Date: 3/8/17 7:46 am
From: Beckie Dyer <dyer...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET:Sangamon Co. FEB. 2017

Birds in Sangamon County in February 2017

*Pied-billed Grebe *– wintered, w/HC = 13 (Feb 4), % spring increase Feb 3.

*Horned Grebe*– spring arrival at LSpfld (Feb 3), w/ HC = 7 (Feb 17).

*White Pelican*– wintering bird at Warm-water Ditch through Feb 15 and
spring migrants 40at LSpfld arrived (Feb 17), w/ HC = 48 (Feb 26).

*Double-crested Cormorant*– spring arrival at LSpfld (Feb 4), w/ HC = 51
(Feb 26).

*Great Blue Heron*– wintered, w/ HC = 56 (Feb 2). In late Feb many birds
were flying to nesting colony.

*Trumpeter Swan*– spring arrival 4 adults at LSpfld (Feb 11), also 10
(one w/yellow collar and another was im) at LSpfld on Feb 13.

*Mute Swan*– HC = 3(Feb 19).

*Greater White-fronted Goose*– wintered, w/ HC = 1200 (Feb 12).

*Snow Goose*– wintered, w/ HC = 12,750 at LSpfld (Feb 12).

*Ross’s Goose*– HC = 30 (Feb 16).

*Canada Goose*– HC = 450 (Feb 6), w/# dropping by (Feb 16).

*Cackling Goose*– HC = 15 (Feb 15), w/one still present (Feb 23).

*Wood Duck*– some WR, but spring arrival 10 (Feb 21).

*Green-winged Teal*– spring migrants 3 ♂at LSpfld (Feb 6), w/HC = 54
(Feb 21).

*Am. Black Duck*– HC = 4 (Feb 5), w/ most gone after 2 at LSpfld (Feb 17).

*Mallard*– HC = 300 (Feb 21), no large flocks.

*N. Pintail*– some WR, spring migrants 9 (Feb 3), w/HC = 21 (Feb 7) –
many must have passed over during hot spells

*Blue-winged Teal*– spring arrival 2 ♂at LSpfld (Feb 23).

*N.Shoveler*–a few in winter, w/ spring arrival at LSpfld (Feb 4) and HC
= 40 (Feb 21).

*Gadwall *– some all winter, spring arrival 34 at LSpfld (Feb 4), w/HC =
87 (Feb 18).

*Am.Wigeon*– spring arrival ♂ at LSpfld (Feb10), w/ HC = 16 (Feb 28).

*Canvasback*– wintered, w/ HC = 30 (Feb 27) – low # in spring.

*Redhead *– wintered, spring arrival 13 at LSpfld (Feb 5), w/HC = 71
(Feb 25).

*Ring-neck Duck*– wintered, spring arrival 34 at LSpfld (Feb 7), w/HC =
85 (Feb 18).

*Greater Scaup*– wintered (except hiatus late Jan – Feb 23), w/4 singles
(Feb 24 - 28).

*Lesser Scaup*– wintered, spring arrival 30 (Feb 4), w/ HC = 300 (Feb 24).

*Common Goldeneye*– HC = 320 (Feb 4), w/ # dropping after Feb 17
–because of very warm temp.

*Bufflehead *– wintered, w/HC = 16 (Feb 21).

*Hooded Merganser*– HC = 24 (Feb 3), last half of Feb birds along rivers
and at ponds.

*Common Merganser*– HC = 30 (Feb 4), w/ # dropping @ Feb 6 and only a
few later.

*Red-breasted Merganser*– a few wintered up to Jan 17, w/ spring arrival
♂ (Feb 17) and HC = 22 (Feb 28).

*Ruddy Duck*– wintered, w/ increasing # @ Feb 11 and HC = 371 (Feb 25).

*Turkey Vulture*– some all winter, w/ increase @ Feb 11 and HC = 100
(Feb 24).

*Bald Eagle*– wintered, w/ HC = 5 (4 adults & 1 imm) on (Feb 12). A pair
at the nest in South Fork Valley and adult sitting on nest (Feb 23).
Nest at Marine Pt not being used for a multitude of human caused reasons.

*N.Harrier*– HC = 2 (3x in Feb), last seen ♀ at Sangchris (Feb 28).

*Sharp-shin Hawk*– one (Feb 25).

*Cooper’s Hawk*– HC = 4 (Feb 18), this species seen on 12 days.

*Red-shouldered Hawk*– 3im: one at Wahl Road (Feb 3), one along East
Lake Dr. (Feb 8) and one at Buckhart (Feb 18).

*Red-tailed Hawk*– HC = 8 on (Feb 18), and dark phase (Feb 6,7 & 13).

*Golden Eagle*– one im flying low over Spfld (Feb 4), large and dark
w/white tail & thick black band, no white in body but white spot at mid
wing. No photo due to traffic.

Rough-legged Hawk – none

*Am. Kestrel*– HC = 7 (Feb 18).

*Merlin*– one a mile NW of Andrew on (Feb 10) – photo.

*Peregrine Falcon*– adult seen 4 times at Lindsay Bridge (Feb 1 - 11).

*Ring-neck Pheasant*– HC = 5 (Feb 13).

*Turkey*– HC = 8 (Feb 1 & 15).

N. Bobwhite - none

*Am. Coot*– a few wintered, spring arrival 7 at Marine Pt. (Feb 20), w/
HC = 90 (Feb 28).

*Killdeer *– HC = 13(Feb 21).

*Wilson’s Snipe*– spring arrival at Pleasant Plaines (Feb 19). Also one
at Sangchris (Feb 27).

*American Woodcock*– spring arrival 2 south of LSpfld (Feb 11).

*Bonaparte’s Gull*– HC = 122(Feb 24).

*Ring-billed Gull*– HC = 4500 (Feb 21 & 26).

*Herring Gull*– HC = 70 (Feb 1), w/ # dropping all month due to ice
melting and warm weather. Gull variety very dull for Feb!

*Lesser Black-back Gull*– wintered, w/HC = 2 adults on(Feb 1, 5 &6) and
last seen one adult (Feb 11).

Rock Dove – present.

*Eurasian Collared –Dove*– HC = 4 (Feb 20).

*Mourning Dove*– HC = 27 (Feb 11) – low #.

*Great Horned Owl*– HC = 3 (Feb 11).

*Barred Owl*– HC = 3 (Feb 11).

*Belted Kingfisher*– 7 singles (Feb 8 - 27).

*Red-headed Woodpecker*– HC = 6 (Feb 8).

*Red-bellied Woodpecker*– HC = 9 (Feb 13 & 18).

**Yellow-bellied Sapsucker – none.

*Downy Woodpecker*– HC = 7 (Feb 22).

*Hairy Woodpecker*– HC = 4 (Feb 7).

*N. Flicker*– HC = 9 (Feb 28).

*Pileated Woodpecker*– HC = 2 (Feb 3).

*Eastern Phoebe*– spring arrival at Sangchris (Feb 27).

*Horned Lark*– HC = 68 (Feb 9).

*Blue Jay*– HC = 41 (Feb 13).

*Am. Crow*– HC = 37 (Feb 7), no large flocks after Feb 15.

*Black-capped Chickadee*– HC = 9 (Feb 2).

*Tufted Titmouse*– HC = 14 (Feb12 & 16).

*White-breasted Nuthatch*– HC = 10 (Feb 12 & 19) – no Red-br Nuthatch.

*Brown Creeper*– HC = 2(Feb 12 & 19).

*Carolina Wren*– HC = 7 (Feb 18 & 22).

*Winter Wren*– HC = 2 at Oak Ridge Cemetery (Feb 19)- only record this
month.

*Golden-crown Kinglet*– 4 singles (Feb 3 & 27).

*Eastern Bluebird*– HC = 8 (Feb 23) – seen 15 days this month.

*Am. Robin*– HC = 107 (Feb 25) – missed on one day and dawn chorus by
Feb 23.

*N. Mockingbird*– one bird along East Lake Drive was % a spring migrant
(Feb 22).

*Brown Thrasher*– one along East Lake Drive (Feb 3) and another at
Sangchris (Feb 21) were WR.

*Cedar Waxwing*– 7 at Sangchris (Feb 7) were % spring migrants.

European Starling – present.

*Yellow-rumped Warbler*– one at Sangchris (Feb 7) and one along East
Lake Drive (Feb 12) were WR.

*N. Cardinal*– HC = 26 (Feb 19).

*Eastern Towhee*- ♂(Feb11) and 2 ♂ ♀ (Feb 27) at Sangchris were WR.

*Am. Tree Sparrow*– HC = 30 (Feb 25) –no large flocks and low #.

*Field Sparrow*–one at Lindsay Bridge (Feb 24) was % a spring migrant.

*Savannah Sparrow*– WR at Sangchris: 5 (Feb 1), 9 (Feb 13); WR at
Pleasant Plaines: 2 (Feb 19) and WR at the South end LSpfld: one (Feb
22). Spring arrival 2 east of Spfld (Feb 27).

*Fox Sparrow*– HC = 5 (Feb10), w/ spring arrival at Hazel Dell Lane (Feb
23).

*Song Sparrow*– HC = 14 (Feb 24) – none or very low # in most areas, but
spring increase by (Feb 11).

*Swamp Sparrow*– 4 singles (Feb 1 - 21) – very low #.

*White-throated Sparrow*– HC = 20 (Feb 3) – missed only one day.

*White-crowned Sparrow*– HC = 4 (Feb 5).

*Dark-eyed Junco*- HC = 60 (Feb 8) - scarce but seen every day.

*Lapland Longspur*– only one west of Spfld (Feb 9).

*Red-winged Blackbird*– spring arrival 3 ♂ on territory at Sangchris
(Feb 11), w/ HC = 8034, some of which at roost (Feb 18).

*E. Meadowlark*– WR at Marsh Road (Feb 5), but spring arrival at
Sangchris (Feb 7). HC = 5 (Feb 16 & 23).

*Western Meadowlark*– spring arrival singing ♂ at Sangchris (Feb 23).

*Rusty Blackbird*– spring arrival 8 at Cinder Flats (Feb 12), w/ HC = 30
(Feb 28).

*Common Grackle*– WR, w/ % spring increase (Feb 7) and HC = 6470 on (Feb 18)

*Brown-headed Cowbird*– WR, w/ % spring increase (Feb 12) and HC = 2530
(Feb 18).

*Purple Finch*– 4 feeding on sycamore at Sangchris (Feb 7) – only record.

*House Finch*– HC = 9 (Feb 3).

Pine Siskin – none.

*Am. Goldfinch*– HC = 8 (Feb 3) – all finches very scarce.

House Sparrow – present.

*Eurasian Tree Sparrow*– HC = 10 (Feb 18).

This month was the warmest February on record for Illinois. There were 4
daily highs in the 70s and 9 highs in the 60s. The only single digit low
was 9º on February 9. It was also dry with only 0.45 inches of
precipitation in Sangamon County.

There were very low numbers of passerines especially ground feeders and
finches, with some food running out. There was a very early budding of
trees especially in the bottomlands, and some insects were active in
February.

Many wintering ducks (especially Common Goldeneye and Common Mergansers)
left more than a month early from Lake Springfield.

Human harassment of wild populations of animals is increasing due to
warmer weather and new rules protecting these populations need to be
considered.

Total field days = 28

Total hours = 201

Total species for February 2017 = 106


H. David Bohlen

Illinois State Museum

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Beckie Dyer
Museum Technician
Illinois State Museum
1011 East Ash Street
Springfield, Illinois 62703-3500
Phone: 217-782-7475
Fax: 217-785-2857


 
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