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11 Jun IBET: Western Kingbird in Ogle Co. ["Daniel & Barbara Williams" ]
11 Jun Fwd: IBET First Year Blue Grosbeak-Danada FP []
11 Jun IBET Montrose - June 11 [David Antieau ]
10 Jun IBET So. Ill Black-bellied Whistling Ducks ["Sundberg, Jeffrey" ]
10 Jun IBET Yellow Warblers ["Larry" ]
10 Jun IBET North Point Marina Slaty-backed Gull ["greg_neise" ]
10 Jun IBET Loggerhead Shrike - Paul Douglas Forest Preserve ["mcvetas" ]
10 Jun IBET North Pond []
10 Jun IBET Mackinaw State F&W Area, Tazewell Co; 06/08/11 ["prairie oak" ]
9 Jun IBET Am.Golden Plovers [bob shelby ]
10 Jun IBET Lark Sparrow ["Larry" ]
9 Jun IBET Peregrine Baby's at St. Michaels [Frank Hildebrand ]
09 Jun IBET Bird (& cicada) highlights & lowlights from this past week ["calcariusp" ]
09 Jun IBET Southern Illinois Cannonball Run ["greg_neise" ]
9 Jun IBET Bear Gryllz-type birder needed at NW Cook county site [Judy Pollock ]
09 Jun IBET Montrose and Humboldt Park, 6-9-11 AM ["samburckhardt" ]
09 Jun IBET thanks everyone ["nazemark" ]
08 Jun IBET Continuing June migration in Knox County? [Jim Mountjoy ]
8 Jun IBET Illiana Birds: Update Calumet firing range ["Carolyn A. Marsh" ]
8 Jun IBET Scherburnville BBS 6/5/11 [Jed Hertz ]
8 Jun IBET Calumet area (Eggers, Powderhorn, etc.) (6-8-11) [Walter Marcisz ]
8 Jun IBET Montrose - White Ring-Billed Gull [Steve Spitzer ]
08 Jun IBET First Year Blue Grosbeak-Danada FP ["mabusic5 AT att.net" ]
08 Jun IBET Palos bird monitoring Tuesday ["bik_horus" ]
8 Jun Re: IBET Wood Stork at Middlefork Savannah Tuesday evening [Adam Sell ]
8 Jun IBET: No Middlefork Wood Stork [Todd Anderson ]
7 Jun IBET amazing migration fact- NO SIGHTING ["Wes Serafin" ]
7 Jun IBET Wood Stork at Middlefork Savannah Tuesday evening []
08 Jun IBET Humboldt Park, Ring-necked Duck, 6-7-11 ["samburckhardt" ]
7 Jun IBET St. Michael's peregrines - different photographer - link [Dawn ]
7 Jun IBET ENSBC Field Trip to Palos Sunday (NO SIGHTINGS) ["John Hockman" ]
7 Jun IBET UPLAND SANDPIPER (No Sighting) Midewin [Michael Graff ]
7 Jun IBET peregrine eyases - no sighting - photo link [Dawn ]
07 Jun IBET Montrose, 6/7 a.m. [Robert Hughes ]
07 Jun IBET Yellow-throated Warbler and Vireo-McHenry Dam ["NOLAN" ]
7 Jun IBET: Yellow Throated Warbler and Blue Grosbeak at IBSP? (No sightings) [Todd Anderson ]
7 Jun IBET McLean Co. Blue Grosbeaks [Matthew Winks ]
07 Jun IBET Michigan Kirtland's Trip (no Illinois sightings) ["Amar" ]
7 Jun IBET test message [Jill Niland ]
6 Jun IBET Midewin today [John Baxter ]
6 Jun IBET Mazonia Braidwood Sunday [Jeff Smith ]
06 Jun IBET A summer gull to discuss ["greg_neise" ]
06 Jun IBET Loop Common Yellowthroat ["birdygirl" ]
06 Jun IBET June Northern Illinois Big Day ["greg_neise" ]
6 Jun IBET 2 NEW breeding locations for Cliff Swallow in Gurnee! ["Jim Solum " ]
6 Jun Re: IBET Montrose, 6/6 a.m. [Jill Niland ]
06 Jun IBET Re: Rehab facility? -- THANKS! [Beth Elliott ]
06 Jun IBET Montrose, 6/6 a.m. [Robert Hughes ]
6 Jun IBET North Pond - Tufted Titmouse []
5 Jun Re: RE: IBET Other past weeks bird highlights [Karen Lund ]
5 Jun IBET Salt Creek Woods 5 June [douglas stotz ]
5 Jun IBET Clay-colored Sparrow, Kane Co. Campton For.Pre. [Ann Haverstock ]
5 Jun IBET Boone Co. 5/30/11 ["Craig Taylor" ]
5 Jun IBET Cedar waxwings Backyard [John Baxter ]
06 Jun IBET Older highlights from the end of May ["calcariusp" ]
5 Jun RE: IBET Other past weeks bird highlights ["Darrell Shambaugh" ]
5 Jun IBET Havana area (good stuff) [Kevin Richmond ]
5 Jun IBET Birding McHenry County [Nathan Goldberg ]
5 Jun IBET Eastern McHenry/Western Lake Co [beau schaefer ]
05 Jun IBET Clay-colored Sparrow: Orland Grasslands - SW Cook County ["franmmmk" ]
05 Jun IBET yellow-crowned night heron ["kayakryan" ]
5 Jun IBET Bell's Vireo Photos Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie [Brian Tang ]
3 Jun IBET Fwd: NO SIGHTINGS Field Trip Sat. 6/4 Rollins Savanna; Potluck Dinner 6/21 [Ralph Eiseman ]
5 Jun IBET: Sandhill cranes - Batavia []
5 Jun Re: IBET Randall Rd. Eaglets Not Fed, so Removed []
4 Jun Re: IBET Other past weeks bird highlights ["Daniel & Barbara Williams" ]
05 Jun IBET Palos: J. Duffy Bird Monitoring and other sightings ["bik_horus" ]
4 Jun IBET Eurasian Collared-Dove near North Pond []
4 Jun IBET Kankakee Co: Upland Sandpiper + Western Sandpiper (Prob) [Jed Hertz ]
04 Jun IBET IL maps - NO SIGHTING ["franmmmk" ]
04 Jun IBET Other past weeks bird highlights ["calcariusp" ]
4 Jun IBET Randall Rd. Eaglets Not Fed, so Removed [marilyn bell ]
4 Jun IBET 3 Questions: Low # Bluebirds? Any Yellow-Headed Blackbirds? Report Clay-Colored Sparrow to? & Neat Birds at Pratt's Wayne [marilyn bell ]
4 Jun IBET 3 Questions: Low # Bluebirds? Any Yellow-Headed Blackbirds? Report Clay-Colored Sparrow to? & Neat Birds at Pratt's Wayne [marilyn bell ]
04 Jun Re: Ibet Ogle County birds ["calcariusp" ]
4 Jun IBET BIRDING LISTS DIGEST [Alex Bloss ]

Subject: IBET: Western Kingbird in Ogle Co.
From: "Daniel & Barbara Williams" <twotringas AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 11 Jun 2011 13:08:05 -0500
Around 0945 this morning, Eric Walters and Jeff Donaldson found a Western
Kingbird in northern Ogle County, just south of the Winnebago County line
and south of Severson Dells Forest Preserve.  They called me (thank you,
Eric and Jeff) and managed to reach me as I was driving east on Montague
Road as I returned from one of my BBS routes, so I was able to get to the
spot while they still had the bird in view.

The location is on Weldon Road, north of McGregor Road and before Weldon
meets the Winnebago County line at Severson Road.  It was sitting on a wire
fence that runs along a farm lane to the east.  I believe that the house #
is 12681 (or something close to that).  Eric said that he had taken photos.
 There are a lot of grassland species in that area:  Lark Sparrow (seen by
Eric and Jeff), Grasshopper and Henslow's Sparrows, Bobolinks and
Dickcissels.

I heard from Russ Cline that he was unable to relocate the Western Kingbird
around 11-11:15 a.m., but it may still be in that area.  There are a lot of
pastures, hayfields and wire fences.

Dan Williams
Rockford


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Subject: Fwd: IBET First Year Blue Grosbeak-Danada FP
From: waterthrush AT comcast.net
Date: Sat, 11 Jun 2011 17:50:24 +0000 (UTC)
He was still there and singing loudly this morning around the 11 o'clock hour. 

Linda Padera 
Cook County 




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Subject: IBET First Year Blue Grosbeak-Danada FP 






Yesterday, while walking on the trail on the east side of Danada Forest 
Preserve (Dupage Co.), my husband and I first heard and then located a first 
year Blue Grosbeak. The bird was continually singing. The location is the 
wooded area between the main barn(marker 16)and the beginning of the trail to 
Rice Lake (marker 17). 


Sorry for the delayed posting, this is my first one. 

Margie Busic 
Darien, 
Dupage Co. 




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Subject: IBET Montrose - June 11
From: David Antieau <dkantieau AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Sat, 11 Jun 2011 07:55:10 -0700 (PDT)
Dear birders,

Highlight at Montrose this morning was a singing Dickcissel in a partially dead 
tree 

between the golf course pond and Montrose.

Other birds of interest were a Brown Thrasher, seen singing Yellow-bellied 
Flycatcher, and a Great-crested Flycatcher.  


For the birds,

Dave Antieau
dkantieau AT sbcglobal.net


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Subject: IBET So. Ill Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
From: "Sundberg, Jeffrey" <jsundber AT lakeforest.edu>
Date: Fri, 10 Jun 2011 21:13:43 -0500
Joe Lill and I spent Thursday and Friday exploring central and southern 
Illinois. The most unexpected find was a group of three Black-bellied Whistling 
Ducks, a state bird for me. The sighting was Friday morning, just before 8 am. 


We were on the levee on the south side of the Big Muddy River between Jackson 
and Union counties, between Rte 3 and the railroad tracks. The three ducks came 
flying from the west and turned to the north, flying out to the northeast. We 
lost sight of them, but within a minute or two they came flying back, heading 
directly south and crossed directly overhead. They never landed while we were 
watching them. 


The temperature was 97 degrees in early afternoon when we left Carbondale, and 
56 degrees when I arrived home this evening. 


Jeff Sundberg
Libertyville/Lake County


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Subject: IBET Yellow Warblers
From: "Larry" <planetgranat AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Fri, 10 Jun 2011 22:09:09 -0000
A pair of Yellow Warblers at Subat Forest Preserve in Kendall Co. this 
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Subject: IBET North Point Marina Slaty-backed Gull
From: "greg_neise" <gregneise AT ilbirds.com>
Date: Fri, 10 Jun 2011 21:43:28 -0000
Last Sunday, on our June Big Day, Jeff Skrentny, Adam Sell, Karen Mansfield and 
I came across a large gull on the rocks just north of the harbor mouth. 


I've been working on the ID since then, and I'm now confident that this bird is 
a first summer Slaty-backed Gull. 


Discussion and photos at IBF:

http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topic=48428.0

Scroll down for the latest photos and discussion.

Cheers,

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Subject: IBET Loggerhead Shrike - Paul Douglas Forest Preserve
From: "mcvetas" <mcvetas AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 10 Jun 2011 21:36:18 -0000
A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was observed on 5-Jun at Paul Douglas Forest Preserve in 
Hoffman Estates, Cook County, and reported at the Illinois Birders' Forum 
(IBF). A Bird Conservation Network (BCN) site monitor observed the shrike again 
this morning, 10-Jun, at approximately 10:15am. 


Considering the bird has been there for at least 5 days and it is well into the 
breeding season AND it's Cook County for that matter, I thought it even more 
interesting and worth sharing. 


For those interested in observing the shrike and as there are no formal trails 
through the main part of the preserve, I will do my best to describe the 
location as told to me. Both observations occurred in the central part of the 
forest preserve, north and west of the main marsh, near some obvious brush 
piles and a rocky outcropping. 


If you plug the following coordinates into Google Maps 
(http://www.google.com/maps) and adjust the map so you see a green arrow, zoom 
into that point. You can see brush piles both to the west and south. 


42.077218,-88.112165

The entrance to the preserve is off Central Rd. in Hoffman Estates. 

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Subject: IBET North Pond
From: NorekJ AT aol.com
Date: Fri, 10 Jun 2011 08:21:03 EDT
In the lull after the early storm this morning (6/10/22, 6:15 - 7 a.m.) 
heard the "tuwee" vocalization of a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher -- heard three 
times coming from the east while walking down the east-side walk.
 
Also heard and spotted an Am Redstart, midway along the east-side path.
 
The singing of a Baltimore Oriole continues to be heard daily, recently 
most often on the east side.
 
Joan Norek
Chicago
norekj AT aol.com

Hope is the thing with feathers - that perches in the soul - and sings the 
tune without the words - and never stops at all. - Emily Dickinson


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Subject: IBET Mackinaw State F&W Area, Tazewell Co; 06/08/11
From: "prairie oak" <frakerpovc AT aol.com>
Date: Fri, 10 Jun 2011 03:24:04 -0000
Greetings, everyone -- 

I posted a field report from a 70 species Tazewell County survey yesterday that 
included eight Warbler species and some photos of Kentucky Warbler and a couple 
other birds. 


I also did a little Fraker Farm in the evening.

The link can be found at:

http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topic=48442.0

Thanks!

Matt Fraker
Tazewell and Woodford Co.
06/08/11



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Subject: IBET Am.Golden Plovers
From: bob shelby <bobshelby_1956 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 9 Jun 2011 19:54:52 -0500
The fields south of Beall Woods S.P. in Wabash Co. still have big pools. Today 
I observed 3 Am.Golden Plovers, 1 DC Cormorant, 1 Grt. Egret, 6 Cattle Egret, 2 
Am.Coot, 

12 Blk-neck Stilt,  2 Least Tern,  and 1 Caspian Tern. The road is 750E.
Bob Shelby
West Salem, Edwards Co.
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Subject: IBET Lark Sparrow
From: "Larry" <planetgranat AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Fri, 10 Jun 2011 00:04:25 -0000
Saw a Lark Sparrow at Hoover F.P. today. A first for me. 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/planetgranat/ 




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Subject: IBET Peregrine Baby's at St. Michaels
From: Frank Hildebrand <fwhildebrand AT yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 9 Jun 2011 16:15:46 -0700 (PDT)
The younger St. Michael peregrine is getting bold on the ledge 

http://www.hildebrandphotography.com/st_michaels/e26789466
 
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Subject: IBET Bird (& cicada) highlights & lowlights from this past week
From: "calcariusp" <sdbailey AT mail.inhs.uiuc.edu>
Date: Thu, 09 Jun 2011 22:31:40 -0000
I started the week off (June 6th) with a census of a small area along the 
DuPage River within the Will County FPD's DuPage River Confluence north of 
Boughton Rd. in Bolingbrook. Not much to get excited about here, but it was 
quite a surprise to have one of the first birds that I registered on my census 
be a LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH singing along the edge of the DuPage River! Although 
the river is tree-lined here, that is about as far as it goes for "forest" so I 
am left to wonder where this bird was coming from or going to. The only other 
thing of interest were 2 singing ORCHARD ORIOLES, seemingly about anywhere now 
in northern Illinois where there is appropriate habitat. 


 From there, it was down I-80 over to western Illinois to some private property 
east of Kewanee, in Bureau County. Passing through some reclaimed strip-mined 
land, I heard 40+ DICKCISSELS, 3 singing BOBOLINKS, and a RED-HEADED 
WOODPECKER. On my census the next morning, one of few highlights were 4 singing 
male ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS. 


 From there it was on to Dwight in the southwestern corner of Grundy County. 
One interesting sight that got my attention at my motel by the interstate was a 
pair of HOUSE FINCHES perched on the motel roof. Looking down below them, there 
was one small conifer next to the motel, where I assumed their nest must be. As 
they remained perched on the roof, I looked around and noticed three brown 
birds perched on a nearby square-shaped light fixture, attached to the side 
wall of the motel, near the apex of the roof. I looked up with my binos and 
noticed they were 3 mostly grown juvenile House Finch nestlings standing up in 
the remains of an old American Robin nest atop the light fixture! They all 
still had a fair amount of down protruding from the tops of their 
heads…otherwise they resembled a female House Finch…a rather odd nesting 
substrate and location, even for a House Finch. 


 My survey of the privately owned block of forest (literally about the only 
block of forest in the entire township!) the next morning just north of the 
Dwight Correctional Center and along the Mazon River also had few highlights. 
The most interesting thing about this forest block was the lack of certain 
birds, including absolutely no warblers, Yellow-throated Vireos or Scarlet 
Tanagers, possibly having been over-parasitised by too many BROWN-HEADED 
COWBIRDS (which were quite common) for too many years! There were 3 
YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS, 3 TUFTED TITMICE, and a lone ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK as 
well as an abundance of BLUE JAYS (a common nest predator), HOUSE WRENS (a 
common egg puncturer of other birds nests) and the aforementioned numerous 
COWBIRDS (egg parasitiser). Otherwise, about the only Neotropical migrant 
breeders were a couple BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS, several EASTERN WOOD PEWEES, 
GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHERS & RED-EYED VIREOS. I did have another ORCHARD ORIOLE 
just down the road. 


One interesting thing about this woods was the presence of at least 10-12 
scattered single PERIODICAL CICADAS calling! Although there is currently a 
brood hatchout of millions of these interesting insects in southern Illinois, I 
don't think it was supposed to extend as far north as Grundy County! Several 
times in years past, I have heard one or a few periodical cicadas calling in a 
woods either a year before or after a periodical cicada hatchout in the same 
area, and didn't know what to make of it. When I Googled this, this morning, I 
amazingly was brought to a blog (Nature Inquiries) done by DuPage County's own 
Carl Strang (who occasionally posts to IBET), who had written about this very 
subject just this morning (http://natureinquiries.wordpress.com/ ), involving 
some of these cicadas he has heard recently in DuPage County! If anyone has 
read any articles or papers on this particular topic, I would love to know 
about it. I heard and saw hundreds of periodical cicadas a couple weeks ago 
while conducting bird surveys from Macoupin County on the west side of the 
state, and all the way eastward across the state while driving and stopping at 
survey sites in Montgomery, Fayette, Richland, Wayne, Clay, Wabash and Marion 
Counties and was told they are out as far south as Pulaski County as well. As 
Jim Mountjoy mentioned in an earlier IBET post, this could be the reason for 
this year's plethora of northerly MISSISSIPPI KITE vagrant reports, as they 
show up in unexpected places to feast on the millions of periodical cicadas 
which hatch out during these emergences. About a half dozen kites showed up in 
Vermilion County during one such hatch-out many years ago (naturally for the 
exact amount of time I was gone on vacation!). Good birding! 


Steve Bailey
sdbailey AT illinois.edu
Mundelein (Lake County




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Subject: IBET Southern Illinois Cannonball Run
From: "greg_neise" <gregneise AT ilbirds.com>
Date: Thu, 09 Jun 2011 22:27:46 -0000
Amar and I made a run down to the Shawnee yesterday for a few target birds 
including (yet another) try for Swainson's Warbler. 


I wrote about the day at North American Birding:

http://www.nabirding.com/2011/06/09/into-limnothlypis-lair/

Cheers,

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Subject: IBET Bear Gryllz-type birder needed at NW Cook county site
From: Judy Pollock <jpbobolink AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 9 Jun 2011 16:41:15 -0500
Have you never met a thicket you couldn't conquer?  Are you impervious
to pain? Have you always wondered what's nesting just beyond a big
wall of buckthorn? Would you like to join a very elite circle of truly
tough birders: Glenn Gabanski, Jerry and Jody Zamirowski, Fran Morel
and Robert Sliwinski? Would you be willing to make two morning visits
to 3 random points in a dense thicket near Crabtree Nature Center at a
time convenient to you, but before July 10?  Do you know the calls of
the shrubland birds(and can you hear them)?  Then Uncle Chat needs
you!  Please consider joining a before and after study to test some
methods of shrubland management, with the goal of coming up with some
practical advice to increase habitat for shruband birds of concern.
Let me know if you can answer the call.

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Evanston, IL
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Subject: IBET Montrose and Humboldt Park, 6-9-11 AM
From: "samburckhardt" <rawsbb AT mac.com>
Date: Thu, 09 Jun 2011 14:57:37 -0000
An adult Semipalmated Plover was at Montrose Beach, and a Willow Flycatcher was 
calling from the edge of the meadow, this morning around 6:30 AM. At Humboldt 
Park, the male Ring-necked Duck is still present on the lagoon. 


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Subject: IBET thanks everyone
From: "nazemark" <nazemark AT yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 09 Jun 2011 13:42:14 -0000
Hi all,

I just wanted to thank all you kind people for the advice re: Chicago birding 
spots, both on and off forum - really useful and very generous. 


Look me up if ever you're birding in London!

all best
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Subject: IBET Continuing June migration in Knox County?
From: Jim Mountjoy <jmountjo AT knox.edu>
Date: Wed, 08 Jun 2011 22:17:03 -0500
Although migration seemed to be pretty sparse in even the 2nd half of 
May, a few recent observations suggest that not all of the migrants made 
it through central IL on schedule.  On June 5, I was surprised to hear a 
CAPE MAY WARBLER repeatedly singing from a large spruce in north 
Galesburg.  Yesterday, I had another surprise when I heard a LEAST 
FLYCATCHER while running a Breeding Bird Survey in southern Knox 
County.  Although Leasts have rarely tried to set up territories in Knox 
County in summer, this bird was 'Chebek!'ing from a lush pasture with a 
few scattered trees, which did not seem like breeding habitat at all.  
Another unexpected Empidonax turned up today, when I heard an ACADIAN 
FLYCATCHER during the morning dog walk.  This species may be a local 
breeder, but was very out of place in this residential setting (it was 
my first ever in this neighborhood), so I am thinking it was also a late 
migrant.

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Galesburg IL




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Subject: IBET Illiana Birds: Update Calumet firing range
From: "Carolyn A. Marsh" <cmarshbird AT prodigy.net>
Date: Wed, 8 Jun 2011 16:19:23 -0500
Update on the Calumet firing range has Commissioner Debra Shore's statement
and map of the proposed firing range reprinted from the Metropolitan Water
Reclamation District of Greater Chicago Annual Report 2010.

 

Direct link: Illinois Birders' Forum
http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topic=41565.msg65035#msg65035

Otherwise: Illinois Birders' Forum

Click: General Discussion

Click: Conservation

Click: Heron Rookery under fire .

Click: Page 2 bottom for recent posts

 

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Subject: IBET Scherburnville BBS 6/5/11
From: Jed Hertz <jhh_60910 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Jun 2011 13:05:31 -0700 (PDT)
Hi all,

On Sunday 6/5/11 I ran the Scherburnville Breeding Bird Survey starting in the 
NE corner of Kankakee Co, north through eastern Will Co, and north into SE Cook 

Co. There was an unusual amount of ponding in the fields which attracted 
hundreds of Ring-billed Gull. Here's my tally of 58 species:
 
IL, BBS Scherburnville  
  ¨ ¨ 25 Canada Goose ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 2 Wood Duck ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 8 Mallard ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 32 Ring-necked Pheasant ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 1 Wild Turkey ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 3 Northern Bobwhite ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 1 Great Blue Heron ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 1 Green Heron ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 1 Cooper's Hawk ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 24 Killdeer ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 1 Spotted Sandpiper ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 253 Ring-billed Gull ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 1 Rock Pigeon ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 61 Mourning Dove ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 30 Chimney Swift ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 4 Red-headed Woodpecker ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 2 Downy Woodpecker ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 2 Northern Flicker ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 1 Eastern Wood-Pewee ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 1 WILLOW FLYCATCHER¨   
  ¨ ¨ 2 Eastern Phoebe ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 1 Great Crested Flycatcher ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 1 Eastern Kingbird ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 9 Warbling Vireo ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 1 Red-eyed Vireo ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 37 American Crow ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 6 Horned Lark ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 6 Purple Martin ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 1 Tree Swallow ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 10 Barn Swallow ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 2 Black-capped Chickadee ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 1 Tufted Titmouse ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 1 White-breasted Nuthatch ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 8 House Wren ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 1 Eastern Bluebird ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 254 American Robin ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 3 Gray Catbird ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 2 Brown Thrasher ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 115 European Starling ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 6 Cedar Waxwing ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 3 Common Yellowthroat ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 10 Chipping Sparrow ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 2 Field Sparrow ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 5 VESPER SPARROW¨   
  ¨ ¨ 33 Song Sparrow ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 30 Northern Cardinal ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 1 ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK¨   
  ¨ ¨ 7 Indigo Bunting ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 17 Dickcissel ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 254 Red-winged Blackbird ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 17 Eastern Meadowlark ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 179 Common Grackle ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 60 Brown-headed Cowbird ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 3 Baltimore Oriole ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 20 House Finch ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 87 American Goldfinch ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 113 House Sparrow ¨  


 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


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Subject: IBET Calumet area (Eggers, Powderhorn, etc.) (6-8-11)
From: Walter Marcisz <wmarcisz AT att.net>
Date: Wed, 8 Jun 2011 11:07:15 -0700 (PDT)
A male YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD carrying food for young and a singing 
YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO were at Eggers Grove Forest Preserve (112th & Ave. "E," 
Chicago) on Wednesday morning (8 June 2011). 

 
One adult OSPREY was perched on a cell tower just west of Powderhorn Lake 
Forest Preserve, but what remains of the nest on the taller nest platform at 
Powderhorn still appeared to be empty & deserted. 

 
I saw no Ospreys at the cell tower nest site on Cargill property at 117th & 
Torrence Ave., Chicago, and what remains of the cell tower nest appeared to be 
empty & deserted. 

 
Walter Marcisz
Chicago, Cook Co.

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Subject: IBET Montrose - White Ring-Billed Gull
From: Steve Spitzer <steven0703 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Jun 2011 10:14:58 -0700 (PDT)
A few pictures at the link of a rather photogenic gull I saw this morning near 
the dog beach. 


http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topic=48437.0

Steve Spitzer
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Subject: IBET First Year Blue Grosbeak-Danada FP
From: "mabusic5 AT att.net" <mabusic5@att.net>
Date: Wed, 08 Jun 2011 15:11:57 -0000
Yesterday, while walking on the trail on the east side of Danada Forest 
Preserve (Dupage Co.), my husband and I first heard and then located a first 
year Blue Grosbeak. The bird was continually singing. The location is the 
wooded area between the main barn(marker 16)and the beginning of the trail to 
Rice Lake (marker 17). 


Sorry for the delayed posting, this is my first one.

Margie Busic
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Subject: IBET Palos bird monitoring Tuesday
From: "bik_horus" <rlshonkw AT uchicago.edu>
Date: Wed, 08 Jun 2011 15:11:04 -0000
I posted a short report of some bird monitoring sightings from yesterday at the 
following link: 


http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topic=48436.0

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Subject: Re: IBET Wood Stork at Middlefork Savannah Tuesday evening
From: Adam Sell <adamsell86 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Jun 2011 09:13:08 -0500
Ibetors,

Spent some time looking for the stork this morning with no luck.  I wouldn't
count this one out yet, though. I plan on checking for it later again this
afternoon/evening.

Adam Sell
Grayslake
Lake Co

On Tue, Jun 7, 2011 at 9:42 PM,  wrote:

>
>
> Just got an email from Mike Ward. Jeff Fox advised Mike he had located a
> Wood Stork at Middlefork Savannah around 7:30 PM Tuesday evening.
>
> Jeff gave these directions:
> The entrance and parking area are located off of Waukegan Road (Route 43),
> north of Route 60 and south of Route 176. At the light for Middlefork
> Drive/Westmoreland Road, turn west onto Middlefork Drive. Proceed to the
> end of
> Middlefork Drive, bear left at the fork to enter the preserve parking
> area. From the parking lot, walk towards the RR tracks and take the loop
> trail
> that runs past the small wetland complex. The stork was seen by Jeff in one
>
> of these wetlands Tuesday evening.
>
> Bob Fisher
> Downers Grove
> DuPage County
>
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>  
>



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Subject: IBET: No Middlefork Wood Stork
From: Todd Anderson <tcanders123 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Jun 2011 09:12:34 -0500
Went to Middlefork around 7:00 this morning in hopes of finding the stork,
but no such luck. Some other birders had been there since 5:30, and hadn't
seen it either.

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Mundelein, Lake County


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Subject: IBET amazing migration fact- NO SIGHTING
From: "Wes Serafin" <w.serafin AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 7 Jun 2011 23:17:38 -0500
I am amazed at this study proven by tagging with geolocators:

 

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/06/110606-fastest-birds-flight-
animals-migration-science/?ref=nf

 

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Orland Pk

SW Cook County

Not far enough to escape Cook County taxes

 

 



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Subject: IBET Wood Stork at Middlefork Savannah Tuesday evening
From: BFisher928 AT aol.com
Date: Tue, 7 Jun 2011 22:42:29 -0400 (EDT)
Just got an email from Mike Ward. Jeff Fox advised Mike he had located  a 
Wood Stork at Middlefork Savannah around 7:30 PM Tuesday evening. 
 
Jeff gave these directions:
The entrance  and parking area are located off of Waukegan Road (Route 43), 
north of Route 60  and south of Route 176. At the light for Middlefork 
Drive/Westmoreland Road, turn west onto Middlefork Drive. Proceed to the end of 

Middlefork Drive, bear  left at the fork to enter the preserve parking 
area. From the parking lot, walk towards the RR tracks and take the loop trail 

that runs past the small wetland  complex. The stork was seen by Jeff in one 
of these wetlands Tuesday  evening.

Bob Fisher
Downers Grove
DuPage County

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Subject: IBET Humboldt Park, Ring-necked Duck, 6-7-11
From: "samburckhardt" <rawsbb AT mac.com>
Date: Wed, 08 Jun 2011 02:29:18 -0000
An adult male Ring-necked Duck was on the Lagoon in Humboldt Park, this 
morning. I have posted a few pictures at the following link: 


http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topic=48433.0

You will see why this duck received its specific name.

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Subject: IBET St. Michael's peregrines - different photographer - link
From: Dawn <mrssmith2 AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 7 Jun 2011 21:11:32 -0500
Frank Hildebrand also has some magnificent shots of the St. Michael's 
peregrines on his web site: 


http://www.hildebrandphotography.com/st_michaels




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Subject: IBET ENSBC Field Trip to Palos Sunday (NO SIGHTINGS)
From: "John Hockman" <j.w.hockman AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Tue, 7 Jun 2011 21:05:45 -0500
The Evanston North Shore Bird Club has a field trip to Swallow Cliff Woods 
in the Palos area this Sunday, June 12.  This half-day walk will target 
summer specialties such as hooded, blue-winged, and chestnut-sided warblers 
in addition to Acadian flycatchers, white-eyed vireos and summer tanagers.

Enter Swallow Cliff Woods from La Grange Road (US Route 45) a half mile 
south of its intersection with Il Route 83.  Meet at 7:00 a.m. in the first 
parking lot as you enter the park.  Leader: Amar Ayyash.

John Hockman
Riverwoods, IL
Lake County
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Subject: IBET UPLAND SANDPIPER (No Sighting) Midewin
From: Michael Graff <mikeg_606 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 7 Jun 2011 18:19:18 -0700 (PDT)
Hello,

Can anyone offer directions or advice for the best chance to find an Upland 
Sandpiper at Midewin.  


Any help would be appreciated.

Sincerely,

Michael Graff

Chicago



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Subject: IBET peregrine eyases - no sighting - photo link
From: Dawn <mrssmith2 AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 7 Jun 2011 18:03:39 -0500
Below is the link to Bob Vogelzang's photos of the St. Michael's peregrine 
eyases from this morning. The lighting was terrific and the older kid came out 
for some great shots. 


Photos 150,154 and 156 show the eyas trying to eat a leg - curious as to the id 
of his dinner - maybe starling? I have been seeing a great many blue jay heads 
around, but they have black legs and the photo shows a yellow leg. 



http://www.flickr.com/photos/26527003 AT N06/




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Subject: IBET Montrose, 6/7 a.m.
From: Robert Hughes <rhughes.enteract AT rcn.com>
Date: Tue, 07 Jun 2011 16:38:41 -0500
Migration is over for the most part but I did manage to eek out a few 
late migrants at Montrose this morning, including:

Semipalmated Plover - ~6 on the beach early
Willow Flycatcher - 1, possibly nesting
Alder Flycatcher - 1
Ovenbird - 1
Dickcissel - 2 or 3 flying around the point, buzzing

Robert D. Hughes
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Subject: IBET Yellow-throated Warbler and Vireo-McHenry Dam
From: "NOLAN" <nal1212 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 07 Jun 2011 20:43:27 -0000
 I joined up with the "Tuesday Birders" at McHenry Dam this morning. They got a 
nice selection of birds: Yellow-throated Warbler, Yellow-throated 
Vireo,Prothonotary Warbler and Pine Warbler. I was able to get some photos of 
the Yellow-throated Warbler and Vireo. 


 Photos are posted 
at:https://picasaweb.google.com/nal1212/2011YellowThroatedWarbler# 


  Along with some photos of a recent pelagic trip to Cape Hatteras,NC:
https://picasaweb.google.com/nal1212/2011CapeHatterasI#

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Subject: IBET: Yellow Throated Warbler and Blue Grosbeak at IBSP? (No sightings)
From: Todd Anderson <tcanders123 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 7 Jun 2011 13:12:25 -0500
Has anyone seen Yellow Throated Warblers or Blue Grosbeaks at IBSP this
year? I haven't seen any postings for them, and haven't seen or heard either
there myself.

Thank you!
Todd Anderson
Mundelein, Lake County


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Subject: IBET McLean Co. Blue Grosbeaks
From: Matthew Winks <fluidfive AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 7 Jun 2011 13:06:51 -0500
Hi all,

I found an adult male and female Blue Grosbeak fraternizing at
ParkLands Mohr Preserve before work this morning. The male was not
singing and never did for the 45 minutes I was there. They seemed to
be favoring the scrubby cherry and cottonwood trees with shrubby
understory ~20 yards west of the bridge on 2450 N Road. They were on
the north side of the road and I suspect they could be nesting at
Mohr. Angelo and I found two singing males at Mohr last June.

There was a Northern Mockingbird singing in the pasture SE of the
intersection of 2200 N and 1975 E.

Matthew Winks
Normal, IL


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Subject: IBET Michigan Kirtland's Trip (no Illinois sightings)
From: "Amar" <amarayyash AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 07 Jun 2011 17:53:22 -0000
Greetings everyone. I've linked a short report of my trip to northern MI for 
Kirtland's. Enjoy! 


http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topic=48429.msg65028#msg65028

Best,
Amar Ayyash
Frankfort IL



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Subject: IBET test message
From: Jill Niland <bwwarbler AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 7 Jun 2011 07:10:08 -0700 (PDT)
Just a test--couldn't post yesterday. 

Jill Niland

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Subject: IBET Midewin today
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z AT AOL.COM>
Date: Mon, 6 Jun 2011 19:57:36 -0400 (EDT)
Hi friends,
We split into 4 groups to count grassland birds using the point-5minute method. 
Everything within 100m listed separately. The west side has fields cleared of 
brush which birds have moved into their habitat. Bobolink, Dicksissel, 
Grasshopper, Henslow's, and Savannah also E medaowlark, RW blackbirds, a few 
exotics Alder and Willow flycatcher, Pheobe, Kingbirds of course. And the most 
sought after, UPSAN. Yes, finally, one on the west side. It sat on the bunker 
top ledge for 10 minutes or more within 20yds. It chortled then flew off into 
the grass. Maybe if things change, the Uplands will stay on. 

John Baxter
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Subject: IBET Mazonia Braidwood Sunday
From: Jeff Smith <mrqmagoo13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 6 Jun 2011 18:00:26 -0500
After doing my Livingston County BBS Route I birded the Mazonia Braidwood
area for a couple hours. Highlights were a Common Loon and 5 AW Pelicans at
Braidwood Lake, 3 White-eyed Vireos, 3 Bell's Vireos, and a Whip-poor-will
which flushed from the trail.

Jeff Smith
Woodridge, DuPage Co.


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Subject: IBET A summer gull to discuss
From: "greg_neise" <gregneise AT ilbirds.com>
Date: Mon, 06 Jun 2011 22:59:12 -0000
While at North Point Marina yesterday, we found an interesting gull out on the 
rocks. 


Photos and a bit of discussion at IBF:

http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topic=48428.0

Cheers,

-greg neise
Berwyn, IL



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Subject: IBET Loop Common Yellowthroat
From: "birdygirl" <lisarest AT earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 06 Jun 2011 18:47:38 -0000
On my way in to work this morning I heard a Common Yellowthroat singing from 
the yews (?) in front of the Thompson Center where a woman was sitting smoking 
a cigarette. I sat down for as long as I could breathe and pished a little 
until I could glimpse him furtively hopping around on the ground. He kept 
singing. I can't imagine what he's doing in such lousy habitat but I'm certain 
they breed in Grant Park and the north garden of the Art Institute. 


Lisa Rest
Berwyn and the Chicago Loop
Cook County



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Subject: IBET June Northern Illinois Big Day
From: "greg_neise" <gregneise AT ilbirds.com>
Date: Mon, 06 Jun 2011 18:34:45 -0000
Hi all,

Jeff and I were joined by Karen Mansfield and Adam Sell for our 6th big day 
attempt in 2011. 


How did we do?

Find out at IBF: http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topic=48427.0

Cheers,

-greg neise
Berwyn, IL



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Subject: IBET 2 NEW breeding locations for Cliff Swallow in Gurnee!
From: "Jim Solum " <Solum11 AT msn.com>
Date: Mon, 6 Jun 2011 17:38:18 +0000
While not birding this morning, I found two new nest-building locations in 
Gurnee. 

First, the Kohl's at Gurnee Mills east southeast entrance had several pairs 
busy bringing nesting material into the newly remodeled cubby. An hour later at 
the Subway at Washington Street and Milwaukee Avenue at least four birds were 
taking advantage of the mud along the tiny retention pond to build nests above 
the entrance. 

Good birding!
Jim Solum
solum11 AT msn.com
Gurnee
Lake Co.

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Subject: Re: IBET Montrose, 6/6 a.m.
From: Jill Niland <bwwarbler AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 6 Jun 2011 08:00:39 -0700 (PDT)
I also took a quick walk around Montrose point this a.m. and saw a brown 
thrasher on the sidewalk between the dunes area and the point. Keep a look out 
for it; it might be injured, as it seemed to be holding its tail sideways at 
about a 30 degree angle to its body, in a horizontal plane, not cocked up like 
a 

typical thrasher tail.  It was able to hop and fly short distances, and I 
lost 

track of it. 


Jill Niland
Chicago



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From: Robert Hughes 
To: IL-BIRD 
Sent: Mon, June 6, 2011 8:09:26 AM
Subject: IBET Montrose, 6/6 a.m.

  

A brief walk around Montrose Point this morning yielded the following birds:

Semipalmated Sandpiper - 1 on the beach
Laughing Gull - 1 flying south over the point. This looked like the 
same late first cycle bird seen last week.
Blackpoll Warbler - 1 female
Dickcissel - 1

Robert D. Hughes
Chicago, Illinois
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Subject: IBET Re: Rehab facility? -- THANKS!
From: Beth Elliott <trinitycollies AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 06 Jun 2011 09:25:49 -0500
Just wanted to say thank you to all who responded to my request!  My 
Downy actually turned out to be a Hairy, and it is now in the good hands 
of Dawn and the rest of the Flint Creek group.

Beth

-- 
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Subject: IBET Montrose, 6/6 a.m.
From: Robert Hughes <rhughes.enteract AT rcn.com>
Date: Mon, 06 Jun 2011 08:09:26 -0500
A brief walk around Montrose Point this morning yielded the following birds:

Semipalmated Sandpiper - 1 on the beach
Laughing Gull - 1 flying south over the point.  This looked like the 
same late first cycle bird  seen last week.
Blackpoll Warbler - 1 female
Dickcissel - 1

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Subject: IBET North Pond - Tufted Titmouse
From: NorekJ AT aol.com
Date: Mon, 6 Jun 2011 08:25:06 EDT
Heard what I believe is a Tufted Titmouse at North Pond this morning 
(6/6/11) at about 6:50 a.m. From the middle west side, and then again from the 
north east side.  Comparison with Stokes done each time.
 
Believe a Tufted Titmouse was heard on three occasions the past few days -- 
twice on west side of Pine Grove just north of Wrightwood (where one was 
seen a couple of months ago) -- which runs parallel to very north end of the 
North Pond area, and once on the east side of North Pond.  Each time high in 
a leafed tree (same tree both times on Pine Grove). What it could be was not 
registering then -- until later when I wrote the word "loud" when jotting 
notes.
 
 
 
Joan Norek
Chicago
norekj AT aol.com

Hope is the thing with feathers - that perches in the soul - and sings the 
tune without the words - and never stops at all. - Emily Dickinson


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Subject: Re: RE: IBET Other past weeks bird highlights
From: Karen Lund <catbirder813 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 5 Jun 2011 23:20:31 -0500
We've been finding nesting  cliff swallows under Rawson bridge in Cary
(McHenry County).  They've been there for the spring count for at least the
past 4 years.

Karen Lund
Genoa (DeKalb County)
catbirder813 AT gmail.com
On Jun 5, 2011 4:30 PM, "Darrell Shambaugh"  wrote:
> Steve's notes about Cliff Swallows explain some sightings I've had this
> year. On May 7 I found at least 15 Cliff Swallows at a very small bridge
on
> Whitman Road west of Goble Road in DeKalb County. They were still there
last
> Sunday, May 29. I know in Kansas and Oklahoma there are swarms of Cliff
> Swallows at bridges over creeks and ditches, but I'm not used to this in
> northern Illinois. Last Sunday I also found Cliff Swallows at a bridge on
a
> road west of Shabbona Lake State Park. I guess bridges across ditches and
> creeks are now the place to look for Cliff Swallows.
>
>
>
> Another bit of swallow trivia: at my place of employment we use several
> truck trailers for storage. Northern Rough-winged Swallows nest in the
> frames of these trailers. There are round holes in the frames beneath the
> trailers and the swallows nest in them. Every spring I check the storage
> trailers for Northern Rough-winged Swallows and they are there every year.
> Take a look if you are around storage trailers and see if there are
Northern
> Rough-winged Swallows using them.
>
>
>
> Lastly, I do a BBS route that goes north through Steward on Steward Road,
> and I find almost as many Western Meadowlarks as Easterns on this route.
> Some years I find more Westerns.
>
>
>
> Darrell Shambaugh
>
> Somonauk, DeKalb County
>
> _____
>
> From: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
Of
> calcariusp
> Sent: Saturday, June 04, 2011 4:36 PM
> To: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
> Subject: IBET Other past weeks bird highlights
>
>
>
>
>
> It has been an interesting week of travel, birding and bird surveying! On
> 29th May & 31st, I went out to the north unit of Grant Woods FP (Lake Co.,
> off Grand Ave./Rt. 132) to set up my census spots there. In a narrow band
of
> pines on the east edge of the preserve, along the trail there, I located
at
> least 2 singing PINE WARBLERS on territory, new breeders at that location
I
> believe. Sheryl and I got nice looks at one of the males on the 29th. On
the
> 31st, I had two singing male BLUE-WINGED WARBLERS and six singing
OVENBIRDS
> on and after my census. Sheryl and I also saw 2 different male
RUBY-THROATED
> HUMMINGBIRDS perched up on dead saplings along the trails, on the 29th.
>
> After my 31st May census in Lake County, I headed for my two Stephenson
> County study sites. One was on private property near the Winnebago County
> line along Farwell Bridge Rd. The owner created a small, marshy pond which
I
> census, and like past surveys, there was a pair of SPOTTED SANDPIPERS
> nesting though I didn't have the Sora that I had there in years past. On
my
> way west, I made a brief stop just north of Ridott along Rock City Rd.,
and
> to my surprise found 35 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS (& 6 DC CORMORANTS) using
> the small pools left over from the huge flooded field that was present
here
> earlier this spring (where I was able to see two WHOOPING CRANES!).
> Continuing down US Rt. 20, I made another brief stop at Nieman's Pond
(just
> east of Freeport & north of US 20), just before US 20 curves northward
> around Freeport). Not much here besides a ton of CANADA GEESE and a pair
of
> RUDDY DUCKS and a single BLACK TERN flying over the water with the
swallows.
> I could not see the BALD EAGLES or their nest along the treeline farther
> north.
> At my next study site at the IDOT created/enhanced wetland just east of
the
> Rt. 26 bypass around the west side of the town of Orangeville (just south
of
> the Wisconsin line), I set up my census points just east of the Jane
Addams
> (biking/hiking) Trail. Having been alerted to the fact that SANDHILL
CRANES
> apparently tried to nest here last year (but were apparently unsuccessful)
I
> was on the lookout for cranes. Sure enough, I spotted a pair of adult
CRANES
> walking with a one quarter to half grown, downy, flightless colt walking
> with its parents along the edge of the marsh. Also there were two female
> WOOD DUCKS, one with ten small young and the other with 13 small young!
> Probably not the first nesting SANDHILL CRANES to have been found in
> Stephenson County (?), but a nice breeding confirmation none-the-less! On
my
> census there the next day, I recorded 3 GREEN HERONS, 9 singing WILLOW
> FLYCATCHERS, 8 singing YELLOW WARBLERS, 3 singing SWAMP SPARROWS as well
as
> a few BANK SWALLOWS and 4+ CLIFF SWALLOWS (nesting under the bridge over
the
> small creek on the south side of the wetland). I also had one singing
> ORCHARD ORIOLE. Also roosting on the cell & water towers in town on the
> south side of Freeport on 31 May just west of the Pizza Hut and Country
Inn
> & Suites Motel were 80+ TURKEY VULTURES!
> On my way to a small Lee County wetland survey site on June 1st, I heard 2
> WESTERN MEADOWLARKS singing along country roads just west of the town of
> Steward. The next day during and after the census of my small wetland just
> southeast of Franklin Grove, I found at least 14 CLIFF SWALLOWS and at
least
> 7 new nests under a very tiny bridge over the small creek there. It is
> amazing to me how fast that the Cliff Swallow has re-colonized nesting
areas
> throughout Illinois where they were not present in most areas of the state
> only ten to fifteen years ago, a fact that I don't believe that the
average
> birder in Illinois has noticed or realized, especially if you are a
> relatively "new" birder. Good birding!
>
> Steve Bailey
> sdbailey AT illinois.edu 
> Mundelein (Lake Co)
>
>
>
>
>
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Subject: IBET Salt Creek Woods 5 June
From: douglas stotz <dfstotz AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 5 Jun 2011 21:53:29 -0500
I went to Salt Creek Woods Nature Preserve this morning for a couple of
hours.  Almost all of the interesting birds were in or around the prairie
restoration directly south of the junction of Mayfair and 31st.  I had 53
species.   Highlights included a Broad-winged Hawk (in woods SW of prairie),
a Red-shouldered Hawk (woods by northwest corner of prairie), a Sedge Wren,
Summer Tanager (singing male), Dickcissel (only my second here), and 3
Orchard Orioles.

Doug Stotz

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

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Subject: IBET Clay-colored Sparrow, Kane Co. Campton For.Pre.
From: Ann Haverstock <abhaver AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Sun, 5 Jun 2011 21:46:16 -0500
You county counters my be interested in a Clay-colored Sparrow that is still 
singing at Campton Forest Preserve. (Rt. 64 and Town Hall Rd.) Park down low 
where the Horse trailers park. The bird is singing just North of the parking 
lot. He was there 5/19; 6/4; 6/5. 

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Subject: IBET Boone Co. 5/30/11
From: "Craig Taylor" <tnemec1 AT ameritech.net>
Date: Sun, 5 Jun 2011 21:11:08 -0500
Tim Kuesel and I birded Boone County last Monday morning on Memorial Day
and tallied 72 species.

(I've had a busy week and was just able to enter the data this evening.)

The list below is a combination of 2 lists.  Birds listed WITHOUT
parenthesis were located in the Kinnikinnick Creek Conservation Area.
Species and/or numbers WITHIN parenthesis are birds NOT SEEN at
Kinnikinnick but elsewhere in Boone County.  (That sounds confusing to
me, but is accurate...)

"Do you eBird?"
Craig A. Taylor
La Grange, Illinois
Cook County

"Behold the birds of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor
gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Matt. 6 : 26

(Canada Goose     38)
(Wood Duck     1)
(Mallard     3)
Great Blue Heron     1   ( 3 )
Turkey Vulture     1
Broad-winged Hawk     1
(Red-tailed Hawk     3)
(Wild Turkey     1)
(Killdeer     3)
(Mourning Dove     6)

(Yellow-billed Cuckoo     1)
(Black-billed Cuckoo     1)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird     2
Red-bellied Woodpecker     1  ( 4 )
Downy Woodpecker     1  ( 1 )
Hairy Woodpecker     1
Northern Flicker     1   ( 4 )

Eastern Wood-Pewee     2  ( 4 )
Alder Flycatcher     2
Willow Flycatcher     1   ( 1 )
Least Flycatcher     2
Eastern Phoebe     1
Great Crested Flycatcher     4   ( 5 )
Eastern Kingbird     1    ( 1 )

Yellow-throated Vireo     2    ( 2 )
Warbling Vireo     1    ( 5 )
Red-eyed Vireo     5    ( 3 )
Blue Jay     1    ( 8 )
American Crow     3    ( 5 )
Black-capped Chickadee     4     ( 3 )
Tufted Titmouse     1
White-breasted Nuthatch     1  ( 2 )
House Wren     9     ( 18 )
(Marsh Wren     1)

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher     3    ( 2 )
(Eastern Bluebird     1)
Wood Thrush     2    ( 2 )
American Robin     3    ( 39 )
(European Starling     5)
Gray Catbird     7    ( 1 )
Cedar Waxwing     2    ( 3 )
(Horned Lark     1)
(Tree Swallow     4)
(Barn Swallow     2)
(Cliff Swallow     40)

Blue-winged Warbler     1
(Tennessee Warbler     1)
(Northern Parula     1)
Yellow Warbler     1     ( 15 )
(American Redstart     2)
Common Yellowthroat     3   ( 14 )

Eastern Towhee     3
Chipping Sparrow     8  ( 10 )
Field Sparrow     2   ( 2 )
(Vesper Sparrow  1)
(Savannah Sparrow 2)
(Grasshopper Sparrow  5)
Song Sparrow     4    ( 14 )
(Scarlet Tanager  1)
Northern Cardinal     6   ( 8 )
Rose-breasted Grosbeak     2    ( 1 )
Indigo Bunting     8    ( 11 )

Brown-headed Cowbird     5  ( 5 )
Orchard Oriole     1
(Baltimore Oriole  6)
(House Finch  1)
American Goldfinch     9    ( 8 )
(House Sparrow 5)


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Subject: IBET Cedar waxwings Backyard
From: John Baxter <XXJB7Z AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sun, 5 Jun 2011 21:06:20 -0400 (EDT)


Hi friends,
The cherries are just pink and this morning, the waxwings began eating. I have 
3 sweet and one tart cherry trees, but the tart one had a late killing frost. 

A Chipping sparrow sings in the morning and the neighbors Barberry bush is a 
likely nesting site. 

Mom still has an oriole, an immature male feeding on oranges and grape jelly. 
My friend, Linda, has several along the Kankakee River including Orchard 
oriole. She has many plants for habitat and grape jelly feeding stations. 

John Baxter
Bourbonnais, IL


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Subject: IBET Older highlights from the end of May
From: "calcariusp" <sdbailey AT mail.inhs.uiuc.edu>
Date: Mon, 06 Jun 2011 00:08:46 -0000
I have a few highlights from some of my bird censuses that I conducted at the 
end of May, that some of you county listers may be interested in, since most of 
these birds are breeding and very likely still present. My census season began 
on 24 May in Macoupin County, and on my way to my study site and driving 
through the town of Girard along Il. Rt. 4 just west of I-55, I spotted a 
EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE perched on a utility line in town. At my study site west 
of the tiny town of Nilwood, just west of Rt. 4, I had a singing male BLUE 
GROSBEAK & ORCHARD ORIOLE as well as 1-2 EURASIAN TREE SPARROWS on both 24 & 25 
May. As is often the case, wherever I get A Blue Grosbeak, there is almost 
always an Orchard Oriole, although the Blue Grosbeaks aren't common enough yet 
in the northern half of the state to make the reverse true. I also had 2 more 
EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES in Litchfield (Montgomery Co.) while driving through on 
24 May. 

 Next stop and census was in a nice bottomland forest in Clay County just 
southeast of Clay City along Big Muddy Creek with its confluence with the 
Little Wabash River. Here I had a pair of RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS calling on the 
26th (one on the 25th), one BARRED OWL responded to my calls, one PILEATED 
WOODPECKER, 2 NORTHERRN PARULAS, 2 YELLOW-THROATED WARBLERS, one PROTHONOTARY 
WARBLER & a LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH and at least 3 ACADIAN FLYCATCHERS. 

 I stopped at the city park in Olney on the 26th for the obligatory look at one 
of the " white" gray squirrels, and that is the only white one I saw (they are 
apparently declining, so if you want to see one of these neat albinos, do it 
soon). Olney is known as the "Home of the White Squirrels". I also had a 
somewhat late (for southern Illinois) singing male WILSON'S WARBLER in the 
park. 

 On my way to my Wayne County study site on 26 May I stopped at a relatively 
new IDNR property known as Flag Pond (tiny parking lot, no real trails) in Clay 
County just north of US 50 and just a couple miles northeast of Clay City along 
Mayflower Rd. As it was raining, I just spent a short time at this really neat 
buttonbush swamp/marsh and surrounding forest, but had a pair of BARRED OWLS 
fly in, in response to my calls, as well as two singing male PROTHONOTARY 
WARBLERS in the swamp, and two singing male BLUE GROSBEAKS along the north and 
south edges of the property. 

 Driving the roads near my Wayne County study site just a mile or so north of 
I-64 and a couple miles east of Rt. 242, ~4 miles northeast of Belle Prairie 
City, I heard yet two more BLUE GROSBEAKS, two more ORCHARD ORIOLES, and a 
singing male BELL'S VIREO, most at the east end of 200N. Other birds in Wayne 
County on the 26th included 14 WILD TURKEYS (11 near Sims) as well as a driveby 
EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE in the bustling town of Geff. 

 I had a single COMMON NIGHTHAWK at my motel just east of I-57 at Mt. Vernon on 
26 May and a pair of "courting" COMMON NIGHTHAWKS at my motel just west of I-57 
in Salem on 28 May. 

 While censusing a site just southwest of Beall Woods SP (along CR 750E) in 
Wabash County on 27 & 28 May, I had 2 AMERICAN COOTS (apparently nesting in the 
marsh there), 2 YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS, 1-2 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS, another late 
male WILSON'S WARBLER, 2 male ORCHARD ORIOLES, & 2 male GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS, 
all on 28 May. Towards the south end of this dead end road just west of the 
Wabash River, I had 15 more AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS and two pairs of 
BLACK-NECKED STILTS in some of the pools left in the ag fields there, left over 
from the flooding by the Wabash River here, which happens regularly most years. 
This area is usually a pretty dependable place to see Least Terns most years 
(sometimes even nesting!), as Indiana's biggest Least Tern nesting colony is 
almost directly across the river at the Gibson Power Plant. The PELICANS & 
STILTS were here both 27 & 28 May. Lastly, while going east down I-64 on 28 May 
and just after entering White County, I noticed at least 6 CLIFF SWALLOWS 
apparently attempting to nest under an interstate overpass, a rather dangerous 
place for a colony of Cliff Swallows to nest, though I noticed a large nesting 
colony under an I-72 (I-172??) overpass between Kinderhook and Quincy (Pike or 
Adams County) a couple years ago. I wonder how many died dodging semis and cars 
as they came and left their nests to attend their young?? Good birding! 


Steve Bailey
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Subject: RE: IBET Other past weeks bird highlights
From: "Darrell Shambaugh" <d.shambaugh AT mchsi.com>
Date: Sun, 5 Jun 2011 17:29:46 -0500
Steve's notes about Cliff Swallows explain some sightings I've had this
year. On May 7 I found at least 15 Cliff Swallows at a very small bridge on
Whitman Road west of Goble Road in DeKalb County. They were still there last
Sunday, May 29. I know in Kansas and Oklahoma there are swarms of Cliff
Swallows at bridges over creeks and ditches, but I'm not used to this in
northern Illinois. Last Sunday I also found Cliff Swallows at a bridge on a
road west of Shabbona Lake State Park. I guess bridges across ditches and
creeks are now the place to look for Cliff Swallows. 

 

Another bit of swallow trivia: at my place of employment we use several
truck trailers for storage. Northern Rough-winged Swallows nest in the
frames of these trailers. There are round holes in the frames beneath the
trailers and the swallows nest in them. Every spring I check the storage
trailers for Northern Rough-winged Swallows and they are there every year.
Take a look if you are around storage trailers and see if there are Northern
Rough-winged Swallows using them.

 

Lastly, I do a BBS route that goes north through Steward on Steward Road,
and I find almost as many Western Meadowlarks as Easterns on this route.
Some years I find more Westerns. 

 

Darrell Shambaugh

Somonauk, DeKalb County

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To: ILbirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: IBET Other past weeks bird highlights

 

  

It has been an interesting week of travel, birding and bird surveying! On
29th May & 31st, I went out to the north unit of Grant Woods FP (Lake Co.,
off Grand Ave./Rt. 132) to set up my census spots there. In a narrow band of
pines on the east edge of the preserve, along the trail there, I located at
least 2 singing PINE WARBLERS on territory, new breeders at that location I
believe. Sheryl and I got nice looks at one of the males on the 29th. On the
31st, I had two singing male BLUE-WINGED WARBLERS and six singing OVENBIRDS
on and after my census. Sheryl and I also saw 2 different male RUBY-THROATED
HUMMINGBIRDS perched up on dead saplings along the trails, on the 29th. 

After my 31st May census in Lake County, I headed for my two Stephenson
County study sites. One was on private property near the Winnebago County
line along Farwell Bridge Rd. The owner created a small, marshy pond which I
census, and like past surveys, there was a pair of SPOTTED SANDPIPERS
nesting though I didn't have the Sora that I had there in years past. On my
way west, I made a brief stop just north of Ridott along Rock City Rd., and
to my surprise found 35 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS (& 6 DC CORMORANTS) using
the small pools left over from the huge flooded field that was present here
earlier this spring (where I was able to see two WHOOPING CRANES!).
Continuing down US Rt. 20, I made another brief stop at Nieman's Pond (just
east of Freeport & north of US 20), just before US 20 curves northward
around Freeport). Not much here besides a ton of CANADA GEESE and a pair of
RUDDY DUCKS and a single BLACK TERN flying over the water with the swallows.
I could not see the BALD EAGLES or their nest along the treeline farther
north.
At my next study site at the IDOT created/enhanced wetland just east of the
Rt. 26 bypass around the west side of the town of Orangeville (just south of
the Wisconsin line), I set up my census points just east of the Jane Addams
(biking/hiking) Trail. Having been alerted to the fact that SANDHILL CRANES
apparently tried to nest here last year (but were apparently unsuccessful) I
was on the lookout for cranes. Sure enough, I spotted a pair of adult CRANES
walking with a one quarter to half grown, downy, flightless colt walking
with its parents along the edge of the marsh. Also there were two female
WOOD DUCKS, one with ten small young and the other with 13 small young!
Probably not the first nesting SANDHILL CRANES to have been found in
Stephenson County (?), but a nice breeding confirmation none-the-less! On my
census there the next day, I recorded 3 GREEN HERONS, 9 singing WILLOW
FLYCATCHERS, 8 singing YELLOW WARBLERS, 3 singing SWAMP SPARROWS as well as
a few BANK SWALLOWS and 4+ CLIFF SWALLOWS (nesting under the bridge over the
small creek on the south side of the wetland). I also had one singing
ORCHARD ORIOLE. Also roosting on the cell & water towers in town on the
south side of Freeport on 31 May just west of the Pizza Hut and Country Inn
& Suites Motel were 80+ TURKEY VULTURES!
On my way to a small Lee County wetland survey site on June 1st, I heard 2
WESTERN MEADOWLARKS singing along country roads just west of the town of
Steward. The next day during and after the census of my small wetland just
southeast of Franklin Grove, I found at least 14 CLIFF SWALLOWS and at least
7 new nests under a very tiny bridge over the small creek there. It is
amazing to me how fast that the Cliff Swallow has re-colonized nesting areas
throughout Illinois where they were not present in most areas of the state
only ten to fifteen years ago, a fact that I don't believe that the average
birder in Illinois has noticed or realized, especially if you are a
relatively "new" birder. Good birding!

Steve Bailey
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Subject: IBET Havana area (good stuff)
From: Kevin Richmond <theeggman AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 5 Jun 2011 15:26:38 -0500
Saw a female ANHINGA at 11:15am this morning looking south from the  
parking lot at Thompson Lake in Fulton County. It was spending most of  
the time underwater and was working its way south toward Pump House  
Road. I stopped and scanned for it from there but was not able to spot  
it again. Probably would be very difficult to relocate. Also saw all  
of the four "common" species of terns (no Least) and an adult  
FRANKLIN'S GULL out there.

About an hour later, I stopped at Sand Lake near Havana in Mason  
County. At least seventy-five CATTLE EGRETS were there, of which about  
fifty were standing in the middle of the road (1500north) where it is  
closed east of Route 97. An adult LITTLE BLUE HERON and an immature  
TRICOLORED HERON (with a reddish neck) were standing side-by-side next  
to flock of egrets. They were all just preening during the twenty  
minutes I watched. Could not look for the Eared Grebes that have been  
there because it would have meant flushing the herons. Heard a LEAST  
BITTERN squawking when I first got there.

On Friday, I got to see a female SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER several  
miles north of Manito in Tazewell County. It was chased off by a Brown  
Thrasher right after I found it and has not been seen since.

Both the Tricolored and the Scissor-tailed were new county birds for me.


Kevin Richmond
Morton, Illinois




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Subject: IBET Birding McHenry County
From: Nathan Goldberg <kidrobot.dunny AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 5 Jun 2011 13:55:18 -0500
Hi all,

I'm birding right now with Chris and Geoff Williamson around the
northern counties in Illinois, and they wanted me to post that we had
2 LEAST BITTERNS at McHenry Dam, and at Glacier Park, we had 6
YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS and 2 BLACK TERNS. also on a drive through
some farm and sod fields, we had 1 BREWER'S BLACKBIRD and a distant
heard only WESTERN MEADOWLARK.

It's been a good day so far, but we're not done yet! Good birding!

Nathan Goldberg
Chicago


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Subject: IBET Eastern McHenry/Western Lake Co
From: beau schaefer <beauschaefer AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 5 Jun 2011 10:47:40 -0700 (PDT)

Had a great morning this morning tracking down a few target birds for my Big June. At The Hollows in Cary, I had great looks at a LARK SPARROW perched on a snag. I then headed to McHenry Dam where I saw singing AMERICAN REDSTART, and PINE, YELLOW-THROATED, and PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS. Also had a calling RED-BREASTED ~ NUTHATCH. I finished the morning at Lakewood FP in Wauconda where I saw 2 CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS on territory and 1 was bringing acaterpillar back to the nest, though I didn't actually see the nest. Thanks to Eric Lundquist for the excellent directions. Lastly, I had awesome looks at a VESPER SPARROW and a DICKCISSEL singing his lungs out.

Good Birding!
Beau Schaefer
Round Lake Beach
Lake
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Subject: IBET Clay-colored Sparrow: Orland Grasslands - SW Cook County
From: "franmmmk" <franmmmk AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 05 Jun 2011 17:03:00 -0000
I birded Orland Grasslands from 630-830am this morning. Best birds were 
Black-and-White Warbler, Orchard Oriole, numerous Grasshopper and Henslow's 
Sparrows, Dickcissels, Bobolinks, and a single Clay-colored Sparrow which gave 
me excellent looks before flying off and landing down in the field. 


The juvenile Little Blue Heron reported by Sam a few days back was still 
present at Burnham Prairie marsh (northern pond), but I did not see the adults. 


Fran
Evanston, Cook Co.



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Subject: IBET yellow-crowned night heron
From: "kayakryan" <ryanwc AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Sun, 05 Jun 2011 16:08:30 -0000
A yellow-crowned night heron has been frequenting the stretch of the Chicago 
River between Belmont and Irving Park. It was there on 5/20, 5/30 and Friday, 
6/3, and at least one other time in the last two weeks. 


Several years ago, someone at Chicago Audubon had asked me to tell him if I saw 
a yellow-crown on the river, so I thought I'd post. 


This is the same stretch of river where I saw one in May 2010. Yellow-crowns 
had been very infrequent over the decade that I've paid attention to the river. 
We get loads of black-crowned night herons. 


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Cook County




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Subject: IBET Bell's Vireo Photos Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
From: Brian Tang <hardrain1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 5 Jun 2011 10:55:38 -0500
A couple photos from Midewin yesterday:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/hard-rain/5799762827/

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Subject: IBET Fwd: NO SIGHTINGS Field Trip Sat. 6/4 Rollins Savanna; Potluck Dinner 6/21
From: Ralph Eiseman <r18btbw AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Fri, 3 Jun 2011 03:41:15 -0500
Ralph
Ralph M. Eiseman
8210 ELMWOOD AVE.
SKOKIE, COOK CO., ILLINOIS 60077
CONTINENTAL BIRDING FRS CHANNEL/SUBCODE 11/22
r18btbw AT sbcglobal.net

Begin forwarded message:

>
> Saturday June 4   7:00AM
> Rollins Savanna, Grayslake
>
> With opportunities to spot Yellow-Headed Blackbirds, Henslow's  
> Sparrows, Bobolinks and more, Rollins Savanna is one of Lake  
> County's best spots for grassland and marsh birds.
>
> Rollins Savanna, a Lake County Forest Preserve,  was recently  
> featured in this Chicago Tribune article and video.
>
> Directions:
>
> From the northern suburbs, take I-94 north toward Wisconsin, merge  
> onto I-120/Belvidere Rd., turn right (north) on Rt. 45, then left  
> (west) on Washington St. Entrance is on Atkinson Road on the right  
> at the traffic light. (Map)
>
> Leaders: Donnie Dann (847) 266-2222 and Beau Schaefer (847) 265-9067
>
> Tuesday,  June 21    6:30 PM
> Annual Spring Potluck Dinner & Used Book Sale
> Heller Nature Center
> 2821 Ridge Road
> Highland Park (Map)
>
>
> Potluck
> Bring a dish to share. We'll supply plates and plasticware.
>
> Used Book Sale
> Also, bring your gently used bird and nature books to donate for  
> sale at our used book sale. Proceeds will benefit Lake/Cook Chapter  
> and help fund future programs.
>
> Next Year's Adventures
> After dinner, we'll  discuss our upcoming year's plans. This is a  
> chance to socialize, help set chapter policy and get in on future  
> planning. Join us to share your spring birding stories and your  
> summer plans.
>


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Subject: IBET: Sandhill cranes - Batavia
From: KL524 AT aol.com
Date: Sun, 5 Jun 2011 09:55:29 -0400 (EDT)
This morning at about 7:45 am we spotted two adult Sandhill Cranes with two 
young foraging in a cornfield along Randall Road near Mooseheart. 


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Subject: Re: IBET Randall Rd. Eaglets Not Fed, so Removed
From: Dawn AT flintcreekwildlife.org
Date: Sun, 5 Jun 2011 02:59:55 +0000
Thanks, Marilyn, for sharing this information with the group. We will be 
establishing a means to keep interested parties updated on the eaglets progress 
but at least for now we are posting updates to our facebook page at 
www.facebook.com/flint creek. Our page is public so you do not have to be 
active on facebook to see it. 


Dawn Keller
Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation
847/842-8000
www.flintcreekwildlife.org
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To: IBET
Subject: IBET Randall Rd. Eaglets Not Fed, so Removed

Apparently the adult Bald Eagles were not feeding the two eaglets, who had been 
returned to the newly constructed nest, and so the eaglets were removed and 
taken to Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation.  For anyone interested, here's 
the story: 


http://www.kanecountyaudubon.org/homepage.htm

Marilyn Bell
Warrenville
DuPage County



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Subject: Re: IBET Other past weeks bird highlights
From: "Daniel & Barbara Williams" <twotringas AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 4 Jun 2011 20:28:55 -0500
Steve and all,

There have been a lot of White Pelicans in the Pecatonica River floodplain
during the spring, and particularly in May to early June.  I counted 55
pelicans at Ridott on May 22 and 60 just east of the town of Pecatonica
(about 5-6 miles east of Ridott) on May 26.  Barbara was out just east of
Pecatonica and counted over 30 on Friday, May 27.  They may still be in the
area.  I haven't looked in over a week.

I do a BBS route that begins just N of Lake Summerset in Winnebago County
(on Best Road) and follows Best Road south into the north side of
Pecatonica, crossing through the Pecatonica Wetlands FP.  Then, it turns
west out of Pecatonica to Farwell Bridge Road and goes back North to Maize
Road, where it again swings west into the ag country of eastern Stephenson
County crossing Rock City Road.  The route normally has Bobolinks and
Dickcissels, Western Meadowlarks and Bobwhite, which occasional Upland
Sandpipers, but there has been quite a reduction of CRP land in the past few
years, and the hay crop is being harvested earlier.  By the time I run my
route in mid-June, much of the hay has been cut and the grassland birds
diminished.  The result is that we may be getting a more accurate view of
what species are actually successful breeders out there, since earlier route
times might be yielding false positives.

I plan on doing the route next weekend.  If I see any pelicans, I'll post.
 There are still quite a few flooded spots in the Pecatonica River
floodplain where the birds could be hanging out.

Dan Williams
Rockford

On Sat, Jun 4, 2011 at 4:35 PM, calcariusp wrote:

>
>
> It has been an interesting week of travel, birding and bird surveying! On
> 29th May & 31st, I went out to the north unit of Grant Woods FP (Lake Co.,
> off Grand Ave./Rt. 132) to set up my census spots there. In a narrow band of
> pines on the east edge of the preserve, along the trail there, I located at
> least 2 singing PINE WARBLERS on territory, new breeders at that location I
> believe. Sheryl and I got nice looks at one of the males on the 29th. On the
> 31st, I had two singing male BLUE-WINGED WARBLERS and six singing OVENBIRDS
> on and after my census. Sheryl and I also saw 2 different male RUBY-THROATED
> HUMMINGBIRDS perched up on dead saplings along the trails, on the 29th.
>
> After my 31st May census in Lake County, I headed for my two Stephenson
> County study sites. One was on private property near the Winnebago County
> line along Farwell Bridge Rd. The owner created a small, marshy pond which I
> census, and like past surveys, there was a pair of SPOTTED SANDPIPERS
> nesting though I didn't have the Sora that I had there in years past. On my
> way west, I made a brief stop just north of Ridott along Rock City Rd., and
> to my surprise found 35 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS (& 6 DC CORMORANTS) using
> the small pools left over from the huge flooded field that was present here
> earlier this spring (where I was able to see two WHOOPING CRANES!).
> Continuing down US Rt. 20, I made another brief stop at Nieman's Pond (just
> east of Freeport & north of US 20), just before US 20 curves northward
> around Freeport). Not much here besides a ton of CANADA GEESE and a pair of
> RUDDY DUCKS and a single BLACK TERN flying over the water with the swallows.
> I could not see the BALD EAGLES or their nest along the treeline farther
> north.
> At my next study site at the IDOT created/enhanced wetland just east of the
> Rt. 26 bypass around the west side of the town of Orangeville (just south of
> the Wisconsin line), I set up my census points just east of the Jane Addams
> (biking/hiking) Trail. Having been alerted to the fact that SANDHILL CRANES
> apparently tried to nest here last year (but were apparently unsuccessful) I
> was on the lookout for cranes. Sure enough, I spotted a pair of adult CRANES
> walking with a one quarter to half grown, downy, flightless colt walking
> with its parents along the edge of the marsh. Also there were two female
> WOOD DUCKS, one with ten small young and the other with 13 small young!
> Probably not the first nesting SANDHILL CRANES to have been found in
> Stephenson County (?), but a nice breeding confirmation none-the-less! On my
> census there the next day, I recorded 3 GREEN HERONS, 9 singing WILLOW
> FLYCATCHERS, 8 singing YELLOW WARBLERS, 3 singing SWAMP SPARROWS as well as
> a few BANK SWALLOWS and 4+ CLIFF SWALLOWS (nesting under the bridge over the
> small creek on the south side of the wetland). I also had one singing
> ORCHARD ORIOLE. Also roosting on the cell & water towers in town on the
> south side of Freeport on 31 May just west of the Pizza Hut and Country Inn
> & Suites Motel were 80+ TURKEY VULTURES!
> On my way to a small Lee County wetland survey site on June 1st, I heard 2
> WESTERN MEADOWLARKS singing along country roads just west of the town of
> Steward. The next day during and after the census of my small wetland just
> southeast of Franklin Grove, I found at least 14 CLIFF SWALLOWS and at least
> 7 new nests under a very tiny bridge over the small creek there. It is
> amazing to me how fast that the Cliff Swallow has re-colonized nesting areas
> throughout Illinois where they were not present in most areas of the state
> only ten to fifteen years ago, a fact that I don't believe that the average
> birder in Illinois has noticed or realized, especially if you are a
> relatively "new" birder. Good birding!
>
> Steve Bailey
> sdbailey AT illinois.edu
> Mundelein (Lake Co)
>
>  
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Subject: IBET Palos: J. Duffy Bird Monitoring and other sightings
From: "bik_horus" <rlshonkw AT uchicago.edu>
Date: Sun, 05 Jun 2011 01:17:17 -0000
I posted a report of my day monitoring birds at the John Duffy preserves and a 
couple of other sites in the Palos area on IBF at the following link. 


Randy Shonkwiler
Hyde Park/Chicago

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Subject: IBET Eurasian Collared-Dove near North Pond
From: NorekJ AT aol.com
Date: Sat, 4 Jun 2011 19:57:52 EDT
Had a good binoc look at a Eurasion Collared-Dove perched on an overhead 
wire at the NW corner of Lakeview and Wrightwood -- 5:15 pm on 6/4/11 -- seen 
while walking west on Wrightwood towards that corner. 
 
Believe its dark-ish undertail coverts excludes a Ringed Turtle Dove (or is 
it called African?).
 
It took off flying north, remaining on west side of Lakeview as far as I 
could follow it -- so not a Lincoln Park bird.
 
Joan Norek
Chicago
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tune without the words - and never stops at all. - Emily Dickinson


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Subject: IBET Kankakee Co: Upland Sandpiper + Western Sandpiper (Prob)
From: Jed Hertz <jhh_60910 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 4 Jun 2011 16:31:55 -0700 (PDT)
Hi all,

On a hot, muggy, and windy morning I found the following species at the 
Bourbonnais Twp Park District's Whispering Willows Area:

BTW: The shorebirds were sighted on the same private property I found Whimbrel 
and Red-necked Phalarope last year on 6/2/10.  I suspect shorebirds could be 
found in similar habitat (flooded corn/soy bean stubble) in other counties.

6/4/2011  IL, Whispering Willows Area, Kankakee Co  45 
0615-0945H_Sun_76-90_SW 10-25.
 
  ¨ ¨ 29 Canada Goose ¨ w/young 
  ¨ ¨ 4 Mallard ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 3 Ring-necked Pheasant ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 3 Great Blue Heron ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 1 Cooper's Hawk ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 2 Semipalmated Plover ¨ photo 
  ¨ ¨ 12 Killdeer ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 10 Spotted Sandpiper ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 1 UPLAND SANDPIPER ¨ 0900H "wolf" call twice 
  ¨ ¨ 20 Semipalmated Sandpiper ¨ photo 
 ¨ ¨ 1 *WESTERN SANDPIPER ¨ Probable; Long droopy bill + plumper than SemSan + 

heavy spotting on breast continuing onto flank + rufous crown and auricular 
patch + didn't flush with SemSan; photos 

  ¨ ¨ 1 Ring-billed Gull ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 2 Chimney Swift ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 2 Willow Flycatcher ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 2 Eastern Kingbird ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 3 Warbling Vireo ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 1 Blue Jay ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 3 American Crow ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 4 Horned Lark ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 3 Tree Swallow ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 1 Northern Rough-winged Swallow ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 2 Barn Swallow ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 1 House Wren ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 1 Marsh Wren ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 9 American Robin ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 2 Brown Thrasher ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 18 European Starling ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 3 Yellow Warbler ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 1 American Redstart ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 4 Common Yellowthroat ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 1 Field Sparrow ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 6 Vesper Sparrow ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 1 Savannah Sparrow ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 5 Song Sparrow ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 3 Northern Cardinal ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 4 Indigo Bunting ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 2 Dickcissel ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 32 Red-winged Blackbird ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 4 Eastern Meadowlark ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 30 Common Grackle ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 4 Brown-headed Cowbird ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 1 Orchard Oriole ¨ 1st yr male 
  ¨ ¨ 12 American Goldfinch ¨   
  ¨ ¨ 2 House Sparrow ¨   
 
 Jed Hertz
Kankakee, Kankakee Co, IL (60 mi South of Chicago)


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


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Subject: IBET IL maps - NO SIGHTING
From: "franmmmk" <franmmmk AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 04 Jun 2011 22:57:14 -0000
You can do a lot with this map by clicking around.......helps with county 
borders if you zoom in. The county you're displaying at the moment will be 
named in a box in the upper right-hand corner. 


http://illinois.hometownlocator.com/maps/

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Subject: IBET Other past weeks bird highlights
From: "calcariusp" <sdbailey AT mail.inhs.uiuc.edu>
Date: Sat, 04 Jun 2011 21:35:43 -0000
It has been an interesting week of travel, birding and bird surveying! On 29th 
May & 31st, I went out to the north unit of Grant Woods FP (Lake Co., off Grand 
Ave./Rt. 132) to set up my census spots there. In a narrow band of pines on the 
east edge of the preserve, along the trail there, I located at least 2 singing 
PINE WARBLERS on territory, new breeders at that location I believe. Sheryl and 
I got nice looks at one of the males on the 29th. On the 31st, I had two 
singing male BLUE-WINGED WARBLERS and six singing OVENBIRDS on and after my 
census. Sheryl and I also saw 2 different male RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS 
perched up on dead saplings along the trails, on the 29th. 


 After my 31st May census in Lake County, I headed for my two Stephenson County 
study sites. One was on private property near the Winnebago County line along 
Farwell Bridge Rd. The owner created a small, marshy pond which I census, and 
like past surveys, there was a pair of SPOTTED SANDPIPERS nesting though I 
didn't have the Sora that I had there in years past. On my way west, I made a 
brief stop just north of Ridott along Rock City Rd., and to my surprise found 
35 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS (& 6 DC CORMORANTS) using the small pools left over 
from the huge flooded field that was present here earlier this spring (where I 
was able to see two WHOOPING CRANES!). Continuing down US Rt. 20, I made 
another brief stop at Nieman's Pond (just east of Freeport & north of US 20), 
just before US 20 curves northward around Freeport). Not much here besides a 
ton of CANADA GEESE and a pair of RUDDY DUCKS and a single BLACK TERN flying 
over the water with the swallows. I could not see the BALD EAGLES or their nest 
along the treeline farther north. 

 At my next study site at the IDOT created/enhanced wetland just east of the 
Rt. 26 bypass around the west side of the town of Orangeville (just south of 
the Wisconsin line), I set up my census points just east of the Jane Addams 
(biking/hiking) Trail. Having been alerted to the fact that SANDHILL CRANES 
apparently tried to nest here last year (but were apparently unsuccessful) I 
was on the lookout for cranes. Sure enough, I spotted a pair of adult CRANES 
walking with a one quarter to half grown, downy, flightless colt walking with 
its parents along the edge of the marsh. Also there were two female WOOD DUCKS, 
one with ten small young and the other with 13 small young! Probably not the 
first nesting SANDHILL CRANES to have been found in Stephenson County (?), but 
a nice breeding confirmation none-the-less! On my census there the next day, I 
recorded 3 GREEN HERONS, 9 singing WILLOW FLYCATCHERS, 8 singing YELLOW 
WARBLERS, 3 singing SWAMP SPARROWS as well as a few BANK SWALLOWS and 4+ CLIFF 
SWALLOWS (nesting under the bridge over the small creek on the south side of 
the wetland). I also had one singing ORCHARD ORIOLE. Also roosting on the cell 
& water towers in town on the south side of Freeport on 31 May just west of the 
Pizza Hut and Country Inn & Suites Motel were 80+ TURKEY VULTURES! 

 On my way to a small Lee County wetland survey site on June 1st, I heard 2 
WESTERN MEADOWLARKS singing along country roads just west of the town of 
Steward. The next day during and after the census of my small wetland just 
southeast of Franklin Grove, I found at least 14 CLIFF SWALLOWS and at least 7 
new nests under a very tiny bridge over the small creek there. It is amazing to 
me how fast that the Cliff Swallow has re-colonized nesting areas throughout 
Illinois where they were not present in most areas of the state only ten to 
fifteen years ago, a fact that I don't believe that the average birder in 
Illinois has noticed or realized, especially if you are a relatively "new" 
birder. Good birding! 


Steve Bailey
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Subject: IBET Randall Rd. Eaglets Not Fed, so Removed
From: marilyn bell <marbell AT rocketmail.com>
Date: Sat, 4 Jun 2011 14:35:41 -0700 (PDT)
Apparently the adult Bald Eagles were not feeding the two eaglets, who had been 
returned to the newly constructed nest, and so the eaglets were removed and 
taken to Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation.  For anyone interested, here's 
the story: 


http://www.kanecountyaudubon.org/homepage.htm

Marilyn Bell
Warrenville
DuPage County



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Subject: IBET 3 Questions: Low # Bluebirds? Any Yellow-Headed Blackbirds? Report Clay-Colored Sparrow to? & Neat Birds at Pratt's Wayne
From: marilyn bell <marbell AT rocketmail.com>
Date: Sat, 4 Jun 2011 14:10:34 -0700 (PDT)
Hi IBETers,

A short walk through the squared off pathed, unleashed dog section at Pratt's 
Wayne Woods, south of the Model Airplane Field, produced a BROWN THRASHER, an 
EASTERN MEADOWLARK, a HENSLOW'S SPARROW, a BOBOLINK, a LEAST FLYCATCHER and 
three DICKCISSELs all singing and seeable in that fairly small area!  The 
usual, easily sighted, WARBLING VIREO was in the parking lot trees. 


But, there were NO Yellow-Headed Blackbirds in that marsh, nor in the Yellow 
Barn Marsh. Have there been any sightings of them in western Chicagoland? (YB 
Marsh, after a hot walk along the edge, produced a SORA, two COMMON MOORHEN's 
and a PIED-BILLED GREBE, plus a first-year ORCHARD ORIOLE.) 


Kyle Wiktor and I have been checking out Breeding Bird Points at Pratt's Wayne, 
with the thought of doing some in this HUGE forest preserve in out-lying, 
needed areas.  Today we found a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW that seemed on territory 
and a probable mate, though a good look never happened.  Recently someone's 
IBET post asked that they be reported.  Could someone please tell me who to 
report to?? 


And, as I've gone to a few places this last week that have bluebird houses, 
there have been few Eastern Bluebirds. The two pair seen in early spring at the 
West Chicago Prairie, seem to have gone.   I've seen exactly two pair 
elsewhere, but loads of TREE SWALLOWS and mostly empty 2nd houses. Has anyone 
else been experiencing low numbers of bluebirds? 


Thanks, all.

Marilyn Bell
Warrenville
DuPage County


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Subject: IBET 3 Questions: Low # Bluebirds? Any Yellow-Headed Blackbirds? Report Clay-Colored Sparrow to? & Neat Birds at Pratt's Wayne
From: marilyn bell <marbell AT rocketmail.com>
Date: Sat, 4 Jun 2011 14:10:35 -0700 (PDT)
Hi IBETers,

A short walk through the squared off pathed, unleashed dog section at Pratt's 
Wayne Woods, south of the Model Airplane Field, produced a BROWN THRASHER, an 
EASTERN MEADOWLARK, a HENSLOW'S SPARROW, a BOBOLINK, a LEAST FLYCATCHER and 
three DICKCISSELs all singing and seeable in that fairly small area!  The 
usual, easily sighted, WARBLING VIREO was in the parking lot trees. 


But, there were NO Yellow-Headed Blackbirds in that marsh, nor in the Yellow 
Barn Marsh. Have there been any sightings of them in western Chicagoland? (YB 
Marsh, after a hot walk along the edge, produced a SORA, two COMMON MOORHEN's 
and a PIED-BILLED GREBE, plus a first-year ORCHARD ORIOLE.) 


Kyle Wiktor and I have been checking out Breeding Bird Points at Pratt's Wayne, 
with the thought of doing some in this HUGE forest preserve in out-lying, 
needed areas.  Today we found a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW that seemed on territory 
and a probable mate, though a good look never happened.  Recently someone's 
IBET post asked that they be reported.  Could someone please tell me who to 
report to?? 


And, as I've gone to a few places this last week that have bluebird houses, 
there have been few Eastern Bluebirds. The two pair seen in early spring at the 
West Chicago Prairie, seem to have gone.   I've seen exactly two pair 
elsewhere, but loads of TREE SWALLOWS and mostly empty 2nd houses. Has anyone 
else been experiencing low numbers of bluebirds? 


Thanks, all.

Marilyn Bell
Warrenville
DuPage County


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Subject: Re: Ibet Ogle County birds
From: "calcariusp" <sdbailey AT mail.inhs.uiuc.edu>
Date: Sat, 04 Jun 2011 19:45:46 -0000
Unfortunately, when a bird sings continuously for long periods of time, most 
ornithologists believe that it means that the bird is not mated...and is still 
looking to find a mate. As Iowa is getting up to the northern edge of the 
species range, it will likely stay an unmated bird. Singing continuously for 
two hours is pretty crazy...and pretty sad, for the bird and the species. I'm 
hoping to get a response from the rail on my next visit, but depending on when 
that is, I'm not sure I'll get one as most rails like Sora and Virginia stop 
calling later on, I think usually after the young hatch. Interestingly though, 
even later in late summer/early fall, there is a resumption in calling by 
rails, especially Soras. 


Cheers,
Steve





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Subject: IBET BIRDING LISTS DIGEST
From: Alex Bloss <alex_bloss13 AT msn.com>
Date: Sat, 4 Jun 2011 14:28:43 -0500
Hi all,
Maybe this is not new to you all, but I've just run across a website that 
aggregates postings from (at this point) 109 birding lists from around the 
country, including many that do not appear on Birdingonthe.net. It has evolved 
from a smaller service that covered the California Bay area (thanks, Leo 
Miller!) 

Its URL is http://digest.sialia.com/
You can sort by region or list, and you can see every posting if you are 
inclined to torture yourself by looking at all of the rarities being reported. 

Here is a quote from its FAQ:
	What is the Birding Lists Digest?
 The Digest was created to help birders find out "what's going on lately" in 
various regions of the U.S. with a minimum of hassle. The Digest automatically 
compiles all posts to dozens of birding email lists and organizes them by 
region, by day, and by list. Birders can view the current day's messages, or 
browse messages from the last 30 days. Hopefully, this system will allow 
birders to find information about rare bird sightings and other goings-on 
around the country in a timely and efficient manner. 

Have fun!
Alex Bloss
Chicago



 		 	   		  

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