17 House Sparrow

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Subject: IBET Sat AM - Millennium Park--Lurie Garden -- Oct 18, 2014
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Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 08:23:47 -0500
Oct 18, 2014 

Millennium Park--Lurie Garden

Traveling
0.15 miles
16 Minutes
Observers: 2
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Kuesel
2 American Crow
1 Black-capped Chickadee
3 Hermit Thrush
4 American Robin
1 Fox Sparrow
8 White-throated Sparrow
1 Harris's Sparrow -- Continuing
1 White-crowned Sparrow
1 Northern Cardinal
2 American Goldfinch
7 House Sparrow

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Subject: IBET Sat AM Burnham Park--McCormick Nature Area -- Oct 18, 2014
From: "Craig tnemec1 AT ameritech.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 08:22:33 -0500
Oct 18, 2014

Burnham Park--McCormick Nature Area

Traveling
0.5 miles
50 Minutes
Observers: 2
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:  
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50 Canada Goose
11 Double-crested Cormorant
2 Cooper's Hawk
10 Ring-billed Gull
1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
1 Downy Woodpecker
1 American Crow
2 Black-capped Chickadee
2 Golden-crowned Kinglet
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
2 Hermit Thrush
3 American Robin
1 Orange-crowned Warbler
20 Yellow-rumped Warbler
1 Swamp Sparrow
5 White-throated Sparrow
1 Dark-eyed Junco
3 Northern Cardinal
2 American Goldfinch

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Subject: Re: IBET Snow Bunting at Montrose Beach Dunes
From: "David Carlson davincrow AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 03:49:47 +0000 (UTC)
Hi All:Nice to meet Leslie and all the others out at Montrose where it was wild 
and windy this afternoon.  High water blocked some of the paths from 
the dunes to the beach, but my best birds were Snow Bunting as mentioned, 
Black-Bellied Plovers, a Dunlin, and a first-of-season-for-me American Tree 
Sparrow.  

Also made brief stops at McGinnis Slough and Saganashkee Slough where there 
were a lot of Cormorants (I counted 46).  I wish I had my scope for 4 small 
possible buffleheads/scoters/grebes on the other side.  Full lists below.  

I am also having trouble with ID on a dragonfly with gray eyes photographed 
perching vertically on a tree trunk in Northern Wisconsin this year.  If 
anyone is willing to take a look at a couple pictures, please let me know. 

Wings,David <> CarlsonOrland Park, IL  (Cook)
>>Montrose<>Sag Slough<>MGS< wrote: 

   

     Dear Birders,
A winter plumaged Snow Bunting was present all afternoon today at the dunes.  
It stayed near the pier foraging in the narrow strip of sand and grasses along 
the dune pond.  Thanks to the gracious birder (whose name we unfortunately 
didn't get) who told us about the bunting and showed us his photos; hopefully 
he will post later to IBET and IBF. 

Good fall birding.
Leslie Bornscakile AT att.netChicago/Cook
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Subject: IBET Harlequin Duck photos
From: "ericwalters7 AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 18 Oct 2014 20:28:12 -0700
Although the Harlequin Duck 'flock' wasn't relocated this afternoon, I did 
finally post a few photos of the group of 4 at the following link: 

 

 http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topic=55450.0 
http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topic=55450.0 


 

 

 Eric Walters
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Subject: IBET Harris's Sparrow Lurie Garden YES 10-18 am
From: "Henry Griffin hwga380 AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 19:55:25 -0500
Hello birding friends,

Got my lifer HARRIS'S SPARROW at 7:30am today in the shrubs between the prairie 
area of Lurie Garden and the sidewalk right next to to Monroe Street. Very take 
bird and it allowed for fantastic looks, then it flew north into the prairie 
and I lost it. 


Good birding,
Henry (Oak Park, Cook)

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Subject: IBET Snow Bunting at Montrose Beach Dunes
From: "Leslie Borns cakile AT att.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 14:27:09 -0700
Dear Birders,

A winter plumaged Snow Bunting was present all afternoon today at the dunes. It 
stayed near the pier foraging in the narrow strip of sand and grasses along the 
dune pond. Thanks to the gracious birder (whose name we unfortunately didn't 
get) who told us about the bunting and showed us his photos; hopefully he will 
post later to IBET and IBF. 


Good fall birding.

Leslie Borns
cakile AT att.net
Chicago/Cook
Subject: IBET North Pond, Chicago, Oct 18, 2014 PM
From: "Steve Huggins sjhuggins1209 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 13:42:51 -0700
Birding North Pond in Lincoln Park this afternoon was fairly hard in the cold 
northerly winds but I was able to pull out a few goodies, highlights being 5 
species of warbler with perhaps a Chestnut-sided Warbler being the best. My 
favorite bird however was a singing Rusty Blackbird, I was quite surprised by 
that! 


A full list is below:

Cheers
Steve Huggins
Chicago, IL

On Saturday, October 18, 2014 3:31 PM, "ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu" 
 wrote: 


Lincoln Park, Chicago--North Pond, Cook, US-IL
Oct 18, 2014 12:30 PM - 3:20 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
45 species (+2 other taxa)

Graylag Goose (Domestic type)  2
Canada Goose  25
Wood Duck  18
Mallard  20
Mallard (Domestic type)  4
Double-crested Cormorant  13
Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  1
Green Heron  2
Cooper's Hawk  3
Ring-billed Gull  40
Herring Gull  5
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  30
Belted Kingfisher  1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  17
Downy Woodpecker  5
Northern Flicker  3
Peregrine Falcon  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
American Crow  19
Black-capped Chickadee  6
Brown Creeper  4
Winter Wren  2
Golden-crowned Kinglet  6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  13
Swainson's Thrush  1
Hermit Thrush  14
American Robin  3
European Starling  20
Northern Waterthrush  1
Orange-crowned Warbler  2
Common Yellowthroat  1
Chestnut-sided Warbler 1 1st yr bird, feeding low and catching moths - photos 
obtained. 

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  4
American Tree Sparrow  2
Fox Sparrow (Red)  1
Song Sparrow  3
Lincoln's Sparrow  1
Swamp Sparrow  6
White-throated Sparrow  20
White-crowned Sparrow  14
Dark-eyed Junco  40
Northern Cardinal  1
Rusty Blackbird  1
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch  16
House Sparrow  30

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20268189 


This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: IBET Fox Sparrow invasion etc at Ryerson
From: "Rena Cohen rena1729 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 12:41:20 -0700
Ira Sanders and I birded Ryerson Conservation Area in Riverwoods for several 
hours this morning, joined by Jeff Sanders after his field trip at Daniel 
Wright Woods. The highlight was a riot of birds on the forest trail directly 
east of the Brushwood parking lot (take the trail from the parking lot through 
the meadow and cross over into the woods) including at least 15 FOX and two 
dozen WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS plus assorted LINCOLN'S and SONG SPARROWS, HERMIT 
THRUSHES, MYRTLE WARBLERS and DARK-EYED JUNCOS, one RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, one 
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and several late TURKEY VULTURES. 


We also had several GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS, WHITE CROWNED SPARROWS, a female 
TOWHEE, many MYRTLE WARBLERS, one YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, one flyover 
SHARP-SHINNED HAWK and the usual suspects along Warbler Alley behind the 
Welcome Center. 


Rena Cohen
Highland Park
Lake County 
Subject: Re: IBET 4 Harlequin Ducks in Lake County
From: "Beau Schaefer beauschaefer AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 14:33:48 -0500
No harlequins or scoters as of 2:40. 
Beau Schaefer
Lake co

Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 18, 2014, at 12:37 PM, "ericwalters7 AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" 
 wrote: 

> 
> Earlier this morning, I photographed 4 Harlequin Ducks at North Point Marina. 
More information can be found at this IBF link: 

> 
> 
> 
> http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topic=55450.0
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> 
> 
> 
> 
> Eric Walters
> 
> 
Subject: IBET Better Backyard Bird Feeding program Tues 10/21 (NO SIGHTINGS)
From: "Rena Cohen rena1729 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 12:29:37 -0700
Millions of Americans (birders and otherwise) feed wild birds, but most of us 
don't know what kind of birdseed attracts what kinds of birds, how to attract 
"good" species and deter "bad" ones, and the impact of bird feeding on avian 
health. Millikin University has developed a reputation for research designed to 
answer those questions, and Assistant Professor of Biology Travis Wilcoxen will 
share his team's findings at next Tuesday's meeting of Illinois Audubon 
Society's Lake/Cook Chapter in Highland Park. 



The program - "The Seed We Feed: Better Backyard Bird Feeding" - will begin at 
7 pm Tuesday Oct. 21 at Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Road, Highland Park 
(from Route 41, take the Half Day Road/Route 22 exit west 3/4 mile to the 
second Ridge Road and turn north). For directions and a full program and field 
trip listing, visit www.lakecookaudubon.org 



Rena Cohen
Highland Park
Lake County
Subject: IBET 4 Harlequin Ducks in Lake County
From: "ericwalters7 AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 18 Oct 2014 10:37:32 -0700
Earlier this morning, I photographed 4 Harlequin Ducks at North Point Marina. 
More information can be found at this IBF link: 

 

 http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topic=55450.0 
http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topic=55450.0 


 

 

 Eric Walters
Subject: IBET Birds & Beers - Hawkwatch Edition, TONIGHT, Timothy O'Toole's Gurnee. Hope to see you there!! (no sightings)
From: "Jeff Skrentny skrentnyspeaks AT me.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:26:12 -0500
BIRDS & BEERS - HAWKWATCH EDITION, TONIGHT!!!

Mother Nature didn't get the memo about providing ideal hawkwatching conditions 
today, but the afternoon has potential, and after that is a PERFECT time to 
have a beer and/or a meal with your fellow Lake, Kane & Cook County birders / 
hawkwatchers at this months Birds & Beers event. 


After the hawkwatches are over today, we will gather at Timothy O'Toole's, 5572 
Grand Avenue (http://www.timothyotooles.com) in Gurnee (Lake County). We plan 
to begin arriving about 530 - 545pm. We will meet in the elevated dinning area 
in the back room, which will be set aside for us (thank you Adam). 


AND, Adam Sell, has promised the bird in the photo below to anyone who comes 
out hawkwatching Saturday (either site), I promise you will have an opportunity 
to choose between all the beers in that photo after hawkwatch is over at 
Timothy O'Toole's. 


We hope to see you later this afternoon after the rain clears, or early this 
evening at Birds & Beers - Hawkwatch Edition at Timothy O'Toole's in Gurnee. 


-jrrs
Jeff Skrentny
Cook County, about to Hawkwatch followed by Birds & Beering in Lake County

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Subject: IBET Lark Bunting photos needed
From: "sdbailey AT illinois.edu [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 18 Oct 2014 07:57:29 -0700
Hi all. Does anyone have Jose Aveja's contact info? I would like to receive 
larger size photos of the nice pic he got of the bird, as well as permission to 
use one in the Meadowlark journal. Knowledge of and contact info about/for any 
other photos of this bird that may have been taken would also be much 
appreciated! Thanks and good birding! 

 

 Steve Bailey
 Mundelein (Lake Co.)
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Subject: IBET Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Cass Co. 14-Oct
From: "mcvetas AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 18 Oct 2014 07:52:50 -0700
Those of you who subscribe to eBird Rare Bird Alert emails have already seen 
this, but a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was photographed along Clear Lake Rd, 
north of Chandlerville Rd, in Cass Co., about 5 miles east of Beardstown on 
14-Oct. 



This is an eBird first for Cass.

Matthew Cvetas

Evanston, IL

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Subject: Re: IBET Re: Possible Lark Bunting
From: "trptjoe AT aol.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 19:47:30 -0400
Just out of curiosity, why isn't it a female? To my eyes it looked most similar 
to this photo: 

http://www.sdakotabirds.com/species_photos/lark_bunting_7.htm


and José's photo bears this out.
http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topic=55448.msg96948#new


Females can have a ton of white in the wings, too. When I first saw it perched 
(after seeing the wing patches in flight, which set off my alarm bells), you 
couldn't see white on the wings. Later, seeing it with José and Alex, the 
white could be seen when it was on the ground, then in flight, and also while 
it was perched on shorebird fence. 

That being said, I'm happy to be educated more thoroughly; educate away!


Joe Lill
Chicago, IL
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-----Original Message-----
From: mcvetas AT comcast.net [ILbirds] 
To: ILbirds 
Sent: Fri, Oct 17, 2014 5:02 pm
Subject: IBET Re: Possible Lark Bunting


 
  
    
                  
The LARK BUNTING was seen by several birders around 3pm at Montrose. It flushed 
from the dune grasses with Savannah Sparrows and landed on the pier for a few 
moments. With the amount of white on the wing coverts, my guess is this bird is 
a male in basic plumage. When someone walked down the pier, it flew out over 
the lake, thought better of it, turned around and dove back into the grasses 
where it hunkered down out of the wind. 



Matthew Cvetas
Evanston, IL

    
             

  
Subject: IBET Red-necked Grebe 87th St Steel Mills
From: "Aaron Gyllenhaal aarongyllenhaal AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 18:03:25 -0500
Hi all,

My dad found a Red-necked Grebe today at the harbor next to the abandoned steel 
mill land where 87th St ends at the lake. It was in the harbor and clearly in 
Illinois waters. It was about 100 feet offshore. It was actively diving and 
still there when we left at 5:45. 


Aaron Gyllenhaal
Oak Park, IL

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Subject: IBET Lincoln Park Hawkwatch - Friday Oct 17th PM
From: "Steve Huggins sjhuggins1209 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:11:25 -0700
It hurts to be sat behind a desk mid-morning when you can see the westerly 
winds blowing nicely outside the window so I decided to take the afternoon off 
and head up to the roof deck (Clark & Belden, Lincoln Park). I was up there by 
12.40 and immediately noticed hawks. A small kettle of 2 TV's, 2 Red-tails, 5 
Sharpies and a Northern Harrier were circling directly overhead, in the next 20 
minutes I'd seen 42 hawks! By the end of the afternoon I'd counted 251 hawks of 
10 species - not too shabby!! Not too much else seen migrating but an Ovenbird 
in the shrubs at the base of the building was nice. 


Hawks - Total 251
Turkey Vulture - 100 (72 in the 1pm to 2pm hour)
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 120
Cooper's Hawk - 5
Red-tailed Hawk - 9
Broad-winged Hawk - 1 imm (getting late!)
Osprey - 2
Merlin - 9
American Kestrel - 1
Peregrine - 2 migrants (plus 2 locals giving the vultures a torrid time)
Northern Harrier - 1
Bald Eagle - 1 ad

Cheers
Steve Huggins
Chicago, IL
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Subject: IBET Re: Possible Lark Bunting
From: "mcvetas AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 17 Oct 2014 15:02:45 -0700
The LARK BUNTING was seen by several birders around 3pm at Montrose. It flushed 
from the dune grasses with Savannah Sparrows and landed on the pier for a few 
moments. With the amount of white on the wing coverts, my guess is this bird is 
a male in basic plumage. When someone walked down the pier, it flew out over 
the lake, thought better of it, turned around and dove back into the grasses 
where it hunkered down out of the wind. 


 Matthew Cvetas
 Evanston, IL
Subject: IBET Lark Bunting - yes!
From: "Alex Bloss alex_bloss13 AT msn.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:41:33 -0500
Hi all,
Apologies for the confused notes of before. The LARK BUNTING was refound at 
Montrose beach. When last seen it was perched on the south end of the fence 
that separates the protected area from the public beach. I don't know where it 
went after that, as I was attempting to post its rediscovery... It was on the 
ground when first rediscovered by Jose (?). It appeared to be an adult 
non-breeding male. My photos are pretty dark and rather blurry, but good enough 
for documentation. 

Joe Lill first found it in the panne at Montrose, and it must have flown west 
towards the beach. If we are lucky it will be in the general area for the rest 
of the day and maybe tomorrow. 

Cheers,

Alex Bloss
Chicago 		 	   		  
Subject: IBET GWFG- Burlington (Kane Co.)
From: "Brendon Lake brendonlake10 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:22:38 -0700
Hi all, not super exciting, but there is currently a Greater White-Fronted 
Goose with a large flock of Canada Geese and Cackling Geese at the retention 
pond on Valley Way in Burlington. No telling how long it may stay, geese often 
get flushed at this location. 


Brendon Lake
Burlington, Kane County
Subject: Re: IBET possible Lark Bunting
From: "sdbailey AT illinois.edu [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 17 Oct 2014 11:10:07 -0700
So, is it a Lark Bunting? If so, I take it, that it is a female or a male in 
non-breeding plumage? 

 

 Steve Bailey
 Mundelein
Subject: RE: IBET Possible Lark Bunting
From: "alex_bloss13 alex_bloss13 AT msn.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:04:22 -0500
Sorry, I meant WEST end.


Alex Bloss
Chicago

-------- Original message --------
From: "alex_bloss13 alex_bloss13 AT msn.com [ILbirds]"
Date:10/17/2014 12:50 PM (GMT-06:00)
To: malango AT rcn.com,IBET
Subject: RE: IBET Possible Lark Bunting
It is at the east end of the protected area along the fence right now. Poor photos taken Alex Bloss Chicago
-------- Original message --------
From: "malango AT rcn.com [ILbirds]"
Date:10/17/2014 11:25 AM (GMT-06:00)
To: IBET
Subject: IBET Possible Lark Bunting
Ibeters, Just received a call from Joe Lill. He’s in the Montrose Dunes and believes he has a Lark Bunting. The way he described the bird to me is what I saw at Jarvis last week. He’s trying to re-locate the bird with Michele D. Luis Muñoz malango AT rcn.com Chicago
Subject: RE: IBET Possible Lark Bunting
From: "alex_bloss13 alex_bloss13 AT msn.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:50:44 -0500
It is at the east end of the protected area along the fence right now. Poor 
photos taken 



Alex Bloss
Chicago

-------- Original message --------
From: "malango AT rcn.com [ILbirds]"
Date:10/17/2014 11:25 AM (GMT-06:00)
To: IBET
Subject: IBET Possible Lark Bunting
Ibeters, Just received a call from Joe Lill. He’s in the Montrose Dunes and believes he has a Lark Bunting. The way he described the bird to me is what I saw at Jarvis last week. He’s trying to re-locate the bird with Michele D. Luis Muñoz malango AT rcn.com Chicago
Subject: IBET Possible Lark Bunting
From: "malango AT rcn.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:25:23 -0500
Ibeters,

Just received a call from Joe Lill. He’s in the Montrose Dunes and believes 
he has a Lark Bunting. The way he described the bird to me is what I saw at 
Jarvis last week. He’s trying to re-locate the bird with Michele D. 


Luis Muñoz
malango AT rcn.com
Chicago
Subject: IBET More warblers than sparrows at Montrose 10/17
From: "Vera.Leopold AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 17 Oct 2014 07:58:44 -0700
There was a surprising diversity of warblers at Montrose this morning. My dad 
and I were there starting at 7:30 for a little over an hour. It's bright, 
sunny, and crisp...great fall weather out there. Warblers seen were: 


Yellow-rumped Warblers (many, eating juniper berries)
Palm Warblers (5-6)
Tennessee Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler (2 with very close looks at one)
Nashville Warbler
Cape May Warbler (lovely bright yellow bird)
Magnolia Warbler

We also had a BLUE-HEADED VIREO out in the open giving us great looks (possibly 
the same bird as Al's from yesterday?), a WINTER WREN briefly glimpsed in the 
south prairie, both kinglets, many Hermit Thrushes, a probable flyover PINE 
SISKIN, a (late?) EASTERN PHOEBE, heard-only BELTED KINGFISHER, and a Cooper's 
Hawk that flew right at us down a side path carrying prey, probably a chipmunk. 
A plump-bodied bird flew up the trail by the Hedge in front of us, looking a 
lot like an AMERICAN WOODCOCK. Other birders saw it and their thought was also 
woodcock. 


Sparrows included:

White-crowned Sparrow (most numerous)
White-throated Sparrows
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Dark-eyed Juncos (2)

Good birding!

Vera Miller
Downers Grove, IL
 

Subject: Fwd: IBET HARRIS'S SPARROW, Lurie Garden, Chicago
From: "David Johnson djohnsoda AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:56:48 -0500
Fellow Ibeters,

RE: Laurie Garden Harris's Sparrow

Still present Friday at 8:00 am. Second stone walkway from the south: feeds on 
and near the wild quinine. Very tame; yesterday at noon it was singing! 


Scott Hierbaum observed it with me this am.  

An adult male American Redstart was flycatching just south of the McDonalds 
Cyclery in the dense elms along Columbus Drive in Millennium Park. 


David B Johnson
NE IL
djohnsoda AT comcast.net

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Begin forwarded message:

> From: "David Johnson djohnsoda AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" 
 

> Date: October 16, 2014, 8:37:11 AM CDT
> To: IBET 
> Subject: Fwd: IBET HARRIS'S SPARROW, Lurie Garden, Chicago
> Reply-To: David Johnson 
> 
> Fellow Ibeters,
> 
> Still present today, Thursday am in same location and in the northern prairie 
itself along the 2nd e-w walkway from the north. Found by Ted Wolf this 
morning. 

> 
> David B Johnson
> NE IL
> djohnsoda AT comcast.net
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
> Begin forwarded message:
> 
>> From: "David Johnson djohnsoda AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" 
 

>> Date: October 15, 2014, 8:46:44 AM CDT
>> To: "ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com" 
>> Subject: IBET HARRIS'S SPARROW, Lurie Garden, Chicago
>> Reply-To: David Johnson 
>> 
>>  
>> Fellow Ibeters,
>> 
>> I just observed a Harris's Sparrow atop the densiforme yews south of the 
view path sign at the south end of Lurie Garden. The sparrow was near many 
White-throated Sparrows and a few White-crowned Sparrows. 

>> 
>> Many sparrows in the Garden.
>> 
>> Good Birding!
>> 
>> David B Johnson
>> NE IL
>> djohnsoda AT comcast.net
>> 
>> Sent from my iPhone
>> 
> 
> 
Subject: IBET Montrose white pelican
From: "Michelle Devlin michelledevlin AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 07:08:33 -0500
Flew over protected area of beach at 7 am. No idea if it landed. I was on 
public beach and it flew southeast over pier. 


Michelle devlin
Cook co


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Subject: IBET Sangchris Lake State Park, Christian County
From: "Craig Taylor tnemec1 AT ameritech.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 21:48:30 -0700
Late afternoon, Thursday.

16 species

74,000 birds (No geese!)

1 Pied-billed Grebe
1 Blue Jay
2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
3 Great Blue Heron
3 Turkey Vulture
4 American Crow
4 Yellow-rumped Warbler

13 Green-winged Teal
20 Mourning
 Dove
21 American Robin
41 Ring-billed Gull
497 Tree Swallow

2,400 Brown-headed Cowbird
6,800 European Starling
12,422 Red-winged Blackbird
52,000 Common
 Grackle


Massive flocks of blackbirds, primarily Common Grackle. Birds streamed directly 
over head. Always amazed at these flocks... Average of 40 birds per second, for 
30 minutes! 



Searched unsuccessfully for Great-tailed Grackle and, maybe some day, I will 
pull a Yellow-headed Blackbird out of one of these flocks.... 


 
Note: the NW corner of the lake / State Park is in Sangamon County.


"Do you eBird?"

Craig Taylor
La Grange, Illinois
Cook County
Subject: IBET Lake Springfield Thursday Afternoon (Sangamon Co.)
From: "Craig Taylor tnemec1 AT ameritech.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 21:02:16 -0700
I hit a number of lake access points this afternoon, working down from the dam, 
along the east side. I did no real land birding; spent my time scoping the 
lake. 


Highlights:

62 Pied-billed
 Grebe (Majority seen from Dividing Dam Access)
31 Horned Grebe  (Majority seen from Dividing Dam Access)
2 American White Pelican
48 Bonaparte's Gull (Majority seen south of Long Bay Lane)
13 Franklin's Gull (7 were on the beach at Beach House)
192 Cedar Waxwing (Flocks of 10's, 20's and 30's)
17 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Most were found along shore at Lincoln Greens Golf 
Course) 


I tried mightily, but could not find any other grebe species.

 
"Do you eBird?"

Craig Taylor
La Grange,
 Illinois
Cook County
Subject: IBET Loyola And Montrose - 10/16/2014
From: "Steve Spitzer steven0703 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 19:28:31 -0700
Hi Birders,

Best Loyola bird was a Lapland Longspur, Best at Montrose were eleven Rusty 
Blackbirds. The Longspur, most of the blackbirds, and a few others at the link. 


Steve Spitzer

Chicago - Cook

Montrose and Loyola - 10/16/2014

  
             
Montrose and Loyola - 10/16/2014
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Subject: IBET misty day at ft sheridan & middlefork
From: "Jeffrey Sanders yellowstart5 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 19:25:20 -0700
hello ibetors--
 
my brother ira and I fought thru occasional misty rain for several hours with 
limited results. 

 
ft. Sheridan
 
savannah sparrow------4+
song sparrow----------- 7+
wht-crned---sparrow---12+
wht-thrt  sparrow--------2
swamp   sparrow------14+
nelson's  sparrow------2
pine siskin---------------1
palm   warbler----------8+
myrtle  warbler--------15+
orange-crnd warbler--1
swift-------------------60--80
hairy wdpckr-----------2
downy   "    -----------3
red-bellied wdpckr---8+
red-headed   "      ---4
r c kinglet--------------2
robin----------------70-80
winter wren----------1
screech owl-heard---1
yellowthroat----------1
bluebird--------------12+
 
middlefork
 
meadowlark---------3
swamp sparrow----6+
wht-crnd    "     ----4+
wht-thrt     "     -----1
song        " ---------2+
palm warbler------25+
myrtle   "      -------8+
orange-crn "   -----3
yellowthroat--------1
towhee--------------1
coot-----------------1
grn-wng teal------1
g b heron----------2
swift----------------4
flicker--------------2
bluebird----------2
 
 
 
Jeffrey Sanders      Glenview      No. Cook  
Subject: IBET Douglas Hart Nature Center
From: "Ron povpt93 AT consolidated.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 19:30:56 -0500
Birds today included;
 
 Blue-winged Teal
 Green-winged Teal
 Northern Shoveler
 American Coot
 Pied-billed Grebe
 Red-tailed Hawk
 Gray Catbird
 Yellow-rumped Warbler
 Nashville Warbler
 Black-throated Green Warbler
 Swamp Sparrow
 Song Sparrow
 Eastern Towhee
 Winter Wren
 Hermit Thrush
 American Goldfinch
 Eastern Phoebe

Ron Bradley 

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Subject: IBET Chautauqua, NO SIGHTINGS
From: "miking38 AT aol.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 16 Oct 2014 16:47:18 -0700

 I went by Chautauqua today and just as a reminder to self and all that the 
waterfowl sanctuary rules are now in effect as of yesterday, 10-15. What that 
means is access is restricted to the turn-around area at the Eagle Bluff 
cross-dike, the levee at Goofy Ridge only to the water control structure, the 
Rountree Trail only to the bluff top, and the trails to the observation decks 
near the headquarters building. All other access (such as levee walking, beer 
can spot, etc.) is now prohibited until Feb. 1, 2015. 

 Mike Ingram, Peoria
 

Subject: IBET Eared grebe, Tazewell County
From: "miking38 AT aol.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 16 Oct 2014 16:31:45 -0700

 This morning I found an eared grebe on the Illinois River from East Peoria, 
from the Cooper Park boat launch. There may have been two but it was hard to 
keep track of one let alone two, so I gave up on that bird. There was perhaps a 
dozen horned grebes and three pied-billeds as well as a few dozen ruddy ducks, 
all resting in the flock and it made it tough to keep track of just who was who 
there. Later, another observer called me and said there were actually three but 
I could not find any later this afternoon when I was able to return. 

 Mike Ingram, Peoria 

Subject: IBET Lake Charleston
From: "Ron povpt93 AT consolidated.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 17:59:37 -0500
Birds today included;

 Double-crested Cormorant
 Horned Grebe
 Pied-billed Grebe
 Great Egret
 American White Pelican
 Ruddy Duck
 Ring-necked Duck
 Northern Pintail
 Green-winged Teal
 Mallard
 Bonaparte's Gull
 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
 Red-headed Woodpecker 
 Red-bellied Woodpecker 
 Downy Woodpecker 
 Yellow-rumped Warbler
 Orange-crowned Warbler
 Cedar Waxwing
 Turkey Vulture
 American Coot
 Belted Kingfisher 
 Carolina Chickadee 
 Tufted Titmouse 
 Golden-crowned Kinglet
 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
 White-throated Sparrow
 Dark-eyed Junco
 American Goldfinch
 Northern Cardinal

Ron Bradley 

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