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Snowy Owl,©Julie Zickefoose

26 Nov IBET Harlequin, Old Squaw, Pipit, Cowbird ["Steve Spitzer steven0703 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
25 Nov Re: IBET Late Waukegan White-rumped Sandpiper, 24-Nov ["Walter Marcisz wmarcisz AT att.net [ILbirds]" ]
25 Nov IBET Ft. Sheridan Hawk Watch Tues 11-25-14 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
25 Nov IBET Fw: No sightings: southernmost IL CBC dates - error correction ["'Rhonda (Monroe) Rothrock' woodthrusheola8 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
25 Nov IBET Pine Siskins - finally ["Sigrid Schmidt sigschmidt AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
25 Nov IBET Evanston Carolina Wren, 25-Nov ["mcvetas AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
25 Nov IBET Long-tailed duck follow-up (no sightings) (Cook cnty) ["Suzanne Coleman isooz AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
25 Nov IBET Weldon Springs jaeger-no sighting ["Ron povpt93 AT consolidated.net [ILbirds]" ]
25 Nov Re: IBET Late Waukegan White-rumped Sandpiper, 24-Nov ["malango AT rcn.com [ILbirds]" ]
25 Nov IBET: Mundelein Bald Eagle ["Todd Anderson tcanders123 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
25 Nov IBET Late Waukegan White-rumped Sandpiper, 24-Nov ["mcvetas AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
25 Nov IBET Sandhills Coming ["Craig tnemec1 AT ameritech.net [ILbirds]" ]
25 Nov IBET North Lakefront ["Steve Spitzer steven0703 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
24 Nov IBET Pine Siskins ["sfluett AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
24 Nov IBET Pine Siskins ["'Anne Straight' astraight4 AT frontier.com [ILbirds]" ]
24 Nov IBET Siskins ["Jed Hertz jhh_60910 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
24 Nov Re: IBET Pine Siskins ["'Daniel & Barbara Williams' twotringas AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
24 Nov IBET Pine Siskins ["bob shelby bobshelby_1956 AT hotmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
24 Nov IBET BY WT sp ["John Baxter XXJB7Z AT AOL.COM [ILbirds]" ]
24 Nov IBET No sightings: southernmost IL CBC dates ["'Rhonda (Monroe) Rothrock' woodthrusheola8 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
24 Nov IBET Emiquon/Thompson Lake on Saturday ["miking38 AT aol.com [ILbirds]" ]
24 Nov Re: IBET Re: Jaeger still at Weldon Spgs, DeWitt Co. ["Joshua Little joshua.p.little AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
23 Nov IBET: Mundelein Yard Birds - Harlan's Hawk ["Todd Anderson tcanders123 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
24 Nov IBET Loyola Birds - 11/23/2014 ["Steve Spitzer steven0703 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
23 Nov IBET: DuPage Birding Club Announces December Field Trips and CBCs (no sightings) ["jreiter AT wordsonbirds.com [ILbirds]" ]
23 Nov IBET Recent updated galleries ["robirdman AT theearlybirder.com [ILbirds]" ]
24 Nov IBET link to pic that is like possible long-tailed I saw ["Suzanne Coleman isooz AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
24 Nov IBET ?Long-tailed duck, Foster Ave. Beach (Cook cnty) ["Suzanne Coleman isooz AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
23 Nov IBET E N S B C field trip ["Jeffrey Sanders yellowstart5 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
23 Nov IBET North side Chicago lakefront, 23 Nov 2014 ["'Geoffrey A. Williamson' geoffrey.williamson AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
23 Nov IBET Evanston South Beach, N.U. Landfill, Lighthouse Art Center & Gillson Park Sun 11-23-14 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
23 Nov IBET Re: Jaeger still at Weldon Spgs, DeWitt Co. ["'jbirdmo AT aol.com' jbirdmo@aol.com [ILbirds]" ]
23 Nov IBET DeKalb County Snowy Owl ["Karen Lund catbirder813 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
23 Nov IBET Jaeger still at Weldon Spgs, DeWitt Co. ["'Michael L. P. Retter' mlretter AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
23 Nov Re: IBET RFI snowy owls, tagged? (no sighting) ["djohnsoda AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
23 Nov IBET RFI snowy owls, tagged? (no sighting) ["Suzanne Coleman isooz AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
23 Nov IBET Common Loon at Belmont Harbor, Chicago ["john AT picken.com [ILbirds]" ]
23 Nov Re: IBET: Pom Jaeger-Yes ["Ron povpt93 AT consolidated.net [ILbirds]" ]
23 Nov IBET Third Lake Tundra Swan ["Beau Schaefer beauschaefer AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" ]
23 Nov IBET: Pom Jaeger-Yes ["Daniel Williams twotringas AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
23 Nov IBET Evanston Harlequin - YES ["Nick Minor nmbirder14 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
23 Nov Re: IBET Jaeger ["Eric Gyllenhaal GyllenFish AT aol.com [ILbirds]" ]
22 Nov IBET Central Illinois 11-22 ["Colin Dobson birdingboy AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
22 Nov IBET Calumet CALIFORNIA GULL, etc (11-22-14) ["Walter Marcisz wmarcisz AT att.net [ILbirds]" ]
22 Nov IBET GREAT HORNED OWL - Yes ["Caryn Hollander cjhollander21 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
22 Nov IBET Harlequin Duck Male, Chicago/Evanston Border ["Steve Spitzer steven0703 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
22 Nov IBET ENSBC Program Tuesday - Seychelles Islands (NO SIGHTINGS) ["Hockman John j.w.hockman AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" ]
22 Nov IBET Jaeger ["Colin Dobson birdingboy AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
22 Nov IBET Jaeger at Weldon Springs State Park, DeWitt County ["mcvetas AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
22 Nov IBET Calumet Area & Harbor At La Rabida Hospital Sat 11-22-14 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
22 Nov RE: IBET DeKalb County Snowy Owl ["ntikalsky ntikalsky AT hotmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
22 Nov IBET N Shrike in Lake County ["birdsperminute AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
22 Nov IBET Gray Catbird in Chicago ["David Antieau dkantieau AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" ]
22 Nov IBET PINE SISKINS -YES ["Caryn Hollander cjhollander21 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
22 Nov IBET Pine Siskins in Downers Grove ["peachjmc AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
22 Nov IBET just some revised owl galleries ["robirdman AT theearlybirder.com [ILbirds]" ]
22 Nov IBET Redpoll ["Colin Dobson birdingboy AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
22 Nov IBET Crossbills ["Colin Dobson birdingboy AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
21 Nov IBET DeKalb County Snowy Owl ["Karen Lund catbirder813 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
22 Nov IBET RFI white duck? species name; Lake Glenview (Cook) ["Suzanne Coleman isooz AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
21 Nov IBET Third Lake Tundra Swan ["Beau Schaefer beauschaefer AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" ]
21 Nov IBET Montrose Common Redpoll, 11/21 a.m. ["'Robert D. Hughes' rhughes.enteract AT rcn.com [ILbirds]" ]
21 Nov IBET Fox River near Elgin ["'Eric Secker' esecker AT bcnbirds.org [ILbirds]" ]
21 Nov IBET Some pictures of Pine Siskin from Camp Sagawau ["pdacko1 AT ameritech.net [ILbirds]" ]
21 Nov IBET Wolf Lake Pine Siskins (11-21-14) ["Walter Marcisz wmarcisz AT att.net [ILbirds]" ]
21 Nov IBET Bend of Little Calumet River (11-21-14) ["Walter Marcisz wmarcisz AT att.net [ILbirds]" ]
21 Nov IBET Cal Park Pectoral Sandpiper, etc. (11-21-14) ["Walter Marcisz wmarcisz AT att.net [ILbirds]" ]
21 Nov IBET Cook County Surprise Visit From A Goshawk At Axehead Lake Fri 11-21-14 ["Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
21 Nov IBET DeKalb County owls - No sightings ["Karen Lund catbirder813 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
21 Nov IBET Montrose - November 21, 2014 ["David Antieau dkantieau AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" ]
21 Nov IBET Migratory Birds Slamming into Loyola University's Glass Buildings ["ntikalsky ntikalsky AT hotmail.com [ILbirds]" ]
20 Nov IBET BY N cardinal female ["John Baxter XXJB7Z AT AOL.COM [ILbirds]" ]
20 Nov IBET recent Red Phalarope and RT Hawk videos ["robirdman AT theearlybirder.com [ILbirds]" ]
21 Nov IBET Loyola, Yard, Montrose - 11/20/2014 ["Steve Spitzer steven0703 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" ]
20 Nov IBET Emiquon ["Kevin Richmond theeggman AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" ]
20 Nov IBET Re: Red-necked Grebe at Montrose Harbor - Thursday 11.20.2014 ["franmmmk AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" ]

Subject: IBET Harlequin, Old Squaw, Pipit, Cowbird
From: "Steve Spitzer steven0703 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:53:01 +0000 (UTC)
Hi Birders,
Pictures of title birds and a few others along with a bit of description can be 
viewed at the link. Chicago and Evanston (barely). 

Steve Spitzer
Chicago - Cook
Assorted Places, Chicago-Evanston - 11/25/2014

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Subject: Re: IBET Late Waukegan White-rumped Sandpiper, 24-Nov
From: "Walter Marcisz wmarcisz AT att.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:20:00 -0800
Although not quite as late as Annette's beautifully photographed photographed 
Lake County bird, there were a few November Cook County White-rumped Sandpipers 
reported during the fall of 1991. These records are not yet entered into ebird, 
but they were published in Meadowlark A Journal of Illinois Birds (Vol. 1, No. 
2, p. 31) as follows: 


11/3/91 - 11/18/91: (1) Chicago Botanic Gardens (Laurence Binford, many 
observers) 

11/10/91: (2) Chicago Botanic Gardens (Walter Marcisz, Wes Serafin)
11/10/91: (2) Lake Calumet Area (Andy Sigler)

I am guessing there are probably other Illinois November White-rumped Sandpiper 
records floating around out there, but obviously they have not been entered 
into ebird yet. 


Walter Marcisz
Chicago, Cook Co.
 


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 Subject: IBET Late Waukegan White-rumped Sandpiper, 24-Nov
 To: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
 Date: Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 10:30 AM
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
  
 
 
 
   
 
 
     
       
       
       Annette McClellan photographed and
 reported to eBird a late White-rumped Sandpiper on the
 Waukegan pier yesterday in Lake Co. This represents the only
 November eBird record for the state and the latest eBird
 record for the midwest.
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Subject: IBET Ft. Sheridan Hawk Watch Tues 11-25-14
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:41:41 -0600
Hello Bird People,

Got a late start today so I decided not to make the long drive to the
Illinois Beach Hawk Watch & just settle for the much closer Ft Sheridan
watch area. Unlike last week when Andy Sigler was with to do all the tough
I.D. work while I counted Cranes this time I thought I'd be on my own which
would mean I'd miss a lot of raptors as I can't I.D. the far away ones. But
to my surprise official hawk watch counter Adam Sell was already there when
I arrived at about 9:45 a.m. & that meant that I'd see a lot more than I
had thought I would. I stayed until 3 p.m. & although it was pretty cold
the wind was not as hard as last week so we stood outside for the entire
time.
Here's what I saw & also what Adam had, which was more than me, up to 3
p.m.:

Raptors

BALD EAGLE (2-IM & Adam had 4)
Northern Harrier (12 & Adam had 20, a lot of Harriers for late Nov.)
Sharp Shinned Hawk (2 & Adam had 5)
Cooper's Hawk (2 & not sure of Adam's count)
RED SHOULDERED HAWK (1-AD & Adam had 2)
Red Tailed Hawk (10 & Adam had 18)
ROUGH LEGGED HAWK (1-Light phase, came late at 2:30 p.m.)

Non-Raptors Flying By

D.C. Cormorant (1 flying south & missing a lot of wing feathers)
Great Blue Heron (2 going south together)
TUNDRA SWAN (2-AD flying west to east as they should be)
Canada Goose (about 100, most in the p.m.)
Common Merganser (1-M flying west)
Unknown ducks (~50)
SANDHILL CRANE (8 groups of 2, 25, 32, 5, 54, 110, 3 & 25 for a total of
256)
(All the Cranes went through between 10 & 11:30 a.m., none seen after that.)
(Adam had one each fly-by Snipe & Mourning Dove)
LAPLAND LONGSPUR (30 & 9)
Pine Siskin (at least 20)
Goldfinch (10-12 only heard & badly seen)

Nearby but not flying were Blue Jay (2), Crow (3 & 1), Chickadee (heard 1),
W.B. Nuthatch (heard 1) & Tree Sparrow (10-15)

Bird-Of-The-Day to the Rough Legged Hawk which was only my 2nd of the Fall &
Runners-Up to the Tundra Swans & the somewhat far away Red Shouldered Hawk.
Thanks again to Adam for his ability to see & I.D. far away flying birds.

Al Stokie
Subject: IBET Fw: No sightings: southernmost IL CBC dates - error correction
From: "'Rhonda (Monroe) Rothrock' woodthrusheola8 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 22:26:05 +0000 (UTC)
There was an error run my first post.The date for the Crab Orchard CBC is 
Sunday 12/21not 12/22. 

(Dan W., Thanks for noticing my error!) 

Cypress Creek NWR- Monday, Dec. 15
Big Oak Tree St. Pk. (MO)- Wednesday, Dec. 17 (This is in the boot heal of 
Missouri but always interesting.) 

Middle Mississippi NWR (Randolph & Jackson Co. in IL and some of Missouri is in 
it too) - Friday, Dec. 19Rend Lake- Saturday, Dec. 20 

War Bluff Valley- Saturday, Dec. 20Crab Orchard NWR - Sunday, Dec. 21
Carlyle Lake- Tuesday, Dec. 23
Newton Lake- Tuesday, Dec. 23Marion County- Friday, Dec. 26 - tentative
Horseshoe Lake (Alexander Co.) - Sunday, Dec. 28Union County- Monday, Dec. 
29 

Mermet Lake- Tuesday, Dec. 30Arklands/Pyramid St. Pk., Wednesday, Dec. 31
Jackson County- Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015

Rhonda Rothrock
Pomona, Jackson County, IL


Start planning for the 2015 Birding Blitz of Southernmost Illinois, May 2nd, 
2015! 
Subject: IBET Pine Siskins - finally
From: "Sigrid Schmidt sigschmidt AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 15:18:49 -0600
Now I know why I feed pounds and pounds of thistle to the house sparrows!
Just for days like this when 7 pine siskins show up for the day.

-- 
Sigrid Schmidt
Chicago
Subject: IBET Evanston Carolina Wren, 25-Nov
From: "mcvetas AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 25 Nov 2014 13:08:26 -0800
I was very surprised to see a Carolina Wren investigating my children's 
playhouse when I exited the garage just now. It gave a "cheer" call and dropped 
over the fence into my neighbor's yard. A second later it was two feet from me 
under my grill cover, before it dove into the bushes. 


 Carolina Wren https://flic.kr/p/pUzGym 
 
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 Carolina Wren https://flic.kr/p/pUzGym Evanston, IL 25-Nov-2014
 
 
 
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 Matthew Cvetas
 Evanston, Cook, IL
 

Subject: IBET Long-tailed duck follow-up (no sightings) (Cook cnty)
From: "Suzanne Coleman isooz AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:22:03 +0000 (UTC)
Hi all,
After seeing the duck at Foster beach a couple of days ago, I wanted to do some 
research on the likelihood of the species being present.  Still being 
relatively new to birding, I wasn't sure how likely it was to find this species 
here and at this time of year, so I turned to www.ebird.org to see what I 
could learn. 

As a now-huge database that many of us have helped to build, it can be a great 
resource in many ways.  There is an "explore data" link which I used to do 
this search.  At the top you can enter your species of interest and date range 
and then hit enter.  On the right I learned to check the box for "show points 
sooner" to make it easier to use.  When I did this to search for long-tailed 
duck in November, I found a group of data points (or sightings) for our area by 
zooming in to the area I was interesting in reviewing. 

From sightings entered into e-bird as data useable by everyone, "long-tailed 
duck" was seen November 1 (3 sightings), 6, 7 (2 s.), 8 (2 s.), 11, 13, 16, 17, 
22 and 25.  These are from our overall side of Lake MI and south to southeast 
in our region. 

And just a side-note, the bird I saw compared to the example pic I found was 
very similar, the exception being that I noted no pink in the bill, but white 
over grey in that area, and some minor differences in the facial mottling 
pattern.  From what I read, they go through many molts and can vary in 
appearance throughout the seasons.  To see more images go to www.google.com 
and search, then select "images."  It's a fun place to view photos.  Click on 
any individual image to get more info on that picture. 

So after doing my additional research, I am comfortable with the ID of 
long-tailed duck for this sighting. 

Have fun and stay warm!
Suzanne ColemanGlenview, Cook  
Subject: IBET Weldon Springs jaeger-no sighting
From: "Ron povpt93 AT consolidated.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 11:45:02 -0600
Had appointment in Champaign this morning and decided to return to Weldon 
Springs just to make sure the bird did not return. It has not. Only a pair of 
Ring-necked Ducks, a Mallard, a Pied-billed Grebe, and 2 Ring-billed Gulls. 


Ron Bradley 

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Subject: Re: IBET Late Waukegan White-rumped Sandpiper, 24-Nov
From: "malango AT rcn.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 11:23:41 -0600
Accepted by E-Bird.

Luis

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Sent: Tuesday, November 25, 2014 10:30 AM
To: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Subject: IBET Late Waukegan White-rumped Sandpiper, 24-Nov

  

Annette McClellan photographed and reported to eBird a late White-rumped 
Sandpiper on the Waukegan pier yesterday in Lake Co. This represents the only 
November eBird record for the state and the latest eBird record for the 
midwest. 





White-Rumped Sandpiper

     
        White-Rumped Sandpiper 
 This medium sized sandpiper shows grayish-brown plumage, a white supercillium 
and smudging on the flanks. In flight it showed a white rump. The p... 

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Matthew Cvetas


Evanston, IL



Subject: IBET: Mundelein Bald Eagle
From: "Todd Anderson tcanders123 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:34:53 -0600
Just had a juvenile Bald Eagle flying south over our yard.

Also, thank you to folks for correcting my hawk ID over the weekend. What I
saw was a Western R-T Hawk (with the brick red tai), not a Harlans (which
would have had a white or whitish tail). That's what I get for too quick &
sloppy research on line!

Todd Anderson
Mundelein, Lake County
Subject: IBET Late Waukegan White-rumped Sandpiper, 24-Nov
From: "mcvetas AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 25 Nov 2014 08:30:36 -0800
Annette McClellan photographed and reported to eBird a late White-rumped 
Sandpiper on the Waukegan pier yesterday in Lake Co. This represents the only 
November eBird record for the state and the latest eBird record for the 
midwest. 

 

 White-Rumped Sandpiper https://flic.kr/p/qbgiwc
 
 
 https://flic.kr/p/qbgiwc 
 
 White-Rumped Sandpiper https://flic.kr/p/qbgiwc This medium sized sandpiper 
shows grayish-brown plumage, a white supercillium and smudging on the flanks. 
In flight it showed a white rump. The p... 

 
 
 
 View on flic.kr https://flic.kr/p/qbgiwc 
 Preview by Yahoo 
 
 
 

 Matthew Cvetas

 Evanston, IL
 

Subject: IBET Sandhills Coming
From: "Craig tnemec1 AT ameritech.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 09:49:26 -0600
Driving to MN.

Passing 100's of cranes standing in snow covered cornfields near WI Dells.

Sent from my iPhone

Craig Taylor


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Subject: IBET North Lakefront
From: "Steve Spitzer steven0703 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 03:37:43 +0000 (UTC)
Hi Birders,
I had no expectation of seeing a Harlequin today, and that's how it was. 
Mergansers, Goldeneyes, Mallards and a Bufflehead.  List and two pictures at 
the link.  Oh yeah, no picture but one Killdeer hanging on. 

Steve Spitzer
Chicago - Cook
South Evanston/Rogers Park Lakefront - 11/24/2014

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Subject: IBET Pine Siskins
From: "sfluett AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 24 Nov 2014 15:31:19 -0800
Sunday at the Morton Arboretum, I counted 48 Siskins as they flew from one 
Alder tree to another Alder . I had figured there were 15 or 20 in the first 
tree, I was surprised that there were so many more and lucky that they must be 
communal feeders eating at one tree at a time. 


 This was along the East Branch of the DuPage river; I have been looking for 
Winter Finches in the Alders along this river here for years and finally have 
got to see some. 


 The Hemlock Hill had no birds except a few Juncos, and perhaps 10 Chickadees 
feeding in there own group. A Sharp Shinned Hawk was in a bare tree at the West 
end of the Hill, was perched there when I arrived and still there 45 minutes 
later when I drove off to check those Alder trees . 

  Steve 

Subject: IBET Pine Siskins
From: "'Anne Straight' astraight4 AT frontier.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:10:44 -0600
I also have had Pine Siskins the last couple of weeks. Today I had as many as 
20, maybe more. Still waiting for Redpolls. Had a couple of Am. Tree Sparrows 
join today and 1 White-throat and a Song Sparrow. As many as 20 Eurasian Tree 
Sparrows joined the group. Didn’t see the Purple Finches today but as many as 
40 House Finches. 


A Rough-legged Hawk was near Oakdale Park (Stephenson Cty.) Lots of Horned 
Larks. Big flock that looked like Laplands on 64. Possibly a few Snow Buntings 
on side roads. Lots of white. Still looking for Snowies. 


Friday I had a Wilson’s Snipe at Lock and Dam 13. Tundra Swans was still in 
numbers at Spring Lake and South. Didn’t find a reported Long-tail at Big 
Slough but a variety of other ducks in a strip out towards Island there. River 
is pretty frozen. Scope is needed. 


Anne Straight
Forreston, IL (Ogle County)
Subject: IBET Siskins
From: "Jed Hertz jhh_60910 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:53:44 -0800
Hi folks,

Since were on the subject of Pine Siskins I thought I'd add my two cents from 
the Kankakee Region. Here's the tally to date: 


10/12/20141Pine SiskinIL, LeVasseur Park / Perry FarmFO called; FOS and 14 days 
later than my earliest. 

10/21/20141Pine SiskinIL, LeVasseur Park / Perry FarmFO called.
10/23/20141Pine SiskinIL, LeVasseur Park / Perry FarmFO called
10/24/20142Pine SiskinIL, LeVasseur Park / Perry Farmh/o
10/28/20142Pine SiskinIL, LeVasseur Park / Perry Farmh/o FO
10/29/20144Pine SiskinIN, Willow Slough FWAPhoto
10/31/20141Pine SiskinIL, Kankakee Dam Area/h FO
11/02/201426Pine SiskinIL, Braidwood Lake (Will Co.)One flock
11/07/20141Pine SiskinIN, Willow Slough FWAh/o in scope
11/08/20141Pine SiskinIL, LeVasseur Park / Perry FarmFO vocal
11/10/201465Pine SiskinIN, Willow Slough FWAh/o; All but one came in off the 
lake in one flock 

11/11/20143Pine SiskinIL, LeVasseur Park / Perry Farm/h FO
11/14/201411Pine SiskinIL, House, KankakeeNyjer and sunflower seed feeders; 
Photo 

11/15/20141Pine SiskinIL, House, KankakeePhoto
11/15/20142Pine SiskinIL, LeVasseur Park / Perry Farm 
11/16/20141Pine SiskinIL, House, KankakeeNyjer seed feeder; photo
11/17/20141Pine SiskinIL, House, Kankakee 
11/20/20144Pine SiskinIL, House, KankakeePhoto
11/20/20142Pine SiskinIL, LeVasseur Park / Perry FarmFO called
11/21/201428Pine SiskinIL, Braidwood Lake (Will Co.)h/o; Together
11/22/20141Pine SiskinIL, House, Kankakee 
11/23/20142Pine SiskinIL, LeVasseur Park / Perry FarmFO called
11/24/20141Pine SiskinIL, House, Kankakee 

Looking forward to Redpolls anytime now.

Cheers,
 
Jed Hertz 

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



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Subject: Re: IBET Pine Siskins
From: "'Daniel & Barbara Williams' twotringas AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:54:02 -0600
The snow today has driven them to our feeders too.  For the last week, we
have heard them flying over, and seen 2-4 at the feeders.  This morning
started with 8, but the count is up to 18 now.  I hope that some redpolls
join them.

Dan Williams
Rockford



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On Mon, Nov 24, 2014 at 2:52 PM, bob shelby bobshelby_1956 AT hotmail.com
[ILbirds]  wrote:

>
>
> We have 21 Pine Siskins at our feeders today in Edwards County. A high
> count for us at our house in southeastern Illinois.
> Bob & Marcia Shelby
> West Salem, Edwards Co., IL
> bobshelby_1956 AT Hotmail.com
>
>  
>
Subject: IBET Pine Siskins
From: "bob shelby bobshelby_1956 AT hotmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:52:36 -0600
We have 21 Pine Siskins at our feeders today in Edwards County. A high count 
for us at our house in southeastern Illinois. 

Bob & Marcia Shelby
West Salem, Edwards Co., IL
bobshelby_1956 AT Hotmail.com 
 		 	   		  
Subject: IBET BY WT sp
From: "John Baxter XXJB7Z AT AOL.COM [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:51:37 -0500
Hi friends,
This one is about to lose its last tail feather. Today it did. Now there are 
two WTs missing tails. 

A few immatures also.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/15843879306/


John Baxter
Bourbonnais, IL
Subject: IBET No sightings: southernmost IL CBC dates
From: "'Rhonda (Monroe) Rothrock' woodthrusheola8 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:04:25 +0000 (UTC)
Always subject to change, here's what I know as of this writing:
southernmost IL CBC dates

Cypress Creek NWR- Monday, Dec. 15
Big Oak Tree St. Pk. (MO)- Wednesday, Dec. 17 (This is in the boot heal of 
Missouri but always interesting.) 

Middle Mississippi NWR (Randolph & Jackson Co. in IL and some of Missouri is in 
it too) - Friday, Dec. 19Rend Lake- Saturday, Dec. 20 

War Bluff Valley- Saturday, Dec. 20Crab Orchard NWR - Sunday, Dec. 22
Carlyle Lake- Tuesday, Dec. 23
Newton Lake- Tuesday, Dec. 23Marion County- Friday, Dec. 26 - tentative
Horseshoe Lake (Alexander Co.) - Sunday, Dec. 28Union County- Monday, Dec. 
29 

Mermet Lake- Tuesday, Dec. 30Arklands/Pyramid St. Pk., Wednesday, Dec. 31
Jackson County- Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015
Note the group of 5 in a row, 12/28-01/01. Set up this way in the hopes of 
attracting more northerners down to stay a while and up their winter species 
lists. :-) 

In a few days, I'll follow this up with contact info. I'm assuming Urs is still 
keeping his website up to date with such info as 
well. http://home.comcast.net/~ugeiser/birds/  Rhonda Rothrock 

Pomona, Jackson County, IL


Start planning for the 2015 Birding Blitz of Southernmost Illinois, May 2nd, 
2015! 
Subject: IBET Emiquon/Thompson Lake on Saturday
From: "miking38 AT aol.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 24 Nov 2014 08:58:13 -0800

 My apologies for the late report, but there was a 1st year glaucous gull on 
the ice Saturday afternoon. 

 Mike Ingram, Peoria
 
 
 

Subject: Re: IBET Re: Jaeger still at Weldon Spgs, DeWitt Co.
From: "Joshua Little joshua.p.little AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 07:48:03 -0600
Still here as of 7:30 am, Monday morning, toughing out the snow and 27mph
winds!
Joshua Little

On Sunday, November 23, 2014, 'jbirdmo AT aol.com' jbirdmo AT aol.com [ILbirds] <
ILbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
>  The Jaeger is still present at 1:35, feeding on the gull carcass along
> the east shoreline south of the point.
>
> Jude Vickery
> Kendall County
>
> Sent from my HTC One on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network
>
>  
>


-- 
Joshua Little
http://littlebirder.blogspot.com/
Subject: IBET: Mundelein Yard Birds - Harlan's Hawk
From: "Todd Anderson tcanders123 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 21:02:58 -0600
Had 7 Fox Sparrows and at least a dozen Pine Siskins at our feeders today.

I also saw a large, very dark bird sitting in a tree behind our house. It
was shaped like a buteo, but was so dark ... almost black, front and
back... that for a minute I thought 'Could that be a vulture?'.

It then flew to a nearby tree, and I saw that it had a brick red tail,
white primaries & secondaries, so I'm 99% sure it was a Harlan's.

Todd Anderson
Mundelein, Lake County
Subject: IBET Loyola Birds - 11/23/2014
From: "Steve Spitzer steven0703 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 02:08:05 +0000 (UTC)
Hi Birders,
The only pretty male duck at Loyola, in fact the only duck at all there for me, 
was a Common Goldeneye. Picture of him, a few gulls and a Killdeer at the link. 

Steve Spitzer
Chicago - Cook
Loyola Birds - 11/23/2014

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Subject: IBET: DuPage Birding Club Announces December Field Trips and CBCs (no sightings)
From: "jreiter AT wordsonbirds.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:06:00 -0700
Everyone is invited to join DuPage Birding Club members on the following 
December bird walks, including two Christmas Bird Count opportunities. 
Participation is free and open to all skill levels. Appropriate clothing and 
footwear are recommended for each outing, plus drinking water. For additional 
information, birders should contact the trip leader or visit the club's 
website, dupagebirding.org. 

 
Saturday, December 6, 8:00 a.m.
Tri-County Area
The DuPage/Cook/Will Counties confluence offers outstanding birding. Chosen 
locations will be based on weather conditions. Meet at the Woodridge 
Café at 75th St and Janes. Come early (7:00 a.m.) for breakfast. Leader: 
Jeff Smith, 331.481.3362 or mrqmagoo13 AT gmail.com 

 
Friday, December 12, 7:30 a.m.
McKee Marsh, Warrenville
Join the search for late fall migrants and resident winter, including good 
potential for northern shrike. Meet at the visitor parking lot on the north 
side of Mack Rd., located between Winfield Rd. and Rt. 59. Leader: Kyle Wiktor, 
708-544-1336 or kylewiktor AT msn.com 

 
Sunday, December 14
Lisle-Arboretum Circle Christmas Bird Count
The Chicago Ornithological Society (chicagobirder.org) sponsors this Christmas 
Bird Count, an all-day event. Contact the compiler to be assigned to a team and 
birding location. Contact the compiler to be assigned to a team and birding 
location: Geoff Williamson, geoffrey.williamson AT comcast.net or 773-935-8439 

 
Saturday, December 20
Fermilab Circle Christmas Bird Count
The DuPage Birding Club sponsors this Christmas Bird Count, an all-day event. 
Thousands of birds and over 100 species have been logged in previous counts. 
Contact the compiler to be assigned to a team and birding location: Jeff 
Chapman, jeffchapman1 AT sbcglobal.net 

 
Saturday, December 20, 8:30 a.m.
Cantigny Park, Wheaton
Results from the park's monthly walk will be included in the Fermilab Circle 
Christmas Bird Count. Enter Cantigny through the main entrance on Winfield 
Road, just south of Roosevelt, and tell the attendant you are birding. The 
parking fee will be waived. Meet at the Visitors Center. Please register in 
advance as group size for this walk will be limited to 20 participants. Leader: 
Jeff Reiter, jreiter AT wordsonbirds.com 

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

 
Posted by:
Jeff Reiter
DuPage Birding Club, Corresponding Secretary
Subject: IBET Recent updated galleries
From: "robirdman AT theearlybirder.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:40:11 -0600
Stayed home and caught up on some things, with recent additions:

Red-tailed Hawk http://www.theearlybirder.com/hawks/rthawk/index.htm

American Golden Plover 
http://www.theearlybirder.com/plovers/gold-plvr/index.htm 


Black-bellied Plover http://www.theearlybirder.com/plovers/bb-plover/index.htm

Killdeer http://www.theearlybirder.com/plovers/killdeer/index.htm

Long-jawed Spiders 
http://www.theearlybirder.com/Arachnid/tetragnathids/index.htm 


Jumping Spiders http://www.theearlybirder.com/Arachnid/salticid/index.htm

Rob Curtis
Chicago
Subject: IBET link to pic that is like possible long-tailed I saw
From: "Suzanne Coleman isooz AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 01:39:27 +0000 (UTC)
To follow-up on my earlier post, I searched google images and this one is 
similar: 

http://birdsbybaranoff.com/images/_0SB6562%20long-tailed%20duck.jpg

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Subject: IBET ?Long-tailed duck, Foster Ave. Beach (Cook cnty)
From: "Suzanne Coleman isooz AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 01:17:08 +0000 (UTC)
Hi all,
A not-so-pleasant day as far as almost constant rain, a bit of wind, and once I 
got half-way to Foster beach from Oakton St., fog!  But I was already on my 
way, so I kept going.  I figured, I'll experience something new either way, 
never having been to Foster beach before.   

I was hoping to find the red-throated loon seen there earlier and reported by 
Geoffrey Williamson, but I didn't find it (would have been a lifer).  Oh, and 
I didn't find that Harlequin either (another would-be lifer!).  I did instead 
find a single bobbing horned grebe near the "pier?" thing.  I then walked onto 
the beach, it's very nice by the way, you should check it out.  Beware though, 
that the sand is quite saturated in areas with water though it might not seem 
so, so you can sink in a bit more than expected, resulting in very wet shoes. 
  

I was about 2/3 of the way north on the beach itself when I spotted another 
bird quite close to the shore, maybe 30-40 feet out, closer than the white-out 
wall of fog.  I was able to see it ok with the bad conditions of fog, water, 
and both water and steam on 3 sets of lenses.  It looked like a long-tailed 
duck.  I cannot be sure but I don't know what else it would have been.   

Description:  head and face was overall whitish but had about 45% covered in a 
light "wash" of browns and greys.  The bill appeared to be similar in 
coloration and a normal size.  The body was mostly a medium dark color, 
greyish or brownish, or mixed.  The rear (lateral rear) was pure white (dark 
above).  It seemed to have a bit of a scruffy tail, but not long, similar to 
(scruffy-wise) ruddy duck, but not kinked up.  It flew and again I did not 
notice any long tail (but it was also pretty dark and raining too) but the 
white on the rear sides was evident.  It flew southward.  It spooked when I 
slowly walked closer to the shore. 

I say for sure what it is, but wanted to report the possibility, hopefully if 
it was, someone else will be able to confirm this.  I have seen pics of them 
several times and the live male in breeding plumage last winter (?this spring). 
 I guess it could have been some other duck in a transitional plumage but it 
seemed to be closest to a long-tailed in some sort of transitional plumage. 
 The only other thought is it seemed similar in size to the naked eye to a 
mallard which would go against long-tailed. 

Otherwise, there were some extremely wet sparrows in the trees (?song, too wet 
to ID and too dark and backlit), and at Oakton a bunch of ring-billed gulls and 
some exciting house sparrows in the pine trees. 

Suzanne ColemanGlenview, Cook
Subject: IBET E N S B C field trip
From: "Jeffrey Sanders yellowstart5 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 23:58:39 +0000 (UTC)
hello moist ibetors-- once again, I led todays 45th annual ensbc November 
lakefront trip. we started at the northwestern univ landfill, then covered the 
art center, then gillson harbor and the beachhouse. we finished at the Eastlake 
st and juneway st. parks. we saw the harlequin duck , along with his 2 
companions--a female buffle and a female goldeneye--from about 10:45 until 
11:30 a. m. at the 2 locations and the rocks in between the 2 parks.I believe 
the bird is working the rocky areas and piers between lunt and oakton, if it is 
still in the area. also seen---scaup---250++--1 redhead, 1 pb grebe and 6 
hooded mergs in gillson harbor.  a number of redhead in the scaup flocks. 
red-br mergs---100+/-.  bufflehead--2+.  goldeneye--75++.  Canada 
geese--50+. r t hawk-- 1 at bahai. after the trip was over, I went back to the 
old neighborhood and birded the touhy ave and howard st. bridges on the chicago 
river. mallards--65+---shoveler--2----g w teal--1--blk-crn night 
heron---2---kingfisher--1--myrtle warbler---3--gadwall--2--r t 
hawk---1----robin---15---waxwing---9. Jeffrey    Sanders      
Glenview     no. Cook 
Subject: IBET North side Chicago lakefront, 23 Nov 2014
From: "'Geoffrey A. Williamson' geoffrey.williamson AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 16:50:36 -0600
Christine and I birded the Chicago lakefront from Montrose Harbor 
north to Evanston this afternoon (Sunday, 23 Nov 2014).   We did not 
see very many birds but we did have a RED-THROATED LOON swimming in 
Lake Michigan just a wee bit south of Foster Avenue at about 1:30 
PM.   We looked for but did not find the Harlequin Duck reported 
earlier at the Chicago/Evanston border, checking within about 1/2 
mile to a mile in each direction from the border.  This was during 
about 3:00 to 3:45 PM.  We saw Suzanne Coleman there and a couple 
other birders, but no one had had any luck at that time.

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 Evanston South Beach, N.U. Landfill, Lighthouse Art Center & Gillson Park Sun 11-23-14
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 16:45:47 -0600
Hello Bird People,

After 4 weeks of raking leaves & filling 42 bags of leaves for pickup I had
1 more major task left & that was clearing the leaves out of the gutters.
But that job requires a warm day so that the leaves are not frozen in the
ice & that warm day was today. So no long trips for year bird 300 for me
but I was glad to try for the male Harlequin reported yesterday by Steve S.
Arrived at the metal breakwall at the South Blvd Beach with Bob Erickson &
our 1st sighting was of Nick Minor who was not scanning the lake but was
looking at one spot. That's a good sign & Nick was indeed looking at the
male HARLEQUIN DUCK which was diving with the 2 female Bufflehead it was
with yesterday. One female Goldeneye was near by but not with the others.
We watched Mr. Harlequin in the light rain for about 25 min & then moved on.

Next stop for Bob & I was the N.U. Landfill area surrounding the lagoon.
Not much in the lake but in the lagoon we saw the following:

Horned Grebe (3)
BLACK CROWNED NIGHT HERON (2-AD & 1-IM, quite a surprise, flew out of a
conifer tree)
Canada Goose (7 fly-bys)
Mallard (26)
Hooded Merganser (4-M & 3-F)
Red Breasted Merganser (4-F)
Common Merganser (7-F)
Ring Billed (12) & Herring (2) Gulls
The only landbird I recall was 1 young male Red Winged Blackbird.

Next to the Evanston Art Center Beach where the large flock of Redheads &
Scaup (~1500)
continues in the lake but we saw nothing else except 1 close by female
Goldeneye & a few gulls.
Flying away from us & heading toward Gillson Park was one adult LESSER
BLACK BACKED GULL, but we did not see it again at Gillson.

Gillson had a nice mix of water birds in the harbor & landbirds to sort
through. Here we saw:

P.B. Grebe (1)
Horned Grebe (1)
Mallard (8)
Goldeneye (1-F)
Hooded Merganser (3-PR)
More Redheads/Scaup in the lake (~300)
Ring Billed Gull 6-7)
Mourning Dove (2)
Blue Jay (2)
Crows (2)
R.C. Kinglet (3-4)
Robins (6-8)
Cedar Waxwing (~40)
Starling (~15)
Cardinal (1-PR)
Song Sparrow (1)
Junco (4-6)
Goldfinch (15-20 but no other Finches with them)

After my leaf removal project the local adult Cooper's Hawk sat in a tree
in my front yard & we stared at each other for a while. A nice ending to
the day.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the diving male Harlequin Duck &
Runners-Up to the 3 surprise Black Crowned Night Herons.

Al Stokie
Subject: IBET Re: Jaeger still at Weldon Spgs, DeWitt Co.
From: "'jbirdmo AT aol.com' jbirdmo@aol.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:28:54 -0600
The Jaeger is still present at 1:35, feeding on the gull carcass along the east 
shoreline south of the point. 


Jude Vickery
Kendall County

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Subject: IBET DeKalb County Snowy Owl
From: "Karen Lund catbirder813 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:25:52 -0600
I've had a couple reports this morning that one of the  snowy owls was seen
this morning in the vicinity of Roosevelt & Hemlocks Rds. east of Genoa.
They didn't mention if it was the adult male or the sub-adult male (which
Pete Moxon saw yesterday).  And the Ross's goose I reported last week is
also still around in the same spot by a pond at the t-intersection of Ward
Blvd. & Peace Rd. (the pond on the north side of Peace not the south side
pond)  in Sycamore, across the street from the Jewel.

Karen Lund
Genoa, DeKalb County
catbirder813 AT gmail.com
Subject: IBET Jaeger still at Weldon Spgs, DeWitt Co.
From: "'Michael L. P. Retter' mlretter AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 11:57:02 -0600
Bird still present 11:15-11:50, just east of Veterans Point. 


Michael L. P. Retter
---------------------------------
Editor, Birder's Guide
American Birding Association
aba.org/birdersguide

mlretter AT yahoo.com
309.824.7317
http://xenospiza.com/
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Subject: Re: IBET RFI snowy owls, tagged? (no sighting)
From: "djohnsoda AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 17:49:33 +0000 (UTC)
Suzanne and fellow Ibeters, 
  
As you may know, last winter (2013/2014) was a super irruption of Snowy Owls 
into Illinois with some 260 detections or sightings in 40 counties in 
Illinois--yet another record irruption far surpassing the irruption of 
2011/2012 (with 133 detections or sightings). 

  
At least 30 Snowy Owls were banded in the state and were relocated--none of 
them returned to the same location where they were trapped!  To date--to my 
knowledge--there have been no returns of those banded owls. 

  
Project Snowstorm put GPS transmitters on Snowy Owls, however, the closest 
state where that was done was Wisconsin.  That Snowy Owl barely moved more 
than a mile during the winter and was tracked with a GPS-GSM transmitter.  I 
do  not know where it went after the winter; perhaps Project Snowstorm has 
more data on that; other owls tagged with these transmitters have been shown to 
be great wanderers. 

  
As for the ageing of the owls, many this past winter (2013/2014) were HY and SY 
birds (hatching year and 2nd year owls), but there also were near adult and 
adult owls, too, when known.  

  
As you suggest the 2013/2014 irruption was due to breeding success to the 
north in far northern Quebec; this past summer the same held true for Snowy Owl 
breeding success in Bylot Island in the Canadian Arctic during the summer of 
2014.  Perhaps there will be another irruption this winter; we'll know later 
this winter. 

  
They did not starve last winter.  
  
It is interesting that of the five Snowy Owl reports so far this fall have been 
of owls thought to be adult or near adult owls based on plumage noted and 
photographs. 

  
Good owling this winter! 
  
David B. Johnson 
NE IL 
djohnsoda AT comcast.net 
  

----- Original Message -----

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

To: "IBET, ILbirds"  
Sent: Sunday, November 23, 2014 10:43:49 AM 
Subject: IBET RFI snowy owls, tagged?  (no sighting) 

  
Hi all, 

I am curious as to whether or not snowy owls were tagged during the eruption 
last year and if so, are they being monitored to see whether they return this 
year.  Curious in one part due to the discussion last year that most of the 
owls who came out of their normal range were juveniles. 


Thanks for any help, 

Suzanne Coleman 
Glenview, Cook 
 
Subject: IBET RFI snowy owls, tagged? (no sighting)
From: "Suzanne Coleman isooz AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 16:43:49 +0000 (UTC)
Hi all,
I am curious as to whether or not snowy owls were tagged during the eruption 
last year and if so, are they being monitored to see whether they return this 
year.  Curious in one part due to the discussion last year that most of the 
owls who came out of their normal range were juveniles. 

Thanks for any help,
Suzanne ColemanGlenview, Cook
Subject: IBET Common Loon at Belmont Harbor, Chicago
From: "john AT picken.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 23 Nov 2014 08:28:54 -0800
There's a Common Loon at the south end of Belmont Harbor. See at 9.00am this 
morning. 

 

 ID photo:  2014-11-23 Common Loon in Belmont Harbor http://bit.ly/1vCcH6N
 
 
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Subject: Re: IBET: Pom Jaeger-Yes
From: "Ron povpt93 AT consolidated.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 10:22:46 -0600
Jaeger presently feeding on what appears to be a gull carcass

Ron Bradley

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> On Nov 23, 2014, at 9:10 AM, "Daniel Williams twotringas AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" 
 wrote: 

> 
> The Pom Jaeger is currently on the water at Weldon Springs. Best viewed from 
south end of lake. 

> 
> Dan Williams, Larry Balch, Phil Doncheck-Rockford
> Ron Bradley and Bob Ballard-Charleston
> 
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Subject: IBET Third Lake Tundra Swan
From: "Beau Schaefer beauschaefer AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 10:03:20 -0600
 This morning I went back to Third Lake to get some pics of the Tundra Swan at 
Third Lake. You should be able to view them here: 

http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topic=55544.msg97229#msg97229

And here’s a map to access points:
https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zG9pUk0JnBuE.k89pFUdefsvE 
 


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




Subject: IBET: Pom Jaeger-Yes
From: "Daniel Williams twotringas AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 09:10:02 -0600
The Pom Jaeger is currently on the water at Weldon Springs. Best viewed from 
south end of lake. 


Dan Williams, Larry Balch, Phil Doncheck-Rockford
Ron Bradley and Bob Ballard-Charleston

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Subject: IBET Evanston Harlequin - YES
From: "Nick Minor nmbirder14 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:08:18 +0000
Morning all,

The Evanston HARLEQUIN DUCK was still present and active this morning at
South Boulevard Beach. It was closely associated with 2 female Buffleheads
along the south side of the breakwater.

Also interesting, there was a lone Yellow-rumped Warbler feeding low along
an apartment building at Juneway Terrace Park, just over the border in
Chicago.

Good birding, folks!

Nick Minor
Libertyville, Lake Co./Rogers Park, Chicago
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Subject: Re: IBET Jaeger
From: "Eric Gyllenhaal GyllenFish AT aol.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 07:44:17 -0600
Jaeger just seen in flight over east side of lake opposite Veterans Point 
shelter for about 25 seconds. Now with geese on lake. 7:45 am 


Eric and Aaron Gyllenhaal. 

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> On Nov 22, 2014, at 4:27 PM, "Colin Dobson birdingboy AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" 
 wrote: 

> 
> The jaeger is a POMARINE. It is best viewed from the south end of the lake. 
Great pictures were taken. 

> 
> Colin and Tony
> De Witt county
> Birdingboy AT yahoo.com 
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Subject: IBET Central Illinois 11-22
From: "Colin Dobson birdingboy AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 21:12:03 -0600
Today, we decided to go to Havana. We started at Emiquon, since it was too 
frozen, we decided to go to Emiquon later. We went to Sand Ridg next. When we 
arrived at the crossbill spot, it was extremely birdy. Within a few minutes, we 
had 7 Red Crossbills circle around and land. We got pictures of them. We then 
went to the Crossdike wear a COMMON REDPOLL was feeding on seeds just north or 
northwest of the gate to the Crossdike. There was a lot of sparrows here also. 
We decided to go take a look at Emiquon. It was little less frozen but wanted 
it to melt a little more. So, we decided to go to the power station pond on s. 
Pear street. Where 4 species of geese (100's of Canada's, 56 Cackling, 6 
White-fronts, and 1 Snow). We went to Emiquon, and scoped for awhile from the 
canoe launch. Where we had a different female goldeneye close for about 20 
minutes. That was most likely the Barrow's. We don't know if we will count it 
or not. There was also 16 other ducks at Emquion. 


My sister had a basketball game in Springfield so we decided to go to it. On 
the way, we had a good blackbird flock including some Rusties. While at the 
basketball game, Tony got a call saying that there was a Jaeger (Pomarine) at 
Weldon Springs. We zoomed over there and got great looks! Great day! 


Colin Dobson
Morgan county
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Subject: IBET Calumet CALIFORNIA GULL, etc (11-22-14)
From: "Walter Marcisz wmarcisz AT att.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 18:18:54 -0800
Sam Burckhardt emailed me Friday asking if I wanted to do some birding at 
Calumet on Saturday (11/22/14). I said yes, and I sure am glad I did. 


We started at Calumet Park. Nothing terribly unusual there, but there were 
still good numbers of RUDDY DUCKS in Illinois off the main beach (33 total). As 
noted, we missed the continuing Cackling Goose, but congrats to Al Stokie who 
picked it up later with a few more to boot. Sam picked out 1 (imm.) GREAT 
BLACK-BACKED GULL in Indiana waters, and indeed, the biggest numbers of ducks 
were also in Indiana. 


Our next stop was Wolf Lake (Powers Fish & Wildlife Area, Chicago), where Sam 
quickly spotted a juvenile RED-SHOULDERED HAWK perched in a bare tree. We then 
went to check on the PINE SISKINS in the alders on the northwest shore of the 
lake - we saw a flock of at least twenty. Then we had an Al Stokie sighting at 
the feeders near the new building at Indian Creek. Al was looking for Trumpeter 
Swans, but none of us saw any (the lake & creek were frozen over). After that 
we parted ways with Al. 


The 126th St. Marsh had nothing out of the ordinary, so we decided to check out 
the Lake Calumet area wetlands to the west. While watching hawks at the Stony 
Island landfills, I spotted a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD in a shrub at Deadstick Pond 
across the street. Great views!At the Stony Island landfills, Sam noticed a 
light morph adult RED-TAILED HAWK with an extremely dark head, upperparts, & 
belly band. We entertained thoughts of a light morph calurus "Western" 
Red-tail, but perhaps the most likely explanation is a very dark Eastern 
Red-tail. 


We continued along the Stony Island/Doty Avenue loop, and we noticed that the 
Harborside Golf Course gates were open. Birders are normally only allowed 
access here from April through October, but constraints on birders have relaxed 
considerably since Kemper Lakes took over the lease of Harborside, so we took a 
chance and entered. Lake Calumet viewed from the Harborside clubhouse balcony 
was frozen, but quite a few birds were in evidence. including 2 juvenile 
NORTHERN HARRIERS patrolling the grounds. 


After a while, I noticed an adult Larus gull standing on the ice which had a 
noticeably darker mantle than nearby adult Herring & Ring-billed Gulls. 
California Gull? Fortunately, the bird was standing in between adult Herring 
Gulls (to the right) and adult Ring-billed Gulls (to the left) for easy 
reference. A description of the bird follows: 

SIZE: Intermediate between HERG & RBGU.
STRUCTURE: Bill size intermediate between HERG & RBGU., long-winged with folded 
primaries projecting well beyond tail (more so than in HERG). 

BILL COLOR: Yellowish with distinct blackish band (we were unable to discern 
any red tones at this distance). 

IRIS COLOR: Appeared dark in the field, but the bird was viewed at a great 
distance. Sam's photos confirm that the bird had a dark iris (will post later) 
- nearby HERGs had pale iris. 

LEG COLOR: Compared to nearby adult HERGs (pink legs) and nearby adult RBGUs 
(yellowish legs), the bird's legs appeared dark & colorless to me, but Sam was 
certain that the bird had greenish legs. Sam was right - his photos show 
greenish legs in direct contrast to nearby HERG & RBGU (Sam will post photos 
later). 

HEAD COLOR: White with dusky markings on the nape.
UPPERPARTS: Mantle coloration was uniform cool (bluish) gray, consistently one 
or two shades darker that nearby adult HERG & RBGU. The consistent darker tone 
of the mantle did not change in any way relative to positioning or lighting - 
it clearly had an objectively darker mantle than nearby birds. The tertial & 
scapular crescents were very bold & white, contrasting considerably with the 
gray mantle, and effectively eliminating RBGU as a possibility (adult RBGU has 
a minimal, low-contrast tertail crescent, quite unlike the bird we saw). The 
folded primaries were black, but with considerably more white in the primary 
tips than nearby ad. HERG. Indeed, when the bird stretched its wing, we could 
see that the tip of P10 (as well as much of the tip of P9) was mostly white, 
consistent with California Gull. I briefly entertained the possibility of adult 
Thayer's Gull, but when the undersides of the primaries were viewed (very black 
with white mirrors), that 

 possibiity was eliminated.

All characters observed pointed to CALIFORNIA GULL. I only remained hesitant 
because I wanted to confirm a dark iris, greenish legs, and a reddish spot on 
the bill. Sam's photos definitely confirm a dark iris and greenish legs. I 
don't believe a reddish spot is visible in any of Sam's photos, but the 
preponderance of evidence clearly points to adult CALIFORNIA GULL. 
Unfortunately, the bird eventually flew off (headed to the east) and we lost 
sight of it. 


After Harborside, we visited the Bend of the Little Calumet River, where we 
found a wide variety of birds, including 1 MALLARD X AMERICAN BLACK DUCK 
(hybrid), 1 (male) NORTHERN PINTAIL, 1 COMMON LOON, 1 (juv.) BLACK-CROWNED 
NIGHT-HERON, and 1 adult PEREGRINE FALCON in pursuit of a Rock Pigeon! 


Walter Marcisz
Chicago, Cook Co.   








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Subject: IBET GREAT HORNED OWL - Yes
From: "Caryn Hollander cjhollander21 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:46:41 -0600
On our way for dinner, we just passed a GHO sitting on a sign post just off of 
Arlington Heights Rd. north of Lake Cook (about 1 1/2 blks) in the Buffalo 
Creek preserve. I'm sure it was scoping out dinner! 


Caryn Hollander
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Subject: IBET Harlequin Duck Male, Chicago/Evanston Border
From: "Steve Spitzer steven0703 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 22:39:00 +0000 (UTC)
Hi Birders,
The wife noticed a few ducks while we took our lakefront walk this afternoon. 
One was a male Harlequin. A few pictures at the link. 

Steve Spitzer
Chicago - Cook
Harlequin Male, Evanston-Chicago - 11/22/2014

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Subject: IBET ENSBC Program Tuesday - Seychelles Islands (NO SIGHTINGS)
From: "Hockman John j.w.hockman AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 16:34:00 -0600
The program for the Tuesday, November 25 meeting of the Evanston North Shore 
Bird Club will be on the Seychelles Islands. Mary Lou Mellon, president of the 
Bird Conservation Network, will take us on a trip to see the birds of the 
islands, a tropical paradise in the Indian Ocean 1000 miles from everywhere: 
north of Madagascar, east of Kenya, west of India. Traveling via the 290-foot 
sailing vessel Le Ponant, a boat that was captured by the Somali pirates and 
released a year before Mary Lou traveled on it, you’ll see the spectacular 
scenery and wonderful avifauna of islands few people have the opportunity to 
visit. 


The meeting will begin at 7:30 at the Levy Senior Center in Evanston, 300 Dodge 
Avenue - at Mulford Street, south of Oakton and north of Howard. The Levy 
Center phone number is 847-448-8250. 



John Hockman
Riverwoods
Lake County	

ENSBC website: WWW.ENSBC.ORG 


Subject: IBET Jaeger
From: "Colin Dobson birdingboy AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 16:27:08 -0600
The jaeger is a POMARINE. It is best viewed from the south end of the lake. 
Great pictures were taken. 


Colin and Tony
De Witt county
Birdingboy AT yahoo.com 

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Subject: IBET Jaeger at Weldon Springs State Park, DeWitt County
From: "mcvetas AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 22 Nov 2014 13:42:14 -0800
Ben Murphy reports a jaeger (Parasitic/Pomarine) at Weldon Springs State Park 
in Clinton, DeWitt County. It is resting on the water and he got very good 
photos of it. 

 

 

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Subject: IBET Calumet Area & Harbor At La Rabida Hospital Sat 11-22-14
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:20:02 -0600
Hello Bird People,

Waited until 9 a.m. to make sure the freezing rain was over & then headed
south to look for the Swans reported by Carolyn M but once again I was the
victim of the cold temps as the water was mostly frozen at Wolf Lake/Powers
C.A. & the little bit of open water only had 4 Coots, 1 Herring & 26 Ring
Billed Gulls. Here I saw local experts Walter M & Sam B who had seen the
previously reported Siskins plus a young Red Shouldered Hawk which I did
not find later. They did better than I did as my best species was Monk
Parakeet with 7 of them in a tree near the new building by the main lot.
Among the many House Sparrows were 2 Junco's & 1 each House Finch &
Goldfinch. I should also mention that my 1st stop was at Powderhorn which
was completely frozen with 9 Ring Billed Gulls on the ice as the only
species seen there. Not a very good start!

Next I went to Calumet Park where Walter & Sam had seen a Great Black
Backed Gull in Indiana but had not found the Cackling Goose among the 100's
of Canada Geese. I decided I would like to find the little goose as they
had done better at Wolf Lake & I could feel like I had something they did
not. After 25 min of searching through all the Canada's I did finally find
the tiny Cackling Goose with his big relatives. Then to make my time spent
looking into wasted time while I was looking at more geese in the boat drop
area in flew 4 more Cackling Geese calling as they landed.
They do sound different as you should know. So much for my hard work
finding little goose #1.

Also seen at Cal Park in the water (& in Illinois) were Mallards (~15),
Greater Scaup (8-10), Bufflehead (3-4), Hooded Merganser (2-F), Ruddy Ducks
(16-20), Coots (50-60) & about 25 Ring Billed & 6 Herring Gulls. Many more
ducks & gulls were farther out in Indiana waters but I did not have the
time to check them out carefully.

Last stop was at the harbor by La Rabida Children's Hospital. Here's what I
found there:

Horned Grebe (1)
Canada Geese (~100)
Mallard (12-15)
Redhead (at least 1-M & 1-F)
Ring Necked Duck (at least 1-M)
Greater Scaup (~10)
(The above 3 species of diving ducks were far away & diving so counts were
poorly done.)
Bufflehead (2)
Common Goldeneye (1-F & 1-M)
Hooded Merganser (2-F)
Ruddy Duck (2-3)
Coots (~15)
Ring Billed & Herring Gulls (~50 total)
The only landbird seen was 1 lone Crow.

Not a very exciting day but at least I wasn't rained out nor did I have to
deal with driving on ice.
And it's always nice to visit with Walter & Sam as I don't see them very
often because I seldom get down their way.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the 7 Monk Parakeets as it's been a long time since I've
seen any & I do like the sounds they make. Runner-Up to the Cackling Goose
that I had to work so hard to find.
You can't find a Goshawk every day!

Al Stokie
Subject: RE: IBET DeKalb County Snowy Owl
From: "ntikalsky ntikalsky AT hotmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 14:50:44 -0600
I'd like that on my yard bird list!


Shanti,
Nancy Tikalsky
Zion, IL

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From: "Karen Lund catbirder813 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]"
Date:11/21/2014 7:44 PM (GMT-06:00)
To: ILBIRDS
Subject: IBET DeKalb County Snowy Owl
Eddie Callaway informs me that both he and his wife saw the Roosevelt Rd. snowy at different times this morning, as well as last evening. How cool is it to have a snowy owl as a yard bird. Karen Lund Genoa, DeKalb County catbirder813 AT gmail.com
Subject: IBET N Shrike in Lake County
From: "birdsperminute AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 22 Nov 2014 11:52:38 -0800
There is a Northern Shrike at Cuba Marsh this afternoon...
 

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Subject: IBET Gray Catbird in Chicago
From: "David Antieau dkantieau AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 09:21:33 -0800
Dear birders,

Today I found a Gray Catbird during my 4.5 mile walk. It was in California 
Park, skulking in the trees and shrubs on the riverbank, just south of the 
middle of the tennis courts. Catbirds nest in this area, but I had not seen one 
here since September 15. 


California Park is at Irving Park and California, south of Irving.

For the birds,

Dave Antieau
dkantieau AT sbcglobal.net
Chicago, Cook County
Subject: IBET PINE SISKINS -YES
From: "Caryn Hollander cjhollander21 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 10:14:10 -0600
Just had 4 Pine Siskins (FOY) visit my feeders! May have been more but 
something spooked them as I was looking. 


Caryn Hollander
cjhollander21 AT yahoo.com
Buffalo Grove (Lake County)

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Subject: IBET Pine Siskins in Downers Grove
From: "peachjmc AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 22 Nov 2014 07:12:08 -0800
We finally have Pine Siskins in our back yard! A small flock of about 7 or 8 so 
far, hanging out with lots of Goldfinches. Feeding frenzy on the ground and on 
both thistle and sunflower chip feeders. So glad to have them back! 

 

 Joan Campbell
 Downers Grove/DuPage County
Subject: IBET just some revised owl galleries
From: "robirdman AT theearlybirder.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 08:40:41 -0600
Great Horned Owl  http://www.theearlybirder.com/owls/gh-owl/index.htm
Barred Owl  http://www.theearlybirder.com/owls/barred-owl/index.htm
Rob Curtis
Chicago
www.theearlybirder.com
Subject: IBET Redpoll
From: "Colin Dobson birdingboy AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 08:39:31 -0600
Currently, there is a COMMON REDPOLL at Eagle Bluff/the Crossdike parking lot. 
Got some good pictures. Very birdy here too including 6 sparrows! 


Colin Dobson and Tony Ward
Mason county
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Subject: IBET Crossbills
From: "Colin Dobson birdingboy AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 08:16:23 -0600
There are currently 7 RED CROSSBILLS at the crossbill spot at Sand Ridge. We 
are getting pictures. Also there are lots of birds flying around including a 
Pileated Woodpecker! 


Colin Dobson and Tony Ward 
Mason county
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Subject: IBET DeKalb County Snowy Owl
From: "Karen Lund catbirder813 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:44:52 -0600
Eddie Callaway informs me  that both he and his wife saw the Roosevelt Rd.
snowy at different times this morning, as well as last evening.  How cool
is it to have a snowy owl as a yard bird.

Karen Lund
Genoa, DeKalb County
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Subject: IBET RFI white duck? species name; Lake Glenview (Cook)
From: "Suzanne Coleman isooz AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 01:00:11 +0000 (UTC)
Hi, what do I call an all-white duck with an orange bill (it's not a goose, is 
it?  no black)?  I looked it up and google says Pekin duck, domestic, but 
e-bird doesn't seem to have a spot for that.  Just wondering what the species 
is or how to e-bird it, thanks! 

And not interesting, but since I'm here…
Lake Glenview, iced over:
juncoam tree sparrowsrobins, 2coots, 12mallards, 25ishc geese 7ishone white 
duck with orange bill came with mallards and then left with themunseen small 
birdsm dove2 fast backlit birds, prob doves but possibly merlin or kestrels 

Suzanne ColemanGlenview, Cook
Subject: IBET Third Lake Tundra Swan
From: "Beau Schaefer beauschaefer AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:43:20 -0600
 After school today, I stopped at a couple of spots to check for open water. 
Didn’t find much, but Third Lake in Grayslake had a fair amount and there was 
a good number of waterfowl there. Best birds were 6 CANVASBACK and nice looks 
at the short, squared off bill of an adult TUNDRA SWAN. 

Here’s the complete list:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20627448

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




Subject: IBET Montrose Common Redpoll, 11/21 a.m.
From: "'Robert D. Hughes' rhughes.enteract AT rcn.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:09:40 -0600
I'm a bit late with this report but I heard and then saw a Common 
Redpoll at Montrose this morning, November 21 near the south end of the 
Magic Hedge. This is my first Common Redpoll of the season, but not the 
first Common Redpoll OF the season at Montrose, since Al Stokie had one 
back in late October.

In other news, winter ducks have finally (and I guess this is a good 
thing) arrived at Montrose. I walked out onto the fishing pier and had 
decent numbers of Common and Red-breasted Mergansers, as well as a few 
Common Goldeneyes and Buffleheads. Also, a group of Hooded Mergansers, a 
Redhead, and a Ruddy Duck. I did not see the Red-necked Grebe in the 
harbor, just Horned Grebes.

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


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Subject: IBET Fox River near Elgin
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Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:16:09 -0600




Subject: IBET Some pictures of Pine Siskin from Camp Sagawau
From: "pdacko1 AT ameritech.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 21 Nov 2014 14:07:25 -0800
Went to Camp Sagawau today and was greeted by no less than 30 pine siskin at 
the feeders. 


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Subject: IBET Wolf Lake Pine Siskins (11-21-14)
From: "Walter Marcisz wmarcisz AT att.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:17:26 -0800
Sixteen PINE SISKINS were feeding on alder cones on the northwest shore of Wolf 
Lake (Powers Fish & Wildlife Area, Chicago) at about noon on Friday (21 
November 2014). Walk the narrow path that follows the northwest shoreline till 
you get to the alder trees. 


Walter Marcisz
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Subject: IBET Bend of Little Calumet River (11-21-14)
From: "Walter Marcisz wmarcisz AT att.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:18:10 -0800
I birded the Bend of the Little Calumet River (southeast Chicago) during the 
early afternoon on Friday (21 November 2014). Highlights included 1 COMMON 
LOON, 1 (male) NORTHERN PINTAIL, and many other varieties of waterfowl & 
waterbirds (complete list at the end of this message). Map & directions are at 
the following link: 


http://countywiki.ilbirds.com/bend-of-the-little-calumet-river/

Walter Marcisz
Chicago, Cook Co.

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Bend of Little Calumet River (Chicago/Riverdale), Cook, US-IL
Nov 21, 2014 12:33 PM - 1:08 PM
Protocol: Stationary
23 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 39
Mute Swan 2
Gadwall 35
American Black Duck 7
Mallard 56
American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid) 1 (ad. male)
Northern Shoveler 3 (2 males, 1 female)
Northern Pintail 1 (ad. male)
Redhead 2
Ring-necked Duck 36
Lesser Scaup 141
Bufflehead 3
Common Goldeneye 6
Common Merganser 65
Red-breasted Merganser 1
Common Loon 1
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Double-crested Cormorant 5
American Coot 5
Ring-billed Gull 24
Herring Gull 4
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Black-capped Chickadee 1
House Sparrow 1

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20625140 


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


 



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Subject: IBET Cal Park Pectoral Sandpiper, etc. (11-21-14)
From: "Walter Marcisz wmarcisz AT att.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:16:55 -0800
I birded Calumet Park on Chicago's south lakefront on Friday morning (21 
November 2014). A juvenile PECTORAL SANDPIPER on the main beach in front of the 
beach house was a rather late migrant. I watched the bird on the beach for a 
few minutes, then at 10:00 am it called and flew off to the east. 


A CACKLING GOOSE was still with the big flock of Canada Geese off the main 
beach, and 24 RUDDY DUCKS at the same location were also notable. 


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Subject: IBET Cook County Surprise Visit From A Goshawk At Axehead Lake Fri 11-21-14
From: "Al Stokie alstokie99 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:58:44 -0600
Hello Bird People,

Spend all day yesterday doing yard work & then the last part of this year's
physical exam. Then the 1st 2 hours of today filling more bags of leaves
for the Friday pickup. So birding could not start until too late for a
longer trip which meant another close to home event. Decided to repeat last
week's tollway/forest preserve lakes plus Lake Opeka in Des Plaines. But
the week of cold temps had taken it's toll & where there was open water
last time now Lake Opeka & Big Bend Lake were frozen solid & Beck Lake only
had a tiny area of open water but it was well used. Belleau & Axehead Lakes
both had open water & so must be deeper than the other lakes. Here's the
day list:

Belleau Lake (9:45-10 a.m.)(Almost completely open water)

WOOD DUCK (1-F, with the Mallards)
Mallard (29)
Bufflehead (1-M)
Common Merganser (1-F)
Hooded Merganser (2-F)

Big Bend Lake (10:15 a.m.)(Completely frozen over)

Great Blue Heron (1 on spillway to the river)
Canada Geese (4 landed on the lawns)
As I left I heard 1 each Chickadee & W.B. Nuthatch.

Beck Lake (10:30-10:45 a.m.)(95% frozen with 1 tiny open water area near
the island)

On The Ice

Canada Geese (2), Mallard (25) & Ring Billed Gull (64)

Packed tightly in the open water

Lesser Scaup (1-F)
Common Goldeneye (1-F)
Hooded Merganser (1-F)
Ruddy Duck (1-F)
Coot (1)
Except for the Coot it was Lady's Day at the old swimming hole & maybe for
the Coot too?

Lake Opeka In Des Plaines (11:15 a.m.)(Completely frozen over)

It's too bad this place has no open water as it is usually the best place
around for ducks.

Canada Geese (215-220, few on the ice but most on the lawns)
Ring Billed Gull (8)
Herring Gull (15)
Rock Pigeon (14-15 on phone wires by the street)

Axehead Lake (11:30-noon)(2/3 frozen & 1/3 open water)

Canada Geese (307 on the lawns & ice & in the water)
Mallard (21)
Bufflehead (1-PR)
Common Goldeneye (1-F)
Common Merganser (17-18, hard to count as they were diving a lot)
Ruddy Duck (3)
Ring Billed Gull (3-AD but almost 2 later)

So, have you heard the story of the Goshawk chasing after ducks & gulls?
Well neither have I but you are about to hear it. While I was counting
ducks on the water I saw a "hawk" fly in & dive at the ducks but it missed.
Perhaps upset that it missed it next went after the gulls (seemed to have a
cranky disposition) & I could not see how that played out but when I went
for a better view the "hawk" was gone & all 3 gulls were alive & well. At
1st I thought the "hawk" was an accipiter based on the wings but it seemed
way too big & stocky. In fact it looked about as large as a Red Tailed Hawk
but it was not a Buteo & flew way too fast. I know Peregrines attack ducks
in the water as will Bald Eagles but this "hawk" was clearly neither of
those. It was definitely a very large accipiter with a massive looking
chest, much larger than any Cooper's Hawk. It was not an adult & the action
was too fast to see subtle details like eye lines but it was brown on top &
had streaks on the underside. It's just as likely the original duck target
was on the shore as in the water which would make more sense although I
have just learned that a Goshawk will try for a duck in water once in a
while. If my I.D. is correct then this was my 3rd Goshawk of the year. I
seem to be finding good birds lately although none of them are "year birds"
to help my list. Goes to show you never know where a good bird will appear
so keep on the lookout.

Bird-Of-The-Day to the probable Goshawk &
Runners-Up to the Lady's Club Brunch Group of diving ducks at Beck Lake.

Al Stokie
Subject: IBET DeKalb County owls - No sightings
From: "Karen Lund catbirder813 AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:07:52 -0600
The subject line  kind of says it all. Neither the snowy nor short-eared
owls were seen this morning.

Karen Lund
Genoa, DeKalb County
catbirder813 AT gmail.com
Subject: IBET Montrose - November 21, 2014
From: "David Antieau dkantieau AT sbcglobal.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:14:30 -0800
Dear birders, 

I didn't get to Montrose until 8 this morning. Highlights: 3 American Pipits in 
the dune and flying around; a Great Blue Heron on the beach (I got photos of it 
flying away, but haven't checked, yet, to see if they're any good); all 3 
Merganser species, including a vary nice male Hooded; 5 Buffleheads (1 male); 1 
male Ruddy Duck; and 12 Pine Siskins (photos obtained but not examined yet). I 
found 5 Horned Grebes in the harbor - I'm not sure how long it's been since the 
Red-necked Grebe was seen. 


For the birds,

Dave Antieau
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Chicago, Cook County
Subject: IBET Migratory Birds Slamming into Loyola University's Glass Buildings
From: "ntikalsky ntikalsky AT hotmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 05:19:48 -0600
 Professor, students documenting problem, will deliver report to school 
suggesting solutions.  http://dnain.fo/1tdGr2t 




Shanti,
Nancy Tikalsky
Zion, IL

The earth laughs in flowers.  - emerson

Please consider the environment before printing

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Subject: IBET BY N cardinal female
From: "John Baxter XXJB7Z AT AOL.COM [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:43:47 -0500
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxjb7z/15834955485/in/photostream

Hi friends,
The female came close to feed near the back window. Next to the air 
conditioner. Eating CC. 


John Baxter
Bourbonnais, IL
Subject: IBET recent Red Phalarope and RT Hawk videos
From: "robirdman AT theearlybirder.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:34:43 -0600
Red Phalarope: I compiled several clips into a single video: 
https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=Zr71-VqrtgI 


Red Tailed Hawk: Close encounter and some other clips and hovering: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUykkT3pR54 


I also revised my Orb Web Spider gallery with my new naming method. This took 
about 2.5 hours, but made the alphabetical ordering of the species automatic 
and much easier. There are some very interesting body types here, and even 
those who don’t like spiders probably appreciate the orb webs. Some are at 
the end. http://www.theearlybirder.com/Arachnid/orbweb/index.htm 


Rob Curtis
www.theearlybirder.com
Subject: IBET Loyola, Yard, Montrose - 11/20/2014
From: "Steve Spitzer steven0703 AT yahoo.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 02:33:01 +0000 (UTC)
Hi Birders, 
White-crowned and White-throated Sparrow pictures at the link, along with a 
presumed Ring-necked Duck from Loyola. No rare birds today but a nice day to be 
out. 

Steve Spitzer
Chicago - Cook
Loyola, Yard, Montrose - 11/20/2014

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Subject: IBET Emiquon
From: "Kevin Richmond theeggman AT comcast.net [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:15:35 -0600
On Sunday, a female BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was noted near the boat ramp at  
Thompson Lake (in Fulton Co). It was seen near the observation  
platform there this afternoon.

Also saw two GREATER SCAUP today and a RED-THROATED LOON on Sunday.

Kevin Richmond
Morton, Illinois




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Subject: IBET Re: Red-necked Grebe at Montrose Harbor - Thursday 11.20.2014
From: "franmmmk AT gmail.com [ILbirds]" <ILbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Nov 2014 16:16:18 -0800
Upon closer inspection by superior birders, the red-necked is a horned. my bad. 


 Greg did put up some comparison grebe photos which are pretty cool.  
 

 Fran