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16 Apr IBET Will County - Messenger Woods []
16 Apr IBET Upcoming Oak Park Bird Walks (NO SIGHTINGS) [Henry Griffin ]
15 Apr IBET North Pond 4/15/14 No Sightings [Michael Green ]
15 Apr IBET BY Carolina wren [John Baxter ]
15 Apr IBET Doug Taron / Monarch Population Decline - Program Wed 4/16 (NO SIGHTINGS) [Rena Cohen ]
15 Apr IBET Re: Injured Long-tailed Duck at Montrose Beach NO SIGHTING [Eric Clayton ]
15 Apr IBET Peoria area--April week 2 []
15 Apr IBET Great Black-backed, Glaucous, etc, Loyola [Steve Spitzer ]
15 Apr IBET Montrose 4.15.2014 []
15 Apr Re: IBET North Pond 4/15/14, 4:30-5:30 [Joan Norek ]
15 Apr Re: IBET Prairie Bluff F.P. (Will Co.) & Killdeer Wetlands (Cook Co.) Tues 4-15-14 [Fran Morel ]
15 Apr Re: IBET North Pond 4/15/14, 4:30-5:30 [Steve Huggins ]
15 Apr IBET Prairie Bluff F.P. (Will Co.) & Killdeer Wetlands (Cook Co.) Tues 4-15-14 [Al Stokie ]
15 Apr RE: IBET SMITH'S LONGSPURS: Killdeer Wetlands, .NO, NO ["Wes Serafin" ]
15 Apr IBET North Pond 4/15/14, 4:30-5:30 [Mike Green ]
15 Apr IBET SMITH'S LONGSPURS: Killdeer Wetlands, Cook Co. [Amar Ayyash ]
15 Apr Re: IBET Re: Injured Long-tailed Duck at Montrose Beach [gerald ritchie ]
15 Apr Re: IBET Re: Injured Long-tailed Duck at Montrose Beach [cs ]
15 Apr IBET Re: Injured Long-tailed Duck at Montrose Beach [Eric Clayton ]
15 Apr Re: IBET Injured Long-tailed Duck at Montrose Beach [David Mroczkowski ]
15 Apr IBET COS Emiquon Trip [Sigrid Schmidt ]
15 Apr IBET Injured Long-tailed Duck at Montrose Beach [Eric Clayton ]
15 Apr Re: IBET ebird at it's best: NY Times 4/14/2014 [Ed McDevitt ]
15 Apr IBET BY Brown thrasher [John Baxter ]
15 Apr OSPREY pair @ Lake Charles/Westmont,IL @ 8:35am (photos in IBET album) []
14 Apr IBET BY A Robin and migrants [John Baxter ]
14 Apr IBET best ultra zoom for birding help NOSIGHTINGS [KATHLEEN RUSH ]
14 Apr IBET ebird at it's best: NY Times 4/14/2014 [Jed Hertz ]
14 Apr IBET: Waterfowl Day @ CBG [Elizabeth de la Baume ]
14 Apr IBET Swallows: Downtown Aurora []
14 Apr IBET Osprey [Jim Levenson ]
14 Apr IBET Fwd: National Geographic Channel Birding Show [Lesa Hipes ]
14 Apr IBET "The Overlook" at Clinton Lake (NO SIGHTINGS); De Witt Co; RFI []
14 Apr IBET DC Cormorants, Libertyville []
14 Apr IBET North Pond - local interest only [Joan Norek ]
14 Apr IBET Springbrook Arrivals on Sunday [Joe Suchecki ]
13 Apr IBET Montrose Point, Sunday, 13 April 2014 ["Geoffrey A. Williamson" ]
13 Apr IBET Longspurpalooza 2014 and etc; Central Illinois; 04/11-13/14 []
13 Apr IBET Iroquois county IL Eagles Nest(PHOTOS) ["Wildlife" ]
13 Apr IBET Greater White-fronted Goose (Peoria County) [David Hultgren ]
13 Apr IBET Crabtree Rusty Blackbirds [Carolyn Fields ]
13 Apr Re: IBET Waukegan Beach and IBSP 4/13 [Eric's Email ]
13 Apr IBET - The Grove, Glenview, Cook County [Brendan ]
13 Apr IBET prairie chickens? []
13 Apr IBET Waukegan Beach and IBSP 4/13 [Beau Schaefer ]
13 Apr IBET Illiana Birds: Powderhorn Ospreys ["Carolyn A. Marsh" ]
13 Apr IBET Montrose, A Quick Stop At Bobolink Meadow & A Hawaii License Plate Sun 4-13-14 [Al Stokie ]
13 Apr IBET Palos Birds - Northern Paula, Palm Warbler, 7 species of Woodpeckers. [Linda ]
13 Apr IBET Loggerhead Shrikes back at Lost Mound Refuge ["Anne Straight" ]
13 Apr IBET Palos - Northern Parula & Pine Warbler [Beth Simkins ]
13 Apr IBET Champaign-Urbana spring arrivals - Parula, Golden-Plovers, etc [Nicholas Sly ]
13 Apr IBET hummingbirds [Frank Bennett ]
13 Apr IBET Jackson Park, Apr 13, 2014 [Sue Friscia ]
13 Apr IBET LArk Sparrow at Montrose, other new videos []
13 Apr IBET Barn owl wooded island in the cove ["q4birds AT yahoo.com" ]
13 Apr IBET Re: Miller Meadow/Thatcher Woods - Sat AM [Eric Larson ]
13 Apr IBET Lake County 4/12 [Beau Schaefer ]
12 Apr IBET 167 hawks at Fort Sheridan plus Chimney Swifts []
13 Apr IBET 10 species of Raptors today in Lake County ["bissbirds AT juno.com" ]
12 Apr IBET Montrose Point, late afternoon 12 Apr 2014 ["Geoffrey A. Williamson" ]
12 Apr IBET some glenview birds [Jeffrey Sanders ]
12 Apr IBET Waterfall Glen Sat. p.m. [Eric Secker ]
12 Apr IBET Whip @ Greene Valley [Jeff Smith ]
12 Apr IBET Butler Lake, Libertyville this afternoon [Nick Minor ]
12 Apr IBET S. IL 4-12 [Keith Mcmullen ]
12 Apr IBET Buffleheads in Crystal Lake []
12 Apr Re: IBET 17 Warblers! Greene Co. Saturday [franmmmk ]
12 Apr IBET Loons and Thank you to Stoil Ivanov and Valerie Kidwell! []
12 Apr IBET 17 Warblers! Greene Co. Saturday [Craig ]
12 Apr IBET Woodford Co: Whip-poor-will ["Capparella, Angelo" ]
12 Apr IBET FOY Chipping Sparrow []
12 Apr IBET Miller Meadow/Thatcher Woods - Sat AM []
12 Apr IBET Middle Fork, Champaign County [Nicholas Sly ]
12 Apr IBET Yellow throated warbler [Charlotte Pavelka ]
12 Apr IBET Waukegan & Illinois Beach & Then The Rains Came Sat 4-12-14 [Al Stokie ]
12 Apr IBET Aurora Airport and Pella 4/12 am [Matthew Wistrand ]

Subject: IBET Will County - Messenger Woods
From: <kc9fpz AT yahoo.com>
Date: 16 Apr 2014 11:55:06 -0700
Hello All, 

 Two weekends in a row I have seen a breeding pair of Pileated Woodpeckers at 
Messenger Woods. It is just so exhilarating seeing these awesome birds swoop 
down and land on a tree trunk in front of you. I never tire of it, The place 
was also loaded with Red-bellied Woodpeckers. 

 

 Happy Birding,
 Doug
Subject: IBET Upcoming Oak Park Bird Walks (NO SIGHTINGS)
From: Henry Griffin <hwga380 AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:56:08 -0500
Hi all,

Due to the popularity for the bird walk on Friday, I will be leading another 
Oak Park bird walk this Saturday at 7:30am before I leave for Europe for a 
month. 


Here is the schedule for this spring:

Friday, April 18: 7:30AM
***Saturday, April 19: 7:30AM***

---hiatus from the bird walks due to my Europe trip---

Monday, May 19: 7:00AM
Wednesday, May 21: 7:00AM
Thursday, May 22: 7:00AM
Friday, May 23: 7:00AM
Saturday, May 31: 7:30AM
Sunday, June 1: 7:00AM

Email me for more details such as meeting location, etc.

Good birding and I hope to see you there!

--
Henry Griffin
hwga380 AT comcast.net
Subject: IBET North Pond 4/15/14 No Sightings
From: Michael Green <mg2green AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:47:19 -0500
Here are a few pics from my North Pond visit posted earlier.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/mg2green/with/13459669913

Mike Green
Chicago


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Subject: IBET BY Carolina wren
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z AT AOL.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:34:56 -0400 (EDT)
Hi friends,
Since January its been absent, but heard around the neighborhood or at least a 
good imitation of the "comb call". 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/13885883735/


John Baxter
Bourbonnais, IL
Subject: IBET Doug Taron / Monarch Population Decline - Program Wed 4/16 (NO SIGHTINGS)
From: Rena Cohen <rena1729 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:05:47 -0700 (PDT)
The shrinking size of Mexico's winter colony of Monarch butterflies - down from 
22 acres in 2003 to just 2.9 acres in 2013 - has sparked worries that the 
species is in danger. The Chicago Academy of Sciences' Doug Taron, director of 
the Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network, will discuss the reasons for the 
change and the implications for the Monarch's survival Wednesday night (April 
16) in "The Decline of the Monarch - or Not?" at the April program of Illinois 
Audubon Society's Lake/Cook Chapter in Highland Park. 


The meeting starts at 7 pm at Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Road, Highland 
Park. We will take a short break to hear (and hopefully see) displaying 
American Woodcock just outside the building - bring binoculars and appropriate 
footwear. Directions and more information are at the Lake/Cook Audubon website 
(www.lakecookaudubon.org). 



Rena Cohen
Highland Park
Lake County
Subject: IBET Re: Injured Long-tailed Duck at Montrose Beach NO SIGHTING
From: Eric Clayton <eclayton711 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:27:44 -0500
My friend Lori texted me and said The Bird Collision people called her and
told her the bird was weak but after some nourishment it started to perk up
and will probably make it through the night.  Still don't know what exactly
is wrong with it.  Such a beautiful bird, I really hope it can be
released.  My kids were able to help with the rescue and my daughter got
some pics and video.  I'll post them later if anyone is interested, I don't
think it's very spectacular or anything.
Thanks so much to everyone who responded.
-Eric Clayton
Chicago
Cook County.
Subject: IBET Peoria area--April week 2
From: <emcarlson8 AT gmail.com>
Date: 15 Apr 2014 17:31:29 -0700
I decided not to post a report last week. It was going to be a few days late 
anyway, and most of my good birds were around the Eurasian Wigeon and Snowy 
Plover and had been thoroughly reported. This week I stayed close to home but 
was still able to keep up my momentum from last week. 


 

 April 10. Thursday afternoon I checked a couple fields north of Peoria that 
have been flooded since the end of March. The first fluddle is small but comes 
right up to the edge of the road, allowing good views of all the birds present. 
On Thursday there was a Great Egret, and II counted fourteen Wilson's Snipe 
https://flic.kr/p/n1j15D but not much else. 

 

 The second fluddle is along Old Galena Road. It is much larger and has had a 
number of good birds the last few springs. When I was there on Thursday, 
however, I didn't see much except a single blue-morph Snow Goose. On the way 
home I stopped at Detweiller Park and at the Rock Island Trail. I saw a 
Yellow-throated Warbler in Detweiller--my first and still my only warbler of 
the year. On the RI Trail, there were a few Rusty Blackbirds along a creek. I 
could hear at least four singing. 

 

 April 11. Friday was my biggest day of the week. I was able to take advantage 
of the beautiful weather in the afternoon to head out to Jubilee College SP. My 
target was Winter Wren and after about an hour I was able to find one 
https://flic.kr/p/n1iSBT. Along the way I also saw a calling Red-tailed Hawk, 
my FOY Hermit Thrushes, and several Eastern Towhees and Field Sparrows. 

 

 As I was arriving at Jubilee I got a text from Mike Ingram about some 
shorebirds at the Old Galena fluddle. I left Jubilee and drove out there, 
seeing a couple Barn Swallows along the way. This place that had been dead the 
previous day now had dozens of shorebirds and other good stuff. The shorebirds 
in question turned out to be at least four Baird's Sandpipers 
https://flic.kr/p/n1ijQ6. There were also a few dozen Pectoral Sandpipers and 
several Wilson's Snipe. A flock of Lapland Longspurs was flying around and 
landed about fifteen feet in front of me at one point. I also saw my first 
Semipalmated Plover, American Pipits, and Vesper Sparrow of the year. 
All-around it was a great afternoon of birding and well worth the sunburn. 

 

 April 12. I took my dog for a walk in a nearby park and heard a Blue-gray 
Gnatcatcher. As I was returning to my house, I saw a migrating Osprey soaring 
over my house. For the record, I live about as far away from the Illinois River 
as you can be in the city of Peoria. That's easily the most random yard bird 
I've seen. 

 

 April 13. I didn't have much of a chance to go birding before the storms hit 
in the late morning, but I did go out into the woods in between storms to see 
if anything had taken shelter from the rain. Sure enough, there was a 
Broad-winged Hawk sitting in a tree! This was the first Broad-winged I'd ever 
seen sitting in a tree and the first one I've seen in my local park. And still 
it was only the second-most unusual raptor I saw at home this weekend. 

 

 I also saw a pair of Brown Thrashers building a nest about 20 feet away from 
where they had one last year. 

 

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

 The name of the park my yard is adjacent to is Iris Park. It will be a lot 
easier to refer to it by name from now on. Iris Park is an undeveloped piece of 
land owned by the Peoria Park District along Allen Road in Peoria. The 
half-mile trail along Big Hollow Creek is a great place to see woodland 
migrants. Last spring I saw American Bittern, Black-billed Cuckoo, Winter Wren, 
Hooded Warbler, Kentucky Warbler, and Connecticut Warbler in there. It's a nice 
migrant trap but not big enough to have many breeding birds. Cooper's Hawk and 
Barred Owl can be found all year, but I don't know whether they have bred in 
the area. 

 

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

 Bird of the Week: Osprey. Beating out the Baird's because a yard bird always 
wins. 

 

 Evan Carlson
 Peoria

Subject: IBET Great Black-backed, Glaucous, etc, Loyola
From: Steve Spitzer <steven0703 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:31:10 -0700 (PDT)
Hi Birders,

A few days of Loyola gulls at the link.

http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topic=54716.0


Steve Spitzer

Chicago - Cook
Subject: IBET Montrose 4.15.2014
From: <franmmmk AT gmail.com>
Date: 15 Apr 2014 17:30:31 -0700
A few pics from Montrose at IBF: 

 http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topic=54715.0 
http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topic=54715.0 


 

 Fran 
 Evanston, Cook Co.
Subject: Re: IBET North Pond 4/15/14, 4:30-5:30
From: Joan Norek <NorekJ AT aol.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:15:58 -0400 (EDT)
A further comment -- the North Pond Graylags do go through nesting behaviors 
every year but have not yet produced any offspring. 



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 





-----Original Message-----
From: Steve Huggins 
To: Mike Green ; ilbirds 
Sent: Tue, Apr 15, 2014 6:32 pm
Subject: Re: IBET North Pond 4/15/14, 4:30-5:30


 
  
    
                  

Mike,


As has been mentioned before the two 'Graylag' geese at North Pond are really 
domesticated Graylags that only superficially resemble wild Graylags. Wild 
Graylags are much slimmer bird with more typical proportions. So to answer your 
question, if young are produced they will not be true Graylags. Hope this makes 
sense :) 



Cheers
Steve
 
 
 
  On Tuesday, April 15, 2014 6:13 PM, Mike Gree n  wrote:
  
  

 
  
    
                  
Birds seen during a quick pass today:

RB mergansers (6)
Hooded merganser (2)
Coots (2)
Wood duck (10ish)
BCNH (2)
Mallard-many
GBH 
Song sparrow
RWBB
BC chickadee
Belted kingfisher
Crows-3
Cooper's hawk - eating a small bird among the house sparrows in their favorite 
tree on SE side of pond 

RB gulls- lots flying over 

Question for IBETers - the other day I saw the graylag geese engaging in some 
frisky looking behavior. Should they (if it is even possible) produce 
offspring, would the young then be considered wild/non-domestic? 


Mike Green
Chicago

Sent from my iPhone
    
             





  
 
  
 

    
             

  
Subject: Re: IBET Prairie Bluff F.P. (Will Co.) & Killdeer Wetlands (Cook Co.) Tues 4-15-14
From: Fran Morel <franmmmk AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:42:16 -0500
wow, congrats to you and Andy!  That's a heckuva day.....

Fran


On Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 6:27 PM, Al Stokie  wrote:

>
>
> Hello Bird People,
>
> Thanks to Amar for posting about the Smith's Longspurs at Killdeer
> Wetlands but I need to make a correction to his directions. The location
> for the Killdeer Wetlands parking lot & walking area is west of Central,
> not east, on Flossmoor Rd. So from the intersection of Central & Flossmoor
> head west on Flossmoor past the 1st parking lot (south of Flossmoor in
> Bartell Grasslands) & turn into the 2nd parking lot which is north of
> Flossmoor & is now called Killdeer Wetlands. Once in the lot you should
> walk north about 100 yards & then go in a N.E. direction which will take
> you back toward Central but north of Flossmoor. The Smith's were seen north
> of the parking lot but more to the east.
>
> Today Andy Sigler wanted to look for Smith's Longspurs but not any Smith's
> would do. They had to be in a county where he had not seen them before &
> this makes it more of a challenge I guess.
> I hardly ever see Smith's anywhere & am thrilled to see them at all. Andy
> has not seen them in Will Co. so our 1st stop was at Prairie Bluff F.P.
> where Andrew A had seen a Smith's & Joan N had heard one. We were not so
> fortunate but we did see the following birds:
>
> Prairie Bluff F.P. (10:45-11:45 a.m.)
>
> Kestrel (1 hunting)
> Killdeer (2)
> Snipe (6)
> Horned Lark (2)
> Savannah Sparrow (4)
> Song Sparrow (also 4)
> Eastern Meadowlark (~10)
> Longspurs of any kind = 0
>
> The only excitement was when we thought we might have seen a LeConte's
> Sparrow but that turned out to be wrong. But there would be plenty of
> excitement at the next location.
>
> Killdeer Wetlands (1-2:20 p.m.)
>
> 1st let me say that if you going to try & cover this area you had better
> have Wellingtons or some kind of high waterproof boots on as there is
> standing water all over the place. Andy had tall boots & walked anywhere
> but I had waterproof boots which were way too short so I had to constantly
> detour to get around the water areas. This did not keep me from seeing
> everything but I had to walk twice as much as Andy so go prepared or get
> wet & walk more than you have to. Here's our list:
>
> Great Blue Heron (1 fly-by)
> AMERICAN BITTERN (1 in wetlands)
> CATTLE EGRET (1 originally in the Killdeer Wetlands part but flew south &
> landed south of
>                              Flossmoor in Bartell Grasslands)
> SORA (1 flew from one flooded spot to another)
> Killdeer (2-3)
> Greater Yellowlegs (3-4)
> Lesser Yellowlegs (22)
> Snipe (at least 50 & maybe as many as 75, hard to count when they are
> flying all over)
> Ring Billed Gull (1 flying)
> Crows (2)
> Robins (2-4)
> Starlings (~50)
> SMITH'S LONGSPUR (25-30)
> Savannah Sparrow (5)
> Song Sparrow (4)
> Swamp Sparrow (3)
> Red Wings (large flocks flying & landing out of view, 100's)
> Eastern Meadowlark (8-10)
> Cowbirds (mixed in with the large groups of Red Wings & Starlings)
>
> The Smith's were new county birds for both Andy & I & any new Cook County
> species for us is quite an accomplishment. On almost any other day a Cook
> County CATTLE EGRET would be the best bird seen as that is a great find in
> that county. And a Sora or American Bittern are good finds as well, but!
>
> Bird-Of-The-Day to the Smith's Longspurs which eventually gave us good
> looks in flight & 2 even sat still long enough to view them on the ground
> although at 1st we never thought we would see them well enough to be sure
> of the I.D.
> Runner-Up to the Cattle Egret, a species I didn't see at all in Illinois
> last year as I didn't get far enough south to find one & missed the one Sam
> B & Aaron G & family saw in Cook in 2013.
>
> Al Stokie
>
>
>  
>
Subject: Re: IBET North Pond 4/15/14, 4:30-5:30
From: Steve Huggins <sjhuggins1209 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:32:49 -0700 (PDT)
Mike,

As has been mentioned before the two 'Graylag' geese at North Pond are really 
domesticated Graylags that only superficially resemble wild Graylags. Wild 
Graylags are much slimmer bird with more typical proportions. So to answer your 
question, if young are produced they will not be true Graylags. Hope this makes 
sense :) 


Cheers
Steve
On Tuesday, April 15, 2014 6:13 PM, Mike Green  wrote:
 
  
Birds seen during a quick pass today:

RB mergansers (6)
Hooded merganser (2)
Coots (2)
Wood duck (10ish)
BCNH (2)
Mallard-many
GBH 
Song sparrow
RWBB
BC chickadee
Belted kingfisher
Crows-3
Cooper's hawk - eating a small bird among the house sparrows in their favorite 
tree on SE side of pond 

RB gulls- lots flying over 

Question for IBETers - the other day I saw the graylag geese engaging in some 
frisky looking behavior. Should they (if it is even possible) produce 
offspring, would the young then be considered wild/non-domestic? 


Mike Green
Chicago

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: IBET Prairie Bluff F.P. (Will Co.) & Killdeer Wetlands (Cook Co.) Tues 4-15-14
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:27:02 -0500
Hello Bird People,

Thanks to Amar for posting about the Smith's Longspurs at Killdeer Wetlands
but I need to make a correction to his directions. The location for the
Killdeer Wetlands parking lot & walking area is west of Central, not east,
on Flossmoor Rd. So from the intersection of Central & Flossmoor head west
on Flossmoor past the 1st parking lot (south of Flossmoor in Bartell
Grasslands) & turn into the 2nd parking lot which is north of Flossmoor &
is now called Killdeer Wetlands. Once in the lot you should walk north
about 100 yards & then go in a N.E. direction which will take you back
toward Central but north of Flossmoor. The Smith's were seen north of the
parking lot but more to the east.

Today Andy Sigler wanted to look for Smith's Longspurs but not any Smith's
would do. They had to be in a county where he had not seen them before &
this makes it more of a challenge I guess.
I hardly ever see Smith's anywhere & am thrilled to see them at all. Andy
has not seen them in Will Co. so our 1st stop was at Prairie Bluff F.P.
where Andrew A had seen a Smith's & Joan N had heard one. We were not so
fortunate but we did see the following birds:

Prairie Bluff F.P. (10:45-11:45 a.m.)

Kestrel (1 hunting)
Killdeer (2)
Snipe (6)
Horned Lark (2)
Savannah Sparrow (4)
Song Sparrow (also 4)
Eastern Meadowlark (~10)
Longspurs of any kind = 0

The only excitement was when we thought we might have seen a LeConte's
Sparrow but that turned out to be wrong. But there would be plenty of
excitement at the next location.

Killdeer Wetlands (1-2:20 p.m.)

1st let me say that if you going to try & cover this area you had better
have Wellingtons or some kind of high waterproof boots on as there is
standing water all over the place. Andy had tall boots & walked anywhere
but I had waterproof boots which were way too short so I had to constantly
detour to get around the water areas. This did not keep me from seeing
everything but I had to walk twice as much as Andy so go prepared or get
wet & walk more than you have to. Here's our list:

Great Blue Heron (1 fly-by)
AMERICAN BITTERN (1 in wetlands)
CATTLE EGRET (1 originally in the Killdeer Wetlands part but flew south &
landed south of
                             Flossmoor in Bartell Grasslands)
SORA (1 flew from one flooded spot to another)
Killdeer (2-3)
Greater Yellowlegs (3-4)
Lesser Yellowlegs (22)
Snipe (at least 50 & maybe as many as 75, hard to count when they are
flying all over)
Ring Billed Gull (1 flying)
Crows (2)
Robins (2-4)
Starlings (~50)
SMITH'S LONGSPUR (25-30)
Savannah Sparrow (5)
Song Sparrow (4)
Swamp Sparrow (3)
Red Wings (large flocks flying & landing out of view, 100's)
Eastern Meadowlark (8-10)
Cowbirds (mixed in with the large groups of Red Wings & Starlings)

The Smith's were new county birds for both Andy & I & any new Cook County
species for us is quite an accomplishment. On almost any other day a Cook
County CATTLE EGRET would be the best bird seen as that is a great find in
that county. And a Sora or American Bittern are good finds as well, but!

Bird-Of-The-Day to the Smith's Longspurs which eventually gave us good
looks in flight & 2 even sat still long enough to view them on the ground
although at 1st we never thought we would see them well enough to be sure
of the I.D.
Runner-Up to the Cattle Egret, a species I didn't see at all in Illinois
last year as I didn't get far enough south to find one & missed the one Sam
B & Aaron G & family saw in Cook in 2013.

Al Stokie
Subject: RE: IBET SMITH'S LONGSPURS: Killdeer Wetlands, .NO, NO
From: "Wes Serafin" <w.serafin AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:21:25 -0500
Sue F and myself walked the entire Killdeer Wetland to no avail. This
location however will be huge for shorebirds this spring. Rubber boots are a
must

Seen today:

Wilson Snipe how many? I don't know.  50, 60, 70 they were everywhere and
impossible to get a good count as they kept circling and landing.

~20 Northern Flickers  they love the burnt areas

~20 Lesser Yellowlegs

100-200 Redwing Blackbirds

~50 Cowbirds

~20 Eastern Meadowlarks

1 Northern Harrier  male

8 Savannah Sparrows,  one seen closely had a face almost entirely yellow not
just its lore.

3 Swamp Sparrows

1 Vesper Sparrow

10 Song Sparrows

Blue Winged Teal and Northern Shovelers

 

A correction to Andy and Al's post, this area is west of Central Ave and
north Of Flossmoor Rd. There are many wetlands in this area, east of
Central, south of Flossmoor( Bartel Grassland) also and it would take at
least 4 hours to cover the whole area, maybe more.

 

It was cold today,

Wes Serafin

Orland Pk

 

From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of
Amar Ayyash
Sent: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 3:06 PM
To: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: IBET SMITH'S LONGSPURS: Killdeer Wetlands, Cook Co.

 

  

Andy Sigler and Al Stokie report a flock of 20-30 Smith's on the east side
of Central Ave, just north of Flossmor Rd. 

This is as of 2:45 p.m., Tuesday, 15 April. Cook County.

Thanks,
Amar Ayyash
Frankfort IL
Sent from my iPhone


Subject: IBET North Pond 4/15/14, 4:30-5:30
From: Mike Green <mg2green AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:13:05 -0500
Birds seen during a quick pass today:

RB mergansers (6)
Hooded merganser (2)
Coots (2)
Wood duck (10ish)
BCNH (2)
Mallard-many
GBH 
Song sparrow
RWBB
BC chickadee
Belted kingfisher
Crows-3
Cooper's hawk - eating a small bird among the house sparrows in their favorite 
tree on SE side of pond 

RB gulls- lots flying over 

Question for IBETers - the other day I saw the graylag geese engaging in some 
frisky looking behavior. Should they (if it is even possible) produce 
offspring, would the young then be considered wild/non-domestic? 


Mike Green
Chicago


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Subject: IBET SMITH'S LONGSPURS: Killdeer Wetlands, Cook Co.
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Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:05:42 -0500
Andy Sigler and Al Stokie report a flock of 20-30 Smith's on the east side of 
Central Ave, just north of Flossmor Rd. 


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Subject: Re: IBET Re: Injured Long-tailed Duck at Montrose Beach
From: gerald ritchie <gerrich AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:16:14 -0500
So very thoughtful.
My hat's off to you and your friend.
gerald ritchie
gerrich AT sbcglobal.net
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 


On Apr 15, 2014, at 2:06 PM, Eric Clayton wrote:

> 
> Thank you for all the replies and help. We called Chicago Bird Collision 
Hotline and they told us to take it to Pegge Notebaert museum. You would have 
gotten a kick out of my non-birder friend, she kept trying to make them promise 
the bird would live and be ok, and wouldn't die of thirst, and could she have 
the number of the bird expert so she could call and ask about the duck, and how 
long would it be before he arrived, etc...The guy behind the desk was very 
patient and amused by her. I think the duck will be ok, but of course, one 
never knows about these things. 

> -Eric Clayton
> 
> 
Subject: Re: IBET Re: Injured Long-tailed Duck at Montrose Beach
From: cs <catherine AT sugarrunhomes.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:12:16 -0700 (PDT)
Eric, Last year I caught A Caspian Tern that ate a fishing hook and was 
tangled in line. With instructions from all the birders I took it to the museum 
for someone there to take the bird to the vet. I was at least as sappy about 
that bird. 

Cay


________________________________
From: Eric Clayton 
To: IL-BIRD  
Sent: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 2:06 PM
Subject: IBET Re: Injured Long-tailed Duck at Montrose Beach

  
Thank you for all the replies and help.  We called Chicago Bird Collision 
Hotline and they told us to take it to Pegge Notebaert museum. You would have 
gotten a kick out of my non-birder friend, she kept trying to make them promise 
the bird would live and be ok, and wouldn't die of thirst, and could she have 
the number of the bird expert so she could call and ask about the duck, and how 
long would it be before he arrived, etc...The guy behind the desk was very 
patient and amused by her.  I think the duck will be ok, but of course, one 
never knows about these things. 

-Eric Clayton
Subject: IBET Re: Injured Long-tailed Duck at Montrose Beach
From: Eric Clayton <eclayton711 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:06:07 -0500
Thank you for all the replies and help.  We called Chicago Bird Collision
Hotline and they told us to take it to Pegge Notebaert museum. You would
have gotten a kick out of my non-birder friend, she kept trying to make
them promise the bird would live and be ok, and wouldn't die of thirst, and
could she have the number of the bird expert so she could call and ask
about the duck, and how long would it be before he arrived, etc...The guy
behind the desk was very patient and amused by her.  I think the duck will
be ok, but of course, one never knows about these things.
-Eric Clayton
Subject: Re: IBET Injured Long-tailed Duck at Montrose Beach
From: David Mroczkowski <damroczkowski AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:26:43 -0700 (PDT)
Call Bird Hotline: 773-988-1867


________________________________
 From: Eric Clayton 
To: IL-BIRD  
Sent: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 12:29 PM
Subject: IBET Injured Long-tailed Duck at Montrose Beach
 


  
A non-birder friend just notified me of an injured Long-tailed Duck at Montrose 
Beach. She texted me pics of it just sitting on the sand at her feet, and she's 
afraid the tractors grooming the beach will run it over.  I'm headed down 
there now, not sure what to do. 

Not sure if it's cool to post my phone number on IBET, but you can email me 
personally and I'll check my phone while I'm there. 

If we should just leave it alone, please advise.  I really don't know what I'm 
doing. 

Thanks,
-Eric Clayton
Chicago
Cook County
Subject: IBET COS Emiquon Trip
From: Sigrid Schmidt <sigschmidt AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:12:19 -0500
Birders - We still have some room on the upcoming Emiquon trip.   Please
contact me by Friday, April 18th, if you would like to attend. Thanks.

Sigrid

Emiquon trip

Dates: Saturday and Sunday, 26-27 April 2014

Trip leader: Matthew Winks 

Fee: $20


Emiquon is an expansive wetland restoration and a birding gem. The number
and diversity of birds that use this area each spring is thrilling. Meet at
the The Nature Conservancy Wetland Observatory on the north end of Thompson
Lake around 12:00 noon Saturday 26 April. From there we will scan the water
and bird the interpretive trails. Be sure to bring your spotting scopes
because we will be looking across a lot of water. There's likely to be a
good assortment of ducks, herons, egrets and other waterbirds. Both Least
and American Bittern nest at Emiquon and are possible. We'll plan on
birding until 6:00 or 7:00 PM before retiring for the night. Sunday we will
meet at 8:00 AM at the Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge crossdike. We'll
check the woodlands for songbirds and scan the lake for waterbirds. After
Chautauqua, we will head back to Emiquon and check the Wilder, North and
South Globe units. Depending on water levels and conditions we might
venture out to surrounding areas in search of migrant shorebirds. We will
aim on wrapping things around 2:00 PM Sunday. There are a few restaurants
in Havana where we can stop for lunch. I also recommend bringing food in
case we decide to bird through lunch and drinks to stay hydrated. We don't
want people hungry and thirsty during the trip.

Lodging Recommendations: Super 8 in McLean, Illinois. This modest hotel is
an easy drive across U.S. Route 136 and less than an hour to Emiquon. We
are researching other lodging options and will send an update soon.

If you plan to attend this field trip, please contact COS
coordinator: Sigrid Schmidt   cell 773-914-8608 to
make a reservation.

-- 
Sigrid Schmidt
Subject: IBET Injured Long-tailed Duck at Montrose Beach
From: Eric Clayton <eclayton711 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:29:55 -0500
A non-birder friend just notified me of an injured Long-tailed Duck at
Montrose Beach. She texted me pics of it just sitting on the sand at her
feet, and she's afraid the tractors grooming the beach will run it over.
I'm headed down there now, not sure what to do.
Not sure if it's cool to post my phone number on IBET, but you can email me
personally and I'll check my phone while I'm there.
If we should just leave it alone, please advise.  I really don't know what
I'm doing.
Thanks,
-Eric Clayton
Chicago
Cook County
Subject: Re: IBET ebird at it's best: NY Times 4/14/2014
From: Ed McDevitt <mcdevitt.ed AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:20:28 -0500
Great story. Thanks for posting.

Ed McDevitt


On Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 3:33 PM, Jed Hertz  wrote:

>
>
> NY Times 4/14/2014:
>
> Photo
>  Snow geese seen from above massing in the Sacramento Valley, a stop in
> their migratory journey.CreditDrew Kelly/The Nature Conservancy
> Continue reading the main 
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>  WHEATLAND, Calif. -- The Central Valley was once one of North America's
> most productive wildlife habitats, a 450-mile-long expanse marbled with
> meandering streams and lush wetlands that provided an ideal stop for
> migratory shorebirds on their annual journeys from South America and Mexico
> to the Arctic and back.
> Farmers and engineers have long since tamed the valley. Of the wetlands
> that existed before the valley was settled, about 95 percent are gone, and
> the number of migratory birds has declined drastically. But now an unusual
> alliance of conservationists, bird watchers and farmers have joined in an
> innovative plan to restore essential habitat for the migrating birds.
> The program, called 
BirdReturns, 

> starts with data from eBird , the pioneering
> citizen science project that asks birders to record sightings on a smartphone
> app  and send the
> information to theCornell Lab of Ornithology 
in 

> upstate New York.
> Continue reading the main 
story 

>
>    -  [image: Migrating Vaux Swifts flocking around a chimney. Stationary
>    sensors can measure things like carbon dioxide levels and highway traffic,
>    but it takes people to note the type and number of birds in an area.]
> Crowdsourcing, for the BirdsAUG. 19, 
2013 

>
>  By crunching data from the Central Valley, eBird can generate maps
> showing where virtually every species congregates in the remaining
> wetlands. Then, by overlaying those maps on aerial views of existing
> surface water, it can determine where the birds' need for habitat is
> greatest.
> Photo
> Dunlins, a type of migratory shorebird, use "pop up" wetlands created in
> California's once-lush Central Valley by the 
BirdReturns program, 

> the work of conservationists.CreditDrew Kelly/The Nature Conservancy
> The BirdReturns program, financed by the Nature 
Conservancy, 

> then pays rice farmers in the birds' flight path to keep their fields
> flooded with irrigation water from the Sacramento River as migrating flocks
> arrive. The prices are determined by reverse auction, in which farmers bid
> for leases and the lowest bidder wins.
> Because the program pays for only several weeks of water instead of buying
> the habitat, the sums are modest; the conservancy does not disclose bids
> because that might affect future auctions, but it says the figures were
> both above and below the $45 per acre that the federal government pays for
> bird-friendly practices.
> The project's first season ended last month, as birds headed north from
> newly flooded fields. Researchers said all of the birds whose numbers they
> hoped to improve were seen on "pop up" wetlands -- a temporary steppingstone
> for the birds' journey north. This happened when the field would have
> ordinarily been drained, an indication that the approach was working. More
> analysis will be done this month. The fields will be flooded again in the
> fall for the birds' return journey. Eventually, using this and other
> approaches, the conservationists at BirdReturns hope to increase the number
> of shorebirds that stop in the Central Valley to 400,000, from current
> levels of 170,000.
> BirdReturns is an example of the growing movement called reconciliation
> ecology, in which ecosystems dominated by humans are managed to increase
> biodiversity.
> "It's a new 'Moneyball,' " said Eric Hallstein, an economist with the
> Nature Conservancy and a designer of the auctions, referring to the book
> and movie about the Oakland Athletics' data-driven approach to baseball.
> "We're disrupting the conservation industry by taking a new kind of data,
> crunching it differently and contracting differently."
> Continue reading the main 
storyA 
Wetter Migration 

> A program pays rice farmers in California's Central Valley to keep water
> in their fields to accommodate shorebird migrations. Colors on the map show
> late March concentrations of dunlins, a shorebird migrating north to Alaska
> and Canada. White ovals show the approximate areas where fields were
> flooded.
>  Dunlin probability
> High
> Low
> Estimated
> surface water
> Chico
> Sacramento
> 20 MILES
> Map by the Nature Conservancy, Cornell eBird and Point Blue Conservation
> Science
>  It could also be an exportable solution. Agriculture creates some of the
> world's most serious ecological problems. If BirdReturns proves itself, it
> could be an inexpensive model for adjusting agricultural landscapes to mesh
> with the needs of wildlife.
> Continue reading the main 
story 

> Continue reading the main 
story 

> Advertisement
> Migration takes a great deal of energy and is the riskiest thing birds do.
> Each January, about 20 species of shorebirds and several dozen species of
> wading birds and waterfowl start dropping into the Central Valley on their
> arduous journey north. Many are officially designated "of concern," a
> category just below "threatened."
> The shorebirds -- among them dunlins, sandpipers, snipes, whimbrels and
> marbled godwits -- zoom into wetlands, and wade on stiltlike legs through a
> few inches of water or across glistening mud flats to ferret out worms,
> insects, crayfish and snails with their long bills.
> The Central Valley is the most developed of the landscapes they cross.
> Until now, one of the biggest problems has been that in February, at the
> peak of migration, rice farmers are letting their fields dry out in
> preparation for planting. "When they need it most, there's less and less
> habitat," said Mark Reynolds, a Nature Conservancy scientist who helped
> design the program.
> In 2012 Dr. Reynolds and Brian Sullivan, the eBird project leader for the
> Cornell Lab of Ornithology, got the idea of using the sighting data to find
> out where the shorebirds go. They overlaid those data on maps of water
> availability in the Central Valley to determine where the needs for
> wetlands were greatest.
> Audio
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> A new program is using crowdsourced data to select rice fields for bird
> rest stops; the numbers of women who take opioid drugs for pain during
> pregnancy is rising, but what are the risks?; a new book looks into the
> philias and phobias surrounding insects. David Corcoran, Michael Mason
> and Jeffery DelViscio
>  "We had a little bit of data in a few places, and on some species, but
> with eBird we can go wall to wall," Dr. Reynolds said. "It's a whole new
> window on migration we didn't have before."
> The ideal depth for shorebirds is two to four inches of water; any more
> and it is too deep for foraging. When eBird data show that a migration is
> underway, rice growers who have entered low bids open their irrigation
> ditches to provide just the right amount of flooding. That results in the
> pop-up wetlands.
> Continue reading the main 
story 

> A flooded field does not a wetland make. While this may represent some
> small progress for ecological diversity, proponents may find...
> Have been a bird person for many years. Habitat is the biggest problem all
> wildlife faces. Take a state like IA, corn only with the only...
> Will these birds be negatively affected by the heavy use of chemicals that
> these farms spread across their fields throughout the year? They...
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>  In this first year, 10,000 acres (out of 500,000 devoted to rice farming
> in the Central Valley) owned by 40 farmers were flooded for four, six or
> eight weeks, at an average of 200 to 250 acres each. (Many farmers did not
> participate because of California's drought.) Even for farmers who have
> enough water, the program can require some careful calibration. "If we put
> our water on late, the fields might not dry out" in time for planting, said
> Doug Thomas, who grows sushi rice for Rue & Forsman Ranch near here and who
> took part in the program this year.
> But he added that the compensation was better than adequate and that he
> liked the private-sector nature of the initiative.
> Dr. Hallstein, of the Nature Conservancy, said that at first it was a
> difficult to get farmers to make the shift, but that it helped when they
> thought of shorebird protection as just another crop, like rice.
> Photo
> BirdReturns uses data gathered via a smartphone app to determine where the
> dunlins' need for habitat is greatest.CreditDrew Kelly/The Nature
> Conservancy
> Biologists hope the approach is a solution for one of conservation's most
> pressing problems. "Migratory birds are a daunting challenge," Dr. Reynolds
> said. "It's a hemispherical scale, and it's seasonal, and every species has
> a different life history." But he added that if BirdReturns' encouraging
> early results in the Central Valley prove out, "you could create habitat
> all along the flyway."
> Chris Elphick is an ornithologist and conservation biologist at the
> University of Connecticut who is familiar with the program but not involved
> with it. He called it "a great project," though he cautioned that it was
> too soon to tell how well it would work in the long term.
> A third of United States land is given over to agriculture, he said, so
> "it's the kind of thing we should be doing more of, thinking outside the
> box."
> CONTINUE READING THE MAIN 
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> 14COMMENTS
> "There's a way to tweak farming," he went on, "that enables to use all of
> this in a way to benefit wildlife or whatever your conservation goals are."
> The sponsors are optimistic. On a recent rainy day here, thousands of
> soaring dunlins wheeled across the gunmetal sky in the cohesive flock
> choreography known as a murmuration before they set down in a soggy rice
> field.
> "It's pretty exciting," Dr. Reynolds said. "This program allows us to be
> strategic with scarce conservation dollars. That gives us a lot of hope."
>  Correction: April 14, 2014
> An earlier version of a picture caption with this article misidentified
> the birds massing in a field in the Sacramento Valley. They are snow geese,
> not dunlins.
>
>
> Jed Hertz
> Kankakee, Kankakee Co, IL (60 mi South of Chicago)
>
>
> Photos/Videos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jhertz/
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>
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Subject: IBET BY Brown thrasher
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z AT AOL.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:37:09 -0400 (EDT)
Hi friends,
Seems to be at home already, eating in the leaf mash, digging up seeds and 
suet, getting his bill dirty, fighting with the E sparrows. 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/13871529354/in/photostream/

John Baxter
Bourbonnais, IL
Subject: OSPREY pair @ Lake Charles/Westmont,IL @ 8:35am (photos in IBET album)
From: <lifebirdnt AT yahoo.com>
Date: 15 Apr 2014 07:15:47 -0700
Good morning fellow IBET'ers, Had a pair of Osprey in the backyard today. Every 
year we happen to see one at a time passing through. That was last week. Today, 
a pair spent a good bit of time fishing the lake and making frequent stops on 
the taller snags in the willows of the eastern shoreline. Yep, wishful 
thinking, but why not? :-) 

 If you want to try for them, put the following address in Google maps and use 
the sandy beach area to survey the lake: 635 Baltimore Avenue Westmont, IL 
60559 

 There is also a bit of a nature trail along the eastern shoreline which is 
accessible from the end of Baltimore Avenue. You can use on of the fishing 
docks to survey the NW end of the lake. 

 God bless and good birding,
 Tadas Birutis
 Westmont, IL
Subject: IBET BY A Robin and migrants
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z AT AOL.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:59:35 -0400 (EDT)
Hi friends,
The Robin is making a mud nest from the water pan overflow. Brown thrasher, WT 
sparrow, Carolina wren, Chipping sp, also here. 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/13860167775/in/photostream/

John Baxter
Bourbonnais, IL
Subject: IBET best ultra zoom for birding help NOSIGHTINGS
From: KATHLEEN RUSH <kathierush1 AT wowway.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:05:54 -0400 (EDT)
I'm hoping for some advice from fellow birders. I've been shooting with a Nikon 
D7000 with a Sigma 500 lens ; the weight is getting to me, so I've decided to 
try an ultra zoom camera. I'm torn between the Panasonic Lumix FZ200 ( Full 
range F2.8, 24x Optical Zoom Leica DC Len s) vs. Canon SX50HS ( focal length of 
24-1200mm). I can't decide if the F2.8 is worth giving up the extra zoom. I 
usually shoot on automatic. This will be used sole ly for birding/wildlife 
photos. Expert advice is so much appreciated! 

Kathie Rush 
Subject: IBET ebird at it's best: NY Times 4/14/2014
From: Jed Hertz <jhh_60910 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:33:37 -0700 (PDT)
NY Times 4/14/2014:
Paying Farmers to Welcome Birds
By JIM ROBBINSAPRIL 14, 2014
PhotoSnow geese seen from above massing in the Sacramento Valley, a stop in 
their migratory journey.CreditDrew Kelly/The Nature Conservancy 

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WHEATLAND, Calif. — The Central Valley was once one of North America’s most 
productive wildlife habitats, a 450-mile-long expanse marbled with meandering 
streams and lush wetlands that provided an ideal stop for migratory shorebirds 
on their annual journeys from South America and Mexico to the Arctic and back. 

Farmers and engineers have long since tamed the valley. Of the wetlands that 
existed before the valley was settled, about 95 percent are gone, and the 
number of migratory birds has declined drastically. But now an unusual alliance 
of conservationists, bird watchers and farmers have joined in an innovative 
plan to restore essential habitat for the migrating birds. 

The program, called BirdReturns, starts with data from eBird, the pioneering 
citizen science project that asks birders to record sightings on a smartphone 
app and send the information to theCornell Lab of Ornithology in upstate New 
York.Continue reading the main storyRELATED COVERAGE 

	* Crowdsourcing, for the BirdsAUG. 19, 2013
By crunching data from the Central Valley, eBird can generate maps showing 
where virtually every species congregates in the remaining wetlands. Then, by 
overlaying those maps on aerial views of existing surface water, it can 
determine where the birds’ need for habitat is greatest.PhotoDunlins, a type 
of migratory shorebird, use "pop up" wetlands created in California’s 
once-lush Central Valley by the BirdReturns program, the work of 
conservationists.CreditDrew Kelly/The Nature Conservancy 

The BirdReturns program, financed by the Nature Conservancy, then pays rice 
farmers in the birds’ flight path to keep their fields flooded with 
irrigation water from the Sacramento River as migrating flocks arrive. The 
prices are determined by reverse auction, in which farmers bid for leases and 
the lowest bidder wins. 

Because the program pays for only several weeks of water instead of buying the 
habitat, the sums are modest; the conservancy does not disclose bids because 
that might affect future auctions, but it says the figures were both above and 
below the $45 per acre that the federal government pays for bird-friendly 
practices. 

The project’s first season ended last month, as birds headed north from newly 
flooded fields. Researchers said all of the birds whose numbers they hoped to 
improve were seen on “pop up” wetlands — a temporary steppingstone for 
the birds’ journey north. This happened when the field would have ordinarily 
been drained, an indication that the approach was working. More analysis will 
be done this month. The fields will be flooded again in the fall for the 
birds’ return journey. Eventually, using this and other approaches, the 
conservationists at BirdReturns hope to increase the number of shorebirds that 
stop in the Central Valley to 400,000, from current levels of 170,000. 

BirdReturns is an example of the growing movement called reconciliation 
ecology, in which ecosystems dominated by humans are managed to increase 
biodiversity. 

“It’s a new ‘Moneyball,’ ” said Eric Hallstein, an economist with 
the Nature Conservancy and a designer of the auctions, referring to the book 
and movie about the Oakland Athletics’ data-driven approach to baseball. 
“We’re disrupting the conservation industry by taking a new kind of data, 
crunching it differently and contracting differently.”Continue reading the 
main storyA Wetter Migration 

A program pays rice farmers in California’s Central Valley to keep water in 
their fields to accommodate shorebird migrations. Colors on the map show late 
March concentrations of dunlins, a shorebird migrating north to Alaska and 
Canada. White ovals show the approximate areas where fields were flooded. 

Dunlin probability
High
Low
Estimated
surface water
Chico
Sacramento
20 MILES
Map by the Nature Conservancy, Cornell eBird and Point Blue Conservation 
Science 

It could also be an exportable solution. Agriculture creates some of the 
world’s most serious ecological problems. If BirdReturns proves itself, it 
could be an inexpensive model for adjusting agricultural landscapes to mesh 
with the needs of wildlife. 

Continue reading the main story
Continue reading the main story
Advertisement
Migration takes a great deal of energy and is the riskiest thing birds do. Each 
January, about 20 species of shorebirds and several dozen species of wading 
birds and waterfowl start dropping into the Central Valley on their arduous 
journey north. Many are officially designated “of concern,” a category just 
below “threatened.” 

The shorebirds — among them dunlins, sandpipers, snipes, whimbrels and 
marbled godwits — zoom into wetlands, and wade on stiltlike legs through a 
few inches of water or across glistening mud flats to ferret out worms, 
insects, crayfish and snails with their long bills. 

The Central Valley is the most developed of the landscapes they cross. Until 
now, one of the biggest problems has been that in February, at the peak of 
migration, rice farmers are letting their fields dry out in preparation for 
planting. “When they need it most, there’s less and less habitat,” said 
Mark Reynolds, a Nature Conservancy scientist who helped design the program. 

In 2012 Dr. Reynolds and Brian Sullivan, the eBird project leader for the 
Cornell Lab of Ornithology, got the idea of using the sighting data to find out 
where the shorebirds go. They overlaid those data on maps of water availability 
in the Central Valley to determine where the needs for wetlands were 
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“We had a little bit of data in a few places, and on some species, but with 
eBird we can go wall to wall,” Dr. Reynolds said. “It’s a whole new 
window on migration we didn’t have before.” 

The ideal depth for shorebirds is two to four inches of water; any more and it 
is too deep for foraging. When eBird data show that a migration is underway, 
rice growers who have entered low bids open their irrigation ditches to provide 
just the right amount of flooding. That results in the pop-up wetlands.Continue 
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In this first year, 10,000 acres (out of 500,000 devoted to rice farming in the 
Central Valley) owned by 40 farmers were flooded for four, six or eight weeks, 
at an average of 200 to 250 acres each. (Many farmers did not participate 
because of California’s drought.) Even for farmers who have enough water, the 
program can require some careful calibration. “If we put our water on late, 
the fields might not dry out” in time for planting, said Doug Thomas, who 
grows sushi rice for Rue & Forsman Ranch near here and who took part in the 
program this year. 

But he added that the compensation was better than adequate and that he liked 
the private-sector nature of the initiative. 

Dr. Hallstein, of the Nature Conservancy, said that at first it was a difficult 
to get farmers to make the shift, but that it helped when they thought of 
shorebird protection as just another crop, like rice.PhotoBirdReturns uses data 
gathered via a smartphone app to determine where the dunlins' need for habitat 
is greatest.CreditDrew Kelly/The Nature Conservancy 

Biologists hope the approach is a solution for one of conservation’s most 
pressing problems. “Migratory birds are a daunting challenge,” Dr. Reynolds 
said. “It’s a hemispherical scale, and it’s seasonal, and every species 
has a different life history.” But he added that if BirdReturns’ 
encouraging early results in the Central Valley prove out, “you could create 
habitat all along the flyway.” 

Chris Elphick is an ornithologist and conservation biologist at the University 
of Connecticut who is familiar with the program but not involved with it. He 
called it “a great project,” though he cautioned that it was too soon to 
tell how well it would work in the long term. 

A third of United States land is given over to agriculture, he said, so 
“it’s the kind of thing we should be doing more of, thinking outside the 
box.” 

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“There’s a way to tweak farming,” he went on, “that enables to use all 
of this in a way to benefit wildlife or whatever your conservation goals 
are.” 

The sponsors are optimistic. On a recent rainy day here, thousands of soaring 
dunlins wheeled across the gunmetal sky in the cohesive flock choreography 
known as a murmuration before they set down in a soggy rice field. 

“It’s pretty exciting,” Dr. Reynolds said. “This program allows us to 
be strategic with scarce conservation dollars. That gives us a lot of hope.” 

Correction: April 14, 2014 

An earlier version of a picture caption with this article misidentified the 
birds massing in a field in the Sacramento Valley. They are snow geese, not 
dunlins. 


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


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


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


Birdscaping: http://bringingnaturehome.net/
Subject: IBET: Waterfowl Day @ CBG
From: Elizabeth de la Baume <e.delabaume AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:40:00 -0500
A very good day for Waterfowl at The Gardens:

13 Pied Billed Grebes
16 Ruddy Ducks
19 Coots
18 RB Mergansers
 5 Shovelers
 5 Blue Winged Teal
 2 Bufflehead
 1 Great Blue Heron

13 Mallard
 4 Canada Geese

Elizabeth de la Baume
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Subject: IBET Swallows: Downtown Aurora
From: VernonLaVia AT aol.com
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:36:02 -0400 (EDT)
At 12 noon today, had 4 species of swallows from the Benton St. bridge  
over the Fox River:
Bank
Tree
Rough-wg
Barn
(Guess the Cliff have not arrived yet; but after 15 straight years of  
seeing Cliff Swallows from this bridge, too, I expect them to arrive any  day)
 
ALSO,....hundreds of Tree Swallows were dipping in to the river just north  
of the Hollywood Casino, easily seen from the west bank parking lots off of 
 River Street. 
 
Good birding!!
 
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Defibrillators, Inc
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Subject: IBET Osprey
From: Jim Levenson <jim_levenson AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:02:45 -0500
I just saw my FOY backyard Osprey  AT  1335 hrs. Location is 0.33 mi south of I-80 
bridge over the Dupage River, Shorewood. I keep track of my FOYs at this 
location. The Osprey, tho not a regular, is becoming more predictable here. 
Past FOYs have been 8 Apr 2000; 6 Apr 2007; 10 Apr 2008; 12 Apr 2012. 


Jim Levenson
Will County


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Subject: IBET Fwd: National Geographic Channel Birding Show
From: Lesa Hipes <lesahipes AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:56:44 -0500
I am cpoing this form texbirds incase anyone here is interested. and yes I
did get permission to do so.
Lesa HIpes
Dupage Co.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: David Sarkozi 
Date: Fri, Apr 11, 2014 at 4:44 PM
Subject: [texbirds] National Geographic Channel Birding Show
To: TexBirds 


I've been contacted by the National Geographic Channel (NGC) who is
trying  to develop a documentary series around birders.  This is just
in research and development phase at the moment, but NGC are hoping to
meet some really interesting and knowledgeable people in the birding
world to build something around. They are looking for birders of all
shapes and sizes to talk to now. If you would be interested in
speaking with them you can contact:

Joy Tenenberg
Casting Director
The National Geographic Channel
castingjoy AT gmail.com

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Subject: IBET "The Overlook" at Clinton Lake (NO SIGHTINGS); De Witt Co; RFI
From: frakerpovc AT aol.com
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:12:01 -0400 (EDT)
Greetings everyone -- 


I have been asked several times about "The Overlook" at Clinton Lake. In my 
opinion, this is the most difficult location to explain and/or get to on the 
"normal" lake circuit. I added a map to the this link: 



http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topic=54693.0


The best way to get to this spot is with a person who knows how to get there. 
Many of the flags I placed last year to guide folks back to this spot are still 
there. Unfortunately, the ones that mark where the magic doorway into the woods 
is located are poorly visible at the moment. 



Hope this helps -- and anyone is always welcome to shout if they want more 
info! 



Matt Fraker
Subject: IBET DC Cormorants, Libertyville
From: wcsaylor AT comcast.net
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:32:26 +0000 (UTC)
There were about 100 Double-crested Cormorants at Independence Grove FP 
(Libertyville) today (4/14). There were many coots and a few Redhead, Gadwall, 
N.Shoveller, and Red-breasted mergansers too although the numbers are down from 
last week. One Horned Grebe was present but no loons. 

Bill Saylor 
Mundelein 
Lake Cty 
Subject: IBET North Pond - local interest only
From: Joan Norek <NorekJ AT aol.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:28:01 -0400 (EDT)
At least six Blue-winged Teal, a dozen or so Red-breasted Mergansers and a 
Pied-billed Grebe on the water with the regular Wood Ducks and Mallards, and 
three Caspian Terns over the water this cold/rainy morning (4/14/14). 


Two Sapsuckers the only highlight in land birds (Flicker numbers down from 
yesterday). 



Good birdings,



 

Joan Norek
Chicago
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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 Springbrook Arrivals on Sunday
From: Joe Suchecki <issuesman50 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 06:23:54 -0700 (PDT)
I birded Springbrook Prairie, Naperville, DuPage Countyon Sunday, April 13th 
and concenrtrated on the more wooded areas east of Plainfield-Naperville Road. 
New arrivals over the weekend included Winter Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Eastern Bluebird, Brown Thrasher, 
Yellow-rumped Warbler, and Savannah, Field, and Chipping Sparrows. There were 
lots of Flickers and Song Sparrows.  


In the wetland areas there were lots of Snipe (~40) and one Greater 
Yellowlegs. Three Common Mergansers were still present along with Gadwall, 
Northern Shovelers, and Green-winged and Blue-winged Teal. 


Still a few late Tree Sparrows present as well.

In the non-bird categories, I also saw my first dragonflies and butterflies, 
and I am"happy"to also report that the ticks were outlooking for their first 
spring meal.So, if the weather is warm be on the lookout for ticks if you 
head off the main limestone trail at Springbrook. 


Joe Suchecki
Naperville
Subject: IBET Montrose Point, Sunday, 13 April 2014
From: "Geoffrey A. Williamson" <geoffrey.williamson AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 22:07:43 -0500
I spent four and a half hours at at Montrose Point (in Chicago's 
Lincoln Park) this morning (Sunday, 13 April 2014), starting at about 
6:30 AM on the fish hook pier watching birds come in off the 
lake.  Alex Bloss let me know about the AMERICAN BITTERN in the beach 
dunes, and I was fortunate to get a look at it later.  As I walked 
out there a little group of three WILSON'S SNIPE flew by. Bob Hughes 
and then Luis Munoz joined in the migration watch.   I had four 
NORTHERN HARRIERS flying north out over the lake, and Luis told me he 
added two more after I vacated the pier.  Lots of NORTHERN FLICKERS 
were flying in, along with various sparrows and swallows as well as 
little groups of YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS. Also, RUSTY BLACKBIRDS and 
EASTERN MEADOWLARKS were among the many blackbirds.   One of the more 
interesting birds seen while we were on the pier was a EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE.

I did not have anything particularly rare, but it was enjoyable to 
see numbers of birds.  I also had my first butterfly of the season (a 
Red Admiral, along with two other unidentified butterflies that may 
as well have been Red Admirals, too), and an unidentified 
dragonfly.   That was before the cold front hit at 10:35 AM and 
dropped the temperature 20 degrees.

Here is the full list.

Montrose Point, Lincoln Park (Chicago), Cook, US-IL
Apr 13, 2014 6:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
5.8 mile(s)
Comments:     6:30 - 11:00 AM, temperature 64 F, winds SW 15 - 25 
mph, partly cloudy skies, 5.8 miles traveled (combination of on foot 
and by car); at 10:35 AM a cold front arrived and the temperature 
dropped to 51 F with winds NE 10 mph.
63 species (+4 other taxa)

Canada Goose  16
Mallard  30
Blue-winged Teal  18
Northern Shoveler  5
Redhead  2
Lesser Scaup  1
Bufflehead  5
Common Goldeneye  1
Hooded Merganser  1
Red-breasted Merganser  111

Common Loon  2

Horned Grebe  9

Double-crested Cormorant  195

American Bittern  1
Great Blue Heron  13

Northern Harrier  4

American Coot  89

Killdeer  4

Wilson's Snipe  3
American Woodcock  1

Ring-billed Gull  178
Herring Gull (American)  5
gull sp.  32
Caspian Tern  12

Eurasian Collared-Dove  1
Mourning Dove  28

Belted Kingfisher  1

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  9
Downy Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  41

Peregrine Falcon  1

Eastern Phoebe  4

American Crow  4

Northern Rough-winged Swallow  8
Purple Martin  3
Tree Swallow  11
Bank Swallow  2
Barn Swallow  7
swallow sp.  19

Black-capped Chickadee  2

House Wren  1

Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  3

Hermit Thrush  56
American Robin  122

Brown Thrasher  3

European Starling  38

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  25

Eastern Towhee  1
American Tree Sparrow  2
Field Sparrow  2
Savannah Sparrow  2
Fox Sparrow (Red)  8
Song Sparrow  27
Swamp Sparrow  34
White-throated Sparrow  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  4
sparrow sp.  9

Northern Cardinal  5

Red-winged Blackbird  174
Eastern Meadowlark  7
Rusty Blackbird  8
Common Grackle  211
Brown-headed Cowbird  39
blackbird sp.  258

House Finch  2

House Sparrow  18

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17882716

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


Good birding,
Geoff



Geoffrey A. Williamson

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

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

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Subject: IBET Longspurpalooza 2014 and etc; Central Illinois; 04/11-13/14
From: frakerpovc AT aol.com
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 22:54:12 -0400 (EDT)
Greetings, everyone -- 


Had a fun day with Wes Kolb seeking out Longspurs and other Spring etc.,


Here is the link:


http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topic=54707.0


Thanks!


Matt Fraker
McLean/Woodford Cos
04/13/14
Subject: IBET Iroquois county IL Eagles Nest(PHOTOS)
From: "Wildlife" <garysoper AT wildlifeinnature.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 17:57:22 -0500
The Eagles are still sitting on eggs, have not seen any sign of young yet.


April 12, 2014 PHOTOS: http://www.wildlifeinnature.com/html/april_12__2014.html 


April 13, 2014 PHOTOS: http://www.wildlifeinnature.com/html/april_13__2014.html


Gary Soper    
Kankakee county
www.wildlifeinnature.com
Subject: IBET Greater White-fronted Goose (Peoria County)
From: David Hultgren <judgedrh AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:51:30 -0700 (PDT)
Earlier today, at a large fluddle located just west of the intersection of Old 
Galena Road and Spillman Road, we observed a single, Greater White-fronted 
Goose. The same fluddle yielded numerous Pectoral Sandpipers, numerous Wilson's 
Snipe, five species of ducks and a single Semipalmated Plover. 


David R. Hultgren
Peoria, IL 61615
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Subject: IBET Crabtree Rusty Blackbirds
From: Carolyn Fields <c7echoes AT aol.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:34:53 -0700 (PDT)
On our walk today at Crabtree Nature Center in Barrington, Cook County, there 
were about 30 Rusty Blackbirds.Most were feeding on the ground in the open 
woodland between Stover Marsh and Bulrush Pond. 


Carolyn Fields
NW Cook County
Subject: Re: IBET Waukegan Beach and IBSP 4/13
From: Eric's Email <brewbird1 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 15:55:47 -0500
I added E. Towhee, 2 European Goldfinches and Am Pipit to Beau's Wauk Beach 
totals. 


I went to Lyons Woods and found at least 2 pairs of Red-breasted Nuthatches, 1 
Eastern Bluebird, 1 Coopers Hawk (very vocal), 1 Merlin, and 1 great horned 
owl, which is why the COHA was vocal. 


Eric

Sent from my iPhone

> On Apr 13, 2014, at 2:48 PM, Beau Schaefer  
wrote: 

> 
> Andy Stewart and I had a pretty nice morning at Waukegan Beach this morning. 
Birds were everywhere, which was a nice change of pace from winter. Waterfowl 
was moving constantly over the lake but most was swallowed up in the misty air 
above the water, and I couldn’t ID anything. Some puddle ducks and scaup were 
flying closer, but the best flybys were 3 different groups of dark-gray winged, 
white-edged FRANKLIN’S GULLS from 6:30-7:00am. They totaled about 45 birds. 
Nothing else of note was on the beach, though I heard a Forster’s Tern. 
Couldn’t see it anywhere, however. The Pines were very active as well. New 
birds from yesterday were BROWN THRASHER, HERMIT THRUSH, FIELD SPARROW, 
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, N. ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW, and BANK SWALLOW. In addition 
there were larger numbers of SWAMP SPARROWS and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS. 

> 
> At The South Unit we had a couple of interesting birds. Along the burned edge 
of the road was a VESPER SPARROW and the campground pond had what I think was a 
hybrid SNOW x ROSS’ GOOSE. I have a photo at this link: 

> http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topic=54705.0
> We also had nice looks at a transitional plumage RED-THROATED LOON with a 
dark bill and spotting/striping on its neck. 

> 
> Here’s the Waukegan List:
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17873195
> 
>  Good Birding!
> Beau Schaefer
> round lake beach, IL
> lake county
> beauschaefer AT yahoo.com
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
Subject: IBET - The Grove, Glenview, Cook County
From: Brendan <ardoyne AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 15:19:25 -0500
Hello Birders:
Very cold today at the Grove in Glenview.  Birds are starting to trickle 
in there.  We had:
  10 Flickers, some calling,
    6 Hermit Thrush
    4 Blue-winged Teal
    1 Chipping Sparrow
    4  Song Sparrows
There were many Red-winged Blackbirds, very noisy.  The Bloodroot has 
started to bloom near the Visitors Center and the Virginia Bluebells, 
wild onion, and trout Lilies are sprouting as well.
Good to get out for a while, good to get back in again.
Good Birding!
Brendan J McCooey
Glenview, Cook


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Subject: IBET prairie chickens?
From: <birdingbrothers2 AT gmail.com>
Date: 13 Apr 2014 12:59:18 -0700
Hi, 

 Does anyone know if prairie chickens have been seen at Prairie Ridge SNA past 
April 15th? 

 Thanks so much. 
 

                                    Good birding,
                                                       Eddie
 

           
Subject: IBET Waukegan Beach and IBSP 4/13
From: Beau Schaefer <beauschaefer AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:48:21 -0500
 Andy Stewart and I had a pretty nice morning at Waukegan Beach this morning. 
Birds were everywhere, which was a nice change of pace from winter. Waterfowl 
was moving constantly over the lake but most was swallowed up in the misty air 
above the water, and I couldnt ID anything. Some puddle ducks and scaup were 
flying closer, but the best flybys were 3 different groups of dark-gray winged, 
white-edged FRANKLINS GULLS from 6:30-7:00am. They totaled about 45 birds. 
Nothing else of note was on the beach, though I heard a Forsters Tern. 
Couldnt see it anywhere, however. The Pines were very active as well. New 
birds from yesterday were BROWN THRASHER, HERMIT THRUSH, FIELD SPARROW, 
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, N. ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW, and BANK SWALLOW. In addition 
there were larger numbers of SWAMP SPARROWS and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS. 

 At The South Unit we had a couple of interesting birds. Along the burned edge 
of the road was a VESPER SPARROW and the campground pond had what I think was a 
hybrid SNOW x ROSS GOOSE. I have a photo at this link: 

http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topic=54705.0
 We also had nice looks at a transitional plumage RED-THROATED LOON with a dark 
bill and spotting/striping on its neck. 


Heres the Waukegan List:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17873195

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




Subject: IBET Illiana Birds: Powderhorn Ospreys
From: "Carolyn A. Marsh" <cmarshbird AT prodigy.net>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:42:02 -0500
13 April 2014 - At about 1 p.m. there were 2 OSPREYS on the nesting platform
at Powderhorn Lake & Prairie (Village of Burnham/Chicago). Yesterday they
were carrying in branches to make a fresh nest. The platform can be easily
observed from the north end of the parking lot.

 

Carolyn Marsh, Whiting, IN
Subject: IBET Montrose, A Quick Stop At Bobolink Meadow & A Hawaii License Plate Sun 4-13-14
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:21:08 -0500
Hello Bird People,

Spent an hour looking for & not finding yesterday's Lark Sparrow but while
trying I did find an
AMERICAN BITTERN in the Dunes. That's a bird I tried & tried for last year
for my Cook Co. year list & never could find so I guess it made up for the
missing Lark Sparrow. While I was busy in the Dunes Bob H, Geoff W, Luis M
& others were watching many species flying over the lake & flying inland.
Since Geoff is one of the best at listing all his species & I missed much
of what they saw I'll let him do a full list & I'll just mention highlights.

The 2 most common migrants today were Hermit Thrush (~25) & Flicker (~15).
A few Caspian Terns went by & Geoff pointed out a PEREGRINE heading south.
A few Purple Martins were back by the Martin houses & 1 saw Tree, Rough
Winged, Bank & Barn Swallows flying around. I finally got to see a Brown
Thrasher & there was 1 very co-operative WOODCOCK walking around in the
main hedge near the large fallen tree. Small numbers of Myrtle Warblers &
Ruby Crowned Kinglets were seen but I found no Golden Crowned Kinglets
today. Finally I saw 1 male RUSTY BLACKBIRD (mostly black with a little
rusty in the back) & Tree, Field, Savannah, Fox, Song & Swamp Sparrows plus
1 female Eastern Towhee. There were 3 Eastern Meadowlarks in the Dunes.

Heard about Sue's Barn Owl report so I drove over to the Wooded Isle area
but I had no idea where the owl was seen so I had to hope someone would be
there for directions. I did find a few birders who had heard about the owl
but only knew that it had flown somewhere? I checked several thick tree
areas & Pines but found no owl. My hope of running into help failed.
As a small consolation prize I got to see & hear 2 MONK PARAKEETS near the
driving range nest. New here for the day were B.C. Night Heron, P.B.
Grebes, Kingfisher & Junco's. Lots more Hermit Thrushes & Flickers too. Did
not have time to do a very good job birding here.

However, after leaving Jackson Park I got to see a "Barn Owl level license
plate" which was the always looked for but seldom seen HAWAII plate.
Clearly the highlight of the day.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the AMERICAN BITTERN & Runner-Up to the loud & colorful
Monk Parakeets which, for some reason, I have always been glad to see &
especially hear.

Al Stokie
Subject: IBET Palos Birds - Northern Paula, Palm Warbler, 7 species of Woodpeckers.
From: Linda <lbr6240 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 11:10:37 -0700 (PDT)
This morning I started out at McClaughrey Springs. Met Beth S. today. We 
looked for the Louisiana Waterthrushes, but could not locate. We heard a bird 
that sounded just like a Northern Parula. We dismissed it, because it seemed to 
be too early. But then, back at the parking area we saw it! Three birders had 
great views of a beautiful singing male. 


After this, I briefly stopped at Little Red Schoolhouse. Did not see the 
Ospreys, but there was a White Pelican flying right over the Little Red 
Schoolhouse! 


From here, I went north and parked at Country Lane Woods. I started walking and 
heard Tufted Titmouse and Towhee. I found two pairs of Blue-winged Teal. I had 
a good, long view of a Pileated Woodpecker. Right after that, I saw a 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. I had already seen the Flicker, Downy and 
Red-bellied. I then got the idea that it would be fun to try to find seven 
species. I kept walking, then heard the Hairy. I knew that Red-headed 
Woodpeckers have been here in the past, so went further east to where I have 
seen them before. About 20 minutes later, I saw a flash of white. Three 
Red-headed Woodpeckers together! So, I can say that today I "encountered" seven 
species of Woodpecker, because I did not actually see the Hairy, only heard. I 
had great views of all the others. 


Saw two Osprey fly over, and Rough-winged Swallows.

Later, I saw a Palm Warbler. I guess it is a little early for these too, but 
there it was. Had a good, close view. 


Butterflies have come out. Saw the Mourning Cloak, Comma and a little Blue. 
Also a couple of dragonflies. 


Happy Spring!

Linda Radtke
Downers Grove, IL
Dupage County




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Subject: IBET Loggerhead Shrikes back at Lost Mound Refuge
From: "Anne Straight" <astraight4 AT frontier.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 12:31:53 -0500
Our van trip into the locked area of Lost Mound, Unit of the Upper Miss. 
yesterday was not a real productive one, but we had two LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES. 
These were not too far apart, so pair? 

They nest at Lost Mound.

Some other birds (60+ species) were: LARK, FOX, FIELD, SAVANNAH, CHIPPING, SONG 
SPARROWS, HERMIT THRUSH, TOWHEES (heard in about 6 places),KINGLETS, 
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, all WOODPECKERS, EASTERN PHOEBE, BROWN CREEPER, WILD 
TURKEYS,both WESTERN AND EASTERN MEADOWLARKS, HORNED LARKS, JUNCOS, AM. WHITE 
PELICANS, BALD EAGLES, D.C. CORMORANTS, RED-TAILS, a variety of Waterfowl, 
Teal, Woodies, H. Merganser, etc.in back water there. 


The PURPLE MARTINS were back at houses along Riverview Rd.

Lock and Dam 13 had PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, LESSER AND GREATER YELLOWLEGS.

The PEREGRINE FALCONS have five eggs. The Male was seen upon the metal railing 
near the top of the grain bins in Savanna, IL. 


Anne Straight
Forreston, IL (Ogle County)
Subject: IBET Palos - Northern Parula & Pine Warbler
From: Beth Simkins <beths04 AT wowway.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 11:44:31 -0500
At McClaughrey Springs, this Sunday morning, there was a beautiful Northern 
Parula. 


Also - 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren 
Winter Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Golden-crowned Kinglets
Ruby-crowned Kinglets
Eastern Bluebird
Yellow-rumped Warblers (2)

Swallow Cliff had a Pine Warbler in the trees (the back parking lot, left of 
the main path in the burned area). There was also another bluebird and 2 
gnatcatchers. 


Great to see spring in full force!  

Beth Simkins
Beths04 AT wowway.com
Oak Forest 
Cook County




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Subject: IBET Champaign-Urbana spring arrivals - Parula, Golden-Plovers, etc
From: Nicholas Sly <pagophila AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 11:03:25 -0500
Doug Eddy and I checked around town for new spring arrivals this morning
and we were not disappointed. We started at Busey Woods in Urbana where
there was a singing NORTHERN PARULA by the Nature Center first thing in the
morning. Several BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS were
foraging around the woods. A BROWN THRASHER was singing along the Saline
Branch, and two more were in the fields in the SW corner of the woods. A
single GREAT HORNED OWL was getting aggressively mobbed by half a dozen
crows in the forest interior. My first BROAD-WINGED HAWK of the spring was
perched in the canopy, seen from the road on the western edge of the woods.
Full checklist for Busey Woods:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17869959

At the Curtis Road Wetlands southwest of Champaign, a small number of ducks
were flying around: two WOOD DUCK, a single RUDDY DUCK on the pond, several
LESSER SCAUP and NORTHERN SHOVELER, and up to about 30 BLUE-WINGED TEAL. A
single GREATER YELLOWLEGS flew in to the pond, and a flock of 15 AMERICAN
GOLDEN PLOVERS flew by heading south, both first-of-spring shorebirds for
me. Also new for the year were two GREAT EGRETS, spotted by Doug in flight
heading northwest from the area. Several HARRIERS flew by as well.
Full checklist for Curtis Road Wetlands:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17870014

Our last stop was at the Monticello Road Field Station. We were hoping for
Smith's Longspurs but once again did not find any. Instead we had over 200
AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS - a small flock roosting in the field and many
flocks of 30-40, heading south, into the wind. Another new spring bird for
us was a single female PURPLE MARTIN that flew by, low, again heading
south. I don't know why all these new spring arrivals have decided to flee
the area and return back south already. Is there snow in the forecast again?
Full checklist for Monticello Road FS:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17870055

Good Birding,
Nick Sly,
Urbana, IL

-- 
Nicholas Sly
Ph.D. Student, Cheviron Lab
Department of Animal Biology
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
http://www.life.illinois.edu/cheviron/Cheviron_Lab_/Home.html
Subject: IBET hummingbirds
From: Frank Bennett <frankkbennett AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 10:49:31 -0500
I have two male ruby-throated hummingbirds  hitting my feeders this morning.
Frank Bennett
New Columbia,IL
Massac County
Subject: IBET Jackson Park, Apr 13, 2014
From: Sue Friscia <q4birds AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 08:44:13 -0700 (PDT)
Hi all,

I was so lucky today the barn was amazing, a cook county and site bird for 
me!!! 

Here is the complete list

Sue Friscia
Chicago
ex-bird owner of ibet
;-)

Jackson Park, Cook, US-IL
Apr 13, 2014 7:17 AM - 9:37 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 mile(s)
35 species

Canada Goose 4
Mallard 4
Blue-winged Teal 8
Northern Shoveler 2
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Double-crested Cormorant 3
Great Blue Heron 8
Black-crowned Night-Heron 2
Barn Owl 1  hung around for about 30 minutes, flew to 6 different locations, 
had great looks 

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2
Downy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 25
Monk Parakeet 2
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue Jay 6
American Crow 6
Black-capped Chickadee 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet 4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Hermit Thrush 20
American Robin 10
Brown Thrasher 1
European Starling 23
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Eastern Towhee 1
Field Sparrow 8
Fox Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 12
Swamp Sparrow 3
White-throated Sparrow 6
Northern Cardinal 8
Red-winged Blackbird 12
Brown-headed Cowbird 8
American Goldfinch 20

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17869942 


This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: IBET LArk Sparrow at Montrose, other new videos
From: <robirdman AT theearlybirder.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 07:50:11 -0500
Got some shots of a Lark Sparrow at Montrose yesterday, but haven’t 
downloaded them yet. 


I did publish some more videos though, composed of archival clips
.
Not sure why the singing can’t be heard. too weak compared to wind perhaps:
Grasshopper Sparrow https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dr4OXT_Fb4
Savannah Sparrow https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0miQHen6Ghk

Greater Yellowlegs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIDkuRR6Y-s  main subjects
Lesser Yellowlegs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7eJISoKWIU

Rob Curtis
www.theearlybirder.com
Subject: IBET Barn owl wooded island in the cove
From: "q4birds AT yahoo.com" <q4birds@yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 05:43:20 -0700 (PDT)
Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android
Subject: IBET Re: Miller Meadow/Thatcher Woods - Sat AM
From: Eric Larson <ela119 AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 04:12:07 -0700 (PDT)
Hi Jill.
My wife and I searched Miller Meadow from 6 am to 7 am looking for the snipe 
but all we could find was a MEADOWLARK and a hungry coyote. Can you tell us 
where to look? 

Eric Larson
Subject: IBET Lake County 4/12
From: Beau Schaefer <beauschaefer AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 03:56:11 -0500
 Spent most of the day roaming Lake County today with a brief intermission for 
a hailstorm. Had 10 FOY birds with the best being an early BANK SWALLOW at 
Lakewood FP. Here are the highlights: 


Waukegan Pines/Pier area (didnt walk the beach):
7 GC Kinglets
6 RC KINGLETS
1 Fox Sparrow
2 PURPLE MARTINS
3 Eastern Towhees
1 SWAMP SPARROW
4 Song Sparrows
2 YB Sapsuckers
2 YR Warblers
1 Brown Creeper
1 Caspian Tern
3 European Goldfinches
1 Common Loon
1 WW Scoter

Bowen Park:
singing WINTER WREN

Lyons Woods:
1 RB Nuthatch

Rollins Savanna:
1 SHORT-EARED OWL 
1 LONGSPUR sp. (most certainly a SMITHS with the dry rattle, but once again 
flew straight away from me so no visual ID) 

2 Greater Yellowlegs
1 Am. Kestrel
12 Ruddy Ducks
1 Fox Sparrow
5 Savannah Sparrows
1 Common Loon


Lakewood FP:
4 Swallow sp. (BANK, N. ROUGH-WINGED, Barn, Tree)
2 singing FIELD SPARROWS
1 singing BROWN THRASHER
1 migrating Sharp-shinned Hawk

COLSP:
2 BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS
1 OSPREY
3 Great Egrets
1 Am. Kestrel
100+ Am. White Pelicans
1 juv. Bald Eagle

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




Subject: IBET 167 hawks at Fort Sheridan plus Chimney Swifts
From: <mifur2 AT yahoo.com>
Date: 12 Apr 2014 21:15:52 -0700
It was another exciting afternoon counting hawks at Fort Sheridan - 167 birds 
of 14 species ! Most of the birds came after 3 pm. I started the count at 8:45 
am and finished at 7 pm (11 birds still came even after 6:30 pm !). There was a 
thunderstorm with nickel size hail around noon. 

 

 Raptors seen:
 Bald Eagle - 1 imm.
 Turkey Vulture - 22...
 Osprey - 4
 Northern Harrier - 27
 Sharp-shinned hawk - 28
 Cooper's hawk - 3
 Northern Goshawk - 1 ad.
 Red-tailed hawk - 16
 Rough-legged Hawk - 1 ad. dark phase
 Red-shouldered Hawk - 1 ad.
 Broad-winged Hawk - 1
 Peregrine Falcon - 2
 Merlin - 22
 American Kestrel - 34
 

 Most of the birds came on the strong SSW winds that started a few hours after 
the storm. I saw 112 birds between 3 and 7 pm. Even after 6 pm I still had 32 
raptors of 7 species ! That was unusually late flight. A little bit more info 
on that on Fort Sheridan Hawkwatch Facebook page. 

 

 Other birds of note were: 
 CHIMNEY SWIFT - 2, great looks, seen three times over the south part of the 
prairie - in the morning, then in the afternoon 

 Northern Rough-winged Swallow - 3
 Great Egret - 2 flying north
 Great Blue Heron - 14 flying north
 Common Loon - 4 seen flying NW plus 1 bird on the lake and 1 heard calling in 
flight in the afternoon 

 Blue-winged Teal - a flock of 36 in the preserve
 Bufflehead - 8 on the lake
 Wilson's Snipe - at least 3
 Killdeer - a flock of 8 staying all day long in the burnt field ...
 Woodcock - 1 heard peenting for a moment when it got dark before the storm ... 

 Belted Kingfisher - 1
 Lapland Longspur - 2
 Field Sparrow -1 singing
 plus other usual suspects
 

 63 species for the day including the 14 raptor species.
 

 It was also great to see some other people enjoying the place and the spring 
weather. I met Don Darnell and his wife Michelle, and a few people I had read 
about a lot on IBET but never had the pleasure to meet before - Andy Stewart, 
Steve Bailey and Sheryl DeVore. I remember that Sheryl's book "Birding 
Illinois" used to guide me through birding places around Chicago before I 
became a member of IBET ! :) 

 

 Michal Furmanek
 Lake Bluff, Lake Co.
 

 



Subject: IBET 10 species of Raptors today in Lake County
From: "bissbirds AT juno.com" <bissbirds@juno.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 03:47:10 GMT
Today from our yard in Lake Villa today we had 10 species of raptors - Bald 
Eagle, 5 Osprey, Red-shouldered, Red-tail, Sharp-shinned and Coopers, 94 Turkey 
Vultures, 3 Kestrels, 2 Harriers and 2 Broad-wings. I also counted 461 
Cormorants, most flying west late in the day. Here is a link to the ebird list 
I submitted today. http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17861835 
Subject: IBET Montrose Point, late afternoon 12 Apr 2014
From: "Geoffrey A. Williamson" <geoffrey.williamson AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 22:47:57 -0500
I rode my bike out to Montrose Point in Chicago's Lincoln Park at the 
end of the day today (Saturday, 12 Apr 2014).  I saw 33 species, with 
the most interesting for me being my first-of-year PURPLE 
MARTINS.  Here is the list.

Montrose Point, Lincoln Park (Chicago), Cook, US-IL
Apr 12, 2014 5:55 PM - 7:20 PM
Protocol: Traveling
6.7 mile(s)
Comments:     5:55 - 7:20PM, temperature 70 F, winds SSW 15 - 25 mph, 
partly cloudy skies; 6.7 miles traveled mostly by bicycle with a 
portion on foot.
33 species

Canada Goose  16
Mallard  16
Blue-winged Teal  11
Redhead  3
Bufflehead  1
Red-breasted Merganser  33

Horned Grebe  5

Double-crested Cormorant  1

American Coot  63

Killdeer  1

Ring-billed Gull  157
Herring Gull (American)  1
Caspian Tern  6

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1

Eastern Phoebe  2

Northern Rough-winged Swallow  3
Purple Martin  5

Black-capped Chickadee  1

Brown Creeper  2

Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2

Hermit Thrush  8
American Robin  29

European Starling  19

Eastern Towhee  1
Fox Sparrow (Red)  5
Song Sparrow  4

Northern Cardinal  5

Red-winged Blackbird  12
Common Grackle  10
Brown-headed Cowbird  3

House Sparrow  16

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17865492

Good birding,
Geoff


Geoffrey A. Williamson

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

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

IOS: http://www.illinoisbirds.org
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Subject: IBET some glenview birds
From: Jeffrey Sanders <yellowstart5 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 20:36:32 -0700 (PDT)
hello ibetors

techny basin

8:15 am 2 rusty blackbirds first spotted by joe r.
b w teal--4
g w teal--1
snipe-----6
both kinglets
myrtle warb--5+

lake Glenview
a.m.
common loon----2
p b grebe---------5
great egret------1
shovelers
redheads

3:15 pm

rough-winged swallow----2 with sonny c.

behind the sheraton hotel (northbrook)
11:00 am

corm----12
shoveler-32
kestrel----1
e mdlrks

6:30 pm
marsh hawk--1-- foy

Jeffrey Sanders Glenview no. cook
Subject: IBET Waterfall Glen Sat. p.m.
From: Eric Secker <esecker AT bcnbirds.org>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 22:34:52 -0500
At Waterfall Glen this afternoon, we parked at the corner lot off of 
Cass Ave. and took a long walk along the creek down towards the railroad 
tracks and back up one of the main trails.

Highlights included at least two PINE WARBLERS that were hanging around 
a vernal pond right by the trail just north of the fenced in area by the 
natural gas pipelines.  There were also a couple Eastern Bluebirds 
there.  Further up along the trail we also had nice looks at a male 
EASTERN TOWHEE scratching in some leaf litter.  Both birds were hanging 
around some of the edge areas with shrubs on the east side of the trail.

Eric & Sally Secker
Elgin, Kane Co.


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Subject: IBET Whip @ Greene Valley
From: Jeff Smith <mrqmagoo13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 21:04:16 -0500
Susan Kaley and I stopped at Greene Valley this evening to view Woodcocks. We 
arrived a bit too late to see any birds in flight but upon hearing something 
other than Woodcock, I cupped my ears and could hear a Whip-poor-will calling 
from The Thunderbird camp area. We walked down the drive further but didn't 
hear it again. 

I was glad to see Angelo's report when I got home.

Jeff Smith
Woodridge, DuPage Co.

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Subject: IBET Butler Lake, Libertyville this afternoon
From: Nick Minor <nmbirder14 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 20:01:44 -0500
Hey everyone!

I had a fantastic afternoon today thanks to the glorious weather and some
really cooperative birds. I birded Butler lake today and finished my two
session there with 43 species. Highlights include 2 GREAT HORNED OWLS, 1 of
which was in the same binocular view as an OSPREY dived down for prey
behind it. Wow! Sadly, both owls were found by their being mobbed by both
Blue Jays and crows. It seems neither chose very good spots to roost. Other
highlights include CASPIAN TERNS, a reverse migrant NORTHERN HARRIER, a
BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, and a RUSTY BLACKBIRD. I attached the full list at
the bottom of this email.

Secondly, in case you aren't keeping an eye on the radar tonight (
http://bit.ly/ZJd7mw or http://bit.ly/1kJgk5e), but the winds tonight are
extremely favorable for migration tonight (see here: http://hint.fm/wind/).
Who knows? Maybe we'll see some nice influx tomorrow.

Cheers everyone, and good birding!

Nick Minor

Libertyville, Lake Co.

nmbirder14 AT gmail.com


Full list with more details: http://goo.gl/j2uaHf

Butler Lake, Lake, US-IL
Apr 12, 2014 4:15 PM - 6:15 PM
Comments: 70-75 F and very humid; partly cloudy; strong SSW winds.
44 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  5
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  2
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)  56
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  11
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)  7

Common Loon (Gavia immer)  1

Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)  8

Great Blue Heron (Blue form) (Ardea herodias [herodias Group])  2

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  1

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)  1

Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)  1
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)  1
Red-tailed Hawk (Eastern) (Buteo jamaicensis borealis)  1

American Coot (Fulica americana)  20

Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  4
gull sp. (Larinae sp.)  6
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia)  2

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  8

Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)  2

Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  1

Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  2
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  4
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  2

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  4
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  2

Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  1

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  6

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)  1

Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa)  3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  3

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  23

Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  7

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata)  5

American Tree Sparrow (Spizella arborea)  4
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  9
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (Junco hyemalis hyemalis/carolinensis)  2
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  2

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  43
Rusty Blackbird (Euphagus carolinus)  1
Common Grackle (Bronzed) (Quiscalus quiscula versicolor)  47
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)  9

House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  1
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  7

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  20
Subject: IBET S. IL 4-12
From: Keith Mcmullen <warbler7 AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 17:26:47 -0700 (PDT)
Hey Gang,

Luckily the very strong S/SW winds didn't factor in my birding efforts until 
later in the morning so I was able to find a few things at a couple of Jackson 
County locations. 


At Pomona area I found an INDIGO BUNTING feeding on the gravel road with a 
group of CHIPPING SPARROWS and DARK-EYED JUNCOS. Later, I was shocked to see 
and then hear an OVENBIRD. This might be my earliest ever or close to it. 


I drove through the hills S and W of Pomona before the winds were too strong 
and picked up a beautiful SUMMER TANAGER singing loudly from the top of a 
Tuliptree. What a show-off he was! Next I found a singing HOODED WARBLER 
(finally got a visual...even with no leaves these guys are tough!) and then a 
biking Don Mullison who reported another HOODED further down the road. Thanks, 
Don! I heard him as well. There was also a rather quiet RED-EYED VIREO that 
was teasing me with a few choruses and then silence. After that, I decided to 
try the Pine Hills in Union County. This was almost a mistake as the winds 
picked up, birds were few and far between and several large branches were 
falling very near the road. The Pine Hills and other areas are still recovering 
from the inland duraco from a few springs ago and many large branches are too 
weak or simply just hanging and waiting for a wind like today. 


Therefore, it was time to head for home! 

I stopped at Rend Lake and found next to nothing. Very few gulls, no waterfowl 
to speak of and even the DC CORMORANTS were lying low. The white caps were 
incredible and sure enough, there were a couple of crazy fisherman out on the 
lake. Reminded me of a certain pelagic trip at Carlyle a couple years ago when 
we ALL got soaked! 


As of today, 12 April, I now have 12 warbler species on the year. It's been a 
very strange beginning to this spring migration as many usual suspects are 
missing while others have shown up several days ahead of schedule. I know we 
say that every spring, but this one really seems different thus far. 


The next few days there's likely to be very little movement as a very strong 
system moves in from the N/NW bringing falling temps, strong storms tomorrow 
evening and lows back to the 30's! Don't put away that winter jacket just yet 
:) 


Good birdings!

Keith McMullen
O'Fallon, IL
warbler7 AT sbcglobal.net
Subject: IBET Buffleheads in Crystal Lake
From: <jerry.hartnett AT comcast.net>
Date: 12 Apr 2014 17:20:45 -0700
There's two pairs of Buffleheads at Veteran Acres Pond in Crystal Lake. (Sorry, 
if these are very common!) Been there since I first spotted them on Thursday. 
Also, I think I spotted a Western Grebe in the Fox River, near East Rawson 
Bridge Road, Port Barrington / Cary area - if that's even possible? 
Subject: Re: IBET 17 Warblers! Greene Co. Saturday
From: franmmmk <franmmmk AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:00:24 -0500
Not fair

Sent from my iPhone

> On Apr 12, 2014, at 6:38 PM, Craig  wrote:
> 
> 
>> BirdLog Checklist Summary for: Apr 12, 2014 to Apr 12, 2014
>> 
>> Number of Species: 68
>> 
>> 37 Canada Goose
>> 2 Wood Duck
>> 4 Gadwall 
>> 2 Mallard
>> 36 Blue-winged Teal
>> 35 Northern Shoveler 
>> 43 Green-winged Teal
>> 1 Ring-necked Duck
>> 27 Lesser Scaup
>> 16 Ruddy Duck
>> 1 Great Blue Heron
>> 17 Turkey Vulture
>> 2 Red-tailed Hawk
>> 10 American Coot
>> 7 Killdeer
>> 88 Greater Yellowlegs
>> 5 Lesser Yellowlegs
>> 57 Pectoral Sandpiper
>> 7 Wilson's Snipe 
>> 3 Eurasian Collared-Dove 
>> 21 Mourning Dove
>> 1 Eastern Screech-Owl
>> 4 Barred Owl
>> 1 Belted Kingfisher
>> 3 Red-headed Woodpecker
>> 25 Red-bellied Woodpecker
>> 7 Downy Woodpecker
>> 4 Northern Flicker
>> 1 Pileated Woodpecker
>> 6 Eastern Phoebe 
>> 9 Blue Jay
>> 6 American Crow
>> 20 Horned Lark
>> 3 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
>> 15 Tree Swallow
>> 2 Bank Swallow
>> 5 Barn Swallow
>> 8 Black-capped Chickadee
>> 36 Tufted Titmouse
>> 9 White-breasted Nuthatch
>> 10 Carolina Wren
>> 11 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
>> 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
>> 2 Eastern Bluebird
>> 49 American Robin
>> 9 Brown Thrasher
>> 46 European Starling 
>> 6 Louisiana Waterthrush
>> 1 Black-and-white Warbler
>> 6 Northern Parula
>> 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler
>> 3 Yellow-throated Warbler
>> 12 Eastern Towhee
>> 32 Chipping Sparrow 
>> 17 Field Sparrow
>> 1 Savannah Sparrow 
>> 6 Song Sparrow 
>> 1 White-throated Sparrow
>> 1 Dark-eyed Junco
>> 30 Northern Cardinal
>> 41 Red-winged Blackbird
>> 15 Eastern Meadowlark
>> 35 Common Grackle
>> 78 Brown-headed Cowbird
>> 2 House Finch
>> 3 American Goldfinch
>> 24 House Sparrow
>> 5 Eurasian Tree Sparrow
>> 
>> This trip summary was created using the BirdLog app for iPhone and iPad.
>> See BirdLog for more information.
>> 
>> 
>> Sent from my iPhone
>> 
>> Craig Taylor
> 
> 17 WARBLERS, not 17 SPECIES of warbler
> 
> ;-)
> 
Subject: IBET Loons and Thank you to Stoil Ivanov and Valerie Kidwell!
From: <keddiesue AT yahoo.com>
Date: 12 Apr 2014 16:47:08 -0700
Thanks to all of the birders that responded to my plea for Common Loons this 
morning! I followed the tip of Valerie Kidwell and Stoil Ivanov and headed to 
Big Bear Lake in Century Park in Vernon Hills and had a wonderful, up close and 
personal, encounter with 7 gorgeous loons. I arrived during the pummeling hail 
storm and as soon as it cleared spotted the group of loons just cruising on the 
lake....wonder what they do when it hails? They were close and cooperative for 
pictures and this park is easy to find. A bit later they were joined by 7 
Cormorants who were busy preening. A handful of Red-breasted Mergansers, Canada 
Geese and Mallards were also present. Thanks again for all the responders who 
made my loony day. Karen Waterman-George 

 Wilmette
Subject: IBET 17 Warblers! Greene Co. Saturday
From: Craig <tnemec1 AT ameritech.net>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 18:38:20 -0500
> BirdLog Checklist Summary for: Apr 12, 2014 to Apr 12, 2014
> 
> Number of Species: 68
> 
> 37 Canada Goose
> 2 Wood Duck
> 4 Gadwall 
> 2 Mallard
> 36 Blue-winged Teal
> 35 Northern Shoveler 
> 43 Green-winged Teal
> 1 Ring-necked Duck
> 27 Lesser Scaup
> 16 Ruddy Duck
> 1 Great Blue Heron
> 17 Turkey Vulture
> 2 Red-tailed Hawk
> 10 American Coot
> 7 Killdeer
> 88 Greater Yellowlegs
> 5 Lesser Yellowlegs
> 57 Pectoral Sandpiper
> 7 Wilson's Snipe 
> 3 Eurasian Collared-Dove 
> 21 Mourning Dove
> 1 Eastern Screech-Owl
> 4 Barred Owl
> 1 Belted Kingfisher
> 3 Red-headed Woodpecker
> 25 Red-bellied Woodpecker
> 7 Downy Woodpecker
> 4 Northern Flicker
> 1 Pileated Woodpecker
> 6 Eastern Phoebe 
> 9 Blue Jay
> 6 American Crow
> 20 Horned Lark
> 3 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
> 15 Tree Swallow
> 2 Bank Swallow
> 5 Barn Swallow
> 8 Black-capped Chickadee
> 36 Tufted Titmouse
> 9 White-breasted Nuthatch
> 10 Carolina Wren
> 11 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
> 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
> 2 Eastern Bluebird
> 49 American Robin
> 9 Brown Thrasher
> 46 European Starling 
> 6 Louisiana Waterthrush
> 1 Black-and-white Warbler
> 6 Northern Parula
> 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler
> 3 Yellow-throated Warbler
> 12 Eastern Towhee
> 32 Chipping Sparrow 
> 17 Field Sparrow
> 1 Savannah Sparrow 
> 6 Song Sparrow 
> 1 White-throated Sparrow
> 1 Dark-eyed Junco
> 30 Northern Cardinal
> 41 Red-winged Blackbird
> 15 Eastern Meadowlark
> 35 Common Grackle
> 78 Brown-headed Cowbird
> 2 House Finch
> 3 American Goldfinch
> 24 House Sparrow
> 5 Eurasian Tree Sparrow
> 
> This trip summary was created using the BirdLog app for iPhone and iPad.
> See BirdLog for more information.
> 
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
> Craig Taylor

17 WARBLERS, not 17 SPECIES of warbler

;-)
Subject: IBET Woodford Co: Whip-poor-will
From: "Capparella, Angelo" <apcappar AT ilstu.edu>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 23:34:28 +0000
Early afternoon today (4/12) spooked a roosting female Whip-poor-will at the 
north Chinquapin Preserve in SE Woodford County in riparian woods along 
Mackinaw River. 

Angelo Capparella
Subject: IBET FOY Chipping Sparrow
From: <sfluett AT yahoo.com>
Date: 12 Apr 2014 16:08:59 -0700
While in the yard gardening a Song Sparrow and Chipping Sparrow together 
visited at 4:30, at first I thought I saw a Chipmunk - has happened before, 4 
Wood Ducks back in the trees today earlier. Should get some Gardeners optics, 
the Chipper was nice to see today. 
Subject: IBET Miller Meadow/Thatcher Woods - Sat AM
From: <jilla45 AT comcast.net>
Date: 12 Apr 2014 13:11:44 -0700
We went to Miller Meadow at 7:30 and only stayed long enough to check on the 
snipe. 

Highlights there were ~40 WILSON'S SNIPE, 11 BLUE-WINGED TEAL and 1 LESSER 
YELLOWLEGS. 

We then headed over to Thatcher Woods in River Forest, which was surprisingly 
quiet this morning. There was more activity there earlier in the week. 

Highlights at Thatcher included an early CHIMNEY SWIFT - just one, but I saw it 
clearly. (yesterday I watched an Eastern Red Bat feeding around the parking lot 
at Thatcher around 2:30 PM, so I made sure to rule-out brown bat when I saw the 
swift). 

We also saw 3 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS - not in the place we usually see them. They 
were in a tree east of the Soccer Field parking lot. we observed them south of 
the trail that heads due east from the newly renovated pavilion. 

Jill Anderson, Dan Anzia (River Forest , Cook)

Thatcher Woods: 
Canada Goose  2
Wood Duck  11
Mallard  2
Great Blue Heron  2
Turkey Vulture  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Chimney Swift 1 clearly seen - "cigar-shaped" with typical rapid fluttery 
flight pattern- not a bat. flew above us over the trees , circled and flew 
south. 

Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  4
Downy Woodpecker  3
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  9
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue Jay  5
Black-capped Chickadee  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Brown Creeper  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  3
American Robin  X
European Starling  3
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
Field Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  1
Red-winged Blackbird  2
Rusty Blackbird  3
Common Grackle  2
Brown-headed Cowbird  4
American Goldfinch  1
Subject: IBET Middle Fork, Champaign County
From: Nicholas Sly <pagophila AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 14:54:43 -0500
Doug Eddy, Gabby Escalante, and I birded Middle Fork River Forest Preserve
in far northeast Champaign County this morning. Virtually our first bird of
the morning was a SANDHILL CRANE flying south over 3500N, probably heading
right for Point Pleasant Wetland.

An early SPOTTED SANDPIPER was on one of the pond shores on the way in to
the campground. There was a mixed flock next to the campground lake, with
at least a half-dozen YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, both kinglets, and a
BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER. In that corner of the prairie was a pair of BROWN
THRASHERs singing, several SWAMP SPARROWs, and two RUSTY BLACKBIRDS on the
lake shore.

At the north waterfowl management area, there was a decent variety of
waterfowl: Blue-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Ruddy Duck

A flock of 40 or so DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS flew overhead heading north.
Moving on to the Point Pleasant Wetland, a flock of 40 or so sandpipers
lifted off the mud flat and flew south while we were still too far away to
ID them. We refound a single SANDHILL CRANE foraging in the corn stubble to
the northwest of the wetland.

On 2500E heading south from there, within a block or two south of Pt
Pleasant a small group of YELLOWLEGS (probably Greater but left
un-identified) crossed the road. A NORTHERN HARRIER was foraging nearby. On
the farmroads on the way back to Urbana we had several SAVANNAH and VESPER
SPARROWs but no longspurs.

Full checklists for Middle Fork and Pt Pleasant:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17856884
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17856941

Good Birding,
Nick Sly,
Urbana, IL

-- 
Nicholas Sly
Ph.D. Student, Cheviron Lab
Department of Animal Biology
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
http://www.life.illinois.edu/cheviron/Cheviron_Lab_/Home.html
Subject: IBET Yellow throated warbler
From: Charlotte Pavelka <charlottepavelka AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 14:42:20 -0500
Big hail storm around noon. Immediately after saw yellow-bellied sapsucker, 
brown creeper and a new yard bird: Yellow throated warbler. Landed very close 
to window so got excellent view of eye stripe and yellow throat. 


Green oaks,IL Lake county
Charlotte Pavelka




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Subject: IBET Waukegan & Illinois Beach & Then The Rains Came Sat 4-12-14
From: Al Stokie <alstokie99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 14:33:15 -0500
Hello Bird People,

Missed out on the search for John L's Snowy Plover on Friday as I forgot to
check IBET before I went to Montrose & didn't know about it. So today, even
though no one found it on Friday, Bob Erickson & I did another long &
careful search on Waukegan Beach all the way down to Greenwood which took
some doing as you have to leap across a small waterway flowing into the
lake. And I should mention that I don't leap nearly as well as I used to
although I sort of made it across. Did not find John's small, light colored
Plover but did find a large, dark one. It was changing from Winter to
breeding plumage & looked rather messy but eventually we got to see that it
was a BLACK BELLIED PLOVER although not a nice looking one. However, it is
my new earliest record for this species being 9 days earlier than the one I
saw on 4-21-07 which had been my earliest record. Also saw a fly-by
Killdeer giving us 2 Plovers but not the one we wanted.
Here's our day list:

Waukegan Beach (6:15-7:45 a.m.)

Common Loon (1 flying south)
D.C. Cormorant (a few small groups flying both north & south for a total of
~30)
Canada Geese (4)
Mallard (6)
Gadwall (1-PR in lake)
Blue Winged Teal (1-PR in lake)
Lesser Scaup (8)
Bufflehead (4)
R,B. Merg (10-12)
BLACK BELLIED PLOVER (1 in mixed plumage & early)(FOY)
Killdeer (1 fly-by)
Wilson's Snipe (1 in grasses)
R.B. & Herring Gulls (~30)
BONAPARTE'S GULL (2 with partially black heads)
Caspian Tern (10-11 flying north)
Coots (9 in lake)
BARN SWALLOW (1 fly-by going south)(FOY)

In the small pond on Seahorse Drive mentioned by Eric S yesterday were 1
Shoveler, Lesser Scaup,
Bufflehead & 1 Killdeer,

Next we did the south unit of Illinois Beach & 1st walked along the beach
from the resort area to the mouth of the Dead River which cannot be passed
even with a permit unless you want to swim it or you can walk on water
which some birders think they can do. At that point we found the 1st
returning BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS on their nesting grounds & there were 3 of
them.
On the way there we saw a MERLIN in a tree next to the beach, another
fly-by Common Loon & a large Scaup flock but now most of them are Lesser's
whereas all Winter most were Greater's. We returned via the Dead River
Trail but found few birds there.

Illinois Beach South Unit (8-9:30 a.m.)

Common Loon (1 flying east)
P.B. Grebe (1 in river)
Great Blue Heron (1 fly-by)
Mallard (8, most in river)
Shoveler (1-M in river)
Blue Winged Teal (8 in river)
Green Winged Teal (1-M flew in & landed with the Scaup in the lake)
Redhead (4-6 in lake)
Lesser & Greater Scaup (~350)
Bufflehead (2-PR)
MERLIN (1 in a tree)(FOY)
Kestrel (1 in another tree & when it flew past the Merlin the Kestrel flew
east to avoid the
              tree with the Merlin, smart move!)
Killdeer (3 on beach)
Along the beach area were Red Wings, Grackles, Cowbirds & Eastern
Meadowlarks.
At the mouth of the river were BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS (1-M & 2-F with dark
eyes)(FOY).
Among the common landbirds we saw 1 Creeper & 2 G.C. Kinglets.
In a roadside pond on the way in were 2 female Hooded Mergs.

Illinois Beach North Unit (10-10:30 a.m. when the rains arrived & we quit)

Saw another Merlin & a Turkey Vulture in a tree. Heard a Kingfisher & saw
 G.C. Kinglets, Myrtle Warbler (2) & heard & saw a singing male Eastern
Towhee. A nice lunch at Culver's was followed by a very unpleasant drive
home in heavy rain & some hail.

Birds-Of-The-Day will be a tie between the 2 Merlins & the very early Black
Bellied Plover.
Runner-Up to the returning Brewer's Blackbirds.

Al Stokie
Subject: IBET Aurora Airport and Pella 4/12 am
From: Matthew Wistrand <matt AT troglodytidae.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 13:02:57 -0500
Good afternoon all, Inspired by Josh Little's luck with Western Meadowlark and 
Vesper Sparrow at Aurora Airport, I went out that way this morning for a couple 
of hours. Notable species include a single MERLIN hunting on the airport 
grounds north of 30, four VESPER SPARROWs (two seen, two more singing), my FOY 
BARN SWALLOW, FOY SAVANNAH SPARROW (probably the yellowest I've ever seen), and 
two singing WESTERN MEADOWLARKS (one seen, one heard only). On my way home, I 
stopped at Pella/DuPage Tech Park for about an hour. After sifting through a 
good-sized group of blackbirds hoping (in vain) for a Brewer's, an LBJ (little 
brown job) with white outer tail feathers flew in in front of me; another 
VESPER SPARROW (county lifer for me). Good birding! Matt Wistrand West Chicago, 
DuPage Co. 


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