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19 Dec IBET Putnam County Sage Thrasher Story On Friday 12-19-14 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
20 Dec IBET Flashback to last year, grab your hats (no sightings) ["Suzanne Coleman isooz AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
19 Dec IBET paul douglas f p/baker's lake ["Jeffrey Sanders yellowstart5 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
19 Dec IBET Sage thrasher ["Colin Dobson birdingboy AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
19 Dec IBET Seeking to talk with: Christmas Bird Counters in the glenview/northbrook, North Cook County area ["Ms Sheryl DeVore sheryl_1956 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
19 Dec IBET BY Downy wp ["John Baxter XXJB7Z AT AOL.COM [ILbirds]" ]
19 Dec IBET: Townsend's Solitaire ["Daniel Williams twotringas AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
19 Dec Re: IBET Sage Thrasher in Putnam Co. today. ["Andrew andrewsaldrich AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
19 Dec IBET Jackson Park, Chicago, eBird hotspots (NO SIGHTINGS) ["Paul Clyne paulclyne2000 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
19 Dec IBET Coles County Prairie Falcon ["Tyler Funk fftfunk AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
18 Dec IBET Sage Thrasher in Putnam Co. today. ["douglas stotz dfstotz AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
18 Dec IBET Backyard Owls ["Jed Hertz jhh_60910 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
18 Dec IBET Winnebago Co-S. Beloit Victoria Lake & Nygren Wetlands. Etc. Thur 12-18-14 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
18 Dec IBET Late sandhills ["Roger Hotham rhothm AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" ]
18 Dec IBET Baker's Lake ["Carolyn Fields c7echoes AT aol.com [ILbirds]" ]
18 Dec IBET SANDHILL CRANES ["'Vince Moxon' vmoxon AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
18 Dec IBET SAGE THRASHER in Putnam County ["Josh Engel jengel5230 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
17 Dec IBET Project SNOWstorm (No Current Sightings) ["Joan Norek NorekJ AT aol.com [ILbirds]" ]
17 Dec IBET Snowy Owl and Rough-legged Hawks 87th St ["Aaron Gyllenhaal aarongyllenhaal AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
17 Dec IBET: Red-necked Grebe in South Beloit ["'Daniel & Barbara Williams' twotringas AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
17 Dec IBET Cook County-The Shrike Is Nice At Paul Douglas F.P. Wed 12-17-14 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
17 Dec IBET BY WB nuthatch ["John Baxter XXJB7Z AT AOL.COM [ILbirds]" ]
17 Dec IBET BY DE junco and RB wp ["John Baxter XXJB7Z AT AOL.COM [ILbirds]" ]
17 Dec IBET Channel and Loyola Birds ["Steve Spitzer steven0703 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
16 Dec IBET Bald Eagle Swims with Fish in Talons ["tvincl AT casscomm.com [ILbirds]" ]
16 Dec IBET The Bluebird - no sighting ["sfluett AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
15 Dec IBET Galesburg Area Bird Club list for 12/14/14 ["jane_easterly AT hotmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
15 Dec IBET My (and Jeff S.'s) portion of the Lisle-Arboretum CBC ["rlshonkw AT uchicago.edu [ILbirds]" ]
15 Dec IBET 2015 Palos Christmas count ["w.serafin AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
15 Dec IBET Meredosia Island CBC (ILMI) ["'Tony Ward' tward3 AT mchsi.com [ILbirds]" ]
15 Dec IBET Chicago Botanic Garden & Skokie Lagoons Mon 12-15-14 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
15 Dec IBET Home to a hawk ["Jay Jaeger johnajaeger AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
15 Dec IBET Snow Bunting gallery update and others ["robirdman AT theearlybirder.com [ILbirds]" ]
15 Dec IBET chicago urban xmas count dec 14th ["Jeffrey Sanders yellowstart5 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
14 Dec IBET Lisle-Arb CBC - preliminary results ["'Geoffrey A. Williamson' geoffrey.williamson AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
15 Dec IBET CBC - North Pond / Lincoln Park Zoo / Jarvis / Chicago River at Wilson and Argyle ["Rena Cohen rena1729 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
14 Dec IBET Chicago Urban X-Mas Count Along The Des Plaines River Plus 2 Cemeteries Sun 12-14-14 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
15 Dec IBET Loyola, Yard, etc, - 12/14/2014 ["Steve Spitzer steven0703 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
14 Dec IBET Rough-legged Hawks at Gillson Park, Cook ["mcvetas AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
14 Dec IBET A Merlin in the water at Montrose - Sunday 12.14.2014 ["Fran Morel franmmmk AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
14 Dec IBET Lincoln Park Common Loon ["John Purcell purc AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" ]
14 Dec IBET lenses for sale ["robirdman AT theearlybirder.com [ILbirds]" ]
13 Dec IBET East Peoria Gulls ["Matthew Winks fluidfive AT hotmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
13 Dec IBET Loyola Birds - 12/13/2014 ["Steve Spitzer steven0703 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
13 Dec IBET Tundra Swan ["Ron povpt93 AT consolidated.net [ILbirds]" ]
13 Dec IBET Waukegan, Lyons Woods, Illinois Beach, N. Point Marina & Independence Grove Sat 12-13-14 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
13 Dec IBET NE Lake County this AM ["Nick Minor nmbirder14 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
13 Dec IBET Wolf Lake Redpolls & Siskins (12-13-14) ["Walter Marcisz wmarcisz AT att.net [ILbirds]" ]
13 Dec IBET Belmont Harbor Injured Common Loon 12/13/14 ["Steveyhoo stevejner AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
13 Dec IBET Belmont Harbor - Common Loon 12/13/14 am ["S J stevejner AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
13 Dec IBET Book Review: Southern Illinois Birds: An Annotated List and Site Guide ["tvincl AT casscomm.com [ILbirds]" ]
13 Dec IBET Northside Lake Area Birds ["Steve Spitzer steven0703 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
13 Dec IBET JxP Common Redpoll (63rd St. Beach) ["Paul Clyne paulclyne2000 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
12 Dec IBET Nice Raptor Day At Crabtree N.C. & Deer Grove East F.P. Plus Baker's Lake Fri 12-12-14 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
12 Dec IBET Fw: Re; Who are the Loyola Peregrines? ["H Blum coolasakestrel1 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
12 Dec IBET Skokie lagoons ["Suzanne Coleman isooz AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
12 Dec IBET White blob Libertyville ["Suzanne Coleman isooz AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
12 Dec Re: IBET Who are the Loyola Beach Peregrines? ["Josh Engel jengel5230 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
12 Dec IBET Chautauqua (on Thursday) ["Kevin Richmond theeggman AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
12 Dec IBET Fullerton Great Black-backed Gull, Backyard Robins ["Steve Spitzer steven0703 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
11 Dec IBET Montrose late report ["Alex Bloss alex_bloss13 AT msn.com [ILbirds]" ]
11 Dec IBET Lake County Dec. Big Day 2014 ["Beau Schaefer beauschaefer AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" ]
11 Dec IBET Waukegan Beach, Pier & Harbor, Illinois Beach South & North Units & N. Pt. Marina Thur 12-11-14 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
11 Dec Re: IBET Who are the Loyola Beach Peregrines? ["Steve Spitzer steven0703 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
11 Dec IBET Who are the Loyola Beach Peregrines? ["Josh Engel jengel5230 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
11 Dec IBET C REDPOLLS-4-continue at CBG Thursday morning ["rjdbird1 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
11 Dec IBET Glaucous Gull, Fake Owl, etc - Loyola 12/10/2014 ["Steve Spitzer steven0703 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
10 Dec IBET Continuing Redpolls & Siskins At Chicago Botanic & Open Water At Skokie Lagoons Wed 12-10-14 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
10 Dec IBET Lone Redpoll at CBG Today at 12:30 ["Leslie Yoshitani leslieyosh AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" ]
10 Dec IBET Tan colored E sparrow ["John Baxter XXJB7Z AT AOL.COM [ILbirds]" ]
10 Dec IBET Montrose Long-tailed Duck and Common Redpoll, 12/10/14 ["'Robert D. Hughes' rhughes.enteract AT rcn.com [ILbirds]" ]
10 Dec IBET WB nuthatch on the apple tree ["John Baxter XXJB7Z AT AOL.COM [ILbirds]" ]
09 Dec Re: IBET No obs: Christmas Bird Count info wanted ["Urs Geiser ugeiser AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
10 Dec IBET Loyola Birds - 12/09/2014 ["Steve Spitzer steven0703 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
9 Dec IBET O'Hare Airport Red-tailed Hawk tagged, relocated & reported in Mitchell, IN ["'Carolyn A. Marsh' cmarshbird AT prodigy.net [ILbirds]" ]
09 Dec IBET: Odd gull-Sprinfield more photos ["Beckie Dyer dyer AT museum.state.il.us [ILbirds]" ]

Subject: IBET Putnam County Sage Thrasher Story On Friday 12-19-14
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:01:52 -0600
Hello Bird People,

Others have posted on Doug's Sage Thrasher still being around & although we
saw it early in the a.m. I can never win the race to post so I thought you
might find it interesting to hear how today's re-finding process went. Andy
Sigler & I arrived at about 8 a.m. & soon Mike Baum joined us. Lots of
Junco's, Cardinals, Chickadee's & W.B. Nuthatches were feeding on the
roadside lawns & in the R.V. park but no Thrasher. Next to arrive was Ted
Hartzler soon followed by John Longhenry.
No response to a recorded song or call so we all split up along Log Cabin
Hill Rd. No Thrasher found until 9:50 a.m. when John L started waving his
arms & pointing his long lens at a small Juniper type tree along the road
but in the R.V. park. Soon all 5 of us had great, close looks as the SAGE
THRASHER ate the blue/gray berries for about 10 min. Then the Thrasher flew
across the road & spent the next 45 min in the grassy field in front of the
ravine mentioned by Doug in his post. Next to arrive was John & Cindy McKee
who later left while the rest waited for Andrew A & Davida to get there
while we had the bird's location watched. Just before they arrived a panic
took place as a Sharp Shinned Hawk not only flew in but kept circling the
field with the Thrasher.
Lucky for a next arrivals the Hawk left & the Thrasher remained in the
field/wooded area.
Thanks to Doug for finding the bird & to both Josh E & Doug for their fine
reports with directions. Also thanks to John L for actually tracking down
the bird today.
Here's the day list:

Log Cabin Hill Rd. R.V. Park & Field/Ravine Area (8-10:30 a.m.)

Canada Geese (~50 fly-bys)
Sharp Shinned Hawk (1-AD-F)
Bald Eagle (1-2 IM soaring)
Red Tailed Hawk (2 together)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (2)
Downy Woodpecker (1)
Pileated Woodpecker (1 but others saw 2)
Flicker (2)
Blue Jay (6-7)
Crows (8)
Chickadee (4)
Red Breasted Nuthatch (1 heard by me but seen & found by Mike B)
W.B. Nuthatch (4)
Cardinal (3)
Junco (~50)
Goldfinch (heard only)

Later Andy S, Mike B & I covered Knox County but did not find the target
Northern Shrike although we had plenty of other birds to look at. Some of
those birds were Trumpeter Swans,
WHITE FRONTED GEESE (OVER 200), Cackling Geese, one Mute Swan, several
species of ducks & after Mike left Andy & I saw a completely black hawk,
except for white on the wing underside & tail, which proved to be a ROUGH
LEGGED HAWK. Also saw other Rough Legged Hawks & Harriers. We ended our day
by failing to find the Snowy Owl reported on ebird in Whiteside County
which we looked for with Dustin H. A very long day!

Bird-Of-The-Day to the finally cooperative SAGE THRASHER &
Runner-Up to the very, very dark phase Rough Legged Hawk.

Al Stokie
Subject: IBET Flashback to last year, grab your hats (no sightings)
From: "Suzanne Coleman isooz AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:59:08 +0000 (UTC)
Hi all, 
I just wrote a piece on last winter's birding.  Feel free to take a look. 
 And if you find any info that needs to be modified please let me know, I'd 
appreciate the feedback!  I hope you enjoy it, I'd like to know what you 
think. 

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Suzanne ColemanGlenview, Cook
Subject: IBET paul douglas f p/baker's lake
From: "Jeffrey Sanders yellowstart5 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:34:54 +0000 (UTC)
hello ibetors--
 
like al stokie, I also tripped on the difficult vegetation at paul 
douglas/grassy ridge f. p, while looking for the northern shrike. 

 
paul douglas/grassy ridge
 
northern shrike--1
flicker----------1
blue jay---------3
snow bunting-----1
am pipit-on ground-1
r t hawk---------2
kestrel----------1
marsh hawk------1
cooper's "  ----1
robin----------2
chickadee------2
Canada geese--47
snow geese----2
blackbirds-sp.-125+
m dove--------6
 
baker's lake
 
common merg---52
shoveler------5
mallard------3
black duck(probable)-1
 
whole foods northbrook--pond/grass
 
Canada goose--35
cackling  "  -1 
 
Jeffrey   Sanders   Glenview   no.  Cook


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Subject: IBET Sage thrasher
From: "Colin Dobson birdingboy AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:16:46 -0600
We just had the Sage Thrasher eating berries and we were taking pictures of it. 
Also it was at the same spot! There was also a Yellow-rumpled Warbler. Lifer! 


Colin And Tony 
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Subject: IBET Seeking to talk with: Christmas Bird Counters in the glenview/northbrook, North Cook County area
From: "Ms Sheryl DeVore sheryl_1956 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:02:37 +0000 (UTC)
Hi there,If you live in Glenview/Northbrook and participate in Christmas Bird 
Counts or if you have counted birds in that area, would you be willing to talk 
to me for a story -- just send me an email to sheryl.devore AT comcast.net 

Won't take long  -- would appreciate it.
all best,


Sheryl De VoreMundelein, Illinoissheryl_1956 AT yahoo.com
Subject: IBET BY Downy wp
From: "John Baxter XXJB7Z AT AOL.COM [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:34:09 -0500
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/16032846976/in/photostream/lightbox/

Hi friends,
Downy wp is a regular and the male comes often, along with a female.

John Baxter
Bourbonnais
Subject: IBET: Townsend's Solitaire
From: "Daniel Williams twotringas AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:58:05 -0600
Our team just found a Townsend's Solitaire at the Shinsky Road gate (inside the 
gate) on the Lost Mound CBC. Heard by Steve Bailey, then scope views. 


Dan Williams, Phil Doncheck, Martin Kehoe, Steve Bailey




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Subject: Re: IBET Sage Thrasher in Putnam Co. today.
From: "Andrew andrewsaldrich AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:34:46 -0600
Still present in the area Doug describes below.


Andrew Aldrich
Cook Co.

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> On Dec 18, 2014, at 9:12 PM, douglas stotz dfstotz AT gmail.com [ILbirds] 
 wrote: 

> 
> Thanks to Josh Engel for posting this for me. I still have a dumb phone and 
no ability to post from the field. Here are the details on where and when I 
found the thrasher. 

> 
> I found the SAGE THRASHER on Log Cabin Hill Rd. west of highway 29 in Putnam 
County. I saw it a little after noon for 15 minutes or so, and then returned 
and refound it a little before 2 PM. 

> Log Cabin Hill Rd. is the first road that goes west from Hwy 29 south of 
Miller Anderson; it's a bit more than a mile south of the Putnam-Bureau Co. 
line and maybe 3.5 miles south of junction of 29 and I-180. To get here from 
the north take I-80 to I-180. I-180 south to Hwy 29 toward Peoria. 

> The thrasher was 0.4 miles west of Hwy 29 where Log Cabin Hill Rd. flattens 
out after you climb the wooded bluff. There is a campground/RV park on the 
south side of the road, and a grassy field separating the road from a wooded 
ravine on the north side. The bird was always east of a dirt road that heads 
north and has a black mailbox with 3 green numbered signs at its junction with 
Log Cabin Hill Road. It was always It moved back and forth between the north 
side where it spent time in the field and sitting up at the edge of the ravine 
and the south side where I would lose it into the row of pines. It moved 
between the north side and the south side several times while I watched it. 

> I hope the bird hangs around for a while. Seems its late enough in the year 
that it must be thinking about wintering there. 

> 
> Besides the thrasher, highlights for me on the Hennepin CBC were 6 
White-fronted geese (flyover), 2 Rough-legged Hawks. a Ruby-crowned Kinglet and 
2 Eurasian Tree Sparrows. 

> 
> 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 Jackson Park, Chicago, eBird hotspots (NO SIGHTINGS)
From: "Paul Clyne paulclyne2000 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:58:15 +0000 (UTC)
 A new hotspot for Chicago's JacksonPark has now been added to eBird, so bird 
records from anywhere inJackson Park can now be sensibly uploaded to one of 
five hotspotsubsites. 

The subsites are: Jackson Park, Chicago--63rdSt. Beach Jackson Park, 
Chicago--Inner/OuterHarbors Jackson Park, Chicago--Jackson ParkGolf Course 
Jackson Park, Chicago--WoodedIsland/Bobolink Meadow area      and the newly 
added hotspot: Jackson Park, Chicago--northlakefront (56th St. to 62nd St.) 

Jackson Park runs south of 56thSt. to 67th St., and east from Stony Island 
Avenue to LakeMichigan. 

In 2014, three of the eBird subsitehotspots for Jackson Park are new, and one 
was significantly edited,so most of the historical records in eBird for this 
area remainunassigned to subsite hotspots. 

The new JACKSON PARK NORTH LAKEFRONThotspot is the corridor east of Lake Shore 
Drive between the 63rdSt. Beach hotspot and Burnham Park's Promontory Point 
hotspot. Itincludes the 57th St. Beach and the small promontory andpier at 59th 
St., as well as the concrete shorelineleading from the 59th St. pier to the 
63rd St.Beach. There's no parking east of Lake Shore Drive here, but thereare 
pedestrian underpasses at 57th St., 59thSt., and 62nd St. The highest bird 
diversity and numbersalong this stretch are typically at the 59th St.promontory 
and pier. The entire length of this site takes about 15minutes to walk, or 
longer depending on the birds. 

For those who bird Jackson Park and whouse eBird, a couple notes on my 
interpretation of the limits of thesubsite hotspots may be useful: 

63rd St. BEACH:This is mostly straightforward,including all the beach house 
grounds and sandy beach and dune grasshabitats west to Lake Shore Drive. The 
main gray area involves theinterface between the beach parking lot and the 
Outer Harbor. Itypically include the manicured lawn off the north end of the 
OuterHarbor proper in that site rather than in the 63rd St.Beach site. There's 
a jog in the breakwater at the mouth of theharbor that provides a convenient 
dividing line between the twosites. The site is sometimes called the “64th 
St.Beach,” based on a former access road to the parking lot that 
wasreconfigured in the 1990's. 

INNER/OUTER HARBORS:Other than the northern limits of theOuter Harbor area, 
noted just above, this area is well demarcated bystreets: east of Richards 
Drive, and from Hayes Drive south toMarquette Drive. Birds seen on Lake 
Michigan from the grounds of LaRabida Children's Hospital are included in this 
site. Lake ShoreDrive runs between the Inner and Outer Harbors. There's a 
pedestrianunderpass at Marquette Drive. 

JACKSON PARK GOLF COURSE:This area is well demarcated by streets(and golf 
course grounds management): north of 67th St.to Marquette Drive over its 
eastern two-thirds, then continuing northto Hayes Drive west of Richards Drive. 
I also include the strip ofbuffer park, west of the golf course proper, between 
Cornell Driveand Stony Island Avenue in this site. 

WOODED ISLAND/BOBOLINK MEADOW AREA:I include here all the areas of JacksonPark 
not covered by the other four hotspot subsites; i.e., north ofHayes Drive to 
56th St., and west of Lake Shore Drive toStony Island Avenue. 

Paul ClyneHyde Park, Chicago paulclyne2000 AT yahoo.com
Subject: IBET Coles County Prairie Falcon
From: "Tyler Funk fftfunk AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:13:08 -0600
Prairie Falcon is currently perched on the magic stump! Have not seen the
Prairie Falcons since Nov. 24th.
0700am.

Tyler D Funk
Subject: IBET Sage Thrasher in Putnam Co. today.
From: "douglas stotz dfstotz AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:12:19 -0600
       Thanks to Josh Engel for posting this for me.  I still have a dumb
phone and no ability to post from the field.  Here are the details on where
and when I found the thrasher.

I found the SAGE THRASHER on Log Cabin Hill Rd. west of highway 29 in
Putnam County.  I saw it a little after noon for 15 minutes or so, and then
returned and refound it a little before 2 PM.
     Log Cabin Hill Rd. is the first road that goes west from Hwy 29 south
of Miller Anderson; it's a bit more than a mile south of the Putnam-Bureau
Co. line and maybe 3.5 miles south of junction of 29 and I-180.  To get
here from the north take I-80 to I-180.  I-180 south to Hwy 29 toward
Peoria.
         The thrasher was 0.4 miles west of Hwy 29 where Log Cabin Hill Rd.
flattens out after you climb the wooded bluff.  There is a campground/RV
park on the south side of the road, and a grassy field separating the road
from a wooded ravine on the north side.  The bird was always east of a dirt
road that heads north and has a black mailbox with 3 green numbered signs
at its junction with Log Cabin Hill Road.  It was always  It moved back and
forth between the north side where it spent time in the field and sitting
up at the edge of the ravine and the south side where I would lose it into
the row of pines.  It moved between the north side and the south side
several times while I watched it.
      I hope the bird hangs around for a while.  Seems its late enough in
the year that it must be thinking about wintering there.

     Besides the thrasher, highlights for me on the Hennepin CBC were 6
White-fronted geese (flyover), 2 Rough-legged Hawks. a Ruby-crowned Kinglet
and 2 Eurasian Tree Sparrows.

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 Backyard Owls
From: "Jed Hertz jhh_60910 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:01:02 -0800
Hi folks,

This evening while sitting at my office desk two Great Horned Owls started 
dueting about 5pm in my backyard. I heard the low pitch of the female and 
higher pitch of the male through my Fisher/Price baby monitor. This is not 
unusual as I've heard one or more GHOW on 79 different occasions starting in 
Dec 2002 when I first bought the baby monitor. What was unusual was that 
shortly after - about 5:48pm - two Eastern Screech Owls started giving tremolo 
calls 2-5 sec each (low pitch of male predominantly) and continued until 6:08 
or about 20 min. This was the 17th occurence of Eastern Screech Owl in my yard 
since 2002, but the 1st time both owl species have been heard on the same day 
at about the same time here. 


Now if I get lucky and hear them on Sat. Dec 27th our Kankakee Valley Christmas 
Bird Count it would make my day. (If not, D. Stotz will surely find both 
species in numbers along the Iroquois River in Area #7). 


BTW: We live in town but are adjacent to a golf course with many old Bur Oak 
trees in the neighborhood. We also see Red Fox, Red-tailed Hawk (3 at times), 
and plenty of E. Gray Squirrel around our backyard. And yes, feeders and 
natural habitat can make a difference in your backyard experience - just ask 
John Baxter. 


All for now. 
 
 
Jed Hertz 

Kankakee, Kankakee Co, IL (60 mi South of Chicago) 



Photos/Videos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jhertz/ 



Data: http://ebird.org/content/ebird 



Birdscaping: http://bringingnaturehome.net/
Subject: IBET Winnebago Co-S. Beloit Victoria Lake & Nygren Wetlands. Etc. Thur 12-18-14
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:46:38 -0600
Hello Bird People,

A long day's birding will result in not only a late report but a
somewhat shorter one. Andy Sigler & I arrived at Victoria Lake Park in
South Beloit to search for the R.N. Grebe reported by Dan Williams
yesterday. Among the 1000 Canada Geese & some ducks Andy picked out the
Horned Grebe also seen yesterday but that was it. About 20 min later I
found the RED NECKED GREBE but Andy only had a very short look before it
became hidden from view. Took about 30 min before Andy got to see it well
enough to add it to his county list. Here's our bird list:

Victoria Lake (8-9:30 a.m.)

P.B. Grebe (1)
Horned Grebe (1)
RED NECKED GREBE (1)
Canada Geese (~1000)
Cackling Geese (35-40)
WHITE FRONTED GOOSE (1)
Mallard (~30)
Black Duck (3)
Lesser Scaup (4-5)
Bufflehead (3)
Goldeneye (5-6)
Ruddy Duck (1)
Coots (~10)
BALD EAGLE (1-IM flew by twice)
Herring Gull (1-AD fly-by)
Crows (6)

In the Rock River nearby 2 Mute Swans were with some Canada Geese.
At Nygren Wetlands near Rockton were 34 WHITE FRONTED GEESE mixed in with
about 175 Canada Geese & 20 Mallards. Two Canada's were all white except
for Canada heads & necks.
Along Harrison Rd. south of Shirland were 2 adult BALD EAGLES & a young
Cooper's Hawk.
Looked for the Golden Eagle seen in this area earlier but did not find it,
only more Bald Eagles.

Drove through Stephenson, Ogle, Carroll & Jo Daviess Co's also looking for
Golden Eagles but few raptors were flying due to a lack of wind. Did see
more Bald Eagles & Red Tailed Hawks but most were not flying but just
resting in trees. At Blanding Landing the sunlight was against us but we
could make out TUNDRA SWAN (~20), Canada Geese, Goldeneye & Common
Mergansers.
You didn't really think that I, of all people, was going to see a Golden
Eagle now did you?
Of course not!

Bird-Of-The-Day to the Victoria Lake Red Necked Grebe, a new county species
for both of us.
Runner-Up to all the White Fronted Geese, Tundra Swans & Bald Eagles.

Al Stokie
Subject: IBET Late sandhills
From: "Roger Hotham rhothm AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:29:58 -0800
 Two small flocks of SH Cranes over the Bluff Spring Fen Nature Preserve
 in Elgin this AM. Too high to be seen.
                                            Roger Hotham
Subject: IBET Baker's Lake
From: "Carolyn Fields c7echoes AT aol.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:10:18 +0000 (UTC)
 This morning at Baker's Lake in Barrington, Cook County, in 2 small areas of 
open water were 101 Common Mergansers. A near-adult Bald Eagle flew over across 
the lake from south to north. 


Carolyn Fields
NW Cook County
Subject: IBET SANDHILL CRANES
From: "'Vince Moxon' vmoxon AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:39:32 -0600
57 Sandhill Cranes flying SE over Danada FP  AT  11:00 am. Even I can hear
them!

 

Vince Moxon

 

Wheaton, DuPage County
Subject: IBET SAGE THRASHER in Putnam County
From: "Josh Engel jengel5230 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:10:49 +0000 (UTC)
Doug Stotz just called to report a Sage Thrasher in Putnam Co. on the 
Hennepin-Hopper Christmas Count. The bird is on Log Cabin Rd., .4 miles west of 
Highway 29.  There is a sign for Condits Ranch RV Park on the south side of 
the road, and the bird was moving between the RV Park and the north side of the 
road. This is west of the Illinois River. Note that the road is called Log 
Cabin Hill Rd. in Google Maps. 

Good luck to those who go for it.
Josh Engel
Chicago

Photos / www.flickr.com/jengel5230
Bird Division, Field Museum / africanbirds.fieldmuseum.org
Tour leader, Tropical Birding / www.tropicalbirding.com
Subject: IBET Project SNOWstorm (No Current Sightings)
From: "Joan Norek NorekJ AT aol.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:44:54 -0500
Although information on Project SNOWstorm probably was posted before on IBET, I 
had not previously read through the information on the website. 

 
So if anyone else was as remiss as me, note that the "read more" link under 
"Maps" gives a tracking data overview for each Snowy Owl outfitted with a 
transmitter last winter. 


A number of them were confirmed returning north to the extent possible, namely 
that they were headed north and the last transmission was just south of the 
northernmost border of transmission range. 

- 
A number of them did not survive, including two lost in a storm and one hit by 
a plane. 


And two have returned south this winter! 

Worth the time to read - see http://www.projectsnowstorm.org/

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 Snowy Owl and Rough-legged Hawks 87th St
From: "Aaron Gyllenhaal aarongyllenhaal AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:29:52 -0600
Hi all,

After my finals today, my dad and I went to 87th St Steel Mills and had two 
highlights. The first was a beautiful dark morph Rough-legged Hawk hunting over 
Park 566 and the surrounding steel mill area. While watching this hawk sitting 
in a tree, I noticed two hawks circling in the background. These turned out to 
be two light-morph Rough-legged Hawks circling higher and then they departed 
south. The other highlight was a Snowy Owl sitting on a retaining wall across 
the Calumet River mouth from Steelworker's Park. It was a heavily marked 
individual. 


Aaron Gyllenhaal
Oak Park, IL

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Subject: IBET: Red-necked Grebe in South Beloit
From: "'Daniel & Barbara Williams' twotringas AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:33:35 -0600
Lee Johnson called me this afternoon (Thank you, Lee) and reported that he
found a 1st winter Red-necked Grebe on Lake Victoria in South Beloit.  The
entrance to the city park at Lake Victoria is on Dorr Road, about 1/2 mile
north of Prairie Hill Rd.  I got up there about 30 minutes later and found
the bird.  Jack and Joyce Armstrong and others arrived shortly after and
also saw it.

Also present was a basic plumage Horned Grebe, Common and Hooded (1 female)
Mergansers and Common Goldeneyes.  Lee said that Ring-necked Ducks had been
there earlier.

Dan Williams
Rockford
Subject: IBET Cook County-The Shrike Is Nice At Paul Douglas F.P. Wed 12-17-14
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:42:47 -0600
Hello Bird People,

After last week's Shrike failures at Crabtree & Deer Grove East I thought I
would make another try at Paul Douglas F.P. where I have seen Shrikes
several times before. When I arrived I saw Matthew C on the way out
but having had only a short time to look he had not seen a Shrike.
The area I wanted to cover is well to the north of the marsh/Heron nesting
spot where we all look for Yellow Headed Blackbirds in the Spring & Summer.
It's a long walk to the north end of the preserve & it's made more
difficult by having to walk through places where all the vegetation has
been cut short leaving 4-6 in stalks of shrubs & small trees which are hard
to walk through. But I told myself that all I had to do was walk carefully
& avoid tripping & falling. Excellent advice if I had actually done so.
Finally got to a hill area surrounded by small shrubs & trees & at 9:05
a.m. I was face to face with a NORTHERN SHRIKE at the top of a shrub & only
25 ft. away. But when I looked away at another bird the Shrike disappeared
& I could not re-find it? I had a close look but I wanted a longer look.
Walked toward Algonquin Rd. but a wetland kept me from getting there. Went
back the way I came in & there was the Shrike in some low trees just north
of the wetland.
Forgetting all my earlier thinking about moving carefully I rushed to get a
better look, tripped over an unseen tree stub & crashed to the ground
landing on my left wrist & arm. I need to make a mental note to remember
previous mental notes! Knocked the wind out of me but, battered but
unbowed, I got up more embarrassed than hurt. Good thing I didn't land on
one of the sharp sticks I had mentioned. In spite of my best efforts to
flush the Shrike my fall did not chase it away & once upright I could look
at it as long as I wished which was several minutes while I recovered. I
must admit I did the long walk back to the car very slowly & carefully.

Now I could look up rather than at the top of every tree & soon I saw an
adult Red Tailed Hawk soaring high above. Then hunting the mostly frozen
marsh by the Heron colony was a young NORTHERN HARRIER. Next I found a
hovering male Kestrel over the main field & soon after that I saw a much
larger raptor also hovering & it turned out to be a light phase ROUGH
LEGGED HAWK also hunting the big field next to the parking lot. Then a 2nd
light phase ROUGH LEGGED HAWK flew out the far tree line & joined the 1st
in hunting. Earlier I had seen a young Red Tailed Hawk in a tree near where
the Shrike was hanging out. So I had 4 species & 6 individuals of raptors
for my 2 hour visit. The only other birds seen were about 200 Canada Geese
leaving the mostly frozen marsh & 1 Mourning Dove & 21 Starlings as
fly-bys. Only had 8 species for the day but I was more than happy with the
species I did see.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the Northern Shrike which I finally got to see in Cook
Co. after earlier failures. Now I only need one more species for Cook
County for the year.
Runners-Up to the 2 Rough Legged Hawks & the young Harrier.
Honorable Mention to my thick L.L. Bean Winter coat which gave enough
padding for me to survive my fall without breaking any bones. All in a
day's birding for the "old retired guy".

Al Stokie
Subject: IBET BY WB nuthatch
From: "John Baxter XXJB7Z AT AOL.COM [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:02:39 -0500
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/16039679772/in/photostream/

Hi friends,
Drinking warm water from the converted bread backing pan.

John Baxter
Bourbonnais, IL 
Subject: IBET BY DE junco and RB wp
From: "John Baxter XXJB7Z AT AOL.COM [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:02:15 -0500
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/15417913404/in/photostream/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/16016956216/in/photostream/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/15856544099/in/photostream/

Hi friends,
The Juncos are here in #s, and need fresh, warm water. My small water heater is 
good for cold periods. 

RB woodpecker visits rarely. And a Cooper's H. chases everything but squirrels.

John Baxter
Bourbonnais, IL
Subject: IBET Channel and Loyola Birds
From: "Steve Spitzer steven0703 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 02:26:17 +0000 (UTC)
Hi Birders,
Best Channel bird was a young Black-crowned Night-Heron, best Loyola Bird was a 
Snowy Owl.  A few pictures and details at the link. 

Steve Spitzer
Chicago - Cook
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Subject: IBET Bald Eagle Swims with Fish in Talons
From: "tvincl AT casscomm.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 16 Dec 2014 15:09:36 -0800
Please follow this link to a short essay that describes a scene involving a 
bald eagle foraging for a fish at Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge in Mason 
County: 

 

 
http://theriverlanding.typepad.com/the_river_landing/2014/12/bald-eagle-swims-with-fish-in-talons.html 
http://theriverlanding.typepad.com/the_river_landing/2014/12/bald-eagle-swims-with-fish-in-talons.html 


 

 Tom Lerczak
 Havana
 Mason County 
Subject: IBET The Bluebird - no sighting
From: "sfluett AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 16 Dec 2014 10:53:47 -0800
I borrowed a book from the Morton Arboretum library, last week I finished the 
200 pg book that was written by a fellow in the 1970s the book is affiliated 
with Audubon and the author donated the proceeds to bird conservation; He was 
born in 1904 courtesy of the librarian . The delivery of writing was humble, 
similar in style to an author educated in the 20s or 30s I guess. I enjoy old 
time writing from the early in the century 


 Well I was surprised to find out that this guy developed one of the first or 
the first Bluebird trail way back in the 30s 


 That Bluebirds were once a Town bird , people missed hearing them outside 
their doors early in the century and Bluebird conservation started way back in 
the 20s 

 I think that the book contains all the information about Bluebird that a more 
current book would contain and I learned that House Sparrows and Starlings are 
displacing these birds; it answered a question I had as to "bluebird" behavior 
at Saint James farm F P in Dupage County . 

 They nest at the West side of the place and visit the East side in Fall & 
Early Spring. The East side has Barns & buildings & housing which are favored 
by the Starlings and House sparrows, so I understand that large family groups 
of bluebird forage in the east but don't nest there. 


 Took 200 pgs of enjoyable reading to figure out what I have been observing. 
Steve Fluett 


   

Subject: IBET Galesburg Area Bird Club list for 12/14/14
From: "jane_easterly AT hotmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Dec 2014 18:44:48 -0800
8 members of the Galesburg Area Bird Club saw the following species on a warm 
(50s!) foggy morning at Lake Storey in Galesburg, Illinois on 12/14/14 between 
8:00 and 9:30 am. 

 
 american goldfinch canada goose northern cardinal red bellied woodpecker 
european starling white breasted nuthatch downy woodpecker black capped 
chickadee american crow brown creeper blue jay dark eyed junco song sparrow 
mallard coot red headed woodpecker red tailed hawk - Jane 
Easterly/Galesburg/Knox County 

 

Subject: IBET My (and Jeff S.'s) portion of the Lisle-Arboretum CBC
From: "rlshonkw AT uchicago.edu [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Dec 2014 16:30:40 -0800
Jeff Skrentny and I covered much of the Palos Park/Lemont area for the CBC. Our 
day started a bit slow but we ended up with some good sightings. 

The early morning seemed promising for owling with little wind but we only 
managed 2 GREAT HORNED and 1 (!) E. SCREECH OWL. This is the first time in a 
while that we did not have a Saw-whet Owl. We always end up at the Lemont 
Quarries to count the huge number of geese and other waterfowl that usually 
roost there over night but the warm temperatures had the geese and much of the 
waterfowl spread throughout the area. We did find 21 COMMON GOLDENEYE, 8 COMMON 
MERGANSERS and 1 female HOODED MERGANSER on the big quarry and found 5 of the 
count's 8 BUFFLEHEAD on another quarry. A MUTE SWAN was on the old canal near 
the man made waterfall. Our best land birds here were 3 BROWN CREEPERS. 

Our best stop of the day was John Duffy Forest Preserve. Many of the area's 
Canada Geese were here and Jeff noticed 3 white phase SNOW GEESE flying over 
head, then found four flying CACKLING GEESE! There were also two male 
CANVASBACKS on the slough. At some point another MUTE SWAN flew in while we 
were looking elsewhere. 

We struggled to find birds of prey with only 1 heard COOPER'S HAWK at Lemont 
Quarries and two adult RED-TAILED HAWKS at John Duffy and Bergman Slough. 
Passerines were also hard to find. Houses with bird feeders were well stocked 
up on food but there were no birds, not even House Sparrows! Our luck changed a 
bit in this regard when we stopped at the end of a dead end street. I thought I 
heard a Tufted Titmouse. We got out but didn't see it. Jeff played the titmouse 
call, which they usually respond to but only a chickadee responded. I supposed 
that I had miss-heard the call note. I was about to get in the car when Ken 
Wysocki, our Area 6 leader, called me to see about plans to pick me up when 
Jeff would need to leave. After chatting with Ken, I started to get in the car 
and I heard the call again. This time I quickly got on the TUFTED TITMOUSE. 
Shortly Jeff was on it too and he noticed another bird in the same tree that 
turned out to be a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET! This was the first Ruby-crowned 
Kinglet that I've ever had on a CBC and one of three for the count circle, yet 
no one had any Golden-crowned Kinglets, which are much more likely this time of 
year. 

When Jeff had to go I joined Ken, Steve Huggins and Glenn Giacinto late in the 
day. Earlier in the day they had found a great variety of waterfowl on the Des 
Plains River near Black Partridge Forest Preserve off Bluff Road and went back 
to check for anything new. I hadn't seen many of the ducks they had seen, so I 
was happy to go along. While checking out the ducks in my scope I found a 
GREATER SCAUP. I asked Steve if they had had any scaup. He said no so I told 
him to check it out in my scope. The bird had been sleeping but in the 10-15 
seconds that it took Steve to walk over and look it had completely disappeared! 
Maybe one of the mallards swimming near by bit it on the butt, I don't know! 

All in all it was a more enjoyable CBC with the warmer weather. I would have 
liked to see a few more land birds but, hey, we broke the record and my team 
had a lot to do with that! 

P.S. the warm weather brought out some seasonally unusual non-avian species. 
Jeff and I found a Morning-glory Plume Moth (Emmelina monodactyla) at Cap Sauer 
FP, which unfortunately flew off before we could photograph it. Also, at Black 
Partridge there was a bat flying around feeding over the road. It was very 
reddish in color. I haven't had a chance to try and find it in a field guide 
yet. 


Randy Shonkwiler
Hyde Park/Chicago 

Subject: IBET 2015 Palos Christmas count
From: "w.serafin AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 23:06:58 +0000 (UTC)
We did have a few highlights yesterday. A Lesser Blacked Gull was found on the 
east end of Saganashkee Slough( Sam, Walter & Kate). It was at the same area 
today at 1:30pm. 

This group also counted 414 Common Mergansers which is a high count for this 
location on the count as Sag Sl is usually frozen by mid December. Also seen 
here were12 Hooded Mergs, 3 Red Br Mergs, 13 Goldeneye, and 1 Lesser Scaup and 
2 Bald Eagles. 

Seen at Resurrection Cemetary were a Merlin and a group of 25 flying Monk 
Parakeets. 

Although not seen yesterday I saw 3 Pine Siskins at the Little Red School on 
Saturday. There were 16 Pine Siskins at Camp Sagawau yesterday. 


Wes Serafin 
Orland Pk 
SW Cook County 


Subject: IBET Meredosia Island CBC (ILMI)
From: "'Tony Ward' tward3 AT mchsi.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:14:02 -0600
Hello everyone,

The Meredosia Island CBC was conducted December 14, 2014.

9 participants in 5 five parties.

All water was open, a nice 51 degrees, and no wind. 

It was a great day.

2nd highest count ever with 101 species being recorded. The high count is
102 recorded in 2009.

 

Greater White-fronted Goose 4600

Snow Goose 4700 HC

Ross's Goose 8

Trumpeter Swan 8

Gadwall 180

American Wigeon 4

American Black Duck 15

Mallard 5522

Northern Shoveler 1

Northern Pintail 44

Green-winged Teal 300 HC

Canvasback 280

Redhead 2

Ring-necked Duck 6

Greater Scaup 1 (Dave Bohlen, Pat Ward)

Lesser Scaup 153

Bufflehead 12

Common Goldeneye 48

Hooded Merganser 12

Common Merganser 105

Red-breasted Merganser 14

Ruddy Duck 60

Northern Bobwhite 3

Great Blue Heron 58

Turkey Vulture 16

Bald Eagle 70

Northern Harrier 26

Sharp-shinned Hawk 3

Cooper's Hawk 8 tied HC

Red-shouldered Hawk 4

Red-tailed Hawk 35

Ring-billed Gull 284

Herring Gull 22

Killdeer 1

Rock Pigeon 77

Eurasian Collared-Dove 10

Mourning Dove 217

Easter Screech Owl 13

Great Horned Owl 2

Barred Owl 3

Short-eared Owl 4

Belted Kingfisher 13 HC

Red-headed Woodpecker 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker 68

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 7

Downy Woodpecker 54

Hairy Woodpecker 19

Northern Flicker 48

American Kestrel 26

Merlin 1

Peregrine Falcon 1 tied HC

Blue Jay 130

American Crow 69

Horned Lark 51

Black-capped Chickadee 154

Tufted Titmouse 74

Red-breasted Nuthatch 1

White-breasted Nuthatch 33

Brown Creeper 14

Winter Wren 1 (Nick Sly, Cole Wolf)

Carolina Wren 31

Golden-crowned Kinglet 9

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1 (Bill Atwood)

Easter Bluebird 38

Hermit Thrush 16 HC

American Robin 510

Northern Mockingbird 6

European Starling 448

American Pipit 4

Cedar Waxwing 82

Yellow-rumped Warbler 1

Northern Cardinal 296

Eastern Towhee 3

American Tree Sparrow 586

Field Sparrow 2

Savannah Sparrow 4

Vesper Sparrow 1 (Dave Bohlen, Pat Ward) tied HC, 3rd year recorded

Le Conte's Sparrow 1 (Colin Dobson, Mike Ward)

Fox Sparrow 4

Song Sparrow 250

Swamp Sparrow 32

White-throated Sparrow 103

White-crowned Sparrow 33

Dark-eyed Junco 409 (Dave Bohlen included 1 Oregon Junco)

Purple Finch 16

House Finch 19

Common Redpoll 2 (Photographed by Colin Dobson)

Pine Siskin 4

American Goldfinch 242

Red-winged Blackbird 123

Eastern Meadowlark 14

Western Meadowlark 1 ( Singing from the power line for Dave Bohlen and Pat
Ward) tied HC

Rusty Blackbird 1

Common Grackle 1

Brown-headed Blackbird 102

House Sparrow 414

Eurasion Tree Sparrow 252

 

Total Species 101

Total Birds 22708

 

Blue-winged Teal, Ring-necked Pheasant, and Pied-billed Grebe count week

Biggest miss Wild Turkey. They were recorded the last ten years in a row.

 

The Meredosia CBC circle is located in Morgan, Brown, Scott and Cass
counties as part of the Illinois River Valley.

 

A big thanks to all that participated

 

Tony Ward CBC compiler

Tward3 AT mchsi.com

 

 

 

 
Subject: IBET Chicago Botanic Garden & Skokie Lagoons Mon 12-15-14
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 14:51:37 -0600
Hello Bird People,

After my difficult X-Mas Count walk yesterday I wanted a walk without
obstacles & the CBG is a good place for easy walking with no mud traps or
fallen trees. I met photographer David Farber here & showed him several
good locations to get photo's of the smaller birds or at least those birds
that decided to show up today. Perhaps the biggest surprise was the total
lack of Pine Siskins whereas I had been seeing 30-40 of them ever since
they 1st arrived in late October but today I found none! But when there's a
Winter warm-up sometimes birds ignore the feeder food sources but return
again later when there's a cool down. Other finches were still present
though.
My final surprise was when I returned to the parking lot & found over 100
Cedar Waxwings in the red berry trees by the visitor center entrance. Not
as many as Alan Anderson had a little while ago but still quite a few. I
looked through them as best I could but they were very "flighty" & I did
not see any possible Bohemian's. We need to keep checking this big flock if
the birds stay.
Here's my day list:

Chicago Botanic Garden (9-11:30 a.m.)

Canada Goose (68)
Mallard (69)
Common Goldeneye (3-F)
Scaup Species? (1-F, should be a Lesser here but the head looked very flat?)
Red Tailed Hawk (1-AD hunting)
Ring Billed Gull (1-AD)
Herring Gull (2-AD)
Chickadee (8 with 6 at the feeders at 1 time taking advantage of the
absence of the Siskins)
Robin (heard 1 near all the Waxwings)
CEDAR WAXWING (100-110)
Junco (11-12, all but 1 on Evening Island)
COMMON REDPOLL (5 with Goldfinches again at the N.E. corner of the
Regenstein Bldg)
Goldfinch (18)
House Sparrow (heard a few)

Skokie Lagoons Viewed From Tower Rd & Forest Way Dr. (12:30-1 p.m.)

Pretty much the same as last time but had many fewer Goldeneye.

Mute Swan (1-AD)
Canada Goose (4)
Mallard (4)
Common Goldeneye (7)
Hooded Merganser (1-F, same spot as last time)
Common Merganser (41 north of Tower Rd & 51 south of Tower Rd, most were
males)
Herring Gull (10-11)

The Redpolls were probably the best species seen today but
Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the army of Cedar Waxwings & Runner-Up to the
Redpolls.

Al Stokie
Subject: IBET Home to a hawk
From: "Jay Jaeger johnajaeger AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:49:52 -0500
My wife and I discovered Saturday night that we have an accipiter roosting
in the flowering pear tree along our street (the large amount of guano on
our sidewalk should have clued me in earlier).

I first noticed the bird when I inadvertently flushed in while going to the
mailbox last week.  On Friday did the same thing but, this time, it flew
from the ground right past my shoulder to the roof, with a small mammal
firmly clutched in its talons.  We have a healthy Eastern Chipmunk
population in our yard so it could have been one of those, but sillouetted
difficult to tell.

My GISS of the bird is that it is a Coopers Hawk, but the bird stays pretty
far inside the tree and the lighting is very poor.  It is possible that it
is a large / female Sharp-shinned Hawk or some other hawk.

Jay Jaeger
Grundy County
Subject: IBET Snow Bunting gallery update and others
From: "robirdman AT theearlybirder.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 06:42:17 -0600
I worked on updating a gallery and video that are more contemporary for this 
time of year than my Lousiana Waterthrush project. I recently had some 
cooperative ones and Montrose, when a pair were eventually coming too close to 
shoot. When a third tried to join them, it was rebuffed several times, 
resulting in some fighting. All the shots in this gallery were taken over the 
years at Montrose, including the breeding plumage ones in the beginning. 

http://theearlybirder.com/sparrows/snowbntg/index.htm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_TeeFqI3-E

I then returned to the tedious task of revising my naming system of insects, 
which involves putting the name before the number for easier alphabetical 
sorting. After several days I finally finished the beetles, the largest order. 
So I am continuing to revise galleries with additional species. 


The Cerambycids or Longhorns are a nice family with several subfamiles.
http://www.theearlybirder.com/insects/beetles/longhorn1/index.htm
http://www.theearlybirder.com/insects/beetles/longhorn2/index.htm
http://www.theearlybirder.com/insects/beetles/longhorn3/index.htm
http://www.theearlybirder.com/insects/beetles/longhorn4/index.htm

Rob Curtis
Chicago
Subject: IBET chicago urban xmas count dec 14th
From: "Jeffrey Sanders yellowstart5 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 06:52:06 +0000 (UTC)
hello ibetors-- this is the Karen Lund/ Jeffrey Sanders group report of  hi 
lites: the temperature was a comfortable 53 degrees. p b grebe---3g b 
heron---5b c nt heron--5bufflehead--9sh-sh hawk--2coopers hawk--6  one party 
high count.coot--77 party and count highperegrine 
falcon--1kingfisher--4flicker--4myrtle warb--5 Jeffrey  Sanders   
Glenview   no. Cook 
Subject: IBET Lisle-Arb CBC - preliminary results
From: "'Geoffrey A. Williamson' geoffrey.williamson AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 22:23:03 -0600
The 66th Lisle-Arboretum Christmas Bird Count was held today (Sunday, 
14 Dec 2014). The balmy temperatures in the upper 40s were in stark 
contrast to last year's count, when the record species total of 88 
was set for the circle. The 60+ field observers took advantage of the 
warm weather and managed for the second straight year to break the 
record species total. This year they pushed the species tally to 89!!

The preliminary results as reported at the countdown dinner are shown 
below.  There are a couple of party totals yet to be included, and 
some feeder counter numbers need to be added, so these are just the 
preliminary results.  Good birds for this count are indicated by 
all-caps, with the number of years they've been on the count 
noted.  Importantly for setting the record number of species, we had 
24 species of waterfowl, with numbers for five of these setting 
all-time high counts for the circle.  All-time high counts were set 
for five other species, as well.  Rumors have already begun that we 
will reach 90 species at next year's count (to be held Sunday, 20 Dec 
2015 -- mark your calendars!).

GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE 3 [Record high count!] (4th yr on count)
Snow Goose 3
Cackling Goose 8
Canada Goose 6,520
Mute Swan 3
TRUMPETER SWAN 2 (3rd yr on count)
Gadwall 283
American Wigeon 4
American Black Duck 6
Mallard 1,771
Northern Shoveler 19
Northern Pintail 4
Green-winged Teal 9
CANVASBACK 3  (10th yr on count)
REDHEAD 3  (10th yr on count)
Ring-necked Duck 1
GREATER SCAUP 1  (9th yr on count)
Lesser Scaup 11 [Record high count!]
Bufflehead 8 [Record high count!]
Common Goldeneye 78 [Record high count!]
Hooded Merganser 24
Common Merganser 606 [Record high count!]
Red-breasted Merganser 14
RUDDY DUCK 6  (13th yr on count)

DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT 1  (9th yr on count)

Great Blue Heron 24

Bald Eagle 9
Northern Harrier 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3
Cooper's Hawk 15
Red-tailed Hawk 75
Rough-legged Hawk 2

American Coot 71 [Record high count!]

Wilson's Snipe 1

Ring-billed Gull 153
Herring Gull 206
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL 1 (2nd yr on count)

Rock Pigeon 475
Mourning Dove 383

Eastern Screech-Owl 12
Great Horned Owl 26
BARRED OWL 2  (9th yr on count)
SHORT-EARED OWL 1  (14th yr on count)

Belted Kingfisher 13

Red-headed Woodpecker 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 213
Downy Woodpecker 358 [Record high count!]
Hairy Woodpecker 103 [Record high count!]
Northern Flicker (yellow-shafted) 15
PILEATED WOODPECKER 1  (8th yr on count)

American Kestrel 5
MERLIN 1  (9th yr on count)

MONK PARAKEET 25 [Record high count!] (7th yr on count)

Northern Shrike 2

Blue Jay 513
American Crow 89

Horned Lark 4

Black-capped Chickadee 754
Tufted Titmouse 5

Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 338 [Record high count!]

Brown Creeper 20

Winter Wren 2
Carolina Wren 7

RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET 3  (18th yr on count)

Eastern Bluebird 85
Hermit Thrush 2
American Robin 172

European Starling 2,228

Cedar Waxwing 620

Yellow-rumped Warbler 3

Eastern Towhee 1
American Tree Sparrow 594
Fox Sparrow 18
Song Sparrow 64
LINCOLN'S SPARROW 1 (7th yr on count)
Swamp Sparrow 12
White-throated Sparrow 75
White-crowned Sparrow 6
Dark-eyed Junco 1,056

Northern Cardinal 458

EASTERN MEADOWLARK 3  (22nd yr on count)
RUSTY BLACKBIRD 1  (18th yr on count)
Common Grackle 3

House Finch 152
Purple Finch 4
Pine Siskin 390
American Goldfinch 508

House Sparrow 634


Good birding,
Geoff



Geoffrey A. Williamson
Lisle-Arboretum CBC compiler
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Subject: IBET CBC - North Pond / Lincoln Park Zoo / Jarvis / Chicago River at Wilson and Argyle
From: "Rena Cohen rena1729 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 04:21:25 +0000 (UTC)
Joe Rockey, CiCi Birnberg and I covered these areas for the Urban Count today. 
 Our best bird was a HERMIT THRUSH at Jarvis (I see that Al Stokie had one on 
his count as well). Other birds of note were one BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON at 
North Pond, one GREAT BLUE HERON at the Chicago River bridge at Argyle, and one 
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW in the zoo. 

Disappointments: no Black-crowned Night Herons at South Pond, no Coopers Hawk 
seen in the zoo, and no Peregrines flying near the high-rises just west of the 
zoo. This is the first year in the last five or six that I've been doing this 
area that these birds were not seen. 

Not unusual but wonderful to see: a gorgeous Red-tailed Hawk perched very close 
to the trail as we entered Jarvis.  

Rena CohenHighland ParkLake County
Subject: IBET Chicago Urban X-Mas Count Along The Des Plaines River Plus 2 Cemeteries Sun 12-14-14
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 20:48:47 -0600
Hello Bird People,

This count along the D.P. River is the toughest day's birding that I do. I
cover the river on the west side from Axehead Lake (Touhy Ave) to Higgins,
cut over to the Tollway & then return along the east side of the river back
to the starting point. It takes 3 hours to do the west side but only 1 hour
to return due to the fact that there are no trails on the west side so I
have to make my own. The older I get the harder it is to force my way over
fallen trees & through brambles & such stuff. I will re-think the way I do
this next year to make it a little easier if I can. After this 4 hour
project I do a 2 hour walk at Chevalier Woods & over to Lawrence Ave but
this area has trails & is an easy walk. Next I do 2-3 Irving Park Rd
cemeteries but today Dave Johnson did most of that for me.

My reward for all this hard work is to see lots of very common birds &, if
I am lucky, 1 or 2 birds that are good for an X-Mas Count. This year I had
3 good count birds & that's it. Here's my list:

Des Plaines River From Touhy To Lawrence (7:30-11:30 a.m. & 1-3 p.m.)

GREAT BLUE HERON (1)
Canada Goose (28)
Mallard (31)
Rock Pigeon (28)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (9)
Downy Woodpecker (15)
Hairy Woodpecker (2)
Chickadee (21)
W.B. Nuthatch (9)
BROWN CREEPER (3)
Robins (5)
HERMIT THRUSH (1)
Cardinal (22)
Junco (40)
Goldfinch (24)

That's only 15 species but along the various roadsides I added:

Red Tailed Hawk (1-AD)
Herring Gull (1)
Mourning Dove (1)
Starling (~15)
House Sparrow (4)

At the cemeteries I added numbers to species already seen plus one adult
male KESTREL which was at the same spot the Merlins have been seen in the
last few years & a Blue Jay.

So I had 22 species but Dave Johnson added KINGFISHER, RED BREASTED
NUTHATCH,
CEDAR WAXWING (18), Song Sparrow & White Throated Sparrow so as a group we
had 27 species which is a good total for this area. The best total ever was
30 species & anything over 25 is good. Only the cemeteries allow the total
to get much over 20 as although I cover a lot of ground the river stuff is
all the same kind of habitat with the same kind of birds.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the Hermit Thrush & Runner-Up to the male Kestrel & the
G.B. Heron.
Thanks to Dave Johnson for his extra work!

Al Stokie
Subject: IBET Loyola, Yard, etc, - 12/14/2014
From: "Steve Spitzer steven0703 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 02:37:55 +0000 (UTC)
Hi Birders,
Not a single unusual gull at Loyola today, but there was a Snow Bunting. (which 
I ignored).  A few pictures of the usual gulls plus the two species seen in 
the yard are at the link. 

Also, about that owl:  After getting eight million views in the first week on 
the two sites I pay attention to, it took a whole 'nother week to break twelve 
million views. Fame is such a fleeting thing. 

Steve Spitzer
Chicago - Cook
Backyard, Loyola, North Park Village - 12/14/2014

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Subject: IBET Rough-legged Hawks at Gillson Park, Cook
From: "mcvetas AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 14 Dec 2014 13:19:07 -0800
My 8 year old asked me to take him birding around noon and I gladly obliged. 
 

 We went to Gillson Park in Wilmette, Cook, where there was very little 
excitement at first. The only bird in sight was a single Hooded Merganser in 
the harbor. As we were about to leave, a dog fell into the harbor near the dog 
beach. As it was a lab, it had very little trouble swimming, but the owners 
panicked trying to figure out how to get the dog out of the water with the high 
harbor walls. They finally coaxed it to swim over near the sailing dock where 
they were able to lift it out with much effort as the lab was obviously well 
fed. At that point, a hawk came flying up the lakefront and over the harbor. I 
thought at first it was one of the Red-tailed Hawks that frequently sit atop 
Bahai Temple, then I noticed it was all dark. It banked and flew right over us, 
a beautiful dark morph juvenile Rough-legged Hawk. Flying higher but obviously 
with this bird was another,, this one a light morph Rough-legged Hawk. 

 

 Matthew Cvetas
 Evanston, IL
  
Subject: IBET A Merlin in the water at Montrose - Sunday 12.14.2014
From: "Fran Morel franmmmk AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 13:30:50 -0600
A few pictures of a Merlin at Montrose from today on IBF:

http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topic=55617.0

Fran
Evanston, Cook Co.
Subject: IBET Lincoln Park Common Loon
From: "John Purcell purc AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 12:24:53 -0600
Ibeters . . .
There was a Common Loon at the very north end of Belmont Harbor (narrow part) 
in Chicagos Lincoln Park at approx. 11:00 am today 

 affording close views.  Showed a lot of white.  Juvenile?

John Purcell / Chicago

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Subject: IBET lenses for sale
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Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 07:19:29 -0600
If anyone is interested in a good deal on a Nikon AF 300mm F4 lens, or a 600mm 
F4 AF lens, let me know. Great for someone who wants to get professional 
quality shots of birds. 

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Subject: IBET East Peoria Gulls
From: "Matthew Winks fluidfive AT hotmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 21:59:43 -0600
Hi all,

Shanin Abreu and I had some nice gulls at East Port Marina (Tazewell County) 
this afternoon. Two 1st cycle Glaucous, one 2nd cycle Iceland, one 1st cycle 
Thayer's, and one 1st cycle Lesser Black-backed. Overall there were about 400 
Herring and 150 Ring-billed in the area with lots of subadult Herrings. 


Matthew Winks
Normal, IL
 		 	   		  
Subject: IBET Loyola Birds - 12/13/2014
From: "Steve Spitzer steven0703 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 23:59:33 +0000 (UTC)
Hi Birders,
A presumed Glaucous Gull was the only unusual bird seen today although there 
were some photogenic Herring Gull types.  Pictures at the link. 

Steve Spitzer
Chicago - Cook
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Subject: IBET Tundra Swan
From: "Ron povpt93 AT consolidated.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 16:38:40 -0600
One individual continued at Arcola sludge pits today, Douglas County

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Subject: IBET Waukegan, Lyons Woods, Illinois Beach, N. Point Marina & Independence Grove Sat 12-13-14
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 16:02:15 -0600
Hello Bird People,

Another day with very few birds found but once again I was somewhat "saved"
by my last location.
Bob Erickson was with everywhere except Independence Grove. Here's my lists
by locations:

Waukegan Beach, Park & Harbor Channel (7:15-8:15 a.m.)

The ice is gone from the pier but no birds are there anyway. There were 6
Mallards in the lake,
one D.C. Cormorant flew toward the harbor & a few Herring Gulls were flying
over the water.
In the water near the boat club were Goldeneye (2-M) & Bufflehead (1-F) &
in the fenced in pond along Sea Horse Dr. the Gadwall numbers were up to
12. Heard only birds were Chickadee & Goldfinch.

Lyons Woods (8:30-9 a.m.)

Hairy Woodpecker (1)
Blue Jay (heard 1)
Chickadee (4)
W.B. Nuthatch (2)

Illinois Beach South Unit Campground North Pines (9:15-10 a.m.)

Chickadee (4)
RED BREASTED NUTHATCH (2 together)
Near the pines were 2 W.B. Nuthatches & Herring Gulls were flying near the
beach.

North Point Marina (10:15-11 a.m.)

Canada Geese (2 flying away)
Greater Scaup (1-F in harbor mouth)
Bufflehead (2 in harbor & 1 in lake)
Goldeneye (1-F in harbor)
Red Breasted Merganser (1-F in lake)
Common Merganser (1-M & 4-F in harbor & 4-F in lake)
Ruddy Duck (2 in harbor)
Coots (2 in harbor)
Herring Gulls (no group on the docks today but a few were flying around)

Independence Grove (noon-1:30 p.m.)

The water is mostly open & the number of water birds was pretty high. Took
a long time to count & re-count everything but that's ok with me.

Canada Goose (475-500)
Cackling Goose (1, was asleep but when it stood up you could how small it &
it's bill were)
Mallard (48)
BLACK DUCK (1 with the Mallards)
Lesser? Scaup (4-5, far away but I think they were Lesser's)
Redhead (1-F with the Scaup)
Bufflehead (1 lone female)
Goldeneye (72, looked for a Barrow's without success)
Hooded Merganser (1-M & 4-F)
Red Breasted Merganser (1-M)
Common Merganser (208, that's a lot of them! And again most were males))
BALD EAGLE (2 adults on the big stumps in the water but 1 had a little dark
in the white head)
Coots (8)
Ring Billed Gull (only 1)
Herring Gull (12-14)
(So Common Merganser wins the duck count contest in a big way!)

Bird-Of-The-Day to the 2 big Bald Eagles &
Runner-Up to the 2 small Red Breasted Nuthatches. Another day of large &
small winners.

Al Stokie
Subject: IBET NE Lake County this AM
From: "Nick Minor nmbirder14 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 22:01:36 +0000
Birders!

Andy Stewart and I challenged the birding blues this morning and visited
our regular chain of Lake County spots. Unfortunately, the diversity and
abundance of birds out there right now is quite low, and southwesterly
winds didn't help. As always, it was still good to get out there and ask
some questions in the field. Here are the spots with highlights and the
full eBird list:

Van Patten Woods: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20881458
Stopped here hoping for a Common Redpoll, but alas there were none. The
numerous PINE SISKINS around the parking lot surrounded by pines were the
highlight.

Winthrop Harbor lakefront:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20881573
Searched here for anything unexpected, but especially for Surf Scoter.
Nothing on either of those goals, though we did find 2 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS
and 1 NORTHERN SHOVELER at the north end of Spring Bluff. 9 SNOW BUNTINGS
sitting on a sign at the south end of the harbor was the other highlight.

Illinois Beach State Park North Unit:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20881653
Very little here as well, but Andy did pick out a nice THAYER'S GULL at
Sand Pond.

Lyons Woods: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20881704
Stopped here in search of redpolls, again to no avail. Highlights were a
GREAT HORNED OWL and 1 NORTHERN FLICKER, which we saw there last time.

Waukegan Beach: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20881737
Again, very quiet here, though an awesome female MERLIN did a rapid fly-by.

And surprise, Almond Marsh:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20881750
As we drove by, Andy looked over the lack and spotted a subadult Bald Eagle
preening on one of the dead trees.

We did stop at a few other places, but overall, Lake County's hottest spots
were pretty quiet this morning. Here's looking forward to the next mass
movement of ducks!

Good birding everyone!

Nick Minor
Libertyville, Lake Co.
nmbirder14 AT gmail.com
http://scienceofbirds.blogspot.com
Subject: IBET Wolf Lake Redpolls & Siskins (12-13-14)
From: "Walter Marcisz wmarcisz AT att.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 11:49:38 -0800
Seven COMMON REDPOLLS and at least four PINE SISKINS were feeding on alder 
cones on the northwest shore of Wolf Lake (Powers Fish & Wildlife Area, 
Chicago) during my visit from 12:40 - 1:20 pm on Saturday (13 December 2014). 
Walk the narrow path that follows the northwest shoreline till you get to the 
alder trees. 


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Subject: IBET Belmont Harbor Injured Common Loon 12/13/14
From: "Steveyhoo stevejner AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 13:42:17 -0600
After looking through some pics, it appears to have an injured right wing. It 
spent a lot of time preening, paying most attention to right wing. I have seven 
series of it displaying at diff. times and each time it would never extend its 
right wing. It appears to be a problem at it outer most joint. I have 
appointment so cant post pics 'till later. Anyone to call for rescue attempt 
and how to catch a Loon? 


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Subject: IBET Belmont Harbor - Common Loon 12/13/14 am
From: "S J stevejner AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 10:31:19 -0800
Had the Common Loon reported by Luis M this morning in about the same location 
and then swam to center of Harbor where I lost it. Was very docile. I kept 
trying to move away from it for better light angle but, he kept swimming along 
with me, watching me. I got a feeling he thought I was going to throw him a 
fish. I must say I loved having this problem. I have not seen a Loon since I 
was a kid when dad and I would go fishing in far northern Wisconsin. I can 
still hear their call and picture this goofy bird far off in the morning mist 
and then it would disappear and re-surface 40 feet away. I was not a Birder 
then and only took up Birding a few years ago. This is a bird I wanted to see 
again since I heard reports of them along our lake front. Finally! And very 
good looks at that. Will post pics to IBF and Flickr later. There were about a 
dozen Common, Mostly male, and red-breasted mergansers, two Common Golden-eye 
females and three American Coots. 

Happy Birding
Steve Jener
Cook County
Subject: IBET Book Review: Southern Illinois Birds: An Annotated List and Site Guide
From: "tvincl AT casscomm.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 13 Dec 2014 08:31:13 -0800
In 2003 the Illinois State Academy of Science published my review of Southern 
Illinois Birds: An Annotated List and Site Guide, by W. Douglas Robinson. Here 
is the review posted on The River Landing weblog: 

  
 
http://theriverlanding.typepad.com/the_river_landing/2014/12/book-review-southern-illinois-birds-an-annotated-list-and-site-guide.html 
http://theriverlanding.typepad.com/the_river_landing/2014/12/book-review-southern-illinois-birds-an-annotated-list-and-site-guide.html 

  
 Tom Lerczak
 Havana
 
 Mason County
 

Subject: IBET Northside Lake Area Birds
From: "Steve Spitzer steven0703 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 03:19:26 +0000 (UTC)
Hi Birders,
A most likely Thayer's at Loyola and three White-crowned Sparrows at Belmont 
were the best birds today.  Pictures at the link. 

Steve Spitzer
Chicago - Cook
Loyola to Fullerton - 12/12/2014

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Subject: IBET JxP Common Redpoll (63rd St. Beach)
From: "Paul Clyne paulclyne2000 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 02:37:16 +0000 (UTC)
I found a COMMON REDPOLL in the dune grasses at the south end of the 63rd St. 
Beach in Jackson Park, Chicago, today.  It seemed comfortable with the 
habitat, so maybe it will sleep over. 

Paul ClyneHyde Park, Chicago paulclyne2000 AT yahoo.com
Subject: IBET Nice Raptor Day At Crabtree N.C. & Deer Grove East F.P. Plus Baker's Lake Fri 12-12-14
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 16:01:41 -0600
Hello Bird People,

Today's target was a Cook County Northern Shrike but although I spent a lot
of time looking at Crabtree Nature Center & Deer Grove East, both good
Shrike locations, I did not find one. I had heard from Matthew C that he
did not find one at Paul Douglas F.P. either so I guess we will have to try
again on that species. Landbirds were all Winter or year round residents
but I did well with five species of raptors. A quick stop at Baker's Lake
found some open water but only 2 species of birds. I don't know if the
Great Horned Owls still nest in Heron nests on the island but I did not see
one there today. For the details here are my day lists:

Crabtree Nature Center (8:45-11 a.m.)

Canada Goose (4 on lawn & 11 fly-bys)
NORTHERN HARRIER (1 flew over Palatine Rd just east of the entrance road to
Crabtree)
Cooper's Hawk (1-AD in a tree)
Red Tailed Hawk (1-AD in a tree along Palatine Rd)
ROUGH LEGGED HAWK (1 light phase hunting off Phantom Prairie Trail)
Mourning Dove (12-14 near the feeders)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (2)
Downy Woodpecker (3)
Hairy Woodpecker (2)
N. Flicker (1 near parking lot & 4 in a Crabapple tree)
Blue Jay (heard 3)
Crows (groups of 7 & 2)
Chickadee (10-11)
W.B. Nuthatch (4)
Robin (only 1)
Junco (4-6)
PINE SISKIN (4 on main feeders)
Goldfinch (6-8)

Remember that the nature center here is closed on Friday so if you plan to
watch the feeders for any period of time you will do it standing outside on
Fridays. Also, today workmen were at work on the unused stairs next to the
main feeders with their big truck right next to the feeders. Nevertheless,
the birds got used to the activity & hit the feeders anyway, much to my
surprise.

Next a quick stop at Baker's Lake north side parking lot (11:15 a.m.)
showed that there was more open water than I expected but the only birds in
that water were Common Mergansers.
There were 24 of them & of that number 19 were males. Two adult Herring
Gulls were on the ice. Nothing else seen.

Deer Grove East F.P. (noon-1:30 p.m.)

Spent most of the time walking the open areas looking for a Shrike at the
top of a tree but the only species seen in all that time was Goldfinch with
2 fly-bys. Came back via a wooded trail & saw the following:

Red Bellied Woodpecker (3)
Downy Woodpecker (1)
Blue Jay (1)
Chickadee (2)
W.B. Nuthatch (3)
EASTERN BLUEBIRD (1-M & 1-F)
Cardinal (1-M)
Goldfinch (8-10)

I figured the Bluebirds would be my best species here but as I got back to
the parked car the excitement began. First I saw a small but stocky "hawk"
fly into a tree. Since I am anything but a "hawk expert" I was glad this
bird sat still for me. Turned out it was a dark brown female MERLIN which I
could tell since it let me stare at it for 5 min without moving which is
long enough for even me to I.D. it. Then it flew but not far & started
buzzing something in another tree & then re-landed. The bird being buzzed
was a young Cooper's Hawk which did not fly, probably as it knew it was no
match for the Merlin in a "dog fight flight". But finally the Cooper's
could not stand it any longer & it went right at the Merlin in it's tree.
The Merlin flushed & the Cooper's re-landed. Then as if to show the
Cooper's who was the ruler of the sky the Merlin made about 10 passes at
the Cooper's which never moved from it's spot & the Merlin never got close
enough to "hit" the Cooper's. It was a "stand off" & eventually the Merlin
also re-landed & they both just stared at each other which is what they
were still doing when I left. At no time were they both in the air at the
same time which was probably good for the Cooper's. This made up for my
lack of a Shrike!

Both the Merlin & the Rough Legged Hawk were very good sightings but
Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the Merlin based on the entertainment factor.
Runners-Up to the Rough Legged Hawk & the young Cooper's for it's part in
the "stand off".

Al Stokie
Subject: IBET Fw: Re; Who are the Loyola Peregrines?
From: "H Blum coolasakestrel1 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 12:43:30 -0800




Subject: IBET Skokie lagoons
From: "Suzanne Coleman isooz AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 14:30:05 -0600
Hi all just want to report the sightings I had at Skokie lagoons yesterday, 
basically the same things that Al had seen a couple days before that, common 
mergansers, common goldeneye my first of the season. There was one duck I 
wasn't able to see what it was, it looked like it's probably a female common 
goldeneye. It was staying over by the large fallen tree at the distal end of 
the large lagoon north of Willow. I also had the male kingfisher perched on a 
branch at the edge of the water. One juv great blue heron and one juv 
Cormorant. 


Also in the area along the highway had a pair of red tail hawks. 

Suzanne Coleman
 Glenview, Cook

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Subject: IBET White blob Libertyville
From: "Suzanne Coleman isooz AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 14:24:40 -0600
In case anyone is around there, you might want to check the agricultural field 
at the north east corner of Route 60 which is Townline Road and Milwaukee 
Avenue in the gap in the trees on the east side of the road up there on 
Milwaukee. A blob was noted two days ago and I didn't have the ability to check 
any further but you might want to take a look and see if it's a snowy owl. 


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Subject: Re: IBET Who are the Loyola Beach Peregrines?
From: "Josh Engel jengel5230 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 19:37:39 +0000 (UTC)
According to Mary, all four of the adults that bred at these two sites last 
year had black over green bands. It's possible that there are different birds 
in those territories now, so you may see other band combinations. 

Josh Engel
Chicago

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Bird Division, Field Museum / africanbirds.fieldmuseum.org
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 On Thursday, December 11, 2014 4:11 PM, Steve Spitzer  
wrote: 

   

 I have more but won't bother putting them up unless they show something. I 
usually just say hi to them and go on my way. 

Steve 

 On Thursday, December 11, 2014 4:03 PM, Josh Engel  
wrote: 

   
 

 Hi steve, I'll have o ask Mary tomorrow. I'll get back to you. I know she 
looked at your photos on Flickr but couldn't see quite enough detail.  

Josh

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On Dec 11, 2014, at 3:04 PM, Steve Spitzer  wrote:


Hi Josh,
Do all four birds from both locations have the same band patterns?
Steve 

 On Thursday, December 11, 2014 2:16 PM, "Josh Engel jengel5230 AT yahoo.com 
[ILbirds]"  wrote: 

   
 

   Posting on behalf of Mary Hennen, director of the Chicago Peregrine 
Program. There's been, shall we say, a surge in interest in the particular 
Peregrine Falcons that are hanging around Loyola Beach, thanks to their role in 
the story of a certain owl-that-blew-up-the-internet. You can see examples of 
Peregrine band combinations on my IBF post: 
http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topic=55609.0 

"The Chicago Peregrine Program could use your help in trying to confirm the 
identity of the Peregrines hanging out at Loyola Beach.  In the past, both the 
Evanston Peregrines (that nest on the Evanston Public Library) and the Broadway 
Peregrines (that nest in Rogers Park) have been identified at Loyola.  It used 
to be more common for the Evanston Peregrines to use Northwestern's Beach 
during the winter months and the Broadway pair to use the Loyola area.  The 
most recent confirmed band sightings from Loyola (about two years ago) were of 
the Evanston birds, but it is a very real possibility that the Broadway 
Peregrines are the individuals that chased the Great Horned Owl. Confused yet? 


If anyone can get a scope on the Peregrines to read their bands, or better yet 
get a photo, please email Mary Hennen at mhennen AT fieldmuseum.org.  All current 
photos that I have seen show a black over green band--a band combination worn 
by birds from both locations--but they are clear enough to read what is written 
on the band. Please check for bands on both Peregrines!" 

Josh Engel
Chicago

Photos / www.flickr.com/jengel5230
Bird Division, Field Museum / africanbirds.fieldmuseum.org
Tour leader, Tropical Birding / www.tropicalbirding.com *Click here for my most 
recent trip report* 

  

 
    


 
    

   
Subject: IBET Chautauqua (on Thursday)
From: "Kevin Richmond theeggman AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 08:26:08 -0600
The BLACK BRANT (that I had previously reported from Emiquon) was  
standing out on the ice off of the east side of the crossdike at  
Chautauqua Refuge (in Mason Co.) yesterday morning. It was within a  
flock of 150+ GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE - which all flushed in a big  
panic and flew over to the east end of the lake.

Kevin Richmond
Morton, Illinois


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Subject: IBET Fullerton Great Black-backed Gull, Backyard Robins
From: "Steve Spitzer steven0703 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 03:01:12 +0000 (UTC)
Hi Birders, 
Soon after daylight came this morning the Robins did also, which was a great 
way to start the day.  Pictures of a couple at the link, along with a Great 
Black-backed Gull and a few others from near Fullerton. 

Steve Spitzer
Chicago - Cook
Yard, Fullerton Area, Diversey Harbor, Loyola - 12/11/2014

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Subject: IBET Montrose late report
From: "Alex Bloss alex_bloss13 AT msn.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 20:08:45 -0600
Hi all,

Sorry for the somewhat late report on a somewhat late bird.

I saw a Hermit Thrush this morning at Montrose today, in the dead tree near the 
water feature. 


That was about it for the area, other than the Common and Red-breasted 
Mergansers, Common Goldeneyes, and Ruddy Ducks along the waterfront. There 
might have been a 

Great Black-backed Gull far out in the lake...

Cheers,


Alex Bloss
Chicago

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Subject: IBET Lake County Dec. Big Day 2014
From: "Beau Schaefer beauschaefer AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 18:59:03 -0600
My last Big Day of the year with Andy Stewart and Steve Bailey. Check out the 
details at 

http://wildcatbirding.blogspot.com/2014/12/the-small-day.html

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




Subject: IBET Waukegan Beach, Pier & Harbor, Illinois Beach South & North Units & N. Pt. Marina Thur 12-11-14
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:17:39 -0600
Hello Bird People,

For the 1st part of the day I was joined by Lake County birder Andy Stewart
& we covered all the Waukegan spots & the South Unit of IBSP. Then after
lunch I did IBSP North Unit & North Point Marina by myself. This resulted
in a slightly longer birding day than is usual for me.
Here are the day lists:

Waukegan Beach & Pier (7:30-8 a.m.)

The pier remains about half covered by ice with water on the ice so we did
not walk out very far & saw nothing on the pier itself. Nearby in the lake
were Bufflehead (3), Goldeneye (1-F) & Red Breasted Merganser (1-F). In the
backwater area were 3 Mallards & on the beach was one lone SNOW BUNTING. In
the fenced in pond off Sea Horse Dr. were Gadwall (3), Goldeneye (1-F) &
Hooded Merganser (1-F). Along the road were Starlings & Junco's.

New Harbor's South Beach Area

Only had Mallard (28) & Ring Billed Gull (14) & heard some House Sparrows.

Waukegan Main Harbor From Government Pier (8:15-8:45 a.m.)

Today's Duck Count Contest winner was Goldeneye (10) followed very closely
by Bufflehead (9),
Common Merganser (8), Gadwall (4), Greater Scaup (3) & Lesser Scaup (2).
This was the closest contest count ever. Also seen were D.C. Cormorant (2
hanging on), Coots (10-12) & a few Gulls.

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

This was my last 2 mile long beach walk of the year & our reward was to
find no beach birds at all. In the lake were Greater Scaup (5 groups for a
total of 355), Redhead (10 males & a few females), Goldeneye (3-M) & 3
adult Herring Gulls. The only landbirds seen in the entire park were Blue
Jay (2), Chickadee (2), W.B. Nuthatch (2) & Tree Sparrow (5-6).

Illinois Beach North Unit (12:15-12:45 p.m.)

In Sand Pond (mostly open water) were Common Mergansers (15, mostly males)
& 1 Goldeneye. In the lake were more of those 2 species & that's all.

North Point Marina (1-1:45 p.m.)

In with about 300 Canada Geese were 2 BLUE (SNOW) GEESE (1-AD & 1-IM) &
ducks seen were Goldeneye, Bufflehead, both Red Breasted & Common Merganser
(mostly Common's) & 1 Ruddy Duck. Also seen were 4 Coots & about 200
Herring Gulls. The only landbirds were a nice flock of 11 SNOW BUNTINGS & 1
Tree Sparrow.

As is normal with December birding nothing very special was seen but
Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the adult BLUE GOOSE & Runners-Up to all 12 SNOW
BUNTINGS.

Al Stokie
Subject: Re: IBET Who are the Loyola Beach Peregrines?
From: "Steve Spitzer steven0703 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 21:04:57 +0000 (UTC)
Hi Josh,
Do all four birds from both locations have the same band patterns?
Steve 

 On Thursday, December 11, 2014 2:16 PM, "Josh Engel jengel5230 AT yahoo.com 
[ILbirds]"  wrote: 

   
 

   Posting on behalf of Mary Hennen, director of the Chicago Peregrine 
Program. There's been, shall we say, a surge in interest in the particular 
Peregrine Falcons that are hanging around Loyola Beach, thanks to their role in 
the story of a certain owl-that-blew-up-the-internet. You can see examples of 
Peregrine band combinations on my IBF post: 
http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topic=55609.0 

"The Chicago Peregrine Program could use your help in trying to confirm the 
identity of the Peregrines hanging out at Loyola Beach.  In the past, both the 
Evanston Peregrines (that nest on the Evanston Public Library) and the Broadway 
Peregrines (that nest in Rogers Park) have been identified at Loyola.  It used 
to be more common for the Evanston Peregrines to use Northwestern's Beach 
during the winter months and the Broadway pair to use the Loyola area.  The 
most recent confirmed band sightings from Loyola (about two years ago) were of 
the Evanston birds, but it is a very real possibility that the Broadway 
Peregrines are the individuals that chased the Great Horned Owl. Confused yet? 


If anyone can get a scope on the Peregrines to read their bands, or better yet 
get a photo, please email Mary Hennen at mhennen AT fieldmuseum.org.  All current 
photos that I have seen show a black over green band--a band combination worn 
by birds from both locations--but they are clear enough to read what is written 
on the band. Please check for bands on both Peregrines!" 

Josh Engel
Chicago

Photos / www.flickr.com/jengel5230
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Subject: IBET Who are the Loyola Beach Peregrines?
From: "Josh Engel jengel5230 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 20:15:59 +0000 (UTC)
Posting on behalf of Mary Hennen, director of the Chicago Peregrine Program. 
There's been, shall we say, a surge in interest in the particular Peregrine 
Falcons that are hanging around Loyola Beach, thanks to their role in the story 
of a certain owl-that-blew-up-the-internet. You can see examples of Peregrine 
band combinations on my IBF post: 
http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topic=55609.0 

"The Chicago Peregrine Program could use your help in trying to confirm the 
identity of the Peregrines hanging out at Loyola Beach.  In the past, both the 
Evanston Peregrines (that nest on the Evanston Public Library) and the Broadway 
Peregrines (that nest in Rogers Park) have been identified at Loyola.  It used 
to be more common for the Evanston Peregrines to use Northwestern's Beach 
during the winter months and the Broadway pair to use the Loyola area.  The 
most recent confirmed band sightings from Loyola (about two years ago) were of 
the Evanston birds, but it is a very real possibility that the Broadway 
Peregrines are the individuals that chased the Great Horned Owl. Confused yet? 


If anyone can get a scope on the Peregrines to read their bands, or better yet 
get a photo, please email Mary Hennen at mhennen AT fieldmuseum.org.  All current 
photos that I have seen show a black over green band--a band combination worn 
by birds from both locations--but they are clear enough to read what is written 
on the band. Please check for bands on both Peregrines!" 

Josh Engel
Chicago

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Subject: IBET C REDPOLLS-4-continue at CBG Thursday morning
From: "rjdbird1 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 11 Dec 2014 10:43:00 -0800
Dear Birders,
 

 The COMMON REDPOLLs continue at the Northeast corner of the Regenstein Bldg. 
at Chicago Botanic Garden. 

 I arrived there ~ 9 am and three redpolls flew in to join a handful of 
American goldfinches. 5 minutes later another batch of goldfinches arrived with 
one more redpoll, so total of 4. I waited another 10 minutes but no more 
arrivals. I looped around building to find 3 PINE SISKINs at Enabling Garden 
feeders. 

 Redpolls and goldfinches all gone at 9:48 am. At 10:32 am one drab redpoll and 
8 goldfinches in same area. I could find no "red-berry" birds and no sparrows 
during my 2-hour walk around the gardens.. 

 

 Rich DeCoster
 Evanston
 Cook
 rjdbird1 at yahoo
Subject: IBET Glaucous Gull, Fake Owl, etc - Loyola 12/10/2014
From: "Steve Spitzer steven0703 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 02:10:51 +0000 (UTC)
Hi Birders, 
Pictures of title birds and a few others at the link.  Slow day, but a good 
one. 

Steve Spitzer
Chicago - Cook
Loyola Glaucous and other Gulls - 11/10/2014

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Subject: IBET Continuing Redpolls & Siskins At Chicago Botanic & Open Water At Skokie Lagoons Wed 12-10-14
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 15:30:23 -0600
Hello Bird People,

I see that Leslie Y reported a Redpoll today at the CBG & I hope she found
it quicker than I did.
After Monday's standing around looking at water birds from the shore &
Tuesday without any birding I resolved that I would do some real walking
today even if I found few birds. Arrived at the CBG at 7:45 a.m. & 4 hours
later I had covered every area I could think of from the North Lake loop
walk to the B. Brown Preserve at the opposite end of the place. I am
"walked out" for now.
After 3 hours I didn't have much to show for my walking other than 3 finch
species which did NOT include Redpolls. But on my way out I tried again by
the Birch trees around the Regenstein Building & where before there had
been no finches at all now I saw 5 in one tree. But all were Goldfinches so
I headed out of the area. Then a larger flock flew in at the far N.E,
corner of the building & it included 13 Goldfinch, 1 Pine Siskin & 2 Common
Redpolls. Fewer than on last Friday but the lighting was better than on
that murky day so I saw the Redpolls better this time.
I had also looked at many trees with red berries but none had berry eating
birds but once again on my way out to the parking lot I found at least
small numbers of "berry eaters" in the trees near the entrance building. So
nothing really unexpected today but enough to keep me busy. Here's the list:

Chicago Botanic (7:45-11:45 a.m.)

Canada Goose (137 in water & 32 flying by)
Mallard (34)
Common Goldeneye (3-F)
Ring Billed Gull (5)
Herring Gull (8-9)
Mourning Dove (heard 1 flying away)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (heard 1)
Blue Jay (2 together)
Chickadee (10 with 6 at once on the feeders before the Siskins arrived)
W.B. Nuthatch (2 together)
Robins (5-6 at berry trees)
Cedar Waxwing (8-10 at berry trees)
Starling (1 at berry trees & 4 fly-bys)
Cardinal (2-M & 3-F all at the berry trees)
WHITE THROATED SPARROW (1 near the berry trees)
Junco (6)
House Finch (1-PR)
COMMON REDPOLL (2 in Birch trees)
Goldfinch (18-20)
PINE SISKIN (25-30, mostly in Alders)
House Sparrow (3-4)

Skokie Lagoons Open Water Areas Along Tower Rd. & Forest Way (7:30 a.m. &
12:30-1 p.m.)

Main Tower Rd. Parking Lot

At 7:30 a.m. there were 10 Canada Geese, Goldeneye (36-M & 3-F), Common
Merganser
(1-M & 5-F) & 1 Herring Gull. But when I looked again after lunch all that
remained were 10
Goldeneye. Some of the Forest Way Goldeneye later might be repeats from
Tower Rd earlier.

Forest Way From Tower North To Dundee Rd.

MUTE SWAN (2-AD asleep on the ice)
Canada Goose (4 with the Swans)
Common Goldeneye (6-M & 5-F)
Common Merganser (22-M & 4-F)
Herring Gull (5-AD on the ice)

Forest Way From Tower South To Willow Rd.

Canada Goose (19 on roadside)
Mallard (10-M & 4-F)
Common Goldeneye (23-M & 6-F)
Common Merganser (27-M & 5-F)
HOODED MERGANSER (1-F, very hard to see as it was close to shore)
Rock Pigeon (8 flying near dam by Willow Rd.)
KINGFISHER (1-M in an overhanging tree branch)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (1)
Crows (4 on roadside)

It was an o.k. day & I surely got some walking exercise.
Bird-Of-The-Day to the 2 Common Redpolls which I had almost given up on.
Runners-Up to the big Mute Swans & the small White Throated Sparrow.

Al Stokie
Subject: IBET Lone Redpoll at CBG Today at 12:30
From: "Leslie Yoshitani leslieyosh AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:13:50 -0600
Claire Dassy and I are thawing over soup after getting good looks at a Common 
Redpoll accompanied by 3 American Goldfinch in several clumps of birches at the 
Chicago Botanic Gardens about 12:30 today. Seen on Evening Island and around 
Regenstein. I almost gave up hope of finding one for the 

year!

Leslie Yoshitani
West Chicago
DuPage Co.

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Subject: IBET Tan colored E sparrow
From: "John Baxter XXJB7Z AT AOL.COM [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 12:50:59 -0500
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/15371831953/

Hi friends,
Showed up today, acting like a E sparrow. A female maybe. 

John Baxter
Bourbonnais
Subject: IBET Montrose Long-tailed Duck and Common Redpoll, 12/10/14
From: "'Robert D. Hughes' rhughes.enteract AT rcn.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 10:15:22 -0600
I had a drake Long-tailed Duck at the mouth of Montrose Harbor this 
morning, December 10. This looks like the same bird that was at Loyola 
recently. My other good bird for the morning was a flyover Common (I 
assume) Redpoll while looking at the Long-tailed Duck. Also, 2 lingering 
Ruddy Ducks and all 3 mergansers. I took some video of the Long-tailed 
and posted it at YouTube, URL below.

http://youtu.be/Q760U3R0on8

Robert D. Hughes
Chicago, Illinois
Birding Montrose Point: 
http://theorniphile.info/birding-montrose-point/index.html
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Subject: IBET WB nuthatch on the apple tree
From: "John Baxter XXJB7Z AT AOL.COM [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 06:10:34 -0500
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/15980054042/in/photostream/lightbox/

Hi friends,
WB nuthatch has been here longer than anytime before. I shove the PB suet into 
the holes as far back as possible to stop E starlings from getting it all. 


John Baxter
Bourbonnais, IL
Subject: Re: IBET No obs: Christmas Bird Count info wanted
From: "Urs Geiser ugeiser AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 09 Dec 2014 22:19:19 -0600
Thanks to all who replied to my earlier e-mail on IBET.

I now have almost 90% of the Illinois counts listed on my website, but I 
am still missing the following:

  * DeKalb
  * Hennepin
  * Shapville
  * Illini St.P.
  * Starved Rock St.P.
  * Crane Lake-Sangamon
  * Bushnell
  * Meredosia Island
  * Pere Marquette Park
  * Collinsville

In the border areas centered just outside Illinois I am still missing:

  * Willow Slough-Iroquois Preserves (IN)
  * Burlington (IA)
  * Monroe (WI)
  * Western Gibson Co. (IN)
  * Terre Haute (IN)
  * Knox Co. (IN)

I would appreciate dates and compiler/contact updates for any of the above.

Thanks,
Urs
http://home.comcast.net/~ugeiser/birds/

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

On 12/1/14 11:21 PM, Urs Geiser ugeiser AT comcast.net [ILbirds] wrote:
> As in past years, I am listing on my website, at
> http://home.comcast.net/~ugeiser/birds/ all the Christmas Bird Counts in
> and around Illinois. The information is presented both as a map with
> click-able circles and as a calendar.
>
> About half of the 2014/15 season dates are included so far, but I don't
> know them yet for the remainder.  If you are involved in a count, please
> send me your count's dates and any updates that need to be made for
> compiler or other contact info, or any other related short messages that
> could be displayed.
>
> I will update the website daily as more dates become available. Thanks
> for all information.
>
> Urs
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Subject: IBET Loyola Birds - 12/09/2014
From: "Steve Spitzer steven0703 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 00:08:13 +0000 (UTC)
Hi Birders,
I went to Loyola twice today. It was drizzling or sleeting almost constantly 
and very windy. There may have twenty total large gulls, all but one Herring, 
and all the small gulls were Ring-billed.  The non-Herring was a Great 
Black-backed.  

In addition to gulls I had one fly-by merganser, the Harlequin and the 
Long-tailed Duck.  I tried to get a good shot of the two at once but the waves 
interfered. A bad one at the link, along with pictures of some of the gulls, 
heavy on the black-backed. 

Steve Spitzer
Chicago - Cook
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Subject: IBET O'Hare Airport Red-tailed Hawk tagged, relocated & reported in Mitchell, IN
From: "'Carolyn A. Marsh' cmarshbird AT prodigy.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 16:27:59 -0600
FYI: An O'Hare Airport Red-tailed Hawk was tagged, relocated and reported in
Mitchell, IN.

 

Carolyn Marsh, Whiting, Lake County, IN 

 

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From: Kearns, Amy [mailto:AKearns AT dnr.IN.gov] 
Sent: Tuesday, December 09, 2014 3:03 PM
To: in-bird-l AT indiana.edu
Subject: [IN-BIRD-L] Lawrence Co wing-tagged Red-tailed Hawk

 

There is a wing-tagged Red-tailed Hawk hanging out north of Mitchell
(Lawrence County). I've seen "Orange 92" several times this month, always
along SR 37 just south of Bryantsville Rd, near the Tieman Tires store.  It
was there this afternoon. The orange wing tags are quite conspicuous when
the bird is perched on telephone wires and small trees on the side of the
highway.


This is the 3rd winter that this hawk has spent time in Mitchell. I
originally reported this bird to the BBL in January 2013 and found out that
it was tagged by Craig Pullins, a wildlife biologist with USDA-APHIS.  Craig
himself also emailed me.  The hawk was involved in a study that captured
birds of prey from O'Hare Airport in Chicago, relocated them 50-120 miles
away, and tagged them to see if they returned to the airport.  The results
of the study are supposed to be submitted to a journal for publication this
winter. This particular hawk was captured on June 6 2012 and relocated to
JoDaviess County in IL (the furthest NW county in Illinois, near Dubuque,
Iowa).  

 

You can report a "color marked" bird here:

http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/BBL/bblretrv/



Amy Kearns
Assistant Nongame Bird Biologist
Indiana Division of Fish & Wildlife

562 DNR Rd Mitchell IN 47446
akearns AT dnr.in.gov  
(812) 849-4586   ext. 223

 
Subject: IBET: Odd gull-Sprinfield more photos
From: "Beckie Dyer dyer AT museum.state.il.us [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 09 Dec 2014 14:22:21 -0600
Blue Gull at Lake Springfield (Cinder Flats) -- three new flight photos 
from Dec. 7, 2014--see link below.



Photos posted on the Illinois State Museum's Zoology Facebook page:

         click here:

https://www.facebook.com/ISMZoology

H. David Bohlen

Illinois State Museum
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Beckie Dyer
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Illinois State Museum
Research & Collections Center
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Springfield, Illinois 62703-3500
Phone: 217-782-7475
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