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30 Jan IBET Montrose - Great-horned Owl ["David Antieau dkantieau AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" ]
30 Jan IBET Sand Ridge Forest ["Kevin Richmond theeggman AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
30 Jan IBET Ryerson & Potawatomi Woods F.P. Fri 1-30-15 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
30 Jan IBET: Snowy Owl @ Wolf Lake ["Daniel Williams twotringas AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
29 Jan IBET Peoria hot spots--no sightings ["Beth Pector synspectrum AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
29 Jan IBET Trip to Everglades National Park, FL - No Illinois Sightings ["spadgaon AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
30 Jan IBET This Week's Chicago Birds ["Steve Spitzer steven0703 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
29 Jan IBET Hacked No Sightings ["Mary Lou Mellon marylou.mellon AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
29 Jan IBET Another Wrigleyville Bald Eagle, 1/29 a.m. ["'Robert D. Hughes' rhughes.enteract AT rcn.com [ILbirds]" ]
29 Jan IBET RSVP today ["marylou.mellon AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
28 Jan IBET Listers Corner deadline coming up! (no new sightings) ["trptjoe AT aol.com [ILbirds]" ]
28 Jan IBET Miracle On The Mississippi-Carroll & Jo Davies Counties Wed 1-28-15 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
28 Jan IBET Mason and Fulton Counties, 1-28 ["miking38 AT aol.com [ILbirds]" ]
28 Jan IBET Sandhill Cranes ["bob shelby bobshelby_1956 AT hotmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
28 Jan Re: IBET Grant Park Grumbling ["Joan Norek NorekJ AT aol.com [ILbirds]" ]
28 Jan IBET C REDPOLL-2-continue at CBG-Cook ["rjdbird1 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
28 Jan IBET McKinley Woods Channahon ["Jim Tezak jjtezak AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
28 Jan IBET Grant Park Grumbling ["douglas stotz dfstotz AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
28 Jan IBET Greater white fronted geese and photos ["ovenbirdman AT hotmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
28 Jan IBET Sand Ridge Red Crossbills ["Leslie Yoshitani leslieyosh AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" ]
28 Jan IBET NO SIGHTING, Program on Great Horned Owls, Edwardsville, February 5 ["Mark Glenshaw mglenshaw AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
28 Jan IBET BY RB wp w/E sparrows ["John Baxter XXJB7Z AT AOL.COM [ILbirds]" ]
28 Jan IBET ebird's "Nocturnal" indicator oddity (No Sightings) ["Joan Norek NorekJ AT aol.com [ILbirds]" ]
27 Jan IBET Jackson Park: Merlin ["rlshonkw AT uchicago.edu [ILbirds]" ]
27 Jan IBET Blog posts on Christmas Bird Count birds ["sdbailey AT illinois.edu [ILbirds]" ]
26 Jan IBET BY Bluejays ["John Baxter XXJB7Z AT AOL.COM [ILbirds]" ]
26 Jan IBET Fox River sightings C'ville ["Lucy De Lap ldelap AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" ]
26 Jan IBET Chicago Botanic Garden Monday 1-26-15 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
26 Jan IBET Tundra Swans, Hampton (Rock Island County) ["Karen Lund catbirder813 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
25 Jan IBET Tyler Funk and the Coles County PRFA's ["Donnie Dann donniebird AT me.com [ILbirds]" ]
26 Jan IBET Red Crossbills at Sand Ridge State Forest - Type 2 ["Travis Mahan calidris_1004 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
26 Jan IBET Rider's of the Storm - Loyola Park ["Steve Spitzer steven0703 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
25 Jan IBET Coles County Prairie Falcons ["Tyler Funk fftfunk AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
25 Jan IBET Libertyville Gulls (lake Co) ["Beau Schaefer beauschaefer AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" ]
25 Jan IBET Mute Swans Kankakee state park(PHOTOS) ["'Wildlife' garysoper AT wildlifeinnature.com [ILbirds]" ]
25 Jan IBET Peoria Co., January 19-25: Cackling Goose, American Black Duck ["emcarlson8 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
25 Jan Re: IBET injured coopers hawk in Cook county ["Flint Creek Wildlife - Dawn Keller Dawn AT flintcreekwildlife.org [ILbirds]" ]
25 Jan IBET injured coopers hawk in Cook county ["'bissbirds AT juno.com' bissbirds@juno.com [ILbirds]" ]
25 Jan RE: IBET Prairie Falcon Pike County NO SIGHTINGS ["Jim Funk jfunk AT fossna.com [ILbirds]" ]
25 Jan Re: IBET Questioning about possible JACKDAW in Aroma Park ["Craig Taylor tnemec1 AT ameritech.net [ILbirds]" ]
25 Jan IBET Sand Ridge Forest info (no sightings) ["Kevin Richmond theeggman AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
25 Jan IBET Common Redpolls - Genoa (DeKalb County) ["Karen Lund catbirder813 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
25 Jan IBET: Golden Eagle in Jo Daviess Co. ["'Daniel & Barbara Williams' twotringas AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
25 Jan Re: IBET Questioning about possible JACKDAW in Aroma Park ["sdbailey AT illinois.edu [ILbirds]" ]
25 Jan IBET Goshawk - Evening Sigting ["Paul Stensvaag red.tail1960 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
25 Jan IBET Questioning about possible JACKDAW in Aroma Park ["ovenbirdman AT hotmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
24 Jan IBET Central Illinois 1-24-15 ["Colin Dobson birdingboy AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
24 Jan IBET Longspurs and buntings in far NW Kankakee County ["BFisher928 AT aol.com [ILbirds]" ]
24 Jan IBET BY Cooper's h. & GHO/ Starved Rock Eagle Fest ["John Baxter XXJB7Z AT AOL.COM [ILbirds]" ]
24 Jan IBET Pine Grosbeak ["Kevin Richmond theeggman AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
24 Jan IBET Wolf Lake/Powers, 126th St Marsh, Stony Is. Overlook, Calumet Park & Steelworkers Park Sat 1-24-15 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
24 Jan IBET Burnham Prairie Nature Preserve (1-24-15) ["Walter Marcisz wmarcisz AT att.net [ILbirds]" ]
24 Jan RE: IBET Snowy Owl - Wolf Lake ["'Carolyn A. Marsh' cmarshbird AT prodigy.net [ILbirds]" ]
24 Jan IBET Snowy Owl at Wolf Lake, Long-tailed Duck in Calumet Park, 1/24/15 AM ["rawsbb AT mac.com [ILbirds]" ]
24 Jan IBET Wolf Lake Snow Owl, Calumet Park Long-tailed Duck; 1/24/15 AM ["rawsbb AT mac.com [ILbirds]" ]
24 Jan IBET Snowy Owl - Wolf Lake ["Pat Durkin pat.durkin AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
24 Jan IBET Join COS for a Calumet Region field trip to William Powers Recreational area, Sunday Feb. 1 ["Jill Niland bwwarbler AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
24 Jan IBET Wolf Lake Snowy yes ["Joan Norek NorekJ AT aol.com [ILbirds]" ]
24 Jan IBET New Blog Post About Chicago (no sightings) ["gregneise AT ilbirds.com [ILbirds]" ]
24 Jan IBET Barrows NO ["Craig tnemec1 AT ameritech.net [ILbirds]" ]
24 Jan IBET Re: H Duck YES ["Craig tnemec1 AT ameritech.net [ILbirds]" ]
24 Jan IBET H Duck YES ["Craig tnemec1 AT ameritech.net [ILbirds]" ]
24 Jan Re: IBET Prairie Falcon ["sdbailey AT illinois.edu [ILbirds]" ]
24 Jan IBET Prairie Falcon ["Allen Yow ayow AT rblawyers.net [ILbirds]" ]
24 Jan IBET LT Duck NO, NOSH YES ["Craig tnemec1 AT ameritech.net [ILbirds]" ]
24 Jan IBET Loyola Park and Wilmette Harbor ["Steve Spitzer steven0703 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
23 Jan IBET report on Obama library mtgs on IBF (no sighting) ["'Carolyn A. Marsh' cmarshbird AT prodigy.net [ILbirds]" ]
23 Jan IBET Chicago-Only Regular Birds At Montrose, North Pond & Diversey Harbor Fri 1-23-15 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
23 Jan IBET Kendall Long-tailed Duck NO ["Andrew andrewsaldrich AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
23 Jan IBET Barrows Goldeneye West Dundee NO ["John Heneghan johnhens AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" ]
23 Jan IBET Long-tailed duck NO @ Yorkville Dam ["Leslie Yoshitani leslieyosh AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" ]
23 Jan IBET bird in backgrpung on Nuthatch video ["robirdman AT theearlybirder.com [ILbirds]" ]
22 Jan IBET BY RB wp ["John Baxter XXJB7Z AT AOL.COM [ILbirds]" ]
22 Jan IBET Aurora West Shrike (Yes), Woolley Rd. Snowy Owl (No) & a Surprise L.T. Duck Thur 1-22-15 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
22 Jan IBET ENSBC Program Meeting Tuesday - Bird Topography (NO SIGHTINGS) ["Hockman John j.w.hockman AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" ]
22 Jan IBET Re: FW: Long-tailed Duck at Yorkville Dam ["'jbirdmo AT aol.com' jbirdmo@aol.com [ILbirds]" ]

Subject: IBET Montrose - Great-horned Owl
From: "David Antieau dkantieau AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:40:23 -0800
Dear birders,

Sorry for the late report, but I've been gone almost the entire day. While at 
Montrose, this morning, a Great-horned Owl was being chased around by 6 
American Crows. 


For the birds!

Dave Antieau
dkantieau AT sbcglobal.net
Subject: IBET Sand Ridge Forest
From: "Kevin Richmond theeggman AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:16:33 -0600
Spent some time this morning walking up and down Pine Valley Drive at  
Sand Ridge Forest in Mason County. At one point, heard and then saw  
two colorful finches flying high overhead. I started "spishing" as  
loudly as I could and they immediately dropped down and landed nearby  
in the top of a deciduous tree. They were both adult male WHITE-WINGED  
CROSSBILLS. They sat perched there for about five seconds and then  
took flight again and disappeared toward the south. The spot where  
they landed was about halfway between pump house number 6 and number 7  
- but they had flown in from the north. About twenty minutes before  
that, heard a sequence of three notes that had a Greater Yellowlegs- 
like quality - that was probably the PINE GROSBEAK that I had reported  
from there previously. This was by pump house number 6. About ten  
PURPLE FINCHES were scattered along that stretch there today.

I then went to the "crossbill spot" whereupon a VARIED THRUSH was  
clearly heard singing. As you drive east from 2300east on 2300north  
the road goes up a slight grade. Some Virginia Pines extend out over  
the road near the top of that grade. The bird was (heard only) in the  
woods along the south side of the road at that spot. I found one in  
that same area last year on January 29. I stayed along there for the  
next thirty minutes without hearing it again and the only other thing  
I had worth mentioning during that time was an immature YELLOW-BELLIED  
SAPSUCKER.

Kevin Richmond
Morton, Illinois


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Subject: IBET Ryerson & Potawatomi Woods F.P. Fri 1-30-15
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:07:58 -0600
Hello Bird People,

These 2 locations are along the Des Plaines River on both sides of Lake
Cook Rd in both Lake & Cook Counties. I used to do a Christmas Count at
these spots but not for a few years now.
Only expected birds (Winter & year round) were seen & I added no new year
birds for any of my 2015 lists. But it was a sunny day with little wind &
even though the temps were only in the low 20's it was a fine day for a
walk. Nothing you'll want to chase but here are my 2 day lists:

Ryerson C.A. (8:30-11:30 a.m.)

Mallard (Groups of 23, 20 & 18)
COMMON GOLDENEYE (1-PR & 3-F, always a good D.P. River bird)
Red Tailed Hawk (2-AD)
Rock Pigeon (4 in farm area)
Mourning Dove (6 by feeders)
BELTED KINGFISHER (1 flying & calling along the river)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (8)
Downy Woodpecker (5)
Hairy Woodpecker (heard 1)
Blue Jay (4)
Chickadee (8-10)
W.B. Nuthatch (10-12)
Cardinal (1-F)
Tree Sparrow (4)
Junco (11)
House Finch (7)
Goldfinch (5)
House Sparrow (15)

Potawatomi Woods F.P. (12:15-1:15 p.m.)

Mallard (5)
COMMON GOLDENEYE (1-M)
COMMON MERGANSER (1-M, both good D.P. River birds)
Mourning Dove (4)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (2)
Downy Woodpecker (1)
Hairy Woodpecker (1-M)
Chickadee (4-6)
W.B. Nuthatch (2)
Starling (7)
CEDAR WAXWING (6-8)
Junco (14)
Goldfinch (6)

Only had 21 species today & none were anything special but
Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the very close & colorful male Common Merganser
which I seldom see in the local part of the Des Plaines River. Runner-Up to
the Kingfisher.

Saw a South Dakota plate today & one from New Hampshire earlier in the week
as I start my plate chasing for 2015. Other good plates seen by me this
January include Maine, Montana & Vermont. Off & running for birds & license
plates.

Al Stokie
Subject: IBET: Snowy Owl @ Wolf Lake
From: "Daniel Williams twotringas AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 08:26:10 -0600
Just saw it on the RR tracks at the middle pool.  GBBGull on ice there. 

Dan Williams
Phil Doncheck
Rockford


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Subject: IBET Peoria hot spots--no sightings
From: "Beth Pector synspectrum AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 23:18:54 -0600
I'll be in Peoria Saturday morning. Any recommended hot spots for an hour to 
hour and a half walk? Eagles, other raptors, water birds, larkspurs, snow 
buntings, owls etc. would be nice to see. Also any good parks along the IL 
River within an hour northeast would be nice. 


Sent from my iPhone
Elizabeth Pector, MD
Synspectrum AT yahoo.com (personal)

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Subject: IBET Trip to Everglades National Park, FL - No Illinois Sightings
From: "spadgaon AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 29 Jan 2015 19:37:07 -0800
Hey all,
 Spent a day visiting the Everglades today and wanted to share some of my pics 
from the trip. Its nice, sunny 72 degrees here. 

 

 

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 If you see any of the bird IDs wrong, let me know and I will correct them 
promptly. 
Subject: IBET This Week's Chicago Birds
From: "Steve Spitzer steven0703 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:18:34 +0000 (UTC)
Hi Birders,
The title should maybe say Chicagoland as I spent a few minutes birding the 
Lincolnwood portion of the North Shore Channel just south of Touhy a few times. 
 Only birds of note there were a couple Scaups. There is a Carp fisherman who 
has taken up residence in the best viewing area there so the birds are sparse. 
 South of there, from Lincoln to Brywn Mawr Avenues the channel has good 
numbers of Goldeneyes, some Redheads, all three Mergansers, several Horned 
Grebes and Kingfishers.   

Our yard has not had too many native birds lately, mainly Mourning Doves, House 
Finches and small woodpeckers. 

I stopped at Belmont Harbor once during the week. There was one Common an three 
Red-breasted Mergansers in a small patch of open water, and a flock of Scaup 
offshore. 

Loyola has had very few ducks. The only ones in the water and near shore have 
been Common Goldeneyes and Mergansers. Lots of gulls though. One of the 
prettiest is a Herring Gull with no streaking on head or neck. The young 
Thayer's and Glaucous Gulls were good looking also. This week's Glaucous Gull 
was a bit larger and much pushier than the one I had there last weekend. 

Slide show with most of mentioned birds at the link if you care to look.
Steve Spitzer
Chicago - Cook
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Subject: IBET Hacked No Sightings
From: "Mary Lou Mellon marylou.mellon AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:44:31 -0600
Dear IBET friends,

A recent post titled RSVP TODAY from me as birdinggal 2257 is a virus. PLEASE 
DO NOT OPEN. 


Very sorry for any inconvenience. I learned this morning that I was hacked by 
an email sent by a friend. 


Regards,

Mary Lou Mellon

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Subject: IBET Another Wrigleyville Bald Eagle, 1/29 a.m.
From: "'Robert D. Hughes' rhughes.enteract AT rcn.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:43:52 -0600
At about 10:30 this morning, January 29, I had an adult Bald Eagle 
flying south high over my apartment here on the outskirts of 
Wrigleyville on the north side of Chicago. This bird was also west of me 
and may in fact have flown right over Wrigley Field. I had another adult 
Bald Eagle a couple weeks ago from my apartment, so this is 2 in the 
same month.

It's amazing what you can see when you look out your windows.

Robert D. Hughes
Chicago, Illinois


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Subject: IBET RSVP today
From: "marylou.mellon AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 23:55:01 +0000
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Subject: IBET Listers Corner deadline coming up! (no new sightings)
From: "trptjoe AT aol.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 21:40:14 -0500
Just a reminder that the deadline for submissions is coming up this weekend. 
Although the stated deadline is January 31st, in actuality we'll take anything 
submitted by the end of the weekend. 



I'll be in Peoria between Thursday and Saturday for the Illinois Music 
Educators convention, so now's the time to scare up those great Peoria birds! 
(Mew Gull will do nicely) If you're in the area, here's a shameless plug: I'll 
be playing with the Director's All-Star Big Band at the Pere Marquette bar on 
Thursday from 10:30-midnight. Feel free to stop by (no cover) and say hi! 



Joe Lill
Chicago, Cook County
Subject: IBET Miracle On The Mississippi-Carroll & Jo Davies Counties Wed 1-28-15
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 20:19:52 -0600
Hello Bird People,

Between 2009 & 2014 I have made about 10 trips to the 2 above mentioned
counties mainly for Winter Golden Eagles but although others seem to find 1
that had never happened to me.
Today Andy Sigler & I arrived at about 9:30 a.m. & until 2:30 p.m. we
watched the ridge areas in Carroll & Jo Davies Counties with the usual
results, i.e. no Golden Eagles. We also drove RT84 & nearby roads again
without success. We made one last try at the gate where Dan W, Phil D &
Ted W had just had a Golden Eagle over the weekend but we had to settle for
Bald Eagles & Red Tailed Hawks in some numbers plus 2 Kestrels. Here's what
we saw in the 2 counties up until 2:30 p.m. when we gave up & left:

Carroll County

Bald Eagle (6)
Red Tailed Hawk (2)
Kestrel (1)
Mourning Dove (3)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (1)
PILEATED WOODPECKER (1 close fly-by)
Flicker (2)
Blue Jay (3)
Crow (6)
Eastern Bluebird (8)
Robins (6)
Starling (~40)
Horned Lark (12-14)
Junco (20-22)
House Sparrow (6-8)

Jo Davies County

Bald Eagle (8)
Red Tailed Hawk (7)
Rock Pigeon (4)
Red Bellied Woodpecker (1)
PILEATED WOODPECKER (1 fly-by but far off)
Flicker (2 fly-bys)
WILD TURKEY (10-12)
Blue Jay (2)
Crow (21)
Chickadee (4)
Robins (12)
Cedar Waxwing (~30)
Junco (18)
Cardinal (2-M & 2-F)
House Finch (9-10)
PURPLE FINCH (5-6)

Feeling somewhat discouraged as we left we still continued to look for
eagles & hawks as we drove toward Savannah. Saw a couple more Bald Eagles &
then I spotted a dark looking eagle flying along with us. Couldn't tell if
it was just another young Bald Eagle but it certainly did look dark all
right. Lucky for us there was a small road we could pull off on and the
dark eagle also helped by flying along that road until it was easily viewed
in an area clear of tall trees. It turned out to be an "almost adult"
GOLDEN EAGLE & the miracle that I had thought would never happen had just
happened! And it was in Carroll County so Andy got one of his precious new
"county birds" as well. I didn't care which county it was in I just wanted
to see one! I have not done well with Golden Eagles as this was only the
3rd Illinois county where I had seen one.
Almost all of my seen Golden's have been in Lake County at the various Hawk
Watch spots.

So to no one's surprise Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the long awaited (by me)
GOLDEN EAGLE.
Might as well make it an all eagle day so Runner-Up goes to all the Bald
Eagles as their continuing fly-bys kept us looking for the main target.
Finally!

Al Stokie
Subject: IBET Mason and Fulton Counties, 1-28
From: "miking38 AT aol.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 28 Jan 2015 16:06:16 -0800

 I also made a trip to Mason and Fulton Counties today, notably to walk part of 
Pine Valley Road in Sand Ridge but mostly what I could find were American 
robins; thousands of American robins. They were so numerous that it made it 
extremely difficult to hear or see anything else but I did tough it out long 
enough to see around a dozen purple finches, a spectacular chocolate brown 
red-tailed hawk overhead and a yellow-rumped warbler at ten feet. About an hour 
into my walk a sharp-shinned hawk went over and effectively quieted the robins 
long enough for a peaceful yet uneventful stroll. It was very interesting 
seeing him fly down the center of the road at treetop height with his head 
swiveling from one side to the other in search of movement in the brush. I did 
not see or try for any crossbills. I left Sand Ridge and found a meadowlark on 
a powerline along the road before I stopped by the crossdike at Chautauqua, (by 
the way, foot traffic is permitted in all areas of the refuge again on Feb. 1) 
where I found a singing Carolina wren, a similarly spectacular dark-phase 
rough-legged hawk, about 10 Eurasian tree sparrows and a chipping sparrow. Both 
the upper and lower pools are still frozen over except for a few places along 
the shore and were usually filled with Canadian and white-fronted geese. About 
500 snow geese flew over while I was there. A couple miles south of the refuge 
HQ there were 6 trumpeter swans in a field, 3 of which were gray juveniles and 
over in Fulton County about a mile south of Duck Island Road there were 49 
trumpeters in a field, nine of which were juvenile. None of the swans I saw 
today were wearing numbered neck collars. Heading back to Peoria, I had a flock 
of at least 10,000 snow geese overhead. Mike Ingram, Peoria 

 

Subject: IBET Sandhill Cranes
From: "bob shelby bobshelby_1956 AT hotmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:46:56 -0600
Late this afternoon, I had 50 Sandhill Cranes fly low over my house in Edwards 
County. They were flying in a northeast direction. 

Bob Shelby
West Salem, Edwards Co. 
 		 	   		  
Subject: Re: IBET Grant Park Grumbling
From: "Joan Norek NorekJ AT aol.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:47:26 -0500
Thanks Doug.
 
The male White-winged Scoter was well seen and photographed at 3:10 p.m. -- 
best viewed from the blue water-taxi sign/stand. 

 
The seven Redheads were seen while walking south along the harbor from Monroe 
St.,, but possibly the best sight/sighting was a male Long-tailed Duck which 
flew past, headed south, during that walk. It flew beyond the breakwall so it 
possibly ended up where the female was reported. 

 
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 



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

To: ilbirds 
Sent: Wed, Jan 28, 2015 1:10 pm
Subject: IBET Grant Park Grumbling


 
  
    
                  

Went out from Field Museum at lunchtime. Landbirds few and far between. Monroe 
Harbor nearly completely open, and full of ducks and gulls. Highlights were an 
adult male WHITE-WINGED SCOTER just inside the south end of the breakwater, a 
female plumaged LONG-TAILED DUCK east off of the Shedd Aquarium, an adult GREAT 
BLACK-BACKED GULL and a first year THAYER'S GULL inside the breakwater but well 
offshore, a little south of the light for Balbo on Lake Shore Dr. There were a 
few (7) REDHEADS mixed in with the 135 or so GREATER SCAUP. I did not pick any 
Lessers out of the scaup. 



Doug Stotz


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

Phone: (312)-665-7438
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Subject: IBET C REDPOLL-2-continue at CBG-Cook
From: "rjdbird1 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 28 Jan 2015 12:36:47 -0800
Dear IBETers,
 fyi-
 The COMMON REDPOLLs reported the past two days by Al and John continue this 
mid-day at the feeders at Chicago Botanical Garden. All birds seen were at the 
Buehler Enabling Garden's feeders. I spent an hour wandering about CBG away 
from the Enabling Garden and saw not a single bird other than a fly-over 
red-tailed hawk. There were ~20 noisy pine siskins coming and going at the 
feeders. Perhaps they enjoyed the sunshine as much as I did? 

 I scoped the siskins at the feeders for 20 minutes before the pink-breasted 
redpoll flew in, and scoped it at 20X for 15 seconds from ~ 20 meters in good 
light before it was flushed by a passerbyer. I waited another 20 minutes before 
it returned, but along with it came a second redpoll without much if any pink 
on its breast. Both of these birds were still at the feeders when I left. 

 While waiting for the redpoll's return I was able to scope each of 28 cedar 
waxwings that put in to the treetops just northwest of the feeders. 

 

 Rich DeCoster
 Evanston
 Cook
 rjdbird1 AT yahoo
Subject: IBET McKinley Woods Channahon
From: "Jim Tezak jjtezak AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:48:10 +0000 (UTC)
I went out to McKinley Woods in Channahon (Will Co.) this morning. Not many 
land birds, however, I did get some very nice photos of ducks along the 
Desplaines River. 

Downy WoodpeckerRed-bellied WoodpeckerDark-eyed JuncoNorthern Cardinals (M & 
F)Black-capped Chickadee 


Am White PelicansRedheads (M & F)Common Goldeneyes (M & F)Buffleheads (M & 
F)Ring-necked Ducks (M & F)Am CootsCommon Mergansers (M & F)Pied-billed Grebe 

Jim Tezak Shorewood (Will Co)jjtezak AT yahoo.com
Subject: IBET Grant Park Grumbling
From: "douglas stotz dfstotz AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:10:49 -0600
Went out from Field Museum at lunchtime.  Landbirds few and far between.
Monroe Harbor nearly completely open, and full of ducks and gulls.
Highlights were an adult male WHITE-WINGED SCOTER just inside the south end
of the breakwater, a female plumaged LONG-TAILED DUCK east off of the Shedd
Aquarium, an adult GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL and a first year THAYER'S GULL
inside the breakwater but well offshore, a little south of the light for
Balbo on Lake Shore Dr.  There were a few (7) REDHEADS mixed in with the
135 or so GREATER SCAUP.  I did not pick any Lessers out of the scaup.

Doug Stotz

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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 Greater white fronted geese and photos
From: "ovenbirdman AT hotmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 28 Jan 2015 10:53:34 -0800
Hello everybody, today I was able to try out my new camera (Samsung WB2200F) 
and its great for not being a 5-10 pound telephoto SLR camera, but yeah I 
managed to snap a few COMMON MERGANZERS and a male NORTHERN HARRIER along with 
four flyover distant GREATER WHITE FRONTED GEESE. Other than that there is not 
really much else lately to speak of. Thanks and good birding folks! 

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Subject: IBET Sand Ridge Red Crossbills
From: "Leslie Yoshitani leslieyosh AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:55:57 -0600
12 seen here at 8:15 with Keith McMullen and Davida Kalina at The Spot.

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Subject: IBET NO SIGHTING, Program on Great Horned Owls, Edwardsville, February 5
From: "Mark Glenshaw mglenshaw AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:49:13 -0600
Morning, all.

My name is Mark Glenshaw and I am an amateur naturalist living in St.
Louis, MO and I study the wildlife in Forest Park, the nearly 1400 acre
park in St. Louis.  Since December 2005, I have been observing, documenting
and doing outreach with a pair of Great Horned Owls that live in the park.

As part of my outreach work, I give talks on the owls throughout Illinois
and Missouri for a wide-range of organizations including
conservation/nature organizations, libraries, schools (pre-K through
college) and civic groups.  My next talk will be next Thursday, February 5
at 7:00pm at the Edwardsville Public Library
.  Using pictures and videos I have
shot, I will describe how I found the owls, basic facts about the species
and the different behaviors including hunting, mating and nesting I have
seen. I hope to see some of you there.

I just gave a talk on Friday in Carbondale for the Southern Illinois
Audubon Society, which was an honor and pleasure to do.  I enjoyed seeing
many American Kestrels and *Buteo* hawks as I took Rt 3 down and Rt 13 back
to St. Louis.  One 3-4 mile stretch had 4-6 birds of these types.

Thank you!

Sincerely,
Mark

-- 
Mark H.X. Glenshaw
City of St. Louis, Missouri
Forest Park Owls
http://forestparkowls.blogspot.com/
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Subject: IBET BY RB wp w/E sparrows
From: "John Baxter XXJB7Z AT AOL.COM [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:22:39 -0500
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/16194751290/

Hi friends,
Had a few E. sparrows eating CC on the ground along with the RB wp. The 
Red-bellied took issue when sparrows got too close. 

GHO hooted again last night, went out and binoc' ed across the street in the 
direction of the hoot. It flew over on my side of the street behind my 
neighbors in the Sycamore tree and hooted. Never did see it. Maybe there's two. 

E starlings doing mimic calls of E meadowlark, Killdeer, and some I don't know. 


John Baxter
Bourbonnais, IL
Subject: IBET ebird's "Nocturnal" indicator oddity (No Sightings)
From: "Joan Norek NorekJ AT aol.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:18:37 -0500
ebird has begun flagging nocturnal checklist as "Nocturnal" -- believe that 
needs some tweaking -- it surprised me today and my 7 a.m. start time did not 
seem particularly nocturnal ;-) 



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 Jackson Park: Merlin
From: "rlshonkw AT uchicago.edu [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 27 Jan 2015 17:59:16 -0800
I birded Chicago's Jackson Park today covering the golf course, inner and outer 
harbors, 63rd Street Beach, the north lake front of the park and the Wooded 
Island/Bobolink Meadow area. The park is filled with the noise of chainsaws and 
wood chippers and will look very different come spring. Nevertheless, there 
were still some birds in the park. The most active areas for land birds were 
Bobolink Meadow and the east side of the inner harbor. The outer harbor is 
partly open on the south end and most of the waterfowl were there. There is a 
small open area in the middle of the south end near the docks, which had no 
birds and a small area near the connection with the outer harbor, which had 2 
male COMMON GOLDENEYES. 

Land bird highlights were 2 BROWN CREEPERS (one at the wooded area at Cornell 
and Marquette by the golf course and one on the east side of the inner harbor), 
a HAIRY WOODPECKER at Bobolink Meadow, a WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH in the far 
northwest of the park at 56th and Stony Island. I had three species of sparrows 
with a single A. TREE SPARROW at the outer harbor parking lot feeding with some 
House Sparrows and ~20 in the meadow, a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW on the east side 
of the inner harbor and 2 in the woods by the meadow, and 6 DARK-EYED JUNCOS 
east of the inner harbor and 2 in the meadow. Bird of the day goes to a MERLIN 
zooming over the outer harbor heading northwest. A Merlin was seen here on the 
17th flying in off Lake Michigan. Crows were chasing a RED-TAILED HAWK at 
Cornell and Marquette. The only birds on Wooded Island was a N. CARDINAL and 3 
A. GOLDFINCHES. 

There were 15 male and 1 lonely female REDHEADS, mostly sleeping, in the outer 
harbor with 14 GREATER SCAUP and a few C. GOLDENEYES. One male BUFFLEHEAD was 
feeding between the docks. A male GREATER SCAUP was the only bird in 59th 
Street Harbor hanging out near the water being flushed into the harbor from the 
lagoons. I was surprised to see three MALLARDS in the small pool of water by 
the north bridge of Wooded Island in the mostly drained lagoons. My full list 
of birds follows with these abbreviations: GC=golf course, IH=inner harbor, 
OH=outer harbor and L. Mich. east of La Rabida, 63rd=63rd Street Beach, 
NLF=north lake front (between Promontory Point and 63rd St. B.), WI/BM=Wooded 
Island/Bobolink Meadow. 


Canada Goose: OH (435)
Mallard: OH (4), WI/BM (3)
Redhead: OH (16)
G. Scaup: OH (14), WI/BM (1)
Bufflehead: OH (1)
Common Goldeneye: IH (2), OH (14, 10 OH, 4 L. Mich.), 63rd (1), NLS (9)
Common Merganser: 63rd (73), NLS (3)
Red-breasted Merganser: 63rd (6), NLS (10)
Red-tailed Hawk: GC (1)
Merlin: OH (1)
A. Coot: OH (1)
Ring-billed Gull: OH (63)
Herring Gull: OH (7) 63rd (4)
Hairy Woodpecker: WI/BM (1)
Downy Woodpecker: GC (1), IH (2), WI/BM (2)
A. Crow: GC (7), IH (3), OH (4), 63rd (4), WI/BM (1)
Black-capped Chickadee: GC (1), IH (3), WI/BM (2)
White-breasted Nuthatch: WI/BM (1)
Brown Creeper: GC (1), IH (1)
A. Robin: WI/BM (1 west of the MSI)
A. Tree Sparrow: OH (1), WI/BM (20)
White-throated Sparrow: IH (1), WI/BM (2)
Dark-eyed Junco: IH (6), WI/BM (2), also had one near my building on University 
Ave. 

N. Cardinal: GC (1(, IH (1), WI/BM (4)
A. Goldfinch: IH (1), WI/BM (3)
House Sparrow: OH (6)

Randy Shonkwiler
Hyde Park/Chicago 

Subject: IBET Blog posts on Christmas Bird Count birds
From: "sdbailey AT illinois.edu [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 27 Jan 2015 17:25:22 -0800
 
 I’ve finally finished a post to my blog site… first one since November. 
The first one is up but there will be a series of ten of them… all covering 
the ten Christmas Bird Counts that I helped on this winter, seven in Illinois 
and three in northern Minnesota. I will be posting the other six Illinois CBC 
blog posts soon (still need to write the three Minnesota ones). There will be 
lots of bird, scenery and people pics, thanks to a bunch of my 
birding/photography friends!) with each post, and though these blogs are full 
of bird info (not just lists but maybe a few things that some birders might 
even find helpful in their own birding), there is hopefully more to enjoy than 
just the birds. I found a GOLDEN EAGLE and a TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE on this 
winter's CBCs, and the SOLITAIRE is likely wintering there and still present, 
so if you didn't see my earlier post about it, you might want to check out my 
blog. However, as you will see if you bother to read my first blog post, the 
posts are more than just bird laundry lists, but also include a wide range of 
topics related to my birding/nature “adventures”. Here is the link: 
https://flightsofnature.wordpress.com/2015/01/28/christmas-bird-count-series-steves-little-adventure-cbc-1-middle-fork-river-valley-east-central-illinois-14-december-2014/ 
https://flightsofnature.wordpress.com/2015/01/28/christmas-bird-count-series-steves-little-adventure-cbc-1-middle-fork-river-valley-east-central-illinois-14-december-2014/ 
and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing and re-living my 
“little adventure” this winter! Good birding! 

 
  
 
 Steve Bailey
 
 Mundelein (Lake County)
 
 sdbailey AT illinois.edu
 
Subject: IBET BY Bluejays
From: "John Baxter XXJB7Z AT AOL.COM [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 20:56:33 -0500
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/16186855300/in/photostream/

Hi friends,
The cracked corn and seed mix works on most birds, the BJ's love it. They also 
eat PB suet and peanuts in the shell. Coopers h. still here along with the 
night time hooting of the GHO from across the street. I tried to spot him 
hooting but no luck, with snow here the lighting is much better tonight for 
another try. 


John Baxter
Bourbonnais, IL
Subject: IBET Fox River sightings C'ville
From: "Lucy De Lap ldelap AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:38:51 -0800
No Barrows this afternoon but many Common Goldeneyes and 2 female/1 male Red 
Breasted Mergansers, just south of the Old Town bridge, viewed from the east 
side. 


Lucy DeLap
East Dundee, IL
Kane County
Subject: IBET Chicago Botanic Garden Monday 1-26-15
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:04:38 -0600
Hello Bird People,

Today doesn't really qualify as a birding day but as I was on my way to
just north of the CBG on a non-birding errand I made a quick stop (less
than 1 hour) for a quick check of the area by the feeders & the Regenstein
Birch Tree area. Pretty much the same birds I've been seeing but if you
don't keep looking you could miss new arrivals if they show up. They didn't
show up today. Almost all the birds seen today were on the south side of
the Regenstein Building between the 4 feeders & the English Walled Garden
area. Only saw 10 species but a few of those species were in good numbers &
had to looked at carefully in case something special was mixed in. Here's
the day list:

Chicago Botanic Garden (9-almost 10 a.m.)

Red Tailed Hawk (1-AD, flew by & landed south of Evening Island)
Chickadee (4 with 3 at the feeders)
Robin (2)
CEDAR WAXWING (35-40 eating red berries or resting in Willows by the berry
trees)
Junco (8-10)
House Finch (1-M eating small red berries with a flock of Goldfinches)
COMMON REDPOLL (3, with 1 at the feeders & 2 in the Birch Trees. One had a
pink breast)
PINE SISKIN (30-35 with most in the Alders or at the feeders but a few were
in the Birch Trees)
Goldfinch (~25 eating in Birch & red berry trees & at the feeders)
House Sparrow (6-8)

Many of the Goldfinches & the 1 House Finch were eating in a red berry tree
which is normal for those species but I got a big surprise when 1 of the
Redpolls landed in the same berry tree & actually ate 2 of the small red
berries whereas I thought it was just going to rest there a while.
I had seen Redpolls eating in Alders, Birch Trees & at the feeders but
never before eating red berries. Also, I spent a lot of time checking out
the Waxwings but they all seemed to be Cedars today. But it was a bigger
group than I've seen here in a few weeks & we all need to keep looking for
their bigger, grayer relatives.

Bird-Of-The-Short-Day to the male Redpoll with all the pink coloring &
Runner-Up to all the fine looking Cedar Waxwings. Best I could do in a
short time period.

Al Stokie
Subject: IBET Tundra Swans, Hampton (Rock Island County)
From: "Karen Lund catbirder813 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:29:38 -0600
Forgot to post this earlier.  While Vicki Buchwald and I were doing the
eagle survey on 1/24, we saw 20 tundra swans by Lock 14, 4 of which were on
the Illinois side at Hampton.  The other bonus bird was a female
white-winged scoter, but she remained on the Iowa side during the time we
were there.  By the way, the redpolls I reported yesterday have not
returned (yet) today.

Karen Lund
Genoa, DeKalb County
catbirder813 AT gmail.com
Subject: IBET Tyler Funk and the Coles County PRFA's
From: "Donnie Dann donniebird AT me.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 19:47:53 -0600
With few exceptions, birders are remarkably generous people. And when that 
spirit is combined with a high degree of knowledge the result is wonderful. 
This could not be better exemplified than by what Tyler Funk did today in 
guiding me to see these Coles County Prairie Falcons. Note the plural as Tyler 
describes in his own post. We were extremely fortunate to see 2 of these 
rarities on this famous stump. Tyler, a big public THANK YOU! 


Donnie Dann
Highland Park/Lake County

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Subject: IBET Red Crossbills at Sand Ridge State Forest - Type 2
From: "Travis Mahan calidris_1004 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 01:46:18 +0000 (UTC)
 Hello all,
I just completed the audio spectrographic analysis of sound recordings I 
obtained from a small flock of approximately 15 RED CROSSBILLS at the 2300N 
spot at Sand Ridge State Forest (Mason Co) on Friday, January 23, 2015.  The 
structure of the calls are consistent with Type 2.  My eBird report containing 
a spectrogram can be viewed here: 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21542467
An excellent reference for Red Crossbill call-types was presented on eBird a 
couple years ago, which can be viewed here: 

http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/recrtype/
Later,
Travis MahanDecatur, ILMacon Co.
Subject: IBET Rider's of the Storm - Loyola Park
From: "Steve Spitzer steven0703 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 01:34:38 +0000 (UTC)
Hi Birders,
The link will take you to a slide show. The title refers to the song by The 
Doors that ran through my head as I watched more than thirty large gulls facing 
into the wind as I looked south off the pier today. Was there twice. Glaucous 
Gull was first trip, Thayer's the second. I suspect some little fish were being 
chopped up by the ice or something.  Also, to get the full effect go to the 
lower right hand corner of the screen and push the enlarge arrows. You can see 
the snow better in some of the shots. 

Steve Spitzer
Chicago - Cook
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Subject: IBET Coles County Prairie Falcons
From: "Tyler Funk fftfunk AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 19:01:23 -0600
I met Donnie Dann this afternoon around 3:15pm to make a stab at the
Prairie Falcon. As I pulled up to join Donald I could see that there was a
falcon on the stump. We joined forces to get a better look at the falcon
from the west side on 1200e. While exiting the vehicle to set up the scope
I saw a falcon fly from the stump. I mentioned that to Donald, and we began
trying to watch were the falcon might land again. We were unable to follow
the bird through binoculars in the poor light, but when I swung the binos
back to the stump there was a Prairie Falcon still sitting there. Donald
was scoping the stump when a second Prairie Falcon flew  to the stump and
perched next to the first. This is the first sighting of both birds since
11-14-2014. It was pretty exciting! While watching the first falcon Donald
also made note that the first bird appeared to be feeding on unidentifiable
prey. He also noted that the second falcon that flew in was noticeably
smaller in stature than the first. Donald was great company, falcons were
great birds, and the weather....well, it was crappy. Thank you for making
the trip downstate Donald!

Tyler D Funk
Subject: IBET Libertyville Gulls (lake Co)
From: "Beau Schaefer beauschaefer AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:00:19 -0600
 Today was a perfect day for some car birding, though sitting on the side of 
Peterson Rd. with trucks zipping by me was a little harrowing so I didn’t 
stay long. The cornfield to the north had about 200 gulls sitting in it. It 
took me about 5 min. to pick out a first year GLAUCOUS, adult LESSER 
BLACK-BACKED, and a first year ICELAND GULL from the group of Herrings and a 
couple Ring-billeds. Also had an adult SHARP-SHINNED HAWK visit my backyard a 
couple of times this afternoon. 


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




Subject: IBET Mute Swans Kankakee state park(PHOTOS)
From: "'Wildlife' garysoper AT wildlifeinnature.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 17:40:05 -0600
Saturday morning five Mute swans landed out in front of where I was at the 
park. 


PHOTOS: http://www.wildlifeinnature.com/html/jan_24__2015.html

Gary Soper
Kankakee county
www.wildlifeinnature.com
Subject: IBET Peoria Co., January 19-25: Cackling Goose, American Black Duck
From: "emcarlson8 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 25 Jan 2015 15:26:29 -0800
Hello again, everyone. The slowdown in my own numbers that I expected last week 
finally came this week, but the birds themselves haven't been slowing down. 
Geese are flying overhead all over the place, and a few ducks are moving around 
as well. Gull numbers have increased around Peoria Lake, though no other 
rarities have been found. I don't know whether they are moving or if the melted 
snow has just made them more apparent, but I saw three flocks of 30+ Dark-eyed 
Juncos this week. I even saw a new yard bird this week: this Red-headed 
Woodpecker https://flic.kr/p/qUmahD. Sadly I haven't seen it again since the 
resident Red-bellied Woodpecker drove it away. 

 

 January 21 I stopped by Detweiller Marina after a report of an American Black 
Duck the previous day. The puddles on the nearby grass were feeding over 60 
Mallards but no Black Ducks. There were about 100 Canada Geese in the puddles 
with the Mallards and another couple hundred on the lake ice. Many of them were 
small subspecies, and at least a couple were Cackling Geese 
https://flic.kr/p/pWzt6J. It was great to get this species out of the way early 
because I seem to only find cacklers once or twice a year in the county. 

 

 I wasn't satisfied with the Cackling Geese, so I decided to stop at Poplar 
Lane Park on my way back. I often see Mallards in the park, but finding a pair 
of American Black Ducks https://flic.kr/p/pWzsQU there was nothing more than 
getting lucky on a hunch. They weren't swimming with the Mallards--they were 
hidden near vegetation along the shore and flushed when I walked up to scope 
the diving ducks on the lake. By the time I ran back to grab my camera, they 
were already swimming out toward the middle of the lake; all I could manage is 
what barely qualifies as a documentation shot. Still, that was my second bird 
of the day that I only see once or twice a year. I guess I took care of my 
January targets fast enough that I'm able to get a head start on February 
targets. 

 

 January 23 I was able to get down to Banner Marsh and explore a little. I 
found nothing. I had high hopes because one of my best days ever at Banner was 
in early spring when there was only a little open water. But on Friday there 
still wasn't any open water on the Peoria lakes. That wasn't a huge 
disappointment. After finding the Cackling Goose and American Black Duck 
earlier in the week, my only real waterfowl target was Ross's Goose anyway. The 
big disappointment was not finding any interesting land birds either. Northern 
Shrike was my only realistic target (Short-eared Owl and Common Redpoll being 
the unrealistic ones), but I would have been happy with any hawk besides 
Red-tailed or any falcon. I couldn't even find Eurasian Tree Sparrows, and my 
only blackbirds were a pair of Red-winged. The most interesting bird of the day 
were the 1000 or so Greater White-fronted Geese that flew over. Every flock was 
flying south; I guess they had the same problems finding open water that I did. 
On the way home I saw a Eurasian Collared-Dove sitting on a wire in 
Bartonville. That was actually the first I've ever seen in Peoria County. 

 

 January 24 East of Elmwood and Farmington are a series of strip mine lakes and 
grasslands. I have heard of Short-eared Owls being seen near this area; I 
figure it is my best bet to find that species (If anyone has a better idea, I'm 
listening!). Saturday evening I drove around but didn't find anything there 
either. That's two trips I've made out there--one in the afternoon and one in 
the evening--without finding anything more than a Red-tailed Hawk or Horned 
Lark. The area feels dead, but it's a big area for one person to cover. Perhaps 
I'm just missing something. I'll try it again when the owls are migrating. 

 

 Before I drove around looking for owls I drove into Elmwood to check out their 
sewage lagoon. It is adjacent to a park; most of it is easily viewable from 
there. I've only checked that spot a couple times, but both times there were 
hundreds of Canada Geese. Yesterday there were also White-fronted Geese flying 
overhead, and there may have been some Cackling Geese around the sewage ponds. 
I didn't take the time to go through them carefully because the sun was getting 
low. This spot is probably the most likely place in the county to find a Ross's 
Goose as well as certain shorebirds. I just wish it was close enough to check 
it more than a couple times a month. 

 

 Evan Carlson
 Peoria
 

 Peoria County 2015 current total: 68
 
 
 
 January targets: Long-tailed Duck, Rough-legged Hawk, Thayer's Gull, Iceland 
Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Glaucous Gull,Eastern Screech-Owl, Snowy Owl, 
Long-eared Owl, Short-eared Owl, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Northern Shrike, 
Red-breasted Nuthatch, Lapland Longspur, Snow Bunting, Purple Finch, Red 
Crossbill, White-winged Crossbill, Common Redpoll, Pine Siskin. 

  
Subject: Re: IBET injured coopers hawk in Cook county
From: "Flint Creek Wildlife - Dawn Keller Dawn AT flintcreekwildlife.org [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 17:13:06 -0600
Richard,

We have someone on their way therethank you so much for letting us know.

Dawn Keller
Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation
www.flintcreekwildlife.org
www.facebook.com/flintcreek
847/842-8000



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

Reply-To:  "bissbirds AT juno.com" 
Date:  Sun, 25 Jan 2015 22:58:29 GMT
To:  
Subject:  IBET injured coopers hawk in Cook county

 
 
 
 
   

At 4 pm I saw an adult Coopers Hawk run across the tollway flapping its
wings and it perched on the ground next to the median with a drooped wing,
which I presume is broken.  We called Flint Creek and left a message.
Perhaps someone can retrieve it tomorrow morning or tonight before it is hit
by a car.
 
It was about a block south of Willow road on the northbound lanes
 
Richard Biss
bissbirds AT juno.com
 
   

 

Subject: IBET injured coopers hawk in Cook county
From: "'bissbirds AT juno.com' bissbirds@juno.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 22:58:29 GMT
At 4 pm I saw an adult Coopers Hawk run across the tollway flapping its wings 
and it perched on the ground next to the median with a drooped wing, which I 
presume is broken. We called Flint Creek and left a message. Perhaps someone 
can retrieve it tomorrow morning or tonight before it is hit by a car. It was 
about a block south of Willow road on the northbound lanes Richard 
Bissbissbirds AT juno.com 
Subject: RE: IBET Prairie Falcon Pike County NO SIGHTINGS
From: "Jim Funk jfunk AT fossna.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 22:00:27 +0000
Melba and I drove a good portion of the roads in Pike County west of Meredosia 
late this morning and did not find the previously-reported Prairie Falcon. We 
did see seven BALD EAGLES and two male NORTHERN HARRIERS and two AMERICAN 
KESTRELS in the area. At Meredosia Bay in Morgan County, we had at least a 
dozen BALD EAGLES, a few dozen COMMON MERGANSERS and about 25 NORTHERN PINTAILS 
flew over headed north. Obviously dillusional…. 


Good Birding,  Jim Funk, Liberty, Adams County

From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of 
sdbailey AT illinois.edu [ILbirds] 

Sent: Saturday, January 24, 2015 9:24 AM
To: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: IBET Prairie Falcon



I saw what was likely the PRAIRIE FALCON (definitely a large falcon) last 
Sunday, flying at least a quarter mile or more off in the distance while I was 
at the spot ~ a mile west of the bridge over the Illinois River near Meredosia 
where Colin Dobson had last seen it. The bird was flying from the northwest to 
the southeast, and it was flying towards the power plant on the east side of 
the river. I drove over to that area and drove the roads, where there were 
quite a few short-grass fields that looked good for a Prairie Falcon, but I 
didn't have a lot of time, so I did not find it. I did see a flock of White 
Pelicans near Smith Lake though, and a couple of Eurasian Collared-Doves near 
the grain elevator at Naples. Good birding! 




Steve Bailey

Mundelein (Lake Co.)

sdbailey AT illinois.edu



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Subject: Re: IBET Questioning about possible JACKDAW in Aroma Park
From: "Craig Taylor tnemec1 AT ameritech.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 13:30:16 -0800
Bill / forehead look wrong for Jackdaw. Also I've never seen one perched as 
pictured. 



I've seen many many Jackdaws in UK over the years (most recently 3 weeks in 
Sept / Oct 2014). 


Just not giving me Jackdaw giss.

 
"Do you eBird?"

Craig Taylor
La Grange, Illinois
Cook County


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 From: "sdbailey AT illinois.edu [ILbirds]" 
To: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Sunday, January 25, 2015 10:55 AM
Subject: Re: IBET Questioning about possible JACKDAW in Aroma Park
 


  



Although pretty distant, the photo doesn't look too bad for a Jackdaw. Do you 
remember seeing a white eye/iris on the bird? The other question would then be 
the origin of the bird. Though there were a few birds (I think that were also 
of questionable origin??) that showed up in the Northeast several years ago, 
there would also be the question on whether the bird had been a cage bird, as 
many crow/corvid species are kept as pets due to their intelligence. 


Steve Bailey
Mundelein (Lake Co.)
sdbailey AT illinois.edu

Subject: IBET Sand Ridge Forest info (no sightings)
From: "Kevin Richmond theeggman AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 14:32:29 -0600
I have received several inquiries recently about Sand Ridge Forest (in  
Mason Co.) and will answer them here all at once.

Pine Valley Drive is the gravel road that runs south from 2500north  
opposite the entrance to the fish hatchery. If you drive south and  
then east down its length, it connects up with Cactus Drive. The small  
odd looking cement buildings that you will encounter there contain  
pumps that supply water to the fish hatchery. They are all labeled  
with a number on their doors. FYI - Pine Valley Drive does not get  
plowed when it snows.

The best area to find the Red Crossbills is along 2300north just east  
of 2300east. As you first start driving east on 2300north from  
2300east there is a stand of White Pines on both sides of the road.  
Where those stands end - rather scraggly stands of Virginia Pines  
begin [when present at Sand Ridge, crossbills feed almost exclusively  
on the cones of Virginia Pines]. The road goes up a slight grade there  
and some pines extend out over the south side of the road at the top  
of that grade. That short stretch of road there (east of where the  
White Pines end) is by far the best area to look for the crossbills.  
They can be on either side of the road and sometimes sit in either of  
the two largest deciduous trees right next to the road along the south  
side. The "type" of crossbill there currently sounds a little  
different than ones that have been there often in the past. They tend  
to vocalize infrequently (and are not as "loud" when they do so) and  
you are just as likely to find them by listening for the sound of pine  
cones being cracked open. If you do see or hear them flying over - you  
might try "spishing" as loudly as you can. If you are lucky - they  
will circle back and land nearby. If you do find some perched - they  
can be quite approachable if you don't make any loud noises or quick  
moves. Historically, crossbills have been found at other spots around  
Sand Ridge, but this is the only spot where I have found any this  
winter - and have been difficult to find even here. It had not  
occurred to me until I was typing this up - that I have had all ten  
species of "expected" winter finches (at least once) along that little  
stretch of road during the 30+ years that I have been going there.

Before anybody asks - NO - I do not know specifically which "type" of  
Red Crossbills are currently being found there, but do think that I  
have had this "type" there in the past based on the way they sound and  
behave.

I have not looked for or found any Saw-whet Owls at Sand Ridge for  
several years and do not have any current information about that  
species.

Kevin Richmond
Morton, Illinois


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Subject: IBET Common Redpolls - Genoa (DeKalb County)
From: "Karen Lund catbirder813 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 14:19:36 -0600
There are 7 or 8 common redpolls in the yard now.  They don't seem too
interested in the feeders, but are pecking away on 1 of the crabapple trees.

Karen Lund
Genoa, DeKalb County
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Subject: IBET: Golden Eagle in Jo Daviess Co.
From: "'Daniel & Barbara Williams' twotringas AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 12:18:32 -0600
Yesterday, Phil Doncheck, Ted Wolff and I went over to the Lost Mound area
in Jo Deviess county to bird.  The morning weather was clear but rapidly
diminished as fog settled in over the bluffs along the refuge on the east
side.  But, by 11:00 a.m. the fog started to lift, and by 12:15 p.m. we
were staked out by the locked gate on Shinske Road at the south end of
Hanover Bluff.

The sky was clear and a slight north wind was helpful.  A number of raptors
were soaring, mostly Bald Eagles with a few Red-tailed Hawks mixed in among
them.  Around 12:55 p.m., a Red-tail and a larger, all dark raptor appeared
in view a mile north along the ridge.  Telescope views confirmed that the
large dark bird was an adult Golden Eagle, After soaring around for a
little while, the eagle set its wings and came soaring along the bluff,
headed south/southeast, until it dissappeared from view.  In all, we
watched it for 5 minutes.

Although often hard to find, this species seems to be a regular winter
resident of this area.

Dan Williams
Rockford
Subject: Re: IBET Questioning about possible JACKDAW in Aroma Park
From: "sdbailey AT illinois.edu [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 25 Jan 2015 08:55:34 -0800
Although pretty distant, the photo doesn't look too bad for a Jackdaw. Do you 
remember seeing a white eye/iris on the bird? The other question would then be 
the origin of the bird. Though there were a few birds (I think that were also 
of questionable origin??) that showed up in the Northeast several years ago, 
there would also be the question on whether the bird had been a cage bird, as 
many crow/corvid species are kept as pets due to their intelligence. 

 

 Steve Bailey
 Mundelein (Lake Co.)
 sdbailey AT illinois.edu
Subject: IBET Goshawk - Evening Sigting
From: "Paul Stensvaag red.tail1960 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 10:45:02 -0600
Regularly - even daily - the Goshawk frequents the backyard.  Last night at
5:08, quite dusky at that time, we spotted him on the stone wall near the
garden bird feeders.

I have never seen a hawk so late in the day prior to this.....must be
looking for the last Dove or Cardinal taking a "last meal" of the day.

He stood there motionless, in the dark, like he owned the place (and he
does!) or so it seemed.

Palatine, Cook
Subject: IBET Questioning about possible JACKDAW in Aroma Park
From: "ovenbirdman AT hotmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 25 Jan 2015 07:29:23 -0800
Hey all, 
I know this is late but I was looking through photos off my memory card and 
re-evaulated my photos of a different sized crow and different marked crow or 
what I was assuming was a crow... Take a look at it. The photos were taken on 
our Christmas Bird Count day on 12/27/14 for Kankakee county. 

Let me know what you think
https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/12638874 AT N02/
Take care, Bronson Ratcliff, Manteno IL Kankakee county

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Subject: IBET Central Illinois 1-24-15
From: "Colin Dobson birdingboy AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:22:51 -0600
Today, Grandma and I decided to bird the Peoria and Havana area. We first made 
a quick trip through Sand Ridge and the 2 main highlights were, 15 Red 
Crossbills at the crossbill spot and 9 Purple Finches. I heard some possible 
PINE GROSBEAK notes northeast of where the road curves, just south of pump 
house 8. Once we got to Riverplex, all of the ducks weren't there and there 
were a lot of gulls by the Walmart. So, we went to Walmart. After a few 
minutes, I see this darker winged, smaller gull flying around. I was thinking 
it was going to be a smaller lesser-black-backed gull. The gull turned out to 
an adult breeding FRANKLIN'S GULL! After it flew around for a few minutes, it 
disappeared to the north. Also, I had an adult Thayer's and a 1st winter 
Glaucous. I also had a Peregrine Falcon flying around. 

     
Then, I got a call from Kevin saying the he just saw the Pine Grosbeak! So, we 
zoomed down there and met with him at pump house 7. After about 40 minutes, 
both of us heard a few notes of the PINE GROSBEAK. After this grandma and I 
went to Pine campground and got 2-3 Red-breasted Nuthatches. We went to Spring 
Lake and had a Rough-legged Hawk, and all of the Mute Swans. We went back to 
the Grosbeak area. We parked between the pump houses 7 and 8 after 45 minutes I 
heard some PINE GROSBEAK notes straight east of pump house 8. This is the same 
area that the bird was seen or heard all day! We had 72 species for the day! 


Colin Dobson 
Morgan county
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Subject: IBET Longspurs and buntings in far NW Kankakee County
From: "BFisher928 AT aol.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:06:39 -0500
While running one of our two winter raptor survey routes on Saturday,  
Karen, Vicky S, Stan Z and I encountered a large (several hundred) mixed flock 

of these tundra birds. The location: On the N side of W 3500N Rd. This is  
the first road going east from Essex Rd, about 0.5 mi S of the town of Essex. 
 The mixed flock was approx. 90% Lapland Longspurs, the rest Snow  Buntings 
with just a few Horned Larks.
 
We counted a good number of raptors on the route, mostly Redtails and Bald  
Eagles, a few kestrels,  a couple of harriers, one Roughleg but not a  
single accipiter. A couple miles N of the tundra bird flock, we watched an  
immature Bald Eagle tearing up a small mammal (rabbit or squirrel, couldn't 
tell 

 for sure) in the middle of a cornfield, being watched carefully by a small 
 group of crows as he fed.
 
The only other birds of note to us were a small group of scaup, mostly  
Lesser but with 2 Greaters mixed in, on the E portion of the Dresden  cooling 
lake, just S of the covered bridge.
A huge but  uncountable number of Canada Geese were roosting in the water 
and on the S side  of the levee that separates the cooling lake from the 
Kankakee  River.
Regards
Bob Fisher
Downers  Grove
DuPage  County










Subject: IBET BY Cooper's h. & GHO/ Starved Rock Eagle Fest
From: "John Baxter XXJB7Z AT AOL.COM [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:15:05 -0500
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/16318944976/in/photostream

Hi friends,
Heard the GHO last night while watching Late Night Letterman. Muted the TV and 
listened. It was in the FY. 

Tonight about 630pm sounded to be in back. 
Cooper's h. flew into the neighbor's Cedar to flush a bird. No luck.

1st time to see the IAS raptor program at Starved Rock SP lodge, get your 
tickets online or a standby wait. All shows were filled today. Worth the trip 
just for that. A few B eagles on the river. 


John Baxter
Bourbonnais, IL
Subject: IBET Pine Grosbeak
From: "Kevin Richmond theeggman AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:22:45 -0600
Briefly saw a male PINE GROSBEAK along Pine Valley Drive at Sand Ridge  
Forest (in Mason Co.) this morning. It was perched up high right  
across the road from pump house number seven - but then immediately  
flew east and disappeared into the woods there. Thought I briefly  
heard one at that location on Thursday and then again earlier today.  
Met up with Colin there this afternoon and we both heard a bird give  
two nice song sequences that we both agreed sounded just like one of  
the songs of a Pine Grosbeak that he has on his iPod. We were not able  
to see the bird, but it sounded like it was fairly low down in the  
woods off the east side of the road by pump house number eight. I had  
spent some time walking up and down the road there on Tuesday, but did  
not have anything there then. Must have been at least a dozen PURPLE  
FINCHES scattered around there today and Colin and I heard a HERMIT  
THRUSH singing "behind" pump house number six.

After a one hour wait, fifteen RED CROSSBILLS flew over the  
traditional location along 2300north just east of 2300east. By  
"spishing" as loudly as I could - was able to get them to circle  
overhead a few times, but they would not land because two SHARP- 
SHINNED HAWKS happened to be flying over right at that same time. The  
crossbills have been difficult to find. Interestingly, when they first  
showed up (back in November) there were only three - then seven for a  
while - then twelve for a while - and now fifteen.

Kevin Richmond
Morton, Illinois


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Subject: IBET Wolf Lake/Powers, 126th St Marsh, Stony Is. Overlook, Calumet Park & Steelworkers Park Sat 1-24-15
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:10:37 -0600
Hello Bird People,

Today Jeff Sanders & I did the Lake Calumet area & for most of the a.m. we
were joined by Joan Norek. We also saw & got some info from Sam B but his
good birds refused to wait for us.
A quick stop at Powderhorn found 3 Ring Billed Gulls on the ice & no open
water at all. Then to Wolf Lake/Powers to look for the Snowy Owl reported
from here by Carolyn M, Walter M & others.
Parked in the lot most to the south & saw the SNOWY OWL on the tracks. Had
to use the scopes as the distance here is rather far. Another birder from
South Holland also arrived in time. On our way out Joan N showed up so Jeff
& I went back to make sure she saw the owl as well. Since the road into
the Illinois/Indiana line area is now open (hunting over) Jeff, Joan & I
went there to see if the owl could be seen from that side. Found that the
owl was much closer from that spot as from our 1st viewing location so much
better looks were had by all of us. In the small area of open water we saw
Canada Geese & 2 Mallards. The only other bird worth mentioning was a male
Red Winged Blackbird. No Monk Parakeets here today.

Then to the 126th St Marsh (Peco Pallets) were we saw:

Canada Geese (~450)
Mallard (~150)
Common Merganser (1-M)
Ring Billed Gull (only 4)
Herring Gull (75-80)
GLAUCOUS GULL (1-2nd year bird per Sam B)
Back on 126th St we saw a Kestrel fly by.

Sam had seen multiple Great Back Backed & Glaucous Gulls at the Stony
Island Overlook past Dead Stick pond so that's were we went, However, in
spite of looking for a long time we found only 1 Glaucous Gull. This proved
that almost all of those fancy gulls liked Sam better than us.
(Jeff & I returned here later but all we added were 3 BALD EAGLES which
flushed all the gulls.
No fancy gulls at all this time.)

On our way to lunch we looked under the Skyway along 100th St Blvd between
Ave's M & L & here we found about 7 MONK PARAKEETS which also did a fine
job of squawking for us!

As mentioned Jeff & I did return trips to 126th St Marsh & the Stony Island
Overlook but added nothing except the Eagles mentioned above. Earlier 2
Mute Swans flew across near Dead Stick Pond & 3 Red Tailed Hawks were also
seen there.

I am fairly stubborn about giving up but I had to admit failure on the GBB
Gulls so Jeff & I headed to Calumet Park. Here we learned from a birder
named Carl that Sam B had seen a Long Tailed Duck but as with the fancy
gulls the duck also liked Sam better than us.
Large numbers of water birds here but most were in Indiana waters. Seen in
Illinois were:

Calumet Park/Illinois

Canada Geese (~500), Mallards, Greater & Lesser Scaup, Redhead, Common &
R.B. Mergs & Goldeneye. Three Mute Swans (2-AD & 1-IM) were near the shore
south of the beach house area. Lots of Gulls but most were far out into the
lake & clearly in Indiana. Only Ring Billed & Herring Gulls were in
Illinois.

But pay attention now as here comes the Big Finish which made the day!
I saw several other birders beyond the boat launch inlet & they were all
armed with scopes so I figured they knew what they were doing & we may find
something new. Turns out they were also armed with bread & they had about
100 gulls coming in to the bait. The birders were some of Indiana's top
birders & in addition to Ring Billed & Herring Gulls they had pulled in:

Thayer's Gull (at least 1 adult)
ICELAND GULL (1-AD & maybe 2 according to the Indiana folks)
GREAT BLACK BACKED GULL (1-AD & 2-IM but Jeff thought 3-IM)
So I got my Black Backed Gull after all with a bonus of an Iceland Gull as
well!

A short stop at Steelworkers Park off 87th St didn't add anything new & the
dog walkers made sure no landbirds were in the grassy areas. There was a
huge flock of Common Mergs north of the channel which Jeff estimated at
almost 1000 Mergs.

Jeff & I agree that Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the fine looking adult Iceland
Gull &
Runners-Up to the Snowy Owl & the Great Black Backed & Glaucous Gulls.
Thanks go to the Indiana folks & their excellent bread tossing abilities.

Al Stokie
Subject: IBET Burnham Prairie Nature Preserve (1-24-15)
From: "Walter Marcisz wmarcisz AT att.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:14:13 -0800
Just a heads-up. The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has been doing some 
fine work at Burnham Prairie in south suburban Cook County, including the 
addition of an entrance road & parking lot, fencing around sensitive wetland 
areas, and extensive brush cutting & prescribed burns. Vast expanses of the 
Grand Calumet River that were once obscured by vegetation are now easily 
viewed. Birders who have not been there in a while may not even recognize it. 
Per USACE signage, the location has a new name: "Burnham Prairie Nature 
Preserve." 


Although a parking lot has been built, it is not officially open to the public 
yet, so at this point I have simply been walking in at the entrance road. This 
is very easy to do - no bushwhacking as was sometimes necessary in previous 
years. I will update the Illinois Birding by County website when the parking 
lot is officially opened to the public. 


Birds I saw at Burnham Prairie NP today (24 January 2015) included 3 
GREEN-WINGED TEAL (2 males, 1 female) on the Grand Calumet River with 2 COMMON 
MERGANSERS, 1 GREAT BLUE HERON, & several MALLARDS. Two Green-winged Teal (1 
male, 1 female) were present at Burnham Prairie in December 2014, so it is 
likely that at least some of the birds I saw today wintered locally. Other 
notable birds observed at Burnham Prairie today included a large flock of 
AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS with at least 1 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW & 1 SONG SPARROW 
mixed in with the group. 


For directions to the spot where the Green-winged Teal were seen, please 
contact me privately at my email address. 


Walter Marcisz
Chicago, Cook Co.
wmarcisz AT att.net



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Subject: RE: IBET Snowy Owl - Wolf Lake
From: "'Carolyn A. Marsh' cmarshbird AT prodigy.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:51:41 -0600
This is the same location I found the Snowy Owl on January 31, 2012 (see
below). Last week I saw it from the south parking lot, but it is closer from
the State Line Road spot. I wonder if it is the same owl! 

 

Carolyn Marsh, Whiting, IN

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From: Carolyn A. Marsh [mailto:cmarshbird AT prodigy.net] 
Sent: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 5:48 PM
To: Ilbirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: Illiana Birds: Snowy Owl and Trumpeter Swans

 

A brief visit to William W. Powers Fish & Wildlife Area/Wolf Lake was
rewarding. A SNOWY OWL was seen on the Illinois side of Wolf Lake. It was at
the south end of the causeway (State Line Road) at the turn around facing
west and sitting on the railroad track spur. 

  _____  

From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of
Pat Durkin pat.durkin AT comcast.net [ILbirds]
Sent: Saturday, January 24, 2015 2:23 PM
To: ILbirds
Subject: IBET Snowy Owl - Wolf Lake

Hey, where is everybody? It's just me and Snowy at 2 pm. As posted by
others, drive to the farthest end of State Line Road. Look over to the RR
tracks. Look for a white plastic bag, but this time it will be a Snowy Owl!
It is perched beside a large rock near the water/ice line, staying out of
the west wind.

Three Mute Swans are standing on the ice seeming to wonder when the ice will
melt. 

Got to go. Another birder John just arrived. Got to share the scope.

Get out here and pay your respects.

Patricia Durkin
Chicago Audubon City Representative
Wooded Island Bird Walk.

Subject: IBET Snowy Owl at Wolf Lake, Long-tailed Duck in Calumet Park, 1/24/15 AM
From: "rawsbb AT mac.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 24 Jan 2015 13:38:56 -0800
I birded the Calumet area, this morning. After getting my fix of gulls at the 
two turning basins of the Little Calumet River (best among them Glaucous, 
Thayer's and Great Black-backed), I went to Wolf Lake and spotted the Snowy Owl 
from the western edge of the middle pond, perched on the railroad tracks. To my 
dismay, a guy with a huge lens walked the railroad tracks and flushed the owl. 
My attempt to confront the guy was unsuccessful since he got in a car and drove 
off before I could reach him. The owl perched farther south on the tracks. 

 

 A female Long-tailed Duck was at the mouth of the Coast Guard harbor in 
Calumet Park. I viewed the duck from the beach house. 

 

 Sam Burckhardt
 Chicago
 
 Cook County
 

Subject: IBET Wolf Lake Snow Owl, Calumet Park Long-tailed Duck; 1/24/15 AM
From: "rawsbb AT mac.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 24 Jan 2015 13:15:16 -0800
I birded the Calumet area, this morning. After getting my fix of gulls at the 
two turning basins of the Little Calumet River, I went to Wolf Lake and spotted 
the Snowy Owl from the western edge of the middle pond, perched on the railroad 
tracks. To my dismay, a guy with a huge lens walked the railroad tracks and 
flushed the owl. It perched farther south on the tracks. My attempt to confront 
the guy was unsuccessful since he got in a car and drove off before I could 
reach him. 

 

 A female Long-tailed Duck was at the mouth of the Coast Guard harbor in 
Calumet Park. I viewed the duck from the boathouse. 

 

 Sam Burckhardt
 Chicago
 Cook County
Subject: IBET Snowy Owl - Wolf Lake
From: "Pat Durkin pat.durkin AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:22:39 -0600
Hey, where is everybody? It's just me and Snowy at 2 pm. As posted by others, 
drive to the farthest end of State Line Road. Look over to the RR tracks. Look 
for a white plastic bag, but this time it will be a Snowy Owl! It is perched 
beside a large rock near the water/ice line, staying out of the west wind. 


Three Mute Swans are standing on the ice seeming to wonder when the ice will 
melt. 


Got to go. Another birder John just arrived. Got to share the scope.

Get out here and pay your respects.

Patricia Durkin
Chicago Audubon City Representative
Wooded Island Bird Walk.


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Subject: IBET Join COS for a Calumet Region field trip to William Powers Recreational area, Sunday Feb. 1
From: "Jill Niland bwwarbler AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:07:15 +0000 (UTC)
  Birding at William Powers Recreational AreaFebruary 1, 2015  AT  7:30 am (not 7 
a.m.) until 10:00 am or so    

Where: William Powers Recreational Area
 12949 South Avenue O
 Chicago, IL 60633
 USA
Contact: Walter Marcisz
wmarcisz AT att.net 
Site Contact:  Barry Walker, IDNR, 312-965-5983Meet at the William W. Powers 
visitor’s center building, in the middle of the park, just south of Indian 
Creek, and the 126th St. entrance. 

Please join the Chicago Ornithological Society for this new trip that we are 
cosponsoring with the IL Department of Natural Resources. William W. Powers 
State Recreational Area is a 580 Acre park, of which roughly 419 acres are 
water.  The park contains portions of Wolf Lake, which is separated into pools 
by dikes.  Located in the Hegewisch neighborhood, in the southeast side of 
Chicago, the park is in the heart of the Calumet Region, an area known for 
it’s biodiversity.At least 25 species of ducks & other waterfowl have been 
recorded at Powers State Recreational Area during the winter months, with about 
16 species being seen regularly during the month of February. Since late 
November 2014, the following species have been spotted at Powers: Trumpeter 
Swans, Bald Eagle, Red-shouldered Hawk, Snowy Owl, Pine Siskins, & Common 
Redpolls. None of these species are guaranteed, but it is possible that any of 
them may show up on the trip.Walking will be on level terrain, though the park 
was historically wetland, so birders will want to wear water – resistant 
boots, dress for the weather, and bring their own scopes.  The park doesn’t 
have an abundance of trails; much of the hiking will be along the lake shore, 
and not very difficult.  Restrooms are located throughout the park, and will 
be open / available. 
Subject: IBET Wolf Lake Snowy yes
From: "Joan Norek NorekJ AT aol.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 13:47:20 -0500
The Snowy Owl was seen on the RR tracks from the south parking lot at Wolf Lake 
this morning (1/24/15) -- and best view from the dike (county-line) road. 

 
Thanks Al and Jeff for getting me on it. 

My fourth try for Snowy this year -- each day of the office this past week I 
could only hope this one would continue, just a wee bit longer -- and it did. 



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 New Blog Post About Chicago (no sightings)
From: "gregneise AT ilbirds.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 24 Jan 2015 09:34:24 -0800
Hey all,

I have a new post at the ABA Blog that talks about Chicago, Daryl Hannah, Monk 
Parakeets and Slaty-backed Gulls a bit ... and also (very quietly) announces a 
new thing for ABA members that's kind of a big deal. 


Check it out:  http://bit.ly/1BnV6Pg

Cheers,

-greg neise
Berwyn, IL

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Subject: IBET Barrows NO
From: "Craig tnemec1 AT ameritech.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 10:33:47 -0600
So far...

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Subject: IBET Re: H Duck YES
From: "Craig tnemec1 AT ameritech.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 09:32:32 -0600
Make that KIMBALL St bridge.

Sent from my iPhone

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> On Jan 24, 2015, at 9:27 AM, Craig  wrote:
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Subject: IBET H Duck YES
From: "Craig tnemec1 AT ameritech.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 09:27:11 -0600
Miller St bridge, Elgin

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Subject: Re: IBET Prairie Falcon
From: "sdbailey AT illinois.edu [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 24 Jan 2015 07:24:23 -0800
I saw what was likely the PRAIRIE FALCON (definitely a large falcon) last 
Sunday, flying at least a quarter mile or more off in the distance while I was 
at the spot ~ a mile west of the bridge over the Illinois River near Meredosia 
where Colin Dobson had last seen it. The bird was flying from the northwest to 
the southeast, and it was flying towards the power plant on the east side of 
the river. I drove over to that area and drove the roads, where there were 
quite a few short-grass fields that looked good for a Prairie Falcon, but I 
didn't have a lot of time, so I did not find it. I did see a flock of White 
Pelicans near Smith Lake though, and a couple of Eurasian Collared-Doves near 
the grain elevator at Naples. Good birding! 

 

 Steve Bailey
 Mundelein (Lake Co.)
 sdbailey AT illinois.edu
Subject: IBET Prairie Falcon
From: "Allen Yow ayow AT rblawyers.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:58:54 +0000
Good Morning:

Any recent sightings of the Prairie Falcon in Pike County? If so, I would 
appreciate any information you can share. Thank you. 


Allen Yow.

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Subject: IBET LT Duck NO, NOSH YES
From: "Craig tnemec1 AT ameritech.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 08:30:15 -0600
Tim Kuesel and I dipped on the Yorkville Dam Long-tailed Duck, but found the 
Aurora West N Shrike. 


Park at end of W Indian Trail Rd, follow main path 200 yards, bird was on the 
right side, before you get to treeline. 


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Subject: IBET Loyola Park and Wilmette Harbor
From: "Steve Spitzer steven0703 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 03:12:28 +0000 (UTC)
Hi Birders,
Pictures of a few birds from title places at the link along with a wee bit of 
narrative. 

Steve Spitzer
Chicago - Cook
Loyola Park and Wilmette Harbor

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Subject: IBET report on Obama library mtgs on IBF (no sighting)
From: "'Carolyn A. Marsh' cmarshbird AT prodigy.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:20:46 -0600
http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topic=55663.msg97619#msg97619

 

Here is the Illinois Birders' Forum link to my report on the Obama
presidential library meetings in Jackson Park and Washington Park.

 

Carolyn Marsh, Whiting, IN
Subject: IBET Chicago-Only Regular Birds At Montrose, North Pond & Diversey Harbor Fri 1-23-15
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 14:32:11 -0600
Hello Bird People,

After yesterday's somewhat long birding trip I returned to local birding
which saved gas consumption but didn't get me many birds. Only found 2
species slightly better than the rest.
Ran into David A at Montrose but he wasn't finding much either. Only had 18
species this a.m.

Montrose (7:30-9:30 a.m.)

Canada Geese (198 in the harbor & 8 more on the lawns)
Mallard (8-10 in the harbor)
Common Goldeneye (~15 in the lake)
Common Merganser (10-12 in the lake)
Red Breasted Merganser (1-M & 3-F in the lake)
COOPER'S HAWK (1-IM being chased by & chasing Crows)
Ring Billed Gull (135 in harbor)
Herring Gull (8-10 flying over the lake)
Rock Pigeon (8 on lawn by gull feeding area)
Crows (14, more than I've been seeing here)
Chickadee (heard 2)
Starling (4)
Cardinal (2-M of which 1 was singing)
House Sparrow (12-15)

North Pond (9:45-10:15 a.m.)

In the open water were Canada Geese (27), Mallards (44) & 1 BLACK DUCK.
Also, Graylag Geese (2), Large White Duck (3) & Mallard/Domestic Duck (1).
At the museum feeders were Downy Woodpecker (1), Chickadee (2)  & PINE
SISKIN (2) which was a minor surprise. At 1st I thought they would be
female House Finches. Scattered around the area were Rock Pigeon (1), Junco
(12-15) & House Sparrows.

South Pond has a little open water but nothing was using it. Again I found
no wintering Night Herons & when I checked on some loud sawing sounds I saw
that most of the Heron nesting trees were either cut down & about to be cut
down, unless they might leave a few alone. I thought that some were to be
left standing but most are already gone.

Mouth Of Diversey Harbor (c. 11 a.m.)

Canada Geese (26)
Mallard (28)
Common Goldeneye (2-M)
Ring Billed Gull (9)
Crows (14 on the ice on boat docks)

While driving by on Lake Shore Drive I could see that there's a fair amount
of open water again from the mouth of Belmont Harbor into the harbor &
ducks were in the water there but I was out of time & did not check for
details.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the 2 Siskins at the North Pond feeders as I don't think
I have seen Siskins there before. Runner-Up to the Crow chasing young
Cooper's Hawk at Montrose. I'll have to settle for this as you don't see
Long Tailed Ducks & Shrikes most days or at least I don't.

Al Stokie
Subject: IBET Kendall Long-tailed Duck NO
From: "Andrew andrewsaldrich AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:01:38 -0600
I was not able to relocate the Yorkille Long-tailed Duck between the Yorkville 
dam and Montgomery Dam but it's still worth checking if you're in the area. A 
Trumpeter Swan was still present just west of 47. Summary below. 


BirdLog Checklist Summary for: Jun 10, 2014

Number of Checklists: 6
Number of Species: 30

Checklists included in this summary:
(1): Yorkville Dam
Date: Jan 23, 2015, 9:57 AM
(2): Saw Wee Kee Park
Date: Jan 23, 2015, 10:30 AM
(3): Hudson Crossing Park
Date: Jan 23, 2015, 11:01 AM
(4): Violet Patch Park, Oswego
Date: Jan 23, 2015, 11:16 AM
(5): Fox River at Rt 25 & Rt 30
Date: Jan 23, 2015, 11:32 AM
(6): Montgomery Dam, Montgomery
Date: Jan 23, 2015, 11:39 AM

425 Canada Goose -- (1),(2),(3),(4),(5),(6)
1 Trumpeter Swan -- (1)
1 Gadwall -- (2)
18 American Black Duck -- (1),(3),(4),(5)
1242 Mallard -- (1),(2),(3),(4),(5),(6)
3 Mallard (Domestic type) -- (4),(5)
2 American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid) -- (3),(5)
1 Northern Pintail -- (4)
2 Ring-necked Duck -- (2),(3)
6 Lesser Scaup -- (2),(4)
99 Common Goldeneye -- (1),(2),(3),(4),(5),(6)
45 Common Merganser -- (1),(2),(3),(4),(5),(6)
9 Great Blue Heron (Blue form) -- (1),(3),(4)
2 Bald Eagle -- (1),(5)
6 Ring-billed Gull -- (5)
8 Herring Gull -- (1),(2),(3),(4),(5),(6)
10 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) -- (6)
2 Mourning Dove -- (2),(3)
2 Red-bellied Woodpecker -- (2)
3 Downy Woodpecker -- (2),(3)
3 Blue Jay -- (2),(4)
3 American Crow -- (1)
12 Black-capped Chickadee -- (1),(2),(4),(5)
1 White-breasted Nuthatch -- (2)
4 European Starling -- (1)
4 American Tree Sparrow -- (2)
1 Song Sparrow -- (2)
5 Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) -- (2)
7 Northern Cardinal -- (2),(5)
3 American Goldfinch -- (2)

This trip summary was created using the BirdLog app for iPhone and iPad.
See BirdLog for more information.

Andrew Aldrich
Cook Co.

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Subject: IBET Barrows Goldeneye West Dundee NO
From: "John Heneghan johnhens AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 08:49:00 -0800
I have looked for the Barrow's Goldeneye this AM between Rt 72 and Algonquin. 
No sightings so far. 



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Subject: IBET Long-tailed duck NO @ Yorkville Dam
From: "Leslie Yoshitani leslieyosh AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 09:04:41 -0600
Rather hasty look upstream from dam. 

Leslie Yoshitani
West Chicago
DuPage

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Subject: IBET bird in backgrpung on Nuthatch video
From: "robirdman AT theearlybirder.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 08:20:49 -0600
Someone was asking me what the sound was, but I don’t know. Can someone else 
determine? I think it about 30” in or so. 


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MK0Sj8Xfsxg&google_comment_id=z13tednb1widhhaj204cg3voukn1ify521k&google_view_type#gpluscomments 


Rob Curtis 
Chicago
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Subject: IBET BY RB wp
From: "John Baxter XXJB7Z AT AOL.COM [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 22:49:54 -0500
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/16156793219/in/photostream/

Hi friends,
This one ate suet and seed off the ground. Snow was not a problem.

John Baxter
Bourbonnais, IL
Subject: IBET Aurora West Shrike (Yes), Woolley Rd. Snowy Owl (No) & a Surprise L.T. Duck Thur 1-22-15
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 18:27:00 -0600
Hello Bird People,

Since the Woolley Rd Snowy Owl was only seen on the 20th & Jude did not
find it again yesterday I wasn't sure it was worth the effort to look
again. But I only need 2 more Kendall County species to make it to 200 & in
addition to the Snowy I could try again for that Red Breasted Merg at the
Yorkville Dam. Decided to try for the Aurora West Shrike 1st & then decide
on the next adventure.
Walked around looking for the Shrike for a while with Pete M & eventually
there was the NORTHERN SHRIKE at the top of a tree along the pathway that
runs from the small lot in a residential area. Saw it again closer to that
lot being watched closely by a Blue Jay or 2.
Here's my full list:

Aurora West F.P. (8-9:15 a.m.)

Canada Geese (about 600 flying by)
CACKLING GOOSE (1 tiny one with some Canada's)
Red Tailed Hawk (1 nearby)
Mourning Dove (6)
Blue Jay (4)
Chickadee (4-5)
NORTHERN SHRIKE (1)
Cardinal (heard 1)
Tree Sparrow (6-8)
Goldfinch (1 or 2 flying by)
House Sparrow (heard 1 or 2)

Pete had a few more "heard only" species that I either could not hear or
the sound didn't help me much. He also had 5 flying White Fronted Geese
which I did not get on fast enough.

Kendall County Woolley Rd Area (9:45-10:30 a.m.)

Since Pete said he knew where to look for the owl having seen it on the
20th I decided to give it a try but after driving around & around the
various roads for about 45-50 min we gave up. Woolley Rd has few places to
stop on and the traffic is not light. Here we saw Canada Geese in the
fields, a Red Tailed Hawk, a Kestrel & a few Mourning Doves & Starlings.

Yorkville Dam (10:45-11:30 a.m.)

The numbers of geese & ducks were way down from my last 2 visits as were
the number of duck species but while I looked for the Merg to the west Pete
dragged out his scope & eventually picked out a nice male LONG TAILED DUCK
east of the dam in open water in a mostly frozen area. This duck was diving
a lot & previous scans had not found it until scan #4 did find it. Here's
the full list:

Great Blue Heron (1)
Canada Geese (only 25)
Mallard (~55)
LONG TAILED DUCK (1-M)
Common Goldeneye (20-25)
Common Merganser (10-12)
Herring Gull (2-AD flying around)

Missing from last week were Black Duck, Bufflehead & the 3 Redheads.
And as usual no Red Breasted Merganser!

Hoover Educational Center (12:15-1:30 p.m.)

Spent a lot of time checking the pines for owls & did find 2 just not the
owls we wanted!
We did get to see:

Canada Geese (few fly-bys)
Cooper's Hawk (1-AD or maybe 2?)
GREAT HORNED OWL (probably 2 & that's probably why no other owls were there)
Downy Woodpecker (heard 1)
Blue Jay (2)
Crows (3 nearby)
Chickadee (6)
RED BREASTED NUTHATCH (2)
W.B. Nuthatch (1-2)
BROWN CREEPER (1 for me, Pete had more)
Cardinal (1-M)

I had 4 new "year birds" which were the Shrike, Cackling Goose, Great
Horned Owl &
Red Breasted Nuthatch. Not new for the year but new for Kendall Co. was the
L.T. Duck.
Still need 1 more species for that county but I have all year to find it.

Bird-Of-The-Day goes to the Long Tailed Duck & Runner-Up to the Northern
Shrike.
Drove more miles than I like to but it was a pretty good day after all even
with my missed birds.

Al Stokie
Subject: IBET ENSBC Program Meeting Tuesday - Bird Topography (NO SIGHTINGS)
From: "Hockman John j.w.hockman AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 16:14:59 -0600
The Evanston North Shore Bird Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. this coming Tuesday, 
January 27, back at our normal location, the Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 
McCormick Boulevard (corner of Bridge Street) in Evanston. The subject will be 
“bird topography”, and the presenter will be Geoffrey Williamson, who is 
active in local, state, and national birding organizations and was the 2013 
recipient of the American Birding Association’s Ludlow Griscom Award. 


Geoff will talk about the different parts of a bird, how a bird is put 
together, and how to map what we see on the surface of a bird. Knowing the 
names of all the different parts of a bird gives us a language for 
communicating in an unambiguous fashion about what a bird looks like. Bird 
topography is so critical to bird identification that you’ll be hard pressed 
to find a field guide without a section covering the topic. However, that 
section is usually overlooked. For birders for whom bird topography is new, 
this talk will provide an introduction to the topic. For others, the talk will 
refresh our knowledge, reinforce the underlying ideas, and hone our skills. For 
all it will deepen our appreciate of how incredible birds are. 



John Hockman
Riverwoods
Lake County	

ENSBC website: WWW.ENSBC.ORG 


Subject: IBET Re: FW: Long-tailed Duck at Yorkville Dam
From: "'jbirdmo AT aol.com' jbirdmo@aol.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:13:13 -0600
Still present at 3:11

Jude Vickery
Kendall County

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